Open Forum: April 13, 2019

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  1. calli

    They are simply living out the parable of the sower (Matt 13).

    On Original Sin, as Falou’s little generic card illustrated, homosexuality isn’t a “special” sin. It’s just one of many. That it’s adherents think they’re special, or not sinners like the rest of us, says more about them than it does about Falou. Idolatry is the clincher, of course. Anyone who puts anything ahead of Christ is an idolator, so that means everyone.

    Naturally, most people don’t really believe any of this. But they believe it enough to feign offence and want those who do believe to shut up. It’s dishonesty cubed.

  2. bespoke

    And?

    The reverse is possible maybe.

  3. Percy Popinjay

    Thanks, Tom – Leak Jr’s cartoons in the Oz today are absolutely brilliant. His rendering of that noxious drooling cretinous bogan Blandilands is absolutely hilarious (not to mention the inclusion of Tits P gettin’ hip to da yoof).

    His cartoon on the greenfilth calls out their anti-civilizational insanity perfectly. Worthy of his ol’ man at the latter’s finest.

  4. Leigh Lowe

    Tiger Woods.
    Behind every great man stands an ex-wife trying to break his ribs with a nine iron.

  5. mh

    ‘I’m more than happy to do what He wants me to do’: unrepentant Folau

    Alan Joyce must be able to relate to that.

  6. RobK

    ‘I’m more than happy to do what He wants me to do’: unrepentant Folau
    This is modern Australia: orthodox, run-of-the-mill Christian is “unrepentant.”
    His top corporate critic, meanwhile, is an unashamed, habitual sodomist.

    Taking control of the language as Orwellian handbook says.

  7. mh

    I guess the Avi fans here are across this story

    The Alex Jones Show
    Published on Apr 12, 2019
    Comedy Central had Avi Yemini deported upon arriving in L.A. as yet another example of conservatives being persecuted has come forth. Paul Joseph Watson joins Alex to go over this attack on free speech that has come to America’s shores.

    https://www.infowars.com/watch/?video=5cb11ce71766cd001de65fec

  8. Des Deskperson

    Whatever your politics, its interesting to compare Rowe and Leak in term of effectively getting a message across.

    Both are fine comic draughtsmen, but Leak is simple, stark and minimalist in terms of what he wants to say. Rowe, by contrast, is cluttered and dense – too many words, too many images, too much ‘progressive’ arcana, too much stuff that needs a label – who is the slag in the ute? – yet still not enough labels,

    If you fancy yourself as an informed ‘progressive’ intellectual, then you will probably like Rowe, but when it comes to influencing hearts and minds more broadly, I doubt he has Leak’s influence.

  9. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    At the first sign of an existential threat, Australia would be rushing to hide under America’s skirts. If Australia had to make daily decisions about its survival, there’d be very little leftism here either.

    Brilliantly put, all that you said in that comment not just the sentence above, Tom. Followed by further Leak brilliance. The Cat gets off to a shining start daily due to your consistently reliable input. Thankx.

    What I really love about the first Leak cartoon is the insouciance with which the Fossil Fool, attended by his acolytes in the cave, tosses on the wood fire the piece of coal with which he has just written the manifesto. Wow. Someone will notice, and start mining coal soon to improve conditions in the Ice Age.

    For this is how technologies advance. 😀

  10. Percy Popinjay

    His top corporate critic, meanwhile, is an unashamed, habitual sodomist.

    We live in a truly bass ackward time. Another example – recent Q&A episode – Jordan Peterson, who peddles largely commonsense approaches to living ones’ life that were perceived as entirely unremarkable three decades ago described by the ALPBC as “controversial”. He appears on the same episode as a mentally ill middle aged man (and former high ranking ADF officer) who gets around dressed as a woman and demands to be referred to as such. The ALPBC regards the latter as entirely “uncontroversial”.

    Too stupid to survive.

  11. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Tim Blair has a top piece, showing the Greens for the bunch of smug, sanctimonious little snowflakes they are.

  12. Percy Popinjay

    Leak is simple, stark and minimalist

    His ol’ man was the master of the above. The rendering of the tacher* is peerless.

    *Deliberate.

  13. struth

    Good Moaning.

    Whether Notafan is right and homosexuality is a choice and not a natural disorder is in a way irrelevant.
    It is nothing to be celebrated either way.
    It’s going to happen no matter what we do, and I do agree that 80 % of homosexuality is based firstly in a lack of morals, and once they’re gone, homosexuality is an easier pass for the unattractive natural losers in the Darwinian world in which we live.
    But for whatever the reasons, it has been with us forever and as long as it isn’t seen as natural “gift”or desirable, then that is the main objective.
    All our diseases could be classified as natural, but you don’t celebrate getting cancer.
    The reality of the homosexual act is gut churning if those virtue signalling fag hags had to witness it……………..I unfortunately was at a girls house who’s two gay guy friends started tongue-ing each other in front of me.
    Anyone celebrating that isn’t right in the scone.

    However, the main point I wish to make is I only care about stopping the promotion and elevation of a Sodom and the misery those who would have otherwise never fallen for the message of sickness will endure, all their lives.
    Many young boys and girls are being told it’s actually the better choice and that they are probably homosexual anyway, from safe schools and indeed just the cult-ural Marxist education system in general.
    The amount reporting their transgender feelings has skyrocketed.
    These young people are neither gay or transgender.
    They are being brainwashed and being sexually abused and actually physically deformed by a group of sick, godless, Marxist activists.,

    And what is anyone in this shithole of a country doing about it?
    Where are the parents?
    I made sure my son grew up right and I can guarantee you if they had any program like that in his school there would have been violence before it would have been allowed to be implemented.
    Many of you here would have been the same.
    But it’s the generational slide.
    The young parents of today, have already been got at , in their own school years, and the slide to the abyss continues and gathers a pace.

    It all starts in our schools.
    That’s how the left planned it.

  14. stackja

    Sinking of the RMS Titanic
    From Wikipedia

    RMS Titanic sank in the early morning of 15 April 1912 in the North Atlantic Ocean, four days into the ship’s maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. The largest ocean liner in service at the time, Titanic had an estimated 2,224 people on board when she struck an iceberg at around 23:40 (ship’s time)[a] on Sunday, 14 April 1912. Her sinking two hours and forty minutes later at 02:20 (ship’s time; 05:18 GMT) on Monday, 15 April, resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 people, making it one of history’s deadliest marine disasters during peacetime.

  15. stackja

    IF criticized. Tiger forgiven?

  16. struth

    The mistake the Americans made (and we followed) was applying a global perspective to a local conflict.
    You’re making the same mistake.

    Always the dick head communist.
    This dunderhead couldn’t lie straight in bed.

  17. mh

    Stimpy, that looks terrific.

    Struth would love it, too.

  18. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    H/T Tim Blair.

    CONNOR PARISSIS, BARTON (NSW)

    Young Connor is frustrated by “years of inability to reach humane decisions about virtually anything and everything”, which covers a fair range of political territory.

    Quote: “I am a twenty-one-year-old left-wing activist, student and writer who believes in a better world.”
    Greens candidate for Barton Connor Parissis … ‘it is our differences that make us beautiful’. Picture: The Greens

    He also believes Australia runs “refugee concentration camps” and that “it is our ­differences that make us beautiful”.

    This does not apply, however, if those differences involve voting for the “empty liberal populism of the ALP” or the “conservative, backward LNP”.

    Score: 5.9

  19. Percy Popinjay

    St Ruth – not too long ago there was a joke about someone being cool with democrats legalising sodomy as long as they didn’t make it compulsory.

    The incessant media screeching about and glorification of homosexuality (not to mention such brainwashing as safe schools, etc), proves that what once might have been parody is eventually fashioned into reality by collectivists. This is what we are witnessing right now, in real time. Barring a complete societal breakdown, there will be no stopping it.

  20. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    EMERALD MOON, BOWMAN (QLD)

    If growing up around Byron Bay with a name like Emerald Moon wasn’t enough to send this kid Green, her time in the Australian Youth Climate Coalition sealed the deal. Impressively, Emerald doesn’t mention ever being employed at all, although she is passionate about gender equality. Injustices to our First Peoples make her sad.
    Greens candidate for Bowman Emerald Moon … ‘raised with recycled everything’.

    Quote: “I was raised with recycled everything, composting toilets and koalas in the backyard.”

    Her fascinating koala-composting hobby obviously boosts Emerald’s overall SMUG rating.

    Score: 7.6

  21. struth

    It’s always about the young gay.
    Youth is fleeting.

    There is nothing more bitter in life, than an old gay.
    And after middle age suicide, quite rare.

    There is nothing to celebrate.

  22. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    JULIAN BURNSIDE, KOOYONG (VIC)

    Nobody can accuse lawyer, human rights activist and $20 million property baron Burnside of low self-regard, with the first-time candidate running not just for his area but for “our planet”.

    Quote: “In my career, the cases I am proudest of are those where I have worked to protect people or remedy the injustice they’ve faced by attacks from big corporate interests or from cruel and craven government actions.”

    Burnside also represented tragic corporate and government victim Alan Bond. For so many reasons, including the fantastic vanity he displayed by including “AO” and “QC” on his election billboard, Burnside is the only Green to obtain 100 per cent SMUG approval.

    Score: 10.0

    Alan (spit) Bond (spit) should have been hanged, drawn and quartered. Nothing personal, though.

  23. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Leak’s cartoon would make a cut-through election poster. Outside every polling booth right near the Get Up fossils and the deep green lower-garden millennial cave fairies they support as once ‘Liberal-voting’ candidates. Imagine it!

    Now, this is a terrible thing to do to the ambulant ill, some of whom were sitting outside enjoying the affections of a beloved hound brought in to cheer them up: it is about something we saw when visiting at the Prince of Wales hospital yesterday in Randwick. On prominent display against the glass in the window of the gift shop (closed on Sunday or I would have complained) was a coloured poster for some vegan virtues saying in the Coming New World there would be – cue line items – no dog and cat, no meat.

    Yep, they are after Fido and Felix too.

    Tell every pet owner you know. It’s not Hello Kitty, it’s Goodbye Kitty.
    And euthanasia for Clifford the Big Red Dog. Shame about the kid’s movie, due 2020.

  24. mh

    not too long ago there was a joke about someone being cool with democrats legalising sodomy as long as they didn’t make it compulsory.

    German parents get fined by the State if they refuse to send their child on the school trip to the local mosque.

    It’s not so much of a stretch now that children will have to perform a homosexual act in front of a State representative, or their parents cop a fine.

  25. struth

    Oddly, while munching away on a perfectly cooked Bacon and egg sanga with smokey BBQ sauce heaps of BACON and a lovely hot cuppa coffee, I watched a re run of Becker.
    An episode where a character was an activist for “climate change”

    Becker was recorded back at the turn of the century, …………………….when do we call an end to this nonsense?

  26. stackja

    Then 2UE owners in 2002 decided they did not need AJ. Do 2GB owners now believe they do not need AJ?

  27. dover_beach

    The reverse is possible maybe.

    Sure, but that wasn’t doubted in a theistic culture with a person raised by theists. What was disputed was the power of the latter in overcoming the former in general.

  28. hzhousewife

    cue line items – no dog and cat, no meat.

    also no dolphins, no amphibians (frogs) because obligate carnivores (via wiki, I could be wrong).

  29. Infidel Tiger

    I see mega church grifter Brian Houston has been wheeled out criticise Folau.

    What a shameful place he presides over.

  30. struth

    German parents get fined by the State if they refuse to send their child on the school trip to the local mosque.

    It’s not so much of a stretch now that children will have to perform a homosexual act in front of a State representative, or their parents cop a fine.

    It won’t be done at the mosque, that’s for sure.

    If we on the right had any smarts we would be using their multicultural policies against them.

    Stirring up the disaster of their own making.
    Homo/mussie relations.
    They don’t mind a bit of white bashing, and it’s all been fine, but now, the minorities are turning on each other.
    It needs to be spotlighted.

  31. struth

    German parents get fined by the State if they refuse to send their child on the school trip to the local mosque.

    It’s not so much of a stretch now that children will have to perform a homosexual act in front of a State representative, or their parents cop a fine.

    It won’t be done on the trip to the mosque day, , that’s for sure.

    If we on the right had any smarts we would be using their multicultural policies against them.

    Stirring up the disaster of their own making.
    Homo/m ussie relations.
    They don’t mind a bit of white bashing, and it’s all been fine, but now, the minorities are turning on each other.
    It needs to be spotlighted.

  32. dover_beach

    German parents get fined by the State if they refuse to send their child on the school trip to the local mosque.

    People underestimate or are completely ignorant of the symmetry between the rise of liberalism and state power over the last 500 years.

  33. Roger

    Administrators from the two rugby codes trawling through social media to see which players liked Israel Folau’s comments…

    With the intent to threaten them to shut up or lose their contracts…

    And all in the name of…”inclusion”.

  34. bespoke

    mh

    Avi gives more detail . I think the speculation about who was behind the deportation only degrades his credibility. And Jones is toxic to every one around him.

  35. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2987973, posted on April 15, 2019 at 9:19 am

    EMERALD MOON, BOWMAN (QLD)

    If growing up around Byron Bay with a name like Emerald Moon wasn’t enough to send this kid Green, her time in the Australian Youth Climate Coalition sealed the deal. Impressively, Emerald doesn’t mention ever being employed at all, although she is passionate about gender equality. Injustices to our First Peoples make her sad.
    Greens candidate for Bowman Emerald Moon … ‘raised with recycled everything’.

    Quote: “I was raised with recycled everything, composting toilets and koalas in the backyard.”

    Her fascinating koala-composting hobby obviously boosts Emerald’s overall SMUG rating.

    Score: 7.6

    CAROLINE PERKS, PERTH (WA)

    Quote: “Once I left school, I studied musical theatre.”

    Naturally, that eventually led to a climate change gig with the federal government, where Caroline encountered terrible sexism.

    “As a female expert in the field of climate change policy, I have experienced first-hand gender inequality in the workplace,” Caroline claims. “I have had to fight against the systemic misogyny in the workplace, pushing back on not being taken seriously and being referred to as ‘sweetheart’.”

    EMILY GREEN, DUNKLEY (VIC)

    Cafe worker Emily is Green by name, Greens by nature and extremely green in terms of life experience.

    Quote: “This year, I finished my VCE Year 12 studies at Frankston Chisholm. This achievement was very important to me.”
    Greens candidate for Dunkley Emily Green … graduating from high school was a ‘very important’ personal achievement. Picture: Source: The Greens

    She is now qualified to demand that power generation be nationalised.

    Score: 5.4

  36. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Vegans are such joyless half-starved fools promoting the new Anorexia.
    Nothing more than mentally-disturbed self-flagellators at the penitent end of the Cult of Gaia.
    Aiming to impose on us all a similar whip with which to appease the Green Goddess.

    Offer to share your Kentucky Fried next time you’re out walking Fido.

    The humane thing to do to such poor dumb animals.

  37. stackja

    Ryan Liddell is BS Chief of Staff. Coal fired?

  38. struth

    Those who’s tribal identities do not involve nation, are , and always were, going to turn on each other.
    Isl am against all other tribes.
    Gays are going to expect white hetro males to protect them.

    Womensis are going to expect white hetro men to keep them from the harum of black mobile post boxes.

    etc

    Guess what.
    I don’t think I want to help out this time.
    You made your fucking beds.

  39. Ellen of Tasmania

    “Mark Twain’s wife was a long-suffering woman, and one day she walked up to him and calmly repeated back to him every foul word she had ever heard him use, and he had probably used them all. When she was quite done, he looked at her and said, “My dear, you know the words, but you don’t know the tune.”

    The problem that many conservative Christians have when it comes to dealing with public sins and outrages (like the current homo crusades) is that they do the same kind of thing. They know the words but they don’t know the tune. And so Christians generally either capitulate, and use the language that our secular masters assign for us to use (sexual orientation, gay, bi, diversity, and so on), or they retreat to the bunker mentality of frat boy insults. But the fact that some of the frat boy insults can be justified from Scripture does not mean that we know the tune.

    In our culture wars, Christians too often carry on like the elder brother who refused to the come to the party when the prodigal son returned. We have divided the world with false antitheses — like gay and straight, for example. But the real antithesis is repentant and unrepentant, and our language and demeanor must reflect that. …

    Shepherds and pastors must fight with wolves, not with mangled sheep. Are you a sinner? Are you a deep and grievous sinner? Then come to Christ . . . you qualify. So I don’t believe a Christian leader has any business pontificating about the homo pride parades unless he is the kind of man who has embraced homosexuals who are dear to him, agonized with them over their terrible mimetic conflicts, or visited them in prison. And when a pastor is leaving the jail where he has been visiting Christ, there is no inconsistency if the next moment he finds himself lambasting the homo-bishop and his boy toy twinkie, and doing so with a good will.

    When you visit Christ in His afflictions, don’t hold back. And when you fight with the devil, don’t hold back. …

    I have before made the distinction between apostles of the world and refugees from the world. … Fight the apostles with a clean conscience, and accept the refugees with open arms.

    A man should only be trusted with the word abomination (a fine scriptural word) if he has just as high a view of the potency of words like forgiveness and gospel. But I would also want to turn it around. Our pretty boy theologians should not be trusted with words like forgiveness and gospel unless they can use words like sodomite without blushing or apologizing.

    So then, balance. And the balances we use must be those assigned to us in Scripture — all of Scripture. Can the goo-theologians find soaring passages in the Bible about inclusion and acceptance? Sure. Can our aspiring Tishbites find thundering denunciations of sin within the camp? Sure. So let’s do both. Make everybody mad.”

    (https://dougwils.com/books/learning-the-tune.html)

  40. Leak’s cartoon would make a cut-through election poster.

    Yep, and those dim enough to cast a vote based on a cartoon would deserve everything that came their way…..

  41. OldOzzie

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2987975, posted on April 15, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Leak’s cartoon would make a cut-through election poster. Outside every polling booth right near the Get Up fossils and the deep green lower-garden millennial cave fairies they support as once ‘Liberal-voting’ candidates. Imagine it!

    Lizzie,

    great suggestion – have email it to Local Liberal MP’s, Cory Bernardi and Liberal Administration

    Suggest any other interested Cats email it as well to their Local MP’s and State Liberal Administration

  42. Bruce of Newcastle

    Numbers is advocating persecution of conservatives.
    Good one Numbers. Just be careful, you may end up in the gulag with us because of contamination.

  43. Vegans are such joyless half-starved fools promoting the new Anorexia.

    Lizzie – such a good fit at Catallaxy – stereotype central.

  44. mh

    It won’t be done on the trip to the mosque day, that’s for sure.

    😆

    As we know, liberalism is a mental disorder, so it’s never going to be logical.

    The gay marriage vote showed where the strong opposition was.

  45. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    She is now qualified to demand that power generation be nationalised.

    Of course she is. She got eleven out of ten for Feelz in Environmental Studies.
    You can’t get better than that when it comes to settled science.
    Elect her now. Vanguard of the coming youthquake.

  46. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    JAMES CRUZ, KINGSFORD SMITH (NSW)

    He’s a 28-year-old librarian who wants “radical action on climate change by closing coal plants”. And there’s something else James would like you to know.

    Quote: “An avowed socialist, I believe the state should respect grassroots community decisions.

    That’s not how socialism works, sunshine. You’d think after nine years in the rabid industrial hotbed that is the Sydney library system he might have read a book or two about it.

    Score: 4.1

    These clowns just are the gift that goes on giving.

  47. Chris

    I walked past the local African Church yesterday:

    The Church is all Africans, no one else attends. What is the benefit of this “multiculturalism”? It seems to be that the principal benefit is for the Africans, they are free to worship and live without the threat of the standard African violence, right up until the point where we get enough Africans.

    All the women are very finely dressed, and there is not one of them over 18 that is not obese. Precisely what gap in Australian society or the Australian economy are these women filling?

    It seems like we haven’t had enough problems of our own so we’ve been persuaded to import some out of our guilt.

    and

    They perform two roles, they comprise the majority of CentreLink staff and clients.

    A few weeks ago I participated in a forum at an all-African church in Perth. The forum was about FIFO and its effect on families, the room was full and on show of hands 80% of families had one or more FIFO employees. One I knew as a geologist, and extremely senior in his corporate environment.
    The reason the wives might work at Centrelink, is because they are not only willing to work, but have good degrees and strong stomachs to put up with the appalling bullshit )from management and clientele) such a job subjects you to.
    So no maaate. Africans are not welfare parasites, any more than Australians. Also curious: where in Africa were the congregation from? Did you get to know any of them?

  48. bespoke

    Fare enough dover, I should have direct my comment to calli. It was only a statement nothing deep..

    calli
    #2987921, posted on April 15, 2019 at 8:16 am
    Anyone can do it.

    Correct. In my sample of one life, I have watched just about everyone I grew up with in Sunday School walk away from the faith they professed way back then.

  49. Cardimona

    RobK at 0826: thanks for that.
    The electrical line-workers were just here and tried to fit a modem to the meter to get some information – but it wouldn’t dock with the comms network.
    They’ve gone away to source a Telstra modem…

    Stimpy at 0830: thank you, too, bro.
    I should’ve bought a UPS before now…

  50. Roger

    Sport Australia boss Kate Palmer commended Rugby Australia’s strong stance against discrimination and vilification and urged all sports to follow suit.

    Yet it’s Israel Folau who is being discriminated against by RA and vilified in the media.

    These people have no moral compass of their own, their views are simply borrowed from others.

  51. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ANDREW BRADDOCK, FENNER (ACT)

    Andrew isn’t the gloating type, but he cannot resist rubbing our faces in what he believes is his spectacular good fortune.

    Quote: “You could say that I live the Canberra dream. I’m a public servant.”

    One could also say that “dream” is not the term most Australians would call to mind in this ­circumstance.

    Still, at least Andrew is determined to give something back to the community that has given him so much flexitime.

    Score: 6.2

    “Pull up the ladder, Jack, I’m all right.”

  52. Roger

    “An avowed socialist, I believe the state should respect grassroots community decisions.”

    Pro-Brexit then James?

  53. OldOzzie

    Coalition must proves it’s in touch with suburban Australian values

    Chris Mitchell


    The forces ranged against the re-election of the federal Coalition government are immense: Labor, the Greens, GetUp, the trade union movement, a hostile ABC, the Nine-owned Fairfax print media, feral social media, the Coalition’s own disunity since 2015, a tame and lame business sector and what Henry Ergas brilliantly called out here on March 14 as a general drift to the Left by voters.

    Labor has a $200 billion war chest to buy off the young and unemployed, built from changes to the tax system largely to be paid for by older Australians.

    Fairness now means more money for people who don’t or won’t work and less for those who do. If you are retired and have worked your whole life to accumulate forced savings under Labor’s compulsory superannuation system the ALP will have a bit of that too, apparently to be fair to young people who haven’t saved a bean.

    Elections in this country are always winnable by either side. Think of Coalition leader John Hewson and the unlosable election of 1993.

    Just like Labor leader Bill Shorten this year, Hewson was offering enormous change from opposition based on a great big new tax. Keating came from behind to beat him in 1993 and John Howard did the same from months of poor polling in 2001 and 2004.

    Morrison is a clear underdog in the betting markets, which is always the best indicator. But his polling improved to 48-52 in last Monday’s Newspoll. What he needs is the skill Howard famously said too many politicians now lack: the ability to advocate for a political position.

    In politics and media, it is important to know exactly who your target market is. For Labor and the Greens an easy way to think about this is to imagine the committed GetUp member.

    GetUp’s grassroots success and financial and online clout have dragged Labor towards its agenda and away from the traditional concerns of its working class base.

    This is why Labor has been openly threatened by the mining union, the CFMMEU, in the Hunter Valley and central Queensland coal seats over its lack of concern for the jobs of miners.

    Think of the three prongs of GetUp’s election strategy in 2016 and again this year: climate change and renewable energy, linking corporate taxation and tax deductions for multinationals and wealthy individuals to funding of hospitals and schools and targeting of electorates held by what it calls “hard Right” Coalition members. This agenda has been absorbed by Labor and has given it a lead in polling for almost three years.
    But it also presents big opportunities to a conservative prime minister in touch with suburban Australian values if he can show the sort of advocacy skills Howard and Keating did.

    Many media conservatives have argued the Coalition should reject climate change and leave the Paris agreement. The problem with that is polling shows overwhelmingly that voters believe in climate change and support action to mitigate it.

    A better Coalition strategy would be to focus on what is already being done to reduce Australian emissions and the enormous costs of doing more.

    It is on the right track criticising Shorten’s pledge that half of cars sold here will be electric by 2030.

    Morrison should also focus on enormous rises in carbon dioxide emissions in China and India.

    China will keep increasing emissions until 2030. Its annual emissions increase exceeds Australia’s annual total emissions.

    Morrison needs to make voters understand coal is the nation’s biggest export and coal prices are rising because of rising demand globally. The government, while not bowing to its Right flank, needs to point out hundreds of new coal-fired power plants are under construction worldwide.

    On hospitals and schools the Coalition has been playing a mug’s game for six years. Both are state responsibilities and federal funding for both has increased dramatically since Labor’s Kevin Rudd lost the 2013 election. And the Coalition has eliminated the budget deficit from next year, something polls show voters like about the latest budget.

    This column has argued many Coalition voters in wealthy conservative electorates in Sydney and Melbourne have media habits — especially the ABC and Fairfax — that give them a poor understanding of the truth of such public policy questions.
    Let’s have a look.

    SCHOOL FUNDING: Students at private schools do not receive more total government funding than those at public schools, even though many Coalition voters seem to believe GetUp’s spin. State schools are largely funded by the states, with direct federal support. Total funding from all levels of government in the state system is $13,023 per child, in the Catholic system $10,956 and in the private system $9036. Parents choosing private education are subsidising those who don’t through their taxes and by paying private school fees.

    NDIS:Labor under the then responsible minister Bill Shorten did devise the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the legislation to establish it passed with support from Tony Abbott’s Coalition in March 2013. But the Gillard government only funded a limited trial, which began on July 1, 2013. The full scheme first rolled out under Turnbull in July 2016.

    It was originally expected to cost $13.6bn a year, but the Productivity Commission expects that to blow out to $22bn a year.

    The scheme may have teething problems but it was fully funded by the Coalition.

    WAGES: Labor’s cost of living fairness agenda follows campaigning by the ACTU and GetUp claiming corporate profits are rising and wages are not. In fact, real wages last year rose 2.3 per cent.

    This is in a period of historically low inflation and interest rates, so today’s young home buyers have a much easier time than boomers who faced 18 per cent home loans in the 1980s. The ABC’s Fact Check Unit reported last October that the wage price index rose 32 per cent over the decade to June 2018, while inflation rose 23.4 per cent. Real wages after inflation rose 7 per cent. Labor’s complaints about Fair Work Australia’s decision to reduce Sunday penalty rates are about an independent umpire set up by Shorten himself.

    HEALTH: Just as the states run state schools, they also run hospitals. The only hospitals run by the federal government are veterans hospitals. Total federal and state funding for health rose 6.8 per cent in 2016-17, compared with an average growth rate of 2.6 per cent the previous five years, which included the last half of the Rudd-Gillard years.

    As usual, Labor is claiming cuts from notional Labor future commitments, not real cuts at all.

    SUPERANNUATION: Labor believes retirees should lose credits for franked dividends if they pay no tax. The franking system was set up by Labor to eliminate double taxation. Labor will allow non-taxpaying trade unions to continue to receive franking credits it is taking from pensioners.

    NEGATIVE GEARING:
    Labor plans to restrict negative gearing to newly built properties. Labor tried removing negative gearing in the mid-1980s but had to axe the change when investors stopped building rental accommodation and rents skyrocketed.

    In my view a cap on the number of negatively geared properties is desirable to prevent high-earning surgeons and lawyers avoiding all tax by owning dozens of negatively geared properties. But this applies only to a small percentage of owners. Most own only one or two negatively geared properties and are not high income earners.

    Morrison’s campaign needs to expose false fairness claims about a country with one of the world’s most progressive tax systems, high tax rates by world standards for companies and the wealthy and one of the world’s best welfare systems. With more than half of all families paying no net tax after benefits, Labor gambles the constituency that will vote to receive more of other people’s money is bigger than the constituency for hard work, aspiration and saving.

  54. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Lizzie – such a good fit at Catallaxy – stereotype central.

    Numbers clearly hasn’t met my ex-husband, The Lefty Philosopher.
    Slowly turning vegan and slowly fading away with it.
    Subject to influence, I believe it is called. All his leftie mates are into it.
    Good thing due to our kids he still has me around to point out the error of his ways.
    He’s gradually taking notice that veganism may not be his best meals choice.
    It’s when they hit on the little girls, boys too, and turn them anorexic that I get cross.

    Numbers, if you are teaching, sorry, I mean preaching, this nonsense to children you should hang your head in shame.

  55. struth

    Vegans are such joyless half-starved fools promoting the new Anorexia.

    Here is the reason that numbers is a good thing for this site.
    We could in no way, deliver the descriptive value of a left wing mind as well as it does itself.Lizzie – such a good fit at Catallaxy – stereotype central.

    The utter lack of self awareness, hypocrisy and stupidity in these few words is amazing.

    You couldn’t, and I couldn’t make this shit up.
    The left, is in reality, always, what it accuses others of being.

    Lizzie – such a good fit at Catallaxy – stereotype central.

    comedy gold.

  56. Stimpson J. Cat

    Stimpy at 0830: thank you, too, bro.
    I should’ve bought a UPS before now…

    Verily, all Men are my brothers, and some Women look like they are, not that there’s anything wrong with that.
    – This is the Word of the Stimp.

  57. Leigh Lowe

    ANDREW BRADDOCK, FENNER (ACT)

    Andrew isn’t the gloating type, but he cannot resist rubbing our faces in what he believes is his spectacular good fortune.

    Quote: “You could say that I live the Canberra dream. I’m a public servant.

    Back the truck up!
    Public servant?
    Did I not see a piece over the weekend where a Lib candidate had to withdraw because she held “an office of profit under the Crown” (a job at Australia Post).

  58. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The government, while not bowing to its Right flank, needs to point out hundreds of new coal-fired power plants are under construction worldwide.

    If you say this without saying that CO2 may not be quite the problem it was initially thought to be, then you are leaving yourself open to the catastrophists moving in and saying this is dreadful, and we must do our bit, because every little bit counts. When it actually doesn’t. Tell people that too. Ask why China and India are not running quite as scared as the European nations. Maybe they’ve had a better look at ‘the science’ and balanced the issue against genuine national needs. We should do likewise.

  59. C.L.

    Shake down master class:

    IFM settles over London harassment case.

    London: The woman who took on Australian industry super fund-backed investment vehicle IFM for sexual harassment has been paid £270,000 ($492,000), with the firm opting to settle less than a week out from a second legal hearing of the case.

    Nathalie Abildgaard, 27, alleged that Frederic Michel-Verdier, the head of IFM’s London office, invited her to his hotel room after a work celebration in Spain last year.

    The Central London Employment Tribunal heard in January, that the 50-year old told her: “I know more about sex. I can teach you a lot of things.” He denies harassing her and the settlement does not inlude any sort of apology. He is still employed by IFM.

    He invited her back to his room … and she wins half a million bucks for the trauma.

  60. Stimpson J. Cat

    Avi gives more detail . I think the speculation about who was behind the deportation only degrades his credibility.

    Well it looks like we can rule out the J€ws.
    Thank f$ck.
    😁

  61. dover_beach

    Fare enough dover, I should have direct my comment to calli.

    As I myself said, she exactly illustrated my point.

  62. calli

    struth
    #2987970, posted on April 15, 2019 at 9:13 am

    A profound comment, and one that I am grappling with right now. I hope tragedy is not around the corner. Ellen’s post came hot on its heels and also resonated with me and my current dilemma.

    It’s very hard to love the ones who are wilfully self-destructing, but love them we must. And make it our joy to do it.

  63. Numbers, if you are teaching, sorry, I mean preaching, this nonsense to children you should hang your head in shame.

    Lizzie – always good for a laugh.
    I was last in front of a class in 1982, then worked in senior administration, first in schools and then in regions.
    The students I taught were mostly into skills for daily living and independence.
    Their quality of life improved substantially with any independence skills mastered.
    At my special school in the early eighties, our pre-vocational unit saw 80% success at getting kids with disabilities into employment. They became taxpayers instead of disability pensioners.
    We did a much better job of that (and at much less cost to the taxpayer) than the contracted rent seekers masquerading as disability employment agencies these days.
    It would be interesting to do the maths to determine what value that process returned to the taxpaying community.
    Back then, veganism wasn’t a thing, and even if it had been, I daresay that we would have had more important tasks than indoctrination.
    The only indoctrination I have ever come across in the school system was in the form of mythology masquerading as history on the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee.
    It’s no longer there.

    you should hang your head in shame.

    I’m proud of my small part in that.

  64. calli

    He invited her back to his room … and she wins half a million bucks for the trauma.

    Cassie and I touched on this yesterday.

    The lure of lovely compensation money for today’s Third Wave Feminists. No hard-fought battles for these “Strong Women Snowflakes”. Just oodles of moolah.

    No wonder there’s a press for “diversity” in hiring more women. No one with an ounce of sense would employ them if it wasn’t made compulsory.

  65. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    He invited her back to his room … and she wins half a million bucks for the trauma.

    In that case I am the exemplar of such trauma for in my youth I often received such invites from co-workers when we were on location together, or at conferences, or in other circumstances away from home base, or sometimes even just during drinks with others after work. Sometimes very nicely phrased, and not at all insulting or salacious.

    You don’t have to accept them you stupid woman, let alone get all anxious about it. If it is persistent and you become anxious then do what sensible women have always done: tell them to eff off.

    Now where’s my multi-millions for all of my terrible traumas? I hope there is no time limit.

  66. rickw

    In bleak yarragrad, their Nazgul andrews government dog whistles to attempt to rouse a lefty mob to demand a gun grab, in a jacindamania response to illegal weapons being fired by criminal cartels at a wahhabi security firm guarding a ‘popular nightclub’, code for profitable marketplace.

    Because imported crims use illegal guns to kill their way into profiting from an illegal imported trade controlled by other imported crims, pale stale australians must be disarmed.

    The state death squads will not use their 800 military style assault weapons on the imported crime cartels, just in raids on previously licenced and legal gunowners.

    Mexico comes to yarragrad, and it is used as an excuse to crack down on proles, not crims.

    Comrades.

    Thanks for the ammo bulk purchase reminder.

  67. dover_beach

    He invited her back to his room … and she wins half a million bucks for the trauma.

    These payouts only ask for more complaints.

  68. notafan

    Whether Notafan is right and homosexuality is a choice and not a natural disorder is in a way irrelevant.

    I didn’t say that you nong

    I clearly said same sex attraction was not a deliberate choice, but it was most unlikely to be born that that way ie genetic.

    And that the physical, mental (and I should have added spiritual )consequences of acting on that same sex attraction were diabolical in this life, and the next.

    Though all is sinners need to repent, not just gay ones.

  69. Roger

    Mexico comes to yarragrad…

    No country for old men.

  70. struth

    My father is in Melbournistan at the moment watching sandmonkeys using saws and axes at the a suburban park and cutting the limbs off trees.
    Apparently friendly people, he asked what are you doing and they replied, “we use for the cooking”.

  71. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Oooh, touched a nerve there, didn’t I Numbers? Defensive much?

    I don’t doubt you were a good soul teaching disabled students. A shame you had to model leftist thinking to them though, even if inadvertently. Sadly, many teachers today drink the leftist Kool-Aid openly and willingly feed it to their charges. I drew attention recently to the Spectator article on how extreme left pamphlets and ‘teaching aids’ are being sent to 78,000 teachers by Get Up and similar funded outfits, and what is more they are being widely used in schools to teach about ‘climate change’, and veganism as a way to contribute to halting this chimeric nonsense. Veganism is an evil ideology with some very bad effects both economically and personally if taken seriously. Face it, Numbers. Dump veganism. And vaccinate your kids too (although I bet you did that because you are not a complete dunce).

  72. rickw

    So no maaate. Africans are not welfare parasites, any more than Australians. Also curious: where in Africa were the congregation from? Did you get to know any of them?

    One I know is from Kenya, her two daughters play with my son. Her husband is such a badass he’s been denied entry to Australia. The other I know is from West Africa, no husband in sight but a very wild brood of kids that can run like the wind….

    Africa isn’t Africa by some freak accident. We need to be far more careful than we are being, while we steal from Africa those that could make a difference to Africa.

  73. Leigh Lowe

    Well, there’s a job I hadn’t heard of before.
    A bloke just walked past me wearing a t-shirt with the logo “Sherriff’s Aboriginal Liaison Officer”.
    Presumably he’s the one who explains to the Sherriff who doesn’t have to pay fines, and who doesn’t have to tell repo man where the car is.

  74. OldOzzie

    Andrew Bolt: Why Israel Folau’s critics are the intolerant ones

    It seems Rugby Australia has sold out fans — and Israel Folau’s free speech — for a sponsor’s cash.

    Sure, RA can sack the Wallaby fullback for posting on his Instagram account that hell awaits gays as well as “drunks, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters”.

    If sacking Folau is what it takes to keep sweet Qantas, the Wallabies’ main sponsor, that’s what an accountant would say must be done — and RA says it will do it.

    But why did RA sign a sponsorship deal that could force them to dump their superstar simply for expressing his very conservative Christian beliefs?

    Isn’t sponsorship supposed to help them field their strongest team? So why let a sponsor persuade them to field a worse one? Certainly Qantas is hinting hard that sacking Folau is the price for its money.

    “(Folau’s) comments … clearly don’t reflect the spirit of inclusion and diversity that we support,” it said. “We are pleased to see Rugby Australia’s condemnation of the comments and will await the outcome of their review.”

    And many sports journalists apparently agree that Qantas should decide who plays in the national team.

    “To me this is a pure commercial decision (that RA) made,” said Richard Hinds on the ABC’s Offsiders on Sunday.

    “If he’s … endangered their sponsorship by what he’s messaging as an ARU employee, how many employees survive that?”

    But why should Folau’s religious views — however offensive — be outlawed in any sponsorship deal signed by RA?

    A Sydney Morning Herald sportswriter on Sunday claimed Folau’s comments — a call for gays and sinners to repent — had “the potential to cause real division”, but I don’t buy it.

    Those comments sound harsh to me, but how many people looked up his Instagram account and felt more divided? Or vowed never to watch rugby again?

    Besides, who is doing the real dividing? Let’s ask Australian Rugby League Commission boss Peter Beattie, who insisted Folau’s comments failed rugby’s “inclusiveness culture”.

    What hypocrisy.

    Here’s rugby showing its “inclusiveness” by excluding a fundamentalist Christian. In fact, Folau’s actions suggest he’s more inclusive than his critics.

    Despite his personal views, he’s still happy to play with the many rugby players who are gays, drunks, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists or idolaters.

    What a pity rugby bosses can’t learn from his example and let a Christian play, too.

  75. Roger

    One I know is from Kenya, her two daughters play with my son. Her husband is such a badass he’s been denied entry to Australia.

    Most of the African refugees have come “from Kenya”, i.e. from refugee camps in Kenya, but they do not originate from there.

    Quite a different cohort from those who come with tertiary qualifications.

  76. calli

    Quite a different cohort from those who come with tertiary qualifications.

    Yes. I employed a Kenyan for a while as an accountant. Exacting, well-spoken and scrupulously honest. Very intent on making the most of her opportunities in Australia, especially for her children.

    Took her a while to realise I didn’t see her as a black person first and foremost or even second or thirdmost. After that we got on like a house on fire.

  77. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    These payouts only ask for more complaints.

    I think the ultimate aim of the high payouts is to scare companies and their male employees out of noticing attractive women. Good luck with that. Men are born to notice attractive women. A certain proportion of them will act on that attraction. Women used to know that, and could handle it with good sense and kindness, but it seems we now melt, and not in a good way, under the ‘male gaze’.

    Of course the payouts will attract more complaints, for women will be on the hyper-lookout for any hint of interest in them these days. And one thing is certain; that interest may be attenuated, but it won’t stop.

  78. dover_beach

    But why did RA sign a sponsorship deal that could force them to dump their superstar simply for expressing his very conservative Christian beliefs?

    Folau expressed orthodox Christian belief on the matter. They were also mainstream views two generations earlier and had been for the last two thousand years.

  79. Stimpson J. Cat

    Africans, Homosexuals, Rugby Players, Catholic Priests, Socialists, Teachers.
    We need to ban all of them until they get their act together.
    It’s the only way to be sure.

  80. Roger

    Yes. I employed a Kenyan for a while as an accountant. Exacting, well-spoken and scrupulously honest. Very intent on making the most of her opportunities in Australia, especially for her children.

    Yes, Kenyans are the cream of the African crop in my experience.

  81. jo

    ZK2A, Did a small consulting job $20k for Dallhold Investments, ink still wet on the cheque, suggested it be cashed. Bank teller raised eyebrows when cheque cashed. Next day Dallhold bellyup. Expected the insolvency accountant to ask for it back. Guess it was too smaller amount.

  82. hzhousewife

    My father is in Melbournistan at the moment watching sandmonkeys using saws and axes at the a suburban park and cutting the limbs off trees.
    Apparently friendly people, he asked what are you doing and they replied, “we use for the cooking”.

    Phone a greenie.

  83. Roger

    Clearly Bolt has not spent much time with sports administrators.

  84. OldOzzie

    For Cat Carlton Tragics and Cat AFL Fans

    The Tackle: Mark Robinson’s likes and dislikes from Round 4


    Two players are jostling for the title of the AFL’s best player after four rounds — Lachie Whitfield and Patrick Cripps.

    Whitfield was instrumental in GWS’ historic win in Geelong on Saturday, while Cripps could hardly have done more to will Carlton over the line on the Gold Coast.

    Mark Robinson couldn’t split the star pair when it came to his likes and dislikes from Round 3.

    St Kilda, Jed Anderson and Zach Merrett also won praise, but Robbo has Carlton firmly in his sights after it slumped to 0-4 on Sunday.

    LIKES

    1. LACHIE WHITFIELD

    Is he the best player in the AFL? If he’s not he is in the conversation. Lot to like about the Giants, such as Jeremy Finlayson up forward and Nick Haynes at the back, but no-one holds a candle to Whitfield. He runs and carries with speed. He plays as midfielder (46 per cent) and forward (51 per cent). Usually the high metres-gained players are the running backs or pure on-ballers. Yet Whitifeld leads the competition with an 678m gained per game, Second is James Sicily (612m), then follows Marcus Bontnepelli (590m), Brad Hill (589m) and Tom Stewart (576m). It doesn’t stop there. Whitfield is averaging 34 disposals a game, which is third in the AFL and he averages 6.3 inside-50s, which is fourth overall. They are incredible numbers for his position.

    2. IF NOT WHITFIELD, THEN IT’S CRIPPS

    The Carlton skipper was Wayne Carey-like against the Suns, according to David King — “Strapping the team to his back and saying come with me,’’ he said — but in the end it wasn’t enough for the Blues, who are now 0-4. In an outrageous final quarter dotted by mistakes, free kicks, bad decisions and dropped marks, the Suns won with 10 seconds to play. The Tackle highlighted Jack Bowes for his maturity last week and he kicked the winner after a scrambled play 15m from goal. Once again, Cripps was best afield with 30 disposals, eight clearances and two goals, yet his team came up second. And the Suns? They are one of the feel-good stories of the season.

    3. ST KILDA

    The ‘Jacks’ were huge — Billings, Lonie, Steele and Newnes and Sinclair — and Seb Ross was tireless in the middle, yet it was a Callum who will have his efforts highlighted in the review. Callum Wilkie was taken at pick No. 3 in 2018 rookie draft and has played all four games as St Kilda’s No. 1 key defender. Just amazing from the 22-year-old. His opponents were a mix Jarryd Roughead and Jack Gunston and in the final minutes of the last quarter he left his man to spoil in a three-on-one contest in the air and on the ground. If he fluffed it, the Hawks probably kicked the goal. The Hawks were done once again by injuries to key players — Ben Stratton (concussion) and James Frawley (hamstring) — but don’t know if Al Clarkson will allow that as an excuse. The Saints were cleaner in the big moments, are now 3-1 and another feel-good story of the season.

    4. JED ANDERSON

    North Melbourne controlled the game from the start by strangling a Crows team intent on committing self-harm in terms of their ball movement. The Kangas, led by Shaun Higgins and Anderson, were aggressive with their running and at the contest. Higgins is an elite player and Anderson is a card-carrying member of the UUA (United Underrated Association). In his first game of the season he had a game-high 13 contested possessions from his 19 overall disposals and led all comers with seven clearances. They are not enormous numbers, but in a strange game they were crucial to North winning.

    5. THE BOOKENDS

    A total team effort from the Tigers. But when the game needed to be won, and saved, it was Tommy Lynch and Dylan Grimes who stood tallest. Lynch stayed close to home all night, his first seven disposals were all scores and he killed the game in the final quarter with several goals. Grimes might be the most respected player at the Tigers and for the past two years the Tigers have urged All-Australian selectors to consider him for a defensive position. And they won’t let up. Grimes was enormous against Port Adelaide on Saturday night. He took five contested, intercept marks — four of them in the final quarter. More games like that one and AA is not beyond him.

    6. ZACH MERRETT

    Kudos to Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti for his seven goals as he was under pressure to perform. So was Zach Merrett. After a feeble pressure effort in Round 1 against the Giants, Merrett has reclaimed his standing in the game. Since 2015 he has averaged 53.2 pressure points per match, which is the 10th most in the league. Against the Brisbane Lions he had 66. He is a wonderful offensive and defensive player when he’s able to play without a tag. On Saturday he had 35 disposals, seven clearances and nine score involvements. The problem for Merrett is getting near those numbers when he is against a run-with player. The Bombers have damaging players across the board, but this bloke must be tagged or he will dominate games.

    7. HIMMELBERG AND DREW

    Giant Harry Himmelberg’s mark with the flight of the ball was Jonathon Brown-esque. It was breathtaking commitment to win the ball and courage of which is rarely seen in the air. Two hours later Port’s Willen Drew’s mark with the flight of the ball was Nick Riewoldt-esque. He ran and dived to reach the ball drop which was also breathtaking in his commitment. It just so happened that Brown and Riewoldt were commentating that match and Drew’s effort drew high praise. “Have we ever seen a soft red head,’’ Brown said of Drew. Well, we have but Drew is not one of them.

    8. VINEY AND JONES, THE CO-CAPTAINS

    The Demons believed Nathan Jones was being made the scapegoat for Melbourne’s poor start to the season so they would be more thrilled than anyone that it was Jones who kicked the goals to wrest control from Sydney. If Jones did it forward, it was Jack Viney in the middle who willed the Demons forward. His numbers were high, as was his impact merely because of his attack on the contest. He is up there with Joel Selwood, Rory Sloane, Nathan Fyfe and Patrick Cripps when it comes to setting the standard at the coalface.

    9. SHANNON HURN

    Yet another Ross Glendinning medal for best afield. The West Coast skipper has started this season how he ended last season. And now that the All Australian selectors have declared the AA captaincy to be legacy award as well as seasonal award, Hurn surely is in line to cap his career with the honour — if he stays fit. He’s 31, has played 251 games still manages to knock up 30-plus disposals on a back flank.

    DISLIKES

    1. ADELAIDE

    The Crows have hounded the “dislikes’’ this season, but Saturday night’s performance against North Melbourne was the worst. Rancid, unimaginative, boring, pathetic — take your pick to describe them. Coach Don Pyke was stunned after the game and skipper Rory Sloane was dumbfounded about why his team played safe, slow, uncontested and backwards football. They had the ball in their hands in their defensive half 74 times, they turned it over in their defensive half 36 times and only had 14 inside-50s. You can blame Tex Walker and Josh Jenkins all you like, and they do need to have more impact, but also blame everyone else. The coach’s game plan for one. Did the players ignore Pyke’s instruction to move the ball quicker and take risks, or did they follow the game plan and play losing football? The score flattered the Crows. They deserved to lose by 10 goals. It’s crisis time at Adelaide.

    2. IT’S NOT THE RULES

    The AFL is not to blame for everything bad. The new rules seem to be the answer to everything wrong with football, but it’s not the case. The scoring is down because coaches have employed keepings-off tactics. It’s a tactic which has been there for forever, but it’s more pronounced this year as teams play safe football in their back half to avoid turning the ball over. Coaches don’t care how the game looks, and that’s OK, but we don’t have to like what they are doing. Friday night was a snooze for three quarters as Collingwood and the Bulldogs took 213 marks for a score 78 to 64. In the Roos-Crows game, the Roos took 120 marks and the Crows 109 for a score of 71 to 59. In the Dockers-Eagles game, the Eagles took 135 marks to the Dockers’ 81 for a score of 69-56. GWS took 113 marks and scored 79 points. Coaches tactics are dictating how the games are played, not the rules. Some of the football being played is mind-numbing to watch. Maybe “keepings off’’ is the growing trend in football and maybe the umpires have caught on. Their favourite call at the weekend was “play on, not 15m’’.

    3. BLUES ON THE BOTTOM … AGAIN

    Up by almost four goals in the third quarter but they lost their composure in the final quarter. The Blues deny they have “forgotten how to win’’, but Sunday’s performance doesn’t help their argument. The media caravan will roll down Royal Parade today and once again questions will be asked of the coach Brendon Bolton and the players. A win yesterday would have quelled the unrest among fans. But it didn’t happen. If they can’t beat the Suns, the most inexperienced team in the competition, just where will the next win come from? Unquestionably, it is a test for all at Carlton, from the president down.

    4. STUDS UP IS NOT WORTH THE PAPER IT’S WRITTEN ON

    The “Toby Greene’’ rule was brought to stop players raising their boots in marking contests. But that is exactly what happened when Eric Hipwood flayed his boot in the face of Essendon’s David Myers, who was front and square to the marking contest. Myers left the field with blood streaming from his face and you could clearly see a stop mark between his eyes. It could have been much worse. Inconsistency of adjudication is a major problem, be it studs up or prohibitive contact. No wonder fans are confused. Commentator Mark Riccuito didn’t like the Hipwood manoeuvre. ‘’It was an abnormal action from Hipwood,’’ he said. Talk about inconsistency, Gold Coast’s Wil Powell was concussed in a dangerous tackle and his match was over, yet no free kick was paid.

    5. DE BOER, HE’S DONE IT AGAIN

    He must be an annoying bugger. He got under Dustin Martin’s skin last week and Patrick Dangerfield’s this week. Dangerfield will be scrutinised for his hits on de Boer off the ball. Expect a fine for both swipes, the elbow and flailing arm, but who knows if “potential to cause injury’’ will be applied. What we do know is they were deliberate acts so a penalty is coming. De Boer is now the No. 1 tagger in the competition, having curtailed Martin last week, then Tim Kelly in the first half on Saturday and Dangerfield in the second half. Against the two Cats he won 13 disposals to their 10.

    6. WHY THE WARNINGS?

    Headquarters continues to back in the warning system for infringements to 6-6-6 ruling. Why? The players aren’t schoolkids, they are full-time footballers who should know the rules. Cats coach Chris Scott is in favour of the warning system, but he would be in the minority. And what of the hot prior opportunity? Hawthorn’s David Mirra was pinged late yesterday for falling on the ball, and when tackled by two St Kilda players, he couldn’t get it out and Jack Lonie kicked the matchwinning goal. She’s a tough old game.

    7. WHY WASN’T GRUNDY IN DERM’S VOTES?

    This is not a dislike, this is intriguing. Dermott Brereton didn’t give Brodie Grundy votes on Friday night. That’s his call and can’t wait for the coaches votes today or Brownlow Medal night to see what eventuates. You could argue Grundy had the most impact of any player in the contest/stoppages. He had 23 disposals and a match-high 18 contested possessions. He also had 58 hit outs, 17 of which were to advantage and 10 of which were to disadvantage. The Pies scored 5.6.36 from stoppages to the Bulldogs’ 4.0.24. Derm wasn’t backing down yesterday. “Thought he was excellent, but I didn’t think his ruck dominance translated to the equivalent in Collingwood’s clearance dominance. He kept dropping his wining hit outs close in and for pure rucking dominance the Doggies got a ‘good read’ on him,’’ he told the Tackle. For what it’s worth, I would have voted Grundy 3, Bontempelli 2, Phillips 1.

    8. YET ANOTHER ACL

    To see Callan Ward crying on the bench on Saturday was tough to watch. He’s given so much of himself to the expansion club, and to see his season swiped from him,

    was so, so sad. To try to understands what he means, just note how some of his teammates were in tear after the game.

  85. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Lefties are going to town on cow farts as the evil planet wreckers lately. Hence the swing to trendy veganism. I think they are pedaling back on CO2 because it isn’t delivering as promised.

    Methane is the new CO2.

  86. feelthebern

    If this was Apple, the world would be cheering.
    https://twitter.com/MothershipSG/status/1114931615409377280/video/1

    But because it’s Huawei, it’s scary.

  87. hzhousewife

    Methane is the new CO2.

    Yet our local tip harvests its richness for energy, saving our rates. Go methane !

  88. Roger

    But because it’s Huawei, it’s scary.

    Impressive…who did they steal that technology from?

  89. Knuckle Dragger

    Oh dear.

    Someone over the weekend, I think, mentioned the surveillance system in Chinese cities that uses facial recognition and awards or deducts ‘social credit’ points to its citizens. Tempted to say John C but I’m not 100% on it.

    Amass too many social demerit points for things like jaywalking and you can’t get plane or train tickets, and so on. How we all laughed at the silly short Asian folk. Imagine that, we said. Never happen here, we said.

    Well. It’s here. In DARWIN.

    The exact same technology is being installed. CCTV will be operational by the end of the week, and the full ‘Smart Cities’ platform operational by the EOFY. The Darwin City Council muppets, evidently believing we are as stupid as they are say that although it’s the same system as the one used in Shenzhen, it’s a ‘business aid’ to gain data on who’s using YouTube, Instagram etc when and where in the CBD. This information will be purportedly passed on to business owners to boost the economy.

    In case anyone actually believed this crock of shit, they then came out with the concept of putting ‘virtual fences’ around certain people in the Smart City area, ie they alert the authorities if someone is somewhere they shouldn’t be.

    Which, among other things, is much closer to the true purpose of such a system.

    The only possible productive reason I can think of for having this technology is to determine if someone’s breaching their bail, or contravening a Banning Order under the NT Liquor Act by being in a particular geographical area. Even then, because the Council have promised not to use the facial recognition software component *cough* it will only prove that a phone, not a person was in that area.

    I want no part of this, and not only do I not remember anything about it being discussed by Council, let alone voted on, a series of quick calls to various associates revealed they’re in the same boat.

    In Darwin, of all places. 1984 fans, head north. The future is here.

  90. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    “Pull up the ladder, Jack, I’m all right.”

    I know someone who got a good job in the Tax Office.

    Like winning the lottery due to the flexitime alone.

  91. mh

    “To me this is a pure commercial decision (that RA) made,” said Richard Hinds on the ABC’s Offsiders on Sunday.

    “If he’s … endangered their sponsorship by what he’s messaging as an ARU employee, how many employees survive that?”

    So if you support the Wallabies you are really supporting a corporation. Sad.

  92. Stimpson J. Cat

    They were also mainstream views two generations earlier and had been for the last two thousand years.

    Imagine thinking that any two thousand year old beliefs could possibly be “incorrect or need some work”.
    Logic is not their strong suit.
    The nerve of these Godless heathens!
    Outrageous!

  93. C.L.

    Looks like Greg Inglis is bowing out two years early, his body battered beyond recovery (by NRL 1st grade standards, anyway). These blokes take a hammering playing at the elite level. Inglis is just 32. I hope he finds happiness and purpose moving forward. At his peak, he was magnificent.

  94. feelthebern

    I hope GI doesn’t.
    I hope he just retires from origin & plays out the rest of the 2019 season.

  95. Infidel Tiger

    Wallabies Coach and Captain both say they won’t play or play with Folau.

    Izzy is going to be the highest paid sport star on earth if they keep this up.

    ARU better get some good lawyers.

  96. John Constantine

    There is a new push to ensure that companies looking to join the ASX have women on their boards before they list.

    The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)-led “30 per cent Club” is establishing a group with representation from investment bank and private equity companies, specifically those who advise on IPOs, that will look at a range of initiatives but ensure no companies going through an IPO list without female directors.

    “The working group will comprise of investment bankers and private equity professionals that will be advocates for change within their industry,” said Rhian Richardson, who is an executive of the 30 per cent Club and board diversity manager at AICD.

    “They will assist us in developing key messages for why diversity on boards is important that speak to investment bankers and founders/investors.

    “We will connect them with executive search consultants and female directors so they have a pool of talented directors they can approach for board roles and we will work with them on promoting the companies that are listing to female directors

    Men now blocked from accessing the capital markets through the ASX. Vital quota to be met, or the business is over.

    Which diversity quota is next?.

  97. John Constantine

    The only diversity on boards argument that is truly convincing is the one that says you will be crushed if you don’t do it.

  98. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    In case anyone actually believed this crock of shit, they then came out with the concept of putting ‘virtual fences’ around certain people in the Smart City area, ie they alert the authorities if someone is somewhere they shouldn’t be.

    I am still smarting from being foolish enough to forget about the intensity of speed cameras around Rushcutters Bay on New South Head road. I picked up 3 demerit points and lost three hundred bucks in one go for doing 78 very safely down the hill there trying to make the lights and get home to lunch with Hairy when traffic was very light and free rolling. 60 at such times is just not on. I was so annoyed, because I’d just done good works taking a public housing rellie on Newstart to Coles to get a haircut and buy a hundred bucks worth of food. That is three hundred bucks lost that I would definitely have preferred to donate to him rather than Gladys.

    Hairy couldn’t complain too much. He’s also donated three hundred bucks to Gladys on that very same camera not so long ago. With one each way and others on traffic lights, that area must fund a large proportion of her daily bread. The signs for it are so missable as people are concentrating on where to go, left, right, or into the cross city tunnel, and on the way back have just come out of the tunnel where the speed is 80 or are coming downhill for the home run.

    We’re equal so no sense in swapping points. Big Bro is definitely here already.

  99. zyconoclast

    Someone posted earlier about how empowering Coachella is.

    This is proof.

  100. zyconoclast

    One one more.
    They lure you in with the promise of beer…

  101. Stimpson J. Cat

    I am still smarting from being foolish enough to forget about the intensity of speed cameras around Rushcutters Bay on New South Head road. I picked up 3 demerit points and lost three hundred bucks in one go for doing 78 very safely down the hill there trying to make the lights and get home to lunch with Hairy when traffic was very light and free rolling. 60 at such times is just not on. I was so annoyed, because I’d just done good works taking a public housing rellie on Newstart to Coles to get a haircut and buy a hundred bucks worth of food.

    I can’t believe you don’t have a driver, much like Miss Daisy Lizzie.
    Standards must be maintained.

  102. RobK

    I just received this gag by email:

    While walking down the street one day a Member of Parliament is tragically hit by a truck and dies.

    His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

    ‘Welcome to heaven,’ says St. Peter.

    ‘Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.’

    ‘No problem, just let me in,’ says the man.

    ‘Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.’

    ‘Really, I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,’ says the MP.

    ‘I’m sorry, but we have our rules.’

    And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he went down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he found himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.

    Everyone is very happy and dressed in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.

    They played a friendly game of golf and then dined on lobster, caviar and champagne.

    Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly & nice guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes.They are having such a good time that before he realizes it’s time to go.

    Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and wave whilst the elevator rises….

    The elevator rises and the door opens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.

    ‘Now it’s time to visit heaven.
    24 hours pass with the MP joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.
    ‘Well, then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.’

    The MP reflects for a minute, then he answers: ‘Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.’

    So, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down,down to hell.

    When the doors open he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.

    He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.

    The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder. ‘ I don’t understand,’ stammers the MP.

    ‘Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, danced and had a great time. Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?

    The devil looks at him, smiles and says, ‘Yesterday we were campaigning – Today you voted’.

  103. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Normally that area is so congested you can’t speed anyway. When it is not congested, the tendency to go yippee is very strong; and it’s also very safe when there is no traffic, the only thing that makes speeding even possible.

    Bah. Just a money-making exercise. A tax. Minor in the scheme of things.
    We’d all better get used to it for Monsieur Tits-up has plans for sending the country that way.

  104. calli

    Heh. Outside the Yacht Club and corner of Bellevue Road and NSH Road.

    I always smile sweetly for them. And put my foot firmly on the brake.

  105. Knuckle Dragger

    That Insta post of Folau’s garnered 37,000 likes before it was taken down.

    37,000 people thought enough of his post, and I will presume to add his belief system to ‘like’ it in a remarkably short period of time. That’s a whole pile of people right there. God knows what the tally would be had the post remained up.

    Maybe, just maybe RA have overestimated the amount of people in this country that believe in compulsory homo lurve, and that are enthusiastic fans of ‘docking’ (look it up, I dare you).

    If Ablett Jr isn’t immediately sacked by Geelong for adopting and approving of IF’s view it’s hypocrisy of the highest order. Is he is sacked, Kardinia Park will be burnt to the ground by its own supporter base 20 minutes later.

    What to do, what to do.

  106. zyconoclast

    It’s not so much of a stretch now that children will have to perform a homos3xual act in front of a State representative, or their parents cop a fine.

    You mean have the homos3xual act performed on them by the state representative.

  107. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I can’t believe you don’t have a driver, much like Miss Daisy Lizzie.

    Miss Daisy was ancient, wasn’t she? I still like to turbo-thrash my Q5 for fun while I can.
    Was she the one with the gorgeous man of colour as her driver? Hmmm. Reconsidering. 🙂

  108. zyconoclast

    I see mega church grifter Brian Houston has been wheeled out criticise Folau

    Does the mega refer to the church or gifting?

  109. Stimpson J. Cat

    The real question is, can Izzy learn to code?

  110. Bruce of Newcastle

    37,000 people thought enough of his post, and I will presume to add his belief system to ‘like’ it in a remarkably short period of time.

    Every now and then this shows up the lefty elites. Here’s another one from the weekend:

    This tiny election proves Trump’s coalition is alive and well

    Less than a month ago, conservative Judge Brian Hagedorn was a dead man walking.

    As he raced against liberal Judge Lisa Neubauer for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the local press portrayed him as an anti-gay extremist and bigot. They called out the Christian school he founded for its code of conduct stipulating “no sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman.”

    He got the full treatment.

    The Democrats seized on the moment. Outside money poured in from groups like Planned Parenthood and former Attorney General Eric Holder’s National Democratic Redistricting Committee, funding ads that portrayed Hagedorn as a radical. Meanwhile, Hagedorn’s biggest donor, the Wisconsin Realtors Association, demanded he return their contribution because his beliefs conflicted with the values of its members. Other traditional GOP corporate donors like the Chamber of Commerce ghosted him.

    Banned from the Qantas Chairthing’s lounge!

    Against all odds, Hagedorn won the state, including two Democratic-leaning counties, Racine and Kenosha — just like Trump did in 2016.

    “Trump and Hagedorn won because they didn’t back down,” said Moser, a 56-year-old who lives in Kenosha. Though she grew up in a Democratic home and has never registered with either party, she calls the treatment of Hagedorn a tipping point.

    “Freedom of religion cannot be perverted into freedom from religion,” Moser said. “Tolerance must remain a two-way street, especially in our judicial branch.”

    Religious tolerance and consideration is stronger in the US than it is here, but I suspect Israel Folau similarly has plenty of support amongst Australians fed up with the Waffen SSM.

  111. OldOzzie

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2988058, posted on April 15, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Lefties are going to town on cow farts as the evil planet wreckers lately. Hence the swing to trendy veganism. I think they are pedaling back on CO2 because it isn’t delivering as promised.

    Methane is the new CO2.

    Lizzie,

    Another Poster for Liberals from Powerline Week in Pictures, with Greens substituted for Democrats and Farmers Federation substituted for Chick-fil-&

    Cow Farts

  112. rickw

    Yes, Kenyans are the cream of the African crop in my experience.

    Yep, the Kenyans are most often the technical backbone of operations in Africa, skilled and motivated.

  113. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘I can’t believe you don’t have a driver’

    That what I said after Lizzie spent an entire afternoon almost ramming Rolls-Royces.

  114. calli

    They were happy to lord it over others. Now circumstances have changed.

    Hard to drum up sympathy for them.

  115. twostix

    Quote: “An avowed socialist, I believe the state should respect grassroots community decisions.”

    My community has all sorts of grassroots ideas he won’t let the state respect.

  116. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Once they’ve got rid of the cows, they will look to remove the surplus farting humans too.

    Do human males exude in this manner more methane than females? If so, that’s yet another stick to beat them with. I suspect Hairy would be a good candidate for rapid extinction on excess methane production grounds. He would no doubt say that I have my moments too. Like makin’ love to a whoopie cushion, he once said about marital affection after a certain apres beans and cabbage dinner.

    Cut to the quick for two days I was by that comment. Elle is not the only sensitive flower here. 🙂

  117. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Labor MP Josh Wilson under pressure over Israel views
    AAP
    April 15, 2019 6:52AM
    Topics
    WA News
    Labor

    West Australian Labor MP Josh Wilson has angered Joowish groups with his comments on Israel’s treatment of Palestine, just days after the ALP lost a candidate to a similar controversy.

    The West Australian has obtained video of Mr Wilson addressing the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network on the sidelines of the Labor conference last December.

    Senator Sue Lines was also at the meeting.

    “They are going to turn Palestine into Swiss cheese and that is what is happening,” Mr Wilson is seen as saying.

    Executive director of the Australia/Israel and Joowish Affairs Council Colin Rubenstein told the West Mr Wilson’s comments were “both insulting and insidious and should have no role in our national debate”.

    Israeli ambassador Mark Sofe was also critical.

    “The obsession with demonising Israel, which thankfully is the domain of the few, does not at all help the Palestinians and serves only to hamper possible rapprochement in the Middle East”.

    Mr Wilson holds the seat of Fremantle with a margin on 7.6 per cent.

    On the weekend, Melissa Parke stood down as the Labor candidate for the Perth seat of Curtin for her comments on Palestine.

    Seems the Hon. member also described Israeli checkpoints as “places you go to and you die.”, if the front page of the “West Australian’ is to be believed.

  118. twostix

    Administrators from the two rugby codes trawling through social media to see which players liked Israel Folau’s comments…

    With the intent to threaten them to shut up or lose their contracts…

    Can we call it all a bolshevik revolution yet?

  119. OldOzzie

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2988076, posted on April 15, 2019 at 11:14 am

    I am still smarting from being foolish enough to forget about the intensity of speed cameras around Rushcutters Bay on New South Head road. I picked up 3 demerit points and lost three hundred bucks in one go for doing 78 very safely down the hill there trying to make the lights and get home to lunch with Hairy when traffic was very light and free rolling. 60 at such times is just not on. I was so annoyed, because I’d just done good works taking a public housing rellie on Newstart to Coles to get a haircut and buy a hundred bucks worth of food. That is three hundred bucks lost that I would definitely have preferred to donate to him rather than Gladys.

    Lizzie

    I use Polaris HUD Plus Review – Hands on and Footage Comparison

    I don’t use the HUD, I have it stuck on windscreen down low on right and I find it mcuh easier as it is in driveline sight and I am not constantly looking down at speedo – more importantly it gives excellent and accurate verbal warnings of upcoming speed cameras and red light cameras

    I highly recommend it https://www.ja-gps.com.au/Polaris/gps-speedometer-hud-plus/

    I bought it when I purchased a Polaris Maxx for my 1994 4WD as well as front and rear cameras

  120. Stimpson J. Cat

    I wish you guys would give all the Israel talk a rest.
    Israel this, Israel that, etc etc.
    It gets very tiresome.
    😁

  121. Tom

    The Blues deny they have “forgotten how to win’’, but Sunday’s performance doesn’t help their argument. The media caravan will roll down Royal Parade today and once again questions will be asked of the coach Brendon Bolton and the players. A win yesterday would have quelled the unrest among fans. But it didn’t happen. If they can’t beat the Suns, the most inexperienced team in the competition, just where will the next win come from?

    Bolton (an ex- Tasmanian suburban footballer who has never played at AFL level) is in his fourth year instructing the young Blues list it’s OK to lose matches. And the dullards on the board can’t figure out why they losing matches?

    Too stupid to survive. Sack the board and hire a real premiership coach the players are scared of to show them, for the first time in their pampered lives, that there are consequences for failure.

  122. Zatara

    Well. It’s here. In DARWIN.

    KD, is it really so surprising that after the Chinese bought the port there they decided to protect their interests by having the Darwin Council install a CCTV system with their security state software on it?

    But it’s not like the Chinese will have access to it or anything…. Right?

  123. OldOzzie

    Greens are in Labor’s policies like a computer virus

    Nick Cater

    Few desires are as insatiable as the hunger and thirst after righteous. No sooner has one progressive crusade run its course than a new one must be found.

    Which is why many of us felt our spines chill at the sight of lawless livestock liberationists marauding across paddocks the other day.

    Could LGBSP be the new LGBTI? How long before creatures who identify as lambs, goats, bovines, swine or poultry are counted in the census of the oppressed? How long before the Human Rights Commission’s brief embraces non-human as well as human beings?

    As the perennial early adopters of cuckoo campaigns, the Greens have already signed up. Their 2019 federal election manifesto demands a parliamentary declaration affirming animal sentience, thus stamping a decisive full stop at the end of the centuries-old debate between philosophers, theologians, ethologists and neurologists that many of us thought had some way to run.

    Under the Greens policy, the poachers become gamekeepers. Those pasty vegan vigilantes we saw intimidating farmers last week, high on dudgeon and low on vitamin B12, will be granted the same right of entry to private property as the RSPCA, with powers to “fully investigate and prosecute charges relating to animal welfare”.

    If hypocrisy was a vote-killer, the Greens would be dead by now. It is supposed to be the party of niceness, the only true champion of inclusion, diversity, cultural awareness, respect and other modern virtues that imperfectly fill a gap we created by abandoning the injunction to love thy neighbour as thyself.

    Yet three women candidates in Victoria have resigned this year, complaining of a bullying and toxic culture. Among them is mother-of-two Alex Bhathal, who SBS reminds us is “a woman of Indian origin”, who complained that “the emotional trauma, for myself and my family, has at times been too much to bear”.

    Paradoxically, while the credibility of the Greens as a party crumbles, the ideological force that inspired it has never been stronger. The idea of greenness, like the idea of communism, turns out to be more resilient than the institutions it spawns.

    Just as the influence of communism drove Labor to extremes in the 20th century, so the influence of environmentalism is leading the party astray in the 21st.

    We have seen before how today’s halfwitted campaign can become tomorrow’s official Labor policy. Labor’s platform on the environment, energy, mining, asylum-seekers, taxation, education and health has seldom been as extreme as it is at this election.

    The saga of emissions reduction target creep shows how quickly this can get out of hand.

    In 2007, Labor set an emissions abatement target of 60 per cent by 2050 based on 2000 levels, confident that it had 43 years to work out the detail. Four years later, the target was altered to 80 per cent with 39 years left to run.

    Last December’s conference raised the bar again, this time setting a 100 per cent target by 2050 and a 45 per cent emissions reduction target by 2030 based on 2005 levels.

    It means Bill Shorten, in ways that he is not yet able to explain, must stop 1.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas entering the atmosphere in a little over a decade, and considerably more by the middle of the century.

    These dreamy targets are only partly driven by Labor’s turf war with the Greens. It is the insidious infiltration of green ideology, rather than political jostling, that is doing most of the damage.

    Labor is not conspicuously copying the Greens any more than Ben Chifley was copying the communists in the 1940s when he tried to nationalise the banks. It is simply that the same intellectual class is dominant in both parties. They suffer from the same utopian delusion, convinced that the kingdom will be built by purity of heart and leaving the details to sort out themselves.

    The setting of targets, saintly in ambition, is the way the intellectual Left chooses to deal with complex economic and social challenges. Not for them the melding of common sense and pragmatism that seems to have solved most of humankind’s woes up to now.

    It took little foresight in 1987 to realise that Bob Hawke’s zero child poverty target by 1990 would be impossible to achieve.

    When Kevin Rudd set a target of a 50 per cent reduction in homelessness by 2020, he fell into the trap of assuming that sleeping under cardboard was simply caused by a housing shortage. Alcohol and drug addiction, mental incapacity, broken relationships or the many other factors that limit personal capacity apparently weren’t worth considering.

    With climate policy, target overreach and sentimental policy formation has reached peak sloppiness. We are afforded a poor definition of the problem to be solved.

    No cost-benefit analysis is required, nor is serious any consideration given to other policy choices. Confirmation bias pushes counter-arguments aside. Contrary evidence is written off as the work of dullards, vested interests or ideologues, in which category, incidentally, the progressives do not include themselves.

    One doesn’t need to know much about the Australian car market, topology or the state of battery technology to know that Labor will not achieve its 50 per cent electric vehicle sales target by 2030.

    It will be no more successful than Julia Gillard’s $400 million ruse to get 200,000 old cars off the road by offering motorists $2000 to trade in their clunkers.

    It offers as blinkered a view of the future as Rudd’s $500 million Green Car Fund announced in 2006 that was supposed to revitalise domestic car manufacturing.

    Yet that won’t stop the Shorten government trying, convinced that the intellectuals this time have got it right and that dry, old-school economists are wrong in warning of the pain this audacious piece of central planning will ­inflict.

    In today’s attention-challenged era, sentiment and the desire for the quick sell trump conviction and persuasion.

    The result is the policy equivalent of the Mother’s Day card that comes home from kindergarten thick with traces of sticky bun. It is the thought that counts, not the quality of the art.

    Nick Cater is executive director of the Menzies Research Centre.

  124. zyconoclast

    If this was Apple, the world would be cheering.
    https://twitter.com/MothershipSG/status/1114931615409377280/video/1

    But because it’s Huawei, it’s scary.

    Back in the day the Microsoft/Nokia Lumia 1020 had an astonishingly good camera.

    The shop guy took a picture of a pharmacy storefront that was at least 50 meters away.
    Hooked it up to the computer and you could read the names of the products on display with excellent clarity.

  125. thefrollickingmole

    Zatara

    A few years ago what you said would have been considered tinfoil stuff.
    Now, not so much.

    Wonder how many ex army/ current alphabet agency blokes will set off a ping to Beijing if they hover around Darwin?

  126. struth

    Lefties are going to town on cow farts as the evil planet wreckers lately. Hence the swing to trendy veganism. I think they are pedaling back on CO2 because it isn’t delivering as promised.

    Methane is the new CO2.

    This is the UN agenda.
    Fully laid out for all to see.
    The way it is done and the time line.
    I am no conspiracy theorist when they admit it.
    this is the basics but you can read it from their own statements.

  127. bespoke

    Don’t no what your on about, dover. Cheers anyway.

  128. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘These payouts only ask for more complaints’

    Yes. Yes they do.

    Ladies, the fluffy chickens you let out of the pen years ago are now parasite-ridden, ungainly stinking vultures, and they’re coming home to roost. It’s great comedy value to hear the constant public moaning by women, particularly the stringers for the major networks complaining about the absence of men, and that ‘the good ones are either taken or gay’.

    With tears dripping off their noses onto the pages of women’s magazines that feature a George Clooney article on one page, a piece on a ‘super Mummy diet for summer’ on the next, and a recipe for a triple cream chocolate cake on the next.

    It’s also instructive to note that most, if not all of these harridans who claim the evil men predators who ‘just wanted sex’ would actually be considered fortunate to be pushed into an open fire by said men with a ten foot pole and a wearing a welding mask.

    The men are there, all right. And there is now no incentive to pursue any of the good’uns because like it or not they’re all now tarred with the same brush. It’s not worth the aggravation. So now, instead of going on enforced ‘date nights’, sifting through the nearest quirky market at 9.00 am on Sundays or doing ‘activities we can do together’, they’re doing whatever the hell they want.

    Keep adding to your cat collections, ladies. Maybe they’ll fix the holes in your souls.

    *** At the risk of being Captain Obvious, present company is excluded.

    **** Any ‘man’ that brings his wife or girlfriend anywhere near a golf club should be shot where he stands.

  129. Nick

    Tom, you’re on the money with regards Bolton

  130. bespoke

    But why should Folau’s religious views — however offensive — be outlawed in any sponsorship deal signed by RA?

    No AB they aren’t.

  131. Cassie:
    I was going to reply to Candy’s comment last night, but then thought “What’s the bloody point?” One of the easiest ways to garner sympathy/pity is to make the claim “I was born this way.” It’s the easiest out for deplorable behaviour yet devised – be a victim.

    Israel Folau is entitled to any view about homosexuality that he so chooses….why he is in hot water is not a reflection of what he said…it is a reflection of the sick, sodomised and tyrannical society that this country and most other countries in the western world have become.

    You nailed it, good and proper.

  132. Helen

    New fred, top ten almost full.

  133. C.L.

    In a way, Inglis was another black football champion hounded out by our new morals campaigners.
    He got pinched on a piss-ant mid-range DD charge (no conviction was recorded) and the ARL stripped him of the Kangaroos captaincy.

  134. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    That what I said after Lizzie spent an entire afternoon almost ramming Rolls-Royces.

    Believe it or not, Rolls Royces are quite rare around here, but you do see them, and same for new Bentleys. The thing that worried my son about this Rolls was that it was brand new. My Ausi Q5 is the usual workhorse for mothers in these suburbs, but it is true that some very fine cars do feature on the local roads. Every morning trip crawling along New South Head road to my dance class is done in the mobile version of what real estate agents like to call ‘good company’. The usual collection of big well-kept Audis’, Mercs’, BMW’s, Range Rovers and Porches, fleshed out by smaller dross, and cherry topped with Maserati’s, fancy Ford Mustangs, an occasional sleek imported Chevvy, swank Jaguars, racing Alfa Romeos and Ferraris. Interspersed with this visible wealth, the envy of less happier lands, are buses, trucks and the vans and utes of tradies.

    We are small beer though in this world of the seriously rich.
    Waterfront properties just down the road from us are selling for up to $68 million.

    What is really irritating about living here is that there are so many greenies.
    Snouts in the trough there I suspect, many of them.

  135. mh

    Cher
    @cher
    I Understand Helping struggling Immigrants,but MY CITY (Los Angeles) ISNT TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN.WHAT ABOUT THE 50,000+🇺🇸Citizens WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS.PPL WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE,& HUNGRY? If My State Can’t Take Care of Its Own(Many Are VETS)How Can it Take Care Of More
    4:14 AM · Apr 15, 2019

    All excellent points!
    🇺🇸

  136. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I highly recommend it https://www.ja-gps.com.au/Polaris/gps-speedometer-hud-plus/

    I’ll be looking for one of these built-in to our next car.
    Thanks. I guess we could try one of these first.

  137. Knuckle Dragger

    Zatara, 11.53 am;

    I suppose it’s not that surprising, now that I think about it. If these idiots up here don’t think the Chinese will backdoor the software they’re installing on our behalf they’re even stupider than I thought.

    As mole indicated, if you’d said this five years ago you’d be sent straight to the nutbin.

    The thing that troubles me most is that no one has mentioned what the consequences may be for anyone jumping their ‘virtual fence’, and more importantly who qualifies to be virtually fenced off in the first place.

    Fenced off for what? Who decides who’s fenced out, and for how long? What happens to virtual fence offenders?

    There are questions, but no answers. Interesting to note as well that the NT government decided not to tell everyone else they’d leased the entire Port of Darwin to the Chinese for 99 years until well after the ink was dry on the contract.

    The same has happened here. It’s the slippery slope we’re already on, and I’m not sure if there’s a turnback point.

  138. notafan

    I see mega church grifter Brian Houston has been wheeled out criticise Folau

    Timely

    Brian Houston’s Hillsong unfriended Assemblies of God last September to form his own denomination, for reasons that ought to be considered utterly spurious, given Christ’s desire for one Christian community (to to with training of pastors and youth leaders or some such)

    There was certainly s no mention of theological differences

    Now he has the gall to have a go at a member of AOG for holding exactly the same theological views as he would have six months ago, if not today.

    Is Brian on twitter would someone ask him if unrepentant sinners go to heaven?

    He will be probably say yes as long as they have done an altar call.

    Scott Morrison is a fellow AOG what are his views on hell for unrepentant sinners?

  139. notafan

    My Maxda CX5 internal lady does a wonderful job telling me about speed limits and red light cameras in a timely fashion.

    She doesn’t keep up with school holidays but none of us are perfect.

  140. mh

    Donald J. Trump

    @realDonaldTrump
    Everyone is asking how Tiger played yesterday. The answer is Great! He was long, straight & putted fantastically well. He shot a 64. Tiger is back & will be winning Majors again! Not surprisingly, Jack also played really well. His putting is amazing! Jack & Tiger like each other.

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  141. min

    Germany spent 500 billion euros to transition to renewables , energy prices up , emissions up, energy poverty up and industrialists threatening to leave . Surely someone can ask the question what will Australia do to avoid same fate. Oh and the renewables are falling to pieces and nowhere to put the rubbish .

  142. Farmer Gez

    Interspersed with this visible wealth, the envy of less happier lands, are buses, trucks and the vans and utes of tradies.

    Not really sure of the meaning of this phrase but I doubt the tradies and truckies would want any of the cars you describe.

    Flash cars are a dead waste of money most times and you lose a packet as soon as they leave the showroom.
    I’ve driven on the open speed freeways in Europe and it’s a crying shame to see the racehorses you describe trickling along at 50-60 Kmh most of their life.

    Range Rovers in the city is just plain silly.

  143. Overburdened

    https://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/bob-brown-spearheads-antiadani-convoy/news-story/4fe01e0e89360e93b90494cda3b57f77

    Having been to the area where the Adani mine is proposed I can confirm it is a very long way over miles of nothing much and mountains with no water course from there to the coast.

    The barrier reef story is made up bullshit.

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