1,418 thoughts on “Open Thread – Wed 1 June 2022”

  1. demanding that the plebs be impoverished on the basis of his harking back to the “divine right of kings”

    I’m sort of okay with this, as long as the other side of that coin is played as well. A non-exhaustive selection:

    King Aed – killed by his successor, 878AD
    Edmund I – murdered by a thief, 946
    Edward the Martyr – killed by his stepmother, 978
    Edward II – killed by having a red hot poker inserted in the ring gear, 1327
    Richard II – starved to death by gaolers, 1400
    James I – assassinated by disaffected Scots, 1437
    Henry VI – murdered in the Tower, 1471
    Charles I – found guilty of high treason by 59 commissioners (presumably of The People) and beheaded, 1649

    The future Charles III better dial it down a bit, I think.


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  2. A woman has complained to Labor that a new MP has nude pictures on his phone of her following the break up of an affair. She’s told Daily Mail that ALP complaints process has been horrendous.

    A few points here:
    -Federal ICAC now!
    -Why are we only finding out about this after the election?


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  3. …….. and he has a sense of humour.

    Indeedy, Roger.
    He gives a good speech and he cherishes a great animus for the press.
    Slack can be cut.


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  4. Your daily dose of ABC retardation:

    There’s a lack of diversity in Australian leadership roles. These experts are trying to fix that

    Jieh-Yung Lo knows what it’s like to experience the ‘bamboo ceiling’.

    Now the director of the Australian National University’s Centre for Asian-Australian Leadership, Mr Lo says one of his most painful experiences of this form of discrimination took place about a decade ago, when he attended a Victorian conference as a local government councillor.

    He arrived at the event early and was waiting in the reception area where attendees were being served coffee.

    OMG! What terrible discrimination did this poor man experience?

    Then he realised he’d made the “very horrible mistake” of wearing a black suit with a white shirt.

    Um…okay…not normally a very horrible mistake, but who knows – perhaps this sartorial selection activates the inner racist that we all know every white Australian possesses. Let’s find out.

    “This regional councillor came up to me and said, ‘Excuse me, young man, can you please give me a cup of coffee?’,” he tells ABC RN’s This Working Life.

    “I [replied] I’m sorry to disappoint you but I’m actually a delegate here representing my council.”

    Oh. Now I see the significance of the “very terrible mistake”. Let me get this straight – a young guy, dressed like a waiter in a place where you’d expect to find waiters, was mistaken as a waiter. That’s his harrowing tale of the ‘bamboo ceiling’? Seriously? He doesn’t think this kind of thing could – and does – happen to anyone, regardless of race? When I was in my late teens and early-to-mid 20s, I don’t know how many times I was asked ‘do you work here?’ in any number of places where service was provided.

    I guess you have to be the director of some bullshit grievance studies centre at ANU to possess the smarts to realise that you were mistaken for a waiter NOT because you looked like a waiter because you dressed like a waiter and you were a young guy at the time and young people usually perform this kind of low-skill work…oh, no. It wasn’t that. It was racial discrimination. Racial profiling. Clearly. If you were young, white and dressed like a waiter in a place people generally expect to find waiters, there is no way you would ever have been mistaken as a waiter. When was the last time anyone saw a young, white waiter? They simply don’t exist. Don’t know about you, but I just assume that whenever I find someone who isn’t white, they must be there in order to serve me. Anyway, the story gets worse:

    He says the worst part was that the woman didn’t believe him.

    “She said to me, ‘This is a really trumped-up excuse to not do your job’. So she insisted to speak to my manager,” he says.

    “It took her a while to sink in that I was a local government councillor.”

    All right. Now I’m calling bullshit on this. Does anyone seriously believe this exchange occurred? Does it sound even remotely plausible? He probably was mistaken for a waiter – that kind of thing happens all the time. I’m surprised it only happened to him once. But the next but about how he wasn’t believed – I’d bet the farm he just made that up to make the rather dull story of that time he was mistaken for a waiter slightly less dull. And more wacist, somehow. Maybe. Even if I’m wrong and it did happen exactly as he described (highly doubtful), I still don’t see how the purported ‘bamboo ceiling’ has anything to do with it.

    But it gets even worse! People have wrongly attributed other professions to him:

    Mr Lo has previously been confused for an accountant or IT worker while working in other sectors

    OH MY GOODNESS. SAY IT AIN’T SO. How insulting it must be to be confused as an accountant or IT worker. What lowly professions they are. I spit on every accountant and IT worker I see. And they’re all Asians. Everyone knows all accountants and IT workers are Asian. Seems I’ve spat on a lot of Asians.

    He says many Asian Australians will have experienced the bamboo ceiling at some point in their lives.

    It’s a form of discrimination that includes individual, cultural, and organisational factors that impede their career progress.

    How? How could the experiences he described have impeded his career progress? Even if one presumes the ‘bamboo ceiling’ is an actual thing and not what it really is, ie. some bullshit created and maintained by race hustlers like this fuckwad that enables them to grift their way into cushy identity-centred sinecures – how did being mistaken for a waiter or an accountant or an IT worker impede his career progress?

    Not going to bother with the rest of the article. If it kicks off on the basis of this incredibly weak premise, I can’t see things getting any better.


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  5. Edward II – killed by having a red hot poker inserted in the ring gear, 1327

    Rather drastic treatment for hemorrhoids, don’t you think?


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  6. Not one of Albo’s appointed Ministers has small business experience…

    While his Minister for Small Business has never had a job outside the Tasmanian public service or the Labor Party.


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  7. May have misheard but it sounds like Wong is changing short term work visas for Pacific Islander to allow them to bring their families with them.
    Oh and isn’t China going to be ticked off Australia seems to have scuttled their deals in that region?
    So much for the Australia China Labor love in.
    If climbevery is keen on looking for ‘kickbacks’ there’s a rock worth turning over.


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  8. I should add that his being mistaken for a waiter or accountant or IT worker seems to have helped his career, given he’s now the director of Asian grievance studies at ANU and these are his tales of horrible discrimination that he dines out on to this very day.


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  9. While his Minister for Small Business has never had a job outside the Tasmanian public service or the Labor Party.

    His Minister for Agriculture has been a lawyer and politician all his working life..


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  10. Bruce, the mechanism already exists to reserve gas for domestic purposes. All parties know this. So spare me the bleeding heart crap for the capitalist integrity of our beloved Gas Cartel. They will manage this handsomely. Albo should pull the trigger right now and not after we have been screwed sideways by horrific winter power bills.


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  11. i’ll just drop this here again
    The Personality Disorders Behind Wokeness With Josh Slocum
    00:00 Intro
    02:49 What Are Cluster B Personality Disorders?
    06:18 Being Raised by a Parent with Personality Disorders
    08:22 The Rise of Victimhood Culture
    12:00 Narcissism is Socially Rewarded
    14:44 How Many People Have Cluster B Personality Disorders?
    17:41 Social Media and Personality Disorders
    21:11 “We’re Living in a Cluster B World”
    26:55 Why People Are Drawn to Leftist Politics
    31:14 Why People on the Right Latch onto Conspiracy Theories
    38:03 Normalisation of Cluster B Style Relations
    44:55 How to Overcome Societal Cluster B Traits?
    49:23 What to Do if Your Partner Has Cluster B Traits?
    51:59 The Sweet Potato Question


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  12. What about Madgwick and the missing legal files.

    Good job monty. We really need this Federal ICAC!

    Young and naïve.
    You couldn’t possibly expect an ICAC to look back further than about 9 years.

    It’s a natural justice sort of thing.
    Statue of Imitations and all that…


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  13. Rogersays:
    June 2, 2022 at 12:19 pm
    UK Daily Mail:

    Matt Kean joined ABC staff, Hollywood actors, TV and radio personalities as well as Labor politicians to celebrate Mr Albanese’s victory on May 21 at the home of Lisa Wilkinson & Peter FitzSimons.

    Why would anyone be surprised? Another in the Turdballs mould (in two senses of the word).


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  14. Bruce of Newcastlesays:
    June 2, 2022 at 12:26 pm
    All you heroes cheering to be screwed royally by the Australian Gas Cartel, you would have to be some kind of simpleton not to understand that this is just fascism pure and simple.

    As I understand it they’re locked in by long term contracts. Overriding such things is what totalitarian crooks do, and leads to Venezuela/Zimbabwe. Don’t blame the companies for what the government has done. They’re the nitwits who caused this.

    And doing it is entirely unnecessary. There are multiple companies looking to exploit gas for local consumption, notably the PEP-11 area on the Central Coast, blocked by Morriswine with the enthusiastic support of the (no longer) local federal member.


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  15. So after a lifetime of bludging on the working taxpayers, aboriginals are to now get access to aged pensions earlier than the workers that have been fleeced to carried them through life? Wonderful system. Well Dutton, are you going into bat for the people who actually work for a living. The forgotten Aussie toilers with every man and his dog in our pockets?

    The matter hasn’t been settled but referred to the High Court and won’t be heard for several months yet .. tho why it is being referred hasn’t been explained .. cos if, as the gummint keeps telling us, we is ALL equal then everyone already on the OAP will have to be compensated back to whatever age Dennis getz a win at .. I meanz fair’s fair in’t it? .. LOL!
    I”m also guessing that most miss the irony of the bloody thing as well! .. cos the media isn’t gonna make a big play of the fact that the mug tax-payer, once again, is paying for it all! .. Dennis, isn’t paiying for his case but it is all being financed by the Aboriginal Legal Service, a gummint (as in taxpayer) funded operation ..
    Soooo, Dennis, Wacka Wacka man (tho not proud! LOL!) not only wants his cake and eat it he is getting the taxpayers to bake it! ..
    I’m also expecting that should Dennis fail that he (us, that is!) won’t be liable for costs, the lettuce leaf Oz justice system will, no doubt, ensure that! .. so win or lose Dennis still WINS! ……!


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  16. dover0beachsays:
    June 2, 2022 at 12:32 pm
    What are the chances this federal ICAC would include a portal to one of the Labor law firms?

    Extremely high, maybe 99%?


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  17. I”m also guessing that most miss the irony of the bloody thing as well!

    IIRC, it was Otto Von Bismark, who decided on the Old Age Pension being paid at sixty, because most German workers didn’t live long past that age..


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  18. No climate fearmongering from the ABC at the moment just reports of ski season opening early.

    In other important news they’re all over Johnny Depp blah blah blah.


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  19. There’s a fairly simple way to get encourage the gas and oil industries, be like the US where the landowner has mineral rights over the property. The current system here does nothing to encourage landowners to support extraction, nothing at all, but give a farmer a sniff of a royalty income and things would change rapidly. The current system makes sense for landowners to fight exploration and extraction and so puts them on the same side as the greens.


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  20. He says many Asian Australians will have experienced the bamboo ceiling at some point in their lives.

    And many haven’t. Around a quarter of a century ago, the Chief of Reserves in the Australian Army was one Major General Low Choy. The “waiter/accountant/IT guy/councillor” might be a bit young to be aware of that.


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  21. Minister for Small Business never had a job outside of Tassie public sector
    Minister for Agriculture a lawyer with no farm experience
    Treasurer has a Law degree
    Finance Minister Arts degree (and is a Cellist)
    Minister for Health and Aged Care has an Arts and Law degree
    Minister for Water and Environment has a Masters in Public Policy
    Minister for Industry has an Arts degree
    Minister for NDIS is a retard.


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  22. at the home of Lisa Wilkinson & Peter FitzSimons.

    Was sTan Grant there, I wonder. If I recall correctly, sTan and Pirate Pete got stuck into each other at one of Lisa’s parties after one of them contested the result of a leftist purity test.

    sTan was probably there. After all, his people own the land the house is built on. There’s probably a neon sign visible from space that Lisa and Pete installed that runs along the entire length of their metres high security fencing proclaiming as much. Why wouldn’t sTan be there? At the very least, he could evict his tenants.


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  23. Bruce, the mechanism already exists to reserve gas for domestic purposes. All parties know this.

    Yep the mechanism to go full fascist already exists. We experienced it in the Covid “emergency”.

    Contracts either mean something or they don’t. If the government overrides contracts then industry and society stops because no one has an incentive to invest any more.

    Fix the real problem, which is stupid bloody government insanity. Like the ban on gas drilling off Newcastle put in place by Scott Morrison. Like the endless hurdles placed in front of the Narrabri gas project. I am amazed the company has stuck with it and not pulled the plug in disgust – and now it’s the bright eyed thing that will save us all. The irony is immense.


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  24. ‘And doing it is entirely unnecessary. There are multiple companies looking to exploit gas for local consumption, notably the PEP-11 area on the Central Coast, blocked by Morriswine with the enthusiastic support of the (no longer) local federal member.’

    Can they deliver gas next week? No thought not. In case it’s misunderstood, the prices rocket in about a fortnight. Do the math.

    We are obliged to work the tools we have, rather than the resources which are years away , if ever at all. In Vic there is a zero chance of exploiting more gas. Andrew’s will have frozen bodies carried out each morning and blaming it on not enough renewable capacity , thwarted by the nasty denialists. Many Sicktorians will agree.


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  25. Liars Party growing the public service – new/changed departments with all the peripheral costs (stationery/logos/signage/badging/office space etc) – extract copied from The RiotACT email.

    The two new departments are the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations to implement and administer the government’s workplace relations, jobs, skills and training agenda, and the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water to deliver the government’s climate change and energy agenda and “give Australia’s environment the protection it deserves”.

    The Department of Health will be renamed the Department of Health and Aged Care, and Arts will be added to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

    Non-productive growth in jobs created that Sleazy will crow about.

    This means Water will no longer be paired with Agriculture, which had been a controversial decision of the previous government..


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  26. From “The Guardian.”

    Senior SAS officer contradicts previous witness in Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial
    Ben Doherty
    @bendohertycorro
    Thu 2 Jun 2022 07.58 AEST
    Last modified on Thu 2 Jun 2022 12.55 AEST

    The most senior SAS officer called to give evidence by Ben Roberts-Smith in his defamation trial has contradicted another of Roberts-Smith’s key witnesses over the death of a man during a 2009 raid on an Afghan compound.

    Person 81, a serving senior officer in the SAS and a 25-year veteran of the military, is the final of 40 witnesses called in Roberts-Smith’s year-long defamation trial.

    Roberts-Smith, a Victoria Cross winner, is suing three Australian newspapers over reports he alleges defame him as a war criminal and murderer. He denies all wrong-doing. The newspapers are defending their reporting as true.

    The federal court heard on Wednesday that Person 81 was the troop commander during a 2009 deployment and ordered SAS troops to raid a compound known as Whiskey 108 in the village of Kakarak in southern Afghanistan on Easter Sunday.

    It is alleged by the newspapers in their defence that two men were killed after being discovered hiding in a crude hand-dug tunnel in Whiskey 108. The newspapers allege an elderly man was shot by a “rookie” trooper on the orders of Roberts-Smith and his patrol commander, while the other man, who had a prosthetic leg, was shot to death with a machine gun by Roberts-Smith.

    Roberts-Smith has denied the allegations as impossible, telling the court “there were no men in the tunnel”.

    He has previously said he shot and killed the man with a prosthetic leg, whom he discovered running and armed, outside the compound. The man was an insurgent, lawfully killed within the laws of war, Roberts-Smith said.

    The elderly man, according to Roberts-Smith, was killed outside the compound by another Australian soldier, unknown to him, but whom he credits with saving his life.

    Person 81 told the court he heard no engagements at Whiskey 108, and was not told of any insurgents being killed. He testified that after the SAS troops stormed and secured Whiskey 108, he entered the compound with other members of the troop headquarters.

    He told the court he saw Afghan civilians inside the bombed out compound.

    He said he saw “body parts” in the rubble, amongst “rocket paraphernalia”



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  27. sfwsays:
    June 2, 2022 at 1:19 pm
    There’s a fairly simple way to get encourage the gas and oil industries, be like the US where the landowner has mineral rights over the property. The current system here does nothing to encourage landowners to support extraction, nothing at all, but give a farmer a sniff of a royalty income and things would change rapidly. The current system makes sense for landowners to fight exploration and extraction and so puts them on the same side as the greens.

    Note that our “oppressed” indigenes get access to royalties under Native Title. Racism, straight up if non-indigs don’t get the same opportunity.


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  28. ‘Fix the real problem, which is stupid bloody government insanity’

    That battle was lost years go. Grow the fk up. This battle is coming at you in a few weeks. Waving the ‘ I have a solution flag’ is not going to stop exhorbitant gas prices in June.
    We can maybe deal with the war later but not for at least 3 years.


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  29. Makkasays:
    June 2, 2022 at 1:22 pm
    ‘And doing it is entirely unnecessary. There are multiple companies looking to exploit gas for local consumption, notably the PEP-11 area on the Central Coast, blocked by Morriswine with the enthusiastic support of the (no longer) local federal member.’

    Can they deliver gas next week? No thought not. In case it’s misunderstood, the prices rocket in about a fortnight. Do the math.

    If not for political opposition, they might have had the field already in operation.


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  30. The ABC is saying that the Beaches Tunnel (which will take pressure off the Harbour Bridge and the Spit Bridge) and the Blue Mountains Tunnel are being canned.

    Yep, dum parrothead sez they has to prioritize cos lotza money involved sooo the Parramatta/city rail thingy comes 1st and the others will have to wait their turn ..
    it was fairly prominent in the media yesterday afternoon but seems to have vanished today .. LOL!


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  31. Just returned from the post office where I lodged a passport application for the youngest Miss Speedbox. Nice lady at the PO told me that standard* applications are now taking 8-12 weeks to process (formerly 2-3 weeks). Therefore, any Cats who may need a new passport would be advised to consider the very long processing time.

    *A ‘priority’ application is available but that costs an addition $225 on top of the standard fee (adult $308 child $155). Priority processing was previously 2 days but I am told that has now pushed out to 7 days.


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  32. areff – thanks for the response. I’ve thought about a suitable republican model over the years and of late in particular have come to realise that the options are invariably diabolical. I’m no fan of the model you’ve suggested, as we either retain the primacy of parliament or we cease bothering with it and go full Gaddafi – and as we’ve seen, you never go full Gaddafi, especially if you happen to be him (although no doubt it was fun for him while it lasted – the average Glibyan, not so much).

    It’s been advocated in the past that the simplest model would involve swapping out the role of Governor General to President, but I have major problems with that as well.

    a. they’re appointed by the government of the day, b. it is not a purely ceremonial or symbolic role (the reserve powers in particular are likely to be abused) and c. the position of GG has been debased by grandiose wankers inserting themselves into politics and political debate. The latter should be an absolute no no.

    As for a president appointed by the parliament, fuuggeddaboodit – this is simply not an acceptable option under any circumstances.

    Quite frankly, the push for a republic needs to be seen for what it is – a blatant power grab by the usual suspects that would inevitably leave the populace worse off.

    For that reason alone, it should be resisted with every fibre of our beings.


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  33. Mr Lo says one of his most painful experiences of this form of discrimination took place about a decade ago, when he attended a Victorian conference as a local government councillor.

    So voters in this racist hellhole elected him to a position of authority, but the “bamboo ceiling” exists because he dressed like a waiter and was mistaken for a waiter…

    Got it.


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  34. Energy companies.
    “Please don’t blame us for artificially reducing supply so we have to increase prices and make uber bucks.”

    Government.
    “Sorry maaate, we’ll appoint an “independent” regulator so it all looks like it’s got nothing to do with us.”

    Energy Companies.
    “Sweeet”


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  35. Minister for NDIS is a retard.

    That’s a better credential than the rest of them.

    Why is the media carrying on about Tanya Plibersek’s ‘demotion’ from Education to Environment? It seems pretty clear to me that Shorten is the one who was snubbed. Minister for the NDIS and Centrelink? I realise this means he’s in charge of departments that dole out huuuuuuuuuge wads of government cheese, but these portfolios are not and have never been prestigious.


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  36. A ‘priority’ application is available but that costs an addition $225 on top of the standard fee (adult $308 child $155). Priority processing was previously 2 days but I am told that has now pushed out to 7 days

    This is not blatant corruption, how exactly? Perhaps we would be better off going full Gaddafi and becoming a republic. At least we have plenty of bananas (until the next government induced shortage of course).


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  37. Gez,
    There is plentiful supply. Ample. It’s just going overseas. That’s all . Change that equation, put households first for a change and the problem is remedied.

    Yes there will be usual bleating and crying. But fk em. If Labor do this where the Libs never have, another term gets much much more doable. Serves the SFL right.


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  38. Grow the fk up.

    Lol.

    Makka, causing a far worse problem to fix a present irritation is stupid and pointless.

    I’ve been fighting this nutty ersatz religion for 15 years. In that time despite masses of evidence against it it just gets crazier and crazier. This current gas price crisis is what we’ve been predicting for years. I’ve written thousands of words about it just on the Cat blogs.

    You want my suggestion? Here it is: nationalize the coal fired power stations, keep them open for a minimum of 20 more years and build new ones. That is no worse than breaking the gas export contracts for immediate expediency and it will actually fix the problem. Much as I hate nationalization. But to fix insanity you need external medical attention beyond what the patient wants, and the entire energy industry is currently infected with this mental illness at the moment.

    Pandering to the insanity by breaking inconvenient contracts is like agreeing with an insane person that his voices are real. It may make him feel better and make you feel better but the problem remains unsolved and as awful.


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  39. Also, it isn’t obvious to me that Education is a more senior portfolio than Environment. At a state level, absolutely. But federally? I think Environment is probably a step up, to be honest. A lot more opportunities to grandstand, unveil ambitious schemes and programs, make lofty, well-publicised promises that will never be fulfilled and so forth. However, who gives a shit about what the federal Minister for Education says or does?


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  40. A ‘priority’ application is available but that costs an addition $225 on top of the standard fee (adult $308 child $155). Priority processing was previously 2 days but I am told that has now pushed out to 7 days

    A few decades ago my wife had to pay a “priority fee” to a government official to get her money out of her country of birth.

    We’ve just made it official.


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  41. ‘Makka, causing a far worse problem to fix a present irritation is stupid and pointless.’

    Ridiculous. It’s a pricing mechanism . That can be switched on and off and not interfere with the ongoing struggle to bring common sense to our power generation and grid. It’s absurd not to use it in these circumstances.


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  42. Re. the 3AW mornings ‘host’. He interviewed Bernie Finn (ex Lib – thanks to that Guy lobster) today. Bernie is now a proud member of the LDP and it’s first sitting member in the Lower House. Because of his following, I’d be surprised if Finn doesn’t hang onto his seat in November State Election. What’s even better, Bernie is now the Victorian State LDP leader and said they will be going hard after the Patten thing’s Senate seat and I suspect no-Animal Justice’s Andy Meddick as well. Both those grubs pushed Victoria into the sewer by supporting the hunchback’s pandemic legislation. Good luck, Bernie and up you good and hard, Matthew Guy.


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  43. ‘Pandering to the insanity by breaking inconvenient contracts’

    They are not broken this is legislated as a mechanism for use by Govt. Which for nearly a decade was supposed to be conservative if you hadn’t noticed. Cut the hyperbole.


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  44. JMHsays:
    June 2, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    I kind of expected this, it is great news for the LDP.

    It is sad for Victoria though. The Liberals are like a battered wife to Dan Andrews.


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  45. Re: Masks on aeroplanes

    Was finally able to travel to see family last month

    When asked to mask up while boarding I politely declared I had an exemption . Staff took my seat # and apparently let the rest of the flight crew know as I was not bothered by anyone the entire flight.

    At no point was I ever asked to show any proof of an exemption.


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  46. Ridiculous. It’s a pricing mechanism . That can be switched on and off

    No it’s not. It’s a long term contract. I’ve been involved in such projects for a very long time, you have to lock in the terms before you can get the capital to build your plant. So if the contract gets broken willy nilly then you won’t ever get capital again. That’s how it works. We even put a sovereign risk factor into our spreadsheets for such things. Does not take many percentage points for the project to be unviable.

    This even has a serious national security aspect since the contract is with Asian end users who just so happen to be some of our very few real allies against China. So if we screw them by force majeure breaking the contract how willing do you think they will be to support us against Xi eh?


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  47. Speedboxsays:
    June 2, 2022 at 1:28 pm
    Just returned from the post office where I lodged a passport application for the youngest Miss Speedbox. Nice lady at the PO told me that standard* applications are now taking 8-12 weeks to process (formerly 2-3 weeks). Therefore, any Cats who may need a new passport would be advised to consider the very long processing time.

    *A ‘priority’ application is available but that costs an addition $225 on top of the standard fee (adult $308 child $155). Priority processing was previously 2 days but I am told that has now pushed out to 7 days.

    I renewed mine today, the lady at the counter was saying they’ve been seeing heaps come through and everyone wants to get out of the country. Can’t say I blame them.


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  48. Chalmers has promised some cost of living relief measures in his October budget

    Wonderful – buying off certain voting constituencies (impoverished by socialism) with OPM. I can’t wait.

    If the term “October Budget” hasn’t rung any alarm bells with anyone here, then it most certainly should. Hang on to your wallets, for more and higher taxes are coming our way.

    Chalmers – yet another jug eared labore imbecile.


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  49. I must correct myself again. I think Finn has cooked his goose. Had he joined the LDP, he might have had a good chance to hold his seat. Not so sure now.


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  50. Let’s find out! #popcorn

    Can we start with $5,000 of defrauded union money used to do renos in a certain pollie’s Melbourne house? For which all the documentation mysteriously disappeared from the file?

    How about a certain rape accusation against another party leader, which was hushed up and not pursued for political reasons? That one would be an excellent one to start with too M0nty.


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  51. Oops – my mistake. DLP for Finn.

    Hahaha, yeah that’s a tighter policy fit for Bernie.

    Also, whoever it was who accused Gillard of corruption with her University of Adelaide visiting professorship… that was an unpaid position, you goose.


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  52. Chalmers is just doing the usual Labor thing: steal $1000 from the voter then give them back $100 of the money he just stole from them. Works every time.

    Who you calling cynical? Li’ll ole me?


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  53. Uncle Fester

    You want my suggestion? Here it is: nationalize the coal fired power stations, keep them open for a minimum of 20 more years and build new ones.

    You’ve been posting ridiculous nonsense about gerbiling for years. The science postings are generally errant crap. You’re now suggesting folks ought to risk their capital in such a hostile environment by building coal plants. Let’s say for the sake of argument that there was a government in Australia that would allow construction. What would be the likelihood that the next government wouldn’t destroy the investment? You live in a drug induced dream world Fester. No one in their right mind would ever risk their capital.


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  54. Zipster says: June 2, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    Chalmers has promised some cost of living relief measures in his October budget

    the inflation will be transitory

    After that inflation will have transitioned into being a powerful economic opportunity, or something.


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  55. A ‘priority’ application is available but that costs an addition $225 on top of the standard fee (adult $308 child $155). Priority processing was previously 2 days but I am told that has now pushed out to 7 days

    You know it’s a prison colony when you have to bribe the warders to be let out.


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  56. Makkasays:
    June 2, 2022 at 1:48 pm
    ‘Pandering to the insanity by breaking inconvenient contracts’

    They are not broken this is legislated as a mechanism for use by Govt.

    Technically this may be correct.
    Most contracts will have “force majeure” type provisions excusing non-performance beyond the control of the supplier. They may mean that the gas supplier isn’t on the hook for failing to supply because of government appropriation.
    But that just makes it worse. Not only do the customers not get their gas, they don’t even have a remedy against the non-supplier.
    In any case the world’s customers and investors won’t care about the legal niceties when they have to decide whether to deal with or invest in Australian companies, or go somewhere. They’ll go where they can expect to get what they bargained for.


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  57. There is no question that a federal ICAC would go after Labor politicians as well. Hell, it might even take a potshot at a Green, that would be interesting.

    You lot are falling back on one of your classic fallacies. If it was up to you, you’d nobble ICAC so it only went after your enemies, because you are partisan hacks. You assume that everyone’s mind works the way you do, as you lack basic empathy skills. You can’t understand that some politicians might have morals and principles… because you don’t.

    I would love to see an investigation into Fitzgibbon and his ties to the coal lobby. Plenty of smoke in that direction I reckon.


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  58. You’re now suggesting folks ought to risk their capital in such a hostile environment by building coal plants.

    Is he? I thought he was suggesting that the government build them.
    Obviously that’s still capital being risked, but “only” taxpayers’ money and we don’t get a choice.


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  59. Oh. Now I see the significance of the “very terrible mistake”. Let me get this straight – a young guy, dressed like a waiter in a place where you’d expect to find waiters, was mistaken as a waiter.

    In the end, did he fetch the coffee?


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  60. There is no question that a federal ICAC would go after Labor politicians as well.

    See Victoria, where the official announcement was that because Labor politicians don’t want to be interviewed about the red shirts scandal no further investigation of that scandal is possible. It’s now that blatant.


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  61. No one in their right mind would ever risk their capital.

    they do it every day, piling into wind and solar

    best sales job evah

    without coal and/or nuclear in the mix then money in wind and solar will be nothing but farts and a twinkle in their eyes

    I suppose that if you’re gonna believe then, go hard

    you still looking at buying that toy car, JC?


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  62. Tim

    I thought Fester was suggesting that, but even so, private capital or taxpayer funding , it would he down the gurgler.

    Taxpayer funding would end up costing us three times as much because the unions would scavenge it to bits and all would be lost with the next liars party government.


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  63. The only reason ICAC would ever go after a Labor or Greens politician is if 1) They broke discipline and endangered a more important Labor or Greens politician or 2) They saw the politician drop a gigantic brown paper bag full of money and wanted to make sure the pollie didn’t leave it behind.


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  64. they do it every day, piling into wind and solar

    And what’s the risk that in the foreseeable future a government will come in and destroy the renewball racket? 1%?

    Yea, I’m more convinced than usual about buying an EV.

    1. I drive predictable k’s
    2. I’ll be fucked if I’m going to give money to the Mideast scumbags.
    3. I don’t give a shit about gerbil warming.


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  65. There is no question that a federal ICAC would go after Labor politicians as well.

    Hahahaha. Fatboy, take the bag of donuts back to the basement and stay there.


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  66. Rabz, points well taken but — and here is the chief recommendation for a US-style presidency — it would allow the odd outsider to get into power. Mostly we’d get the major parties’ candidates, but every now and then there would be the possibility of an antipodean Trump.

    Anyway, it’s all academic, as the Constitution would need to be rewritten from scratch and that ain’t going to happen. Pity that, as we could use our own First and Fourth amendments.


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  67. Makka says:
    June 2, 2022 at 1:39 pm
    Gez,
    There is plentiful supply. Ample. It’s just going overseas.

    I’m aware of that. The best supply is one found close to a big user like the city of Melbourne.
    TaliDan has long banned any exploration or possible fracking in good basins near the VIC coast or just inland.

    How did we get here?

    In 2012, an administrative moratorium was placed on all onshore gas exploration and development in Victoria. This was in response to community concerns and meant a temporary hold on onshore gas exploration permits and retention leases, and a suspension on approving any new applications while the moratorium was in place.

    In 2017, the Victorian Government passed the Resources Legislation Amendment (Fracking Ban) Act 2017. Under this legislation, fracking and coal seam gas extraction were permanently banned, and the existing administrative moratorium on onshore conventional gas was replaced with a legislative moratorium that halted all exploration and development activities in Victoria until 30 June 2020.

    In June 2020, the Petroleum Legislation Amendment Act 2020 was passed by the Victorian Parliament, which allowed for the restart of onshore conventional gas exploration and production.
    In July 2021, the Onshore Conventional Gas sector restarted.

    That’s what I call an artificial creation of shortage.


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  68. Apparently Eraring and Vales Point are having trouble sourcing coal from their usual supplier, Mandalong which is owned by Centennial. The excuse being offered is the conveyor which usually carries the coal is broken. More like the fact that Centennial can sell its coal overseas for 2 to 3 times the price it receives from Eraring.

    Shit hitting the fan earlier then I thought.


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  69. There is no question that a federal ICAC would go after Labor politicians as well.

    Were that likely, Smegma Brain, Labor wouldn’t be pushing it.


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  70. Anyway, it’s all academic, as the Constitution would need to be rewritten from scratch and that ain’t going to happen. Pity that, as we could use our own First and Fourth amendments.

    Just use the US Constitution including amendments. It worked fairly well for a couple of hundred years and they won’t mind as they aren’t using it anymore.


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  71. Why is the media carrying on about Tanya Plibersek’s ‘demotion’ from Education to Environment?

    Also, why do they call it a demotion?

    Isn’t the whole planet (our environment) in imminent danger of destruction, what could be more important than that?


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  72. m0ntysays:
    June 2, 2022 at 2:08 pm
    Oops – my mistake. DLP for Finn.

    Hahaha, yeah that’s a tighter policy fit for Bernie.

    Also, whoever it was who accused Gillard of corruption with her University of Adelaide visiting professorship… that was an unpaid position, you goose.

    Perhaps it was your years of deprivation, living in a tree hollow, that gave you such a focus on money, but corruption can extend to such things as the non-financial benefits associated with being a perfesser (even a pseudo one) at a well known university. Paid lectures, ala Clinton, anyone?

    And you quietly elided over the Clinton Foundation matter.

    Nice try, fail.

    PS, as has also been pointed out, there is also a minor matter of her home renovations to look at.

    Then there is the whole BER matter. Wasn’t Gillard the responsible minister?


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  73. 2. I’ll be fucked if I’m going to give money to the Mideast scumbags.

    You may well be, giving money for volts to Manbun-Brookeshit.


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  74. Tim,
    You need to understand the production and capacity of The Australian Gas Cartel. Under the mechanism described there will be no interruption to their deliveries overseas . Zero. Production is a variable that can easily compensate for redirected deliveries domestically. If the Cartel snagged a new customer there are production changes that can be accommodated through production manipulation.

    This idea that the Cartel must remain a protected species is as ridiculous as Bruce’s assertion that Australia is a risk. Utter rot.


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  75. m0nty-fa

    There is no question that a federal ICAC would go after Labor politicians as well. Hell, it might even take a potshot at a Green, that would be interesting.

    Only on Planet m0nty-fa is this even vaguely realistic.

    You lot are falling back on one of your classic fallacies. If it was up to you, you’d nobble ICAC so it only went after your enemies, because you are partisan hacks. You assume that everyone’s mind works the way you do, as you lack basic empathy skills. You can’t understand that some politicians might have morals and principles… because you don’t.

    Ah, the fourth element of leftism. Hatred, hypocrisy, envy and fear, the fear that your enemies might behave towards you as you behave towards them. Neatly encapsulated by by a partisan hack member of the fascist left.

    I would love to see an investigation into Fitzgibbon and his ties to the coal lobby. Plenty of smoke in that direction I reckon.

    Proving again that leftists perpetually fight each other over ideological purity. See also the actions of Steve from Brissy and Homer P on your moribund blog.

    Thanks for the laughs.


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  76. There is no shortage of gas Gez. All we need to do is husband sufficient gas domestically so that households, businesses and elderly are not ruined or frozen to death.

    Not rocket science just redirecting dollars. Govt do it all the time.


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  77. See Victoria, where the official announcement was that because Labor politicians don’t want to be interviewed about the red shirts scandal no further investigation of that scandal is possible. It’s now that blatant.

    who keeps the corruption commissions honest? clearly a partisan skin suit job


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  78. Have just received an email from Bettina Arndt (I’m on her subscriber list). The email is titled “Morrison’s women problem – Pandering to women won’t save conservative parties” I won’t paste the whole thing here but this paragraph nails it.

    It wasn’t that the Morrison government didn’t listen to women. This pussy-whipped crew sniveled, and groveled, like a cuckolded man clutching desperately at the ankles of his departing wife. Remember the appalling apology to Brittany Higgins? Or Morrison’s forced smile when Grace Tame insulted him with her infantile side-eye. Or the cowardly act of allowing Christian Porter and Alan Tudge to be pushed out of their ministerial roles over unproven sexual assault allegations. Or the cringing over the parliamentary harassment report, denying the very low incidence of actual harassment and high rates of female bullying.

    Beautifully put Bettina.


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  79. While his Minister for Small Business has never had a job outside the Tasmanian public service or the Labor Party.

    If it is a Tasmanian politician you are doing well if they know how to read.


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  80. m0ntysays:
    June 2, 2022 at 2:50 pm
    Ooh, Julia got to sit in a comfy chair!

    Weak as pish.

    Ooh, m0nty-fa defending a Labor Luvvie. And avoiding the point.

    Weaker than pish!


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  81. Gez

    Yesterday, during US time markets came under severe pressure because JPMorgan’s CEO made his concerns public that we could be entering a financial/economic hurricane with the oil price settling at $175 a barrel. If he’s right we’re fucked royally. I don’t care anymore as I’m not going to be held to ransom by a bunch of towel-heads.

    Makka
    The gas you’re talking about was always marked for export. We allowed our governments to create a domestic gas shortage and we should therefore live with the fact that the largest exporter of LNG in the world that is simultaneously short for domestic consumption. We deserve it instead of breaking contracts.
    It’s also for a best, because Australia is currently living through a dreadful climate emergency,


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  82. If you have a climate emergency going on in your home or neighborhood – do you call 000?

    What eggsactly is the protocol in a climate emergency?

    Fatboy, do you know?


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  83. Tanya got Environment because it’s our greatest moral challenge, or something. Only a womans can heal the scars. She’s our green heroine.


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  84. I see Albo has started his first fight with the Greens over the Scarborough gas project. So much for comity on the left.

    Just a lover’s tiff, Fatboy. It’s not eggsactly Depp vs Amber Turd, you idiot.


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  85. Interesting stoush coming up. Indigenous groups on Labor’s side as they are angling for a cut. It’s not the details of the project that the Greens would object to but the vibe. Teals can’t say much as it’s a WA thing. Labor just dominated in WA.


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  86. There is no question that a federal ICAC would go after Labor politicians as well.

    Most hilarious joke of the week so far.
    M0nty is a comedian! Who knew?


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  87. China threatens to put NZ in freezer with Australia
    Beijing has launched an unprecedented dressing down of NZ, accusing Jacinda Ardern of joining a US ‘disinformation’ campaign to ‘discredit China’.

    communism gets such a bad rap, it’s so unfair!


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  88. What eggsactly is the protocol in a climate emergency?

    Fatboy, do you know?

    Don’t encourage the fat turd head prefect. If you want attention look in the mirror.


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  89. Pandering to women won’t save conservative parties

    Nor will pandering to the woke, the aboriginal industry, the climate mafia, the qwerty collective or the climate scam. Yet they keep doing so.

    This has gotten to pre-WW2 Japanese levels of collective insanity. Only the actual existential prospect of nuclear obliteration cracked them out of their madness, so that the ingrained national culture and the religious-bureaucratic elites in power were broken sufficiently that reality could pick up the pieces of Japanese society. It also required years of coercive American occupation. Who will do this for us? Who will save us from collective mania? Or will we reach the depths of Venezuela and North Korea in abjectly insane misery?


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  90. “In a true climate emergency, the spivs are burnt for warmth. Sorry JC, you’re firewood.”

    Charming. Monty the fascist wants to burn his enemies. Figures.


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  91. Sorry JC, you’re firewood.

    Fat burns better you fat little turd but its also a lubricant: your ilk would keep the turbines greased.


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  92. Rabzsays:

    June 2, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    areff – thanks for the response. I’ve thought about a suitable republican model over the years and of late in particular have come to realise that the options are invariably diabolical

    I didn’t see what areff proposed.
    If it is to be, I am against a President, elected or otherwise.
    If the Monarch is to be removed, why not simply transfer those powers to the High Court, with the full bench sitting as a Constitutional Court.
    Very clearly articulate the conditions which must be met before they exercise the power of a de-facto Monarch. Obviously I am thinking of the Gough situation. OK, I couldn’t stand him, but a process of publicised actions and opportunities to respond is far better than Malcolm Fraser bolting off to Gummint House and getting the Pisshead-in-Residence to sack the PM.
    Under my model, an opposition leader would have to announce the grounds for a dismissal, the government would be given, say, 28 days to respond, then a petition could be heard before the Constitutional Court.
    And here’s the kicker. If any government was dismissed and a caretaker government put in place, it would be just that – a caretaker. They would have to go to an election within six months or whatever the regular date for a scheduled election was due, if that was sooner.
    Also under my model, we would piss off half a dozen state governors and the GG, along with their hangers on.


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  93. Fatima Payman wants to be the first elected representative to wear a hijab in the Senate.
    Nope, Pauline Hanson done that already.


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  94. m0nty-fa

    So much for comity on the left.

    Do you have a reading comprehension issue? Several commenters here (including me) have commented on the perpetual in-fighting on the left, in the never-ending pursuit of ideological purity.


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  95. Or will we reach the depths of Venezuela and North Korea in abjectly insane misery?

    Bleak day at the blog today. Alternatively we could just have a cleansing civil war.


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  96. Sancho

    If it is to be, I am against a President, elected or otherwise.
    If the Monarch is to be removed, why not simply transfer those powers to the High Court, with the full bench sitting as a Constitutional Court.

    Interesting idea, worth considering, and relatively easy to implement.


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  97. Nor will pandering to the woke, the aboriginal industry, the climate mafia, the qwerty collective or the climate scam. Yet they keep doing so.

    it’s almost like these scams have been running so long that conservatives feel the need to conserve them


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  98. JMHsays:

    June 2, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    Re. the 3AW mornings ‘host’. He interviewed Bernie Finn (ex Lib – thanks to that Guy lobster) today. Bernie is now a proud member of the LDP and it’s first sitting member in the Lower House.

    Bernie Finn is upper house and he has joined the DLP, not LDP.


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  99. Sancho

    I am also amused at the idea of the High Court exercising the signing prerogative over legislation, though that might cause a conflict of interest.

    Or perhaps simply immediate review of the constitutional acceptability of the new law.


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  100. Zipster

    it’s almost like these scams have been running so long that conservatives feel the need to conserve them

    A task for m0nty-fa, the “only real conservative on the blog”.


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  101. I like your model Areff but the Left are never going to propose that as they want power (both symbolic and real). Yes, having a President elected is just dumb and, as Abbott said, would pit them against Parliament.

    But if we’re going for constitutional reform, can I also ask for:

    -WA, NT and SA to be merged into one State.
    -Tasmania be made into a Territory.
    -Gun rights.
    -Total and complete free speech (equal to what MPs have in Parliament).

    And I’ll have a side order of marriage is between a man and a woman.


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  102. Re. the republic. I voted for a republic back in 1999. I will not be voting for any republic again. There’s no way I’ll vote for an elected president and there’s no way I’ll vote for a president appointed by a motley gang of grubby politicians. Both republic models are poisonous.


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  103. Yes, having a President elected is just dumb

    We should call the office the “Tyrant”.
    Accurate, historical and allegorical.
    I think Greek tyrants were generally nicer and more competent that any President we’ll wind up with.


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  104. Only in America.

    I watched a doco on my hero, Carl Icahn. Carl went back to where he was raised and talked about his parents. He was brought up in a Jewish household in Far Rockaway, which is just outside New York.

    His dad ,an atheist, was the cantor at the local synagogue and was also a singer at the local Catholic Church. There he was known as O’Cahn.


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  105. cohenitesays:
    June 2, 2022 at 3:36 pm
    Or will we reach the depths of Venezuela and North Korea in abjectly insane misery?

    Bleak day at the blog today. Alternatively we could just have a cleansing civil war.

    Yes please. Then I can get the RWDS and one way helicopter rides going for the likes of monty. Probably still have a lower body count than the left’s various inevitable purges.


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  106. risk that in the foreseeable future a government will come in and destroy the renewball racket? 1%?

    willfully they won’t, but stupidly they will

    nobody is listening to the engs who have real concerns

    all just swept away with pejoratives like “you must be a Climate Denier”

    same line of reasoning that goes toward cutting the dicks of your kiddies.


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  107. Wally Dalí says: June 2, 2022 at 3:34 pm

    Fatima Payman wants to be the first elected representative to wear a hijab in the Senate.

    Nope, Pauline Hanson done that already.

    Whilst I agree with your sentiment Wally, I’m forced to disagree with your facts.

    Ms Refugee Sponger will be the first elected representative to wear a hijab in the Senate.
    for Pauline Hanson wore a Burkha.

    So Pauline wins anyway;
    Burkha = Straight Flush. Hijab = pair of twos.


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  108. They will have to go back to brown paper bags

    I’ve done research at Coles and Safeway
    apparently you can save the planet by using little foam trays and glad-wrap


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  109. Bruce of Newcastlesays:
    June 2, 2022 at 3:57 pm
    Yes, having a President elected is just dumb

    We should call the office the “Tyrant”.

    Didn’t Terry Pratchett use that title in his books? Someone like Lord Vetinari might be suitable. A former assassin exercising discipline over the warring political parties?


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  110. m0ntysays:
    June 2, 2022 at 4:33 pm
    Matt Canavan can go back to his first love: moonlighting in Village People cover bands as the construction worker.

    Meeeeooooowww! Saucer of milk to go with the donuts?


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  111. If it is to be, I am against a President, elected or otherwise.
    If the Monarch is to be removed, why not simply transfer those powers to the High Court, with the full bench sitting as a Constitutional Court.

    Hmm, not bad. I like the current system where the High Court is largely not a player in the culture wars. I wonder if adding that responsibility would mean they get drawn into the political fray. Otherwise it seems an elegant solution on the face of it.


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  112. Can it get any worse? Canavan, in my opinion, was the only significant member of the Coalition in the last two years who showed any integrity, courage or conviction.

    Good grief, I thought he should have been voted in as Leader of the Nats!


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  113. Didn’t Terry Pratchett use that title in his books? Someone like Lord Vetinari might be suitable. A former assassin exercising discipline over the warring political parties?

    Inhumation was a fine artform. I’m not advocating it, though, really I’m not.

    Tried for some photos just now, abject failure unfortunately. These three were the best of them. I’ll never be a photographer.

    Feeling minced politician to Cafe birdies would be entertaining, although maybe unfair to the birdies.


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  114. If it is to be, I am against a President, elected or otherwise.
    If the Monarch is to be removed, why not simply transfer those powers to the High Court, with the full bench sitting as a Constitutional Court.

    How many times does the obvious solution have to be pointed out?
    Scotty Chisholm, ex AFL Docker and Demon is part indigenous and rumoured to be an illegitimate descendant of Edward VIII.
    Just make him King. No change to the system, and how could the luvvies object?


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  115. This afternoon I ran into a work colleague. I haven’t seen much of her over the last few years. She’s a lefty, a reader of The Malcolm Guardian and she asked me what I thought of the election result. I said that whilst it doesn’t make me happy, it is what it is. She told me how she’s been jumping up and down with joy. I said that’s great, I respect the election result unlike the left who never seem to accept election results. She asked me what I meant. I said that the left, increasingly, don’t accept electoral results they don’t like. She said “what do you mean….what about the right in America over the last two years”. I said to her “what about the four years previous to that when the left in the US refused to accept the win by Donald Trump in 2016…and how they invented the whole Wussia Wussia Wussia collusion hoax. She gave me a bewildered look and said to me, I kid you not, “but that wasn’t invented’.


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  116. Knuckle Dragger says:
    June 2, 2022 at 3:06 pm

    wives get paid in new washing machines

    Q: Why do brides wear white?
    A: To match the rest of the appliances.

    BWAhahahahahahahahahah, pissed myself laughing at that, now have sore head as wife read what I was laughing at.

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  117. You need to understand the production and capacity of The Australian Gas Cartel. Under the mechanism described there will be no interruption to their deliveries overseas . Zero. Production is a variable that can easily compensate for redirected deliveries domestically.

    Makka-
    I just don’t understand this mechanism at all.

    Years ago I listened Joe Hockey rabbit on about the gas pipeline being constructed across northern Australia to hook up with the massive depot and OS transport hub than being built for the Bowen & Galillee basins at Gladstone. I foolishly thought that such developing gas supplies could augment the Australian market & lead to cheaper gas for consumers. Boy – was this ridiculed! It was clear that this energy product was earmarked for OS only.

    Please explain???


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  118. Caught Smirkin’ Jim Chalmers on TV last night. Not smirkin’ so much now. The cupboard wasn’t only bare but there was a YOU note in it (You Owe Us).
    How long before this shower is widely recognised as a clown show? I give it 3 months.


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  119. Vickisays:
    June 2, 2022 at 4:44 pm
    Can it get any worse? Canavan, in my opinion, was the only significant member of the Coalition in the last two years who showed any integrity, courage or conviction.

    Good grief, I thought he should have been voted in as Leader of the Nats!

    He’s a senator, so not really eligible.


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  120. Nooooo Lysander, The North Australia should include North half of NT, North half QLD and north part of WA

    Bottom half of NT with SA and rest WA.


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  121. Elon Musk tells it like it is:

    esla chief executive Elon Musk has told employees they can no longer work from home, warning they must return to the office or leave the company, according to an email sent to employees and seen by the Reuters news agency.
    Key points:

    In emails to employees, the Tesla CEO said staff must complete “40 hours in the office per week”
    Some employees have shared their frustrations on an anonymous app
    Most major tech firms in California are not requiring workers to return to the office full time

    “Everyone at Tesla is required to spend a minimum of 40 hours in the office per week,” Mr Musk wrote in the email sent on Tuesday night.

    “If you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned.”

    “The more senior you are, the more visible must be your presence,” he wrote.

    “That is why I lived in the factory so much — so that those on the line could see me working alongside them. If I had not done that, Tesla would long ago have gone bankrupt.”

    and

    “There are of course companies that don’t require this, but when was the last time they shipped a great new product? It’s been a while,” Mr Musk wrote in his email to staff.

    “Tesla has and will create and actually manufacture the most exciting and meaningful products of any company on Earth. This will not happen by phoning it in.”

    One of Mr Musk’s Twitter followers posted another email that Mr Musk apparently sent to executives asking them to work in the office for at least 40 hours per week or “depart Tesla”.

    In response to this tweet, the billionaire said: “They should pretend to work somewhere else.”

    Fancy that. People are expected to turn up to work in order to get paid. What will the debbil debbil employers think of next?


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  122. She took a dump in the bed?????????

    Carpe – It was Boo. Maybe Barnaby could’ve been a character witness for their incontinent dog.

    Amber Heard Testifies About Poop in Bed, Blames Depp’s Dog (16 May)

    Amber Heard says she isn’t to blame for the poop found in Johnny Depp’s bed … instead blaming the actor’s dog, who Heard claims was experiencing some serious bowel issues after eating weed.

    Amber’s back on the stand Monday, after a week-long break, and her defense team just brought up the infamous incident. Heard says the dog, Boo, who was a puppy at the time had gotten into Johnny’s marijuana stash.

    Pot makes dogs poo in beds apparently. Enormous poos. Boo is a little dog after all.


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  123. With the option of watching Sky’s fake conservatives telling me how to vote in 2025, I’ve chosen Nigella Bites on SBS Food — mammaries almost, but not quite, as spectacular as Jane Bunn’s, which I will tune in to at 6.55pm.

    Hi, CL.


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  124. Its fairly telling that in about 3 comments the state of the gas supply issue has been dissected and solved on the cat

    .1: Give some form of mineral rights to farmers/landowners
    .2: Remove anything beyond the most basic licenses and approvals for development.
    .3: There is no 3, congratulations, you have a booming domestic and export gas market, the only problem will be companies going under because there is too much cheap gas on the market.

    As opposed to a 99% government caused shortage.
    Because its a surplus of government not a shortage of available gas.


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  125. At least 183 Monkeypox cases confirmed in England | Scientists not able to pinpoint source

    Scientists obviously don’t patronize Grindr.


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  126. With the option of watching Sky’s fake conservatives telling me how to vote in 2025, I’ve chosen Nigella Bites on SBS Food — mammaries almost, but not quite, as spectacular as Jane Bunn’s, which I will tune in to at 6.55pm.

    Don’t want to rain on your parade, Tom, but she was one of the celebrities celebrating Elbow’s win with Matt Kean and assorted lefty luminaries at the election party hosted by Pirate Pete and his missus.


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  127. Yes I saw that article about that party Roger- obscene, grotesque, elitist. No electricians or plumbers there I’m certain. I despise the meja with a passion.


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  128. Fancy that. People are expected to turn up to work in order to get paid. What will the debbil debbil employers think of next?

    Most accounting, sales and web development doesn’t need to be on site, at least most of the time. Even IT support can be remote 99% of the time.

    He probably just wants to get rid of some problem employees.


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  129. Roger, are you telling me Nigella Lawson, the daughter of British Conservative Party royalty, was in the Antipodes for the infrequent return of the convicts to national rule by the Ned Kelly party?

    I’ve read nothing about that. I don’t believe you.


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  130. Yes I saw that article about that party Roger- obscene, grotesque, elitist. No electricians or plumbers there I’m certain.

    Not unless they blew a fuse or blocked the toilet, milton.


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  131. If it is to be, I am against a President, elected or otherwise.
    If the Monarch is to be removed, why not simply transfer those powers to the High Court, with the full bench sitting as a Constitutional Court.

    That’s not all the High Court does.

    Look. Well never get a Trump in our system.

    Blast these minimalist torpedoes, full steam ahead!


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  132. Roger, are you telling me Nigella Lawson, the daughter of British Conservative Party royalty, was in the Antipodes for the infrequent return of the convicts to national rule by the Ned Kelly party?

    I’ve read nothing about that. I don’t believe you.

    Well, she’s definitely in Oz, for starters.

    The party was reported in the UK Daily Mail.


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  133. Mmmmyes the High court.
    Completely apolitical.

    .Mabo: Invented from whole cloth.
    .Gay rights: Had gay high court judge while the practice was still illegal.

    Im sure there is plenty more but there is 2 right off the bat.


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  134. Disgraced Hey Dad! actor and convicted child sex offender Robert Hughes will be deported to the UK where he will spend the rest of his years with his wife in a decision announced by the State Parole Authority Thursday morning.

    Seems a bit extreme. Nobody takes those vows literally do they?


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  135. johanna says: June 2, 2022 at 5:31 pm
    Elon Musk tells it like it is:

    Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has told employees they can no longer work from home, warning they must return to the office or leave the company.
    Key points:

    “Everyone at Tesla is required to spend a minimum of 40 hours in the office per week,” Mr Musk wrote in the email sent on Tuesday night.

    “If you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned.”
    “The more senior you are, the more visible must be your presence,” he wrote.

    Atlassian’s Scott Farquhar has responded on Twitter:

    Scott Farquhar @scottfarkas
    5h
    @elonmusk & @tesla
    today feels like something out of the 1950s: “Everyone at Tesla is required to spend a minimum of 40 hours in the office per week”. Very different approach to what we are taking at Atlassian and here’s why.

    [blah blah blah – for several tweets]

    We’re setting our sights on growing Atlassian to 25K employees by FY26. Any Tesla employees interested? https://atlassian.com/company/careers

    The replies to Farquhar are brutal.


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  136. Haha, Labor is in government and a week later the gig economy is Booing in its panties.

    Survey suggests Uber contributed $10.4 billion to Australian economy (2 Jun)

    A new survey commissioned by Uber shows it generated more than $10 billion of an economic value for Australia in 2021.

    Uber has transformed the way that people, goods, and food are transported, as well as how employees are hired and how they can generate extra income.

    Uber GM of Rides, Australia and NZ Dominic Taylor said it’s the first time the company has looked at a whole aggregate across their platform.

    They must’ve been motoring to get a survey done in a week. What is the minimum Aussie wage, again? Uber might be about to find out the hard way.

    Uber of course have advertised far and wide their support for the Liberal Party.
    Oops, my mistake, no they haven’t.


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  137. cohenitesays:
    June 2, 2022 at 2:37 pm
    Apparently Eraring and Vales Point are having trouble sourcing coal from their usual supplier, Mandalong which is owned by Centennial. The excuse being offered is the conveyor which usually carries the coal is broken. More like the fact that Centennial can sell its coal overseas for 2 to 3 times the price it receives from Eraring.

    Bit surprised by this comment re Vales Point. The mine that feeds it is basically underneath it, extending well north under Lake Macquarie. Hell of a lot of coal down there, part of the extensive Wallerah system IIRC?


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  138. Rogersays:
    June 2, 2022 at 5:39 pm
    Labor to scrap fossil fuel subsidies.

    But retain subsidies on “cheap” solar and wind generation?


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  139. As Rabz would say, Bluddee Hell. Nigella Lawson is now a “known supporter” of the British Labour Party, according to the Daily Mail.

    And I’d thought she was such a sensible girl, not just another dime-a-dozen trollop like the rest of the showbiz trash.


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  140. Free trip to Singapore business-class anyone? Become mayor of Melbourne.

    Rita Panahi – Herald-Sun

    Sally Capp’s ratepayer funded junket to Singapore is an exercise in futility.

    The Melbourne Lord Mayor is set to attend the World Cities Summit, pending approval from City of Melbourne councillors.

    One of the main focuses of the trip will be a fact-finding mission to see why graffiti is not an issue in Singapore.

    Here’s a clue, Sally.

    It’s for the same reason other incidence of crime is so low in the island nation; they have a zero tolerance approach to any and all criminality.

    The punishment for graffiti is a fine, corporal punishment or imprisonment, sometimes all three, depending on the severity of the offence.

    For repeat offenders the caning becomes mandatory but even first time offenders can get the cane if they use anything other than a delible substance such as a pencil, crayon or chalk.

    So, if you use a spray can a deface someone’s property then you can expect corporal punishment as well as prison or a fine.

    The penalties are severe and uncompromising – even juveniles can be caned for property damage offences – and thus the number of offences is low.

    What a concept! Discouraging crime by imposing severe sentences, it’ll never catch on.

    The same phenomenon is true for other crimes in Singapore where steep sentences accompany any law-breaking.

    Indeed, crime, particularly violent crime, is so slow that in 2016 the nation’s police force had 135 days where no offences were reported including property crimes and robberies.

    As a long suffering City of Melbourne ratepayer I would fully support Capp’s Singapore junket if there was any chance that she would come back with a firm law and order approach.

    But alas that’s as unlikely as a truck never hitting the Montague Street bridge again.

    No, Capp will continue with her soft-on-crime approach including supporting a drug injecting facility for the City of Melbourne where illegal drugs from heroin to ice will be used.

    Ratepayers will receive no benefit from the thousands spent for the Lord Mayor’s overseas trip but at least she’ll come back with a nice tan.

    The average temperature in Singapore during the proposed trip is a balmy 31 degrees.


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  141. But retain subsidies on “cheap” solar and wind generation?

    Iirc correctly most of those were shelved by the Morrison govt, BJ, with the states stepping into the gap.

    But Labor has set itself on the road to a 75% reduction in emissions in eight years and it’s difficult to see how they can reach that target without some “proactive” measures.

    Welcome to peak idiocy.


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  142. Tom

    Nigella Lawson is now a “known supporter” of the British Labour Party, according to the Daily Mail.

    Possibly an EU Remainer?


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  143. Labor to scrap fossil fuel subsidies.

    What subsidies? I know of none.

    If thats right then id assume it means the “subsidy” of not paying the tax element on fuels for the use of roads.

    ie: Not paying for a service they dont use.
    Should be able to shaft farmers and fishermen with that as well.

    Farmers must remove the subsidy they get on fuel they use ploughing their paddocks…


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  144. I’m afraid Roger is right Tom.-Know your enemies

    50% of Australia’s problems right there in that crowd of sniffy arseholes. Just imagine.


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  145. Coles boss reveals why prices are about to rise even MORE as shoppers see their supermarket bills DOUBLE – as he predicts many Aussies will start living off canned and frozen food
    Coles CEO Steve Cain says supermarkets are being forced to jack up their prices
    He said suppliers demanding price rises have increased five-fold in the last year
    Mr Cain predicts budget-conscious shoppers will opt for frozen and canned food
    He said the industry is also grappling with staff shortages and rising labour costs


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  146. Bit surprised by this comment re Vales Point. The mine that feeds it is basically underneath it, extending well north under Lake Macquarie. Hell of a lot of coal down there, part of the extensive Wallerah system IIRC?

    Apparently Eraring is having the problems not Vales Point which is owned by Trevor St Baker who can tell cannon-brookes to fuck off. Lot of shuffling going on behind the scenes here. Who knows, the LNP was starting to wake up to the bullshit maybe the liars will to. I doubt it though since the turtle is about as smart as matt fucking kean.


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  147. As Rabz would say, Bluddee Hell. Nigella Lawson is now a “known supporter” of the British Labour Party, according to the Daily Mail.

    And I’d thought she was such a sensible girl

    She is a sensible girl. Trump was a registered Democrat for years and years: if you do business with lefties you must make sure to dot the necessary Ts and cross the Is. Nigella swims in leftyland, it’s what she has to do.

    I have no idea what her real politics are but her dad is a fine upstanding rightie.


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  148. What do Australia, New Zealand, Canada and communist China have in common? They’ve all disarmed their populations. Tucker Carlson Tonight.

    I may not agree 100% with what he says, but by God he poses some questions that need serious answers.


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  149. What subsidies? I know of none.

    Don’t be difficult, Bruce

    😀

    Presumably the fuel tax credit scheme is in their sights.

    So far it’s a sound grab from Chris Bowen; we await the detail.


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  150. Nigella swims in leftyland, it’s what she has to do.

    Hard to see how attending that gathering of Sydney second raters furthers her career.

    Is she looking to migrate?


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  151. The average SA thrill seekers charging their electric vehicles tonight will be comfortable in the knowledge that the electricity is 71 percent generated by gas and 17 percent generated by diesel.
    If you really care about the environment perhaps you should ride your bike tomorrow


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  152. Several notable journalists were on the guest list, including ABC presenters Julia Baird and Jennifer Byrne, who posed for a celebratory Instagram selfie with Wilkinson on the night.

    And people still think they gives unbiased news.


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  153. Nigel Lawson is of course an ex-Thatcher minister and a high profile climate realist. Hopefully some of that has rubbed off.


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  154. Largely responsible for gifting us with native title.

    Any of the bush lawyers here help out? I thought the High Court Mabo judgement found Native Title existed in the Torres Strait Islands, but the Labor Government extended it to the Australian mainland, by legislation? Also, the Mabo judgement declared Australia settled and not “invaded?” “Invasion” would not have allowed the establishment of “Native title?”


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  155. The Left’s Hypocritical View of Sex and Consent | Jordan Peterson & Dave Rubin
    John Anderson

    In light of the current Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard defamation trial, it is important to remember Dave Rubin’s views on the #metoo movement, especially arguing that the phrase ‘believe all women’ is counterproductive and legally flawed. Jordan Peterson enters the conversation, drawing attention to the left’s hypocrisy, primarily how their severe view on consent interacts with their liberal view of sexual relationships.


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  156. Nigel Lawson is of course an ex-Thatcher minister and a high profile climate realist. Hopefully some of that has rubbed off.

    Nigella was a Remainer. That might be a clue as to where she stands politcally.


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  157. Any of the bush lawyers here help out? I thought the High Court Mabo judgement found Native Title existed in the Torres Strait Islands, but the Labor Government extended it to the Australian mainland, by legislation?

    In the Mabo decision, Brennan provided the legal justification to extend the principle that was determined to apply in the Murray Islands to the mainland; a year later the Keating government legislated for it.


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  158. Robert Hughes will be deported to the UK where he will spend the rest of his years with his wife

    Seems a bit extreme. Nobody takes those vows literally do they?

    ‘Why are we so cold, Robert? And why are we in a Manchester housing estate? Why do we have to pay a licence to watch the telly, Robert? Oh, that’s right. We’re in England, Robert.

    ‘And why are we in England, Robert? How many times did I tell you not to touch up adolescent co-stars, Robert? “Don’t touch up those adolescent co-stars, Robert”, I said. Time and again I said that, Robert.

    ‘But did you listen to me, Robert? Did you listen to me even one little bit? All the times I said that, Robert? Nooooooooo. No you didn’t Robert. You knew best, didn’t you, Robert?

    ‘Why, oh why, oh why didn’t I listen to my mother? Myyyyy mother said “Don’t marry that man, Elspeth. Never marry a man with glasses, or you’ll have to pay a licence fee to watch the telly”, she’d say. And out of all the men at the Box Hill social dance, I -‘

    *BANG*

    *BANG*

    Justice is served.


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  159. Good article on why hydrogen is bullshit:

    When Prime Minister Anthony Albanese declared in his election victory speech that his new government would work to make Australia ‘a green energy superpower’, those who knew anything about the problems involved groaned aloud.

    Australia is already a major power in energy markets as it has vast reserves of coal and natural gas that other countries want, despite all the talk about net zero, and which can be easily transported. Renewable energy is different. Every country can generate its own energy, with equipment imported from China, and it is far more difficult to transport over long distances.

    Admittedly some countries have less space for such activities, such as Singapore, Japan and the UK, but renewable energy activists are full of ideas for offshore wind generators and even floating generators, or photovoltaic panels on every rooftop and never mind what happens in the rainy season. They also all want to be energy superpowers, or ‘the Saudi Arabia of wind’ as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnston put it when he announced plans to build yet more offshore wind turbines around the UK.

    In other words, why would any country buy expensive energy from Australia when they can generate their own expensive energy, especially as the problems of transporting energy many thousands of kilometres from Australia wind farms and solar installations will add greatly to the cost of that energy?

    This point was forcefully made by renewable energy advocate Andrew Blakers, a professor of engineering at the Australian National University, on the Conversation in early April. He says that the federal government has already set aside hundreds of millions of dollars to help create a major green hydrogen export industry, particularly to Japan, for which Australia signed an export deal in January. However, he also points out that Japan has more than enough solar and wind energy to be self-sufficient in energy and – assuming all that energy is harnessed – does not need to import either fossil fuels or Australian green hydrogen. Whether or not you agree with Professor Blakers that Japan can realistically meet all of its energy needs from local renewable energy the country can certainly generate hydrogen locally.

    In fact, Japan is already doing so with a government-supported facility for producing hydrogen derived from a token 20 MW of solar power, which started operating in March 2020. (Major coal power plants generate 2,000 MW plus.) The resulting small parcels of the gas are shipped in hydrogen tube trailers to be used in stationary fuel-cell systems and in specially adapted cars and buses. This is hardly world shattering but it far more than Australia is doing at the moment. However, Japan has pledged to develop the first full-scale hydrogen supply chain and is interested in importing the fuel, having built the Suiso Frontier, the first ship in the world designed to carry hydrogen. This has shipped one load of hydrogen from Australia which was produced using steam and natural gas, the usual method of producing hydrogen for industrial processes and far cheaper than using electrolysis (sticking two bare ends of wire attached to the same power source into water).

    The Suiso shipment in January attracted some media attention without the stories noting that the shipment only involved a test quantity of around 70 tonnes. A good-sized LNG carrier will take 72,000 tonnes. The exercise would also have represented a net power loss, for the process of making, condensing and shipping hydrogen is known to be technically challenging and wasteful.

    Professor Blakers cites an estimate that converting energy to hydrogen, shipping it to where it is needed and then converting back into energy could consume 70 per cent of the energy generated. Michael Liebreich, a senior contributor to BloombergNEF (new energy finance) wrote in 2020 that as an energy storage medium, hydrogen has only a 50 per cent round-trip efficiency – far worse than batteries. As a source of heat, he estimates that hydrogen costs four times as much as natural gas. Hydrogen pipelines also cost three times as much as power lines.

    Activists who talk so glibly about using hydrogen to store energy are no doubt thinking of liquid natural gas, which is now the basis of a thriving international trade using purpose-built container vessels. The international trade in LNG, in which Australia is a major player, started growing in the 1960s with the large-scale adoption of techniques for liquifying the gas in giant facilities called ‘trains’ and for keeping it liquid for long periods in what amounts to giant thermos bottles. LNG requires low temperatures, minus 160 degrees centigrade, but the gas itself is a source of energy and some of that energy can be used to power the liquification process. Once at that temperature the liquid form of the gas can be stored relatively safely at atmospheric pressures.

    But hydrogen is not methane. It is a much smaller molecule so seals and pipes that would comfortably prevent methane leakage do not keep hydrogen in. The liquification temperature for hydrogen is also much lower, specifically minus 253 degrees centigrade or just 14 degrees above what physicists call absolute zero – you can’t get any colder – requiring considerably more energy to achieve and maintain. The Suiso Frontier cargo was liquified in a special facility that was powered from the grid. Hydrogen is also a considerably more dangerous gas than methane. Transmission lines are safer, but the same problem with demand arises. One group has been trying to raise interest in building a $16 billion transmission line from northern Australia to Singapore for years. But if the Singaporeans felt the need for intermittent energy why not take it from neighbouring Malaysia which also has all sorts of schemes to generate green energy and transmission would not be so expensive? While activists are on the subject, they could calculate just how much intermittent energy would have to be transmitted over the proposed line to justify the investment.

    But as demonstrated by the suspension of senior HSBC executive Stuart Kirk by HSBC pending an internal investigation into a presentation he made at an event, the Financial Times Moral Money Summit, in late May, reality in renewable energy debate is not the issue. Kirk’s presentation, entitled ‘Why investors need not worry about climate risk,’ pointed out that most of the projections of economic loss due to climate change either have to fudge the figures or come up with numbers that are too small over the long periods involved to matter at all. Among other valid points in his presentation, Kirk likened the climate crisis to the Y2K bug that predicted a widespread computer glitch at the turn of the millennium and declared that ‘unsubstantiated, shrill, partisan, self-serving, apocalyptic warnings are always wrong’. But as far as the greens are concerned reality and economic analysis are simply not relevant.

    https://spectator.com.au/2022/06/hydrogen-hot-air/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=OZWH%20%2020220604%20%20SG&utm_content=OZWH%20%2020220604%20%20SG+CID_9e53a6d88a72eabeadab72308211bd4e&utm_source=CampaignMonitor_Australia&utm_term=Hydrogen%20hot%20air


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  160. At least 183 Monkeypox cases confirmed in England | Scientists not able to pinpoint source

    Casa de baños de los cocksmokers – or so I’m told.


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  161. Knuckle Dragger says: June 2, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    KD: Apologies for popping your excellent baloon, however in the interests of accuracy it should be remembered that Robert Hughes was an Australian citizen & thus entitled to remain in Australia.

    For reasons known only to him, after he had been in jail for several years, he renounced his Australian citizenship & became a full-time pom.

    He did not have to go back to UK.


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  162. Nigella was a Remainer. That might be a clue as to where she stands politcally.

    That’s a clue which side her bread is buttered on.
    The Beeb is remainer central.


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  163. You lot are falling back on one of your classic fallacies. If it was up to you, you’d nobble ICAC so it only went after your enemies, because you are partisan hacks. You assume that everyone’s mind works the way you do, as you lack basic empathy skills. You can’t understand that some politicians might have morals and principles… because you don’t.

    LOL. Monty was just moments earlier so happy to see a fishing expedition of LNP politicians by any federal ICAC initiated that he was pining for popcorn. Your little girls are more mature than you, monts.


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  164. Greetings from Roma! No…not that Roma. The other one.

    I dined in the presence of Potential Greatness tonight. The laurel crown of leadership has moved north and the pub hosted a meeting of the local Nats. With their Fearless Leader and now Deputy Leader of the Opposition.

    Unlike the intrepid Cassie, I did not collar him in his moment of triumph…he isn’t my local member after all. What I did notice, however, was a certain uniformity of his following as they pressed the flesh in congratulation. Elderly, sleek, moleskinned and RMW booted. Had I shaken a hand, I doubt if it would be more calloused than my own.

    Incidentally, the food at the Roma Royal was delicious. The Troughers always know. 🙂


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  165. In Sydney airport, off to Darwin, attempting to be mask free for the trip.

    So far, through the check in desk where the nice lady didn’t even raise an eyebrow, and through security where they couldn’t care less.

    Despite the idiotic announcements every five minutes and the signs telling you to wear your mask.


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  166. cohenite says:
    June 2, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    About the Hydrogen issue.

    There must be engineers and may I say scientists on the labor payroll, why don’t they steer the pollies straight?
    Or do they think it’s a viable idea?


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  167. For reasons known only to him, after he had been in jail for several years, he renounced his Australian citizenship & became a full-time pom.

    Ah. Righto.

    Hopefully the ending’s still the same.


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  168. Australia is already a major power in energy markets as it has vast reserves of coal and natural gas that other countries want, despite all the talk about net zero…

    We’ve entered on a brave new world, comrade; “all the talk” about net zero is presently being condensed into policies for a 75% reduction in current emissions by 2030.


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  169. There must be engineers and may I say scientists on the labor payroll, why don’t they steer the pollies straight?

    Over-ruled by the policy wonks who imagine they’re the smartest people in the meeting.


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  170. There must be engineers and may I say scientists on the labor payroll, why don’t they steer the pollies straight?

    Why would Labor have engineers and scientists on their payroll? Mostly lawyers and Young Labor activists from my observation. And union officials.

    Anyway just look at what passes for scientists in the climate space in Australia, there’s your answer. A more sycophantic bunch of paganistic druids would be hard to find.


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  171. Hopefully the ending’s still the same.

    KD, as I understand it, he’s to be “released” on the 14th or thereabouts.

    On day of “release” he’ll be moved from Long Bay to Villawood, where he’ll remain banged up until his deportation flight is ready to depart.
    (Not sure who is paying for the flight – if he’s smart we are, he needn’t worry about repaying the cost as he clearly has no intention of returning to Oz)


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  172. That’s a clue which side her bread is buttered on.
    The Beeb is remainer central.

    I’d have more respect for her if she were a true believer.

    Moving on…


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  173. dover0beachsays:
    June 2, 2022 at 7:14 pm
    You lot are falling back on one of your classic fallacies. If it was up to you, you’d nobble ICAC so it only went after your enemies, because you are partisan hacks. You assume that everyone’s mind works the way you do, as you lack basic empathy skills. You can’t understand that some politicians might have morals and principles… because you don’t.

    LOL. Monty was just moments earlier so happy to see a fishing expedition of LNP politicians by any federal ICAC initiated that he was pining for popcorn. Your little girls are more mature than you, monts.

    I’m reminded of the research that was done to prove those of the left/progressive were more charitable and empathetic than those on the right/conservative. It ended up being the other way around.
    I think it was related to another bit of research that set out to prove the left gave more to charity, but again, proved the opposite. Although I can’t find the empathetic one with a quick google, but that’s not surprise the way they manipulate results.

    Conservatives more charitable:
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34429211/


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  174. My 2c worth, Gyro above is right those stations on Lake Mac, should have no problems with coal. Anyone who has driven some of the roads there will go over the old haul roads especially near Toronto. However before I left the Hunter I did note Kean & Fitzgibbon being given the royal treatment at a Centennial mine. Centennial are owned by Thais, Banpu but that is listed in Singapore. I too wonder whether the allure of overseas dollars is play and maybe some gentle nudging from the NSW government that way.

    That said a lot of the southern side of the lakes round Morrissett are employed by coal miners so who knows what is going on behind the scenes especially with the ALP. Easier to keep the plebs employed, royalties flowing and send the coal overseas while making platitudes locally.


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  175. In the Mabo decision, Brennan provided the legal justification to extend the principle that was determined to apply in the Murray Islands to the mainland; a year later the Keating government legislated for it.

    Thanks for sorting that one.


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  176. My 2c worth, Gyro above is right those stations on Lake Mac, should have no problems with coal.

    Key word should. As I said a combination of rich fucks like cannon-brookes and turdball and pure fucktards like kean are putting the weights on Origin, a public company, which owns Eraring. Remember cannon-brookes stopped Origin from splitting off its coal so they could be sold as still operating entities. Now that has been done the weights will be on Centennial’s neck to fuck up supply to Eraring which is no skin off its mine at Mandalong because exporting the coal previously sent to Eraring will get them much more money.

    As I said Vales Point is a different kettle of fish because it is privately owned by the luckiest bastard alive, Trevor St Baker, who bought Vales Point for $1 million and has made a $1 billion from it. He doesn’t give a fuck and can’t be threatened like Origin can be.

    Make no mistake when Eraring closes cannon-brookes will be the poster boy but that POS kean was the behind the scenes fingerer.


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  177. Nigella Lawson is now a “known supporter” of the British Labour Party, according to the Daily Mail.

    No surprises there.
    Labour and the Conservatives are both Right Wing Parties [and both infested with Flamers, it goes with the territory].


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  178. Cohenite don’t mean to be a pendant as my contempt for these people knows no depths but wasn’t that AGL?

    That said I worked on a contract with an old Geo who used to know the whole area, reckons the best fishing spots were where the warm water outflowed from the plants.

    Anyway sleep beckons early start, ciao.


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  179. Origin owns Eraring. AGL owns Liddell and Bayswater, 2 other power stations given away by both lnp and liars state governments. Good old Trev at Vales Point swans around as Delta Energy’s owner.


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  180. Rogersays:
    June 2, 2022 at 6:34 pm
    What subsidies? I know of none.

    Don’t be difficult, Bruce

    ?

    Presumably the fuel tax credit scheme is in their sights.

    Hmmmm. Remote area wind and solar farms, which are spread out across a lot of land, must also use a lot of diesel for maintenance purposes, much of it off-road. I wonder has Turtlehead thought this through.


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  181. Boambee Johnsays:

    June 2, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    Sancho

    I am also amused at the idea of the High Court exercising the signing prerogative over legislation, though that might cause a conflict of interest.

    Yes, BJ.
    No doubt there would be some wrinkles to be ironed out.
    The idea of, “Hey, you want to turf Her Maj? Well, all those juicy Governor and Governor General gigs are gone too” kind of appeals to me.


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  182. So Barnaby has backflipped on net zero emissions by 2050. Yet, when leader of the Nats, he capitulated to Morrison and co last year and went to a federal election spruiking it. Words fail me.


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  183. Coles CEO Steve Cain says supermarkets are being forced to jack up their prices
    He said suppliers demanding price rises have increased five-fold in the last year
    Mr Cain predicts budget-conscious shoppers will opt for frozen and canned food
    He said the industry is also grappling with staff shortages and rising labour costs

    can’t be affecting Woolies too much tho .. the local one here in Wetherill Park, NSW is in the middle of a make-over which seems to consist of replacing all the stock fittings/checkouts ect and ensuring everything is in a different location to where it has been for at least 5 years … bloody nuisance when you always go where whatever you after has been for yonks but ain’t there anymore ..!


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  184. Zipster

    Murray ridicules the common interpretation of society as based upon interest groups divided by gender, sex, sexual orientation and race.

    The people who sneered at Margaret Thatcher over her (out of context) remark that “There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families” now are trying to reconstruct society as multiple ever smaller groups based on every possible difference their vivid imaginations can summon up.


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  185. Labour and the Conservatives are both Right Wing Parties [and both infested with Flamers, it goes with the territory].

    Give it up Dickless. No-one cares about your obsession with “Flamers”. We just want good, honest, politicians who will do their best for their voters and the nation.


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  186. Coles CEO Steve Cain says supermarkets are being forced to jack up their prices

    Well, yes. Gotta pay for wokeness somehow.

    Coles supermarket will now give trans and gender diverse staff an extra 10 days paid leave (19 May)

    Coles supermarket has announced that team members undergoing gender affirmation will now be entitled to up to 10 days paid gender affirmation leave.

    The retail giant said the policy change was an important step in its commitment to champion inclusion in the workplace.

    “We know that we have at least 900 team members who identify as transgender or gender diverse,” Coles Chief Legal and Safety Officer and chair of the Coles Pride Steering Committee David Brewster said.

    And you all thought the Coles checkout chicks were chicks, didn’t you?


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  187. Only just found pouty Moira’s article in the Guardian about Heard/Depp.

    My god!

    Stop doubling down, FFS!

    These harridans would have supported Elizabeth Bathory.

    Inconceivable and almost unbelievable.


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  188. There must be engineers and may I say scientists on the labor payroll, why don’t they steer the pollies straight?

    about 3 years ago I was invited to a mate’s holiday house
    he’s a journo and she’s a barrister
    when the subject turned to climate it went south pretty fast
    I had to withstand shrieking and posturing and name-calling

    “you’re a climate-denier …and and and … wtf IS a ppm anyway?”, stomping up and down with a glass of my Bowens Shiraz in his hand

    she just smirked

    I can pretty much assure you that nobody’s listening

    but then, t’fuck would I no heh?


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