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megan 12th Mar 2016 10:11


t's a bit like catching a carp
I do love carping, just like you Hempy. :p

R J Kinloch 12th Mar 2016 10:20

Does anyone remember the Liberal mp that lived on the equivalent of the dole for two weeks in early 80's in an attempt to prove it was more than adequate to live on?

RJM 13th Mar 2016 03:35


NXT in the Senate
You might as well vote Green, Hempy. Nick Xenophon usually does.

Hempy 13th Mar 2016 04:50

Nick Xenophon has his own policies that may or may not agree with the Greens, but please don't try and tell me he is a 'greeny'. I expect his party to hold the balance of power in the Senate after the next election.

p.s Admittedly I have a vested interest. If you've ever watched any of the RRAT Committee hearings, he's always taking it up to CASA, ASA and ATSB asking sticky questions and making them look silly at times. He's the only politician in my time to actually give a shit about aviation in this country.





etc etc

parabellum 13th Mar 2016 06:48

According to today's newspaper Xenophon has crossed the floor and voted with the Greens more than any other MP in recent parliamentary history..

Stanwell 13th Mar 2016 07:18

How can he 'cross the floor'?
He's an independent, the last I heard.

Hempy 13th Mar 2016 07:42


Originally Posted by parabellum
According to today's newspaper Xenophon has crossed the floor and voted with the Greens more than any other MP in recent parliamentary history..

Care to provide a link or mention which newspaper you are referring to? I read every major paper most days and missed this story, obviously. Thanks in advance.

parabellum 14th Mar 2016 01:48

Stanwell - Totally agree but that is the terminology widely used in the media when an Independant votes with another party block vote in the Senate.


Hempy - I may have been a day or two out as I cannot find the article in The Weekend Australian but there was a lengthy article in The Australian on possibly Thursday or Friday last week concerning Barnaby Joyce v. Windsor, it went on to discuss other independants, including Nick Xenophon and mentioned that Xenophon had 'crossed the floor' more times to vote with the Greens than any other Independant in recent history. Can't get to the archives as I don't pay a subscription and have already thrown out last weeks papers.

Stanwell 14th Mar 2016 02:26

Hmm, OK, thanks para.
I hadn't noticed that kind of inaccurate and misleading political reporting creeping in.
I'll have to keep an eye out.

Ethel the Aardvark 14th Mar 2016 09:03

Newspoll suggests that Barnaby could lose his seat to Mr Windsor, Gina won't be happy!!

Stanwell 16th Mar 2016 09:23

Oh, here's a beauty...

Dr Mohammed Zarif, Iran's Foreign Minister, criticises Australia's treatment of asylum seekers.

I just overheard an item to do with that on radio news.
I thought to myself.. "Eh?"
So, I went to the online ABC newsfeed and had a look to see what had come through on that subject.
I found it a little difficult to believe what I was reading.

Anyway, there's an interview with him due to be aired tonight on ABC's Lateline at 9.30pm (AEDT) on ABC News 24, or 10.30pm on ABC TV.
I'll be watching it with interest.

Hempy 16th Mar 2016 16:30

Lateline - 16/3/2016 : ABC iview

bnt 24th Mar 2016 16:55

Does MalcolmTurnbull watch Veep? If not, he should, if he's going to borrow their slogans.

http://rack.1.mshcdn.com/media/ZgkyM...hDXIAAEFQ8.jpg

Quote from one of the show's writers, Simon Blackwell: "In S4 of Veep we came up with the most meaningless election slogan we could think of. Now adopted by Australian PM. " :}

MTOW 2nd Apr 2016 23:24

I see that the Australian government has released all children held in mainland detention centres, thereby confirming to all concerned that self-harm or harming your children enough to ensure they will be sent to Australia for medical treatment is a sure-fire method of getting released eventually into the Australian community.

Stand by for the announcement, just before the looming election, of the release to Australia of all children currently in Nauru. If the Turnbull government does this, it will not gain one single vote from the so-called 'swinging voters', but it will definitely mean that more conservatives will not vote for the Liberal Party. I fear the Labor Party might win the next election in the tradition of Olympic skater Stephen Bradbury - just be being the last one standing.

chuboy 3rd Apr 2016 00:53

If the government proceeds with a double dissolution, given the lower number of votes required to win a seat and the new rules allowing people to more transparently allocate their preferences, the composition of the new senate could be very interesting indeed.

parabellum 9th Apr 2016 06:26

Did I imagine it or did Joe Hockey try to increase the duty by 1cent on a litre of petrol and have to back down because of the outcry?


The reason I ask is that the other day the local United garage was selling petrol at 103.9cents per litre and the next day it had gone up to 125.9cents per litre, an increase of 22cents per litre, but where is the outrage bus? Not a peep from the opposition, no marches, riots, nothing, surely the ALP aren't hypocrites?

chuboy 9th Apr 2016 06:36

Plenty of outrage from the ACCC don't worry about that, you probably just didn't notice because they're about as close to a toothless tiger as you can get.

Obviously it's not Joe Hockey's (or even the current treasurer's) fault that a private company can set its own prices for a product... so why would the opposition complain? :confused:

Hempy 9th Apr 2016 08:08


Originally Posted by parabellum
Did I imagine it or did Joe Hockey try to increase the duty by 1cent on a litre of petrol and have to back down because of the outcry?

He backed down because of the outcry from business groups on his own side of the political divide, and fears of a voter backlash. If Hockey had his way your fuel would have simply gone up to 126.9/l.


Originally Posted by parabellum
The reason I ask is that the other day the local United garage was selling petrol at 103.9cents per litre and the next day it had gone up to 125.9cents per litre, an increase of 22cents per litre, but where is the outrage bus? Not a peep from the opposition, no marches, riots, nothing, surely the ALP aren't hypocrites

And of course if there were marches or riots, you'd be in the front row waving a placard, right? Or at least here on PPRuNe defending their actions and condoning their behaviour?

When the ALP was in government and you felt 'ripped off', it was the ALPs fault. Now the LNP are in government and you feel 'ripped off', it's the ALPs fault? :ugh:

Takan Inchovit 9th Apr 2016 10:43


When the ALP was in government and you felt 'ripped off', it was the ALPs fault. Now the LNP are in government and you feel 'ripped off', it's the ALPs fault?
1 cent is a rip off? Hundreds of millions of dollars of unsecured promises by the RGR govt wasn't? Yet another hypocritical comment from a true believer. :D

Hempy 9th Apr 2016 12:29

What is your argument, that we should add another 1c/l fuel excise, or that oil companies are rabid price gougers?


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