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sisemen 29th Nov 2012 11:11


however much they may tow the party line in public
To toe the line....

https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/i...8wRQkeMMctu8_Q


Line(r) being towed

https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/i...30MMZ1A3_-4lCg

Sorry....it's the pedant in me that makes me do it :E

Worrals in the wilds 29th Nov 2012 11:14


That's gotta wait until they fix the "no child living in poverty by 1990" promise...
Well it's kind of true... They're not children any more...:E:}

Croozin 29th Nov 2012 23:33

While we're all totally obsessed with a shrill harridan defending the indefensible over a despatch box in Canberra, life goes on elsewhere in Australia.

Pages - Media Releases


Fourth Quarter 2012
28 November 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
ACV Triton, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel west of Cocos (Keeling) Islands yesterday.
28 November 2012 - New laws to fight organised crime
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare today introduced legislation to create a new aggravated offence for trafficking firearms which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, and to strengthen laws that target the unexplained wealth of criminals.
28 November 2012 - New smartphone app to help track down missing kids
The Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare today congratulated the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on the development of a new smartphone application which will help Australian parents quickly find their children if they go missing
27 November 2012 - Border Protection Command assists vessel
HMAS Pirie operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) has rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel that sought assistance north-north-east of Christmas Island yesterday afternoon.
27 November 2012 - New laws to combat corruption passed by the Australian Parliament
The Law Enforcement Integrity Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 was today passed by the Australian Parliament.
27 November 2012 - Anti-dumping Bills pass the Australian Parliament - Strengthening Australia’s anti-dumping system
The Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare welcomed the passage of the second, third and fourth tranches of the Government’s anti-dumping legislation through Parliament today.
27 November 2012 Minister releases Brumby Report
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare today released a report into Australia’s anti-dumping and countervailing system by former Victorian Premier and Treasurer John Brumby.
26 November 2012 - Border Protection Command assists vessel
HMAS Sydney, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia), has rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel that sought assistance north-north-west of Christmas Island overnight.
25 November 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
ACV Triton, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-west of Cocos (Keeling) Islands yesterday evening.
24 November 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
HMAS Pirie, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel west of Christmas Island on Wednesday.
23 November 2012 - Tackling the illegal firearms market
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare today provided an update on the implementation of reforms to crack down on the illegal firearms market in Australia.
22 November 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
ACV Arnhem Bay, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel east-south-east of Ashmore Islands yesterday.
21 November 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
HMAS Broome, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel south-west of Christmas Island last night.
21 November 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
ACV Triton, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel west of Cocos (Keeling) Islands last night.
19 November 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessels
HMAS Ararat, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-west of Ashmore Islands last night.
18 November 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
ACV Triton, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel west of Cocos (Keeling) Islands yesterday.
18 November 2012 - Border Protection Command assists vessels
HMAS Launceston, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia), has rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel that sought assistance south-east of Christmas Island Friday night.
17 November 2012 - Customs and Border Protection and AFP intercept vessel
Two Christmas Island-based vessels, from Customs and Border Protection and the Australian Federal Police (AFP), intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-west of Christmas Island yesterday evening.
16 November 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
HMAS Launceston, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-east of Christmas Island yesterday.
15 November 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
ACV Triton, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, detected and intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel west of Cocos (Keeling) Islands yesterday.
15 November 2012 - Australia and New Zealand extend criminal history information sharing trial
The sharing of criminal history information between Queensland and New Zealand will be extended following a successful six month trial.
14 November 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
A boarding party from ACV Triton, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel at Cocos (Keeling) Islands yesterday.
14 November 2012 - Minister meets with US Drug Czar
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare today met with the Director of the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy, Mr Gil Kerlikowske.
13 November 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
HMAS Armidale, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel south-south-east of Ashmore Islands yesterday.
8 November 2012 - Anti-dumping workshops to help Australian companies
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare today launched a series of ‘Anti-Dumping Essentials’ workshops to give manufacturers more information about Australia’s anti-dumping system and how they can use it.
8 November 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
ACV Triton, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, detected and intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Cocos (Keeling) Islands last night.
7 November 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
HMAS Bathurst, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, detected and intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel east of Ashmore Islands overnight.
7 November 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
HMAS Bathurst, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Ashmore Islands yesterday.
7 November - Motorcycle Gang Taskforce results in arrests
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare today congratulated members of the Attero National Task Force targeting the Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang on their work since the establishment of the taskforce in February this year.
6 November 2012 - Border Protection Command assists vessel
HMAS Bathurst, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia), has rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel that sought assistance north-north-west of Ashmore Islands overnight.
6 November 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessels
ACV Triton, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted three suspected irregular entry vessels at Cocos (Keeling) Islands yesterday.
5 November 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
HMAS Albany, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-west of Christmas Island this morning.
4 November 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
ACV Triton, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-west of Cocos (Keeling) Islands today.
4 November 2012 - Customs and Border Protection and the Australia Federal Police intercept vessel
Customs and Border Protection officers with the assistance of the Australian Federal Police intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-west of Cocos (Keeling) Islands yesterday.
3 November 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
HMAS Childers, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel west-north-west of Christmas Island today.
3 November 2012- Border Protection Command intercepts vessels
HMAS Childers, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-north west of Christmas Island overnight
2 November 2012 - Australian Students F1 World Champions
Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today congratulated Australian students from Brighton Secondary School in Adelaide on winning the F1 in Schools World Championships in Abu Dhabi overnight.
1 November 2012 - 2012 National Anti-Crime Award winners announced
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare today announced awards to seven ground-breaking projects which have substantially reduced local crime rates in the 2012 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards.
1 November 2012 - Clearing Customs now easier for US travellers
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare and Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen today announced a trial extending Australia’s automated border processing system SmartGate to US travellers.
31 October 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
HMAS Maryborough, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel west of Christmas Island yesterday.
31 October 2012 - Border Protection Command assists vessel
HMAS Albany, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, rendered assistance to a vessel north east of Christmas Island last night.
30 October 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
HMAS Albany, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north west of Christmas Island yesterday.
29 October 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessels
Two suspected irregular entry vessels were intercepted north-east of Christmas Island overnight.
29 October 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
ACV Hervey Bay, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Cocos (Keeling) Islands yesterday.
29 October 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
HMAS Albany, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-west of Christmas Island on Saturday.
28 October 2012 - Border Protection Command assists vessel
ACV Storm Bay and HMAS Leeuwin, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel south-east of Ashmore Islands on Friday.
28 October 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
ACV Hervey Bay, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-north west of Cocos (Keeling) Islands on Friday.
27 October 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
HMAS Albany, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel west of Christmas Island on Thursday.
26 October 2012 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
HMAS Maryborough, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-east of Christmas Island yesterday.

Interesting to see from this link that we've averaged one boat a day - right up to yesterday - but that factoid doesn't even rate a mention in the MSM anymore. One agency reported that each boat that arrives costs the Australian taxpayer, on average, 13 million dollars (!), and that's before the Centrlink payments even start. 13 million dollars per boat, an average of one boat a day, that's roughly 400 million a month, or 48,000 million a year.

How's that budget surplus looking, Wayne?

CoodaShooda 30th Nov 2012 00:42

OK! Who was responsible for stealing weapons from a patrol boat in Darwin last night?

WTF?

Andu 30th Nov 2012 04:43

Slipper spends $300,000 in six months


THE well-travelled former Speaker Peter Slipper spent $300,000 or about $11,500 a week on entitlements in the first six months of this year, according to parliamentarians' expenditure reports tabled in Parliament.
Mr Slipper, who resigned as Speaker of the House on October 9 after allegations he sexually harassed a staffer, spent about $170,000 on travel and car costs between January 1 and June 30.
This included nearly $100,000 on trips to the United States, South Africa, Uganda, the UK, Kazakhstan, Hungary and Russia. Speakers frequently attend parliamentary delegations around the world and are among the most travelled people in parliament.
Mr Slipper stepped aside as Speaker in April. Mr Slipper spent $24,000 on car costs in the first half of this year.
Kevin Rudd claimed nearly $350,000 in overseas travel despite Mr Rudd resigning as Foreign Minister in late February.
During the first two months of the year, Mr Rudd squeezed in $240,000 worth of international travel - including to Indonesia and the United States, Europe and Africa. Mr Rudd claimed more than $60,000 for a one week trip to Mexico, the United States and Tunisia.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard claimed $517,000 in overseas travel during the first half of the year while Tony Abbott claimed just $7500 on overseas travel.
Can't help himself - and you can be sure he'll know - and use - every lurk, perk and jerk even remotely available to him post "retirement". A retirement I feel sure many in his electorate are looking forward to giving him ASAP.

BenThere 30th Nov 2012 05:00

Damn! He costs as much as a 'refugee'!

Captain Sand Dune 30th Nov 2012 05:04


JULIA Gillard unleashed a fiery attack on union "bagman" Ralph Blewitt, calling him an imbecile and a "sexist pig" as she rejected claims of wrongdoing in her past, saying it was "his word against mine".
The Prime Minister also said she had no knowledge of claims that in 1995 her then boyfriend, Bruce Wilson, put $5000 in her bank account.
She said she wanted to release her bank records to prove it, but the Commonwealth Bank had said they no longer existed.
A defiant Ms Gillard called another marathon press conference yesterday to answer attacks on her integrity, as the Opposition intensified its questions about her involvement in providing legal advice about a union "slush fund" two decades ago.
The PM said she had not reported the misappropriation of thousands of dollars because "you can't report things you do not know".
Prime Minister Julia Gillard during an extended press conference in Parliament House in Canberra. Ms Gillard let fly at Mr Blewitt, who has made claims against her including that she did not properly witness a power of attorney.
She said she had done nothing wrong, and during an eight-year legal career had properly witnessed thousands of documents.
"Mr Blewitt, according to people who know him, has been described as a complete imbecile, an idiot, a stooge, a sexist pig, a liar, and his sister has said he's a crook, and rotten to the core," Ms Gillard said.
"His word against mine. Make your mind up."
The PM said Mr Blewitt had confessed to fraud and was seeking immunity; he had fled Indonesia to avoid a police interview about land fraud, which he denies; he had used prostitutes in Asia; and had published lewd and degrading comments and photos of young women on his Facebook page.
"You can work out who you believe: the person who is standing here, Prime Minister of Australia, who has done nothing wrong; or the man who says he's guilty of fraud and is looking for an immunity," Ms Gillard said.
"Work it out."
Ms Gillard said she had no memory of Mr Wilson putting $5000 into her bank account after a big night out at the casino in July 1995 but, even if it were true, she queried whether personal wrongdoing was involved.
"To the best of my knowledge, I do not remember $5000 being put in my bank account," she said.
In Parliament, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott remained silent as his deputy, Julie Bishop, fired 10 questions at the PM about the details of advice she had provided about the creation of the Australian Workers Union Workplace Reform Association.
Ms Bishop asked whether it breached rules regarding misleading names, and whether Ms Gillard had not opened a file at her law firm, Slater & Gordon, because "it would have alerted her partners and the AWU to the existence of an unauthorised slush fund that received money for the benefit of Wilson and Blewitt".
Mr Gillard said doing small work for unions at no cost was routine, and in 20 years no one had made a substantive allegation against her.
I'm surprised this story hasn't gained more traction. "Imbecile, sexist pig, idiot, stooge". The stuff of a libel suit, I would have thought. If she had any sense she wouldn't have dignified Blewitt's comments. The ferocity of her attack does what little credibility she has left more harm than good and raises suspicion in my opinion.

Croozin 30th Nov 2012 05:19

Cap/, SD, you (yew?) got the first quote wrong. It should have read:

JULIA Gillard unleashed a fiery attack on union "bagman" Ralph Blewitt, calling him an imbecile and a "sexist pig" as she rejected claims of wrongdoing in her past, saying it was "his word against moyne".
It has to be said with a godawful Kaff 'n Kim accent, and probably all in upper case to denote a shrill, fishmonger's wife shriek.

The fact that the woman makes such a fatuous statement - given the almost total lack of credibility she enjoys with 70% of the population - is some indication of how out of touch with the man and woman on the street she really is. She's an embarrassment to this country, in every possible way, and I find myself hoping that when she gets her well-deserved commuppance come election day, she leaves this country and never sets foot here again and is never allowed "wifin free feet" of a microphone EVER again.

She employs more than 1600 people in her "meeja" unit. Surely to God there's one among them with the balls or the female equivalent to tell her how incredibly bad she sounds with that screeching, totally affected, faux "working class" bray? Or is it a question of the Emperor's new clothes and there isn't one among the thousands of Labor hangers-on willing to risk his or her job to tell it like it is?

Clare Prop 30th Nov 2012 07:49

Apparently the "sister" was someone who rang in to a talkback radio station, very credible!


I really do feel physically ill now at the sight and sound of this woman.

owen meaney 30th Nov 2012 08:11

Ease up, a person follows their heart instead of their head and messes up.
Those harrassing the PM need to get in a very small cupboard, with a very large mirror and have a look at themselves.
And before the flames start, I'm conservative inclined.
She is a fellow human.

Worrals in the wilds 30th Nov 2012 09:29


"Imbecile, sexist pig, idiot, stooge". The stuff of a libel suit, I would have thought.
For a successful defamation action it has to be untrue. :E :}
Assuming that the AWU rorters are the bad guys doesn't automatically make the alleged whistleblower the good guy.

Anthill 30th Nov 2012 10:56


OK! Who was responsible for stealing weapons from a patrol boat in Darwin last
night?
Yeah. Who was the limp wristed soft cock on guard duty? Didn't he know that when he signed on the dotted line that it meant he should die for his country?

Captain Sand Dune 30th Nov 2012 19:18

From news.com.au:

Territory police Commander Richard Bryson says it appears the offender appeared to be familiar with the layout of the boat and ADF procedures.
Inside job, I reckon. So, how much does a Browning 9mm go for on the black market?:E

Captain Sand Dune 30th Nov 2012 19:35


For a successful defamation action it has to be untrue.
Good point!:E
Correct me if I'm wrong, but these comments were made outside parliamentary priviledge. They were made in a press conference.
So here we have a prime minister (well, a pretty poor excuse for one:mad:) insulting a member of the public. Perhaps not a fine upstanding member of the public, but that's not really the issue.
Politicians hurling insults at other politicians in parliament is one thing (I cetainly don't agree with it, but that's another issue!), but a country's leader insulting a citizen is quite another.
Julya would have gained kudos if she had just ignored Blewitt's comments.
More than anything else, this venomous outburst is an indicator of Juliar's true character and a momentary revelation of the "real Julya".

Some of you may remember Michael Smith, the 2UE journo who lost his job for trying to detail some facts behind this little debacle. Apparently he will deliver a briefing in Perth on Monday evening to tell what he knows. I can't make it, but it should make for an interesting evening.

CoodaShooda 30th Nov 2012 23:28

If the comments were made in Parliament, Blewitt could petition the Speaker for a right of reply. That would provide him with a very public and protected forum.

I think the defence of her statement to the press conference would be that she was only quoting what others have previously said about him. And he probably wouldn't have the cash to fund a defamation action. So, it's the lesser risk option.

In its long term strategy of smearing Abbott, labor has let the genie out of the bottle and opened itself to the counter smear. And the Libs have plenty to work with when it comes to drumming up dirt against the current ruling elite.

I doubt we've reached the bottom of the gutter just yet.

Isn't Oakeshotte and Windsor's brand new paradigm working out well.

parabellum 30th Nov 2012 23:39



For a successful defamation action it has to be untrue.
"Imbecile & Idiot" = Medical evidence should be sufficient.

"Sexist pig" = Definition please, then prove it.

"Stooge" = Careful Juliar, you could bring about your own undoing!

No wonder they want to reverse the law on the liability to prove an accusation!

Brian Abraham 1st Dec 2012 00:41

The thread doesn't say so, but it seems to be a hamster wheel, so should fit.


Worrals in the wilds 1st Dec 2012 04:18

CSD, I agree that it's pretty poor form. It would have been more dignified to leave it to another MP. I was trying to think of a precedent but I can't; has any other PM been accused of anything like this before? :confused:


Inside job, I reckon. So, how much does a Browning 9mm go for on the black market?
Do you think it's possible that the layout and/or operating procedures have inadvertently ended up on the open Internet and been found by an interested person? :suspect:

CoodaShooda 1st Dec 2012 04:47

I think McTernan prefers "hard nosed" to "dignified" as a means for garnering votes. It would certainly be effective in some quarters but I remain to be convinced that it will appeal to the swinging voters.

WRT the great naval raid - latest intel is that it was a waterborn attack; ie, one man in a dinghy. The guard was apparently knocked out and trussed. Two pump action shotguns and nine Browning semi automatic pistols taken - no mention of ammunition.

Purely coincidental of course is that a shop 20km away was also hit on the same night and the contents of the gun safe taken.

Bikie gangs on a shopping spree?

Worrals in the wilds 1st Dec 2012 08:52

Maybe. Very high profile for bikies though, raiding a naval vessel was always going to end up in the news and thus the coppers' high priority pile. There are quieter ways of snatching some pistols and a couple of pumpies from people who'll neither ring the coppers or talk to the media. :suspect:

That said, many of the new style 'bikies' (the ones without bikes :hmm:) are a bit more high profile and a lot less brainy, so you could be right.


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