Open Thread – Mon 4 March 2024


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Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
March 4, 2024 12:21 am

Dover, I’ve really enjoyed the return of the last few guests posts from Bob, Rafe and Peter.

Rossini
Rossini
March 4, 2024 12:33 am

Anyone watch the rugby league American match?

caveman
caveman
March 4, 2024 12:58 am

Blob

Rosie
Rosie
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Rosie
Rosie
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Tom
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Tom
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Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
March 4, 2024 4:12 am
Black Ball
Black Ball
March 4, 2024 4:38 am

Good Lord.

A Victoria Police employee who abused her position to gain highly sensitive information about family members and associates escaped further criminal charges due to restrictive laws.

Cristal Micallef, 36, formerly employed within the counter terrorism command, was let off on a two-year good behaviour bond in February for using LEAP, the police intelligence database, to access the family violence and criminal history records of more than a dozen targets – including former school peers and members of her extended family – in 2022-2023.

The Herald Sun can reveal Micallef accessed confidential information about other victims during her eight-year police career.

Those victims remain unaware of the breaches and no criminal charges will be laid over them due to legislative restrictions.

One of Micallef’s victims said the police employee’s actions had destroyed lives and that she deserved greater punishment.

“Her involvement in searching family violence matters had significant consequences and has changed the trajectory of people’s lives and children’s lives,” the victim told the Herald Sun.

“She did it all with a click of a button.”

The investigation into Micallef commenced when there was a 12-month time limit in which a Victoria Police employee could be charged with abusing the LEAP system.

The laws have since been reformed to capture offences over a three-year period following the leaking of images of Dani Laidley by police following her (his) arrest in 2020.

One of Micallef’s victims said the force still needed to do more to protect the public and their confidential information.

“There needs to be more safeguards in police databases and more supervision at higher levels in terms of auditing to ensure people in positions of trust are monitored and held accountable,” the victim said.

The concerns were echoed by Western Victoria MP Jactina Ermacora who told state parliament in February that the force does not prioritise the internal monitoring of people’s private information.

“In any other organisation – certainly in our financial and medical institutions – when a person tries to access unauthorised material, there is an immediate alert because this is an unauthorised invasion of privacy,” she said.

“The Victoria Police database, which stores highly sensitive and confidential information, has no such proactive checks.”

A Victoria Police spokesman said LEAP searches dating back to the system’s inception can be tracked, with both random and targeted audits occurring and flags for certain information to detect suspect use.

“Victoria Police conducts both reactive and proactive monitoring of LEAP, restricts access to especially sensitive information, has tiered levels of access and continually reminds employees who access the system of their legal obligations,” the spokesman said.

The spokesman confirmed “further potential offending” was identified during the investigation into Micallef, but “the behaviour in question did not meet the threshold for the more serious indictable offence”.

“Victoria Police conducted an extensive assessment of information accessed which determined it had not been used and there was no ongoing risk that necessitated informing potential victims and causing them unnecessary distress,” the spokesman said.

In February, Micallef was lashed over her conduct by magistrate Carolyn Howe, who said she potentially endangered the lives and safety of family violence victims.

“You placed them at risk of danger and fatality,” she said.

Micallef, initially charged with 18 offences, pleaded guilty to a single charge of unauthorised access to the LEAP database and was handed a two-year adjourned undertaking with conviction which requires her to be of good behaviour, engage with a psychiatrist and donate $100 to the court fund.

Rosie
Rosie
March 4, 2024 4:52 am
Petros
Petros
March 4, 2024 5:04 am

The Greens dropped 4 percent to about 6 percent overall vote in Dunkley. At least that is some good news.

Beertruk
Beertruk
March 4, 2024 5:58 am

Not sure if it is paywalled or not.
Tim Blair in today’s Tele:

Chris Bowen’s assertions about Labor’s vehicle emission standards do not cancel out the observable reality

Whether you’re a one-man mistake machine or a Labor minister hell bent on costing us billions, absence of even basic research is always the problem, writes Tim Blair

Tim Blair
4 Mar 2024

Whether you’re a one-man mistake machine or a Labor minister hell bent on costing us billions, absence of even basic research is always the problem.

Take popular error generator Peter FitzSimons, for example.

The Sydney Morning Herald columnist probably doesn’t know it, but a significant number of his readers log in simply to enjoy and share the veteran hack’s characteristic blunders.

We’re quite a community. When Fitzy delivers – which is impressively often – phones and laptops light up across the land.

My favourite recent FitzSimons failure occurred during an interview last year with Australian cricket captain Pat Cummins, following Australia’s ODI World Cup victory.

“You’re going to be remembered for your captaincy in the final, for your aggressive tactics,” FitzSimons told hero Pat.

“Ian Chappell always said, ‘When you win the toss, nine times out of 10 you should choose immediately to bat first. On the 10th occasion, you should think about it, and then bat first’. But you decided to bowl first,” FitzSimons said.

Cummins was too polite to correct his interviewer, but Chappell’s bat-first imperative applies only to Test cricket. By contrast, the World Cup is a one-day contest.

The batting sequence in one-dayers isn’t nearly so important, as anyone with an elementary understanding of the game and access to the internet would be aware.

There have been 13 World Cup finals, including last year’s contest between Australia and India. Teams winning the toss have bowled first six times and batted first seven times.

In the very first World Cup final, in 1975, Australia won the toss and bowled. An intriguing historical point unknown to Pete: Australia’s captain in that final was Chappell.

That’s our fact-free Fitzy for you. Long may he entertain us all. Less amusing but likely far more expensive are the research faults committed by Energy Minister Chris Bowen, who is equally caveman-level Fitzian when it comes to information online.

Bowen seems to think that his assertions somehow cancel out not only observable reality, but also undisputed historical facts gleaned from the internet.

Recently he repeated his claim that Australians won’t be denied our big utes once Labor’s vehicle emission standards are introduced.

“Look at the United States. They’ve had these standards since the 1970s,” Bowen told an interviewer last month. “And you can get a pick-up truck, what they call – they call their utes pick-up trucks – you can get a pick-up truck in the US pretty easily. So the idea that if you have emissions standards and somehow you won’t have utes is just a fantasy.”

But under initial Corporate Average Fuel Economy (or CAFE) rules, pick-ups were largely exempt. It’s all online.

The Washington Post reported in 2023: “To protect American commerce, work trucks and light trucks were subject to less-strict CAFE standards than family sedans.”

As recently as 2021, according to an analysis from The Australian, nearly half of Ford F-Series pick-up trucks were excluded from US fuel standards. Bowen’s US emissions defence is dead.

So is his argument that the rubbish Chinese-made electric LDV eT60 ute – which costs more than $90,000 in Australia, double the diesel version’s price – is cheaper in NZ thanks to Labor-like efficiency rules.

“The Honourable Member asked me about the LDV eT60 electric ute,” Bowen said last week in parliament.

“I’m going to refer him to an article in the Drive newspaper, which says: ‘LDV eT60 electric ute now cheaper than its diesel twin, but only in New Zealand’.

“Why is it cheaper in New Zealand but not in Australia? New Zealand has vehicle efficiency standards. Australia does not.”

Let’s check out that October 2023 article then. It says nothing about the price drop being to do with efficiency standards. Rather, the LDV eT60 simply scored a huge $NZ23,000 dealer discount on top of a $NZ7015 “Clean Car Rebate”.

Why the discount? Because the thing won’t sell. In a subsequent Stuff.co.nz piece, LDV confirmed that “the current inventory of heavily discounted eT60s in the country is the last we will see of the model, with no plans to renew supply.

“Between January and September of this year, just 53 eT60s were registered in New Zealand.”

Look it up, Chris. It’s all there.

A personal favourite Bowenism is his repeated claim that forcing car-makers to fill showrooms with EVs is about offering variety. “This is ultimately about choice,” he said in 2022. “Freedom of choice.”

Yep. You’ll have a huge choice of cars that you don’t like and won’t buy. Dealerships will be like supermarkets forced to stock 80 per cent vegan snacks. Take your choice, shoppers. Pick anything you want, so long as you don’t want it.

Anyway, I must be going. A text just lobbed saying Peter FitzSimons wrote a column last week about motor racing.

He knows very little about cricket, but Pete knows absolutely nothing about cars. This may take some time. See you in a few months.

Tim Blair
Journalist

Beertruk
Beertruk
March 4, 2024 6:10 am

And Bolta with a couple of good commentaries as well.

Today’s Tele:

Where’s the police apology to Pell, who died last year, his career and reputation destroyed?

Why did Victoria Police apologise to a Papuan sex offender for a couple of hours of embarrassment but not to an innocent Christian bishop wrongly jailed for 13 months?

Andrew Bolt
4 Mar 2024

Christians last week learnt how lowly they now rank after Victoria’s police issued a grovelling apology to a serial sex offender from West Papua.

They even learnt Labor is paying defenders of terrorism to promote Islam.

First, let me be clear: I have no problem with police saying they were “sincerely sorry” for arresting Alfons Pirimapun for something he did not do. This time.

But why haven’t they also said sorry for wrongly charging Catholic cardinal George Pell?

Pirimapun is an illegal immigrant jailed in Queensland for indecently assaulting women, and later convicted of raping a woman in Victoria.

He’s now one of 149 foreign criminals the Albanese government freed from immigration detention last year when the High Court ruled that illegal immigrants who wouldn’t or couldn’t go home could not be detained indefinitely.

Yet police have now apologised to him because they’d arrested, charged and held Pirimapun for a few hours last week when they wrongly thought he was the man – same appearance, same area – who’d allegedly sexually assaulted a Richmond woman.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese attacked the Liberals for “pre-emptive political gameplay” over Pirimapun, initially exploiting news of his arrest: “Authorities should be allowed to do their job free of this.”

Now contrast. Unlike Pirimapun, Cardinal George Pell had no criminal record when Victoria Police charged him in 2017 with 26 child sex offences against nine boys.

What a farce. Those charges were so preposterous that every one was eventually dropped, dismissed or overturned on appeal.

Police even claimed Pell raped one boy during a screening in a busy cinema, apparently not caring that anyone could see him or hear the boy scream.

Even the charges that saw Pell jailed for 404 days – until the High Court unanimously overturned his conviction – were so ridiculously improbable that no impartial police force should have trusted them.

Police actually claimed Pell raped two teenage boys at once in an open sacristy right after Mass, even though one of them denied any abuse, witnesses swore they were with Pell at the time, and neither Pell nor his alleged victims could have reached the scene of the crime at the only time the sacristy could have been empty.

So where’s the police apology to Pell, who died last year, his career and reputation destroyed? Why do police apologise to a Papuan sex offender for a couple of hours of embarrassment, but not to an innocent Christian bishop wrongly jailed for 13 months?

That’s not the only hypocrisy. Albanese, outraged that the Liberals made Pirimapun a political issue for half a day, was silent when Labor persecuted Pell for years.

Labor premier Daniel Andrews had even shamed former Liberal prime minister Tony Abbott for visiting his friend Pell in prison, and when the High Court ruled Pell was wrongly convicted, tweeted: “I have a message for every single victim and survivor of child sex abuse: I see you. I hear you. I believe you.”

Andrews also promoted Shane Patton, who oversaw the Pell investigation, to chief of his police.

If you haven’t yet got the message, note another scandal last week.

Adel Salman, head of the Islamic Council of Victoria, told the ABC the October 7 attack on Israel by the Hamas terrorist group was a “legitimate act of resistance”, even though Hamas slaughtered 1200 people, raped many women, shot children, beheaded victims and kidnapped more than 250 people.

Salman had not simply misspoken, even if he now says he’s against the killing of innocents. Last October he’d also said the Hamas slaughter eight days earlier was a “legitimate response to occupation and siege” and “shame” on journalists asking him to condemn Hamas.

Yet Victoria’s Labor government still invited him to its dinner this month to celebrate the Muslim Ramadan.

What’s more, it promised at the last election to “invest $500,000 to fund an exhibition to celebrate the life of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) and share the history of our Islamic communities”.

Some of that money was to go to Salman’s Islamic Council of Victoria, which would get another $400,000 for “Open Mosque Day” so “more Victorians can share in and learn about the faith”.

Does Labor pay Catholics to “celebrate the life of Christ” or lure Victorians into their churches? Does it throw dinners for bishops who’ve defended the mass murder of civilians?

Why does this Labor government shill for Islam, not Christianity? Why do its police apologise to a Papuan sex offender and not a martyred cardinal?

Originally published as Where’s the police apology to Pell, who died last year, his career and reputation destroyed?

Beertruk
Beertruk
March 4, 2024 6:16 am

Bolta:

Program notes for Melbourne Writers Festival session implies an obscene falsehood

The taxpayer-funded festival is parroting the propaganda of extremists – that Palestinians are as indigenous to Israel as Aborigines to Australia

Andrew Bolt
4 Mar 2024

Those stones don’t lie. I stood last week at the exact spot in Jerusalem that proves the activists who’ve hijacked the Melbourne Writers Festival are fools or frauds.

I’m talking about the pro-Palestinian activists who last week made their deputy chairman resign in protest by turning her festival into a hate-Israel circus.

These haters scheduled a session that comes with program notes implying an obscene falsehood: “Aboriginal and Palestinian solidarity has a long history, a relationship that is more vital than ever in the movement to resist colonialism and speak out against atrocities.”

Colonialism? And so the taxpayer-funded writers’ festival now parrots the propaganda of Palestinian extremists – that Palestinians are as indigenous to Israel as Aborigines to Australia, and both face a common white enemy of settlers. Invaders. Colonialists.

In fact, the so-called Palestinian “embassy” in Canberra published a paper which couldn’t be clearer about that: “Israel and Australia were both founded on the destruction of the existing native population, replacing this population with a new, European one.”

But like I said, the stones don’t lie, even if activists do. And they say that linking the Aboriginal and Palestinian causes like that is a hoax, and anti-Semitic.

Where I stood last week was in front of the famous Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall.

It’s the last scrap that remains of the great Second Temple of the Jews, which was destroyed by the Romans in 70AD, nearly 2000 years ago. Jews have prayed there ever since – when they were allowed – because it’s the closest they can get to the Holy of Holies, the room that supposedly once held the Ark of the Covenant, containing the Ten Commandments.

That room was said to be in the First Temple, built at that site probably around 3000 years ago but torn down by Babylonians in 586BC.

But if you’re at the Western Wall, look up. You’ll see what Muslim conquerors from Saudi Arabia built on top of this Jewish site “just” 1300 years ago – the golden-domed al-Aqsa mosque.

The stones tell us Muslim Arabs colonised a Jewish sacred site that was thousands of years older than their imported new religion.

So what came first? The Jewish foundations or the Muslim mosque built on top of them?

A question, then: if Australia’s chic writers really want to support the indigenous people of Israel, why don’t they support the Jews? The answer seems ugly.

Originally published as Program notes for Melbourne Writers Festival session implies an obscene falsehood.

Andrew Bolt
Columnist

Beertruk
Beertruk
March 4, 2024 6:30 am

Rosie
Mar 4, 2024 4:52 AM

Interesting read.
I was nearly 13 when that war broke out.
Ta Rosie.

Bespoke
Bespoke
March 4, 2024 7:11 am

A few hours later, Sabrina Singh, a Pentagon spokesperson, said that Austin was citing an estimate from the Gaza health ministry and was referring to total Palestinians killed, not just women and children.

Perfidious Albino
Perfidious Albino
March 4, 2024 7:13 am

Plod imposing their own statute of limitations on unauthorised access by their own to their database. Appalling.

shatterzzz
March 4, 2024 7:14 am

Gotta feel for the frugality of the Oz trougher(s) .. no personal sacrifice is too great, 3000 kms for 40 minutes and a bit of (free) cake,
when your reliant on the mug taxpayer footing the bill, life is tuff .. LOL!
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13151429/Gina-Rineharts-70th-birthday-Perth.html

Vicki
Vicki
March 4, 2024 7:21 am

I have no objection to any pollie flying in to celebrate Gins’s birthday. She is a great Australian & puts other magnates to shame.

Rosie
Rosie
March 4, 2024 7:23 am

Perhaps Gina paid for his flights?

shatterzzz
March 4, 2024 7:29 am

Day one of my new lifestyle regime, as dictated by quacks, following my hospital stint ..
NO swimming, NO biking for at least 3 weeks .. gonna be some looooooooong dayz coming up ….. duuuuuh!

Rosie
Rosie
March 4, 2024 7:36 am

Watch Resident Alien on Netflix shatterzzz, it’s quite fun funny.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
March 4, 2024 7:38 am

Thanks Tom.

shatterzzz
March 4, 2024 7:38 am

I have no objection to any pollie flying in to celebrate Gins’s birthday. She is a great Australian & puts other magnates to shame.

Perhaps Gina paid for his flights?

1st up it’s the troughers doing all the whinge-ing about “carbon footprinting” but, apparently it doesn’t include them …. FFS!
2ndly .. Why is a pollie accepting “freebies” if, supposing, Gina paid for the flight(s) .. no one gives without wanting something in return .. eventually! ..
It’s no wonder these troughers do as the like when there are taxpayers who are happy to make excuses for them …….
Sooooooo we’ll have no more whinge-ing about Luigi’s OS jaunts or his luv of “live music”? ……….. can’t have it both wayz ……… FFS!

Bespoke
Bespoke
March 4, 2024 7:39 am

Perhaps Gina paid for his flights?

Perhaps Swift paid for the PMs ticket?

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
March 4, 2024 7:50 am

I should hit up Gina for some money to help us fight Bowen and his Chinese corporate wind mates.
It’s a joke that an ex-pollie influence peddler is causing tut tuts in the media when Bowen and AEMO are only courting Chinese industry to build and supply the majority of hardware for the renewable plan.
I can’t see a problem here. Lucky for Chris that he’s never grown barley or hay, he might then see a slight flaw in his dance partner.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
March 4, 2024 7:52 am

Perhaps Swift paid for the PMs ticket?

🙂

shatterzzz
March 4, 2024 8:11 am

A few hours later, Sabrina Singh, a Pentagon spokesperson, said that Austin was citing an estimate from the Gaza health ministry and was referring to total Palestinians killed, not just women and children.

So the media has no problem believing only 51 000 killed (I’m assuming no civilian figures included cos it’s only in Gaza where civvy figures matter ..FFS) in 2 years of conflict but the 25 000 “civilian” deaths over 4 months in Gaza are, obviously, accurate cos they are issued by, that thoroughly reputable organization, the Gaza Ministry of Health which we are assured by the media is always correct cos they (MoH) are backed up by another,totally, trustworthy operation UNWRA …….
Wonder what the Gaza figures would be like if they included “terrorist” deaths ..?

Dot
Dot
March 4, 2024 8:13 am

Pretty dumb take by Tim Pool: Advocating for genocide is free speech.

He’s a controlled opp.

shatterzzz
March 4, 2024 8:14 am

Perhaps Swift paid for the PMs ticket?

get my email address from Dover .. I’ve got a bridge for sale .. verrry cheap .. LOL!

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
March 4, 2024 8:28 am

Beertruk, thanks for the Tele transcripts.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 4, 2024 8:34 am

m0nty
Mar 3, 2024 10:13 PM
Yeah righto KD, it’s always hilarious when you lot get details of my life so dead wrong.

They would be the details provided by you, about failing Economics 1 and marrying into the upper middle class, would they? Are you admitting that your entire persona is a lie, even the support (but not at a physical level) for Ante-fa?

We already know that you lied about the dates you were in India. Were you also lying about your rental (slum lord) houses and the fantasy football business?

Curious minds wish to hear the truth.

Tom
Tom
March 4, 2024 8:37 am

Thanks, Beery. Tim Blair on nation-wrecker Chris Bowen’s new vehicle emission standards:

You’ll have a huge choice of cars that you don’t like and won’t buy. Dealerships will be like supermarkets forced to stock 80 per cent vegan snacks. Take your choice, shoppers. Pick anything you want, so long as you don’t want it.

The problem is that Labor no longer represents the working class, just union bosses skimming off management fees from compulsory superannuation accounts.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 4, 2024 8:38 am

In Horrible Optics news:

The Daily Mail has a bit of a kick at Dutton (per shatterzzz link).

Inside Gina Rinehart’s star-studded 70th birthday – as Peter Dutton ‘flies across the country’ to be there: ‘Best night of my life’

So, the best 40-minute night of Dutton’s life?
Nope. The quote was actually from a Rinehart employee invited to the bash.

Subeditor’s revenge.

Tom
Tom
March 4, 2024 8:55 am

Subeditor’s revenge.

Wow, Dr Faustas at 8.38am. I’ve never seen anything as brazen as that — a subeditor putting someone else’s words in Dutton’s mouth to make him look bad.

Dutton Derangement is only a junior cousin of Trump Derangement, but it’s a thing among the activists coming out of Australian J-schools.

The Australian left fears Peter Dutton. I hope someone on his staff has told him.

Indolent
Indolent
March 4, 2024 9:01 am
Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 4, 2024 9:04 am

As the Country Divides – so do Families

COMMENT: Mr. Armstrong, My son voted for Biden because he said Trump he thought was an asshole. We hardly talk any more for he is among the brainwashed. He will not change his mind, for he then has to admit he has been wrong. It has gotten to the point I am changing my will and he gets nothing. A few of my friends are in the same boat. This has divided the nation, but it is also destroying families.

GF

REPLY: I have friend who no longer talk to their children and they are European and that is over climate change and COVID. This is the hated that is a deliberate psychological war tactic that they have used against our own people. Who cares if Trump is arrogant as long as he keeps the world at peace, protects our privacy, and stands up against the Deep State? This is becoming a vote for Trump or Victoria Nuland – because Biden is not there. Families are being broken up, and there is no going back.”

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/armstrongeconomics101/ecm-armstrongeconomics101/as-the-country-divides-so-do-families/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 4, 2024 9:08 am

Lurch is at it again.

‘Climate Breakdown’: John Kerry Tries Out A New Climate Catchphrase To Ratchet Up The Fear (3 Mar)

In an interview with The Guardian this week, ex-White House climate envoy John Kerry tried out new language to describe the globalist view of what is happening with the world’s climate. Now, according to Mr. Kerry, we are in the midst of a “climate breakdown.”

To review, here is the progression of favored terminology dictated by the globalist elites related to their climate hysteria:

– In the beginning, there was “global warming.”
– Then, the favored talking point morphed into the more inclusive “climate change” to allow the scaremongers to blame every weather event, whether warm or cold, on their problem.
– Next, they elevated the fright rhetoric to a nebulous “climate crisis.”
-When that didn’t work to sufficiently hold the public’s attention, they elevated it further to a “climate emergency.”
– Seeing their 2024 election year polls lagging, they now move to the even more alarming “climate breakdown.”

Can a “climate catastrophe” or, even better, a “climate collapse” be far behind?

Trying to wring the last drops of terror out of perfectly normal weather. I think they’re getting increasingly desperate since the population has stopped listening.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 4, 2024 9:10 am

One little note on the Asio “spying politician we wont name”.
Sure took the “fit up a retarded kid for terrorism offences” off the news cycle didnt it?

Dot
Dot
March 4, 2024 9:12 am

Sure took the “fit up a retarded kid for terrorism offences” off the news cycle didnt it?

That was the AFP though.

Indolent
Indolent
March 4, 2024 9:14 am

This is what happens when there is no limit on power. Upsetting.
 
Inside China’s Disturbing Death Vans – They’re Real, Common, and Very Scary (Unseen Footage)

Rosie
Rosie
March 4, 2024 9:14 am
Rosie
Rosie
March 4, 2024 9:15 am
Roger
Roger
March 4, 2024 9:17 am

Speccie commentator Terry Barnes on the Dunkley result…

…some quick thoughts on the Dunkley by-election in lieu of a Flat White piece. First, the 4 per cent swing to the Liberals (precisely which your scribe predicted to John Stanley on 2GB last week) is so-so, not brilliant. It shows the Libs, having lost Aston last year, have bottomed out electorally, and are recovering. Second, it shows Peter Dutton is not toxic south of the Murray, and when the Vic Lib clown circus isn’t doing a knife act on itself, it can actually run a decent campaign with a decent candidate. Third, when the Liberals are a centre-right alternative to Labor, and not Labor’s echo, they are competitive. Fourth, the Greens vote tanked because the great majority of voters want nothing to do with ratbags and anti-Semitic bigots. But fifth, Dunkley shows that Anthony ‘my word is not my bond’ Albanese is not yet on the nose with the electorate,

I’d disagree with his last point. All the result shows is that Albanese is not “on the nose” in Dunkley and possibly in Victoria. Come to Queensland and you’ll get a different opinion.

Dot
Dot
March 4, 2024 9:20 am

Thanks, Indolent.

Christ that’s unnerving.

I have theoretical arguments for extreme cases that justify the death penalty.

I can’t just stomach the state having that much power, particularly when Leviathan is unshackled.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 4, 2024 9:21 am

Can a “climate catastrophe” or, even better, a “climate collapse” be far behind?

Using Wikipedia as a reliable leading indicator of climate hysteria, the answer is “Climate Apocalypse”.

Roger
Roger
March 4, 2024 9:21 am

Program notes for Melbourne Writers Festival session implies an obscene falsehood

The taxpayer-funded festival is parroting the propaganda of extremists – that Palestinians are as indigenous to Israel as Aborigines to Australia

Before even getting to the second line I actually read that as “Pogrom notes for Melbourne Writers Festival…”

Roger
Roger
March 4, 2024 9:27 am

Victoria’s Labor government…promised at the last election to “invest $500,000 to fund an exhibition to celebrate the life of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) and share the history of our Islamic communities”.

’tis hoped some clueless journo might ask Melbourne’s Muslim community what they think of pork barrelling.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 4, 2024 9:29 am

”Pogrom notes for Melbourne Writers Festival…”

Not quite there yet Roger. That old Sydney v Melbourne rivalry again.

Winston Smith
March 4, 2024 9:29 am

Indolent:

Indolent
Mar 4, 2024 9:01 AM
New York Opens a Back Door to Communism

I’m sure Xi will lend them billions of dollars in exchange for some lucrative deals on ports, airports, water supply etc.
…and will be happy to lend policing help if asked nicely.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 4, 2024 9:30 am

That was the AFP though.

2 cheeks of the same arse.
ASIO would have been up to its guts in that one as well.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 4, 2024 9:32 am

Roger, the first time I laid eyes and ears on Hansomeboy* he was on my nose. Never said or done anything to change my mind. That was also in the days when I was apolitical, though somewhat conservative.
*correct spelling. Think about it.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 4, 2024 9:34 am

D day for Drumgold. Overdue for a win but I doubt today is the day. Like Australian taxpayers, another loser from the Brittany Blob.

m0nty
m0nty
March 4, 2024 9:36 am

Peter Dutton’s ‘working-class’ strategy didn’t materialise a win in Dunkley, and Liberal MPs are seeking a new path

My old mate Patricia K sinks the slipper into the Aussie Trumpist strategy.

Lot of talk about Libs’ strength in Mt Eliza, which has less than 5% renters. Does the LNP and the right in general have any policy solutions at all for the housing crisis? No? Then they will continue to lose.

Given that they are beholden to their mega-rich donors, they can’t even promise turning off the immigration spigot. They can put out token racist dog-whistles to fool some of the most stupid (see: Cats), but anyone with a clue knows that they are not going to threaten the profit margins of their maaaaates.

Grim reading for the right in Australia.

Roger
Roger
March 4, 2024 9:40 am

Does the LNP and the right in general have any policy solutions at all for the housing crisis? No? Then they will continue to lose.

The communities of tent dwellers up here are called Albovilles for a reason.

Makka
Makka
March 4, 2024 9:42 am

Demorats panicking because blacks are walking off their plantation;

Merrick Garland Speaking at Alabama Church: Voter ID Requirements and Restrictions on Ballot ‘Drop Boxes’ are “Discriminatory”

Garland told the black churchgoers that voter ID requirements are “discriminatory” and that he’s fighting to stop oppressive laws.

“And that is why the Justice Department is fighting back,” he said. “That is why, one of the first things I did as Attorney General was to double the number of lawyers in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division. ”

The overwhelming majority of blacks support voter ID requirements.

“Majorities of whites (74%), blacks (69%) and other minorities (82%) say voters should be required to show photo identification before being allowed to vote,” Rassmussen Reports found among 1,000 likely voters polled throughout the U.S.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2024/03/merrick-garland-speaking-alabama-church-voter-id-requirements/

lotocoti
lotocoti
March 4, 2024 9:43 am

Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil have new competition.

Ms Ni Mhairtin*, an Irish activist and community food worker in Glasgow, said: ‘We refuse to be dragged back to the Victorian era.

Maybe the numb slunt should’ve given that cold, lumpy porridge
to the rickets and scurvy blighted denizens of the Gorbals,
instead of wasting it on some performative art.
*Sorcha Ni Mhairtin’s likes include Celtic FC and hamarse.
Probably.

m0nty
m0nty
March 4, 2024 9:44 am

…some quick thoughts on the Dunkley by-election in lieu of a Flat White piece. First, the 4 per cent swing to the Liberals (precisely which your scribe predicted to John Stanley on 2GB last week) is so-so, not brilliant. It shows the Libs, having lost Aston last year, have bottomed out electorally, and are recovering. Second, it shows Peter Dutton is not toxic south of the Murray, and when the Vic Lib clown circus isn’t doing a knife act on itself, it can actually run a decent campaign with a decent candidate. Third, when the Liberals are a centre-right alternative to Labor, and not Labor’s echo, they are competitive. Fourth, the Greens vote tanked because the great majority of voters want nothing to do with ratbags and anti-Semitic bigots. But fifth, Dunkley shows that Anthony ‘my word is not my bond’ Albanese is not yet on the nose with the electorate,

LOL, the delusion continues. Where is the recovery? Their entire swing was all PHON and UAP voters. Barnes is an upper-class twit.

I wouldn’t go so far as to say Dutton is toxic, but he just doesn’t connect with regular people. He’s a cop, and always will be.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 4, 2024 9:51 am

Given that they are beholden to their mega-rich donors, they can’t even promise turning off the immigration spigot.

But enough about Albo…

Makka
Makka
March 4, 2024 9:53 am

I wouldn’t go so far as to say Dutton is toxic, but he just doesn’t connect with regular people.

The Voice, Tay Tay, the Australian Open. Handsome Boy is really connecting with regular people, isn’t he?

Dunkley after the redistribution is a solid Labour seat. Frankston being it’s Labor heart. And still , a 4% swing against the Lefturds. You’re over egging it again, as usual m0ron.

Roger
Roger
March 4, 2024 9:56 am

Barnes is an upper-class twit.

“I’ve got no decent arguments…go the ad hom.”

Chuckle.

alwaysright
alwaysright
March 4, 2024 9:58 am

Danland is now a perpetual ALP win.

The result doesn’t mean much at all.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 4, 2024 9:59 am

mUnty

Does the LNP and the right in general have any policy solutions at all for the housing crisis? No? Then they will continue to lose.

Reduce immigration to the minimum practicable until the housing shortage is overcome.

Get the sticky fingers of local gummint greenies off the approval processes for new housing.

Reduce Commonwealth, state and local gummint taxes and financial imposts on new housing.

Would the Liars or the Slime even consider such actions? Of course not, and you know it. Their reactions would be to screech “waycisssm”, “environmental vandalism”, and “handouts to the rich”.

And you would be there, screeching in the chorus.

Or the Liars and the Slime could confiscate the properties of slumlords like you, except that most of them are also slumlords, so they won’t..

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 4, 2024 10:02 am

mUnty

Given that they are beholden to their mega-rich donors, they can’t even promise turning off the immigration spigot.

LOL, the Liars and the Slime are dedicated to importing a new vote herd, the chances of them reducing immigration are far, far, lower than the chances of the LNP doing so.

No wonder you failed Economics 1.

Big_Nambas
Big_Nambas
March 4, 2024 10:04 am

Says all I need to say about gubbernment in the west.

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Boambee John
Boambee John
March 4, 2024 10:07 am

Still no response from mUnty to this post at 0834, to correct the record.

Boambee John
Mar 4, 2024 8:34 AM

m0nty
Mar 3, 2024 10:13 PM
Yeah righto KD, it’s always hilarious when you lot get details of my life so dead wrong.

They would be the details provided by you, about failing Economics 1 and marrying into the upper middle class, would they? Are you admitting that your entire persona is a lie, even the support (but not at a physical level) for Ante-fa?

We already know that you lied about the dates you were in India. Were you also lying about your rental (slum lord) houses and the fantasy football business?

Curious minds wish to hear the truth.

m0nty
m0nty
March 4, 2024 10:07 am

Dunkley after the redistribution is a solid Labour seat. Frankston being it’s Labor heart.

I was reliably informed that Dutton was targeting Labor heartland with appeals to the working class.

If all that achieves is lowering the margin of Labor victory by a few points, I don’t see the logic. Perhaps you can explain, because it seems to me to be the opposite of what he should be doing.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 4, 2024 10:10 am

mUnty making a solid effort with his organ grinders monkey routine. Quoting PK won’t get you too far anywhere, least of all here.

Roger
Roger
March 4, 2024 10:13 am

New York Times:

Trump support among black voters grows 500%

Tom
Tom
March 4, 2024 10:15 am

Quoting PK won’t get you too far anywhere, least of all here.

Humphrey, it’s obvious Mr Potato Head’s mistake in Dunkley was not pursuing the ABC lesbian communist vote.

m0nty
m0nty
March 4, 2024 10:16 am

That article in the Fin last week by the blokes beaten by the Teals in former blue ribbon Lib seats was a massive red flag for the right, not just in this country but in the US and UK where the “centre right” parties are on this quixotic quest for the mythical working class libertarian demographic.

Australia has already rejected that strategy and shown it to be about as big a loser as you can get in a two-party system. Republicans keep losing elections bigly, and have done so ever since getting lucky in 2016. The Tories are a complete rabble in Old Blighty, almost worse than Labour now.

The right in Western countries is spending too much time deluding itself inside its media echo chambers.

Roger
Roger
March 4, 2024 10:17 am

The deputy leader of George Galloway’s Workers Party of Britain is being investigated by UK police for declaring to his 149K followers on X that Israel “has forfeited any right to exist”.

Pogria
Pogria
March 4, 2024 10:20 am

Rosie, you’ve been in Italy for a while now, is this true? 😀

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 4, 2024 10:20 am

The swing against the ALPBC is more than 4%.

Rabz
March 4, 2024 10:21 am

ASIO would have been up to its guts in that one as well

Just don’t dare claim that ASIO is incompetent, or you’ll upset a waffling ol’ windbag from Canberra.

As for Dunkley, how did it vote in the screech referendumb again? Oh, that’s right, 56% no.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 4, 2024 10:25 am

I would need to be convinced that the Voice vote carries any weight in a compulsory preferential vote.

Makka
Makka
March 4, 2024 10:26 am

If all that achieves is lowering the margin of Labor victory by a few points, I don’t see the logic. Perhaps you can explain, because it seems to me to be the opposite of what he should be doing.

Achieving a 4% swing against Labor in it’s heartland within the Peoples Republic of Sicktoria is no small achievement. Hardly a glowing victory for the Left. Which is why you have been assigned on here now, talking it up for your team, putting glitter on the turd.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 4, 2024 10:31 am

This one’s for agricultural Cats. Clearing sales might start getting rather interesting…

Agriculture
Business
WA News
exclusive
Bidder ‘dumbfounded’ WA farmers hired ‘skimpies’ for paddock machinery sale
Caitlyn Rintoul
The West Australian
Mon, 4 March 2024 2:00AM
Comments

A WA farming couple has faced backlash from the agricultural industry after they employed women from a stripping-hire company to help sell machinery at an auction.

Two young blonde women wearing cowboy hats, boots, denim shorts and white singlets were pictured alongside a tractor for sale at the on-farm sale in the small Mid West town of Bunjil on Thursday.

The image sparked outrage online from attending farmer Debbie Gillam, who criticised the move for denigrating the role women play in agriculture.

“Dumbfounded. Sad. Couple thought skimpies needed at clearing sale,” Ms Gillam wrote on social media.

“Is this how some people see the role of #WomenInAg

“Why did Nutrien let it continue? Both the man and woman farmer organised this — why?

“They had their own young daughters at the sale. I was sad for them and their future.”

The auction, about 320km north of Perth, was coordinated by leading farming supply reseller Nutrien, but the women were employed through stripper-hire company Platinum Promotions by seller Wade Anderson.

Mr Anderson said he “didn’t see the issue” with the decision given that the women were clothed and it had been a joint-decision to hire them by both him and his wife Lisa.

“Everyone loved it apart from one person. You can’t keep everyone happy,” he said, adding that he didn’t receive any other complaints from the more than 200 people who attended.

“About 50 people told me how good it was. It’ll be the standard most people will try to set at clearing sales.

“There was no skin showing. You’d see worse on girls down the beach. They were far from ‘skimpies’ — there wasn’t even any cleavage showing.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 4, 2024 10:34 am

I’m amused by all the screeching in the media about Facechook refusing to pay for Australian news. Maybe they’ve decided they shouldn’t spend money on something that’s worthless.

I wonder how much the ABC was getting? Some redundancies would be a fine April Fools Day gift.

Rabz
March 4, 2024 10:36 am

Yet more staggering incompetence – from the Oz:

BOM OUTLOOK
Bureau’s dry summer prediction drowned out
Rainfall percentages for the past three months across eastern and northern Australia show a stunningly different scenario to what the Bureau of Mediocrity forecast in its summer outlook.

This is what happens when you believe in climate lunacy as opposed to objectively trying to do your bloody job.

cohenite
March 4, 2024 10:37 am

Mike burgess will not name spy because his offences occurred before new espionage laws introduced in 2018 were not in place. This is BS.

Australia introduced its first national espionage offence in 1914 with the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) (‘Crimes Act’). This offence was repealed in 2002 and replaced with four new offences found in the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) (‘Criminal Code’). These new offences increased the maximum penalty from seven years’ imprisonment to 25 years’ imprisonment for all offences.

Section 91.1(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth), which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison is instructive. This section states:

To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:
1. You dealt with information or an article
2. The information or article had a security classification, or concerned Australia’s national security
3. You intended by your conduct to prejudice Australia’s national security, or to advantage the national security of a foreign country, and
4. Your conduct resulted in, or will result in, the information or article being communicated or made available to a foreign principal, or a person acting on behalf of a foreign principal.

If any of those variables are present that Act, despite being superseded by the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Act 2018 (Cth) (‘Espionage Act’) , can apply to the spy. So, what game is Burgess playing.

m0nty
m0nty
March 4, 2024 10:40 am

Achieving a 4% swing against Labor in it’s heartland within the Peoples Republic of Sicktoria is no small achievement.

It was also an excellent result for the LNP in 2022 when they achieved a 7.2% swing in the federal seat of Calwell, covering Broadmeadows, Craigieburn and sundry satellite suburbs which are the target of the party’s new Trumpen lumpen strategy.

Which left the margin in that seat at a measly 24.8% to Labor.

I just don’t see the logic in changing your electoral focus such that you run a close second in every kind of seat.

Roger
Roger
March 4, 2024 10:41 am

I’m amused by all the screeching in the media about Facechook refusing to pay for Australian news.

An old Aussie expression comes to mind…

They’ve got tickets on themselves.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 4, 2024 10:41 am

The swing against the ALPBC is more than 4%.

It was a 4% swing away from the Greens.
Econazis seem to be on the nose lately.
Labor actually got a 1% swing to them on primary vote.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 4, 2024 10:45 am

Could this mark the turning point in the WA strippers sector which has never really recovered from the Pam Beggs hits during the 80s? An entire generation of Uni footballers have been denied exploits of those wishing to follow Baby Doll into a rewarding, cash based entertainment sector.

Dot
Dot
March 4, 2024 10:45 am

Two young blonde women wearing cowboy hats, boots, denim shorts and white singlets were pictured alongside a tractor for sale at the on-farm sale in the small Mid West town of Bunjil on Thursday.

The image sparked outrage online from attending farmer Debbie Gillam, who criticised the move for denigrating the role women play in agriculture.

I bet Debbie is an old minger. I knew a roustabout who dressed like that.

m0nty
m0nty
March 4, 2024 10:46 am

The 2PP swing to the LNP in Dunkley is currently 3.56% with all booths reporting and preferences distributed, I think they’re all done as of about half an hour ago.

https://tallyroom.aec.gov.au/HouseDivisionPage-29778-210.htm

Roger
Roger
March 4, 2024 10:49 am

Labor actually got a 1% swing to them on primary vote.

0.9%

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 4, 2024 10:50 am

It seems a number of people value the aggregate contribution of Australian j’ismists at zero.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 4, 2024 10:53 am

Value is what people will pay you for something.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
March 4, 2024 10:56 am

Death of Mitch McConnell sister in law being reported in Daily Mail as suspicious.

Head of family shipping company and also on board of Bank of China.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 4, 2024 10:57 am

Haha, that’s taking home ground advantage a bit far.

Australia’s under-20s forced to play on snow-covered pitch in Uzbekistan (4 Mar)

Looks intentional too, since they’ve swept the snow away from the sidelines and goals, but left it in the centre. Maybe they wanted to slow the Matilda midfield down or something. Weird visuals. Didn’t work: the Uzbek wymminses still lost 2-1.

Roger
Roger
March 4, 2024 10:58 am

It seems a number of people value the aggregate contribution of Australian j’ismists at zero.

If, as Keating reportedly opined, Australia is the arse end of the world, then journalists are our haemorrhoids.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 4, 2024 11:01 am

Dunkley is brave face territory for both major parties – and a harbinger of trouble for Australia.

Stroking the Dunkley numbers, ALP backroomers will be turtling. The Dunkley 2PP swing repeated Nationally (or, I think, just in Victoria) has Team Albanese in minority government backed up by a Teal or two and Adam Bandt*.

All of which is not helped by the fact that Handsome Boy is performing like a deer in the headlights. Or by his economic front benchers playing the Titanic’s greatest hits.

And while Dutton didn’t crash and burn with a 6% first preference swing, he obviously has a way to go to demonstrate a coherent alternative plan for government.

* The National impact of the otherwise attractive 4% swing against the Greens is distorted by the small size of the Green first preference vote in Dunkley.

JC
JC
March 4, 2024 11:02 am

m0nty
Mar 4, 2024 10:40 AM

Achieving a 4% swing against Labor in it’s heartland within the Peoples Republic of Sicktoria is no small achievement.

It was also an excellent result for the LNP in 2022 when they achieved a 7.2% swing in the federal seat of Calwell, covering Broadmeadows, Craigieburn and sundry satellite suburbs which are the target of the party’s new Trumpen lumpen strategy.

Which left the margin in that seat at a measly 24.8% to Labor.

I just don’t see the logic in changing your electoral focus such that you run a close second in every kind of seat.

If there’s a uniform, 4% swing, the Liars would lose office, you dodo brain.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 4, 2024 11:03 am

The 2PP swing to the LNP in Dunkley is currently 3.56% with all booths reporting and preferences distributed

AEC taking a leaf from the Democrats…

Two candidate preferred (TCP) for Dunkley (VIC)
40 of 40 polling places returned and 100.15% of the ballot papers counted thus far have also had a TCP count undertaken.

The swing has fallen a bit since I last looked, which was just before my earlier comment.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 4, 2024 11:12 am

Further to this inane comment earlier by mUnty:

Given that they [the LNP] are beholden to their mega-rich donors, they can’t even promise turning off the immigration spigot,

clearly mUnty is suffering from early-onset dementia. He has forgotten that soon after becoming PM in 2010, the Droner from Altona expressed the opinion that there was no need to build a “Big Australia”. Within a couple of weeks she had walked back from that position, and spoke in favour of large scale immigration.

Does that mean that the ALP “are [so] beholden to their mega-rich donors [unions via superannuation industry funds], they can’t even promise turning off the immigration spigot“, even if that would relieve the pressure on housing availability?

m0nty
m0nty
March 4, 2024 11:12 am

4% is the average swing against the government in an Australian byelection. Complete chalk result.

Also, what’s with you lot giving Albo a nickname like Handsome Boy? Are you trying to make him sound cool? I preferred Luigi the Unbelievable, that was nicely catty.

Roger
Roger
March 4, 2024 11:14 am

Within a couple of weeks she had walked back from that position, and spoke in favour of large scale immigration.

Albanese has done the same…campaigned with promise to cut immigration and upskill locals, in office presided over the largest annual intake ever.

Cynical is too kind a description for the ALP’s immigration policy, or lack thereof.

JC
JC
March 4, 2024 11:15 am

4% is the average swing against the government in an Australian byelection. Complete chalk result.

Evidence?

Makka
Makka
March 4, 2024 11:15 am

And while Dutton didn’t crash and burn with a 6% first preference swing, he obviously has a way to go to demonstrate a coherent alternative plan for government.

Dutton won’t get there while he continues fighting on leftist ground. If the LNP want to win, they must abandon their Labor-Lite focus and shift their policies to areas that will help put money back into taxpayer households; energy, taxes, smaller Govt, green tape. Take on leftist money black holes like the indigenous industry, welfare and NDIS. If Dutton doesn’t stop with the fighting in the Left’s back yard, the SFL’s have no hope.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 4, 2024 11:17 am

Also, what’s with you lot giving Albo a nickname like Handsome Boy?

Not me, but he does seem to’ve had a few enhancements, let’s say. It’s amusing.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 4, 2024 11:18 am

I just don’t see the logic in changing your electoral focus such that you run a close second in every kind of seat.

Going by this and other comments by Fat Boy this morning, the Liars are dead scared of this tactic.

JC
JC
March 4, 2024 11:19 am

Roger
Mar 4, 2024 10:49 AM

Labor actually got a 1% swing to them on primary vote.

0.9%

Yeah well, that’s just because the Greenscum vote is counted separately when it ought to be tabulated together. The Greenscum are just the climate hysteria and communist and anti-sem wing of the Liars Party.

Bill From The Bush
Bill From The Bush
March 4, 2024 11:20 am

Dutton needs to abandon all pandering to the leftoids and show the nation there is an alternative to the deliberate destruction of the country.
I believe he may just be capable of that, however the real question is how many of the Linos will follow him. I suspect very few.

Crossie
Crossie
March 4, 2024 11:22 am

“About 50 people told me how good it was. It’ll be the standard most people will try to set at clearing sales.

“There was no skin showing. You’d see worse on girls down the beach. They were far from ‘skimpies’ — there wasn’t even any cleavage showing.

It took me some time to work out what this was about. At first I assumed it was referring to some new farm implements called skimpies.

Pogria
Pogria
March 4, 2024 11:23 am

Way to keep up with current events monotesticle.The Chinese gave “Handsome Boy” that handle.

m0nty
m0nty
March 4, 2024 11:24 am

Actually JC, I undershot it. From a recent Albo interview:

STANAWAY: Okay, polls now open there in Dunkley. If Labor is defeated, PM, is that a sign that the Australian public are potentially losing trust in your Government?

PRIME MINISTER: By-elections are tough for governments. And the average swing in a by-election is against the government of 7.1 per cent. We hold the seat by 6.3, so you can do the math there. It’s pretty easy.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 4, 2024 11:24 am

m0nty
Mar 4, 2024 11:12 AM
4% is the average swing against the government in an Australian byelection. Complete chalk result.

Also, what’s with you lot giving Albo a nickname like Handsome Boy? Are you trying to make him sound cool? I preferred Luigi the Unbelievable, that was nicely catty.

I think that Luigi should be named using the same system as recent PMs.

Boris Johnson became BoJo.

Scott Morrison became ScoMo.

Anthony Albanese should become AnAl.

Thanks for the suggestion, mUnty.

Crossie
Crossie
March 4, 2024 11:25 am

Bruce of Newcastle
Mar 4, 2024 10:41 AM
The swing against the ALPBC is more than 4%.

It was a 4% swing away from the Greens.
Econazis seem to be on the nose lately.
Labor actually got a 1% swing to them on primary vote.

The swing away from greens may be 4% of all votes but isn’t it a 50% swing away from their earlier share of the vote?

Roger
Roger
March 4, 2024 11:25 am

Also, what’s with you lot giving Albo a nickname like Handsome Boy?

Premier Li’s somewhat condescending description of Albanese.

If the cap fits.

m0nty
m0nty
March 4, 2024 11:27 am

A more in-depth look at by-elections.

tl:dr; it depends on how you look at the data, par score for Dunkley could have been 5% or 1.7%.

JC
JC
March 4, 2024 11:28 am

Yes Crossie, the scum lost 50% of their previous support.

———————-

If the swing is uniform at the next election, the only way the Liars could hold power is through the support of the scum and a couple of lunatic indeps.

This is a potentially a repeat of the last abortion.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 4, 2024 11:29 am

The fact Albo wasn’t even there on election night was a tell. Neither was Spud though. Piss weak from both. UniParty move.

Crossie
Crossie
March 4, 2024 11:29 am

Bruce of Newcastle
Mar 4, 2024 11:17 AM
Also, what’s with you lot giving Albo a nickname like Handsome Boy?

Not me, but he does seem to’ve had a few enhancements, let’s say. It’s amusing.

I always thought the Chinese were being sarcastic.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 4, 2024 11:29 am

m0nty
Mar 4, 2024 11:24 AM
Actually JC, I undershot it. From a recent Albo interview:

STANAWAY: Okay, polls now open there in Dunkley. If Labor is defeated, PM, is that a sign that the Australian public are potentially losing trust in your Government?

PRIME MINISTER: By-elections are tough for governments. And the average swing in a by-election is against the government of 7.1 per cent. We hold the seat by 6.3, so you can do the math there. It’s pretty easy.

ROFLMAO. mUnty thinks that a Dorothy Dixer from the MSM to AnAl just as voting started in Dunkley would produce an honest answer.

Or he is deluded enough to think that we will believe him.

m0nty
m0nty
March 4, 2024 11:29 am

Premier Li’s somewhat condescending description of Albanese.

What did he call Wong? Awesome Chick?

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 4, 2024 11:29 am

Youtube is near unwatchable – ads every 4 minutes on the dot..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U0wQPMwvVc&t=140s

JC
JC
March 4, 2024 11:29 am

Imagine, Adam Bandt holding the balance of power. Australia’s defacto PM past the next election. That would be fun.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 4, 2024 11:33 am

Youtube is near unwatchable – ads every 4 minutes on the dot.

Brave is good for that, I never get YT ads.

For righty sites I allow ads, but Goolag hates me so I return the favour.

JC
JC
March 4, 2024 11:35 am

dover0beach
Mar 4, 2024 11:29 AM

Dover

Why would you assume, that the available aircraft stocks would be the same in peace time as it is in wartime?

You don’t think there would be massive manpower requisitions from civilian to military to crank up availability?

Vicki
Vicki
March 4, 2024 11:35 am

Not sure what to make of the Dunkley result.

Like others, I got the catastrophic dumping of the Morrison government right. I always thought it was a no-brainer, but the rusted-on Libs couldn’t see it. Similarly, I couldn’t see the Voice getting up after the mob’s representatives kept shooting themselves in the foot – & scaring off most voters.

But I thought that the combination of Albo’s failure to deliver on energy prices & the cost-of-living would be reflected more in the Dunkley result. So, I feel I got that wrong.

I still feel that the Albo mob will be a one term government. But there are many variables to affect that prophecy in the meantime. Eg I think that there will be a global economic collapse in the West towards the end of this year, and many scurrilous factors are bringing us all closer to global conflict some time later. Such serious developments will often save bad government due to the “comfort” factor of stability. Who knows?

Roger
Roger
March 4, 2024 11:36 am

Imagine, Adam Bandt holding the balance of power. Australia’s defacto PM past the next election.

Fair chance such an arrangement wouldn’t last a term.

But if it did it would see Labor unelectable for a decade or more.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 4, 2024 11:38 am

Interesting. Companies are now drilling for helium.

Roger
Roger
March 4, 2024 11:41 am

Like others, I got the catastrophic dumping of the Morrison government right.

No fan of the Morrison government, but I don’t think “catastrophic” is an apt descriptor of the result.

The LNP got more primary votes than Labor and Albanese was only able to form government with a slim majority of seats (77).

It’s the next election that is likely to be catastrophic if Labor loses their majority.

Tom
Tom
March 4, 2024 11:42 am

Imagine, Adam Bandt holding the balance of power. Australia’s defacto PM past the next election. That would be fun.

It would be the Oakeshott-Windsor era on steroids. But instead of having two “independents” calling the shots, it would by a full-on communist in charge, attempting to deconstruct the nation’s economy and move even more of it to China.

Rabz
March 4, 2024 11:42 am

By-elections are tough for governments. And the average swing in a by-election is against the government of 7.1 per cent.

That is a blatant lie and Albansleazey knows it. Of course the j’ismist was too stupid to call him on it.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 4, 2024 11:45 am

Top Ender, if you are here.

Below is from the ASPI “The Strategist” site. Interested in your comments.

Australia needs an ocean-going navy for protection against the full range of threats on, above and below the water. If supplies are unable to flow in by sea, Australia’s economy and war effort would quickly shut down. The advance of technology has not fundamentally altered that strategic reality since 1945. In fact, our supply chain vulnerability and fuel poverty have grown significantly more acute.

The vanguard of this up-fanged surface fleet will be six new Hunter-class frigates, specialised for hunting submarines, and the three existing air warfare destroyers to be upgraded. Another six ‘optimally crewed’ large surface vessels that are being ordered additionally hint at a rather different, hybrid navy of the future, where mass is less dependent on manpower. But for the foreseeable future, the RAN’s core combat power will be generated from crewed surface combatants, leveraging new technology but with a human edge.

Plans to acquire a further 11 general-purpose frigates, from a yet-to-be decided mature design will eventually raise Australia’s frontline surface strength to 26 warships, easily surpassing the Royal Navy’s current inventory of just 19 frigates and destroyers—though this too will hopefully grow in future.

Some questions.

What types of anti-shipping missiles are these ships likely to carry, and what are their likely effective ranges?

What types of anti-aircraft missiles are these ships likely to carry, and what are their likely effective ranges?

What does “optimally crewed” mean? I thought all warships would be “optimally crewed”. Or is this code for minimally crewed merchant standard ships armed with large numbers of vertically launched missiles of both the above types, intended to be fired en masse from outside the range of opposing missiles (and, hopefully, aircraft)?

After which they would suffer the fate of HMS Jervis Bay and Captain Fegen in 1940.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 4, 2024 11:45 am

Greens were the big loser in Dunkley. Don’t expect much media coverage though.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 4, 2024 11:46 am

Towering infernos news.

More NYC fires caused by lithium-ion batteries from e-bikes in 2 months than in all of 2019: FDNY chief (3 Mar)

Nice wedge issue: lefties lurve Gaia-conveyances, and also lurve tiny dog box apartments, but lefties also run New York. Too many burny e-bikes and this equation might change overnight, since people tend to dislike their neighbours burning down their apartment.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 4, 2024 11:46 am

m0nty
Mar 4, 2024 11:29 AM
Premier Li’s somewhat condescending description of Albanese.

What did he call Wong? Awesome Chick?

Helloooo Lover Boy?

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 4, 2024 11:47 am

Byelections for dead people are a bit different.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 4, 2024 11:50 am

Also, what’s with you lot giving Albo a nickname like Handsome Boy?

Respect.
Best to use the admiring soubriquet given him by his peers rather than taking a cheap crack at the man.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 4, 2024 11:51 am

As Roger has noted, the next General Election isn’t going to be decided in Victoriastan. Qld, as usual, and you expect would post-Sneakers WA to return to the mean.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 4, 2024 11:56 am

Also, what’s with you lot giving Albo a nickname like Handsome Boy?

mUnty is waaaaay off the pace for a political tragic of the leftard variety.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 4, 2024 12:00 pm

Linda Reynolds receives $90,000 defamation settlement over former ACT DPP’s Lehrmann trial comments

Has there ever been a more meteoric fall from the dizzying heights of the legal profession than Dumbgeld?

“We accept that allegations about senator Reynolds made by the former Director of Public Prosecutions were found by the Board of Inquiry to be defamatory,” a spokesperson for the Justice and Community Safety Directorate said.
“The settlement includes a formal apology from the ACT and retraction of the allegations contained in the letter from the former Director of Public Prosecutions, Shane Drumgold SC.

“We also agreed to an undertaking from the acting Director of Public Prosecutions that he will direct his staff not to further publish the allegations made against senator Reynolds.”

hzhousewife
hzhousewife
March 4, 2024 12:02 pm

I have brazenly stolen the piece below from JoNova, another example of our courts in action:
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BREAKING: Australian Federal Court throws out Covid mRNA vaccine challenge

The Australian Courts have blocked a legal challenge over Moderna’s and Pfizer’s mRNA Covid vaccines on a technicality, stalling efforts to raise the alarm over alleged unregulated genetically modified organisms (GMOs), including high levels of DNA contamination, in the vials.

The Federal Court rejected Dr Julian Fidge’s application to seek an injunction preventing Moderna and Pfizer from distributing their products in Australia, in a decision handed down today, Friday 1 March, almost nine months after the application was filed. Dr Fidge has been ordered to pay costs.

Dr Fidge alleges that the mRNA Covid vaccines contain GMOs in two forms – the LNP-mod-RNA complexes, and plasmid DNA contamination – for which Pfizer and Moderna never obtained the proper approvals from the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR).

It is a serious criminal offence under the Gene Technology Act (2000) to “deal with” unapproved GMOs in Australia.

The OGTR denies that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are or contain GMOs, or that the products required a licence from the OGTR before being distributed in Australia, characterising such claims as “misinformation” in a statement released in December of last year.

However, the case will not be heard in the Courts. Justice Helen Rofe dismissed Dr Fidge’s application on the basis that he lacks standing due to not being considered an “aggrieved person” under the Act, and therefore “has no reasonable prospect of successfully prosecuting the proceeding.”

This begs the question – if Dr Fidge is not an aggrieved person, who is?

Instructing solicitor Katie Ashby-Koppens, of Sydney law firm PJ O’Brien & Associates, said that the decision overturns legal tradition by introducing ‘standing’ to dismiss a general civil action brought against a company for wrongdoing.

“This is the latest decision in a pattern where the courts are simply refusing to hear evidence by throwing actions out at the earliest preliminary phase possible,” said Ashby-Koppens in a statement responding to Justice Rofe’s decision.

“It is concerning that where cases have been brought in respect to large pharmaceutical interests that the courts are not allowing the cases to get beyond first base.”

https://news.rebekahbarnett.com.au/p/breaking-australian-federal-court

Bought and paid for court system and judges, just like the USA.
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H B Bear
H B Bear
March 4, 2024 12:08 pm

Liar minority government was the G phase of R-G-R. Not pretty.

Roger
Roger
March 4, 2024 12:08 pm

As Roger has noted, the next General Election isn’t going to be decided in Victoriastan. Qld, as usual…

Keep an eye on The Greens in Brisbane’s leafy suburbs but…

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 4, 2024 12:14 pm

Quaintarse wants to rebuild trust…

Qantas and Jetstar undergo brand revamp to rebuild trust (Sky News, 4 Mar)

Weird how they feel a need to do something like this. Maybe they should get in that guy in the dress Bud Light paid big bucks to. And paint all their planes with lots of dots and rainbow serpents. Sure to work.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
March 4, 2024 12:15 pm

Monty’s thesis blown up with one image.

https://images.app.goo.gl/NRy1e41E92LB52dr5

Roger
Roger
March 4, 2024 12:17 pm

Qantas and Jetstar undergo brand revamp to rebuild trust (Sky News, 4 Mar)

New uniforms for the crew.

That’ll swing public opinion.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 4, 2024 12:17 pm

Minns says Nazis marching the streets of Sydney is “pretty standard”.

‘Pretty standard’: Chris Minns plays down pro-Palestine protest at Mardi Gras parade, says incident caused little disruption (Sky News, 4 Mar)

Mardi Gras goers will get a rude shock if these people ever get power. There’re a lot of tall buildings in Sydney.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 4, 2024 12:18 pm

Has there ever been a more meteoric fall from the dizzying heights of the legal profession than Dumbgeld?

Marcus Einfeld would go close. More than a few have gone from the Bench to the cells. The various DPP roles require a comfortable relationship with the government of the day and are never too far from controversy, as the current travails of the Victoriastan DPP illustrate.

John H.
John H.
March 4, 2024 12:19 pm

dover0beach
Mar 4, 2024 12:13 PM
From the OOT:

BTW one of the links is to a blog with lots of pretty pictures. No references, no primary sources. Useless. Why do you reference something like that?

LOL, you’re criticizing me for providing the link to the tweet within which the above link is found? That is rather curious since you often provide links to The Military Show Youtube channel, which produces some of the dumbest clickbait, that almost always provides no links or references or ‘primary sources’. Dear oh dear.

Do you read the comments on your link? So many errors, so many mistakes. Armchair warlord needs to get off DCS and read people like Bronk and Hollings.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 4, 2024 12:21 pm

4% is the average swing against the government in an Australian byelection. Complete chalk result.

Evidence?

Stephen Barber, APH Statistics and Mapping Section, gives us a pointer on average swings in the modern (1947-2017) era:

…the swing against the government of the day in government-held seats was 4.7 per cent. The average two-party preferred swing in by-elections caused by the death of the sitting member was just over half the swing in by-elections caused by the resignation of the member.

So, government seat + dead incumbent and all things being equal, Dunkley should have swung ~2.5% against Labor.

And the average swing in a by-election is against the government of 7.1 per cent.

The main takeaway is that Honest Boy is characteristically torturing the bounds of the normal distribution – something often unkindly described as far king lying.

Roger
Roger
March 4, 2024 12:23 pm

1.7% decline in business inventories for Q4 2023 as consumer demand falls further.

Albanese is presiding over a per capita recession.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 4, 2024 12:26 pm

Yep, though “dead” byelections behaved differently. Still the Lieborals won’t be too happy given where the general economic position is. Wasn’t a baseball bat vote like Gillard and arguably SloMo.

Roger
Roger
March 4, 2024 12:26 pm

Job ads down 2.8% in February as labour ranks swell.

Albanese is immigrating Australians into unemployment.

Digger
Digger
March 4, 2024 12:27 pm

Bureau’s dry summer prediction drowned out
Rainfall percentages for the past three months across eastern and northern Australia show a stunningly different scenario to what the Bureau of Mediocrity forecast in its summer outlook.

They couldn’t have got it more right at my place. Since the beginning of Feb we have had 41mm over one 24 hour period and there is nothing left but scorched earth and a few dead stubbles of grass.

Roger
Roger
March 4, 2024 12:27 pm

Give yourself a clip over the ear, monty.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 4, 2024 12:29 pm

Trump Wins Michigan, Missouri, and Idaho – Big Time!

“Donald Trump won the Republican caucuses on Saturday in Michigan, Missouri, and Idaho. Overall, Trump won with nearly 98 percent support against Haley. Back in December 2022, Gallup Poll had reported that 45% of Americans believed Trump has “a lot” of responsibility for the January 6th event. But with the passage of time, even the Washington Post reported that More than “one-third of Americans, or 36 percent, do not accept Biden’s victory as legitimate.” Discussions that the January 6th event was important have suggested that the numbers, nobody wants to publish, have dropped to at best 15%. The attempts to kick Trump off the ballot have backfired BIG TIME on the Democrats.

Gallup Poll back in 1984 found that 61% of Americans were satisfied with U.S. democracy. It was nearly as high, at 60%, in 1991. Now, in 2024, it is down to just 28%. This is confirming what I am hearing that all of these criminal actions against Trump are just political. This is reflected in his overwhelming support.”

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/armstrongeconomics101/ecm-armstrongeconomics101/trump-wins-michigan-missouri-and-idaho-big-time/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 4, 2024 12:30 pm

Leaked audio reveals last minutes of hostages mistakenly killed by Israeli Defence Forces

By anne barrowclough
Senior Digital Journalist
11:07AM March 4, 2024
16 Comments

The haunting pleas and shouts of three Gaza hostages identifying themselves as captives begging for help in the minutes before they were mistakenly killed by Israeli troops has been leaked by local media.

A recording of the hostages’ last minutes was obtained from a camera attached to a dog from the Israeli Defence Forces brigade and posted on social media by Kan news, Israel’s public radio broadcaster. The dog was reortedly shot by Hamas as it entered the building where the hostages were sheltering but the device continued to record.

Yotam Haim, Alon Shamriz and Samer El-Talalqa were captured on October 7 when Hamas stormed southern Israel. They were being held inside a building in Gaza when IDF troops arrived but despite identifying themselves as hostages, they were killed.

At the time, IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari said the military “bears responsibility for everything that happened”.

“We believe that the three Israelis either escaped or were abandoned by terrorists who held them captive,” he said.

In the recording, Mr Shamriz and Mr Haim can be heard yelling “save us” and “we’re hostages,” before gunshots ring out.

According to Khan, Mr Shamriz, an IDF soldier, knew the dog would be carrying a Go-Pro and hoped Israeli troops would hear the men’s shouts and rescue them.

Instead they were wrongly identified as Hamas members and shot.

The IDF said in a statement: “During combat in Shejaiya (a battleground neighbourhood of Gaza City), the IDF (army) mistakenly identified three Israeli hostages as a threat. As a result, the troops fired toward them and they were killed.”

The recording was leaked as peace talks between Israel and Hamas hovered on a knife edge after the militant group refused to provide Israel with a list of the 130 remaining hostages in Gaza – including more than 30 feared dead.

The Times of Israel reports that Israel won’t send a negotiating team to Cairo to discuss a proposed six week truce, despite a push to stop the fighting before the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

According to Channel 12, the war cabinet agreed there was no point in sending a delegation to Egypt given Hamas’ intractability over the hostages and its demand that the Israeli armed forces entirely withdraw from the Gaza Strip.

Complicating negotiations is the non-appearance of Hamas’ Gaza leader Yahya Sinwar who has not been in touch with negotiators for at least a week, and without whose say-so the deal may not be implemented.

Israeli media is reporing that Jerusalem believes Sinwar has no intention of reaching an agreement in the coming days and hopes to escalate violence over Ramadan.

Vicki
Vicki
March 4, 2024 12:31 pm

No fan of the Morrison government, but I don’t think “catastrophic” is an apt descriptor of the result.

What I meant by the term, Roger, is that it was a savaging that was not expected by the Libs. At least that was what I gleaned at the time – particularly from Frydenburg.

Roger
Roger
March 4, 2024 12:32 pm

At least that was what I gleaned at the time – particularly from Frydenburg.

Now that result was catastrophic.

For him.

Vicki
Vicki
March 4, 2024 12:33 pm

They couldn’t have got it more right at my place. Since the beginning of Feb we have had 41mm over one 24 hour period and there is nothing left but scorched earth and a few dead stubbles of grass.

Sorry to hear that, Digger. In central tablelands of NSW it is the opposite. We had waist high grass in some paddocks & husband has been busy slashing because when it dries out – it will be a tinderbox.

local oaf
March 4, 2024 12:34 pm

Youtube is near unwatchable – ads every 4 minutes on the dot..

Download the videos and watch them offline

Free software from the net “4K Video Downloader”

iirc, you can download 30 videos per day. Only tiny annoyance is that approx every 10th time you open the software it will bring up their webpage and offer a “pro” version of the software.

Ad free videos, free of charge 🙂

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 4, 2024 12:38 pm

Keep an eye on The Greens in Brisbane’s leafy suburbs but…

Indeed.

The Brisbane City Council elections next Saturday week will be interesting. The Greens are pouring resources in behind the appalling Jonathon Sri and a chorus-line of bland smiling faces that know exactly what’s best for us.

And watch the Palacechook (Inala)and Madden (Ipswich West) by-election results. Both very safe traditional ALP seats and well outside the Greens public-service/university/two-fussy-boys-with-a-deep-commitment-and-French-Bulldog catchment areas.

Makka
Makka
March 4, 2024 12:39 pm

is that it was a savaging that was not expected by the Libs.

That’s why we label the the SFL’s.

2 things that turned votes away from the LNP.

The Hawaii holiday while Victoria burned and Scummo’s subsequent flippant attitude to that criticism.

The smug pr*cks smirking at his National Cabinet during the covid disaster.

Both of these events gifted to the Marxist press. They ruined enough goodwill for the LNP to toss them out with disdain. It was a punishment- which the LNP thought they could avoid with what ended up being a dumb, shallow election campaign. Stupid is and stupid does.

Makka
Makka
March 4, 2024 12:39 pm

Blockquote fail…

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 4, 2024 12:45 pm

H B Bear
Mar 4, 2024 12:08 PM
Liar minority government was the G phase of R-G-R. Not pretty.

Didn’t really hit the (G)-Spot?

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
March 4, 2024 12:48 pm

Not to worry as they do tick all the right boxes to complete Diversity Equity and Inclusion missions.

“By the service’s own definition, there isn’t a squadron in the Air Force that could be considered mission-ready”

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 4, 2024 12:50 pm

Roger
Mar 4, 2024 12:26 PM
Job ads down 2.8% in February as labour ranks swell.

Albanese is immigrating Australians into unemployment.

mUnty supports this. Welfare recipients (especially unemployment and disability beneficiaries) are the Liars’ go to demographic as the aspirational workers look elsewhere.

Roger
Roger
March 4, 2024 12:51 pm

The Brisbane City Council elections next Saturday week will be interesting.

Interesting… yes; as in the putative Chinese curse.

Diogenes
Diogenes
March 4, 2024 12:55 pm

The swing away from greens may be 4% of all votes but isn’t it a 50% swing away from their earlier share of the vote?

The fact that around 8% of votes were in play because PHON and fat boy didn’t run candidates meant that it is very difficult to compare with the last federal election.

Steve from kenmore
Steve from kenmore
March 4, 2024 1:10 pm

Keep an eye on The Greens in Brisbane’s leafy suburbs but…

Look at Walter Taylor. Federally Green, State Green and presently LNP. Likely to turn Green.

Roger
Roger
March 4, 2024 1:17 pm

Federally Green, State Green and presently LNP. Likely to turn Green.

People who will largely avoid the consequences of their vote.

Pogria
Pogria
March 4, 2024 1:22 pm

H B Bear
Mar 4, 2024 12:18 PM
Has there ever been a more meteoric fall from the dizzying heights of the legal profession than Dumbgeld?

Marcus Einfeld would go close. More than a few have gone from the Bench to the cells. The various DPP roles require a comfortable relationship with the government of the day and are never too far from controversy, as the current travails of the Victoriastan DPP illustrate.

At least Yeldham did us all a favour.

Makka
Makka
March 4, 2024 1:26 pm

Libs of TikTok
@libsoftiktok
Here’s an example of one of the pages of “Fun Home” which superintendent
@SUPR_BARILE
wants in your kids’ school libraries.

https://twitter.com/libsoftiktok/status/1764470340846031115

From the comments;

Curt Howland ??????
@ImpossibleBob
If parents understood the systemic child abuse that goes on in the govt “schools” there would be gibbets erected from coast to coast filled with members of the teacher’s unions to the cheering of former inmates.

Do not put your children into the hands of people who hate you!

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 4, 2024 1:27 pm

Didn’t really hit the (G)-Spot?

The G-forces almost had me pass out – curiously by a lack of blood flowing to her brain.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 4, 2024 1:30 pm

My old mate Patricia K sinks the slipper into the Aussie Trumpist strategy.

I wouldn’t boast about a friendship like that.

Winston Smith
March 4, 2024 1:32 pm

Boambee John

Mar 4, 2024 10:07 AM
Still no response from mUnty to this post at 0834, to correct the record.
We already know that you lied about the dates you were in India. Were you also lying about your rental (slum lord) houses and the fantasy football business?
Curious minds wish to hear the truth.

This curious mind doesn’t really give a shit about Munted who is on my scroll by list and only gets read on the very, very, rare occasion my scrolling reflex is a bit dull and I manage to get the gist of the first couple of lines.

Winston Smith
March 4, 2024 1:33 pm

Roger
Mar 4, 2024 10:13 AM
New York Times:

Trump support among black voters grows 500%

It looks like they’ve finally worked out they’d rather a job – not a handout.

Winston Smith
March 4, 2024 1:45 pm

Cohenite:

If any of those variables are present that Act, despite being superseded by the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Act 2018 (Cth) (‘Espionage Act’) , can apply to the spy. So, what game is Burgess playing.

My nasty, suspicious mind is toying with the concept that one of our political white ant class has been caught with it’s grubby fingers in the bikky jar, and they’re trying to make their actions not illegal. Probably because too many of them are guilty.
The haste is a bit of a giveaway, comrades.

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