Protest at the ABC

Update: Rita Panahi:

… viewers were treated to the hilarious spectacle of the ABC’s most insufferable program being hijacked by the very audience that it panders to: the fringe-dwelling left.

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158 Responses to Protest at the ABC

  1. 1735099

    Inspiring to see students with the courage to call truth to power.
    My occasional sojurns to uni campuses (and observations from my children) had led me to believe they had become degree factories.
    Thank the Lord there are still some with fire in the bely…..

  2. 1735099

    Inspiring to see students with the courage to call truth to power.
    My occasional sojurns to uni campuses (and observations from my children) had led me to believe they had become degree factories.
    Thank the Lord there are still some with fire in the belly…..

  3. Kruddler

    I’m a student! Gimmee Gimmee Gimmee!!!
    And numbers – Truth to power? Really? What a tosser…

  4. A Lurker

    Well that certainly blew up in the ABC’s face.

    As a commenter on Bolta’s blog wrote: “The socialist dog bites the hand that happily feeds it.”

    You are looking for savings, PM Abbott? Look no further than ‘their’ ABC.

  5. A Lurker

    Thank the Lord there are still some with fire in the belly…..

    And sawdust in the head…

  6. JohnA

    I love the smirk on Christopher Pyne’s face – he knows damn well that they have just made complete asses of themselves and QANDA!

    ABC: Shut. It. Down. Sack. Them. All.

  7. .

    What are these kids protesting? The ABC is a free taxpayer funded service staffed by many Labor MPs wives, girlfriends and cuckholds.

    There isn’t a more left wing outfit in Australia which is publicly supported.

    Hopefully this farce will be a final nail in the coffin for this absurd programme and the obsolete, authoritarian idea of state broadcasters.

  8. manalive

    Puerile, pathetic, but at least they were protesting about something rational, money, instead of the weather forecast for May 7, 2050.

  9. Rodney

    I thought only Social Leftists watched Q and A. I cannot see why anyone else would.

  10. Gab

    Mantra time, peoples!

    And you can also buy the T-Shirt*. All proceeds will go to paying off Labor’s debt.

    *also available in white.

  11. john constantine

    Of course pyne had to be silenced and censored, as the science that tories are evil is settled.

  12. Rabz

    And the illiterate li’l nongs got it arse backwards (and no, I’m not going to watch the footage).

    What a disgraceful frigging shambles.

    Oh – and whoever the commenter was on the dedicated thread who called the berk creature a nasty, spiteful bitch, they were spot on. Since when did looking a crazy cat/bag lady become a fashion statement?

  13. Kae

    Surely this will be a turning point for support of their ABC?

    Won’t it?

  14. john constantine

    got back from a night shift tractor stint, and the abc newsbite, distributed on facetwit, and telstra mobile broadband homepages was that ‘protesters protest pyne at abc’

    this morning, the grown-ups have replaced the newsgrab with ‘abc shuts down protesters’.

    must have been dodgy if the abc are back-pedaling.

  15. I am the Walrus, koo koo k'choo

    Fantastic entertainment.

    Just wish I wasn’t paying for it.

  16. .

    Inspiring to see students with the courage to call truth to power.

    Right on man! Let’s smash stuff at the local franchisee owned McDonalds and retiree (superannuation) owned bank. Then they can enjoy shitty dates at shitty restaurants which are horribly overpriced.

    Then they can make out, pop out a kid, live with their parents, graduate and become APS 5s and then live off middle class welfare forever, buy shit from Ikea, Freedom and CostCo and tell their younger cousins and siblings what a dickhead Abbott is for raising taxes on their hard earned, and how they’d never vote socialist again or disrespect the military, some of whom they now work with…

  17. Des Deskperson

    ‘I thought only Social Leftists watched Q and A. I cannot see why anyone else would’

    As I’ve posted before, I can’t understand how anyone who has a real job – one where you have to get stuff done – has enough mental energy left over on a Monday night to watch, let alone attend, Q & A.

  18. Combine_Dave

    Just privatize it by “gifting” it to the employees, make them the owners (in true socialist fashion) and then let the ABC survive on it’s on merits.

    The Children’s channels probably could be combined and then sold, possibly ditto for SBS (otherwise just shut it down and sell the assets).

  19. Gab

    Bolt refers to the ferals as the “new Left”. Nah, they’re the same as the old Left including their hackneyed outdated chants and slogans.

  20. john constantine

    back in the nineties tipper gore headed the gore family’s push into riding a rort into wealth and power, by championing censorship and the end of free speech in the ‘entertainment industry’ songs comics films especially.

    the gores were burned in effigy across universities everywhere.

    now the lefties that used to burn gore dolls have built a massive ‘uncle scrooge’ style fortune for al gore, and are lefty footsoldiers in the war to silence non lefty, non ‘we are us’, wherever they find us.

  21. Malachi

    Obviously none of them were working a part time job or studying last night

  22. Gab

    Obviously none of them were working a part time job or studying last night

    As was pointed out by someone who knows of them, they’re all into their seventh or eight year of an Arts “degree” in the humanities strain, natch. And funded by the taxpayer.

  23. Crossie

    Those idiot protesters don’t have enough upstairs to realise that Pyne’s “bosses” are the voters and taxpayers. Ergo, the protesters have just informed the taxpayers that they are not welcome at “Their” ABC.

    Apply the Rabz doctrine with full force.

  24. Crossie

    Where were Security? Didn’t anyone check their backpacks when they came in? Or was this done with the full knowledge and collusion of the ABC?

  25. hammy

    Pyne’s “bosses” are the voters

    And they’re turning against him and Abbott with a vengeance (see all the latest opinion polls). Australians are realising what a huge mistake they made back in September. Abbott MUST now resign, go to the GG and recommend a new election. That would be the only democratic solution.

  26. Fleeced

    Why didn’t they just throw to commercial? ;)

  27. Anne

    Inspiring to see students with the courage to call truth to power.

    Give me free stuff! Yeah, that’s speaking “truth”.

    You don’t even try anymore Robert.

  28. Baldrick

    Listen ppl, like protestin’ is sooo yesterday dude. Boo that, it wasn’t slammin’ or nuffin’. They dissed the ABC by like giggin’ on ’bout shit. It was bull-stuff facefans.
    Anyway, waeva. That’s all the fucks I give. Like laters.

  29. candy

    Shut. It. Down. Sack. Them. All.

    Now that would be a broken promise, wouldn’t it? Can’t have that. ;)

    They look like well fed kids of good parents in the Facebook pic, no hard times..

  30. Anne

    Combine_Dave
    #1293981, posted on May 6, 2014 at 8:23 am
    Just privatize it by “gifting” it to the employees, make them the owners (in true socialist fashion) and then let the ABC survive on it’s on merits.

    Brilliant!

    We should seriously promote this idea.

  31. egg_

    In the words of Effie: ‘How embarrassment!’ ;)

    Q&A – Australia’s new ‘Red Faces’ segment.

  32. Rabz

    Why didn’t they just throw to a commercial?

    Yes – I can just picture it:

    And now, just released and available at all ALPBC shops – “The Best of Q&ALP – the DVD collection”.

    Watch Dilbeserk foam at the mouth about gerbil worming!
    Watch that ugly incoherent gyppo slag expel multiple obscenities from her stupid gob!
    Watch the mincing poodle get shouted down by da pashonate yoof!
    Special bonus feature – the best of Tone “Renumeration” Jones’ interruptions of conservatives!

    And it’s only $45, while stocks last!

  33. egg_

    Why didn’t they just throw to commercial?

    Pyne-o-kleen: tough on grubs…

  34. Anne

    Numbers, why can’t you be more like Hammy 8.37, still asinine but logical.

  35. Baldrick

    Pyne-o-kleen: tough on grubs…

    LOL egg_ +1

  36. lotocoti

    If only we lived in a truly progressive socialist paradise.
    This morning they’d be in the basement of No. 27 Revolution of the Workers Boulevard with no teeth and broken ribs whilst a People’s Court decides whether they get five or 10 years in a harsh regime camp.

  37. Fibro

    And of course the ALPBC knew nothing about what was going to happen……..just watch Snowcones movements. Quick word to Pyne (interruption of course) and then over to Burke and a quick look upwards BEFORE it happens to ensure it’s on.

    Please Joe, we know you haven’t the ticker to take on Scott’s Brigade, so at least give them an efficiency dividend this budget. 74% would be a good start.

  38. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    All those university educations, and they can’t even hang a banner the right way? FMD.

  39. .

    Fibro
    #1294024, posted on May 6, 2014 at 9:00 am
    And of course the ALPBC knew nothing about what was going to happen……..just watch Snowcones movements. Quick word to Pyne (interruption of course) and then over to Burke and a quick look upwards BEFORE it happens to ensure it’s on.

    Please Joe, we know you haven’t the ticker to take on Scott’s Brigade, so at least give them an efficiency dividend this budget. 74% would be a good start.

    Why not 95%?!

  40. Craig Mc

    truth to power

    The signature call of morons everywhere for over a decade.

  41. James of the Glen

    Mark Scott must be feeling proud this morning. It’s a manifestation of where he’s “led” the ABC. Why shouldn’t the rabble take over, why shouldn’t someone from the bog like Burke represent the majority of panellists?
    Why the surprise?

  42. Baldrick

    And of course the ALPBC knew nothing about what was going to happen…….

    Quite so Fibro. I was fairly evident from the first time Pyne stopped talking when he was interrupted by a socialist audience member and when Snowcone made a speech about ‘you were told before the show bla bla bla…’ that something was up … and how did they all manage to get seated together in the back section?

  43. Baldrick

    … and Gab even picked it before the show started.

  44. Andrew

    There isn’t a more left wing outfit in Australia which is publicly supported.

    Two words: Melbourne University

  45. Andrew

    whoever the commenter was on the dedicated thread who called the berk creature a nasty, spiteful bitch

    I actually thought she sounded relatively close to a functioning human for the second half – I started watching at the part where she indirectly called the IPA guy a “fascist” so admittedly it wouldn’t be hard to improve from that point.

  46. Anthony

    ‘And they’re turning against him and Abbott with a vengeance (see all the latest opinion polls). Australians are realising what a huge mistake they made back in September. Abbott MUST now resign, go to the GG and recommend a new election. That would be the only democratic solution.’

    Great idea, Hammy. Let’s get back to the polls while the disastrous ALP government is still fresh in the voter’s mind. While the royal commissions are exposing the filth in the unions and the ALP. While the ALP is discussing the role of socialism in the party. You are a genius, Hammy.

  47. Pyne’s “bosses” are the voters
    And they’re turning against him and Abbott with a vengeance…

    Indeed Hammy, they are.
    However Pyne’s first class performance on QandA last night clawed back lots of voters.

    Heck, even I’m halfway to voting Liberal after watching Pyne in action.

  48. Fibro

    Slightly off thread, but same context. Has anyone else started noticing that ABC, Marius Benthead on Newsradio in particular seems to only do interviews with other journo’s?

    So not only do I begrudge my $$ going to him in the first place, he wants me to be happy that he interviews another journo and classify this as a news piece? I guess soon enough if all the journo’s interviewed each other we could start another Radio channel, another TV channel and proliferate thousands of web pages with the same.

  49. H B Bear

    Snowcone ($355,789) knits the kangaroo.

    Just when you think QANDA can’t sink any lower, just like the KRudd-Gillard government managed to, it does. The ALPBC should really market itself as some form of socialist comedy channel.

  50. egg_

    The ALPBC should really market itself as some form of socialist comedy channel.

    Just have Bob Downe &c. as regular panelists – Artiste Insiders?

  51. Dan

    If students want to help the country, they can start by paying off their HECS

  52. srr

    Pyne’s “bosses” are the voters

    And they’re turning against him and Abbott with a vengeance (see all the latest opinion polls). Australians are realising what a huge mistake they made back in September. Abbott MUST now resign, go to the GG and recommend a new election. That would be the only democratic solution.

    Mark Scott must be feeling proud this morning. It’s a manifestation of where he’s “led” the ABC. Why shouldn’t the rabble take over, why shouldn’t someone from the bog like Burke represent the majority of panellists?
    Why the surprise?

    Why the surprise in deed?

    After all, there is so much opinion flying around about The West’s once great democratic nations such as what are now Islamified England and Obama’s America, having gone fully committed, retarded Leftist Dictatorship, and how they no longer have respect for rule of law, let alone democracy or (their god forbid), truth and justice.

    What does surprise, is how many refuse to see (or admit?), that the same ‘class’ of scum, using the same tactics, with the same [Anti] social media support, just overthrew the democratically elected government of the Ukraine and started another war between peoples of the same blood and nation with opposing ideologies.

    A war the modern ‘West’=Left, stirred up and is doing it’s dammed ‘best’, to make global.

    P.S. someone posted a mocking, “WTF?” at me some time ago, when I referred to that bit of warning scripture in The Bible about all “facing towards The East”.

    Spiritual blindness, willing ignorance?

    Merely standing ‘in’ The West, does not prove a love of, and loyalty ‘to’ Western ethics, but those standing in it, ‘looking toward’ and fighting for the dominance of Eastern ‘ways’, are very likely to be of those (sobering, majority in numbers), “enemies in our own house”, whom we were also warned to watch out for, and not fearfully fall away to.

  53. Bear Necessities

    Could be a stunt to pick up ratings? Q&A is regularly not in the top 20 viewed programs on a Monday evening. A bit of controversy for some publicity? Next week the “National Front” will fly a banner or two.

  54. Fibro

    Dan, If students want to help the country, they can start by paying off their HECS

    $6.5B at last count and growing.

  55. Boambee John

    “Slightly off thread, but same context. Has anyone else started noticing that ABC, Marius Benthead on Newsradio in particular seems to only do interviews with other journo’s?”

    We had noticed the same thing.

    Even by ALPBC standards, it is obscenely incestuous.

  56. H B Bear

    Slightly off thread, but same context. Has anyone else started noticing that ABC, Marius Benthead on Newsradio in particular seems to only do interviews with other journo’s?”

    Not just journos. Sometimes the ALPBC even sink to interviewing Bungjourno from Channel 10. I’m not sure what he actually talks about as the radio has never survived the impact with the wall.

  57. Leo G

    Thank the lordlings there are still some with fire in the belie…..

  58. Notafan

    I’m sick of questions&answers giving seats to people in the entertainment industry, I’m sick of the entertainment’s industry’s excessive influence on the political process.
    Who voted for Dave bloody Hughes or Bob shut up?
    If you have a spare spot then how about drawing panel members from the broad Australian community.
    Also no more nose singers with facial piercings, they blow.

  59. Lem

    As I’ve posted before, I can’t understand how anyone who has a real job – one where you have to get stuff done – has enough mental energy left over on a Monday night to watch, let alone attend, Q & A.

    Have to agree. I do however, have great admiration for the Cats who do so, and nowadays, I usually read the thread the next day for a few good belly laughs.

  60. 70sPlayboy

    What a night on TV! First a man having his lungs ripped out on Vikings followed by the protesters sucking the air out of the room on Q&A. Had to go to bed and listen to a refreshing podcast – Mark Steyn on Artie Shaw.

    Refreshing to hear some great music and some old fashioned tough talk from an era before we all became soft

  61. Slayer of Memes

    And they’re turning against him and Abbott with a vengeance (see all the latest opinion polls). Australians are realising what a huge mistake they made back in September. Abbott MUST now resign, go to the GG and recommend a new election. That would be the only democratic solution.

    Just as Julia and Kevin both resigned and recommended that the GG disolve parliament for new elections when the ALP’s polling figures were at an even lower level than the Coalition currently has, eh Hammy?

  62. RodClarke

    Lets look at the Known Facts

    1) The protesters all received front row prime seating, and were perfectly positioned for their protest
    2) The protesters somehow got their banner through security (this in a country where “kill abbott” banners are prominent in leftists protests)
    3) There appeared to be “signalling” in the room with Tony Jones acting as if he knew what was happening in advance
    4) The producers kept the microphones on and got the protesters in camera promptly.

  63. Menai Pete

    What about the security of the panel members – especially a Minister?
    Who was responsible for seating these people above the dais within throwing (and spitting) distance of panel members?
    Why weren’t the panel members removed to the safety of the Green Room (!) immediately when the protest started?

  64. Andrew

    There isn’t a more left wing outfit in Australia which is publicly supported.

    Two words: Melbourne University

    Seconded. I think it is in the water here.

  65. Megan

    Looks like I missed a great night with the 48% Liberal voting audience subtly infiltrated by the Idiot Brigade without anyone noticing before it all blew up. I’ll be back for the reprise next Monday night. Off to read the dedicated writings of the Cat Q&A Combat team for some laughs while I drink tea on the terrace and look out for whales migrating north.

    I support the gifting of the ABC to the employees and the removal of all funding. Where can I sign the petition?

  66. cohenite

    Lets look at the Known Facts

    1) The protesters all received front row prime seating, and were perfectly positioned for their protest
    2) The protesters somehow got their banner through security (this in a country where “kill abbott” banners are prominent in leftists protests)
    3) There appeared to be “signalling” in the room with Tony Jones acting as if he knew what was happening in advance
    4) The producers kept the microphones on and got the protesters in camera promptly.

    Correct; the minister for the abc has to ask some tough questions; Ha ha ha ha ha; ah fuck.

  67. All those university educations, and they can’t even hang a banner the right way? FMD.

    Reminds me of this little gem from Gary Larson.

  68. tgs

    2) The protesters somehow got their banner through security (this in a country where “kill abbott” banners are prominent in leftists protests)

    This is a good point, how did they get such a large banner inside?

  69. Aaron

    If you have a spare spot then how about drawing panel members from the broad Australian community.

    I’ve always thought it very typical of the ABC to trumpet a program like Q&A as ‘democracy in action’ but restrict participation to an elite few.

  70. Chistery

    The problem with universities these days is they wont fail anyone.

  71. Leo G

    The problem with universities these days is they won’t fail anyone.

    The problem with universities these days is they fail everyone.

  72. Sir Fred Lenin

    The QA rubbish could not have happened at a better time,while the budget is still under consideration,Pyne can ask ” why are the Taxpayers funding Blatamt communist/soshalist/ green/ fascist ,propaganda? Another good budget move would be to Privatise universities,withdraw all fundind from “humanities” and law faculties,you want one of those degrees ? You Bloody well pay for it.Medicine,True Science and Engineering could still be funded ,we need people like that,we certainly Dont need mare lawtradespersons and BA s ,the country is Infested with them as it is!

  73. Mr Rusty

    As was pointed out by someone who knows of them, they’re all into their seventh or eight year of an Arts “degree” in the humanities strain, natch. And funded by the taxpayer.

    Why are they not being kicked off the degrees if they haven’t completed them within the requisite time? Or at the very least defunded after 3 years and told that they pay their own way if they haven’t completed the degree in time.

    After last night’s shenanigans Q&A should be forced to select the audience from only fully paid up members of political parties with a verifiable membership card / number. Questions should then be weighted to each side / group according to the election results. Very easy to do and totally fair.

  74. daggers

    Yes they’re obnoxious children but they have the drive and passion to get in all our faces. Why can’t the other side give it right back to them. Why did the audience remain seated obediently and let them go on with it unhindered ? Why weren’t they shouted down ? And where is David Gyngell when he is needed ?

  75. Leo G

    “…If students want to help the country, they can start by paying off their HECS
    $6.5B at last count and growing.”

    Why not sell the HECS debt?

  76. The problem with universities these days is they won’t fail anyone.

    The problem with universities these days is they fail everyone.

    When you fail no one, you fail everyone. A liberty quote?

  77. john constantine

    flipped past faine on socialism 774 melbourne radio for a few seconds this morning.

    faine was giving raising awareness for a crew that were presenting opportunities to melbourne lefties to bask in the wisdom of bob carr, bob brown and malcom fraser at the same festival of leftiedom.
    “just got up, made their amateur impact, then sat back down, and let the abc get on with the professional job of destroying tories.”

    faine wasn’t grumpy that the lefties had ambushed tories on the abc, but that the stunt had backfired, by going on too long…….does this hint at a ‘conversation raising awareness that a stunt wouild occur’, but that the ill disciplined lefties broke their side of the deal and took more than their allocated time?.

  78. Mr Rusty

    “just got up, made their amateur impact, then sat back down, and let the abc get on with the professional job of destroying tories.”

    He actually said that on air? The ABC’s professional job is to destroy tories?

  79. Gab

    Why did the audience remain seated obediently and let them go on with it unhindered

    The so-called 47% “Conservative” *cough, cough* audience were too busy applauding them.

  80. Andrew

    Seconded. I think it is in the water here.

    You think THAT’S why they built Wonthaggi?? It all makes sense now.

  81. duncanm

    The ALP candidate (Luke Mortimer) in that screen shot certainly knew well in advance.

  82. hammy

    I told you all so ages ago about how hopeless Abbott is. It’s now great to see almost unanimous agreement from other commenters on this blog. I can actually be very persuasive over the long run. That’s because I’m always correct (as I was in forecasting o’Barrell’s demise).

  83. jupes

    That’s because I’m always correct

    Of course you are Hammy.

    You were a true seer in that you predicted the success of Abbott and Morrison’s Turn Back the Boats policy.

    Well done.

  84. Make no mistake, this was a victory for the protestors. A total victory.

    Laughing at them is a weak response; they’re the ones who are laughing today.

  85. News.com.au has an insightful scoop on the QandA protest.
    Is Minister for Education Christopher Pyne the most unpopular politician in Australia?

    IS CHRISTOPHER Pain — sorry, Pyne — the most unpopular politician in Australia?

    Even a radical student protest couldn’t save the Minister for Education on QandA last night, after he was slaughtered on social media and in studio for the Liberal Party’s proposed changes to the education system, which include modelling the Australian system off the United States.

    High class reporting there from the News stable of crack political reporters.

  86. stackja

    The MSM used say Communists under the beds, now they are in the ABC studio audience.

  87. I told you all so ages ago about how hopeless Abbott is. It’s now great to see almost unanimous agreement from other commenters on this blog. I can actually be very persuasive over the long run. That’s because I’m always correct (as I was in forecasting o’Barrell’s demise).

    O’Farrell was never very popular on this site; he was seen as too much the continuation of the Labor way of doing things, too authoritarian, too big government, too much catering to rent seekers and interest groups. Ttoo little real reform of either the NSW public sector or regulatory burden. And too keen to go along with the Gillard agenda.

  88. cohenite

    I can actually be very persuasive over the long run

    .

    You’ve won me over hammy; and I for one welcome our youthful socialist overlords.

  89. stackja

    ALP is the problem. Stop getting distracted by side issues.

  90. Grigory M

    Why didn’t they just throw to a commercial?

    FFS – what a disgrace. When they realized what a fuck-up the show had become, they threw to Katie Noonan mumbling her so called musical shit, including playing the one-handed drum. How twee. Wasn’t she the obligatory musical airhead on Q&A a while back?

  91. Econocrat

    Send them to the gulags.

  92. Roger

    Notafan
    #1294136, posted on May 6, 2014 at 10:27 am
    I’m sick of questions&answers giving seats to people in the entertainment industry, I’m sick of the entertainment’s industry’s excessive influence on the political process.

    I’m afraid the ABC is going down the “infotainment” path like the commercials. That there’s no reason why they should – as a public broadcaster they are not required to chase ratings in order to earn revenue – only makes their producers and executives more culpable of failing the public interest. The ABC is no longer a serious broadcaster (although programs like Landline are still worth watching). We’ll soon become like the US, where if you want serious commentary on political and current affairs you have to tap into reputable alternative media.

  93. Grigory M

    And at the end of the “show”, no more time for questions, but plenty of time for Bob Downe the Fudge Packer to pander to the lefty audience with his inane doggerel. Fucking disgraceful.

  94. James in Melbourne

    For an outfit that thought they could actually foment a race riot live on camera, setting up this puerile effort would have been a walk in the park.

    Although given the appalling political effect of the atrocious optics of unwashed and unemployable thirty-year-olds chanting brain-dead mantras – the “student left” in all of its asinine glory – I would have been tempted to credit it as a false-flag Loughnane operation, had that worthy not shown himself almost capable of losing an unloseable election by his uncreative timidity.

    And did I actually see Integers use the phrase “speak truth to power” upthread?

    And not use it as an ironic pisstake, but actually genuinely? Thus confirming that – only because “Hammy” is not real – he is the stupidest commentator on this site?

  95. RodClarke

    5) AND THIS IS THE REAL SMOKING GUN

    @LukeBazMort is the Waverley Labor candidate. https://twitter.com/LukeBazMort

    a) He Tweeted:
    “Half the #qanda audience is now planning to rise up and hold the panelists and studio hostage”

    and then

    b) the producers put that tweet on air.

    c) the protest happened.

  96. Splatacrobat

    Lucky it was late in the evening and they had no play lunch sandwiches to throw.

  97. stackja

    Splatacrobat
    #1294427, posted on May 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm
    Lucky it was late in the evening and they had no play lunch sandwiches to throw.

    Could have thrown their knickers.

  98. Anne

    Thus confirming that – only because “Hammy” is not real – he is the stupidest commentator on this site?

    Gareth is real, he just doesn’t look like that. (Gravatar)

  99. Roger

    @LukeBazMort is the Waverley Labor candidate.
    Does he have Socialist Alternative links?
    Should be easy enough to find out.
    If so, I expect that’s one young man whose political career is over before it began…of the Labor Party has any gumption, that is.

  100. Angus Black

    The things Q&A will do to attract an audience! Hmmmm, the things Q&A needs to do to attract any sort of general notice.

    De-fund their Ministry-of-Truth, sack them all.

  101. Michel Lasouris

    Sir Fred… Got it in one, old chap. Well done!!

  102. boy on a bike

    The ABC have truly taken over the mantle of “shock jocks”.

  103. stackja

    boy on a bike
    #1294485, posted on May 6, 2014 at 2:35 pm
    The ABC have truly taken over the mantle of “shock jocks”.

    How about Howard Stern?
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Stern
    http://www.howardstern.com/

  104. .

    RodClarke
    #1294416, posted on May 6, 2014 at 1:51 pm
    5) AND THIS IS THE REAL SMOKING GUN

    @LukeBazMort is the Waverley Labor candidate. https://twitter.com/LukeBazMort

    a) He Tweeted:
    “Half the #qanda audience is now planning to rise up and hold the panelists and studio hostage”

    and then

    b) the producers put that tweet on air.

    c) the protest happened.

    Shut them down. Make them homeless. Fire them all. Renege on their entitlements and pensions.

  105. srr

    Seconded. I think it is in the water here.

    You think THAT’S why they built Wonthaggi?? It all makes sense now.

    …on seconds thoughts, your comment may have already said too much about THAT…

  106. egg_

    I told you all so ages ago about how hopeless Abbott is. It’s now great to see almost unanimous agreement from other commenters on this blog. I can actually be very persuasive over the long run. That’s because I’m always correct (as I was in forecasting o’Barrell’s demise).

    What’s you polling predictions, Hamster?
    If the budget goes ahead as planned, methinks we may see Fisky’s 10% 2PP margin.

  107. egg_

    The ABC have truly taken over the mantle of “shock jocks”.

    Methinks the panel were in on a mini student demo, but as it took on a momentum of its own, Snowcone was indeed shocked to his jocks.

  108. egg_

    Lucky it was late in the evening and they had no play lunch sandwiches to throw.

    Splat wins the fred IMHO.

  109. twostix

    5) AND THIS IS THE REAL SMOKING GUN

    @LukeBazMort is the Waverley Labor candidate. https://twitter.com/LukeBazMort

    a) He Tweeted:
    “Half the #qanda audience is now planning to rise up and hold the panelists and studio hostage”

    and then

    b) the producers put that tweet on air.

    c) the protest happened.

    Remember when exactly the same thing happened re Howard and the shoe throwing? Didn’t someone tweet something like “would somebody throw a shoe at this guy?” which was displayed on screen immediately before that happened too?

    Who’s the person in charge of which Tweets go on air?

  110. Toiling Mass

    I am pretty sure that, in Australia, the closest thing we have to a shock-jock is Kyle Sandilands, who really does go out of his way to shock people.

    People like Alan Jones and Ray Hadley just gall the left. The only shock they draw is from the totalitarian left who cannot believe they are allowed to broadcast.

  111. srr

    Surely this will be a turning point for support of their ABC?

    Won’t it?

    Sporting hunters send beaters out to flush vermin from their lairs, giving their quarry a chance to FO, and Stay F’d O’d, or stay dead.

    It’s a bit of R&R from fighting off barbarian hoards and advancing civilisation.

    But when it comes to serious vermin eradication; serious land managers know to leave dens and hives alone, until the the time is right, every escape is blocked, and the whole lot are finished off, with none left to reproduce and re-infest productive properties.

    It’s a timing and patience thing; something media studies students, of this, ‘speed and reflexes’, ‘Gamer’ generation have no understanding of.
    But put them to work with those ‘slow and simple’ farmer types, moving cattle from the wild, to abattoir, and they soon learn…speed and reflexes will get you dead, without patience and timing, and instinct…and if they survive the lessons, they also find themselves instinctively thanking God for those farmer types who know when to move like a cracking whip, but still don’t know why they bothered to risk their own neck doing it, just to save useless city kid…other than, God knows, that that’s just what decent humans do: value all life, put a good price on your dogs and cattle, but hold human life as priceless

  112. Grigory M

    srr – WTF are you smoking?

  113. .

    Who’s the person in charge of which Tweets go on air?

    Hunt them for sport. Amazing if it is from a high up or a high profile dude or dudette at ALPBC.

  114. .

    Grig M – if you find out, mail some to me to a PO Box with a fake name. Sounds like fun, whatever srr is ingesting, snorting or blazing up.

  115. lotocoti

    I’m looking forward to next week’s line-up.

  116. Grigory M

    Grig M – if you find out, mail some to me to a PO Box with a fake name. Sounds like fun, whatever srr is ingesting, snorting or blazing up.

    Dot – if srr fesses up, I’ll get back to you for that PO Box.

  117. calli

    Splat…that was mesmerising, all 8 minutes and 15 seconds. Carlos and Lewis…the wonder twins! :D

    And I wonder if Jamie and Dave have been getting their fighting tips from Jerry…sure looks like it.

  118. stackja

    #1294627, posted on May 6, 2014 at 4:49 pm
    Who’s the person in charge of which Tweets go on air?
    Hunt them for sport. Amazing if it is from a high up or a high profile dude or dudette at ALPBC.

    Chip Rolley?

  119. Combine_Dave

    I support the gifting of the ABC to the employees and the removal of all funding. Where can I sign the petition?

    Is there an online petition system for the federal parliament?

  120. egg_

    Slightly OT but on the subject of the protest (Uni fees/2 Tier Uni system) Burke showed her issues are first world problems in apparently being totally ignorant that, as pointed out by Roskam, the privileged Uni education she, and apparently all of her siblings, obtained was at the expense of the vast majority who don’t – these Napoleon pigs just don’t get it – small wonder they do nada for the underprivileged even of their own gender (rag trade seamstress’ lot changed in decades, ALP?).
    [[[Shakes head]]]

  121. Infidel Tiger

    Srr, you seem like your heart is in the right place, but you are crossing over. Is there someone we can contact?

  122. I am pretty sure that, in Australia, the closest thing we have to a shock-jock is Kyle Sandilands, who really does go out of his way to shock people.

    Sandilands is Australia’s only shock jock.
    Leftie media types love to apply the term to any right wing talkback host.

  123. .

    But put them to work with those ‘slow and simple’ farmer types, moving cattle from the wild, to abattoir, and they soon learn…speed and reflexes will get you dead, without patience and timing, and instinct…

    I’ve played rugby with young guys who were jackeroos, bloody good footballers (rugby, flanker, halfback and front row) and loved a bit of COD or COD MW in their downtime…

    Lay off the NyQuil.

  124. Combine_Dave

    I’ve played rugby with young guys who were jackeroos, bloody good footballers (rugby, flanker, halfback and front row) and loved a bit of COD or COD MW in their downtime…

    My hand eye reflexes and speed and coordination are second to none (thanks to a pushy dad that forced me to play sports), yet I too harbour a love of murdering pixels (bored with cod, been playing puzzle games).

    Mind you I have a few friends that could barely catch a ball or pass a footy who love gaming. I doubt those marxist numpties from q&a would play COD however..Probably consider it the new opiate of the people, now that religion is in decline.

  125. JC

    Make no mistake, this was a victory for the protestors. A total victory.

    Laughing at them is a weak response; they’re the ones who are laughing today.

    Why do you say that?

  126. Tel

    A total victory.

    May 21 rally?

    I’d concur with that estimate.

  127. Why do you say that?

    For the following reasons.
    1. First and foremost they completely met their tactical objectives. They wanted to protest; they got to protest. They wanted to disrupt QandA; they did it. They wanted to intimiate pyne; check. They wante to get on TV; check. etc

    2. Their message is out. There were numerous news reports of the message, with straight-faced explanations of what they were protesting about. They couldn’t have gotten

    3. They raised their profile. Of course, for some this causes increased dislike, but a bigger profile is, generally speaking, better than a small profile and for everyone who was disgusted there was someone who was shocked or impressed, or wondered if “maybe they’ve got a point.” Or “I’m sure there’s two sides to this story” or ” they might be going too far but they seem really passionate about this cause.”

    4. they energised their base. Thousands of jaded lefties felt the flicker of pride in their hearts.

    In general if an organised political movement has a plan and it is successfully executed – flawlessly in fact – then you can assume it was good for that movement.

  128. sorry, point 2.

    “They couldn’t have gotten more coverage if they had taken out prime time ads on every commercial station.”

  129. MemoryVault

    Aussiepundit has hit the nail on the head.
    For those who doubt, this on The Drum today.

    It generally sums up the feeling of the “left”.

  130. Gab

    For those who doubt, this on The Drum today.

    So shutting down debate is what the collective, known as the regressive Left, considers to be “democracy”. ‘Twas ever thus the case for those totalitarians. How putrid.

  131. So shutting down debate is what the collective, known as the regressive Left, considers to be “democracy”.

    Note the triumphalism of the article, which romanticises and glorifies left-wing protest culture.

  132. MemoryVault

    So shutting down debate is what the collective, known as the regressive Left, considers to be “democracy”. ‘Twas ever thus the case for those totalitarians. How putrid.

    Unfortunately Gab, yes.
    And we continue to fund it, via the ABC, amongst other things.
    And the LNP continues to turn a blind eye to it.

  133. It will happen again.
    Coalition politicians would be well advised to not go on QandA; it is clear that their safety can’t be guaranteed.

  134. Gab

    Note the triumphalism of the article, which romanticises and glorifies left-wing protest culture.

    Yes but that’s just normal m.o for them. Their hubris lights up the day. It’s all they have. Most regular normal decent Australians would just look upon them and see them for what they are – extremist nonsensical rabble. Let them continue to speak, the more that see them, the better.

  135. Notafan

    Clementine Ford on the side of the totalitarians, who knew.
    I’d love to see a couple of these in a debate with Mr Pyne, but can’t imagine any of them being able to stick to the rules for five seconds.

  136. Gab

    Coalition politicians would be well advised to not go on QandA; it is clear that their safety can’t be guaranteed.

    I get the safety aspect – Howard scored an extra shoe one time – however it is an excellent training ground for conservative pollies. If you can withstand what Pyne went through then you’re made of the right stuff.

  137. MemoryVault

    Most regular normal decent Australians would just look upon them and see them for what they are – extremist nonsensical rabble.

    maybe, Gab, maybe.
    But you want to check out the latest polls?

  138. WhaleHunt Fun

    Defunding the ABC, SBS and the universities will assist the reduction of the deficit and cleanse some of the leftist social puss on display on Q and A.

  139. Gab

    I don’t believe the latest polls, taken before Q&A have anything to do with that mob of morons on Monday.

  140. Notafan

    I don’t think Pyne was the slightest bit fazed by the shenanigans, if the protest was set up to rattle him it was a bad case of blowback for the Abc.

  141. Gab

    The protest was set up to get a negative reaction out of Pyne, an angry reaction or to get him to say something they would later use against him, among other aims highlighted above.

  142. Gab

    Although I don’t actually believe they put that much thought into it. Leftards are not renown for looking beyond the immediate or looking at possible outcomes.

  143. Notafan

    Irrespective of the wisdom of the deficit levy theMSM were always going to have a field day with this budget.
    The 325 billion is made up, there is plenty of room to soak the alleged rich, robbing starving pensioners, making people pay to go the doctors, reneging on Gonski,no money for the NDIS and buying planes instead .
    Nothing can save the LNP.

  144. Token

    I don’t think Pyne was the slightest bit fazed by the shenanigans, if the protest was set up to rattle him it was a bad case of blowback for the Abc.

    Once they started, the dills Burke & Trevoro seemed to put their fangs away and had a laugh with Pyne.

  145. JC

    Aussie pundit

    You’re giving them far too much credit. They had a plan and they executed it, sure. However which new hearts and minds did they win with their antics? The left? they were there with anyway. Springer Jones showed that.

  146. Once they started, the dills Burke & Trevoro seemed to put their fangs away and had a laugh with Pyne.

    Trevorrow explicitly sided with the protestors.
    And before the show he said on twitter that he would do his bit to overthrow the Abbott government on QandA.

  147. However which new hearts and minds did they win with their antics? The left?

    They had an effect at the margins, JC.
    This could include disillusioned lefties who needed a rousing show of strength, for example.

  148. Rococo Liberal

    Dot needs a pat on the back for this:

    Then they can make out, pop out a kid, live with their parents, graduate and become APS 5s and then live off middle class welfare forever, buy shit from Ikea, Freedom and CostCo and tell their younger cousins and siblings what a dickhead Abbott is for raising taxes on their hard earned, and how they’d never vote socialist again or disrespect the military, some of whom they now work with…

    It is so true. These twats are so cut-rate, unoriginal dingbats that one just knows that they will all end up in dead-end public service jobs. They only use the lizard part of their brains now, so why should they come alive to the wonder of the world and its possibilties at any time in the future.

  149. southernman

    I remember living in Victoria during the darkest days of the Cain/Kirner administration in the late 80s/early 90s. TV screens nearly every night filled with militant unions screaming and hurling abuse at their ALP buddies, strikes and protests while the state went down the tubes… and at the end of it all, for their effort and impotent rage their reward was Jeff Kennett with a supermajority.

  150. Grace

    I have just watched a recording of Monday nights QandA.
    That was definitely a set up by ABC. I thought Chris Pyne was brilliant against the odds.
    Tony Jones needs a wake up call, he is so biased he should not be the host of a publicly funded
    current affairs program.

    I was once a young socialist, very naive and thought the government should pay for everything. However I grew up, unfortunately some people want to stay attached to their mother’s apron stings forever.

  151. johanna

    Funny how, while depicting a critic buggering a dog required no apology for months, they are suddenly overflowing with apologies.

    I suppose that having a Cabinet Minister assassinated live on TV (which was quite possible, given their lax security) is a bridge too far, even for them.

    Why, it might even affect next year’s funding.

  152. Gab

    I suppose that having a Cabinet Minister assassinated live on TV (which was quite possible, given their lax security) is a bridge too far, even for them.

    Only if it was a Labor or Greenfilth minister otherwise it would be a case of “Think of the ratings!”

  153. Notafan

    Was there any support for the tertiary sector when Gillard cut funding to start paying for Gonski?
    The main protests started after the LNP won the election.
    Mr Pyne should move forward with his earn or learn as long as he diverts funds to provide vocational training in growth industries, which I’m pretty sure won’t be journalism, just quietly.
    Thankyou socialist Alliance for bringing yourselves to the public’s attention. We taxpayers like to know what we are paying for.

  154. Just in the midst of a Facebook discussion about this very subject. And someone I don’t know just posted this comment to me:

    “There is a cliche that says if you don’t protest against the oppressor, you belong to the oppressor. If you support Q&A, you belong to the oppressor. Simple as that, as far as I’m concerned.”

    I really don’t know what to make of this comment, and the fact that someone actually posted this comment in a completely sincere manner. So my reply was “LOL.”

  155. Notafan

    Tony Jones would be delighted to know he is the face of the oppressor.
    How exactly taxpayers, including ordinary working class people, having to stump up so these lazy gits can go to university for free is oppression stumps me.

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