Monday Forum: May 21, 2019

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  1. Eyrie

    “Will New Zealand Accept Thousands of Progressive Aussie Climate Refugees?”
    I hope they do. They won’t vote here and they can’t for a year in NZ. Win-win.
    Time for voting rights for CITIZENS only.

  2. John64

    Lilley moves to within 840 votes.

    It would be a hoot to see Goose Swansteen’s seat fall as well.

    The Goose has been having his own Murdoch666/Palmer666 meltdown on Twitter over the past few days.

  3. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Windows 10 gives me a different picture on my login screen daily. A scene from somewhere in the world of greater and lesser sights. This evening’s image?

    Sydney skyscape, taken from over Manly.

    Is it a message?

    No windmills sighted, as yet.

  4. Empire 5:5

    Do the right thing and sign the petition. Wind for Warringah. You know it makes sense.

    https://www.change.org/p/zali-steggall-wind-farms-for-warringah

  5. Leigh Lowe

    The Libs may not win Lilley, but taking up Alan Jones point, it opens up another defensive marginal front for the Liars in 2022.

  6. jupes

    Let’s hope Molan gets back and rips them off entirely

    Molan is a hopeless fraud.

    Wasn’t too long ago he was on tele talking up Turnbull’s NEG.

    Fuckwit.

  7. John64

    Wayne Swan
    @SwannyQLD
    Whatever mistakes Labor made, we know democracy is under threat when an individual can spend $60m with a revolving preference deal to steal an election – and it happened.

  8. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Greens in warning to Labor on climate, Adani

    exclusive
    Ben Packham
    Political Reporter
    3 minutes ago May 22, 2019
    3 Comments

    The Greens have warned Labor it will face a “brutal” campaign in key inner-city seats if it shifts to the Right on climate change and the Adani mine under a new leader in an effort to reconnect with blue-collar workers.

    As Labor contemplates a return to the political centre and a more pro-jobs stance on coalmining after its electoral drubbing in Queensland, Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt flagged a fresh ­attack on the ALP’s Left flank, including Anthony Albanese’s seat of Grayndler.

    “If Labor lurches to the Right under new leadership and back-pedals on climate and Adani, the Greens will mount a fierce inner-city push to represent voters abandoned on the Left,” Mr Bandt said.

    Mr Albanese, Labor’s likely next leader, has flagged a push to reconnect with voters in regional Australia, earning the endorsement of senior NSW Right MP Joel Fitzgibbon, who said the party was punished for “fence-sitting” on issues like the Adani coalmine.

    Mr Bandt, who received a nearly 6 per cent swing towards him on Saturday in his seat of Melbourne, said inner-city voters would punish Labor if it endorsed the Adani mine and backed away from its environmental pledges, including its vow to slash carbon emissions by 50 per cent.

    From the Oz. So the Greens will toss Teddy out of the pram and stamp their tiny feet….

  9. Cassie of Sydney

    “Leigh Lowe
    #3022897, posted on May 22, 2019 at 8:33 pm
    The Libs may not win Lilley, but taking up Alan Jones point, it opens up another defensive marginal front for the Liars in 2022.”

    Yes…the future for the Liberal party is in winning seats in the outer suburbs…it is no longer in seats like Warringah, Wentworth and Higgins. I’m not saying that the Liberal party shouldn’t contest these seats but they have to look for votes from working and middle Australians…..from real people.

  10. vr

    The far left Washington Post sings a different tune on San Francisco.

    How San Francisco broke America’s heart

  11. DrBeauGan

    My solution was to bring out a couple of the best climate scientists in the world to meet with scomo, the treasurer, greg fucking hunt and to fortify the message Malcolm Roberts will be shouting.

    Politicians will listen politely and ignore them. They aren’t interested in the truth, only in what the ignorant voter thinks is the truth. You need to get at them via voters.

  12. Indolent

    Now you’re talking
    Who would ever have thought, cost benefit for climate rules. What next.

  13. Leigh Lowe

    Wayne Swan
    @SwannyQLD
    Whatever mistakes Labor made, we know democracy is under threat when an individual can spend $60m with a revolving preference deal to steal an election – and it happened

    Swansteen is complaining about GetUp.

  14. Fisky

    Morrison on track to win the 2PP by 3 points, 78 seats clear with Cowan and Lilley edging closer to the abyss. An absolute shellacking in the circumstances. I’ve never seen an election with the Left feeling more broken than this. They are totally shellshocked, much worse than 2013. The return of Dutton, the fall of Phelps and Banks, etc, plus GetUp’s! total failure has crushed them spiritually.

  15. John Constantine

    Spend money to steal an election?.

    Complaining about Soros?.

    Or the Tyrants one belt one road one vote loanshark scheme?.

    Comrades.

  16. Infidel Tiger

    And they are not learning any lessons!

  17. areff

    Molan is a hopeless fraud.

    True, he’s not perfect. But Photios and Co., are worse, so wrecking the plan for their latest top-of-the-ticket hacks makes him useful.

  18. Tel

    The Greens have warned Labor it will face a “brutal” campaign in key inner-city seats if it shifts to the Right on climate change and the Adani mine under a new leader in an effort to reconnect with blue-collar workers.

    There are no blue-collar workers in inner city seats. The only people doing blue-collar jobs like cleaning, bar-tending and deliveries can’t afford to live in the inner city.

    That means there’s no way to simultaneously appeal to both blue collar workers and inner city electorates.

    As for this goofy “shifts to the Right on climate change” business, well the climate change schtick has never been to the advantage of blue-collar workers ever, and it never will so in terms of a Marxist class analysis, everything “climate change” stands for is bourgeois. One you see the so called “right wing” as supporters of working people, you might as well give up on Marxism completely.

  19. Leigh Lowe

    Yes…the future for the Liberal party is in winning seats in the outer suburbs…it is no longer in seats like Warringah, Wentworth and Higgins. I’m not saying that the Liberal party shouldn’t contest these seats but they have to look for votes from working and middle Australians…..from real people.

    Abbott summarised it beautifully.
    When Cloimate Change is framed as a moral issue (read luxury commodity/guilt trip), the Libs do badly.
    When it is framed as an economic issue (your power bills are going up … oh, and your job is going) the Libs do well.
    It’s the economy, stoopid.

  20. Fisky

    To gauge just how crushed the Left are, here’s two data points:

    -the absence of m0nster, which didn’t even happen after the great enTrumpening of 2016
    John Kwiggan‘s total bewilderment and inability to formulate a response at all…

    I can’t see any useful contribution I can make to Australian politics for the moment, though I’m happy to take suggestions. Serious policy development is going to be off the agenda for some time, and I’ve got nothing new to say about political strategy or day-to-day politics.

    Total defeat and surrender!

  21. John Constantine

    First day of the rest of the war.

    The left lost shortens safe trucks payoffs to the Big Trucks oligarchs/teamsters union cartel.

    Their yarragrad leftist orcs introduce victorian safe trucks legislation and the TWU promises to strike until the economy is gridlocked to create the super cartel.

    Comrades.

  22. Leigh Lowe

    The Greens have warned Labor it will face a “brutal” campaign in key inner-city seats if it shifts to the Right on climate change and the Adani mine under a new leader in an effort to reconnect with blue-collar workers.

    Trooble in paradise.

  23. Steve trickler

    Nice work, Avi.



  24. Tel

    I’ve never seen an election with the Left feeling more broken than this. They are totally shellshocked, much worse than 2013.

    Yup.

    A sense of entitlement can become your own worst enemy when suddenly you don’t get what you didn’t have but what you kind of knew should have rightly been yours already.

    Hmmm … a better language would use a single word to explain all that.

  25. John Constantine

    The first day of the rest of their war.

    Their media announce the Tories must listen to the media and labor and come together in a bipartisan manner on important issues.

    Comrades.

  26. JC

    The Greens have warned Labor it will face a “brutal” campaign in key inner-city seats if it shifts to the Right on climate change and the Adani mine under a new leader in an effort to reconnect with blue-collar workers.

    The Liars are really boxed in and then there’s Big Fat Clive spending $60 million next time around to hurt them.

  27. Cassie of Sydney

    “I’ve never seen an election with the Left feeling more broken than this. They are totally shellshocked, much worse than 2013.”

    And it’s so beautiful to watch. I’m enjoying every minute of it.

  28. Leigh Lowe

    I can’t see any useful contribution I can make to Australian politics for the moment, though I’m happy to take suggestions. Serious policy development is going to be off the agenda for some time, and I’ve got nothing new to say about political strategy or day-to-day politics.

    That is like Julian Clary telling me he is withholding sexual favours from me.
    It isn’t causing me a lot of grief.

  29. Tel

    the absence of m0nster, which didn’t even happen after the great enTrumpening of 2016

    It was so good … I just enjoyed it without giving due thanks.

  30. Frank

    The question is what amount of responsive or even proactive violence is acceptable to wrenchingly protesting greenies, bearing in mind some of them will be photogenic children.

    Superglue them to the pavement and leave. They like that.

  31. JC

    I’ve never seen an election with the Left feeling more broken than this. They are totally shellshocked, much worse than 2013.

    It’s great stuff. But watch Morrison totally fuck it up by appointing some leftwing troll right off the bat. You know he wants to.

    Our work is done when a rightwing PM attempts to mollify the Cat right off the bat and says so.

  32. Look

    LL
    Swansteen forgot to mention Shortone’s TWU.
    FMD “stealing an election”
    To think that that ocean going idiot was treasurer.

  33. Leigh Lowe

    mOnster claimed to be nervous at 6:07 pm on Saturday.
    I think he was preparing for the declaration of a narrow Liars win and calling it a Great Victory.
    MIA since then as far as I know.

  34. JC

    You know, it’s still hard to believe the result. The Hotline has been going full bore since midnight Saturday. Non stop…

    A truly incredible result. I used to question the shy tory vote believing it to be untrue. But it really is the real thing.

  35. Leigh Lowe

    I’ve never seen an election with the Left feeling more broken than this. They are totally shellshocked, much worse than 2013.

    Wait until Albo gets interviewd about franking credits and negative gearing and says “dead , buried, cremated”.
    Then flies to Queensland to turn the first sod on Adani.
    Popcorn.

  36. cohenite

    Politicians will listen politely and ignore them. They aren’t interested in the truth, only in what the ignorant voter thinks is the truth. You need to get at them via voters.

    Yep which is why Spencer and Christy will do the media and meet the public rounds; they’re both experienced having made a number of presentations to Senate and House committees in the US. But seeing scomo and the rest of them will lesson their wriggle room because 2 of the best will have told them.

  37. But watch Morrison totally fuck it up by appointing some leftwing troll right off the bat.

    He could appoint Shorten to the position of “Special Ambassador to Gnome,Alaska”.

    Suggestions welcome.

  38. Notafan

    Greens might increase their seats to four.

    Let’s hope they spend big in Wentworth and Warringah next time.

    Mr Wotif (makes his money from fossil fuel via the travel industry) and a couple of other true believers will chip in.

    Labor nicely wedged.

    Backflipping on the greatest moral issues of our generation is going to be an awesome look.

    I don’t believe Shorten had any sincere belief in climate change as THE issue (or on any other) it was just what he thought would win them the youth vote.

    Not enough.

  39. Leigh Lowe

    A truly incredible result. I used to question the shy tory vote believing it to be untrue. But it really is the real thing.

    No, no, not real.
    The Age splained it away today.
    Not Trump.
    Not Brexit.
    No, no, no.
    Not happening.

  40. Leigh Lowe

    He could appoint Shorten to the position of “Special Ambassador to Gnome,Alaska”.

    Unlimited floatplane travel.

  41. Indolent

    Hmmm … a better language would use a single word to explain all that.

    Hubris

  42. JC

    You know, it’s still hard to believe the result. The Hotline has been going full bore since midnight Saturday. Non stop…

    A truly incredible result. I used to question the shy tory vote believing it to be untrue. But it really is the real thing.

    Fisky
    #3022907, posted on May 22, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Morrison on track to win the 2PP by 3 points, 78 seats clear with Cowan and Lilley edging closer to the abyss.

    Which means I am possibly the closest prediction – calling it 18 seats in favor of the Libs. 80 libs, 65 Liars and 5 riff raff.

    I won the spread prediction as I called 18 libs!

  43. Armadillo

    Parties with Conservative values need to start targeting Green “strongholds”.

    Offence rather than defence. Clive would have made a real difference if he had thrown his millions into trying to smash some sense into Victoristan. Throw $50 million in advertising at those fuckers next time.

    Target THEIR seats. Make them desperate to defend them. At least the nutters would leave the rest of the country alone.

    The ideal situation is to put up candidates claiming to want to save the environment. Once elected, vote for coal.

    They can’t get rid of you in the Senate for 6 years.

  44. Frank

    I used to question the shy tory vote believing it to be untrue.

    Also the not shy but fan of trolling vote, particularly with regards to psephologists.

  45. John64

    He could appoint Shorten to the position of “Special Ambassador to Gnome,Alaska”. Suggestions welcome.

    President of the Fairwork Commission?

  46. LNP insider

    Swan, Plibbers and Wong claiming Palmer preferences stole the election is wrong. Any journalist with half a brain would immediately ask what seats did preferences steal off them.

    There isn’t one seat that Labor were leading and the Coalition caught them on preferences. Swan and co are outright lying.

  47. Armadillo

    Don’t think the Greens haven’t used that strategy. Appear to be sane.

  48. JC

    Parties with Conservative values need to start targeting Green “strongholds”.

    Sure, that theory would work a treat in Fitzroy and Carlton. I’m “which” you (as they say in Harlem).

  49. Boambee John

    This means that the first preference tally across the country is stronger for the centre Left than it is for the centre Right. (Add ALP + Green – total is 5388912).

    That Numbers regardscthe Slime as “centre left” says much about his political beliefs.

  50. Come to think of it, Tits would make a reasonable garden gnome.
    Just add concrete around the feet.

    /NADT

  51. John Constantine

    TWU (Vic/Tas Branch) secretary and national vice-president John Berger said the new rules would prevent unsafe driving and be like a pressure valve releasing for owner-drivers.

    “We have been campaigning for a very long time for these changes and they are a big win for road safety, our members and for this union,” Mr Berger said.

    “Currently, dodgy hire companies, competition for work and a lack of regulation mean undercutting is rife and this system only rewards drivers who speed, run red lights, skip fatigue breaks, not maintain vehicles and take drugs to stay awake.”

    The bill also requires 30-day payment terms for owner-drivers in the transport industry and harvesting and haulage contractors in the forestry industry.

    “The introduction of this bill is welcome news for small trucking businesses and would require invoices from owner-drivers to be paid within 30 days of receipt,” ATA CEO Ben Maguire said.

    “Small businesses make up 98 per cent of the trucking industry. They are not banks, they cannot afford to extend finance to large customers.

    “Mandating 30-day payment terms is a practical measure that would support Australia’s owner-drivers and should be extended nationally.”

    Mr Maguire said the ATA during the federal election campaign was pressing for 30-day payment terms to be rolled out across Australia .

    “This is a national issue that requires national leadership

    TWU gets victorian puppets to introduce shortens safe trucks legislation in a state by state march for a super teamsters union.

  52. JC

    Swan and co are outright lying.

    Shane Wand wouldn’t be lying. He’s as thick as a short plank and would very much believe his hallucinations.

  53. Frank

    I note Nick McKim has signed that Windmills for Warringah petition.

  54. Leigh Lowe

    Which means I am possibly the closest prediction – calling it 18 seats in favor of the Libs. 80 libs, 65 Liars and 5 riff raff.

    I won the spread prediction as I called 18 libs!

    Might fall just short.
    I don’t reckon Lilley will fall, but maybe Cowan might.

  55. Frank

    Democracy apparently allows for empowerment via engagement with the political process, how can Clive be doing the wrong thing. That’s how it is meant to work.

  56. JC

    Democracy apparently allows for empowerment via engagement with the political process, how can Clive be doing the wrong thing. That’s how it is meant to work.

    Big Fat Clive may induce other fat cats to spend money like he did in next erections. I reckon those dicks from the tech company may end up getting involved in some way.

    Question though… Is there a limit on how much a person can spend independently supporting a party of an idea? I don’t think there’s a law and it could be gotten around in some way.

  57. Empire 5:5

    Wayne Swan
    @SwannyQLD
    Whatever mistakes Labor made, we know democracy is under threat when an individual can spend $60m with a revolving preference deal to steal an election – and it happened.

    Man up the phones, JC.

    Sooner or later Wandy is gonna find out his masters spent USD 50M+ and maybe four years trying on a much more sophisticated ruse and it failed. He’s got just enough cognitive HP to realise he’s an inept liability, will get the yips and reckon he’s been short listed for a heart attack.

    “Hi – my name is Shane.”
    “I’ve been waiting for you, Mr Wand.”

  58. Steve trickler

    Sydney – 1966.



  59. None

    Did I not tell you after the child care frauds that NDIS was next?

    Million-dollar fraud arrests
    An organised crime syndicate cheated the National Disability Insurance scheme out of millions, police say.

  60. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Hotline has been going full bore since midnight Saturday.

    Add a travel service to the Hotline, specializing in Kiwiland, Cuba and Venezula.
    You’ll rake it in JC.

  61. Armadillo

    The Greens and Labor have “made a deal” to usurp power.

    If commonsense prevailed, those on the Conservative side of politics would be able to sit at the table and smash the left into oblivion. Target THEIR seats, one by one. Make some compromises.

    The Greens/Labor/Union/ Media Coalition have no qualms about it.

  62. Armadillo

    Tony Abbott got smashed. There is a lesson there. No one is immune.

  63. Armadillo

    John Howard got smashed.

  64. C.L.

    Mmm. Mm. The Queensland Premier is today “fed up” with Adani delays.
    So all the blackthroating of the project was a textbook case of if only the führer knew.
    But now she has been briefed, she’s livid.
    What is that mannequin-like thing beneath that omnibus, you ask.
    That would be Jackie Trad.

  65. Frank

    The Hotline has been going full bore since midnight Saturday.

    Time for a free courtesy bus to the Gap in Sydney perhaps.

  66. Empire 5:5

    Frank
    #3022952, posted on May 22, 2019 at 9:16 pm
    I note Nick McKim has signed that Windmills for Warringah petition.

    We are blessed with stupidest of enemies. Watch them eat themselves.

  67. Pedro the Ignorant

    A question for the ages.

    You live in a tiny little one bedroom dogbox for which you paid about fifteen years of your total salary, in the middle of a stinking noisy high rise concrete jungle, too scared to leave the dump after dark because of the roaming gangs of feral reffos waiting to rob or kill you and the Federal elections pop up on your iPhone calendar.

    You venture out of the air conditioned tower, waddle to the nearest polling booth and make your mark and vote for the local Commo masquerading as a Green, who is oozing concern about “da environment, and the cute fluffy animals”.

    You haven’t seen a tree or a square meter of grass outside of the dinky little public park built on top of a former rubbish tip two kilometres down the bus route.

    Why, in the name of all that’s holy, would even dream of voting for these drongos?

    Got me stuffed.

  68. johanna

    Lionel Bowen was my Minister briefly in the eighties. The briefs that went up to him came back very closely annotated with advice by his Chief of Staff, one Brian Burdekin, former student politician who used to pop up fairly regularly in the eighties in political or ’cause-oriented’ organisation and movements.

    It almost looked like Burdekin was Bowen’s puppet-master. .

    Des, Brian Burdekin was the author of the report which caused the NSW government to empty out the inmates of mental institutions onto the streets in the 1980s. Typical caring leftie, he caused untold misery to those unfortunate people, many of whom ended up homeless or in jail or just plain dead. That was the hugely influential Burdekin Report. Burdekin went on marching through the institutions of human rights bodies and academia, where I think he still roosts to this day.

    I don’t think Lionel Bowen was very bright either. He was just part of the Eastern Suburbs ALP mafia which included Laurie Brereton and Bob Carr. Safe seats and Ministries came to the anointed by right and inheritance, and Bowen was one of them. He started out as Mayor of Randwick Council, a position later occupied by his son. He then became the State MP and later the Federal MP for the area. His bailiwick was renowned for branch stacking, corruption, all the usual stuff. He was just a hack, really.

  69. Cpt Seahawks

    I just went to put my fourth bet on UK Politics/Tommy Robinson becomes MEP, and Sportsbet seem to have closed the market.

  70. Armadillo

    It works in reverse.

  71. JC

    Will the retard who beat Abbott end up joining the libs? I thought that was a rumor discussed at the Cat a few days ago.

  72. Infidel Tiger

    nottrampis says:
    MAY 21, 2019 AT 8:09 PM
    put me in the ALP will win comfortably in three years time.
    Morrison’s tax cuts after the 2022 election are hugely expensive. The budget forward projections have them being paid by expenditure falling to absurdly low levels.

    Like Paul Keating before him he will be hoisted on his own petard.

    Add in being unable to use fiscal policy as the economy slows and irony simply accelerates.

    climate change will be to be fore and we can assume units from coal fired power stations will drop out on very hot days leading to predictable drop outs. Both solar PV and windpower will be considerably cheaper that old coal fired power. too easy

    Homer is indefatigable.

  73. Bruce of Newcastle

    Parties with Conservative values need to start targeting Green “strongholds”.

    I like the idea of car free zones like the Mayor of London does.
    Make them petrol free zones for Gaia and close the service stations.
    Put in lots of electric charging stations @ $1 kWh tariff.
    Watching all the greens sitting waiting, waiting for their cars to recharge would be entertaining.

  74. Geriatric Mayfly

    An organised crime syndicate cheated the National Disability Insurance scheme out of millions, police say.

    May have been lots of disabled goats put up as claimants, so the suggestion goes.

  75. C.L.

    Chris Bowen quits leadership contest.
    Well that was quick.
    Albo it is, by acclamation.

  76. dover_beach

    It was rather lovely this evening sitting outside watching the moonrise by a roaring fire without a second thought for any purported climate catastrophe.

  77. Leigh Lowe

    The Hotline has been going full bore since midnight Saturday.

    Be helpful.
    Give practical guidance.
    Jumping from the Westgate can only be done from Pier 24 on. Possibly fatal but no guarantees, and certainly not spectacular.
    Bolte bridge is also problematic. Unless you are a lithe North Melbourne half-back, getting over the rails is tough. And, really, do you want to give Henry Bolte any incidental publicity?
    I suggest they jump off a CFMEU building site.
    The bruvvers will be able to claim an allowance.

  78. Frank

    Albo it is, by acclamation.

    Shorten is a tactical genius isn’t he. He has been working the phones to ensure he didn’t get the gig since the weekend. Compound loser.

  79. 132andBush


    Will the retard who beat Abbott end up joining the libs? I thought that was a rumor discussed at the Cat a few days ago.

    There’s still a large mob of hand wringing wets in the Libs so it’s odds on .

  80. JC

    Homer is indefatigable.

    God’s honor, I’ve never read a worse commenter on economics in Ozblogdom. Paxton is the worst.

    There’s never an time, when he’s talking swill, he doesn’t bring up fiscal policy – as though the imbecile would even know anything about it even if he fell over it. The absolute worst.
    This is the idiot who believed Skanky ho was an Asian warlord’s mistress.

  81. Armadillo

    I just went to put my fourth bet on UK Politics/Tommy Robinson becomes MEP, and Sportsbet seem to have closed the market.

    Is he eligible to become a MEP? Criminal conviction and all?

    A bit like Sportsbet putting up odds on various Australian politicians @ 20/1. Daffy Duck would be a better bet.

  82. Empire 5:5

    Will the retard who beat Abbott end up joining the libs? I thought that was a rumor discussed at the Cat a few days ago.

    Windmills for Warringah. She has no leverage.

  83. Leigh Lowe

    Will the retard who beat Abbott end up joining the libs? I thought that was a rumor discussed at the Cat a few days ago.

    No.
    They don’t need her.
    Oxygen starvation is the tactic.
    I suggest ScoMo sends a junior staffer around with a couple of Wyatt Roy’s half finished comfort colouring books as a “Welcome to Irrelevancy” present.

  84. C.L.

    It was rather lovely this evening sitting outside watching the moonrise by a roaring fire without a second thought for any purported climate catastrophe.

    Dover = Nazi.

  85. Armadillo

    This is the idiot who believed Skanky ho was an Asian warlord’s mistress.

    LOL.

  86. C.L.

    The Skanky Ho excuse from Homer was – singularly – the worst spin-explanation ever conceived in the history of the Australian blogosphere.

    However … he was defending Latham and, from today’s perspective, that aint so bad.

  87. JC

    Artie

    Don’t do that. Don’t mention Paxton again as it just makes me angry the moron has Australian citizenship.

  88. JC

    C.L.
    #3022992, posted on May 22, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    The Skanky Ho excuse from Homer was – singularly – the worst spin-explanation ever conceived in the history of the Australian blogosphere.

    He defended it for years!

  89. Armadillo

    Arky, enough baiting. Not watching it. No one is.

  90. Leigh Lowe

    dover_beach

    #3022981, posted on May 22, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    It was rather lovely this evening sitting outside watching the moonrise by a roaring fire without a second thought for any purported climate catastrophe.

    FFS, mate, get it right.
    It is not a “roaring fire”.
    It is a “carbon liberation ceremony to honour tribal elders .”

  91. Knuckle Dragger

    Queen of the Ladyboys Adam Bandt says the Greens will be bwutal and fierce, should they sense that the smacked-down ALP is backing away from their particular brand of insanity.

    Fierce like their Barton candidate Mr Parisi, who dyed his hair white to make him look over 18 and hid behind women to swear at Christians?

    Oh no. Don’t, please. Oh dear. Glory be.

    Pick any country Vic under 16 team, and they’d lay waste to the entirety of Fitzroy North and Carlton in an hour and a half. There’d be hacked-off ginger beards held aloft as trophies as far as the eye could see.

  92. JC

    He was banned from Blair’s blog by his door bitch (Blair’s) for stupidity. Fisk banned him for stupidity and Sinc couldn’t take it anymore.

  93. C.L.

    I don’t think Lionel Bowen was very bright either.

    He was a plonker. The only reason Hawke’s cabinet is so loftily lionised is that they weren’t Whitlam’s lunatics. And the only reason they succeeded with the good stuff is that the LNP didn’t oppose what they were doing (and in fact, the Liberal Dries came up with most of the policies in the 70s). I respected Peter Walsh. He was the brain; Keating was the carnival barker.

  94. Infidel Tiger

    Skan-Kee Ho is one of the greatest things that has ever happened.

    Homer died in a ditch for that spin.

    Bravo.

  95. Jessie

    One would have thought their Ethical Standards unit would have dealt with this anomaly [much] earlier.

    Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk orders probe into hiring of anti-coal activist
    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ordered an investigation into her government’s hiring of an anti-coal activist as a top policy adviser to the state’s environment department.

    The Australian revealed this morning that former Queensland Conservation Council head Tim Seelig was given special treatment in applying for the role, after he missed the cut-off date for applications.…………………
    Source The Australian

  96. Cpt Seahawks

    I just went to put my fourth bet on UK Politics/Tommy Robinson becomes MEP, and Sportsbet seem to have closed the market.

    Is he eligible to become a MEP? Criminal conviction and all?

    A bit like Sportsbet putting up odds on various Australian politicians @ 20/1. Daffy Duck would be a better bet.

    In terms of eligible, I assume Sportsbet would work that out. Daffy would win against Tredeau.

  97. Leigh Lowe

    I note Nick McKim has signed that Windmills for Warringah petition.

    Hmmm.
    I think I saw Mick Trumble as well.
    Could be some stage names there.

  98. Top Ender

    Elton John movie and tour getting lotsa free PR.

    Didn’t he get married to a lady in Sydney or something?

    Can’t say the music is as good as Queen’s.

    Elton John biopic Rocketman a brutally honest look at his soaring success and downward spiral
    Michele Manelis, Film writer, Herald Sun

    When Elton John agreed to make his biopic Rocketman, he knew he was going to have to show the good and the bad, no matter how painful it was going to be.

    In a career of more than 50 years as one of the most beloved and successful musicians of his, or any other generation, the larger-than-life star born Reginald Kenneth Dwight has had plenty of both.

    Among the dizzying highs are the 300 million albums he has sold, a string of instantly recognisable hits, more awards than you can count (five Grammys and Oscar and a Tony among them) and a live career that is only now starting to draw to a close with a hugely successful tour of Australia at the end of the year.

    The lows included a crippling drug addiction that nearly ended his life, bulimia and mental illness as he wrestled with his sexuality and tried to hide it away from a world that wouldn’t accept a gay rock star.

    “It’s a fantasy movie but what happens in the movie is what happened” he says of Rocketman, which was directed by Bohemian Rhapsody’s Dexter Fletcher, co-produced by John’s longtime partner David Furnish and stars Taron Egerton as the flamboyant pop great.

    “Success was fantastic and then I couldn’t cope with it and you can’t leave out the bad. David made a documentary about me many years ago called Tantrums and Tiaras which was really, really true to life and I wanted this to be the same.

    “This is how my life was, and I didn’t want to cover it and gloss it over. And it’s difficult to watch and it’s difficult to watch because I thought’ God, I don’t want to go back there, thank God I came out of it’. Thank God there was redemption, thank God I had the intuition and the help to get me out of that place.”

    Filmmaker Furnish, who has been with John since 1993, pays tribute to his partner’s honesty in having his story told and believes others can benefit from some of the difficult topics handled in Rocketman.

    “He is sober now and coming up on 29 years,” Furnish says.

    “That is an inspirational thing to share with other people. Addiction and mental illness are big issues that we deal with in our society today and people are ashamed to talk about them, and they think they are fearful things, and actually the more honest and open you are about your own experience, it inspires other people.”

    Rocketman, which traces John’s journey from a difficult and largely loveless childhood, through his years as a musical prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music and then his literally glittering musical career has been nearly two decades in the making.

    An early version had Justin Timberlake in the frame to play John, Tom Hardy was attached to another attempt about five years ago, before producers finally settled on Fletcher and Kingsman star Egerton, who also does his own singing in the film.

    John says the feeling of watching his own biopic was strange, but was astonished and impressed by how completely Egerton disappeared into the role.

    “It was odd to see myself being portrayed, but then it was so like myself that I didn’t think it was an actor playing me,” John says.

    “Which is the biggest compliment that I could possibly pay him, because it was extraordinary. And his singing and everything about it, I was just absolutely amazed and astonished by the way he acted, because he became me.”

    John looks back now on his childhood in conservative 1950s Britain as a time lived in terror, from which music was his escape.

    He says his parents (played by Steve Mackintosh and Bryce Dallas Howard in Rocketman) stayed together to avoid the stigma and shame of divorce and for his education — but really only made things worse.

    “It was just as hard for them as it was for me,” he says.

    “But I was in fear. There’s a scene in the film where my dad says ‘take your hands off the table’. And that was how it was. If I made a noise eating celery, I got told off. So if you are walking on eggshells all your life, you find something that’s comforting.

    “I found comfort in music. And my grandmother, I had something to turn to, I had music, and that was joyous. My poor parents just argued all the time and as I say, I’m so glad they did find love away from each other, because if they hadn’t, it would have been awful for them.”

    John says he’s determined not to make the same mistakes with his life and family.

    He and Furnish have two children together, eight-year-old Zachary and six-year-old Elijah, and he says it’s the love of his family that keeps the occasional “dark side” he still experiences from time to time as a performer at bay.

    “When my children are around, I never feel dark,” John says.

    “And when I got sober, I wouldn’t have said I would be in a relationship for 25 years, I never thought that would happen. I couldn’t last with any relationship because drugs came into it.

    “You can’t have a relationship where drugs and alcohol are in it, it’s impossible. But once I stopped, I have been with him for 25 years, I have an eight year old and a six year old child, I would never have guessed in a million years this would ever happen to me.”

    Far from underplaying John’s sexuality, as recent Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was accused of doing to Freddie Mercury, Rocketman is being celebrated as the first major Hollywood production to show gay male sex on-screen.

    John says he fought hard to have it included, arguing that it was essential to show a pivotal moment in his life when he finally consummated his dysfunctional relationship with then-manager John Reid (played by Game Of Thrones star Richard Madden).

    “I was desperate to be loved, I was desperate to have a tactile relationship or something,” he says.

    “And when they tear their clothes off, that was how it happened. It was in San Francisco actually. I’m so glad it’s in there because I am a gay man and I didn’t want to airbrush it under the carpet. This is who I am and I was so joyous.

    “And I think that is the fact that it is the first major studio film with a gay love sex scene in it, I am proud of that. But it is part of my story, if I had left it out, I would have felt so stupid and I would have felt I was cheating people.”

    WATCH Rocketman opens May 30, with previews this weekend.

  99. mh

    I took a call at work a couple of years back from a member of the public reporting the wrongdoings of Albo. It ended up being how he was hushing up the activities of illegal massage operators once the cops were getting a sniff. I lodged the report, but I mentioned it to my manager for my own amusement and was told nothing would happen with it because it had veered into corruption, which was not us.

  100. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘WATCH Rocketman’

    No.

  101. JC

    Fisk posted this about 10 years at the Cat.

    Here’s Andrea Harris, trying to explain American culture to Homer. I’m afraid she didn’t make much headway:

    Goddammit Homer you stupid fucking prick. I am so sick of asshole idiots like you coming here and dumping your amnesiac assholish idiocy. Here, sear it into your fucking brain (if you have one) is the entire explanation of “display” turkeys in a cafeteria buffet setting: It is customary to make a “display” turkey which is a real goddamn turkey which is yes, cooked in a real goddamn oven, to put on the main table or sideboard or someplace where people can see it. This “display” turkey is not for cutting up, serving, and eating. The turkey that is for eating purposes has already been prepared and is in the warming trays in the buffet line. The “display” turkey is for decorative purposes.

    Now here is what obviously occurred in this particular setting, i.e., the Thanksgiving buffet in Iraq at which Mr. Bush was present. He picked up the display turkey, made a joke about it, someone took his picture. THAT’S. IT. No conspiracy, no “he brought a plastic turkey on the plane,” no “the soldiers didn’t get any food, all they got was a plastic turkey, cruel, cruel, president.” This is obvious to anyone with half a working brain cell. What is also obvious is that you, Homer Paxton, are a useless wad of protoplasm that has somehow managed to grow a pseudopod that can manipulate a keyboard and a mouse, and if you make ONE MORE STUPID “I AM GOING TO BE CONTRARY ON TIM BLAIR’S BLOG BECAUSE I AM A PIGHEADED IDIOT” useless comment I will fucking ban you.Jerk.

  102. Arky

    Arky, enough baiting. Not watching it. No one is.

    ..
    Untrue.
    27 bored, I mean people, have already watched that old guy pressing the kingpins.
    I stuffed up the edit on the steam engine.
    Fixed.
    Here it is.
    Not for encased rodents:


  103. Leigh Lowe

    . I respected Peter Walsh. He was the brain; Keating was the carnival barker.

    If Peter Walsh ran today he would be “Alt-Right”.

  104. Jessie

    and reading further Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk orders probe into hiring of anti-coal activist am led to wonder on Ethical Standards work or lack thereof at our THIRD tier of activity :- local government. Ex-Mayor Campbell Newman was hated, after ridding Brisbane City Council of excess staff -10,000 down to ?X and now back near the same number of protected population green and red throated feathered staff.

    The documents also show that Mr Seelig — who campaigned against Campbell Newman in the 2015 state election while working for the Wilderness Society — overcame a “must have” selection criterion that specified the applic­ant be “apolitical — both politic­ally and advocacy related”.

  105. Knuckle Dragger

    Jerk seems to be a much nastier insult in the US than here.

    Jerk-off, even nastier. This gives me pause for thought on the linguistic nuances of our common language.

  106. Armadillo

    In terms of eligible, I assume Sportsbet would work that out. Daffy would win against Tredeau.

    I think it was Barnaby as “next Prime Minister” Sportsbet had up. Rather difficult to win considering he’s a National and not a Liberal. Deputy PM is the best he can hope for.

  107. Slayer of Memes

    ANyone else catch the Soapypossum on ABC’s #TehDumb talking about how Labor went to the last election with a “comprehensive social democratic distributive agenda”…?

    What the fuck? Shades of ‘programmatic specificity’… Did he borrow Kevni’s thesaurus?

    Also why call it a “comprehensive social democratic distributive agenda”…

    Is it so they can prevent the proles from finding out exactly what their policies were intended to do… take money from hard-working people and distribute it to the lazy, shiftless bludgers who flat out refuse to lift a finger to help themselves….

  108. mh

    Sportsbet have Trump @2.10

    Beteasy now have Trump @2.05

    Not much going wrong for Trump at the moment.

  109. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    51m
    Much of the Wall being built at the Southern Border is a complete demolition and rebuilding of old and worthless barriers with a brand new Wall and footings. Problem is, the Haters say that is not a new Wall, but rather a renovation. Wrong, and we must build where most needed….Also, tremendous work is being done on pure renovation – fixing existing Walls that are in bad condition and ineffective, and bringing them to a very high standard!

  110. Armadillo

    This gives me pause for thought on the linguistic nuances of our common language.

    The Yanks are prudes when it comes to language. Unless you are black. Exhibit A – rap music.

  111. Leigh Lowe

    Knuckle Dragger

    #3022997, posted on May 22, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Queen of the Ladyboys Adam Bandt says the Greens will be bwutal and fierce, should they sense that the smacked-down ALP is backing away from their particular brand of insanity

    Fucking bring it on.
    The Liars have been treating traditional Labor electorates with contempt (dare I say “they don’t matter”), but now they have a choice.
    Hmmm … 6 mining seats in Qld, 2 seats in WA, 2 forestry seats in Tassie … or suck Adam Bandits …
    [LL .. I’ve warned you about this before. Stop it or I will separate you and IT in class … Sinc].

  112. Empire 5:5

    If Peter Walsh ran today he would be “Alt-Right”.

    Misogynist, racist, xenophobe. He would be called all sorts. All bullshit.

  113. Armadillo

    The prison system seems to knock it out of them.

    Sir, Miss and so on.

  114. egg_

    2,968 have signed. Let’s get to 5,000!

    Wind Farms for Warringah!

    Fvck yeah!

  115. Nob

    Steggall unseating Abbott in Warringah will result in a far less conservative and negative, some might say cancerous, influence within the Liberal Party against innovation, technology, youth, women, and climate policy

    https://www.businessinsider.com.au/heres-how-7-aussie-tech-leaders-are-reacting-to-the-morrison-governments-re-election-2019-5

    WTF?
    What exactly was Abbott doing “against innovation”?

    Demented.

    “Innovators” who can’t innovate unless directed by a Department of Innovation headed by a Minister for Innovation.

    What a bunch of useless dropkicks. No wonder Australia can’t compete.

  116. Steve trickler

    Cheers, Arky.

    Our ABC would have chalked up great expense to produce that clip.

  117. Knuckle Dragger

    Hahaaaaaa!

    LL got sprung by teacher!

    Sprung! Sprung! Sprung!

  118. Buccaneer

    ALP not prepared to trust their members to vote on the leadership of their party. Looks like Albo’s Loss last time has made the party room do the numbers internally and stop it going to a vote. Stupid rule anyway, but I notice no one in the media calling them out as being undemocratic.

  119. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    If Peter Walsh ran today he would be “Alt-Right”.

    Misogynist, racist, xenophobe. He would be called all sorts. All bullshit.

    Peter Walsh’s family farmed in the Eastern Wheatbelt – I met him, and heard him speak, and he’s one of two Labor politicians I’d have given the time of day.

  120. Leigh Lowe

    Knuckle Dragger

    #3023027, posted on May 22, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Hahaaaaaa!

    LL got sprung by teacher!

    Sprung! Sprung! Sprung!

    Bullshit anyway.
    It’s Eco.
    Me and IT have been wagging class and smoking Stuyvos out the back and talking footy.
    We share Eco assignments and plagiarise … no-one notices.

  121. Knuckle Dragger

    If you want innovation, watch Shark Tank or something. Driven purely by capitalism. Great stuff.

    These halfwits who need five or six figure grants to provide three people in the country with indecipherable poetry wouldn’t get into the same street, let alone the door to the Tank.

    But they describe themselves as innovative, so there’s that.

  122. Infidel Tiger

    Gary Gray was his son in law and very sensible too.

  123. Armadillo

    Cheers, Arky. Our ABC would have chalked up great expense to produce that clip.

    Still not watching. I sense a trap.

  124. Knuckle Dragger

    I hear Elton John’s a big rugby union fan.

    The Gothic Swamp Donkey must be conflicted on that one.

  125. Roberto

    Albo it is, by acclamation.

    Almost papal.

  126. Leigh Lowe

    “Innovators” who can’t innovate unless directed by a Department of Innovation headed by a Minister for Innovation.

    Exactly.
    “Minister for Innovation” is the world’s greatest contradiction in terms.
    It is an excuse to throw money at clueless suck-holes.

  127. Knuckle Dragger

    Actually, with Albo running Labor there’d be a completely tension-free environment.

    Thai massages for all!
    Jobs!
    Immigration!
    Innovation!
    Agility!
    Dynamicness!

    How much do advisors get paid again? Des?

  128. Jessie

    Worth posting the article written on the sordid affair.
    Sir Samuel Walker Griffith would be turning in his grave.

    Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk orders probe into hiring of anti-coal activist
    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ordered an investigation into her government’s hiring of an anti-coal activist as a top policy adviser to the state’s environment department.

    The Australian revealed this morning that former Queensland Conservation Council head Tim Seelig was given special treatment in applying for the role, after he missed the cut-off date for applications.

    Asked about the hiring in Mackay this morning, Ms Palaszczuk said the matter would be investigated.
    “In relation to that, I’ve been advised that all processes were followed, however, as some concerns have been raised, I’ve asked my Director-General to refer that matter to the Public Service Commission,” she said.

    The Premier said she was advised Dr Seelig had “nothing to do” with “any of those mine processes,” in relation to Adani’s Carmichael coal mine.

    Dr Seelig, a long-time ally of Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, missed the cut-off date for applications last year and later sent his CV directly to the chair of the vetting panel, which then selected him over more than 50 other hopefuls.

    Dr Seelig’s appointment as principal adviser (strategic policy) to director-general Jamie Merrick last July was made just weeks before the Palaszczuk government announced a massive boost to annual funding for the council he ran until joining the Department of Environment.

    Documents obtained by The Australian under right-to-inform­ation laws shed new light on the controversial appointment, which Ms Palasz­czuk said earlier this year followed strict public service recruitm­ent protocols.

    The documents also show that Mr Seelig — who campaigned against Campbell Newman in the 2015 state election while working for the Wilderness Society — overcame a “must have” selection criterion that specified the applic­ant be “apolitical — both politic­ally and advocacy related”.

  129. Pedro the Ignorant

    Did Albo get a new set of teeth?

    Last time I looked at that melon he had fangs like a pommy union rep after a wukkas punch up.

  130. jupes

    Rocketman is being celebrated as the first major Hollywood production to show gay male sex on-screen.

    I’m predicted box office failure.

  131. Top Ender

    The Greens have warned Labor it will face a “brutal” campaign in key inner-city seats if it shifts to the Right on climate change and the Adani mine under a new leader in an effort to reconnect with blue-collar workers.

    As Labor contemplates a return to the political centre and a more pro-jobs stance on coalmining after its electoral drubbing in Queensland, Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt flagged a fresh ­attack on the ALP’s Left flank, including Anthony Albanese’s seat of Grayndler.

    Bring it on cretins. Hear the term “tipping moment”? No-one gives a rats about “climate emergency” and so on any more.

    So last week!

  132. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Last time I looked at that melon he had fangs like a pommy union rep after a wukkas punch up.

    Last time I saw his ugly mug, he was Deputy Prime Minister, and whinging on, on the floor of the House that “all I wanna do is fight Tories.”

  133. JC

    Not true, Ender. We need… the world needs climate justice.

  134. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Rocketman is being celebrated as the first major Hollywood production to show gay male sex on-screen.

    thanks for warning us

  135. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘gay male sex’

    At this juncture I’d like to reiterate my firm support (phrasing [Archer]) for gay marriage.

    As long as both chicks are hot.

  136. Black Ball

    He could appoint Shorten to the position of “Special Ambassador to Gnome,Alaska”.

    Suggestions welcome

    Mawson’s Hut in Antarctica well looked after? Chloe could measure the curtains there.

  137. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    NYT no linky paywalled

    China’s foreign ministry urged countries to treat Chinese companies fairly.

    hahaha that’s rich coming from these thieves

  138. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Pick any country Vic under 16 team, and they’d lay waste to the entirety of Fitzroy North and Carlton in an hour and a half. There’d be hacked-off ginger beards held aloft as trophies as far as the eye could see.

    South Mukinbudin/ East Warralakin Country Woman’s Association could do just as well, if not better.

  139. Steve trickler

    Top notch audio of the Big Boy and 844.



  140. mh

    I wonder if Albo will do a Bowen and hold a presser outside one of his old haunts?

  141. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    mOnster claimed to be nervous at 6:07 pm on Saturday.
    I think he was preparing for the declaration of a narrow Liars win and calling it a Great Victory.
    MIA since then as far as I know.

    apparently still wrestling with his inner conservative demons….who shall win….. no smoke from the tipi….. the tv crew is starting to get restless.

  142. Knuckle Dragger

    All right.

    Since nobody else will, I’ll ask the question:

    Is fascination with trains really a thing for people? Is watching trains go into tunnels code for something?

    And if so, what am I missing?

  143. Black Ball

    Jerk seems to be a much nastier insult in the US than here.

    https://youtu.be/vGaHqk2NJPI

  144. min

    Albo is not PM material . Apart from the slight speech defect that will start to annoy people if they have to listen for too long , his lurid past will catch up with him. As I have posted before, not concerned with what he does in his private life , but the fact he was a client in an illegal establishment in his electorate. . He got caught out and now in Hansard. It was covered up at the time like his colleagues rape allegations.

  145. Leigh Lowe

    Knuckle Dragger

    #3023061, posted on May 22, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    All right.

    Since nobody else will, I’ll ask the question:

    Is fascination with trains really a thing for people? Is watching trains go into tunnels code for something?

    And if so, what am I missing?

    I watch Great British Rail Journeys all the time.
    Oh, I fucking hate trains, but gee I look forward to seeing what Michael Portillo is wearing every week.

  146. Top Ender

    Knuckles, mate!

    I’m telling you.

    Until you’ve seen those steam train pumping con-rods connecting those wheels…

    Until you’ve heard a steam boiler building up pressure.

    Until you’ve seen the relentless roar of the wheel speed building up higher and higher.

    And then the tunnel ahead! Fully into it.

    Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. A veil is drawn over the proceedings.

    Now do you get it?

  147. Leigh Lowe

    OK.
    It’s late on Wednesday, and I ask myself … “Do I have winning fatigue?”
    Maybe I do.

  148. Knuckle Dragger

    min,

    I believe the term is ‘stimulating the local economy’. (phrasing [Archer])

    If he got a freebie because of his position though, there’d be hell to pay.

  149. Leigh Lowe

    Which is why electric trains are not appealing.
    Where are the phallic symbols?

  150. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    They just don’t make them like they used to.

    I’m reading John Julius Norwich’s book “France – A History From Gaul to De Gaulle.”

    One of the French Kings, Henri of Navarre in the late 1500’s, had a few mistresses on the side. The best of modern research has produced a list, which historians claim is not yet complete.

    The total so far is FIFTY SIX….did they have names, or numbers?

  151. Knuckle Dragger

    PHRASING, Top Ender!!!!

    All aboard!

  152. TheSemiMentalBloke

    Just signed the petition.

  153. Knuckle Dragger

    Zulu,

    It was condoned, if not expected at the time of a country’s leader.

    Recognised bastard sons were given moderate estates and allowances, and told to pull their heads in – or were expected to fight in wars until they were killed.

    Win win.

  154. Caveman

    I think ScoMo has drained the swamp in QLD with this Adani mine, Palachoock introuble.

  155. Old School Conservative

    Blair has a great way with words.
    Here is his analysis of Jim Chalmers.
    Unknown Queensland man seeks job opportunity
    I see Jim is using his Q&A mantra of “rebuild, refresh & renew” to push his claims.

    Not a bad idea for Labor – youngish bloke with 6 years to make his mark as leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.

  156. Armadillo

    We collectively need to learn a lot more about political campaigning.

    A lot of this stuff comes out of the Democratic campaigning in America. Those people are absolutely ruthless. The only way to counteract that is to ensure freedom of speech. It’s the best weapon we have.

    It’s also the cheapest weapon we have. And also the most powerful weapon of all.

  157. Jessie

    Worth posting the entire article reporting on this sordid affair
    Sir Samuel Griffith must be turning in his grave.

    Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk orders probe into hiring of anti-coal activist

    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ordered an investigation into her government’s hiring of an anti-coal activist as a top policy adviser to the state’s environment department.

    The Australian revealed this morning that former Queensland Conservation Council head Tim Seelig was given special treatment in applying for the role, after he missed the cut-off date for applications.

    Asked about the hiring in Mackay this morning, Ms Palaszczuk said the matter would be investigated.

    “In relation to that, I’ve been advised that all processes were followed, however, as some concerns have been raised, I’ve asked my Director-General to refer that matter to the Public Service Commission,” she said.

    The Premier said she was advised Dr Seelig had “nothing to do” with “any of those mine processes,” in relation to Adani’s Carmichael coal mine.

    Dr Seelig, a long-time ally of Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, missed the cut-off date for applications last year and later sent his CV directly to the chair of the vetting panel, which then selected him over more than 50 other hopefuls.

    Dr Seelig’s appointment as principal adviser (strategic policy) to director-general Jamie Merrick last July was made just weeks before the Palaszczuk government announced a massive boost to annual funding for the council he ran until joining the Department of Environment.

    Documents obtained by The Australian under right-to-inform­ation laws shed new light on the controversial appointment, which Ms Palasz­czuk said earlier this year followed strict public service recruitm­ent protocols.

    The documents also show that Mr Seelig — who campaigned against Campbell Newman in the 2015 state election while working for the Wilderness Society — overcame a “must have” selection criterion that specified the applic­ant be “apolitical — both politic­ally and advocacy related”.

  158. Knuckle Dragger

    Jackie’s a grease stain. She’s mid-flight on her journey under the bus.

  159. egg_

    At this juncture I’d like to reiterate my firm support (phrasing [Archer]) for gay marriage.

    As long as both chicks are hot.

    Euro wymminses athletes Olivija Vaitaityte and Bianca Falcone would be bearable.

  160. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Zulu,

    It was condoned, if not expected at the time of a country’s leader.

    Fair enough, KD, but I think we’ll both agree that fifty six mistresses is a little excessive.

  161. BrettW

    Courier Mail via 2GB saying Labour worst for 70 years in Senate count and in danger of only getting one Senstor and Coslition may get three. Others ON and Green.

    The No 2 of the Labor ticket is Chris Ketter who is ex Shoppies Union. He was one of the two Labor politicians who did not vote for same sex marriage.

  162. Steve trickler

    Utuuuube still haven’t flicked the switch on her.

    Onya, Soph.



  163. zyconoclast

    British Steel falls into liquidation after failing to secure funding

    LONDON (Reuters) – British Steel, the country’s second largest steel producer, has collapsed after failing to secure emergency government funding, jeopardising some 25,000 jobs, Britain’s Official Receiver said on Wednesday.

    Turning a profit in steel is especially difficult in Britain, where steelmakers pay some of the highest green taxes and energy costs in the world and are saddled with high labour costs and business rates.

    It had already secured a government loan of around 120 million pounds ($154 million) this month to enable it to comply with the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) rules.

  164. Knuckle Dragger

    Impressive, egg.

    Falcone makes Whatsername, the jiggly Australian hurdler look like a bag of mouldy spuds.

  165. Done Deal

    trad & Palaszczuk address the wedge:
    Jackie to Annastacia; I have a problem
    AP to JT: huh?
    JT to AP: the watermelons
    AP to JT: what about them?
    JT to AP: weeellll; there’s hand-wringers with plenty of dough & safe jobs
    AP to JT: huh?
    JT to AP: the hand-wringers, they want to save something,
    AP to JT; I suppose this is leading somewhere
    JT to AP: yes, to the watermelons
    AP to JT; huh?
    JT to AP: yes, the handwringers; there’s lots of them in my electorate, and the watermelons want them
    AP to JT; huh?
    JT to AP: well more to the point the watermelons want their votes, and money
    AP to JT; so?.. uh, hang on, that’s our job
    JT to AP: well more to the point, my job actually
    AP to JT; so what do watermelons and hand-wringer have to do with you?
    JT to AP: coal.
    AP to JT; pardon?
    JT to AP: the hand wringers, the want to save it or something…the earth maybe
    AP to JT; don’t you do Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Transport Trade, treasuring, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander & abortion stuff?
    JT to AP: well, yes, but the handwringers don’t care about that, or me
    AP to JT; and the coal?
    JT to AP: yes, we can’t mine it
    AP to JT; pardon?
    JT to AP: well not until after the election
    AP to JT: come again
    JT to AP: we can’t mine coal, or do anything cos of my electora…. er the world, and, and…..finches! yes, yes, that’s it, finches.
    AP to JT; the election next year? That’s ages away, we’ll worry about that then.
    JT to AP: er, no, not OUR election; Vacant’s.
    AP to JT; Bill? he hasn’t been up here for ages, he reckons they have it in the bag, Vacant told me so himself. In fact Bowen’s even told some people to get knotted, that’s how far in front they are.
    JT to AP; yair but I reckon, sorry, VACANT reckons we should hold off opening up another coal mine until after my re-electio… sorry until after Vacant gets elected. He reckons all the handwringers down south won’t like it
    AP to JT; hmm well it shouldn’t be too hard. We can tell them the usual stuff, sacred lands, water, environment, birds, that sort of thing. That should see past Vacant’s election & yours.
    JT to AP; what about the mine workers?
    AP to JT; what, the rusted-ons? Those dumb sh*ts up there? Don’t worry they won’t notice.

  166. Armadillo

    If ScoMo has any sense at all, he will recognise that “Freedom of Speech” is the counter balance to Soros dollars. Soros can spend as much money as he wants trying to convince people.

    It might cost Soros millions to run a campaign. A single tweet or meme usually costs zero, and can destroy any campaign completely. A reasoned argument will defeat propaganda pretty swiftly.

    If anything strikes fear into their cold dark hearts, it’s “Freedom of Speech”. It’s the only “Free” thing on offer that doesn’t actually cost the taxpayer anything.

  167. BrettW

    I remember the ads by Tom Seelig / Conservation Council (see Jessie post above) in a previous election. He was the name featured and a bit of money behind them. Anti Newman Govt. What a co-incidence Anna Govt gave the Council a massive boost in funding just after Seelig gets a good Govt job.

    This story similar to the one involving a candidate for some Qld board to do with power where the winning candidate was recommended by Union leader.

  168. Leigh Lowe

    Jessie

    #3023081, posted on May 22, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Worth posting the entire article reporting on this sordid affair
    Sir Samuel Griffith must be turning in his grave.

    Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk orders probe into hiring of anti-coal activist

    No need to read the whole article.
    Headline should read …
    “Pony Guurrrl Hangs Rad-Tradd Out to Dry”.

  169. zyconoclast

    Controversy as Trade Me sells ‘It’s ok to be white’ T-shirts

    Trade Me has been slammed for selling “It’s okay to be white” stickers and T-shirts, with the Human Rights Commission saying there’s no place for it.

  170. zyconoclast

    LA Didn’t Learn Lesson After Record 2018 Outbreak, Faces Another Dark Ages Plague

    “Rat-infested piles of rotting garbage left uncollected by the city of Los Angeles, even after promises to clean it up, are fueling concerns about a new epidemic after last year’s record number of flea-borne typhus cases,” KNBC News reported on Monday.

  171. The No 2 of the Labor ticket is Chris Ketter who is ex Shoppies Union. He was one of the two Labor politicians who did not vote for same sex marriage.

    Ahahahah.. hahhaa.
    He’s the man who devised the Fair Work Act. Ahahaha.. hahahah. hahahahahahha.

    If he’s out I won’t be seeing him around the hostelry any more.
    I’m losing all my nicest customers to the the voting system.

  172. None

    Well done to Trade Me for sticking by their guns.

  173. None

    If ScoMo has any sense at all

    That’s why you needed to stop armour even though I agree wholeheartedly with what you said. Scott Morrison is no saviour. He is welcome to prove me wrong but it hasn’t so far.

  174. Old School Conservative

    Soph looks too rehearsed and glib to be real.
    Perhaps it’s my discomfort at hearing her bad language, dispirited ideas, and aggressive attitude. They would normally be the domain of older, world weary cynics with a wide range of experiences under their belt.

  175. Armadillo

    “FREE Health Care”. “FREE Dental Care”. “FREE Education”. It all costs money. YOUR money that you worked for.

    FREEdom of Speech costs nothing for a Government to implement. Both sides of politics should be protecting it, and enshrining it. Jackboots are interchangeable depending on who has power. I’d prefer neither side wears them.

    #nojackboots

  176. Pete of Perth

    KD
    At this juncture I’d like to reiterate my firm support (phrasing [Archer]) for gay marriage.

    As long as both chicks are hot…

    Does Wong & Plibbers count?

    Please forgive me, stuck on a ship for 32 days.

  177. Tailgunner

    Tommy Robinson becomes MEP, and Sportsbet seem to have closed the market.

    Ladbrokes have Tommy, Tommy, Tommy @2.75.
    Just got on, thanks Cap’n!

  178. Leigh Lowe

    BrettW

    #3023088, posted on May 22, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Courier Mail via 2GB saying Labour worst for 70 years in Senate count and in danger of only getting one Senstor and Coslition may get three. Others ON and Green

    Yeah, I couldn’t figure that the Labor Reps vote tanked in Queensland but the Senate was pretty much status quo.
    I think the computer prrdiction was not so right.

  179. Leigh Lowe

    zyconoclast

    #3023110, posted on May 22, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    NHS nurse who offered a Bible to a cancer patient and encouraged him to sing The Lord is My Shepherd LOSES appeal after tribunal ruled she was ‘rightly sacked for religious fervour’

    Over recent years I have been in Cabrini and Mercy hospitals in Melbourne.
    No overt evangelism but crucifixes and religious pictures and plaques on display.
    For how long I wonder?

  180. C.L.

    NHS nurse … ‘sacked for religious fervour’

    The British Establishment has been sacking for religious fervour since Henry VIII.

  181. Makka

    Did Albo get a new set of teeth?

    And a new hairdo, much less grease. He’s still a Union flunky though. Regional ‘Straya love his type. Go Albo!

  182. Armadillo

    Pfffttt…. just kidding.

    Put on the Jackboots. And kick the pricks as hard as you can.

    If Shorten had won, he would have been gunning for every last one of us. The unions would have taken no prisoners. Make no mistake about that.

    ScoMo needs to go in hard for the first 12 months, unlike Abbott.

  183. Jannie

    Steve trickler
    #3023089, posted on May 22, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Utuuuube still haven’t flicked the switch on her.
    Onya, Soph.

    Thanks for the tip on Soph Steve, she is amazing. A genius little girl who writes her own stuff, way off the reservation. They are really scared of her and want her closed down badly. She is their nightmare.

  184. Armadillo

    ScoMo needs to appoint JC as the head of the ABC “Human Resorces Management” team.

    He won’t have many staff to manage come Friday at 5 PM. Two to be precise, but “Bananas in Pyjamas” number 2 will be on performance review. Deservedly so. He looks a bit shifty.

  185. Cpt Seahawks

    Tailgunner we will find out tomorrow, but Sportsbet dropping the market is interesting. Still hurting from cash out on Shorten. Even betting agencies seem infiltrated by PC fakes.

  186. Steve trickler

    Jannie
    #3023123, posted on May 23, 2019 at 12:37 am

    We all get to sit back and watch….for now.

  187. Armadillo

    Sinc, please ban Armadillo.

    He’s been playing Lawn Bowls all day and had his first Schooner at 8:15 am. That was yesterday morning. He got three consecutive floggings. Deservedly so. His team mates played like retards. FMD. They were hopeless.

  188. Leigh Lowe

    Cpt Seahawks

    #3023126, posted on May 23, 2019 at 12:57 am

    Tailgunner we will find out tomorrow, but Sportsbet dropping the market is interesting. Still hurting from cash out on Shorten. Even betting agencies seem infiltrated by PC fakes.

    They joked on Twatter about dropping a barrowload on the early Liars payout.
    Incidentally, I thought it was an “advance against a probable win”, not an “unconditional payout”.
    If it was a true early payout, there would be some serious arse-kicking.

  189. I’m kinda hungry after a long day of brutally sodomising lefties on twitter.

  190. Armadillo

    but Sportsbet dropping the market is interesting

    Who is Tommy running against?

  191. Who is Tommy running against?

    Here’s a photo of the relevant ballot paper. (Fairly ordinary quality photo TBH)
    He’s on the very bottom.

  192. Steve trickler

    Late night fun.

    Goodnight, all.



  193. Here’s a slightly better photo of Tommy’s ballot paper.

  194. Armadillo

    If it was a true early payout, there would be some serious arse-kicking.

    There is something incredibly suspect about the whole thing. The numbers don’t add up, let alone reopening the book. You just don’t do that shit. Unless you know.

    It was a two horse race.

  195. Since 1999 voters in Britain have elected MEPs under a proportional representation system. The European Parliamentary Elections Act of that year introduced a regional list system with seats allocated to parties in proportion to their share of the vote.

    Apparently the ..er.. electoral district of North-West Region England elects Ten members of the euro parliament on a proportional system.
    According to Ezra Levant (Canadian ass-kicker journalist & free speech fighter) who being a strong supporter of Tommy is closer to the action, Tommy needs to get 10% of the vote to become a MEP.
    According to Mr. Levant 10% of the vote for Tommy is a good chance.

  196. Armadillo

    The reason online bookies even put up a market has nothing to do with the bet. It’s what they call a “Novelty Event”.

    It’s the “flow through” to horses, trots and dogs.

  197. Tailgunner

    10% of the vote for Tommy is a good chance.

    Yep. UK Deplorables will get out the vote. Leftists worried about low turn out!
    Go Tommy, GO!

  198. DrBeauGan

    Mitch, that talk was rubbish. He saw what he wanted to.

  199. Armadillo

    Bet with someone long enough, you will get it back. It’s like being married to a poker machine.

    The real criminals here are the Newsagents. They wave 40 or 50 million dollars in your face when you pick up the newspaper.

  200. Tailgunner

    Tommy in to [email protected]
    Perhaps my bet moved the odds?? Lol

  201. Leigh Lowe

    The reason online bookies even put up a market has nothing to do with the bet. It’s what they call a “Novelty Event”.

    Look, I am not close to it, but when advertising was almost banned, betting houses used to run books on all sorts of things .. popes, royal babies, politics … just for promotional value.
    They couldn’t advertise but they were allowed to be interviewed.
    But that was old school.
    I am not convinced that the “payout” was any more than an conditional advance.

  202. Tailgunner

    The real criminals here are the Newsagents
    Lol!

  203. Leigh Lowe

    I am going to check the “payout” off the record with someone in the know.
    Not in Sportsbet, but in the industry.

  204. Top Ender

    Knuckles, regarding mistresses and children.

    Henry VIII is generally thought to have had 30 or so illegitimate children.

    He apparently kept the ladies concerned and the kids equipped with necessary allowances.

    If all else failed, a suitable line of succession might be made for kings and queens in such times to ensure the kingdom could go forward.

    One of Henry’s imperatives, and part of the “problem” of his six wives, was his urgent need to produce a male who could inherit.

    His family had emerged victorious out of the chaos of the War of the Roses, and had no wish to see another decades-long struggle for command again.

  205. Leigh Lowe

    One of Henry’s imperatives, and part of the “problem” of his six wives, was his urgent need to produce a male who could inherit.

    Another of his Regal Imperatives was to shag anything thay moved.

  206. Top Ender

    Hurt feelings department!

    Anger over exit seat ejection
    Passenger fires at Qantas over ‘fat-shaming’
    CHANEL ZAGON

    A QANTAS passenger says the airline “fat-shamed” him when crew forced him out of his seat last week.

    Darren Beales, of Norlane in north Geelong, said he had specially booked a seat in the emergency exit row for extra leg room on a flight from Melbourne Tullamarine to Brisbane on Friday, but was told by the flight attendant on board he could not sit there due to “air regulations”.

    When he questioned the regulations, he said the flight attendant responded rudely.

    “She told me I was required to move due to ‘air regulations’ — but then she turned around and said: ‘Next time, you can pay for a second seat for half price’,” he said.

    “I can fit into the seat fine — I didn’t need a second seat. It was fat-shaming … she was rude.”

    Mr Beales said he felt “bullied” by the flight attendant, who forced him to move into an ordinary aisle seat and suggested he book two seats.

    “All that was on my mind was how they belittled me,” he said.

    “It made me depressed about the whole situation. I was ready to get off the plane.”

    According to Qantas, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority has provided guidance to airlines on the criteria for appropriate passengers to be seated in exit rows.

    Passengers seated in an exit row may be called upon to assist crew members in the event of an emergency.

    “If passengers are unable to meet this criteria, airlines — including Qantas — will ask passengers to change seats,” the statement read.

    The Qantas website stated passengers who required an “extension belt” were not permitted to sit in the exit row.

    But Mr Beales said his need for an extension belt did not impede his ability to help in emergencies.

    The passenger said he would be capable of assisting in an emergency as per the airline’s criteria of being “physically able to reach, open, lift and throw out an emergency exit up to 20kg”.

    “Were they thinking if I was too big, I wouldn’t be able to give support or help out?” he said.

    “This was discrimination.” Other airlines such as Tigerair, Jetstar and Virgin Australia also do not allow overweight passengers who need an extension belt to sit in the exit row.

    Mr Beales said he reported the incident to Qantas’s customer service team and was yet to receive a response.

    He vowed to never fly with the airline again.

    Qantas refused to comment further on the incident.

  207. Armadillo

    Don’t “LOL”, Gunner.

    Newsagents are evil. Think about how they peddle all that crap to the Sheliahs? Womens Weekly, Dolly Magazine and worst of all, the home renovation shit. You are sitting at home, the missus shows up and starts flicking through pages, occasionally shoving pictures of a bathroom renovation in your face. Her only instructed task was to put on the Lotto tickets. FMD. It isn’t that hard.

    Bunnings and equally abhorrent retailers are worse. They stick stuff in your mail box for FREE trying to entice the resident Sheilah to prod you into spending money on something else other than booze and earplugs.

    Newsagents should have stuck to selling Phantom Comics, Mad Magazine and Playboy. Life would be much simpler.

  208. Nob

    In offshore choppers, the criterion for size is whether the fat cnut will get stuck in the emergency exit and plug it. Life or death stuff.

    Plus everyone gets weighed with their baggage, feelings be fu©ked.
    Gotta get the fuel loads right.

  209. Nob

    In offshore choppers, the criterion for size is whether the fat ©t will get stuck in the emergency exit and plug it. Life or death stuff.

    Plus everyone gets weighed with their baggage, feelings be ©ked.
    Gotta get the fuel loads right.

  210. Leigh Lowe

    The passenger said he would be capable of assisting in an emergency as per the airline’s criteria of being “physically able to reach, open, lift and throw out an emergency exit up to 20kg”.

    Ha,ha.
    I was getting that standard question in QF monotone once …
    “Do you feel confident and capable to remove and throw the door clear”
    Me : “If you call evacuate, darling, it will be gone like a frisbee. They will never find it ever again.”

  211. Nob

    Rowe actually gets it right for once.

  212. DrBeauGan

    Thanks Tom. The pom cartoonists don’t much like Teresa May, do they? Who was that running away after milk-shaking her? Was it supposed to be BoJo?

  213. Tom

    Beaugy, Pommy cartoonists loathe Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage even more than they loathe Theresa May. Hilariously, the three ‘toons I posted were all inspired by the leftard Remainer moron who threw a milkshake in Farage’s face — Farage now being the most popular politician in Britain, which is driving the press insane. Farage Derangement may yet become as demented as Trump Derangement among Pommy cartoonists.

  214. Bruce of Newcastle

    Johannes Leak does the ACCC boss Rod Simms in the business section. ACCC was schooled painfully by the beak in an unsuccessful case against Aurizon.

  215. feelthebern

    Part 2 of Mark Steyn & Papadopoulos is up.
    Australia needs to sack Downer from all posts, boards, advisory positions.

  216. Bruce of Newcastle

    Speaking of the Pommy cartoons…

    Nigel Farage TRAPPED on Brexit Party bus as he’s targeted by men armed with milkshakes

    Mr Farage’s visit to Rochester, Kent, has been distrupted by three young men believed to be ready to attack the Brexit Party’s leader with milkshakes. The trio, dressed in black with their faces covered with balaclavas, were spotted by eagle-eyed supporters at the back of the crowd waiting for Mr Farage to leave his bus.

    One concerned Brexit Party’s supporter immediately warned the MEP’s staff, which urged Mr Farage not to get off the bus as a premetive measure to avoid another milkshake shower.

    Driver Michael Botton explained: “There are a couple of guys standing over there with milkshakes, they were going to throw them over him.

    It’ll be interesting to see if justice is done: the guy who egged Jeremy Corbyn recently got a month in gaol.

  217. bespoke

    ScoMo needs to go in hard for the first 12 months, unlike Abbott.

    Phrasing!

  218. China Stone open cut falls over.
    Adani is a symbolic anomaly, whether it goes ahead or not.

  219. John Constantine

    Given the acid thrown in face attacks that are now culturally diverse part of Britain, any sort of fluid thrown in a conservative face is an implied threat of acid attack and no laughing matter.

  220. Boeing’s Chinese chickens coming home to roost.

  221. John Constantine

    A new national standard for livestock loading ramps is now looming.

    Coming in under national ladder and working from heights rules.

    For all parts of the livestock chain from farms to yards and meatworks.

    Training and accreditation and annual inspection eagerly anticipated by their training and accreditation and regulation inspection orcs.

    Loading and unloading stock is the hardest part of transporting them, the steering just fills in the time between.

    Good ramps are good things, just Australia can’t ever miss a chance for yet another round of training and accreditation and regulation and compliance inspectors.

    Comrades.

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