Open Forum: August 18, 2018

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  1. H B Bear

    Fraudenberg has allowed himself to be torched by Lord Waffleworth. He isn’t alone.

    A lot of dignity in resigning and going to the backbench.

  2. Roger

    Josh Frydenberg is the one I cannot understand, he is loyal…

    To a fault.

    And hitched his wagon to the wrong horse – ambition got the better of prudence.

    As you say, now he’s lying for Maladroit. He’ll never be PM.

  3. Ellen of Tasmania

    And hitched his wagon to the wrong horse – ambition got the better of prudence

    Seems a common fault amongst the LINOs.

  4. Geriatric Mayfly

    97% of scientists give CO2 a good bashing when in fact it is essential to all life on the planet. This morning I notice that the diminutive termite is being slandered most grievously. In many ecosystems this invertebrate is an indispensable component in the food chain and does good works cleaning up waste vegetation and aerating soil structures. From the legion of debilitating parasites in existence there must be one that better describes Turnbull and his hench persons.

  5. Mother Lode

    And hitched his wagon to the wrong horse – ambition got the better of prudence.

    He thought he could advance his career further by falling in with the lawyer-savant retard known as Mick Trumble. While that was not why he was elected (he was elected to benefit his electorate and Australia) he decided his advantage was more important.

    I find it impossible to feel sympathy for such a selfish creature.

    If he wants to evoke any sympathy he should spend the rest of his days tied spread-eagle and naked on a mesh fence connected to a wind-farm turbine. He should have concentric red and white circles painted on him centred on his pudenda, and a large bin containing spiked cricket balls beside him, and children encouraged bused in regularly to see if they can get a bulls eye.

    Then I would be able to feel sorry for the kids who miss.

  6. Baldrick

    Don’t forget there are about 90 odd Coalition MP’s who didn’t threaten to cross the floor on Turnbull’s NEG.

    But apparently the Stupid.Fucking.LNP.Coalition can be saved.

    Go figure.

  7. calli

    They have lost their base. Seems it did matter after all.

  8. struth

    Can a kindly Cat please refresh my memory? Didn’t the Abbott government have a hostile Senate?

    Can somebody kindly refresh my memory.
    Didn’t Trump have all his party and the whole world against him?

    I don’t mean this rudely, but you’ll note those excusing poor leadership are women who don’t understand what pure male leadership strength and determination can achieve.
    Poor leadership is not excused away that easily amongst men.
    There is no excuse.

  9. Elle

    I didn’t see Pyne, calli, but I heard him on radio this morning saying Abbott is stirring up trouble. Pyne then said Turbull has the whole cabinet behind him. Um. No he doesn’t.

  10. Gab

    Abbot had no hope on the 18c issue given not only a hostile Senate but also a hostile party room of front benchers.

  11. Helen

    The Black Hand Gang nust be starting to feel the chill wind round their necks.

    This moring I read about 25 would vote for Dutton, 12 reserve their right to cross the floor. The numbers are growing as they wake up to the nughtmare they are in and how trecherous Maocolm is.

    The Stick Insect and Scomo + were on the phones last night, trying to kill off or isolate the opposition.

    Doesnt look like it is working.

  12. H B Bear

    Lord Waffleworth knows how to deal with a hostile Senate. You put up legislation that passes with the support of the Greens.

  13. Helen

    Yep, if Abbott goes again he will have to use Trump’s example in bypassing the media.

  14. Ellen of Tasmania

    They have lost their base. Seems it did matter after all.

    Not enough. Way too many still supporting the Libs. What % of our population are truly small government, conservatives? If the base were truly so, Cory should be romping it in.

  15. calli

    I don’t mean this rudely, but you’ll note those excusing poor leadership are women who don’t understand what pure male leadership strength and determination can achieve.
    Poor leadership is not excused away that easily amongst men.

    Where in my comment was I excusing anything?

    And which men?

    Political landscapes come and go, moments to be seized and others to be left waiting for a better opportunity. Abbott chose poorly. He should have put the whole shebang before the Senate and watch them vote it down, all of the snakey names recorded for posterity.

  16. Leigh Lowe

    Could have been two approaches, LL.

    In which case Richo would have written “I was approached on two separate occasions in the 1990’s”.
    I have no doubt Trumble was pimping himself around, but I think Richo is again putting himself at the centre of things and playing up his role.

  17. mh

    Trump needs to dump Rudy Giuliani.

    C’mon Don, I want to hear those magic words: You’re fired!

  18. Snoopy

    Yep, if Abbott goes again he will have to use Trump’s example in bypassing the media.

    Abbott’s interview with Leigh Sales last week was pretty much vintage Abbott. Sad to witness.

  19. Leigh Lowe

    “calli
    #2793808, posted on August 20, 2018 at 8:27 am
    Sorry. Shoulda refreshed.

    I suspect Richo embellishes the “safe” stories, yet remains strangely silent on the most interesting, incendiary ones.”

    Incendiary!
    Bwahahahahaha.

  20. Geriatric Mayfly

    Retail giant Woolworths has delivered a 12.5 per cent jump in full-year net profit, driven by renewed demand for its extensive food offerings,

    How so? When there must be truckloads of stuff walking out the door at those self-serve checkouts.

  21. mh

    Things have changed since I was last on this site:

    http://www.australiandebtclock.com.au

  22. Helen

    The 80-year-old has a 500sqm workshop (“a giant man cave”) at his Mornington Peninsula home where he’s restoring five aeroplanes, two Ford Model As and a vintage Studebaker. Advancing age recently forced him to give up competitive speedcar racing and riding his Harley, but he’s still got aerobatics.

    You have a long way to go to catch up, Arky.

  23. Boambee John

    Elle at 0909

    Pyne then said Turbull has the whole cabinet behind him

    Yeah, right behind him. Some a million miles behind him, others closer with knives in hands.

  24. H B Bear

    Pyne then said Turbull has the whole cabinet behind him

    Chrissy Pyne can only dream of having the Cabinet right behind him.

  25. H B Bear

    Late winter can be a very uncomfortable time for bedwetters.

  26. Elle

    Chrissy Pyne can only dream of having the Cabinet right behind him.

    Yes, late night (drunken) tweets “liking” gay porn was revealing. Oh no, hang on – his account was hacked – I forgot.

  27. Geriatric Mayfly

    Late winter can be a very uncomfortable time for bedwetters.

    Didn’t Pickering make it less so in a recent cartoon? There’s the Stick Insect handing out Depends to the incontinent assembled.

  28. BorisG

    Trump needs to dump Rudy Giuliani.

    I always respected Giuliani and hoped he would help steer the trump communications ship on a steady course. But from day one he looked like an embarrassment rather than help with trump and Melania having to correct him. From then on he loooed liked living on bororowed time.

  29. Cassie of Sydney

    “Snoopy
    #2793858, posted on August 20, 2018 at 9:24 am
    Yep, if Abbott goes again he will have to use Trump’s example in bypassing the media.

    Abbott’s interview with Leigh Sales last week was pretty much vintage Abbott. Sad to witness.”

    Didn’t see it as I don’t watch “their” ABC anymore however if Abbott was being vintage Abbott then he can just fuck off too. I am so tired of people on the right being spineless.

  30. Baldrick

    The prime minister has our full support …

    Bevan Shields ✔ @BevanShields
    Malcolm Turnbull, Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg press conference at 10am

  31. stackja

    Commonwealth Bank online and Visa transactions down
    Caroline Schelle, Herald Sun
    13 minutes ago

    CUSTOMERS with Commonwealth Bank haven’t been able to use their cards or transfer money because of issues with NetBank and the CommBank app.

    The bank issued a statement on social media after being inundated with people unable to use their accounts.

    “We’re aware of an issue affecting some Visa card transactions and some payments in NetBank and CommBank app,” the statement on Twitter said

  32. Senile Old Guy

    Turnbull is gone; it is only a matter of time.

    Mr Turnbull’s case will not be helped by a horror Fairfax/Ipsos poll released overnight, which showed support for the government plunging. In its worst result since early last year and it would result in the government losing more than 20 seats at a general election. According to the poll, the Coalition’s primary vote has dropped from 39 to 33 in just one month, and Labor now leads 55-45 on the two-party preferred measure. Mr Turnbull’s support as preferred prime minister dived from 57 to 48, with Bill Shorten’s rating improving by six points to 36 per cent.

    Turnbull has zero achievements as PM and has face planted again with his appalling NEG, letting the ALP see it before his government. A decent opposition leader would have had him gutted by now. As for the Liberals, it is no longer about retaining government; it is about saving seats.

  33. Robber Baron

    Malcolm Turnbull, Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg press conference at 10am

    I predict not one question about leadership from the press gallery.

  34. H B Bear

    Malcolm Turnbull, Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg press conference at 10am

    Three not so wise monkeys. Will they have they story straight?

  35. John Constantine

    https://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20180820/pdf/43xgrh000xhy1d.pdf

    WOA is a greenstamp for agriculture company.

    Announced today it would get 20% of farm profits and 20% of ten year capital growth in return for simply doing the paperwork to accredit farms for its scheme.

    Profit can mean many things, and being paid to provide the accrditation service means they will never fail the farm.

    Risk bearing sharefarmers that pay for inputs don’t get a deal as sweet as this.

    The world seems mad, but there is always a scheme.

  36. mh

    Boris, Rudy still acts like he is a star. He isn’t.

  37. Tel

    Boris, Rudy still acts like he is a star. He isn’t.

    Not like the glory days when Giuliani could proudly send people in to clean up asbestos with no safety gear and watch their lungs rot out over the next decade. Ahhh those were the days!

  38. Gab

    Have the Three Stooges had the presser yet?

  39. C.L.

    Presser underway.
    My Lord, the optics.
    Weak Turnbull unable to front up without Scotty and Joshy holding his hand.
    Bizarre.

  40. Baldrick

    Malcolm signals his support for Abbott’s energy policy …

    Jane Norman ✔ @janeenorman
    The Prime Minister doesn’t want to test the numbers in Parliament, so he’s ditching plans to legislate an emissions reduction target. This is a circuit-breaker some backbenchers were hoping for.

  41. Mother Lode

    Abbott’s interview with Leigh Sales last week was pretty much vintage Abbott. Sad to witness.”

    I think it takes a Trump to manage the Trump strategy. He is able to take on all his enemies at once – with the GOP establishment, the MSM, Hollywood etc all arrayed against him he didn’t miss a beat. He was able to use Twitter to talk to the voters directly and it ended up with the voters turning against the establishment GOP, the MSM, Hollywood etc.

    But whoever takes over the Libs, if they want to start winning support back, they have to at least do the Howard thing – stand in front of the journo asking the question but look at and speak directly to the voters.

  42. EvilElvis

    How so? When there must be truckloads of stuff walking out the door at those self-serve checkouts.

    Take my bags away from me for SJW reasons I ramp up the blip blip noise when things don’t scan. Sava da money.

  43. John Constantine

    140 million pigs to be culled in China to control disease outbreak.

    Catastrophist headlines.

    African Swine Fever.

    [ imagine if the animal rights activists got this smuggled into Australia. they have to genocide the pigs to save them from capitalism]

  44. John Constantine

    Chinese consumption of pork slumps, because all chinese know that the pigs that are culled because they have African Swine Fever won’t be burnt and wasted, they will be cut up and sold as clean pork to the proles of China.

    Comrades.

  45. Baldrick

    Why are you guys commenting on the old fred?

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