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Weekend Rostrum!

April 27, 2012

Live from the Paris end of Collins Street!  

(Well actually it’s Exhibition Street, but that doesn’t sound so glamorous).

So this is my first week in Melbourne and I must say that Melbourne is very pleased to have me.

It’s so sophisticated here, so naturally I fit right in.

And hasn’t it been a marvellous week in both politics and entertainment!

Shy and unassuming adult-child star Matthew Newton has been in the headlines again, with a number of news outlets publishing close circuit tv video footage of the beleaguered spoilt brat bashing a hotel receptionist.  

My particular favourite is the one showing him adopting a “kung fu” stance. 

It would be laughable if it weren’t so, well… fkn hilarious!

Sympathy I have none.

Meanwhile back home, Julia Gillard’s grip on the leadership of the Labor party is once again under scrutiny following her unbridled support for both Craig Thomson and Peter Slipper despite both unsavoury characters’ reputations unravelling before them in a cavalcade of scandals, rorts and obfuscation.

An avalanche of muck” as Mark Kenny puts it.

I think it would be fair to say that Labor under Gillard is now effectively terminal, and it would take nothing short of a miracle for Gillard to turn things around.

It’s a disgrace!

 

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  1. April 27, 2012 2:23 pm

    The only way Arsehat Abbott isn’t getting the guernsey is if the world really does end at the terminus of 2012.

    It’s bigger than jeebus.

  2. el gordo permalink
    April 27, 2012 2:43 pm

    Sadly…unless Smith shows some gumption my party’s rooned.

  3. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 27, 2012 3:33 pm

    Miracles can happen – here’s the plan:

    1. Tim Mathieson wins gold for Australia in the coxless fours in the London Games and declares that Julia really deserved gold for her bedroom athletics.

    2. Craig Thomson proves all his cash withdrawals went to underpaid union members and that Joe Hockey impersonated him at the brothel and is completely exonerated. Kathy Jackson is photographed in bed riding a bound and gagged Eric Abetz.

    3. Wayne Swan develops a personality.

    4. The rest of the world starts to fry, but because of the Carbon Tax, Australia has a stable moderate climate, bumper harvests, and a massive influx of foreign investment.

    5. Kevin Rudd apologises for leading Labor up the wrong path, thanks Gillard for restoring Labor’s fortunes and agrees to take anger management classes from Belinda Neal.

    6. The economy booms thanks to the outrageous pay increases extracted by unions and the massive competitive advantage created by the NBN.

    7. Julie Bishop takes over the Liberal leadership after Tony Abbott elopes with Malcolm Turnbull.

  4. JAWS permalink
    April 27, 2012 4:01 pm

    Yippeeeeeeee !

    I always wanted to deliver this one great line when I finally got the opportunity.

    Just had lunch with a client up at Kings Cross. Just after lunch he darted into the crowded Newsagency to get some lung busters as I waited outside on the footpath.

    Out of the corner of my eye I could see a high heeled short skirted 20 something moseying towards me.

    Then I hear her say

    “Hey Mister…………………..would you like a date ?”

    To which I gave the reply

    “No thanks………………………I’m more of a fig man myself”

    She kinda looked at me and simply muttered.

    “What the fuck ?”

    Always wanted to say that.

  5. April 27, 2012 5:17 pm

    LOL @ Jaws..

    I once had a similar experience at the Cross…

    I was approached by this drug-affected trannie who said “Are you looking for a lady?”

    My initial thought was “I’ll let you know if I find any” but I thought it best to just keep that to myself…

  6. Tony permalink
    April 27, 2012 5:49 pm

    Not aimed at anyone (in particular 😉 ): How to Be Succinct

  7. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 27, 2012 6:40 pm

    I had far too much red last night and struggled to think today, which was fortunate for Bacchus and some people I had to deal with at work.

  8. el gordo permalink
    April 27, 2012 7:01 pm

    ‘But the balance tilts to masters of brevity. The characteristic poets of our time are spare..’

    Yeah, that has merit.

  9. el gordo permalink
    April 27, 2012 7:13 pm

    The ABC show last night on ‘I can change your mind’ was only of passing interest, I couldn’t stay in my seat and wandered about swearing under my breath. The sweet young lass doesn’t have a clue about the science.

    Jennifer Marohasy gives her version of the protagonists…Rose and Minchin.

    ‘Instead of listening to what Richard Linzen had to say about feedback mechanism and global climate she said he was not credible because of his views on passive smoking.

    ‘When it came to Marc Morano, another person introduced to her as sceptical of anthropogenic global warming, Anna Rose point blank refused to talk with him because she said he was a liar. Clearly Mr Morano is influential, here was an opportunity for Anna Rose to apparently show him up as a liar, and she would not engage.

    ‘Nick Minchin, who travelled with Ms Rose and who had been specifically tasked with attempting to change Anna Rose’s mind, also tried with the evidence, but he didn’t seem able to engage her either.’

  10. Tony permalink
    April 27, 2012 9:39 pm

    ‘There is little danger that the technique used to produce shale gas, which is known as hydraulic fracturing, could contaminate ground water provided wells are sufficiently deep, according to a research report published by the U.K.’s Durham University Wednesday.This conclusion is the second piece of good news in a week for the U.K.’s nascent shale gas industry, which has struggled to overcome public fears about its environmental safety.’

    http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120424-720760.html

  11. Tony permalink
    April 27, 2012 10:30 pm

    ‘Until recently we thought that conventional gas was going to run out and the most plentiful supplies of the stuff were in Russia or the Gulf. Now that we realise the rocks under our feet may hold supplies that would last for generations, the world has changed and the greens haven’t caught up. I detect something else behind the “shale rage” of the European greens. They got too close to the present renewables industries and let governments hand out subsidies without enough competition over price. They thought gas would get so expensive that renewables would look cheap by comparison. They were wrong. Instead of getting angry with the frackers, they should adapt their thinking to a world in which gas prices could fall, and persuade governments to spend some of the money we will save on a generation of renewables that might actually solve our problems.’ –Charles Clover, The Sunday Times, 22 April 2012

  12. Meta permalink
    April 27, 2012 11:55 pm

    (‘In April, IEI celebrated a partial victory: The Israeli Supreme Court tabled a petition by a coalition of environmental groups to stop the pilot wells, agreeing only to hear the case before a full body of three judges in April 2012. In the interim, the court said, the pilot may move ahead as planned. Still, IEI faces numerous bureaucratic delays. The company hopes to drill three 1,000-foot-deep wells 3 meters apart from one another, and heat the rock for 270 days as part of a demonstration project that would produce 2,000 barrels of crude oil a day. ‘)

  13. Meta permalink
    April 28, 2012 1:09 am

    (‘Mr. Murdoch dismissed as “myths” the allegations that he had used his newspapers to push his commercial interests and said he had never asked a prime minister for anything. Still, a picture emerged of a media baron who had regular access to senior British politicians, spanning from Margaret Thatcher to current Prime Minister David Cameron.’

    In response to the residents’ claims, Eitam said Rothschild was persuaded that the venture would cause no environmental harm, at least in the pilot stage.“Rothschild has a strong history of supporting the environment,” he said. “He asked a great many questions on this point and was persuaded that when the pilot is completed in two years, very few question marks will remain.” Rothschild said: “Rupert Murdoch’s extraordinary achievements speak for themselves, and we are very pleased he has agreed to be our partner….Murdoch said: “Covering and distributing news has been my life’s work. If Genie’s effort to develop shale oil is successful, as I believe it will be, then the news we’ll report in the coming decades will reflect a more prosperous, more democratic and more secure world.”)

  14. el gordo permalink
    April 28, 2012 6:59 am

    Returning to local fracking and mining in general…

    ‘THE state branch of the National Party has rebuked the Coalition government’s draft plan to balance mining and farming interests, calling for much stronger protection of agricultural land.

    ‘In the latest sign of Coalition tension over the issue, the Nationals accused the government of not living up to expectations it created before the election.’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/coalition-rift-as-nationals-blast-land-balance-plan-20120427-1xqab.html#ixzz1tHCfW0vr

  15. el gordo permalink
    April 28, 2012 7:06 am

    ‘IF there is to be a new beginning in global energy, the golden age is unlikely to be powered directly by the wind or sun. Despite high hopes for renewables, the figures show the world to be on the cusp of another fossil fuel boom.’

    Graham Lloyd, environment editor in the Oz (hate media)

  16. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 28, 2012 10:25 am

    This government has well and truly lost its way. It’s crooked. It deserves to go.

    Can anyone imagine the outrage if Howard had –
    • Clung to power with the support of a corrupt MP with such a cloud over their honesty?
    • Walked away from the written agreement that delivered him power?
    • Appointed Gavin O’Connor as Speaker because Richard Marles was about to take preselection?
    • Had thousands of people in detention?
    • Broke his election promise to deliver carbon trading?

    The ALP supporters and most of the population would be justifiably outraged.

    But in the best the barrackers come up with is-
    • Sipper is the victim of a media conspiracy.
    • Wilkie is wrong is being annoyed that Gillard didn’t keep her word.
    • It isn’t a tax.
    • Thomson has no case to answer.
    • Detention of asylum seekers is Abbott’s fault.

    Their behaviour is bizarre.

  17. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 28, 2012 11:59 am

    …Nick Minchin, who travelled with Ms Rose and who had been specifically tasked with attempting to change Anna Rose’s mind, also tried with the evidence, but he didn’t seem able to engage her either.’

    Isn’t there a dedicated thread for the climate change stuff? It would be nice if el gordo would actually use it instead of hijacking every single one for his denial crap…and our boredom.

    Anyway, the only one who seemed to be getting angry and losing his cool was the dark overlord minchin [who I think was trying his best to hide his usual extremism – a good thing.]
    I thought it wonderful the grand hypocrisy of minchin, he of the fear/smear liberals [boat people, racism, fear of everything squirt, squirt] , was saying that the other side should not be making people fearful! Cripes, fear is the modus operandi of the liberal party, they truly live in a parallel universe!

    http://archiearchive.wordpress.com/2012/03/18/fat-men-fear-and-the-liberal-party/

    Returning to local fracking and mining in general…

    please do…on the other thread 😉

  18. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 28, 2012 12:15 pm

    Can anyone imagine the outrage if Howard had –

    None would’ve been a hanging offense!

    Howard would have put out a tough sounding denial, have complete faith in everyone. This would be backed up by every minister doing their own doorstop denial and attacking the opposition who dared suggest any wrongdoing and that would be the end of it. No media challenges or forensic journalism applied, public would accept everything at face value. Then bovver boy tony abbott would come up with some rabid attack dog ‘look over there’ to make it all go away.

    And if that don’t work there is always a fear campaign to get everyone squirting about something else – terrorists, aboriginals, intellectuals & academics, laura norder, so many things!

  19. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 28, 2012 12:53 pm

    Sleazy Mudgrubbers ‘R’ Us

    Duplicity, backstabbing, sleaze, homophobia and misogyny is the Abbott way:

    Abbott and Slipper

    …Let us not underestimate what a prize dingo Abbott is. When Abbott failed at the priesthood it was Turnbull who got him a job. When Turnbull stumbled in 2009, Abbott was right there with knife in hand.

    Abbott started off by pointing out that Slipper’s problems weren’t Gillard’s doing. As soon as the Prime Minister left the country he changed his tune, blaming Gillard for Slipper’s antics directly. In the absence of the Prime Minister, those ministers who gave Rudd such a going-over should be giving Abbott the same treatment…

    …Abbott is crap at long-form interviews. He can trot out his talking points, but if he is interrupted or challenged he just weakly repeats the interviewer’s name, or tells a lie…

    …Note that Abbott chose Chris Uhlmann as his interlocutor. Abbott is the only politician Uhlmann interviews whom he does not talk over or interrupt. Every one of his other interview subjects cop this treatment, along with begged questions and beef-witted assumptions that have to be batted away before the question can be answered; Uhlmann’s assumptions are clearly Abbott’s assumptions, which is why he was content to hear Abbott in respectful silence. Uhlmann’s treatment of Abbott compared with that of others is observable, objective fact, and it belies his ambitions (and those of his employer) to be regarded as an effective senior journalist…

    …Lewis should not only remember the allegations surrounding former High Court Justice Kirby allegedly using official vehicles to cruise for gay prostitutes, but give some consideration as to whether or not something similar is going on here.
    Lewis has no excuse for not joining the dots between Ashby, Godwin Grech and the Kirby allegations, and wondering if a Coalition government might not bring more sleaze than less…

  20. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 28, 2012 1:24 pm

    I agree AO, a Howard Government would have been out in force in these circumstances. All Ministers on deck, all denying any wrongdoing, all earnestly talking about getting on with the job, or something.

    Many people would have been in a frenzy of frustration about the duplicity.

    But not with Gillard. They will look for an excuse for every detail, dissect every instance, and neglect to look at the bigger picture. The bigger picture it –
    • Howard lost the election because he was rightly seen as shifty.
    • Rudd won the election in 2007 because the public wanted a fresh and honest government.
    • Gillard took the leadership when Rudd lost the gloss.
    • Gillard’s leadership has not restored any sense of transparency, it has caused much, much more damage.
    The public knows this, and it’s not because they are stupid and manipulated

  21. el gordo permalink
    April 28, 2012 2:41 pm

    ‘…instead of hijacking every single one for his denial crap…and our boredom.’

    It wasn’t about CO2, get a life.

  22. April 28, 2012 2:41 pm

    “It would be nice if el gordo would actually use it instead of hijacking every single one for his denial crap…and our boredom.”

    HEAR HEAR!!!!!!!

  23. el gordo permalink
    April 28, 2012 2:45 pm

    ‘…please do…on the other thread’

    Barrackers have closed minds on CC.

  24. April 28, 2012 2:58 pm

    “Barrackers have closed minds on CC.”

    On the contrary, some of us just aren’t interested…

    And I did, very generously if I don’t mind saying so myself, create a dedicated channel for you to discuss CC and fkn fracking til you heart’s content.

  25. el gordo permalink
    April 28, 2012 4:01 pm

    Okay

  26. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 28, 2012 8:52 pm

    I’m not fond of St Kilda. They’re all grubs.

    Don’t like Carlton, West Coast, Collingwood, Essendon or Hawthorn either.

    Did I mention that I don’t particularly like either of the Adelaide teams?

    Or that everyone I’ve ever met that has chosen to live in Perth is mad?

    Thank you.

  27. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 28, 2012 8:56 pm

    People in Darwin are like those in Perth (stupid and mad), but are a little more likely to be on the run from the Family Law Court.

    FYI

  28. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 28, 2012 9:25 pm

    Collingwood seems to be an argument against multiculturalism.

    Really, they’re nothing like us. Yhey have no culture, and we don’t really like them living amongst us. They have nothing to offer “real” Australians. Their womenfolk are particularly plain, their preferences in alcohol don’t go past VB and they don’t cook.

    Why can’t they just all go back to where they came from? Which is about 2 kms down the road. I’d put up some barbed wire around the area.

    It is unreasonable to expect us to put up with those people.

    Thank you for your attention.

  29. Rev permalink
    April 28, 2012 9:37 pm

    Im at crown…

  30. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 28, 2012 9:41 pm

    Be careful of blondes. Or brunettes for that matter.

  31. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 28, 2012 11:21 pm

    Mind you, I’ve always found that the womenfolk of Carlton are quite presentable. Unlike their Collingwood, counterparts they shave their armpits. They also use cutlery.

    I really don’t know any of the Bulldogs womenfolk, and it would be terribly unfair to judge them on the basis of the standard set by the Prime Minister. I’m sure some of them would wear cotton or wool clothing, they can’t all wear polyester pants suits from Target.

    The women of Richmond can spit over the top of the goal post. They certainly have some talent!

    Thank you.

  32. April 29, 2012 10:32 am

    BREAKING NOOZE!!!

    Craig Thomson to quit Labor….!

    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1646199/Craig-Thomson-to-quit-Labor

  33. Tony permalink
    April 29, 2012 11:00 am

    I blame Abbott and the Hate media.

  34. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 29, 2012 11:19 am

    What a bitter blow that is to Our Prime Minister!

    OPM has staked her reputation on Thomson, she has “complete confidence” in him. Now he’s bailed out!! And without a shred of evidence being found against him!

    It’s all so unfair! I also blame the media.

  35. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 29, 2012 11:20 am

    Disguised as satire, tomm expands on the theme of national misogyny. I guess there is plenty of inspiration coming from the Coalition and boardrooms of the nation. Kinda makes it all OK when it’s being driven by politics, like John Howard and his dog whistles to racism, nationalism and attacks on minorities [all themes continued by abbott].

    Carry on!

  36. Tony permalink
    April 29, 2012 11:36 am

    Wait, what? Criticism of a prime minister who happens to be female is misogynist? I don’t think so, and I don’t think saying so will win many arguments.

  37. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 29, 2012 11:44 am

    Oh dear.

    I think the reference may have been regarding my comments about Richmond women being able to spit over a goal post. But that’s a well known fact!

    It’s far from misogynistic, those people are rightly proud of their ability.

  38. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 29, 2012 12:08 pm

    Criticise on political performance and policy [there’s plenty there] but belittling and denigrating her looks, speech, clothes and dress style, that’s where the misogyny comes in. Abbott can run around all day in his undies walk and act like apeman and apparently that’s a great thing, what a macho man, but a reasonably well dressed Gillard has to be pulled to bits.

    Abbott has the opposite he is barely questioned on any of his interviews stage shows and the criticisms of his nonsensical or contradictory policy are virtually non existent.

  39. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 29, 2012 12:43 pm

    AO your comments are usually well considered and reflect a legitimate, considered perspective. But on this occasion you’re way off the mark.

    That so many people comment on Abbott’s wearing of lycra or speedos is hardly androphobia. Nor was the regular disparagement about Keating’s inclination for Zegna suits.

    Cheer up, not all commentary can be compartmentalised or politicised.

  40. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 29, 2012 1:02 pm

    That so many people comment on Abbott’s wearing of lycra or speedos is hardly androphobia. Nor was the regular disparagement about Keating’s inclination for Zegna suits.

    None rates on the scale and venom that Gillard has endured [from both male and female commentators].

    Cheer up, not all commentary can be compartmentalised or politicised.

    It can be endlessly repeated though, nothing like being consistent and persistent!

    Now here something that might be worthy if it comes to anything, rip-off and profiteering under inspection.

    “Inquiry to target expensive downloads”

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-04-29/government-to-probe-cost-of-software-downloads/3978558

  41. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 29, 2012 1:27 pm

    And I’m also rather surprised tomm [as the resident culture vulture] that you haven’t yet commented on that aussie mobster accent which is peculiar to melbourne of kathy jackson.

    http://www.convictcreations.com/culture/socialrules.htm

    …Egalitarianism is also expressed with the male Australian accent. Around 20 per cent of Australian men speak with what is known as a broad accent. Speakers include actor Paul Hogan, who started life as a workman on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Kerry Packer, a late billionaire who started life with a silver spoon in his mouth.

    It is rare for women to speak with the accent. For one reason on another, women who speak with the accent are ridiculed as being low class. The derogatory sentiments directed at such women represent an exception to Australia’s egalitarian ideals…

    bob hawke, tradies, board room guerrillas, kings in grass castles, footy players, yobs – all acceptable, but not on a woman and if it’s a woman in high office, she is to be pilloried [ABC’s Julia TV Show – where is the male pollie equivalent of that?]

  42. Tony permalink
    April 29, 2012 1:34 pm

    Kathy Jackson’s accent is more likely to be a product of growing up in a Greek-speaking household than anything to do with “aussie mobsters”.

  43. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 29, 2012 1:44 pm

    Oh, that’s OK and acceptable then. But not for a woman who is the product of a welsh speaking household growing up in adelaide!

  44. Tony permalink
    April 29, 2012 1:51 pm

    It’s quite all right by me.

  45. el gordo permalink
    April 29, 2012 1:56 pm

    I would prefer she spoke in Welsh.

  46. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 29, 2012 2:05 pm

    I think Gillard’s manner of speech is an affectation. Or laziness. Either way I don’t like the sound of it, particularly when she’s laying on the bullsh!t.

    I’ve heard her say “opportunity” correctly. When she’s being serious. A few minutes later, she’ll say “obbadunaddy”. Gillard lays it on, and it is grating.

    By the way, I probably won’t be supporting Kathy Jackson for Prime Minister.

    (Did I mention that Gillard’s one button jackets don’t do much for her? And that’s directly from FIfi, who has first class judgement when it comes to that type of observation)

  47. Tony permalink
    April 29, 2012 2:10 pm

    If this is all about people’s “respect for the parliament” as Ms Gillard says, how does Craig Thomson’s suspension from the Labor Party change anything? He’s still in the parliament.

  48. Meta permalink
    April 29, 2012 2:50 pm

    (‘Tis all a rhetorical mystery, ToSy; or, so a little yellow bird once “parleyed“. Maybe, the stench of the Constitution, Rule of Law, rules of laws, etc will linger a little longer yet in ‘Salem, though.)

  49. el gordo permalink
    April 29, 2012 3:11 pm

    The PM is trying to remove the stench from the party, but a poll over at the SMH suggests the smell will linger on the cross benches.

    Julia is fooling nobody except the barrackers, who must maintain their faith at all costs.

  50. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 29, 2012 3:29 pm

    Gillard’s “respect for the parliament” is amply demonstrated by her own behaviour.

    • Makes a written agreement with an independent MP, to deliver a legislative change. This is all that enable her to become PM.
    • Breaks the written agreement without apology.
    • Makes a deal with another MP (whose integrity is already under a cloud), to deliver him the most senior position in the parliament.
    • Maintains that she has “complete confidence” in an MP who has used (or approved) his employer’s funds for prostitutes.

    It puts a different perspective on the things she doesn’t respect!

  51. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 29, 2012 3:57 pm

    (Did I mention that Gillard’s one button jackets don’t do much for her? And that’s directly from FIfi, who has first class judgement when it comes to that type of observation)

    Sounds like appearance is important to Fifi. Believe it or not some women can achieve in life without being led or dictated by the wishes of others. They also don’t need to belittle other women who find satisfaction in different endeavours of life to feel good about themselves, they support women to make their own choices.

    I know Gillard is not the flashiest dresser, but if she’s comfortable and she likes them, what does it matter to the rest of us? I really don’t think Gillard is a style or fashion observer, it’s not second nature to her as it might be to some women like fifi, trixibelle or lulu. Fifi probably has the luxury of a lesser workload and time pressures too, she can find the time to shop ’til she drops and gaze at her reflection in the mirror.

  52. el gordo permalink
    April 29, 2012 4:16 pm

    Come on Kitty, we all know Julia is aiming for soap status with hair dresser on tap.

    I would dress her better, in a way which minimised her refulgent amplitude. And I agree with FIfi on the one button jacket.

  53. Meta permalink
    April 29, 2012 4:19 pm

    (Do you happen to have a link to that apparently pivotal written agreement with Wilkie, ToM? Given the many, many references to it, but not of it, over time, I should like to read it, possibly with a view to obtaining an appreciation of per prospective difference(s) on/of the (un)equivocal promise(s) and/or the (con)sequence(s) contained therein.)

  54. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 29, 2012 4:51 pm

    Hidden in plain site on the labor website meta:

    Government agreements

    The Hon Julia Gillard and Andrew Wilkie (the ‘Parties’) agreement:

  55. James of North Melbourne permalink
    April 29, 2012 5:38 pm

    Anyone know how the Hawks went today?

  56. April 29, 2012 6:01 pm

    Julia said that she had full confidence in Craig Thomson, but now says that he has to go.

    But nothing has actually been determined since she originally declared her support for Thomson …

    So what has happened to change Julia’s mind?

    Wasn’t this meant to be a job for FWA?

    What is this so called “line that has been crossed???”

  57. Tony permalink
    April 29, 2012 6:06 pm

    ‘Anyone know how the Hawks went today?’

    😯

  58. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 29, 2012 6:19 pm

    I think Julia has decided that Craig has “a case to answer”, but he didn’t seem inclined to answer it.

    On this basis, Gillard is a troll!!!!

  59. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 29, 2012 6:25 pm

    AO – “ Fifi probably has the luxury of a lesser workload and time pressures too, she can find the time to shop ’til she drops and gaze at her reflection in the mirror.”

    She’s actually very busy at the dancing studio. The only time she gets to look in the mirror is the one during the pole dancing training. She’s a qualified instructor!

  60. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 29, 2012 7:09 pm

    So what’s changed regarding Thomson? Has the FWA report been provided to Gillard? What is the “line that has been crossed”?

    What information does Gillard now have that means she has lost her “complete confidence” in Thomson?

    In reality, nothing has changed about Thomson, other than the stench has become overpowering.

  61. James of North Melbourne permalink
    April 29, 2012 7:11 pm

    Bit slow Tony?

  62. el gordo permalink
    April 29, 2012 8:27 pm

    On a completely different matter, its not a hawke and is very fast. They have just completed tests on the Sabre engine for a new spacecraft.

  63. public toilet permalink
    April 29, 2012 8:46 pm

    Anyone know how the Portscum went today?

  64. public toilet permalink
    April 29, 2012 8:47 pm

    Crows to burst the Sydney Handbags’ bubble next weekend.

    *cough

  65. April 29, 2012 8:59 pm

    You’re despicable. 👿

  66. James of North Melbourne permalink
    April 29, 2012 10:31 pm

    Earn the right, Toilet. Go Bloods!!

  67. JAWS permalink
    April 29, 2012 11:15 pm

    el gordo PERMALINK
    April 29, 2012 1:56 pm
    I would prefer she spoke in Welsh.

    I would prefer she spoke under 6 foot of cement

  68. JAWS permalink
    April 29, 2012 11:19 pm

    Not just her. Every ALP member should be under 6
    foot of wet cement. They are just frigging malignant

  69. el gordo permalink
    April 30, 2012 7:00 am

    Elsewhere the barrackers defend Julia’s strine and her dress sense.

    ‘They are just frigging malignant.’

    Ordinary ALP members all around Australia have thrown in the towel. Don’t be too hard on them, its the watermelons who have destroyed the party…with the assistance of Craig and the stench.

  70. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 30, 2012 8:23 am

    “Every ALP member should be under 6 foot of wet cement.”

    The politicians maybe. Most of the rank and file members are cringing in shame. Also, is Craig still a member? Technically he is suspended from the party but, being bought and paid for by the ALP, he remains very loyal to the party that has postponed his being called to account for his venal whoring.

    The ALP stench seems to be overpowering the independents now, and even some journos who usually side with Labor. If they don’t pull the plug first there will be a challenge. Brown-nose Bill has diminished his own chances so it will be Smith. That is unless Smith thinks he should make his move after Rudd loses the next election.

  71. JAWS permalink
    April 30, 2012 8:44 am

    Since ALP supporters are always harking on about “voters vote for their party of choice not for the Leader of the Party” when will they call upon Craig Thompson to resign and allow his electrorate the choice of voting for the ALP again.

    Afterall they did not vote for an independant.

    As a display of my impartiality in this regard I will be amongst the first to call upon Slipper to do the same

    🙂

  72. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 30, 2012 9:06 am

    Just a quick recap.

    Last week – Albanese said Slipper was completely exonerated, Gillard said he’d be back in the Speakers Chair. Gillard had complete confidence in Thomson.

    But now Gillard says they’ve cast a dark cloud over the parliament, they’ve crossed some line apparently, and they’ve gone.

    Regarding Thomson – is Gillard now in possession of some new information? Because we’ve had all the current stuff for years. What right did Thomson have to argue his case? As Gillard’s actions suggest that she thinks he has one to answer – otherwise he wouldn’t have “crossed a line”.

    And how do Gillard and Albanese reconcile their positions? He’ll probably adopt the Shorten stance – “I have no idea what she said, but it’s brilliant!!”

    Here’s a summary of the arguments of the usual suspects-
    1. Gillard had to act, the media were reporting about it. The media is always doing that and it is really unfair, there should be a law against it!
    2. Abbott made her do it, he’s always talking about Thomson and Slipper and the media report that, there should be a law against it!
    3. If Gillard didn’t act, the media would not have reported on the Budget in a bit over a week, the media shouldn’t be able to get away with that, there should be a law against it!

  73. April 30, 2012 9:11 am

    New scandal-ridden, highly-outraged and furious post up now!

  74. Meta permalink
    April 30, 2012 9:27 am

    (Okay, so ‘Dave’ might be an alienated member of the extended family set, yet he still might be useful for thinking of thinking inside-outside the box, if only he can be convinced he’s (piloting) a (pilotless) jet-pack.)

  75. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 30, 2012 3:54 pm

    I knew it all along: Homophobia Is Totally Gay

  76. JAWS permalink
    May 2, 2012 1:23 pm

    A stockbrokers response to ANZ Bank’s profit announcement this morning.

    “……….an in-line result with some marginally soft compositional aspects, but which strongly vindicates the Asia/institutional forward acquisitive strategy and execution of highly liquid sequential lending balancing growth with improved asset quality, stronger Tier 1 ratio and higher sequential return on equity with resultant impactures upon future gearings. We didn’t like the Australia division earnings weakness, including sequential net interest margins falling 13 basis points, which drove the headline margin miss, and relatively flat banking fee income……….”

    Now I cant even understand most of that.

    You poor fuckers have no chance

  77. Meta permalink
    May 2, 2012 1:30 pm

    (Go Fish, ‘ey?)

  78. May 4, 2012 11:59 am

    The Port Adelaide Heritage Guernsey is rather disturbing. 😯

  79. January 8, 2013 5:53 pm

    I pay a quick visit everyday some blogs and websites to read posts, however this website provides feature based
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