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Steve trickler
Steve trickler
June 8, 2023 10:56 pm

Knuckle Draggersays:
June 8, 2023 at 10:48 pm

Plenty of evidence of those Bible Trees Four and Twenty Pie eater.

Top Ender
Top Ender
June 8, 2023 10:58 pm

This is better than a travelling circus:

Lisa Wilkinson has been caught joking about shadow Indigenous affairs minister Jacinta Nampijinpa Price’s name before comparing the Liberal Party preselecting an Indigenous candidate to a white family ‘hiring a black cleaner’.

Daily Mail

Top Ender
Top Ender
June 8, 2023 11:01 pm

Meanwhile in the Territory:

A convicted domestic violence perpetrator – who was given a wholly suspended sentence for reasons including that his partner was pregnant – has allegedly fractured a baby’s skull by drunkenly hitting the child with a glass bottle during her first birthday party.

The baby, from the outback town of Tennant Creek, remains in an Adelaide hospital after ­undergoing surgery following the attack 12 days ago.

The girl was flown from the predominantly Indigenous community, 500km north of Alice Springs, to Adelaide late on May 28 after the man allegedly threw a bottle which hit her head.

Emergency services were notified of the incident just before 9pm that Sunday.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service was called to airlift the infant, who was in a critical condition, to the Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital for surgery.

The baby was reportedly ­accompanied on the flight to Adelaide by her grandmother as her parents were unfit to fly due to ­intoxication.

Oz

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
June 8, 2023 11:01 pm

Plenty of evidence of those Bible Trees Four and Twenty Pie eater.

Sure there is.

Nobody makes eye contact with you on the street, do they?

NB: Four and Twentys are excellent, even if you think they’re full of people bits.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
June 8, 2023 11:01 pm

Knuckle Draggersays:
June 8, 2023 at 10:55 pm
Steve.

How are you off for iodine?

I am surprised you didn’t ask about aluminum foil supplies.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
June 8, 2023 11:08 pm

I am surprised you didn’t ask about aluminum foil supplies.

No, I’m pretty confident you have plenty.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
June 8, 2023 11:09 pm

Knuckle Draggersays:
June 8, 2023 at 11:01 pm
Plenty of evidence of those Bible Trees Four and Twenty Pie eater.

Sure there is.

Nobody makes eye contact with you on the street, do they?

NB: Four and Twentys are excellent, even if you think they’re full of people bits.

Really? My last experience with that crap was asking myself if I could stick a straw in the middle of it and suck it up like a milk shake from Mc Mucks.

Indolent
Indolent
June 8, 2023 11:16 pm
Steve trickler
Steve trickler
June 8, 2023 11:21 pm

Cash and Rowdy.

——-

woof bark growl:

Cash 2.0 Great Dane on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills 34

H B Bear
H B Bear
June 8, 2023 11:38 pm

The Logie for the best rural S.A. T.V. children’s personality 1975 has more credibility than Lisa’s silver Logie.

That wasn’t me by any chance was it? You know how stuff gets lost in moves.

H B Bear
H B Bear
June 8, 2023 11:47 pm

Except Optus Stadium, because Basil told them not to.

It might not be correct but I find this oddly reassuring.

H B Bear
H B Bear
June 8, 2023 11:56 pm

Gallagher firmly in the cross hairs now.

Arky
June 9, 2023 12:08 am

The AFL appreciates your cash at the gate.

..
The latest Dreamtime covid safe tranny Palooza round ain’t gonna fund itself without the support of delusional easy to pushover dicks everywhere all across the nation.
If only football fans were as solid as US beer drinkers.

caveman
caveman
June 9, 2023 1:55 am

NB: Four and Twentys are excellent, even if you think they’re full of people bits.

I bit into one and found what in thought was a diamond ring, but it was only a cubic zirconia. It gives you an idea of the quality people they use. Pie was still ok.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

If only football fans were as solid as US beer drinkers.

+1

Tom
Tom
June 9, 2023 4:00 am

Johannes Leak. Brilliant.

Tom
Tom
June 9, 2023 4:02 am
Tom
Tom
June 9, 2023 4:03 am
Tom
Tom
June 9, 2023 4:05 am
Tom
Tom
June 9, 2023 4:06 am
Tom
Tom
June 9, 2023 4:08 am
Tom
Tom
June 9, 2023 4:09 am
Tom
Tom
June 9, 2023 4:10 am
Tom
Tom
June 9, 2023 4:11 am
Tom
Tom
June 9, 2023 4:12 am
Tom
Tom
June 9, 2023 4:14 am
Tom
Tom
June 9, 2023 4:15 am
Tom
Tom
June 9, 2023 4:16 am
Tom
Tom
June 9, 2023 4:17 am
Tom
Tom
June 9, 2023 4:18 am
Tom
Tom
June 9, 2023 4:19 am
Tom
Tom
June 9, 2023 4:21 am
Johnny Rotten
June 9, 2023 4:21 am

Thanks Tom.

Johnny Rotten
June 9, 2023 4:30 am

Let’s pray that the human race never escapes from Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere.

– C. S. Lewis

feelthebern
feelthebern
June 9, 2023 4:47 am

That’s good Leak.

feelthebern
feelthebern
June 9, 2023 4:51 am

Wilkinson shit talking Jacinta Price really should shut her up for a bit.
But it won’t.

feelthebern
feelthebern
June 9, 2023 5:16 am

This evening I will complete my five days of 24 hour fasting with a pizza.
A pizza with copious amounts of pineapple.

Black Ball
Black Ball
June 9, 2023 5:21 am

Speaking of Wilkinson, Hun:

Channel 10 and Lisa Wilkinson are preparing to go to war over the unprecedented leaking of Brittany Higgins’ private text messages and a secret recording of them bagging political leaders.

An extraordinary legal whodunit has emerged in the wake of the leak of a six-hour tape of Ms Wilkinson, Ms Higgins, her partner David Sharaz and executive producer Angus Llewllyn giving their “unplugged” views on high profile figures.

It includes Ms Wilkinson describing former Defence Minister Linda Reynolds as “a nobody” and an “idiot”, and saying “who is this f***king woman.”

It also records the group war gaming the story and suggesting Anthony Albanese would “definitely” raise the issue in question time. Ms Wilkinson has subsequently confirmed she never contacted him to do so.

Separately, thousands of text messages on Brittany Higgins’ iPhone have been leaked to media outlets and Ms Higgins believes that some of the material is from her iCloud records that were handed over to police.

Even hours of the CCTV of the night in question has now been broadcast by Channel 7 during a TV special interview with Mr Lehrmann.

It was never released by the ACT Supreme Court during the trial although parts of it were played to the jury.

The leaked texts include private discussions with Ms Wilkinson’s husband Peter FitzSimons over a $325,000 book deal and Mr Sharaz describing Prime Minister Scott Morrison as “c***t.”

But now questions have emerged over the leak of the audio that has Australia’s media and legal industry talking because it was never heard by the jury or tendered in evidence.

It was originally obtained when Channel 10 was subpoenaed in the criminal trial and was never made available as part of a Board of Inquiry into the trial.

Lawyers acting for Channel 10 are now trying to determine who had access to the material – a large group which is said to include police, lawyers, the director of public prosecutions and potentially third parties.

The matter is expected to be raised when Channel 10 and Bruce Lehrmann’s lawyers face off at a case management hearing in the Federal Court over the defamation case.

Any lawyer who obtained the leaked material through the criminal trial or the board of inquiry would be precluded from providing it to others under what is know as the Harman’s principle.

The rule in Harman v Secretary of State for the Home Department [1983] 1 AC 280 (Harman) precludes a litigant from making collateral use of documents obtained through the court’s compulsory processes such as subpoenas.

The rule states: “[w]here one party to litigation is compelled, either by reason of a rule of court, or by reason of a specific order of the court, or otherwise, to disclose documents or information, the party obtaining the disclosure cannot, without the leave of the court, use it for any purpose other than that for which it was given unless it is received into evidence”.

Mr Lehrmann is suing over the original Channel 10 report that did not name him in relation to Ms Higgins rape allegation. He was never convicted and maintains his innocence.

According to the Daily Mail, which has obtained the audio, it records that Ms Higgins drank a mimosa and Mr Sharaz a gin and tonic as they discussed the forthcoming episode.

The legal firm acting for Bruce Lehrmann in his defamation action – Mark O’Brien Legal – insist they never had access to the material that was leaked to the media.

The six-hour audiotape was provided by Channel 10 under subpoena during the criminal trial and never played to the jury.

The explosive audio was recorded by the producer Angus Llewllyn on his mobile phone during a pre-interview discussion at a Sydney hotel on January 27, 2021.

“We have not had access to the phone and audiotape you refer to,’’ solicitor Paul Svilans told news.com.au.

“In fact, we are at present actually seeking access to the audiotape for the purpose of the defamation proceedings for the reason that we don’t have it.”

Barrister Steve Whybrow SC, who represented Mr Lehrmann at the criminal trial did have access but said it was kept secure at all times.

In fact, he refused to hand it over to Mark O’Brien Legal in the defamation action where he is instructed to appear as senior counsel.

“I can categorically assure you that I, my co counsel and my Chambers have absolutely kept any material received in R v Lehrmann secure,’’ Mr Whybrow told news.com.au.

“I have not (and have taken the view that I could not) even provide my solicitors in the defamation actions any material that was not already deployed in the criminal trial.”

The Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold remains on leave after he gave evidence to the Board of Inquiry investigating the investigation and trial of Mr Lehrmann.

The acting DPP Anthony Williamson SC said the DPP does not ‘control’ or ‘manage’ disclosed information but expects all parties to comply with their lawful obligations.

“Whilst the Board of Inquiry I has conducted public hearings, I understand its investigative process has, for the most part, been conducted in secret,’’ Mr Williamson told news.com.au.

“I understand that coercive powers under the Inquiries Act 1991 (ACT) have been exercised, examinations have been conducted in secret, and non-publication/suppression orders have been made in relation to various aspects of the proceeding and given to various witnesses.

“The BOI is a statutorily independent process and therefore is not subject to the control or direction of the DPP, nor (unsurprisingly) has the BOI consulted with the DPP about its processes and investigation. I am not in a position to comment on what material the BOI may, or may not, have had access to.

“Similarly, I am not in a position to provide a running commentary on who had access to what material.

“As you would appreciate, the DPP provides disclosure in accordance with its lawful obligations. The DPP does not ‘control’ or ‘manage’ disclosed material once provided to the defence. We expect all parties to comply with their lawful obligations in relation to disclosed material.”

The Board of Inquiry led by Walter Sofronoff SC was contacted by news.com.au for comment and did not respond.

The Australian Federal Police were contacted before the publication of this story and said they had “no comment” on the leak of the complainants private text messages provided during the criminal investigation.

News.com.au does not suggest either party was involved in the leak only that it was originally in the possession of the police, the DPP and lawyers and was ultimately provided to the media, by persons unknown.

Ed will wade in with his dim thoughts but it is increasingly obvious that Higgins is lying.

Black Ball
Black Ball
June 9, 2023 5:31 am

Rita Panahi on Higgins, who could be mistaken for Great Thunberg’s older sister:

David Sharaz: “I still hate the c***”.

Brittany Higgins: “He’s about to be f**ked over. Just wait. We’ve got him”.

Reading these text messages one might think the couple were discussing the man Higgins had accused of rape, Bruce Lehrmann. But it was then Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, who was about to be “f**ked over”.

That is just one of dozens of revelations in recent days causing many to re-examine their view of what happened in the early hours of March 23, 2019 in the offices of then-Defence Minister Senator Linda Reynolds, the manner in which allegations of rape were weaponised to attack the Morrison government, and more recently the multimillion-dollar payout Higgins secured after just a few hours of ‘mediation’.

Labor came to office promising transparency, accountability and a federal integrity commission. The phrase hoisted by their own petard comes to mind for the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) must investigate how millions of taxpayer funds were paid to Higgins and whether correct processes were undertaken before the matter was settled.

Hubris is a dangerous combination of arrogance and excessive confidence and Labor were exhibiting oodles of it late last year. One grim mistake that may come back to haunt the Anthony Albanese government is the fact that they finalised Higgins’ financial settlement just a day after the NACC became law on December 12.

Finance Minister Katy Gallagher, whose department paid Higgins the confidential settlement, must come clean about her role in the orchestrated political attacks arising from the allegations.

Senator Gallagher was indignant when accused of prior knowledge of the Higgins case. “No-one had any knowledge. How dare you,’’ Gallagher said to then-Minister Reynolds in June, 2021. “It’s all about protecting yourself.”

Her strident response came after Reynolds said: “I know how this started…I was told by one of your senators two weeks before about what you were intending to do with the story in my office. Two weeks before.’’ But despite Gallagher’s denials, leaked text messages published by the Australian paint a picture that looks very much like political collusion.

Four days before the story aired Sharaz messaged Higgins: “Katy is going to come to me with some questions you need to prepare for … She’s really invested now ha ha.” Sharaz also told Higgins in text messages that she should trust Gallagher who he referred to as “an old friend”.

In other texts Sharaz wrote: “Yep! I gave her [The Project] interview for context. I hope that’s okay? She’s not doing anything with it. But I’m also happy to step out and let her talk to you if you want. Basically, I wanted her to get all the context because it’s so complicated.”

Higgins replied: “That’s fine. It’ll all be public pretty soon anyway haha.” When the story did air and dominated the news cycle texts reveal that Gallagher remained a player in keeping the story in the headlines. One text from Higgins reads: “You may as well feed everything you have to Katy.”

Minister Gallagher must explain how she’s not guilty of grossly misleading statements about what she knew and when as well as her role in politicising what should have been above politics. Her position is untenable unless she can adequately explain the enormous inconsistencies between what she has said and what the leaked texts reveal. On Thursday Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was standing by his Finance Minister. “I have absolute confidence in Senator Gallagher,” he said though the PM did not answer when asked if she had misled parliament.

From the start of this ugly saga it was apparent that allegations of rape were being used by politicians, the media and activists for a political hit job. In recent days we are finding out just how deliberate and co-ordinated those efforts were and senior members of the Albanese government, including the Prime Minister, have serious questions to answer about what they knew, when and their role in playing politics with a serious criminal allegation.

As I wrote at the time the treatment of women and issues surrounding sexual assault and rape should always be above politics; they are simply too important to all women. Twisting real concerns about violence against women into a partisan issue does not advance the cause of women, indeed it does the opposite.

Real Deal
Real Deal
June 9, 2023 5:40 am

Thank, Tom. That is just about Leak’s best. Superb.

Black Ball
Black Ball
June 9, 2023 5:56 am

James Morrow chips in with Wilkinson’s racism:

Further audio of a meeting between Project host Lisa Wilkinson, producer Angus Llewelyn, Brittany Higgins and her fiance David Sharaz have been released, revealing the group making bizarre jokes about race and the Liberal Party — while failing to properly pronounce the name of a prominent Indigenous senator.

In the recording, revealed by Sharri Markson on Sky News Australia, Lisa Wilkinson can be heard reading what appears to be a statement about the Liberal Party and its diverse range of candidates “including, like, and what’s her name,” she says, before struggling with the name of Jacinta Nampijinpa Price.

In the recording, Ms Wilkinson appears to stumble over Ms Price’s name, pronouncing it, “Namp-pin-JUMB-bah”

Ms Price is currently an NT Senator and opposition spokeswoman on Aboriginal Australians.

Mr Sharaz is heard saying: “Clearly it was a safe seat.”

Wilkinson replied, “that’s the thing, it was, and that was, as soon as I looked at it, I thought, oh, you’re joking.”

Mr Llewelyn chimed in, appearing to mock Liberal attitudes on race saying: “See, we know brown people.”

Mr Sharaz fired back, “It’s like I’m not racist, I have a black friend, it’s that argument.”

Ms Wilkinson, joining in, joked: “And our cleaner’s black!”

Mr Llewelyn said, “I don’t have his number, but he knows me!”

Black Ball
Black Ball
June 9, 2023 5:57 am

Ms Wilkinson, joining in, joked: “And our cleaner’s black!”

You go Western Suburbs girrrlll. FMD

feelthebern
feelthebern
June 9, 2023 6:07 am

If feel sorry for Wilkinson’s cleaners.
No doubt they would have been snapped over the past month coming & going.
More hypocrisy being exposed pending.

rosie
rosie
June 9, 2023 6:12 am

Wilkinson didn’t know Sharaz and Higgins from Adam but she completely let her guard down and behaved in an incredibly unprofessional and partisan manner.
And Higgins, on the other hand, showed us a very professional victim.

Razey
Razey
June 9, 2023 6:14 am

How far has Australia fallen. Social capital is measured by victimhood status. Excellence and morality placed in the dustbin of history.

feelthebern
feelthebern
June 9, 2023 6:16 am

Just getting to this.
Anyone believing the spin that Albo is working on getting Assange freed is a moron.
Via Michael West & Rex Patrick.

According to Mark Dreyfus’s briefing, the only direct role contemplated by the Government will only come after Assange has been extradited, convicted and sentenced in the US. Only then “would [it] be open to Mr Assange to apply to transfer to Australia to serve his sentence under the international transfer of prisoners scheme. It is not possible to make a decision regarding an international prisoner transfer in advance of the person being eligible to apply for transfer.”

https://michaelwest.com.au/julian-assange-ignored-in-press-freedom-roundtable-as-spies-cosy-up-to-big-media/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=2023-06-07&utm_campaign=Michael+West+Media+Weekly+Update

Black Ball
Black Ball
June 9, 2023 6:17 am

I do apologise for the word walls kind reader, but I am a bit excited for the day. Taking the kidlets down to watch Bulldogs and Power play tonight. Try and have another hour of sleep, but just perusing shit.
I bring you Matt Canavan from the Courier Mail:

There is a popular meme on the internet based on the reality TV show Pawn Stars.

In the meme, the owners of the pawn shop stand at a counter with a perplexed, almost apologetic, look on their face in response to someone offering goods to pawn.

The text at the bottom can be customised to suit the circumstance, “best I can do is 20 cents”, et cetera.

This week our Treasurer Jim Chalmers did the “best I can do” meme.

On the day that there was a record fall in productivity, Mr Chalmers announced a huge new policy to “help”.

He announced that he would ban cheques by 2030.

People are struggling to pay their mortgage and our economic output is falling in per-person terms, but the best the government could do was to ban cheques!

What’s next? A plan to phase out the horse and cart by 2040? A plan to end the use of kerosene lamps by 2050?

Actually, the latter one is not a joke. The government does want to phase out fossil fuels by 2050 under its net-zero plan. That plan is not going very well, and is part of the reason we are in such an economic hole.

A month ago, the Liddell coal-fired power station in NSW shut.

We were assured that electricity prices would not increase because there was enough renewable energy to fill the gap.

Once again the experts were wrong.

Over the past month, wholesale electricity prices in NSW were the fifth-highest on record (the other four months were either during last year’s market suspension or one month during the 2000s drought).

In Queensland, electricity prices were 50 per cent higher last month than the month before.

This has a direct impact on our woeful productivity growth.

Higher electricity prices make it more costly to make things, grow things, dig up things and move things.

When it costs more to produce the same amount your productivity falls. And then you have to pay more for things in the shop.

The answer to high energy prices is to get more supply of electricity at all times of the day.

Our power prices are high because we have a shortage of power when renewables are not working – at night or when the wind is not blowing.

To get power prices down we need more power at these times.

It was revealed this week that BHP has called on the government to end our ban on nuclear energy.

Once again the Labor Party refuse to listen and keep their head in the sand on the cost-of-living challenges facing Australians.

The other major cost pressure on budgets is housing prices and interest rates.

Again the answer here is more supply and less demand by controlling migration.

Instead, the government is pushing ahead with record levels of migration, we are bringing in an amount of people the size of Canberra every year.

While land release is largely a state responsibility, the government has frozen infrastructure spending.

As The Courier-Mail reported last week, only a handful of Labor’s election commitments on infrastructure have reached the paperwork stage.

If we are bringing in more people, why isn’t the government building more roads and rail lines to help deal with the influx?

As the governor of the Reserve Bank told the Senate last week: “If we’re going to have 2 per cent more people in the country, we need 2 per cent more capital.

“That requires investment by business and investment by government, and we’ve got to find a way collectively to do that.”

The government should take the governor’s advice and either reduce migration or increase infrastructure investment.

But the main message from the governor last week was that we must do more to boost productivity to help him fight inflation.

As he starkly put it: “The best solution to this is a lift in productivity growth.”

Since coming to government a year ago, the Labor Party has had no productivity agenda. They did not even invite the Productivity Commission to their much-vaunted jobs summit in Canberra last year.

After one year of Labor government we have had price caps, more red tape, higher welfare spending and increased taxes.

The answer to low productivity growth is not more government.

We instead should focus on helping bring down the costs of doing business so that prices in the shops go down too.

That would be a much better thing for our Treasurer to focus on than banning cheques.

feelthebern
feelthebern
June 9, 2023 6:18 am

Imagine if ScoMo had a secret round table with a pack of media types.
It would have leaked non stop.
It took Rex Patrick & FOI requests to get the Dreyfus briefing into the public domain.
So much for a transparent government.
And for a fearless media.

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
June 9, 2023 6:27 am

I see in the Aus another Syrian chap has gone all stabby stabby against four white privileged infants in France. Im not expecting a motive yet but surely Those far right extremist mothers must have provoked the incident. If only we had loved the chap more.

rosie
rosie
June 9, 2023 6:34 am
rosie
rosie
June 9, 2023 6:38 am
Cassie of Sydney
June 9, 2023 6:41 am

I think that’s one of Leak’s best. He’s just nailed it. Brilliant. Sublime.

Perfidious Albino
Perfidious Albino
June 9, 2023 6:46 am

TE – re the maritime war graves desecration – it would be apt if the pirates and their vessels just mysteriously sank in deep water. Who would bother to investigate. #cockleshellheroes

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
June 9, 2023 6:51 am

Bill Leak would be proud of Johannes.

Today’s cartoon is excellent.

rosie
rosie
June 9, 2023 6:53 am
rosie
rosie
June 9, 2023 6:55 am
Cassie of Sydney
June 9, 2023 7:01 am

Stabbing babies in prams, I’m reminded of when an adherent of the religion of pieces back in 2012 drove up to a Jewish primary school in France and murdered children.

But don’t worry, according to one here, the perpetrator has “legitimate grievances”.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
June 9, 2023 7:04 am
Barry
Barry
June 9, 2023 7:15 am

Brittney’s $3 mill is clearly payment for services rendered.

So she should pay tax on it, no?

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
June 9, 2023 7:20 am

Thanks for the post Rosie.
We have effectively taken AEMO out of the process by farmer resistance.
Lily D’ Ambrosio and Dan Andrews are arrogant enough to think they can do a better job of railroading farmers – let’s see.

Anchor What
Anchor What
June 9, 2023 7:22 am

The beeb had dredged up some “scientists” to rush out the annual announcement of Hottest Year Evah. But this time they couldn’t wait until 2024, so they are doing it now, pre-emtively!
The cause of this infernal hottness is that there’s a newly crowned El Nino event coming down the aisle, caused by that heat that’s been “hiding in the oceans” for years.
There’s more. The Canadian fires are due to climate hotness too, of course. It’s as if there have never been wildfires before. The Yanks have had monster fires forever, and we hire some of their gear when we need it over here. I remember a fine film starring Richard Dreyfus and Holly Hunter from thirty years ago, called Always. it also starred, yes, wildfires. Back then, before global warming got u full head of steam, wildfires were considered just part of life.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
June 9, 2023 7:23 am

Good luck with your battles Farner Gez.

Keep us posted.

Perplexed of Brisbane
Perplexed of Brisbane
June 9, 2023 7:26 am

cohenitesays:
June 8, 2023 at 9:08 pm
Because you’ve got to warn a person that you’re taping the conversation for it to be admissible as Evidence.

No crotchless, there are a number of exceptions: see the family court and various categories of lawful interest. One recent example was Harry Garside taping threats by his ex to accuse him of assault.

Now STFU and just stick to saying stupid stuff.

In Qld at least, as long as you are a party to the conversation, you can record it without telling the other person. The Invasion of Privacy Act 2017 allows it. I don’t know what other powers cops have in that regard.

Entropy
Entropy
June 9, 2023 7:27 am

An El Niño does bring warmer max temperatures though. Cooler at night though.

On the major disaster event scenario though, if you live in the inner city you tend to be shielded from such things and ignorant of their frequency. Furthermore, if you don’t believe in a god, then for many you need some other kind of deity to impose its malevolence on a winning mankind. The climate god might well suit.

Entropy
Entropy
June 9, 2023 7:27 am

Sinning mankind.

Cassie of Sydney
June 9, 2023 7:29 am

Further to the released recording between the Amphibian, Svengali Shazza the Great White Shark, Higgins and her Ten producer about “Liberal women”, listening to the Amphibian’s patronising ridicule of Liberal women, and particularly of Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, her feeble and offensive attempt to articulate Jacinta Price’s indigenous name…Nampijinpa…just imagine, for one brief second, if this had been a conservative columnist and television personality, say Andrew Bolt, Rowan Dean or Rita Panahi? Well, apart from the fact that they’d already be jobless, already have issued an apology, imagine the screeching, screaming headlines in the Malcolm Guardian, in Nine Newspapers, and on their ABC? But no, the silence is deafening. Conservative women, Liberal women, are fair game, even indigenous women such as Price. And watch their ABC bury this.

I’ve long loathed the Amphibian and her equally putrid husband, for a number of very valid reasons, I regard them as talentless hustlers, hypocrites, grifters and parasites, and this exchange further entrenches my already low opinion of these two disgraceful individuals. As I’ve said before, it’s a sad indictment of this country that these two managed to climb up the greasy media totem pole. After her words about Price, the Amphibian should be persona non grata, but as Bern said above, she’ll probably be back, although I do wonder. She’s burnt all her bridges at Ten and Nine, Seven wouldn’t touch her with a barge pole, perhaps she should try and resurrect Dolly magazine because basically, that’s where she should have stayed. She isn’t a journalist, when you listen to the slag speaking on the tapes, every word is designed to put words in Higgins stupid mouth. I’ll wait and see if the Amphibian ever issues an apology to Price.

Actually Bern, I think the Amphibian’s finished.

Perplexed of Brisbane
Perplexed of Brisbane
June 9, 2023 7:30 am

feelthebernsays:
June 8, 2023 at 9:39 pm
Awwww sheeeeeeit.
Via the WSJ.

Cuba plans to host a secret Chinese spy base.
The two countries reached a secret agreement for an electronic eavesdropping facility on the island, in a brash new challenge by Beijing to the U.S., according to U.S. officials familiar with highly classified intelligence. A facility in Cuba, roughly 100 miles from Florida, would allow Chinese intelligence services to scoop up electronic communications throughout the southeastern U.S., where there are many military bases, and monitor U.S. ship traffic. The Chinese Embassy in Washington had no comment, and Cuba’s Embassy didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Sounds like Cuba needs some FREEDOM!

Dot
Dot
June 9, 2023 7:33 am

If La Amphibian mocks genuine Aboriginal names, why do I have to put up with the welcome to country bullshit?

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
June 9, 2023 7:35 am

The Grauniad is deeply concerned about the dreadful impact of the leaking of Brinny’s enthusiastic interactions with the ALP claque.

Dr Denis Muller, a University of Melbourne media ethics expert, said the repeated reporting of leaked material despite the abandonment of the legal proceedings, because of concerns about Higgins’ mental health, was a “very dangerous development”.

He said the ongoing reporting meant “what we now seem to be having is a genuine case of trial by media”.

There appeared no public interest in the reporting of the material, he said, and there appeared several reasons why the reporting should cease, including that it was occurring outside the legal process, and the impact the reporting would have on Higgins.

“I think it’s absolutely the case that an already difficult climate for people claiming sexual assault is being made even more difficult.”

I can understand that the reporting might have an impact on Higgins.

But it takes a particular type of Expert to argue there is no public interest in senior members of the Government weaponising sexual assault claims – and making “an already difficult climate for people claiming sexual assault is being made even more difficult”.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
June 9, 2023 7:35 am

Hot Button Sutton gone!

All we need now is Warner, and it’s awfully close to Mission Accomplished.

MatrixTransform
June 9, 2023 7:45 am


VicGrid, a body within DEECA, coordinates the overarching planning and development of Victorian renewable energy zones.

VicGrid also oversees investment decisions related to the $540 million REZ fund that will be used to strengthen the grid and unlock the potential of the REZs.

FarmerGez, you may need to brush up on yr Mandarin

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
June 9, 2023 7:46 am

The Hun:

Brett Sutton has resigned as Victoria’s chief health officer after four years.

Professor Sutton, who led the state throughout the Covid pandemic, will leave the government to join the CSIRO as director of health and biosecurity.

The CHO who brought designer stubble back into fashion. Don Johnson applauds you, sir.

There are warehouses full of surplus Sutton pillowcases and doona covers, which are now being shredded and used for cat beds.

Tom
Tom
June 9, 2023 7:47 am

Don’t apologise for the word walls, Black Ball. They’re valuable for those (like me) who don’t subscribe to all the stuff behind all the News Corp paywalls.

I normally buy the Herald Sun at the shop, but I suspect they put a lot of stuff online that doesn’t appear in the paper. My Paywallian subscription doesn’t give me access to any of it.

Have a great day in the car with the kids and the night out at the footy in Melbourne.

Thanks once again.

flyingduk
flyingduk
June 9, 2023 7:49 am

More ‘prepping the battlefield’ in todays Oz

No way rates can rise above 10% – think again. If you thought you would never have to deal with a mortgage rate above 10 per cent … think again.

It is, of course, axiomatic that the interest rate *has* to be higher than the inflation rate for the monetary system to function (otherwise lenders make a loss and stop lending).

They try to paper over this fundamental fact by lying about the real inflation rate (as a rule of thumb you can double whatever they admit to), and by making ‘money’ artificially cheap by printing it, and by allowing the banks to multiply it via the fractional reserve system.

Both measures only distort the monetary system, producing errors which must, eventually, painfully correct.

Who was it said ‘you can lie about the fundamental laws of the universe, but your lies won’t exempt you from the consequences’?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
June 9, 2023 7:51 am

Haha, Faux not happy.

Fox: Carlson Breached Contract With Twitter Show (7 Jun)

“This evening we were made aware of Mr. Tucker Carlson’s appearance on Twitter in a video that lasted over 10 minutes,” Fox News general counsel Bernard Gugar said in a letter to Carlson’s lawyers.

“Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Mr. Carlson’s ‘services shall be completely exclusive to Fox,’” it continued, quoting Carlson’s contract.

Gugar also said Carlson was “prohibited from rendering services of any type whatsoever, whether ‘over the internet via streaming or similar distribution, or other digital distribution whether now known or hereafter devised.’”

Carlson’s legal team told Axios that any legal action by Fox would violate his First Amendment rights.

Bring it on Foxlings. Every time you do this thousands more disgusted righties stop watching your channels.

Cassie of Sydney
June 9, 2023 7:53 am

He said the ongoing reporting meant “what we now seem to be having is a genuine case of trial by media”.”

After reading this I fell on the floor and I’ve gotten up. I’m in shock at the sheer, staggering, breathtaking, stinking hypocrisy.

I’m wondering, did Mr Muller ever speak up about the prejudicial media reporting around Pell? Did Mr Muller ever speak up about the prejudicial media reporting around Lehmann, in the almost two years leading up to the trial?

Crickets. They don’t like it when the tables are turned, do they? Such is the staggering hubris of those on the left that they forget that ‘what goes up must come down’, and ‘what goes around comes around’.

Am buying more popcorn today.

shatterzzz
June 9, 2023 7:54 am

And for no better reason than a break from ‘knickerless’ a, sad, fitba story .. if yer a game going fan, that is ..!
Now I luvs me fitba but if this tale about Inter Miami’s pricing is right ….. ya gotta be kiddin’ ..!
So Miami have signed *LIONEL MESSI .. fair enuf! .. but then this .. the lowest priced seat @ $US29 is set to rise to $US329 to cover , I suppose, the amount it cost to for David Beckham to sign Messi ..
Still ya can’t expect a multi millionaire like David to pay his own bills .. can ya? .. LOL!
* Messi is now 35 and way, way past his best and should have retired but either likes money, playing or both …….
https://www.espn.com.au/football/story/_/id/37814810/lionel-messi-inter-miami-move-sees-ticket-prices-1000-percent

shatterzzz
June 9, 2023 7:58 am

Reading in the news this morning that 66 millionaires paid NO personal income tax last year ..!
Good luck to them .. no one wants to pay income tax … !
Hope my son was one of them … tho he doesn’t live in the Eastern Suburbs .. LOL!

Roger
Roger
June 9, 2023 7:58 am

I can understand that the reporting might have an impact on Higgins.

She could always take another extended break in the Seychelles to get away from it all.

I’m sorry, but when you appear to have conspired to bring down a Prime Minister, you forego some of the protections private citizens have a right to expect.

flyingduk
flyingduk
June 9, 2023 8:01 am

Reading these text messages one might think the couple were discussing the man Higgins had accused of rape, Bruce Lehrmann. But it was then Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, who was about to be “f**ked over”.

If thats Scott ‘as mandatory as we can possibly make it’ Morrison, then I would regard it as job well done.

calli
calli
June 9, 2023 8:02 am

Ms Wilkinson, joining in, joked: “And our cleaner’s black!”

If there was a window into character, this is it.

Shameful.

Roger
Roger
June 9, 2023 8:03 am

Carlson’s legal team told Axios that any legal action by Fox would violate his First Amendment rights.

Have been re-reading the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers recently.

Our constitutional process and the resulting document really are second rate by comparison. And we should have had a Bill of Rights.

Nelson_Kidd-Players
June 9, 2023 8:03 am

Dandenong Market closed today.

Everyone turning up to a shuttered facility with signs being put up by the young ones in hi-viz whp i last noticed wiping down playgrounds with antiseptic wipes during covid.

Water contamination, apparently.

But i didn’t come to buy water…

X-|

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
June 9, 2023 8:04 am

Dr F at 7:35

Dr Denis Muller, a University of Melbourne media ethics expert, said the repeated reporting of leaked material despite the abandonment of the legal proceedings, because of concerns about Higgins’ mental health, was a “very dangerous development”.

I have been Googlin’ hard for the last 20 minutes looking for Dr Muller’s condemnation of the impact of leaks against Lehrmann on the presumption of innocence.
So far nothing.
It must be there somewhere.
Surely.

Roger
Roger
June 9, 2023 8:04 am

Shameful.

I doubt that’s an emotion she’s capable of.

Such people are dangerous, as we’ve seen.

calli
calli
June 9, 2023 8:06 am

And, right on cue, today’s Shakespearean insult is

I’ll beat thee, but I should infect my hands. Timon of Athens

jupes
jupes
June 9, 2023 8:08 am

There appeared no public interest in the reporting of the material, he said, and there appeared several reasons why the reporting should cease, including that it was occurring outside the legal process, and the impact the reporting would have on Higgins.

Hahahahaaha! What a dork! Any “impact on Higgins” is a result of Higgins herself. She and her rancid husband were the instigators of the political skullduggery that went down. They were keen to be players. Whoops!

What we now know from these leaks is an indictment of the legal system. How the hell did none of this come out in court? What is the point of a trial when the most damning evidence is left out?

flyingduk
flyingduk
June 9, 2023 8:08 am

From todays ‘American Thinker’

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2023/06/the_wef_seeks_to_drastically_reduce_the_number_of_private_vehicles_by_2050.html

This is the real reason behind the push to convert to EVs and why no amount of ‘it just cant work mathematically’ arguments will make a lick of difference: they KNOW it won’t work, thats the point – they want us all corralled in our little 15 minute prisons, not free ranging like we have been.

We are being farmed like cattle on feedlots, free range is being eliminated. Free range citizens are too hard to control.

Tom
Tom
June 9, 2023 8:14 am

I’m wondering, did Mr Muller ever speak up about the prejudicial media reporting around Pell? Did Mr Muller ever speak up about the prejudicial media reporting around Lehmann, in the almost two years leading up to the trial?

I used to work with Denis Muller. I liked him and we got on well.

But his admission to academia has turned him into a line-and-length anti-free-speech fascist.

Academia demands absolute adherence to the rules of the Marxist mob. There is no negotiation; dissidents are expelled from the tribe.

It saddens me to see what an obedient little rodent Denis has become.

vr
vr
June 9, 2023 8:15 am

Another Tucker Carlson monologue just dropped.

flyingduk
flyingduk
June 9, 2023 8:17 am

Our constitutional process and the resulting document really are second rate by comparison. And we should have had a Bill of Rights.

Its too late now, of course, all we would get is a grab bag of grievance group rights – the right to ‘free health care’, the right to special treatment for favoured groups, etc etc – all ‘positive’ entitlements which CANNOT be ‘rights’ because they impose on some other person the obligation to provide them.

You will note that the US constitution/bill of rights includes only ‘negative or neutral rights’ – the right to NOT be jailed without due process, the right to NOT incriminate oneself, the right to pursue (not be given) happiness etc.

jupes
jupes
June 9, 2023 8:18 am

Looks like the Ukes are getting whaled again. The big offensive is not quite going as planned. Still, early days …

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
June 9, 2023 8:19 am

As the house burns down, Top Men squeak out:

Blackout fears mount ahead of Eraring closure
(Unlinkable Australian)

The closure of the country’s biggest coal plant – Origin Energy’s Eraring coal station in NSW which could shut its doors up to seven years early in 2025 – is concerning the market according to Tomago Aluminium, the nation’s largest smelter and biggest single consumer of power.

It is important not just to navigate the destination but also the transition process,” Tomago chairman David Fallu told The Australian.

“We need to be open minded about the future of Eraring and see it as an opportunity to support the transition pathway rather than having a legislative timetable in mind.”

He’s quite right – although the legislative timetable is more important to Team Albanese, who are in turn more important than the Tomago smelter.

Greg Everett, chief executive of Delta Electricity which operates a rival coal plant to Eraring at Vales Point, said Australia is on course to be materially short of sufficient capacity.

“I don’t believe the system can operate securely if Eraring closes. Not all of Eraring needs to be there but there is some ongoing requirement,” Mr Everett told The Australian.

“People had an expectation about the pace of transformation and that has not happened. In the end, there is a system requirement that is just maths and physics and these don’t have an ambition. The maths will force the issue.”

This will come as a surprise to the Arts/Law kiddies with their hands on Australia’s energy sector.

Josh Stabler, managing director of consultancy Energy Edge, said the closure of Eraring will cause the most strain on the system in winter 2026, the first peak demand period Australia will endure without the country’s largest coal power plant.

“In an ideal world you would not turn off Eraring until Snowy 2.0 is ready. Snowy is not going to be until ~2029 and if Eraring closes then Australia will be under the serious threat that it will not have enough capacity to meet the evening peak in winter 2026,” said Mr Stabler.

Leaving aside the mathematical fact that Snowy 2.0 is not a 2.8 GW power station like Eraring, Mr Stabler points to the real problem facing Australia’s unplanned descent into electrical chaos:

Origin is on course to be acquired by Canadian private equity giant, Brookfield and EIG and the consortium insists it has no plans to delay the closure of Eraring.

That leaves the ball in the court of newly installed NSW energy minister Penny Sharpe, who has said the government will ensure reliable supply, leaving ajar the possibility that the state will strike a so-called closure contract to keep Eraring open.

Carpetbaggers, meet flabby politicians hiding behind unaccountable Regulators.

Over the past 15 years, Australia’s renewable energy fantasy has become a bowl of money, left out for rentiers and thieves to riffle through. All fun and games until the music stops.

The unavoidable realisation is upon us.

Cassie of Sydney
June 9, 2023 8:30 am

OMG, we now have Miss Warringah defending Gallagher as a woman of integrity. From The Oz..

Independent MP Zali Steggall has defended Finance Minister Katy Gallagher as a “very ethical person” and has warned against using Brittany Higgins as a “punching bag”.

“I think this is a pretty vile attack from [Peter] Dutton and Linda Reynolds, putting at risk the mental health of someone that’s very vulnerable,” she told Nine’s Today program on Friday morning.

“We have to remember that Brittany Higgins is a very vulnerable young woman and making her the punching bag of a political attack is really unsavoury.”

Ms Steggall called the text message revelations a “distraction” for the Liberal Party.

“What I would really like to know is the emails and phone calls of Linda Reynolds after she was made aware of the alleged assault, prior to the 2019 election being called,” she said.

“We never had the report released, and Scott Morrison never revealed who knew what when within his peers.

“In my experience, Katy Gallagher has been a very ethical person in all my dealings with her.”.

I need a bucket.

Dot
Dot
June 9, 2023 8:36 am

Academia demands absolute adherence to the rules of the Marxist mob. There is no negotiation; dissidents are expelled from the tribe.

You’ve got to learn to fill in the blanks.

You don’t say, wow the world is going to pot, I can’t stand these Green Leftists in the Big Club.

You just say “wow, modern life is like an episode of South Park we’re all living through and can’t skip to the next one”.

You don’t appeal to emotions, you pre-empt a logical-emotional response.

I did post Ken Rogoff’s letter to Joe Stiglitz outside my office. The economists loved it and no one else knew what it was banging on about.

This is possibly the best thing the IMF ever did.

https://www.imf.org/external/np/vc/2002/070202.HTM?source=content_type%3Areact%7Cfirst_level_url%3Aarticle%7Csection%3Amain_content%7Cbutton%3Abody_link

Let’s look at Stiglitzian prescriptions for helping a distressed emerging market debtor, the ideas you put forth as superior to existing practice. Governments typically come to the IMF for financial assistance when they are having trouble finding buyers for their debt and when the value of their money is falling. The Stiglitzian prescription is to raise the profile of fiscal deficits, that is, to issue more debt and to print more money. You seem to believe that if a distressed government issues more currency, its citizens will suddenly think it more valuable. You seem to believe that when investors are no longer willing to hold a government’s debt, all that needs to be done is to increase the supply and it will sell like hot cakes. We at the IMF—no, make that we on the Planet Earth—have considerable experience suggesting otherwise. We earthlings have found that when a country in fiscal distress tries to escape by printing more money, inflation rises, often uncontrollably. Uncontrolled inflation strangles growth, hurting the entire populace but, especially the indigent. The laws of economics may be different in your part of the gamma quadrant, but around here we find that when an almost bankrupt government fails to credibly constrain the time profile of its fiscal deficits, things generally get worse instead of better.

Hahahaha!

Indolent
Indolent
June 9, 2023 8:39 am

This is horrible to read. I’m pretty sure Britain had something similar at some point.

Why did Sweden sterilise up to 30,000 people against their will in the cause of eugenics?

Dot
Dot
June 9, 2023 8:40 am

This is a brave academic with a good methodology who does not muck about with mealy-mouthed phrases like “the evidence suggests”, which always irked me.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8167921/

Perspect Psychol Sci. 2021 Mar; 16(2): 435–442.
Published online 2021 Mar 12. doi: 10.1177/1745691621991860
PMCID: PMC8167921
PMID: 33709849

Invalid Claims About the Validity of Implicit Association Tests by Prisoners of the Implicit Social-Cognition Paradigm

Ulrich Schimmack

In a prior publication, I used structural equation modeling of multimethod data to examine the construct validity of Implicit Association Tests. The results showed no evidence that IATs measure implicit constructs (e.g., implicit self-esteem, implicit racial bias). This critique of IATs elicited several responses by implicit social-cognition researchers, who tried to defend the validity and usefulness of IATs. I carefully examine these arguments and show that they lack validity. IAT proponents consistently ignore or misrepresent facts that challenge the validity of IATs as measures of individual differences in implicit cognitions. One response suggests that IATs can be useful even if they merely measure the same constructs as self-report measures, but I find no support for the claim that IATs have practically significant incremental predictive validity. In conclusions, IATs are widely used without psychometric evidence of construct or predictive validity.

He kicked their arse so hard they can’t complain.

Tom
Tom
June 9, 2023 8:40 am

“We have to remember that Brittany Higgins is a very vulnerable young woman and making her the punching bag of a political attack is really unsavoury.”

Thanks, Cassie. Roared laughing.

Brittany Higgins is the Stormy Daniels of Australian politics. She’s a cheap, scheming trollop with zero integrity who sold out the LNP when she was one of its employees.

The $3 million of our money given to her for no reason other than helping the ALP win government must be paid back.

shatterzzz
June 9, 2023 8:41 am

Independent MP Zali Steggall has defended Finance Minister Katy Gallagher as a “very ethical person” and has warned against using Brittany Higgins as a “punching bag”.

You have to wonder where we’d be with our energy bills if the trougher collective put as much effort into concern about ALL tax payers with the same fervour they are springing to the defence of each other and the nickerless team ……..!

Indolent
Indolent
June 9, 2023 8:42 am
Bourne1879
Bourne1879
June 9, 2023 8:42 am

Seems ACT police were right not to want to proceed against Bruce. However the politicians were screaming cover up and Drumgold thought had no option.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
June 9, 2023 8:43 am

“We have to remember that Brittany Higgins is a very vulnerable young woman and making her the punching bag of a political attack is really unsavoury.”

DC Frizzell at the Sofronoff Inquiry:

…during a rest break in Ms Higgins’ first recorded police interview in March 2021, Mr Sharaz “entered the room and without concern for Ms Higgins’ welfare, commenced showing and discussing media coverage to Ms Higgins”.

“I believe the level of media involvement did affect the conduct of the investigation of Ms Higgins’ complaint,” Constable Frizzell said on May 26. “I believe it was a tool driven by Ms Higgins and Mr Sharaz, which is evident by the first engagement I had with them, whereby Ms Higgins advised she wished to see how the media played out prior to providing a statement.”

But vulnerable:

Leaked messages obtained by The Australian revealed on a number of occasions Mr Sharaz asked Ms Higgins: “Are you getting spotted? Are people noticing you? Anyone recognise you?”

On March 16, 2021, about a month after Ms Higgins was interviewed by Lisa Wilkinson on The Project, Mr Sharaz texted Ms Higgins: “Don’t ditch me now you’re famous.”

Minutes later he told her “we exude power”.

This is what happens when children are fed strong drink.

Dot
Dot
June 9, 2023 8:43 am

Maybe Brittknee and La Amphibian can pay back their debts as cleaners to Jacinta Nampijinpa Price.

Bandanaman can get a job in a French 24-hour gym as a punching bag.

duncanm
duncanm
June 9, 2023 8:47 am

so any pot-shots on who the leaker is?

My guess is its a mole in the DPP.

CharlieP
CharlieP
June 9, 2023 8:49 am

Someone has just mentioned to me that he is surprised that the Defence Department hired two people with such poor judgement and of such immaturity to work in a very sensitive area. Were Higgins and Lehrmann hired by the Defence Minister herself?

lotocoti
lotocoti
June 9, 2023 8:50 am

Cheesehead Kobayashi Maru.

Dot
Dot
June 9, 2023 8:50 am

Seems ACT police were right not to want to proceed against Bruce. However the politicians were screaming cover up and Drumgold thought had no option.

I have no sympathy for Drumgold. He even tried to paint himself as the real victim.

(Assuming he knows what is publicly available now) if he wanted to stop the nonsense, he could have thrown Higgins under a bus and perhaps even charged her with perjury, but he didn’t.

duncanm
duncanm
June 9, 2023 8:50 am

Ed Casesays:
June 8, 2023 at 7:51 pm
The Australian is pushing Bowel Cancer Screening for younger people now.

Now, you might say that’s fair enough, since it is [allegedly] the most deadly Cancer.
So, I did some research:
Bowel Cancer affects 1 in 1700 women [sitzpinklers], 1 in 1200 men.
So, it’s as rare as rocking horse shit.
On the other hand, Bladder Cancer [you ain’t pissin’ out yore deck no mo’]
affects 1 in 29 men, 1 in 89 women [sitzpinklers]
How about that, yet not a dicky bird from our nosy overlords?

it continues to amaze me the number of areas you can dip your ignorant toe into.

Bowel cancer has an easy screen – send in a small stool sample for a bit of tech wizardry at a path lab.
Bladder cancer does not have any such simple test.

chook
chook
June 9, 2023 8:51 am

Britneee is escaping the stress in London I’m told.

rosie
rosie
June 9, 2023 8:53 am

I remember reading something on social media, early 2021, Shiraz and Higgins had moved to Brisbane and were complaining online about their lack of jobs/income, was the dossier their planned path to riches?

Roger
Roger
June 9, 2023 8:53 am

Its too late now, of course, all we would get is a grab bag of grievance group rights…

I’m afraid so.

The present climate is not conducive to a sound discussion of rights and the limits thereto.

Boambee John
Boambee John
June 9, 2023 8:54 am

KD

The actual reason will be that Sharaz will have well and truly realised that his meal ticket will only be good for a year or so, and having fleeced Brih-nee of all he could (‘yes darling, I think we should go with this investment which I’ll keep in my sister’s name, you know, keep the media away from it, sweetie smunchkins’) he will have realised the well is going dry.

Phrasing!

Boambee John
Boambee John
June 9, 2023 8:56 am

cavemansays:
June 8, 2023 at 10:05 pm
Grandpa Cletus

Clearly Higgins had no idea Wilkinson was taping the discussion or she wouldn’t have been so candid.

Wilkinson’s producer said he was recording the conversation to Higgins , she knew and said it was ok.

Grandpa Cletus has only two missions in life, shilling for the Liars and defending the virtue of his favourite Niece Knickerless.

rosie
rosie
June 9, 2023 8:57 am

Maybe schools should get out of ‘celebrating’ ramadam and pride month (but not Lent) and just teach math and reading and stuff.

duncanm
duncanm
June 9, 2023 8:57 am

Suss as f*ck. Potato head Kerry chimes in.

Dutch has been on the case for the last two weeks plus.

All Of South Quebec Simultaneously Erupted In Flames

as much as I love conspiracy theories, there are natural explanations – eg: a dry storm front sweeping across the country with lightning strikes. Look at the weather clip when the fires start, there’s a low pressure system spiralling through at the time (though there is a lack of cloud).

I do like the idea of fires started with energy weapons from space – probably their first utility, given the low energy required to start a fire in dry conditions.

Roger
Roger
June 9, 2023 8:57 am

OMG, we now have Miss Warringah defending Gallagher as a woman of integrity.

Looks like one or more of the Liars “reached out” to Steggall yesterday for some support.

Their own options being somewhat lacking in credibility (something Leak nailed in his cartoon).

flyingduk
flyingduk
June 9, 2023 8:58 am

Why did Sweden sterilise up to 30,000 people against their will in the cause of eugenics?

The answer, is, of course, in the quote – the whole point of eugenics is to favour the replication of one stream of genes to the detriment of others. This requires limiting or preventing their replication.

Arguably, the modern welfare state is a eugenics program also – it transfers resources from the more productive to the less productive, thus reducing the potential for replicating the geneset of the more productive and increasing it for the less productive.

So, to be consistent*, those recoiling in horror at ‘eugenics’ must also do so at the welfare state.

*yes, yes, a faint hope I know…

rosie
rosie
June 9, 2023 8:58 am

Higgins and Lehrmann came with the office iirc.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
June 9, 2023 8:59 am

Meme

Haha, “hear me whine”. That’s a great lead into this story…

‘Liberal woman’ goes viral on TikTok for saying it’s hard to find ‘masculine’ man who’s not conservative (8 Jun)

In the clip, she shared her dating struggles with her followers, namely the hard time she’s had finding a masculine man who matches her progressive views.

She opened the video, talking about “one of the saddest realizations” she has ever had, which she claimed was, “as a liberal woman, it is really hard to find a man who is willing to play the more traditional masculine role in the relationship in today’s day and age who is not a conservative.”

She continued explaining how she’s looking for “a man who wants to pay on the first date, who wants to open your door, who has that want and desire to take care of you and to provide” but can’t find one “who is not a conservative.”

As she spoke, text appeared at the top of the video revealing some of her scathing critiques of the men she’s been running into. She wrote, “All these men out here wanting to split the bill. ON THE FIRST DATE!!!! Whaaaaaaat.”

As the video continued, @ms­_petch stressed that as a liberal woman, she definitely wants her independence to be acknowledged and “not be confined or conform to the traditional female homemaker, childbearing role.” Again she reiterated she wanted someone who was a natural provider who wasn’t conservative.

In my crystal ball I see cats. Lots and lots of cats. Unfortunately for her cats are all conservatives, but unlike manly males they’ve very good at hiding their proclivities.

rosie
rosie
June 9, 2023 8:59 am

Katy Gallagher is mostly truthful.

Ed Case
Ed Case
June 9, 2023 9:06 am

“What I would really like to know is the emails and phone calls of Linda Reynolds after she was made aware of the alleged assault, prior to the 2019 election being called,” she said.

“We never had the report released, and Scott Morrison never revealed who knew what when within his peers.

Liberty Quotes.

flyingduk
flyingduk
June 9, 2023 9:06 am

Bowel cancer has an easy screen – send in a small stool sample for a bit of tech wizardry at a path lab. Bladder cancer does not have any such simple test.

Not quite – the standard ‘mail in poo test’ is a non specific screening test which really looks for blood, which has multiple potential causes. Actual diagnosis of cancer resulting from a positive will usually require a follow up colonoscopy, not quite such a benign procedure.

Dot
Dot
June 9, 2023 9:09 am

It amazes me that there have been arrests made of arsonists and suspicion against extremist greenies, but the conclusion is “Giant Space Laser, the Eye in the Sky, The Allan Parsons Project”.

If you carefully watch the stream by Dutch Nonsense, you can see the timestamp on the satellite imagery. The time span for all of the fires to start is over many hours.

Dude also said “ALL OF SOUTHERN QUEBEC IS ON FIRE!” which was a tad hyperbolic.

rosie
rosie
June 9, 2023 9:11 am

In other words the screening test for bowel cancer is a cheap simple tool to identify those most likely to need further investigation.
You aren’t forced to do either the screening or the further procedure.

Roger
Roger
June 9, 2023 9:12 am

California’s Assembly is considring a Democrat sponsored Bill which will prevent store employees (including security?) from confronting shoplifters.

The Bill is ostensibly to protect employees from harm, California’s cities now being home to so many unhinged and potentially dangerous people thanks to other state government policies, but what will the criminals make of it, especially when DAs are already reluctant to prosecute such cases?

No wonder businesses are leaving San Francisco’s CBD in particular (including the Hilton Hotel, as I noted yesterday). Democrat policies are turning one of the world’s most beautiful cities into a 3rd world sh^thole.

Chris
Chris
June 9, 2023 9:14 am

That’s good Leak.

Johannes used a nice light touch.
Somehow Bill used to also imply the issue was important, even when funny.
Remember the two burglars in the bedroom rummaging the undies drawers, one with a Liberal and one a Labor rosette : “What the heck are you two doing here?”
“Canvassing for your vote, mate – now where have you hidden your super??”

lotocoti
lotocoti
June 9, 2023 9:15 am

It’s over for Vlad the Terrible.
Saint Greta throws her tiny fists of rage.

Roger
Roger
June 9, 2023 9:17 am

ABC radio features New York state’s governor claiming the fires are the result of climate change. No investigation of Quebec’s forestry management required, apparently.

This is not journalism, it is propaganda – birm.

Ed Case
Ed Case
June 9, 2023 9:18 am

Someone has just mentioned to me that he is surprised that the Defence Department hired two people with such poor judgement and of such immaturity to work in a very sensitive area. Were Higgins and Lehrmann hired by the Defence Minister herself?

Lehrmann was hired by A/G George Brandis straight out of High School in 2013.
When Brandis retired in 2017, Lehrmann went into Linda Reynolds office as a Senior Adviser on $200k at the age of 20.
Higgins started as a Media Adviser To Steven Ciobo in 2016.
Ciobo announced his retirement at the 2019 Election and stood down from the Ministry in late 2018.
He had to let most of his staff go, but he kept Higgins on.
Higgins was on the lookout for a job and Lehrmann asked a woman in Reynolds office to try and bring her on board “because she’s very good looking”.
Reynolds was a junior Defence Minister at the time, she wasn’t promoted to Defence Minister until after the 2019 Election, by which time she’d “sacked” [heh heh] Lehrman and flicked Higgins to Senator Cash’s office.

Roger
Roger
June 9, 2023 9:18 am

Some consolation that ABC radio’s ratings in the city markets are reportedly tanking.

duncanm
duncanm
June 9, 2023 9:18 am

Why did Sweden sterilise up to 30,000 people against their will in the cause of eugenics?

because Swedes’ are the biggest C*nts on earth

Indolent
Indolent
June 9, 2023 9:19 am

As Expected Twitter Begins Limiting Reach of Content Critical of Ron DeSantis

I’m not sure of the Twitter* part, at least at this point, but otherwise this is absolutely, self-evidently the truth.

*I can’t find it now but I saw AI from a Desantis add on Twitter of Trump hugging and kissing Fauci and it was clearly marked as fake.

Miltonf
Miltonf
June 9, 2023 9:20 am

BB really appreciate your posting those articles. What puke making, amoral and immoral rubbish those meja ‘stars’ are. Truely nasty to say the least

Indolent
Indolent
June 9, 2023 9:21 am
Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
June 9, 2023 9:22 am

I remember reading something on social media, early 2021, Shiraz and Higgins had moved to Brisbane…

Gold Coast.
Actually.

A different country.

Dot
Dot
June 9, 2023 9:22 am

The Egyptians have really got to put shark nets in the Red Sea.

That poor Russian dude.

Top Ender
Top Ender
June 9, 2023 9:22 am

Went over to The Sydney Morning Herald to see if they had anything on the Higgins affair – nothing at first glance on their website – but of course they had this:

Be brave, strip soldiers’ medals, says expert who sparked war crimes inquiry

By Matthew Knott

The sociologist who triggered the Brereton war crimes inquiry has urged Defence Minister Richard Marles to stare down veterans’ groups by stripping medals from soldiers who oversaw alleged wrongdoing in Afghanistan, saying it will reflect poorly on the nation if no action is taken.

Samantha Crompvoets, an expert on organisational culture, was commissioned by the Department of Defence in 2015 to produce a report that led to military personnel disclosing claims of unlawful behaviour including alleged war crimes.

In her first interview since a Federal Court judge found Ben Roberts-Smith to be a murderer and war criminal when dismissing his defamation case last week, Crompvoets said the decorated former soldier should lose his Victoria Cross for bringing the Australian Defence Force into disrepute.

Crompvoets said Australians should prepare to hear confronting allegations at possible future criminal trials flowing from the Brereton inquiry.

“Ben Roberts-Smith is not necessarily the worst offender,” she said, based on hundreds of hours interviewing Afghanistan war veterans including special operations commanders.

“We’ve not seen the worst of it is what I’d say.”

As well as facing calls to strip Roberts-Smith of his Victoria Cross, Marles is considering whether to remove distinguished service awards from a small number of Afghanistan war commanders.

Crompvoets said: “If the medals are removed, it sends the message that leaders are accountable and responsible for what happens below them, that there is no honour being associated with alleged war crimes and that when one person commits an atrocity it stains the entire unit.

“If they don’t remove them, they will be giving in to the vocal few people who remain wilfully ignorant about what happened in Afghanistan.

“It will reflect poorly on us as a nation, and it will not be looked upon kindly by history.”

Crompvoets acknowledged this would require bravery because the prospect of revoking military honours has already attracted a backlash from veterans groups including the Returned and Services League (RSL) and the Australian Special Air Service (SAS) Association.

“Removing the medals is a courageous thing for the government to do and would draw a line in the sand about what they believe in terms of accountability and ethics,” she said.

Explaining why commanders should be held accountable for alleged wrongdoing by more junior soldiers, Crompvoets used the analogy of a relay team that is stripped of its Olympic medals because one member was found to be using performance-enhancing drugs.

Australian Defence Force Chief Angus Campbell wrote to several Afghanistan war veterans last month to inform them their honours for distinguished and conspicuous service could soon be cancelled if Marles accepts his recommendation to do so.

Veterans groups are aware of at least seven veterans, all of whom served at a squadron leader or lieutenant commander level, who have received these letters.

A spokeswoman for Marles confirmed Campbell had provided him with recommendations on command accountability.

“The deputy prime minister in his capacity as minister for defence is considering the recommendations and seeking advice as appropriate,” the spokeswoman said.

Crompvoets said some soldiers had told her the culture inside the SAS had improved since the Brereton inquiry, but she added: “Where is the transparency from Defence about what changes have been made and why? Where is the thought leadership, the speeches and essays on what has been learnt?”

She said there was still a hypermasculine “cult of warrior worship” in the military that needed to be questioned.

“I’m not reassured by someone like [Opposition Leader] Peter Dutton coming out and saying the culture of the SAS has changed,” she said. “We know it takes a lot of time for culture to change.”

Crompvoets said her work for the federal government, her main source of income, evaporated after Dutton criticised her type of research in 2021, with the then-defence minister saying he did not want the military to be “distracted by things that have happened in the past”.

“There has been an enormous personal and professional cost because of the backlash I received from my work on this,” she said.

She added she was the target of misogynist abuse in online veterans groups where her phone number was published.

Real Deal
Real Deal
June 9, 2023 9:22 am

Tom earlier:-

Brittany Higgins is the Stormy Daniels of Australian politics. She’s a cheap, scheming trollop with zero integrity who sold out the LNP when she was one of its employees.

That’s a liberty quote.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
June 9, 2023 9:22 am
JC
JC
June 9, 2023 9:22 am

Trump deserves to be indicted for this.

A special prosecutor is now investigating whether Biden unlawfully handled top secret materials in early 2017, when he tasked Chung with removing boxes containing classified documents from the White House and storing them at various private offices in D.C., including the Chinatown neighborhood. Some of the highly sensitive papers also ended up at his home in Wilmington, Del.

Noting that Chung came into Biden’s orbit through working with the president’s son, Hunter, during the 1990s, congressional investigators want to know if the Biden family dealings in China have anything to do with the stockpiling of classified documents. They note that the mishandling of White House papers took place during the 14-month period in 2017-2018 when the Chinese were wiring almost $6 million in payments to Hunter and his uncle Jimmy Biden without providing any known legitimate services. They have expressed concern that the payments, which were flagged by the U.S. Treasury Department, were part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering operation.

Indolent
Indolent
June 9, 2023 9:23 am
Dot
Dot
June 9, 2023 9:23 am

“I did not have cordial relations with that Finance Minister, Ms Gallagher…”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12171967/Brittany-Higgins-fianc-David-Sharaz-invited-Katy-Gallagher-wedding.html

EXCLUSIVE: The damning wedding invite that shows just how close Brittany Higgins’ fiancé David Sharaz was with ‘old friend’ Labor minister Katy Gallagher before her department approved ‘$3million’ payout

Katy Gallagher was invited to David Sharaz’s wedding
They have known each other for about nine years
Her department approved Brittany Higgins’ $3million payout
Do you know more? Email [email protected]

Sounds like gooood watchin’

Dot
Dot
June 9, 2023 9:24 am

How did Sharaz pull his first wife? He was punching above his weight for a while.

Indolent
Indolent
June 9, 2023 9:25 am

Justin Bieber’s dad attacks pride month with aggressive posts

This is apparently homophobic –

“Don’t forget to thank a straight person this month for your existence.”

mem
mem
June 9, 2023 9:26 am

I can understand that the reporting might have an impact on Higgins.

She could always take another extended break in the Seychelles to get away from it all.

I’m sorry, but when you appear to have conspired to bring down a Prime Minister, you forego some of the protections private citizens have a right to expect.

Like everything else in this case the “mental health” issue was gamed by the plotters to prevent scrutiny and indeed to abort the trial when they needed.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
June 9, 2023 9:27 am

Higgins was on the lookout for a job and Lehrmann asked a woman in Reynolds office to try and bring her on board “because she’s very good looking”.

If I get this right, Brinny was Canbra detritus, tossed into a lesbian coven in Reynolds’ office.

How very inside.

Boambee John
Boambee John
June 9, 2023 9:27 am

Cassie

Actually Bern, I think the Amphibian’s finished.

We can but hope, and that her mediocre writer of historically based fiction husband falls with her.

Cassie of Sydney
June 9, 2023 9:28 am

Senator Price this morning…..and the good thing about appearing on 2GB is that it has a wide, wide audience.

Wilkinson apology ‘decent thing to do’: Price.
Tricia Rivera

Opposition Indigenous Affairs spokeswoman Jacinta Nampijinpa Price said an apology to her would be “the decent thing to do” after a tape revealed television presenter Lisa Wilkinson mocking her name.

“Obviously they’re rather derogatory and racist comments. That level of arrogance and ignorance doesn’t surprise me,” Senator Price told 2GB on Friday morning.

“It’s quite disappointing but it doesn’t surprise me. I would be interested to know who their black friends are.

“I would absolutely expect an apology from the Ten Network, from Lisa Wilkinson herself, that would be the decent thing to do.”

Audio from a meeting with Ms Wilkinson, her producer Angus Llewellyn, Brittany Higgins and her partner David Sharaz revealed the television personality commenting on Senator Price’s name.

“[The Liberal Party] has preselected over twenty new and wonderfully diverse and strong female candidates like, and what’s her name, Nam… Nampinjumba? She’s an indigenous woman,” Ms Wilkinson could be heard saying in the tape.

“As soon as I looked at it I thought, Oh, you’re joking.”

Mr Sharaz: “It’s like, I’m not racist. I’ve got a black friend.”

Wilkinson: “And our cleaner’s black.””

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
June 9, 2023 9:29 am

How did Sharaz pull his first wife? He was punching above his weight for a while.

Just punching weight now.

Black Ball
Black Ball
June 9, 2023 9:29 am

Thank you for your kind words Tom, I reciprocate with your cartoon efforts early each day. Excellent work

H B Bear
H B Bear
June 9, 2023 9:30 am

Britneee is escaping the stress in London I’m told.

Good idea. I would expect her to pop up at the tennis shortly. Albo might have to skip the tennis after the AO. The weather at the cricket looked great. Just right for a pint by the Thames.

rosie
rosie
June 9, 2023 9:30 am

Tiger sharks are large species that reside in tropical and temperate waters. They are among sharks most cited by the International Shark Attack File for unprovoked attacks on humans.

That’s a liberty quote.
If only sharks could be turned vegan, perhaps they would respond well to regular haranguing like us humans.
And don’t gloat because he wasn’t a Russia tourist but lived in Egypt.

red Sea attack

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
June 9, 2023 9:30 am

Load shedding coming soon to Australia? Perhaps .Gov will come out with an app for your phone, too.

I can envisage Anthony “Cheaper Electricity” Lisp Albanese and d*ckwad Bowen holding a presser announcing such an app … just you wait.

**

Winston needs to get his parents out of the place.

It’s Over! South Africa is F*&$d – Failed State

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
June 9, 2023 9:34 am

Davey Boy, re your asking me if Hairy recalls anything of Albo’s mum, he says no. He and Albo were in the same Labor Party Branch but Hairy was more involved with the Baldwin group at that time of the ‘bashing’ of Baldwin. Albo was more in with the ‘Trots’. Hairy only visited the HC flat once and all he remembers is that Albo’s grandparents were there. An older couple.

rosie
rosie
June 9, 2023 9:34 am

There you are Jacinta, the token black, the diversity pick, while multiple competent white women, possibly from the western suburbs, were overlooked.
What was that someone just mumbled about Nova Peris?

Dot
Dot
June 9, 2023 9:34 am

Tiger sharks are bastards.

Tiger sharks mate via internal fertilization and give live birth to as many as 80 or more small young.

H B Bear
H B Bear
June 9, 2023 9:35 am

“I did not have cordial relations with that man.”

Roger
Roger
June 9, 2023 9:36 am

In other words the screening test for bowel cancer is a cheap simple tool…

Mmm…can cheap ever be used of a government program?

How many of those test kits get binned?

Mine do, because I already have biennial colonoscopies based on a medical assessment of my risk. Writing to them to advise I therefore didn’t require the kit made no difference.

And if a kit test result suggested a colonoscopy, I shudder to think how young you’d have to wait for an appointment in Qld’s broken public health system. I suspect more than a year.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
June 9, 2023 9:37 am

duncanmsays:
June 9, 2023 at 8:57 am
Suss as f*ck. Potato head Kerry chimes in.

Dutch has been on the case for the last two weeks plus.

All Of South Quebec Simultaneously Erupted In Flames

as much as I love conspiracy theories, there are natural explanations – eg: a dry storm front sweeping across the country with lightning strikes. Look at the weather clip when the fires start, there’s a low pressure system spiralling through at the time (though there is a lack of cloud).

I do like the idea of fires started with energy weapons from space – probably their first utility, given the low energy required to start a fire in dry conditions.

Wildfires are nothing new. When you have upwards of 10-20 fires, separated by considerable distance – igniting all at the same time, alarm bells should be going off.

Something nefarious is going on here.

Roger
Roger
June 9, 2023 9:37 am

how long you’d have to wait

H B Bear
H B Bear
June 9, 2023 9:37 am

Not often you see a rat jump onto a sinking ship.

lotocoti
lotocoti
June 9, 2023 9:38 am

The Viyella shirts at BAE Sales and Marketing will be sweating bullets.

Rabz
June 9, 2023 9:38 am

Ms Wilkinson, joining in: “And our cleaner’s black!”

Well “color” me completely unsurprised (ptp).

Dot
Dot
June 9, 2023 9:39 am

Something nefarious is going on here.

You can’t read a timestamp on a rain radar map.

rosie
rosie
June 9, 2023 9:40 am

How about comparatively cheap?

P
P
June 9, 2023 9:41 am

BLASPHEMY THEN AND NOW
by Carl R. Trueman
6 . 8 . 23

H B Bear
H B Bear
June 9, 2023 9:42 am

How do people in Mosman manage to get their hedges trimmed without Mexicans?

H B Bear
H B Bear
June 9, 2023 9:43 am

Something nefarious is going on here.

Nanowrigglers

Real Deal
Real Deal
June 9, 2023 9:45 am

Dot:-

How did Sharaz pull his first wife? He was punching above his weight for a while.

I can’t believe how much he resembles Lehrmann. It gives hope to fat pudgy males that some sheila may find them attractive.

rugbyskier
rugbyskier
June 9, 2023 9:45 am

Leak’s cartoon is fantastic, the only thing he could have done to make it perfect would have been a couple of vertical lines to emphasise Wilkinson’s turkey neck.

Roger
Roger
June 9, 2023 9:46 am

How about comparatively cheap?

Compared to people taking responsibility for their own health?

mem
mem
June 9, 2023 9:46 am

Sharraz used the term “we opened a chair together” to indicate his friendly relationship to Gallagher. Am I reading things into this or is it a Canbra euphemism for intimate relations?

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
June 9, 2023 9:48 am

Trump says DOJ has ‘informed my attorneys that I have been Indicted’

“The corrupt Biden Administration has informed my attorneys that I have been Indicted, seemingly over the Boxes Hoax,” Trump wrote on Truth Social.

“I have been summoned to appear at the Federal Courthouse in Miami on Tuesday, at 3 PM. I never thought it possible that such a thing could happen to a former President of the United States, who received far more votes than any sitting President in the History of our Country, and is currently leading, by far, all Candidates, both Democrat and Republican, in Polls of the 2024 Presidential Election. I AM AN INNOCENT MAN!”

H B Bear
H B Bear
June 9, 2023 9:49 am

I don’t think “a chair” was used in the Buswellian sense. It might be a Canberra thing.

Boambee John
Boambee John
June 9, 2023 9:49 am

CharliePsays:
June 9, 2023 at 8:49 am
Someone has just mentioned to me that he is surprised that the Defence Department hired two people with such poor judgement and of such immaturity to work in a very sensitive area. Were Higgins and Lehrmann hired by the Defence Minister herself?

I doubt very much that they were Defence Department employees.

And the Friday night “drinkies” with Defence associated contractors would have involved much more senior staff, if they had happened at all.

Roger
Roger
June 9, 2023 9:50 am

ABC eager to point out that the child stabber in France is a Christian with no known record of mental illness, as if that has something to do with motivation.

Closer to the mark, he was also a country shopper who’d been granted asylum in Sweden but then sought the same in France, which had just denied his application on account of him already being resident in a safe country.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
June 9, 2023 9:51 am

Breaking News:

Trump found dead – zipped up in a gym bag, thrown off the top floor of Trump Tower.

FBI rules suicide.

Black Ball
Black Ball
June 9, 2023 9:53 am

As Ricky Gervais once asked Ross Kemp on Extras, “I assume you had consultants and stuff?” Hun:

The Andrews government has spent $671m on consultants in the past five years, with new figures showing under-fire Price Waterhouse Coopers raked in the second most of any firm.

Data released on Thursday by the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office has detailed the massive spend on external consultants by state departments ahead of a report into the topic later in the year.

It shows that between the 2017-18 and 2021-22 financial years these firms collected $671m in taxpayer funds and that more than half of this money, $362m, went to the top five companies.

KPMG was the most popular choice for the state, attracting $117m over this period.

But PwC was second on the list with a combined take of almost $80m.

The release of the figures come as PwC has been engulfed in a major crisis over a tax leak scandal.

The firm advised the Commonwealth government on laws to crack down on multinational tax dodging but then later allegedly shared confidential briefings with staff and corporate clients affected by the changes.

The Australian Federal Police has launched an investigation and the federal government is considering further action.

Last week, Premier Daniel Andrews said his government had sought assurance from the firm they hadn’t leaked information about Victoria.

But he did not rule out further action and said he would wait until he saw what steps were taken by the federal government.

Victorian Greens deputy leader Ellen Sandell said the Victorian government should pause PwC’s contracts.

“This is a company that has been given huge amounts of Victorian taxpayer dollars to design projects like the Suburban Rail Loop – how can we be sure they aren’t passing on this information to benefit their other clients?” she said.

“There are fundamental conflicts of interest here but the Labor Government keeps burying their heads in the sand, and giving millions of taxpayer dollars to consultants to profit a wealthy few.”

The Auditor-General’s data also shows state spending on consultants is on the rise.

In 2017, $110m in taxpayer funds went to firms and this soared to $167m in 2021 and in 2022.

A state government spokesman said consultant spending increased during the crisis of responding to Covid.

“Now that the worst of the pandemic is behind us we will reduce this spending – as we promised during the election campaign and bolstered with further measures detailed in the budget,” he said.

Community and Public Sector Union state secretary Karen Batt said the data showed that “self-interested consultants” had captured the Andrews government.

“It’s obscene to continue wasting money on consultants while cutting your own workforce which destroys public sector capability and morale,” she said.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
June 9, 2023 9:53 am

Brett Sutton has resigned as Victoria’s chief health officer after four years.

Yes, he can look over his shoulder at the desolation where a city had once stood, he can say to himself “My work here is done.”

H B Bear
H B Bear
June 9, 2023 9:54 am

It gives hope to fat pudgy males that some sheila may find them attractive.
As the used to say on Hill St Blues, “Be careful out there.” Good advice on any Friday.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
June 9, 2023 9:55 am

Breaking News: West African CFA franc to replace US dollar in the IMF SDR basket of currencies.

H B Bear
H B Bear
June 9, 2023 9:55 am

Brett Sutton has resigned as Victoria’s chief health officer after four years.

Is he fleeing to Argentina?

Roger
Roger
June 9, 2023 9:59 am

Trump found dead – zipped up in a gym bag, thrown off the top floor of Trump Tower.

I smell a Russian connection.

flyingduk
flyingduk
June 9, 2023 9:59 am

“Don’t forget to thank a straight person this month for your existence.”

Great point, and the implication of which applies also to every ‘first peoples’ claimant in this country – you either have some % of your genes from white sources, or even if you dont (a small and vanishing group), the ‘butterfly effect’ means you would not be here either had the british not landed all those years ago.

H B Bear
H B Bear
June 9, 2023 10:02 am

I’m surprised that Chewie in the trash compactor isn’t more widely used as a metaphor and pop culture reference. I try to do my bit.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
June 9, 2023 10:02 am

Dotsays:
June 9, 2023 at 9:39 am
Something nefarious is going on here.

You can’t read a timestamp on a rain radar map.

It has been going on for years. This will be another “conspiracy” theory proven to be correct. It reminds me of all the retards rushing to .Gov and sponsored media affiliates saying “chemtrails” are nonsense. The MSM are coming out today calling it cloud seeding.

It is needed to combat global warming they say.

Billy man boob Gates says hello, Dot.

Roger
Roger
June 9, 2023 10:03 am

A state government spokesman said consultant spending increased during the crisis of responding to Covid.

Given the quality of Victoria’s covid response a review of that expenditure is surely indicated.

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