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Roger
Roger
May 31, 2024 12:39 pm

Foreign purchases of new Australian property down to 10% while ownership of established properties is down to 3.8% in Q1 2024.

Source: NAB.

That probably reflects the exodus of mainland Chinese money from the market, as reported anecdotally by agents.

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Roger
Roger
May 31, 2024 12:43 pm

No wonder China is so bent on taking Taiwan. 

All they really need to do is blockade it.

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Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 31, 2024 12:43 pm

breaking

WA Police and the WA Country Health Service have apologised to the family of Ms DhuPhil HickeyThe West Australian
Fri, 31 May 2024 10:12AM

Ms Dhu died of complications arising from a broken rib she suffered in a domestic violence incident that had become infected. Credit: Supplied;Ian Munro

WA Police and the WA Country Health Service have apologised to the family of Ms Dhu — a young Aboriginal woman who died in police custody in 2014 after being arrested over unpaid fines.
Ms Dhu died at the Hedland Health Campus following complications arising from a broken rib she suffered in a domestic violence incident that had become infected.
Her death occurred while in the custody of police, who had picked her up over $3662.34 in unpaid fines.
In a landmark statement released on Friday both WA Police and the WA Country Health Service apologised to her family.

“On behalf of the Western Australia Police Force and WA Country Health Service, we apologise to the family and community of the late Ms (Dhu ) a young Aboriginal woman, for the circumstances leading to her death on 4 August 2014,” the statement said.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
May 31, 2024 12:44 pm

I recommend that ALL the Sky News Daytime people (up to and including Chris Kenny) watch Laura Ingraham’s show (and a few others) from today on Fox News – you know, their US cousins!!!

Tom
Tom
May 31, 2024 12:47 pm

Tucker Carlson: Import the Third World, become the Third World.

Donald Trump will win the November election if he’s not killed first.

RTWT.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
May 31, 2024 12:51 pm

A big deal is being made of protecting the anonymity of jurors, the implication being that they would be in danger if their identities became known.
Oh really? You mean they haven’t been told to find him guilty “or else” by dark suited men before this?

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
May 31, 2024 12:52 pm

I did my job …
In the words of Gough Whitlam back in 1975, Bragg certainly “did a job” on Trump.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
May 31, 2024 12:55 pm
Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
May 31, 2024 1:02 pm

Listen to what Trump’s attorney says about the man – with Jesse Watters today. So different to the TDS we get from so many lesser mortals.

Lysander
Lysander
May 31, 2024 1:05 pm

Trump trial paralleled in Australia would be ~ Albanese choosing to take Dutton to a State Court, choosing to have the trial in Victoria, over a Federal issue, say Immigration (not a State law), with the judge as Dan Andrews and only those in the electorate of Melbourne chosen to be on the jury.

m0nty
m0nty
May 31, 2024 1:08 pm

Have to laugh at chickenhawks calling for Armageddon, like our Cranky. Tim Pool just tweeted the word “war” and got bajillions of likes. None of those people liking that tweet will do a thing about it.

How many divisions do the Proud Boys command these days from their gaol cells? Trump and whose army? He managed to attract six white boomers and two dogs to his trial.

The laziness of online MAGA is boundless. You lot whinge and whinge, and beseech some unspecified phalanx of Gigachads to save your cult leader. Nuh, not gonna happen.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
May 31, 2024 1:11 pm

It’s well worth watching all the Fox News people – Laura Ingraham, Jesse Watters, etc, (and their guests) to get a more realistic assessment of what has gone down – if you don’t already know. It is diabolical.
There are opinions from a lot of legal bigwigs who know their stuff. Even Laura Ingraham is no novice, having been a full time lawyer and a clerk to a Supreme Court judge. Which one? That is interesting in itself. Clarence Thomas.

Roger
Roger
May 31, 2024 1:12 pm

Have a Bex and a lie down, monty.

There you go.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
May 31, 2024 1:13 pm

Monty’s petite wanger must be getting sore by now.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
May 31, 2024 1:14 pm

“laziness” quoth Monty.
Expertise on display.

Zippster
Zippster
May 31, 2024 1:15 pm
Crossie
Crossie
May 31, 2024 1:15 pm

Trump can appeal after his sentencing which is scheduled for July 11. The sentencing will be then held in obeyance pending the result of the appeal to New York’s First Judicial Department appellate court. At least merchan won’t be on the bench for the appeal.

Cohenite, after today everything is possible in NY. Besides that, all NY judges and law officers can be deemed as totally compromised after today.

Victoria’s appellate court judged Cardinal Pell as guilty too so why not the New York’s court? I’m coming to the conclusion that law officials throughout the West have been suborned by something or somebody.

m0nty
m0nty
May 31, 2024 1:20 pm

In retrospect, I think you lot are going to come to the conclusion that the biggest mistake Trump made was telling his people to go home on the night of January 6, 2021.

Tactically, he had the government right where he wanted it: disorganised, leaderless and ripe for a coup. He bottled it. Maybe he was just reflecting the attitude of the Proud Boys and Threepers who had already chickened out in the face of superior firepower, but the smart play at that time was to follow through on the insurrection and make it official.

Backing out only showed weakness, and has led to today’s disaster and further disasters to come.

Zippster
Zippster
May 31, 2024 1:46 pm
Lysander
Lysander
May 31, 2024 1:53 pm

My modus these days when I see Muntard comment is to scroll past, then scroll back, downthumb and move on without reading.

#KickingGoals

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
May 31, 2024 1:55 pm

Monty still the last holdout in the “it was a attempted revolution” bunker for the worlds only unarmed overthrow of a government, in a country whos citizens have the most guns.

Turnabout is fair play Monty, theres an election for the Dems to lose coming up.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
May 31, 2024 2:05 pm

And the most extraordinary antisemitic memes I have seen on twitter.

It’s all standard crap from the thirties, recycled. You can’t expect new ideas from these people.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 31, 2024 2:07 pm

Miles calls for Townsville mayor to resignStaff writers

Queensland Premier Steven Miles says Townsville mayor Troy Thompson to resign after it was revealed he made a number of false claims about his military record.
“As someone who cares a lot about Townsville and the future of Townsville, it’s hard to imagine how it’s in Townsville’s best interests for him to remain as mayor,” Mr Miles said during a press conference today.
“Just on the basis of what he’s acknowledged he’s done, that would seem sufficient to me for him to stand down.”
Mr Miles also said the community would probably have a “very dim view” of the situation.
“Of all of the places to lie about your military service, Townsville would have to be just about the worst, and I’m sure that the Townsville population takes a very dim view of it,” he said.
“I’d urge him to seriously consider what’s in the best interests of the city – that he said he cared about, when he ran for election.”

Cassie of Sydney
May 31, 2024 2:13 pm

Is our resident pervert apologist also a rape and Nazi apologist?

Perhaps the pervert apologist thinks the rapes and enslavement of Jewish women on 7 October 2023 weren’t really rape?

Here’s what I think….he is guilty on both counts, and there’s more evidence indicting him for being a rape and Nazi apologist than anything offered up in a courtroom in NYC against Donald Trump.

I think the pervert, Nazi and rape apologist should piss off. He does not come here to argue in good faith. He is a dissolute slug who only comes here to gloat when something goes his way yet when events do not suit his narrative, being the coward he is, he racks off.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 31, 2024 2:15 pm

Double-murderer had cricket ball-size cyst pushing on brain: health workerBy Rebecca PeppiattMay 31, 2024 — 11.40am

Listen to this article
5 min
Double-murderer Mark Bombara had a 10-centimetre cyst in his brain requiring surgery and may not have been discharged from hospital if doctors had known they were “sending him home to 13 guns”, a health department worker says.
The health professional, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as they are not cleared to speak publicly, said Bombara had been displaying aggressive behaviour towards staff, who had raised concerns about his escalating behaviour.

They believe health systems failed the Bombara family and the women he shot – Jennifer Petelczyc, 59, and her youngest daughter Gretl, 18.
“If that team knew they were sending someone home to 13 guns, with a cyst that large and displaying that behaviour … there would have been a discussion with police,” they said, noting that concerns about his behaviour had been so significant they had recommended his driver’s license be suspended on medical grounds.
The worker hoped communication between agencies when it came to people suffering from acquired brain injuries could be improved.
They said the people making health decisions about risks related to patients being discharged were not provided with the information required to judge the situation properly.

Boambee John
Boambee John
May 31, 2024 2:23 pm

I wonder has mUnturd stopped wanking long enough to put up a photo of Merchan alongside the photos of his other legal heroes, Lavrentiy “Show me the man, I’ll show you the crime” Beria and that scourge of insurrectionists in an earlier era, Roland Freisler.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 31, 2024 2:25 pm

More on Townsville’s Mayor Fibby (the CM):

Townsville’s embattled mayor is facing fresh allegations of deception, conceding he misled voters about his education, business nous and military career and blaming “100 plus” concussions for his poor memory.

Troy Thompson apologised to veterans for embellishing his military service, as first revealed by this publication in an explosive national television interview in which he disputed lying about his career, saying he “firmly believed” he had given the right information and back flipping on his promise to release the army records in full.

In the sit-down interview with A Current Affair aired on Thursday night, Mr Thompson also admitted he never finished university, despite claiming before the election he had two degrees and describing himself as a “business graduate”.

Uh huh. Also:

It was also alleged in the interview that he had previously been fined for two counts of ‘forgery uttering’ and attempted fraud in the Southport Magistrates Court in 2007.

First claiming he didn’t know anything about it, he later said the charges were over a credit application using a different surname. No conviction was recorded for the offences.

Righto. Whatever you say, champ. And:

“Those who know me know that I’ve had multiple concussions, 100 plus, and I suffer from epilepsy,” he told the program.

Sounds like it may have been a Prince Andrew-esque interview.

Rosie
Rosie
May 31, 2024 2:40 pm

“They’re still living in caravans in Rochester and this shit gets funded.”
I wonder how Aboriginals did healing after floods before white man and money came along.

Wally Dali
Wally Dali
May 31, 2024 2:40 pm

Dover, ive just emailed an Archibalds strugge session to you.
Actually, that might be a good title for the post:
Archibald Prize Finalists 2024: The Stuggle Session Continues

BobtheBoozer
BobtheBoozer
May 31, 2024 3:02 pm

On Trump:
My curiosity bump is doing backflips over the potential actions of the USSC.
Under Roberts – who, in my humble opinion, is dodginess personified, the rest are a potential wild card of epic proportions, especially considering the possible outcomes for the US.

Indolent
Indolent
May 31, 2024 3:06 pm

This has been retweeted tens of thousands of times, including by Trump –

@catturd2

Dear Republican Party @GOP …

I don’t want to hear another damn word about Ukraine.

I don’t want to hear another damn word about Israel.

I don’t want to hear another damn word about GAZA.

I don’t want to hear another damn word about Taiwan.

I don’t want to hear another damn word about any other country except the USA, you America-last war pigs.

The fascist Democrat Party has completely destroyed our country from within, we have a wide open border, and they’re shitting on the Constitution while you spineless, coward losers get rich on insider trading, rage tweet, and talk about your “principles.”

They’re literally arresting their political opponents and their lawyers and having kangaroo communists show trials – and you pitiful, worthless losers are doing absolutely nothing.

If you don’t have balls to fight for freedom – RESIGN !!!

Indolent
Indolent
May 31, 2024 3:09 pm
GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 31, 2024 3:21 pm

Mutley, too dumb to be a useless idiot.

Kneel
Kneel
May 31, 2024 3:31 pm

“Tim Pool just tweeted the word “war” and got bajillions of likes.”

You DO realise M0nty, that Tim Pool regularly tweets things just to get a reaction, right?
In some cases, he will tweet one thing, and then tweet the exact opposite, so that he can show someone complaining they heard him tweet one thing the exact opposite tweet. Anyone who watches his shows knows this – and BTW, he gets more 18-50 demographic viewers than CNN or MSNBC.

And yeah, I do like him – not because of his political affiliation or anything like that, but because he, like eg, Megyn Kelly, is quite straightforward about what his politics are (so not trying to tell me he’s neutral when he’s clearly not), and also makes a clear distinction between facts and his opinion on those facts. And also because, like Joe Rogan, he does his homework and has a long format chat with anyone who wants to come on (but leftists almost never go on – some have and do, but not many). So because it’s not just a 10 second sound bite, and they talk about many things in the news, you can get a good feel for who that person is. Kash Patel has been on Tim’s show more than a few times, as well as being on Epoch Times video series “American Thought Leaders”, which is why I feel he’d be a fantastic AG for Trump.

Crossie
Crossie
May 31, 2024 3:36 pm

Just think how good the New York legal system is these days, they release without bail an illegal immigrant who kicked a policeman who was down yet they pronounced a former president guilty of something. New York’s crowning moment was when that released illegal immigrant then gave them all the finger including the jury that just convicted Trump. Well done, New Yorkers, take a bow.

Lysander
Lysander
May 31, 2024 3:37 pm

I don’t profess to be smarter than the members of the SCOTUS but, regarding immunity, I think they should err somewhere in the middle (i.e. a POTUS can’t get away with anything but also can’t be lawfared).

But! As an addition to this, it could (?) be added that a safeguard against lawfare is an express ticket, beyond all other parties’ cases, to an appellate court?

SCOTUS judgement might be out next Thursday….

Indolent
Indolent
May 31, 2024 3:42 pm

I posted this earlier before finishing viewing it. It’s amazingly worthwhile and practical.

Your dementia risk

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GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 31, 2024 3:50 pm

There’s a position with Blowen, he needs someone to make him look good. Don’t bother applying mutley.

cohenite
May 31, 2024 3:51 pm

I might have known dickless would slime out and emit gloating fumes.

johanna
johanna
May 31, 2024 4:01 pm

Not a lot of insight here:

Olivia Franklin found herself “living in a tomb to [her] dead dreams”.
A self-professed “over-achiever” since school, the 30-year-old was desperate for “something different” after the pandemic-impacted years.
Olivia was working as an educator in the prevention of violence against women space when in January 2022, she bought a new notebook. A new notebook to help plan a career change.
“I put a budget together, then I found a space and moved in, in October 2022,” Olivia says.
After months of renovations, Follies Bar — a vegan tapas bar in the heart of Naarm/Melbourne’s trendy Fitzroy — opened in early 2023.

Anyone see any red flags?

She lived in an apartment above the establishment and says things started well.
“We had this great beginning” and then “winter hit so hard”, Olivia says.
“I had to borrow a little bit to get through that period and everybody was like, ‘just wait till summer’.”
But things didn’t improve. An attempt to attract investors failed and she paid consultants for advice in an attempt to keep things afloat.
“One of the hardest things, emotionally, was standing in that restaurant day and night, looking out the windows and having one or two customers,” she says.

You can guess the rest. She’s bankrupt, and back living with Mum and Dad, owing more than 100 grand to creditors.

TheirABC depicts her as a plucky entrepreneur; me, I’m seeing a self-absorbed loser.

She adds that she doesn’t think she’d do it again but still has a desire for variety and risk and hopes some of what she’s learnt during her ownership of Follies can be put to use elsewhere.

Oh, boy.

Kneel
Kneel
May 31, 2024 4:02 pm

“I don’t profess to be smarter than the members of the SCOTUS but, regarding immunity, …”

Nor do I, but I think Trump’s lawyers argument is pretty cogent and what the founders had in mind – that is, in order to be charged criminally for an act committed while President and pertaining to the duties as President, congress first needs to impeach, the senate needs to convict on that impeachment, then they can go through the standard indictment, trial etc.
This means three things:
1) that the president won’t be bogged down in criminal trials while in office
2) that the president won’t have to concern themselves with what might happen after they leave office
3) that serious criminal activity can be prosecuted, but only if you can convince both the majority of the house and two thirds majority of the senate that it really was a crime first.

It also seems pretty clear that for federal elections, the President is ultimately responsible for ensuring they are run fairly and if not, prosecuting any fraud or criminal activity – and you can’t do that without investigating.

Not to mention that the President is the ultimate authority on what is a classified document or not, and even his actions in that regard need to be taken into account – as is, “Mr President, this man is not cleared to view classified documents!”, President hands him the docs anyway –> docs are no longer classified.

Lysander
Lysander
May 31, 2024 4:11 pm

It also seems pretty clear that for federal elections, the President is ultimately responsible for ensuring they are run fairly and if not, prosecuting any fraud or criminal activity – and you can’t do that without investigating.

Agree Kneel but kinda hard to do the investigating when you’ve just lost office?

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 31, 2024 4:19 pm

Hendo’s Media Watchdog columns must practically write themselves these days. All the usual suspects make an appearance PK, Mrs Snowcone, Phatty and even Fozzie bobs up.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
May 31, 2024 4:28 pm

Managed to avoid Sky News for most of the afternoon, but as soon as I’m back we have their chosen one, Dr. Jennifer Walsh (“US Politics Expert”) telling us that Biden is starting to struggle a bit! Ya think?
In other words, more superficial garbage from Sky News Daytime, which is as good as it gets for us plebs in Australia.
I’ve had Laura Ingraham, Jesse Watters and Sean Hannity on for most of the PM. Different level of quality altogether.

Vicki
Vicki
May 31, 2024 4:34 pm

Jailing Trump as the Last Play in a Desperate Election HeistThe Modern Enquirer

This is not about justice; this is about ensuring that Trump is mired in legal battles—or, ideally jailed— rendering him unelectable.NICK HOLT
MAY 30

One might think that the last remaining vestiges of American democracy would safeguard its elections from being subverted by those wielding prosecutorial power. However, in the case of Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for 2024, we witness a spectacle that would have Orwell himself recoiling in recognition. 

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s indictment of Trump is not merely a legal farce; it is the Biden administration’s only remaining strategy to interfere in the upcoming election and clutch at power like a desperate autocrat in the final hours of a doomed regime.
The charges levied against Trump—34 counts of falsifying business records—read like the fevered hallucinations of a Kafkaesque nightmare. Let us not mince words: these are not just dubious charges; they are contorted to the point of absurdity. 

Bragg’s case hinges on an alleged hush money payment made during the 2016 campaign to Stormy Daniels, an affair Trump denies. Regardless of the sordid details, the timing and nature of this indictment cannot be seen as anything other than politically motivated chicanery.
What we are witnessing is an unprecedented use of the judicial system as a cudgel to bludgeon a political opponent. Bragg’s narrative, as Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett astutely notes, is riddled with impossibilities and inconsistencies. 

The prosecution’s inability to clearly define the secondary crime Trump purportedly concealed—oscillating between federal election crimes and state laws—undermines the very foundation of their case. It is, as Jarrett aptly describes, a “surreal ‘Alice in Wonderland’ farce.”
Yet, the Democrats, draped in the sanctimonious garb of justice, continue to peddle this indictment as a legitimate legal proceeding. Barbara McQuade and Cheryl Bader may argue until they are blue in the face that the prosecution’s tactics are within the bounds of New York law. But one must ask, cui bono? Who benefits from this legal charade?

The answer is glaringly obvious. The Biden administration, floundering in the polls and bereft of substantive achievements, is clutching at this indictment as its lifeline. The administration’s inability to garner genuine support necessitates the incapacitation of its most formidable adversary. 
The political machinations are as clear as day: eliminate Trump through any means necessary, legal or otherwise, and pave the way for a stolen victory in 2024.

The prosecutorial strategy is transparent. Bragg’s office has crafted a case so convoluted that even legal experts struggle to unravel its logic. The ambiguity of the “second crime” Trump allegedly sought to conceal is not a mere oversight; it is a deliberate tactic. By obfuscating the specifics, Bragg ensures that the case remains a quagmire, distracting the public and media from the broader implications of such a prosecution. 

This is not about justice; this is about ensuring that Trump is mired in legal battles—or, ideally jailed— rendering him unelectable.
The historical and constitutional ramifications of this prosecution are profound. The Sixth Amendment mandates that defendants be informed of the charges against them with clarity and precision. 
The deliberate vagueness in Trump’s indictment is a flagrant violation of this right. It is a testament to the lengths to which the Biden administration is willing to go to pervert the course of justice and subvert the democratic process.

In sum, the prosecution of Donald Trump is not a mere legal proceeding; it is a thinly veiled coup. The Biden administration, unable to win on the merits of its policies or vision, is resorting to the incarceration of its most viable opponent. 

This is not just an attack on Trump; it is an attack on America. If allowed to proceed unchecked, it sets a dangerous precedent where political power is wielded through legal intimidation and imprisonment.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 31, 2024 4:38 pm

breaking

Bruce Lehrmann launches appeal against ruling that he raped Brittany Higgins
The West.

cohenite
May 31, 2024 4:41 pm

Viva Frei says the obvious: the stormy slut conviction won’t do it for the demorats so the final Rubicon will be crossed: assassination:

TRUMP CONVICTION RANT! Viva Frei Explains the Outrageous Injustice of this Kangaroo Court Show Trial (youtube.com)

Rabz
May 31, 2024 4:49 pm

This John Hinderaker quote from this morning resonates somewhat:

If Trump wins in November, his Department of Justice should immediately indict Biden, and Biden should be hounded until the day he dies or goes to prison, whichever happens first.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this happened? Imagine the look of sheer incomprehension on the face of that evil illegitimate syphilitic criminal geriatric.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 31, 2024 4:50 pm

Seems Western Australia is gaining a new Parliamentary seat – it’s to be named after Sister Vivian Bullwinkel, the sole survivor of the Bangka Island atrocity.

johanna
johanna
May 31, 2024 5:30 pm

Does anyone know if there’s a direct appeal to SCOTUS available?

We know that they avoid getting involved in electoral matters like poison ivy, but this is too much.

We have the possible next POTUS bogged down in a lawsuit that a first year law student would know to be indefensible.

Indolent
Indolent
May 31, 2024 5:33 pm

Senator Malcolm Roberts, doing the heavy lifting, as usual.

BOM’s Climate Forecast Failure

caveman
caveman
May 31, 2024 5:38 pm

“Bruce Lehrmann launches appeal against ruling that he raped Brittany Higgins”

Lee should never have used colloquials he basically denied Lehrmann his rights by telling him he shouldn’t have gone back to get his hat. Lee basically knew the outcome before the trial.

Rosie
Rosie
May 31, 2024 5:43 pm
Indolent
Indolent
May 31, 2024 5:45 pm
Indolent
Indolent
May 31, 2024 5:53 pm
Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
May 31, 2024 6:04 pm

Knuc’s, FTB & anyone else interested.

Rumour: ACA tonight on the Townsville mayor’s substance.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
May 31, 2024 6:08 pm

FFS missed it. Was last night, can be accessed here and he is being interviewed:

https://9now.nine.com.au/a-current-affair

caveman
caveman
May 31, 2024 6:08 pm

“Convicted felon” got to be the best fund raising advertising for Trump and maybe cause more Americans to sit up and take notice. Yeah, Thug Life.

Warwick
Warwick
May 31, 2024 6:17 pm

Caveman. It’s actually even worse then that. The line was used by Justin Quill, Ch10s smart arse lawyer BEFORE the case was even heard. He wrote that the action was ill advised and used the lions den line saying in a defamation case Lehrmann would be forced to take the stand.

The judge literally used the exact sentiments of the lawyer on one side.

Astonishing.

cohenite
May 31, 2024 6:23 pm

johanna
 May 31, 2024 5:30 pm

Does anyone know if there’s a direct appeal to SCOTUS available?

No there is not. Trump has to exhaust the state appellant stages. Having said that SCOTUS’s imminent decision about POTUS immunity extent may apply to this crap fest.

johanna
johanna
May 31, 2024 6:27 pm

Look at TheirABC’s well buried ‘Corrections and Clarifications’ page:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/corrections

Notice the mealy mouthed, ‘it wasnt me, guv’ tone. Notice how the name of the person who screwed up is never mentioned.

Above all, notice all the abominations that never get a mention. My personal beef is the lying about Pacific islands being drowned by ‘climate change’. Despite me and many others pointing out that was due to shifting tectonic plates, increased groundwater extraction and other things, they never budged an inch.

Strangely, apart from the mistakes due to incompetence (only a few of which are even acknowledged), there is a pattern in the rest of them. As a regular reader, I suggest that someone in Senate Estimates should ask them how many times that they have repeated that Aborigines prior to the Referendum were classified as flora and fauna, and did not have the right to vote.

Every now and then they rescind that in a section of the website that is hard to find, but it keeps being said, has been said hundreds of times over many years.

This latest thing, where their chief political correspondent has openly admitted to opposing Dutton, and is then defended by her boss, says it all.

Those moronic Nats who defended TheirABC because people in the country have no other source of communication (!) are the same fools who defended Telstra – selling it would be the end of the world and people in the bush would be left like The Drover’s Wife.

I have no idea what the Nats are these days. They have a huge opportunity here, but my mental image of them is jellyfish in combat.

Lysander
Lysander
May 31, 2024 6:27 pm

Was it just me or did the Head of the BOM’s disdain for Malcolm Roberts p!ss you off too?

Also, I can’t see why BOM are involved in “cabinet-in-confidence” projects worth $1Bn and why these “are related to security aspects that I can’t go into”

The cockhead didn’t even look Roberts in the eye…

Lysander
Lysander
May 31, 2024 6:29 pm

The other concerning issue in that video is Malcolm Roberts’ right hand shaking, on its own, faster than Monty in the basement watching CNN.

Does he have Parkinsons?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 31, 2024 6:31 pm

ANC on track to lose majority after watershed South Africa vote

South Africa’s ruling ANC is on course to lose its 30-year-old parliamentary majority, opening the prospect that the party that defeated apartheid will have to share power for the first time.
With a third of votes in Wednesday’s election tallied, the ANC was leading but with a score of only 42 per cent – well below the 57 per cent it won in 2019.
The ANC was followed by the centre-right Democratic Alliance (DA) on 25 per cent. The leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and former South African president Jacob Zuma’s uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) were neck and neck on around nine per cent each.
The final results are expected in the next three days.
“The broad church of the ANC has taken a substantial knock. This is a shock to the system for the ANC and ultimately will also be a shock to the system for the average South African, who has only known ANC rule since 1994,” said political analyst Daniel Silke.
“It redraws the political boundaries of South Africa and creates a degree of uncertainty”.

johanna
johanna
May 31, 2024 6:33 pm

caveman
May 31, 2024 6:08 pm

“Convicted felon” got to be the best fund raising advertising for Trump and maybe cause more Americans to sit up and take notice.

His black vote just went up 25%.

Muddy
Muddy
May 31, 2024 6:46 pm

If the Government can decide who is free, and who is not, then that is not freedom.

Senator Malcolm Roberts.
It’s a 2 year old speech, but only 5 minutes in length.

Rosie
Rosie
May 31, 2024 6:52 pm

When you are so unstarving you can keep a flock of sheepgoats for a festival of slaughter in mid June.
https://x.com/imshin/status/1796432733306229190?t=4SbaqpExYw9XPVhfPX-vZw&s=19

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
May 31, 2024 6:53 pm

Gez, Bear, 123 Bushie- thanks for thoughts re the ugandan grass. It’s grim this year, the only thing to hold on over summer, then started creeping out with autumn dew and warm nights April.
Putting a few patches of plantain in, as a way to grow protein and use a bit of water infrastructure.

Rosie
Rosie
May 31, 2024 6:56 pm
billie
billie
May 31, 2024 7:02 pm

Biden should be hounded until the day he dies or goes to prison, whichever happens first.

Isn’t that what the Libs did to Lionel Murphy, Whitlam’s Attorney General?

Cassie of Sydney
May 31, 2024 7:05 pm

Didn’t realise Lerhamm was going to represent himself.

Never ever represent yourself. Judges hate it.

billie
billie
May 31, 2024 7:09 pm

Bruce Lehrmann launches appeal against ruling that he raped Brittany Higgins

Truly awesome stuff, what balls he has!

I hope this goes on for years, it deserves too.

This time round though I do hope they drag Katey and Albo in to reveal what they knew and when! (and Scomo etc)

Make sure everyone knows never to pull this caper again.

BobtheBoozer
BobtheBoozer
May 31, 2024 7:15 pm

America prided itself on being a “Nation of Laws”.
What is it now?

132andBush
132andBush
May 31, 2024 7:15 pm

m0nty

May 31, 2024 1:20 pm

In retrospect, I think you lot are going to come to the conclusion that the biggest mistake Trump made was telling his people to go home on the night of January 6, 2021.

Tactically, he had the government right where he wanted it: disorganised, leaderless and ripe for a coup. He bottled it. Maybe he was just reflecting the attitude of the Proud Boys and Threepers who had already chickened out in the face of superior firepower, but the smart play at that time was to follow through on the insurrection and make it official.

Backing out only showed weakness, and has led to today’s disaster and further disasters to come.

A sentient being did not write this.

johanna
johanna
May 31, 2024 7:17 pm

Superstition combined with fear of the Greens:

Australia has responded to requests from Ukraine for shipments of coal ahead of the country’s next winter, opting to send $20 million in cash instead.
The funds will be placed in the ‘Ukraine Energy Support Fund’, run by both Ukraine and the European Commission, to be spent on whatever energy supplies Ukraine needs most.
Ukraine had made two separate requests for coal from Australia since last December, and the federal government had expressed reluctance to meet them.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-05-31/australia-to-send-20-million-to-ukraine-for-coal-supplies/103918878?utm_campaign=abc_news_web&utm_content=link&utm_medium=content_shared&utm_source=abc_news_web

Absurd.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 31, 2024 7:18 pm

Reading Cecil Woodham – Smiths classic account of the charge of the Light Brigade, and the lives and and personalities of the two men most responsible – Lord Lucan who ordered the Charge, and Lord Cardigan, who led the Charge.

Cardigan is described as being absolutely incapable of being civil to those under him. Lord Lucan may have been a superior soldier, but he valued human life not at all -at the height of the Irish potato famine, he threw hundreds off starving people off his properties and razed their homes. It’s doubtful whether he viewed the Irish as being human beings..

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 31, 2024 7:20 pm

Lerhamm was going to represent himself

Poor old Bruce appears to have mistaken the abilities of a bog-standard Canberra staffer with limited ability in stringing a sentence together, with a high-end KC with 30 years of higher-end court experience.

This will end badly for the porky, shit-bearded French ex-pat.

Not Uh oh
Not Uh oh
May 31, 2024 7:21 pm

Lysander
 May 31, 2024 6:29 pm

Does he have Parkinsons?

I don’t know but it’s likely just ‘essential tremor’. Not life threatening but a damned nuisance. I’ve had it since my mid twenties and in my case more noticeable in the non-dominant hand.

132andBush
132andBush
May 31, 2024 7:32 pm

johanna
May 31, 2024 4:01 pm

Not a lot of insight here:

Olivia Franklin found herself “living in a tomb to [her] dead dreams”.

A self-professed “over-achiever” since school, the 30-year-old was desperate for “something different” after the pandemic-impacted years.

Olivia was working as an educator in the prevention of violence against women space when in January 2022, she bought a new notebook. A new notebook to help plan a career change.

“I put a budget together, then I found a space and moved in, in October 2022,” Olivia says.

After months of renovations, Follies Bar — a vegan tapas bar in the heart of Naarm/Melbourne’s trendy Fitzroy — opened in early 2023.

The fact she managed to convince people to give her 100K for this endeavor tells me she could sell a transmission line to Gez.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
May 31, 2024 7:33 pm

Tinta, I believe everyone has a capacity for happiness, and it’s a sliding scale.
If you’re born with a lion’s share – lucky you. It never seems to run out, regardless of circumstances.

‘Some are born to sweet light,

Some are born to endless night.’

Blake got there before you.

So did I. I discovered that I was a sweet delight person long ago. Not at all deserved, I guess I’m just lucky.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
May 31, 2024 7:34 pm

Sweet delight

132andBush
132andBush
May 31, 2024 7:53 pm

Re BOM and predictions.

Ag Forecast for Australia with Eric Snodgrass (in-depth) | May 29, 2024 (youtube.com)

Got this yesterday.
The full video is worth a watch but a small snippet, starting at 16:30 is pertinent to see how far out The BOM already is with LaNina predictions.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 31, 2024 7:57 pm

Endless Night is also a very good, very dark novel by Agatha Christie.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 31, 2024 7:58 pm

Good evening,

Today, thousands of trucks, utes and farm vehicles formed a convoy into the Perth CBD, taking a stand against the Albanese Government’s live export ban. 

The convoy—made up of the farming families, regional communities and industry workers who will be devastated by this ban—called on those living in the city to stand with them.

The call to action was clear and heard by everyone in Perth. We need to oust Labor from its seats in the city at the next election. If we don’t, the plight of the farmers who feed and clothe the nation will continue to fall on the deaf ears of Murray Watt and Anthony Albanese.

I’d like to encourage you to sign the #keepthesheep petition, which has already gained nearly 25,000 signatures in 48 hours, using this link https://www.keepthesheep.com.au/petition

You can see some of the best photos from today’s convoy and rally below.

Kind regards, 

Slade Brockman

Senator for Western Australia  

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 31, 2024 7:59 pm

Good fun! ( :

—-

WhistlinDiesel:

Today I will be driving the world’s fastest General Lee next to cops until I get pulled over or go to prison for life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O46z1N8iqtI

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 31, 2024 8:02 pm

A sad lefty on 3AW today (O’Connor from the Straya-Murica Institute ?) having the dawning realisation that actions have consequences:-
“If Trump wins in November he will want revenge. Anyone involved in this prosecution (mentioning Bragg and Smith in particular) will be subject to intense scrutiny of their tax and financial records”.
Helloooo!
Suddenly trawling through the records of a political enemy to gin up charges is a bad thing.

Johnjjj
Johnjjj
May 31, 2024 8:10 pm

The Bru’n’Bri Musical, I have now changed to a Ring Cycle.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
May 31, 2024 8:38 pm

132 Bush

Ta for that vid.

I see he likes Tropical Tidbits as much as I do.

The eco crucifixes getting demolished by tornadoes at the end was a nice touch, hate to see what the 5″ hailstones he mentioned would do to solar…

shatterzzz
May 31, 2024 8:41 pm

meme time ..

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Rosie
Rosie
May 31, 2024 9:07 pm

Some footage of the Corpus Christi procession in Seville Calli witnessed yesterday.
https://x.com/Sachinettiyil/status/1796496874964418576?t=ACuMcsDOCyVfuEau5K2xgA&s=19

JC
JC
May 31, 2024 9:12 pm

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JC
JC
May 31, 2024 9:13 pm

I’m sending a donation to Trump through an American pal as I think campaigns eventually reject foreign based donations. I am so f..ing angry with what’s happened.
If a blue state, NY, can bring non-existent federal charges against Trump, a state like Texas should do the same against democrats and Biden asap..

132andBush
132andBush
May 31, 2024 9:14 pm
132andBush
132andBush
May 31, 2024 9:16 pm

RD
The above is a link to that tornado footage.

Cassie of Sydney
May 31, 2024 9:19 pm

JCJC
 May 31, 2024 9:13 pm

Kol hakavod, JC

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 31, 2024 9:19 pm

Well hopefully it will backfire on them JC but as Cassie said, he has aged with these endless assaults on him. All designed to wear him down. Beneath despicable.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 31, 2024 9:22 pm

I wouldn’t put anything past them either after what’s gone down in the last six years.

JC
JC
May 31, 2024 9:38 pm

Cassie’s right, Milt. These attacks against him have been absolutely brutal.

I honestly don’t understand what’s happened to the country, as the Trump persecution is difficult to understand other than some form of mental illness/hysteria.

I got to talking to an American dude and his wife at JFK. He asked me if I had heard “the news.” I pretended I hadn’t heard about it, and he went off in a hysterical monologue about Trump and how great it was that he had been convicted. I remained quiet for once, not giving an opinion, as I just wanted to listen to the blabber and wasn’t in the mood to argue. He was a history professor at a South Carolina liberal arts college.

KevinM
KevinM
May 31, 2024 9:40 pm

Steyn online, don’t always read it because he can be self indulgent, don’t blame him, with the troubles he had.

But this piece is worth reading.

Indolent
Indolent
May 31, 2024 9:44 pm
Indolent
Indolent
May 31, 2024 9:47 pm

Pathetic to have reached the stage of some businesses putting a sign in the window that cash is accepted.

Aussie seniors fight for their right to pay with cash | 9 News Australia

KevinM
KevinM
May 31, 2024 9:49 pm

On a lighter note, not many Cats* would be aware of this ubiquitous expression and measuring stick available to most, “Banana for scale”.

Well here it is, the one and only original source.

*Cats are far more serious than visit sites using this measuring stick.

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Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
May 31, 2024 9:54 pm

Australia’s ‘fact checkers’ can’t be trusted to police opinion online under misinformation laws.
Institute of Public Affairs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcvT21cWAPc
“RMIT Factlab has never fact-checked a single claim by an advocate of covid19 or climate change policy. Not a single one.”

KevinM
KevinM
May 31, 2024 10:00 pm

Miltonf
May 31, 2024 9:19 pm

Well hopefully it will backfire on them JC but as Cassie said, he has aged with these endless assaults on him. All designed to wear him down. Beneath despicable.

I think he made a lot of mistakes trusting men, he or others selected to work for him, but I admire his courage and determination.

He didn’t have to do any of this political stuff, with his wealth and other interests he could’ve had a nice easy life, free of all the hassles.

I feel sorry for him, not so much for the US, they let it happen.

Cassie of Sydney
May 31, 2024 10:03 pm

In many ways the judicial targeting of Donald Trump reminds me what was done to George Pell. Look, I know they’re not the same in terms of righteousness and goodliness but they share similar traits. Both were/are robustly masculine males which is why I’m drawn to them. The assassination of Trump is similar to the assassination of Pell, and just as Pell aged from the ferocious attacks, Trump is ageing as well. George Pell was sent to prison and I suspect he never recovered from the indignity.

I know this might be controversial but I actually believe that both Pell and Trump are/were righteous men. I know some here might even find such an analogy absurd but I look at this from a Jewish perspective. Saintliness and//or righteousness can be revealed in a person at any time, they can be 10 years old or 80 years old, you might have spent a lifetime being a shmuck/barbarian but you can change, and such a person can transform himself/herself from being a sinner to a saint. It’s called redemption, and I believe Donald Trump long ago redeemed himself and continues to redeem himself. Personal redemption is integral to both Judaism and Christianity. Whereas someone like George Pell was always a saint, Donald Trump was for a long time a sinner but he is now fast becoming a saint, an American saint a saint to save the Republic.

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DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
May 31, 2024 10:12 pm

Donald Trump was for a long time a sinner but he is now fast becoming a saint, an American saint a saint to save the Republic.

And may yet become a martyr.

Rosie
Rosie
May 31, 2024 10:13 pm

Back in 2018 Israeli Jews were bring berated for being fake blondes while Palestinians were the real blondes.
Whichever way the narrative wind blows
https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/north-africa-west-asia/ahed-tamimi-illegally-blond/

Indolent
Indolent
May 31, 2024 10:16 pm
Rabz
May 31, 2024 10:17 pm

The braindead lamestream meeja along with its smug obnoxious vile mouthpiece* purveyors have “mysteriously” failed to notice that Fatty Trump’s kangaroo court case is a total sham.

Some observations about the Prez Fatty Trump, Cats – He:

was an ol’ style Noo Yoik democratis a very very successful property developeris an unrepentant capitalistknows where the many bodies are buried …He “mysteriously”** wandered off the reservation and aligned himself with the rethuglicans (much to his regret) and is now bearing the full weight of the collectivist shouty imbecile complex upon his mighty broad shoulders.

We need to hope that he doesn’t shrug it all off. 😕

*Laden with halitosis
** Post 2010

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Rabz
May 31, 2024 10:48 pm

Lou, railing against personages allegedlee constituted of straw

This album, Cats – a 1989 testament to that most mighty of cities …

It’s back in the consciousness …

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 31, 2024 10:53 pm

Got a lift home today from an acquaintance with a Bentley SUV.
Comfy seats, but looked pretty standard.
My comment that he was driving around in a deposit on an investment property didn’t go down well.

m0nty
m0nty
May 31, 2024 10:58 pm

Geez Cranky, you talk a lot of bollocks.

Donald Trump, patron saint of locker rooms, gold-plated toilets and beauty pageant dressing rooms.

Saints preserve us.

Cassie of Sydney
May 31, 2024 11:04 pm

Geez Cranky, you talk a lot of bollocks.
Donald Trump, patron saint of locker rooms, gold-plated toilets and beauty pageant dressing rooms.

Not as much bollocks as you talk, pervert apologist.

Now piss off Nazi.

Rabz
May 31, 2024 11:21 pm
Rabz
May 31, 2024 11:24 pm

LOL – “Cranky” and “Muttles” busily administering many, many punches to each other … 🙂

Rabz
May 31, 2024 11:31 pm

Cats, HOP Time will not be televisualised, I tells ya … 😕

Rabz
May 31, 2024 11:37 pm

Up down
turn around
please don’t let me hit the ground …

tentation 🙂

Rabz
May 31, 2024 11:45 pm

For when you’re enjoying the decline

KevinM
KevinM
June 1, 2024 1:23 am

Rabz
May 31, 2024 10:54 pm

was an ol’ style Noo Yoik democrat

is a very very successful property developer

is an unrepentant capitalist

knows where the many bodies are buried

Looks to me like all those bodies were exhumed and burned long ago.
Nothing left in his armory, how else can you explain what has befallen him?

KevinM
KevinM
June 1, 2024 2:22 am

KevinM
June 1, 2024 1:23 am

Looks to me like all those bodies were exhumed and burned long ago.

Nothing left in his armory, how else can you explain what has befallen him?

PS,
What is even more worrying that it’s not only happened to him, a rich ex president but also to the poor schmucks from Jan 6.

Coming to you no matter who you are if you raise your head, why is it that only the illegals are safe from prosecution in NY?

John H.
John H.
June 1, 2024 7:37 am

Cassie of Sydney

 May 31, 2024 10:03 pm

In many ways the judicial targeting of Donald Trump reminds me what was done to George Pell. Look, I know they’re not the same in terms of righteousness and goodliness but they share similar traits. 

Pell was convicted of a heinous crime, did time, behaved with the grace and patience of a saint, and never sought retribution.

Trump is convicted of hiding a payment, did no time, has continually complained and moaned about his treatment, and repeated promised retribution.

Vastly different individuals. Pell is a spiritual giant, 10 times the man Trump could ever hope to be.

John H.
John H.
June 1, 2024 7:45 am

KevinM

 June 1, 2024 2:22 am

KevinM

June 1, 2024 1:23 am

Looks to me like all those bodies were exhumed and burned long ago.

Nothing left in his armory, how else can you explain what has befallen him?

PS,

What is even more worrying that it’s not only happened to him, a rich ex president but also to the poor schmucks from Jan 6.

Coming to you no matter who you are if you raise your head, why is it that only the illegals are safe from prosecution in NY?

The first responsibility of a government is to citizens. Yet in the USA and most other countries immigrants receive more aid and support than the citizens. Australia led the way with offshore detention, a number of European countries are now cracking down on immigrant and increasing deportation, but the USA is being flooded with non-citizens receiving more care and benefits while citizens go homeless and hungry.

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