Open Forum: August 25, 2018

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  1. DrBeauGan

    m0nty
    #2802459, posted on August 26, 2018 at 9:46 pm
    Poison is preferable to a red hot poker up the jacksie.

    Have you tried both?

  2. H B Bear

    LOL – will he get a dead cat bounce?

    Not if it is frozen.

  3. egg_

    You can see they are still in mourning.

    The puppetmaster reveals its true colours.

  4. H B Bear

    So SloMo starts with a 33% Lieboral primary vote after Waffleworth’s hospital handpass.

    Can he get a Gillardian “2” in front of that?

  5. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    m0nty
    #2802459, posted on August 26, 2018 at 9:46 pm
    Poison is preferable to a red hot poker up the jacksie

    I ask not about what experience the resident Fascist hyena has had, that leads him to make such an emphatic statement..

  6. egg_

    Not if it is frozen.

    Strangled and frozen?

  7. JC

    I think I’ve seen all there is to see in the universe now.

    I saw an African and Indian dude sitting on a brick fence bickering in Italian about who’s owed what in a hawking exposition.

  8. Fleeced

    She melted down with Bolt a few years back. She does not like being shown up as a hypocrite.

    Does it seem most of the “true believers” in Turnbull are women, or am I misreading?

  9. egg_

    I ask not about what experience the resident Fascist hyena has had, that leads him to make such an emphatic statement..

    I love the smell of smoked hyena in the morning.

  10. Split brain: One side a believer in god, the other not!

    Terrible take on free will. Conflating it with self-conciousness. Thinking that habitual conduct contradicts free will. And so on.It seems that people have learned all the wrong things from Libet’s failure.

  11. JC

    Ronery stirring with excitement at the thought.

  12. Leigh Lowe

    Would have been 56-44 with Turnbull after the NEG debacle.

    Phhht.
    Internal polling shows the Libs at 60:40 with Mal’s approval rating at eleventy.
    Newspoll is run by evil right-wing Nazis at News Corpse.

  13. Leigh Lowe

    m0nty

    #2802459, posted on August 26, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    Poison is preferable to a red hot poker up the jacksie.

    Always thinking about sex, eh, mOnster?

  14. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I love the smell of smoked hyena in the morning.

    Snork, snork..

  15. stackja

    Newspoll LNP down. ALP 8% 20 seats. BS lead over ScoMo.

  16. H B Bear

    Don’t think we’ll be hearing much about Newspoll numbers from SloMo.

  17. stackja

    Julie Bishop has been hailed as ‘Australia’s finest foreign minister’ as she resigns from her position
    Sheradyn Holderhead, National Political Reporter, The Daily Telegraph
    25 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    JULIE Bishop was praised as “Australia’s finest” foreign minister and the most significant woman in Liberal Party history yesterday after she announced she was quitting the front bench.

    Ms Bishop, 62, who stood unsuccessfully as the third candidate in last week’s Liberal leadership spill, became its ­latest casualty as she stepped down as the country’s top ­diplomat.

    “I will remain on the backbench as a strong voice for Western Australia,” Ms Bishop said in a statement.

  18. stackja

    The Australian Retweeted
    Ewin Hannan
    ‏Verified account @EwinHannan
    14 minutes ago
    Newspoll: popular support for Coalition crashes to lowest level in a decade. 2PP 56-44. Primary vote: ALP 41 Coalition 33. Preferred PM Shorten 39 Morrison 33

  19. None

    Ok I think that news poll was taken across the weekend starting from Thursday so they certainly would have had some of them knowing Morrison was the new prime minister but probably not knowing the cabinet maybe. I don’t think that cabinet with duds like pyne and payne being rewarded is going to win votes.

  20. Candy

    I don’t think anything certain can be read into that particular Newspoll. Even BS would be cautious. It could all just as easily go the other way next time.

  21. Leigh Lowe

    Julie Bishop has been hailed as ‘Australia’s finest foreign minister’ as she resigns from her position

    Who is doing this “hailing”?

  22. Makka

    NEWSPOLL

    The destruction of the LNP is coming to fruition. Rejoice!

  23. None

    Yes all the overseas luvvies are reported to have liked Julie Bishop. But of course she was just a party girl. Imagine now having to deal with the lumbering fat dull Marise Payne. What a crack up.

  24. stackja

    Leigh Lowe
    #2802484, posted on August 26, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Malcolm Turnbull, who was toppled in Friday’s coup, praised her as “Australia’s finest foreign minister”.

    “She has been and remains an inspiring role model for women here and around the world,” he tweeted.

    Cabinet minister Simon Birmingham called her “the most significant woman in the history of the Liberal Party”.

  25. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Julie Bishop has been hailed as ‘Australia’s finest foreign minister’ as she resigns from her position

    I’m sorry, I’m struggling to remember any great diplomatic coup achieved by “Australia’s finest foreign minister?”

  26. Leo G

    Julie Bishop has been hailed as ‘Australia’s finest foreign minister’ as she resigns from her position

    By a slender margin?

  27. Infidel Tiger

    Julie Bishop has been hailed as ‘Australia’s finest foreign minister’ as she resigns from her position

    When Trump won the election in 2016, the only person who was able to get Turnbull his phone number was Greg Norman.

    Good work Bishop.

  28. Makka

    I don’t think anything certain can be read into that particular Newspoll. Even BS would be cautious.

    LOL. The Cat watches politics closer than any Australian blog and a lot more accurately. Was there any surprises here, other than being marginally worse for the Libs than expected?

    Shorten will not be cautious, he will be feeling very smug. Unassailable even.

    Well done, Stupid. Fucking. Liberals. They cannot even get rid of a narcissistic PM properly. The morons then install one of his staunchest psychofans.

  29. DrBeauGan

    I don’t understand your preoccupation with the doings of the mental and moral pygmies of politics. If they decide in their folly to destroy the country, there’s bugger all you can do about it anyway, short of systematic assassination.

  30. H B Bear

    What is with the freak show on Channel 7 Sunday Night? Dude looks like Thunderbird and the woman looks like she stuck her head in a beehive. FTA television needs to do a Fauxfacts and just die.

  31. JC

    When exactly was the Newspoll taken?

  32. Eddystone

    They’re going to have to let out the frocks for the next FM, that’s for sure.

  33. H B Bear

    NEWSPOLL
    The destruction of the LNP is coming to fruition. Rejoice!

    So far so good. Wait until the election when the Lieborals try and run a campaign without any cash or volunteers. And then the real sh1tfight begins in Opposition.

  34. Leigh Lowe

    Riight.
    If your referee is Simon Birmingham you are in a lot of bovver.
    However, even though I reckon Birmingham is a git, I have no doubt Trumble sold him down the river. I reckon he tied Birmingham’s hands regarding the Catholic education funding and, if it turned to shit, Trumble would sideline Birmingham and magically fix it.

  35. JC

    None, thanks

    If the poll was taken commencing Thursday, then it’s meaningless to a large extent, as we don’t know the cohort before and after.

  36. Bruce in WA

    Cary, FOAD, you low-rent troll.

  37. Makka

    Scomo is captured in the poll. It’s far from meaningless. Libs are fkd. (BIRM)

    The two party preferred split between the two parties has also blown out from a slim two point gap of 49/51 in favour of Labor only a fortnight ago to a twelve point margin, with Labor now leading 56/44.

    In the first head to head poll to test Mr Morrison’s public appeal, Mr Shorten has emerged as the more popular leader, reversing a 12 point lead by Malcolm Turnbull two weeks ago into a six-point lead (39/33) for the Opposition leader over the new prime minister.

  38. Phillthegeek

    The ALP primary on Newspoll has a 4 in front. 🙂

    The Libs have no $ to run a campaign.

    Their “conservative base” is delusional in that they think the Libs need to go further to the right.

    The ALP have the campaign machine, with, most importantly, its attendant army of motivated volunteer boots on the ground ready to roll.

    Lots of Liberal MP’s should really be starting to consider their careers post politics. 🙂

  39. max

    So far so good. Wait until the election when the Lieborals try and run a campaign without any cash or volunteers. And then the real sh1tfight begins in Opposition.

    The dawning realisation that the ship is slipping beneath the waves even under the new skipper and then the chagrin will be an entertaining undercard.

  40. stackja

    Maybe taken August 22nd to 23rd

  41. None

    Keeping Pyne Payne and Birmingham were seriously bad moves. F****** hell even promoting them. The Oz is is reporting that Payne was Julie Bishop’s strong recommendation. Why? Fuck knows. Vagina I guess.

  42. None

    Honestly just ignore the preferred p.m. poll it is a f****** useless measure. Howard won elections always as the least popular prime minister. The only thing that counts is the primary vote and the Libs cannot win with that primary vote. Dear voters keep rubbing that in.

  43. Crossie

    The particularly odious idea about only the baptised not being damned to hell (more any kind of fundamentalists, an American weirdness where Christianity is about Jesus cult rather than the holy trinity) is not scripturally based; the new testament mentions sinless Gews before the ministry of Jesus.

    Why do you care since you are from what I understand either atheist or Muslim?

  44. None

    Even Alexander Downer said Bishop was a good FM. LoL. She must have been ringing around the traps asking people for references. The FM job is largely useless now in this day and age of global communications.

  45. Crossie

    Julie Bishop has been hailed as ‘Australia’s finest foreign minister’ as she resigns from her position

    By a slender margin?

    And that slender margin was the bulky figure of Kevni.

  46. P

    No use looking around for Tony, he’s busy driving the Boral truck

  47. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    So far so good. Wait until the election when the Lieborals try and run a campaign without any cash or volunteers. And then the real sh1tfight begins in Opposition.

    Harsh, but fair. When the donations and the volunteers dry up, the ensuing ratfuck should be most interesting.

    “Election Day? Hand out How to Vote Cards? Sorry, the only How to Vote Cards I’ll be handing out are for Australian Conservatives…”

  48. max

    I reckon he tied Birmingham’s hands regarding the Catholic education funding and, if it turned to shit, Trumble would sideline Birmingham and magically fix it.

    Yes, remember how he did that to O’Dwyer ?

  49. Crossie

    None
    #2802508, posted on August 26, 2018 at 10:34 pm
    Even Alexander Downer said Bishop was a good FM. LoL. She must have been ringing around the traps asking people for references. The FM job is largely useless now in this day and age of global communications.

    ———

    After the Trump “dossier” shenanigans in London I am not inclined to give Alexander Downer any benefit of the doubt.

  50. Leigh Lowe

    When Trump won the election in 2016, the only person who was able to get Turnbull his phone number was Greg Norman.

    Good work Bishop.

    Ease up.
    She’s got Rihanna and Beyonce on speed-dial.

  51. JC

    It’s also far from accurate if the polling started on Thursday. There’s damage but no way of accounting for how bad.

  52. Leigh Lowe

    Julie Bishop has been hailed as ‘Australia’s finest foreign minister’ as she resigns from her position

    Reports just coming in that Kevin Rudd has spontaneously combusted.

  53. JC

    If Morrison manages to hold shit together and look halfway like a PM it’s not a given they’d lose. I think punterland is getting used to turnpike that is the PM office now.

  54. Makka

    The FM job is largely useless now in this day and age of global communications.

    Unless you are on the receiving end of her handouts.

  55. Crossie

    I have a theory about the feminists who claim to have suffered indignities and cruelties at the hands of their lovers or husbands. I posit that they choose these rotters, either consciously or subconsciously, so that they will have a real experience and an excuse for badmouthing all men. What ideological profit is there in splitting up from a nice man they merely grew tired of?

  56. It’s also far from accurate if the polling started on Thursday. There’s damage but no way of accounting for how bad.

    Counterpoint: it could be worse.

  57. Crossie

    “Election Day? Hand out How to Vote Cards? Sorry, the only How to Vote Cards I’ll be handing out are for Australian Conservatives…”

    I bet the fashionably bald-headed Julian Leembruggen, ScoMo’s most loyal lieutenant (according to Sunday Telegraph), would even be aware of the harsh realities of elections. At his age it’s all about being tech savvy which would be fine if we voted online but when you have to drag yourself to the nearest school hall while running the gauntlet of Labor and Greens at the gates waving their how-to-vote handouts you might be tempted to donkey vote.

  58. Oh come on

    The next several weeks will be crucial in setting the tone for Morro’s PMship. This kind of thing can be a circuit-breaker, particularly when the alternative PM is as rubbish as Shorten.

    A new leader is always a new hope, even when the odds are against him. Trumble was headed for certain defeat. Morro could pull off a reset.

  59. None

    Someone has to explain that Boral truck cartoon of Pickering’s. Sorry I’m a bit slow with that one. Boral Gyprock. Boral cement? What? Too cryptic for me.

  60. JC

    It could be worse, sure. That wasn’t my point , fatboy.

    Wifey is a great thermo for figuring out where the average disinterested punter is. She hated the idea of another PM, but she can’t stand shorten because he’s “creepy” looking and sounds it even more.

    Morrison has time to turn this’s abortion around in six months.

  61. LOL at you lot talking yourselves into optimism. Pretty soon you’ll be making Obama-style posters saying HOPE.

  62. None

    Oh come on: Morrison is likely to fail because he grabbed power in an opportunistic fit. He has never once laid out any broad policy vision the way say Abbott or even Latham and Swan did no matter how misguided. Dutton at least challenge Turnbull over a policy difference namely NEG. Why did Scott roll Turnbull can I actually tell you question mark the time to tell us was the moment he emerged from that party room as the new prime minister. He did not all he did was talk about himself and give us motherhood statements and he has spent the whole weekend doing nothing but shoring up his support. Sure yes he may pull a rabbit out of the hat but it will be on the backs of a few ministers provided they can pull it out of Paris etc etc. By the way I noticed immigration has been taken away from home affairs and given to Coleman. Who the hell is he when he’s at home? If immigration is now under the home affairs umbrella as far as the public sector is concerned then having a separate ministers going to be awkward and defeats the purpose of that super department

  63. Habib

    The drop is even beyond my jaundiced expectations. I’ll wait for the next one in a fortnight, however given that they’ve comprehensively pissed on us from a great height, I can’t see any recovery. Frankly the sooner this whiffy corpse realises it’s dead, and finally lies down and decomposes the better. To think I almost joined that ovine-stupid morass during the Rudd era of imbecility makes me cringe. They suckered an awful lot of people, some may say there were unrealistic expectations. It won’t happen again, we have equally low expectations of every single one of these sanguisuge.

  64. Siltstone

    None, the truck is to concrete up Turnbull tomb such that none can roll away the stone.

  65. Infidel Tiger

    Jesse Rodriguez
    @JesseRodriguez
    Senator John McCain’s mother Roberta McCain is still alive. She is 106 years old.
    9:05 AM · Aug 26, 2018

    Wow.

  66. JC

    OCO

    Turnbull was actually doing okish until he totally fucked himself with the NEG. Before the NEG he was hanging in and looking a little more like a PM. He was like the slapper- if there was a rock half a mile away from his walking direction , the fucking moron would find a way to trip over it.

  67. None

    I will also say it again. Voters are sick of being told that their choice is between dysentery and diarrhoea. This is why I nearly 40% now vote for minor parties and that figure will only grow and that will mean even under the new rules we will still have Italian Senates.

  68. P

    Someone has to explain that Boral truck cartoon of Pickering’s. Sorry I’m a bit slow with that one. Boral Gyprock. Boral cement? What? Too cryptic for me.

    Then check the comments in that link.

    esp: Boral where TA was once employed for just under one year as manager to settle disputation from unionists there and get the batch plant running more smoothly. He was too tough and Boral told him so. TA did the job successfully but resigned, apparently frustrated that his managers were weak.

  69. JC

    Senator John McCain’s mother Roberta McCain is still alive. She is 106 years old.

    There’s someone in my mother’s nursing home who’s 106ish. What a mess.

  70. None

    LoL, thanks Siltstone. I definitely had a blonde moment over that one.

  71. Makka

    And Bernardi is nowhere to be seen or heard.

  72. mh

    This Newspoll isn’t of great importance. The past week had too much political information for most people surveyed to comprehend or give a f+%k about.

  73. Oh come on

    Don’t get me wrong, Morro will probably balls it up and he is a contemptible figure, and the LP is a rotten hulk that deserves to be deep-sixed, and let’s hope it’ll happen sooner rather than later.

    However, a new PM always has a chance to tidy up the mess of an unloved and demonstrably unwanted predecessor. This is simply a fact. I think it’s unlikely Morro will be able to pull it off, but the potential is there. Considering that his opponent is Shorten, his chances of succeeding are bolstered somewhat.

  74. P

    Julie Bishop has been hailed as ‘Australia’s finest foreign minister’ as she resigns from her position

    When Trump won the election in 2016, the only person who was able to get Turnbull his phone number was Greg Norman.
    Good work Bishop.

  75. David from Canberra

    MEDIA STATEMENT FROM KEITH PITT MP:

    I have today advised the Deputy Prime Minister and Prime Minister of my decision to resign from the ministry. It has been a great privilege to serve the Australian people, particularly in a role which delivers much needed infrastructure to the regions.

    However, I will always put the national interest and the interests of my constituents above my own. I will always put reducing power prices, before Paris.

    I provide my genuine thanks to the leadership for the opportunities I have been provided. I look forward to contesting the next election and Scott Morrison and his new executive has my full support. A Bill Shorten Labor government will only result in higher taxes, higher power prices and less money in people’s pockets.

  76. None

    Politicians only care about the marginals mibd you these days the definition of marginal is quite flexible
    https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/amp.9news.com.au/article/06a4513c-19af-455a-970b-95ca967444f4

  77. mh

    We get caught up in 2pp, but let’s not praise any party that happens to be leading that poll. Both parties are on the slide, hence PHON, Conservatives, Katter, LDP, etc. The preferential voting systems covers up this shift away from the 2 major parties.

  78. JC

    None

    Morrrison is an opportunistic douchebag, but Dutton looks and talks like a mongoloid- not that there’s anything wrong with “downers”.

    Lots of people here are downers.

  79. David from Canberra

    First resignation from ScoMo ministry – over Paris climate change, etc. Doesn’t bode well.

  80. min

    Who is advising ScoMo’ Parkinson Textor? His electorate’s polling on issues may give him a nudge . Is it a Barry Battler area or an Andy Aspirational scene all
    struggling with energy bills ,mortgages, tolls and hours in traffic ? How can the moderates not see how bad it is , bad polls,no funds they must be unrealistic optimists to think they have any hope of saving their seats.

  81. Habib

    None, it’s a follow-on from Our Savior being nailed up on Calvary. Following his crucifiction he’d be bunged in a hole, to await his resurrection. Abbott’s got the cemrnt truck to ensure the actual anti-saviour can’t roll away the stone*.

    *© Leon Russell.

  82. Snoopy

    Shorten’s biggest weakness is that he is hopeless at faking sincerity.

  83. None

    I think that Bernardi has been out and about Macca – he did say something to the effect of the let’s just voted back in the very people who created the mess , e.g. NEG. just no cut through. Shelton only tweets and who knows what that Sophie woman does.

  84. Oh come on

    Turnbull was actually doing okish until he totally fucked himself with the NEG. Before the NEG he was hanging in and looking a little more like a PM.

    I’m not entirely sure. Certainly the MSM afforded him some grudging respect after the SSM referendum delivered the result they were hoping for. I think the shift in the media’s coverage of him made it seem like he was finally getting into his stride. And then he seemed to be getting some tactical plays right, ie. the ‘super Saturday’ by-election timing, which was claimed to disadvantage Labor.

    When the LNP had its clock cleaned in those by-elections, I think it was all over for Trumble.

  85. mh

    LOL at you lot talking yourselves into optimism. Pretty soon you’ll be making Obama-style posters saying HOPE.

    I bet you have one of those posters, Monty.

  86. Mark A

    None
    #2802527, posted on August 26, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Oh come on: Morrison is likely to fail because he grabbed power in an opportunistic fit. He has never once laid out any broad policy vision the way say Abbott or even Latham and Swan did no matter how misguided.

    Morrison had no policies to run with for the simple reason, that he had no intention of toppling Turnbull.
    Not until Turnbull realised that he was a goner, and engineered a takeover by
    Morrison, both as a revenge and also saving his legacy to a certain extent.

    His intentions with the delaying tactics became clear, soon as Morrison’s candidature was announced.

  87. JC

    Shelton only tweets and who knows what that Sophie woman does.

    Lyle? I keep receiving his tweets and have no idea who he is.

  88. None

    Thanks Habib. It makes sense now that people have explained it to me. I must admit I couldn’t understand what that big rock down the bottom right was meant to be either. LoL. Definitely a blonde moment even though I’m a brunette.

  89. Death Giraffe

    A new leader is always a new hope, even when the odds are against him. Trumble was headed for certain defeat. Morro could pull off a reset.

    ..
    Dumb Liberals were given a chance to turn it around and got spooked out of it.
    Who the hell is going to be impressed by this lame move?
    Turnbullites and doctors wives will now vote green.
    Conservative base will finally get the message they ain’t welcome in the new pissing wet liberal party.

  90. Makka

    However, a new PM always has a chance to tidy up the mess of an unloved and demonstrably unwanted predecessor.

    That might have happened a few years ago but not now. The electorate is awake to these shenanigans. He might get some bounce if he brings in a new message, a new direction, new policies. Differentiated from the past. Turdball nixxed the NEG before he was topped. What now? More green shyte, RET in place, renewables still chaining us to high power prices with promises that costs will come down in 10 years. Cuts in immigration? Forget about it. Lower taxes? Lol. In other words, business as usual.

    The media will flay him alive if his policies are seen too close to Turdballs. And we know the media here only have hardons for Marxism. Scomo will not take them on.

    Scomo and the Libs are finished. The obituary just isn’t published yet.

  91. Habib

    Like a 50 against the wallabies, we know the liberal-nationals are well capable of a teen primary. We should get behind them, and root for them like they’re rooting us.

  92. Infidel Tiger

    Turnbull was actually doing okish until he totally fucked himself with the NEG. Before the NEG he was hanging in and looking a little more like a PM.

    No. The Longman by-election showed us exactly how he was travelling.

    ScoMo is opportunistic weasel and I hope he does in a fire metaphorically, but by God he is an improvement.

  93. None

    Indeed Mark A. And that is most evident with the leaking of the WhatsApp conversation. When you have Pyne and co. plotting to stab Bishop to back Morrison (just to block Dutton) you know Morrison is hollow as, a puppet and a policy free zone. I did wonder when LNP Insider posted here that they needed Julie Bishop to win the first round so that Morrisons votes will go to Dutton. It was inevitable that the others were thinking the opposite. Which is why I’m not too sure where the LNP inside a should be posting here. Who knows, I could be Lucy 🙂

  94. Snoopy

    No. The Longman by-election showed us exactly how he was travelling.

    Indeed.

  95. None

    JC Shelton is an AC senate candidate for Queensland and the AC communication director.

  96. C.L.

    The Morrison Bounce!

    Ahahahahahahaha.

  97. JC

    ScoMo is opportunistic weasel

    Lol. Totally.

    Morrison should do a Castor Sotto and jump onto the partiamentary dispatch table after his first speech.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jpJCikaDCiE

    It would get him a lot of votes.

  98. mh

    Any links to Miranda’s meltdown?

  99. JC

    JC Shelton is an AC senate candidate for Queensland and the AC communication director.

    He’s tireless in his tweets. Almost as many tweets as 1010 and his twin.

  100. C.L.

    Holy Dooley.
    It doesn’t get any more explosive than this …
    Very senior Vatican power-broker accuses Pope Francis of covering up for homosexual predator Archbishop McCarrick. Not only covering up for him but lifting sanctions against McCarrick imposed by Benedict XVI and then proceeding to take advice from him on the appointment of US bishops.

    In an 11-page written testament, a former apostolic nuncio to the United States has accused several senior prelates of complicity in covering up Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s allegations of sexual abuse, and has claimed that Pope Francis knew about sanctions imposed on then-Cardinal McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI but chose to repeal them.

    Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, who served as apostolic nuncio in Washington D.C. from 2011 to 2016, wrote that in the late 2000s, Benedict had “imposed on Cardinal McCarrick sanctions similar to those now imposed on him by Pope Francis” and that Viganò personally told Pope Francis about those sanctions in 2013.

    Archbishop Viganò said in his written statement that Pope Francis “continued to cover” for McCarrick and not only did he “not take into account the sanctions that Pope Benedict had imposed on him” but also made McCarrick “his trusted counselor,” claiming that the former archbishop of Washington advised the pope to appoint a number of bishops in the United States, including Cardinals Blase Cupich of Chicago and Joseph Tobin of Newark.

    Archbishop Viganò, who said his “conscience dictates” that the truth be known as “the corruption has reached the very top of the Church’s hierarchy,” ended his testimony by calling on Pope Francis and all of those implicated in the cover up of Archbishop McCarrick’s abuse to resign.

    Catholic News Agency: Ex-nuncio accuses Pope Francis of failing to act on McCarrick’s abuse reports.

  101. teddy bear

    So a rotting corpse doesn’t bounce when you set it on fire, whoda thunk it.

    Should at least be entertaining watching it flail around for a while.

  102. Philippa Martyr

    Nikki Savva is starting to write like Bob Ellis.

  103. Leigh Lowe

    Turnbull was actually doing okish until he totally fucked himself with the NEG. Before the NEG he was hanging in and looking a little more like a PM.

    No. The Longman by-election showed us exactly how he was travelling.

    In a weird way these things are related. A rational thinker would absorb the messages of Longman… corporate tax, electricity prices, worry about superanuation (not to mention shithouse campaigning).
    Trumble saw this as his last chance to avenge the party room defeat of 2009 and jam climate change policy right up the arse of the voters “who don’t matter”.

  104. Leigh Lowe

    Nikki Savva is starting to write like Bob Ellis.

    She’s graduated from 2 litre chardonnay casks to 4 litre?

  105. JC

    You think the punters were upset about Corp. tax cuts, Leigh?

    If they were there was not one single voice explaining the benefits. Not a one. Disgraceful fucks.

  106. Mitch M.

    It seems that people have learned all the wrong things from Libet’s failure.

    Libet’s irrelevant. I pointed out to you yonks ago why the interpretation of that experiment was shot to hell yet you insisted Feser should take those issues seriously but he too fell into the same interpretative error. The fascinating issue here is how even abstract concepts like God can be divided in the brain, that being consistent with numerous other findings on split brain patients.

  107. John Constantine

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/hi-sobriety-our-changing-relationship-with-alcohol-20180813-p4zx5r.html

    Once the zero calorie legal marijuana tinctures and spirits arrive on the market, they will be the most potent black swan creative destruction event to hit the industrial alcohol complex since prohibition.

    Alcohol isn’t the new smoking, alcohol is the new leprosy.

    The thin lipped left are incandescent with the burning urge to ban.

    Their lap-banded shortfilth can’t even choke down a pot of beer.

  108. Leigh Lowe

    Correct JC.
    The campaign ran lines like “hospitals before banks” and “schools before banks”.
    I’ll bet uber-deadshit Trumble laughed at the ALP’s “simplistic populist campaign”.
    Except he left the door open by never once pushing the importance of tax cuts.
    He could have pointed to the US economy after corporate and personal tax cuts, but no … because Trump.

  109. Chris

    I don’t understand your preoccupation with the doings of the mental and moral pygmies of politics. If they decide in their folly to destroy the country, there’s bugger all you can do about it anyway, short of systematic assassination.

    No ambition, the yoong people these days…

  110. C.L.

    The “skol, skol, skol” thing with politicians in public places is embarrassing.
    Major kudos to the first major political figure who looks at the mob and says, “no.”
    Would Rees-Mogg skol a beer at the behest a mob? Would Ronald Reagan?
    No and no.

  111. None

    Philippa Martyr

    #2802568, posted on August 26, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Nikki Savva is starting to write like Bob Ellis.

    😂😂😂

  112. None

    Gosh I think Julie Bishop has sunk half the foreign aid budget on Botox and fillers for her face.

  113. C.L.

    Cardinal Vigano’s letter in full.
    I have never read such an explosive list of charges in relation to a pope and senior prelates.

  114. DrBeauGan

    There’s a petition up on gab.ai to persuade potus to switch from Twitter to Gab.

  115. DrBeauGan

    C.L.
    #2802580, posted on August 27, 2018 at 12:28 am
    Cardinal Vigano’s letter in full.
    I have never read such an explosive list of charges in relation to a pope and senior prelates.

    Now we can guess why Franky got the job. He was supported by the buggery boys.

  116. Beachcomber

    Ex-nuncio accuses Pope Francis of failing to act on abuse reports.

    This will get zero coverage by Their ABC-TASS media. Their cultural Marxist poster-boy Pope will be protected.

  117. Makka

    Now we can guess why Franky got the job. He was supported by the buggery boys.

    It’s why Benedict was made to stand down. He was coming down too hard on them.

  118. None

    Bloody hell. Is that Cardinal Vigano letter real? Well it must be because even the Australian is reporting it. Wuerl of course has denied any sanction against McCarrick. Benedict XVI is still alive … there must be records …

  119. Mark A

    DrBeauGan
    #2802582, posted on August 27, 2018 at 12:36 am

    There’s a petition up on gab.ai to persuade potus to switch from Twitter to Gab.

    It would just about kill twitter dead.

  120. DrBeauGan

    It would just about kill twitter dead.

    It could hit Facebook too.

    I could live with that.

  121. None

    Ladbrokes Politics
    ‏Verified account @LadbrokesAuspol
    3h3 hours ago

    Prime Minister after the next federal election:

    Bill Shorten $1.35

    Scott Morrison $3.40

    MARKET: https://m.ladbrokes.com.au/sports/politics/australia/futures-outrights/australian-politics-federal/23450981

    #auspol #newspoll

  122. None

    Bevan Shields
    ‏Verified account @BevanShields
    2h2 hours ago

    Just looked at the Newspoll data archive…

    From what I can tell, since 1985 the Coalition has only ever recorded a primary vote as bad as tonight’s shocker of 33 on two occasions:
    * June 2008: 33
    * March 2008: 31

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/newspoll … #auspol #newspoll

  123. None

    If I read the Newspoll shifts right, ON lost 2% and it went to Labor. LOL. What a goat rodeo.

  124. None

    2008 was the year of the Turunbull/Nelson leadership spill – that was also precipitated by Newspolls (including really bad preferred PM, total waste as that does not indicate voting intention) and of course faffing around about stupid climate change policy. It seems climate change only kills lefty politicians.

    Remember under Tony Abbott the Libs got a + 5.3% swing to the LNP in 2010 and a + 3.6% swing to LNP in 2013.
    Turnbull led them to a 3.23% swing to Labor in 2016.

  125. None

    The National Catholic Register has independently confirmed that the allegations against McCarrick were certainly known to Benedict, and the Pope Emeritus remembers instructing Cardinal Bertone to impose measures but cannot recall their exact nature.

    Don’t ask me how
    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/ex-nuncio-accuses-pope-francis-of-failing-to-act-on-mccarricks-abuse-reports-81797

  126. Mark A

    None
    #2802593, posted on August 27, 2018 at 1:29 am

    Money quote:
    https://twitter.com/RealMarkLatham/status/1033230471855923200
    The base won’t be back.

    Not on twitter but subs to Latham.
    I’m in the same boat as he is, I haven’t changed my views the party I had supported moved.

  127. None

    I’m not on twitter anymore either MarkA but easy to have a look at what’s going on there. Latham and Credlin I think are the two best political commentators in Oz.

    Latham also correct here: https://twitter.com/RealMarkLatham/status/1033500761768878080

    (Frankly that picture Morrison tweeted – and the caption – gives me the creeps. A family that doesn’t eat together doesn’t stay together. A man who invites cameras into the precious little time he gets with his family is even creepier. As I have mentioned before his eldest daughter does not seem happy and this photo doesn’t remove that idea from my head. In any case, the last thing one should do is expose her – or any politician’s child – to this sort of exploitative publicity. ).

  128. None

    Mark Latham is also a big patriot. And fearlessly so.
    https://twitter.com/RealMarkLatham/status/1033292847917584384
    Good on him I say. You might not agree with him but he is always worth listening to.

  129. JC

    Cardinal Vigano’s letter in full.
    I have never read such an explosive list of charges in relation to a pope and senior prelates.

    Damn, I heading to the Vat tomorrow. I may ask for an audience and request we impeach the leftist jerk.

  130. None

    Morrison has offered Abbott a position as special envoy to the prime minister for indigenous affairs. Oh my god it’s make work designed to get him to Kowtow to Morrison by doing absolutely nothing for indigenous issues. More talkfest.

  131. Tom

    Johannes Leak (with a Paywallian feature on the NT News).

  132. Tom

    STOP PRESS: for the first time this year, leftoid dullard Jon Kudelka draws a witty cartoon.

  133. None

    OMG I laughed at a Kudelka cartoon.

    Thanks, Tom.

  134. None

    I don’t think this Coleman dude who is the new minister for Immigration (Morrison took it off Home Affairs) will be any good.
    I see he made Barnaby and ‘Special Envoy’ for Drought Relief or something. And as I noted last night offered Abbott a make work position as ‘Special Envoy’ for Indigenous Issue because not one of us has a clue about indigenous issues. I mean, someone has to tell Morrison THAT FOUR YEAR OLDS GET RAPED.

    One can only guess Morrison saw the polls last night and panicked.

  135. Bruce of Newcastle

    Kudelka does some great cartoons sometimes. The current captain’s red shirt is a nice touch! I liked the Turnbull and the jug of water one last week too. (He may not like drawing cartoons for righties as it breaks his bandwidth.)

    Johannes Leak is marvellous again. He manages to capture both the NT News and Canberra perfectly. And be funny. With fine artwork. Can we make him Prime Minister please?

  136. None

    David Crowe I think has nailed it in parts but misses in another (unless he or Morrison are being super sneaky:

    The rewards and punishments are carefully rationed. Dutton regains his portfolio but now has another minister, David Coleman, responsible for immigration and population.

    This puts a check on Dutton’s influence and can be a way to counter his ambition to cut the migrant intake.

    It is a wise move because Coleman is one of the government’s smartest backbenchers and represents an electorate around the Sydney suburb of Hurstville that knows the success of migration as well as the pressures of congestion.

    The new structure in energy and the environment may help balance the government’s problems with the National Energy Guarantee. While Angus Taylor can focus on prices, Melissa Price will take the separate environment portfolio and speak on emissions policy.

    Taylor had significant concerns about the NEG and now must make the case for the reshaped policy. The fact that he is a conservative and backed the Dutton campaign may not save him from a shellacking from Alan Jones, Ray Hadley and Peta Credlin.

    Except he seems to want to demand Taylor resurrect the NEG but Price can just talk about it. Should be remind Crowe that NEG is all about emissions and nothing else? Anyway he seems confident that there will be no cut to immigration under any government Morrison leads. And no cut in electricity prices.

  137. Entropy

    Do “special envoys” get an extra serve at the taxpayer funded trough?

  138. None

    Given it’s Barnaby and Abbott, I suspect not, Entropy.

    Just reading between the lines: when Morrison carps on about the social and economic benefits of migration he means he really believes male muslim thugs will wipe white aging Aussie arse but at least the dole bludgers have to eat so they will keep the budget afloat.

    They won’t be cutting immigration. So his minister for congestion won’t be able to do anything. And Dutton is out of the picture now with Coleman holding the cards.
    They won’t be cutting electricity prices. They look like they have given emissions to Price which means Taylor won’t be able to reduce prices.

    Yep Morrison is Turnbull lite.

  139. Mark from Melbourne

    Thanks Tom.

  140. classical_hero

    Looks like the Marxist in Rome could be on his way out. Hopefully that happens after the allegations.

  141. Gary

    None
    Yep Morrison is Turnbull lite.

    From what you’ve described the centre right has been check mated. So I think its worse.

  142. P

    People in Canberra are scared to go out to dinner.

    There are groups of white men in suits going around stabbing people in the back all times day and night.

    h/t 2GB.

  143. JC

    I’m in bed watching cnn international. They are truly an evil organization.

    They were advertising a special on the barrier reef and how it’s threatened and dying as a result of “scorching global temperatures”. Not only are they evil, but some Australian scumbags fed them the fake news.

  144. hzhousewife

    Leak’s cartoon is all the more amusing as we hear this morning that there is a boatload of foreign fisherman up a crocodile creek in the Daintree.

  145. Diogenes

    Looking at the placards at newsagents. Coalition punished for chaos…. maybe should read … coalition punished for wrong choice

  146. calli

    Someone not happy about his game scores decides to play for real.

  147. Top Ender

    Two vital interstate power interconnectors blew without warning at the weekend, causing blackouts and critical industrial incidents and isolating two states from the national electricity grid, in a dramatic reminder to Scott Morrison just days into his prime ministership of the nation’s energy policy paralysis.

    Queensland and South Australia were exporting power across the interconnectors when they were simultaneously tripped on Saturday, forcing power to be cut to big industrial users and retail customers in NSW and Victoria.

    The Australian Energy Market Operator last night ruled the transmission failure was causd by a lightning strike, and withdrew a notice to generators to boost supply over coming days as precautionary measure.

    The Prime Minister vowed his government would focus strongly on improving the reliability of the energy system and bringing power prices down, as he announced his new cabinet yesterday, naming Angus Taylor as Energy Minister.

    A week after Malcolm Turnbull abandoned plans to legislate carbon emissions cuts for power generators, Mr Morrison sent a strong signal that cutting carbon emissions would no longer dictate energy policy by splitting the energy and environment portfolios.

    “It’s reliability, it’s price, it’s keeping the lights on, it’s getting those prices down,” he said.

    The electricity interconnectors between Queensland and NSW, and between Victoria and SA, tripped simultaneously at 1.12pm on Saturday and remained down for about 90 minutes. “SA operating in an Island. Queensland region operating in an island. NSW and Victoria remain connected,” the AEMO advised customers in an alert. The AEMO said there was 724 megawatts of load shed — industry jargon for power blackouts — in NSW, 280MW in Victoria and 80MW in Tasmania.

    The nation’s biggest single-site power user, the Tomago aluminium smelter in the NSW Hunter Valley, lost power without warning, halting two pot lines for up to an hour. Alcoa’s Portland smelter in Victoria was also affected, losing power for about 50 minutes.

    Thousands of households across NSW lost power, while the outage caused signalling problems and delays on Sydney rail networks.

    Oz link

  148. zyconoclast

    Giant Chinese tech companies have bypassed credit cards and banks to create their own low-cost digital payment systems.

    The US credit card system siphons off excessive amounts of money from merchants, who must raise their prices to cover this charge. In a typical $100 credit card purchase, only $97.25 goes to the seller. The rest goes to banks and processors. But who can compete with Visa and MasterCard?

    It seems China’s new mobile payment ecosystems can. According to a May 2018 article in Bloomberg titled “Why China’s Payment Apps Give U.S. Bankers Nightmares”:

    The future of consumer payments may not be designed in New York or London but in China. There, money flows mainly through a pair of digital ecosystems that blend social media, commerce and banking—all run by two of the world’s most valuable companies. That contrasts with the U.S., where numerous firms feast on fees from handling and processing payments. Western bankers and credit-card executives who travel to China keep returning with the same anxiety: Payments can happen cheaply and easily without them.

    The nightmare for the US financial industry is that a major technology company – whether one from China or a US giant such as Amazon or Facebook – might replicate the success of the Chinese mobile payment systems, cutting banks out.

  149. zyconoclast

    A Gold Bloc For Iran, Russia, And Turkey…Oh My!

    How will Iran, Russia, and Turkey react to the plethora of financial sanctions being placed on them by the United States? Well, they will do what anyone being beaten with a stick would do: they will try to escape.

  150. Steve

    Ah, I’ve been away for a few years, but good to see the echo chamber still going strong here.

    Newspoll: ALP 56 – LNP 44

    Australian Conservatives and Lying helm’s party still indistinguishable from noise.
    You all know what a Pyrrhic victory is, right?

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  151. zyconoclast

    The Recruitment Problem the Military Doesn’t Want to Talk About
    The services are facing a dwindling pool of largely obese, uneducated delinquents. Why?

    In April, the Army revised that number—downwards. Instead of recruiting 80,000, it announced that it would recruit 76,500 new soldiers. But even that number might be too high, as the Army notes that it’s recruited only 28,000 in the first six months of the year. The problem, it seems, isn’t that young people don’t want to join the Army—or any of the services—it’s that they can’t. And therein lies a paradox: for while the U.S. military represents the best in America (as its most senior officers claim), it doesn’t actually represent America. For that to be true, two thirds of our military would have to consist of obese, under-educated former drug users and convicted criminals.

  152. I am the Walras, Equilibrate, and Price-Take

    None
    #2802622, posted on August 27, 2018 at 6:21 am

    Yep Morrison is Turnbull lite.

    The Reversed Undies.

  153. Mater

    There’s a petition up on gab.ai to persuade potus to switch from Twitter to Gab.

    Someone reads the Cat

    Mater
    #2786122, posted on August 11, 2018 at 4:00 am

    MOnty said the other day that any new free speech platform would struggle to get the inroads and reach of the established ones (paraphrased). I tended to agree.
    However, it has just occurred to me that if POTUS changed over to a new platform/s, it would give them one hell of a kickstart. 54 million followers (including nearly every world leader and all media personalities) would change with him. How could they not?
    I think he’d also do it, too…if the platform was right.

  154. Tel

    Turnbullites and doctors wives will now vote green.
    Conservative base will finally get the message they ain’t welcome in the new pissing wet liberal party.

    All quite true, but as others have pointed out, Australia is a preference based voting system and those Green candidates mostly won’t win so at the bottom end of their ballot all those doctor’s wives must choose between the Cucks or the Liars and this applies to the conservative base as well (and to libertarians for that matter).

    The major parties only need to focus on being better than each other, by exactly one cigarette paper.

  155. Tiny Dancer

    Stull wearing an ankle bracelet Steve?

  156. zyconoclast

    Planned Parenthood Receives Over $400 Million Tax Dollars

    Senate Defeats Amendment Defunding Planned Parenthood Abortion Busine

    Forty-eight senators for more baby parts? Do your research and find out who voted for more funding what isn’t approved by God, or the American voters. Forty-eight senators??? Do the American people really know them or what they do???

  157. Farmer Gez

    It just dawned on me. We have a PM named Scott.
    It’s like an eighties episode of Neighbours.
    Scott no friends and Neville will have.

  158. It just dawned on me. We have a PM named Scott.

    And he’s givena awl she’s got cap’n!

    The cling ons will bring him down.

  159. Cactus

    Late – but I appreciate LNP Insiders thoughts. How can one expect to be 100% correct on these things? Its all very fluid and so within those circumstances – your predictions have been pretty good. Keep em up.

  160. Tel

    How will Iran, Russia, and Turkey react to the plethora of financial sanctions being placed on them by the United States? Well, they will do what anyone being beaten with a stick would do: they will try to escape.

    Sanctions work well when you have a lot of countries imposing sanctions on one guy.

    They don’t work well when the USA attempts to unilaterally imposed sanctions on lots of other countries.

    I’m sure that China will happily transact in gold, there isn’t a whole lot anyone can do to stop them, if not China as a whole then many individual Chinese trust gold. Turkey made the choice to buy the cheaper Russian missiles, and pretty soon they will be buying the cheaper Russian aircraft as well. Iran has hardly any choice in the matter, they will take what they can get. Syria already owes Russia, they will do whatever they are told (especially buying any second hand Russian equipment). Iraq gives the formal nod to the Americans but really they are strongly influenced by the Shiite Muslim connection to Iran and their borders are full of holes. Pakistan has been America’s least reliable ally and that’s unlikely to change. Some kind of Central Asian trade connection is pretty much inevitable, the main limitation won’t be American military muscle, but they will be limited by their own intrinsic corruption at the ground level, and petty local rivalries.

  161. Dave in Marybrook

    It might prove to be a canny choice by Morrison, defusing A666ott.
    After all, many indigenous issues are more or less intractable, and so how could Tony now comment about anything else when “the gap” remains unclosed and there’s a fresh scandal about Aboriginal “justice”, or sexual abuse, or domestic violence, or land council corruption, or looney left academic brainfart, or ceremonial demands, every week?

  162. C.L.

    Four Corners will tonight Blame Abbott.

    Liberal Party elders lash Tony Abbott for acts of revenge on Turnbull’s Government.

    The “elders” mentioned are Alexander Downer (LOL), Nick Greiner and Michael Yabsley (LOL).

    Mr Greiner was also critical of sections of the media and the party for working against Mr Turnbull.

    “There would appear to have been a considered long-term campaign,” he said.

    “There’s been a concerted co-ordinated campaign between a very, very small number of members of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party and frankly a pretty small number of media that are concentrated in a handful of outlets or newspapers.

    “In my 30 or 40 years in public life I don’t remember a more blatant media campaign.

    “That’s I think one of the distinguishing features of this period is that the media, or substantial elements probably of the media have chosen not to just comment on the usual argy bargy of politics, but have actually been active participants in a campaign against the prime minister.”

    Can anyone think of another media campaign against a sitting Liberal Prime Minister?

    Mmm.
    Mmm. Gee … Um…

  163. cohenite

    The US constitution is a beautiful thing; 7th circuit bans smart meters because they contravene 4th amendment:

    https://www.technocracy.news/win-landmark-seventh-circuit-decision-says-fourth-amendment-applies-to-smart-meter-data/

  164. Helen

    If Abbott takes this job it will give him further and legitimate government voice. I imagine because he is not in or ministry he will still be able to speak out on policy that matters – as a back bencher. But he will also be able to speak about AAffairs and media will have to listen to what he says, without the wrecker label. What do you reckon?

  165. Mother Lode

    Someone not happy about his game scores decides to play for real.

    After the usual reports about him being a right-wing nutjob, and the usual silence when this narrative collapses, we might hope to find out what really happened.

    But honest question: I assume there has been real research done – are the kids who play video games in fact more likely to turn into killers? I know a lot of people say they are, but it may be something so ‘obviously’ true that the people saying it have not really checked.

  166. Chris

    It’s all about the base
    All about the base (No Turnbull)

  167. C.L.

    Ahahahahahaha.
    SMH lead:

    Rudd savages Abbott and Murdoch for wrecking Australian democracy.

    Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has launched an incendiary attack on Tony Abbott and News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch, who he claims have undermined Australian democracy and contributed to the “orgy of political violence” that led to Malcolm Turnbull’s ousting.

    In an opinion piece written for Fairfax Media on Monday, Mr Rudd writes that Australian politics has become toxic and unstable due to an obsession with opinion polls and the juvenile culture of a “Young-Labor/Young-Liberal generation of child politicians”.

    But Mr Rudd, who was prime minister from December 2007 to June 2010 and again from June to September 2013, argues that the most destructive forces upon politics have been the “unique negativity, toxicity and hatred” of Tony Abbott as well as Mr Murdoch, who he describes as the “greatest cancer on the Australian democracy”.

    Mr Rudd’s prime ministership coincided with the beginning of a period of unprecedented political bloodletting on both sides of politics. Australia has changed PM seven times since the Howard government. The Liberal Party’s decision to dump Mr Turnbull last week has sparked a debate over the role of conservative media in politics.

    “[Mr] Abbott has never cared about policy,” Mr Rudd writes. “He has only cared about politics and winning at any cost. I cannot remember a single positive policy initiative that Abbott has championed and then implemented.

    But Mr Rudd, who was prime minister from December 2007 to June 2010 and again from June to September 2013, argues that the most destructive forces upon politics have been the “unique negativity, toxicity and hatred” of Tony Abbott as well as Mr Murdoch, who he describes as the “greatest cancer on the Australian democracy”.

    Mr Rudd’s prime ministership coincided with the beginning of a period of unprecedented political bloodletting on both sides of politics. Australia has changed PM seven times since the Howard government. The Liberal Party’s decision to dump Mr Turnbull last week has sparked a debate over the role of conservative media in politics.

    “[Mr] Abbott has never cared about policy,” Mr Rudd writes. “He has only cared about politics and winning at any cost. I cannot remember a single positive policy initiative that Abbott has championed and then implemented.”

  168. candy

    Agree wit Dave in M. above.
    Very canny move to put TA in an indig superflous make-work role. If he knocks it back he becomes seen as ungrateful and bitter and uncaring about infigs which is what Morrison will say.
    I can see Morrison sneering with his crooked smile.
    TA should knock it back. The election is just around the corner..

  169. Bruce of Newcastle

    Someone invented a straight pride flag. What happened next was perfectly predictable. 😀

    Amazon Removes “Straight Pride” Badge After LGBTQ Backlash

  170. Chris

    But honest question: I assume there has been real research done – are the kids who play video games in fact more likely to turn into killers? I know a lot of people say they are, but it may be something so ‘obviously’ true that the people saying it have not really checked.

    Interesting article here.
    Mostly bullshit, but there you go.

  171. mh

    “[Mr] Abbott has never cared about policy,” Mr Rudd writes. “He has only cared about politics and winning at any cost. I cannot remember a single positive policy initiative that Abbott has championed and then implemented.”

    Sovereign borders. Cleaning up your mess, Kevin.

  172. Hydra

    Rudd… Pot meet kettle…

  173. Hydra

    The biggest shame with the Aboriginal Affairs role is that anyone that already knows how good TA is with. Aborigonals already votes (or preferences) Liberal, and anyone else won’t change their vote.

  174. johanna

    Oh joy! Like many more distinguished persons on the internet, I am shadowbanned, which is a way of banning people without actually admitting to it.

    I am in permanent moderation, so any comment I might make may not appear for days.

    It’s all the rage in liberterian circles.

    So, I’m not reading, since I can’t comment.

    [FFS. Please just stop doing this. This is an annoyance to me too. Sinc]

    Not thst I’d want to trigger anyone 🙂

  175. Baldrick

    I guess next time I will endeavour to bug the PM’s office to get it even more sccurate and please Baldrick.

    Nostradamus was more reliable than your whispers LNP insider, but if your going to post puff pieces for the Stupid.Fucking.Liberal.Party, like this, then expect to be held accountable:

    LNP insider
    #2800122, posted on August 24, 2018 at 3:19 pm
    I know there is alot if anti Frydenberg sentiment here, but only to be fair to him I will point out he had his hands tied by Turnbull on delivering within a certain policy parameter. He was on a short leash.
    Plus putting energy and environment together is a deliberate ploy to fuck hom by Turnbull.
    Josh could redeem himself.

  176. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    How should people who care about gender equality in the workplace argue their case? The most popular approach is to make the “business case” argument: that greater inclusion of women enhancesdecreases profits and performance.

    fixed.

    Gender equality is stealth civilisational euthanasia, main driver of below replacement birthrates.

  177. Dave in Marybrook

    Tony would be boxing clever to get stuck into it- it could only consolidate his popularity at the grass roots, keeps him at arm’s length from the Canberra swamp (although the ALPBC will continue planting his prints at any crime scene: re 4 Corners tonight)-
    but most importantly, as opposition spokesman for AA, he’ll be a voice of sensible moderation at Shorten’s upcoming referendums on constitutional recognition. Can’t hurt his image as pragmatic and level-headed, and genuinely empathetic in the middle of PMs Rudd (narcissist) Gillard (globetrotter) Turnbull (narcissist)Morrison (his epitaph will read “lacks gravitas”) and Shorten (narcissist who lacks gravitas).

  178. Ubique

    How does a company pursue gender equality in the workplace when it’s an invasion of privacy to ask after an employee’s gender? Assuming gender is definitely very bad form as well.
    It’s really safest for a company simply to report that it keeps no data on gender, especially given that gender is fluid, with employees at liberty to choose to identify as one gender in the morning, another in the afternoon, and another the next day.

  179. Archbishop Viganò said in his written statement that Pope Francis “continued to cover” for McCarrick and not only did he “not take into account the sanctions that Pope Benedict had imposed on him” but also made McCarrick “his trusted counselor,” claiming that the former archbishop of Washington advised the pope to appoint a number of bishops in the United States, including Cardinals Blase Cupich of Chicago and Joseph Tobin of Newark.

    All of these appointments have supported Bergoglio’s liberal and homosexualist agenda. Did Benedict resign in order to smoke this filth and scum out?

  180. Roger

    “[Mr] Abbott has never cared about policy,” Mr Rudd writes. “He has only cared about politics and winning at any cost. I cannot remember a single positive policy initiative that Abbott has championed and then implemented.”

    Sovereign borders. Cleaning up your mess, Kevin.

    Clearly KRudd doesn’t regard that as a positive initiative.

  181. Snoopy

    No one wins in Aboriginal affairs. Abbott would be mad to accept. Everything will be Abbott’s fault when the biggest problem is lack of personal responsibility (or the proposal is totally lunatic – vis the Macarena).

  182. Mother Lode

    Rudd… Pot meet kettle…

    I suppose it is too much to hope that KRudd also weighed in on the issue of Dutton and his wife’s child care centres, what with KRudd’s wife benefiting to a far greater extent from government largesse.

  183. Cary

    David Coleman is unlikely to do anything as minister about reducing immigration. His marginal seat – Banks in south east Sydney – has the highest proportion of people of Chinese background of any Australian electorate. In Hurstville well over 60% of residents are Chinese and that proportion is steadily increasing.

  184. mh

    Clearly KRudd doesn’t regard that as a positive initiative.

    Officially 1200 people drowned, including many, many children. Unofficially it is suspected the body count is double that. None of that matters to Kevin. How he is perceived by the UN is what counts.

  185. Roger

    I note the Dishonourable Darren Chester was rewarded with no less than three portfolios, albeit minor ones.

  186. Snoopy

    Pope Francis has begged forgiveness for members of the Catholic Church’s hierarchy who “kept quiet” about clerical child sex abuse. He was ending a two-day visit to the Republic of Ireland by celebrating a Mass at Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

    Of course he did.

    The repeated use of the term ‘child abuse’ is an Orwellian construct to conceal the true nature of the scandal. One wonders why the media so enthusistically accommodates the charade?

  187. v_maet

    Angus Taylor seems like a good pick for Energy, anti Renewable Energy Target and pro gas production
    Let’s just hope he isn’t hamstrung by ScoMo and the wets.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angus_Taylor_(politician)#Publications

  188. Bruce of Newcastle

    “[Mr] Abbott has never cared about policy,” Mr Rudd writes. “He has only cared about politics and winning at any cost. I cannot remember a single positive policy initiative that Abbott has championed and then implemented.”

    To think someone with such a bad memory used to be Australian PM!
    OTOH maybe he’s trying to forget all about the carbon and mining taxes.

  189. Cactus

    This is a canny and cynical move by Scomo on offering Abbott special envoy on Aboriginal affairs. If he knocks it back, then he is perceived as being uncaring, a wrecker, all about politics – blah, blah, blah. If he takes it on, then he will be blamed for everything in that portfolio rather than the other Ministers who have direct power and responsibility over Aboriginal affairs.

  190. Rae

    “In my 30 or 40 years in public life I don’t remember a more blatant media campaign.

    30 or 40 years in public life? Huh? Greiner MBA barely managed 5 years in office in NSW before shooting himself in the foot and having to leave politics. Since 1993 he’s spent his career occupying a range of sinecures in the private sector.

  191. Andreas

    Well it’s not like Abbott will have the position very long.

  192. Steve

    I suppose it is too much to hope that KRudd also weighed in on the issue of Dutton and his wife’s child care centres

    The difference being Dutton owns a share of the childcare centres through his family trust. Rudd didn’t own part of his wife’s separate business. The Australian part of which was sold off while Rudd was PM. So which government largess are you referring to ?

  193. I note that is 2 polls showing a 10pt margin or more.

    Mo looks like being another potentially great PM.

  194. Snoopy

    We should also overlook Therese Rein getting very lucky anticipating changes to Queensland’s workers compensation framework which Kevin had full knowledge of, eh Steve?

  195. Has the Malotto winner collected the prize yet?
    Any photos of the award ceremony?

  196. Tel

    To think someone with such a bad memory used to be Australian PM!
    OTOH maybe he’s trying to forget all about the carbon and mining taxes.

    Didn’t take him long to forget about being a proud fiscal conservative.

  197. Libet’s irrelevant. I pointed out to you yonks ago why the interpretation of that experiment was shot to hell yet you insisted Feser should take those issues seriously but he too fell into the same interpretative error.

    I must have missed this. Where did I do this? And where does Feser fall into the same interpretative error? This should be fun.

    The fascinating issue here is how even abstract concepts like God can be divided in the brain, that being consistent with numerous other findings on split-brain patients.

    Not at all. Firstly, the concept is not ‘divided in the brain’. Secondly, split-brain patients are suffering a deficiency which is why we have the finding here of two diametrically-opposed positions being held by the same person. This is, in fact, the same error that Libet’s experiment fell into; that is, of focussing on the part but not the whole.

  198. Ivan Denisovich

    The repeated use of the term ‘child abuse’ is an Orwellian construct to conceal the true nature of the scandal. One wonders why the media so enthusistically accommodates the charade?

    News.com.au are running with the AP report (buried, though). Fr Z on the bias:

    Nichole of AP, dear Nichole can always be counted on, can be found in the McClatchy paper, the anti-Catholic Kansas City Star. Watch the language she uses.

    The National Catholic Register and another conservative site, LifeSiteNews, published the letter attributed to Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano on Sunday as the pope wrapped up a two-day visit to Ireland dominated by the clerical sex abuse scandal.

    Viganò, 77, a conservative whose hard-line anti-gay views are well known, urged the reformist pope to resign over the issue and what he called the “conspiracy of silence” about McCarrick. He and the pope have long been on opposite ideological sides, with the pope more a pastor and Vigano more a cultural warrior.

    ….

    The letter also contains a lengthy diatribe about homosexuals and liberals in the Catholic church. It often reads like an ideological manifesto, naming all of Francis’ known supporters in the U.S. hierarchy as being complicit in a cover-up of McCarrick’s misdeeds.

    No, no! That’s fine principled reporting! Not an implicit position in it. Nope, objective to the end.

    Then she winds up with the old smear stories. That’s the tactic now. Discredit Viganò by reminding people of the Pope’s meeting with Kim Davis (who refused to sign same-sex marriage certificates) and Archbp. Neinstedt, who resigned after not taking care of credible accusations made about priests, but whose TRUE crime was his strong opposition to legalization of same-sex marriage through a change to the Minnesota Constitution.

    RTWT

    http://wdtprs.com/blog/2018/08/some-reactions-to-the-vigano-testimony/

  199. Ivan Denisovich

    Oops. Italicised incorrectly. Just click on link.

  200. Top Ender

    THIS IS AN OLD FRED.

    It has ceased to be.

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