Queen’s Birthday Open Forum: June 10, 2013

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  1. Leigh Lowe

    To be honest, most coppers I know are pretty well right wing in their political beliefs.
    Like this big bald idiot?

    Jesus JC!
    I’ve been trying to forget about how that dickwad completed the destruction of Victoria Police commenced by Queen Christine.
    Transported him to Tassie where he continues to fuck things up.

  2. Sinclair Davidson

    John H. site: catallaxyfiles.com

    type that in google. should work.

  3. Jarrah

    Search for his last comment. Read what’s there and form your own opinions.

    I don’t have access to the blog admin page, I only have google. I can’t see at a glance what his last comment was.

  4. Gab

    The thread speed is good most days, Sinclair, some occasional hiccups but I’m guessing that’s due to traffic. Overall I find it is a major important. Some people do have problems however when using mobile devices. I think there are some comments somewhere in this thread on that.

    Thanks for asking.

  5. JC

    5/6 of those individuals have returned more than once and gotten themselves rebanned.

    Bird, Homer, Trannie Phil, My Carbon slave Metromick, have come back. I can’t figure, out of Tillman and and John H who’s the one that’s come back.

    My guess is that it’s Tillman outraged and holding up a Dulux color chart.

  6. Jarrah

    Ha, Sinclair. That’s literally what I just did. The latest entry in my results:

    [Defamatory comment deleted. Sinc]

  7. Huckleberry Chunkwot Minion & Executioner VRWC. BDS.

    Sinc, loading speed is great, however the delayed reaction when typing on an “i” device makes it incredibly difficult to post.

  8. Tom

    Sinc, The site architecture is totally different from the old one. Just guessing that the system is only having to process a fraction of what it used to have to. We’re heading for 1400 comments in the OT and the temperature gauge is still on “cool”.

  9. C.L.

    What a bizarre commercial. Reminds me of “Tan” who had a lesion in the frontal lobe of the left cerebral hemisphere resulting in a progressive loss of speech (but not mental function). The only word he could say was “tan”. His actual name was Louis Victor Leborgne.

    Gab, the “Queenslander” call is a State of Origin thing. The ad only makes sense in Queensland.

    The best Queensland Origin ad was themed on the King – history’s greatest footballer:

  10. JC

    The little rat, Emma Alberici doing an interview going over the weeks outrages against the thirst fimale Proime Minoster with and even handed panel of two…..

    A ridiculous angry looking bint from the Gordian and bald idiot Fabulous Phil Corey.

  11. Infidel Tiger

    John H. site: catallaxyfiles.com

    type that in google. should work.

    All I could find was a note saying defamatory comment deleted.

  12. jupes

    It is not just the POA that they are investigating but a series of events over an extended period of time and probably liaising with WAPOL regarding the Widows and Orphans fund scam as well.

    Tator good on you for believing that. You are an optimist.

    I on the other hand look at history before I make predictions. I look at how long any ‘investigation’ should take in the 21st century and in this case I conclude that either the investigators are incompetent, don’t give a fuck, or have an agenda. It may even be that they are hamstrung by lawyers who are incompetent, don’t give a fuck, or have an agenda.

    Either way justice is not being done.

  13. Gab

    the “Queenslander” call is a State of Origin thing.

    Is it your mobs version of the haka? Is it meant to intimidate people?

    The Wally Lewis ad, now that’s better!

  14. Sinclair Davidson

    Okay – will still try to avoid threads with more than 1000 posts then.

  15. Leigh Lowe

    A ridiculous angry looking bint from the Gordian

    Jeez. Can you narrow it down a bit.
    .

    and bald idiot Fabulous Phil Corey.

    Is Fabulous playing air piano to make a point like he usually does on Sundays with Scrotum?

  16. Infidel Tiger

    and bald idiot Fabulous Phil Corey.

    He always looks like he’s wearing a yarmulke.

  17. Gab

    Okay – will still try to avoid threads with more than 1000 posts then.

    Hang on a tick. People are saying the refresh speed is fine. Why would you want to keep it 1000 then?

    I think some persons are having problems with the design – architecture thingy – how the devices communicate with this site – that Tom mentioned above. Nothing to do with speed, I don’t think.

  18. jupes

    To be honest, most coppers I know are pretty well right wing in their political beliefs.

    That would probably be true of soldiers too. Nevertheless the leadership is to the left of the Sex Discrimination Commissioner. How does that work?

  19. Leigh Lowe

    and bald idiot Fabulous Phil Corey.
    He always looks like he’s wearing a yarmulke.

    Ask him about Palestine. That will clear up any confusion. He will tell you all about the Joooooos.

  20. Tom

    Because of this morning’s weather delay, live US Open golf starts at 11pm (0900 US eastern) on Fox Sports Two — all the way through until 9am tomorrow.

  21. Sinclair Davidson

    Sorry – my impression was that loading was a problem on i products.

  22. Gab

    Sorry, that wasn’t my understanding, but then I have been known to be wrong on occasion. Well, technically it was only one occasion. 🙂

  23. Huckleberry Chunkwot Minion & Executioner VRWC. BDS.

    Sinc, 1 or 1000 posts makes no difference to the delay when typing on an i device.

  24. egg_

    A ridiculous angry looking bint from the Gordian

    Hehe Katharine Murphy, having another tilt following The Drum, seems ever wishful KRudd returns to rescue (what’s left of) the pardee.

  25. Splatacrobat

    steve from brisbane

    #885039, posted on June 13, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    It’s the first time I’ve seen it.

    And still you say nothing about it.

    Is this SfB’s last comment?

  26. C.L.

    SMH “senior writer” Stephanie Peatling piles on the victim sticks and ignites a straw man:

    Uneasiness about a woman in power unleashes a sexist maelstrom.

    Imagine what would happen if, as someone suggested on Twitter a short time ago, a radio host asked Opposition Leader Tony Abbott if his wife was a lesbian.

    Imagine what would happen if a left-wing prime minister accused Tony Abbott of hating his wife and daughters.

  27. JC

    Really good piece on the hosing that’s been going on in Japan.

    Yep, it’s all about signaling to the market and not getting spooked by nominal bond rates as long as real rates are falling or not going up. In other words the Bank of Japan has fucked it up again.

    http://marketmonetarist.com/2013/06/13/mr-kurodas-credibility-breakdown/

  28. Splatacrobat

    They said on lateline one of Rudd’s backers is going to make a public statement to plead that Gillard steps down?

    Any idea who this could be or if they are the same mystery guest on Bolts show?

  29. Septimus

    twostix @ 10.18pm

    A “candid” interview with the inevitable “outrageous” question or statement that she could feed into to the gaping maw of the misogyny machine.

    Which he duly he gave her, what an idiot.

    I said earlier I thought he may have been given the question to ask. He appeared to be reading from a question sheet on the desk and seemed very awkward in asking it. When Gillard reacted to this line of questioning, the video showed Sattler holding his arms up and making what looks like a ‘cut’ sign to end the interview.

  30. JC

    Is this SfB’s last comment?

    Like as in ever? Lets all hope so.

    I’m also hoping Gab doesn’t suddenly get cold feet and begins canvassing to have the annoying and deplorable Catholic conservative leaning idiot back here.

    In fact we need to keep all the Cat Gals in the fenced off paddock on this one. In fact the moderator ought to threaten to ban any of them if he gets a hint of cold feet.

  31. Gab

    What Septimus said and also I thought gillard’s reaction was strange, She’s wasn’t surprised or rattled at all by the question – almost as if she was expecting it.

  32. Splatacrobat

    Phil Corey. Join the dots………

  33. JC

    lol… Splat the resemblance is seriously uncanny.

  34. egg_

    They said on lateline one of Rudd’s backers is going to make a public statement to plead that Gillard steps down?

    Someone posted about a twitter feed about an ALP MP threatening to become an independent and then crossing the floor? /such as is twitter

  35. Gab

    Technically he’s not banned, CL. He’s just on a diet of one post per day unless he has something interesting to add, as Doomlord put it.

  36. JC

    Someone posted about a twitter feed about an ALP MP threatening to become an independent and then crossing the floor? /such as is twitter

    I’m calling bullshit on that one. There isn’t a spinal disk to be found in the entire lot.

  37. egg_

    What Septimus said and also I thought gillard’s reaction was strange, She’s wasn’t surprised or rattled at all by the question – almost as if she was expecting it.

    Ditto – she didn’t seem uncomfortable at all.

  38. Leigh Lowe

    Where’s Shitfer?
    I miss him.

  39. kae

    Compare and contrast questions about AWU and questions about Stedman, how did she react to the questions?

    I really can’t stand to watch the lying slapper so I’m not going to watch it and try to analyse it.

  40. Leigh Lowe

    Technically he’s not banned, CL. He’s just on a diet of one post per day unless he has something interesting to add, as Doomlord put it.

    Is there a verbosity limit on that one post?

  41. Splatacrobat

    Fabulous Phil if he was ever replicated in Splitting Image

  42. JC

    I’m calling bullshit on that one. There isn’t a spinal disk to be found in the entire lot.

    Funny thing…The JC leftie suicide hotline has been ringing all day and I’ve simply ignored it.

    It’s him. Partridge is suicidal he’s on one Cat post a day and wants to end it.

    Partridge,

    The Hotline opens for business at 6. pm sharp on the 14th of Sept or when the election is held. Not a moment sooner. So buzz off.

  43. H B Bear

    If McSporran has thrown Sooky Sattler under a bus that would need to be a nice little earner for him. Can’t see it myself.

  44. Leigh Lowe

    What Septimus said and also I thought gillard’s reaction was strange, She’s wasn’t surprised or rattled at all by the question – almost as if she was expecting it.
    Ditto – she didn’t seem uncomfortable at all.

    Maybe she found a ball-gag, a gimp mask and some boy action magazines in the back of the Ford Territory, hence the absence of the raised eyebrow.

  45. Huckleberry Chunkwot Minion & Executioner VRWC. BDS.

    The thought of seeing her in the bath is almost enough to make a man turn.

  46. Sinclair Davidson

    SfB can be found at his own blog Opinion Dominion that is listed on the blogroll.

  47. Gab

    Ditto – she didn’t seem uncomfortable at all.

    Egg, I learned my lesson from the Australia Day race riots. I was horrified to see the PM being dragged out the restaurant by her bodyguard becuase Australians were yelling at her etc etc

    We all were pretty darn angry that a PM in Australia – even gillard – could be subjected to such danger on home ground.

    JC and JC alone was the only one to question what was really going on very early in the piece. He picked up on gillard’s body language and her eyes darting to the camera, and from that he deduced that she was behind it all somehow. So yeah, I’m very sceptical and watched her body language/facial expressions and voice tone and inflection very carefully.

  48. Infidel Tiger

    Gillard blown out from $1.35 to $1.80 to remain leader… It’s on like Donkey Kong.

    The ratfucking wax eater will be leading this rabble.

  49. Leigh Lowe

    The thought of seeing her in the bath is almost enough to make a man turn.

    Thanks!
    Does anyone know how to get vomit stains out of flannelette pyjamas?

  50. JC

    IT

    But how do those people thinking the Little Turd can win see it work? How can the senior cabinet who trashed him something awful (deservedly too, I might add) remain on the front bench. If they do how do they explain the trashing? If they don’t who does he get to fill the seats and appear credible. What happens to the people (word used advisedly with this lot) who despise him something awful.

    I can’t see how it could work out.

  51. JC

    Anyone here who thinks there’s a good possibility of the Little Turd’s return explain that to me?

  52. Splatacrobat

    The ratfucking wax eater will be leading this rabble.

    Or the dark horsepie throwing umpa lumpa? He could be the fall back guy that Gillard annoints then steps down. She could do that to deny Rudd any chance of even being drafted.

  53. John Mc

    That would probably be true of soldiers too. Nevertheless the leadership is to the left of the Sex Discrimination Commissioner. How does that work?

    Indeed, how does this come about? The people in the military don’t want to be a social engineering experiment. The Australian taxpayer overwhelmingly doesn’t think of their military in terms of ‘gender equality’ and certainly doesn’t evaluate the value of their tax dollar in that context. There is no charter you can point to that details these PC values that the military purportedly should aspire to. And no one can see how this has anything to do with being an effective military force.

    How did this happen?

  54. egg_

    But how do those people thinking…

    Saving their party from almost total oblivion?

  55. Splatacrobat

    She could do that to deny Rudd any chance of even being drafted.

    I think they are the exact circumstances that led Jim Hacker to become PM.

    Yes Minister Party Games

    Life imitating art

  56. Splatacrobat

    Anyway time for bed. I’ll have to settle for 15th or 16th on the new thread in the morning

  57. JC

    Saving their party from almost total oblivion?

    Okay, so from Shane Wand on down, okay Wand would go, but how do the others explain how they would serve under the person they totally trashed? I can’t see that happening. Of course they’re all hypocrites but it’s to much to expect.

  58. Gab

    It’ll be whomever Bill Ludwig says it will be.

  59. Tom

    The Little Shit will not contest an election he can’t win. Shortarse can’t spoil his beautiful career. I am just lerving the $16 Simon Crean, seat saver. Note, there are only four in the market: $1.80 Slapper, $2 L. Shit, $16 Crean, $16 Shortarse (Centrebet); rest 50/1 or better.

  60. squawkbox

    Indeed, how does this come about? The people in the military don’t want to be a social engineering experiment. The Australian taxpayer overwhelmingly doesn’t think of their military in terms of ‘gender equality’ and certainly doesn’t evaluate the value of their tax dollar in that context. There is no charter you can point to that details these PC values that the military purportedly should aspire to. And no one can see how this has anything to do with being an effective military force.

    How did this happen?

    In peacetime, the people rising near the top of the military know that they depend on the politicians and senior civil servants for further promotion, and a sizeable proportion will alter their opinions to suit the government of the day.

  61. Nanuestalker

    Anyone here who thinks there’s a good possibility of the Little Turd’s return explain that to me?

    If you were a Labor politician with leadership aspirations, you wouldn’t want to succeed Gillard immediately. Rudd knows this too so for that reason I don’t expect a challenge from him nor do I expect him to take on the leadership even if it was handed to him on a plate. Rudd is propably contemplating a challenge towards the end of 2014 to early 2015. Expect a couple of Labor opposition leaders in the interim.

  62. squawkbox

    If I were a Labor MP I’d stand myself, just for shits and giggles. What would I have to lose? I’d be risking a parliamentary seat that I’d lose in September anyway, and might just gain a place in the history books, or at least a footnote.

  63. Gab

    Hmmm…are we not getting a new Open Thread?

  64. Nanuestalker

    Slater & … oops … Slatter … Rumor has it that Juliar is going to stepdown and she & Stedman are going to adopt a gaybie. 😉

  65. Infidel Tiger

    Gillards toast. She’s lost the AWU.

  66. Cold-Hands

    Hmmm…are we not getting a new Open Thread?

    Doomy’s nodded off.

    As the new threads are pre-programmed to appear, this must be a deliberate attempt to stress test the system with a very long Open Thread.

  67. Nanuestalker

    this must be a deliberate attempt to stress test the system with a very long Open Thread.

    If that’s the caseDoomy wouldn’t restrict Sfb from stressing …

  68. Huckleberry Chunkwot Minion & Executioner VRWC. BDS.

    Gillards toast. She’s lost the AWU.

    Has Big Bill or Piggy made a statement?

  69. Tom

    The scared little rabbits are standing around hoping someone will “do something”:

    JULIA Gillard is facing a crisis of confidence in the Labor caucus and has lost the protection of the powerful Australian Workers Union, as she enters the “killing zone” of the final two sitting weeks of parliament.

    Labor sources believe the Prime Minister is in her most vulnerable position since she took the leadership from Kevin Rudd nearly three years ago, with her supporters having been rocked by the release of internal polling showing the government is on track for a wipeout on September 14. Senior ALP figures say that while a majority of caucus would “like something to happen”, the mechanism for leadership change remains unclear and senior figures are not certain a majority of Labor MPs would vote for a change.

  70. Tom

    “The AWU continues to support Julia Gillard and we believe it is in the best interests of the movement to remain united behind the Prime Minister,” AWU national secretary Paul Howes told The Weekend Australian.

    But the key national union leader and influential Labor Right figure says the union will not be directing any MPs to support Ms Gillard in any caucus ballot.

    “We don’t tell MPs how to vote,” Mr Howes said. “We don’t do that. But we do say what our position is. How MPs vote in a leadership ballot is up to them.”

  71. Huckleberry Chunkwot Minion & Executioner VRWC. BDS.

    As the new threads are pre-programmed to appear, this must be a deliberate attempt to stress test the system with a very long Open Thread.

    I could be wrong, but I don’t think the thread length will matter as the thread is split up into pages, therefore the refreshed display is limited by the page size, not the thread size.

  72. Tom

    Boom! Rudd won’t run:

    a Seven News ReachTel poll showed Mr Rudd was significantly more popular with voters in western Sydney than Ms Gillard.

    Tony Abbott was preferred prime minister among 64 per cent of voters compared with 36 per cent for Ms Gillard.

    The Opposition Leader led Mr Rudd 52 per cent to 48 per cent.

  73. twostix

    So it is as we all said, a total scam and a flood of economic migrants:

    AUSTRALIA’S refugee determination process has broken down completely, admitting large numbers of people whose claims to refugee status are fraudulent.

    Economic immigrants:

    He also reported that middle-class Iranian asylum-seekers often arrived in Christmas Island barely a week after leaving Tehran and exhibited an aggressive “entitlement mentality”.

    Lying liars:

    “I would sometimes receive a completely compelling story that was impossible to refuse,” the former tribunal member said. “The problem is I would receive 100 other identical stories with only the names changed.”

    Institutional bias toward granting refugee status:

    He said that administrative pressures constituted an effective bias in favour of accepting claims to refugee status. If he gave a negative decision on an asylum-seeker’s claim on appeal, he would need to write an extensive judgment

    Let us never hear about this matter from the left ever again:

    I can confidently say … that we are approving large numbers of people who are fabricating claims

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/frauds-granted-refugee-status-as-determination-process-breaks-down/story-fn59niix-1226664169170

  74. Gab

    But the key national union leader and influential Labor Right figure says the union will not be directing any MPs to support Ms Gillard in any caucus ballot.

    “We don’t tell MPs how to vote,” Mr Howes said. “We don’t do that. But we do say what our position is. How MPs vote in a leadership ballot is up to them.”

    What a lot of hogwash. Of course the union tells them what to do, who to vote for – it’s tradition. I don’t believe the AWU has deserted gillard, not for a second.

  75. JC

    The union can’t support Rudd because a Rudd leadership would mean less control of the party by the unions.

  76. twostix

    How MPs vote in a leadership ballot is up to them.

    So he’ll be all for a secret ballot then.

  77. Gab

    So it is as we all said, a total scam and a flood of economic migrants:

    Absolutely, has been all along. The ones I believe are truly asylum seekers are Christians, Buddhists and Muslims stuck in UNHCR camps. 42,000 of them stuck there becuase of these queue-jumping cashed-up arrogant entitlement-mentality country-shoppers. And the stupid, stupid bleeding heart leftards were sooo easily taken in by the con artists. The second Rudd/gillard abolished the Pacific Solution in August 2008 it was on and the con artists knew what a soft touch Labor and it’s supporters were. And anyone dare say any of this five years ago was shouted down and vilified as a racist. Fuck the Left needs to shipped off to North Korea and never allowed to enter Australia ever again.

  78. Gab

    And to top it off, gillard introduced the damn expensive review process to make it even easier for them. God, we are the laughing stock of the world.

  79. Gab

    What a fucking mess gillard has left for Abbott to clear up.

  80. C.L.

    I could be wrong, but I don’t think the thread length will matter as the thread is split up into pages, therefore the refreshed display is limited by the page size, not the thread size.

    Yes, that was my thought too. It’s fast now because of the Salada-isation of the Open.

  81. Tom

    AUSTRALIA’S refugee determination process has broken down completely, admitting large numbers of people whose claims to refugee status are fraudulent.

    I’ll see if I can imagine how this story will be reported by the ABC:

    Refugee advocates have warned that Australia should brace for a new refugee crisis following America’s decision to arm Syrian rebels in the country’s civil war.

    Q.E.D.

  82. twostix

    And anyone dare say any of this five years ago was shouted down and vilified as a racist. Fuck the Left needs to shipped off to North Korea and never allowed to enter Australia ever again.

    Hey I’d even settle for a swap of the Australian left for middle class Iranians. I think a lot of Australians would be ok with that and if we frame the debate correctly we can call anyone who disagrees racist.

  83. Gab

    The Doomlord has denied our human right to a new Open Thread. Or he just forgot to set it up; he’s a busy and important overlord what with him flying to New Zealand and delivering the key speech at a fancy conference ‘n all.

  84. Gab

    From Tabitha N at Blair’s:

    You Won’t Believe How Many Keywords The NSA Is Tracking

    Here’s two: “freedom” and “speedbump”.

  85. twostix

    What a fucking mess gillard has left for Abbott to clear up.

    Gillards plan was to open the border to as many third world welfare immigrants as possible. Her PMship has been inspired by her UK Labour colleagues Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and their great success story of the UK which can now only manage to elect a “conservative” who is slightly to the left of Lenin and has people being beheaded on busy London streets.

  86. Gab

    their great success story of the UK which can now only manage to elect a “conservative” who is slightly to the left of Lenin and has people being beheaded on busy London streets.

    Hello Australia, your future awaits.

  87. Tom

    Wow! This is pure evil propaganda by ShakeMyHead.com designed to amplify McSporran’s misogyny strategy and protect the Lying Slapper from legitimate Opposition scrutiny when it looks like she is about to be dumped as PM:

    Head: Men behaving badly

    Precede: Sexist jokes, an off-colour menu, tasteless questions: the treatment of women surged into national focus this week as blokes took us back to the stone age.

    FMD. This is Goebbelsian.

  88. C.L.

    Men behaving badly

    Bruce Wilson, Craig Thompson and Peter Slipper couldn’t be reached for comment.

  89. Cold-Hands

    an off-colour menu

    They’re still tarring Brough with responsibility for the (uncirculated) menu. Contrast that with the Get-out-of-jail-free card Swan and company received for presiding over the Peta Credlin ‘joke’. Fairfax can’t go under soon enough.

  90. twostix

    FMD. This is Goebbelsian.

    Look at what they do:

    But when the crassly worded menu for a dinner organised by Howard government minister and Queensland Liberal National Party candidate Mal Brough surfaced on Wednesday, in terms of disrespect and ability to wound and repulse, the words were worth a thousand Pickering cartoons.

    The MP for Fisher, Peter Slipper, as speaker of the House of Representatives, compared a shellfish to a vagina in private text messages entered as evidence during a tacky sexual harassment case.

    ”They look like a mussel removed from its shell. Look at a bottle of mussel meat! Salty C**** in brine!”

    The judge dismissed the case last December, saying Brough and others ”conspired” to ”cause Slipper as much political and public damage as they could inflict upon him”.

    The Gillard insult was part of a banquet, a public occasion in March to raise funds for Brough’s tilt at Fisher.

    Breathtaking.

    Brough must sue.

  91. twostix

    They’re still tarring Brough with responsibility for the (uncirculated) menu. Contrast that with the Get-out-of-jail-free card Swan and company received for presiding over the Peta Credlin ‘joke’.

    Not only that they’re trying to associate Brough with Larry Pickering and Peter Slipper’s texts. That would be the Peter Slipper and those texts that Julia Gillard went into meltdown over to protect and defend.

  92. Oh come on

    They said on lateline one of Rudd’s backers is going to make a public statement to plead that Gillard steps down?

    God, the love media are incredibly Pavlovian. It’s too easy for Rudd’s minions to stir up leadership speculation. Isn’t the pattern here clear enough? How many times does it need to be repeated? Rudd isn’t going to challenge Gillard; he’d be crazy to. But he IS going to whiteant her all the way to election day. I suspect the Rudd camp were a little pissed that events midweek pushed the latest ruminations of a Rudd challenge off the front pages. Still, he was asked to comment on ‘menugate’ and the Sattler comments – his predictable responses beamed around the country. Why would the opinions of a backbencher of little importance in the government add relevance to the story? Doesn’t matter, he stayed in the headlines, albeit as a bit player. And now his camp’s going to start a new round of leadership speculation (which will go nowhere, just like every other time) by throwing a few vague crumbs at the ever-compliant media who will again elevate him front and centre.

    Not that I’m complaining. It’s all splendid entertainment.

  93. Christopher Pearson a man of letters who opened windows on the world”, by Tony Abbott:

    Christopher […] edited my most recent book, Battlelines. He didn’t agree with one of Battlelines’ key proposals, that the Constitution be amended to give the commonwealth parliament, where it chose to exercise it, general authority over the states. Nearly six years after the demise of the Howard government, whose squabbles with the states prompted that suggestion, Christopher’s reservations make more sense.
    He was certainly not the first thinker to grow more respectful of tradition and to become only a reluctant disturber of the status quo as he aged. In his case, though, a more conservative stance was not only at odds with his early views but hard to reconcile with some elements of his personal identity. How, for instance, could someone who was openly gay (although celibate in recent years) be such a convinced convert to Latin mass Catholicism?
    To some of his former allies and friends on the Left, Christopher’s evolution was simply inauthentic. A better interpretation, I think, is that he had summoned up the courage to choose one way of life over another. His view was that he had surrendered some instincts to realise deeper ones. […]
    To know Christopher well was to have a grandstand seat at the clash of mighty emotions as well as to have the benefit of a fine mind and a good heart. As his readers know, he was often hard on people but he was rarely harder on others than he was on himself. The Christian virtue he most struggled with was forgiveness; especially self-forgiveness.
    In his writings, as in his life, Christopher opened windows for people through which they could see into different worlds. He had an extraordinarily broad taste for life and a gift for sharing it. He was a complex man, in some ways a torn character, but to be at all close to him was to receive a practical education in the human condition.

  94. Token

    AUSTRALIA’S refugee determination process has broken down completely, admitting large numbers of people whose claims to refugee status are fraudulent.

    Interesting that Jarrah is posting on all those other threads yet isn’t here giving more of his insider knowledge on why these statements are not true and how these people truly are genuinely tragic souls.

  95. Token

    Not that I’m complaining. It’s all splendid entertainment

    I believe the promise made by Oakeshott was it is beautiful in its ugliness.

  96. At Quadrant Online, Dr Martyr explains rather well how our dear PM coped with irksome questions:

    When you read the transcript of the interview, it’s clear that Gillard dealt with Howard Sattler’s question very well. She defused it, answered it, and moved on. That actually shows competence, not offence.

    This rather explains, I reckon, why so many people suspect that Ms Gillard was expecting the tenor of those questions, though she was unimpressed with the artless expression thereof, and that some sort of deal had been devised. There was far less tightness of the throat and strident argumentativeness which she revealed when pressed by Ben Fordham to state whether she’d been in the same room as Ralph Blewitt when she allegedly witnessed his odd Power of Attorney, and there was none of the hysterical shrillness accompanied by a grumpy demeanour which she manifests whenever peeved by questions from wicked Bêtes Noires in Question Time.
    Since we know that the PM’s career has been marked at all stages by assistance from various puppeteers, it is not irrational, whenever we suspect some degree of competence from the PM, to suspect also that there’s been some manipulation from below to make her seem competent.

  97. Splatacrobat

    Haunted elevator lift
    Only a return to Rudd is more scarier.

  98. Sinclair Davidson

    Sorry about the new forum – I didn’t set it properly so it didn’t appear when it should have. Its up now – in the proper time slot.

  99. Mr Scorpio

    Sattlers comment was within the previously agreed boundary and Gillard was to advise when any “free for all” boundary was crossed.
    Gillard was happy to have a photo shoot after the show with Sattler yet Sattler lost his job. Gillard then right on queue plays the offended card.
    Perfectly stage managed by the PM and her press corp..
    Lawyers at 10 paces me thinks.

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