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War in Australia (any Oz Politics): the Original

Old 15th Jul 2015, 07:21
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If you mean the $88,000 bill (paid by the taxpayer) for two weeks in Europe, I think it was Bronwyn B, not Julie B.

Makes it no less outrageous.

I wonder what Sarah's summer holi... sorry, study trip to the Med. is costing us?
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Old 15th Jul 2015, 08:09
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Yes you're right, it was Bronwyn not Julie. A slip of the metaphorical tongue.

Her staffer was quite adamant that $88k "is what it costs" to sent 3 people go to Europe for 2 weeks??

Maybe they need to give Flight Centre in Canberra a ring and get them to beat that quote by $1!

Honestly though, if that wasn't enough the $5k air charter from Melbourne to Geelong is the icing on the cake. Use a comcar
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Old 15th Jul 2015, 08:17
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..and now, on tonight's news, Bronnie is again in the gun for a $5000 bill for a helicopter ride taking her to a Liberal Party ding. They can't help themselves - and each side of politics is as bad as the other.
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Old 15th Jul 2015, 08:35
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They can't help themselves - and each side of politics is as bad as the other.
MTOW; And isn`t it the truth!

It is a bit strange really as I`m not what I would class as a vengeful type, but every now and then when I read or hear of the excesses of the Political class when it comes to Taxpayers money I have a very brief but extremely vivid vision of the following scenes.

They mainly consist of burning torches, pitchforks, barricades, horse drawn conveyances, lamp posts and lengths of rope!
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Old 15th Jul 2015, 08:49
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Politicians and nappies should be changed frequently.

For the same reason...
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Old 15th Jul 2015, 09:01
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One thing is sure...they are all really good at spending tax payers money.

Talk about out of touch.
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Old 15th Jul 2015, 09:08
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Meanwhile the TURC rumbles on and on.Lots Of scams being revealed there which impinge on working people but no one seems to be too bothered,even those holier than thou from the left side of politics.
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Old 15th Jul 2015, 09:52
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Bronwyn Bishop spends $5,000 on 80km charter helicopter flight from Melbourne to Geelong - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

$5000+ of our money to get from Melbourne to Geelong. Dual carriageway the whole way...what an onerous trip.
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Old 16th Jul 2015, 01:35
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from AAP via The Brisbane Times The Brisbane Times

"BRISBANE, July 16 AAP - One Nation founder Pauline Hanson's political comeback never really took off - but she's hoping her personalised plane will. The party-branded Australian-made aircraft will take off from Caloundra Airport on Thursday morning. "I am thankful to now have a plane, as this will enable me to visit people around the state and interstate, including those in small remote communities," Ms Hanson said. The aircraft is emblazoned with the party logo and features a cartoon of the now national chairwoman waving an Australian flag.

It also features the tagline "Fed Up Tour". Ms Hanson said the plane's first official journey would be to Rockhampton on Friday, ahead of a Reclaim Australia rally on Sunday. The group campaigns regularly against "sharia law, halal tax and Islamisation". Supporters stood against racism and championed the right to free speech, Ms Hanson told a Brisbane rally in April. It came after she lost her bid for the seat of Lockyer in January's state poll by fewer than 200 seats. It was the 12th election she had contested in her controversial political career. More recently, she changed the party's name back to Pauline Hanson's One Nation.

It has a new motto to match: "Never give up, we won't."

AAP"




Awww man, here we go. Plus it's in a Jabiru I can see headlines writing themselves
 
Old 16th Jul 2015, 03:01
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I kinda like the girl.
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Old 16th Jul 2015, 04:05
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Compare that to Clive Palmer - seems she has more balls, more national loyalty and less self interest in maintaining her ideals. Just an opinion. Good on her.
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Old 16th Jul 2015, 05:23
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Is national loyalty a euphemism for racism?

Pauline Hanson is not known for her tolerance of coloured folk.
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Old 16th Jul 2015, 05:50
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chuboy, I think many Australians share my brand of what many on your side of politics would label (I think, incorrectly) as racism. I really don't care a toss about the colour of a fellow Australian's skin or the shape of his eyes. I'll take any individual, be he black, white of brindle, as I find him.

I do, however, take great exception to newcomers to this country, far too many of whom have come here uninvited, demanding that the established culture and norms here change to accommodate a way of life they have supposedly been forced to escape from in fear of their lives or at least their liberty.

I am particularly annoyed when I hear so-called spokesmen* for these newcomers making no secret of the fact that their plan, in the long run, is turn this society into a clone of the societies that they supposedly escaped from.

If that's racist, I'm guilty as charged.

* I say "so-called" spokesmen, for I can't believe that the majority of these newcomers actually want what these "spokesmen" are demanding. I do, however, find it easy to believe that this 'silent majority' in the community in question are too afraid to speak up - for much the same reason that the majority of our newspapers (and politicians) self-censor whenever any news item critical of that same community comes to the fore.

Because they are afraid.
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Old 16th Jul 2015, 05:57
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Thanks MTOW, nicely put. Far better than anything I could have said.
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Old 16th Jul 2015, 05:59
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Good to see one or two pollies putting their faith in the struggling aviation industry.
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Old 16th Jul 2015, 06:52
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MTOW I don't agree that what you have described is racism, I also don't agree that you have described Pauline Hanson's particular perspective on immigrants generally.

I was not born in Australia, neither were my parents, but I have spent most of my life in this country as have my parents. I accept and agree there is a difference between wanting migrants to adapt the Australian 'culture' and not approving of people speaking in tongues to their children or marrying interracially

FTR I took the ABC politicometer test some time ago and it tells me that I don't have a side
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Old 16th Jul 2015, 09:26
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far too many of whom have come here uninvited, demanding that the established culture and norms here change to accommodate a way of life they have supposedly been forced to escape from in fear of their lives or at least their liberty.

I am particularly annoyed when I hear so-called spokesmen* for these newcomers making no secret of the fact that their plan, in the long run, is turn this society into a clone of the societies that they supposedly escaped from.

If that's racist, I'm guilty as charged.
Include me in the last line quoted above.

And I have often wondered why the Media, with one or two exceptions, were rather silent when a march through the streets of a City in Australia was held by a reasonably large number of people of a certain ethnic background in which they repeatedly chanted that they reject Australian freedoms.

That being the case; Why did they come here?
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Old 16th Jul 2015, 09:44
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I'm with MTOW as well, and also like Pinky,,struggle to understand why a March by a large group of people who claim the reject Australia's freedoms, but I would guess not the welfare payments, was not widely reported.
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Old 16th Jul 2015, 11:22
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A former union organiser was taken into police custody on Thursday after telling a royal commission he had accepted payments of $60,000 from a Canberra formwork contractor.
The commission also heard a recorded phone conversation between Halafihi "Fihi" Kivalu and his wife discussing using "Russians from Sydney" to collect $100,000 in unpaid kickbacks from the same contractor, Elias Taleb.
It was also revealed on Thursday that Kivalu, a former Construction, Forestry, Mining and Electrical Union organiser, had been the ALP Dickson-Morning sub-branch president at the time he was allegedly engaging in corrupt behaviour.
Mr Taleb had allegedly agreed to pay money in exchange for Mr Kivalu's help in obtaining work on ACT commercial building sites.
Mr Kivalu had denied he had solicited and pocketed tens of thousands of dollars in bribes only to have counsel assisting the royal commission, Jeremy Stoljar, play the tapes.
Mr Stoljar put it to Mr Kivalu they showed he was giving false evidence under oath.
Mr Kivalu denied this, saying the phone calls had been part of an elaborate ruse to "pay back" Mr Taleb who, he said, had been blackmailing him.
Shortly after finishing his testimony, Mr Kivalu was taken into custody at a legal office in Civic by Australian Federal Police.


Read more: Ex-CFMEU organiser Halafihi Kivalu arrested after damning tapes played at commission
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Old 16th Jul 2015, 12:51
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I'm a racist as well MTOW. When I see how well the Greeks and Italians in my childhood home had integrated I could weep over what we have now.
Pauline Hanson was hastily despatched under the racism hysteria but there was more. I believe she threatened the cushy number that parliament had organised for itself, so had to go. Her maiden speech is on line. I commend it.
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