Open Forum: November 2, 2019

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  1. Roger

    Not that further tax cuts wouldn’t be welcomed, I should add, but not if they’re delivered by targeting the asset rich, cash poor elderly.

  2. EvilElvis

    Anyone who owns a watch worth more than $500, and who isn’t either an astronaut or in the SASR deserves to have it taken off him, used as additional weight in the hand used to punch the ex-owner in the mouth before it’s thrown in a drain in Borroloola.

    A man should wear nothing of a combined value that equals more than the value of his first car. Otherwise, gay!

  3. Old School Conservative

    “the guy’s a bad motherf***** man.” (Jorge Masvidal)
    Oh. That’s a compliment these days.

  4. Old School Conservative

    Otherwise, gay!

    So what you’re saying is “Not that there’s anything wrong with that”.

  5. Knuckle Dragger

    Oh, there’s one or two, Tom.

    Out behind the northernmost town camp, for one.

    When it rains properly, it creates its own wetland. Of empty green cans.

  6. Knuckle Dragger

    Elvis,

    Finally. Thank you.

  7. min

    A friend who lives in an apartment valued around the million in Hawthorn is on full pension and has just booked next years overseas holiday. She takes out insurance but as I explained if she gets sick in India or on the cruise she has to cough up payment first and then claim on insurance. Or what happens if Hubby gets seriously ill and she has to return like what happened to me and the only flight I could get was first class .
    Answer it has never happened before

  8. EvilElvis

    How much in tax cuts could the country afford by not paying thirty billion or so to a certain demographic?

    Or at minimum half of the APS?

  9. EvilElvis

    If you can’t double-clutch down with your arse in the air approaching a 90 degree turn on dirt with a full load, you can’t drive for shit.

    KD, if you’re using the clutch for anything but taking off and pulling up you’re doing it the hard way.

  10. dover_beach

    CL, that wasn’t a criticism of you. Just noting how the same exaggeration applied to semi-autos, ‘assault rifles’ was here applied to an armoured car.

  11. EvilElvis

    “Not that there’s anything wrong with that”.

    Nothing wrong, OSC. Provided they’re happy to play $4 newsagency watch sizer to the guy in the corner wearing stubbies and a wife beater with his Datto 180B keys just edging out his Winnie reds for pocket space next to the kegs. Nothing at all.

  12. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    How militant animal welfare activists are planning to ruin the Melbourne Cup in co-ordinated protests across the nation – with police resorting to drones to catch troublemakers

    Troublemakers from several groups are expected to annoy punters at the race
    Extra police and drones will deployed at Flemington Racecourse
    Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses will target punters at the track
    Police Minister Lisa Neville warned police were ‘well prepared’ for the rabble
    Protesters were pepper sprayed and stormed by cops on horses last week

    Daily Mail. Might lead to the sight of the odd protester getting a good smack in the chops from the odd well oiled racegoer?

  13. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3201171, posted on November 4, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Emily Davison

    She died after being hit by King George V’s horse Anmer at the 1913 Derby when she walked onto the track during the race.

  14. jo

    No Ben, most likely these particular home-owners paid higher rates of tax their whole lives to lay on endless goodies for low-taxed or un-taxed ‘workers’ – and ANU associate professors.

    Right on CL

  15. Farmer Gez

    A man should wear nothing of a combined value that equals more than the value of his first car. Otherwise, gay!

    Words of wisdom Elvis.
    The old metal detector test. Any blokes that sets off a scanner should only have metal bits on the body from injury or wear and tear. Bolts, studs and rings are for the workshop.

  16. Slim Cognito

    How militant animal welfare activists are planning to ruin the Melbourne Cup in co-ordinated protests across the nation

    Don’t tell me they don’t already know who the troublemakers are. Round them up and keep them occupied while the event is on and then let them go. How hard is it?

  17. Bubbles

    On hols at Noosa. I wandered down to watch the Triathelon yesterday. Impressive.
    A local shocked me by announcing that the Tri is now owned by the Chicoms. The Tri is, by a substantial margin, Noosa’s richest event.
    How long before the strict rules banning high rise are reversed in order to permit accommodation appropriate for the vast number of Asian visitors seeking to experience Noosa’s unique natural wonders.
    Tis a shame, Noosa has resisted effectively until now.
    Some idiot announced that the only way to resist is to elect a Greens council. Yeah right. Just like the once beautiful Byron Bay Green slum. We’re …………

  18. Farmer Gez

    I’m in the workshop at the moment replacing knife sections and guards on the header front. Knife lengths are awkward to handle and if you slip a finger might be shortened or at least well sliced. Lots of small 11mm recessed bolts and nuts to lose as well. Magnetic trays are very handy.

  19. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Bolts, studs and rings’

    I once had a robust discussion with a bloke in Sunshine who had an eyebrow ring. It had some dangly thing hanging off it which vaguely resembled one of those 20 cent key tags, so I asked him if he was on sale.

    Discussion ensued.

    Poor bloke had his arvo ruined, and had to get another eyebrow ring.

  20. Farmer Gez

    Surprise Baby could be a good thing for the Cup.
    Ran the distance in the Adelaide Cup and the Bart Cummings for recent form.
    Paul Preusker is a Wimmera trainer and a hardworking good bloke. Put a bit on for each way action.

  21. Top Ender

    Anyone with a substantial knowledge of the physics involved care to comment on the feasibility of sending electricity sub-sea from the Northern Territory to Singapore?

    See

    https://www.suncable.sg/

    and

    https://www.afr.com/companies/energy/nt-mega-solar-project-draws-interest-from-investors-20190801-p52d1r

  22. struth

    If you can’t double-clutch down with your arse in the air approaching a 90 degree turn on dirt with a full load, you can’t drive for shit.

    KD, if you’re using the clutch for anything but taking off and pulling up you’re doing it the hard way.

    Just to be technical about all this, the clutch should be used in a non synchromesh box or constant mesh box usually these days.

    When you have a heap of weight on , the last things you want to do is temp fate with the driveline .

    Selector dogs can become engaged but as they are tapered, only partially engaged will still drive, which is not what you want, so disengage the driveline at least to put it into the gear, especially seeing that even if you are the greatest heavy vehicle driver in the world, like me, you can still fluff it every now and then due to rough roads etc, and the need for split second timing.
    My lazy style involve hardly using the clutch to pull out of gear but, especially when loaded, to clutch the entry into the next allowing you to rev up in between down changing etc.
    Getting the smooth operation of this through all slopes and weights with 18 gears etc is the joy men find in operating machinery correctly and being at one with it.

    A great passion for moving heavy loads with a skill to work those gearboxes and do it all smoothly, to keep the thing rolling as best you can without pushing anything lies in the heart of old truckies.
    To get them wound up.
    True trucking not about the wank factor as many suspect.
    It’s not about small penis compensation, as the reverse is actually true.
    Loading and long hours maybe tough but driving trucks is all about being a nanna.
    To be a soft and easy as you can be, on the gear.
    I would have wanted to be a steam train driver if I was born a hundred years earlier.
    If somebody asked me would I rather fly a modern fighter jet, or a DC3 Dakota, the old Dakota would win hands down.
    As more becomes automatic and the human is taken out of the process, the love of trucking dies in the true truckies.
    As it has with me.
    But I still take my old Kenworth out for a spin every now and then, I can’t bring myself to sell it.

  23. EvilElvis

    Getting the smooth operation of this through all slopes and weights with 18 gears etc is the joy men find in operating machinery correctly and being at one with it.

    Amen. The sort of thing that no woman and a lot of blokes will never understand. Touch and feel. It extends beyond machines, lady’s.

  24. Bruce of Newcastle

    Anyone with a substantial knowledge of the physics involved care to comment on the feasibility of sending electricity sub-sea from the Northern Territory to Singapore?

    LOL.

    Desertec shareholders jump ship as solar project folds (2014)

    The multi-billion renewable energy project, founded in Germany to much fanfare five years ago, aimed to help to provide up to 15 percent of Europe’s power from solar and wind parks in North Africa and the Middle East by 2050.

    Desertec’s aim was to capitalise on the desert sun, which it estimated could provide more power in six hours than mankind could use in a year.

    Spread over a 6,500 square mile area more than half the size of Belgium, Desertec’s projected delivery of more than 1 terawatt hours (TWh) would have been almost enough energy to power the whole of Germany for two years.

    Sound familiar?

  25. EvilElvis

    I’m in the workshop at the moment replacing knife sections and guards on the header front.

    On my last random stint on a farm the old cocky I was with managed to bury his thigh onto a guard point while trying to jump on the front to clear some shit out. Went deep, took it like a champ and crawled back up into the cab to get me on the two way, “might need a hand, I think I’ve cut myself”. Bloody legend and a good memory of salt of the earth proper farmers. Not the urban ones who slowly sell off blocks that their parents and grandparents built up and incessantly moan about how hard they work and how hard they’ve got it despite spending their waking hours in pubs and cafes.

  26. BrettW

    Send help ! Am in IKEA with the wife !

  27. notafan

    sitting in the doctor’s office on Saturday afternoon it was fascintating to see what the ABC considered to be the headline news

    This was one

    ‘Coming back from the brink’
    In the company’s annual report, Mr Stinson said that “coming back from the brink” had taught Carnegie’s management some “painful but important lessons”.

    He said the company now had a more frugal culture, especially around corporate spending, but still hoped to attract government funding to develop its CETO wave energy technology.
    ‘Coming back from the brink’
    In the company’s annual report, Mr Stinson said that “coming back from the brink” had taught Carnegie’s management some “painful but important lessons”.

    He said the company now had a more frugal culture, especially around corporate spending, but still hoped to attract government funding to develop its CETO wave energy technology.

    not waving, drowning

  28. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Comment of the day , from the Oz, on the subject of those living in million dollar houses and drawing the pension

    You lost me at the first paragraph.

    “Retirees living in $1m-plus homes are receiving more than $6.3bn a year in age pension payments, enough to fund income tax cuts that would supercharge economic growth.”

    With all the interest rate cuts, and the recent income tax cuts, there seems to have besn no evidence of economic benefit, with people paying down debt instead. So there is no reason to believe that further income tax cuts would supercharge the economy.

    Furthermore, why should pensioners be expected to give up their homes they’ve worked a lifetime for. Are any other centrelink payments linked to house prices? Can you only get family allowance, maternity payment or Newstart if you live in a cheap house? Maybe we could extend it to other capital expenditure. Why should someone get family allowance if they drive a $60,000 car, perhaps they should down size to a $20,000 car before they get government assistance. And if you spent $20,000 on a overseas holiday a year or two ago, why should you expect maternity payment from government, you could have saved that money to fund your own maternity leave. Oh, and maybe we should look at how much people spent on their wedding, that $60,000 could have been much better put away for when you started a family or buying a home, rather than expecting government assistance. Do you know who those people were who drove cheap cars, went without expensive holidays, had a modest wedding and saved before they had children? Have you guessed? Yes it’s those nasty pensioners in their million dollar houses.

    The interim findings of the aged care royal commission has highlighted Ageism as being rife in Australia. This article is a prime example, encouraging people to blame the elderly instead of taking responsibility for living within their means.

  29. notafan

    This was another

    Archana Koorthy knew there’d be some awkward moments adapting to Australian culture.

    When she began teaching Indian dance, she quickly learned the tough love she got from her teachers back in India wouldn’t fly here.

    “Parents got very offended by that,” she laughs.

    “Now, I’ll be getting very angry inside — but I’ll have a smile on my face. It wasn’t easy, but I’m used to it now.”

    It’s Tuesday night at a community centre on the outskirts of Geelong, and Archana is patiently — but firmly — herding parents out of the room to begin a class.

    As she begins showing her students a routine, she looks every bit the Bollywood dancer she was back in India.

    How the high cost of parent visas is leaving migrant families without support

  30. Roger

    Comment of the day , from the Oz, on the subject of those living in million dollar houses and drawing the pension

    Trial balloon shot down.

  31. Bruce of Newcastle

    While I’m on stupid green ideas…

    Global Sales Of Electric Cars “Collapsed” Says New Report By PricewaterhouseCoopers… -15.7% In China (3 Nov)

    Sales of so-called environmentally friendly electric cars have been slumping, despite all the Friday protests and loud cries for cleaner mobility.

    Citing a report released by PricewaterhouseCoopers, German news portal t-online.de here reports how “suddenly demand is in the basement: even in China – the world’s largest market for e-cars – sales figures are collapsing”.

    It turns out electric cars, with their long charging times, short range and surprisingly high CO2 lifetime budget, are still not attractive enough to consumers in these times of “climate crisis”.

    Though sales have picked up in Germany somewhat, but that it’s still “at a very low level,” T-Online reports.

    Which doesn’t prevent Merkel from doubling down.

    Merkel: 1 million car charging points in Germany by 2030 (3 Nov)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday she wants to drastically increase the number of charging stations for electric cars in Germany to give consumers more confidence to switch over to electric from internal combustion engines.

    Germans are more likely to switch to the AfD than they are to switch over to extortionately expensive glorified golf carts.

  32. Leigh Lowe

    Mrs L bought me one of those fitness watches.
    Apparently I had “porked up” during the recent visit to the Outer Hebrides.
    Anyway, the fucking thing has been programmed by someone from the “every child wins a prize” generation, constantly flashing encouraging messages and little gold medals.
    This morning at 4 am it flashes up with “Well done. Good walking!”
    (I had walked the 20 steps to the dunny to take a piss).
    The first night a had it, it buzzed at midnight, 1:00 am and every hour on the hour … “Your total steps so far is 0. Time for a walk?”
    No it fucking isn’t.
    Do you know what time it is?
    Given you are a fucking watch you probably should.

  33. Knuckle Dragger

    Herald Sun, so paywalled. Fashion news:

    Ladeee hatmaker makes hat.

    Hat is similar to other hat made by other ladeee hatmaker six years ago. Original ladeee hatmaker gets the shits on.

    New hatmaker apologises, in world first:

    ‘I agree, yes, it does resemble that. There was no intention to copy her work’, says second hat ladeee before offering an insight into the cut-throat world of equine-related millinery:

    ‘It was going to be a plastic-wrapped headpiece, I started it the night before but it crumbled in the oven.’

    ‘Straya.

  34. Dr Faustus

    It’s not really that hard for an old house to have become a (supposedly) $1 million house.
    Try getting that million.

    Indeed.

    My son’s neighbours in becoming-trendy Alexandria are ex-minimum-wage pensioners who live in an ‘unrenovated’ single story, two bedroom terrace house inherited from long deceased parents. The place is crumbling, decorated with attractive peeling, brownish wallpaper and smells of dog piss from the street; but it would be worth a $million+ as a doer-upper because 5km from Sydney CBD.

    Obviously, on the $32k combined pension these two chortling millionaires are living high on the hog.
    There will be thousands of similar stories.

    Requiring wealthy pensioners to access reverse mortgages to stay in their homes, Mr Phillips said, “would be politically difficult as people would say it’s not the Australian way”.

    A quick run through an on-line calculator shows that a reverse mortgage would deliver around $220,000. Rates and outgoings (including a maintenance obligation) remain with the mortgagee, and while they can live there indefinitely without further payment, interest is capitalised onto the loan until repaid.

    So this provides these two (who have never had more than a few $hundred at any one time) a capital sum that, properly managed, will be consumed in lieu of the pension over roughly seven years. After which, presumably ANU’s Dr Phillips expects them to FOAD, or fall back onto the pension – in either case having waved away a $million asset for about 20% of its face value. Because, as age pensioners, they will never be able to pay back the $500,000 accumulated Shylock loan.

    I assume Assistant Professor Phillips has thoroughly considered these political difficulties.

  35. Infidel Tiger

    Furthermore, why should pensioners be expected to give up their homes they’ve worked a lifetime for. Are any other centrelink payments linked to house prices? Can you only get family allowance, maternity payment or Newstart if you live in a cheap house? Maybe we could extend it to other capital expenditure. Why should someone get family allowance if they drive a $60,000 car, perhaps they should down size to a $20,000 car before they get government assistance. And if you spent $20,000 on a overseas holiday a year or two ago, why should you expect maternity payment from government, you could have saved that money to fund your own maternity leave. Oh, and maybe we should look at how much people spent on their wedding, that $60,000 could have been much better put away for when you started a family or buying a home, rather than expecting government assistance. Do you know who those people were who drove cheap cars, went without expensive holidays, had a modest wedding and saved before they had children? Have you guessed? Yes it’s those nasty pensioners in their million dollar houses.

    These are all excellent ideas. No one should be receiving welfare if that is their financial situation including the millionaire house owner.

  36. Roger

    How the high cost of parent visas is leaving migrant families without support

    The real story is the high cost of those parents to Australia.

    Can’t locate it now but a year or so ago the Productiuvity Commission issued a report which questioned the value of parent migrants to Australia, with figures showing most will draw much more from the tax payer then the $50K bond they stump up. The government ignored it. So did the ABC.

  37. John Constantine

    https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20191101004600320?section=economy/economy

    espite ASF not being harmful to people, some local consumers have been avoiding pork.

    A survey compiled by the Korea Rural Economic Institute on 526 consumers last month showed 45.4 percent of the respondents had reduced their consumption of pork from a year earlier.

    Of the respondents who consumed less pork, 70.3 percent claimed they were concerned about the safety of the meat.

    The local wholesale price of pork reached 2,809 won (US$2.4) per kilogram, plunging 28.2 percent from a year earlier as of end-October, the latest data compiled by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs showed.

    The price is far below the production cost estimated at 4,200 won, according to the Korea Pork Producers’ Association.

    “With the current level of the price, farmers are losing around 150,000 won per pig,” an official from the association said.

    Should pig plague become a media issue in australia, it is reasonable to expect a revolutionary vegynsys wymynsys propaganda blitz, linking pig plague to ebola and endless showings of pigs in death throws from plague.

    Regardless of how good quarantine is in australias pig factory farms, demand will evaporate and exports will be quarantined.

    Everybody working in the australian pig industry that can get another job is running for the exit.

  38. cohenite

    Anyone with a substantial knowledge of the physics involved care to comment on the feasibility of sending electricity sub-sea from the Northern Territory to Singapore?

    Seems a duplication since we’re already sending huge amounts of electricity above sea in coal and gas shipments.

    Grid operate on a transmission network sending AC of a constant Hz frequency over large distances with the assistance of high voltage substations. Since renewables can’t supply grid power in Australia I don’t know how they’re going to send it to Singapore. Typical greenie crap.

  39. Entropy

    Roger
    #3201151, posted on November 4, 2019 at 11:08 am

    This Creighton fellow seems over rated to me.

    I think he’s a really good, thought provoking writer.

    His assumption (and the economist quoted) that tax cuts will lead to economic growth is a big one.

    Household debs is at record levels; if people are given a cut they’ll pay that down before they spend anything.

    What we need is wages growth driven by increased productivity, i.e. the production of goods and provision of services. More than token cuts to immigration would help as well.

    If you think the money not spent giving this lot a pension would go to tax cuts I have a bridge to sell you. The people who want this policy want the money spent on whatever it is they want OPM spent on.

  40. Rockdoctor:

    Yep but even whisper dissent on one of the sacred cows, women’s affirmative action in promoting underdone grads without a block & tackle thrusting their way up through the system, hiring of people because of their race or the homage to a stagnant stone age culture and you would be just that in a flash. We seriously have our priorities wrong in this country & it is a matter of when not if it will bite us in the behind…

    Sometimes a branch pruning is required to get rid of the fruits of entryism.
    Stalin did a great chainsaw massacre on his Marshals and Generals – pruned them down to the Colonel level.
    Nobody expects the Purges.

  41. Rex Mango

    Anyone else noticed the ABC’s dubious trifecta for 2019. They have gone after Australia’s most decorated soldier, highest ranking Catholic and biggest horse race. Am thinking the connection is all three of these people/institutions represent the patriarchy.

  42. John Constantine

    https://www.stockjournal.com.au/story/6472709/another-vietnamese-visitor-deported-for-pork-biosecurity-breach/?src=rss

    A 60 year old Vietnamese man who landed in Sydney was found to be carrying four kilograms of pork-filled mooncakes.

    He is the second person sent home from Australia since a reform to the Migration Act allowed officials to terminate visas for breaches of the biosecurity laws.

  43. Farmer Gez

    John C.
    Lambs down $15-18 at Bendigo today. Low sevens per kilo.
    The pig flu hasn’t panicked the prospectors in the meat trade yet. That swill will have to be damn cheap to beat red meat as a soma diet.

  44. Top Ender

    There is a school of thought in modern societies that argues everything must be organised by the government, and we should all be treated – and end up – exactly the same.

    Such a world would see:

    – all school children doing exactly the same thing clad in exactly the same uniforms

    – every aspect of work regulated, with all receiving the same pay, no matter what the skill-set

    – everyone living in exactly the same house, until they could no longer eat their government-supplied rations, and care for themselves, when they would go to

    – government-run and regulated nursing homes, until they went off to their taxpayer-funded funeral.

    Taxing the elderly into submission is just part of this thinking.

  45. Roger

    If you think the money not spent giving this lot a pension would go to tax cuts I have a bridge to sell you. The people who want this policy want the money spent on whatever it is they want OPM spent on.

    The journalist and the economist were linking tax cuts and economic stimulation.

    No point knocking down a straw man.

  46. Top Ender

    Given the sub-sea cable idea, wouldn’t there be a lot of voltage drop over such distance?

    I was playing with this site: https://www.calculator.net/voltage-drop-calculator.html?material=copper&wiresize=0.05671&voltage=120&phase=ac&noofconductor=1&distance=3800&distanceunit=kilometers&amperes=1&x=67&y=11

    It’s 3,353 kilometres from Darwin to Singapore, with another 1000 added in from Tennant Creek to Darwin = 4,353.

  47. Tom

    Anyone else noticed the ABC’s dubious trifecta for 2019. They have gone after Australia’s most decorated soldier, highest ranking Catholic and biggest horse race. Am thinking the connection is all three of these people/institutions represent the patriarchy.

    No, no. The sole focus of the Australian left and its billion-dollar mouthpiece for the past three years has been to destroy whatever’s popular with the little people. And it drives them insane that their 24/7 propaganda against the deplorables isn’t working.

    It’s all about power and subjugating the population.

  48. 8th Dan

    double-clutch down

    Always known it as double de-clutching. Without the “de-” is American.

  49. Boambee John

    Top Ender
    #3201219, posted on November 4, 2019 at 1:09 pm
    There is a school of thought in modern societies that argues everything must be organised by the government, and we should all be treated – and end up – exactly the same

    Why is it that I suspect that the authors of these insanities see themselves as being exempt from the program? Because they are soooooo important to its implementation and success.

  50. zyconoclast

    The $1.1m war chest that sank Abbott: Steggall’s backers revealed

    Zali Steggall’s campaign to wrest Warringah from Tony Abbott was powered by donations from rich environmental philanthropists and more than 1000 individuals.

  51. C.L.

    – all school children doing exactly the same thing clad in exactly the same uniforms

    That was as easy as pie for adults, let alone children.
    Hey, we want all of you workers to wear orange, stripey, garish, stupid shirts.
    Aussies: Yes sir, master!

  52. zyconoclast

    Exactly as planned since 1966

    Malaysian PM says Australia’s European roots will give way to Asian influence

    Asian immigration is transforming Australia and the country will soon become “more Asian than European”, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has predicted.

    “They can try and sustain their culture, their language, but the inflow of Asians into Australia will certainly change the character and distribution of population in Australia. And in the future, they are going to be more Asian than European.”

  53. Top Ender

    Most amusing!

    Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says his country should strive to have a more powerful military than Australia.

    About 16,000 Indonesian troops are preparing for joint military exercises in East Java.

    Meeting with military commanders, Mr Yudhoyono told them that Indonesia’s military should be bigger and more modern than countries like Australia, Singapore and Malaysia.

    Going to be a long uphill struggle for that to happen.

    Link

  54. Atoms for Peace

    Anyone keeping count as to how many times they have heard $6.4 million today?

  55. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Why is it that I suspect that the authors of these insanities see themselves as being exempt from the program? Because they are soooooo important to its implementation and success.

    Socialism is only ever for other people.

  56. Top Ender

    Meanwhile in sunny Kempsey the Principal arrives for work:

    Mark Morrison is usually the first one in every morning to unlock the high-security gate that surrounds the MVC school perimeter. He is the personification of optimism.

    He’ll park his late model Subaru in the prime spot at the front gate, even though “it’s the first in line to cop it if one of the kids blows up,” Leeton Smith, a teacher aide, says.

    Mark’s car might get kicked, punched or the windscreen smashed five times a term. “You never know what to expect.”

    Even Mark himself has often been physically hit. More than a few times.

    Link

  57. Bruce of Newcastle

    Meeting with military commanders, Mr Yudhoyono told them that Indonesia’s military should be bigger and more modern than countries like Australia, Singapore and Malaysia.

    Because Australia, Singapore and Malaysia are so going to invade a country of over 17,000 islands and 230 million mu slims.

  58. 8th Dan

    Anyone keeping count as to how many times they have heard $6.4 million today?

    No, but as a fan of Ash Barty I’m happy to hear it. I’s a big deal.

  59. Tintarella di Luna

    #3200940, posted on November 4, 2019 at 1:58 am
    Oh God.

    She has absolutely no taste, nor class. But, mercy me, at least the cavorting stick-insect has taken freely given advice and covered up those horrendous skinned-rabbit arms.

  60. Rex Mango

    TE, if the Indon’s want a more powerful military than Australia, why does Australia supply them with $300 million in overseas aid?

  61. feelthebern

    The apple watch is a wonder to behold.
    Get the standard black band.
    Sure it seems like a novelty when you first get it.
    But after a month you wonder how you got by without it.

  62. feelthebern

    I’ve got the apple watch four.
    I take phone calls on it.
    Got my cards loaded on it.
    Leave your phone & wallet at home.

  63. Bruce of Newcastle

    Given the sub-sea cable idea, wouldn’t there be a lot of voltage drop over such distance?

    TE – The Desertec proposal was high voltage direct current, which this proposal almost certainly is also. HVDC has a lower energy loss factor than AC. (Reputedly 3% per 1000 km.)

    But once they tot up the capital costs I predict they will suddenly find something else to do with their investor’s money, if there’s anything left.

    Desertec was pretty bonkers. Sending Aussie solar electricity to Singapore makes that look almost sensible by comparison. The Singaporeans are better off buyng one of Putin’s floating nuke plants.

  64. Bespoke

    uniforms are cheaper in the long run. And the kids aren’t having to keep up with the rest.

  65. Leigh Lowe

    These are all excellent ideas. No one should be receiving welfare if that is their financial situation including the millionaire house owner.

    The family home has always been considered sacrosanct for the purposes of assessing the age pension.
    But it is expected that pensioners would sell the family home, or drawdown a loan against it when going into an aged care home.
    I got a plea on soshul meeja over the weekend from a distant cousin (haven’t heard from him in 25 years) to sign a petition and pass the word on to save an aged care home in Shepparton from closure.
    As I read more about it, the word “mismanagement” kept coming up.
    I asked him via PM if someone had been tickling the till, and if any of the residents of the home were formerly gentlemen farmers whose families are sitting on huge tracts of farmland, but have used estate planning tactics to avoid paying a nursing home bond/entrance fee.
    Apparently “now is not the time to be asking those questions.”
    Then radio silence.

  66. zyconoclast

    I’ve got the apple watch four.
    I take phone calls on it.
    Got my cards loaded on it.
    Leave your phone & wallet at home.

    Dick Tracy

  67. feelthebern

    Not far from it Zyco.

  68. Rex Mango

    Also amzing that POW’s could buy Swiss watches on credit in WW2.

  69. feelthebern

    What about this watch?

  70. Steve trickler

    These things are still in operation.

    A lot of prep before a flight.

    U-2 Dragon Lady Spy Plane • Pilot Prep & Takeoff/Landing

    Recent clips from the UK have the pilots not wearing astronaut suits. Meaning, they are not going to 70,000 feet.

    Just training, i guess. But, the plane is still in action. You have to wonder why? 😎

  71. Top Ender

    And in more cheerful news from the world of education:

    If you hit me, I will hit you back’: Teaching staff investigated over treatment of children with disabilities

    Link

  72. Bruce of Newcastle

    I love this!

    Apple Watch battery (Apple official website)

    Apple Watch is so capable you’ll want to wear it all day long. So we made sure we gave it a battery that lasts all day, too. Our goal for battery life is 18 hours after an overnight charge, factoring in things like checking the time, receiving notifications, using apps, and doing a 60-minute workout.

    There you go. In the Apple-universe a day is 18 hours long.

  73. Bruce of Newcastle

    Oops, dead link. Here is the webpage on Apple’s site.

    Apple Watch Series 5 Battery Information

  74. Leigh Lowe

    Mind you, I am perfectly happy for the Liars to adopt the “go hard, go households, go pensioners” route.
    Should blow them up for another two terms.
    Of course, just like Pieman, the clever dicks will think they are burning rich pensioners who would never vote Liars anyway.
    They forget about to 40-year-olds who might vote Liars or Green, but won’t be so keen on Mum and Dad chewing through the inheritance.

  75. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘@nal sex linked to incontinence’

    Duh.

    Look at the line you’re in at Coles. All those skinny-jean wearing whimpering faaaaabulous punters aren’t buying them for their ladeee workmates.

  76. notafan

    not only should we force pensioners out of their homes because the immigration ponzi has made them millionaries taxpayers should fork out between $335,000 and $410,000 for migrant grandparents (and of course all those families will still max out their child care benefit.

    And they can;t even bring out both sets and the great grandies as well

    Ageing parents have none of these desirable characteristics. Indeed, in a landmark report on Australia’s migrant intake, the Productivity Commission estimated the “cumulative lifetime fiscal costs” of a migrant parent on a permanent visa in 2015 to be “between around $335,000 and $410,000 per person.”

    How migrants’ parents became an election issue

  77. Steve trickler

    Mint!

    Fresh action from Wales.



  78. Snoopy

    Zali Steggall’s campaign to wrest Warringah from Tony Abbott was powered by donations from rich environmental philanthropists and more than 1000 individuals.

    Steggall’s campaign wasn’t assisted at all by GetUp? Well, that’s a relief.

  79. Mullumhillbilly

    BoN 12:44pm Re: electric car sales collapse and Merkel doubling down…
    If only BMW made a battery car LOL
    https://www.businessinsider.com/10-cars-lose-the-most-value-last-5-years-2019-10?op=1
    4 of the 10 on this list of losers are electric cars, another 4 are Beemers.

  80. Top Ender

    Thanks Bruce.

    There seems to be substantial difficulty in keeping a power cable operational across Bass Strait in shallow water on a level seabed for about 150 kilometres.

    So would think there would seem to be impossibility factors at work laying a cable for 4000 kilometres or so in areas where there are deep trenches.

  81. notafan

    ‘She never saw herself as being beautiful. She didn’t see herself through my eyes. But I’ve supported her because I could actually see the transition, the growth and how it’s made her come to who she is today.

    ‘I think over time, I’ve learned to actually understand that it doesn’t change you. It’s the society’s perception on it.’

    stupid mother

    stupid daughter

  82. feelthebern

    If you shut down your apps on your watch when you’re not using them, you can easily go a full weekend on one charge.

  83. struth

    Do you know who those people were who drove cheap cars, went without expensive holidays, had a modest wedding and saved before they had children? Have you guessed? Yes it’s those nasty pensioners in their million dollar houses.

    And to add to that and the bullshit about million dollar homes…………………….

    They bought those homes for probably 80 k.
    Now, due entirely to government corruption, their houses that if priced without government intervention would be about 300 k , are said to be worth a million.
    They’re not worth a million and the correction is coming.

    Yet while they are priced like that, what are they going to go down to?
    Are you suggesting we kick all the old people out to the county towns with no medical services, to buy a cheaper home?

    How absolutely age-ist and expect more of this from the lazy envy ridden thick fuckers coming out of our communist brainwashing centres.

  84. cohenite

    Rex Mango

    #3201215, posted on November 4, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Anyone else noticed the ABC’s dubious trifecta for 2019. They have gone after Australia’s most decorated soldier, highest ranking Catholic and biggest horse race. Am thinking the connection is all three of these people/institutions represent the patriarchy.

    Good observation but as Tom noted the abc has a wider agenda, none of it good.

  85. cohenite

    This site can be a bit hit and miss with some of the segments just about dickheads but this one has some simply amazing footage:

  86. Bruce of Newcastle:
    Re – Gab Trends – several months ago I mentioned the Chinese would put a colony on the moon and decide that despite all the treaties saying the Moon is Commons, they would decide that it belonged to them and everyone else could piss off?
    Well, the plan continues to unfold.

  87. feelthebern

    Your home should be CGT free.
    Full stop.

  88. Bruce of Newcastle

    But, the plane is still in action. You have to wonder why? 😎

    The other one is in for a 320 million mile service.

    US Air Force’s X-37B Space Plane Lands After Record 780-Day Mystery Mission (27 Oct)

    The U.S. Air Force’s unpiloted X-37B space plane landed back on Earth Sunday (Oct. 27) after a record 780 days in orbit , racking up the fifth ultra-long mission for the military’s mini-shuttle fleet.

    The X-37B’s Orbital Test Vehicle 5 (OTV-5) mission ended with a smooth autonomous touchdown at the Shuttle Landing Facility of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida at 3:51 a.m. EDT (0751 GMT), Air Force officials said. The mission originally launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Sept. 7, 2017.

    Change the tires, grease and oil and she’ll be back in orbit in no time.

  89. Leigh Lowe

    The watch Mrs L bought me in attempt to encourage to reduce down to something below Sumo weight claims to have a battery life of “up to four days”.
    Two would be absolute tops.
    Kind of interesting that they talk about an overnight charge and then talk about the sleep analysis function.
    Buy two I guess.

  90. Bruce of Newcastle

    I mentioned the Chinese would put a colony on the moon and decide that despite all the treaties saying the Moon is Commons, they would decide that it belonged to them and everyone else could piss off?
    Well, the plan continues to unfold.

    Winston – Yes. And closer to home:

    Anger as Russia, China block world’s biggest marine sanctuary (3 Nov)

    A plan to create the world’s largest marine sanctuary in Antarctic waters was shot down when a key conservation summit failed to reach a consensus, with environmentalists saying Russia and China shoulder much of the blame.

    The South is Red!

  91. feelthebern

    They should flip the super tax regime.
    That is, zero tax rate in accumulation phase, then apply tax in the pension phase.
    But all existing self funded retirees should have their tax free pension status grandfathered.
    & there needs to be some complicated transition scheme for all those in the accumulation phase that have paid tax so far.
    A very complicated transition scheme that I can exploit.

  92. feelthebern

    Who gives a shit if the Chinese want to put a colony on the moon.

  93. cohenite

    The South is Red!

    You bet.

    China again treats Australia with disdain:

    Fears Antarctic is the new frontier for China’s military – Primrose Riordan Political Reporter

    China’s installation of satellite systems on the Australian Antarctic Territory could be used to guide strike weapons and help Beijing develop superior technology over the US within two years, the ­Morrison government has been warned.

    The former head of the Australian Antarctic Division, Tony Press, also told The Australian the government must step up its diplomatic efforts in Antarctic affairs to hold together the Antarctic Treaty System and avoid militarisation.

    Australia completed its last ­inspection of foreign stations in 2016, and a senior defence source said there were concerns about whether a strong enough Australian presence was being maintained. The source said some in the ADF have advocated periodic ­deployments to better monitor the activity of foreign governments and there was a push to establish year-round aviation access to the continent.

    Australia, when Tony Abbott was prime minister, signed an agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping for Antarctic co-operation, but the text of the deal was not released.

    New Zealand academic Anne-Marie Brady, writing in The Australian today, says China’s installation of satellite navigation systems on its bases in the Australian Antarctic Territory could enable China’s BeiDou system to gain technological advantage over the US-operated GPS.

    “By 2020, the US may well have lost its technological advantage in GPS over strategic rivals Russia and China, who have been developing their own satellite navigation systems — GLONASS and BeiDou,” Professor Brady writes.

    “The US, Russia, and China’s use of their Antarctic ground stations to control offensive weapons systems and relay signals intelligence — all while conducting legitimate scientific activity — has the potential to shift the strategic balance that has maintained peace in the Asia-Pacific for ­nearly 70 years.

    “In a time of conflict, if the US denied others ­access to GPS, China and Russia could employ BeiDou and GLONASS to guide strike weapons.”

    China has four Antarctic stations — Great Wall and Zhongshan, which were set up in the late 1980s, Kunlun, established in 2009, and Taishan in 2014 — three of which are in Australian territory. Earlier this year, China revealed plans for a fifth research station.

    Activity on Antarctica is governed by the Antarctic Treaty System, which bans militarisation but permits the use of military personnel or equipment for peaceful purposes.

    Professor Brady said China and Russia’s expanding Antarctic dual-use satellite receiving stations enhanced their military ­capacities and this posed a challenge to the treaty.

    “The Antarctic Treaty consultative states face a conundrum on how to deal with this emerging space race in Antarctica and the growing number of military-­related activities there.”

    Dr Press, now an adjunct professor at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Co-operative Research Centre in Hobart, did not share Professor Brady’s concerns but warned that Australia should not be complacent.

    “(There needs to be) increased diplomatic efforts in Antarctic ­affairs; Australia needs to be on the front foot to ensure that the Antarctic remains a place of peace and co-operation into the future,” he said.

    In June a parliamentary committee inquiry chaired by Liberal MP Ben Morton recommended the Coalition appoint an Antarctic ambassador and conduct a formal site inspection within the next year.

    According to the report, the director of the Australian Antarctic Division, Nicholas Gales, told the inquiry it would be desirable for Australia to have the “capability to undertake treaty inspections a little more regularly” than it currently does in East ­Antarctica.

    A Department of Foreign ­Affairs spokeswoman said the Antarctic Treaty “continues to serve Australia’s interests” and that countries needed satellite communications devices to conduct scientific research. “Technologies that can be dual-use, such as satellite communication, geospatial devices and remotely sensed data, are ­essential for operating in Antarctica,” she said.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the last inspection to monitor compliance with the treaty was in 2016, but it also conducts informal visits with China, India and Russia.

    “No breaches of article one of the treaty have been identified through Australia’s inspections.”
    Dr Press said no country or party had been discovered using their equipment to engage in military activity but it was possible. “It is potentially possible, but as far

  94. pete m

    FTB, where do you carry your driver’s licence?

  95. feelthebern

    Actually Delcon would hate the Chinese having anything more than a bowl of rice & a rickshaw.
    Where is Delcon?

  96. Infidel Tiger

    They bought those homes for probably 80 k.

    What if they bought $80k of CSL shares instead and rented?

    Should be zero CG tax on the family home, but ludicrous not to count it as an asset in a pension test.

  97. feelthebern

    It’s in the app on my phone.
    So when I drive, I need that.
    But it’s coming to the watch soon so the coppers can scan the QR code via the app.

  98. feelthebern

    We must dismantle COAG so there can be competition amongst the states again.

  99. stackja

    Chinese missile base on the moon?
    No worries?

  100. feelthebern

    Breaking news.
    Delcon was a stackja sock puppet.

  101. stackja

    FTB – You are a trusting soul.

  102. feelthebern

    I couldn’t give a shit if the US, China or even the Kiwis had a missile base on the moon.
    It would cost eleventy trillion to do it & the chances of the thing working are remote.

  103. Rex Mango

    Whoever owns the Moon, owns the World.

  104. Bruce of Newcastle

    What if they bought $80k of CSL shares instead and rented?

    Infi – You’d have to predict CSL was going to go to a batshit crazy P/E of 42.82 today (vs 15.62 for BHP or 12.47 for ANZ). As someone said prediction is hard, especially about the future.

    Then you would have to decide that investing in CSL is better than rent vs mortgage interest. Rent is after tax, so $30,000 a year in rent is the same as about $40,000 a year pretax. So you would have to get $40k in income to equal $30k in rental payments. Paying off a mortgage at 6% rate is equal to a EBIT of 8%. Not many investments will get you 8% these days.

    I paid off my mortgage as fast as my little legs could pedal. Best investment I’ve ever made (except the CBA shares I bought at the absolute bottom post GFC 😀 ).

  105. feelthebern

    Tom Brady in trouble.

  106. Des Deskperson

    ‘Actually, John C’s writing style reminds me of Barry Dickens, whose brilliant weekly columns I used to edit as a newspaperman.’

    Now there’s a name I haven’t heard in a long time.

    I don’t want to comment on John C’s style, but Dickens’ stuff never struck me as particularly funny, clever or original, to me he was/is a sort of cut-price Bob Ellis.

    A ‘progressive’, he was always banging on relentlessly about his working class origins and his early years of callous-handed toil, to the extent to which one began to wonder – perhaps unfairly – how authentic these claims really were.

  107. Tintarella di Luna

    Recent comment on the elder-bashing for having homes that have increased in value drawing the pension:

    Russell
    8 MINUTES AGO
    I’m not sure if you are saying people whose house has increased in value, along with rates, levies and power bills should move out and relocate to a different location.
    I think academics who waste hours looking at these type of scenarios would be better employed earning a living actually doing something like baking bread or repairing shoes.

  108. Leigh Lowe

    $80,000 invested in CSL in 1995 would be worth $27 million today.
    Cochlear, by comparison, has been a real dog.
    $80k into Cochlear only returned $7 million.

  109. Boambee John

    Asian immigration is transforming Australia and the country will soon become “more Asian than European”, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has predicted.

    “They can try and sustain their culture, their language, but the inflow of Asians into Australia will certainly change the character and distribution of population in Australia. And in the future, they are going to be more Asian than European.”

    No attempt to even camouflage it now.

    Remember the screeches of leftist outrage when Geoffrey Blainey called in the 1980s for a slow down to allow cultures to integrate, and when Pauline Hanson commented in 1996 about being “swamped by Asians”? Both looking very prescient right now.

    Chances of any so-called “progressive” now saying, “Sorry, we were wrong”? Rather less than zero.

  110. Bruce of Newcastle

    Tom Brady in trouble.

    He’s gone over to the dark side?

  111. Whalehunt fun

    Why do you think the US went to the moon. And why do you think they abandoned it. They went because it is three days to get there and you can see what is coming and launch. Impossible to surprise. And stuff coming down is impossible to stop. And they abandoned it when the Nautilus under the icecap. Why do you think the US Navy, experts in pressure vessel living refused any part in the moon shots? They had a better solution
    Nuclear subs and when they worked the US Airforce investment and push to the moon evaporated.

  112. cohenite

    This attack the family business is bullshit. When the lefties attacked the great houses of England many of them were bulldozed or left to rot. More than that it is indisputable that a family home should be exempt because the more people in homes of their own the less the state has to do to accommodate the punters. But more than that what fucking business does a government have in bothering people in their own homes which they’ve worked their arses off to buy and maintain. More than that if by pure chance a modest family home is in a now fashionable suburb why should that prevent you getting a pension if you’re otherwise dirt poor?

    Anyone who disagrees is a commie.

  113. feelthebern

    Pats down by 10 points in the last quarter.
    Looking down the barrel of their first loss of the season.

  114. Tom

    Bern, I’m listening to the call of the card live from Crown. It’s the most open cup in years: $7 the field and there are horses going around at 100/1 that are a realistic chance. I haven’t done the form yet, but I have a yuuuge boner for Vow And Declare (T: D O’Brien. J: C Williams) at around 10/1. It’s trained on the beach at Barwon Heads and I can’t believe C. Williams has never won a Melbourne Cup. In the jockey stakes, he’s top 3 in Oz, IMO. Outside barrier won’t be a problem for a strategist like Williams with a 1200-metre run to the first turn.

  115. Bruce of Newcastle

    Looking down the barrel of their first loss of the season.

    Stormtroopers are famed for their inaccuracy.
    Dressing up as a Wookie would’ve been much better.

  116. Helen

    frm the Oz $

    Shock, horror astonishment

    RBA interest rate cuts fail to lift retail spening.

    In fact it is dropping, just like interest rates.

    Hey guys, that dead horse is not going to get up, you have to figure out something else.

  117. feelthebern

    So hard when you plonk a horse in the Cup that hasn’t had a run in Australia.

  118. Steve trickler

    So that’s what she looks like. Always nice to see the face of the singer.

    Just being curious and doing a follow up



  119. Speedbox

    How do you load a 50-ton ICBM into a silo? This is how (VIDEO)

    https://youtu.be/ydc7zxBKFSQ

  120. Helen

    Shy Ted, so much to go with,

    Hunting Horn, Magic Wand or Steel Prince should all have the gentlemen of this blog in furious agreement.

  121. jupes

    If you’re going to waste your money on buy a Rolex, this would the go:

    Indeed what a beautiful watch and great story. I want it.

  122. Stimpson J. Cat

    If you shut down your apps on your watch when you’re not using them, you can easily go a full weekend on one charge.

    I’m sorry they are gay.
    Completely and totally gay.

    There’s no shame in it,
    Catallaxy gay nerd watch wearers.

    You can always wear them cycling to match your Lycra and shaved legs.
    Tell me I’m wrong.
    😁

  123. Bruce of Newcastle

    Hormones have power. This beautiful lady was standoffish yesterday but perched on the corner of my carport looking very hopeful a short time ago. It seems her eggs have hatched! The kiddies will get Coles mince for dinner.

  124. jo

    BoN, coming back from the south coast a male Lyrebird ran across the road. Have seen the hen in the same place and a male flying.

  125. Leigh Lowe

    My watch has a barometer/altimeter function, which is highly useful.
    No, really.
    I can’t tell you how useful it is to know what altitude you would be at if barometric pressure stayed as it was when you set it yesterday at 3 o’clock.
    Today I woke up and the watch said I was 112 feet below sea level.
    I thought, “Fuck. Greta was right … or possibly air pressure has risen overnight.”
    Turns out it was just the air pressure thing, not the end of the world.

  126. rickw

    China has four Antarctic stations — Great Wall and Zhongshan, which were set up in the late 1980s, Kunlun, established in 2009, and Taishan in 2014 — three of which are in Australian territory. Earlier this year, China revealed plans for a fifth research station.

    Who’s spent all their time and energy annoying the shit out of The Australian People instead of doing their bloody job?

  127. Shy Ted

    I hope you people are keeping up. It’s a superpower now.
    And here’s a pic of superwoman. I think she needs a red cape.

  128. Helen

    Given the sub-sea cable idea, wouldn’t there be a lot of voltage drop over such distance?

    TE, Tony from Oz wrote me on this a few years ago when the local greenies were spouting suck fake facts no-one bothered to fact check – gad they get and easy ride – and Tony said there is not a cable big enough to get the power over to the other side and even if there were a cable big enough, it still wouldnt get over there. maybe a burp on the other side.

    Thos was about the idea of a solar city in Darwin which would send all the power over. BUT there is substantial cloud cover in Darwin for a great deal of the year, so no power generation. The best place to build it qwould be Alice Springs where there is stuff all cloud. Then there is supply, not enugh panel building capacity in the whole world to make such a big farm, then there is erection, would still be building the end by the time you had to start replacing the beginning, then there is cleaning maintenance – they need to be cleaned at least 3 times a year – water – very labour intensive.

    THEN there is the cable to Darwin. Gee, have we come full circle?

    Take the product to the fuel source, be it cattle and crops or manufacturing and coal.

  129. bespoke

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3201316, posted on November 4, 2019 at 2:53 pm
    Tom Brady in trouble.

    He’s gone over to the dark side?

    Funny that the first thing that popped into my head was that he went SJW or anti Trump.

  130. rickw

    I’m in the workshop at the moment replacing knife sections and guards on the header front. Knife lengths are awkward to handle and if you slip a finger might be shortened or at least well sliced. Lots of small 11mm recessed bolts and nuts to lose as well. Magnetic trays are very handy.

    You don’t rivet the knife blades on?

  131. mh

    Finche favourite for Cup now.

    I like it.

    Waller
    McEvoy
    Frankel

  132. Shy Ted

    Apart from Frank Elly it’s an all ladies night on Q&A. Aaaagh!!! Thank heavens they went on that listening tour to find out what average Aussies really want.

  133. feelthebern

    Ray Hadley has said he hates foreign horses in the Melb Cup.

  134. feelthebern

    Sweet Jesus.
    I’d prefer to take a cheese grater to my ball bag than watch Q&A tonight.

  135. Snoopy

    Take the product to the fuel source, be it cattle and crops or manufacturing and coal.

    Yes, but you’re missing the optics of Singapore running its oil refineries on Aussie-sourced solar.

    You know it makes sense.

  136. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    evil google strikes again

  137. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Remember the screeches of leftist outrage when Geoffrey Blainey called in the 1980s for a slow down to allow cultures to integrate, and when Pauline Hanson commented in 1996 about being “swamped by Asians”? Both looking very prescient right now.

    Chances of any so-called “progressive” now saying, “Sorry, we were wrong”? Rather less than zero.

    no accident, progressives have plotted to wipe out modern western white civilisation since the late 60s

  138. Snoopy

    evil google strikes again

    I wonder what the carbon footprint of a banana in Edmonton is?

  139. Snoopy

    a banana in Calgary is?

  140. Roger:

    If only successive governments over 50 years since had done something about that, like expanding its capacity.

    Or maybe desilting the bloody things?

  141. Snoopy

    Whips could disappear completely from horseracing in the next decade if public backlash to the sport continues, according to the head of Racing Victoria.

    Just the ‘man’ to have in your corner. What a hopeless prick.

  142. cohenite

    Good article by Bolta about how scomo is revealing himself to be another gutless arsehole:

    Climate of panic is the real fear

    Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun November 4, 2019

    It’s insane. We have hysterics sobbing on TV, gluing themselves to our roads and spitting on people going to a mining conference. We have wild-eyed people so bizarrely convinced that global warming will kill us all that children are skipping school and adults are fighting police in our streets. And what’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s response to this mass madness?

    No, it’s not to explain why there’s actually no climate catastrophe. Not once has Morrison dared say that.

    Instead, he now proposes laws against people acting exactly as you’d expect if they thought we really did face mass deaths and the end of civilisation.

    Morrison said on Friday he’d consider new laws to stop protesters who “disrupt people’s jobs and their livelihoods”.

    “I think we’re really starting to push the envelope when we’ve got people getting spat at just because they’re wearing a business shirt on their way to work in Melbourne,” he said.

    Well, actually, Prime Minister, we already have laws against spitting on people.

    We also have laws against everything else we’ve seen lately from environmental and Marxist protesters — blocking the traffic, hitting police horses, fighting police, trespassing, pushing people and physically blocking them from going about their lawful business.

    What we don’t have is the political and judicial will to properly enforce those laws….

  143. Rockdoctor

    Anyone with a substantial knowledge of the physics involved care to comment on the feasibility of sending electricity sub-sea from the Northern Territory to Singapore?

    Engineering & feasibility aside, the subduction of the Australian Plate under the Asian plate at 60 to 70mm a year may cause some geological problems… How much rent would the Indo’s extort for running through it’s waters as well?

  144. notafan

    Harking back to Bollywood lady.

    I think the Truganina commute was a little exaggerated.

    Just the other side of Laverton with a new railway station st Williams landing.

    And presumably some arrangements were in place for child care when she was commuting and parents or no parents would not affect her ‘quality time’ with children.

    Bottom line they want their parents here on a permanent visa because there is a several hundred thousand dollar financial advantage

  145. Rex Mango

    That megathrust earthquake in 2004 might have upset the Darwin to Singapore extension cord.

  146. Rex Mango

    Snoopy, heard the Racing Victoria (why has every sports body now been named this way) bloke this morning on ABC RN and he once again conceded whips have to go. He makes Neville Chamberlain look rock solid in defence. Don’t these fools understand the animal rights loons won’t stop at whips?

  147. Leigh Lowe

    Apart from all else that is going on, I am led to believe that the two funniest chaps on Australian TV are Hamish and Andy.
    Apparently.

  148. Top Ender

    Thanks to all who commented on the feasibility of the cable to Singapore power idea.

    Lots of discussion up here as to whether it will even get going – good to get some perspective on it.

  149. Helen

    Poor old Bugger died in stairwell in Westfields

    Looking for his wife, got lost, died in stairwell. Police and Westfield security cursory look and decide he is not in Westfield, coppers look elsewhere. Found three weeks later. He was sitting on a chair near a door that would not open from the inside and died waiting to be found. Just went there for a look and maybe an icecream from Maccas. Some cognitive difficulty. You wouldnt need much, I always get lost in the bloody things.

    Shameful.

  150. Atoms for Peace

    How’s that Malaysian 2020 thing going? No wonder the Chinese bailed on the joint back in the day

  151. Caveman

    Anyone with a substantial knowledge of the physics involved care to comment on the feasibility of sending electricity sub-sea from the Northern Territory to Singapore?

    Yes , I believe I posses such knowledge. Singapore is above the NT , therefore it is up hill. We have Singapore send water to us downhill , we convert this water into electricity and when it’s cheap enuff we send it back to Singapore .

  152. feelthebern

    If they don’t use whips on the horsey, they’ll condition the poor things in training so they won’t need a couple of clips at the track.
    Very dangerous.

  153. feelthebern

    & you don’t want to know what that conditioning looks like.

  154. Shy Ted

    Ever wondered what dogs like Conan are fed on?
    If you like to see real life dogs and robbers, scroll down a bit for 20 minutes of heartwarming reckoning.

  155. Mark from Melbourne

    This insanity about whips from Racing Victoria (and yes, I agree about the way they name themselves these days… we have Vision Australia – for the blind, Hearing Australia – for the deaf, so presumably Racing Victoria is for those who move only very slowly – otherwise known as the nags I bet on) is truly dangerous.

    I am not a rider but the daughter is a good one (dressage) and suggests that not owning a whip on top of 500kg or 600kg of horse at any pace, let alone a flat gallop, is a death wish.

    So, RV will countenance no whips, then more riders (and horses) will die, and then….

  156. Leigh Lowe

    If they don’t use whips on the horsey, they’ll condition the poor things in training so they won’t need a couple of clips at the track.
    Very dangerous.

    You mean like using jiggers and associating that with another seemingly innocuous stimulus?
    Ask Darren Weir how easy it was to get away with that.

  157. Bruce of Newcastle

    How much rent would the Indo’s extort for running through it’s waters as well?

    Indo bans sand imports into Singapore so they can’t get any bigger.

  158. Infidel Tiger

    Keep the whips. Don’t allow them to be used for anything except behavioural issues.

    Good jockeys don’t need to go all Malcolm Johnston anyway.

  159. Bruce of Newcastle

    Shipwrecks off Indo have an odd habit of disappearing mysteriously.
    All that copper, so sad.

  160. feelthebern

    You mean like using jiggers

    Jiggers are pleasant compared to what they used 100 years ago.
    Get rid of the whips & look out.

  161. feelthebern

    While I wouldn’t like being hit with a whip – unless it’s a Saturday night – these modern day whips aren’t a patch on what they used 20 or 30 years ago.

  162. Lysander

    Horsies make glue.

    Glue is used by protesters.

    It’s the circle of life 🙂

  163. cohenite

    Lysander

    #3201405, posted on November 4, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    That’s funny.

  164. The Beer Whisperer

    Great comment earlier on the plan to include you know, shelter, in assets tests for pensions.

    Curiously, David Lleyjonholm and Chris Kenny, among others support it.

    The lesson here seems to be that if you draw your political enemies having sex with dogs, eventually they will seek your approval.

  165. feelthebern

    Every year the Macq quants put out a Melbourne Cup research note.
    They pick 6 horses & tell clients to put them in a box trifecta.
    This years picks have just dropped.
    They are:
    Surprise Baby;
    Vow and Declare;
    Finche;
    Cross Counter;
    Mer De Glace;
    Constantinople.

  166. John Constantine

    https://www.submarinecablemap.com/

    Existing communications cables from/to australia

  167. Twostix

    Bottom line they want their parents here on a permanent visa because there is a several hundred thousand dollar financial advantage

    They want their parents here because they want their parents here. That’s all.

    We don’t want their parents here. And like all recent arrivals they have ap pretty large chip on their shoulder when it comes to what we should do for them.

    They can fuck off back home if they need them so bad.

  168. Leigh Lowe

    Shy Ted

    #3201396, posted on November 4, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Ever wondered what dogs like Conan are fed on?

    Toasted moosley?

  169. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    While I wouldn’t like being hit with a whip – unless it’s a Saturday night . . .

    I reckon a few of our Lady Cats would be happy to oblige, ‘Bern.
    I’ve had my suspicions about a few of them for a while now.

  170. Infidel Tiger

    Every year the Macq quants put out a Melbourne Cup research note.
    They pick 6 horses & tell clients to put them in a box trifecta.
    This years picks have just dropped.

    Yeah, and every year they are truly horrible tips.

  171. Caveman

    For all the wankers out there, myself included I’ll be putting some coin on horse 3 ” Master of Reality”… can’t believe how political this cup is.

  172. feelthebern

    Keep in mind, the last time the Macq quants had a pay day was in 2011 when Dunaden pipped Red Cadeaux.

  173. feelthebern

    Ever wondered what dogs like Conan are fed on?

    I reckon they’d keep it super secret to keep one step ahead of the Dirka Dirka’s.

  174. Leigh Lowe

    If I come into a bit of spare cash at some point I might buy a nag.
    Think I’ll call it “Unwashed Hippie”.

  175. feelthebern

    Yeah, and every year they are truly horrible tips.

    Hence my second post regarding how long it’s been between drinks.

  176. notafan

    Perhaps twostix.

    But remitting money home to support parents would be a lot less attractive than getting them here, waiting ten years for them to get age pension with all the trimmings.

    And the other point is they can get them here on short term visas with private health insurance and other limitations but they want those permanent visas.

    Please.

  177. Top Ender

    New dimensions in stupid movies, described over at Quadrant:

    Set against the Badlands of colonial Australia where the English rule with a bloody fist and the Irish endure, Ned Kelly (George Mackay) discovers he comes from a line of Irish rebels called the Sons of Sieve, an uncompromising army of cross-dressing bandits immortalised for terrorising their oppressors back in Ireland.

    Nurtured by the notorious bushranger Harry Power (Russell Crowe) and fuelled by the unfair arrest of his mother, Ned Kelly recruits a wild bunch of warriors to plot one of the most audacious attacks of anarchy and rebellion the country has ever seen. Loved by the people, feared by his enemies and carved in history, Ned Kelly is more than a Robin Hood, he is a f***ing legend.

  178. notafan

    If those tips are horrible then where are the good ones please.

    Tom tipped Vow and Declare btw

  179. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘They can fuck off back home if they need them so much.’

    Exactly.

    And if they really really truly couldn’t do without Mummy and Daddy, which to most of us happens at 15 or so anyway, then maybe they shouldn’t have braved the deadly seas to get to bastard Australia in the first place.

  180. feelthebern

    Ned Kelly a cross dresser?
    Seriously, the culture wars won’t end until Bodyline is rebooted with the Don battling his own transition off the pitch as much as he battles the poms on it.

  181. Leigh Lowe

    Seriously, the culture wars won’t end until Bodyline is rebooted with the Don battling his own transition off the pitch as much as he battles the poms on it.

    These days any show about Bodyline would have the key theme would be Harold Larwood’s shameful past as a Yorky coal-miner.

  182. feelthebern

    Can’t I just bet on the horses to have a good time?

    h/t Marge Simpson.

  183. Leigh Lowe

    The semi driver killed on the Geelong Road this morning was carrying a load of dodgem cars.
    I draw no conclusions.

  184. feelthebern

    Breaking news, Leigh Lowe is actually Mick Molloy.

  185. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Leigh Lowe is actually Mick Molloy’

    Nup. For a start, LL’s a fan of Jab Watson and the Shootemup Bombers, who’ve just relocated their training facilities to North Richmond.

  186. Knuckle Dragger

    That’s probably got me None’d, as well.

    …. ..

    Oh wait. I’ve been hacked! Somehow!!!

  187. Zatara

    Anyone with a substantial knowledge of the physics involved care to comment on the feasibility of sending electricity sub-sea from the Northern Territory to Singapore?

    I can’t help with the physics but I can take a stab at the Geo-political realities of it.

    It would require laying an easily damaged or cut 2000+ mile long transmission cable through national and international waters whose security would depend almost entirely on the kindness of strangers.

    For similar reasons, while Australia imports the vast majority of it’s refined petroleum products from Singapore it does so via tanker, not pipeline.

    However, since when has Australia, as a nation, had a surfeit of electrical power available at a price point that would make it worth buying?

    I have an image in my head of Milo Minderbinder telling granny she can’t have electricity for her heater this winter because he traded it to Singapore for some shares in their seaweed market but as a member of the syndicate she gets valuable coupons towards ski-lift tickets in Aspen in exchange.

  188. Leigh Lowe

    Nup. For a start, LL’s a fan of Jab Watson and the Shootemup Bombers, who’ve just relocated their training facilities to North Richmond.

    Cover story designed to suck up to Sinc.

  189. Nick

    Nup. For a start, LL’s a fan of Jab Watson and the Shootemup Bombers, who’ve just relocated their training facilities to North Richmond.

    I only just got that, lol

  190. Nick

    It’s fascinating watching those who throw marbles under the hooves of Police horses, campaign about cruelty towards racehorses.

  191. Leigh Lowe

    Seriously but, someone raised the issue of those wire barriers along Victorianistan pothole sanctuaries (aka freeways).
    The fucking things are so close to the lane edge that, if you had to change a tyre on the outer side of the car, your arse would be hanging well out into the traffic lanes.
    Last Friday a bloke blew a tyre on his caravan on the Hume. No room to stop, so kept going until the scraping rim started a grass fire.
    But, hey, the Chinese cable and post factories are rolling in it.
    Plus regional CFMEU jerbs.

  192. Knuckle Dragger

    Test

    Jab

    Bald-headed flog

    Van der Haar

  193. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    It’s fascinating watching those who throw marbles under the hooves of Police horses, campaign about cruelty towards racehorses.

    It’s fascinating watching those who support late term abortion, campaign about the cruelty of the live sheep trade.

  194. Leigh Lowe

    Paul Van der Haar and Percy Jones have both been hired by Buddy Franklin as specialist coaches.
    They are advising him on innovative and agile ways to skyve off training.

  195. Top Ender

    What has the Irish Leprechaun been doing? Too concerned with rugby, votes for SSM, and getting married?

    Qantas vows to do better for cabin crew after harassment survey results

    ROBYN IRONSIDE
    AVIATION WRITER

    Qantas has vowed to do better for its cabin crew after a workplace survey found one in four had experienced sexual harassment by either a colleague or a passenger.

    A total of 2400 mainline pilots and onshore cabin crew took part in the survey, conducted for Qantas by workplace transformation company Elizabeth Broderick & Co.

    Female pilots reported the highest rates of sexual harassment and bullying, with some revealing they had experienced a backlash over campaigns to improve gender imbalance.

    That included the suggestion they were not in their roles on merit, but because of their gender.

    Two-thirds of female pilots felt sexist comments were common compared to less than half of male pilots, but all of those surveyed believed instances of explicit racial discrimination were rare.

    About one in six cabin crew had been sexually harassed by passengers in the last 12-months, and the survey revealed crew were more likely to report this behaviour than harassment by a colleague.

    Qantas People and Culture chief executive Lesley Grant said the findings on sexual harassment were largely similar to Australian national workplace averages.

    “We want Qantas to be better than that,” Ms Grant said.

    “Everyone deserves respect and should feel safe at work and having an honest conversation about these issues is an important step.”

    She thanked all those employees who responded to the anonymous survey, and said they appreciated the candid answers provided.

    “There were some very positive findings from the survey, including that around 80 per cent enjoy working at Qantas, have good relationships with workmates and believe Qantas is inclusive of people from different backgrounds,” said Ms Grant.

    “Many said that attitudes towards bullying and sexual harassment had improved over the years, but it’s clear we still have work to do.”

    Among the initiatives being taken by Qantas to stamp out inappropriate behaviour, included communicating what does and doesn’t constitute harassment and bullying and providing peer support to those who experience such abuse.

    A confidential hotline was being set up for crew to access independent counselling services and information on how to make a formal report.

    Qantas also planned to work with crew on additional “next steps” such as the role of training and how to best manage inappropriate behaviour by passengers.

    The Flight Attendants Association of Australia international division secretary Teri O’Toole said the results of the survey were confronting.

    “There is no place for any form of harassment in the workplace,” Ms O’Toole said.

    “There are obviously concerns around passenger behaviours, and the FAAA will continue to work with Qantas to ensure that cabin crew are respected and safe in their workplace.”

    Link

  196. calli

    workplace transformation company Elizabeth Broderick & Co.

    Sex discrimination pays.

  197. Rex Mango

    What did Qantas expect to happen when they hire Liz Broderick to do a report. Like inviting the pest control people to your house and asking them if there is any sign of rodents. Here is the report that the AHRC did into why the RAAF had no female fighter pilots. Something like 65 recommendations (of which 62 were adopted I think) where they basically said make the training easier for women. This policy has destroyed morale and cost a fortune. Also funny when you consider a human rights lawyer does a report about how the second oldest air force in the world trains pilots. Imagine asking a pilot to do a report on how law schools train their students:

    https://defence.gov.au/FOI/Docs/Disclosures/138_1617_Documents.pdf

  198. Roger

    A confidential hotline was being set up for crew to access independent counselling services and information on how to make a formal report.

    Now, in a business with teh resources of QANTAS you would expect information on how to make a formal complaint/report about sexual harassment would be both generally known among existing staff and covered in orientation for new employees.

    What has Mr. Joyce been doing?

  199. Bruce of Newcastle

    “We want Qantas to be better than that,” Ms Grant said. “Everyone deserves respect and should feel safe at work and having an honest conversation about these issues is an important step.”

    Ban sexist air pockets!

    Qantas cabin crew injured in turbulence scare (today)

    Qantas could eliminate harrassment, CO2 emissions and flight turbulence injuries in a single act, by winding up the company. That would save money on risky sponsorships too, like the one of Rugby Australia.

  200. calli

    The two weaseliest weasel words in the English language:

    Inappropriate

    Problematic

  201. feelthebern

    Inappropriate

    Can I have that in a sentence please?
    A weasel word sentence?

  202. feelthebern

    Great post Arky.
    That’s one of my saved youtube videos.
    Peter Thiel is the greatest living American today.

  203. feelthebern

    Lot of hate speech there Mick…I mean Leigh.

  204. Knuckle Dragger

    Unacceptable

    Generational

    Long-standing

    Compromise

    Zero tolerance

  205. calli

    Your inappropriate response to my comment will result in a spell in the Iron Maiden.

    You may find the mechanism problematic at first, but you’ll get used to it. You have two kidneys after all.

  206. Rex Mango

    Going forwards

    Yeah no

    It is what it is

  207. feelthebern

    Disproportionate.
    Example.
    After the pali blew up a kindergarten in Israel, it was disproportionate for the IDF to do anything.
    Anything at all.

  208. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Can I have that in a sentence please?’

    ‘It was inappropriate for Mr Weinstein to belt off into a pot plant’, de Niro retorted, ‘only because ladies were present’.

  209. Leigh Lowe

    Female pilots reported the highest rates of sexual harassment and bullying, with some revealing they had experienced a backlash over campaigns to improve gender imbalance.

    That included the suggestion they were not in their roles on merit, but because of their gender.

    Well, duh.
    If you have a affirmative action program it is absolutely certain that at least some of the target “minority” got their job because vagina rather than merit.
    That is exactly what it is designed to do.
    Don’t deny it.

  210. jupes

    That included the suggestion they were not in their roles on merit, but because of their gender.

    To quote Melvin Udal “Is there any other way to see it?”

  211. calli

    It’s time this fillum got another airing.

  212. Arky

    Peter Thiel is the greatest living American today.

    ..
    Watching it on the TV screen now.
    There are a whole bunch of those National Conservatism speeches up, including Tucker Carlson.
    De- funding these useless universities that are spreading communist poison, indebting a generation and collectively sitting on half a trillion in endowments is an absolute must.

  213. Knuckle Dragger

    That’s gold, calli. Rolled gold (regardless of definition), in fact. Always loved Weird Al, too.

    One of my great hates. No-one’s going to confuse me with a fancy book-learnin’ guy, but if you need to earn your cash using the written word in any way shape or form, you need to do it proper-like.

    Otherwise, your credibility’s nil.

  214. Top Ender

    Just got my comment on the Leprechaun rejected at the Oz.

    Had even toned it down a bit. No references to Leprechauns, for example:

    Is the CEO too concerned with making pronouncements about areas outside Qantas’s primary concern – like Rugby?

  215. Steve Trickler:

    Just training, i guess. But, the plane is still in action. You have to wonder why? 😎

    Perhaps if all the satellites get knocked out?

  216. jupes

    Also funny when you consider a human rights lawyer does a report about how the second oldest air force in the world trains pilots.

    Not funny-ha-ha though.

    Elizabeth Broderick has done more to destroy the fighting capability of the ADF than anyone or any enemy ever.

  217. MatrixTransform

    You can never have enough NORMAL watches.

    and you can always flush your new fandangled tracking device down the shitter if it nags you too much at 0300.

    ping. omg, dude… it’s time for your 3am piss.
    c’mon old fella you can do it.
    yay!

    the iShit

  218. Knuckle Dragger

    Elizabeth Broderick should be awarded the Iron Cross and the Order of the Red Banner, get an Aldi bag full of pineapples every year and free beef and black bean sauce for life.

    In appreciation by grateful nations.

  219. jupes

    Of course Broderick was not actually in charge – only making recommendations – but those recommendations mentioned above and the 28 recommendations (all accepted) from her stupid Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force have emasculated the ADF.

    The traitors who hired her in the first place and then accepted her recommendations should all be hanging from lamp posts.

  220. Rex Mango

    Steve T, the reason they still use the U2 is the satellites aren’t as flexible. At short notice you can have the U2 go anywhere. They would still fly the SR71, but far too expensive.

  221. Knuckle Dragger

    Two watches is one too many, MT.

    If for no other reason than you are somehow expected to use ESP to detect when you should be wearing the ‘good watch you have’. Such occasions include but are not limited to weddings, funerals, 50/60/70/80th birthdays, going shopping, cutting down trees and counter lunches, dependent on who else may be attending.

  222. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Should I wear my good watch, or the everyday watch?’
    ….
    ‘Wear whatever you like.’
    …. …..

    That way be dragons.

  223. Roger

    Elizabeth Broderick has done more to destroy the fighting capability of the ADF than anyone or any enemy ever.

    Has she been awarded an OAM yet?

  224. Rex Mango

    For those with a high pain tolerance, here’s Liz Broderick confessing to her part in destroying the ADF. This will be an exhibit in a future enquiry as to why our army was so easily defeated. She gets to it about halfway through:

    https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/the-challenges-of-social-justice-campaigning/11612722

  225. Bruce of Newcastle

    Also funny when you consider a human rights lawyer does a report about how the second oldest air force in the world trains pilots.

    Has she recommended vegan uniforms yet?

    Now the RAF has to offer pilots VEGAN boots! Top brass ordered to amend military dress policy after helicopter technician objects to leather safety boots

    If you get shot down and are forced to eat your boots to survive it’s good to know they are vegan.

    (Apologies to early rising Cats for the repeat link.)

  226. Leigh Lowe

    ping. omg, dude… it’s time for your 3am piss.
    c’mon old fella you can do it.
    yay!

    I’ve managed to turn most of that patronising shit off.
    The minimum you can set it to is 1000 steps a day, which even Douglas Bader and Long John Silver would knock off before smoko, just wandering around, going for a piss getting a coffee etc.
    I bet the watch would still set off the streamers and balloons no matter how pathetic the target was.

  227. Rex Mango

    Dumbest part of the review into fighter pilot training in the RAAF was it being based on the premise that because other countries have female fighter pilots, but not Australia, something was wrong. A more logical basis would have been that the RAAF trains the best pilots in the world and yet unlike most other countries, no women on fast jets. Ergo, business as usual.

  228. Rex Mango

    BoN, imagine the hypocrisy of a vegan wearing pilot lighting an afterburner. Oh the humanity.

  229. Leigh Lowe

    My last $20 watch got left behind in an airport x-ray in the Outer Hebrides.

  230. Nick

    ping. omg, dude… it’s time for your 3am piss.
    c’mon old fella you can do it.
    yay!

    Watch: what are you doing Leigh?
    In some cultures, more than three shakes is a wank

  231. Nick

    ping. omg, dude… it’s time for your 3am piss.
    c’mon old fella you can do it.
    yay!

    Watch: what are you doing Leigh?
    In some cultures, more than three shakes is a wank

  232. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    How local elders are bringing Aboriginal perspectives into Sydney schools
    Natassia Chrysanthos
    By Natassia Chrysanthos
    November 4, 2019 — 7.12pm

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    At Chifley Public School in Sydney’s southeast, local elder Aunty Maxine Ryan takes kids on hikes around Aboriginal landmarks, cooks traditional bush tucker with students and makes shell maps of Australia.

    She is one of the school’s cultural residents: Aboriginal community members who work with staff and students to infuse regular teaching with an Indigenous perspective as part of a program run by the University of New South Wales in partnership with schools in the Little Bay area.

    A sweeping review of the NSW curriculum last month suggested Aboriginal perspectives be introduced to classrooms in “authentic and meaningful ways” by drawing on local communities and resources, and that the curriculum be designed to minimise the “cultural gap” for Aboriginal students by allowing them to see their backgrounds reflected in schools.

    For Aunty Maxine, this is a long time coming: she remembers her mother and community elders trying to establish similar programs in schools 20 years ago. “I feel like we’ve taken on our elders’ debts to finish it,” she said.
    Since starting at Chifley she has observed a difference in students’ reading – Aboriginal kids are more interested in Aboriginal books – and in families’ engagement with the school.

    “Years ago Aboriginal families did not go into schools. But when there’s an Aboriginal worker in the school, families are more comfortable to come into the gates. This is helping support families to be more involved in their child’s education,” Aunty Maxine said.

    Matthew Jackman first oversaw the program while principal at La Perouse Public School, where up to 70 per cent of students were Indigenous and were taught by cultural resident Aunty Joyce.

    “Her knowledge of all the Aboriginal children and their families was unbelievable for us staff. The children just looked up to her straight away,” he said. “The relationships and connections we made gave the Aboriginal community a voice in the classroom, and let them know their local history and local culture was being embedded into the classroom practice.”

    Mr Jackman will soon bring the program to Clovelly Public School, where he is now principal. Five of the school’s 600 students are Indigenous.

    Sydney Morning Herald. Are the children being taught how life was “nasty, brutal and short” for Aborigines, about the endless tabus and savage tribal punishments, or the absolute tyranny of the tribal elders?

  233. Roger

    Dumbest part of the review into fighter pilot training in the RAAF was it being based on the premise that because other countries have female fighter pilots, but not Australia, something was wrong.

    Well, we are living in possibly the dumbest of times.

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