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chuboy 26th Apr 2013 01:56

In other news Clive Palmer is running for the Fairfax electorate as leader of the United Australia Party. The UAP will sit for 127 seats this election plus every seat in the senate.

Make what you will of his announcement, you can't deny he's quite the character :}

Worrals in the wilds 26th Apr 2013 02:37

Wow. That's a lot of candidates...
Be interesting to see what comes of it.

sisemen 26th Apr 2013 02:44

The transcript for the Walker interview is now up on the site. This is the opener:

TONY JONES, PRESENTER: Joining us now from our Melbourne studio is the highest ranked woman in uniform in the Australian Defence Force, Rear Admiral Robyn Walker. She's also Commander Joint Health and the ADF Surgeon General.

Rear Admiral, thanks for joining us.


TONY JONES: Now, these main ANZAC myths and legends are all about men at war really. I mean, what did you think about all this when you were growing up as a young girl and a young woman?

ROBYN WALKER: Ah, well, Tony, I'll be very pleased to answer that, but I'd first really like to respond to the story last night which you ...


ROBYN WALKER: ... indicated that the ADF may not be treating our men and women with PTSD appropriately. And I'd like to correct that fact. We do follow the National Health Medical Research Council guidelines on the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, we do use the appropriate psychological counselling and we do use drug treatment, not as a first line, and the drugs that you mentioned last night are a second-line treatment for cases that are not responding. And I'd like to just confirm that we do have responsible prescription of those drugs, we do monitor their use and I would suggest that the suggestion that there is an uncontrolled or an out-of-control prescribing of these drugs is not accurate.

TONY JONES: Are you prepared for an independent review to test that because we were getting our information from some serving, some recently-departed servicemen, most of them working in Special Forces and others, so it's not as if the people have no credibility who are making these claims?
No sign yet of Palmer's promised web site for his UAP.

Worrals in the wilds 26th Apr 2013 02:50

With Palmer it's usually a matter of peeling back the hype and figuring out what he's really up to.:suspect:
Sticking it up the Libs is my first bet :E, but there may also be some practical, background reason that's more about business or making money; something he's very good at. I find it hard to believe he suddenly wants to be PM; apart from anything else it would mean taking a massive pay cut.

chuboy 26th Apr 2013 03:19

He did say in his press conference that he has quote 'made enough money in life' and is doing this for the country and not for himself.

Noble words and I suppose a pay cut means nothing to someone with billions at their disposal. Still a curious decision and one which I want to believe is founded on good intentions. Should make for interesting times one way or another.

Andu 26th Apr 2013 03:42

You can't help but feel that Clive is "doing a Ross Perot" on the Libs by splitting the conservative vote. I know this won't have the same effect here as it had in the US with its first past the post system. Thanks to our preference system, any Palmer candidate's primary vote will go on (one would hope) to the Lib or Nat candidate in the electorate.

One part of me says Palmer's providing a protest vote for those not enamoured by Tony Abbott, a protest that will make no difference in the long run; another says that he's providing a distraction that Labor will exploit.

All I can say is, if the Libs blow this election - and they still might - God help us all. I don't think we'll recognise Australia if the "nayshun" has to endure another three years of Julia Gillard's "stewardship".

MTOW 26th Apr 2013 04:29

Heard on the radio this morning, another 61 country shoppers arrived this morning. That takes it to over 38,000 since Rudd relaxed the Howard policy. That's a fair to middling country town, which, after family reunions, will swell to at least four times that number. 150,000 extra mouths, most of them to be on the on the public teat for God only knows how long, is not small potatoes - to say nothing of their voting intentions a few short years down the track.

Worrals in the wilds 26th Apr 2013 04:31

Andu, I think you're probably on the money. Palmer is quite a philanthropist in his own way, but I don't buy the My Country stuff. He may be aiming to shore up the Nats' position in the federal Coalition; prior to being a mining magnate he was a 1980s Gold Coast property developer, and a lot of those guys were more Nat than Joh. :eek: Remarks about grumpy dinosaurs called Jeff aside, I think his recent dust up with the LNP in Qld was more about disagreeing with the Ls than the Ns. Could be wrong though...

He'd have more city appeal than the Nats, which has always been a problem for them.

The problem for him (assuming he's serious) will be if the Coalition win enough seats to govern outright, which is also an issue for Katter. That's how the polls are shaping up, which begs the question Why Bother. In which case, maybe it is philanthropic, and maybe Clive sees annoying the Libs as a gracious act of philanthropy. :E Of course if they don't win outright that's a different story and it's three way Coalition time. Fun and games...

Buster Hyman 26th Apr 2013 05:01

Katter is happy to stay out of Government. His whole platform is based on being an independent backbencher.

He's like a barking Chiwawa...annoyingly noisy, but amounts to nothing.

7x7 26th Apr 2013 11:13


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Initial indications suggest there were 86 people on board.

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People arriving by boat without a visa after 13 August 2012 run the risk of transfer to a regional processing country.

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SOPS 26th Apr 2013 13:05

38000 shoppers cannot be defined as anything else but an all out invasion. This government should be charged with treason IMO.

RJM 26th Apr 2013 17:33

We should all ring Ryan Hamilton, and chew his ears off. Futile, but satisfying. :E

500N 27th Apr 2013 23:26

Had to laugh at this.

Imagine if major companies from all around the world
started producing or sponsoring condoms.
They would become fashionable and companies would probably
advertise more openly.

* Nike Condoms :::: Just do it

* Toyota Condoms :::: Oh what a feeling

* Ford Condoms :::: The ride of your life

* Optus Condoms :::: Yes!

* Duracell Condoms :::: Keep going & going &going

* Pringles Condoms :::: Once you pop you can't stop

* Hyundai Condoms :::: All day, every day

* Tip Top Condoms :::: Good onya mum
(available in Tasmania only)

* Panasonic Condoms :::: Even more than you expected

* VB Condoms :::: As a matter of fact, I've got one now

* Swan Lager Condoms :::: They said you'd never make it

* Vegemite Condoms :::: Puts a rose in every cheek

* Levi Condoms :::: Do you fit the legend?

* Nescafe Condoms :::: It brings you together.

The following brands wouldn't sell so well.....

* Goodyear Condoms :::: If it only saves you once a year.

* RTA Condoms :::: Speed kills

* Nobby's Condoms :::: Nibble Nobby's Nuts

* Bolle Condoms :::: Put them on your face

* Aussie Homeloans Condoms :::: We'll save you

* "Gillard" Condom::::
Sorry it's too late you' v e already been screwed

sisemen 28th Apr 2013 12:33

According to The Oz it would appear Dullard needs to get fitted for her prison greens.

The paper confirms that she is under police investigation following a radio interview in March where, instead of her usual political obfuscation she categorically stated that she was physically present when she witnessed Blewitt's signature. It is suggested that the cops have definitive proof that she was elsewhere.

david1300 28th Apr 2013 12:44

Here's the link
Cookies must be enabled. | The Australian

And an extract:
He told his audience: "So, let me make this perfectly clear. The Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, is under investigation by police. This is fact. I hadn't planned to add to what I said yesterday out of respect for the detectives on the case. But if the Prime Minister's office wants to deny she's being investigated, as has been reported last night and today, then I will once again correct that record. Now it needs to be pointed out that the Prime Minister and her office mightn't know she's being investigated. But I know it. And others do too. The detectives are investigating three individuals and one of them is Julia Gillard. Prime Minister, you may not know this, but you are currently being investigated by the Fraud and Extortion Squad of the Victoria Police Force."

Neither the Police Commissioner of Victoria, Ken Lay, nor the Prime Minister's office has sought to dispute any of Fordham's assertions. Nor is the PM's office now suggesting, as it did in March, that the Victoria Police investigation has nothing to do with Gillard. The reality is that Gillard's office cannot know the details of the probe.

Lay, who has had the opportunity to correct the record if he decided that Fordham had jumped to a wrong conclusion in naming Gillard, let it stand. Lay added: "The AWU matter is under investigation. That's still current."

my oleo is extended 28th Apr 2013 12:53

Oh no, surely not, the red haired freak has lied?
Please don't let it be true? Here I was thinking her moral compass was as straight as my morning boner! Politicians have integrity, display transparency, are servants of the people and are champions of fairness and equity. Please don't tell me that the woman whose earlobes are larger than her labia has lied?

This is a travesty, first of all you bastards try to hang poor innocent Craig Thomson out to dry, and now the Carbon Queen? Shame on you all. Swanny will not approve of such antics, he will mortified at such tomfoolery. He needs his hand to be held, he needs that human touch, that emotional reassurance, Kev was taken away from him, he adapted and found solace beneath the Carbon Queens wings and giant ass, and now there is talk that she could be ripped away from his needy arms? Tsk tsk tsk.

david1300 28th Apr 2013 12:57

And for once I agree with what L Pickering says, pretty much word for word:
Clive Palmerís antics prove you donít need to be smart to be rich. Australiaís mining boom fortuitously threw up some odd characters and Palmer is by far the oddest, so whatís behind his ill-fated new political party?*Actually a severe case of frustration.
There are certain things money canít buy, one is humility, another is a brain in good working order. Palmer is bereft of both.
Chucking copious amounts of lucre at major political parties may work for union bosses but apparently not for Palmer and his lost benefactor, the Coalition.
They, understandably, have had a gutful of him and now he wants revenge.
He is not politically naive enough to actually believe he can get his ďUnited Australia PartyĒ to the blocks and contesting Federal seats before September.
He could strike it lucky and flum a Qld Senate seat, but any bastard can do that. Just look at who warms the red benches now.
This latest stunt from the spoilt dinosaur boy is all about having donated millions to the conservatives without receiving anything but a condescending grin in return.
Palmerís intention is to split the conservative vote and fragment preferences out of spite. Thatís about the most he can achieve, even Clive should know that.
The media is content to waste time feeding a grossly inflated ego rather than report on a small matter of an Australian Prime minister seeking re-election while under investigation by a major fraud squad.
Oh well, themís media priorities.
Anyway Clive, for Christís sake get over it! You present as a grossly overweight knob with a small dick complex who craves attention.
Want to prove otherwise, Clive?

sisemen 28th Apr 2013 17:02

Betcha that the ABC are the very last, by a very long chalk, to pick up on this story.

(Dullard's investigation that is)

Andu 28th Apr 2013 22:23

Nose-picking could be good for you, says Saskatchewan professor If the same benefits could be proven to apply to ear wax, Kevin Rudd's supporters will be ecstatic.

Clive Palmer's antics (is there any other word to describe them?) are confirmation that a week is a long time in politics. The Abbott team must be shaking their collective heads in disbelief that, despite all the careful planning to avoid mistakes, Clive comes steaming in out of left field at the helm of RMS Titanic Mk 2 hellbent on finding another iceberg to tear the keel out of RMS Coalition.

Julia Gillard announces this morning that revenue is down 12 billion on what was planned for in the mid term budget but that she'll still go ahead with all the grand schemes like Goski and NDIS without having the money to pay for them. Didn't all the pundits say that the predicted income they said they'd be receiving then was totally unrealistic?

my oleo is extended, your comment in your last post comparing ear lobes to other parts of the female anatomy is a clear case of TMI - too much information. My brekkie milk almost curdled on my wheaties at the very thought of the word picture your comment brought to mind. Errrk.

7x7 28th Apr 2013 22:32


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41 boats and 3023 country shoppers so far for April... and the monthís not over yet. We'll definitely crack the 40,000 since Rudd opened the gates by the end of May. The only question is: by how many will we exceed 40,000?

And what will be the number by September?

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