Monday Forum: May 21, 2018

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  1. Shy Ted

    Could this be the best day of my life? Top Cat?

  2. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Top five?

    at: Dutton
    National
    Administrative Appeals Tribunal rehires former members who were dumped by Turnbull Government
    James Campbell and Tom Minear, Herald Sun
    May 20, 2018 8:41pm
    Subscriber only

    EXCLUSIVE: The Administrative Appeals Tribunal has handed plum six-figure-salary jobs to former tribunal members dumped by the Turnbull Government.

    The AAT has made a series of controversial calls to allow foreign criminals, including killers, sex offenders and drug dealers, to stay in Australia, and last year the terms of almost 50 decision-makers at the AAT were not renewed.

    But the Herald Sun can reveal the AAT has re-hired a number to work with its Immigration Assessment Authority, where they are paid more than $116,000 a year.

    The AAT has refused to say how many of the IAA’s 37 reviewers had been AAT members, but it is understood it could be as many as 10.

    The revelations have drawn the ire of government MP Jason Wood, who is leading a parliamentary inquiry into the AAT and visa cancellations.

    “I’d be concerned if people who haven’t had their ­appointments renewed are then for some reason ending up in another office five doors down,” Mr Wood said.

    “My immediate reaction is like most people: Hang on, if you’re not good enough to have your term extended with the AAT, then why are you still under the same umbrella?”

    An AAT spokeswoman defended the tribunal’s decision to re-hire former members.

    “(The reviewers) were all employed under the Public Service Act 1999 following ­nationally advertised independent merit selection processes, which were open to all eligible Australian citizens,” she said.

  3. Nick

    Leigh Lowe
    #2715937, posted on May 21, 2018 at 8:57 am
    The wedding dress was a slap in the face for tradition.
    No bustle, no hoops, no whalebone corsets.
    It’s the end of civilization.

    The cultural appropriation is enough alone 🙂

  4. Ragu

    I’ll take the blind side flank

  5. Tom

    First! (seasonally adjusted).

  6. Roger

    “(The reviewers) were all employed under the Public Service Act 1999 following ­nationally advertised independent merit selection processes, which were open to all eligible Australian citizens,” she said.

    With the requisite experience, presumably.

  7. Leigh Lowe

    I identify as a medalist in this forum.

  8. Rae

    And, from the previous Open Forum:

    The wedding dress was …

    … simply elegant. Nice boat neck. Train not overdone. And the beautiful long veil was perfect for the occasion.

    Copies of the dress can already be ordered in Australia. It’s being called The Meghan.

  9. lotocoti

    Heimat doesn’t mean what it used to.

  10. Sad news about Lewis and Pipes. They lived to ripe old ages though.

  11. Snoopy

    Mummy would look beautiful in one.

  12. Nick

    Mummy would look beautiful in one.

    Septimus will bestow a special pearl necklace

  13. Bruce of Newcastle

    Italy may be about to explode a populist bomb under the EU.

    Italy Is Forming The Epicenter Of The EU’s Fateful Shift

    The big issues are a quarter trillion of debt forgiveness by the ECB, deportation of half a million country shoppers and for Italy to leave the Euro.

    Good luck with that Italians, the euroweenies will fight to the last Italian to stop you.

  14. calli

    Oh noes! Trump made a typo in a tweet…again. “Melanie”.

    How very covfefe.

  15. calli

    Good luck with that Italians, the euroweenies will fight to the last Italian to stop you.

    Had a chat with a Romanian waitress in a Dubai cafe. She was asking about Australia, and why it was so difficult for europeans with good qualifications and English to get residency or even just working visas. I had no answer, considering the undocumented riffraff that seem to be welcomed here with open arms.

    I asked her about going back to Europe and working there. Her response – Europe is finished.

  16. Roger

    Italy may be about to explode a populist bomb under the EU.

    The peasants are revolting:

    …when large numbers of ordinary citizens conclude that their governments and the establishment figures of their societies have undermined civic stability and the common good, they turn to particularistic sentiments focused on their own needs and wants. That’s the origin of populism.

    And, of all the issues roiling Europe these days, none generates more political force and energy than the immigration crisis—representing a direct threat to the very definition of the West as well as its cultural coherence and health. The globalist elites don’t get it, even now, but their days are numbered. It is noteworthy that the two political institutions seeking a coalition government in Italy represent some 69 percent of the March 4 vote.

  17. Chris

    And mad sliced orange carrier to the Team.

  18. stackja

    Administrative Appeals Tribunal rehires former members who were dumped by Turnbull Government
    James Campbell and Tom Minear, Herald Sun
    May 20, 2018 10:41pm
    Subscriber only
    EXCLUSIVE: The Administrative Appeals Tribunal has handed plum six-figure-salary jobs to former tribunal members dumped by the Turnbull Government.

    The AAT has made a series of controversial calls to allow foreign criminals, including killers, sex offenders and drug dealers, to stay in Australia, and last year the terms of almost 50 decision-makers at the AAT were not renewed.

    But the Herald Sun can reveal the AAT has re-hired a number to work with its Immigration Assessment Authority, where they are paid more than $116,000 a year.

    The AAT has refused to say how many of the IAA’s 37 reviewers had been AAT members, but it is understood it could be as many as 10.

    The revelations have drawn the ire of government MP Jason Wood, who is leading a parliamentary inquiry into the AAT and visa cancellations.

    “I’d be concerned if people who haven’t had their ­appointments renewed are then for some reason ending up in another office five doors down,” Mr Wood said.

    “My immediate reaction is like most people: Hang on, if you’re not good enough to have your term extended with the AAT, then why are you still under the same umbrella?”

    An AAT spokeswoman defended the tribunal’s decision to re-hire former members.

    “(The reviewers) were all employed under the Public Service Act 1999 following ­nationally advertised independent merit selection processes, which were open to all eligible Australian citizens,” she said.

  19. stackja

    Crime Stoppers calls on the public to help keep community safe
    CASSIE ZERVOS, Herald Sun
    May 21, 2018 1:00am
    Subscriber only
    PEOPLE of all cultural backgrounds have been urged to continue to report information on crime or suspicious activity to help keep Victoria safe.

    As part of ongoing efforts, Crime Stoppers programs are working to embrace cultural diversity on Monday as Crime Stoppers Day.

    Crime Stoppers Australia chair Trevor O’Hara said the successful crime-solving program had long advocated that crime affects all cultural backgrounds.

    “It is important to reassure everyone that Crime Stoppers is an independent program that acts as a trusted link between the community and enforcement agencies,” he said.

    “We are seeing people from all walks of life falling victim to large, complex crimes in areas such as fraud, drug production and dealing, human trafficking, child exploitation, and environmental crime so our focus for Crime Stoppers Day is to promote awareness of the program to the entire community.”

  20. stackja

    Councils could ban children’s books, toys and characters for not meeting gender test
    Susie O’Brien, Herald Sun
    May 21, 2018 8:06am
    Subscriber only
    VICTORIAN councils are auditing libraries, schools and kindergartens and urging a ban on the terms “boy” and “girl” in a bid to teach kids as young as three to have “gender equitable relationships”.

    City of Melbourne is among a number of local authorities responding to radical new research that suggests educators should:

    AVOID classifying children according to gender and having boys-only and girls-only activities;

    AVOID use of the terms boys and girls and to “minimise the extent to which gender is labelled”; and

    AVOID comments that define what females or males do or should do.

    The Australian National University research, published in March, studied how children were influenced by gender stereotyping and found “prejudice along race and gender lines can be observed in children as young as 3-4 years of age”.

    Under the new guidelines, children’s favourites including Thomas the Tank Engine, Noddy and Winnie the Pooh could be banned for not meeting gender tests.

    Disney dress-ups, Barbie and Bratz dolls and superhero play could also become a thing of the past.

    Dr King wrote: “If girls avoid playing with toys such as Lego, they may miss opportunities to develop special and mechanical reasoning skills that are necessary for careers and courses in science, tech­nology, engineering and ­mathematics.”

    Girls who played with “highly feminised characters” like Barbies had fewer career options; engagement with Disney princess toys led to more female-stereotypical views.

  21. Nick

    As part of ongoing efforts, Crime Stoppers programs are working to embrace cultural diversity on Monday as Crime Stoppers Day.

    How cheeky are the Left, turning crime starters into being crime stoppers?

  22. Myrddin Seren

    I had no answer, considering the undocumented riffraff that seem to be welcomed here with open arms.

    That IS the answer for so many reasons.

  23. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Under the new guidelines, children’s favourites including Thomas the Tank Engine, Noddy and Winnie the Pooh could be banned for not meeting gender tests.

    Any offending books could be publicly burned for not meeting said standards

  24. Nick

    Councils could ban children’s books, toys and characters for not meeting gender test

    I’ve a plan where Id like to write a kid’s story book that adults will enjoy. I’d love to do a Thomas send up with a racist Scottish crane who refuses to unload the African engine led carriages, the Indian engine is forced to couple another and so on.

  25. Infidel Tiger

    VICTORIAN councils are auditing libraries, schools and kindergartens and urging a ban on the terms “boy” and “girl” in a bid to teach kids as young as three to have “gender equitable relationships”.

    The left are book burning again.

    History not only repeats it gets stupider.

  26. calli

    “We are seeing people from all walks of life falling victim to large, complex crimes in areas such as fraud, drug production and dealing, human trafficking, child exploitation, and environmental crime so our focus for Crime Stoppers Day is to promote awareness of the program to the entire community.”

    That’s an admission if ever there was one.

  27. OldOzzie

    Tom,

    thanks as always.

    An Australia wins today Mark Knight sums Royals up perfectly

  28. stackja

    Federal Government vs CFMEU: Lawless state of the union
    Matthew Killoran, The Courier-Mail
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only
    MILLIONS of dollars in fines have failed to stop the militant union behind the delays on some of Queensland’s most critical construction jobs, setting the scene for a battle royale between the Federal Government and the CFMEU.

    Despite being slammed as “deliberate, flagrant and systematic” and “the most recidivist corporate offender in Australian history” by Federal Court judges, CFMEU bosses boast their “fight outside the law” has secured members the best conditions.

    Analysis by The Courier-Mail shows the CFMEU has been stung for $2.4 million in fines during the past 18 months for disrupting work on 25 building projects worth $4 billion in Queensland alone.

    But in just one year, the cashed-up union collected about $14 million from members and has splashed out more than $3 million in legal fees and penalties, according to its 2016 financial records, while continuing to thumb its nose at the courts.

    High-ranking CFMEU official John Setka last week boasted that members received good pay rises and conditions because the union broke the law.

    “We get fantastic pay rises and good conditions for our members because we fight it outside the law,” he said on Sky News.

    Reacting to the figures, Workplace Minister Craig Laundy has vowed to push ahead with contested laws to potentially see organisations and officials who repeatedly breach the industrial laws deregistered.

    “It is a real concern but no surprise given the CFMEU’s track record,” he said.

    “The building and construction industry is one of the most important industries in terms of generating employment and economic growth.

    “As Minister, I’m pushing ahead with further reforms to give the courts expand greater scope and powers to disqualify union officials and deregister unions – or parts of unions – that continue to wilfully ignore the rule of law.”

    The laws are yet to be brought to the Senate, as they lack support from the current crossbench.

    In response to Mr Setka’s comments, Opposition leader Bill Shorten last week said no one was above the law, but he was “not the keeper of every official in the union movement”.

  29. Infidel Tiger

    … simply elegant. Nice boat neck. Train not overdone. And the beautiful long veil was perfect for the occasion.

    Copies of the dress can already be ordered in Australia. It’s being called The Meghan.

    You could dress Mother in one and then defile her corpse.

  30. There is a great series of essays over at Public Discourse that focuses on Patrick Deenan’s new book, Why Liberalism Failed? Anthony Esolen’s Patrick Deneen, The Little Sisters of the Poor, and Libertas Idiotica is the standout essay. Patrick Deenan’s reply is also very good.

  31. Geriatric Mayfly

    Six furlongs behind on the old thread as usual.

    I think Googles is up before Senate estimates today. Should be interesting given the recent excesses with other people’s money. Crabb’s poetic reflections – A Window on Slough – might prompt Hon Senators to restore the $80 million recently stolen from the organisation.

  32. OldOzzie

    In answer to request from previous Blog

    Andrew Bolt’s


    THIS WEDDING WAS NOT THE BISHOP’S TO STEAL

    A priest has mucked up when we read headlines like this: “Royal preacher who stole the show at Meghan and Harry’s wedding.”

    Or this, from the ABC: “Reverend Bishop Michael Curry upstages Meghan Markle with impassioned sermon.”

    A priest upstages the bride?

    “Steals the show” from the bridal couple, Prince Harry and American actor Meghan Markle?

    Whose wedding was this really?

    What was really going on when Curry, head of the American Episcopal church, did his holy-roller spiel on Saturday?

    See, something was surely wrong when the faces of the bridegroom’s relatives registered open-mouthed exasperation (Zara Tindall), amusement (Princess Eugenie), stony indifference (the Queen) and barely suppressed giggling (Prince William).

    I have been to black churches in the United States, Kenya and Uganda, and love the impassioned oratory, particularly of preachers in Harlem and the American South.

    But it jarred to hear that style imported into St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, one of the ultimate symbols of English culture.

    Plenty of people loved it, of course, and didn’t seem to mind Curry theatrically shouting and mugging for 14 minutes — so over his proper time that he even reassured the bridal couple at one stage that he hadn’t forgotten why he was there and would finish soon: “We gotta get you all married!”

    But again, something is wrong with the reasons some fans gave for liking his speech — and with who they were.

    Former British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, for instance, said Curry could “almost make me a believer”. Yes, Curry’s appearance somehow delighted people who weren’t actually Christians themselves. So what was his secret?

    Here are some clues from some commentators.

    Firebrand Aboriginal activist Amy McQuire: “I’m so glad I watched the royal wedding to see all these white colonisers look uncomfortable when the black pastor mentions slavery.”

    Deputy editor of Vanity Fair Katey Rich: “I cannot believe there is a pastor talking about slave spirituals at a dang royal wedding. Hello 21st century!”

    Fairfax’s Karl Quinn: “The radical import of his sermon was obvious … So, too, was his blackness, and his American-ness. It was The Empire Strikes Back and you could almost feel the shudder of disapproval running through some of the titled stiffs in the chapel.”

    Yes, what thrilled many of the Left was seeing a black preacher at a British royal wedding, upsetting “titled stiffs” and “white colonisers”.

    It was the politics of Curry, not the Christianity, which thrilled them, and the cultural disruption he represented.

    True, Curry didn’t actually make any political statement. He preached on love, with lots of references to God.

    But for all his energy, his sermon was one long platitude: 14 minutes of telling us something the Beatles needed just 3:57 for in All You Need is Love.

    “When love is the way, poverty will become history,” Curry preached. “When love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry.”

    All you need is love — not the intelligence, inventiveness and hard work that put the Great in Britain, and created its Industrial Revolution that brought wealth to even the poor.

    But for his admirers, what counted was not what Curry said but that it was a black man saying it, and to white royalty.

    I suspect the colour of Curry’s skin was important in choosing him, given neither Meghan nor Prince Harry had met him, and Meghan was not from his church. But Meghan, whose mother is African-American, seemed eager to make her wedding show that the royal family now represented black culture, too. (No shout-outs to the Chinese, Arabs and Latinos, though.)

    Her wedding included not only Curry, but a solo performance by a black cellist, a reading from a black chaplain, and Stand By Me from a sensational black choir.

    Fair enough that Meghan wanted her own heritage acknowledged. The British royal family should also be glad that she now broadens its appeal, as the guest list of American celebrities also confirmed.

    But Curry’s hot-gospelling tipped the scales from a mere acknowledgment of culture into a kind of hectoring on race.

    And is this elbowing aside of Englishness at the marriage of a member of the English royal family in an English queen’s castle really to be so cheered?

    After all, the TV cameras were there not despite English traditions, but because of them.

    Among those traditions is a “stiff upper lip” restraint in all things — particularly religious enthusiasm.

    That’s the custom Curry so loudly challenged.

    How sad if that were to go.

  33. Ragu

    Girls who played with “highly feminised characters” like Barbies had fewer career options; engagement with Disney princess toys led to more female-stereotypical

    Do the freaks that come up with this stuff have kids? Hey, men, stop banging the crazy ones, because they are working on a theory of how to kill your family

  34. Some History

    A [frightening] message from Dillary Clinton

    https://imgur.com/kUPhSMP

    WARNING
    – Do NOT view within 1 hour of meals.
    – May cause temporary blindness.
    – Possible dizziness and revulsion.
    – Nightmares may persist for several days after viewing.

  35. Some History

    Any offending books could be publicly burned for not meeting said standards

    Fahrenheit 451 (book – 1953, movie – 1966)

  36. calli

    Yes, Curry’s appearance somehow delighted people who weren’t actually Christians themselves.

    Says it all.

  37. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Analysis by The Courier-Mail shows the CFMEU has been stung for $2.4 million in fines during the past 18 months for disrupting work on 25 building projects worth $4 billion in Queensland alone.

    the fines need to be increased by an other of magnitude

  38. OldOzzie

    Royals ready to hit the brakes on Meghan

    Harry and Meghan blended their British and American heritage at their weekend wedding but the new Duchess of Sussex will find her outspoken ways curtailed now she is a member of the royal family.

    Meghan started her royal ­career in fine form and will be ­expected to do good works, particularly in raising the relevance of the Commonwealth, but the family will keep a tight control on events and utterances, seeking to avoid public missteps such as the pre-wedding controversy involving her 73-year-old father.

    Meghan is no longer the free-speaking Hollywood starlet. Instead, she must be the duchess who smiles sweetly but has no political opinions. She will be expected to surround herself with a coterie of connected establishment friends rather than her wide circle of acting mates.

    Royal courtiers are keen to ­exploit Meghan’s booming popularity, but there’s a fear the heavyweight celebrity wedding-guest list, including high-profile hosts such as Oprah Winfrey and James Corden, plus a string of television soap actors, could backfire if they breach protocol by revealing private aspects of the day.

    The royal family’s Twitter ­account yesterday posted a message of thanks to those who followed the wedding from Britain, the Commonwealth and around the world.

    Meghan expressed her outgoing personality in many symbolic ways throughout the wedding: the elderflower and lemon wedding cake; the plain Jackie O-style wedding dress; the solo walk down the aisle to the quire; the choice of music; and the sermon by Bishop Michael Curry, leader of America’s Episcopal Church, whose preaching about the resilience of faith during the era of slavery prompted some sniggers behind hats inside the church

    Meghan gave her own speech at the evening reception, and if there was any doubt about the source of her strength, one had only to look at the poise of her mother, Doria Ragland, isolated in the church as the only Markle family member present before Prince Charles tenderly moved to include her.

    Charles earlier told the bride she was looking “lovely” and checked she was OK as he took her arm and walked her the final steps up the aisle.

    Meghan wore an understated wedding dress — albeit in pure white, bucking protocol for a divorcee. The dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy, its long train topped with Queen Mary’s Art Deco diamond ­bandeau tiara, lent by the Queen. Australian designer duo Ralph & ­Russo, who had been the bookies’ favourites, had to content themselves with making the engagement dress.

    St George’s Chapel reverberated to the gospel choir singing Ben E. King’s Stand By Me and the civil rights song This Little Light of Mine upon the couple’s departure from the chapel, a nod to the duchess’s ­social concerns.

    People of colour — British and American — hailed Meghan’s bravery and were thrilled she ­included high-profile guests such as Oprah, tennis champion Serena Williams and actor Idris Elba.

    But it was the love of the couple, so clear to the congregation and the 1.9 billion television audience, that dominated proceedings.

    When Meghan joined Harry at the altar, he told her: “You look amazing. I missed you.’’ During the service, in reassuring asides, he whispered “I love you’’ and “you look cute’’.

    After the service, Prince William told Prince Charles about the look of love on Prince Harry’s face when he saw his wife-to-be walk down the aisle. “He was just staring,” William told their father. “It was absolutely amazing.”

    Inside the chapel were high- powered invitees such as actor ­George Clooney and his barrister wife Amal, film stars Tom Hardy and Carey Mulligan, and footballer David Beckham with his pop star-turned-fashion ­designer wife Victoria.

    Several of Prince Harry’s rugby chums, including James Haskell, Sir Clive Woodward and Jonny Wilkinson, were there. On ­Meghan’s side there were Suits colleagues Patrick Adams, Sarah Rafferty, Gabriel Macht, Gina Torres and Silver Tree.

    Bishop Curry’s dramatic preaching divided the royal fans, who lined the Windsor streets and the Long Walk 10-deep in places and watched the ceremony on big screens.

    People loved the reference to Martin Luther King but thought the bishop’s enthusiastic style was over the top.

    After a whirlwind relationship that began in June 2016, Meghan Markle became the first divorced American to marry a British royal since Wallis Simpson wed Edward VIII in 1937.

    On the steps of St George’s Chapel, she whispered to her new husband, “do we kiss?”, and he whispered “yes” before leaning in for the big moment that was captured by some of the golden-ticket invitees representing charities on the lawn below.

    Meghan responded: “Oh, that was so beautiful. So perfect. I am just so emotional.”

    The open-top procession through Windsor illustrated the royal knack for pageantry and pomp at its best. In glorious sunshine, the happy couple sat in an Ascot Landau carriage, pulled by the team of Windsor grey horses. The duchess waved and smiled to the 120,000 people who lined the route, at one point remarking “wow”. Prince Harry smiled widely and said in return: “I am ready for a drink now.”

  39. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Oh noes! Trump made a typo in a tweet…again. “Melanie”.

    how do you know its a typo, could just be a cutsie name

  40. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    But for all his energy, his sermon was one long platitude: 14 minutes of telling us something the Beatles needed just 3:57 for in All You Need is Lov

    I should imagine there would have been more then one hip flask circulating among the congregation…

  41. Nick

    As I said yesterday, admonishing the Brits about slavery shows who the real racists are when all they see are ‘white’ people, irrespective of the facts.

  42. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Fahrenheit 451 (book – 1953, movie – 1966)

    I was thinking more of the Third Reich.

  43. Rae

    Yes, Curry’s appearance somehow delighted people who weren’t actually Christians themselves.

    Absolute hogwash.

  44. Snoopy

    Ace:

    I also suspect that when all is done we’ll find out that Misfud was actually involved in this “investigation,” but that’s not in evidence yet. It’s just my private supposition.

    Not just his.

  45. Some History

    But for all his energy, his sermon was one long platitude: 14 minutes of telling us something the Beatles needed just 3:57 for in All You Need is Love

    But let’s not forget the all-important discovery of FIRE!

  46. Geriatric Mayfly

    That clown Di Natale is getting into quite a lather about the Little Reef That Could in estimates. Now supported by the new loon on the block Keneally.

  47. Rae

    I should imagine there would have been more then one hip flask circulating among the congregation…

    Given your long and well publicized addiction to “good” scotch, what you imagine is unsurprising, Old Sot.

  48. C.L.

    Tom’s link in the old O.F:

    Australians lost more money to scammers in 2017 than in any other year since the ACCC began reporting on scam activity.

    In Australia “scam activity” should, by definition, include the taxes and charges we pay to nine governments. And ‘climate change’ is nothing more than scam activity.

  49. OldOzzie

    PoliticsNow: AGL taking us for a ride, says Barnaby Joyce

    AGL acting like ‘militant union’

    Tony Abbott says the time has come for the government to step in and compulsorily acquire the Liddell coal-fired power station and sell it to interested buyer Alinta Energy.

    The former prime minister said AGL’s announcement it would reject the $250 million offer from Alinta was a “strike against the national interest by a big business” and it was time for Malcolm Turnbull to intervene.

    “The government should compulsory acquire this power station for the price that Alinta were prepared to pay and then it should sell it to Alinta and they can operate it,” Mr Abbott told 2GB.

    Tony Abbott says the time has come for the government to step in and compulsorily acquire the Liddell coal-fired power station and sell it to interested buyer Alinta Energy.

    The former prime minister said AGL’s announcement it would reject the $250 million offer from Alinta was a “strike against the national interest by a big business” and it was time for Malcolm Turnbull to intervene.

    “The government should compulsory acquire this power station for the price that Alinta were prepared to pay and then it should sell it to Alinta and they can operate it,” Mr Abbott told 2GB.
    Tony Abbott. Picture: Gary Ramage
    Tony Abbott. Picture: Gary Ramage

    “That way we keep Liddell open and we don’t have the government running a power station because Alinta has put its hand up and said ‘we will do it’.”

    Mr Abbott said AGL was acting in the same way as a “militant union” in refusing to sell Liddell.

    “What they are trying to do here is drive up the price of power and they know if Liddell stays open it will keep the price of power down but it is their narrow commercial self-interest to get the price of power up because that pads their profits and obviously that goes back to shareholders,” he said.

    “But unfortunately the rest of us pay much more for our power than would otherwise be the case and the power supply is less reliable than it otherwise would be.”

    Alinta rules out improved offer

    Alinta Energy has no plans to boost a rejected $250 million offer for AGL Energy’s Liddell power station in the Hunter Valley, which Alinta says would have helped drive down power prices, and will move on to other opportunities.

    AGL Energy this morning rejected without offering the potential buyer due diligence.

    “We are disappointed AGL has turned down our offer for Liddell, given we believe the offer was commercially compelling,” an Alinta spokesman said today.

    “We also believe that a sale would have allowed us to continue to drive down the cost of electricity for NSW customers and extend the reliability of NSW’s electricity supply.”

    Alinta indicated it would not raise the offer.

    “We will now move on and progress other opportunities to acquire low cost generation sources in order to provide affordable and reliable energy to our customers.”

    Labor welcomes AGL decision

    Opposition assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh says it is good AGL has knocked back Alinta Energy’s offer to buy the Liddell Power Station.

    “We know that the solution to Australia’s energy needs isn’t to extend ageing coal-fired power plants it is to invest in a whole suite of different renewables,” Mr Leigh told Sky News.

    “AGL’s plan, which has been acknowledged by the Australian Energy Market Operator, is a mix of gas and demand supply, we need to make sure we have got more renewables in the system. That ensures we meet our climate targets but it also makes sure we are able to have sustained energy production.”

    Mr Leigh said the government was pressuring AGL to keep Liddell open top appease the Coalition’s “coal dinosaur faction”.

    “The energy market operator hasn’t recommended an extension of Liddell’s life, what this is about is an internal fight within the Liberal Party, the coal dinosaur faction who want to see taxpayers’ money go to subsidise coal-fired power plants,” Mr Leigh said.

    “That is not good for energy prices in Australia and certainly not good for our carbon emissions that have continued to rise.”

    You are taking us for a ride’

    Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce has lashed out at AGL for refusing to sell the Liddell Power Station in the NSW Hunter Valley.

    The former deputy prime minister said AGL was taking the Australian people “for fools” and attempting to make families pay for “their market manipulation”.

    AGL this morning formally knocked back Alinta Energy’s offer to buy the ageing power station, instead restating its vow to close the plant by 2022.

    “When people shut down coal-fired power stations and reduce supply your price goes up, and everywhere out there in regional Australia they are talking about the price of power and how it takes away the dignity in their life because they can’t afford to pay the power bill,” Mr Joyce said this morning.

    “We need to grab AGL, cart them back in here and say: ‘this is BS, you are taking us for a ride, you think we are fools and the Australian people are not and they are not going to pay for your market manipulation’.”

    AGL reject Alinta’s Liddell bid

    Energy giant AGL has rejected Alinta Energy’s offer for the Liddell coal-fired power station in the NSW Hunter Valley.

    The AGL board has told the Australian Securities Exchange the offer is not in the best interests of shareholders. The announcement is a blow to Malcolm Turnbull and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg, who were pushing AGL to agree to sell the plant to an interested buyer.

    “AGL has reaffirmed its decision to close Liddell in December 2022,” the company’s statement said.

  50. Geriatric Mayfly

    But let’s not forget the all-important discovery of FIRE!
    What an opportunity missed. Shirley Bassey standing on her pew to render, There Is A Fire Down Below.
    Culturally and matrimonially appropriate.

  51. OldOzzie

    AGL REFUSES TO SELL POWER STATION TO KEEP IT OPEN – Andrew Bolt

    The Government may have been too quick to trash Tony Abbott’s suggestion to compulsorily acquire Liddell:

    AGL has rejected a $250 million offer to buy its Liddell power station in the Hunter Valley and reaffirmed its decision to close the ageing plant.

    On April 30, AGL (AGL) said it had received a non-binding and “highly conditional” cash offer from Alinta and its Hong Kong-based owner, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises for the power station and site.

    The offer came as the Turnbull pressed for Liddell to remain open, including through a sale to another company, after AGL said it planned to close the power station in 2022.

    If the plant closes, AGL cleans up by selling other electricity supplies at a higher price.

    Consumers, though, get fleeced.

    So now what, Mr Turnbull?

  52. C.L.

    Filled with hubris and, doubtless, keen to monetise the moment, wacko royal wedding preacher set to march on Washington to protest evil Trump.

  53. OldOzzie

    AGL rejects $250m Alinta offer for Liddell power station – Matt Chambers

    AGL has resisted federal government pressure by rejecting a $250 million offer to buy its Liddell power station in the Hunter Valley and reaffirming its decision to close the ageing coal-fired plant.

    On April 30, AGL (AGL) said it had received a non-binding and “highly conditional” cash offer from Alinta Energy and its Hong Kong-based owner, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises for the power station and site.

    The offer came as the Turnbull pressed for Liddell to remain open, including through a sale to another company, after AGL said it planned to close the power station in 2022.

    The Coalition wants Liddell to stay open until 2025, when Snowy Hyrdo 2.0 is online, to ensure there is no gap in power availability.

    However AGL said today it had assessed the Alinta offer and would not proceed any further with it.

    “The AGL board has determined that the offer is not in the best interests of AGL or its shareholders,” it said in a statement.

    “The offer significantly undervalues future cash flows to AGL of operating the Liddell power station until 2022 and the repurposing of the site thereafter.”

    AGL said it had sought external expert advice on the offer, including on the capital expenditure requirements and the reliability and safety profile of the ageing power station.

    “Consequently, AGL has reaffirmed its decision to close Liddell in December 2022 and

    will continue progressing its NSW generation plan, which includes repurposing Liddell.

    “The Australian Energy Market Operator has confirmed that completion of this plan will address the capacity shortfall that may occur as a result of Liddell’s closure.”

    Alinta said it has no plans to boost its rejected $250 million offer for Liddell, which it says would have helped drive down power prices, and will move on to other opportunities.

    “We are disappointed AGL has turned down our offer for Liddell, given we believe the offer was commercially compelling,” an Alinta spokesman said today.

    “We also believe that a sale would have allowed us to continue to drive down the cost of electricity for NSW customers and extend the reliability of NSW’s electricity supply. “

    Alinta indicated it would not raise the offer.

    “We will now move on and progress other opportunities to acquire low cost generation sources in order to provide affordable and reliable energy to our customers.”

    Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce lashed out at AGL for refusing the offer for Liddell.

    The former deputy prime minister said AGL was taking the Australian people “for fools” and attempting to make families pay for “their market manipulation”.

    “When people shut down coal-fired power stations and reduce supply your price goes up, and everywhere out there in regional Australia they are talking about the price of power and how it takes away the dignity in their life because they can’t afford to pay the power bill,” Mr Joyce said.

    But opposition assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh welcomed AGL’s decision amid pressure from the government to appease the Coalition’s “coal dinosaur faction”.

    “We know that the solution to Australia’s energy needs isn’t to extend ageing coal-fired power plants it is to invest in a whole suite of different renewables,” Mr Leigh told Sky News.

    Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg had last month welcomed news of the Alinta offer.

    “It’s important that AGL gives proper consideration to the offer, given Alinta’s stated intention to continue operating the plant beyond 2022,” he said on April 30.

    “The government is concerned about the impact on the reliability and affordability of our energy system should Liddell close in 2022.”

    Mr Frydenberg had said while AGL’s investments in a new 250MW gas peaking plant and 100MW upgrade of Bayswater were welcome, they weren’t enough to fill the gap left by the closure of Liddell.

    AGL chief executive Andy Vesey has previously said the board had not been swayed by criticism from the Coalition, because the decision to close the ageing power plant was based on a rigorous process.

    Alinta, which has a generation portfolio of about 2,000 megawatts, agreed in November to buy the Loy Yang B coal-fired power station in Victoria from France’s Engie and Japanese partner Mitsui & Co.

    Liddell was commissioned in 1971, and for many years was the backbone of the electricity system in New South Wales, with a capacity to provide 2,000 megawatts.

    AGL has plans to exit coal by 2050 when the last of its coal-fuelled power stations is closed.

    From the Comments

    – Did anybody seriously think AGL would sell Liddell? New coal fired power stations are urgently needed in this country yet sovereign risk stops commercial investment. The Coalition Government has to change from rhetoric to action to ensure this happens because a Labor Government certainly won’t.

    = I may be incorrect but I thought it was smarty pants State Coalition Premier Mike Baird ,he who jumped ship, who privatised our NSW power for a pittance without thought of the future consequences. Time for Gladys to build a couple of new power plants instead of the waste of money stadiums.

    – I think AGL is displaying a level of incompetence by not doing a full stakeholder analysis and being a good corporate citizen. I think that the perception of blackmail on the side of AGL could be a challenge to to their survival as a business. I know I will think twice about buying AGL shares next time I trade.

    – This is predictable! You have to remember that AGL has a senior executive who came from GetUp!

    – This must mean it is worth more to their business closed than open, this must be about how much they will be able to charge consumers or the government (including subsidies) for power in the future.

    – Does this come as any surprise? AGL’s management and shareholders would be mad to sell Liddell. They can make much more money charging ever rising prices for electricity generated via heavy subsidies. They thus make more money, the shareholders get richer, the management earn bigger bonuses, and it is all paid for … twice … by the customers via higher prices and taxpayer paid subsidies. Couled with that, why would AGL want to help create a viable competitor for its over-priced energy product?

    Of course, eventually customers will be driven to the wall, industries will be closed down or moved overseas where energy is cheaper, and even AGL will be selling less energy because customers can no longer afford to buy and those industries are gone. But, that won’t bother the vultures who are the current management, Board and shareholders of AGL. They will have made their huge profits, bonuses and dividends. With that cash long since pocketed and spread amongst other diversified investments to shield its value, they will be laughing.

    Abbott was right. It is time for compulsory acquisition as it is clearly in the national interest. All subsidies for renewable energy should be immediately withdrawn. Return the supply of electricity to a purely market-based system without subsidies and market distorting RETs. If renewables are really that great and cheaper, they will thrive in such conditions.

    Stop all subsidies to unreliable power NOW. If the source can’t provide continuous supply, then it’s not part of giving a reliable power supply, which is something 1st and 2nd world countries MUST have.

  54. Hobbledehoy

    Did the preacher at the Royal Wedding (TM) remind anyone else of Kenny Everett’s Brother Lee Love?

  55. Stimpson J. Cat

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!

    Monty, I know you have the day off today because you worked yesterday.
    Get the f$ck in here and give me an analysis of this latest Happening!!!

  56. OldOzzie

    Farmers know best how to care for land on which they depend – Daniel Wild

    Australian farmers are under ­unprecedented attack by environmental groups and left-leaning political parties. It’s time government ministers put the gloves on and jumped into the ring. On this page last week, Lyndon Schneiders, national director of the Wilderness Society, argued that land-clearing by farmers is a “key threat” to the environment and more must be done to counteract it. In doing so, Schneiders called the issue “complex”. However, there is nothing complex about it.

    We are talking about private farmers who decide to develop their own privately held land. It isn’t the government’s land. And it surely isn’t the Wilderness ­Society’s land. Government ­bureaucrats and green groups have no business telling farmers what they can and cannot do on their private land.

    If the Wilderness ­Society is so concerned about land-clearing, then they should pay farmers to forgo productive land development in order to conserve vegetation. Or, better yet, they should purchase their own land and use that for conservation purposes.

    What is perhaps more disappointing, though, is the use of misleading figures. Schneiders estimates that 1.2 million hectares of land were cleared in Queensland over three years following the Newman government’s sensible relaxation of land-clearing laws. Yet what the Wilderness ­Society doesn’t say is that this represents just a 0.7 per cent ­increase in ­agricultural use ­because of land development, or just 0.23 per cent a year. In any case, about two-thirds of ­vegetation management carried out by farmers is to ­control ­regrowth areas that had previously been cleared.

    This is why over the approxi­mate period that the Newman laws were in place, the gross value of agriculture commodities produced in Queensland increased almost 30 per cent — about double the national increase — and it became Australia’s most valuable agricultural state. But you won’t read that in the Wilderness Society’s piece, either.

    Nor will you read the fact that employment in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sector in Queensland has grown 23 per cent since 2014. Or that the agriculture sector is home to about 85,000 businesses, many of them small and family-owned, and all of which are under threat from more government regulation.

    However, what is even more concerning is that the Wilderness Society has launched what is just another prong in a co-ordinated attack on farmers.

    Just last month the Labor Party included a “land-clearing trigger” in its national party platform. Make no mistake, a land-clearing trigger would be the greatest attack on farmers since settlement. It could potentially see every proposed instance of agricultural development subject to approval from the federal environment minister. It would be nothing short of de facto nationalisation of privately held farmland, meaning Canberra-based bureaucrats would have veto power of farm development. These moves have nothing to do with the environment. Rather, it is all about control.

    What is needed is less, not more, power in Canberra. Encouragingly, the government is reviewing how to cut the amount of red tape­ ­imposed on farmers by the federal environmental laws. The best thing the federal government could do is completely remove ­itself from the regulation of environmental matters. Farmers ­already have to deal with enough meddling bureaucrats at the local and state level, let alone having to contend with out-of-touch, overpaid and underworked Canberra-based officials.

    In fairness to Schneiders, he does get one thing right when he says “the vast majority of farmers care about the environment and know the future is all about sustainability”. Yet this completely undermines the entire case for government intervention. Farmers know that the vitality of their land depends on their ability to properly manage it. Only they, and not distant bureaucrats, know how to best do this.

    It’s time governments got out of the way and let farmers do what only they can do: produce high-value food, fibre and grain while being responsible custodians of their land for the next generation of Australian farmers.

    Daniel Wild is a research fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs.

  57. max

    Bolt’s list of things on the cultural menu at the wedding omits the ululating women outside the chapel.

  58. Stimpson J. Cat

    John O. Brennan
    @JohnBrennan
    Senator McConnell & Speaker Ryan: If Mr. Trump continues along this disastrous path, you will bear major responsibility for the harm done to our democracy. You do a great disservice to our Nation & the Republican Party if you continue to enable Mr. Trump’s self-serving actions.

  59. calli

    Kenny Everett’s Brother Lee Love

    Chuckle.

  60. OldOzzie

    EDITORIALS
    Israel entitled to defend border

    Anthony Albanese’s criticism of Australia’s vote against the biased UN Human Rights Council’s “war crimes” resolution against Israel over Gaza does him little credit. Our vote, alongside the US as the only nations opposed to a resolution supported by such human rights stalwarts as Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Venezuela, Pakistan and Egypt, should do much to expunge the impact of our failure to attend last week’s opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem.

    In 815 words, the UNHRC resolution lashed Israel for allegedly “disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force” in defending itself against thousands of demonstrators sent by terrorist group Hamas to tear down the border fence between Gaza and the Jewish state. It spoke, incredibly, of “peaceful protests”. Yet Hamas admits that 52 of 60 demonstrators killed in one day were its fighters, many of them armed. They hurled volleys of molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers who were trying to stop the border being overrun. Kites flown overhead were emblazoned with Nazi swastikas. Repeated pushes were made to breach the fence to attack Israelis in their homes.

    Nowhere in the resolution, however, was there a single mention of Hamas. Israel alone was pilloried for what the UNHRC’s special rapporteur, Canadian professor Michael Lynk, a noted Israeli critic, said was a “war crime”. With only the US and Australia voting against, and 14 countries, including Britain, Germany, Belgium and Japan abstaining, the council approved sending international war crimes investigators to probe the violence, to report by March 2019.

    Mr Albanese, a leader of Labor’s left that is likely to play an important role when Bob Carr tries to get the party to recognise Palestine as a country at its national conference in July, thinks the UNHRC investigation is a good thing. He’s dreaming. It will be the usual UN anti-Israel witch hunt from an agency that, since it was set up in 2006, has held eight emergency crisis sessions on Israel, five on Syria and two on Myanmar. The loss of life in Gaza is tragic. But mindlessly apportioning blame to one side helps nobody. The UNHRC has again shown itself to be the cat’s paw of Palestinian terrorism and its propaganda machine.

  61. OldOzzie

    EDITORIALS
    ALP’s destructive IR approach

    One of the most worrying aspects of the opposition’s ideas for the Fair Work Commission is its plan to increase the tribunal’s workload, necessitating more appointments to the body. The issue is more than a numbers game, although Australian Mines and Metals Association chief executive Steve Knott has a point when he says having a minority of members from union backgrounds should be seen in the context that only 10 per cent of private-sector workers are union members. The commission is led by former ACTU official Iain Ross. Opposition workplace relations spokesman Brendan O’Connor yesterday accused the Turnbull and Abbott governments of “stacking’’ the commission.

    If Labor wins the coming election, it will give the commission greater interventionist powers. These, as workplace editor Ewin Hannan writes today, would include powers to arbitrate long-running “intractable” disputes. Labor will also rewrite the current low-paid bargaining laws, bringing more cases before the commission. It could also revive the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal under the umbrella of the commission. All of which would make for an even more rigid, centralised system than the one established in the Rudd and Gillard era. But for all the opposition’s supposed support of an “independent umpire’’, however, it rejected the commission’s sensible decision to reduce Sunday penalty rates in the hospitality and retail sectors.

    Mr O’Connor’s suggestion that Labor would look at appointing more commissioners from trade union backgrounds is a further sign of how the pendulum would swing in unions’ favour under a Shorten government. In the medium to long term, such a change would jeopardise profits, productivity and jobs. One of Labor’s most reckless policies, the abolition of the Australian Building and Construction Commission, would also send public infrastructure costs soaring as the militant Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union took advantage of the vacuum to wreak greater havoc on major construction projects.

  62. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    John O. Brennan
    @JohnBrennan
    Senator McConnell & Speaker Ryan: If Mr. Trump continues along this disastrous path, you will bear major responsibility for the harm done to our democracyMarxist plans. You do a great disservice to our Nationutopian ideals & the Republican Party if you continue to enable Mr. Trump’s self-serving actions.

  63. stackja

    OldOzzie
    #2716018, posted on May 21, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Greens use the gullible to do their deeds.

  64. cohenite

    AGL and the abc are possibly the biggest enemies to Australia right now. But of course they’re just symptoms of the political class.

  65. Snoopy

    Why should AGL receive any more for Liddell than what they paid for it (adjusted for inflation)?

  66. Ah, I see Trump has backed down in humiliation from his threats of trade war with China.

    Also, he blustered at Rosenstein, who played him with a straight bat.

    Trump is low energy lately. Sad!

  67. Chris

    Readers are invited to consider how to extend the Black Culture of the royal wedding into their daily lives.
    A hundred thousand ullulating ladies outside the garage as they drive out to work each morning?
    Readings from Malcolm X from a pulpit established over the breakfast table?
    Necklacing neighbours who complain about the reporters and ululating thousands treading down their flowerbeds?

  68. Andreas

    John O. Brennan
    @JohnBrennan
    Senator McConnell & Speaker Ryan: If Mr. Trump continues along this disastrous path, you will bear major responsibility for the harm done to our democracy. You do a great disservice to our Nation & the Republican Party if you continue to enable Mr. Trump’s self-serving actions.

    But but yesterday m0nty said it was a nothing burger?

  69. Chris

    Trump is low energy lately. Sad!

    Ah monty. Good to see you here this morning. Whats the talking point direction today?

  70. Habib

    When’s this gerbil wormening going to kick in? In Brisograd ATM it’s colder than Julia Gillard’s panty liner.

  71. cohenite

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!

    Well, there you go, the big cat just had a big yawn and showed some fangs.

  72. Bruce of Newcastle

    Trump is low energy lately. Sad!

    Sitting back and imbibing popcorn I suspect. Lucianne‘s headlines:

    • Cambridge professor outed as FBI informant inside Trump campaign
    After days of hints, this is the man

    • H.A.L.P.E.R. Spells Game Up for Obama’s Spies
    T.H.E. E.N.D. spells the end.

    • How the FBI and CIA Restarted the Cold War to Protect themselves
    Let the story roll…..

    • After year of investigation, Trump can rightly claim some vindication
    Sweet.

    • Don’t blame Trump for running out of patience with Mueller
    The man has the patience of a statue.

    • Anatomy of a Smear: How the Media Created a Malicious Lie About Trump´s ´Animals´ Comment
    Don’t relax. They will try it again.

    To quote from this other Lucianne story today:

    The conspiracy to use the vast powers of the US intelligence community spy on the Trump campaign and hobble his presidency with fabricated allegations of collusion with Russia is unraveling at an accelerating pace.

    ‘Unravelling at an accelerating pace’ was the thought I had yesterday. Trump needs to make sure the Gitmo cell blocks are cleaned, repainted and ready.

  73. Nick

    FitzSimons whining about how ‘un Australian’ Royalty is. As if a red bandanna is.

  74. Snoopy

    Habib
    #2716039, posted on May 21, 2018 at 10:50 am
    When’s this gerbil wormening going to kick in? In Brisograd ATM it’s colder than Julia Gillard’s panty liner.

    Turn the aircon off and step outside. It’s absolutely delightful.

  75. stackja

    Man dies after he was struck by garbage truck – Redfern – NSW Police
    Monday, 21 May 2018 09:23:16 AM

    A man has died after he was run over by a garbage truck in Redfern this morning.

    About 8am (Monday 21 May 2018), emergency services were called to Bourke Lane, following reports a man had been struck by a garbage truck.

    Officers from Redfern Police Area Command attended and found a man critically injured.

    He was treated on scene but was unable to be revived.

    His age is not known at this stage and he is yet to be formally identified.

    The driver of the vehicle, a man believed to be aged in his 30s, will be taken to St Vincent’s Hospital for mandatory testing.

    Officers from Crash Investigation Unit will investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

    2GB reports was homeless and death unavoidable.

  76. Snoopy

    Now it’s cool to be biracial when will the descriptor ‘half caste’ be rehabilitated?

  77. Pete of Perth

    Off to manning the ramparts against the relentless tide of diminishing intelligence of our overlords.

  78. OldOzzie

    Guthrie grilled, ABC staff locked in Hunger Games

    Just when the ABC thought things couldn’t get any worse, with an $84 million funding freeze and staff anger over the chopping of 22 jobs in the news department, along comes Senate estimates.

    ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie will again sit alongside Communications Minister Mitch Fifield on Wednesday, fielding searching questions from hostile senators.

    They are sure to ask about the Local Journalism Initiative, the digital reshaping of the capital city newsrooms by director of news Gaven Morris and head of state coverage Rebecca Matthews.

    Last Friday, management had tapped the 22 staff it wants to make redundant, capping off a process that started on April 30.

    Make no mistake, experienced and expensive staff were targeted. The ABC will reinvest money from the redundancies into new digital leadership positions and hire other digital staff, while seeking to redeploy those affected.

    But that has not stopped fear and loathing breaking out.

    “People are being targeted — the feeling is because they don’t like them,” one senior NSW journalist said of management. But the ABC says all processes have been conducted fairly and in accordance with enterprise agreements and Fair Work Commission orders.

    But many in the Adelaide newsroom were upset by the axing of senior journalist Mike Sexton, the SA day editor. Due to his seniority, Sexton was one of two staff directly made redundant, rather than via the ABC’s preferred method of a selection pool process. “He’s the one person that 90 per cent of the newsroom would agree, if you were going to axe someone, it would never be him,” a colleague said. “He is the heart of the newsroom and to all intents and purposes he is the news director.”

    Several newsroom sources say Sexton clashed with SA news ­editor Claire Mackay, but the ABC says all redundancy processes were fairly conducted.

    Adelaide staff queried how Mackay’s husband, Mike Coggan, was able to move to a new position before his old job as state coverage producer became part of the digital restructure.

    Coggan didn’t report to Mackay, but his old position as state coverage producer will be abolished in the restructure.

    An ABC spokeswoman said the new role of regional content producer for SA, NT and WA is one of four temporary jobs to ­improve video content in 46 ­regional stations. “The SA/NT/WA role was advertised internally and externally in January,’’ she said. “This role is not in News, it is in the Regional & Local team. The process was run by R & L, and no one from News was involved in the selection process.”

    Nationwide, the redundancy selection pool process was certainly fiendishly complicated, and the unions say, cruel.

    The ABC found 14 people in its newsroom leadership teams did not fulfil “preliminary capabilities assessment” for its restructured newsrooms. It also identified newsroom jobs it would no longer need in the new structure. Management then placed 109 employees in 10 different pools and planned to cut 20 people.

    Staff in the pools, and the two people being made directly ­redundant, were told on April 30. The selection pool process was dubbed the “Hunger Games” by staff and unions. But staff had to wait until last Friday to find out who was safe, and who would be made redundant. The MEAA journalists union and CPSU public sector unions say voluntary ­redundancies are fairer. The ABC says it is forced to disclose staff who are in the selection pools due to a Fair Work Commission.

    Morris told staff on Friday where people had expressed ­interest in redundancy the ABC had tried to “facilitate substitutions where appropriate, taking into consideration the skills we need”. “As a result, the overwhelming majority of those who are potentially leaving have in fact chosen to go.”

    Everyone in the ABC can see the need to bring digital skills to the fore, as TV news audiences are falling rapidly.

    But staff fear the loss of journalistic talent and that a culture of independence is being eroded in favour of a regime that brooks ­little dissent.

    The pace of digital change has caused problems, such as the ­re-editing of the tax policy analysis by economics correspondent Emma Alberici and the mishandling of the filing cabinet files ­expose. Those incidents forced Morris to give deputy news director Craig McMurtrie a new role, executive editor, to boost editorial standards.

    The ABC now faces more bad news. The government wants to force the ABC to reveal senior salaries, and will hold an inquiry into whether public broadcasters use government funding to unfair commercial advantage.

    All the while, the ABC staff ­engagement figure has fallen to 46 per cent. Only 35 per cent of staff responded favourably to the question “I rarely think about leaving the ABC to work somewhere else”.

    Staff in Adelaide reported a ­funereal atmosphere on Friday, and that the two other staff tapped for redundancy were ­reluctant to discuss the situation with the newsroom MEAA representative, one Mike Coggan.

  79. Some History

    FitzSimons whining about how ‘un Australian’ Royalty is. As if a red bandanna is.

    Pirates Яule

  80. OldOzzie

    ABC in rescue plan to lift dire ratings

    ABC journalists are being sent back to training in a bid to improve the flagship 7pm news, which is suffering from declining ratings.

    Improving the storytelling on the news is a key ambition of a “7 keys for 7pm” strategy document obtained by The Australian.

    The ABC circulated the document earlier this year with the aim of ­improving the evening news in an era when online and 24-hour news are growing in popularity.

    TV news audiences are declining sharply. Last week ABC News attracted about 660,000 viewers in the mainland capital cities. This compares with about 760,000 viewers a year ago.

    “We want to improve our story­telling for 7pm news,” the document says.

    “To do so, we’ll begin writing workshops for TV News. These will be aimed at reporters at all levels to help reinforce how TV News storytelling is different and to remind reporters what pro­ducers are looking for.”

    The ABC stages many training sessions, but a two-hour workshop in Sydney by senior journalist Adrian Raschella several months ago, attended by national reporters and local NSW journalists, was judged a “great success”, the report said. It has inspired a program that will be rolled out ­nationally.

    The ABC has acknowledged the need to improve the 7pm news and promises in the document to deliver bigger stories, more exclusives, more interviews and “a program of big hitting stories and not a list of what happened today”.

    “If we let the 7 o’clock news be a digest of what has happened that day, we will struggle to maintain audiences,” ABC head of news Gaven Morris told The Australian recently.

    “We need a stronger brand of journalism and more impactful storytelling across all platforms — including 7 o’clock. Viewers of the 7 o’clock news should either ­uncover something new or have complex issues of the day ­explained to them.”

    The ABC sets annual areas of focus for the 7pm news that are adapted by local newsrooms. The “7 keys for 7pm” document shared with news executives emphasises the need to report bigger stories and not just the news of the day. These bigger stories will be com­plemented with context and analysis and live interviews with newsmakers. “We want to break news at 7pm. We’ll break more stories in our local news rooms, focus on ­issues like infrastructure, cost of living pressures, development and community issues like health, schools and diversity, and only cover crime stories with meaningful impact,” the document says.

    “We will continue to work closely with 7.30 so that there is no repetition in the 7pm-8pm hour.

    “The 7pm news should be a program of big-hitting stories and not a list of what happened today.”

    Regional staff, the specialist reporting team and ABC investigations will be called in to contribute news stories, not just the capital city newsroom journalists.

    In October, when he axed Lateline, Morris flagged the 7pm news and 7.30 as “one of the top priorities for us”.

    “That is still the golden hour for us on TV. I think there is a lot of life in nightly current affairs on TV, I just don’t think we want to stretch our ­resources over two areas. In the end a great story is a great story. In the digital age that we are in, audiences are not beholden to television and radio schedules in how they want to consume.”

    ABC executives have been pleased with the improvement of 7.30 under new executive producer Justin Stevens.

    ABC staff found out last week who would fall victim to the latest ABC News reorganisation, the local journalism initiative that is cutting about 22 positions from capital city newsrooms.

    These staff, who were placed in large selections pools with other colleagues of equal standing before executives selected who to make redundant, will be replaced by new hires more suitable to digital newsrooms.

    Unions have criticised the selection pools as “Hunger Games” and would prefer voluntary redundancies.

    Early last year The Australian reported that the ABC is in a quandary over declining and ageing audiences for its TV news and current affairs programs, with ABC News reaching just 31 per cent of audiences each week via television.

    “TV audiences continue to soften,” an internal audience insights report leaked to The Australian warns. But ABC News grew audiences via computers and mobile devices, exceeding targets to reach 24 per cent via online in 2016.

    The report found the flagship 7pm News is the program with the largest proportion of older viewers, with 82 per cent of viewers over 50. This compares with 69 per cent for Seven News.

    The broadcaster is pondering how to attract younger audiences.

    From the Comments

    – Better story telling? No. just start reporting facts without your overriding left activists bias.

    There is already too much left bias story telling. That’s the key problem. All 7 of them.

    – Privatise the ABC to provide a blue chip investment for union-run superannuation funds.

    – …and he still thinks news is storytelling. How juvenile.

    – 8tart Reporting the unbiased truth.

    – Maybe the public is just sick of their ABC and doesn’t want to watch a green and red tinged version of the daily news?

    -How about telling the news and NOT giving us your opinions

    – Save your money, ABC. All you have to do is read these comments. Most of the people commenting would have been ABC listeners once, now they are not, and they are telling you, why not. Listen to them, rather then spruce up your commentators, that is pointless if you don’t listen to what the public want. And they don’t want gender neutral, SSM, global warming, and indigenous activists, or the advantages of open borders either, in their living rooms every day. Nor do they want the benefits of voting Green, either. So read it and learn. It just might work.

    Sell the ABC, its all about them, minority groups and lefty- marxist ideologys. The ABC is destroying Australian values.

  81. Geriatric Mayfly

    Now it’s cool to be biracial when will the descriptor ‘half caste’ be rehabilitated?

    You’re kidding. Mulatto should do the trick. You even get alliteration with Megan.

  82. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    “We want to improve our story­telling for 7pm news,” the document says.

    doubling down on fake news

  83. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Farmers ­already have to deal with enough meddling bureaucrats at the local and state level, let alone having to contend with out-of-touch, overpaid and underworked Canberra-based officials.

    Add to that, meddling inner city Greens, snug behind their keyboards who regard themselves as “granting you a social license to farm’ and “partners, in setting ethical standards in your farming enterprise” and the catalogue of horrors is complete.

  84. Snoopy

    Remember the salad days of the Mueller investigation? Monty spending hours here going toe to toe with Trump train Nazis. Now he’s reduced to drive by trolling.

    Sad.

  85. stackja

    Once on ABC TV James Dibble read the news now we have have who?

  86. Snoopy

    Obama, Clinton Pastors and US Bishop Who ‘Stole Show’ at Royal Wedding Set to March on White House to ‘Reclaim Jesus’ from Pres. Trump; ‘America First is Heresy Against Christ’

    Pope Che isn’t marching? Sad!

  87. stackja

    Once ABC radio was Sydney 2FC/2BL, Melbourne 3LO/3AR, then trendies decided to change.

  88. Bruce of Newcastle

    ABC journalists are being sent back to training in a bid to improve the flagship 7pm news, which is suffering from declining ratings.

    Improving the storytelling on the news is a key ambition of a “7 keys for 7pm” strategy document obtained by The Australian.

    They should rename their news division “ABC Storytelling”. That’d be perfectly accurate since most of what they extrude is fictitious.

  89. OneWorldGovernment

    Your Moral And Intellectual Superiors

    The world is being brought to you by stupid people.

    Journalists’ brains show a lower-than-average level of executive functioning, according to a new study, which means they have a below-average ability to regulate their emotions, suppress biases, solve complex problems, switch between tasks, and show creative and flexible thinking.

    The study, led by Tara Swart, a neuroscientist and leadership coach, analysed 40 journalists from newspapers, magazines, broadcast, and online platforms over seven months. The participants took part in tests related to their lifestyle, health, and behaviour.

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/index.php/2018/05/20/your-moral-and-intellectual-superiors-14/

  90. Geriatric Mayfly

    They should rename their news division “ABC Storytelling”. That’d be perfectly accurate since most of what they extrude is fictitious.

    It’s what they deliberately omit, which is the greater sin.

  91. Rae

    Mulatto should do the trick.

    Y’all is showin yo aage sayin folks is mewlatto. Ain’t nobody says that no mo. Coloreds who is haff black ‘n haff white is called bi-racial now. Sho nuff.

  92. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Obama, Clinton Pastors and US Bishop Who ‘Stole Show’ at Royal Wedding Set to March on White House to ‘Reclaim Jesus’ from Pres. Trump; ‘America First is Heresy Against ChristMarx

    fixing fixing fixing, all bloody day fixing

  93. stackja

    Telstra
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    34 minutes ago
    We’re working to fix an issue impacting some mobile services. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  94. Bruce of Newcastle

    Once on ABC TV James Dibble read the news now we have have who?

    I liked when Richard Morecroft did the 7pm ABC news with a fruitbat under his shirt.
    These days ABC newsreaders keep their bats in their crania.

  95. OldOzzie

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2716062, posted on May 21, 2018 at 11:25 am

    ABC journalists are being sent back to training in a bid to improve the flagship 7pm news, which is suffering from declining ratings.

    Improving the storytelling on the news is a key ambition of a “7 keys for 7pm” strategy document obtained by The Australian.

    They should rename their news division “ABC Storytelling”. That’d be perfectly accurate since most of what they extrude is fictitious.

    Improving the storytelling on the news is a key ambition of a “7 keys for 7pm” strategy document obtained by The Australian.

  96. Geriatric Mayfly

    Obama, Clinton Pastors and US Bishop Who ‘Stole Show’ at Royal Wedding Set to March on White House to ‘Reclaim Jesus’ from Pres. Trump

    And Jesus wept.

  97. Some History

    The Mostest Reverend Mike Curry

    https://imgur.com/QHSAyNP

  98. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Remember the salad days of the Mueller investigation? Monty spending hours here going toe to toe with Trump train Nazis. Now he’s reduced to drive by trolling.

    Monty had salad days?

    KFC bucket days I can believe.

  99. Confused Old Misfit

    Now it’s cool to be biracial when will the descriptor ‘half caste’ be rehabilitated?

    How about Quadroons, Octoroons, Sacatra, and Griffe as well? To say nothing of Metif (same as Octoroon), Meamelouc (half white and half Metif), Quarteron (half Meamelouc and half white), Sangmele (half quarteron and half white), and Mango (half Griffe and half black).
    It’s complicated!

  100. Stimpson J. Cat

    Y’all is showin yo aage sayin folks is mewlatto. Ain’t nobody says that no mo. Coloreds who is haff black ‘n haff white is called bi-racial now. Sho nuff.

    OK Sinc, you’ve had your fun.
    Can you please ban Grigs again.
    When Grigs posts content like this that is so far below even Grigs Tier then I’m sorry, but steps must be taken it you want to remain a serious Economics /Blockchain/Malcolm Turnbull Fansite.

  101. OldOzzie

    Former CIA Director John Brennan Quotes Cicero While DOJ Expands IG FISA Abuse Investigation…

    Former CIA Director John Brennan took to twitter today in response to President Trump’s notification of a formal intent to request DOJ review of politicization of the United States intelligence apparatus:

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.”

    “For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

  102. stackja

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2716068, posted on May 21, 2018 at 11:30 am
    Once on ABC TV James Dibble read the news now we have have who?

    I liked when Richard Morecroft did the 7pm ABC news with a fruitbat under his shirt.
    These days ABC newsreaders keep their bats in their crania.

    On the 40th anniversary of that first broadcast Mr Dibble spoke about the changes he’d seen in the 40 years to 1996.

    He spoke of his pride in being a news reader. Implicit in what he said was the notion that a newsreader should know what he’s talking about. He also spoke of the difference between news-reading and the coiffed personalities in the age of the auto-cue who present segments.

  103. Shy Ted

    I want Rev Curry to officiate at my wedding. When everyone’s asleep and before he’s declared us husband and wife I can nick out and make a clean getaway. Sweet.

  104. DrBeauGan

    calli
    #2715993, posted on May 21, 2018 at 10:04 am
    Yes, Curry’s appearance somehow delighted people who weren’t actually Christians themselves.

    Says it all.

    Be fair, Calli. I’m not a Christian and I sure wasn’t delighted. I thought it was boogaloo trash.

  105. Nick

    but steps must be taken it you want to remain a serious Economics /Blockchain/Malcolm Turnbull Fansite.

    Women’s shoes and fashion too Stimp.

  106. OldOzzie

    H.A.L.P.E.R. Spells Game Up for Obama’s Spies

  107. cohenite

    Former CIA Director John Brennan took to twitter today in response to President Trump’s notification of a formal intent to request DOJ review of politicization of the United States intelligence apparatus:

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.”

    “For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

    Isn’t brennan a muslim or commie; in any event he has no sense of irony. it’s tragic that people like him can’t see he was part of the treason.

  108. Stimpson J. Cat

    Telstra
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    34 minutes ago
    We’re working to fix an issue impacting some mobile services. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    On behalf of shareholders, thank you for your custom.

    😁

  109. OldOzzie

    Sorry Link now

    OldOzzie
    #2716082, posted on May 21, 2018 at 11:40 am

    H.A.L.P.E.R. Spells Game Up for Obama’s Spies

  110. Stimpson J. Cat

    Women’s shoes and fashion too Stimp.

    Also metaphysics, J$ws, rakes, and mental health advice.

  111. rickw

    The Australian Nanny State effectively banned airsoft guns.

    I notice that there is now something widely available called a “Gel Ball Gun” that fires 7-8mm hydrated gel balls.

    https://m.ebay.com.au/itm/M4A1-Gen-8th-M4A1-JM-Gel-Ball-Toy-Water-Gun-Blaster-Nerf-Aus-stock/302742357377?hash=item467cd9c581:g:csQAAOSwFYZa~R09

    https://m.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-AUG-STEYR-A1-ELECTRIC-WATER-GEL-BALL-BLASTER-MACHINE-GUN-RIFLE-10000-BALLS/381030485162?hash=item58b72fccaa:g:5rkAAOSw7bla6X8e

    Well done to all on sidestepping the Australian Wanker State.

  112. zyconoclast

    Jury to decide if Gargasoulas fit to face trial over Bourke St tragedy

    Accused Bourke Street killer Dimitrious Gargasoulas is set to appear before a jury within a month, to determine whether he is fit to stand trial.
    The Supreme Court heard on Monday that because of Mr Gargasoulas’ mental health, there was a ‘‘substantial’’ question over whether he could stand trial on six counts of murder and other charges, in that he allegedly deliberately drove into dozens of pedestrians in central Melbourne on January 20 last year.
    Prosecutors and Mr Gargasoulas’ lawyers agree the 28-year-old has schizophrenia and that his mental health condition might affect his fitness to enter a plea and take part in a criminal trial.
    It will now be up to a jury to rule on his mental health and decide whether he is fit to enter a plea and stand in a criminal trial. That jury is set to be selected on June 12 and sit for up to five days, to listen to the evidence of three medical experts.

  113. zyconoclast

    To accelerate climate action, citizens are suing governments

    After climate talks in Bonn, many criticize outcomes as weak. Increasingly, concerned citizens see legal action as a path for climate action — a thousand climate lawsuits are currently active around the world.

  114. dopey

    Wise wins Byron Nelson -23. Leishman second at -20.

  115. rickw

    Guthrie grilled, ABC staff locked in Hunger Games

    Put ratings through the roof, televise it!

    Everyone gets to see their favourite taxpayer funded ponce eviscerated by other people’s favourite taxpayers funded ponces!

  116. rickw

    The Supreme Court heard on Monday that because of Mr Gargasoulas’ mental health, there was a ‘‘substantial’’ question over whether he could stand trial on six counts of murder and other charges, in that he allegedly deliberately drove into dozens of pedestrians in central Melbourne on January 20 last year.
    Prosecutors and Mr Gargasoulas’ lawyers agree the 28-year-old has schizophrenia and that his mental health condition might affect his fitness to enter a plea and take part in a criminal trial.

    No Jihadi will ever face trial in Australia on this basis.

  117. Nick

    I’d hope that employee bonuses, taxpayer funded, are high on the matters to be addressed

  118. Robber Baron

    ABC now full on “Dreamtime” version of news.

    Defund it now.

  119. zyconoclast

    Re-wilding anyone?

    Dutch outrage as animals starve in fenced-in wilderness

    A nature reserve in the Netherlands aims to create unspoiled wilderness – but has sparked animal lovers’ ire. If thousands of cattle, ponies and deer die each winter, is it nature’s way – or animal cruelty?

    Angelica and Eep’s garden, 35 kilometers east of Amsterdam, is stacked with dozens of plastic bags, which are in turn stuffed with hay, donated by farmers from all over the Netherlands.

    The elderly couple lives close to Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve. Twice a day, they make the short journey to feed animals there – Konik horses, Heck cattle and red deer.

    Killing fields

    As a result, they reproduce rapidly in summer, and the weakest die off when food becomes scarce in the winter.

    Other scientists, though, are backing the protestors’ calls to stop the rewilding experiment. Ecologist Berendse was once in favor of the project, but changed his mind after one of his PhD students took a closer look at the nature reserve’s biodiversity.

    Perry Cornellissen found fewer species in the grassland where horses, cattle and deer live had significantly decreased. “A bleak plain has formed where all those special bird species have disappeared,” Berendse told DW.

  120. zyconoclast

    The easiest way to live a longer, happier life is through friendship

    Why do they highlight the importance of male friendship by highlighting a couple of old English actors who are homos?

    This demographic of 0.00001% should be what everyone else should do.

  121. JohnA

    OldOzzie #2716051, posted on May 21, 2018, at 11:05 am

    Everyone in the ABC can see the need to bring digital skills to the fore, as TV news audiences are falling rapidly.

    Except that they will not see the logical conclusion – the closure of the ABC.

  122. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Prosecutors and Mr Gargasoulas’ lawyers agree the 28-year-old has schizophrenia and that his mental health condition might affect his fitness to enter a plea and take part in a criminal trial.

    I don’t have a reference, but I seem to remember similar cases where the defendant was found not fit to stand trial on grounds of mental health issues, but was detained in the looney bin, for life.

  123. DrBeauGan

    zyconoclast
    #2716088, posted on May 21, 2018 at 11:45 am
    Dump science, history from K-3 curriculum, says advisor

    This is actually quite sensible. A kid who can’t read or write can’t do history. And a kid who can’t read or write or do sums can’t do science. Get the fundamentals in first.

  124. Chris

    The ABC did a noble job covering the Margaret River massacre, in which seven people died. But its efforts were undermined by an internal email boasting of the web traffic the tragedy generated. The ABC is acutely sensitive about this one, and wants Diary to acknowledge that director of news Gaven Morris and head of state coverage Rebecca Matthews praised the Perth newsroom for “measured, accurate and appropriate” coverage “in the wake of such a dreadful event”. But Liam Phillips, digital editor for ABC News Perth, had a different tone in his email headed “Perth traffic stats — Week 19: 5 million page views delivers a record week”.

    Phillips is hardly Robinson Crusoe in boasting about web traffic, but he might have been due a talking to for the way he drafted his memo. In it he details a “few highlights” from an “extraordinary week” about how the breaking news story was now the biggest online story for ABC news this year, and the sixth biggest ever. “Our weekly total of just over five million page views blitzed our previous record week by 1.3 million,” Phillips wrote. “The reader interest in the Margaret River story was insatiable over the weekend. Follow-up feature stories on Saturday (a town ripped apart) and Sunday (the mystery of the Miles family) added a further 1 million page views …”. One story published as the lead story on Apple News was termed “a great example of ‘flooding the zone’,” while “The Margaret River breaking news story racked up an astonishing 3 million minutes of engagement, with people spending an average of 3m 25s on the story”.

    Aunty’s Boast Leaves Nasty Taste

  125. Roger

    Meghan’s manifesto: ‘Proud feminist’ Duchess of Sussex vows to take Royal Family in a new direction after she broke tradition to give wedding speech in which she revealed commitment to ‘social justice’.

    Narxist.

  126. C.L.

    Major credit to Trump … castigated for being hot-headed, he simply left the Wussia hunters run around freely … until they caught themselves.

  127. Stimpson J. Cat

    The easiest way to live a longer, happier life is through friendship

    It’s not too late to make that change Grigs.
    You can do it!!!

  128. zyconoclast

    Refugees wanted: NSW country town Walla Walla looks overseas to fill employment gaps

    The roads in Walla Walla are quiet at lunchtime.

    It’s possible to walk the length of the main street and not meet a single person.

    Yet some of the biggest employers in this small country town in the NSW Riverina, just north of Albury, are keen to change that. And they want to do it by employing refugees from as far away as Iraq and Syria.

    The small business owners believe the new arrivals would benefit enormously by “going bush”, while helping fill employment gaps at the same time.

  129. Stimpson J. Cat

    Prosecutors and Mr Gargasoulas’ lawyers agree the 28-year-old has schizophrenia and that his mental health condition might affect his fitness to enter a plea and take part in a criminal trial.

    I think he needs to be examined by an impartial mental health professional who is an expert in schizophrenia, namely myself.
    I will determine the facts of this case.

  130. egg_

    Meghan’s manifesto: ‘Proud feminist’ Duchess of Sussex vows to take Royal Family in a new direction after she broke tradition to give wedding speech in which she revealed commitment to ‘social justice’.

    Teh Dux of Sux sucks already.

  131. DrBeauGan

    Roger
    #2716110, posted on May 21, 2018 at 12:03 pm
    Meghan’s manifesto: ‘Proud feminist’ Duchess of Sussex vows to take Royal Family in a new direction after she broke tradition to give wedding speech in which she revealed commitment to ‘social justice’.

    Narxist.

    Dim bimbo.

  132. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Meghan’s manifesto: ‘Proud feminist’ Duchess of Sussex vows to take Royal Family in a new direction after she broke tradition to give wedding speech in which she revealed commitment to ‘social justice’.

    Remind me what happened to the last upstart who tried that shtick?

  133. egg_

    Meghan’s manifesto: ‘Proud feminist’ Duchess of Sussex vows to take Royal Family in a new direction after she broke tradition to give wedding speech in which she revealed commitment to ‘social justice’.

  134. mh

    Former British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, for instance, said Curry could “almost make me a believer”. Yes, Curry’s appearance somehow delighted people who weren’t actually Christians themselves. So what was his secret?

    Here are some clues from some commentators.

    Firebrand Aboriginal activist Amy McQuire: “I’m so glad I watched the royal wedding to see all these white colonisers look uncomfortable when the black pastor mentions slavery.”

    Deputy editor of Vanity Fair Katey Rich: “I cannot believe there is a pastor talking about slave spirituals at a dang royal wedding. Hello 21st century!”

    Fairfax’s Karl Quinn: “The radical import of his sermon was obvious … So, too, was his blackness, and his American-ness. It was The Empire Strikes Back and you could almost feel the shudder of disapproval running through some of the titled stiffs in the chapel.”

    Yes, what thrilled many of the Left was seeing a black preacher at a British royal wedding, upsetting “titled stiffs” and “white colonisers”.

    It was the politics of Curry, not the Christianity, which thrilled them, and the cultural disruption he represented.

    This was the politics of Hollywood globalists hijacking a British Royal Family event being broadcast to tens of millions. And Harry remains totally clueless about it all.

  135. egg_

    Meghan’s manifesto: ‘Proud feminist’ Duchess of Sussex vows to take Royal Family in a new direction after she broke tradition to give wedding speech in which she revealed commitment to ‘social justice’.

    Was there any Oxygen left in the room after Rev Curry?

  136. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The small business owners believe the new arrivals would benefit enormously by “going bush”, while helping fill employment gaps at the same time.

    Similar schemes have been tried before. The new arrivals sat down and complained there were no proper facilities for worship, there was no halal food, the local school didn’t offer appropriate religious instruction, no- one understood their special needs, and they were off to the big city at the first opportunity.

  137. Habib

    Turn the aircon off and step outside. It’s absolutely delightful. Maybe now, when the profoundly deaf chippies on the building site 2 doors down fired up their muffler-free diesel whatever and proceeded to redline it for the next hour, I got up had a quick scrape and got on my bike to do the ten minute run to work. With an open face it was like having Hillary Clinton sit on my mush.

    This dump noe goes from summer-winter in one hit, no autumn or spring. What a dump.

  138. DrBeauGan

    It’s not Meghan’s fault she’s dumb. Nor Harry’s that he’s even dumber. The royal family has never been known for brains.

    They’d fit in just fine if they just spent their time slapping their Jodhpurs and riding horses. It’s when they offer their dim-witted opinions that they inadvertently make the case for a republic.

  139. C.L.

    Yes, what thrilled many of the Left was seeing a black preacher at a British royal wedding, upsetting “titled stiffs” and “white colonisers”.

    Basically, he was a black song and dance man entertaining the white luvvies.
    They’ve come such a long way.

  140. Nick

    vows to take Royal Family in a new direction

    When was her coronation?

  141. Roger

    Firebrand Aboriginal activist Amy McQuire: “I’m so glad I watched the royal wedding to see all these white colonisers look uncomfortable when the black pastor mentions slavery.”

    Blacks facilitated slavery, British Christians ended it.

    History is complicated, which is why people like Amy resort to ideology.

  142. zyconoclast

    <iA memorable first for multiculturalism:

    First criminal prosecution of female genital mutilation in Queensland goes to trial.

    First thing the ABC does
    Brisbane woman Saba Abraham — who is Christian Orthodox — and not connected to the trial, was cut by her mother in North East Africa when she was just one week old.
    She said some cultures would wait until girls were old enough to be married before circumcising them, and said the main purpose was to control their sexuality.

    And I thought John Hewson was their go to man…

  143. DrBeauGan

    Basically, he was a black song and dance man entertaining the white luvvies.
    They’ve come such a long way.

    Al Jolson did it so much better.

  144. Cambridge professor outed as FBI informant inside Trump campaign

    “Inside”. Not sure I recall Cambridge being the locus of Trump fever. Halper did well to be inside the campaign on a different continent.

  145. zyconoclast

    So the ABC talk to a woman who was born in Africa, a very long time ago, who was cut FMG style when a baby in the African country.

    This is somehow relevant to the case in Qld courts today?

  146. Stimpson J. Cat

    vows to take Royal Family in a new direction

    Let’s be honest.
    Any direction away from the genetic inbreeding of repulsive reptilian traits is healthy.
    Bravo Meghan.
    Bravo.
    The sooner little orange-haired Shaniqua Diana is born the better.

  147. H B Bear

    Only 35 per cent of staff responded favourably to the question “I rarely think about leaving the ABC to work somewhere else”.

    Bwahahaahaaa. That’s why it takes a six figure redundancy to prise them out in their 70s, Quentin Dumpster-style. #fakenews

  148. C.L.

    Nothing says “proud feminist” like abandoning your baptismal denomination at the command of your husband.

  149. mh

    Duchess of Sussex vows to take Royal Family in a new direction after she broke tradition to give wedding speech in which she revealed commitment to ‘social justice’.

    Hollywood demands!!!

  150. Roger

    This is somehow relevant to the case in Qld courts today?

    Note it was the segue into an activist’s call for “more services” to created for ageing migrant women with FGM.

    It used to be the case that migration applicants with pre-existing conditions that would likely place an impost on the health system were denied a visa.

  151. DrBeauGan

    C.L.
    #2716138, posted on May 21, 2018 at 12:25 pm
    Nothing says “proud feminist” like abandoning your baptismal denomination at the command of your husband.

    Nah. She abandoned it in exchange for being a princess. Which does say proud feminist.

  152. notafan

    When Saba Abraham said she was ‘cut’ what does that mean?

    There are many types of FMG practiced in Eritrea, statistically she is most likely to have had a symbolic ‘nick’ only.

    Girls in Eritrea are most likely to undergo FGM in their first five years, although girls in
    Asmara are generally cut earlier than girls in other areas.15
    A 2012 report notes that there
    is a general belief in Eritrea that the younger a girl undergoes FGM, the more readily she
    will heal. Many mothers therefore ‘take it as an [obligation] to conduct FGM/C on their
    daughters at a young age.’
    16
    All of the WHO-classified types of FGM are practised in Eritrea.17
    According to the DHS
    2002, 38.6% of women aged 15-49 reported that they were ‘sewn closed’ (Type III –
    infibulation), 4.1% had had ‘flesh removed’ and 46% had been ‘nicked, no flesh removed’
    (11.3% did not know).18

    Picked because she is not a muslim

  153. Roger

    Nothing says “proud feminist” like abandoning your baptismal denomination at the command of your husband.

    Nothing says “social justice” like leaving the reception in a bespoke $700 000 Jaguar.

  154. Confused Old Misfit

    “The arrival of fake thought and fake scholarship in our universities should not be attributed to any explicit desire to deceive. It has come about through the complicit opening of territory to the propagation of nonsense. Nonsense of this kind is a bid to be accepted”

    Roger Scruton

  155. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Nothing says “social justice” like leaving the reception in a bespoke $700 000 Jaguar.

    Yes, but your true social justice warrior means so terribly well.

  156. Roger

    Yes, but your true social justice warrior means so terribly well.

    And it’s the good intentions that permit them to sleep soundly at night.

  157. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    This is hilarious. Black preacher man set to Curb Your Enthusiam theme:

    https://twitter.com/RitaPanahi/status/998061253409947649

  158. C.L.

    Big idea latest …

    Ambitious Canberra school girls turn big idea into tiny house.

    Scroll down to see the finished product. A caravan.

  159. I see it didn’t take you “conservatives” long to turn in the monarchy.

    So, Republic now?

  160. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    I see it didn’t take you “conservatives” long to turn in the monarchy.

    So, Republic now?

    Don’t confuse the institutions with the people who temporarily inhabit them.

  161. Roger

    I see it didn’t take you “conservatives” long to turn in the monarchy.

    Try to keep up monty: it’s the subversion of the monarchy we’re bemoaning.

  162. notafan

    “Our space is liveable to a certain extent,” Lily said.

    “We don’t have a bathroom in there, but if we did, then yeah it’d be great to live in.”

    Remind me never to get this ‘architect’ to design me a house.

    No-one inspired to be a plumber, obviously.

  163. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    I see it didn’t take you “conservatives” long to turn in the monarchy.

    folks the right like to think for themselves, not like the enforced groupthink on the left

  164. cohenite

    egg_

    #2716120, posted on May 21, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    I just spent the next 10 minutes watching mysterious unexplained fake photos linked to your video. They’re hypnotic.

  165. Gary

    Im a little concerned about monty. Is it late onset of Tourette’s or more serious mental health issue?

  166. notafan

    SJWs on social media are always spruiking various forms of cubby house

    oh lookit a house in a shipping container, just perfect to die in on a 40 degree day

    They are always for ‘someone else’, of course

  167. Stimpson J. Cat

    I see it didn’t take you “conservatives” long to turn in the monarchy.

    You fat idiot Monty.
    I love the monarchy.
    This political marriage will finally unite England and Wakanda Forever!!!

  168. Stimpson J. Cat

    Im a little concerned about monty. Is it late onset of Tourette’s or more serious mental health issue?

    Stop it.
    He’s doing very well on his new low sugar diet.
    He just gets testy about Trump, that’s all.

  169. calli

    Meghan’s manifesto: ‘Proud feminist’ Duchess of Sussex vows to take Royal Family in a new direction after she broke tradition to give wedding speech in which she revealed commitment to ‘social justice’.

    Charming. Insults her new family on her wedding day.

    At least she didn’t take the cake knife to Wills’ face.

  170. egg_

    I just spent the next 10 minutes watching mysterious unexplained fake photos linked to your video. They’re hypnotic.

    Youtube suggestions based on your browsing history – David Eagleman related (he’s in Oz at the moment)?

  171. Roger

    Remind me never to get this ‘architect’ to design me a house.

    A Russian military engineering student once designed a fortress he deemed impregnable. He was crestfallen when it was pointed out to him that he had omitted to include a point of entrance or exit.

    However, he went on to a brilliant career…as a novelist.

    Theodore Dostoevsky.

    There may yet be hope for those girls…in another field.

  172. Nick

    I love it. I’ll have the priest over for dinner, Catholic baptism, private school for the kids, Monty, chortling about conservatives.

  173. notafan

    If the royal family could stick to waving from various locations, eg balconies and carriages, cutting ribbons and accepting bouquets that would be fine with me.

    My favorites are the youngest son and his wife, never hear a peep about them.

  174. areff

    If they needed a high-melanin preacher, Harry and Meghan should have brought in the Rev Johnson (starting at about 23 minutes in). It’s old and hokey but the sentiments can’t be faulted.

  175. egg_

    At least she didn’t take the cake knife to Wills’ face.

    To his back, further down the track?

  176. folks the right like to think for themselves, not like the enforced groupthink on the left

    How wonderful, then, that every Cat has exactly the same take on Princess Meghan.

  177. Roger

    ‘Proud feminist’ Duchess of Sussex…

    …demands to be called HRH the Duke of Sussex.

  178. calli

    Those girls designed a cubby. Wow.

    Or…something to live in where pooping in the street is acceptable.

    Well done!

  179. Leigh Lowe

    Duchess of Sussex vows to take Royal Family in a new direction after she broke tradition to give wedding speech in which she revealed commitment to ‘social justice’.

    I had the misfortune to watch the Beeby-Sea coverage of episode 1 of Thoroughly Modern Meghan which was, of course, reveling in the prospect of Mz Markle stirring the pot.
    Takeaways …
    (1) Charity work was conflated with activism. It is no longer sufficient to speak for the downtrodden and raise funds. You must attack the political enemies of your chosen causes.
    (2) They interviewed a couple of ‘bi-racial’ community radio hosts who had been visited by H&M, who opined that “with all these things … Brexit, political events in the US (Trump!) this is really encouraging. It’s as if the Royal Family are saying that we need to re-start a new age of optimism”. Mmmmkay. Is this “true love” or is it a political statement by the Royals? It can’t be both.
    This has the potential to go pear-shaped really quickly on two fronts:-
    Firstly, and of minor concern, I reckon Ms Markle will try to use her position to chisel all sorts of benefits out of corporates for herself and her buddies. This is nothing new, of course, because Fergie and Prince Edward’s missus (Sophie Rhys-Jones?) have both pulled similar stunts, but both were met with massive smack-downs by HM Betty Windsor. Those two took their lumps and ceased the trade in favours. I’ll bet Ms Markle (as a self-confessed Hollywood hustler) won’t cease and desist.
    Secondly, and a major source of concern for HM Betty, is the potential for Ms Markle to stick her bent up nose into political events on both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK she will being issuing daily edicts on all sorts of causes but she will eventually have a crack at Brexit because, as a “woman of colour” she finds it wacist. In the USA she will magically turn up around mid-term time to support the enemies of The Donald with lots of backgrounder reports in the NYT and WaPo about how pissed off Ms Markle is with The Donald.

  180. Myrddin Seren

    Rod Bower @ Gosford Anglican:

    Christianist #Terrorists traumatized our 6pm congregation last night through violence and intimidation. What have we become?

    I am guessing the clowns in the photo are terrorists ?

    What have you become indeed, Rod ?

  181. notafan

    How is that possible monty?

    I don’t have an opinion on Mrs Ginger, or Mr for that matter

    No interest at all, in either of them.

    I like the royal infants though, cute kids.

  182. Don’t confuse the institutions with the people who temporarily inhabit them.

    monty can’t help it.

  183. Rae

    Basically, he was a black song and dance man entertaining the white luvvies.

    Nah. He was a preacher. A good one. Giving a sermon. And being entertaining doing it. But, he wasn’t Curry in a hurry.

    Hell, C.L., if he hadn’t been there you’d have only had the Royals and the Anglicans to complain about.

    PS. I thought it a nice touch that Meghans bouquet was left on the War Memorial in the Church.

  184. calli

    How wonderful, then, that every Cat has exactly the same take on Princess Meghan.

    You are not reading carefully, M0nty.

    There are grades of “takes” here, from amusement to disgust. Same with the ceremony, her dress (which I thought was classy) and their marriage/divorce prospects.

  185. Nick

    Excellent !! One of them is a bunnies supporter.

  186. Nick, I put the c-word in quotes because you lot aren’t conservative. People on the left like me are the true conservatives these days.

    On a somewhat related note, I think I am coming around to the position of wanting to maintain the English monarch as head of state. I don’t trust the Australian political system not to bugger up a transition to a republic. The symbolism is not great for an independent country, but I think I value stability over signalling on this one.

  187. Roger

    How wonderful, then, that every Cat has exactly the same take on Princess Meghan.

    It’s a conclusion based on observation, monty, not a starting point determined by ideology.

    That’s the difference.

    Perhaps we’ll be proven wrong by Meghan; perhaps she’ll grow in appreciation for tradition and come to understand the genuine good she can accomplish as a royal – noblesse oblige and all that – in which case I’d be delighted.

  188. Nick

    They interviewed a couple of ‘bi-racial’ community radio hosts

    Interestingly, in all the shots of the crowd outside, I only saw one hijab and no one from the subcontinent.

  189. Geriatric Mayfly

    Because the commentary had reached the utter depths of fawning oiliness, I had turned off the sound and thereby missed the ululations. Somewhere, is there a clip of this from the Witch Doctor’s Kraal?

  190. Nick

    People on the left like me are the true conservatives these days.

    Eh?
    As I said, you’re hardly a Lefty, Monty.

  191. egg_

    Secondly, and a major source of concern for HM Betty, is the potential for Ms Markle to stick her bent up nose into political events on both sides of the Atlantic.

    Doesn’t the Palace have minders for the purposes of Press releases, etc.?
    Methinks she’ll be muzzled after the Evangelical Pastor stunt.

  192. Roger

    On a somewhat related note, I think I am coming around to the position of wanting to maintain the English monarch as head of state. I don’t trust the Australian political system not to bugger up a transition to a republic. The symbolism is not great for an independent country, but I think I value stability over signalling on this one.

    Spoken like a true conservative! 🙂

  193. Percy Popinjay

    Journalists’ brains show a lower-than-average level of executive functioning, according to a new study, which means they have a below-average ability to regulate their emotions, suppress biases, solve complex problems, switch between tasks, and show creative and flexible thinking.

    Iowahawk had those drooling cretins pegged when he ran the Media Violence Project all those years ago.

  194. rickw

    On a somewhat related note, I think I am coming around to the position of wanting to maintain the English monarch as head of state. I don’t trust the Australian political system not to bugger up a transition to a republic. The symbolism is not great for an independent country, but I think I value stability over signalling on this one.

    A glimmer commonsense.

  195. egg_

    is there a clip of this from the Witch Doctor’s Kraal?

    Did someone spike the Rev’s Kool Aid with coke?

  196. Gary

    calli
    #2716175, posted on May 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm
    Those girls designed a cubby. Wow.
    Or…something to live in where pooping in the street is acceptable.
    Well done!

    California.

  197. calli

    I am guessing the clowns in the photo are terrorists ?

    Pretty hopeless terrorists. Anyone with eyes can identify them.

    The feed is very funny. I’m sure it was a real swordy sword too. 😃

    Good to see John Dickson having a crack at the pompous scaredy cat.

  198. Stimpson J. Cat

    What have you become indeed, Rod ?

    He’s an Anglican.
    You need to lower your expectations for al8gn with reality.

    😁

  199. Roger

    Methinks she’ll be muzzled after the Evangelical Pastor stunt.

    I very much expect so.

    Someone let the Queen down badly – St. George’s chapel is a royal peculiar, which means it comes under the Queen’s direct jurisdiction, not the local bishop or the Archbishop of Canterbury. Who signed off on Curry, then?

    And there’s nothing Evangelical about him; he heads the Episcopal Church in the USA, the most liberal national church in the Anglican communion. His type are adept at using the language of Zion to promote another gospel entirely, namely “social justice”. His actual beliefs are little different from Rod Bowers, he just has a better act.

  200. Stimpson J. Cat

    Sinc!!!!!

    People on the left like me are the true conservatives these days.
    -Monty

    F$cking Liberty Quote LOL!!!!

  201. Nick

    Terrorists eh? How many were blown up owing to their faith ? None ?

  202. notafan

    At least Bowers understands what the intention of terrorism is

    lets see if he trots out the more chance of getting killed by a fridge meme next time something real happens

  203. DrBeauGan

    How wonderful, then, that every Cat has exactly the same take on Princess Meghan.

    Obviously wrong again, m0nts. Had you said we were mostly in agreement about the fatuous ranting of bishop witchdoctor you’d have been closer.

    I am glad to see you showing the beginning of sense on the monarchy versus republic issue. There’s hope for you yet. Just keep going in that direction for a few more light years and you might turn into a responsible citizen. Also you are right that it’s lefties who are the stodgy unthinking old farts these days.

  204. How do you figure me not being a lefty, Nick? Honest question.

  205. calli

    People on the left like me are the true conservatives these days.

    Can you give us some examples of “true conservatism a la leftie” please? It would be very interesting to see if you’re right.

  206. rickw

    Duchess of Sussex vows to take Royal Family in a new direction after she broke tradition to give wedding speech in which she revealed commitment to ‘social justice’.

    Had no opinion about her until this. Now I know that she’s either a rabid lefty or an idiot, maybe both.

  207. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    How do you figure me not being a lefty, Nick? Honest question.

    Monty you are like the “straight” guy who spends his weekends in bath houses, public toilets and on Grinder.

    Just accept that you are one of us, drop the towel and hop in.

  208. stodgy unthinking old farts

    Sinc should sell Cat-branded Che shirts, he would do a roaring trade with you anarchists.

  209. Nick

    How do you figure me not being a lefty, Nick? Honest question.

    Seriously Mont, you’re a conservatives’ dream. Small business entrepreneur, married to a woman, a healthy relationship with your parish priest, angling to send your Catholic, baptised kids to a private school, you’re hardly edgy Fitzroy.

  210. notafan

    Speaking of education a certain sjw I know who teaches in a government school was complaining about certain full fee paying international students at her school.

    With poor English skills they take a lot of classroom time away from native year 11 and 12 students who want to get some teacher time, not only that, some/many of them are apparently only in the classroom to comply with visa requirements and spent much of their time sleeping.

    Very dubious class of high school students, why are they here?

  211. egg_

    it’s lefties who are the stodgy unthinking old farts these days.

    Millenials are waking up to the fact that Champagne Socialists are now the Establishment.

  212. Stimpson J. Cat

    That Rod Bower Twitter Thread is a F$cking Goldmine:

    John Dickson
    @johnpauldickson
    Replying to @FrBower and @abcsydney
    Apart from the fancy dress up, what did they do to earn the tag ‘terrorist’? Can I read an account somewhere? Cheers.

    Fr Rod Bower
    @FrBower
    Replying to @johnpauldickson and @abcsydney
    John their intent was to terrorize and it worked. It was also to silence us through fear; that didn’t work. If they were Muslims you cant tell me they wouldn’t have been locked up last night. They are to Christianity what Isis is to Islam.

    A Quiet Type
    @chrisamason
    Replying to @FrBower @johnpauldickson and @abcsydney
    Did they do any (malicious) damage to the church’s property Rod? ………..apart from walking on it! 😆

    Fr Rod Bower
    @FrBower

    No damage to property … just to our mental health. Parishioners terrorised. We weren’t sure if sword was real or fake. People asked not to be filmed but were ignored.

    The Horror Is Real!!!!!

  213. Nick

    Imagine the howls had the roles been reversed and Harry had injected some ‘white culture’, speakers, musicians, songs, values into a ‘black’ ceremony. He’d be dammned as being a racist.

  214. notafan

    Surprise news story of the day,

    Turnout at the election was just 46.1 percent, the election board said, way down from the 80 percent registered at the last presidential vote in 2013, due to a boycott by Venezuela’s mainstream opposition.

    Maduro for the win

  215. Stimpson J. Cat

    Seriously Mont, you’re a conservatives’ dream. Small business entrepreneur, married to a woman, a healthy relationship with your parish priest, angling to send your Catholic, baptised kids to a private school, you’re hardly edgy Fitzroy.

    I bet you don’t even have a tattoo or a piercing Monty.
    Anywhere.

  216. Nick

    No damage to property … just to our mental health.

    Strange then that he derides others who feel scared about other, more likely terrorism.

  217. Nick, that means I am middle class, plenty of us are lefties.

  218. Rae

    Meghan’s manifesto: ‘Proud feminist’ Duchess of Sussex vows to take Royal Family in a new direction after she broke tradition to give wedding speech in which she revealed commitment to ‘social justice’.

    Yeah, yawn. Fake news. Just another click bait headline linked to by C.L.

  219. candy

    How weird it is. The Establishment left see M Markle as a means of progressing the Left agenda, and call thrmselves true conservatives in order not to be hypocrites as the generally despise the Royal family.

    Meanwhile actual conservatives will pull away from conatitutional monarchy if the royals become lefty advocates.

  220. Nick

    Nick, that means I am middle class, plenty of us are lefties.

    Spend a few hours in Brunswick.

  221. Some History

    I bet you don’t even have a tattoo or a piercing Monty.

    He has a “tattoo” on his suburb-cruiser bike (still with trainer wheels) – “Hell on Wheels”.

  222. Stimpson J. Cat

    Stimpy, my body is a temple.

    Monty your body is a f$cking hovel, not a temple.
    Why aren’t you running with Arky?
    You could soften his hard edges, and he could harden your soft edges.
    Art of the Deal it’s Win/Win!!!

    I refuse to give up on you Monty.
    You aren’t Grigs.
    It’s not too late for you.

  223. Nick

    and he could harden your soft edges.

    Eewww

  224. egg_

    Meanwhile actual conservatives will pull away from conatitutional monarchy if the royals become lefty advocates.

    Crap.

  225. calli

    Stimpy, my body is a temple.

    Don’t go all Auda Abu Tayi on us. 😃

  226. candy

    Could you not be so verbose eggsie?

  227. Stimpson J. Cat

    Eewww

    Stop that.
    That was beautiful helpful exercise advice and you are turning it into something ugly.

  228. Interesting game of No True Scotsman today. Apparently to be a real Cat, you have to be an atheist with tatts and piercings. What else, do you have to be a past master at Wheel Of Goon and wear a denim jacket and jeans/skirt combo?

  229. Delta A

    On a somewhat related note, I think I am coming around to the position of wanting to maintain the English monarch as head of state. I don’t trust the Australian political system not to bugger up a transition to a republic. The symbolism is not great for an independent country, but I think I value stability over signalling on this one.

    A glimmer of light pierces the darkness of Monty’s Lefty existence.

    I propose a celebratory afternoon tea at 4.00 pm EST, welcoming Monty to enlightenment. Unlimited Earl Grey, cucumber sandwiches, lamingtons (no cream) and chocolate doughnuts. All Cats, invited, no trolls. RSVP.

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