Open Forum: May 24, 2014

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  1. JC

    If JC thinks they’re a hunk of shit, he better have a Maserati Quttroporte as his daily driver.)

    Dude what gave you the idea that I think beamers are a heap of crap?

  2. James

    We shouldn’t use the term “black” market.

    We shouldn’t use the term “white ant” either.

  3. Token

    As for gay votes – five inner city seats are decided by this

    Excepting Wentworth which is balanced by Sydney’s eastern suburbs, the rest will always vote Labor / Greens.

    If what you mean is the LDP is looking to get every senate vote possible, good luck.

    As IT notes, the voters your chasing will happily free ride off the low tax small government message the LDP promotes as they live their very industrious lives and continue to vote for the party that strokes their need to feel victim in the most effective manner.

  4. .

    You’re presuming all gays are raving Marxists? Pithy as you are, this is just wrong. There is no placation. Take it or leave it. Some traditionalist Christians (who don’t want to make everyone else do what they want to do for themselves) would also find appeal in the proposal. Again, we’re not going to placate them with platitudes or any restriction of liberty they want imposed on others. Take it or leave it. Live and let live.

    The LDP’s core constituency should be middle class suburbia who get hosed by taxes and bureaucracy

    This is correct however. They don’t understand how badly they get hosed.

    The real weakness of the LDP is if the concept of ‘live and let live’ is unpopular or if people remain oblivious to how they’re robbed blind by taxes and regulation.

    I have quite a feeling it is only business owners who really understand.

    (For example – We’re such an over-regulated swamp that a sole trader tobacconist with no employees can be fined under OH&S laws by WorkCover for smoking in his own shop, even if he doesn’t get a single prospective customer).

  5. .

    Dude what gave you the idea

    Coffee, a lack of attention and nicotine withdrawal.

  6. Leo G

    National Sorry Day Council members advocated strongly for a full package of measures to accompany the apology, including compensation.

    The Sorry lot say they’re now on borrowed time. Of whom are they having a lend?

  7. Des Deskperson

    ‘agrarian socialist bloc’

    ZK2A, it’s academic cant for ‘farmers wanting/getting government handouts’. It appears to have arisen as a description of the close relationship between the Country party and Labor in post WWI Victoria, but it’s now chucked around more broadly. It’s something of a misnomer because ‘socialism’ implies that farms are given over to state control, and so far as I am aware farming interests have ever advocated that. If we are talking about farmers wanting and getting the same sort of attention from government that unions and manufacturers demand, then agrarian corporatism might be a better term.

  8. Snoopy

    The University of South Carolina is dumping its Gender Studies center which became notorious for holding an event titled “How to Be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less” and is going to teach the US Constitution instead.

    Via Instapundit

  9. feelthebern

    For the first time in what seems to be forever, smh doesn’t have Tony hysteria as their top story.

  10. ‘agrarian socialist bloc’

    From the context it was used at Mk50′s favourite hobby site, Lavatory Road, it meant “a self-reliant self-employed person who wants to be free to work hard and hankers for less Scandanavian style government in favour of a more pragmatic style – eg HK/Singapore/etc.

  11. egg_

    National Sorry Day Council members advocated strongly for a full package of measures to accompany the apology, including compensation.

    From previous, we were always going to be $orry for that one.

  12. dover_beach

    Dot, no ‘gay’ is going to change their vote on the issue of gay marriage; their pattern of voting is already determined. BTW, a ‘live and let live’ attitude would leave things as they are rather than imposing a redefinition of marriage.

  13. I’m always happy to make meaningless apologies, Baldrick:

    Deadman ‏@allrightblog
    I hereby apologise for the criminal incompetence and corruption of the Rudd & Gillard governments. (They’ll never apologise.) #SorryDay*
    I hereby apologise unreservedly for The Pest in all its various manifestations. #SorryDay
    I hereby apologise unreservedly for the Nika riots in 532 AD. I also apologise for not taking this ridiculous Sorry Day seriously. #SorryDay
    I hereby apologise unreservedly for the triumph of VHS over Betamax. #SorryDay
    I hereby apologise unreservedly for all wrongs committed by allegedly pious Mussulmen within the Fatimid and Ottoman Caliphates. #SorryDay
    I apologise unreservedly for all wrongs committed by my naughty ancestors.
    I also apologise for the War of the Spanish Succession. #SorryDay

    That received a quick response from a supporter of criminal incompetence and corruption:

    Baron von Paul™ ‏@Shear_Gold
    @allrightblog it’s a shame you don’t live up to your name

  14. Thank you, Deadman. You have made my Monday morning come to life!

    I must remember to apologise for not taking the cat food out of the freezer this morning as well.

  15. egg_

    If JC thinks they’re a hunk of shit, he better have a Maserati Quttroporte as his daily driver.

    Overrated; tiny Ferrari engine in a limousine, but beautifully sculpted; a bizarre class, the “sports” limo.

  16. Baldrick

    Deadman
    #1319778, posted on May 26, 2014 at 11:40 am
    I’m always happy to make meaningless apologies, Baldrick

    Love it :)

  17. egg_

    As for gay votes – five inner city seats are decided by this

    The “Carlotta” demographic.

  18. James

    Somehow the budget hysteria, Abbott wink, family attacks and the previous Snowden revelation leading to Indonesia playing no speaks, boaties burnt hand claims and travel expense claims are all the collective media’s crave to return to the Gillardesque daily disasters to fill up their 24/7 news cycle.

    Abbott tried to stop feeding the media at the start of the term and has been pretty successful for the first 6 months.

    Those messy budget leaks brought that all back. Hope they can go back to the quiet achiever mode.

  19. egg_

    – Nursing

    Farcical credentialism.

  20. Gab

    I was just thinking along the same lines, Deadman. Every nation on earth ought to have a “sorry day” to remember when they were invaded. Some nations, of course, will have more than one “sorry day”.

    Here’s a few to kick off:

    Assyrian invasion of the Kingdom of Israel sorry day.
    Persian invasion of Greece sorry day.
    Macedonian conquest of the Persian Empire sorry day.
    Roman invasion of Britain sorry day.
    Viking invasions of Britain and Ireland sorry day.
    The Arab invasions of Roman and Persian territories in the Middle East, North Africa, Southern Europe and South Asia. Lots of sorry days to be had there.
    Somali invasion of the Ethiopian Empire sorry day.

    And so on and so forth.

    You know, there ought to be a type of United Nations for Sorry Day taxpayer-funded entity to cover all the “sorry days”.

  21. Token

    You know, there ought to be a type of United Nations for Sorry Day taxpayer-funded entity to cover all the “sorry days”

    The UN should focus on sorry days for the damage done by its peace keepers for the parts of the world who regularly vote to sanction the human rights record of the Anglo-sphere nations.

  22. Token

    …from parts of the world…

  23. nic

    Philippa, forgetting to take the cat out of the freezer, now that would be something to be sorry for.

  24. nic

    I think we should have a sorry day for things we are truly sorry we provide. Things such as electricity, non-tribal law, houses, supermarkets, beer…

  25. Gab

    Oops yes I forgot to add that one, Token.

    Sorry.

  26. Token

    I think we should have a sorry day for things we are truly sorry we provide. Things such as electricity, non-tribal law, houses, supermarkets, beer…

    I think we should cut a deal, slash the glow-ball warming funding in return for an annual sorry day to the climate.

  27. Oh, no!

    Rod_Hagen ‏@Rod_Hagen
    Sadly, this #SorryDay we should reflect on the fact that #Budget14 will almost certainly increase Indigenous imprisonment & suicide. :(

    Almost certainly!

  28. Deadman ‏@allrightblog
    I apologise unreservedly for man’s coming down from the trees and being so successful at science, art and technology. #boohoo #sorryday
    How to prove that you’re a good, kind, compassionate person without doing anything good, kind or compassionate: add #sorryday to a Tweet!

    Another Moral Dwarf @innocentshorten
    I am sorry that that the fat-girl pose—holding the hands in front of the big belly—does not stop @Sarahinthesen8 from looking fat. #sorryday

  29. Beef

    I’m sorry my Grandfather and Uncle lost their lives in war, enabling Adam Goodes the freedom to be named Australian of the year.

  30. Leo G

    Who should apologise for the abuse of welfare funding?
    How about a National Apologia Day?

  31. Des Deskperson

    In many public service (APS) agencies, Sorry Day usually means several hours, if not an entire morning, of non-productivity.

    There’s usually a ‘welcome to country’ at around 9, then a series of solemn speeches and presentations by various prominent Indigenous people from inside and outside the agency – often boring and self indulgent – and then the agency head, reading from dot points prepared by the ‘diversity coordinator’, tells staff (once again) that the agency needs to do more to attract and keep Indigenous staff.

    Then there’s a morning tea, often featuring Indigenous delicacies and usually paid for, like the ‘welcome to country’ by the taxpayer. It has always stuck me as grotesque that people, many of them already overweight, should feel it appropriate to atone for what they believe to be racism and genocide by stuffing themselves with food.

    At around 11 am, everyone returns, elated, to their workstations.

  32. kae

    I’m sorry.

    Sorry I am.

  33. Then there’s a morning tea, often featuring Indigenous delicacies

    ????????????
    Subsistence lifestyle/diet produced delicacies?
    How do the putrified witchetty grubs, pounded speargrass seeds and half-half burnt frill-necked lizard actually taste?

  34. Andrew

    ‘she was a competent minister and administrator’

    Based on her outstandingly efficient rubber stamping of the Fair (sic) Work (sic) Act handed to her by the AWU? Based on her contribution to higher education by knocking down good, new school halls and rebuilding them? Based on her drafting of the Open Borders policy, which couldn’t possibly have any unintended consequences?

    Has anyone who has read that rubbish got any insights into what he found her specific areas of competence were?

  35. Infidel Tiger

    Homer Simpson’s Sorry Day address:

    Look, Marge, I’m sorry I haven’t been a better husband, I’m sorry
    about the time I tried to make gravy in the bathtub, I’m sorry I used
    your wedding dress to wax the car, and I’m sorry — oh well, let’s
    just say I’m sorry for the whole marriage up to this point.

  36. Tom

    I hereby apologise unreservedly for the triumph of VHS over Betamax.

    Many thanks, Your Wordship. I’m most indebted.

  37. Infidel Tiger

    Hell, If you wake up on Monday morning not feeling sorry, you’ve had a shitty weekend.

  38. Infidel Tiger

    I’m very sorry that the The Australian’s homepage features a nude picture of Lena Dunham.

    Yikes.

  39. C.L.

    Indigenous delicacies

    LOL.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the menu read ‘traditional Aboriginal icecream.’

  40. dragnet

    I am trying to fight the good fight on Facebook where daily I am bombarded by lefty friends with the usual barking mad ALP/Green Head Office agitprop (re) posts (not many of said friends have sufficient handle on the facts or the initiative to write their own posts) but the smarter ones do try to engage in a dialogue wherein they keep dredging up facile comparisons with Scandinavia and Netherlands, for example. By my elementary researches the sense I get is that countries like Denmark are in fact much more business-friendly and have more flexible labour markets than Aust at any time over the last 20 years, but I can’t seem to get the message to sink in. Am I correct? Is there a concise, pithy, easy to set out screed or set of bullet points I can rely on to put country comparisons into perspective? Any informed critique of Netherlands railway supposedly being powered by wind-power by 2018 ? and so on? Help would be appreciated!

  41. Token

    Indigenous delicacies

    Was that the plate that remained uneaten while the pubes scoffed down the latest Adriano Zumbo inspired dish?

  42. C.L.

    Biull Heffernan takes pipe bomb into Parliament House.

    Shame he didn’t use it.

    Bill Heffernan smuggles fake ‘pipe bomb’ into Parliament House, says building ‘no longer secure’.

    Video at the link.

    Brilliant argument, actually.

  43. C.L.

    Shame he didn’t use it. *

    I mean to blow up Stephen Conroy’s dunny or something.

  44. Fisky

    I mean to blow up Stephen Conroy’s dunny or something.

    He could blow up Conroy’s wash basin. It’s not like the Senator ever uses it anyway.

  45. Fisky

    but the smarter ones do try to engage in a dialogue wherein they keep dredging up facile comparisons with Scandinavia and Netherlands, for example.

    Sweden has cut government spending from 70% of GDP to under 50% in less than 20 years. Ask what they think of that.

  46. Fisky

    I’m sorry that the government deliberately threw indigenous jackaroos out of a job in the name of ‘equality’.

  47. Token

    Any informed critique of Netherlands railway supposedly being powered by wind-power by 2018 ? and so on? Help would be appreciated!

    1. Start by finding any information possible on the total energy consumed in the country (e.g. this link) From the Australian experience it is 2/5th of bugger all.

    2. Then find out how much energy is involved in the contract (& don’t miss the fact the contract is for 10 years) when alleged energy comes on line.

    3. See the cost per unit for the energy.

    4 .A extremely small country with a lot of shallow sea beds close the major population centres, which does not care about the visual impact, can do a lot more than a sparsely populated country (e.g. Norway)

    NB: Note how the country is 51% reliant on petrol for energy?

    Final word: Don’t try arguing facts with lefties, they will turn the argument to emotion to avoid acknowledging the fact their arguments are inconsistent & often contradictory.

  48. stackja

    Poland’s last communist leader, General Wojciech Jaruzelski, 90 has died at a military hospital where was being treated after a stroke.

    On December 13, 1981, Jaruzelski imposed martial law in Poland against the wishes of pro-democratic Solidarity union that grew into a nationwide movement. Solidarity eventually prevailed, ousting the communists from power in the 1989 election.
    Jaruzelski died on Sunday just days before Poland marked 25 years since a crucial parliamentary election in which Poles voted against the country’s communist rulers and in support of the Solidarity freedom movement that soon formed Poland’s first democratic government in over four decades.

    linky

  49. C.L.

    Tony Jones pleading with Abbott to front Q&A so he can be humiliated live to air:

    Q&A’s Tony Jones hopes to entice Tony Abbott as PM seeks to boost approval ratings.

    He tries flattery:

    “We really hope Tony Abbott gets that message because he was once one of the best performers on the Q&A panel because he was a direct speaker. He had views sometimes members of the audience didn’t like but he used to win them over.”

    Says he was shocked – shocked – that Liberal minister was heckled by leftists:

    Q&A’s profile has never been higher following the Hockey appearance and the now notorious student protest against Education Minister Christopher Pyne earlier this month.
    Despite the surge in publicity on the back of the rowdy scenes, Jones remains unhappy about the incident.

    “I always regret when someone interrupts the show,” he said.

    The students missed a prime opportunity to quiz Pyne and publicise their grievances because of their behaviour.

    “They had submitted questions to us – very good questions – and we actually chose two or maybe three of them without having a clue that they were part of an organised group,” said Jones. “That was the opportunity they had and, to be honest, I think they blew it.”

    Security has now been tightened with identification checks to reduce the chances of a repeat incident.

  50. Fisky

    Poland’s last communist leader, General Wojciech Jaruzelski, 90 has died at a military hospital where was being treated after a stroke.

    I’m terribly sorry he wasn’t tied to a stake and shot.

  51. JC

    @StephenConroy3 Hey Conroy, U washing ur hands after going to the toilet these days? Hope ur kid doesn’t follow ur toilet habits, u oaf.

  52. Fisky

    According to the CDC, homosexuals are about 2 percent of the population.

    Hook, line and sinker you have bought the propaganda that homosexuals are an enormous voting bloc that must be placated by mainstream parties.

    The real value of the gay vote is not in the number of votes per se but its ability to influence other votes. The gay lobby have enormous leverage in the media and film industry (I’d say they are probably about the number 2 constituency at Hollywood nowadays), and so it’s generally not a great idea to piss them off. Too much anyway.

  53. Baldrick

    There’s usually a ‘welcome to country’ at around 9, then a series of solemn speeches and presentations by various prominent Indigenous people from inside and outside the agency …

    For all commemorations a Welcome to Country or an Acknowledgement of Country should always take place at the commencement of the event.
    There are a number of commemorative elements that you could integrate into your National Sorry Day events that can contribute toward healing and reconciliation, such as:
    - A minute’s silence, to remember the Stolen Generations;
    - ‘Smoking Ceremony’, in order to cleanse the area and to rid the participants of what is not needed. This should be led by a locally respected and appropriate local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community member;
    - A flag raising ceremony (to either full or half-mast), where the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and the Australian Flags are raised, to show the respect that the event has for all Australian peoples;
    - Light candles for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were taken away;
    - Visit a local site of historical significance for the Stolen Generations. We recommend you speak to local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members when identifying places of significance.

  54. I’m sorry that the government deliberately threw indigenous jackaroos out of a job in the name of ‘equality’.

    Pedantic linguistic moment. (From someone who speaks “bush” and “outback”)
    Fisky, there were never any indigenous Jackeroos.
    If you want a generalised reason in one sentence: They are too competent for the title.

  55. C.L.

    The gay lobby have enormous leverage in the media and film industry …

    Do they really?

    How many homosexual couples and homosexual intimacy scenes do you see in TV, film and advertising?

    Hardly any.

  56. john constantine

    a couple of facetwit memes staggering around bluntly state that ‘people who argue for tony abbott, are saying that their arguments are more important than your feelings. these people do not deserve to have relationships or customers, boycott abbott supporters now’.

  57. Fisky

    If you want a generalised reason in one sentence: They are too competent for the title.

    If that’s the case, then the role of the IRC in discriminating against marginal workers is multiplied.

  58. C.L.

    That toilet story is from 2004, JC, so Conroy might be a smidgen taken aback. :)

  59. calli

    I’m sorry I didn’t buy the Danish scroll as well as the mushroom and beef pie for lunch today.

    Now that’s genuine sorrow.

  60. For all commemorations a Welcome to Country

    The longstanding practice around here was a spear through the guts.
    Mention of this to local indigeno-philes is not well received.

  61. Fisky

    How many homosexual couples and homosexual intimacy scenes do you see in TV, film and advertising?

    Are you kidding!! The last 20 years has been a tidal wave of gay propaganda. The Bird Cage is probably the first example that comes to mind. You cannot get on the wrong side of gay people and expect to keep your job in the media or the film industry now. No way.

  62. JC

    CL

    Seriously, every recent ABC drama and American series has the requisite gays or lezzos. In fact you’d think that 30% of the population is gay or lezzo.

  63. Despite the surge in publicity on the back of the rowdy scenes, Jones remains unhappy about the incident.

    “I always regret when someone interrupts the show,” he said.

    Such as anyone from the conservative or libertarian side of politics, for example.

  64. Fisky

    (caveat – I say that as one who supports a lot of gay rights causes, but propaganda and demands for conformity are distasteful)

  65. ‘people who argue for tony abbott, are saying that their arguments are more important than your feelings. these people do not deserve to have relationships or customers, boycott abbott supporters now’.

    I propose a simple but effective method of shaming Abbott supporters, so that everyone will know how to behave when they meet them accidentally.

    A small yellow star sewn to the clothing should do the trick.

  66. JC

    In fact I think there’s a HBO series about gays.

  67. Seriously, every recent ABC drama and American series has the requisite gays or lezzos. In fact you’d think that 30% of the population is gay or lezzo.

    It must be quite crowded in those shows, once you add in the mandatory indigenous and migrant NESB characters.

  68. I’m sorry I didn’t buy the Danish scroll as well as the mushroom and beef pie for lunch today.

    I’m not sorry I had foie gras on the weekend at Chez Pierre.

  69. Infidel Tiger

    How many homosexual couples and homosexual intimacy scenes do you see in TV, film and advertising?

    Every second person on TV is a homo these days. Modern Family had a gay wedding last night.

    It was rather funny actually, the wedding kiss was just a peck on the lips. Pity they didn’t go full tongue bath and really test the waters.

  70. Infidel Tiger

    It must be quite crowded in those shows, once you add in the mandatory indigenous and migrant NESB characters.

    They’ve had to start adding gay indigenous characters just to keep the scripts tight.

  71. nic

    ‘people who argue for tony abbott gay marriage, are saying that their arguments are more important than your feelings. these people do not deserve to have relationships or customers, boycott abbott gay marriage supporters now’.

    I’m sure they are ok with that being ‘tolerant’ and all.

  72. incoherent rambler

    Sorry I voted for Tony Abbott day?

  73. Baldrick

    I’m not sorry I had foie gras on the weekend at Chez Pierre.

    I’m truly sorry but that’s just skiting Philippa.

  74. C.L.

    Not in advertising, IT.

    The people who control the money know that homosexual sex doesn’t sell.

    And yes, there are gay couples in TV shows etc.

    But rarely sex or heavy petting scenes.

  75. Anne

    I’m sorry I didn’t sell NCM at $40!

  76. I am sorry that a box of Cadbury’s Limited Edition Cherry Ripe Burst bars (50¢ a 70g bar at Shiploads) don’t last long at my place.

  77. calli

    I’m sorry I didn’t sell my Mac Bank shares at $93 then re-buy at $29.

    Life’s a beach, and I usually get burnt.

  78. Gab

    Gawd but you’re all a sorry lot. I’m sorry for that.

  79. Ivan Denisovich

    Tony Jones pleading with Abbott to front Q&A so he can be humiliated live to air

    I hope the Prime Eunuch takes up the offer and they give him hell. The Appeasement Party deserves to reap what it has failed to un-sow. Private undertakings apparently given prior to the election that something would be done about Their ABC when in Government have once again proven worthless. Big surprise. The Appeasement Party is basically a conga-line of cowards at both Federal and State level stretching back to the Seventies.

  80. incoherent rambler

    Just in case Joe’s staff scan the web for snappy one-liners:

    One person’s subsidy is another’s tax.

  81. I am sorry that a box of Cadbury’s Limited Edition Cherry Ripe Burst bars (50¢ a 70g bar at Shiploads) don’t last long at my place.

    At least you can comfort yourself with the knowledge that they were certified as Halal.

  82. Anne

    I’m sorry for all those bitches who have looked a man in the face and said “as if”.

  83. Delta A

    Morrison giving report on findings into refugee murder PNG. Channel 24.

  84. Delta A

    Is anyone else unable to access today’s digital edition of The Australian?

  85. Senile Old Guy

    Is anyone else unable to access today’s digital edition of The Australian?

    “No”, or should that be “Yes”. I can access it fine.

  86. candy

    Why did Tony Abbott stop appearing on Q&A? I’ve rarely watched it.
    Were they particularly nasty about his personal beliefs and Christianity? He doesn’t seem the type to hold a grudge.

  87. Toiling Mass

    I’m sorry for all those bitches who have looked a man in the face and said “as if”.

    Thanks, Anne. That means a lot.

    I will soon sit down and feel sorry for myself – but first, can we talk compensation…

  88. incoherent rambler

    Why did Tony Abbott stop appearing on Q&A?

    Why did Tony Abbott stop appearing on Q&A?

    Why would any LNP government minister (except Turnbull*) appear on Q&A?

    *Assuming that Turnbull plays the role of minister.

  89. incoherent rambler

    Why would any LNP government minister (except Turnbull*) appear on Q&A?

    - sadomasochistic tendencies
    - they are stupid
    - they have nothing else to do
    - they are bored
    - they are tired of being an MP
    - prone to self harm

  90. Steve at the Pub, I’m sorry that you were unaware that the Cherry Ripe Burst is not listed as a certified halal product by Cadbury (nor is the common or garden Cherry Ripe); thus, I deem, it is safe to eat.

  91. I’m not sorry I had foie gras on the weekend at Chez Pierre.

    I’m truly sorry but that’s just skiting Philippa.

    I’m still not sorry. And I’m not sorry for skiting either. My sister had a Tanqueray martini which was like a religious experience, and she also says that Pol Roger goes down nicely, even by the glass.

    (Her birthday, my treat. I was driving.)

  92. - sadomasochistic tendencies
    - they are stupid
    - they have nothing else to do
    - they are bored
    - they are tired of being an MP
    - prone to self harm

    - poor-quality Gen Y advisor
    - poor-quality Gen X advisor
    - poor-quality advisor

  93. And yes, there are gay couples in TV shows etc.

    But rarely sex or heavy petting scenes.

    An interesting point.

    But that’s all about preserving the idea that gay couples are ‘just the same’ as everyone else, and avoiding the painfully obvious non-squeaky-clean and Mardi Gras aspects of that lifestyle.

    Fantasy land for everyone involved.

  94. Steve at the Pub, I’m sorry that you were unaware that the Cherry Ripe Burst is not listed as a certified halal product by Cadbury (nor is the common or garden Cherry Ripe); thus, I deem, it is safe to eat.

    Deadman, I am sorry Cadbury’s were unable to get Halal certification for Cherry Ripes, coz I’ll bet they tried their darndest to push it through.

  95. Oh, no, more offence!

    Another Moral Dwarf ‏@innocentshorten 48m
    I am sorry that some men must have a girly whine about possessing unearned privelege. “I’m sorry I’m a white man! Boo hoo!” #sorryday

    Gaye Demanuele ‏@gayedemanuele 4m
    @innocentshorten You managed to show your racism & sexism in just one tweet. Find some respect. We’re talking about genocide here.

  96. dover_beach

    There is a lot of publicity for ‘The Normal Heart’ here in the US at the moment.

  97. @innocentshorten You managed to show your racism & sexism in just one tweet. Find some respect. We’re talking about genocide here.

    Not very successful genocide. The Aboriginal population of Australia has soared for decades.

  98. Infidel Tiger

    Not very successful genocide. The Aboriginal population of Australia has soared for decades.

    It doubled from one census to the next.

  99. I’m sorry I thought Cherry Ripe (original and burst) were Halal certified, coz I’d have been “pigging out” (as uni students say) on the things for the past several months. Silly me. I should be better at checking my facts.

  100. But rarely sex or heavy petting scenes

    The depiction of the #1 martyr is an example.
    Lovely legend: handsome lads listen to Oscar Wilde’s witty banter among the cream of high society, with impressed servants staring in mute astonishment.
    not quite so lovely reality: impoverished 16 yo lads inebriated and buggered* by Oscar Wilde in seedy dives, with disgusted servants expected to clean faeces-stained bedding.
    * nttawwt

  101. Token

    We’re talking about genocide here.

    Twitter is the perfect place to make such a comment. That sounds like someone very excited about their work.

  102. Fisky

    But rarely sex or heavy petting scenes.

    Of course not. They’re marketing savvy and know the audience’s boundaries. The producers of The Cosby Show (which I think was made for the same reason as a lot of the pro-gay flicks) exercised the same insight and care.

  103. Infidel Tiger

    The producers of The Cosby Show (which I think was made for the same reason as a lot of the pro-gay flicks) exercised the same insight and care.

    A black family where the father lives at home and the parents are married is too much of a stretch even for Hollywood.

  104. Fisky

    The Cosby Show (which I think was made for the same reason as a lot of the pro-gay flicks) exercised the same insight and care.

    I should elaborate – I’m obviously not talking about avoiding sex scenes on the Cosby Show, but rather carefully avoiding any of the negative connotations or images associated with the black community.

  105. twostix

    From the Strangely Awesome Things I Read Today files:

    “You would think that Andrew Jackson was giving you his undivided attention, and then you would glance over and notice that he had devoted the last several minutes to making a laborious sketch of an alligator.

    “Mr. President!” you would gasp, indignantly.
    “I have a bullet lodged inside my body,” he would say. “From killing a man in a duel. A better man than you.” He would resume drawing the alligator.”

    That’s a pretty serious smack down, and a pretty shit drawing of an alligator.

    H/T Ace of Spades who make it overly difficult to link to individual posts.

  106. James

    Security has now been tightened with identification checks to reduce the chances of a repeat incident.

    The funding for Parliament security has been slashed to boost security for Q&A?

  107. Foggyfig

    Did I hear Morrison sat that the dead asylum seeker was hit by a salvo army worker?

  108. Fisky

    Media rule #1 – don’t piss off the Jews
    Media rule #2 – don’t piss off the gays
    Media rule #3 – definitely don’t piss off the gay Jews (unless you’re Mel Gibson and are loaded, then you can bribe them to forgive you eventually)

  109. Tom

    Find some respect. We’re talking about genocide here.

    AAAAHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    The wilful ignorance of the ruling class’s new uneducated bogan peons is actually hilarious.

  110. JC

    C.L.
    #1319874, posted on May 26, 2014 at 1:04 pm
    That toilet story is from 2004, JC, so Conroy might be a smidgen taken aback.

    Yea I know it was from along time ago. He’d know what it’s all about.

  111. For real?

    Nelly Thomas ‏@MsNellyThomas
    I am sitting in Centrelink listening to an old man sobbing as the staff member explains how the Budget has affected his payments. For real.

    Affected even before the budget has passed?

  112. Token

    Affected even before the budget has passed?

    The mass hysteria has not hit its peak yet as the people who want a riot have not stopped lying to get the mob into a frenzy.

    Last couple of times the frenzy lead to the parlimentary gift shop being trashed & the PM + opposition leader where surrounded & had to be rescued.

  113. Infidel Tiger

    Media rule #1 – don’t piss off the Jews
    Media rule #2 – don’t piss off the gays

    Update your rolodex, Fisky.

    Homo trumps all and you can openly abuse Jews now.

  114. Homo trumps all and you can openly abuse Jews now.

    So where do “black” and “muslim” fit into this great game of rock-paper-scissors?

  115. Gillard still tweets:

    Julia Gillard ‏@JuliaGillard 2m
    Delighted to be in Melbourne talking social justice, education and about the formidable Joan Kirner http://bit.ly/1k82WAS JG

    Another Moral Dwarf ‏@innocentshorten
    I see that the incompetent and corrupt @JuliaGillard uses the word “formidable” in its extremely rare sense of “incompetent and corrupt.”

  116. dragnet

    Thank you Fisky & Token.

  117. Scott Morrison in QT refers to Tony Burke as “my pen-pal, the Shadow Minister for Nigeria”.

  118. egg_

    How many homosexual couples and homosexual intimacy scenes do you see in TV, film and advertising?

    From previous, Ladyboys seem to be the late night rage on the Govt TV channels for some strange reason?
    The “Carlotta” effect?

  119. harrys on the boat

    Did he, Deadman? Morrison for PM.

  120. Baldrick

    Nelly Thomas ‏@MsNellyThomas
    I am sitting in Centrelink listening to an old man sobbing as the staff member explains how the Budget has affected his payments. For real.

    Affected even before the budget has passed?

    I’m calling it … we’ve reached ‘peak budget’.

  121. egg_

    I’m sorry for all those bitches who have looked a man in the face and said “as if”.

    As if. ;)

  122. Pickles

    Looks like the young fella has followed the Early Kooka alright CL.

  123. Gillard still tweets:

    Gillard’s PA still tweets.

  124. James

    Tony Burke as “my pen-pal, the Shadow Minister for Nigeria”.

    Will ALP then feign outrage for Nigerians. Racist! 18C!!!

  125. Fisky

    All this doesn’t mean the gay lobby have no vulnerabilities. The flip side of their cool/attractive image is that their furious insistence on conformity, ironic for a lobby that claims to defend “diversity”. They have zero tolerance for the opinions of their opponents and are totally opposed to freedom of association. Anyone who wants to tackle the gay lobby should focus like a laser on those vulnerabilities because they affect the legitimate interests of non-gays, rather than falling into the trap of trying to play up the yuck factor as that is a fast ticket to being labeled a bigot.

    The same is true of the Muslim lobby. They are vulnerable on many more fronts than the gays, but unfortunately the anti-sharia campaigners spend too much time complaining about halal food and mosque-building making them look like bigots when they should instead be going after Muslim spokesmen who support gender discrimination, the destruction of Israel, Islamist regimes like Iran, and the execution of homosexuals, and bans on criticism of religion, all of which put the Islam lobby at odds with just about everyone.

  126. egg_

    Gillard still tweets

    From the harridans from the left, more like a buzzard “squawk”?

  127. Fisky

    Scott Morrison in QT refers to Tony Burke as “my pen-pal, the Shadow Minister for Nigeria”.

    Another trap is laid for the ALP and their Twitterati. Will they fall for it again? Is the Pope Catholic?

  128. Gillard’s PA still tweets.

    Messages signed “JG”, purportedly, are from her own hand:

    Official Twitter account of the 27th Prime Minister of Australia. Tweets by Julia are signed JG.

  129. Baldrick

    Whats with the Slovenian hag and those black heavy framed glasses?

  130. feelthebern

    Nelly Thomas ‏@MsNellyThomas
    I am sitting in Centrelink listening to an old man sobbing as the staff member explains how the Budget has affected his payments. For real.

    I just checked out that twitter feed. Seriously deranged stuff. But then she finishes by saying whether she receives benefits or not is no ones business.
    I reckon she just showed up on a radar she never wanted to show up on.
    Severe audit for her now.

  131. Token

    Gillard still tweets:

    Troll-loll-loll-loll-loll-loll-loll-loll-loll-loll

    One suspect that if TLS prays, it is for Whitlam to finally meet up with his buddies Pol Pot, Mao and Brezhnev in the athiest afterworld so the old fellow will stop hogging the love and adoration of the fruitbat left.

  132. Token

    Whats with the Slovenian hag and those black heavy framed glasses?

    From the Lee Rhiannon collective collection I believe.

  133. James

    Fisky
    #1319998, posted on May 26, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    +1

    There should also be a re-think of how to address 18C.

    The opposition to change rallies the ethnic communities against bullies.

    The 18C repealists should focus on the discussion of important social issues being suppressed, the unfairness of the same words said by one race becoming unacceptable if said by a different race and the possibility of any person who voices an honest opinion becoming “the accused” by some precious princesses and unable to self-defend because of the flawed design of the legislation and the dangerous precedent set by the Bolt case.

  134. Official Twitter account of the 27th Prime Minister of Australia. Tweets by Julia are signed JG.

    And you believe that? Dictated to the PA and then polished down.

  135. I am sitting in Centrelink listening to an old man sobbing as the staff member explains how the Budget has affected his payments. For real.

    From what parallel universe was she tweeting?

    Or is she from the future?

  136. harrys on the boat

    What is it with the Labor front bench and convicted drug dealers?

  137. And you believe that?

    Are you suggesting that the beloved Julia Gillard has ever been anything less than totally honest? Next you’ll be telling me that she didn’t write her own famous misogyny speech, or that her glasses lack prescription lenses and are merely for show…

  138. James

    Bull Shitten in Parliament asking TA question about asbestos.

    Deliberate link to Bernie Banton?

  139. James

    I am sitting in Centrelink listening to an old man sobbing as the staff member explains how the Budget has affected his payments. For real.

    So, she is eavesdropping, just like Mark Riley with the Shit Happens thingy.

  140. Supplice

    Can’t be from the future. No thinking creature could be from the future and twit that, because any thinking creature from the future would be armed with the next weekend footy results and be down the TAB. Especially if they’re on welfare.

  141. Tony Burke is now interrogating the Speaker.

  142. James

    Are you suggesting that the beloved Julia Gillard has ever been anything less than totally honest? Next you’ll be telling me that she didn’t write her own famous misogyny speech, or that her glasses lack prescription lenses and are merely for show…

    And that her hair is not really red…

  143. Snoopy

    Its very easy to get suspended from Twitter.

    @AlboMP old mate. Please don’t forget gender equity. Couldn’t you have rustled up a Thai sheila for the photo shoot? love Dolly

  144. Cold-Hands

    half burnt frill-necked lizard actually taste?

    It tastes like chicken.

  145. Delta A

    Hurrah! My digital edition of the Australian just turned up. Makes me wonder where it’s been hiding all day.

  146. Tony Burke continues to attack the Speaker. From any other party’s MP against any other woman this would be called grievous misogyny by hysterical women throughout the media.

  147. candy

    Tony Burke seems determined to undermine the Speaker. It seems his mission in life, apart from writing referees for drug dealers from Villawood (as the PM said!).

  148. Fisky

    There should also be a re-think of how to address 18C.

    The opposition to change rallies the ethnic communities against bullies.

    The 18C repealists should focus on the discussion of important social issues being suppressed, the unfairness of the same words said by one race becoming unacceptable if said by a different race and the possibility of any person who voices an honest opinion becoming “the accused” by some precious princesses and unable to self-defend because of the flawed design of the legislation and the dangerous precedent set by the Bolt case.

    I don’t think the repeal/reform is going to happen because Brandis completely stuffed up the campaign from the outset. The “right to be a bigot” comment was insane from the country’s leading law official and has probably inflicted irreversible damage.

    What he should have done is listened to the ethnic communities about why they are so afraid of 18C repeal (and a whole stack of them, including totally innocuous lobbies such as the Koreans, Greeks, etc). Which are invariably that people will be intimidated and harassed by others on the basis of their race. Brandis should then have passed an amendment making it illegal to racially intimidate or harass people, and deleted the rest of the Act and taking away the “pre-crimes” provisions with it.

    That would cause a lot of the politically neutral ethnic lobbies to lose interest because they would see an Attorney-General listening to and defending their legitimate concerns about physical intimidation and harassment, while removing the scope for state interference in actual speech. That would then leave the Jewish lobby basically on their own or with one or two others, screaming about how Brandis is going to cause a second Holocaust, making them sound hysterical and extreme.

  149. kae

    Bolt is soft.

    It’s not your child or your grandmother, though it is a member of your family. It’s your dog. Surgeries for pets cost as much as surgeries for humans and sometimes you need to draw a line. Sure, if you have unlimited money for animal surgery you can get your pet fixed, but he shouldn’t compare your dog with your grandma or child.

  150. Snoopy

    The Skye Rooter and Nigerian drug lord enabler is s misogynist!

  151. Baldrick

    Labor frontbencher Tony Burke has rejected suggestions he asked the Abbott government to release a Nigerian drug dealer from immigration detention. Mr Burke wrote to the government in March on behalf of a constituent who came to his Sydney electorate office to plead for help to get her partner released from Villawood Detention Centre. Labor’s finance spokesman says he and his staff did not know at the time that the woman’s partner, Drichuckuv Nweke, was a convicted drug dealer.

    Didn’t know? Nweke is a convicted drug dealer who was jailed in 2005 for importing almost 2kg of cocaine into Australia in children’s books.

  152. Snoopy

    Plibersek jumps to the defence of drug lords enablers!

  153. Fisky

    Good lord! Labor are insane.

  154. Bolt is soft.
    Surgeries for pets cost as much as surgeries for humans and sometimes you need to draw a line. Sure, if you have unlimited money for animal surgery you can get your pet fixed, but he shouldn’t compare your dog with your grandma or child.

    They are “pets” not “children”. You are their “master” or “mistress” not their “mummy” or “daddy” and when they get really expensively ill, they are treated under medicare rule .303

  155. James

    What he should have done is listened to the ethnic communities about why they are so afraid of 18C repeal

    Now, we have all those Labor MPs, Liberal State MPs and Federal MPs in ethnic community seats all promising to fight Canberra against any change.

  156. Supplice

    The “right to be a bigot” comment was insane from the country’s leading law official and has probably inflicted irreversible damage.

    On the other side of the coin, didn’t Obama make a similar statement whilst commenting on the Sterling beat-up?

  157. Clementine Ford copping it on Daily Life for her ill-advised article on the Elliott whasshisname shootings.

    Some of the comments are scathing, and justifiably so.

  158. Motelier

    Arnott’s Shapes, with ingredients listed in English, French and Arabic.

    However, from the Arnott’s webpage.

    Q: Are any Arnott’s biscuits Halal or Kosher certified?
    A: Arnott’s does not certify its products sold in Australia or New Zealand based on any particular religious beliefs or social preferences.

    One can still enjoy them as a snack.

  159. James

    Labor’s finance spokesman says he and his staff did not know at the time that the woman’s partner, Drichuckuv Nweke, was a convicted drug dealer.

    It’s pretty amazing as Berk would write the letter without first asking why that guy has been in detention in the first place. The fact that he has been immigration minister makes that double stupid.

  160. They are “pets” not “children”. You are their “master” or “mistress” not their “mummy” or “daddy” and when they get really expensively ill, they are treated under medicare rule .303

    Firm but fair. We have had that discussion at home, and set a figure of around $400 for emergency treatment.

    Anything past that – either at a single sitting or over time as the result of an injury which will disable him permanently – and Ginger Sook goes to Cat Heaven painlessly and peacefully, and we go to Cat Haven and give another little pest (or two!) a chance at a loving home.

    Euthanasia is for pets, not for other human beings.

  161. Baldrick

    Sarah Hyphon Two Dads goes hypo over the death of 1 country shopper:

    A man was brutally beaten to death inside Manus detention camp. The Govt cannot ensure it won’t happen again. Keeping it open is untenable

    Yet fails to mention the over 1,200 country shoppers who drowned under her watch.

  162. James

    The “right to be a bigot” comment was insane from the country’s leading law official and has probably inflicted irreversible damage.

    The crux of the argument is that people being bigots do not admit to being one, but would like to point their fingers at others.

  163. Foggyfig

    Please get SHY off the tv. No blame for greens or alp for problems with immigration. Marles will be there shortly to have his thoughts on this bastard of a govt.

  164. James

    A man was brutally beaten to death inside Manus detention camp. The Govt cannot ensure it won’t happen again. Keeping it open is untenable

    Maybe Morrison can simply says “Accidents Happen”…

  165. candy

    A. Bolt seems to think children don’t understand the difference between a pet needing to be let go to Heaven, but that a person is medically saved.

  166. A man was brutally beaten to death inside Manus detention camp. The Govt cannot ensure it won’t happen again. Keeping it open is untenable

    “Accidents happen”, Sarah. “Tragedies happen.”

  167. Labor’s finance spokesman says he and his staff did not know at the time that the woman’s partner, Drichuckuv Nweke, was a convicted drug dealer.

    I thought for one wonderful moment that you were still talking about Tanya Plibersek.

  168. Madame Speaker during the ringing of the bells, perhaps addressing an ALP member or members: “Don’t you dare [inaudible], don’t you dare [inaudible]. It’s a campaign against the speaker, from day one.”

  169. notafan

    I have something to be sorry for too
    I’m sorry that the massage* parlour next door blocked their toilet and is now trying to get me and the neighbour on the other side to pay for it.
    Not going to happen.

  170. Baldrick

    Clementine Ford copping it on Daily Life for her ill-advised article on the Elliott whasshisname shootings.

    Kudos for reading the tripe Philippa. I scrolled down and read the comments and avoided the crap floating on top.

  171. Gab

    Scott Morrison in QT refers to Tony Burke as “my pen-pal, the Shadow Minister for Nigeria”.

    LOL. He has a classy way with put-downs.

  172. kae

    Just had a call from someone professing to be from Telstra telling me my internet connection was going to be terminated.

    I said “What’s my account number”.

    “We don’t have access to that information.”

    Bloody Indian/Pakistani (that’s the accent) conmen.

  173. Anne

    Nota, doubtless blocked by cotton waste (red underpants).

  174. James

    Bloody Indian/Pakistani (that’s the accent) conmen.

    Thank God He’s not Nigerian.

  175. Delta A

    I’ve had that call also, Kae. He was very insistent and would offer no information other than it was an emergency. It resulted in much yelling from both sides.

  176. Gab

    On a point of order, Deadman:

    Madame Speaker

    Shouldn’t that be Madam without the ‘e’?

  177. I am very sorry that Albo was ejected for an hour for saying to the Speaker, who told him to resume his seat, “No, I won’t sit down, I won’t; and you can’t make me; and I shall hold my breaf until I turn blue!”

  178. notafan

    Nota, doubtless blocked by cotton waste (red underpants).

    Yes Anne I rang the council and suggested they be present at the unblocking (fat chance)

  179. Senile Old Guy

    Just had a call from someone professing to be from Telstra telling me my internet connection was going to be terminated.

    Get this all the time, usually there is something wrong with my Windows.

    Usually, I just hang up but occasionally…

    “Fine. What version of Windows am I running?”

    Clueless babbling ensues.

  180. I just have that little bit more respect for the Speaker. Gab.

  181. Token

    I don’t think the repeal/reform is going to happen because Brandis completely stuffed up the campaign from the outset. The “right to be a bigot” comment was insane from the country’s leading law official and has probably inflicted irreversible damage.

    Not quite, once Obama said the same after the NAACP award winner & DNC doner got caught out, that attack on Brandis died.

    The problem is the Labor-lite MPs like Craig Lundy who are carrying water for the “ethnic communities” in their electorates killed momentum.

    If Brandis prevents another Adam Goodes being able to get heavy handed thugs at the MCG & Vic Police illegally detaining a minor, we will have a win (of sorts).

  182. Rudiau

    Student Is Asked About “Hell” On An Exam.
    You’ve Gotta Read His Answer.
    Is Hell endothermic or exothermic?

  183. Token

    Plibersek jumps to the defence of drug lords enablers!

    Isn’t that a description of her home life?

  184. Gab

    Madam refers to a woman of refinement whereas Madame refers to a married Frenchwoman or a elderly female that runs a brothel.

  185. Get this all the time, usually there is something wrong with my Windows.

    Yes, “It must astonish you to learn, then, that all my Apple computers use OS X only. Nice try. Good bye.”

  186. Madame, Gab, literally, means “My lady”.

  187. twostix

    130,000 signatures, an issue that most of the public fall on one side of against the elite = hardly any media coverage

    THE parents of several high profile murder victims joined media personality Derryn Hinch on the final stretch of his Jail to Justice walk today.

    The walk began on May 17 from Langi Kal Kal prison to coincide with Mr Hinch’s petition for a public register of convicted sex offenders.

    The last 5km leg of the 160km walk ran from Brunswick — where Jill Meagher was murdered in September 2012 — and finished at Parliament House, where a petition of nearly 130,000 signatures was handed over to the State Government.

    They should have attacked Abbott and assaulted some MP’s. Then it would be getting non stop favourable wall to wall coverage.

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/murder-victims-families-join-derryn-hinch-on-jail-to-justice-walk/story-fni0fee2-1226931998534

  188. Gab

    “Originally a title of respect for a woman of rank, [madame] now given to any married woman. OED recommends madam as an English title, madame in reference to foreign women.”

  189. Tom

    elderly female that runs a brothel.

    Grammar, Gabrielle! It’s:

    …elderly female wot runs a broffel.

  190. Token

    What he should have done is listened to the ethnic communities about why they are so afraid of 18C repeal

    From my contacts it is clear a good amount of this is down to the Labor-Lite party being very poor at making sure they have links into all the ethnic community newspapers (especially those published in languages other than English).

    When the Liars Party & Greens started spreading crap there were no press releases to the papers the Labor-Lite party did not have people ready and on hand to speak to the communities.

    When you leave it to people like John Alexander and Craig Lundy to be assaulted in meetings without a centralised message to suppor them, it makes it hard for them to hold their ground.

  191. egg_

    elderly female wot runs a broffel.

    Wot if it’s one of Albo’s alleged Thai ladyboyz?

  192. Furthermore, the Speaker was today in charge of a disorderly House.

  193. Gab

    I just have that little bit more respect for the Speaker. Gab.

    As do I hence my query regards the spelling.

    I have no respect whatsoever for the former Speaker.

  194. Gab

    Furthermore, the Speaker was today in charge of a disorderly House.

    LOL. I see what you did there.

    However, brothels, I am told, are run in an orderly fashion, by comparison.

  195. Motelier

    Get this all the time, usually there is something wrong with my Windows.


    But I have mac

  196. Senile Old Guy

    Student Is Asked About “Hell” On An Exam.
    You’ve Gotta Read His Answer.
    Is Hell endothermic or exothermic?

    Urban myth.

  197. Peter from SA

    Hurrah! My digital edition of the Australian just turned up. Makes me wonder where it’s been hiding all day.

    This annoys me too … I reckon they want people to get on their website rather than read selected stories via an email link. More exposure to ads or something? or maybe you just see more stories via the website?

  198. James

    From my contacts it is clear a good amount of this is down to the Labor-Lite party being very poor at making sure they have links into all the ethnic community newspapers (especially those published in languages other than English).

    The Chinese paytv and newspapers are translated from Sydney Morning Herald / The Age.

    The Chinese translated wordings are all anti-Coalition and especially anti-Abbott.

    I am surprised any Chinese will vote for the Coalition at all.

  199. Foggyfig

    Marles now moaning about Morrison’s lack of action on processing blah blah, blah.

  200. kae

    What’s my account number? stopped him in his tracks. Well, he made excuses about that being classified info.

    Carried on with some mumbo jumbo about servers, remote servers, etc.

    I’ve also had the windows one. “But I don’t have a computer.”

  201. James

    The problem is the Labor-lite MPs like Craig Lundy who are carrying water for the “ethnic communities” in their electorates killed momentum.

    In the beginning of the debate, there were some pretty good articles in favour of Freedom of Speech in The Australian. But those arguments do not filter into the mainstream mindset.

    People can easily comprehend “we stand against bullies”. But it is harder to argue “we allow people we do not agree with the right to say their piece”.

    Craig Lundy is simply lightweight, no idea what he is on about.

  202. James

    lack of action on processing blah blah, blah

    If they have allowed the temporary protection visa legislation to pass, processing would have been done by now.

  203. Maybe Morrison can simply says “Accidents Happen”…

    “Accidents Happen” = okay.
    “Shit Happens” = not okay.

  204. However, from the Arnott’s webpage.
    Q: Are any Arnott’s biscuits Halal or Kosher certified?
    A: Arnott’s does not certify its products sold in Australia or New Zealand based on any particular religious beliefs or social preferences.
    One can still enjoy them as a snack.

    Thank you very much Mote.
    A packet of Gingernuts was delivered to reception this morning by a well-wisher (yeah, I can’t believe it either!) and we’ve been debating all day if they are “safe” to nibble on.

  205. James

    So, Labor is going to block the 1 cent increase in petrol excise in the budget.

    At the same time, Labor is also blocking the carbon tax repeal, which leads to 7 cents increase in petrol excise.

  206. Infidel Tiger

    There’s nothing better than dunking Gingernuts in a cup of hot tea.

  207. calli

    and we’ve been debating all day if they are “safe” to nibble on

    Only if your teeth are in good order…otherwise it might be the .303 for you. (from a border collie posing as ‘calli’). :)

  208. Snoopy

    Stephen Koukoulas ‏@TheKouk 23m
    Speaker betting:
    Will Bronwyn Bishop be speaker at time of next election:

    Yes: $1.25
    No: $3.50

    Any funding problems the Lib campaign may have are solved right there.

  209. stackja

    kae
    #1320071, posted on May 26, 2014 at 4:01 pm
    Just had a call from someone professing to be from Telstra telling me my internet connection was going to be terminated.
    I said “What’s my account number”.
    “We don’t have access to that information.”
    Bloody Indian/Pakistani (that’s the accent) conmen.

    In Sydney suburb too. I just leave the phone off the hook and they hang up.

  210. nic

    There’s nothing better than dunking Gingernuts in a cup of hot tea.

    Gotta find a Scotsman first though

  211. egg_

    There’s nothing better than dunking Gingernuts in a cup of hot tea.

    And dunking your biscuits is good, too.

  212. Leo G

    Gotta find a Scotsman first though

    … And a very large quaich second.

  213. Combine_Dave

    From my contacts it is clear a good amount of this is down to the Labor-Lite party being very poor at making sure they have links into all the ethnic community newspapers (especially those published in languages other than English).

    Is this why Taiwanese (and Chinese) seem to go for Labor?

  214. nilk, iron bogan

    National Sorry Day event organisers said the day is an important one for all Australians to remember and commemorate the mistreatment of the continent’s indigenous population.

    LOL I asked my girl what they did for National Sorry Day at school, and she asked, “What’s that?”

    I told her that it was a day when we’re supposed to feel bad about white people coming to Australia and trying to kill off the Aboriginies.

    She replied that she hadn’t done anything so wasn’t sorry and it was a stupid idea.

    Out of the mouths of babes…

  215. nilk, iron bogan

    For Dragnet. Next time your lefty friends bring up Scandinavia, refer them to this series about Brainwashing In Norway.

    It’s eye-opening. I’d also ask them what’s great about a country where little boys are not allowed to stand up to wee when they’re at kindergarten. They have to sit down like the girls so that they are all equal.

    Sod that.

    Oh, and then there are the rape stats from places like Malmo. Yeah, a veritable socialist wonderland.

  216. nilk, iron bogan

    But rarely sex or heavy petting scenes.

    Re gays on television. Well duh, CL. That would be the quickest way to get the punters offside.

  217. nilk, iron bogan

    I’m sorry that Cadbury has shelled out a motza for halal certification and yet it’s currently haram in Malaysia.

    No I’m not. I think it’s delicious.

  218. Bruce of Newcastle

    There’s nothing better than dunking Gingernuts in a cup of hot tea.

    Yes, it saves on dental charges, but the last time I did it was in the sixties. Truth. I’m amazed Arnotts still make them.

  219. john constantine

    victorian resellers are blaming the west australians for using all australias stock of lemat/ometheoate, and most of the dimetheoate.

    the just in time supply chain fails again, and the chemical company says no production run before the middle of june.

    lucerne flea –not the worlds most threatening name, but neither was ‘boll weevil’. always bastarding something. until youn have seen the exploding ravaging hordes of insects taking out emerging crops you aint seen nuthin [in the good old days,we could use lethal force insecticides that protected all season long] not now.

  220. Yobbo

    I should elaborate – I’m obviously not talking about avoiding sex scenes on the Cosby Show, but rather carefully avoiding any of the negative connotations or images associated with the black community.

    Seriously though, it’s hollywood. When was the last time a hetero sex scene in a movie featured queefing or the man unexpectedly covered in menstrual blood?

    Editing out the shitty parts of life is the entire purpose of TV and Movies.

  221. Yobbo

    That said, there certainly are movies that feature gay characters as less than desirable.

    e.g. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1045772/

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