Monday Forum: July 30, 2018

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  1. Steve trickler

    old bloke
    #2776565, posted on July 30, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    G’day, i don’t watch TV.

    I’ll take a look.

  2. .

    Hadley Reads the Cat!

    Hi Ray,

    Sorry I’ve been so hard on you.

    Say “Jimmy Bugs” randomly three times tomorrow and we know its you mate.

  3. calli

    I anxiously await the appointment of the Minister for Slightly Miffed.

  4. Nick

    It’s a strange world where someone is denied access to an area populated by those who actively work for the destruction of Israel, because they are a ‘holocaust denier’. Plenty more in Lakemba I’ll bet.

  5. Robber Baron

    Credlin, Bolt and Outsiders demolished Turnbull….now getting ready for Paul Murray to have his turn.

  6. Death Giraffe

    It is indeed cherry cavendish Dot.

  7. .

    From the Age:

    Civility in the Senate
    If David Leyonhjelm wants to fights wars of conquest (Comment, 26/7) let him find one on another part of the planet.

    He and Sarah Hanson-Young are both elected senators and, thus, professional colleagues, whether they like it, and each other, or not. I expect my elected representatives to behave with at least professional civility to one another, however much they might disagree.

    Senator Hanson-Young may be an opponent, but she is not an enemy, and Senator Leyonhjelm should fight his little wars of conquest in places other than the nation’s law-making chamber. Perhaps the nation would be served by him returning to the schoolyard sandpit and leaving the business of making our laws to the grown ups.

    Kris Hansen, Ringwood

    What was it that Rush Limbaugh said about the left only caring about civility when the right started punching back?

    More silliness:

    Politics
    Abbott must realise by now that there is no God. He hasn’t been struck down for his nastiness and racism. Plus the sin of pride.

    Heather D’Cruz, Geelong West

    Keating’s rapier-like responses may have lost a millisecond but his vocabulary is as apposite as ever.

    John Walsh, Watsonia

    Paul Keating is the love of my life.

    Jean Tansey, Berwick

    Come back, Paul Keating. Please.

    Bill Davis, Ballarat

    Thanks, David Leyonhjelm, for reminding me to vote Green.

    Michelle Goldsmith, Eaglehawk

  8. Snoopy

    A little goes a long way – or was that vegemite?

    Pecks paste. Truth in advertising.

  9. cohenite

    Hadley should start with the LAW ENFORCEMENT (POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES) ACT 2002.

    But I really can’t see anything which would stand up to challenge. 87 offers some latitude maybe 87D and 87R. That’s against Miss Southern. Against the muzzies the lot.

    It will be interesting to see what Hadley gets by way of info from the wallopers.

  10. Eyrie

    That Draco aircraft looks like it is a Polish Wilga with a turbine engine of about twice the horsepower replacing the radial.
    One wonders about attack helicopters when an airframe like this is far cheaper to acquire and run and likely a fair bit less vulnerable.
    The Germans in WW2 knew about helicopters but used the Fieseler Storch STOL aircraft instead.

  11. John Constantine

    https://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20180730/pdf/43wwk8bs8zh4q0.pdf

    WPG gold miner goes into administration. capital markets for vunerable operators tightening.

    I didn’t hold, but watched keenly as the proven managers [ they did well out of their iron ore project in the boom] took on a challenging and difficult gold project at a cheap price.

    No answer for an all in sustaining cost of production that is high because of the nature of the mine.

    Cheap isn’t value.

  12. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The Germans in WW2 knew about helicopters but used the Fieseler Storch STOL aircraft instead.

    French used the Fieseler Storch – produced as the Morane Cricquet – up until 1970.

  13. Steve trickler

    149th career event wins. Think, winning 149 GP’s.

    16 time champ

    No harm in watching. Not bad for an old bloke.



  14. Crossie

    Robber Baron
    #2776596, posted on July 30, 2018 at 8:44 pm
    Credlin, Bolt and Outsiders demolished Turnbull….now getting ready for Paul Murray to have his turn.

    Yes, and the pressure needs to be applied until something breaks.

    It’s obvious now that Tony Abbott has ceded the entire political ground to Turnbull. Announcing on radio today that he doesn’t want to change the leader, only the policy. Someone as smart as him and yet he never heard or read how personnel IS policy.

    I can’t see anyone among the Lib MPs with any guts, drive, initiative or even self-preservation instincts. Malcolm has neutered the lot.

  15. Eyrie

    The whole story on the Draco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqhI4MeCn1c

    Totally Cool! I want one!

  16. Crossie

    That UN open borders deal must not be signed in any form. I will vote for anyone who opposes it.

    Please God, give me strength not to throw anything at then TV when that fishwife Jeanine Perrett spouts off, she just loves the UN. Paul Murray was watchable while she was overseas.

    And there she goes, spitting at Cory Bernardi.

    I may have to make a decision not to watch PM if he keeps some of his guests. Life’s too short.

  17. Top Ender

    Britain has appointed its first Minister for Loneliness…

    Next week:

    – first Minister for People who Think They are Ugly

    – First Minister for Train Anoraks

    – First Minister for People who drive Triumph Heralds, the World’s Worst Car

  18. stackja

    In 2009, TA didn’t want MT’s policy.

  19. struth

    We need to really consider having a Minister for masturbation.
    It’s the only thing these wankers know anything about.

  20. Indolent

    That UN open borders deal must not be signed in any form. I will vote for anyone who opposes it.

    If he’s still there until the election, that will be Turnbull’s farewell gesture to us. He knows he gone and he won’t let the opportunity to further drag down this nation pass.

  21. Cassie of Sydney

    “Crossie
    #2776626, posted on July 30, 2018 at 9:20 pm
    That UN open borders deal must not be signed in any form. I will vote for anyone who opposes it.

    Please God, give me strength not to throw anything at then TV when that fishwife Jeanine Perrett spouts off, she just loves the UN. Paul Murray was watchable while she was overseas.

    And there she goes, spitting at Cory Bernardi.

    I may have to make a decision not to watch PM if he keeps some of his guests. Life’s too short.”

    Crossie, I stopped watching PML two years ago because of that ugly hag Parrot. I don’t regret it.

  22. struth

    That UN open borders deal must not be signed in any form. I will vote for anyone who opposes it.

    It will be a traitorous act full stop.

    Our forces should shoot to kill.

  23. Snoopy

    It will be a traitorous act full stop.

    Our forces should shoot to kill.

    Or at the very least wave their pink pinky fingers.

  24. Fisky

    That UN open borders deal must not be signed in any form. I will vote for anyone who opposes it.

    +1

    Notice how Turnbull and Bishop will NOT rule out signing it. Everyone knows the score. They’re going out of government next year, and someone wants a UN job.

  25. Makka

    That’s a disturbing website , cohenite.

    http://stopturnbull.com/

  26. Snoopy

    Crossie, I stopped watching PML two years ago because of that ugly hag Parrot. I don’t regret it.

    As bad as she is, she’s better than Nicholas Reece.

  27. cohenite

    That’s a disturbing website , cohenite.

    http://stopturnbull.com/

    A copy should be sent to every lcp pollie. It’s hard not to be conspiratorial about turdball.

  28. Crossie

    Indolent
    #2776644, posted on July 30, 2018 at 9:30 pm
    That UN open borders deal must not be signed in any form. I will vote for anyone who opposes it.

    If he’s still there until the election, that will be Turnbull’s farewell gesture to us. He knows he gone and he won’t let the opportunity to further drag down this nation pass.

    If it is so obvious to most people why can’t the Lib MPs see it?

  29. mh

    struth
    #2776641, posted on July 30, 2018 at 9:28 pm
    We need to really consider having a Minister for masturbation.
    It’s the only thing these wankers know anything about.

    For consistency the Minister would have to ban plastic dildos and butt plugs. But they would cave to the feminists and gay lobby.

  30. Confused Old Misfit

    The Germans had the Fiesler Storch, also very good for short rough work.

  31. Crossie

    For consistency the Minister would have to ban plastic dildos and butt plugs. But they would cave to the feminists and gay lobby.

    From what I understand you can get anything banned if you can provide photos of it on the sea floor or on a dolphin.

  32. struth

    If we had a journalist anywhere in this country that pressured T U.rN.bull and/or skeletor into declaring their hand regarding signing our sovereign rights and control of our borders to the Global Socialist U.N. they would be gone.
    Most of Australia don’t know this is coming.
    It will be Malcom’s U.N. agenda Piece de resistance.
    The power destroyed.
    Manufacturing destroyed.
    Our borders open and our military destroyed and moral useless.
    Anyone but Christians imported in their millions.

    This is the redistribution of wealth the U.N. global socialists have openly declared needs to happen.

    They hate the success of western Christian civilisation, and, too lazy and ignorant to adopt a winning formula, intend to steal from it and destroy it.
    This, we are paying for with not just our taxes, but in the lost opportunities that your life could have been but will now never be.

  33. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The Germans had the Fiesler Storch, also very good for short rough work.

    Produced and used by the French Army, particularly during the First Indo China War.

  34. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Anybody remember Numbers Bob? He’s just back from Cuba…

  35. .

    https://refugeesmigrants.un.org/declaration

    The reasons I am against this are not what some of you might expect.

    It is:

    Against free speech
    Enforces the silly and antiquated institution of public education

    Even if it was good otherwise, it would be an overreach

  36. .

    Someone else ought to read this and make notes.

    http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/71/1

    82. We will support early childhood education for refugee children.

    No, I don’t think we should sign up to anything that puts on the hook for crackpot educational ideas (teaching 3-5 year olds to read, especially bad for boys) as a human right.

  37. .

    83. We will work to ensure that the basic health needs of refugee communities are
    met and that women and girls have access to essential health-care services. We
    commit to providing host countries with support in this regard. We will also develop
    national strategies for the protection of refugees within the framework of national
    social protection systems, as appropriate.

    Respecc wahmen.

  38. zyconoclast

    Britain has appointed its first Minister for Loneliness and she admits to being overwhelmed by the herculean undertaking.

    Herculean undertaking. That would be this
    For the fifth labor, Eurystheus ordered Hercules to clean up King Augeas’ stables. Hercules knew this job would mean getting dirty and smelly, but sometimes even a hero has to do these things. Then Eurystheus made Hercules’ task even harder: he had to clean up after the cattle of Augeas in a single day.

    Now King Augeas owned more cattle than anyone in Greece. Some say that he was a son of one of the great gods, and others that he was a son of a mortal; whosever son he was, Augeas was very rich, and he had many herds of cows, bulls, goats, sheep and horses.

  39. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    From what I understand you can get anything banned if you can provide photos of it on the sea floor or onin a dolphin.

    fixed

  40. zyconoclast

    I notice the coroner never mentioned that this bloke should not have tried to enter Australia illegally.

    Asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei’s death from leg infection was preventable, Queensland coroner finds

    “It would be possible to prevent further deaths by relocating asylum seekers to other places like Australia and New Zealand,” he said.

    But Mr Ryan acknowledged this was “highly unlikely” *without a substantial revision of Australia’s detention policy.

    *He just has to wait for Tits Shorten and Greens to win the next election.

  41. Bruce in WA

    Fiesler Storch?

    I really liked Larry Storch.

    (Good lord; just found out he’s still alive and 95 years old!)

  42. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Ze Burglar Of Banff-f-f-f-f-f”

    I refused to believe that any place on Earth was called Banff, until we actually visited there.

  43. DrBeauGan

    I refused to believe that any place on Earth was called Banff, until we actually visited there.

    There’s two Banffs.

  44. Confused Old Misfit

    I refused to believe that any place on Earth was called Banff, until we actually visited there.

    I think there is another one in Scotland. IIRC!

  45. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    There’s two Banffs.

    Do tell?

  46. Old School Conservative

    Zulu, my family have visited Banff a few times over the years.
    All of us call it Banff-f-f-f in honour of the great F Troop.

  47. Confused Old Misfit

    I spent a summer working in a mine not too far from there. Some choice chicks were there as waitresses that summer! Ah! The memories!

  48. Makka

    UNHCR definition of a refugee;

    A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.

    The UN Declaration for Refugees and Migrants compels signatories to comply with the conditions therein. This means that someone from say Africa who arrives in Australia illegally having fled a tribal scuffle or threats of violence from a loan shark or on the run from relatives of children he has trafficked , is entitled to the taxpayer funded support outlined in the Declaration. Which is substantial. Because he claims to flee from violence or is in the wrong social group.

    The full document here.

    This bit requires study. It compels signatories to comply as follows;

    24. Recognizing that States have rights and responsibilities to manage and control
    their borders, we will implement border control procedures in conformity with
    applicable obligations under international law, including international human rights
    law and international refugee law. We will promote international cooperation on
    border control and management as an important element of security for States,
    including issues relating to battling transnational organized crime, terrorism and
    illicit trade. We will ensure that public officials and law enforcement officers who
    work in border areas are trained to uphold the human rights of all persons crossing,
    or seeking to cross, international borders. We will strengthen international border
    management cooperation, including in relation to training and the exchange of best
    practices. We will intensify support in this area and help to build capacity as
    appropriate. We reaffirm that, in line with the principle of non-refoulement,
    individuals must not be returned at borders. We acknowledge also that, while
    upholding these obligations and principles, States are entitled to take measures to
    prevent irregular border crossings
    .

    Individuals must not be returned yet States are entitled to prevent irregular border crossings? I take that to mean that measures to prevent the arrival of illegal entrants are allowed, short of turning them back.

    If Australia signs, Operation Sovereign Borders will cease to exist , to the rejoicing cheers of Greens, Socialists , globalists and open borders loonies. Once again we will be inundated by tens of thousands of healthy young males of very dubious origins at a cost of Billions.

  49. Confused Old Misfit

    I thought Dutton said that we would not be signing?

  50. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Zulu, my family have visited Banff a few times over the years.
    All of us call it Banff-f-f-f in honour of the great F Troop.

    What struck me at Banff, Vancouver and Lake Louise in particular, and all the way across Canada in general, was the amount of young Australians, working in hospitality..Stopped off in an eatery in Gastown, Vancouver for lunch. The sound system was playing ” I come from a Land Down Under”, the head waiter was from New Zealand, and the chef was from “just outside Perth.”

  51. cohenite

    Who’s the woman on PML who looks like a deranged albino cockatoo?

  52. Confused Old Misfit

    Yes ZK2A, The Canadian authority are every bit as lax as the Australians. Completely blase about who they let into the country.

  53. DrBeauGan

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2776770, posted on July 30, 2018 at 10:48 pm
    There’s two Banffs.

    Do tell?

    One in Alberta and the other in Aberdeenshire, zk2a.

  54. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    One in Alberta and the other in Aberdeenshire, zk2a.

    Thanks for that, DrBG – the memsahib has put another visit to Scotland on the bucket list, so I’ll do some lobbying..

  55. Snoopy

    Who’s the woman on PML who looks like a deranged albino cockatoo?

    If she also sounds like a cockatoo she must be Janine Parrot.

  56. Steve trickler

    It shits all over the best from Hollywood. A simple scene. A bloke with a camera set up, overlooking a valley.



    The vehicle traffic in the valley? Lookout!

    The shadows from the aircraft are a show of their own.

  57. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Activist group GetUp! exposed over secret call-centre script targeting LNP in Longman
    Sheradyn Holderhead & SHARRI MARKSON, National Political Reporter, The Daily Telegraph
    in an hour
    Subscriber only

    THE secret GetUp! call-centre script used in the Longman by-election obliterates the organisation’s claim they are independent, with voters told not to support the Turnbull Government candidate to stop “billions of dollars in tax cuts to big corporations.”

    The activist organisation bought a commercial database of phone numbers for almost 30,000 people in the Queensland electorate and called on 400 people to man a call-centre that encouraged voters to support the ALP or Greens.

    The revelations about the full extent of GetUp!’s role in the Longman by-election comes as the fallout continues within the Turnbull government over the LNP’s disastrous primary vote of just under 30 per cent — a 10 per cent swing against them since the 2016 federal election.

    The Daily Telegraph has obtained GetUp!’s script that its 400 workers used in call-centres to encourage support for Labor and the Greens in the weekend’s by-election in the Queensland seat.

    “At the moment the LNP have a plan to give tens of billions of dollars in tax cuts to big corporations — money which could be spent to improve Caboolture State High, or fund Caboolture hospital,” the script state

    So, when the Hell will the Liberals admit that the gloves are off, and start hitting back? Or is Lord Waffles above such behaviour?

  58. Oh come on

    Hey, didy’all know there was once such a thing called the Arab Deterrent Force? I’m told its most effective – and only – tactic was to eliminate the enemy via mass asphyxiation resulting from uncontrollable laughter. Not unlike our own ADF, then.

  59. Jo Smyth

    Turnbull and Bishop are counting on losing the next election. She wants her job at the U.N. and he wants open borders and a fully implemented carbon tax and renewables and he knows Labor will oblige.

  60. jupes

    The UN Declaration for Refugees and Migrants compels signatories to comply with the conditions therein.

    How utterly incompetent and dangerous are the Liberals?

    The only advantage they have over Labor is border policy. Abbott stopped the boats and Turnbull kept them stopped. So why on earth would they even consider signing our ability to control our borders over to the UN let alone help them draft it? I can only think that the urge to virtue signal trumps all other considerations.

    Seriously what clueless fuckwits.

  61. Oh come on

    Stevie T, I’m pretty sure you’ve posted that same video about 15 times.

  62. Oh come on

    I don’t actually watch them, but they’ve all been verdant green hills and something about a mach loop.

  63. Old School Conservative

    So, when the Hell will the Liberals admit that the gloves are off, and start hitting back? Or is Lord Waffles above such behaviour?

    Never.
    As Richo said between gloats on PML tonight, the Libs have no members to run an effective on-ground operation, nor do they get big money from business any more.

    Last night Dee Madigan was on the show and brazenly wore a bright red t-shirt with “Susan Lamb” in huge letters. Yet she is treated as an independent commentator.

  64. Steve trickler

    Oh come on
    #2776790, posted on July 30, 2018 at 11:18 pm
    Stevie T, I’m pretty sure you’ve posted that same video about 15 times.

    Second time.

    That bloke filming is on a winner with that shot.

  65. Oh come on

    I do like most of Stevie T’s YouTube vids, though. He posts some interesting stuff. But for the rest of you posting your crappy song clips – could you please stop advertising your shit taste in music here? No one actually cares about whatever tunes you like. Just sayin’.

  66. JC

    No one actually cares about whatever tunes you like. Just sayin’.

    How about this for tasteful.

  67. Oh come on

    bwahahahahahaahahahhahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    a true Dutch patriot! We all know his type, or something.

  68. Will people please stop rubbishing Turdbull?

    I’ve explained this before several times (starting in 2014).
    From 2009 until 2013, Turdbull’s primary aim in life was to destroy the Liberal Party for ousting him as Leader in 2009. In 2013 he added added the Australian population in general to his hit list, for electing Abbott with the second largest majority in modern political history.

    Given Turdbull’s outstanding success in these two aims, especially over such a short period of time, a valid argument can be made that he is the cleverest, most astute federal politician in 50 years.

  69. Oh come on

    That was pretty funny when Johanna said she knew the type of Dutchman Andre Rieu was – remember that?

  70. Old School Conservative

    Looking for a good laugh?
    Go to the comments in The Oz after its article about Tesla’s new product – a surfboard.
    A few samples:
    * Wow! A surfboard that floats on water. That’s cool.
    * It’s quite unfair to think that nobody is gullible enough to buy this product. Jay Weatherill must be out there somewhere…
    * Black surfboards last about a week in the Australian sun, and look rather ordinary when covered in white surf wax! He’s probably done about as much surfing as he has cave diving!

  71. JC

    Jezabel was plugging him. Hair monster has the most punchable face in entertainment.

  72. Steve trickler

    Oh come on
    #2776791, posted on July 30, 2018 at 11:20 pm
    I don’t actually watch them, but they’ve all been verdant green hills and something about a mach loop.

    —-

    Perhaps i need to tack on a soundtrack from All Creatures Great and Small



    (:

  73. .

    Quit it or be spammed with Whitechapel and Dio era Black Sabbath.

  74. Oh come on

    It’s all good, Stevie T. You have posted many quirky and interesting YouTube clips here.

  75. .

    Musk might be a petulant subsidy whore but he isn’t a conman like Zuck the Fuck.

    Securities fraud. It is about damned time.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVfHeWTKjag

  76. struth

    Completely blase about who they let into the country.

    Really?

    Not when it comes to Christians.

    Again, we see people above claiming our governments are stupid……..

    They are traitors.
    A very big difference.
    Turnbull doesn’t care about the next election, only as much as he stays leader of the liberal party to implement the UN agenda until then.
    It seems he is going to get it done, while people just think he is stupid.

  77. struth
    #2776807, posted on July 30, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    So, who you gonna vote for next election, Struth?
    Libs, Labor, or Nats?
    Realistically they are your only choices. Compulsory preferential voting ensures that.

  78. Makka

    The Sopranos Final Scene

    Classic. What a series.

  79. struth

    You really do have to wonder what you have to do in Australia these days to be classified as a traitor.
    It seems being subservient to a foreign power, importing people ( by the hundreds of thousands now), that declare they are at war with you and violently attack the population, kill off our industry, power supply, and completely defy our constitution, demoralise and feminise our military, attack the religion that our civilisation is based on, rather let whites and Christians die than grant them asylum when they are in real danger, traded for country shopping trash who are offended by the host country, but not offended enough to take our welfare and scam our system, blame the Australian population for the problems they cause, call all white men rapists and racists and toxic, let perverts sexually abuse our children in schools, and brainwash them with Marxist doctrine………….

    I am sure it could be added to, and yet people call them stupid?
    Stupid?
    Ask yourself , seriously.
    If the socialists/communists Hitler and Stalin were watching and wanting Australia, would they invade now or just wait twelve months and let their people on the inside finish it off?

  80. struth

    You really do have to wonder what you have to do in Australia these days to be classified as a traitor.
    It seems being subservient to a foreign power, importing people ( by the hundreds of thousands now), that declare they are at war with you and violently attack the population, kill off our industry, power supply, and completely defy our constitution, demoralise and feminise our military, attack the religion that our civilisation is based on, rather let whites and Christians die than grant them asylum when they are in real danger, traded for country shopping trash who are offended by the host country, but not offended enough to take our welfare and scam our system, blame the Australian population for the problems they cause, call all white men raypists and racists and toxic, let perverts sexually abuse our children in schools, and brainwash them with Marxist doctrine………….

    I am sure it could be added to, and yet people call them stupid?
    Stupid?
    Ask yourself , seriously.
    If the socialists/communists Hitler and Stalin were watching and wanting Australia, would they invade now or just wait twelve months and let their people on the inside finish it off?

  81. C.L.

    You really do have to wonder what you have to do in Australia these days to be classified as a traitor.
    It seems being subservient to a foreign power, importing people (by the hundreds of thousands now), that declare they are at war with you and violently attack the population, kill off our industry, power supply, and completely defy our constitution, demoralise and feminise our military, attack the religion that our civilisation is based on, rather let whites and Christians die than grant them asylum when they are in real danger, traded for country shopping trash who are offended by the host country, but not offended enough to take our welfare and scam our system, blame the Australian population for the problems they cause, call all white men raypists and racists and toxic, let perverts sexually abuse our children in schools, and brainwash them with Marxist doctrine…

    LQ.

  82. struth

    Realistically they are your only choices. Compulsory preferential voting ensures that.

    Too late tonight, but the quick answer is the Australian Conservatives.
    Basically, refusing to vote has the same effect on preferential voting as you wish it didn’t, and having some silly plan that you and five others are going to apply to your voting will do Sweet stuff all as well.
    All we can do is get as many to vote for AC as we can.
    The system is rooted, yes.
    But spitting the dummy out and staying home isn’t going to help either.

  83. Oh come on

    This is beautiful, I love it:

    Sesame Street: James Gandolfini Talks About Feeling Scared

    Sesame Street re-released it as a tribute to Gandolfini when he died. IIRC, it first went to air in the early 2000s when Tony Soprano was the baddest mofo on TV.

  84. Too late tonight, but the quick answer is the Australian Conservatives.

    So, Liberal then?

    But spitting the dummy out and staying home isn’t going to help either.

    I’ve never, ever advocated that.

  85. struth

    Yawn, off to the fart sack with ol’ struthy-boy.

    Working in the morning.

    Have a lovely night.

  86. struth

    I meant to say.
    You really do have to wonder what you have to do in Australia these days to be classified as a traitor.
    It seems being subservient to a foreign power, importing people ( by the hundreds of thousands now), that declare they are at war with you and violently attack the population, kill off our industry, power supply, and completely defy our constitution, demoralise and feminise our military, attack the religion that our civilisation is based on, rather let whites and Christians die than grant them asylum when they are in real danger, traded for country shopping trash who are offended by the host country, but not offended enough to take our welfare and scam our system, blame the Australian population for the problems they cause, call all white men raypists and racists and toxic, let perverts sexually abuse our children in schools, and brainwash them with Marxist doctrine………….gets you called just a silly billy politician.
    He knows not what he doth.
    He bloody well knows exactly what he doth.
    We need to cast the first stone.

  87. Oh come on

    If we must have compulsory voting, there needs to be a ‘none of the above’ option.

  88. Oh come on

    Destroying Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star really is stupid. At best for the people who cheer on the defacing of the star, smashing it will achieve nothing. Once you start looking at less optimal outcomes, it means extra votes for Trump.

  89. zyconoclast

    Starting Tuesday, travellers from Europe, the Middle East and Africa will have to provide fingerprints and photos when they apply to visit, work or study in Canada, if they don’t want to be turned away at the border.

    The biometrics initiative is part of a joint border security information-sharing arrangement with the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.

    Both the U.S. and Australia require fingerprints and a photograph from visiting foreign nationals, except Canadians. In the U.K., foreign nationals from outside the European Economic Area have to apply for what’s known as a biometric residence permit, while New Zealand currently requires the biometrics of asylum seekers, refugees applying for resettlement and deportees.

    Biometrics are not required of Americans applying for work or study permits and coming to Canada as tourists.

  90. None

    struth
    #2776813, posted on July 31, 2018 at 12:04 am

    +1000

  91. Armadillo

    It’s pretty clear to me at this very late hour.

    The Americans brought “hearts and minds” to the battlefield. ISIS (the former Iraqi imprisioned eliete + ideologists) brought nothing but death, mayhem, and ultimately brutality.

    There is only one way to win a war. Gloves off. Those who set the standard, need to live (and die) by it.
    Fair is fair. Cop as good as you give. These arsehats deserve everything they get. Punch on.

    At the end of the day, it all boils down to women. And not in a feminist way, nor in a Islamist way. Very few actually “get it”. Domination isn’t a key. Nor is conquest, or ownership. It’s a partnership.

  92. Armadillo

    I also want to know how ISIS ended up with a heap of tanks and US military equipment. Did they leave the keys in the ignition?

    Must be the greatest fuck up in military history. Opps, forgot to add a tracking device to it. The average suburban car has one.

  93. Armadillo

    More chance of getting a tank licence in Northern Iraq or Syria than a DL in NSW.

  94. Armadillo

    TWO thirty am. It’s late.

  95. Armadillo

    Actually closer to THREE am.

  96. Armadillo

    Arthritic fingers. On one hand.

  97. Armadillo

    The other hand isn’t missing a finger. Fully functional. I’ll stare it for awhile.

  98. Armadillo

    Six stairs, five fingers.

  99. None

    Not tonight Army. Get some rest.

  100. Armadillo

    Seven Eleven – the place Tailgunner frequents to chat up the Indian chick behind the counter and stab the Iraqi dude lurking behind the chip stand.

  101. Armadillo

    I was just getting onto Tailgunners “octopus hands”.

  102. Armadillo

    Spoiler. It’s was the Iraqi guy.

  103. Mark A

    None
    #2776842, posted on July 31, 2018 at 2:52 am

    Not tonight Army. Get some rest.

    Nota, let him go to 42 just the once. I’d love to see him find the meaning of life and everything.

  104. Old Bloke:
    The aircraft you mentioned – this one perhaps?
    It’s a Westland Lysander.

  105. Tom

    Johannes Leak*
    ________________________________________________________________________
    *who continues to fill in for one of the most hopeless hacks in the history of Australian cartooning on his day off.

  106. Tom

    Matt (Pritchett, London Daily Telegraph).

  107. Top Ender

    The perils of life in the Top End:

    Workers in near miss as plane dumps fuel tank
    NATASHA EMECK

    Police search the area where a fuel tank fell from a jet involved in Pitch Black Picture: KERI MEGELUS

    WITNESSES heard a loud bang and the ground shook beneath their feet when a large fuel tank fell out of the sky from a faulty US aircraft involved in the Pitch Black air force training exercises.

    Only hours after Pitch Black began yesterday, a United States Air Force F-16 jet reported an engine malfunction during takeoff about 11am, resulting in the “emergency jettison” of an external fuel tank in scrubland at Wishart.

    The tank narrowly missed Power and Water workers nearby.

    Lt Colonel Joseph Miranda, 80th Fighter Squadron commander said the drop was “in accordance with emergency checklist procedures”.

    The US aircraft returned safely to RAAF Base Darwin without further incident at 11.40am.

    Search crews from the Australian Defence Force and NT Police and Emergency Services closed off an area of bush near Berrimah Rd and sent over a helicopter to help find the fuel tank from above.

    A Defence spokeswoman said the fuel tank was found hours later.

    “No damage occurred to the surrounding area,” she said.

    “The aircraft and its pilot returned safely to RAAF Darwin.”

    Witness Trey Branson said he was near the Puma service station on Wishart Rd when the large black metal object fell near the Power and Water Hudson Creek Substation.

    “I saw the plane flying, then a large object fell from it that was sort of cylindrical,” he said.

    “I heard a big bang and felt the ground shake beneath my feet.”

    He said the fuel tank “barely missed” nearby Power and Water workers who had been out in the yard when it fell.

    “It was very close to the workers … and I believe if it was a little bit closer there would have been six or seven dead workers due to high voltage and fuel making a big explosion,” Mr Branson said.

    “The two workers that were in the cherrypickers in the air working must need to change their pants.”

    Shayne Melbourne from Tutt Bryant Heavy Lift and Shift said a member of their staff was driving along Tivendale Rd when he saw it fall.

    “He thought it might have been a bomb,” he said.

    “It looked pretty big, a few metres long.”

    Don Dale detention centre worker John Mackay said he was watching some of the Pitch Black jets flying in close at a lower altitude, when he saw “a large black rectangle object” fall from one.

    “I was thinking, ‘what the hell is that’?” he said.

    “It was spinning and whirling before it landed in the bush around Berrimah Rd.”

    NT News print edition

  108. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Well, it is approaching ten pm in a canvas luxury tent on Kenya’s Masi Mara as rain pitter-pats gently on the roof and Hairy comes to bed early in preparation for his 4.30am start to get to his balloon flight tomorrow morning, fighting the mosquito net to find a way in to our little arbour. Someone has placed a hot water bottle in the bed to warm it up for us. Evenings here can be quite cold. Off to dream now of the three cheetahs we saw on the dusk game drive, stalking an Eland, who escaped into scrub. Saw a lioness on the prowl too. And a leopard. Zipped the tent up tight. Canvas is sturdy stuff, isn’t it?

    Night all.

  109. Elle

    Thanks Tom. Varvel my favorite again.

  110. Elle

    Sleeping amongst stalking cheetahs and lions! Sounds like you’re in Canberra, Lizzie.

  111. Tom

    Keep the travelogues coming, Lizzie. Short and sharp is fine. Wish I was there.

  112. A Lurker

    “If the socialists/communists Hitler and Stalin were watching and wanting Australia, would they invade now or just wait twelve months and let their people on the inside finish it off?”

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

  113. Elle

    …Hairy comes to bed early in preparation for his 4.30am start to get to his balloon flight tomorrow morning…

    I note you said “his” not “ours”. I assume you aren’t joining Hairy on the balloon flight. You may have mentioned that already. Sorry if I missed it. Hard to keep up with comments on the open fred.

  114. Snoopy

    Your internals all appear to be working fine, Ted.

  115. Elle

    Shy Ted! No wonder you blokes miss the bowl! LOL

  116. John Constantine

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wzAGE4quWU

    21 foot rule.

    I was recently within 21 feet of some of the godless commo quisling politicians that are responsible for my tax bill looking hitting 100% this year [ including rural unserviced land wealth tax and rural water wealth tax].

    I no longer see these revolutionaries as anything except cannon fodder, and can understand why they cower behind their Bollards of the Revolution most of the time, but my feelings of disgust and contempt surprised me with their strength.

    Once the population property Ponzi unwinds for the masses of imported slumlords that currently feel exceptional as they ride heavily geared dogbox property portfolios to multi-millionaire status, they will really become so enraged they will lose control and look for someone to take it out on.They were imported specifically to be revolutionary change agents, to a corrupt country that they were told had to be overthrown.

    The big difference between old obsolete and Stoic Australia and now could well be seen in the not too distant future.

    No wonder our bastard political class are building so many bollards and fences and equipping heavily armed paramilitary death squads to operate domestically.

    Comrades.

  117. Bruce of Newcastle

    Gary Varvel likewise, but giggles for Zanetti and Knight. 😀

    The following ain’t cartoons but who cares? They’re pretty!
    Exquisite ancient mosaic uncovered in Israel

  118. miltonf

    A bit of b4 work reading from Latho

    Mark Latham’s Outsiders
    41 mins ·
    THE END OF FAKE NEWS FAIRFAX
    Mark Latham’s Tuesday Column
    It was the best news Fairfax ever published: the story of its demise.
    Yet to listen to the wailing Fairfax staff and their barrackers, you would think the world was ending.
    The Channel Nine takeover has been described as “a blow to Australian democracy” and “the end of Australian journalism as we know it”.
    We can only hope the second point is true. Fairfax’s demise will improve our democracy, freeing Australians from the fraud of Green-Left advocacy masquerading as ‘journalism’.
    And let’s not forget the big winners in the new arrangements.
    The hospitality industry in inner-Sydney and Melbourne will thrive, as unemployed Fairfax scribes occupy their coffee shops and tofu restaurants bitching about the universe.
    Australia’s fish are especially relieved, in avoiding the embarrassment of being wrapped in the pages of Fairfax Fake News.
    The company’s closure will also ease the pressure on psychiatric hospitals, with fewer journalists presenting for treatment of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
    At last, the Hitler Comparison Industry can have a day off, with the Sydney Morning Herald no longer publishing headlines such as “Donald Trump And Adolf Hitler Have More In Common Than Slogans” (as it did in October 2016).
    Also, imagine the relief among the world’s asylum seekers. After the Tampa incident in 2001, Fairfax editors started campaigning for the abolition of offshore processing. The Rudd Government took them seriously and 2000 boatpeople drowned, including babies and infant children.
    Now at least young asylum seekers have got a chance of reaching adulthood, free from Fairfax’s encouragement of people smugglers.
    For this alone, the end of Fairfax is a huge win for humanity.
    There’s also an important lesson here for business students. Forget the baloney about a media outfit hard done by.
    The 177-year-old company was a victim of its own incompetence. Two decades ago Fairfax had a chance of transitioning from lucrative print advertising to online classifieds, but they blew it.
    The rivers of gold turned into rivers of stupidity.
    Eric Beecher, a veteran of the newspaper industry, recalls fronting the Fairfax board in 2004, warning of “a catastrophe scenario under which the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age would lose much of their classified advertising in coming years.”
    The board ignored him. According to Beecher:
    “One director in particular became quite agitated about what I was saying. ‘I don’t ever want anyone coming into this boardroom again’, he told his colleagues as he held up a copy of one of Fairfax’s hefty Saturday papers, ‘and telling us that people will buy houses or cars or look for jobs, without this’. He then dropped the lump of newsprint onto the boardroom table with a thud.”
    The director was Roger Corbett, who subsequently became chairman of the board.
    The Channel Nine/Fairfax announcement also flushed out the great Labor hater Paul Keating.
    The former PM had to toss a coin to see which outfit he despised the most. It came down on the side of Channel Nine, a legacy of the way in which 60 Minutes raked over Keating’s piggery investments in March 1999.
    At the time, I was the only Labor MP who defended Keating in parliament. This prompted a visit to my office by the 60 Minutes reporter Paul Lyneham, who told me I had made a big mistake. “We are going to put Keating in jail”, he assured me.
    No wonder the old clock polisher is still cranky.
    Years earlier, as Treasurer in the 1980s, Keating had wanted to destroy Fairfax because of its attacks on the NSW Labor Right.
    He especially detested the gaggle of female investigative reporters gathered around Brian Toohey, whom he labeled “the Manson girls”.
    Fairfax’s fate offers a glimpse of where all newspapers are headed. Public trust in journalists has collapsed, such that they now rank below used car salesmen and even politicians.
    Very few reporters research public policy or understand political history. They run mostly on propaganda – callow, gentrified types who take their material from the online sewer of Twitter.
    Recently the editor of South Australia’s Murray Pioneer reported on the incompetence of journalism graduates applying to join his paper.
    In attempting quiz questions on their application form, a majority did not know the name of the Federal Treasurer or Opposition Leader.
    Only one could name the location of Ned Kelly’s last stand, while none could name the day on which the Melbourne Cup is run. These people have got no culture and no brains.
    The quiz was not a one-off. “The abysmal results have been consistent (over many years) and, if anything, are slowly getting worse”, the editor wrote.
    In truth, the people reading newspapers these days are smarter than the people writing in them.
    In the era of Facebook and Internet websites, consumers have never had so much choice and diversity of information available to them.
    Regulation of media ownership and content has become outdated. An open market of tens of thousands of media outlets (old and new) means that competition can sort out questions of reliability and profitability.
    Instead of lifting their performance, traditional media houses such as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp have reverted to special pleading: urging governments to heavily regulate Facebook and Google.
    What a sad sight they have become. The Princes of Print have morphed into Rent-Seeking Royalty.

  119. Mother Lode

    Turnbull and Bishop are counting on losing the next election. She wants her job at the U.N. and he wants open borders and a fully implemented carbon tax and renewables and he knows Labor will oblige.

    Then they are idiots.

    Labor only repays bruvvas when they get into power.

    Why would they gift prime sinecures to the newly powerless has-beens? What are they going to do?

    At the same time they have so many comrades, jostling open-mouthed and crying for food – like a nest full of baby birds waiting for mother to drop morsels into them.

  120. pete m

    Compare Latham post politics with Hewson (spit), Vandstone (gag) and Downer (shriek). Liberals are just embarrassing themselves while Latham becomes a true elder statesman. You would not have predicted this 20 years ago.

    I have been thinking where conservatives can go to see their values supported. ldp and ac have some good points but sadly it seems the onp is gaining the most media and voter support. Put latho at the head of one and you might get an interesting result.

  121. Tintarella di Luna

    You would not have predicted this 20 years ago.

    In 1993 I had never heard of Mark Latham but read an article by him in the Sydney Morning Herald and thought he had very worthwhile views on the economy and that he must be a Conservative – I never changed my mind about him but thought it such a shame that he’d been destroyed by the hivemind of the Labor party.

    I told him that last year and he was very surprised and though I don’t agree with some of his views I agree with many of them because what he says is true and what he says is common sense.

  122. Anne

    On June 26th Q said:

    July 2018 – The month the world discovered the TRUTH.

    Today the CIA dropped this:

    Bloodlines of the Illuminati
    https://www.cia.gov/library/abbottabad-compound/FC/FC2F5371043C48FDD95AEDE7B8A49624_Springmeier.-.Bloodlines.of.the.Illuminati.R.pdf

    BOOM!

  123. pete m

    Wow this is a real test!

    8th grade USA 106 years ago.

    If you changed it to metric we’d still get 90% failure rate.

  124. Geriatric Mayfly

    Sorry to be the bringer of disgust so early in the day, but it’s a duty to expose the filthy savages among us.

    INDIA: Pregnant goat dies after being gang-raped to death by eight men with Muslim names

  125. John Constantine

    Gas shortages looming as deindustrialisation fails to drop productive gas use fast enough.

    Obviously we must ramp up the population Ponzi to compensate for deindustrialisation.

  126. John Constantine

    Gas shortage looms for an Australia that floats on gas.

    Milo minderbinder would be proud of the Syndicate arranging a shortfall.

    Now to give maaaaates jobs rationing gas, and other maaaaates permits to import gas.

    How could we organise to have a worse political class?.

  127. Mother Lode

    INDIA: Pregnant goat dies after being gang-raped to death by eight men with Muslim names

    Presumably it was stoned to death in accordance with Sharia – there must be a price paid for putting hot sweaty thoughts in the minds of believers.

  128. cohenite

    Thanks Tom. Varvel my favorite again.

    Agreed.

  129. Geriatric Mayfly

    Saint-Denis in Paris, like Lakemba in Sydney, has fallen. They should become one of those sister council thingies.

  130. Crossie

    In truth, the people reading newspapers these days are smarter than the people writing in them.

    Not the Fairfax readers.

  131. calli

    At the same time they have so many comrades, jostling open-mouthed and crying for food – like a nest full of baby birds waiting for mother to drop morsels into them.

    Great image.

    I’d already called the warring magpie families at the Café calli the Bolshies and the Trots. Now I know why.

  132. calli

    You would not have predicted this 20 years ago.

    No, and it interests me. What happened? There must have been a fork in the road (shades of Frost), and I’d love to know what it was.

  133. Geriatric Mayfly

    I’d already called the warring magpie families at the Café calli the Bolshies and the Trots. Now I know why.

    The sap is rising Calli. The yelling of insults has increased markedly in recent weeks, and the aerial dog-fights are on in earnest. Both those in pursuit and those in flight, are reaching speeds close to Mach 1.

  134. stackja

    Boy Scout lost in Wyoming wilderness survived on bugs, bark
    By The Associated Press
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Jul 30, 2018, 4:09 PM ET

    Searchers found Garrett Hunter of Draper, Utah, in good health about 10:15 p.m. Sunday after happening to camp near him for the night and calling out his name, according to Sublette County sheriff’s Sgt. Travis Bingham.

    Garrett Hunter, 13, of Draper, who has autism, went missing on Saturday morning somewhere between 1,000 Island Lake and Mary’s Lake. He was found in good condition on Sunday night, according to the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office.

  135. None

    Leak is brilliant – always wonderful detail – but yeah Varvel is very good today too.

  136. None

    Mark A

    #2776847, posted on July 31, 2018 at 3:41 am

    Ok. I have given him weeks, but.

  137. Woolfe

    JC has been twitter banned for a week. Maybe using the c word when replying to unions and abc hacks did it.

  138. Woolfe

    Lizzies tent can keep out wild animals but not the Internet!

  139. None

    I’ve always liked Latham. I’ve always thought he was a conservative and yes there used to be plenty of conservative labor types Once Upon a Time. Occasionally his economics is up the creek but I think he is matured on that. What I’ve liked most about him was his Straight Talk as well as his daring. He’s even better now without the shackles of being an MP. I once saw a Twitter exchange between him and Chris Kenny where he behind his political career as shorth and shit. Kenny rightly pointed out that he probably went too early and that it takes a certain maturity to handle the top job and maybe round 50 or older. For once Kenny had it right. Still it would have been very lonely for Latham at the top as labour kicked out the last adult when they booted Beazley.

  140. None

    Keating and the Manson girls. That’s funny.

  141. Cassie of Sydney

    “Mother Lode
    #2776897, posted on July 31, 2018 at 8:09 am
    INDIA: Pregnant goat dies after being gang-raped to death by eight men with Muslim names

    Presumably it was stoned to death in accordance with Sharia – there must be a price paid for putting hot sweaty thoughts in the minds of believers.”

    Oh well, that’s what they do….these men with Muslim names. When they can’t rape 10 year old non-Muslim girls, they will happily rape non-Muslim goats or sheep or cows. Only dogs are taboo to them.

  142. calli

    when they booted Beazley.

    Mr Compartmentalism?

    Another trougher.

  143. calli

    Dogs bite. Goats don’t.

  144. calli

    On old Labor. I had time for the aptly named “Cassandra”.

  145. calli

    This thread now belongs to me. Arma is yesterday’s man.

  146. dragnet

    I suspect that Latho’s bizarre behaviour in the 2004 election campaign and in the post election washup, was the result of very acute internal and emotional turmoil realising that he had devoted his life and career to a Party and colleagues that was fraudulent and worthless.

  147. Des Deskperson

    ‘labour kicked out the last adult when they booted Beazley.’

    Beazley finding jobs for all his dodgy mates??

    Peter Walsh was the last Labor adult. Was he ‘Cassandra”?

  148. Geriatric Mayfly

    Calling for Dame Edna. A neighbour has just given me a bazillion gladdy corms. I have tried them before, with little success. But these things look positively uncouth and feral, compared with those dainties that come in pictorial bags.
    If I can get through the perma-frost, time to turn the sod and make another attempt. Looks like I might need at least an acre for this lot.

  149. calli

    Yes, Des. He wrote a column for the Australian under that name.

    It was given to him scathingly by Keating (?) because of his warnings to the government. Like his namesake, he spoke the truth but was doomed not to be believed.

  150. Oh come on

    If you missed it last night:

    Jacob Rees-Mogg Upper Class Insult Compilation Part 2

    He is an astonishing man. As I’ve said before, I can scarcely believe he is a politician.

  151. Oh come on

    They aren’t even insults, really. Rees-Mogg is too decent to insult. They’re more witty ripostes or considered, well-articulated and truthful observations.

  152. Cassie of Sydney

    “Cassandra was blessed with the gift of foreseeing the future. Her curse was that no one believed her, a fact that weighed heavily with the looming destruction of Australia”

    Yep, that’s me. We’re over the cliff…..it’s just we haven’t landed yet. And when we do, it isn’t going to be pretty.

  153. stackja

    Activist group GetUp! exposed over secret call-centre script targeting LNP in Longman
    Sheradyn Holderhead & Sharri Markson, National Political Reporter, The Daily Telegraph
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    THE secret GetUp! call-centre script used in the Longman by-election obliterates the organisation’s claim they are independent, with voters told not to support the Turnbull Government candidate to stop “billions of dollars in tax cuts to big corporations.”

    The activist organisation bought a commercial database of phone numbers for almost 30,000 people in the Queensland electorate and called on 400 people to man a call-centre that encouraged voters to support the ALP or Greens.

    The revelations about the full extent of GetUp!’ s role in the Longman by-election comes as the fallout continues within the Turnbull government over the LNP’s disastrous primary vote of just under 30 per cent — a 10 per cent swing against them since the 2016 federal election.

    The Daily Telegraph has obtained GetUp!’ s script that its 400 workers used in call-centres to encourage support for Labor and the Greens in the weekend’s by-election in the Queensland seat.

    “At the moment the LNP have a plan to give tens of billions of dollars in tax cuts to big corporations — money which could be spent to improve Caboolture State High, or fund Caboolture hospital,” the script states.

    “I’m going to be a little bold here. But if this billion-dollar handout to this to the big end of town is of concern for you, then I strongly recommend that you put Trevor Ruthenburg (sic) and the LNP last on your voting ballot this electorate.”

    The calls were made in the final three weeks of the campaign as GetUp!national director Paul Oosting said the group has changed its focus from online activism to person-to-person connections.

  154. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Bill Shorten nominates S Korea, Japan, Taiwan to resettle asylum seekers

    Rachel Baxendale
    Reporter
    @rachelbaxendale
    An hour ago July 31, 2018
    65 Comments

    A Labor government would work with countries such as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Canada and New Zealand to resettle asylum seekers currently on Manus Island and Nauru, Bill Shorten says.

    The Opposition Leader said Labor did not believe in indefinite detention of illegal arrivals, but would not commit to setting a time limit.

    “What we would do is in a positive sense put more effort into renegotiating, to negotiating regional resettlement,” Mr Shorten told ABC radio.

    “I can’t give an absolute time limit, obviously, from opposition.

    “We will stop the boats, and we share the view of the government that this policy has been effective in deterring people smugglers, but I also believe that we shouldn’t have what is emerging to be indefinite detention for people in these facilities, so our plan is to negotiate regional resettlement options with the countries in our region.”

    Asked whether he had any countries in mind, Mr Shorten said there was a “range of countries within Asia and the Asia Pacific who we could talk to”.

    Asked to nominate specific countries, Mr Shorten initially said: “Well I think there’s big economies right through the Asian continent who would be I think worthwhile for us to talk to,” before nominating Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Canada and New Zealand.

    Mr Shorten said he had not discussed the matter with the countries he named.

    “We’re the opposition. You know really, what I would like to do is actually see the problem resolved, and I’ll say something this morning which might surprise some people listening: I’m pleased that the Turnbull government’s been able to keep the negotiations with America on track,” he said.

    “This issue should be above party politics, but what we’re seeing is a whole lot of debate and I think that Australians actually expect their government to deter the people smugglers, but not keep people in indefinite detention.”

    From the Oz. Just remind me, how many asylum seekers has Japan ever resettled? Ten, or did they go as high as twenty?

  155. stackja

    The change in strategy has also spurred on the creation of “action groups” in 40 electorates it describes as holding Tupperware-style parties where volunteers hosting phone call nights at their homes rather than making calls from a central office.

    It followed a “sobering” analysis of the 2016 Federal Election in which Mr Oosting said GetUp!realised that it needed to update its strategy and decentralise.

    “In a sense it’s less targeted but we’re connecting real people with real people,” he said.

  156. Bruce in WA

    My b-i-l, a US medical specialist, made the grim prediction years ago that were Obama’s “free” medicare allowed to grow it would, he believed, ultimately drive the USA to the brink of bankruptcy.

    Well, Bernie Sanders has just proposed a “free-for-all” medicare for the USA — without costing it. It would cover everyone for everything — medical, dental, vision and hearing — all paid for by Uncle Same.

    However, others have costed it and it is estimated it would cost $32.6 trillion over 10 years to fully implement. Equally impressive is that it would require an approximate doubling of income and corporate taxes.

    As John C would say — “Comrades”.

  157. Mother Lode

    From the Oz. Just remind me, how many asylum seekers has Japan ever resettled? Ten, or did they go as high as twenty?

    Better still, you should hear the conditions people are kept in when awaiting deportation.

    And any Jurianu Baansaido types would not find anywhere near the latitude that Julian Burnside gets here.

  158. C.L.

    The injustice: woman upset she was terminated after terminating her unborn baby.

    A former Australia employee alleges she was sacked because she campaigned for improved abortion rights in and criticised the state Liberal government on social media.

    Angela Williamson, 39, was sacked from her job as manager of public policy and government relations at Cricket Australia following a tweet in which she labelled the government “gutless” for failing to ensure women had access to reproductive health services in the state, Fairfax reported on Monday.

    Her lawyer, Kamal Farouque of Maurice Blackburn, told Guardian Australia that following the tweet on 14 June, she was sacked on 29 June.

    We’re alleging that she was terminated because of her political opinions, which she expressed in that tweet and other tweets,” Farouque said…

    In February, Williamson was one of the first Tasmanian women forced to fly to Melbourne for a termination after the state’s last abortion provider closed.

    She criticised the government on Twitter after it blocked a push from the Labor opposition to provide pregnancy terminations in the public hospital system by 1 July.

    Forced? Nope.
    Williamson is 39 years-old but still hasn’t worked out how to avoid an unwanted pregnancy.
    In The Guardian.

    Bolt has jumped out of the blocks to support Williamson for some bizarre reason.
    She was employed to liaise with government and maintain good relationships with officials.
    Instead she insulted them.

    She has admitted she was in the wrong:

    Fairfax reported that despite an apology to the government from Cricket Tasmania and Williamson, she no longer had Cricket Australia’s confidence to maintain a positive relationship with the government.

  159. C.L.

    Bolt says Williamson was sacked for a Tweet.
    No.

    Williamson, who had previously worked for the Tasmanian premier, Will Hodgman, first began criticising the government over the issue in January.

    She continued to use social media to campaign for [abortion] in the state.

    She was not employed to “campaign” for abortion.

  160. Mother Lode

    access to reproductive health

    Isn’t reproduction exactly the thing she is arguing against?

    It might be that she changed her mind about the guy, she didn’t want any impact on her career, she wanted to take a holiday, something like that.

    Those are the rights she is ‘fighting’ for.

  161. C.L.

    Bill Shorten nominates S Korea, Japan, Taiwan to resettle asylum seekers

    Ahahahahahaha.
    Hey, Japan – how’d you like 10,000 Muslim fanatics and African carjackers?

  162. C.L.

    reproductive health

    Yes, this is what Nazi pro-abortion loonies now call ABORTION.
    Their usual evil inversion of reality and truth.

  163. C.L.

    But pink fingernails.

    Mine-hunting fleet in mothballs

    RORY CALLINAN
    One-third of Australia’s mine-­ hunting fleet has not left port for years and is to be sold off despite a build-up of Chinese mine-warfare capability.

    Lead story, The Australian.

  164. rickw

    Bill Shorten nominates S Korea, Japan, Taiwan to resettle asylum seekers

    None of those countries are as stupid as Australia. Zero chance.

  165. Baldrick

    Angela Williamson, 39, was sacked from her job as manager of public policy and government relations at Cricket Australia following a tweet in which she labelled the government “gutless” for failing to ensure women had access to reproductive health services in the state, Fairfax reported on Monday.

    This sentence from a letter sent to Ms. Williamson from Cricket Australia is very instructive…
    At our meeting yesterday, you did not raise any additional issues or points for us to take into consideration.

    She had a chance to defender her actions but declined. Too bad, so sad.

  166. stackja

    rickw
    #2776946, posted on July 31, 2018 at 9:59 am
    Bill Shorten nominates S Korea, Japan, Taiwan to resettle asylum seekers

    None of those countries are as stupid as Australia. Zero chance.

    Do GetUp campaign in S Korea, Japan, Taiwan?

  167. stackja

    Truck brings down tram lines on Racecourse Road, Flemington
    Jack Boronovskis, Herald Sun
    33 minutes ago

    A TRUCK has brought down tram and power lines on Racecourse Road in Flemington, causing the closure of the road and significant public transport delays.

    The road is closed between Bellair and Wellington Street.

  168. Yes, this is what Nazi pro-abortion loonies now call ABORTION.
    Their usual evil inversion of reality and truth.

    Indeed. Not surprised either that Bolt is out there again indicating he has Stockholm Syndrome.

  169. rickw

    Do GetUp campaign in S Korea, Japan, Taiwan?

    Just for as long as it takes to hunt them down and dispatch them!

  170. stackja

    Lady Cilento hospital name to be changed after public consultation
    Sarah Vogler, Des Houghton, The Courier-Mail
    6 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    QUEENSLAND’S Health Minister has bowed to pressure and will allow the public to have their say on a new name for the Lady Cilento children’s hospital.

    Dr Miles has opened a one-month consultation period to consider a change to the Queensland Children’s Hospital – as it was known in the planning stages as early as 2007.

  171. stackja

    Alleged high-speed teenagers face court, have their identities suppressed
    CRAIG DUNLOP, NT News
    July 30, 2018 11:16pm

    TWO teenagers who allegedly led police on a high speed chase in a stolen car have appeared in the Youth Justice Court where their identities were immediately made the subject of gag orders.

    The older of the duo, 17, was out on bail on three other files of charges and was remanded in custody while the younger teen, 16, was granted bail to live at a Ludmilla address with his girlfriend, the same house he was living in at the time of the alleged offending.

    The court heard on Monday that the younger teen, who is subject to a bail curfew but who has no criminal record, was barely attending school.

    His lawyers plan to refer him to diversion.

    The NT News unsuccessfully opposed the gag order on the older teen, arguing the interest of the victims and the community was best served by the serial offender’s identity being publicly known.

    Judge Tanya Fong Lim said the court might choose to lift the suppression orders on the teens when they are sentenced, or if the younger teen gets in more trouble while out on bail.

  172. Leigh Lowe

    QUEENSLAND’S Health Minister has bowed to pressure and will allow the public to have their say on a new name for the Lady Cilento children’s hospital.

    How about “The Jayant Patel Medical Centre“.
    He ticks all the multi-culti boxes.

  173. John Constantine

    Lko lakes oil does a friendly takeover of RAW Rawson.

    https://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20180731/pdf/43wxjmsllll86t.pdf

    The yarragrad nazgul confiscation without compensation of lakes oil gas permits in Victoria still annoys me.

    At this stage of the cycle, rawsons chances of getting the capital to make use of its large holdings is better joined up with Lakes.
    [ although they do have a large contribution from the south Australian government towards developing gas in south Australia]

    LKO to now raise the capital to drill and develop gas ahead of the coming supply crunch.

  174. stackja

    Phyllis Cilento – Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phyllis_Cilento
    Jason Connery (grandson).

    Jason Connery – Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Connery
    Jason Joseph Connery (born 11 January 1963) is an English actor and director. He is the son of former James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery.

  175. amortiser

    The Minister for Loneliness!!

    Monty Python had this twigged 40 years ago with the Minister for Silly Walks.

    How ridiculous yet how prescient.

  176. Zatara

    so our plan is to negotiate regional resettlement options with the countries in our region.

    Marvelous. Why didn’t you do that refugee-sharing bit with all our mates when you were in power?

    Asked to nominate specific countries, Mr Shorten initially said: “Well I think there’s big economies right through the Asian continent who would be I think worthwhile for us to talk to,” before nominating Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Canada and New Zealand.

    Taiwan currently accepts no refugees. Japan extremely few. The few that get into South Korea on temporary humanitarian visas don’t seem too happy as the Koreans don’t put up with their shit.

    South Korea recognized its first non-Korean refugee, an Ethiopian, in 2001. So far, it has granted asylum to only 600 non-Korean refugees out of 18,800 applicants.

    Imagine that, the Koreans actually give a damn who they let in.

    Even if he convinces Canada and NZ that they are on the “Asian continent”, Canada is going to be problematic sooner than later as they are just about ‘full’ of islamic people shoppers. As to NZ, why haven’t they taken their share already?

    Dunno, the Shorten plan isn’t looking too promising. But wait! China has the biggest of Asian economies, why not start with them?

    Chinese court jails Muslim for 6 years for growing beard, wife gets 2 years for wearing veil

    Suppressing religious freedoms: Chinese imams forced to dance in Xinjiang region

    In another attempt to suppress religious freedoms, China forced imams from its eastern Muslim majority Xinjiang region to dance in the street and swear to an oath that they would not teach religion to children.

    The imams were also forced to tell children that prayer was harmful for the soul.

    The Muslim imams were further forced to brandish the slogan that “our income comes from the CKP [Chinese Communist Party] not from Allah”.

    Hmm. Looks like Oz paying their expenses in Manus isn’t so oppressive after all. Especially since they can leave any time they want and certainly any majority muslim country would take them. Maybe, just maybe, they should be sent (or returned, given they passed through at least one of them to get here) there.

  177. Surprise, surprise, Fairfax in the form of John Birmingham is out there already advocating for Angela Williamson:

    The vote effectively forces Tasmanian women to fly or ferry to Melbourne for an abortion, compounding the difficulty of what can already be a very traumatic episode. Williamson was directly affected in February when the island state’s only abortion provider closed and she had to travel alone to the mainland for the procedure.

    Cry me a river. Killing your child in utero is an already traumatic episode? Who would have thought so. Even more terrible for the child, dumbarse.

  178. Top Ender

    One-third of Australia’s mine-­ hunting fleet has not left port for years and is to be sold off…

    Minehunting is decidedly unsexy and most naval people avoid it. Not nearly as interesting as letting off million-dollar missiles or obliterating targets with guns. (Or of course, getting promoted through SJW causes such as painting a fingernail pink.)

    In the 1990s there was a push in Navy to get it going in a better way. From memory there was a female captain/colonel-equivalent who toured Oz with some acolytes in tow, telling all and sundry about the new way ahead.

    New intelligent mines are pretty dangerous devices. They can sit on the seabed listening for the right propeller beat and then target an individual ship. Interestingly, Japan’s Sixth Submarine Squadron targeted Oz in 1942, and let loose around 120. Not one sank anything, due largely to the very strong tides of the Top End.

    Be an interesting future scenario in a true hostile situation.

  179. John Constantine

    As the capital cycle reaches the tightening stage, mergers and scrip takeovers become more attractive.

    With a scrip takeover, the buyer can print their own currency for the deal, while the merged enterprise can save significant real cash outgoings.

    LKO and RAW make perfect sense, there are a few smaller companies that the regulator is now red hot on making sure that they have required cash reserves to carry on trading.
    Expect more activity before the sector shuts down for the ‘Melbourne cup day until Australia day long weekend’.

  180. .

    WTF does Cricket have to do with abortions?

    Jayant Patel was retrained as a postgraduate in the US, where their doctors are considered the best in the world.

    Just sayin’

  181. JC

    Jayant Patel was retrained as a postgraduate in the US, where their doctors are considered the best in the world.

    Their docs are the best. No question.

  182. .

    If Q is saying stuff about Illuminati bloodlines, he is an unqualified loon or a disinfo agent or simply the DNC trolling the lunar right.

    So what if he is also JFK Jr?

    Has he written his abdication note yet?

    “I am unfit to rule from Camelot, as I was spawned from Princess Anne and a space lizard…”

  183. .

    That JRM video sure starts out strong!

  184. Myrddin Seren

    Williamson is 39 years-old but still hasn’t worked out how to avoid an unwanted pregnancy.
    In The Guardian.

    I will go out on a limb and suggest she got deliberately knocked up so she could have a Protest Abortion.

    ( Decades ago at what is now UTS – one of the lezzo radicals that colonised the Communications faculty had a baby so they had a tangible means of protest about child care facilities. The disinterest in the well-being of the child once arrived was epic ).

    Further out on a limb. In two years time Zer Williamson will be demanding free IVF treatment for aging, barren single wymmenzes.

  185. Top Ender

    Labor leader Bill Shorten has refused to guarantee that Labor will make public the findings of the investigation into bullying and misuse of staff allegations against NSW MP Emma Husar.

    Ms Husar is facing an internal NSW Labor inquiry, run by barrister Jack Whelan, involving statements from 20 people formerly in her employ, including complaints that staff were forced to pick up dog excrement, perform household chores, that she gave her nanny a job in her office and has a staffer, Vanessa Song, living with her performing domestic duties.

    There are also claims she ­referred to staffers as “c … s” and “f. kwits”.

    Mr Shorten maintains he first learnt of the allegations less than a fortnight ago, despite the investigation having begun in March.

    Asked whether the report would be made public, Mr Shorten said he did not know what was in it.

    “It hasn’t been concluded. I don’t know if any of the complainants or any of the concerns that have been raised have done so on the basis of confidentiality,” he told ABC radio.

    “I’m going to wait until I see the report.”

    Asked whether Labor had an obligation to make the report public, given Ms Husar is a Labor MP who is paid by the taxpayer, Mr Shorten reiterated that he did not know what would be in the report.

    “I don’t know if some of the basis of the report’s been confidential. There’ll be protocols in place. What we need to do is respect the interests of all the people involved,” he said.

    The allegations against Ms Husar include a claim that she used parliamentary entitlements to buy household groceries including toilet paper.

    She has also been accused of using the taxpayer-funded Comcar service to travel to meet her divorce lawyer and was allegedly questioned by staff over using parliamentary entitlements to fly to Melbourne to attend an Emily’s List function.

    The former disability and domestic violence campaigner holds the marginal Western Sydney seat of Lindsay by just 1.1 per cent, having secured a 4.1 per cent swing to win the seat from Liberal Fiona Scott in 2016.

    Link, but once again The Australian is not allowing comments. Methinks Husar is running an active campaign of threats behind the scenes, with a diligent solicitor or two firing off emails to any media organisation that might allow defamation of her.

  186. .

    There are also claims she ­referred to staffers as “c … s” and “f. kwits”.

    They probably are though. She used to be one of them.

  187. Myrddin Seren

    Minehunting is decidedly unsexy and most naval people avoid it.

    New intelligent mines are pretty dangerous devices.

    Be an interesting future scenario in a true hostile situation.

    Drone minesweepers.

    Tootle up and down doing the boring stuff and not exposing actual humans to the smart munitions or lurking subs, over-the-horizon naval vessels, bombers or stealth drones waiting for a slow-moving juicy target in grey to come steaming by.

    HMAS Tesla – your time is now.

  188. .

    We’re a while off genuine AI but there is progress.

  189. thefrolickingmole

    This might be the vilest, worst thing you will see today.

    Manchester Arena bomber was rescued from Libya by Royal Navy
    Salman Abedi, who killed 22 people in a suicide attack last year, was saved from civil war in 2014

    The Manchester Arena suicide bomber was rescued by the Royal Navy from the civil war in Libya three years before he killed 22 people at a pop concert, it has emerged.

    Salman Abedi was 19 when he boarded the HMS Enterprise in Tripoli in August 2014 with his younger brother Hashem and more than 100 other British citizens.

    It is understood Abedi’s name was on a list of stranded citizens handed to the crew in charge of the evacuation. The vessel took them to Malta where they caught a flight back to the UK.

    In May last year, he killed 22 people, including seven children, at an Ariana Grande concert with a homemade suicide vest.

    A government spokesman said: “During the deteriorating security situation in Libya in 2014, Border Force officials were deployed to assist with the evacuation of British nationals and their dependants.”

    Abedi was being monitored by security services when he travelled to Libya, but his case was closed a month before his rescue.

    The Anderson review into the Manchester attack found that the decision to close Abedi’s case as a “subject of interest” was sound, based on the information available to security services at the time.

    A government source told the Daily Mail: “For this man to commit such an atrocity on UK soil after we rescued him from Libya was an act of utter betrayal.”

    Hashem Abedi is held in prison in Libya by a militia group, but the British government has requested his extradition to face trial for his involvement in the attack.

    The request has so far been refused.

  190. old bloke

    Steve trickler
    #2776591, posted on July 30, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    G’day, i don’t watch TV.

    I’ll take a look.

    I was amazed at the skills the SOE pilots had. Imagine flying unarmed in darkness into enemy occupied territory to land on an unseen paddock. No GPS, no ground control directions, just using a map and compass to find the paddock.

    Truly amazing stuff.

  191. old bloke

    Great speech, truly inspiring, by Nikki Haley, I hope she runs for POTUS when Trump stands down in 2024.

  192. Geriatric Mayfly

    Submarine construction site on track in SA
    Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said the application to the Port Adelaide Enfield Council is an important step and keeps the government on schedule to turn the first sod at the Osborne North site later this year.

    This utter recklessness moves forward another millimetre. Would that such grandiosity just quietly die in a ditch.

  193. OldOzzie

    It’s cash for ethics as GetUp! gets down and very dirty – Nick Cater Columnist

    Environmentalism has never been a beauty contest. Who can forget those unkempt figures in the 1980s prostrating themselves before bulldozers to save a reptile of equally ghastly appearance?

    The ugliness of today’s campaigners, however, is more than skin-deep. In their high-minded defence of clean energy, they are not afraid to get down and dirty.

    Take the $2.4 million in kickbacks GetUp! cheerfully admits receiving from a subsidiary of Meridian, New Zealand’s largest energy producer, majority owned by the New Zealand government.

    Could that financial inducement be driving GetUp!’s rabid campaign against Josh Frydenberg’s energy plan, which will put an end to the subsidies Meridian has been milking for years?

    Meridian owns two wind farms, at Mount Millar in South Australia and Mount Mercer in Victoria. They receive subsidies in the form of large-scale generation certificates, something akin to a Woolworths rewards card except that they can be sold for serious money. It sells LGCs when the price is high to coal generators, jacking up their costs and so hastening their demise. And your granny gets to pay for it through her electricity bill.

    Meridian, this paragon of green corporate virtue, trousered $65 million from selling LGCs in the past two financial years which, after deducting expenses, netted it $49m in straight profit, a windfall for New Zealand taxpayers who own 51 per cent of the company.

    The smug people from GetUp!, who say they support economic fairness, seem to think this socially unjust arrangement is fair and are campaigning to keep the scam going. GetUp! is fighting a rearguard action to defend the renewable energy targets that Fryd­enberg pledges to abolish when the present round ends in 2020.

    Slick TV ads, funded by GetUp! and Greenpeace, have been screening in Labor states and territories in the hope of persuading them to block Frydenberg’s proposal and his national energy guarantee, which will low­er the profits of speculators who trade LGCs and force the likes of Meridian to provide power 24 hours a day, not just when it feels like it.

    If Labor gets in, it will be game over for common sense. Bill Shorten has pledged a target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2050, which would turbocharge the market in certificates to the benefit of Kiwi carpetbaggers and others who make a mint out of these pernicious financial instruments.

    GetUp!, meanwhile, is urging its supporters to stop buying electricity from the “Dirty Three” — AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin — and take their business to Powershop, “the only energy company actively campaigning to save the RET”, and by extension the subsidies. Powershop is an offshoot of Meridian. It boasts of being Australia’s only carbon-neutral energy provider, a claim invalidated by the small print that notes Powershop “cannot guarantee that the electricity every customer receives is renewably sourced”.

    The cracks in its green facade are papered over with UN certificates pegged to “renewable energy projects in developing countries”. It may not be the most trustworthy eco currency but it allows Powershop’s customers to buy the same electrons from the grid sold by their old retailer without having to ask where they came from.

    “Switch in 5 minutes!” GetUp! urges. “Feel good that you’ve changed your energy provider to one that cares about the environment!” Feel good too, one presumes, about Powershop’s back­hander to GetUp! for every cus­tomer who comes across. It’s about $120 a customer, if GetUp!’s figures can be trusted. Should this glaring conflict of interest be declared by GetUp! in its TV campaign in favour of renewable energy subsidies? Why, of course.

    A little honesty from these hired advocates wouldn’t go amiss, as it wouldn’t from Greenpeace, which leases its brand to Powerhouse for an undisclosed sum, and shares the cost of a pro-subsidy TV campaign. It’s a marriage of convenience; Greenpeace has tax-deductible charity status while GetUp! does not. Should any reader of The Australian be inclined to contribute, here’s a little tax advice: give your donation to Greenpeace and get half of it back.

    GetUp!’s foray into the cash-for-ethics market doesn’t stop with demonising the Dirty Three. GetUp!’s Brighter Banks campaign invites us to register our disdain for the big four and the $70 billion they supposedly have lent to “climate-destroying fossil fuel projects”. One click on GetUp!’s website links supporters to Bank Australia, which claims to “share their values” and will do so by flicking $50 to GetUp! if they move their account across.

    Bank Australia has much to lose if Frydenberg’s proposal gets through, having entered into a 10-year agreement to buy power and LGCs from Pacific Hydro’s Crowlands wind farm. Futures contracts for LGCs for 2020 and beyond were selling for less than $25 a megawatt hour last week, a fraction of the price they commanded when the RET was in full swing. If GetUp! succeeds in retaining the RET with its campaign of disinformation and backing for Labor, Bank Australia, along with Meridian, will be in clover.

    Self-interest and crude hyperbole are the ties that bind the coalition of rent-seekers, working to destabilise the government’s energy market reforms.

    Former national director of GetUp! Simon Sheikh now runs Future Super with $240m under management, invested in environmentally friendly causes “to produce a world worth retiring in”. No prizes for guessing where they stand on the RET.

    GetUp!’s pro-Labor presence at last weekend’s by-elections, when it paid people to don cheap orange T-shirts, stand outside polling booths and take potshots against the government, removes any doubt that GetUp! qualifies as an associated entity under the Australian Electoral Commission rules. It might not stop GetUp!’s insidious campaigns but it would force it to reveal the identity of its paymasters. The activists who complain so long and hard about the vested interests of others seem strangely reluctant to have the spotlight cast on themselves.

    Nick Cater is executive director of the Menzies Research Centre.

  194. C.L.

    QUEENSLAND’S Health Minister has bowed to pressure and will allow the public to have their say on a new name for the Lady Cilento children’s hospital.

    Don’t believe anything you read about this. Supposedly on the basis of a contrived poll showing most bogans believe the Lady Cilento hospital is private (= bad), the decision was made to erase Lady Cilento’s name. The fact that she was a “Lady” is one reason the leftist lunatics running the Queensland government hate the name. Another is that the brilliant tropical medicine practitioner Sir Raphael Cilento – her husband – was a well-known conservative political controversialist who adhered to some of the more old-fashioned views of white and black men in the tropics. He is therefore considered a “racist.”

    The claim that the name change is driven by confusion about public vs. private is total bullshit.

    Now the minister is pretending to “bow” to “public pressure” by allowing the public to re-name the hospital. That means it will be named after somebody who is ideologically acceptable to the ALP.

    This is how leftists roll, this is what they do. The response is to never quit frustrating their cons. The LNP should re-name the hospital when it returns to government.

  195. jupes

    Fuck Bolta gets confused at times. How can he take the side of the abortion woman over Cricket Australia?

    Her job title was Manager of Government Relations. Essentially her job was to swindle taxpayer funds from government in order to virtue signal for CA. Her two successes were to extort a lazy $10 mil for female sport in Tassie and to host a Women’s Big Bash game in Burnie.

    So the stupid bint insults the very people she was hired to suck up to and Bolta is surprised she is sacked?

  196. jupes

    That Johannes Leak cartoon was superb.

    I initially read it as Chief Pedo Officers and wondered how they had let that slip through.

  197. Mindfree

    Leaving Novia Scotia and heading to Newfoundland tomorrow
    I have to say that eastern maritimes canada is far more liberal in a good way than in aus as for example no booze buses no speed cameras no cockhead asking if you have had penis problems if you need some panadeine or the equivalent

    Good food cheap grog and top scenery
    French is main language but in cape breton scottish gaelic is significant to the extent where on town sign posts the gaelic translation accompanies the anglo name

    A different world one that even my Vancouver born wife was astonished to find
    Now for Newfoundland

  198. Leigh Lowe

    Jayant Patel was retrained as a postgraduate in the US, where their doctors are considered the best in the world.

    Their docs are the best. No question.

    And Patel is not among the best.
    I wouldn’t let the fucker make sausages at Woollies.
    The worst thing is that the victims of his butchery were mostly poor and he had to kill a few before anyone gave a shit.

  199. Leigh Lowe

    jupes

    #2776984, posted on July 31, 2018 at 11:11 am

    That Johannes Leak cartoon was superb.

    I initially read it as Chief Pedo Officers and wondered how they had let that slip through.

    “Chief Pedi Officers” and “Naval Gazers”.
    Gold!

  200. zyconoclast

    Sorry to be the bringer of disgust so early in the day, but it’s a duty to expose the filthy savages among us.

    INDIA: Pregnant goat dies after being [email protected] to death by eight men with Muslim names

    Pregnant? Do they know which one of the 8 was the father?

  201. Mindfree

    Apologies the cities visited were Halifax ,Charlottetown, Saint John, Moncton and Sydney (not aus) all had their ups and downs, dickhead drivers but friendly people overall

  202. Leigh Lowe

    So the stupid bint insults the very people she was hired to suck up to and Bolta is surprised she is sacked?

    I’ll bet her job spec has a very clear statement along the lines of “develop and maintain harmonious relationships with key government officials to advance the interests and objectives of CA”.
    But, of course, despite her sacking being entirely justified on those grounds, she will score an FWA payout because wymminses.

  203. cohenite

    Re: the fucking NEG; great overview in Quadrant:

    The starting point has to be 2005, when total emissions were 597MtCO2e. The current projection for 2030 is for total emissions of 570 MtCO2e. Therefore, to achieve a reduction of 26% of 2005 levels we will have to cut 155MtCO2e from this figure of 570.

  204. stackja

    Catholic sector poised to win schools funding fight as Coalition reels from disaster Super Saturday
    Claire Bickers, News Corp Australia Network
    37 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    CATHOLIC school leaders are poised to win a major funding fight as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull seeks to end a damaging feud with the sector before the next election.

    In the wake of the Coalition’s disastrous Super Saturday by-election result, The Australian reports Mr Turnbull has personally intervened to end the damaging fight with the Catholic sector over funding.

    One Liberal backbencher has publicly welcomed the intervention, saying: “We’ve allowed this sore to fester for far too long”.

    It comes after Catholic schools wrote to parents in Longman on the eve of the by-election warning them the government’s new school funding model would amount to a $40 million cut to Brisbane Catholic schools, while noting Labor had agreed to boost funding.

  205. stackja

    The last minute intervention — and the wider ongoing feud over funding — likely played a part in the LNP’s drubbing in Longman on Saturday where it’s primary vote plunged 9.42 per cent.

    Today, The Australian reports a deal to restore a funding shortfall of $1.7 billion for Catholic schools over the next decade is expected to be reached within weeks.

    Mr Turnbull reportedly wrote to the archbishops of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on Friday to agree to a second meeting to resolve the funding issue which has dragged on for months.

    He also reportedly confirmed the Prime Minister’s Office would be engaging directly with the sector on the issue.

    It comes after a breakdown in relations between the sector and Education Minister Simon Birmingham.

    A government minister told The Australian that the Queensland Catholic school sector’s ­intervention in the Longman by-election should be an “alarm bell” for the government.

    “This issue has to be resolved, and resolved quickly. It’s been dragging on now for a year,” the minister said.

    Liberal backbencher Tony Pasin echoed the sentiment publicly and welcomed the Prime Minister’s intervention today, saying: “Clearly the relationship between Minister Birmingham and the Catholic education sector has become toxic.”

  206. C.L.

    Of course they do:

    Guardians of the Galaxy stars want director who joked about rape reinstated.

    The main cast members of Guardians of the Galaxy have issued an open letter in support of ousted director James Gunn, who was fired earlier this month after jokes he made on Twitter years ago were uncovered.

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and six other cast members said they were not defending Gunn’s jokes about rape and paed0ph1l1a, but wished to speak about his upstanding character on set and denounce what they see as a politically motivated “character assassination”.

    […]

    “We fully support James Gunn,” the letter, which is also signed by cast members Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff and Michael Rooker, says.

    The actors blame Trump:

    “James is likely not the last good person to be put on trial.

    “Given the growing political divide in this country, it’s safe to say instances like this will continue, although we hope Americans from across the political spectrum can ease up on the character assassinations and stop weaponising mob mentality.”

    Ahahahahaha.

  207. C.L.

    It comes after Catholic schools wrote to parents in Longman on the eve of the by-election warning them the government’s new school funding model would amount to a $40 million cut to Brisbane Catholic schools, while noting Labor had agreed to boost funding.

    Yeah, that’s what being a follower of Christ is all about.
    Panhandling for state monies.

  208. JC

    FB Facebook, Inc. 171.06 -3.83 -2.19%
    TWTR Twitter, Inc. 31.38 -2.74 -8.03%

    @jack LOL

    This is the person Doresy put in charge to maintain tolerant discourse at Twitter.

  209. Myrddin Seren

    A government minister told The Australian that the Queensland Catholic school sector’s ­intervention in the Longman by-election should be an “alarm bell” for the government.

    If anyone in this goat rodeo of a government was either slightly sentient, not utterly captured by their Department or could drag themselves away from the buffet in the Members’ Dining Room – they would have worked out there was a rock rolling down the hill at them labelled ‘Catholic Schools Sector’ long ago.

    To get to this point and then wake up and say – ‘Hey – is that an alarm bell ?!’ is a sick joke.

  210. JC

    Where’s fatboy? Late last week he was suggesting the Twitter behavior would have no real impact on the stock price. Since then it’s down 30%!

    Monster, are you around?

  211. Confused Old Misfit

    no booze buses no speed cameras no cockhead asking if you have had penis problems if you need some panadeine or the equivalent

    You just were lucky or the RCMP has run out of money in the CRM.
    I spent the first 20 years of y life in Halifax. I was back there two years ago. Glad you enjoyed your visit. I didn’t.

  212. JC

    Dumps wife no.1 soon after a beast cancer diagnosis. Marries much younger woman in very expensive Tuscany party. Watches the stock price collapse… literally collapse and now morphs into the savior CEO.

    Ladies and Gents, Give Andy Penn a standing ovation.

  213. zyconoclast

    From 2016
    Japan quietly accepting foreign workers — just don’t call it immigration

    Send us your construction workers, your care givers, your store clerks — but for a limited time only.

    That’s the message from Japan, where the number of foreign workers, though still relatively small, has nearly doubled over the past eight years, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party is considering policies to speed up arrivals.

    Just don’t call it immigration. Japan will allow more unskilled workers to enter temporarily, as companies struggle to fill positions in a country with the lowest unemployment rate among the Group of Seven nations. Abe has made it clear that opening the nation to permanent immigration by unskilled labor isn’t an option, reflecting a historic fear among the Japanese that foreign nationals would cause social unrest and erode national identity.

    “In Japan, the word ‘immigrant’ is not used in policymaking,” former economy minister Heizo Takenaka said in an interview. “The prime minister often says it’s not immigration, it’s guest workers.”

    Masahiko Shibayama, a lawmaker and adviser to Abe, is among those testing the boundaries as policymakers seek to meet the needs of a country with a shrinking population. He has called for a guest-worker program that would give five-year visas for sectors suffering labor shortages. Yet he noted that even the recent tourism boom has raised questions among Japanese about how many foreign residents should be here.

    “For ordinary people, they see the rapid increase in foreign tourists and they see more foreigners downtown, so it’s not strange that some think, ‘Is it good that it’s increasing this much?’ ” Shibayama said in an interview. “I think it’s important to establish a culture that accepts foreign workers. However, in the case of Japan, it’ll be totally different from the large number of refugees that went to Europe, so I don’t think public opinion will be split on the issue.”

    The cross-border flow of workers has animated politics across the world, including the U.S. presidential election campaign and the U.K. vote to leave the European Union. In Japan, immigration is widely touted as one of the few obvious solutions to its demographic and economic challenges. Economists point to it as a source of growth as well as labor. The government projects Japan’s population of 127 million will shrink by 19 million people by 2040.

    BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said in a speech last month in Tokyo that more foreign labor is essential for Japan to achieve sustainable long-term growth.

    Japan needs the help now. A 2015 Manpower Survey found that 83 percent of Japanese hiring managers had difficulty filling jobs, compared with a global average of 38 percent.

    The government has taken a more welcoming approach to highly skilled foreign workers who are the objects of a global war for talent. Abe this year vowed to provide them with the world’s fastest path to permanent residency. Currently, a person generally becomes eligible for permanent residency after living in Japan for 10 consecutive years.

    On the other hand, though it depends on unskilled foreign workers in some sectors, Japan has no visa categories under which they can enter the country to work, never mind become permanent residents or citizens. It instead uses back doors such as a “training” program, ostensibly aimed at training people from developing nations with skills they can use at home, but in practice a guest-worker system that the U.S. State Department has criticized as prone to abuse, including “conditions of forced labor.”

    Still, the number of foreign workers in Japan has jumped from about 486,000 in 2008 to nearly 908,000 in 2015. About 190,000 work under the training program.

    Lawmakers in Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party are supporting a bill that will expand the training program to include workers in elder care as well as manufacturing and agriculture. An LDP proposal would allow participants to stay up to five years, compared with three years currently.

    Japan will also be in need of construction workers as it races to build and renovate facilities for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

    To be sure, immigration is no panacea for Japan. Barry Bosworth, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, said it would raise growth but cautioned that it was no substitute for the structural reforms needed to overcome the country’s economic stagnation.

    The influx of workers is already being seen on some streets in Tokyo. In the Ikebukuro district, an emerging Chinatown, the Chinese language is heard frequently and shops advertise favorites such Shanghai’s specialty, fried dumplings.

    Su Fan, a 27-year-old employee at an auto-sector company, said he moved from China’s Henan province about eight years ago to study. Then he was recruited by a Japanese company. “I never had any worries about a visa. The language was the hardest thing for me,” he said.

    The Japanese government may see them as a temporary solution, but not all foreign workers will want to leave when their time is up.

    Lin Zhi Peng and Zhang Shuang Feng, both 25, just moved to Tokyo from Nanjing, China. They both plan to start working as staff at a mobile phone store soon.

    “It’s wonderful here,” said Feng, in Ikebukuro. “We love the food, the clean environment, the people. Everything.”

    Asked how long they plan to stay in Japan, Feng quickly answered, “Forever.”

    Peng nodded. “Probably forever,” he said.

  214. Mother Lode

    compounding the difficulty of what can already be a very traumatic episode.

    Hmm…catching a flight, or having a pair of scissors rammed through your skull and brain and then be dismembered and sucked out by vacuum?

  215. Mother Lode

    It is not that Fairfaxistas believe in abortion, it is that they have absolutely no grasp of their being another view.

  216. It comes after Catholic schools wrote to parents

    Did they write any letters to parents the week before the same-sex ‘marriage’ plebiscite reminding them of the Church’s teaching on marriage?

  217. stackja

    C.L.
    #2776996, posted on July 31, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Birmingham was for ‘Safe Schools’. Until the followers of Christ intervened.

  218. stackja

    Aussie men forced to do more at home as money squeeze hits
    SOPHIE ELSWORTH, Personal finance writer, News Corp Australia Network
    July 31, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    MORE Australians are renting and many people are under increasing financial strain driven by soaring childcare and utility costs.

    Despite this, reliance on welfare has fallen and women are becoming more educated, however they remain well behind men in the financial literacy stakes.

    Men are also lifting their game around the home and doing more housework as women juggle busy jobs and running the family home.

    The Housing, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) report, released today, first began delving into the lives of more than 17,000 Australians in 2001 and has continued to monitor this segment of the population since then.

  219. stackja

    Mum arrested after burning, locking kids away in Carlingford
    Updated 23 mins ago
    EDITOR ON DUTY: Angelo Risso
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    A Carlingford woman who allegedly punished her two daughters by burning them with a hot knife and locking them in the garage has been charged.

    Police charged the 38-year-old woman on Saturday with child neglect and assault.

    Her two daughters, aged nine and 11, were taken into care by the Family and Community Services Department.

    The mother would allegedly heat up a butter knife and place it on the girls’ skin as a form of punishment and lock her children in the garage for “lengthy periods”.

    The woman is facing three counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two counts of neglect children in care.

  220. stackja

    Grim discovery after mum and daughter found dead
    NICK HANSEN AND MARNIE COHEN, The Daily Telegraph
    30 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    THE mother and sister of a man who died after a tonsil operation have been found dead in their car along with the family dog.

    The bodies of Ashley Pouladian, a university student in her 20s, and her mother as well as their German shepherd were found inside the car in the driveway of their Greenacre home at 2pm yesterday.

    A simple note was left on their front door for their neighbours to alert the authorities.

  221. Top Ender

    Mindfree…Leaving Novia Scotia and heading to Newfoundland tomorrow

    Keep up the good work. Thousands of Aussie retirees need good assessment of where to move to, to ensure a) meddling governments are at a minimum, and b) their savings go the furthest.

    Not being blown up by lunatics is of course a plus.

  222. stackja

    Tunnel project delays Balmain Tigers homecoming
    Kate Bastians, Inner West Courier Inner City
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    THE Balmain Tigers’ return to their spiritual home will have to wait another decade after the State Government confirmed its leagues club land in Rozelle will become a major construction site for the Western Harbour Tunnel.

    Heworth Developments had hoped to start work on transforming the vandalised ruin into 173 apartments, shops and a new club for the Tigers next year, pending council approval of its development application.
    A concept image showing what the redeveloped Leagues Club would look like. Image: Grant Leslie Photography

    But Heworth’s managing director Brian Hood said Roads and Maritime Services had “indicated they would need the site for eight years”, pushing the Tigers’ homecoming back to about 2028.

    “I think the detrimental impact of using this site for the primary tunnelling site south of Sydney Harbour on the local community has been ill considered,” Mr Hood said.

    “The Government must have a plan B.

    “Heworth at this stage has no plans to pull the plug on the development as there have been many instances of the Government proposing to compulsory acquire a site and end up not proceeding.”

    Such was the case when the club originally closed its doors in 2010 to make way for the CBD Metro to Rozelle, which was later scrapped, leaving the site to fall into disrepair.
    The Western Harbour Tunnel (blue line) will connect the Rozelle interchange to the Warringah Freeway under the harbour between Birchgrove and Waverton.

    Rozelle Residents Action Group spokesman David Anderson said the Environmental Impact Statement for CBD Metro had shown the site’s use would be a “logistical nightmare” due to the thousands of tonnes of tunnel spoil that would need be removed via Victoria Rd.

    “It showed it wouldn’t be possible to have massive trucks hitting peak afternoon traffic so they were going to have to run over the weekend and at night and it will be the same with this project,” Mr Anderson said.

    “The intersection at Darling St is already rated problematic and what they’re proposing is thousands of trucks coming in and out of a massive mineshaft smack bang in the middle of a densely populated suburb right opposite a rapidly growing school.
    State Manager of Urban Jeff Curnow with design principal from Scott Carver, Peter St Clair inside the foyer of the Balmain Leagues Club earlier in the year. It has been left derelict since 2009. Picture: John Appleyard

    “Local communities are treated as collateral damage.”

    He said the community was very concerned about dust, noise and vibration that will be generated from the works.

    Last Thursday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian released a “detailed design”, previously labelled “cabinet sensitive” for the tunnel, which will connect the Rozelle interchange to the Warringah Freeway under the harbour between Birchgrove and Waverton. The designs state the Rozelle site allows “direct access for spoil transport onto Victoria Rd, keeping trucks off local streets”.

    An “acoustic shed” will contain noise and dust while existing dilapidated buildings will be removed.

  223. mh

    Oh come on
    #2776932, posted on July 31, 2018 at 9:30 am
    They aren’t even insults, really. Rees-Mogg is too decent to insult. They’re more witty ripostes or considered, well-articulated and truthful observations.

    I still think Rees-Mogg has a lot to learn:

  224. .

    Obviously, you should not burn your kids with a hot piece of metal, but what is wrong with confining children as a punishment?

    Let’s say the kids did something really dumb like tried to burn a building down? Maybe you let it slide?

  225. H B Bear

    To get to this point and then wake up and say – ‘Hey – is that an alarm bell ?!’ is a sick joke.

    Considering how many Lieborals are “professional” politicians (aka party hacks, ministerial advisers, electorate officers …) they aren’t very good at this stuff are they? Liars hacks are much better – they grew up stacking branches, committing union voting fraud and know it is all about one thing, the numbers.

  226. JC

    Personal grooming post.

    I own socks that lasted well over a decade and still have them. Over the past 1 1/2 years a bought quite a few pairs – all decent well known brands. 80% have got holes in them from wear. I bet they’re Chinese made too!

  227. Diesal

    I have a pair of explorers from 1989 not in regular use now, but they had 6 years of boarding school washes and then many years of industrial laundering offshore. Vastly better than modern socks.

  228. Confused Old Misfit

    Top Ender
    #2777012, posted on July 31, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Nova Scotia or Newfoundland would NOT be destinations of choice! You need to experience a WINTER there before declaring them paradise! Trust me, I know from bitter frostbitten experience. Very pretty in the summer/autumn but hell for the other seven months.

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