Tuesday Forum: August 6, 2013

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  1. JC

    Tom:

    I told him that the world was a funny place, there he was trying to live on a bowl of rice per day by stealing money from Innocent people and he I was trying to keep off weight because of all the cheap great stuff that’s around.

    Lord I hate them.

  2. dover_beach

    How the hell was the shooting at Ft Hood ever treated by the government as a workplace incident and not a terrorist act?

  3. .

    The funniest cold call I got was from an old pommy dude working in Honkers trying to flog me gold CFDs in 2009.

    I should have loaded up big time.

    This pommy dude was waxing lyrical in the funniest cockney accent and snappy one liners even after I said goodbye and before the handset wnet click. He was screaming louder and more high pitched as it neared the main console and it was like I was literally putting him to death.

  4. Token

    How the hell was the shooting at Ft Hood ever treated by the government as a workplace incident and not a terrorist act?

    It is because those people who grow up deifying mass murders like Mao, Uncle Jo & the central committee members have grown into adults that protect mass murders who state clearly they are killing in the name of the Religion of Peace.

    “We, the mujahedeen, are imperfect Muslims trying to establish a perfect religion in the land of the supreme God,” Hasan said. “I apologise for any mistakes that I made in this endeavour.”.

  5. jupes

    From dover’s link:

    Jurors were told to prepare for a trial that could take months

    We – the West – live in a seriously dysfunctional society when the trial of a mass murderer who was shot while carrying out his crime and admits to doing it, takes months to convict him.

    A just society would take one day at the most for the trial then kill him at the end of it. Why waste rations on the prick?

  6. .

    I’m pretty sure 99.99% of Americans, including many Muslims, would have no remorse in hitting the switch to deliver the lethal injection to Hasan’s black heart.

    Plead all you like and hide behind your religion, you arsewipe.

  7. Gab

    He’s muslim, Jupes. They must tip-toe around the “cultural sensitivities” to justify finding him not guilty.

  8. Token

    I’m pretty sure 99.99% of Americans, including many Muslims, would have no remorse in hitting the switch to deliver the lethal injection to Hasan’s black heart.

    Exactly, just like they would to get that child murder from Boston off the cover of Rolling Stone and into a chair with a needle for his cowardly attack on people attending a marathon.

  9. John Mc

    I like telling call centre operators how rich I am and how shit their lives must be. You know you are getting to them when they keep ringing back to abuse you.

    Awsesome! I’m going to give this a go!

  10. Tom

    Dover, that is fruitcake gold!:

    He thought he was a woman trapped in a man’s body — but it turns out he’s “just another boring straight guy.”

    ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn.

    But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don.

    “I accused my wife of playing some kind of cruel joke, dressing me up in a wig and bra and making fake ID’s with the name ‘Dawn’ on it. Seriously,” Ennis wrote in a memo he posted to the newsroom bulletin board Friday, explaining his shock after he woke up from what he called a “transient global amnesia” last month.

    RTWT.

  11. John Mc

    We – the West – live in a seriously dysfunctional society when the trial of a mass murderer who was shot while carrying out his crime and admits to doing it, takes months to convict him.

    Not at all. Due process makes his execution just so much more satisfying. Sleep well at night knowing the families of those he murdered had the choice to watch him put to death.

  12. pete m

    Please go here to the Do Not Call Register and spend 1 minute registering your numbers (including mobiles now).

    I have only received one call since this thing started and as soon as I said we were on the do not call list so why are you calling me they hung up faster than IT can make up a new flogging saying.

  13. egg_

    Coalition have announced a good policy measure being the company tax cut.

    SBS News had a feature on small business and their needs which was in line with LNP policy announcements – part of their viewer base is small biz?
    Definitely more even-handed than Aunty (which would not be difficult).

  14. jupes

    Due process makes his execution just so much more satisfying.

    Well yes, if you are a lawyer.

    Otherwise ‘due process’ is just code for legal larceny.

  15. Token

    DB, I wouldn’t have realised what a hero he really is if he didn’t tell us:

    He called his three-month odyssey into the world of women “a tremendous gift.”

    “I know my wonderful colleagues will no doubt make it easier for the next person to transition at ABC,” he wrote.

    Fisk doctrine candidate.

  16. egg_

    ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn.

    But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don.

    Only possible in a sheltered workshop devoid of reality.

  17. Armadillo

    Why waste rations on the prick?

    And why swat a fly when you can take it’s wings off? It’s one of those eternal questions Jupes. I’m not sure if we will ever know the answer. Isn’t life just amazing in it’s contradictions?

  18. dover_beach

    Dover, that is fruitcake gold!:

    Indeed, Tom. I was particularly amused by this:

    “Even though I will not wear the wig or the makeup or the skirts again, I promise to remain a strong straight ally, a supporter of diversity and an advocate for equal rights and other LGBT issues including same-sex marriage.”

    You can just imagine the social pressure given the feeling that stating this was necessary.

  19. John Mc

    Otherwise ‘due process’ is just code for legal larceny.

    Well, with poorly written and badly designed law, yes that is the case. But that’s not this case.He is a man who rightly should face death, even if you don’t believe in capital punishment in ‘standard’ murder cases (which i’m inclined to favour, on the basis that we should be hesitant to grant government this kind of power).

    He should face death. He has nothing to lose by expending all his assets in defence of his life, wherever it is possible. When his defence fails, the state should kill him in the name of civilisation and human progress.

  20. Armadillo

    Do Not Call Register

    It does work Pete, but not with the Indian computer shysters. DNCR + the “three rings rule” and your sweet.

  21. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Hmm. Don/Dawn would bring a decent price on the block in the slave market in Yemen. The catamite buyers would pay a princely sum. Might be a good dose of reality for the fruitloop.

  22. pete m

    Armadillo – well fraudsters ignore the law so not much you can do about it. I would hang up as soon as the international delay kicks in.

    I’ve been thinking Rudd cannot “lose” out of this election.

    Scenario 1 – Labor gets flogged. He’ll retain his seat and try and rebuild, saying he did not have enough time to undo Julia’s cruddy policies. All those who really hate him have gone or lost seats, so he’ll rule pretty much what is left and wreak havoc through the Senate. At least he’ll have been PM longer than Julia. Labor under Julia was facing a wipeout so he can take credit for anything better than that.

    Scenario 2 – he almost wins – what a hero – saving 30 Labor members’ seats who will owe him big time. He’ll try and rebuild the brand from there.

    Scenario 3 – he wins – God help us all.

  23. Tom

    Pete M, the scenario you haven’t considered is that the Little Shit loses his seat.

  24. jupes

    But that’s not this case

    Yes it is. The court is required to establish his guilt or otherwise then sentence him appropriately.

    Hasan was shot while carrying out his crime. He admits he did it. There are witnesses who saw him do it. Everyone with more than one working neuron and a synapse knows he did it. How the hell can it take longer than a day to legally establish that he did it? How can the hell can it take longer than one second after his guilt is established to sentence him to death?

    The reason it will take months is because lawyers have invented rules – aka ‘due process’ – that are designed to drag out the process for as long as possible. The only people who benefit from that are lawyers.

  25. Ellen of Tasmania

    We – the West – live in a seriously dysfunctional society

    Yep, and dysfunctionaling more each day. Why is this so?

  26. harrys on the boat

    Paul Murray gets off to a great start!

  27. egg_

    Hmm. Don/Dawn would bring a decent price on the block in the slave market in Yemen. The catamite buyers would pay a princely sum. Might be a good dose of reality for the fruitloop.

    For the next quarter, Don-Dawn may be a space alien in a human body – Mork from Ork?

  28. Armadillo

    Scenario 4 – a bizarre mix of Tom and jupes theories of justice.

    the scenario you haven’t considered is that the Little Shit loses his seat

    AND

    How can the hell can it take longer than one second after his guilt is established to sentence him to death?

    That my friends is JUSTICE.

  29. John Mc

    Jupes, he may have mitigating factors that means he should only spend his life in jail. He may have been crazy at the time or permanently crazy. There should be every opportunity for him to prove his defence. Then when it fails, reasonable people everywhere can go “you know what, you’re f*cken guilty, and you deserve what’s comin’ to ya’. Reasonable people don’t allow doubt when someone is being executed.

  30. Infidel tiger

    Paul Murray is killing it!

  31. harrys on the boat

    Its been 5 mins of Labor slap downs!!

  32. Ellen of Tasmania

    How Catholic is the Abbott? This is from his address to the Auburn City Council Iftar, Lidcombe

    “Our faith is special to us. And we have to respect the specialness of every person’s faith to that person. I believe that a good god smiles on all who sincerely seek the truth. I believe that religious faiths, all religious faiths seek to come to grips with the complexity of the human condition. They help us, all of them help us, to come closer to being our best selves and to love and to care for others as we all know in our hearts we should. I believe in the fundamental unity of mankind, I believe that the things that unite us truly are more important than anything that divides us. This must be so if the world is to prosper, if the world is to progress. And the great thing about our country, my friends, is that Australia in so many things, but particularly in this multiculturalism is a beacon of hope to a troubled and divided world.”

  33. Tom

    Murray has jumped into the vacant space called: credible current affairs show.

  34. harrys on the boat

    Paul Murray has torn Labor a new arsehole over the nurses union ad, flogged Bouke over immigration, shat on Rudd for his Murdoch bollocks and bitch slapped that assistant treasurer twat from yesterday.

  35. dover_beach

    Ellen, is Paul Collins writing Abbott speeches?

  36. Gab

    Last night’s Paul Murray here. Good stuff.

  37. Rabz

    Watching Murray Live now.

    It’s out of sync.

  38. Tom

    Murray is making the point I made this morning that Hockey’s handling of the GST gotcha this morning by Rudd and the Fin Review, and the lack of decisive action by Lib HQ, was amateur.

  39. John Mc

    Obama doesn’t seem to have won over the pro-democratic secular Egyptians:



  40. Cold-Hands

    At least he’ll have been PM longer than Julia.

    Unless Kokoda Kev gets re-elected as PM, Julia will have PM for longer by a nose.

  41. val majkus

    Rudd came across as very negative on 7.30

  42. Rabz

    Interesting background from Glenn Surname on the Dickhead Bradbury interview.

  43. Tom

    Rudd came across as very negative on 7.30

    The importance of the fact that the Little Shit is being attacked in the media by Greenfilth extremists on his own side (e.g., the ABC) because he’s not a howler monkey leftist like the Lying Slapper cannot be overstated.

  44. boy on a bike

    Making a 12 gauge watermelon smoothie.

    An excellent reason to own a tactical shotgun.

    And a hose.

  45. harrys on the boat

    Even the Labor bloke seems resigned that all he’s doing is trying to polish a turd.

  46. pete m

    hehe that little Korean kid saying “it hurt” after KRudd squashed his fingers instead of just high fiving was mr narcissist at his best. Nice one KRudd.

    at least kid had some great smiles and funny faces

    murray was in good form

    50,000 boaties – Labor’s legacy that Monty is so proud of.

  47. Rabz

    Great – Hird appears to have been hounded out of his job. Fathead Demetriou has denied it, so it must be true.

  48. Rabz

    Nice one KRudd.

    Yes, I saw that as well. What a klutz.

  49. H B Bear

    You wouldn’t want to be the Labor campaign manager after watching KRudd on the 7.30 Report.

    The moment KRudd receives anything less than fawning adulation he comes across as petulant. KRuddy is literally all Labor have to run on and he is looking about as marketable as a shop soiled fridge stuck out in a car park on Parramatta Road.

  50. Token

    Chris Smith has some fun with Albo, especially the people he seems to bump into.

  51. H B Bear

    Looking at the 6pm news tonight, Fat Andy needs to lay off the QANTAS Club camembert.

    Or get The Weapon to organise some of that anti-obesity gear that St James was on.

  52. Leigh Lowe

    What a dodgy cluster of idiots we’ve elected in Queenslnand – Driscoll – Dowling……
    Who’s next?

    It’s really weird about clusters ….. Bligh ….. Kirner …. Is there a common cause?

  53. boy on a bike

    Nothing wrong with Albo having a chat with Thompson. They were probably talking about which Thai massage parlor is the best and the easiest way to pay for it.

  54. harrys on the boat

    Why was Dermatitus trying to look like that cockhead Simon Cowell?

  55. Leigh Lowe

    Great – Hird appears to have been hounded out of his job. Fathead Demetriou has denied it, so it must be true.

    I doubt that is right.
    I supported the Essendon of Billy Duckworth, Paul van der Haar, Terry Daniher and Tim Watson.
    The spirit embodied in Ronnie Andrews, Michael Long and, yes, James Hird himself.
    I have followed them since 1965.
    But if they ditch Hird on the basis of the Lying Slapper’s PR stunt, supported by Fat Andy to enhance his political aspirations, they’ve lost me for life.

  56. Infidel Tiger

    Who the hell is this Gok bloke from the Target ad constantly feeling up ladies “bangers” and “assets”?

  57. Pickles

    We can be certain Albo and Thommos piss up had a happy ending. Only an extra tenner and surly one of them had enough fat left on the card.

  58. Tom

    Great – Hird appears to have been hounded out of his job.

    A very flimsy rumour is all that is supporting this … rumour, which is the culmination of the jihad by mouth-breathers like Caroline Wilson.

    I’m still backing Hird. He is digging in — with silks if necessary.

  59. Who the hell is this Gok bloke from the Target ad constantly feeling up ladies “bangers” and “assets”?

    He is the reason I want to run screaming away from the place.

  60. Snoopy

    The Bank of England has overhauled its policy strategy, saying it plans to keep interest rates at a record low until unemployment falls to 7 per cent or below.

    The UK economy must be really, really strong, eh?

  61. entropy

    Not sure who that Gok guy is, but. The promotion is so incredibly annoying target can only manage to make it worse by charging for a bag. I shop at big W these days.

  62. dover_beach

    Great – Hird appears to have been hounded out of his job.

    Justice demands the Essendon lose all their premierships points and be made to clean the gear of every club with their tears until the end of the year.

  63. Tom

    No-one does smug as well as supporters of the poo and wees.

  64. dover_beach

    High praise, indeed. You can leave the fresh towels by the trophy cabinet.

  65. Aaron

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2013/tougher-union-fines-ridiculous-actu-chief-says-20130807-2rgbw.html

    ‘But she argued unions were already heavily regulated and Mr Abbott’s crackdown went beyond fraud or misuse of members’ money into areas such as handing in forms on time and filing issues.
    Ms Kearney said unions were non-profit organisations and did not have “billions and billions of dollars like corporations do…’

    The dirtiest piglet always squeals the loudest. Pretty rich coming from Kearney who was so concerned about the wukkers she was trying to stick her snout into the Batman trough.

  66. There are lots of versions of this scam going round. This sounds like the one where the caller pretends they’re from windows and they’ve just found your computer has a terrible virus.

    I got something like this in Australia and then again in Canada – either the same thing or very similar. I told them as much, and that if they phoned me again, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police would be called. Instant hangup.

  67. Leigh Lowe

    I can’t wait for Fat Andy to be put in the witness box and be forced to reveal why the party-drug junkies from Hawthorn from 2010 weren’t sanctioned for “bringing the game into disrepute”.
    Some big names.
    Copies of medical files still exist.
    There injunctions suppressing details won’t mean much when this heats up.
    Could get interesting.

  68. brc

    Julie Bishop swatting snowcone away like an annoying fly on Lateline. Quite amusing to watch.

  69. twostix

    And the great thing about our country, my friends, is that Australia in so many things, but particularly in this multiculturalism is a beacon of hope to a troubled and divided world.”

    Tony Abbott is going to be a cross between Barry O’farrell, Ted Baillieu and Malcolm Fraser. The disappointment is going to be crushing, I hope people are prepared.

  70. brc

    Ms Kearney said unions were non-profit organisations and did not have “billions and billions of dollars like corporations do…’

    How many Australian companies have billions and billions of dollars on hand?

    Funny thing, because the ones the unions really like to push around are the smaller enterprises.

  71. Cold-Hands

    Bligh ….. Kirner …. Is there a common cause?

    Bligh has Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Kirner a cancer of the oesophagus. Other than both conditions being “cancer” they have almost nothing in common. If you live long enough, you’re almost certain to develop a cancer somewhere or other. The two former Premiers are not the only Labor women to have been diagnosed…

    EMILY’s list released a statement saying the organisation was rocked by the news.
    ‘‘We know that this latest battle will be no exception, and that Joan will approach this setback with the tenacity and spirit for which she has become known.’’
    It said Ms Kirner would want the organisation to acknowledge other members who have been diagnosed with cancer in recent years including Anna Bligh, Maxine Morand, Lynne Kosky and Fiona Richardson.

  72. Leigh Lowe

    Thanks Cold-Hands.
    I stand corrected.
    I thought the bile duct might have been a common denominator.

  73. Leigh Lowe

    Hey Cold-Hands … the Maxine Morand you mention.
    Was she a member for a charred electorate from 2009 who may have tipped the former Police Commissioner and Olympic Pie Eating Champion Christine Nixon into the bushfire reconstruction gig?
    They were both club members after all.

  74. brc

    Someone needs to find the transcript for the end of the lateline interview with Julie Bishop. She gives it to Rudd good and proper and essentially calls him a conspiracy theory nutcase. Snowcone really had nothing to add so he wrapped up the interview.

  75. Cold-Hands

    I don’t know about her links to Fatty Nixon… Morand‘s seat was Mount Waverley (outer suburban, and nowhere near the bush fires). Her main claim to infamy was she was responsible for the Bill that reformed abortion law in Victoria, legalising full term abortions and compelling Practitioners who object to terminations to refer patients to pro-abortion doctors against their conscience.

  76. Leigh Lowe

    Thanks C-H.
    Wasn’t sure what the connection was but she seemed to be at several fire relief fund raisers I attended.
    Most were related to schools and kindergartens, which might have been the link, I don’t know.
    And good on her for showing up (and spending money to help).
    I just wonder if Christine benefited from the network.

  77. Gab

    Thanks for the heads-up, BRC.

    Here’s the video of Bishop swatting Jones – no transcript as yet – Bishop is excellent.

    Around the 18’40” mark Jones tries a Murdoch “gotcha” and Bishop slices, dices and sautés Jones ever so elegantly.

  78. Gab

    Here’s the transcript of the last question:

    TONY JONES: Final quick question [no Tony you couldn’t ask a quick question if your life depended on it]: the Labor Party’s obviously not happy with News Limited with its front page headlines saying “Toss this mob out”. They’re focusing on Rupert Murdoch, suggesting that he’s actually very worried about the effect the NBN might have on his business case for Foxtel in Australia. Kevin Rudd has turned his attention on Rupert Murdoch today. From your point of view, is the Coalition happy to have Rupert Murdoch at your back?

    JULIE BISHOP: I’m actually worried about Kevin Rudd’s state of mind. I watched him on the 7.30 Report tonight and he seems to be descending into some dark world of conspiracies where everybody’s against him and it’s led by Rupert Murdoch.

    TONY JONES: It’s not a conspiracy when he really against you though, is it?

    JULIE BISHOP: Well I do recall that when Kevin Rudd lost the leadership to Julia Gillard, he hot-footed over to New York to seek career advice from none other than Rupert Murdoch. So he’s spent the last three years leaking against his colleagues, getting stories in News Corporation papers and now that the News Corporation editorial doesn’t think that he’s fit to be Prime Minister, a view that his colleagues share, all of a sudden it’s a conspiracy and then he’s got this theory that somehow Malcolm Turnbull launching our broadband policy at Fox Studios was something sinister. I mean, seriously? It’s a showcase for high technology. It would have looked good on TV. Why wouldn’t you launch your broadband policy there? But for Kevin to find something sinister in that, I think he’s lost the plot.

    TONY JONES: Julie Bishop, we really do have to go. Thank you very much for joining us.

  79. Leigh Lowe

    I don’t know about her links to Fatty Nixon

    Emily’s List.
    Abortion fanatics.
    Say no more.

  80. Gab

    And it’s about time too.

    KEVIN Rudd’s direct knowledge of serious risks to public safety and other major policy defects in the deadly $2 billion home-insulation debacle will be examined in a new legal action by 65 companies that lost more than $100 million.

    The decision of the Home Insulation Industry Action Group yesterday to instruct its Sydney solicitors, McLaughlin & Riordan, to launch formal proceedings has come at the worst possible time for the Prime Minister, in the middle of an election campaign, following scathing findings by a Queensland coroner last month and by the Auditor-General in 2010.

  81. Infidel Tiger

    I see that idiot Troy Bramston is claiming the ALP will win Dobell based of their own polling. That’s as likely as Shaggers doppelgänger defence.

  82. Gab

    Bird has more chance of winning Dobell and he’s not running.

  83. wreckage

    Kevin Rudd’s insulation brain-fart destroyed long standing insulation businesses while handing a massive amount of cash to shysters and cons. He deserves to be flogged for it.

  84. twostix

    Dobell today:

    The ALP has convinced a local hospital doctor, the daughter of a teetotaller former state Labor minister, to run against scandal-plagued Craig Thomson in Dobell.

    During his time as gaming and racing minister in the NSW government in 2005, Mr McBride banned the sale of a Dutch-made beer called Shag, claiming the dictionary definition of the word – ”an act of sexual intercourse” – meant it encouraged risk-taking behaviour.

    If she shares her fathers wowserism about alcohol that’s going to go well on the central coast.

    http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2013/labor-finally-finds-candidate-for-craig-thomsons-seat-of-dobell-20130807-2rgl6.html

  85. twostix

    Lol the Daily Telegraph really is laying the boot in, today’s front page:

    http://resources1.news.com.au/images/2013/08/08/1226693/144237-thommos-heroes.jpg

  86. Fisky

    GREAT stuff Murdoch! Keep it coming.

  87. twostix, on the one hand, I feel that even for a tabloid, this lowers the tone a bit. OTOH it speaks volumes that this government is so fucking useless, the only thing left worth hitting it with is ridicule.

    The only problem is, many voters wouldn’t know what Hogan’s Heroes was all about and accusations of Godwin’s Law might get thrown around.

  88. val majkus

    Now that the Govt are bleating daily about the Opposition’s costings can someone tell me whether the Govt will have to include in its costings the costs of the PNG solution
    My understanding is that Australia is to be permanently responsible for the welfare of any persons permanently resettled in PNG plus other costs such as hospitals etc

  89. Tintarella di Luna

    Kevin Rudd’s insulation brain-fart destroyed long standing insulation businesses while handing a massive amount of cash to shysters and cons. He deserves to be flogged for it.

    not to mention 4 dead YOUNG people — and isn’t Kevin the young people’s friend — oh no? he’s only the friend of the LIVING YOUNG not the dead ones. The underdog’s vomit is responsible and the letter written by Garrett to Rudd sometime in August 2009 is the written proof of Rudd’s culpability.

  90. A Lurker

    It occurred to me that after reading about David Bradbury’s radio interview blow-up, and also this that this may be a new tactic by Labor MPs and Labor aligned reporters/commentators to challenge the interviewer/interviewee directly as to whether or not they are Coalition members or supporters. If this is their tactic, then it may be to try and convince listeners/viewers that the line of questions/answers is flawed because of political ideology.

    If this happens again – then perhaps Coalition MPs need to become more forceful about challenging Progressive/Socialist interviewers to properly reveal their own ideology. A simple statement such as “These questions seem inappropriate and unfair, are you a member of the Labor party or Greens?” or “What you implied was an outright lie/or a Labor talking point – are you certain you are an unbiased reporter? Are you prepared to state your own political affiliations right here on national television/radio.”

  91. val majkus

    here’s Julie Bishop debating Bob Carr at the Lowy Institute
    Picked up from a comment at Piers Akerman’s blog

    Here is the link:-
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-07/bishop-carr-debate-foreign-policy-at-lowy-institute/4872250
    Titled:- “Bob Carr and Julie Bishop go head to head in Lowy foreign policy debate”.
    It goes for 1 hr and 10 min. but it is well worth it to see Julie Bishop’s class act.

    Julie was a joy to watch. She was very clear, in control, impressive, confidant, masterful, quick-witted, knowledgeable and quick off the mark. Julie was chic, stylish and elegant and sharply brought into focus the difference between her charm and good looks and the ugliness of Senator Bob Carr, the Foreign Minister who got into his position of power and perks via Julia Gillard and the back door!

    Julie Bishop was the clear winner of the debate. Well done Julie!

  92. .

    TONY JONES: Julie Bishop, we really do have to go nothing to see here! Thank you very much for joining us Fuck off and vote for the Greens and Labor, peasants.

  93. Tintarella di Luna

    Who the hell is this Gok bloke from the Target ad constantly feeling up ladies “bangers” and “assets”?

    Glad you asked, I know quite a lot about Mr Gok Wan (check him out) – he is a fashion guru, can make a rather shy plain slapper look fantastic.

    In fact that’s who they should have had help Ms Gillard look stylish and elegant – he would have told her years ago not to wear white jackets sitting on the waist because they accentuated what appeared to be a rather ample asset and turned it into a liability, furthermore he would have pointed out that she looked like a waiter at the Victoria Barrack’s Officers’ Mess.

  94. .

    This is an egregious breach of our fundamental rights and liberties.

    Forget the fact it happened to professional grub Paul Gallen.

    http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/gallen-phone-seized-by-customs-officers-20130806-2rd3s.html

    The police should not be allowed to get customs to do their dirty work against civilians who are not bringing anything illegal into the country.

    This is highly unorthodox, unethical, immoral and oppressive.

    We must kick this rotten parody of a government out to the kerb and let them be set upon by the litany of their own scandals.

  95. .

    The ALP has convinced a local hospital doctor, the daughter of a teetotaller former state Labor minister, to run against scandal-plagued Craig Thomson in Dobell.

    During his time as gaming and racing minister in the NSW government in 2005, Mr McBride banned the sale of a Dutch-made beer called Shag, claiming the dictionary definition of the word – ”an act of sexual intercourse” – meant it encouraged risk-taking behaviour.

    Are these arseclowns kidding themselves? What a sick joke to have a moral ninny run against the mate of Albanese.

  96. Lucie

    Ahhh that Daily Telegraph front page is hilarious. They really could make a (sick) comedy about this Rudd-Gillard-Rudd government. His High Officerness will not be amused!

  97. Tintarella di Luna

    The police should not be allowed to get customs to do their dirty work against civilians who are not bringing anything illegal into the country.

    This is highly unorthodox, unethical, immoral and oppressive.

    We must kick this rotten parody of a government out to the kerb and let them be set upon by the litany of their own scandals.

    dot this is exactly right and anything obtained by this breach should be inadmissable anywhere

  98. 1735099

    “smug oneliners” – and replace the selfies with abuse, and you’re describing Catallaxy.
    Facebook is slightly more amusing……

  99. Blogstrop

    The ALP has made many mentions of their ability to manage transition, whatever that is. Must be a bit like Don Ennis. First they said they were really fiscal conservatives, then they were fully keynsian socialists, now they are trying to look like fiscal conservatives again.

  100. .

    1735099
    #952133, posted on August 8, 2013 at 6:34 am

    “smug oneliners” – and replace the selfies with abuse, and you’re describing Catallaxy.
    Facebook is slightly more amusing……

    Poor old Jock Mc Ternan must be pissed his spin strategy just isn’t working. You poor dear. You probably donated an arm and a leg.

  101. Blogstrop

    Numbers, you’re a sadly addled being in need of a good psychiatrist. Get over your obsession with yourself and with Catallaxy.

  102. Tintarella di Luna

    Get over your obsession with yourself and with Catallaxy.

    Is there a cure for narcissistic catallaxyitis?

  103. .

    Amusing? Numbers reckons he can be in two places at once and has two different recollections of the same event.

    What a loser.

    Nice trolling numbers, but it won’t deflect the heat away from this terrible, terrible Government.

    The link I posted at 6:19 am is repeated here:

    http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/gallen-phone-seized-by-customs-officers-20130806-2rd3s.html

    Rudd is using customs thugs to get evidence for the police and ASADA on Australian civilians on their phones and computers. Highly unorthodox and is scarily close to police state tactics.

    What a fucking disgrace. These oppressive fuckwits ought to be banned for life from public office, heavily fined and ostracised.

  104. Empire Strikes Back

    These oppressive fuckwits ought to be banned for life from public office, heavily fined and ostracised.

    Soft as Dot. There must be an effective deterrent. This just doesn’t cut it.

  105. Leigh Lowe

    Rudd is using customs thugs to get evidence for the police and ASADA on Australian civilians on their phones and computers. Highly unorthodox and is scarily close to police state tactics

    The scumbags shooting up houses in Western Sydney. Can their phones be seized without a court approved warrant? No.
    The bikie gangs cooking up crystal meth and other such substances around the country. Are they being fine $5 grand a day for not spilling the beans? No.
    Was Carl Williams ever hauled in for questioning without a lawyer as the body count reached well into double figures? No.
    This is a friggin joke and I can’t believe this sort of shit hasn’t been challenged in a real court.

  106. Hedley Thomas, “Kevin Rudd’s role in insulation batts debacle revisited”:

    Kevin Rudd’s direct knowledge of serious risks to public safety and other major policy defects in the deadly $2 billion home-insulation debacle will be examined in a new legal action by 65 companies that lost more than $100 million.
    The decision of the Home Insulation Industry Action Group yesterday to instruct its Sydney solicitors, McLaughlin & Riordan, to launch formal proceedings has come at the worst possible time for the Prime Minister, in the middle of an election campaign, following scathing findings by a Queensland coroner last month and by the Auditor-General in 2010.
    Part of the legal action comprises documents, obtained by The Australian, that include statements by company managers who relate the precise words allegedly used by Mr Rudd, ministers Peter Garrett and Craig Emerson and senior bureaucrats.
    Peter Stewart, the Brisbane-based chairman of the action group, said he and others were taking the action now because they no longer had confidence in the Rudd government’s earlier pledges to treat them fairly in an internal process involving compensation for “defective administration”. He said a policy and planning shambles meant hundreds of businesses and thousands of jobs in the industry were wiped out, along with the savings and retirement prospects of operators who went into debt to participate in the program.
    Mr Rudd’s spokesman declined to answer The Australian’s questions, but said in a statement last night: “The Prime Minister has offered a very deep and personal apology to the families. To respond to losses experienced by businesses, the government established the Insulation Industry Assistance Package of up to $500,000 per business or applicant, and the Insulation Assistance Package of up to $3000 for workers affected. Given the questions are raised in the context of a legal matter it would be inappropriate to comment any further.”
    Mr Stewart, 65, accused Mr Rudd of being disingenuous for hiding confidential documents and briefing notes that the Prime Minister and cabinet received when safety and other risks were obvious and being stressed by experienced industry figures.
    “It is very difficult for us not to hold Kevin Rudd directly responsible,” Mr Stewart said.
    “It becomes more obvious when we know that he still refuses to release the most important documents. We believe that Peter Garrett (the former minister in charge of the program) was left carrying the can for Mr Rudd.
    “The government ignored advice from its own specialist consultants and from industry groups before the commencement of the scheme.
    “It then failed to properly administer and monitor the program … unscrupulous operators were invited in, resulting in extremely unsafe practices with tragic results.”

    Mr Stewart said law firm McLaughlin & Riordan would seek “compensation for commercial losses suffered by members resulting from the creation, administration and sudden termination of the Home Insulation Program in 2009 and 2010”.

    A legal letter from the firm’s partners to the government and seen by The Australian states: “Some of our clients are bankrupt, some are in liquidation or other form of administration, and it is fair to say that most of them are in dire financial straits.”
    […]
    The legal documents quote named public servants, including a senior figure in Mr Garrett’s department who allegedly asked one of Mr Rudd’s top aides: “Is there any way of delaying this scheme while we sort installer training, safety standards – that sort of thing?”
    The Rudd aide’s reply is quoted as: “The Prime Minister wants it started now and it’s very difficult to argue with a Prime Minister with a 76 per cent approval rating.”
    In another alleged conversation, a department project officer discloses to a company representative: “We expect houses will burn down.”
    A company operator, Matthew Hannam, states that he told one of the key public servants: “You’re going to kill people if you let (untrained) installers in from outside the industry.”
    The public servant allegedly replied: “It’s all about jobs. We understand there may be injuries.”
    Mr Rudd said in Canberra in February 2010: “We know we stuffed up and we want to fix it. We’re going to look after you. Hold on to your workers.”
    […]
    Opposition spokesman for climate action and environment Greg Hunt said last night: “[…] In light of the findings of the Queensland coroner, this is a matter of the highest public duty and responsibility to be open and honest with the public. It is time for Mr Rudd to release what he knew, when he knew it and why he didn’t act on it.”

  107. Tom

    Nothing bites like turning a newspaper front page into collector’s edition satire. Click if you haven’t already. Brilliant!

    Meanwhile, ABC Greenfilth shemale activist gets beaten to a pulp and does the beta slink-away:

    TONY JONES: Julie Bishop, we really do have to go. Thank you very much for joining us.

    LOL.

  108. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    LL:

    Emily’s List murderers.
    Abortion fanatics: baby killers.
    Amoral monsters, Say no more.

    Thought it needed a bit more….

  109. Jack Spratt

    Thanks deadman. If those conversations with public servants are correct, they will probably face charges. Whereupon they will co-operate and dump the furious hair flicker right in it. I can just see the response from Krudd today : “can’t talk about it (flick) before the courts (flick)(flick)(flick) it would be inappropriate (flick)(flick)(flick)(flick)(flick) next question (flick)”

  110. Jack Spratt

    we really do have to go

    Yes, you really do Snowy

  111. Lucie

    Wow, home insulation class action…gosh, things aren’t looking too good all round, are they!

  112. (flick)(flick)

    All those prime ministerial flicks remind me that, in the novels of John Creasy during the ’60s, he used flick to represent another word which is considered unrefined to utter in polite company (rather like Norman Mailer’s “fug”).

  113. By “John Creasy”, of course, I meant John Creasey, author of more than 600 novels (under 28 different pseudonyms).

  114. Mike of Marion

    Where is Piers Akerman these days – he’s been quite since the election announcement!

  115. Rafe

    My son is coming back from os and wants to be picked up from the airport.

    He advises that his next Deloitte project is to make a video for carbon trading for the government’s clean energy regulator.

    He hopes that I can still pick him up in this case.

    Any suggestions for a reply?

  116. val majkus

    Where is Piers Akerman these days

    Piers had a quadruple heart bypass but he’s back moderating comments on the article he wrote the day before going into hospital

  117. Rabz

    Any suggestions for a reply?

    Tell him to walk – Gaia will be pleased.

  118. val majkus

    He hopes that I can still pick him up in this case

    send a bike with one of those coolies

  119. WhaleHunt Fun

    Fug is used by the English to describe a dense and oppressive atmosphere. Pretty much describes Labor

  120. .

    Any suggestions for a reply?

    Tell him he is prostituting himself and he ought to hang up a shingle himself…at least so he can earn a higher income.

  121. Mike of Marion

    val majkus
    #952172, posted on August 8, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Ah, didn’t realise he was not well there for a while.

    Really miss his cutting blogs.

  122. Rafe

    Re the customs thugs getting evidence for the police and ASADA on Australian footballer’s phones and computers. They clearly hate Rudd and they are determined to raise every sports player and follower in the nation against the fiasco launched by Lundy and some other male bimbo a few months ago. Lets see how that plays in the western suburbs of Sydney.

  123. H B Bear

    Once people are laughing at you – that is KRuddy’s hair flicks, it is all over. Take a look at Howard and his track suited grey power walks. At first they were a mild amusement and by the end he just looked like another old dodderer getting up to take a pee in the night. Day 4 and already KRuddy has knitted the kangaroo.

    ALPBC radio is reporting KRuddy is still going on with the evil empire Murdoch conspiracy. That will play well with the Twitter kids and SfB types but won’t swing a single vote where it counts.

  124. Leigh Lowe

    My son is coming back from os and wants to be picked up from the airport.
    He advises that his next Deloitte project is to make a video for carbon trading for the government’s clean energy regulator.
    He hopes that I can still pick him up in this case.
    Any suggestions for a reply?

    Tell him to walk.
    “Put one tiny non-carbon footprint after another until you reach your destination ….. which ain’t our place because we’ve got the heater on full …. and I know you will morally object to that”

  125. Tom

    Any suggestions for a reply?

    Blood’s thicker than water, Rafe. Besides your son is now a goldmine of information about the methodology used by business to extract money from a government that believes in fairy tales. Fascinating.

  126. Rabz

    The public servant allegedly replied: “It’s all about jobs. We understand there may be injuries.”

    This is the voice of the sort of amoral monster who might have administered nayzee deportations from France or a labour camp in the Gulags.

    Same ‘technocrat’, different eras.

    Same blithe, blatant disregard for actual, living people.

    Wall nailing time and I’m not just referring to Rudd and that electrocuted stick insect Garrett.

  127. Snoopy

    Labor brings back Peter Beattie to contest seat of Forde, dumps pre-selected candidate Des Hardman.

    Shit they’re getting desperate.

  128. val majkus

    Really miss his cutting blogs

    Mike put a comment on his latest article, he does the moderating himself so far as I know and if you want to send best wishes he’ll read them there

  129. Splatacrobat

    Breaking News:
    Peter Beattie ex Qld Premier is now endorsed as the candidate for the federal seat of Forde.

    Unfuckingbelievable

  130. Motelier

    Bugger me!

    PowerPoint Pete (Peter Beattie) wrecking ball exPremier of Queensland is standing in the Seat of Forde.

    Why do wankers that start the clusterf**king think they would be wanted back.

  131. Rabz

    Peter Beattie ex Qld Premier is now endorsed as the candidate for the federal seat of Forde.

    FFS, another resurrected Zombie.

    Geez labor shit me to tears.

  132. H B Bear

    Ha ha ha. I guess if you are running a campaign based on being a hopeless government that might get it right – just give us another go, you may as well get an expert on board.

  133. Tom

    That will play well with the Twitter kids and SfB

    The latter is now descending into a state of compulsive-obsessive mental illness.

  134. WhaleHunt Fun

    There must be an effective deterrent. This just doesn’t cut it.

    And what might be the recividism rate post capital punishment with a blunt axe?
    Bugger three strikes legislation First offence death penalty for this stuff is the only way to clean it up. Better still, apply it retrospectively to any offender known to still be living. Problem fixed.

    Now to deal with illegal arrivals…

  135. H B Bear

    What next – Joan Kirner pre-selected in Victoria? The Great Man himself, Gough in Western Sydney?

  136. val majkus

    Thanks deadman. If those conversations with public servants are correct, they will probably face charges

    Jack, do you mean the public servants will probably face charges? If so, does the Public Service Act prohibit public servants reporting malfeasance?

  137. Motelier

    Powerpoint Pete is renowned for a number stuff ups and then apologizing profusely then going to an election.

    He abdicated Anna Bligh just as things were starting to sour

  138. Lucie

    And now Beattie – to complete the farce. What an arrogant insult. Guess they really do think voters are stupid or have extremely short memories. His wife tried to get in as a city councillor, too. Never enough power for these Labor types.

  139. Motelier

    Labor just keeps proving that the gene pool is very limited

  140. Rabz

    Must be time to resurrect Carmen Lawrence as well.

    Is she still alive?

  141. .

    Vote compass:

    Apparently I agree with the Libs 62%, ALP 39% and Greens 28%.

    Weighted it goes Libes 64%, ALP 43% and Greens 28%.

    I suspect it is rigged to the ALP.

  142. Lucie

    Mark Latham must be really annoyed that he can’t throw his hat in the ring too – since he’s evidently being held somewhere to ensure he doesn’t get the chance to air his view of Rudd during the campaign.

  143. Leigh Lowe

    Must be time to resurrect Carmen Lawrence as well.
    Is she still alive?

    Yes she is.
    Penny Easton is not.

  144. Leigh Lowe

    What next – Joan Kirner pre-selected in Victoria? The Great Man himself, Gough in Western Sydney?

    What about Marg Whitlam.
    Would be safer than Bradbury in interviews.

  145. Splatacrobat

    Peter Beattie ex Qld Premier is now endorsed as the candidate for the federal seat of Forde.

    Breaking news: Pictures of a secret meeting of up to twentyfive ex Labor Premier’s discussing a tilt at federal politics. Insider sources have said there will be a preselection séance on Friday to recruit other ex Labor luminaries such as Jim Bacon, Jack Lang, and Don Dunstan.

  146. The ALP aren’t stopping at endorsing failed, surviving former leaders: Curtin, Chifley and Caldwell will be endorsed in some marginal seats, later today.

  147. Splatacrobat

    His wife tried to get in as a city councillor, too. Never enough power for these Labor types.

    The pigs trough is a very powerful aphrodisiac.

  148. Mike of Marion

    val majkus
    #952187, posted on August 8, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Done.

  149. H B Bear

    What about Marg Whitlam.

    Unfortunately she is dead. Marg can still vote Labor but pre-selection might be a stretch too far.

  150. Great minds think as I do, Splat.

  151. lotocoti

    Sweet baby cheeses.
    If that grinning idiot gets up, I hope the Angel of Death descends upon the good retarded burghers of Forde.

  152. Mike of Marion

    Splatacrobat
    #952211, posted on August 8, 2013 at 9:03 am

    The regurgitated aren’t even worthy of an iron lung!!

  153. Tom

    So Labor loses and Peter Beattie, 60, becomes a federal backbencher before resigning to spend more time with his family in 2014.

  154. val majkus

    If that grinning idiot gets up, I hope the Angel of Death descends upon the good retarded burghers of Forde

    aren’t you supposed to live in the electorate?

  155. Lloyd

    Beattie up close is an impressive pollie – articulate, charming, at ease even with confronting questions, down to earth.

    He should not be underestimated.

  156. Bear Necessities

    The Peter Beattie fligh into Forde smacks of desperation. If this thought bubble is from Rudd then you would have to worry about his mental capacity at the moment. Lucky we don’t have Nukes in Australia.

  157. Jack Spratt

    val,
    Yes, public servants, though their backsides are probably adequately covered (but they better have their own personal copies of all correspondence). None to date have taken the whistle-blower option either. Years later, deaths, destruction and billions down the drain, with prospect of more money blown just to defend a corrupted process that these public servants were a party to. And the ultimate possibility of further payouts for compensation and damages. I’m not sure the Nuremburg defence is adequate in the circumstances.

  158. m0nty

    So when are the Libs parachuting Pete Costello into a Liberal marginal?

    Oh that’s right, nobody likes him.

  159. Bear Necessities

    Also isn’t Rudd running on a platform on “empowering” the grassroots. This directly contradicts this. You can never say Qld politics is boring.

  160. lotocoti

    aren’t you supposed to live in the electorate?

    Forde is somewhere between Bleattie’s bijou shack near Lang Park and that weekender in Kentucky.

  161. H B Bear

    Peter Beattie sure has given the taxpayer a nasty case of mastitis over the years.

  162. .

    m0nty #952229, posted on August 8, 2013 at 9:18 am
    So when are the Libs parachuting Pete Costello into a Liberal marginal?

    Oh that’s right, nobody likes him.

    Reatrd logic 101.

  163. Aaron

    Maybe Labor can parachute Keith Wright and Bill D’Arcy into other marginals and remind the voters about Labor’s proud history in Queensland.

    Nevertheless its a cunning stunt by Labor and undoubtedly boost their chances in Forde which is a seat that has always gone with the government of the day (except in 2010). So much for party democracy and energising the local branches.

  164. Mike of Marion

    Has KRUDD been around to see if Malcolm Fraser will run for their mob too?

  165. m0nty

    The reversal of strategy federally follows the decision by Tony Abbott to urge voters to eliminate minor parties at the September 7 ballot, and with them the risk of another hung parliament. By ruling out any preference support for the Greens, Mr Abbott can wedge Kevin Rudd on his refusal to match the Liberal leader’s absolute commitment not to rule in minority government should a new hung parliament emerge.

    What sort of wedge is that? Why would Rudd match him? If Abbott wants to promise his way to irrelevancy in a knife-edge election for parliament with at least two independents, fine for him, but there would be no impetus for Rudd to match him. What is Abbott’s premise, that if neither major party reaches 76 seats then we keep having fresh elections until someone does? That’s not the way the system works, much as he might want it to be so.

  166. val majkus

    Yes, public servants, though their backsides are probably adequately covered (but they better have their own personal copies of all correspondence). None to date have taken the whistle-blower option either.

    thanks Jack, the story filed by Hedley Thomas certainly discloses a scandal and scandalous it is that so many people including those who did not speak up like Garrett went along with it

  167. Tom

    This is becoming comical. Because the macchiato crowd in Glebe hate the Little Shit’s guts, ShakeMyHead.com is leading with this headline from a Malcolm Turnbull quote:

    Rudd ‘sounds more and more like a jilted lover’

    No wonder he’s sounding paranoid: everyone really is out to get him.

  168. Bear Necessities

    Breaking news….. Harold Holt has resurfaced. He will now lead the Coalition Victorian Senate ticker.

  169. Lucie

    Beattie only escaped getting booted out in Queensland because he handed over to Anna Bligh -as Labor so often slots a woman in when they’re set to lose badly. And now we’re to believe he might be the next answer to Labor’s prayers federally?? We really can’t joke about Italian politics anymore in this country.

  170. m0nty

    Ooh I know, Jeff Kennett to run for Corangamite. They LOVE him down there.

  171. H B Bear

    Hall Greenland does seem to fit a key Green demographic – the progressive geriatric. Although usually they are retired school teachers who divorce their husbands in their 60’s, take the house, go back to uni to do an arts degree accumulating a HECS bill they will never pay and become a lesbian.

    A quick look at Hall’s webpage suggests he is a professional NIMBY. An ideal Green candidate.

  172. Lucie

    What’s that I hear? Bob and Blanche to be parachuted (in matching white jumpsuits) into neighbouring safe seats – the new Labor royal couple!

  173. H B Bear

    Has KRUDD been around to see if Malcolm Fraser will run for their mob too?

    Too late. Trousers is campaigning for the Greens with Sarah Hanson-Hyphen.

  174. m0nty

    How about Alan Stockdale to run for a double ticket, president of Melbourne FC and MP for the seat of Melbourne. Would possibly have to change his surname to Melbourne.

  175. Motelier

    The Peter Beattie fligh into Forde smacks of desperation. If this thought bubble is from Rudd then you would have to worry about his mental capacity at the moment. Lucky we don’t have Nukes in Australia.

    This is so unbelievable and more proof that labor do not “think it through”. PowerPoint Pete will probably win Forde unless the voters of Forde refuse to have Powerpoint Pete as their Member.

    Win or lose King Kevni 2.0 is screwed. Powerpoint Pete is liked within the party. The statement Labor, you don’t know who you will get, or, what you will get, is now so very true.

  176. Aaron

    monty demanded to be parachuted into a safe Labor seat but the party told him the Skywhale wasn’t available to do the drop-off.

  177. m0nty

    Hey I know, Robert Doyle to run for Mayor of Melbourne. Oh wait, he already did that. Robert Doyle to run for King of Moomba!

  178. .

    WTF are you on about monty?

    Corangamite is a very marginal ALP seat (+0.3%) and the nationwide swing to the L/NP is still 2%.

    Why the fuck is Darren Cheesman so popular compared to the best Premier your state ever had?

  179. m0nty

    It was a joke, Dot. Of course Kennett, a former president of Hawthorn FC, wouldn’t be popular in an electorate full of Geelong FC fans.

  180. Derp

    Despite Sales trying to toughen her approach Rudd continues to “answer” unasked questions and she is unable to drag him back to answer the questions originally asked. Plus he talks over her.

    He does that in every, single interview, including the Lisa Wilkinson one that some people thought was so hard hitting. I’ve not seen a single journo talk right back and hold him to account for it.
    He’s not respecting them or their audience, he deserves none in return.

  181. .

    m0nty #952253, posted on August 8, 2013 at 9:37 am
    Hey I know, Robert Doyle to run for Mayor of Melbourne. Oh wait, he already did that. Robert Doyle to run for King of Moomba!

    You are just fucking deranged. In the light of the ALP doing something stupid, you bring up irrelevant factoids and make up fantasies…like Darren Cheesman being a person of historical note.

  182. .

    m0nty #952255, posted on August 8, 2013 at 9:39 am
    It was a joke, Dot. Of course Kennett, a former president of Hawthorn FC, wouldn’t be popular in an electorate full of Geelong FC fans.

    Shorter monty: whenever I’m wrong, it’s always a joke, and Victorians only ever voted for PMs from Victoria.

    Whatever dude. Keep spinning, you’ll dry out soon.

  183. Lucie

    If this shambolic Labor government must be punished for its huge waste and incompetence – and it must – I don’t see why Beattie should be rewarded with a go at federal leadership after the mess he’s made of Queensland! Seriously, this is their idea of ‘rebuilding’ – turning to a failed ex-premier? Have they learnt nothing?

  184. .

    Of course the Greens not only oppose fossil fuel expansion, we have a positive alternative. We’ve launched a plan for 100% renewables in NSW by 2030.

    I hope he loses capacity before he ever even sees the levers of power. Poor old demented fool.

    Sorry it’s not PC. He’d inadvertadly kill thousands as our power supply went to pre industrial levels.

  185. harrys on the boat

    Fuck off, m0nty, you’re sounding like a pathetic little school girl.

  186. Motelier

    Have they learnt nothing?

    All a part of a sinister plot to draw attention away from the problems and back to the candidates.

  187. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    ” Must be time to resurrect Carmen Lawrence as well.
    Is she still alive?

    Yes she is.
    Penny Easton is not.”

    Beat me to it Leigh Lowe. After that exceptional effort Labor underwrote the rehabilitation by appointing her Queen of the Pardy.

  188. m0nty

    Geez, touchy today. The news must be bad for your mob.

    Relax, you’re still leading the polls. And you have that lovely Telly front page to enjoy, bringing a much-needed invocation of Godwin’s Law to election coverage.

  189. stackja

    Is Beattie’s shredder still working?

  190. Rabz

    … you have that lovely Telly front page to enjoy, bringing a much-needed invocation of Godwin’s Law to election coverage.

    mUnty, I hate to break it to you, but Rudd and Albansleazey are a pair of bumbling fascist dorks.

  191. Motelier

    Labor, not an original thought!

  192. candy

    Wonder if Peter Beattie has ideas of becoming PM.

  193. .

    In a historical context, Carr would call this “a great decision!”

  194. harrys on the boat

    You’re fucking deranged m0nty if you think a parody of Hogans Heroes invokes Godwins.

    You’re just a fucking arse clown.

  195. Tom

    Hogan’s Heroes is Godwin’s Law? You’re really losing it, Mont. The Daily Tele front page gave everyone a laugh … except you, obviously.

  196. candy

    The Hogan’s Heroes cartoon is excellent, it’s amazing how much they actually look like the TV characters!

  197. .

    Lighten up, monty. Touchy, aren’t we?

    You can also buzz off.

  198. Motelier

    Just some thoughts about Powerpoint Pete.

  199. Splatacrobat

    Rudd’s “New Way” is to back an over the hill ex “old way” Premier.
    Beattie had a lot to say about Newman not living in the Ashgrove electorate he was contesting. Interesting he didn’t stand in the federal seat of Brisbane which is where he lives and is marginal LNP. The Brisbane seat he held as Premier was also inside the federal seat of Brisbane.

    Probably because his wife got flogged in the Council election for the seat of Brisbane Central. If the good folk of Forde treat powerpoint Pete with the same contempt as the voters in Brisbane Central did then I think it will end in tears for Beattie. You can only retread a tyre once just ask Pauline Hanson

  200. Gab

    lol Was it the ‘rank and file’ Labor voters that decided to parachute Beattie into the campaign? hur hur.

  201. incoherent rambler

    Does anyone have figures on how much of our money that the ALP has spent on media (via advertising, grants …) versus the previous LNP government?

    I wonder whether the media bias is simply a case of follow the money.

  202. Tom

    If the good folk of Forde treat powerpoint Pete with the same contempt as the voters in Brisbane Central did then I think it will end in tears for Beattie.

    Forde will definitely be a referendum on Queensland Labor. Voters have again been told that the faceless gangsters run the pardee and pre-selection is worth zero. My immediate reaction is that the electors of Forde have been treated like idiots. We shall see.

  203. Splatacrobat

    https://twitter.com/shelleylloydabc/status/365258438256783360/photo/1

    Fair Dinkum the billboard has been photoshopped. You can see Rudd was not actually standing next to the candidate.
    Rudd looks like Putin sitting next to Obama just after Barry told him not to ratfuck him over Syria.

    Seriously I have driven past that sign dozens of times and always questioned how it went up so quick after the Rudd resurrection. It looked so rushed and contrived all I could make from the expression on the turd’s face was that it was lifted from some police departments mug shot album.

  204. Gab

    Fair Dinkum the billboard has been photoshopped.

    What tipped you off? Was it the inclusion of the the Labor logo? hahaha.

  205. Motelier

    Splatacrobat,

    Des Hardman will have the problem of who to vote for

    😉

  206. Popular Front

    So when are the Libs parachuting Pete Costello into a Liberal marginal

    That won’t happen. The word I’m getting is Costello will be named head of Treasury when the government changes.

  207. Snoopy

    The Beattie preselection is a masterstroke. What better way to enhance Rudd’s economic credentials than bringing Beattie in. Beattie has great experience in taking a State with no debt into penury.

  208. Rabz

    Fair Dinkum the billboard has been photoshopped.

    Splat, that’s a stock image of Rudd, slapped onto a photo of Des Softlady.

  209. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “Beattie up close is an impressive pollie – articulate, charming, at ease even with confronting questions, down to earth.

    He should not be underestimated.”

    Yes, but:

    “Is Beattie’s shredder still working?”

    He left in a hell of a hurry, without warning. Whoever or whatever spooked him at the time must have gone away.

    Forde is the second most vulnerable LNP seat in QLD and I don’t know precisely what the new housing there contains – possibly young NZ expat families; 30 somethings who know everything, have heard all about the women hating dangerous religious nutter but don’t remember Beattie; and some public housing. It is certainly working class, younger, short on public transport, filling their cars 2-3 times a week to commute to work in Brisbane and so on.

    You never know – Beattie’s be a master at pressing the flesh in shopping centres and campaigning here, charming the young mothers, would be a walk in the park for him.

  210. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    Oooops …

    Beattie’s be a master at pressing the flesh

  211. A Lurker

    If ‘Teflon Pete’ is a master of pressing the flesh, then Rudd is a master of crushing the flesh.

    I wonder if this will be Rudd’s, Latham handshake moment?

    What is it about Labor and elevating sociopathic bullies to the highest positions of power in the party?

  212. Lucie

    Have just bought my copy of the Telegraph. Paul Whittaker, my hero. LOL priceless.

  213. .

    From back in May: Subsidy whores warn of sovereign risk to investors if they don’t let Climate Slush Corp to hand money over to uneconomic projects.

    Nathan Fabian was once a Penny Wong staffer

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-24/clean-energy-fund-defies-coalition-warning-against/4712140

    What a grotesque parody of actual business people.

  214. .

    YVETTE D’ATH: Well it’s not a policy position, it is Greg Hunt’s policy and Tony Abbott’s policy to break lawfully made contracts. It’s reckless and it shows the Coalition are wreckers who are trying to destroy investor confidence in the clean energy sector.

    Just how dumb is this woman? Unbelieveable

  215. brc

    Seriously I have driven past that sign dozens of times and always questioned how it went up so quick after the Rudd resurrection. It looked so rushed and contrived all I could make from the expression on the turd’s face was that it was lifted from some police departments mug shot album.

    I drove past that sign on the weekend and noted they are throwing a lot of cash at it.

    The Beattie parachute is a weird move, but it might come off. Time for Campbell newman to release some more data about the state of qld finances when they opened up the treasury filing cabinet.

    The area is very low income, working class. I’d say Beattie has good odds of getting in. He left town 4 years ago.

    The scuttlebutt was that the dirt on him wasn’t good, and there was that woman trying to get him to court. Definitely a “dig here” for a Hedley Thomas type.

  216. Token

    The Beattie preselection is a masterstroke. What better way to enhance Rudd’s economic credentials than bringing Beattie in.

    Who knows what LNP is thinking, but they should thank the Lord the Qld ALP has found a way to put the huge debt Beatty wracked up into the election campaign.

  217. egg_

    King of Moomba!

    What a quaint reminiscence from an oversized country town. /sad

  218. Gab

    UNIONS have asked members to help finance mobile anti-Coalition billboards designed to embarrass Tony Abbott on the campaign trail.

    In an email to union members yesterday, the ACTU said Mr Abbott had launched an assault on workers’ rights “so it’s time we take the fight straight to him with mobile billboards that make sure our voice is heard wherever he goes on the campaign trail”.

    “Imagine Abbott’s surprise when he shows up to an event to get his message out, only to be overshadowed by ours as we steal his thunder,” the email said.

    Just like they did with the Bob Brown’s bitch and Ditch the Witch signs.

  219. H B Bear

    Who knows what LNP is thinking, but they should thank the Lord the Qld ALP has found a way to put the huge debt Beatty wracked up into the election campaign.

    Yep this has all the hallmarks of a Gillard-McSporran master-stroke. Barely thought out, 24 hour news cycle politics.

  220. Andrew

    Sarah Hanson Young just announced a policy that the Greens would push to ban junk food ads on TV…Just another day in Australian Politics.

  221. Motelier

    There are lots of things you can say about Powerpoint Pete.

    But for my money.

    A polished turd is still a turd

  222. Matt

    The LNP could do worse than letter boxing an invoice to each household for their share of Labor debt. Make it look as official as possible (complying with electoral laws, obviously). Itemise it by expenditure: Pink batts, asylum seekers, etc. With a big smiling Kevni “thanks for your support!” at the end.

    The $30,000-odd figure might focus some minds.

  223. Infidel Tiger

    I see Melbourne has decided to further defile its beautiful architecture. It’s hard to top the abomination that is Fed Square but the new Flinders St Station will come close.

  224. Tom

    Dot, I believe Abbott has succeeded is castrating the CEFC after reading this:

    Australia’s clean energy industry leaders have been invited to a special meeting next week to discuss the future of renewable energy policy in the country and to contemplate the unpalatable, as Coalition leader Tony Abbott began his campaign with an early lead and a call to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to cease its operations immediately.

    A meeting of the CEOs of Australia’s largest companies involved in the renewable energy industry is believed to have been called by AGL Energy managing director Michael Fraser, who doubles as chair of the Clean Energy Council. It will discuss strategies to protect the renewable energy target (RET). Or indeed to assess whether they have the political capital or influence to maintain the target as is under a Coalition government.

    The crisis meeting comes as the Coalition takes an early lead in the first days of the election campaign, and with increasing uncertainty about the likely make-up of the Senate. The renewables industry fears that with a Coalition win, the lobbying from incumbent utilities and generators, including the Business Council of Australia, to have the RET diluted or removed will intensify, and there may be little political protection for the current target.

    ……
    The uncertainty that this has created has already brought most large-scale developments to a halt.
    ……
    Abbott wrote to the CEFC chairwoman Jillian Broadbent on Monday, calling for the Corporation to cease operations immediately. Abbott promises to act to close the CEFC – a move that would require the support of both houses of parliament – on the first day of office, if elected.

    However, the CEFC is defying Abbott’s threats, arguing that because it functions as an act of parliament, it is legally bound to continue its operations until the parliament decides otherwise.

    Labor and the Greens remain committed to the CEFC (the Greens want to treble its funding to $30 billion), and say they will protect it if they have the numbers in the Senate.

    CEO Oliver Yates told RenewEconomy on Monday that the CEFC would respect the caretaker provisions and refrain from making significant new investments during the election campaign. However, he said the CEFC would “continue to act lawfully within our legislative authority.”

    “We will continue to assess investments so we are ready after the caretaker periods – and we will honour the contracts that we have in place,” Yates said.

    The CEFC has so far allocated around $500 million towards a series of investments in energy efficiency, power generation using landfill and coal mine gases, as well as two new solar projects, and financing two wind farms.

    It has a budget of $2 billion a year over five years, and must deliver a return on investments consistent with the government bond rate. The Coalition argues that canning the CEFC wills save $400 million a year, but the CEFC says that only the portion of finance provided on concessional terms will appear as a budget item, and there has been little of that.

  225. ” Must be time to resurrect Carmen Lawrence as well.
    Is she still alive?

    Yes she is.
    Penny Easton is not.”

    Beat me to it Leigh Lowe. After that exceptional effort Labor underwrote the rehabilitation by appointing her Queen of the Pardy.

    I met Penny Easton once. I knew her friends and family.

    I was at Penny Easton’s funeral. I won’t forget it in a hurry.

  226. Ellen of Tasmania

    From the teapartyeconomist.com

    “The general estimate is that Drudge’s site, run by two people, is worth about what Bezos paid for The Washington Post: $250 million. It may be worth more. He owns all of it.

    Drudge is a conservative. The liberal reporters who dismissed Drudge as an amateur back in 1998, when he scooped the industry with his report on the Lewinsky affair are in new lines of work. Who’s got the last laugh now?”

    (Go Drudge!)

  227. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    hahahaaa

    Home crook, watching ABC24 ’cause it’s so bad it makes me feel better.

    Tubbsy the greenfilth squalling about ‘da new eckonammee’ the greenfilth have built in tassie. it’s an exciting job-free economy that produces nothing as she makes plain, and she wants buckets of mainland money to keep this exciting job-free economy that produces nothing going so the greenfilth can take credit for it.

    And Abbottabbottabbott666.

    Bobby the Brown-hatter up with snake-eyes the terrorist-fellater in Adelaide. He’s using a presser to beg Xenophon to answer his phone calls and emails about preference deals ‘between we progressives’.

    Poor Bobby, ‘a year ago we had a good relationship’

    But now he never calls, sends no letters….

    And Abbottabbottabbott666.

    Hilarious.

  228. Andrew

    Just how dumb is this woman? Unbelieveable

    How true?! Yvette Daft could not even name the level of the carbon tax and she is or was Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change!

  229. Infidel Tiger

    The LNP could do worse than letter boxing an invoice to each household for their share of Labor debt. Make it look as official as possible (complying with electoral laws, obviously). Itemise it by expenditure: Pink batts, asylum seekers, etc. With a big smiling Kevni “thanks for your support!” at the end.

    The $30,000-odd figure might focus some minds.

    Great idea.

    They should also introduce tax receipts giving a breakdown on all expenditure.

  230. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Dot:

    Apparently I agree with the Libs 62%, ALP 39% and Greens 28%.

    Weighted it goes Libes 64%, ALP 43% and Greens 28%.

    I suspect it is rigged to the ALP.

    Covered this yesterday. No matter what you do, no matter what you pretend to be, you always get a 30-40% alignment with the ALP. I suspect the pro-ALP bias to be about 30-35%.

  231. Poor MK50. I recommend Codral; it improves the ABC immensely.

  232. .

    Sarah Hanson Young just announced a policy that the Greens would push to ban junk food ads on TV…Just another day in Australian Politics.

    Does anyone want to buy this lardball a gym membership?

  233. pete m

    pete m
    #951875, posted on August 7, 2013 at 10:00 pm
    hehe that little Korean kid saying “it hurt” after KRudd squashed his fingers instead of just high fiving was mr narcissist at his best. Nice one KRudd.

    Quoting myself here, but apart from wishing I hadn’t said “hehe”, i note this awkward moment has now been picked up by the media (M Devine / Bolt).

    I couldn’t work out if he had hit the high 5 too hard, or the squash fingers bit – but now seems to be more the squash fingers, which is a conscious act by Rudd, so even more egregious.

    wow he really hates being gazumped.

    what a prick

  234. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Philippa: Yup. Codral and rum with all the citrus you can handle. Cures anything in the URTI department.

  235. Philippa: Yup. Codral and rum with all the citrus you can handle. Cures anything in the URTI ideology department.

    Fixed.

    Get well soon.

  236. Token

    Hitler finds out Albo & Thomo were at the Pub

    LOL

    The vid of Rudd squeezing a 5yo kids hand so hard the tacker says “Ouch” is the 3rd indication in 3 days that Rudd is going off the boil.

    He is not a well man, and I trust his heart issues mean he is not up to the task of endless campaigning.

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