Open Forum: January 12, 2019

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  1. Memoryvault

    Do you guys just sit around waiting for it to happen?

  2. Zyconoclast

    Border Patrol agents apprehended 27,518 members of family units in December, the highest monthly total on record. That figure has steadily climbed for five months, even as Trump made stopping migrant caravans the centerpiece of his midterm election strategy and drove Washington into a partial government shutdown over funding for his border wall.

    Those caravan members, most of whom tried to exercise their legal right to request asylum in the USA, contributed to a third straight month of more than 60,000 migrants being detained at U.S. ports of entry and arrested in the vast stretches of border in between.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/01/09/migrant-caravan-trump-crackdown-has-not-slowed-flow-families-us/2523034002/

  3. Zyconoclast

    The vast majority of terror attacks in France were carried out by Islamic radicals who had been known to police or intelligence services, according to a new report by a global security think tank.

    Bratislava-based GLOBSEC examined 22 terror incidents in France since 2012. Nearly 80 percent of the people behind those attacks had been on a terror watchlist, and 97 percent had been on the radar of authorities, according to the firm’s new analysis, obtained by NBC News.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/report-nearly-all-terror-attacks-france-carried-out-radicals-already-n955276

  4. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Do you guys just sit around waiting for it to happen?

    No, there’s usually a roster, but at Christmas/New Year and January – families away at the coast and all that – the same faces do tend to reoccur.

  5. Zyconoclast

    Hungary’s prime minister has welcomed the creation of an anti-immigration “axis” in Europe that could see like-minded far-right EU leaders join forces to run the union.

    Viktor Orban said he wanted to see an anti-immigration majority in the EU institutions and that he would team up with countries like Italy and Poland to change the bloc’s direction.

    The far-right leader said there could be no “compromise” on the migration issue and that he would have to “fight” leaders such as Emmanuel Macron to “respect Hungarians’ decision not to become an immigrant nation”.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/far-right-europe-hungary-viktor-obran-italy-poland-immigration-axis-eu-a8720976.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR2dmC0ZGkbAz3yELQujX7YgZSmWF-5I4DOHW7i8jSHQ5AM1jwC1yKwGoXs#Echobox=1547135966

  6. Zyconoclast

    Fertility rate for white women plummets BELOW the limit needed to maintain the population in every single US state

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6574435/White-women-lower-fertility-rates-state-rates-black-Hispanic-women-rise.html

  7. C.L.

    If you didn’t know any better you’d have to believe that Craig McLachlan is one of the country’s most dangerous sex offenders. He has been charged by Victoria’s notoriously corrupt police with multiple ‘sex charges.’ Yet his penis never went near a vagina; he never dragged somebody into an alley or bashed (to subdue) his prey. Instead, we are told (or have been, hitherto) that he sometimes got handsy and full of himself with actors while in the character of Dr Frank N. Furter. And by the way, isn’t that perfectly symbolic? For decades the sexually ‘liberated’ left foisted the “sweet transvestite” on supposedly uptight audiences around the world, delightedly enthralled by his no holds barred corruption of normality. Now when the daughters of those phony iconoclasts are merely “bullied” (*sob*), they run off to the police. But not just any police; the Victoria Police. The police who rig trials, fix prosecutions and doctor 250,000 RBTs. For it’s no coincidence that McLachlan has been charged while taking legal action for defamation against the ABC and Fairfax. Which leads me to believe that, as with another infamous case where VicPol came to the rescue to prosecute an enemy of the ABC, McLachlan is being targeted to protect a club. And to think I spent several years expressing my contempt for McLachlan as Dr Blake.

  8. Zyconoclast

    What the hell is wrong with Bezos.
    His girlfriend is old.
    Why not go for a 25 yo?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6577797/Jeff-Bezos-gushing-text-messages-TV-anchor-having-affair-with.html

    The shirtless selfies, a photo of his genitals and lusty texts Jeff Bezos sent his married mistress – as it emerges the pair hooked up in hotels, private jets and BOTH their marital homes for months before he announced his divorce

  9. None

    I confess I defended JC on the other thread.

  10. bespoke

    Risk of footy injuries is up to six times higher for women, but there’s a lack of research into why.

    Pimping for universities.

  11. None

    If it was a choice between the scandal driven sex-crazed thuggery of rugby league/union and women’s football, I’ll take the rugby thanks.

  12. Razor

    C.L.

    There would have been a grant in that paper.

  13. None

    C.L.

    #2905039, posted on January 12, 2019 at 12:32 am

    If this were twitter I’d pin that post for everyone to read.

  14. None

    Zyconoclast

    #2905018, posted on January 12, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Note the reframing of every person who he’s not in open border EU funky as “far right”

  15. Razor

    None

    It’s the new reality. Western civilisation as we know it has 50yrs. 80 max.

  16. CL ,
    Interesting but hardly surprising about the female footy injuries.

    Now we need the ABC to “discover” what happens to women training to be infantry. Have got bored with the whole pro women in combat line on shows like a The Drum.

    Even better how about the ABC “volunteer” one of its female reporters to complete the infantry training requirements.

  17. Razor

    BrettW

    You aren’t seeing it the right way. Open the books! Bring it on and let merit survive.

  18. sdfc

    Risk of footy injuries is up to six times higher for women,

    Yet Mick Malthouse was condemned as sexist for being concerned about it.

  19. For those who missed it at end of previous thread JC suggested that those indicating support for Fraser Anning are white supremacist.

    Seems like might be a few of us in this category.

    I think we can safely say Anning and Cotterill are major triggering words for JC. I have termed it St Kilda derangement syndrome aka SKS.

  20. Razor

    I think they both need to understand that being a legend in your own lunchtime lasts only until the end of the sandwhich. I think white supremacy is bullshit. I think people should be able to conduct their lives amongst their family during friends without interference.

  21. sdfc

    Anning’s a fuckhead and a thief, pure and simple.

  22. Razor,
    Merit can’t survive when female “infantry” are “passing” firing courses when they have not completed them in the manner the males have to. I am talking here about those being deployed as protectors of others overseas. Good luck however getting a current serving soldier to tell what is going on. The press need to go looking for some recently discharged male soldiers to get the story of what is going on in training and deployments in relation to female “infantry”.

  23. Sdfc,
    I presume your thief comment refers to his use of travel allowance. There are plenty of other politicians who have done similar things but it only seems a problem for some when Anning does it.

  24. Razor

    BrettW

    I got what you said. I was being sarcastic. Police are the same…..

  25. JC

    Rooster is lying of course.

    I said people should feel free to vote who they want.

    Here:

    People should feel comfortable voting for whomever they like.

    I suggested was that Rooster seems to have morphed into some midget version of a white supremacist and the very idea rooster has superior genes would make everyone feel sick to their stomach.

    Here is what I said:

    As usual, you can’t even get basic logic right, Rooster. My point is that the idea of you identifying as having a superior genetic disposition is clearly too preposterous to contemplate.

    Rooster just doesn’t like me because the name I gave him.. rooster.. which makes him squirm, but it’s also very appropriate.

    Rooster has recently referred to “us” . The very idea of being associated with Rooster should make any reasonable person reach for a bucket. “Us” is about as persuasive as a dead cadaver.

    His comments about me have now risen to 86.7% of his total.

  26. sdfc

    There are plenty of other politicians who have done similar things but it only seems a problem for some when Anning does it.

    Absolving him because he is just one of a group of thieves is a two wrongs make a right argument, it’s pissweak.

  27. JC

    Sdfc,
    I presume your thief comment refers to his use of travel allowance. There are plenty of other politicians who have done similar things but it only seems a problem for some when Anning does it.

    Rooster is lying of course, because there have been plenty of politicians caught stealing money and have been dealt with. At the very least, we’ve been told about it and the press has been harsh on them (of both stripes). The idea that Anning is the “only” person that’s been “problematic” is laughable.

  28. Mitch M.

    There are plenty of other politicians who have done similar things but it only seems a problem for some when Anning does it.

    The real tragedy here is that in Aus the politicians that do the more outrageous\unusual things are swamped by the deadbeat media. We need the exact opposite: a media and a public that is focused on the politicians doing good work. It will be great for political retirees like myself because that focus will barely average 5 minutes a week. 🙂

    Seriously is this what we have become as a nation? Has social media whoring reached so deep into our culture that we are now only interested in controversy and bad behavior? I hope not because if that is true we as a nation are well and truly effed.

  29. sdfc

    All I require is that our well paid representatives don’t steal from me. Is that too much to ask Mitch?

  30. struth

    Billions wasted and stolen from us going to the Clinton crime syndicate, aboriginal councils and reinables companies.
    Public service growth and wages explosions.
    It doesn’t grind your gears until a right winger takes a plane flight?

  31. Mitch M.

    All I require is that our well paid representatives don’t steal from me. Is that too much to ask Mitch?

    Apparently so. Anning, Cormann’s $37,000 travel indulgence in one day, and all the rest.

  32. None

    Bingo. Remember you heard it from me first. I pointed out she had a network and there was a contact in Sydney. I don’t subscribe to the Australian anymore but I’m pretty sure the Daily Mail will give us a synopsis in due course. As I said Canada was always going to be the best place for this woman and her accomplices. Well I’m glad she’s free I think we dodged a real Bullet with this one

    Secret network led Rahaf escape

    CAROLINE OVERINGTON

    An underground network of Australian women who helped a Saudi teen escape are shattered she will not be joining them.

  33. Cpt Seahawks

    Anning’s YouTube interview today where he destroyed the press has been removed. Did anyone save it?
    It was great, being called nazi is now reason to call the accuser a disgrace to the country and abomination.
    All good, it’s on, and a clean fight please gentlemen

  34. Cpt Seahawks

    Anning has nothing to lose, is all in, and looking players in the eye for cahoonas. While acting simple.

  35. Cpt Seahawks

    He has a final solution. Trigger warning. Oops

  36. Tom

    All I require is that our well paid representatives don’t steal from me. Is that too much to ask Mitch?

    sdfc, I remember, 15-20 years ago when basic federal parliamentary salaries were hiked to 200K p.a. plus expenses, one of the arguments used to con the taxpaying public was that higher salaries would curb corrupt behaviour as MPs stopped looking outside for ways to supplement their income.

    Instead, these entitled arseholes now regard the riches lavished on them by us as not enough: they’re constantly being caught with their fingers in the till, fudging expenses and claiming entitlements which aren’t due.

    We need the exact opposite: a media and a public that is focused on the politicians doing good work.

    You evidently live in an alternate universe, Mitch M. Name an Australian politician in the past 50 years who didn’t regard their profession as a way of enriching themselves and/or of stroking a raging ego.

    I can’t think of a single one whose grave is or will be worth pissing on.

  37. JC

    Tom, as much as I disliked Abbot’s PMship, I don’t believe he saw it as a way of enriching himself. I also believe he kept his ego pretty much in check. Still, he was a terrible PM, but he’s not rotten.

  38. None

    You evidently live in an alternate universe, Mitch M. Name an Australian politician in the past 50 years who didn’t regard their profession as a way of enriching themselves and/or of stroking a raging ego.

    all politicians have an ego Uniden IGO to enter that game and Inigo to survive it so yes even the most at woodlea Humble politician has got an ego side of the house
    Not all politicians enrich themselves many just serve one term and then never work again and their behaviour varies. The worst are ministers especially when they know they’re about to lose elections and they go on this huge spending spree of overseas study trips- with mistresses- until they were curbed back hello Greg Combet, hello Gary Bourke. After a little while most just get really good at rorting the rules: hello Sarah Hanson-Young, hello Ms Corman, come on down Julie Bishop, yes hello Barnaby every dot and tee crossed, hello even from time to time albeit rarely: Tony Abbott. Fraser Anning was just a very quick learner. It is the rules that need to change.

  39. Mitch M.

    You evidently live in an alternate universe, Mitch M. Name an Australian politician in the past 50 years who didn’t regard their profession as a way of enriching themselves and/or of stroking a raging ego.

    I can’t think of a single one whose grave is or will be worth pissing on.

    What you can’t think may simply reflect the fact that you haven’t actually checked your assumptions that all politicians are that bad that they are deserving of complete contempt. You need to demonstrate that assertion is true but don’t waste your time because even from a statistical perspective it can’t be true. As to the stroking ego issue, we all do that so expecting politicians not to do that is absurd.

    All of us use our occupation to enrich ourselves and stroke our egos. What’s your point?

    Abbott, Howard, Nelson, Joh(Qld Premier), Button, Woolridge,

    There I have named some and there are others who are not as sociopathic as you think. Now it is beholden upon you to prove by reference to specific their lives and character that every single politician over the last 50 years is\was doing it entirely for themselves.

  40. Tom

    Roy (Chris “Roy” Taylor, Herald Sun).

  41. Tom

    Bob Moran (Telegraph, London) on UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

  42. Tom

    Ben Garrison on ailing US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

  43. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    29m
    The Fake News Media keeps saying we haven’t built any NEW WALL. Below is a section just completed on the Border. Anti-climbing feature included. Very high, strong and beautiful! Also, many miles already renovated and in service!

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1083783112973320192?s=20

  44. None

    Thanks Tom. Varvel is wicked. Pelosi us truly vile.
    Not sure about the last one even though I don’t like Bader Ginsburg. She was an activist lawyer in her day, very ruthless, very systematic, very strategic and while she did win some important victories for women in terms of access to the workforce, equal pay, basically she was the typical frightbat of her time who help dismantle civil family life and then then and now persists in defining women by their betrayal and killing of their unborn children. In some ways I should not be surprised by that given how she so readily betrayed and discarded her religion.
    I can never understand and will never understand ahow any J-w ( or Christian for that matter) advocate for the extermination of human beings much less one’s own child. It even goes deeper than the Holocaust, it seems to go against everything in Jewish tradition
    In the few references we have by pagans about Jews and Christians in antiquity we know J-ws were noted for being monotheist, Sabbath keepers, practicing male circumcision and keeping food laws. They were also known to be monogamous , faithful and did not expose or abort children. They were good at securing protections for their community and acting in solidarity when such protections were threatened . Their manner of life and their quiet defiance of Roman mores won begrudging admiration from many Romans – sabbath-keeping became quite the thing among many elite Romans. This manner of life was taken up by the first Christians who are mostly J-wish Jesus followers anyway and these factors together possibly opened the door for pagan conversion to the Christian religion which also did not require adherence to food laws or circumcision. Christians were also noted for not exposing girls or aborting babies or for molesting boys and they learnt that from the J-ws. And we know how judeo-christianity is foundational for transforming the classical heritage and building Western civilisation.
    Women like Ginsberg – instead of using their talents and opportunities for good, instead of drawing even from their own rich history and tradition, have instead perpetuated a lie and underpinned it in law and used it as a bludgeon to prevent others from ever doing good, and helped create the culture of death, where life is expendable, purely dependent on the will of another, a culture which has produced abortion mills and euthanasia camps and trade in body parts. Instead of doing good she has promoted evil. Are we sure that Hitler didn’t really win the war?

    I do not know why she persists in insisting that she will return to the bench after her latest treatment. Clearly she is very ill. I can only surmise that apart from her hubris, she fears her own company since her husband died a few years back. Perhaps in the end, Ms Feminist, Ms halfhalfparenting Ginsberg just cannot survive without a man after all.

  45. None

    Thanks Tom.

    Not sure about the last one even though I don’t like Bader Ginsburg. She was an activist lawyer in her day, very ruthless, very systematic, very strategic and while she did win some important victories for women in terms of access to the workforce and equal pay, basically she was the typical frightbat of her time who helped dismantle civil family life and then and now persists in defining women by the betrayal and killing of their unborn children. In some ways I should not be surprised by that given how she so readily betrayed and discarded her own religion.

    I can never understand and will never understand how any J-w (or Christian for that matter) can advocate for or support the extermination of human beings much less one’s own child. It even goes deeper than the Holocaust, it seems to go against everything in J-wish tradition.

    In the few references we have by pagans about J-ws and Christians in antiquity we know J-ws were noted for being monotheist, Sabbath-keeping, practicing male circumcision and keeping food laws. They were also known to be monogamous , faithful and did not expose or abort children. They were good at securing protections for their community and acting in solidarity when such protections were threatened – well at least until the Jewish Wars and the ruthless Roman retaliation. Their manner of life and their quiet defiance of Roman mores won begrudging admiration from many Romans – sabbath-keeping became quite the thing among many elite Romans too many ordinary Romans became god-fearers who attended synagogue without becoming full proselytes. This J-ewish manner of life was taken up by the first Christians who were mostly J-wish Jesus followers anyway and these factors together possibly opened the door for pagan conversion to the Christian religion which also did not require adherence to food laws or circumcision. Christians were also noted for not exposing girls, not aborting babies, not molesting boys and they learnt that from the J-ws. And we know how Judeo-christianity is foundational for transforming the classical heritage and building Western civilisation.

    Women like Ginsberg – instead of using their talents and opportunities for good, instead of drawing even from their own rich J-wish or Christian or Western history and tradition, have instead perpetuated a lie and underpinned it in law and used it as a bludgeon to prevent others from ever doing good, and helped create the culture of death, where life is expendable, purely dependent on the will of another, a culture which has produced abortion mills and euthanasia camps and trade in body parts. Instead of doing good she has promoted evil. Are we sure that Hitler didn’t really win the war?

    I do not know why she persists in insisting that she will return to the bench after her latest treatment. Clearly she is very ill. I can only surmise that apart from her hubris, she fears her own company since her husband died a few years back. Perhaps in the end, Ms Feminist, Ms halfhalfparenting Ginsberg just cannot survive without a man after all.

  46. mh

    It’s changing:

    Snow brings parts of Europe to standstill

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46835677

  47. mh

    KUSI News
    KUSI News
    @KUSINews
    ·
    15h
    Thursday morning,
    @CNN
    called the KUSI Newsroom asking if a reporter could give them a local view of the debate surrounding the border wall and government shutdown. After we informed them about our past reports, they declined to hear from us.

    https://twitter.com/KUSINews/status/1083568597903929344?s=20

  48. None

    Thanks Tom.

    Not sure about the last one even though I don’t like Bader Ginsburg. She was an activist lawyer in her day, very ruthless, very systematic, very strategic and while she did win some important victories for women in terms of access to the workforce and equal pay, basically she was the typical frightbat of her time who helped dismantle civil family life and then and now persists in defining women by the betrayal and killing of their unborn children. In some ways I should not be surprised by that given how she so readily betrayed and discarded her own religion.

    I can never understand and will never understand how any J-w (or Christian for that matter) can advocate for or support the extermination of human beings much less one’s own child. It even goes deeper than the Holocaust, it seems to go against everything in J-wish tradition.

    In the few references we have by pagans about J-ws and Christians in antiquity we know J-ws were noted for being monotheist, keeping Sabbath, practicing male circumcision and keeping food laws. They were also known to be monogamous , faithful and did not expose or abort children. They were good at securing protections for their community and acting in solidarity when such protections were threatened – well at least until the J-wish Wars and the ruthless Roman retaliation. Their manner of life and their quiet defiance won begrudging admiration from many Romans – sabbath-keeping became quite the thing among elite Romans while many ordinary Romans became god-fearers who attended synagogue without becoming full proselytes. The J-ewish manner of life was taken up by the first Christians who were mostly J-wish Jesus followers anyway and these factors together possibly opened the door for pagan conversion to the Christian religion which also did not require adherence to food laws or circumcision. Christians were also noted for not exposing girls, not aborting babies, not molesting boys and they learnt that from the J-ws. And we know how J-deo-christianity is foundational for transforming the classical heritage and building Western civilisation. And Western civilization has at its core a pro-life ethic.

    Women like Ginsberg – instead of using their talents and opportunities for good, instead of drawing even from their own rich J-wish or Christian or Western history and tradition, have instead abandoned the truth and perpetuated a lie, underpinned it in law and used it as a bludgeon to prevent others from ever doing good, and helped create the culture of death, where life is expendable, purely dependent on the will of another, a culture which has produced abortion mills and euthanasia camps and trade in body parts. Instead of doing good she has promoted evil. Are we sure that Hitler didn’t really win the war?

    I do not know why she persists in insisting that she will return to the bench after her latest treatment. Clearly she is very ill. I can only surmise that apart from her hubris, she fears her own company since her husband died a few years back. Perhaps in the end, Ms Feminist halfhalfparenting Bader Ginsberg just cannot survive without a man after all.

  49. Bruce of Newcastle

    KUSI News

    Classic CNN shenanigans.

    San Diego station claims CNN asked for local border wall perspective, but backed off when response favored Trump

    KUSI digital content manager Mike McKinnon III wrote on the network’s website, “We believe CNN declined a report from KUSI because we informed them that most Border Patrol agents we have spoken to told us the barrier does in fact work.”

    Oops, we must not allow our voteherds to hear haram stuff!

  50. None

    An underground network of Australian women who helped a Saudi teenager escape from life under the abaya have been shattered by news that she will not be joining them in Sydney.

    The group, which operates in secret, and is largely funded by anonymous donors, had gathered yesterday in a “safe house” — an apartment in a skyrise building in Sydney — to await the arrival of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, whose bold bid for freedom made headlines around the world.

    For days they had been congratulating themselves on Rahaf’s audacious and ultimately successful campaign to live the rest of her life in freedom, only to hear, in the dying hours, that she would not be coming to Australia.

    Immigration sources confirmed to The Weekend Australian that Rahaf’s application for asylum, made in such drastic circumstances from Bangkok airport, will be taken up not by Australia, but by Canada.

    From the Oz.

    So basically we’ve got a smuggling ring operating out of Sydney for rich Saudi girls run by a Motley Crue which includes students who studied here and then got a visa and this girl wasn’t the first they helped and now they got a couple of women stuck in Hong Kong thanks to this publicity. They not only provide money from anonymous donors – why do I think some leftist groups who want to dismantle our border regime are among them – accommodation etc they also acted to amplify the girl’s tweets and get them into the media. The ABC journo that ended up in her room apparently hopped on a plane with her own money and no crew so she’s got an incredible scoop but given the abc’s love affair with Yasmin “Islam is the most feminist religion, Australia’s like the abusive boyfriend” what’s her Name, it will be interesting as to how much a time they will give to her story.

    Australia was very smart to point out that the 18 yo had requested to go to Canada and Canada was stupid enough to be bouncing up and down about it and even bragging on twiter that their foreign minister prevented her transfer back to Kuwait so this is a win. The girl is free and we expose and shut down a people smuggling outfit. The bad news: the Saudis may now stop unaccompanied travel by Saudi women to Kuwait and / or confiscate every phone owned by woman.

  51. None

    An aerial arborist can climb that steel wall.

  52. None

    In the mean time Paige Taylor reports the suicide of for Aboriginal girls in one week with researchers predicting this will increase. Paige Taylor – bless her heart – starts off mentioning that this is all happening despite massive effort and goodwill which is f****** b*******. It is because of massive f****** lefty paternalism and 40 Years of massive f****** failure of Lefty social policy.

  53. None

    Lol Calli.

    Areff! Birthday boy! Many more revolutions around the sun.

  54. None

    No it’s not
    It’s a Kiwi
    And he’said a destructive, cowardly, irresponsible moron who could have killed somebody.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/chriskkenny/status/1083722303769210882

  55. Candy

    Very weird group in Sydney trying to get young girl. They financed her too so there is money there? Or she stole from her father.
    Still think she is going to miss her sisters and mother and could end up alone in unfavourable circumstances. All very odd.

  56. md

    German Police Release Video of VIOLENT ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT on Conservative Politician and AfD Member Frank Magnitz

    Frank Magnitz is the father of six children and is married to a Turkish woman. A post by Bremen Antifa taking credit for the attack nevertheless called him “racist” and “far-right”.
    The office of AfD representative Petr Bystron released a list of 157 major violent attacks on AfD politicians in Germany since 2013, saying the list was by no means complete.

    Every time I read about one of these attacks I wonder how on earth it could happen. Surely, conservatives understand how mentally deranged so many on the left are and would therefore not allow themselves to be caught in this type of situation.
    The same applies when we hear of prominent conservatives being harrassed by deranged leftists in restaurants. If you were a prominent conservative would you risk having a hate-driven leftist tamper with your food?

  57. Bruce of Newcastle

    All very odd.

    The other way to think of it is like this:

    She is a bright 18 year old in a land where she’s likely to be married off to a 40 yr old man not of her choosing. She can’t have a life, has to wear a big black bag and bear lots of kids.

    What 18 yr old girl would not want to flee such circumstances? She knows well the danger of renouncing Islam. Yet she did it and leapt into the wide world in hope of freedom. Admittedly with help, without which it would be impossible.

    Many such girls have been murdered by their fathers or uncles in the name of “family honour”. What must she have felt when her’s turned up, hard on her heels, in Thailand?

  58. None

    This headmistress was earning more than the prime minister.
    https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-18/ex-principal-of-kambala-sues-school-for-defamation/9057116
    She settled her defamation case for an apology if today’s news reports have to be believed.

  59. None

    Agree Bruce. You can’t question this girl’s desire to be free although the little I’ve read of her suggests her concept of freedom is in for a very rude shock. Welcome to the joys of being a migrant kiddo.

  60. DrBeauGan

    She is a bright 18 year old in a land where she’s likely to be married off to a 40 yr old man not of her choosing. She can’t have a life, has to wear a big black bag and bear lots of kids.

    What 18 yr old girl would not want to flee such circumstances? She knows well the danger of renouncing Islam. Yet she did it and leapt into the wide world in hope of freedom. Admittedly with help, without which it would be impossible.

    Many such girls have been murdered by their fathers or uncles in the name of “family honour”. What must she have felt when her’s turned up, hard on her heels, in Thailand?

    But, but, but, all cultures are equal, BoN.

  61. I can’t think of a single one whose grave is or will be worth pissing on.

    Me too.

    As my employees, I would fire the lot and subcontract the job.

  62. None

    No Kambala settled with the ex principal for cash and contrition because it seems the dirty laundry was really worthy of a mini series. Or a book.

  63. Tell me again, how many camels is a girl worth?

  64. John Constantine

    We look at the unexplained and unquestioned wealth of hawke and keating and Rudd and gillard and Robb and Alex turnfailure.

    Only Anning taking a plane flight drives the media livid.

    The rest is simply their “We Are Us” Class doing what We do.

    Comrades.

  65. None

    Whelan Browne said that while performing a sex scene with McLachlan he inappropriately touched her while on stage. There was a bed sheet so that the audience could not see what was happening.

    You’re performing a f****** sex scene with a stranger in public for their money and their entertainment because it’s your career choice and you think he touched you inappropriately. Oh my god.

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/craig-mclachlan-charged-with-indecent-assault-offences-20190111-p50qt9.html

  66. Candy

    I wonder how these Saudi girls find the group in Sydney . There must be private access to Internet and networking going on.

  67. Mater

    Agree Bruce. You can’t question this girl’s desire to be free although the little I’ve read of her suggests her concept of freedom is in for a very rude shock. Welcome to the joys of being a migrant kiddo.

    Nah. She’s already a pseudo celebrity. If she’d come to Australia, she’d has been on everything from The Project to the front cover of Women’s Weekly. After this, she’d have been nurtured into becoming a celebrity activist, and we all know what that means. She’d have never experienced the trials and tribulations of the average migrant.

    I wish her all the best in her new life but I’m thankful she likes Canada more. I suspect we dodged a bullet.

  68. You’re performing a f****** sex scene with a stranger in public for their money and their entertainment because it’s your career choice and you think he touched you inappropriately. Oh my god.

    Classic overreach. The absurdity of such a claim brings into question all of the other allegations. Stinks of a setup.

  69. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    None, just to set the record straight re your advice, I already have a St. Johns (not Red Cross) First Aid Certificate, although it does need updating. I’ve always thought it is something everyone should have, although it does come with responsibilities. Once you start first aid, you cannot (by law?) leave the scene. I would like to upgrade my skills with a Cert run by paramedics. St. John’s and Red Cross, in the past at least, used to concentrate too much on bandaging, making a sling etc. and not enough on CPR, burns, freeing airways or handling shock. That may have changed now of course. Mine was provided by my long-departed workplace where I was a designated First Aid Officer, and most of my urgent ministrations involved paper cuts. lol. But there was one lost finger in the print room which we found and iced ready for surgery.

  70. Snoopy

    An underground network of Australian women who helped a Saudi teenager escape from life under the abaya have been shattered by news that she will not be joining them in Sydney.

    She was that close they could almost taste her.

  71. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hey! Happy boifday, areff.
    I’d bake you a cake, but you wouldn’t thank me for it.
    David Jones Food Hall will provide an excellent chocolate one for $49.95.
    If you drop by, I’ll go for that. 😀

  72. Mater

    She was that close they could almost taste her.

    🙂

  73. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Also, First Aiders need to know about crush injuries. Very important to know how to handle those.
    Especially in car crashes or earthquakes.

  74. Hmm.
    That Saudi girl is getting a lot of attention from the colllective.
    Short hair and baggy Tshirts.
    She may just be the gay, repressed, oppressed, woman of colour,female asylum seeker they have hoped for.

  75. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Oh, and bleeding. How to stop it, how to recognize internal bleeding.
    Also, all mums need to know resuscitation from drowning; including CPR on children.

  76. None

    Lizzie, I’m might have done one of those old bandaging courses way back when I start at work!!! But yes the courses today are completely different. You have a very brief section on legal responsibilities, consent, but most of it’s on CPR (30 compressions 2 breaths these days btw) and let me think: choking, anaphylaxis, asthma, a bit on heart conditions – basically there you have to let the patient take their own heart medication etc. Tiny bit on bandaging but I remember thinking at the last one there was very little emphasis about stopping blood loss although I can tell you that torniquets are back in. That’s fine if you have a tourniquet in your first aid kit and they’re not exactly cheap, or perhaps if you have a belt. I guess there if you know what the deal is you can think of different ways to improvise. There is a resuscitation website online that gives all the current recommendations. I should know the url but I don’t off the top of my head without a second coffee. I think if you haven’t done one in the last three years it’s probably worth doing one. I would recommend that for all cats.

  77. German Police Release Video of VIOLENT ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT on Conservative Politician and AfD Member Frank Magnitz

    They tracked him and followed until he was most vulnerable, and attacked with a claw hammer or something more specific as a killing object. I’ve seen the full photo, and his head was split open from a blow from that object.

    A clear assassination attempt in a clearly systematic attempt to intimidate and destroy the party. To be clear, this hasn’t been seen in Germany since the Nazi days, when both communists and Nazis were doing it.

    It has been normalised, so it will happen elsewhere. Antifa must be attacked constantly as a terrorist organisation, and officials lobbied to treat them as such.

    Game on. Except it’s not a game.

  78. miltonf

    German Police Release Video of VIOLENT ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT on Conservative Politician and AfD Member Frank Magnitz
    I wonder what the starzi bitch bitch thinks bout it.

  79. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Do you get the feeling that my mind is going along a certain track at present?
    Must stop it. Will depart and clean the BBQ. People coming tomorrow.
    Hairy’s had a bad night, so I am doing his chores too.

  80. None

    The ones I do are basically one dayers which workplace first aid officers would do and don’t cover any advanced stuff like crush injuries or internal bleeding. The emphasis there is to call that ambulance and then keep that person’s heart and breathing going if necessary. Having to find a finger wouldn’t have been fun.

  81. Black Ball

    Good morning to all.
    Bowls called off here because of the hottest year evah. Used to be a rule that we play at 9 if the temperature was forecast to be 40 plus on Saturdays. But no play at all the club’s agreed to. Liability and all that if a player keels over. Which is sad because clubs are on their knees financially around our area and a day missed means a loss of at least a grand of revenue with green fees and beer consumption. Players are aware of the heat, know how to hydrate, take every precaution under the sun to minimise any risk of keeling over, every club has a defibrillator but no play. Is it too early to crack a can, asking for a friend.

  82. Cassie of Sydney

    “C.L.
    #2905039, posted on January 12, 2019 at 12:32 am”

    You nailed it.

  83. calli

    The actrine is performing a simulated sex scene (presumably under direction) and she complains that the actor “touched her inappropriately”?

    Yippee! There goes those embarrassing, scantily clad, voyeuristic on-stage fumbles, so beloved of the permissive set.

    I’m reminded of the blue rinse ladies and dog collars demonstrating before Hair and Oh Calcutta back in the day, and how they were lampooned as up-tight prudes. We’ve come full circle.

  84. None

    Not liking that sound of her bad night but hopefully you have enough information now to know what to do and when to get to a doctor. Never be afraid to seek medical advice. Don’t worry if people might think you’re a worry wart or whatever. Trust me no one thinks that at all. You’ve done well so far so just relax, keep a gentle eye on things and make that call whenever you need to. I’m sure everything will be fine it’s just a little bit scary because you haven’t had to do with this before and there’s no script that anyone can give you.

  85. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Antifa must be attacked constantly as a terrorist organisation, and officials lobbied to treat them as such.

    Let’s start by referring to them as Fascista.
    That Orwellian ‘antifascist’ misnomer needs to be shown up for what it is.
    We should also call them Thugs, and strongly resist any ‘far-right’ label which left journalists constantly apply to those whom the Fascista attack, or those who hold views even mildly opposed to current leftist dogmas. Orwell nailed it. Language matters. It embeds ideas. A counter movement is needed.

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  87. Makka

    The Ice Age cometh;

    Athens’ famous monuments covered in snow as Europe shivers through freezing temperatures
    Temperatures in Greece have dropped to -23C as Europe is blanketed by snow, leaving several dead and hundreds of flights cancelled.

  88. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The actrine is performing a simulated sex scene (presumably under direction) and she complains that the actor “touched her inappropriately”?

    Perhaps he was an aficionado of Stanislavsky’s ‘Method’ style of acting, Calli, where the actor goes for total verisimilitude. I think he could make (I won’t say mount) a very good defense along those lines. 🙂

  89. Cassie of Sydney

    “None
    #2905120, posted on January 12, 2019 at 5:54 am”

    J*wish law permits and regards abortion as necessary in some cases…

    1. When the mother’s life is at risk because of the unborn child, an abortion is obligatory.

    2. If a woman is raped.

  90. John Constantine

    Got the kill sheet from the meatworks for last week’s consignment of lambs.

    Not purely grass-fed of course, as pasture is limited in the Australian summer. Not strictly feedlotted, as the sheep is so efficient at walking that it is food intake that puts weight on them, not walking that takes it off.

    Supplementary feeding of grain legumes and cereals and hay, plus opportunity pick of the free range they have access to.

    Aiming for twenty-eight kilos dressed weight average of the draft and just missed it.

    At seven bucks seventy a kilo contract price it made feeding the high value grain and hay good business.

    No real skin value though, you can’t contract skin value, so the works can always drag a bit of value back that way, and go heavy trim when you don’t get paid for trimming byproducts.

    Eating real chops, not mulched meat products or frankenfoods, as part of balanced meals, helps the muscles that keep your balance and keeps you luckier in the struggle against frailty and fragility.

  91. min

    Happy Birthday areff Mr Coles does a fantastic Belgian chocolate cake usually around $12 but often can be picked up much cheaper on Satursdays.

  92. Is it too early to crack a can, asking for a friend.

    Nah, it’s 20past one in the afternoon in Cupertino, go for it.

  93. None

    Good morning Black Ball. Heat exhaustion is not worth it and it can get you even if you are quite fit and we’ll hydrated. I would suggest Dawn or dusk games to your club althpugh the visibility gets interesting as all the colour is washed out but it could be fun. Better: offer pétanque at the back, near a tree for players to stand under and near the bar in case you need a beer. Easier than bowls, sociable, cheap sets to buy and non golfers can play. What you might not make in green fees you can maybe make up in extra food and drink. Beer is not just for mornings anymore.

  94. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Peoples’ Republic of Canuckstan could be a problem for her.

    Does She Know What She’s Getting Into? Saudi Woman Fleeing Family Going To Canada: Thai Police

    Hmmm, maybe she should consider going to Poland instead…

  95. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Used to be a rule that we play at 9 if the temperature was forecast to be 40 plus on Saturdays.

    Given the way the BoM play around with their predictions, the increasing number of OTT forecasts of special heat (which mostly doesn’t happen) are going to lose bowlers and bowling a lot of money. Time to foil them and introduce night bowls and daytime drinkies? Or just source your temperature information from somewhere other than the BoM.

    You may tell you friend he can open a can at 9am. That’s a reasonable hour. Enjoy!

  96. egg_

    l she likes Canada more.

    LMFAO.
    Less Frightbats?

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  98. Not purely grass-fed of course, as pasture is limited in the Australian summer. Not strictly feedlotted, as the sheep is so efficient at walking that it is food intake that puts weight on them, not walking that takes it off.

    Supplementary feeding of grain legumes and cereals and hay, plus opportunity pick of the free range they have access to.

    I’ve got a big mob of first cross lambs on regrown canola.
    I expected them to get a big case of the squirts but no problems at all.
    It’ll be interesting to check the weight gain in the weeks ahead. Good money for little work.

  99. None

    That’s interesting Cassie. I wouldn’t be surprised if J-wish law has something similar to the principle of double effect when a woman’s life is in danger. That is certainly the way Christian reasoning developed.
    The rape case is an interesting one. I’m familiar with the second Temple literature and some (early) rabbinics but I certainly wouldn’t know anything past that. AFAIK there is no evidence that Jews practiced abortion for rape during Roman times. Do you know of any?

  100. None

    That’s interesting Cassie. Thanks
    I wouldn’t be surprised if J-wish law has something similar to the principle of double effect when a woman’s life is in danger. That is certainly the way Christian reasoning developed.
    The rape case is an interesting one. I’m familiar with the second Temple literature and some (early) rabbinics but I certainly wouldn’t know anything past that. I vaguely recall something about mother in danger -in the Talmud? – but I can’t remember where just now. AFAIK there is no evidence that J-ws practiced abortion for rape during Roman times. Do you know of any? Or was that sort of a later development in J-wish law?

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  102. Baldrick

    C.L.
    #2905039, posted on January 12, 2019 at 12:32 am

    We all know C.L. doesn’t scroll up so for what it’s worth, well said.

  103. min

    What the media did not tell you about the protest at St Kilda last week . Sue Munro of the Socialist Party rallied the troops on Facebook, I believe, and attended with.a Datvid Hollis who had been jailed for murder.
    Kieran Bennett was there representing the Socialist Alternative.
    The manifesto for these groups can be found on Google.
    I am not supporting the other side just believe that equal opportunity given to both sides

  104. John Constantine

    Morning Gez, the canola regrowth is as good as any fodder brassica once it gets going, there is a small patch of sown for purpose forage radish here going great guns, but you can’t rely upon massive summer thunderstorms every year.

    Arguments for sterilising the paddocks over summer and just growing crops, but opportunity conversion of thunderstorms into chops and woollen suits means you can have your opportunity profitable harvest banked in autumn, instead of being a spraycan man and just opening your chemical bills for summer spraying then.

  105. OldOzzie

    Shorten super tax net to trap a million

    Up to a million Australians would be hit by a complex set of superannuation tax changes if Bill Shorten wins government, new Treasury analysis has revealed, with mothers returning from ­maternity leave and the self-­employed among those most ­affected.

    As Labor attacks the Productivity Commission’s key ­recommendation to establish a top-10 shortlist of default superannuation funds, Treasury data obtained by The Weekend Australian shows four of the opposition’s less well known tax policies would increase tax or sap the ­retirement balances of up to 1.17 million Australians at retirement to the tune, potentially, of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    Josh Frydenberg, who has ­already launched a new-year pre-election assault on Labor’s negative gearing, franking credit ban and capital gains tax policies, seized on the figures to declare the opposition’s suite of super taxes would not only discourage people to save but “punish those who do”.

    GRAPHIC: Who’s hit by Labor super changes

    Labor plans to cut the cap on non-concessional superannuation contributions a person can make each year from $100,000 to $75,000 and abolish “catch-up” contributions for people with super balances under $500,000 — changes that would affect 17,000 and 230,000 taxpayers ­respectively.

    “If given the chance in government, Australians should not be under any illusions about Labor’s approach to superannuation and their plan for $19 billion of higher, misguided taxes and the further targeting of aspirational Australians,” the Treasurer writes in The Weekend Australian.

    “Labor is promising to reduce the non-concessional contribution cap from $100,000 to $75,000, which will hit around 20,000 taxpayers. The issue is not whether the contribution should be taxed at the individual’s marginal rate, as that is not in dispute, but rather whether individuals should be given the choice and flexibility to contribute more in any particular year in the event that their capacity to do so ­increases. It’s about striking the right balance.”

    Labor would also reverse scope for people who are partly self-employed to deduct super­annuation contributions from their business income — affecting up to 800,000 people — and lower the high-income super contribution threshold from $250,000 to $200,000, which would ensure more higher earners pay the 30 per cent tax rate on their concessional contributions.

    Michael Rice, an actuary at Rice Warner Actuaries, said Labor was “attempting to cut the value of super concessions for the wealthy”. “The non-concessional cap (of $75,000) is probably OK — not many people have a spare $100,000 to put into super,” he said. “The high-income threshold is more interesting. Once we go to a 12 per cent superannuation guarantee, there will be some mandatory contributions taxed at 30 per cent — that will be unpopular.”

    The four Labor measures are expected to raise $18.9bn over the medium term (to 2026-27).

    Treasury estimates 130,000 taxpayers would pay more as a ­result of a reduction in the threshold from $250,000 to $200,000 where the contributions tax ­increases from 15 per cent to 30 per cent.

    Labor says the four areas overwhelmingly benefit high-­income earners while having a massive impact on the budget.

    Opposition Treasury spokesman Chris Bowen, who declared this week that Mr Frydenberg’s persistent attacks on Labor’s economic platform were ensuring a Shorten government had a rock-solid mandate to ­implement its plans, said the Treasurer was showing “just how out of his depth and incapable he is”.

    Mr Bowen would not say if Labor remained committed to the four super policies or if the party had any estimates regarding how many Australians they would ­affect or the out-of-pocket costs.

    “There’s still no comment from Mr Frydenberg on Fitch ­Solution’s very troubling report on the economy and budget. Mr Frydenberg seems only capable of talking about the opposition when the nation needs economic leadership,” Mr Bowen said.

    The Treasurer’s office provided several cameos based on Treasury numbers to demonstrate the financial impact of Labor’s policies. According to the analysis, if the concessional catch up contribution is scrapped, a 30-year-old who takes four years leave without pay to raise her family would lose $311,000 in super.

    “Diana” would make no super contributions while she was not working but, under existing ­arrangements, when she returned to work at age 34 she could draw on her previously unused concessional contribution caps to make additional super payments for the years she missed.

    “If Diana had continued to work she would have contributed $15,000 to her super each year. Instead, she fully catches up on her missed superannuation contributions over the next four years, making use of the carried forward unused cap space to contribute a total of $30,000 each year,” the cameo states.

    “By the time Diana retires at 67, her superannuation balance is estimated to be around $311,000 higher (in 2018-19 dollars) as a ­result of her being able to utilise the superannuation catch-up.”

    The $100,000 non-concessional cap was introduced in late 2016 after the May budget’s measure to impose a divisive proposal for a $500,000 “lifetime cap” was met with stiff resistance from ­Coalition MPs, higher earners and the super sector.

    Labor introduced a higher tax on concessional superannuation contributions, which had been taxed at a flat rate of 15 per cent since 1988, in 2012 for taxpayers with combined gross ­salary and compulsory superannuation contributions above $300,000. The Coalition government lowered it to $250,000 in 2017.

    When Mr Bowen announced his super reform package in ­November 2016 he said the government’s $100,000 annual cap on non-concessional contributions remained “too generous” and under Labor the super system would be “fairer and the budget will be better off”.

    Mr Bowen yesterday said Labor remained committed to a 12 per cent superannuation ­guarantee but had concerns about the “best in show” list of the nation’s top super funds, which the Productivity Commission ­estimated could save new job ­entrants more than $500,000 over a career.

    “That’s a very big change and I have some concerns about it and not just me, lots of people in the superannuation industry have concerns about it and not just one type of funds, not just industry but retail corporate funds,” he told 2GB radio.

    “A lot of people say ‘be careful what you wish for here’ because if there are 10 funds identified that’s going to make life very hard for the other funds who aren’t on the list and some funds would struggle to survive.

    “There are some funds frankly that should not be there, they’re underperforming and they should have a good hard look at themselves and if they can’t lift their performance they should close themselves down and go in a better performing fund and some of those (are) ­retail funds, there’s a couple of ­industry funds, that’s across the board.”

  106. Anthony

    Is the wall finished yet?

  107. Let’s start by referring to them as Fascista.
    That Orwellian ‘antifascist’ misnomer needs to be shown up for what it is.
    We should also call them Thugs, and strongly resist any ‘far-right’ label which left journalists constantly apply to those whom the Fascista attack, or those who hold views even mildly opposed to current leftist dogmas. Orwell nailed it. Language matters. It embeds ideas. A counter movement is needed.

    Very true. They use a circular argument that because they’ve disowned the Nazis as far-right by being opposition alone, anyone similar is therefore far-right.

    I had to look up AfD to see what they really are, and while they do have some elements in common with the Nazis, they don’t commit violence, while the communists (for that’s what they are) are systematically beating their opponents to death.

    It’s deja vu all over again. Abtifa should be branded a terrorist organisation and treated accordingly.

  108. John Constantine

    See the left is attacking JBS australia for only paying 300 million tax on eight billion turnover.

    [ jbs the big meatworks]

    Not a bad result when all the works are claiming they are cutting their own throats buying stock in australia at current rates.

  109. OldOzzie

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  110. bespoke

    Mitch M

    Most sensible people only use generalizations as rhetorical tool and the ones that do believe it would go ballistic if targeted at them. I have a big renovations about the MSN and UNI’s but that doesn’t mean some one is out there trying to do it admirably. People should think why a certain unsavory type dominates profession and look for ways to minimize it.

  111. moya

    Miss Saudi’s rejection of Islam is possibly a short-term ploy. How many leftists don’t embrace the ROP?

  112. OldOzzie

    May these forces not be with you

    Katrina Grace Kelly

    A meek surrender by me this week to the greater forces who vehemently oppose many things, such as plastic shopping bags. After almost a year of intending to take the permanent grocery bags shopping, forgetting them entirely, and at the last minute having to buy new ones, I finally succeeded, and at the counter triumphantly produced four for the man, who packed them full.

    Pride was the icing lathered over the cake of humiliation — yes the forces beat me, but at least I remembered to submit.

    Dignified surrenders on various topics to the ongoing tyranny of the generally aggrieved might well be a political theme for 2019. It seems we are set, as Australians, to continue our streak of legendary self-sabotage, inflicted on ourselves via our generally pessimistic public narrative. First we find a non-existent problem, then we talk about it to the point of hysteria, then the government steps in to fix it, then everybody suffers.

    Last year, house prices were too high, according to some, and credit was too easily available. The wealth of the average Australian had soared and no, this was not fantastic news, not a cause for celebration, because not every single person in the country had been able to directly benefit, as they were not all in the property market. So some people had accumulated more wealth than others and, as we know, this is an intolerable scenario.

    Accordingly, the forces were summoned. There was much agitation and angst over how to address the “housing crisis”. Intervention occurred to “take the heat out of the market” and bring prices down, lending was tightened, and voila, look at us now, we have manufactured a situation out of thin air that has reduced our collective wealth. One wonders if now everyone is happy. The rich won’t care, of course. In trying to tear down the tall poppies, the baying crowd stomped all over the seedlings, as always.

    This year, expect to hear the term “inclusive growth” bandied about in the lead-up to the election. It is a term adopted by Labor and can be taken to mean a number of things, but summed up can be described this way: you have more than me, and I don’t like it, so government must do something about it.

    For instance, to achieve inclusive growth in the property market we must eliminate negative gearing for all properties except new ones, and increase capital gains tax too. How this will help those not in the property market is a complete mystery to me. I would have thought that raising taxes makes everyone poorer, but no, if you listen to Labor, raising taxes will make poor people richer, and houses more affordable, without reducing the price of houses at all.

    Clear as mud?

    There is merit in helping people not in the market into the market, though, and it is baffling to me that someone in the government or opposition hasn’t taken one of their gruelling “study tours” to the US, and come up with a sensible suite of policies based on the American model. The American system actively supports home ownership, and despite recent trimming of incentives, policies are still both generous and sensible, and promote the right type of behaviour among the people.

    In the US, citizens are allowed to negatively gear the house they live in, plus one other home, such as a vacation home. The interest on their loans, up to a cap of $750,000 worth of housing debt, is deducted from their income tax liability. This assists people, and provides a great incentive to buy a house, which as we all know is the beginning of the path towards financial independence.

    Perhaps we should allow people to negatively gear the interest on a certain amount of debt on property, whether they live in the property or rent it out. There are people who can afford to buy a house but not live in it, so they rent it out to get the tax breaks. This is a silly situation surely. Why don’t we let people get the tax breaks on the house they have bought, whether they live in it or not?

    Stamp duty is another killer for non-home owners and homeowners alike. It is an outrageous tax, criminal in its design, as it is linked to prices, and so prohibitive now that it prevents people from moving as well as buying. The fact that people are reluctant to move house because of stamp duty distorts supply and affects prices.

    The federal government cannot control the states and territories but it could make an effort to eliminate stamp duty, or even just ameliorate the impost by allowing people to deduct it off their income taxes — up to a cap, of course.

    Finally, capital gains tax should be eliminated, entirely. People work to earn an income, pay tax on the income, and then invest their savings. They take a risk with money on which they have already paid tax, and in the event the risks pays off, they make a gain. Then, the government takes another amount, up to almost 25 per cent, of the gain made. CGT is a disgraceful disincentive and a barrier to the creation of wealth.

    The best thing any government can do for their people is to make it as easy as possible for them to create wealth. Taxation cruels wealth and, accordingly, should be carefully levied. If we want increased social mobility then we must decrease the taxation burden. Governments that remember this much and act accordingly at all times are the only types of governments worth electing.

  113. zyconoclast

    sdfc
    #2905071, posted on January 12, 2019 at 1:48 am
    Anning’s a fvckhead and a thief, pure and simple.

    All I know of him is his efforts in the Senate. Sounds more sensible than most.
    It doesn’t matter as he is likely to get turfed in a couple of months

    The level of hatred directed at this bloke is extraordinary as he has barely been there, hasn’t legislated any new taxes or threatened to take away property rights etc.

    Not telling anyone else what to do, but this level of abuse should be vented towards the careerist thieves and Kommissars who will be milking the taxpayer for many more years to come.

  114. None

    I should also add Cassie that even the most staunchly Catholic countries like Ireland or Argentina never had a prohibition on saving a mother’s life. It’s probably the way it was worded that would confuse non-catholics in that the pregerence is always to save both but if not, and the effort had to be made to save the mother’s life it could be done even if the unintended consequence was the destruction of the child. Naturally in some circumstances -say a car accident – you maybe able to save the child’s life but not the mother. I would expect that Jewish law would allow for that as well yes?

    Orthodox Christians don’t have systematic statements on these things. But generally all abortion is prohibited but no bishop would penalize anyone who saved a mother’s life but unintentionally killed or destroyed the child.

    As for the Protestants they are all over the shop these days. Many of the conservatives might go for no abortion except in cases of mother’s life, rape and incest.

    The situations are actually very very rare and the two most common ones are an ectopic pregnancy if it bursts ( most ectopic pregnancies resolve themselves naturally) or enclampsia. You can meet gynecologists who have practice for a lifetime and never had to deal with either.

    Pregnancy from rape is also very rare. Rape has been.understood differently at different times in different cultures and under different social structures. So for example in the Hebrew bible and maybe a law saying that a man who violayes a woman has to marry her and that he could never divorce her and that would sound totally off to us. But they were speaking in the context of a semi nomadic tribal honour-shame culture where the woman now would be ostracized and possibly unmarriageable and this would also create fractures in the group’s social cohesion. This therefore was a way of restoring her honour permanently and irrevocably. Most marriages then and still in the world today are arranged including that of my own parents and grandparents. So this idea would also be viewed differently by then then by us today. The man’s penalty was that he would have to honour her for the rest of her life and fulfil his proper duties towards her as her husband. This wasn’t unique to the ancient Hebrews but I think the no divorce part may have been. I forget now. Call it an early version of the shotgun wedding.
    These days most women who conceive from rape opt to keep the baby. Ditto incest by the way
    Most women in this situation also find that the unconditional love given to them by their child becomes part of their own healing and redemption. Women can be incredibly resilient
    Still, conception from rape is extremely rare .

  115. Black Ball

    Duly noted Carpe and Lizzie. But my, ahem, friend can wait until mid afternoon, which I don’t believe will reach the forecast 43 in my neck of the woods. None, you are correct about the need for vigilance regarding the heat policy but we know what we are in for playing a summer sport. If you wish not to play then no one will think less of you. Each to their own devices.

  116. C.L.

    Via Instapundit:

    … the APA just put out guidelines attacking masculinity. So, what is the gender breakdown of the APA?

    Sixty-five percent of US psychologists are now women (and rising every year).

    Men are leaving this ‘profession’ in droves.

    Reminder: the law of clubs …

    It is a truism that whenever women force their way into a club, the club declines into mediocrity. The men start leaving to go elsewhere, then women follow them there, instead.

  117. OldOzzie

    Nasties, yes, but we’ve never been fertile soil for Nazis

    Gerard Henderson

    It was sage advice from an unexpected source. In the wake of the United Patriots Front’s “Reclaim St Kilda” rally on January 5, which featured some men giving the Nazi salute, the ABC’s editorial director Alan Sunderland served as a rational voice.

    Following criticism that ABC news reports had not described the UPF’s leaders as Nazis, Sunderland tweeted: “Personally, I wouldn’t call them Nazis. That implies a formality and consistency of belief that is not warranted by facts. I’d call them people making Nazi salutes. Accuracy matters.”

    Quite so. From its formation the Nazi party was a revolutionary movement driven by an official ideology that featured racism, anti-Semitism, extreme nationalism and militarism. It was shaped by the unwillingness of many Germans to accept that imperial Germany had been defeated in the field of battle in November 1918 and widespread resentment at the peace terms imposed by the Allies following the end of World War I.

    Adolf Hitler dominated the Nazis by the early 1920s and came to power in Berlin in 1933 before leading his country to an even more devastating defeat in May 1945. In short, for a quarter of a century Hitler led a political movement that, for a time at least, enjoyed considerable support at home.

    They were the Nazis, who were crushed by the Allies (primarily Britain and its Commonwealth nations, the US and the Soviet Union) in 1945. And then there is Blair Cottrell, the UPF’s leader, photographed standing on a Melbourne beach a fortnight ago, megaphone in hand, in front of less than a score of supporters and four Australian flags.

    Whatever Cottrell is, he’s no Hitler. And the same can be said of the UPF members who gave sieg heil salutes.

    There has never been a credible Nazi or fascist movement in Australia. Unlike in Britain. In the lead-up to World War II, Sir Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists was a serious and potentially damaging revolutionary movement. That’s why Mosley and his wife Diana were interned during the conflict with Germany.

    In Britain at the time, there were men and women who ­wanted Nazi Germany to conquer Britain and were prepared to assist the cause. In his book The Traitors (John Murray, 2017), Josh Ireland analyses the personalities of four men who were executed for treason at the end of hostilities — namely ­William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw), John Amery, Eric Pleasants and Harold Cole.

    There was no equivalent of Mosley in Australia, still less a Joyce. Australia’s leading right-wing movement at the time was the Australia First Movement headed by PR (Inky) Stephensen, who had been a Queensland Rhodes scholar. Despite the fact Stephensen and his colleagues were not a threat to the war effort, he and some others were detained when Labor’s Bert Evatt was ­attorney-general in the Curtin Labor government.

    The official war historian Paul Hasluck was to describe Evatt’s ­action in interning Stephensen and others as “undoubtedly the grossest infringement of individual liberty made during the war … a matter of shame … to the authorities concerned”. In the postwar period, the leading extreme right-wing movement was Eric Butler’s Australian League of Rights. It was an unpleasant, intolerant and anti-Semitic organisation — but neither radical nor violent. From the 1960s on, there were some self-proclaimed Nazi organisations led by self-proclaimed fuhrers but they were in no sense a serious threat to the democratic order.

    Then in the 80s and early 90s there was Jim Saleam’s ­National Action, which was at time engaged in acts of criminality and violence. But it had little ­impact.

    And now there is Cottrell’s ­essentially nonviolent UPF, which will no doubt seek to create more attention in the lead-up to Australia Day.

    Australia is a practical and empirical society that makes it difficult for organisations of the extreme Right or extreme Left to ­attain and retain support.

    There has been much discussion about the decision of Queensland independent senator Fraser Anning to attend the “Reclaim St Kilda” rally. It should be remembered that ­Anning entered federal parliament because he was on Pauline Hanson’s One Nation ticket in Queensland in 2016.

    Hanson won two seats ­only because Malcolm Turnbull called a double dissolution election that halved the quota for Senate vacancies. When Malcolm Roberts, the second successful candidate, was ruled ineligible to sit due to his (then) dual citizenship — Anning took his place. Anning has since quit One Nation and has fallen out with fellow Queenslander Bob Katter.

    Despite his unwise flirtation with the UPF, whose leader wants Australian schoolchildren to read Mein Kampf, Anning does not present as an anti-Semite. In any event, as the Queensland senator himself acknowledges, he has scant chance of being re-elected to the Senate.

    For the record, Saleam contested the Longman by-election last July as a member of the Australia First Party and scored less than 1 per cent of the primary vote.

    Writing in The Age on January 7 under the title “Protest state”, journalist Anthony Colangelo commented: “Victoria is arguably the noisiest, most active battleground for right-wing groups in Australia; but why is the state largely regarded as Australia’s most progressive a hot-bed of far-right activity?”

    When Age journalists use the word “progressive”, it is a softer way of saying “left-wing”. Colangelo overlooked the fact that Victoria is also the most active battleground for extreme left-wing groups in Australia.

    So much so that the far Left has silenced the views of many mainstream conservatives in Victoria, making it possible for extreme right-wing organisations like the UPF to fill the vacuum of opposition to the far Left.

    The level of politically motivated violence in Australia is low when compared to other similar democracies. However, there is more political thuggery in Victoria than any other state — which ­explains why it is attractive to the extremes of Right and Left.

    The UPF attracts the likes of the Australian version of the international antifa (that is, anti-fascist) movement. And the antifa movement attracts the UPF. Its play-acting can be witnessed on the streets of Melbourne — but it’s not Munich in 1923.

  118. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Arguments for sterilising the paddocks over summer and just growing crops, but opportunity conversion of thunderstorms into chops and woollen suits means you can have your opportunity profitable harvest banked in autumn, instead of being a spraycan man and just opening your chemical bills for summer spraying then.

    That was the reasoning behind my decision to buy in sheep, to massively boost sheep numbers, back in the day, when all my neighbors were changing over to cropping only. They thought I had finally lost the plot, but, two years later the price of wool rose to the highest in nearly thirty years..

  119. areff

    to all birthday wellwishers, many thanks.

    Chocolate cake today. Wooden overcoat one year closer.

    Sigh.

    Any female and fetching Cats with father issues who would like to cheer me up, I’ll leave the front gate open.

  120. Black Ball

    Farmer Gez and John Constantine, what crops did you have for this season and how did you fare? Mates of mine finished getting their crops in just before Christmas. Was down on previous years but more income than was forecast. Wheat and barley growers.

  121. Gab

    Many happy returns of the day, Areff. And may that wooden overcoat not yet be constructed!

  122. None

    I should also add Cassie that even the most staunchly Catholic countries like Ireland or Argentina never had a prohibition on saving a mother’s life. The preference is always to save both but if not, and the effort had to be made to save the mother’s life it could be done even if the unintended consequence was the destruction of the child. Naturally in some circumstances -say a car accident – you maybe able to save the child’s life but not the mother. I would expect that J’wish law would allow for that as well yes?

    Orthodox Christians don’t have systematic statements on these things. But generally all abortion is prohibited but no bishop would penalize anyone who saved a mother’s life but unintentionally killed or destroyed the child.

    As for the Protestants they are all over the shop these days. Many of the conservatives might have statements saying no abortion except in cases of mother’s life, rape and incest.

    The situations where a mother’s life is in danger are actually very very rare and the two most common ones are an ectopic pregnancy if it bursts ( most ectopic pregnancies resolve themselves naturally) or enclampsia. You can meet gynecologists who have practice for a lifetime and never had to deal with either. And of course accidents or acts of violence.

    Pregnancy from rape is also very rare. Rape has been.understood differently at different times in different cultures and under different social structures. So for example in the Hebrew bible there may be a law saying that a man who violates a woman has to marry her and that he could never divorce her and that would sound totally off to us. But they were speaking in the context of a semi nomadic tribal honour-shame culture where the woman now would be ostracized and possibly unmarriageable and this would also create fractures in the group’s social cohesion. This therefore was a way of restoring her honour permanently and irrevocably. Most marriages then and still in the world today are arranged including that of my own parents and grandparents. So this idea would also be viewed differently by then then by us today. The man’s penalty was that he would have to honour her for the rest of her life and fulfil his proper duties towards her as her husband. This wasn’t unique to the ancient H-brews but I think the no divorce part may have been. I forget now. Call it an early version of the shotgun wedding.
    These days most women who conceive from rape opt to keep the baby. Ditto incest by the way
    Most women in this situation also find that the unconditional love given to them by their child becomes part of their own healing and redemption. Women can be incredibly resilient
    Still, conception from rape is extremely rare .

    I would still argue that J-wish and Christian teaching has always been against killing children nor sacrificing them to the gods of their age. Naturally there will always be J-ws and Christians who don’t practice their faith as they should and overtime some traditions within both religions have slacked off on some matters butts it would take a lot of convincing for me to believe God’s intention for our children is for us to kill them.

  123. OldOzzie

    Labor’s high-tax policies would be aspiration killers

    The Australian Editorial


    Many Australians remain in holiday mode. But post-Christmas credit card bills, the return to work and tumbling property values in Sydney and Melbourne are prompting many people to take stock. In doing so, four months from the federal election, it makes eminent sense to compare the key economic policies of the Coalition and Labor and how they would pinch the hip pockets of households and businesses for years or even decades to come. As the nation faces the likelihood of a change of government, Bill Shorten and his Treasury spokesman, Chris Bowen, to their credit, have not shied away from setting out a detailed economic narrative. Under the guise of “fairness” they have stuck with it, regardless of criticisms from those who would lose heavily as Labor shifted the nation towards higher taxes, bigger government and a more omnipotent welfare state. For the past week, this newspaper has cut through the argy-bargy, putting the blowtorch to key issues in play and how they will affect voters’ hip-pocket nerves, such as capital gains and personal taxes, negative gearing, welfare changes, superannuation and workplace relations. After crunching the numbers and considering the arguments of Josh Frydenberg and Mr Bowen, it is clear that voters who aspire to greater prosperity owe it to themselves and to their families to assess the cost benefits of the parties’ contrasting policies.

    A week ago, The Weekend Australian examined Labor’s plan to hike capital gains tax. It would see Australians taxed up to 36.75 per cent on capital gains, compared with 23.5 per cent now. While 885,530 taxpayers declared capital gains in 2015-16, mainly from shares and investment property sales, the cost of the opposition’s pledge largely has slipped under the radar, unlike its promised crackdown on negative gearing. In supporting Labor, voters would be supporting the highest CGT rate in the Anglosphere. US investors pay 23.8 per cent tax on capital gains, the British 28 per cent on residential property and 20 per cent on other assets, and Can­adians 16.5 per cent. According to home builder Tamawood, which has slashed its profit expectations by 26.9 per cent, Labor’s changes would help create a “perfect storm” in depressed real estate markets. Mr Bowen was notably unapologetic, noting that 70 per cent of the current CGT discount advantages the top 10 per cent of income earners.

    Quasi class warfare also pervades Labor’s income tax policy, under which more than a million Australians, double the current number, would find themselves paying a top marginal rate of 49 per cent within six years, Treasury figures show. Labor’s top rate, one of the highest in the world, would cut in at 2.2 times average full-time earnings, compared with eight times average full-time earnings in the US.

    Not everyone would lose under a Shorten government, however. After 20 years of welfare reform guided by the sound principles of Bob Hawke’s “reciprocal obligation” and John Howard’s “mutual obligation” policies, Labor has announced a softer approach to jobseekers, including redesigning work for the dole and ditching the need for the unemployed to apply for 20 jobs a month. The Business Council of Australia wants the system overhauled, arguing employers are bearing the costs of sorting through unsuitable job applications. Further reform is needed, mainly because welfare continues to account for more than a third of federal spending. It would be disastrous, as Noel Pearson warns, if Labor caused a backslide towards the passive welfare dependence that hard-won reforms of the past 25 years helped overcome.

    As the population ages, the retirement policies of both major parties demand close scrutiny if workers’ superannuation returns are to be maximised and reliance on the Age Pension reduced. Both major parties have mixed records on super. But as reported today, Treasury estimates show Labor’s proposed changes could leave up to a million workers worse off through tax changes and abolition of the government’s measure to allow concessional catch-up contributions. The opposition, dominated by the union movement, which controls lucrative industry-based funds, has blatantly rejected the Productivity Commission’s main recommendation for improving retirement savings.

    Superannuation is just one area in which the unions would dominate a Shorten government. Labor has pledged rigid regulation of workplaces and agreed to allow unions to make wage claims on multiple ­employers. That move, Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox warns, has “left the door open to rampant industrial disputation across the entire Australian economy”. Next week’s strike at a Wollongong colliery over labour-hire workers is a foretaste of what could be expected.

    While exasperated by much of the drivel that passes for political debate and by the Coalition’s internecine warfare, voters, in their own interests, should scrutinise the costs of the parties’ policies. If Coalition MPs are to lift their dismal act they should recall how the mantra “It’s the economy, stupid” propelled Bill Clinton to power in 1992. As the government achieves the first surplus since Mr Howard lost office, it has the ammunition to take Labor apart, point by point, tax by tax, dead-handed policy by policy, and highlight the dangers of stumbling blindly down a socialist dead end. Unless more ministers plunge in and fight on their ground — growth and jobs — they and Australians aspiring to be justly rewarded for hard work are on a hiding to nothing.

  124. Black Ball

    It is a truism that whenever women force their way into a club, the club declines into mediocrity. The men start leaving to go elsewhere, then women follow them there, instead.

    Old bowler who just clicked 90. Recalls the time as an MCC member and Melbourne supporter. A fervent attendee of the Long Room bar in the Members Stand. The men would gather in their own spots and fraternise as you do. He said as soon as women were admitted that went pear shaped. The women would basically take over. Old mate renounced his membership and hasn’t gone back.

  125. md

    The Beer Whisperer
    #2905204, posted on January 12, 2019 at 8:48 am

    I had to look up AfD to see what they really are, and while they do have some elements in common with the Nazis …

    You should stop reading the leftist hate media.

  126. OldOzzie

    How to clean interior windshield glass

    Waxy film on the glass caused by the release of gasses trapped in the dashboard called plasticizers can create a yellowy film that distorts your visibility through the windshield, especially at night. Here’s how to clean interior glass right. Watch all our Autoblog Details videos for more quick car care tips from professional detailer Larry Kosilla.

  127. None

    No probs Black Ball and I think it’s already 43 here. And it’s not even 9.

  128. Top Ender

    Thanks for the post above re more injuries for sheilas in footy.

    Follow the money! Always follow the money:

    Researchers are looking into the physiological and psychological factors that may result in higher injuries in women who play footy.

    But Professor Pearce says Australia needs to boost its research in this area dramatically.

    “We are well behind the United States who are investing over $100 million in this area of research alone, just in concussion.

    “We are lucky to be probably investing $3-5 million dollars overall,” he said.

    He believes greater investment will be critical as more girls and women take up the sport.

    Of course he does. That way he can employ two research assistants and call himself “Professor.”

    Mrs TE points out that men are built for football, being taller, muscly, and possessing thicker heads.

  129. None

    I don’t disagree with you on that Black Ball. It’s the same when men force their way into women’s clubs not that I can understand why they would want to but some do. Nothing wrong with a bit of time out with your kind. Mind you men are the funniest gossips.

  130. rickw

    Australia is a practical and empirical society that makes it difficult for organisations of the extreme Right or extreme Left to ­attain and retain support.

    You have to hand it to The Left, they did a great job of managing to disown the Nazi’s and re-brand them as Right Wing.

    It’s the most historically inaccurate article of faith there is.

  131. bespoke

    OldOzzie
    #2905210, posted on January 12, 2019 at 9:07 am

    I have many well of associates that support Labor but are totally oblivious to what into for them. Evan when I point the things John Constantine talks about the disconnect is frustrating.

  132. John Constantine

    G’day Black Ball, the crops around here were mainly crap. Higher prices and a sellers market meant salvaging something from not much, but not real interesting. Lucky it was a coolish spring and didn’t cook everything off like happens in most dry years.

    The new looming challenge is two good grain years in a row, where storages fill up, not enough can be exported, buyers only do hand to mouth purchases and profitless boom prices crush everything.

    Then the Tyrant of the chicoms puts tariffs on barley.

    Perfect storm is the threat of oversupply.

  133. None

    Women are generally hopeless psychologists. Why is that? It is because we just like talking , off loading and venting. Men prefer to problem solve and if you are going to spend the megabucks seeing a psychologist you would rather have someone that will help you solve your problems instead of just sitting there while you vent because they’re not allowed to. You can vent to your cat it would have the same effect. I realised this back in my corporate days when people would walk into my office and complain about this that and the other so I very quickly learnt to ask them. Do you want me to do something about this or do you just want to vent? 90% of the time they just wanted to vent.

  134. OldOzzie

    Labor’s high-tax policies would be aspiration killers

    Many Australians remain in holiday mode. But post-Christmas credit card bills, the return to work and tumbling property values in Sydney and Melbourne are prompting many people to take stock. In doing so, four months from the federal election, it makes eminent sense to compare the key economic policies of the Coalition and Labor and how they would pinch the hip pockets of households and businesses for years or even decades to come. As the nation faces the likelihood of a change of government, Bill Shorten and his Treasury spokesman, Chris Bowen, to their credit, have not shied away from setting out a detailed economic narrative. Under the guise of “fairness” they have stuck with it, regardless of criticisms from those who would lose heavily as Labor shifted the nation towards higher taxes, bigger government and a more omnipotent welfare state. For the past week, this newspaper has cut through the argy-bargy, putting the blowtorch to key issues in play and how they will affect voters’ hip-pocket nerves, such as capital gains and personal taxes, negative gearing, welfare changes, superannuation and workplace relations. After crunching the numbers and considering the arguments of Josh Frydenberg and Mr Bowen, it is clear that voters who aspire to greater prosperity owe it to themselves and to their families to assess the cost benefits of the parties’ contrasting policies.

    A week ago, The Weekend Australian examined Labor’s plan to hike capital gains tax. It would see Australians taxed up to 36.75 per cent on capital gains, compared with 23.5 per cent now. While 885,530 taxpayers declared capital gains in 2015-16, mainly from shares and investment property sales, the cost of the opposition’s pledge largely has slipped under the radar, unlike its promised crackdown on negative gearing. In supporting Labor, voters would be supporting the highest CGT rate in the Anglosphere. US investors pay 23.8 per cent tax on capital gains, the British 28 per cent on residential property and 20 per cent on other assets, and Can­adians 16.5 per cent. According to home builder Tamawood, which has slashed its profit expectations by 26.9 per cent, Labor’s changes would help create a “perfect storm” in depressed real estate markets. Mr Bowen was notably unapologetic, noting that 70 per cent of the current CGT discount advantages the top 10 per cent of income earners.

    Quasi class warfare also pervades Labor’s income tax policy, under which more than a million Australians, double the current number, would find themselves paying a top marginal rate of 49 per cent within six years, Treasury figures show. Labor’s top rate, one of the highest in the world, would cut in at 2.2 times average full-time earnings, compared with eight times average full-time earnings in the US.

    Not everyone would lose under a Shorten government, however. After 20 years of welfare reform guided by the sound principles of Bob Hawke’s “reciprocal obligation” and John Howard’s “mutual obligation” policies, Labor has announced a softer approach to jobseekers, including redesigning work for the dole and ditching the need for the unemployed to apply for 20 jobs a month. The Business Council of Australia wants the system overhauled, arguing employers are bearing the costs of sorting through unsuitable job applications. Further reform is needed, mainly because welfare continues to account for more than a third of federal spending. It would be disastrous, as Noel Pearson warns, if Labor caused a backslide towards the passive welfare dependence that hard-won reforms of the past 25 years helped overcome.

    As the population ages, the retirement policies of both major parties demand close scrutiny if workers’ superannuation returns are to be maximised and reliance on the Age Pension reduced. Both major parties have mixed records on super. But as reported today, Treasury estimates show Labor’s proposed changes could leave up to a million workers worse off through tax changes and abolition of the government’s measure to allow concessional catch-up contributions. The opposition, dominated by the union movement, which controls lucrative industry-based funds, has blatantly rejected the Productivity Commission’s main recommendation for improving retirement savings.

    Superannuation is just one area in which the unions would dominate a Shorten government. Labor has pledged rigid regulation of workplaces and agreed to allow unions to make wage claims on multiple ­employers. That move, Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox warns, has “left the door open to rampant industrial disputation across the entire Australian economy”. Next week’s strike at a Wollongong colliery over labour-hire workers is a foretaste of what could be expected.

    While exasperated by much of the drivel that passes for political debate and by the Coalition’s internecine warfare, voters, in their own interests, should scrutinise the costs of the parties’ policies. If Coalition MPs are to lift their dismal act they should recall how the mantra “It’s the economy, stupid” propelled Bill Clinton to power in 1992. As the government achieves the first surplus since Mr Howard lost office, it has the ammunition to take Labor apart, point by point, tax by tax, dead-handed policy by policy, and highlight the dangers of stumbling blindly down a socialist dead end. Unless more ministers plunge in and fight on their ground — growth and jobs — they and Australians aspiring to be justly rewarded for hard work are on a hiding to nothing.

  135. struth

    I don’t disagree with you on that Black Ball. It’s the same when men force their way into women’s clubs not that I can understand why they would want to but some do. Nothing wrong with a bit of time out with your kind. Mind you men are the funniest gossips.

    Good Moaning.

    Thank god we have our own little woman here to let us know about men and women.
    Here’s a tip oh kitchen escapee.

    Real men don’t want anything to do with any women’s club, ever, anywhere at anytime.

    The thought horrifies us.

    Please learn the difference between men and poofs.

  136. calli

    Wooden overcoat one year closer.

    Make sure it’s intimate, artisan and local. 🎉🎂😄

  137. OldOzzie

    Global Warming continues to Strike

    Snow-related deaths in Europe rise to 20

    Heavy snow cut off access to villages, swamped the inside of a Swiss hotel and contributed during the last week to at least 20 weather-related deaths in Europe, including four reported Friday in the Balkans region and countries to its north.

    The Bulgarian Red Cross said two snowboarders were killed died in an avalanche in southwest Bulgaria’s Pirin Mountains. The Red Cross alleged in a statement that the snowboarders triggered the avalanche after ignoring severe weather warnings.

    The driver of a snow plough also died Friday in Germany after his vehicle toppled into an icy river. In Albania, the Energy Ministry said a power company employee suffered a fatal heart attack while repairing damaged supply lines.

    About 2,000 soldiers and other emergency workers in Albania were assigned to help people trapped by snow and to clear roads to restore access to rural areas.

    Several municipalities in southwest Serbia have introduced emergency measures, warning of snow piling up on the roads and sealing off mountain villages, Serbian state TV reported Friday.

    Most schools in the area closed down and 10 people had to be rescued from their homes. Strong winds complicated the conditions for emergency crews.

    In neighbouring Montenegro, meteorologist Dragan Buric said the first 10 days of January have been among the coldest in the country in decades.

    “We have snow in January in the capital city (Podgorica) for the first time in nine years,” Buric told Montenegrin state TV.

    In the central Bosnian municipality of Kladanj, snow disrupted power supplies and cut phone lines. Zijad Vejzovic, from the local civil protection agency, said authorities declared an emergency.

    “Because of heavy snow, in some parts over one metre-high, some of the roads have been blocked,” he explained. “We need more machines. We have run out of resources and money.”

    In Germany and Austria, where heavy snow caused fatal avalanches and major disruptions in the past few days, the situation Friday was somewhat calmer.

    Still, airlines canceled around 120 flights at Frankfurt Airport and 90 at Munich Airport on Friday because of concerns about snow, German news agency DPA reported.

    Police in Lenggries, south of Munich, said the 48-year-old snow plough driver was rescued from the river after several hours and died in a hospital.

    In the eastern German city of Chemnitz, all planned burials at the municipal cemetery through Monday were called off because of snow.

    Austrian military helicopters on Friday flew a group of 66 German teenagers out of a mountain guest house where they had been stuck for several days.

    In Salzburg, all parks, public gardens, play areas and cemeteries were closed Friday because of the danger of trees falling under the weight of snow.

    Workers at Hotel Saentis in eastern Switzerland spent Friday shoveling snow from an avalanche that crashed through the exterior and piled up inside. Police said three people were slightly hurt when an avalanche hit the hotel in Schwaegalp on Thursday afternoon.

  138. OldOzzie

    Liberty Walk gives Jimny the G-Class treatment

    Japanese tuning company turns Jimny into mini G.

    LIBERTY WALK, a tuning company specialising in modifying performance cars (think: Lamborghinis and Nissan GT-Rs) with crazy tunes, body kits and aero kits, has ventured into new territory.

    The Japanese tuner has turned its spanners toward to the venerable Jimny, with the launch of its first SUV in its history – as claimed by the company on its Facebook page. The company, with its headquarters in Nagoya, Japan, has been churning out insane supercar kits since the early 90s, and it now has distributors all around the world (check out Vogue Industries in Australia).

    Information is scarce (pics only), but the post to Facebook of the Jimny – called OEP 222 or G-mini – dressed in a G Class-inspired body kit has tails wagging.

  139. Leigh Lowe

    calli

    #2905242, posted on January 12, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Wooden overcoat one year closer.

    Make sure it’s intimate, artisan and local. 

    and effical, renewable, sustainable and stainable.

  140. Sparkx

    incoherent rambler
    #2905145, posted on January 12, 2019 at 7:32 am
    Tell me again, how many camels is a girl worth?

    Or is it,
    “Tell me again, how many girls is a camel worth?”

  141. bespoke

    What about women’s club’s like the Crazy Horse, Struth?

  142. John Constantine

    Sold a bale of crossbred lambs bellywool since auctions resumed.

    This is the lowest value part of the fleece, and shorn off first as a handful of fluff to be tossed to one side and kept away from the good stuff.

    The chicom mills have figured out how to make a good profit from this traditionally unwanted product.

    Got ten bucks a kilo on a clean fleece basis (dirt and grease and grass taken out).

    And they eat summer weeds.

  143. Bruce of Newcastle

    earths-magnetic-pole-is-on-the-move-fast-and-we-dont-know-why

    It’s probably just following Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez likens herself to ‘Watchmen’ character that creator calls ‘nutcase’

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday compared herself to unhinged psychopath “Rorschach,” a famous character from writer Alan Moore’s graphic novel “Watchmen.”

    “To quote Alan Moore: ‘None of you understand. I’m not locked up in here with YOU. You’re locked up in here with ME,’ ” the New York Democrat said in response to a Politico piece titled “Exasperated Democrats try to rein in @AOC.”

    “We came up with the character Rorschach as a way of exploring what that Batman-type — driven, vengeance-fueled — would be like in the real world, and the short answer is: a nutcase,” Mr. Moore once told Comics Britanna.

    She’s such a strong headline magnet that she’s distorting the planet.

  144. calli

    And they eat summer weeds.

    Not for much longer in Venezstralia. They’ll have competition.

  145. struth

    All you need to know about Fraser Anning is he has the left shitting themselves.

    He will eventually be torn to shreds in Australia.
    We know that.
    He’ll be in jail within a couple of years, his party will be found to have not been correctly formed, they’ll do all they can to stop him legally or illegally, something along those lines, most likely.
    In the mean time, you should support him anyway and at least fight.
    Hanson’s party was a well known party when Abbott sent her to the can.
    So will his be, before they bring him down.
    I actually find the most important issues for which I agree with him about is membership of the U.N.
    He understands what’s going on, it’s a big part of the yellow vest protest.
    For that alone, which equates to the actually bloody defence of our sovereign rights to govern ourselves as a nation, he deserves all the support he can get.

    Boo hoo, so he’s been seen with people lefties have lied about and made boofheads out to be criminals.

    Right wingers are thrown in jail for one squeaky fart in the wrong direction, while our overlords bring in hordes of people shitting all over us, so I’ll reserve my opinion on how bad any of them are compared to their opposite Fascista (thanks lizzie, very good point) number.

    It’s time to stop holding your right wingers up to standards you’ll never find (we’re all human) and realise their opposition are one hundred times worse and fight with anyone else prepared to.

    His opposition ARE unsavoury types.

    I get the feeling we have that old “I won’t support a conservative unless he is exactly the most perfect conservative there is, and until my perfect rep comes along I’ll shower this one with more hatred and disgust than I am on his criminal opposition”

    Great tactic , there.

  146. struth

    What about women’s club’s like the Crazy Horse, Struth?

    The only Crazy Horse I know of, is a strip club in Hindley st, Adelaide.

    The bloody drinks are watered down and the tits are fake………………………er……………..so I’ve heard.

  147. Given the amount of flak directed at Anning by the left, one assumes he is over the target.
    Frantic they are.

  148. C.L.

    Australia is a practical and empirical society that makes it difficult for organisations of the extreme Right or extreme Left to ­attain and retain support.

    Henderson can be such a low energy idiot.
    The extreme left has in fact forced its way into power in almost all of Australia’s most powerful institutions – imposing (and enforcing with police powers) transexual derangement, gender derangement, marriage derangement, bans on cartoons, prosecutions of conservative journalists, show trials for Catholics, grotesque indoctrination of small children and prohibitions against coal. On the other hand, the country has no crises whatsoever coming from the “extreme Right.” This imaginary “extreme Right” is made up of those who oppose, mock or empirically confound the actual and real “extreme Left” – which prefers to hide in the open as the “centre” or the “mainstream.”

  149. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Right wingers are thrown in jail for one squeaky fart in the wrong direction,

    His opposition ARE unsavoury types.

    Wasn’t somebody unkind enough to point out that one of the supporters of the “anti – fascists” was a convicted murderer?

  150. bespoke

    The only Crazy Horse I know of, is a strip club in Hindley st, Adelaide

    Really! I was told its a woman only dance club. Not that far from the truth though.

  151. struth

    Exactly CL.
    Henderson is of the age where he’s basically spent his adult life living under the Nazis are right wing false propaganda for so long that his thinking is muddled as we can clearly see with the above article.
    He would still believe the Nazis were right wing.
    He has to, to come up with that level of muddled thinking.

    As I said yesterday, once you accept that Hitler was Left wing, called himself a socialist and acted like one, in other words, rid yourself of decades of lying left wing propaganda, then the actions of the sexually deviated, western hating, violent Fascista trooped, anti- semetic, Islamic supporting, rule ze vorld left (just like the Nazis) are easy to understand and there is no need to do the illogical leaps of faith he is attempting above.

  152. John Constantine

    Imagine if Trump had said ” You are locked in here with me”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3lsJmwNO40

    instead of one of the ‘We’ class saying it.

    Comrades.

  153. Memoryvault

    Name an Australian politician in the past 50 years who didn’t regard their profession as a way of enriching themselves and/or of stroking a raging ego.

    Ted Mack.
    But I’ll grant you he was unique.
    As far as the rest go, you are correct.

  154. mh

    Craig McLachlan’s real crime is not being a homo.

  155. John Constantine

    Trump versus Roarchach

  156. Boambee John

    On the subject of fascism, let’s look at what Wikipedia offers.

    The original symbol of fascism, in Italy under Benito Mussolini, was the fasces. This is an ancient Imperial Roman symbol of power carried by lictors in front of magistrates; a bundle of sticks featuring an axe, indicating the power over life and death. Before the Italian Fascists adopted the fasces, the symbol had been used by Italian political organizations of various political ideologies (ranging from socialist to nationalist), called Fascio (“leagues”) as a symbol of strength through unity.

    So, we have a symbol of collective strength (the bundle of sticks being stronger than each individual stick) and power (the axe symbolising the power of the collective to control life and death). But fascism was not socialist. You ask our pet left fascist j’ismint m0nty, he’ll tell you.

    Obama’s lackey Rhodes was right about the modern batch of j’ismists, apart from politics, they know literally nothing. And their knowledge of politics is dangerously narrow.

  157. struth

    The MSM are in absolute meltdown over Fraser Anning, hysterical, which is…………….hysterical.

    From my experience of the MSM in nthis country, journalists, after being brainwashed by pure communists in University, are nothing more than propaganda zombies.
    They are not of our world.

    They have been seriously got at.
    The commo vampire has bitten them on the neck and they are so far to the left most Australians wouldn’t believe it.
    They are incredibly thick.
    So, so incredibly thick and biased.

  158. Mater

    I found this comment on a blog during my travels. Seems to be an erudite individual.

    People of privilege like to have their cake and eat it too. Only the bourgeoisie could feel so entitled that they would be the proponent and demographical enemy of something at the same time. Marxism has never existed in practice. In the end, it is peasants with rifles who determine what exactly Marxism is. What you get at best is Animal Farm, which is the reality of Marxism as opposed to some utopian fairy tale. It also causes brain drain. Why can’t people see that the “dissenters” are quite frequently your most talented, driven, and useful people? The only realistic equality Marxism could create is most everyone having not much of anything. This is why a peasant majority is so crucial to any Marxist movement, such as the Pol Pot model, which was basically force everyone to be peasants regardless of talent, intelligence, education, or motivation. It doesn’t work. It will never work. If you are an educated, successful American Marxist, remind yourself that a Marxist soldier would define you by what you have to “redistribute” as opposed to any bullshit coming out of your mouth. The working class interpretation of Marx is little more than a license to murder and steal from anybody who has substantially more than you. Read Animal Farm and get over this Marxist folly.

  159. struth

    Really! I was told its a woman only dance club. Not that far from the truth though.

    What’s it like?
    Do you recommend it?

  160. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    As I said yesterday, once you accept that Hitler was Left wing, called himself a socialist and acted like one, in other words,

    Speaking of yesterday’s debate, has anyone seen monty since?

  161. mh

    He does not miss anything

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    10m
    .
    @CNN
    called a San Diego news station (
    @KUSINews
    ) for negative reports on the Wall. When the station said that Walls work, CNN no longer had interest. #FakeNews

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1083868608919420930?s=20

  162. Roger

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez likens herself to ‘Watchmen’ character that creator calls ‘nutcase’

    “The story came to [Occasional-Cortex’s] attention via a tweet from civil rights lawyer Cristobal Alex of Latino Victory Fund.

    ‘Let me try and save folks some time here. You cannot rein in Latinas. They rein you in,’ he tweeted.”

    The new Latino supremacism, right there folks.

  163. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Greens make date with ‘Invasion Day’ rallies

    exclusive
    Greg Brown
    Journalist
    @gregbrown_TheOz
    12:00AM January 12, 2019
    34 Comments

    Greens MPs will attend “Invasion Day” rallies around the nation on Australia Day, as they ramp up pressure on Bill Shorten to support changing the date from January 26.

    The minor party’s indigenous affairs spokeswoman, Rachel Siewert, said the Opposition Leader — who is also Labor’s indigenous affairs spokesman — was out of step with the majority of Aboriginal Australians by opposing changing the date of Australia Day.

    The West Australian senator said Mr Shorten was walking “both sides of the fence” by welcoming a debate about changing the date but opposing a change.

    “He says ‘yeah we know a lot of Aboriginal people aren’t happy with it’, but he still thinks we should be celebrating on that day. He is trying to have it both ways,” Senator Siewert told The Weekend Australian.

    Senator Siewert said representatives from the left-wing party would attend rallies protesting against the date in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as campaigning in the lead-up to January 26.

    “Change the date is part of addressing truth and healing and becoming a reconciled nation,” she said. “I am not for one minute saying this is the only thing we should be doing. It is part of what we need to be addressing if we are going to move and address our unfinished business.”

    From the Oz. Is it that time of the year already?

  164. OldOzzie

    Memoryvault
    #2905260, posted on January 12, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Name an Australian politician in the past 50 years who didn’t regard their profession as a way of enriching themselves and/or of stroking a raging ego.

    Ted Mack.
    But I’ll grant you he was unique.

    As far as the rest go, you are correct.

    Agreed Ted Mack was a Politician “who didn’t regard their profession as a way of enriching themselves and/or of stroking a raging ego.”

    I met him first when he was Mayor of North Sydney and was seeking his help on one of the properties I owned in North Sydney and he was excellent in his assistance in resolving the problem with the council bureaucrats.

    The SMH Article

    A pure model of public accountability

    Ted Mack moved through the political world as a shining beacon of ethics over a period of more than 20 years: in local government, which he entered in 1974, and in the state and federal spheres, brushing aside the corruption, cronyism, selfishness, greed and concentration of power he claimed was all around him.

    Though not a rich man, Mack rejected a fortune in entitlements, thought always of the bigger picture of the public good and forever put matters directly to his constituents. Though not entirely without critics, he acquired a cult following and became a role model for those who aspired to a purer model of democracy and public accountability.

    The Full Article is Inspirational as to the Ideal Politician

  165. Mak Siccar

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2905250, posted on January 12, 2019 at 10:09 am
    earths-magnetic-pole-is-on-the-move-fast-and-we-dont-know-why

    It’s probably just following Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

    She’s such a strong headline magnet that she’s distorting the planet.

    Hee hee hee!

  166. Roger

    Greens MPs will attend “Invasion Day” rallies around the nation on Australia Day

    On our dime, presumably.

    We eagerly await the headline: “Federal politicians charge public to attend far Left rallies!”

    Loathsome creatures, all of them.

  167. Mark M

    “A new Europe is being born”: Italy praises Yellow Vest movement.

    Italian Deputy PM and leader of the Five Star Movement Luigi Di Maio offered support to the Yellow Vest movement that has thrown French President Emmanuel Macron’s leadership into turmoil

    https://www.trtworld.com/europe/a-new-europe-is-being-born-italy-praises-yellow-vest-movement-23178

    Quote wikipedia: “Its members stress that the M5S is not a party but a “movement”, and it may not be included in the traditional left–right paradigm.
    The “five stars” are a reference to five key issues for the party: public water, sustainable transport, sustainable development, right to Internet access, and environmentalism.

    > German Left Party denounces “Yellow Vest” protests

    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12/07/yell-d07.html

    “Macron talks about the end of the world,” they say, “but we are talking about the end of the month.”

  168. calli

    Lord of the Memes! Very, very good John Constantine.

    Loved the casting of Legolas.

    It is heroic, against impossible odds. Telling and encouraging that someone finally scratched the surface.

  169. Mark M

    Oops. final quote from the gilets jaunes:
    “Macron talks about the end of the world,” they say, “but we are talking about the end of the month.”

    https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/austerity-has-created-indifference-towards-climate-change-1.3739330

  170. Mater

    Henderson is of the age where he’s basically spent his adult life living under the Nazis are right wing false propaganda for so long that his thinking is muddled as we can clearly see with the above article.

    And it’s like TIK said in his response ‘National Socialism’ video, when you study the history of that period, some things just don’t add up or make sense until your put the Nazi’s in their correct place in the political spectrum.

    The whitewash has been good but much like in the movie ‘The Matrix’, you just get these occasional ‘glitches’ which make you look twice but make perfect sense in hindsight. People just need to have the curiosity to follow the rabbit down the hole. I won’t be holding hold my breath.

  171. OldOzzie

    Minister cancelling more visas for Sudanese


    Sudanese citizens are increasingly having their visas cancelled through ministerial discretion, but are not among the top 10 nationalities to be removed from Australia.

    Figures from Department of Home Affairs show ministerial discretion to cancel a visa on character grounds was used 56 times last financial year, and a further eight times in the three months to September 30.

    Although New Zealand and British nationals dominated the figures — accounting for at least 30 cancellations since July 2017 — people from Sudan, Tonga and Lebanon were among the top five most common nationalities to have had visas cancelled by a Coalition minister.

    No cancellations via ministerial discretion were listed for people from Sudan in the figures for 2015-16 or 2016-17, provided in response to a question on notice arising from Senate estimates. There were fewer than five last year and in the first three months of this financial year — enough to place Sudan among the top five.

    These cancellations are separate to the mandatory cancellation of visas, which are triggered by serious criminal records where people have been sentenced to more than a year in prison.

    The department last month revealed that for cancellations under both the automatic and discretionary powers last financial year, 620 were for New Zealanders, 124 for Britons, 55 for Vietnamese and 31 were for Sudanese.

    Under the Migration Act, a visa “must” be cancelled if a minister is “satisfied” that a person has failed the character test. But a visa “may” be cancelled if the minister “reasonably suspects that the person does not pass the character test”.

    Immigration Minister David Coleman this week said there would be “no tolerance for those who put Australians in danger”.

    “Foreign nationals who think they can flout our laws and harm Australian citizens should expect to have their visa cancelled,” Mr Coleman said.

    Many have sought to overturn their cancellations, and do not immediately leave Australia.

    When it comes to actually removing foreigners from Australia, New Zealanders and Britons accounted for 126 of the 187 people to be kicked out in the three months to September 30, after having visas cancelled on character grounds.

    Similarly, 391 New Zealanders and 56 British nationals were removed from Australia last financial year, with people from Vietnam, Fiji, India, China, Tonga, the US, The Philippines and Ireland also among the 10 most common nationalities to leave.

    The Australian this week revealed 100 of more than 800 visas cancelled last year involved people convicted of child-sex offences or involvement in child exploitation.

    Another 53 visas were cancelled for domestic violence and 34 over rapes and sexual assaults, while 125 were due to assault offences.

  172. calli

    She’s such a strong headline magnet that she’s distorting the planet.

    Sir! Sir! I have the answer!

    Put AOC at the North Pole and Kim Kardashian at the South. Encourage them to keep their iPhones and uploading business as usual.

    Problem solved.

  173. bespoke

    MV, It happens at the lowest level likes mall social/clubs . Control freaks, personal monument builders, are attracted to comities because most just want to get on and so trying to convince people that a strong clear Constitution that limits power and make it less attractive is next to impossible even they see the what’s going on themselves.

  174. Bruce of Newcastle

    If you are an educated, successful American Marxist, remind yourself that a Marxist soldier would define you by what you have to “redistribute” as opposed to any bullshit coming out of your mouth.

    What if you are Mayor of the richest city in the world?

    Mayor de Blasio Says Wealth Is ‘in the Wrong Hands,’ Pledges to Redistribute It (10 Jan)

    Taking aim at the everyday tribulations and injustices of life in the United States, Mayor Bill de Blasio used his sixth State of the City speech to present his tenure in New York City and his promises of things to come as the alternative.

    The hourlong address on Thursday followed a vow by the mayor earlier in the week that he would embark on a national tour to “preach the gospel” of liberal governance … He cast himself as an aspiring Robin Hood — aiming to take from the rich and give to the poor — even as he has thus far been unsuccessful in his many attempts to raise taxes on high earners.

    I wonder what all his mega-rich NYC donors think of this?

  175. Knuckle Dragger

    Lizzie et al,

    Re first aid. You can escape sanction for stopping first aid once you’ve started only if you can demonstrate that you were physically incapable of continuing, particularly with CPR.

    CPR is hard. The most I’ve done it for is just over 40 minutes. I didn’t stop but my arms and chest were destroyed for days. Still ended up better than the other bloke though.

  176. Boambee John

    I don’t regard my self as extreme right, just as totally correct.

    Turn the language back against the fascist left!

  177. OldOzzie

    Labor’s high-tax policies would be aspiration k#llers


    Many Australians remain in holiday mode. But post-Christmas credit card bills, the return to work and tumbling property values in Sydney and Melbourne are prompting many people to take stock. In doing so, four months from the federal election, it makes eminent sense to compare the key economic policies of the Coalition and Labor and how they would pinch the hip pockets of households and businesses for years or even decades to come. As the nation faces the likelihood of a change of government, Bill Shorten and his Treasury spokesman, Chris Bowen, to their credit, have not shied away from setting out a detailed economic narrative. Under the guise of “fairness” they have stuck with it, regardless of criticisms from those who would lose heavily as Labor shifted the nation towards higher taxes, bigger government and a more omnipotent welfare state. For the past week, this newspaper has cut through the argy-bargy, putting the blowtorch to key issues in play and how they will affect voters’ hip-pocket nerves, such as capital gains and personal taxes, negative gearing, welfare changes, superannuation and workplace relations. After crunching the numbers and considering the arguments of Josh Frydenb#rg and Mr Bowen, it is clear that voters who aspire to greater prosperity owe it to themselves and to their families to assess the cost benefits of the parties’ contrasting policies.

    A week ago, The Weekend Australian examined Labor’s plan to hike capital gains tax. It would see Australians taxed up to 36.75 per cent on capital gains, compared with 23.5 per cent now. While 885,530 taxpayers declared capital gains in 2015-16, mainly from shares and investment property sales, the cost of the opposition’s pledge largely has slipped under the radar, unlike its promised crackdown on negative gearing. In supporting Labor, voters would be supporting the highest CGT rate in the Anglosphere. US investors pay 23.8 per cent tax on capital gains, the British 28 per cent on residential property and 20 per cent on other assets, and Can­adians 16.5 per cent. According to home builder T#mawood, which has slashed its profit expectations by 26.9 per cent, Labor’s changes would help create a “perfect storm” in depressed real estate markets. Mr Bowen was notably unapologetic, noting that 70 per cent of the current CGT discount advantages the top 10 per cent of income earners.

    Quasi class warfare also pervades Labor’s income tax policy, under which more than a million Australians, double the current number, would find themselves paying a top marginal rate of 49 per cent within six years, Treasury figures show. Labor’s top rate, one of the highest in the world, would cut in at 2.2 times average full-time earnings, compared with eight times average full-time earnings in the US.

    Not everyone would lose under a Shorten government, however. After 20 years of welfare reform guided by the sound principles of Bob Hawke’s “reciprocal obligation” and John Howard’s “mutual obligation” policies, Labor has announced a softer approach to jobseekers, including redesigning work for the dole and ditching the need for the unemployed to apply for 20 jobs a month. The Business Council of Australia wants the system overhauled, arguing employers are bearing the costs of sorting through unsuitable job applications. Further reform is needed, mainly because welfare continues to account for more than a third of federal spending. It would be disastrous, as Noel Pearson warns, if Labor caused a backslide towards the passive welfare dependence that hard-won reforms of the past 25 years helped overcome.

    As the population ages, the retirement policies of both major parties demand close scrutiny if workers’ superannuation returns are to be maximised and reliance on the Age Pension reduced. Both major parties have mixed records on super. But as reported today, Treasury estimates show Labor’s proposed changes could leave up to a million workers worse off through tax changes and abolition of the government’s measure to allow concessional catch-up contributions. The opposition, dominated by the union movement, which controls lucrative industry-based funds, has blatantly rejected the Productivity Commission’s main recommendation for improving retirement savings.

    Superannuation is just one area in which the unions would dominate a Shorten government. Labor has pledged rigid regulation of workplaces and agreed to allow unions to make wage claims on multiple ­employers. That move, Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox warns, has “left the door open to rampant industrial disputation across the entire Australian economy”. Next week’s strike at a Wollongong colliery over labour-hire workers is a foretaste of what could be expected.

    While exasperated by much of the drivel that passes for political debate and by the Coalition’s internecine warfare, voters, in their own interests, should scrutinise the costs of the parties’ policies. If Coalition MPs are to lift their dismal act they should recall how the mantra “It’s the economy, stupid” propelled Bill Clinton to power in 1992. As the government achieves the first surplus since Mr Howard lost office, it has the ammunition to take Labor apart, point by point, tax by tax, dead-handed policy by policy, and highlight the dangers of stumbling blindly down a socialist dead end. Unless more ministers plunge in and fight on their ground — growth and jobs — they and Australians aspiring to be justly rewarded for hard work are on a hiding to nothing.

  178. None

    Henderson can be such a low energy idiot.

    I’m getting a hair cut and that just made me laugh out loud.

  179. calli

    Any journalist starting a sentence with “Australia is” is asking for a hiding.

    It immediately alerts the reader to treat anything that follows with extreme caution.

    I prefer hazard gear and tongs, just to be safe.

  180. mh

    FRENCH GREEN PARTY FOUNDER SAYS EUROPEANS MUST HAVE LESS CHILDREN TO MAKE WAY FOR MUSLIM MIGRANTS

    Left continues to push for demographic suicide

    https://www.infowars.com/french-green-party-founder-says-europeans-must-have-less-children-to-make-way-for-muslim-migrants/

  181. Roger

    [Bill De Blasio] cast himself as an aspiring Robin Hood — aiming to take from the rich and give to the poor

    Born Warren Wilhelm Jr., net worth US$2 000 000, acquired principally through his career as a politician.

  182. calli

    Well that let the cat out of the bag didn’t it?

    No point in denying it now Green stooges.

  183. calli

    Yves Cochet co-founded the French Green Party in 1984 and is currently an elected member of the European Parliament.

    Of course he is.

    Brexit can’t come fast enough.

  184. Roger

    Yves Cochet co-founded the French Green Party in 1984 and is currently an elected member of the European Parliament.

    Of course he is.

    He’s also considered a mediating figure between the French Greens’ centre and left factions – so he’s not even one of the more radical ones by their own standards.

    Loathsome creatures, all of them!

  185. cohenite

    It seems we are set, as Australians, to continue our streak of legendary self-sabotage, inflicted on ourselves via our generally pessimistic public narrative. First we find a non-existent problem, then we talk about it to the point of hysteria, then the government steps in to fix it, then everybody suffers.

    Aided and abetted by the green/left bile.

  186. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    FRENCH GREEN PARTY FOUNDER SAYS EUROPEANS MUST HAVE LESS CHILDREN TO MAKE WAY FOR MUSLIM MIGRANTS

    Can’t this be made retrospective, starting with the families of Greens?

    Also, wot Rodger said! All of them!

  187. OldOzzie

    Excellent Editorial in The Australian Today – Worth a Read

    Labor’s high-tax policies would be aspiration killers

  188. Random comments.

    Saw a clip (via Tucker Carlson) with OCA being interviewed where she basically said those trying to enter America via the border are more American than actual citizens. I also saw clip with NY mayor Blasio saying all non citizens welcome to free medical treatment in his city.

    Struth, if I said I had managed to secure you membership at your local Fernwood gym don’t tell me you would turn it down. Incidentally when is some male going to go there and take them to court for discrimination against male members (pun intended !).

    Certainly seems that Melbourne is at the centre of far right and antifa type protests. Gerard Henderson made a good point about those on the right being hounded by the left whenever want to gather peacefully. Like many my issue is the media have only highlighted issues with the right supporters but say nothing about the actions of the left who seek to curtail freedom of speach.

  189. cohenite

    FRENCH GREEN PARTY FOUNDER SAYS EUROPEANS MUST HAVE LESS CHILDREN TO MAKE WAY FOR MUSLIM MIGRANTS

    If we had more politicians like Fraser Anning the Australian version of this frog green bastard would be in jail and the muzzies would be back in their shit-holes.

  190. Boambee John

    Via Instapundit, more on the growing evidence linking Fusion GPS and therefore the Demorats with electoral corruption in the US. Time for a special prosecutor?

    COLLUSION: Fusion GPS-Linked Group Funded by Soros Worked with Tech Firm Behind Russian False Flag Against Roy Moore.

  191. C.L.

    Henderson’s stablemate, Greg Sheridan, is another Captain Miller with a shaking, shell-shocked grasp of the compass. This is the ‘devout Catholic’ who published a book on the crucial importance of sustaining Australia’s Christian culture in the same year that he endorsed the state’s destruction of marriage.

  192. P

    Delingpole: Deep Throat Insider on Theresa May’s Brexit Deal – ‘It’s a Trap

    Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit “deal” is a deviously engineered, triple-lock trap which will leave Britain stuck for all eternity in the European Union, an anonymous civil servant has confirmed.

    Since the days of Oliver Cromwell, Parliament has existed for two reasons — to represent the views of the people and to pass laws.
    In the first respect, it is failing lamentably.

    THAT CROMWELL MOMENT…..

  193. OldOzzie

    Coalition, Labor draw a line in the sand

    Chris Kenny

    While most of the country has been swatting flies and catching waves this past week, Josh Frydenberg and his opposition counterpart, Labor’s Treasury spokesman, Chris Bowen, have been duelling via media sound bites and opinion pieces in this newspaper. The nation is still rinsing the sand from its feet and the starting pistol has been fired on this election year.

    This is only as it should be. An early and aggressive start to the year is essential, especially for the government.

    For the Coalition to turn its superior record and policy agenda into an unlikely election victory, it will require a level of energy, advocacy, unity and savvy that has been almost entirely absent for the past six years. The government needs to get cracking and some of its MPs have — the Treasurer and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton have been the busiest so far this year. The thrust of their effort has been to warn about opposition policies or to take actions that sharpen the contrast with Labor in areas of strength for the government. This is precisely what was lacking during the 2016 campaign and hasn’t been seen often enough since.

    For their part, Bowen and Labor have taken the opportunity to claim the high ground by accusing the government of negative tactics against an opposition that is shaping the agenda. And the ALP has doubled down on its class warfare rhetoric, entrenching itself as the party of welfare, entitlement and resentment.

    There are sufficient elements of truth and hypocrisy in the approaches of both main parties to ensure this battle will remain willing for the next four months. Where the 2016 campaign was officially extended but soporifically lacking in ferocity from the Coalition side, this campaign is destined to be unofficially long and should be aggressively contested. Labor always fights hard — witness “Mediscare” — and is buttressed by even more willing efforts from allies such as the union movement and GetUp.

    This week Labor even tried to use the antics of rogue Queensland senator Fraser Anning as a stick with which to beat the Coalition, ignoring the reality that fringe populist parties harm the Coalition and unintentionally but inevitably assist La­bor. For instance, at the time of last year’s Mayo by-election, Anning was a member of Katter’s Australian Party, which campaigned against the Coalition’s Georgina Downer in support of independent Rebek­ha Sharkie.

    We saw this week how GetUp is looking to choose this year’s election targets based on the conservative MPs it most wants to eliminate rather than who it wants to endorse. This negativity tends to be unquestioningly echoed by the public broadcasters, much of the press gallery and even, as we saw this week, by the University of Sydney’s law school, which posted, then deleted, a reference to the GetUp campaign on social media.

    Little wonder the Liberals and Nationals desperately need warriors; the Coalition can’t even rely on big business for much assistance as it tends to hedge its bets on a likely Labor ascendancy. Worse still, too many Coalition MPs are unwilling or incapable of fighting on the frontline. It has become a sad reality of political life for Coalition supporters that many of their ranks are more effective running internal battles than tackling Labor.

    Take the latest intervention by former health minister Sussan Ley when she publicly endorsed female quotas for Liberal Party preselections on the day the focus should have been on Labor and how it would deal with one of its highest profile and most radical union acolytes, John Setka, who was facing court action.

    Dutton, so harangued and maligned by Labor, leftist media and the so-called moderates within his own party, has been everywhere in the media in recent weeks, cancelling a terrorist’s citizenship, closing another detention centre and floating a public register for child sex offenders. Here is a conservative politician who understands the need to create conversations around key areas of strength for the Coalition, and who knows that borders, national security and law and order matter.

    Frydenberg, likewise, has been directing debate to the Coalition’s turf, talking tax, economic performance and retirement incomes. While Bowen has feigned delight at debating Labor’s plans for higher taxation on personal incomes, real estate and share investments, the truth is that every day the national debate engages Frydenberg and Bowen is a good day for the government.

    The Coalition’s economic record, though far from brilliant, is a strength and Labor’s tax plans are one of its main weaknesses. That is not to say Bowen doesn’t hold his own or make some reasonable arguments.

    “There’s no surer sign of a flailing government when its chief economic spokesperson has nothing to say except spend every minute of every day talking about Labor and not about the slowing economy or wages growth,” Bowen said this week. The former treasurer — he held the job for three months under Kevin Rudd’s 2013 reanimation — desperately wants a proper stint in the job and is right to say Labor has been diligent, bold and honest in putting so much revenue policy into the public arena ahead of the election.

    Bowen is also right to highlight the Coalition’s broken promises during its early spending cuts. He also might be tempted to remind voters it was the Coalition under Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey that increased the top personal income tax rate (temporarily) after promising no new taxes.

    Still, there is no mistaking this as the Coalition’s ground, and additional taxation in the present climate is not a winning argument on economic or political grounds. Which perhaps explains why opposition employment services spokeswoman Terri Butler put some of Labor’s welfare policy into the main arena this week, switching the debate to mutual obligation.

    By weakening demands on the unemployed to maintain their eligibility for the dole, Labor is shamelessly identifying itself as the party of welfare recipients rather than taxation contributors. While this may sound like a harsh assessment, it is perhaps a logical political evolution in a nation where reported estimates show at least 60 per cent of households receive cash payments from government and where, according to the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, the split between households that are net tax contributors and net beneficiaries has reached 50-50.

    As the size and reach of government continues to grow, the political constituency for those who propose more handouts and greater largesse expands along with it. It is a self-perpetuating process that recklessly has been fuelled by some Coalition policy — think family tax benefits, baby bonuses, children’s sport rebates. There must be a possibility that it is already too late to win the necessary arguments and the reckoning might have to come through fiscal calamity, but it would be encouraging to see someone at least try.

    We didn’t even see much publicity this week for Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack as he ran the country from Wagga Wagga in regional NSW. Here was the chance for a cute summer story about the Nationals leader holding the fort from the bush, emphasising a government in touch with the regions and not wedded to the big-city elites. It went missing, like so many other Coalition media opportunities.

    Our dispirited Coalition politicians too often look for excuses not to fight. They accept the critiques of the so-called progressives: that the voting population has drifted to the Left, that there is no appetite for small government and that the public wants government guidance in every facet of their lives. But it’s a cop-out. Such propositions run against everything we know about the attributes of self-reliance and aspiration that have long characterised mainstream voters. They also run up hard against their voting behaviour at federal elections — supporting Rudd’s professed economic conservatism and embracing Tony Abbott’s campaign against “big” taxes.

    What has been missing of late is leading figures willing to make the arguments for cost-cutting, smaller government, personal responsibility, self-reliance and aspirational families. Too often it seems Coalition MPs walk with their backs to the zeitgeist, taking the easy steps as they are swept along with the media/political class instead of comprehending that their mission is to turn around and march the hard yards, resisting fashion in favour of proven realities.

    If they make the tried and tested arguments about fiscal rectitude, enterprise and aspiration, they will find the mistakes of the Left always bolster their case: such as the way the pontifications of the ABC about alleged worker exploitation and “wage theft” by big business have been exposed as empty sanctimony by a public broadcaster failing to practise what it preaches; or how the nasty exaggerations of misogyny and indolence on gender issues levelled by Labor and the unions against the Coalition have been undermined by the travails of a leading union militant; or the way the so-called progressive advocacy for increased female representation in right-of-centre politics is exposed as cant by the Left’s vicious assaults on the character of conservative female voices (just ask Sophie Mirabella, Bronwyn Bishop, Peta Credlin, Janet Albrechtsen or a host of others).

    “When the class war rages on the factory floor,” sang politically charged band Redgum 40 years ago, “If you don’t fight you lose.” It is sound advice for the Coalition in an election year when Labor is intent on a hard-fought battle on old-fashioned arguments about envy and class warfare. Dutton and Frydenberg have been attempting to show the way. If they are not joined soon by many others on the Coalition side — fighting even harder — the government will be annihilated in May.

    From The Comments

    When Labor stuff the economy after winning the election the one thing they won’t be able to be accused of is presenting a small target. They’ve clearly laid out their intentions.

  194. Memoryvault

    Labor’s high-tax policies would be aspiration killers

    Whereas the Liberals’ high-tax policies will jump-start the economy.
    Lucky us.

  195. struth

    Struth, if I said I had managed to secure you membership at your local Fernwood gym don’t tell me you would turn it down.

    Oki, I won’t tell you then.
    But let me just say I’m more of a swimming pool laps kinda bloke……but not at the moment, bad shoulder.

  196. bespoke

    Change the date is part of addressing truth and healing and becoming a reconciled nation,”

    I thought that was sorry day was for, Nothing changed then and nothing will change over this. They will just move onto another empty gesture.

  197. C.L.

    Hitler was Left wing, called himself a socialist and acted like one

    He was originally embraced by the Soviets and also by large swathes of the Australian union movement, who worked diligently (and successfully) to kill Australian Diggers – to the indifference of neurotic numbskull John Curtin. The left fell out with Hitler solely because of his geo-strategic designs on Russia.

  198. OldOzzie

    Important News in the Country for that the Saudi refugee who snubbed Australia as she travels to Canada to start her new life

    Ganja Crisis: Pot Shortage Could Last Up To 3 Years In Canada

  199. Jo

    ‘Januhairy’ – are they for real? Movember, i get. But giving waxing a miss for a month. Lefties, please.

  200. Tel

    The left fell out with Hitler solely because of his geo-strategic designs on Russia.

    They were able to hide the crimes of Stalin for quite a while (and even today they make an effort to hide the crimes of Lenin) but attempting to hide Hitler’s death camps was impossible after the war crime trials and massive publicity.

  201. OldOzzie

    EXCLUSIVE: How Mueller Has Been Silencing Whistleblowers To Set Up Fake Special Counsels For Years

    During his twelve-year reign as FBI Director, Robert Mueller not only protected his criminal friends by silencing those who could expose their bad acts, he projected his friends’ crimes onto others in order to fraudulently appoint a Special Counsel. And the FISA court judge Reggie Walton — who was hacked by Obama officials John Brennan and James Clapper, according to whistleblower evidence — has been involved in more than one of these plots.

    There is no better Deep State tool for punishing your enemies than a fraudulent Special Counsel (who is not accountable to anyone) with an unlimited budget and no deadline. Mueller is responsible for two such Special Counsel appointments.

    First, there is Uranium One – the only genuine Russian Collusion case.

    Whistleblower William Douglas Campbell, an American businessman, infiltrated Russia’s State Nuclear Energy Corporation, Rosatom, where he posed as a consultant while working undercover for the FBI to gather and document criminal activity in the Russian plot to control twenty percent of the known U.S. uranium reserve.

    From 2005-2013, and at great personal risk, Campbell documented bribery and money laundering that should have prevented the deal, now known as Uranium One, from being approved by senior officials in the Obama Administration. But it didn’t.

    With the help of Mueller, President Obama, and Secretary of State Clinton, the deal was completed in 2013. Throughout the course of this transaction, the Clinton Foundation received a $31,000,000 donation and a pledge for another $100 million from Frank Giustra, a Clinton friend and a principal in the Uranium One deal who personally benefited from the sale.

    William Campbell has a story to tell, but, to date, only a closed-door Congressional committee has heard it. Why? Because then FBI Director Mueller forbid Campbell from going public with his story. And Attorney General Lynch backed Mueller’s play by threatening Campbell’s liberty if he did go public. In other words, Mueller was successful in gagging the whistleblower.

    And that might have ended the story, except when Hillary’s private server was discovered it presented Clinton, Obama and Mueller with a problem.

  202. Memoryvault

    Ganja Crisis: Pot Shortage Could Last Up To 3 Years In Canada

    Wanna bet?

  203. jupes

    Snow-related deaths in Europe rise to 20

    Not one mention of this on the ABC website.

    Now imagine if you are the kind of lefty numbskull who relies on the ABC to tell you what is going on in the world. So while you would have absolutely no idea what is really happening in the world, you would actually believe you are smarter than Donald Trump. Seriously.

    The ABC: dumbing down the nation day by day.

  204. Roger

    Coalition, Labor draw a line in the sand

    Chris Kenny

    Unless my eyes deceive me that Kenny article doesn’t mention Morrison once.

    It’s as though they’re a party without a leader, or at least an effective one.

  205. struth

    They were able to hide the crimes of Stalin for quite a while (and even today they make an effort to hide the crimes of Lenin) but attempting to hide Hitler’s death camps was impossible after the war crime trials and massive publicity.

    They couldn’t hide Hitler, so they had to disown him.
    That’s why, they are obsessed with him.
    Never do they accuse people of being any other totalitarian murderous war lord in the history of the world.

    Just Nazis.
    Everyone opposing them is a Nazi.

    There is a very good reason for their obsession.
    Any half decent quack could see “projection”
    Rule I (and the only one you need)
    In everything the left are always what they accuse others of.
    and the more hysterical they are about it, the more you realise how it eats them underneath.

    We could have real fun with this, from Russian collusion in the States to who’s a Nazi.

    Racism can only be found in a collectivists mind.
    That is unarguable.
    It’s just a fact.
    You have to be a collectivist to be a racist.
    The left have always, always owned racism.
    It permeates through them.
    So the two things they scream loudly about?
    Nazis and Racism.

    The rule never fails.

  206. Stan de man

    Snow on the Acropolis that proves youse deniers is wrong an the saiense is right dunnit ?
    When shorten get in he will use yer super to cure the climit change an increas guvmint jobs an africins an muzzos . Stan Musacornalpolis leccherer in english , victoria Youniversidy.

  207. jupes

    Meanwhile the ABC is regurgitating this stupid old cannard:

    Our women are the pride of Australian sport, but media coverage is yet to catch up

    It’s really very simple. No one wants to watch it because it is as boring as bat shit. You may as well go to the park and watch U/14 boys and you will be more entertained.

  208. struth

    I don’t read Chis Kenny.
    He is about ten years behind the rest of the conservative population.

    He’s a party hack, and a tribal nobody, but the more the merrier.

  209. Des Deskperson

    ‘Greens MPs will attend “Invasion Day” rallies around the nation on Australia Day

    On our dime, presumably.’

    Just for the record, this is the advice from the Department of Finance website about what constitutes official – i.e. taxpayer-funded – MP travel:

    sittings of the House of Parliament or direct travel to or from such sittings
    meetings of, or the formal business of, Parliamentary Committees of which he or she is a member or direct travel to or from such meetings
    attendance at functions representing a Minister or a Presiding Officer on official business as a Minister or Presiding Officer, or direct travel to or from such functions, provided the Minister or Presiding Officer nominates the function in advance in a written request to the Senator or Member to represent him or her. (Evidence of approval must accompany the travelling allowance claim)
    meetings in Canberra of his or her parliamentary political party, of its executive, or of its committees, or direct travel to or from such meetings
    meetings of his or her Parliamentary political party executive outside Canberra or direct travel to or from such meetings
    meetings, other than in Canberra, of a Parliamentary political party or of its executive, or of its committees, attendance at the national and state conferences of a political party, of which he or she is a member, and meetings outside the electorate on electorate business up to a maximum of 10 overnight stays per annum in total, and direct travel to or from such meetings or conferences
    attendance at official government, Parliamentary or vice-regal functions
    meetings of a non-statutory body which a Senator or Member has been nominated to attend by resolution of either House, where the Senator or Member performs duties principally as a representative or alternate representative of the Parliament, or
    attendance at properly constituted meetings of a Government advisory committee or taskforce provided that the Senator or Member is a member of the committee or taskforce.

    To my mind, these rules encompass neither Anning’s travel to Melbourne last week nor Green’s attendance at ‘Invasion Day’ rallies.

  210. calli

    Januhairy?

    Movember?

    Next year Tattbruary will make its debut – get a skinful and then get another.

  211. Bruce of Newcastle

    Switched on the TV not long ago and landed on Studio Ten. Which is not bad seeing that Jonathan Coleman his continuing to entertain bogan Australia as he has been doing for decades. Well done that trouper.

    Studio Ten was playing an interview with Michael Caine. Riveting. Via the wonders of the internet I hunted it down to CBS:

    Michael Caine: Not the retiring type (6 Jan)

    Good stuff!

    I have to contrast the likes of Mr Micklewhite Jr with the wimps that Hollywood finds these days. Gone is the era of Caine, Connery, Ford or even Redford. Now they are all metrosexuals. No wonder Aussie actors keep doing well there.

  212. Roger

    To my mind, these rules encompass neither Anning’s travel to Melbourne last week nor Green’s attendance at ‘Invasion Day’ rallies.

    We shall see, Des.

    In practice the guidelines appear to be wide enough to drive a Comcar through.

  213. egg_

    ‘Januhairy’ – are they for real? Movember, i get. But giving waxing a miss for a month. Lefties, please.

    M0nster was waxing his boobs, the ECG story was a scam.

  214. calli

    But you see, there are no small parts in movies. When you’re on the screen, you’re big!

    Gotta love Caine.

    It’s the inflated ego that destroys the others.

  215. egg_

    Buttman on Januhairy (NSFW)

  216. Lizzie;

    As I’ve also said here, he is actually a very fit gym-man with an excellent constitution (his stress test, given a major anterior coronary artery blockage, impressed his cardiologist a few weeks ago).

    My last Stress Test showed 68% ejection fraction – normal for a fit 20yo – and the Cardio review was “That’s pretty damn good, even for you.”
    “Easily done,” replied the Winston “It’s a new 351 cubic inch Chevy motor.”
    “But,” continues Winston, “The Trabant it’s stuffed into is just about stuffed.”

  217. Roger

    New book worthy of serious attention, good people:

    Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities by Eric Kaufmann.

    Published by Penguin, already number 1 in Amazon’s ‘Political Ideology’ category.

    Buy one for your local member!

  218. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Greens MP to speak at Vic anti-Nazi rally

    By Karen Sweeney
    Australian Associated Press
    An hour ago January 12, 2019

    Activists are planning another rally in Melbourne a week after tempers flared in a clash between right wing extremists and opposition protesters at St Kilda.

    Victorian Greens leader Samantha Rahman is among the speakers listed for a “Melbourne says no to Nazis” event planned at the Victorian State Library on Saturday afternoon.

    Queensland Senator Fraser Anning copped heavy criticism last week after billing taxpayers to attend last Saturday’s extremist rally that was hosted by convicted criminals Blair Cottrell and Neil Erikson, and where attendees were photographed giving Nazi salutes.

    From the Oz. Be interesting to see if Fatty Ashton’s circus turn out, in similar numbers.

  219. Memoryvault

    He’s a party hack, and a tribal nobody, but the more the merrier.

    Too bloody right, Cobber.
    BTW, which tribe party we are barracking for this week?
    I’ve forgotten.

  220. Roger

    Victorian Greens leader Samantha Rahman is among the speakers listed for a “Melbourne says no to Nazis” event planned at the Victorian State Library on Saturday afternoon.

    Will Islamofascism be on the agenda?

  221. Leigh Lowe

    M0nster was waxing his boobs, the ECG story was a scam

    He was complaining the other day that the ECG stickers got caught up in his chest hair.
    I didn’t have the heart to tell him that they always shave hair away before applying the sticky patches … except if the patient makes a complete arse of himself. Then you get an ECG sticker depilatory treatment at no extra cost.

  222. Black Ball

    From the Oz. Be interesting to see if Fatty Ashton’s circus turn out, in similar numbers.

    Mmmyes and where is he sending the bill?

  223. egg_

    “There’s no surer sign of a flailing government when its chief economic spokesperson has nothing to say except spend every minute of every day talking about Labor and not about the slowing economy or wages growth,” Bowen said this week. The former treasurer — he held the job for three months under Kevin Rudd’s 2013 reanimation — desperately wants a proper stint in the job and is right to say Labor has been diligent, bold and honest in putting so much revenue policy into the public arena ahead of the election.

    Could hardly be worse than the current trainwreck in SloMo.

  224. bespoke

    egg_

    Every single one looks like they spend a lot of money on hair cuts.

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