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Turnbull’s refusal to condemn Trump’s Ban can only mean one thing. He supports it.

January 30, 2017

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has refused to join other world leaders in condemning Donald Trump’s sweeping Muslim travel ban saying it’s not his job to run a commentary on the domestic policies of other countries.

Any hint of concern over the controversial Muslim visa ban and program of “extreme vetting of refugees” was noticeably absent from the Turnbull’s demeanour as he refused to be drawn on the mass protests unfolding over the travel bans.

Instead, Treasurer Scott Morrison took to the airwaves to gloat that the US was simply emulating Australia’s enviable immigration policies telling 2GB listeners that “they’ve had an election and the president has implemented what he said he would do.”

Morrison said the rest of the world “would love Australia’s borders and the way they were secured” but it’s up to each individual country as to how they manage border security.

Quite simply, the Federal Government’s refusal to denounce Trump’s Muslim visa ban can only mean one thing, the Turnbull Government supports it.

This leaves Australia’s official response of weak capitulation to the Trump administration grossly out of step with other world leaders.

“Receiving refugees is a duty of solidarity. Terrorism has no nationality, discrimination is not the answer,” said French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.

“We do not agree with this kind of approach, and it is not one we will be taking,” said British Prime Minister Theresa May.

“We will protect the rights and freedoms of UK nationals home and abroad. Divisive and wrong to stigmatise because of nationality,” said Foreign Secretary of State Boris Johnson.

“Trump’s ban on refugees and immigrants from certain countries is shameful and cruel,” said London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan,

“The battle against terrorism does not justify putting people of a specific background or faith under general suspicion,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“The president is dividing the Muslim world into good and evil, this will be bad for Europe because it will increase the Muslim world’s mistrust and hatred of the West,” said Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn.

“Refugees people “must be treated equally regardless of religion, nationality and skin color,” said Norway prime minister, Erna Solberg.

Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen called Trump’s decision to block people from certain countries “extremely unwise.”

“We welcome our refugees and migrants wherever they come from,” said Prime Minister Bill English says New Zealand.

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  1. January 30, 2017 4:38 pm

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  2. TB Queensland permalink
    January 30, 2017 5:23 pm

    Great post … sreb … we’ve been discussing the cons of this most of the day …

    The countries not included are countries Trump does business in … they also happen to be the one’s most likely to foster extremists … Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UEA, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia …

    Read an article on the risks this morning … I’ll look it up!

  3. TB Queensland permalink
    January 30, 2017 5:28 pm

    Here ’tis …

    According to the American public policy institute Cato, Americans’ fear of foreign terrorists is over-inflated, as the chances of being killed in an attack committed by a foreigner are about one in 3.6 million per year.

    In the past four decades, 3024 people have been killed by foreign terrorists on US soil. The September 11 attacks, perpetrated by citizens of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Lebanon, account for 98.6 per cent of those deaths. None of those countries are on Mr Trump’s list.

    In fact, in that period, no American has been killed on US soil by anyone from the nations named in his executive order.

    http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/donald-trump-muslim-ban-why-werent-these-countries-included/news-story/2f328c29cceebb6a3d3d1e6d86623269

  4. shaneinqld permalink
    January 30, 2017 6:12 pm

    TB

    I read that too, funny how the countries that actually killed Americans through terrorism are not banned at all. Profit over people ?

  5. jayess permalink
    January 31, 2017 9:18 am

    Has anybody actually read the Executive Order. The only country mentioned is Syria. Don’t forget it is a temporary ban. https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/27/executive-order-protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states

  6. TB Queensland permalink
    January 31, 2017 11:24 am

    Nice try jayarse, why would anyone want to sign up for Trump’s shyte!

    And it’s SEVEN muslim countries … Syria indefinitely!

    President Trump signed on Friday an executive order that severely restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries, suspends all refugee admission for 120 days, and bars all Syrian refugees indefinitely.

  7. January 31, 2017 12:34 pm

    Turnbull’s transformation from cosmopolitan forward thinking leader to craven coward making nice with the bullies is now complete.

    http://www.theage.com.au/comment/view-from-the-street/what-sort-of-government-is-too-cowardly-to-stand-up-to-naked-fascism-ours-20170130-gu1vs8.html

  8. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 31, 2017 1:39 pm

  9. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 31, 2017 3:25 pm

    I just discovered where Trump got the idea for his hair style

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/194977192/giant-poop-coil-knit-hat#

  10. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 31, 2017 3:30 pm

    Or maybe this…

    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg&size=l&tid=31683451

  11. January 31, 2017 5:00 pm

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  12. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 31, 2017 5:12 pm

    OK, try again for the inspiration for Donald Trump’s hair style

    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg&size=l&tid=31683451

  13. TB Queensland permalink
    January 31, 2017 5:26 pm

    sreb, January 31, 2017 12:34 pm

    Turnbull’s transformation

    Great link … thanks …

    Speaking of a parallel universe (1937 – 2017) …

    “Sally Yates has been relieved,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted on Monday night, hours after Yates, the acting attorney general, had ordered department lawyers not to defend President Trump’s executive order in court. Dana Boente, a federal prosecutor in Virginia, has been named by Trump as acting attorney general.

    Noice to see our FOREIGN MINISTER doing her night job! How much do we fkn pay these morons?

  14. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 31, 2017 7:17 pm

    Noice to see our FOREIGN MINISTER doing her night job! How much do we fkn pay these morons?

    The hypocrisy is astounding, she had a huge go at gillard for the womens weekly mag spread. Bishop has been nothing but designer clothing & jewellery and a celebrity lifestyle with Mr Panton ever since. Bishop appears to be untouchable too, not criticised in the media. Must be under Gina & Rupert’s protection.

  15. TB Queensland permalink
    January 31, 2017 7:57 pm

    WTF is Panton anyway?

    Ahhh … another fkn, chemist, vintner, come property developer!

    Why are we paying for his overseas fkn jaunts!

    No business in Australia would do that!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3394858/From-pharmacist-wine-maker-property-developer-life-Julie-Bishop-s-boyfriend-running-partner-actually-prefers-surfing-jogging.html

  16. TB Queensland permalink
    January 31, 2017 7:59 pm

    Bishop (ahh that name again) is simply waiting for the Susan Ley storm to blow over in the USA … while creating a cyclone when she finally returns!

    Arrogant, ignorant bitch!

  17. Tom R permalink
    January 31, 2017 9:18 pm

    Trumps a redneck racist tool who has been emboldened by our own racist redneck policies.

    Of course the libs can’t condemn it, they own it.

    I was glad to hear Shorten condemn it, and back up his claim about trump being barking mad. Hopefully this is a sign that Labor might FINALLY stop enabling our further descent into racist redneck wonderland

    But meanwhile, back in the real world, our loving grubmint continues to pour taxpayers dollars into the already burgeoning pockets of the fat cats, most who don’t even pay for the taxes they are gifted.

    Over the years our federal and state governments, apparently without comparing notes, have raised private school funding to the point where those schools can no longer be considered to be private.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/30/can-we-really-call-schools-private-when-they-get-so-much-public-money

  18. Tom R permalink
    January 31, 2017 9:27 pm

    As the first Twit said, “Where do they find these numpties?”

  19. Tom R permalink
    January 31, 2017 9:47 pm

    I’ve been listening to Dan Carlin’s latest in the Hard Core history series, which, given the madman in charge of the Nukes now, is quite depressing.

    http://www.dancarlin.com/hardcore-history-59-the-destroyer-of-worlds/

    It also made me think of these old classics. Poor old Ozzie, he didn’t count on the likes of trump when he wrote Thank God for the Bomb, cos I’m beginning to wonder if trump thinks at all about the consequence of his actions?

    But this is more in line with the Dan Carlin podcast.

  20. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 31, 2017 10:16 pm

    Single mums ‘too lazy to attract and hold a mate’, should be defunded:

    Fuck!
    She’s getting them from her support base of angry white males, especially the ones that belong to the ‘men’s rights’ groups where they go to express their hatred of the women who have wronged them, there’s no insight or self reflection, it’s easier to blame women for their failures.

    Pauline seems to attract them, it’s the hatred and bigotry combined with plain stupidity and ignorance, like they know better than any world experts and scientists. Look at how they behave, just jerks who think they can bully their way in and out of everything.

    An evening with that lot and you’d want to slit your own throat!

  21. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 31, 2017 11:01 pm

    We all know that the reason for the anger and inequality is neoliberalism, but it’s the great unmentionable, no-one dare speak it’s name because the left and right of politics are both complicit.

    How ‘angry man’ vote resurrected Pauline Hanson
    http://www.news.com.au/national/federal-election/how-angry-man-vote-resurrected-pauline-hanson/news-story/d23c6a63859bd957ac95c57e3a984f33

    …WHOEVER gains government will have to negotiate around the demands of the new force of angry men, led by that angriest of angry women Pauline Hanson.
    Those demands include the abolition of the Family Court and a better custody deal for fathers, issues associated with men who believe they have been deprived of rights in family break-ups.
    Pauline Hanson’s One Nation is a male-dominated outfit.
    Certainly it had women candidates: About a quarter of its total of 27 were women and half the eight Senate candidates were women.
    However, men had the positions most likely to see victory…

    Irvine: Angry white men to blame for Trump, Hanson
    http://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2016/11/irvine-angry-white-men-blame-trump-hanson/

    ‘Angry white men’ much more intolerant of cultural differences than women
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/angry-white-men-much-more-intolerant-of-cultural-differences-than-women-20160823-gqz52q.html

    This is why middle class white men are so angry
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/this-is-why-middle-class-white-men-are-so-angry-20161125-gsxlit.html

    Please Explain: Pauline Hanson’s Breathtaking Bigotry Helps #DefineAboriginal
    https://newmatilda.com/2016/11/30/one-books-pauline-hansons-bigotry-helps-defineaboriginal/

  22. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 31, 2017 11:23 pm

  23. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 31, 2017 11:28 pm

    Do they really have to live the stereotype?

  24. February 1, 2017 7:22 am

    “it’s the hatred and bigotry combined with plain stupidity and ignorance,”

    It’s a Queensland thing.

    “An evening with that lot and you’d want to slit your own throat!”

    Or at the very least, spike your own drink.

  25. February 1, 2017 9:32 am

    This is sobering reading…

    Especially when you get to the comments…

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  26. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 1, 2017 11:38 am

    Seeing the damage caused by an egotistical, narcissistic C*** like Trump makes me grateful that both Turnbull and Shorten are relatively mainstream.

  27. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 1, 2017 11:39 am

    Steve Bannon – just the man to drain the swamp. Much more likely to benefit the country than the unvetted, uncomfirmed but immensely powerful Obama Svengali, Valerie Jarrett.

    It is just so much fun watching an uncomprehending left in total meltdown. It should be an interesting four years as Soros invests hundreds of millions to keep funding this demented astroturfer circus!

  28. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 1, 2017 11:41 am

    Also, happy Lunar New Year to everyone. I believe it is the Year of the Cock. I hope you all celebrate appropriately – this could indeed be a year to remember!

  29. TB Queensland permalink
    February 1, 2017 12:12 pm

    Ignorance is bliss … apparently … if Trump lasts the first year I’ll be surprised … Putin, Duterte, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong-in and now Trump … what a wonderful world …

    Will we go back to teaching kids the sound of air raid srens and hiding under desks I wonder?

  30. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 1, 2017 7:28 pm

    Yeah!! Quite unlike your hero!!

  31. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 1, 2017 8:00 pm

    I recall that several of those that are critical of Turnbull for not criticising Trump, were critical of Abbott for criticising Putin.

    Funny that.

  32. February 1, 2017 8:39 pm

    This was hilarious to watch…!

    Turnbull’s finished !

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-01/turnbull-admits-donating-1.75-million-to-election-campaign/8233244

  33. Tom R permalink
    February 1, 2017 9:08 pm

    What was yabot criticising putin for yomm?

    Was it for an unfounded accusation?

  34. Tom R permalink
    February 2, 2017 6:52 am

    Cmon reb yabot was supposed to be finished for far worst than that, and he’s still kicking at the doors

  35. Tom R permalink
    February 2, 2017 6:53 am

    Is the phon guy implying his boss is not the best catch of the day perhaps?

  36. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 2, 2017 8:02 am

    Yeah! That was only about Abbott’s objection to the illegal annexation of another country and the shooting down of a passenger jet by Putin’s supporters

    I’m quite happy to criticise foreign leaders but I think governments should be careful.

  37. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 2, 2017 9:04 am

    So with unions giving the ALP over $1mill and the CFMEU giving the Greens over half a mill, have the unions “bought” a couple of political parties?

  38. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 2, 2017 10:52 am

    So with unions giving the ALP over $1mill and the CFMEU giving the Greens over half a mill, have the unions “bought” a couple of political parties?

    We know their long history toM. At least they are transparent about it, I’d rather know about it than have the donations washed through a think tank like the IPA or through Parakeelia and have no idea how much or who made the donation which seems to be how the libs [and their donors] like it..

    I’m all for every donation above $100 having to be made public and no third party entities, that is exactly what has destroyed any idea of a democracy.

    Parakeelia generates a record $900,000 for the Liberal Party
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/parakeelia-generates-a-record-900000-for-the-liberal-party-20170201-gu2vyn.html

  39. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 2, 2017 11:15 am

    I just can’t see why it is so contentious that Turnbull donated $1.75m to the Liberals

  40. February 2, 2017 11:42 am

    It should have been one of the most congenial calls for the new commander in chief — a conversation with the leader of Australia, one of America’s staunchest allies, at the end of a triumphant week.

    Instead, President Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refu­gee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win, according to senior U.S. officials briefed on the Saturday exchange. Then, 25 minutes into what was expected to be an hour-long call, Trump abruptly ended it.

    At one point Trump informed Turnbull that he had spoken with four other world leaders that day — including Russian President Vladi­mir Putin — and that, “This was the worst call by far.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/no-gday-mate-on-call-with-australian-pm-trump-badgers-and-brags/2017/02/01/88a3bfb0-e8bf-11e6-80c2-30e57e57e05d_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.d0c01953fb14

  41. February 2, 2017 11:45 am

    “”I just can’t see why it is so contentious that Turnbull donated $1.75m to the Liberals””

    But of course you can’t.

  42. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 2, 2017 11:49 am

    Well in that case I think Turnbull has shown commendable restraint in his comments.

    It just demonstrates that ego driven and temperamental Trump is unsuitable for the presidency.

  43. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 2, 2017 11:59 am

    Beyond 18C: six barriers to freedom of speech in Australia
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/07/beyond-18c-six-barriers-to-freedom-of-speech-in-australia

  44. TB Queensland permalink
    February 2, 2017 11:59 am

    But Trump is also notoriously thin-skinned and has used platforms including social-media accounts …

    And Turnbull is piss weak … my gut feeling tells me … this is not going to end well … for the Australian people!

    If this is the last the Pope according to Nostradamus and the final POTUS was Obama according to Baba …

    Wonder what that could mean?

    Will the US become an oligarchy? Is it already?

    Nostradamus: The Bear and the Eagle will unite against the Snake and Dragon …

  45. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 2, 2017 12:10 pm

    So TB we both dislike Trump because (among other reasons) he’s a loudmouth.

    But you want Turnbull to become a loudmouth, as long as he’s mouthing views that you agree with.

    I’m entirely happy with loudmouth blog contributors, but that’s not a characteristic I admire in leaders

  46. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 2, 2017 12:12 pm

  47. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 2, 2017 12:37 pm

    So if Trump said his conversation with Turnbull was the worst by far, but Turnbull didn’t gossip to the press about it, I think that’s a good thing for a leader.

    Turnbull can’t have behaved as a sycophant to get that reaction. He obviously spoke his mind.

  48. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 2, 2017 12:40 pm

    Here we go! A little bit of police action to take the public’s mind off turnbull.

  49. February 2, 2017 12:45 pm

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  50. February 2, 2017 12:51 pm

    So employees of a global news agency have just received an email from New York based lawyers advising that:

    “The last few days have been extremely unsettling for us all..”

    “Travel outside of the US should be considered only if necessary. Delays will most definitely be an issue for all foreign born travelers”

    “All foreign born travelers who do not hold US Citizenship or Permanent residence should review their social media accounts and activity..”

    “..With specific reference to opinions etc + should scrub phones, delete work related posts and generally clear FB, instagram, twitter etc”

    “Upon entry to the US always be courteous and do not engage officers at the Border posts in political or Trump related discussion”

    This is Trump’s brave new world…

  51. February 2, 2017 12:58 pm

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  52. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 2, 2017 2:05 pm

    A friend in US tells me that Trump hanging up on Turnbull is being widely reported in the most critical way (of Trump)

    Americans like Australians and I think there is some real hostility towards Trump, even from those not politically active

  53. February 2, 2017 2:34 pm

    YELLING…

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  54. shaneinqld permalink
    February 2, 2017 4:15 pm

    Trumps action shows the arrogance and dictatorial nature of the man. A person who will push the button and ask questions later. I may not like Malcolm Turnbull but Trumps treatment of him is disgusting to say the least. If I was Turnbull I would simply be saying see ya later. Trump talks about demanding respect and then he treats of PM like this and yells at him.

  55. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 2, 2017 4:19 pm

    Anyone who yells at Turdball is fine by me. But this sounds a little bit like it might be more fake news from the MSM. It will be interesting to find out what actually transpired.

    It is pretty funny that the dumb left instinctively want to defend Turdball even though they profess to hate him. Apparently yelling at him is their prerogative!

  56. TB Queensland permalink
    February 2, 2017 4:32 pm

    But you want Turnbull to become a loudmouth, as long as he’s mouthing views that you agree with.

    No … as one of his employers … I want TurnAbbott to start telling me the truth … and not playing deceit and lies … and treating Australian adults like adults …

    We don’t have $1.75 million to give away* so why be shy until push comes to shove!

    Most Australians don’t like Trump so telling us the truth wouldn’t be “loudmouthing” as you put it but simply … telling the truth … instead of telling us that Trump is still going ahead with the refugee agreement … when he must doubt he won’t …

    Trump is all over the place like a mad woman’s shyte …

    … very much like a constipated troll who continues to turn up and do a daily dump here …

    *Well you may have, ToM – being one of the 1% of highest tax payers in the country …

  57. shaneinqld permalink
    February 2, 2017 5:00 pm

    ToM

    “It just demonstrates that ego driven and temperamental Trump is unsuitable for the presidency.”

    Totally agree. Irrespective of political leanings this man should have never been elected.

  58. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 2, 2017 5:00 pm

    Turnbull can’t have behaved as a sycophant to get that reaction. He obviously spoke his mind.

    Yes, I don’t see it as a negative for turnbull. Trump will be doing a lot more of that [and worse] over the next few years. I hope turnbull pushed trump about the refugee deal and held him to obama’s promise, sounds like he did, otherwise why would trump be hanging up on him and yelling if he just said nice things to him?

    The real reason Donald Trump was filthy
    http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/the-real-reason-donald-trump-was-filthy/news-story/e21ad19d230215fd265b31517fcd16fe

    Corporate corruption and government failure to act: who’s running this country?
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/02/corporate-corruption-and-government-failure-to-act-whos-running-this-country?CMP=share_btn_tw

  59. shaneinqld permalink
    February 2, 2017 5:04 pm

    Splatter your usual hysteria of lefties and apparent hatred of them always rears its ugly head doesn’t it.
    Do you have the capacity to comprehend that even a lefty might support our PM at certain times no matter what his political leaning.

  60. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 2, 2017 5:33 pm

    Dangerous Faggott Milo Yianopolous is prevented from speaking by leftards:

    Windows were smashed and fires were set outside the building as masked protesters stormed it, and at 6 p.m., one hour before his scheduled speech was to begin, police decided to evacuate Yiannopoulos for his own safety.

    Berkeley police said three people were injured. There were no immediate reports of arrests.

    Police said protesters threw bricks and fireworks at police officers. University police locked down all buildings and told people inside them to shelter in place, and later fired rubber pellets into the crowd of protesters who defied orders to leave the area. Police called in support from other law enforcement agencies and warned protesters that they might use tear gas.

    “This is what tolerance looks like at UC Berkeley,” Mike Wright of Berkeley College Republicans, the group that invited Yiannopoulos to the campus, said as smoke bombs went off around him.

    When faced with differing views the left usually resort to brownshirt violence. Essentially they are too dumb to argue persuasively and too arrogant to countenance different points of view.

  61. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 2, 2017 5:40 pm

    Do you have the capacity to comprehend that even a lefty might support our PM at certain times no matter what his political leaning.

    No, he doesn’t 😝

  62. TB Queensland permalink
    February 2, 2017 5:55 pm

    Uses a big, wide, brush too … shall we talk about skinheads or recent right wing mosque murders?

    Violence is not restricted to stupids on the left … or religion … just stupids!

    Oh, and politicians … they taught me to shoot a rifle among other stupid things!

  63. Tom R permalink
    February 2, 2017 6:23 pm

    I’m quite happy to criticise foreign leaders but I think governments should be careful.

    What, or they’ll get “Shirtftonted”? 😯

    Turnbull didn’t gossip to the press about it, I think that’s a good thing for a leader.

    He didn’t gossip, he just flat out lied. He told (or implied) at the press club yesterday that all was good with the deal.

  64. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 2, 2017 6:26 pm

  65. February 2, 2017 6:27 pm

    “No, he doesn’t 😝”

    That’s what I was thinking too….

  66. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 2, 2017 7:14 pm

    Trump is a C**T

  67. February 2, 2017 7:28 pm

    CLOT…?

  68. Tom R permalink
    February 2, 2017 9:37 pm

    lol

  69. TB Queensland permalink
    February 2, 2017 10:32 pm

    Chuckle II …

  70. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 2, 2017 10:58 pm

  71. Shane in QLD permalink
    February 3, 2017 5:29 am

    CYST ?
    CHIT ?
    COOT ?

  72. Tom R permalink
    February 3, 2017 6:51 am

    I take it that’s the real Paul Keating. It sounds like the real Paul Keating. Can you imagine him on the phone with trump.

  73. shaneinqld permalink
    February 3, 2017 7:16 am

    After reading this I think I would tell Trump to go F**K himself. If this is ANZUS he can take his treaty and his pine gap base and his military and piss off !!!!

    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/wake-up-australia-the-us-alliance-has-never-been-our-security-guarantee-20170202-gu47hc.html

  74. shaneinqld permalink
    February 3, 2017 7:18 am

    Tom R.

    Trump would not have had a chance with Keating when it came to words, however Trump would have just hung up, and then probably nuked us as well 🙂

  75. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 3, 2017 8:02 am

    Keating called the Malaysian PM a recalcitrant. Rather disrespectful and damaged his engagement with the region. Even if factual, disrespectful language is just indulgent and should be avoided in international relations.

    Leaders should save the insults for domestic politics.

  76. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 3, 2017 9:36 am

    Didn’t take Trump too long at all to work Turdball out, did it?

  77. TB Queensland permalink
    February 3, 2017 9:40 am

    Trump said his administration’s new system would ensure that people entering the United States embrace US values including religious liberty.

    He also pledged to get rid of the “Johnson Amendment” a tax provision that prevents tax-exempt charities like churches from being involved in political campaigns.

    Onward Christian Soldiers!

    Trump believes he’s a fkn Crusader!

    Let him suffer the consequences of his own Religious War … he’s shown what he thinks of Australia and its people …

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

    Didn’t take Trump too long at all to work Turdball out, did it?

    Weak as piss?

  78. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 3, 2017 9:47 am

    Yeah! So weak that he insisted that Trump honour an agreement that he hates.

  79. February 3, 2017 10:13 am

    “”Keating called the Malaysian PM a recalcitrant””

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  80. shaneinqld permalink
    February 3, 2017 12:05 pm

    Trump says that Obama agreed to take over 1,000 Illegal Immigrants who are in prisons.
    1) They are refugees not Illegal Immigrants.
    2) They are in detention centres not prisons.
    3) Prisons are for criminals and these people are not criminals.

    All the rednecks in the USA will now think Obama agreed to take criminals. I can imagine the grapevine in a few days. Obama agreed to take Australias murderers and paedophiles. Because Donald tells the truth.

  81. TB Queensland permalink
    February 3, 2017 12:12 pm

    Reminds me of the Iraqi Minister for information as the tanks rolled into Baghdad in the background …

    Prime Minister CRUMBLE

  82. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 3, 2017 1:24 pm

  83. February 3, 2017 3:52 pm

    Arkansas just passed a law that will let a rapist sue his victim for having an abortion..

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/02/02/new-law-lets-dads-veto-abortions.html

  84. TB Queensland permalink
    February 3, 2017 4:11 pm

    This is really history repeating itself … Germany 1933 … Chancellor … 1934 Fuhrer

    The list goes on. Mr Trump issued an extraordinary 20 executive orders in his first 10 days. If you read through them, they are hilariously amateurish in their drafting.

    I know this sounds like a joke, but one of the orders — honestly — declared the day of his inauguration The National Day of Patriotic Devotion. I’m not making it up. The Order itself reads like a decree from Kim Jong Un.

    http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/968baf7c4d1f4fd38f22c2a55b795a4a

    http://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/is-the-us-in-the-middle-of-a-coup/news-story/ab0ece5c5b27b004b0b203fcce435a92

  85. TB Queensland permalink
    February 3, 2017 4:12 pm

    sreb, this world is getting sicker by the minute!

  86. February 3, 2017 4:39 pm

    I know! 😯

  87. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 4, 2017 8:54 am

    No one would wish to work for Trump or socialise with him. He represents every ugly trait imaginable.

    But he’s President of the US! What an embarrassment for them.

  88. TB Queensland permalink
    February 4, 2017 12:51 pm

    I feel sorry for US!*

  89. Tom R permalink
    February 4, 2017 6:42 pm

    Some good news from the US for once

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-04/donald-trumps-travel-ban-temporarily-blocked/8241266

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