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Tom
Tom
May 3, 2024 4:01 am
Tom
Tom
May 3, 2024 4:02 am

Mark Knight. More here.

Tom
Tom
May 3, 2024 4:03 am
Tom
Tom
May 3, 2024 4:04 am
Tom
Tom
May 3, 2024 4:05 am
Tom
Tom
May 3, 2024 4:06 am
Tom
Tom
May 3, 2024 4:07 am
Tom
Tom
May 3, 2024 4:08 am
Tom
Tom
May 3, 2024 4:08 am
Tom
Tom
May 3, 2024 4:09 am
Tom
Tom
May 3, 2024 4:10 am
Tom
Tom
May 3, 2024 4:11 am
Tom
Tom
May 3, 2024 4:11 am
JC
JC
May 3, 2024 4:26 am
KevinM
KevinM
May 3, 2024 4:53 am

Second Boeing Whistleblower Dies Mysteriously From Sudden Infection, Leaving Doctors Baffled

Must be contagious?
Or just coincidence?
Who knows in that place now?

KevinM
KevinM
May 3, 2024 6:03 am

Things we mere males do not know.
My wife never mentioned or complained about how bothersome they were.
Bless her.

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Bespoke
Bespoke
May 3, 2024 6:56 am
feelthebern
feelthebern
May 3, 2024 7:11 am

Yesterday I saw some news about groups looking to sue some pali aligned group in the US for October 7th.
It will be interesting to see which jurisdiction they try this in in.
What comes to mind is the KBJ ruling that says you can’t sue in the US for events that took place outside the US.
Which at some time will be before the SCOTUS.
I think SCOTUS is holding off on this until the presidential immunity case is either partially or fully resolved.

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 3, 2024 7:20 am

Which jogged my memory.
Last week on the Matt Taibbi/Walter Kirn podcast, they raised some legislation that is ready to go the next time there is cover (like the FISA renewal/turbcharging under the cover of Ukraine aid).

The legislation is regarding tax exempt organisations.
It removes the already limited oversight & appeals process from anything the administrative state.
Effectively meaning the Lois Lerner IRS bullying during the Obama administration gets turned up to eleventy.

Time will tell when & how they jam this through.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 3, 2024 7:20 am

I see the latest iteration of antifa is kicking off nicely on US college campuses.

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 3, 2024 7:22 am

KD, I was hoping for more burning & destruction of the colleges before they were removed.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
May 3, 2024 7:35 am

Opinion from other Cats please.
In Victoria the state government allows councils to receive direct payments from renewable companies per turbine or area of solar panels.
The justification for this is based on supreme court judgement that renewable infrastructure placed on private land is a chattel and not a fixed asset that can be included in the Capital Improved Value and therefore be rated. Stinks of influence peddling.
I don’t know of any other situation where a private industry directly funds municipalities. I asked rural councillors at a meeting whether they thought it compromised the council, they nodded in agreement.

Bespoke
Bespoke
May 3, 2024 7:36 am

It is good to those institutions displaying the sistemic rot. I hope the counter protestors don’t infiltrated by nutters.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 3, 2024 7:37 am

more burning & destruction of the colleges

Yes, that would have been handy.

As with universities in this wide brown land, those colleges have quite some number of similarities with massive public housing towers.

Conceptualised and constructed by well-intentioned people with lofty ambitions, they worked as planned for quite some time before deteriorating into shit pits, and the exact opposite of what their original sponsors hoped they would be.

Now they are to be shied away from, and are suitable only for demolition.

Mak Siccar
Mak Siccar
May 3, 2024 7:40 am

The first and last two paragraphs of Henry Ergas’s article in today’s Oz.

The motto would be an excellent choice for this august blog.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/the-answer-to-censors-must-always-be-dare-to-know/news-story/acfc23d7ccda3d44e3903625b4c9cd97

On April 22, while the rest of the world celebrated Immanuel Kant’s 300th birthday, our eSafety Commissioner obtained an order from Justice Geoffrey Kennett of the Federal Court directing X (formerly Twitter) to suppress any videos of the stabbing of Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel at the Assyrian Orthodox Church in Sydney’s west.

And far from being subject to legislation that is determinate, predictable and verifiable, we are governed by censorship laws that suppress material, such as the video of the stabbing, whose distribution is arguably in the public interest, while being utterly ineffectual in addressing incitement to violence. Benighted rather than benign, the misinformation and disinformation bills will only compound the arbitrariness – and the chilling effect on the nation’s intellectual maturity – many times over.

Already now, this country has far more adolescent minds, cosseted from reality, incapable of critical thought and crippled in their capacity for moral judgment, than there are adolescents. What greater priority could there then be, as we celebrate the dawn of Kant’s fourth century, than to yell from the rooftops the glorious phrase he hailed as the “motto of enlightenment”: “Sapere aude! Dare to know!”

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
May 3, 2024 7:42 am

St Pauline and the latest please explain.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1786140181986492657

duncanm
duncanm
May 3, 2024 7:50 am

Coloured me surprised.

Waleed Aly writes something good.

Holding all men responsible for a violent minority has failed to keep women safe
Run it through 12ft.io to remove paywall.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/holding-all-men-responsible-for-a-violent-minority-has-failed-to-keep-women-safe-20240501-p5fo82.html

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 3, 2024 7:50 am

Any time there is an open meeting with Local Councillors, attend . Any problems with the administration of council affairs should be raised. Most people don’t know councils are run by the Cabal of General Managers. They are the ones that determine what the council sees and talks about. They are a law unto themselves.

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 3, 2024 7:51 am

Stinks of influence peddling.

Farmer Jez, imagine re-writing this and replacing the renewable company with a property developer.
Straight to ICAC (or IBAC? down there).

duncanm
duncanm
May 3, 2024 7:53 am

Tom

 May 3, 2024 4:03 am

Brett Lethbridge.

not a new idea for a cartoon in Oz, but gotta be one of the best interpretations.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 3, 2024 8:00 am

Heard a good one from my wife when dealing with Heads of Departments and Agencies. “Better to live to fight another day, than be right”.

johanna
johanna
May 3, 2024 8:02 am

Kevin, the bra is one of the most uncomfortable torture devices ever inflicted on women.

If you have small boobs, you don’t need one (but will still be expected to wear one). If you have large ones, the straps cut painfully into the shoulders and have been known to cause back problems because of the weight being transferred onto the upper spine. Very uncomfortable.

If they are medium, you can probably find a reasonably comfortable bra. Not as comfortable as not wearing one, though.

When I got home from work in my corporate dressing days, the first things I did were to remove high heeled shoes, pantyhose (ugh!) and my bra and whatever was covering it. Especially in summer.

Things have improved from when we were expected to wear corsets, later modified to ‘step-ins.’ But, men don’t always understand that the universally popular suit combines relative comfort with the capacity to conceal imperfections in the physique of the wearer. Imagine your typical corporate group of male executives having to expose their legs at work. No, don’t. 🙂

Some women like wearing skirts and look good in them. Fine. But I would challenge any man who complains about the lack of same to spend a month in summer wearing high heels, pantyhose, and a bra with a couple of rockmelons in the cups at work.

Sorry if I sound grumpy, but even years into retirement, I vividly remember just how uncomfortable and sometimes painful (corns from the shoes) some of my working days were.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
May 3, 2024 8:02 am

Tom Jones back catalogue to be purged of Domestic Violence, Capital Punishment, and Christianity.

Bespoke
Bespoke
May 3, 2024 8:05 am

Chads routinely save the world. They’re normal guys who actually show up and live in the real world while people who think they’re clever invent elaborate Principled rationalizations for being useless spectators.

duncanm
duncanm
May 3, 2024 8:06 am

GreyRanga

 May 3, 2024 7:50 am

Spot on.

I’m involved in a community sports club that’s has a permanent presence (clubhouse) and has been using a local park and other community resources for near on 75 years, on a fixed schedule that never changes. We’ve been in the same spot for 40 years.

We still get regularly shafted by council staff who ‘didn’t know’ we were there or when we needed the park.

Get a couple of dedicated councillors on your side and stick to them like glue. They’re the only ones that’ll fix the shit the general council staff cause.

duncanm
duncanm
May 3, 2024 8:20 am

Bespoke

 May 3, 2024 8:05 am

Chads routinely save the world. 

Its national fire and emergency services memorial day today.

The honour role can be found here: https://memorial.afac.com.au/

Those public figures bashing all men might like to remind themselves that 99% of those on the roll were men.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 3, 2024 8:29 am

Court warned Mashid Doukoshkan would reoffend weeks before alleged Perth grandmother bashing
By paul garvey ,

  • Senior Reporter

paige taylor

  • Indigenous Affairs Correspondent, WA Bureau Chief

and rhiannon down

  • Reporter
  • 8:02PM May 2, 2024

A commonwealth prosecutor warned a Perth court that freed immigration detainee and declared drug trafficker Mashid Doukoshkan would reoffend yet still did not oppose his bail, eight weeks before the 43-year-old is accused of participating in a home invasion and robbery in which grandmother Ninette Simons was bashed unconscious.
A court transcript of Doukoshkan’s appearance at the Perth Magistrates Court on February 20 shows prosecutor Kirsty Stynes told magistrate Tanya Watt: “The prosecution does have concerns about his ability to not commit further offences, particularly in relation to the curfew … Not­with­standing that … we do not oppose bail with a personal undertaking being imposed, but want to make it very well known to the accused that that’s the position of the commonwealth today, but further breaches may not have the same response in terms of attitude towards bail.”
At that point, Doukoshkan was charged over what The Australian has been told were considered highly suspicious breaches of the curfew placed on him after he and 151 other immigration detainees were released by a High Court decision last November.
Doukoshkan was meant to be in his East Perth residence between 10pm and 6am each day but the ankle monitor he was wearing at the time showed multiple outings at odd hours.
When Australian Federal Police tried to question him about this, he declined to participate in an interview.
His lawyer, Stacey Byrne, told the court: “In terms of the actual offences themselves, he doesn’t wish to provide an explanation, mainly because he doesn’t wish to provide an excuse.

The maximum penalty for each of Doukoshkan’s breach charges is five years’ imprisonment.
Ms Watt told Doukoshkan: “Look, Mr Jamshidi Doukoshkan, you are on very thin ice.”
“The commonwealth is being very generous today because quite frankly if they didn’t consent to the release of you on bail, I wouldn’t be bailing you.”
Doukoshkan was in detention because successive governments wanted to deport him. He was jailed for eight years in 2017 over an attempted drug operation so serious that the court issued him with a drug trafficker declaration, an apparent warning to future courts and police about the gravity of his conviction.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 3, 2024 8:30 am

Barbequed Teslas.

Arson Attacks: Left Extremists Promise ‘Week of Action’ Against Teslas (2 May)

A letter posted to an infamous left-extremist website claims responsibility for a mass-arson attack against Amazon delivery trucks this week, and promises an “exciting week of action against Tesla” for “the social revolution”. …

The “militarism” statement named what it says are businesses too large and harmful to reform, which instead need to be destroyed as “Amazon, Tesla, Apple, Facebook [and] Google”. There are “endless arguments and ways to attack companies like Amazon and Tesla”, it said, while apparently promising further action.

The German far-left seems a bit inconsistent, since all these companies are or were far-left themselves. On the other hand we’ve seen from the university sit-ins how clueless these people usually are. Revolution!!! Where’s my iPhone? I need to post my latest manifesto on Facebook.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
May 3, 2024 8:31 am

Sheesh, if you thought that Eurovision hardly makes sense anymore- ie, Australia is competing, and sending over a (racially) aboriginal couple to sing about how terrible Australia is- then consider how long-time participant Israel is performing in Malmo, long-time M*slim sh*thole no-go area within long-time mainstay Sweden.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 3, 2024 8:34 am

Dover, grovelling apologies, can you explain, in words of one syllable, for the non techno, how I post an article that doesn’t go into moderation.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 3, 2024 8:34 am

Court warned Mashid Doukoshkan would reoffend weeks before alleged Perth grandmother bashing
By paul garvey ,

Eyrie
Eyrie
May 3, 2024 8:34 am

gone missing in the Baja California region

Knew a guy who went missing presumed dead while body surfing in big waves off Baja California.
Mind you he did have a Cessna Citation jet rating and had delivered some to central and south America ……….

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 3, 2024 8:36 am

I’ve got to say all my dealings with Shoalhaven council have been very good. Its a breath of fresh sir, literally and figuratively as well to go to the Shoalhaven area. Its a go ahead area. The people in the shops and businesses are very helpful and friendly except Colesworth. Things improved when the rotating door of SFL mayor and State MP got the boot. We now have a greenie mayor and despite some inherent problems her being a greenie the place is run a lot better. The Shoalhaven used to be bogan central but due to the cheaper prices of property a lot of families moved in replacing the riff raff.

Indolent
Indolent
May 3, 2024 8:44 am

I tried to put this up from another source but it went into moderation.

@MikeBenzCyber

So the prosecutors are afraid that if we knew what they did, they’d be prosecuted

Indolent
Indolent
May 3, 2024 8:44 am
feelthebern
feelthebern
May 3, 2024 8:53 am

All the tax payer resources being wasted on this “e-safety” tzar would be better spent on forcing fb to regulate market places better.
More people have been scammed & or beaten up from market places than from wrong think on the interwebs.

There’s a reason the scammers use fb instead of eBay.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
May 3, 2024 8:57 am

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Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 3, 2024 8:59 am

From the Hun.
Notorious Sydney gang Brothers for Life re-born on Melbourne streetsSydney police declared Brothers for Life — a gang behind a spate of shootings and violent attacks — dead a decade ago. But it’s now being revived on Melbourne’s streets.

Indolent
Indolent
May 3, 2024 9:03 am

Why not. Animals try to help themselves, just like we do.
Wild orangutan seen using medicinal plant to treat wound, scientists say

Makka
Makka
May 3, 2024 9:03 am

Bankrupt Victoria may need federal bailout
Thursday, 2 May 2024

Victoria, Australia’s most indebted state, is projected to have $247.2 billion of debt by 2027, up from $55.2 billion in 2019:

The state’s poor budgetary position is attributed to wasteful “Big Build” infrastructure projects, such as the North-East Link and the Suburban Rail Loop, alongside excessive spending on bureaucrats.

Victoria’s public sector has grown by 59% in the last 15 years, easily exceeding population growth:

Victoria’s public service pay bill increased by 152% over the same 15 year period, the nation’s largest increase:

“Victoria is on a suicide mission to record borrowing, just as global interest rates are about to hit 5%”, Anthony said.
“Potholes can’t get filled, emergency departments can’t afford clean linen, primary schools can’t fix heaters”.
“Things are about to get very ugly”, he said.

Victorians are bracing for higher taxes, levies, and charges in the upcoming state budget to pay off the state government’s debt, as well as cuts to key services.

https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2024/05/bankrupt-victoria-may-need-federal-bailout/

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Indolent
Indolent
May 3, 2024 9:06 am

From 2011 but more relevant than ever now.

The Five Stages of Islam

johanna
johanna
May 3, 2024 9:08 am

Project Gutenberg strikes again. It’s got to be by orders of magnitude one of the best things on the interwebs.

Following on from Dr Doolitle on the Moon (which I recommend) I found a newly released collection of Dorothy L Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey short stories.

The novels have all been made into TV series, some of them twice, But, this is new.

https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/73295/pg73295.txt

Indolent
Indolent
May 3, 2024 9:11 am

This is what the American legal system has been reduced to. It’s the judge who should be on trial.
Dem Judge Claims Conservative Lawyer is “Threat to Public” for Representing Conservatives

Indolent
Indolent
May 3, 2024 9:13 am

President Trump Gives Impromptu Presser After Leaving NYC Courtroom
And then took pizzas to a firefighters’ station.

vr
vr
May 3, 2024 9:20 am

Interesting article in the journal about the exodus of Chinese to Japan.

The Exodus of China’s Wealthy to Japan

TOKYO—Last year, China native Tomo Hayashi, the owner of a metals-trading firm, moved to Tokyo. He quickly adopted a Japanese name, spent the equivalent of about $650,000 on a luxury waterfront condo and, in March, brought his family to join him.

The 45-year-old, whose two boys just started in a Japanese elementary school, is one of the many wealthy Chinese driving a boom in high-end Tokyo properties and reshaping the city.

Frustrations with Beijing’s autocratic political system, which flared during abrupt pandemic-era lockdowns and have only grown since then, have helped drive the wave, according to real-estate agents and others watching the exodus. China’s economic slowdown and its struggling stock market are also motivating wealthy people to leave the country, they say.

Hayashi, who like many Chinese buyers avoids discussing politics back home, said the move to Tokyo was a challenge. “But we like Japan—food, culture, education and safety,” he said.

Japan isn’t the only haven for Chinese people seeking a Plan B. The U.S., Canada and Singapore are among the countries drawing Chinese migrants, while Hong Kong residents often head to the U.K.

But Japanese cities that are just a few hours’ flight from China are a leading choice for better-off Chinese people. Japan’s real-estate prices are low for foreigners thanks to the weak yen and it is fairly easy for them to purchase property. And the Japanese writing system uses Chinese characters in part, so new arrivals can more easily find their way around.

A report last June by Henley & Partners that tracks worldwide migration trends estimated that a net total of 13,500 high-net-worth Chinese people would migrate overseas during the year, making China the biggest worldwide loser in that category.

Roger
Roger
May 3, 2024 9:30 am

Albanese has lost the confidence of Michelle Grattan due to the poor ministerial performance (i.e. they’ve gone to ground) in response to former immigration detainees running amok.

When you’ve lost Michelle Grattan…

bons
bons
May 3, 2024 9:41 am

What a joy it is to see Turnbull’s Guardian begging for money.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 3, 2024 9:45 am

I dislike most polimuppets but Giles is a particular standout for me. Along with ‘Dr’ Emerson who hangs around the rotten intellectual cesspit known as the ANU.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
May 3, 2024 9:54 am

Makka
May 3, 2024 9:03 am

Bankrupt Victoria may need federal bailout
Thursday, 2 May 2024

Victoria, Australia’s most indebted state, is projected to have $247.2 billion of debt by 2027, up from $55.2 billion in 2019:

Very simple to fix. Just do what Argentina is now doing. Get back to Small Guv’ment. Balance the Budget. Live within your means. Also allow Gas and Oil drilling and only take minimal royalties. No more Ruinaballs…………

And then I woke up. Never going to happen until ‘Crash and Burn’.

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johanna
johanna
May 3, 2024 9:55 am

Bankrupt Victoria may need federal bailout

‘Need’? Like something bad has happened and it is up to everyone to rescue them?

What they ‘need’ is consequences, good and hard.

When the remaining productive States are not paying for SA’s bogus defence industry or rewarding Tasmania’s refusal to allow anything that might make money, they are bailing out Victoriastan’s repeated failed socialist experiments.

Basta!

Roger
Roger
May 3, 2024 9:58 am

Jacinta Allan has done what many considered impossible…

Saved John Pesutto’s leadership.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
May 3, 2024 10:08 am

Anthony ‘Strong Deliverer’ Albanese is outraged, absolutely outraged, at the pensioner bashing by a released detainee.

But, what to do? Independent authorities, separation of powers, prosecutorial discretion: it’s a nightmare.

Majid Jamshii Doukoshkan, 43, was one of several people charged over a violent home invasion and burglary in which an elderly man and woman were assaulted. 

…after appearing before court at least once on a separate matter, his ankle monitor was removed in a decision by the government’s hand-picked Community Protection Board that was stood up to manage the former detainees.

Bail was also not opposed by prosecutors in that hearing.

Mr Albanese this morning criticised the independent board’s decision to remove the monitoring device.

“I think that’s a wrong decision by that board, which they make the decisions independent [of government],” Mr Albanese said. “It is an outrage that this occurred.”

The prime minister also distanced himself from the decision not to oppose bail for Mr Doukoshkan before the alleged home invasion occurred.

“In this country, in Australia we have a separation of the judicial system from the political system, but if it was up to me I assure you there would not have been bail granted in that case … I am upset about that decision.

In this country, in Australia we have a government that apparently has no idea about what the judicial system is, or how it’s supposed to work.

The only thing that’s crystal clear is that it’s someone else’s fault and shite ministerial oversight has nothing to do with anything. To say otherwise is misinformation with a side of disinformation.

m0nty
m0nty
May 3, 2024 10:12 am

I see Trump’s lawyer has said in court, into the public record, that his client’s latest unhinged tirade was in response to an April 22 tweet by Michael Cohen calling him Vonshitzenpants.

This is now the #1 trend on Twitter.

Are you tired of winning yet?

Natural Instinct
Natural Instinct
May 3, 2024 10:23 am

GreyRanga, May 3, 2024 8:36 am

I’ve got to say all my dealings with Shoalhaven council have been very good.

We must be living in different realities.

SCC is broke because it does all the things Green activists want (e.g. youth mental health, childcare, low cost housing, proposing holiday home owners be forced to rent out their houses, etc), rather than the traditional, and limited, roles of roads, rubbish, sewage & water – because they are too hard. For example, rubbish charges up 68% in 4 years!

Oh and GreyRanga how did you feel about the rate increase proposal? Which option are you going for? Option 1 or 2

Consider two options for a proposed Special Rate Variation (SRV):

(1) 32% increase in 2024-25 (inclusive of rate peg); or

(2) 18% increase in 2024-25, 13% increase in 2025-26 and 8% increase in

2026-27 (inclusive of rate peg).

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 3, 2024 10:32 am

I’m amused that Labor which has been shafting mining, oil and gas companies over and over in WA and Qld now wants to throw money at them.

Sandbags of cash to save rocky states (Paywallian)

Anthony Albanese will sandbag seats in WA and Queensland and shield struggling miners in the budget, with Treasury close to finalising targeted production tax credits.

Hypocritical irony to eleventy. Methinks someone has been getting some disturbing internal poll numbers from those states.

Natural Instinct
Natural Instinct
May 3, 2024 10:33 am

Mr Albanese this morning criticised the independent board’s decision to remove the monitoring device.

He deliberately outsourced his accountability, so he could say that when it went pear shaped.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
May 3, 2024 10:33 am

I see Trump’s lawyer has said in court, into the public record, that his client’s latest unhinged tirade was in response to an April 22 tweet by Michael Cohen calling him Vonshitzenpants.

This is now the #1 trend on Twitter.

There’s a bit of a trend emerging here.

In the considered political discourse of the US Salon Left, the Orange Man has moved from being a literal ‘Farty Poo Bum’ to a full-on incontinent.

There’s a scatological elegance in boosting his ploppiness when the nation is being asked to compare him to President Depends.

Roger
Roger
May 3, 2024 10:41 am

He deliberately outsourced his accountability, so he could say that when it went pear shaped.

Accountability actually rests with the ministers responsible, whom Albanese is covering for, since they are apparently not allowed to front the media.

I don’t suppose he’s been secretly sworn in to their portfolios?

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Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 3, 2024 10:48 am

Shorten joins PM in lashing prosecutors’ bail call
Rhiannon Down
Government Services Minister Bill Shorten has slammed commonwealth prosecutors for not opposing the release of a freed detainee on bail before he allegedly bashed a Perth grandmother, admitting the decision to remove the Kuwaiti-born man’s ankle bracelet was a “mistake”.
Mr Shorten questioned “why on earth” prosecutors decided not to argue against Majid Jamshidi Doukoshkan’s release when he fronted court on charges of breaching his visa conditions on February 20.
The prosecutor warned a Perth court that Doukoshkan was a risk of reoffending again but did not oppose bail, a transcript of the hearing reveals.
“I honestly don’t know why the federal prosecutor – who admittedly is independent, so I’ll probably get in trouble for saying this – but why on earth didn’t the federal prosecutor oppose bail?,” he told Channel 9’s Today.
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Rhiannon Down
Government Services Minister Bill Shorten has slammed commonwealth prosecutors for not opposing the release of a freed detainee on bail before he allegedly bashed a Perth grandmother, admitting the decision to remove the Kuwaiti-born man’s ankle bracelet was a “mistake”.
Mr Shorten questioned “why on earth” prosecutors decided not to argue against Majid Jamshidi Doukoshkan’s release when he fronted court on charges of breaching his visa conditions on February 20.
The prosecutor warned a Perth court that Doukoshkan was a risk of reoffending again but did not oppose bail, a transcript of the hearing reveals.
“I honestly don’t know why the federal prosecutor – who admittedly is independent, so I’ll probably get in trouble for saying this – but why on earth didn’t the federal prosecutor oppose bail?,” he told Channel 9’s Today.
Mr Shorten sought to lay the blame for the decision to remove Doukoshkan’s ankle monitor months before the assault, but conceded it had been a “mistake” made by the Community Protection Board.
“So, we set up a community protection board,” he said.
“They made a decision to not put an ankle bracelet on this fellow, because previously he hadn’t shown any crimes of violence.
“But again, I agree with probably what most viewers would think, that that is a mistake.”ecision to remove Doukoshkan’s ankle monitor months before the assault, but conceded it had been a “mistake” made by the Community Protection Board.
“So, we set up a community protection board,” he said.
“They made a decision to not put an ankle bracelet on this fellow, because previously he hadn’t shown any crimes of violence.
“But again, I agree with probably what most viewers would think, that that is a mistake.”

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 3, 2024 10:49 am

Bankrupt Sicktoria may need bailout? Put the place into administration, sack all the politicians and staff. There’s enough Cats and Kittahs in Victoria to do the job. Sack 90% of pubic servants. No borrowing till the slate is cleared.

Natural Instinct
Natural Instinct
May 3, 2024 10:55 am

Bankrupt Victoria may need federal bailout

‘Need’? Like something bad has happened and it is up to everyone to rescue them?

What they ‘need’ is consequences, good and hard.

What happened to “competitive federalism” where the states solve problems in different ways and the best then disseminates over time. E.g. Joh abolishing death duties, and other states forced to follow. Or in the case of “don’t solve” then the worst is abandoned.

Same complaint with calls for “uniform bail laws”, “national gun register”, etc. We do not live in a single jurisdiction country – we are a commonwealth of states, where suprisingly for the Canberra press pack, the federal government does not do much for citizens directly.

johanna
johanna
May 3, 2024 10:57 am

Crime wave – but the important thing is to move smokers from legal to illegal products:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-05-02/tobacco-wars-melbourne-majid-alibadi/103797524

It is getting harder and harder to buy my legal brand, but the illegal ones are available everywhere.

It’s Prohibition all over again.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 3, 2024 11:00 am

Not at all a conspiracy theory, really it isn’t.

WHO’s focus is on global health, not secret power grab (Paywallian)
by Ashley Bloomfield

Rest assured that all of us involved in the WHO’s pandemic treaty is focused on a single agenda: preventing, preparing for and responding to outbreaks with a view to heading off the next global pandemic.

Here’s who he is (from wiki):

Sir Ashley Robin Bloomfield KNZM (born March 1966) is a New Zealand public health official. He served as the chief executive of the Ministry of Health and the country’s Director-General of Health from 2018 to 2022. He was the public-facing health specialist liaising with the media during the COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand on behalf of the government, from the first press conference on 27 January 2020.

So the rampant totalitarian in charge of New Zealand’s Covid response under the Labour Government says there’s nothing to be scared of. Oh, ok. I should really really believe him then.

Roger
Roger
May 3, 2024 11:01 am

Bankrupt Victoria may need federal bailout

‘Need’? Like something bad has happened and it is up to everyone to rescue them?

What they ‘need’ is consequences, good and hard.

As I was ruminating upthread, I don’t see any political upside to Albanese bailing VIC out in the current economic climate. It certainly won’t go down well in QLD & WA, where he needs to get traction.

Indolent
Indolent
May 3, 2024 11:03 am
Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
May 3, 2024 11:06 am

H B Bear @10:49 am

The idea of a responsible Minister resigning for a Departmental failure in modern Australian politics is laughable.

There is a well-established form of words to defuse any such call:

“It was a bit disappointing yesterday to see the Opposition immediately out playing politics on this matter. We have a really important issue to resolve here.”

Paraphrased: She who broke it is the only person to fix it

I think that’s in the Constitution.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
May 3, 2024 11:10 am

As I was ruminating upthread, I don’t see any political upside to Albanese bailing VIC out in the current economic climate. It certainly won’t go down well in QLD & WA, where he needs to get traction.

Ingrate.
We’re getting a fault-tolerant Lithium Supercompuder and two Hydrogen Hubs.

I don’t think you could reasonably ask for more.

Rabz
May 3, 2024 11:11 am

Teats Peanuthead: “So, we set up a community protection board”

Which is not proving to be particularly adept at “protecting da communidy” and no doubt stuffed to the gills with labore maaaaaates, you useless sleazy utterly corrupt piece of excrement.

Roger
Roger
May 3, 2024 11:14 am

Ingrate.

We’re getting a fault-tolerant Lithium Supercompuder and two Hydrogen Hubs.

Quite….right at the top of most Queenslander’s wishlists, atm.

What was I thinking?

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 3, 2024 11:18 am

As I said my dealings have been very good. A dose of reality never hurt anyone after voting councils in. The rates are cheap in comparison to a similar property in Canberra which has probablyclouded my judgement. All I can go by is what I see. Councils everywhere are useless. When the SFL were in power nothing in my area got done.

Rabz
May 3, 2024 11:18 am

What happened to “competitive federalism”

It was replaced by “collusive federalism”, which was a far easier option for our beloved z-grade political shitbags. An obvious example is all the states now charging similar theft duty rates on property purchases.

Reminiscent of Waffles Turnbuckle’s legendary brainfart (which lasted barely a day) regarding the states being able to levy income taxes. Under collusive federalism, they would have all ended up levying the same extortionate tax rates.

Don’t expect this sorry state of affairs to be challenged any time soon.

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Makka
Makka
May 3, 2024 11:28 am

We’re getting a fault-tolerant Lithium Supercompuder and two Hydrogen Hubs.

And the DV $quander fe$t.

Yep, anything but address the REAL problems;

Trashing of our power grid.
Crushing inflation
Out of control immigration.
Feather soft justice system.
Exponential growth of taxpayer funded Govt’s and councils.
Land reforms ie much more of it for residential.

No end of distraction squirrels.

Bill From The Bush
Bill From The Bush
May 3, 2024 11:31 am

For some years I have had a Thuraya satphone as an emergency measure when I am out and about in remote areas of this wide red land.

Recently the service has been lost as the satellite or system has suffered some sort of failure that is apparently terminal.

That means I have to buy a different handset, connect to a different satellite system etc. etc. It will probably cost somewhere around a grand, which I will happily pay as I am worth at least that in the eyes of my family.

The provider has been very up front about the problem and will shortly offer substitutes keeping my existing number.

All very well handled and professional but it has made me look at my “plan B” when in remote areas as I have relied on the ability to have contact anywhere anytime and to suddenly lose it came out of nowhere.

A salient reminder to us all that our modern day electronic society can turn to custard without any warning. Fortunately I am still finding gold from time to time so life continues to be good.

Eyrie
Eyrie
May 3, 2024 11:33 am

A salient reminder to us all that our modern day electronic society can turn to custard without any warning. 

We are one Carrington Event away from the early 19th Century.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 3, 2024 11:39 am

And the DV $quander fe$t.

Five grand free handout for every DV sufferer, no questions asked.

What could possibly go wrong?

‘Abuse or poverty’: $5k domestic violence payment leaves victim-survivors impossible choice (News.com.au, 3 May)

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
May 3, 2024 11:41 am

m0nty
May 3, 2024 10:12 am

I see Trump’s lawyer has said in court, into the public record, that his client’s latest unhinged tirade was in response to an April 22 tweet by Michael Cohen calling him Vonshitzenpants.

This is now the #1 trend on Twitter.

MontyPox Virus, you just cannot see further than your own BS. Just to bring you up to date with today’s World. There is no longer a ‘Twitter’. It is now ‘X’. Sounds like you though – An Ex.

And that could be Extraterrestrial – As in an Alien –

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extraterrestrial_life

shatterzzz
May 3, 2024 11:43 am

Five grand free handout for every DV sufferer, no questions asked.
What could possibly go wrong?

I live alone but my 2 moggies go feral if meals are 5 minutes late .. wonder if that’ll qualify for $5K ..?

Alamak!
Alamak!
May 3, 2024 12:03 pm

And the DV $quander fe$t.

Five grand free handout for every DV sufferer, no questions asked.

What could possibly go wrong?

Perverse incentives galore …

An extra $5k/year/partner incentive for violent men (and women?) to pressure and bully their partners for $$$.

cohenite
May 3, 2024 12:26 pm

Best of Tom’s toons:

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I’m really starting to like Kristi Noem.

wivenhoe
wivenhoe
May 3, 2024 12:38 pm

I live alone but my 2 moggies go feral if meals are 5 minutes late .. wonder if that’ll qualify for $5K

Of course it will, think outside the square. They are not “moggies”, they are dependents abusing you.

Morsie
Morsie
May 3, 2024 12:50 pm

Comments at the Oz getting sillier and sillier.I have a comment with 118 likes which has now been rejected

Roger
Roger
May 3, 2024 12:54 pm

The beginning of the end of corporate woke?

Google has sacked 28 employees who occupied offices at their HQ and demanded the company divest from any business with Israel.

A further 22 employees were sacked for other acts of political activism carried out on their employer’s time and dime.

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Diogenes
Diogenes
May 3, 2024 12:59 pm

An extra $5k/year/partner incentive for violent men (and women?) to pressure and bully their partners for $$$.

Mrs D is babysitting the grand kids today. She said some rude words to me because I have been at the hospital longer than expected and so have not been able to help her. – Got seen by haematologist 5 minutes late, but then sent for blood test, then had to wait for the nurse to organise a marrow biopsy, then they decided to take 500ml and replace with IV. So instead of the “allow 2 hours” I have been here for 4.5 with at least another 30 minutes to go.

Where do I claim my 5k?

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
May 3, 2024 1:15 pm

They are not “moggies”, they are dependents abusing you.

Ouch. Stop it. I am missing Attapuss soooooooooo much.

Lysander
Lysander
May 3, 2024 1:17 pm

The brothers from Perth missing in Mexico (one was a Doctor, the other a National lacrosse player):

Jake and Callum Robinson update: Three people reportedly arrested in hunt for missing brothers in Mexico | PerthNow

Seem to have met a grisly end.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
May 3, 2024 1:32 pm

See my embedded comment above re gang issues in South America.

El Salvador, Ecuador and now others, are beginning to get tough on gangs and put them in concentration camps to end the violence, both economic and actual.

Travelogues 1-4 of our South America sojourn are at http://www.medium.com/@lizzie.beare

Lysander
Lysander
May 3, 2024 1:38 pm

If I refresh the page here, it keeps “bouncing back” up to half way through the thread… which is really annoying!!!

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
May 3, 2024 1:49 pm

“It was a bit disappointing yesterday to see the Opposition immediately out playing politics on this matter…”

Playing politics. There is a definite strategy (ignoring the hypocrisy) in discrediting what is going on when they complain of this.

An opposition is the primary check on a government. The government is not going to fess up to their screw ups. It is in the opposition’s interest to expose government failures – which is in the public’s interest. (Let us not pretend an opposition does so from true devotion to nation. People like that are so rare as to be lost to sight in some margin of error.)

It is the particular pragmatic genius of our system to turn the self-interest of the political class to the nobler purpose of informing the electorate. All we need do is winnow the issues from the clickbait.

Now, the ‘playing politics’ whereby members of a party conspire together to dupe the electorate, to elevate some cretin because he has the photos of someone else, or divvy up the benefit of some clandestine scheme buried in a section of new legislation – stuff done away from any scrutiny whatsoever – that is what is discreditable.

It happens also to be what Labor surpasses at. (Libs too, but they are minnows constantly caught out by the press like a guy who swears he was never in the public toilets where a man was murdered only to notice everyone can see he has a piece of toilet paper stuck to his shoe with blood.)

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 3, 2024 2:19 pm

Bill from the bush. I heard on the radio the other day Telstra has done a deal with Elon to use Starlink. The data speeds are not as great. Thats all I know about it. Worthwhile have a look.

Eyrie
Eyrie
May 3, 2024 2:30 pm

Bill from the bush. I heard on the radio the other day Telstra has done a deal with Elon to use Starlink. The data speeds are not as great. Thats all I know about it. Worthwhile have a look.

I seriously doubt that Starlink is slower than that satphone. 100Mb/sec not enough for you?

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 3, 2024 2:32 pm

Lizzie the little creatures really get inside you. My pup was 16 and not a day goes by without expecting to see him come round the corner to check on me. Where would be without them?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 3, 2024 2:32 pm

stephen rice Why Brittany Higgins and Bruce Lehrmann should both accept the Michael Lee’s verdict

  • 11:01AM May 3, 2024

Two weeks ago — the day before Justice Michael Lee brought down his judgment in the Lehrmann defamation case — I made an optimistic plea in these pages that, no matter what the decision, we all accept his call.
It shouldn’t be too hard.
Having meticulously worked his way through the facts, Lee came to two key conclusions: 1. Brittany Higgins had been raped by Bruce Lehrmann. 2. There had been no attempt by anyone to cover it up.
Who could argue with that?
Well, the two principal characters, for a start.
Bruce Lehrmann is now talking about an appeal. Or to use Lee’s parlance, going back — yet again — for his hat. He should leave the loathsome thing where he left it, in the lion’s den. Even before Lee’s verdict it was sullied beyond redemption by his woeful performance in the witness box and extra-curricular activities out of it.
Whether the Seven Network knew he was spending its handouts on hookers and drugs — unlikely — is now irrelevant, except to the Seven journalists consumed by the Lehrmann bonfire.
Lee made a sound case that Lehrmann was “hell-bent” on having sex with Higgins and didn’t care one way or the other whether, in her drunk state, she understood or agreed.
Lehrmann’s chances of a successful appeal are minimal – even if he can find someone wealthy and careless enough to fund it.
And then there’s Higgins, vindicated by Lee’s finding that, on the balance of probabilities, she was raped, yet still unwilling to acknowledge his finding that her accusations of a cover-up by Linda Reynolds and her then chief of staff Fiona Brown were utterly false.
Having rightly been given the benefit of the doubt over the rape, Higgins now refuses to accept that the claims she and fiance David Sharaz made that destroyed the careers and reputation of Reynolds and Brown were dead wrong.
Both are haunted by Higgins’s false claim that they walked past another woman’s rape.
Neither is remotely helped by her Clayton’s apology last week that “my perceptions and feelings about what happened in the days and weeks after my rape are different from theirs.”
Higgins’ regret that “we have not yet found common ground” just rubs salt in the wounds.
What common ground? She made false accusations that devastated the lives of two older women who had only ever tried to help her.
As Higgins said, she was only 24 when she was raped. She is entitled to be given, as Lee did, significant latitude for someone who suffered trauma after a terrible crime.
Is it too much to ask then, that as a now mature and more reflective adult, she cannot offer a genuine and unconditional apology to the two women she wronged?
There is, of course, one large stumbling block for Higgins in apologising to Reynolds in the defamation case the Senator has vowed to keep pursuing.
If Higgins admits she made false claims about her treatment by Reynolds and Brown that contributed to her $2.4m settlement from the Commonwealth, she might be open to a move by the Commonwealth to challenge the payout.
Higgins is in a bind.
She stands to lose a great deal of money from the defamation claim if Reynolds wins, both in costs and damages – but potentially even more if she apologises and admits her claims about her former boss in the Commonwealth settlement were untrue.
She should opt for the apology.
The reality is, the Commonwealth is unlikely to demand its money back.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 3, 2024 2:44 pm

Eyrie I get 1Gb when I use the hard wired connection. Aren’t satphones expensive to use. Elon has made the local system redundant.

bons
bons
May 3, 2024 2:45 pm

” It was a bit disappointing yesterday to see the Opposition immediately out playing politics on this matter…”

Reminiscent of the ABC’s conclusion that the Voice outcome was a disaster for Dutton who would be seen as being negative.

Canberra and Ultimo joined at the hip.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 3, 2024 2:47 pm

Thats on the NBN not satellite.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 3, 2024 2:58 pm

Wifes had a few job interviews this week. She’s had an offer an hour after the interview before they’d finished interviewing the rest. The place she’s at now when she asked for a referees report had an oh shiite moment as they realised they can’t really manage without her. The place she’s at now have a greasy pole attitude so nothing gets done, you’d all nod if you knew who it was. Some think its malevolence but its not, its incompetence. Just another place with top heavy management or in this case mismanagement.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 3, 2024 3:02 pm

ZK2A picked up a good selection of malt from Dan Murphy today. Discounts are better than they have been, people must be tightening the purse strings. Son in hospitality tells me people are still going out the same but spending 30% less.

Eyrie
Eyrie
May 3, 2024 3:16 pm

GreyRanga, why on Earth do you need 1 GB/sec? Or is that your monthly limit, 1 Gb?
I get unlimited Gb per month and 50 Mb/sec down, 17 Mb/sec up via NBN fiber to under the office desk.
Starlink is unlimited Gb data and you typically get 100Mb/sec or better I’m told.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
May 3, 2024 3:23 pm

A Hard Days Night now on SBS World Movies Ch 32.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 3, 2024 3:25 pm

Incontinence Joe gives Tojo a whack:-

Joe Biden has labelled Quad allies Japan and India as ‘xenophobic’

Speaking at a campaign event in Washington on Wednesday night (Thursday AEST), the US President said one of the reasons the US economy was growing in contrast to other large economies was because of rapid immigration, prompting a pushback from Japanese politicians and diplomats.

“Why is China stalling so badly economically? Why is Japan having trouble? Why is Russia? Why is India? Because they’re xenophobic. They don’t want immigrants,”

Three reasons Japan is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination for Westerners are:-
1. You are not accosted by shifty sub-Saharan blow-ins on the streets as you might be in Milan, Rome or Paris;
2. It is evident that there is some local homelessness, but they do not threaten or pan-handle tourists;
3. Police take reports of law-breaking seriously and respond.
Once Japan breaks the 1980’s myth that it is an expensive holiday destination (it isn’t) and people realise that the language barrier doesn’t exist anymore because of mobile phone translation tech, it will become the premier tourist destination for Westerners.
Seriously, I would take it over Europe all day long because it has tight immigration policies.

billie
billie
May 3, 2024 3:33 pm

He deliberately outsourced his accountability, so he could say that when it went pear shaped.

Like Rudd, Albo is whip fast when it comes to blaming someone else.

It’s like Deja Vu all over again!

——————————————————

Question without notice, how long did it take the Ruddster to admit it was his fault for the Pink Batts deaths? He took the “buck stops with me” I take full responsibility call, but then didn’t resign and the media, did nothing said nothing to hold him to actual account.

pfft, the media, filth

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 3, 2024 3:38 pm

Diogenes at 12:59

Got seen by haematologist 5 minutes late, but then sent for blood test, then had to wait for the nurse to organise a marrow biopsy, then they decided to take 500ml and replace with IV. So instead of the “allow 2 hours” I have been here for 4.5 with at least another 30 minutes to go.

Bwah ha ha ha.
My limited hospital experience tells me that, if you need to get three things done before discharge, you are not getting out that day, no matter how mundane or routine those tasks might be.
Last year I had to have a scan which involved infusion of a particular radioactive tracer. After driving four-and-a-half hours to Melbourne I am up on the hoist at 11:30 a.m. waiting for the infusion when the doctor comes in and says, “Err, they sent the tracer to Sydney”.
“Oh?” I say. “So what now? Do I come back tomorrow?”.
“Well, no. The tracer has a use-by of 7:00 pm tonight, and it comes from the US, so we will have to order another one”.
So I hang around at the hospital for six hours until it arrives and gets pumped in with 45 minutes to spare.

PS. 500ml of bone marrow seems like a LOT.

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Bill From The Bush
Bill From The Bush
May 3, 2024 4:12 pm

Grey Ranga,

the satphone was purely for use in an emergency. If the brown stuff and the spinning thing meet I would have been able to call for help. As it is I always carry a PLB with me I am still able to get help, although it will be slower.

I am often on my own 40kms or more from anyone else (that I know of) and part of the deal with my wife is that I have comms available.
Living in the Northern goldfields of WA and also working at times in the Pilbara, I have learnt that the cops are your last option as most of them do not have any idea where things are away from the major roads. Combine that with local colloquial names and they would be more of a hindrance than a help.

I have good relations with the local pastoralist in the Pilbara and know enough people here in the Goldfields who would know where I am talking about if I need help.

I don’t need internet when out in the bush, in fact that is one of the pleasures of being out there.

I know that one of the Telcos is doing a deal with starlink to get access through their handsets. Helstra is the only cellphone network in most of the areas I visit, so knowing my luck it will be one of the other Telcos that gets access to Starlink.

With the Thuraya network being based in the UAE, I wonder whether the outage is a result of something going on in the Middle East?

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 3, 2024 4:22 pm

The ATC has emailed members saying that the sale of Rosehill will only proceed if the members vote yes on the sale.
Based on that, I would say the likelihood of any sale going ahead to be 25% at best.

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 3, 2024 4:25 pm

Apologies if already posted.

Dr. Eli David
@DrEliDavid

The jokes just write themselves: A group of woke students at @UCLA
converted to Islam on the spot and are praying in campus

https://x.com/DrEliDavid/status/1786148294487388201

Burn it to the ground.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 3, 2024 4:28 pm

Eyrie thats the speed using Ethernet. I don’t pay extra for it. We’re about 80m from the node.

Roger
Roger
May 3, 2024 4:28 pm

The reality is, the Commonwealth is unlikely to demand its money back.

Owe the Commonwealth $3 000?

You’ve got a problem.

Owe the Commonwealth $3 000 000?

The Commonwealth has a problem.

Lysander
Lysander
May 3, 2024 4:54 pm

Dont go Labour-lite:

Local elections results – live: Labour takes Blackpool South as Tories set for ‘catastrophic’ 500-seat loss
Local elections results 2024 live: Labour takes Blackpool South as Tories set for ‘catastrophic’ 500-seat loss | The Independent

Lysander
Lysander
May 3, 2024 5:05 pm
feelthebern
feelthebern
May 3, 2024 5:23 pm

Mother’s day is coming up.
Or Momala’s day, as it will be known from now on.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
May 3, 2024 5:59 pm

feelthebern
May 3, 2024 5:23 pm

Mother’s day is coming up.
Or Momala’s day, as it will be known from now on.

What is a Mother? Is a Mother a Woman? What is a Woman?

Well, here’s a Woman.

https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.ZIvq9oKdubjd7EwbZjUa7gHaF7&pid=Api&rs=1&c=1&qlt=95&w=149&h=119

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 3, 2024 6:05 pm

feelthebern
 May 3, 2024 4:22 pm

The ATC has emailed members saying that the sale of Rosehill will only proceed if the members vote yes on the sale.

Err, how else would it be sold?
By decree of the ATC committee?

Based on that, I would say the likelihood of any sale going ahead to be 25% at best.

Tom
 May 3, 2024 4:31 pm

 Reply to  feelthebern

Bern, you’re right — it has no chance. It was a brainfart by ATC chairman Peter McGauran, an ex-Nationals politician

A brainfart indeed.
Peter Mcgauran always struck me as a spiv interested in advancing the cause of Peter McGauran’s career.
It would be informative to read the ATC Constitution and see where sale of the course to property developers fits.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 3, 2024 6:07 pm

This weeks Media Watchdog continues the very ALPBC problem – what do you do with an old lesbian? A: Sideline an old possibly non-lesbian. The staff co-op as the Hotel California.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 3, 2024 6:12 pm

So the old perve’s been lecturing other countries about immigration? That’s one thing I don’t get about the degenerate American establishment- they’re trashing the US socially and economically yet they still carry on like a world policeman..

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 3, 2024 6:16 pm

Detainee’s multiple breaches of curfews before attack laid bare
By paul garvey

  • Senior Reporter

and rhiannon down

  • Reporter
  • 3:42PM May 3, 2024

A convicted drug trafficker and former immigration detainee charged over the brutal bashing and burglary of an elderly Perth couple breached his curfew conditions just one minute after they were placed on them, and went on to break his curfew a further five times.
Kuwait-born Majid Jamshidi Doukoshkan first breached his curfew conditions on 9 February and ignored multiple federal police and Home Affairs warnings, setting a pattern of behaviour that prompted commonwealth prosecutors to flag their concerns about the likelihood that he could reoffend.
Just weeks later, however, the Community Protection Board – the body set up by the Albanese government to monitor Doukoshkan and the 151 convicted criminals released from immigration detention following last year’s High Court decision – opted against requiring him to keep wearing the device.
Doukoshkan then went on to commit at least two more offences before he was then allegedly involved in the attack on Ninette and Philip Simons. He and his accomplices are alleged to have used a stolen police badge to talk their way into the couple’s Girrawheen home.
The extent of Doukoshkan’s curfew breaches were laid out in transcripts released by the Western Australian Magistrates Court, amid intense scrutiny into the Commonwealth’s handling of the released detainees.

This swine should be on the next aircraft out of the country..

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
May 3, 2024 6:35 pm

This swine should be on the next aircraft out of the country..

I take that to mean Albo Sleazy and the entire Feral Guv’ment? They are ALL swine. No offence to all the pigs out there though.

cohenite
May 3, 2024 6:40 pm

The leftie Law Society Journal reports on the slap and tickle case:

Tickle v Giggle: What is the difference between gender and gender identity? – Law Society Journal (lsj.com.au)

To what extent does the Sex Discrimination Act protect a person from discrimination on the basis of their gender identity? The Federal Court has the difficult task of interpreting the law and ruling on the question of what is a “woman”?

To what extent does the Sex Discrimination Act (Act) protect a person from discrimination on the basis of their gender identity? It is a question that has taken centre stage in the Federal Court recently. In the matter of Tickle v Giggle for Girls Pty Ltd, a transgender woman commenced proceedings launched court action against a women’s only platform and its CEO, for allegedly being blocked from the app due to her gender identity.

Roxanne Tickle claims that she downloaded the app and passed the “selfie” stage, which meant that she could use it. The “selfie” is assessed by third-party artificial intelligence (AI) software that ascertains whether the pending user is a man or a woman. If the AI determines that the “selfie” is of a woman, the user is granted access to the app.

The case is significant because it is the first time since the Act was amended in 2013 that the changes are being tested in court.
Section 22 of the Act states that it is unlawful for a person to discriminate against another person on the ground of the other person’s “sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status …”. Gender identity is also referenced in Section 5B of the Act.

Despite the seemingly wide ambit, “sex” is not defined in the legislation.
According to Katie Green, the Managing Principal Solicitor at the Inner City Legal Centre, at the moment, there is a lack of legal protections for trans people in New South Wales and Western Australia in particular. In terms of the types of legal issues that trans people face, “We [saw] such an enormous rise in discrimination, vilification, family law issues, medical law issues, legal issues at work inherently unique to trans people, their identities, their bodies and their documents,” she says.

What is notable in this case is that following her transition from male to female, Tickle updated her birth certificate. The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Queensland issued a new certificate, designating her as female.

“The New South Wales Act kind of imposes two tiers of transgender people,” says Green. “There are transgender people, and then there are recognised transgender people.”

According to Green, most states have progressively updated their laws to recognise the identity of trans people. “They can change their name, but if they want to change their gender marker in New South Wales, you only have the option of being a male or a female, you don’t have the option of being non-binary or other,” she says. Green explains that for a person to change their gender after surgery, they have to be examined by two doctors who need to sign a statutory declaration, before it will be recognised by the state’s Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. “This connects back to discrimination because trans people are not able to obtain basic legal documentation that confirms who they are,” she says.

“[Tickle] does appear to have been discriminated against on the basis of sex and gender identity pursuant to the Sex Discrimination Act because she has undertaken many legal and medical procedures to affirm her gender as female. … She has affirmed her gender on her identity documents, which identify her as being a woman,” says Green.

“[I]n the Federal jurisdiction, the case of Norrie (NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages v Norrie [2014] HCA 11) found in 2014 that people actually have a right to not specify as male or female. But in the New South Wales jurisdiction, we still require that specification.”

The respondents, Giggle for Girls, claim that the app constitutes a “special measure” designed to achieve substantive equality between men and women and the app’s exclusion of males is reasonable in the circumstances. That is, the exclusion of males from the app fell within the exceptions under sections 7N, 7D and 32 of the Act.

Given what is at stake, there is a lot of public interest in the outcome of the case. The Federal Court has the difficult task of interpreting the law and ruling on the question of what is a “woman”?

Black Ball
Black Ball
May 3, 2024 6:42 pm

Tim Lester on the campus riots in the US on Channel Stokes.
To paraphrase, he said that in an election year, Biden’s support for Israel is ‘poisonous’. I’m guessing poisonous for the old pervert’s chances at remaining President.
If that’s the case, expect a complete reversal on his scant support for Israel to throw them under a rather large bus.
Disgraceful prick, which monty loves.

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 3, 2024 6:44 pm

Err, how else would it be sold?
By decree of the ATC committee?

Previously they wouldn’t commit to a member vote on the deal.
Today they have.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 3, 2024 6:46 pm

Obama judge goes off the reservation.

Judge hammers Google in landmark DOJ antitrust case that could upend tech giant’s online search empire: ‘You really think that DuckDuckGo is a competitor?’ (Sky News, 3 May)

A federal judge hammered key elements of Google’s defense on Thursday as closing arguments began in a landmark antitrust trial that could potentially upend the tech giant’s online search empire.

Judge Amit Mehta, who is expected to rule later this year on whether Google has maintained an illegal monopoly over the online search market, zeroed in on the company’s claims that it faces stiff competition despite holding an approximately 90% market share.

Google’s lawyers pointed to smaller search engines such as privacy-focused DuckDuckGo, tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon and even media outlets such as ESPN as opponents in the race for user eyeballs.

“You really think that DuckDuckGo is a competitor on Google?” the judge asked Google’s lawyers, according to AFP.

DuckDuckGo holds a less than 3% market share compared to Google’s 90% share, according to stats that surfaced during the trial.

DDG is getting better, and so is Brave Search. Goolag’s search engine is useless, I don’t know why anyone uses it. But it’s fun this guy is zinging Goolag, since they’re on the same side.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 3, 2024 6:48 pm

Just look at the old perv’s entire despicable existence-just one example

The Senator from MBNA | National Review

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 3, 2024 6:48 pm

cohenite, not sure if you’re the best person to argue the gender case.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 3, 2024 6:51 pm

Tim Lester on the campus riots in the US on Channel Stokes.

To paraphrase, he said that in an election year, Biden’s support for Israel is ‘poisonous’. 

Ah, Tim, never change son.

Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll: 72 Percent Support Israeli Action in Rafah (30 Apr)

bons
bons
May 3, 2024 7:01 pm

I just saw Hilderbrand making sense.

Nope, I don’t drink. I did see it.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
May 3, 2024 7:22 pm

A group of woke students at @UCLA

converted to Islam on the spot and are praying in campus

Kids who were never taught ‘a Christmas puppy is for life’, who will be apostates within a fortnight, and hopefully will spend the rest of their lives wondering if that swarthy man over there is seeking to apply the death penalty.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
May 3, 2024 7:24 pm

Danica on Sky had some complete lefty drop-kick called Craig Foster (broadcaster?) on her show tonight. He nearly made her show unwatchable for all time. It’s fine to have alternative viewpoints but not to have lefty retards. As they say, never go full lefty retard.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
May 3, 2024 7:34 pm

“I have a comment with 118 likes which has now been rejected”
Must have been too close to the bone.
That’s where so much of our complicit media lives and supplicants these days.

Indolent
Indolent
May 3, 2024 7:41 pm
Black Ball
Black Ball
May 3, 2024 7:41 pm

Craig Foster, didn’t he host the King’s Coronation with Stan Grant? A complete dickhead. Don’t watch Sports Sunday on Nein if he’s on. A hideous dickhead

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 3, 2024 7:44 pm

Chris Kenny has a 2 year review of the Albo government up at Teh Paywallian (presumably this weekend’s column). It’s a bad as you would imagine.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 3, 2024 7:53 pm

chris kenny comment image The seven fatal flaws at the heart of Labor’s failure to launch

It is two years this month since the Albanese Labor government was elected and we can no longer avoid the conclusion that it has failed.
There is no sign it can deliver on whatever promise it once held and the depressing reality is if it survives into a second term it is likely to be in minority, reliant on the Greens, so that a failed government can get only worse.
There are seven fatal flaws at the heart of the government’s deficiency. Not all are front of mind for voters but all are vital for the national project.

Economy/cost-of-living crisisAnthony Albanese ran a small-target campaign in 2022 but he did not under-promise. “The cost of everything is going up,” Labor’s election posters trumpeted. “A Labor government will lower the cost of living.” Not only would prices be lower but so would interest rates.

On this score Labor’s performance has been abysmal; high inflation, a dozen interest rate increases, a rent squeeze and housing crisis, and economists predicting there could still be more tightening before the Reserve Bank of Australia starts to ease rates.

Labor’s fiscal policy is at odds with the RBA’s contraction; government spending is at historically high levels, well above the ideal cap of 25 per cent of GDP. Instead of liberating the economy and boosting productivity, Labor has re-regulated the labour market in deference to its union overlords. And instead of reining in spending it has lost control of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and tackles every “problem” with funding announcements.

Energy and industry self-harmThe national self-harm that is Labor’s energy policy will do even more damage to the nation’s economic security than it will to the government’s electoral prospects. The Prime Minister and his Treasurer, Jim Chalmers, promised to reduce household electricity bills by $275 a year but instead bills have increased by double that amount.
Wealthy people in teal seats will hardly have noticed but Labor battlers and mainstream families in marginal seats are getting crunched by power costs, petrol prices, mortgage increases and grocery bills. This plays hard into the cost-of-living crisis and is made only worse for struggling families when they see the virtue-signalling antics of Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen spruiking expensive and impractical electric vehicles.

Labor is also having to defend expensive and invasive large-scale renewable energy projects against local objections and environmental concerns, making enemies across the continent. The footprint of renewable energy is vast and the cost extraordinary – 10,000km of transmission, thousands of hectares of solar factories and wind farms, and hundreds of billions of dollars.
Even the green-left Grattan Institute has admitted the renewables transition is headed for disaster with increasing power shortages, blackouts and price hikes. Having turned an energy-rich nation into one with an energy price and supply crisis, Labor has no plan except to double down on its expensive and ineffectual renewables zealotry. The only beneficiary is China, which uses our coal and ore to manufacture the renewables kit we import. We weaken our economy and become more reliant on China’s manufacturing – genius.
With its Future Made in Australia industry assistance program, Labor is chasing its losses like a drunken gambler. This is an old-fashioned effort to use public money to pick winners, throwing billions of taxpayers’ dollars at the government’s pet green and net-zero projects. What could go wrong?

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
May 3, 2024 7:56 pm

Rapper Afroman is back with “Hunter got high”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgLD1yhxNik
Yes *that* Hunter.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 3, 2024 7:56 pm

Second installment of the Chris Kenny Article
Weak on border security and immigrationFor the first time in a decade, asylum-seekers have made it to the mainland; only three boatloads for now, and we are told not to worry.
The government abolished temporary protection visas, allowed the Biloela family to stay, and freed 150 criminal non-citizens after it botched a High Court case.
Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil and Immigration Minister Andrew Giles are like rabbits in the spotlight as some of the non-citizens are charged with new crimes and the government fails to oppose their bail or re-detain any of them. It appears that nobody is in charge.

This recklessly indifferent attitude to border security is happening while the country accepts a record number of migrants in a population boom that was neither promised nor foreshadowed.
Without a hint of debate or consideration, we are allowing in more migrants than ever – more than the population of Tasmania in the past year. With the housing crisis worsening and infrastructure under pressure right along the eastern seaboard, immigration and population policy could be a major election issue. It seems Labor must have realised the mess it has allowed to unfold because it has promised to halve the immigration rate – yet so far the monthly figures still rise.

Spineless foreign and defence policyThis is a policy area where I feared the worst from Labor and initially was encouraged. Albanese, Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Defence Minister Richard Marles, held the line on AUKUS and stood firm on China. This could not have been easy for leaders of the Socialist Left such as Albanese and Wong, but it was imperative for the nation. It is far from a disaster just yet – the Albanese government is enthusiastic on AUKUS, even though its purse-strings seem tightened for years to come.

It has not yet capitulated to China but the signs are worrying, Albanese seemed to deliberately keep secret a Chinese sonar attack on our sailors so as not to embarrass Xi Jinping in the lead-up to their meeting last year.
Apparently Beijing appreciated the deference because it has started to flatter Albanese (“handsome boy” anybody?) and ease its punitive economic measures against Australia. Viewed over the 24 months, this bout smacks of rope-a-dope, and we need to watch it carefully.
By appointing Kevin Rudd ambassador to Washington, Albanese has left Australia’s stocks dangerously exposed should the Republicans regain the White House. Wong has been weak on Israel, which is in keeping with Australia’s retreat under Labor to the lowest common denominator of UN multilateral posturing. This is sad and dangerous for a significant country such as ours, once prepared to run robust, independent diplomacy.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 3, 2024 8:01 pm

Third installment of the Chris Kenny article.
Reconciliation and Indigenous disadvantage go backwardsOne of Albanese’s worst mistakes came right at the start, during his victory speech at the Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL two years ago. His buoyant commitment to the Indigenous voice and Uluru Statement from the Heart was a classic case of a leader getting carried away in the moment and racing ahead of the people who elected him. By cloaking the voice in such partisan triumphalism he as good as derailed hopes of a bipartisan compromise.

Labor failed to explain the voice, failed to bring the public with it, failed to persuade the Coalition to support the amendment or find a compromise to guarantee bipartisan support. Instead, Albanese took stewardship of a reform that was decades in the making and drove it into the ground.
Much division and ill-will were unleashed. Reconciliation has been set back a decade or more.
The nation still lacks a proper representative body to provide advice on Indigenous disadvantage, which endures as the nation’s greatest shame. Yet we are left with resentment and suspicion on one side and radical, separatist activism on the other.
By removing the cashless debit card – against advice – and moving too slowly to tackle the youth crime crisis in Alice Springs, the Albanese government has failed Indigenous Australians.
The issues of family violence, alcohol and drug dependency, crime, suicide, education and unemployment persist. For all the grand election night declarations, Labor has not moved the dial a millimetre.

Negligence on national cohesionWhile the voice debate tore at our social fabric, the Prime Minister’s insipid response to October 7 and the hatred it unleashed on our shores has fomented the ugliest national divide in living memory. That some Australians could chant “Death to Jews” or “Where’s the Jews” and “Shame on Australia” as the bodies of innocent Israelis were still being recovered from the southern Israeli kibbutzes that were turned into slaughterhouses by Hamas is a chilling reality – it hardly seems possible.

Yet Albanese and Labor have watched on as these protests and other intimidatory rallies in Jewish areas, along with ugly pro-Palestinian (pro-Hamas) demonstrations in our major cities have gathered momentum. At no time has Labor called this out unequivocally, demanded the silencing of hate preachers or tackled the blatant anti-Semitism on display.
Instead it has played horrible games of false equivalence, adding “Islamophobia” to every condemnation of anti-Semitism and proffering advice to Israel as to how it should defend itself from the unspeakable Hamas horror – even as alleged terrorist plots targeting Jewish-Australians have been uncovered on our shores.
Universities are now places of intimidation for Jewish Australians, who no longer feel safe in their own country. Labor makes noises of empathy but does nothing. This can only get worse. Even for voters not engaged in the issues, the lack of spine must be obvious.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 3, 2024 8:05 pm

I just read the ATC Constitution.
It gives the Board power to dispose of property “for any purpose”, so it seems the directors could legally sell the race-course.
But it also says the objective of the ATC is to promote horse racing.
Hard to see how selling a relatively well located course is advancing the interests of racing.
Like all these matters, a cross examination of board members and their various connections might prove … illuminating.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 3, 2024 8:06 pm

some Australians could chant “Death to Jews” or “Where’s the Jews”

Ha ha. ‘Where’s the Jews?’ Yeah righto.

Good one.

calli
calli
May 3, 2024 8:07 pm

About to hop on a China Airlines plane to LHR via Taipei – the start of our “Road to Morocco” trip with Spanish characteristics. The Beloved is game to try a prolonged Spanish road trip, and so am I (as navigator on account of his horrible sense of direction).

If Dover permits, I shall send a few impressions of what I see of Spain and elsewhere.

On another matter, I have real fears for those two brothers and their friend missing in Mexico. One of the few places in the world where I have really felt unsafe, even in a “tourist” town. Those poor parents.

Boambee John
Boambee John
May 3, 2024 8:17 pm

On the subject of the Kuwaiti former immigration detainee, now alleged basher of old ladies, one member of the Committee of Public Safety, sorry, Community Safety whatever, is VicStasi’s old maaaaaate, Fatty Ashton.

How verrrry Labor.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 3, 2024 8:18 pm

feelthebern
 May 3, 2024 6:44 pm

Err, how else would it be sold?

By decree of the ATC committee?

Previously they wouldn’t commit to a member vote on the deal.

Today they have.

This tells you they have conceded and know it will probably end in litigation if they try to bulldoze it through.
These board members know that they will be persona-non-grata in a lot of boardrooms if they continue, and the one thing they don’t want is for the director’s fees gravy train to be derailed.
I see a lost members vote, which would mean McGauran would be left in the library with a revolver, followed by a change to the constitution which would require a 75% or two thirds majority to pull a stunt like this.

Diogenes
Diogenes
May 3, 2024 8:19 pm

biopsy, then they decided to take 500ml and replace with IV. So instead of the “allow 2 hours” I have been here for 4.5 with at least another 30 minutes to go.

Meant 500ml blood. The biopsy will be in a week and a half. I will have to get 500ml blood drawn every week for the foreseeable future. Sadly they can’t use it for anything and it will be tossed away.

Finally read through all bumpf the haematologist gave me. It seems my bone marrow is producing way too many red blood cells, and I am one of a lucky 950 patients year diagnosed with one of the 3 conditions covered by the general descriptor. Yay me!

Explains my tiredness and unsettled stomach. Mrs D freaked out when she saw the information book was produced by leukaemia foundation, but settled down when she read the description of what they think I have, and there is only a very tiny chance it will develop into something fatal. Dr said I am likely to die with, not of it.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 3, 2024 8:26 pm

Last installment of the Chris Kenny article.
No transparency or accountabilityAlbanese promised to “lead with integrity” and treat voters “with respect” as he committed himself to “restore trust and accountability” to politics. This pledge has not aged well. The judgment in the Bruce Lehrmann defamation case last month has detailed how the political cover-up angle of the Brittany Higgins rape claim was absolute bunkum. The cover-up theory was prosecuted by leading Labor frontbenchers such as Wong, Katy Gallagher and Albanese himself, yet it was found to be a fabrication.
Labor settled a multimillion-dollar compensation claim with Higgins inside a day, warning former Coalition ministers Linda Reynolds and Michaelia Cash they would not be reimbursed for legal fees if they joined the process. Gallagher clearly misled a Senate committee over her prior knowledge of some of the Higgins claims, but she has faced no sanction.

Labor promised a royal commission into the destructive, overblown and unscientific response to the Covid-19 pandemic but has delivered a constrained inquiry conducted by known quantities.
The most dramatic government intervention of the post-war era, in which personal liberties were trampled, businesses and livelihoods were shut down and levels of government spending and indebtedness were unprecedented – arguably the worst public policy failure since Federation – will be left unexamined by a full public inquiry. Labor continued the Coalition’s secret social media censorship of pandemic communications and has failed to criticise those arrangements, and now it wants to expand this type of censorship through a “misinformation” bill. There is less transparency and accountability under Labor than we had before.
Almost two years on, this is an appalling record. The government is drifting and the nation is listless. What we are experiencing is a monumental lack of leadership.
Labor does not seem to know what it should be doing or who should lead the way. Albanese lacks any serious leadership rival – all in all, it is a desultory outlook.

rosie
rosie
May 3, 2024 8:52 pm
GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 3, 2024 8:56 pm

Calli go up the Atlas mountains when in Morocco. Wife did, loved it.

Louis Litt
Louis Litt
May 3, 2024 8:58 pm

Coenhite
great name Johanna slutzky – there was a economist with a great theory known as slutky’s decomposition.
the mild mannered lecturer kept breaking out laughing every time he said it.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 3, 2024 9:01 pm

University news (the Tele):

University of Sydney boss Mark Scott says Jewish students will have to tough out being “uncomfortable” in the face of anti-Israel slogans, defending the response of Australian universities to pro-Palestine encampments imported from the United States.

No worries Mark. Speaking of toughing it out and being uncomfortable, how much are you paid again? From the AFR:

Mark Scott, who picked up the reins at Sydney University last July and delivered Australia’s largest-ever university surplus, earns a base salary of $982,800 a year, with a potential 20 per cent bonus increasing it to $1.15 million.

Hey Scotty. GFY.

Black Ball
Black Ball
May 3, 2024 9:04 pm

Good Lord. So de Belin was stood down for a long period of time over a falsehood. Make the prick pay. Courier Mail:

A former police officer has been charged with perjury following a three-year investigation into the sexual assault case involving football star Jack de Belin and his mate Callan Sinclair.

Officers attached to Professional Standards Command commenced Strike Force Ephemeris to investigate the conduct of officers involved in the Wollongong District Court case in February 2020.

“Following extensive inquiries and upon receiving advice from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, police have charged a former Detective Senior Constable with giving false evidence under oath amounting to perjury,” NSW Police said in a statement.

The 48-year-old man was issued a future court attendance notice to appear before Wollongong Local Court on Wednesday, 19 June 2024.

The Sunday Telegraph revealed in September last year that the parents of de Belin and Sinclair were furious about the delays in the internal investigation after two high-profile trials, which both ended with hung juries and the charges withdrawn.

“This is not good enough, our lives are on hold,” said Mr de Belin’s mum Cathy at the time.

Mr de Belin and Mr Sinclair each pleaded not guilty to five counts of aggravated sexual assault.

Phone transcripts played in court showed both men talking to family members and friends, adamant the sex was consensual.

They were also recorded speaking to each other, agreeing that if they told the truth they would be fine.

Police admitted they accessed text messages and emails between the men and their lawyers which was covered by legal professional privilege.

On Friday NSW Police confirmed investigations under Strike Force Ephemeris were continuing.

Well it was from the Courier Mail but being part of NewsCorp and a league story, I guess they share.
In any case, this needs a financial settlement that destroys the policeman. As well as those that accessed communications between the aggrieved party and their lawyers.

Black Ball
Black Ball
May 3, 2024 9:08 pm

Not the same Mark Scott who headed Their ABC?

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 3, 2024 9:11 pm

H B Bear
 May 3, 2024 8:37 pm

 Reply to  Boambee John

Nobody warehouses and looks after their mates like the Liars. This weeks Media Watchdog has some comments on the Victoriastani justice system.

Another problem with the SFLs. They will appoint on the basis of short-lists provided by Liars friendlies and never, ever deploy Liars tactics.
That is, disband or neuter Liars stacked institutions, send the loaded candidate lists back for “review” or appoint an “independent expert” to create shortlist recommendations.
Of course, they can’t disband courts, but there is a lot they could do when in power but don’t.

Cassie of Sydney
May 3, 2024 9:18 pm

Just like I had zero sympathy for Scumbag and his motley crew back in 2022, I have zero sympathy for the UK Tories and their crushing council electoral defeats today. You reap what you sow, although in the case of the UK Tories, like our very own Liberals, you reap what you don’t sow. But what will come after will be worse, far worse, just like Sleazy’s government is far worse than the Scumbag Coalition government.

The gift of right of centre governments across the West, many of which were swept to victory in huge landslides, as the Tories were in 2019 and the Coalition was in 2013, is to bequeath Labor/Labour victories. That’s their only legacy. They squander their huge electoral wins but worse, they shit in the faces of their voter base, that’s you and me. They are supine, lazy, pusillanimous and craven.

The Tories deserve annihilation but just like we didn’t deserve Sleazy, the Poms don’t deserve Starmer.

Rabz
May 3, 2024 9:19 pm

VicStasi’s old maaaaaate, Fatty Ashtoni

Sacré bleu – how the fork is that bloated sack of protoplasm not now swimming among the fishes, Cats?

Salvatore - Iron Publican
May 3, 2024 9:21 pm

University of Sydney boss Mark Scott says Jewish students will have to tough out being “uncomfortable” in the face of anti-Israel slogans,

I’m old enough to remember as far back as September 2023, when on a university campus;

  1. microaggressions were a bigger deal than Adam & Eve eating the apple.
  2. Words were violence.
Rabz
May 3, 2024 9:23 pm

Not the same Mark Scott that headed up Their ALPBC?

One and the same, BB.

Yet another example of an unflushable turd.

Rabz
May 3, 2024 9:38 pm

A former (NSW) police officer has been charged with perjury

Gee, unlike KKK’s son, who merely furnished a “false statement” in a criminal trial. Subsequently convicted of “fabricating evidence”*.

Stupid forkin’ piggies. Morbidly obese, staggeringly stupid, utterly useless, criminally compromised and gifted with a tendency to try and inflict ultra violence on random passers-by – but only if they think they can get away with it.

Best avoided like the plague.

*This concept will be revisited in later comments tonight, Cats. 🙂

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 3, 2024 9:51 pm

this needs a financial settlement that destroys the policeman

Oh my wordy lordy yes. Yes it does.

If that jack’s been hit with a perjury beef, then – regardless of the outcome of any trial – there is an excellent argument that he acted well outside of any ‘good faith’ provision.

I have heard it said that amongst some elements of jackery, there is a level of prestige accorded to people who manage to bin high-profile people.

If this is true, it would certainly have assisted the CVs of certain jacks involved in, oh I don’t know, the Pell investigation for example.

To a lesser degree, binning someone like Andrew O’Keeffe or Michael Slater would certainly have encouraged some stories amongst colleagues over a beer or seven on social occasions.

However – if you go after someone with a certain level of public awareness, like an NRL or AFL player for example, you had better be all-singing and all-dancing with your brief. If you trump stuff up, as this chap appears to have done, then you can go for a row of giant shithouses and lose absolutely everything of yours.

Rabz
May 3, 2024 9:57 pm

the question of what is a “woman”?

Enough, you irredeemable insane idiots – A womanage is a person not blessed with a penis, but blessed with XX chromosomes, you f*cking f*ckwits!

It is not a trick question, FFS. 😡

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 3, 2024 10:06 pm

I have mentioned this subject before, but:

88,300 and change packed the G for Caaaaarlton vs the reigning premiers.

In a home and away round. Another record.

Cop that, NRL, lacrosse and soccer poofs.

Rabz
May 3, 2024 10:07 pm

An example of a womanage – note, she does not have a beard, a deep voice, a beer gut or a middle leg.

Harlequin Decline
May 3, 2024 10:10 pm

I know there are quite a few of these around but this 3 minute video of Biden’s handlers struck me as particularly good-

https://x.com/TheHoleTweet/status/1785377194644009294?t=QlG7TY44Goeo_CzfnyS2nQ&s=03

Rabz
May 3, 2024 10:18 pm

Of political cartoonists on this planet, Bob Moran was always closest to portraying my thoughts and “feelz” about the monstrous evil idiocy we’ve been cursed with at this stage of our lives. Behold:

Das Schwabtopus

Sweaty Rat Faced Olive Drab Man

The triumph of men without chests (aka soft communist pooftahs)

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 3, 2024 10:26 pm

Pies did just enough.

Yeah, baby.

Black Ball
Black Ball
May 3, 2024 10:35 pm

I echo that sentiment Mr Dragger. Phuck Carlton.

Cassie of Sydney
May 3, 2024 10:38 pm

Mark Scott, a sneering, sanctimonious and pompous git well known for his leftist credentials, was quickly rewarded after he left their ABC with a plumb public service position here in NSW by……….yes you guessed it……the Baird Liberal government. That position was NSW Department of Education secretary, which commands a hefty salary.

LOL.

It was good to read in the Telegraph today a journalist smack down the current NSW Liberal opposition git, a mediocre git by the name of Mark Speakman. Speakman, a closet Green, was A-G of this state for a decade and during his tenure he wasn’t exactly known for his conservative opinions or leanings. Anyway, Sleazeman (as I prefer to call him) is now critiquing the Minns government over how domestic violence assailants are treated except Sleazeman, when in power for 12 years, did little to nothing to fix the problem.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 3, 2024 10:42 pm

Rabz
 May 3, 2024 9:19 pm

VicStasi’s old maaaaaate, Fatty Ashtoni

Sacré bleu – how the fork is that bloated sack of protoplasm not now swimming among the fishes, Cats?

Because he is “reliable”.
This week we had the unsurprising news that the Victoriastan DPP* has decided not to proceed with charges brought by Worksafe** over the hotel quarantine cock-up.
Well, apparently Worksafe** based their case on evidence put to the quarantine enquiry … evidence which the DPP* deemed inadmissible.
So.
Firstly we have an enquiry which found decisions to let a major public elf contract were made by “creeping assumptions”.
Then we have Worksafe**, which has extensive coercive powers to re-interview witnesses, inexplicably deciding to use evidence from a previous enquiry and not one of their hot-shot legal eagles is curious enough to ask about admissibility.
Finally we have a DPP* which pushes it in the hole and shovels dirt in on top.
Tom Elliott on 3AW wondered aloud this week if the DPP* had been leaned on by the Gummint.
No need Tom.
It’s a well oiled machine.
The right appointees just know what the right decisions are without anyone having to pick up the phone.
….
* John Cain Jnr son of former Liars Premier.
** Worksafe. Has had an acting CEO for six months. Confirmed as permanent two weeks ago, no doubt on the back of a promise to put the prosecutorial cue in the rack.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 3, 2024 11:04 pm

From the report on the de Belin case:-

They were also recorded speaking to each other, agreeing that if they told the truth they would be fine.

Tell the truth in court.
But, when it comes to sexual assault cases, say zero until then.

Police admitted they accessed text messages and emails between the men and their lawyers which was covered by legal professional privilege.

Uh-oh.
Breach of legal privilege.
Some judges will be more outraged about this than fitting someone up for rape.
This bozo is in a world of pain.
Will Elbow make an “impassioned speech” about this particular type of injustice?

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 3, 2024 11:04 pm

Because he is “reliable”.

A chap called Shane Patton was a Deputy Commissioner in charge of Dan Andrews’ red shirts shitfight.

Patton said ‘nothing to see here’.

Magically, six months afterward he got the big chair.

Reliable.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 3, 2024 11:07 pm

If you trump stuff up, as this chap appears to have done, then you can go for a row of giant shithouses and lose absolutely everything of yours.

Do we know if the alleged perjurer is, in fact, a chap?

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 3, 2024 11:10 pm

He is a chap – at least, according to the dubious reporting:

The 48-year-old man was issued a future court attendance notice to appear before Wollongong Local Court on Wednesday, 19 June 2024.

To be fair, I was sort of hoping it would be a fat blue-haired chick.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 3, 2024 11:11 pm

Confirmed.
The alleged perjurer is male.

Rabz
May 3, 2024 11:13 pm

Scott, a sneering, sanctimonious and pompous git well known for his leftist credentials, was quickly rewarded after he left their ALPBC with a plumb public service position here in NSW by……….yes you guessed it……the Baird gliberal government. That position was NSW Department of Education secretary, which commands a hefty (taxpayer extorted) salary.

Following the precedent set by the fat useless utterly incompetent Fatty O’Barrell‘s promotion of the Blabbersack‘s heroin injecting and purveying hubby (the Hyphen-Trotters) into the position of Director-General of the Department of Finance and Services in April 2011.

In October 2021, the newly appointed* NSW Premier, Dumb Parrothead announced that the Hyphen-Trotters was promoted to the role of Secretary of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet

Personal existence:

Hyphen-Trotters exists with the Blabbersack, a feral MP and former deputy leader of the Ozzie Labore Pardee

*Following the ignominious resignation of Beryl Gladyschlocklian for forking a big fat morally and ethically corrupt gliberal MP who made his name signing shonkee deals with equally morally and ethically bankrupt property developers of muddle eastern ‘eritage in the Canterbury Bankstown LGA.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 3, 2024 11:13 pm

To be fair, I was sort of hoping it would be a fat blue-haired chick.

A similar image popped into my head.

Rabz
May 3, 2024 11:17 pm

Patton said ‘nothing to see here’.

Magically, six months afterward he got the big chair.

Reliable.

BTW, did anyone end up in gaol over the “Gobbo X” imbroglio?

If not, why not?

DavidH
DavidH
May 6, 2024 8:37 pm

Can’t escape him, even here in Spain.

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  1. Let them permanently close down Columbia since it no longer has anything to offer future students or society at large.…

  2. People who have been neighbours and friends for generations no longer talk to each other and the usual public events,…

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