Tuesday Forum: June 18, 2018

This entry was posted in Open Forum. Bookmark the permalink.

2,505 Responses to Tuesday Forum: June 18, 2018

  1. classical_hero

    But enough to get the coach sacked for trying them to stop having sex during the World Cup.

  2. JC

    Not all female soccer players are lesbians.

    Most are

  3. feelthebern

    The report showed the squad at that the time had zero issues with the previous coach.
    It was only when the survey group size was doubled to include a whole bunch of players who were not in the squad, that the results showed “the toxic environment”.
    It was a board manufactured issue.
    The squad was more than happy with the previous coach.

  4. Shy Ted

    Particularly infuriating episode of The Dumb – Indigikids with foetal alcohol syndrome nekked with only a blanket in police lockups with much hand-wringing and calls to spend many millions on community interventions ($33billion obviously not enough). No mention of criminlaity of course. Mark Willacy, intrepid ABC reporter has spent time with police patrolling the mean streets and calls it a “zoo”. No howls of protest but then he’s not a 13 year old girl. Everybody gets Ibuprofen for sore necks from all the furious nodding.

  5. Notafan

    Rod Bowers playing games.

    He can ‘explain’ all he wants. He knew precisely what he was doing.

    A man that likes it both ways.

    How many attend church with you each week ‘arch’ deacon.

    Thirty six?

    Thirty seven?

    He has no interest in converting sinners.

    Notapriest.

  6. Shy Ted

    Aussie lezzers have just let 1 in. I could have written for the Carry On series.

  7. feelthebern

    fb will fuck up this crypto offering.
    They should have started smaller offering a WeChat style micro banking service.
    My view is that the DOJ will target fb the same way Microsoft was in the past.
    Google will stop deplatforming & get off lightly.
    But fb will be broken up.
    Will take years, but the process is the punishment.

  8. feelthebern

    The Matildas lack shape up & down the park.
    They will be taken apart by a disciplined outfit.
    They were very lucky against Brazil.
    This game is horrible.

  9. Shy Ted

    Lezzers score again. Sam Kerr hat trick. Sid James would have been proud of me.

  10. bespoke

    I’m pessimistic about any antitrust working, bern. They will still have mandatory HR department busybody’s and board members with no attachment to the product.

  11. Up The Workers!

    To feelthebern at 6.05am:

    Can you name 10!

    (or is that too hard, like Andrew Bolt’s question about the so-called “Stolen Generation”?)

  12. Twostix

    A Christchurch businessman who shared a video of worshippers being slaughtered at a New Zealand mosque was sentenced on Tuesday to 21 months in prison.

    Two years in prison for sharing a link to a video thats not illegal anywhere else.

    This is north korea level stuff.

    He wouldn’t have gotten as much for child porn.

    NZ is being taken over. It is the global bugman’s Crimea – a place they plan to to go when the jig is up.

  13. stackja

    Shaking Merkel triggers health worries
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s body has been seen shaking as she welcomed the new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the country.
    Deutsche Presse Agentur
    June 19, 2019 2:23am

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s body has been seen shaking as she welcomed the new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Germany, raising concerns about her health.

    While she waited with Zelensky for the German Armed Forces’ honour formation to pass, her legs and body began to tremble.

    When she then walked the formation with the president, the trembling had visibly subsided.

    At a later press conference Merkel said she she had drunk three glasses of water in the meantime, suggesting she was dehydrated.

    As everyone could see, she was feeling very well again, the chancellor added.

    Zelensky, who was standing next to Merkel during the incident, said: “She was completely safe.”

    The 64-year-old chancellor had already shown such trembling on similar occasions before – at that time the reason given had also been that Merkel had not drunk enough water during hot weather.

  14. stackja

    NASCAR born on dirt track 70 years ago to find best driver rather than best car

    Charlotte Speedway was the venue for an exciting new concept in motor racing, designed to find the best driver rather than the best car
    Troy Lennon, History editor, The Daily Telegraph
    Subscriber only

    June 19, 2019 12:00am

    NASCAR driver Ricky Craven (41) of Newburgh, Maine, flips into the catchfence in a spectacular crash at the Talladega Superspeedway in 1996. Picture: AP

    Eleven-year-old Richard Petty was there to watch his father Lee compete at a course known as the Charlotte Speedway, a dirt track at Concord in North Carolina, 21km outside Charlotte.

    Richard would have been excited enough to see his dad race, but there was an extra sense of excitement in
    the air that day — June 19, 1949 — because this would be the first “all stock” car race run under the banner
    of the recently formed National Association For Stock Car Auto Racing, or NASCAR.

    All stock meant just that, the cars had to be stock-standard, unmodified cars produced by automobile manufacturers. The idea was to establish the best driver rather than who had the best car.

    The brainchild of ‘Big Bill’ France, a former petrol station owner and long-time petrol head, a crowd of about 13,000 turned out for the race, 70 years ago today, the only one of its kind then operating in the US. Many of the spectators were only there on the off chance of seeing a spectacular crash and they weren’t disappointed. Petty obliged them by flipping his car but wasn’t injured.

    Driver Glenn Dunaway was first over the line in his 1947 Ford, but inspectors found the owner of the car, mechanic Hubert Westmoreland, had used an old bootlegger’s trick of spreading the car’s rear springs to improve handling.

  15. 132andBush

    While she waited with Zelensky for the German Armed Forces’ honour formation to pass, her legs and body began to tremble.

    Not the first time Germanys had a leader that does that.

  16. A Lurker

    A quick question to the Catallaxy experts. Back in late 2016 the Turnbull Government was talking about removing the AUS$100 bill. There hasn’t been any mention of it since in the newspapers. Does anyone know if this is still the Government’s plan?

  17. Mother Lode

    And more on the Orange One from the ABC.

    That list of so-called “opponents” is all you need to know.

    I hope our PM has his phone number now.

    I see the ABC steeps itself in poll results again.

    Worked out so well last time.

    Not only are they persistently wrong, but they are persistently wrong in the persistently same way.

  18. John Constantine

    Removing the hundy dollar note from circulation as an idea has been replaced with going totally cashless.

    Australia is falling for tap and go with breathtaking speed, the great replacement of cash and a permanent trail of all spending is nearly here.

    Comrades.

  19. Bruce of Newcastle

    Remember the green hysteria about logging the Tarkine?

    Rainforest Trees Cut Down For Windfarm Transmission Corridor (16 Jun)

    Myrtle and sassafras trees were among those felled along a 10.5km corridor widened for transmission lines associated with the $280 million, 112 megawatt wind farm at Granville Harbour, in Tasmania’s remote northwest.

    Special species timber advocate Andrew Denman, who discovered the felled trees, said it raised concerns about environmental impacts, wastage of high-value timber and wind power’s “green” credentials.

    He estimated that some of the felled trees, highly valued in specialty timber production, were 200 years old, given they typically grow at 0.3cm a year and were 60cm in diameter.

    With more wind farms planned for Tasmania, including ­another in the northwest requiring a 170km transmission line, he believed any further clearing, if it must occur, should be co-ordinated to ensure timber was not wasted.

    So windfarms cause destruction of old growth forests as well as massacring birds and bats. One wonders whether after they account for all the sequestered carbon in the trees the wretched things even save any net CO2.

    I am disgusted at the utter complete vile hypocrisy. Bob Brown’s bunch were out protesting logging in the Tarkine last year. Where is he now?

  20. Knuckle Dragger

    Mr Ted,

    Just so you know, I intend to use ‘marrying a Behavioural Awareness Officer’ at some point today, and every subsequent day until I cark it. I may even use it in my final words. This blatant theft will be justified under the well known Cat dictum that once published, one’s commentary is subject to free-for-all thievery.

    Outstanding, sir.

  21. Leigh Lowe

    feelthebern

    #3046288, posted on June 19, 2019 at 6:21 am

    The Matildas lack shape up & down the park.

    Of course they lack shape.
    They’re lesbians.

  22. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Not the first time Germany’s had a leader that does that’

    Indeed, 132.

    When Merkel’s Downfall moment finally comes, and come it will, it will make Adolf’s look like a frown of mild disapproval.

  23. Interesting story from our aviation history.

  24. stackja

    Jobs at risk after no action on looming certifier shortage

    Two of the Gold Coast’s top developers say big projects will be delayed and jobs put at risk because of the State Government’s failure to deal with an important problem.
    Kirstin Payne and Andrew Potts, Gold Coast Bulletin
    Subscriber only
    |
    June 18, 2019 10:00pm

    TWO of Queensland’s biggest developers are furious with the State Government’s handling of the insurance cladding crisis, saying it will delay big projects and put jobs at risk.

    An angry Bob Ell and Soheil Abedian launched a scathing attack into Housing Minister Mick de Brenni yesterday after an emergency meeting between government officials and industry heads determined no immediate action would be taken to address a predicted drop in certifiers.

    Meanwhile in NSW certifiers and faulty towers?

  25. 132andBush

    Spoke to a Murrumbidgee Valley irrigator yesterday.
    Currently no general security allocation and even high security at 95%
    Not a lot of carryover because of last seasons heat.
    The dams are, for all intents and purposes, empty.
    Farmers don’t know whether to use any carryover on winter crops, or prepare ground for summer crops (at huge up front expense).
    Another blip on the horizon is all the permanent plantations of trees that corps have whacked in over the last 5 years are going to need more water as they grow taller. I’ve heard over 15mgs/ha.
    Seems the corporates bought up big amounts of water early on and have leased what they don’t need back but from now on will start using more on the trees, further tightening the market.
    Not a criticism, just what’s happening.

    Throughout last years dry there was enough water, each day, flowing out the so called Murray mouth to keep at least one medium sized irrigation farm in full production for a year. Because ya gotta keep the Murray flowing to the sea!

    Green policies have turned irrigation into an opportunity farming system.

    Comrades (t/m John C)

  26. Bruce of Newcastle

    Interesting story from our aviation history.

    So Australian airlines have graduated from discriminating against women to discriminating against Christians? Such amazing progress.

  27. rickw

    “We wouldn’t be strong enough, we would panic, we’d act strangely every month,” she recalls.

    All reasonable concerns, only the first issue has been partially addressed by fly by wire, still plenty of instances of pilots wrestling with controls when a sensor or control goes haywire.

    Essentially pax safety secondary to diversity!

  28. Leigh Lowe

    Shaking Merkel triggers health worries …

    While she waited with Zelensky for the German Armed Forces’ honour formation to pass, her legs and body began to tremble.

    Knee-trembling is probably an unfamiliar sensation for Frau Merkle.

  29. Knuckle Dragger

    Things the vewy first ladeeee Ansett pilot glossed over:

    She was a teacher.

    She struggled in pilot training, and made a direct approach to the airline’s new owner – Rupert Murdoch, who insisted she get ‘the assistance she needed’. Thus, in the interests of equality for all she became the first and only Ansett pilot to have the company’s owner as a sponsor.

    Having finally become a pilot, she then acted in the traditional fashion – having loudly and thus successfully campaigned to be the first ladeee allowed in a previously male-dominated Australian environment, she decided she didn’t want it any more and pissed off to Europe.

    Then she resigned and returned to teaching, availing herself of the maternity leave benefits pilots (obviously) didn’t have, then going back to Europe flying rubber-band powered egg beaters before coming back.

    She is now allowed to fly a Tiger jet twice a year to keep her rating, but has stayed on the ground for years as a safety officer.

    She is ground-breaking, through, in that she is liable to make a Tiger flight extremely safe and fatality free.

    By reversing into the terminal on push-back, and then blaming the cat.

  30. Leigh Lowe

    By reversing into the terminal on push-back, and then blaming the cat.

    Has that [pole/ tree/ shopping trolley/ rubbish bin/ six storey building] always been there?

  31. Mark A

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3046312, posted on June 19, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Things the vewy first ladeeee Ansett pilot glossed over:

    Details, those pesky details again to ruin an otherwise beautiful story.

    You are a meanie KD.

  32. Leigh Lowe

    Knuckle Dragger

    #3046312, posted on June 19, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Things the vewy first ladeeee Ansett pilot glossed over:

    She was a teacher.

    A teacher?
    Totally unsuited to any position of responsibility then.

  33. Knuckle Dragger

    Australian chick soccer players are being loudly acclaimed in the news media for being better at gentle jogging than Jamaican chick soccer players.

    No word as yet on the progress of the Newcastle Under 15s boys team.

  34. Bruce of Newcastle

    TWO of Queensland’s biggest developers are furious with the State Government’s handling of the insurance cladding crisis

    I love how the green State government is forcing tower blocks to be green, and in doing so has caused them to be massive fire hazards requiring vast expense to remove the insulation supposed to lower CO2 emissions.

    But Gaia’s own dutch oven dog boxes are the future comrades. One can’t stand in front of manifest destiny.

  35. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Just discovered that there is a thing called ocean cruising phone data or something similar. Comes t
    As if by magic mid-ocean thru your phone but I now find it is ramping up considerable costs. Should have checked those phone messages I ignored. Have moved back to finish up the ship’s internet allocation before I ramp up the phone once more. Hairy says just do it regardless of cost, because I am driving him crazy shrieking about ship’s internet going dolally on me and requiring him to put down his book to assist.

    Can’t be offline to miss today’s exciting episode of Catallaxy Files. New thread fever set in quickly this time. Fights breaking out everywhere. Worse than the Laundry Room before tonight’s Gala 1920’s [email protected] Hairy neglected to tell me it was 1920’s themed. My Gala dress is a bit too clinging for that shapeless era ending in an asset crash. Not my style. My assets are still holding firm. I shall have to improvise the era with a headband using my silk Rocky Mountaineer scarf that I bought held in place with a diamond pin or two.

  36. Eyrie

    I met said female once in the cockpit of an Ansett 737 back in the good old days when passengers could visit the cockpit (thanks Osama). Reason I got there was I had been watching a two inch wide stream of jet oil running back from the filler cap in the right engine and brought it to the attention of a hostie. Shortly after got invited to the cockpit to be told the gauges say it is all OK. Wonderful. Airline pilots are over rated. I’d have sent the F/O back to check it out.

  37. Mark A

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #3046320, posted on June 19, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Lizzie, don’t take it the wrong way, last week I’d have commiserated with you about the prices and advised you to be frugal the way I myself am.

    Today I agree with your husband, hang the expense. It’s only money.
    Enjoy.

  38. Zatara

    Trump slated to declare his candidacy for 2020 tonight in Orlando rally.

    Live streaming

  39. Rockdoctor

    Airlines are now woke. Qantas Club Brisbane has a display titles which country will you be flying to with a map of Australia broken into what looks like Local Government portions from a distance till you realise what the title is about. More accurate title would be along the lines of which disputed tribal territory will you be flying to?

    Ch 7 pushing Pill testing dishonestly again, apparently a survey of concert goers (probably paid for by the promoters of these things) is widespread support across all age ranges.

  40. Leigh Lowe

    Eyrie at 8:34

    From maintenance release …

    Pilot : Evidence of oil leak from right engine filler cap.
    LAME : Evidence removed.

  41. C.L.

    Jury: male children enjoy being r-aped.

    Jury takes 15 minutes to acquit high school teacher who had sex with student.

    The boy, who was a student at the school but was not in any of Ms Guazzo’s classes, was the only witness to give evidence during the two-day trial…

    Judge Gregory Lynham told the jury the case was unique as it was the first he had presided over where no physical witness had been called, with the only evidence given via video link.

    Unique? Not in Victoria, right?
    Read the ABC report.
    Extraordinarily, the woman’s barrister successfully blames the boy … because he liked the sex.

  42. Knuckle Dragger

    To be fair though, I thought Reg Ansett was off-target when he argued in the High Court that women’s menstrual cycles would have an adverse effect on a ladee’s ability to safely operate a giant flying car full of people at 800+kph.

    Clearly, he has no sense of adventure. An angry pilot is a good pilot. Probably.

  43. Mark A

    Eyrie
    #3046322, posted on June 19, 2019 at 8:34 am

    I once took off with my DN. Cessna 172 6 cyl. in a hurry.
    Upon return I noticed oil all over the fuselage.
    Forgot to screw back that big brass cap.

    Felt more than sheepish I tell you, luckily it was only a local flight from Kyneton to Bendigo, but still lost half the oil.

  44. Top Ender

    Vote 1 for your Local Judge! – a change Oz needs to have:

    Judge’s decision rejected, again
    NICOLA BERKOVIC

    A federal judge repeatedly found to throw out cases without giving proper reasons for his decisions or without properly considering the cases that come before him has had another case overturned on appeal.

    Federal Circuit Court judge Sandy Street has had more than 70 judgments overturned in less than five years. He was found last week to have failed to properly consider fundamental aspects of a case brought by a Tamil asylum-seeker.

    The asylum-seeker, from Sri Lanka’s north, had arrived in Australia by boat in October 2012. He told immigration authorities that before he left, he had been working as a fisherman when members of the Sri Lankan navy boarded his boat and mistreated him. Subsequently, his friend was abducted and needed hospital treatment in an attack he believed had been intended for him.

    The man launched Federal Circuit Court proceedings after his claim for a protection visa was denied, however Judge Street rejected the application.

    Federal Court judge Anthony Besanko found that in throwing out the man’s case, Judge Street “did not engage in the relevant sense” with his claims.

    “With respect, it seems to me that the statements by the primary judge … are, for the most part, assertions rather than a process of reasoning,” he said.

    In relation to one of the grounds of appeal, he said Judge Street had either confused the requirements set out in a section of the Migration Act and “run them together”, or had “failed to identify” his reasoning properly.

    In his judgment, Justice Besanko referred to four other cases in which Judge Street was found to have constructively failed to exercise the court’s jurisdiction properly — either failing “to deliver adequate reasons” or “to consider fundamental aspects of an appellant’s case”.

    He sent the case back to the Immigration Assessment Authority to be reconsidered.

    Judge Street — whose father, Sir Laurence, grandfather and great-grandfather were NSW chief justices — was appointed to the bench by the Coalition on January 1, 2015. Since that time, he has managed to finalise a large number of cases. In one 26-month period he disposed of about 1370 cases, while the other eight Sydney general federal law judges combined, disposed of just 2290 cases. Many of his judgments have been delivered “ex tempore” or on the spot. He has had many more cases upheld on appeal than overturned.

    However, in a case last year, Federal Court judge Robert Bromwich said the “perceived efficiency” of using “ex tempore” judgments could be “illusory” and cause the final resolution of a dispute to “be delayed rather than accelerated”. He said when they were used “inadequately or inappropriately”, the quality of justice delivered could “fall below acceptable standards”.

    In that case, Judge Street was found to have “failed to give adequate reasons, and in places reached conclusions that were plainly wrong”, when he threw out a claim brought by a teacher denied a promised termination payment.

    Oz print complete article

  45. Mother Lode

    The Berejiklian government plans to tap into its $1.4 billion Climate Change Fund by almost $300 million in the 2019-20 year for programs to help communities and businesses adapt to and cope with impacts from climate change.

    Someone should ask her to identify what impacts climate change has had so far – not the responses to climate change (the extra charges, the political interference discouraging investment in electricity, the deliberate decision not to deliberate on water infrastructure etc) but climate change itself.

    She might be surprised by the lack of urgency demanded by circumstances.

  46. C.L.

    Not sure if anybody posted it already but Windschuttle has a new piece at Quadrant on the Pell matter. He discovers that the accuser and Justice Kidd both claim that the cardinal has three hands.

    This is real.

  47. cohenite

    Bruce of Newcastle

    #3046302, posted on June 19, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Remember the green hysteria about logging the Tarkine?

    Rainforest Trees Cut Down For Windfarm Transmission Corridor (16 Jun)

    Hilarious, like bob the bum’s SUV convoy against coal.

    We need just one major meeja outlet to go hard continuously on alarmism and ruinables; and for the abc to blow up and this crap would be over and I could go back to watching Screwball comedies and reading old Marvel comics.

  48. MatrixTransform

    FascistBook are creating a state within a State but without borders.
    Supra-state.
    Everybody will be told to like it…and like it they will

  49. Percy Popinjay

    I see we have some graduates of m0nty’s “history as she is mangled” academy gracing this blog.

    Cassie – were any concrete solutions to the problem of collectivist cockheads in big business meddling in politics actually proposed last night?

    Or was it another case of “the problem is collectivist cockheads in big business are meddling in politics and we’re not happy about it.”

    Boycotts don’t seem to be working.

  50. Boambee John

    Rockdoctor

    Ch 7 pushing Pill testing dishonestly again, apparently a survey of concert goers (probably paid for by the promoters of these things) is widespread support across all age ranges.

    Fine, require the promotors to provide the service, at their expense or paid for by upping the price of tickets.

  51. Boambee John

    Oh, and at their liability too.

  52. Leigh Lowe

    Re lady pilots.
    I am surprised that the terms cockpit and master caution/warning.

    “Joystick” and “flaps” could be problematic too, and “drag” would upset the QWERTYs.

  53. Old School Conservative

    Much of the press has gone strangely coy about the lesbian angle of the Zetland tragedy.

  54. Top Ender

    I think your flight adventure beats one of mine Mark.

    I once took a Cessna off the ground only to hear an intense constant banging noise coming from somewhere behind me.

    Throttled back once I got to straight and level flight and had a bit of a check. Looked to be a door not done up. Could see daylight. Asked ATC if I could return to a runway.

    “Do you have an emergency situation developing?”

    “Um, negative.”

    “Permission granted Sierra Tango Yankee. Land runway 70. Traffic to your right one heavy inbound same runway. Report leaving 1000 feet.”

    Turned out my walk around of everything had not been good enough. Door had not been fully closed.

    Pilot needed a good kick up the arse. Then again, better than the bloke I knew who took off downhill from Great Keppel Island.

  55. Bruce of Newcastle

    FascistBook are creating a state within a State but without borders.

    I like how they named their cryptocurrency after a women’s hygiene product.

    Bitcoin fans spy opportunity in Facebook Libra launch

    Bitcoin’s backers are adamant that Facebook Inc.’s coming digital currency, Libra, won’t spell the demise of other cryptocurrencies. To the contrary, many believe the launch of Libra spells opportunity.

    Bitcoin nerds may aspire to be like Charles the Tampon Prince.

  56. Knuckle Dragger

    Shit. You’re right, LL.

    I apologise to anyone offended at my use of the term ‘push-back’ in my previous post.

    ……

    Actually, no I don’t. I think I’ll snigger about it all day instead.

    Oh – and PHRASING, PHRASING, PHRASING and PHRASING.

  57. Knuckle Dragger

    Shit. You’re right, LL.

    I apologise to anyone offended at my use of the term ‘push-back’ in my previous post.

    ……

    Actually, no I don’t. I think I’ll snicker about it all day instead.

    Oh – and PHRASING, PHRASING, PHRASING and PHRASING.

  58. Fisky

    A chastened and defeated Bernardi looking to rejoin the LNP.

    Government senate leader Mathias Cormann has signalled he is open to Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi returning to the Coalition fold, saying he would “always like to see additional members” join the Coalition’s upper house team.

    Coalition senators have told The Australian they were open-minded to the right-wing defector returning to the government’s upper house team after Senator Bernardi said yesterday he was open to a conversation with Scott Morrison about “how best to serve the government’s agenda.”

  59. Tel

    Extraordinarily, the woman’s barrister successfully blames the boy … because he liked the sex.

    No one “blamed” the boy. He was asked if he was a victim, he said he was not, and therefore no victim, no crime took place, nothing to blame anyone for.

    16 is legal age across all of Australia.

  60. Fisky

    I always said the “Conservatives” party was doomed!

  61. Percy Popinjay

    Much of the press has gone strangely coy about the lesbian angle of the Zetland tragedy.

    No mention of it at all on the ALPBC webshite (not the home page or the news page).

    Now this is interesting – a piece on the ALPBC webshite about the perils of purchasing existence pods in shoddily built third world style tower blocks.

  62. Leigh Lowe

    Boambee John

    #3046340, posted on June 19, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Oh, and at their liability too.

    That is what this is all about.
    As soon as Government funds it, the claims will start, and not just for deaths.

    “I missed work / failed exams / developed paranoia yadda yadda from my government approved pill.”

    If Government simply said that they are thinking of legislating to hold promoters responsible for paying for testing and they will be held liable for adverse consequences including posting a bond to cover liabilities, just watch this issue sink without trace.
    Of course, that would require a politician who doesn’t care about looking all hip, cool and with-it baby, so …

  63. Knuckle Dragger

    ’16 is legal age’

    No, Tel.

    If you’re deemed to be ‘in a position of authority or control’ over a person, such as being their teacher, it’s 18.

    In or out of school hours.

  64. Leigh Lowe

    16 is legal age across all of Australia.

    He may not have been 16 at the time of the offence, and sime states used to gave higher ages of consent where a “position of authority or trust” exists.
    Surely the charges wouldn’t have proceeded if there was ckear legality based on age.

  65. Mother Lode

    A quick question to the Catallaxy experts. Back in late 2016 the Turnbull Government was talking about removing the AUS$100 bill. There hasn’t been any mention of it since in the newspapers. Does anyone know if this is still the Government’s plan?

    Trumble was under the impression that if he removed the $100 bills from circulation and put them in shoeboxes then he would have more money to spend on boondoggles close to his heart such as ‘The Malcolm Turnbull Progressive Institute for Progressive and Sustainable Policy for Progress’.

  66. Eyrie

    “The Berejiklian government plans to tap into its $1.4 billion Climate Change Fund by almost $300 million in the 2019-20 year for programs to help communities and businesses adapt to and cope with impacts from climate change.”
    So she has a fund to deal with a non existent problem that isn’t happening?
    Anyone here see any climate change? Summer is hot, winter is cold, there are droughts, floods, tornadoes, the odd tropical cyclone and there isn’t a beach at Port Withcott at the bottom of the Toowoomba Range. Ops normal, I’d say.

  67. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Twostix #3046293, posted on June 19, 2019 at 6:47 am

    A Christchurch businessman who shared a video of worshippers being slaughtered at a New Zealand
    NZ is being taken over. It is the global bugman’s Crimea – a place they plan to to go when the jig is up.

    While I can see the merits of unicameral government in terms of efficiency, it often seems that having to get legislation past two houses has a moderating effect in general. Of course,the USA has three.

  68. Knuckle Dragger

    Bloody hell. Just saw the vision of Merkenhitler shaking while standing next to Macron during something or other.

    She looked like a second hand washing machine on spin cycle. Almost hit the deck but didn’t.

    Take note, Hillary.

  69. Eyrie

    There should be a “Boycott New Zealand as a tourist destination until political prisoners are released” movement.

  70. Roberto

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3046363, posted on June 19, 2019 at 9:19 am
    Bloody hell. Just saw the vision of Merkenhitler shaking while standing next to Macron during something or other.
    She looked like a second hand washing machine on spin cycle. Almost hit the deck but didn’t.

    Wow. She looks like she was about to explode and shatter into lots of pieces.

    Looks rather more serious than mere dehydration to me.

  71. dover_beach

    Much of the press has gone strangely coy about the lesbian angle of the Zetland tragedy.

    Men were not involved so nothing to see here. Move along.

  72. Percy Popinjay

    Back in late 2016 the turdbull Government was talking about removing the AUS$100 bill.

    The reasons given for wanting to do so were even more ridiculous. Pensioners were hoarding the $100 bills in such significant quantities they were engineering a national shortage, or some such codswallop.

    In reality, it was a thinly veiled attempt to further restrict the proles’ use of cash.

    “Calls” to abolish $100 bills will start up again soon, mark my words. Led by the ALPBC, of course.

  73. Knuckle Dragger

    Exactly, Roberto.

    Maybe she needed an injection of drachma or lira or something.

  74. Tom

    A chastened and defeated Bernardi looking to rejoin the LNP.

    Of course.

    The sole reason for his defection from the LNP and the formation of the Australian Conservatives was the September 2015 Liberal party room coup that knifed the sitting PM and elected a wannabe Labor Party imposter in his place.

    Bernardi’s recent concession that AC had “barely troubled the scorer” at the May 18 election was not only an admission that the need for AC had disappeared when Trumble resigned, but also that he was a hopeless party leader with zero charisma and, therefore, electoral appeal.

    Remaining AC party leader is now pointless for Bernardi.

    Still, it would be useful to bequeath and retain the AC party structure to another caretaker for use the next time some chancer who believes in nothing but his own ego tries to hijack the party.

  75. calli

    Spectacles report (Two-Day International Courier*)

    The Beloved’s glasses are in Canada. They arrived by AusPost clipper ship this morning. I believe it broke down somewhere near Tahiti and they’ve been paddling the rest of the way. Time and a half.

    Hopefully CanadaPost is a little quicker. The processing centre is just down the road. They might come by mule train. Worthy of a photo. 😀

    * always read the fine print.

  76. Leigh Lowe

    My little moment of aviation consternation came in a tandem seat tail-dragger that I was flying alone.
    Take off and start to climb and, as it pitches up, my seat slides back on it’s rails.
    Fuckety, fucking, fuck.
    My stubby arms and feet are struggling to reach things.
    Fortunately the harness is attached to the frame and is now loose so I can twist and lean foward and just reach the stick with my right hand, but the twisting pulls my left foot back from the left rudder pedal.
    I am trying to think what I might do if it starts to get wobbly … can I reach the rear seat left rudder pedal with my left hand?
    Throttle was going full bore and I kept wings level until I got some altitude under me rather than above and got it sorted.
    Much cold sweating.
    The walk-around became a lot more diligent from then.

  77. RobK

    With languishing windpower at only a few % of capacty, and the spot price nudging $300 in SA and Vic, while Qld is swimming in supply, comes this as an explainer from wattclarity;
    Extended outage of Loy Yang A unit 2 – reliability and forward price impacts

    As highlighted in Paul McArdle’s initial post on this topic this week, an extended outage of unit 2 at AGL’s Loy Yang A power station has generated considerable interest in the media (conventional and social) and speculation about price and reliability implications for Victoria, extending into the early summer period.

    This brief post examines what we can see in data published this week in AEMO’s medium term reliability outlook (“MTPASA”), and any impacts that knowledge of the outage has had on forward electricity prices for the second half of this year.

    A little bit of history

    Just before that, some might be wondering why such a long outage period is required to repair the electrical damage sustained by LYA unit 2’s generator. The complete answer to that question requires going back to the 1970’s and the history of the Newport (yes Newport) gas-fired power station, which was originally designed as a 1,000 MW station comprising two 500 MW units. The then State Electricity Commission of Victoria (SECV) had proceeded as far as ordering two turbine-generator units for Newport from their chosen suppliers (Alstom/Brown-Boveri) before their plans were derailed by concerns over metropolitan air quality impacts and an ultimate decision to downsize Newport to a single 500 MW station. This left the SECV with the problem of what to do with an extra 500 MW turbo-generator package for which the order could not be cancelled.

    Someone in the SECV had the bright idea of installing Newport’s unwanted sibling generator at Loy Yang A power station which was then less advanced in design and construction, and reducing the planned order for that station of four 500 MW turbo-generators from proposed suppliers Siemens/Kraftwerk Union, to three. While this solved the SECV’s immediate problem of where to store an otherwise surplus-to-requirements multi-million dollar piece of equipment the size (and many times the mass) of a large bus, it bequeathed a number of headaches to the designers, operators and later owners of Loy Yang A, in running and maintaining two different types of turbo-generator unit in the one station.

    This is particularly relevant when it comes to managing spare parts for very large and expensive pieces of kit like generators. These essentially comprise two very massive parts known as a stator (what you can see on the outside) and a rotor, the rotating part inside the generator, spun in the stator’s magnetic field by the power of the steam turbine to create electrical power.

    In a multiple unit station, or group of stations, all using the same brand of generator, it is reasonable to carry a spare rotor and stator which can be used to replace a damaged component on any of the operating generators in the station or fleet. AGL does carry such spares for the generators in use on Loy Yang A units 1, 3 and 4. But doing this for a single generator of a different type – the situation for Loy Yang A2 – is much harder to justify and it appears AGL do not carry such spares for this unit.

    As a result, the damaged stator and rotor at LYA2 can’t be “swapped out” for replacement with spares on hand (a big job anyway), but will have to be fully repaired before the unit can come back to service, potentially in early December.

    Not much in the way of spare capacity anymore.

  78. Mother Lode

    A chastened and defeated Bernardi looking to rejoin the LNP.

    His leaving the party was always and only a reaction to Trumble. Like an allergy.

    While Morro is not really a conservative and there will be plenty of issues where Bernardi and Morro will disagree, as long as Morro is ‘seen’ as conservative then there will not be the defection of votes to Bernardi’s lot he needed.

  79. Bloody hell. Can someone give Arky some apricots or metamucil?
    Or just give numbers his email address – that’ll get his bowels going.

  80. Leigh Lowe

    Exactly Tom and Mother Lode.
    Bernardi no doubt feels he can return with Trumble, Skeletor and Grindr Pyne gone.

  81. Infidel Tiger

    I always said the “Conservatives” party was doomed!

    And people were furious when I correctly labelled it a scam vanity project.

  82. 2dogs:

    What would make this really popcorn worthy is if the federal government could remove the “conveniently belong to” clause in response.

    Yep. Been calling for it for years.
    The power behind the Unions is their monopoly granted by the government.
    Remove it and a lot of their power is nullified – apart from their willingness to use violence to achieve their aims.

  83. Eyrie

    L.L that seat sliding back thing has killed quite a few people.

  84. Nelson Kidd-Players

    I also did a quick (not really quick) look at the hundred-dollar bill issue, and found my way into RBA annual reports. Production seems extremely lumpy, as opposed to just cranking out a steady stream of notes. For example, late last year was all about the fifty that turned out to have the spelling error. That said, it seems they did print hundreds a couple of years ago. Production of fivers seems more steady and has been increasing. Cappuccino vouchers.

    Perhaps research can be performed by withdrawing a few thousand over the counter and seeing what years you get. 😉

  85. Fisky

    Even though it was always doomed, Bernardi’s adventure was informative in that we now know there is zero constituency for a Ted Cruz style party in Australia. The only alternative to the LNP can come from populists, not Bernardi’s arch blue rinse set.

    Does he have a shot at preselection if he rejoins?

  86. Fisky

    Family First should now splinter from the Bernardists at once. It was a terrible failure on their part to merge.

  87. C.L.

    No one “blamed” the boy. He was asked if he was a victim, he said he was not, and therefore no victim, no crime took place, nothing to blame anyone for.

    16 is legal age across all of Australia.

    Don’t be silly.
    He was a school child. Not legal anywhere in Australia.
    And if you read the ABC report you will see he was indeed blamed,

  88. Notafan

    How can Hillary take note?

    She died in 2016. Remember the infamous stumble.

    All you see now is a body double.

    Just ask srr or Anne.

    They’ll tell you.

    After all, Hillary was really really old.

  89. Knuckle Dragger

    Eyrie,

    Love it.

    ‘Oh, you almost died like all those other people that same thing happened to.’ Ha!

  90. Leigh Lowe

    Eyrie

    #3046383, posted on June 19, 2019 at 9:41 am

    L.L that seat sliding back thing has killed quite a few people.

    I nearly died of fright, I can tell you.
    I was lucky I could still reach the stick and just keep it rolling along.
    I can imagine someone having a tight hold on the stick.
    Seat slides, stick gets pulled back with it, nose up, stall.
    Dead.

  91. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Fisky, was thinking the same thing. Be disappointing if the only lasting legacy of AC was to take out Family First as a sensitive (and occasionally successful) alternate conservative option.

  92. C.L.

    Looks rather more serious than mere dehydration to me.

    It’s a strange paradox of contemporary times that while elderly people in general have never been more despised and hidden away as nuisances, we have so many elderly ‘leaders’ in the West. The US is the most noteworthy example: politicians there simply refuse to ever retire.

  93. I loved the Beatles.
    Greatest musical team since … whenever.
    Fuck you, all you tin ear deaf bastards.

  94. Bruce of Newcastle

    Bernardi no doubt feels he can return with Trumble, Skeletor and Grindr Pyne gone.

    He’s got a point. It happened in the recent Denmark election. The left adopted an anti-immigrant platform and that got them elected.

    ‘Anti-immigrant left’ wins election as Danes reject far-right

    So at last the mainstream left party got the message from the voters, and as soon as they did the voters voted for them.

    Same goes here. As soon as the Libs adopt the policies that PHON voters want, PHON voters will vote for the Libs. AC voters also. Conversely, if the Libs fail to give what the voters want, they will die.

    As soon as the Libs ditch climate crap, build a coal fired power station or two, open up exploration for gas and oil and control immigration they’ll rocket in the polls.

  95. dover_beach

    No one “blamed” the boy. He was asked if he was a victim, he said he was not, and therefore no victim, no crime took place, nothing to blame anyone for.

    Why does he need to be asked if he was a victim? Isn’t that a question that can be determined objectively simply by reference to the facts of the case and the law? The precedent this case sets is that teachers are free to have intercourse with students 16 years or older at their school so long as they are not directly involved in their studies and so long as the students says they liked it. You are, however, in trouble if the student consented but says now for any reason they didn’t ‘like it’. What could go wrong?

  96. Notafan

    I think the clue is in the description of the charges which is precuring a person for carnal knowledge.

    Been trying to read the legislation and I’m getting the impression it’s in relation to procuring someone for prostitution.

    perhaps prosecutors were trying to shoehorn what happened with charges that didn’t quite match the circumstances because they don’t have legislation specifically to fit.

    And for those charges to be successful they have to show that the younger person was coerced against their will.

    He was definitely sixteen when it happened.

  97. C.L.

    Movie recommendation …
    Shaft sequel being denouncingly denounced by SJWs, Twitter and snowflakes for “Toxic Masculinity” and For Laughing at Millennials and Woke Sissies.

  98. Geriatric Mayfly

    Spectacles report (Two-Day International Courier*)
    The Beloved’s glasses are in Canada. They arrived by AusPost clipper ship this morning.

    The very same vessel which delivered my forgotten wallet to New Zealand. $28 for express delivery and a three day crossing in spite of the prevailing westerlies.

  99. Notafan

    Nothing had changed then DB, if anyone decides after the fact they didn’t like it, a person (nearly always male) is in all kinds of trouble.

  100. Eddystone

    Just watched the Merkel trembling video. She looked to be in real trouble.

    Funniest comment on there.

    K Me
    3 hours ago
    Wearable Vibrator malfunction… Possible Cyber-attack.

  101. C.L.

    One of the myths about The Beatles is that they sucked live.
    This has been suggested over the years owing to the fact that they were never really a touring live band (excepting in their foundational years).
    In fact, they were freakishly tight and in-tune live – even notwithstanding erstwhile sound systems and mikes (which certainly did suck).

  102. None

    So the High Court is going to rule on sperm donors parental rights today.

  103. Knuckle Dragger

    Oh dear God. C.L.’s review link:

    ‘Soyboy betas and Femcel Thick-Fingered Goblins Shriek’

    Mucho, mucho laughter. Emojis terribly inadequate.

  104. stackja

    Brothers accused of Heyington police bashing allegedly shaved heads to avoid arrest

    The father of two brothers accused of attacking one of Victoria’s most senior cops, has outside court dodged questions about his sons’ alleged actions and called the high-profile victim “a dog” as well as suggesting his sons were deliberately targeted.
    REBEKAH CAVANAGH, Herald Sun
    Subscriber only

    39 minutes ago

    Outside court, Mr Pihlgren would not comment when pressed about his son’s alleged actions.

    But he instead turned the focus on Mr O’Neill and repeatedly asked: “Why did he follow them?”

    He called Mr O’Neill “a dog” and suggested he had deliberately targeted his sons.

    The court had heard Mr Pihlgren has “an extreme hatred for the police” and had not co-operated in assisting with his sons’ arrest when contacted at 6pm on Sunday.

    On Facebook, Mr Pihlgren earlier wrote: “F— the police.”

  105. Bruce of Newcastle

    More aviation news.

    Burning edible food in planes is immoral.
    Virgin should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity.

  106. Joanna

    Oh my God! Melania is rocking a bright yellow pantsuit at the rally. It’s like a shout-out to the tradies. Spectacular!

  107. Leigh Lowe

    Just watched the Merkel trembling video. She looked to be in real trouble.

    Funniest comment on there.

    K Me
    3 hours ago
    Wearable Vibrator malfunction… Possible Cyber-attack.

    Shaking with rage that they are not playing the East German national anthem?
    Or the Parkinson’s meds failing?

  108. Dr Fred Lenin

    How aboutv“Swindlefarms., “ for the useless windmills , and “Soliar Panels” _for the roof ltter things ?

  109. Eyrie

    BoN the aviation industry has truly swallowed the kool aid. Let’s see you make biofuel by starting with crops which take diesel to plant, grow harvest and transport instead of buring the diesel in the planes. It is much the same as jet fuel anyway.

  110. Leigh Lowe

    Why does he need to be asked if he was a victim? Isn’t that a question that can be determined objectively simply by reference to the facts of the case and the law?

    Exactly.
    He cannot legally give consent.

    The precedent this case sets is that teachers are free to have intercourse with students 16 years or older at their school so long as they are not directly involved in their studies and so long as the students says they liked it.

    Yeah, nah, not quite.
    Woman – boy … tick.
    Man – boy … tick.
    Woman – girl … tick.
    Man – girl … jail.

  111. stackja

    C.L. – The Beatles live were mostly fans screaming. Better to listen to recording.

  112. Zatara

    Let’s see you make biofuel by starting with crops which take diesel to plant, grow harvest and transport instead of buring the diesel in the planes. It is much the same as jet fuel anyway.

    Quite right, except people can’t eat biofuel.

    Unless world hunger has been resolved while I wasn’t looking?

    It was a solution in search of a problem.

  113. Mater

    “Joystick” and “flaps” could be problematic too, and “drag” would upset the QWERTYs.

    LL,
    You left out the other trigger terms: ‘Trim’, ‘Tail’ and ‘Thrust’.

  114. The Barking Toad

    Adolf had the shakes towards the end too

  115. Leigh Lowe

    Urgent call out!
    Is there a ship’s radio operator on the Cat anywhere?
    Lizzie is adrift on the high seas sans telecoms and travelogues have slowed to a trickle!
    Urgent updates required via Morse code.

  116. Leigh Lowe

    LL,
    You left out the other trigger terms: ‘Trim’, ‘Tail’ and ‘Thrust’.

    SLAP!
    Oooooh, you are naughty!

  117. Tel

    Woman – boy … tick.
    Man – boy … tick.
    Woman – girl … tick.
    Man – girl … jail.

    The only meaning of that is that males are intrinsically more capable of making decisions … and females are intrinsically less capable of making decisions.

    Many people do believe that, but won’t come out and openly admit that’s what they believe.

  118. Some History

    Concerning antismoking, the Public Health nut cases have created numerous detrimental consequences from their fear and hate-mongering, e.g., denormalization/leperization/stigmatization, forcing smokers into vulnerable situations due to baseless smoking bans, contraband market due to eye-wateringly-high extortionate taxes. And the nut cases typically avoid accountability, ignoring all of the fallout and continuing with their five-star backslapping sessions. Well, they’ve done it again. From Chris Snowdon’s blog:

    Prohibition doesn’t prohibit – prison edition
    The erstwhile legal high Spice was banned in the UK in 2016. At around the same time, a ban on smoking in English prisons began to be phased in. Scottish prisons followed suit in November 2018.

    Action on Smoking and Health predicted that the smoking ban wouldn’t lead to prison riots. It led to a lot of prison riots. Violence in prisons is now at an all-time high.

    And now we discover that…
    Prison staff are falling ill from spice drug fumes

    More than a third of prison officers and nurses have felt ill as a result of inhaling second-hand smoke from the drug known as spice that is plaguing jails.

    A survey of more than 1,600 members of prison staff found that 53 per cent had been exposed to psychoactive substances taken by prisoners; 39 per cent said that they had felt unwell from the effects of the drugs, with 97 per cent of those affected reporting symptoms including dizziness and confusion.

    Great success! Is there any problem that prohibition can’t exacerbate?

    In May, a group of activist-academics in Scotland found that levels of tobacco smoke had fallen in Scotland, and said:
    “This research confirms that exposure to second-hand smoke has been drastically reduced and, ultimately, this will have a positive impact on the health of prison staff and prisoners.”

    Meanwhile, back in the real world:
    Scotland’s jails are in the grip of a new drugs crisis with the number of prisoners needing medical attention rising five fold in the last three years.

    More than 1,600 prisoners needed medical attention after using psychoactive substances – formerly known as legal highs – last year.

    And the number of cases continues to increase – with 1,100 prisoners affected already this year.

    Banning smoking in prisons has caused the problem to escalate, warders say, with inmates now using government-issued e-cigarette devices to inhale the drugs.

    Perhaps the authorities will now ban e-cigarettes, thereby further increasing the risk of violence?
    Prison officers say the situation across the country’s jails is already out of control.

    One said: “We seen prisoners foaming at the mouth and rampaging around with their eyes bulging out of their heads.

    “Others look as if they are zombies.

    “They exhibit super-human strength and are just completely out of control – it’s like walking into a zombie apocalypse.

    “They don’t feel pain. We’ve seen then inflicting terrible injuries on themselves and others.”

    Spice and other drugs are substitutes for tobacco. Tobacco has a calming effect on people, but the simple and effective solution of repealing the ban, at least outdoors, will never be entertained because British lawmakers are in the grip of fanaticism.

    And so the carnage will continue.

    https://velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.com/2019/06/prohibition-doesnt-prohibit-prison.html

    But don’t ask the Public Health nut cases. They’ll tell you that every antismoking measure has been a resounding success.

  119. dopey

    Sydney Morning Herald has a story about a player looking to fill the Wallabies No 15 jersey “left vacant” by Israel Folau.
    Left vacant!

  120. Stimpson J. Cat

    The only meaning of that is that males are intrinsically more capable of making decisions … and females are intrinsically less capable of making decisions.
    Many people do believe that, but won’t come out and openly admit that’s what they believe.

    Can Confirm!

    Now This Is Epic!!!!

  121. Stimpson J. Cat

    About 1200 migrants who failed the test three times in the same year nevertheless became new Australians in 2018.

    Sending their Best!!!!

    Kristina Keneally

    @KKeneally
    University-level English tests for new migrants were just another example of over-reach by @PeterDutton_MP’s department. Congratulations to everyone who worked to stop these.
    2:22 PM – Jun 17, 2019

  122. Geriatric Mayfly

    Spent 5 minutes with Trump in Orlando. Not like the good old days when one and all were mesmerised by the soaring oratory of Big Ears.

  123. P

    Oh my God! Melania is rocking a bright yellow pantsuit at the rally. It’s like a shout-out to the tradies. Spectacular!

    Stunning

  124. thefrollickingmole

    C.L.

    The gruinaid reviewer, while totally down with “Hateful 8” and male on male Pape of a white dude by Jacksons character is in a tooth sucking frenzy of disapproval over the Shaft movie.

    Shaft review – regressive sequel swaps out style for ugly homophobia

    a few of the soy words extracted.

    toxic stream of bigotry
    regressively misogynistic
    so-called beta millennial males
    bitter men griping
    uneasy jabs not just towards gay men but also the trans community
    “You sure you like pussy?”
    back to the 70s.
    dinosaur

    Thats only 1/2 of it, they really, really hate it.
    The mission in Shaft is to break down a modern definition of masculinity, to toughen up “delicate” qualities, such as hating guns and listening to women, and return to the good old days instead. While Jackson’s ribald relic might succeed in forcing his son back to the past, this embarrassingly tone-deaf film fails to take us with him.

  125. Roger

    In fact, they were freakishly tight and in-tune live …

    Skills honed in Hamburg.

  126. thefrollickingmole

    Not my sort of film, but it does look like fun.

    https://youtu.be/lD41XdWcmbY

  127. Infidel Tiger

    Some of our best migrants still can’t speak English.

    There are better criteria.

    1. Ability to correctly walk on a footpath or through a shopping centre.
    2. Ability to queue
    3. Ability to use a knife and fork.

    That’s your basis for a righteous society there. Add in something about not haggling over prices and we are heaven bound.

  128. stackja

    mole – Shaft remake?
    Isaac Hayes music?

  129. Notafan

    LL

    Isn’t that the problem?

    where is the Queensland legislation that says a 16 year old cannot consent?

  130. Just in….

    “The High Court has ruled that a sperm donor who was involved in parenting a child with his friend of 25 years is legally the child’s father, in a landmark case that could have implications for thousands of Australian families.

    The ruling this morning, which has overturned a decision of the full Family Court, could mean that single women who use known sperm donors may find it impossible to exclude the donor from their children’s lives.

    The legal dispute was triggered when the child’s mother and her same-sex partner tried to take the girl and her younger sister to live in New Zealand.

    The High Court has this morning ruled the girl’s biological father is also legally her parent.

    The man, given the court pseudonym “Robert Masson”, had been listed on the girl’s birth certificate and paid child support. He had also shared in her care from birth — changing her nappies, attending her school and daycare events and taking her to after-school activities.

    The High Court found Mr Masson had “an ongoing role in the child’s financial support, health, education and general welfare”. He had been described by the trial judge “as enjoying an extremely close and secure attachment relationship with the child”.

    He had also treated the child’s younger sister as his daughter, although she was not his biological child. Both had called him “daddy”.

    The full Family Court found last year that although there had been “a serious divergence of judicial opinion” in the area, it was a “constitutional heresy” to treat Mr Masson as the legal father. This is because under NSW law a sperm donor is presumed not to be a father unless married or in a de facto relationship with the child’s mother at the time of conception.

    According to the full Family Court, the state law applied, because the federal law did not provide “otherwise” and the presumption was “irrebuttable”.

    However, the High Court today overturned that decision. It found the NSW law relating to parentage was not “picked up” by the commonwealth law.

    The majority of judges said there was “no basis in the text, structure or purpose” of the Family Law Act to suppose that Parliament intended the word “parent” to have any meaning “other than its natural and ordinary meaning”.

    Whether someone qualified as a parent, was a question of fact and degree to be determined by the ordinary, contemporary understanding of the word “parent” and the circumstances of the case, the judges said.

    “To characterise the biological father of a child as a “sperm donor” suggests that the man in question has relevantly done no more than provide his semen to facilitate an artificial conception procedure on the basis of an express or implied understanding that he is thereafter to have nothing to do with any child born as a result of the procedure,” the judges said.

    “Those are not the facts of this case. Here, as has been found – and the finding is not disputed – the appellant provided his semen to facilitate the artificial conception of his daughter on the express or implied understanding that he would be the child’s parent; that he would be registered on her birth certificate as her parent, as he is; and that he would, as her parent, support and care for her, as since her birth he has done. Accordingly, to characterise the appellant as a “sperm donor” is in effect to ignore all but one of the facts and circumstances which, in this case, have been held to be determinative.”

    The initial trial judge, Family Court judge Margaret Cleary, had ruled that the mother, “Susan Parsons”, should be prevented from returning to New Zealand, her country of birth, with her wife, other than with Mr Masson’s consent, because it would not be in the child’s best interests. Instead, she said the children should live with Ms Parsons and continue to spend regular weekday, weekend and holiday time with their father in Newcastle.

    “I have concluded that the risks of devaluation of the children’s relationship with Robert and his extended family is a risk that should not be taken when the children have thrived and done well in the arrangements which all three parties have put in place for them over the years since the birth of each child,” she said.

    The dispute, which began about five years ago, is believed to have cost the parties more than $1.5 million.

    Family lawyer Stephen Page has previously told the full Family Court decision had made the law “crystal clear”, which would be reassuring to IVF clinics advising their clients, but more flexibility was needed.

    In Ontario, Canada, up to four people could be named as a child’s parent, if that was what was intended.

    “There are going to be more and more cases where people feel they have not been properly recognised because of rigid presumptions,” he said.

  131. stackja

    Cassie – IVF. What could possibly go wrong?

  132. Notafan

    I don’t see implications for mere sperm donors in that decision.

    Dad had ingoing fatherly involvement until it didn’t suit the other party.

  133. Infidel Tiger

    “The High Court has ruled that a sperm donor who was involved in parenting a child with his friend of 25 years is legally the child’s father, in a landmark case that could have implications for thousands of Australian families.

    The ruling this morning, which has overturned a decision of the full Family Court, could mean that single women who use known sperm donors may find it impossible to exclude the donor from their children’s lives.

    Good stuff.

    This sinful and shameful practice must have repercussions.

  134. Stimpson J. Cat

    Some of our best migrants still can’t speak English.

    Ha ha ha ha ha ja ja ha ja ja!!!!!
    Let’s just make exceptions for everyone we like.
    What could go wrong?

  135. Roger

    Deutsche Presse Agentur JUNE 19, 2019 7:29AM:

    The first arrival of Indigenous Australians to the continent more than 50,000 years ago was deliberately planned using complex technologies as they migrated in large groups, a scientific study has revealed.

    The study said the groups had sophisticated technology and knowledge of how to build watercraft as well as the remarkable ability at that time to plan, navigate, and make multiple complicated, open-ocean voyages to directly transport large numbers of people.

    Aborigines invented the sextant?

  136. calli

    Swindlefarms

    I’m stealing that! Locked and loaded!

  137. stackja

    We will soon have many ‘fathers’ and many genders. Isn’t ‘progress’ wonderful.

  138. calli

    If a twentyeight year old teacher seduced my sixteen year old son, she’d be missing her kneecaps and I’d be doing time.

  139. “Notafan
    #3046445, posted on June 19, 2019 at 11:00 am
    I don’t see implications for mere sperm donors in that decision.

    Dad had ongoing fatherly involvement until it didn’t suit the other party.”

    Yep…this judgment is going to ruffle a few feathers….and good on the father for pursuing it.

  140. Leigh Lowe

    Notafan

    #3046442, posted on June 19, 2019 at 10:55 am

    LL

    Isn’t that the problem?

    where is the Queensland legislation that says a 16 year old cannot consent?

    All states have “statutory rape” laws which make it illegal for an adult (typically over 18) to have sex with a child under 16.
    And, as KD said, it can be over 16 where the perp holds a position of authority (eg teacher).
    And this is not new.
    What I mean by consent, is legal consent.
    It doesn’t matter if the kid says “Yes, please! Ohh, ah, ooooh ah, I am loving it”.
    They do not have legal capacity to consent.
    Just as a phone company can’t enter into a legally binding contract with a 12 year old … Oops.

  141. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #3046440, posted on June 19, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Some of our best migrants still can’t speak English.

    We need to be careful here.
    Essendon’s dashing half-back Conor McKenna badly needs sub-titles when interviewed.
    We don’t want him shipped back to de bogs ‘o Ireland.

  142. Top Ender

    Interesting:

    Quebec bans religious garb from bureaucracy
    KIM MACKRAEL

    Quebec will prohibit teachers, police officers and certain other public-sector employees from wearing religious symbols while on the job, making the Frenchspeaking Canadian province the first North American jurisdiction in decades to enact such a ban.

    The new Quebec law, which also covers judges and prosecutors, applies to all religious symbols including the crucifix, the government has said. Civilliberties groups have argued it will disproportionately affect religious minorities such as Muslim women who wear head scarfs and Sikh men who wear turbans.

    The law exempts public sector employees as long as they remain in their current positions. That exemption is lost if an employee is transferred or promoted, or if their mandate in a particular job ends.

    The law passed on Monday in Quebec’s legislature by a vote of 73 to 35, after a marathon weekend session that saw the ruling Coalition Avenir Quebec force an early end to the debate. “Secularism is a value that is dear and fundamental for Quebecers,” said the province’s Immigration Minister, Simon Jolin-Barrette, during the debate.

    Quebec’s right-wing government has said the ban should mark an end to a decade of divisive debate about accommodating religious minorities in the province. As a French-speaking province in predominantly English Canada, Quebec has long sought to protect its language and culture, which has included a commitment to the separation of religion and the state.

    The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the National Council of Canadian Muslims started legal proceedings yesterday to persuade the Court of Quebec to declare the law invalid, saying it violated the Canadian constitution.

    “The Quebec government has legalised religious discrimination,” said Leila Nasr of the NCCM. “This is one of the biggest civil liberties challenges in recent Canadian history.”

    The World Sikh Organisation said the law sent a message that Quebec had shut its doors to diversity and inclusion.

    “Stripping members of minority communities of their rights is a shocking move that will have long-term repercussions for Quebec and Canada,” it said.

    The new Quebec law also requires anyone giving or receiving public services to have their faces visible. Critics argue that portion of the law targets the tiny minority of Quebecers who wear the face-covering niqab or burka.

    The Quebec law follows in the footsteps of France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Denmark.

    A spokesman for Canada’s Liberal government said the law undermined fundamental rights by forcing people to choose between their religion and their job. “It’s not up to politicians to tell people what to wear or not to wear. Canada is already a secular state and that is reflected in our institutions,” he said.

    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

  143. Top Ender

    Interesting:

    Quebec bans religious garb from bureaucracy
    KIM MACKRAEL

    Quebec will prohibit teachers, police officers and certain other public-sector employees from wearing religious symbols while on the job, making the French-speaking Canadian province the first North American jurisdiction in decades to enact such a ban.

    The new Quebec law, which also covers judges and prosecutors, applies to all religious symbols including the crucifix, the government has said. Civilliberties groups have argued it will disproportionately affect religious minorities such as Mus lim women who wear head scarfs and Sikh men who wear turbans.

    The law exempts public sector employees as long as they remain in their current positions. That exemption is lost if an employee is transferred or promoted, or if their mandate in a particular job ends.

    The law passed on Monday in Quebec’s legislature by a vote of 73 to 35, after a marathon weekend session that saw the ruling Coalition Avenir Quebec force an early end to the debate. “Secularism is a value that is dear and fundamental for Quebecers,” said the province’s Immigration Minister, Simon Jolin-Barrette, during the debate.

    Quebec’s right-wing government has said the ban should mark an end to a decade of divisive debate about accommodating religious minorities in the province. As a French-speaking province in predominantly English Canada, Quebec has long sought to protect its language and culture, which has included a commitment to the separation of religion and the state.

    The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the National Council of Canadian Muslims started legal proceedings yesterday to persuade the Court of Quebec to declare the law invalid, saying it violated the Canadian constitution.

    “The Quebec government has legalised religious discrimination,” said Leila Nasr of the NCCM. “This is one of the biggest civil liberties challenges in recent Canadian history.”

    The World Sikh Organisation said the law sent a message that Quebec had shut its doors to diversity and inclusion.

    “Stripping members of minority communities of their rights is a shocking move that will have long-term repercussions for Quebec and Canada,” it said.

    The new Quebec law also requires anyone giving or receiving public services to have their faces visible. Critics argue that portion of the law targets the tiny minority of Quebecers who wear the face-covering niqab or burka.

    The Quebec law follows in the footsteps of France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Denmark.

    A spokesman for Canada’s Liberal government said the law undermined fundamental rights by forcing people to choose between their religion and their job. “It’s not up to politicians to tell people what to wear or not to wear. Canada is already a secular state and that is reflected in our institutions,” he said.

    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

  144. Stimpson J. Cat

    I have no problem with genuine refugees being accepted and struggling to speak the language.
    But migrants?
    Who want to live here?
    It is blatant f$cking disrespect.
    Living in Australia is a privilege.
    Imagine inviting people into your house and they all conversed in a language you could not understand.
    The most basic building block of any community is the ability to effectively communicate.
    This is simple stuff.

  145. Top Ender

    Interesting:

    Quebec bans religious garb from bureaucracy
    KIM MACKRAEL

    Quebec will prohibit teachers, police officers and certain other public-sector employees from wearing religious symbols while on the job, making the French-speaking Canadian province the first North American jurisdiction in decades to enact such a ban.

    The new Quebec law, which also covers judges and prosecutors, applies to all religious symbols including the crucifix, the government has said. Civil liberties groups have argued it will disproportionately affect religious minorities such as Mus lim women who wear head scarfs and Sikh men who wear turbans.

    The law exempts public sector employees as long as they remain in their current positions. That exemption is lost if an employee is transferred or promoted, or if their mandate in a particular job ends.

    The law passed on Monday in Quebec’s legislature by a vote of 73 to 35, after a marathon weekend session that saw the ruling Coalition Avenir Quebec force an early end to the debate. “Secularism is a value that is dear and fundamental for Quebecers,” said the province’s Immigration Minister, Simon Jolin-Barrette, during the debate.

    Quebec’s right-wing government has said the ban should mark an end to a decade of divisive debate about accommodating religious minorities in the province. As a French-speaking province in predominantly English Canada, Quebec has long sought to protect its language and culture, which has included a commitment to the separation of religion and the state.

    The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the National Council of Canadian Mus lims started legal proceedings yesterday to persuade the Court of Quebec to declare the law invalid, saying it violated the Canadian constitution.

    “The Quebec government has legalised religious discrimination,” said Leila Nasr of the NCCM. “This is one of the biggest civil liberties challenges in recent Canadian history.”

    The World Sikh Organisation said the law sent a message that Quebec had shut its doors to diversity and inclusion.

    “Stripping members of minority communities of their rights is a shocking move that will have long-term repercussions for Quebec and Canada,” it said.

    The new Quebec law also requires anyone giving or receiving public services to have their faces visible. Critics argue that portion of the law targets the tiny minority of Quebecers who wear the face-covering niqab or burka.

    The Quebec law follows in the footsteps of France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Denmark.

    A spokesman for Canada’s Liberal government said the law undermined fundamental rights by forcing people to choose between their religion and their job. “It’s not up to politicians to tell people what to wear or not to wear. Canada is already a secular state and that is reflected in our institutions,” he said.

    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

  146. calli

    I’m watching the news here in Vancouver, and there is much, much consternation and gnashing of teeth over this.

    Apparently Canadians want to save killer whales and freeze to death.

    I say, let them.

  147. calli

    Hijabs, bad.

    Killer whales, good.

    Oh, Canada!

  148. thefrollickingmole

    Grain of salt, but how are the prices of some of the dog box stacks holding up at the moment?
    https://7news.com.au/business/property/mascot-towers-defects-affect-80pct-of-new-apartments-in-australia-says-expert-c-171770

    About 80 per cent of new residential buildings in most of Australia have the same sort of defects affecting the Mascot Towers in Sydney, it’s been claimed.

    The 10-year-old building was evacuated on Friday after engineers became concerned about cracks in the primary support structure and façade masonry.

    “Eighty per cent of all new residential strata constructed in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland have these sort of defects.

    “There has been a conspiracy of silence over this, people trying to protect their capital value (by) fixing their building quietly.

    “The Opal and Mascot are such significant threats to life safety – there’s no secret.”

    Goddard also said the owners would have to foot the bill for the damage.

    “People at Mascot can only look to themselves to resolve these issues,” he said.

    There has been a conspiracy of silence over this.
    “A $1 million special levy is no surprise to me.

    “They will spend $100,00 just finding out what’s going on, in consultancy fees, and putting themselves in a position where they have a scope of works to remediate the existing problem.”

    A panel of experts will meet with the building’s owners on Thursday night to take questions and answer concerns.

    The evacuation has reignited the debate about the integrity of Sydney’s high-density living just months after the Opal Tower, in Homebush Bay, faced a similar structural defect.

    Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday promised legislation to overhaul the building and construction industry would be introduced to parliament this week with a view of passing by the end of the year.

  149. “Roger
    #3046448, posted on June 19, 2019 at 11:02 am
    Deutsche Presse Agentur JUNE 19, 2019 7:29AM:

    The first arrival of Indigenous Australians to the continent more than 50,000 years ago was deliberately planned using complex technologies as they migrated in large groups, a scientific study has revealed.

    The study said the groups had sophisticated technology and knowledge of how to build watercraft as well as the remarkable ability at that time to plan, navigate, and make multiple complicated, open-ocean voyages to directly transport large numbers of people.

    Aborigines invented the sextant?”

    It’s just getting ludicrous…..the oldest boomerang (dated to 50,000 years ago) was discovered in what is now Poland…..and that’s a long way away from Kakudu.

    And as for the ridiculous “was deliberately planned using complex technologies as they migrated in large groups”…many other indigenous groups were using “complex technologies” as they migrated in large groups……the first human settlement in Crete dates back to over 100,000 years ago….they didn’t swim to Crete…they used rafts…just like the Aborigines did.

    And we can ask the following question…..if early Australians were deliberately using sophisticated and complex technologies as they migrated in large groups…their technological prowess seemed to stall after they arrived here…so what happened?

  150. Notafan

    LL

    It appears Queensland doesn’t have “special care laws.

    the list

  151. Stimpson J. Cat

    Eighty per cent of all new residential strata constructed in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland have these sort of defects.

    Explain yourself, Gunner.
    What the f$ck have the unions been doing?
    Spending all the money on Hi-vis?

  152. thefrollickingmole

    What the f$ck have the unions been doing?

    Too many bodies in the foundations?

  153. calli

    The first arrival of Indigenous Australians to the continent more than 50,000 years ago was deliberately planned using complex technologies as they migrated in large groups, a scientific study has revealed.

    Neolithic Cunard.

    Did they have cocktail parties on the way? They’re rather nice.

  154. Notafan

    Which is why I raised the issue of ‘procuring’ not fitting the circumstances.

  155. calli

    A “complex technology” is a sextant.

  156. MatrixTransform

    so what happened?

    Hard Drive crashed

  157. Top Ender

    So where is Cloive Palmer anyway?

  158. stackja

    Private certification.
    What could possibly go wrong?

  159. Leigh Lowe

    Notafan
    #3046465, posted on June 19, 2019 at 11:28 am
    LL
    It appears Queensland doesn’t have “special care laws.

    She was charged with having sex with a young person with impaired ability to give consent (ie immature).
    It doesn’t alter the fact that, if the genders were reversed, you can bet that the child’s evidence would have been framed to make any exculpatory conditions inadmissible and the teacher would be in jail.

  160. Tel

    There has been a conspiracy of silence over this.
    “A $1 million special levy is no surprise to me.

    “They will spend $100,00 just finding out what’s going on, in consultancy fees, and putting themselves in a position where they have a scope of works to remediate the existing problem.”

    The building industry must be slowing right down if they are looking for ways to shake down the existing owners to drum up a bit of business.

  161. mh

    1. Ability to correctly walk on a footpath or through a shopping centre.
    2. Ability to queue
    3. Ability to use a knife and fork.

    That’s your basis for a righteous society there. Add in something about not haggling over prices and we are heaven bound.

    You will love Germany, IT.

  162. Leigh Lowe

    It doesn’t surprise me that the state of Bill D’Arcy and Keith Wright has lax child protection laws.

  163. cohenite

    Eddystone

    #3046402, posted on June 19, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Just watched the Merkel trembling video. She looked to be in real trouble.

    Funniest comment on there.

    K Me
    3 hours ago
    Wearable Vibrator malfunction… Possible Cyber-attack.

    She could have had a momentary flashback to the night she entertained the upper echelons of the Stasi back in the day. Alternatively the Parkinsons meds could have worn off. Mind you I’ve seen specimens on My 600lb Life fitter than this heifer. Anyway it couldn’t happen to a nicer slob.

  164. Tel

    It doesn’t alter the fact that, if the genders were reversed, you can bet that the child’s evidence would have been framed to make any exculpatory conditions inadmissible and the teacher would be in jail.

    Very likely true, and no doubt at some stage will be tested.

    This of course has nothing to do with obeying the law, and everything to do with common prejudice. I mean the sort of prejudice that you won’t see the ABC complaining about because they support it too.

  165. stackja

    Liberty Quote
    The pseudo-liberals monopolize the teaching jobs at many universities. Only men who agree with them are appointed as teachers and instructors of the social sciences, and only textbooks supporting their ideas are used.

    — Ludwig von Mises

    Sydney University Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Michael Spence AC disagrees?

  166. “Some of our best migrants still can’t speak English.
    There are better criteria.

    1. Ability to correctly walk on a footpath or through a shopping centre.
    2. Ability to queue
    3. Ability to use a knife and fork.”

    I’ll just refine that if I may….

    1. Ability to drive on a crowded footpath or through a crowded shopping centre….mowing down as many people as possible.
    2. Ability to gatecrash a queue…..with explosives strapped to your body.
    3. Ability to use a knife……no forks needed.

  167. Eyrie

    Be interesting to find how much reo was in the foundation concrete or who was involved in the grift.

  168. Chris

    That cynical correction to the heroic womynses pilot history is all very well in these days of affirmative action dishonesty.

    Here is a real pilot:

    Mavis Hoare learned in Tigers, and flew Daks for her daily bread in the 1950s. She was Aristotle Onassis’ personal pilot. Now she lives in Denmark WA.

    She told me there was a woman pilot in Air India, back in the days of alleged mysogyneee of the mid 1950s or thereabouts.

    Her son, btw, just built a Zenith.

  169. Leigh Lowe

    1. Ability to correctly walk on a footpath or through a shopping centre.
    2. Ability to queue
    3. Ability to use a knife and fork.

    4. Clear understanding of the terms “white maggot” and “bald headed flog”.
    5. No short-changing of customers at Caltex or 7-Eleven.
    6. Demonstrated ability to use an under-arm deodorant.
    7. Understanding of the meaning of white and yellow lines on roadways and carparks.
    8. Not to get all uppity when they are given a fluoro vest with “SECURITY” on it.

    9. If working in hospitality, to understand that fetching drinks with urgency is the essence of the contract and that bread, food and condiments are non-critical clauses in the contract.

  170. Shy Ted

    Merkel was merely listening to a Beatles tune on her iPod. That’s how they dance in East Germany.

  171. stackja

    calli
    #3046472, posted on June 19, 2019 at 11:33 am
    A “complex technology” is a sextant.

    And a hourglass?

  172. feelthebern

    Well done the Matildas.
    But they are ripe for the picking.
    Best teams maintain “shape” gives you width.
    Width gives you space.
    Space gives you time.
    That said, sometimes you just have to win.
    Example, Kewell & Co had awesome shape in ’97 at the MCG, but Iran managed a way to get that second away goal.

  173. Stimpson J. Cat

    George Papadopoulos
    @GeorgePapa19
    America: do not forget that that current CIA director, Gina Haspel, was running the CIA desk in London in 2016 while Alexander Downer (Australia) Joseph Mifsud (Italy) Stefan Halper (CIA), Azra Turk (CIA) and the US embassy were spying on me and trying to sabotage Donald Trump.
    4:07 PM · Jun 18, 2019

  174. Shy Ted

    Latest banned words seem to be “new arrivals”. He, Jeff Kennett, if you’re feeling bad about your language you can contact Beyond Blue.

  175. calli

    We had a really nice taxi driver from the airport to our Vancouver digs.

    He said he was a civil engineer.

  176. C.L.

    From today, old people can sit under the NO SMOKING sign at their doctor’s surgery before asking him for a dose of drugs to kill them immediately.

    It follows logically that the aforesaid doctors will then become unindicted murderers.

  177. feelthebern

    The Victorian laws ares a Logic Pretzel.

  178. cohenite

    Cassie of Sydney

    #3046464, posted on June 19, 2019 at 11:26 am

    “Roger
    #3046448, posted on June 19, 2019 at 11:02 am
    Deutsche Presse Agentur JUNE 19, 2019 7:29AM:

    The first arrival of Indigenous Australians to the continent more than 50,000 years ago was deliberately planned using complex technologies as they migrated in large groups, a scientific study has revealed.

    FMD this deification of the black fellahs is going to get much worse before it gets better. Firstly, the current mob were NOT the first:

    Manning Clark, page 1; they were at best the third group.

    Clark drew on the work of Tindale and Birdsell in the 1930s as described by Keith Windschuttle and Tim Gillin.

    The aboriginals, all 3 waves of them, walked here. They could do this because up to about 13000 years ago you could walk from Tasmania to India. They just went for a long stroll. Nothing ingenious about it. And what did they do when they got here: 3 things: firstly they beat the shit out of each other, and ate each other; secondly they set the place on fire; and thirdly they killed the Megafauna; which really pisses me off. The Megafauna extinction is indisputable and doesn’t rely on flannel’s research. The lefty heads always explode when you mention this but its a fact. The aboriginals were very proficient hunters. That’s it folks. The rest is bullshit.

  179. C.L.

    Laughed aloud when I read the High Court’s decision that lesbians now have to ask sperm donor men for permission to travel.
    Ahahahahahahaha.

  180. Geriatric Mayfly

    Aborigines invented the sextant?

    Longitude was far more tricky; but given their scientific and mathematical endeavour roaming the globe would have been a frolic.

  181. Roger

    Latest banned words seem to be “new arrivals”.

    We used to call them “new Australians”.

    I suppose that’s out too under the multikulti rubric?

  182. stackja

    C.L.
    #3046501, posted on June 19, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Any comment from the Wong chap?

  183. Shy Ted

    Somebody just invented the Womannequin. Just needs tatts.

  184. stackja

    Woman being interviewed about another woman’s death.
    A man who wanted to be father wins court case against a woman.
    A woman who had relations with a boy cleared.
    Women in the news.

  185. stackja

    Roger
    #3046504, posted on June 19, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    ALP Arthur Calwell introduced the term ‘New Australian’

  186. Top Ender

    Obviously, needs some Behavioural Awareness Officers:

    A fight between families at an AFL game in Darwin has led to 30 people being arrested in the isolated and at times troubled community of Wadeye, police say.

    The Northern Territory community, about 250 kilometres south-west of Darwin, has long been stricken by sporadic outbursts of violence, often related to long-term family disputes in the area.

    Last week the community once again erupted, with NT Police alleging offenders were armed with “serious weapons through the community” during the unrest.

    No significant injuries were recorded.

    “We’ve had 30 arrested, 26 of them have been remanded in custody and sent into Darwin,” Senior Sergeant David Young said.

    “Most of them were [allegedly] the main instigators of the issues out there.”

    The alleged offenders were flown to Darwin’s Holtze prison.

    ABC Link

  187. Roberto

    Leigh Lowe
    #3046489, posted on June 19, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    6. Demonstrated ability to use an under-arm deodorant.

    Indeed. Especially if driving a taxi.

  188. Shy Ted

    True story since we’re being all aeronautically honest this morning. Learned hang gliding in about 1990 in the Summer sea breezes of NSW Central Coast, coastal sight about 400′ in height, beachgoers looked like ants but was infamously a nudist beach. Bought new glider, harness etc on last day of Summer and had to wait 6 months for next good wind then broke all the rules and landed upside down, in water, in a harness I’d only put on once and had never taken off. Despite flying into the water at maybe 30mph it all seemed to happen in slow motion and knew I should have died but said beachgoers rushed over and picked the glider out of the water and saved my life. When I came to I was surrounded by 5 very gay, very suntanned men about to perform CPR. My first thought was I’d died and gone to hell. True story.

  189. Herodotus

    Chris Kenny at midday asked what contribution Bernardi has made to policy!
    I know Cory has his critics, but the AC are the only party with a sensible set of energy policies.

    So if nothing else, he has proven – by his people not getting sufficient votes – that the media has more influence in supporting climate alarmism than mere politicians can counter.

  190. Stimpson J. Cat

    When I came to I was surrounded by 5 very gay, very suntanned men about to perform CPR.

    And his name henceforth was Shy Ted.
    😁

  191. egg_

    Quasimodo aircraft.

    Siamese twin Yak 55s with a jet engine thrown in:

  192. Leigh Lowe

    stackja
    #3046508, posted on June 19, 2019 at 12:17 pm
    Woman being interviewed about another woman’s death.

    The ABC and Fewfacts reporting that the lady friend of the dead woman is in ” a vulnerable state” and there were “concerns for her welfare”.
    No white ribbon vigil on this one.

  193. zyconoclast

    Unique? Not in Victoria, right?
    Read the ABC report.
    Extraordinarily, the woman’s barrister successfully blames the boy … because he liked the sex.

    The story was from North Queensland

  194. zyconoclast

    https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/06/coalition-abandons-tougher-english-test-migrants/

    Following Catallaxys lead.

    Making way for the flood of South American fake refugees.

    Slomo or Maocolm = same difference

  195. Leigh Lowe

    When I came to I was surrounded by 5 very gay, very suntanned men about to perform CPR.

    They didn’t give you oxygen through a pink hose by any chance?

  196. Leigh Lowe

    egg_
    #3046517, posted on June 19, 2019 at 12:32 pm
    Quasimodo aircraft.
    Siamese twin Yak 55s with a jet engine thrown in:

    Why?

  197. egg_

    A Christchurch businessman who shared a video of worshippers being slaughtered at a New Zealand mosque was sentenced on Tuesday to 21 months in prison.

    This is north korea level stuff.

    Culturally cringing antipodeans worse than us.
    Sad.

  198. Leigh Lowe

    Laughed aloud when I read the High Court’s decision that lesbians now have to ask sperm donor men for permission to travel.
    Ahahahahahahaha.

    I think they are allowed to travel.
    Just not allowed to take the kiddie to UnZud without permission.

  199. egg_

    Thrust to weight greater than 1.

  200. Stimpson J. Cat

    Making way for the flood of South American fake refugees.

    No no no.
    It’s for all the Persian refugees from the war with Iran.
    We need more Rita Panahis with their time honored traditional conservative single mother methods of raising children.

  201. Old School Conservative

    So an AFL player bets $36 on a game he is playing in, self reports, and gets a 22 week ban with 12 suspended.

    A frightening warning to all others.

  202. egg_

    Last of the V10 Dodge Viper (engines assembled in Germany IIRC) being lovingly raced by Euros.

    Aston Martin also recently retired their V12 at Bathurst.

    Greenfilth hate multi-cylinder engines?

  203. Old School Conservative

    Or, Stimpy, we need more Fifi Box type women with anonymous donors.

  204. thefrollickingmole

    Ok this is one of those “Oh you think this is good”? stories.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-19/julia-gillard-shares-heartfelt-note-from-airline-passenger/11223258
    “You’ve done more than your share of emotional labour for our country already so I won’t interrupt you during what I am sure is some rare peace and quiet,” the message began.

    “I want to say thank you for being such a strong, intelligent and unapologetic role model for myself and so many of my peers.

    “Watching you consistently strive forwards and fight for what you thought was right impacted upon my life at a very formulative (sic) time, and I decided to move to Canberra where I now work for the public service.

    “You smashed that glass ceiling out of the park for so many of us.”

    Hooray??
    She inspired another tax hoover in a sector where women are already overrepresented.
    Women make up 59% of the APS and are in the majority in all classification levels below EL2.

    The author, who said she worked “in a mostly older, conservative, male environment”, praised Ms Gillard for providing her and her colleagues with inner strength.
    She said they used a different version of “WWJD”, which traditionally stands for “What would Jesus do?”
    “When one of us is being unfairly sidelined we use the term ‘WWJD’ — ‘what would Julia do’?! It’s our rallying cry to be the absolute best at our jobs,”
    Kate wrote.

    Once they lose god they seem to have to glom onto some other savior, or cats. Lots and lots of cats.

  205. woolfe

    Just watched this on Amazon, really good movie. Hopefully the V word doesn’t awaken the Kraken

  206. Stimpson J. Cat

    Or, Stimpy, we need more Fifi Box type women with anonymous donors.

    I am more than happy to offer my vigorous services to any Catallaxy Woman FOR FREE.
    Because you’re worth it.
    😁

  207. Geriatric Mayfly

    It’s our rallying cry to be the absolute best at our jobs,”
    As they all rally to give one another a leg up or a legover. But what face do they present to the paying public?

  208. calli

    Shy Ted! 🤣

    Years ago, the Beloved and I were friends with an intrepid hang glider.

    One day we found him in a body cast. He said he had broken his back. Horror! I was full of visions of him plummetting off Stanwell Tops and landing head first on the beach below.

    No, no! He had got up in the middle of the night for a pit stop, fell asleep, fell off the throne and got himself wedged between the wall and the porcelain.

    Such is life.

  209. Geriatric Mayfly

    Gobsmacking pic at Fox News of the Orlando stadium crowd. No doubt it will be compared to the Nuremberg rally by the US media.

  210. Geriatric Mayfly

    Erratum. Drudge not Fox News

  211. feelthebern

    I don’t care what anyone says.
    Sam Kerr is a role model for youngsters.
    Get out & about, play a team sport, get off the phone, away from the console.
    & without the AFLW inflated values of self-worth.
    Sam Kerr is a globally recognised athlete in a global sport.
    Most the AFLW types are just lucky there is a limited pool to draw from for their sport.

  212. Geriatric Mayfly

    CNN broke away from President Trump’s 2020 kick off speech shortly after the crowd began chanting “CNN Sucks!”

  213. Bruce of Newcastle

    Gobsmacking pic at Fox News of the Orlando stadium crowd.

    Creepy Uncle Joe is almost as popular.
    Joe Biden Has 85 at Big Iowa Rally (17 Jun)
    That’s 85, not 85,000.

  214. 2dogs

    Let’s see the argument that birth certificates are not public documents.

    The fact that a particular person exists became private information around the time that the National Privacy Principles were adopted around the turn of the century.

    I recall from the 1990’s the then host of Media Watch, Stuart Littlemore, would, on occasion, discredit a letter to the editor published in a newspaper by searching for the pointing out the sender’s name was not on the electoral roll. Such checks would not be possible today under the NPP laws.

  215. Knuckle Dragger

    Sam Kerr souns like a decent enough bloke.

  216. feelthebern

    Looking at the land whales wobbling around our streets, more should be out kicking a ball around.

  217. Geriatric Mayfly

    sender’s name was not on the electoral roll.

    I recall that the rolls used to be easily accessible at the Melbourne GPO. I often wonder what happened to their public display.

  218. Bruce of Newcastle

    Most the AFLW types are just lucky there is a limited pool to draw from for their sport.

    Um…

    Three state high school female track athletes file suit over transgender policy (18 Jun)

    HARTFORD, Conn. — Three Connecticut girls who have run high school track have filed a federal discrimination complaint saying a statewide policy on transgender athletes has cost them top finishes in races and possibly college scholarships. … The complaint also cites the federal Title IX rules aimed at equal rights in sports for female athletes.

    The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which governs high school sports in the state, says its policy follows a state anti-discrimination law requiring students to be treated in school according to the gender with which they identify. That means that athletes can compete according to their expressed gender identity as opposed to their sex assigned at birth.

    I am thinking of all those VFL guys wanting a run on the park. Don a tutu and say you identify as a wymminses and suddenly you’re a game winning forward. If anyone complains report them to a Behavioural Awareness Officer.

  219. Roberto

    Geriatric Mayfly
    #3046556, posted on June 19, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    I recall that the rolls used to be easily accessible at the Melbourne GPO. I often wonder what happened to their public display.

    They used to be available in local libraries too.

    However, you can still search the electoral roll at the AEC website, provided you have name and address details.

  220. cohenite

    David Stockwell still doing great work on a gravity water scheme incorporating the Bradfield concept.

  221. Percy Popinjay

    Gobsmacking pic at Fox News of the Orlando stadium crowd

  222. cuckoo

    There are better criteria.

    1. Ability to correctly walk on a footpath or through a shopping centre.
    2. Ability to queue

    Just about reaching my Michael-Douglas-in-Falling-Down point at the mainland Chinese currently infesting Melbourne who seem to think a red pedestrian signal means ‘start crossing the road NOW!’ And who believe there is no space between you and another person (or solid object) too small for them to try to squeeze through.

  223. dover_beach

    The fact that a particular person exists became private information around the time that the National Privacy Principles were adopted around the turn of the century.

    The NPP doesn’t diminish the claim that birth certificates are public documents. I think you’re confusing the sense in which public is being used here.

  224. Old School Conservative

    From cohenite’s link:
    “A long surface aqueduct may include in-line water reservoirs that both contribute to the water supply en route and enable local irrigation schemes all along the route.”

    Makes you ask yourself, what have the Romans ever done for us?

    As Credlin said last night, Morrison needs to immediately tap into (!) the reserves of goodwill identified by the election result and take steps to ensure Australia’s water security and start generating cheap, reliable electricity.

    Stockwell and Bradfield provide a logical starting point.

  225. calli

    Fatheads kill flatheads.

    When the unhappy “doctor’s wives” get what they want. Micron deep environmentalism.

  226. Old School Conservative

    As Sam Kerr would say about Percy’s link:
    “Sucked in OSC”.

  227. Shy Ted

    A really quite attractive lady has sent me a “like” on the internet dating thingy. Which of you jokers is it?

  228. Mother Lode

    So an AFL player bets $36 on a game he is playing in, self reports, and gets a 22 week ban with 12 suspended.

    Wouldn’t it only be suspicious if he bet on his team to losing?

    If he bet on them to win he would be wanting them to win – which is exactly what he would have been doing anyway.

  229. thefrollickingmole

    cohenite
    #3046569, posted on June 19, 2019 at 1:39 pm
    David Stockwell still doing great work on a gravity water scheme incorporating the Bradfield concept.

    Try this for size…

    We open it up the same way a lot of the old rail lines were done.
    If a corportation builds it then its granted (anything you like but lets say) 100 acres either side of the irrigation/water channel as freehold
    You can make 1 in 10 of these grants available to local NT holders who can either use the land themselves, lease it or use it to protect areas they want left alone (as freehold i might add)

    It costs the government/taxpayers nothing.
    It would undoubtedly be catnip to China looking for secure sources of food/fibre as well as many, many others.

  230. Percy Popinjay

    Fatheads kill flatheads

    Wow – that’s one awesome agglomeration of idiocy.

    Those poor li’l fishies – victims of Blair’s Law.

  231. calli

    Watching CNN coverage of the Florida rally.

    I’m predicting a severe lemon shortage.

  232. Roger

    As Credlin said last night, Morrison needs to immediately tap into (!) the reserves of goodwill identified by the election result and take steps to ensure Australia’s water security and start generating cheap, reliable electricity.

    Instead he’s expanded Angus Taylor’s portfolio to “Energy and Emissions Reductions”.

    Not a promising start.

  233. Knuckle Dragger

    Ted,

    Until you provide some detail on your latest potential interaction with the fat social worker, we can’t help you.

  234. cohenite

    thefrollickingmole

    #3046583, posted on June 19, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Good idea; I’ve passed it on; your cheques in the mail.

  235. calli

    Instead he’s expanded Angus Taylor’s portfolio to “Energy and Emissions Reductions”.

    It’s the “Byron Bay” solution. (See above)

    Pretend you’re doing something and kill everything.

  236. Notafan

    Yes LL but my point stands, Queensland does not have special care legal provisions for carnal knowledge and they relied on a piece of legislation that appears to be put in place in relation to online grooming which is no doubt why the prosecution failed, because there was no ‘procurement’.

    You may be right regarding role reversal however the assumption was made by some that all states have ‘special care’s legislation.

    Queensland does not.

    the Queensland law

  237. Ellie

    I am more than happy to offer my vigorous services to any Catallaxy Woman FOR FREE.
    Because you’re worth it.

    Is Professor Davidson’s Libertarian blog also the classifieds?
    Stimpson, you must like old cougars.
    At 52, I’m one of the younger cougars, I think. Unfortunately, or fortunately for you, I am already working the cougar elsewhere. 😁

  238. Grigory M

    Tintarella di Luna #3046064, posted on June 18, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Notafan
    #3046008, posted on June 18, 2019 at 7:51 pm
    how many voted for Rob bowers? As many as attend his church on a Sunday?

    The Reverend McTilty got 3,981 votes

    Tinta for PM in 2019 got 2,081 votes. That’s a large family.

    Custard for the Senate in 2019 got 69. Back to The Bachelor?

  239. calli

    Is Professor Davidson’s Libertarian blog also the classifieds?

    A helpful textbook for the hopeful.

  240. Mark from Melbourne

    Just watched the Merkel trembling video. She looked to be in real trouble.

    I wonder if she has Restless Leg Syndrome. My old man does, and it can sometimes convulse his whole body.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.