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SACKED: Karen Hayes from Guide Dogs Victoria gone!

May 31, 2022
Karen and Josh in happier times

Karen Hayes, the flamboyant face of Guide Dogs Victoria who controversially threw her weight behind Josh Frydenberg’s re-election campaign has today “resigned” from her long-standing position as CEO following an internal investigation.

The move follows a massive public backlash with the Board blissfully unaware Karen had politicised the charitable organisation – in breach of government guidelines – potentially jeopardising the organisation’s charitable status and in the wake of a massive public outcry on social media.

Many hundreds of donors withdrew their support for the organisation with some declaring they had changed their Wills and Estate Plans potentially costing Guide Dogs Victoria hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions in future donations.

Karen now joins Josh Frydenberg in the ranks of the unemployed bringing her 10 year tenure as CEO to a somewhat undignified conclusion.

The post below from just a month ago turned out to be strangely prescient.


142 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom R permalink
    June 1, 2022 11:15 am

    Karen now joins Josh Frydenberg in the ranks of the unemployed bringing her 10 year tenure as CEO to a somewhat undignified conclusion.

    First customers for robodebt?

  2. June 1, 2022 12:36 pm

    The pups didn’t see for the politically blind.

  3. TB Queensland permalink
    June 1, 2022 1:47 pm

    Just another Karen …

    (Is it just me, or, her make-up – – – or does she look like a drag queen?

  4. More Fun Than 2016`Teabag permalink
    June 1, 2022 2:06 pm

    How are my teabags? Still crawling out of the wreckage of recently levelled blue ribbon “broad-asylums” unhurt l hope. lt happened, my wettest of wet dreams. l’m saturated. An armada of aqua bulldozers and a small fleet of green bulldozers ploughing their way thru blue ribbon, broad asylum, knot a woman problem, great economic managers. What a shame! (-: (-: (-: (-: (-:

  5. TB Queensland permalink
    June 1, 2022 6:20 pm

    The new Cabinet looks pretty good

    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/pm-unveils-new-cabinet-sets-course-for-at-least-two-terms-in-power-20220531-p5apvf

    Separating Education … and … Skills and Training is a good move … they are not the same at all … I thought combining … Aged Care and Sport … a bit odd …

    However, looks like lotsa relevant players on the Cabinet benches …

    Now they have to walk the talk …

  6. TB Queensland permalink
    June 1, 2022 6:55 pm

    Still reactive rather than proactive …

    Mr Morrison’s spokesman told NCA NewsWire the ex-Prime Minister was still moving out of Kirribilli House, the prime minister’s secondary official residence in Sydney.

    It’s understood Mr Morrison is giving his home in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire a lick of paint and a spruce up before he will move back in with wife Jenny and his two daughters Lily and Abbey.

  7. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 1, 2022 6:56 pm

    The government is saying the economy is much worse than they ever expected!
    Whitlam (just on 50 years ago) was the last incoming government that didn’t make that claim.
    Congratulations Jim, on maintaining the tradition.

  8. June 1, 2022 7:16 pm

    That Andrew Leigh is not in Cabinet says much about so-called Merit (Truth is he’s not in a faction – so he’s probably lucky to score an Assistant.)

    Combining Aged Care and Sport is an ‘inheritance’ – from ex Minister Richard Colbeck who much preferred a day at the Cricket rather that knowing anything about his responsibilities when it came to Estimates etc. Wells has a job on her hands.

    Albo’s plan to think in terms of (6 years rather than 3) gives him a ready excuse to delay some his promises. It was a ploy used by Rudd, particularly when it came to ‘funding’ for education (Gonski). But it takes much for granted.

    And yes saying things are much worse than expected is a common ploy in in BOTH Business and Government (at all levels). Lowers expectations.

  9. June 1, 2022 8:10 pm

    TB, separating ‘Education’ from ‘Training’ can have merit but it’s not common these days to draw that conceptual distinction. (More’s the pity.)

    Most people see formal schooling, TAFE and University etc as a ‘preparation for work’ and in a sense it is BUT it should (and could) be more than that.

    The previous government wasn’t interested in “education” for its own sake. Not interested in facilitating people rising above the limitations of their own background. Hence downplayed the Arts, Humanities etc. (Yet they claimed to be Liberals.)

  10. Tom R permalink
    June 1, 2022 9:56 pm

    It’s understood Mr Morrison is giving his home in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire a lick of paint and a spruce up before he will move back in with wife Jenny and his two daughters Lily and Abbey.

    The media is still spreading bullshit, still. morrisons just a prick, end of story

  11. Tom R permalink
    June 1, 2022 9:58 pm

    Congratulations Jim, on maintaining the tradition.

    I mean, he could also be telling the truth. Both the lived experience, and the figures, tend to show he is

  12. June 2, 2022 9:04 am

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  13. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 2, 2022 9:23 am

    Yes! What a surprise! The incoming government says our finances are far worse than they’d imagined!
    Who’d have guessed!
    That’s such an original excuse for taking some unpleasant decisions
    Congratulations to Jim on saying it with a straight face

  14. Tom R permalink
    June 2, 2022 9:31 am

    So, yomm doesn’t see an issue with ploughing $billions of taxpayer dollars at companies that are already making a profit, further exacerbating inflation, and then throwing MORE money at them in a futile attempt to maintain their hold of those taxpayer dollars

    This, after crying for years over Labors very restrained (and effective) GFC stimulus.

    Siri, show me Hypocrisy

  15. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2022 9:42 am

    Will we be building car parks this year?

    (Someone just spent 10 million on a carpark and three netball courts locally – haven’t seen a game played on it, ever, in well over a year? And no cars parked either)

  16. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 2, 2022 10:03 am

    Yes Tom R, congratulations to Jim! Did he only just discover how Jobkeeper operated? Did you only just find out? Are you really surprised about the state of the economy? Or did you expect it?

  17. Tom R permalink
    June 2, 2022 10:26 am

    Did he only just discover how Jobkeeper operated?

    No

    Did you only just find out?

    No

    Are you really surprised about the state of the economy?

    Yes

    Or did you expect it?

    No

    So not sure what your issue is with his comments. Obviously, we knew it was bad, but, every day, we hear worst, as the extent of the mismanagement is exposed. And some dipshits want to blame Labor lol

  18. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 2, 2022 10:32 am

    Then you’re not very well informed. And I’d expect Him to be better informed

  19. Tom R permalink
    June 2, 2022 10:34 am

    Then you’re not very well informed.

    So, you knew it was this shit?
    I mean, we all knew it was shit, but THIS shit?

  20. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 2, 2022 10:47 am

    Inflation was already high and increasing, and public debt mounting. We’ve known for months that there would be an energy problem due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and that there would be an associated economic contraction.
    Couldn’t Jim see this? Or even you?

  21. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 2, 2022 10:51 am

    And as I said, no one should pretend that there isn’t an economic challenge.
    But it is stupid and disingenuous to pretend that it is surprising
    Happy 50th anniversary! That’s how long it has been since a government didn’t use that excuse

  22. Tom R permalink
    June 2, 2022 10:56 am

    Couldn’t Jim see this? Or even you?

    Even economists are surprised at how bad it is. The only ones who really could have known, had they shown interest, would have been the previous mob, who kept most of it a secret.

    Yes, we knew about those things you mentioned. We didn’t know about these other things, such as how much inflation is rising, and how desperate our gas supply issues are.

    Everyone said it was bad. No one said it was THIS bad

    Or did you know, and keep it a secret?

  23. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 2, 2022 11:00 am

    Honestly, what exactly is the surprise?
    * High public debt?
    * Increasing energy prices?
    * Increasing interest rates?
    * Inflation?
    * Slowing economy?
    None of it is a surprise.
    Congratulations!! Half a century since an incoming government didn’t do this!

  24. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2022 11:06 am

    I agree with ToM …

    … obviously ToM had also figured out that the LNP are liars, cheats, deceitful, corrupt, untrustworthy, unreliable, reactive, short sighted, arrogant, manipulative, conceited, selfish, greedy, blameless, con artists and lousy economic managers …

  25. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2022 11:11 am

    And I’d expect Him to be better informed

    I’m sure He will do better than the last little treasure – r.

    Praise the Lord and and pass the ammunition! 😎

  26. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 2, 2022 11:25 am

    Is the economic situation a surprise to you TB?

  27. Tom R permalink
    June 2, 2022 11:29 am

    None of it is a surprise.

    Except the extent of it

  28. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 2, 2022 11:54 am

    What exactly is the surprise?

  29. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2022 2:05 pm

    Is the economic situation a surprise to you TB?

    Did you read (and comprehend) my last comment, ToM

    BTW, I forgot to mention how inept, Snotty’s kindergarten was …

    Christ Almighty! Even my kids/gkids were taught to spend half, save half (happily they actually save more than half!)

  30. Tom R permalink
    June 2, 2022 2:09 pm

    1)None of it is a surprise.

    2)Except the extent of it

    -1)What exactly is the surprise?

    😯

  31. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2022 3:40 pm

    Should I fly the Australian flag on tomorrow …?

  32. Tom R permalink
    June 2, 2022 3:48 pm

    Should I fly the Australian flag on tomorrow …?

    Which one? Or all three?

  33. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2022 4:03 pm

    Well, TR, I own the current blue iteration … and also the original Eureka flag … (fuck the CMFEU for stealing it!) … don’t have a white one its used by the wetalots (navy) anyway and the red duster is now “owned” by the merchant navy …

    So the bluey I guess … half mast perhaps?

  34. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 2, 2022 4:03 pm

    Tom R, do you understand what “exactly” means?
    ** hintw- it doesn’t mean “everything”

  35. Tom R permalink
    June 2, 2022 4:22 pm

    ** hintw- “extent” doesn’t mean “everything”

  36. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 2, 2022 4:49 pm

    That’s an incredible level of detail for you

  37. Tom R permalink
    June 2, 2022 4:59 pm

    yor welcum

  38. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2022 5:49 pm

    I see ToM’s finally gone mad … the gravatar says it all … 😋

  39. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2022 5:52 pm

    Speaking of mad … (my bold)

    Mr Dutton jumped on the comments to attack Labor by making a strange claim about energy prices.

    “People are going to have to brace themselves for what electricity prices are going to be over the next three years, given Labor’s energy policy,” he told 2GB radio.

    “They don’t want you to use electricity and that’s why they’re pricing it higher and higher.”

  40. TB Queensland permalink
    June 2, 2022 5:58 pm

    Chuckle …

    Greg Mullins says Chris Bowen’s invitation to meet with experts is a ‘stark contrast’ to outgoing Coalition government

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/02/ex-fire-chief-predicts-labor-will-strengthen-2030-climate-target-after-meeting-minister

  41. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 2, 2022 6:10 pm

    Greg Mullens thinks the CCP will sit up and take notice if we’re doing something!
    What an ignorant tool

  42. reb of Melbourne permalink*
    June 2, 2022 6:12 pm

    “Greg Mullens thinks the CCP will sit up and take notice if we’re doing something!
    What an ignorant tool”

    Meanwhile….

    I trust you sent your congratulations to Penny Wong YoM…..??? 😆

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  43. Tom R permalink
    June 3, 2022 9:15 am

    I trust you sent your congratulations to Penny Wong YoM

    It’s obvious now, she’s a cccccccp sleeper agent 😉

  44. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 3, 2022 10:07 am

    I’m entirely happy with the ALP carbon emissions plan.
    But those former chief firemen were pretending that we could control bushfires by emission reduction.
    Mullens was saying the CCP would pay attention to us
    What a complete f***with, naive or ignorant.
    He should stick to holding the hose

  45. TB Queensland permalink
    June 3, 2022 10:51 am

    f***with — what’s a — f***with ?

  46. Tom R permalink
    June 3, 2022 10:56 am

    f***with — what’s a — f***with ?

    ith a good quethtion thB

  47. TB Queensland permalink
    June 3, 2022 12:01 pm

    don’t fuck***with me? 😉😄

  48. TB Queensland permalink
    June 3, 2022 12:02 pm

    —- ith a good quethtion thB —- still chucklin’!

  49. TB Queensland permalink
    June 3, 2022 12:03 pm

    He should stick to holding the hose …

    If he did, its more than, Snotty, ever did …

  50. Tom R permalink
    June 3, 2022 12:09 pm

    don’t fuck***with me?

    NEVER! 😉 (twust me)

  51. TB Queensland permalink
    June 3, 2022 1:00 pm

    LOL! @ TR 😎

  52. June 3, 2022 4:39 pm

    Re:

    … could control bushfires by emission reduction.

    Only in the longer term. Then again, he was trying to

    communicate

    with Morrison who believed in

    miracles.

    Rumor has it, he will join Brian Houston on the grifting circuit. God willing!

  53. Tom R permalink
    June 3, 2022 5:07 pm

    Unf***withbelievable

  54. June 3, 2022 5:19 pm

    Re:

    The Liberal leader says kids learning about the climate “is bad enough”, as some speculate he is bringing the US classroom culture wars to our shores to chase votes.

    One wonders whether the US ‘culture wars’ translate easily, if at all, across to Australian classrooms. While the ‘ climate is a common concern, don’t see evidence that replacement theory or critical race theory would take root..

    Although the latter will probably get a run when the Uluru issue reaches pariament.

  55. June 3, 2022 5:33 pm

    Mal Peters

    If Australia was getting a decent return for our off shore gas supplies similar to other countries, Government would have funds to help offset consumers cost. Thank you Mr Howard for giving it away.

    And yet we don’t learn. Yesterday, ‘gas’ and today ‘lithium’.

    Time we kept Australian resources (and profits) in Australian hands in much the same way as some European Nations did.

  56. Tom R permalink
    June 3, 2022 6:23 pm

    It seems Labors hit that sweet spot again.

    Half the cuntry are outraged because they are banning the Live Sheep Trade, and the other half are outraged because they AREN’T banning the Live Sheep Trade.

    People are cooked lol

  57. June 3, 2022 6:28 pm

    At least the NSW ‘ICAC- recognises it’s a problem with our (democratic) government.

    “Berejiklian told a parliamentary inquiry into the Stronger Communities Fund: “Governments in all positions make commitments to the community in order to curry favour. I think that’s part of the political process whether we like it or not.””

    High time this issue was addressed because it goes to the heart of how “government” operates – at all levels and across the political aisle.

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/pork-barrelling-at-an-industrial-scale-in-nsw-icac-forum-told-20220603-p5aqxf.html

  58. June 3, 2022 6:52 pm

    Shock, horror – Constitutional law professor Anne Twomey on The Drum (currently) addresses the issue above and doesn’t once refer to ‘tax-payer’ dollars. Instead, she describes same as ‘public’ and/or ‘government’ funds.

    No ‘security blanket’ terminology for her – just the legal reality.

  59. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 3, 2022 8:32 pm

    If Australia was getting a decent return for our off shore gas supplies similar to other countries, Government would have funds to help offset consumers cost.
    Thank you Mr Howard for giving it away.

    What has former PM Howard who lost office 14 years ago got to do with the price we get for our natural gas exports??

    Furthermore what has the PM of Australia got to do with the price we receive for any of our exports eg wool, wheat, bananas, copper, coal, iron ore etc etc? The market sets the price not the PM of Australia

    And yet we don’t learn

    Agreed MN

    You never learn.

    You never learn that most things said about Howard are false
    You never learn that most people from “”the left”” of politics mislead and deceive people
    You never learn that misleading people does not help
    You never learn that people from “” the left “” of politics have an agenda and cannot be trusted

  60. Tom R permalink
    June 3, 2022 10:10 pm

    The Chinese had got the deal of a lifetime because the consortium of Australia’s North West Shelf operators hadn’t thought to insert a clause into the contract that would raise the price of gas from what was, in 2002, a historically low level.

    As world gas prices rose and rose, the price paid by China for what Howard had called “a gold medal performance” stayed at rock bottom. Australia’s gas exports of 3 million tonnes a year from that single agreement were contracted to stay at basement prices until 2031.

    https://www.smh.com.au/opinion/how-australia-blew-its-future-gas-supplies-20170928-gyqg0f.html

  61. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 3, 2022 10:41 pm

    The Chinese had got the deal of a lifetime because the consortium of Australia’s North West Shelf operators hadn’t thought to insert a clause into the contract that would raise the price of gas from what was, in 2002, a historically low level.

    Even if true— so what??

    You really think the PM of Australia sits around and haggles the price for natural gas??

    TomR do you know what a good price for natural gas is?? Neither do i and neither does the PM of Australia

    What is a good price for our wheat exports? Coal, iron ore, bananas etc??

    The market sets the price not the PM of Australia.

    You people never learn because you are brain dead.

    You mislead
    You decieve
    You lie
    You make stuff up

    Also from your link

    The deals kept coming after Australia changed governments.

    The Labor administrations of Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard were only too pleased to keep announcing huge exports of LNG to China, Japan and South Korea.
    The gas price for most of these deals was linked to the price of oil.

    Those deals by LABOR is what is causing our gas shortages. LABOR were warned that if they signed more contracts we would have shortages.

    But LABOR never learns

  62. TB Queensland permalink
    June 4, 2022 3:37 pm

    LABOR 77 seats …

  63. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 4, 2022 4:29 pm

    The Chinese had got the deal of a lifetime because the consortium of Australia’s North West Shelf operators hadn’t thought to insert a clause into the contract that would raise the price of gas from what was, in 2002, a historically low level.

    OK. What has that got to do with the PM of Australia?

    Our new PM is PM Albanese

    Do you really think when we sign a new gas contract the PM of Australia (Albanese) sits around and haggles about the price we get for gas?

    You know what Albanese knows what is a good price for natural gas? Same as you and me. NOTHING. The PM does not have the time or expertise to determine prices for coal, iron ore, copper, beef etc

    The market sets the price.

    The PM can ban exports for security reasons. For example we need the gas for ourselves or we are at war with the people we are selling gas to.

    Gillard/ALP were told if they signed more gas contracts there would be shortages. Well Gillard/ALP ignored the advice.

  64. TB Queensland permalink
    June 4, 2022 4:42 pm

    The market sets the price.

    And the “owner” of the resource – the Australian people – are entitled to a reasonable reserve price for domestic use … any remaining gas can be sold at the “market price” … if the reserve price is too low then Australians are being ripped off …

    Australians are paying higher prices for a product, they “own”, than overseas clients of gas extraction companies …

    If you see that as OK … its no wonder you rant and rave about Li’l Johnny & The Private School Bullies.

    Once again – do your research – and stop listening to 2GB …

  65. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 4, 2022 5:08 pm

    If you see that as OK … its no wonder you rant and rave about Li’l Johnny & The Private School Bullies.

    What has you comment got to do with a PM who lost office 14 years ago?

    Anyway Labors plan is to ban natural gas and coal exports because they produce CO2.

    I am sure you will be happy after destroying Australia

    But the fact that you, MN, TomR etc thinks the PM sets commodity prices just tells me you are a person who cannot be trusted.

  66. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 4, 2022 5:33 pm

    I see Labors first move is to ban the live cattle trade.

    Next to be banned will be coal exports
    Next to be banned will be natural gas exports
    Next to be banned will be anybody who disagrees with the ALP

  67. Tom R permalink
    June 4, 2022 5:47 pm

    Next to be banned will be fucking idiots

  68. TB Queensland permalink
    June 4, 2022 5:54 pm

    I am sure you will be happy after destroying Australia

    I’ll be delighted if we manage to save EARTH! For my children’s children and theirs …

    … just tells me you are a person who cannot be trusted.

    And you a person to be ignored …

    Next to be banned will be anybody who disagrees with the ALP

    I think Australian voters just did that to the LNP … 😋

    Next to be banned will be fucking idiots

    And fuckwiths … 😎

  69. Tom R permalink
    June 4, 2022 6:05 pm

    And fuckwiths 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  70. TB Queensland permalink
    June 4, 2022 6:36 pm

    👍 Wurrrs ToMMMM … 👀

  71. ivi permalink
    June 5, 2022 4:12 am

    (How are my teabags?

    There are some very strange things out there; that’s all I (pretend to) know.)

  72. June 5, 2022 7:21 am

    Beware of vaccines:

    … in the election highly vaccinated electorates swung towards Labor. The correlation is clear – the greater the proportion of the electorate with more than two doses, the greater has been the swing to Labor.

    The anti-vaxxers are right: there’s obviously something in those injections that turns us into socialists

    http://ianmcauley.com/saturdays/sat220604/week22060403.html

    NoS, no doubt, will argue that Howard resisted any form of socialism because he wasn’t vaccinated against …

  73. June 5, 2022 7:39 am

    ToM – something to consider (seriously).

    … is that much of what is classified as recurrent by accounting convention actually produces future benefits, and is more in the nature of investment than recurrent spending.

    Spending on child care, which releases parents to engage in the paid workforce, is one such example, as is spending on education and training generally. Another consideration (which she didn’t mention) is that grants to the states for capital purposes are generally recorded as recurrent on the Commonwealth’s books.

    Important that ‘thinking’ evolves and that includes ‘disciplines’ more broadly. Good to see that Chalmers, Gallagher (and probably Leigh) are playing in that field.

    Note also:

    If she (Gallagher) had been following her Coalition predecessors she would have presented a tirade of accusations against the outgoing government for their fiscal recklessness. Instead her approach was deadpan: she referred to the need to run a tough audit through the budget, but not in an accusatory tone . The election campaign is over.

    Perhaps this time around, (some) adults might be in charge. One would hope so.

    http://ianmcauley.com/saturdays/sat220604/week22060403.html

  74. June 5, 2022 10:05 am

    A good ‘macro’ view of what’s going on re Russia and its place in the world

  75. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 5, 2022 1:57 pm

    And you a person to be ignored …

    TB

    You come from the side of politics that misleads people. Like the tweet by MN saying Howard gave away our natural gas too cheaply.

    Do you really think the PM of Australia could or should get involved in prices we receive for commodity exports? The PM knows as much as you and me about what is a good price for natural gas- nothing.

    The PM can ban exports in the national interest like if we have a shortage of something or we are at war. Gillard/ALP were warned we could have problems if we kept signing new natural gas export contracts. But Labor ignored the advice

  76. June 5, 2022 4:22 pm

    Re:

    think the PM of Australia could or should get involved in prices we receive for commodity exports?

    Clearly the answer is NO. Howard should have recognised that the price paid (and therefore the money received) is determined by the market, particularly over the longer term. But he didn’t. He signed a ‘fixed price’ contract and caused much hilarity, disbelief and contempt among the Chinese negotiators. They had the deal of a lifetime – thanks to Howard.

    And yes, Gillard et al should have listened to their advisors as well.

    Note that under the incoming Labor government, some (single) departments will advise more than one Minister. That has its strengths (and its problems) with no doubt that there will be a tension around the Cabinet table. But less likely that the Howard blunder will be repeated.

    After all, MPs are elected to pass legislation that (supposedly) represents the attitudes, values, interests etc of their electorates, they are not professional administrators. That their ‘legislative’ and ‘executive’ roles overlap is a clear ‘conflict of interest’ as recognised by French philosopher Charles de Montesquieu in his book L’Esprit des Lois (the Spirit of the Laws) (1748).

    It’s just one reason why Australian democracy needs to be rethought.

  77. TB Queensland permalink
    June 5, 2022 6:18 pm

    The PM knows as much as you and me …

    You maybe … I wrote the nationally recognised … learning and assessment material for Extracting and Compressing LNG

    It’s just one reason why Australian democracy needs to be rethought.

    I once asked a couple of newly elected pollies, quietly, what they saw as their role as parliamentarians … neither said anything about formulating laws … luckily (or not) in a democracy you can do anything … unless a law legislates against it …

    That their ‘legislative’ and ‘executive’ roles overlap is a clear ‘conflict of interest’ plus politics and greed!

    “Vive la liberté”

    I like reading you comments, MN!

    😎

  78. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 5, 2022 8:19 pm

    Planning for a net benefit doesn’t make expenditure into an “investment”
    I would hope that just about every form of government expenditure is intended to provide a net benefit
    Companies will call expenditure on people development an investment
    Financial reports will list the cost as an expense that isn’t amortised

  79. June 5, 2022 9:50 pm

    TB, “Government” broadly defined to include public administration, politics, policies, factional warfare, etc became a whole lot more interesting for me with the election of a new government.

    Of particular interest is the appointment of Glyn Davis as head of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Davis was appointed by Wayne Goss to the PSMC in early 1990 soon after becoming Premier. Since that time he’s moved (often) between the ‘academic’ and ‘practical’ worlds.

    So his latest ‘experiment’ (yes it can be called that) will be watched very closely.

  80. Tom R permalink
    June 6, 2022 12:05 pm

    Our Gas Led Recovery is going well

  81. June 6, 2022 6:23 pm

    Aren’t Gas Companies fearful for their futures in the longer term? Isn’t demand for ‘gas’ (a fossil fuel) predicted to be in decline? And so on …

    Perhaps this shortage is ‘contrived’ (to some extent at least) in an attempt to lock in government(s) to long-term deals? To demand that new pipelines, for example, (large capital expenditure) be built with accompanying lengthy contracts?

    Would like to hear from some insiders (because I don’t know.) Do know that gas company executives aren’t always ‘pure of heart’.

  82. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 7, 2022 7:28 am

    But not leftists:

  83. Tony permalink
    June 7, 2022 9:29 am

    Gee, it’s almost as if this blog works only when there’s a ‘conservative’ government to complain about. Now their preferred green-leftists are in office, the cheer-leaders have gone quiet.

    Mission accomplished, I guess.🤷‍♂️

  84. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 7, 2022 10:56 am

    And Palmer spent $32mill in a few weeks and got no where.
    And Skynews didn’t swing votes.
    But the left complains about both

  85. Tom R permalink
    June 7, 2022 12:02 pm

    Now their preferred green-leftists are in office, the cheer-leaders have gone quiet.

    Just putting this out there, but perhaps there isn’t anything to whinge about?

    It’s like nobody has an issue with the new Government 😉

    And Palmer spent $32mill in a few weeks and got no where.

    Fool me once ….. 🙂

  86. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 7, 2022 12:04 pm

    “the cheer-leaders have gone quiet.”

    To be fair they are rigorously consistent little cheerleaders. Labor Good – Liberals Bad. That will never change. Not only are they are incapable of giving reason priority over politics, they don’t see anything wrong with that.

  87. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 7, 2022 12:05 pm

    “but perhaps there isn’t anything to whinge about?”

    See what I mean?

  88. Tom R permalink
    June 7, 2022 12:07 pm

    See what I mean?

    No

    Perhaps you can point out what we are ALL obviously missing? What have they fucked up so badly in TWO WEEKS?

  89. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 7, 2022 1:52 pm

    I’m on a break from bashing Albo to give the cunt a fair go. So far he is a bit better than I expected.

  90. Tom R permalink
    June 7, 2022 1:56 pm

    Awks splats

  91. Tom R permalink
    June 7, 2022 2:19 pm

  92. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 7, 2022 3:09 pm

    Trivial comment from monumentally unfunny commie cartoonist.

    And what exactly is the point from Eagar the stupid? Biased, half-baked factoids may be effective politics but to what end? What is the point of telling us that Dandrews is stuffing up when we’ve known that since he murdered 800 Victorians with his great hotel quarantine fiasco.

    You know you are living in a fascist state when they hold an inquiry and nobody (least of all the Commissioner) actually inquires – turns out the murderous decision just made itself. (Same applies to Pallachook and her police lab scandal).

    And now Dandrews has his secret domestic spy agency, Insights Victoria, which he fought so hard to keep the public from knowing about.

  93. Tom R permalink
    June 7, 2022 4:17 pm

    And now Dandrews has his secret domestic spy agency, Insights Victoria, which he fought so hard to keep the public from knowing about.

    lol It’s on the Victorian Govt’s website.

  94. June 7, 2022 5:06 pm

    Note well from the link above:

    Norway took control of their oil and gas industry and starting taxing them at 78% of profits building the $1.7 trillion Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund.

    Yet – here in Australia, all we do is cut the tax rate.

    https://michaelwest.com.au/revealed-australias-top-40-tax-dodgers-for-2021/

    Then there’s the cheating unAustralians.

    Rupert Murdoch’s News Australia Holdings racked up $16bn income but paid zero tax over six years even on the $246m they declared in taxable income.

    Legal but unethical. It’s Time!

  95. reb of Melbourne permalink*
    June 7, 2022 5:11 pm

    Fuck me this is hilarious, it’s like something out of the Cafe Whispers convention at Darling Harbour…!! (For those of us who’ve been around long enough to remember)…

    😆

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jun/06/defamation-trial-hears-malicious-text-message-pauline-hanson-sent-former-senators-wife?CMP=share_btn_tw

  96. reb of Melbourne permalink*
    June 7, 2022 5:19 pm

    “the cheer-leaders have gone quiet.”

    Or perhaps what’s left of the Liberal party are just rapidly sinking into irrelevance.

    As Angus Taylor discovered earlier today… LOL…

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  97. reb of Melbourne permalink*
    June 7, 2022 5:24 pm

    “Mission accomplished, I guess.”

    Like this…?

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  98. June 7, 2022 5:27 pm

    Dutton and Taylor believe Wong is speaking in tongues.

  99. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 7, 2022 5:40 pm

    Mean girls do that!

  100. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 7, 2022 5:41 pm

    ” he tried to blame Labor for unnecessary government spending fueling interest rate rises.”

    Bit soon for that!

  101. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 7, 2022 5:48 pm

    Tom R is about to be outed!

  102. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 7, 2022 5:49 pm

    Yep – definitiely Tom R:

    PRguy “was established in 2020 to defend and justify everything Dan Andrews says and does”.

  103. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 7, 2022 5:52 pm

    In fact Tom R aka PR Guy has been giving this fine establishment a bad name:

    “Social media has become a coward’s palace where people can just go on there, not say who they are, destroy people’s lives and say the most foul and offensive things to people and do so with impunity,” he said.”

    Pretty sure the rest of us don’t do anything like that!

  104. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 7, 2022 5:54 pm

    Ever wondered why Tom R is always posting tweets from PR Guy?

    Obviously gets high on the stench of his own stinking turds!

  105. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 7, 2022 6:09 pm

    Shanks wanks and Google swallows: result Barilaro benefits by $715k.

    Meanwhile one of the many stupid mongrel Greens has backtracked fearing come-uppance for her lies:

    “Tasmanian Greens leader Cassy O’Connor has apologised for her controversial comments on the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial.

    Sounds like Cassy shit her own bed! Or maybe she just wants a playdate with Edward Penishands!

  106. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 7, 2022 6:12 pm

    Amber Heard has damaged the #Metoo movement. Meanwhile, Misogynists Anonymous have changed their slogan to “All women should be Heard!”.

  107. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 8, 2022 7:32 am

    Same with Australian energy prices – they have to rise to enable the bankers to cash in onb their bird-munching windmills and eyesore solar panels.

    If we’d begun commissioning nuclear plants in the 90s when the climate cunts started their bitching they would have nothing to bitch about now. And that really is the point – the entitled upper-middle classes and the children of the rich need a cause célèbre du jour for their virtue peacocking.

  108. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 8, 2022 7:35 am

    OK Groomers:

  109. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 8, 2022 7:54 am

    Sleazy Pelosi hires a Hollywood producer to produce her prime-time election campaign ad:

  110. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 8, 2022 8:03 am

    True – two-tier system of justice:

  111. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 8, 2022 8:09 am

    Stairman Dan’s Korean doppelganger (in thought word and deed):

  112. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 8, 2022 9:13 am

    It interesting about the current defamation actions
    It seems the current laws have the balance about right.

  113. Tom R permalink
    June 8, 2022 9:19 am

    Stairman Dan’s Korean doppelganger

    He’s going to be very disappointed in Penny Wong

    It seems the current laws have the balance about right.

    I don’t mind being exposed as prguy. It appears many people are looking forward to it lol

  114. June 8, 2022 9:40 am

    If you have the NUMBERS then you have a MANDATE .

    That’s the brutal reality.

  115. Knot Won Inch Closer`Teabag permalink
    June 8, 2022 9:54 am

    BUT it should (and could) be more than that ” Now who’s deluding themself, Knot under the blue gaggle as they’ve been sabotaging and looting. Every system “should’n could” be More, Better, Cheaper, Securer, Robuster etc with ‘baked-in’ betterment for all, and true savings, but since 1996 we have had know noughts with know ambition, know vision and know leadership steering the olympic class island while sovereign risk burns below deck, spreading from bunker to bunker. @they.can’t.even.manage.trash`

  116. Tom R permalink
    June 8, 2022 9:58 am

    If you have the NUMBERS then you have a MANDATE .

    just needed repeating 😉

    Some of the replies here are gorgeous. Also, it appears the media don’t want to ask him these sort of questions, but they are quite happy to repeat his statements. Interesting?

  117. Know Hope`Teabag permalink
    June 8, 2022 10:14 am

    l see poor old kooyong is failing his ‘sums’ again! lf we were to add the one trillion bucks of pre-superbug shoddy, grenfell, surfside, construction repairs needed down-hole to the back-in black josh’s one trillion bucks jobBeeber down-hole. Then by my guessing there is now Two trillion bucks down-hole. That is before we add on, the robodebt backfire settlements, the invisible fleet of canoes from frogland, commuter carparks with know rail station, (haw-haw) and all the other snippets of pure waste. The baby primates Are definitely well on way to having three trillion bucks down-hole. Then the interest rate moves north. @plus.global.cooling`

  118. Know Hope`Teabag permalink
    June 8, 2022 10:21 am

    “@.plus.” two decades of cash re-living and re-unlearning vietnam in afgan`

  119. Back In Some Form`Teabag permalink
    June 8, 2022 12:06 pm

    Now their preferred green-leftists are in office, the cheer-leaders have gone quiet. ” After the armada of aqua bulldozers and fleet of green bulldozers ploughed thru blue ribbon “broad asylums” last week, the red team cheerers are probably realising that the next three years may be merely ‘borrowed time’ and perhaps the last non-coalition, non-watermelon federal govt for quite some time. After all, more voters have been leaving the duopoly gaggles for quite some time. They may be realising their gaggle will end up beating their own head into the ground 2009 style, then voters will send the bulldozers thru red ribbon asylums as well. Now in all fairness they’ve only been in office a week or so, and trying to claim they’ve fcuked it all up would just be plain wrong. So give them time.

  120. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 8, 2022 3:22 pm

    Clearly the answer is NO. Howard should have recognised that the price paid
    (and therefore the money received) is determined by the market, particularly over the longer term. But he didn’t. He signed a ‘fixed price’ contract and caused much hilarity, disbelief and contempt among the Chinese negotiators.
    They had the deal of a lifetime – thanks to Howard

    Is that really true? I find it hard to believe that the PM has the time, resources or knowledge to be involved in the nitty gritty of contract prices. The market sets the price not the PM.

    The PM can ban exports in the national interest eg if we have a shortage or are at war.

    I find it hard to imagine the PM sitting around a table haggling the price for any commodity we export.

  121. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 8, 2022 9:18 pm

    MN

    So Howard as PM (17 years ago) leaned across the table during the natural gas export contract deal and said we should sign a “”fixed price”” contract for natural gas rather than let the market set the price.

    And then the Chinese laughed.

    You have a link for that?

  122. Tom R permalink
    June 9, 2022 10:05 am

    You have a link for that?

  123. Tom R permalink
    June 10, 2022 10:20 am

    This is glorious 🙂

  124. TB QLD permalink
    June 10, 2022 3:03 pm

    Greetings from the GC Broadwater. Aboard the Kieko

  125. June 11, 2022 1:02 pm

    Says much about our ‘democracy’ and the way it operates:

    “I argued with the then federal minister Ian Macfarlane and the Labor spokesman, who I think was Martin Ferguson, that they needed to put in place a gas reservation policy or they would face critical problems in future years,”

    Time to move from a representative democracy to a more participatory democracy. And not rely on politicians who have an actual or an impending conflict of interest.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-06-11/gas-belongs-to-us-say-former-western-australian-premiers/101143558

  126. TB Queensland permalink
    June 13, 2022 1:43 pm

    Arrived home this morning …

    Meet the Keiko …

    http://fantaseashouseboats.com.au/houseboats/keiko/

  127. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 13, 2022 4:11 pm

    Looks like fun, TB. Did you populate with family or drinking fishing buddies? 🙂

  128. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 13, 2022 4:16 pm

    Bidenomics:

    • 8.6 percent inflation.
    • $5.01 per gallon
    • 234,088 illegal border crossings
    • 39% approval
    • 83% dissatisfied

    Comparisons with Jimmy Carter are an insult to that other dumb Democrat mongrel.

  129. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 13, 2022 4:52 pm

    The attempted murder of Justice Kavanaugh was as much an act of insurrection as anything that happened on J6. Given that Mongrel Chuck Schumer called for the attack it is unsurprising that the leftist moron media is uninterested in covering it.

  130. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 13, 2022 4:58 pm

    Following the attempted murder of Justice Kavanaugh, the US Senate passed a law to give further protection to judges. It was passed on the voices with no objections. Meanwhile Sleazy Pelosi refuses to allow the house to consider that legislation. Because she is an utter mongrel of a human being.

  131. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 13, 2022 5:04 pm

    This is the law protecting judges and juries in the discharge of their duty:

    18 U.S. Code § 1507 – Picketing or parading

    Whoever, with the intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty, pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court of the United States, or in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer, or with such intent uses any sound-truck or similar device or resorts to any other demonstration in or near any such building or residence, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

    Even after an attempted murderer came to Kavanaugh’s house armed with a gun, cable ties, a knife, hammer and nail punch, Attorney General Merrick Garland refuses to enforce it because he is a deep-state stooge incapable of doing his duty or keeping his oath of office.

  132. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 13, 2022 5:06 pm

    “Did you populate..” I meant “populate the boat”

  133. TB Queensland permalink
    June 13, 2022 6:45 pm

    Yeah! Course you did … 🙄

  134. June 13, 2022 9:55 pm

    Re:

    .. was as much an act of insurrection as anything that happened on J6.

    Suppose it may be possible, but not if one has any regard for the usual definition of ‘insurrection’.

    an organized and usually violent act of revolt or rebellion against an established government or governing authority of a nation-state or other political entity by a group of its citizens or subjects

    Was it ‘organised’? (By a single individual who was so organised that he …) Was it a ‘rebellion’? (By a single individual.) By a ‘group of citizens or subjects’? (So how many ‘personalities’ did this single individual have that made him a ‘group’?)

    Perhaps there is a link to this particular and peculiar definition of ‘insurrection’? Until then …

  135. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 14, 2022 1:56 am

    The attempted murderer was the tip of the spear. The instructions came from Schumer in what was much more a direct threat than a dog whistle:

    “I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

    Schumer, when confronted by Chief Justice Roberts (who is apparently not going to vote to reverse Roe v Wade)

    The rest of the criminal mob have been outside the judges’ homes attempting to intimidate them and their families in clear violation of the law protecting judges and juries from precisely this type of intimidation. Of course in the US two-tier justice system the Attorney General refuses to prosecute them or even end their insurrection.

  136. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 14, 2022 3:28 am

    To finish the thought:

    Schumer, when confronted by Chief Justice Roberts (who apparently is not going to vote to reverse Roe v Wade), laughably suggested he was rereferring to political consequences and he was not referring to Kavanaugh who he personally singled out. Kavanaugh is appointed for life their is no political price he can pay.

    At this stage the Democrat court stacking process is clear – dial up the rhetoric, encourage illegal intimidation of judges (as Biden has done), wait for some leftist nutter to kill or maim sitting conservative judge and replace them with a leftist.

    The least Biden could do is denounce the illegal intimidation of the judges (which he has specifically declined to do) and promise that if one of them is murdered they will be replaced by a nominee of the Republican Senate Leader McConnell. That might help stop the insurrection against the third branch of government but it would require Biden to do something decent – something he has been incapable of doing since he got caught cheating at law school:

    An emotional Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) yesterday acknowledged he had plagiarized in a paper he submitted while a first-year law student in 1965, but defended his integrity and vowed to remain a candidate for his party’s presidential nomination.

    “I did something very stupid 23 years ago,” Biden, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said at a crowded news conference he convened to try to dispose of burgeoning charges of plagiarism — past and present — that have threatened his candidacy.

    Biden has been doing stupid, racist, sexist, corrupt and creepy kiddie stuff ever since.

  137. June 14, 2022 10:42 am

    Back to the topic…

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  138. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 14, 2022 2:14 pm

    Surely reb you’re not so blind as to think charities are run by selfless people serving others and the charitable purposes for which they were founded? You are obviously in need of a guide dog but I don’t like your chances! Maybe you should donate some of your hard-earned to them?

  139. Tom R permalink
    June 14, 2022 2:23 pm

    the Democrat court stacking process is clear

  140. Know Kollusion`Teabag permalink
    June 14, 2022 2:38 pm

    so blind as to think charities are run by ” Those that are worth “every penny” we have been told so often. lt would break their heart if they ever had to work for mere humble wages. (-:`

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