Wednesday Forum: March 4, 2020

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  1. Diogenes

    I shall go forth and conquer

  2. John of Mel

    The real crisis.

    Two+ days without electricery and property damaged, people assaulted? I thought they would just revert to their traditional way of life and be even better off than with all these evil civilizational crutches.

  3. Professor Fred Lenin

    Oorah oorahh oorah ,welcome comrades .

  4. calli

    This thread shall be henceforth known as the Bogroll Emergency Forum.

    Community service announcements on location of this and other necessaries much appreciated.

    #sydneysiege2.0

  5. Chris

    Hi all! Its a beautiful day in the salt mines. Er, gold mines.

  6. mh

    In the age of coronavirus people like this must be rounded up and shipped to remote islands never to return

    https://twitter.com/RexChapman/status/1233888143285346304?s=20

  7. Chris

    Turning to important news, Hillary Clinton will never be President.

  8. lotocoti

    For sale.
    Sorbutt Silky White date roll.
    $10/roll new.
    $5/roll used.

  9. stackja

    Virus stopped in the past by North Head quarantine now people just wandering around.

  10. 8th Dan

    Beware the Ides of the New Forum.

  11. $5/roll used.

    Have they been drycleaned?

  12. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Indigenous Australians’ voice will be heard loud and proud
    MARCIA LANGTON and TOM CALMA

    12:00AM March 4, 2020
    122 Comments

    The indigenous voice co-design process will move into high gear with the announcement of the membership of the national and local and regional co-design groups.

    The groups will be co-chaired by senior indigenous leaders Donna Odegaard and Peter Buckskin, respectively, supported by a government co-chair from the National Indigenous Australians Agency.

    We are under no illusions. This will be hard work, and the process is likely to ruffle feathers and challenge old ways of thinking. But we must effect real and permanent change for our people or this will be an opportunity lost.

    We have an opportunity to ­design our future. We are at the table with the Australian government. Make no mistake, this is a step forwards — and we encourage you to embrace this and ­engage with us.

    There has been, and will continue to be, distractions that try to disrupt our course — some welcome, others unnecessary, inflammatory and determined to set us backwards.

    We will persevere. We will not allow people to question our culture and resolve. We have overcome all adversity on this continent for more than 60,000 years. It is an unforgiving land, but our country has ingrained strength and resilience in us all.

    There are close to 800,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait ­Islander voices in this country today, and this will grow towards one million in the coming years. Diversity is another of our strengths. Our lived experiences will be key to designing systems that work for us.

    There are numerous representative bodies and structures already in place, and each of these will be critical to this process. We also know that states and territories have existing processes in place. Their integrity will not be undermined.

    Our role on the senior advisory group is to work through the co-design groups; hear, consider and record Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s aspirations for models; and advise the minister to ensure that views are heard by government.

    Throughout the process, we will continue to build understanding both across indigenous communities and with non-­indigenous Australians.

    We will support the work of the national and local and regional co-design groups, provide advice and input at key points, and ensure the process continues to move forward.

    The focus of the national group is to develop options and models for a national voice. It will work in partnership with the local and regional group at key points, to ensure that options for a ­national voice can be informed by, and connect with, local elements of a voice.

    In turn, the local and regional group will focus on local and regional models of decision-making and governance, including options to enhance this and highlight what’s already working. This will include considering how existing arrangements and structures feed into local and regional elements of a voice.

    Later in the year, we will be consulting on these models and options across the nation, ensuring they work for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the diversity of contexts and circumstances we find ourselves in today. Everyone will have an opportunity to have a say through this process. We will work with indigenous leaders, communities and stakeholders across the country to refine models.

    From the Oz.

  13. Bruce of Newcastle

    Fringe benefit of the bat bug is the Irishman is going to have less money to spend on woke rugby.

    El Al executives take 20% wage cut amid declining demand (3 Mar)

    Senior management and directors at El Al agreed to take an immediate wage cut of 20% on Tuesday as the Israeli airline continues to deal with the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

    Hopefully Joyce’ll take an immediate pay cut too. He and Qantas have been about as accident prone as Emperor Xi lately. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of qwerty nazis.

  14. NoFixedAddress

    JB of Sydney/Shanghai
    #3342675, posted on March 4, 2020 at 8:58 am

    No Fixed Address…… with the “Flying Fox Toilet Paper” franchise, I’ll throw in a couple of solar panels, and a modest sized windmill, how about that?

    i’m tempted JB

    but can I on sell the franchise a few thousand times and does the “Flying Fox Toilet Paper” franchise have a website?

    most important to show how the product is used.

    i’ll be franch1 in the “Flying Fox Toilet Paper” universe.

    by the bye, are we good with all that carbon thingy stuff?

    after all, wouldn’t want the dickheads to know that what they use to clean the shit off their own arses is toxic to there way of thinking.

    When is the next jet plane fleet to be delivered.

    cheers
    nfa

  15. OldOzzie

    Important Question of the Day!

    SHOULD YOU FIT A SNORKEL SOCK?

    SOME SWEAR BY THEM, OTHERS RECKON THEY’RE RESTRICTIVE AND TOO EASILY BLOCKED. SO, SHOULD YOU FIT A SNORKEL SOCK ON YOUR 4X4?

    We all know the benefits of fitting a snorkel on your 4X4; clean air, improved water fording and so on. And we all know the importance of fitting quality filters on our 4X4s. Snorkel socks aren’t new and there are plenty of people who run them, especially those living in dusty areas or areas with bug problems (think locusts), but just what is a snorkel sock and is it a good idea to fit one on your 4X4? Read on.

    Personally ~I use As an added bonus, the Safari SS86HFZ snorkel system can be fitted with a Donaldson cyclonic pre-filter for sustained vehicle operating environments where high levels of airborne dust are frequently encountered.

    Replacing my 4WD Standard Safari Snorkel head for Dusty Convoy Environments

  16. candy

    There are close to 800,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait ­Islander voices in this country today, and this will grow towards one million in the coming years.

    Are “voices” the same as “people”?

  17. Porter

    Iran travel arrivals must self-isolate: Hunt

    Health Minister Greg Hunt says Border Force will trace travellers arriving from Iran as eight new Australian coronavirus cases linked to the country.

    Much easier would be is that anyone who’s in Irsn now that arrived here as an illegsl or refugre should immediately have their residence cancelled and re-entry refused into the Australia. Two birds, one stone.

  18. Top Ender

    Hey Zulu, maybe the moderators at the Oz are getting the message.

    Re the story above, they accepted my comment:

    Not sure how you can argue: “in Ken Wyatt we do have an indigenous Federal Minister. He is sending out a message: “we are in charge of our fate, it is up to us””.

    How can an approximately 1/40th group of Australians be “in charge of their fate” if they are relying on the others for funding?

    I thought it more than likely it would not get up.

  19. Delta A

    mh
    #3342735, posted on March 4, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Eeew! That is so gross! And little Mikey is a pig*, too.

    *(Apologies to all pigs, except the plague riddled porkers in China.)

  20. cohenite

    NASA uses zombie temp sites which don’t exist. 50% of the temp sites in the US have stopped recording over the last 30 years, so NASA makes up, estimates, the temp of these zombie sites:

  21. NoFixedAddress

    OldOzzie
    #3342769, posted on March 4, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Important Question of the Day!

    SHOULD YOU FIT A SNORKEL SOCK?

    your trying to steal the Noble Prize for best comment

  22. OldOzzie

    Trudeau’s election cops demanded that I hand over my editorial plans. Here’s what I sent them.

    Ezra Levant (March 3, 2020):

    Yesterday, my lawyers received another threat letter from Justin Trudeau’s elections police. They demanded that I hand over all of my private notes and files relating to my best-selling book, “The Libranos”.

    That’s an illegal demand, of course. We have freedom of the press in Canada and privacy laws too. We’re allowed to write books that criticize the prime minister. This isn’t Iran or China.

    But here’s the thing. When I met with Trudeau’s elections police a few weeks ago, I asked them to make me a deal — that if they were planning to raid our Rebel News offices for documents, that they’d simply send me or my lawyers a request for our records, and we’d deal with it in court.

    I asked them to rule out a SWAT-style raid on our offices. I asked them to promise not to smash down our doors.

    And they refused. They refused to rule out an actual police raid on my office.

    And then yesterday they sent an e-mail to my lawyers demanding that I hand over any relevant documents “as soon as possible”. (You can see that email below.)

    Here’s a video I made, describing the latest demands from Trudeau’s elections police — and showing how they refused to rule out a police raid:

    So what would you do? Would you give Trudeau your private editorial notes? Your business plans?

    Part of me thinks I should be scared. But part of me thinks this whole thing is a stupid joke. I mean, we’re still Canada, right? This must be a joke, right?

    So I made a decision. I sent our key document — it’s marked “top secret” — to Trudeau’s police.

    And here’s what I just sent them by e-mail:

    It’s a joke.

    Just like Trudeau is a joke.

    Just like Trudeau’s election cops are a joke.

    Just like Trudeau’s respect for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a joke.

    It’s the “top secret” plan for my book.

    It’s a cartoon, so Trudeau can understand it.

    Did you think I was going to hand over my private editorial notes to these bullies?

    I’d go to jail first. And maybe I will. But not without the fight of my life.

    It’s about to get real now. But we’ve lawyered up — the same lawyers we used to beat Trudeau when he banned our reporters from covering the election debates last year.

  23. Roger

    Indigenous Australians’ voice will be heard loud and proud

    Note how they assume all indigenous Australians share the same views.

    Patronising much?

  24. stackja

    If money spent on the indigenous people has not ‘solved the problem’ why would more OPM help?

  25. Porter

    A Sydney aged care worker has become the third locally acquired case of coronavirus in Australia, raising fears elderly nursing residents may have been infected.

    This is the news that I feared the most. The aged care sector is chockers full of recent arrivals like Indians, Africans etc.

  26. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    If money spent on the indigenous people has not ‘solved the problem’ why would more OPM help?

    Well said – if some 30 billion dollars a year hasn’t helped, why should more?

  27. OldOzzie

    Nearly as Stupid as Justices of The High Court of Australia on Aliens claiming to be Aboriginal

    Supreme Court Narrowly Decides That Identity Theft by Illegal Aliens Is Actually a Crime

  28. stackja

    OO – Denver official might not get to rally, too sick to travel.

  29. Digger

    It’s a joke.
    Just like Trudeau is a joke.
    Just like Trudeau’s election cops are a joke.

    Canada is a joke, they re-elected the moron….

  30. Top Ender

    Retail giant Woolworths will limit customers to four packs of toilet paper per transaction after supermarket shelves were stripped in recent days because of a coronavirus-led panic.

    On radio 104.9 in the Top End.

    I’m going in, so is Mrs TE, and so is the cat. We reckon 12 a day for the next week should cover it.

    The cat is manning the stall at the front of our place, selling rolls at $2.5 a pop. He’s moaned a bit, but if he wants a tin of sardines a day he can just get on with it.

  31. 2 items on Neil Mitchell’s show this morning. Well one that was a news snippet on the hour
    First the State Government will be in receipt of tolls on the new road being built I believe, Transurban won’t be in the mix. This presumably will be required to build more bollards in response to the Bourke Street hearings.
    Second was Mitchell had on an oncologist who has performed euthanasia on 3 people. The language used by the doctor was quite chilling. Putting them to sleep he said. I mean FMD i’ve seen many terminally ill people and not one have complained about their experiences. One of my best mates succumbed to cancer at 30. He lived life without regrets with resilience. Hopefully I never get to this stage but euthanasia will never be on the agenda. Or will the State see to it?

  32. Porter

    The indigenous or rather I should say the political indigenous want their land nd but they don’t want to live on their land in the traditional sense but to suck off European culture and money and then they want some more. To which I say sod off.
    I noticed the other day that a group of Aboriginal women went to see Pauline Hanson to ask for help in dealing with violence in their community and they went to Hanson because all the other politicos including Ken Wyatt couldn’t give a piece of dung.

    I worry that when they finally put this Marxist wankery to a referendum, it may get up because people are just too disengaged and bus oblivious to the shenanigans and because all the money will go to promoting the political indigenous side with lots of feelz and Aboriginals like the women who visited Hanson will never have their voices heard and once again we will lose another generation of Aboriginal people who truly need help largely because of the actions of the political indigenous.

  33. Article in Daily Mail today indicates Steve Price had a good go at women’s AFL on Eddie McGuire radio show.

    McGuire indicated Govt sports infrastructure funding was tied into promoting women’s game.

    Comments agree with Price.

    Next step is the Govt saying to Army no more bullets until women 50.% of infantry.

  34. Top Ender

    Oooh errr…..

    Latrell Mitchell has hit back at criticism of his appearance in an NRL ad campaign.

    Some fans criticised the ad – which features Tina Turner’s song ‘The Best’ in an homage to a famous campaign from the 1990s – pointing out a string of errors and saying it was too politicised.

    The two-minute advert shows Mitchell standing in the water at a beach with an Aboriginal flag draped over his shoulders, which Karl Stefanovic claimed did more harm than good.

    ‘How do you unite the game when you have a picture of Latrell Mitchell on his own with the Aboriginal flag around him? That’s not unifying, that’s divisive,‘ he said on the Today show.

    In response, Mitchell shared posts on Instagram written by fans who hit back at Stefanovic.

  35. Cassie of Sydney

    “It’s a joke.
    Just like Trudeau is a joke.
    Just like Trudeau’s election cops are a joke.”

    He would be talking about Victoria.

  36. NoFixedAddress

    Australians should declare war on the Canadian communists

  37. stackja

    Porter – Elderly people seemingly don’t concern many bureaucrats.

  38. candy

    If the virus gets into the nursing homes it’s very rough going. Those folk have enough trouble fighting off a cold or gastric upset or a wound that won’t heal, let alone a flu virus.

  39. Delta A

    The language used by the doctor was quite chilling.

    Black [email protected], I saw something similar last night as I was channel-hopping. Insight, I think it was. Guest guy used the same term. (Might be Philip Nitschke?)

    Host interviewed an elderly woman who was off overseas for the big sleep. She might have had some condition – early stage Alzheimer’s, perhaps – and she and her family were quite chirpy about it all.

  40. The Beer Whisperer

    Top fiddy! Yes, my bar isn’t very high.

  41. Candy I heard on the airwaves that a nurse in a Sydney hospital was found to have coronavirus. If so, buckle up.

  42. Porter

    Black Ball – every doctor I have heard who has been involved with euthanasia( in other words state-sanctioned murder) sends shivers up my spine. Doctors train for years to care and to cure and so for someone to so easily flick the switch to kill shows a fundamental flaw in their character and that’s certainly one doctor I don’t want me to near me or anyone in my family.
    When the first lots of Victorian stats were released the other day it turned out one doctor had already been involved with 13 cases and he lists palliative care as one of his specialities. No doctor, you kill people.
    Worse, they use a drug that is often used in palliative care to ill patients and this has already lead to blatant confusion and it will result in wrongful death no doubt about it.
    The most sicko thing of all was the Victorian health minister (?) was on radio saying that they were ‘heartened’ – that’s the word she used “heartened”- that the number of people who were killed by euthanasia in Victoria with higher than they were expecting. Not even Mengele was that overjoyed. These are our politicians rejoicing at the state sponsored murder of citizens.

  43. struth

    Good Moaning.
    Make sure there are no ants on the grass you are sliding your arse along.
    Especially bull ants.
    Bloody hell.
    Oh and if using rocks ala allah style, make sure the buggers are smooth.
    Ouch.
    Aerodynamic shape is also important.

  44. mh

    Roosters managed to go back to back with Latrell.

    Now his head has got so big he will be a distraction at his new club.

    Win win win for the Roosters.

  45. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I worry that when they finally put this Marxist wankery to a referendum, it may get up

    I’m betting the referendum will succeed – there will be a long and sickeningly cloying campaign harping on all the injustices ever done, and asking present day Australians to atone for all those injustices by voting “yes.”

  46. Make sure there are no ants on the grass you are sliding your arse along.

    anyone tried the pressure cleaner?

  47. lotocoti

    Note how they assume all indigenous Australians share the same views.

    The other week was the anniversary of the loss of the Brig Maria off the Queensland coast.
    Twenty-one drowned, 14 were killed by local indigenous personnel from tribe A,
    the survivors fortunately hooked up with local indigenous personnel from tribe B.
    Tribe A and tribe B clearly didn’t share the same views.

  48. Snoopy

    A Sydney aged care worker has tested positive to coronvirus. Ethnicity not reported.

  49. Porter

    In America insurance companies send you letters saying they’re not paying for your treatment anymore if euthanasia is an option in your state. Palliative care is virtually non-existent in the Netherlands and Belgium which had euthanasia for a long time and in Belgium in particular politicians were so upset about the low uptake for euthanasia that they started looking at ways to either advertise it or to extend it and so now they even euthanize children.
    Involuntary euthanasia is a real risk to many groups of people: single women, Aboriginals, the disabled who have been abandoned or whose parents and carers have died and are institutionalized and so on.

  50. OldOzzie

    Yeah – That will Work!

    PoliticsNow: Travellers from Iran ‘now required to self-isolate’ over coronavirus fears

    Hello and welcome to PoliticsNow, The Australian’s live blog on the happenings at Parliament House in Canberra. As the number of coronavirus cases in Australia grows, Health Minister Greg Hunt has told anyone who arrived in Australia from Iran after February 19 to self-isolate in their own homes.

  51. OldOzzie

    Aged care facility may be put into lockdown

    Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy says a woman who has coronavirus in Sydney had worked at an aged care facility and it was possible that facility would need to go into lock down.

    Dr Murphy did not know what dates the woman worked at the facility, and said NSW Health would make a full statement at around lunchtime.

    “I believe the woman has been involved in working in an aged care facility but I don’t have with me the dates when,” Dr Murphy told Senate estimates.

    “Because the Commonwealth has very deep involvement in aged care, our aged care people are working closely with NSW Health this morning to work out what supports they need, what planning will be required to support them.

    Global cases could be triple actually reported: CMO

    Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy says it’s absolutely possible the number of global coronavirus cases is double or triple what’s being reported, meaning the mortality rate could be much lower in some places.

    Australian hospitals will also have to cancel most elective surgery if there’s a large outbreak of the virus and the states were considering bringing forward that surgery now while case numbers were low.

  52. Top Ender

    GP I knew with a suburban practise confided in me once, that he and many other fellow GPs helped patients they knew well, to die.

    As they signed the death certificates an overdose of a sedative was not investigated.

  53. This is a Bogroll contribution.

    When rafiki jnr was a baby/toddler it fell to me deal with the aftermath of a dirty cloth nappy. Put water in the laundry tub, drop in nappy, leave to soak, stir it about a bit, drain tub, and wash and dry nappy. Could not this technique be employed in lieu of paper rolls? (Should we need to, given that rolls are one product we still manufacture.)

  54. OldOzzie

    John Ratcliffe’s Interview With Catherine Herridge Has Brennan, Atkinson, and Ciaramella Panicked

    He gave an interview to Catherine Herridge, senior investigative correspondent at CBS that must have some members of the coup shaking in their boots. The interview can be watched in this thread, but I have provided the text afterward to make it easier to absorb and contemplate:

  55. Roger

    Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy says a woman who has coronavirus in Sydney had worked at an aged care facility and it was possible that facility would need to go into lock down.

    “Possible”?

    Be decisive, man!

  56. struth

    800 000 aboriginal voices minus the black ones, the ones on communities who are imprisoned there by self declared communist elders , the unconscious ones belted up by the same and the emerging anti radical left like Jacinta Price means the voice of real aboriginal people will be smothered and replaced by the screeching fake radical racists we have always endured, those that believe they can stand in front of us and tell us what people of a certain skin colour think.

  57. Porter

    I think that’s what may happen Zulu and that will be a crying shame.

  58. OldOzzie

    Government Tries to Cancel Trial in Key Mueller Case Because the Defendant Isn’t Playing Fair

    For all the smokescreen here, let me break it down for you.

    The government is trying to con the judge into cancelling the trial on the specious grounds that they aren’t participating (wtf? really? how does that even work). Why? Because this klutz knows there is zero evidence to prove any of the charges in the indictment to a jury who, unlike a DC grand jury, may actually be awake and paying attention. If the judge cancels the trial, then they can claim ‘they wuz robbed’ and continue to push this ridiculous story. If a jury is empaneled, then it is a different ballgame. The prosecutor is not particularly anxious to be known as the guy who lost Mueller’s big case and, quite honestly, there are a lot of Deep Staters in Justice who also have a vested interest in propagating the Mueller hoax and definitely don’t want to see Concord Management acquitted in a trial. And, from what we’ve seen thus far, the evidence is scant and only vaguely circumstantial and the government, itself, has not been very forthcoming in producing information to which the defense is entitled.

    What happens next? So far, the judge has been incredibly deferential to the government. This is a case where the judge, a Trump appointee, obviously is bending over backwards in order to acquiesce to every prosecution demand so she can’t be accused of giving Trump a break. Odds are she lets the government avoid the trial and the humiliation that will come with it.

    Summed up by Brave Sir Robin

  59. Porter

    Rafiki you can even just wash your bum and dispense with the cloth. I mean if you’re isolated at home for 14 days it’s not as if you you have anything better to do.

  60. struth

    Australia is having a bog roll led recovery.
    Forget mining.
    Invest in Kimberley Clarke.

  61. Snoopy

    the screeching fake radical racists we have always endured, those that believe they can stand in front of us and tell us what people of a certain skin colour think.

    And confirm their Aboriginality by constantly using the word, ‘deadly’.

  62. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Not a bog roll story.

    Albion Park Rail: Cops find alleged cannabis set-up on Elm street
    Madeline Crittenden, Illawarra Star
    Subscriber only
    |
    March 3, 2020 10:57pm

    A little girl has led police directly to her mum’s alleged hydroponic pot crop, after a late night prank call to triple-0.

    Around midnight on Tuesday morning, a triple-0 operator received a call from a five-year-old Albion Park Rail girl, before she terminated the call shortly after.

    Lake Illawarra Police District Sergeant Peter Northey said the operator noticed something wasn’t right about the call, and dispatched police to the girl’s Elm Street home for a welfare check.

    “Upon arrival police knocked on the door and weren’t able to raise anybody,” he said.

    The officers then noticed a light coming from the garage around the side of the house, and decided to investigate further.

    “Police have gone to the garage to check on the welfare of anyone inside, and as they’ve entered the garage they’ve found a number of cannabis plants,” he said.

    Police will allege they found 15 plants growing in a hydroponic set-up in the garage of the home. After speaking to the home’s occupants, police learned the 12.10am emergency call came from a five-year-old girl.

    “With a call such as this, the triple-0 operators are trained to listen out to the background and try to work out ‘is this someone needing help and they just can’t talk?’, or is it just a prank,” Inspector Northey said.

  63. OldOzzie

    Julie & Julia, as you’ve never seen them before

    Alice Workman
    Strewth Editor

    Imagine! Julia Gillard and Julie Bishop putting aside their political differences to take bloody revenge — with an axe, a sledgehammer and a vial of poison — on the red and blue-tied men who ruined their dreams and banished them to the wilderness.

    That’s the plot of Gone Girls, a “drag revenge fantasy” that opened on Tuesday night at the Adelaide Fringe.

    Starring Patrick Livesey as Gillard (Australia’s first female prime minister and first female Labor leader) and Annabel Larcombe as Bishop (the first woman to formally stand for the Liberal leadership, the party’s first female deputy leader and Australia’s first female foreign minister), the comedy starts in 1998 when both were first elected to parliament.

    Livesey says he was frustrated by the greater hurdles the pair faced because of their ovaries.

    “Definitely with Julia Gillard, the only impression people have of her is this almost grotesque version that we were spoonfed when she was prime minister,” Livesey told the Advertiser.

    “The big undercurrent is how female power is presented in the media and the way it is pigeonholed, in contrast to male power.”

    The show comes with this warning: “Contains strong coarse language, both sudden and sustained loud noises, some infrequent/low pressure audience interaction, potentially triggering content or themes, including staged violence, sexual references, death, murder, simulated blood, use of replica weapons”. Sign us up.

    Open up

    On that theme, the real Julia has some news: she’s writing a book with economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

    Published by Penguin, Women in Leadership will feature interviews with female leaders including New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern, Hillary Clinton, former British prime minister Theresa May, Chile’s former president Michelle Bachelet, former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Malawi’s former president Joyce Banda, former Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg andEuropean Central Bank president Christine Lagarde.

    Each was asked the same questions by Gillard. The responses were then compared with what stats say about women’s access to positions of power, the trajectory of their leadership and the circumstance in which it ended (if it has).

    Research released last week by the Australian National University found the treatment of female PMs was getting worse. Gillard hopes the book will act as “an action agenda for change that allows women to take control and combat gender bias”. It hits shelves on July 12, with a recommended price of $34.99.

  64. cohenite

    OldOzzie
    #3342789, posted on March 4, 2020 at 10:35 am
    Lovely People The Left
    ‘If I do get the Coronavirus I’m attending every MAGA rally I can’ – Denver Communist Official Says She Will Use Deadly Virus as Bio Weapon Against Trump Supporters

    I’m not advocating violence but this kunt should be shot.

  65. Porter

    Does anyone know the name of this fool?

    White comcars ‘reflect our colonial past’

    Senior MP personally intervened to change the colour of comcars, to reflect a ‘modern, forward-thinking Australia’.

  66. Australia is having a bog roll led recovery.

    I’m experimenting to see if I can construct an alternative with the leaf blower .

  67. OldOzzie

    President Trump to Nominate Gen. Charles Brown Jr. as First Black Military Service Chief

    Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced in a statement:

    Air Force Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. has been nominated for appointment to the rank of general, with assignment as chief of staff, U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia. Brown is currently serving as commander, Pacific Air Forces; air component commander for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command; and executive director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

  68. mh

    Ray Hadley trying to understand why Australians are panic buying.

    I would guess this is because Australians realise we don’t make anything anymore. When all your goods are imported you have to trust that supply will be reliable, and right now people are getting the idea that supply will be interrupted.

    The second reason is Australians know the Chinese community have a history of emptying supermarket shelves.

  69. Roger

    I’m experimenting to see if I can construct an alternative with the leaf blower .

    Be sure to position the switch on blow and not vacuum, rambler.

  70. 132andBush

    Why are people stripping the shelves of date paper?

  71. Roger

    The second reason is Australians know the Chinese community have a history of emptying supermarket shelves.

    And the third would be that yesterday our esteemed gummint announced it may have to close shopping centres with no explanation as to how groceries would thereafter be accessed.

  72. OldOzzie

    Exclusive – DHS Chief: More Than 700 Miles of Border Wall Already Built or On the Way

    In an interview for Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel, Wolf detailed how the new border wall that President Trump promised during his campaign is split into three different categories: wall that is already built, wall that is under construction, and wall that is on the way. The total number of miles along the U.S. border with Mexico that this new wall Wolf discussed will end up covering once complete is more than 700 miles.

  73. mh

    And the third would be that yesterday our esteemed gummint announced it may have to close shopping centres with no explanation as to how groceries would thereafter be accessed.

    Really? I missed that one.

  74. Steve Trickler:

    UK Police give VicPol a competitor for the worst in the world. This is rank and file following orders.

    I repeat the point I have made on numerous occasions – “The Police are no longer impartial. They have decided whose side they are on, and it isn’t ours.” or, “It’s a Big Club, and you aren’t in it.”
    This is horrifying on both a personal and society wide basis.
    And it is happening in the longest running democracy in the world.

    “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”
    George Orwell

    Did anyone get a photo of the three men?
    Were they identified?
    Provocateurs?
    Was Tommy the real target, and the molestation of his daughter part of the setup, to deliver him in a frame of mind that would allow an arrest?
    I note Tommy is on bail so he can be chucked in gaol whenever he appears to breach the bail conditions – which this appears to have been set up to achieve.

  75. Given up on the leaf blower.
    Now experimenting with the orbital sander.

  76. The Beer Whisperer

    Candy I heard on the airwaves that a nurse in a Sydney hospital was found to have coronavirus. If so, buckle up.

    We’re basically looking into the past, so how many patients the nurse attended in the last 2-4 weeks? Buckle up indeed.

  77. Ok, so how much did this cost and what colour are they now ? If not white then grey seems to be most popular car colour now.

    “Senior MP personally intervened to change the colour of comcars, to reflect a ‘modern, forward-thinking Australia’.”

  78. The Beer Whisperer

    White comcars ‘reflect our colonial past’

    Senior MP personally intervened to change the colour of comcars, to reflect a ‘modern, forward-thinking Australia’.

    Which would be? Diarrhoea brown, communist red or watermelon green (also red).

  79. Roger

    Really? I missed that one.

    Yes; I believe it was dim bulb Christian Porter.

  80. Senior MP personally intervened to change the colour of comcars, to reflect a ‘modern, forward-thinking Australia’.

    Thought I read somewhere that Cormann did that.

  81. Snoopy

    incoherent rambler
    #3342865, posted on March 4, 2020 at 11:38 am
    Given up on the leaf blower.
    Now experimenting with the orbital sander.

    Keep it simple.

    Note: Not to be used in conjunction with orbital sander.

  82. Roger

    Senior MP personally intervened to change the colour of comcars, to reflect a ‘modern, forward-thinking Australia’.

    Green with a red interior, surely.

  83. feelthebern

    Trump trolling mini mike on twitter.
    Gold.

  84. Boambee John

    When rafiki jnr was a baby/toddler it fell to me deal with the aftermath of a dirty cloth nappy. Put water in the laundry tub, drop in nappy, leave to soak, stir it about a bit, drain tub, and wash and dry nappy. Could not this technique be employed in lieu of paper rolls? (Should we need to, given that rolls are one product we still manufacture.)

    From my reading of medieval crime stories, a sponge on a stick, single person use, and then washed, was common. Wettex and boiling water? Should last for a goodly number of uses.

    Or we could each collect three rounded stones, hose after use?

  85. Struth

    I’m thinking selfie stick and sponge.

  86. Chris

    Or we could each collect three rounded stones, hose after use?

    Forget about the belt sander, and orbital would be over the top.
    Wet or Dry, 120 grit.
    Carry your own, wash after use.

  87. Infidel Tiger

    Sanders getting crushed by the establishment pile on.

    Bernie Bros going to smash some shit up.

  88. Struth

    Bloody snap.
    It’s good to know I have the inventiveness of the medieval.

  89. Cassie of Sydney

    “Porter
    #3342850, posted on March 4, 2020 at 11:27 am
    Does anyone know the name of this fool?

    White comcars ‘reflect our colonial past’

    Senior MP personally intervened to change the colour of comcars, to reflect a ‘modern, forward-thinking Australia’.”

    Cormann…part of the LNP Labor lite muck…the same LNP Labor lite muck who last week ganged up in the senate…with both Labor and the Greens…to censure an Australian citizen.

  90. mh

    Recent years have seen party leaders and PMs being deposed due to climate change policy.

    The next leadership spill could be over bog roll.

  91. Boambee John

    IIRC, ComCars went from black to white for ‘vionmental reasons, less need for aircon in summer.

    Given the qualities displayed by our polliemuppets, perhaps yellow?

    Footnote. I have known many Chinese people. Many were brown, quite a lot had nearly white skin, none would I have described as being coloured yellow, so take that as a reference to the polliemuppets’ complete lack of moral (or physical) courage.

  92. Chris

    It’s good to know I have the inventiveness of the medieval.

    The movement to reclaim the reputation of medieval people has a lot more going for it that the ‘deadly’ media movement to suck-up to the First Nations intellectual powerhouses and moral exemplars.

  93. Infidel Tiger

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    Mini Mike, don’t lick your dirty fingers. Both unsanitary and dangerous to others and yourself!

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1234998841822216192

    DJT GOAT.

  94. Des Deskperson

    ‘Senior MP personally intervened to change the colour of comcars, to reflect a ‘modern, forward-thinking Australia’.

    The Oz – paywall protected – confirms Monty’s report that it was Cormann – FMD!!

    The new colour is to be grey. I assume present vehicles won’t be retro-painted.

    I would have been surprised if it were a Labor person, at least one with any memory, ‘cos it was St Gough who insisted that Comcars – previously black – should be painted white.

    When I was a junior APS employee back in the seventies, Comcars were used not only by MPs and VIPs but by ordinary public servants needing to get around Canberra on business. It was always interesting to see some CA2 tasked with delivering a paper from one agency to another being chauffeured there in a Comcar LTD.

    Apart from the odd security reason, the requirement now for retaining a fleet of Comcars escapes me.

  95. Incoherent Rambler:

    anyone tried the pressure cleaner?

    I hear that Calli is doing a special at the moment:
    If you’re still here in the morning when the clean up crew arrive, she’ll do a quick gerni wash.
    Gerni Wash $10.00
    High pressure Gerni Wash $15.00
    High pressure Gerni Wash with moisturiser $25.00
    Colonic Irrigation $50.00

  96. Struth

    Coming from Alice Springs I know toilet paper or cleaning of arse is not compulsory or necessary.

    You must learn to walk barefoot on melting bitumen, but once that is achieved, you can shit anywhere, anytime and just walk away, not even turning to sniff at it like a dog.

  97. miltonf

    White comcars ‘reflect our colonial past’

    Senior MP personally intervened to change the colour of comcars, to reflect a ‘modern, forward-thinking Australia’.”

    Cormann…part of the LNP Labor lite muck…the same LNP Labor lite muck who last week ganged up in the senate…with both Labor and the Greens…to censure an Australian citizen.

    Seriously? He said that? FMD. I remember seeing footage of Trumble being whisked off in a ComCar Beamer- chunder worthy. Symbolic of our decline as a manufacturing nation. Very tin pot third word really.

  98. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Comcars changed from white to grey because they reflect ‘our colonial past’

    Alice Workman
    Strewth Editor
    @workmanalice
    An hour ago March 4, 2020
    32 Comments

    Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has confirmed he personally intervened to change the colour of the new fleet of taxpayer-funded (not Holden) Comcars from traditional white to dark grey.

    “My Comcar driver told me the other day that the colour of the cars was chosen by you personally. Is that a true rumour that’s circulating?” Greens senator Janet Rice asked Cormann late on Tuesday.

    “I take responsibility for that yes,” Cormann replied.

    The minister continued: “I think that … that the white colour, in my mind, reflects a bit of a colonial past that we’ve moved on from and I think the colour chosen for the Comcars is a better reflection of a modern, forward-looking Australia.”

    Rice laughed and added: “My driver was complaining that it’s very hard to keep them looking clean.”

    From the Oz. I’ve always owned white cars because the air conditioning is more effective, and they are more visible on the roads. I didn’t realize that made me a symbol of Australia’s shameful, colonial past.

  99. Struth

    Even on the floor of the Commonwealth bank collecting the dole.

  100. areff

    she and her family were quite chirpy about it all.

    The bigger the inheritance, the louder the chirpiness.

  101. Roger

    Apart from the odd security reason, the requirement now for retaining a fleet of Comcars escapes me.

    And it’s not just Canberra; there’s a fleet in each capital city.

  102. 132andBush

    White cars are also easier to keep clean.

    Majority of “Conservative in name only” pollies deserve no more than a taxi driven by a three day unwashed slob with flatulence.

  103. Rafiki:

    When rafiki jnr was a baby/toddler it fell to me deal with the aftermath of a dirty cloth nappy. Put water in the laundry tub, drop in nappy, leave to soak, stir it about a bit, drain tub, and wash and dry nappy. Could not this technique be employed in lieu of paper rolls? (Should we need to, given that rolls are one product we still manufacture.)

    There was a link to an article yesterday about ‘Home Cloths’ or something similar. Essentially a cloth arsewipe you wash.
    Available at Bunnings.

  104. mh

    World health officials said Tuesday the mortality rate for COVID-19 is 3.4% globally, higher than previous estimates of about 2%.

    “Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press briefing at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva. In comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected, he said.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/03/who-says-coronavirus-death-rate-is-3point4percent-globally-higher-than-previously-thought.html

  105. Struth

    Cormann might wish to reflect on his more recent Austrian history and stop costing us money.
    Everything wrong with ou politics can be seen here.
    What an arrogant Austrian c….t.

    There’s been a few of those………

  106. Roger

    What an arrogant Austrian c….t.

    Belgian actually.

  107. miltonf

    Certainly gives us an insight into how their minds work. They sure aren’t our friends.

  108. Seriously ?!

    “The minister continued: “I think that … that the white colour, in my mind, reflects a bit of a colonial past that we’ve moved on from”.

    I am no expert on car colours but the trend on road is definitely grey or white. However to use “colonial past” as a reason is just laughable. Classic case of being offended by nothing.

    We are so screwed as a country when politicians think like that.

    Lest we forget the new mega buck coffee hutch in Parliament House built at the cost of a house. Hey it’s only money and it must grown on a magic tree in Canberra.

  109. Jessie

    I still fail to understand the issue of DNA testing and claims of racial profiling
    cf Marcia Langton
    Mark Latham proposed DNA testing for all Aboriginal people, even though this is not possible given the state of the science. Hysteria over High Court’s ruling is hateful and wrong
    The Australian 15/2/2020

    Machado-Joseph Disease- autosomal dominant disease specific to Groote Eylandt aboriginal people and now found in populations south of Arnhemland
    Kidney Transplants (either live or dead donors)
    eg Not all doctors agree my patient deserved his kidney transplant. They’re wrong
    and so on

    Control by the Indigenous- identifying comes at the cost of serious research and substantial human benefit for people suffering such terrible diseases. Many a good scientific researcher has been denied grants. Preferred supplier is the prime criteria for such racially-based research.

    2012 Emma Kowal “Genetic research in Indigenous health: significant progress, substantial challenges”
    sourced from references Indigenous genomic health research roundtables @ Lowitja Institute

  110. JB of Sydney/Shanghai

    No Fixed Address….Happy to have you on board as a Franchise holder for “”Flying Fox Toilet” paper! The product is environmentally friendly, produces only modest amounts of C02, is fun for the whole family to use and is, of course, biodegradable.
    The basic concept is to use free range Fruit Bats, as a replacement for toilet paper. After the furry beast is used to “shine up the date” it is given a quick rinse, a couple of grapes or other fruit, and it will fly off to a nearby tree and dry in the sun. Knuckle Dragger failed to grasp the concept, and spoke about cooking and eating the beast. Clearly he is not much of a lateral thinker, such as yourself.

  111. Roger

    World health officials said Tuesday the mortality rate for COVID-19 is 3.4% globally, higher than previous estimates of about 2%.

    And you can add a few points to that figure, given the likely under reporting from China & Iran & the yet to be closed cases.

  112. Cassie of Sydney

    “miltonf
    #3342912, posted on March 4, 2020 at 12:23 pm
    Certainly gives us an insight into how their minds work. They sure aren’t our friends.”

    You don’t say.

  113. Snoopy

    Ex Comcars in popular colours may attract better resale prices.

  114. Mother Lode

    There are close to 800,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait ­Islander voices in this country today, and this will grow towards one million in the coming years.

    That is something like 4% of the population.

    Wasn’t there supposed to be some genocide?

    Lucky Marcia won’t allow people to question their culture and resolve (are you allowed to question one but not the other?) because a cultural question might hinge upon the prominent laydeez leadership while traditional culture had, I think, a rather different attitude to the value and use of women.

  115. areff

    Fascinating, ain’t it, how so many who fled Iran for fear of the lives and obtained residency here don’t think twice about nipping back for a nice holiday?

  116. shatterzzz

    When I was a junior APS employee back in the seventies, Comcars were used not only by MPs and VIPs but by ordinary public servants needing to get around Canberra on business. It was always interesting to see some CA2 tasked with delivering a paper from one agency to another being chauffeured there in a Comcar LTD.
    True .. back in the 1960s as a Fed clerk (Dept. of Air) I used Comcars several times a week to deliver pay (cash in those days) and paperwork ( + do my shopping & always a club lunch LOL!)) around the Sydney suburbs to various out-sourced offices .. back then the gummint Comcars were also supplemented by, contracted, hire cars because of demand .. Ford Fairlanes were very popular!
    On pay days I, actually, carried a loaded gun, as well .. LOL!

  117. Des Deskperson

    ‘And it’s not just Canberra; there’s a fleet in each capital city.”

    All MPs are also entitled to a private plated car for their personal use, and the use of their families, as part of their ‘remuneration package’. The cars have, for all practical purposes, unlimited taxpayer-funded fuel an servicing.

    They are also entitled to free car parking for these vehicles.

    Another reason why Comcars are mostly redundant, but I guess some MPs prefer to leave the private-plated car for the wifey and the kids.

  118. mh

    At an event in Washington on Friday, Florida senator Rick Scott used the term “Communist China” 25 times in a 10-minute speech pushing the idea that the coronavirus epidemic should be used as a wedge to prise apart the US-China relationship.
    “I think there is going to be more decoupling, as we’re seeing with the coronavirus. I think people are saying to themselves, are we too dependent on a country that acts as an adversary? And I think that is going to cause some people to rethink their supply chains,” Scott told a crowd gathered at the Hudson Institute, a think tank.
    “Communist China just does not want to join the community of nations, so much as it wants to rule it. The result, whether we want to admit it or not, is there is a new Cold War.”…

    https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3064794/coronavirus-outbreak-fans-flames-us-china-decoupling-debate

  119. Struth

    I was once upstaged while playing a quiet dinner set in Alice.
    Some may know of the old “Scotties”.
    Well it had changed hands and I was set up next to the window looking out onto the mall, to play quietly during dinner.
    Suddenly the punters all looked toward me and started pointing.
    But they were not looking at me but to one of the “locals’ who had decided backing one out on the park bench in the mall outside was far more comfortable than squatting.

  120. Snoopy

    World health officials said Tuesday the mortality rate for COVID-19 is 3.4% globally, higher than previous estimates of about 2%.

    WHO is lying. The death rate is 6%. And that’s assuming there are no fatal relapses among victims assessed to be recovered.

  121. Cassie of Sydney

    “areff
    #3342921, posted on March 4, 2020 at 12:29 pm
    Fascinating, ain’t it, how so many who fled Iran for fear of the lives and obtained residency here don’t think twice about nipping back for a nice holiday?”

    My thoughts too Areff.

  122. Bruce of Newcastle

    Comcars should be electric.
    Pollies must lead by example!
    Bandt should push for this immediately.
    For the Planet!

  123. Roger

    Fascinating, ain’t it, how so many who fled Iran for fear of the lives and obtained residency here don’t think twice about nipping back for a nice holiday?”

    Ditto the South Sudanese, Congolese, Burundians, etc., the only difference being they were resettled here via UNHCR and our generous refugee program.

    Bring back TPVs or similar.

  124. Snoopy

    Whenever the topic of getting out of the UN is raised, there’s always someone who says that the UN is not all bad. What about the WHO? Just shut up FFS.

  125. Snoopy

    “areff
    #3342921, posted on March 4, 2020 at 12:29 pm
    Fascinating, ain’t it, how so many who fled Iran for fear of the lives and obtained residency here don’t think twice about nipping back for a nice holiday?”

    Iran is not the attraction. They want to experience flying into Australia.

  126. Aref:
    They’ve self selected for internment if the need so arises.
    Bet they won’t be gloating about how bloody clever they were, and how stupid the Aussies were for believing them.

  127. miltonf

    I always thought white was the best colour for safety and staying cooler. Can’t say I ever thought that there was a racial dimension to a car colour.

    So what are some of the big concerns out there in the real Australia? I’d say the state of the electricity supply, the cost of housing, confiscatory taxation and urban congestion to name four (all the result of political action from Canberra). But the imagined symbolism of car colour is what exercises a senior government senator’s mind. Shades of Caligula or Marie Antoinette.

  128. Struth

    What an arrogant Austrian c….t.

    Belgian actually.

    Even worse.
    Belgium is not a country, it’s the NZ of Europe, no wonder he resents ours.

  129. Infidel Tiger

    World health officials said Tuesday the mortality rate for COVID-19 is 3.4% globally, higher than previous estimates of about 2%.

    WHO is lying. The death rate is 6%. And that’s assuming there are no fatal relapses among victims assessed to be recovered.

    The stats will be all over the palce.

    In Italy where tree average age is 97 and a baby hasn’t been burn since WWII, expect it to wipe out half the nation.

    In place like West Africa where the average age is 12, it will barely create a ripple.

    This is a virus designed to punish Boomers and the lack of fecundity.

  130. Andreas

    a) what the hell does a white motor vehicle have to do with our colonial past
    b) what’s wrong with our colonial past that we have to be ashamed of it now

    These turds hate this country.

  131. Professor Fred Lenin

    Any “refugee “who goe back for a holiday should not be allowed back in here ,they obviously lied to get refugee status ,lying should not be rewarded . Even ifthe regime in their country of origin has changed that means its safe for them to returnand stay there so they areno longer refugees.
    The only genuine refugees in Australia would be from Papua New Guinea or New Zealand they domt pass through a third country to get here

  132. Bruce of Newcastle

    WHO is lying. The death rate is 6%.

    Snoopy – it seems very age dependent.

    Coronavirus patients over age 80 have a 15% chance of dying. Here’s the mortality rate for every age bracket. (28 Feb)

    It’s Chinese data but the graph is still interesting. I’ve seen other data which says a slightly higher rate for adults under 40 (0.9% vs 0.2%) but the essence seems to be the older you are the higher the chance of carking it.

  133. Professor Fred Lenin

    PS south African Whites fleeing here are also genuine refugees thereis nothing between SAfrica and WA

  134. Roger

    I suspect Cormann’s “colonial past” remark is coloured more by Belgium’s history than ours.

    Still stupid, though.

  135. lotocoti

    White comcars ‘reflect our colonial past’

    Wouldn’t something in burled walnut with a French polish reflect our colonial past?

  136. Struth

    but the essence seems to be the older you are the higher the chance of carking it.

    Death is often caused by TMB.

  137. Snoopy

    but the essence seems to be the older you are the higher the chance of carking it.

    So situation normal?

  138. Lysander

    “The minister continued: “I think that … that the white colour, in my mind, reflects a bit of a colonial past that we’ve moved on from”.

    #I’llRideInBlue 😛

    (Cormann is a tosser)

  139. JB’s proposal is far more environmentally sound, but may find objection from obtuse bureaucrats. Until it’s passed, more prosaic solutions are called for.

    Winston: I think I saw a similar product in Aldi. Won’t last long. Absent cloth, in many cases one can simply shower after morning evacuations.

    I can’t believe I am writing this stuff. I blame the age in which we live.

  140. Mother Lode

    Starring Patrick Livesey as Gillard (Australia’s first female prime minister and first female Labor leader) and Annabel Larcombe as Bishop (the first woman to formally stand for the Liberal leadership, the party’s first female deputy leader and Australia’s first female foreign minister), the comedy starts in 1998 when both were first elected to parliament.

    Don’t those thumbnail CV’s kind of show that they were not being kept from advancement?

    Gillard was just a crappy PM who tried to blame her serial missteps on men in general and the mild-mannered Tony Abbott in particular. Bishop was pointless. She was probably promoted above her ability because she had lady-parts, an advantage which naturally would not obtain in the case of her male colleagues. She had one moment of glory when Abbott was PM, when he left she suddenly went as floppy as a puppet with the hand removed. The constant in her success was not her.

  141. Infidel Tiger

    Going to be Trump vs Biden.

  142. Struth

    If South African Farmers just had the smarts to come on holidays and claim to be indigenous , or grow weird beards and lay in a sun bed , maybe chuck their women in sacks, they’d be in.
    Bloody stupid white people playing by the rules.

  143. cuckoo

    The second reason is Australians know the Chinese community have a history of emptying supermarket shelves.

    Just came out of QV shopping centre in central Melbourne, endless exit queues of Asians carrying maxi-packs of toilet paper. And I mean endless.

  144. miltonf

    a) what the hell does a white motor vehicle have to do with our colonial past
    b) what’s wrong with our colonial past that we have to be ashamed of it now

    These turds hate this country.

    Too right. Also the profound ignorance of science- white for safety and stayer cooler.

  145. candy

    “I take responsibility for that yes,” Cormann replied.

    White cars upset the indigenous is what he is saying. I am afraid he sounds idiotic with that idea.
    One too many cigars obviously.

  146. mh

    Corn Pop into $1.30 for Dem nominee.

  147. Mother Lode

    Why are people stripping the shelves of date paper?

    Because each one thinks they better because they hear everyone is doing it before them.

    Things are getting pretty baa-d. Better get a moo-ve on.

  148. Tintalrella di Luna

    This is the news that I feared the most. The aged care sector is chockers full of recent arrivals like Indians, Africans etc.

    So is the disability sector — it would appear the R/G/R government made an agreement with an outfit called Settlement Services International and in turn with disability service providers to give employment to newly arrived people (there were some 50,000 of those during the R/G/R debacle) and disability and aged-care were the most promising sectors to provide employment, given the very scant requirement with respect to training.

  149. miltonf

    Biden is total filth.

  150. Ed Case

    In Italy where tree average age is 97 and a baby hasn’t been burn since WWII,

    Commenters elsewhere have pointed out the hypocrisy of Democrats rending their garments over Trumps non response to Corona-Chan while holding massive primaries in 20 states.
    Brisbane City Council elections on March 28 to be postponed?
    21% mortality rate among oldsters you know?

  151. Tintalrella di Luna

    The constant in her success was not her.

    Love your work Mother Lode

  152. Bruce of Newcastle

    So situation normal?

    The 1918 Spanish flu killed a lot of young people:

    The pandemic mostly killed young adults. In 1918–1919, 99% of pandemic influenza deaths in the U.S. occurred in people under 65, and nearly half in young adults 20 to 40 years old.

    So maybe the 1918 epidemic was unusual and this is less so. I dunno.

  153. Some History

    Bernie Bros going to smash some shit up.

    Bornie was rarin’ to go… let me at ’em

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/274a58bd1e47fb23989eb8124f3119220a1abdeb51eb00a95079f4a02a4014c5.gif

  154. mh

    Just came out of QV shopping centre in central Melbourne, endless exit queues of Asians carrying maxi-packs of toilet paper. And I mean endless.

    The bat botherers are doing this to annoy us now.

    Most of them wouldn’t even use toilet paper back home.

  155. miltonf

    Which reminds me, how was McCormack’s trip to Sweden?

  156. cuckoo

    Did I see yesterday in the Oz that some 23 people currently in immigration detention are now claiming indigenous status?

  157. Struth

    Julia Gillard had a glass ceiling over her Prime Minister’s office.
    Bloody men.
    She was going for “emperor for life”
    F…king blatant Miss-ogyny.

  158. Tintalrella di Luna

    I always thought white was the best colour for safety and staying cooler. Can’t say I ever thought that there was a racial dimension to a car colour.

    I have a white car, where do I go to confess my racism and will sackcloth and ashes suffice? the season is upon us I know, so there may be a shortage.

  159. Tintalrella di Luna

    Did I see yesterday in the Oz that some 23 people currently in immigration detention are now claiming indigenous status?

    You sure did cuckoo, thank you activist judges on the High Court doing interpretive dance with the Australian constitution and immigration statutes.

  160. cuckoo

    So is the disability sector (chockers with new arrivals)

    Only anecdotal, but every time I’ve seen a disabled person out for some daily excursion in the last year or so, the accompanying carer has been African.

  161. Des Deskperson

    I just checked our local carpark in Weston Creek ACT while I was shopping.

    Of the 66 cars parked, 30, or 45.4%, were white!!

  162. Ed Case

    In 1918–1919, 99% of pandemic influenza deaths in the U.S. occurred in people under 65,

    Might be a case of men in particular not living to 65 on average in those days?
    Teddy Roosevelt and John L Sullivan both died in 1919 aged 60 though not from the flu.

  163. Infidel Tiger

    Biden is total filth.

    Could be POTUS until he dies in a few months,.

    President Harris.

  164. Jessie

    (2012) Mutational Origin of Machado-Joseph Disease in the Australian Aboriginal Communities of Groote Eylandt and Yirrkala
    Ref: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaneurology/fullarticle/1157350
    Note: in Additional Contributions header, the local people’s support [and own voice].

    The Japanese were researching this disease back in 1993, when the Australian standard for the research [narrative] of clinical symptoms was ……………. ’caused by manganese mining”……………
    And so a whole decade+ of culturally appropriate research and propaganda to fit the narrative was fuelled, and lives wasted, yet again.

    The only voices as per Marcia Langton “Indigenous Australians’ voice will be heard loud and proud” are the ones we continue to hear and read in the media …………. 40 years on………………. 40 years and over 3 generations of lives wasted and destroyed by The Voices.

  165. Infidel Tiger

    Varad Mehta
    @varadmehta
    Republican turnout for an uncontested primary in Texas is dwarfing Democratic turnout for what will be one of the closest primaries of the night.

    https://twitter.com/varadmehta/status/1235022518768922624

    Good signs for DJT.

    Bad sign is the surge in white suburban voters in swing states.

  166. candy

    White comcars ‘reflect our colonial past’

    Maybe this is a jest, a prank. It really is the stupidest stupidest thing.

    I guess white painted houses ‘reflect out colonial past’ too?

  167. miltonf

    They say you can’t polish a turd but they will try with Biden.

  168. cuckoo

    I would guess this is because Australians realise we don’t make anything anymore.

    I’m currently reading Nevil Shute’s On the Beach. As most Cats will known, in the aftermath of a nuclear war which has killed everyone north of the equator, the human remnant lingers on in southern Australia, waiting for death. One interesting detail is that cars are almost extinct as all Australia’s fuel was imported and has quickly run out. Elsewhere, Shute’s characters give thanks for brown coal (!) as it’s the only thing providing electricity. Presumably they’re still making toilet paper.

  169. Boambee John

    White Comcars = colonial past?

    Who knew that the First Fleet brought white limos with them?

  170. Boambee John

    Des Deskperson
    #3342979, posted on March 4, 2020 at 1:05 pm
    I just checked our local carpark in Weston Creek ACT while I was shopping.

    Of the 66 cars parked, 30, or 45.4%, were white!!

    Racists!

  171. Struth

    Why are people stripping the shelves of date paper?

    Because they are Chinese.
    If they are not, they understand the Ch i n ks and know just how bloody many we have in Australia.

    Ah the smug smuginess of multiculturalism, warming your heart while it kills you with disease or terrorist violence, all with a dirty arse,…………………….

  172. miltonf

    On the Beach was a profoundly depressing film as I guess it was meant to be. Great footage of Melbourne and surrounds though.

  173. Struth

    We’ll never run out of crap wrap while we have Newspapers and receipts from Bunnings.

  174. Chris

    Is this the place for grumpy old people to grump?

    Home NBN is down, and I called my provider. After checks, it needs an NBN Corp intervention.
    25 days from outage they can send an NBN technician. The date they mandate my attendance is the day my son is getting married.

  175. cuckoo

    So is the disability sector

    The NBN is finally being installed in our neighbourhood, and every team I’ve seen working in the wiring pits has been some kind of exotic asian, communicating among themselves in their own tongue. My wife tried to ask one of them a question and he had little to no english. Surely these guys aren’t 457s? Is there no-one availible in the country to do this work?

  176. Confused Old Misfit

    Curmudgeon n

    1) archaic: a crusty, ill-tempered, churlish old man

    2) modern: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretence and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner.

  177. Just sent off to Senator Corman:

    “I think that … that the white colour, in my mind, reflects a bit of a colonial past that we’ve moved on from”.
    Are you realistically thinking this is important?
    What on Earth is wrong with you?
    We have REAL problems in Australia – the power supply is unstable and the system has no redundancy, Prime Minister Morrison hasn’t a clue as to his position on the Wuhan Zombie Virus, and the nation is soon to hit a Trillion dollar debt.
    And you are concerned about the colour of your taxpayer provided wheels?
    Are all our politicians senile, or is it just the Liberals?
    …and your stupid damn “I’m not a robot” thingy is counting a rooftop aircon as a chimney.
    I suppose it can identify as one these days.

  178. mh

    Unless the Chinese know that diarrhoea is in fact a likely effect of having the virus.

    I note a doctor with Hadley this morning would not rule it out.

    💩💩💩💩💩

  179. Infidel Tiger

    Jason Del Rey
    @DelRey
    ·
    6m
    An Amazon employee who works in the company’s 12-story “Brazil” building in Seattle has tested positive for Coronavirus.

    “We’re supporting the affected employee who is in quarantine,” is the extent of what Amazon is saying publicly right now.

    Globalists are getting wrecked in 2020.

  180. Struth

    Surely these guys aren’t 457s? Is there no-one availible in the country to do this work?

    Contractors using immigrants get less hassles than those employing whites.
    They get away with lots of shit.
    Government must make sure whites are not the employee of choice.

  181. Chris

    I have the old image in my mind from reading On the Beach, of the old guy putting on his driving helmet, and sitting up in the driver’s seat of his blocked-up vintage Bentley, to take his final pill and leave his body to wait for whatever the world brings next…

  182. cuckoo

    Best laugh I’ve had so far today is Rudd lamenting the demise of AAP:

    Most Australians don’t realise AAP’s balanced coverage is one of the few checks on Murdoch attempts to indoctrinate people into his Fox-style alternate reality.

    He’s starting to sound like that revolutionary leader in Woody Allen’s Bananas.

  183. Roger

    On the Beach was a profoundly depressing film as I guess it was meant to be. Great footage of Melbourne and surrounds though.

    Ava Gardner famously said Melbourne was a great place to make a film about the end of the world.

  184. Delta A

    Winston Smith
    #3342998, posted on March 4, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    Well done, Winnie.

    You’ve inspired me to email him also.

  185. Infidel Tiger

    A man with coronavirus spent 15 minutes in a Tasmanian supermarket after being asked to self-quarantine, forcing authorities to review help for people entering self-isolation.

    It is understood a 40-year-old man recently arrived from Iran was tested over the weekend and advised to self-quarantine while awaiting the result, which came back as positive on Monday.

    On Sunday night, however, apparently to stock up for his isolation, he visited a Launceston Woolworths.

    Even when they are infected the Chi nks still go a hoarding.

  186. Tel

    Going to be Trump vs Biden.

    With Bernie in the background saying, “But, but, excuse me? I won the popular vote, excuse me!”

    Trump will start his debate speech, “Didn’t you say you were running for Senator? Seems like you got on the wrong bus this morning.”

  187. Caveman

    A comm car with white walls = black face.

  188. Does anyone have a link to Steven Kings “The Stand” movie?
    I’ve read the book, but not seen the fillum.
    The ones I’ve tried to watch have been done in 360p or worse.

  189. Tintalrella di Luna

    The NBN is finally being installed in our neighbourhood, and every team I’ve seen working in the wiring pits has been some kind of exotic asian, communicating among themselves in their own tongue. My wife tried to ask one of them a question and he had little to no english. Surely these guys aren’t 457s? Is there no-one availible in the country to do this work?

    The NBN was being installed in our street, it took a week and there was the delight in realising that the small alcove between our home and property was being used as a latrine the very culturally aware NBN ‘technicians’.

  190. Tintalrella di Luna

    — between our home and the property next door —

  191. Infidel Tiger

    With Bernie in the background saying, “But, but, excuse me? I won the popular vote, excuse me!”

    Sanders won’t even be able to do that. He is getting stomped.

    Shows what a terrible opponent Hillary was.

    Trump is going to have some real competition this time.

  192. Roger

    A man with coronavirus spent 15 minutes in a Tasmanian supermarket after being asked to self-quarantine, forcing authorities to review help for people entering self-isolation.

    Our authorities busy “innovating solutions” to problems causes by their ineptitude in the first instance.

    Make Australia mediocre again!

  193. cuckoo

    Ava Gardner famously said Melbourne was a great place to make a film about the end of the world.

    The official version now is that journalist Neil Jillett made up that quote and attributed it to her, and it stuck. Wouldn’t mind spending the end of the world with Ava Gardner.

  194. Infidel Tiger

    Dave Wasserman
    @Redistrict

    Total 2016 VA Dem primary votes cast: 782,895
    2020 VA Dem primary votes cast (99.9% in): 1,321,958

    Massive Dem enthusiasm.

    Trouble brewing for R’s.

  195. Struth

    Australia is what you get when the population expects those that caused their problems, to fix them.

  196. mh

    Trump has firmed slightly today into $1.62

  197. Chris

    Is this the place for grumpy old people to grump?

    So I opened a letter and it says ‘URGENT SAFETY RECALL STOP DRIVING YOUR CAR IMMEDIATELY’, take off the plates, call us and we will tow it away AT NO CHARGE TO YOU and pay you $3100 for it.
    Given the age of my car Honda is not making replacement parts for the dangerous airbag.

    It might be 20 years old but its my luxury sports car. Leather seats, electric seat adjustments flash dash, Alpine stereo with bluetooth, V6 lets me turn fuel into expensive acceleration, sunroof lets my bride feel like she is out with a sexy guy. (Or at least, a guy with a sexy car.)

    And these corporate arrrr-ses want me to solve THEIR problem and take their peanuts for my awesome ride.

  198. Roger

    The official version now is that journalist Neil Jillett made up that quote and attributed it to her, and it stuck.

    A journalist putting words in someone else’s mouth, you say?

    Well, I never…

  199. Helen

    Reposted from old fred

    Winston, the story in the OZ was quite clear there was no self quarantine during the 14 day stay in another country, nor was there any requirement to do so by Mr Dutton. The students just treated it (bar one safety conscious fellow) as a holiday, with free mingling, beaches, bars and party time.

    All immigration was interested in was a 14 day gap between China and Oz.

  200. Leigh Lowe

    Porter

    #3342843, posted on March 4, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Rafiki you can even just wash your bum and dispense with the cloth. I mean if you’re isolated at home for 14 days it’s not as if you you have anything better to do.

    Exactly.
    As long as power/gas still on you can have a shower every time you do a download.
    Not in my top ten prepper products.
    I would be buying a 20kg bag of bakers flour, heaps of dried pulses, eggs (easier source of protein than meat), long life milk, containers for drinking water (if supply not gravity fed), maybe rice.
    Toilet paper … not so much.

  201. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    If the virus gets into the nursing homes …

    … there’ll be no need for yoof in Asia.

  202. So I opened a letter and it says ‘URGENT SAFETY RECALL STOP DRIVING YOUR CAR IMMEDIATELY’, take off the plates, call us and we will tow it away AT NO CHARGE TO YOU and pay you $3100 for it.

    Remove the airbag, bolt on a good quality accessory wheel, and you’re good to go.
    AFAIK, the vehicle remains roadworthy with this mod.

  203. miltonf

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called President Donald Trump “the most dangerous person” in our country’s history, urging Democrats to show up at the polls in November to defeat Trump.

    Dangerous to that filthy old slag- showing her up for what she is and always has been.

  204. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Does anyone have a link to Steven Kings “The Stand” movie?

    Wasn’t there a television series made of The Stand back in the nineties? About the only scene in it I remember (of the twenty or so minutes I bothered to watch) was Gary Sinise, presumably playing the clapped out pop star, singing “eve of destruction”.

    A televisual feast it was not.

  205. vr

    Massive Dem enthusiasm.
    Trouble brewing for R’s.

    IT — Look at the replulican turnout in TX. That said, Biden is Trump’s biggest competition which is why he wants Sanders.

  206. Arky

    Remove the airbag, bolt on a good quality accessory wheel, and you’re good to go.

    ..
    Do not do that.

  207. Infidel Tiger

    IT — Look at the replulican turnout in TX

    They were more districts reporting.

    Final numbers will be interesting.

    Biden is far and away his biggest danger.

    We need Bernie to run 3rd party!

  208. stackja

    The Associated Press Retweeted
    AP Politics
    @AP_Politics
    ·
    5m
    BREAKING: Joe Biden wins the Democratic presidential primary in Arkansas. #APracecall at 8:49 p.m. CST. #Election2020 #ARprimary

    The Associated Press
    @AP
    ·
    6m
    Joe Biden has won the Minnesota Democratic presidential primary, a day after Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the race and endorsed him.

    The Associated Press
    @AP
    ·
    26m
    Joe Biden wins the Tennessee Democratic presidential primary. Polls were held open late in the county that includes Nashville in the wake of deadly tornadoes.

    The Associated Press Retweeted
    AP Politics
    @AP_Politics
    ·
    51m
    BREAKING: Joe Biden wins the Democratic presidential primary in Oklahoma. #APracecall at 8:05 p.m. CST. #Election2020 #OKprimary

  209. stackja

    The Associated Press
    @AP
    ·
    57m
    Bernie Sanders wins the Colorado Democratic presidential primary, his second victory on a Super Tuesday that has seen Joe Biden win a trio of Southern states.

    The Associated Press
    @AP
    ·
    1h
    Joe Biden wins the Democratic presidential primary in Alabama, securing his third victory in the South on Super Tuesday.

  210. stackja

    The Associated Press Retweeted
    AP Politics
    @AP_Politics
    ·
    2h
    BREAKING: Joe Biden wins the Democratic presidential primary in North Carolina. #APracecall at 7:45 p.m. EST. #Election2020 #NCprimary

  211. stackja

    The Associated Press
    @AP
    ·
    2h
    Bernie Sanders wins the Vermont Democratic presidential primary, scoring a victory in his home state. http://apne.ws/cDe33DT

  212. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Senior MP personally intervened to change the colour of comcars, to reflect a ‘modern, forward-thinking VenOztraliastan’.

    Soviet Grey it is, then.

  213. calli

    I’ve advised my elderly parents to be careful going to the shops – go very early on opening, do the shopping and don’t hang around drinking cappuccinos. And wash down everything when they get home, no face touching. And avoid the doctor’s.

    They’re onto it and understand completely (Mum used to work in a nursing home). Prescriptions all up to date, pantry full of nutritious stuff, all good to go.

    And plenty of bogroll. 😁

  214. So I bought a white Ford Territory in 2013. Now Cormann suggests it’s time to move away from the colonialist past. This has triggered me. Where’s my money? 😂

  215. Arky

    And wash down everything when they get home, no face touching. And avoid the doctor’s.

    ..
    And no casual sex with strangers.
    Either of them. Give them a stern look on this point.

  216. miltonf

    Calling Cormann asinine is an insult to asses.

  217. stackja

    Candidate Delegates * States Won
    Joe Biden 276 TN, MN, AK
    Bernie Sanders 163 NV, VT, CO
    Pete Buttigieg (out) 26 IA
    Mike Bloomberg 17 AS*

  218. Chris

    Remove the airbag, bolt on a good quality accessory wheel, and you’re good to go.
    ..
    Do not do that.

    Yeah, I thought of that but doubt it would pass roadworthy check as it removes a safety device – even if said ‘safety device’ has FRONT TOWARD ENEMY written on it.

  219. calli

    I tried to broach the subject, but felt a tad uncomfortable.

    Perhaps I can get them a pamphlet from the doctor’s surgery. On second thoughts, I’m going nowhere near that hive of pestilence.

    They’ll have to take their chances.

  220. Infidel Tiger

    I hate the rainbow flag, but would heartily approve all Com Cars be painted with it.

    Clown Cars. We need to make these people suffer at every given opportunity.

  221. Bruce

    “Why are people stripping the shelves of date paper?”

    Just a routine test to evaluate the effectiveness of their programming; nothing to see here, move along.

    Alternative answer: Better than leaved from a Gympie Bush.

  222. C.L.

    What does toilet paper have to do with it, though?
    I don’t get it.

  223. miltonf

    Just hysteria I reckon CL.

  224. Confused Old Misfit

    Here’s another conservative sect.
    This is for those of you who feel that conservative voters are insufficiently discriminating when considering the importance of the nuances of breeding and of vocal character projected by a potential candidate .
    These ladies and gentlemen are firm in their belief that they, and only they or their ilk, have the requisite qualifications to make decisions that would influence, if not determine, any conservative candidate.

  225. Roger

    And plenty of bogroll. 😁

    All sensible precautions, but stockpiling for two weeks or even four weeks isn’t going to cut it if this thing doesn’t peak here until August, as virologists are predicting.

    Only the most avid of preppers has six months supply of toilet paper!

    The rest of us are at the mercy of the supply chain.

    I pray it won’t be so, but so many angles of this drama – our large Chinese population, the timing going into autumn and winter, nursing homes staffed by third worlders (not their fault – ours), the government’s obvious lack of preparedness hidden behind glib talk of “innovating solutions” – suggest that as a country our luck may be about to run out.

  226. calli

    It’s herd stuff, C.L.

    My children shop like normal people – if they need it they buy it. When it runs out.

    Now they are faced with artificial shortages because a certain demographic from a low-trust, high-fear background is stripping the shelves because they can.

    So, here am I, forced to buy bogroll here for them. As I said earlier, I’m sending care packages to my kids and their young families. Hopefully, it might give them pause to think about waste and want. There’s always an upside to these things.

  227. stackja

    C.L. – Social media probably reported all toilet paper is imported from Red China. So no more toilet paper for months. Same logic as voters electing leftists expecting a different result.

  228. Ed Case

    People think they can use it to barter.
    There was a list doing the rounds a few years ago and TP was number one after people stop accepting money.

  229. Cassie of Sydney

    My mother has just rung me….she has been to three Coles, two Woolworths and two Aldi’s here in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. NO toilet paper.

  230. Infidel Tiger

    What does toilet paper have to do with it, though?
    I don’t get it.

    Supply chain scare mongering.

    I’d be more worried about basic medicines than bog roll.

  231. Steve trickler

    Be thankful PETA did not discover this dog. It would have been a quick needle insert and death.



  232. areff

    Calli, good policy re parents, good daughter too

    I’ve stocked Mum’s larder to groaning and told that, once it goes critical, she’s not leaving the house, especially not to play the pokies with all those much-touched buttons to be pushed

    She’s not happy about it. Not happy at all

    “I survived polio and scarlet fever — some rubbish out of bloody China …. Harrumph”

    Told her I’d break her walking stick if she didn’t behave

  233. Bruce

    miltonf:

    “They say you can’t polish a turd but they will try with Biden.”

    You CAN polish Coprolites: FOSSILIZED turds.

    Are Biden, Sanders and Hitlery all “Coprolites?

    Could be…..

  234. And yet, all of these climate considerations that occupy the people who are supposed to be governing nations, depend on the findings of a research tradition that has sunk to the level of trash in its desperation to find the crisis in the climate crisis — as seen in the very first paper of this long list of climate impact research papers.

    https://tambonthongchai.com/2018/06/21/climate-change-impacts1/

  235. Old School Conservative

    the comedy starts in 1998 when both [Gillard and Bishop] were first elected to parliament.

    So true.
    Turns out though that laughs were on us.

  236. Infidel Tiger

    My mother has just rung me….she has been to three Coles, two Woolworths and two Aldi’s here in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. NO toilet paper.

    IGA’s and smaller supermarkets seem unaffected.

    The Chicom hordes it seems won’t pay full retail when hoarding our wares.

  237. Ed Case

    Buy Coles 2 pack paper towels for $2. Theres 18 metres of 2 ply 200mm wide right there, cut the rolls in 2 with the bread knife and you’ve got 36 metres.

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