Andrew Bolt at the IPA dinner

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  1. dd

    from the clip, Andrew Bolt on the attacks on freedom of speech.

    “I was shocked how few people fought this, how very few.
    Yes, there was News Limited, led by Kim WIlliams, in my view heroically.
    I was dismayed by how little the ABC had to say on this matter; dismayed how little the SBS had to say on this.
    Dismayed by the fact that the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, which we fund to the tune of 38 million dollars a year to defend human rights, was not defending this human right, but argued the case to limit this human right.
    What I find interesting is that the IPA – which does not get $38 million from the government but zero – in a sense beat the human rights commission.

  2. boy on a bike

    And he names Abbott! It’s all Abbott’s fault…

  3. Rabz

    What I find interesting is that the IPA – which does not get $38 million from the government but zero – in a sense beat the human rights commission.

    Interesting, but when you consider the calibre of the ponderous Orwellian drones infesting the latter, hardly surprising.

    $38 million inexcusably wasted.

    Fire. Them. All.

  4. Billy

    I like Bolt and this is a trivial matter, but did he forget to comb his hair?

  5. Giffy

    Andrew Bolt’s messy hair isn’t a trivial matter. Please let it not become a trend for men.

  6. Ubique

    I like Bolt and this is a trivial matter, but did he forget to comb his hair?

    Andrew’s doing well to have hair to comb. Sigh.

  7. Gab

    Look at the feast of cannibals holding up the “Eat the rich” signs that he had to fight to get through to the IPA dinner. No wonder he had messy hair.

  8. candy

    Obviously doesn’t use product in his hair in the first place to keep it neat in the case of wind gusts and protestors.

  9. Ant

    AB seems to be carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders.

    I suppose when you consider the relatively miniscule number of people who actually do speak out and defend basic rights, such as freedom of speech, I can’t blame him.

    Compared to the millions of ‘low information’ numbskulls out there who are too disconnected from the political scene to know what’s going on, it really is a miracle that little fascistic Conroy was forced to withdraw his outlandish legislation.

    As for the mob that awaited them outside, ‘pissant’ is the word I use to describe them. Pissants with too much time on their hands.

  10. candy

    The protestors upset him, the police must have been unprepared.
    Nice he personally thanked Tony Abbott for his support during the distressing time after his court case.

  11. Thumbnail

    Thank you for putting this video up. I don’t know how AB keeps on going. I read his column avidly.

  12. val majkus

    this is off topic but picked up at Bolt’s blog
    check out the youtube of MT when asked by the interviewer to do a little jump

  13. Gerry

    Andrew is an interesting and engaging speaker…clearly.knows his subject well and speaks quite easily about personal freedom and responsibility …great speech !

  14. Andrew

    I really get the sense that Bolt is quite the introvert, different to what many perceive him to be or how he appears on TV or newspaper.

    Good speech.

  15. papachango

    Look I like Bolt, and admire the guy for standing up for freedom. Used to be a semi-reguilar on his blog before the pussies at News Limited got all soft on moderation.

    In a lot of ways he opened my eyes to leftist bullshit – in that respect he’s good for stirring them up into a lather too.

    But, before his wakeup call with the White Nine court case, he was no libertarian. he actually supported Conroy’s early attempts to censor the Internet, something I find difficult to forgive him for.

    Now that Conroy and others have turned their attention to the ‘hate media’ and him, I wonder if he’s changed his tune? He’s never publicly said so.

  16. papachango

    check out the youtube of MT when asked by the interviewer to do a little jump..

    Hadn’t seen that before, thanks. Maggie was brilliant as always – sheer class.

  17. Abu Chowdah

    Bolt’s a good man. I wish I was in Australia to have been able to attend that dinner.

  18. He’s become precious, vindictive, and a tad paranoid; and lacks insight and self criticism.

  19. Gab

    For heaven’s sake, SFB, do stop talking about yourself here.

  20. I don’t think he’s ever gotten over my suggestion that he might have to appear topless on page 3 of a Rinehart-owned Fairfax newspaper … hur hur hur …

  21. Tom

    He’s become precious, vindictive, and a tad paranoid; and lacks insight and self criticism.

    You uneducated pig-ignorant peon.

  22. Alfonso

    ‘vindictive,’ ….we can but hope Tony PM deals to the Flan with max vindictiveness. ‘Defunded’ is a beautiful word. It’s too much to hope Their ABC gets to fund its agitprop from non taxpayer sources. For reasons unknown the LibLabs are still terrified of the comrades.
    After watching O’Reilly and Warne opening the bowling on heaven’s best green turner I will be asking Howard what bizarre learned helplessness made him he do nothing for12 years about TABC.

  23. Hi Tom!

    Bolt did his listing of (shock! horror!) uni students who passed an OTT lefty motion on Thatcher, and got a name in the wrong column. Quality work: like that which got him before the Tribunal on his aboriginal columns. (A topic on which many people had written critically before, and continue to do so, but without the poorly researched attempts at snide ridicule that got him into trouble.)

    So, Philippa, you’re one of those who think selling off the ABC is a goer. Ha. It would go over with the public like a lead balloon. I wish the Coalition would adopt it as a policy though, for that reason.

  24. Gab

    and got a name in the wrong column.

    No,wrong, he was supplied the wrong information and quickly corrected the matter and also apologized. You, on the other hand, are known ’round these here parts as Mr Wrongologist as you have been proven wrong on many occasions. But not once have you apologised. You tiny little man.

  25. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    He did look tired, rattled, dishevelled and I wondered if he’d a a couple of drinkies first.

    But he ploughed on well through his speech and I ended up thinking it was just that he was a little exhausted.

    Like HIA sometimes at the end of a difficult day.

    Bolt, like HIA, has said how much he enjoys his holidays away.

    I hope Mrs. Bolt has out the holiday planner.

  26. Au contraire, Steve (just before I go home today):

    I think the unannounced boiled-frog approach would work wonders with the ABC. Just start selling off little bits here and there, and before you know it, hey presto! all gone, and no one has even whimpered.

    You could start by getting rid of the ABC Shops (thus saving rents and salaries) and putting the whole gig online, and then slowly shrinking the range of stuff available by making sure it’s available in other places – LOTS of other places.

  27. PS I’m not going off-topic, honest … but I am going home …

  28. papachango

    Philippa – the luvvies would notice and scream blue murder

  29. You could start by getting rid of the ABC Shops (thus saving rents and salaries)

    I thought they were profitable. Don’t know how to check, though…

  30. You tiny little man.

    Gab, you’ve fawned over Bolt for probably a decade and appear to have sent him more emails than Justin Bieber receives from his fanclub.

    I’ll read your critique in that light.

  31. Mk50 of Brisbane

    That’s a nice alternative, Philippa. Myself, I am enamoured of teh bald announcement that it is to be sold ASAP.

    If I can get the franchise to sell tickets to be wandering the halls, offices and staffrooms when this announcment is made, I’d make a few quid.

    Who would not pay to be there to see the pants-wetting, the crying, the screams and wails, tanties, drumming of heels on the floor… and that’s just the ‘men’!

  32. candy

    “He’s become precious, vindictive, and a tad paranoid; and lacks insight and self criticism.”

    That court case and sequelae took it out of him, I think you’d have to walk in his shoes to see what it was like for him Steve. Don’t be too harsh.

  33. papachango

    That court case and sequelae took it out of him.

    Indeed it did. Though he was going to walk at some point. I’ll cut him some slack over it, as he’s still fighting the good fight, but his blog has never been the same since (more News Limited’s fault than his)

    But I hope it was a wake up call to Andrew on the dangers of his previous support for Conroy. Either you’re for freedom or you’re not.

  34. C.L.

    He’s become precious, vindictive, and a tad paranoid; and lacks insight and self criticism.

    The pot lynches kettle comment of the year.

  35. nic

    I like Bolt. I think he’s intelligent and genuine and has more integrity than many of his journalist colleagues.

  36. Infidel Tiger

    He’s become precious, vindictive, and a tad paranoid; and lacks insight and self criticism.

    Steve’s Diary 11/4/2013.

  37. Gab

    Gab, you’ve fawned over Bolt for probably a decade and appear to have sent him more emails than Justin Bieber receives from his fanclub.

    lol your Mr Wrongologist mantle remains intact.

  38. lem

    Hey SFB didn’t see you at the IPA meeting in Brisbane tonight. Prior rngagement with Bob E and/ or Mrs Palmer? Fair enough. I’d be the last stand between a man and his loved ones…

  39. Lloyd

    Bolt sometimes gets caught up in his own arguments. That’s a great quality in a commentator but it looks a bit off when he’s interviewing. After all the whole point of an interview is to find out what other people think, not try to get them to agree with you or use them as a foil to get your own opinion across.
    And I don’t always agree with his point of view.
    But on the big issues, he’s usually right. He rarely makes gratuitous personal attacks to get his point across.
    I’d love to see him run for political office. I’d really love to see him in a job such as Communications Minister. Imagine the reaction. Brown trousers at the ABC and howls of protest you could hear unaided all the way to Holland.

  40. Tiny Dancer

    SfB QC would have been at home earnestly studying Daily Life and Jezebel.com while his wife was out stealing bread. No spare time for dickhead

  41. calli

    A lefty relative, rusted on Labor and from a long line of shop stewards said to me late last year, ‘The one person I can’t stand is that Andrew Bolt’. Says it all, really.

  42. Louis Hissink

    You could start by getting rid of the ABC Shops (thus saving rents and salaries)
    I thought they were profitable. Don’t know how to check, though…

    Was at the ABC Shop at Cannington (WA) last weekend. Their computer failed so all sales had to be handwritten on paper dockets.

    IT people were not available to get the computers working to process sales.

    Would not happen in the private sector.

  43. hammy

    He’s become precious, vindictive, and a tad paranoid; and lacks insight and self criticism.

    I dfisagree with this comment. He hasn’t “become” these things. He’s always been thus.

  44. JC

    Kero

    Did you look in the mirror and think to yourself…” that’s me” when you read those things?

    Try to be honest and don’t lie.

  45. WhaleHunt Fun

    Screw selling it. Fund it with very few dollars and let the scum scratch each others eyes out over the sharing of the tiny amount.

  46. WhaleHunt Fun

    Better still announce a policy to increase funding before the election and then do a deal with the nutter Katter to defund it after the election in exchange for support for killing the Carbon Tax and building a huge dam on the Franklin.

  47. Jessie

    I attended the IPA dinner in Melbourne, to support the great work done by this crew.

    In regard to blog comments re AB, I had thought that when he faced such hypocrisy and falsehood as he did, the reality of the people that spoke out and died, just for speaking the truth, became his reality. That is what I see in his face. The edge of that precipice.

    Many aboriginal women and men of northern and central Australia carry hideous scars on their faces. And their bodies, for having stepped out of line. And many more have died atrocious deaths or their kin suffered the same, for speaking out. For speaking the truth.

    As have others in other societies for such a simple human act.
    That is the weight of knowledge that AB carries now.

  48. papachango

    Better still announce a policy to increase funding before the election and then do a deal with the nutter Katter to defund it after the election in exchange for support for killing the Carbon Tax and building a huge dam on the Franklin.

    leave that shit to the ALP and the greenslime

  49. Why all this talk about the ABC. The fact is they provide a good service at a fairly low cost. Why not go after big things such as NDIS, National dental scheme, baby bonus, national education, any other government centralisation and any grants to states with conditions other than for national infrastructure which is actually the federal governments job. As Bolt actually pointed out they can’t be completely biased otherwise why are they talking to the IPA so much.

  50. Tapdog

    why are they talking to the IPA so much

    It’s called tokenism

  51. what planet am I on?

    Try to be honest and don’t lie.

    Obviously impossible for a contemptible leftie f##kwit.

  52. hammy

    At least Richard Ackland successfully puts the IPA in its proper context – a rich top-end-of-town lurk in opposition to Australian values.

  53. Filbert

    Wow, what were those three interesting looking paintings we were given a tantalising glimpse of?
    Anyone know?

  54. .

    At least Richard Ackland successfully puts the IPA in its proper context – a rich top-end-of-town lurk in opposition to Australian values.

    Sure he isn’t talking about hosting Media Watch?

    Somehow a mincing “intellectual” finding common cause with the thugs in the BLF and CMFEU has no fucking credibility whatsoever.

  55. Jazza

    People should cut Bolta some slack.
    He’s on OUR side and he’s staunch and true
    I have been reading him for over a decade and I find he cuts through to the nub of everything he comments upon,even if he ends up with an opinion I don’t,he argues with facts and common sense and makes you think I find I agree with him about 90% of the time, though I also disliked him supporting Conroy’s odious proposition to censor us all, and I cannot understand how he can see “good ” in Allbesleazy.
    Bolta is a true Dutch spirit: he is stubborn as all get out,both a strength and a failing in life. But he’s astute, patriotic, sensible and brave in the sense he sticks to his guns and takes it all whatever and whoever.. I felt worst for him really when the harridans of the left underhandedly attacked his wife’s integrity to “get him”,with tosh about an early liasion of his, as being a gentleman who loves his wife dearly, he found it hard to take and hard to ably defend alone.Long may he ride the waves of his current well deserved popularity and success!

  56. davey street

    Bolta, a hope for humanity in this country of despicable ex communists who are rooting the place day by day … and his hair looks great. He looks as if he’s a working journalist and not a self-absorbed wanker like Rudd and Gillard grooming himself for cameras. He speaks real. He IS real. That’s why he’s so popular.

  57. Alfonso

    Bolta does good work. Alas, he’s a wowser.
    The assault death of David Hookes by a bouncer who chased Hookes 80m down the footpath from the front door of the establishment to hit him had Bolta shrugging with the implication that because Hookes was drinking he was the cause of his own demise. The Court’s expansion of a bouncer’s area of interest from near the front door to 80m is ok by Bolta.

  58. dd

    Alfonso, the bouncer was acquitted.

  59. Alfonso

    Yeah, Hookes probably just fell down due gravity, but without the bouncer following Hookes down the street well away from any area of reasonable concern of the bouncer, there would have been no confrontation. Bolta also thinks the demon drink punched Hookes.

  60. dd

    The finding does appear dodgy but you can’t blame Bolt, or any journalist really, for not chasing every rabbit down every rabbit hole. Seems like he took the outcome at face value.

    On matters of law and order he’s usually against lenient policing or sentencing.

  61. Gab

    I’d be interested in reading the piece written by Bolt. You have made this interpretation before, Alfonso, but I am yet to see the evidence. Do you have a link?

  62. Alfonso

    dd, Bolt wasn’t complaining about the finding and not at all about the apparent legal largess of bouncer law, it was a “this is what alcohol does piece.”
    He showed the same wowserish reaction with initial support for Conroy’s internet porn plans only to find out that porn was the Trojan horse.

    I’ll try looking later G.

  63. Jim Rose

    Alfonso, the verdict of the jury was not guilty.

  64. Jim Rose

    the defence was the bouncer was simply defending himself in a chaotic brawl

  65. NoFixedAddress

    @Alfonso

    Was it this mention of David Hookes by Andrew Bolt?

  66. Alfonso

    You miss the point Jim, the bouncers followed Hookes group down the street for no apparent reason except, what, to fight?
    How bouncers can pursue people who have vacated their area of commercial interest, engage in a fight which kills someone and walk is beyond me. It’s a bit like shooting a fleeing felon and claiming self defence, that won’t work.

    Nah, NFA, that’s the only 2004 Jan archive , there were a few posts from Bolta on the subject from memory.

  67. Gab

    Yes well pardon my skepticism if I don’t happen to believe your interpretation of Bolt’s words, Alf.

  68. Jim Rose

    who assulted whom, who acted in self-defence? all were in a public place lawfully.

  69. Alfonso

    Fair enough G, dunno how to find Bolta’s posts post 18 Jan 2004 with my limited net skills.

  70. Alfonso

    Sorry Jim, that works if both were of same status.
    The motive for following Hookes is everything.
    The commercial activity of the bouncers limits their valid area of interest.

  71. Gab

    Righto, I get it A.
    You’re one of those who disparage Bolt but without any evidence.

  72. Jim Rose

    the link by NoFixedAddress is the first thing I have ever read of Bolt’s. It seems to be about organ donations.

    a serious subject. solutions are few and far between even if there were a market.

    yoram barzel wrote a nice paper explaining why markets for blood do not work contrary to the suggestions by Kessel (1974).

    at the time Kessel wrote, ‘the test for hepatitis infection in blood was virtually worthless’. not paying for bloof was a cheap way to screen out carriers such as junkies. HIV also reduced the use of purchased blood.

    GOOD TASTE WARNING: “The Big Donor Show” in the Netherlands (2007) was about how a terminally sick woman could choose one of the three contestants for her kidneys! It was the 2nd highest rating programme in the history of dutch TV.

    the show was later found to be a hoax but it did raise awareness of organ donation.

    see too http://home.uchicago.edu/gbecker/MarketforLiveandCadavericOrganDonations_Becker_Elias.pdf

  73. Gab

    is the first thing I have ever read of Bolt’s

    Well have no fear as you still haven’t read anything of Bolt’s given that the post was written by someone else.

  74. .

    How bouncers can pursue people who have vacated their area of commercial interest, engage in a fight which kills someone and walk is beyond me.

    A valid reason for any citizen to pursue another in NSW for example is in the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002, s 100.

    http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/leara2002451/s100.html

    It seems like something went horribly wrong though. I still agree with Blackstone’s Formulation. I do wonder why there was no appeal by the DPP.

  75. Jim Rose

    it was a brawl. not guilty verdicts cannot be appealed.

  76. Alfonso

    Dot, the Hookes group was trying to retreat.
    The bouncers pursued them with aggressive intent way outside any possible area of interest of the bouncers.
    There was no question of this being a warrentless citizen’s arrest. (For what? Abusing bouncers?)
    That was never claimed in defence by the alleged perp.
    None of that bothered Bolta a bit. It was the demon drink that bothered Bolt.

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