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Thursday, 30 August 2012 16:14 by Acerbic Conehead
If a week is a long time in politics, then the last week must have felt even longer than eternity in the Fires of Hell for Tony Abbott and the rest of the lost souls of the Federal Opposition.

So, in an attempt to cheer them up, Peta Credlin and her hubby, Brian Loughnane, have decided to throw a fancy dress party. It will have a biblical/religious theme and, of course, Tones is coming along as his hero, Jesus. Brian and Peta, respectively, are dressing up as that nasty biblical plutocratic duet, Herod and Herodias.

So, at the venue, Joe Hockey and Christopher Pyne are acting as bouncers. Dutifully, they are guarding the door, awaiting the guests. Joe is dressed in a cassock and Pyney has a dog-collar on.

Peta: Erm...thanks guys for coming along and helping out with security...Hopefully, we’ll all have a spiffing evening which will help us forget about the Purgatory we had to endure last week...

[Joe and Pyney are no mugs. They know that by volunteering to be on the door, they can get into the keg early, so are both well-oiled even at this early stage of the proceedings.]

Peta: Oh, and great costumes, guys...very thematic...

Joe: Yeah...kitted out in my cassock, Peta, it’s obvious who I am, isn’t it?

[Peta ventures, “Friar Tuck”, and Joe beams, pleased as the punch he’s been drinking, Peta got it in one.]

Peta: Erm, Pyney...so, with your dog-collar, I presume you’re some sort of a priest?

Joe: Nah, he’s come along as the dog in the manger – haven’t you seen him wrecking Question Time every week...haw...haw...

Brian: Yeah, and talking about mangers, I bet Julie Bishop rocks up with an upturned crib on her head...bwahahahahaha...

Peta: Yeah, she’s an expert at copying other people’s stuff...haw...haw...

[Suddenly, interrupting the raucous party spirit that is already under way at the venue door, a stretched limo pulls up and a coterie of characters that looks like it has stepped off a Cecil B deMille set, alights.

Firstly, and most appropriately, out steps Tony Abbott, with a long wig and false beard, but dressed only in his trademark budgie smugglers. Accompanying him is Sophie Mirabella, dressed as Salome; Phil Ruddock is Methuselah; Alan Jones is a penitential monk kitted out in a nice chaff-bag sackcloth-and-ashes number; Warren Truss, making a snoring sound, presumably is acting out the role of one of the disciples who fell asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane; Barnaby Joyce has come along as Moses, with a stone tablet under both arms, each with six Commandments on it; and Bill Heffernan is carrying a pitchfork.]

Peta: Erm...Tones...I know you said you were coming along as Jesus, but I didn’t know they could afford budgie smugglers in those days...

Tones: Of course they could afford them in those days, Peta – there was no carbon tax then to clean out their wallets...heh...heh...

Brian: Tones, I’m very disappointed, I must say, that you’ve turned up in a limo – I thought you would arrive on a donkey...hee...hee...

Tones: Oh very droll, Brian...But, speaking of dumb-asses, Peter Dutton sends his apologies – he’s got a bit of a runny nose and he says he is going to make use of the circumstances to build up some hands-on experience for his future Health portfolio gig...heh...hee...

[So, amidst much mutual back-slapping and boisterous bonhomie, the Federal Opposition party animals, except for Joe and Pyney, who are still dutifully manning the door, enter the venue.

Once inside, however, Tones views the decor and is singularly unimpressed. There is no stage for him to mount later, so that he can give his Sermon on the Mount to the assembled faithful. He complains to Peta, who in turn clicks her fingers, summoning Brian over, like a little lap-dog.

“Sheesh”, sighs Tones to himself. “Why do we do it? Why do we allow ourselves to be demeaned like this? I reckon those gay marriage guys must have rocks in their heads...”

Peta orders Brian to get himself toot sweet over to the Builder’s yard across the street and pinch some planks of wood to build a stage for Jesus’ sermon. Knowing what side his unleavened bread is buttered on, Brian scoots across and is back within two shakes of the Lost Lamb’s tail. He gets down to work so diligently, he makes St Joseph the Carpenter, at the time of the Sanhedrin Stimpac, look like the Big Man Himself after he had made the world in six days and was having his sabbath RDO.

But, another thing Tones wasn’t happy with was the band. Again, he complained to Peta, for which she rebuked him, telling him to lighten.]

Peta [peeved]: I only remembered at the last minute, mate, about organising some music, so they are all I could get...

Tones: Well, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band is better than nothing, I suppose – what do they call themselves, anyway?

Peta: The Swann-E Street Band, I think...and as a bonus, they told me they are going to do a version of the Whyalla Wipeout later on!

Tones: Huh! Couldn’t be any worse than Emo’s pathetic rendition...haw...haw...

Peta: Oh, and the reason we couldn’t afford to hire a venue with a stage was that we splashed most of our dough on the band’s fee...

Tones: Oh? How much did those clowns sting us?

Peta: Well, put it like this...I don’t think Bruce himself would charge much more – the Springsteen look-a-like front-man told me they charged so much cos “they needed to do something to find the dosh to pay for their budget surplus...”



Tones [conciliatory]: Well, I must say, Peta, the food and drink is second to none...there’s everything here...it would make the original Herod and Herodias nosh-up look like Jesus’ forty days’ fast in the wilderness...

Peta: Yeah...the only thing is, there’s so much to be consumed, we’ll never get the buggers to go home at the end of the evening...But, then again, when you start your Sermon on the Mount, that’ll soon clear the room quicksmart...heh...heh...

Tones: Oh, very drool, Peta...But, I’ve got an even better idea for clearing the room – just get Sophie to do her Salome dance-of-the-seven-veils routine – that’s guaranteed to get even the cockroaches on their bikes...hee...hee...By the way, have you seen Julie this evening...bwahahahahaha...

[Whilst Peta and Tones have been chewing the fatted calf inside, Joe and Pyney have been dutifully announcing the guests as they enter. However, there has been a hiatus for a while and they are bored stiff. They decide to play a joke on Tones.]

Joe [hollering into the festivities hall]: And now, dressed as the Angel of Death is...Ms Leigh Sales!!!!

[The very mention of the name of his most recent red-headed nemesis puts the fear of the Lord into Tones and he scuttles, trembling at the knees, under a table to hide, much to the merriment of the assembled guests and Joe and Pyney especially.

Then, outside, walking along the street, Joe and Pyney notice, heading in their direction, a strange figure, tramp-like, and seemingly attired in goat-skins, with a staff in one hand and a jar containing some insects in some yellowish liquid in the other.]

Tramp [bellowing]: HEAR YE!!! HEAR YE!!! MAKE WAY FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD!!! MAKE A STRAIGHT PATH FOR HIM TO TRAVEL ON HIS BIKE!!!

Joe [very alarmed]: OMG!!! It’s that nutter, “CanDo” Campbell Newman!!! He thinks he’s John the Baptist, fresh from making a desert wasteland of the province of Queensland!!! Quick, lock the door before he gets in and spoils the Federal party as well...

[However, falling back on his macho army training, CanDo is more than a match for Friar Tuck and the Poodle who Pooped in the Manger. He whacks them with his staff, leaving them lying senseless on the pavement outside the venue. Striding inside, he spots Tones, who has just extricated himself from under the table. CanDo immediately genuflects in front of his Messiah.]

CanDo: MY LORD!!! MY LORD!!! I AM NOT FIT TO UNTIE THE STRING ON YOUR BUDGIE SMUGGLERS...

Tones [scandalised]: PETA!!! PETA!!! HELP!!! HELP!!! THIS POOFTER WANTS TO INTERFERE WITH THE STRING ON MY BUDGIES!!! I FEEL THREATENED!!! HELP!!! HELP!!!

[Even Peta is lost for words. “What a potential freakin’ disaster we could have on our hands here”, she whispers to herself. “If this fruit-loop banana-bender convinces the whole country that what he is doing in Queensland is a fore-runner to what we are planning to do federally, we’re stuffed!”

Then, CanDo, hollering something about “if locusts and wild honey are good enough for Queenslanders, then they’re good enough for the rest of you”, smashes, with hammering blows from his staff, all the containers of food and drinks sitting on the tables.

Peta, trying to keep her head, but determined that CanDo is about to lose his, turns to Brian, who, all night, had been axing wooden planks and hammering the stage together. She orders him to chop CanDo’s scone off, which he does expertly with one blow. Then, Peta turns menacingly to Tones.]

Peta: Righto, Jesus...your cousin John the Baptist has let the cat out of the bag, so we’ve no other option but to sacrifice you as well...Brian!!! Bring two of those planks and make a cross!!!

[Understandably, the crucifixion of Tones puts a dampener on the evening’s jollifications, so the venue soon empties, except for the Swann E Street Band, who had kept on playing, and Peta. To make sure she gets her bond back, Peta is tidying up, sweeping the floor around Tones’ cross. However, from the near-dead figure, she hears a whispered, barely-audible, pleading coming from his almost-lifeless lips.]

Tones [hoarsely]: Peta...Peta...

[Peta pulls a stool over to stand on, so she can hear Tones’ dying last words.] Tones: Peta...Peta...

Peta: What is it, Tones? I can’t hear you...you’ll have to speak up...

Tones: Peta...I can see The Lodge from here...

Peta: Well, too bad sucker...you can blame your stupid cousin, CanDo, for your predicament...It’s his fault you’ll never see it’s inside...Now...that reminds me...I better make an appointment to see the pre-selectors for Warringah...there’s going to be a vacancy there pretty soon...heh...heh...

[Then, mockingly, the Swann-E Street Band plays its final number of the evening: “We Take Care Of Our Own”.]



Comments (101) -

August 30. 2012 04:32 PM

paul walter

Reading this morning, Cando's latest antic involves the overturning of the Wild Rivers legislation.
Development, but only if it is ecologically disastrous and hacks at the Greens. Apart from the bribes, of course .  

paul walter

August 30. 2012 05:01 PM

Catching up

Terrific

Catching up

August 30. 2012 05:09 PM

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AC
Welcome back to TPS and thank you for another clever and very contemporary piece of satire.  From all accounts, the only view of The Lodge that Tony Abbott will have is a distant outside one.

You know you are always welcome to write your satire here for our very appreciative audience.

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August 30. 2012 08:14 PM

nasking


LOL.

Good stuff AC!

Hope you are well.

I've linked this post to my Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/nick.king.1232760?ref=tn_tnmn

Been reading thru the fine threads and Lyn's links with my magnifying glass like glasses.
Well done all.

Have a goodie
N'

nasking

August 31. 2012 01:51 AM

TalkTurkey

Hi and good to see you AC.

Poor Tone doesn't get much sympathy does he!

No embrocations of ointments very precious . . . No Peta wiping his Lotus feet with her hair . . . Why do I think that's the likely way of it when it happens?

Speaking of Tones, the whole tone of the 5th Estate has changed, does everybody notice? It's a thrusting powerful feeling now, determination replacing despair, not that I have ever despaired really except a bit that so many others have been so pessimistic for so long, well that's all different now. All the Left is on the upbeat now.  

TalkTurkey

August 31. 2012 02:58 AM

Patriciawa

Denying The Master

Though almost half a dozen years away,
For Tony Abbott it’s just yesterday,
When all was right in the world because
John Howard was in charge of Oz.

Through the years since then it’s been his mission
To restore the mighty Coalition
To government. He the natural heir,
Has his ministry waiting there.

No learners these,  nor needing policies.
Howard’s men,  with all the qualities
Required to rule,  ready to replace
Gillard’s gang,  a basket case.

Honest John and friends all raise their voices,
Now we’ll reinstate Work Choices!
“That was two PMs ago!”
Tony is aghast.  ”No!  NO!”

Notes and illustrations at polliepomes.wordpress.com/.../

Apologies, AC, I hadn't realized your new post was up!  I'll read it tomorrow!

Patriciawa

August 31. 2012 07:11 AM

Lyn

TODAY’S LINKS

What went wrong at The Australian: an insider’s account, Rodney E Lever, Independent Australia
The paper may continue, but only as long as Rupert Murdoch’s wealth and ego can support it.Beyond that, it may also have some practical future on the national scale — with better reporting. But not while it remains the idiotic plaything of rogue amateur journalism and an owner who rarely reads it and does nothing to change it.
www.independentaustralia.net/.../

Dental reform, finally, Gary Sauer-Thompson, Public Opinion
Outside health policy circles the reaction was more along the lines of the Gillard Government being on a spending spree, budget surpluses being blown out of the water, and the budget surplus for 2012-13 being a mirage. The budget black hole position gives little acknowledgement of the Gillard Government making spending cuts in low priority
www.sauer-thompson.com/.../dental-reform-f.php

JONATHAN HOLMES: No porn star, ABC Media Watch’s haughty honcho makes a big boner, Vex News
we’ve loudly opposed it as uncorroborated, incredible and dubious nonsense. It’s become clearer that what actually happened in Ms Gillard’s time at Slater & Gordon was that some big lefty legal egos clashed over a whole range of things, with Bernard Murphy, now a Federal Court judge, and ally Julia Gillard, departing on negotiated terms.
www.vexnews.com/.../

C’MON BOYS & GIRLS. PLAY , Greg Jericho, The Hoopla
Of course she, as our first woman Prime Minister, must deal with a louder volume of abuse than do most women – including those who work in the media – but nonetheless she is certainly not alone in having been the victim of such abuse.It was interesting to see her call out the abuse she receives for what it is when in her marathon press conference
http://thehoopla.com.au/boys-girls-play-nice/

SMH business scribes join flight from Fairfax, Matthew Knott, Crikey
Economics editor Ross Gittins, political editor Peter Hartcher and investigative gun Kate McClymont are understood to be on a “protected species” list of journalists who are not eligible for voluntary redundancy even if they are keen to leave.
www.crikey.com.au/.../

Effective media accountability does not have to threaten journalists’ independence, Wendy Bacon
Journalists, especially those from News Ltd, and right wing commentators promote the illusion that the Australian Gillard Labor government is threatening to ‘regulate’ the media in response to rigorous scrutiny of its performance. It has even been suggested that the Australian Labor Party is bullying News Ltd which is by far the most powerful media owner in this country.
www.wendybacon.com/.../

Australia Approved, Miglo, Café Whispers
We’ve also had devoted lovers of the right comment here at Café Whispers that it has been the people of Australia, not Tony Abbott who have been calling for an election. From what you will read below I can narrow that down even further. Simply, only the right-wing brigade have been calling for an election from the moment the dust settled on the last one
cafewhispers.wordpress.com/.../

Another Turnbull Conflict Of Interest?, Michael Wyres
however find it curious that these shares were still taken up in 2012 – (when they were added to the register) – and apparently divested also in 2012. At all times while Mrs Turnbull held them, her husband was the communications spokesperson for the opposition.The question of a conflict of interest remains over Mr Turnbull’s shares in France Telecom
michaelwyres.com/.../

Ch 7 Reporter gleeful at the sight of assaulted union workers, Turn Left 2013
Is there some sort of media handbook that says when you refer to unions you automatically include the word “thug”?Unions stand up for workers rights
turnleft2013.wordpress.com/.../

Is the Federal Government dropping the ball on whistleblower protection, Peter Roberts, The Conversation
Without effective protection, compensation and the commitment to respect whistleblowers, those laws risk being a dangerous facade, tempting employees to come forward with reports, then leaving them exposed to damaging retaliation
theconversation.edu.au/is-the-federal-government-dropping-the-ball-on-whistleblower-protection-9132

How Howard taxed the tripe out of the public to eliminate government debt, Stephen Koukoulas, Market Economics
The tax to GDP ratio averaged 23.4% in the 12 Budgets handed down by Peter Costello in the Howard Government. Fact.At the end of the Howard Government term, Australia had negative net debt (financial assets in other words) equal to 3.8% of GDP (2007-08). Fact.As at June 2013, net government debt will be 9.2% of GDP. Fact.
http://www.marketeconomics.com.au/blog

Be like Gough: 75 radical ideas to transform Australia, John Roskam, Chris Berg and James Paterson, Institute of Public Affairs
Every single opinion poll says that Tony Abbott will be Australia's next prime minister. He might not even have to wait until the current term of parliament expires in late 2013. The Gillard government threatens to collapse at any moment. Abbott could well be in the Lodge before Christmas this year.
www.ipa.org.au/publications/2080/be-like-gough:-75-radical-ideas-to-transform-australia

“Next item”: LNP mayor gives NBN Co just 8min, Renai LeMay, Delimeter
encourage you to watch the clip of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate cutting NBN Co’s presentation short in the Gold Coast City Council. Irrespective of whether they were politically motivated or not, his actions were just plain rude, and I agree with Minister Conroy that Tate should apologise to NBN Co and invite the company back to give a full presentation to council.
delimiter.com.au/.../

Denying The Master!, Patriciawa, Polliepomes
Ad Astra’s post records a week of stressful interviews for Abbott which had begun with his extraordinarily hubristic speech about an Abbott Coalition government restoring the Howard golden years and was to end with that admission of defeat………………”there is no going back to the past
polliepomes.wordpress.com/.../

Abbott 'mislead 7.30 or parliament', News Mail
Mr Abbott responded to the question time taunts with this personal explanation: "Several times the Prime Minister in question time today claimed that I had not read the BHP statement issued yesterday. This is false."Mr Albanese said the apparent contradiction represented a breach of privilege.
www.news-mail.com.au/.../

Today’s Front Pages
Australia Newspaper Front Pages for 31 August 2012
www.frontpagestoday.co.uk/index.cfm

Lyn

August 31. 2012 07:20 AM

Lyn

Good Morning Ad

A new link for the IPA article the above link is broken:-

Be like Gough: 75 radical ideas to transform Australia
IPA REVIEW ARTICLE
Every single opinion poll says that Tony Abbott will be Australia's next prime minister. He might not even have to wait until the current term of parliament expires in late 2013. The Gillard government threatens to collapse at any moment. Abbott could well be in the Lodge before Christmas this year
John Roskam, Chris Berg and James Paterson
www.ipa.org.au/publications/2080/be-like-gough:-75-radical-ideas-to-transform-australia

Lyn

August 31. 2012 07:24 AM

Lyn

Sorry Ad

Still not working, works ok for me from my draft just won't post, notice how the end turns to black.

Would you be able to fix it for me please Ad.

Lyn

August 31. 2012 07:49 AM

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Hi Lyn
Here is the IPA article again.  THe link is still broken - perhaps that's an omen - but it works if it is pasted in toto into the address line.

Be like Gough: 75 radical ideas to transform Australia
IPA REVIEW ARTICLE
Every single opinion poll says that Tony Abbott will be Australia's next prime minister. He might not even have to wait until the current term of parliament expires in late 2013. The Gillard government threatens to collapse at any moment. Abbott could well be in the Lodge before Christmas this year
John Roskam, Chris Berg and James Paterson

www.ipa.org.au/publications/2080/be-like-gough:-75-radical-ideas-to-transform-australia

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August 31. 2012 07:49 AM

2353

Hi Lyn,

That IPA link shows their level of delusion - thanks I think Cool.

2353

August 31. 2012 07:51 AM

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LYN'S DAILY LINKS updated: www.thepoliticalsword.com/.../...-DAILY-LINKS.aspx

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August 31. 2012 08:10 AM

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Folks
The link with which Lyn and I are having difficulty this morning is to one to the IPA article:
Be like Gough: 75 radical ideas to transform Australia 
IPA REVIEW ARTICLE by John Roskam, Chris Berg and James Paterson.  

Ignore the dire predictions it makes for the Gillard Government, and read the 75 ideas below.  They are indeed radical.  They give a foretaste of what we could be in for should Abbott man win government.   The list is alarming.  If it get out to the electorate that this is what Abbott man is about to do, in my opinion it will be a resounding negative for him.  The IPA man have done him in the eye.

The link will work if you copy and paste it into the address line:
www.ipa.org.au/publications/2080/be-like-gough:-75-radical-ideas-to-transform-australia

If he wins government, Abbott faces a clear choice. He could simply overturn one or two symbolic Gillard-era policies like the carbon tax, and govern moderately. He would not offend any interest groups. In doing so, he'd probably secure a couple of terms in office for himself and the Liberal Party. But would this be a successful government? We don't believe so. The remorseless drift to bigger government and less freedom would not halt, and it would resume with vigour when the Coalition eventually loses office. We hope he grasps the opportunity to fundamentally reshape the political culture and stem the assault on individual liberty.

1 Repeal the carbon tax, and don't replace it. It will be one thing to remove the burden of the carbon tax from the Australian economy. But if it is just replaced by another costly scheme, most of the benefits will be undone.
2 Abolish the Department of Climate Change
3 Abolish the Clean Energy Fund
4 Repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act
5 Abandon Australia's bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council
6 Repeal the renewable energy target
7 Return income taxing powers to the states
8 Abolish the Commonwealth Grants Commission
9 Abolish the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
10 Withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol
11 Introduce fee competition to Australian universities
12 Repeal the National Curriculum
13 Introduce competing private secondary school curriculums
14 Abolish the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
15 Eliminate laws that require radio and television broadcasters to be 'balanced'
16 Abolish television spectrum licensing and devolve spectrum management to the common law
17 End local content requirements for Australian television stations
18 Eliminate family tax benefits
19 Abandon the paid parental leave scheme
20 Means-test Medicare
21 End all corporate welfare and subsidies by closing the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
22 Introduce voluntary voting
23 End mandatory disclosures on political donations
24 End media blackout in final days of election campaigns
25 End public funding to political parties
26 Remove anti-dumping laws
27 Eliminate media ownership restrictions
28 Abolish the Foreign Investment Review Board
29 Eliminate the National Preventative Health Agency
30 Cease subsidising the car industry
31 Formalise a one-in, one-out approach to regulatory reduction
32 Rule out federal funding for 2018 Commonwealth Games
33 Deregulate the parallel importation of books
34 End preferences for Industry Super Funds in workplace relations laws
35 Legislate a cap on government spending and tax as a percentage of GDP
36 Legislate a balanced budget amendment which strictly limits the size of budget deficits and the period the federal government can be in deficit
37 Force government agencies to put all of their spending online in a searchable database
38 Repeal plain packaging for cigarettes and rule it out for all other products, including alcohol and fast food
39 Reintroduce voluntary student unionism at universities
40 Introduce a voucher scheme for secondary schools
41 Repeal the alcopops tax
42 Introduce a special economic zone in the north of Australia including: 
a) Lower personal income tax for residents 
b) Significantly expanded 457 Visa programs for workers 
c) Encourage the construction of dams
43 Repeal the mining tax
44 Devolve environmental approvals for major projects to the states
45 Introduce a single rate of income tax with a generous tax-free threshold
46 Cut company tax to an internationally competitive rate of 25 per cent
47 Cease funding the Australia Network
48 Privatise Australia Post
49 Privatise Medibank
50 Break up the ABC and put out to tender each individual function 

51 Privatise SBS 

52 Reduce the size of the public service from current levels of more than 260,000 to at least the 2001 low of 212,784
53 Repeal the Fair Work Act
54 Allow individuals and employers to negotiate directly terms of employment that suit them
55 Encourage independent contracting by overturning new regulations designed to punish contractors
56 Abolish the Baby Bonus
57 Abolish the First Home Owners' Grant
58 Allow the Northern Territory to become a state
59 Halve the size of the Coalition front bench from 32 to 16
60 Remove all remaining tariff and non-tariff barriers to international trade
61 Slash top public servant salaries to much lower international standards, like in the United States
62 End all public subsidies to sport and the arts
63 Privatise the Australian Institute of Sport
64 End all hidden protectionist measures, such as preferences for local manufacturers in government tendering
65 Abolish the Office for Film and Literature Classification
66 Rule out any government-supported or mandated internet censorship
67 Means test tertiary student loans
68 Allow people to opt out of superannuation in exchange for promising to forgo any government income support in retirement
69 Immediately halt construction of the National Broadband Network and privatise any sections that have already been built
70 End all government funded Nanny State advertising
71 Reject proposals for compulsory food and alcohol labelling
72 Privatise the CSIRO
73 Defund Harmony Day
74 Close the Office for Youth
75 Privatise the Snowy-Hydro Scheme


Be afraid, very afraid.

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August 31. 2012 08:23 AM

jaycee

The IPA. list forgot to add an appendum..: "Arm yourself!!"

jaycee

August 31. 2012 08:29 AM

TalkTurkey

Good morning Lyn and Ad,

Working away in the early morning for the good of the world
because that's what it really is.

That list you publish is only tongue-in-cheek, it's not serious.


Tell us it's not serious! Smile

Fortunately the Abborttians WILL NOT get a chance to do any of it.  


TalkTurkey

August 31. 2012 08:35 AM

TalkTurkey

Chris Berg and his ilk would fit very well in Anders Breivik's world view eh!

TalkTurkey

August 31. 2012 08:55 AM

Lyn

Hi Ad

Thankyou so much for trying, like you said could be an omen.

Brilliant of you thanks for posting the 75 radical ideas, but did you see they admitted Mr Abbott won't be able to do all at once, well I never.

I thought I had better tell you the reason I linked the article was to show our readers how mean & nasty the Liberals are. Think Campbell Newman, Abbott will be 100 times worse.  "Scary be afraid"

Julia Gillard introduced the word Nutjobs sure does apply in that article.

Hi Talk Turkey I can tell you they are deadly serious,  you are serious too, "they won't get a chance".

Lyn

August 31. 2012 09:11 AM

jaycee

Good slapstick, Acerbic....had to shut down the old imagination at the bit about can-do and the budgie smuggler strings!!....(Bart Simpson shudder....uurrrrrrrghhh!)
That list just about undoes everything that adheres a society together. What sort of insanity cannot see that the very emotive issues that Tabbott uses to divide his opposite side of politics cannot be turned against him to destroy his preffered side of politics? For example ; Last weeks topic of "going back to the golden age"...this week: "that was then, this is now..no going back..."
This list should be put up on the IPA's favourite commentry home away from home : The Drum.

jaycee

August 31. 2012 09:23 AM

DMW

Former PM Malcolm Fraser responds to an article by former Labor Foreign Minister Gareth Evans on Asylum Seekers. A few home truths that need to be repeated often.

Australia’s Abdication on the High Seas  Malcolm Fraser @ProjectSyndicate
The government has won support for this punitive approach by convincing the public that it is the only option for reducing the number of deaths at sea. But policymakers seem to have forgotten that when people are fleeing for their lives, when their family and friends have been brutalized, imprisoned, or killed, no democratic government’s deterrent can match the fear that drives them to try their luck on the high seas, packed into rickety boats.
www.project-syndicate.org/.../australia-s-abdication-on-the-high-seas-by-malcolm-fraser

A Lifeline for Asia’s Boat People Gareth Evans @ProjectSyndicate
Sometimes countries arrive at good policy only after exhausting all available alternatives. So it has been with Australia’s belated embrace this month, after years of political wrangling, of a new “hard-headed but not hard-hearted” approach to handling seaborne asylum seekers.
www.project-syndicate.org/.../a-lifeline-for-asia-s-boat-people-by-gareth-evans

Fascinating that a former Labor Minister agrees with a policy that is more in line with John Howard's conservative/reactionary views and a former Liberal PM has the more progressive and humane view.

The world of Aus politics is totally upside down

DMW

August 31. 2012 09:27 AM

jaycee

Thought I'd go and visit the IPA. web-site to check out that item and while there had a read of Gina's vomit!
I am now going to email the Federal police, suggesting they raid the IPA. headquarters because they must be "on" something very, very illegal over there!

jaycee

August 31. 2012 09:36 AM

Lyn

Hi Jaycee

You are a top character, love it, love your posts.

Thankyou for the Grins, Smiles, Laughs and giggles.

Hope the FED's go there and rip all the paper work up.

Lyn

August 31. 2012 09:49 AM

Ad astra

Hi Lyn, jaycee, TT

This IPA list is truly frightening.  I’ve picked out just a few to illustrate how radical this right wing think tank really is.  It is the Australian equivalent of the US Tea Party.  I’ve not included in my list repeal of the carbon and minerals tax, climate change items, stopping the NBN and so on; we know these already, but take a look at the ones I’ve listed below, which I’ve rearranged into groupings of like items.  The IPA list is quite disorganized – perhaps a reflection of its thinking!

9 Abolish the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

12 Repeal the National Curriculum

14 Abolish the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
27 Eliminate media ownership restrictions
15 Eliminate laws that require radio and television broadcasters to be 'balanced'
47 Cease funding the Australia Network
4 Repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act (The one that caught Bolt)

18 Eliminate family tax benefits
19 Abandon the paid parental leave scheme
20 Means-test Medicare
56 Abolish the Baby Bonus
68 Allow people to opt out of superannuation in exchange for promising to forgo any government income support in retirement

21 End all corporate welfare and subsidies by closing the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
28 Abolish the Foreign Investment Review Board

29 Eliminate the National Preventative Health Agency
38 Repeal plain packaging for cigarettes and rule it out for all other products, including alcohol and fast food
41 Repeal the alcopops tax
71 Reject proposals for compulsory food and alcohol labeling
70 End all government funded Nanny State advertising
23 End mandatory disclosures on political donations (So that tobacco company support can be hidden)


48 Privatise Australia Post
49 Privatise Medibank
50 Break up the ABC and put out to tender each individual function 


51 Privatise SBS 


72 Privatise the CSIRO
75 Privatise the Snowy-Hydro Scheme

52 Reduce the size of the public service from current levels of more than 260,000 to at least the 2001 low of 212,784
53 Repeal the Fair Work Act


This modified and rearranged list starkly exposes the radical thinking of the IPA, one that will try to influence Abbott man to their way of thinking.  There is no way Abbott could even contemplate implementing most of these, but this is the direction the IPA is pushing him.  

Remember too that the IPA is heavily represented in ABC radio and TV programs and its blog sites.  Frightening!

Ad astra

August 31. 2012 10:04 AM

DoodlePoodle

For me, the Paralympics is the bright spot on TV at the moment.  To see these athletes overcome all odds and proudly represent their country and achieve is something most people would never have thought possible.  Having had a Mum lose a leg to cancer 60 years ago with a family of five aged 2 to 12, I do appreciate how determined these people are.  Mum's initial prognosis was bad but she was determined to beat it and beat it she did and lived to 92.    

DoodlePoodle

August 31. 2012 10:09 AM

lol

Maybe you guys need to concentrate less on what Tony Abbott is doing and concentrate on your beloved leader.. check out these links:- http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/

lawyerocracyontrial.wordpress.com/.../

lol

August 31. 2012 10:17 AM

Michael

The IPA wish list seems to boil down to one request: "Turn Australia 'Off'".

Michael

August 31. 2012 10:41 AM

LadyInRed

AC

Loved the piece.

lol

I see that the very very nasty are out in force as we expected they would be. How very nasty and desperate they can be when they fear their dopey leader is being exposed for the fool that he is. Give Tones enough rope .....and well you know the rest. He actually needs no help from us, but what he does need is the free leg up that the MSM has been giving him. When that got pulled out from under him how very unintelligent and stupid he looked.

Note lol - we know what to expect from people like you. Pathetic placards, Alan Jones ugly persona, Bolt needling away with his insulting diatribe, Whiney Piney whinging, Hockey bellowing its not fair, MSM ruining all that newspapers ever stood for. We know the low blows that you lot will try to inflict, like cornered wounded animals. Typical of bullies when they see the fight is being lost they come out screeching, whining, fearmongering, throing punches, ugly, unhappy lot that you are.

LadyInRed

August 31. 2012 10:42 AM

TalkTurkey

From Twitter

Peter Mc‏@PeterMcII

. @ABCTV is making a doco about Gough (ping Whit Goughlam @leftocentre) http://www.abc.net.au/whitlam/

Retweeted by Whit Goughlam

TalkTurkey

August 31. 2012 10:44 AM

jaycee

Dear LOL. Don't need to concentrate on what our "beloved leader" is doing as we have the endless microscopic eye of the right-wing loonies broadcasting it from their rags every day..BUT!..on the other hand, by taking ones' eye off the devolved LOTO, one could be in for a rather nasty suprise...after all he is a believer in the old adage : "A lie a day keeps the press away!"

jaycee

August 31. 2012 10:50 AM

Gravel

Acerbic Conehead

You made the wait well worth it.  Thank you for starting my day with a laugh.  I have missed your great wit.

Gravel

August 31. 2012 11:17 AM

2353

I was going to leave this for tonight but it's relevant now.

Arron Sorkin, the Creator of The West Wing and other similar standard US TV shows has a new show out (only available in Australia on Foxtel at the moment) called The Newsroom.

This is how the first season ends -> www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGAvwSp86hY - effectively claiming the US Tea party is the same as the Taliban.

The character of Will McAvoy (played by Jeff Daniels, a radical liberal in his own right) on The Newsroom is a supposed Republican, yet railed against the Tea Party in a condescending rant (written by Sorkin) during the episode.

He bashed Tea Partiers as Christians who believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God by saying they are characterized by "a fundamentalist belief in scriptural literalism." He also accused Tea Partiers of demonizing education, being misogynistic, and hating the government.

The character then threw all civility out of the window. “They can call themselves the Tea Party. They can call themselves conservatives and they can even call themselves Republicans, though Republicans certainly shouldn’t. But we should call them what they are. The American Taliban.”


www.examiner.com/.../hbo-s-newsroom-calls-tea-party-american-taliban

It's probably the best 6 minutes you'll spend today.

2353

August 31. 2012 11:27 AM

Psyclaw

LOL
Getting to the bottom of the credibility barrell mate, when you have to cite "evidence"  from Mr Michael Smith.

All that's left now is for you to reference a Mr Tony Abbott assertion as evidence of something or other and you'll have reached the absolute bottom.

Psyclaw

August 31. 2012 11:50 AM

Lyn

Hi Ad & Everybody

Well Ad at least we now know Mr Abbott's policies thankyou to the IPA, they told us 75 of them in one hit.  No wonder Abbott won't heehe! tell anyone.

Acerbic Conehead, thankyou for your brilliant article your talent
continues to delight everyone.

Psyclaw thankyou for taking time out of your worries to post interesting reading for us.  I do hope things are ok with you. Or at least improving.

Twitterverse:

David Donovan‏
thanks to ipa for explaining clearly why Australia should never elect Abbott or anyone that psychotic "institute" recommends

David Donovan‏
The problem is, they are earnestly serious about the obviously ridiculous BS they spout.

Space Kidette‏
Stimulus or bust | Stephen Koukoulas | Commentary | Business Spectator:
www.businessspectator.com.au/.../QE3-Jackson-Hole-stimulus-ECB-interest-rates-Fed-pd20120831-XNTK5.

Financial Review‏
The next budget could be weeks before the election, says @latingle - the govt must get the MYEFO statement right [free] http://bit.ly/QGewtZ
Those pointing out that there is a big budget hole are not very popular in Canberra at the moment.

“Bloody Chris Richardson,” one senior source grumbled yesterday after the Deloitte Access Economics partner was splashed all over the media with dire budget warnings.

“He didn’t even want us to take the bloody budget back to surplus in May.”
afr.com/.../game_of_gazillians_iou_budgets_as_VlTelYHeUjFfWt8VexRLHN

Australian News‏
Catholic school teachers to strike in Qld: Thousands of teachers at Catholic schools in Queensl...
www.sbs.com.au/.../Catholic-school-teachers-to-strike-in-Qld

Financial Review‏
#China steel purge poses threat to resources boom [free] http://bit.ly/S2XEPD #auspol #ausecon #ASX

Australian News‏
Aust can't 'cut and run in Afghanistan Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says Australia can't cut...
www.sbs.com.au/.../Aust-cant-cut-and-run-in-Afghanistan

David Kirkpatrick‏
SMH: Our political debate is a joke : http://bit.ly/PvaLTI : I Blame Tony Abbott #TheSmearStralian/#NewsLtd

Howard still Abbott's number one fan
But Mr Howard couldn't speak highly enough of Mr Abbott this morning
think it is fair to say that I am just about Tony Abbott's biggest fan on the political scene. I think he has done a terrific job.

“Just understand one thing, the Coalition would not be it is now were it not for Tony Abbott, because he really, by staring down Kevin Rudd on climate change, panicked the former prime minister,
" www.theage.com.au/.../...e-fan-20120831-25426.html

Cyber attacks should be taken down: Abbott
OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott wants tougher legal powers to order "scurrilous" internet bullying attacks to be taken down
I think there should be some powers for take-down orders, to ensure people are at least civil to each other
www.heraldsun.com.au/.../story-e6frf7kf-1226462189339

TheQldPublicServant‏
Townsville Qld Health Staff to learn fate on cuts on Monday #qldpol #NewmnLied2You | Townsville Bulletin

Foxtel gifts undeclared despite warnings
MORE than 70 federal politicians have failed to disclose a gift of free pay TV worth $1560 annually despite being warned by the gift-giver that it must be declared.
www.smh.com.au/.../...warnings-20120830-253ey.html

Lyn

August 31. 2012 11:54 AM

2353

Drat - foiled again.  Just found and was going to post the SMH article on "our political debate is a joke" to find that Lyn beat me again!

Nice work Lyn.

2353

August 31. 2012 12:25 PM

TalkTurkey

Howard (of Abbortt)
I think he has done a pretty fabulous job.

Two nuances:

"pretty" fabulous? How fabulous is that?

has done: past perfect tense. finito. kaput. no more.

Shorter Howard: He's #*cked it up.

TalkTurkey

August 31. 2012 12:43 PM

lol

Bahaha!you guys are funny do you always attack the messenger instead of reading the message. You assume so much of me from only having ever posted on this site twice.

lol

August 31. 2012 12:50 PM

KHTAGH

I don't know about the rest of you but this following line is just so unbelievable.
Apparently we were all mistaken about what T Abbortt said on the 7:30 report, just how stupid do these people think we are.

Mr Morris called Ms Sales a "cow" after she conducted a tough interview with Mr Abbott during which the opposition leader seemed to say he'd not read a statement by mining company BHP Billiton.


So now we see the rewriting of history that is only a week old.

KHTAGH

August 31. 2012 12:59 PM

Truth Seeker

AC, there's nothing like a good bit of political satire to put a smile on the face and warm the cockles, so to speak.
I do think that reality for Abbot will be worse than your final conclusion though, as I think it will be more like death by a thousand cuts!

We are so lucky here at TPS to have so many contributors with vision and imagination, something conspicuously lacking on the right of politics.
There appears to be very little, if any, creativity in their ranks, and they take themselves way too seriously.
Abbotts and the LNPs vision for the future is to take us back to the past, further illustrating my point, and I have yet to come across any on their side that can produce anything even remotely entertaining.

Sad really

But we can.

Cheers

Patricia, another gem.

Cheers

Truth Seeker

August 31. 2012 01:29 PM

jaycee

Get lost "crispy"..LOL!!

jaycee

August 31. 2012 01:37 PM

NormanK

Acerbic Conehead

Welcome back! And thanks for another good laugh - very, very clever. I didn't anticipate Peta being called over to the cross.

[Insert clever quip here to prove that you can be just as witty at political satire as he is]

I was a little disappointed to see that you are still having a go at Our Sophie. You do know that with her knee injury she is unlikely to ever dance Swan Lake again, don't you? The world of classical dance has been deprived of one of its true prima ballerinas.

[Remember to remove form reply prompts]

NormanK

August 31. 2012 01:40 PM

Patriciawa

AC, hopefully that is how Abbott's end will be played out, taken care of by his own.  What a script!  Tones crucified at Peta's hands, with Can-do Campbell as John the Baptist.  Cameo roles of Sophie Mirabella as Salome and Leigh Sales as the Angel of Death!  I've always seen Sloppy Jo as nothing more than an overweight bouncer.

Welcome back!

Patriciawa

August 31. 2012 01:59 PM

LadyInRed

KATAGH

Morris is a right wing nutter. That tells me he has no respect for the average punters intelect. That we would somehow allow him to rewrite history. It's insulting.


2353

It was the best 6 minutes I spent today. Let's see how far towards the Tea Party Tabbott is taking the Libs. If he wins then we can expect a further lurching to the right as he will reward all the zealots and disenfranchise the more liberal.

I note that in the excellent article in the Global mail yesterday from the Member for Fraser that the Libs started going conservative under Howard and Tony is Howards boy and is making sure the Libs go more and more conservative. Control rather than free thinking. Just look at Can-do the LNP person who spoke out against him yesterday has been 'counselled'....whaaa???

These come direct off that video. What the Tea Party stands for:

1. Ideological purity
2. A fundamental belief in scriptual literalism
3. Denying science
4. Unmoved by facts
5. Undetered by new information
6. A hostile fear of progress
7. A demonisation of education
8. A need to control womens bodies
9. Severe xenophobia
10. Tribal mentality
11. Intolerance of dissent
12. Pathological hatred of US (Australian) government

I believe the puchline of that video was - yes you might win the next election but at what cost if you have to forgo so much of what you believe. A few years under a government like that and the amount of damage it could do to the hearts and minds of its people is unimagineable. Keep the church out of the afairs of state - or you may as well be the Taliban. Let's hope Romney loses because he is jsut the start if he does.

By the way I'm an atheist.

LadyInRed

August 31. 2012 02:01 PM

jaycee

I think the time is fast approaching when we of the Fifth Estate will have to coordinate our attacks on the LNP. by lining up in sequence, through various blog sites, article after article building on or creating a theme of dismantling the opposition policies..if and when they appear..and linking one site to the other!
We perhaps ought to take a leaf fom the MSM. attack manual and relentlessly, from every source at our disposal..and that means using what we are best at : rumour, leaks from inside sources, personal bits and pieces, overheard conversation in cafes' and restraurants etc. We need to build such a negative portrait (not hard) of the LNP. that will make voting for them as distastful as ..well..kissing Tony full on the mouth!!!
We have taken analysis about as far as can be done and now, perhaps ought to go on the attack!....."...and let slip the dogs of war!!"

jaycee

August 31. 2012 02:04 PM

jaycee

Norman K..Deprived of a prima ballerina mabey...but not the prima donna!

jaycee

August 31. 2012 02:31 PM

KHTAGH

Jaycee
distastful as ..well..kissing Tony full on the mouth!!!

Thanks to this statement I just ate my lunch twice.
I forgive you , but the mental imagery is grotesque.

KHTAGH

August 31. 2012 02:44 PM

jaycee

So sorry KHTAGH....anyway, now we are even as your response made me wet my trousers in laughter!!

jaycee

August 31. 2012 03:20 PM

TalkTurkey

Anal Jones living up to my transposition of the consonants in his given name:
"Women are (I forget his wording but wtte trashing) this country"

You go Girls. The Australian Government must surely include the most impressive body of women in power anywhere, and the blokes aren't half bad neither.

Jones beware, you have offended a major demographic.
Women, and a lot of blokes too.  

TalkTurkey

August 31. 2012 04:38 PM

42 long

  When you look through a lot of blogs the LNP supporters are by far the nastiest. They just quote the MSM, and insult everyone. Why does Tony attract such types?
  Who funds the LNP also. Big Tobacco in a big way. I could Never support a party that takes that amount of money from them, in the current circumstances, (if ever). They would have to expect some good results for their "investment".
  Howard is giving his endorsement to the Tea Party Republicans and criticising  Obama's performance. The Americams have more manners and don't do that sort of thing, but little Johnnie can't resist. He should approve them because Tony's mob have copied them. Suggesting THAT six months ago was considered stretching it a bit. Now nobody denies it.
I see our new man in the NT has frozen fresh intake of people into the "public" service. That will be a few school leavers who will miss out on a job that they might have wished for.
   Soft target for "rightists" They wouldn't vote the right way anyhow, so what's the problem?

42 long

August 31. 2012 04:55 PM

Ad astra reply

Hi Lyn
Thanks for your Twitterverse, which has given me more grist for my writing mill.  I've now finished: 'Tony Abbott beware: Incitement is a dangerous game', which I will post on Sunday afternoon.

Ad astra reply

August 31. 2012 06:09 PM

LadyInRed

42 long

I agree. Gosh if you can't get a job in the public service in NT then you are really going to be stuck, unless you join the armed forces.

Incitement Ad - that will be interesting.

LadyInRed

August 31. 2012 08:14 PM

2353

LiR - I agree, incitement will be interesting,  From memory, it's also illegal in the majority of cases.

2353

August 31. 2012 11:02 PM

Tom of Melbourne

The evidence mounts to the point of being incontrovertible, Jaycee is either delusional or a liar.

Tom of Melbourne

September 1. 2012 12:47 AM

TalkTurkey

TalkTurkey‏@TalkyTurkey

There is an old bigot named Jones
A mouthpiece for whinges & moans
A misogynist
Who just needs a fist -
Tomorrow he gets it from Tones!

TalkTurkey

September 1. 2012 03:08 AM

TalkTurkey

Spring, and a Leap Year Blue Moon!

Spooky, magic, delightful.

A year from now, an election will be happening any week from now.

That will be full term, which is the best thing anyway, and a Spring election is best too. October at a guess. Slightly warmer and less iffy than September, and by November the Abborttians - if indeed that's what they are by then! - would be squealing that we're putting off the election alap.

But right now I say it again : -

Abbortt remember
the Ides of September!


In just three weeks the ground beneath you will begin to quake, as it becomes obvious to the public that you have lost the confidence of your bunch of losers.

I'm so gleeful at the prospect I'm almost grateful to you! Smile

There will be those desperate to save you, those desperate to depose you, and those who haven't got a clue what to do.

Turdball is in an hilarious situation, (for us), such a Costello Lite he's turning out to be! (snigger!)

The great problem for the Slopposition is that there is NO ONE PERSON who can possibly command majority support once Abbortt is rolled. (I've said so for years!) All are flawed, weak underlings without leadership credibility.

Won't be Hockey, he's a yob. Mesma aka Julie Bishop couldn't cut it against *J*U*L*I*A*, she never has. Morriscum will be thinking hard about his chances though. That slimy creep would be my best guess in the event of a spill, but he won't be liked all that much by his Party, he's neither fun nor likeable. Imagine him getting doting support from a Credlin equivalent, as has been so indispensable to Abbortt, I don't think so. He would just be an admission that the Right's whole strategy had failed, an anxious hopeless sort of choice.

I see someone mention that Abbortt is to be Anal Jones' guest today - Is that so, anyone know? I do hope so, Jones' stupid  comment today about women will get all over Abbortt and right whack too. I think Jones has really done his dash now. He's filth, and contact with him will be regarded with disgust.

Abbortt is on his way down bigtime now, *J*U*L*I*A* has headed him, I believe decisively by now, and that will only continue and accelerate. Abbortt's nearly waterlogged, there's no-one else very buoyant, Oh what a shame for the Liberals. What a blessing, and what a hoot, that is for us.

Happy Springtime Swordsfolks.
It's all Up from here.
(Mostly anyway! Smile)  

TalkTurkey

September 1. 2012 10:23 AM

Acerbic Conehead 2

Apologies, Swordians, for the delay in following up, but I had to wait until the weekend to avail of a window of opportunity to chip in again.

Thanks to all of you who expresed your appreciation of my piece or kindly welcomed me back: Catching up, nasking, TalkTurkey, Lyn, jaycee, LadyinRed, Gravel, Truth Seeker, NormanK and PatriciaWA.

And, especially Ad astra, thank you for your kindness in allowing me to grace The Political Sword.  You as a writer, and your blog and contributors in general (especially Lyn's invaluable links) are a beacon of light, or, as TT said, a "Happy Springtime".

But, I feel a song coming on.  CanDo and Tones are like cartoon characters, no sooner do they come to a sticky end, when, once more, they are up to more mischief.  Back in a while, hopefully.

Acerbic Conehead 2

September 1. 2012 10:25 AM

NormanK

I got Newspolled yesterday.
Now I can honestly say that I am participating in our democracy. Laughing

NormanK

September 1. 2012 10:40 AM

TalkTurkey

Good (quiet!) morning Swordsfolks,

Beautiful first day of spring here in Adelaide.

Just a few of the tweets I'm screeching.
I have joined the many others calling for the sacking of that maggot Anal Jones, but he whom I despise even more is the crooked Peter Reith, who almost daily insults my sensibilities on the publicly-funded ABC.  

Reith is facing vast condemnation from The People, and Virginia Trioli, whom I have needled in the past as Trivioli, has (in an article I forgot to link to!) shown her true and vibrant colours as a journalist with ability and a degree of moral fibre, and Reith's lies about Children Overboard have outraged her ever since. As they have me! She says she carried a brief around for years hoping to corner Reith, now she is calling for him to be held to account!

Look if I don't come straight back with that link to Ms Trioli's article could someone else find it please? Everyone wants to read it for sure.

I want to write a limerick.I can feel it coming on . . .

It's the issue that's given her grief:
She has longed to interrogate Reith!
No more Trivioli,
She's Feisty TRIOLI!
It's great to see journos with teeth!

I'll see if it fits on Twitter eh.

Below are just a few of my last few tweets as I said.


@seearjay @peartonjohnson Reith is a crook who lied the crooked Howard Government back into power. He is a traitor to Austalian democracy.

50mDi Pearton‏@peartonjohnson
@seearjay So infuriating that #thedrum trots him out like he's a celebrity. He is a disgusting man who avoided any consequence for his lies.
Retweeted by TalkTurkey

@TalkyTurkey @Colvinius @LaTrioli Great passionate article though Ms Trioli at whom I have railed in the past. Just give us some Truth eh!


@Colvinius @LaTrioli Not that Reith has a case to answer, Reith has no answer to the case. He should be behind bars. He injured Australia.


There is an old bigot named Jones
A mouthpiece for whinges & moans
A misogynist
Who just needs a fist -
Tomorrow he gets it from Tones!


High time Australians moved on from the likes of Bolt Jones Ackerman et al.

10hTalkTurkey‏@TalkyTurkey

TalkTurkey

September 1. 2012 10:42 AM

Pappinbarra Fox

I believe that Mr Abbott would be correctly diagnosed as a sociopath despite his mates and people who know him at the surf club claiming him to be a "good bloke". But isn't this part of the pathology? To be a good bloke only in the company of people he feels comfortably superior to and therefore has nothing to fear about them while at the same time displaying all the tics, swagger and confrontation with people and ideas that he fears and feels extremely insecure about.

Pappinbarra Fox

September 1. 2012 10:48 AM

TalkTurkey

AC
This is going to take all your ability to believe

I just posted these words:

I want to write a limerick. I can feel it coming on . . .

Then I looked back and saw your words for the first time:

as TT said, a "Happy Springtime".

But, I feel a song coming on.


I feel a good Spring coming on! looking forward to your Spring Song!

TalkTurkey

September 1. 2012 10:52 AM

NormanK

Bushfire Bill fires a shot at the parting Shaun Carney.

Posted Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 9:13 am (Page 2)

Congratulations on taking the package.

But I wonder whether you've ever stopped to consider that writing off the political hopes and allegiances of half your readership might have had something to do with the situation Fairfax now finds itself in?

If you continually tell your potential readers that they're hopes are nil and their preferred candidate is hopeless, then why would they read your stuff? Except for wonks like me, of course, but I haven't bought a newspaper for years and years.


blogs.crikey.com.au/.../#comment-1396508

Reith rewrites history to hide the shame of children overboard lie
by Virginia Trioli    The Brisbane Times

ENOUGH, Peter Reith. It has been infuriating hearing the former defence minister repeat all this week that the Children Overboard scandal was just ''a minor incident, long finished'', just ''a small thing'', a ''bit of a stuff-up'' and that he has nothing to answer for.
**********
Let's revisit the facts, as established by two independent reports into the incident - and they include deeply compromising elements that Reith clearly hopes most of us have forgotten. But I haven't.

www.brisbanetimes.com.au/.../...0120831-255u3.html

NormanK

September 1. 2012 11:00 AM

TalkTurkey

Peter Dmitrienko‏@curiouser_georg

@ggreenwald The saddest, most maddening medical marijuana prosecution you'll ever read about. http://tinyurl.com/96r2txg


Retweeted by Ashley Ng
Hide conversation Reply


TalkTurkey

September 1. 2012 11:06 AM

Lyn

Hi Ad and Everybody

Don't miss reading Anne Summers a must read for everybody:-

Twitterverse:-

PM prepared to take all the time she needs,   Ross Peake is Political Editor
Tony Abbott is now demanding that Australia go to the polls in 11 months. His rationale is that the last election was held on August 21, 2010. Therefore, the government's nominal three-year term expires then and Julia Gillard should face the people.

Not so fast. According to the Australian Electoral Commission, the earliest date for the next election is August 3 next year. The latest is November 30
www.canberratimes.com.au/.../...0120831-255iv.html

Conspiracy of silence lets persecution of PM fester, Anne Summers,
IN RECENT weeks we have learnt that Julia Gillard has been the subject of ''vile and misogynist'' assaults on websites and Facebook. Even though she is a public figure, does she have any redress? What are the Prime Minister's rights at work?

If she was the chief executive of a public company, she would be protected, but what are the protections for a prime minister who is being treated in ways that are unlawful under federal legislation designed to safeguard the rights of workers?
m.smh.com.au/.../...-pm-fester-20120831-255tt.html

It's time to afford the PM her rights at work
I think it is time to name and shame, to expose all examples of this hateful misogyny and call on decent Australians to not share it, forward it, retweet it or otherwise give it exposure. The Prime Minister, like the rest of us, is entitled to be able to do her job without harassment, bullying or sex discrimination.

This is an edited extract from ''Her rights at work: the political persecution of Australia's first female prime minister'', the 2012 Human Rights and Social Justice Lecture delivered yesterday at the University of Newcastle.
www.nationaltimes.com.au/.../...0120831-2556m.html

Prima donnas and the PMs, Peter Hartcher
The public, after all, heard all the stories yet still rate Rudd as preferred Labor leader by a factor of two to one. Only the caucus is having grave difficulty in getting over its own confected outrage. In the months ahead, the caucus will allow the polls to dictate whether it's time
www.smh.com.au/.../...-the-pms-20120831-2567l.html

Dafid‏
Shaun Carney departs The Age today leaves with final anti Labor cheap shot. If thats the best you can do good riddance www.theage.com.au/.../...eling-20120831-255u1.html

Mark ‏
We want more of this brilliantly straightforward political reporting...REITH THE LIAR...thanx Virginia Trioli: http://bit.ly/ODSDX5 #auspol

Timothy Stuart
Even conservative Spectator isn't so keen on Abbott www.smh.com.au/.../...-game-20120831-25434.htmlAdd that to the list with The Oz #auspol

TheQldPublicServant‏
Premier is doing a ‘terrible job' | Rockhampton Morning Bulletin #qldpol #BecauseHeLied2Qlders www.themorningbulletin.com.au/.../

Lyn

September 1. 2012 11:18 AM

Michael

This is the caption on a photo accompanying the last article by Shaun Carney at The Age.

"Shaun Carney in 1986, the year he joined The Age. He departs today and will be greatly missed."

On the basis of what he writes in that article, on the way he's continually harassed the Labor government with no more than dumbed down 'doyen of political commentary' variations on Abbott's "no, no, no"...

"No, he won't."

Michael

September 1. 2012 11:50 AM

TalkTurkey

Thank you NormanK for posting that link, that's brilliant.

Anal Jones is right: Women are wrecking the squalid joint he and his filthy mates have slobbed and slouched around in for so long, and remaking an Australia of which decent men and women can be proud. I am one of many men who is proud and glad of the women in our great Labor Party, and those of great worth in all walks of life. In the end we are so much just persons.

Go Girls. And Boys. Time for a big change. We're doing it.

We will not let the filthy Right have Australia.

  

TalkTurkey

September 1. 2012 12:08 PM

DMW

On the first day of spring I stumbled around the twitterverse and the blogosphere seeing multitudes of comments wishing fond and not so fond farewells to Mr Carney and other Fairfax staff.

Then I stumbled across this:
Abbott's 7:30 interview and fantasy politics  Dominic Kelly @ OnLineOpinion
It was about a quarter past eight on a Wednesday evening when I opened Twitter for a quick scan of recent events. As it is wont to do, Twitter (or at least the section of it devoted to Australian politics) was having a bit of a meltdown. Tony Abbott had just been interviewed by Leigh Sales on the ABC's 7:30, and from all accounts it had not gone well for the Prime Minister-in-waiting.

Sales had apparently 'destroyed' Abbott ...

www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=14057

Some days as I stumble from repose I grab the same old pair of glasses and view the world as I have always perceived it to be.

Other days I try a different pair of glasses and often get a greater understanding of the world as it is.

Just sayin' Smile

DMW

September 1. 2012 02:05 PM

NormanK

DMW

I wonder which pair of spectacles Mr Kenny donned before penning this masterpiece?

Julia Gillard's so-called comeback in the polls has been overstated
By Chris Kenny     The Australian

Aside from the polls, Labor's relentless attack on Tony Abbott bore some fruit when he stumbled in an interview. The government has spent the best part of two years running an oppositionist-style campaign against Abbott - ironic given its main criticism is his negativity.

Ironic? It's ironic that Mr Kenny doesn't recognise the irony of his own ironical observation.

Yet there can be little doubt about its effectiveness. The Opposition Leader's personal polling has been kept low, if not the Coalition's. Labor's spin has the love media questioning Abbott's suitability and this, in turn, keeps animosities simmering within Coalition ranks.

Even if one doesn't subscribe fully to the conspiracy theory of the evil media beast plotting to overthrow this Labor government ….. love media? Really?
"And with a love like that you know you should be ….."
www.theaustralian.com.au/.../story-fn8qlm5e-1226462501593

I know, I know, I shouldn't be reading the Australian on the first day of Spring. I blame my mouse.

NormanK

September 1. 2012 02:13 PM

Truth Seeker

TT, after reading your comments on Reith, and feeling much the same I was tempted to add a verse in his honour(?) to my latest poem "Relevance Depravation Syndrome", but the bloody thing is so long already (so many to write about), that I thought I would follow your lead and go for a Limerick instead.

There's a dishonest bastard named Reith
who does nothing but lie through his teeth
with credibility sparse
he just talks through his arse
and his relevance beggars belief.

Jones gets a cameo in my poem.

Cheers

Truth Seeker

September 1. 2012 02:16 PM

Truth Seeker

That should be "Deprivation". bloody typos

Cheers

Truth Seeker

September 1. 2012 02:22 PM

NormanK

Jon Stewart on Clint Eastwood and Mitt Romney.
Video at bottom.

Jon Stewart Basks In The Glory Of Clint Eastwood’s ‘Awesome’ Speech While Tearing Apart Romney’s
by Josh Feldman     Mediaite

Jon Stewart opened The Daily Show‘s final night in Tampa by basking in the “awesome” and “hilarious” speech Clint Eastwood gave at the Republican National Convention, which consisted of the Oscar-winning actor yelling at a chair for ten minutes. But while Stewart was awe-struck over Eastwood’s speech, he was not so kind to Mitt Romney‘s acceptance speech, bashing it as being a whitewash of American history.
www.mediaite.com/.../

The world needs more Jon Stewarts.

NormanK

September 1. 2012 02:41 PM

DMW

Hi NK,
there are so hurt as a lover spurned.

I guess that Mr Kenny piked up the Hate Media glasses that the fine Dr Brown prescribed.

May I humbly suggest that you admonish your with the words Stop it you will send me blind   Tong

DMW

September 1. 2012 03:09 PM

Acerbic Conehead 2

Queenslanders are as mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore.  And the rest of the country is very apprehensive that Cando is but a sample of what to expect if Tones gets into the Lodge.  Here’s Swannie and a group of his Queensland mates doing a cover version of the old Steely Dan number, Razor Boy.  The fightback against CanDo has begun!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9g-Z5nFg5Y
:- )
His slashes are singing a song of the past
He sheds no tears
According to him it will be the last
For many years
He connives to get the oldies
Chucked outta caravan parks
After scythings of services set in
There’ll be buyers’ remorse
:- )
Will he still have a song to sing
After the Razor Boy comes
And takes our jobs n’ things away
Will he still be singing it
On that cold and windy day?
:- )
We know that all his cuts are so close at hand
He feels all right
We guess he’s only a curtain-raiser for Tones
That dark bad knight
We guess only horses in races are safe now
No way they’ll lose
He thinks his comeuppance won’t come when we lay down
For him we got news!
:- )
Will he still have a song to sing
After the Razor Boy comes
And takes our jobs n’ things away
Will he still be singing it
On that cold and windy day?

Acerbic Conehead 2

September 1. 2012 03:22 PM

TalkTurkey

TS
Depravation is the process to which Murdochracy is subjecting the world.

TalkTurkey

September 1. 2012 03:35 PM

NormanK

Acerbic Conehead

Thanks for that. It does the soul good to have a bit of Steely Dan rattling around in the brain box. When I saw 'Steely Dan' I though we might be in for some Dirty Work but you went one better.

Your scalpel-sharp new lyrics were cutting as well. Smile

NormanK

September 1. 2012 04:14 PM

Truth Seeker

TT. I did see the double meaning, so maybe it was a Freudian slip, and either works in regards to the media, the LNP and P Reith.

Cheers

Truth Seeker

September 1. 2012 04:20 PM

DMW

apropos different sets of glasses

Tim Soutphommasane ‏@timsout 3:21 PM - 1 Sep 12
Sad to see @ShaunCarney1 leave @theage. A strong final column: http://bit.ly/UgrdKS

According to the internet's repository of all knowledge, Wikipedia, Soutphommasane joined the Australian Labor Party in 1998 aged 15. He later worked on the speechwriting staff of then New South Wales Premier Bob Carr, and in late 2007 he returned from Oxford to work in the office of Kevin Rudd during that year's federal election campaign. Soutphommasane remains an ALP member.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Soutphommasane

Guess there are some Labor people who see things differently to other Labor people and some conservatives as well.

DMW

September 1. 2012 04:22 PM

KHTAGH

G'Day
Swordsters, thought you might like to hear the more intelligent side of Mr Jones, I hate to hear the prick too but it is worth the 15 seconds of your life, shows his womanly side.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe2YkPv760U

KHTAGH

September 1. 2012 04:29 PM

Truth Seeker

KHTAGH, thanks for that, it's nice to know that he has that soft and cuddly side... THE GALLOPING KNOB.

Cheers

Truth Seeker

September 1. 2012 04:46 PM

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Folks
I’ve now finished: Tony Abbott beware! Incitement is a very dangerous game, which I will post tomorrow afternoon.

Grist to the mill for that piece has been the article by Anne Simmons, Conspiracy of silence lets persecution of PM fester, listed in Lyn’s Twitterverse, quotes from which have now been included. Thanks again Lyn for some super links.

AC
Thanks for your verse and the accompanying music that fits so well.  We now have a fine collection of writers of verse that enriches TPS.

NormanK, Michael
Of course BB would take a well-aimed parting shot at Shaun Carney; he’s been targeting him for years.  His last piece shows why BB shoots him down so often. If that’s the best he could do for a farewell, I guess it shows why Fairfax let him go.  He boils ‘Labor’s woes’ down to just two factors: changing leader and ‘pandering’ to the electorate’s ‘sense of entitlement’.  It’s quite easy really, isn’t it Shaun?

Peter Hartcher seems to have survived the Fairfax scythe, but when I read his piece today, I wondered why.  He is still on the ‘Why did they ever get rid of Rudd’ bandwagon.  His opening gambit: ” Labor cabinets have tolerated the behaviour of egotistic and temperamental leaders in the past. Why not now?” is all you need to read to get his drift that Labor should have tolerated Rudd’s egoism and temper, which Hartcher insists "…were trivial in the scheme of things…”  That’s why Hartcher has an aversion to Julia Gillard, which came out so strongly in his book The Sweet Spot.  Fairfax should get a spellchecker to catch words like ‘egosim’, but as it was near the end, I guess the spellchecker was tired.

Josh Feldman’s article in Mediaite was an interesting appraisal of the Republican Convention speeches last night.

Chris Kenny’s article is a classic example of how any piece of good news for Labor can be negated with a stroke of an adversarial pen.  No one does it better than Kenny.

DMW
I do like your new Gravatar.

Truth Seeker, TT
What delightful limericks!  I like limericks – let’s have more!

Pappinbarra Fox
Your Abbott diagnosis might be correct.

KHTAGH
That’s our Alan! No wonder he’s so aggressive to Julia with all that dust up his nose!

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September 1. 2012 06:22 PM

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Folks
We're out for the evening.  Back tomorrow after Insiders.

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September 1. 2012 08:07 PM

Acerbic Conehead 2

Thanks NormanK, glad you liked it.

I'm sure you could do a job on Dirty Work.  Just imagine (I'm being naive, I know) that maybe even CanDo is horrified at Tones' rise to power.

Acerbic Conehead 2

September 1. 2012 09:30 PM

2353

AC - I suspect you are right, Newman is horrified.  You see, someone of Newman's ego couldn't believe that someone else could win - after all he became Lord Mayor (and cut and ran after the flood), Premier (and form would suggest he will cut and run again).  If Abbott wins - Newman has no time to become Federal Leader of the LNP without stepping foot in Parliament.

2353

September 1. 2012 09:31 PM

2353

AC - forgot to mention - I loved the contribution that opened this thread.

2353

September 1. 2012 11:19 PM

NormanK

Since one of the more popular memes doing the rounds involves Liberal Premiers trying to sabotage the federal budget by dumping tens of thousands of public servants on to the dole queue, I have no trouble imaging Campbell Newman crooning this in Tony's ear. While doing something manly, of course.
Anyway, it's a good excuse to play some 70's music.

Steely Dan's Dirty Work
www.youtube.com/watch


Julia's hard
She just won't lie down and die
So you need yourself somebody
Who can cause the cow to cry
When you need a bit of frackin'
Help to bring the BISONs down
That's the time you'll find me sackin'
In the bush and in the town

I'm prepared to do your dirty work
Oh yeah
Just the man to do your dirty work
For sure
I'm prepared to do you dirty work
Oh yeah

I'm your beater
Get the bastards on the wing
I can make their budget wobbley
And they won't suspect a thing
Like Clive Palmer in a courtroom
I've got capital to burn
I can start terrible trouble
Still the punters never learn

I'm prepared to do your dirty work
Oh yeah
Just the man to do your dirty work
For sure
I'm prepared to do you dirty work
Oh yeah

NormanK

September 2. 2012 09:36 AM

TalkTurkey

CQ CQ ? CQ CQ?

Yous all gone to the Moon while it was blue?

So is the sky here in Adelaide. Beautiful.

I 'm glad you like limericks Ad:
I've loved 'em since I was a lad;
A fine form for funning on,
For pinning a pun upon,
(But penning 'em can drive you mad.)

And as you can see they aren't all real flash. But I have written quite a lot, and not always funny/silly, limericks can be satisfying bite-size bits of information, clear and precise.

Google the word ozzigami, it takes you to my website (that I rarely use), click on FUN VERSE at the top, scroll down to Klokan the Blue Kangaroo, the first half of her saga, some of which is deliberately life-&-death educational about saving orphaned baby native fauna, is all in limerick form.

Oddly enough Klokan insisted that when she took her world tour the limerick form should be replaced by ordinary heroic couplets. (There is no accounting for the minds of female Kangaroos. They're flighty. But Klokan is delightful.)

Actually it makes my blood boil to realize that I'm spending nearly all my life turning my words to slings and arrows (as indeed are so many of us) when Hell I can write lovely stuff when I am less confronted by evil and malevolence. Just one more thing I hold against these creeps. Our best creative energies wasted on the likes of Pyne and Reith and Jones.

So since we must do it, let's do it good Swordsfolks. We must kill the snake, not scotch it, for the sake of the best creative energies of future generations.

But do read my lovely Klokan pome Comrades, you'll know me the better for looking at that page.

TalkTurkey

September 2. 2012 09:47 AM

Acerbic Conehead 2

2353,
I agree, CanDo looks like he has cooked his goose.  And I much appreciate the kind words you have bestowed on the thread.

NormanK,
Love Dirty Work - great singalong number and terrific alternative lyrics provided by you.  And yes, CanDo had plenty of capital to burn, but he seems to have wasted quite a lot, and given folks an insight into what's in store if Tones gets into the Lodge.

And Happy Fathers Day to all those concerned.  Have a great one.

Acerbic Conehead 2

September 2. 2012 10:26 AM

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Folks
To whom it may concern - Happy Fathers’ Day.

This morning’s Insiders was a good illustration of the value of a balanced panel – Laura Tingle, Dennis Atkins and Brian Toohey.  We had sensible, non-partisan comment on several contemporary political issues.  If only it could be like that every week!

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September 2. 2012 10:42 AM

Lyn

Hi Ad and Everybody

Note Paul Daley in the age has included the following excerpt, interesting I thought.

There is not much of interest to post for you today.  Insiders fairly mundane.  Twitter has been suffering a hurricane regarding the Alan Jones latest insults.

Paul Daley The Age
Last week Paul Daley's column asserted that Julia Gillard faced ''legitimate questions'' regarding her employment with Slater & Gordon. This was his view before the her long news conference on August 23. However, due to a production error, the column failed to reflect his reconsidered view that Ms Gillard had answered the relevant questions at the news conference.
www.theage.com.au/.../...t-out-20120901-2571c.html

Still, it wasn't such a great week for women
Alan Jones let rip with a tirade on 2GB against PM Julia Gillard. This time it was about her promise of additional aid to help get more women in the Pacific into parliament and other decision-making positions.
www.smh.com.au/.../...or-women-20120901-25789.html

Des Egan‏s
Surprised no big companies.Thought Telstra sponsored the idiot? "@Qldaah:2GB sponsors to boycott http://ow.ly/doVvI #destroyingthejoint

Stephen Koukoulas‏
Milne presents a wonderful reason why both ALP & Coalition should put Greens last #insiders

Joel Fitzgibbon‏
The Greens, all spin and no responsibility! #insiders

Werner & Ursula‏
Abbott and Hockey helping and agreeing with Newman!!! Australia you have been warned! Listen. #Insiders

Agnes Mack‏
#insiders Laura: I think Alan Jones is starting to lose it a bit...chaff big getting bigger, PM, Greens ...

Stephen clements‏
Bloody Hell - Gillard now criticised for returning to Aust on hearing of soldiers' deaths :-( #insiders

Jack Sumner‏
#insiders Cassidy's putrescent obsession with Kevin Rudd recently held in check but surfaced again today - Barry keep taking the pills

Lyn

September 2. 2012 11:15 AM

LadyInRed

DMW

Thanks for that link to opinion online. It had me thinking. We do hear with our biased ears. I think he had an interesting point to make, people who want to see the best in Abbott will have heard a completely different interview.

But for goodness sake you expect the average person who is a staunch Liberal or Labor supporter to do that. Our issue has always been that the MSM is supposed to as far as possible NOT be biased. Murdoch, Jones and MSM is after the swinging voter not the person who is totally set on one candidate over the other. And that is where I think is acticle is flawed, or biased, or both no matter if it was written by a PHD holder.

We just want the truth to be reported, thats why the twitterverse all cheered. We just want the questions to be asked so that the swinging voter makes an informed choice. Let's face it we all know it is the swinging voters heart we want. We want them to know who they are voting for, and at present the Murdoch painting of TAbbott is skewed.

Insiders caught him out again, ths time distancing himself fromt he Golden Years of Howard. Which is it Tone's back to the Howard years or not - you can't have a two way bet.

LadyInRed

September 2. 2012 11:34 AM

Truth Seeker

TT. I went to your site and read your poem about Klokan

stie looks good, loved your poem, and I agree that it is a shame that time and talent are taken up with such oxygen wasters, but our country needs us as a future under Abbortt is unthinkable.

We must prevail!

Happy fathers day to all

Cheers

Truth Seeker

September 2. 2012 11:57 AM

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Tony is very selective with the source of his facts. That's why he has to talk really slow. He has to work out which line to run depending on the situation, at the time and the audience. The internet will increasingly point out this opportunism and analyists will have plenty of material to sift through.
   Fact is something we don't get much of from the LNP these days. The impression is good enough. Lets take it a bit further. You are being misled. It's all a pile of porkies. Smoke and mirriors. They are champions at it..
   Tony is a TOP polititian. TOPS spin don't they?
   Lying is a serious matter and we overlook it too often depending on whether it benefits us or not. We should not accept it regardless. I don't mean the orchestrated carbon tax thing either. At the moment Gillard has more support as a prime minister, than Abbott, despite the rabid campaign against her. Would have the support of  a real majority of her parliamentary party, whereas Tony is rapidly becomming a "liability" for the future of the LNP. He needed a "checkmate" in a couple of quick moves and it didn't happen, so where to now? He only got in by one vote ( including Slipper's), back then when he looked like a rising star.
  Insiders was even, but not deep, Perhaps that is what viewers want but we do need a serious commentry on Australian politics. Laura is getting my tick of approval for mature sensible contribution, these days.

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September 2. 2012 12:01 PM

NormanK

Internal division could kill LNP
By Adam Carroll     The Gympie Times

THE greatest threat to Queensland Premier Campbell Newman's grip on power is likely to come from within his own party, according to Griffith University academic Dr Paul Williams.

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Interestingly, Dr Williams said there were fears within Coalition ranks that the decline in popularity of Liberal premiers would create headaches federally.

www.gympietimes.com.au/.../

NormanK

September 2. 2012 12:13 PM

MWS

I don't usually link to off-topic articles, but I found this one to scary to ignore:

www.rollingstone.com/.../greed-and-debt-the-true-story-of-mitt-romney-and-bain-capital-20120829

MWS

September 2. 2012 12:35 PM

KHTAGH

MWS
I agree this is the type of thing that Rupert Murdoch is behind, bury the truth, spread the lies. All for self gain.
I'd love for the CIA or FBI come knocking on his door someday for manipulation of the truth or buying info like he did in the UK.

KHTAGH

September 2. 2012 01:29 PM

Patriciawa

I loved Klokan's story, TT. That would make a beautiful children's book.   Truth Teller will now know why we defer to you as our master of rhyme.   Who could beat this?

So by now Klokan’s fame has spread far and wide:
All Europeans love her, and to show her their pride,
They found a great way to heap tribute upon her:
Now all Europe’s currency’s named in her honour!

*         *         *

Now when you go to Europe, as I hope that you may
It won’t be in Dollars or Pounds that you pay:
In restaurants and shops, and in all travel bureaux,
Everything’s value is measured in Euros!

  

Patriciawa

September 2. 2012 01:32 PM

Patriciawa

Forgive me, Truth Seeker!   I am sure you are both, anyway!

Patriciawa

September 2. 2012 02:11 PM

Gravel

Happy Father's Day to all our Dads and Grandpa's here.  Enjoy your delightful families today and everyday.

Gravel

September 2. 2012 04:11 PM

KHTAGH

I know you have probably finished your next article Ad but this is a good read & she has some good definitions in there too.

katgallow.blogspot.com.au/.../...g-high-about.html

KHTAGH

September 2. 2012 05:07 PM

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Folks
I’ve just posted Tony Abbott beware! Incitement is a very dangerous game.  Enjoy.
http://www.thepoliticalsword.com

Special thanks to you Lyn for supplying many of the links in this piece.

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September 2. 2012 05:15 PM

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KHTAGH
That was an interesting article and as you will see consistent with what I'm saying in the piece I've just posted.  Thank you.

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September 2. 2012 05:33 PM

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Hi Lyn
Thanks for the Twitterverse.  I agree with the comment about criticizing Julia Gillard for returning to Australia early because of the deaths of our soldiers in Afghanistan, that Brian Toohey made on Insiders.  I thought to myself, what would the News Limited press have said if she had stayed on an exotic Pacific island in the face of these deaths.  She did the right thing.

TT
I liked your limerick about limericks.  Your Klokan pome is very clever.

NormanK
The Gympie Times article was very informative.  Tony Abbott ought to worried.

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September 2. 2012 06:29 PM

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Good summary AD AS. It is a disgrace that there was ever a need to write it but there was. Why is it that the "mad" right has so many NASTY traits? Why isn't it possible to run their affairs without relying on the effect of what attracts arguably the worst sentiments out there.
  Can't remember the "older" Liberals behaving like this. Is it now the party of greed and privilege, who want to achieve power to perpetuate their aim of keeping labor out of office and punishing anyone who might agree with a "fair society"  existing, without putting profit before anything else.. This bunch of rabid right ( approaching fascist) people could now never look in the mirror and pretend that they would govern for all Australians, ( but I bet they will SAY it) There is nothing in their attitude that would indicate it. Every move of the new LNP state governments has behaved similarly and attacked public servants, public education universities TAFE rents subsidies.etc.. Always benefits for the lower income people at a time when the gap between the well-off and the poor is widening. Push wages down and remove benefits in existing awards.. Another common call is to pay less tax. (mainly in the higher brackets where their mates are)  How can a Country run without tax? We are NOT a high level taxed country but the LNP will never admit that. IF they get in they will set things up so the state governments will  request  an  increase in the GST to 20% and/or remove the exemption on food etc, that was negotiated by the democrats. . This of course hurts people who have saved and low income earners who have to spend ALL of their available money just to live.
  Tony thinks by giving women their actual salaries during paid parental leave, he will convince women to vote for him. That will favour women on high incomes and he just HAD to TRUMP The ALP's history making allowance, when HE probably would not have not even had ANY paid leave at all.

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September 2. 2012 08:05 PM

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Tony abbott may be surprised at the antipathy towards him out there!

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