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Turnbull in Meltdown as Rabid Right hijacks Govt agenda

February 26, 2016

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The Federal Government is in complete chaos today as so-called “moderate” leader Malcolm Turnbull faces a dramatic revolt as the rabid right wing LNP factions hit the airwaves to slam the Safe Schools program.

Why anyone would discredit a program that’s designed to stamp out bullying in schools is beyond me but the conservative religious zealots argue that an anti-bullying program somehow equates to bullying of those who could be accused of bullying.

Religious fucktard and Tony Abbott loyalist Cory Bernardi,  has called for the program to be defunded, claiming it was being used to “indoctrinate children into a Marxist agenda of cultural relativism” (whatever that is), and is a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Bernardi has form in the vilification of homosexuals, previously declaring that marriage equality would lead to polygamy and bestiality.

Turnbull, a former supporter of marriage equality has capitulated to these demands raising concerns over the future of the Safe Schools program.

It helps to have a bit of context.  In the last four years, the Safe Schools program has cost taxpayers $8 million while the Schools Chaplains religious indoctrination scheme has cost $243 million.

On top of all that it’s been a horror week for Turnbull, who’s had to contend with sidekick Kelly O’Dwyer contradicting his scare campaign against Labor’s proposed changes to negative gearing, which followed an embarrassing backdown on GST reforms.

Everything that was on the table in terms of tax reform has been categorically ruled out, until such time as it’s ruled back in, which could be as early as tomorrow, when the double dissolution election will, or will not, be announced.  #AdultsinCharge

Turnbull’s honeymoon is not only over, but it looks like he’s already heading to the divorce courts with conservative MPs taking his floundering support as a green light to prosecute the case for a return to the Dark Ages.

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George Christensen calls for standards of decency to prevail

Adding fuel to the fire is festering fat slob George Christensen, who has taken the extraordinary step of equating the Safe Schools program to “grooming” – the paedophile practice of preparing children for sexual abuse.

Turnbull has yet to condemn the comments.

It’s not very prime ministerial is it.

 

 

 

 

 

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424 Comments leave one →
  1. TB Queensland permalink
    February 26, 2016 11:08 am

    Well we are running out of money …

    Apart from the $200 billion over the next ten years for a few military toys …

    (that hopefully work a bit better than the F35’s) … 🙂

  2. TB Queensland permalink
    February 26, 2016 11:11 am

    DD is looming the government has just appointed a Brigadier General …

    Former Army Brigadier Kathryn Toohey has been appointed deputy electoral commissioner for five years.

  3. TB Queensland permalink
    February 26, 2016 11:12 am

    All this crap with Bernardi and Christensen et al just shows how far left we have become politically … I read that somewhere recently …

  4. Tom R permalink
    February 26, 2016 11:38 am

    Why anyone would discredit a program that’s designed to stamp out bullying

    And then claim that it is bullying for the next pm to call him homophobic.

    But, if it was ever clearer that malcaymans “progressive” credentials were all just pandering bullshit, this has to nail that coffin.

    Even some in the msm are starting to realise it.

    … I read that somewhere recently …

    It ain’t right just because it’s in Black and White

  5. Tom R permalink
    February 26, 2016 11:44 am

    lol

  6. Tom R permalink
    February 26, 2016 11:52 am

    Chris Brown -> Treasurer 😆

    They are thinking along my lines for the next pm to call him homophobic. 🙂

  7. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 26, 2016 12:02 pm

    Bowen looks cute with that beard. Like a hairy, but not too scruffy, anus.

  8. TB Queensland permalink
    February 26, 2016 12:05 pm

    At least his brains aren’t in his arse …

  9. Neil of Sydney permalink
    February 26, 2016 12:11 pm

    At least his brains aren’t in his arse …

    How do you know?

    Bowen is the most failed minister almost ever.

    As Minister for Immigration he let in 25,000 boat people while people in UNHCR camps were denied places.

    Bowen is a man like all Labor voters who does nothing but destroy the lives of people

  10. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 26, 2016 12:46 pm

    Now we learn that Brough is not re contesting the next election. I hope that is not being treated as ‘punishment enough’ for an illegal act. After all, they really stuck the boot into slipper.

  11. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 26, 2016 12:57 pm

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview/youre-going-to-die-poofter-and-thats-why-we-need-safe-schools/news-story/ab74fd1b2972c9d0ef7c2607f2984876

  12. In The Normal Time permalink
    February 26, 2016 3:38 pm

    “…on the proviso that they enter into negotiations for longer term efficiency reforms …”

  13. TB Queensland permalink
    February 26, 2016 3:43 pm

    But not if your a gay, lesbian or transgender kid at school … or, I’d bet, in many churches!

  14. TB Queensland permalink
    February 26, 2016 3:44 pm

    Should Australia be attacked by anyone … anyone … just what do you think most other countries around the world do … send us a get well card! FFS!

  15. February 26, 2016 3:48 pm

    festering,,,,,,fat slob George Christensen, who has taken the extraordinary step of equating the Safe Schools program to ”grooming”, ”the paedophile practice of preparing children for sexual abuse,,,,,,,,

    # ,, l thought `grooming` was being accomplished under the program that injected priests into schools ,, silly me

  16. Governance And Simulation permalink
    February 26, 2016 5:48 pm

    Tim Dunlop: The great unsettlement that is dogging Turnbull

  17. Tony permalink
    February 26, 2016 6:01 pm

    Hello Meta.

  18. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 26, 2016 9:54 pm

    Go check your facts.

    mellow.com

  19. Tom R permalink
    February 26, 2016 10:19 pm

    I get mine from heydonsfullofshit.com

  20. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 26, 2016 10:29 pm

    youdontknowwhatyouretalkingabout.com

  21. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 26, 2016 10:31 pm

    Proof that priests are nice –

    abs.gov.au

  22. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 26, 2016 10:52 pm

  23. TB Queensland permalink
    February 27, 2016 12:59 am

    OXYMORON OF THE YEAR >>> Sequel coming soon!

    Proof that priests are nice –

    The real questions are … priests are nice to whom and what for?

  24. TB Queensland permalink
    February 27, 2016 1:04 am

    Hilarious to watch the left of politics explode in homophobic illiteracy …

    Personally I would be inclined to think that was more extreme right wing politics but it seem that I was wrong according to the experts …

    https://theguttertrash.com/2016/02/23/5562/

    😦

  25. Tom R permalink
    February 27, 2016 8:49 am

    youdontknowwhatyouretalkingabout.com

    It appears that yomms got his own website. A wiki for the 1%

  26. TB Queensland permalink
    February 27, 2016 10:05 am

    And I always thought it was tom.com

  27. Tom R permalink
    February 27, 2016 10:17 am

    If you browse to tom.com it apparently redirects to idontknowwhatimtalkingabout.com

  28. Tom R permalink
    February 27, 2016 10:19 am

    Laura Tingle is a prescient as ever

    What is the point of Malcolm Turnbull ask voters?

    Read more: http://www.afr.com/news/politics/where-is-malcolm-turnbull-ask-the-voters-as-momentum-builds-towards-a-july-election-20160225-gn36wy#ixzz41JqY9cdA
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  29. Tom R permalink
    February 27, 2016 10:35 am

    lol, it appears that yabot reckons he tried, he really truly did.

    Poor old malcayman, I’ll bet h knows how Gillard felt now, except without the misogynistic overtones.

  30. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 27, 2016 10:46 am

    What is the point of Malcolm Turnbull ask voters?
    http://www.afr.com/news/politics/where-is-malcolm-turnbull-ask-the-voters-as-momentum-builds-towards-a-july-election-20160225-gn36wy

    …So the answer to the question “Where is Malcolm Turnbull?”: he’s sitting in his office trying to work out how best to proceed with a calm plan for winning an election.

    He and his Treasurer have allowed the tax debate to jump off the nail and go careering around the yard like one of those old catherine wheel fireworks on cracker night. In turn, this has encouraged every nutter in his government to go off on frolics of their own on policy.

    He now has just over two months to get the tax discussion on a track that gives the government a credible platform for an election campaign, to transform the direction of what dominates our political debate, and for his Treasurer to land his administration’s first budget.

    It all suggests a need for haste as well as calm and purpose…

    The old and the young fogeys of the Liberal Party, still relevant to liberal party politics today and our recent abbotting.

    Paul Keating: ‘This is the ‘golden age’ when Australia stagnated’, Cultural Cringe speech – 1992
    http://speakola.com/political/paul-keating-cultural-cringe-1992

  31. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 27, 2016 10:50 am

    …’BLOW YOUR BRAINS OUT’
    Turnbull has described the Business Council of Australia’s advocacy of a GST increase to fund company tax cuts to colleagues as the “go into the study, get out your service revolver and blow your brains out” option in political terms.

    He remains incredulous that the business community seriously thinks this was ever a possibility.

    That is, a tax mix change which would hit poor people to fund a tax cut for a bunch of rich people who make it a point of pride not to pay tax…

    Read more: http://www.afr.com/news/politics/where-is-malcolm-turnbull-ask-the-voters-as-momentum-builds-towards-a-july-election-20160225-gn36wy#ixzz41Jy4IIrP
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  32. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 27, 2016 11:07 am

    Turnbull rattled over tax reform
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2016/02/27/turnbull-rattled-over-tax-reform/14564916002928

    …“We have seen … confirmation that we are going to be in a period of low and high volatile prices before we see a recovery.”…

    …Economist Shane Oliver told the ABC the resources boom was pumping something like $70 billion into federal and state revenue, and that has now disappeared. The gift that made Peter Costello look like a genius treasurer in the Howard years, with bulging surpluses in every budget, is “all gone”…

    …Despite difficulties with securing supply, if a July double-dissolution election is called the prospect is weighing more heavily by the day. Bill Shorten suspects there won’t be a budget, just a tax package as user-friendly as possible and a rush for voters’ approval…

  33. TB Queensland permalink
    February 27, 2016 11:13 am

    … it apparently redirects to …

    Try tom.xxx 🙂

  34. TB Queensland permalink
    February 27, 2016 11:27 am

    He and his Treasurer have allowed the tax debate to jump off the nail and go …

    I think you mean “jump off the rails” … Laura 🙂

  35. TB Queensland permalink
    February 27, 2016 11:38 am

    Economist Shane Oliver told the ABC the resources boom was pumping something like $70 billion into federal and state revenue, and that has now disappeared. The gift that made Peter Costello look like a genius treasurer in the Howard years, with bulging surpluses in every budget, is “all gone”.

    Oliver, freed from the need to score political points, made the perfectly reasonable observation that something else has to fill the budget hole. He said: “Negative gearing, superannuation, capital gains discounts are areas where there could be extra revenue sources to pull that budget deficit into line.”

    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2016/02/27/turnbull-rattled-over-tax-reform/14564916002928

    What pisses me off is where were all these economist two bloody years ago!!!?

  36. Neil of Sydney permalink
    February 27, 2016 12:37 pm

    Economist Shane Oliver told the ABC the resources boom was pumping something like $70 billion into federal and state revenue, and that has now disappeared. The gift that made Peter Costello look like a genius treasurer in the Howard years, with bulging surpluses in every budget, is “all gone

    Wrong, wrong, wrong. You just know Oliver votes Labor because he is a liar. The mining boom did not start until 2004 so Costello got the benefit for only 3 years and had run many surplus budgets before the mining boom started

    http://www.rba.gov.au/chart-pack/commodity-prices.html

    Commodity prices are still well above the level when Costello ran most of his surplus budgets and is around the level when Costello lost office in 2007. It was Labor who got the benefit of the biggest boom in our history and wasted the lot.

    What pisses me off is lying pigs like Shane Oliver and people who publish his crap.

    Telling lies helps nobody.

  37. Neil of Sydney permalink
    February 27, 2016 2:33 pm

    Economist Shane Oliver told the ABC the resources boom was pumping something like $70 billion into federal and state revenue, and that has now disappeared. The gift that made Peter Costello look like a genius treasurer in the Howard years, with bulging surpluses in every budget, is “all gone

    The resources boom is still happening just not at the record levels under Rudd/Gillard. Our terms of trade are still higher than under Hawke/Keating and Howard/Costello

    The question should be asked why the budget is not in surplus. And the answer is Australians are addicted to debt and spending. Australians don’t care until the debt starts to cause damage to our standard of living

    You can tell Paul Bongiorno and Shane oliver are Labor supporters. They are both terrible liars.

  38. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 27, 2016 2:50 pm

    Telling lies helps nobody.

    Deny the facts all you like, it won’t make the libs good economic managers, they have been shown to be ideological zealots who are prepared to use taxpayer funds to line the pockets of the wealthy rent seekers and lib party donors. They are corrupt to the core and use the power of parliamentary office and the legal system to destroy their political opponents, just like any third world dictator. The christian fascists in the party should be a laughing stock, but the libs allow them to control the population with non secular, religious dogma that would well suit any islamic regime.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-12/dunlop-the-myth-of-coalition-economic-management/6308704

    …As economist Stephen Koukoulas noted back in 2012, Howard and Costello were accorded a respect their actual economic record didn’t deserve:

    The budget papers … show that the Howard government was the highest taxing government in Australia’s history. In 2004-05 and 2005-06, the tax to GDP ratio reached a record high 24.2 per cent. In addition, there have been only seven occasions where the tax to GDP ratio has been in excess of 23.5 per cent of GDP and all seven were under the Howard government.
    In a similar vein, in the last 30 years, there have been 10 occasions when the tax to GDP ratio has been below 22.0 per cent of GDP and all 10 were under a Labor Government. To put simply, the Howard government was a high taxer, while the current Labor Government is a lower taxer.
    In terms of government spending, there have been only five years in the four decades leading up to 2012-13 when real government spending was cut in real terms. None of those cuts were delivered by a Coalition government…

    In 2013 The IMF found that the most profligate government in Australia over a one hundred year period was the Howard Government.

    The shift of debt from govt to the individual during the Howard/Costello years.

    GFC immediately after Howard & Costello were booted.

    The incompetence and sheer negligence in high office associated with the selling of telstra, not one thought was for the good of the public.

    Howard/Costello’s squandering of mining profits with huge middle class welfare bribes to keep them in office, leaving structural deficits far into the future.

    Rolling in dough they were and still neglected to invest in infrastructure, R & D and public services.

    A couple of comments from that story ring true.

    … v:
    13 Mar 2015 10:20:31am
    Alfie,

    “That is because they had money to spend, and still delivered surplus after surplus.”

    When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time on a farm. The family who owned the farm lived rather simply. They had good years and bad years. In the good years they used their extra income to upgrade things like fences, tractors, access ways and so on. They used what was left to pay off any debt they had accumulated in the lean times and replenish their savings.

    The farm next door was a different story. Every time they had a bumper harvest the whole family went on a cruise, and in particularly good years they bought themselves a new Mercedes. Of course, when the bad years came they were first in line with their hands out looking for “drought assistance”.

    Mr Howard’s economic management was quite similar in character to the approach taken by the farmer next door. He used the economic boom left to him by Keating to fund a spending spree on things that did absolutely nothing to strengthen the economy or encourage productive activity. The wasteful and counter-productive programmes on which he squandered the proceeds of Keating’s boom seriously distorted the economy and left it in poor shape to cope with the inevitable downturn that finally mainfested itself in the GFC. In fact, many of the problems identified by the latest Inter-Generational Report have their origins in, or have been made far worse by the structural burdens imposed by Howard’s disastrous social engineering experiments and blatant pork-barrelling.

    Economic management requires a long-term perspective. It is very important not to get over-excited and blow all your cash when times are good, because it is inevitable that there are bad times to come. The good times give you the reserves you need to coast through the bad times.

    Howard grew up in the suburbs, protected from the ups and downs of real life. As Eric Bogle observes: “There is no drought and starving stock, On a sewered suburban block”. Little wonder that he never learned the realities of sustainable management.

    GreyBags:
    13 Mar 2015 12:25:58pm
    Approx $330 billion in windfall gains from the mining boom and $74 billion dollars from asset sales.

    All they left was loose change rattling around in the ashtray and a structural deficit. Profligate to the max…

  39. Neil of Sydney permalink
    February 27, 2016 3:39 pm

    AO

    Not sure what you are blabbing on about. I was just correcting the lies of Oliver and Bongiorno. Commodity prices are about the same as when Costello lost office. They have plummeted from the huge highs under Rudd/Swan but they are still better than at anytime during Hawke/Keating and for most of the Howard govt. Terms of trade are still good.

    Oliver is just telling lies like all Labor supporters.

  40. February 27, 2016 4:16 pm

    Neil, once again you have your facts wrong. If you a bit of research you’ll find that historically Australia’s economy always surges under a Labor govt and then contracts under an LNP govt.

    It’s a simple matter of fact:

    http://www.tradingeconomics.com/australia/terms-of-trade

  41. Neil of Sydney permalink
    February 27, 2016 4:48 pm

    that historically Australia’s economy always surges under a Labor govt and then contracts under an LNP govt.

    Our economy surged under Rudd/Gillard? News to me. Tell that to the 300,000 people who lost their jobs under Labor.

  42. TB Queensland permalink
    February 27, 2016 5:18 pm

    LABOR is establishing a taskforce for ideas to help the South Australian economy.

    The group will consult with industry, community and other stakeholders on economic development, jobs, education, and energy and water reform in the state.

    “The task of revitalising South Australia’s economy, facilitating a transition to new, growing industries and importantly, lifting the education and skills of South Australians is now urgent,” Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said in a statement on Saturday.

    Mr Turnbull said confidence in the SA economy had been undermined by “ongoing attacks” by the Abbott-Turnbull government.

    “The Government’s unprecedented attacks on South Australia have led to job losses and rising unemployment, particularly youth unemployment, growing disadvantage for low-income families and has created uncertainty for business,” Mr Shorten said.

    He said the Turnbull government had failed this week to guarantee Australia’s fleet of future submarines would be build in South Australia “despite their promises before the last election.

    “””… Mr Turnbull said confidence in the … “”” I think that should be Mr Shorten … ?

    Nice to see the Bill Shorten and the Labor Opposition demonstrating how to govern to a very incompetent TurnAbbout Liberal/National Coalition rabble …

  43. TB Queensland permalink
    February 27, 2016 5:25 pm

    Kneel do you know what a trend line is?

  44. February 27, 2016 5:33 pm

    JuniorManagersHandbook.com/KnowNothing/BlackmoresBonus

  45. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 27, 2016 7:03 pm

    pomp, ceremony and [not-quite-wedding] dresses

    http://loonpond.blogspot.com.au/

    …If only there was genuine hellfire, so that all the apologists for the church and the behaviour of its servants, along with the actual miscreants, and those in authority who managed the cover-up, might see them serve their time in eternity in befitting surroundings.

    But it’s likely many of them favour the Oscar Wilde solution, which is intrinsically Catholic. Sin away with all your might, and then a final confession will wipe the slate clean.

    Which is why the pond insists you don’t go away without a frock sighting …

  46. February 27, 2016 7:38 pm

    I think that’s Cardinal Red.

  47. February 27, 2016 7:50 pm

    TEABAG MANAGEMENT

    FOLLOW THE LEADER EDITION

    We all know teabags love teh-usa wet-dream,

    http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-06/giant-crane-falls-in-new-york-killing-one/7145694

    so of course the devout zombies in jonestown will follow teh-usa,

    http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-27/crane-collapse-at-construction-site-in-hornsby/7204778

    but rigorous `competition` between jonestown and boltsville will ensure boltsville will never go down the same path

    http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-24/electrical-fault-investigated-as-cause-of-melbourne-crane-blaze/7195982

  48. February 27, 2016 8:36 pm

    “I think that’s Cardinal Red.”

    Really?

    I thought it was “here I am a totally fucked up condescending stuck up uncaring and child sex abuser protecting cunt face git” red.

    Or did I miss something.

  49. Neil of Sydney permalink
    February 27, 2016 8:41 pm

    The budget papers … show that the Howard government was the highest taxing government in Australia’s history. In 2004-05 and 2005-06, the tax to GDP ratio reached a record high 24.2 per cent. In addition, there have been only seven occasions where the tax to GDP ratio has been in excess of 23.5 per cent of GDP and all seven were under the Howard government.

    Lefties cannot seem to make up their minds. The story used to be that the Howard/Costello tax cuts destroyed the budget leading to a structural deficit.

    The new story is that Howard/Costello taxed the crap out of people and anybody could run a surplus budget if they taxed like Costello.

    In all my life i have never met anyone more deceitful and dishonest than people who vote Labor/Greens

  50. February 27, 2016 9:05 pm

    “I thought it was “here I am a totally fucked up condescending stuck up uncaring and child sex abuser protecting cunt face git” red..”

    On second thoughts, it could be Permanent Crimson.

  51. February 27, 2016 9:33 pm

    🙂

  52. February 28, 2016 11:22 am

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  53. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 28, 2016 1:40 pm

    Yes reb, the homophobes have outdone themselves in hate and bigotry, imagine what they would be saying if they get their wish to have the anti discrimination laws ignored for their side of the gay marriage ‘debate’?

    Very fetching

  54. February 28, 2016 3:17 pm

    Diego Velazquez, 1650.

    Francis Bacon, 1953:

  55. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 28, 2016 5:06 pm

    Seeing poverty in people’s teeth
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2016/02/27/seeing-poverty-peoples-teeth/14564916002933

    …Decreasing rates of full-time employment have led to a new class of working poor, whose struggles are borne out by the state of their dental health…

    ACOSS found that more than half those employed people who were living below the poverty line were in part-time work, and that’s an issue that’s been growing slowly but steadily for decades. Sold to us as part of a new, bright, libertarian future, part-time and contract work has begun to erode what were once considered standard benchmarks in workers’ pay and conditions, and these private contracts are difficult to monitor.

    …Kearney confesses that trade unions have been “a bit like frogs in boiling water” in terms of their reactions to these workplace changes. “They crept up on us slowly,” she says, “and I think we are now in danger of going down the path of America’s working poor.”…

    Interested reb?

  56. Tom R permalink
    February 28, 2016 6:52 pm

    Diego Velazquez, 1650.

    Edward the Great, 2002

  57. Tom R permalink
    February 28, 2016 6:57 pm

    re the Wilcox cartoon, what is it about the libs that causes the cartoonists to picture the libs ganging up and beating someone up?

  58. TB Queensland permalink
    February 28, 2016 7:17 pm

    I see the painting virus is back …

  59. TB Queensland permalink
    February 28, 2016 7:22 pm

    These people are really sick …

    John Howard & The Private School Bullies are alive and at work!

    Shouldn’t he be in Purgatory by now?

    FORMER Prime Minister John Howard has welcomed the Turnbull Government’s review into a school program aimed at increasing acceptance of children struggling with gender and sexual identities, saying the program should never have been allowed in the first place.

    http://www.news.com.au/national/politics/exprime-minister-john-howard-backs-governments-review-of-safe-schools-coalition-program/news-story/8fa7ab76046cfb9a963f28bc97e7090e

  60. TB Queensland permalink
    February 28, 2016 7:31 pm

    Can someone provide a link for John Howard’s attendance record of the 41 soldiers killed in Afghanistan …?

  61. TB Queensland permalink
    February 28, 2016 7:37 pm

    One of these Liberal’s is like shit to a blanket and the other is like diarrhea … !

    The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, told reporters on Sunday he was carefully considering changes to tax policy after a discussion on Saturday with John Howard in which the former prime minister urged Turnbull to be cautious about altering negative gearing concessions.

    But South Australian Liberal Cory Bernardi – who has been raising his opposition to any move against negative gearing for some weeks – said on Sunday he stood by his concerns.

    Changing the system would not be a positive step “for taxpayers, the government, or the country,” Bernardi told Guardian Australia.

    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/feb/28/negative-gearing-malcolm-turnbull-to-face-uneasy-liberals-in-party-room

  62. TB Queensland permalink
    February 28, 2016 7:38 pm

    And who votes for these dicks? The same people that think Trump is a super star?

  63. TB Queensland permalink
    February 28, 2016 7:41 pm

    The military acronym MIA has a whole new meaning … Morrison In-Active …

    Where is the “treasurer” … what a wimp when he’s finally found out!

  64. February 28, 2016 7:53 pm

    “And who votes for these dicks?”

    About every second voter.

  65. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 28, 2016 8:45 pm

    “The same people that think Trump is a super star?

    Can US Republicans vote here??!!

  66. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 28, 2016 8:47 pm

    HILLARY Clinton scored a resounding victory against Bernie Sanders in Saturday’s Democratic primary in South Carolina

    Good.

  67. TB Queensland permalink
    February 28, 2016 9:01 pm

    “The same people that think Trump is a super star?

    Can US Republicans vote here??!!

    I didn’t say VOTE … YOU did … once again, misinterpreting and, misquoting and misleading …

  68. Neil of Sydney permalink
    February 28, 2016 9:04 pm

    Can someone provide a link for John Howard’s attendance record of the 41 soldiers killed in Afghanistan …?

    What is the point you are trying to make? I remember lefties saying Afghanistan was the good war. Most of the deaths in Afghanistan happened under Rudd/Gillard

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Defence_Force_casualties_in_Afghanistan

    Operation Slipper is notable for the first Australian combat deaths since the Vietnam War, and to date all casualties have occurred during operations in Afghanistan.

    There were no combat deaths in Iraq.

    It was Hawke/Keating who took us to the Middle East and we have been there ever since.

  69. February 28, 2016 9:35 pm

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  70. TB Queensland permalink
    February 28, 2016 11:24 pm

    Hurt … betrayed and abandoned more like!

  71. TB Queensland permalink
    February 28, 2016 11:25 pm

    I’ll accept your apology tomorrow, ToM

  72. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 29, 2016 12:07 am

    There were no combat deaths in Iraq.

    Oh well, as long as none of the invaders died it’s all OK, who cares if we’ve trashed the country on a whim and killed 100’s and 1,000’s of them and increased terror throughout the world 🙄

    NBN: Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘faster, cheaper’ roll-out falters
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/nbn-malcolm-turnbulls-faster-cheaper-rollout-falters-20160228-gn5l0s.html

    …Malcolm Turnbull’s cut-price National Broadband Network is facing mounting delays and rising costs, according to a damning internal progress report obtained by Fairfax Media.
    The report, marked “commercial in confidence” and “for official use only”, sets out a litany of problems in delivering the Coalition’s supposedly more budget-friendly fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) model…

  73. Papa Giovanni's Recurse permalink
    February 29, 2016 1:22 am

    “It just completely baffles me that something should have got passed the first barrier; something like that is fundamentally according to our culture and our society those matters should be discussed by parents with children.”

  74. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 29, 2016 1:27 am

    Former Australian Electoral Commission official says Senate voting change is ‘incoherent’
    https://theconversation.com/former-australian-electoral-commission-official-says-senate-voting-change-is-incoherent-55489

    …Maley says the scheme proposed will create an anomaly never previously seen at Senate elections – identical preferences for candidates may produce a formal vote if the elector expresses them “above the line”, but an informal one if they are expressed “below the line” because the ballot paper would be insufficiently completed…

    …Maley, who favours the reform provided it also applies below the line, notes that the joint standing committee recommended in 2014 partial optional preferential voting for below the line, with six candidates to be voted for in a half-Senate election and 12 in a double dissolution. This would have been consistent with the proposed above the line voting…

    Something to think about, I do.

    THE BOOMER SUPREMACY
    The dominance of baby boomers is becoming total
    https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2016/march/1456750800/richard-cooke/boomer-supremacy

    …The Baird post attracted more than 15,000 comments, most of them angry and scathing. The Cool Vicar had transformed into #casinomike overnight. Those who had stuck him with the sobriquet were young people, traditionally tarred as the most politically apathetic constituency of all. They had finally revolted over the fate of their city.

    …For many of the young and those approaching middle age, it constitutes a final straw. The physical lockout is the final manifestation of a cultural lockout they have suffered for a long time. They have been locked out of the housing market, locked out of affordable education, locked out of the welfare system and secure employment. They have seen their political power and their real wealth shrivel. And now the one area where their expectations had not been curtailed – recreation – is being destroyed as well.

    The lockout laws are not the closure of a few pubs because of drunken violence. They are final confirmation of who the country is run by, and who it is run for…

    …Generation Y may be the first generation in memory to be less wealthy than that of their parents. Almost all the benefits of the mining boom in additional government spending went to older voters…

  75. Good sKill permalink
    February 29, 2016 2:22 am

    ““They want to do six months here and travel for three months. They want to come back and they want to do another six months … that is the future of work for them,” Senator Cash said. “Our policies should be adapting to what the younger generation want and need going forward.””

  76. Tom R permalink
    February 29, 2016 7:14 am

    There were no combat deaths in Iraq.

    Someone should tell this lot. Oh wait..

    Iraq will remain as the biggest international clusterfuck since WW1 and both were for the same reason, national greed and pride.

  77. Tom R permalink
    February 29, 2016 7:21 am

    The report, which was never intended for public disclosure, reveals the extent to which the more than $46 billion project has drifted off course, mainly during the time when Mr Turnbull was in direct control as communications minister – the portfolio he held before replacing Tony Abbott as Prime Minister in September.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/nbn-malcolm-turnbulls-faster-cheaper-rollout-falters-20160228-gn5l0s.html#ixzz41UoRc851
    Follow us: @smh on Twitter | sydneymorningherald on Facebook

    Yep, malcayman, fine when he’s squirreling away his own (inherited) millions in tax havens, but not so good when he’s playing with taxpayers hard earned. If only we had known.

  78. Neil of Sydney permalink
    February 29, 2016 7:47 am

    Someone should tell this lot. Oh wait..

    There were no Australian combat deaths in Iraq. The Americans and British were going in no matter what anybody said.

    The report, which was never intended for public disclosure, reveals the extent to which the more than $46 billion project has drifted off course

    And if FTTP was being built it would take 5-10 times longer and be 5-10 times more expensive compared to FTTN. And if not for Labors lies we would be better off. The regional areas of Australia would have mobile broadband years ago.

    http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/395910/opel_would_serving_bush_broadband_today_turnbull/

    Federal opposition communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull has used his National Press Club address to argue the decision to scrap the Howard government’s OPEL network for an NBN has denied the bush broadband services over the past three years……For the 1.5 million or so Australians in remote or sparsely settled areas, the coalition and Labor technology approaches are very similar – fixed wireless and satellite,” he said.

    “It is no accident the technologies to be deployed by the NBN are the same as those which would have been used by OPEL. And, had that scheme not been cancelled by Labor in 2008 would today be providing fast broadband to Australians in those areas.

  79. February 29, 2016 8:50 am

    It’s been less than an hour since the chief Tim started giving evidence at the Royal Commission and has already said “I can’t recall..”

    Expect that line to be trotted out many more times during the course of the day..

  80. February 29, 2016 8:50 am

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  81. Tom R permalink
    February 29, 2016 10:15 am

    The Americans and British were going in no matter what anybody said.

    Something about “if your friends jumped off a cliff” …..

    And if FTTP was being built it would take 5-10 times longer and be 5-10 times more expensive compared to FTTN

    That is factually false. The blowout has everything to do with MTM, even NoBN agree

    Quigley’s right: Morrow says $15bn NBN blowout “mostly” relates to MTM

    NBN chief executive Bill Morrow this morning broadly confirmed analysis by his predecessor Mike Quigley showing that the up to $15 billion blowout in the NBN company’s costs was due to the Multi-Technology Mix imposed by Malcolm Turnbull, in a move that appears set to increase the pressure on the Government over the issue.

    https://delimiter.com.au/2015/11/09/quigleys-right-says-morrow-15bn-nbn-blowout-mostly-relates-to-mtm/

  82. TB Queensland permalink
    February 29, 2016 10:47 am

    Just another Mulberry Bush Morning I see … o_O

    If TurnAbbout has problems with the “tax” package … why ask the worst treasurer in living history … instead of the best … Keating … ?

    Ideology gets in your eyes …

  83. Neil of Sydney permalink
    February 29, 2016 10:49 am

    That is factually false. The blowout has everything to do with MTM, even NoBN agree

    Who knows. It is just he said she said. It is hard to believe that FTTN would cost the same as FTTP.

    On this issue you are just taking political sides just like me. But having a govt company build things is a mistake.

  84. TB Queensland permalink
    February 29, 2016 10:49 am

  85. TB Queensland permalink
    February 29, 2016 10:54 am

    On this issue you are just taking political sides just like me. But having a govt company build things is a mistake.

    BS! The TECHNOLOGY is flawed! You take the politically side – over everything … and the Libs wanted it to fail … they succeeded …

    The NBN report tells you that …

  86. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 29, 2016 11:06 am

  87. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 29, 2016 11:11 am

  88. Tom R permalink
    February 29, 2016 11:25 am

    It is just he said she said

    Yes, and both “he” and “she” said the blowout is because of malcaymans mtm read the headline of the link at least.

  89. Neil of Sydney permalink
    February 29, 2016 11:36 am

    I read the whole article. Turnbull said this

    “Turnbull accused the previous management of the company — led by chief executive Mike Quigley — as being incompetent when it came to its financial modelling.

    Nobody knows how much FTTP would cost. Certainly not Quigley. So you cannot compare the cost of FTTN to FTTP because FTTP has never been done before and nobody has any idea of the cost involved.

    BS! The TECHNOLOGY is flawed! You take the politically side – over everything … and the Libs wanted it to fail … they succeeded …

    This thing has been a stuffup from the beginning. Rudd took a policy to the 2007 election which went nowhere and was thrown into the bin. This latest effort was thought up on the back of a drinks coaster on a plane flight. And we are stuck with it.

  90. Tom R permalink
    February 29, 2016 11:40 am

    The latest offensive and ill-informed stream of bile from George Christensen and Cory Bernardi is a powerful reminder of the harm words can do.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/29/bill-shorten-christensen-and-bernardi-remind-us-of-the-harm-words-can-do?CMP=soc_568

  91. Tom R permalink
    February 29, 2016 11:51 am

    Turnbull said this

    ROFL

    malcayman says a lot of things. None of it is backed up with the hard data

    malcaymans had picked spruiker had to admit the following

    “We talked about the $8 billion cost that caused that … it mostly related to the two new technologies that we’re using,” he said, referring to the HFC cable and Fibre to the Node rollouts highlighted by Quigley.

    Because Quigley had shown, via the pdf in the article, that the blowout was because of how malcayman had changed the rollout.

    The cost blowout is detailed here. It is unequivocal that malcaymans plan woiuld provide us with an infrastructure already out of date by the time it is completed, and for the same cost a true FTTP would cost. And that doesn’t take into account the cost to the home to connect the last segment, or, as someone just pointed out on Twitter, the cost of electricity to the nodes, which doesn’t appear to have been factored in at all.

    https://11217-presscdn-0-50-pagely.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/MQ-PDF.pdf

  92. Tom R permalink
    February 29, 2016 11:52 am

  93. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 29, 2016 12:11 pm

    I’m starting to waver on the senate reforms. I wish I knew how it would play out. I don’t want the senate reforms rushed in just to give the libs the chance of kneecapping senate opposition and a successful DD election.

    I’d like to see less haste and more thought on the subject.

    Change of Senate guards boost for lobbyists, not reform
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/comment-and-analysis/change-of-senate-guards-boost-for-lobbyists-not-reform-20160227-gn58av.html#ixzz41VwdgJwP

    …The proposed changes in voting arrangements for the Senate, which Malcolm Turnbull is pushing through Parliament with as little scrutiny as possible, will make life for lobbyists easier…

    …better solution – one that ended gaming by micro parties without stymieing all democratic change – would be to retain the present preference system but simply add the rule that candidates getting a primary vote of less than, say, 2 per cent, would be excluded from election and their preferences redistributed.
    Turnbull and his minor-party collaborators claim that the rush to get his Senate changes into law by March 17, and for them to take effect immediately, is independent of his threat to call a double dissolution if his anti-union legislation is blocked.
    But if he gets his voting changes through, it’s hard to see him not calling an early, double D election. Why? Because once he’s done the micro-party Senators in the eye, it’s hard to see him ever getting anything through the present Senate…

  94. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 29, 2016 12:25 pm

    Power issues in SMH article makes me wonder if grid upgrades are req’d for FTTH. A hidden cost maybe?

    I read an article recently [can’t remember where now] saying that FTTH does not require it to be hooked up to power but the other options do [FTTN & the hybrid]. On that alone we should have got FTTH technology.

  95. Neil of Sydney permalink
    February 29, 2016 12:36 pm

    On that alone we should have got FTTH technology.

    I think your comment is wrong. FTTP needs a power supply. The current phone line does not so if there is a power failure the NBN (FTTP or FTTN) will not work.

    Also nobody has any idea how much FTTP would cost. In the link TomR provided a commentator says the cost for FTTP would be $73B

  96. TB Queensland permalink
    February 29, 2016 12:54 pm

    I’d like to see less haste and more thought on the subject.

    Exactly … be suspicious if this bill suddenly pops up with the real possibility of a DD …

    We know by now that if they can’t win with the rules in place – the Libs just change them and if they see a personal or party benefit to them the ALP will suddenly become bi-partisan!

    As I once said regarding Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood … be careful what you ask for …

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

    TR, that Bill Shorten article on gay and lesbian dangers and changes is spot on … that crap should be well behind us by now … not only is it shameful but should be labelled un-Australian!

    And get on with governing the country for ALL Australians for a change …

  97. Tom R permalink
    February 29, 2016 12:55 pm

    I think your comment is wrong.

    It is probably best not to use the concept “I think” when you are posting nil, just saying 😉

    Especially considering that we went through the “electricity” aspect before.

    Fibre doesn’t need electricity to carry the transmitted data, copper does. This is why each cabinet will need an electrical source.

    btw, have you managed to find a phone on the market that doesn’t require power yet?

  98. TB Queensland permalink
    February 29, 2016 12:56 pm

    Kneel if you don’t know don’t fkn comment!

    Wasteful of people’s time …

  99. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 29, 2016 12:57 pm

    I may very well be wrong neil, as I said I can’t remember where I read it.

    Possibly something like the FTTH optical cable not carrying any power as optical? I remember no power and the optical cable anyway, do the other cables carry or use power?

  100. Tom R permalink
    February 29, 2016 12:58 pm

    Apparently the AFP are snooping around Parliament House. broughs gone, who could it be? 🙂

  101. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 29, 2016 12:59 pm

    Fibre doesn’t need electricity to carry the transmitted data, copper does. This is why each cabinet will need an electrical source.

    Ah, that’s it!

  102. Tom R permalink
    February 29, 2016 1:02 pm

    OUCH!!

    It appears the tweeter was no twit, and your memory serves you correctly ao 😉

    The report pins much of the delays on issues with electricity companies, which appear to be having problems getting power to the neighbourhood ‘nodes’ used in a FTTN rollout.

    Labor’s previous near-universal Fibre to the Premises rollout for the NBN would not have suffered the same problems, as it does not rely on electrical power to neighbourhood ‘nodes’.

    https://delimiter.com.au/2016/02/29/turnbulls-mtm-nbn-plan-in-crisis-says-jason-clare

  103. Tom R permalink
    February 29, 2016 1:05 pm

    lol, this is nils “commentor” giving his mea culpa on his stupid $73B claim.

    @jk sorry you are correct, SR13 was prepared by NBNCo. They are entirely at fault with the changing MTM figures (blowout).

    😆

  104. Neil of Sydney permalink
    February 29, 2016 1:09 pm

    It is probably best not to use the concept “I think” when you are posting nil, just saying 😉

    Especially considering that we went through the “electricity” aspect before.

    Yes and the conclusion is that the current telephone lines have a UPS so will still work during a power blackout. The new NBN (either FTTP or FTTN) will not.

  105. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 29, 2016 1:18 pm

    Leaked pamphlet claims gay marriage would lead to sexual diseases, drug use and unemployment
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/leaked-pamphlet-claims-gay-marriage-would-lead-to-sexual-diseases-drug-use-and-unemployment-20160228-gn61ot.html#ixzz41WE0SSkN

    …Labor and marriage equality campaigners have argued against a plebiscite, saying it will unleash divisive attacks on the gay and lesbian community. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he has faith Australians will participate in a plebiscite in a civil and sensible manner.
    Former Howard government MP Chris Miles authorised the pamphlets.

    The government is finalising the mechanism for the plebiscite to be held after the next election.

    The pamphlets, obtained by Fairfax Media, have been prepared and funded by Chris Miles, a former Liberal MP and member of the Foreign Investment Review Board.
    Mr Miles served as the Member for the Tasmanian electorate of Braddon from 1984 until 1998. He co-founded the Lyons Forum, a now disbanded group of conservative Christian MPs including Kevin Andrews and Eric Abetz…

  106. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 29, 2016 1:27 pm

    …It appears the tweeter was no twit, and your memory serves you correctly ao 😉

    The report pins much of the delays on issues with electricity companies, which appear to be having problems getting power to the neighbourhood ‘nodes’ used in a FTTN rollout…

    That’s the one tomR, I thought I’d linked to it, guess not!

  107. Tom R permalink
    February 29, 2016 1:30 pm

    so will still work during a power blackout.

    Yes, but will your phone, you short memoried moron?

  108. Tom R permalink
    February 29, 2016 1:31 pm

    Thanks Meta 😉

  109. Tom R permalink
    February 29, 2016 1:50 pm

  110. Neil of Sydney permalink
    February 29, 2016 2:06 pm

    Yes, but will your phone, you short memoried moron?

    We discussed this a while back. Tom of Melbourne said the current telephone lines have a UPS so will work during a power blackout.

    The NBN will not. So you need battery backup if you want the NBN to work during a power blackout. And the phone is connected to the NBN so you will not have phone or internet during a power blackout with the NBN

    http://www.itnews.com.au/news/nbn-users-complain-about-battery-backup-276366

    NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley has revealed mandatory back-up batteries as the biggest source of complaints from trial users of the National Broadband Network……..Should it continue across the full rollout of the network, a backup battery device would be installed at each of the more than 12 million premises NBN Co expects to pass with fibre by 2021.

  111. Tom R permalink
    February 29, 2016 2:21 pm

    the current telephone lines have a UPS

    But your telephone, brainiac, does your telephone have its own UPS?? And, as yomm pointed out, this is why we now need electricity at each cabinet. To supply that “UPS” for a copper line almost every phone for sale on the market can’t bloody well use in a blackout.

    when it comes to trolling nil, this is how it’s done 😉

  112. Tom R permalink
    February 29, 2016 2:43 pm

    Have we reached peak waffle?

  113. TB Queensland permalink
    February 29, 2016 3:24 pm

    New ice cream sundae …

    The Turnbull

    … four waffles, raspberries and a little sparkler … that quickly burns out … 😀

  114. Tom R permalink
    February 29, 2016 3:32 pm

    It’s like he’s channeling yabot TB

  115. Walrus permalink
    February 29, 2016 3:34 pm

    “The Turnbull”

    What we will see next year…………………………365 Sunrises and 365 Sunsets

    What we certainly wont see next year !

    President Donald Trump greeting Prime Minister Bill Shorten in the Oval Office

  116. Neil of Sydney permalink
    February 29, 2016 3:40 pm

    But your telephone, brainiac, does your telephone have its own UPS??

    Oh i get what you are saying. Most telephones today come needing to be plugged in unlike the older phones. Why is that?.

    But with the NBN nobody will be able to use the internet or phone during a blackout since they are connected. Some people must still have the older style phones.

  117. Tom R permalink
    February 29, 2016 3:51 pm

    But with the NBN nobody will be able to use the internet or phone during a blackout

    lol nils, read YOUR link ROFL

  118. TB Queensland permalink
    February 29, 2016 4:19 pm

    President Donald Trump greeting Prime Minister Bill Shorten in the Oval Office

    Nah! But a good chance of:

    President Hilary Clinton greeting Prime Minister Bill Shorten in the Oval Office …

    And a President Trump might wipe out your … 365 sunrises and 365 sunsets

  119. Neil of Sydney permalink
    February 29, 2016 4:31 pm

    lol nils, read YOUR link ROFL

    I have the NBN and there is noway i am going to pay for a backup power supply. And i guess a lot of people will not know their phone and internet will not work during a power failure.

    I am sure there are lots of people who still have the old style phones which would have worked during a power failure with the copper phone network.

    Should it continue across the full rollout of the network, a backup battery device would be installed at each of the more than 12 million premises NBN Co expects to pass with fibre by 2021

    And if anyone thinks that would have happened is living in leftie laa laa land. FTTP finished by 2012 conected to 12 million premises with 12 million backup battery devices.

    Only 50,000 homes were connected to labors FTTP in 2013. There are now 850,000 premises connected with FTTN. Labors FTTP was going nowhere and is too costly.

  120. February 29, 2016 5:09 pm

    Hey Walrus. I’d like to ask your opinion on something to do with the share market.

  121. Walrus permalink
    February 29, 2016 6:05 pm

    Yes ToSY…….fire away…………..I’m an optimist remember

  122. February 29, 2016 6:06 pm

    Christ. Here we go.

  123. Walrus permalink
    February 29, 2016 6:07 pm

    Oh……..and lets talk about Peak Oil………….or the distinct lack of commentary these days LOL

  124. Walrus permalink
    February 29, 2016 6:08 pm

    I believe that reb just alluded to your real identity ToSY

  125. February 29, 2016 6:08 pm

    😆

  126. February 29, 2016 6:17 pm

    Do you like any particular high-yield fully franked stocks, suitable for a retiree I know?

  127. February 29, 2016 6:28 pm

    (I’m not the Messiah.)

  128. Walrus permalink
    February 29, 2016 6:37 pm

    If we disregard the 4 Banks I like IOOF (ASX=IFL) even though they are in the midst of a scandal ATM I have been accumulating for around 8 months now. Coming off a bit of a low at the moment.

    And you could look at BoQ

    And I have always liked Alumina ( the correlation to the aluminium price has very much decoupled over the last few years). Coming off a recent low so you might wish to wait for it to come back a bit.

    But buy over time and average out……but you already know that 🙂

  129. Walrus permalink
    February 29, 2016 6:37 pm

    “(I’m not the Messiah.)”

    Just a naughty boy

  130. Tom R permalink
    February 29, 2016 6:38 pm

    I have the NBN and there is noway i am going to pay for a backup power supply.

    “lol nils, read YOUR link ROFL”

    No, I’m not going to do it tosy, you very naughty boy!

  131. February 29, 2016 6:39 pm

    You’re assuming they already own the four banks?

  132. TB Queensland permalink
    February 29, 2016 6:48 pm

    http://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/government-and-opposition-trade-barbs-over-nbns-multibillion-rollout/news-story/40f009bddfff8833bbc117bf2fb29c1c

    What astounds me is that a local Freemason’s Retirement Home is an island of NBN …

    Now I wonder how that came about? And before you ask … the home is well over 70 years old …

    Why? Must be those porn films …

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

    (I’m not the Messiah.)

    Nah! He’s just a retiree … 🙂

    But buy over time and average out……but you already know that 🙂

    But, but its for retiree … oh that’s right he’ll live until he/she is 110 according to Liberal policy … about the only one they have …

    I know ToSY … you could invest in the Liberal Party! Everyone else does … just for the Vacuum Economics … ya know “suck it up” peasants … 😉

    Or is it suck up the peasants?

  133. TB Queensland permalink
    February 29, 2016 6:49 pm

    You’re assuming they already own the four banks?

    You know the Swiss woman who owns the four major banks? FMD! So do I!

  134. TB Queensland permalink
    February 29, 2016 7:17 pm

    I just figured out why I live in an NBN vacuum … the STATE electoral boundaries … I assumed (yeah, yeah) it was Federal …

    The Freemason’s Home is not tiny! But ..?

    The Federal member (Lib) I kicked out of my lounge a few years ago and told never to return! Wandering around on the carpet in his fkn work boots! Drongo!

  135. February 29, 2016 7:41 pm

    ao/monthly,,,,,,The physical lockout is the final manifestation of a cultural lockout they have suffered for a long time. They have been locked out of the housing market, locked out of affordable education, locked out of the welfare system and secure employment. They have seen their political power and their real wealth shrivel.,,,,,,

    #while the out-come is accurate to some extent armchair, the main `victims` of king-hits injuries is also the same generation. Politicians `have` successfully conned older voters to some extent to allow the govt to abdicate responsibility for `fairness and social good` via over complicated policy mangling unquestioned by frightened-media. So they often end-up tricked.

    #as a `working-example` we need look no further than one of `our` own teabags, who will squirt incessantly every time `fish-nibble` is reported, because `his` child might swim in the ocean from time to time. Fearing the ocean `predator` which is 100% avoidable, by staying out of the ocean. On the other hand, the same teabag cheers for the creation of land-based `predators` which his child `may` not always be able to avoid, that may drop a scaffold, crane or wall on child, or fly child over hot battlefield, or child become victim of drug-addled, unemployed, homeless desperado. The same applies to the financial, using the same imbecile that cheers for the fcuking-up of workers pay`n conditions and thus super, basically entrenches for his child heftier `pension` and/or `prison` costs. The child may avoid one, but not both.

  136. Tony permalink
    February 29, 2016 7:45 pm

    Thanks anyhow Walrus.

  137. TB Queensland permalink
    February 29, 2016 8:22 pm

    Evil exits where good men do nothing … and archbishops turn a blind eye …

    It seems the Australian catholic church let the victims of priestly pedophilia not cardinal pell …

    Fkn hypocrites all …

  138. TB Queensland permalink
    February 29, 2016 8:27 pm

    tbagz!

    I for one get a bit fed up being blamed for the state of the fkn world … I can assure you and everyone else who prattles “Baby Boomer” BOO! the state of play was necver stacked in my favour! And many other BBs I know … we didn’t whinge we just got on with it!

    There is always a way! The word can’t does not exist in my world!

    The world changes and moves on … build a bridge … get over it!

  139. TB Queensland permalink
    February 29, 2016 8:29 pm

    Thanks anyhow Walrus.

    Mmmm … “anyhow”, wally …

  140. February 29, 2016 8:50 pm

    tbagz!,,,,,I for one get a bit fed up being blamed for the state of the fkn world,,,,,

    #if`ya paid attention to my included `working-example` you would have noticed l didn`t blame YOU, just many have been conned, however, there is groups(possibly-astroturfed) that DO get plenty of air-time on the `pretence` of boomer interests, which is probably what the other-side are referring to ,, l can`t think of the group/s name/s at moment, but will drop`ya some links when l do ,, stop taking astroturf/group personally ,, it aint

  141. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 29, 2016 9:41 pm

    Welcome back Catching Up

  142. February 29, 2016 9:49 pm

    qandaland has your `buddy` shelton on tonight reb #iview

  143. February 29, 2016 10:11 pm

    The pamphlets, obtained by Fairfax Media,,,,,,have been prepared and funded by Chris Miles, a former Liberal MP and member of the Foreign Investment Review Board,,,,,

    #can we assume the teabags free-hate speech-pamphlets are `taxpayer-funded` via miles `mp-pension` or review-board wages?

  144. February 29, 2016 10:20 pm

    shelton is making a total arse-hat of himself and being guzzumped by both `audience` and other panel guests #qandaland

  145. February 29, 2016 10:29 pm

    “qandaland has your `buddy` shelton on tonight reb #iview”

    Thanks #bagz.

    Fortunately I missed it.

  146. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 29, 2016 11:36 pm

    shelton is making a total arse-hat of himself and being guzzumped by both `audience` and other panel guests #qandaland

    Pretty much as I expected. He’s just had his arse handed to him by most of them, especially Kerryn Phelps. He’s even played the muslim card for support!

    …I for one get a bit fed up being blamed for the state of the fkn world … I can assure you and everyone else who prattles “Baby Boomer” BOO! the state of play was necver stacked in my favour! And many other BBs I know … we didn’t whinge we just got on with it!…

    I thought the article was worthy of inclusion though and there was nothing personal intended in it.

    You and I would have had a job from the time we left school and never known unemployment, that’s how it was for our generations. We had decent education opportunities. Times have changed. I blame the corporisation of australia. Perhaps that is where the blame should be laid, the corporations are quite happy for us all to be fighting and distracted over the scraps they throw our way, but i’m hoping everyone will stop fighting each other one day and start laying the blame where it’s due – a society ruined by a devotion to the economy and profits for a few.

    When you think about it, WTF are we leaving gen Y?
    We will have destroyed the planet which will take massive amounts of their taxes to try and combat and the BB generation are the worst generation for scepticism of CC. Governments ignore the issue. The banks are ripping us all off, the kids can’t get jobs, the ones they do get are exercises in exploitation. No chance of buying their own house due to BB investors trying to get rich quick and bugger everyone else. Tax incentives are skewed towards the wealthy BB generation so they can sock away $ for their retirement. These kids can’t even look forward to a financial stability due to the increased casualisation of jobs and not enough jobs to go around.

    We don’t even want them to have a decent uni education for the ‘good job’ joe hockey said they need to aspire to and medicare will be completely trashed for their generation, the working poor.

    Surely we can think of the young ones and leave them better off than the generations before them? It is incumbent upon us I think.

  147. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 29, 2016 11:59 pm

    We left qanda and there was an ad immediately after the program asking us to donate to the fiji appeal.

    I’m having a bit of compassion overload these days.

    The government has systematically gone about cutting foreign aid and every time there is a natural disaster or anything out of the ordinary there is a campaign for people to donate.

    That’s why we pay taxes isn’t it?

    They have effectively outsourced foreign aid to the public. They can’t have it all, they can’t pay enormous sums of our money to lock up asylum seekers in a foreign hell hole, create a ‘border force’ empire and then expect us to pay for genuine foreign aid out of our own pockets for the pacific countries that we usually provide assistance for anyway.

    grrr, nope I’m refusing.

  148. Walrus permalink
    March 1, 2016 8:44 am

    “You’re assuming they already own the four banks?”

    Definitely.

    But CBA is still on the expensive side and ANZ has a bit of downside still to go due to Asian uncertainties.

    I like WBC and NAB at these levels

  149. TB Queensland permalink
    March 1, 2016 11:11 am

    Surely we can think of the young ones and leave them better off than the generations before them? It is incumbent upon us I think.

    They will be, KL, the BBs won’t last forever (I can assure you!) …

    … but its not a generational thing … there are super rich, rich, comfortable and struggling in all generational groupings …

    Its the “blanket”, all BBs are selfish bastards, that I object to … a bit like saying all women are radical feminists …

    The problem is the manipulation of the system to uber kapitalism and sucking the economy dry by the RICH! Of all ages!

    My family is and will be better off than we are … we are better off than our parents were(personally I mean) …

    The youngsters do have difficulty with focus and being distracted much more easily … the single, free and independent aspirations coupled with a I will be a millionaire overnight attitude doesn’t help either …

    I do agree with Hockey in one way … no-one is entitled to a free ride … it has to be worked for …

    The harder you work the luckier you get …

  150. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 1, 2016 11:25 am

  151. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 1, 2016 11:41 am

    Aspirations are different now. No one wants to get married in their 20s and load themselves up with a mortgage and a few kids.

    So this generation has different priorities to yours TB, and that’s probably not a bad thing.

  152. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 1, 2016 11:55 am

    How am I to take the word of a child over one of my priests?” — the entire sorry business in a nutshell.

    I heard that comment being discussed on the radio. Apparently 40 years ago the same thing would have applied to school teachers, policeman, lawyers or anybody in authority.

    It is a bad look on our society that anybody working with children these days has to have some sort of certificate.

  153. TB Queensland permalink
    March 1, 2016 1:15 pm

    So this generation has different priorities to yours TB, and that’s probably not a bad thing.

    And I have no problem with that, ToM … the world is constantly changing … the only thing that never changes is change …

    But this generation wants what I have without putting in those hard yards …

    You don’t score goals just by cheering from the side line …

    And not everyone knows the referee …

    Another cliché my kids have been taught … learn the system and use it to your advantage …

    (And that doesn’t mean cheating it) …

  154. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 1, 2016 1:36 pm

    Apparently 40 years ago the same thing would have applied to school teachers, policeman, lawyers or anybody in authority.

    I think it still applies and it’s why we keep hearing about one scandal or injustice after another. Perhaps we should have more oversight of systems and more regulation and monitoring, not self regulation?

    I think the police, defence and parliament investigating themselves is a recipe for cover up. There should be independent bodies for it [federal ICAC & similar for defence/police] and they should have harsher penalties applied, real jail time and heavy fines for institutional wrongdoing. Two bit thieves get more of a whack from the legal system than people in authority and white collar criminals. Good people doing nothing when they know of the crimes and a culture of prosecution of whistle blowers is justice, punishment, truth and transparency denied.
    Hiding behind maintaining public trust in institutions is the sanctioning of criminal wrongdoing by all.

  155. Tom R permalink
    March 1, 2016 1:47 pm

    The youngsters do have difficulty with focus and being distracted much more easily

    Bloody kids of today.

    Funnily enough, it’s pretty much what was said of kids of my days.

    And pretty sure it goes back further than that 😉

    Mind you, there is a lot more to take the focus away these days, so it is probably exasperated by that.

    Mind you, the libs are doing all they can to restrict that

  156. Tom R permalink
    March 1, 2016 1:50 pm

    More hurt for malcayman. Where to now for the libs?

  157. TB Queensland permalink
    March 1, 2016 2:12 pm

    WELCOME TO LA LA LAND!

    The official briefer, outed earlier today as George Brandis by the foreign minister, Julie Bishop, told reporters the exchange between Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull was almost a love in. It could perhaps be characterised as a slightly nauseating exchange of compliments.

    Basically a number of MPs took the opportunity of today’s meeting to raise their concerns about the government fiddling with negative gearing. In the middle of that debate, Abbott made his contribution, which was, essentially, to remind colleagues of two truisms: the government had a spending problem and not a revenue problem. Abbott was cautious about going near negative gearing in part because of Malcolm’s brilliant attack on Labor’s policy.

    The prime minister responded to this performance assessment by noting that leadership was about continuity and change – he said the government was continuing the budget strategy that Tony Abbott had so openly and courageously begun.

    The prime minister apparently wound up by inviting the treasurer Scott Morrison to speak, noting the treasurer was handling a difficult debate really well. Morrison told colleagues the government was dancing on the top of pin head when it came to tax reform. Morrison noted that tax reductions could only come from another tax because spending reductions had to go to deficit reduction.

    Which is a little different to Abbott’s version. In any case, a nauseating exchange of compliments. For your lunchtime reading.

    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2016/mar/01/labor-steps-up-its-campaign-against-senate-voting-reform-politics-live

    Is anyone actually in charge of Australia at the moment? (Adults I mean)

  158. March 1, 2016 3:08 pm

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  159. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 1, 2016 3:11 pm

    Fibre-to-the-node NBN is hardly powering on

    In 2013 only 70,000 premises were connected to Labors FTTP NBN. There are now 850,000 premises connected using FTTN. So people are being connected much faster.

    Labors FTTP would never be finished and bankrupt the country.

    But we are stuck with NBNCo building something because Conroy signed unbreakable contracts.

    But there are 12 million premises in Australia so there is still a long way to go.

  160. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 1, 2016 4:50 pm

    Legal ethics:

  161. TB Queensland permalink
    March 1, 2016 7:16 pm

    Thanks, sb, for showing Robber Barons (lawyers) at work …

    Like to see the list … Malcayman’s perhaps?

    We are being screwed left right and centre and no-one seems to be particularly concerned …

    Is it true that China now owns 30% of Australia?

  162. TB Queensland permalink
    March 1, 2016 7:17 pm

    sreb, there’s no sound on the video, cobber!

  163. TB Queensland permalink
    March 1, 2016 7:42 pm

    The person giving the official Coalition briefing described the discussion between current and former leaders as an “almost nauseating exchange of compliments”.

    Turnbull is already looking weaker because of concessions made to some of the same conservative right wing of his party on social issues.

    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/mar/01/coalitions-sugar-coated-compliments-mask-attempt-to-revive-bitterest-budget

    Reminds me of more than one CEO I’ve encountered … who could talk the talk but failed miserably when it came to walking the walk!

    In the vernacular … weak as piss!

  164. March 1, 2016 7:53 pm

    “”there’s no sound on the video””

    I think that’s the point….

  165. March 1, 2016 8:34 pm

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  166. TB Queensland permalink
    March 1, 2016 8:48 pm

    I think that’s the point….

    Chuckle …

  167. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 1, 2016 9:12 pm

    BREAKING West Australian Labor Senator Joe Bullock has announced he is quitting politics over his party’s position on same sex marriage

    A tragedy to lose such a true, progressive leader, an icon of the contemporary ALP

  168. March 1, 2016 9:15 pm

    He wants to spend more time with his bigotry.

  169. TB Queensland permalink
    March 1, 2016 9:38 pm

    His Bigotry?

    Is that his boyfriend’s name?

    Is he quitting before or after the stupid, money wasting plebiscite?

  170. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 1, 2016 9:45 pm

    Louise Pratt got more votes than Joe Bullock at the last election but Joe got in because of a shoppies union factional deal where he was placed above her at the top of the ticket.

    This really does highlight why we need to have both ATL and BTL voting reforms, so people really can choose their member of choice and the duds like bullock, abetz, bernardi can be easily weeded out if we want to.

    It should be the voter’s choice and that choice should be facilitated to be as easy as possible, not devious manipulations by the parties where voters end up voting for the party’s choice and not their own. BTL voting has been made so hard that people will opt for the ATL option and there is no choice between candidates or even between parties for the voter.

    I would like to see a media campaign to educate the public on BTL voting and it’s importance in stopping the gaming of the system by the major parties, this is just as important as the micro parties issue IMO. Perhaps a public outcry will shame the parties enough to force them to do the right thing

    …Outgoing West Australian senator Louise Pratt launched a blistering attack on her Labor running mate Joe Bullock on Wednesday, labelling him a “deeply homophobic” person who is disloyal to his own party.
    Senator Pratt, who conceded she would lose her seat, said Mr Bullock’s installation at the top of Labor’s ticket of WA Senate candidates highlighted the need for deeper democratisation of the party’s structures.
    Senator Pratt was forced to take the second position on Labor’s Senate ticket because of a factional deal between Mr Bullock’s union, the Right-aligned Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Union (SDA), and the Left-aligned United Voice union.
    The power of trade unions within Labor – especially the SDA – had undermined public faith in the party and its ability to win elections, Senator Pratt said…

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/joe-bullock-proves-labor-partys-need-for-reform-lousie-pratt-20140416-zqvka.html#ixzz41e6wEWAN

  171. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 1, 2016 10:20 pm

    Apparently union affiliation is good for the ALP

  172. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 1, 2016 11:08 pm

    Warning! Pell Protection Society in full spin.

  173. TB Queensland permalink
    March 1, 2016 11:27 pm

    George Pell agrees to interview with Andrew Bolt

    CHORTLE!

  174. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 2, 2016 12:00 am

    Election experts predict Senate changes will encounter High Court challenge
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/election-experts-predict-senate-changes-will-encounter-high-court-challenge-20160301-gn72ru.html

    …Veteran psephologist Malcolm Mackerras said the voting changes – which would clear the way for a snap double-dissolution election likely to clean out the current crossbench – stemmed from a “filthy deal” between the Greens and the Liberal Party, “led by the unelected, dud Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull”…

    …Professor Williams described the proposed new system as “incoherent” and Mr Green, who broadly supports the changes, which he said would “put preferences back in the hands of voters” said the anomaly above and below the line were “a foot in the High Court challenge”.

    Mr Mackerras believes the proposed system is unconstitutional because it does not adhere to the “candidate-based” system envisaged at federation.

    “The [bill] as it now stands is breathtaking in its contempt for the Australian constitution. It is a bad bill,” he said.

    “It should be withdrawn and redrafted to bring it fully back to comply with the constitution.”He said it would be the “duty of a senator” to take a challenge to the High Court the day after the bill becomes law.

    “I am confident such will happen. If that challenge fails I would be devastated. I would no longer be able to say that our senators are directly elected by the people.”

    …Glenn Druery, the so-called micro party preference whisperers, said the changes were likely to force Labor into a formal Coalition with the Greens because they will hand the Coalition the upper-hand in the Senate on a permanent basis…

  175. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 2, 2016 12:58 am

    Senate voting debate blocked in bid to stop double dissolution
    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/mar/01/senate-voting-debate-blocked-in-bid-to-stop-double-dissolution

    …Labor and the Senate crossbench are refusing to allow the upper house to debate laws bringing in proposed new voting rules in an attempt to deny the government the chance to call a July double dissolution election.

    The Greens back the Senate changes, which ban the backroom deals that have seen micro-parties elected on a tiny number of votes, but have also come under intense pressure to stall them to prevent the government from calling a double dissolution poll straight after its May budget.

    It is understood the Greens are considering some additional changes to the bill, including optional preferential voting “below the line” – but it is not clear whether they will back a crossbench plan to impose a “start date” for the laws in August, after the last possible date for calling a double dissolution.

    The independent senator Nick Xenophon has said he will try to amend the bill in the Senate to introduce optional preferential voting below the line instead of requiring voters to place a number beside every candidate’s name…

  176. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 2, 2016 1:14 am

    George Pell wasn’t much interested in stories of abuse by priests. Which was lucky for his career
    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/mar/01/george-pell-wasnt-much-interested-in-stories-of-abuse-by-priests-which-was-lucky-for-his-career

    …Had Pell made a big fuss about the abuse going on all around him as a young priest, he would not be at the Vatican. But as he told the royal commission, he stayed clear of such ‘sad stories’…

  177. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 2, 2016 1:51 am

    Top Vatican cardinal says handling of sex abuse that rocked Australia was ‘absolutely scandalous’
    http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2016/02/29/top-vatican-cardinal-says-handling-sex-abuse-that-rocked-australia-was-absolutely-scandalous/N0HqjYKMCmqTlX0Jod9ESI/story.html?event=event25

  178. Tom R permalink
    March 2, 2016 8:21 am

    Looks like donothingbill did quite a lot, even before he was PM. He set the standard for Industrial Relations which even the CFMEU are hopping on board with

    The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) has historically been more prepared than its union rival, the CFMEU, to trade away working conditions for higher pay.

    What makes this pay deal unusual is not so much the amount (substantial though it is), but the fact that both unions have signed up.

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/the-tradeoff-for-meeting-construction-deadlines-is-bigger-salaries-20160301-gn7iz5#ixzz41gjNaGcA
    Follow us: @theage on Twitter | theageAustralia on Facebook

    Attacking wages is not the only path forward with Industrial Relations, which the libs just cannot seem to fathom.

    I wonder how turc feels about this lol

    Apparently union affiliation is good for the ALP

    See above 😉

    And, on the bright side, he is gone, and because his antediluvian ways couldn’t keep up with the ALP. Not bad for a worn out old party imo. What’s happening to bernadi and brough?

    And Louise Pratt is apparently nominating again for that seat.

  179. Tom R permalink
    March 2, 2016 9:21 am

    Louise Pratt isn’t the only one running there apparently. It really looks like she has no friends at all over there?

  180. Tom R permalink
    March 2, 2016 9:23 am

    And I’m beginning to see why the libs and murdoch ran so hard against Labors world leading GFC response. No Pain, No Gain (gain for the yommpercenters that is)

  181. March 2, 2016 11:12 am

    About now the immense pride of `catlick-affiliation` must be setting-in with both the teabags `and` teabag-lites after the dedicated `pell` coverage on my abc24:-)

  182. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 2, 2016 11:31 am

  183. TB Queensland permalink
    March 2, 2016 11:38 am

    Frankly I’m over Pell … a waste of space, time and money … I find his deceit, lies, hypocrisy and mental wanderings insulting to anyone with a modicum of intelligence … just because he wears a dress and funny skull cap to work does not make the prat saintly!

    Pell … and church PEOPLE like him … are abominations of the devil itself (if you believe in such nonsense!)

  184. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 2, 2016 12:02 pm

  185. March 2, 2016 12:57 pm

    pay that!

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  186. Tom R permalink
    March 2, 2016 1:11 pm

  187. Tom R permalink
    March 2, 2016 1:12 pm

    oops, the above tweet was ion reference to this one

  188. TB Queensland permalink
    March 2, 2016 1:32 pm

    The way George Pell is having his reputation attacked in this Royal Commission is “a sad story and of not much interest to me”.

    Surely worthy of a Royal Commission itself … at least there will be some “real” outcomes … won’t there?

  189. March 2, 2016 1:48 pm

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  190. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 2, 2016 2:10 pm

    Unions influence the Labor Party is spruiked as an anti-labor meme, but the Liberal Paty’s ant democratic party processes don’t get a mention. Party members can’t choose a candidate in the Libs.

    John Howard and Liberal branch protest ‘vindictive’ suspensions of party members after 7.30 interview
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-02/john-howard-protest-vindictive-suspension-730-three/7213734

    …Former Liberal prime minister John Howard has criticised the suspensions of three party members who urged reforms during interviews with the ABC’s 7.30 program.

    Former federal parliamentary secretary Ross Cameron, Charlie Lynn, who served in the New South Wales upper house for 20 years, and branch member Juris Laucis were suspended for calling for the Liberal Party’s democratisation…

    …Mr Howard, prime minister from 1996 until 2007, also backed the push to allow party members a vote on candidates.

    “I think the preselection process for choosing candidates in NSW is too narrow. I have long argued in favour of having plebiscites,” he said.

    Mr Howard also said the party was “too heavily influenced by factions” and risked losing members…

  191. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 2, 2016 2:39 pm

    Is this the same greedy, grasping nurses who were ‘double dipping’ on their maternity leave? Now they are wealthy investors who will be harmed by negative gearing changes.

  192. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 2, 2016 2:40 pm

    Since Plain Packaging laws & excise rise, volume of tobacco consumed is down 22.2%.

    Cue our version of Catching Up to pop in and argue ### and ,,,,,,,,,,,, *** ###… or something… or nothing…

  193. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 2, 2016 2:48 pm

    Live: Prime Minister confirms investigation into leak of classified defence documents

    Malcolm Turnbull has told Question Time the head of the Defence Department is investigating the leaking of classified information about the submarine tendering process.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-02/abc-federal-politics-live-blog-march-2/7212932

  194. Tom R permalink
    March 2, 2016 2:54 pm

    Prime Minister confirms investigation into leak of classified defence documents

    IT”S ON!!

    Mind you, from all appearances, yabot has the “investigators” on a short leash. Not much will come of this imo.

  195. TB Queensland permalink
    March 2, 2016 3:46 pm

    What a fkn frazzle … and this bunch reckon they can govern the economy and the country … I call bullshit!

    Incompetent, internally destructive amateurs …

    Bunch’a fkn Nero’s!

  196. March 2, 2016 3:47 pm

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  197. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 2, 2016 3:47 pm

    Defence Force chief at odds with Tony Abbott claim that Malcolm Turnbull has delayed new submarines
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/defence-force-chief-at-odds-with-tony-abbott-claim-that-malcolm-turnbull-has-delayed-new-submarines-20160302-gn8aco.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=nc&eid=socialn%3Atwi-13omn1677-edtrl-other%3Annn-17%2F02%2F2014-edtrs_socialshare-all-nnn-nnn-vars-o%26sa%3DD%26usg%3DALhdy28zsr6qiq#ixzz41iX2BjLP

  198. Tom R permalink
    March 2, 2016 4:08 pm

    Distorts market & promotes inflationary speculation

    Yes, but it distorts it to the advantage of the advantaged. They don’t like distortions that work the other way is all 😉

  199. March 2, 2016 4:22 pm

    Frankly,,,,,,I`m over rabbit/blib/talkbull .. a waste of space, time and money .. I find his deceit, lies, hypocrisy and mental wanderings insulting to anyone with a modicum of intelligence,,,,,,

    #well said teebz:-)

  200. March 2, 2016 5:19 pm

    Ha-ha armchair,

    # ,, it must be a hard day for tinfoil`osy as his `secondary-blog` starts looking a lot like his `primary-blog` when it comes to his precious catlick defending, let`s hope the monkey-pod lets him in when he bangs on their door seeking solace:-)

  201. March 2, 2016 6:20 pm

    BOARDROOMS SHOULD DIG WHERE THEY WANT TO

    http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-01/partial-building-collapse-in-enfield-sydney/7209360

    BOARDROOM DIGS ARE ALWAYS SUCCESSFUL

    http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2016/02/29/4413666.htm

    BOARDROOMS ALWAYS ENSURE SAFETY

  202. Walrus permalink
    March 2, 2016 6:24 pm

    This is a football promotion ?????????????

    Just as well we have a sense of humour………………..Yikes !

    https://twitter.com/GZEvergrandeFC

  203. March 2, 2016 7:25 pm

    TB,,,,,Is it true that China now owns 30% of Australia?,,,,,

    # ,, it doesn`t matter ,, they own 90% of our politicians which is more effective

  204. March 2, 2016 8:02 pm

    So where are all the Tim supporters then…….??

  205. TB Queensland permalink
    March 2, 2016 8:11 pm

    wally, I assume you are referring to this?

    Imagine the other way around … ie Beijing Landing!

  206. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 2, 2016 8:13 pm

    Tim who?

  207. March 2, 2016 8:28 pm

    Hey Neil:

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  208. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 2, 2016 8:37 pm

    Yep we have an emergency. What is your point?

    The Coalition in its first budget tried to do something about it but were called mean and nasty.

    Fact is we are screwed. Let us hope the people we are in debt to show us mercy.

  209. TB Queensland permalink
    March 2, 2016 8:49 pm

    DELICIOUS

    I think you meant RIDICULOUS …

    Playing with Defence White Papers can be very dangerous …

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

    Gold class this arvo …

    “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”

    If you like “true story” war films … then I heartily suggest you go along to see, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”

    Obviously set in Libya … just after being “liberated” from Gaddafi rule by local forces … a covert US “mission” included a small number of CIA, GRS operatives.

    A US Ambassador arrives … and the story unfolds …

    The rapid collapse of a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya exposed the vulnerabilities of State Department facilities overseas. But the CIA’s ability to fend off a second attack that same night provided a glimpse of a key element in the agency’s defensive arsenal: a secret security force created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

    Two of the Americans killed in Benghazi were members of the CIA’s Global Response Staff, an innocuously named organization that has recruited hundreds of former U.S. Special Forces operatives to serve as armed guards for the agency’s spies.

    Runs for 2 hours 24 mins, fast paced, plenty of action, believable and clever script (military humour is the same everywhere) … very well made film (come to think of it … expect a Bin Laden op soon I suspect … if only someone would tackle, The Battle of Long Tan!)

    Some of the dialogue was the now usual American mumble … and strangely enough, no subtitles … but not essential – obviously.

    The Minister: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    TB: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Note: I did not once say … that’s silly … a very professional product …

  210. TB Queensland permalink
    March 2, 2016 8:52 pm

    The Coalition in its first budget tried to do something about it but were called mean and nasty. to the poor, the young, the sick, the old, the unemployed and uni students …

  211. Tim permalink
    March 2, 2016 8:55 pm

    “Tim who?”

    I wondered the same thing. It’s a Jock thing, apparently.

    http://www.thecelticwiki.com/page/Tim

  212. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 2, 2016 8:56 pm

    Catching Up –

    ###,,,,,,,,iF Onyl wE had )))) thI***TS Tpye of adVterssiem##enTs sm0KKinG wouL%%ld b#E dowWWN bY 50%%%%%% ####

  213. March 2, 2016 9:03 pm

    “###,,,,,,,,iF Onyl wE had )))) thI***TS Tpye of adVterssiem##enTs sm0KKinG wouL%%ld b#E dowWWN bY 50%%%%%% ####”

    You make a good point.

  214. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 2, 2016 9:09 pm

    to the poor, the young, the sick, the old, the unemployed and uni students …

    It is amazing what people say to justify their perverted and immoral beliefs.

    Now TB of Queensland is bringing out the lame, cripple, sick, unemployed people to justify his vote.

  215. Tom R permalink
    March 2, 2016 9:26 pm

    but were called mean and nasty.

    Did it occur to you that that was because they were simply mean and nasty?

    You make a good point.

    He had me at ##,,

    Meanwhile, the journos appear to be noticing that yabot is/was a dangerous psychopath

    Breathtaking breach of basic responsibility from an ex-PM

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/breathtaking-breach-of-basic-responsibility-from-an-expm-20160302-gn8rns.html#ixzz41jvKqCPS
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    Too little too late muppets!

  216. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 2, 2016 9:31 pm

    Did it occur to you that that was because they were simply mean and nasty?

    No.

    Lefties only bring out the sick, unemployed, crippled, lame when it suits their political beliefs.

    Lefties locked up 8,000 kids but only got out of bed when Abbott was elected. Now there are less than 80 kids in detention there are some protests.

  217. Tom R permalink
    March 2, 2016 9:33 pm

    “Tim who?”

    Wasn’t he a famous Enchanter?

  218. March 2, 2016 9:39 pm

    “Wasn’t he a famous Enchanter?”

    That is correct.

  219. Tom R permalink
    March 2, 2016 9:43 pm

    Did it ever occur to you nil that you are a paranoid zealot?

  220. Tom R permalink
    March 2, 2016 9:46 pm

    that is correct.

    I knew if I mouthed off long enough I’d hit the payload!

    Don’t stop now nil 🙂

  221. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 2, 2016 9:52 pm

    Did it ever occur to you nil that you are a paranoid zealot?

    Yep.

    But i have made my mind up. Lefties use the crippled, lame, unemployed, sick for political purposes.

    I came to that conclusion back on Tim Dunlops blog in 2007.

  222. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 2, 2016 10:23 pm

    But i have made my mind up. Lefties use the crippled, lame, unemployed, sick for political purposes.

    I forgot to add refugees. Did anybody notice some Doctors protesting about something recently?

    I do not recall these Doctors protesting when Labor locked up 50,000 asylum seekers and 8,000 kids.

    Apparently none of these people got sick until Abbott was elected.

  223. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 2, 2016 10:52 pm

    This is absolutely DELICIOUS…

    Good mate greg sheridan will protect abbott on the pretense of ‘anonymous source’

    Haven’t the AFP got all the metadata now though? no excuse for them not getting their man.

    hehe, abbott can’t contain his rage and his giant sense of thwarted entitlement. He and his christian fascist mates will lose them the next election and he wouldn’t give a damn. His ego is bigger than any loyalty to the party that has supported him for decades. They should expel him now.

    Such an unlucky couple 😆

    Man found dead inside Kathy Jackson’s house
    http://www.afr.com/news/man-found-dead-inside-kathy-jacksons-house-20160302-gn8pr7

  224. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 2, 2016 11:21 pm

  225. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2016 7:56 am

    Oh, things just keep on getting more delic, or insane, depending on your capacity for swallowing shit sandwiches. I mean, it is only taxpayers money after all

    The company building the national broadband network has quietly trialled a new, low-cost fibre-to-the-premises technology that could achieve the speed and reliability of an all-fibre system to the home, as originally intended by Labor, but at a reduced construction price.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/nbn-trials-cheaper-allfibre-option-20160302-gn8cj3.html#ixzz41mUEbstm
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    Yea, good luck keeping that quiet malcayman, it’s not like that’s a lonely journalist at the ABC simply trying to do his job without “fear or favour”

    And in the “no shit Sherlock” category. In fact, I’m pretty sure Ross covered that in one of his articles, probably one that got canned until post election.

    A well placed source in the company said that a reduction in cost-per-connection, as a result of improved technology, had always been expected as the giant project proceeded.

  226. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2016 8:02 am

    Analyse That Look….

    He’d be a great one to play poker against by the looks ao 😉

    I saw someone on PB (c@tmomma I think) label him “The Loaded Dog”. I’m just waiting to see a cartoonist take that one up (if they haven’t already), it’s just so apt.

  227. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2016 8:10 am

    OH . MY . DOG! 😯

  228. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2016 9:15 am

  229. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2016 9:18 am

    lol, morriscums making hockey look credible, Not an easy task I’ll admit

  230. Walrus permalink
    March 3, 2016 10:43 am

    “BIS Shrapnel admits they didnt model our policy”

    ROFLMAO

    And why is that………..?……..well its because the fuckwits in the ALP wont release their modelling………….because there is none

  231. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2016 10:55 am

    well its because the fuckwits in the ALP wont release their modelling

    er, are you saying that Bullshitshrapnel were going to model modelling? lol

    Here’s a little explainer wally 😉

  232. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2016 11:02 am

    So how did Morrison reach that conclusions????

    And wasn’t the modelling done by BIS …

    Missed the point again, wally, the mob ewe support are a wooly brained lot.

  233. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2016 11:05 am

    I see from Tr’s, comment above … even the “experts” are giggling at the ineptitude of the Liberals and their cronies …

    Keep it up … we may not have Trickle Down Economics but we do have Trickle Down Politics … eventually the plebs “get it” …

  234. Walrus permalink
    March 3, 2016 11:23 am

    “….even the “experts” are giggling…….”

    ROFLMAO at YOU

    Since when is the Grattan Institute full of “experts”…….how hilarious

  235. Walrus permalink
    March 3, 2016 11:25 am

    “er, are you saying that Bullshitshrapnel were going to model modelling? lol”

    No but they could use the paranmeters that the ALP wont release.

    So where is the ALP modelling………….is there any or uis this just another brainfart from the ALP and it rusted ons ?????????????

  236. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 3, 2016 11:27 am

    BIS Shrapnel throws negative gearing modelling poop
    http://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2016/03/bis-shrapnel-monkey-throws-negative-gearing-modelling-poop/

    …BIS Shrapnel has today joined the monkeys throwing negative gearing poop with new “modelling” for a “confidential client” (we’d guess the property lobby or the Liberal Party backbenchers we know were mulling this) that forecasts impending doom if negative gearing is limited to new dwellings, as proposed by Labor…

    …So, restricting negative gearing to newly constructed dwellings would somehow crash dwelling construction, raise rents, and destroy employment, the Budget and the economy? Even in its own terms this makes no sense. How does a sagging economy and rising unemployment lead to a rental cost spike? Hint: it doesn’t…

    …In response to this new low in lobbying, Labor’s shadow treasurer and assistant treasurer, Chris Bowen and Andrew Leigh, issued a press release debunking BIS “modelling”:…

    ========

    Eric Abetz hit the airwaves this am saying that “it wasn’t necessarily a parliamentarian that leaked the report”
    You’re right eric, it must have been abbott or andrews’ cleaner! 😆

  237. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2016 11:30 am

    No but they could use the paranmeters that the ALP wont release.

    That would have proven difficult, considering this bulshitshrapnel report was written BEFORE Labor released their policy

    Here’s one that was actually done AFTER the policy was released, and so could use the parameters (not the “modelling”) of the policy

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/independent-modelling-backs-labors-negative-gearing-policy-20160219-gmyl8o.html

  238. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2016 11:33 am

    Apparently Leith van Onselen is no longer an “expert” ao, or all those scribblers at AFR 😉

  239. Walrus permalink
    March 3, 2016 11:36 am

    Hilarious TomR………..it offers no opinion on the effect on house prices.

    You just get funnier and funnier

  240. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2016 11:41 am

    What’s even funnier is you defending bullshitshrapnel for attacking Labors policy with modelling that didn’t use Labors policy as parameters.

    😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

    But, this cuts to chase better than any bullshit modelling

  241. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2016 11:50 am

    At least wally’s never promised to respect our intelligence, or pretend he has any himself 😉

  242. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 3, 2016 12:03 pm

  243. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2016 12:23 pm

    More “inteleGents”

    House prices won’t fall if negative gearing is restricted to new properties and the capital gains discount halved, a majority of economists say.

    Three-quarters of 50 economists polled by the Labor-aligned McKell Institute said house prices would continue to grow over the long term under Labor’s proposal, assuming no other changes to broader market trends.

    …………

    But the author of the BIS Shrapnel report, Kim Hawtrey, has told ABC Radio that the modelling was undertaken last year, at the request of a private client, and was not an evaluation of Labor’s policy proposal. It does not, for example, include the impact of halving the capital gains tax concession.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/house-prices-wont-fall-if-negative-gearing-restricted-economists-20160302-gn95q3.html#ixzz41naN0mPN
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    Keep on battin’ though wally 😉

  244. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2016 12:25 pm

    CATLYK KOMPASSION!

    AN Australian author has pulled out of two speaking engagements at a Sydney Catholic school after he was banned from talking about his “inappropriate” new book just days after he revealed he was gay.

    William Kostakis, 26, was booked just weeks ago by De La Salle College in Revesby Heights, southwest of Sydney, to speak about his latest novel The Sidekicks in March and June.

    Mr Kostakis was contacted by the school again after he last week wrote a blog about his sexuality and a former boyfriend who had been diagnosed with cancer.

    In an email to Mr Kostakis, a school staff member expressed concerns about how the book, which features a gay character, would be received by parents.

    “We have a concern about promoting your new book at our school as it is a Catholic school,” the email read.

    “We were reading over your blog and I think it might not be appropriate, and parents might not be happy.

    “I have nothing personally against you and it sounds like a touching story that (I) would love to read, however I feel it isn’t appropriate.”

    Mr Kostakis spoke at the school in June last year to promote his earlier novel, The First Third, which also included gay themes.

    His speech was reportedly well-received, and staff invited him back to launch The Sidekicks, until completely changing tune last week.

    http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/author-banned-from-discussing-his-book-at-speaking-engagements-after-coming-out-as-gay/news-story/983ed411904a5455a44ec4bfb14dda56

  245. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 3, 2016 12:26 pm

    oops, sorry for repeat of tomR’s tweet, I wasn’t paying attention 😳

  246. Walrus permalink
    March 3, 2016 12:34 pm

    “Three-quarters of 50 economists polled by the Labor-aligned McKell Institute”

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/house-prices-wont-fall-if-negative-gearing-restricted-economists-20160302-gn95q3.html#ixzz41ndaxqln

    Who got polled……………Wayne Swan, Chris Bowen ?………………….ROFLMAO

  247. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2016 12:44 pm

    Who got polled

    “Former Reserve Bank governor Bernie Fraser”

    Well, that’s what the story says anyway wally 😉

  248. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2016 12:46 pm

    The Liberals really are unravelling quickly … what a difference a poll makes …

    Even the Liberal Supporters Club are scrabbling …

    Laughable …

  249. Walrus permalink
    March 3, 2016 12:52 pm

    “Former Reserve Bank governor Bernie Fraser”

    LOL………yeah and he’s not Left aligned is he.

    You need to try harder

  250. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 3, 2016 12:55 pm

    …Perhaps the Treasurer should have been alerted to the problems with the BIS Shrapnel report on page 1, in which it refers to Australia’s national income as $190 billion. In fact, Australia’s GDP is $1.6 trillion. It is New Zealand that has a GDP of $190 billion. If the Treasurer thinks a report which confuses the Australian economy with the New Zealand economy is credible, then no wonder his colleagues are rapidly losing faith in his judgment…

  251. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2016 1:13 pm

    You need to try harder

    Leith van Onselen
    Former Reserve Bank governor Bernie Fraser
    The AFR

    Plus all the lefties you hate

    It’s a big(and growing) list

    Even bullshitshrapnel have admitted that they didn’t model Labors policy, and that they got basic shit wrong.

    Labor seized on an error, which appeared on the first page of the report and was repeated in media coverage on Thursday, that claimed Australia’s national annual income was $190 billion – about the size of New Zealand’s.

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/scott-morrison-under-fire-after-bis-shrapnel-report-used-to-attack-labor-contained-crucial-errors-20160302-gn93kj.html

    I think it is well past the towel throwing stage wally 😉

    http://www.afr.com/news/politics/bis-shrapnels-negative-gearing-report-is-manifestly-ridiculous-20160302-gn8sv0

  252. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2016 1:43 pm

  253. March 3, 2016 1:45 pm

    Looks like Walrus got pwned..

    (If that’s still a thing)

  254. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2016 1:48 pm

    When will wally find anyone on “his side”

  255. Walrus permalink
    March 3, 2016 2:11 pm

    “Mr Shorten could not offer his own commissioned modelling on his policy, but said the issue had been “modelled to death” by the Australian National University and the union-aligned McKell Institute.”

    Keep trying

    Where is that ALP modelling by the way. Why wont they release it ?

    I’ll tell you why…………………….It doesnt exist

  256. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 3, 2016 2:26 pm

    TONY Abbott is supremely indifferent to the damage he might cause the Turnbull prime ministership as he aggressively exercises his right to comment widely…

    …It is that indifference and indulgence, rather than evidence of actual leaks, which is ensuring the tensions and anger of last September’s leadership change have barely dissipated.
    Tony Abbott has made clear he’s not staying in Parliament to make sure Malcolm Turnbull has a comfortable time in Australia’s hardest job.
    Whether it is defence policy or economic management, the Abbott view is heard no matter the effect on the standing of the government.
    There is a significant section of the government benches running out of patience with Mr Abbott’s passive-aggressive campaign just months out from a federal election.
    The numbers will increase as the damage toll rises…

    TPP: Would anybody mind if the deal fell over?
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/close-but-no-transpacific-partnership-cigar-hillary-20160301-gn7pjo

    …Willful blindness over the benefits wouldn’t matter so much if there wasn’t also wilful blindness to the costs. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade appears to have never examined any of Australia’s 18 free trade agreements after the event, but the Australian National University has. Ten years after the US-Australia free trade agreement it found it had cut rather than boosted trade…

  257. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 3, 2016 3:09 pm

    Where is that ALP modelling by the way. Why wont they release it ?
    I’ll tell you why…………………….It doesnt exist

    Because the thieving, lying libs would pinch it, that’s why.

    How come the party of supposedly free markets doesn’t want a policy that will curtail the government’s intervention & inflation of a housing market?
    Why would they want a policy that only makes wealthy investors better off and prevents a generation from owning a house?

  258. Walrus permalink
    March 3, 2016 5:01 pm

    “Looks like Walrus got pwned..”

    Really……..well that’s news to me. Perhaps that’s why I feel down. Hang on………….I’ll just take a look at my bank balance.

    Ahhhhhhhhh…………………I feel much better now thanks

  259. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2016 5:55 pm

    Where is that ALP modelling by the way. Why wont they release it ?

    Who cares where their internal modelling is. Two independent agencies have modeled it (the actual policy that is, not some airy fairy crap from before the policy was released), and given it a very positive outcome.

    If you have an issue with the independent modelling, take it up with them, in the same way that the bullshitshrapnel model has been, with facts.

    That’s if you can 😉

  260. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 3, 2016 6:01 pm

    My view on this is whatever the ALP does is bad for Australia.

    Playing devils advocate it is possible that the Bisshrapenel report modeled the future ALP policy perfectly.

    Fact is whatever the ALP does is bad for Australia and everybody who lives here.

  261. March 3, 2016 6:24 pm

    Awkward…

    //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  262. March 3, 2016 6:25 pm

    “”My view on this is whatever the ALP does is bad for Australia.””

    BREAKING NEWS.

  263. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2016 7:06 pm

    BREAKING NEWS.

    I’m just glad that nil has stopped posting as wally, it was getting kind of embarrassing

    Awkward…

    malcayman sitting down for horderves with The Loaded Dog, what could be better. 🙂

    After the way yabots office sat Gillard next to rudd at Gough Whitlam’s funeral, you’d have to ask did he have a hand in this?

    How can such a duplicitous bastard hold such sway?

    (If that’s still a thing)

    So the kiddies tell me 😉

  264. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2016 7:25 pm

    Looks like Walrus got pwned..

    (If that’s still a thing)

    Nah! He gets pwned all the time (just doesn’t know it) …

    I must say I admire his “determination” very useful in a fire fight! 😉

  265. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2016 7:26 pm

    “Treasurer has now, nailed his credibility to a report with no credibility.”</I.

    And around mid-day on my car radio (and others I assume) attempted to "defend" the indefensible … scrabble anyone?

  266. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2016 7:29 pm

    The numbers will increase as the damage toll rises…

    That’s the poll numbers for Labor …

  267. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2016 7:38 pm

    My view on this is whatever the ALP does is bad for Australia.

    No-one gives fuck about your “view”, Kneel …

    The negative gearing argument revolves around two issues …

    1. Providing more housing for first and other home OWNERS (encouraging new home construction thus increasing supply and lowering demand and thus lowering prices.

    2. Providing less housing to increase house prices for asset INVESTORS and thus increasing prices.

    The economy has always surged with increased housing construction … because of the spin off to so many other industries and tradespeople …

    Liberal policies (the few there are) are actually stagnating the economy and subsequent revenue … once again driven by ideology rather than economic logic …

    The House of Cards will tumble … Liberals are for the gamblers (more losers than winners) … Labor for the people …

  268. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2016 7:44 pm

    Every time Morriscum puts his head up a sniper pops him … he’s not dealing with unarmed asylum seekers with a Border Force (due to go on strike – medals an’ all) in front of him.

    Morriscum has reached his Peter Principle, Level of Incompetence … along with his boss …

  269. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2016 7:45 pm

    Defend Morriscum all you want … from now on he’ll be gazumped!

  270. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2016 7:47 pm

    Defend Morriscum all you want

    Don’t worry, Andrew Leigh is there to help out 😉

  271. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 3, 2016 8:54 pm

    Liberal policies (the few there are) are actually stagnating the economy and subsequent revenue

    Every Labor govt in the lifetime of Australians has stuffed the economy. I cannot think of one successful ALP govt.

  272. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 3, 2016 9:02 pm

    … Labor for the people …

  273. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 3, 2016 9:33 pm

    IT’S A SAD STORY AND WASN’T OF MUCH INTEREST TO ME

    Hmmm….. true of a few comments here

  274. TB Queensland permalink
    March 4, 2016 12:15 am

    Hmmm….. true of a few comments here

    Refer: Tom of Melbourne

  275. Tom R permalink
    March 4, 2016 9:19 am

    Refer: Tom of Melbourne

    That occurred o me too TB, yomm bravely crawls out from underneath his ivory rock too put up a picture. And then complains about the value of “comments”

    As some one once “commented”

  276. Tom R permalink
    March 4, 2016 9:25 am

    The fallout from the bullshitshrapnel “modelling” begins

    The Australia Institute is calling for a code of conduct to be introduced in the wake of the saga surrounding modelling produced by BIS Shrapnel on Thursday, which purports to show the economic consequences of restricting negative gearing to new residential properties.

    The modelling was being championed by Treasurer Scott Morrison, who said it showed Labor’s proposal on negative gearing was ill-designed.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/call-for-code-of-conduct-for-economic-modellers-after-saga-surrounding-bis-shrapnel-negative-gearing-modelling-20160303-gn9nv9.html#ixzz41sgzS9GI
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    Sad that it might need to get to this. But, this is not the first time jumk modelling has been used (the libs have a history). It is refreshing to see the rapidity and accuracy with which much of the media highlighted it this time though. If they could be trusted to do their job, we probably don’t need code of conduct, but previous “debates”, such as NBN and Climate Pricing, shows that bullshit rules the day.

  277. Walrus permalink
    March 4, 2016 9:25 am

    “Liberal policies (the few there are) are actually stagnating the economy and subsequent revenue … once again driven by ideology rather than economic logic … ”

    What a load of CRAP !

    “Australia is close to top of leader board of advanced economies after unexpectedly posting GDP growth of 3.0 per cent in 2015, economists say……………..”

    GDP grew by 0.6 per cent in the December quarter, according the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday.

  278. Tom R permalink
    March 4, 2016 9:28 am

    scomo doing some more “economic” modelling. Or is that wally?

  279. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 4, 2016 9:41 am

    It’s good to see the economists very loudly pushing back against scomo’s claims of the benefits of N Gearing.They know that it is way past time that the policy [which does benefit only a few wealthy] was stopped.

    Here is a very good rebuttal of scomo trying to defend the indefensible in parliament.

    Morrison painting a false picture of negative gearing
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/money/2016/03/03/morrison-painting-false-picture-negative-gearing-laws/

    ANALYSIS: Treasurer Scott Morrison’s communication skills are first class. But his economic arguments against property tax reform are appallingly flawed.

  280. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 4, 2016 9:57 am

  281. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 4, 2016 10:07 am

    Tony Abbott no Kevin Rudd ‘at this stage’, cabinet minister Mathias Cormann says
    http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-no-kevin-rudd-at-this-stage-cabinet-minister-mathias-cormann-says-20160303-gna76o.html#ixzz41srrqiuL

    …Former Howard government minister Peter Reith also savaged Mr Abbott’s actions, and said his public comments on submarines were “a classic case of deliberate destabilisation”.
    “In an election year, that sort of behaviour goes down very badly with everybody, particularly those who are hanging on to their seats. They will not be pleased with him,” Mr Reith said.
    The AFP investigation into the leak was a “waste of time” and would only serve to put more attention on the government’s problems, he said.
    Mr Reith argued Mr Abbott’s intervention against negative gearing at a Liberal party room meeting on Tuesday was “more devastating” than his comments on submarines, because it effectively took negative gearing changes off the table.
    “There’s now nothing on that bloody table, and it means the budget is going to be a do-nothing budget,” Mr Reith said.
    Senior Liberal MP Philip Ruddock has also criticised Mr Abbott’s conduct this week, calling his commentary “inappropriate”. Another Liberal MP said the former PM was being “a pain in the arse”…

  282. Garaged Petri Dish permalink
    March 4, 2016 10:19 am

    “Deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce went further, accusing Mr Bowen of practising “Zoolander economics” and orchestrating a “complete re-engineering of the Australian economy”.”
    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/business-investments-smashed-under-labors-policy-malcolm-turnbull-20160303-gn9tnx.html

  283. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 4, 2016 10:22 am

    The slow-motion death of conservative politics
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/malcolm-turnbull-in-the-middle-of-an-upheaval-of-conservative-politics-20160302-gn93e1

    …The disruption wreaked by Tony Abbott is an echo of the disruption that besets conservative parties worldwide…

    …And is it so different here? Well, in a way, yes. A moderate is presently in the top job and the reactionary forces aren’t yet taking endorsements from former Ku Klux Klan wizards (they’ll have to settle for Reclaim Australia for now). But there’s an important commonality too: that the contradictions that were once holding conservative parties together, and delivering them political success, have now fallen apart. The most important of these is the contradiction between liberal economics and the politics of “values”.
    It’s hard to be the staunch defenders of family, culture and tradition while you’re also staunch advocates of things like high-skilled immigration and workplace “flexibility” of the kind WorkChoices offered. It’s hard to believe the market should be free to exploit and commodify whatever consumers will tolerate – sex, culture, children – and yet pretend we are bound together by inviolable, sacred values…

  284. TB Queensland permalink
    March 4, 2016 10:29 am

    GDP grew by 0.6 per cent in the December quarter

    Gee! An historical quarter! Look FORWARD!

    How accurate are the stats? … ABS has limited resources thanks to the Liberal government. 😉

    Our FTTW (wherever) now puts us 50> in the optic fibre broadband … and will now put industry and commerce back decades and cost way more … waste …

    Our renewable energy manufacturing is virtually nil …

    Education needs more than a money shake up …

    Infrastructure – what infrastructure?

    Agricultural development … that’s the rest of Oz outside the city limits BTW …

    And then we have …

    ► Multi-national Tax

    ► Negative Gearing

    ► Trust Funds

    ► Super Tax for Rich

    ► Pollie’s Perqs and Pay

    ► Ex-Pollies Perqs

    We have a Revenue problem … and a Spending problem in the wrong areas … and you quote me a quarter?

    The Treasurer is way out of his depth … arrogant to the point of ignorance …

  285. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 4, 2016 10:31 am

    Garaged Petri Dish

    It seems the libs have struck on the ‘social engineering’ theme [teh gays and safe schools etc] and now the PR spinners have created ‘economic engineering’.

    Financial and social engineering – hold onto your hats people and get out your panty liners our society will never, ever be the same again, squirt, squirt!

    Unfortunately for them, that is exactly what people want!

  286. TB Queensland permalink
    March 4, 2016 10:37 am

    Mr Reith argued Mr Abbott’s intervention against negative gearing at a Liberal party room meeting on Tuesday was “more devastating” than his comments on submarines, because it effectively took negative gearing changes off the table.

    So who’s running the Liberal Party again?

    Hypocrites … that’s who …

    Lets go this way … nah this looks better … but the other lot are going there … oh, we’d better go the other way then … nope, we can’t that didn’t work last time … who’s going to remember? OK … no, I liked the first way best … on and fkn on …

  287. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 4, 2016 10:57 am

    We have a Revenue problem … and a Spending problem in the wrong areas … and you quote me a quarter?

    The Treasurer is way out of his depth … arrogant to the point of ignorance …

    Says the man who created this problem because of his vote in 2007. Within 12 months after the 2007 election the ALP had turned a $20B budget surplus into a $20B deficit and we have never recovered.

    Fact is the ALP does not do surplus budgets because it really does not believe in them.

  288. TB Queensland permalink
    March 4, 2016 11:29 am

    Why would you need more housing?

    Homelessness on the rise in Sydney

    More affordable housing is needed to combat the growing number of people sleeping on Sydney’s streets, Lord Mayor Clover Moore says.

    Almost 500 people were found sleeping rough in the inner city during the biannual street count in February, the highest number in six years.

    “This is a tragic situation and I’m deeply saddened by the dramatic rise in numbers,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said in a statement on Friday.

    http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/homelessness-on-the-rise-in-sydney/news-story/015a07087448d05882ceff80f424d355

  289. TB Queensland permalink
    March 4, 2016 11:32 am

    Australia IS being left behind …

    Oregon has become the first US state to pass laws to rid itself of coal, committing to eliminate the use of coal-fired power by 2035 and to double the amount of renewable energy in the state by 2040.

    Legislation passed by the state’s assembly, which will need to be signed into law by Governor Kate Brown, will transition Oregon away from coal, which currently provides around a third of the state’s electricity supply.

    At the same time, the state will also require its two largest utilities to increase their share of clean energy, such as solar and wind, to 50% by 2040. Combined with Oregon’s current hydroelectric output, the state will be overwhelmingly powered by low-carbon alternatives to fossil fuels.

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/03/oregon-coal-climate-law-kate-brown

  290. Tom R permalink
    March 4, 2016 11:35 am

    How accurate are the stats?

    The bigger issue is, even if we accept those stats, most of the spending came from consumers dipping into savings. Economists don’t see that lasting, especially as wages continue to shrink against inflation.

    And there is nothing in the libs “plan” to address this.

    I read the other day the underlying buoyancy was the libs massive splurge on defense. You know, they are currently running a stimulus program, we don’t hear much about that though, do we.

    Fact is the ALP does not do surplus budgets because…………….. of the GFC perhaps?

  291. TB Queensland permalink
    March 4, 2016 11:39 am

    A US government agency says it has attained the “holy grail” of energy – the next-generation system of battery storage, that has has been hotly pursued by the likes of Bill Gates and Elon Musk.

    Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (Arpa-E) – a branch of the Department of Energy – says it achieved its breakthrough technology in seven years.

    Ellen Williams, Arpa-E’s director, said: “I think we have reached some holy grails in batteries – just in the sense of demonstrating that we can create a totally new approach to battery technology, make it work, make it commercially viable, and get it out there to let it do its thing,”

    If that’s the case, Arpa-E has come out ahead of Gates and Musk in the multi-billion-dollar race to build the next generation battery for power companies and home storage.

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/03/us-agency-says-has-beaten-elon-musk-gates-to-holy-grail-battery-storage

  292. Walrus permalink
    March 4, 2016 12:00 pm

    “Gee! An historical quarter! Look FORWARD!”

    LOL………………………Shakes head

  293. Tom R permalink
    March 4, 2016 12:23 pm

    LOL………………………Shakes head

    Careful it doesn’t drop off there wally 😉

  294. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 4, 2016 12:30 pm

    [crikey $] Tips and rumours:

    Beleaguered Business Council making all the wrong moves:

    …Voters believe the major reform that’s needed is for big companies to pay their fair share of tax. Worse, their own allies have turned on them. Liberal powerbroker Michael Kroger savaged the BCA’s contribution to the tax debate and called for council head Jennifer Westacott to be dumped.

    Discredited even in the eyes of their own allies, the council has launched an offensive to regain traction in the debate, with favoured outlet The Australian Financial Review and its favourite editor, Michael Stutchbury, devoting considerable space to a BCA “roundtable” yesterday, featuring the Commonwealth Bank’s Ian Narev, Qantas union-buster Alan Joyce, the ASX’s Elmer Funke Kupper and Coca-Cola Amatil MD Alison Watkins, along with Westacott and Council president Catherine Livingstone…

    ..But worse was Funke Kupper, who is reported as saying it is “almost a shame … if you ask me personally, [that] we didn’t have a deeper downturn to wake us up [to] the heavy lifting that we’re going to have to do, which countries like New Zealand have had to do”.

    Think about that for a moment: this is one of Australia’s most senior business figures (who runs the ASX, the company with the fattest profit margins in Australia) openly saying we should have had a worse economic downturn — which would have shuttered more businesses and brought with it misery for Australians — so that it would be easier to impose the BCA’s agenda of tax cuts for companies and cuts to wages and conditions.

    While Funke Kupper dissociated himself from the BCA in expressing that view, it is an eloquent reflection of the mindset of much of the Australian business community: the rest of us should be made to suffer for the benefit of their bottom lines…

    …But with an immaculately disastrous sense of timing, the whole affair was carried the morning of yesterday’s national accounts figures, which showed the economy turning in a stronger-than-expected performance and returning to trend growth, with a 2015 growth figure of 3%…

    Ideas boom — and bust.

    …Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has got everyone thinking about innovation and agility. Lucky we have the University of Queensland’s Business School, which is now offering one-day courses in “offshoring” — yes, that’s courses in how to move parts of your business away from Australia. According to a press release, the course will be taught by Mark and Aimee Engelmann, who were named Business News Australia’s Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Trailblazers of the Year last year…

    …Some how we don’t think that’s the innovation Turnbull was so keen on…

  295. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 4, 2016 2:21 pm

    Voters believe the major reform that’s needed is for big companies to pay their fair share of tax.

    Like most things leftish these major reforms only appear when the Coalition is in power.

    Why don’t you leftie deadbeats do something when in power. Gillard had enough numbers in both houses to pass any legislation she wanted.

    But no. Taxing the crap out of people only appears when the Coalition is in power.

  296. Tom R permalink
    March 4, 2016 2:35 pm

    Why don’t you leftie deadbeats do something when in power.

    Ask yourself about all of the reforms hockey undid once he became treasurer nil and then rethink your statement 😉

  297. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 4, 2016 2:38 pm

    Ask yourself about all of the reforms hockey undid once he became treasurer nil and then rethink your statement

    I meant something useful. Why scream about something Labor could have done something about when in power but did nothing?

  298. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 4, 2016 2:46 pm

    “…But no. Taxing the crap out of people only appears when the Coalition is in power…”

    That’s because it’s only the Coalition that ever wants to tax the crap out of people to benefit wealthy mates! hint, gst

  299. TB Queensland permalink
    March 4, 2016 5:34 pm

    Careful it doesn’t drop off there wally 😉

    He drops off his chair a lot too …

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

    “…But no. Taxing the crap out of people only appears when the Coalition is in power…”

  300. March 4, 2016 9:12 pm

    Look, we all know that it can be tough earning a living as a “musician” so it’s good to see that TB has earnt himself some buckshee quids doing a bit of modelling work..

  301. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 4, 2016 9:26 pm

    Looks like Alan Joyce has feelings

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/in-depth/perpetual/alan-joyce-says-management-diversity-was-key-to-getting-qantas-through-turbulent-times/news-story/5afe123042f7d2e20b8d3a5f001477b8

    Mr Joyce said that he only ever considered quitting once, when he was doing a live interview on breakfast TV shortly after announcing a transformation program that included making 5000 staff redundant.

    “The darkest moment [was] when I was being interviewed by one of the breakfast TV show hosts and this man travelling through the park released two dogs which were Jack Russells. They ran over to me while he was abusing us for making the people redundant,” Mr Joyce recalled.

    “The dogs were biting at my ankles and down the line of the camera, the two hosts had just done an opinion poll that said 90 per cent of people thought you should have resigned. And maybe at that moment I did think why am I doing this? But that was probably the only time.”

    Qantas is now the best performing airline in the world on a Total Shareholder Return basis and Mr Joyce predicted an even rosier future, particularly as a result of the company’s code share agreement with China Eastern Airlines.

  302. Tony permalink
    March 4, 2016 10:09 pm

    This will probably upset someone, for some reason.

    Dr Pozzi at Home, John Singer Sargent, 1881.

  303. March 4, 2016 10:12 pm

    Not as stylish as those walkshortsocks, of course.

  304. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 4, 2016 11:01 pm

  305. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 5, 2016 12:26 am

    Abbott frolic can only end badly
    http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/abbott-frolic-can-only-end-badly-20160304-gnb1rt.html

    …The question now is how does this play out? What is the end game? Abbott remains determined to go around again. His colleagues say he is motivated by a lethal mix of hatred (for virtually every member of the current cabinet) and the burning desire for vindication…

  306. TB Queensland permalink
    March 5, 2016 10:25 am

    I hear we’re on the same show next month, Jummy!

  307. TB Queensland permalink
    March 5, 2016 10:30 am

    Not as stylish as those walkshortsocks, of course.

    Fan of Pell I see, ToSY … or just shirt-tailing again … ?

  308. Tom R permalink
    March 5, 2016 2:03 pm

    “duo who couldn’t govern to save themselves”

    Yea, but pretty talented at getting opposition leaders elected. Well on their way to getting a second opposition leader in succession elected 😉

  309. TB Queensland permalink
    March 5, 2016 2:11 pm

    Well on their way to getting a second opposition leader in succession elected 😉

    Agree, TR … just been reading comments around the “news” and blogs … many folk are now saying what we’ve said for some time … using words and phrases like, puppet, controlled, weak, panicked, incompetent, going backwards, same Abbott, left his principles behind, no idea, no policies, hypocrite, weak, no policies, no research, scare mongering, rabble, run by far right, self-centred, destroying economy, just vote ’em out, buggered/fucked the NBN, innovation would mean getting rid of tax breaks and loopholes for the rich … etc. etc.

    Quite heartwarming really … 😀

  310. TB Queensland permalink
    March 5, 2016 2:14 pm

    With any luck “Sir” Rupert might bonk himself brainless … oh wait!

  311. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 5, 2016 2:24 pm

    buggered/fucked the NBN

    Well if Labor gets back in at the next election you can change back FTTN to FTTP and we can see how the people who think they know everything can build something.

  312. Tom R permalink
    March 5, 2016 7:02 pm

    see how the people who think they know everything can build something.

    The same way they did before, successfully 😉

  313. Tom R permalink
    March 6, 2016 9:56 am

  314. TB Queensland permalink
    March 6, 2016 11:22 am

    According to ToM, Gen Y have a different set of values to and approach to life and living to BB’s … I wonder?

    http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/sunday-style/culture/real-housewives-of-gen-y-rise-of-the-millennial-homemaker/news-story/e851280ad6f501baa97e6e78a25f8506

  315. TB Queensland permalink
    March 6, 2016 11:36 am

    ROBBER BARONS CAUGHT (By the ABC)!

    But Will Anyone Be Accountable? As Usual NO!

    Narev conceded the bank had focused “too much on process rather than people”.

    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/mar/05/commonwealth-bank-admits-failing-customers-over-heart-attack-claims

    I prefer to live in a society of people … rather than die from an economic process!

  316. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 6, 2016 11:54 am

    The same way they did before, successfully

    I must admit TomR your comments are very provocative. There were only 70,000 premises connected to Labors FTTP before they lost the 2013 election. Now as everyone knows getting something started does take a lot of time so the slow uptake could possibly be put down to the project being slow to start with initial teething problems which always occur with a new project.

    There are now 850.000 premises connected to the NBN so it is going much faster.

    But i think it is going much faster because the Coalition is doing FTTN rather than FTTP. Even at this much faster rate it will still take a lot of time to connect to the 12,000,000 premises that have to be connected.

    Labors FTTP would never be finished and nobody knows how much it would cost.

  317. TB Queensland permalink
    March 6, 2016 12:57 pm

    Don’t, TR … please don’t. 😦

  318. Tom R permalink
    March 6, 2016 1:54 pm

    please don’t

    What, posit that nils post are very ignorant? 🙂

  319. ToRy Freaker permalink
    March 6, 2016 1:56 pm

    There are now 850.000 premises disconnected from the NBN and reconnected to the LNPMTMN so it is going much slower.

    But i think it is going much faster because the Coalition is doing FTTCu rather than FTTP. Even at this much faster rate it will still take a lot of time to pretend connect to the 12,000,000 premises that have to be connected to the NoNBN.

    Coalitions MTMN would never be finished and nobody knows how much it would make at slash-price Network Co firesale.

  320. TB Queensland permalink
    March 6, 2016 3:37 pm

    And for all those people that said what a waste of money desal plants were … we did warn you that they would eventually pay off …

    Melbourne’s key water storages have dropped 4.8 per cent since the start of the year.

    Storages sit at 52 per cent at Ballarat and below 40 per cent at Geelong.

    http://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/victorias-desalination-plant-to-be-turned-on-as-water-storages-plummet/news-story/3ad8341a4446d43ea832470a6cc39d12?sv=c3bb4a66f407834328ca25e6d137ec4f

  321. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 6, 2016 5:23 pm

    I find it amusing that Victoria’s desal plant has never been used. I have seen costs of $30B for build and running costs over 20 years for the desal plant.

    Everybody in Victoria could have been given a rainwater tank for much less. End of problem.

  322. Tom R permalink
    March 6, 2016 5:32 pm

    I love going to news.com these days, all I ever see is

    “This Connection is Untrusted”

    Which I’ve assumed for years, but it’s good to know that even internet protocols don’t trust the shit from there anymore.

  323. TB Queensland permalink
    March 6, 2016 6:22 pm

    Everybody in Victoria could have been given a rainwater tank for much less. End of problem.

    LOL! Yep, a rainwater tank automatically fills with water … you must thiMk before you comment, kneel …

  324. TB Queensland permalink
    March 6, 2016 6:25 pm

    Which I’ve assumed for years, but it’s good to know that even internet protocols don’t trust the shit from there anymore.

    I think I’ve mentioned before, TR, that I only use news.com.au as a source so that the RWNJ can’t say that I’m biased with my source … but I find the Guardian is far more newsworthy and accurate …

  325. TB Queensland permalink
    March 6, 2016 6:25 pm

    sreb, must have gone up to the Mardi Gras?

  326. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 6, 2016 6:42 pm

    LOL! Yep, a rainwater tank automatically fills with water … you must thiMk before you comment, kneel …

    I did and i knew you would make that comment. You should take your own advice.

    Desal plants are most probably the most environmentally unfriendly way to produce water. And it eventually rains in Australia. You store water in the good times and use in during the bad times.

    I suspect not only Victoria but all of Australia could have been provided with rainwater tanks free of charge with the money spent on just one desal plant solving our water problems for the next 100 years.

  327. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 6, 2016 7:57 pm

  328. TB Queensland permalink
    March 6, 2016 8:15 pm

    I suspect not only Victoria but all of Australia could have been provided with rainwater tanks free of charge with the money spent on just one desal plant solving our water problems for the next 100 years.

    If you believe that … do you have a rainwater tank?

  329. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 6, 2016 8:59 pm

    If you believe that … do you have a rainwater tank?

    No i don’t. Until recently they were banned. And now it is too late. It is more efficient to put in a rainwater tank when the house is being built..

    I have relatives in regional NSW who built a new house and the rainwater tank was placed under the house. They have an electric pump to get the water into the house. When the water runs out they get water from the dam.

    It is a crime that every house in Australia does not have a rainwater tank. I guess in some areas you would not drink the water but you could use it to wash your clothes and have a bath in it.

  330. Tom R permalink
    March 7, 2016 7:56 am

    Until recently they were banned.

    What the? 😯

  331. Tom R permalink
    March 7, 2016 8:33 am

    In the bizarro world of turc militancy, the afr has a story up full of “allegations” involving the CFMEU and how bad and naughty they are, only to slip in right at the end a PREVIOUS allegation that has come to nothing.

    Will heydons biased witch hunt get ANYTHING right, EVER?

    Meanwhile, legal action against the union’s ACT secretary Dean Hall will not be pursued by the Director of Public Prosecutions as it has fallen outside the statutory time period.

    The investigation of Mr Hall involved allegations of intimidation of a WorkSafe inspector on a Claxton construction site in Canberra in 2013.

    Read more: http://www.afr.com/news/policy/industrial-relations/building-firms-running-unlawful-closed-shop-says-watchdog-nigel-hadgkiss-20160306-gnbqcu#ixzz42A0Aj1rC
    Follow us: @FinancialReview on Twitter | financialreview on Facebook

    What’s the score now for turc, zip/4 against? or is it even more failures from the coven?

  332. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 7, 2016 9:11 am

    What the?

    Until recently rainwater tanks were banned in Sydney. If you got connected to the mains water supply you had to get rid of your rainwater tank if you had one. I don’t think that applies anymore.

  333. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 7, 2016 9:22 am

    This is one reason rainwater tanks were banned

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/where-the-suburbs-overflow-with-water-tanks/story-e6frg6nf-1111112807496

    Rainwater tanks all but vanished from Brisbane’s suburban landscape after they were banned in the 1960s by the council, which then regarded them as mosquito breeding grounds.

  334. Tom R permalink
    March 7, 2016 9:29 am

    I have no idea what you are referring to nil. If you cannot supply a source, I’ll just call bullshit (again). But, in doing a google, I came upon your friends site, which doesn’t help your previous theory about everyone having a water tank solving drought issues. Water tanks are VERY limited in capacity, and most often used for extras such as watering and toilets. They are not really a viable replacement for a large cities water resource, but are a valuable tool in minimising its capacity requirements.

    http://catallaxyfiles.com/2014/04/02/regulations-gone-mad/

    Mind you, it is serial moron judith sloane, who went on to say this

    Coming from Adelaide, she has a natural aversion to water tanks.

    Just shows what a tool sloane is. Adelaide has the same friggin’ regulations as Sydney (or very closely aligned), and our reputation (well earned) for poor water, has nothing to do with tanks, but is from our filtered Murray water. The percentage of properties in Adelaide have at least one water tank, and that is mostly due to needs over regulation. She’s fucken hopeless, repeatedly.

  335. Tom R permalink
    March 7, 2016 9:32 am

    1960 nil? ffs!

    the lolstralian nil? fffs!!

  336. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 7, 2016 9:44 am

    http://waterplex.com.au/news/rainwater-tanks-as-decentralised-water-storage-in-australia/

    For Australians living in rural locations, rainwater tanks are the only means of collecting and storing fresh water. This also used to be the case in Australian cities until many homeowners were forced to remove rainwater tanks from their backyards when mains water supply was first connected. In fact, until relatively recently, it was illegal to have a rainwater tank at home.

  337. TB Queensland permalink
    March 7, 2016 9:53 am

    … And now it is too late. It is more efficient to put in a rainwater tank when the house is being built..

    I call Bullshit on that! While its easier during construction it’s nor hard to retro fit a tank …

    We installed a 5000 l stainless steel tank and use it for drinking water … (no fluoride – other chems!)

    Its because of your twisted thinking that desal plants have to be constructed at enormous cost … you said so yourself …

  338. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 7, 2016 9:54 am

    So Tom R believes there is no problem with union behaviour unless it is capable of criminal prosecution.

  339. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 7, 2016 9:54 am

    Get that TomR. I will repeat again

    In fact, until relatively recently, it was illegal to have a rainwater tank at home.

    Also from the same link

    Independent research has shown that rainwater tanks are a more viable economic proposition than desalination

    But i guess they would say that since the company is in the business of selling rainwater tanks. But it was illegal to have a rainwater tank in Sydney until recently. Apart from the mosquito risk I don’t think Sydney Water liked the competition

  340. TB Queensland permalink
    March 7, 2016 9:56 am

    From kneel’s link …

    RAINWATER tanks have made an astonishing comeback in Brisbane, where they were once as common as houses on stumps, outdoor dunnies and choko vines on the back fence.

    More than 16,000 water tanks have been installed in Brisbane homes in the past year – far more than in the equally dry southern capitals – and that is a conservative estimate.

    The boom has been generated by a combination of factors – the drought, the critically low level of the three dams supplying the city, tough water restrictions and generous rebate schemes provided by the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.

    The council issued 16,581 rebates for tanks in the 12 months to November 30. Yet in the far larger city of Melbourne, only about 13,000 tanks have been installed since 2003, while in Sydney, the nation’s biggest metropolis, 8424 rebates were issued in the 2004-05 financial year.

    A Brisbane City Council spokeswoman said the number of tanks installed could be much higher than the rebate figure.

    “There are plenty of people who own rainwater tanks who will not have applied for a rebate,” she said. “And seeing as they do not require council approval, there is no requirement for them to inform us.”

  341. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 7, 2016 9:57 am

    TB- there are a range of reasons that a rainwater tank is difficult to retro fit – the placement of the house on the bloc – eg – does it only have a courtyard.
    Or the way the eves and downpipes are installed.

  342. TB Queensland permalink
    March 7, 2016 10:02 am

    she has a natural aversion to water tanks … a “natural” aversion? WTF is that?

    In fact, until relatively recently, it was illegal to have a rainwater tank at home.

    And demonstrates how dumb greedy our pollies and public servants are … if you don’t have a water tank you pay for more water use … and Brisbane’s pricing has skyrocketed … originally to pay for the pipe and pumps connecting most dams in SE Qld …

    Not sure when the prices will come down again*

    *sarc alert

  343. TB Queensland permalink
    March 7, 2016 10:07 am

    TB- there are a range of reasons that a rainwater tank is difficult to retro fit – the placement of the house on the bloc – eg – does it only have a courtyard.
    Or the way the eves and downpipes are installed.

    Did I tell you I fitted my own?* Tell something I don’t know …

    BTW I think you meant … eaves …

    *In fact our tank is situated alongside the driveway at the front of the house enclosed/hidden by vertical gardens … and with the size shape and configurations available it just takes a little creative thinking …

    Biggest problem is usually the negative thinking of members of a body corporate …

    So do you have a house or are you on a body corporate?

  344. TB Queensland permalink
    March 7, 2016 10:09 am

    So Tom R believes there is no problem with union behaviour unless it is capable of criminal prosecution.

    Didn’t you call for the unions to follow the same rules as business?

    Watched 4 Corners lately?

  345. TB Queensland permalink
    March 7, 2016 10:31 am

    More justification?

    The report, published by the Australian Population Research Institute, pins the blame on federal government policies on negative gearing, capital gains tax and migration, as well as shortsighted planning by state governments.

    The report’s authors accuse Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of “monumental insensitivity” towards the next generation of home seekers in Sydney and Melbourne, suffering from record high housing prices.

    The report’s authors argue negative gearing should be abolished and migration levels reduced.

    “The Coalition government has its head in the sand,” the report says.

    “As matters stand, the affordability crisis will get worse. There is a stubborn insistence that we can have it both ways: huge population increases in Sydney and Melbourne, and affordable infill housing.”

    http://www.news.com.au/finance/real-estate/buying/no-end-in-sight-for-sydney-and-melbournes-housing-affordability-crisis/news-story/8fe5693bea2d69487c10d3502804de73

  346. Tom R permalink
    March 7, 2016 10:39 am

    So Tom R believes there is no problem with union behaviour unless it is capable of criminal prosecution.

    I didn’t say that though, did I

    I have a problem with a media insinuating illegal behaviour, only for that to time and again fall down when the reality is applied. Should I put words into your mouth and say that you obviously support allegations made about Unions to be freely aired, and then their innocence hidden away as a footnote to other witch hunt stories?

    Independent research has shown that rainwater tanks are a more viable economic proposition than desalination

    I note that this manufacturer of water tanks doesn’t link to any of this “Independent research” 😉

    BTW I think you meant … eaves …

    Perhaps he put them up in the late afternoon?

  347. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 7, 2016 10:59 am

    There are a great many examples of unsavoury union behaviour in construction, mining and (what’s left of) manufacturing. Whether or not this meets the standard for a criminal prosecution is for others to determine.

    When we make judgements about the behaviour of people and organisations, it usually isn’t based on whether the police have successfully prosecuted them or not.

    You continually reflect on the structure of Turnbull’s finances – is there anything illegal there?

  348. Tom R permalink
    March 7, 2016 11:13 am

    There are a great many examples of unsavoury union behaviour in construction, mining and (what’s left of) manufacturing.

    Then why do they keep raising these strawmen?

    You continually reflect on the structure of Turnbull’s finances

    Considering he makes decisions that affect those areas, the questions are pertinent

  349. Tom R permalink
    March 7, 2016 11:20 am

    Mr Noonan said that despite assertions by the Government that the Heydon Royal Commission had strengthened the case for the ABCC, the Heydon final report rejects the idea of creating industry-specific legal restrictions. It also concludes that different penalties should not be included in legislation that applies to one industry.

    http://www.cfmeu.net.au/news/abcc-would-provide-no-benefits-to-industry

    Even the coven thinks an ABCC is wrong (according to the CFMEU)

  350. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 7, 2016 11:28 am

    “Considering he makes decisions unions are responsible for promoting good workplace behaviour and conduct and their behaviours that affect those areas, the questions are pertinent’

    Fixed it for you

  351. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 7, 2016 11:29 am

    Try again…

    “Considering unions are responsible for promoting good workplace behaviour and conduct and their behaviours, the questions are pertinent’

  352. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 7, 2016 11:37 am

    Did I tell you I fitted my own?* Tell something I don’t know …

    Backyards are smaller in Sydney than in Brisbane and more people live in Apartments in Sydney. And very few people would install a rainwater tank if they have to pay for it themselves.

    But the best place for a rainwater tank is under the house.

    The money spent on one desal plant could have provided hundreds of thousands of rainwater tanks in the capital cities

  353. Tom R permalink
    March 7, 2016 11:47 am

    Try again…

    It might be best if you do

    What “thuggery” is setting a bad example? From what turc revealed, the thugs were the building companies, being deliberately combative against Unions. So, perhaps you can highlight some PROVEN cases of thuggery?

    Everything we have seen to date has been shown to be unsubstantiated, even with the full power of an RC thrown at it.

  354. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 7, 2016 11:52 am

    Proven? Didn’t the CFMEU cough up $$$$$$$$$$$ to Boral for their behaviour?
    And $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ to Grocon?

  355. Tom R permalink
    March 7, 2016 11:52 am

    I also note that the msm are currently in adoration mode for niki savva’s new book shitting on yabot.

    First, I found it amusing that the journos were so eager to highlight a book that basically highlighted how blind they have been since yabot became loto.

    Then I became quite pissed of upon hearing of savva’s relationship with malcaymans office. This hasn’t been highlighted anywhere that I have seen (except in an old telegraph article). It provides a lot of context for the angle of her story imo.

    And the msm glance over it as they did will all of yabots myriad short comings now being exposed.

    In short, they have learnt nothing.

  356. Tom R permalink
    March 7, 2016 11:56 am

    to Grocon?

    You mean the ones who were responsible for the deaths of innocents, and the CFMEU paid millions because they tried to stop it?

    Is THAT the kind of “thuggery” you wish to use as your case? 😯

  357. Tom R permalink
    March 7, 2016 12:04 pm

    At least there is one “journalist” out there

  358. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 7, 2016 12:05 pm

    From TB’s link
    …The boom has been generated by a combination of factors – the drought, the critically low level of the three dams supplying the city, tough water restrictions and generous rebate schemes provided by the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council….

    I don’t know about rebate schemes, were they ever advertised much? I’d think it has more to do with the water restrictions and dry dams and most importantly, having to pay for every drop of water used since they privatised water. Have the tanks boom come about since then?
    I’m dead against privatisation of utilities for profit, think arthur sinodinos and his multi million dollar expectation [until ICAC]. The snouts first in the troughs are the pollies and their mates, speculators, they should all be charged with insider trading imo. A prime example of our politicians self interest and cronyism/nepotism rather than the national interest.

    Why is there always more of this whenever a liberal party is in power?
    #workerripoffs

  359. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 7, 2016 12:20 pm

    …The report’s authors argue negative gearing should be abolished and migration levels reduced

    Exactly, because there is a correlation between high immigration rates as fodder for the tweet above. Exploitation and wage slavery to drive aussie wages down.. The govt deliberately distracts the public with a ‘look over there’ racist hatred against asylum seekers so they don’t notice the huge immigration taking place on their doorstep for cheap, exploitation wages that profit big business donors.

  360. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 7, 2016 12:43 pm

  361. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 7, 2016 12:45 pm

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/young-girls-earning-less-pocket-money-than-boys-in-early-gender-pay-inequity/news-story/fcf0b7c1486f6a050d9c90badbb22592?utm_source=HeraldSun&utm_medium=Twitter&utm_campaign=EditorialSF&utm_content=SocialFlow

    …New research by The Australian Council of Trade Unions shows women are financially disadvantaged at every stage of their life.

    It all starts with girls getting 11 per cent less pocket money than boys, and women getting 18 per cent less as a university graduate compared to men.

    By the time women hit the workforce they will earn 17 per cent less than men — around $284.20 a week.

    The wage gap widens further when women are in their child-bearing years, when they earn 40 per cent less than men of the same age, regardless of whether they have children.

    By the time women retire they have less than half the superannuation of men: $138,150 for compared to $292,500. The research also shows 60 per cent of women have no superannuation at all, and 38 per cent will retire in poverty…

  362. March 7, 2016 12:46 pm

    teabag,,,,,Try again,,,,,

    #You can come over to today`s `industrial-relations` convention in south-west jonestown and show us all how `wise` you (think)are. Don`t panic, the cmfu2 aren`t allowed. #detroitification #blow.back

  363. March 7, 2016 1:05 pm

    zombie,,,,,it was illegal to have a rainwater tank in Sydney until recently.,,,,,#correct, also some areas of boltsville (maybe council by council)

    z,,,,,Apart from the mosquito risk,,,,,#this was always bullshit, there are various ways of prevent mozzies, the easiest is a layer of oil

    z,,,,,I don’t think Sydney Water liked the competition,,,#BINGO #well.done:-)

  364. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 7, 2016 1:43 pm

    So did CFMEU cough up $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ or not?

  365. Tom R permalink
    March 7, 2016 1:54 pm

    So did CFMEU cough up $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ or not?

    So, did Grocon kill people? Were the CFMEU fighting for safety issues?

    Yea, use that as your example of “thuggery” Go Ahead!

  366. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 7, 2016 2:07 pm

    The savva book has become a bit of a sexist pile-on, apparently credlin was the problem, she is to blame, not the most powerful man in the land who lazily handed everything over to her. The smirking arrogance, indulgence and greedy entitlement of one man who had grasped power because of the people he sucked up to and opened doors for him.
    Abbott was incompetent for the job and we all knew he was a nutter before and after he became PM. He was never able to rise to any level of competence, he doesn’t have it in him, his thinking is rationally flawed, ideological to the extreme. He was the priest telling us all how we had to live and delivering fire and brimstone lectures/sermons, be afraid, be very afraid, of everything.
    How the hell did he ever get sold to the public as a saviour? The media has a lot to answer for, the journo’s who minimised the stuff-ups, the macho posturing & the craziness of the man while maximising his abilities. They indulge him still.

    Credlin was unelected and she was given the power of government by a weak and incompetent abbott [and all the MP’s who fell into line from the outset]. This highlights the absolute unaccountability and undemocratic nature of the seedy operations of political staffers. They should be forced to answer to the people through parliamentary oversights/committees, forced to account for their actions.

    Our democracy is a sham, deliberately broken by the politicians and their backers to reward themselves.

    Why don’t we all protest and not one of us vote in ‘their’ sham election.

    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/mar/07/from-family-to-foreign-policy-depth-of-peta-credlins-hold-over-abbott-emerges

    …Lucia4067 23m ago

    Is this yet another case of making the female ‘the witch’ to vindicate the man?

    YesDear Lucia4067 16m ago

    Since it was Abbott who decided Credlin should share the Prime Ministership with him, it’s clear he’s the one to blame.

    sirbobness 1h ago

    So all the misogyny, the sexism, the macho posturing, the speedos, the marathons, the bike rides, the shirt fronting, the punching of walls, the physical intimidation and all the while Abbott is completely beholden to one manipulative woman’s whims.

    Amazing! I hope he finds good therapist.

    Bigswinger sirbobness 1h ago

    Got to agree, the Mad Monk he seems one conflicted individual and the LNP should take the blame that someone so incapable could be promoted to leader of the coalition and then PM and to all you fools that voted for him (I’d say there would not be many in this forum) own up to it!

  367. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 7, 2016 2:16 pm

    Fine. I haven’t noticed anyone here supporting Grocon or poor safety.

    Buy you never fail to defend unsavoury unions.

  368. Tom R permalink
    March 7, 2016 2:17 pm

    The savva book has become a bit of a sexist pile-on

    That’s what I thought too ao

    It’s all that womans fault

    And, let’s forget a media that didn’t care at the time, or pretty much up until malcayman took over. No questions asked.

    Just like they aren’t asking WHY savva is relesing this now?

    And they are just accepting it as fact. Without looking into her connection with malcayman

    speaking of which, I note insiders had the comms minister on on Sunday.

    But forgot (again) to ask anything about the nations largest infrastructure project that is rapidly turning to shit

    They’re hopeless, the lot of ’em.

  369. Tom R permalink
    March 7, 2016 2:18 pm

    I haven’t noticed anyone here supporting Grocon

    I’m truly misinterpreting your comments then

  370. Tom R permalink
    March 7, 2016 2:26 pm

    hehehehe

  371. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 7, 2016 3:01 pm

  372. TB Queensland permalink
    March 7, 2016 3:10 pm

    Buy you never fail to defend unsavoury unions.

    “I pay more tax than 99% of Australians … ”

    Must work for an “unsavoury” Robber Baron … Connonwealf Bank ‘elf Insurance?

  373. TB Queensland permalink
    March 7, 2016 3:16 pm

    But forgot (again) to ask anything about the nations largest infrastructure project that is rapidly turning to shit

    Yes, TR, I thought that was odd too 😉

    Ah Tip Custard … still as stupid as ever …

  374. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 7, 2016 7:23 pm

    But forgot (again) to ask anything about the nations largest infrastructure project that is rapidly turning to shit

    Why do you say that? FTTN is being built much faster than FTTP which is what Labor wants. But if the ALP gets back in you can change back to FTTP. It would be amusing to see how much building the NBN slows down with FTTP.

    Ah Tip Custard … still as stupid as ever …

    Why do you say Costello is stupid?

  375. TB Queensland permalink
    March 8, 2016 11:37 am

    Milkum TurnAbbout is starting to tarnish I see …

  376. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 8, 2016 2:17 pm

    This is an interesting read

    http://www.afr.com/opinion/columns/malcolm-turnbull-refuses-at-the-same-fiscal-fences-as-tony-abbott-20160307-gnc8mr#ixzz42Ggufi9S

    The Turnbull government has repeated the policy laziness of Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey by mulling tax cuts without spending cuts.

    John Howard once said of Kim Beazley that he “lacked the ticker” to succeed. Is the same true of Malcolm Turnbull?

    Almost six months after deposing Abbott, who had led the Coalition back from the grave to which Turnbull had earlier consigned it, and then to a smashing victory in 2013, the new government appears becalmed. It is adrift in a sea of overblown rhetoric, unsupported by any achievements worth mentioning.

  377. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 8, 2016 2:35 pm

  378. TB Queensland permalink
    March 8, 2016 3:22 pm

    The office of Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has confirmed that 2 refugees transferred from Nauru to Cambodia have returned home

    Dopey Dutton will see that as mission accomplished … outcomes by any means …

    How much did that exercise cost?

  379. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 8, 2016 3:32 pm

    How much did that exercise cost?

    Less than your stupid vote in 2007.

    We had 6 boat people in detention in 2007.

    In a burst of moral superiority you deadbeats abolished the Pacific Solution.

    50,000 boat people latter with 8,000 children locked up and costing us $15B -$20B the Coalition is cleaning up the mess.

    TB you need to start apologising. You need to start to admit that you are wrong.

  380. TB Queensland permalink
    March 8, 2016 8:30 pm

    A plebiscite on marriage equality is an obnoxious and costly exercise driven by organised religion … this is supposedly a secular country but we are overrun by bigoted politicians and … if you consider the polls … over half the nation supporting bigotry, lying, cheating, deception, cruelty, thieving, cronyism, nepotism, misrepresentation and twisted ideology …

  381. TB Queensland permalink
    March 8, 2016 8:33 pm

    And get fucked kneel you have no idea what I propose should happen to refugees and asylum seekers to Australia nor do you have an inkling of my beliefs and expectations for my country … and twats like you!

  382. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 8, 2016 9:03 pm

    A plebiscite on marriage equality is an obnoxious and costly exercise driven by organised religion

    So say the lefties. I find it amusing that the people who do nothing but waste taxpayers money are all of a sudden concerned about wasting taxpayers money.

    I suspect lefties do not want a plebiscite because they may not get what they want.

  383. TB Queensland permalink
    March 8, 2016 9:54 pm

    I suspect lefties do not want a plebiscite because they may not get what they want.

    Maybe people are fed up with being told we have a spending problem when a plebiscite that will waste $160 million dollars will only prove what we already know … the majority don’t know what all the fuss is about when it comes to a human rights issue … they already expect the right for gay and lesbian PEOPLE to marry … its just dumb delaying tactics by the catlyk believers …

    … and then we have 22 “retiring” politicians who will cost the taxpayers $40 million A YEAR!

    On top of a $20 BILLION per YEAR defence spend … after the ADF suffered a 2% pay rise and loss of condition to a gung ho fkn Mad Abbott!

    Its nothing to do with left, right or centre … its madness!

    You moronic ideologue!

  384. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 8, 2016 10:14 pm

    Maybe people are fed up with being told we have a spending problem when a plebiscite that will waste $160 million dollars

    No. Lefties only care about wasting $160M when they cannot get what they want.

    … and then we have 22 “retiring” politicians who will cost the taxpayers $40 million A YEAR!

    What did Hawke/Keating do about this? Pollies Super is a disgrace, Nobodies who have done nothing get lifetime pensions for stuffing up the country. But that is what happens when humans get hold of taxpayers money.

    I believe that Defined Benefit Schemes are no longer available for politicians. I think Costello did something about that in 2004. They are now treated like the rest of us.

  385. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 8, 2016 11:51 pm

    They are now treated like the rest of us.

    Hardly. They use taxpayers money for everything they do. I doubt they even buy a cup of coffee with their own money [not that they would fetch it themselves anyway, that would be some assistant’s assistant job].

    I find it amusing that the people who do nothing but waste taxpayers money are all of a sudden concerned about wasting taxpayers money.

    Why should we do anything the churches demand anyway, perhaps we could have a closer look at the school chaplain’s cost to the taxpayer and all the millions that go straight into their coffers through their tax free status. Let’s have a plebiscite on the voter’s opinions on those two issues while we’re about it.

  386. Tony permalink
    March 9, 2016 12:39 am

    Ross Hannaford.

    “Hannaford, a founding member of Daddy Cool, 65, passed away in Melbourne today.”

    http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/music/daddy-cool-pioneer-ross-hannaford-loses-battle-with-cancer/news-story/bf1cd4a22b91884f9bec541cd4fdd349

  387. March 9, 2016 1:02 am

  388. TB Queensland permalink
    March 9, 2016 10:23 am

    Now that brings back mem’ries, ToSY …

    (Another) Sad day … strange that life expectancy for men is supposed to be 82 …

  389. Walrus permalink
    March 9, 2016 5:06 pm

    Oh dear

    Sir George Martin has carked it as well

  390. TB Queensland permalink
    March 9, 2016 6:44 pm

    Sir George Martin has carked it as well

    Yes indeed, wally … RIP Sir George … how many lives were changed … mine for one!

    90 is a good innings I reckon!

    “Love Me Do” … I’d never heard anything so good before … I was enthralled by the harmony … amazing stuff for 1962 …

    In 1964 I stood outside Festival Hall – on the way back from three hours at the South Brisbane Automotive College! – and listened to them play …

    None of that would have happened (well maybe) if not for George Martin and of course Brian Epstein …

  391. TB Queensland permalink
    March 9, 2016 7:11 pm

    Oh Dear for INVESTORS like David Koch … wonder who he votes for …

    This gem …

    Negative Gearing

    As it stands, negative gearing sets the federal budget back between $2 billion and $5 billion each year in tax concessions. That’s big money, but what would happen if they changed it?

    Under Labor’s proposed changes, negative gearing would be restricted to new properties only,. a move that many property experts claim would force landlords to increase rents to cover their costs

    Others look back to the prior abolition of negative gearing in the late 1980s, where there was no attributable rise in rents, something that was also mirrored by a similar move in the US in 1986.

    Result for investors: Softer property prices and fewer new developments as tax incentives are reduced or removed.

    This would encourage MORE new developments not fewer “kochie” … 🙄

  392. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 9, 2016 8:04 pm

    nternet Australia Backs FttP deployment & endorses MyBroadbandvReality’s recommendations
    http://mybroadbandvreality.net.au/news-display/internet-australia-backs-fttp-deployment-endorses-mybroadbandvrealitys-recommendations,14#.Vt-r2aaVxRE.twitter

    …Last Friday, Internet Australia (https://www.internet.org.au/about) appeared at the NBN Senate Committee. In the past Internet Australia has called for fast, ubiquitous broadband without publicly favouring a technological solution. Based on new fibre costings and backed by a survey of its members – IA has now called for a re-assessment of the Government’s MTM model. “Deploy fibre” was the short answer from IA’s vice-chair, Dr Paul Brooks, when asked what the government should do with the NBN at the Senate inquiry on Friday…

  393. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 9, 2016 8:47 pm

    Oh Dear for INVESTORS like David Koch … wonder who he votes for …

    That is easy. Koch votes Labor. I can tell because a lot of his advice is wrong. There are lots of wealthy people who vote labor. It soothes their conscience.

    AO

    You need to stop pushing the party line. FTTP would bankrupt the country for no added benefit.

  394. TB Queensland permalink
    March 9, 2016 8:52 pm

    FTTP would bankrupt the country for no added benefit.

    Dumb as shite!

    There are lots of wealthy people who vote labor. It soothes their conscience.

    Dumber than shite!

  395. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 9, 2016 9:00 pm

    Yep. Lots of wealthy people vote Labor. When they get hold of the pen they are given to vote they brag about how great they are because they are about to vote Labor. It smooths their conscience. They think they are helping people without having to give up some of their money.

    They are actually the lowest scum on earth which means they are totally suitable for the ALP

  396. TB Queensland permalink
    March 9, 2016 9:40 pm

    LOL! Shreel kneel !

  397. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 9, 2016 10:36 pm

    You need to stop pushing the party line. FTTP would bankrupt the country for no added benefit.

    You’re the one pushing the party line [and you can’t even see it]. it has support from both sides of the political fence, the public wants FTTP, the libs should deliver, they are holding the country to ransom to please rupert. They’ve already bankrupted the country, morally, ethically and financially.

  398. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 10, 2016 9:43 am

    NBN: 5 drop outs daily “acceptable” on new FTTN network
    http://blog.jxeeno.com/dropouts-acceptable-on-nbn-new-fttn-network/

    …Leaked internal documents detailing the fault resolution process on the FTTN/B network suggests a nightmare process awaits millions of Australians..

  399. TB Queensland permalink
    March 10, 2016 10:26 am

    RIP JOHN ENGLISH … !

    66? FMD!

  400. TB Queensland permalink
    March 10, 2016 10:31 am

    On brighter note …

    My third grandson becomes an adult today …

    And a special friend has a special birthday today too …

  401. TB Queensland permalink
    March 10, 2016 10:36 am

    Can’t wait for Dopey Dutton to finally get his cum uppance!

    He is a very nasty piece of work!

    And obviously shit scared of Tony Windsor!

    Voters will see through Windsor: Dutton

    Cabinet minister Peter Dutton has unleashed an extraordinary personal attack on former independent MP Tony Windsor who is about to declare another tilt at federal politics.

    Mr Dutton speculated that Mr Windsor was motivated by relevance-deprivation syndrome and loved the media attention.

    “He’s a self-funded retiree whose got millions of dollars out of the sale of his farm to a mining company and now pretends to be the champion of farmers,” Mr Dutton told Radio 2GB on Thursday.

    http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/voters-will-see-through-windsor-dutton/news-story/a40ac17c76998f893b4de60846a8ca0b

  402. TB Queensland permalink
    March 10, 2016 10:59 am

    LOL! Just how many LNP parliamentarians are resigning at the next election?

    Having lived in a Gambaro held electorate, all I can say is good riddance.

    If the LNP think that Campbell Newman may be a substitute … tell ’em they’re dreaming …

    Talk about a crumbling empire … and with an emperor who has no clothes … Guffaw!

    Senior Liberal National Party figures have slammed Brisbane MP Teresa Gambaro’s decision to quit politics at the next election, calling it a “dummy spit” that will hand the seat to Labor.

    “We’ve got nobody palatable with name recognition to win the seat.

    “Campbell Newman has the name recognition, but he’s not palatable.”

    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/teresa-gambaro-quits-lnp-figures-blast-dummy-spit-20160309-gnexrh.html

  403. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 10, 2016 11:48 am

    Tony Windsor will go head to head against Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce for the seat of New England.

    Windsor is stupid and old – he should stay retired.

    I listened to an interview with him this morning – he sounded just like a politician, waffling and dodging questions.

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/federal-election-2016-tony-windsor-confirms-bid-to-unseat-barnaby-joyce-in-new-england-20160309-gnf48l.html#ixzz42SMiBoRv

  404. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 10, 2016 12:35 pm

    I listened to an interview with him this morning – he sounded just like a politician, waffling and dodging questions.

    wow, so he’s a politician like the rest of them. unfknblvable!

    Windsor is stupid and old – he should stay retired.

    bananaby is stupid and a slightly young[er] fogey. without the progressive, evidence based thinking of windsor. Windsor is not blinded by faith and blinkered by coalition ideology. Did bananaby stop the shenua mine on prime farming & grazing land. What about the toxic pollution to the water tables? Bananaby exists because of Gina’s $.

  405. Border Forced permalink
    March 10, 2016 12:42 pm

    “Mr Mutton speculated that Mr Andrews was motivated by relevance-deprivation syndrome and loved the media attention.

    “He’s a self-funded retiree whose got millions of dollars out of the sale of his farm to a mining company and now pretends to be the champion of farmers,” Mr Mutton told Radio 2FU on Thursday.”

  406. TB Queensland permalink
    March 10, 2016 1:13 pm

    Bananaby exists because of Gina’s $.

    I don’t think that would bother someone who pays more tax than 99% of the population, KL …

    I’m quite happy that Windsor is returning (despite his surname*) … of all the wafflers he seems to be one with an objective mind …

    He’s obviously got the LNP movers and shakers worried … ToM and Dopy Dutton …

  407. Tom R permalink
    March 10, 2016 3:04 pm

    Sad to hear about Jon English today.

    Seems to be too many going lately 😦

    This was my introduction to him.

  408. March 10, 2016 7:19 pm

    “”And a special friend has a special birthday today too …””

    🙂

  409. TB Queensland permalink
    March 10, 2016 7:46 pm

    “”And a special friend has a special birthday today too …””

    What? You think I don’t have special friends? 🙂

  410. TB Queensland permalink
    March 10, 2016 7:52 pm

    I will not be filling out this years census … here’s why …

    But it’s been revealed that this year, the ABS will hang onto our names and addresses instead of shredding them, a prospect that has horrified privacy advocates — and may well lead to mass boycotts.

    http://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/australian-economy/census-day-is-about-to-get-a-lot-more-personal/news-story/15f2d7b141ce6818cd1d3687e34d4f95

    Call me paranoid but I was born just after WWII imagine Hitler with this sort of information AND your name and address …

    II> … to 2016 … imagine an Australian Donald Trump (I can think of a few) and all the mad cronies he/she will attract … and access to this information …

    Add this to the metadata laws and you’re fucked …

    Whatever happened to the Privacy Laws? Have you noticed they only seem to work in favour of government information, data and knowledge about YOU? Not FOR you!

    If you haven’t read “1984” just quote it as Big Brother and creepy (you can get it as an ebook as well as hard copy) THEN YOU SHOULD!

  411. Tom R permalink
    March 11, 2016 8:54 am

    That news on the census is quite scary TB BigBro IS coming for you.

    Oh how we reminisce back to the old days when FreedomDudes screamed at Labors BigBrother internet escapades.

    It all seems so quaint now. Imagine, being on a list of wanting your internet connection to have a parental control or not.

    How ORWELLIAN!

    Not a peep from the peeps now though the REAL bros are in charge. It’s all for our own good, really 😉

    Meanwhile, this peep cut to core of it all. The greens are cutting back room deals and rushing legislation through without proper scrutiny all for our own good. Interestingly, the little scrutiny it did get found at least one major hole they had to paper over. Wonder how many more will appear? I’m beginning to think the greens are going to be biggest challenge for Labor in order to win the next election. Mind you, Labor are playing it ugly too, Albo has put out some pretty low claims against the greens too. No-one here get’s out alive (5-1 , 1-5)

  412. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 11, 2016 9:11 am

    So who is having a birthday?

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