Open Thread – Mon 8 April 2024


The City of God, Christopher Delni Offord, 2000s

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calli
calli
April 8, 2024 6:04 pm

Sorry about the typos.

And yes, for my critics, we are paying for those services out of our own pockets. In the end it was better than dealing with government.

And I know that the ones who are receiving them have higher incomes and assets than us, but that is the way the world works. Just as my daughters’s friends from wealthy families received Austudy back in the day.

dopey
dopey
April 8, 2024 6:06 pm

Pierro – Winx yearling went for $10 million.

JC
JC
April 8, 2024 6:06 pm

The valuation of Big Super CBD properties is a mystery to me.

They seem to defy gravity.

I know a dude who’s on the board of one of these large super funds connected to the unions. I don’t see him often, but when I do, I ask him how the fund is doing. He’s always telling me how the private investment side of the fund is doing really well and it’s holding up investments in publicly listed entities. I guess!!!!

I reckon there’s a black hole there like in all the rest.

Crossie
Crossie
April 8, 2024 6:11 pm

The water was like glass, reflecting the harbourside lights. The dawn stuck the Opera House sails, burnishing them rosy gold as the ship’s engines turned a 90 degree angle to dock at the terminal.

There are only two other cities that compare – NYC on the Hudson, past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and Venice with the Grand Canal and Santa Maria della Salute.

I cruised home into the Harbour three times and each time it was absolutely stunning. Only Vancouver harbour comes close to the beauty of it. Cartagena in Colombia and Panama City were also pretty but still not as good as Sydney Harbour.

Roger
Roger
April 8, 2024 6:14 pm

The valuation of Big Super CBD properties is a mystery to me.

They seem to defy gravity.

QSuper recently wrote off c. $900m on an office tower in NYC.

I suspect they won’t be the only such instance of Australian super funds losing bigly on American CBD property.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 8, 2024 6:15 pm

Great Prediction news (the Hun):

Homicide detectives have charged a 21-year-old man with the murder of 23-year-old Hannah McGuire.

The Sebastopol man, who was arrested on Sunday, is due to face Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Ms McGuire, whose remains were discovered in a burnt-out car near Ballarat was on Monday being remembered as a “sweet and kind-hearted” person who always had a smile on her face.

This is (obviously) not the 51 year old lady who didn’t come back from a run several weeks ago, and has yet to be found.

However, it would not surprise me in the least if that poor woman was eventually found, and in a very similar manner. Massive searches conducted so far in several reasonably small areas, with no result.

Plenty of almost unused back lanes in the bush. She could be anywhere from Ararat to Colac to Daylesford.

Roger
Roger
April 8, 2024 6:18 pm

If it’s any consolation, I understand your frustration, calli.

I try to have as little to do with government as possible but sometimes it’s unavoidable and then it’s quite an education in modern Australia and who its privileged classes are.

Last edited 2 months ago by Roger
rosie
rosie
April 8, 2024 6:21 pm

“This is (obviously) not the 51 year old lady who didn’t come back from a run several weeks ago, and has yet to be found”
Are these completely separate murders or are they linked?

Delta A
Delta A
April 8, 2024 6:22 pm

Miltonf, a suggestion while you are in Deni. Find some time to visit Lawson’s Siphon just out of town. (The info centre will give you details.) This is an incredible engineering site where a channel is diverted under the Edward River. I stood and looked at it for ages, then read up on it later and I still can’t get my head around it.

Best Man tried to explain it all to me and I nodded and thanked him, but have no idea how it works. I think it’s a bloke thing.

https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-147322047/view

cohenite
April 8, 2024 6:23 pm

This is (obviously) not the 51 year old lady who didn’t come back from a run several weeks ago, and has yet to be found.

And this is where torture must be used on the killer to make him show where the victim’s remains are.

Delta A
Delta A
April 8, 2024 6:27 pm

 I still can’t get my head around it

Ah, just looked at that photo (enlarged) and finally, I see what they did. Quite amazing.

Helen
Helen
April 8, 2024 6:33 pm

NT Independent reporting Royal Darwin Hospital will no longer treat babies born before 32 weeks in neonatal intensive care unit because – lack of staff.

All the money in the world for voice boondoggles but no money to save black (or white) premmie babies

hzhousewife
hzhousewife
April 8, 2024 6:34 pm

Rosie, quite separate murder incidents as far as I know.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 8, 2024 6:48 pm

And on the subject of Commercial Property valuations –

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Baba
Baba
April 8, 2024 6:48 pm

Ah, just looked at that photo (enlarged) and finally, I see what they did. Quite amazing.

How it works is one thing. How it was constructed is another.

Tom
Tom
April 8, 2024 6:49 pm

Since former Melbourne University academic Glyn Davis became secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Davis has directed that the directors of the Australian Security Intelligence Service (ASIS) and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASI0) are excluded from federal cabinet’s national security committee.

As a result, the Australian intelligence services have failed to detect the landing by three groups of Chinese nationals on the northwest Australian mainland.

Australian foreign policy is being run by the Chinese Communist Party.

The ALP stands for radical anti-Australian activism. Every. Single. Time.

Roger
Roger
April 8, 2024 6:52 pm

NT Independent reporting Royal Darwin Hospital will no longer treat babies born before 32 weeks in neonatal intensive care unit because – lack of staff.

All the money in the world for voice boondoggles but no money to save black (or white) premmie babies

That doesn’t sound right.

Cut and paste?

Baba
Baba
April 8, 2024 6:57 pm

Trouble at mill?

Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir:

 “If the prime minister decides to end the war without an extensive attack on Rafah in order to defeat Hamas, he will not have a mandate to continue serving as prime minister.”

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 8, 2024 7:00 pm

Thanks Delta will check it out tomorrow. Thank you very much for the tip.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 8, 2024 7:00 pm

The NT Indy (paywalled):

The neonatal intensive care unit at Royal Darwin Hospital is no longer treating children born before 32 weeks gestation because of a lack of staff, the Health Department has said, with no timeframe for when it will be caring for younger babies again.

Department chief executive officer Dr Marco Briceno said that because of the volume and level of patient care required in the NICU at RDH, the department temporarily adjusted the acceptance criteria, downgrading it from clinical service level 6 to a level 4.

“This decision was made with clinical advice to optimise RDH’s existing resources, align with current demands and workforce constraints, and deliver high quality, safe services in a sustainable manner. RDH is committed to making sure the safe provision of care to vulnerable patients is its highest priority,” he said.

And:

He said Northern Territory babies born at less than 32 weeks gestation are now transferred with their mothers for specialist care interstate, which was changed “in line with the clinical services capability framework” but would not say when the change came into effect and why the decision was not made public.

Countrymen continue to walk to the front of the queue at the ED, point to their kidney and get an overnight sleep out of the rain and a sandwich before being booted in the morning, so there’s that.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 8, 2024 7:03 pm

Davis is repulsive. I generally dislike dons.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
April 8, 2024 7:09 pm

Watching Credlin with yet another discussion of how silly the transgender rules have become.
We need to remain focused on the fact that ALL the silly stuff that’s happening is directed at knobbling the western democracies, not at justice and nice results for “different” (aka maladjusted) people or “coloured minorities”.
It’s not supposed to make sense, it’s supposed to fragment our formerly cohesive and functional society.

calli
calli
April 8, 2024 7:14 pm

Good summary from Andrew Bolt tonight on Sky re our craven government who now appear to have found a backbone on Gaza…and naturally against Israel.

A heads up on the increasingly persuasive Muslim electorate. Particularly in Watson.

hzhousewife
hzhousewife
April 8, 2024 7:15 pm

I find this more than a little disingenuous, given the “women’s movements” attempts over decades to have men’s only spaces cancelled.

Women’s movements, not all women. This case should be supported by all men who would like to retain men only spaces also. I consider this legal exploration to be one of the most important topics to be considered this year, absolutely fascinating.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 8, 2024 7:18 pm

It’s grotesque that such flim flam as political ‘science’ and sociology are taught at the same institution as engineering and medicine. It should not be tolerated.

rosie
rosie
April 8, 2024 7:39 pm

Does anyone know how to stop daily mail notifications on Android? I don’t seem to have downloaded their ap but get notifications and I’d rather not. I’ve done some searches, to no avail.

rosie
rosie
April 8, 2024 7:41 pm

Actually I think I might have sorted it. Will see.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
April 8, 2024 7:55 pm

It’s grotesque that such flim flam as political ‘science’ and sociology are taught at the same institution as engineering and medicine. It should not be tolerated.

I discussed this with colleagues in mathematics and engineering at UWA once. They had no idea, and no interest in, whatever happened in other departments.
I found their narrowness deplorable but characteristic of a contemporary university.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 8, 2024 8:06 pm

I know a dude who’s on the board of one of these large super funds connected to the unions. I don’t see him often, but when I do, I ask him how the fund is doing. He’s always telling me how the private investment side of the fund is doing really well and it’s holding up investments in publicly listed entities.

Sure.
He would say that, wouldn’t he?
The fundamentals of CBD property (which industry funds are yuuugely exposed to) are so obviously screwed.
And the irony is, they have been screwed by left-leaning politicians cultivating a work-from-home culture.

feelthebern
feelthebern
April 8, 2024 8:23 pm

Sydney has become inaccessible with that stupid tram line along George street.

JC, it means one can pop down to China town for lunch.
A great piece of infrastructure.

feelthebern
feelthebern
April 8, 2024 8:36 pm

Good Sharri editorial tonight.
Australian woman in her home on Oct 7th butchered, not so much outrage from the current foreign minister.
Australian woman goes voluntarily to an active war zone and gets blown up, much much outrage.

johanna
johanna
April 8, 2024 8:40 pm

And yes, the area around Central Station feels very dodgy. I’ll be there in a few weeks time on my way to the airport so I’ll take a better look.

calli, do you mean the west side or the east side? The west side has always been downmarket. I remember in the 1970s it was bloodhouse pubs, pawnbrokers, tobacconists, disposal stores – broken only by the Commonwealth Bank (spectacularly robbed of the safe deposit box contents) and the admirable Malaya restaurant.

The east side used to be dominated by the art deco Dental Hospital, with decrepit warehouses adjacent. Nowadays it is Little Hong Kong – apartments owned and inhabited by Chinese students and their families.

Neither side has been particularly attractive in living memory.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 8, 2024 8:43 pm

Australian Courts must decide “What is a woman?” in landmark “Tickle v. Giggle” case, TUESDAY – ADF International

FWIW trannies have lately been trying to decide whether to commit mass suicide or instead to exterminate every normie.

Trans Activists Debate on Redditt: Which is Better to Further Their Political Cause- Committing Mass Suicide or Mass Genocide of ‘Cis’ People (7 Apr)

Maybe if we tell them the former option would have significant benefits for the climate crisis they will go for it.

feelthebern
feelthebern
April 8, 2024 8:55 pm

Sharri also mentioned the Brereton Report.
I am surprised that the full unredacted report hasn’t been leaked yet.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 8, 2024 8:58 pm

Seven answers claims of missing documents in Bruce Lehrmann case
By stephen rice

  • NSW Editor
  • 8:29PM April 8, 2024

A search of the Seven Network’s email systems produced just four emails between its staff and Bruce Lehrmann during the more than six months it negotiated with him to appear on the Spotlight program, according to an affidavit sworn by the network’s outgoing commercial director, Bruce McWilliam.
The full affidavit was released by the Federal Court on Monday as lawyers waited for judge ­Michael Lee to announce when he will deliver judgment in the defamation case brought by Mr Lehrmann against Network Ten and Lisa Wilkinson over an interview with alleged rape victim Brittany Higgins. Justice Lee is now expected to deliver his judgment by the end of the week, after being delayed last week when Ten successfully sought to reopen the case, citing fresh evidence from disaffected former Seven producer Taylor Auerbach.
Auerbach alleged perks were provided to Mr Lehrmann while Seven was trying to convince him to hand over his exclusive interview rights, including reimbursing him for sex workers and illegal drugs, and admitted to charging his Seven corporate card with thousands of dollars for massages for himself and Mr Lehrmann.
Auerbach also claimed Mr Lehrmann provided Spotlight with confidential information from his criminal rape trial as part of his interview deal. Mr Lehrmann has denied giving the program such information. Auerbach also alleged in the affidavits that he deleted material after the show aired, at the request of Seven executives and due to his “understanding” of a comment made by a lawyer, a request that if made after two sub­poenas were issued by the court last year could constitute a contempt of court.

Justice Lee ordered Seven to produce an affidavit explaining why it had produced fresh documents in answer to a subpoena it was compelled to respond to a year ago. Ten barrister Matthew Collins KC told the court it “beggars belief” Seven had only been able to produce one communication between Mr Lehrmann and producers in the months leading up to his interview.
The court was told last week that Mr McWilliam had signed an affidavit saying the network initially only conducted “limited searches” of communications between Mr Lehrmann and the Spotlight production team, relying on “untested assurance” from Spotlight executive producer Mark Llewellyn there were no communications to produce.

Mr McWilliam says in the affidavit that when Seven was first served with the subpoenas in June and August last year he “believed that all appropriate searches and enquiries were undertaken” to comply. However, the network had become aware last week from media reports of Auerbach’s allegations “that there was additional material in Seven’s possession”.
After a search, the company was able to locate accounting records showing payments for travel arrangements Auerbach had claimed were for the benefit of Mr Lehrmann.

However, those payments pre-dated Seven’s contract with Mr Lehrmann, Mr McWilliam said, and “were not believed to be payments ‘in relation to the Lehrmann Spotlight programme’.”
Four emails were located relating to a real estate inspection of the property rented for Mr Lehrmann; a shooting schedule for the program; travel arrangements; and a copy of a promo for the second Spotlight program.
Mr McWilliam said he had been informed by Mr Llewellyn that the members of the Spotlight team “only spoke on the phone or in person with Mr Lehrmann, with the result that I believed there were no communications to produce”. “Given Mr Llewellyn’s status as Executive Producer, I had no reason to doubt his indication that no written or electronic communications with Mr Lehrmann existed,” he said.
“Consistently with that indication, the extensive searches of Seven’s email systems that have now been performed were not performed at that time.”
Seven has denied it reimbursed Mr Lehrmann for any expenditure used to pay for illegal drugs or prostitutes, and says it complied with all its obligations in responding to subpoenas.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 8, 2024 8:59 pm

Reposted for excellence:

Australian woman in her home on Oct 7th butchered, not so much outrage from the current foreign minister.

Australian woman goes voluntarily to an active war zone and gets blown up, much much outrage.

Damn straight.

Baba
Baba
April 8, 2024 9:09 pm

Australian woman in her home on Oct 7th butchered, not so much outrage from the current foreign minister.

Why ignore her Israeli citizenship?

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 8, 2024 9:11 pm

Why ignore her Israeli citizenship?

You from the ‘Booka by chance, Baba?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 8, 2024 9:16 pm

It’s tit for tat on our army probes
By ben packham

  • Foreign Affairs and Defence Correspondent
  • 7:31PM April 8, 2024
  • 2 Comments

Anthony Albanese’s appointment of a special adviser on Israel’s killing of seven aid workers has opened the door to foreign access to Australia’s own internal military inquiries, experts say.
The Prime Minister said on Monday he expected former Defence chief Mark Binskin to receive “full co-operation” from Israel as Australia’s special adviser on its investigation into the tragedy.
Mr Albanese declined to say where the process could lead, leaving open the prospect of criminal penalties or inter­national legal action against those responsible for killing the World Central Kitchen aid workers, ­including Australian Zomi Frankcom.
“I don’t want to pre-empt Mr Binskin’s findings. That’s why we’ve appointed him to make recommendations to the government,” Mr Albanese told the ABC.
Wollongong University international law professor Greg Rose said the appointment had set an “extraordinary precedent globally” that could come back to bite Australia in the future.
He said international observers were typically present at war crimes trials, but not disciplinary proceedings like that being conducted by Israel. “So if that is to be the maverick approach that Australia adopts, it can expect that its own future discipline reviews of (ADF) conduct in East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq will be subjected to demands by the Indonesian, Iraqi and Afghan governments for oversight and special advisers,” Professor Rose said.
ANU international law professor Don Rothwell backed that view, saying other nations could use the precedent to demand similar co-operation by Australia in military probes.

Mark Binskin ‘given mission impossible’: Peter DuttonOpposition Leader Peter Dutton says Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has given former ADF chief Mark Binskin… “mission impossible”. Mr Dutton claimed his appointment as a special advisor is about a “political outcome” for the Prime Minister. “The death of the … seven aid workers is a tragedy,” the Opposition Leader More
“They would turn around and say to Australia, ‘Well, look, you’re being appointed a special adviser in relation to this incident in Israel. Why shouldn’t we be ­entitled to do the same thing?’ ” Professor Rothwell said.
He said the government’s decision to appoint a special adviser reflected its wider support for international legal norms.
Former Defence official Peter Jennings said the special adviser’s role had been crafted for “domestic political theatre” and could have long-term implications for Australia. “It’s definitely not a review I would want to do,” he said.
“When Binskin was CDF, there were accidental killings (by the ADF) of civilians in Afghanistan.
“They were all dealt with, shall we say, by internal processes.”
Mr Jennings also highlighted the constrained terms of reference for the role, which require Air Chief Marshal Binskin to have oversight of the Israeli investigation rather than consider the evidence itself.

Dutton claims Mark Binskin is a ‘political’ appointmentOpposition Leader Peter Dutton has claimed Labor’s appointment of former ADF chief Mark Binskin as a… special advisor is “political”. The appointment comes after Israel killed seven aid workers in an airstrike in Gaza. “What the Prime Minister is doing here is trying to find a pathway through what’s More
“The way the inquiry has been structured is almost designed to sort of find fault with Israeli processes. And frankly, who are we to engage with that, based on our own experiences in Afghanistan?” he said.
Australia-Israel and Jewish Affairs Council executive director Colin Rubenstein said the decision to appoint a special adviser was ill-conceived, and “problematically implies Australia would accept reciprocal foreign oversight of Australian military discipline … By appointing a special adviser, our government is signalling that it does not trust the independent investigation of our ally and fellow democracy, Israel, fuelling falsehoods that Israel is not complying with international humanitarian law and even prompting suggestions by some senior figures that it may also be deliberately targeting aid workers and civilians.”
Peter Dutton said Mr Albanese had handed an impossible task to Air Chief Marshal Binskin as he sought to mollify pro-Palestinian figures in the caucus.

Baba
Baba
April 8, 2024 9:17 pm

My apologies. I didn’t realise Israeli citizenship was something shameful.

cohenite
April 8, 2024 9:18 pm
Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 8, 2024 9:28 pm

Baba from the ‘Booka:

My apologies. I didn’t realise Israeli citizenship was something shameful

Oh, it’s not.

Repeated concern trolling for Hamas (which really, and let’s be frank, is actually anything anti-Israel and anti-US), however, and D Grade attempts to turn a discussion involving a legitimate series of points of view around and around and around does probably fit that description. Shameful, that is.

You are the mUnter of ME geopolitics, dragging your approved talking points slowly over a cliff.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 8, 2024 9:35 pm

Nanna Karen from NSW news (the Tele):

Police Commissioner Karen Webb charged taxpayers more than $700,000 to fire four head spin doctors since taking over as the state’s top cop two years ago.

NSW Police is now on the hunt for a fifth person to lead the force’s public affairs unit, after former Seven journalist Steve Jackson’s “temporary” appointment was terminated before it began last month.

Mr Jackson was the fourth person appointed as the public affairs branch executive director, after Ms Webb sacked the previous three holders of the role.

The Daily Telegraph can now reveal that taxpayers were slugged a whopping $687,613.40 in termination payments for three top spinners sacked within two years.

Why is shit judgment and rank incompetence not coming out of this old woman’s own purse?

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 8, 2024 9:41 pm

Unrelated comedy news (also the Tele):

A high-ranking Finks bikie was shot dead as he tried to steal up to $250,000 from the home of a man suspected to be linked to an underworld gang.

Jamie Goodworth, 32, was part of a group who tried to break in to the property of a man with suspected links to the Assyrian Kings just after midnight on February 24, 2024.

But as Goodworth, the bikie gang’s Sergeant at Arms, tried to break the front door down, the man on the other side opened fire from close range, shooting him twice.

I don’t care who the bloke on the other side of the door is or was. The Ricky Slater rule applies.

Sources said the attempted break and enter on the home occurred after the Finks OMCG found out the man was storing a large amount of cash at his home.

It is understood that when Goodworth and the other men arrived at the Bonnyrigg property, another member of the group was given the responsibility of trying to break down the door.

But after unsuccessfully trying several times, Goodworth – a keen gym goer who regularly posted musclebound selfies on Facebook – took over.

“Jamie said ‘get out of the way’ and broke the door down,” a source said.

Shortly followed by KABLAMMO.

Ahahahaaaaaaa.

Top Ender
Top Ender
April 8, 2024 9:42 pm

Countrymen continue to walk to the front of the queue at the ED, point to their kidney and get an overnight sleep out of the rain and a sandwich before being booted in the morning, so there’s that.

So Knuckles, do they still have crowds smoking out the front and sides of Darwin Hospital, and the “casino’s” – card games on blankets – in the bush nearby?

That’s how to run a hospital, to be sure.

Salvatore - Iron Publican
April 8, 2024 9:49 pm

Sydney has become inaccessible with that stupid tram line along George street.

At least it’s free (like the trams in Melbourne are)

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 8, 2024 9:50 pm

So Knuckles, do they still have crowds smoking out the front and sides of Darwin Hospital, and the “casino’s” – card games on blankets – in the bush nearby?

Of course.

How else is a hospital visit supposed to be entertaining?

If you just turned up to get ‘Auntie”s keycard and PIN number you’re missing out.

Salvatore - Iron Publican
April 8, 2024 10:01 pm

This is an incredible engineering site where a channel is diverted under the Edward River. I stood and looked at it for ages, then read up on it later and I still can’t get my head around it.

There is lots & lots of this in the “Central Arizona Project”. Quite something to see alright, they put it under a river or two, plus tunnels through a few mountains – which won’t have been cheap.

(developed to get water from the Colorado river to the cities of Phoenix & Tuscon plus plentyfeller irrigation in ..er.. central Arizona.)

Dot
Dot
April 8, 2024 10:06 pm

And this is where torture must be used on the killer to make him show where the victim’s remains are.

I have a better idea. If you roll up to the committal as a prosecutor without any evidence, you get tortured, for the term of your natural life.

Better still, we carve a big “K” onto your forehead and dye it red, tattooing the skin underneath.

What have the Romans done for us (lately)?

Helen
Helen
April 8, 2024 10:14 pm

Dover – anyone – can you please explain why when I edit a comment, it goes into moderation? Two today. I guess the work around is not to use the edit function?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 8, 2024 10:20 pm

NDIS for predator Wayne Wilmot in Janine Balding killing

  • exclusive

By christine middap

  • Associate editor, chief writer
  • 9:30PM April 8, 2024

One of the country’s worst serial sex offenders, who was involved in the brutal 1980s abduction, rape and murder of Janine Balding, is set to be released from custody with the help of an NDIS support package.
Wayne Wilmot, a remorseless criminal with psychopathic traits who poses a “significant risk” of carrying out further ­attacks on women, will be freed under tight supervision and electronic monitoring.

I would have volunteered for the firing party that shot that filth, at dawn, and gone on to eat a hearty breakfast with every evidence of enjoyment.

rosie
rosie
April 8, 2024 10:26 pm

“ANU international law professor Don Rothwell backed that view, saying other nations could use the precedent to demand similar co-operation by Australia in military probes.”
Albanese hopefully hoisting by his own petard.
Brilliant.

rosie
rosie
April 8, 2024 10:36 pm
Natural Instinct
Natural Instinct
April 8, 2024 10:39 pm

Why does the UN think Ms Bishop has the required skills to work through the problems of:
1) A lesser developed Asian country
2) A civil war zone with side backed by who knows who “great powers”
3) A cold war between two Buddhist neighbours with a Muslim minority problem

Appointment of Julie Bishop as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Myanmar

  • Media release

06 April 2024
Australia welcomes the United Nations Secretary-General’s appointment of former foreign minister the Hon Julie Bishop as the United Nations Special Envoy on Myanmar.
Ms Bishop brings a wealth of experience to the role, and her appointment comes at a critical time as the political, humanitarian and security situation in Myanmar continues to worsen.

So how is she going to cope in a country with no footpaths suitable for red high heels?

Indolent
Indolent
April 8, 2024 10:39 pm

Victor Davis Hanson

Is The Great Illusion In Ruins?

Indolent
Indolent
April 8, 2024 10:39 pm
Indolent
Indolent
April 8, 2024 10:41 pm
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 8, 2024 10:56 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgAoe1o2134

Anyway, “Sliante” to you horrible mob. I’m grinding the edges off a rotten day, with a few single malts, in memory of great days of glory, gone forever.

Dot
Dot
April 8, 2024 10:57 pm

The NDIS is a fu$&@n joke.

Natural Instinct
Natural Instinct
April 8, 2024 11:07 pm

6 Apr 2024
 
J K Rowling
 
  You’ve asked me several questions on this thread and accused me of avoiding answering, so here goes.
 
   I believe a woman is a human being who belongs to the sex class that produces large gametes. It’s irrelevant whether or not her gametes have ever been fertilised, whether or not she’s carried a baby to term, irrelevant if she was born with a rare difference of sexual development that makes neither of the above possible, or if she’s aged beyond being able to produce viable eggs. She is a woman and just as much a woman as the others.
 
   I don’t believe a woman is more or less of a woman for having sex with men, women, both or not wanting sex at all. I don’t think a woman is more or less of a woman for having a buzz cut and liking suits and ties, or wearing stilettos and mini dresses, for being black, white or brown, for being six feet tall or a little person, for being kind or cruel, angry or sad, loud or retiring. She isn’t more of a woman for featuring in Playboy or being a surrendered wife, nor less of a woman for designing space rockets or taking up boxing. What makes her a woman is the fact of being born in a body that, assuming nothing has gone wrong in her physical development (which, as stated above, still doesn’t stop her being a woman), is geared towards producing eggs as opposed to sperm, towards bearing as opposed to begetting children, and irrespective of whether she’s done either of those things, or ever wants to.
 
   Womanhood isn’t a mystical state of being, nor is it measured by how well one apes sex stereotypes. We are not the creatures either porn or the Bible tell you we are. Femaleness is not, as trans woman Andrea Chu Long wrote, ‘an open mouth, an expectant asshole, blank, blank eyes,’ nor are we God’s afterthought, sprung from Adam’s rib.
 
   Women are provably subject to certain experiences because of our female bodies, including different forms of oppression, depending on the cultures in which we live. When trans activists say ‘I thought you didn’t want to be defined by your biology,’ it’s a feeble and transparent attempt at linguistic sleight of hand. Women don’t want to be limited, exploited, punished, or subject to other unjust treatment because of their biology, but our being female is indeed defined by our biology. It’s one material fact about us, like having freckles or disliking beetroot, neither of which are representative of our entire beings, either. Women have billions of different personalities and life stories, which have nothing to do with our bodies, although we are likely to have had experiences men don’t and can’t, because we belong to our sex class.
 
   Some people feel strongly that they should have been, or wish to be seen as, the sex class into which they weren’t born. Gender dysphoria is a real and very painful condition and I feel nothing but sympathy for anyone who suffers from it. I want them to be free to dress and present themselves however they like and I want them to have exactly the same rights as every other citizen regarding housing, employment and personal safety. I do not, however, believe that surgeries and cross-sex hormones literally turn a person into the opposite sex, nor do I believe in the idea that each of us has a nebulous ‘gender identity’ that may or might not match our sexed bodies. I believe the ideology that preaches those tenets has caused, and continues to cause, very real harm to vulnerable people.
 
   I am strongly against women’s and girls’ rights and protections being dismantled to accommodate trans-identified men, for the very simple reason that no study has ever demonstrated that trans-identified men don’t have exactly the same pattern of criminality as other men, and because, however they identify, men retain their advantages of speed and strength. In other words, I think the safety and rights of girls and women are more important than those men’s desire for validation.
 
   I sincerely hope that answers your questions. You may still disagree, but as I hope this shows, I’m more than happy to have this debate.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 8, 2024 11:16 pm

Sydney has become inaccessible with that stupid tram line along George street.

At least it’s free (like the trams in Melbourne are)

It’s not free.

MatrixTransform
April 8, 2024 11:18 pm

“J K Rowling”

deffo a woman

took 7 paragraphs to say, “stfu”

Salvatore - Iron Publican
April 8, 2024 11:41 pm

At least it’s free (like the trams in Melbourne are)

It’s not free.

Try riding them then. There’s no conductor & nowhere to pop your money or ticket.
I’ve some idea, I’ve ridden trams or similar public transport, aplenty, in at least 20 countries.

Tom
Tom
April 9, 2024 4:00 am

He’s back! Johannes Leak.

Tom
Tom
April 9, 2024 4:01 am
Tom
Tom
April 9, 2024 4:02 am
Tom
Tom
April 9, 2024 4:03 am
Tom
Tom
April 9, 2024 4:04 am
Tom
Tom
April 9, 2024 4:04 am
rosie
rosie
April 9, 2024 4:22 am

“Australian National University professor in higher education policy Andrew Norton said domestic university demand was generally weak, particularly for mature age students, and migration policy had made it more difficult for international students to get visas.”
From the ABC article about ‘Federation University’
Less desire for vanity degrees from mickey mouse universities?
Perhaps the generations that went back to uni secure in the knowledge they would never repay their HECs debt has diminished and maybe school leavers are wising up to the wishy-washy agenda driven curriculum.
The smarter staff with other options at FedupU will take the voluntary redundancies and the ABC storms in a tea cup will get washed down the sink despite the clenched fist of mr fiery union leader. That was a sight to see.

rosie
rosie
April 9, 2024 4:24 am
rosie
rosie
April 9, 2024 4:28 am

“The Israeli Government may not provide the special adviser appointed by the Albanese Government to have access to its investigation into the death of Australian aid worker Zomi Frankcom.”
What does this mean?
I do hope Israel tells Australia where to stick its weighed down with medals Noskin.

https://www.skynews.com.au/australia-news/politics/israel-could-block-access-to-albanese-governments-special-advisor-to-investigation-into-death-of-aid-worker-zomi-frankcom-after-hostile-letter/news-story/57eddb6216ade4f6d7a0d53befa0636f

rosie
rosie
April 9, 2024 4:29 am

Pope Francis condemns surrogacy, “gender theory” and transgender sex change in new document, “Dignitas infinita”.

https://twitter.com/breeadail/status/1777275248250892316?t=qoBcsfRDBPV2XBedHewXAA&s=19

rosie
rosie
April 9, 2024 4:33 am

Let’s destroy our country in pursuit of an ideology. I laughed at teeny tiny Malta’s renewable proposals.
Next up, offshore solar. https://twitter.com/nick_coatsworth/status/1777251180131062231?t=3-moU7PJLTmeWqIEnaeAkQ&s=19

rosie
rosie
April 9, 2024 4:38 am

PIERRE Poiluevre.
Perhaps next year Canadians will come to their senses.
https://twitter.com/ShmuelReichman/status/1777403688639775167?t=tEvsTb-V0SE4xYORSbcu2w&s=19

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 9, 2024 4:47 am

Thanks Tom.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 9, 2024 5:07 am

Salvatore – Iron Publican
April 8, 2024 11:41 pm

At least it’s free (like the trams in Melbourne are)

It’s not free.

Try riding them then. There’s no conductor & nowhere to pop your money or ticket. I’ve some idea, I’ve ridden trams or similar public transport, aplenty, in at least 20 countries.

I do travel on the Light Rail in Sydney – Nearly every day. As I have a Gold Opal Card it’s only $2.50 a day for me (this includes travel on Main Line Rail, Bus and Ferry).

You tap on getting on and tap off getting off outside of the vehicle.

There are Ticket Inspectors and Police who randomly ‘hit the train’ and check the traveler’s Opal Card for compliance and payment. Lot’s of people don’t pay though and run the risk of getting caught and fined.

Travel should be free in the CBD IMHO though as it will also help Tourists and those from Inter State who don’t understand the ‘system’.

KevinM
KevinM
April 9, 2024 5:29 am

I haven’t been to Melbourne for years but I think you have to pay for trams and trains as well.

I remember they invented their own ticketing system instead of licensing a proven, working one.

They had a lot of teething problems, but it’s definitely not free.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
April 9, 2024 6:16 am

Sky News having trouble understanding that it’s the time of full eclipse with the corona visible that is the climax, not the partial eclipse they keep showing.

calli
calli
April 9, 2024 6:28 am

Crossie mentioned Leak yesterday, and back he comes! Summoned from the vasty deep.

I see the “Voice” T-shirt has completely disappeared and Elbow’s now down to his Y-fronts. 😀

Once they’ve gone he can always fall back on his turban for coverage.

Megan
Megan
April 9, 2024 6:34 am

“The Israeli Government may not provide the special adviser appointed by the Albanese Government to have access to its investigation into the death of Australian aid worker Zomi Frankcom.”

I jolly well hope so. It would be a fitting humiliation.

Megan
Megan
April 9, 2024 6:36 am

They had a lot of teething problems, but it’s definitely not free.

It’s free for the several blocks of the CBD, Kev.

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Pogria
Pogria
April 9, 2024 6:51 am

Tom Stiglich for the best toon today.

calli
calli
April 9, 2024 7:05 am

Knight’s made me laugh too. Those horses! Perfect.

rosie
rosie
April 9, 2024 7:12 am

I too live in Melbourne and within a designated zone in the CBD trams are free, and have been for a long time

shatterzzz
April 9, 2024 7:42 am

Bloody hell! .. no wonder we often send cash to prop up Pacific Islands .. Tonga has a Foreign Affairs Dept ……
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-09/documents-tonga-criticised-australia-nz-over-solomons-pact/103683274

shatterzzz
April 9, 2024 7:49 am

Pity none of these folks ever learnt about “Peter & the Wolf” when they were younger .. FFS!
Day after these media 251 ‘sob” stories follow the same theme …..
“It’s everyone else’s fault not ours” ……….
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-08/alice-springs-family-speaks-out-crash-victim-violent-fallout/103681006

Crossie
Crossie
April 9, 2024 8:04 am

“It’s everyone else’s fault not ours” ……….

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-08/alice-springs-family-speaks-out-crash-victim-violent-fallout/103681006

How can it be our fault when it’s their culture?

rosie
rosie
April 9, 2024 8:15 am

“We need to work with the young people because they’re lost — they need someone there to guide them,” he said.
Yes you do, so get to it.

m0nty
m0nty
April 9, 2024 8:20 am

A reminder for those who evidently need it that SMRs for Australia are a complete fantasy:

Small modular nuclear reactor that was hailed by Coalition as future cancelled due to rising costs 

Opposition climate and energy spokesperson had pointed to SMRs as a solution to Australia’s energy needs, but experts raise questions over price tag

Adam Morton Climate and environment editor

Thu 9 Nov 2023 18.46 AEDT

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The only company to have a small modular nuclear power plant approved in the US – cited by the Australian opposition as evidence of a “burgeoning” global nuclear industry – has cancelled its first project due to rising costs.

NuScale Power announced on Wednesday that it had dropped plans to build a long-promised “carbon free power project” in Idaho. It blamed the decision on a lack of subscribers for the plant’s electricity.

The Coalition’s energy and climate spokesperson, Ted O’Brien, has cited NuScale’s technology as part of the opposition’s contentious argument that Australia should lift a national ban on nuclear energy and that small modular reactors (SMRs) could be an affordable replacement for its ageing coal-fired power plants.

In an opinion piece in the Australian earlier this year, O’Brien said the company’s integrated reactors, starting with the Idaho plant in 2029, offered “exceptional flexibility” and were an example “of a burgeoning nuclear industry for next-generation technology”in the US.

The climate change minister, Chris Bowen, said SMRs were “the opposition’s only energy policy”.

“The most advanced prototype in the US has been cancelled. The LNP’s plan for energy security is just more hot air from Peter Dutton,” he said.

O’Brien said the minister was “beating up on zero emissions nuclear energy” because one company had “lost a customer”.

“If Bowen was to apply the same faulty logic to all forms of zero-emissions technology, he’d be eliminating every single one of them,” he said, arguing windsolar and hydro energy developers had suffered cost overruns and delays.

“SMR companies are accelerating their development because the world has recognised that we cannot reach net zero without nuclear energy. If Australia is serious about reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 while keeping the lights on and getting prices down, we cannot afford to take any option off the table.”

Industry experts say SMRs are not commercially available, that nuclear energy is more expensive than alternatives and in a best-case scenario could not play a role in Australia for more than a decade, and probably not before 2040. The Australian Energy Market Operator found renewable energy could be providing 96% of the country’s electricity by that time.

The Coalition opposes Labor’s goal of reaching 82% renewable electricity by 2030. It has argued for a slower response to the climate crisis and amplified local concerns about new clean energy and electricity transmission connections.

The projected cost of the NuScale project had blown out from US$3.6bn for 720 megawatts in 2020 to US$9.3bn for 462MW last year. It had received about US$600m in government funding, but failed after securing subscriptions for only 20% of the required capital from a Utah-based consortium of electricity companies. NuScale’s share price fell nearly 30% after the announcement.

Simon Holmes à Court, a clean energy advocate and commentator and convener of political fundraising body Climate 200, said the estimated capital cost of the Idaho project before it was cancelled was 70% higher than CSIRO projections of what nuclear power plants could cost to build in 2030.

He said this undermined arguments by the Coalition and other nuclear advocates, who had accused the CSIRO of exaggerating the likely cost of nuclear energy.

Holmes à Court said Australia needed a rapid rollout of solar, wind and energy storage. He recently toured nuclear power projects in the US.

“The simple fact is that commercial SMRs don’t exist. There are zero in operation or even contracted for construction outside Russia and China. The cancellation of one of the three leading proposals underscores the speculative nature of this far-off technology,” he said.

“More than two thirds of our coal generators will retire in the next decade due to age. By pushing a unicorn technology the Coalition is posing a threat to the cost and security of Australia’s electricity grid.”

bons
bons
April 9, 2024 8:22 am

Tonga has a Foreign Affairs Dept ……

How else can the foreing aid, China and UN grift be funneled in?

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 9, 2024 8:34 am

We have altered self awareness.
Pray we do not alter it more.

New York, well known MAGA territory.
And MAGA is also well known for punching ladies.
Apparently.

https://www.salon.com/2024/04/08/men-punching-random-women-in-nyc-a-desperate-last-gasp-of-the-male-rage-fueling-maga/

Women report being assaulted by men of different races* and ages. Still, across the different stories, a couple of similarities pop out: The alleged victims are mostly young and pretty, and most of them say they were minding their own business when they were attacked. Some were on their phones or reading on tablets.

*Doubt.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 9, 2024 8:37 am

The Green-Left Radio (now Half) Hour formerly known as AM has a kitten as they discover time of use metering and “smart” meters. The connection with the death of The Little Reef that Could which followed immediately afterwards may have escaped them.

Roger
Roger
April 9, 2024 8:39 am

Hit by a polling clue bat:

Justin Trudeau now saying Canada has too many migrants.

NZ introducing a new visa regime to dampen “unsustainable” numbers as well.

Albanese risks his lasting legacy being the Albovilles.

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Bobtheboozer
Bobtheboozer
April 9, 2024 8:40 am

It would seem there is a ‘free’ mode of transport in the Big Smoke. When is Barcaldine going to get one of these ‘tram’ thingies that seem to generate such controversy?
Or are we the silly buggers who just get to pay for them?
I could use one to go to the shops because being ‘free’ it would save me the cost of fuel.
A Monorail would be nice – as long as someone else paid for it.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 9, 2024 8:42 am

Clicked post too soon.

Heres the doubt reason

https://abc7ny.com/tiktok-punching-nyc-halley-kate-skiboky-stora/14587918/

It gets worse.

Unleashed by Donald Trump and the MAGA movement, there’s an upswell of loud male entitlement shouting at us from every corner. 

We see it in the male fans of Jordan Peterson, who clamor to his events to hear him croak out a just-so story about how lobsters justify their faith in male dominance. Or the rise of “tradwives” online who make a living pretending they’re unemployed and housebound. Or Ben Shapiro setting fire to a Barbie doll because he can’t stand that a blockbuster comedy starring a woman is about anything but her quest for male affection. Or MAGA pundits telling lies about birth control, in hopes of tricking women into having babies before they’re ready. Or conservatives writing op-eds that blame women for male loneliness, telling women they must self-sacrifice to relieve male pain by marrying Donald Trump voters. Or right-wing men yelling because Taylor Swift has cats or because she dates a hunky, vaccinated NFL player instead of, I dunno, having babies with a guy in ill-fitting cargo shorts. 

What sort of a loon would write such unhinged weird shit…?
AMANDA MARCOTTEhttps://media.licdn.com/dms/image/C4D03AQEg1STOiJdIgA/profile-displayphoto-shrink_800_800/0/1572556506838?e=2147483647&v=beta&t=Iytgyuk8CGF145UBG5lDxpchmpfPxTwaW9G_0JjBL9E

m0nty
m0nty
April 9, 2024 8:43 am

So it turns out the bond that Trump posted to appeal his conviction on bank fraud charges is itself a humongous fraud.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 9, 2024 8:46 am

AMANDA MARCOTTE

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H B Bear
H B Bear
April 9, 2024 8:49 am

Who would have though The Legover Man was the answer to the cost of living crisis?

Roger
Roger
April 9, 2024 8:50 am

monty yesterday morning:

Happy Rapture Day, Cats!

Remember: if you aren’t ascended today, that means you are going to Hell. Or the fiery pits of Mordor. Or both! Some sort of timeshare arrangement, IIRC.

He didn’t respond to my request for clarification.

Is it possible he confused the Annunciation (which yesterday was on the church calendar) with the Ascension and subsumed the latter into the unorthodox fringe teaching about the Rapture?

Quite possibly.

That’s some rake.

Roger
Roger
April 9, 2024 8:52 am

Speak of the devil!

Dot
Dot
April 9, 2024 8:59 am

“Reminder – this is my phone data I provided to the AFP to prosecute my rape case,’’ Ms Higgins tweeted in June, 2023.

“None of it was tabled in court.

“And now, it continues to be leaked to the media without my consent.”

Interesting how Lehmann’s private life can be thrown up everywhere with no relief but he has to wear it simply as he was the accused; we have a presumption of innocence and the trial was abandoned, with the DPP admitting it was a political decision to prosecute and the senior investigating officers believed the case had no merit, Higgins also concealed relevant information from the police.

Is this how you exude power? An unlevel playing field?

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
April 9, 2024 9:00 am

At least Stefanovic on Sky News ran the Trump ad based on the eclipse, with the grand opening bars of Thus Spake Zarathustra by Richard Strauss!
Clever ad and timing. The Daily Express USA came right out and condemned it as “Trump thrusting the USA into darkness”. Lefties gotta leftemporise.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 9, 2024 9:02 am

At its heart, Bruce Pascoe’s Black Duck is a love story of both people and CountryBy Tony BirchApril 9, 2024 — 5.00am

Listen to this article
5 min
MEMOIR
Black Duck: A Year at Yumburra
Bruce Pascoe with Lyn Harwood
Thames & Hudson, $34.99
When Bruce Pascoe published Dark Emu with the Indigenous-owned publishing house Magabala Books, he could not have foreseen the phenomenon that the book would create. Ten years after its release in 2014, Dark Emu has sold close to 400,000 copies. It has had a major impact on our understanding of the relationship between Aboriginal agriculture and Country.
The book has also met with controversy, most of it surfacing when it became obvious that the reception of Dark Emu was also producing energetic dialogues of inclusion and respect between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.

Pascoe’s critics took aim at his argument that Aboriginal people could not be relegated to the status of mere hunter-gatherers. The irony should not be lost that those who suddenly sought to privilege the concept of the hunter-gatherer, were defending a trope that had historically supported the legal sleight of hand, terra nullius, being that Aboriginal peopled wandered on Country and had no productive claim to it.
What Bruce Pascoe highlighted with Dark Emu was a sophisticated interconnection between agriculture, sustainability and Country.
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While some argued over the interpretation of archival documents and footnotes, others influenced by the book accepted the generosity offered by Pascoe in subsequent lectures, writers festival conversations and the inevitable Ted-Talk.
Pascoe was able to harness a willingness, or more perhaps an existential desire, among a sector of the non-Aboriginal community to end a narrative of conflict, to reconsider their relationships to Aboriginal people and Country, and to proactively address the ecological damage to land caused by colonial agricultural practices and increasingly, climate change.
Dark Emu was primarily a challenge to existing power structures and the marginalisation of Aboriginal people. Pascoe was able to build strong and sustainable relationships, which were themselves a threat to the inequitable status quo. Aboriginal communities became interested in Pascoe’s work.
It was gratifying for Aboriginal people, particularly in south-eastern Australia, to realise that, finally, their traditional land-management practices were being valued, and that young people in their communities could engage with Country with renewed pride. Non-Aboriginal rural communities and farmers were also influenced by Pascoe’s research. Some have since forged partnerships with him.
Black Duck: A Year at Yumburra is structured as the story of a year’s activities on Yumburra farm, a property on far south-east Gippsland where Bruce Pascoe and his partner, Lyn Harwood, run the enterprise Black Duck Foods. It is a venture they were able to establish due to the commercial success of Dark Emu.

The book visits the six seasons of Indigenous culture on the farm, from “late summer”, through “autumn”, “winter”, “early” and “late spring”, before ending in “early summer” the following year. We are provided with an insight into the commercial operation of the farm, and Pascoe’s poetic eulogising of the bread baked from harvesting indigenous grain. He sure loves his bread.
We also meet the many characters, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people who have been drawn to Pascoe’s vision. But Black Duck is far more than a log of a farmer’s year on the land, a story of the occasional eccentricities of rural life, or Pascoe’s need to habitually mention the Richmond Football Club. (An annoying, decades-old tic of his.)
This is a deeply philosophical book. It is the story of a man and the woman he loves deeply, their growth as individuals, as a couple, and parents and grandparents, deeply respectful of Country and the need to live humbly with it. At its heart, Black Duck is a story of watching, listening, reflecting and hopefully, growing.
It may seem odd to describe the book as a “comfort read”. The book addresses the difficult issues of frontier violence and massacre, the heartbreak of seeing a loved dog in pain and having to shoot it, and the continuing damage done to Country by the ill-informed and wilfully ignorant. The concept of comfort could also dilute the power of Black Duck, particularly when the political etymology of the work conjures memories of ex-prime minister John Howard’s “relaxed and comfortable” recipe for engaging with the past.

Black Duck reinforces our need to actively care for Country. There are many people across Australia doing so, regardless of the obstacles they face. I take comfort from the fact that having faced damaging bushfires, droughts and the increasing occurrence of un-natural events, people such Pascoe, Harwood and many others reject a sense of helplessness. They are on the front line of ecological activism in the truest sense.
I take great comfort in my understanding that Aboriginal communities across the continent are the knowledge holders we need to protect Country into the future, and to fully value the non-human animal and plant species that create the balance we require to become genuinely inclusive.

Don’t you feel the need to rush out and buy a copy? Naah, me neither.

m0nty
m0nty
April 9, 2024 9:05 am

Also, Trump is bullshitting about building a grand compromise on abortion of a 15-week ban. Nobody believes that will happen. Particularly not the god-botherers, who will veto it.

Dot
Dot
April 9, 2024 9:05 am

The cucks seem to love defamation.

Keep in mind there is no actual evidence against Patrick Orren Stephenson thus far, Charlie Bezzina recently said:

‘The whole investigation has been bizarre,’ Mr Bezzina said. ‘To have the chief police commissioner getting involved and contradicting investigators is highly unusual.’

https://www.reddit.com/r/australia/comments/1byvcoo/ballarat_man_charged_with_murder_over_death_of/

Don’t forget how good he could kick a footy. That’s so important

Something about a bright future cut short yadda yadda

I bet our dear cuck boys would be offended by the phrase aspiring rapper.

Wait til 7 gives him all the cocaine and hookers he wants!

What would be terrific is if Channel Stokes sued Reddit and Auerbach.

Black Ball
Black Ball
April 9, 2024 9:06 am

Tim Blair:

Cowardice is probably too strong a word.

Let’s just say instead that a significant number of Australians have in recent times obviously converted to a chicken-based neurological threat assessment system.

This isn’t a merely local issue. Rather, what we are looking at here is a matter of global realignment.

It should concern us deeply as a nation that we have become more frightened and panic prone than even the French.

Yes, the French, fairly or otherwise long held to be international symbols of spinelessness.

The Simpsons mocked the French as “cheese-eating surrender monkeys”. Formerly funny satire site The Onion once referred to Paris’s celebrated Arc de Capitulation, a monument that will stand forever – or “at least until it is hammered into rubble by a foreign conqueror”.

Such slurs should now be rightfully directed at us, for unlike the French, we Australians are spooked by even the basic idea of nuclear energy.

Lord only knows how we’d cope with the reality. Picture half the nation’s workforce staffing red-hot help lines in-between suffering trauma meltdowns themselves.

By comparison, the French – allegedly so timid and meek – have absolutely blitzed the entire nuclear issue. They aren’t alarmed by nuclear energy today and they weren’t alarmed decades earlier.

Back in 1998, British-born, US-based journalist Jon Palfreman visited France to see how the country’s latest nuclear facility was coming along.

“Civaux in southwestern France is a stereotypical rural French village with a square, a church and a small school,” Palfreman reported for the American PBS network.

“On a typical day, Monsieur Rambault, the baker, is up before dawn turning out baguettes and croissants. Shortly after, teacher Rene Barc opens the small school.

“There is a blacksmith, a hairdresser, a post office, a general store and a couple of bars.”

It all sounds lovely. Until we hit the next line, which is certain to distress nervous Australians. Trigger warning.

“But overlooking the picturesque hamlet are two giant cooling towers from a nuclear plant, still under construction, a half-mile away … the Civaux nuclear power plant comes on line sometime in the next 12 months.”

Oh no! Surely everybody was irradiated and killed! Or else they bunged on such a hissy fit that the plant was stopped on account of it endangering local baguette farms or mimes hanging out at the escargot hatchery.

Nope. Possibly to Palfreman’s surprise, the locals adored it.

“In France,” he wrote, “nuclear energy is accepted, even popular. Everybody I spoke to in Civaux loves the fact their region was chosen.

“The nuclear plant has brought jobs and prosperity to the area. Nobody I spoke to, nobody, expressed any fear.

“From the village schoolteacher, Rene Barc, to the patron of the Cafe de Sport bar, Valerie Turbeau, any traces of doubt they might have had have faded as they have come to know plant workers, visited the reactor site and thought about the benefits of being part of France’s nuclear energy effort.”

That was 26 years ago. The Civaux plant presently employs some 1300 people and churns out loads of delicious high-grade zero-carbon non-lame sparkles every single day.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, by the way, the plant is “flexible in operation according to the needs of the grid operator” and can ramp up “from 30 per cent to 95 per cent of full power in only 30 minutes”.

Well, how about that. It recharges faster than your average EV.

Keep in mind that line about nobody in Civaux expressing any fear about a nuclear facility in their backyard. A report in The Sunday Telegraph noted the opposite when it came to proposed nuclear sites in NSW and Victoria.

“Coalition sources said focus group research carried out in the Hunter Valley in NSW and the Latrobe Valley in Victoria in recent weeks found hostility to the proposed polices,” the piece revealed.

“It found that while voters were aware of the general arguments for nuclear power, they were hostile to plans for reactors in their own areas.”

Dear God. Just consider for a moment how far we have fallen.

I’ve spent a lot of time in the Hunter Valley, and am not unfamiliar with Victoria’s Latrobe region. Fine people. Honest people. Strong and straightforward people.

But, now they reject something not only useful but also completely harmless. They don’t want their area spoiled by something that won’t spoil their area at all.

Perhaps a study tour is required.

Perhaps we should send a delicate delegation from the Hunter to Civaux, so they could meet and be consoled by croissant jockeys, beret babies, truffle wranglers and other rugged French bruisers.

It would be quite the spectacle, wouldn’t it, planting some fearful Australians in a Civaux cafe with a couple of nuclear cooling towers just 800m away.

I am available for hand-holding.

He’s very good is Mr Blair.
As for the poll that shows a bit of a NIMBY attitude, I reckon that could be bullshit, perhaps a ruse by Labor to never allow nuclear. ‘Coalition sources’?
A spot 5km from town here would be perfect for a smallish set up. Already an electricity grid installation. Solid foundation, leveed from flooding. ‘Dr’ Anne Webster might not want it but nuts to what she thinks, for she is worse than useless.

Indolent
Indolent
April 9, 2024 9:07 am
Roger
Roger
April 9, 2024 9:11 am

Ten years after its release in 2014, Dark Emu has sold close to 400,000 copies.

Not bad for a work of fiction.

Black Ball
Black Ball
April 9, 2024 9:13 am

FMD get a load of this from the Courier Mail:

A grieving Caboolture mother has demanded answers as to why she can no longer access her daughter’s medical records.

Carly Mulheran claimed the medical records of her daughter Zara had been wiped less than a week after her death last Wednesday.

Two weeks ago Ms Mulheran enacted Ryan’s Rule to review Zara’s treatment at Queensland Children’s Hospital when she had complications after being diagnosed with the usually harmless hand, foot and mouth disease.

“She was very critical, and if I didn’t act there and then that she was going to die,” she told 7 News.

“I left the hospital Wednesday, I had no one reach out to me, no nothing, Thursday again, no one from the hospital from anything, anyone.”

Ms Mulheran said she went to look at Zara’s My Health Record, managed by the federal government, to help her grieve when she discovered “no evidence of her whatsoever existed”.

“ ‘I was angry’ is an understatement … I just bawled my eyes out,” she said.

The Australian Digital Health Registry told the network to remove access in the event of a person’s death was standard practice, even for parents, but confirmed Zara’s records were not deleted.

The registry could not confirm if Ms Mulheran would have access to her daughter’s records restored.

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, er Queensland.

Bobtheboozer
Bobtheboozer
April 9, 2024 9:17 am

Joe Biden’s Military Can’t Reach Recruiting Quota – Then This Video Emerges

The video shows the military’s treatment of USAF Senior Airman Lance Castle, a service member who refused the mandatory CV-19 vaccine.

The video shows Lance Castle being extracted from his cell.

Lance Castle was dubbed an “insider threat,” given 60 days pre-trial confinement (missed the birth of 1st born), and sent to a court martial to stand trial on 5 UCMJ Charges.

The US should thank Christ it has men such as Lance Castle who are prepared to give so much for the nation.
This treatment is proof that the US miltary will not support a citizen led unarmed protest against the government.
But how to reform a military that is obviously unfit for purpose? The end result here is the need for a purge of the Marshals Part 2.

Dot
Dot
April 9, 2024 9:18 am

Or MAGA pundits telling lies about birth control, in hopes of tricking women into having babies before they’re ready

Where is the lie?

The pill changes personality & attraction to personality type (and even smell and physique) and you’re ready to be a mother as soon as you’re over the age of consent and freely choose to have unprotected sex.

You’re not “ready” at 45 as a woman. You’re past it in terms of fertility.

Then again, we’ve had the same dumb broads with fake degrees make the bullshit claim that air conditioning is sexist.

Old men are often sex symbols. Old women are not.

It is what it is. Men don’t vote for these celebrity polls most of the time.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 9, 2024 9:22 am

There was some reported speculation that the US eclipse today was a signpost to the Rapture, Roger.

You got the wrong religion there Monty.

ABC’s Hostin Links Eclipses, Earthquakes, Cicadas to Climate Change (8 Apr)

William Shatner Uses Solar Eclipse to Promote Climate Change Activism: ‘What’s the Point of Going into Space, You Can’t Come Back’ (8 Apr)

NJ Senate Candidate Deletes Post Blaming ‘Climate Crisis’ for Northeastern Earthquake (7 Apr)

The cult of Bowen is the religion you want Monty. Watch out for that tasty green cordial son, you may not know exactly what’s in it.

Roger
Roger
April 9, 2024 9:24 am

Some positives in that Alice Springs story.

Young people realising being the perpetual victim is a dead end as a lifestyle choice and they need to take responsibility for their lives.

cohenite
April 9, 2024 9:28 am
m0nty
m0nty
April 9, 2024 9:31 am

As for the poll that shows a bit of a NIMBY attitude, I reckon that could be bullshit, perhaps a ruse by Labor to never allow nuclear. ‘Coalition sources’?

Australia is full of NIMBYs, Black Ball. Why do you think we are in such a parlous state with housing. Council zoning restrictions are a product of pure NIMBYism.

I find it much more surprising that there appears to be a YIMBY counterinsurgence going on. Maybe that’s just an online thing.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 9, 2024 9:35 am

Australia is full of NIMBYs

Yah, opposition to bird munchers and panel deserts is rising.

So Labor is ramrodding them through.

They could easily do the same for a nuke plant, it would affect a lot fewer people than the widely distributed renewables.

132andBush
132andBush
April 9, 2024 9:41 am

Albanese risks his lasting legacy being the Albovilles.

Just like Hoovervilles but without the charm.
?

Makka
Makka
April 9, 2024 9:44 am

Ten years after its release in 2014, Dark Emu has sold close to 400,000 copies.

Schools and state/council libraries making up the majority of sales?

132andBush
132andBush
April 9, 2024 9:52 am

What Bruce Pascoe highlighted with Dark Emuwas a sophisticated interconnection between agriculture, sustainability and Country.

Hmmm.
Nothing screams “sustainability” like torching a 1000acres in order to flush out a few roos for dinner.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
April 9, 2024 9:56 am

The SCOTUS decision on abortion threw it back to the states. People can move away from the Dem-hell in NY to go to somewhere like Florida for financial reasons, and those who “want control of their bodies” can go to a blue state where abortion is more convenient. Or they could use birth control. Or they could put the child up for adoption if they don’t have the means (financial or emotional) to support it.
It’s not a matter of “Trump big noting” any other plan such as 15 weeks.
He has said it’s for the states to manage.

Roger
Roger
April 9, 2024 10:03 am

What Bruce Pascoe highlighted with Dark Emu was…

the gullibility of many on the prog-left.

Dot
Dot
April 9, 2024 10:06 am

Australia is full of NIMBYs, Black Ball. Why do you think we are in such a parlous state with housing. Council zoning restrictions are a product of pure NIMBYism.

As is opposition to nuke power, you pinhead.

You and Bowen are intellectual detritus.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 9, 2024 10:07 am

Milko must back for another round, either that or he’s been at it for days now.

Roger
Roger
April 9, 2024 10:11 am

Why do you think we are in such a parlous state with housing.

Population ponzi.

Next!

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 9, 2024 10:15 am

Top Gun: Maverick lawsuit rejected by US judgeStaff WritersReuters
Tue, 9 April 2024 6:37AM

Paramount Pictures has won the dismissal of a lawsuit claiming its 2022 Tom Cruise blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick borrowed too much from a 1983 magazine article that inspired the original Top Gun film.
US District Judge Percy Anderson in Los Angeles said the sequel was not “substantially similar” to Ehud Yonay’s Top Guns, about the US Navy’s Top Gun fighter pilot training school in San Diego.
Yonay’s widow Shosh Yonay and son Yuval Yonay, heirs to his copyright, said they deserved some of the sequel’s profits, after Paramount built a billion-dollar franchise off an article that “breathed life into the technical humdrum of a navy base.”
The plaintiffs will appeal, their lawyer Marc Toberoff said.

“Once Yonay’s widow and son exercised their rights reclaim his exhilarating story, Paramount hand-waved them away exclaiming, ‘What copyright?’” Toberoff said in a statement. “It’s not a good look.”
Paramount said in a statement, “We are pleased that the court recognised that plaintiffs’ claims were completely without merit.”
Top Gun: Maverick featured Cruise reprising his role as US Navy test pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.
It grossed $US1.5 billion ($A2.3 billion) worldwide, becoming Cruise’s biggest film, and is the 12th highest-grossing film according to Box Office Mojo.
The plaintiffs, both from Israel, claimed that the fictional “Maverick” was “derivative” of nonfictional Top Guns because of similar plots, characters, dialogue, settings and themes.
But the judge said copyright law does not protect factual elements such as the identities of real people in Top Guns, or familiar plot elements such as pilots embarking on missions, being shot down or carousing at a bar.
He also said copyright law does not protect themes such as “the sheer love of flying,” or the only specific dialogue – “Fight’s on” – identified in both works.
“No reasonable juror could find substantial similarity of ideas and expression,” Anderson wrote.
Anderson also said Paramount was not required to credit Ehud Yonay in the sequel, as it had in the 1986 original Top Gun with a “suggested by” credit, after the Yonays in 2020 terminated Paramount’s exclusive movie rights to his article.
The article was published in the May 1983 issue of California magazine.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 9, 2024 10:29 am

Yonay’s widow Shosh Yonay and son Yuval Yonay, heirs to his copyright, said they deserved some of the sequel’s profits

Their egos are writing cheques their bodies can’t cash.

Tower, this is Yonay requesting a fly by.
Negative Yonay, the pattern is full.

Black Ball
Black Ball
April 9, 2024 10:34 am

Something of note:

Vice Admiral David Johnston will become the new chief of Australia’s defence force under a major overhaul of senior military ranks.

Anthony Albanese on Tuesday announced the promotion of the current Defence Force vice chief, who is poised to be the first naval officer in 22 years to lead the nation’s armed forces.

Vice Admiral Johnston will replace long-serving defence chief Angus Campbell, who will step down in July after six years in the role.

Hopefully a good pair of hands with the rising threat of China.

cohenite
April 9, 2024 10:47 am

The Libs had nine years to do so, and did nothing. Labor certainly isn’t going to do it.

That’s true dickless. The LNP have been gutless and sandbagged by shitheads like matt fuking kean. The liars have been taken over by commies like rub and tug who will do whatever keeps them in power and strokes their ego as with blackout who thinks he really, really knows about climate and is saving the planet.

The first major party which gets sensible about either new generation nukes, the IFRs which are not water cooled, and/or new generation coal, the Ultra SuperCriticals which the chunks and India are building, will be in power as long as they want. That choice is coming with a massive crunch next year. If Eraring goes the lights will go out. If they go out Minns and kean should be nuked; and that’s for starters.

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Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 9, 2024 11:03 am

m0nty
April 9, 2024 8:20 am

A reminder for those who evidently need it that SMRs for Australia are a complete fantasy:

Small modular nuclear reactor that was hailed by Coalition as future cancelled due to rising costs 

Opposition climate and energy spokesperson had pointed to SMRs as a solution to Australia’s energy needs, but experts raise questions over price tag

Adam Morton Climate and environment editor

Thu 9 Nov 2023 18.46 AEDT

You left out that Adam Morton works for The Guardian Newspaper. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

And why do you have a date of Thu 9 Nov 2023?

Isn’t your post supposed to be recent? Like within the last week? The posted blurb mentioned a Wednesday. So, like, Wednesday last week?

More investigation needed methinks.

cohenite
April 9, 2024 11:08 am

As for nuclear not being viable, tell that to Gates:

Next Wave of Nuclear Can’t Come Soon Enough | RealClearEnergy

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 9, 2024 11:10 am

Delta A visited Lawson’s Syphon this morning. Very interesting and a lovely spot too. Thanks!

shatterzzz
April 9, 2024 11:31 am

 Bruce Pascoe and his partner, Lyn Harwood, run the enterprise Black Duck Foods. It is a venture they were able to establish due to the commercial success of Dark Emu.

No mention of the gummint yearly sling to Black Duck, the charity, to prop it up .. Without “our” money Black Duck, the farm, would have gone under long ago ..

lotocoti
lotocoti
April 9, 2024 11:32 am

Black Ball

 April 9, 2024 10:34 am

Something of note:

First put to sea with the Grey Funnel Line as a child evacuee
from Darwin after Tracey.
Four years later reported aboard HMAS Creswell
with the penultimate and greatest Junior Entry class.

rosie
rosie
April 9, 2024 11:33 am

“Pascoe’s poetic eulogising of the bread baked from harvesting indigenous grain”
The flour sells for $35 for just 100g.
The eulogisers never mention that.
It’s a commercial joke that will slide into oblivion as soon as the donations dry up.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 9, 2024 11:53 am

Montys mates – dumb enough to lose their only bargaining chips.

https://twitter.com/academic_la/status/1777402475248845265
Tragic news: According to Yaron Avraham on Channel 12 Israel news, Hamas has told the mediators that it does not have 40 hostages in the humanitarian category that are still alive. That is a category of women, children, the elderly, and the sick. The number that they say is alive, which is significantly lower, has not been made public. This, of course, is a serious obstacle for the ceasefire talks that seem to be progressing.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 9, 2024 12:05 pm

Clammy looks to be in a bit of strife.

Canberra museum urged to remove Clementine Ford from exhibition over inflammatory anti-Israel remarks and role in Jewish doxxing (9 Apr)

A major Australian museum is facing deafening calls to remove Clementine Ford over the controversial feminist’s inflammatory anti-Israel commentary. …

The chair of Jewish rights group the Anti-Defamation Commission, Dvir Abramovich, called on the museum’s director Stephanie Bull and her board to “stand on the right side of history” by removing Ford from the exhibition.

“We could not remain silent over a person who …should not be honoured and celebrated in the Museum of Australian Democracy,” Dr Abramovich told SkyNews.com.au. …

“As anti-Semitism and attacks on the Jewish people spread like wildfire throughout our nation, institutions have a moral duty to make it crystal clear that anyone who fans the flames of intolerance and targets any community must be condemned.”

Woke princess Clammy is an antisemite Pali-lover? Say it ain’t so!

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 9, 2024 12:31 pm

Science news.

Research finds pretzel size affects intake by governing how quickly a person eats and how big their bites are (MedXpress, 8 Apr)

The team of food scientists investigated how the size of pretzels influences eating behavior—overall intake, eating rate, bite size and snacking duration—and found that people eat larger pretzels quicker with larger bites. They also found that while people ate smaller pretzels slower and with smaller bites, and ate less overall, they still had higher intake of sodium. Their results are available online now and will be published in the June issue of Appetite.

Never eat big pretzels. Meanwhile fake grass is killing the planet:

Jeremy Vine show outrage as eco mob wants to ban fake grass – ‘There should be a tax!’ (8 Apr)

Campaigners are arguing that plastic grass is an “abomination” and that it wreaks environmental havoc.

Eco campaigners are insisting there should be a ban on fake grass – or that a new tax is slapped on developers for using it.

The best ever use of fake grass I saw at uni ‘way back when. Someone had done up a Mini Minor. It had that fake brick stuff on the sides – which was a fad in the seventies for making fibro houses look slightly less horrible. And the roof of the Mini was covered in plastic grass like a small lawn. It was epic.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
April 9, 2024 12:34 pm

Woke princess Clammy is an antisemite Pali-lover? Say it ain’t so!

So as not to offend Cats & Kittehs by calling Clammy the C word, I’ll just refer to her as the Bearded Clam.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
April 9, 2024 12:50 pm

Why would any museum of note have a disgusting lefty jismist as part of any display short of … perhaps, how they should appear … in the stocks and pelted with rotten eggs and rotten tomatoes?

132andBush
132andBush
April 9, 2024 12:55 pm

Campaigners are arguing that plastic grass is an “abomination”

I find myself in agreement with them on this.

Delta A
Delta A
April 9, 2024 12:55 pm

Delta A visited Lawson’s Syphon this morning.

Glad you enjoyed it, Milton. Some time later in our travels we visited Coleambally where we saw Bucyrus Erie, one of the monster machines used in the construction of channels and diversion of rivers during the 50 and 60s. The project has since been described as one of the Seven Engineering Wonders of the World.

Delta A
Delta A
April 9, 2024 12:56 pm

Oops. Format fail.

Sorry.

shatterzzz
April 9, 2024 1:01 pm

Anyone have any, official, info on this snippet I came across ..
Can’t believe any of this scum would ever be eligible for parole, the last one to apply got knocked back before dying in gaol .. If this is real then it is, as far as I’m aware, been kept well under under wraps by both the NSW gummint & the media …… and Bill Shitten needz to, publically, explain the NDIS funding angle …….!
One of the country’s worst serial sex offenders, who was involved in the brutal 1980s abduction, rape and murder of Janine Balding, is set to be released from custody with the help of an NDIS support package.

Wayne Wilmot, a remorseless criminal with psychopathic traits who poses a “significant risk” of carrying out further ­attacks on women, will be freed under tight supervision and electronic monitoring …

Delta A
Delta A
April 9, 2024 1:05 pm

Interesting info re my post above.

https://www.visitcoleambally.com.au/history/

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
April 9, 2024 1:14 pm

Greg Sheridan isn’t always right, but he did give Tom Connell (Sky) some richly deserved schooling on the Israel-Gaza situation today. Good to see.

Top Ender
Top Ender
April 9, 2024 1:26 pm

Back in Hawaii again. The WWII submarine USS Bowfin is still great. But downtown Honolulu is now just an expensive tourist strip, with the usual attendant crazy “homeless” people far too plentiful. Wine is roughly double what it is in Oz, while spirits are around 60% of the price back home.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
April 9, 2024 1:35 pm

 while spirits are around 60% of the price back home.

Well, TE, there’s your answer Get off the plonk and into the good stuff. How’s the beer price?

rosie
rosie
April 9, 2024 1:35 pm

TE going to the area devastated by bushfire at all?
I seem to recall a controversy about 1000 dead children that quietly fell off a conspiracy cliff.

Makka
Makka
April 9, 2024 1:35 pm

But downtown Honolulu is now just an expensive tourist strip,

First went there in the early ’80’s. The place then was lousy with street hookers and drug peddlers. Quickly beat it and went to Maui and the Big Island. So much more enjoyable.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 9, 2024 1:40 pm

NT Chief Minister set to extend curfewTricia Rivera

The Alice Springs youth curfew has been extended by six days.
Under the curfew, children under 18 in the town have been forced off the streets from 6pm to 6am, in a move aimed at stopping the riots and violence that have plagued the red centre for months.
The curfew was due to end on Wednesday morning, in the middle of the school holidays, however Sky News has reported that it will extend until 6am on Tuesday.
The NT Chief Minister Eva Lawler is expected to make the official announcement this afternoon.
Almost two dozen police officers were sent to central Australia from South Australia after a request from the Northern Territory police commissioner after the imple­ment­ation of the curfew.
Chief Minister Lawler was on the ground in Alice Springs last week to assess its impact a week on from its implementation to curb the rising tide of violence on the town’s streets.
Police and sources on the ground noticed a significant drop in ­illegal behaviour such as parading stolen cars in town, and most members of the Alice Springs community were in favour of the curfew.
Labor MP Marion Scrymgour says the youth curfew in Alice Springs is a “great circuit breaker” and has allowed for calm in the community.
“Everyone wants this to work. I think the curfew was a great circuit breaker, it just put the calm in place that needed to be put in place,” she told Sky News on Tuesday.
“I think whilst people have criticised it and talked about the distress of, particularly some of those young people … during this time we need to take stock and have a look at what are some of the long term strategies and work that we need to do.”
The federal member for Lingiari said the government needs to work with local communities and the territory government to fulfill obligations with jobs, housing and education.

Does this mean the Israeli’s can demand an inquiry into the rights of Indigenous youth in Alice Springs?

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 9, 2024 1:42 pm

“He will be freed under tight supervision and electronic monitoring …”

Now, where have we heard that before? FFS.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 9, 2024 2:05 pm

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Vicki
Vicki
April 9, 2024 2:32 pm

Re the sad news that (as we suspected) few of the Israeli hostages have survived:

In the last few days we have had a friend stay at the farm with his Pallie supporting lady friend. It has been an exercise in polemics to exorcise her appalling views without upsetting our friend.

shatterzzz
April 9, 2024 2:51 pm

Update on the release of one of Janine Baldwin’s killers .. the rumours are true ….. Ho Chi MInns & Bill Shitten answers needed NOW ..!
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13285955/Wayne-Wilmot-serial-sex-offenders-NDIS-package.html

Kneel
Kneel
April 9, 2024 2:55 pm

“The federal member for Lingiari said the government needs to work with local communities and the territory government to fulfill obligations with jobs, housing and education.”

The obligation is almost entirely with the “communities” – GovCo can assist with some things, but not much.
If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. If that is “bad” or otherwise not desirable, then change what you do.
The more you rely on GovCo, the worse things will be – you know this to be true from your own experience, yet keep insisting it is GovCo’s fault. It is not – it is yours. Do something about it!

johanna
johanna
April 9, 2024 3:05 pm

This sort of stuff gives me the irrits, big time. If modern ‘conservationists’ had their way, no species would ever have gone extinct, no matter what the cost. The notion that extinction is perfectly natural and inevitable is far too grounded in reality for them to comprehend.

Nearly a decade after a virus nearly wiped out a population of turtles unique to northern New South Wales, researchers say its origins remain a mystery as a project to repopulate the species hits a major milestone.
Now identified as the Bellinger River Virus, it triggered a mass mortality event in 2015 that decimated 90 per cent of the river’s snapping turtle population within six weeks.
At the time, the state government placed 16 healthy turtles into a zoo-based breeding program led by Taronga Zoo as part of the NSW government’s Saving our Species program.
Some 179 Bellinger River snapping turtles have since been released after the program started in 2018, with 97 turtles reintroduced into the river during December marking the largest group yet.

Taronga Zoo senior reptile keeper Adam Skidmore said while the released turtles were doing well in the wild, there remained no cure for the virus that nearly saw the species go extinct.
“Our goal is to ensure we have a backup population in case there is more devastation in the river, ” Mr Skidmore said.

and

The NSW government has invested more than $850,000 to support the recovery of the Bellinger River snapping turtle, including projects like captive breeding programs and monitoring by citizen scientists.

No, you have not ‘invested’ 850 grand to try to prevent Gaia from doing what she does all the time. You have wasted that money, which either should have belonged to those who earned it, or used for sensible purposes such as flood mitigation or forest management.

While I’m on the subj, has anyone been following the Mrs Warren Entsch story? Apparently Mme Entsch has intersected frequently with so called charities and non-profits that got Federal grants, something that hubby neglected to mention when disclosing potential conflicts of interest.

It doesn’t look like a big deal financially – I doubt if she made much money out of it. What caught my eye was the nature of the grants. Taxpayers are funding do-gooders to go into remote communities to do face painting, FFS! Apparently it cheers the locals up, although I would have thought that face painting is hardly innovative in Aboriginal communities. Mme E claims that it helps their self esteem.

Thanks, taxpayers!

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 9, 2024 3:07 pm

Strong Jobs Report Does Not Mean Strong Economy

One thing that analysts fail to explain is that Americans have begun working multiple jobs since the COVID pandemic that wrecked the global economy. Nonfarm payrolls increased 303,000 in March, but there are millions of Americans holding multiple jobs who can still not keep up with the cost of living even with wages up 4.1% in the past year.

Around 5.3% of the US workforce held more than one job, on the books, in 2019 but that slowed during the pandemic when businesses were unable to open. In September 2022, 4.9% of American workers (7.7 million people) held more than one job (on the books) as the economy began to slowly recover but that trend did not stay in motion due to rampant inflation and the cost of living. By October 20235.2% of the US workforce (8.4 million people)  held more than one job.

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/armstrongeconomics101/inflation/strong-jobs-report-does-not-mean-strong-economy/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS

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Pogria
Pogria
April 9, 2024 3:12 pm

hahaha,
Clammy is on a roll.
Mind you, the sheila suing her is as barking as Clammy. 😀

Pogria
Pogria
April 9, 2024 3:13 pm
Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
April 9, 2024 3:37 pm

Entsch’s mrs is dripping wet, she’s in the wrong party. She’s standing for the seat of Cairns and got no chance. The seat has been held by the ALP except for the Newman landslide for better part of it’s existence.

Entsch himself is an arrogant pr%$ who couldn’t be bothered reporting to the parliamentary register potential conflicts of interest and made the grants not delegating to someone else so there is a sliver of appearance of arms length. Nup rules don’t apply to me. I despise this behaviour no mate who does it. Him & his mrs deserve all the heat they get about it.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 9, 2024 3:40 pm

Someone on this site – apologies, I can’t remember who it was – recommended “A First Rate Madness – Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness” by one Nassir Ghaemi. My thanks to whoever it was – I’m finding the book most interesting reading, particularly the chapters on J.F.K. and Hitler.

Top Ender
Top Ender
April 9, 2024 3:42 pm

Dunno about the Hawaiian beer, and we’re not going anywhere much – been here before several times. Went down to Waikiki beach for sunset – the latest ladies’ bathers fashions are microscopic.

Meanwhile for those contemplating flying anywhere, there’s this:

United Airlines flight diverted after dog poos on board: ‘Smell never quite went away’
An aircraft was forced to divert to another city after a dog who was flying with a seated passenger pooed in the cabin. 

Was in the States, but how long before such incidents spread into Oz?

Sky

billie
billie
April 9, 2024 3:46 pm

It would be quite the spectacle, wouldn’t it, planting some fearful Australians in a Civaux cafe with a couple of nuclear cooling towers just 800m away.

Ah yes, but Australia had Helen Caldicott and her ilk frightening the masses, with the help and assistance of the MSM, mainly by not questioning her or her followers indeed, they were given a platform here.

It will take decades to undo the damage done by the MSM in Australia, if ever.

You can but weep for the future of Australia

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 9, 2024 3:53 pm

Jeez. Don’t weep- do something about it.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 9, 2024 3:54 pm

BREAKING NEWSBruce Lehrmann: D-Day for scandal-struck defamation trial against Ten and Lisa Wilkinson as judge reveals when he’ll give his verdict

10.15, April 15th.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 9, 2024 4:06 pm

Judgment day finally announced for epic Bruce Lehrmann, Ten, Lisa Wilkinson defamation saga
By stephen rice

  • NSW Editor

and ellie dudley

  • Legal Affairs Correspondent
  • 3:58PM April 9, 2024

Bruce Lehrmann will learn on Monday next week whether judge Michael Lee has found he was defamed by Network Ten and Lisa Wilkinson when they aired an interview with alleged rape victim Brittany Higgins.
On Tuesday, the Federal Court advised that Justice Lee would deliver his verdict at 10.15am next Monday, with the judge expected to read an abbreviated version of his judgment, live-streamed on the Federal Court’s YouTube channel, with longer reasons to be published in full on the court’s website at the conclusion.
The judgment had been delayed by an 11th-hour intervention last week by disaffected former Seven producer Taylor Auerbach, who provided Ten with affidavits about Mr Lehrmann’s involvement with the Seven network.
Mr Lehrmann sued Ten and Wilkinson over her interview with Ms Higgins on The Project in 2021, detailing accu­sations that Mr Lehrmann had raped Ms Higgins but not naming him as the alleged attacker.
Ten and Wilkinson have relied on a defence of truth, in an attempt to prove Mr Lehrmann sexually assaulted Ms Higgins on the couch of senator Linda Reynolds in Parliament House in the early hours of March 23, 2019.
Mr Lehrmann has consistently denied raping Ms Higgins.

The judgment was due to be delivered last Thursday but was postponed when the Ten Network successfully sought to reopen the case citing fresh evidence from Auerbach about expensive perks provided to Mr Lehrmann while Seven’s Spotlight program was trying to convince him to hand over his exclusive interview rights.

Auerbach gave evidence last week that Seven reimbursed Mr Lehrmann for sex workers and illegal drugs after the former ­Liberal staffer had been on a “bender”, and admitted to charging his Seven-issued corporate card with thousands of dollars for Thai massages for himself and Mr Lehrmann.
Auerbach also claims Mr Lehrmann provided Spotlight with confidential information from his criminal rape trial as part of his interview deal. Mr Lehrmann has denied giving the program such information.
Justice Lee on Friday described Auerbach as “a man who wants to do as much damage to his previous employer as he could conceivably do” and questioned Ten lawyers about the relevance of the new evidence.
The judge clarified that “doesn’t mean he’s not a truth-teller”.
“But don’t put him up as some sort of notable public-interested person who was coming along to get something off his chest, because he thought he had to assist His Majesty’s justices,” Justice Lee said. “He’s a man who wanted to make a range of allegations against people under absolute privilege.”
The announcement of a verdict on Monday suggests the evidence produced by the 32-year-old, while damaging for his former colleagues at Seven, has not significantly affected the judgment that had already been largely written by Justice Lee, though it may impact any damages awarded.

Justice Lee must decide whether, on the balance of probabilities, Mr Lehrmann raped Ms Higgins. If he finds the rape did occur, Network Ten and Wilkinson would claim victory, and would seek to have Lehrmann pay their substantial legal costs – likely to run into many millions.
If Justice Lee finds on the balance of probabilities, that no sexual contact occurred between the two – as Mr Lehrmann testified – and he did not rape Brittany Higgins, he must decide how much compensation or damages Mr Lehrmann should be paid by Wilkinson and Ten.
If Justice Lee finds the pair did have sex, but it was consensual, or that Mr Lehrmann did not understand Ms Higgins was not consenting, that means he would effectively have found Mr Lehrmann to be a liar.
Ten has argued in this case, the damages should only be a nominal amount such as $1, because they say Mr Lehrmann has lied at various times throughout this saga.
Ten and Wilkinson also have a second defence of qualified privilege, arguing Wilkinson and The Project production team properly fulfilled their obligations in preparing the story.
Justice Lee must consider this as a “reasonableness” defence: that is, was it reasonable to publish the allegations, even if the judge does not find them to be true? This will turn on all the efforts Ten and Wilkinson made (or did not make) to establish the truth of Higgins’ claims.
If Justice Lee finds Ten and Wilkinson were reasonable, this could either reduce the amount of damages Mr Lehrmann is awarded if the truth defence fails, or it could mean an outright victory for Ten and Wilkinson.

Rufus T Firefly
Rufus T Firefly
April 9, 2024 4:09 pm

The truly amazing thing about Finlayson, (of all people), making any kind of “sexual slur”, against any other player, is that he must be assuming that the recipient of the slur, did not see the finals series last year.

Anyone who even watched one quarter of either game, that this fa***t bent over and assumed the position in, would be left in no doubt, who the p##f really is.
The last 10 mins of the Brisbane game were particularly hilarious as the “gallant” Finlayson was thrown into the ruck, whereupon he didn’t even compete but rather let the Lions ruck crash into him, time and again, whilst he turned his back.
198 cm of absolutely gutless excrement!

Finlayson touched the pill 4 times in each game. I was amazed that the opposing coaches didn’t send out a toilet roll for him.

Additionally, he is a “First Nations” individual.
They don’t do stuff like that, ……., do they?
Aren’t they all “caring”, salt of the earth types, like Noel Pearson and Bruce Pascoe?

rosie
rosie
April 9, 2024 4:29 pm
bons
bons
April 9, 2024 4:59 pm

I am becoming increasingly enamoured of Bridgit McKenzie.

I saw her last night refer to a selection of Albanese’s ministers as “those bozos”.

She displays more cojones than any male conservative polly does or has since before Abbott made weakness a mandated LNP characteristic..

Pogria
Pogria
April 9, 2024 5:00 pm
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 9, 2024 5:00 pm

Higgins makes submissions to court as judge sets fresh date for Lehrmann decisionBy Michaela WhitbournApril 9, 2024 — 3.50pm

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Brittany Higgins has made submissions to the court for the first time in Bruce Lehrmann’s high-stakes defamation case, just days before the judge is set to hand down his decision.

Rabz
April 9, 2024 5:01 pm

triggered a mass mortality event

I’d like to trigger “a mass mortality event” among imbeciles who use terms such as “mass mortality event”.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 9, 2024 5:11 pm

Inevitably (the Tele):

Brittany Higgins has raised the question of whether she may have been drugged on the night she alleges she was raped, in a submission to Bruce Lehrmann’s defamation case.

A free for all, of which nobody has seen the like.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 9, 2024 5:17 pm

Premier Jacinta Allan confirms Aboriginal Victorians could receive exemption from land tax through treaty processhttps://www.skynews.com.au/australia-news/premier-jacinta-allan-confirms-aboriginal-victorians-could-receive-exemption-from-land-tax-through-treaty-process/news-story/ea337161172d2f6f2daf5e021b9aaf54

The list of demands included exempting Aboriginal people from land tax, including stamp duty and council rates; providing Aboriginal People with interest-free loans to purchase homes; and creating “designated seats” on local councils.
…..
The Indigenous elder’s list of 10 demands which she said “must” be part of a treaty ranged from traditional owners being “fully resourced” to maintain languages and cultures at a local level, to the creation of a “perpetual infrastructure fund”.
“Aboriginal People must be exempt from Land Tax (TO) (including stamp duty), and council rates,” the list of demands stated
“Interest free loans must be provided to empower Aboriginal People to purchase homes.
“Tertiary education must be provided to Aboriginal students without charge.
“Aboriginal people must be provided designated seats on local councils.
Ms Gallagher said there needed to be local cultural learning places set up to “ensure our mobs are culturally strong” and to help educate the wider non-Aboriginal Community.
“Aboriginal history – the true history of this country must be taught in all Victorian and Australian schools,” another demand read.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 9, 2024 5:19 pm

I am becoming increasingly enamoured of Bridgit McKenzie.
I saw her last night refer to a selection of Albanese’s ministers as “those bozos”.
She displays more cojones than any male conservative polly does or has since before Abbott made weakness a mandated LNP characteristic..

Yes – maybe the only recent blot on her copy book was her attendance of the ‘climate change’ junket. Maybe we should give her the benefit of the doubt.

Abbott’s time has really past- fluffing around the world making speeches is no substitute for fighting the marxist wreckers both inside and outside the lieboral pardy. Just amazed he’s gone done without a fight.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 9, 2024 5:23 pm

Indigenous elder and former Treaty Advancement Commissioner Aunty Jill Gallagher

Be what means did this person become on ‘elder’.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 9, 2024 5:30 pm

Being even more poisonous and divisive than Andrews is no mean feat. These people are really toxic trash.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 9, 2024 5:31 pm

Allen seems to go for the 70s Anne Summers look.

Vicki
Vicki
April 9, 2024 5:31 pm

Abbott’s time has really past- fluffing around the world making speeches is no substitute for fighting the marxist wreckers both inside and outside the lieboral pardy. Just amazed he’s gone done without a fight.

Hang on, Milton. What do you expect him to do? He ain’t PM anymore. OK John Anderson teamed up with Jordan Peterson to put together the symposium in London on the decline of the West – but John has a lot more resources, I think, than Abbott.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 9, 2024 5:33 pm

I would have expected Abbott to get back into Federal Parliament.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 9, 2024 5:35 pm

If a Mauritian born real estate agent from Melbourne can do it surely Abbott could have too.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 9, 2024 5:37 pm

Speaking of resources, I would imagine Abbott has a substantial parliamentary pension.

OK John Anderson teamed up with Jordan Peterson to put together the symposium in London on the decline of the West 

Talk talk talk

cohenite
April 9, 2024 5:58 pm
cohenite
April 9, 2024 6:01 pm

Tone is a wimp. Turdball fuked him. This sums tone up:

Tony Abbott ‘S*** Happens’ & Awkward Silence (youtube.com)

Roger
Roger
April 9, 2024 6:03 pm

John Anderson teamed up with Jordan Peterson to put together the symposium in London on the decline of the West

The symposium on the decline of the West that dared not mention covid.

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Top Ender
Top Ender
April 9, 2024 6:19 pm

In a move certain to send shockwaves through Tasmania’s art community and among feminists, Mona has been ordered to allow men into its opulent, female-only “Ladies Lounge”.

The order was issued on Tuesday afternoon by the Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal – after New South Wales resident Jason Lau lodged a discrimination complaint when he was blocked from entering the room designed by Kirsha Kaechele.

While the tribunal has given the museum 28 days to cease refusing entry to “persons who do not identify as ladies”, it is understood that Mona could instead close down the lounge altogether – given allowing men would alter the very nature of the artwork.

In his published decision, tribunal deputy president Richard Grueber described the dispute between Mr Lau and the museum as a “conflict between an artwork which deliberately and overtly discriminates for artistic purpose and legislation which has the objective of prohibiting discrimination”.

“From Caravaggio to Jeff Koons, artists and their art have at times had a difficult relationship with the law. This is not surprising,” Mr Grueber said.
Mr Grueber said the Ladies Lounge, which opened in 2020, contained a number of significant artworks, but was also an artwork in itself.
He said Mr Lau was “not happy” when he paid a $35 entry fee to Mona in April 2023, but was not permitted entry into the ladies’ lounge – a green silk-curtained room “invigilated” by a museum attendant.

Mr Grueber noted the case contained a number of paradoxes – as if the Ladies Lounge were a women-only club, it would be protected by legislation relating to clubs.

He also noted that while the lounge had a clear “good faith artistic purpose”, this was not a protected purpose under discrimination laws.
Ms Kaechele, in a statement to the tribunal describing her artwork, noted it featured a custom-designed green velvet lounge – “specifically a tethered, rearing, restrained-by-golden-chains-and-then-ultimately-defeated phallus” in the centre.

She said the room also contained a Venetian Murano chandelier, “two paintings that spectacularly demonstrate Picasso’s genius”, a collection of antique Pacific Island ceremonial spears, a Carrara marble table, and Kaechele’s own gold-jewelled wedding “crown”.

Ms Kaechele noted the detriment caused to Mr Lau was “real”.
However she also said, during a hearing in Hobart last month, that the Ladies Lounge was a response to the “lived experience of women forbidden from entering certain spaces throughout history”.

During last month’s hearing, Mona’s lawyer Catherine Scott argued the Ladies Lounge was covered by section 26 of Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Act, which allows for discrimination in any program, plan or arrangement designed to promote equal opportunity for a group of people who are disadvantaged.

Mr Grueber said he accepted that women experienced some “broad societal disadvantage” and that female artists experienced disadvantage in respect to display of artworks.

However, he said he could not find that blocking men from the Ladies Lounge promoted opportunity for female artists or promoted equal opportunity for access by women to spaces within the meaning of that legislation.

Finally, Mr Grueber also chastised Ms Kaechele and about 25 female supporters for their conduct during and after the hearing, after they co-ordinated movements during proceedings and left the tribunal building in a co-ordinated dance stunt to Robert Palmer’s Simply Irresistible while dressed in blue power suits.

“It … did not disrupt or influence the hearing. However, at the very least it was inappropriate, discourteous and disrespectful, and at worst contumelious and contemptuous,” he said.

Mr Grueber said he believed the conduct was “some form of performance art rather than being calculated to influence Mr Lau or the determination of his complaint”.

He said if he had decided the latter, he would have been obligated to refer the conduct to the Director of Public Prosecutions to consider prosecution.

Viva
Viva
April 9, 2024 6:23 pm

“the admirable Malaya restaurant”

I used to go there after work just for their inimitable prawns capitaine

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
April 9, 2024 6:30 pm

“Aboriginal history – the true history of this country must be taught in all Victorian and Australian schools,” another demand read.

Warring tribes, infanticide, cannibalism, wiping out the mega-fauna and setting fire to everything better be included as a start.

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