Open Thread – Mon 4 March 2024


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Johnny Rotten
March 6, 2024 12:53 pm

My assumption for this is that students are adept at using the software, but without the maths background they’re not aware of input mistakes.

This sounds just like how the Climate Change/Warming Models were cobbled together.

Dot
Dot
March 6, 2024 12:57 pm

The article doesn’t seem to be on Medical X Press anymore!?

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
March 6, 2024 12:57 pm

Is “university educated” now an oxymoron?

shatterzzz
March 6, 2024 12:58 pm

Other than Vermont Trump is so far ahead in all states so far reporting “super Tuesday” it’s over long before the “fat lady sings” .. LOL!
https://pjmedia.com/chris-queen/2024/03/05/live-results-super-tuesday-gop-presidential-primaries-and-caucuses-n4926993

Morsie
Morsie
March 6, 2024 1:01 pm

I tried to get an online car insurance quote from Budget Direct.After an exhaustive process suddenly got a screen basically saying we won’t insure you.
No reason given .No claims history .No idea what happened,maybe I am too old for them

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
March 6, 2024 1:06 pm

Jeepers! Check this out. Avi exposed a lot of this.

Spanian:

Welcome to Australia’s MOST DANGEROUS City – Alice Springs – Into The Hood

Tom
Tom
March 6, 2024 1:19 pm

– inflation … they admitted 6-8%, real figure likely 15-20%

The official Australian inflation rate (4%) is attempted humour by the clowns in the ABS.

Anyone who pays for his own food knows food inflation alone is 15-20% — if you can afford the fuel to get to the supermarket.

Dot
Dot
March 6, 2024 1:19 pm

https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/515473

Budget Direct Refuse to Reinsure – Due To Claims History
pencilhead on 28/01/2020 – 16:58
Last edited 28/01/2020 – 17:08 by 1 other user

Hi,
I’ve been with Budget Direct for over 5 years for House and Contents as well as for 2 cars. Until recently have never made a claim.

My daughter got her L’s 9 months ago. The day she did, I updated our insurance policies noting her as a driver and paying the increased premium. In Dec she had an accident, with about $3000 damage to our car. I made a claim and paid the young driver excess’s of $2000.

Today, I received a letter from Budget Direct saying they will not renew the policy on our cars due to “the claims history of one or more drivers on the policy falls outside our acceptance criteria.”

When I rang Budget Direct, I was told bad luck. They won’t even review the decision.

Shiq1 on 28/01/2020 – 19:04
+3

Not even

my wife had 2 not at fault claims (rear ended twice) when she got her new car (this was about 10 years ago) and they refused to insure her.

I then applied online just to see what the premium would have been if it was a clean history and then went around shopping elsewhere, QBE came out on top then and its been insured with them since.

https://www.reddit.com/r/CarsAustralia/comments/1b6v71v/budget_direct_cancelled_car_insurance_due_to_air/

Budget Direct cancelled car insurance due to air filter modification

Bought a second hand VW Golf R and got insurance with budget, listing no modifications. Found out the car had a K&N air filter installed replacing the stock one, purchased from supercheap auto for like $100. I let budget know and now they are cancelling the policy. Quite surprised at the outcome, I thought this wouldn’t be a big issue. Anyway, any recommendations for car insurance? I chose budget since at about $1600 they were half the price of the NRMA quote I received…

I’d bet they heard K&N and assumed a pod filter whereas I believe OP is referring to a direct replacement panel filter. That’s not a mod, it’s just a non OEM service part. No reason to even list it on insurance.

The unfortunate part is OP will now have to answer yes to the question if you’ve ever had a policy cancelled or rejected which will push their premium up.

Alamak!
Alamak!
March 6, 2024 1:20 pm

Is “university educated” now an oxymoron?

Universally Miseducated is closer to the truth.

I wish there were an online school that taught 1950’s (or any decade before 1970) curriculum with online lectures, tutors for hire and free content. Kind of the equivalent of the workers technical libraries which existed for self-improvement by those ineligible for Uni.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 6, 2024 1:30 pm

Bungonia Bee
Mar 6, 2024 12:57 PM
Is “university educated” now an oxymoron?

The correct expression is “university credentialled”. Education is not part of the package.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 6, 2024 1:36 pm

Alamak!

Kind of the equivalent of the workers technical libraries which existed for self-improvement by those ineligible for Uni.

The buildings (Schools of Arts, Mechanics’ Institutes et al) still stand, particularly in country and regional areas. Many of them now seem to be used by U3A, which does not target the same audience of young, self-improvers. CWA buildings and Masonic Halls could also be available.

They are probably still available a lot of the time.

Alamak!
Alamak!
March 6, 2024 1:41 pm

The buildings (Schools of Arts, Mechanics’ Institutes et al) still stand, particularly in country and regional areas. Many of them now seem to be used by U3A, which does not target the same audience of young, self-improvers. CWA buildings and Masonic Halls could also be available.

Yeah, thats the kind of facilities I was thinking of. I think many parents know the schooling system does not teach students how to think but rather what to think.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 6, 2024 1:56 pm

People need to be arrested for human rights breaches inflicted.
They broke the law.
Knowingly and deliberately.

The Queensland premier, Steven Miles, says the state government issued its unlawful police vaccine mandate in good faith, in response to a question in question time.

The Katter MP Shane Knuth has demanded the state government reappoint workers sacked under the state government’s “unlawful” police vaccine mandate.

The supreme court last week struck down vaccine mandates over the police and ambulance departments. It found the police commissioner had failed to consider the Human Rights Act when making her decision in 2021.
“Will the premier immediately instruct all government departments withdraw all disciplinary action directly related to the mandate and reinstate all affected workers back to their full employment?” Knuth, asked in question time.

Miles told parliament the government is taking crown law advice on the decision before taking further action.

“Of course, all of our agencies will comply with decisions of the court,” he said.

We took the decisions that we took at the time and in the interests of Queenslanders, in the interests of preserving the life of Queenslanders.

A couple years down the track, it might be a bit easy in hindsight to pore over that decision-making, but I can assure the member for Hill, and everyone in this house, all of those decisions were made based on the advice that we had available to us, the advice that those steps would keep Queenslanders safe, and we stand by those decisions.

The supreme court ruled the police mandate was “unlawful” and the paramedic one of no effect. The decision could be appealed to the supreme court of appeal.

Also every human rites organisation in Australia need to have all its staff removed and new people installed.
Not one of them, in the slightest way, ( except for the ‘fugee flats lockdown, that was too much even for them) managed to pick up that forcing or coercing a medical treatment on a person might breach human rights.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 6, 2024 1:58 pm

A Voice led recovery!!!

Kept us out of recession!
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2024/mar/06/australia-news-live-china-asean-summit-anthony-albanese-peter-dutton-nuclear-tax-cuts-greens-housing-optus-fine-ntwnfb
Government and private spending boosted growth as household savings picked up

That the economy kept growing in 2023 owed a lot to government spending picking up some of the slack. Spending rose 0.6% in the December quarter, although well down on the 1.5% expansion in the September quarter, the ABS said.

Much of that spending was on benefits to households, but outlays to hold the voice referendum also sprayed a bit of money into the far reaches of the nation.

Johnny Rotten
March 6, 2024 2:01 pm

Tom
Mar 6, 2024 1:19 PM
– inflation … they admitted 6-8%, real figure likely 15-20%

The official Australian inflation rate (4%) is attempted humour by the clowns in the ABS.

Anyone who pays for his own food knows food inflation alone is 15-20% — if you can afford the fuel to get to the supermarket.

And the Economy grew by what in the December Quarter? A piddling amount. Negative Growth anyone? Dim Chalmers cannot explain it away anymore.

Johnny Rotten
March 6, 2024 2:03 pm

Steve trickler
Mar 6, 2024 1:06 PM
Jeepers! Check this out. Avi exposed a lot of this.

Spanian:

Welcome to Australia’s MOST DANGEROUS City – Alice Springs – Into The Hood

Welcome to Country.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 6, 2024 2:05 pm

My assumption for this is that students are adept at using the software, but without the maths background they’re not aware of input mistakes.

This is a significant issue in engineering. And the key issue is that, without an understanding of the mathematics behind the software, the user typically has limited insight into whether the ‘solution’ is correct (in terms of picking up entry errors or correctly selecting parameters that drive the software) or the result appropriately fits the design problem.

It’s not a new issue, GIGO was a well-known term 40 years ago – which was around the end of the ‘hand calculated’ era. But it has become a critical one with the ubiquitous use of packages for everything – including mathematics – as the ‘taught’ methodology.

Baba
Baba
March 6, 2024 2:08 pm

Well, this should be the end of joint bank accounts.

Next up, it will become a crime to hold the title to the family home as tenants in common.

Graham
Graham
March 6, 2024 2:13 pm

Today brings yet another example of the stupidity of the media. You can’t be of any danger of over-estimating this.
For some reason the screens in the lifts in my office display “news” stories. One of those is a report from The Australian about levels of ice coverage in the Antarctic.
This story is illustrated by photos of polar bears standing on small pieces of floating ice.
You would think that there would be at least someone in the media company who could have pointed out the obvious to the know nothing twenty something who would have prepared the graphic.

Vicki
Vicki
March 6, 2024 2:17 pm

Only theory I have is a door to door salesman (you know the type) got into our letterbox, got missus’ name (misspelling it) and filled in and signed the transfer form. Was probably way behind on his quota for the day.

Zafiro – what happened in our case was even more outrageous. Husband made a call to a rival energy provider to check if we could do better. They couldn’t – but they had enough of his details (somehow!) to contact our current provider and tell them we had switched to them!

We knew nothing about this con until we received a “welcome” from the new company. Complaint had no effect – so we had to take it to the Ombudsman. Almost immediately we were contacted by the “new” provider saying “Sorry” – & informing us that they would arrange for the return of our business to our former provider!

Roger
Roger
March 6, 2024 2:23 pm

For some reason the screens in the lifts in my office display “news” stories.

Indoctrination.

😀

Johnny Rotten
March 6, 2024 2:23 pm

Steve trickler
Mar 6, 2024 1:06 PM
Jeepers! Check this out. Avi exposed a lot of this.

Spanian:

Welcome to Australia’s MOST DANGEROUS City – Alice Springs – Into The Hood

Tennis Elbow and Linda Burney where are you? MIA?

And you think a $200 million Arts Centre will help? Tell ’em their dreaming –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dik_wnOE4dk

Roger
Roger
March 6, 2024 2:27 pm

Not one of them, in the slightest way, ( except for the ‘fugee flats lockdown, that was too much even for them) managed to pick up that forcing or coercing a medical treatment on a person might breach human rights.

Morrison was told of that when he first floated the vaccine mandate, which is why he walked that back almost the next day and handballed the de facto mandates to businesses and government agencies.

The various HRC’s had to know and therefore were complicit by their silence in the abuses that subsequently unfolded.

Johnny Rotten
March 6, 2024 2:30 pm

One of those is a report from The Australian about levels of ice coverage in the Antarctic.
This story is illustrated by photos of polar bears standing on small pieces of floating ice.
You would think that there would be at least someone in the media company who could have pointed out the obvious to the know nothing twenty something who would have prepared the graphic.

Have you never heard of Migration? Shame on you. Those Penguins made it all the way to Madagascar. So why couldn’t the Polar Bears go south (a very long way I know).? Get with the Programme.

Zafiro
Zafiro
March 6, 2024 2:31 pm

Vicki
Mar 6, 2024 2:17 PM

Cheers Vicki. Such fiends. Scrupled and honest folk probably don’t get far in the interview process.

Vicki
Vicki
March 6, 2024 2:31 pm

A couple years down the track, it might be a bit easy in hindsight to pore over that decision-making, but I can assure the member for Hill, and everyone in this house, all of those decisions were made based on the advice that we had available to us, the advice that those steps would keep Queenslanders safe, and we stand by those decisions.

All of the useless box-tickers who are incapable of independent critical thinking will tirelessly repeat this miserable excuse.

The “buck” will never stops with such creatures…it will go on and on down the line. They don’t even have the decency to apologise for a lack of an independent inquiry.

I stand by my evaluation of the lack of integrity in the “top” echelons of many of the professions today……too much money involved. Integrity and independence are expensive commodities & are not valued characteristics. No surprise that most of the opponents of the novel vaccines were retired professional people or working class family men and women who more easily see “the Emperor has no clothes”.

Roger
Roger
March 6, 2024 2:38 pm

Budget Direct cancelled car insurance due to air filter modification

Budget Direct is cheap for a reason.

Roger
Roger
March 6, 2024 2:42 pm

I can assure the member for Hill, and everyone in this house, all of those decisions were made based on the advice that we had available to us, the advice that those steps would keep Queenslanders safe, and we stand by those decisions.

The “buck” will never stops with such creatures…

The lady who gave the advice is now Governor of QLD.

At the time of the lockdowns she claimed she was suffering too because she couldn’t go to the ballet.

Vicki
Vicki
March 6, 2024 2:43 pm

Researchers investigate immune response of a man who received 217 COVID vaccinations (MedXpress, 5 Mar)

Duk, as you probably already know, the internet has been flooded with this story in the last 24 hours or so. If not a hoax, it is a ridiculous effort by Pharma to counter the growing evidence of injuries incurred by the mRNA vaccines.

Is there no end to the evil?

Zafiro
Zafiro
March 6, 2024 2:45 pm

This has to be getting into the realm of Darwin Awards by now.

Budget Direct would be giving Lithium-ion ownership a wide berth I’d suspect.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
March 6, 2024 2:46 pm

I await MSNBC’s headline:
“10 Cars That Aren’t Worth A Story Individually”.

Rabz
March 6, 2024 2:47 pm

a report from The Australian about levels of ice coverage in the Antarctic. This story is illustrated by photos of polar bears standing on small pieces of floating ice.

Al Bore’s mythical Bipolar Bears.

Dot
Dot
March 6, 2024 2:48 pm

A vindictive nationalist government may be a prerequisite for a most favourable libertarian government.

Johnny Rotten
March 6, 2024 2:51 pm

Duk, as you probably already know, the internet has been flooded with this story in the last 24 hours or so. If not a hoax, it is a ridiculous effort by Pharma to counter the growing evidence of injuries incurred by the mRNA vaccines.

With all those jabs, the person’s arm(s) would look like a pin cushion. Any leaks?

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
March 6, 2024 2:51 pm

Naturally it is Katter party asking question about ending the mandates.

The LNP on this subject are proving totally useless.

Roger
Roger
March 6, 2024 2:56 pm

Qantas has been fined $250,000 and convicted for illegally standing down an employee in 2020 after he raised safety concerns about cleaning planes flying in from China.

A QANTAS spokesperson said “Safety has always been our number one priority and we continue to encourage our employees to report all safety related matters.”

And be prepared to lose your job for doing so.

The chap concerned receives a mere $21 000 in compensation.

Rabz
March 6, 2024 2:56 pm

At the time of the schlockdowns she claimed she was suffering too because she couldn’t go to the ballet.

Nor could she handle footballs kicked into the crowd at ALPFL matches.

Roger
Roger
March 6, 2024 2:58 pm

Naturally it is Katter party asking question about ending the mandates.

The LNP on this subject are proving totally useless.

Given they backed all the measures it would be the height of hypocrisy for them to take a stand now.

A grovelling mea culpa would be welcome, however.

Rabz
March 6, 2024 3:00 pm
Dot
Dot
March 6, 2024 3:03 pm

The chap concerned receives a mere $21 000 in compensation.

What a good corporate citizen, who are on the other hand pandering to the 40% LGBTQi of our population.

Johnny Rotten
March 6, 2024 3:08 pm

dover0beach
Mar 6, 2024 2:53 PM
Sanctions: To Russia with Love
Excellent short vid.

This should be broadcast to every Western Country including Australia and NZ.

Roger
Roger
March 6, 2024 3:24 pm

What a good corporate citizen…

I’ll go out on a limb here and suggest good corporate citizens no longer exist.

The banking RC gave us an insight into the illegal practices Australian corporations will engage in if they think they can get away with it and the ethics of the people who run them.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 6, 2024 3:33 pm

a report from The Australian about levels of ice coverage in the Antarctic. This story is illustrated by photos of polar bears standing on small pieces of floating ice.

Poley bears and penguins? Maybe the penguin left the iceberg before the polar bear arrived.

Incidentally the Arctic is fine. The usual suspects are wetting themselves this week about the Antarctic but that’s all due to the Tonga volcano, which they usually forget to mention.

Arctic sea ice continues to show resiliency…nearly normal temperatures in summer (melting) season holds the key to its holding firm (4 Mar)

Johnny Rotten
March 6, 2024 3:52 pm

Aaron
Mar 6, 2024 3:24 PM
Tony Burke. This bloke is the undisputed king of grubs. Making Marles look like a miser.

So, on the Fact Finding Mission, what Facts were found by the Minister for Employment & Workplace Relations? Please report back ‘Toe Knee’ asap (already over a year late). The Taxpayers await your considered response. It was their money that you were spending after all. Any report at all?

And BTW, did you take a Lady friend with you this time?

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
March 6, 2024 3:55 pm

Roger,
If nobody changes their mind about mandates and vaccines etc we are not going to make any progress.

Katter may have supported mandates initially but if they have now reversed their view that is a good thing.

One of the strongest pro Vax Senators was Lambie. However last week she finally voted in support of Ralph Babets vote for an inquiry into excess deaths. It was the 4th attempt at that vote and all independent Senators voted in support.

Not something reported in mainstream media.

Roger
Roger
March 6, 2024 4:00 pm

If nobody changes their mind about mandates and vaccines etc we are not going to make any progress.

The first step in that process is an apology.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 6, 2024 4:09 pm

Munni for who??
Albanese appoints 10 ‘business champions’ to lead south-east Asia investment facility
We’ve also appointed 10 business champions implementing another of the economic strategy’s key recommendations. These are senior Australian business leaders who will help set the agenda for future growth in the commercial relationships we have with the countries of south-east Asia, to help Australian tech companies enter new markets in south-east Asia. I also announced yesterday that we will establish new regional landing pads in Ho Chi Minh City and Jakarta.

https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/top-ceos-named-as-business-champions-for-south-east-asia-20240305-p5f9vf

Macquarie chief executive Shemara Wikramanayake (the Philippines), Western Sydney University chancellor Jennifer Westacott (Indonesia), ANZ chief executive Shayne Elliott (Singapore), Aurecon chief operating officer Louise Adams (Vietnam), Lendlease CEO Tony Lombardo (Malaysia) and AgCoTech chairman Charles Olsson (Laos).

‘ASEAN is where the action is’
The others are Linfox executive chairman Peter Fox (Thailand), MGA Insurance Brokers executive chairman John George (Cambodia), Pristine Pacific Australia executive director Nur Rahman (Brunei) and East Timor Trading Group chairman Sakib Awan, who will represent East Timor, which is on the cusp of being admitted to ASEAN.

Hugh
Hugh
March 6, 2024 4:11 pm

The first step in that process is an apology.

Good luck with that.

Speedbox
March 6, 2024 4:14 pm

A couple years down the track, it might be a bit easy in hindsight to pore over that decision-making, but I can assure the member for Hill, and everyone in this house, all of those decisions were made based on the advice that we had available to us, the advice that those steps would keep Queenslanders safe, and we stand by those decisions.

And there it is: ……those decisions were made based on the advice that we had available to us……

We all knew, and many said, that when the time comes, all of those bastards who made our lives a misery for 2+ years would run off to the coward’s castle of ‘the best advice available’. No honesty, no acceptance of any responsibility. Up yours peasants.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
March 6, 2024 4:18 pm

We took the decisions that we took at the time and in the interests of Queenslanders, in the interests of preserving the life of Queenslanders.

A couple years down the track, it might be a bit easy in hindsight to pore over that decision-making

Let’s “pore over” some of that decision making:
His government “in the interests of Queenslanders” placed severe restrictions on businesses, requiring customers to be 1.5 metres distant from each other, no more than 1 per 4 square metres, etc.

Simultaneously, “in the interests of Queenslanders” his govt allowed 30,000 people to mix, mingle and walk around the CBD in a tight pack, coz George Floyd.

Simultaneously his government sent undercover police officers and undercover public servants, to enter outback pubs which had 1 or 2 patrons for the entire day, and fine those pubs business-jeopardising amounts, for having “too many people” (i.e. the undercover officers) on the premises.

“In the interests of Queenslanders” indeed.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 6, 2024 4:19 pm

The real estate agent, who fell afoul of the mythical Rainbow Serpent, by building some earthworks on his land, now has to wait until April 19 to hear the verdict. If he’s guilty, he’s looking at nine months up the creek, and a twenty thousand dollar fine. He’ll also lose his real estate agent’s license.

Dot
Dot
March 6, 2024 4:20 pm

Western Sydney University chancellor Jennifer Westacott (Indonesia)

Just go away you grub.

Winston Smith
March 6, 2024 4:25 pm

Wodger:
Roger

Mar 6, 2024 2:38 PM
Budget Direct cancelled car insurance due to air filter modification

Budget Direct is cheap for a reason.

The saga of the 380…
Finally after three months they’ve gotten around to writing off the 380. snif
But I’ve also got the Patrol insured with them and I’m about to get a secondary fuel filter put in on the next service.
Thanks for pointing that out, Wodger. I will check to see if they consider it grounds for dismissing a claim.

Hugh
Hugh
March 6, 2024 4:26 pm

No honesty, no acceptance of any responsibility. Up yours peasants.

Exactly.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 6, 2024 4:27 pm

Courts & Justice
Tony Maddox: Agonising wait for Toodyay real estate agent charged with Aboriginal Heritage Act breach
Rebecca Le MayThe West Australian
Wed, 6 March 2024 12:21PM

A Toodyay real estate agent charged with breaching WA’s Aboriginal Heritage Act has an agonising wait to learn his fate as a magistrate mulls over his decision.

Tony Maddox, 71, was charged by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage last year, accused of damaging or altering a part of the Avon River — Boyagerring Brook — which runs through his farm north-east of Perth, without first seeking ministerial consent.

Mr Maddox bolstered a creek crossing that provides access to his house, concreting the top surface, pumping in bore water and removing silt to create a large artificial lake that he says has become an animal sanctuary.

Represented by barrister and former attorney-general Christian Porter, the business owner argued during a two day trial in Perth Magistrates Court last month that the work was necessary.

The previous crossing, comprised of just sand and rocks when he bought the land in 2014, kept eroding during the rainy season.

Mr Maddox further argued that he could not have been reasonably expected to have known the Act applied to the brook – with Mr Porter questioning whether the Aboriginal heritage-registered Avon River site extended to tributaries.

In what appeared to be a massive blow to the State’s case, the department’s former registrar of Aboriginal sites, Tania Butler, conceded that an online database showing the boundaries of significant sites could sometimes be inaccurate – so he could have fallen foul of the laws even if he checked.

But Mr Maddox will have to wait to hear the reserved decision of Magistrate Andrew Matthews, who adjourned the matter on Wednesday until April 18, expecting further submissions.

The case had been moved to a larger courtroom, presumably to accommodate Mr Maddox’s large group of supporters, who expressed disappointment outside that his stressful limbo continued.
Tony Maddox will testify at the trial.

If convicted, Mr Maddox faces up to nine months in jail as well as a $20,000 fine.

Dot
Dot
March 6, 2024 4:27 pm

I shit gold for you people and you credit the stable boy.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
March 6, 2024 4:29 pm

wait to learn his fate as a magistrate mulls over his decision.

Anyone not able to spot the problem he faces?

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 6, 2024 4:35 pm

If only they had been free to marry….
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-06/report-recommends-apology-for-victorian-abuse-victims-beaumaris/103552184
The inquiry found the Department of Education’s response to child sexual abuse from the 1960s to the 1990s represented a “catastrophic failing” that was not aligned with community expectations.

It described the department’s response as “a series of repeated, systemic and self-reinforcing failures” that included a lack of policies on child sexual abuse, and a culture of prioritising the reputation of schools and teachers over the safety of children.

The report noted there had “been no systemic reviews led by the Department to understand the scope and scale of historical child sexual abuse in government schools from 1960 to today.”
In the case of David MacGregor, the department gave him a three-year suspension from teaching roles in 1985, and then offered him a job back in a classroom in 1989.

He remained with the education department until his retirement in 1992, and was in 1994 found guilty of further sexual offences dating back to the 1980s.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 6, 2024 4:37 pm

And what do you think was one of handsome boys pitches for ASEAN, abart fromn the lazy 2 bill giveaway?

Visas

Winston Smith
March 6, 2024 4:44 pm

Roger

Mar 6, 2024 2:56 PM
Qantas has been fined $250,000 and convicted for illegally standing down an employee in 2020 after he raised safety concerns about cleaning planes flying in from China.
A QANTAS spokesperson said “Safety has always been our number one priority and we continue to encourage our employees to report all safety related matters.”
And be prepared to lose your job for doing so.
The chap concerned receives a mere $21 000 in compensation.

Until these corporations who just shrug and laugh at the legal implications of their bastardry, start getting hit with US level fines, they’re not going to stop.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 6, 2024 4:48 pm

Just go away you grub.

Hear hear. Very much part of the problem.

Roger
Roger
March 6, 2024 4:50 pm

The first step in that process is an apology.

Good luck with that.

I happen to know my state member personally.

He knows what I think of him and his colleagues.

That’s been some consolation.

Winston Smith
March 6, 2024 4:52 pm

Salvatore:

Simultaneously his government sent undercover police officers and undercover public servants, to enter outback pubs which had 1 or 2 patrons for the entire day, and fine those pubs business-jeopardising amounts, for having “too many people” (i.e. the undercover officers) on the premises.

That’s disgusting – there will be records of the people who did this?

Roger
Roger
March 6, 2024 4:54 pm

One of the strongest pro Vax Senators was Lambie. However last week she finally voted in support of Ralph Babets vote for an inquiry into excess deaths.

The problem is that she likely hasn’t voted on principle.

There’ll be a quid pro quo involved.

Top Ender
Top Ender
March 6, 2024 5:00 pm

A 45-year-old West Australian man has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault

So presumably he gets convicted and then appeals it for a jury trial?

JC
JC
March 6, 2024 5:00 pm

Faulty alert.

John H.
John H.
March 6, 2024 5:01 pm

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Mar 6, 2024 4:19 PM
The real estate agent, who fell afoul of the mythical Rainbow Serpent, by building some earthworks on his land, now has to wait until April 19 to hear the verdict. If he’s guilty, he’s looking at nine months up the creek, and a twenty thousand dollar fine. He’ll also lose his real estate agent’s license.

His counsel should subpoena the Rainbow Serpent.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
March 6, 2024 5:03 pm

Linfox is already in Thailand, has been for years now.

Call me cynical but I hope someone in the Senate Committee keeps an eye these appointment’s travel and public expenses especially if they coincide with business travel with said interests in the country.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
March 6, 2024 5:13 pm

You would think that there would be at least someone in the media company who could have pointed out the obvious to the know nothing twenty something who would have prepared the graphic.

The fact that there isn’t tells you it’s not worth subscribing. Being told things by ignorant idiots isn’t worth a farthing.

Top Ender
Top Ender
March 6, 2024 5:14 pm

Hahahahahahahaha!

Two Extinction Rebellion protesters jailed for causing gridlock chaos by blocking the West Gate Bridge with a truck are now appealing their three-week prison sentences.

Serial pests Deanne “Violet” Coco, 33, and Bradley Homewood, 51, lodged bids for freedom in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, just one day into their jailhouse stint.

The pair both asked for bail pending an appeal of their sentences, handed down just hours earlier in a late night court hearing on Tuesday.

Both acting as their own lawyer — as they had the night before — neither was granted their wish and will be forced to remain behind bars pending any future appeal in a higher court.

The Herald Sun understands that Coco withdrew her application for release at the last minute, while Homewood’s bid for appeal bail was refused on the basis he was an “unacceptable risk”.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
March 6, 2024 5:19 pm

Nor could she handle footballs kicked into the crowd at ALPFL matches.

Nearly forgot about that idiotic comment.

If the footy gets kicked into the crowd and you touch it you’ll get ebola virus, aids, polio, malaria, diptheria, black plague, bottom germs, gout, the flu, or a heavy cold.

Possibly even covid (slightly heavy cold).

And this imbecile is still on the public teat.

Aaron
Aaron
March 6, 2024 5:26 pm

“And this imbecile is still on the public teat”.

The Qld Health head honcho was one of the unhealthiest looking people I’ve seen.

She’s the Governer now, I believe.

Tom
Tom
March 6, 2024 5:30 pm

Reporting from Super Tuesday, Sky News reporter Annelise Nielsen says the problem for America in 2024 will be low voter turnout — by which she means low Democrat Party turnout.

I hope Annelise is getting a root because there is no other reason she is in the USA for Sky News. Utterly incompetent.

Dot
Dot
March 6, 2024 5:32 pm

So presumably he gets convicted and then appeals it for a jury trial?

I can’t see that happening. They’d lose too much face and discredit themselves and the magistrate’s courts. I think the District Court judge that allowed his appeal would dismiss the conviction. Reordering a (District Court) trial would be a farce. It would be hard with the State’s admissions and bad PR to get a unanimous (enough) jury to vote for a guilty verdict.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 6, 2024 5:32 pm

A 45-year-old West Australian man has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault

The Greens claim he reminds Western Australians of their racist past, and the “Stolen Generations.’

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 6, 2024 5:39 pm

Leftytwitter has all the usual suspects hyperventilating about the poor benighted kiddies.

Without possession of the facts (as mentioned the bloke might be a 100% dickhead) would it be impolite to point out 3 little kids, swimming unsupervised, in, I assume a full depth pool could have been
“3 Kids drowned in unsafe pool”..

Schoolday.
Parents oblivious to where the kids were.

Roger
Roger
March 6, 2024 5:41 pm

Serial pests Deanne “Violet” Coco, 33, and Bradley Homewood, 51

33 & 51.

Grow up.

Dot
Dot
March 6, 2024 5:41 pm

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-06/gdp-december-quarter-2023-meets-low-expectations/103553062

Mr Smith said today’s data “is further evidence that the November 2023 interest rate hike by the RBA was unnecessary”.

If only he understood a per capita, real AUD recession could be avoided with lower inflation and immigration.

Inflation is likely higher than the ABS figure.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 6, 2024 5:45 pm

From the Hun.

Darren McDonald, 56, fined and convicted for improper use of defence service decoration

A former Portarlington RSL president has been convicted and fined for faking his war medals after wearing those of a dead friend, but veterans gathered outside court wanted jail time.
Erin Constable
@erinec18
2 min read
March 6, 2024 – 3:38PM
Geelong Advertiser

A former Portarlington RSL president has been convicted and fined for faking his war medals after wearing those of a dead friend, but veterans gathered outside court wanted jail time.

Darren McDonald, 56, pleaded guilty in the Geelong Magistrates Court to the improper use of a defence service decoration after his bid for diversion was rejected on Wednesday.

His lawyer, Mel Cox, told the court McDonald “deeply regrets” wearing his friend’s medals.

“He can no longer show his face in public,” Ms Cox said.

“He has faced intimidation, harassment and lost long term friends over this.”

The Portarlington resident wore an all black ensemble to court and spent the majority of the proceedings looking at the floor.

Other veterans in court were instructed to sit away from McDonald.

The court heard McDonald borrowed the medals from a deceased friend and that he has now returned the medals to that friend’s family.

McDonald served 10 years in the Australian Defence Force, joining when he was 17 in 1989.

He worked for three years as a recruit instructor and spent his remaining seven years working in transport before being medically discharged from the military.

In this time, he did not receive the UN Cambodia UNTAC Medal, an Australian Active Service Medal with clasp, Australian Service Medal with Clasp and a Long Service Medal with two clasps that he wore on several occasions, including on Anzac Day last year.

Ms Cox applied for diversion on behalf of McDonald, which is a way for low level offenders to avoid a criminal record by undertaking conditions that benefit the victim and community.

Judicial registrar Micheal Bolte rejected this bid for diversion citing he “did not accept it was low level offending”.

“To present false service medals is completely disrespectful to current and past servicemen and women,” he said.

McDonald then pleaded guilty to the charge in front of Magistrate Gerard Lethbridge.

The court heard a letter of recommendation from a retired sergeant major, a letter from RSL Victoria and medical records were tendered to the court by McDonald’s defence.

Mr Lethbridge deemed the improper use of wearing the medals as “deliberate, dishonest and criminal behaviour”.

He convicted McDonald and fined him $2500.

The maximum penalty for this charge was up to six months imprisonment.

President of the Aussie Veterans Association, Dave Menz, who started to investigate Mr McDonald after hearing allegations he had been wearing medals that he was not entitled to, said he wanted jail time for McDonald.

Dot
Dot
March 6, 2024 5:45 pm

Imagine if WA wins in their criminal case against Mr Cable No. 2. (LOL) and he loses his appeal and they basically set a precedent that adults have no obligation to keep children safe if the kids want to run away and feel that their liberties are being deprecated, let alone for strangers.

The rubber hits the road with the realities of precedent. They outweigh politics and optics.

Zafiro
Zafiro
March 6, 2024 5:47 pm

33 & 51.

Grow up.

The third member who wasn’t locked up is 68.

Roger
Roger
March 6, 2024 5:47 pm

Sky News has a Washington correspondent?

Must be siphoning off quite a bit from the budget, judging by their shonky production values & sets.

Speedbox
March 6, 2024 5:48 pm

Aaron
Mar 6, 2024 5:26 PM
She’s the Governer now, I believe.

She is.

The reason is so she cannot be challenged (whist Governor) for her past deeds as Health guru.

rosie
rosie
March 6, 2024 5:49 pm
Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 6, 2024 5:51 pm

How dare the proles want cheaper tobacco!

Victoria Police blames consumers for tobacco wars which have seen dozens of stores firebombed (Sky News, 6 Mar)

A senior detective involved in combatting Victoria’s tobacco wars has blamed consumers for the conflict which has seen dozens of stores firebombed as organised crime groups battle for control of the illicit tobacco trade.

Well, Vicplod, in the last few years I think the punter on the street has become quite fed up with you fascists. I can see why they might no longer pay attention to your Karening. And as for the Vic state government, they’ve obviously never heard of the Laffer curve. It’s a Laff a minute as you turn the entire population into lawbreakers.

Dot
Dot
March 6, 2024 5:57 pm

President of the Aussie Veterans Association, Dave Menz, who started to investigate Mr McDonald after hearing allegations he had been wearing medals that he was not entitled to, said he wanted jail time for McDonald.

I’m not “rooting” for stolen valour, but this is a bit over-the-top and maniacal. This was intentional, but some of the stolen valour hunters can go for people over rather minor infractions.

In this time, he did not receive the UN Cambodia UNTAC Medal, an Australian Active Service Medal with clasp, Australian Service Medal with Clasp and a Long Service Medal with two clasps that he wore on several occasions, including on Anzac Day last year.

What would they want if he wore a DSM or an MG?

Rum shots for everyone at 4:30 AM, shoot straight you fatherless gentlemen?

He didn’t get a no conviction recorded, good behaviour bond; he still copped a decent fine.

I understand gaol time if he financially benefitted, sure. The fact is these people are all or nearly all EX military. They’re virtually all civilians again.

It’s nowhere near as bad as how the military is being mismanaged by career officers, out of design or obedience to civil authority.

The court heard McDonald borrowed the medals from a deceased friend and that he has now returned the medals to that friend’s family.

Why though? It just seems so silly.

cohenite
March 6, 2024 6:01 pm

This is the whackadoodle bint from Colorado who took Trump off the ballot. Crazy eyes and once again a white liberal female is the cause of ratbaggery of the highest order.

Roger
Roger
March 6, 2024 6:03 pm

A senior detective involved in combatting Victoria’s tobacco wars has blamed consumers for the conflict…

VicPlod really hate Victorians.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 6, 2024 6:06 pm

The third member who wasn’t locked up is 68.

Median age of your average Friends of the ALPBC meeting. Retired schoolteachers heavily over represented.

Top Ender
Top Ender
March 6, 2024 6:06 pm

Should be a mandatory $10k fine for wearing false medals. The thinking being it would stop it, which is the main point.

Roger
Roger
March 6, 2024 6:11 pm

Median age of your average Friends of the ALPBC meeting. Retired schoolteachers heavily over represented.

I’m so old I remember when schoolteachers were looked up to.

Zafiro
Zafiro
March 6, 2024 6:11 pm

“If you are buying illicit tobacco, you are funding an arson attack, you are funding a shooting, you are funding the purchase of illicit firearms,” Detective Inspector Banks said.

Sod off. I do not procure my illicit tobacco from Lebos. Theirs is second rate and $6 a pack more expensive than the Chinamans’.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
March 6, 2024 6:11 pm

Crazy eyes and once again a white liberal female is the cause of ratbaggery of the highest order.

How do people like this get selected? Then elected? She’s so obviously whackadoodle, it must be a requirement for selection.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 6, 2024 6:12 pm

Underbelly Victoriastan The Tobacco Wars now shooting (pun intended this time). The ATO should be charged as an accessory – just as Snic predicted.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 6, 2024 6:12 pm

Nor could she handle footballs kicked into the crowd at ALPFL matches.

I think that was the South Australian idiot, not the Queensland one.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 6, 2024 6:12 pm

Other than Vermont Trump is so far ahead in all states

Haha, one guess why Vermont is an outlier…

Vermont is an “open primary” state. You can choose the party’s ballot you wish to vote. This decision does not register you with that party and it is a private decision.

Nikki is the Dems’ girlie, they’re who got her up in Vermont.

Vermont Primary Election Process

Indolent
Indolent
March 6, 2024 6:15 pm

Another “family business”. She should not have been there at all.

Nuland Should Have Gone Sooner

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 6, 2024 6:16 pm

this is a bit over-the-top and maniacal

Dunno Dot.

These are awards for service in places where you can get your head blown off or watch your entrails dry after you’re disembowelled by shrapnel. They are (in my view) markers of extremely significant achievements, both individually and as a group.

They are well above (again, in my view) Orders of Australia and other gongs presented to Rhonda for 60 years of service to the CWA. It’s not like wearing a Batman suit to a costume party.

Too often cockheads build reputations and community standing by falsely wearing medals they are not entitled to. They demean the service of actual veterans by pretending to have displayed the courage, endurance and fortitude – in the service of their country, no less – that they didn’t*.

I’m okay with jail for this. Not for ten years or more, but enough to ruin their fake reputations.

*See also – Four Leaf Tayback from Tropic Thunder.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 6, 2024 6:18 pm

Nor could she handle footballs kicked into the crowd at ALPFL matches.
…..
I think that was the South Australian idiot, not the Queensland one.

Yep – the SA one. ‘Just don’t touch that ball!’

The Quenthland one shut all the schools to ‘teach people a lesson’.

Zafiro
Zafiro
March 6, 2024 6:25 pm

Nor could she handle footballs kicked into the crowd at ALPFL matches.

I think that was the South Australian idiot, not the Queensland one.

Correct My favourite football Covidiocy was a game at Geelong that was allowed to have fans at 1/4 capacity. The way they did it was to cram all 7000 of them into one quadrant of the stadium.

Dot
Dot
March 6, 2024 6:25 pm

Fair enough KD I should have given more credence to the active service award and the tension in the Cambodia mission.

Tom
Tom
March 6, 2024 6:32 pm

Paywallian foreign editor and never-Trumper Greg Sheridan says Joe Biden should be scared because Donald Trump in his Super Tuesday victory speech today was calm and rational.

Like Sky News floosie Analise Nielsen, Sheridan thinks Trump’s major problem this year will be low turnout when the opposite is the case.

Sheridan is one of the dumbest Australian journalists with a media platform. He can’t see past Trump’s arrogance to figure out why people want to vote for him.

It’s liberty and freedom from tyranny, Greg, you dumbo.

Harlequin Decline
March 6, 2024 6:36 pm

Drove from Sydney via overnight in Orbost to my current location in Korumburra( near the mushroom poisoning capital of Oz-Leongatha).

The Monaro Hwy turned shitty once leaving NSW but, surprisingly the Victorian Prince’s Hwy was in good nick. Being near Melbourne probably helped.

We stopped in Traralgon for a break and there was a woman in the cafe that was talking so fast I had difficulty understanding wtf she was saying. At first I thought she was speaking a foreign language but it turns out it must have been high speed English. Drugs maybe?

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 6, 2024 6:39 pm

Between Sheridan and Kelly reading Teh Paywallian is like walking through the Hay Plains carpark barefoot at midnight.

Top Ender
Top Ender
March 6, 2024 6:40 pm

Meanwhile in the Territory:

A school principal has left by plane after a community member allegedly chased the leader across school grounds and into hiding, forcing students to spend a day in lockdown.

The NT News can reveal that around 9.30am on Monday, a community member of Melville Island allegedly became “angry” at the principal.

The community member allegedly chased the principal across school grounds.

The principal found refuge in a preschool classroom with other teachers and students who locked themselves away from the irate person.

The school went into immediate lockdown as the person allegedly tried to break into the preschool room for 15 minutes.

A source told the NT News that the teachers were worried they would be attacked.

“They were all thinking (the person was) going to flog them all,” they said.

“(The person) didn’t have a weapon but they were angry, all right.”

A Department of Education spokeswoman confirmed the “unhappy” individual was removed from the grounds and the school later reopened.

“Yesterday staff at Pularumpi School were required to follow lockdown procedure after there was an unhappy community member on school grounds,” the statement read.

The spokeswoman said no barricades were used and that the person was removed from the school.

“Police were notified and assisted the community member off school grounds,” she said.

“All staff and students were safe at all times.”

The NT News was told the principal was escorted to the airport later that afternoon.

“They’ve packed up their things, they’ve jumped on the next available flight and they’ve left.”

Funny, same thing happened in another “community” near us – nothing happened…just a cultural thing…

Salvatore, Iron Publican
March 6, 2024 6:44 pm

Yep – the SA one. ‘Just don’t touch that ball!’

“If you are at Adelaide oval and the ball comes toward you my advice is to duck and just do not touch the ball”

It is best appreciated in the original video, here it is, the entire 27 second clip. 😂

Roger
Roger
March 6, 2024 6:47 pm

Nissan reportedly no longer supporting the software on its old Leaf EV.

Another unforeseen issue that will further the decline in EV sales.

Rosie
Rosie
March 6, 2024 6:50 pm

Internationals cannot believe that cigarettes are close to $50 a pack, and vaping which is very popular in Europe is banned.
It’s government at fault, not the poor punter.
But a gold star to the rival Lebanese families who are too stupid to sort out their differences quietly, but then, they never have, this has been on for decades.
They also firebox each other’s icecream shops.

Muddy
Muddy
March 6, 2024 6:52 pm

We took the decisions that we took at the time and in the interests of Queenslanders, in the interests of preserving the life of Queenslanders.

A couple years down the track, it might be a bit easy in hindsight to pore over that decision-making, but I can assure the member for Hill, and everyone in this house, all of those decisions were made based on the advice that we had available to us, the advice that those steps would keep Queenslanders safe, and we stand by those decisions.

Liquid Bovine Excrement (by the ocean-load)!
Governments in first-world countries had all the resources (financial and scientific/medical knowledge, long-established health infrastructure, etc.) available at the time, to make sound, educated decisions, but chose not to.

By the time the vaccines became commonly available in Australia, there was enough statistical evidence (albeit somewhat furry – died ‘with’ rather than ‘of’ Covid-19, for example), regarding mortality rates and demographics, to come up with more nuanced plans. There was also NO EVIDENCE at that time regarding the effectiveness of the vaccines in preventing transmission from person-to-person. Even the vaccine manufacturer websites were non-committal regarding transmission.

This ‘hindsight is a magical mushroom’ doesn’t apply to the European settlement of Australia, but does apply to a lavishly-resourced first world system of government? Pull the other udder mate!

The cowardly fecker who uttered those words was the health minister for at least part of that period. Firetruck you, Miles. Get in the ring feckamutha!

I don’t expect this will go anywhere, because the Floppy-Libs in Qld are as impotent as all living dead.

O.K., that’s enough probing of my blood pressure.

Pogria
Pogria
March 6, 2024 6:52 pm
Rosie
Rosie
March 6, 2024 7:00 pm

The air-conditioning at my apartment isn’t working, at least the heating isn’t. Apparently the high humidity in Malta is fatal to Mitsubishi units (listening to tradie talk) though this one is a haier?
Was told they’d be back this morning between 9 and 11 so naturally he turned up at 8.
Also got a letter even though the box says no junk mail, and junk mail it was, Baptists trying to poach Catholics.
The cable TV I have has not one but two religious channels, both with mass for you at home, when I flicked through.
No doubt there are many secularised here but my observations is these aren’t usually the target of evangelicals who’s main interest is proving that Catholics worship Our Lady etc
etc.

Also may have mentioned last year, seeing as Maltese is an Arabic dialect with lots of Italian or Spanish sounding loan words, John is ‘Gwann’ and Lent is Randan.
J

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
March 6, 2024 7:03 pm

AOC’s consoyt is in for an angry pegging tonight.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 6, 2024 7:04 pm

A school principal has left by plane after a community member allegedly chased the leader across school grounds and into hiding, forcing students to spend a day in lockdown.

No cable ties handy?

MatrixTransform
March 6, 2024 7:05 pm

The ATO should be charged as an accessory

I jokingly told the manager at Dan Murphy’s that I consider him a drug pusher

he quipped back, ‘yeah, us and out business partners the Govt”

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
March 6, 2024 7:06 pm

“He can no longer show his face in public,” Ms Cox said.

“He has faced intimidation, harassment and lost long term friends over this.”

Lend him a rope.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 6, 2024 7:07 pm

A school principal has left by plane after a community member allegedly chased the leader across school grounds and into hiding, forcing students to spend a day in lockdown

If only there was a Voice of some sort.

miltonf
miltonf
March 6, 2024 7:09 pm
miltonf
miltonf
March 6, 2024 7:10 pm

For you Rosie if you want some entertainment

MatrixTransform
March 6, 2024 7:12 pm

Now go away, as it’s worthless to have an argument with you. You’re a waste of space.

Oh … and

JC, correct there is no point arguing … your’e just wrong

as usual

JC
JC
March 6, 2024 7:15 pm

Rent’s gone up, Trans. Increase is in the next statement.

Winston Smith
March 6, 2024 7:16 pm

Muddy:

Governments in first-world countries had all the resources (financial and scientific/medical knowledge, long-established health infrastructure, etc.) available at the time, to make sound, educated decisions, but chose not to.

We had an established plan on how to combat a nationwide viral illness and the government ditched it and did almost everything opposite to what was deemed the optimum action.
They can explain that just for starters.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
March 6, 2024 7:16 pm

I don’t understand the idea of a prison sentence for the stolen valour case. Sure, pretending you’ve done something brave and fine when you haven’t is utterly contemptible. And when the idiot who did it is found out and nailed as a contemptible person, isn’t that enough? He now knows his former colleagues despise him, as do plenty of others. If being thought brave and fine was so important to him, I should have thought being thoroughly despised would be the appropriate punishment.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 6, 2024 7:16 pm

Daily Mail.

An ex-cop who is now a federal politician has expressed her horror after three children were allegedly cable tied by a tradie in Western Australia.

Shocking footage posted to Facebook showed a six-year-old girl and boys aged seen and eight in tears with their hands tied together outside a Conkerberry Road home near Cable Beach in Broome, Western Australia, on Tuesday afternoon.

WA Greens senator and former police officer, Dorinda Cox, said the footage was disturbing and confronting.

‘We can never be OK with watching children as young as six being humiliated, their tiny wrists being tied up and leaving them crying in the hot sun,’ she said.

‘As a mother, watching these children begging for their freedom and in fear was like watching a slow repeat of the historical racially-based abuse experienced by previous generations of First Nations people.”

132andBush
132andBush
March 6, 2024 7:17 pm

thefrollickingmole
Mar 6, 2024 1:56 PM
People need to be arrested for human rights breaches inflicted.
They broke the law.
Knowingly and deliberately.

The Queensland premier, Steven Miles, says the state government issued its unlawful police vaccine mandate in good faith, in response to a question in question time.

The Katter MP Shane Knuth has demanded the state government reappoint workers sacked under the state government’s “unlawful” police vaccine mandate.

The supreme court last week struck down vaccine mandates over the police and ambulance departments. It found the police commissioner had failed to consider the Human Rights Act when making her decision in 2021.
“Will the premier immediately instruct all government departments withdraw all disciplinary action directly related to the mandate and reinstate all affected workers back to their full employment?” Knuth, asked in question time.

Miles told parliament the government is taking crown law advice on the decision before taking further action.

“Of course, all of our agencies will comply with decisions of the court,” he said.

We took the decisions that we took at the time and in the interests of Queenslanders, in the interests of preserving the life of Queenslanders.

A couple years down the track, it might be a bit easy in hindsight to pore over that decision-making, but I can assure the member for Hill, and everyone in this house, all of those decisions were made based on the advice that we had available to us, the advice that those steps would keep Queenslanders safe, and we stand by those decisions

Vicki, Sal, Speedbox, Muddy and probably others I’ve missed have touched on this with Muddys post above highlighting what was known at the time of the imposition of the mandates and associated punitive measures.
The scum politicians and public servants used them as a get out of jail card for their inability to control their base totalitarian instincts.
The lockdowns were not needed.
The vax mandates were not needed.
But if they got enough jabs in enough arms they could declare everyone was safe, as safe as being locked up, ergo, no need to lock up anyone anymore and it’s “as you were, haven’t we done a great job”.
Fu)k I hate these people.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
March 6, 2024 7:26 pm

An ex-cop who is now a federal politician has expressed her horror after three children were allegedly cable tied by a tradie in Western Australia.

She could start by reflecting on how the inaction of police led to this.

Zafiro
Zafiro
March 6, 2024 7:26 pm

We had an established plan on how to combat a nationwide viral illness and the government ditched it and did almost everything opposite to what was deemed the optimum action.

Of course. They were following Globohomo’s orders. It was an experiment and litmus test of the obedience, compliance and docility of the masses. They passed with distinction. The fluoride is working.

Winston Smith
March 6, 2024 7:28 pm

Along with the story of the Bipolar Bears, I have heard multiple stories about these floating islands of plastic rubbish – all from the white man rivers of course, and despite the top ten most polluted rivers coming from Asia – but I’ve never seen a photo that shows the extent that is claimed.
The ones posted are usually such close up shots that the brand names can be read, but none from 2000 feet that shows proof of these floating islands of white mans refuse.
Odd, isn’t it?

caveman
caveman
March 6, 2024 7:28 pm

Why is Toyota not making electric cars but they have made an electric car. Must be a quota system to cash in on Gov surplus give away money.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
March 6, 2024 7:31 pm

“We will no longer operate a physical branch footprint,”
Bankwest goneski. Like in Lawnmower Man.

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 6, 2024 7:32 pm

In Queensland we have an offence called ” deprivation of liberty”. I want Jeanette Young, Plasticchook et al charged with 5 million counts thereof.

Muddy
Muddy
March 6, 2024 7:35 pm

I believe the Qld grubbermint is proceeding with it’s own ‘treaty’ and reparations process for indigenous residents whose ancestors may or may not have suffered loss from European settlement.

Yet those who CAN objectively measure their losses due to the malicious incompetence of the same government during the covidiocy, will likely never be compensated. In lost wages alone, the Qld Grubs owe me just under $100,000.

Not special enough.

Winston Smith
March 6, 2024 7:35 pm

Zafiro

Of course. They were following Globohomo’s orders. It was an experiment and litmus test of the obedience, compliance and docility of the masses. They passed with distinction. The fluoride is working.

They were told repeatedly and loudly at the time, the enforced vaccination and punishment for the “Antivaxxers” was in direct violation of the Human Rights set out in the Nuremberg Trials.
They are as guilty as sin and they need to be gaoled to make sure the lesson is learned.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
March 6, 2024 7:35 pm

A school principal has left by plane after a community member allegedly chased the leader across school grounds and into hiding, forcing students to spend a day in lockdown

If only there was a Voice of some sort.

Some issues can’t wait for the second wednesday P&C meeting, KD-
Like, maybe the principal bonking someone he shouldn’t have. It appears that Irate Community Member targeted him, and only him was the one on the air evac.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 6, 2024 7:37 pm

I don’t understand the idea of a prison sentence for the stolen valour case. Sure, pretending you’ve done something brave and fine when you haven’t is utterly contemptible.

Where do you stand on the issue of your “true scoundrel?” The bloke who likes to pretend he’s done something brave and fine, and who likes to let it be known that he’s never been the same since he came back from Afghanistan, and who accepts the help that the community hands out, or worse, uses it as an excuse to hit his partner and kids, or not able to hold a job, or draw a sober breath after lunchtime?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 6, 2024 7:38 pm

And, who, on investigation, has never served a day in his life?

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 6, 2024 7:40 pm

Some issues can’t wait for the second wednesday P&C meeting, KD

What? I didn’t say that.

However, since you bring it up I will mention that this is almost certainly a ‘ceremony’ issue where the (doubtless newly-arrived) principal objected to a child being taken out of school for ‘business’ – that nature of which will depend on the gender of the child.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 6, 2024 7:50 pm

Number of people killed by nuclear in Australia: zero
Number of people killed by lithium fires in Australia: 2

Roger
Roger
March 6, 2024 7:54 pm

What can they offer?

Peacekeeping troops, at the least.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 6, 2024 7:57 pm

Oh, and for Western Australian Cats, while there is all the howling and screeching about Aboriginal children in Broome, bound with cable ties, both Kingsley Pickett and Gary Narkle, both who should have died behind bars, are being released…

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
March 6, 2024 8:02 pm

Sheridan is all over the place in his comments on Trump.

“Rational Trump is vastly more dangerous to Democrats”.

He bagged him in 2020, then had to concede he was wrong. Now in 2024 he’s had to back down again again as Trump powers ahead.

Oz – paywalled.

Rabz
March 6, 2024 8:09 pm

And this imbecile is still on the public teat

People, I knew it was the idiot in SA, just citing another famous example of the patronising arrogance and stupidity of our beloved selfless CMOs during that legendary two year period of “you’re all going to die if we don’t force you engage in all these utterly ridiculous pointless activities while illegally depriving you of your basic rights and liberties”, aka, bat flu hysteria.

BTW, that stupid woman in SA is still in that position and still making equally idiotic pronouncements.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
March 6, 2024 8:12 pm

Insipid excuses from a goose…..

Chief Commissioner Shane Patton has hit out at the “selfish, entitled” climate protesters and explained why it took so long for officers to clear their blockade.

Grow a set you nancy boy with your black uniform and hair dye.

Rabz
March 6, 2024 8:18 pm

explained why it took so long for officers to clear their blockade

Gee, let me guess – was the term “staggering incompetence” mentioned by any chance?

MatrixTransform
March 6, 2024 8:21 pm

Increase is in the next statement

I ignore your invoices Pinocchio, like everybody else here does

try not to wank yourself stupid all night

Roger
Roger
March 6, 2024 8:27 pm

BTW, that stupid woman in SA is still in that position and still making equally idiotic pronouncements.

With great responsibility and a commensurate salary comes zero accountability.

Alamak!
Alamak!
March 6, 2024 8:30 pm

“We will no longer operate a physical branch footprint,”
Bankwest goneski. Like in Lawnmower Man.

Took a look at their flash new central perth location with welcome to country etc etc … no cash handling.

When banks failed in the past we could go to a branch and hopefully get our money out. Now if a bank fails better pray the ATM and Internet banking is working …

BTW – reading Cloud Money on the war against cash.

Roger
Roger
March 6, 2024 8:30 pm

What can they offer the Russians?

Sound advice: Quit while you’re ahead.

Trump has already indicated he’ll redouble Ukrainian support if Putin doesn’t come to the negotiating table.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
March 6, 2024 8:31 pm

With great responsibility and a commensurate salary comes zero accountability

A fair number of Thumbs Up for that Roger.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
March 6, 2024 8:43 pm

KD- easy, tiger, I’m not chipping anyone.
The Voice as National P&C is a meme that should have been given a bit more oxygen, if only for the obvious fact that The Voice was never going to be a civil council, working under the umbrella of the constitution, but doing its own fundraising to work on its own program under its own timeframe and with its wn accountability.
“ceremony”
Interesting. Maybe. If the child was hiding out at school, the report certainly didn’t mention him or her. Sounds like “business” is obviously not child-centred education, so at least that’s something…

JC
JC
March 6, 2024 8:43 pm

They may be at the Dneiper by Nov with the UKR out of men.

Who’s next ?

Bespoke
Bespoke
March 6, 2024 8:52 pm
Dot
Dot
March 6, 2024 8:53 pm

I love this Indian bloke.

“The world is f^&*ed and you cannot unf^%& it. So just do you, and do nothing!”

Do Nothing- a message of motivation from Self-help Singh- (un) motivational speaker and life coach

cohenite
March 6, 2024 9:00 pm

Fairfuks leading the charge for man made global dildoes.:

Wanted, dead or alive: Moral courage to fight climate change

Man made climate change is the dumbest idea in the history of dumb ideas. Humans can’t even control their bowel movements. It’s taken about 40 years since some bastard scientists like Hansen started this bullshit but now the MSM is addicted to it and weak minded gutless pollies are in step. Logic, evidence and reason won’t defeat it. Blackouts and economic ruin may give some hint to the sheeple but by then the place will be like Alice Springs on metho and steroids.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
March 6, 2024 9:03 pm

Fu)k I hate these people.

Me too. Loathesome scum.

JC
JC
March 6, 2024 9:13 pm

Dot

About a year ago, you suggested to me that Bitcoin’s transaction speed was going to improve. Here we are in 2024 and it’s still the same speed as when it started because the block chain is slow and will continue to be.

Here, the latest.

Every cryptocurrency blockchain is capable to process a different number of transactions per second, for example:

Bitcoin (BTC) has a transaction throughput of 7 TPS, and the confirmation time for one transaction is approximately one hour;
Ethereum (ETH) has a transaction throughput of 15-25 TPS, while its confirmation time is approximately six minutes;
Litecoin (LTC) has a transaction throughput of 56 TPS, with a confirmation time of approximately half an hour;
Bitcoin Cash (BCH) has a transaction throughput of 250 TPS, while its confirmation time is approximately one hour.

TPS = transactions per second

About a decade ago, I read there were around 300 million transactions in the US alone everyday. The US is around 25% of the global economy, and assuming a steady rate, that would mean there are about 1.2 billion transactions happening in the world on a daily basis. Let’s assume 1 billion though.

If the world went to Bitcoin as its currency, how would you propose handling that sort of transaction turnover. At best, Bitcoin would max out at 604,800 transactions per day. (7 x 60 x 60 x 24 = 604,800).

Incidentally, VISA alone handles around 1600 TPS just in the US alone.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
March 6, 2024 9:19 pm

I love this Indian bloke.

“The world is f^&*ed and you cannot unf^%& it. So just do you, and do nothing!”

I came to this conclusion long ago. We are in the world for only a very short time, the only sensible aim is to enjoy it as much as possible.

John H.
John H.
March 6, 2024 9:23 pm

Is Slime Mold Actually Intelligent?

The Mushroom Motherboard

I’d like to think these are true because that solves some problems for me.

Winston Smith
March 6, 2024 9:25 pm

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

Mar 6, 2024 7:57 PM
Oh, and for Western Australian Cats, while there is all the howling and screeching about Aboriginal children in Broome, bound with cable ties, both Kingsley Pickett and Gary Narkle, both who should have died behind bars, are being released…

Socialist Justice.
Which is no justice at all.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 6, 2024 9:29 pm

Who’s on first, Watts on second, Weirs on third. Something like that.

Digger
Digger
March 6, 2024 9:37 pm

How do people like this get selected? Then elected? She’s so obviously whackadoodle, it must be a requirement for selection.

It’s Colorado… Lack of oxygen…

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 6, 2024 9:40 pm

Racism news (the Hun):

Police will allege Football superstar Samantha Kerr called an officer “a stupid white bastard,” after a night out with friends.

Ah. I have no problem with the first two words of that alleged sentence, but the third – well, if true, what’s good for the goose etc.

The Chelsea striker, who is of Indian descent through her father Roger who was born in Kolkata to an Indian mother and English father, is said to have been sick in the back of the cab, according to The Sun crime reporter Mike Sullivan.

In the traditional fashion, then. I’m starting to get vibes of ‘Do you know who I am?’

The prosecution will allege Kerr’s interaction with the officer was captured on police body cam video.

Backflip your way out of that one, girly.

Muddy
Muddy
March 6, 2024 9:50 pm

Roger
Mar 6, 2024 8:27 PM
With great responsibility and a commensurate salary comes zero accountability.

Pay peanuts – get monkeys.
Pay chocolate-coated macadamias – get better clothed monkeys.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 6, 2024 9:51 pm

C’mon hamsters!

Crossie
Crossie
March 6, 2024 9:54 pm

Bruce of Newcastle
Mar 6, 2024 6:12 PM
Other than Vermont Trump is so far ahead in all states
Haha, one guess why Vermont is an outlier…
Vermont is an “open primary” state. You can choose the party’s ballot you wish to vote. This decision does not register you with that party and it is a private decision.
Nikki is the Dems’ girlie, they’re who got her up in Vermont.

I wondered how she won it as Trump got over 60% in Massachusetts next door which is even more liberal than Vermont.

Dot
Dot
March 6, 2024 10:00 pm

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) has a transaction throughput of 250 TPS, while its confirmation time is approximately one hour.

Because that is like looking under the hood of your bank, looking at the accounting entries (which are still sometimes obviously wrong, thanks NAB) and thinking the NPP can take 24+ hours to be confirmed and still be wrong!

BTC can do 7 TPS.

Lightning can do millions of TPS.

The Lightning Network has been integrated with BTC for over five years now (2018).

Incidentally, VISA alone handles around 1600 TPS just in the US alone.

Visa might be the best financial corporation to emerge from the pre-BTC era, but BTC with Lightning blows it out of the water.

KevinM
KevinM
March 6, 2024 10:11 pm

Muddy
Mar 6, 2024 9:50 PM

Pay peanuts – get monkeys.
Pay chocolate-coated macadamias – get better clothed monkeys.

Nothing to do with the pay, it’s simply the ‘quality’ of those willing to stand for office.
With the occasional exceptions, who don’t last long.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 6, 2024 10:12 pm

Backflip your way out of that one, girly.

Two years up the creek should teach Mademoiselle a few manners…

m0nty
m0nty
March 6, 2024 10:21 pm

Righto, what up with you stupid white bastards.

rosie
rosie
March 6, 2024 10:23 pm

Tradie probably thought he was making a citizen’s arrest.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 6, 2024 10:24 pm

Righto, what up with you stupid white bastards

Said the albino ranga.

rosie
rosie
March 6, 2024 10:28 pm

Was going to go to Hagar Qim today but gave up when the bus was cancelled and the other options can getting resheduled. Queue was getting longer and longer. Will go to the archeology museum after all and try again, probably via a route that doesn’t involve a change at Valletta, tomorrow

Wally Dali
Wally Dali
March 6, 2024 10:29 pm

All Cats are grey in cyberspace, munter

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 6, 2024 10:36 pm

Cheeseburger Extravagance news (the Courier-Mail):

Brittany Higgins was treated at a Perth hospital after a breakdown in forced mediation talks in a defamation case with her former employer Senator Linda Reynolds.

It is understood Ms Higgins, a former Liberal staffer who three years ago went public with allegations of rape against a then-colleague in 2019, was treated at Royal Perth Hospital late on Tuesday following a long day of forced mediation talks in a defamation case being brought against her by Ms Reynolds.

Oh my wordy lordy. Presented without further comment, aside from ‘define “treated”‘.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 6, 2024 10:41 pm

Tradie probably thought he was making a citizen’s arrest.

Story goes it was his mother’s house, up for sale, and it was being targeted by the indigenous kids, on a regular basis.

Indolent
Indolent
March 6, 2024 10:42 pm
m0nty
m0nty
March 6, 2024 10:42 pm

I see Pesutto has leaked Matt Guy’s membership of the Freemasons.

Now, if only he could leak Moira Deeming’s links to the Grampians Nazis…

MatrixTransform
March 6, 2024 10:45 pm

mUnty makes this joint even more retarded than normal

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 6, 2024 10:48 pm

Now, if only he could leak Moira Deeming’s links to the Grampians Nazis…

mUnter. Serious question.

Have you been into the no-sugar cranberry Cruisers again?

It’s okay if you have. Lots of people have their secret shame.

JC
JC
March 6, 2024 10:54 pm

Doesn’t make you look any better, trans.
Zombie trolling is the worst.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 6, 2024 10:56 pm

Police officers sue over Shane Drumgold claims that ‘destroyed lives’

EXCLUSIVE
By janet albrechtsen
Columnist
and stephen rice
NSW Editor
10:23PM March 6, 2024

Five Australian Federal Police ­officers have begun defamation action against the ACT government over allegations by former chief prosecutor Shane Drumgold that they engaged in “a very clear campaign to pressure” him not to prosecute the alleged rape of Brittany Higgins.

Lawyers for the five officers have sent a concerns notice to the government and to Mr Drumgold over his allegations against them, which included that they had ­engaged in “consistent and inappropriate interference” in the trial of Bruce Lehrmann.

The allegations were made in a letter Mr Drumgold sent to ACT police chief Neil Gaughan on ­November 1, 2022, expressing concern over “some quite clear ­investigator interference in the criminal justice process”.

The letter sparked the Sofronoff inquiry into police and prosecution conduct in the Lehrmann case, which largely exonerated police and found that Mr Drumgold’s assertions were baseless.

One of the AFP officers told The Australian the letter had ­“destroyed careers and destroyed people’s lives”. “When you’re in a profession where integrity is ­pivotal, if you lose your integrity, if it’s suggested that you are corrupt or you’ve trying to pervert the course of justice or influence something, it just goes against the grain,” the officer said.

“I don’t think people appreciate the impact that this whole ­debacle over the four years has had on individual police officers. We did nothing wrong, and we are paying the price.”

The concerns notice – a precursor to defamation proceedings – comes just days after the ACT government apologised to former Liberal minister Linda Reynolds and paid $90,000 in damages and legal costs over accusations by Mr Drumgold in the same letter that the senator had engaged in “disturbing conduct” that included political interference in the police investigation.

Mr Drumgold authorised the release of the unredacted letter after talking to a journalist from The Guardian, who then lodged a Freedom of Information request.

The letter, containing the DPP’s suspicions of impropriety against the named police officers and Senator Reynolds, was ­released without any of the ­consultations or redactions ­required by law. The FOI application was determined and executed within four hours of being considered for the first time.

The Sofronoff inquiry found that suspicions Mr Drumgold formed during his early interactions with the investigators “predisposed him to see non-existent malignancy in benign inter­actions between the police and the defence at the trial”.

Mr Drumgold complained police were speaking with the ­defence at the trial during ­adjournments. However, it was not surprising police felt deep antipathy towards the DPP since the feeling was mutual, the Sofronoff inquiry found. “Mr Drumgold did not seem to appreciate that mutual trust is a two-way street. It was he who, at the first opportunity, formed the baseless opinion that the investigators were improperly trying to thwart a prosecution.

“This inquiry has thoroughly examined the allegations in Mr Drumgold’s letter. Each allegation has been exposed to be ­baseless.”

I’ll wait until the book comes out…

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
March 6, 2024 11:02 pm

Britneeee – seeking hospital treatment after day one of meditation discussions.

Coming to understand that the balance of the $2.4m that shariz hasn’t milked might be heading to Perth.

The shack in France might be on the market soon.

Real Deal
Real Deal
March 6, 2024 11:14 pm

Chief Commissioner Shane Patton has hit out at the “selfish, entitled” climate protesters and explained why it took so long for officers to clear their blockade.

Shane Patton?

Payne Shatt-on works better.

Dot
Dot
March 6, 2024 11:23 pm

“This inquiry has thoroughly examined the allegations in Mr Drumgold’s letter. Each allegation has been exposed to be ­baseless.”

The ACT justice system is like a river to the provincial people.

Johnny Rotten
March 6, 2024 11:26 pm

Shane Patton?

Payne Shatt-on works better.

Reminds me of one of Brad Pitts children being named Shiloh Pitt.

Poor sod was probably called ‘Piloh Shitt’ at School.

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