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Malcolm Pulls the Trigger! DD Election July 2016

March 21, 2016

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Straya, you are heading to the polls!

Mr Turnbull will hold a special sitting of Parliament on union corruption in April, and call a double dissolution election if the legislation is not passed.

Mr Turnbull called a snap media conference in his parliamentary courtyard in Canberra this morning to make the announcement.

He will bring forward the federal budget by one week to May 3, to allow more time for the union corruption bills to be considered.

In the likely event that the bills don’t pass, it means a double dissolution election – where both houses of parliament will be forced to go to the polls – will likely be held on July 2.

“The time has come for the Senate to recognise its responsibilities and help advance our economic plans, rather than standing in the way,” he said.

“The restoration of the ABCC [Australian Building and Construction Commission] is a critical economic reform.

Mr Turnbull said the Coalition would campaign on its plan to improve union governance, its innovation agenda, competition policy and forthcoming policies to boost jobs and economic growth.

Opposition to Labor’s plan to limit negative gearing would also be at the centre of the government’s campaign.

“The time for playing games is over.”

Let the games begin!

 

 

 

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  1. March 21, 2016 11:09 am

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  2. March 21, 2016 11:15 am

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  3. TB Queensland permalink
    March 21, 2016 11:27 am

    And of course DD elections are more expensive … spending is the obvious problem for this bunch of Muppet Puppets … because they don’t have the guts to raise income by removing welfare for the well off …

    What happened to the September election Milkum PROMISED … flip flop …

    Just how many broken promises have there been from the Liberals …

    Those polls obviously set the panic amongst puppets … maybe Bernardi will challenge for the leadership and pass the baton to The Mad Abbott … or … that’s already happened???? 😀

  4. March 21, 2016 2:41 pm

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  5. TB Queensland permalink
    March 21, 2016 5:47 pm

    MALfunction … luv it …

    Just popped into my inbox … thanks Mr TurnAbbout … (BTW what’s The Mad Abbott doing in fkn Kiev, at taxpayer expense?)

    TB

    Australia is successfully transitioning from the mining construction boom to a new and more diverse economy.

    My Government’s Economic Plan is supporting this transition, by driving economic growth and creating the new, higher paying jobs of the future.

    From our innovation and science agenda – to bring more great Australian ideas to market and provide tax incentives to invest in start-ups so they can survive and thrive.

    To landmark reform of Australia’s competition law – to help small to medium companies compete with larger established ones, and to ensure they are not shut out of markets unfairly by the big players.

    The time has come for the Senate to recognise its responsibilities and help advance our economic plans – rather than standing in the way.

    Today, I called upon His Excellency the Governor General to advise him to recall both Houses of Parliament to consider and pass the Australian Building and Construction Commission Bills and the Registered Organisations Bill.

    The construction industry is vital to the transition to the new economy.

    When the Australian Building and Construction Commission was last in force, productivity in the sector grew by 20 per cent. Since it was abolished productivity has flat-lined.

    Unlawful conduct on building sites around Australia is holding back our economy – costing investment and new jobs in a sector that employs more than one million Australians.

    If the Senate fails to pass these laws, I will advise the Governor General to dissolve both Houses of Parliament and issue writs for an election.

    We are getting on with the business of Government. Now it is the time for the Senate to do its job and pass these important reforms.

    Regards,

    Malcolm Turnbull
    Prime Minister

    What fkn Economic Plan! What fkn innovation and science!

    I agree with Glenn Lazarus … instead of an ABCC bring in an ICAC to investigate ALL federal corruption financial, political, corporate and union …

    Picking and choosing bits or law here and there to suit the big end of town is not working for ALL Australians just 1% …

    This is where it all started … control of the shearers in 1891 … or control of employees in 2016 … nothing has changed …

  6. TB Queensland permalink
    March 21, 2016 5:49 pm

    Mr Shorten said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared the death of the weekend and has argued for a reduction in Sunday penalty rates, calling them an “historic anomaly”.

    http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/weekend-penalty-rates-no-luxury-shorten/news-story/1cef6bc55941d2b38ceecdf49b14de1b

    This is going to be an interesting election …

    We do live in exciting times!

  7. TB Queensland permalink
    March 21, 2016 5:57 pm

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/21/bob-day-launches-high-court-challenge-against-senate-voting-changes

    This could either extend the election date past July 2 or … if they go to the polls with a HC case hanging over the results it could lead to invalid or void elections costing the taxpayers even more! (on top of the cost of the HC action) …

    I guess everyone is watching Sky News today?

  8. TB Queensland permalink
    March 21, 2016 7:03 pm

    Or we’ve you’ve pissed ’em all off, sreb? 😦 🙂

  9. TB Queensland permalink
    March 21, 2016 7:05 pm

    Do politicians get penalty rates for an extra sitting?

    Just askin’ …

  10. March 21, 2016 7:13 pm

    Or we’ve you’ve pissed ’em all off, sreb?

    🙂 Maybe they’re all having a sickie…. 🙂

  11. TB Queensland permalink
    March 21, 2016 7:28 pm

    BS its a seven day week now! Do keep up …

    Looking forward to the CFMEU ads when the DD is called!

  12. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 21, 2016 7:28 pm

    A little busy

  13. TB Queensland permalink
    March 21, 2016 7:33 pm

    A little busy …

    Me too … I think you meant very busy! 🙂

    Gotta pay that tax!

  14. TB Queensland permalink
    March 21, 2016 7:38 pm

    THE chief of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has abruptly quit in the wake of allegations he was aware of a suspected $200,000 bribe paid by Tabcorp while he was boss of the gambling giant.

    The ASX confirmed in a statement on its website that Elmer Funke Kupper had resigned “effective immediately” as managing director and chief executive so he could focus on the Tabcorp police probe.

    Yeah lets just target the CFMEU! FFS!

    http://www.news.com.au/finance/markets/australian-markets/asx-boss-elmer-funke-kupper-quits-amid-tabcorp-investigation/news-story/72e20affcd2cc4c2c1549c288b69640e?sv=1016f8c0e00a4021b70de5b0b002233a

  15. March 21, 2016 8:51 pm

    “Malcolm Pulls the Trigger”

    I don’t think we should use violent metaphors, Leigh.

  16. March 21, 2016 9:45 pm

    Malsplaining. 😯

    “Malcolm Turnbull accused of ‘mansplaining’ to ABC journalist Leigh Sales in ‘condescending’ interview after announcing a potential double dissolution election”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3502441/Malcolm-Turnbull-accused-mansplaining-Leigh-Sales-ABC-s-7-30.html#ixzz43X6xUIdC
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  17. March 21, 2016 10:28 pm

    To any female readers, I’m happy to explain my previous comment in a simple, easy-to-understand way.

  18. TB Queensland permalink
    March 21, 2016 11:40 pm

    Daily Mail UK, TosY, MALfunction finally made it internationally … just like The Mad Abbott … for all the wrong reasons …

    Thanks for the link … sweetie … 🙂

  19. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 22, 2016 12:35 am

    Maybe they’re all having a sickie…. 🙂

    I’ve been sick for a week, was on my death bed for a couple of days, but feeling a bit better now, not quite back to normal yet.

    To any female readers, I’m happy to explain my previous comment in a simple, easy-to-understand way.

    tonysplaining?

    I’m sure you’ll get some ‘splaining back [in a simple, easy-to-understand way]

    I saw that interview and it looked like turnbull was [unusually] feeling the pressure and couldn’t maintain his composure under fire. I noticed a lie [which sales picked up] and then he tried to bluster his way out of it. He countered by being arrogantly passive aggressive, he got flustered and then made out he was being bullied. He was rattled, he had nothing.
    He then spent the time refusing to answer her questions.

    Yes he did try malsplaining about negative gearing and that was when he lied, Sales refused to let him patronise her and get away with putting her down. He completely lost it after Sales fired back.

  20. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 22, 2016 12:54 am

  21. Knifey-Spoony permalink
    March 22, 2016 6:09 am

    “MALCOLM TURNBULL: Well, I don’t want to buy into that sort of – those sort of unpleasant metaphors. I mean, really, really ….No, no, no, but – but we shouldn’t be using – can I just say we shouldn’t be using violent metaphors like that talking about – so there was a change – OK, there was …”

  22. March 22, 2016 9:04 am

    Morgan Poll Federal: 2 Party Preferred: L/NP 49.5 (-3.5) ALP 50.5 (+3.5)

  23. March 22, 2016 9:05 am

    “”I’ve been sick for a week, was on my death bed for a couple of days, but feeling a bit better now, not quite back to normal yet.””

    Sorry to hear that KL, hope you get well soon..

  24. Tom R permalink
    March 22, 2016 9:54 am

    I’ve been sick for a week

    Sorry to hear it ao. I’ve been swamped with work, so am going to be light on here (sorry wally)

    But, looks like malcayman has bolted. Will it pay off? I bloody well hope so.

    But, if he wants to run it on a turc smear, he hasn’t got off to a good start, courtesy of Jacqui Lambie

    She said she doesn’t buy Commissioner Dyson Heydon’s claims that the findings of the Royal Commission into trade union corruption show “widespread and deep-seated” corruption.

    “I can tell you what is contained in those secret reports — there is nothing there that is not normal that happens on the outside and in other places, whether that’s even what’s going on in our banking and finance sector,” Lambie told the audience on Q&A.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/03/21/jacqui-lambie-qanda_n_9515074.html?utm_hp_ref=australia

    And his foot rub with 7.30 didn’t go over too well. They actually held him to account (kinda)

  25. TB Queensland permalink
    March 22, 2016 10:43 am

    So MALfunction The Mild Mannered Mysoginist compared to The Mad Abbott Mysoginist …

    … some improvement, hey?? 🙄

  26. TB Queensland permalink
    March 22, 2016 10:43 am

    GWS! KL!

  27. TB Queensland permalink
    March 22, 2016 11:47 am

    Proof that the Liberals have Dog on their side! St MALfunction!

    https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/27ff99dc568a4af2297ec5e578b3733953606b5c/0_459_1632_979/master/1632.jpg?

  28. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 22, 2016 2:10 pm

  29. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 22, 2016 2:42 pm

    Notice MSM outrage that Abbott is jaunting round world at $taxpayers’ expense ..

    Is this true? If Abbott has been invited to speak overseas the people who invited him may pay for his trip. Maybe not but from years of reading comments by lefties i can usually tell when the truth is being stretched or lefties have not bothered to check their facts before they comment.

    This is the first election that i really do not care who wins. At least we know with Labor we will get more unemployment and debt plus the people smuggling trade will be restarted and furthermore 50% of the population do not care. But the installation of Turnbull wants me to see the 54 traitors lose their seats.

  30. March 22, 2016 4:45 pm

    Hear hear!

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  31. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 22, 2016 5:48 pm

    …The Liberal Party has erupted in a furious brawl over the role of ­lobbyists in selecting Senate ­candidates after a “farcical” vote on the weekend that defied Malcolm Turnbull, sought to undermine a federal minister and cost retired general Jim Molan a seat in parliament. In a test of money and power, party officials allowed lobbyists Michael Photios and Nick Campbell to step in at the last minute to help decide the NSW Liberal candidates for the Senate at the next election, sparking claims of “corruption” in the process…

  32. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 22, 2016 6:26 pm

    Enough is enough – if a company operates in Australia they have a moral obligation to pay tax here

    And i am sure they do. Why didn’t the Goose do something when in power?

    Fact is i doubt many companies are avoiding tax. Take Apple which the lefties like to use as an example. Apple designs, manufactures, boxes and wraps its computers overseas. Apple can only be taxed on the markup the company which imports the computer puts on the product. If we want Apple to pay more tax we have to get Apple to make their computers in Australia

  33. TB Queensland permalink
    March 22, 2016 7:03 pm

    Ah!Ah!Ah!Ahhhh!

    Just in my mailbox!

    TB

    Yesterday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull outlined his Economic Plan to secure our nation’s prosperity for the 21st century.

    A key part of that Plan is restoring the rule of law in our building and construction industry.

    Unlawful conduct on building sites around Australia costs jobs and makes local infrastructure more expensive.

    The Prime Minister has made clear that if the Senate fails to pass legislation to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission, there will be an election on July 2.

    T, that means our work to secure Australia’s future starts now.

    Can you help by making a $15, $35 or $50 donation to our campaign?

    With an election potentially just weeks away we are relying on your support to ensure the Turnbull Government can continue to build a stronger economy with more jobs and greater opportunity.

    Regards,

    Tony Nutt
    Federal Director
    Liberal Party of Australia

    These people live in fkn lalaland! Policies? What fkn “policies”?

    Tell ’em their dreamin’!

  34. TB Queensland permalink
    March 22, 2016 7:04 pm

    Well said @tanya_plibersek@TurnbullMalcolm caretaker PM 4 Abbott govt. @abcnews
    Meanwhile LoonyTony holidays overseas#auspol #LNPLast

    Didn’t I suggest this some weeks ago?

  35. Tom R permalink
    March 22, 2016 7:17 pm

    Why didn’t the Goose do something when in power?

    Did you read to the end of Swans post? We’ve been over this many times, in fact, one of the first things eleventy did was wind back some of hte reforms Swan had made.

    Do try to keep up 😉

  36. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 22, 2016 7:18 pm

    …Take Apple which the lefties like to use as an example..

    no, you like to use apple as an example.

    Corporate Tax Cuts Would Help The Coalition’s Mates And Few Else
    https://newmatilda.com/2016/03/22/corporate-tax-cuts-help-the-coalitions-mates-and-few-else/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

    …Of course imputation is available only to domestic investors, and it’s hardly surprising that the strongest voices for a corporate tax cut come from those representing foreign investors. Our “open for business” approach to foreign investors, however, has hardly been an economic blessing. The exchange rate escalation associated with the mining boom has wrecked many trade-exposed industries (most notably our car industry). And we are now paying the price of dependence on foreign investment as we see profits from the mining boom go out of the country. That’s why, while our per-capita GDP is showing modest growth, our per-capita gross national income (GNI) – a more accurate indicator of living standards – is going backwards…

  37. TB Queensland permalink
    March 22, 2016 7:18 pm

    This is the first election that i really do not care who wins.

    Obviously a Liberal voter …

    … yer either a dick, or a liar, based on:

    1) The comments following the above statement; or

    2) Observing the yer silly, biased, misinformed, childish, outlandish, contradictory, concocted, fictional, racist, extremist, stupid and uneducated rants and personal attacks over the last few years.

    In other words a Fuckwit© Grade 1 …

    Congratulations!

  38. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 22, 2016 7:20 pm

    These people live in fkn lalaland! Policies? What fkn “policies”?

    Labors/Rudd/Gillards policy was to abolish the Pacific Solution.

    This caused 50,000 boat people to come, 8,000 children to be locked up, rapes, murders, $15B housing all these people.

    All because TB of Queensland voted for Rudd.

    TB you need to realise how powerful your pen is. Your vote in 2007 destroyed the lives of thousands of people.

    Worse is that you do not care

  39. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 22, 2016 7:23 pm

    An election with union behaviour in the construction industry as eh main topic should be fun!

  40. TB Queensland permalink
    March 22, 2016 7:24 pm

    And i am sure they do. Why didn’t the Goose do something when in power?

    Comprehension? NIL! NIL! neeel! Read the article again!

    Because the Liberal Party BLOCKED IT!

  41. TB Queensland permalink
    March 22, 2016 7:24 pm

    An election with union behaviour in the construction industry as eh main topic should be fun!

    Yes, ToM, but who for?

  42. TB Queensland permalink
    March 22, 2016 7:25 pm

    TB you need to realise how powerful your pen is

    I beg your pardon!!!!

  43. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 22, 2016 7:28 pm

    I beg your pardon!!!!

    YOUR VOTE IN 2007 DESTROYED THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE.

    And you do not care.

  44. TB Queensland permalink
    March 22, 2016 7:29 pm

    And you do not care.

    About your twisted world … not a jot …

    I don’t live in a Matrix …

  45. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 22, 2016 7:36 pm

    My world is not twisted.

    Your vote in 2007 locked up 8,000 children, detained 50,000 people and denied places in Australia from UNHCR camps who we would have taken if you did not vote for the people smugglers in 2007.

    TB you do not care about people. Same goes for the ALP.

    You believe in open borders.

  46. TB Queensland permalink
    March 22, 2016 8:42 pm

    My world is not twisted.

    Yes it is.

  47. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 22, 2016 8:55 pm

    Yes it is.

    Says the man who voted for Keating when unemployment was at 11%.

    Go for it TB. Vote for Labor at the next election.

    Unemployment will go up. Debt will go up. There will be no improvement in anything.

    But you will find a way to justify your perverted beliefs

  48. Tom R permalink
    March 22, 2016 9:26 pm

    An election with union behaviour in the construction industry as eh main topic should be fun!

    Yes, we can have people claiming “Unions are illegals”, and others pointing out that, whilst that may be debatable, at least they haven’t killed anyone.

    Exciting times abound 🙂

  49. TB Queensland permalink
    March 22, 2016 9:32 pm

    I suspect (certainly hope!) the coming election will about something more substantial than the ABCC … the shambles within the Liberal Party would be laughable if it didn’t impinge on so many ordinary people’s lives, simply because of simple minded right wing catlyk bigots and their fairytale beliefs!

    Give human dignity (rights) a chance … JC would be outraged!

    The federal education minister, Simon Birmingham, has criticised an email to a voter reportedly written by Cory Bernardi which linked the Safe Schools program to bondage clubs and adult sex toys.

    Melbourne mother of two, Pia Cerveri, on Monday night received a reply to an email she sent to Bernardi voicing her displeasure at his stance on the anti-bullying program.

    “You clearly haven’t got any idea what is in the program,” the email to Cerveri started. “If you did then you would be worried about your children being exposed to unhealthy ideas from such an early age.”

    The email then goes on to say Safe Schools links to websites about “bondage clubs and adult sex toys”.

    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/mar/22/cory-bernardi-email-reportedly-links-safe-schools-to-bondage-clubs-and-adult-sex-toys

  50. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 22, 2016 11:36 pm

    Turnbull Ally Accidentally Implies PM Misrepresented ABCC Laws
    https://newmatilda.com/2016/03/22/master-builders-turnbull-is-missing-the-point-of-his-double-dissolution-trigger/

    …In a chat with Jon Faine, Harnisch agreed that the proposed body was supposed to act as an industrial relations regulator, not an anti-corruption body…

    …“The ABCC then has the power to refer these matters to other authorities like the ACC [Australian Crime Commission] and other national crime authorities for them to deal with it,” he said.

    If Harnisch and Turnbull are going to convince Australians that these laws are about more than taking a free shot at the union movement, they might want to get their story straight first…

  51. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 23, 2016 7:21 am

    I’m tipping that the CFMEU will be the big winner from the ALP election commitments

  52. Tom R permalink
    March 23, 2016 7:39 am

    I’m tipping that the CFMEU

    And so they should. Whilst winners form the current mob, like the ipa, haven’t done anything for Australia, Unions like the CFMEU have been out there fighting, even when the law is against them, to save the lives of workers exploited by big business who would (legally?) sacrifice lives for profits.

    And with Easter upon us, I’m guessing the fight will be on .. again, for penalty rates.

    Weekends and public holidays are still special. They are when, as a community and society, we spend time with family and friends. It is when parents spend quality time with their kids. Public holidays like Easter are when families gather together, go on holidays, or simply relax.

    Penalty rates are the expression of this reality. …

    http://citynews.com.au/2016/unionsact-workers-and-small-businesses-are-doing-it-tough-and-rents-are-the-problem/

  53. Tom R permalink
    March 23, 2016 8:24 am

    Still completely amazed that anyone considers malcayman a friend of the environment.

    How much money has to poured into this ongoing, insane tilt at windfarms?

    The National Health and Medical Research Council has announced more than $3.3 million to research wind turbine syndrome, weeks after more than 100 climate change scientists lost their jobs.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/markdistefano/a-cold-wind-blows#.bqd8RGKM7

  54. March 23, 2016 8:53 am

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  55. Tom R permalink
    March 23, 2016 9:11 am

    the most meaningless election slogan we could think of

    Particularly when you consider, there has been no change

  56. TB Queensland permalink
    March 23, 2016 9:32 am

    lala

  57. TB Queensland permalink
    March 23, 2016 9:33 am

    Lalaland … still

  58. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2016 10:49 am

  59. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2016 10:54 am

    Return ABCC to save us from ourselves, says business
    http://www.afr.com/news/policy/industrial-relations/return-abcc-to-save-us-from-ourselves-says-business-20160322-gnon14#ixzz43gA5rPkz

  60. TB Queensland permalink
    March 23, 2016 12:25 pm

    Re: Brussels …

    Its odd we haven’t heard from The Mad Monk … these extremist Muslim attacks are right up his alley …

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

    The Press Club debate should be exciting for Australians!

  61. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 23, 2016 1:02 pm

    these extremist Muslim attacks are right up his alley …

    Brought to you by lefties who want open borders.

  62. March 23, 2016 2:03 pm

    “”Its odd we haven’t heard from The Mad Monk””

    That’s what I was thinking. we should’ve had a ten flag alert by now..

  63. March 23, 2016 2:05 pm

    “We came up with the most meaningless election slogan we could think of. Now adopted by Australian PM.”

    Read more at http://www.craveonline.com.au/site/968339-veep-creators-call-malcolm-turnbull-cribbing-slogan#2u8morujvhH64mfp.99

  64. TB Queensland permalink
    March 23, 2016 2:09 pm

    sreb, I have been waiting for a “told you so – see what will happen to Australia if we don’t do this and we don’t do that …”

    Maybe he’s swapping his machine gun for a howitzer (and figuring out how to load it!) – now that MALfunction is heading for an election

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

    And the government is concerned about an ABCC?

    This is where the real problems have always and still exist … keeping the poor and struggling – poor and struggling!

    Disgusting that these organisations leeches still operate AND under a government “licence” …

    “The consumer sector has known for years there is a systemic problem in the payday lending industry and ASIC’s probe has confirmed our concerns that these lenders aren’t doing the required due diligence and ensuring people are able to repay loans.”

    Mr Brody said the decision should be a “wake-up call” to payday lenders. “It really underscores why we need stronger laws to protect consumers,” he said.

    “While ASIC can take action and get people $1.5 million in refunds, that’s after the harm has occurred.”

    Consumer Action has called for an interest rate cap of 48 per cent on all consumer credit, whereas currently small-amount loans under $2000 can often have annual effective interest rates of up to 400 per cent.

    It also wants a stronger limit on how much of a borrower’s income a payday lender can deduct to repay a loan. Consumer Action says that figure should be capped at 5 per cent.

    http://www.news.com.au/finance/money/costs/nimble-to-refund-15-million-in-dodgy-payday-loans-following-asic-probe/news-story/a2450b16da53e1ef036f6f2fa946fdaa

  65. TB Queensland permalink
    March 23, 2016 2:12 pm

    MALfunction TurnAbbout in “The Hollow Man”

  66. March 23, 2016 2:12 pm

    “”An election with union behaviour in the construction industry as eh main topic should be fun!””

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  67. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2016 3:34 pm

    That’s what I was thinking. we should’ve had a ten flag alert by now..

    I think he knows that his team’s patience has worn thin with his self indulgences. They’ll crucify him if he keeps ambushing them in an election campaign. What matter most to the libs is being in government. Abbott better muzzle himself for the duration or they will all eat him alive.

    I hope he does cause trouble though 😉

  68. TB Queensland permalink
    March 23, 2016 3:42 pm

    I hope he does cause trouble though

    Me too … if Labor get across … we’ll all be ROONED!

  69. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2016 3:58 pm

    Oh hang on, abbott’s bestest mate greggy sheridan is on the drum tonight, maybe he’ll be spruiking on abbott’s behalf. Abbott likes to use his journo buddies to pass on his message.

    If it’s not anonymous, I won’t be doing it.

  70. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 23, 2016 4:01 pm

    So there is a direct co – relation between the level of union density and the number of days lost to industrial action!!

    Who on earth would have imagined that????

    Mr Keane is brilliant for figuring that out!!

  71. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 23, 2016 4:23 pm

    Personally I think John Setka would make a great leader of the ALP

  72. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2016 4:48 pm

  73. TB Queensland permalink
    March 23, 2016 5:33 pm

    The PM on Australia trying to find out if “wind farm sickness” exists…

    Yep! Definitely a spending problem … but don’t forget the income …

  74. TB Queensland permalink
    March 23, 2016 5:46 pm

    Oh what a fkn hypocrite!

    “I imagine it will only be a matter of time before the first mealy-mouthed, cultural-relativist politician will say religion has nothing to do with these most recent attacks,” Senator Bernardi writes in his “weekly dose of common sense” email.

    “They are wrong, but it is the inconvenient truth that too few are brave enough to confront.”

    http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/islam-needs-to-fix-the-problem-bernardi/news-story/e05c9e3a98801c8bb94516ca6a7a2012

    Bonkers Bernardi … one religious nutter blaming other religious nutters … fkn priceless!

    Its certainly up to the catlyks to shut Bernardi up too then!

  75. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2016 7:59 pm

    …Personally I think John Setka would make a great leader of the ALP…

    The forthcoming Federal election and the ongoing attacks on unions and workers
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-forthcoming-australian-election-and-the-ongoing-attacks-on-unions-and-workers,8806

    …The CFMEU is one of the few unions in Australia prepared to stand up for and mobilise its members to win wage increases, defend jobs and make workplaces safe. These activities cut into the profit of the big building companies and the ABCC is about making it even more profitable for tax avoiding building companies to screw more profits out of their workers at the expense of workers’ lives…

    …All so the rich tax avoiding building magnates can make even more profits…

    …There looks little prospect in Australia for the rise of a Jeremy Corbyn or Bernie Sanders as an expression of the anger with austerity and inequality – neoliberalism if you like – within the major parties. Labor has been the key party for the ruling class in introducing neoliberal policies in Australia and restraining the labour movement. Tony Turnbull is the logical expression of Bob Hawke and Paul Keating, as are Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese…

  76. TB Queensland permalink
    March 23, 2016 8:54 pm

    Why we need unions …

    http://www.tradingeconomics.com/australia/wage-growth

    http://cdn.tradingeconomics.com/charts/australia-wage-growth.png?s=australiawaggro&v=201603011807n

    And yes ToM I was a manager … and before that a union rep … I’ve seen both sides now!

  77. TB Queensland permalink
    March 23, 2016 9:12 pm

    A High Court challenge is about to be launched against new laws changing the way Australians elect senators.

    The first directions hearing will be held in Sydney via video link from Perth before Chief Justice Robert French at 11am (AEDT) on Thursday, two days after Family First senator Bob Day filed an application challenging the changes.

    It comes less than a week after the changes cleared parliament, following a marathon 40-hour debate

    http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/high-court-hearing-on-senate-voting-change/news-story/bfb0889ff001782d477aed469162c9fb

    Bloody hell! That was quick … a HC hearing within a WEEK!

    The system is certainly STACKED!

  78. TB Queensland permalink
    March 23, 2016 9:21 pm

    Call me a cynic (some people call me a bigot!)

    But there must be a federal election in the wings …

    And the amusing “decision-maker” refers to Dopey Dutton of course … now there’s an oxymoron …

    Mr Bolvaran, who had spent 41 of his 42 years in Australia, received a letter from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on Monday (Chilean time) informing him of its decision.

    “You were invited to ask for revocation of the original decision and you made representations to the decision-maker about why the original decision should be revoked,” a DIBP case officer says in the letter.

    “After consideration of your response, the decision-maker has decided to revoke the original decision to cancel your visa.

    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/brisbane-man-deported-to-chile-to-be-given-second-chance-of-life-in-australia-20160322-gnomg0.html

    The best of luck and happiness to Mr Bolbaran and his family who was put through this ignominious torture … just to satisfy Dopey Dutton’s demonstration of power (or incompetence) …

  79. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 24, 2016 12:28 am

    Why we need unions …

    Did you hit the MAX button? Wage growth has been slowing since Rudd was elected.

    http://cdn.tradingeconomics.com/charts/australia-wage-growth.png?s=australiawaggro&v=201603011807n&d1=19160101&d2=20161231

  80. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 24, 2016 12:34 am

    Here is another graph. Wages growth increased under Howard and started to decrease as soon as Rudd was elected.

  81. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 24, 2016 1:09 am

    Some of the Bolt fans and the conservatives who comment in the australian newspaper have been talking about an alternative party that they can vote for because they refuse to vote for Turnbull at the next election

    Australian Liberty Alliance
    http://australianlibertyalliance.org.au/

    I noticed a slight contradiction on the front page of their website.

    Join Australian Liberty Alliance
    Our Australia stands for individual liberty, small government, Western values, social fairness and an integrated multi-ethnic society. Our Australia has no place for big government, racism, moral relativism, divisive multiculturalism or tolerance for the intolerant. Migrants do not dream of a new life in Australia because we are a Socialist, Islamic or tribal society. Migrants come for the freedom, justice and prosperity only Western civilisation creates.

    Support Australian Liberty Alliance and donate or join up today.

    and then on the bottom right corner there is

    Stop the Islamisation of Australia

    Dabio – A Call to Hijrah
    To stop the Islamisation of Australia we will take a series of rational and practical policies to the 2016 elections. One of these policies is a 10-year moratorium on resident visa applications from nationals of the 56 member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

  82. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 24, 2016 1:15 am

    The exwcutive and membership rules seem interesting, as well as the values and core policies

    http://australianlibertyalliance.org.au/values-and-policies/values-and-core-policies

  83. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 24, 2016 8:25 am

    TB a site union delegate isn’t the guy who sets the policy and political orientation of a union.

    They aren’t the careerists that control/own the ALP.

    ….and if only we had a real man of the people like John Setka as leader, our problems would be over!

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  85. Tom R permalink
    March 24, 2016 9:27 am

    TB a site union delegate isn’t the guy who sets the policy and political orientation of a union.

    No, they are the one who take the vote of the workers to the Union.

  86. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2016 11:36 am

    They aren’t the careerists that control/own the ALP.

    Unlike the local shopkeepers that control the Liberal Party, I suppose* … with a muti-millionaire “leader” … no lawyers and careerists there … hey?

    … or the hobby farmers and market gardeners that control the remains of the Nats … no big land owners or stud farmers there … hey? With an accountant come bouncer as their “fearless leader”?*

    Those fkn unions BOO! roonin’ the country!

    *sarc alert

  87. Tom R permalink
    March 24, 2016 12:02 pm

    no lawyers and careerists there

    Yea, how DARE a person choice a CAREER that is aimed at looking after workers and protecting their safety and quality of life!

    Who’d want such a person representing them? Far better a merchant banker who gets special treatment from investments (paid out instead of the workers no less) and stashes his “hard earned” away from the Australian economy.

    A real man of the peeps there 😉

  88. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 24, 2016 12:35 pm

    Election 2016: devastating poll shows just three per cent of voters support likely budget centrepiece
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016/election-2016-devastating-poll-shows-just-three-per-cent-of-voters-support-likely-budget-centrepiece-20160324-gnq4t5.html#ixzz43mPsPbX7

    …Only three per cent of voters said company tax cuts should be the government’s first priority – a sentiment that was consistent on both sides of the political spectrum and across all age groups and income brackets.
    OmniPoll co-founder Martin O’Shannessy, a former director of the influential Newspoll, told Sky News balancing the budget was “becoming a proxy” for voters’ concerns about the economy.
    “Even among Labor voters this concern for the budget balance and the economy is equally important with education, and normally education is way out there,” he said.
    The online poll of 1146 voters across Australia was taken last weekend, before Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull set down his double dissolution election threat to the Senate crossbenchers. It is the first major survey by OmniPoll, established by former Newspoll managers including Mr O’Shannessy…

  89. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 24, 2016 12:59 pm

    Yeah!! The ALP is just fine and beyond criticism.

    Just because the unions run it as a retirement option for themselves is no reason to object!

  90. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 24, 2016 1:13 pm

    Undisclosed and illegal donations – a very liberal style of corruption. They’ve got a cheek to talk about unions! When the electoral commission withholds $4.4 mill due to a refusal to disclose donors there is a rank smell around the libs and their backers. Arty Sinodinos behind the corruption again.

    We urgent need a federal ICAC.

  91. Walrus permalink
    March 24, 2016 1:27 pm

    “Yea, how DARE a person choice a CAREER that is aimed at looking after workers and protecting their safety and quality of life!”

    CFMEU Melbourne Branch…………………..

  92. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 24, 2016 1:27 pm

    The lying shonks

    Silence over changes really speaks volumes
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/silence-over-changes-really-speaks-volumes-20140701-3b6l7.html#ixzz43md17fxq

    …On Thursday Cormann said he would comment on the report when he had ”worked my way through it”. At no point did he acknowledge that earlier that day he had had the Governor-General sign into law regulations that would enable the bank to keep rewarding staff for the volume of business they wrote, one of the practices that concerned the Senate inquiry.
    The next morning he told the ABC’s AM program he called on the Commonwealth ”to provide a proper response to the allegations that have been raised”.
    He defended the changes to the financial advice law he was ”proposing” saying: ”The changes that we are proposing to financial advice laws in no way interfere with what is required in order to ensure that these sorts of events don’t happen again.”
    At no point in the interview did he acknowledge that he had actually changed the regulations one day earlier.
    Later on Friday, asked by Fairfax Media when the Governor-General was going to sign into law the regulations, Senator Cormann’s office said it ”had no idea”. It would make inquiries. It never returned the call.
    The Commonwealth Bank got what it wanted, but quietly. It wasn’t the time to make a fuss…

  93. Walrus permalink
    March 24, 2016 1:28 pm

    The CFMEU Head of Finance……………………

  94. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 24, 2016 1:42 pm

    Marvellous! All the evidence of liberal corruption around today and all some here can say is UNIONS = BOO!

    It’s that kind of blinkered thinking [?political ideology] that allows corporate and political corruption to thrive.

    The budget is coming, so standby for talk of ‘ordinary Australians’. Who are these people
    http://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2016/mar/24/the-budget-is-coming-so-standby-for-talk-of-ordinary-australians-who-are-these-people?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+AUS+v1+-+AUS+morning+mail+callout&utm_term=163439&subid=7120910&CMP=ema_632

    …Scott Morrison likes to talk about nurses, teachers, police officers, and train drivers, but when it comes to income, who really qualifies for middle Australia?…

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  96. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2016 2:22 pm

    The CFMEU Head of Finance……………………

    He’s actually the personal accountant for Arty Sardines …

  97. Tom R permalink
    March 24, 2016 2:50 pm

    The ALP is just fine and beyond criticism.

    Well, that can be your opinion if you want, but I wouldn’t say they are beyond criticism. But, compared to the CaymanIslandsInvestmentPortfolioParty, they’re boy scouts.

    He’s actually the personal accountant for Arty Sardines …

    As if arty would get someone as clean cut as that 😉

    Heeeeere’s wallie

    http://workinglife.org.au/2014/09/22/the-turc-story-the-media-didnt-tell-you/

  98. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2016 3:25 pm

    Actually, the centrepiece tattoo in the middle of this bloke is the giveaway … very popular with extreme right wing Tory Parties around the world … 😉

    Here, wal, at the local Liberal Party (branch tacking) meeting …

  99. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2016 3:26 pm

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  101. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2016 5:31 pm

    That NSW E Comm report is damning alright!

    If they are in Breach of the act why and have defied requests to supply the identity of donors then they should not only have the $4.4 million of public funding denied but pay a fine equivalent to the aforesaid funding (the donations would be a lot higher I’ll bet) …

    I’d bet there’s none from the CFMEU tho’ … 😀

  102. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 24, 2016 6:16 pm

    …then they should not only have the $4.4 million of public funding denied but pay a fine equivalent to the aforesaid funding (the donations would be a lot higher I’ll bet) …

    They should be jailed, or at least very worried that they will be tried and convicted in a court and jail is a penalty.

  103. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 24, 2016 6:30 pm

  104. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 24, 2016 6:51 pm

  105. Tom R permalink
    March 24, 2016 6:51 pm

    While they bash unions w draconian legislation! Liberals ‘concealed’ illegal donors:

    And malcaymans just begun an election based around bashing Unions ROFL

    Happy Easter peoples, although I’m not sure malcayman or his henchmen will be having a happy one lol

  106. Tom R permalink
    March 24, 2016 6:51 pm

  107. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2016 7:33 pm

    “Arthur Sinodinos threatens legal action against NSW Electoral Commission

    Best of luck with that you arrogant little Fuckwit© …

    Dyson Heydon as your “chosen” judge I suppose … pity (for you) he’s “retired” – don’t send him an email he can’t read them – apparently!

    What “born to rule” nonsense …

  108. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 24, 2016 7:35 pm

    hmm, the same building developers who donate heavily to the liberal party no doubt tomR!

  109. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2016 7:44 pm

    I just went looking for the name of the “female builder-developer” not a sausage!

    I was interested because she sounds like someone I may know …

    But then it dawned on me … expose the CFMEU* organiser … but not the “builder developer” why not? Equality is equality, surely?

    What a discriminate street we build …

    *I have had a number of “run ins” with over zealous CFMEU organisers myself over the years … not my favourite union

  110. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2016 7:46 pm

    But I do know a witch hunt when I see one …

  111. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2016 8:09 pm

    So the Kiwis keep their British Empire Colonial flag and the Yanks (how appropriate) endorse (not officially) Donald Drumpff … wanker extraordinaire!

    No wonder the Liberal government of Australia is sucking up to China!

  112. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2016 9:01 pm

    Why do we see more than mainstream TV and radio?

  113. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2016 9:08 pm

    Mr Sinodinos has hit back at the commission’s statement and the resulting “erroneous commentary” he concealed illegal donations.

    His lawyers have called on the commission to retract its references to the politician.

    “I had no role in the NSW division’s decision to decline to update information disclosed in that declaration, as was requested by the commission,” he said in a statement.

    All POWER … NO RESPONSIBILITY!

    http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/sinodinos-must-go-over-donor-secrecy-alp/news-story/08892262f01fff7e8e263bc18f3e699a

    C’mon ToM, apply the same reasoning as you have for all the other union and ALP errors …

  114. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 24, 2016 10:38 pm

    I don’t see anyone contesting your point TB. But I see several here contesting the results of the control unions exercise over the ALP.

  115. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2016 11:54 pm

    MALfunction TurnAbbout has to be the most arrogantly deceitful politician I have ever encountered in this country … and that includes JBP!

    Lateline was a farce

  116. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 25, 2016 12:11 am

  117. TB Queensland permalink
    March 25, 2016 10:12 am

    Seems news.com.au agreed with my (and others) version of Lateline events ….

    http://www.news.com.au/national/politics/prime-minister-malcolm-turnbulls-heated-interview-on-lateline/news-story/5bcd898e930693a003f21419de03bb33

    And MALfunction lied at least twice … over the slogan … and over the Australian Energy Market Commission … made it sound as if he had invented that as well as the Interwebby … I do want someone to start asking him questions about the NBN … its been nicely swept under the carpet by ignoring it – so far …

  118. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 25, 2016 10:35 am

    Seems news.com.au agreed with my (and others) version of Lateline events ….

    Yes, it seems the interview has been reported as fiery, mostly because malcolm complained about being asked questions he didn’t like or want.

    Meanwhile…filed from the UK, a pic from our roving backbencher kevin abbott who appears to be on a taxpayer funded world tour.

    Tony Abbott highlights meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-highlights-meeting-with-british-prime-minister-david-cameron-on-social-media-20160324-gnqt5y.html

  119. March 25, 2016 11:02 am

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  120. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 25, 2016 11:27 am

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  122. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 25, 2016 12:19 pm

    I don’t see anyone contesting your point TB. But I see several here contesting the results of the control unions exercise over the ALP.

    Oh, is that what it’s all about?
    All I hear about is the corruption and thuggery of unions, especially the CFMEU. Isn’t that why we desperately need an ABCC and why we had to have a RC?

    Anything to say on big business/big money exercising control over the Libs? We have had the libs denying climate change and trying to bring in laws where people can be paid less and worked harder by business, all on behalf of their benefactors.

    I’m pasting this in full due to paywall, in case anyone is interested [please scroll past if not]

    When will the government stop lying about the ABCC?
    http://www.crikey.com.au/2016/03/22/when-will-the-government-stop-lying-about-the-abcc/

    The government has consistently lied about the ABCC — it didn’t increase productivity and more workers died on its watch. Time for the facts.

    There was an interesting moment — well one of many — during the Prime Minister’s interview on 7.30 last night when Leigh Sales pointed out to Turnbull that his claim that the John Howard-era Australian Building and Construction Commission “improved productivity by 20 per cent” in the construction industry was inconsistent with the findings of the Productivity Commission.

    What did the PC say about construction industry productivity? It examined the issue in its Public Infrastructure Report in 2014.

    “Productivity growth in the Australian construction sector has ebbed and flowed over the last 30 years. There was a significant increase in labour and multifactor productivity from 1994-95 to 2012-13. However, most of the improvement was concentrated in relatively short bursts spanning just a few years, including most recently in 2011-12.”

    That year, 2011-12, is, of course, after the Howard-era ABCC was, in the words of the former ABCC head John Lloyd, “neutered” by the Rudd-Gillard governments. Mysteriously, productivity in the construction industry surged after the ABCC was “neutered”.

    Turnbull dismissed the work of the Productivity Commission: “I think you’ll find that’s not right,” he told Sales. She pointed out she had the PC report right there on the table. “Well I’m sure you do,” Turnbull purred patronisingly. He went on to cite the reports of “Independent Economics that show there was an increase in productivity following the introduction of the ABCC”.

    Independent Economics is what the firm Econtech now calls itself. Econtech was the bespoke modeller for the Howard-era ABCC and its work was lauded by Howard government ministers for proving the case for the ABCC. Except its claims about the former ABCC have been discredited.

    In 2007, Econtech produced a report for the ABCC purporting to show a 9.4% surge in productivity in the construction industry due to the ABCC. But its methodology and data were badly flawed; in fact, the “surge” was 1.3%. A year later, an “updated” report was released by the ABCC from Econtech that quietly abandoned the claim of a 9.4% productivity rise. And in 2009, in a review of the ABCC by former Federal Court judge Murray Wilcox, Wilcox slammed the 2007 report, saying “it ought to be totally disregarded”.

    In fact, as the Productivity Commission demonstrated, productivity in the construction sector under the ABCC was broadly flat but surged once the ABCC was “neutered”:

    And where did Turnbull’s claim of a 20% rise in productivity come from? He appears simply to have invented that — it’s a figure more than twice as large as the Econtech claim that was demolished. The nearest number anyone can find to back up Turnbull’s claim is a recent report from the Master Builders’ Association, which claims productivity growth of 18.8% — but that report admits that only 11.4% of that can be attributed to “improved work practices”. Attorney-General George Brandis repeated the claim on Lateline, saying “when the ABCC was in operation productivity within the property sector increased — the construction sector, I should say, increased by 20 per cent. Since the abolition of the ABCC, productivity in that sector has flatlined”.

    As the PC shows, in fact the exact opposite is true.

    In his letter to the Governor-General yesterday, Turnbull referred to his actions as “promoting workplace safety through taking strong measures to deal with widespread and systemic criminality in the building and construction industry”.

    Again, the opposite is true. Under the Howard-era ABCC, workplace fatalities in the construction sector rose from just over three per 100,000 workers to nearly five per 100,000 workers before falling again to around four. After the “neutering” of the ABCC, the fatality rate fell to just over two. Getting rid of the ABCC coincided with a significant fall in the number of workers being killed on building sites.

    There’s another way in which Turnbull’s statement to the Governor-General isn’t true, as well. Despite the impression given by the government, and despite its Stasi-like powers, the ABCC isn’t an anti-corruption body; it has no criminal enforcement powers of any kind. The current iteration of the body, the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate, has no criminal enforcement powers and merely pursues civil penalty offences, and that won’t change under the ABCC. The ABCC has no remit to pursue “criminality in the building and construction industry” — that’s a matter for the police and other law enforcement bodies.

    It’s almost as if the Prime Minister misled the Governor-General.

    The rich irony of yesterday is that while the Prime Minister was declaring that he was prepared to go to an election on the issue of “criminality in the building and construction industry”, the CEO of the Australian Stock Exchange, Elmer Funke Kupper was resigning in response to allegations relating to a massive bribe to the head of the Cambodian regime, Hun Sen. And then there are the continuing revelations about the scandalous behaviour of the Commonwealth Bank in relation to insurance, and the open clash between business figures and the head of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission over toxic corporate cultures.

    Given that corporate scandals can involve hundreds of millions of dollars, the lost life savings of tens of thousands of Australians or the vast destruction of shareholder wealth, you’d think ASIC would have the same powers as those proposed by the government for the ABCC.

    In fact, the ABCC’s powers will far exceed those of ASIC. ASIC can’t direct you not to tell anyone you’ve been interrogated by them, but the ABCC can. You don’t have to disclose to ASIC matters covered by legal professional privilege or public interest immunity, but you do have to to the ABCC. You can claim legal expenses if you’re interrogated by ASIC, but not by the ABCC. And with ASIC, you can choose your own lawyer while being interrogated, whereas the ABCC picks your lawyer for you. And these sorts of coercive powers can be used by the ABCC as a first resort, with no external approval — unlike for ASIC.

    Seems that when it comes to coercion and regulation and basic legal rights, what’s important for business people doesn’t apply to CFMEU officials.

  123. TB Queensland permalink
    March 25, 2016 12:29 pm

    Watching Mal sink is dull

    MALfunction is dull … he acts like a 19th Century schoolmarm talking to all those dullards who really know nothing of the world …

    No wonder the Liberals don’t want to fund education … they think its a way of controlling people … knowledge is, after all, power …

    … bad news for them … its too fkn late! You don’t have to be too educated to figure out lies, deceit, cheats and ignorance of the real world!

  124. TB Queensland permalink
    March 25, 2016 12:38 pm

    I don’t see anyone contesting your point TB. But I see several here contesting the results of the control unions exercise over the ALP.

    I’d actually forgotten to reply to this little gem, KL . (Couldn’t resist the space)

    No-one contested the point because you can’t!

    Not sure what the second sentence actually refers to or means … apart from a unions BOO! mindset …

  125. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 25, 2016 12:43 pm

    There’s not many things that I agree with david leyonhjelm on reb, but that is one [it’ll probably be completely ignored though]

  126. TB Queensland permalink
    March 26, 2016 12:59 am

    Molenbeek mayor Françoise Schepmans challenged PM Malcolm Turnbull to get to know the suburb

    http://www.news.com.au/world/europe/molenbeek-mayor-franoise-schepmans-challenged-pm-malcolm-turnbull-to-get-to-know-the-suburb/story-fnh81p7g-1227802854310?sv=1b38a9241c83469aa73cc985db79aca2

    Off ya go MALfunction … may as well take The Mad Abbott with you … he too offended other nations with his ignorance of the real world!

    Tones is already halfway there on his taxpayer funded world tour! Next stop Donald Dumpff …

    Nothing changes with the adult, born to rule, economic managers …

    Fkn hypocrites!

  127. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 26, 2016 11:42 am

    Tones is already halfway there on his taxpayer funded world tour!

    Have not posted for a while but how do you know Abbott is on a taxpayer funded world tour? He may be paid for speaking engagements.

    Based on years of reading your posts i am sure you are speaking from ignorance and telling lies for political purposes.

  128. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 26, 2016 12:56 pm

    Speaking engagements?
    Isn’t that what they do when they leave office?
    Doesn’t he already have a paid job as a backbencher and local representative for warringah?

    He must be doing a poor job at all of them, is it his international sook tour?

  129. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 26, 2016 1:41 pm

    You can bet that the victims are threatened with sacking and/or punishments if they ask for access to a union.

    Worker exploitation is a national disgrace
    http://www.theage.com.au/business/workplace-relations/wage-rorts-a-national-disgrace-20160324-gnqshe.html

    …Worker exploitation is a national disgrace. In the quest to offer customers cheaper prices and services – and KPIs focused on the bottom line – there has become a race to the bottom.
    Some big companies have been hiding behind supply chain abuses by using labour hire firms or sub-contractors. Franchisors point the finger at a few rogue franchisees.
    Corporations need to be held accountable for misconduct by their contractors or sub-contractors and franchisees…

    Senator Eric Abetz: why dumping me was a big mistake
    http://www.theage.com.au/good-weekend/senator-eric-abetz-why-dumping-me-was-a-big-mistake-20160311-gngg6e.html#ixzz43yFZ9s00

    …Eric Abetz hates to see talent wasted. Particularly his own. When he talks about his sacking from federal Cabinet, the arch-conservative Liberal senator from Tasmania makes clear that he can deal with the personal disappointment. It is the loss to the nation that concerns him…

    😆

  130. March 26, 2016 1:48 pm

    ”It is the loss to the nation that concerns him…” lol..

  131. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 26, 2016 1:57 pm

    Doesn’t he already have a paid job as a backbencher and local representative for warringah?

    I think you will find lots of politicians do outside work. This came up before the 2007 election.

    http://www.news.com.au/national/chinese-company-says-no-strings-on-pms-travel/story-e6frfkp9-1111115849356

    THE Chinese company which paid for Kevin Rudd to travel overseas before the last election says there were no strings on the sponsorship.

    Beijing AustChina Technology, a Chinese importer of Australian telecommunications products, said it sponsored travel by the future prime minister and other cabinet colleagues to encourage their interest in China……..The three ministers, along with two backbenchers, made 16 overseas trips at AustChina’s expense between 2005 and 2007, when Labor was in opposition..

    No taxpayer funds involved.

  132. TB Queensland permalink
    March 26, 2016 4:10 pm

    ”It is the loss to the nation that concerns him…” lol..

    LOL! Indeed … did you read any of the article? Keep a brown paper bag or bucket with you if you do … bunch of arrogant dicks … all derived from the Young Liberals … at least union reps have do some work before they enter politics …

    ====================================

    No taxpayer funds involved. And proven.

    No such thing with this Mad Abbott Tour … all politics … HIS politics … not Australia’s …

  133. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 26, 2016 4:33 pm

    A good read, well worth using up your one free article allowance each week.

    The end of Tony Abbott and the conservatives
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2016/03/26/the-end-tony-abbott-and-the-conservatives/14589108003047

    …The Australian right survives because it is supported by hothouse institutions: the loss-making parts of News Corp, oxymoronically named “think tanks”, which take anonymous corporate money to lobby for their industries and then claim tax-deductible charitable status, and the cocooned political process that pipes wacko right-wing fantasists up from student politics through these think tanks and into the senate without encountering democracy at any point…

  134. TB Queensland permalink
    March 26, 2016 6:41 pm

    Many thanks, KL … interesting read … when I got to …

    Clearly Turnbull has come to a similar conclusion. The showdown with the senate and the election arising, therefore, is targeted at the enemy within not without. Should he win, he can draw a line under the Abbott era, and reconstruct the Liberal Party as a centre-right socially progressive party. Conservatives can either go to the Nationals, or irrelevance, insofar as there’s a difference. They represent very little in Australian society, other than the largesse of Murdoch and our capacity to let political sinecures and boondoggles run on far too long.

    I thought … why not pass the ABCC bill … and stave off the DD … MALFunction only gets one chance at the DD in the public’s eye … The Mad Abbott would surely take hope at wresting the leadership back … and the longer TurnAbbout plays patronising school marm the lower his ratings will sink and with no policies (economic managers my arse!) to show …

    The election may just be a winner for the left … who would then repeal the ABCC to where it belongs!

    Just thinkin’ …

  135. TB Queensland permalink
    March 26, 2016 8:55 pm

    YAEE! Another one bites the dust … that kitchen must be really hot!

    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/mar/26/mp-sharman-stone-announces-retirement-from-australian-politics

  136. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 26, 2016 10:00 pm

    Nothing wrong with putting corruption in building and construction under the spot light.

    But naturally barrackers object.

  137. Taking Civil Liberties permalink
    March 26, 2016 11:53 pm

    Nothing wrong with putting corruption…under the spot light.

    But naturally barrackers object.

    Not on my Rolodex, they don’t.

  138. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 27, 2016 2:32 am

    Exactly meta.

    Corruption all around us, but we must only point elbows at the building & construction industry. If only we all got the chance to grab a rolex out of a lucky dip bag while we’re at work.

  139. TB Queensland permalink
    March 27, 2016 1:39 pm

    But naturally barrackers object.

    We “barrackers” have no objection to identifying and eradication corruption ANYWHERE!

    It’s the one eyed unions BOO! BARRACKERS who have a one eyed plan to eradicate all UNIONS BOO! That we object to …

    As an ex employer of a major steel supplier in the early 80’s I see no difference to the cartel corruption I accidentally discovered then to the way companies operate now …

    … I’ve had my own run ins with the CFMEU, The Federated Iron Workers and the AMWU …

    … but don’t fool yourself that only one side of the IR pendulum has arseholes trying to fleece it … but only one side who don’t give a flying fk about workers and their families …

  140. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 27, 2016 4:14 pm

    That’s what I don’t get, the willingness of conservatives to overlook human rights abuses when it suits them, but they use the same overlooked reasoning as to why they need to invade countries, be at war and kill innocent people. #nakedhypocrisy

    Of course stopping the boats is important only when you have used the boats [xenophobic fearmongering] to get votes in the first place.

    Does moral posturing = chrstianity?

    Tony Abbott: I was right to put national security before moral posturing
    http://linkis.com/www.theguardian.com/j5uR7

  141. TB Queensland permalink
    March 27, 2016 4:26 pm

    Truly, The Mad Abbott!

    I think he confuses “moral” with amoral … or not!

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  145. TB Queensland permalink
    March 27, 2016 4:57 pm

    I see John Hewson reads TGT …

    But Dr Hewson says if the Senate unexpectedly supports the re-introduction of the Australian Building and Construction Commission, it would delay an election to September or October.

    “In the interim he has got to deal with issues like (Arthur) Sinodinos, Abbott, backbench issues and a budget that has been neutered as a pre-election budget rather than a reform budget,” Dr Hewson told Sky News on Sunday.

    http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/turnbull-strategy-high-riskhewson/news-story/6f3c32fc6c45c294c109a7677784ae9b

    TGT

    March 26, 2016 6:41 pm

    I thought … why not pass the ABCC bill … and stave off the DD … MALFunction only gets one chance at the DD in the public’s eye … The Mad Abbott would surely take hope at wresting the leadership back … and the longer TurnAbbout plays patronising school marm the lower his ratings will sink and with no policies (economic managers my arse!) to show …

    The election may just be a winner for the left … who would then repeal the ABCC to where it belongs!

    Just thinkin’ …

    LOL!

  146. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 27, 2016 6:58 pm

    Tony Abbott’s rap sheet – a work in progress
    http://ausvotes2016.com.au/2016/03/26/tony-abbotts-rap-sheet-a-work-in-progress/

    Back in October 2012, I tracked the efforts of ex-PM Kevin Rudd to influence the Gillard Government’s standing in the opinion polls, particularly Newspoll.

    This election year, I’m going to track the destabilisation tactics of yet another vengeful former prime minister.

    Detailed in the document below are the interventions made to date by the member for Warringah, Tony Abbott.

    …I’ve not included any commentary, as I’m well aware Abbott supporters will justify many of the activities as the former PM defending his record or simply upholding conservative values.

    However, I believe that to a dispassionate viewer, each act can be seen as an attempt to chip away at Malcolm Turnbull’s credibility.

    The plan is for this to be a reference document more than anything, and I will do my best to keep it updated over the coming days and weeks.

    The list makes compelling reading…

  147. Feat Of Clay permalink
    March 27, 2016 7:32 pm

    “Four have said they will support it, while the other four won’t say.”

    Why won’t Malcolm just admit he needs to do the right thing and broaden the ABCC bill to deal with corruption everywhere. Threatening to call a double dissolution if bills are not passed is an abuse and misuse of power. Clearly, Malcolm Turnbull is trying to manipulate the crossbench into voting for the ABCC bill. The Senate’s job is to review, debate and legislate. The reason the ABCC has not yet passed the Senate is that it is an unworkable bill that will have very expensive implications for the budget. The ABCC bill needs to make all industries accountable, not just the building and construction industry. Recalling the Senate will cost taxpayers even more money, not to mention that a double dissolution election would be one of the most expensive elections in history. And while all this is going on, the Turnbull Government is talking about further tax breaks for the big end of town – leaving mums and dads to pay more. How can the Turnbull Government reduce corporate taxes any further when many corporates don’t even pay tax. What a stupid idea. It is going to get to the point where the Government is going to have to start paying taxes to corporates.”

  148. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 27, 2016 8:18 pm

    This is why the wives & partners should not be considered off limits in politics.

  149. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 27, 2016 8:43 pm

    Here you go!

  150. TB Queensland permalink
    March 28, 2016 11:22 am

    Here you go!

    Not exactly a “groundswell” of support, KL … wonder why?*

    *sarc

  151. TB Queensland permalink
    March 28, 2016 5:16 pm

    NEGATIVE GEARING!

    “PERVERSE” tax incentives are encouraging investors to leave tens of thousands of homes empty in Australia’s most desirable suburbs, adding fuel to the housing affordability crisis, new research has suggested.

    The analysis by the University of Sydney’s City Futures Research Centre compared the 90,000 vacant dwellings across metropolitan Sydney — as of the 2011 census — with the rate of return investors made by renting out a property.

    “Losses against a rental investment can be offset by negative gearing and resulting capital gains taxed at a reduced rate when the property is eventually sold.

    “Leaving housing empty is both profitable and subsidised by government. This is taxation lunacy and a national scandal.”

    A similar study in Melbourne last year which analysed water usage suggested more than 80,000 properties, or 4.8 per cent of the city’s housing stock, appeared to be unused.

    The issue of “ghost houses” left empty by often foreign buyers willing to forgo significant rental income has been a cause of controversy, although much data remains anecdotal.

    http://www.news.com.au/finance/real-estate/buying/australias-ghost-suburbs-a-national-scandal/news-story/7e74c62fc314f86a2c8b176f3358d13f

    Can’t wait for the wriggling and squirming from the “adult economic managers” over this report!

    Just more PROOF!

    The system is a dud and is being rorted by the greedy 1%!

  152. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 28, 2016 6:25 pm

    Can’t wait for the wriggling and squirming from the “adult economic managers” over this report!

    If you are talking about Hawke/Keating or Rudd/Gillard they did nothing.

    But could hat report be true? How on earth could it be more profitable to leave a house empty rather than rent it out?

  153. TB Queensland permalink
    March 28, 2016 7:31 pm

    How on earth could it be more profitable to leave a house empty rather than rent it out?

    You know nuthin’, neel …

    READ THE FKN LINK! It will TELL you how!

    … allah … buddha … god … Yahweh … Logic … Learning … Knowledge … give me strength!

  154. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 28, 2016 8:23 pm

    READ THE FKN LINK!

    I did and the only advantage i could possibly see is there may be some capital gains tax advantage if the property is left vacant before you sell the property. Other than that i could see no advantage in leaving an investment property empty.

  155. TB Queensland permalink
    March 28, 2016 9:28 pm

    “Losses against a rental investment can be offset by negative gearing and resulting capital gains taxed at a reduced rate when the property is eventually sold.

    “Leaving housing empty is both profitable and subsidised by government. This is taxation lunacy and a national scandal.”

    Housing is not a means for people to get rich it is somewhere to live!

    And especially not a means for people to get government welfare in the form of negative gearing and capital gains …

    If you want buy houses as an asset that’s OK … buy YOU wear the loss not TAXPAYERS!

    Do you invest in a car? Do you invest in furniture? And if you did would you expect TAXPAYERS to subsidise repairs to your car or furniture?

    Negative gearing and capital gains are methods of sucking tax out of the system … by wannabe and Robber Barons …

    Why would a multi millionaire want to be PM? To maintain and continue to manipulate the tax (or lack of tax) paid by RICH PRICKS!

    Grow up! Or at least do some reading instead of the Young Liberals Brownnose Pamphlet for Wannabe Robber Barons …

    Make money … get rich … get super rich … but NOT at the expense of the strugglers!*

    *No I’m not!

  156. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 28, 2016 9:34 pm

    “Leaving housing empty is both profitable and subsidised by government. This is taxation lunacy and a national scandal.”

    Still do not see why leaving a investment property empty is better than renting it out. For me it makes the whole article suspect.

  157. TB Queensland permalink
    March 28, 2016 9:53 pm

    Malaysia’s former attorney-general planned to file charges against Prime Minister Najib Razak over the millions of dollars found in the premier’s bank accounts, an Australian report says.

    Abdul Gani Patail told several senior officials on July 23, 2015 of his plan to confront Najib in a cabinet meeting scheduled for July 29, but he was replaced before he could do so, ABC reported.

    Seems Malaysia needs an ABCC — Federal ICAC too!

  158. TB Queensland permalink
    March 28, 2016 9:54 pm

    For me it makes the whole article suspect.

    You do know that’s how former Russian scientists now make their fortunes here …?

  159. March 29, 2016 1:54 am

    l enjoyed tonights `preferred` numbers on sbs-news, talkbull-55, blib-21 (still) and neither-24, guess which group l`m in:-)

    l also saw the empty rentals tax-rort too teebz, nothing like the bludging rich receiving welfare to make struggle-street harder.

    Talkbull was definitely back-peddling and faffing on reportland armchair, he didn`t like the questions, and he didn`t like being called-out on his bullshit (unusual for reportland now-a-days) so he waffled-on about the `knifing` phrase, which sounded a lot like `our` cat-licks:-)

    Despite much swoon flowing away from talkbull, blib is still stuck at 21% and it will be interesting to see where it ends-up. Too bad the team haven`t knifed him and installed plib or albo as new team-leader instead of running the risks of both the team losing other seats, and the drongos of moonee fcuking ponds inflicting blib on us all for another 3-years as `useless-opposition` pretender.

    (lt is good to see `our` flat-earth crew have retained their knowledge-denial and managed to not learn a damnthing on anything. lt`s good to have a `comfort-zone`)

    #too.bad.about.coral.bleaching.teabags

  160. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2016 7:51 am

    WAY TOO MUCH WRIGGLE ROOM! Especially the way this lot flip flops after the event!

    One Bill does fit all in this case. Open field for all or any Federal corruption. Including Prime Ministers.

    (My bold)

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has reached out to crossbench senators for help passing the federal government’s workplace reform laws before it triggers a double-dissolution election.

    Family First Senator Bob Day says the prime minister called him on Easter Monday to discuss efforts to restore the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).

    “The prime minister clearly wants this bill to pass,” he said in a statement this morning.

    The senator told Mr Turnbull there is no reason why an agreement can’t be reached if the government commits to addressing some of the crossbench’s concerns about corruption in other sectors, not just the construction industry.

    “After speaking with the PM, I am confident an agreement could be reached if the government agreed to look at sector-specific corruption measures,” Senator Day said.

    He thinks the government should establish anti-corruption measures that are tailored to each sector, but thinks ABCC is “the perfect place to start” cleaning up corruption.

    http://www.news.com.au/national/rush-hour/rush-hour-the-stories-you-need-to-know-today/news-story/0c4eead84f881f0680667e57099b05ee

  161. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 29, 2016 12:40 pm

    Company tax cut good for growth: miners
    http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/miners-back-cut-in-company-tax-rate/news-story/8eea5ab8de6fcdc86fd7ca974270daa6

    …”A reduction in Australia’s uncompetitive company tax rate would primarily benefit wage earners and consumers, promote innovation and stimulate new foreign investment and economic growth,” the council’s chief executive Brendan Pearson said in a statement on Tuesday…

    😆

    Budget 2016: Cutting business taxes does not lead to growth, says study
    http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/budget-2016-cutting-business-taxes-does-not-lead-to-growth-says-study-20160327-gns30c.html#ixzz44Fd8gAVJ

    …”Claims are often made that uncompetitive rates of corporate and individual income tax are a recipe for lower economic growth and lower incomes, but these claims rely on assertions, rather than data and analysis,” he said.
    “The economic case for company tax cuts is weak, and furthermore, it is obvious that many companies are involved in widespread tax avoidance and the federal budget has a revenue problem. It is simply not the time for tax cuts.”…

    Second minister drawn into funding row says evidence shows he wanted disclosure
    http://www.news.com.au/national/politics/second-minister-drawn-into-funding-row-says-evidence-shows-he-wanted-disclosure/news-story/a01ae392642cef9e0aea0cc5c3461e61

    …Assistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor today denied claims he was part of a plan to disguise donations to the party, saying “unambiguous evidence” showed he expected all cash would be declared…

  162. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 29, 2016 2:13 pm

  163. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2016 2:35 pm

    Second minister drawn into funding row says evidence shows he wanted disclosure

    Yeah, economic managers alright … but for whose advantage!

    Abbott in the same essay also boasted of sending asylum seeker activists back to PNG.

    More precisely West Papua … but that aside, this is a classic case of stopping the boats but what about the consequences to the asylum seekers? Happened to the Sri Lankan Tigers too … and I recall stories about returned Afghanis … morally corrupt and politically inept is too mild a phrase for these bumbling bible bashing, buffoons … hypocrites all …

    Just as silly as expecting Islamic asylum seekers/refugees to settle in PNG … a country where over 95% of the population of a third world country have been turned into rabid krystians … that’s just fkn stupid!

  164. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 29, 2016 3:16 pm

    Abbott drops in on a young surfer! What a tool!

    The lass doesn’t look impressed by Abbott’s form on the board.

  165. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2016 3:22 pm

    blockquote>
    UNIVERSITY graduates may have to start paying their loans back sooner after a report revealed many students will never earn an income high enough to repay their HELP debts.

    A Grattan Institute report has found that the government could claw back $500 million more a year more, and even more over time, if it lowered the income threshold that students start repaying their loans.

    “I welcome all ideas from the sector, experts and students on how to make university funding sustainable as I continue to consult widely on higher education reform,” Mr Birmingham said when asked about the reforms.

    Mr Norton said a major cause of HELP’s problems was the growing proportion of graduates who work part-time.

    http://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/federal-budget/university-and-other-students-face-help-hecs-debt-crackdown/news-story/393410da373b62512d59df1df4e8b5d5

    I think that last sentence should read … the growing proportion of graduates who HAVE TO work part-time

    As for suggestions …

    ► Innovate and create more jobs – start with renewable energy and high speed businesses on the internet – oh, wait … OK, slow businesses IF they have internet (the local Freemason’s Old Folks Home has the NBN … no-one else in the area, just the Freemason’s Retirement Home …

    ► Negative Gearing welfare

    ► Trust Fund welfare

    ► Super Tax Breaks for the rich welfare

    ► Multi-national Tax dodge welfare

    ► Aussie Business Tax dodge welfare

    ► Present pollie’s expenses welfare

    ► Post pollie’s expenses welfare

    ► Bean bag wastefulness

    ► International Travel wastefulness

    ► Gay marriage plebiscite wastefulness

    ► $9.4 billion Lodge wastefulness

    ► Tony Abbott’s World Tour wastefulness

    ► Calling an extra Parliament Sitting wastefulness

    ► Planning a Double Dissolution wastefulness

    Then you can hit the poor sods who have a HECS/HELP fee and find out there are no jobs … FMD!

    Even Governor Bligh et al knew that a flagging economy needed to have stuff built (ie government infrastructure) to boost the economy … people earning, spending and buying is the simple process for a healthy economy … not sucking every bit of legal (or otherwise) tender out of the economic cycle … as all those issues above do!

    Vaccuum Economics is sucking the life out of the Australian economy … nay the Western economy … Trickle Down is pure unadulterated One Percenters Bullshit!

    A Con Job!

  166. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2016 4:02 pm

    The lass doesn’t look impressed by Abbott’s form …

    Understandable … everyone else has been bothered about it for some time …

  167. March 29, 2016 4:46 pm

    I was surprised to see that ToM has put his house on the market, but I like what he’s done with the place…

    http://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-tas-bridgewater-122204998

  168. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 29, 2016 4:52 pm

    A Con Job!

    We had no problems until you voted for Rudd in 2007. The worst PM in our history followed by the send worst in Gillard.

    No wonder the budget is stuffed.

  169. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 29, 2016 7:02 pm

    The grain of the wood on boarded up windows is a decorators touch!

  170. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2016 7:13 pm

    The grain of the wood on boarded up windows is a decorators touch!

    I thoroughly agree, ToM, natural, no treatment, just straight from the tree plywood factory … and goes wonderfully with the Hogs Breathe Pink in the bathroom …

    And the clever cutting in by the mirror is a masterstroke (pardon the pun) …

    Shows what a person paying more tax than (the other) 99% can afford … and still have time to surf!

    Impressive stuff … thanks for sharing (probably all we’ll get) … 🙂

  171. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2016 7:17 pm

    BTW are any of the bedrooms in chartreuse … would look a treat!

    Just sayin’ …

    Couldn’t help myself … had another look! Is that faux brick cladding too!!!!!

    BTW does it come with glass windows?

  172. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 29, 2016 7:20 pm

    No glass windows TB, just wood!

    It’s cosy and can be used as firewood when the power is cut off.

  173. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2016 7:32 pm

    Timber please, ToM … (is the glue toxic?)

    No solar or wind power then?

  174. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 29, 2016 7:34 pm

    There are some holes in the roof, and that’s all the natural lighting I need.

  175. March 29, 2016 7:42 pm

    I quite like the generous use of linoleum and formica throughout. you just can’t buy finishes like that anymore.

    The landscaping out the back is superbly finished too!

  176. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2016 8:08 pm

    formica … brings tears … formica!

    How much is this hovel delightful coven valued at?

    mmmm … $125,001 a steal for ToM …

    Its does have views I see … are they coal pits or blue hills?

    I am surprised that , neel, hasn’t flipped an offer yet … before those bloody Russians get in!

    BTW sreb … lino is so WWII …

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

    In the TB household at the moment we are crammed into every nook and cranny as we suffer the floor strippers rip up our tiles ( a bit more tomorrow!) in our kitchen, family room and office … its like a fkn home invasion! And the NOISE!

    But the porcelain 600 x 600 will complete the floors … lounge, dining room 600 x 600 and bedrooms and study 300 x 300 … all the same tile — no more carpets!

    We keep saying — why did it take so long!

    Have you considered porcelain tiles in your surfer home, ToM?

  177. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 29, 2016 8:15 pm

    I did the bathroom myself

  178. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 29, 2016 8:16 pm

    … and the paving.

  179. March 29, 2016 8:23 pm

    I see that when you moved out, you took the lightbulbs with you.

    Was that to save on electricity in the new place?

  180. March 29, 2016 8:25 pm

    Good choice of real estate agent there too YoM.

    How did you find him?

    https://www.realestate.com.au/agent/peter-shacklady-140066

  181. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2016 8:46 pm

    The paving? There’s paving too … local rocks I assume?

    Was that to save on electricity in the new place?

    Holes in the fkn roof, sreb!

    Do keep up! 🙄

  182. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2016 8:58 pm

    just looked up … Peter fkn WHO?

    And who “writes” Harcourt’s copy? FFS!

    Tasmanian born, Peter has since the age of 7 travelled extensively through the world.

    After leaving school in the mid 70s, he began a career as a chef which entailed him travelling to the UK, involved in hosting TV programs, teaching delicacies and specializing in local game, English, French and European fares.

    OR

    Born in Tasmania, Peter has travelled the world since the age of seven.

    Leaving school in the mid 70’s, he began his career as a chef.

    Travelling to the UK hosting TV shows that taught preparation of delicacies based upon English, French and other European game …

    Then I read the remainder and thought … “wot’s that got to do wiv selling fkn arrses …”

  183. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 29, 2016 8:59 pm

    It’s an investment opportunity for the new owner and the tenants can supply their own f**king light globes.

    I’m sure I speak for all landlords there. It’s enough that we landlords supply running water.

  184. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2016 9:18 pm

    It’s enough that we landlords supply running water.

    And you still have to claim negative gearing … just to keep your heads above ————— water …

    .

  185. March 29, 2016 9:19 pm

    Then I read the remainder and thought … “wot’s that got to do wiv selling fkn arrses …”

    It’s a Tasmanian thing.

  186. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2016 9:26 pm

    It’s a Tasmanian thing.

    Mmmm … OK reb of Hobart … no argument here …

  187. March 30, 2016 8:38 am

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  188. March 30, 2016 8:39 am

    So I’ve been told that day light savings ends this weekend. Why don’t they just leave the clocks the way they are and then our days will stay longer. Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?

  189. TB Queensland permalink
    March 30, 2016 10:27 am

    And your curtains will fade …

  190. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 30, 2016 12:49 pm

    Daylight saving must be a great idea… because they don’t have it in Queensland and WA.

    If those 2 uncouth states agree not to have daylight saving – that’s enough evidence to decide that it is the timekeeping that civilised people practice

  191. TB Queensland permalink
    March 30, 2016 1:08 pm

    If you want more sunshine* in Melbourne (we have it in abundance in the SUNSHINE State) …

    … you don’t need to reset all your clocks twice a year (I’ve got 15 of the buggers last count) … just get up earlier … or later or whatever you need to do in Mexico …

    *This concept can/will never be guaranteed in Melbourne!

  192. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 30, 2016 3:22 pm

    I found this interesting.

    How the scientific community united against Tribeca’s anti-vaccination film
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/mar/29/tribeca-de-niro-anti-vaccination-film-scientists-response

    sound familiar?

    cripes!

  193. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 30, 2016 3:26 pm

    Re Brisbane – some facts about the so called sunshine

    • From Nov to Feb- Melbourne gets an average of 7.83 hours of sunshine each day.
    • Brisbane gets an average of 7.73 hours
    FACT – Brisbane gets less sunshine during the period that people take holidays

    • Melbourne has annual rainfall of 648mm per year
    • Brisbane has over 77% more rain with 1148mm per year
    FACT – Brisbane is much, much wetter/damp than Melbourne. It p155es down in Brisbane

    • Melbourne has an average of 100 days of rain per year
    • Brisbane has an average of 132 days of rain per year
    FACT – Brisbane has more much more rain on 32% more days than Melbourne

    FACT – this is also proof that people in Queensland are delusional

  194. TB Queensland permalink
    March 30, 2016 5:34 pm

    FACT – Brisbane has more much more rain on 32% more days than Melbourne

    FACT – this is also proof that people in Queensland are delusional

    FACT – IT never rains in Brisbane … we get the occasional liquid sunshine tho’ … beautifully warm …

    BTW I notice a lack of link to your FACTS, ToMMY …

  195. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 30, 2016 6:12 pm

    Hello TB, just have a look at the data on the Bureau of Meteorology – that’s where I got my facts!

    Wetter, more rain on more days and less sunshine – welcome to Queensland

  196. TB Queensland permalink
    March 30, 2016 6:39 pm

    Bugger I’ll have to move to Melbourne Tassie …

  197. TB Queensland permalink
    March 30, 2016 7:02 pm

    ToM … I’ve lived in three countries and four towns/cities … and a couple of villages …

    Where I want to live is where I want to live … if you don’t like it … do I care … ? Really .. ?

    Do I care about where you want to live … nah! But I respect your choice … I’ve enjoyed Melbourne when I’ve visited …

    One of my favourite memories when I finally came home – after living the first 12 years of my life in the wrong country! — was my first summer downpour … it was amazing! It was warm! The raindrops were enormous! And soft! And within 15 minutes I was dry again!

    All my (young) life I’d expected/KNEW rain to be freezing cold and driven by wind straight at you!… and wore three layers of clothing then a raincoat and usually rubber boots (known as wellies where I was born – wellington boots) …

    As far as I was concerned where my dad was born from was akin the paradise on the south coast of England … Eastbourne … we visited at Christmas (off peak plenty of beds – my rellies owned hotels and boarding houses – big ‘uns! (three stories 20+ room B/H) …

    But I got on the train in Yorkshire wrapped up with scarf and overcoat, long pants and jumpers … six hours later we arrived … the next morning I was walking along the esplanade in shorts and shorts, sandals and short sleeved shirt …

    So, ToM, personal choices are what we both have … what a pity so many other people don’t, or if they do, have people constantly trying to take those choices away …

    We both live in a wonderful country! And I love it with a passion!

  198. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 30, 2016 8:43 pm

    Kids’ superannuation balances reach six and seven figures
    http://www.afr.com/news/politics/kids-superannuation-balances-reach-six-and-seven-figures-20160329-gntodh#ixzz44NKMuHXw

    A letter in today’s AFR

    COMPANY TAX NOT A COST:

    Professor John Freebairn has entered the company tax debate (“Benefits of company tax cut would flow to foreigners, then workers”, March 22) and put the argument that “No doubt there are some mines that have an investment that wouldn’t work at 30 per cent but will work at 28.5 per cent”. It is useful to see the argument put clearly so we have a better chance of examining it.

    Freebairn treats company tax as equivalent to any other cost. But if a company does not make a profit it is not liable to pay any tax and in that respect the company tax is fundamentally different to other costs and indeed other taxes and levies such as payroll taxes and mineral royalties. If an investment is viable before the company tax it will be viable after the tax.

    Yes a company tax lowers the after-tax return. But a company’s interest bill is worth more as an expense and, to drive the point home, a company that forgoes a profitable investment by leaving funds in the bank will find that the returns on bank deposits are also taxed at the company tax rate.

    A change in the company tax rate that increases the after-tax rate of return on an investment will also increase the after-tax rate on the opportunity cost of that investment. For these reasons Nobel Prize winning economist, Joe Stiglitz, says company tax is akin to a tax on economic rent – there is no impact on behaviour.

    David Richardson
    The Australia Institute
    Canberra, ACT

    http://www.afr.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/company-tax-cut-wont-grow-the-pie-20160329-gntsyk#ixzz44NU9jlgP

  199. TB Queensland permalink
    March 30, 2016 8:56 pm

    KL, the sadness is that:

    1. Many people would not understand that letter; and

    2. Those that do are to callous and selfish to understand or care about the outcomes to the nation; and

    3. This government operated by The Robber Barons via their multi-millionaire Puppet TurnAbbout wouldn’t dare – nay – want to change the status quo …

  200. March 30, 2016 8:59 pm

    “”Where I want to live is where I want to live … if you don’t like it … do I care … ? Really .. ?””

    I’ve never really been happy wherever I’ve lived. It might seem nice for a while, but after a while I think “is that it?”

    And then I just end up miserable.

    Again.

  201. TB Queensland permalink
    March 30, 2016 9:13 pm

    And then I just end up miserable.

    That’s ’cause you live in the cold and miserable …

    Move to Queensland .. everyone here is happy* … I’ll help you get your passport (conditions apply) …

    *Unless you get caught in a cyclone … 🙂

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