Monday Forum: August 6, 2018

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  1. Dave of Reedy Creek, Qld

    Twitter hypocrisy exposed today big time, all ok to make foul racist remarks about white people but mention anyone else and you are closed down.

  2. Elle

    Got the day off work. It’s paid off podium!

  3. Wil

    Here is a scoop.
    ABC sends a team to report the drought. Come to air with an interview from a woman who had cracks in her left foot, or did have yesterday, and it was caused by low water in the local reservoir.
    Scoop two. Interview with Malcolm and a ‘concerned’ activist, not a farmer, who cried on his shoulder in front of the camera of course, and a handful of onlookers.
    In depth reporting.

  4. Rossini

    Up so early to plead for a bit of that global warming to come my way………yes it is cold

  5. Roger

    Twitter hypocrisy exposed today big time, all ok to make foul racist remarks about white people but mention anyone else and you are closed down.

    If majority white countries are so racist why are PoC flocking to them?

  6. egg_

    Interview with Malcolm and a ‘concerned’ activist, not a farmer, who cried on his shoulder in front of the camera

    Beyond parody.

  7. egg_

    Where’s SHY’s sh1t happens re the drought?

  8. egg_

    I’ve got a crack in my @rse – I think it’s due to the drought.

  9. Bruce of Newcastle

    Via Drudge:

    ANC shocks Twitter by calling all white people ‘murderers’

    And from the Daily Express:

    South Africa on brink of ‘ANARCHY’ as president demands white farmers’ land is SEIZED

    Looks like the end game is getting closer. Someone tell Dutton he needs to move quickly.

  10. C.L.

    I regret dosclosing personal stuff here. It wasn’t said to get attention at all. On top of that, I was and am, very emotional when it comes to that one issue – Holocaust denial. I’ve never been able to have a rational discussion about it. Too emotionally invested. Won’t be engaging in it here again. Didn’t sleep well at all because of it. Stupid to allow myself to get so upset.

    It’s not stupid, Elle.
    You are a valued and welcome voice here and we’ll always have your back.

  11. Bummer, I was expecting the new Fred at 10.
    Not much solar today, Wind doing well at 10% of demand.

  12. egg_

    Short-selling of shares in lithium miners SQM, Albemarle, Galaxy and Orocobre has ballooned this year, reflecting what fund managers say is a sign of growing scepticism of an imminent battery boom.

    The World’s Biggest Battery might go kaboom!?

  13. C.L.

    I’ve never for the life of me understood why anybody or any newspaper takes any notice of the Press Council.

  14. stackja

    1982 drought. ALP did what?

  15. egg_

    Trumptopia can recognise there is a time and place to dump water unused out to sea in blind and unwavering craven compliance to Orders of Bastardry.

    Environmental flows?
    What about environmental lack of flow?

  16. Neatly half a billion to the barrier reef and then twelve thousand to farmers? Hmmm!

  17. stackja

    GBR gets votes in urban areas. So few votes in non-urban areas.

  18. Roger

    South Africa on brink of ‘ANARCHY’ as president demands white farmers’ land is SEIZED

    And this is “business friendly” “moderate” “lauded by the West” Cyril Ramaphosa.

  19. Yes egg. Exactly. We dump billions of litres of perfectly good water into the sea and then propose turning on a desalination plant to convert it back to perfectly good water again. This country is stuffed. Completely stuffed!

  20. egg_

    people born in Australia and New Zealand are also “over-represented in Victorian crime statistics”

    Abos and Maoris?

  21. Leigh Lowe

    South Africa on brink of ‘ANARCHY’ as president demands white farmers’ land is SEIZED

    I think it is spelled “ANCARCHY”.

  22. Habib

    Under 30, the number of brain cells in Senator Manson Chick’s head.

  23. Mater

    If majority white countries are so racist why are PoC flocking to them?

    If you replace ‘flocking’ with ‘swarming’, the answer is self evident.

  24. C.L.

    Hollywood Celebrates Barack Obama’s Birthday: ‘You Busy? We Could Use Some Help’

    Laundry?

  25. Top Ender


    A 28-year-old woman wearing a face veil has become the first person in Denmark to be fined for violating a new law banning such garments in public places.

    Danish news agency Ritzau reported police were called to a shopping centre in Horsholm, a city of 46,000 close to Copenhagen, to confront a woman wearing a niqab garment covering her face.

    The woman had been involved in a scuffle with another woman who had tried to tear her niqab off, police duty officer David Borchersen told Ritzau.

    “During the fight her niqab came off, but by the time we arrived she had put it back on again,” Mr Borchersen said.

    Police reviewed CCTV footage to determine whether the second woman had intentionally pulled off the veil, and believed it was incidental to the fight.

    The woman was fined 1,000 Danish kroner ($210) and was asked to either remove the veil or leave the premises. She opted to leave.

    Both women were also charged with violating the peace.

    Since August 1, the country’s much-debated “Burka Ban” has prohibited full-body burkas, as well as the niqab — Muslim dress which only shows the eyes. Both are rare in Denmark.

    Link

  26. Bruce of Newcastle

    The World’s Biggest Battery might go kaboom!?

    The heat in Europe has had another interesting result.

    Video Shows Solar Panels On Roof In Netherlands Burning, Destroying Three Apartments

    297.nl here reports how solar panels on a new apartment building caught fire and destroyed three of the units last Thursday afternoon, after they had apparently overheated.

    According to 297.nl, Ffre fighters were called in Vinkeveen after smoke had been detected at a roof. The solar panels “were probably overloaded” by the heat and so “caught fire”. Fortunately nobody was injured, yet the damage was “enormous”.

    It seems ironic that solar panels designed to stop global warming on high density housing also designed to stop global warming cause multiple flats to burn down in hot weather.

  27. Fat Tony

    egg_
    #2781972, posted on August 6, 2018 at 9:43 am
    I’ve got a crack in my @rse – I think it’s due to the drought.

    You think that’s bad??
    I gotta hole in mine…..

  28. mh

    A pop singer put this on Twitter, and Turnbull handed over 90 million dollars of our money.

    Rihanna
    @rihanna
    hi @JulieBishopMP & @TurnbullMalcolm will you step up w/ a 🇦🇺 $200M pledge to #FundEducation at the @GPforEducation conference in Senegal tomorrow? Kick off your 1st year on the #HumanRightsCouncil by giving the universal human right to education! 📚🌏 @claralionelfdn @glblctzn

  29. calli

    Fresh! Tidy!

    Skip’s on standby but.

  30. SOLDIERS are being told they shouldn’t use terms like “him”, “her” so they don’t offend “LGBTI” members in a new guide that says refusing to do so will be considered “bullying”.

    If lesbians and gays don’t like being referred to by gendered pronouns like ‘him’ or ‘her’ than why do they continue to use gendered nouns like ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’?

    This whole charade is simply about the use of raw power to determine what we can say and think barely concealed by a cloak of sensitivity.

  31. jjf

    “Dr” Soupy now complaining about race politics (on the ABC of course) simply because we are talking about the level of immigration!!

    WTF is wrong with this idiot?

  32. egg_

    I gotta hole in mine…..

    Environmental flows?

  33. Tel

    Neatly half a billion to the barrier reef and then twelve thousand to farmers? Hmmm!

    I’ll bet the Barrier Reef doesn’t get one red cent of that money.

    I doubt the Barrier Reef even has a bank account.

  34. Fat Tony

    calli
    #2781998, posted on August 6, 2018 at 10:09 am
    Fresh! Tidy!

    Skip’s on standby but.

    For late nights here generally – can we call them “night-soil skips”?

  35. Rossini

    Fat Tony’s finger is stuck in a hole somewhere!

  36. stackja

    dover_beach
    #2782000, posted on August 6, 2018 at 10:10 am

    2GB reports, story is wrong.

  37. Geriatric Mayfly

    Hollywood Celebrates Barack Obama’s Birthday: ‘You Busy? We Could Use Some Help’
    Laundry?

    Lots a fried chicken to cut up in to serving portions and watermelon surprise to be de-seeded. Maybe we could send some of our CWA gals over to assist.

  38. Mater

    Defence sources say the guide is part of a politically correct push by Commandant Cheryl Pearce, who wrote in the document that the changes were required to work as a “military professional in the 21st century”

    I can guarantee that Commandant Cheryl Pearce would take a giant shit on any cadet or NCO who didn’t call her ‘Ma’am’. If gender neutral terminology is necessary, what form of address would she like to accompany her salutes?
    This is going to end very badly.

  39. Tel

    A pop singer put this on Twitter, and Turnbull handed over 90 million dollars of our money.

    Loot it before the other guys can get their hands on it.

  40. stackja

    Hollywood, BO. Hollywood, Stalin.

  41. Mak Siccar

    From Alan Kohler at the Oz.

    THE AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW
    7:01AM AUGUST 6, 201849 COMMENTS
    Years of cat-herding by those who actually know and care about Australia’s electricity market will come to fruition this week with the meeting of COAG energy ministers to discuss the National Energy Guarantee, and possibly make a decision about it. Or maybe not.

    Will the cats finally be herded into the pen labelled Energy Policy Certainty or will they break out and head off in all directions again? It still could go either way.

    That it’s happening in the midst of the worst drought in a century and record temperatures and fires in Europe will weigh heavily on almost everyone in that room — all but one.

    And that’s because of a very a strange fact about this country’s chaotic energy policy: every member of the COAG Energy Council — the key decision-making body — except one agrees that climate change is real and that carbon emissions need to be reduced. What’s more, the one standout is irrelevant.

    He is Commonwealth Resources Minister Matthew Canavan, who either thinks, drawing on his vast scientific knowledge, that the science on climate change is unproven, or he simply doesn’t care and thinks we should stop trying to save the planet, as he said last year, and just look after ourselves. But the point is, he doesn’t matter.

    The states and territories have to vote unanimously in favour, but Canavan has been overruled by Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg, chairman of the council, as well as the Prime Minister, so we know the Commonwealth’s vote on the NEG will be “Yes”, since it was their idea.

    Frydenberg is the key. He is genuine in his desire to do the right thing, both for consumers and for the planet, and is extraordinarily hardworking in trying to achieve it.

    So what’s the problem? Well, there are two: first, Canavan has some fellow travellers in the Coalition who don’t agree with NEG’s emissions reduction target, led by former PM Tony Abbott, and they might cross the floor when it gets to parliament; and second, the NEG actually doesn’t cut emissions, or at least it’s impossible to be sure whether it would or not, which is why the Labor Party — federal and states — might vote against it (also because they can’t see why they should help the bloody Coalition after what they did to Julia Gillard).

    The NEG doesn’t cut prices either, at least on its own. The modelling from the Energy Security Board released last week makes it clear that the forecast of an electricity price reduction of $550 a year is based on the proposition that policy certainty will lead to more investment.

    In general, the NEG is a stupendously complicated idea that isn’t really designed to achieve anything at all — except political agreement.

    The emissions reduction part of the policy is so complex that nobody at all can figure out whether it will work.

    But in any case that probably doesn’t matter because the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) published a paper two weeks that suggested that the 26 per cent target of emissions reduction would be met whether the NEG was implemented or not (mainly because no one is going to build any more coal-fired power stations and the old ones are closing down).

    And the reliability guarantee is unnecessary because that’s AEMO’s job, and they are all over it.

    The question, then, is whether a broad political agreement about nothing is worth having, for the sake of having an agreement.

    The answer is probably no. The problem is that the complexity of the NEG might actually offset the existence of stable policy and actually prevent investment.

    On the other hand, as Paul Kelly wrote in this newspaper on Saturday: “Defeat would constitute a third policy shambles in 10 years, following the loss of Kevin Rudd’s scheme and the repeal of Julia Gillard’s so-called carbon tax.”

    It’s more than three, Paul. The failure to support Finkel’s Clean Energy Target makes it the fourth, I’d suggest. And note that all four can be pinned on the chest of Tony Abbott, supported by his gang of empty cynics, both inside and outside parliament.

    Anyway, the question is whether the defeat of the NEG would be just a political shambles or an actual one, leading to a capital strike and power shortages and blackouts.

    Here’s the calculation, according to AEMO: by 2040, coal generators producing 70,000 gigawatt hours, or one third of total consumption, will be retired.

    “AEMO’s modelling shows that the total investment required to replace the retiring generation capacity and meet consumer demand has an NPV cost of between $8 billion and $27 billion, depending on assumptions made around economic growth and rate of industry transformation.”

    None of that will be spent on coal generation. It will be solar, wind, storage and DER (distributed energy resources — mainly rooftop solar). Plus a small amount of gas generation. No coal.

    And by the way, if AEMO does say so itself, it has “become one of the recognised worldwide leaders in the complex operation of large power systems with substantial volumes of variable renewable and distributed generation.”

    But AEMO’s qualities under the leadership of Audrey Zibelman will come to nothing if between $8-27 billion in new investment doesn’t materialise and the system falls short.

    And nobody can be sure whether agreement on the NEG as proposed, will encourage or prevent that investment.

    So I’d say that means the third/fourth shambles has already happened.

    Another ideological rant from the warmist, although he is right about the NEG.

  42. Habib

    We are talking ADFA, little more than the cadet corps for UNSW. All it’s ever produced are operations-shy staffers who infest Russell, produce this sort of bollocks which is completely ignored, then retire. Another Beasley brainfart, trying to emulate West Point and failing to even approach that abomination’s output of incompetent frag magnets. It should have the fat bastard rolled out out the rear hatch of a C17 at 10,000′ overflying the waste of shitty real estate.

  43. Bruce of Newcastle

    Rihanna
    @rihanna
    hi @JulieBishopMP & @TurnbullMalcolm will you step up w/ a $200M pledge to #FundEducation at the @GPforEducation conference in Senegal tomorrow? Kick off your 1st year on the #HumanRightsCouncil by giving the universal human right to education! @claralionelfdn @glblctzn

    Senegal

    Islam is the predominant religion in the country, practiced by approximately 92% of the country’s population

    So is Bishop funding madrassas teaching Senegalese and Pali kids to hate Australia?

  44. Is Kohler that stupid or is he heavily invested in the scam?

  45. Snoopy

    Brigadier Cheryl Pearce was born in Loxton South Australia and graduated from the Officer Cadet School Portsea in December 1985, commissioning into the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police. Brigadier Pearce’s regimental service includes command appointments within both the operational and domestic environment. During the period 2003 to 2006 Brigadier Pearce commanded the Defence Police Training Centre (2003) and 1st Military Police Battalion (2004-2006) and was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for exceptional Service during her four year command tenure.
    >
    >
    Brigadier Pearce’s operational experience includes working as part of the United Nations in East Timor (2002) where she was awarded a Chief of Defence Force Commendation for bravery and her most recent appointment as Commander Task Group Afghanistan (2016).

    Go easy on Cheryl, she’s a war hero.

  46. Habib

    Kohler is a marxist idiot, and Canavan is no literate skeptic. Risible that that bloated bolshie describes the sensible as “fellow travellers”.

    The defeat of the NEG would not be a political or actual shambles, however its passage most definitely would be both. The fact that a green shill and cash vacuum like AMEO exists under a coalition government tells all you need know about the current national and liberal parties, their names being blatant false and misleading labeling.

  47. OldOzzie

    Andrew Bolt on what he thinks of the Press Council

    CALLING THE COPS ON ME WON’T SHUT DOWN DOWN THIS DEBATE

    I won’t let the Press Council silence me on mass immigration debate, writes Andrew Bolt

    THE LEFT has again called in the speech cops to censor me, this time because I told the truth about mass immigration.

    The Guardian Australia couldn’t be more excited: “The Australian Press Council has received an unspecified number of complaints about an article by Andrew Bolt that argues a ‘tidal wave’ of migrants are swamping Australia, forming enclaves and ‘changing our culture’.”

    Guys, don’t waste your breath.

    The Press Council can go whistle. I do not recognise its moral right to shut down debate and will not co-operate with it. No official body should interfere in the exchange of opinions that distinguishes us from a tyranny or a flock of sheep.

    Besides, the Press Council is in no shape to judge any conservative while its members include Carla McGrath, deputy chair of the GetUp!activist group, and Leftist Matthew Ricketson, a union representative who has recommended that a government-appointed body act as a censor of newspapers.

    I’d never subject myself to that kind of jury, which also includes David Fagan, who once edited the only Murdoch daily newspaper without a single conservative columnist and who boasted last year: “I never published Bolt.”

    I will not answer any question such a body puts to me, and will refuse to respect its usual request for proceedings to be treated confidentially, to allow it to do its intimidation in the dark.

    It is time to fight the forces of shut-uppery that have stifled debates on exactly the issues that need them most.

    This shutting down, whenever the Left is challenged, isn’t done just by our notorious thought police — by the Press Council, courts, and various human rights councils and tribunals that have persecuted cartoonists, students, bishops and conservatives for expressing their opinions.

    There’s also the typically vile abuse by the Left’s winged monkeys on “social” media, flying in again in response to my latest article.

    To sum up my actual arguments, now publicly damned (but not answered) by at least three Labor MPs: there is increasingly no “us”, thanks to mass immigration and the deliberate destruction of the symbols that once bound us as a people.

    For instance, we now have councils that refuse to celebrate Australia Day. Our national flag no longer represents us all; most government buildings also fly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ones.

    And now comes a massive flood of immigrants that has given us the fastest population growth of any Western nation — 242,000 foreigners, net, settling here in a single year.

    All of this is turning immigration into colonisation.

    In Lakemba, in Sydney, two-thirds of residents follow Islam.

    In Box Hill, nearly half speak Chinese; in Springvale, a quarter speak Vietnamese; and in Caulfield North, 41 per cent are J*ws.

    Not all of these colonies should worry us. The more J*ws the better.

    But when more Muslims, for instance, volunteered to fight for the Islamic State than now serve in Australia’s army, we must ask whether we are accepting more migrants than we can assimilate.

    Indeed, what’s left for them to assimilate to?

    For serious people of the Left overseas, this is worth discussing.

    David Goodhart, former editor of Prospect, warned in Britain’s Guardian that if immigrants no longer assimilated to a core culture, “it weakens the bonds of solidarity and in the long run erodes the ‘emotional citizenship’ required to sustain welfare states”.

    But in the Guardian’s Australian outpost, Katherine Murphy just stuck her fingers in her ears in response to my article.

    “Someone conjured up a tidal wave of immigrants in order to get people to take notice of him, and fight him,” she snapped, as if I’d simply imagined more migrants coming each year than the population of Hobart — and did it just to get attacked.

    Still, Murphy’s response was mild compared with the more general hysteria and the ritual shut-up screams of “racist” — including from other journalists.

    Crikey’s Bernard Keane even painted me as an anti-S*mite — a sick joke from someone who derides Israel as an “apartheid system”, and backs the boycott of the J*wish state.

    Keane sobbed that “to see J*ws being singled out and criticised for forming ‘colonies’ and failing to integrate, in a mainstream media outlet, makes the blood run cold”.

    In fact, I neither said nor believe that J*ws do not integrate.

    I say again: there is a trend in Australia to form ethnic and religious colonies, just when our sense of “us” is weakest.

    Fact.

    Do not call the cops.

    Discuss.

  48. Habib

    A war hero, and skilled elephant tracker.

  49. Mater

    Brigadier Cheryl Pearce was born in Loxton South Australia and graduated from the Officer Cadet School Portsea in December 1985, commissioning into the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police.

    There goes Zulu’s theory on OCS Portsea, but it does reaffirm my opinion of MP’s.

  50. South Africa on brink of ‘anarchy’ as president demands white farmers’ land is seized

    The SA Government just can’t work out why all the white owned farms it has seized so far turned out to be so totally unproductive … the machinery breaks down, fields don’t plough and seed themselves, crops won’t grow and as for the the livestock, well it just sort of disappeared. It figures it’s just been unlucky so far.

  51. Elle

    I’ve got a crack in my @rse – I think it’s due to the drought.

    Raining here in Sydney. Cleaned my car yesterday. Predicated it would rain. That and my cat washed right over his ear with his paw. That’s suppose to indicate rain. No, I’m not a mad cat lady. You have to have more than two cats and be over 55. I only have two cats and I’m a few years off 55. 😻 🙃

    Hope the rain makes it to the farmers.

  52. Carpe Jugulum

    Good morning

    The thread still has that new car 🚗 smell

  53. Brigadier Cheryl Pearce was born in Loxton South Australia and graduated from the Officer Cadet School Portsea in December 1985, commissioning into the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police.

    Jacqui Lambie served in the military police too. It proves idiocy is contagious.

  54. Mater

    Jacqui Lambie served in the military police too. It proves idiocy is contagious.

    A Corps that is increasing infested with vertically challenged individuals who use their authority to assuage feelings of inadequacy by behaving like jumped up little facists.

  55. John Constantine

    Somebody needs to point out to Bolta that gross importation of people last year was over half a million, that only the net number is quoted to make it palatable.

    This half million needs the public transport and population Ponzi services and it is this half million that justifies the mass public service Ponzi, it is this half million that swells the settlement plantations of language based and culture based revolutionary freedom fighters against racist colonialist oppression.

    Exactly as our political sell-out quisling class intend, under Orders from totalitarian looting cartels that must be obeyed.

    Comrades.

  56. Habib

    A Corps that is increasing infested with vertically challenged individuals who use their authority to assuage feelings of inadequacy by behaving like jumped up little fascists.

    Fair go, it takes real courage to wait ’til diggers are well in the bag at the OR boozer before descending on them when they get the arse with billyclubs and tazers. then there’s the setting up speed traps and RBTs just inside the guardhouse on a Monday morning….

  57. Stimpson J. Cat

    No, I’m not a mad cat lady.

    I don’t want to alarm you Elle but you must consider the possibility that you have Toxoplasmosis.
    This can be treated quite easily with medication before it potentially causes what we in the business like to call “Crazy Cat Lady Syndrome”.

    As a cartoon cat it is not racist for me to say this of course.

  58. Stimpson J. Cat

    Max Boot
    Max Boot
    @MaxBoot
    It is difficult for me, as a white person, to get too worked up by Sarah Jeong’s anti-white remarks, dumb as they are. Her tweets are more bizarre than offensive. The kind of prejudice that Trump exhibits is far more toxic and dangerous.

  59. H B Bear

    Military police rank somewhere below sports administrators in the big picture.

  60. Top Ender

    The Urban Dictionary says:

    cat lady
    a woman that finds too much happiness in her cats. This often results in the following actions.
    -Dressing up her cats
    -Taking videos and pictures of them
    -Telling other people stuff about her cats that they do not care about
    -Thinking that her cats are really intuitive
    -Wearing clothes with cats on them
    -Owning things with cats on them
    -Not being lonely because she has her cats!

    Note: A cat lady may smell like cat pee but this is not required

  61. Mak Siccar

    Another excellent article by BO’N on Spiked Online.

    HOW THE LEFT MADE TOMMY ROBINSON
    BRENDAN O’NEILL
    EDITOR
    It was their censorship of ‘Islamophobia’ that made Robinson a star.

    6 AUGUST 2018

    With painful predictability, the release on bail of the anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson led to much media handwringing about the dangerousness of his ideas. He must not be afforded media platforms, worried leftists said. When Robinson supporter Raheem Kassam was given a few minutes on Today to big-up his mate, the chattering classes spluttered in their cornflakes. Reading their commentary you could be forgiven for thinking Goebbels himself had risen from the dust to elbow aside Sarah Sands and take command of Radio 4’s morning show.
    The idea driving this demand of ‘No Platform for Robinson!’ is that the Tommy Robinson phenomenon is a product of too much freedom of speech. According to these people, Robinson looms large in the public imagination because the media have been too open to his ideas. He and his kind have enjoyed too much liberty in the realm of public discussion, and, in the neo-Victorian view of the Ban Tommy lobby, this has allowed him to poison the minds of large numbers of people and reduce them to a Muslim-hating mob. Monkey see, monkey do: the misanthropic motor of every demand for restrictions on speech.
    This argument is about as wrong as it is possible to be. The truth is the Tommy Robinson phenomenon is a product not of too much liberty, but of too much censorship. It is the cultural elite’s cowardly instinct to chill open discussion about issues like Islam, multiculturalism, mass immigration and social tensions that created Tommy Robinson and his various movements, through allowing him to present himself as a seer in a time of silence. If Robinson really is the monster the left claim he is, they are his Dr Frankenstein.
    Throughout his political career, from his leadership of the English Defence League to his current role as self-styled alt-media revealer of ‘The Truth’ about Britain’s Muslim grooming gangs and other problematic Islamic activities, Robinson’s appeal has continually been based on his willingness to say the unsayable.
    He has benefited directly from a climate in which critical discussion of Islam and British values is demonised. And he has been successful because people aggrieved at the lack of openness around Britain’s cultural difficulties see in him someone who will speak on their behalf. He is censorship’s offspring.
    Tommy Robinson, the political persona, is only possible in an era in which it is tantamount to thoughtcrime to be mean about Islam. In which criticism of Islamic values can be written off as ‘Islamophobia’. In which expressing heated concern in the wake of Islamist terror attacks can make you an object of suspicion. ‘Don’t look back in anger’ – that’s all you’re supposed to do when religious hysterics blow up 21 of your fellow citizens, including children.
    He is only possible in a society in which officials refused for years to be open about the fact that largely Pakistani gangs were abusing mostly white working-class girls. In which a Labour politician, Sarah Champion, can be hounded out of her job for suggesting we be honest about such gangs. In which the liberal media continually tell us to panic about far-right extremism when the evidence of our eyes tells us Islamist extremism is a far greater threat: more than 450 Europeans have been slaughtered by Islamist terrorists in the past five years.
    He is only possible in an era in which commentators mock people who raise concerns about cultural tensions in Sweden even as Jews are attacked in Malmo. An era in which even to say the word Islamist when talking about Islamist terrorism can win you hisses and boos. Witness the shutting down of then UKIP leader Paul Nuttall during a TV debate last year when he dared to put the word ‘Islamist’ before ‘terrorist’ when commenting on the barbarism in Manchester.
    This chilling of discussion about Islam, about new cultural tensions, about the abandonment of the ideal of integration and its inevitable replacement by frayed communal relations, reveals how central censorship is to the ideology of multiculturalism.
    If multiculturalism represents an official unwillingness to elevate any one value system over any other, to promote a specifically British way of life, then its attendant creed of ‘progressive censorship’ represents an official unwillingness to permit honest discussion about the consequences of multiculturalism’s divisive worldview. What we’ve learned in recent years – from the rise of hate-speech legislation to the refusal of politicians in Cologne to say women were being harassed by newly arrived Muslim migrants – is that censorship is the handmaiden of multiculturalism. Our ruling class divides and censors and rules. It splits societies into communal blocs, chills criticism of its multicultural ideology, and then rules with relative ease over the atomised social sphere that inevitably accrues from this anti-humanist politics.
    And into this fray comes Tommy Robinson, and others, who say: ‘We’ll tell the truth.’ Every atom of their stardom comes from the fact that certain ideas are now off-limits in public life. The cowardice of the elites give them life. In the absence of other, more progressive voices raising concerns about the divisive and censorious ideologies of the new ruling class, these right-wingers can clean up. They can claim the moral highground and present themselves as the daring utterers of things you aren’t meant to say. And here’s the thing: this isn’t entirely a pose; this really is the role they play, courtesy of our silencing elites.
    It isn’t freedom of speech that is dangerous. It is censorship. Censorship is the midwife of extremism. It expels certain thoughts from the mainstream, which allows them to grow on the fringes, among those whose legitimate concerns can, in the secluded world of alt-worriers about the state of society, morph into something more unpleasant. ‘No Platform for Tommy Robinson’, people say, not realising that this very censoriousness has done more than anything to provide Robinson with a moral platform most activists could only dream of.
    Brendan O’Neill is editor of spiked.

  62. Elle

    Good morning, Stimpy.

    Hmmm, I think it unlikely that I would pick up toxoplasmosis from my cats. Eating undercooked meat might do it. I’m not oriental.

  63. Mak Siccar

    Attempted to post the whole article but it got sent to the sin bin.

    Another excellent article by B O’N.

    http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/how-the-left-made-tommy-robinson/21653#.W2ecKhp_WhA

  64. John Constantine

    The Snowy river as battery scheme is interesting.

    The water cycle actually pumps massive amounts of fresh water up onto the top of the Snowy mountains for free, precipitating as snow and rain, where it could fill the dams for no cost.

    Their turnbullites are unwavering in their capitulation and dump this water unused out to sea, according to united nations Orders.

    Then they spend billions of a bankrupt country’s money in a plan to pump replacement water uphill,

    Wait for the greens government to free all the rivers by blowing up all the dams in a frantic rewilding and decolonialising of Australia.

    Strip the water from rural Australia and the racists will clear themselves out when they get thirsty enough.

    Comrades.

  65. .

    200 mn to Senegal?

    FMD, where do these idiots think the money is coming from?

    The school system is a racket. Nothing wrong with education!

    Once kids have the basics, all you need is a library or an internet connection.

    Since when was the idea of paying a 23-year-old 80k p.a. to explain to your grandkids why Gough got sacked a good idea?

  66. Mak Siccar

    Liberty quote from the Spiked Article above.

    It isn’t freedom of speech that is dangerous. It is censorship. Censorship is the midwife of extremism.

  67. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    A Corps that is increasing infested with vertically challenged individuals who use their authority to assuage feelings of inadequacy by behaving like jumped up little facists.

    One described as “The maximum task for minimum minds.”

  68. Geriatric Mayfly

    A US Treasury official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the so-called “snapback” sanctions will be reimposed at 12:01am (local time) on Tuesday.

    Good time to play the Rial market. You will end up with lottsa and lottsa of them, and with a few Bolivars tucked away as well, you will be rich.

  69. .

    then there’s the setting up speed traps and RBTs just inside the guardhouse on a Monday morning….

    A speed trap on the way into base…my god…now I bet they wear hi-vis.

    “It’s not the man holding the radar gun, but the digger who runs…”

  70. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Voice to parliament the priority: ‘treaty is the second door’

    Amos Aikman
    Northern Correspondent
    @amosaikman
    12:00AM August 6, 2018
    33 Comments

    Noel Pearson has denied that linking a “voice to parliament” to treaties will make any referendum to recognise indigenous Aus­tralians in the Constitution harder to pass.

    The Cape York leader told the Garma Festival at the weekend that establishing a voice would lead, in time, to governments negotiating a network of local, ­regional and national agreements.

    “The Uluru Statement from the Heart anticipated that following the constitutional voice, there will be a process of treaty, a process of national, regional and local agreement-making, of Makarrata, and we seek a commission to be established in Australian law to supervise that process,” Mr Pearson said.

    “Those of us that have come late to this strategy need to wake up. Treaty door is the second door. The first door is constitutional ­enshrinement.”

    Mr Pearson said constitutional enshrinement was a crucial step towards giving indigenous Australians the leverage they would need for treaty talks. The process was “a life and death matter” for some communities.

    “We’ve got to create a bridge, and it’s got to be pinned down in the most fundamental law of the nation where power resides,” he said.

    “Without it, we will get pushed around … we need a constitutional voice for the first nations, a position from which we can never be shifted, a position from which to negotiate with all of the moral and historical power which is ours by virtue of the possession of the land for more than 60,000 years.”

    From the Oz. Why am I left with the feeling that Noel Pearson wants to be one of the “big men” when any traty is signed?

  71. .

    Good god. Stop funding this bloody brain fart fest.

    It’s okay though. The government is paying for it, not us:

    https://www.pmc.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/february-2017-ABA-funding.pdf

    …and 163 jobs will be created. How did they pull that goblin outta their arses?

  72. Habib

    A speed trap on the way into base…my god…now I bet they wear hi-vis.

    Even better when it’s somewhere with a plague of under-employed comm-plod like Jervis Bay, got pulled by a 12 man RBT outside Creswell on a Wednesday morning about 10 am. Combined forces op, with the federales and bloody coxswains taking turns. Plod had nothing to do as the natives at Wreck Bay don’t start getting restless until mid-afternoon, the goon shop doesn’t open early.

  73. Confused Old Misfit

    … we need a constitutional voice for the first nations, a position from which we can never be shifted, a position from which to negotiate with all of the moral and historical power which is ours by virtue of the possession of the land for more than 60,000 years.”

    If they’d used those 60,000 years wisely, as did some others, they would not have been “pushed around”.

  74. John Constantine

    Diggers and Dealers week, and instead of beer and Skimpies and rollicking in the Free West, I get stuck mouthing and uddering and culling old ewes in bleak godless commo yarragrad.

    https://www.afr.com/business/gold-executives-see-ma-as-inevitable-as-diggers-and-dealers-kicks-off-20180803-h13jse

    Comrades.

  75. Ragu

    Alan Kholer is a knob. End of story

  76. Senile Old Guy

    negotiating a network of local, ­regional and national agreements.

    Already it has become a “network” of agreements.

    The process was “a life and death matter” for some communities.

    The process, and any treaty, will do nothing for two year olds being brutalised in remote communities.

    And remember that the government already spends more than twice as much on the indigenous as on the rest of us. That’s before treaties or reparations.

  77. Baldrick

    An inconvenient truth. TheirABC leaves out the 1895 – 1902 Federation drought from its chart.

    ABC News ✔ @abcnews
    Chart of the day: Is this the most severe drought in history?

    How very ABC.

  78. YT

    Has anyone got a full copy of the DTs article and editorial? Can’t/won’t be arsed paying for a subscription for something I will barely use.

  79. Ragu

    I miss the Kholer – McCrann shit fights. It made the last pages of the business section worthwhile.

    I will say this; McCrann uses the apostrophe more than Pirate Pete.

  80. stackja

    Just before noon on 26 November 1942 an American MP tried to stop a fight in Albert Street. An Australian soldier was hit on the head with an MP’s baton and more Aussie soldiers became involved in the incident. It was a short but violent brawl.

    Nothing like what was about to happen later that day.

  81. Des Deskperson

    ‘We are talking ADFA, little more than the cadet corps for UNSW. ‘

    I have never understood why we have or need an organisation like ADFA, particularly as – at least as I understand it – all the serious military training takes place after graduation from ADFA, at places like HMAS Cresswell.

    By providing in-house tertiary training, Defence takes of all the health and emotional problems of immature and randy students – apart from the frequent allegations and counter allegations of rape, the level of STD infections at ADFA is reportedly chronic and very high – that would be someone else’s problem if Defence recruited graduates direct from civil universities.

    I also imagine that ADFA is rather more costly to the taxpayer.

  82. Top Ender

    Tony Burke calls Coalition’s $444 million Great Barrier Reef Foundation grant ‘transparently bad policy’

    Labor environment spokesman Tony Burke has slammed Malcolm Turnbull’s “captain’s call” to give almost half a billion dollars in federal funding corporate-funded Great Barrier Reef Foundation without any tender process as “transparently bad policy”, saying responsibility for the decision “lies squarely with the Prime Minister”.

    A Senate inquiry last week heard that the not-for-profit environmental organisation, which has just six staff and is otherwise funded by corporate entities including mining giants BHP, Rio Tinto and Orica received the $444.38 million grant.

    The cash was pledged at a private meeting in April between Mr Turnbull, Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg and foundation chair John Schubert.

    The foundation’s “Chairman’s Panel”, listed on its website, includes the Commonwealth Bank, Bank of Queensland, Goldman Sachs, Macquarie Group and National Australia Bank, as well as numerous other large companies which operate in Australia.

    Labor leader Bill Shorten on Friday described the decision as a “developing scandal”, saying Mr Turnbull had questions to answer.

    Mr Burke said the decision to hand over almost half a billion dollars without any tender process was “extraordinary”.

    “What has happened here is completely unprecedented,” he told Insiders.

    “A small foundation that employs six people walks into a meeting with the Prime Minister and having not asked for any money, walks away with a commitment of nearly $500 million to do core work that previously had always been done by the Department of the Environment. This is unprecedented.”

    Link

  83. Top Ender

    Mind you, if Labor was in power it would have:

    a) given it via the Greens to get them to agree to something, and

    b) made it $990 million instead.

  84. .

    I thought the Naval Officers did their training THEN went to ADFA. So they’re a little bit better than the Army and RAAF kids.

  85. Geriatric Mayfly

    we need a constitutional voice for the first nations,

    The borders are already being staked out. On the journey into the local provincial hub a huge sign gives welcome to Wungbuggling Country. On the way out another invites welcome to Djabiggalong Country. There is about a kilometre of no man’s land in between the two signs. I foresee a Customs and Immigration humpy at each frontier, and all manner of menace in no man’s land to preserve sovereign integrity on both sides.

  86. Hey Mal!
    I’m a good cause, I will say that you are a good guy for [pause] [um err] say $12 mill.

  87. Elle

    Has anyone got a full copy of the DTs article and editorial? Can’t/won’t be arsed paying for a subscription for something I will barely use.

    Which article are you after? I’m a subscriber. I can fetch it for you.

  88. Tel

    we need a constitutional voice for the first nations,

    The Constitution, by definition, created the first nation in Australia.

  89. .

    IR’s good cause will of course create 30 jobs for the Catallaxy and Olympic Dam tribes.

  90. H B Bear

    Liars have obviously decided there is political mileage in the latest offering to Gaia to save The Little Reef that Could.

  91. Roger

    “AEMO’s modelling shows that the total investment required to replace the retiring generation capacity and meet consumer demand has an NPV cost of between $8 billion and $27 billion, depending on assumptions made around economic growth and rate of industry transformation.”

    None of that will be spent on coal generation. It will be solar, wind, storage and DER (distributed energy resources — mainly rooftop solar). Plus a small amount of gas generation. No coal.

    This in a country sitting on the most geologically stable continent on earth with abundant reserves of uranium.

    Says it all.

    We are governed by idiots.

  92. Habib

    DD, correct on all counts. also ADFA grads are rarely of any use anywhere, except in creating identity politics kerfuffles and assorted other bureaucratic idiocies. And advising government to buy completely unsuitable platforms and equipment. Most real leadership roles are still filled by graduates of Duntroon, East Sale and Cresswell. Even the tech corps/PQs get most of their graduates from outside, and put them through an IOC at those establishments. ADFA is an unnecessary and wasteful affectation, which adds negative operational value. It does however produce CDF/CoA etc occupants such as this warrior.

  93. Roger

    The Constitution, by definition, created the first nation in Australia.

    The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, already refers to “the aboriginal nations” and looks forward to talks with them at “government to government” level.

  94. Mater

    I thought the Naval Officers did their training THEN went to ADFA. So they’re a little bit better than the Army and RAAF kids.

    No, they just get the title of Midshipman (rather than Officer Cadet) and that is officially a Commissioned Officer in the naval rank structure.
    As for being better, just ask them (being the senior service and all). If you want a second opinion, just ask them again.

  95. Habib

    Dot, they all go through those schools at various times to complete practical training, I’ve done both RAAF and Navy IOCs as a rocky, and each time I’ve been at Sale or Cresswell a couple of busloads of chinless idiots have arrived from Canberra to get in the way and whine about MREs, digging holes, and shitting in a mobile dunny. Army no doubt shoots them over to Duntroon to be bastardised a bit. At least half have been female as well.

  96. The word is out. I can be bought for $12,000,000

  97. zyconoclast

    Justin Trudeau marches in Vancouver Pride during his B.C. long weekend
    “No religion in the world says ‘Tolerate thy neighbour,’ it’s love them, accept them, befriend them,” Trudeau said in front of a rainbow-coloured banner.

  98. zyconoclast

    Wells Fargo APOLOGIZES and admits error that caused hundreds of people to lose their homes because of a computer malfunction

    -The San-Francisco based bank claimed that a calculation error utilizing the company’s mortgage underwriting tool caused 625 customers to be effected
    -400 of those cases resulted in actual home foreclosure
    -Error was finally fixed in October 2015 but had been in existence for five years, first reported in April 2010.
    -An internal review led to the finding of the error, according to the bank
    -Wells Fargo had claimed that they set aside $8million to address the customers’ troubles

  99. egg_

    None of that will be spent on coal generation. It will be solar, wind, storage and DER (distributed energy resources — mainly rooftop solar). Plus a small amount of gas generation. No coal.

    Yet, only this morning ABC TV Breakfast News was quoting Tardenburg as saying the NEG was ‘in the National interest’.
    Ruinables are in the UN’s interest, old man.

  100. egg_

    Labor were quoted as saying the NEG ‘didn’t go far enough’ on Ruinables.
    Insane.

  101. Old School Conservative

    I thought the Naval Officers did their training THEN went to ADFA

    That’s exactly what a young relative was told when he went through the selection boards and testing just a few months ago.

    From the DoD (ADFA) website:
    On joining the Royal Australian Navy, most midshipmen complete six months initial Officer training at HMAS Creswell at Jervis Bay, followed by a six-month consolidation period in the fleet. They then commence at ADFA in their second year in the Navy. Navy Pilots and Observers go directly to ADFA.

  102. Baldrick

    SOLDIERS are being told they shouldn’t use terms like “him”, “her” so they don’t offend “LGBTI” members in a new guide that says refusing to do so will be considered “bullying”.

    Catallaxy FactCheck ➡ True

    From this PDF – ADFA STAFF LGBTI GUIDE 2017

    – Use the correct pronouns and preferred name of sex or gender diverse members wherever possible
    – Use gender neutral language when referring to relationships or gender identities

    Despite this from the Department of Defence

    Statement regarding the use of gender-neutral language
    6 August 2018
    Reports regarding Defence requiring the use of gender-neutral language are wrong.
    ADFA Cadets are not being told that they should not use terms like him or her.

  103. Mater

    I have never understood why we have or need an organisation like ADFA, particularly as – at least as I understand it – all the serious military training takes place after graduation from ADFA, at places like HMAS Cresswell.

    I’ll defend ADFA a little here.

    Firstly, all ADFA graduates go on to do their Officer Training at their respective colleges (Duntroon, etc). What you do get from ADFA are officers which are better equipped to conduct joint operations. For example, Army cadets leave ADFA knowing the difference between a DDG and an FFG. Pilots have a better understanding of why their ground support is so essential to the grunts. The list goes on but essentially they all have a far greater insight into the capabilities of assets belonging to other services.

    Probably the greatest take away from ADFA is the networks they develop. I’ve been able to achieve things by directly calling old classmates in both the Navy and Air Force. It also assists with reducing inter-service rivalries. It helps to reducing stove piping within the ADF.

    PS. I’m sure the STD’s are coming from ANU! 😉

  104. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Snowy river as battery scheme is interesting.
    ….
    Wait for the greens government to free all the rivers by blowing up all the dams in a frantic rewilding and decolonialising of Australia.

    Turnbull is going to have fun explaining to the voters why his big wet ‘battery’ to save the Earth is unpopular with the Greens.

    Snowy Hydro 2.0 plans raise environmental concerns for scientists (ABC, 5 Aug)

    Just build some coal plants with the money Mal. It won’t make you any less hated by the ferals than you already are.

  105. Roger

    Labor were quoted as saying the NEG ‘didn’t go far enough’ on Ruinables. Insane.

    Tony Burka on Insiders yesterday adamant the NEG target was too low.

  106. .

    busloads of chinless idiots have arrived from Canberra to get in the way and whine about MREs, digging holes, and shitting in a mobile dunny

    Haha. Always loved your writing style Habib.

    Steve MRE1989 is popularising MREs to the general public. Check him out on You Tube.

    Pretty funny watching him eat 50-year-old franks in beans from the Vietnam War.

  107. egg_

    McCrann uses the apostrophe more than Pirate Pete.

    Pirate Pete couldn’t precisely place an apostrophe, however?

  108. mh

    No Platform for Tommy Robinson’, people say, not realising that this very censoriousness has done more than anything to provide Robinson with a moral platform most activists could only dream of.
    Brendan O’Neill is editor of spiked.

    Written by someone who does not believe the message of Tommy Robinson. The ‘we’ve created a monster’ schtick is pathetic.

  109. thefrolickingmole

    I wonder how it would look if we made a list of things the government makes more profit from in taxes than the manufacturer or retailer does in supplying the items.

    Eg: 40 cents in the cost of petrol is tax, a straight profit to the government, retailer makes The average net profit on fuel over the past 9 years was 1.3 cents per litre.

    Beer: A typical 24-carton of full-strength beer at 4.9 per cent alcohol will set you back $47.99. Of that, $16.49 is excise, then add $4.36 in GST. Yep, $20.85 is tax. At almost half of the retail price the most expensive ingredient in beer, is tax.

    In the old rental business, 10% was straight up GST plus the various regulatory and compliance costs. i wasnt making 10% at the end of the day.

    There must be hundreds of products where the government makes the biggest profit.

  110. zyconoclast

    Anti-White “Hate Speech” on Twitter By CNN, Buzzfeed, NYT, and LA Times Reporters
    Over the past few years Twitter has shifted their stance on free speech and started playing Thought Police, suspending and shadowbanning tens of thousands of conservative and right-leaning accounts for subjective and ambiguous reasons; like “hate speech.” The Media has attacked conservatives for “hate speech,” targeting their families, employers, and friends. It’s time for the double standards, hypocrisy, and hate of the media and Silicon Valley elites to be exposed.

  111. .

    PS. I’m sure the STD’s are coming from ANU! 😉

    Actually, rumour has it John XXIII College got told to clean up its act or get booted.

    The place is now a dazzling collective of boring high achievers.

  112. Top Ender

    I was an instructor at ADFA for a short period. Its formation came about because the idea became prevalent that military officers needed degrees. ADF weren’t getting enough from the universities, so various measures were taken.

    One was that uni students could get a subsided degree with an allowance from the ADF. That still happens to a small cohort of intakes.

    Navy found that putting someone through ADFA for three years, and then educating them at RAN College in Jervis Bay (it is inside HMAS Creswell) for a year resulted in too high a separation rate: “What, I have to go to sea” type reaction. So now potential officers come to RANC, and if they pass, then go to ADFA. The other two services are the other way around: they also have their military training establishments at Point Cook and Duntroon.

  113. .

    There must be hundreds of products where the government makes the biggest profit.

    Well, consider the labour market for one!

  114. .

    I’ve got a question for the ex-diggers etc.

    Is the staff college a good idea or not?

  115. C.L.

    ‘Brigadier’ Pearce, AM has had a gazillion dollars spent on her career – to what military end I cannot discern:

    http://www.defence.gov.au/ADFA/About/OurPeople.asp

    And I object to AMs being doled out in the ADF like participation ribbons.

  116. egg_

    busloads of chinless idiots have arrived from Canberra to get in the way and whine about…

    [Insert real world item here]

  117. C.L.

    Finally
    Something interesting happens in the Aussie Rules.
    I feel sorry for Brayshaw and I’m not inclined to defend Gaff.
    But … he did kind of pull that punch in the end.
    I think he’d be as shocked as anyone at the damage it did.

  118. .

    C.L.

    That is funny because the old NSW Gaol Commish looked like Marshal Zhukov with all of his ribbons.

  119. egg_

    I note that TheirABC’s best young ‘talent’ in female journos appears to be at NPH and presumably not by accident.

  120. Old School Conservative

    Top Ender, my young relative is an example of that ‘What, I have to go to sea?!” theory working in practice. He was initially very keen on the paid university education but didn’t accept the ADFA offer because of the initial 12 months Single Service Training.

  121. Confused Old Misfit

    As a dual citizen I have lived with 14 Canadian Prime Ministers. Justin Trudeau is the only one of whom I am truly ashamed.

  122. Mater

    I was an instructor at ADFA for a short period. Its formation came about because the idea became prevalent that military officers needed degrees. ADF weren’t getting enough from the universities, so various measures were taken.

    Top Ender,
    Duntroon was a tertiary institution prior to ADFA being built.
    Once ADFA was up and running, it handed over the responsibilities for Tertiary education and essentially adopted the role which formerly belonged to OCS Portsea. I’m pretty sure the Navy and Air Force were similar.
    University degrees didn’t commence with ADFA, it just consolidated the responsibility into the one campus. One might argue that it saved money.

  123. egg_

    Something interesting happens in the Aussie Rules.
    I feel sorry for Brayshaw and I’m not inclined to defend Gaff.

    Payback from an earlier event?

  124. C.L.

    Lawyer wants Gaff jailed.

    In the DM.

  125. egg_

    Jane Norman, Caitlyn Gribbin, et al.

  126. Mater

    Is the staff college a good idea or not?

    I’ve seen a lot of great Officers informally culled by not being selected for Staff College.
    It probably fulfills a requirement but the selection criteria can lead to the sort of higher echelon leadership we see today.

  127. Top Ender

    Yes, that’s right Mater. IIRR there was some sort of degree being run out of RANC before ADFA. It didn’t work well, primarily because RANC is not a uni, nor near one with the relevant libraries and lecturers and so on.

    Dot’s question about staff college….apparently most people who go there – it’s a one year, with a full removal for family – go under the impression they will get their brasshat out of it. (Promotion from major to lieutenant-colonel and the equivalent for navy and Air Force.) Not all do so that makes people wary of it.

    There was some attempt to give graduates a master’s degree by the end of it from what I recall. Not sure where that is now, but most people who’d done a proper masters scoffed at the idea.

    I’ve never met a graduate who praised the staff course, at least if they were sure no-one was in earshot who could affect their promotion chances.

  128. Death Giraffe

    for a year resulted in too high a separation rate: “What, I have to go to sea” type reaction.

    ..
    Are you sure it wasn’t a “What, I have to take it up the arse” type reaction?

  129. Habib

    There’s a move to make staff at least partly on-line, which makes sense so it’ll probably go down like the Voyager. It’s more about ticking a box than anything actually of use.

  130. The Herald-Sun commissions a poll that shows the Trumble team will be murderized in Victoristan at the next election

    It would have been cheaper to ask me.

  131. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Matthew Levitt

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    12h12 hours ago
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    Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al-Qaida leader, has married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker in the 9/11 terror attacks, according to his family

    What a beautiful love story.

  132. Habib

    & there’s plenty of boxes to tick, a lot pretty ordinary. Doing a rotation or two through JOC is pretty much a necessity, and a hefty price for a leg up the greasy pole.

  133. egg_

    The Herald-Sun commissions a poll that shows the Trumble team will be murderized in Victoristan at the next election

    People aren’t buying Mal’s Dodgy Brothers Gummint?
    Quelle surprise!

  134. Farmer Gez

    Lawyer wants Gaff jailed.

    In the DM.

    F$ck lawyers.
    Gaff gets a big penalty and should be made to attend anger management classes and speak to young footballers about keeping your cool at all times.
    The number of weeks that young Brayshaw cannot play for should be added by West Coast to his suspension as well. Weeks for the act and weeks for the consequences.

  135. Leigh Lowe

    @Levitt_Matt
    12h12 hours ago
    More
    Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al-Qaida leader, has married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker in the 9/11 terror attacks, according to his family

    If Dutton refused them PRC in Oz, he would be a waaaacist.

  136. Quelle surprise!

    I don’t understand it either.

    He has graced Victoristanis with his glorious countenance, raised their power bills and taxed them relentlessly.

    How could they not like that?

  137. Tel

    Are you sure it wasn’t a “What, I have to take it up the arse” type reaction?

    There’s only so much rum and the lash a man can take before he needs something extra, and 12 months is a long time.

  138. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Lawyer wants Gaff jailed.

    In the DM.

    We can never achieve righteousness until we have killed all the lawyers.

  139. H B Bear

    Lawyer wants Gaff jailed.
    In the DM.

    Percy is a “high profile” lawyer in Perth. Nice bit of self-promotion here.

  140. UNSW established its Faculty of Military Studies at Duntroon in the late 1960s. The academics at Duntroon were employed by UNSW and worked in partnership with the College’s military administration (the model was transferred to ADFA which I believe is now styled as the Canberra Campus of UNSW). Bachelor Degree courses were at RMC Duntroon offered in Arts, Science and Engineering.
    In my experience, the Academics at Duntroon provided great balance to the military education and more than a few of them participated in College sports’ teams (notably the Gentleman Geographer Jim Burgess who played as hooker in the First XV back in the 1970s).

  141. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Are you sure it wasn’t a “What, I have to take it up the arse” type reaction?

    All quite legal after forty eight hours at sea.

  142. Leigh Lowe

    Lawyer wants Gaff jailed.

    In the DM.

    ‘I’ve had people go to jail for less’: Lawyer leads calls for gutless AFL player to face criminal charges

    If any lawyer has a client jailed for that in modern Australia he should go back to conveyancing and forget criminal law.

  143. Elle

    YT, maybe this is what you were after. From today in the Telegraph.

    Telegraph editorial: The Army’s new war on words

    AUSTRALIA’S Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, earlier this year issued a directive prohibiting soldiers from wearing so-called “death” symbols.

    Among those symbols was the Phantom, a cartoon character who appears in this newspaper. Displaying such imagery was, Lieutenant General Campbell declared, “always ill-considered and implicitly encourages the inculcation of an arrogant hubris and general disregard for the most serious responsibility of our profession; the legitimate and discriminate take of life.

    “As soldiers our purpose is to serve the state, employing violence with humility always and compassion wherever possible. This symbology to which I refer erodes this ethos of service.”

    Or, alternatively, it doesn’t.

    Defence Force chief Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC. Picture: Gary Ramage

    Army chiefs have now issued another order, this time telling soldiers they shouldn’t use terms like “him” or “her” so they don’t offend members of the LGBTI community.

    “Use gender-neutral language when referring to relationships or gender identities,” instructs a language guide written by the Australian Defence Force ­Academy.

    “In the event you make a mistake, the best course of action is to apologise, listen to anything the member wishes to say in response and then move on with the conversation.”

    If you dare. Conversations in the armed forces sound more difficult to negotiate than a Long Tan minefield.

    “Gender expression refers to the way that people demonstrate gender identity externally and normally through a combination of typically masculine, feminine or androgynous traits,” the guide continues.

    “Misgendering can have a significant effect on transgender individuals as it is often an expression of a lack of understanding of acceptance of that person’s identity.”

    This may be the case, but it remains reasonable to ask why the issue has become such a priority within our armed forces. Surely there are more vital training programs to pursue — training programs that are directly related to the central role of our military, which is to protect Australians from weapons rather than words. Leaving aside any concerns about the softening of our soldiers, there is the more simple matter of time being spent on issues that might be less vital overall to maintaining a functioning military.

    Changing our language in the name of inclusiveness may be a worthwhile aim. The more pressing concern, however, should be improving the aim of our fighting men and women in combat.

  144. Farmer Gez

    Lawyer wants Gaff jailed.

    F$ck lawyers, but I do believe Gaff should be penalised extra weeks for the period of time that young Brayshaw cannot play. Weeks for the act and weeks for the consequences.

  145. C.L.

    It looked to me like Gaff – whose record after 200 + games is clean – threw a generic, half-hearted round-house and Brayshaw’s scone accidentally got in the way. Seriously.

  146. Habib

    It’s never gay if underway. Amazing also how the golden rivet keeps changing its location.

  147. It looked to me like Gaff – whose record after 200 + games is clean – threw a generic, half-hearted round-house and Brayshaw’s scone accidentally got in the way. Seriously.

    I was at the game CL and that’s just how I read it. A great shame.

  148. C.L.

    One other thing: none of Brayshaw’s team-mates had the balls to go and belt Gaff, man-to-man.
    Instead two of them crunch-tackled him, rendering him semi-conscious.
    I call that a pansy retribution. Gutless.

  149. Habib

    There weren’t any minefields at Long Tan, so no negotiating required. Australian journalists are more ignorant than Australian politicians.

    None of this cobblers actually affects the normal business of the ADF in any way, just pillages the budget to fund these ignored inanities.

  150. Mater

    (notably the Gentleman Geographer Jim Burgess who played as hooker in the First XV back in the 1970s).

    Was still at ADFA when I was there.

  151. Old School Conservative

    Gun Culture!

    Guns? I see no guns.

  152. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    I reckon Gaff was trying to punch Brayshaw in the arm but unfortunately for both men Brayshaw was pivoting to turn around.

    Bad timing.

  153. johanna

    Here is a great interview with Ezra Levant and Conrad Black about Black’s new book about Trump.

    They are a great couple – Ezra is the canny and savvy Noo Yok lawyer type, while Conrad is more the brainiac and suave F. Scott Fitzgerald type. Between them, they very effectively tease out the Trump phenomenon.

    Well worth a look.

  154. Stimpson J. Cat

    It looked to me like Gaff – whose record after 200 + games is clean – threw a generic, half-hearted round-house and Brayshaw’s scone accidentally got in the way. Seriously.

    Look it was an incredibly gay thing to do.
    Just f$cking ridiculous.
    Either he gets punished to the extreme weekly ban or he lets someone break his jaw exactly the same as the kid.
    Fair is fair.

    We can’t encourage sane people who think they can act mentally ill all of a sudden.
    It sends the wrong message.

  155. Andreas

    I reckon Gaff was trying to punch Brayshaw in the arm but unfortunately for both men Brayshaw was pivoting to turn around.

    That’s what I thought too.

  156. Old School Conservative

    Hedley Thomas continues to shine light on the murk of the Lyn Dawson disappearance.
    Now the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions Lloyd Babb SC is identified as having a conflict of interest and not telling the family.
    The DPP refused to charge Chris Dawson with Lyn’s murder, but the family was never told that Babb was school captain at Asquith Boys High School when Dawson taught there. They also knew each other through league.
    Babb told colleagues about his connection to Dawson but not the family.

  157. RobK

    Western Power Electrical Design Consultancy goes live 1 August 2018

    As the nature of the energy market evolves so too must Western Power. To ensure that we preserve the relevance and reliability of the South West Interconnected Network (SWIN) for all Western Australian’s, the services Western Power provides will continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of our customers.

    From 1August, Western Power will offer a consultancy service for the electrical distribution network design of private networks. The design consultancy includes the following services:

    Private distribution network design – embedded networks
    Consulting advice and feasibility studies for private network design solutions
    Lighting design
    Site compliance inspection reports
    Arc flash assessments
    Green star compliance certification
    Earth Potential Rise investigation and mitigation recommendations

    WAs labor government reaches out into consultancy work, butressed by legislated power and industry monopoly.

  158. I reckon Gaff was trying to punch Brayshaw in the arm …

    Ahh. The “I didn’t mean it!” defense.

  159. John Constantine

    Underdone crossie sucker riverina lambs sold down to three bucks a kilo dressed weight at today’s Bendigo lambs.

    Top quality drafts held good prices, but those with no fat cover were hammered.

    Just talking to a chap that outbid the meatworks for a truckload at that money.

    Butcher mate says the processors are trying to blend in the cheapest at full price.

    They go on a black foam tray, covered with a sticky black marinade and a special sticker at the supermarkets, to hide the fact they are a third the cost of prime lamb.

    Comrades.

  160. Death Giraffe

    It’s never gay if underway. Amazing also how the golden rivet keeps changing its location.

    ..
    Why do they always put it where you have to lean over the prop shaft to see it?

  161. Eddystone

    I reckon Gaff was trying to punch Brayshaw in the arm but unfortunately for both men Brayshaw was pivoting to turn around.

    +1

    Brayshaw was illegally shepherding Gaff 100m from the ball. Had probably been doing it all game.

  162. Diogenes

    eat 50-year-old franks in beans from the Vietnam War.

    I still have a soft spot for the Chocolate , the cereal bar, and the spam based can.

  163. Habib

    The scrambled egg and ham wasn’t too bad. The cheese cans were vile, however made an excellent mortar round substitute if pitched in a rival school’s campfire during cadet camps.

  164. Top Ender

    Who said living in New Zealand was dull:

    A man has been hospitalised after trying to stop a herd of “possessed” cows attacking a jogger in New Zealand.

    Witnesses said the good Samaritan was trampled and lost chunks of flesh when he jumped in to protect Aimee Wedgwood after she was set upon by about two dozen cows as she ran through an Auckland park on Sunday.

  165. Lysander

    Percy is a “high profile” lawyer in Perth. Nice bit of self-promotion here.

    FIFY

    Percy is a “high profile” fuckwit in Perth awaiting ALP endorsement.

  166. Top Ender

    You chaps who are obsessed about homosexuality in navies seem to bang on a bit about it.

    In fact:

    N.A.M. Rodger argued in his book The Wooden World: An Anatomy of the Georgian Navy that acts of homosexuality were not as common in the mid-eighteenth century Royal Navy as many assume:
    There appear to have only been eleven courts martial for sodomy during the [Seven Years’] war, of which four led to acquittals, and seven convictions on lesser charges of indecency or ‘uncleanliness’. This does not seem a remarkably large figure for a seagoing population which was for most of the war seventy or eighty thousand.

    Examining a broader period and different service, Peter Earle echoed this assessment in his Sailors: English Merchant Seamen 1650-1775:
    Research by naval historians has…shown that such relations, though not unknown, were rare at sea…The research for this book tends to confirm these findings, just three references to sodomy having been discovered.

    Conviction meant death. The articles of war for the Royal Navy were very clear on this point, leaving no room for leniency, as is made clear in this printing from 1749:

    Penalty of committing Buggery or Sodomy. XXIX. If any Person in the Fleet shall commit the unnatural and detestable Sin of Buggery or Sodomy with Man or Beast, he shall be punished with Death by the Sentence of a Court-martial.

    Given this extreme punishment, Roger argues that men of war were not suitable places for men to embrace each other:
    The crime was…very difficult to conceal aboard ship where there was so little privacy. A Ship at sea was about the most difficult possible place to commit sodomy.

    Earle agreed that ‘the crowded conditions of shipbord life made it difficult to conceal homosexual relations from other members of the crew.’

    Though rare, convictions still occurred and so did homosexual acts. When they did occur, they were often overlooked, covered up, or treated as the lesser criminal charge of ‘uncleanliness’ to avoid the death penalty. Rodger argues that officers preferred to sweep possible incidents of ‘buggery’ under the rug.

    Link

  167. H B Bear

    Percy is a “high profile” fuckwit in Perth awaiting ALP endorsement.

    Might be waiting awhile. Quigley is occupying the self-promoting Liars lawyer role at the moment and will be for some time I suspect.

  168. Mater

    You chaps who are obsessed about homosexuality in navies seem to bang on a bit about it

    I think I saw what you did there, Top Ender.

  169. johanna

    Here is Australia’s version of Nikki Lauder.

    Lauder recovered from injuries and burns that would have killed most people in a Formula 1 crash. He recovered, albeit with a face that looks like melted plastic, and founded an airline.

    Matt Golinski is a star. His wife and kids died in a fire, and he almost did.

    And, he is a reminder that wallowing in what allegedly happened to your ancestors is a path to failure.

  170. John Constantine

    https://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20180806/pdf/43x3j5dykd6hnk.pdf

    Victorian department of agriculture signs agreement with CAN to select bigger, tougher and more suitable marijuana plants to grow in victorias climate.

    Everything you learned about marijuana at uni in the old days may well be wrong.

  171. Habib

    Was a hanging offence, now it’s a career booster.

  172. egg_

    You chaps who are obsessed about homosexuality in navies seem to bang on a bit about it

    Someone’s casting stains on our seamen?

  173. Elle

    Someone’s casting stains on our seamen?

    And leaving a salty taste in their mouths.

  174. Stimpson J. Cat

    John Cleese
    @JohnCleese
    Verse Two:
    Trump is off his rocker,
    It’s clear for all to see,
    Except his base,
    Whose views on race
    Destroy Democracy
    10:56 PM · Aug 23, 2017

  175. Stimpson J. Cat

    A man has been hospitalised after trying to stop a herd of “possessed” cows attacking a jogger in New Zealand.

    Justice for Sheep.
    It begins.

  176. Speedbox

    Was a hanging offence, now it’s a career booster.

    Yeah, but if you really want to win the jackpot you need to be homosexual, a minority group member and have a disability (of any description, certified or not) in which case there will be no limit to the largess offered.

  177. Top Ender

    Tim Blair having a lot of fun with Mike Carlton’s autobiography which is soon to be released on an unsuspecting world:

    MIKE CARLTON and the LONDON LOVE TRUNCHEON
    Tim Blair, The Daily Telegraph
    August 6, 2018

    Mike Carlton’s autobiography promises to be a series of gentle recollections sweetly told by a kindly elderly fellow utterly at peace with himself and the world.

    Just kidding.

    More likely, On Air will be a screeching get-even with everyone who has ever displeased the former columnist, radio presenter and ABC star. Carlton will be the hero of his own story, destroying every unworthy opponent and demonstrating his superiority throughout.

    Picture: Mike recovering in hospital following a successful British accent implant

    Mike has form in this regard. More than 20 years ago he wrote a novel, Off the Air, in which the main character was clearly based on the great Carlton.

    Just like Mike during the early 1990s, Bruce is an Australian journalist now working at a London radio station.

    Just like Mike, Bruce was born in 1946, owns an E-Type Jaguar and dreams of becoming a naval historian.

    Picture: Mike’s book with a fossilised reptile

    Also just like Mike, Bruce throws wine at people he doesn’t care for (a glass in Mike’s case, a whole bottle in Bruce’s).

    And then there’s Bruce’s surname. Carlton attempts the Dickens trick of indicating his characters’ qualities in their names. Thus we have Sir Peter Toady, the sexually-voracious Lord and Lady Fondle, Sir Cedric Mouthpiece and so on.

    Bruce/Mike’s surname is Braine. Bruce Braine is Carlton’s fantasy Mike.

    Picture: Mike during an earlier hospital visit to have his humility removed

    All of which makes the book’s sex scenes doubly cringeworthy. Some of Off the Air’s lusty scenes are presented below these entertaining YouTube clips. Those who dare to cross that barrier and read on have only themselves to blame.

    Here’s our first encounter with Bruce/Mike:

    Any vibrations at that moment were, in fact, the enthusiastic response of the young woman who lay sprawled across the office chesterfield beneath his pumping loins.

    ‘Oooh,’ she moaned. ‘Urrgh,’ he countered. Her slender thighs heaved in joyful reply …

    She was exquisite, a fragile orchid from the exotic East.

    She is Sophie Sang, Bruce/Mike’s lover. Carlton wrote this when he was 50. We shortly learn more about heaving-thighs Sophie and pumping-loins Bruce/Mike:

    Her unblemished, ivory body with its fine dusting of black pubic hair excited him as he had never been before.

    A dark hairy dusting all over her body? There are treatments for that. And now my favourite line from the entire book:

    She was a kitten, until they made love, when kitten gave way to cat.

    The following scene doesn’t involve Bruce/Mike, but is included to demonstrate Carlton’s mastery of loin literature:

    Panicked beyond measure, looking wildly but vainly for any possible means of escape, he felt his penis rise to the occasion, the damp and froggy jocks bulging uncomfortably. But in a nanosecond they were also lowered to the ankles, the policeman’s gym-honed loins were bare, and the Viscountess Fondle had knelt to take the rampant member between her sucking lips.

    ‘That’s a f**king big truncheon you’ve got, officer,’ she purred. ‘Hit me with it, as hard as you like.’

    There’s more, but for now I think I just need to be quietly sick.

  178. Leigh Lowe

    Mater

    #2782163, posted on August 6, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    (notably the Gentleman Geographer Jim Burgess who played as hooker in the First XV back in the 1970s).

    Was still at ADFA when I was there.

    And what colour nail lacquer was in vogue at ADFA back then?

  179. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    John Cleese
    @JohnCleese
    Verse Two:
    Trump is off his rocker,
    It’s clear for all to see,
    Except his base,
    Whose views on race
    Destroy Democracy
    10:56 PM · Aug 23, 2017

    Why did anyone ever consider Monty Python humorous?

    Fawlty Towers was genuinely funny, all of Python is university grade shit.

  180. C.L.

    Australia’s angriest Oriental, Tim Sourpossumass, attacks various white people again:
    Also denounces Trump, Abbott, Brexit, Nazis, Hitler etc:
    He’s a Chinese firecracker of rage:

    Tim Soutphommasane fires up against MPs and the media.

    The hypocrisy and lack of self-awareness here is astounding:

    Politicians and the media have been promoting racial division for personal gain, according to outgoing Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane.

    In an address to the University of Western Sydney’s Whitlam Institute tonight, Dr Soutphommasane will declare “there’s never been a more exciting time to be a dog-whistling politician or a race-baiting commentator in Australia.”

    The rest of this epic report from a slavishly generous The Australian:

    It will be his last major speech before his five-year term as commissioner ends this month.

    Ahead of the speech, Dr Soutphommasane took to ABC radio to denounce federal ministers including the Prime Minister for their comments about African gang violence in Victoria, and slamming Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Minister Alan Tudge for expressing concern that Australia is veering towards “a European separatist multicultural model”.

    Asked what he meant by saying “race politics is back”, Dr Soutphommasane said: “It means politicians seeking to make partisan gain over race and multicultural issues, and in your introduction you’ve outlined some of the examples of that, the panic and hysteria about African gangs, led by senior federal government ministers and joined in by the Prime Minister.

    “We’ve seen debates about multiculturalism with the Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism suggesting that we’re veering towards ethnic separatism and segregation, and then you’ve had open questioning of a non-discriminatory immigration policy, which has been the regime we’ve had since the end of the White Australia policy, and that’s been led by among others, former prime minister Tony Abbott,” Dr Soutphommasane said.

    “So if we look at our public debates, there are very clearly examples of race politics being conducted at the moment.”

    Asked whether politicians and the media were simply giving voice to genuine concerns in the community, Dr Southphommasane said his issue was not with the subject of the debates, but the way they were being conducted.

    “If you look at the African gangs crisis there isn’t a sense of proportion about those debates,” he said.

    “Yes, it is the case that Sudanese Australians are over-represented in criminal offending in Victoria, but they’re not the only group that’s over-represented.

    We have Australian-born and New Zealand-born offenders over-represented in crime statistics in Victoria too. The singling out of communities is a source of concern.”

    [Ahahahahahahahaha – CL]

    Dr Soutphommasane said politicians needed to offer evidence to back up claims that multiculturalism is failing.

    “The evidence shows us very clearly that our multiculturalism is still strong, that the children of migrants outperform the children of Australian-born parents on average, when it concerns education and employment, and on the issue of immigration, it’s one thing to have a debate about numbers, it’s another thing to question whether we should have a value of non-discrimination in place when we conduct our immigration program,” he said.

    “We just don’t seem to have the political resolve and leadership to have a mature conversation about this.

    “If we’re talking about Sudanese Australians and crime, for example, leaders of Sudanese-Australian communities are very open about acknowledging that there’s a problem with a small number of offenders in their community.

    “The problem is you focus only on ethnicity and race, and when you do that, you create division in our community, and we don’t, for example, concentrate on the ethnicity or backgrounds of murderers such as Adrian Bayley or Roger Rogerson or others, but yet we seem to focus very squarely on race or ethnicity if it involves anything involving Sudanese-Australian youth.”

    Dr Soutphommasane conceded concern over multiculturalism was not a uniquely Australia phenomenon.

    “We know that there’s a resurgence of far-right politics around the world,” he said.

    “You look at what’s happening in the United States and the Trump presidency and the implicit endorsement he’s given to neo-Nazis and white nationalists there, you look at what’s happening in Europe, where there are a number of far-right parties now in coalition governments, you look at what’s happened in the UK with the Brexit vote, and Australia is not immune to these global forces.

    “Racism and discrimination will most likely exist for as long as we have human imperfection.

    “They’re products of fear, of ignorance, of arrogance, and they’re all markers of our humanity, but you’re right as well to highlight the complicated global environment we have, but we should be responding to that global environment from a position of strength, because we are a successful example of a multicultural society, and in the past we’ve had nonpartisan, bipartisan leadership on race issues.

    “There’s been an acknowledgment that there’s been too much at stake for race issues to be placed on the political agenda and subject to contest.”

    Dr Soutphommasane said Mr Tudge was wrong to say that Australia was veering towards “a European separatist multicultural model”.

    “There’s no compelling evidence to demonstrate that that is the case,” he said.

    “If you look at the record we have on integration you find that 80 per cent of migrants within ten years of settling in Australia become Australian citizens.

    “If you look at some of the suburbs or areas that have been highlighted as pockets of ethnic segregation, you in fact find that there’s no one ethnic or racial group which predominates and you find moreover these are areas that are characterised by rising property prices.

    “So you have suggestions not only of segregation but also of ghettoisation in our suburbs. This is compelling evidence that dispels that.”

    The Race Discrimination Commissioner said there was strong support for racial equality and multiculturalism in Australia, accusing politicians and the media of being out of touch.

    “(If) you think of the intense contest we’ve had over the racial discrimination act, 80 per cent of Australians support the retention of 18C,” Dr Soutphommasane said.

    “You have a similar proportion of people who support non-discrimination in how we conduct our immigration policy.

    “Close to 85 per cent of people believe that multiculturalism is good for the country, so mainstream Australia is in a good place on these issues.

    “Unfortunately it’s just not translating through some of the political leadership and political debates we’re having right now.”

    Dr Soutphommasane accused the media of a “monetising of racism”, claiming that sections of the media deliberately run inflammatory headlines because it’s good for sales.

    “Just look at what happened last night with Sky News giving a platform to a self-avowed neo-Nazi with a rap sheet that covers arson, aggravated burglary and racial vilification,” Dr Soutphommasane said.

    “This is a guy who believes that we should be putting up portraits of Hitler in all of our schools, but yet he enjoys a platform on Sky News.”

    Sky News commentators rapidly denounced the decision to give Cottrell a platform last night, and the network issued an apology, saying the interview had been removed from repeat timeslots and online platforms and an investigation was being conducted into the circumstances of Cottrell’s appearance.

    Asked to reflect on his time as Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Soutphommasane said he hoped people would look at his record and judge whether he had held people to account for racism in public debates.

    He denounced calls from Attorney-General Christian Porter and others for the role of race discrimination commissioner to be refocused.

    “I simply see no reason to change things,” he said.

    “We have a racial discrimination act. It’s not called the ‘living in harmony act’ or the ‘tread softly on racism act’.

    “The suggestions that have been thrown about include a shift to something like the racial harmony commissioner.

    “We know that racism exists, and racial discrimination exists. If we can’t name racial discrimination, we’ve got very little hope in fighting it. You can’t eliminate racism through the repetition of the word ‘harmony’.”

    Appearing at the Whitlam Institute was an especially amusing touch.
    Gough Whitlam hated Asian immigrants far more than Pauline Hanson ever did.

  181. DrBeauGan

    Justin Trudeau marches in Vancouver Pride during his B.C. long weekend
    “No religion in the world says ‘Tolerate thy neighbour,’ it’s love them, accept them, befriend them,” Trudeau said in front of a rainbow-coloured banner.

    Does this mean that if your neighbour in Canada is gay, you have a religious obligation to bugger him?

  182. thefrolickingmole

    Judge Garry Neilson an ornament for his profession.

    I loved the legal slight of hand of finding an offense occurred then dismissing it outright so he could claim the subsequent arrest and actions had to have been unlawful.
    Thats not a judge, thats a person playing politics from the bench.

  183. Stimpson J. Cat

    Tim Blair having a lot of fun with Mike Carlton’s autobiography which is soon to be released on an unsuspecting world:

    Jesus Christ.
    It is way too early for that sh$t man.
    Take a good hard look at yourself people.
    I am absolutely appalled.
    Goodbye.

    Just outrageous.

  184. Speedbox

    Top Ender
    #2782206, posted on August 6, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Sweet Lord, I feel ill.

  185. egg_

    Someone’s casting stains on our seamen?

    And leaving a salty taste in their mouths.

    So long as there’s no rogering on the poop deck.

  186. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    WA POLICE Commissioner Chris Dawson has confirmed they will be making an “assessment” of the punch thrown by West Coast’s Andrew Gaff which broke the jaw of Fremantle rival Andrew Brayshaw, and encouraged the “parties concerned” to contact them.

    What a stupid turd.

  187. “No religion in the world says ‘Tolerate thy neighbour,’ it’s love them, accept them, befriend them,” Trudeau said in front of a rainbow-coloured banner.

    Extraordinary intellectual dishonesty. Loving thy neighbor means rebuking them when they do themselves harm and imploring them to turn towards the good. It has never meant ignoring their misdeeds. That would be the opposite of love.

  188. C.L.

    WA POLICE Commissioner Chris Dawson has confirmed they will be making an “assessment” of the punch thrown by West Coast’s Andrew Gaff which broke the jaw of Fremantle rival Andrew Brayshaw, and encouraged the “parties concerned” to contact them.

    Mind your own business, you appalling dickhead.

  189. Beertruk

    dover_beach
    #2782219, posted on August 6, 2018 at 2:17 pm
    Loving thy neighbor means rebuking them when they do themselves harm and imploring them to turn towards the good.

    I take it to mean to ‘stop them from making stupid and/or silly mistakes’, but you put it better than I could, Dover.

  190. DrBeauGan

    Loving thy neighbor means rebuking them when they do themselves harm and imploring them to turn towards the good.

    Love is now a euphemism for shagging.

  191. Mother Lode

    Loving thy neighbor means rebuking them when they do themselves harm and imploring them to turn towards the good.

    Progressives think they are clever when they use religion against people with religious scruples.

    They are apt to think that religious experience is a series or rules and instructions – much as they hope to establish – and you can ‘use’ religious tenets the way clever-dick lawyers do using the wording of a law to avoid its spirit, like pushing the idea that a guy saying something boorish to a woman is sexual assault.

  192. Caveman

    So long as there’s no rogering on the poop deck.

    The story of Gaybeard the pirate.

  193. Mater

    And what colour nail lacquer was in vogue at ADFA back then?

    Feldgrau…perhaps a Wilkie legacy? 😉

  194. egg_

    And leaving a salty taste in their mouths.

    Grogory would be frothing at the mouth at such smut.

  195. H B Bear

    While Police Commissioner Chris Dawson is investigating the Gaff punch he might want to have a look into the Ross Lyon fraud on the Fremantle FC by holding himself out as an AFL every weekend.

  196. Speedbox

    In the meantime, this country sinks further into the abyss. Is there any area where we are not politically disabled or allowing those who are working against the national interest (but always in their own interests) to gain the upper hand.

    And what’s next? Shorten is almost certain to win the next election consigning us to probably 6 years of willful flagrant spending or, if by some fluke, Turnbull gets back in with the slimmest majority and we continue our slide to the Left. In the last 10 years (in particular) so we have truly buggered this country – can you imagine the acceleration and extent of that damage under Shorten.

    Everywhere you look, we are under philosophical assault by the loony Left aided and abetted by a compliant media. Why are we so apathetic? Is it because we have been brow-beaten and regulated to such an extent we are too timid? Why are our politicians so extraordinarily incompetent at growing the nation? Maybe we lack a unifying figure (ie. our own version of Trump). Perhaps we have a belief that everything will be ok in the long run – this is Oztralia maaate, bit stuffed at the moment but she’ll be right.

    I had hoped to end my little rant with something witty of profound but, I am so utterly disheartened at the future for this country I can’t think of anything to say.

  197. Wow. Huge police presence to escort Ryan Wells from Frankston Magistrates court.

    This happens in Dannograd, unless you are on a conservative speaking tour.

  198. Leigh Lowe

    Feldgrau…perhaps a Wilkie legacy? 

    Mmmyes.
    Not all the alumni are A-graders.
    Did Morrison Minor attend ADFA?

  199. I am so utterly disheartened at the future for this country

    The time to draw a line in the sand was when the left prosecuted Bolt for whatever he said.
    A strategic battle lost.
    Only downhill from here.

  200. Mater

    Did Morrison Minor attend ADFA?

    No, ANU then Duntroon.
    ADFA’s not all bad.

  201. Progressives think they are clever when they use religion against people with religious scruples.

    Because they fully embrace the concept of making the enemy live up to their rules. It’s even in their rulebook (#4 I think).

    What do we do? Fall for it every time.

    And what do you think would happen if we suggested shutting down or protesting a lefty talk fest? Bolt, Murray, Roskam, etc. would all come out screaming about “protecting the right to free speech” and run around jibbering about Voltaire’s maxim.

  202. Mother Lode

    Did Morrison Minor attend ADFA?

    Given his petulant umbrage at signs in kitchens like ‘Wash your own dishes. Your Mum doesn’t live here!” I suspect he moved steadily downward, through more and more petty roles, until he found his niche in the kitchen. A thoroughgoing martinet he would have ruthlessly enforced rules such as separating items of cutlery and detergent to water ratios to all his charges there only as a punishment.

  203. H B Bear

    While Police Commissioner Chris Dawson is investigating the Gaff punch he might want to have a look into the Ross Lyon fraud on the Fremantle FC by holding himself out as an AFL coach every weekend.

    Stuffed up the punchline. I won’t be here all week. Don’t try the veal.

  204. Elle

    Hi Top Ender,
    Tim Blair’s Telegraph articles are paywalled on-line on the day they are published in the Tele. Tim generously posts his articles, that appear in the Telegraph, on his blog a couple of days later. They aren’t paywalled.
    Tim also contributes to Quadrant. He is a real talent, with an awesome sense of humour!

  205. Elle

    And leaving a salty taste in their mouths.

    Grogory would be frothing at the mouth at such smut.

    This Grogory character needs to savour. Frothing is a sin!

  206. Mater

    No, ANU then Duntroon.

    Sorry, I should correct that:

    No, ANU then OCS Portsea.

  207. Bushkid

    Perhaps Alan Kohler can enlighten us as to his personal “climate science” credentials?

    What’s that? Crickets? How totally unsurprising!

  208. Leigh Lowe

    Has a time been set for Andrew Gaff’s public execution yet?

  209. Leigh Lowe

    Mater

    #2782254, posted on August 6, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    No, ANU then Duntroon.

    Sorry, I should correct that:

    No, ANU then OCS Portsea

    Sponsored by daddy?

  210. stackja

    Gough legacy again giving mess Australia today.

  211. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Has a time been set for Andrew Gaff’s public execution yet?

    Grand Final half time show. He is appearing with Meatloaf.

  212. Anne

    Watergate was Peedogate.

    These foul political elites have been raaping kids for decades! 👿

    https://youtu.be/YyMczMKX0mY 7mins

  213. Mater

    Sponsored by daddy?

    It’s not unheard of to trade on Daddy’s name in the Army.

  214. Beertruk

    During the period 2003 to 2006 Brigadier Pearce commanded the Defence Police Training Centre (2003) and 1st Military Police Battalion (2004-2006) and was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for exceptional Service during her four year command tenure.

    So Cheryl was given a medal for doing her job as a meathead?

  215. C.L.

    The time to draw a line in the sand was when the left prosecuted Bolt for whatever he said.
    A strategic battle lost.
    Only downhill from here.

    Indeed. His own employer – News Corp – didn’t fight back when Gillard ordered their silence and they didn’t go on full-fledged attack against the HRC and its weird little Pol Pot leader when Bolt was threatened. Nor did a single Liberal politician go full Wilson Tuckey against the HRC when they were trying to jail Bill Leak. To this day, the Liberals are wedded to 18c. They believe jailing conservative journalists and cartoonists will win them admirers on the left.

  216. C.L.

    I love how all those police officers are wearing hi viz.
    You know, just in case somebody backs out of a parking bay and doesn’t see them.

  217. H B Bear

    Jeez these Australia Day honours are beyond salvage. Is there anything in this country that isn’t being de-based before our eyes?

  218. Baldrick

    Watergate was Peedogate.

    … and the Earth is flat. Nuff said.

  219. .

    Anne

    People like that are ruining Q if he had any good info to begin with.

    The idea that an Australian girl was traded to Nixon to abuse is, frankly, absolute bollocks.

    The idea that it had anything to do with Watergate is just nuts.

    Not just the fantasists, but the clickbait producers on you tube, selling their own merch for “the cause”.

    Someone tried to assassinate Trump on June 10?

    Yeah right, only flat earthers on you tube know.

  220. John Constantine #2782042, posted on August 6, 2018 at 11:05 am
    “Wait for the greens government to free all the rivers by blowing up all the dams in a frantic rewilding and decolonialising of Australia.”


    That’s not all John.
    What is not sustainable?
    Ski runs, grazing of livestock, plowing of soil, building fences, industry, single family homes, paves and tarred roads, logging activities, dams and reservoirs, power line construction, and economic systems that fail to set proper value on the environment.” UN’s Biodiversity Assessment Report.

    “We must make this place an insecure and inhospitable place for Capitalists and their projects – we must reclaim the roads and plowed lands, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of tens of millions of acres or presently settled land.” Dave Foreman, Earth First.

    “Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.” Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the UN’s Earth Summit, 1992.

  221. Bruce of Newcastle

    I had hoped to end my little rant with something witty of profound but, I am so utterly disheartened at the future for this country I can’t think of anything to say.

    Time to defederate.

    Think about it.

    If the states were sovereign countries then the people could arbitrage the pollies. Don’t like the taxes of one state, go to another one. Pretty quickly we’d see which succeeds. Like Texas vs Chicago.

    The problem now is that the loopy hand of Canberra makes it not sufficiently worth it to move. AMEO will follow you around wherever you go along with the ATO and ACCC.

    So lets ditch the Commonwealth of Australia and have the Ununited States of Australia.

    We’d need some nuclear weapons to keep the Chinese out, but other than that it’s all good.

  222. Indolent

    Someone tried to assassinate Trump on June 10?

    With all the hate being spewed against him I wouldn’t be surprised if it was that day and every other since his election.

  223. Beertruk

    Elle
    #2782252, posted on August 6, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    You missed out on a good night.

  224. Indolent

    “Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.” Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the UN’s Earth Summit, 1992.

    Agenda 21 to “collapse” capitalism. Maurice Newman came up with the CO2 “climate change” hook. It was never anything other than a political tool.

  225. I love how all those police officers are wearing hi viz.

    With the same downside as the British dressing their soldiers in bright red jackets.

  226. .

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2782270, posted on August 6, 2018 at 3:55 pm
    I had hoped to end my little rant with something witty of profound but, I am so utterly disheartened at the future for this country I can’t think of anything to say.

    Time to defederate.

    Think about it.

    A truly high tech military and a confederacy are gaining popularity.

    At least on this blog.

  227. RobK

    Has a time been set for Andrew Gaff’s public execution yet?
    A little of the gladiators and the colosseum persists in many of us.

  228. Elle

    Hi vis vests? Nup – they aren’t ‘stop-go’ peeps. They are hi vis bulletproof vests.

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