A Minder, kinder, gentler polity

It’s an early morning start for Tony “Arthur Daley” Abbott at his ACTION MOTORS car-yard (“Arthur’s Commodores – Trade-Ins Or Newies”).



However, as he alights from his car, he can’t help noticing that his rivals across the road (Gillard’s NBN MOTORS – “Net a Bentley Now”), even at this early hour, are managing, unlike him, to do a roaring trade.

On his way to the portacabin that he calls his ‘office’, Arthur passes by the big tree that is the centrepiece of his display-yard. “Great tree, that”, Arthur mutters to himself. “When the customers see that, they think I’m serious about this carbon-capturing Real Action clap-trap...hee...hee..."

However, under the tree, Arthur notices a set of stepladders. “Jeeze...better put them away”, he thinks to himself, “or one of those leftie union thugs will pass by and half-inch them on me”. Arthur grabs the stepladders, opens his office door and places them inside. Therein, moreover, a further shock meets his eyes. He had strategically placed a nice photo of himself in his speedos on the board opposite, so that the mug punters entering the office would spot his muscular physique, and buy a Commodore so that they also could look as manly as him. However, some joker had drawn a pair of specs, a bra, and a comb-over on his pristine photographic likeness!

Arthur’s visceral feelings of hatred towards the perpetrator, however, are interrupted by the sudden entrance into the office of the agitated figure of Malcolm “Dave” Turnbull, the rich owner of the ‘exclusive gentlemen’s club’, the Winchester. Dave obviously has a bone to pick with Arthur.

Dave: Righto, Arthur...I think I’ve given you enough time to pay me back the money I loaned you...

Arthur: Oh, keep your hair on, Dave – you know I’ll pay you back when the Indos ditch those Bentleys Gillard gave them on that discount deal...Soon, they’ll all come over here and buy a Commodore from me at top dollar price...heh...heh...

[Dave is just about to remind Arthur that there is as much chance of the Indos doing business with him, as there would be with Paris Hilton taking a vow of poverty, when, in the background, they hear plaintive cries for help.]

Arthur: What’s that bloody racket? Sounds like somebody’s life’s in danger...

Dave: Yeah – sounds like Joe at the Press Club when he couldn’t answer any of the journos’ questions on the economy...hee...hee...

[Arthur and Dave step outside to investigate and, sure enough, hanging onto a tree branch for dear life, is Arthur’s trusty minder, Joe “Terry McCann” Hockey.]

Terry (pleading): Help! Anyone! For pity’s sake, someone put the stepladder back – I can’t hold on here for ever!

Arthur: What the hell are you doing up the tree anyway, Terry?

Terry: I was putting up some coloured bunting to try and brighten the yard up, and some genius decided to remove the stepladder!

[Just to prolong Terry’s ordeal, Arthur ambles over to the office, slowly removes the ladders and returns, equally slowly, to the tree. He places them under Terry, who thankfully places his feet safely thereon.]

Terry: Phew! That was close! Jeeze, Arthur – I thought you were going to leave me swinging there in the wind for ever!

Arthur: No fear, mate...the only reason I saved you was to see the look on your face when I dock half your wages for vandalising my photo in the office...heh...heh...

Terry: Aw...get real, Arthur! I was only having a bit of fun – people are saying you are the love child of Sarah Palin and Donald Trump, aren’t they?

[Upon having his parentage called into question, Arthur stares menacingly at Terry, whilst simultaneously nodding his head in a decidedly non-rapturous fashion. Luckily for Terry, the ice is broken by the entrance into the car-yard of a potential customer – Barnaby Joyce.]

Barnaby: good morning, gentlemen...I seem to have run into a bit of bother with my four-wheel drive – actually, I wrote it off in a swollen creek...Any chance of a replacement?

Arthur: As much as it pains me to knock back some custom, old son, I think you need to head down to the Naval Dockyard instead and enquire about one of their surplus submersibles...hee...hee...

[If the day started off badly for Arthur, it didn’t get any better. Kevin Rudd dropped in, looking for a replacement for his old Mazda ute. However, when informed by Arthur that he only did Commodores, he promptly threw a wobbly and departed, saying he was going to report him to the United Nations. Julie Bishop was another sale-gone-wrong when she insisted on buying a Holden Replica, and nothing else. Again, she also did her nana, out-stared Arthur, and stormed out. But, the greatest disappointment for Arthur was the no-show, so far, of the Indos. He really needed their purchasing power. Then, as if all those prayers he had said when he was in the seminary had been just answered, he notices, driving up the street in their Bentleys, the Indos! He turns in rapturous anticipation to Dave, who had stuck around, not having any intention of leaving until he got his money back.]

Arthur: Halleluiah! The fatted calves cometh!

[However, much to Arthur’s devastation and disappointment, the Indos drive straight into Jooles’ yard, alight from their Bentleys and are immediately upgraded with their very own Rolls Royce Phantoms! A crestfallen Arthur turns to Dave.]

Arthur: Hmmm...it looks like you’re going to have to wait another while for your money, mate...

Dave: Yeah, looks that way, doesn’t it...And Rolls Royce Phantoms to boot...I think the only Rolls Royce you’re ever going to own, mate, is a Rolls Canardly...

Arthur: Yeah...it rolls down one hill and can-ardly get up the next...tell me about it...

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TalkTurkey

27/05/2011AC Thanks for that. Australians are not going to take any less than the best when it comes to communications. I can't think why Turnbull let himself be talked into being Shadow Minister for NBN Destruction. The Coalies are on a flaying to a massage on the NBN. Turnbull must, will, jump ship on their policy. :) ABC24 news carried zip on Abbortt's and Mesma's non-show at the same division that Turnbull et al were whupped for (as if MT cared!) Is it true they weren't there too?

Feral Skeleton

27/05/2011AcerbicC., Memories, from the corners of my mind. :) I think I've seen every episode of 'Minder'. Actually, that's what Tory Abbott needs, a Minder that can keep getting him out of scrapes that he gets himself into. Heaven help the country though should the Murdoch media convince the electorate to float his boat. Even the media wouldn't be able to salvage the country from the wreckage that man would create.

Feral Skeleton

27/05/2011Talk Turkey, If an enterprising journalist has gone to the trouble of finding out whether Mesma and the Mad Abbott were also absent from the votes Turnbull was absent from, or maybe it was an enterprising ALP staffer who let a sympathetic journo know, then you can rest assured that the info will eventually find its way to the ABC. They still present a facade of being balanced, if for no other reason than it fills up air time between Coalition support slots.

lyn

28/05/2011[b]TODAY'S LINKS[/b] [i]Tom Switzer's war, Andrew Elder, Politically Homeless[/i] he's doing all the right things to secure Liberal preselection for a seat in Federal Parliament. Time is running out and opportunities are few, and there are limits to the extent to which his rightwing mates can deliver http://andrewelder.blogspot.com/ [i]Honest Harry and the unruly rabble, Barry Everingham, Independent Australia[/i] the dreadful Sophie Mirabella — whose arrogance is breathtaking. She’s adopted the thuggish walk and body language of Abbott and when she is removed by Speaker Jenkins the look on her face is a http://www.independentaustralia.net/2011/politics/dignified-harry-and-the-unruly-rabble/ [i]Winter Starts Early For Abbott Coalition, Ben Eltham, New Matilda[/i] July sees the new Senate take its place, with the opportunity to cut deals directly with the Greens to pass legislation. If the Government can hold its nerve — always a big if, with this lot — then maybe, just maybe, http://newmatilda.com/2011/05/27/winter-starts-early-for-abbott-coalition [i]the chicken hawks . Gary Sauer-Thompson , Public Opinion[/i] Afghanistan has become more and more like the quagmire of Vietnam--a civil war that will not be resolved by a military victory by the Americans. It will be resolved by politics http://www.sauer-thompson.com/archives/opinion/2011/05/the-chicken-haw.php#more [i]Spooking Labor was Rinehart’s smartest investment, John Passant, The Conversation[/i] Rinehart’s increase in wealth alone – about $5 billion – would pay for an increase in community sector salaries to an equitable level and have plenty left over for public schools and hospitals, http://theconversation.edu.au/spooking-labor-was-rineharts-smartest-investment-1500?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=tweetbutton&utm_campaign=footer [i]PR outfit behind Monckton backers a company ‘beyond ideology’, Andrew Cook Crikey[/i] successful visit by Lord Christopher Monckton that they co-hosted last year with Gina Rinehart. Their “patron” is Alan Jones, who gave the group some free publicity on 2GB, and there’s also a panel of advisers headed by notables like Andrew Bolt, Ian Plimer, David Flint and Bob Carter. http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/05/27/pr-outfit-behind-monckton-backers-a-company-beyond-ideology/ [i]Labor is surprisingly effective in parliament, Bernard Keane, Crikey[/i] an opposition notable for its hypocrisy and inconsistency, prosecuting the issue while avoiding the tricky fact that Barnett’s action is every bit the “sovereign risk” the Coalition and its mining industry mates http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/05/27/psst-dont-look-now-but-the-labor-gov-is-pretty-effective-in-parliament/ [i]The carbon tax. the mininng tax, they'll kill mining right? , Peter Martin[/i] Abbott said the carbon tax would close 16 mines. Neither the mining tax nor the prospect of a carbon tax has made a dent in mining expansion plans with the industry . http://www.petermartin.com.au/2011/05/carbon-tax-mining-tax-theyll-stop.html [i]£900,000 State coach made for the Queen 'missing' , The Telegraph[/i] The jewel-encrusted 2.75 tonne black carriage, made with $250,000 (£161,000) of Australian taxpayers' money, was supposed to be delivered in 2006, but government officials have admitted they have no idea where it is. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/queen-elizabeth-II/8537787/900000-State-coach-made-for-the-Queen-missing.html [i]Who’s the sook?,Dave Graukroger, Pure Poison[/i] Conroy has begun issuing general press releases whenever he responds to questions from the Oz and has indicated that he’ll take similar action with the Tele, with the reasoning being that it’ll stop them distorting his answers, http://blogs.crikey.com.au/purepoison/2011/05/26/whos-the-sook/#more-10329 [i]Malcolm Turnbull – eco hypocrite., Twawki[/i] Last November Turnbull listed one of his houses (picture left) which normally is rented for around $5000/wk for a reported $18 million dollars. The Turnbull’s themselves live in Wolsely Road – the most expensive street in Australia and the 9th most expensive street in the world. http://www.twawki.com/?p=11849

janice

28/05/2011Good morning all. George Megalogenis has written a good piece in the Oz, "Carbon tax could send Abbott up in smoke". http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/commentary/carbon-tax-could-send-abbott-up-in-smoke/story-e6frgd0x-1226064360471

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28/05/2011LYN'S DAILY LINKS updated: http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/page/LYNS-DAILY-LINKS.aspx

janice

28/05/2011Nice little skit your've given us Ascerbic. Can I suggest you give us your take on [quote]£900,000 State coach made for the Queen 'missing' ,[/quote] from one of Lyn's links above?

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28/05/2011AC Thank you for another entertaining piece of satire, set to one of my favourite themes. Tony Abbott does need a minder right now, as the tide seems to be turning against him. He has enjoyed many exhilarating surfboard rides with his disingenuous negativity, but the waves don’t look so promising now, as George Megalogenis points out, and there other surfers cutting across his trajectory. A wise Minder would advise him to give his surfboard a rest, but his addiction may be too much to overcome and lead to an unseemly washout, or worse still a collision with the rocks that surfers know lurk under the breaking waves. janice Thank you for the Megalogenis link. Now that he’s returned we realize how much we’ve missed his balance and commonsense.

Feral Skeleton

28/05/2011janice, That would be, 'we hope Abbott goes up in cigarette smoke', eh? :)

lyn

28/05/2011Hi Acerbic Conehead Thankyou very much for your brilliant article to once again brighten up our day by putting up some coloured bunting to try and brighten the TPS up. Mind you you don't remind me of Aurthur's trusty miner, Joe Hockey I mean Terry Mccann. Dave (Malcolm Turnbull) has cooked up a storm and I am loving every minute of it, go Malcolm. Here is an article I am sure everyone will enjoy: What's Malcolm Turnbull up to?, Christopher Joye, Aussie macro Moments The Kamikaze strategy involves blowing up both Abbott and Hockey. And this is a key dynamic: he cannot just eviscerate Abbott, because Hockey would immediately step into his shoes. He has to destroy both. It is, therefore, a dual-pronged approach. He attacks Abbott principally on the basis of his climate change policies, creating as much public confusion as possible, and undermining, http://christopherjoye.blogspot.com/2011/05/whats-malcolm-turnbull-up-to.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChristopherJoyesConcreteDetailBlog+%28Christopher+Joye%27s+Concrete+Detail+Blog%29&utm_content=Twitter

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28/05/2011Hi Lyn The Christopher Joye article is food for thought. Malcolm Turnbull is no fool, and despite his impetuosity has, I believe, planned this latest move carefully. We will await the next step with keen anticipation.

Gravel

28/05/2011Acerbic Conehead Again it was lovely to wake up and have a good laugh. I must say I have been having a bit of a giggle about the oppositions ructions about not turning up for votes. I notice the change in rhetoric on Poll Bludger too, but then realise that it is only a hiccup for the opposition, and can't get all excited about it. I notice that the media were either not mentioning the new facts about Abbott not turning up for the same votes either, so the coverup for them continues.

Feral Skeleton

28/05/2011The aspect I find most interesting about the Abbott/Turnbull skirmish is the , yet again, partisanship of the media and how they have quickly taken Abbott's side to fight his battles for him. Maybe it shows how much skin certain individuals whose names readily spring to our minds, have invested in this game. Let me see, I predict the Sunday papers have had a missive despatched from Murdoch HQ to start dropping a steaming hot pile of merde on Malcolm before things get out of control and MT gets momentum up. It's also my belief that we are starting to see the players on the Coalition benches beginning their jockeying for spots in the rejuvenated Turnbull line-up. Ian MacFarlane for one. Luke Hartsuyker. Probably a few backbenchers that are off the radar atm. Interesting to observe in all this is the deflated demeanour of Christopher Pyne which I have picked up in Question Time this week. My observations of the man have shown to me that he likes to think he can pick which horse to back better than others can. Which is why he managed to hang on as Manager of Opposition Business even after Turnbull was deposed by Abbott, and he turned on a dime and became more Conservative than thou, when he had previously been known about town as a moderate in the Liberal Party about the time of Costello, Nelson, then Turnbull. I think CP has realised that he actually backed the wrong horse after all, especially as Abbott's high water mark will be the 2010 election when he almost got over the line but fell at the last hurdle. Anyway, that's why we might be seeing Luke Hartsuyker making a move by being one of the others named as missing the procedural vote the other night. He might become the new Manager of Opposition Business. Anyway, it's all for the good of the Coalition in the long run, as the less we see of Howard's Crusty Demons, such as Bronwyn Bishop, Phillip Ruddock, Kevin Andrews and Sophie Mirabella, the better. Not so good for the Labor Party though because a lot of disaffected Labor voters like Turnbull. Still, the ALP has seen Turnbull off once before, and if they can see Abbott off it will stand them in good stead as they get runs on the board and come the flood of the next election.

TalkTurkey

28/05/2011 The three in-your-face Coalers are circling warily . . . But Sloppy can't cut it, he's a soppy flop. Abbortt won't last, he's peaked about to crater. Turdball won't make it, too much internal baggage. Then there's Mesma, and Morriscum, and the one they call Rhyming Slang. Naaahhhh . . . and . . . Naaahhh . . . and . . . Naaahhh ! Hardsucker, nahhhh. PuffAdder, NAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!! Sir David Attenborough* (there's yer PROPER knight eh Limpy!) goes on about "sneaky #***ers", gamma-males if you like who hang around the edges and grab their chance with the girls while the alphas are defending their #***ing rights over the challenging beta-males who get beaten up instead. The sneakies do pretty dam good too. So look out for those on the inner outfield. Peter Dutton . . ? The Member for Dickson. Ex-cop. H'mmm. Repeat offender in QT. H'MMMMM! Watch that scheming face folks. *Mighta been Robyn Williams doesn't matter as long as it happens

NormanK

28/05/2011Acerbic Conehead Thanks for another good laugh - lovely use of language. I'm not so sure that someone who can't see their own shoes is going to be a very good minder. Some of the chase scenes on foot should be a hoot! PS - Thanks for your kind words on the previous thread.

Tom of Melbourne

28/05/2011Let me provide some examples of the incredibly lazy thinking ocontributors at TPS practice – • When I made some comments critical of the ALP’s position on gay marriage, they suggested I was homosexual. • I suppose if I posted comments the views about indigenous issues, they’d say I was aboriginal. • When I asked some reasonable questions about carbon tax/trading (that people interested in social equity and income redistribution consider) they suggested that I was an Abbott apologist. • When someone from WA turned up commenting, they suggested this was my sock puppet. The people at TPS are bizarre they don’t actually debate the merits of policy issues, it’s a site only for light relief.

Jason

28/05/2011AC, I would watch out if I were you! When Nick Minchin retires in July he looks set to write comedy! here is a taste Victory in 2013 will come from sound policies based on strong principles, and not from cheap populism. Tony Abbott is the man to lead us to that victory Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/liberal-senate-team-newsletter-20110528-1f93s.html#ixzz1NcGjT4AU

Jason

28/05/2011Tom, We do! just not with you.

Feral Skeleton

28/05/2011Tom of Melbourne, You are entitled to your opinion, but why you continue to get your Kimbies in a twist about us here at The Political Backwater, I haven't been able to figure out yet. Those things you are annoyed about, you have a right to be upset about them, however, they are but a mere fraction of national political discourse and not the be-all and end-all of it.

NormanK

28/05/2011Jason That Minchin 'newsletter' is a none-too-subtle dig at Tony Abbott. If he had left off that last sentence, it would have been a broadside. [quote].... success really lies in getting the balance right between Principle and Pragmatism -between the pursuit of good policy and the need to retain popular support.[/quote] No coincidence that he chose to use the word 'pragmatism'. [quote]Too many Parties, Governments and MPs tend to err on the side of populism ............ That is ultimately self-defeating because you end up standing for nothing as you desperately try to follow the fickle winds of public opinion. That experience[/quote] (WorkChoices) [quote]must not be allowed to be the catalyst for a reversion to populism now that we are in Opposition. The Federal Coalition has a responsibility not to pursue populism at the expense of the nation's long-term interests.[/quote] Even Abbott's principal backer has had enough of the nay-saying. This isn't going to go away anytime soon. Abbott is in for a rough ride.

NormanK

28/05/2011Tom of Melbourne Why do you persist with this habit of marching into a library and demanding to be served beer? Go and find a pub.

Jason

28/05/2011Normank, Can the opposition afford to get rid of Abbott as leader? What becomes of the "hard liners" within the party that believe in nothing but the good old days and is it in Labors interest that the status quo remains?

Tom of Melbourne

28/05/2011Feral Skeleton, I’m a supporter of truth in advertising. The tag of this site doesn’t go near meeting that criterion. Your welcome to your sense of mutual reinforcement of your narrow opinions, but I don’t mind occasionally popping in to outline the hopeless double standards that are applied. As I’ve said, it’s occasional light relief here.

lyn

28/05/2011Hi Jason Are you going to post Sunday Morning TV for us please. I want to see what you say about the ten on ten show panel tomorrow.

NormanK

28/05/2011Jason Out of my league to make political predictions but surely Abbott will have to start expressing firm views on some subjects or face exposure as the hollow man that he is. All morning I've been thinking 'careful what you wish for', Labor are probably better off with Abbott as leader but our whole legislative system is poorer for insufficient diligent scrutiny by the opposition. In terms of what's best for the country, a Labor government with a halfway decent opposition (which means under a moderate leader). I don't know what to wish for.

Jason

28/05/2011Lyn, Words fail me! might get shickered tonight and sleep in I think. May 26, 2011 Sunday morning TV - 29 May #auspol Your guide to this Sunday morning's political and business interviewsYour guide to this Sunday morning's political and business interviews Full program listing available at: http://sundaymorningtv.posterous.com/ 8:30am Sky News 601 - Australian Agenda On Sky News Australian Agenda this week Finance Minister Senator Penny Wong, and a special report on the Malaysian solution. Host Peter Van Onselen is joined by the The Australian's Paul Kelly and Michael Stutchbury. 8:38am Ch7 - Weekend Sunrise - The Riley Diary Political editor Mark Riley looks at a week where Tony Abbott turns to retail politics to fight the carbon tax while Malcolm (Turnbull) is in the middle of a muddle....again. Meet The Press has moved to a 10.30am time slot, unless you're in Canberra and surrounds when it's 4pm. 8:40am Ch9 - Today on Sunday - The Laurie Oakes Interview The weekly Laurie Oakes interview is no more. We'll let you know when Laurie is next expected to return to your Sunday morning screen. 9:00am ABC1 & on ABC News 24 - Insiders On Insiders this Sunday, Barrie Cassidy interviews independent senator Nick Xenophon. On the panel: Radio National’s Fran Kelly, The Courier Mail’s Dennis Atkins and political commentator Glenn Milne. And Mike Bowers talks pictures with Jack the Insider. 10:00am ABC1 & on ABC News 24 @ 5.30pm - Inside Business This week on Inside Business a feature interview with Iluka Resources CEO David Robb. A look at the grim times in banking and why investor fear is on hte rise again. And an in dept look at the debt crisis in Europe. Plus, a look at the problems facing small internet network builder and operators locked out of the NBN process. As well the regular update of the latest news from the markets and Alan Kohler's incisive commentary. 10.00am on Ch10 everywhere but Canberra at 4.30pm - The Bolt Report - Check local program guides for encore performance timings later in the day Joining Andrew Bolt at the desk will be Professor Bob Carter to chat about the Climate Commission report and according to Andrew's blog, about the "warmists who dodged the debate." Also, former political correspondent with The Australian and former advisor to Peter Costello Niki Savva and Labor speech writer Dennis Glover will join Andrew for the panel debate. And Slu*Walk Melbourne organiser Clem Bastow will join Andrew in the studio to talk about the event. Link for more info: http://www.slutwalkmelbourne.com/event-details.html 10.30am on Ch10 everywhere but Canberra at 4.00pm - Meet the Press - Check local program guides for encore performance timings later in the day Hugh Riminton is joined on the Panel by The Sun Herald's Jessica Wright and The Daily Telegraph's Simon Benson. Together they interview Climate Change Minister Greg Combet and Australian Food & Grocery Council CEO Kate Carnell on the price of carbon and climate change.

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28/05/2011Folks Can anyone explain to me why Tom of Melbourne returns here to experience what he describes as the "[i]...incredibly lazy thinking of contributors at TPS[/i]". As he finds the "[i]...people at TPS are bizarre they don’t actually debate the merits of policy issues, it’s a site only for light relief.[/i]" why does keep coming back? There must be other sites that would not annoy him as much, like the Liberal party website and [i]Australian Conservative[/i] where everything is argued logically from incontrovertible facts. Why doesn't he give [i]TPS[/i] a miss?

Jason

28/05/2011AA, Have a read of this! quite funny but true http://www.independentaustralia.net/2011/politics/dignified-harry-and-the-unruly-rabble/

John

28/05/2011AC Wonderful - it brought back such memories of [i]'Minder'[/i]. And the irony of the Libs' own 'Minders' being ineffective or incompetent at preventing the deep divisions and personal animosity of one groups of Libs - the hard right - against the moderates - Turnbull, Hockey. Perhaps the 'Minders' were helping Warren Entch with his email?! :)

Feral Skeleton

28/05/2011Here's a good little Centre Right perspective on the Turnbull thang: http://standpointau.wordpress.com/2011/05/28/the-malcolm-turnbull-question/

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28/05/2011Jason What's really horrifying about the story in [i]Independent Australia[/i] is that Barry Everingham is describing personnel that would inhabit an Abbott government. John It seems that although Minder Warren Entsch wrote the missive, he had the nod of approval of Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne. Neither would deny they hadn't seen it.

janice

28/05/2011[quote]Can anyone explain to me why Tom of Melbourne returns here to experience [/quote] Ad astra, he comes here because he's a stirrer and because he is forever looking for an argument. The more responses he gets the more he can't resist having another go.

lyn

28/05/2011Hi John Your blogg topic is excellent today as well. Barry O'Farrell,well he did say he was going to bring about change. As far as I'm concerned NSW is getting what they voted for, he was elected without any policies on a bed of lies. The MSM gave Labor a woeful time, they wanted O'Farrell right or wrong. But you know what I think is the worst betrayal of the NSW voters, is his efforts to reduce the Solar Credits from 60cents to 40 cents. All those people installed solar panels with the understanding the system would not be changed and they paid big money for their panels, even with the Government grant. NSW Steps Towards Dictatorship, John True Politik allow a Minister, under his direction, to introduce regulations that will determine the pay and conditions for public servants, including: public service staff; public teachers; nurses; hospital doctors; carers; public transport staff. http://truepolitik.blogspot.com/

lyn

28/05/2011Hi Jason Thankyou for tomorrows TV programs. No words come when we are gobsmacked. Anyway I shouldn't have asked, I know what you think, because it's the same as my thoughts.

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28/05/2011janice You are right. Can we please all resist the urge to respond to Tom of Melbourne. Nothing we, (whom he regards so poorly), can say will ever change his mind. Please ignore him. FS That is an interesting piece at Standpoint about Malcolm Turnbull. BTW have you seen this report: [i]Abbott misses the same votes as Turnbull[/i] at [i]Sky News[/i]. Abbott's hypocrisy knows no bounds. http://www.skynews.com.au/national/article.aspx?id=618487&vId=2439504

Jason

28/05/2011Lyn, Although I should ask why is Australian Food & Grocery Council CEO Kate Carnell on the price of carbon and climate change. going to be on meet the press? Was she born with a crystal ball? has she seen the carbon tax bill? What in all honesty could she possibly speak about, other than fears that may or may not come true. They may as well have a seance as it would be more reliable.

Jason

28/05/2011Dan_Gulberry Dan Gulberry @TonyAbbottMHR says CT will be death of Aust manufacturing, yet Heinz closes 2 AU factories to move to NZ where there is a CT #auspol

macca

28/05/2011When I was in my early teens, way too many years ago,I had to catch the bus to school. Generally all of us got on pretty well. There were the usual alliances made and just as quickly broken. However, at the end of the day, we were all friends. Some of us, fourty odd years down the track, still are. I think we just accepted our diversity....Italian, Croatian, Polish, Yugoslav, Australian. We were friends. However; there was this one kid: he would go out of his way to try to inflame debates...such as they were in those youthful days, but valid to us nonetheless. He tried to influence the debates in such a way that the outcome would always shine a bright light on his superior intellect. That was his intent....it never worked. It was the intellect that let him down, probably still does. He could never quite grasp the fact that thinking your intelligent, a game changer, got your finger on the pulse sort of guy is a world away from being intelligent, a game changer and having your finger on the pulse sort of guy. Poor bugger. Destined to go through life trapped with the self delusion of greatness. But having to live with the watered down morass of startling mediocrity. Last I heard he was living in an empty house....and arguing a lot. Visited Melbourne once.....didn't like it.

janice

28/05/2011Macca, My mother used refer to these attention getters as "being endowed with too much of what the cat licks its bum with" :)

lyn

28/05/2011Hi Janice I love your mum, she sounds like a very common sense, wise, lovely lady, in fact she sounds very like my Mum. The things they would say, short and sweet, they had most people pegged.

Acerbic Conehead 2

28/05/2011TT, No worries, glad you enjoyed the piece. Yes, it must only be a matter of time before Malcolm Turnbull raises the white flag over the Coalition’s NBN faecal sandwich “policy” he has been given to consume. He is too smart to be wedged forever between Tones’ negativism and the inevitable. And, if [i]ABC24[/i] did not report the absence of other Coalition figures, besides Turnbull, from divisions, it is surely a sin of omission which, in my book, is just as serious as a sin of commission. HS, Yes, [i]Minder [/i]was a great series and I loved every episode also. The characters were unforgettable, and the plots and palaver were intoxicating. Lyn, Thank you again for the links today. They give us such varied insights into the political scene. And yes, the saga of the missing royal coach could turn out to be a real pot-boiler. Maybe Arthur melted it down and handed over the gold bars to his bank manager in lieu of a few mortgage payments. Or possibly Barnaby did a bit of joy-riding in it and it now lies at the bottom of some swollen Queensland creek. Maybe we should start a competition to offer the best explanation for its whereabouts. The first prize could be a night out with jj, and second prize a week-end. Janice, Thank you for that link to Mega George. He’s a terrific writer and I learn a lot about economic affairs, and their political implications, from his articles. And see my comment to Lyn above regarding the missing royal coach. AA, I’m glad you also enjoyed the [i]Minder [/i]piece. And your surfing metaphor on the likelihood of Tones getting dumped off his board is very apt. I think the old adage, “he who lives by the sword, dies by the sword”, is very pertinent. Gravel, Great to hear from you again. I hope you are getting stronger as each day passes. As you and TT earlier mentioned, in the MSM there seems to be one rule for Coalition stuff-ups (ie a cover-up) and another rule for everybody else. NormanK, Thanks for your comments today. As usual, they are right on the money. I think if Joe Hockey, the Minder, had to pursue anyone, he would need Tones’ quad bike. That is, if they can find it after he got lost in the desert last year. Jason, Thanks again for the heads-up on the TV programs this weekend. I’ll watch [i]Insiders [/i]just to see Jack the Insider. I must say, however, that everything on the box for me this weekend will play second fiddle to the (hopefully) epic encounter between Barcelona and Man United. I don’t barrack for either team, but they are both class outfits. And yes, it looks like Nick Minchin wrote that piece with his tongue more firmly placed in his cheek than Tones smuggles his budgies at the start of a winter triathlon. And also, I think the irony of Dan Gulberry’s comment on [i]PB [/i]would be lost on the Coalition supporters. John, I’m glad this piece brought back fond memories of [i]Minder [/i]for you. And yes, it appears that Warren’s email, to continue with the soccer analogy, is a bit of an own-goal. Valerie, I love your reference to Arthur as “that old tea leaf”, lol. Very cockney and apt. By the way, let us know the identity of the bloke who flogs the dodgy motors. That way, we can make sure to give him a wide berth. Macca, Loved your trip down memory lane. I wonder who you could be alluding to, lol.

janice

28/05/2011Good evening Lyn, Yes my mother was a wise and lovely lady, and she was an excellent judge of character so would suss out the phoney types quickly. This hit me between the eyes after she had died and Howard became PM. When Howard was Fraser's treasurer, I was in the kitchen with her preparing a meal and my father was watching TV in the lounge room. Suddenly she marched to the door and yelled "Get that horrible man off my TV!". I laughed and asked what she had against Howard because although I didn't think much of him I disliked Fraser more. Mother put on her most serious face and said "you mark my words, my girl, if that miserable excuse for a man ever gets his hands anywhere near power, this country will forever rue the day". I'm damned if I know what she saw in Howard then but she was proved correct all those years later when he did get his hands on power.

John

28/05/2011Hi, Lyn Thanks for the good feedback on the blog. It took about 2 evenings & 4 or 5 rewrites before I was happy with it. I do think that retrospective legislation is an abomination in our democracy, and to use it to break an otherwise legal contract displays the appaling lack of ethics and hypocracy that too many of our politicians display. People can send an automated email to their local MP and Barryy O'F through http://www.betterstate.org.au/stop_ofarrells_law/ John http://truepolitik.blogspot.com

Sir Ian Crisp

28/05/2011[quote]Sir David Attenborough* (there's yer PROPER knight eh Limpy![/quote] Gobble, I sleep soundly at night.

janice

28/05/2011[quote]Maybe we should start a competition to offer the best explanation for its whereabouts. The first prize could be a night out with jj, and second prize a week-end. [/quote] Brilliant, Ascerbic, just brilliant. :D:

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28/05/2011Folks Time to call it a day. Lots to view in the morning.

macca

28/05/2011Tom OF Melbourne "As I’ve said, it’s occasional light relief here." and light relief sums you up nicely.

Jason

29/05/2011macca, There is no point in engaging in intellectual combat with unarmed people!

Jason

29/05/2011 LIBERAL Party unity is in tatters, with senior sources claiming leader Tony Abbott's relationship with his shadow treasurer, Joe Hockey, and rival Malcolm Turnbull is ''poisonous in every way''. Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/national/split-in-liberal-ranks-widens-20110528-1f9w4.html#ixzz1New7p1YG

lyn

29/05/2011 [b]TODAY'S LINKS[/b] [i]Journalism as a Public Good , Mr Denmore, The Failed Estate[/i] The next great hope for increased diversity is the federal government's public review of media policy now underway. The intention of this inquiry is to look at how regulation needs to change http://thefailedestate.blogspot.com/2011/05/journalism-as-public-good.html [i]Parliamentary truants are failing democracy, Tess Lawrence, Independent Australia[/i] How pathetic and hypocritical from a former Health Minister. Dr Death Abbott, all you’re doing is spreading the cancer that has clearly infected all the internal organs of the Liberal Party. http://www.independentaustralia.net/2011/politics/parliamentary-truants-are-failing-democracy/?utm_sour [i]NSW Steps Towards Dictatorship, John True Politik[/i] allow a Minister, under his direction, to introduce regulations that will determine the pay and conditions for public servants, including: public service staff; public teachers; nurses; hospital doctors; carers; public transport staff. http://truepolitik.blogspot.com/ [i]The Australian and Pot Kettle Black, Insert Clever Title Here[/i] A paper that has on more than one occasion said that its aim is to destroy the greens, cancel the NBN and ensure that the rightful govt (aka the guys that lost the election (also known as the libs)) is installed in power. A paper that http://www.wolfcat.com.au/randomrants/2011/05/postid-1871/ [i]The ABC rejects criticism of political bias and as usual purports to be purer than the driven snow, but some of us know better! Mark Thomson, Seeking Asylum Down Under[/i] A myth has emerged that Abbott 'cuts through' and the Govt is weak and poor at communication. I suggest this is a media construct fueled by journalists such as Uhlmann. He aggressively interrupts Labor and Green politicians http://seekingasylumdownunder2.blogspot.com/2011/05/abc-rejects-criticism-of-political-bias.html [i]Even the Economist says Australian public debate is a joke, Don Arthur, Club Troppo[/i] think tanks or community sector organisations, some are consultants and others academics. What can we do to improve the quality of public debate? http://clubtroppo.com.au/2011/05/27/even-the-economist-says-australian-public-debate-is-a-joke/ [i]What Happened With The NBN This Week?, Gizmodo[/i] radio commentator Alan Jones showing his ignorance about technology when he confused the research and tried to use it as a hammer to beat down the NBN, even though he was inadvertently showing the NBN’s strengths. http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/05/what-happened-with-the-nbn-this-week-19/#more-454219 [i]Australia Has Been Hit By More Than 50 Tusnamis, Darryl Mason, the Orstrahyun[/i] A Macquarie University researcher, Dale Dominey-Howes, said Australia had a reputation as a region where few tsunami hit, but there have been at least 57 reported. "Relatively speaking, this is a much higher rate of occurrence than many other regions of the globe," he said. http://theorstrahyun.blogspot.com/2011/05/australia-has-been-hit-by-more-than-50.html [i]Any colour you like, David Horton, The Watermelon Blog[/i] advertising is just there to serve the community, provide information, give people choice, oh, and if you don’t like it, why don’t you go and live in North Korea, see how you like that. http://davidhortonsblog.com/2011/05/28/any-colour-you-like/? [b]Reading[/b] [i]With digitized text from five million books, one is never at a loss for words, Brian Hayes, American Scientist[/i] There are other things we (and our computers) can do with the words in books. We can count them, sort them, make comparisons among them, search for patterns in their distribution, classify them, catalog them, analyze them. Yes, these are nerdy, mechanical, reductionist assaults on literature http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/pub/2011/3/bit-lit/1

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29/05/2011LYN'S DAILY LINKS updated: http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/page/LYNS-DAILY-LINKS.aspx

TalkTurkey

29/05/2011Jason I want to tell you Cobber You pack grunt into every post. You are so across the stuff you talk about. Been looking back at posts over time and you're always coming up with new info from far-flung sources and full-on views, many of us get more praise for our wordsmithery but you're the beef Comrade. Good Onesiders-Time Swordsfolks!

Feral Skeleton

29/05/2011My prediction for new Shadow Treasurer? Scott Morrison, now that the government has a solution, a real one that is essentially humane(and I'm sure they'll get Malaysia's agreement to 'Stop the Caning'), and the Boats will be stopped. So he'll be moved by Abbott to tag Wayne Swan. My advice to Julia Gillard? Move Wayne Swan. Move him to Immigration and move Chris Bowen to Treasury to keep the Morrison/Bowen tag team going. It's been very effective for the government so far wrt Immigration issues and solutions.

Jason

29/05/2011John Clarke cancer council Ad! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jKDW9MTF48

NormanK

29/05/2011Feral Skeleton How many lines have you got in the water at once? I don't know about NSW but in Qld there is a limit on the number of rods and hand-lines per person. Abbott can't move on Hockey without prying the cracks even wider. Wayne Swan is the Deputy PM and gets to pick his portfolio. Throw me back. :)

Feral Skeleton

29/05/2011The new NSW State Coalition government of Barry O'Farrell may have played up the fact before the election that they would not allow new Coal Mines in National Parks or on prime farming land, but they stayed strangely quiet about Fracking for Coal Seam Gas, and now we know why: http://www.kateausburn.com/2011/05/27/nsw-government-admits-it-encourages-coal-seam-gas-mining/

Feral Skeleton

29/05/2011 Twitter is abuzz with the suggestion of running Cate Blanchett for the ALP in Bennelong against that no mark John Alexander. Won't happen, of course, she is still too famous as a Hollywood Actress and probably wants to keep acting, but it's certainly a nice idea.

Gravel

29/05/2011To fill in time this morning while lolling around, we had the TV on Ch 7, three good stories, then Riley's Diary, who socked it to the opposition for a change, we both grinned at that one. Then sat in stunned silence at the comments by the hosts to emails they received about the Yes to carbon tax ads. They served it up to the one's complaining about Cate Blanchette, and said it wasn't a Government ad. We just couldn't believe how good it was to hear rubbish being refuted, it was like music to our ears. Oh wouldn't it be loverly if this sort of thing could happen more often. Usual junk on Insiders that I watched while doing some housework. Still giving Abbott a free ride. Oh well, too much to expect decent stuff. Recorded Sky Agenda that had Penny Wong on, she was just sooooo good. Then half listed to rubbish afterwards, hitting the opposition with a wet leaf, giving the government the usual thumping. Now waiting for Meet the Press, in this part of the country (vic) we don't get it till Noon as I accidentally found out last week. recaptcha: tables changed, hoping that is a good omen for the Government.

Gravel

29/05/2011John I just read your blog. I not in NSW, but I empathise you on this issue. Just one thing, you mention carers in your first paragraph, I am curious to know how those change can affect carer payments, as I always thought they were a Federal Government thing. Oh and welcome to this wonderful blog, with so many great personalities and lots of wonderful vision and thought provoking comments.

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29/05/2011Jason You really are an asset to [i]TPS[/i]. You keep coming up with such interesting snippets. [i]The Age[/i] story by Jessica Wright is revealing. So Tony Abbott saw it beforehand and obviously made no attempt to stop it, while Christopher Pyne did try, which suggests that Pyne has more political sense than Abbott, and Entsch as well, who either missed the explosive potential of his email, or deliberately sent it to embarrass Malcolm Turnbull. Considering Entsch’s experience, the latter is more likely. I winder why Jessica did not mention, as some outlets have, Sky News for example, that Abbott also missed some of the divisions for which others are being reprimanded. John Clarke’s satire is delicious.

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29/05/2011john Welcome to the [i]TPS[/i] family. Please return. Good luck with your blog.

NormanK

29/05/2011Gravel John will probably pop by and answer your question on carers but to put your mind at rest, state government departments employ carers to go out into the community to assist those folk who need it. This NSW legislation will not effect carer's payments. It will just undermine the fundamental rights of all public service employees in NSW. Viewed in conjunction with Ted Baillieu's so-called equal opportunity bill, it should be seen as yet another indicator of what a Conservative government has in mind for Australia. [b]Minister's error sinks equality law change[/b] by David Rood [quote]The changes to the equal opportunity laws would have given faith-based organisations the right to reject workers on the grounds of religion, sexuality, marital status and gender, and limit the powers of the Equal Opportunity Commission.[/quote] http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/ministers-error-sinks-equality-law-change-20110526-1f6b6.html

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29/05/2011Gravel It’s good to see you again. I hope you are improving steadily. I agree with you about Channel Seven this morning. The anchor folk thought that the screaming headlines in [i]The Sunday Telegraph[/i] lambasting Cate Blanchett for appearing in a non-government ad, sponsored by others, were over the top. We should be thankful for such small mercies, as we must expect the Murdoch media to scream blue murder at every move the Government makes to explain its policies, at every advance it makes in pursuing its legislative agenda. News Limited is setting up the Government and PM Gillard to fail, and anything that goes against that determined agenda is bound to be resisted violently with countless pages of adversarial rhetoric. It is a ruthless outfit. [i]Insiders[/i] saw the return of the ghost of Andrew Bolt in the resurrected form of Glenn Milne. Clearly the ABC is scraping the bottom of the barrel. Like Bolt, he was hard on the Government and soft on the Coalition and Tony Abbott, as he was last time he materialized on [i]Insiders[/i]. As ever, he purports to have access to ‘secret poling’, which curiously is always bad for the Government. He is a Coalition stooge, the go-to man if there is something adverse to the Government it wants publicized. Dennis Atkins was balanced, as he usually is, and Fran Kelly was surprisingly non-condemnatory of the Government and supportive of the ‘Cate Blanchett’ ad. The Coalition rifts got a good going over, in both the discourse and the cartoons with Jack the Insider’. (Who is he by the way?) I thought Nick Xenophon was quite balanced in his comments. The panel seemed to lap up the assessment of Australian politics by an unnamed writer in [i]The Economist[/i] in an article titled [i] Politician, heal thyself[/i], which began with what I expect is a subeditor’s attempt at sarcasm: [i]The current lot couldn’t pull the skin off a rice pudding[/i]. This caused great amusement within the panel. Before taking their reflex conclusion that Australia lacks political leadership, a mantra that groupthink has spread far and wide, do read the article and make up your own mind about how well the article argues that case. http://www.economist.com/node/18719594 It does end with the interesting comment about ‘the decisions that are most important to Australia today’. [i]They are to restore its growth in productivity, to turn at least some of its universities into world leaders and to provide it with the flexibility and resilience to enable it to cope with the unexpected—a collapse in its terms of trade, a bust-up in Indonesia, civil war in China, an isolationist president in America or whatever else may be thrown at it. If the current generation of politicians can achieve that, Australia’s success will last as long as a stromatolite.[/i] Stromatolites last a long, long, long while.

NormanK

29/05/2011For those who just can't wait, Cate Blanchette and Michael Caton in the "Say yes" campaign. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZT5C3bcn0M

David Horton

29/05/2011I was also astonished by the performance of O'Keeffe and Roe on the Sunday show, and, yes, Riley. To actually try to combat some Right wing nonsense instead of just going along with it for the sake of audience showed some rare, and much welcome courage. My estimation of Jessica and Andrew (up to now so low as to be non-existent) went up immeasurably. I have had a go at manning the barricades with Cate Blanchett (Caton can take care of himself, and, as has been observed, is not under attack by the likes of Joyce) here http://davidhortonsblog.com/2011/05/29/queen-cate/

Feral Skeleton

29/05/2011Just more manufactured outrage from the Right Wing meant to swamp the message from the new pro Carbon Price ad. Just another frame-up from them. Notice how Bully #1, Barnaby Joyce is the one wheeled out so Abbott doesn't have to get his hands dirty smearing Cate Blanchett? The Coalition and the Murdoch media truly are the lowest of the low. Compare and contrast this with the fact that Gina Rheinhardt, Billionaire, bought a whole TV station and Andrew Bolt to parlay her message in the media, yet not a peep is heard from the Gutter Press about that.

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29/05/2011NormanK What a lovely rose you have chosen – the Yellow Rose of Queensland. That ad is good – I wish the last bit: “Say Yes to Cutting Carbon Pollution” lasted a little longer; I had to play it three times to get it all in. David Norton That is a good article and timely too – you have been very quick off the mark.

lyn

29/05/2011Hi NormanK Is your new rose called "Just Joey". Cheers

Gravel

29/05/2011Ad Astra Thank you for you response, yes my health is getting better every day, doc says maybe back to real normal in 6-12 months. :-) Like David H, we seemed to all have the same response to the Ch 7 comments this morning, just glad we two here weren't on our own in our interpretation of it. I tried to skim through that article you recommended, but it is now too late in the day for my concentration so I'll bookmark it to read and will get back to you. Oh and they didn't show Meet the Press here as I was anticipating so it looks like I won't ever be able to watch it again. :-(

NormanK

29/05/2011Hi lyn No it's not Just Joey although I do have him in the garden. I don't know the name of this one - it's just a 'Google Yellow Rose'. I felt as though my personality was not best exemplified by a pretty red rose and that I was not being taken seriously enough so I've gone for a Gravatar with gravitas. Doesn't the new rose bring to mind a hairy-chested virile male full of combative argument that will have his opponents quivering in their boots? No? Perhaps it's in the eye of the beholder. All of the roses in the garden are struggling after such a wet and overcast Spring and Summer. Lots of nursing now to try to make this Spring a better showing.

Feral Skeleton

29/05/2011If you can't afford the small increase from a carbon tax your economic problems are your own not the govt's fault.

Feral Skeleton

29/05/2011NormanK, Isn't yellow the colour of chickens? :)

NormanK

29/05/2011FS What sort of mate are you? Here I am trying to work up a new macho image for myself and you undermine me at the first opportunity. What's to be made of Mr Baillieu's legislation that will take Victoria back to the good ol' days? It would have slipped under my radar if the hard-working Women's Affairs Minister Mary Wooldridge hadn't missed voting on one of her own government's bills. State Liberal parties showing the commonwealth how it should be done. Don't ask for money off the miners - just take it. Don't honour the agreements of any previous government - just change them retrospectively. Don't let those nasty commissions have any say in wage fixing or employment opportunity. Guided democracy anyone?

Feral Skeleton

29/05/2011Latest news on Carbon Price MPCCC talks: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1547931/Slow-going-on-carbon-pricing-talks

Feral Skeleton

29/05/2011NormanK, I've got your back NK, that's why I care to let you know such things. :) Of course you will also remember that I warned you not to get sucked in by the smiling visage of Can-Do Newman. The Victoria and NSW experience informs me as to what awaits you guys up there should the electorate fall for his Con. Guided bleedin' Democracy allright. They think that 'The Leader' doesn't even need to prove his bona fides in parliament anymore. Just on TV.

David Horton

29/05/2011FS - today Mr Can-Do started following me on Twitter. Boy, has he picked the wrong Twitter account if he aims "to help Campbell Newman represent the people of Queensland as the next Premier", but might I be wrong in thinking that this is not actually the aim of @candocampbell? Could it be a spoof? So hard to tell when these conservatives are for real!

Feral Skeleton

29/05/2011David Horton, Can Do Campbell appears to have used a Twitterbot to search out all Queenslanders with a Twitter account so that he can begin the process of infecting your brain with the carefully-manufactured LNP 'Can Do' surreality. Be afraid, be very afraid. And be wary of their entreaties. They are like the aliens in Dr Who that show their real face to the world once they have inveigled their way under the guard of the unwary. :)

Jason

29/05/2011I see today that Barnyard thinks Cate Blanchett because she is "rich" and wealthy her opinion should not be heard because she is not like "us" battlers! Yet when the Government wanted to tax the likes of Gina Rinehart and cut company tax and increase super from 9 to 12% this too was wrong! Yes Mr Joyce we know our place in the food chain and so may you soon!

Jason

29/05/2011OH PS, I think I heard someone say the "Carbon Tax" is a regressive tax? which would make the GST?

lyn

29/05/2011Hi NormanK [quote]I've gone for a Gravatar with gravitas. Doesn't the new rose bring to mind a hairy-chested virile male full of combative argument that will have his opponents quivering in their boots? [/quote] I think your yellow rose is gorgeous, it brightens up our page just like your genuine, thoughtful comments. Not sure about the virile male full of combative argument. Signifies more a gentleman, with not argument to offer but a balanced clear minded, educated opinion. What did Ad say "the beautiful yellow rose of Queensland", I like that, sounds nice.

David Horton

29/05/2011FS These are his most recent tweets: Women are angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we continue to fly...on a broomstick. We're flexible that way. 10 hours ago candocampbell CanDo CampbellNewman I had a life once. Now I have an internet connection and a Mac book. 28 May candocampbell CanDo CampbellNewman The lesbians next door to me ask me what i want for my birthday.....i think they misunderstood me when i said i wanna watch!!! 27 May candocampbell CanDo CampbellNewman I still think Perez Hilton getting tasered would be the most watched YouTube video of all time. 26 May candocampbell CanDo CampbellNewman Do I need a receipt to bring sexy back? 24 May candocampbell CanDo CampbellNewman omg i just found out im allergic to exercise...at first i get all flushed, then i break out in a sweat, my heart starts pounding really fast 23 May candocampbell CanDo CampbellNewman Sex is like pizza. When it's good, it's good. When it's bad, it's still petty good. Surely he doesn't think this is good self promotion? Oh, and if he thinks I am a potential Qld voter his GPS settings are off by quite a lot!

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29/05/2011Folks I've just posted the second in our series of [i]Julia Gillard's Fireside Chats[/i]. This one is titled [i]Your Health[/i]. www.thepoliticalsword.com
I have two politicians and add 2 more; how many are there?