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Tony Abbott’s Relentless Negativity Finally Backfires.

June 12, 2012

The Coalition’s relentless negativity about the state of the Australian economy and prospects for future growth have finally backfired in the wake of new figures that show economic growth, consumer spending and business confidence are all strong.

The Opposition insists that the government’s carbon tax which takes effect from July 1 would be the equivalent of an economic Armageddon for Australia stifling Australian businesses everywhere, wreaking havoc amongst consumers and destroying the nation’s international competitiveness.

It’s a line that was still being trotted out by Greg Hunt this morning, despite the inconvenient facts of ABS data that confirms nothing could be further from the truth.

According to the latest figures from the ABS, inflation is sitting neatly in between 2 and 3 per cent; unemployment, as at April, was 4.9 per cent; and annual GDP growth up to March this year had clocked in at 4.3 per cent.

In addition, interest rates remain at record lows, despite claims from former PM John Howard who made the infamous and now disproven claim that “interest rates would always be lower under a Coalition government.”

Despite the strong figures, both Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and PM Julia Gillard remain immensely unpopular among voters, with Ms Gillard marginally less unpalatable than Mr Abbott by a margin of 4 points as preferred Prime Minister.

I’m unpopular because I’m the bearer of bad tidings,” said Abbott.

No Tony, you’re unpopular because you’re a cnut.

 

 

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  1. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 12, 2012 1:10 pm

    “I’m unpopular because I’m the bearer of bad tidings,” I bear false witness,” said Abbott.

  2. June 12, 2012 1:13 pm

    Ooooh! I’ve never heard of a ‘cnut’. Oooh, I know, I know!! I bet it’s like ‘a nastly little fcuk’ but without the panache.

  3. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 12, 2012 1:18 pm

    Gillard seems to miss the big picture about marriage equality (QandA last night). It’s not simply about whether someone loves or cares about a relationship.

    It’s about whether a ‘leader’ supports an inclusive, tolerant society.

    Personally I can understand the position those with a religious orientation more than the flint hearted attitude of the political class.

  4. June 12, 2012 1:34 pm

    Apparently Julia’s defence of her position against marriage equality was to use her “relationship” with Tim as evidence that you don’t need “a certificate” to enjoy a loving relationship.

    Of course, what she fails to realise with that flimsy pathetic excuse for an excuse is that she and Tim have “a choice,” whereas same-sex couples don’t.

    Self-serving, sanctimonious, not-even-a-real-red-head condescending cow that she is..

    (Without wishing to put too fine a point on things)…

  5. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 12, 2012 2:07 pm

    Apparently Julia’s defence of her position against marriage equality was to use her “relationship” with Tim as evidence that you don’t need “a certificate” to enjoy a loving relationship.

    No you don’t, but if people want one…if it is important to them, why should she stand in their way?

    Of course, what she fails to realise with that flimsy pathetic excuse for an excuse is that she and Tim have “a choice,” same-sex couples don’t.

    She can’t really say that she made a deal with the right wing unions can she?

    The Gillard labor mantra is ‘choice’ for everything else, choice has become the new excuse for unapologetic capitulation to corporate interests, she seems to go against her own beliefs. She has no real defence except too gutless to take the risk.

  6. June 12, 2012 2:18 pm

    Also Armchair…

    As revealed on the 7.30 report last night and largely ignored by the “hate media” (yes I’m doing that little inverted commas thing with my fingers), Labor has its fingers in the coffers of “Big Pokie” which perhaps explains Gillard’s welching on the deal with Andrew Wilkie and more recently with the watering down of the deal and the increasing likelihood that the so called “pokie pre-commitment trial” might not even go ahead at all…..

    “The ACT is home to clubs owned by the Construction Union and one directly owned by the Labor Party.”

    NICK XENOPHON, INDEPENDENT:

    “I’m not a betting man, but if you believe the polls, then it’s not likely that there would be a ALP government in power by the time this trial starts.”

    “I used to think the Government was going through the motions, but right now it seems the Government isn’t even pretending to do that. I can’t even get a copy of the legislation that they’re proposing to introduce.

    Apparently it’s not available to be looked at. Now if that doesn’t show a complete lack of transparency and openness in this process, I don’t know what does.”

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-11/pokies-trial-faces-fresh-questions/4064794?section=act

  7. TB Queensland permalink
    June 12, 2012 3:00 pm

    (Without wishing to put too fine a point on things)…

    I knew I’d agree with your point of view … 🙂

    And The Abbott, has refused an offer to meet, Tony Jones, on a one-on-one Q&A … no scripting allowed I suppose … sponataneity isn’t, Abbott’s, scene. methinks … so much for the “alternative” PM … 😆 🙄 😆 🙄 😆 🙄 😆 🙄 😆 🙄

    Is that a pissed, rat? Or a dog on the grog?

  8. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 12, 2012 3:10 pm

    …Labor has its fingers in the coffers of “Big Pokie”…

    ..“The ACT is home to clubs owned by the Construction Union and one directly owned by the Labor Party.”…

    Pokie reforms won’t prevent them from making plenty of profits. They will just have them slowed a bit, I can’t see what the problem is. Someone needs to do the right thing and stop people from being ripped off. It’s out and out greed, to want to live off the misery off others without any sense of responsibility for your contribution to the social harm. It disgusts me, this “profits at all costs” society we have become.

  9. June 12, 2012 3:11 pm

    “The Abbott, has refused an offer to meet, Tony Jones, on a one-on-one Q&A “

    The Abbott doesn’t handle spontaneity well at all (or even “sponataneity” for that matter)… 🙄

    No, Abbott prefers the relative comfort of a chosen crowd at the Rooty Hill RSL – a carefully selected rabble of perpetually outraged taxi drivers or stay at home mums who are sick of all these foreigners coming here and taking all the jobs that they don’t want and bludging on society while destroying our way of life and threatening to blow us all up in some holy kebab or something like that…

    “Them asians” as my parents put it so eloquently the other week….. 🙄

  10. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 12, 2012 3:15 pm

    And The Abbott, has refused an offer to meet, Tony Jones, on a one-on-one Q&A…

    typical of him, can’t just do a quick ‘media message’ with no challenge to his misinformation, so he won’t show at all, gutless wonder.

  11. June 12, 2012 3:21 pm

    “They will just have them slowed a bit”

    They won’t even have them slowed a bit AO…

    Under the Gillard government’s proposed and watered down “It will never happen” ACT “mandatory” (read “not quite mandatory”) so-called “pre-commitment” trial, the Clubs that participate in the trial will be financially compensated for the monies they would have otherwise reaped had the scheme not been implemented in the first place…

    So, the Clubs revenue will remain unchanged!

    And the taxpayer will be paying the difference…………!!!

    It’s the Government’s (non) mandatory, pre-commitment, non-commitment, rock-solid trial of mandatory, industry-sweeping, totally voluntary and non-compulsory, pre-commitment, if you feel like it, opt-in, and opt-out shake it all about, gaming reforms where big pokie doesn’t lose a cent and taxpayers pick up the tab for something that looks like doing something while really doing nothing for problem gamblers with a sure-fire “we want to make sure it will work” get tough on problem pokie people initiative…

    Another successful Gillard Government election commitment succesfully side-lined welched on and dismissed!!!

  12. TB Queensland permalink
    June 12, 2012 3:24 pm

    …. (or even “sponataneity” for that matter)…

    😯

    So you failed the Spelling Test on TV last night then?

  13. June 12, 2012 3:53 pm

    There was a spelling test? On TV…..??

  14. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 12, 2012 3:54 pm

    So, the Clubs revenue will remain unchanged!
    And the taxpayer will be paying the difference…………!!!

    That is quite offensive.

    I hope Australia continues to vote in minority governments and rely on Independents. We really need a massive shake up of this two-party system of corruption and collusion called government.

  15. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 12, 2012 4:03 pm

    Only took 32 years for the Chamberlain’s to get some justice. We don’t give up our bigotry and intolerance of difference easily.

  16. TB Queensland permalink
    June 12, 2012 4:06 pm

    There was a spelling test? On TV…..?? Chuckle, chuckle … fancy trying to “correct” a correct spelling … LOL!

  17. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 12, 2012 4:06 pm

    oops sorry about the rogue apostrophe, please try to ignore it if you can 😉

  18. TB Queensland permalink
    June 12, 2012 4:09 pm

    Jeeeeeese, KL! The Dingo’ll get ya!

  19. TB Queensland permalink
    June 12, 2012 4:11 pm

    It’s not a bad name actually is it? Dingo Reb! 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  20. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 12, 2012 4:16 pm

    dingo reb? looks more like dingo red

  21. TB Queensland permalink
    June 12, 2012 4:17 pm

    Chuckle, chuckle … fancy trying to “correct” a correct spelling … LOL!

    Just went back up the thread! Agolopies, 😉 sreb … LOL! My typo … thought it was yours! :shock; Been a busy day!

  22. el gordo permalink
    June 12, 2012 5:23 pm

    ‘I hope Australia continues to vote in minority governments and rely on Independents. We really need a massive shake up of this two-party system of corruption and collusion called government.’

    Maybe it will work, the Italian model didn’t, the slow dismemberment of the Westminster System is a big step.

  23. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 12, 2012 5:29 pm

    I think you people have short memories. I remember the ALP being negative in the 2007 election campaign especially about inflation pressures and Workchoices will ruin us all.

    I do remember we had an unemployment rate with a 4 in front of it just before the 2007 election. You have to go back to the 1970’s to find a number like that. A generation of Australians had grown up not knowing what it was like to have unemployment at 4%.

    And the ALP and its supporters gave the Coalition no credit for it. It was just dumb luck.

  24. TB Queensland permalink
    June 12, 2012 5:45 pm

    I think you people have short memories

    At least we have memories and don’t need to make stuff up or rely on the Liberal Party for info, Noddy …

    I do remember we had an unemployment rate with a 4 in front of it just before the 2007 election. You have to go back to the 1970′s to find a number like that

    You are kidding me, aren’t you! 🙄

    Australia’s Unemployment Down to 4.9% in April
    Published on 5/10/2012 11:58:25 AM | By TradingEconomics.com, ABS

    Australia’s unemployment rate decreased 0.2 pts to 4.9%. The male unemployment rate decreased 0.2 pts to 4.8% and the female unemployment rate decreased 0.2 pts to 5.1%.

    http://www.tradingeconomics.com/australia/unemployment-rate

  25. JAWS permalink
    June 12, 2012 6:02 pm

    “The Abbott, has refused an offer to meet, Tony Jones, on a one-on-one Q&A “

    Why on earth would he be so bothered ?

    Afterall I believe he’s usually in bed by 10:30pm most nights.

    Besides he barely needs to lift a finger to win the next election. He’ll just allow her to continue with her self inflicted political annihilation. Tony can sit back and relax on a Monday night and watch the continuing ALP train wreck.

    People hate the PM and Tony knows it. It’s her that needs to do the hard yards on TV to get her poll figures up not him.

    Like Howard with Workchoices she has completely lost the trust of the people with her Carbon Tax and no amount of handouts is going to fix it. Its far far too late for that.

    Tony will wait until they go back to Rudd then he’ll change tactics slightly and possibly go on Q&A. Why bother wasting one’s energy responding to a political zombie like Gillard.

    It does not make sense.

  26. June 12, 2012 6:13 pm

    “People hate the PM and Tony knows it”

    True, but people hate Abbott even more than the PM.

    It’s like a “negative popularity contest”.

    “Who do you despise the least to lead the country?”

    It’s hardly a ringing endorsement of either leader is it….?

  27. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 12, 2012 6:21 pm

    You are kidding me, aren’t you!

    ???

    I followed your link and it said unemployment from January 1978- approx. February 2006 was above 5%.

    So a generation of Australians had not experienced unemployment at 4%.

    It was not until 2006 that unemployment went below 5% and John Howard was in power.

  28. TB Queensland permalink
    June 12, 2012 6:30 pm

    ***Why on earth would he be so bothered ?***

    As we told ya, he can’t cope … he is NOT PM material …

    ***Afterall I believe he’s usually in bed by 10:30pm most nights***

    Er, Q&A is on at 9:30 … and you’d think he’d make an effort for the plebs …

    ***Besides he barely needs to lift a finger to win the next election***

    Like I said you’d think he’d make an effort … mmm … but then he might get caught out, I
    suppose …

    ***He’ll just allow her to continue with her self inflicted political annihilation***

    Overall the , PM, did pretty well on Q&A

    ***It’s her that needs to do the hard yards on TV to get her poll figures up not him. ***

    I think you mean it’s “she” who needs … but then she IS doing the hard yards … while Tony’s abed … apparently …

    ***she has completely lost the trust of the people with her Carbon Tax***

    After, July 1, and maybe a couple of months later when the sky hasn’t fallen in the polls may just change … and if Tony stay in his bed bunker too long he will be over-run by the enemy …

    ***Tony will wait until they go back to Rudd then he’ll change tactics slightly and possibly go on Q&A***

    The Crac’ked Liberal Party Crystal Ball is hard at work still I see …

    Possibly go on Q&A … mmmmm … don’t think Tony Jones will fall for the prescripted questions trick … and if Rudd is his opponent … then its POSSIBLY Tony’s Nemesis …

    ***It does not make sense.***

    I agree ypour post makes absolutely no sense …

    (According to, ToSY, it was I that just had a “rant” … but Wally just posted his opinion … I always thought that I had simply refuted points put forward … but then I’m not as well read as. ToSY … he will understand )

  29. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 12, 2012 6:39 pm

    ” … he is NOT PM material …

    So which one of the current crop of politicians is?

    Gillard is dishonest and cringeworthy (in my opinion), she is a political operative, a deal maker, she’s no leader.

  30. TB Queensland permalink
    June 12, 2012 6:40 pm

    NODDY …

    This is from my link … top of the page … you can research using the graph (figure it out yourself)

    The unemployment rate in Australia was last reported at 5.1 percent in May of 2012. Historically, from 1978 until 2012, Australia Unemployment Rate averaged 7.0000 Percent reaching an all time high of 10.9000 Percent in December of 1992 and a record low of 4.0000 Percent in February of 2008.

    The point, Noddy, is that employment rates fluctuate … whoever is in power … governments do not really control it … ’tis a myth …

    A generation of Australians had grown up not knowing what it was like to have unemployment at 4%.

    And most of ’em couldn’t give a FF!

    I followed your link and it said unemployment from January 1978- approx. February 2006 was above 5%.

    So who was in power between 1996 and 2006??????????

    Workchoices will ruin us all.

    Why do I bother …

  31. JAWS permalink
    June 12, 2012 6:44 pm

    “The Crac’ked Liberal Party Crystal Ball is hard at work still I see … ”

    Yes……the very same crystal ball that said Rudd would challenge just like he did in February after all that “unfounded speculation”……….LOL

    “Overall the , PM, did pretty well on Q&A ”

    Oh yeah………especially comparing Mabo to the Carbon Tax. ……………..LOL…………That’s a much better analogy than to the GST (where Howard took it to an election) as by comparing it to Mabo she does not have to utter “Price” Vs “Tax” . And she would not want it compared to Workchoices which was not part of Howard’s mandate as we know what happened to him…………….LOL

    You ALP types wallow in your delusions. Its really funny

    Keep blaming the Hate Media please………..that will ensure that you never even contemplate your belly buttons let alone your errors and will ensure electoral annihilation.

    That’s right …………………Its Rupert’s fault

    Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah……………!

    ROFLMAO

  32. el gordo permalink
    June 12, 2012 6:46 pm

    ‘Tony will wait until they go back to Rudd…’

    If Rudd gets up and shelves the tax, the Liberals may have to change leader too.

  33. TB Queensland permalink
    June 12, 2012 6:50 pm

    Gillard is dishonest and cringeworthy (in my opinion), she is a political operative, a deal maker, she’s no leader.

    In fact I think a leader is a deal maker and she’s obviously a leader – she won against Rudd by how much?

    And I reckon you right whingers don’t like the fact that she is slowly beating Abbott at POLITICS … you reckon Gillard is a “political operative” … check out Abbott, Hockey, Payne, Bishop the list goes on … but that’s opinion … this government HAS runs on the board with policy and legislation passed … and a minority government to boot … they haven’t got it all right but then which government ever has?

    Still you obviously feel about Gillard the way I always felt about two otyher “leaders” – one from each side of politics … Howard and Latham … but I add to Howard … deceptive, dishonest and warmonger … self centred and egotistic …

    Abbott fortunately is a nothing … Turnbull awaits … if the Libs want to really win thenthey elect Turnbull as leader … Note: WATCH THIS SPACE!

  34. TB Queensland permalink
    June 12, 2012 6:55 pm

    Keep blaming the Hate Media please …

    Er, who mentioned anything about hate media? Shifting goalposts to hide your misrepresentations is a common modus operandi, Wally, don’t work with me …

    BTW, what’s an ALP “type”? Another tactic when you can’t discuss the issue you attack the player … reminds me of the Liberal Party tactics and particularly Tony Abbott …

  35. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 12, 2012 7:30 pm

    TB, Gillard is no leader because she is unable to articulate a policy direction that people broadly support.

    When the people you purport to lead aren’t interested in, or don’t understand the direction, you’re not a leader.

    Gillard has no direction, no credibility, and is inarticulate. That’s a terminal combination.

  36. el gordo permalink
    June 12, 2012 7:51 pm

    ‘…they elect Turnbull as leader … Note: WATCH THIS SPACE!’

    Only if he accepts reality on climate change and acts appropriately, otherwise the Nats will split and Kitty’s dreams will all come true.

  37. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 12, 2012 7:52 pm

    …and it really is a disgrace (as well as bizarre) that some people have drawn parallels between Lindy Chamberlain and Craig Thomson.

    The complete tragedy of the Chamberlains (with the death of their baby, followed by a miscarriage of justice, followed by gaoling, followed by decades of speculation and gossip, and finally a small semblance of justice), is actually quite different to people saying stuff like – ”Thomson’s behaviour shows he shouldn’t be in parliament”

  38. Bacchus permalink
    June 12, 2012 8:50 pm

    Fuckwit™ of the first order ToM? Any comparison of the Thomson and Chamberlain “incidents” has SFA to do with the alleged crimes; rather the treatment of both cases by the media and the public. It highlights the danger of the polity, the msm, and the public jumping on the “group-think” bandwagon. Certain barrackers here have been vociferous prosecutors of this same group-think poison in the Thomson matter as so many were with the Chamberlains 🙄

  39. el gordo permalink
    June 12, 2012 9:04 pm

    Thomson is a pathological liar.

  40. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 12, 2012 9:19 pm

    Bacchus, I note on his blog, even one of the chief barrackers Wixxy has the good grace to acknowledge that his mud throwing at Jackson does nothing to disprove the almost 200 findings of FWA against Thomson.

    That’s quite a lot of findings. So far Thomson has resolved one, but has not provided a plausible explanation to about 170+ others. He’s only provided a range of conflicting explanations on the public record, and therefore we’re able to make a judgement about his honesty.

    Lindy Chamberlain only ever had one explanation, she didn’t waiver, unlike Thomson.

    It’s disgraceful that some people make a comparison between a complete travesty that resulted in incarceration and the legitimate questioning of the behaviour of a politician.

  41. JAWS permalink
    June 12, 2012 10:13 pm

    Gillard is such an embarrassment the leader of the opp in Qld is not even attending her 1 day Brisbane propaganda gabfest .

    Yet the Bolsheviks are horrified that Campbell Newman is not bothering. Was he even invited ?

  42. JAWS permalink
    June 12, 2012 10:24 pm

    So Bacchus blames the hate media again LOL
    Lindy had one thing to say all along and that was a “a dingo took my baby”

    Thomson has never had the same explanation. It constantly shifted from month to month or whenever cornered by any unfortunate piece of evidence pointing to his guilt.

    Chamberlain co operated from day one.

    Thomson never has.

    The lying thieving cnut he is still enjoys Bacchus’ full support LOL

  43. Bacchus permalink
    June 12, 2012 10:32 pm

    Another Fuckwit™ of the first order 🙄

  44. Bacchus permalink
    June 12, 2012 10:36 pm

    Two pricks who construct a position that bears no resemblance to the position taken by whomever they’re “debating” and then proceed to debate themselves. I don’t know why I bother 🙄

  45. Bacchus permalink
    June 12, 2012 10:43 pm

    So has “Tricky” got into the Refs’ ears sufficiently to ensure a rare blues victory tomorrow night Jaws? 😉

  46. JAWS permalink
    June 12, 2012 10:47 pm

    Bacchus you forgot something

    Hate Media………..Boo

    Bwaaaaaaaaaah !

    ROFLMAO

  47. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 12, 2012 10:50 pm

    ‘Two pricks who construct a position …

    No doubt Bacchus means that in the nicest possible way!

  48. JAWS permalink
    June 12, 2012 11:00 pm

    And why is Our PM Lady Gag Gag having an economic forum when she hosted a COAG meeting of business leaders only a few months ago.

    Was that 2 days of futility was it ?

    Or is this conference just a stunt ?

  49. JAWS permalink
    June 12, 2012 11:04 pm

    No ToM

    Going by the subsequent post I’m sure he means the 2 referee policy used in Rugby League matches.

    I don’t dare think he was referring to cnuts like us LOL

  50. el gordo permalink
    June 13, 2012 7:50 am

    ‘Or is this conference just a stunt ?’

    I believe so.

  51. el gordo permalink
    June 13, 2012 7:59 am

    A conservative budget comes down in NSW, no new taxes except speeding fines.

    ‘How is this restraint to be achieved? Not by a thousand unpopular cuts in spending programs, but almost entirely by restricting the pay rises of government employees and cutting their numbers by up to 15,000 over four years.’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/ofarrell-will-need-better-luck-next-time-20120612-208bh.html#ixzz1xcPfYyVE

    Luv it.

  52. el gordo permalink
    June 13, 2012 8:28 am

    From Hepworth in the Oz.

    ‘GREATER use of tollways and other user-pays charges are needed to unlock private finance for new projects and ease the traffic gridlock and bottlenecks that are holding back national productivity, a Labor-initiated taskforce has found.

    ‘The high-level report, to be released today and which has been obtained by The Australian, also urges the states to consider privatising more assets to free up capital to plough into the backlog of infrastructure projects.’

    Infrastructure building in fast rail and road, developed by the private sector, should become politically popular.

  53. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 13, 2012 9:01 am

    In addition, interest rates remain at record lows, despite claims from former PM John Howard who made the infamous and now disproven claim that “interest rates would always be lower under a Coalition government.”

    I still think Howard was right about interest rates. They would be lower if the Coalition were in power. Whether this is a good or bad thing is debatable. Retirees like higher interest rates since they live off their savings. Home owners and businesses like lower rates.

    People should compare our rates with those overseas. Ours are way above the rest of the world. World interest rates crashed because of the GFC. Ours did not. I have even seen recently negative interest rates being offered or something like that, whatever that is.

  54. JAWS permalink
    June 13, 2012 10:00 am

    Browsing a left wing blog I just noticed a contributor called “Saaq Madiq”

    No one else commented though

    Amusement !

  55. JAWS permalink
    June 13, 2012 10:08 am

    The other thing I find amusing is when the Lefties discuss economics that they always avoid mentioning the level of Government taxation revenue as a percentage of GDP AND the level of Government spending as a percentage of GDP in the same years.

    They only like to compare Government taxation revenue as a percentage of GDP. Forget the spending side of things.

    Probably because they’ll find a rather inconvenient difference which economists call borrowings which have to be paid back via future taxation.

    But we don’t want to interrupt their fondness for comparing the Howard years economically to the Rudd/Gillard years do we ?

    Well “half” comparing anyway

  56. JAWS permalink
    June 13, 2012 11:35 am

    More action on the ASX

    Dow Jones 13/06/2012 10:57AM AEST
    Australia Coal Magnate Makes Offer for Whitehaven Coal

    MELBOURNE–Australian coal industry magnate Nathan Tinkler has made a nonbinding offer for Whitehaven Coal Ltd. (WHC.AU), the mining company said Wednesday.

    Whitehaven in a statement said it had received a proposal from Mr. Tinkler’s unlisted Tinkler Group Pty. Ltd., although the offer is highly conditional and “not considered capable of being progressed at this time.”

    A spokesman for Mr. Tinkler, who owns a roughly 21% stake in Whitehaven, declined to comment.

    Whitehaven said a committee has been established and its directors have taken steps to ensure the independence of the company’s response to a proposal from Mr. Tinkler, if one develops that is less conditional and more complete.

    The company is being advised by Grant Samuel Corporate Finance and Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

    Whitehaven became Australia’s largest listed producer of only coal earlier this year with the acquisition of Aston Resources, in which Mr. Tinkler’s company held a 32% stake, and Tinkler Group’s unlisted Boardwalk Resources.

    Tony Haggarty, managing director of Whitehaven, wasn’t immediately available to comment.

    Tinkler Group has interests in resources projects and port and rail developments. It also operates a boutique corporate advisory company and a sports unit that owns the licence to the Newcastle Knights rugby team. According to Forbes magazine, Mr. Tinkler is Australia’s 26th-richest person, with a net worth of US$825 million in 2012.

  57. JAWS permalink
    June 13, 2012 11:42 am

    I notice that Nathan Tinkler has not been singled out by Swan or Gillard as part of the MEAN MINING MAGNATE MOB.

    Could it be because he is a local Newcastle boy made good and a lad who pretty much saved the local NRL team from collapse ?

    Could it be because he is held in very high regard amongst the populace in the Hunter Valley Region ?

    Why is he not included with the Evil Trio of Mining Magnates ?

    Could it be because the Hunter Region is where Greg Combet and Joel Fitzgibbon have their seats ?

    Could the ALP be worried about an angry backlash in previously safe ALP seats if they attack a local boy made good ?

    Nah……………….I’m far too cynical

  58. el gordo permalink
    June 13, 2012 12:34 pm

    Ha ha…good effort Jaws…a socialist wobber baron.

  59. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 13, 2012 3:23 pm

    http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/television/bingle-simple-surfie-chick-or-femme-fatale/story-e6frfmyi-1226393566384

    I think it’s marvellous that nice blondes like Lara Bingle get to be TV stars. It’s a refreshing change to “the hate media”.

  60. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 13, 2012 4:00 pm

    Meanwhile Kathy Jackson has spoken to the HR Nichols Society!

    She’s being pilloried in most barracking circles for this. From what I’ve heard, her speech didn’t pander to their political or philosophical orientation, so what exactly is the problem? I mean even Israel listens to Iran from time to time.

    Though from what I can see the view of the barrackers is-
    Jackson is critical of an ALP MP, therefore she has to be torn down.
    If she’s torn down, Craig will be innocent.
    She’s a slut shacked up with a bloke who has a good job with FWA, therefore she’s a slut unreliable and a slut a turncoat.

  61. JAWS permalink
    June 13, 2012 4:20 pm

    The outrage at Kathy Jackson addressing the HR Nichols Society ?

    To “Them” it’s the biggest act of political bastardry since Billy Hughes switched allegiances. ………….LOL

  62. TB Queensland permalink
    June 13, 2012 5:23 pm

    I see you two have been playing with each this afternoon … the things you get up to when your left alone for a couple of hours!

    The thread header says:

    “Tony Abbott’s Relentless Negativity Finally Backfires”

    Perhaps the by-line should read:

    “Wally & ToMMie Stroke the Negativity Together”

  63. JAWS permalink
    June 13, 2012 5:41 pm

    No TB

    I cant speak for ToM but I am an absolute Beacon of Postive Thinking .

    My Positive Thinking allows me to see the “sunshine” once again after the defeat of the Criminally Corrupt Mining Magnate Hating Socialist Economic Vandals currently occupying the Government Benches in Federal Parliament.

    GO THE BLUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUES

  64. Bacchus permalink
    June 13, 2012 6:43 pm

    😆 😆 😆

  65. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 13, 2012 7:48 pm

    ”Ms Gillard marginally less unpalatable than Mr Abbott by a margin of 4 points as preferred Prime Minister.”

    “Would sir like bile with his regurgitated turd…”

    “No thanks, I’ll just take the dog turd al dente”

  66. June 13, 2012 7:54 pm

    And I’ll have a glass of your best Taylors Promised Land to go with it!

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