Tuesday Forum: March 31, 2020

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  1. Cassie of Sydney

    “feelthebern
    #3386537, posted on March 31, 2020 at 8:34 pm
    I disagree Cassie.
    Now the Statists have complete control, they will force everyone in private business to bend the knee.
    Non-compliance is futile.”

    You may be right…but I actually think that this is a redress to the lunacy of the left few years. We shall see. But all this guff requires money…..and there won’t be any to spend on this frivolous guff.

  2. JC

    Arky seems more irrational than usual.

    Not possible.

  3. Fat Tony

    Arkys new video is great.

    That’s definitely actionable!!

  4. Arky

    Don’t make me have to sue you trader.

  5. Rex Mango

    Archbishop of Dublin dumb enough to do an interview with Sarah Ferguson. Doesn’t he have advisors?

  6. Old School Conservative

    Any bet that cash will be the next thing “no longer required”.

    Gab, if by that you mean shops won’t take it, that has already happened on a widespread scale.
    And of course it would be rare for anyone to be paid wages, salary, fees etc in cash today.

  7. Struth

    Nota, you seem to think my cynicism over the top to the point of being conspiracy theorist in the other direction.

    All I can say to you is that I have had a lot to do with MSM, and not just with the convoy, but with my life regarding aboriginal Australia, the outback politics of it, etc etc, and I cannot emphasize enough how bad these people are.
    I have known journalists personally and I’m sure Tom would agree, these people are raving vicious, insane activists who exude a veneer of human qualities when the camera is turned on them.
    They are rabid greens.
    Near every last one of them.
    You would feel sick in their presence.
    There is a reason these people are attracted to journalism.
    Activism.
    I’m no conspiracy theorist.
    I know what they are capable of, and decent people like yourself often cannot grasp how sick they are.
    Now we are seeing some of it, and nothing surprises me at all.
    Millions can die and misery globally can ensue and f it gets rid of Trump, they wouldn’t hesitate for a second.
    They could stop the misery in aboriginal communities.
    They would rather they die in squalor for the good of the narrative.
    Scum of the earth.

  8. rickw

    What exactly is the point of cancelling elective surgery BEFORE the need for the beds becomes apparent?

    If you’re a retarded politician it looks like a great idea.

    Remember, we have people who’ve done fuck all, organised fuck all, achieved fuck all, making decisions on a real issue, it’s hardly going to end well.

  9. feelthebern

    At the Woollies near my work there was a black dude with a pump bottle of sanitiser.
    I went in twice today & he didn’t give me any.
    However, the hot birds who were going in & out were getting offered it furiously.
    Well played, black dude.
    Well played.

  10. Gab

    In the winter seasons from 2013/14 to 2016/17, an estimated average of 5,290,000 ILI cases occurred in Italy, corresponding to an incidence of 9%.

    More than 68,000 deaths attributable to flu epidemics were estimated in the study period.

    Italy showed a higher influenza attributable excess mortality compared to other European countries. especially in the elderly.

    https://www.ijidonline.com/article/S1201-9712(19)30328-5/fulltext

  11. vr

    And still government won’t act on those disgusting pathogen-rich supermarket reusable bags.
    I went in Coles last night, and there were two staffers at the entrance making sure every customer

    Things are afoot regarding plastic bag ban/tax. This is in CT

    Gov. Lamont Lifts Tax on Plastic Bags During Coronavirus Crisis

    Many grocery stores are telling customers not to bring reusable bags to shop over concerns they could carry coronavirus into the stores.

    In response to that, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday that he was lifting the 10-cent tax on single-use plastic bags.

  12. rickw

    Arkys new video is great.

    That’s definitely actionable!!

    False advertising, plain and simple.

  13. Fat Tony

    Arky
    #3386551, posted on March 31, 2020 at 8:39 pm
    Arky seems more irrational than usual.

    ..
    You will have to wait in line while I sue actual humans with real assets.

    So now, you’re NOT suing me.
    Make up your mind – I’m not one of your ewes that will stand around in a paddock all day waiting for you.

  14. Gab

    Old School – we have a choice (corona hysteria aside) at the moment of cash or card. We won’t have that choice any more post corona hysteria.

  15. Rex Mango

    David Marr now in on Ferguson’s expose. What new angle could he provide?

  16. Sinclair Davidson

    Send Davidson your contact details so I can sue you please.

    My pronoun is “God-Emperor”.

  17. feelthebern

    Participant, Rex?

  18. Rex Mango

    Sarah Ferguson just asked Archbishop of Dublin, why so many child abusers in Catholic church had Irish surnames? That is the dumbest question I have ever heard, but he answered it politely.

  19. Steve trickler

    Gab
    #3386536, posted on March 31, 2020 at 8:34 pm
    How do you control the world? Fear and a lying media.



    Factor in radio, too.

  20. Nick

    David Marr now in on Ferguson’s expose. What new angle could he provide?

    Bottom up ?

  21. Struth:

    People who have caught a cold virus, for that is what Corona is, go into an Italian hospital because they are 400 years old and the brain cancer has just about got them
    They die from brain cancer.
    Italy is putting down cause of death as the fucking cold!
    seriously, as admitted by them.

    I’ve mentioned this before, but why not again?
    In the old USSR, Doctors were given a quota of illnesses they could admit people under.
    If the patient was an alcoholic and he came in fitting, and with a broken leg because he’d fallen down steps. he would be admitted to the Orthopaedic ward because the quota for alcohol abuse was usually filled by day 5 for the month.
    That’s why stats for socialist countries are shit.

  22. Bruce of Newcastle

    Do crows have choco babies or was I mistaken?

    Tony – Sounds likely. I often get young currawongs that are choco. They grow out of it when they get their adult feathers.

    I’ve not seen that with the crows, but I don’t usually encourage them. They ate two of my friendly peewees’ chicks a couple years ago which wasn’t pleasant.

  23. Farmer Gez

    Make up your mind – I’m not one of your ewes that will stand around in a paddock all day waiting for you.

    I thought Arky would be an all wether type of guy.

  24. Rex Mango

    The Sarah Ferguson show is entertaining for one real reason. As she gradually reveals the ‘truth’ she is leading to (much like religion), she is completely oblivious to the elephant in the room. That all these offenders were homos, but hilariously the ABC can’t see that & instead blames it on the religion. Beyond parody this stuff.

  25. Tel

    Don’t make me have to sue you trader.

    Out of curiosity Arky, who do you have lined up as your lawyer in this venture.

  26. Struth

    The first thing gone with socialism is the truth.
    And the truth is no one should claim to know how many is dying, or indeed if any are, from a virus you can’t see and yet are relying on sick activists to inform you.
    Recipe for having your country taken from you.

    Oops, too late.

  27. Leigh Lowe

    Rex Mango

    #3386571, posted on March 31, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Sarah Ferguson just asked Archbishop of Dublin, why so many child abusers in Catholic church had Irish surnames? 

    Agenda item #51.
    Once the collective guilt is established, we now need to cull multi-culti priests (good) from white Anglo-Irish types (bad).

  28. Cassie of Sydney

    “Old School Conservative
    #3386545, posted on March 31, 2020 at 8:37 pm
    The Vicar of Rugby is gone.

    An interesting coincidence – one of the departing Board members of Rugby Australia is Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia.
    Owners of the Ruby Princess.
    She seems to attract corporate disaster.”

    Here’s a snippet of Sherry’s “business” background…

    “Sherry worked in a trade union for 5 years becoming increasing involved in political debate.

    Sherry then worked in the Victorian public service involved with delivery of programs for after-school care and for employment of people with disabilities

    Sherry was First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women from 1992 to 1994. In that role, she advised the Prime Minister (Keating) on how to improve the status of women in Australia.

    Sherry represented the Australian Government in the areas of women’s rights and human rights in the United Nations.

    A lot of business and rugby acumen there…isn’t there? What business has Sherry created? Nothing. She’s a parasite of the first order and she represents everything that is wrong in corporate Australia….Sherry is guff.

  29. Armadillo

    Old School – we have a choice (corona hysteria aside) at the moment of cash or card. We won’t have that choice any more post corona hysteria.

    The very thought of a cashless society horrifies me.

    What reassures me is the fact that humans (by their very nature will figure out ways of getting around it).

    History is replete with examples of that happening.

  30. Some History

    They just go on… and on… and on… From The Guardian of Crap

    Climate-damaging products should come with smoking-style warnings
    Graphic imagery should be used on petrol pumps and air tickets, experts say

    Cigarette packets with grisly warnings of the consequences of smoking are intended to deter smokers. Now a group of public health experts says similar warnings should appear on high-carbon products, from airline tickets and energy bills to petrol pumps, to show consumers the health impacts of the climate crisis.

    Warning labels would be a cheap but potentially highly effective intervention that would make consumers aware of the impact of their purchases on climate breakdown, according to the experts.

    “Warning labels connect the abstract threat of the climate emergency with the use of fossil fuels in the here and now, drawing attention to the true cost of fossil fuels pictorially or quantitatively,” they write in the British Medical Journal. “They sensitise people to the consequences of their actions, representing nudges designed to encourage users to choose alternatives to fossil fuels, thus increasing demand for zero-carbon renewable energy.”

    RTWT

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/31/climate-killing-products-should-come-with-smoking-style-warnings

  31. Old Ozzie:

    In Sydney’s harbourside Rushcutters Bay Park, police cars with flashing lights dispersed people getting some fresh air and sunshine, in Perth, encouraged by Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan, police flew drones over parks warning people to go home. In Victoria and New South Wales the governments and police forces are warning of $10,000 fines for people who leave home for reasons not covered by prescriptive lists.
    In Queensland there are similar threats from police and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk explained that now is “not the time for fun.”
    I don’t think anyone is having fun. But this police state tone is deeply worrying.

    After this is over, no one will advance the theory “the police are on our side.”
    The Police forces of Australia are showing us just whose side they are on – theirs.

  32. mh

    A lot of different issues coming together here*

    An unlicensed Queensland brothel has been slapped with the first fines for flouting the new coronavirus social distancing and quarantine regulations.

    Two infringement notices were issued at the Brisbane massage parlour on Monday afternoon for failing to comply with COVID-19 public health directives.

    Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll says a person working at the Lutwyche business was fined $1334, while the business itself copped a $6672 fine.

    “This related to a compliance check of licensed and unlicensed brothels we are carrying out,” she said on Tuesday.

    “It’s alleged … the massage services were offered in contravention to (the coronavirus) directive.”

    Two women, aged 25 and 37, will face court on June 6 on charges relating to prostitution.

    * phrasing

  33. Armadillo

    It’s called survival.

  34. JC

    Out of curiosity Arky, who do you have lined up as your lawyer in this venture.

    Cronkite. Arky sues civilly and cronkite ends up getting him a jail term due to his crack legal “mind”.

  35. Rex Mango

    Halfway through Ferguson’s hit job, confession comes up. Next cab off the rank.

  36. Arky

    My pronoun is “God-Emperor”.

    ..
    Already taken.
    Will you settle for one of these dudes, they are secretaries of hell. Minor dieties with various accounting tasks.

  37. bespoke

    I have ‘some’ legal training, Arky

  38. zyconoclast

    Hopefully the destruction of professional sportsball will be a lasting legacy of Covid 19.

  39. Robber Baron

    My pronoun is “God-Emperor”.

    Fact check: True

  40. Armadillo

    People will resort to whatever it takes. All empires fall due to overreach.

  41. feelthebern

    Arky needs a pro bono advocate.

  42. Atoms for Peace

    More smart bird stories. Running a standard bug zapper out front to nail the lawn grub moths. One out the back has a UV light fan/waterbath .trap. The green frogs do night shift out front, with the pee wee mafia and our chooks cleaning up the kill. Geckos and willy wag tails hang out at the back yard trap. No apparent overlap.

  43. zyconoclast

    Sarah Ferguson just asked Archbishop of Dublin, why so many child abusers in Catholic church had Irish surnames?

    What was the answer?

  44. Tel

    Climate-damaging products should come with smoking-style warnings
    Graphic imagery should be used on petrol pumps and air tickets, experts say

    I will paint a bit of graphic imagery on the back of my Corolla with a thermometer set to 24 degs C and then a red band showing 0.00001 deg increase caused by my driving.

    In Sydney traffic plenty of drivers so close up my arse they will honk me that the red band is slightly uneven.

  45. Arky

    I have ‘some’ legal training, Arky

    ..
    And I’m a gynecologist.
    Tel already offered, but I’m going with Lizzie’s guy.

  46. Rex Mango

    Great shot there of church steeple with seagull on top of the crucifix, but crowing noises overlaid & sun behind. Straight out of Damien Omen. A Current Affair can’t do television like the ABC.

  47. feelthebern

    Breaking news:
    ScoMo announces that “prima nocta” will be enforced from this weekend onwards.

  48. Nick

    What was the answer?

    Let me tink. Dere was Father Muhammad, Brother Farouk, Sister Fatima…

  49. Rex Mango

    Zycon, didn’t hear the answer as too busy typing such a ridiculous question. He pretty much just waffled away the responses you would expect from anyone in position of authority nowadays. Apologise, make a few motherhood statements etc.

  50. bespoke

    I also have ‘some’ training in aviation, viticulture, mining and geology if needs be.

  51. Armadillo

    Arky needs a pro bono advocate.

    Arky needs a bullet.

  52. Sinclair Davidson

    Sarah Ferguson just asked Archbishop of Dublin, why so many child abusers in Catholic church had Irish surnames?

    Someone of Irish extraction should lodge an 18c claim against her and the ABC.

  53. Rex Mango

    Sarah Ferguson now interviewing a crying 90 year old woman who came across her son who had hanged himself, in background haunting music. Great television this.

  54. Bruce of Newcastle

    My pronoun is “God-Emperor”.

    Sinc doing moderation.

  55. Nob

    Some History
    #3386584, posted on March 31, 2020 at 8:54 pm
    They just go on… and on… and on… From The Guardian of Crap

    Climate-damaging products should come with smoking-style warnings

    It’s very simple.

    If you wish to eschew fossil fuels, carry a Do Not Resuscitate type card stating that you are not to be rescued or assisted in anyway by a fossil fuel powered vehicle, or any product utilising hydrocarbons in process or finished product.

    That’ll show ’em

  56. Fat Tony

    Arky
    #3386599, posted on March 31, 2020 at 9:00 pm
    I have ‘some’ legal training, Arky
    .
    And I’m a gynecologist.
    Tel already offered, but I’m going with Lizzie’s guy.

    Bring it on you one-eyed ferret – and Lizzie’s guy will be up there with the pipe (bowl end first) and your Model A.
    He can probably push the Model A around in there whilst having a smoke from your pipe.

    If you’d followed my mechanical engineering advice some time ago, he could’ve been driving the Model A around instead.

  57. Atoms for Peace

    I’ve already claimed ” Your highness” I bought mine cheaply ebay Los Angeles.

  58. Armadillo

    Arky needs a bullet.

    ……to fire up his passion for the Model A and to get it finished.

    Stupid spaminator. Don’t sue me.

  59. cohenite

    Arky sues civilly and cronkite ends up getting him a jail term due to his crack legal “mind”.

    Do you prefer hard or soft pillows head prefect.

  60. Arky’s favourite song is:

    “I’ll never find another ewe”

    is that actionable?

  61. Infidel Tiger

    This Kafkaesque debacle just gets better.

    Perth’s homeless are being moved into 5 star hotels.

  62. Snoopy

    Yesterday we were discussing how the Chicoms bought up Bellamy’s at a 50% discount after killing their business. How is this different to how Morrison has treated private hospitals? He destroyed their business and then rode to their rescue.

    Why should I continue to pay for private health insurance?

  63. feelthebern

    Perth’s homeless are being moved into 5 star hotels.

    It’s about time.

  64. Geriatric Mayfly

    Great television this.

    Keep it up Mango. Don’t stop. I couldn’t stomach listening to or watching that prune faced moll vomiting up her bile.

  65. JC

    No one trolls as good as the pussy grabber. The master.

    Listen to the buzzing.

    https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1244752500978262017?s=21

  66. Sinclair Davidson

    Great choice Ellie.

    Saw Queen and Adam Lambert in Queensland before all this madness started. He is very talented.

  67. Ellie

    Thank you, Doomlord. I can do many things, but I can’t seem to embed.

  68. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Arky needs a pro bono advocate.’

    Goddamnit bern.

    I watched that exchange whilst catching up. Scrolling, scrolling, going ‘nobody say it, nobody say it, don’t say it, nobody say it…..’

    And then you said it.

    You have ruined my dreams and my childhood.

  69. bespoke

    Perth’s homeless are being moved into 5 star hotels.

    Distressful and at a time when others are stuck in shed crying over what could have been.

  70. DrBeauGan

    My pronoun is “God-Emperor”.

    I went to a local hospital a while back and was given a form to fill in. It asked how I wanted to be addressed, so I asked what they would do if I put “Lord and Master” in the space provided. The girl said that they would then address me as Lord and Master. So I did, and they did.

    I have some doubts as to their sincerity.

  71. Steve trickler

    Was at Police Covoid HQ today. WA. Constant supply of coffee on hand. Fine set up at the stadium.

    ————-



  72. Armadillo

    Perth’s homeless are being moved into 5 star hotels.

    Reminicient of the question about elites taking in refugees to their own homes?

  73. Narwhal Tusk

    JC
    Crows may be cunning but they can’t count.
    Anecdotal but I like this story.
    There’s a really annoying crow hanging out near the back shed messing up your rubbish bin.
    The shed has a widow you can shoot out of.
    So you walk out to the shed with your lupara (? shottie) and go inside.
    The crow twigs and pisses off.
    Next time, two of you walk to the shed and go inside.
    Crow pisses off.
    One of you walks back to the house.
    Crow returns.
    Boom.

  74. Arky

    I went to a local hospital a while back and was given a form to fill in. It asked how I wanted to be addressed,

    ..
    You should have put “Oi, you”.

  75. Sinclair Davidson

    You should have put “Oi, you”.

    Yo. Fucknut.

  76. Rex Mango

    Story so far in Revelation is that Newcastle Maitland had lat of child abusers operating in the 70’s. Nothing new so far. Courtroom footage from recent trials. Interviews of victims & relatives. Also interviews with former cons, who Ferguson seems to have ingratiated herself with & they are very happy to rat everyone else out. Pretty standard ABC hit job attacking the church culture, but ignoring one glaring reality, that all these blokes preferred the company of boys.

  77. DrBeauGan

    You should have put “Oi, you”.

    Yo. Fucknut.

    I’ll try those next time.

  78. Sinclair Davidson

    Many years ago one of my mischievous colleagues told a Malaysian hotel that I was a United Nations ambassador. So everytime I went there I got flowers in my room with a note saying “Welcome Your Excellency Davidson”.

    Not what I think my colleague expected … and I didn’t have the heart to correct them. Why they thought a UN ambassador would stay in their dive hotel is beyond me.

  79. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Rough sleepers glad for five-star hotel

    While cruise ship passengers take to Twitter to complain of their five-star hotel isolation, a group of rough sleepers are grateful to have been booked into a five-star Perth hotel to get them off the streets and away from infection.

    Based on a UK ‘Covid Care’ model which houses high risk homeless in London hotels, the Hotel with Heart initiative is aimed at housing some of the 800 homeless who live in doorways and alleyways in Perth.

    Nearly 30 people, all aged over 50 and considered high risk, have been booked into the high-end Pan Pacific Perth hotel, in a trial funded by the state government and administered by community organisations.

    Around half of the city’s rough sleepers are Aboriginal, and more than 20 per cent presenting to emergency departments have one or more risk factors for COVID- 19.

    Pan Pacific Perth general manager Rob Weeden says he offered to house the unlikely guests on up to four floors of the hotel, which have 120 rooms, after seeing the UK model.

    “I also see the way people talk about the homeless, yet they could be a member of your family. We treat them the same way as VIP guests.”

    The hotel patrons are supervised by charity staff and volunteer medical staff, eat in their rooms and use their own separate entrance to the hotel. None has so far tested positive for Covid-19.

    Mr Weeden said the first intake of 12 homeless men and women on Monday night were given new clothes and their first meal. “They were funny, quirky, polite and extremely thankful,” he said. “You compare that to some of the complaints being made on social media by people from cruise ships being locked down in hotels.”

    “It was great to be able to do something. I have been in the hotel industry for thirty years, and this was one of the most rewarding days I’ve had.”

    From the Oz.

  80. EvilElvis

    Narwhal Tusk
    #3386637, posted on March 31, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Good to see you on Antiques Roadshow the other night, NT. Biggest one they’d ever seen apparently. Congrats.

  81. vlad

    Why they thought a UN ambassador would stay in their dive hotel is beyond me.

    ABBA stayed in the Old Melbourne Motor Inn – now RMIT Village – so anything’s possible.

    Yes, that ABBA.

  82. Infidel Tiger

    I feel for the destitute.

    They have never had more income and better digs and the pubs are all closed. In 6 months they’ll be back on the street and have less money!

  83. Infidel Tiger

    None has so far tested positive for Covid-19.

    Jeez that’s a shock.

    Considering no one actually has it in WA.

  84. Gab

    A lot of people have had the corona virus for years as medical researchers have pointed out.

  85. jo

    Arky, I have some legal training. …. The police prosecutor referred to me as the defendant so I reckon he must have known I knew a bit about the law. Glad to help.

  86. Hay Stockard

    Lizzie,
    Who is your hook up for tonic water? I haven’t been able to find any. Anywhere.

  87. Rex Mango

    Now a parallel to the Pell case as the case they are showing, because the perp doesn’t take the stand. But they did show his initial police interview to the court, like the Pell case. They show the police interview & have the coppers editorialising how it shows how good a liar her is etc. This show has nothing new to show, but is purely a Pell hit job.

  88. Archivist

    The Australian bailout package for business is predicated on a fiction: that China’s economy has recovered from coronavirus. Therefore, the reasoning goes, once we get through it too and join them on the other side, we’ll be back to business as usual.

    But it’s all a lie. China has not recovered, and is cooking the books.

    Our economy is going to go through upheaval as we restructure in a post-China world. I’m not saying ‘we should do this’, I’m saying there’s no avoiding it. Our current economic structure is untenable, and the bailout will only postpone the reckoning.

  89. mizaris

    The shed has a widow you can shoot out of.”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  90. Rockdoctor

    Seen the money being handed out over the last few days but I draw the line at Airlines and the big boys. Pure curiosity, can someone tell me what is going on here, too big to fail type of thing again?

    Qantas is profitable & has market share, tell them no. Leprechaun obviously looking for a kick in to help with his fleet upgrade.

    Virgin on the other hand barely made a profit in 10 years, let the owners consisting of Chinese, Singaporean, Arabs & Richard Branson bail it out themselves. If it had regularly turned a quid in the black I may be more forgiving but this is just rewarding failure. $1.4 bil, no way.

    I’m certain another player would rise out of the ashes, know Alliance has dabbled in passenger services before before just concentrating on mining charters and wet leases to Virgin. Air North another though they seem very disorganised, still, haven’t lost that small airline feel.

    Ansett’s demise actually allowed Virgin Blue to rise out of the ashes… Why keep a sick airline afloat when even their creditors if the media was half right were having second thoughts themselves a few weeks ago.

  91. Sinclair Davidson

    so anything’s possible.

    Scandinavians – in the 1970s – living under almost-communism.

  92. candy

    The homeless will be chucked back on the street once things return to a semblance of normality, without a backward glance.
    Cruel really.

  93. Archivist

    The bailout will protect those businesses with good accountants. Nobody else.

    Foreign owners will use the opportunity to fleece Australia of billions of dollars. The amount of rorting that is going to happen over the next six months is just stupendous. Bigger than any bank robbery in history. And it’s being offered on a plate.

  94. Infidel Tiger

    Sounds like NSW is completely losing the plot over China Flu.

    What the hell is going on there?

  95. Fat Tony

    mizaris
    #3386656, posted on March 31, 2020 at 9:35 pm
    “The shed has a widow you can shoot out of.”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    One of my ex-girlfriends was like that, except she wasn’t a widow.

  96. Rex Mango

    Sarah Ferguson now interviewing old bloke doing 33yrs in gaol. He’s loving the camera & guess what he reckons one of the reasons he offended was the vow of chastity. So yes, straight from horses mouth that is the answer. He reckons he got away with it by not telling people, but it ate him up inside. Why wasn’t Ferguson allowed to interview Ivan Milat before he carked it?

  97. Arky

    The homeless will be chucked back on the street once things return to a semblance of normality,

    ..
    They should give them the hotel.
    After all, if the government can inflate away my savings to bail out the present bunch of crony spivs running Australia, they could give some bums a hotel.

  98. Gab

    Sounds like NSW is completely losing the plot over China Flu.

    What the hell is going on there?

    Female leader.

  99. Armadillo

    Good to see you on Antiques Roadshow the other night, NT. Biggest one they’d ever seen apparently. Congrats.

    Biggest what?

  100. Peter the old fossil

    Seen the money being handed out over the last few days but I draw the line at Airlines and the big boys. Pure curiosity, can someone tell me what is going on here, too big to fail type of thing again?

    Entre before the main course.
    Any idea just how far down the profits are at the Big Four banks?
    No? Well, you’re gunna find out.

  101. Mark A

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3386575, posted on March 31, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    I’ve not seen that with the crows, but I don’t usually encourage them. They ate two of my friendly peewees’ chicks a couple years ago which wasn’t pleasant.

    Don’t male me post a link to a subhuman doing the same.
    The crows do as crows do.

  102. Rex Mango

    The bloke doing 33yrs is also a Kiwi I should add.

  103. Knuckle Dragger

    The Whole of the Moon, in part:

    Unicorns and cannonballs
    Palaces and piers
    Trumpets towers and tenements
    Wide oceans full of tears
    Flags rags ferryboats
    Scimitars and scarves
    Every precious dream and vision
    Underneath the stars
    You climbed on the ladder
    With the wind in your sails
    You came like a comet *boom*
    Blazing your trail
    Too high too far too soon
    You saw the whole of the moon

    Damn I love that song. Applause, Mr Trickler, applause.

  104. Arky

    The world’s coming to an end anyway.
    Give the bums a hotel I say.

  105. Infidel Tiger:

    Cramped and squalid, third world shitholes who got the direct strain of the virus from Wuhan.

    I have a plot for a novel:
    The UN/EEC has decided to allow foreign armies into Europe.
    Biopreparat in Russia makes an unusual virus – a vial of which is dropped in the Wuhan Wet Market every month until one takes hold.
    China reacts – as the Russians knew they would – with denials and cover up.
    Wuhan is overun with the Wuhan Zombie Virus.
    China is over un with the WZV as China complains about the name being racist.
    A disease sweeps Europe and leaves the unarmed foreigners untouched.
    By some strange odd coincidence, the unarmed foreigners become armed. Light infantry weapons, RPG etc
    Civil war erupts in Europe as the enemy slaughters every Infidel they can get their hands on.
    Germany appeals to Russia for help.
    Russia sends mass armies and armour into Europe – to restore peace, mind you. And as soon as Europe is at peace, they will go home.
    European Mass Media shows ecstatic Swedes/French/Poles/Germans/Austrians/Czechs etc welcoming the New Red Armies of a United Soviet Europe.

    Naaah. Not believable – could never happen.
    🙂

  106. Infidel Tiger

    James
    @cashbonez
    ·
    12h
    If 30 minute haircuts deserved a press conference I kind of feel like “it’s now illegal to go outside” should have had one too

  107. Rex Mango

    Bloke doing 33yrs now answering questions about why his seniors didn’t dob him in. He’s making reference to the DSM, which he reckons he has studied & said no-one was aware of this type of offending back then (yeah right). Under further questions by Sarah, he answers ‘I don’t know’.

  108. EvilElvis

    Biggest what?

    I thought it was self evident, Arma, that I was referring to the great Narwhal Tusk.

  109. EvilElvis

    Celebrity amongst us, Dillo.

  110. egg_

    Italian death rate up 20 percent because of corona virus Lombardy up about 80 percentage

    The Mafia will fix it.

  111. Peter the old fossil

    The homeless will be chucked back on the street once things return to a semblance of normality,

    The current homeless are going to survive for another 70 to 80 years?

  112. Some History

    Why they thought a UN ambassador would stay in their dive hotel is beyond me.

    Was it this hotel?

    https://imgur.com/Tbz1laV

  113. Shy Ted

    Nearly 30 people, all aged over 50 and considered high risk, have been booked into the high-end Pan Pacific Perth hotel, in a trial funded by the state government and administered by community organisations.
    Around half of the city’s rough sleepers are Aboriginal, and more than 20 per cent presenting to emergency departments have one or more risk factors for COVID- 19.

    Do the rooms have mini bars? Are ‘lations invited. How will the junkies get their fixes? Will the PPP hotel ever be high-end ever again. Give it a week, nearly 30 people will be back on the streets. And some poor sod will have nearly 30 rooms to repair.

  114. Geriatric Mayfly

    This should work well. Wait until they try social distancing.

    A lockdown in Lagos – the commercial hub of Nigeria, as well as the neighbouring state of Ogun and the capital Abuja – came into force on Monday night, following an announcement by President Muhammadu Buhari that the fight against the virus was a “matter of life and death”.</em

  115. Arky

    If they want bailouts, they should comb the streets for the most wretched, pathetic, pissed his own pants and sleeping under an overpass with a cancerous hound bums they can find, and give them Qantas, Virgin and Sydney Airport to run them out of, plus some airport hotels to live in.

  116. old bloke

    cohenite
    #3386223, posted on March 31, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    I didn’t realise it was Andrew robb who sold Darwin port to the chunks then started to work for them as a fucking consultant. I hope the bastard’s depression is better.

    From Wikipedia….

    Career after politics

    Robb is a Board Member of the Kidman cattle enterprise and the Network Ten television station. He is the Chairman of Asialink and CNSDose, and a strategic advisor to Beef Innovations Australia, as well as a range of national and international businesses.

    In October 2016, it was announced that Robb had joined the Landbridge Group, a Chinese company which had been granted a 99-year lease on Port Darwin in 2015, as a “high-level economic consultant”. It was reported that Robb had accepted the $73,000 per month position before leaving Parliament. Landbridge Group is chaired by Ye Cheng, a billionaire with links to the Communist Party of China. Robb’s employment with Landbridge Group ended in 2018, which Robb attributed to an atmosphere increasingly critical of the Chinese government.

  117. Rex Mango

    Bloke doing 33yrs now saying he did confession with senior folk & coughed up. Course he would say that now when time is on his side.

  118. feelthebern

    I’ve just seen the footage of the cop car convoy in the Sydney park.
    Old mate was lying on the grass by himself & the plod put the wind up him.
    What the actual?

  119. Keith Forwheels

    Doesn’t look good if it’s all back to normal;

    https://www.tomtom.com/en_gb/traffic-index/wuhan-traffic

  120. Knuckle Dragger

    So my brother’s a commercial real estate broker in Melbourne. On the phone with him earlier tonight.

    His mate’s girls play junior girly crikkit with brother’s girls, my nieces. They were watching one of the games in late February. His mate’s in the oil gig and has done plenty of time in Africa, and apparently seen – peripherally, at least – the extent countries go to shut down Ebola and Marburg*.

    Mate turns to brother and says this will be the last game we’ll watch the girls play for some time. Brother goes waddayafugginonabout. Mate says coronavirus. Lockdown will come, he says.

    Brother punished mate every day for a fortnight. After that he stopped doing it. Now the mate’s on the phone to the brother all the time – told ya, etc. All bro has left is to call the bloke a xunt.

    *No, this is nowhere near either. But I wonder where the staged lockdown template, however clownishly implemented, came from.

  121. Geriatric Mayfly

    Give it a week, nearly 30 people will be back on the streets. And some poor sod will have nearly 30 rooms to repair.

    The only things they won’t knock off are the bath towels.

  122. EvilElvis

    Another day down, more public service cuts?

    #sharethepain

  123. Armadillo

    Celebrity amongst us, Dillo.

    I’ve got a couple of scrimshaws I reckon I could get through customs.

    Let old mate get an eight foot whales tooth through without anyone noticing.

  124. Bruce of Newcastle

    What about this?

    Honesty is meritorious.

  125. Sean

    If there’s no backpackers coming in to pick fruit, work on the farm etc. How are we going to entice people to go to rural areas when they can sit on their arse for $1100-$1500 a week for 6 months.

    Also, what about growing industries that can’t get skilled employees who would probably lose their job but are being paid to be idle.

    The government will be propping up a dud if they thing international travel/tourism will just kick back into gear if we end the lockdown. Will we really be letting tourists in at a rate that justifies keeping all those people sitting around?

  126. rickw

    This should work well. Wait until they try social distancing.

    Mission impossible in Lagos!

  127. Fat Tony:

    Anyone got any ideas on when the confiscation of all legal firearms will start?

    That will/should be the trigger for mass civil disobedience.

  128. C.L.

    No-one does live-blogging like you, Rex.
    Great stuff.

    Finding a deranged lunatic who claims he was abused by Pell is no longer hard.
    Even in the deserted streets of corona o’clock I could go out and find one now if I interviewed enough park-benchers.

  129. they should comb the streets for the most wretched, pathetic, pissed his own pants and sleeping under an overpass with a cancerous hound bums they can find

    sorry, I’m busy.

  130. bespoke

    Reducing welfare payment’s is about as easy as reducing tax’s. The benefits are hear to stay in some form so is the restrictions and social distancing.

  131. feelthebern

    Mick Fuller is all “not on my watch” on PM Live.
    Super salesman.
    Top shelf bull shit artist though.

  132. feelthebern

    Latham seems so on board with these lock downs.

  133. rickw

    This Kafkaesque debacle just gets better.

    Perth’s homeless are being moved into 5 star hotels.

    One star motor inn’s could have done it, but when the poor mug taxpayer is footing the bill, why hold back?!

  134. Sean

    7% of Tokyo users of Lime app showing at least 1 symptom

    Could an App be the way to take a mass survey and get some real numbers? The sooner we know the sooner we might be able to get out of a police state.

  135. Peter the old fossil

    A song for all of you who think this is about a flu virus, and will all be over and back to normal sometime soon.

    Please listen carefully to the words, especially the last line of the chorus.

  136. Knuckle Dragger

    Did someone say ‘control sample’?

    ‘These days, Belarus has centre stage, drawing the attention of any football fan from all over the world.

    ‘The reason is simple: Belarus is the only country on the European continent that continues to play football during the coronavirus crisis. Why? Because Aleksandr Lukashenko, the president of the country and a man often referred to as the “last dictator in Europe,” said so. (The other leagues still in action, for now, are Nicaragua, Turkmenistan, Burundi and Myanmar.)

    “[Coronavirus] is just another psychosis, which will benefit some people and harm others,” he said last week. “The civilised world is going nuts. It is absolute stupidity to close state borders. The panic can hurt us more than the virus itself.”

    I’ll just put this out there: John Wick is Belorussian.

  137. feelthebern

    I’ll just put this out there: John Wick is Belorussian.

    Yes.
    Yes he is.

  138. feelthebern

    KD, according to Australia’s Chief Medical officer, it takes 72 hours for a John Wick action boner to subside.
    Roughly 24 hours for each movie watched.

  139. Armadillo

    The coppers are clearing the streets of the homeless for a reason. The revolution will start with the underclass.

    h/t Annie

  140. Infidel Tiger

    Latham seems so on board with these lock downs.

    He’s not stupid.

    His constituency is 97 year olds.

    Old people love lockdowns. They can now walk around with gay abandon shouting at people.

  141. Fisky

    Adam Tooze
    @adam_tooze
    · 19m
    Goldman Sachs make huge downward adjustment to their US GDP estimate overnight. Down 34% in Q2. H/t @TayTayLLP

  142. Geriatric Mayfly

    Finding a deranged lunatic who claims he was abused by Pell is no longer hard.

    And oddly enough, peripheral to all the trials and tribulations endured by Pell, the dregs have been in the background and one we do not know enough about. Ferguson the Fearless has just found another gaol bird who would sing her song for a packet of fags.

  143. rickw

    That will/should be the trigger for mass civil disobedience.

    That’s the break point isn’t it, do something at that moment, or the countries fucked forever.

    I’ve got to say that even the most ardent admirers of government I know are starting to get really fucking pissed of with these dickheads.

    I think they’re going to be very fucking surprised at what will happen to them should they be dumb enough to push this much further.

  144. Farmer Gez

    Something not to be sneezed at.

    Worldwide Influenza Pandemics
    Pandemic Influenza Outbreak-Finish Time Death toll Subtype involved
    Russian Flu 1889–1890 1 million possibly H2N2
    Spanish Flu 1918–1920 50 million H1N1
    Asian Flu 1957–1958 1.5 to 2 million H2N2
    Hong Kong Flu 1968–1969 1 million H3N2
    Swine Flu 2009–2010 over 18,209 novel H1N1

  145. Rex Mango

    Ok, first 2hr episode of Revelation is over & absolutely nothing, zero, nada, zilch new. But, they did run the trailer of Thursday night’s episode which is of course Pell 666 right before a High Court judgment. What channel might High Court judges watch I wonder? So yes, this was/is tabloid journalism at it’s lowest, gutter/sewer level. Highly produced/funded, but modus operandi simple. Interview vulnerable people, interview criminals & construct whatever narrative you want. Real issue is if Sara Ferguson privy to some great secret of such groundbreaking importance, why doesn’t she just blurt it out, rather than slowly for four hours over three days. Exactly the crime she was alleging those priests are guilty of. Either she knows something and should get it out, or it is muckraking. The ABC is a disgrace.

  146. Infidel Tiger

    Adam Tooze
    @adam_tooze
    · 19m
    Goldman Sachs make huge downward adjustment to their US GDP estimate overnight. Down 34% in Q2. H/t @TayTayLLP

    We are at the start of the greatest depression in human history.

    All the oldies are going to wish they got Coronaed.

  147. egg_

    The homeless will be chucked back on the street once things return to a semblance of normality,

    ..
    They should give them the hotel.

    Gordon Ramsay could show them how to run it – Reality TV, right there.

  148. Sinclair Davidson

    Some History – nothing so glamorous.

    Last time I was in KL the hotel had been demolished.

    In Singapore we were put up for a while in a hotel behind the four floors of whores on Orchid Road. Several of my colleagues complained but were basically told to suck it up. Until the then head and his wife went to stay there. The next day everyone got moved to another hotel.

  149. feelthebern

    The living will envy the dead.
    Migrating to the US is the only hope.
    Or to eastern Europe if you know the language.
    Or south east Asia if you know the language.
    Apart from the weather & food, Australia now has nothing.

  150. Fat Tony:

    dover_beach
    #3386376, posted on March 31, 2020 at 7:26 pm
    Not sure why they cancelled elective surgery this early when the ‘surge’ is forecast for May-July.

    Because they can – and to make sure we all know who is in absolute charge

    Then they have to bail out the Private Hospitals who would have done the work anyway!
    This is just absurd. They’re not dealing with the problems, they’re creating confusion deliberately!

  151. Archivist

    FFS you’re all complaining about the lockdowns and missing the bigger story. The lockdowns will end.

    The big story is the business bailout, which will fleece the Australian coffers of $300 billion dollars.

  152. Some History

    Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken to social media updating fans on
    his self-isolation with his pet donkey and pony.

    Arnie: “Neigh… neigh neigh… heeeee haaww“.

  153. Knuckle Dragger

    Bern,

    It might be cumulative rather than concurrent.

    JW1 Sunday night, and JW2 last night, less than 24 hours later. This could go on for weeks.

    Good thing I’m isolated. No, wait. It’s a very, very bad thing.

  154. Lazlo

    Arky,
    Are you supposing your comments to be intelligent and ‘jokey’?

  155. Mark A

    Peter the old fossil
    #3386709, posted on March 31, 2020 at 10:05 pm
    WTF
    even the subtitles came up in Spanish

    What was the last line?

  156. Done Deal

    COVID-19; a contagious virus afflicting many people coming into contact with it. Symptom can range from mild to fatal depending age and extent of co-morbidities. Healthy persons under 70 with good care have excellent prognosis. Persons 75+ yo appear most susceptible, particularly to pneumonia.
    .
    ABC-1917; incredibly contagious virus – afflicts 99.9% off all who come in contact with it. Symptoms delusions of grandeur, being all knowing, having solutions to all the world’s problems (with other people’s money), buttressed by sympathetic sounds from surrounding echo chamber and a large govt guaranteed pay packet. The Peter Principle writ large. Particularly susceptible to the disease are those not smart enough to get within a bull’s roar of the pay they collect if they ever found themselves outside of the sheltered workshop; all mediocre persons with IQ 100 or less and no life experience out of school/uni/political cliques. Have an unshakable faith in their own limited ability because they have never had to compete against anyone with useful talent. Incredibly hard to dislodge, similar to parasitic ticks. Once in the system there for life, long after use-by date. Classic examples are one trick comedians who were mildly funny in a 5 minute skit 30+ years ago, to wit the execrable Think Tank & its quiz ‘master’, still there because they know the right people. On another level altogether however are the talking head “journalists” who are too numerous to list completely but a few are Red Ned Obrien, Snow Flake Jones, the incredible Wise Craggy Wry Bazza Cassidy, the moron who does media watch, ‘Troubled Frown’ Tingle, ‘What Tha’ Karvelas, ‘Interruptus’ Serious Sale etc etc. all absolutely convinced of their omnipotence. Disease causes them to equate their ability to their obscene pay. No known vaccine in prospect. One possible silver lining of the current disaster is it might give a conservative government with some balls plausible deniability to de-fund the malevolent rat’s nest.

  157. feelthebern

    Arnold on social media & other memes are the only positives from this fake pandemic.

  158. Armadillo

    I think they’re going to be very fucking surprised at what will happen to them should they be dumb enough to push this much further.

    Damn right. Unintended consequences.

  159. feelthebern

    Well done, Done Deal.

  160. Nick

    The four floors of whores ha. I thought I was the only here who knew of it.

  161. Knuckle Dragger

    No admission of rank incompetence from NSW Health yet for the Ruby Princess.

    No admission of rank incompetence from the Feds for 32,000 Bat People returning to ‘study’.

    No names of the plague ship doctors who were too good for 14 days of isolation.

    This is what happens when you sit on fences. You either go full Taiwan or full Belarus. Like a drop saw. Full power or no power. Half power, and that’s when you get hurt.

  162. Sinclair Davidson

    The big story is the business bailout, which will fleece the Australian coffers of $300 billion dollars.

    “Blessed are the young – for they shall inherit the national debt.”

  163. feelthebern

    Watching the Walking Dead.
    It’s amazing how clean they all look after years of no industry.

  164. Peter the old fossil

    The revolution will start with the underclass.

    Revolution? What revolution?
    It’s all over. We lost, they won.
    People just haven’t noticed yet.

  165. feelthebern

    “Blessed are the young – for they shall inherit the national debt.”

    Blessed are those who are yet to be born – for they shall etc etc etc.

  166. Armadillo

    You can’t just “lock down” entire populations. Risk and reward.

  167. Knuckle Dragger

    They lick themselves clean, bern.

    Like cats.

  168. Frank

    The only things they won’t knock off are the bath towels.

    They get used for the impasto with human faeces on the walls.

  169. Ellie

    Hi Nick. I see you were misinterpreted.

  170. Rex Mango

    Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit a country coming out of lockdown, cash in everyone’s pocket and free access to Pornhub Premium. It will redefine the Roaring Twenties.

  171. Knuckle Dragger

    Army tanks on the streets of Brisbane. Mass arrests happening.

    /Anne

  172. Leigh Lowe

    In Singapore we were put up for a while in a hotel behind the four floors of whores on Orchid Road. Several of my colleagues complained

    I’m keen to hear what the whores thought about their proximity to a bunch of academics.

    but were basically told to suck it up. 

    Phrasing!!!

  173. Rex Mango

    What are the rules regarding aimlessly driving cars around at the moment? Think the cops need to set up roadblocks & enquire as to your business on the street.

  174. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    #makechinapay

  175. Infidel Tiger

    The $300bn “bailout” is about the same as we are spending on 12 x 1960’s technology French subs that will never work or be received.

    Which do you think is worse? At least Australian businesses pay tax. The reason they need “bailing out”is government stupidity. They are not rent seeking

  176. Fat Tony

    Archivist
    #3386730, posted on March 31, 2020 at 10:16 pm
    FFS you’re all complaining about the lockdowns and missing the bigger story. The lockdowns will end.

    The big story is the business bailout, which will fleece the Australian coffers of $300 billion dollars.

    Big deal – chickenfeed. We’re paying that much for a heap of obsolete French diesel subs

  177. Lazlo

    “Misinterpreted”

    Just like Chairman Xi.

  178. Eyrie:

    What exactly is the point of cancelling elective surgery BEFORE the need for the beds becomes apparent?

    It’s WZV Theatre. It’s not meant to do anything apart from making it look like they are doing something, and the secondary effect is to let you know they are in charge.

  179. Knuckle Dragger

    What we need is a nice, measured dose of reality.

    Andrew Robb got over $2.6 million from the Bat People for being a ‘high-level economic consultant’ for the Chinese mob leasing the Port of Darwin between 2016 and 2018.

    He resigned in apparent protest against ‘anti-Chinese sentiment’.

    JB of Sidernee/Shanghai could not be reached for comment.

  180. Sinclair Davidson

    I don’t recall that being the name.

  181. Rex Mango

    IT, agree. About time for the Govt to show leadership, ditch the subs & bury Turnbull’s legacy finally. He also gave us second rate NBN, which is being shown up big time under work from home conditions.

  182. Lazlo

    So you have experienced the sex trade in China Nick. Congratulations.

  183. Peter the old fossil

    What was the last line?

    “There’s so much wrong going on outside.”

    Works fine for me Mark. Anybody else having probs?

  184. feelthebern

    The reason they need “bailing out”is government stupidity. They are not rent seeking

    Exactly.
    The state determined which curve was important.
    & blew up the rest of the nation.

  185. Leigh Lowe

    Knuckle Dragger

    #3386754, posted on March 31, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Army tanks on the streets of Brisbane. Mass arrests happening.

    /Anne

    Navy tanks on the streets of Adelaide.
    Chrissy Pahn out with pom-poms and sequined boas.

  186. Armadillo

    Well done, Done Deal.

    Exactly, well done.

    The repercussions of this will be immense, but none of it will be what anyone expected.

  187. Peter the old fossil

    Good evening Ellie.
    Haven’t seen you in these parts recently.
    How’s things?

  188. feelthebern

    5G roll out will kill the NBN.
    Hence why they are delaying it.

  189. Some History

    I don’t recall that being the name.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  190. feelthebern

    From what I’ve been told, there is everything you could think of on P0rnhub.
    From what I’ve been told.
    What would be the point of P0rnhub Premium.

  191. Armadillo

    Sinc copped a lot of flack over the “penis banner”.

    Now he’s trying to even up the gender inequality.

  192. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Navy tanks’

    Navy water tanks. That is, those imaginary submarines that haven’t been filled up yet.

  193. Bruce of Newcastle

    5G roll out will kill the NBN.
    Hence why they are delaying it.

    Chunk tech.
    Small infinitesimal problem.
    Virus elides.

  194. Ellie

    Hi, Peter. I am quite stressed and concerned.

  195. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    no!! they can’t close bunnings ….will have to raid bunnings again tomorrow for all those roundtooit projects lined up for the next few weeks

  196. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Sinc copped a lot of flack over the “penis banner”.’

    There was a penis banner?

    Don’t remember that.

  197. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Coronavirus: Queensland public servants get pay rise as other workers do it tough

    Brad Norington
    ASSOCIATE EDITOR
    @BradNorington
    2 hours ago March 31, 2020
    5 Comments

    Queensland’s 224,000 state public servants are set to receive pay rises totalling more than 3 per cent as others in the workforce endure static income levels, wage cuts, reduced hours, unpaid stand-downs or lose jobs because of the economic impact of the corona­virus.

    Workers across the Queensland public sector are participating in an “all-staff” ballot that opened last week to approve a 2.5 per cent wage increase, plus a one-off cash payment of $1250.

    The increases, detailed in a proposed enterprise agreement between Annastacia Palaszczuk’s government and Together Queensland, the union representing state public servants, comes as some highly-paid business executives and sporting stars accept pay cuts of 20 to 50 per cent, forced on them by the COVID-triggered economic downturn.

    The Liberal National Party opposition and the state’s small business group are highly critical of increases for public servants whose employment appears guaranteed by the state government while private sector jobs remain in jeopardy, or reliant on the Morrison government’s $1500-a-fortnight wage subsidy.

    Alex Scott, general secretary of Together Queensland, a branch of the Australian Services Union, dismissed any suggestion state public servants’ pay rises should be postponed or cancelled, and said he did not expect the deal to be called off. “Not at this stage,” he said.

    The union chief said while Queensland public servants were still working, many from home, with no stand-downs or layoffs, they were “not immune” from the coronavirus crisis because they were married to or had relationships with people in the private sector experiencing financial difficulty after cuts to working hours or losing their jobs.

    “Our members are doing it tough financially,” Mr Scott said. “The commonwealth is looking at pump-priming the economy because everyone is struggling, and the public sector is more reliant on wage rises than they normally would be.”

    From the Oz.

  198. Peter the old fossil

    Army tanks on the streets of Brisbane.

    We still have some operational tanks? Who knew?

    Mass arrests happening.

    In Brisbane? At 9.30pm on a Tuesday night?
    Not likely. Nearly everybody’s in bed asleep.

  199. Armadillo:

    The best thing about Bat Flu is that the scales are being removed from the eyes.

    Bats don’t have scales – especially around their eyes.
    I think you’re having a lend of us.

  200. Siltstone

    Cancelling “elective” surgery when there is no current demand for beds is idiocy, except under one scenario. And that would be the case of having no stockpile of masks and other gear needed for a batflu rush. The statistics are now clear there will be no overwhelming of ICUs in a batflu rush. Deaths from postponing “elective” surgery and from suicide will far outnumber batflu.

  201. Mark A

    Lame pics, that’s all they are.

  202. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The ‘homeless’ once had sheltered environments in the old-style mental hospitals. They are so sad, set adrift to survive in a world theycan’t deal with, and deserve somewhere to live. Perhaps this experience will cause more proper long term hostels to be made, from some unproductive hotels maybe. Kindness rarely goes astray as long as unrealistic expectations aren’t behind it. With winter coming on I am glad to hear that some of the homeless are being treated with decency. One good outcome.

    Man on PM Live just ringing in to tell of the problems he has, as a worker, seen Sydney’s vulnerable homeless experiencing due to this virus situation.

  203. Thefrollickingmole

    We used to get put at the Toorak lodge in Perth.
    Junkies in the laundry, some “ ladies” entertaining chaps at all hours and really grotty.
    I tagged it the 2 rats and the name stuck. Centre boss got there for 2 days and it was never used again.

  204. JC

    Whatever happened to Porterloo?

  205. Peter the old fossil

    I am quite stressed and concerned.

    Want to discuss it offline?

  206. Rex Mango

    ftb, if you haven’t tried Pornhub Premium it’s very difficult to describe the point of watching it.

  207. feelthebern

    Porterloo was the My Pillow Guy.

  208. Rex Mango

    Lizzie, the ‘homeless’ are now in 5 star hotels & am just in process of finding a nice spot on the pavement tonight, so I too can get taken in.

  209. feelthebern

    I imagine you have to sign up.
    You want to give those freaks your email address?

  210. Lazlo

    5G is an access network, a fast one, but not the backbone. Governments should back out of all of it, and the rest of industry.

    To reduce our dependency on Chinese supply chains we need to get used to higher prices – $4 for milk not $2 – and scale up from there. Then we can address productivity.

  211. EvilElvis

    “Our members are doing it tough financially,” Mr Scott said. “The commonwealth is looking at pump-priming the economy because everyone is struggling, and the public sector is more reliant on wage rises than they normally would be.”

    If no Queenslander has sent one of Nana’s favourite vacola jars through this clowns office window by sun up there’s something very wrong.

  212. EvilElvis

    We used to get put at the Toorak lodge in Perth.
    Junkies in the laundry, some “ ladies” entertaining chaps at all hours and really grotty.
    I tagged it the 2 rats and the name stuck. Centre boss got there for 2 days and it was never used again.

    One night in Toorak makes the hard man humble. Beautiful, classy place.

  213. feelthebern

    Imagine if you’re a minimum wage cleaner at a hotel.
    You’ve had your hours cut due to the low occupancy.
    & then when you do manage to get a few hours, you’re cleaning the room of a homeless chap the government is putting up at taxpayer expense.
    What a bizarre situation you’d find yourself in.

  214. Sinclair Davidson

    Ellie – I watched that Queen with Adam Lambert song and just left it running. It ended up with this blast from the past that I had completely forgotten about.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8ZIErShjw0&list=RDMMI8ZIErShjw0&start_radio=1

    Thanks for the reminder.

  215. JC

    US refiners are buying domestic supplies in land locked areas as low as 4 bucks a barrel. Margins have literally trebled.

  216. Geriatric Mayfly

    Wasn’t Mizzz Buttrose in Canberra of late with her begging bowl out for more ABC funding? Under present circumstances she should be told to go jump. There was something too about how well they do emergencies and therefore should be rewarded with more money. All I have heard in this emergency is of them creating unnecessary turmoil, carping about remedial measures being introduced, slagging off at Trump and fretting over domestic violence. Don’t know if they have as yet exposed the pain and suffering of the non-binary as their sundry amputations are postponed, or the dreadful fate of those whose abortions have been delayed.

  217. Gab

    Why is petrol so cheap lately?

  218. JC

    Gab, really? The oil price has collapsed. Have you been in orbit ?

  219. Neil

    He also gave us second rate NBN, which is being shown up big time under work from home conditions.

    From what I have read the changes Turnbull made to Labors NBN are an improvement.

    Fibre is nice but expensive and takes a much longer time to install. Fibre requires an underground tube to protect the cable and most homes don’t have one. Hence a trench needs to be dug for every FTTP installation. Very expensive and time consuming. I suspect the build time is much longer than people estimate and we would not have a NBN for years meaning people would be stuck with dialup until the NBN is connected

    Plus most people want affordable broadband not high speed and FTTP is twice the cost to build than FTTN and most probably take twice as long to build

  220. Knuckle Dragger

    One night in Toorak makes the tough guys tumble
    That’s what Doctor Higgins said just next to me
    I can feel the devil walking up to me

  221. Gab

    Why has the price of oil collapsed, JC?

  222. MatrixTransform

    I will take it to a lawyer, if necessary

    is there a lawyer in the house?

    anybody?

    Bueller?

    pro bono?

  223. Sinclair Davidson

    Gab – the Saudis and Russians are in a price war.

  224. Rex Mango

    Neil, when we go into lockdown & all have access to Pornhub Premium, we will need fibre to the premises.

  225. Gab

    Never mind, supply and demand theory never fails.

  226. rickw

    From what I have read the changes Turnbull made to Labors NBN are an improvement.

    Yeah, a camel with on hump instead of two, brilliant. Who the fuck wants a camel though?

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