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New Poll: Coalition faces election wipeout!

March 27, 2017


Malcolm Turnbull has taken another hammering in the polls with the latest Fairfax Ipsos poll showing that Labor has opened up a 10 point lead against the government on the election-deciding two-party preferred stakes.  Labor now leads the Coalition by 55 per cent to 45 per cent.

Had an election been held on Saturday, the government would have suffered a catastrophic wipeout losing 24 seats with the moronic Peter Dutton (rumoured to be considered “leadership material” amongst the LNP faithful) being one of the casualties.

It’s almost as if the public don’t like the idea of their penalty rates being slashed, or an apparent inability to appreciate how important it is for society to allow racists to spurt hatred without fear of retribution.

The figures are particularly damaging for Talcum as they are worse than the figures he used to depose Tony Abbott as leader back in 2015.

Loyal deputy Julie Bishop, took a short break from her ministerial duties of hosting cocktail parties and fashion parades to lend her support to Turnbull’s leadership.

“The party room has his complete support,’” she said.


The Turnbull Govt: The New Face of Racism.

March 21, 2017


The Turnbull Government, you know the one that dismissed marriage equality as a ‘peripheral issue’ has been obsessing over its apparent inability to slander black people and so today on Harmony Day has approved changes to the Racial Discrimination Act effectively watering down protections against racial minorities.

In a peculiar premonition of perhaps his own political fortunes [what’s left of] Malcolm Turnbull said that the language in a section of the Racial Discrimination Act had ‘lost credibility and will be replaced.’

Amendments to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act will include the removal of the offences ‘insult’, ‘humiliate’, and ‘offend’ to be replaced by the higher test of ‘harass’.

The test to be applied in complaints to the Australian Human Rights Commission will be the standard of a ‘reasonable member of the community’.

The commission will also have greater powers to filter complaints which are deemed to be frivolous or without merit and those who are the subject of the complaint will get an early warning when a complaint is lodged.

‘We are defending Australians from racial vilification by replacing language which has been discredited and … has lost the credibility that a good law needs,’ Mr Turnbull said.

‘We need to restore confidence to the Racial Discrimination Act and to the Human Rights Commission’s administration of it.’

The changes struck a balance between protecting people from racial vilification while defending and enabling free speech, and had support across the political spectrum, he said

Opposition leader Bill Shorten says consequences of this amendment will mean it is ‘easier for people to be insulted or humiliate on the basis of their race.’

‘This is not leadership, this is not what Australia is about,’ he said.

‘This isn’t about free speech; it’s about the prime minister appeasing his party.’

How much more will Australia throw overboard to save one man’s job?’

‘Labor will never support the right to be a bigot.’

The proposed amendment faces obstacles in the senate, with crossbencher Nick Xenophon saying his party ‘does not support the changes.’

‘The Nick Xenophon team does not support the Government’s proposed changes to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.’

‘But we do support sensible changes to the process involved in the handling of such complaints so the process does not become a punishment.’

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act currently makes it an offence to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate an individual or people based on race.

Liberal Senator James Paterson says he’s ‘very happy’ with the updates to the law.

‘I’m very happy but we must recognise it is a compromise.

‘The administration of 18C, up until now, has been woefully inadequate,’ he told Sky News.

The laws will be taken first to the Senate where they will be introduced by Attorney-General George Brandis.




New Zealand is a happier country than Australia

March 21, 2017


Australia has been ranked 9th place in the 2017 World Happiness Report, behind New Zealand (8th) and Canada (7th), but ahead of Sweden at number 10. It’s the same spot Australia occupied in last year’s report.

The ranking is based on answers to a simple life evaluation question developed decades ago by a social scientist and posed to people around the world between 2014 and 2016 by Gallup, the polling organisation:

“Please imagine a ladder, with steps numbered from 0 at the bottom to 10 at the top. The top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder would you say you personally feel you stand at this time?”

Humanity is about halfway up the ladder, with an average global score of 5.3, based on hundreds of thousands of surveys conducted by Gallup over those years. The top five countries – Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Finland – all have scores just above or below 7.5. The Central African Republic’s score is nearly 2.7.

The authors found that three-quarters of the variation among countries can be explained by six economic and social factors: gross domestic product per capita (a basic measure of national wealth); healthy years of life expectancy; social support (having someone to rely on during times of trouble); trust (a perceived absence of corruption in government and business); the perceived freedom to make life choices; and generosity (measured by donations).

The world’s 20 happiest countries

1. Norway (7.537)

2. Denmark (7.522)

3. Iceland (7.504)

4. Switzerland (7.494)

5. Finland (7.469)

6. Netherlands (7.377)

7. Canada (7.316)

8. New Zealand (7.314)

9. Australia (7.284)

10. Sweden (7.284)

11. Israel (7.213)

12. Costa Rica (7.079)

13. Austria (7.006)

14. United States (6.993)

15. Ireland (6.977)

16. Germany (6.951)

17. Belgium (6.891)

18. Luxembourg (6.863)

19. United Kingdom (6.714)

20. Chile (6.652)

The world’s 10 least happy countries

146. Yemen (3.59)

147. South Sudan (3.59)

148. Liberia (3.53)

149. Guinea (3.51)

150. Togo (3.49)

151. Rwanda (3.47)

152. Syria (3.46)

153. Tanzania (3.35)

154. Burundi (2.91)

155. Central African Republic (2.69)

The report also says Americans are getting sadder, and it takes more than just money to be happy.



Jay Weatherill tears Josh Frydenberg a new one on national TV!

March 16, 2017

The insipid  Josh Frydenberg has had his arse handed to him on a plate by SA Labor Premier Jay Weatherill during an extraordinary press conference in Adelaide earlier today.

Tensions flared, as a sheepish Frydenberg was left reeling from a severe lashing from the SA Premier who accused the Federal Government of “disgraceful” conduct.

Mr Weatherill called the Snowy River Hydro expansion announcement by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as a “$2 billion insult” to South Australia, while branding the Commonwealth’s overall approach as reactive and panic-driven after years doing nothing.

“It shows that the Commonwealth government are in a white knuckled panic about national energy policy. It is a $2 billion admission that the national energy market has broken and there needs to be public investments to actually fix it up.”

“We have today this two billion-dollar insult where money is being spent to keep the lights on in Sydney at a time when we’re facing energy shortages over the coming summer,” Mr Weatherill said.

“That’s why our plan is about acting … in South Australia’s interests.”

“It’s about making sure that we can stand on our own two feet, because we know that we’re being let down by a federal government that’s anti-South Australia.”

Both men had been attending the press conference to mark the switching on of a so-called “virtual power plant;” a connected series of solar-powered batteries across the city.

Mr Weatherill said it was “an outrage” that Mr Frydenberg would try to claim credit for the solar scheme after being so critical of his government’s “ideological” fixation with renewable energy.

Mr Frydenberg has been deeply critical of the SA Weatherill government’s emphasis on renewable energy, as well as its recent decision to build a new state-owned gas power plant.

Pauline Hanson: Sideshow Freak or simply misunderstood?

March 7, 2017


She’s considered a racist, redneck homophobe and imbecilic tadpole by pretty much everyone outside Queensland, but Pauline Hanson’s rapidly gaining a foothold in other parts of Australia including what’s lovingly called “Western Australia.”

But who is Pauline Hanson, and why would anyone really want to know?

These are two seemingly contradictory questions that not many people are asking and frankly who can blame them.

Those teetering on the brink of curiosity would have been well served to catch Ms Hanson displaying her knack of tapping into the “vibe” of what she calls “people out there” during a bizarre interview with Tracy Grimshaw on Channel Nine’s bastion of prime-time TV journalism “A Current Affair.”

Speaking to a somewhat bewildered Ms Grimshaw, who is now the size of a medium size dwelling, Hanson claimed that Muslims are “taking over Australia’s suburbs” by offering people “suitcases full of cash” to move out, and questioned whether there are any “good ones” living here.

Hanson denied her views were extreme and said she was speaking for “ordinary Australians” when she expressed fears that the country was being “overrun by Muslims.”

“I hear Australians that have lived just nice, quiet lives in their suburbs and then they’ve had Muslims come in there who have changed their suburbs,” Ms Hanson told the program.

“They’ve built these mosques and they have their cars parked across the driveway or they have rubbish thrown over their fences.

“Or they go and knock on their door because they won’t move out and threaten them. ‘Listen mate, you better take this suitcase full of cash and get out of here.’ It’s having an impact on our educational system and, you know, in our schools and our swimming baths. [It’s] their attitude.

“The burqa should absolutely go. This is Australia.”

“The full face covering I think is wrong. If they want to live that way and have their sharia law, then I suggest they go to a Muslim country.”

Asked if she believed there were any “good Muslims” living in Australia, Ms Hanson suggested they were difficult to spot.

“I believe there are some that want to live a good life and a quiet life,” she said.

“But you tell me — you line up a number of Muslims, who’s the good one?”

“Where are the Muslims who want to speak up more? Why aren’t we hearing from them?”

“How often do we ever hear from them Very, very rarely,” she said.

“Everything’s that been thrown and everything over the years, with all the media where were they, Tracy? Not to be seen. All right? I couldn’t care less what anyone says about this,Because I’ve got my self-esteem and self-respect and I really don’t care.”


A line up of Ahmadiyya Muslims – hellbent on destroying our way of life during Clean Up Australia Day. But which one is the good one?

Ms Hanson, also said Australia was at risk of becoming a “third-world country” if the major parties did not get their act together.

“The grumbling from the people — they’re actually fed up with both sides of politics, whether it be Liberal, Labor or the Nationals, and they certainly don’t want the Greens.

“’People actually want to see One Nation in power. And that’s what I’m picking up all the time.”




Can Turnbull Survive today’s Horror Poll?

February 27, 2017


The chaotic rabble over at the Coalition are today waking to another a Newspoll that shows their election losing streak continues unabated with Labor now leading 55% to 45% on a two-party-preferred basis.

This massive 10 point lead would see the Coalition wiped out if an election were held today

The Coalition has also been haemorrhaging voters to Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party, which has doubled its primary vote to 10% since November, now matching the Greens.

Outspoken Nationals member George Christensen would struggle to keep his Queensland seat if an election were held today, with voter support for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and the Liberal/National party now neck and neck, according to new polling.

One Nation and the LNP now have 30 per cent each of the primary vote, according to polling last week by ReachTEL and commissioned by the Australia Institute.

The doomsday prognosis comes in the wake of Turnbull’s recent rabid dog performance in Parliament, which clearly hasn’t resonated as much with the public as much as it did with his colleagues.

The Coalition’s primary vote has fallen to 34%, a drop of five points since October, but disaffected voters appear to have favoured One Nation and other minor parties, with Labor holding steady on 37% over the same period.

Almost one in three voters said they would choose neither of the two main parties, with One Nation and the Greens both on 10% and a further 9% selecting other minor parties.

These numbers are worse than when Tony Abbott was knocked out of the top job by Malcolm Turnbull in September 2015.

The dramatic poll result is expected to send shockwaves through the Coalition when Parliament resumes in Canberra today.





February 24, 2017


I’m just going to leave this picture here.



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