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Whos Going to Lead the Labor Rabble
Albo 44%  44%  [ 4 ]
Plibbers 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Bowen 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Chalmers 33%  33%  [ 3 ]
Uncle Tony 11%  11%  [ 1 ]
Clive Palmer 11%  11%  [ 1 ]
George Smith 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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I would back Warringah voters to be savvy enough to cope with a long list of candidates. It would be nice if the Mad Monk draws the bottom of the ticket, however. Nice and appropriate.


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Did anyone else start receiving Abbott ads on their Facebook feed this morning?


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The Tories edging back a bit in today's Newspoll.


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The Tories edging back a bit in today's Newspoll.


Yeah... nah.

https://newmatilda.com/2019/01/29/scomo ... A4j7ah9FFw

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The Australian is reporting this morning that the latest Newspoll, released overnight, shows a “lifeline” for Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government, with a “bounce” in the polls – a lift of two points on a two-party preferred basis (Labor on 53, the Coalition on 47).

Some of this is true, some of it is not.

The Newspoll does reflect a slight lift for the Coalition, but what The Australian doesn’t tell you (and strangely, neither does the Newspoll data) is how many people were surveyed. It’s a crucial figure, because the sample size of the poll determines its margin of error… namely, how accurate it is, and whether or not a two-point lift actually means anything.

n the absence of the polling size, we know that generally, Newspoll surveys less than 2,000 people. This gives a margin of error of between two and three percent. Assuming the sample size is standard for Newspoll, then the two point ‘bounce’ in the survey is meaningless, because it’s within the margin of error and could simply be statistical noise in the survey.

This story explains the theory of polls, and the margins of error, and what happens when you ignore them.

That’s not to say the Newspoll is useless – they’re generally reasonably accurate, but their best use is to determine trends over time. And on that front, the Coalition remains in serious trouble.

The closest the Coalition has gotten to Labor was 49-51 in August last year, just before the Peter Dutton-led execution of Malcolm Turnbull. Since then, polling with Scott Morrison as leader has been consistently poor, albeit showing a very slight upwards trend within the margin of error.

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Morrison’s worst two-party preferred results were immediately after he took office, scoring 44 (to Labor’s 56) in August and September. Since then, his best results were in October and again in January, at 47. But again, these results appear to be within the margin of error. So we need a longer period of time to measure his performance.

On primary votes, Labor are neck and neck with the Coalition, as they have been for much of the past two and a half years (Labor 39, Coalition 38).

The Greens continue to hold fast with 9 per cent of the primary vote – within a point or two of where they’ve been polling for several years.

On the far right of politics, One Nation’s fortunes continue to sink. They’re currently polling at 6 per cent of the primary vote. A year ago, they were at 5 per cent.

In other news, Clive Palmer’s bid for a re-entry to federal politics appears to have gotten off to a less than auspicious start. After spending (reportedly) millions on texting random people about the United Australia Party (formerly the Palmer United Party), polling shows it’s had little effect.

Palmer is standing for the marginal seat of Herbert in Townsville, currently held by Cathy O’Toole with a margin of 0.02%, making it one of the most marginal seats in the nation.

Newspolll data shows he’s polling around 8 per cent. That IS significant because no matter how many polls you do, eight percent is still eight percent, and a long way short of what’s needed to get elected.

As the owner of Queensland Nickel, Palmer was once one of Townville’s larger employers. That business went belly-up in 2016, owing hundreds of millions of dollars.

Palmer has promised to re-open the refinery, although he’s currently locked in a legal battle with the administrators of his failed company.


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wamberal99 wrote:
The Tories edging back a bit in today's Newspoll.


47-53 2PP, still within the margin of error of the last dozen or so polls and hardly anything to get excited about. Of course Newscorp's triumphant headlines of a 'Coalition Bounce in the Polls' would leave its readers thinking differently.


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Why Bill Shorten and Labor can afford to ignore Rupert Murdoch

https://insidestory.org.au/why-bill-sho ... t-murdoch/


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Why Bill Shorten and Labor can afford to ignore Rupert Murdoch

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Nice article, but 4 years old bro. Bill Shorten lost a Federal election after than article was published.


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:lol: :lol: :lol:

https://www.betootaadvocate.com/uncateg ... kennerley/

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Former Prime Minister and respected Northern Beaches community elder, Uncle Tony has returned to this big smoke today, after months working with grassroots Indigenous groups in remote communities around Australia.

It appears Uncle Tony has taken the plight of Aboriginal Australians quite personally, ever since he gave a conditional yes to taking on the job of the Federal Government’s Indigenous envoy.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison did not ask Mr Abbott to be a minister in his new Government, but instead asked him to take on the role of envoy, citing his close association with Aboriginal Australia after growing up in a six bedroom mansion in Sydney’s Northern Beaches and working for the Liberal Party for nearly three decades.

While spending his time working with mob between Cherbourg and Bourke, Tennant Creek and Katherine – it appears Uncle Tony X has been laying low since his stint in prison in October 2019 for jaywalking after a Rabbitohs game, and subsequent conversion to Islam inside.

Abbott, who is at risk of losing his seat in the upcoming election to a Winter Olympian, claims that he’s not back in Sydney for any political points – but instead, he feels a duty to run it up at that ‘womba migaloo’ from Studio Ten.

“KAK… More like KKK!” said Uncle Tony X, in reference to Kerri-Anne Kennerley’s recent racial tirade on the ratingless daytime television panel.

“Pay the rent you old wine dot. Always was, always will be”

Abbott’s comments come as a shock to his Liberal colleagues, after the other two Aboriginal people handcuffed to the party are paraded in the pages of the Daily Telegraph in defence of Kerri-Anne Kennerley’s pretty blatantly racist comments.

“Nah. fudge ya” said Uncle Tony.

“And fudge those sell-outs defending her”

At time of press, Uncle Tony X was seen braiding one of his niece’s hair on the front patio of a residential address in the Tongan Quarter of Dee Why in Sydney’s Northern Beaches.


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Why Bill Shorten and Labor can afford to ignore Rupert Murdoch

https://insidestory.org.au/why-bill-sho ... t-murdoch/


Nice article, but 4 years old bro. Bill Shorten lost a Federal election after than article was published.


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Could this be the credible independent that may bring Tony Abbott down?

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/politi ... 50tqs.html


It's a strong possibility and one thing she has on her side is that she has connections on the south side of the Spit Bridge, which is a different beast to the Insular Peninsula, due to going to Queenwood and still being part of it, on the school board or whatever her role is there now.


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https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/at ... 5b75132efd

How does this happen, has the Fair Work Commission lost its teeth under the Libs...he should be heavily fined and made to back pay all his employees like 7-Eleven and what this article also doesn't mention is that Hemmes takes half of his staff's tips too, i wonder if that is legal as well.


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And in some late night news...

Julia Banks is going to run as an independent against Greg Hunt:

https://www.theage.com.au/politics/fede ... 50ums.html

This follows on from the announcement yesterday that long time liberal member and former head of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Oliver Yates, will challenge Frydenberg's seat:

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal ... 1445518326

This is going to be a fun election. :lol:


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The COALition deserve what is coming to them. Hunt was a treacherous environment minister, to put it kindly.


SloMo will be ruing the day he fondled a big lump of coal for the cameras.


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After the delivery of the Royal Commission into the Murray Darling in SA it will be interesting to see next steps. If an incoming labour govt does an RC into that can of worms she wont be no union fishing expedition.


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https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/at-work/justin-hemmes-billiondollar-pub-empire-cancels-annual-staff-party-which-workers-see-as-revenge/news-story/a8037d2b95525d9c138a1b5b75132efd

How does this happen, has the Fair Work Commission lost its teeth under the Libs...he should be heavily fined and made to back pay all his employees like 7-Eleven and what this article also doesn't mention is that Hemmes takes half of his staff's tips too, i wonder if that is legal as well.


Guess where most Young Libs drink?


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After the delivery of the Royal Commission into the Murray Darling in SA it will be interesting to see next steps. If an incoming labour govt does an RC into that can of worms she wont be no union fishing expedition.


The SA Water Minister acting against the State's best interests and related by marriage to the guy from Cubby Station who's on bail currently for charges related to business malpractise which quite possibly would include ex Deputy PM Mr B E Etrooter...

oh yes please. Turn that festering, stinking mess over to dry out in the sun for a while. Let's all have a good look at that.


In other news, Manus Island detainee wins top Victorian literary award for his story of imprisonment, on Manus.


https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2019-01- ... fmredir=sm


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It's not just the Coalition with internal problems...

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'I have been loyal': Greens stalwart Alex Bhathal quits in disgust

Greens stalwart Alex Bhathal has sensationally quit the party, dismayed at what she describes as a "brutal" and "sanctimonious" internal culture that sabotaged the party's chances of winning the federal seat of Batman from Labor.

Documents seen by The Age show one-third of the Greens' Victorian members quit the party in the 21 months to December, with more resignations expected to follow even as the party prepares for this year's federal election.


https://www.smh.com.au/politics/victori ... 50uq8.html


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That’s hardly a new story, it blew up last time around.

Batten down the news hatches folks, the election is coming.


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I think I have said it before, but I wish the Greens would become an environmental party. A party that doesn't lean left or right, but just hammers the need for focus on environmental issues. A one issue party.


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I think I have said it before, but I wish the Greens would become an environmental party. A party that doesn't lean left or right, but just hammers the need for focus on environmental issues. A one issue party.

It has always proven difficult in practice for any party to stay that way if their one issue is not recognised as valid by a fair chunk of either the left or the right. More recently, the infection of Strayan political discourse by the seppo view on what constitutes 'left' makes it, for now, damned near impossible.

My own politics are very much left - altho' I don't engage all that much - but I haven't forgotten how much of a role people of a generally conservative disposition played in establishing a space in Strayan politics for a party utterly focused on environmental issues.

A thoroughgoing rejection of what many perceive to be the left / right boundaries will be neeeded before an environmentally-focused party can garner material support from left and right.


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Holy shit...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81_Kgi7E3Ks

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As the final report of the banking royal commission was handed over to the government, commissioner Kenneth Hayne and treasurer Josh Frydenberg held a brief but extremely awkward photo opportunity. When one of the photographers asked the pair to shake hands, Hayne says a clear ‘no’ while Frydenberg smiles awkwardly.


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:lol: That's got to be the coldest burn delivered.

Meanwhile, nothing to see here

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Former prime minister Tony Abbott, his fundraising chief and several NSW Liberal MPs have been hosted by the Chinese Communist Party’s top Australian lobbyists and propagandist, including several facing pressure to declare their Beijing connections on the nation’s new foreign influence register.

Mr Abbott, fundraiser John Caputo and state MPs John Sidoti and Mark Coure, were all VIP guests at a Chinese New Year function attended by Beijing’s highest ranking United Front affiliates in Australia.


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Mr Jiang and the ACPPRC are likely to top the list of individuals or groups required to register on the government’s pending Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme, which is being introduced to increase the accountability of United Front entities. The scheme is also designed to force figures and groups lobbying for any foreign governments to register by early March, with enforcement of the scheme looming as a major challenge for whoever wins the next federal election.

Since Mr Dastyari’s resignation in late 2017, politicians have had far fewer excuses for claiming ignorance when supporting United Front group functions. The work of United Front groups and their leaders has been detailed in the media and in Parliament.

While he was prime minister in 2015, two of Mr Abbott’s top advisers, national security official Andrew Shearer and foreign affairs expert Michael Thawley raised concerns with Mr Abbott about influence operations carried out by United Front members.

ASIO later raised similar concerns with senior Coalition and Labor officials, zeroing in on political donors involved in the ACPPRC.

Mr Abbott said many of the Australian Chinese gatherings he attended had multiple sponsors and he did not scour invitations looking for Communist Party connections.

Mr Caputo- who for years has raised donations for Mr Abbott- also said he was unaware who would be at the event. Both Mr Caputo and Mr Abbott said no money was raised at the dinner for the Liberal Party.

Mr Caputo previously encouraged the former ACPPRC president, billionaire Huang Xiangmo, to donate to Mr Abbott’s campaign fund and has also spoken to Mr Huang about his stalled citizenship application, which ASIO has blocked on national security grounds. Mr Huang denies any wrongdoing.

Mr Sidoti also said he was unaware the event was hosted by United Front figures.

“I've got 12,800 Chinese in my electorate and that's why I attended,” he said.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s CCP influence researcher Alex Joske said the event included “some of the most prominent and active United Front players” to ever share a room in Australia.

“These United Front figures seek to be seen as representatives of the Chinese community but they are in fact advocates of CCP interests. They dismiss claims of the CCP’s foreign interference campaigns and instead emphasise the friendly trade based relationship with China,” he said.


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That’s hardly a new story, it blew up last time around.

Batten down the news hatches folks, the election is coming.


And SlowMo is already promising a zillion new jobs being created, which apparently is easy peasy according to the lunatic right, which does beg the question - why haven't we got zero unemployment already then.


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The Murdoch media is in election mode, day after day publishing pro-government and anti-ALP propaganda. An example is the pathetic pro-Abbott fluff piece by Chris Kenny below, published in today's Australian.

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Rational arguments and factual analysis have become so old-­fashioned that right-of-centre politicians seem frightened by them. The side of politics that is supposed to eschew ideology in favour of pragmatism now cowers in the face of emotive and ideological arguments for fear of wearing a political backlash.
Earlier this week, I argued that relatively benign economic condit­ions, progress on fiscal repai­r, steady tax reductions and strong success on border protection mean the Coalition should be competitive at this year’s election — especially because federal elections are usually closely contested and Labor has opened itself up to attack with a high-risk agenda of tax increases, energy activism and border-protection tinkering.

Yet any sniff of campaigning success presupposes that the Coalit­ion may make the most of its opportunities. And Scott Morrison and his team seem almost inexplica­bly reluctant to do this.

The Prime Minister is taking mediocre, lame-duck cabinet ministers to the election rather than refreshing his team or recalling the country’s best political campaigner, Tony Abbott, to the frontline. If the campaign were a horse race there would be a steward’s inquiry.

If the Liberals wanted to maximise their chances, they would not hobble themselves in this way. There can be only two plausible explanations: either the government is still so riven by internal enmiti­es that Morrison fears the recall of Abbott would foment disconte­nt in his team, or he is fearful of the anti-conservative criticism that the former prime minister would inevitably draw from his opponents, the press galler­y and social media.

The idea that Abbott — clearly the most accomplished performer in the parliament when it comes to ministerial experience, campaigning success and policy advocacy — cannot be squeezed into a pedestria­n Coalition line-up is laughable and instructive. If the government is allowing its critics to dictate its actions then it could hardly be more foolish.

Yet this fear of the counter-attac­k — a distinguishing feature of so-called Liberal moderates — seems endemic in the Coalition. It seems too implausible to think anyone in government could believ­e they might win an unlikely and titanic electoral struggle without engaging in battle and drawing return fire. Yet look at the missed opportunity in energy.

When the Australian Energy Market Operator ordered electricity distributors to cut power to 200,000 Victorian households and premises last Friday, it was a manifestation of years of policy failure. This load-shedding followe­d extensive “demand managemen­t”, where AEMO paid high-quantity power users to shut down to reduce demand, and came despite the spot price for electricity ramping up for the secon­d day running to the maximum $14,500 per megawatt hour to suck every spark of available generation on to the grid.

The shambles was brought about by the long-term impact of the renewable energy target and other renewable policies forcing the closure of baseload coal-fired power generation in Victoria and South Australia, while also reducing opportunities for gas-fired generation. Just like the statewide blackout in SA in 2016, it was a predictable outcome from policies that have made the national electricit­y market more fragile and Victoria and SA more reliant on power from other states.

Despite this experience and numerous warnings, Bill Shorten and Labor are committed to a nation­al 50 per cent renewable energy target. Almost two years ago, I wrote in these pages that SA’s energy disaster would mig­rate east: “Similar chaos awaits Victoria as it pursues a 40 per cent renewable target and Queensland as it chases 50 per cent. All NEM states are already suffering price and insecurity consequences that will escalate dramatically if Labor’s 50 per cent national target is adopted.”

Subsequently, AEMO has warned about generation shortfalls hitting NSW as well, especiall­y if the Liddell coal-fired power station in the Hunter ­Valley closes as planned in three years. The pivotal issue that led to the overthrow of Malcolm Turnbull last year was the backlash within government ranks against his plan for a bipartisan deal on clima­te and energy policies.

For all its public inconvenience and economic calamity, last week’s Victorian power crisis was manna from heaven for the Morriso­n government. Here was hard evidence to prove its claims against Shorten’s reckless energy policy. Here was the chance to point to blacked-out suburbs and plausibly claim they are the portent­s of more to come under a national renewable energy target of 50 per cent.

Yet the response from the governme­nt was muted, to say the least. Resources Minister Matt Canavan made some strong commen­ts and Energy Minister Angus Taylor bought into it a few days later. But where was the prime ministerial amplification? Where was the alarm being rung on the nation’s energy future? Where was the challenge to Shorte­n and Labor on how their renewable goal could avoid price and reliability dilemmas?

Victorian and federal Labor MPs and the green Left generally were more organised, with risible attempts to blame the fiasco on coal-fired plants that failed or were shut for maintenance. To zealots and partisan advocates, neither the 2017 closure of the massive Hazelwood generator that once supplied 25 per cent of the state’s electricity nor the ­feeble efforts of wind turbines on the day were significant factors.

If this was a chance for the Coal­ition to shoot fish in a barrel and highlight one of the central policy choices for this year’s election — between the government’s approach of consolidating power supplies and Labor’s plan to redouble its renewables push — why didn’t it take it? Could it be that Morrison and Josh Frydenberg feel compromised, as architects and advocates of Turnbull’s failed national energy guarantee?

Could it be that the Coalition fears the mindless taunts of “climat­e denier” that come its way on this issue, or pictures of the Prime Minister with a lump of coal in his hand, or questions about how it will meet its Paris commitments?

Such squeamishness must be playing a role. This is a major mistak­e. The Coalition must embrac­e this debate, even inflame it, to focus national attention on the choice to be made. Both major parties share the blame for the vandalism of our electricity ­system — that cannot be denied — so the government should focus on the future and how best to remediate the situation.

With annual global emissions growing by about double Australia’s total emissions, we can afford to get our energy house in order, safe in the knowledge that whatever we do will have no impact on the international project or the earth’s atmosphere. The nation went too hard, too early, on renewab­le energy and needs to consolidate to protect citizens, businesses and the economy.

No one should pretend these are easy arguments in an age where emotionalism and gesture politics run amok. But the choice is either to take them up or dis­appear in a fog of ambiguity.


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Bring back Abbott please and the Beetrooter as well. Should also re promote the Hong Kong hooker guy as well. What about Sophie? Get her in there and put Cash into a House of Rep seat. That will energise the base and get the punters voting for the coalition in droves.


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Bring back Abbott please and the Beetrooter as well. Should also re promote the Hong Kong hooker guy as well. What about Sophie? Get her in there and put Cash into a House of Rep seat. That will energise the base and get the punters voting for the coalition in droves.


I think Tony Abbott is a natural wrecker. His skills are as a negative leader, even as PM he behaved like an Opposition Leader.

I think Tony Abbott will just hold in Warringah and then I think he'll have a tilt for the Liberal Party Leadership in Opposition.


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I’m not sure how but the Royal Commssion findings - for me - represent the only chance of the coalition staying power. Not sure how they can spin it - but I suspect this afternoon is the last dice roll...


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The shambles was brought about by the long-term impact of the renewable energy target and other renewable policies forcing the closure of baseload coal-fired power generation in Victoria and South Australia, while also reducing opportunities for gas-fired generation. Just like the statewide blackout in SA in 2016, it was a predictable outcome from policies that have made the national electricit­y market more fragile and Victoria and SA more reliant on power from other states.


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That is just plain wrong. The reason the price spiked was the aging coal plants tripped and gas has been sold offshore making it expensive here. Renewables were the only source of power.


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I’m not sure how but the Royal Commssion findings - for me - represent the only chance of the coalition staying power. Not sure how they can spin it - but I suspect this afternoon is the last dice roll...


The ABA representatives who are their to analyse the report in a lockdown for the banks is staying at the Park Hyatt.

"Let them eat Cake"


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So the report will be released around 5pm to give ASIC breathing space before they cop a battering from the press and general public.


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https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/at-work/justin-hemmes-billiondollar-pub-empire-cancels-annual-staff-party-which-workers-see-as-revenge/news-story/a8037d2b95525d9c138a1b5b75132efd

How does this happen, has the Fair Work Commission lost its teeth under the Libs...he should be heavily fined and made to back pay all his employees like 7-Eleven and what this article also doesn't mention is that Hemmes takes half of his staff's tips too, i wonder if that is legal as well.


Guess where most Young Libs drink?


Ivy/Establishment during the week and Newport Arms, i refuse to just call it the Newport as this wanker has renamed it, on the way to daddys weekender at Palm Beach.


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ASIC makes a preemptive nuclear strike on CBA.

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/busine ... 50vj7.html

I think somebody or bodies will be going to jail out of the ATM cash issue.


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ASIC makes a preemptive nuclear strike on CBA.

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/busine ... 50vj7.html

I think somebody or bodies will be going to jail out of the ATM cash issue.



I hope so. The only downside of this report coming out now is that it’s going to sink the RC findings into the Murray Darling and the govt will get away with trying to completely ignore that.


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Report is due out in seven minutes time.


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You know how the Libs have been waging a war against the Union movement for ever, right...

https://twitter.com/sallymcmanus/status ... 62176?s=19

Here's Sally McManus flourishing letters from Ken Henry to Scott Morrison before the RC was called prescribing the format, scope and personnel the banks thought should be investigating them.

Shots fired.

Also, in light of Tasmania's savage bushfires of recent weeks, former NSW Fire Commissioner unloads on the government for their approach to climate change contributing to increased severity of bushfires

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Decorated Australian firefighter Greg Mullins says climate change is contributing to bushfires so horrendous that homes and lives cannot be protected, and the federal government will not acknowledge the link because it has failed on emissions reduction policy.

The extraordinary comments by Mr Mullins, a former NSW Fire and Rescue Commissioner, coincides with the Tuesday launch of the group Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action, which will lobby the major parties to drastically reduce fossil fuel use and cut greenhouse gas emissions.


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Mr Mullins said fire seasons "are longer, more severe, and we are getting fires that are much harder to put out".

"What that means … is there is simply not enough firefighters and fire trucks to do the job, to protect every structure and protect people’s lives," he said.

"It's extremely inconvenient for any government that does not have a cogent answer for what they’ll do about climate change, to see the effects of climate change putting more and more people and homes at risk."

Mr Mullins has 50 years of fire fighting experience, including 39 years with Fire and Rescue NSW and as a volunteer in his youth and in retirement. He has been awarded the prestigious Australian Fire Service Medal and is an officer of the Order of Australia. He is a member of the Climate Council and welcomed the formation of Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action.

Mr Mullins sought to raise the climate change alarm in public comments in 2006 following fires in the Blue Mountains, but says the then-NSW Labor government told him to "pull your head in".

“They didn’t want public servants coming out saying [the climate change driver] was pretty obvious to us,” he said.

"I feel quite passionately that the word needs to get out about how much the bushfire threat has worsened. I’ve watched it change, and I’ve watched our politicians sit on their hands, from both major parties. I don’t think either of them really have answers or are doing enough.”


Boom. Under attack from all directions.


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Forgot to post this the other day (doesn't deserve it's own thread and is kind of Oz politics related). Has anyone else got weird spam emails like this? It's from my work email address and came in sometime over Australia Day weekend.

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UncleFB,

Last week, 26/01/2019, where were you? Were you celebrating the Australian day?

Some people are having doubt about our greatest festival, they say it the land belong to the aboriginal! They must be kidding? Half our jails are filled with those chut!

We must protect our Australian tradations, and reinstate Jan 26 as our prime holiday!

UncleFB we must get help from anywhere that is possible! Luckily UncleFB, it came to my knowledge that India also has Jan 26 as their most important holiday, the republic day. So my friend UncleFB, if we can allow more people belong to Indian heritage to live with us in Australia, we can keep our national day safe!

So please UncleFB, write to your local PM and call your city council, we must welcome more people from Indian background to come to stay in Australia! If you run a business or are a manager, please also consider hire people belong to Indian background only so we can keep those beautiful people in our great country! UncleFB please believe me, I am a white local Aussie, I represent the voice of most Aussies, and we need to work together to make it happen!

Meantime we must get rid of those Arabs, Chinese and Italians, all they know are about stupid Eid Mubarak, Spring festival, or Epiphany. They should leave Australia, we don't need them!

Call me if you need to know more!

Zara Stone


Now I'm pretty sure this Zara is actually Indian and not white local Aussie. Sadly there was no number attached so I can't call and will never be able to know more.

Also, my email clearly identifies that the organisation I work for is Chinese.

Well, it had me and my workmates chuckling for a while.


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Holy shit :lol: :lol:

Speaking of the Chinese, the Australian government... well, Border Force, have declared war on China.

https://www.theage.com.au/politics/fede ... 50vtg.html

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Billionaire political donor and Beijing's former top lobbyist in Australia, Huang Xiangmo, has been stranded overseas after Australian officials declared him unfit to hold an Australian passport and cancelled his permanent residency.

The Age and Sydney Morning Herald have confirmed Mr Huang is fighting to return to his $13 million Sydney mansion after being notified by Australian officials while out of the country that his long-stalled application to become an Australian citizen has been turned down.


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The decision is the first enforcement action to be made by Canberra against a suspected Chinese Communist Party influence agent after the Coalition launched a counter-interference campaign against Beijing in 2018.

The blocking of Mr Huang's citizenship raises questions about whether Labor and the Coalition should return the almost $2.7 million he has made in political donations over five years.
:lol:

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Senior government sources have confirmed that the Home Affairs Department denied Mr Huang a passport for a range of reasons, including character grounds. They were also concerned about the reliability of his answers in interviews and correspondence with authorities including ASIO.

Official sources say Mr Huang is now fighting to return to Australia from an overseas trip, but may never be able to return to Sydney, where he has lived with his wife and children since 2011, most recently on a hilltop mansion in Mosman.


Mr Huang rose to prominence through his prolific political fundraising and networking, his funding of former foreign minister Bob Carr’s Sydney think tank, the Australia-China Relations Institute, and his role as chairman of the Chinese Communist Party’s top influence group in Australia.

The citizenship decision, confirmed by government sources, came after ASIO and immigration officials spent more than two years analysing Mr Huang’s background as a businessman, his ties to the Chinese Communist Party in Australia and China, and answers he gave in interviews with Australian security officials.

It is understood the decision has shocked Mr Huang, who has in recent years pressed several politicians to back his efforts to become an Australian citizen.

While Mr Huang is understood to be scrambling lawyers to fight to allow him to return to and remain in Australia, the Home Affairs ruling may also prompt pushback from the Chinese government. Beijing is likely to view it as an extension of Canberra’s decision to resist Beijing’s efforts to exert influence via proxies.

Mr Huang may be able to challenge the Home Affairs decision in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal or request an internal review, but an official said any legal challenge would take "a very long time".

A government official also said there was no chance Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton would intervene on Mr Huang’s behalf, although any ministerial intervention request may be a matter for Labor if they win this year's election. The official also confirmed that if Mr Huang was able to return to Australia, he could face subsequent deportation.


Holy crapsticks Batman... that's a pretty heavy salvo. If anyone has friends traveling in China right now, best get them out, pronto... before the Chinese government 'acquires' them.


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Abbott trailing on TPP in Warringah. 54% to 46%

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-n ... poll-shows

I assume that's a reasonably sized gap to make up over the course of 3 months. I'm guessing that'd be quite a volatile poll though.


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Gordon Bennett wrote:
Abbott trailing on TPP in Warringah. 54% to 46%

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-n ... poll-shows

:lol: Heheheh ...

    In an interview published on Sunday, Abbott criticised his opponents in Warringah as “all negative”.

Well jeez, Tones. What d'ya know!


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