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Captain Sand Dune 19th Oct 2012 20:14

"Defence experts" (whomever they are) have stated that Asutralia should have "modest and realistic" expectations of its seat on the UN Security Council. :hmm: Tending to agree with Mr Murdoch on this one.

WTF do we have to do to get some candidates who can instil confidence and garner respect?
Get Lee Kwan Yu in on a 15 year contract.

Buster Hyman 19th Oct 2012 22:23

I'd like to see what Hockey could do Cooda, but otherwise, I lament the low calibre of all of them in CBR.

I like the cut of LKY's gib!

Andu 20th Oct 2012 00:24

You couldn't make this up. A repeat of the live cattle exports fiasco. Yet another bill for the Libs to cover after/if they get in.


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TAXPAYERS may be exposed to millions of dollars in compensation as a result of the Gillard government's decision to ban the Abel Tasman super-trawler for two years.

Seafish Tasmania, the proponent of the 143m-long ship, has legal advice that suggests it has a good case to overturn the federal ban - imposed by federal Environment Minister Tony Burke last month - on the grounds of procedural unfairness.

Croozin 20th Oct 2012 01:00

The reality versus the spin.


THE HON. JASON CLARE MP

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18 October 2012

Border Protection Command intercepts vessel

HMAS Darwin, with assistance from HMAS Larrakia, both operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Ashmore Island on Wednesday.

Initial indications suggest there are 74 passengers and three crew on board.

The vessel was initially detected by HMAS Darwin, operating under the control of Border Protection Command.

For operational and safety reasons, Border Protection Command will now make arrangements for the passengers to be transferred to Darwin, where they will undergo initial security, health and identity checks and their reasons for travel will be established.

People arriving by boat without a visa after 13 August 2012 run the risk of transfer to a regional processing country.
Not a very big one, it would seem.

priapism 20th Oct 2012 02:11

Seems like Maxine McWho is about to tip a bucket of poo on to the current Government. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
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Captain Sand Dune 20th Oct 2012 06:41

oooOOOOooo!:eek:

Sister v sister! I wonder if "sexism" will re-defined now!:E

CoodaShooda 20th Oct 2012 08:06

She's reportedly accused Gillard's office of being sexist for leaking the questions she asked when researching the book and implying that Rudd is the ghost writer.

I think (hope) that this outpouring of faux outrage will signal the beginning of the end for political correctness in Australia. There has to be a limit to the amount of crap even laid back aussies will put up with.

If they keep going along this path, it will become electorally suicidal to be seen to be PC. :rolleyes:

Worrals in the wilds 20th Oct 2012 12:46

It always was, wasn't it? :E None of them were particularly PC.
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I don't know why the last two idiots think being PC is so frightfully important. :E Judging by the opinion polls, Sportsbet and the word 'round the campfire, it isn't. More of a hindrance than anything.
IMO Aussies dislike PC more than anything. They're not against the basic principles of a fair go even if you look a bit weird/eat strange food/ subscribe to a different set of religious holidays, but PC? Electoral napalm. :ouch:

The current mob have been listening to their clever friends in the media; the same media that has two major telly networks in dire financial straits because they have nothing on that you'd want to watch or haven't already watched via nefarious download methods :uhoh:, not to mention the Australian Bolshevik Channel that tells you everything you knew they thought already...

Maybe their friends are mistaken and really don't have a clue what the average Aussie thinks, lives or breathes. :bored:

As for their right wing union 'heavies' (formerly so tough and respectable, for a given value of respectable :E), one is reminded of the old skipping rhyme...
Wah, wah, I lost my bra
I left my knickers in my boyfriend's car' :{:{:{
Once Were Unionists. :}

CoodaShooda 20th Oct 2012 14:33


and really don't have a clue what the average Aussie thinks, lives or breathes
Now, now. Mr McTernan has been visiting Australia on and off for the past 10 years and is highly regarded as a residential thinker, apparently.

(Although the last bit only applies to labor members in South Australia. Do they count in the overall scheme of things?)

Looks like the ACT election failed to deliver the overwhelming support for labor that some correspondents had predicted.

But, typical of Canberra, the party that scored the highest number of votes only got the second highest number of seats and the party with the most seats won't hold power because the party whose past supporters seem to have jumped ship at a great rate will still hold the balance of power.

Perhaps they should try a preferential voting system. (Although that would mean single member electorates, each the size of a postage stamp.)

allan907 20th Oct 2012 16:57

If even the ACT is swinging to the Liberals to tune of about 6 to 9% the writing is definitely on the wall for the Federal elections.

The watermelons are probably a bit miffed as well :}

MTOW 21st Oct 2012 00:38

ABC news this morning - Canberra local elections too close to call.

6% swing to the Libs, a 2% swing away from the Greens. (On that last stat. - there is a God after all.)

This will be causing panic in the halls of inner Labor. Canberra, made up mostly of Public Servants, is the inner keep of Labor heartland. If the Greens have lost 2% and the Libs have gained 6% there, even the most one-eyed Labor supporter will know that it translates into - at the very least - double those figure nationwide. All Labor can pray for is a major 'own goal' by the Libs, preferably by Abbott, (but Turnbull will do), and then call a quick election while everyone is outraged by whatever gaffe the Libs come up with. Myself, I think it'll have to a major one to swing a Labor victory, (even with 'vote early and vote often' and the dead rising to vote - as they will in certain seats), but it wouldn't be the first time the Libs have snatched defeat from the jaws of 'certain' victory.

Andu 21st Oct 2012 02:04

NBN Co lags behind schedule while bosses get ahead on bonuses


NBN Co lags behind schedule while bosses get ahead on bonuses
October 21, 2012
Stephanie Peatling

EXECUTIVES at the company building the national broadband network pocketed more than $600,000 in bonuses in 2011-12 despite the project running a year behind schedule.
The NBN Co annual report shows the company is spending 25 times more on executive salaries than it earned from selling broadband to customers.
The report also reveals about $500,000 in termination payments.
The opposition's communications spokesman, Malcolm Turnbull, said the report, released on Friday night, showed the roll-out of the network was a year behind schedule with 24,000 homes and businesses connected to the national broadband network at the end of last month - about 10 per cent of the company's original target.
"[Treasurer] Wayne Swan wrote an article today boasting he has empowered 'shareholders to help tame executive pay in the companies they themselves own','' he said.

''Australian taxpayers are the owners of NBN Co, and many of them may ask why executives are being paid six-figure bonuses when the roll-out is so far behind schedule and NBN costs so far above budget.''

Mr Turnbull also pointed to high spending on corporate travel and legal fees as further proof of the blowout in costs associated with one of the government's marquee infrastructure projects.

NBN Co boss Mike Quigley said in June he would forgo annual bonuses because of his objections to short-term incentive schemes. Last year it is understood he forfeited $314,000 in bonuses.

A spokesman for the Minister for Communications, Stephen Conroy, said the government did not comment on salaries but remained committed to its target of having construction completed or begun in 758,000 homes and businesses by the end of the year.
The federal government will release its budget update this week amid speculation it will need savings of up to $4 billion to maintain a surplus. Among the areas rumoured to be cut are university research grants and superannuation concessions.

Read more: NBN Co lags behind schedule while bosses get ahead on bonuses
The six figure bonus seems to be factored into the expectations of these senior executives, a certainty, just part of the salary package whatever their efforts actually achieve or do not achieve.

The same applied to the bankers during the GFC - after losing multi billions of dollars of shareholders' and depositors' money, they went to the taxpayers demanding bailouts and then quite happily voted themselves huge bonuses for all their hard work while they lost all that money.

The entitlement culture certainly isn't limited to so-called "traditional" mean street dole bludgers.

I don't see how the Libs will be able to undo this particular white elephant without causing the kind of pain (and possibly reaction) we're seeing now in Greece. And, of course, without having to pay major compensation to many who have jumped on the NBN bandwagon created by Labor.




Anyone heard if the Tamil pirates have called 000 yet demanding HMAS Taxi come and pick them up?

500N 21st Oct 2012 03:43

Not a very big one, it would seem.

Well, IMHO, taking two warships out of doing patrol work and using them as a Taxi Service is crazy. We are over using the ships as has been shown.

We don't need ships with huge guns on them to stop boats
and pick up survivors !

SOPS 21st Oct 2012 03:54

Will a 6% swing in Canberra, have the number crunchers looking at Julia's 'leadership again..or not? Ideas people?

Cacophonix 21st Oct 2012 04:00

We love you blokes but what can any of you say that makes sense in the real world?

Truth is nobody cares,


Caco

500N 21st Oct 2012 04:00

You need a viable alternative first !

Croozin 22nd Oct 2012 02:54

This

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should a cat among the pigeons, particularly at the ABC!


Call to privatise the ABC, SBS, Australia Post and Medibank Private
BY: ADAM CREIGHTON From: The Australian October 22, 2012 12:00AM
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THE commonwealth bureaucracy should be slashed in the interests of prosperity and efficiency, according to an Institute of Public Affairs report, which slams as "unsatisfactory and piecemeal" Labor and Coalition plans for public service reform.

The report, called Razor Cuts, Not Paper Cuts, calls for privatisation of the ABC, SBS, Australia Post and Medibank Private, cutting more than 44,000 jobs from the public sector.

Croozin 22nd Oct 2012 08:08

Cut and pasted from the Bolta bl*g, and oldie by a goodie.

Delete 'Obama', inster 'Gillard', delete 'U.S. Marine', insert 'Commonwealth cop', delete 'President', insert 'Prime Minister', delete 'America', intert 'Australia'. You get the idea. :)

I got this election prediction yesterday from a mate who lives in upper NY state:

One sunny day in the latter part of January, 2013, an old man approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue where he’d been sitting on a park bench.

He spoke to the U.S. Marine standing guard and said, “I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.” The Marine looked at the man and said, “Sir, Mr. Obama is no longer President and no longer resides here.” The old man said, “Okay,” and walked away.

The following day the same man approached the White House and said to the same Marine, “I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.” The Marine again told the man, “Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Obama is no longer President and no longer resides here.” The man thanked him and again just walked away.

The third day the same man approached the White House and spoke to the very same U.S. Marine, saying, “I would like to go in and meet with President Obama. “The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looked at the man and said, “Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Obama. I’ve told you already that Mr. Obama is no longer the President and no longer resides here. Don’t you understand?”

The old man looked at the Marine and said, “Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it.” The Marine snapped to attention, saluted, and said, “See you tomorrow, Sir”.
We can all only hope that we can also delete 'Jan 13' and instert 'Nov 12'.

parabellum 22nd Oct 2012 10:10

I've heard of robbing the rich to give to the poor but this is definitely the first time I've heard Swan & Wong advocating robbing the poor to give to themselves!

Buster Hyman 22nd Oct 2012 21:37

Is this Swan & Wong's swansong?


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