Open Forum: April 14, 2018

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  1. C.L.
    #2687700, posted on April 16, 2018 at 8:06 am
    Trump has beaten up James Comey overnight in brutal fashion.

    The only question about Trump’s use of Twitter – was he more effective in the days of 140 character limits or today, under the 280 limit?

  2. John Constantine

    Superman is back with red underpants.

    Wearing them over the top of his tights.

    Important as Brian bendis has been recruited to retcon the DC comics universe, the man with the great driving hatred of Trumpnado is starting with Superman.

    Clark Kent will now show that Truth Justice and The American Way means hating Fake News and civil war against Trumpnado.

  3. OldOzzie

    <strong>Andrew Bolt: Greens reveal another mad fantasy

    YASSMIN Abdel-Magied — professional Muslim victim — has just shown why the Greens are such a menace.

    She had been due to speak in New York last week on a pet topic, “No Country for Young Muslim Women”, which is actually odd.

    After all, this Sudanese-born ABC host has been showered with taxpayer-funded jobs, honours, advisory positions and grants, specifically for being Muslim and young and female.

    But the 27-year-old, who was travelling on her Australian passport, never got to deliver that speech because she was denied entry to the United States

    Never mind. Just a few tweets later, she was hinting that as a Muslim, she had become a target of an official whom she endangered by naming.

    “Interesting facts: within a few min of looking at my case the border security person — Officer (Name) looking at my case she announces: ‘we’re sending you back! … Those who say the world is borderless are those who have the right colour passports — or birthplace. Will follow up on messages once I understand what’s going on.”

    Greens leader Richard Di Natale should have smelled a rat. Why hadn’t Abdel-Magied tweeted the reason she had been given for being stopped?

    But Greens don’t wait for evidence when there’s a prejudice to feed, and Di Natale was off, again demonising US President Donald Trump and feeding an incendiary Muslim victimology.

    “I’m very concerned that what’s going on here is motivated by politics,” he stormed on TV.

    “It’s really concerning that a young Muslim woman would be prevented access,” he said.

    He also tweeted: “Disturbing to hear that @yassmin_a, who was invited to speak about her experiences as a Muslim woman, has been deported from the USA despite holding a valid visa.

    “If reports are true, the Australian government needs to stand up to Donald Trump.”

    In fact, Abdel-Magied had simply filed a false visa application.

    She’d claimed to be a tourist when she was coming for a paid gig. What’s more, she knew from the start she’d been rejected for this reason.

    Even before flying back, she confessed to a New York Times journalist that border agents had said her B1/B2 visitor visa “was the wrong visa for speakers” — which she confirmed on Twitter only once back in London.

    Yet Di Natale still resisted admitting she wasn’t a victim of Trump bigotry but of dodgy form-filling.

    “We need to be clear that that was the reason,” Di Natale told the ABC, “but we know what the US President has been saying about Muslims coming into that country.”

    This is a small but perfect example of how the Greens operate — torturing facts into suiting their crazier prejudices.

    For instance, the Greens believe so fanatically in global warming that they hail any natural disaster as proof that man’s emissions are heating the world to hell.

    Di Natale did it again last month, claiming fires at Tathra showed Australians were “bearing the brunt” of the Turnbull Government’s failure to slash emissions even more.

    In fact, no cuts Australia could make would change the world’s temperature. We’re too small.

    Di Natale also claimed a cyclone that hit Darwin was proof of global warming.

    This was also as false as Abdel-Magied’s visa form. In 30 years, we’ve had steadily fewer cyclones, not more.

    And when Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton last month suggested we help more white South African farmers come here, Di Natale again wouldn’t assume the obvious. He wouldn’t accept Dutton thought these were people needing to escape violent persecution who would also settle well here.

    No, he again consulted his favoured prejudices and declared Dutton “an out-and-out racist”.

    I expected better when he became leader of the Greens three years ago and signalled he’d be more pragmatic.

    But Di Natale is now under pressure. His party this year lost the Batman by-election in Victoria, won just one seat in the Tasmanian election, and lost a quarter of its vote in Western Australia.

    Then there’s the division.

    The Greens candidate in Batman was accused by other Greens of bullying, and former Victorian Greens MP Greg Barber paid out a former staffer who had also claimed to be bullied. (Both of these claims have been denied.)

    Maybe the pressure has flipped Di Natale because he now acts like a maddy trying to appeal to other maddies.

    This month, he even supported a universal wage of more than $20,000 a year for everyone, whether slacker or rich.

    And who’d pay for all that free money?

    Oh, but that’s just another detail the Greens ignore because what are mere facts to fantasists?

  4. How can banks check directly with the ATO?

    Secrecy and privacy laws would prevent the ATO providing information.

    The banks already ask for tax information from the borrower directly, either payment summaries or assessment notices, don’t they?

    Why else are there are lenders that target the ‘self employee’s who’s tax information may not accurately reflect their financial position.

  5. Dr Faustus

    Peter Beattie admits the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony might have focussed on the athletes, rather than Anastacia Palacechook and the Mayor of Birmingham.

    Mr Beattie later told the ABC the athletes were brought into the stadium early to avoid a scenario where they would have been kept “standing around”.

    “At previous ceremonies athletes were herded around, they stand around, they hate it, they get bored, often they don’t go,” he said.

    Instead, they were herded in early, so they could stand around in the shadows longer than they otherwise might, watching a tourist corroboree, listening to mouth-farting politicians.
    They would have loved it.

    2019 NRL Grand Final, featuring: speeches by Peter Beatty, Gladys, PM Bill Shorten, Peter Beatty, Auntie Marcia Langton, Deputy PM DiNatale – and a special closing address by Peter Beattie.

  6. calli

    Delonas needs a kick up the Khyber for that.

    Beattie on Sunrise with a sh*t eating grin, a mouth full of lies and a “sorry”. Some things never change.

  7. H B Bear

    The Smiling Apologist up to his usual tricks.

    What an utter slimeball.

  8. OldOzzie

    Rita Panahi: Let’s heed public opinion on migration

    IT says something about the sorry state of Australian politics that issues as crucial as immigration and population are deemed too difficult for public debate.

    In the vacuum left by gutless Coalition and Labor politicians, the likes of One Nation and lobby groups such as Dick Smith’s Fair Go are weighing in.

    But for how much longer will mainstream politicians ignore the will of the majority to push ahead with a “big Australia” strategy?

    As it stands, the population will be boosted by up to 190,000 permanent residents this year, plus 18,750 admitted under the humanitarian program.

    Add to that figure the hundreds of thousands more who come here as temporary migrants, including those on student visas, 457-skilled temporary worker visas and working holiday maker visas.

    Every single one of those people adds to the congestion on the roads and the demand for housing and services such as health care.

    Of course, those migrants who work make a vital economic contribution and help alleviate the impact of our ageing population, which sees the burden of the growing welfare bill carried by a shrinking percentage of taxpayers.

    It is clear that some migrant groups are better than others in overcoming language barriers, finding work and assimilating — but more on that later.

    One of the many advantages of being an island nation, with sound border protection policies and a relatively low birth rate, is that we can control precisely how big and how quickly to grow. What should Australia’s population be in 2030, 2050 and beyond? Do we want to grow to a nation of more than 40 million, or is the ideal population closer to 25 million?

    On current estimates, the population will have grown to 37.5—41.5 million by 2050.

    That’s fine for those of us who support high immigration and growth, but the reality is that we are in the minority.

    A number of polls have shown a clear majority want to curb immigration.

    Voters having two broad concerns about our current intake: the volume and the mix.

    A 2017 survey commissioned by the Australian Population Research Institute showed three in four voters believed we were “full” and did not support any further population growth.

    And 55 per cent said Australia “was in danger of losing its culture and identity”.

    Also, 52 per cent believed the country had changed to an extent where it “sometimes feels like a foreign country”.

    Those survey findings mirror the results of a 2016 SBS-commissioned poll, carried out by Essential Research, that revealed 59 per cent thought immigration over the past decade had been too high, and 57 per cent were against increasing the refugee intake; 28 per cent were in favour. Close to half of those surveyed agreed that “multiculturalism had failed and caused social division and religious extremism’’.

    If the Coalition wants to claw back lost ground and have some chance at re-election, then it needs to listen to the masses and alter its population policy.

    It is now clear, despite Malcolm Turnbull’s denials, that Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton did discuss lowering the annual intake of permanent residents from 190,000 to 170,000 but was rebuked by the Prime Minister and Treasurer Scott Morrison. Former PM Tony Abbott has suggested an even more dramatic cut to 110,000.

    Turnbull will fly past Julia Gillard’s 33 losing Newspolls unless he can conceive an energy policy that leads to greater reliability and affordability and/or a population policy that is sufficiently different from Labor’s.

    Given the improbability of the former, it is crucial that the Coalition clearly articulates a population policy that is palatable to the electorate.

    They must explain what Australia’s target population is in the short, medium and long term, and how immigration policy will be manipulated to meet those targets.

    Also, it’s important to clearly convey what the migrant mix will be. Some migrant groups are more capable and willing to enter the workforce and fully integrate into Australian society than others.

    Analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics data and Immigration Department studies published in The Australian last week showed that some ethnic groups were significantly more likely to be productive.

    Skilled migrants from South Africa and England have unemployment rates of close to 2 per cent, less than half the national average of 5.6 per cent, and significantly lower than the 19—22 per cent for refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan.

    But refugees from Croatia had an unemployment rate of just 4 per cent. The figures also revealed that one in four migrants from non-English speaking backgrounds since 2006 has never held a job in Australia. This is despite the taxpayer paying for 500 hours of free English-language training.

    It’s worth noting that Labor’s official policy is to increase our highest-costing component, the humanitarian intake, to 27,000 refugees a year by 2025.

    It is up to the Coalition to provide a workable alternative before the next election and give disengaged voters something to think about.

  9. calli

    At least we now know what we’ve always suspected – the athletes are the least important feature of these nationalistic orgies.

    Enough! No more public money to be spent on elite sport. If it has to be spent at all, direct it to the grassroots and maybe, just maybe, the taxpayers and their children will benefit.

  10. Government nannies tell us what to eat and drink and the Prime Minister thinks he should spend a few more millions on telling us to take a walk, so yes pay for children’s sport not free condoms at the four yearly international bonkfests, please.

  11. Dr Faustus

    Bill Shorten’s capital gains tax grab would hurt many more Australians than the investors who would be forced to pay it.

    Real estate is, by far, Australia’s largest asset class: current value around A$6.9 trillion..

    Around 12% of the stock trades each year, say ~A$800 billion, A modest, ‘Budget Recovery’ tax – say 5% on real estate transactions by the vile ‘those who can afford it’ – would raise up to $40 billion. Enough to keep the NDIS circus running nicely.

    Coming to you soon.

  12. Mater

    Rita asks:

    But for how much longer will mainstream politicians ignore the will of the majority to push ahead with a “big Australia” strategy?

    Answer:

    Just long enough that the imported herd reaches 51% and the ‘will of the majority’ changes.

  13. Pro-coal advocates need to recognise it doesn’t matter what they think of climate change, or even whether the science of climate change is correct. Enough people do believe in it to ensure private ­investment to build coal-fired power stations won’t be forthcoming. Even if the forum succeeded in charging Coalition policy, a future Labor government could reverse it.

    How totally fscked is this thinking?
    Try applying that logic to China, Germany, India who are building coal fired power stations hand over fist.

    I’m all in favour of nukes, but we need some power in the interim period while we are building them.
    If this non-thinking is representative of the Canberra bubble then we are truly fscked.

  14. Some History

    Beattie just made an appearance on morning TV. He has pleaded with everyone – from audience to TV production – to come back tonight for a “Take 2” on the closing ceremony where he hopes he and his buddies will get it “right” this time. If tonight’s ceremony isn’t any better, they’ll have one last shot on Thursday night.

    Can’t get fairer than that. 🙂

  15. Entropy

    If we had bought half a dozen Virginia class subs instead of a vague drafting board plan to convert a a dozen nukes to diesel, we could park one in a berth at each state capital with a power cord into the local grid, to solve all shortfall problems.

    The cheapest solution.

  16. Entropy

    Some History
    #2687728, posted on April 16, 2018 at 9:01 am
    Beattie just made an appearance on morning TV. He has pleaded with everyone – from audience to TV production – to come back tonight for a “Take 2” on the closing ceremony where he hopes he and his buddies will get it “right” this time. If tonight’s ceremony isn’t any better, they’ll have one last shot on Thursday night.

    Can’t get fairer than that. 🙂

    Or, he and his luvvie mates can just fuck off.

  17. lotocoti

    The Smiling Apologist up to his usual tricks.

    Why is anyone surprised that Bleattie reverted to form?

  18. OldOzzie

    Obama And Lynch “Jeopardized” Clinton Email Investigation: Comey

    Of course, Comey had already begun drafting Clinton’s exoneration before even interviewing her, something which appears to have been “forgotten” in his book.

    “The truth was that the president — as far as I knew, anyway — he had only as much information as anyone following it in the media. He had not been briefed on our work at all. And if he was following the media, he knew nothing, because there had been no leaks at all up until that point. But, his comments still set all of us up for corrosive attacks if the case were completed with no charges brought.”

    “Matter” not “Investigation”

    Comey also describes a September 2015 meeting with AG Lynch in which she asked him to describe the Clinton email investigation as a “matter” instead of an investigation.

    “It occurred to me in the moment that this issue of semantics was strikingly similar to the fight the Clinton campaign had waged against The New York Times in July. Ever since then, the Clinton team had been employing a variety of euphemisms to avoid using the word ‘investigation,’” Comey writes.

  19. woolfe

    Notafan, You can select privacy setting on Facebook so that only contacts (and the Zuckenator) can see your posts. If you don’t do this anyone can look including head hunters etc. And you then wonder why you didn’t crack an interview.

  20. Tom

    Sad that Delonas seems to be sinking into TDS, although his Bolton is marvellous.

    Bruce, Delonas doesn’t hate Trump — he sees Trump being led down the garden path by John Bolton and the neo-cons. He hates neo-cons; he and IT are brothers.

    Areff used to work with Delonas and reckons his outlook on the world is both autistic and brilliant. I’m just totally in love with the savagery of his cartooning.

  21. classical_hero

    What the fuck was Delonas about? What a crazy Anti-Semitic cartoon. The usual rubbish about America being the puppet of Isreal.

  22. Baldrick

    I don’t know why people are surprised that an ex-Labor politician would deliver a below average outcome, costing taxpayers a fortune. They do have form.

  23. Can we please build a large scale nuke in Broadmeadows, staffed exclusively by the citizens of Broadmeadows?

    It would solve 3 of our current problems.

  24. Leigh Lowe

    lotocoti

    #2687731, posted on April 16, 2018 at 9:06 am

    The Smiling Apologist up to his usual tricks.

    Why is anyone surprised that Bleattie reverted to form?

    Have you noticed the apologies are always a subtle deflection … Pete “bravely taking the rap for others”?

  25. Geriatric Mayfly

    Can we please build a large scale nuke in Broadmeadows, staffed exclusively by the citizens of Broadmeadows?

    Using Homer Simpson as the bench mark, are you sure the ‘citizens’ are to the required standard?

  26. egg_

    Pro-coal advocates need to recognise it doesn’t matter what they think of climate change, or even whether the science of climate change is correct. Enough people do believe in it to ensure private ­investment to build coal-fired power stations won’t be forthcoming. Even if the forum succeeded in charging Coalition policy, a future Labor government could reverse it.

    By pushing Nuke, make coal the lesser evil, as Bob Carr did and the Germans are doing?

  27. stackja

    Beattie has thanks to Queensland voters, probably just the SEQ gullible majority, who keep voting for ALP. The rest of the gullible voted RGR, and supposedly for BS. Why do voters expect a change?

  28. John Constantine

    The point of FaceStasi is that it is a public self-critique, to be available at all times for showtrial.

    If you refuse to show the world that you live and breathe Stalinism with every post, that makes you Unsound, and Gulag-fodder.

  29. Des Deskperson

    After two and a half months of investigation, the AFP has repeatedly decided that no charges will be laid over the ‘filing cabinet’ discovery of sensitive Commonwealth documents in January:

    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/no-charges-to-be-laid-following-police-investigation-into-cabinet-files-disappearance-20180415-p4z9py.html

    Presumably this means that they can find no evidence that the leak was deliberate. There is no indication that the issue is also being or has been investigated under the disciplinary provisions of the Public Service Act, which proscribes employee negligence as well as deliberate leaking.

    Cata will recall curious aspects of the case, including:

    that no evidence that the filing cabinet actually existed was ever provided

    that the story about the cache of documents being discovered by a salt of the earth bushie who just happened to have as a mate a high flying but also salt of the earth ABC journo creaked and leaked sawdust like a – typically – bad ABC ‘thriller’.

    And a minor technical point – maybe i’m wrong, but I would have thought that the AFP would have to recommend – presumably to the Attorney-General’s Department – that no charges be laid, rather than making a unilateral decision.

  30. A Brisbane man tried in vain to stop his wife’s fatal fall from the top deck of a P&O cruise ship off New Caledonia on Thursday after she “deliberately propelled” ­herself from the vessel into the sea below.

    From The Oz.

    How badly do deaths from accidents and suicides affect business for the cruise liners?
    Judging by media commentary about the increasing popularity of cruising, not at all.

  31. Roger.

    Pro-coal advocates need to recognise it doesn’t matter what they think of climate change, or even whether the science of climate change is correct. Enough people do believe in it to ensure private ­investment to build coal-fired power stations won’t be forthcoming.

    Until they’re regularly sitting in the dark because of blackouts or can’t pay their bill, that is.

    Reality has a way of mugging idealists.

  32. Baldrick

    A Brisbane man tried in vain to stop his wife’s fatal fall from the top deck of a P&O cruise ship off New Caledonia on Thursday after she “deliberately propelled” ­herself from the vessel into the sea below.

    Why would you take a depressed and potentially suicidal spouse on a cruise ship? Besides the obvious risks, being stuck on a floating RSL for 10 days would be too much for many.

  33. H B Bear

    Besides the obvious risks, being stuck on a floating RSL for 10 days would be too much for many.

    And the not insignificant risk Graegooglery may be on board?

  34. Roger.

    The Smiling Apologist up to his usual tricks.

    About to be inflicted upon Rugby League.

  35. C.L.

    [FB] is is a useful medium, all the same.

    How so?

  36. Nick

    Heh:

    Real Mark Latham
    Replying to @SmartState1
    The old public mea culpa ‘we got that wrong’ tactic doesn’t work anymore, Peter, sorry.
    The Games admin was shit from the beginning and shit through to the end.

  37. Roger.

    [FB] is is a useful medium, all the same.

    It’s certainly useful for collecting data from the unsuspecting.

  38. Snoopy

    [FB] is is a useful medium, all the same.

    How so?

    For the multitude who don’t know how to use email.

  39. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    pic.twitter.com/HJnJy0jaae

    Health warning, before you clink on this link. Bill Shorten is attempting to pose as a “man of the people.” I think he shaved both his faces before appearing.

  40. Nick

    And the not insignificant risk Graegooglery may be on board?

    Imagine being stuck on a table with Googlery and Lizzie. Throwing yourself over the side wouldn’t seem that bad.

  41. C.L.

    Apparently there is a national moral panic underway because The Athletes weren’t shown entering the stadium. Why would you want to watch these irritating tax hoovers dancing around celebrating the conclusion of the school carnival of world sport?

  42. Leigh Lowe

    Why would you take a depressed and potentially suicidal spouse on a cruise ship? Besides the obvious risks, being stuck on a floating RSL for 10 days would be too much for many.

    Particularly if you get stuck next to Googlery in the buffet line every night.

  43. Snoopy

    Why would you want to watch these irritating tax hoovers dancing around celebrating speed dating at the conclusion of the school carnival of world sport?

  44. Imagine being stuck on a table with Googlery and Lizzie.

    Invoke Rodney Rude style behaviour.

    Throw up on the table, soil yourself where you sit etc etc

  45. egg_

    that the story about the cache of documents being discovered by a salt of the earth bushie who just happened to have as a mate a high flying but also salt of the earth ABC journo creaked and leaked sawdust like a – typically – bad ABC ‘thriller’.

    Sounds like the series currently on Aunty – “Harrow” – has deskie done a review, yet?

    It’s been OK, but the recent episode looked a bit amateurish with the Global Chinese Industrialist baddie into violent and deadly S&M?
    Satisfying staff co-op fetishes?

  46. Leigh Lowe

    Imagine being stuck on a table with Googlery and Lizzie.

    Don’t be silly.
    Lizzie has her very own ocean going yacht.
    Da ole silverback bought it for her so they could sail around on their harbour view.

  47. H B Bear

    We shouldn’t blame the Smiling Apologist. Everything is shit on the Gold Coast.

  48. Roger.

    The Games admin was shit from the beginning and shit through to the end.

    That should be qualified. The nuts and bolts admin was fine. The problem was with the higher ups, starting with Beattie telling GC residents to leave or stay home during the games, down to the SJW “creatives”, led by a singer called Katie Noonan, who were given carte blanche over the opening and closing ceremonies. In that respect the games symbolised the huge gap between the Narxists who increasingly run Australia and the plebs upon whom they inflict their ideology.

  49. Motelier

    Why would you want to watch these irritating tax hoovers dancing around celebrating the conclusion of the school carnival of world sport?

    Because it would be infinitely better than watching the tax hoovers that were shown instead.

  50. C.L.
    #2687759, posted on April 16, 2018 at 10:01 am
    … the conclusion of the school carnival of world sport?

    There is a strong argument for the continuance of the Commonwealth Games.
    Athletes need to ramp up their exposure to better competitors and the public stage in a graduated way. Going from gifted junior to superstar is not one easy jump.
    The CG provides strong international competition, big crowds, and media attention. All part of the learning curve for athletes. I’m all for keeping it.

    As for who pays for the CG, that’s a separate argument. I don’t know of any impartial, empirical cost/benefit analysis but I guess the taxpayer loses. That’s my biggest gripe.

  51. The Barking Toad

    Why would you take a depressed and potentially suicidal spouse on a cruise ship? Besides the obvious risks, being stuck on a floating RSL for 10 days would be too much for many.

    To solve the problem?

  52. Roger.

    Because it would be infinitely better than watching the tax hoovers that were shown instead.

    I believe that sums up the average punter’s view being expressed this morning. Viewers wanted to see Kurt Fearnley bearing the flag, instead they got a loud mouthed teenage rapper.

  53. Nick

    Don’t be silly.
    Lizzie has her very own ocean going yacht.
    Da ole silverback bought it for her so they could sail around on their harbour view.

    Shudder

  54. stackja

    Korman, Stanley (1904–1988)
    by Peter Spearritt and John Young

    This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 17, (MUP), 2007

    Korman has been described by Trevor Sykes as `short and dapper in a pinstripe suit and meticulously trimmed pencil moustache’, and as having `boundless vision and energy’. When visiting Miami, Florida, United States of America, in 1952, he was impressed with the artificial island developments and the international-standard hotels. Next year Stanhill acquired the Chevron Hotel, near Queens Road, and in 1955 Scott’s Hotel in the city. The Korman family bought up several thousand acres at Broadmeadows in 1954–58 and 750 acres (304 ha) at Heidelberg in 1958 for housing developments. At Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Korman developed Chevron Island and the Paradise Island canal estate and built the first stage of the Chevron Hotel (opened in 1958). By 1959 construction of the Chevron Hotel, Sydney, and further stages of the Surfers Paradise hotel were under way.

  55. OldOzzie

    NBN Co to replace broadband discount packages

    The number of Australia homes and businesses connected to faster national broadband speed plans has more than doubled thanks to NBN Co’s temporary discounted pricing which the company says will be superseded by new bundles from May.

    NBN Co says orders for NBN wholesales speeds of 50Mbps or higher rose from 16 per cent in December to 37 per cent, with more than one million people upgrading their internet speeds in the last four months.

    The rise in higher plan orders was driven by the company’s move last year to temporarily slash its top speed packages for retail service providers in a bid to boost top-tier use and respond to concerns expressed about its data charges.

    The NBN Co reduced the cost of its 50Mbps speed plan in December to the price of its 25Mbps speed plan — its most popular bundle.

    But the company announced today it now plans to start selling new wholesale pricing options from May, following months of continued industry consultation.

    “The promotion will be superseded by NBN Co’s new wholesale bundles, which are designed to deliver better value and more flexibility than the company’s existing pricing to encourage internet providers to reduce bandwidth congestion and sell higher speed broadband retail plans,” NBN Co said.

    Chief customer officer Brad Whitcomb urged customers to “shop around” and speak to their internet providers about the new plans available, as well as what their usage is during peak evening period to ensure they are getting the best value service.

    He said three months ago, NBN Co had less than one in 15 users connected to its wholesale 50Mbps plans, but now, more than one in four are signed up to these services.

    Mr Whitcomb said the average network bandwidth congestion per Australian home is sitting below 30 minutes per week compared with more than six hours per week this time last year.

    “The results from our latest monthly progress report show we’ve listened to the community’s feedback and are working hard alongside industry to make significant steps to improve customer experience but we know there’s more to be done,” he said.

  56. H B Bear

    That should be qualified. The nuts and bolts admin was fine.

    Unless you are a Scotsman dying by the side of the road on national TV.

  57. Imagine being stuck on a table with Googlery and Lizzie.

    I do suspect Lizzie B would be rather convivial company. Knowing my luck, I’d draw Googlery and Test Pattern.

  58. stackja

    Talent announced for opening and closing ceremonies
    22 Nov 2017

    “The calibre of the people behind the creation and production of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies is remarkable. I am confident the right people are in place and that they will deliver exceptional shows that will make all Queenslanders and Australians proud,” Mr Beattie said.

    Queensland talent will sit at the heart of the extended creative team, from artists of local origin who have stepped out onto the world stage to those artists and producers now calling the Gold Coast home.

    Taking up the key role of Music Director is Queenslander and one of Australia’s most revered musical talents, five-times ARIA award winner Katie Noonan. Katie’s experience and versatility as singer, musician, songwriter, producer and fierce champion for the arts has seen her collaborate on stage with the likes of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Queensland Ballet. She has served as the Artistic Director of the Queensland Music Festival since 2015.

  59. Not Uh oh

    Having taken full responsibility for the clusterf**k that was the Games closing ceremony I presume that Peter Beattie, having admitted his incompetence, will now try to retain a small amount of dignity by resigning from all positions of authority that he currently holds.
    Nah, didn’t think so. Just keep going Pete; there’s plenty left in the trough.

  60. Roger.

    Unless you are a Scotsman dying by the side of the road on national TV.

    Granted.

  61. pete m

    Leigh Lowe, please stick to unfunny jokes and worrying about your balls being tampered with. You don’t want to be another Johana.

  62. stackja

    H B Bear
    #2687774, posted on April 16, 2018 at 10:15 am
    That should be qualified. The nuts and bolts admin was fine.

    Unless you are a Scotsman dying by the side of the road on national TV.

    The Scot was a ‘fun runner’.

  63. Roger.

    Just keep going Pete; there’s plenty left in the trough.

    Rugby League is next for Pete.

    Like an errant pinball set loose in Australian public life, he’ll go on crashing and wrecking everything he comes in contact with, finally resting in inertia with a gong about his neck for his efforts.

  64. Leigh Lowe

    How badly do deaths from accidents and suicides affect business for the cruise liners?
    Judging by media commentary about the increasing popularity of cruising, not at all.

    I understand casinos deliberately design in goods lifts for discreet removal and write very specific procedures about moving deceased persons out of the premises.
    You don’t want the punters seeing what happened to the last one who put the house on red and lost.

  65. Nick

    LL is ‘unfunny’ ? Really ? Probably one of the best shining wits here.

  66. Atoms for Peace

    HB..the politics of marathons and treatment rendered always has the potential for a clash. You saw that in the marathon.

  67. Zyconoclast

    No charges to be laid following police investigation into ‘Cabinet Files’ disappearance

    The country’s most senior public servant, Martin Parkinson, is under pressure to explain how the documents disappeared from within his department inside a locked cabinet sold at a second-hand furniture sale in Canberra, ultimately winding up in the hands of ABC journalists.

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/no-charges-to-be-laid-following-police-investigation-into-cabinet-files-disappearance-20180415-p4z9py.html

  68. Roger.

    Probably one of the best shining wits here.

    +1

    Speaking of which, has Stimpson been about lately?

  69. struth

    Beattie just made an appearance on morning TV. He has pleaded with everyone – from audience to TV production – to come back tonight for a “Take 2” on the closing ceremony where he hopes he and his buddies will get it “right” this time. If tonight’s ceremony isn’t any better, they’ll have one last shot on Thursday night.

    To understand the level of Narcassism is to understand that Peter Beattie loves every second of this.
    He’s on the national stage.

  70. Exit Stage Right

    Old School Conservative @10.12am.
    “there is a strong argument for the continuation of the Commonwealth Games”.
    Mainly for the opportunity it gives to gifted (or not so much so) athletes, mostly from African countries, to do a runner and get lost in the crowd in the host country.

  71. Roger.

    the politics of marathons and treatment rendered always has the potential for a clash.

    Sure, but the problem was the medico took too long to get to him.

  72. Leigh Lowe

    Speaking of which, has Stimpson been about lately?

    Phht.
    Stimpson is one of my socks.

  73. egg_

    Knowing my luck, I’d draw Googlery and Test Pattern.

    Their whole table would jump overboard.

  74. The Barking Toad

    Welcome to to mainland Tasmania – just don’t get hit by a windmill or slip on a solar panel …..theOz

    It was supposed to be the hospital of the new millennium, once rated the world’s third-most expensive building at an eye-watering $2.3 billion.

    But seven months after it opened a year and a half late and $640 million over budget, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital is beset by chronic overcrowding, which has almost reached “disaster” levels, and inefficient patient flow — and that is before the winter flu season strikes.

    Relatives have told of loved ones being sent home a day after major surgery, and being urged to wait outside to be picked up on hot days; of corridors buzzing with privately contracted catering and cleaning staff but an apparent shortfall of medical workers capable of dealing with an actual medical emergency.

  75. egg_

    Narxism

    That’s a keeper – a key affliction of Green au pair slave drivers?

  76. Roger.

    That’s a keeper – a key affliction of Green au pair slave drivers?

    From Fred Lenin’s keyboard…not sure if it was pre or post op, though 😉

    Perfectly sums up the “look how righteous I am” SJWs who are inflicting their neuroses on the rest of us.

  77. struth

    Fred Lenin’s word id a truly descriptive word that I will be using as often as I can.

  78. Louis Hissink

    Government is the problem and Marty Armstrong reckons he has a solution

    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARBduyoXsP4&w=500&h=281%5D

  79. Bruce of Newcastle

    Next Commonwealth Games will be fun.
    In the Caliphate of Birmingham.
    Scotland Yard and MI5 must be dreading it already.

  80. Des Deskperson

    ‘Sounds like the series currently on Aunty – “Harrow” – has deskie done a review, yet?’

    Egg, I posted some comments after the first episode. Basically, it looked like typical ABC ‘drama’. The characters walking cliches:

    the brilliant, compassionate but maverick edgily dressed and groomed criminal pathologist;

    his ultra-anglo-whitey rival colleague, uptight, buttoned-down company man

    their also brilliant but under-rated gay assistant

    his rebellious blondie teenage daughter

    A bad cop (male) and a good cop (female). The hero is presumably about to shag, if he hasn’t already shagged, the good cop.

    You can put up with this sort of stuff on a Friday night if the show is otherwise well plotted, but the last episode I saw – about bow and arrow-wielding satanists – was just silly.

  81. Leigh Lowe

    egg_

    #2687793, posted on April 16, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Knowing my luck, I’d draw Googlery and Test Pattern.

    Their whole table would jump overboard.

    Lateral thinking please.
    Not one of you has struck upon the obvious solution of throwing them overboard.

  82. Oh come on

    The Commonwealth Games ended in perfectly appropriate fashion, in my opinion. The whole thing is a total embarrassment and the closing ceremony seems to have encapsulated that with significant precision. Peter Beattie, the wannabe Mitt Romney, needs to take his lumps and not be seen again. There will be no second closing ceremony. Let it go. Let the whole thing die, and take the Olympics with it, really.

  83. struth

    Scotland Yard and MI5 must be dreading it already.

    The horror.
    Think of all the extra right wing tweets they’ll have to police.

  84. Roger.

    Next Commonwealth Games will be fun. In the Caliphate of Birmingham.

    Women’s marathon run in burkas?

  85. egg_

    My personal/professional youtube/facebook sites (hi Zuckerberg!) has mainly crafts/techy fillum industry type folk – where we share content amongst ourselves – a new subscriber offers an ‘actors retreat’ – would that be a retreat from other (SJW) actor types?

  86. Oh come on

    Sounds like just about every recent BBC law enforcement drama ever, Des. All brooding heroes with troubled backgrounds and crimes being committed in places that showcase bleak, sparse, striking landscapes. They have ripped off the Nord cop dramas something chronic, albeit with less snow.

  87. struth

    Peter Beattie killed Australia’s reputation by exposing to the world what we, as Australians, are putting up with daily,…… people like him.

  88. Rebel with cause

    NRL ought to be good with Beat the helm. Games no longer on TV but u get great footage of the Chairman’s address and sycophantic speeches by associated dignitaries.

  89. egg_

    Not one of you has struck upon the obvious solution of throwing them overboard.

    We tell them “we all” jump overboard on the count of 10.
    /Winx

  90. H B Bear

    At least the Olympics still has a little of the Cold War frisson of East German women with beards, Chinese cro-magnons swimmers and the Russians. The Commonwealth Games is like a post family picnic egg and spoon race.

  91. Oh come on

    Actually there was one recent Pommy cop drama that I liked – Vera. Mainly because I thought the main character was quite intriguing.

  92. Snoopy

    Leave Mbiti alone. He’s apologised for the mistakes of “the organisers”. What more do you want?

  93. Roger.

    the brilliant, compassionate but maverick edgily dressed and groomed criminal pathologist;

    Played by a Brit imported for the role, if I’m not mistaken.

    Australian TV drama hasn’t progressed much since Boney, although I suppose blackface would be frowned upon today. Why I don’t know; after all, there have never been more white people pretending to be aborigines than at present.

  94. notafan

    exactly what I told my children Woolfe

    still far better to be discreet in the first place

  95. Zyconoclast

    2018 BMW i3s new car review

    There are still two choices for the i3s – choosing it with or without a petrol range-extender engine. We tested the fully electric model which is priced from $69,990 (plus on-road costs), while the i3s REX is $75,900.

    There’s a new, upgraded electric motor that adds more power and torque – 10kW and 30Nm respectively – to take total outputs to 135kW and 270Nm.

    BMW claims a range of 200km, but in the real world around 150km seems more likely based on our experience in the car. While that may sound short, in reality it’s more than enough to comfortably complete your daily commute if you live within a reasonable distance to your work, school or shops

    That feeling of being in a performance car fades when you get to a corner. The tall, narrow body and skinny tyres mean the i3s is limited dynamically.
    But it’s not designed to go around corners fast, it’s built for navigating tight city streets. And on that front it does a good job, with sharp, direct steering.
    Unfortunately Australia’s bumpy and pothole-covered city streets are not ideal for the i3s and its firm ride. So it tends to bounce down the road and you’ll notice any of the bigger bumps thanks to a jolt to the cabin.
    It’s also a noisy car inside. Despite the whisper quiet electric motor (or perhaps because of it) you notice a lot of wind noise at anything over 60km/h.

    https://www.drive.com.au/new-car-reviews/2018-bmw-i3s-new-car-review-117893.html?ffref=smh&trackLink=SMH0

  96. Oh come on

    It turned into a ridiculous dick measuring competition – not so much wrt the medal tally, but the kind of show the host city puts on – I think this stupidity peaked at the 2008 Beijing Games and, subsequently, host cities have been increasingly less concerned with one-upping the previous extravaganza. I look forward to the time when the IOC receives zero bids to host an upcoming Games. It probably won’t be all that far into the future.

  97. Leigh Lowe

    Peter Beattie, the wannabe Mitt Romney, needs to take his lumps and not be seen again. There will be no second closing ceremony.

    I thought that was a pisstake.
    Don’t tell me they were seriously proposing a re-run?

  98. Roger.

    Games no longer on TV but u get great footage of the Chairman’s address and sycophantic speeches by associated dignitaries.

    The highlight being the half time entertainment by assorted second raters, including the obligatory white aboriginal rapper who identifies as a woman.

  99. egg_

    about bow and arrow-wielding satanists

    Ah yeah I did catch that prelude review, thanks.
    They must be right into the S&M angle ’cause of the pathologist; that meme will probably get a little tired.
    Aunty’s current crop of writers seem to lack worldly experience – akin to the drudge of the filing cabinet salt-of-the-earth ‘bushie ‘ story (TIC I hope!).

  100. H B Bear

    Peter Beattie killed Australia’s reputation by exposing to the world what we, as Australians, are putting up with daily,…… people like him.

    Sruth that reputation died years ago. Poms and Americans who have actually experienced it cannot believe what an utter nanny state this place has become. Read a few auto or tourism chat rooms and this rapidly becomes apparent.

    Beattie perfectly captures the essence of Donald Horne’s observation of this country which is still the most prescient observation of it, despite being some 50 years since it was made,

    Australia is a lucky country run mainly by second rate people who share its luck. It lives on other people’s ideas, and, although its ordinary people are adaptable, most of its leaders (in all fields) so lack curiosity about the events that surround them that they are often taken by surprise.

  101. Oh come on

    We tested the fully electric model which is priced from $69,990 (plus on-road costs

    Srly? You’d have to have lost your mind.

    The rest of the review makes it sound like a shitbox, too.

  102. egg_

    The highlight being the half time entertainment by assorted second raters, including the obligatory white aboriginal rapper who identifies as a woman.

    Are there ‘highlights’ on youtube?
    I flicked over briefly to catch a bit of Ricky Lee? singing?

  103. Roger.

    Unfortunately Australia’s bumpy and pothole-covered city streets are not ideal for the i3s and its firm ride. So it tends to bounce down the road and you’ll notice any of the bigger bumps thanks to a jolt to the cabin.

    Sounds like my wife’s Peugeot.

  104. egg_

    They have ripped off the Nord cop dramas something chronic, albeit with less snow.

    Yup, bleak, dark shite, like The Bridge where the real life model lead actress consistently frowns.
    No ‘Barbie Grrl’ there.

  105. Roger.

    They have ripped off the Nord cop dramas something chronic, albeit with less snow.

    Death in Paradise being the welcome antidote.

  106. Oh come on

    Don’t tell me they were seriously proposing a re-run?

    Could be done, I suppose, at phenomenal expense and with extreme awkwardness.

    I’m mates with a wealthy guy whose adult kids haven’t grown up to impress him much. One of them and her husband are the types that are willing to have a go at everything but always in a half-arsed way. So nothing seems to work out for them for some reason. One of their ventures which actually looked as though it was going somewhere was a wedding photography business they set up. It was profitable, they were getting jobs etc. Until one wedding they worked on, in which they somehow managed to lose all of the photographic data of the event. They had to pay (what they could) for a full rerun of the wedding, travelling and accommodation expenses of the guests, the works – and photograph the phony wedding. Bye bye wedding photo business, hello bankruptcy.

    So yeah, maybe Beattie has something like that in mind. Fake those smiles, athletes!

  107. Mark A

    H B Bear
    #2687751, posted on April 16, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Besides the obvious risks, being stuck on a floating RSL for 10 days would be too much for many.

    I couldn’t take it.
    My salute to the cruisers among us here, they are made of sterner stuff than me.

  108. egg_

    Unfortunately Australia’s bumpy and pothole-covered city streets are not ideal for the i3s and its firm ride. So it tends to bounce down the road and you’ll notice any of the bigger bumps thanks to a jolt to the cabin.

    GMH went to softer ‘FE 1.5’ on the VE Calais from FE2 of the SS – the HSV’s have FE3.
    Yank reviewers likened FE3 on the (HSV E) G8 GXP to ‘pogo stick’ stiff suspension of GM cars yore.
    However, on the track, the instantly adaptable magnetic suspension on the Camaro (and now on the Mustang) is about a second slower per lap – so stiff suspension still beats smart suspension in the real world ATM.

  109. Oh come on

    Death in Paradise being the welcome antidote.

    I’ve watched a couple. They are okay for light viewing, I suppose – but blatant Agatha Christie retreads.

  110. Rebel with cause

    They have to run the whole Games again so they can get the opening and closing ceremonies right and make sure Australia wins the netball gold medal. Nobody leaves until then.

  111. Oh come on

    Yup, bleak, dark shite

    The main difference between the Nords and the Poms is that the Nord protagonists usually have a penchant for jumping the fence.

  112. The Barking Toad

    Roger @10:59

    the obligatory white aboriginal rapper who identifies as a woman.

    Can you give details? I tried to google but too hard. I need to annoy hippies.

  113. egg_

    Death in Paradise being the welcome antidote.

    Amen!
    The Nords may watch that for some welcome relief?

  114. Oh come on

    Going to be great when a successful Olympic Games bid will be something like:

    Perth – umm yeah the WACA’s available, you can use the Swan, but watch out for the ferries. Or the ocean’s that way if you prefer. Swim between the flags. I think there’s a cycling track out past Midland but you’ll have to double check and book in advance. Oh, and you have to bribe us.

  115. H B Bear

    Having just spent $1,5bn the government didn’t have to build a new stadium you just know Perth is going to bid for the Commonwealth Games at some stage.

    Stadiums and convention centers are loss leaders for further losses (for taxpayers obviously).

  116. Rebel with cause

    Port Moresby sounds like a tops location for the 2026 Commonwealth Games

  117. notafan

    How so?

    because it it has good reach for small business advertising and also allows me to keep in daily touch with my family when travelling overseas, at the same time, simultaneously.

    It is also useful for news feeds if you follow the right people

    Phone and email simply don’t cut the mustard when you are out of the country.

  118. Just Interested

    that the story about the cache of documents being discovered by a salt of the earth bushie who just happened to have as a mate a high flying but also salt of the earth ABC journo creaked and leaked sawdust like a – typically – bad ABC ‘thriller’.

    And a minor technical point – maybe i’m wrong, but I would have thought that the AFP would have to recommend – presumably to the Attorney-General’s Department – that no charges be laid, rather than making a unilateral decision.

    How these things usually go is that the investigating body decides whether there is a prima facie case. They will then refer a ‘brief of evidence’ to the DPP who then decide whether there are reasonable grounds that a jury would convict the purp, judged against the ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ onus.

    This means the investigating body (here, the AFP) does have a discretion if they think the case is either a nothing burger or that it would be too hard to prove beyond reasonable doubt that someone did Something Bad.

    It is possible that the way the files magically flew from the PMO to the ABC no-one did anything criminal. But in the absence of evidence, no-one would know.

    As I understand it, the matter is now back to the bureaucracy for the matter to be dealt with administratively. I don’t know I would want to be the ASO 3 who was responsible to ‘last check’ that files haven’t been left in furniture being flogged off – who pounds to peanuts will be the human sacrifice in all of this.

  119. jo

    How do you make a greenie bark? can of petrol, strike a light, WOOF!!!! no loss.

  120. Just Interested

    Having taken full responsibility for the clusterf**k that was the Games closing ceremony I presume that Peter Beattie, having admitted his incompetence, will now try to retain a small amount of dignity by resigning from all positions of authority that he currently holds.
    Nah, didn’t think so. Just keep going Pete; there’s plenty left in the trough.

    If anyone had any gumption, they would insist the Serial Apologiser resign from his post, so a new President can independently assess the quality of the debrief.

    But of course, that won’t happen.

    Will be interesting to see if one of the lessons learnt is how insertion of the preachy ‘politics of inclusion’ spoils everything. But I won’t hold my breath.

  121. The Barking Toad

    Can you give details? I tried to google but too hard. I need to annoy hippies.

    Is it one of these?

    Indigenous band Yothu Yindi and the Treaty Project were among the featured performers. And the first artist on stage was ­indigenous singer-songwriter ­Archie Roach, who performed Let Love Rule with Gold Coast indy-pop star Amy Shark. They were joined by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander choir Yugambeh Youth Choir.

    Or these?

    Guy Sebastian and Anthony Callea performed solos and the show climaxed with a concert of Australian female artists including The Veronicas, Samantha Jade, Kate Ceberano, Deborah Conway, Emma Donovan, Dami Im, Thandi Phoenix and Kira Puru.

  122. Women’s marathon run in burkas?

    Beach volleyball.
    Women’s pole vault.
    Women’s athletics.
    Men’s 100m dash.
    Men’s diving. (no, not the soccer kind)

    Oh what the heck – ban them all.

  123. Some History

    Guy Sebastian and Anthony Callea performed solos and the show climaxed with a concert of Australian female artists including The Veronicas, Samantha Jade, Kate Ceberano, Deborah Conway, Emma Donovan, Dami Im, Thandi Phoenix and Kira Puru.

    And don’t forget Peter Beattie who gave a phenomenal rendition of My Way

  124. Top Ender

    Worth supporting!

    I just signed the petition “Minister Dutton: Save the Right African Refugees” and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.

    Our goal is to reach 50,000 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:

    https://chn.ge/2JM4mac

  125. Dr Faustus

    An interesting interactive graphic display of how work in Australia has changed over the past 30 years.

    The main takeaways are no surprise:

    Up to 2007: the main employment growth was in retail, public administration and professional services.

    Post 2007:

    Manufacturing has collapsed;
    Health services have boomed – NDIS, the Turnbull job growth sensation;
    Professional services growth continues apace;
    Public administration/Safety and Part-time retail has grown;

    Far fewer people are involved in making, or growing stuff in Australia than they were in 1985. And more people are now employed in Arts & Recreation than there are in mining.

    This is the future.
    Until the money runs out.

  126. Boambee John

    Snoopy
    #2687815, posted on April 16, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Leave Mbiti alone. He’s apologised for the mistakes of “the organisers”. What more do you want?

    Him to emulate that greenie lawyer in New York?

  127. LNP insider

    ther losses (for taxpayers obviously).

    Rebel with cause

    #2687839, posted on April 16, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Port Moresby sounds like a tops location for the 2026 Commonwealth Games

    I was thinking Kingston Jamaica for the fun! Or if you want a well run games then Singapore.

  128. Lysander

    Sorry??? People actually pay attention to the Commonwealth Gaymes?

  129. Quadrant has an interesting piece from Geoffrey Luck, “Anatomy of a scam“.

    I was intrigued because I too had followed the Shark Tank hyping of “Bitcoin Trader” until I found there was no record of Bitcoin Trader having appeared on Shark Tank. Also, the entry process to Bitcoin Trader was exactly the same as the entry process for binary options scam sites.

    The sophistication of the scam and brazen theft of Shark Tank logos/stars/film clips is breathtaking.

  130. The Barking Toad

    Hahahahahahaha……..from the Molonglo Pravda

    Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Shane Rattenbury and Transport and City Services Minister Meegan Fitzharris will launch the government’s “Transition to Zero Emissions Vehicles Action Plan,” which covers both electric cars and electric bikes.
    Under the plan the government has committed to half of newly leased government fleet passenger vehicles to be zero-emissions by 2019-2020, and all newly leased government passenger vehicles to be zero emissions by 2020-2021.

    All new multi-unit and mixed-use developments will be required to have charging stations for electric cars.

    The ACT government has pushed for the territory to use only renewable electricity by 2020, meaning that vehicles will become the territory’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases at about 60 per cent.

    Ratty and his lunatic mate the gay mayor turning ACT into SA

  131. Myrddin Seren

    Roger

    In that respect the games symbolised the huge gap between the Narxists who increasingly run Australia and the plebs upon whom they inflict their ideology.

    The Protected Classes watch ‘The Hunger Games’ with great interest as a social and political template. They get very confused though when the Plebs boo and hiss the obvious hero of the story ( to them ) – President Snow.

    That will be rectified in due course.

  132. Some History

    One of the closing ceremony highlights was the woman pirate (can see Pete the Poyret salivating at the prospect of that hat over his red bandana) from Birmingham:
    https://imgur.com/4sMAP8m
    https://imgur.com/xekDa7o

  133. Oh come on

    Pathological death-obsessed freak Philip Nitschke made Drudge! From the article featured:

    “I believe it’s a fundamental human right (to choose when to die). It’s not just some medical privilege for the very sick. If you’ve got the precious gift of life, you should be able to give that gift away at the time of your choosing,” Nitschke said.

    1) a choice to die is a ‘privilege’?
    2) when you give something away, someone else receives it. Killing yourself is not ‘giving the gift of life away’. It is destroying life.

    Nitschke’s careful use of altruistic-sounding language couched in terms of human rights makes his deceit and his real intentions clear.

  134. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I just signed the petition “Minister Dutton: Save the Right African Refugees” and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.

    Well done, Top Ender. I believe regional Western Australia alone could handle 10,000 expat South Africans . They certainly wouldn’t be bawling about the lack of a mosque, or halal food in the local supermarket, that’s for sure.

  135. Just Interested

    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has also hit out at the ceremony’s organisers, today telling reporters those behind the debacle should “hang their head in shame”.

    “I’m just as disappointed as anyone else,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    I wonder if she will take responsibility for appointing an ALP hack as President of the organising Committee:

    Peter Beattie appointed new Commonwealth Games 2018 chairman

    Former Queensland Labor premier Peter Beattie has burst back into the public domain in his home state after being appointed chairman of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation.

    He was flanked by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Commonwealth Games Minister Stirling Hinchliffe when the appointment was announced at Coolangatta on the Gold Coast on Tuesday morning.

    “Whether people love me or hate me, I absolutely love this state and I want the best for it,” Mr Beattie said.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-17/peter-beattie-back-as-commonwealth-games-chairman/7420786

  136. The Barking Toad

    “If we put in an order for 600-odd vehicles over the next couple of years that will be the largest electric vehicle order in Australia ever seen so far,” Mr Rattenbury said.

    “If we as the government take the lead and bring those vehicles in it will have the car manufacturers supply them more frequently and it also means that as they come out of the leasing system there will be more secondhand cars available for the community in the next couple of years.”

    Yes ratty, all the punters will be rushing to buy secondhand electric shitboxers so they can fork out for a new battery the next day – you imbecile.

  137. Some History

    One of the closing ceremony highlights was the woman pirate….

    “What’s going on here? I was told it was fancy dress but everyone else is in their plain clothes.”

  138. Motelier

    That feeling of being in a performance car fades when you get to a corner. The tall, narrow body and skinny tyres mean the i3s is limited dynamically.

    So it is worse than my wifes Tiida. Hmmmmm

  139. zyconoclast

    The Lord is My Shepherd (Psalm 23) [Goodall] — Choir of Wells Cathedral

  140. egg_

    Peter Beattie appointed new Commonwealth Games 2018 chairman

    “My name is Kevin, I’m from Queensland and I’m here to help…”

    There’s some boxes of banjos and ukuleles out the back…

  141. zyconoclast

    Handel: Rodrigo, HWV 5 / Act 1 – “Per dar pregio all’amor mio”

  142. The Barking Toad

    These people are on drugs

    Other measures in the plan include the opportunity for ACT government staff to salary sacrifice the purchase of an electric bike. The government will also investigate incentives to increase the take up of electric bikes.

    In the 2016 census, 74.9 per cent of Canberrans said they drove to work, a five per cent increase on the 2011 census. Just over eight per cent of Canberrans rode to work, while 7.1 per cent said they used public transport.

    But Ratty, you told us everyone would be catching the new toy train. Salary sacrifice for electric bikes…hahaha.

  143. Anthony

    Who was that pirate? According to my wife and her precise English, people from Birmingham are to be known as Birminghampsters. Works for me.

  144. Some History

    There’s some boxes of banjos and ukuleles out the back…

    If he was still around, he would’ve been ideal entertainment for last night:

  145. Atoms for Peace

    It’s intersting to look at the changing 2018 Com Games Board structure over the years.

  146. Rebel with cause

    The resale on electric and hybrid vehicles is about the same as the asbestos-ridden Chinese autos

  147. zyconoclast

    Belle ne fe’ natura, a 3

  148. Bruce of Newcastle

    Under the plan the government has committed to half of newly leased government fleet passenger vehicles to be zero-emissions by 2019-2020, and all newly leased government passenger vehicles to be zero emissions by 2020-2021.

    Please, please, please let Comcars be electric!

    Do ACT pollies get chauffeured vehicles? De nada: they’ll all have to have EVs anyway to save Gaia as price of admission to the town council oops parliament. They’ll have to set up a rescue service!

  149. Des Deskperson

    “This means the investigating body (here, the AFP) does have a discretion if they think the case is either a nothing burger or that it would be too hard to prove beyond reasonable doubt that someone did Something Bad.”

    Thanks for that, Just Interested

    The only option now – if anyone is to be punished – is to investigate and, if appropriate, charge APS employee/employees under s 13(2) of the Public Service Act –
    ‘ An APS employee must act with care and diligence in connection with APS employment.’ – for faint to check the contents of the cabinet before disposal

    As you point out, in such a scenario, a junior employee would doubtless be the scapegoat.

    I myself doubt very much if we will ever hear anything about this again.

  150. jupes

    Angus Campbell to be named next Chief of Defence.

    This is the bloke who is so desperate to get women in the infantry that for a time he stopped all male applications and has ordered that at least two (unqualified) women will be commanding infantry companies by the end of the year.

    A fuckwit of the ocean going class who is as bad as David Morrison but without the gormless sense of self-promotion.

  151. C.L.

    I must say I’m amazed so many Catallaxians are angry with Peter Beattie that they couldn’t watch a state-funded mardi-gras last night.

  152. Lysander

    Do ACT pollies get chauffeured vehicles?

    I believe they have the option of leasing them through a special parliamentary deal. That’s how it works in WA. I think MPs who use their own vehicles get some “compo” back for travel expenses… could be wrong…

  153. C.L.

    Miranda Devine, last year:

    Defence Force Recruiting is where crackpot theory first meets reality and Army chief Lt Gen Angus Campbell is frustrated with the slow progress to achieve his goal of doubling the proportion of women from 12 to 25 per cent.

    In a speech to recruitment officers last August he criticised an unnamed dissident who had informed Defence Force Chief Mark Binskin’s “Gender Adviser”, Julie McKay, that he would resist diversity targets because he “needed to protect the Army from Canberra”.

    “You need to understand that I will have no humour if my directions are ignored,” Campbell told the recruiters. “The number one priority I have with respect to recruitment is increasing our diversity.”

    His top military priority is recruiting more lesbian midgets into the ADF.

  154. mh

    Queensland’s Premier should stand down. She appointed Beattie, a man with a long history of stuff ups.

    Just go Anastacia, and take Mea Culpa with you.

  155. mh

    Mark Latham:

    The old public mea culpa ‘we got that wrong’ tactic doesn’t work anymore, Peter, sorry.
    The Games admin was shit from the beginning and shit through to the end.

  156. rickw

    This is the bloke who is so desperate to get women in the infantry that for a time he stopped all male applications and has ordered that at least two (unqualified) women will be commanding infantry companies by the end of the year.

    Last week in Port Moresby a young ADF lady hopped in the lift with me, 18” shorter and half the weight. A great career for her, right up until actual combat.

  157. Slayer of Memes

    Refugee Family Set to Win Millions from NHS for Not Using Foreign Language to Explain Importance of Feeding Newborn

    A refugee family is set for a multi-million-pound NHS payout because a mother spoke no English and hospital staff did not explain to her how to care for her newborn in her native language.

    The child of the Rajatheepan family, originally from Sri Lanka, has been left with severe brain damage because midwives did not explain the importance of feeding the newborn regularly, a judge has ruled.

    The boy, now eight, was born in a healthy condition at King George Hospital in Goodmayes, Essex, in July 2009, but was left limp and sick after not being fed for 15 hours.

    Judge Martin McKenna said medics failed to overcome the language barrier, which directly resulted in the baby suffering the catastrophic injuries.

    The parents, he claimed, had been “effectively ignored” when medics visited the family at home after the birth, according to the Daily Mail.

    “The overwhelming weight of the evidence is that Mrs Rajatheepan had very little ability with the English language,” he said.

    “She was certainly unable to understand anything but the simplest of instructions and only then when accompanied with appropriate hand gestures.”

    He added: “The reality is that no one ever in fact gave Mrs Rajatheepan a clear and understandable explanation of the importance of feeding. Because of the language barrier, she had been unable to communicate her concerns to hospital staff.”

    “In the circumstances, I would enter judgement in favour of the claimant with damages to be assessed,” the judge concluded.

    However, midwives, who said they were used to dealing with mothers who did not have English as their first language, insisted that they had properly instructed Mrs. Rajatheepan on how to feed her son.

    The compensation award has yet to be fully assessed, but it is likely to be a multi-million-pound payout due to the severity of the boy’s disabilities.

    Wendy Matthews OBE, Director of Midwifery, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust commented: “We would like to say sorry again to Nilujan and the Rajatheepan family and express our sincere sympathies to them.

    “We are considering the judgement and the implications of the judge’s ruling in this case. Although we have made huge improvements since this incident occurred in 2009, we will take the opportunity to review it closely and see if there are any more lessons about our post-natal care that we can learn.”

    Stick a fork in Britain, it’s done….

  158. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    A fuckwit of the ocean going class who is as bad as David Morrison but without the gormless sense of self-promotion.

    Considering that the most likely role of any future Chief of Defence Force, in any future conflict, will be negotiating the best terms possible, before signing the surrender of our forces, I don’t see any problem.

  159. Baldrick

    Next Commonwealth Games will be fun. In the Caliphate of Birmingham.

    Good to see they’re sharing it around and not leaving it solely to the white Christian countries any more.

  160. Tom

    Nitschke’s careful use of altruistic-sounding language couched in terms of human rights makes his deceit and his real intentions clear.

    It’s all good, OCO. JC’S Suicide Hotline™ is literally the killer ap for the 21st century that will make Spacechook look like a cottage industry.

    The Stalinisation of the education system over the past half century has provided a huge ready-made market for nihilism, despair and self-harm, with fabulous hysteria triggers like glowball warmening, income inequality and LGBTGTHOV8.

    It’s all about being in the right place at the right time with the right product. Eat shit, Zuck. Congratulations, JC — the Cat’s first trillionaire!

    Can’t wait for the IPO and the NYSE listing.

  161. feelthebern

    South Africa should host.
    & when a white person wins anything, the SA govt should beat the shit of them & give the medal to a ANC crony.

  162. feelthebern

    New thread chaps.
    Now be good fellows & take it over there.
    Cheerio.

  163. Des Deskperson

    ‘Under the plan the government has committed to half of newly leased government fleet passenger vehicles to be zero-emissions by 2019-2020, and all newly leased government passenger vehicles to be zero emissions by 2020-2021.’

    As someone who has worked as a consultant to ACT ALP/Greens governments, I can certify that it puts out these sorts of strategies and targets and plans all the time – usually with a flashy launch – and that they are hardly ever achieved.

    I’ve never been able to work out whether they actually believe this stuff, but even if they do, a combination of poor research, wishful thinking and a lazy and incompetent supporting bureaucracy means that these wonderful schemes usually just fade away or at best the outcomes are fudged by some smoke and mirrors quick-fix.

    In Weston Creek, I just retrieved my waste bin from out in the street. c. 2004, the Labor Green AT Government was telling us that it’s brilliant waste management strategies would mean no waste at all by 2010.

    And why only passenger vehicles? What about all the maintenance vehicles the ACT Government operates. Too hard?

  164. Lysander

    When my daughter came home from school last week she said “dad, did you know that there were generations of aboriginal kids stolen from their parents to make them more white?”

    I hope my response, “utter bullshit,” got back to the teacher.

  165. Lysander

    Thanks Bern, I’ll repost on the new forum…

  166. Dr Faustus

    Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Shane Rattenbury…

    This must be a wind up. How does Australia’s eighth-largest city council actually come to have a ‘Climate Change and Sustainability Minister‘?

    It’s surely not a paid job.

  167. Zatara

    “The number one priority I have with respect to recruitment is increasing our diversity.”

    Nothing he could have said would have highlighted his unfitness for task better than that.

  168. Percy Porcelain

    The country’s most senior public servant, Martin Parkinson, is under pressure to explain how the documents disappeared from within his department inside a locked cabinet sold at a second-hand furniture sale in Canberra, ultimately winding up in the hands of ABC journalists.

    Everything that is wrong with this country in a nutshell. The only thing “missing” is that grinning imbecile Iampeter Bleattie.

  169. Percy Porcelain

    Did the Waffleroach™ or the Stupid.F*cking.Giberals™ ban anything today? 🙁

  170. Tel

    When my daughter came home from school last week she said “dad, did you know that there were generations of aboriginal kids stolen from their parents to make them more white?”

    I hope my response, “utter bullshit,” got back to the teacher.

    Ahhh see you need to work the angles. Tell her they weren’t stolen to make them more white, they were stolen by a bunch of government busybodies who desperately want to take control of other people’s lives while justifying their pay cheques and getting a deep feeling of self importance.

    Then you lean in a bit close and say, “You know, sometimes they steal away white kids too” … which is true enough.

    See what happens when that gets back to the teacher.

  171. jo

    Just over eight per cent of Canberrans rode to work, while 7.1 per cent said they used public transport.

    Barking Toad, 7.9% of canberrans lie about riding to work. I see more buses than idjuts in lycra.

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