Incentives matter

Today is “Harmony Day” and also the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

So an excellent day to reflect on how the Australian government’s efforts are proceeding.

Here is Chris Kenny making the obvious point:

The Australian are pursuing him hard:

There must be something in the air at the Human Rights Commission that makes it difficult to tell the difference between fantasy and reality.

Consider the plight of Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane. The poor man has clearly forgotten what he said just a few months ago when drumming up complaints about Bill Leak’s famous cartoon highlighting the plight of children in dysfunctional Aboriginal families.

In a statement issued yesterday, Soutphommasane had the hide to say this: “I reject any suggestion that I have ‘urged’ or ‘encouraged’ complaints.”

In the wake of Leak’s death — and growing disgust with the way he was treated by the commission — selective memory loss is understandable. Pathetic, but understandable.

The commission imposed immense strain on Leak and it is now trying to rewrite history to portray itself in a more favourable light. It won’t work.

Just doing his job apparently; dare I say, just following orders? Certainly responding to incentives.

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74 Responses to Incentives matter

  1. Roger

    We clearly need a commissioner for public lies.

  2. Megan

    Pursuing him hard, in my view, involves use of the word ‘liar’. But I guess the Australian has to tread a finer line.

  3. stackja

    Tim S ‘fantastic’!

  4. John Comnenus

    This man is a disgrace who would be more at home as Kommissar for Truth in North Korea. He is clearly not telling the truth, but I guess he is just following the example of his boss, Ms Triggs.

    Both should be sacked immediately as should silent Santow. In fact why not just wind up the whole Stalinist organisation.

  5. Mark

    Being a sensitive soul, I imagine he will be reading this. So, in your comments, remember to give him a personal message. Send a cheerio to Ms Trigger, too.

    [Gentlepeople – I’d be grateful if you didn’t give him too personal a message. I don’t want to be having to clean up the thread. By all means criticise the position, the incentives, and/or his actions but personal criticism may well be unlawful. Sinc]

  6. Tom

    The photo above actually sums up what a shifty little pimp he is.

  7. struth

    I thought that was a photo of the leader of North Korea, Kim Bees Arefull.
    He must be related.

  8. dweezy2176

    Being a “liar” appears to be the overiding qualification for an HRC commissar .. At 300K per annum I’m happy to tell lies 24/7, Gilly…..!

  9. stackja

    The ‘offended’ industry self regenerating. Lionel Murphy’s legacy!

  10. John64

    Commissar Southpossuminsane was interviewed on TheirABC (AM) this morning.

    His mealy-mouthed dissembling about the inherent racism in our society came across as a person desperately protecting his cushy sinecure.

    What a despicable individual.

  11. Texas Jack

    Sure, and yes and yes and yes, but where the hey are the LNP on shutting this most obvious diversion of public resources? Hiding? Like they are on the ABC and SBS, and the NBN, the CCA etc etc…

  12. Des Deskperson

    According to the Harmony Day website:

    “Orange is the official Harmony Day colour and many people wear orange clothes or ribbons.”

    Surely this is offensive – in-your-face offensive – to the very many Australians of Irish Catholic heritage!

  13. duncanm

    ..dissembling about the inherent racism in our society..

    yes – he does bang on about this.

    Apparently us whities have it ingrained — we’re just waiting for our opportunity to go bird dogging and get the plantations up and running again.

  14. duncanm

    “Orange is the official Harmony Day colour and many people wear orange clothes or ribbons.”

    Surely this is offensive – in-your-face offensive – to the very many Australians of Irish Catholic heritage!

    worse! Its cultural appropriation! The Dutch will be outraged.

  15. A Lurker

    Come on guys, we ought to be more sympathetic to him because incidences of failing memory like this, must surely be a symptom of this – in which case, the poor man should, for the sake of his health, immediately step down from his public position in order to spend more time with his family – who I am sure, misses him terribly. 😉

  16. H B Bear

    Liar, liar HRC on fire.

  17. stackja

    Des – Orange yes! How about black and tan?

  18. rickw

    Tim Possumarse: hounding him to death would seem to be appropriate?

  19. struth

    Where is the racism?
    No really, where is it Tim?

    Australians are the least racist people in the world.
    By far.
    I have proof of this.
    You prove otherwise or fuck off.
    Try taking people from all around the world on tours around Australia, you’ll soon see blatent racism that they don’t deny, openly admit to and don’t give a rats.
    And much of it is national bigotry, not pertaining to race as such.
    Chinese hate Japs, French hate everyone, Dutch hate Germans, Germans pity everyone else for not being German, while Yanks are loathed by the envious, and all ready to admit it, while the Aussies cower in fear at the thought of being told that they don’t treat all as brothers.
    Only the lowest gutter crawling piece of shit, a talentless parasite, could invent racism in this country to parasitically steal vast sums of taxpayers money , fully understanding you are talking shit and bringing down your country in the process.
    The only racism in this country is found in government departments.
    Practiced for the growth of government departments.
    If government didn’t separate by race as they have done with aboriginal Australians, those aboriginals would be living amongst us, in the twenty first century as our rightful fellow travellers.
    You , the government, keep them in an Apartheid state, a state of complete separation in communities of socialist welfare degradation and then call those critical of it, racists, from your plush tax payer funded offices in Canberra.
    You, Tim, are the complete racist.
    You are a race baiter.
    You are a contemptible piece of parasitical, lying, left wing racist shit.

  20. Cassie of Sydney

    This man is a creep, a race pimp, nothing more. Whilst Triggs is a lying disgrace, she has become and looks like, of late, a caricature like WitchiePoo from HR Pufstuff. She is a complete and utter joke with absolutely zero credibility, not that she has ever had any to begin with. However, it is this Stalinist race pimp who disturbs me more and is more dangerous because he will hang around this brothel called the HRC for a long time, or at least until he is offered another role as an creepy apparatchik working for some left wing ALP or Greens piece of vermin. Just look at him and listen to him. He belongs in Moscow or Berlin in 1938.

  21. Roger

    His mealy-mouthed dissembling about the inherent racism in our society

    Odd that we’re such a racist society yet people from all around the world want to come here and make a new life for themselves.

  22. Leo G

    The rights to equality and non-discrimination are cornerstones of human rights law.

    A cornerstone for bipolar disorder. A positive right to race equality that is addressed by race discrimination and a negative right- not to be discriminated by race.
    No wonder HR lawyers are so often crazed.

  23. Some History

    Timmy Snouthippopotamarse of the PC petty dictator brigade. So much power, so little time.

  24. The process being the punishment I have no doubt they hounded Bill Leak ultra vireos after the complaints were answered or withdrawn, ergo abusing their own system.
    He looks like he is considering launching year zero on people he dosn’t care for in that photo.

  25. None

    Well done to the Oz for punching hard. Punch harder. Triggs and Soupface hounded Leak to death. I want their guts for garters. I want their citizenship revoked and them booted out of the country. Both are malevolent little shits. Nothing more.

  26. Muddy

    You just have to look at sport in Australia to see how inherently racist we are. The NRL for example may as well wear white hoodies: there’s barely one non-Anglo in the whole freakin league! Racist!

  27. Des Deskperson

    I just did a quick and dirty check of the websites of major Commonwealth agencies- Defence, Social Services, Tax, Human Services – and, yes, they’re all observing Harmony Day in one way or another.

    According to Human Services, “Harmony Day is a great opportunity to celebrate our cultural diversity” . ATO wishes its staff and clients a “Happy Harmony Day!’ and advising us that “The ATO is celebrating Australia’s diverse communities.”

    There will be pep-talks all over the APS – washed down withy taxpayer-funded tea, coffee and cakes – about how well the particular agency is doing in terms of ‘diversity’ and inclusiveness but how it still needs to do better.

    BTW, Human Services now includes LGBTI people as a group suffering disadvantage in the workplace – along with the long established categories of Women, people from non-English speaking background and people with disabilities. No evidential basis for this is presented.

  28. Dr Faustus

    Important to remember Dr Soutphommasane’s enablers. A big call out to Nigel Scullion, who hopped instinctively onto the anti-free speech bandwagon:

    Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion condemns ‘racist’ Bill Leak cartoon

    A pox drop in the ocean of political correctness.

  29. Boambee John

    Roger at 1044

    A strong argument for ending all Muslim immigration.

    We should not inflict our inherent racism on them. //sarc//

  30. Des Deskperson

    “You , the government, keep them in an Apartheid state, a state of complete separation in communities of socialist welfare degradation and then call those critical of it, racists, from your plush tax payer funded offices in Canberra.”

    To be fair to my city of residence, Tim’s office is in fact in Sydney but, yes, it is plush.

    http://www.175pittstreet.com.au/profile

  31. Boambee John

    Des at 1135

    Boambee John
    #2332522, posted on March 21, 2017 at 11:28 am
    Myrddin Seren at 1048

    Many years ago I headed a section accumulating personnel statistics.

    One day the woman who did the EEO numbers (who was violently against affirmative action) came in chuckling loudly.

    We had recruited a woman of non English speaking background with a disability. Ticks in three columns.

    Those higher up spruiking our “progress” were not aware that adding all the columns together caused double counting.

    From the open thread.

  32. Des Deskperson

    “We had recruited a woman of non English speaking background with a disability. Ticks in three columns.”

    If she had been a lesbian as well, she would have gone down – no pun intended – a treat in Human Service

  33. John Comnenus

    Well our non APS workplace had an excellent harmony day morning tea with food stalls from a variety of countries from Wales to Eritrea. Fortunately the French food stall served champagne 🥂 and French red wine 🍷 with morning tea. God bless our French immigrant employees. Thoroughly civilised – no need for lunch today.

    Having said that they should get rid of 18C and the HRC and especially Triggs, Southpossamne and Santow.

    Australia just isn’t institutionally racist.

  34. Cradock's Choice

    So little SA-Standartenführer Tommy Soupypossumarse is arging that Befehl ist Befehl, eh?

  35. struth

    To be fair to my city of residence, Tim’s office is in fact in Sydney but, yes, it is plush.

    It’s only fair if you live in Canberra, which I believe you do, if I remember correctly.

    Can you imagine, because I can’t for the life of me, or work out what fills his day?

    How can somebody on 300, ooo a year have the time to worry about a uni student’s facebook comment?
    Of course, we can all guess.
    The point is we are fucked.
    Australia is fucked.
    It is too late.
    It was too late the second Abbott backed down once leader.
    It would have been a hard fight even if he hadn’t, as our entrenched socialist/Marxist government types like Tim would have been hard to drain from our swamp.
    If you have never seen socialism’s end result, and you haven’t seen an aboriginal community, just roll up in one.
    Don’t worry about a permit, they take forever and there are that many restrictions on where you can go if you are white, you won’t get the full picture.
    The misery and violence.
    The utter degradation and filth.
    The corruption of their representatives, who would rather aboriginal babies die of diseases long since wiped out in the western world, in front of their eyes, than to have their snouts pulled from the trough.
    The more babies and children are suffering the better they like it.
    Easier to get a pay rise and power.
    Parasitic socialism is pure evil.
    Recently we saw a video on the crime now in Venezuela.
    The police walk past a guy just after he was shot in the street.
    Oh the horror!
    In many ways, Venezuela has a way to go to get to the ruin in many aboriginal communities.
    The corruption. They are not safe with a police presence, as they are not allowed to keep people safe for “cultural reasons”, when in fact the reason is the racism of people like Tim in government.
    It’s all too hard now, for our police, strangled by the socialism of their masters.
    But they bow to it, and that is inexcusable.
    Confronted with what they are confronted with, they turn away.
    Just like the Venezuelan cop in the video.

    Then this grandstanding parasitical buffoon and low life, part of the system that keeps this going, dares to open his mouth about a cartoon which barely touches upon the gravity of the situation.
    He is filth, beyond words.
    The racists are in government and scream racist at those exposing them.
    If there was hate, true hate in my heart, it really is for these types of fuckers.
    Scum.

  36. mh

    Re Harmony Day:
    Listening to Ray Hadley this morning, he had correspondence from a lady highlighting the local Early Learning Centre had a ‘bring a plate’ event for Harmony Day. One problem – halal food only!

  37. Rabz

    Bolt’s demolition job on Santow was also instructive. I’d forgotten the latter even existed.

  38. duncanm

    “We had recruited a woman of non English speaking background with a disability. Ticks in three columns.”

    If she had been a lesbian as well, she would have gone down – no pun intended – a treat in Human Service

    Double bonus points if she was a puppeteer. https://youtu.be/0mguSIpL_o8?t=44

  39. Boambee John

    Des at 2213

    The only categories in that long ago era were wymmynses, ATSI, NESB and disabled.

    Still three out of four wasn’t bad!

  40. Oh come on

    Swine. Actually, no, he isn’t a swine. Pigs are useful creatures, contain a number of tasty body parts and can even make pleasant, friendly and loyal pets.

    Calling this k-nut a swine is an appalling and wholly undeserved insult to pigs.

  41. Empire GTHO Phase III

    I’ve got no issue with calling him a liar because the evidence to back it is irrefutable.

    He singled out “recent articles in The Australian and The Daily Telegraph”, saying: “I reject any suggestion that I have ‘urged’ or ‘encouraged’ complaints.

    “It is my function, as stated in the Racial Discrimination Act, to promote public understanding and acceptance of the act. This ­includes informing people about their right to lodge a complaint if they believe they have experienced racial hatred.

    “It is wrong to suggest that giving this information amounts to soliciting complaints.”

    This is what in fact happened in direct response to the Leak email:

    On the day The Australian published it, Dr Soutphommasane posted on Facebook suggesting people could lodge a complaint.

    “If there are Aboriginal Australians who have been racially ­offended, insulted, humiliated or intimidated, they can consider lodging a complaint under the ­Racial Discrimination Act with the commission,” he wrote.

    A big social media dog whistle. Loud and clear, Tim.

    You can consider issuing a retract and correct while you’re down a little, or go full retard total beclownment. Over to you.

  42. Roberto

    We were urged to wear orange today at work, in support of Harmony Day.

    I’m glad to say that there’s not a single person on my floor who has done so.

  43. “Re Harmony Day:
    Listening to Ray Hadley this morning, he had correspondence from a lady highlighting the local Early Learning Centre had a ‘bring a plate’ event for Harmony Day. One problem – halal food only!”

    So much for diversity!! Do any of these clowns ever realise just how bloody hypocritical they are? It’s actually be funny if it wasn’t so damned serious.

  44. Indeed empire etc. I remembered that as well. Commissar Tim has outright lied, there really is no other word for it.

    Surely it’s time for the AHRC to fold up its tents and vanish. Disband the entire farce, use the money saved to pay down a tiny fraction of our national debt, Repeal the entire Act, repudiate the UN “treaty” signed on our behalf but without our permission and let’s all just get on with life. Australians are not inherently racist or unfair. We don’t need laws and kangaroo courts to “fix” our “racism” (or our hetero-normativism etc.)

  45. Jannie

    He belongs in Moscow or Berlin in 1938.

    I would say Kampuchea year zero.

  46. ArthurB

    As an occasional viewer of AFL matches, I can’t remember ever seeing any Chinese or Indian players, or any Asians at all, nor have I seen any Pacific Islanders. Is this because of our nation’s ingrained racism? I call on Tim and Gillian to mount a thorough investigation, it would give them something to do.

  47. Oh come on

    Tim fuckface would no doubt claim that there’s no proof his incessant hounding of Leak in the final year of his life contributed to his death. Perhaps he would have died anyway, even if he didn’t publish the offending cartoon and attract the ire of the HRC. Perhaps so.

    What cannot be denied is that the HRC and their disgusting little affirmative action appointment made Bill Leak’s final days far more miserable than they otherwise ought to have been. And Tim Whatshisname (I can’t be bothered expending the effort to spell this contemptible worm’s surname correctly – I actually know how to, but I’d rather be as disdainful to the things he holds dear as I possibly can) deserves some pretty biblical comeuppance for his role in his hounding of a far better man than he.

  48. cuckoo

    Saw an interesting exhibition of photographs of Iranian immigrants to Australia. Each photo has a statement by the person. Every single one of them says how much they like Australia. Some miss Iran, some don’t. Almost every one mentions ‘freedom’ as the best thing about living in Australia. One woman says how happy she is not to have to wear a head covering. Another says how much he loves the Australian flag. (Try saying that on Q&A and see how the crowd respond.) Only one of them (hint: he is an ‘intellectual’ and is photographed against a bookshelf) trots out a line about having experienced discrimination, and even then it was apparently ‘implicit’, which I assume is a synonym for ‘imaginary’.

  49. King Koala

    One problem – halal food only!

    Tell them you are j ewish and you can only eat kosher food.

  50. Soutphommasane joined the Australian Labor Party in 1998, aged 15.

    He later worked on the speech writing staff of then New South Wales Premier Bob Carr,

    In late 2007 he returned from Oxford to work as a research officer in the office of Kevin Rudd during that year’s federal election campaign.

  51. Tim Soutphommasane* does not believe in freedom of speech which is a core foundation of our culture and nation and its success. He is a Fake Australian and should be treated as such.

    * Name copied and pasted because fuck that shit.

  52. None

    ‘Harmony Day’. If anything spells vacuous, public service social engineering and moral vanity that is it. Honestly just sack the entire APS. No one would notice they were gone. In fact, life would improve tremendously.

  53. None

    ‘Harmony Day’. If anything spells vacuous, public service social engineering and (a)moral vanity that is it. Honestly just sack the entire APS. No one would notice they were gone. In fact, life would improve tremendously.

  54. Nerblnob

    I look forward to praise that will be lavished on the oil industry, the most Diverse in The Planet, without doubt.

  55. 2dogs

    Human rights are rights that citizens hold against their government.

    As such, the HRC should really view itself like an ombudsman, or as a court of administrative law against government departments that violate the human rights of citizens.

    It really has no business pursuing citizens as defendants. The most they should do in this area is report to the parliament that laws are inadequate to protect human rights.

  56. Leo G

    We were urged to wear orange today at work, in support of Harmony Day.

    Traditional Righteous Harmony Society supporters.

  57. Empire GTHO Phase III

    Tim Soutphommasane is an ALP apparatchik who got busted touting for business as a public employee using a novel and odious form of state lawfare, but I don’t get the agro with his surname. We don’t choose our ancestors.

    I’ve got Greek and Sri Lankan acquaintances with names more difficult for the native Strine speaker and a female friend – Hoare. We’ve all got a cross to bear. Then there was Somprasong Sayasane. I think that’s how it’s spelt. Some people inherit shit names.

  58. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Empire GTHO Phase III at 9:01 pm:

    “Tim Soutphommasane … but I don’t get the agro with his surname. We don’t choose our ancestors.

    … Some people inherit shit names.”

    He’s the enemy and he is stupid so you belt him mercilessly with that because he has earned it. If he also carries a stupid name offering a fabulous mocking then use it all the time, it’s a bonus. If you are fair dinkum about winning, that is.

  59. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Soutphommasane joined the Australian Labor Party in 1998, aged 15.

    I find it ironic that his parents fled Laos in 1975, as the Communist Pathet Lao dictatorship was taking over, yet he seems quite at home with the trappings that any Communist dictator would envy.

  60. JC

    Empire
    It would be best to ignore Goldcoast’s comment because it’s lowrent and in most ways objectionable like most of his sanctimonious , unintelligent scrawl here.

    Here’s the problem with possum’s name. This is an english speaking country. His name to most people would be unpronounceable. and verbal communication with him would be a struggle.

    Large numbers of people who’ve come to this country possessing difficult names change them so that they are easier to utter. It’s courteous. For example it’s why you see lots of Chinese and Jewish people who changed their names in order to make it easier for the rest of us. I believe it’s a very nice gesture that ought to be encouraged.

    Possum’s attitude would likely be .. fuck you I have a difficult name and you English speaking arseholes can get used to it or I’ll call it out as racism.

    This isn’t to suggest that he ought to change his name to Smith or something like that. He could shorten it in some way that would make it easier for the rest of us.

  61. JC

    Empire
    It would be best to ignore Goldcoast’s comment because it’s lowrent and in most ways objectionable like most of his sanctimonious , unintelligent scrawl here.

    Here’s the problem with possum’s name. This is an english speaking country. His name to most people would be unpronounceable. and verbal communication with him would be a struggle.

    Large numbers of people who’ve come to this country possessing difficult names change them so that they are easier to utter. It’s courteous. For example it’s why you see lots of Chinese and [email protected] people who changed their names in order to make it easier for the rest of us. I believe it’s a very nice gesture that ought to be encouraged.

    Possum’s attitude would likely be .. fuck you I have a difficult name and you English speaking arseholes can get used to it or I’ll call it out as racism.

    This isn’t to suggest that he ought to change his name to Smith or something like that. He could shorten it in some way that would make it easier for the rest of us.

  62. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    Bingo! Throw out a lazy bait and in just ten minutes in flounces the site’s widely loved and much admired courageous keyboard warrior to swallow it whole.

    The loon had shown no previous interest in the thread for the 16 hours odd that it had been open. Do I get a lolly for increasing traffic?

  63. JC

    Bingo! Throw out a lazy bait

    Nice try, Goldcoast. Only no one believes it, not even you, you little crook.

  64. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    Go on, have a cry ya simpering li’l sheila. No-one will notice over here in a corner all by yourself.

    Then you will feel all energised again, ready to stutter out another barely literate fantasy tale about Mick and his wife and family, lie upon lie – ending with a whimper for me to effen eff off.

    C’mon be a hero, you know you want to. People here will applaud, honestly. Go on, do it man lad.

  65. JC

    Calm down Mickie.

    Lets do this. Lets ask Empire which of the two comments he finds most useful. After all, he raised the issue. In point of fact, I was the person who first started a discussion about possum’s ridiculous name a long time ago. Now go to bed as you’re going to have a heart attack, you little crook.

  66. gowest

    The Carmen Lawrence defense continues to be compulsory training for union clones.

  67. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The Carmen Lawrence defense continues to be compulsory training for union clones.

    Carmen Lawrence must have found herself in an interesting position, in Perth in the early 1990’s. Her own brother was heading the “People For Open Government Movement”, the main aim of which was to get rid of Carmen Lawrence as Premier…

  68. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    Wooooosh!

    “the issue”

    is how quickly you’d get over here to clump about in feigned indignation at the very sight of my name. I’ve had my fun, you can go away now.

  69. JC

    Mickie.

    I read your intellectually insulting comment to Empire and I responded mostly to him offering good reasons why possum should change his name. Frankly and I say this in a very sincere way, your comment was coarse and really stupid. It’s what we’ve come to expect from you. Seriously, it was childish and not fit for this blog. Don’t be hurt and just go to bed. Ponder what I’m saying to you when you’ve cooled off tomorrow and I reckon you’ll come here and apologize to me, which of course I’ll accept.

  70. iamok

    I heard Southpom whatsit on the ABC yesterday. 77 cases filed and one got to court last year, presumably the QUT case ffs.

    IIRC $367m per year these clowns cost. Shut it down. Now.

  71. iamok

    That would be complaints lodged not cases filed last year.

  72. Eddystone

    Empire GTHO Phase III
    #2333152, posted on March 21, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    I don’t get the agro with his surname.

    Because he claimed that misspelling his name, or having difficulty pronouncing it, was a form of racism.

  73. John64

    Amazingly Frank Elly gave Commissar Southpossuminsane a second bite of the cherry this morning on RN; his second soft 15 minute interview in consecutive days.

    The odorous little rat repeated the already discredited lie of Gillian Triggs; that Bill Leak (and his legal representatives) had refused to provide a Section 18D defence of the “offending” cartoon which is the reason why dismissal of the complaint took so long.

    Apparently he was inundated by phone messages and emails yesterday from indigenous and multicultural groups terrified that the dogs of race hate are about to be unleashed.

    He remains totally opposed to any change to Section 18C (or any other action by the Government that might threaten his cushy $350k/year sinecure).

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