Malcolm is too dumb to understand what Newman is saying

I am going to provide my own title for the story rather than use the headline from the subbie at The Oz who seems to have tried to obscure the point: Government projects chosen by dull-witted politicians like Malcolm Turnbull make us worse off. And I will quote a bit more than usual to help those who cannot link. And in my view Newman lets these incompetent bozos off the hook for their massive economic ignorance. We already understand how incompetent they are in political calculation, so the question remains what are they actually good at?

Political conceit, ineptitude and reckless indifference to proper process now leave Australians with an inflexible, hugely expensive communications system, little better than the one it replaced. So much for bringing our communications into the 21st century.

But not even this first-hand experience nor his publicly expressed mega-project misgivings, have dampened the Prime Minister’s enthusiasm. Indeed, with $75bn over 10 years and a new Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency to be established within his portfolio, it’s full speed ahead. Take the “Snowy 2.0” pumped hydro storage facility. There are no costings but a rough estimate puts the capital cost at about $2bn. However, when necessary upgrades to poles and wires are included, the cost rises to at least $4bn. The ultimate bill to consumers is unknown, but experts say pumped storage hydro consumes about 20 per cent more energy than is returned to the system and would take almost 15 per cent of NSW baseload production in the process.

Whatever the merits of pumped hydro storage, with five to six years to completion this project will do nothing to alleviate Australia’s immediate energy crisis and seems guided more by green politics than economics.

Another budget infrastructure decision with an eye to politics is the $8.4bn equity investment in a high-capacity inland freight link between Melbourne and Brisbane. Even though there is private sector interest in majority funding an alternative proposal, the government seems intent on discouraging, if not ignoring, it. . . .

Of course, the country needs to build and maintain vital infrastructure. But the process is flawed and invariably opaque. There are no business cases. Voters are sweet-talked into believing any infrastructure debt is “good debt”.

Is there a conclusion? There is. Give Malcolm the flick while there’s still time and bring Tony Abbott back.

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77 Responses to Malcolm is too dumb to understand what Newman is saying

  1. Senile Old Guy

    Turnbull is a problem but Abbott is not the solution. He signed on to the NDIS and various other money gushing projects.

  2. Filbert

    Abbott had better have become a mini-Trump otherwise his Left-appeasing ways should preclude him.

  3. struth

    Scum not dumb.

    Malcom doesn’t give a shit.

    He’s the UN’s boy and other than that, whatever keeps the plebs quite.
    I am not saying that he is bright, but letting a nation suffer for your own career, means “dumb” is way too kind.
    As I said earlier, Malcom is a UN boy.
    A traitor.

  4. Mike of Marion

    All that mob are suckholes. Beyond useless and dedicated to screwing the country beyond the point of no return.

  5. struth

    Oh and give the Abbott revival a rest Kates.
    You really are smitten.

    You are basically saying one Mufti is no good so lets bring back the other Mufti.

    The mosque that is the liberal party must be raised to the ground with not one of their arses left unporked.

  6. stackja

    MT goes, Dutton? TA not perfect? Who else?

  7. stackja

    struth
    #2412265, posted on June 14, 2017 at 1:46 pm
    Oh and give the Abbott revival a rest Kates.
    You really are smitten.

    You are basically saying one Mufti is no good so lets bring back the other Mufti.

    The mosque that is the liberal party must be raised to the ground with not one of their arses left unporked.

    And BS as PM?

  8. Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker) Gray

    NO NO!!! ANYONE BUT ABBOTT!!!
    Too subtle for you?
    I like a lot of Tony’s policies, but he doesn’t do a good job of selling them, and some of his policies (can you say “Captain’s pick”?) are very bad. I think the Libs would have lost the last election if Tony had stayed on. I prefer a Lib government to a Labor government. Even a Turnbull government.

  9. H B Bear

    Scum not dumb.
    Malcom doesn’t give a shit.

    Exactly. This is not done through ignorance or stupidity. It is deliberate.

  10. Y

    That economic genius Abbot. No thanks.

    Dutton for PM with someone half-decent in Treasury. Frydenberg?

  11. Oh come on

    “Captain’s Pick” was coined by Gillard and used to parachute Nova Peris into the Senate. Back then, it was a Good Thing. When a conservative does it, though, it’s a Bad Thing and Abbott owns the term now, with all its negative connotations.

    Anyway. There’s no bringing Abbott back. Too Late Tony is now piping up with all sorts of ideas that he could have at least tried to put into practice when he had the opportunity to do so. In fact, several of these ideas he’s coming up with now were part of the policy platform he took to the 2013 election. And one by one he walked away from them. Abbott was the Libs’ last chance, and he blew it.

  12. Beachside

    Turnbull is Machiavellian.

    Malcolm knows precisely what he is doing; everything he does is calculated, and intentional.

  13. gbees

    Note also the latest CON coming from the renewable energy rent seeker spruikers is LCOE, “levelised cost of energy”. It’s supposedly a measure which proves renewables are better financially than fossil fuels. There are some problems with their approach. I think it’s on purpose unless they are just dimwitted.

    1. They use capacity in the calculation. So if a wind farm has a name plate capacity of 1,000MW that’s what gets used. As we know wind-farms aren’t anywhere near working at full capacity.
    2. To calculate the energy produce annually this is used. (360 days per year) × (24 hours per day) × 1000 MW=8.64 million MWh per year. Once again wind-farms don’t operate 24/7.

    The whole basis for LCOE is wrong.

  14. OldOzzie

    In the meantime the Dumbness of Malcolm Turnbull is shown by

    Lack of wind, sun hits energy growth

    Renewables were the fastest growing energy source worldwide last year but barely grew in Europe because the weather was less windy and sunny, BP says.

    Continued installation of wind turbines and solar panels helped to drive a 12 per cent increase in global renewable energy consumption, excluding hydro-electric power, last year.

    China was responsible for about 40 per cent of the global growth in renewables, which account for about 4 per cent of global energy consumption.

    Year-on-year growth in renewable energy in the EU was “almost zero”, however, because renewables were generating electricity less often than in 2015.

    Spencer Dale, BP’s chief economist, said: “It’s quite an amazing thing. The reason why it was almost zero last year was that load factors of wind and solar in 2015 had been unusually high, so the wind was blowing a lot and the sun was shining a lot in 2015.

    “It went back to normal levels last year and by going back to normal levels you got no growth.”

    BP said that wind farm capacity in the EU grew by just over 8 per cent in 2016, yet wind power output actually fell by 0.7 per cent.

    That compares with 2015, where a 9 per cent growth in wind farm capacity combined with unusually high wind speeds resulted in a 20 per cent jump in output.

    Mr Dale added: “To me it brought out this point about how the variability of weather can have big impacts on the growth of renewables.”

    In Denmark, which has installed particularly large numbers of wind turbines, “the decline of wind power alone represented a loss of almost 5 per cent of its total power generation”.

    BP said that wind power accounted for the “lion’s share” of the increase in renewable power worldwide but that solar power was “catching up fast”.

    To quote from the comments on The Australian Article

    And these “renewables” are the “future” of Australia???? God help us all then. Because left to Turnbull, Shorten and the Greenies……. our future looks pretty darned bleak from where I’m sitting.

  15. Turnbull is Rudd II, and I doubt very much he is as calculating and clever as some believe. Turnbull lives in a world of hubris, genuinely believing that he’s so much wiser and capable than he really is, like Rudd.

    Abbott has his flaws (doesn’t everyone?) but he also has what is so very important in today’s faltering world, a genuine care for the well-being of Australia and Australians. Show me that care from Turnbull.

    Could anyone ever imagine the words ‘Make Australia Great Again’ being uttered by Turnbull?

  16. Texas Jack

    Truth is there’s nobody worth the effort. Barracking for someone to save the Libs just postpones an inevitable Shorten or a Plibersek mess. Better to leave Turnbull in place and watch the whole Broad Church facade burn at the next election. Perhaps from those ashes something worth supporting might arise. As it is I just got my latest email flyer from Cory & Co which seems to back off from the kind of immigration I could support. Why is it every conservative that seems like they might make a difference turns to jello in office? They deserve the electoral drubbings that are coming…..

  17. jupes

    Dutton for PM with someone half-decent in Treasury. Frydenberg?

    Half decent? Frydenberg?

    By selling his soul for this environmental bullshit he has exposed himself as just another political hack.

  18. Sparkx

    Mr Dale added: “To me it brought out this point about how the variability of weather can have big impacts on the growth of renewables.”

    Go on. Really, you don’t say Mr Chief Economist.

  19. jupes

    As it is I just got my latest email flyer from Cory & Co which seems to back off from the kind of immigration I could support.

    Sad. I paid my $25 and joined them the other week, however it doesn’t mean they’ve got my vote.

    The two most important policies at the minute are Muslim immigration and the global warming scam.

    Looks like I’ll be voting for PHON.

  20. struth

    Malcolm knows precisely what he is doing; everything he does is calculated, and intentional………..

    And international.

  21. Sparkx

    struth
    #2412324, posted on June 14, 2017 at 2:39 pm
    Malcolm knows precisely what he is doing; everything he does is calculated, and intentional………..

    And international.

    And all to benefit MT and certainly not Australia. One imagines he has quite substantial investments in renewbulls through whatever ventures, and they are heavily reliant on OPM.

  22. Just Interested

    Malcolm also knows the community (and a large whack of the party) would wear Abbott – he had his go, and mucked it up.

    He also knows they have no other viable alternative leader.

    So, yes he’s Machivellian – and the Libs are toast.

  23. lily

    I have received my Australian Conservatives news letter today. It deals with foreign ownership and sovereign wealth fund investment in Australia no where does Cory mention immigration.

  24. AH

    Is there a conclusion?

    How about forbidding infrastructure (and various other forms of) spending in the constitution?

  25. incoherent rambler

    Give Malcolm the flick while there’s still time …

    Why the rush?

    The next government will be ALP, regardless of LNP leader. Mal has ensured that.

    Is Mal stupid or malevolent?

    Methinks the both.

  26. struth

    Malcom doesn’t care if the Libs are toast.
    He wants precisely that.

    He’s an elite playing games within his circle of elite jerks.

    He considers a win becoming PM.
    Now ruin the individuals and party that held his brilliance down and then party with the other like minded arsewipes in the UN.
    We do not exist.
    He personifies every foul characteristic of our political elite.
    He is the polar opposite of Trump.

  27. H B Bear

    Half decent? Frydenberg?
    By selling his soul for this environmental bullshit he has exposed himself as just another political hack.

    Frydenberg joins ScoMo and a lot of others going down with the Waffletanic.

  28. Beachside

    @ bemused

    Abbott has his flaws (doesn’t everyone?) but he also has what is so very important in today’s faltering world, a genuine care for the well-being of Australia and Australians. Show me that care from Turnbull.

    Agree, +100!

  29. Baldrick

    Leave Malcolm in place. I want to see the utter destruction of the Stupid.Fucking.Liberal.Party at the next election. They’re a party full of blow-hard cowards that deserve no quarter.

    Three years of Prime Minister Bill Shorten is a small price to pay.

  30. Beachside

    @Sparkx

    And all to benefit MT and certainly not Australia. One imagines he has quite substantial investments in renewbulls through whatever ventures, and they are heavily reliant on OPM.

    ~~~
    From the OZ, cached version

    Kristina Photios, wife of Liberal powerbroker Michael Photios, has rejoined the party. Call it the“Alan Finkel effect”.

    […]

    Power couple
    Not only are Kristina and Michael Photios united in marriage and as Liberals.

    They are now both officially lobbyists, acting on behalf of a range of energy clients diverse enough to span most of the Alan Finkel-sketched future.

    Kristina is now working for Clean Energy Strategies, a new business founded in recent months by her husband and his business partners Nick Campbell and David Begg.

    The renewables-focused Clean Energy Strategies joins their portfolio of advisory and lobbying businesses PremierState and CapitalHill, and litigation communications firm Informatus.

    Andy Vesey’s energy shop AGL is Kristina’s first client. AGL has announced a long-term plan to get out of coal and increase investment in solar and wind farms, thereby diverging from the views of respected energy analyst Tony Abbott.

    […]

    ~~~

    Born Lucky: Stars Align Perfectly for PM’s Son with Mammoth Bet on Wind Power Outfit Infigen

  31. tgs

    Wait so the complaint is that MT has presided over too many big government boondoggles but Abbott somehow gets a pass in that area?

    Abbott for all his pros is absolutely not a small-government, economic rationalist. He would have been suckered in by a hi-vis photo op just as much as MT.

  32. Tim Neilson

    Baldrick
    #2412363, posted on June 14, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    You’re on the right track here, but let me clarify.

    Either way, if things stay as they are, we’re in for another 3 years of the Termite/Peanut Head duopolistic cartel from 2019-2022.

    So there’s negligible downside in whatever [metaphorical] insurrection, vandalism, arson, civil unrest, guerilla warfare or other societal destruction which is deployed to destroy the Termite wing of the cartel.

  33. stackja

    Baldrick
    #2412363, posted on June 14, 2017 at 3:11 pm
    Leave Malcolm in place. I want to see the utter destruction of the Stupid.Fucking.Liberal.Party at the next election. They’re a party full of blow-hard cowards that deserve no quarter.

    Three years of Prime Minister Bill Shorten is a small price to pay.

    With BS get bigger deficits and more boats.

  34. Art Vandelay

    Malcolm is too dumb to understand what Newman is saying

    Spot on. Turnbull is a perfect example of the Dunning-Kruger effect.

  35. anonandon

    I used to think like you, Steve. That a return to Abbott would be all that was needed to restore sanity to the Liberal Party. But now I think the rot has caused too much damage. If they were going to act on Turnbull there would be much greater rumblings than there seems to be. What more will it take I ask? For Chrissake he is bringing back the equivalent of a carbon tax and hardly a peep.

    Burn it to the ground.

  36. Bruce of Newcastle

    The inland rail link is only required because the MUA controls coastal shipping and the ports.
    Boot the MUA and you save $10 billion.
    Use dogs and guys in balaclavas if you have to.

  37. duncanm

    Tunbull, Photios, I’m sure there’s more.

    Is any one else convinced that the government is now being run for (ex, or current) merchant bankers.

    We’re turning into an oligarchy.

  38. Sparkx

    Thanks for that Beachside. As always – just follow the money.

  39. Fat Tony

    Baldrick
    #2412363, posted on June 14, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Leave Malcolm in place. I want to see the utter destruction of the Stupid.Fucking.Liberal.Party at the next election. They’re a party full of blow-hard cowards that deserve no quarter.

    Three years of Prime Minister Bill Shorten is a small price to pay.

    Problem is, it won’t be 3 years.
    We will get the wholesale importation of islamic voteherds, corralled into safe and marginal “Liberal” seats.
    Australia is truly fucked.

  40. Senile Old Guy

    If they were going to act on Turnbull there would be much greater rumblings than there seems to be. What more will it take I ask?

    Something they do not posses: fortitude and conservative principles.

    For Chrissake he is bringing back the equivalent of a carbon tax and hardly a peep.

    When he tried this as opposition leader, there was a storm of calls and messages to Liberal members, with Turnbull getting the boot. But now…who would be any better?

  41. gbees

    Here’s the link to the article behind the paywall

  42. gbees

    Scratch that above. Go to google news. in the search paste some words from the article e.g. I used “Political conceit, ineptitude and reckless indifference” … you’ll get the article online.

  43. Neil

    Political conceit, ineptitude and reckless indifference to proper process now leave Australians with an inflexible, hugely expensive communications system, little better than the one it replaced. So much for bringing our communications into the 21st century.

    I am not a Turnbull fan but i think that is a low blow. Conroy signed unbreakable contracts so we are stuck with NBNCo building something.

    Better to blame the 50% of Australians who voted for Rudd in 2007

  44. struth

    A country doesn’t just dust itself off after socialism and say, well that was a lessoned learned.
    Won’t do that again.
    Bloodshed and violence and total civilization destruction before they let go of power.
    The sickness in peoples minds will be hard to wipe away.
    Never vote left.

  45. bollux

    I’d like to see Mark Latham and Gary Johns team up, now they have thrown off their socialist shackles.

  46. Robber Baron

    Baldrick
    #2412363, posted on June 14, 2017 at 3:11 pm
    Leave Malcolm in place. I want to see the utter destruction of the Stupid.Fucking.Liberal.Party at the next election. They’re a party full of blow-hard cowards that deserve no quarter.

    Three years of Prime Minister Bill Shorten is a small price to pay.

    Australia needs an Obama before we get our Trump. Shorten is just the man for that.

    The electoral conflagration that will consume the Vichy Liberal Party is required. The party must be extinguished. Nothing can be allowed to survive. And out of this devastation, new life will emerge that will fill the conservative free-market void. Give it a few electoral cycles. Something magical will happen.

  47. Sparkx

    Senile old Guy –

    When he tried this as opposition leader, there was a storm of calls and messages to Liberal members, with Turnbull getting the boot. But now…who would be any better?

    My local member has received a spray. It probably wont make any difference but at least I feel better.

    Who would be any better? Who could be any worse ? – (other than shortfilth). I doubt anyone of the current line-up (other than Madam Skeletor) could be worse than Trumble.

  48. Tim Neilson

    gbees
    #2412488, posted on June 14, 2017 at 4:59 pm
    I used “Political conceit, ineptitude and reckless indifference” … you’ll get the article online.

    I’m surprised you didn’t get a billion search results.

    struth
    #2412496, posted on June 14, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Never vote left.

    With the Termite/Peanut Head duopolistic cartel in operation, and compulsory preferential voting in the HoR, that means deliberately voting informal in most seats. (There may be some Coalition MP’s worth voting for, but there are a lot that aren’t.)

  49. Habib

    The “liberal” party has been dead for some time, it’s just too stupid to realise it. We all know what needs to be buried and cremated.

  50. With the Termite/Peanut Head duopolistic cartel in operation, and compulsory preferential voting in the HoR, that means deliberately voting informal in most seats.

    100% true, Tim. Unfortunately the vast majority of Cats will vote Fiberal, either directly, or via preferences so they can have a self-congratulatory emotional wank about “making a difference”.

    Just like last time.

  51. Awake

    My dilemma is that I don’t like either Turnbull or Shorten as PM. What to do during the election?

  52. stackja

    Liberty Quote
    Yep, it’s the small underfunded band of free market think tanks who are stifling the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the National Academy of Sciences and their numerous brethren overseas, the European Environment Agency, the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, the EPA, NRDC, Greenpeace, etc. etc.

    — Marlo Lewis

  53. stackja

    Awake
    #2412601, posted on June 14, 2017 at 6:43 pm
    My dilemma is that I don’t like either Turnbull or Shorten as PM. What to do during the election?

    Get ticked off at the booth and don’t vote.

  54. struth

    We know what preferential votes do memory vault.

    It is not about voter political masterbation.
    It’s that they analyze this to the enth degree.
    It’s the message even if the result ends up the same.
    Ukip were a message.
    They never got more than a couple of seats.
    The ultimate goal is not just candidate success.

  55. Tel

    It’s the message even if the result ends up the same.

    Exactly, but anyway the result does not end up the same. Firstly money is allocated to the parties and if the Liberals win on preferences they get less money than winning with a strong first preference vote. Secondly, the first preferences are recorded and displayed at the AEC website, which provides guidance for future voters who might want to lend their efforts to an upcoming minor party. In short, the preference system is a foot in the door for minor parties, where first past the post makes it much more difficult.

  56. It’s the message even if the result ends up the same.

    The only “message” you send, Struth, is that Textor was right. You really DON’T matter.
    Your mantra is – “Vote Liberal, coz at least they’re not Labor” – it never changes.

    Well, you did, the Libs won, and you’ve been bitching about them ever since.
    Suck it up. You got precisely what you voted for. The Turnbull Coalition Team.

  57. Tel
    #2412633, posted on June 14, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    The really scary part Tel, is that an intelligent bloke like you might actually believe that tripe.

  58. Rob MW

    There’s very little difference between an investment banker disguised as a lawyer raising then spending other people’s money and a politician raising then spending other people’s money. The reality is, Mal’s expertise in spending other people’s money in the private sector is just ingrained and purpose built for spending other people’s money in the public sector. He knows nothing else, it’s his life’s work and leisure and who he is, he just nab’s, grab’s, sucks and blows then fucks off leaving a trail of ambiguity as a defense.

  59. Yohan

    The only way we can turn this ship around is for regime uncertainty, which caused the lack of capital investment in power plants, to be reduced.

    But for this to happen politicians must admit renewable energy has no future at all, and get rid of the RET and carbon target. What is the likelihood of this occuring? Zero. I am utterly black pilled over the future, moreso on this issue than any other. Energy is an input cost on every human activity, its so important.

  60. rickw


    Either way, if things stay as they are, we’re in for another 3 years of the Termite/Peanut Head duopolistic cartel from 2019-2022.

    On the gross assumption that there won’t be a revolution in the intervening period due to mass muslamic importation.

    If you drop the frog in the boiling water it has a 50% chance of survival, if you slowly up the temperature it has 0% chance of survival.

  61. struth

    When has that ever been my mantra , memory vault?

    It never has.
    I have constantly said the opposite.
    I voted ALA last election.

  62. NewChum

    It occurred to me that the time is right for Abbott to be making his play. This electricity crisis is tailor made for an Abbott return – it’s how he got the top job in the first place.

    He is a backbencher so free to speak out as much as he likes.

    Yet nothing from him worth mentioning. He’s not the messiah, he’s a very naughty boy.

    Come on Tony, roll the dice and roll the Malcolm. Might take two goes at it like it did for you and Rudd. Might as well start the first roll now. About time for the ‘great big new tax’ line to get out of storage and be taken for a spin.

    The problems of the current world as plainly obvious. Power is there for the taking by those who will speak plainly, and speak the truth. Smash the leftist lies, go big or go home. Tony, do you want 3 years as an opposition backbencher while Shortern burns the place down?

  63. NewChum

    My dilemma is that I don’t like either Turnbull or Shorten as PM. What to do during the election?

    Find a party or candidate that speaks the truth on Islam and energy generation. Noting else matters right now. Vote for that party and order your preferences in order of the party that is furthest from the ‘religion of peace’ and ‘renewables are the future’ lies. The greens always come last.

  64. Habib

    These bastards deserve refpgime uncertainty if only for imposing sovereign risk on the markets, already tattered from pillage abd over-regulation. Somalian corsairs wouldn’t have rooted things to the degree this diarchy of dickheads has managed.

  65. I voted ALA last election.

    No you didn’t, Struth. In the HoR you may have given your first preference to ALA, but your vote ended up with whoever you put first out of Liberal and Labor, even if you put them second last and last, respectively. And since you would never vote Labor (understandable), you voted Liberal.

    More correctly, since the Liberal Party didn’t actually run in the last election, you voted for the Turnbull Coalition Team, which made no bones about its support for 18C, carbon trading, windmills, Safe Schools SSM, NBN, the NDIS, Gonski, and all the other socialist policies you now whinge about.

    So, give it a rest and quit bitching. You got exactly what you voted for.
    You and all the other Textorites here.

  66. Vote for that party and order your preferences in order of the party that is furthest from the ‘religion of peace’ and ‘renewables are the future’ lies.

    In other words, via the mechanism of preferences, vote Liberal or Labor.

  67. Tim Neilson

    In other words, via the mechanism of preferences, vote Liberal or Labor.

    If you preference the Peanut Head wing of the cartel, the Termite wing will draw the conclusion that they have to go further left to regain your vote.

    If you preference the Termite wing, they’ll draw the conclusion that they can afford to go further left and still get your vote (albeit as near last preference above the Peanut Head wing and the Greens).

    The thing to understand is that the Termite wing exists to go further left. It will never go right. It will never even stay still.

    It must be destroyed.

    Can we at least agree that when the polls make it crystal clear that the Peanut Head wing is going to win, we all vote informal in the HoR covering our ballot papers with anti-Termite messages and demanding a real alternative to the cartel? If the Termite wing is turned into the fourth largest party (after the Peanut Head wing, the Nationals and the Greens), then either it makes the drastic change needed to recover or it is replaced by something better.

    Realistically, what’s the harm? The Peanut Head wing may head towards catastrophe faster, but if you’re heading towards a cliff and you know that your current options are only straight ahead at 100k’s and straight ahead at 80k’s, with neither having the slightest intention of changing direction away from the cliff, trying to wreck the whole thing is actually the percentage option.

  68. john constantine

    If things get bad enough, the turnfailure coalition team are such gutless cowards, they could crumble and roll over if hit hard enough.

    The andrews caliphate couldn’t even stomach the thought of shorten as prime minister, so sabotaged him in favour of turnfailure, because at least he wasn’t shorten.

    The incoming shorten Reich will be the end of the electoral cycle as we know it, the one thing the shortfilth is world class at is branch stacking, electoral rigging with others funds, crony insider deals and surviving when all else around him is reduced to smoking ruins.

    The smoking ruins of Australia, with even the cockroaches seeking asylum in North Korea and the shorten foundation operating out of its New York headquarters, the apartment with the Central Park view, is coming.

    We have a choice between the benign contempt for australia of julie bishop-mugabe, who is only a traitor because that is where the money is, and the homicidal sociopathic hatred of australia that burns inside the shortfilth, focused through his aspergers powers of concentration.

    voting against shorten buys us another six or nine years, there might be an asteroid strike to free us within that time.

  69. Can we at least agree that when the polls make it crystal clear that the Peanut Head wing is going to win, we all vote informal in the HoR covering our ballot papers with anti-Termite messages

    Therein lies the only hope.
    Deny the Liberals your vote by voting informal, and making it quite clear to them on your ballot paper why they lost it. Any other course sends the wrong message, as you pointed out.

    This coming election there is no harm. Labor are going to win anyway.

  70. We have a choice between the benign contempt for australia of julie bishop-mugabe, who is only a traitor because that is where the money is, and the homicidal sociopathic hatred of australia that burns inside the shortfilth, focused through his aspergers powers of concentration.

    In other words, “vote Liberal coz at least they’re not Labor”.
    You and Struth would make a great boot-licking team.
    Turnbull’s got two of them, so you’re in luck.

  71. Faye

    What I want to know is – once these huge hideous solar and wind “farms” become graveyards of broken bits of rusty metal and collapsed crucifixes, who cleans up the mess? The onus better be on the “darlings” who thought it was a good idea to use other peoples’ money to make a killing.

  72. Senile Old Guy

    I was going to bag MV but then he wrote this:

    Deny the Liberals your vote by voting informal, and making it quite clear to them on your ballot paper why they lost it. Any other course sends the wrong message, as you pointed out.

    This coming election there is no harm. Labor are going to win anyway.

    Exactly right.

  73. Rohan

    When Peanut head wins next election I give him less than 12 months. Plibersek will be sharpening her knifes with eager anticipation. Rudd/Gillard Mk.II

    I’m in favor with Dutton taking over as leader, Abbott as chief headkicker (in the same vein as Costello was under Howard) and elevating the likes of Hestie into a senior role with a long term view of grooming him for leadership. Then demote all the soft left wets to the back bench and physically boot Turnmurkle from his seat and the party. Yes, that will cause a by-election, but the true conservatives need to make a stand. Then put up a true conservative like Nolan to challenge Turnbull’s seat.

    Yeah it’s wishful thinking. Back to work; lunchtime fantasy politicking is over.

  74. gbees

    Tim Neilson
    #2412539, posted on June 14, 2017 at 5:54 pm
    gbees
    #2412488, posted on June 14, 2017 at 4:59 pm
    I used “Political conceit, ineptitude and reckless indifference” … you’ll get the article online.
    I’m surprised you didn’t get a billion search results.

    No Tim, I only got the one I wanted. It doesn’t take much practice to find what you’re looking for. Point is pay-walled articles can be found and read for free.

  75. cohenite

    The kiddies who think the conservatives must undergo a Phoenix destruction even if that means tits for a while have no idea what that monstrosity would do. For a start this site would cease to exist under expanded 18C and Finkelstein (remember him) laws.

  76. JohnA

    but experts say pumped storage hydro consumes about 20 per cent more energy than is returned to the system and would take almost 15 per cent of NSW baseload production in the process.

    First Law of Thermodynamics (in the vernacular): Energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed.
    Therefore:
    There can be no such thing as a Perpetual Motion Machine
    and, pertinent to this excuse for a politician:
    You can’t get more energy out of a system than you can put in, and you are more likely to lose energy due to inefficiencies and transmission losses.

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