Open Forum: April 7, 2018

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  1. Sydney Boy

    Alcohol tax in Australia is ridiculous. There are something like 12 different tax rates. And take-away beer is taxed at a different rate to beer drunk in the pub. Stupid. Just make it simple and tax on alcohol %.

  2. JC

    I think I read that Canberra received another seat. If that’s correct does anyone know if the population of that disgusting toilet has increased to justify this outcome?

  3. Infidel Tiger

    Alcohol should be subsidised not taxed.

  4. Sydney Boy

    And I heard SA lost a seat.

  5. Zyconoclast

    It is a long read but well worth your time.
    Just make your blood pressure tablets are handy.

    $5.4 million in taxpayer funds claimed in alleged childcare fraud

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/5-4-million-in-taxpayer-funds-claimed-in-alleged-childcare-fraud-20180406-p4z82r.html

    Note that Simon Birmingham is on the job to sort this out.

  6. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Just make your blood pressure tablets are handy.

    Can’t read or write English, yet is running a childcare centre? Yeah, right.

  7. squawkbox

    Thanks Calli – all coming back from the recesses of my memory now “Paul Masson’s California Carafes!”. Places in hell reserved both for the product and the ads.

  8. Peter

    RE:Canberra population – which continues to grow at a modest rate. I think the extra Canberra seat (we’ve had three previously, and lost the third) is more about relative population compared to other states. In this case, I understand that SA is falling behind and will lose a seat, which has to go somewhere.

    Aside from Larry Pickering’s courageous run for a seat in the 70s, Libs seldom bother to put up a credible candidate.

  9. Thanks for the trigger warning Zycon.
    It helped me immeasurably when I read Despite this breach of the rules – and missing paperwork from 143,000 logged child care sessions – the government paid out $5.4 million in rebates and benefits over 14 days.
    Stupidity or culpability by the public servants? It doesn’t matter – sack ’em all.

  10. Infidel Tiger

    Question: Are Indians attracted to chubby white chicks?

    All the cheerleaders in the IPL are on the hefty side and white.

  11. John Constantine

    The feckless Luvs had to go along with the new swag of seats being redistributed to the filth, so the deal to save the pynofilths south Aussie seat could be done.

    Either the xenofilth seat went or the poodles.

    Importing voteherds and stacking their electoral commission with orcs has won the undeclared civil war for their left.

    Only purges and reprisals to come.

    Comrades.

  12. Leigh Lowe

    JC

    #2681889, posted on April 8, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Hard road, but he’s made it.

    Malcolm Turnbull has reached the leadership benchmark he used to unseat Tony Abbott with the loss of the 30 consecutive Newspolls despite the Coalition clawing back ground against Labor.

    Thirty Newspolls?

    Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop.

    And I don’t mind.

    Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!

    And so I’m happy, tonight.

    I’m not worried about anything.

    I’m not fearing any man!

    Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!!

  13. Motelier

    Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!!

    Good Lord!

    Have you fallen for Captain Oblivious and his Dom Perignon NV?

    Shape up man.

  14. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2681895, posted on April 8, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    Alcohol should be subsidised not taxed.

    You fucking idiot.
    I’ve told you before.
    It should be compulsory and free.

  15. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2681903, posted on April 8, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Question: Are Indians attracted to chubby white chicks?

    Dunno.
    I’ll dress as one and call a Yellow Cab and let you know how it goes.

  16. H B Bear

    Potential Greatness realised.

  17. Leigh Lowe

    H B Bear

    #2681910, posted on April 8, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    Potential Greatness realised

    Ah have been to the mountain-top!!!

  18. None

    Yes JC Canberra’s population has grown https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/amp.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/census-2016-act-has-nations-largest-population-growth-gungahlin-the-driver-20170626-gwz5bq.html ( mind you if senses night fell on a sitting week that’s probably all the parliamentarians and their squillions of staffers). Does the ACT deserve another seat that is another question. I sometimes think that if you are living off the public’s largesse you should not be able to vote because effectively you’re organised against the people.

  19. None

    *census night.
    Stupid phone.

  20. None

    Can’t wait till Turnbull hits 40 straight newspolls lost. Remember he had the lowest, lowest polls ever as an opposition leader, lower than even Brendan Nelson. Keep f**ing that chicken, Miranda.

  21. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    In memory of late nights, smokey bars, Scotch whisky, and ladies relieved of the odious burden of their chastity….

  22. Baldrick

    Can’t wait till Turnbull hits 40 straight newspolls lost.

    Why wait for 40? All he has to do is hit 31.

  23. Baldrick

    TheirABC News – the UK getting out of coal by 2025 – Drax burning wood instead.
    Insane.

    … and not once did they mention Hinkley Point nuclear power plant which supplies base-load power.
    How very ABC.

  24. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    BREAKING NEWS

    Call for live animal trade ban after TV footage of dying sheep

    The Australian
    12:00AM April 9, 2018.
    Emily Ritchie
    Reporter

    Disturbing footage of dead and dying sheep aboard live export ships last year has outraged farmers, animal welfare groups and prompted federal MP Andrew Wilkie to call for a ban on the live animal export trade.

    The footage, leaked by a whistleblower to the Nine Network’s 60 Minutes, showed dehydrated, distressed, dead and dying sheep aboard a ship headed from Perth to the Middle East in August. It was the same ship revealed last week as the vessel on which more than 2400 sheep died during a Persian Gulf heatwave.

    The footage depicts dead sheep on the boat’s main deck before they are thrown overboard. Other scenes show animals in cramped spaces, visibly weak and lying in their own filth.

    Mr Wilkie, the independent member for Denison, said footage was “nothing short of appalling”.

    “We’ve known for years that the worst offenders are these sheep ships travelling to the Middle East, on which animal fatalities are often way beyond government standards and records are routinely falsified,” Mr Wilkie said.

    “Surely this is all the proof that this vile trade must be shut down and shut down immediately. To allow this trade to continue is simply unconscionable.”

    From the Oz. You were right, John Constantine, here we go. By the way, who ships lambing ewes on the live trade? Never, in all my born days.

  25. Knuckle Dragger

    Netflix is God. FTA is out the window.

    Where else can I watch Full Metal Jacket at almost midnight on a Sunday?

  26. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha.

    The whistleblower who leaked the footage was Faisal Ullah, a 25-year-old graduate of Pakistan’s Marine Academy, a trainee navigation officer on five sheep shipments from Australia last year.

    He told 60 Minutes he could not “tolerate the severity of suffering”. “I have seen a lot of really young lambs died, dead,” Mr Ullah said. “They’ve been crushed under the feet of other animals. You know, it’s so distressing.”

    More from the Oz article.

    This is bullshit. Sheep for live export are wethers, for the benefit of non rural Cats, castrated male sheep, and most unlikely to be producing lambs, for some reason that escapes me. Animal liberationalists have a record of producing false footage.

  27. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Where else can I watch Full Metal Jacket at almost midnight on a Sunday?

    I’m watching ” The Odd Angry Shot.”

    Night, all.

  28. Leo;

    Didn’t I hear that the Monash Group have arranged for a negative polarity coronal hole mass high velocity ejection artillery piece to be pointed in the PM’s direction tomorrow?

    The Turnbloat will have slipped someone a few bob to make sure the results show him to be the most popular PM evvah!

  29. nerblnob

    squawkbox
    #2681900, posted on April 8, 2018 at 10:34 pm
    Thanks Calli – all coming back from the recesses of my memory now “Paul Masson’s California Carafes!”.

    Perfect for pissing in on long chopper flights.
    You had to empty them first.

  30. Calli;

    If only we could combine wine appreciation with crime fiction. And mechanics.

    I looked for a milling machine video where they could turn a block of frozen Dom Perignon into pretzel shape.
    None available, sorry.

  31. Jupes;

    Currently drinking a glass of Emu Bitter.

    I haven’t had Emu Bitter for years.
    Chuck us a tinnie, will ya?

  32. None

    Apart from the fact we don’t know how old that footage is it is quite clear that the animal activists don’t give a s*** about animals because they would have reported that pronto to the authorities. But they didn’t. Instead they sat on the footage and also the footage allegedly from weeks later and went to the green friendly eco idiots at their ABC. It is quite interesting too how the collectivists want to punish an entire industry for the fault of some ship owner on the basis of some unverifed footage. I don’t support animal cruelty but what goes on outside our territorial jurisdiction is not our problem. These animal activist fuckwits can go the Middle East and tell them to stop demanding live sheep exports.

  33. None

    ABC is now saying that footage was from August 2017 so these lovey-dovey animal activists let another 8 months worth of shipments go in the meantime. Honestly their hypocrisy is beyond belief.

  34. None

    The Peter Cook it wasn’t that funny but the streaker falling flat on his face at the end of it was.

  35. OneWorldGovernment

    For those that know it I’m a tad of a tragic for a movie called “Dredd” starring that other Kiwi, Urban.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dredd

    If you know the movie you will see the best description of “socks” on a cardboard sign as the 2 protagonists enter into Peach Trees which says,

    homeless junkie
    will debase self
    for Credit

  36. Tintarella di Luna

    Thank you Tom, Johannes Leak’s is a goodie

  37. Motelier

    Very good Tom, I just lurve how Ben Garrison portrays Trump.

  38. Motelier

    Now, off to the golf.

  39. Up The Workers!

    Any chance we could kill two sheep with the one stone, and take all the sheep off the live export ships, and put Prime Quisling Halal Mal the Labor Pal and his flock of Performing Stick Insects, Mincing Poodles, Tuck-Shop-Lady Defence Ministers and all the other lambs-to-the-slaughter on there instead?

    Given that Halal Mal allows Christian, Buddhist, Atheist, Agnostic and A.F.L. Australians to be charged “halal taxes” by 6th century head-lopping misogynists, does he impose “Christian, Buddhist, Atheist, Agnostic and A.F.L. taxes” on (alive or dead) sheep and livestock heading in the other direction?

  40. Bruce of Newcastle

    Kudelka today is fun too.

  41. Motelier

    The saying is that thr Masters doesn’t really start until the last nine holes.

    Reed. -13. after 6
    McIlroy -11. after 6

    Speith. -10. after 9

  42. Gab

    Happy 30 Newspoll Losses in a Row day, malcolm.

  43. Motelier

    Happy 30 Newspoll Losses in a Row day, malcolm.

    Shhhhhhh!

    The golf is on.

  44. John Constantine

    A good government has lost its way.

  45. John Constantine

    The million steps for turnbull walking campaign will save him.

  46. John Constantine

    Just as soon as he gets his kangaroo knitted, the whole government thing will fall into place.

  47. Delta A

    Thanks, Tom. A good collection again.

  48. Herodotus

    Facebook declares Diamond and Silk unsafe for community viewing.
    That tells you all you need to know about big brother Zucker.

  49. Herodotus

    Manufacturing – gone. Mining – under attack. Agriculture – next on the list. Aquaculture – declared dirty.
    Forest Industries Including Plantation – offends greenies. Dams for any purpose including hydro power – off limits. Nuclear Power – ooga booga nasty and off limits. Fishing – constricted for future utilisation by our new overlords. Budget Repair and Debt Reduction – mean and heartless. Funding of Desal, Renewables, NBN, NDIS,metc – essential.
    Is there no end to the madness?

  50. calli

    Bishop says Abbott wasn’t dumped because of the 30 negative Newspolls. It was because the party room had lost faith in him.

    How many weeks has she been rehearsing that, I wonder?

  51. John Constantine

    Unwavering commitment to their turnbullites debacle coalition election winning machine.

    What a brilliant idea Julie Bishop.

    Better fly to Paris and sign another swathe of capitulation conventions, to suck up to the transnational looting cartels a bit more.

  52. Motelier

    How many weeks has she been rehearsing that, I wonder?

    Not many words with lotsa syllables in them, so, my guess is about 3 weeks.

  53. Baldrick

    Bishop says Abbott wasn’t dumped because of the 30 negative Newspolls. It was because the party room had lost faith in him.

    You mean to say Skeletor still has faith in Malcolm?
    Stupid.Fucking.Liberals

  54. John Constantine

    Better toss another hundy million to their Clinton crime family while their turnbullites can still sign cheques.

    Didn’t redfilth gillard get another foundation job?, another ten million for that wouldn’t be missed either.

    Only the republic left to ram through and the last power plants to dynamite, then turnbull can nap easy.

  55. Bruce of Newcastle

    The 2020 Presidential campaign of Clayton’s Cherokee Liz Warren is going from strength to strength. Not.

    Elizabeth Warren forum down the drain

    A Bay State college student gave U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s televised town hall-style forum the hook by standing up for her troupe’s performance of “Urinetown” that had already been booked for the same stage.

    Stood up by a play about wee. LOL!

  56. John Constantine

    Their Bishop has faith that turnbullites doesn’t care where she flies to, or who she takes on the plane or what she signs when she gets there.

    Or what it costs the proles.

    Faith in stretching out the looting until the bunker is completely surrounded.

    What a brilliant idea Julie Bishop.

  57. OneWorldGovernment

    Does any Cat happen to know how much money directly and/or indirectly the so called Australian ‘government’ gives to the “palestinians”?

  58. Entropy

    It would be awesome if after every press release from Julie Bishop, someone (maybe not Abbott) would put out a press release that headlines “In support of Ms Bishop’s statement on…” and then says nothing more than

    “What a brilliant idea, Julie Bishop!”

  59. Baldrick

    Chrissy Phiyne this morning, “The Newspoll is just one poll.”
    Stupid.Fucking.Liberals

  60. John Constantine

    Their turnbull election winning machine, the Battleship Yamamoto of the Antipodes, has one more suicide run left in it.

    What last clinging and deplorable outpost of colonialist Australia will they crush to prove their love of the left?.

  61. Baldrick

    Does any Cat happen to know how much money directly and/or indirectly the so called Australian ‘government’ gives to the “palestinians”?

    $43.8 million.

  62. egg_

    Unwavering commitment to their turnbullites debacle coalition election winning machine.

    Tits will be relieved.

  63. Rae

    Preferred Prime Minister: Turnbull = 38 (down 1), Shorten = 36 (steady)

    2 Party Preferred: Labor = 52, Coalition = 48

    Translates to a loss of 14 seats by the Government, and Shorten becoming the next Prime Minister.

  64. egg_

    It would be awesome if after every press release from Julie Bishop, someone (maybe not Abbott) would put out a press release that headlines “In support of Ms Bishop’s statement on…” and then says nothing more than

    “What a brilliant idea, Julie Bishop!”

    Tits?

  65. OneWorldGovernment

    Thanks Baldrick

  66. OneWorldGovernment

    Trump has created an environment which is quite extraordinary.

    I’m the Majority follow up.

    We are the one’s that keep the wheels turning.

  67. Robber Baron

    Abbott must do everything in his power to ensure that Turnbull loses Newspoll 31 badly. Then he can retire from politics a happy man.

  68. Rae

    14 most marginal Coalition seats:

    Capricornia (Qld) Michelle Landry LNP 50.63
    Forde (Qld) Bert van Manen LNP 50.63
    Gilmore (NSW) Ann Sudmalis LIB 50.73
    Flynn (Qld) Ken O’Dowd LNP 51.04
    Robertson (NSW) Lucy Wicks LIB 51.14
    Chisholm (Vic) Julia Banks LIB 51.24
    Dunkley (Vic) Chris Crewther LIB 51.43
    Banks (NSW) David Coleman LIB 51.44
    La Trobe (Vic) Jason Wood LIB 51.46
    Dickson (Qld) Peter Dutton LNP 51.60
    Petrie (Qld) Luke Howarth LNP 51.65
    Grey (SA) Rowan Ramsey LIB 51.95 v NXT
    Hasluck (WA) Ken Wyatt LIB 52.05
    Page (NSW) Kevin Hogan NAT 52.30

    Not surprising there has been some kite-flying by Dutton supporters.

  69. Baldrick

    SCROLL THE TROLL👹™

  70. Will someone tell Caesar Trumbelus that 30 times the plebs have been asked if they love Caesar, 30 times they have said they hate his guts.

  71. Chris

    Newspoll: a miserable Coalition mob with little hope of sunlight
    Simon Benson in the Oz

    The Coalition partyroom is a divided cabal torn between hope and despair and rendered immobile as it convulses over its future.

    This is a condition that now crosses factional lines. The myth of a conservative mutiny has been broken. The Prime Minister’s broader support base among moderate MPs is also fracturing.

    There are those who are still willing Turnbull to succeed, clinging to a cogent belief that Bill Shorten is disliked, distrusted and therefore beatable. But a larger number are now resigned to a ­defeat, having lost confidence in Turnbull’s ability to be the one to do it. No sensible Liberal will be doing cartwheels over a one-point gain in the two-party-preferred vote to 48/52 when the primary vote is stuck at 38 per cent.

    Rarely has the Coalition primary vote dipped to the levels they are at now.

    In 2007, on a primary vote of 42 per cent, the Howard government was turfed out of office in the Ruddslide. In 2010, Tony Abbott had to concede a hung parliament to Julia Gillard with a Coalition primary vote of 43 per cent.

    It took a primary vote of 45 per cent in 2013 to finally return the Coalition to government.

    The exception, which is hardly cause for sanguinity, was 1998 when John Howard and a formidable Coalition campaign team managed to retain government on a primary vote of 39 per cent by sandbagging enough marginal seats. In that election, One Nation polled upward of 8 per cent. The Coalition limited its losses to 14 seats and won by eight seats.

    With One Nation now back in the frame, and with its declaration last week that it would preference Labor last as punishment for what it did in the Queensland election, the dynamics have changed.

    This would be all well and good if the Coalition under Turnbull could also afford to lose 14 seats — which, coincidentally, is the exact number it stands to lose on a 2PP of 48-52.

    But the Coalition does not have that luxury because the Howard-sized buffer delivered by Abbott in 2013 was squandered in 2016.

    Thanks to the electoral redistributions in Victoria, the ACT and one coming in South Australia, the Coalition will now notionally get to the election starting blocks potentially up to three seats behind.

    The point is that serious political strategists will tell you that a Turnbull-led Coalition cannot win an election unless it moves its primary vote back up into the low- to mid-40s. This would require clawing back the five to six points it has lost since the last election.

    The polls, all 30 of them, suggest this is not going to be an easy task. Clearly, whatever it is that the Turnbull government is selling, no one is buying it.

    Having lost 30 Newspolls on the trot, many may rightly ask what it means. All one can say is that it means less than 31, to be sure, which Turnbull is also likely to achieve.

    So, for the meantime, the Prime Minister will remain where he is and the Coalition will remain where it is — in trouble.

  72. Leigh Lowe

    But the Coalition does not have that luxury because the Howard-sized buffer delivered by Abbott in 2013 was squandered by Team Trumble in 2016.

  73. Tel

    Will someone tell Caesar Trumbelus that 30 times the plebs have been asked if they love Caesar, 30 times they have said they hate his guts.

    Well no one asked my opinion.

  74. What’s your opinion Tel?
    Are you a pleb?
    Do you love Caesar?

  75. max

    The polls, all 30 of them, suggest this is not going to be an easy task.

    Not true. It’s a very easy task. Change your policies on immigration and energy and you’ll win.

  76. Motelier

    ill someone tell Caesar Trumbelus that 30 times the plebs have been asked if they love Caesar, 30 times they have said they hate his guts.

    2013. The LNP wins the election after the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd government spend a thon causing Abbott to campaign on 3 word slogans like ” stop the boats”, and included, a budget emergency style attack.

    Success – Stop the boats. and, and, and.

    The Stupid. Fvcking. Liberals succeeded in quetly thumbing their nose at the electorate, and, now, are finding the pidgeons of poor government coming back to shit all over them.

    If only they had a spine.

    Paul Keating was right when he said Hewson was a shiver looking for a spine, not one LNP member has a spine, they are all shivers.

  77. Not true. It’s a very easy task. Change your policies on immigration and energy and you’ll win.

    Abolish all energy taxes and subsidies. This includes all excises.

    Mickey Mouse would win an election with that.

  78. Rossini

    Baldrick
    #2681970, posted on April 9, 2018 at 7:31 am
    Stupid.Fucking.Liberals
    +1

  79. max

    Masters winner given a very unenthusiastic greeting on the final green. Telling mum and dad not to turn up and a few nasty interactions with other players previously has that effect.

  80. Top Ender

    This in The Australian today:

    Batman remains

    The federal seat of Batman will not be renamed after the next election, unlike a swag of other Victorian seats. Despite its namesake, John Batman, allegedly being a bounty hunter who specialised in killing Aboriginal people. Go figure.

    [email protected]

    Funny, according to the Australian Dictionary of Biography, that doesn’t seem the case.

    However, Wikipedia says otherwise.

    From where does The Australian get its information?

  81. Roger.

    It’s a very easy task. Change your policies on immigration and energy and you’ll win.

    That means ignoring all the expert advice….and Lucy…and Tom.

    Maladroit doesn’t have the balls.

  82. On immigration, it is simple.

    Give Leigh Lowe a job interviewing potential immigrants.
    You are granted residence if he can understand every word you say.

  83. Roger.

    The work experience kiddies on the ABC Sunday shift were in eager expectation of the Newspoll 30.

    They wheeled out John Hewson to attack “Abbott”.

    And no mention of the pollie pedal.

    No bias. No agenda. Your taxes at work.

  84. Infidel Tiger

    I see that Sydney Celebrity Lawyer Charles Waterstreet has declared bankruptcy. He blames poor advice for not filing tax returns for 3 years. He advised himself.

  85. max

    Turnbull’s son is making a small fortune out of renewables.

  86. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Give Leigh Lowe a job interviewing potential immigrants.
    You are granted residence if he can understand every word you say.

    That idea has merit. All potential immigrants to be interviewed by Cats of good standing, and the old dictation test to be resurrected.

  87. Snoopy

    I see that Sydney Celebrity Lawyer Charles Waterstreet has declared bankruptcy. He blames poor advice for not filing tax returns for 3 years. He advised himself.

    Was not filing tax returns his way of avoiding reality?

  88. H B Bear

    They wheeled out John Hewson to attack “Abbott”.

    The ALPBC must be looking forward to self-driving cars. As soon as they are legal they will be able to program the Zachy Mallah Courtesy Bus to do the Hewson’s house to Ultimo run and save themselves tens of thousands a year on Cabcharge.

    Hewson lost “the unlosable election” in 1993, over 25 years ago, and yet the ALPBC still have him as No 1 on the speeddial as a “former Lieboral” commentator.

  89. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2682013, posted on April 9, 2018 at 9:21 am

    I see that Sydney Celebrity Lawyer Charles Waterstreet has declared bankruptcy. He blames poor advice for not filing tax returns for 3 years. He advised himself.

    The chance of being taken to the cleaners by his (alleged) brush with #Metoo?

  90. stackja

    Liberal MP Sarah Henderson to fight proposed electorate name change
    Rob Harris, national politics reporter, Herald Sun
    April 8, 2018 8:04pm
    Subscriber only
    LIBERAL MP Sarah Henderson has vowed to fight a proposed name change to her electorate which could see her become “the member for Cox”.

    Ms Henderson said the proposed new name, in honour of pioneering swim instructor May Cox, had already prompted “some ridicule” on social media.

    The Australian Electoral Commission proposed major changes to the Corangamite electorate on Friday, including the name change, as part of a major overhaul of divisional boundaries within Victoria.

    The name change raised eyebrows among the political set on Friday, with many quick to point out the unfortunate double entendres which could apply to the new name.

    One MP told the Herald Sun: “Clearly no one at the AEC has a teenage boy.”

    Ms Henderson said as a federation seat, the electorate took its name from Lake Corangamite, an Aboriginal word meaning “salty lake”.

    She said maintaining the Aboriginal heritage and history was so important.

    In a blow to Ms Henderson’s re-election chances, the Colac Otway Shire has also been removed from the electorate and moved west towards the safe Liberal seat of Wannon.

    “I am pleased to confirm that the Liberal Party will be objecting to the draft boundaries and renaming of the Corangamite electorate,” Ms Henderson said.

    “There is a very strong case for all of Colac Otway Shire to remain in the electorate. The city of Colac, in many respects, is the heart and soul of this federation seat.”

    She said severing Colac from the electorate would leave the city “isolated” from the many organisations and communities it services, particularly in the agricultural, tourism, health and education sectors.

  91. stackja

    How donating your poo could earn you $13,000 a year
    Sue Dunlevy, National Health Reporter, News Corp Australia Network
    April 8, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only
    EXCLUSIVE

    It’s time to get your sh*t together if the mortgage and childcare bills are getting you down because financial relief could be just a bowel motion away.

    Poo transplants and capsules which are being trialled to help medical conditions from autism, multiple sclerosis and chronic diarrhoea are now in such demand they have created a new market for healthy stools.

    Your daily trip to the toilet has become brown gold and it can earn you up to $50 per deposit or up to $13,000 a year.

    But, despite the financial incentive, the Centre for Digestive Disease (CDD) is short of donors.

    Professor Thomas Borody says he need them to expand the number of Faecal Microbiota Transfers he performs each day.

    Donors have to fill out a form, undergo a blood and three stool tests and be interviewed about their health. If found suitable, they can earn up to $200 a week donating their daily motion.

    In Melbourne Dr Paul Froomes pays $50 per deposit or $250 per week for fecal donations.

    If you want to donate you have to be normal weight and eat certain foods such as wholemeal bread and pasta, fresh vegetables, pulses and fruit and exclude corn, shellfish, prawns, oysters, salami, ham and sausages and antibiotics.

  92. stackja

    Donors are asked to take supplements to promote good bacteria in the bowel including apple pectin, Inulin and N-acetylglucosamine (N-A-G).

    They must live within an hour or so of the Centre for Digestive Diseases at Five Dock and be prepared to defecate into a plastic container and make a daily delivery to the clinic within an hour or two of passing a motion.

    Health worker Harriet says she’s earning $200 a week donating her stools after she saw the benefits fecal transplants had on two of her friends who suffered irritable bowel disease.

    “I’m very regular, I start work at 7am and wake at 5.30am, have a coffee and I’m every morning like clockwork,” she says.

    She says she drops her donation off on the way to work.

    The 23 year old vegetarian says she feels blessed to have had it confirmed that she has good gut bacteria.

    “I thought I’m healthy I’d like to help,” she says.

    While she found the collection process weird to start with it no longer bothers her.

    Laraine Culnane was diagnosed with tropical sprue after working for over a decade as an aid worker in Asia.

    She had severe diarrhoea, terrible stomach cramps, no energy and had to eliminate gluten, diary and fructans from her diet but the problem got worse.

    Multiple antibiotic treatments had reduced the good bacteria in her gut leaving her with an overgrowth of bad bacteria.

    After a fecal transplant treatment and a dose of fecal capsules at the Centre for Digestive Diseases in 2017 and 2018 she says she’s almost back to normal.

  93. stackja

    “It is amazing, it has made a huge difference I’m now back skiing and walking where before I could barely make the bed,” she says.

    Gut bacteria has become a new frontier in medicine with anecdotal reports that rheumatoid arthritis, alopecia, and even multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and autism after a faecal transplant.

    One of Professor Borody’s overweight patients had a fecal transplant from a thin friend and lost 1 kilogram per week before ceasing treatment.

    “There are about 100 trillion living cells in the tube called the human body with the brain at one end and your anus at the other end, and that bacteria sits there protecting you,” Professor Borody says.

    “If you use antibiotics you damage them, if you consume an incoming bug on a food and it colonises and stays you can get problems,” he says.

    The fecal “cures” have been made possible after bad bacteria is eliminated from the patients gut using antibiotics which is then repopulated with good bacteria from the fecal transplant.

    Each fecal transplant enema costs $700.

    Professor Borody has overseen more than 12,000 FMT processes at the CDD, and says he does on average 10 treatments per day.

    “We could do more than double that if we had more donors,” he said.

  94. Baldrick

    Time to start knitting a kangaroo …

    Insiders ABC ✔ @InsidersABC
    Malcolm Turnbull deserves time and clean air to repair the ­Coalition’s standing, writes #Insiders panellist Peter van Onselen

  95. Leigh Lowe

    Give Leigh Lowe a job interviewing potential immigrants.
    You are granted residence if he can understand every word you say.

    Huh?
    What?
    Say again?
    Sorry, sayonara buddy.
    Next.

  96. H B Bear

    Waffleworth is the new Gillard.

    Actually he always has been. I expect Lord and Lady Waffleworth won’t be leaving the Point Piper bunker today.

  97. Leigh Lowe

    stackja

    #2682022, posted on April 9, 2018 at 9:34 am

    How donating your poo could earn you $13,000 a year

    A job for Trumble post politics.
    He’s full of it.

  98. calli

    time and clean air

    Deja vu all over again.

  99. IT, that news led me to this ABC archive of Keating’s failure to lodge his tax returns whilst Treasurer.
    Howard got it right – arrogance and thumbing his nose at the very standards he set for PAYE taxpayers.

    Sadly, today’s politicians are still on the same hypocritical track. Diminishing Australia’s economy through renewable energy whilst making themselves wealthy at the same time.

  100. Snoopy

    Despite its namesake, John Batman, allegedly being a bounty hunter who specialised in killing Aboriginal people. Go figure.

    Mmm, okay. Who was paying the bounties?

  101. H B Bear

    As a jism’ist what is worse for the CV? Writing for (or worse being employed by) Teh Saturday Paper or appearing on Ol’ Leathery’s Insiders couches?

    How long before van Wrongselen ends up at teh J-ewish vanity press?

  102. Up The Workers!

    Hey Stackja,

    What Australia needs right now is anything but “fecal transplants”.

    We’ve been taking nothing but crap from the Labor and Laboral Parties for years now, and you reckon we haven’t had enough, and need to surgically transplant extra?

  103. If you want to donate you have to be normal weight and eat certain foods such as wholemeal bread and pasta, fresh vegetables, pulses and fruit and exclude corn, shellfish, prawns, oysters, salami, ham and sausages and antibiotics.

    Well that rules me out.

  104. Shy Ted

    The 23 year old vegetarian says she feels blessed to have had it confirmed that she has good gut bacteria.
    Good gut bacteria on a vegetarian diet? Pasty, weak, self-centred gut bacteria more like.

  105. Leigh Lowe

    Mmm, okay. Who was paying the bounties?

    Tony Abbott’s great-grandfather, of course.
    Obviously.

  106. egg_

    Malcolm Turnbull deserves time and clean air to repair the ­Coalition’s standing, writes #Insiders panellist Peter van Onselen

    It’s “clear air” in aviation, tards.
    /Snoopy

  107. Geriatric Mayfly

    One of Professor Borody’s overweight patients had a fecal transplant from a thin friend and lost 1 kilogram per week before ceasing treatment.

    Is that why fat poofters are always on the prowl for a thin bedmate?

  108. Tom

    Turnbull’s son is making a small fortune out of renewables.

    That’s blatant political corruption, isn’t it?

    It was a huge scandal plastered all over the front pages of the nation’s newspapers for weeks,
    wasn’t it?

    Oh.

    #CorruptBananaRepublicShithole.

  109. Snoopy

    and exclude corn, shellfish, prawns, oysters, salami, ham and sausages and antibiotics.

    Okay, I get the shellfish, prawns, oysters, salami, ham and sausages (not kosher/halal). I get the antibiotics. But corn? Can’t they just pick the kernels out?

  110. That’s blatant political corruption, isn’t it?

    It was a huge scandal plastered all over the front pages of the nation’s newspapers for weeks,
    wasn’t it?

  111. stackja

    Top Ender
    #2682007, posted on April 9, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Between 1828 and 1830, Tasmanians in this region were shot or rounded up by bounty hunters like John Batman.[8]

    [8] Bill Gammage, (2011) The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, p.40

  112. Chris

    Judith Sloan, short and to the point

    Luck the main ingredient of Turnbull’s economic success
    I’m not sure I really care if Malcolm Turnbull loses 30 Newspolls in a row. But I do care he has failed to live up to the promises he made when he deposed Tony Abbott.

    This is the man who mentions jobs and growth at every opportunity. This is the man who started an ill-disciplined discussion about tax reform only to kill it off and with it the formal inquiry initiated by Joe Hockey.

    Let’s not forget Turnbull also killed off a potentially constructive review of federation. He also decided the deregulation program had gone far enough and scrapped that. Since then, the regulatory imposts on businesses have grown like Topsy, driven by short-term political imperatives.

    Let’s talk about industrial relations. Turnbull thinks the Australian Building and Construction Commission and the Registered Organisations Commission are important victories. It remains to be seen, particularly whether these institutions will be able to rein in the lawless behaviour of the Construction Forestry Mining Maritime and Energy Union. That would be the new super union, the creation of which the Turnbull government has lamely sat back and watched. To refuse even to put the bill to the Senate that might block the creation of this well-resourced and potentially destructive new union tells you a lot about this government’s lack of courage.

    There is no doubt the Turnbull government has had a lot of economic luck. Commodity prices have recovered to an extent few forecast. Employment has been boosted by the wads of taxpayer money being spent on the NDIS and by the states and territories.

    The budget is slowly repairing but it is telling that government spending as a proportion of GDP remains above 25 per cent.

    So forget all that twaddle about Turnbull being committed to economic freedom and reform. He has failed to explain the rationale for the Enterprise Tax Plan, a drawn-out affair that will still render Australia uncompetitive at the end of the transition. But the real kicker is that there is nothing else in the locker when it comes to economic reform.

  113. Trying again.

    Turnbull’s son is making a small fortune out of renewables.

    That’s blatant political corruption, isn’t it?

    It was a huge scandal plastered all over the front pages of the nation’s newspapers for weeks,
    wasn’t it?

    Time for a quote (IR) –
    “You get the politicians that the media decide you deserve”

  114. stackja

    Up The Workers!
    #2682035, posted on April 9, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Poo boo?

  115. Motelier

    and exclude corn, shellfish, prawns, oysters, salami, ham and sausages and antibiotics.

    Show me a vegetarian that doesn’t eat corn.

  116. Oh come on

    I see that Gillard’s baby, NAPLAN, is having the absolute shit ripped out of it by international education specialists:

    “Dr Perelman’s Guide to a Top Scoring NAPLAN Essay”. He recommends children:

    Memorise ACARA’S list of challenging words and “sprinkle them throughout the paper”. He goes on: “Feel free to repeat them and do not worry too much about the meaning”
    Master a formulaic, five-paragraph form of essay
    Use connective words and phrases such as “moreover”, “however”, “in addition” and “on the other hand”
    Always have adjectives next to nouns, for example “the frisky and playful dog”, instead of just “the dog”

    Dr Perelman ends the guide with: “Never write like this except for essay tests like the NAPLAN.”

    Of course anyone with a tiny bit of knowledge of educating students has known NAPLAN is a stinker since forever. There are one or two more money quotes:

    The marking criteria in general I can only describe as bizarre,” Dr Perelman said. “There should be no word lists. Students should use the best word to convey meaning.

    “It’s the kind of thing that 60 years ago many of us experienced with spelling lists in elementary school, which had no bearing whatsoever on the ability to write.

    And

    “All of the generally accepted style guides in the English-speaking world argue that one should use the simplest, most precise language wherever possible.

    “I think this test is actually turning students into bad writers.”

    Not only that, if literacy instruction is centred around teaching to a really bad test as described above, lots of kids are going to get left behind. This is probably a major reason why we are seeing so many students entering high school barely able to read and write these days. It really is shocking.

    (Quotes via ABC News app)

  117. The Barking Toad

    Alcohol should be subsidised not taxed.

    You fucking idiot.
    I’ve told you before.
    It should be compulsory and free.

    Way up the fred at 11:09PM – these should be Liberty Quotes.

  118. The Barking Toad

    Their Bishop has faith that turnbullites doesn’t care where she flies to, or who she takes on the plane or what she signs when she gets there.

    WTF was she doing in Vanuatu with Tampon Charlie anyway. And where is Mrs Squidgee?

  119. Has anyone, other than Cats, ever called out Walled Aly for his slimy, smarmy, hatchet job on Tony Abbott?
    Waleed must be Indian – he seems Untouchable.

  120. Oh come on
    #2682049, posted on April 9, 2018 at 9:51 am
    Not only that, if literacy instruction is centred around teaching to a really bad test as described above, lots of kids are going to get left behind. This is probably a major reason why we are seeing so many students entering high school barely able to read and write these days. It really is shocking.

    I have been helping a grandson, new to school this year and therefore in K, with his “sight words”.
    Surely recognising thousands of words is beyond most children and phonic instruction is much better.

    I wish someone with brains and marketing smarts could re-invent “classical education”. I reckon it would be very popular with parents.

  121. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    So forget all that twaddle about Turnbull being committed to economic freedom and reform. He has failed to explain the rationale for the Enterprise Tax Plan, a drawn-out affair that will still render Australia uncompetitive at the end of the transition. But the real kicker is that there is nothing else in the locker when it comes to economic reform.

    Judith concentrates on Turnbull’s many political failures and their economic impact. She keeps away from matters to do with energy policy and the RET. Yet a tremendous economic boost would come from dumping the RET and ridiculous energy subsidies. If Australia’s current energy policies continue then nothing much is going to save the economy in the longer term when Australia has to compete with the rest of the world, most of whom don’t buy the climate madness (I exclude Europe as an already lost cause although some European countries will stand by nuclear and thereby supplement the Germans et al, along with Russia’s oil-fired help).

  122. Tel

    What’s your opinion Tel?
    Are you a pleb?
    Do you love Caesar?

    Thanks, I just wanted to be asked. Of course I hate him, but having said that I’m sure I would hate the ALP even more. At least Turnbull mostly does nothing much. He’s like that low irritant fly-spray that doesn’t kill any flies but you feel a bit virtuous using it.

  123. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I have been helping a grandson, new to school this year and therefore in K, with his “sight words”.
    Surely recognising thousands of words is beyond most children and phonic instruction is much better.

    They need both, OSC. ‘Sight’ words are useful as English is not a phonetic language in all of its aspects. Try ‘through’ and ‘eight’ for a start. However, rely simply on spatial word recognition (rather as in Asian pictograms) is no way to teach reading and the richness of our language. Do the sight words but also teach him the phonetics of the alphabet, especially if the school is remiss in this, and help him to ‘sound out’ simple words.

    Oh, and well done Grandpa. 🙂

  124. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Drat – relying

  125. H B Bear

    Oh dear, it appears Lucy and Daddy are actually the brains trust behind Lord Waffleworth and using the vain narcissist to extract revenge on the Lieborals for what they did to Daddy. He is doing great job.

    Extracts at Blot for those of us who refuse to pay for low quality j’ism.

  126. Chris

    I wish our grandson lived close enough to help with his schoolwork.

  127. Infidel Tiger

    Turnbull’s only redeeming feature is his incompetence.

    We won’t be so lucky with Shorten.

  128. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    “All of the generally accepted style guides in the English-speaking world argue that one should use the simplest, most precise language wherever possible.

    Nothing wrong with a clear exposition, when that is what you want to write, as in a set of instructions for baking a cake or putting together a piece of IKEA (if only).

    Exposition interspersed with expostulation and not completely expunged of adjectival elaboration is also allowable. As long as you don’t say it like that. 🙂

    Words of three and even four syllables are often interesting if not overused. If some people can’t cope with them, that is their problem. Same for interesting sentence constructions.

    Basically, just write fuckin’ English as it occurs to you, given your appreciation of the language and your preferences. Hemmingway or Henry James or PG Wodehouse or Dan Brown et al: your choice. Readers will self sort and love or hate you. Way it goes. Walter Pater and the language of Dickens does not rule any more, but there is no need to write as zombie cyborgs either, turning writing into something like Moscow’s soviet architecture for the wukkas.

  129. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Ok, single ‘m’ in Hemingway, a mistake I always make when blogging. And grammatical purists can make that singular ‘does not rule’ into a plural ‘do not rule’ if they wish.

  130. Arky

    They need both, OSC. ‘Sight’ words are useful as English is not a phonetic language in all of its aspects. Try ‘through’ and ‘eight’ for a start. However, rely simply on spatial word recognition (rather as in Asian pictograms) is no way to teach reading and the richness of our language. Do the sight words but also teach him the phonetics of the alphabet, especially if the school is remiss in this, and help him to ‘sound out’ simple words.

    ..
    It isn’t hard.
    Just sit down with your offspring each morning and night and read a book together.
    When you read, insist they look at the words. To do this, just tell them you will stop at random places and ask them to read the next word. If they can’t because they weren’t paying attention you will tickle them until they spew.
    Eventually they can read paragraphs.
    Then whole pages.
    Choose books YOU like. Treasure Island. Wind in the Willows. The Pure Theory of Capital.
    My six year old is currently reading The Wind in the Willows to me, and some book in mandarin about rabbits.
    You have to be able to use a carrot and stick approach.
    If they don’t perform sometimes you beat them with a large carrot.
    Sounding things out is for homos.

  131. Senile Old Guy

    “All of the generally accepted style guides..”.

    In other words, all the people I agree with, agree with me, etc.

    The most precise word will often not be the simplest. One of my (many) pet peeves is people pontificating in public about writing.

    And criticism of NAPLAN started before it was introduced because there are many in the education “industry” who do not like quantitative measures of performance.

  132. Arky

    The most precise word will often not be the simplest. One of my (many) pet peeves is people pontificating in public about writing.

    ..
    One of my pet peeves is the word “peeves”.

  133. Chris

    New Fred! – I was sitting here pounding the refresh button.

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