Melbourne Syndrome reaches a world’s record


The Melbourne Syndrome is now officially the world’s worst. 

From The Age: Melbourne lockdown becomes world’s longest as state records 1377 new local COVID-19 cases, four death

Not to mention that Victoria’s Premier is the world’s most incompetent leader.

And the first of the pictures The Age chose to run, proudly it seems to me, under the heading, In pictures – Melbourne becomes world’s most locked down city, shows an old woman surrounded by police.

And then there is the astonishing bigotry in what is supposed to be a paper of substance. From NSW must do better than Dominic Perrottet as premier.

Within a day, it is possible that NSW, self-described as the most progressive state in the federation, may have, in Dominic Perrottet, a premier … who is a highly conservative Catholic with views that represent the most extreme end of a rigidly male-dominated institutional church.

How does an editor allow such gross ignorance find its way into the paper?

29 responses to “Melbourne Syndrome reaches a world’s record”

  1. Bruce in WA Avatar
    Bruce in WA

    How does an editor allow such gross ignorance find its way into the paper?

    Allow it? It’s mandatory!

    Definition of “gross ignorance “? 144 journos.

  2. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    NSW must do better than Dominic Perrottet as premier.

    If the Phage is saying this Perrottet could be the best Premier we’ve had for a while.
    “You can always judge a man by the quality of his enemies” Dr Who.

  3. Timothy Neilson Avatar
    Timothy Neilson

    It’s a while since I’ve even glanced at the Age.
    Pre-lockdown I’d occasionally flip through it at lunchtime in the office or in an airport lounge and was always reminded of why I’d stopped reading it.
    Having read it only very irregularly for some previous years, I finally stopped completely some time during the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd era when the Age announced in an editorial that it would decide what Age readers were supposed to think, and would print only material that would reinforce those editorial decisions. (They didn’t phrase it quite like that – they said they’d made a decision not to print anything that might detract from the consensus for “climate action”, but I’m sure Cat readers can translate that into English.)
    The last time I looked the sports section still had some reasonable material amidst the woke bullshit, but the rest of the paper was a case study on the Dunning-Kruger effect, where smug ignorant dull-witted semi-literate self-indulgent adolescents preened themselves on their fact and logic-free expositions of their self-perceptions of brilliance.
    It’s a tragedy that the newspaper which used to have a regular Saturday third leader by Sir James Darling has now fallen so low.

  4. Mark M Avatar
    Mark M

    “The key is vaccines, what we know about this virus is it will hunt down those people who are unvaccinated,” the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

    You gotta admit, that statement is hard to beat on the stupid scale.

  5. Muddy Avatar

    If we are to look for positives in all of this, we should soon start seeing – if it has not already begun – a dramatic decrease in alien abductions and cavity probing. (Though conceivably, our police services could step into the gap for the latter. Possibly the former as well).

  6. Roger Avatar

    How does an editor allow such gross ignorance find its way into the paper?

    Have you considered the possibility that the editor is grossly ignorant?

    Actually, I think that’s too kind; grossly bigoted is probably nearer the mark.

  7. Entropy Avatar

    I am pretty sure the journo, subbie and editor having nothing at all against Catholics, why some of their friends are actually catholic.

    Sectarianism really is a thing. Also demonstrates how much the ALP is separated from its original roots.

  8. rosie Avatar

    The problem is he’s just not apologetically Catholic.
    He has SIX children.
    Anti Catholic bigotry always simmering below the surface til some tyke gets too uppity.

  9. Ellen of Tasmania Avatar
    Ellen of Tasmania

    Tyrants hate Christianity.

    It took a long time for ‘the Truth that sets us free’ to work its way through a culture that was hierarchical and tyrannical. But, by God’s grace, it finally did. Look at the 20th century tyrannies – look at their attitude to the church.

    Now they want to kill it. If you wonder if you and your family will be safe in the new tyranny, ask yourself if you’re a Christian.

    Freedom doesn’t look after itself.

  10. vlad redux Avatar
    vlad redux

    Yes, the Reverend Stephanie Dowrick is just an old-fashioned bigot.

    On Twitter, she’s even frothing at the mouth that this guy supports the seal of the confessional over the enactments of the NSW legislature.

  11. vlad redux Avatar
    vlad redux

    And the fact that people like her are screaming at the thought of him becoming Premier shows that he is the man NSW needs.

  12. OldOzzie Avatar

    The Real Pandemic is how Stupid Everyone is – Particularly the Government – The Rest of Us are Just Captives

    From the Comments

    What agency would approve, much less mandate, a seat belt that only works for you if everyone in all the other cars wear it?

  13. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John


    Sectarianism really is a thing. Also demonstrates how much the ALP is separated from its original roots.

    From the party of the rural and industrial working class, with a strong Catholic base, to the party of the tertiary credentialled inner city office based middle class, with an obsession with anti-clericalism. How has the mighty fallen.

  14. johanna Avatar

    The world’s Most Liveable City only a few years ago!

    Hubris, hubris.

  15. miltonf Avatar

    The Ague is a marxist vomit making rag and has been for decades. What else can you expect?

  16. duncanm Avatar

    Something Discernable said about Victorians being in an abusing relationship with Dan led me to this:

    What is family violence?

    .. is any violent, threatening, coercive or controlling behaviour … This includes not only physical injury but direct or indirect threats, .. emotional and psychological torment, economic control, … social isolation and any behaviour which causes a person to live in fear.

  17. duncanm Avatar

    Rev Dr Stephanie Dowrick
    Writer/social activist/minister. Books include Intimacy & Solitude, Choosing Happiness, Forgiveness & Other Acts of Love, Seeking the Sacred, Heaven on Earth.

    for someone who preaches love and understanding, she sure has a mountain of hate to let loose.

  18. areff Avatar

    Have you considered the possibility that the editor is grossly ignorant?

    The Age editrix is Margo Kingston’s half-sister, so that’s a solid bet.

    A bit more on this, with a charming Cathy Wilcox cartoon, just published here.

  19. Miss Anthropist Avatar
    Miss Anthropist

    Sectarianism sux.

  20. OldOzzie Avatar

    A bit more on this, with a charming Cathy Wilcox cartoon, just published here.

    Some Good News

    At the Sydney Morning Herald, where the hacks await official confirmation of the rumour circulating in both Sydney and Melbourne that contracts aren’t being renewed because the Nine rags will soon publish only on weekends, the effort appears focused on demonstrating they can spot a Romanist peril at 60 paces and are thus worthy of being picked up by the ABC:

    One senior moderate said: “Perhaps unfairly, Dom is seen as part of that ultra-conservative religious right-wing who has very strong social views on issues most of us simply do not get. He isn’t actually like that, but he can’t shake that perception.”

    There’s really no rational explanation for the media’s open loathing of Catholics (or its resolute silence in regard to another creed’s problematic adherence to belief and tradition), so leave it to SMH doodler Cathy Wilcox, who several years ago captured the required attitude in a few strokes.

  21. Lee Avatar

    A bit more on this, with a charming Cathy Wilcox cartoon, just published here.

    There is no way in a million years, Cathy would draw a similar cartoon replacing the Catholic figure (in this case Cardinal Pell) with a Muslim one.

  22. miltonf Avatar

    Ah Wilcox, another north shore lefty.

  23. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    All above comments explain why m0nty has been kinda belt-fed on the Discordant Cats today.

    It was fun to poke him about his bigotry regarding public expressions of religious faith, given he bares his as frequently as an arseless chap owner does in Oxford Street at Mardi Gras time.

    I’m just disappointed the fat man’s only comeback so far has been Orange Man Bad!

  24. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Speaking of which, watch and listen to Sargon of Akkad bemusedly explore the thought processes of such people, and how this drives their actions and reactions (50mins)…

    (Definition for our marginally less mong-savvy Cats- To ‘Grift’ means to dishonestly take on and present someone’s point of view in public in order to solicit donations. It is the present flavour-of-the-month denunciation for leftwits when ad-homming their Class Enemies.

    If you’ve wondered what the Fat Man meant over the last 9-12 months whenever he used the term against any non-left public figure, this is what he was trying to do).

  25. Timothy Neilson Avatar
    Timothy Neilson

    Sectarianism really is a thing.
    In my experience the most virulent anti-Catholics are pseudo-bog Irish types who love to whine about the alleged oppression of their ancestors but regard themselves as members of an intellectually, morally and socially superior elite of atheists/agnostics. See “ABC” and “Fairfax”.
    The second most virulent are atheists/agnostics who grew up in a Protestant tradition and have sloughed off everything except the bigotry. [Apologies to my fellow Protestants for using the word, but it did, and perhaps vestigially among a minority of us, still does.]
    Genuine hostility to Catholics is rare among people of almost any religious faith here in Australia. [Note I said “almost”.]

  26. Timothy Neilson Avatar
    Timothy Neilson

    I’m just disappointed the fat man’s only comeback so far has been Orange Man Bad!
    Disappointed Rex, but no doubt not entirely surprised.

  27. a reader Avatar
    a reader

    In my experience the only real sectarianism comes from the avowedly irreligious. They hate conservative proddies too but none so much as Catholics unless they’re of the Father Bob type. Interestingly Chip Le Grand was on twitter this morning disgusted at that hit piece on Perrottet.

  28. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Disappointed Rex, but no doubt not entirely surprised.

    Well, yes.

    m0nty has never really been known for his wit or abstract thinking.

  29. local oaf Avatar
    local oaf

    How dare that evil white man inflict six of his brats on a poor defenceless woman. He obviously raped her, and six times as well!

    Let’s get him!

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