Wednesday Forum: August 22, 2018

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  1. Dave in Marybrook

    Have to agree Balders, Aus cartoonists lack teeth. That by Moir is particularly weak, even cack-handed after Spud’s offices were vandalised again.

  2. Tom

    Sky reporting that Lieboral leftist Arfur Sinodinos is leaving his Sydney sickbed, where he’s being treated for cankers, to vote for SloMo or the vagina candidate and against Dutton.

  3. Snoopy

    Some of that LFPR is probably because of a lower female LFPR.

    Thank you, John Kwiggan.

  4. Anne

    Hey! I’ve been away. 🐠🌴☀️

    Do we have a new Prime Minister of Australia?

    Is it still MalContentBull or has Stick Hillary taken the reins?

  5. Infidel Tiger

    It’s almost certain we are getting Morrison.

    The Liberal Party is over. Our long national nightmare is over.

  6. C.L.

    That was quick …
    The media’s Michael Cohen reportage disintegrates:

    CNN reported on July 27 that Michael Cohen is willing to tell investigators that Donald Trump authorized the infamous Trump Tower meeting with a group of Russians
    But Cohen’s lawyer now says that bombshell report got “mixed up.”

    Lanny Davis says that Cohen “does not” have information that Trump had prior knowledge about the meeting

    “So Michael Cohen does not have information that President Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting with the Russians beforehand or even after?” CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Davis.

    “No, he does not,” replied Davis, a longtime Clinton insider who started representing Cohen earlier this summer.

    It will also be recalled that the dossier prepared for Hillary Clinton by Russian intelligence claimed Cohen was in Prague colluding with agents of Moscow:

    Davis said the dossier’s claims that his client, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, traveled to Prague in August 2016 as part of a conspiracy with the Kremlin are “100 percent” false.

    Davis’ comments received little attention from the both the mainstream press and the entities that have pushed the dossier.

  7. Baldrick

    Latest odds back in Dutton’s favour:

    Ladbrokes Politics @LadbrokesAuspol
    17:45am 24/8/18 AEST #libspill MARKET UPDATE:

    Peter Dutton
    No change $2

    Julie Bishop
    Was $1.80 NOW ⬆️ $2.25

    Scott Morrison
    Was $5 NOW ⬇️$3.50

  8. Leigh Lowe

    Sky reporting that we won’t have blackouts this summer.
    We might have “involuntary load shedding”.
    And it is all because “ageing unreliable coal generators”.

  9. Uncle Melvin

    Are we cats safe around Canberra today?

  10. Uncle Melvin

    Are we cats safe around Canberra today?

  11. calli

    Riley desperately trying to pump Stick Hillary’s* tyres. Apparently Dutton and Morrison are “too male, pale and stale”. In other words, vagina.

    * Anne, that’s a keeper.

  12. Herodotus

    This fiasco is making journos expose their prejudices too.
    Speers is pissed off with Cormann, asking him why, when he went down with the ship when Abbott was dumped, did he pull the plug on Malcolm now?

  13. mh

    Headline at the Courier Mail:

    Pathetic Performance Of A Delusional Egotist

  14. Are we cats safe around Canberra today?

    Yeah. As long as you wear the hooded black cape, scythe in one hand, pitchfork in the other.

  15. Leigh Lowe

    Has anyone seen Aussiepundit around here?

  16. C.L.

    Heartbreak for Monty today as Cohen’s lawyer does the biggest walkbalk since William Brahe decamped from Cooper Creek.

  17. Herodotus

    Speers is joining in the anti-Dutton play re s.44 and won’t accept the legal advice.

  18. calli

    Lol.

    You guys are on fire! Nothing like a bit of political bloodshed to bring out the Catwits. 😀

  19. Leigh Lowe

    Former Prime Minister Turnbull.
    What a fabulous phrase that is.
    Former.
    Ex.
    Past.
    Erstwhile.
    Goner.
    Sayonara Comrade.

  20. Snoopy

    Speers is joining in the anti-Dutton play re s.44 and won’t accept the legal advice.

    It’s going to be a sad day for Sky before dark.

  21. mh

    If Dutton is PM tonight, David Speers should do the hounourable thing and resign from Sky
    News.

  22. Herodotus

    While Sky News is for the most part a welcome change of diet from the majority of the MSM, those hosting the coverage of this political imbroglio, yesterday and today, are showing that they are like much of the media in that they do not want a more effective right of centre leader to take over and try to save the Libs from the looming disaster. They are miffed and it shows.

  23. Infidel Tiger

    Why is Sinodinis not in jail with Obeid?

  24. Anne

    Are we cats safe around Canberra today?

    Yeah. As long as you wear the hooded black cape, scythe in one hand, pitchfork in the other.

    And wear #RedShoes 😉

    They’ll think you’re one of them. 👿

  25. Herodotus

    Kieran yesterday even had a bit of a spray in favour of action on climate change.

  26. Leigh Lowe

    Why is Sinodinis not in jail with Obeid?

    I thought he was dead.

  27. min

    Time and time again , political commentators and others make comments about how they think someone else thinks or interprets.
    behaviour. Not one , I believe , has had eany training in psychology , worked in the area to to have any understanding so , interprets others behaviour and thinking through the prism of their own. Thus we have comments about Abbott such as he is revengeful, angry , bitter and the list goes on . All these are emotions and if he was ruled by his emotions , we would be seeing irrational behaviour and thinking , that is giving emotional responses and playing the man not the ball. This I have never observed in Tony Abbott . He talks about policy Openly and honestly,
    puts his name to what he is saying. More than I can say about Malcolm Turnbull whose press conference was appalling, dishonest and showed everyone what a damaged person he is. However he is behaving how I would have expected as he was diagnosed as having a Narcisisstic Personality Disorder by a medico. The passive aggressive undermining, nastiness all part of this personality and unfortunately he is still manipulating to wreck the Liberals and even when he goes he will still continue to wreck.

  28. Anne

    Headline at the Courier Mail:

    Pathetic Performance Of A Delusional Egotist.

    That’s a bit harsh considering they all work for the same Beast. 🤔

    Oh wait, I get it. Smh… Sno sneaky.

  29. Leigh Lowe

    Kieran yesterday even had a bit of a spray in favour of action on climate change.

    Someone the other day reeled off Dutton’s likely policies including “cuts to immigration”.
    Keiran Giblert repeated that phrase “cut to immigration” with a look on his face partially of incredulity and partially “I’ve got dogshit on my shoe”.

  30. Infidel Tiger

    I thought he was dead.

    These foul individuals are harder to kill than the carbon madness

    I remind the Australian public that Sinodinis is another gift from John Howard. Truly the greatest wrecker in Australian history.

  31. Snoopy

    The open hostility of the media gives Dutton, should he be successful, the licence to skewer every one of the media’s sacred cows.

    Paris/renewables/climate change
    Immigration
    Multiculturalism
    LGBTQI madness
    AHRC
    Nuclear energy
    French submarines
    Pussification of the military
    Fast rail
    etc

  32. Herodotus

    Kieran doing his best to torpedo Dutton now.

  33. Gab

    They’ll parachute JBishop into the position, you know, the other “loyal deputy”. Hey, it worked for Labor, they’ll say.

  34. mh

    Kieran Gilbert needs to go too. Very unprofessional, Kieran.

  35. Leigh Lowe

    Sshhhh.
    Laura Jayes is on.

  36. OldOzzie

    Ruthless road to revenge

    Whatever it takes. It’s a Labor Party line, but nobody has owned it like Malcolm Turnbull.

    By Caroline Overington

    You thought he’d go quietly? Malcolm Turnbull?

    He was never going to go quietly. Even so, let’s consider the ruthlessness with which the Prime Minister dealt with his Liberal Party colleagues yesterday.

    Truly it was something to behold. This was Malcolm at his cool, menacing best. Assassinate me? You better not miss.

    Faced with a second challenge by Peter Dutton in as many days, here is what Turnbull says he’ll do if the party dares try to remove him: he will quit parliament.

    This would, of course, plunge the Coalition government into chaos via a by-election in Turnbull’s seat of Wentworth.

    The government has only a majority of one seat in the house. It would become a minority government, at least until the by-election. And there’s no guarantee it could win Wentworth without Malcolm.

    So he’ll bring down the government. Or trigger a federal election. But that’s not all.

    Turnbull also intends to bring down Dutton, personally. He was seeking to mortally wound him on what may have been the last day of Turnbull’s political life.

    He said there was a constitutional cloud over the head of his rival, and it would be for Dutton to convince the Governor-General that he could form a stable government, without Malcolm in his seat.

    If not, we’re back to the polls.

    Oh, how badly the government doesn’t want to go to the polls. It would be annihilated.

    And Turnbull still wasn’t done. Before any of this could happen, he also wanted to see a letter with the signatures of the 43 insurgents who apparently want his head.

    He wants their names. If that is not menacing, what is?

    But why are we surprised? Turnbull has always been ruthlessly ambitious. Whatever it takes. That’s a Labor Party line, but nobody has owned it like Malcolm.

    At school he apparently told the other kids he’d be prime minister one day and look, sure, how many precocious youngsters from the boater-and-blazer schools have said the same over the years?

    Plenty. But Turnbull meant it.

    When ABC executive John Lyons profiled Turnbull in the 1990s, a friend quoted Malcolm as saying he wanted to be prime minister by the age of 40.

    “For which party?” the friend inquired. Turnbull reportedly said he didn’t really care.

    It was the same when he worked for Kerry Packer. In 1991, the billionaire was part of a consortium trying to buy Fairfax. The deal went bad, and Packer blamed Turnbull, accusing him of leaking deals, if not to rivals then at least outside the group.

    Turnbull told essayist Annabel Crabb that Packer had threatened to kill him over the deal. “He was taking the view that because he was bigger and richer than me, he could run me into the ground,” he told Crabb. “So I rang Kerry Packer and I had a major row with him … He told me he’d kill me, yeah. I didn’t think he was completely serious, but I didn’t think he was entirely joking either. And I said to him: ‘Well, you’d better make sure that your assassin gets me first because if he misses, you better know I won’t miss you.’ ”

    That’s the same song you heard yesterday.

    Turnbull stayed in business just long enough to make a personal fortune. Then, according to multiple sources, he approached ALP figures, seeking their endorsement to join the party.

    Five years later he won preselection as not the Labor but the Liberal candidate for Wentworth.

    Whatever it takes.

    And never mind that the Liberal Party already had a candidate for Wentworth in Peter King. Turnbull coolly knifed him and carried on.

    He won the seat in the old-fashioned way: chasing down every vote in the surf lifesaving clubs and the RSLs. There was no event that Turnbull would not attend. I saw him at the opening of the kosher butcher section at Coles, Bondi Junction. He got elected.

    John Howard, as astute an operator as ever there was, was wary. He, like everyone, could smell Turnbull’s ambition from space, and he kept him at arm’s length. Turnbull sat back, and waited. Not happily or patiently, but he waited.

    After Howard lost in Bennelong, Turnbull saw an opening and tried to run straight through it, losing to Brendan Nelson in his bid to be opposition leader, before winning the second time around.

    But the skills that saw him rise — impatience, rapaciousness — soon got the better of him. Turnbull wanted Kevin Rudd’s job, not later but right then, and so Utegate was upon us.

    That led to Tony Abbott becoming prime minister, and Turnbull again had to wait for his moment to strike.

    Thirty Newspolls. That was his trigger. Couldn’t he see how it might come back to bite him? He’s never been all that good at politics.

    His decision on Monday to call a leadership spill is a case in point. It was done to take the fight to Dutton, and it backfired because suddenly everyone could see how close the fight really was: 48-35, meaning just seven votes separated Dutton from the Lodge.

    Why so rash? Because Turnbull has too much confidence and too little political nous. He’d have looked at Dutton and thought: They’re going to vote for this guy?

    This plate-faced former cop from Queensland? Over me? No.

    It was fascinating to watch him at yesterday’s press conference. A few people have been forced to face political oblivion in recent years, and many have cried. Turnbull was cool as a cucumber. His felicity with the language has long been impressive, and his line about Abbott came off the cuff. In saying he would leave parliament if he lost the leadership, Turnbull added: “I’ve always thought former prime ministers were best out of parliament.”

    Also present: his belief in his own ability, which never wavers.

    These events of the past week, they really have nothing to do with his competence or performance. This was mutineers visiting chaos upon his government.

    “It has been described by many people, including those who feel they cannot resist it, as a form of madness,” Turnbull said. “A minority has by a process of intimidation persuaded people that the only way to stop the insurgency is to give in to it. I do not believe in that, I have never done that. I have never given in to bullies.”

    He then became one. No, he would not permit a leadership spill until he had personally seen the signatures of all those colleagues who wanted him gone. “People have to be accountable,” he said.

    He cast menacing doubt on whether a list of names of insurgents had ever existed. “I read in the press (it) is already in place, but perhaps maybe it isn’t,” he said.

    In finishing, Turnbull said he didn’t want to bring emotion into the battle, and yet he was smiling.

    Why? Maybe because he’s rich and happily married, with grandkids and options.

    Maybe this is the kind of war — petty, and largely pointless, against lesser foes — he still thinks he can win?

    Here’s another idea: Turnbull’s never been much good at politics, but revenge? He’s always been very good at revenge. Why not burn the house down? With some luck, he might even get to drag Abbott’s corpse out with him. For Turnbull, that may well be the sweetest victory of all.

  37. OldOzzie

    Ruthless road to revenge

    Whatever it takes. It’s a Labor Party line, but nobody has owned it like Malcolm Turnbull.

    By Caroline Overington

    You thought he’d go quietly? Malcolm Turnbull?

    He was never going to go quietly. Even so, let’s consider the ruthlessness with which the Prime Minister dealt with his Liberal Party colleagues yesterday.

    Truly it was something to behold. This was Malcolm at his cool, menacing best. Assassinate me? You better not miss.

    Faced with a second challenge by Peter Dutton in as many days, here is what Turnbull says he’ll do if the party dares try to remove him: he will quit parliament.

    This would, of course, plunge the Coalition government into chaos via a by-election in Turnbull’s seat of Wentworth.

    The government has only a majority of one seat in the house. It would become a minority government, at least until the by-election. And there’s no guarantee it could win Wentworth without Malcolm.

    So he’ll bring down the government. Or trigger a federal election. But that’s not all.

    Turnbull also intends to bring down Dutton, personally. He was seeking to mortally wound him on what may have been the last day of Turnbull’s political life.

    He said there was a constitutional cloud over the head of his rival, and it would be for Dutton to convince the Governor-General that he could form a stable government, without Malcolm in his seat.

    If not, we’re back to the polls.

    Oh, how badly the government doesn’t want to go to the polls. It would be annihilated.

    And Turnbull still wasn’t done. Before any of this could happen, he also wanted to see a letter with the signatures of the 43 insurgents who apparently want his head.

    He wants their names. If that is not menacing, what is?

    But why are we surprised? Turnbull has always been ruthlessly ambitious. Whatever it takes. That’s a Labor Party line, but nobody has owned it like Malcolm.

    At school he apparently told the other kids he’d be prime minister one day and look, sure, how many precocious youngsters from the boater-and-blazer schools have said the same over the years?

    Plenty. But Turnbull meant it.

    When ABC executive John Lyons profiled Turnbull in the 1990s, a friend quoted Malcolm as saying he wanted to be prime minister by the age of 40.

    “For which party?” the friend inquired. Turnbull reportedly said he didn’t really care.

    It was the same when he worked for Kerry Packer. In 1991, the billionaire was part of a consortium trying to buy Fairfax. The deal went bad, and Packer blamed Turnbull, accusing him of leaking deals, if not to rivals then at least outside the group.

    Turnbull told essayist Annabel Crabb that Packer had threatened to kill him over the deal. “He was taking the view that because he was bigger and richer than me, he could run me into the ground,” he told Crabb. “So I rang Kerry Packer and I had a major row with him … He told me he’d kill me, yeah. I didn’t think he was completely serious, but I didn’t think he was entirely joking either. And I said to him: ‘Well, you’d better make sure that your assassin gets me first because if he misses, you better know I won’t miss you.’ ”

    That’s the same song you heard yesterday.

    Turnbull stayed in business just long enough to make a personal fortune. Then, according to multiple sources, he approached ALP figures, seeking their endorsement to join the party.

    Five years later he won preselection as not the Labor but the Liberal candidate for Wentworth.

    Whatever it takes.

    And never mind that the Liberal Party already had a candidate for Wentworth in Peter King. Turnbull coolly knifed him and carried on.

    He won the seat in the old-fashioned way: chasing down every vote in the surf lifesaving clubs and the RSLs. There was no event that Turnbull would not attend. I saw him at the opening of the kosher butcher section at Coles, Bondi Junction. He got elected.

    John Howard, as astute an operator as ever there was, was wary. He, like everyone, could smell Turnbull’s ambition from space, and he kept him at arm’s length. Turnbull sat back, and waited. Not happily or patiently, but he waited.

    After Howard lost in Bennelong, Turnbull saw an opening and tried to run straight through it, losing to Brendan Nelson in his bid to be opposition leader, before winning the second time around.

    But the skills that saw him rise — impatience, rapaciousness — soon got the better of him. Turnbull wanted Kevin Rudd’s job, not later but right then, and so Utegate was upon us.

    That led to Tony Abbott becoming prime minister, and Turnbull again had to wait for his moment to strike.

    Thirty Newspolls. That was his trigger. Couldn’t he see how it might come back to bite him? He’s never been all that good at politics.

    His decision on Monday to call a leadership spill is a case in point. It was done to take the fight to Dutton, and it backfired because suddenly everyone could see how close the fight really was: 48-35, meaning just seven votes separated Dutton from the Lodge.

    Why so rash? Because Turnbull has too much confidence and too little political nous. He’d have looked at Dutton and thought: They’re going to vote for this guy?

    This plate-faced former cop from Queensland? Over me? No.

    It was fascinating to watch him at yesterday’s press conference. A few people have been forced to face political oblivion in recent years, and many have cried. Turnbull was cool as a cucumber. His felicity with the language has long been impressive, and his line about Abbott came off the cuff. In saying he would leave parliament if he lost the leadership, Turnbull added: “I’ve always thought former prime ministers were best out of parliament.”

    Also present: his belief in his own ability, which never wavers.

    These events of the past week, they really have nothing to do with his competence or performance. This was mutineers visiting chaos upon his government.

    “It has been described by many people, including those who feel they cannot resist it, as a form of madness,” Turnbull said. “A minority has by a process of intimidation persuaded people that the only way to stop the insurgency is to give in to it. I do not believe in that, I have never done that. I have never given in to bullies.”

    He then became one. No, he would not permit a leadership spill until he had personally seen the signatures of all those colleagues who wanted him gone. “People have to be accountable,” he said.

    He cast menacing doubt on whether a list of names of insurgents had ever existed. “I read in the press (it) is already in place, but perhaps maybe it isn’t,” he said.

    In finishing, Turnbull said he didn’t want to bring emotion into the battle, and yet he was smiling.

    Why? Maybe because he’s rich and happily married, with grandkids and options.

    Maybe this is the kind of war — petty, and largely pointless, against lesser foes — he still thinks he can win?

    Here’s another idea: Turnbull’s never been much good at politics, but revenge? He’s always been very good at revenge. Why not burn the house down? With some luck, he might even get to drag Abbott’s corpse out with him. For Turnbull, that may well be the sweetest victory of all.

  38. Snoopy

    The atmosphere at Sky is …….. funereal.

  39. pete m

    I think the biggest walkback in history is how excited the deep state got over the Steele dossier, only for every sane person, on reading the allegations, to laugh their arses off at the morons who expected anyone to believe it.

    They have been running and cowering ever since – lashing out like banshees – missing, every time.

    Trump just sits there like the Cheshire Cat, waiting, letting the hole get deeper, letting more people expose themselves, and when he decides enough is enough, heads will roll.

  40. mh

    Exclusive–Joni Ernst Slams Elizabeth Warren: Mollie Tibbetts ‘Forever Separated from Her Family’

    ….In an interview with CNN yesterday, Warren said that rather than focusing on the fact that Tibbetts’ alleged killer should never have been in the United States, Iowans need to focus on “real problems” like foreign national adults being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border from the children they arrive with.

    https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/08/23/exclusive-joni-ernst-slams-elizabeth-warren-mollie-tibbetts-forever-separated-from-her-family/

  41. Snoopy

    Can someone on Twitter advise that idiot Speers that the Commonwealth could absorb the cost of dropping the GST on electricity at no cost to the states?

  42. Baldrick

    Good ol’ Tim, faithful to the end …

    News Breakfast ✔ @BreakfastNews
    Liberal MP Tim Wilson says he didn’t support the #libspill “coup” and won’t sign the petition to bring on a spill today

  43. mh

    Speers has always been massively, massively over-rated.

  44. Snoopy

    Laura Jayes spinning JBish having no friends as a positive.

  45. A Lurker

    And Turnbull still wasn’t done. Before any of this could happen, he also wanted to see a letter with the signatures of the 43 insurgents who apparently want his head.
    He wants their names. If that is not menacing, what is?
    But why are we surprised? Turnbull has always been ruthlessly ambitious. Whatever it takes. That’s a Labor Party line, but nobody has owned it like Malcolm.

    Reminds me of Sulla and his proscription lists – nailed up to the Forum every day.
    Why is it that Australia reminds me of the last days of the Roman Republic?

  46. John Constantine

    Hard to get exact figures, but the story is that after turnbullites borrowed billions to buy central planning control of the Snowy river, in biting dry times, twenty percent of the available irrigation water of this river has been dumped out to sea.

    Unused for fodder watering or hydroelectric.

    Comrades.

  47. stackja

    2GB sound bite: Pyne !

  48. Anne

    I suspect MT was part of The MK Ultra Program.

    They take smart kids from bad homes.

    They breakdown the personality and rebuild obedient alters.

  49. Snoopy

    News Breakfast ✔ @BreakfastNews
    Liberal MP Tim Wilson says he didn’t support the #libspill “coup” and won’t sign the petition to bring on a spill today

    There’s been a coup, certainly, but Turnbull carried it out.

  50. pete m

    No word yet on the 43, but apparently the meeting was moved forward to 12 noon.

    I cannot see how a meeting would not go ahead, but with MT in charge, stranger things can happen.

    Enjoy your day today Cats – be assured I will have a smile wide after the end of MT.

  51. Leigh Lowe

    Good article by Caroline Overington.
    Spot on.

  52. Tom

    Kieran Gilbert needs to go too. Very unprofessional, Kieran.

    Gilbert represents everything wrong with the news media — arrogant, opinionated, cocksure that his loony left world view is the only one that counts.

    Speers has always been massively, massively over-rated.

    Speers is actually aware of his leftist bias and keeps it under control. He is an excellent political analyst and interviewer.

    He would never get a job at Their ABC because he’s not a committed Stalinist.

  53. John Constantine

    What is the point of turnbullites promising welfare payments to farmers, when turnbull is unwavering in craven compliance with irrigating the ocean with fresh water, not pastures and crops?.

    Paris wants cow culls, turnbullites comply.

  54. Roger

    Liberal MP Tim Wilson says he didn’t support the #libspill “coup”

    What a dim bulb Wilson’s turned out to be.

  55. mh

    Tom, read the comments above. This is the day to keep your bias under control and Speers clearly cannot.

  56. Infidel Tiger

    Wilson is so low energy.

    I worry about his health too.

    In my experience persons with those dark rings under their eyes always die young.

    Something for him to consider.

  57. calli

    Wilson owes Turnbull bigtime. Without eMpTy, he would never have been able to “marry” his boyfriend.

    Have the invitations been sent out yet?

  58. Roger

    Wilson owes Turnbull bigtime. Without eMpTy, he would never have been able to “marry” his boyfriend.

    Mmm…but there was no “coup”.

    Maladroit unleashed this chaos himself.

  59. mh

    Arthur Sinodinis is a globalist.

    This is why he is going to crawl out of his deathbed to vote against Dutton.

  60. calli

    You don’t expect Wilson to tell the truth do you?

  61. Anne

    Hillary: First you have to swear allegiance to Lucifer.

    Stick Hillary: No probs, they love me at the U.N.

    https://www.state.gov/img/12/51825/Pull_Aside_Julie_Bishop_600_1.jpg

  62. Infidel Tiger

    Today we get rid of Turnbull and they present us another one to destroy.

    The gods have favoured us.

  63. We should have known from the start Wilson would perform as he has. He is in the French venacular an Orléanist.

  64. mh

    Nice work, Anne.

    But I’m not sure if my breakfast will stay down.

  65. Infidel Tiger

    You don’t expect Wilson to tell the truth do you?

    No way. Spent years talking about free markets and the dangers of big government until he was offered a $300k per annum government job, which he used to promote homosexualism and nothing else.

    A fraud. In a righteous society he would be used for animal testing.

  66. Snoopy

    Is Tim Wilson the Victorian MP threatening to move to the cross bench if Dutton is elected?

  67. Infidel Tiger

    He is in the French venacular an Orléanist

    I read that as “Organist” at first and felt sick.

  68. Snoopy

    Speers can’t let s.44 go.

  69. Arky

    No word yet on the 43, but apparently the meeting was moved forward to 12 noon.

    ..
    High noon?

  70. hzhousewife

    The names thing could have been easily thwarted by getting every single Lib to sign in solidarity against removal of the secret ballot. But they have no principles.

  71. Roger

    You don’t expect Wilson to tell the truth do you?

    Yes, I do.

    I expect every politician to tell the truth to the electorate.

    That they lie is why I despise most of them, including Dutton.

  72. Empire 5:5

    Down she goes…

    Essentially, CNN’s prime time stars like Anderson Cooper and Chris Cuomo are drawing fewer viewers than History Channel shows such as “Pawn Stars,” “American Pickers,” “Counting Cars,” “Mountain Men,” and perhaps funniest of all, “Ancient Aliens.”

    https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/cnn-dropped-pawn-stars-ratings/

  73. Herodotus

    Paul Kelly sombrely invoking “the conservatives” the way Tolkien used Sauron.

  74. calli

    I thought it was only Labor and the unions that demanded a show of hands.

    The demand for names is the clearest indication of how far to the left Turnstyle has taken the Libs. Intimidation, bully-boy lawfare tactics, and now vandalism are part of “Conservative” politics.

    Thank you Maolcolm.

  75. Herodotus

    Dutton and the Ringwraiths are mounting up for the Battle of Capital National Debt Hill.

  76. Arky

    Leigh Lowe
    #2799102, posted on August 24, 2018 at 8:16 am
    Former Prime Minister Turnbull.
    What a fabulous phrase that is.
    Former.
    Ex.
    Past.
    Erstwhile.
    Goner.
    Sayonara Comrade.

    ..
    Don’t be sad Leigh.
    Just think of it as another step on the road to: President Turnbull.

  77. Infidel Tiger

    Paul Kelly is Turnbull’s rent boy.

    He has been wrong about every major issue for 50 years.

    He should have been pensioned off after the Republic debacle.

  78. candy

    Speers can’t let s.44 go.

    I think Bob Day went through the same troubles? Perhaps there are others in the Parliament who might be in the same position.
    If it goes to High Court it gives Turnbull more time to crush the Satan conservative insurgents but how many across Parliament could be in the same position with the family trusts etc or whatever it is, and would be referred to the High Court.

  79. mh

    The failing CNN hghlight of the year was Paris Dennard triggering Philip Mudd.

    Not much else of interest to anyone. But I’ve just learnt that CNN has suspended Paris. Must have been getting too uppity!

  80. Snoopy

    How can ScoMo and JBish guarantee no by-elections, Jayes you idiot?

  81. lotocoti

    I was thinking about victory conditions.
    From Turnbull’s behaviour, can anyone think of a scenario where a win for Malcy doesn’t include the electoral destruction of the Liberal Party as a victory condition?

  82. Robber Baron

    I love Jon Faine. He is with Barry Cassidy now; they are talking to Warren Entch. They are calling for Abbott to resign.

  83. OldOzzie

    Trump is the dog with the least fleas

    The real witch hunt against Trump has failed so miserably angry liberal politicians and officials are grasping at shadows trying to file charges for anything that will stick, including tax fraud; which in America, is like accusing someone that their epidermis is showing. Strangely, Trump is one of the few in the rich class, that actually has paid his share of taxes. In fact the tax issue is interesting if we look at the swath of billionaire tax cheats that supported Democrats in the last 20 years. Democrats have an untold secret deal with billionaires that they on the surface raise taxes but it will only affect the poor and the middle class, leaving many loopholes open wide like the grand canyon for their golf buddies and relatives.

    Strangely, Cohen’s lawyer is Hillary Clinton’s Youish Yale Classmate from Yoi-see – you can’t make this stuff up! Not only that, but he has a sleazy history defending the worst of the worst, you know, dictators, et. al.

  84. Viva

    The names thing could have been easily thwarted by getting every single Lib to sign in solidarity against removal of the secret ballot.

    Perhaps they could all get up and shout “I’m Spartacus!”

    Some hope – this lot would have fingered their leader and handed him over to Crassus in a trice.

  85. candy

    It could be Julie Bishop’s big day.

    On the other hand, she might lose her deputy position because she said she doesn’t want to be “any man’s deputy” anymore (big appeal to ladies).

    That will change if Morrison wins, though. She won’t budge.

  86. BorisG

    Heartbreak for Monty today as Cohen’s lawyer does the biggest walkbalk since William Brahe decamped from Cooper Creek.

    Forget Monty and Cohen. Listen what Steve Bannon said today. https://pjmedia.com/trending/steve-bannon-manafort-verdict-cohen-plea-mean-november-is-a-referendum-on-impeachment/

  87. OldOzzie

    The Australian Editorial – Turnbull stalls parliament and threatens Coalition

    For all the tumult and disappointment in national politics during the past decade, we seem to be forever in search of a new nadir. Voters must hope we reach it one day and start to see an improvement, but after a chaotic and vengeful week we were entitled to expect some dignity and humility from Malcolm Turnbull when he addressed the media — and, through it, the nation and his colleagues — in Canberra yesterday. The Prime Minister chose instead to sink to a new low, blaming others for his quandary, stalling, changing the rules, making demands of colleagues, threatening his own government and casting doubt over the eligibility of one of his leadership rivals, Peter Dutton. All this came after Mr Turnbull took the deplorable decision to dissolve parliament, suspending sittings until next month. A government running from parliament is shying away from its fundamental responsibilities.

    Mr Turnbull demanded to see a letter signed by 43 Liberal MPs before granting another meeting tomorrow. This breaks the convention that says just two people can call such a meeting. Apart from being a delaying tactic, this repudiated senator Mathias Cormann, who has been one of Mr Turnbull’s most loyal and effective supporters until he informed his Prime Minister yesterday that party support was lost. Rather than resign or call the meeting, Mr Turnbull has demanded a petition and dragged the crisis into another day. This allows the Solicitor-General to assess eligibility concerns about Mr Dutton, putting enormous pressure on the nation’s second law officer. The issue is being elevated deliberately by Mr Turnbull to impede his rival. “You can imagine the consequences of having a prime minister whose actions and decisions are questionable because of the issue of eligibility,” he posed.

    If there are any doubts and Mr Dutton is forced to withdraw, the Prime Minister might hope to survive — or perhaps Scott Morrison or deputy leader Julie Bishop would proceed with a challenge, or someone else up to and including former prime minister Tony Abbott might ensure the leadership is contested. The delay has increased the chance of uncertainty, deepening the damage to the party and helping to ensure recovery from this conflagration will be even more difficult.

    Mr Turnbull also said if he lost the leadership he would leave parliament and this means he could take with him the government’s majority. This was an implied threat to the existence of the government and he dismissed it by saying voters would want an election anyway, doing all he could to condemn his successor to a panicked rush to the polls.

    None of these tactics helped the government, none helped the party and none will make life easier for whoever succeeds him. Faced with likely defeat, Mr Turnbull acted to ensure that any humiliation was spread widely. In the antithesis of a dignified exit, he has demanded that he be blasted from office with maximum casualties. This might be more understandable if he were not a leader who had won the job himself through undermining and destabilisation that culminated in a coup against a first-term prime minister.

    Mr Turnbull and his supporters have complained that a media conspiracy has brought him undone. “The reality is that a minority in the partyroom supported by others outside the parliament have sought to bully, intimidate others into making this change of leadership that they’re seeking,” he said. “It’s been described by many people, including those who feel they cannot resist it, as a form of madness.”

    The Prime Minister has had harsh and persistent critics in the media but they have been far fewer than those who lined up against Mr Abbott or even John Howard before him. They also have been frank about their loyalties and objectives. Mr Turnbull received enormous support and encouragement from the public and the media even after he stalked and knifed Mr Abbott. Right to this day most of the Canberra press gallery along with the public broadcasters, Fairfax Media and a raft of online publications have barracked openly for his success. Perhaps this has been a large part of his problem, allowing him to ignore or deny looming threats, especially over climate and energy policy.

    True to our mission of backing national and economic development, The Australian has argued strongly in this editorial column for the Turnbull government to succeed in its task of fiscal repair and reform. We have been constructively critical, urging the Coalition on its low-tax agenda aimed at delivering growth. We warned repeatedly about dangers, particularly regarding energy policy; but, in the end, it was a slavish commitment to Paris obligations over economic priorities that saw the partyroom lose its nerve. “What we have witnessed at the moment,” Mr Turnbull said yesterday, “is a very deliberate effort to pull the Liberal Party further to the Right.” It is an attempt to change direction but it is more about calling time on a drift to the Left. There is no denying the Liberal Party has been losing votes to One Nation and other third parties rather than to Labor. Whether it is under Mr Dutton, Mr Morrison, Ms Bishop, Mr Abbott or even Mr Turnbull on reprieve, the challenge is to fight for Coalition mainstream ground rather than to haggle over Labor priorities.

  88. My quote for the day:

    “Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad”

    By that measure,
    Oy reckon, Trumble is going to be destroyed, with a few others.

  89. Snoopy

    OMG! Laura Jayes has suffered a neck failure. Her head is bouncing around the ceiling of the Sky studio like a helium balloon at a kid’s birthday party.

  90. OldOzzie

    Sorry – Link

    OldOzzie
    #2799192, posted on August 24, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Trump is the dog with the least fleas

  91. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Olivia Mead loses appeal for bigger slice of Michael Wright’s estate
    Tim ClarkePerthNow
    August 24, 2018 2:00AM
    Topics
    WA News

    THE previously secret daughter of mining magnate Michael Wright has failed to persuade Australia’s highest court she deserves more than the $6 million she was eventually awarded from the dead billionaire’s will.

    Olivia Mead, then 19, caused a legal sensation in 2015 when she sat in WA’s Supreme Court to announce herself as Mr Wright’s daughter and to challenge the heavily conditioned $3 million payout she had been left by him.

    In doing so, Ms Mead put her name to an extraordinary wish-list her lawyers said she might require in her lifetime — which famously included a diamond-studded guitar, a crystal-covered grand piano, a Mexican walking fish, a $2.5 million house, an Audi A4, five pairs of $5000 shoes every year and pilates lessons for the next 75 years.

    In a shock judgment, Master Craig Sanderson eventually awarded Ms Mead a record $25 million payout from the massive Wright estate, conservatively estimated at $800 million.

    But that figure was slashed to just over $6 million by WA’s Court of Appeal, who said while the original will did not make adequate provision, the decision to award her $25 million was flawed.

    Not a bad wish list.

  92. Baldrick

    Bishop – Zimmerman ticket.
    #YouKnowItMakesSense

  93. How about:

    Temporary Prime Minister Mick Trumble?

  94. Woolfe

    Five Australian leaders (2 twice) have been destroyed by Gaia. She realises CO2 is plant food!

  95. OldOzzie

    Whistleblower: It Was A Failed Coup, Mainstream Media Are Covering Up Phony DOJ Dossier

    CIA whistleblower Kevin Shipp says that the mainstream media is laser-focused on the recent Cohen plea and the Manafort conviction, both of which have nothing to do with “Russian collusion.” He says this is because the mainstream media are conspirators and have nothing to do with real news.

    “We know the mainstream media (MSM) is not interested in the news,” said Kevin Shipp to USA Watchdog‘s Greg Hunter.

    “They have, from their editors on down and their corporate owners, an objective and, in this case, to remove Donald Trump. He stands against everything that they are, the Left or the ‘Dark Left’ as I call it. Trump is actually confronting the Shadow Government and Deep State, and he has them shaking. He has the news media shaking that pushes these really leftist things. So, they are intentionally and on purpose blocking the news and deleting the news about things like this soft coup, the (phony) dossier.”

    This is a very powerful interview. If you have the time, we suggest you watch it in its entirety. It is just over 37 minutes long.

  96. Leigh Lowe

    Coup?
    Insurgency?
    If someone says “pogrom” my day will be complete.

  97. Baldrick

    What’s with the double negative?

    #BREAKING: Solicitor-General says Peter Dutton ‘not incapable’ of sitting as a member of the House of Reps

  98. Chris

    We do, he agrees with perfect equanimity. It’s what we’re here for.

    I am still pondering this when a very lithe and quite beautiful young woman, around eighteen, arises from a nearby table. She has her hair held up in a knot on her head. As she swings out of her seat and sashays along an aisle, she casually reaches up, removes the elastic constraint, shakes her head, and her thick flowing dark hair tumbles down her back. Every man in the vicinity, old and young alike, has eyes on her.

    Point taken.

    Saw a performance like that from the very attractive guide at a ginormous mosque in Casablanca, doing a hair toss and getting her headscarf sorted in front of forty westerners.
    But in the home I may get to see things like that more often.
    Its wonderful.

  99. Baldrick

    Anyway, Dutton’s good to have a crack.

  100. Tom

    As mh mentioned above, the political assassination of Paris Dennard, a Trump supporter, by the Washington Post is almost certainly political payback for his humiliation in the past week of leftard ex-CIA Trump-hater Philip Mudd:

    CNN has suspended contributor Paris Dennard, Variety has confirmed.

    Dennard, a reliably pro-Trump contributor on CNN, was the subject of a Wednesday report by the Washington Post, which revealed he had been fired by Arizona State University four years ago for alleged sexual harassment. According to the report, Dennard was accused of “making sexually explicit comments and gestures toward women, according to documents and a university official.”

    “We are aware of reports of accusations against Paris Dennard,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement. “We are suspending Paris, effective immediately, while ‎we look into the allegations.”

    According to a university report obtained by the Post, Dennard acted inappropriately with a recent graduate of ASU who worked for him at the time. He told her he wanted to have sex with her, “pretended to unzip his pants in her presence, tried to get her to sit on his lap, and made masturbatory gestures.”

    At the time, Dennard was working as an events director for ASU’s McCain Institute for International Leadership. He had worked for George W. Bush’s White House in the past.

    On Monday, Trump called him “wonderful” for his debate with Phillip Mudd, a former counterterrorism official with the CIA and the FBI. “Dennard destroyed him,” wrote Trump. Dennard was a surrogate for Trump during his campaign and is now a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

    In emails with the Post, Dennard said: “I cannot comment on items I have never seen regarding allegations I still believe to be false. This is sadly another politically motivated attempt to besmirch my character, and shame me into silence for my support of President Trump and the GOP.”

  101. Snoopy

    S.44 is a bust. The Sky team clutches for the Governor General to save the day.

  102. mh

    Peter Dutton in the clear, as we knew he would be.

  103. OldOzzie

    In that luverly Victoria Land with No Police Force or Laws

    Armed thugs smash up Slices restaurant in Caroline Springs

    ARMED thugs wielding metal bars and a meat cleaver stormed a Caroline Springs restaurant last night as terrified diners watched on.

    The group entered Slices restaurant on Lake St about 9.50pm and smashed items off the counter in a bungled attempt to steal the cash register, CCTV footage shows.

    But the three males, left empty-handed and fled the restaurant in a vehicle

    The group then allegedly drove to a bottle shop in Sydenham and attempted another armed robbery before an employee scared them off with a baseball bat.

    The second incident happened at 10pm at Hume Ave and involved three men, including one carrying a meat cleaver, police said.

    Described as being of African appearance, the men had their faces covered with bandannas and were wearing hoodies.

    Nothing was stolen from either armed robbery and no one was physically injured.

    Police said the investigation was ongoing into whether the incidents were linked and they were appealing for any information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

  104. Anne

    The failing CNN hghlight of the year was Paris Dennard triggering Philip Mudd.

    That was fun. I was hoping he’d lose it and call Dennard an Uppity Black.

    They seem to have lost all sense of filtering.

    Case in point: Chelsea Clinton declaration that Abortion, slicing the spinal cords of babies as their heads are delivered, has boosted the economy by several Trillions $$$.

    It’s gonna get crazy.

    Trump at the helm!

  105. Infidel Tiger

    Kieran Gilbert is an hysterical mincer.

  106. Roger

    What’s with the double negative?

    #BREAKING: Solicitor-General says Peter Dutton ‘not incapable’ of sitting as a member of the House of Reps

    Lowth’s Rule: Two negatives resolve to a weakened affirmative.

  107. Caveman

    Laura Jayes should draw some eyes on her forehead, shes forever head down texting. Get onto it Sky producers.

  108. H B Bear

    What’s with the double negative?

    Legal shit. Lawyers can’t tell you what something is only what it isn’t. Thus your dog becomes a non-cat.

  109. C.L.

    Attention, all:

    Words of realism and wisdom from gay ‘marriage’-supporting Catholic intellectual Greg Sheridan:

    After blood, an armistice is vital

    GREG SHERIDAN
    No matter how it ends today, anyone who remains in parliament must declare they have no enemies on their own side.

    Uh-huh.

  110. Woolfe

    Les Deplorables
    ‏@woolfe

    @David_Speers and @kieran_gilbert head off to the GG to plead for the Malscojul coalition.

  111. struth

    In the USA, Trump said, “we’re out of the Paris Agreement” and their economy boomed.

    In Australia we have had to pull our version of a republican (the liberals) Prime Minister, screaming and destroying the joint as he goes, from the UN’s Eiffel tower of western destruction.

  112. mh

    The treatment of Paris Dennard will lift black support from Trump even higher.

  113. mh

    Oops, black support FOR Trump.

  114. Leigh Lowe

    Laura Jayes should draw some eyes on her forehead, shes forever head down texting. Get onto it Sky producers.

    Laura is reprising Napoleon’s long retreat from Moscow.

  115. Snoopy

    Huge embarrassment for TheirABC’s preferred constitutional lawyers, Anne Twomey and George Williams.

  116. Infidel Tiger

    Vesey quits AGL.

    Turnbull gone today too.

    Febrile.

  117. Infidel Tiger

    Laura Jayes should draw some eyes on her forehead, shes forever head down texting. Get onto it Sky producers.

    Tinder.

  118. John Constantine

    Imagine their media if Dutton threatened to resign and bring down the turnbullites quisling collaboration cartel?.

    ABC Comrades?.

  119. Anne

    CNN and the rest of the Globalist Mockingbird* MSM is in the agonal death throes. They know it and we know it.

    It’s burnt beyond hope. Get the BBQ fork and in the bin with it.

    They never thought she’d lose. 😂

    * Project Mockingbird. MSM solely owned and controlled by the CIA.

  120. Leigh Lowe

    S.44 is a bust. The Sky team clutches for the Governor General to save the day.

    The GG may ask the winner to test support but he won’t dissolve.

  121. Snoopy

    Speers, Gilbert and Jayes are now constitutional lawyers.

  122. Infidel Tiger

    Sky desperate to get Dutton Section 44’ed.

  123. Leigh Lowe

    Ally McBeal (aka Laura Jayes) scanning the SG opinion looking for a hook.

  124. Snoopy

    KG: Let’s ask eminent constitutional lawyer Tom Connell.

  125. mh

    Dutton is literally Hitler.

    (I wanted to be first)

  126. Leigh Lowe

    Speers, Gilbert and Jayes are now constitutional lawyers.

    Confusing s44 with a simple conflict of interest.

  127. C.L.

    One of Bolt’s readers nominates a song for the day.

    Myself, I turn to the Stones:

  128. Infidel Tiger

    Jayes: I’m not a lawyer.

    FFS. You’re not even a journo.

  129. Roger

    Dutton is literally Hitler.

    (I wanted to be first)

    Alas, Sean Kelly already called it on The Dumb on Tuesday.

  130. H B Bear

    J’ismists are best taken in small doses. Very small if possible.

  131. Leigh Lowe

    Sneering Speers says “two childcare centres going cheap very soon”.

  132. H B Bear

    Unfortunately days like this produce a lot of j’ismists talking to j’ismists. The worst of all possible worlds.

  133. Snoopy

    LJ fixated on paragraph 69 of the SG’s advice. A coincidence. I don’t think so.

  134. Snoopy

    I don’t think these pricks have ever seen any legal advice before.

  135. Snoopy

    What part of ‘not incapable’ don’t these xunts understand?

  136. Leigh Lowe

    I don’t think these pricks have ever seen any legal advice before.

    So funny.
    “OMG! It’s 27 pages!”
    It’s not Twitter you morons.

  137. Snoopy

    Shock! Only the HC can make the definitive decision.

  138. Roger

    Unfortunately days like this produce a lot of j’ismists talking to j’ismists.

    In Sky’s case with eyes on their devices, furtively glancing at the camera every now and then.

    Low budget, low energy, low integrity.

    Low viewership.

  139. Snoopy

    I’ll be surprised if Paul Murray will be back this morning.

  140. candy

    Sneering Speers says “two childcare centres going cheap very soon”.

    He really shouldn’t say that about someone’s business on national TV.

  141. Ryan

    In Sky’s case with eyes on their devices, furtively glancing at the camera every now and then.

    Low budget, low energy, low integrity.

    Low viewership.

    All true, and yet it’s still the best TV coverage of the circus we have.

  142. Caveman

    Yep those devices make the deal so low rent.

  143. Snoopy

    Abbott is looking like a viable compromise candidate.

  144. Roger

    All true, and yet it’s still the best TV coverage of the circus we have.

    You’re being very kind to those three clowns, Ryan.

    ABC at least try to appear professional – no devices on screen, breaking info comes via the earpiece.

  145. H B Bear

    In Sky’s case with eyes on their devices, furtively glancing at the camera every now and then.

    Parrots waiting for Twitter tidbits to parrot.

  146. Chris

    Abbott is looking like a viable compromise candidate.

    Don’t do it Tony!

  147. Zyconoclast

    Devinder ‘Dave’ Sharma

    Likely to be Lib preselection to Wentworth.
    Appointed ambassador to Israel in 2013 by Bob Carr.

  148. Snoopy

    LJ on the secret ballot.

    We’re in unprecedented times. Their about to roll a sitting prime minister. Your privacy should come second.

    FMD

  149. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2799239, posted on August 24, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Vesey quits AGL.

    Turnbull gone today too.

    Coincidence?
    I think not.
    Vesey knows that a couple of wagons are likely to be decoupled from his gravy train.

  150. Infidel Tiger

    Could all future legal advice please be given to Laura Jayes in emoji format?

  151. H B Bear

    Let’s be honest all this is a mere sideshow. Whoever is elected today is going to be in Opposition in six months or more likely three.

    It will say a lot about whether the Lieborals will even seek to regain a position somewhere on the Centre-Right of whatever remains of that increasingly less useful political spectrum.

  152. Infidel Tiger

    Let’s be honest all this is a mere sideshow. Whoever is elected today is going to be in Opposition in six months or more likely three.

    Febrile.

  153. Ryan

    ABC at least try to appear professional – no devices on screen, breaking info comes via the earpiece.

    Have seen a bit of both over the last few days, depending on which office I’m in the TV is either tuned to ABC or Sky. Speers despite the phone checking is streets ahead of anyone on the ABC. The less said about Gilbert and Ally McBeal the better though.

  154. mh

    From what you guys are describing, Laura Jayes is suffering from hysteria.

  155. Ryan

    The fact that Speers has to make all the phone calls himself as well as anchor the coverage is very amateurish though. This needs to be fixed before the network goes FTA.

  156. Snoopy

    Laura Jayes would have been an excellent fit for the East German Stasi.

  157. Anne

    Aussies interview the Naked Cowboy in Time Square.

    https://youtu.be/AbtwrZ6JAHI 2mins

    I’m sure I’ve met the blonde lady. She looks so familiar. 🤔

  158. Tom

    The fact that Speers has to make all the phone calls himself as well as anchor the coverage is very amateurish though. This needs to be fixed before the network goes FTA.

    Ryan, I think you misunderstand the nature of political reporting. The reason Speers is getting useful intelligence via his phone is the political players he’s communicating with will only deal with him personally, not some underling.

  159. jupes

    What a fucking day to lose Foxtel (and digital)!

  160. mh

    Has Laura Jayes still got her head stuck in paragraph 69?

  161. Anne

    Abbott is looking like a viable compromise candidate.

    Don’t do it Tony!

    GO FOR IT, TONE!!!

    You’ve got Trump as back up now!

    Globalist devils will soon be hobbled and thrown into the streets.

  162. BREAKING: Julie Bishop has just announced that should she win today’s leadership ballot she will be a loyal deputy to the new PM.

  163. Infidel Tiger

    Texting on the phone and shuffling shit around is pure theatre.

    None of them have a clue what is happening.

    Jayes’ twitter feed yesterday was a dumpster fire of wrongology.

    Giver her her due, Sharri Markson might he a vegan whacko but she has been right through all of this week.

  164. Woolfe

    OK Kieran Gilbert has blocked me on twitter but found a way I can still see his feed.

  165. Ryan

    Ryan, I think you misunderstand the nature of political reporting. The reason Speers is getting useful intelligence via his phone is the political players he’s communicating with will only deal with him personally, not some underling.

    Which is exactly why he shouldn’t be anchoring the coverage. Cross to him frequently by all means but having him pop in and out to take phone calls is not a good look for Sky. Then of course you’re left with Gilbert and Jayes hosting which would be an even bigger train wreck. The dearth of hosting talent for rolling news coverage needs to be addressed before the FTA launch.

  166. Snoopy

    Telling that Speers and the girls show absolutely no interest in the vandalism of Dutton’s electorate office. If it was Turnbull’s they would be talking of nothing else.

  167. Anne

    GO FOR IT, TONE!

    Deplorables Unite song.

    Tony Abbott at 1:37mins

    https://youtu.be/gWAgIVNzHKs 4 mins

    Brilliant!

  168. mh

    Matthias Cormann is definitely a politician with character and integrity.

    Liberal members need to listen to him and vote Dutton.

  169. jupes

    Matthias Cormann is definitely a politician with character and integrity.

    How could anyone of integrity be a part of Turnbull’s cabinet when it brought down Labor budgets and implemented Green’s energy policy?

  170. Snoopy

    I want to see Laura Jayes cry. That is all.

  171. H B Bear

    In among the whackjobs, weirdos, chancers and loons that is the Australian Senate there is always a couple worth listening to. Nick Minchin was largely responsible for bringing down Waffles the first time in 2009. The Father of Middle Class Welfare brought him back from the dead to get us to where we are today.

  172. Eyrie

    jupes, Cormann is just doing what his EU handlers want him to.

  173. Gab

    It’s a bit past 11am. Do we know who our PM is?

  174. Snoopy

    Keiran Gilbert: In situations like this what the Whip does is verify the list.

    There has never been a situation like this.

  175. mh

    Turnbull is insisting that he has to see every single name on the petition.

  176. mh

    John Howard, hang your head in shame.

  177. Anne

    It’s a bit past 11am. Do we know who our PM is?

    Not yet, Gab, but Stick Hillary is ahead by a bony elbow. 👿👠

  178. Snoopy

    Turnbull is insisting that he has to see every single name on the petition.

    It is his party. He bought it two years ago.

  179. C.L.

    For non-TV watchers … what’s the latest?
    Is there a meeting at some stage?

  180. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    is it done?

  181. Snoopy

    The Whip should call the meeting. If Turnbull doesn’t want to be there. So be it.

  182. mh

    The more Turnbull soils himself, the weaker Bitchop and SloMo look.

  183. mh

    It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to….😰

  184. v_maet

    CL, meeting at midday apparently.

  185. Snoopy

    After describing Turnbull’s demand for 43 signatures as sheer genius for the past 24 hours, Speers and the girls are backpedaling at a million miles an hour.

    Too late you fuckers.

  186. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Sky has Fiona Scott back on.

    This is officially a joke.

  187. Bruce of Newcastle

    Kalashnikov is having a bit of a run lately. Not only have they produced a real live Imperial Walker (called Igor) but now they’ve unleashed an electric Trabant to take on Elon.

    Kalashnikov’s CV-1 electric car touted as Russia’s answer to Tesla

    The firm behind the famous AK-47 assault rifle presented the eggshell-blue prototype vehicle, the CV-1, at an event near the capital, Moscow.

    It said the CV-1, inspired by a Soviet hatchback created in the 1970s, was a revolutionary cutting-edge “supercar”.

    Kalashnikov was earlier ridiculed over its new combat robot “little Igor”.

    The company said in a statement on Thursday that the CV-1 car featured a number of “complex systems” with technology that would “let us stand in the ranks of global electric car producers such as Tesla”.

    I can’t wait for an electric version of the Lada Niva.

  188. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    For non-TV watchers … what’s the latest?
    Is there a meeting at some stage?

    It’s Hitler in the bunker stage.

    Turnbull refusing to acknowledge The Whip or The Petition.

    Psychopath.

  189. The Barking Toad

    The Whip is a s weak as piss.

    Should have called it on yesterday.

    Turncoat’s final effort for Lucy’s revenge.

  190. Snoopy

    I think I have been too hard on LJ. She is twice as clever as Kieran Gilbert.

  191. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    @InsidersABC
    4h4 hours ago
    More
    The leadership farce is entirely the fault of Peter Dutton forces and reactionaries, says #Insiders panellist @vanOnselenP #InsidersReading #auspol

    We are blessed to have both the worst politicians and journalists on earth.

  192. Snoopy

    Dutton has taken the list to Turnbull’s office.

  193. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Sky now has Richo on. He appears to live in a luxurious mansion.

    This country is insane.

    We need so much healing.

  194. Eyrie

    BoN: ” I can’t wait for an electric version of the Lada Niva.”
    The Niva IIRC was a Fiat design and Flinders Uni converted one to electric in about 1979. Heaps of lead acid batteries scattered around any compartment. Another example of needless waste in educational institutions.

  195. Tom

    I’m surprised Trumble’s first Downfall video still hasn’t been uploaded to the web.

  196. lotocoti

    It’s Hitler in the bunker stage.

    Not quite.

  197. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Telling that PVO has no inside scoops now that his man Turnbull is cooked.

    He’s as angry and irrelevant as his snitch

  198. Snoopy

    We need so much healing.

    We’re gonna need a shitload of blood buckets.

  199. Confused Old Misfit

    We need so much healing.

    Somebody start printing up copies of the words for “Kumbayah”.

  200. Stimpson J. Cat

    Goodbye Malcolm,
    and thanks for all the light bulb moments.

  201. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Share market up today.

    We do not need a government.

    This country runs itself.

  202. Chris

    Goodbye Malcolm,
    and thanks for all the light bulb moments.

    For the smartest man in the room, he sure was a dim bulb.

  203. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

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  204. Herodotus

    He’s just made it worse again. New Malotto needed – how deep a hole can he dig and how bad can his legacy look?

  205. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Fuck me. Turnbull is demanding that each signature be verified.

    The Bloke is off his bonce.

    We need the TRG.

  206. H B Bear

    Good to see Prof van Wrongselen insert some idiocy into this farce.

  207. Herodotus

    At this point Nola Merino should be looking quite sheepish, being asked to verify the 43 signatures.

  208. John Howard, hang your head in shame.

    Oh please stop with the bash Howard shite, it’s fucking tedious. There’s approximately 24 million people you could blame for Turnbull; the media, the people of Wentworth, Abbott, the entire LNP party room, the NSW Libs, the piss weak pansy ass-hattery of so-called conservatives who sit around in think-tanks tut-tutting and pearl clutching instead of going out and getting their hands dirty, the general populace who prefer MKR to paying attention to who is running the country…

    Hands up anyone who hasn’t been taken in by a narcissist / sociopath / smooth-talking fraud in their life thus far?

    Yep, thought so.

  209. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Just saw a meme with Turnbull as OJ in the Ford Bronco!

  210. Stimpson J. Cat

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #1883450, posted on December 10, 2015 at 12:38 am
    Somewhere in Canberra

    Malcolm “Good morning everyone and thank you for coming to this gathering of some of the finest minds Canberra has ever seen. I take it you all got the memo about my new policy announcement for tomorrow entitled Innovation Nation. If I can…What is it Scotty?”

    Scott “Innovation means ideas right boss?”

    Malcolm “Yes Scott well done. As I was saying…Yes Scott?!”

    Scott “And our nation is Australia, right boss?”

    Malcolm “Yes Scott. And you don’t have to put your hand up to ask a question. Put your bloody hand down! The Inno…For f?cks sake Scotty what?!!!”

    Scott “So Innovation Nation is basically Team Australia with ideas right boss?”

    Malcolm “No Scotty you boat blocking buffoon it’s f?cking not!! That’s Tony’s idea, this is mine! Innovation Scott!!! Nation Scott!!!
    That’s it.
    Christopher take him out for an icey pole now!
    No Scotty don’t cry, you brought this on yourself.
    Any more sh?t from you and you’ll go in the corner with the man with the scary voice, you remember Ian don’t you Scotty?
    Out!!!”

    It’s hard being right. 🙂

  211. H B Bear

    Just turned on ALPBC TV. Utter lightweight Annabelle Crabbe is on. Is there some sort of competition between frightbats to see who can wear the most absurd glasses?

  212. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    I put it to you that Turnbull has been the problem in our politics for the last 15 years and most of the healing can happen when the xunt is shafted.

  213. Snoopy

    Two teams from 2nd Commando Regiment are in the air enroute to Parliament House.

  214. Herodotus

    The Libs need to be careful to elect a better Whip next time around, too.
    This is making them all look spineless, which may be true.

  215. Stimpson J. Cat

    The Libs need to be careful to elect a better Whip next time around, too.

    No next time.
    There is no next time.
    We are a Labor country now.

  216. Fuck me. Turnbull is demanding that each signature be verified.

    My God, if this man and his wife are ever allowed to walk down a public street again without being pelted with rotten food may we all die of shame.

  217. Herodotus

    What’s left? Watch out for an anonymous bomb threat by phone at 11.55am to clear the building.

  218. calli

    Ahahah! Just got in.

    Maolcolm wants the signatures “verified”. In other words, bully the dissaffected over their choice.

    What a disgusting, thinly veiled CFMEU type he is.

  219. Tom

    Sky: Trumble will quit his seat of Wentworth immediately, triggering a by-election before Christmas — no matter who is elected. Man, he hates that party with all his heart.

  220. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Turnbull is going to quit immediately the meeting is called and leave parliament.

    A great day no matter what.

  221. Herodotus

    He’s definitely going. Paging Peter King!

  222. Anne

    MalContent is struggling to integrate incongruous, mind slave programming to form a rational course of action.

    Anything could happen. 😳

    Nobody comes out of Global Banking with independent thought.

  223. Stimpson J. Cat

    Turnbull is going to quit immediately the meeting is called and leave parliament.
    A great day no matter what.

    What a tragic waste of Potential Greatness ™.

  224. H B Bear

    I put it to you that Turnbull has been the problem in our politics for the last 15 years and most of the healing can happen when the xunt is shafted.

    Certainly on the Lieboral side. Costello called it and pulled the pin for some easy six figure corporate jobs.

    Without wanting to trigger Mr Rusty, The Father of Middle Class Welfare and Hyacinth Bucket bear a large amount of the blame. Howard deliberately kept a range of Lieborals in possible leadership roles Costello, Downer and others without allowing any natural successor to emerge, for obvious reasons. By the time for leadership change it was too late. Costello also bears some of the blame for lacking the balls to challenge, something that Keating never lacked.

    And here we are a decade later. Lost years.

  225. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Two teams from 2nd Commando Regiment are in the air enroute to Parliament House.

    We may need that Thai diving team to get the children out.

    This is insane.

  226. jupes

    Maolcolm wants the signatures “verified”. In other words, bully the dissaffected over their choice.

    Any criticism of that by the big brains at Sky or the ABC?

  227. calli

    Sky: Trumble will quit his seat of Wentworth immediately, triggering a by-election before Christmas — no matter who is elected. Man, he hates that party with all his heart.

    What is done out of hate and spite will turn to good. Wentworth needs a Conservative representative.

  228. Snoopy

    FMD Now the Sky girls are shilling for Christine Forster.

  229. Rae

    Clearly, Turnbull is a much better poker player than anyone else in this game so far. It’s obvious the others were bluffing, saying they had the numbers when they actually didn’t. And now they’ve been forced to scramble to produce the list of signatories that Turnbull demanded in time for the high noon meeting to be called.

    What I think would be really great is if Turnbull’s very first statement to that meeting is to tell them that he has referred Dutton to the High Court to properly determine his s44 eligibility.

  230. stackja

    4m agoAugust 24, 2018
    Highlight
    So, a recap of a frantic morning:
    Angelo Risso

    – A Liberal party-room meeting will go ahead as soon as the 43 signatures on a petition to convene the meeting are verified. This has occurred at Malcolm Turnbull’s insistence and a meeting should be confirmed imminently.

    – Peter Dutton has been declared “not incapable” to serve in parliament by the solicitor-general, but “some risk” remains that he isn’t in the clear.

    – Mitch Fifield has reportedly shifted support from Mr Dutton to Treasurer Scott Morrison, having abandoned Mr Turnbull for Mr Dutton yesterday.

    – Julie Bishop is pushing hard for the leadership, phoning every MP directly.

    – An unnamed Liberal MP from Victoria has reportedly promised to move to the crossbench if Mr Dutton is chosen as leader.

    – Mathias Cormann says Mr Dutton is best suited to claim the “aspirational” vote and those who once identified as John Howard’s “battlers”.

  231. What is done out of hate and spite will turn to good. Wentworth needs a Conservative representative.

    Indeed. Turdball is only confirming his complete and utter self-absorption.

  232. stackja

    Look at that big hand move along
    Nearin’ high noon

  233. Anne

    Light bulbs!

    Good one Stimp. 😂

  234. Snoopy

    What I think would be really great is if Turnbull’s very first statement to that meeting is to tell them that he has referred Dutton to the High Court to properly determine his s44 eligibility.

    So what you idiot?

  235. Sky: Trumble will quit his seat of Wentworth immediately, triggering a by-election before Christmas

    Predictable. Nothing can be passed in the House until then, effectively crippling Dutton.
    Though maybe the Speaker can cast a vote?

  236. bundyrum

    Any chance of potential greatness coming in the next 10 minutes?

  237. stackja

    However, while that risk cannot be entirely discounted, it would remain necessary for the Court to identify an agreement in which Mr Dutton held that interest. I am unable to identify such an agreement.

  238. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Any chance of potential greatness coming in the next 10 minutes?

    Unless he blows his brains out, probably not.

  239. Helen

    I believe Dutton had the numbers but people were frightened of the wrath of Turdball in his revenge. Like Bronwyn Bishop said – he only wants the list for vengance.

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