Marvellous Melbourne in the news

I don’t know that this is a mask infringement, but it has certainly been noticed. This is from our sister blogsite in Canada: They Went From “Flatten The Curve” To “Put Your Hands Behind Your Back” So Fast We Didn’t Even Notice.

Then there was this on the front page of the Hun today: Show us the money.

Plea to reveal project overruns & delays as blowouts top $6.4bn

COST blowouts on 10 of Victoria’s key infrastructure projects, including the West Gate and Metro tunnels, have risen to more than $6.45bn.

Concerns over delays and associated ballooning expenses on projects have prompted calls for the urgent release of detail on their progress. The information was left out of the budget for the first time in years on Tuesday, with Treasurer Tim Pallas saying the coronavirus pandemic made preparing progress reports difficult.

But sources close to the government have detailed blowouts of $6.45bn on just 10 projects, including $2bn on the Metro Tunnel and $1.2bn on the West Gate Tunnel.

The state budget revealed only 84 per cent of timelines on the West Gate project were met last year.

They can spend and spend and spend, but adding value and covering the costs of deficits with a projected revenue stream, that they’re not so good at.

FROM THE HERALD SUN: This is a pictorial from inside the paper to give you some idea of the massive cost blowouts Victoria is absorbing. And now they intend to add another $10 Billion to build a train to the airport. Where are the adults?

 

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56 Responses to Marvellous Melbourne in the news

  1. Mother Lode

    Treasurer Tim Pallas saying the coronavirus pandemic made preparing progress reports difficult

    WTF?

  2. thefrollickingmole

    Without seeing the start of that incident it does look a lot like someone should be facing assault charges.

    Chokehold followed by throwing to the ground when unconscious… yeah, nah, thats shit.

  3. Mother Lode

    Preparing the reports on the work is apparently harder to do than the actual work?

    I note he isn’t even daring to use COVID, and a bewildering flurry of ‘special procedures’ that had to be put in place for delays and cost blow outs.

  4. Robber Baron

    Victoria is a Marxist thug paradise.

  5. Ƶĩppʯ (President Elect)

    This communist biological weapon virus has certainly ripped off the mask from the left’s face revealing the fascists that hide behind it

  6. Speedbox

    That lad was (allegedly) making a nuisance of himself and had been tossed out of the pub some time earlier. Came back in by climbing over the back fence. Went behind the bar and poured himself a beer.

    Generally being a bit of a wanker. But, the pub must now be shitting itself from the actions of the security guard. Similarly, if the guard is a contractor, he better have some professional indemnity insurance ‘cos it is f*cking ‘payday’ for the young bloke.

    I imagine Maurice Blackburn have already been on the telephone. The lad may face some charges but so might the guard. Then comes the civil action.

  7. Win

    Police and now security guards .Who else has Dan Andrews empowered to act with Mafiosio brutality on the general population. Who will next hit the headlines.

  8. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    There is only one very long overdue solution to the many woes currently ailing Disasterstan – the implementation of Hop Time on an expansive scale.

    Anything else is just faffing about the edges and merely prolongs the unrelenting idiocy and misery.

    Enough.

  9. Bruce

    Unzip the whole place along the Murray and push it out to sea towards The Land of the Wrong White Crowd.

    Made for each other.

    Harsh?

    Got a better idea?

  10. C.L.

    It’s a shame the ‘security guard’ wasn’t glassed by an onlooker.

  11. rickw

    Had a meeting on airport rail link today. Interface management.

    Project is sailing along at full steam despite the fact that government effectively closed Melbourne Airport for 8 months……

    The Government Bubble Uninterrupted.

  12. Minister for Transport Blowouts , Jacinta Allan is already $ 27 billion over budget and has never in her career brought in any project on time or on budget .A career politician .

  13. I’ve never in real life seen anything like that video.
    (Melbourne is certainly nothing like Australia.)

  14. JC

    I’ve never in real life seen anything like that video.
    (Melbourne is certainly nothing like Australia.)

    Huh.

    http://the-public-house.blogspot.com/2007/

  15. yarpos

    Treasurer Tim Pallas saying the coronavirus pandemic made preparing progress reports difficult???

    All public servants on full pay, none laid off. Do some damn work!!!

  16. gafa

    rickw
    #3671628, posted on November 26, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    Project is sailing along at full steam despite the fact that government effectively closed Melbourne Airport for 8 months……

    rickw just wondering, have you heard any rumours lately from the Cairns refueller about the progress, or not, of the 3rd runway build at Melbourne Airport? Is it still a North/Souther?

  17. Beachcomber

    They Went From “Flatten The Curve” To “Put Your Hands Behind Your Back” So Fast We Didn’t Even Notice.

    Yes, “flatten the curve” is no longer needed by the governing establishment and their Ministry of Truth media. The lumpen-proles are now conditioned to the police-state. They have meekly accepted “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated …… “.

    Dr. Roger Hodkinson, Chairman of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons committee in Ottawa, CEO of a large private medical laboratory in Edmonton, Alberta and Chairman of a Medical Biotechnology company SELLING THE COVID-19 TEST: “There is utterly unfounded public hysteria driven by the media and politicians. This is the biggest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspected public. There is absolutely nothing that can be done to contain this virus. This is nothing more than a bad flu season. It’s politics playing medicine and that’s a very dangerous game. There is no action needed….Masks are utterly useless. There is no evidence whatsoever they are even effective. It is utterly ridiculous seeing these unfortunate, uneducated people walking around like lemmings obeying without any evidence. Social distancing is also useless….. Positive testing results do NOT indicate clinical infection. It is simply driving public hysteria and ALL testing should STOP immediately….using the province’s own statistics the risk of death under 65 is 1 in 300,000. The scale of the response is utterly ridiculous…all kinds of business closures, suicides …. you’re being led down the garden path.”

  18. JC #3671688, posted on November 26, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    Do you have a point?
    Or is this more of your fakenews bullshit that (as with all your ill-considered bullshit) turns out to be both wrong & irrelevant?

    #dodderinggoat.

  19. Beachcomber

    In Australia the Ministry of Truth media have allowed no discussion of the gross lies and deception underpinning Covid-1984, as seen in this video. Note how much the establishment academic “scientist” squirms when the truth of the vicious charade is explained.

  20. Small dead animals may have tagged the video incorrectly (as did Ch. 7)
    however their point is valid.
    There’s an abundance of videos, from worldwide, of sledgehammers being used to crack walnuts regarding petty mask/lockdown rules.

  21. Googoomuck

    Regarding “flattening the curve”, some high ranking medical chappie let the cat out of the bag on 3AW this morning. He congratulated the government and health officers for doing a great job and eliminating the virus. It’s what a lot of us suspected anyway. No thought of the economic cost obviously.

    I don’t think the larrikin deserved the rough treatment. He appeared to have been subdued by that stage, so dropping him onto the carpet was uncalled for. Especially a beer barn carpet – ugh! I don’t have an issue with carrying him out like a suitcase; that was actually pretty impressive. So long as he didn’t drop him on his face outside. Croydon used to be a rough area but I thought it was in the young families/ peace and quiet phase of the suburban lifecycle. Maybe not.

  22. Joanna Smythe

    The kid was behaving like a total tool and the Security Guard was old enough to know better.

  23. Bear Necessities

    This is what happens when you get kids going straight from a Monopoly board into the Victorian Public Service.

  24. The kid was behaving like a total tool and the Security Guard was old enough to know better.

    By the look of it he didn’t realise he’d even put the lout to sleep.
    The phone-video is a dreadful look though.

  25. duncanm

    worlds most liveable city.

    Its like the UN (or Sydney) peace prize.

  26. Speedbox

    Security guard has been sacked by the pub.

  27. Chrism

    I think the bar owner may well plead that the decision to strangle and then drop on his head a patron wasn’t made by any member of the management team and that he will launch an enquiry to facilitate ‘an arms length’ discovery process that is in the best interests of the individual, the workers involved, management and indeed the community generally. It may not surprise readers to understand that the result will be a creeping assumption and a number, if not all staff, will actually not remember anything in relation to security staff training, protocols, chain of command and will all parrot “I don’t recall” to any direct questions about their or any other members of their departments knowledge, activities and messages. The owner will say that VicPol have been modelling appropriate behaviors on pregnant women in pyjamas, old ladies in parks and pricks who turn up without requisite placards denouncing approved Bleak Logos Materials

  28. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Victoria is a Marxist thug paradise.

    Unless it’s been added you could actually hear a ‘thunk’ as that kid’s head hit the concrete and the crowd when ‘uuoohhh’.

    Appalling. I hope he doesn’t have a fracture and lasting brain damage. To say nothing of PTS.
    I guess Maurice Blackburn will find out soon enough.

  29. Security guard has been sacked by the pub.

    The cowardice of some employers (perhaps even a majority of employers) is at times disgusting & vomit-inducing.

  30. Unless it’s been added you could actually hear a ‘thunk’ as that kid’s head hit the concrete and the crowd when ‘uuoohhh’.

    It’s carpet Lizzie.

  31. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The asparagus wrapped in prosciutto was good enough but I won’t take another American recipe from the internet. I did a test run of five, and the timing was wrong; they got a bit burned, not too bad, but I don’t think I much go for cooked prosciutto. I left those for Hairy for lunch. Add a boiled egg, I advised as I left. The other fifteen were reasonable, better cold too, and there were none left after the lunch so I guess that’s a pass. Fun lunch anyway, by the pool, but the heat forced a retreat indoors to the aircon to eat.

    Tomorrow I will make some more just for us, as I have plenty of makings left. I will quickly par-boil the asparagus so that it is still crisp, but done, oil it, wrap it in the Prosciutto just as it is, and we shall eat well. Will consider adding crushed garlic and/or chopped capers.

    Much better, I think. More flavoursome. No cooking needed to go wrong.
    Someone else bought watermelon cubes with a toothpick holding a half slice of cucumber and some sheeps’ milk cheese, drizzled with a balsamic. I might pinch that recipe. Useful for entertaining.

  32. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    OK, carpet. But hard stuff over a concrete floor, nothing soft.

    If that was my kid I would certainly be suing someone regardless of any prior activity.

  33. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    oops, cuisine report should have gone on the Open Forum. Apologies.

  34. H B Bear

    Kid sounded like a complete shithead, which is beside the point. I expect the hotel had some interesting meetings with their lawyers today.

  35. C.L.

    The kid was behaving like a total tool and the Security Guard was old enough to know better.

    Spare us the bullshit equivalency.
    He came very close to killing a boy for sneaking back into a pub.

    By the look of it he didn’t realise he’d even put the lout to sleep.

    Lout? Wake up to yourself.

  36. Kid sounded like a complete shithead, which is beside the point. I expect the hotel had some interesting meetings with their lawyers today.

    As veteran of such scenarios I’m able to say the meetings with lawyers are okay – the high pressure is the interrogation by the Kempetai wannabes from the Liquor Commission.

  37. Dot

    The only “lout” is the seco.

  38. Dot

    Licensing sargents are complete totalitarian cockheads.

  39. Lout? Wake up to yourself.

    GFYS – after that, do it again. After that go & have a drink of cement & look under a pot plant for you manhood.

  40. rickw

    rickw just wondering, have you heard any rumours lately from the Cairns refueller about the progress, or not, of the 3rd runway build at Melbourne Airport? Is it still a North/Souther?

    My understanding is that it is still North – South, but will be a very long way off. MEL effectively has a single runway, they were peaking prior to this at around 30 movements an hour, Gatwick handles nearly 60 so my guess is that given the huge financial hit, they will put more work into ATC and taxiway efficiency to squeeze more capacity out of it before they restart the runway project.

  41. Chris M

    Melbourne bouncers treating customers like the cops do now. So much thuggery in Vic, the left are habitually angry and violent.

  42. gafa

    My understanding is that it is still North – South, but will be a very long way off.

    Thanks. Thought dAndrews may have called for it to go ahead even quicker just for the sake of wasting more borrowed money on unnecessary stuff under the cover of covid recovery nation building but I hadn’t heard any mention of the runway for a while now.

  43. Craig

    The number of reply’s saying the security’s actions are wrong are being made by people with zero physical handling experience in a conflict situation, has some merit but I defend the guard up to a point. As an ex night club bouncer, patrons will only get asked once or twice, with being told what the repercussions for not leaving the premises when asked, before you are physically escorted off the premises. You want to fuck around and impress your mates will only aggravate the situation and who knows, the red shirt prick could’ve grabbed a glass and shoved it into the security guys face, pulled a knife a stabbed him 5 times in succession or his mates couldve grabbed a stool and smashed him over the head and so and so on. That shit happens and has happened.

    I’ve used the choke hold with effect BUT I’ve never dropped the patron to the ground like that, just lowered them down. The pick and carry, ok it’s getting dramatic at this point and the security guy should’ve just put the patron into a recovery position, not carry him like the sack of crap red shirt dick is. Fuck the lawyers, red shirt dickhead should take responsibility for his actions and apologise to the guard for ruining his career, the guard should’ve known better in the end and that should be it, end of story. But no, let’s lawyer up! 🖕

  44. Rabbi Putin

    @Craig

    The lead up footage is too brief to really judge the kid’s behaviour. There’s also several other ways to mitigate force other than the choke. Very unprofessional, thuggish and John-Sitka-like. I bet this guard is union and I’d like to know which one.

  45. yarpos

    “Unzip the whole place along the Murray and push it out to sea towards The Land of the Wrong White Crowd.

    Made for each other.

    Harsh?

    Got a better idea?”

    Growing up perhaps?

  46. Albatross

    Big surprise. Sal the bloviating publican and fascist cheering on the beating of patrons like he cheers on dickhead cops.

  47. Albatross

    Craig
    #3672410, posted on November 27, 2020 at 6:37 am
    The number of reply’s saying the security’s actions are wrong are being made by people with zero physical handling experience in a conflict situation, has some merit but I defend the guard up to a point.

    Is that the point where he threw his limp body to the ground?

    I mean, I defend the actions of Ted Bundy up to a point. Going out for an evening drive in your VW Beetle is perfectly acceptable behaviour.

  48. craig

    Albatross,

    If all protocols were followed, throwing the body on the ground is the wrong action. As I said, from there, you lower the body down and into a recovery position.

    You may abhor violence but if alcohol wasn’t such a problematic drug, do you think Ted Bundy would be needed?

  49. Big surprise. Sal the bloviating publican and fascist cheering on the beating of patrons like he cheers on dickhead cops.

    This comment is stupider than any made by Numbers, more clueless than any by JC.
    … and that’s saying something.

  50. Albatross

    craig
    #3672619, posted on November 27, 2020 at 10:39 am
    […]
    You may abhor violence but if alcohol wasn’t such a problematic drug, do you think Ted Bundy would be needed?

    Agreed. Serial murder is the last best hope of the temperance movement.

    Salvatore, Social Distance Martyr
    #3672659, posted on November 27, 2020 at 11:21 am
    Craig is 200% correct.

    Pottery.

  51. Serial murder is the last best hope of the temperance movement.

    They’ve .. er… got their work cut out for them.

  52. Arky

    That’s a good pub.
    Been there a couple of times.
    Good meals too.

  53. Arky

    I don’t necessarilly support the bouncers actions, but I definitely don’t support the woosification and “duty of care” bullshit either.
    Sick of people who act like shit then jack up when they get a well deserved smack in the head.
    previous generation grew up knowing these were the consequences for being a dickhead.
    now you are expected to nicely escort idiots off premises without offending anyone.
    Fuck off.

  54. Arky, you’re spot on re the woosification & ‘duty of care’ culture.
    Cold comfort though for the security staff & the hotel during the investigation.

    The above thread is an excellent guide to how it’ll go for the security guard & the pub.
    There’s lots of emotional commentary from people who don’t face this sort of thing every minute of their working life.
    All commentary made without any thought to what preceded the video.

    That’s a significant pub operation. How large? Consider this, there are two employees whose job is to answer the phone. (Think on that for a minute, maybe longer)

    An operation that size does not do things ad hoc or without knowing what they’re doing.
    The General Manager has been there more than Twenty years – thus has an instinct for the pulse of the operation & anything that happens there he’s seen it before, many times.
    The security guard has been there several years.

    There’ll be sagging shelves of manuals & procedures (so to speak), every contingency will be covered.
    It’s been more than Twenty years since the days of thug bouncers going off half-cocked, all that rough-&-ready culture has been regulated & penalised out of the industry, simultaneously with wantonly serving under-age, recklessly filling people with grog & tipping them out blind-drunk with empty pockets.

    All that ended before most current pub staff were born.

    Picking up someone & carrying (okay, dragging his toes) in a hold is not something done lightly – there will be a reason he was manhandled to that extent. (That reason will not be the guard was a thug & wanted to act butch or to belt someone around)

    (Speculating here) There’s a fair chance the guard did not realise he’d put the lout to sleep, & instead believed him to be playing possum, both when he fell & when he did not react to being picked up.
    This belief will be based on past experience (more people do this than you’d first think) and the demeanour of the lout immediately prior to be evicted (Speculating ends here)

    Had the guard intentionally put him to sleep in a chokehold, it would be more likely to happen when first grappling with him, rather than when they’ve nearly got him out of the place.

    The lout was asleep for a few moments only (most are, I’ve never seen someone choked down by guards who’s been out long enough to properly lay them down on the floor)
    There are “considerable other events preceding the part seen in the video” (source: Commissioner Shane Patten)

    To correct some erroneous terminology: He was not a patron, he was an intruder. He’d gained illegal access to the venue, & was pouring himself a drink (stealing alcohol)
    We can speculate as to whether he was intimidating female bar staff, who doubtless weren’t keen on him being in a staff area.

    The event happened about Two weeks before the video was noticed by Channel Seven & the whole thing blew up again.

  55. I’ve never seen anything like that clip. This may have been misinterpreted by some whuss above to mean I’ve not seen a physical eviction.
    This is not so.
    I’ve never seen; A contested eviction during daylight hours (i.e. it wasn’t a hand-on-the-arm walking out, it was an immobilising-hold-and-carry-him-out.) A contested eviction from other than a crowded pub – the place was 3/4 empty. Someone picked up by the back of the t-shirt & carried out face-down.

    The possibility of a physical confrontation is the one set of cogs that never stops running through a corner of the mind that never gets to shut down.
    Not even when the pub is closed, not even when away from the premises.

    It’s the one piece of pressure that I’ll be glad to have lifted on the day I leave the industry.

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