And the winner is: Ms Gillard

28 Nov

I don’t know about anybody else, but I think by now Julia Gillard has hands down won the verbal battle currently consuming the emotional and mental energies of our elected members. Her confident stamina in the face of the Opposition’s unrelenting (if largely ineffectual) attempts at reputational savagery is astounding. I get tired just thinking about it. I can think of many occasions in my life when I would have given anything for even a smidgen of Ms Gillard’s élan.

What a role model she’s turned out to be! If you overlook the knifing, asylum seeker policy, single parents on Newstart, Palestine, but what the hell, nobody’s perfect and credit must be given where it’s due, must it not and the PM can do scathing repartee better than any of them.

The Opposition, led in this fight by an increasingly bedraggled and war-weary Julie Bishop loyally firing her beloved boss’s shots, have well and truly lost the battle. Having produced little more than exorbitant amounts of piss and wind, they will limp defeated from the chamber tomorrow to lick their Gillard-inflicted wounds over the break and good riddance to them, I say.

I still have no clear idea what the PM is supposed to have done, but I don’t care really. If nobody has managed to come up with anything of substance for twenty years, and by the gods plenty have tried, then I for one am willing to call bollocks and move on.

I do hope they all lift their game next year, because the political discourse has gone to the feckin dogs.

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292 Responses to “And the winner is: Ms Gillard”

  1. Miss Bailey Woof November 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    WOOF say all of us.

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  2. hudsongodfrey November 28, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    Well we all live in hope. Mine would be that she’d show even a scintilla of the passion she reserves for defending her own character for promoting a few of the core values that we’d expect from a Labor government.

    I imagine this is a bit like shopping for cheap jousting sticks in the trading post!

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    • Mindy November 28, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

      Wouldn’t that be lovely! I’m not holding my breath though.

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      • Marilyn November 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

        http://newmatilda.com/2012/11/30/expert-condemns-nauru

        This is her preferrence though.

        Torture, death and mayhem to appease the racist bogans.

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        • Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

          We must all remember than if a PM comes from a major party, they are a follower,not a leader.
          They just sniff the arse of the dog in front.(as it were)
          Unless the dog is American,in which case it involves oral stimulation. ;-)

          My apologies to ‘real’ dogs.

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    • Jennifer Wilson November 28, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

      Yes, I agree – I’ve found it interesting that her best performances have been in her own defence.

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      • doug quixote November 30, 2012 at 7:13 am #

        Why should that surprise you? Gillard is a lawyer, and a female lawyer who became a partner in a large firm in the early 90’s. The glass ceiling was well in place, and I imagine she trod on many toes, especially as her student politics suggested she was far left.

        She clearly approaches most issues in lawyerly fashion : detachment, disinterest, careful negotiation, analysis and synthesis of the issues.

        This is mistaken for not caring, for racism, for lack of interest in the issue in question. It is lawyerly reserve. She is tough and resilient with a strong hide. And a fine sense of humour, which she tries to restrain; the example of Bill Hayden’s misfortunes in the use of irony is there for all to see.

        But prick her and she will eventually respond, as and when it suits her : with wrath against Abbott and all he stands for, with a deep contempt and dislike for Bishop.

        Those who seek to understand her generally fail; she is complex and guarded. And extremely competent.

        In short she may well be, and certainly will become, one of our best Prime Ministers.

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        • hudsongodfrey November 30, 2012 at 9:51 am #

          I see we’re into recycling again Doug. Seems things are happening in doubles no matter where we look….

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        • Marilyn November 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

          Rubbish, Roma MItchell was already a judge, she resided over my own divorce in 1978 and women in Australia had the vote first.

          No glass ceiling in law in the 1990’s that is just plain crap.

          But as a lawyer who dealt only with corporate affairs she has no idea of real law and hasn’t bothered to ever be educated to the fact that you don’t sell fucking human beings to appease the racists in the mortgage belt.

          And she will never be one of our best PM”s, she is loathsome and only interested in herself.

          She will sell out anyone to cover her own arse and your worship of this ghastly coward is appalling.

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          • Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

            I doubt this worship will translate into saving her arse at the next election,in fact she won’t make it that far.

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            • Marilyn November 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

              Thanks, everytime I see her remotely praised by anyone I feel ill.

              The thing is this – I have had up front face to face dealings with her, I see her reactions to things in real life settings and she is as cold and disinterested as a block of ice.

              When confronted with the news of an Iranian man being buried to his waist and stoned to death if sent home she shrugged and said “he is not a refugee, being killed is not persecution”.

              I will say that until people get it.

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              • doug quixote November 30, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

                I get it – he was not a refugee under the definition. And the fact that he was killed is unfortunate and tragic but he was not being ‘persecuted’ under the definition in the Refugee Convention.

                YOU don’t get it.

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                • Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

                  Grubby

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                • hudsongodfrey November 30, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

                  A bridge too far for me Doug. Way too far!

                  I find the account surprising and the context perhaps a little starkly painted. To say that our PM would not find this kind of incident as regrettable if not more so than the next person seems incredible to me. And clearly as the person who now holds it within her power to prevent similar recurrences the question is a fair one.

                  As I understand both the current Labor policy and that of their predecessors there is a duty of care to prevent such deaths from occurring. So it would on the facts as stated appear to have been a terrible mistake in the application of policies rather than a direct result of the way that these policies are drafted.

                  It suffices to say Gillard’s response may have added to the dissatisfaction that I think we should primarily reserve for those public servants who had quite apparently failed in their duty of care.

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                  • Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

                    This the real DQ, HG.
                    After his ‘I am Howard speech’ and this above and his other masquerades ,I think it’s all out there now.

                    “Grubby” is me being real nice on JWs blog.

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                    • doug quixote November 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

                      Don’t be so silly; I am arguing with Marilyn. Polite discussion is pointless.

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                    • hudsongodfrey November 30, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

                      Hypo, I don’t know where else you post, perhaps less moderately, but in some quarters Doug’s a gentleman alongside some of the arseholes and character assassins you’re liable to come up against. So I think civility helps us tolerate the odd contrary view, and maybe even discuss it without long and tedious excursions into ad hominem and claims and counter claims of the pot calling the kettle a non sequitur or a strawman.

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                • doug quixote November 30, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

                  Gillard is a lawyer and gave a lawyer’s answer. She may give a different one today, as her job description has changed.

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          • doug quixote November 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

            .
            Hold the Front Page : (fanfare)

            !! Marilyn Announces : No Glass Ceiling for the Last Twenty Five Years!!

            Women’s liberation has been agitating a non-issue since 1990, according to well-known Know-All Marilyn Shepherd.

            (no, no relation to Germaine Shepherd) . . .

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            • zerograv1 December 11, 2012 at 11:12 am #

              Hey Doug, get up to speed mate, your living on 3 decades old newspaper headlines

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  3. Hypocritophobe November 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    “If you overlook the knifing, asylum seeker policy, single parents on Newstart, Palestine, but what the hell, nobody’s perfect and credit must be given where it’s due, must it not and the PM can do scathing repartee better than any of them.”

    Going to disagree, JW.
    I want substance,Labor values and compassion.This nation needs leaders not sideshows.How do Gillards allainces and history justify the removal of Rudd?
    That does not mean I consider the opposition or its front bench anything worthy of praising.Not a policy in sight.

    I’m well over one side is not as bad as the other.Well over it.They both (currently) suck.

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    • Jennifer Wilson November 28, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

      I was being a little bit ( a lot?) sarcastic.

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      • Hypocritophobe November 28, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

        Actually after my comment I went back and re-read your post.
        The ‘second’ time the sarcasm had soaked in.Like the paint gets into chalk.
        And it was a lot easier to see.
        Kudos.

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        • Jennifer Wilson November 28, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

          We need to invent a sarcasm font

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          • Hypocritophobe November 28, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

            Maybe Google sarcasm images or symbol.
            I have seen a few I think one is an upside down exclamation mark, another I think was an inverted ‘@’ ??

            http://www.google.com.au/search?num=10&hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1280&bih=834&q=sarcasm+font&oq=sarcasm+font&gs_l=img.1.0.0j0i24l7j0i5i24l2.5594.9234.0.11530.12.12.0.0.0.0.1374.5670.1j3j4j6-1j3.12.0…0.0…1ac.1.Ghnp8YeQam4#hl=en&client=firefox-a&tbo=d&rls=org.mozilla:en-US%3Aofficial&site=imghp&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=sarcasm+symbol&oq=sarcasm+symbol&gs_l=img.1.0.0j0i24l4j0i5i24l3.7990.10269.2.11992.6.6.0.0.0.0.1943.8251.7-1j4.5.0…0.0…1c.1.XlrY7ydpS20&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=eec8c802f156d32f&bpcl=38897761&biw=1280&bih=834

            Speaking of fonts,this is a great source of some stunners.(free)

            http://www.fontsquirrel.com/

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            • Sam Jandwich November 29, 2012 at 11:01 am #

              The point d’ironie (http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_d%27ironie) never really caught on since, if you actually use it, then it amounts to stating the obvious and becomes a self-atrophying statement.

              Symbolic deconstruction!

              Yep, Julia’s a stayer alright. She’s wasted on politics really.

              Still, that’s given me a great idea for the name of my first racehorce.

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          • Marilyn November 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

            I agree, she is an appalling coward.

            Today for no reason anyone can think of 16 more women and kids were arbitrarily and illegally dumped in Manus Island even though thousands of others just like them will be left here.

            She is a lazy racist with the most astonishing inability to understand that she is being racist and ridiculous and letting that coward Bowen get away with murder.

            And her fucking party stand around with their heads up their collective arses and whinge about fucking cows.

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            • Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

              The reason they care more for cows that humans is that (A) They have invested a lot in bullshit, and can never get enough of it,
              and,

              (B) Farmers carry lots of guns.(You never know when a stampede of salt-water crocodiles will storm through the Hinterland looking for a primary school to maraud) Oh, and they carry a lot of votes as well-not that a single farmer ever voted labor.

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              • Marilyn November 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

                I know many who vote Greens.

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    • Jennifer Wilson November 28, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

      Yes I heard that as I was writing!

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    • hudsongodfrey November 28, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

      You have to admit though that the exchange right at the end of the second clip ending with “get up and ask it yourself and then I’ll answer it” was somewhat amusing if not a little endearing. :)

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      • Hypocritophobe November 28, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

        Greg Combet was a stand out today in the HoR.
        He even got away with calling Abbott a gutless ‘something or other’ as he walked away to his seat.Normally that would have drawn a rebuke and result in a withdrawal.

        Gillard will soon have her smirk snuffed,I’d say.And I hope(we need them to) Labor has a Plan B.

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  4. Hypocritophobe November 28, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    Some issues which will hopefully restore some faith in humanity and make a few people accountable.

    Howard being one.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-28/former-war-commander-says-iraq-inquiry-worth-considering/4397404

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-28/non-church-committee-27to-oversee-sexual-abuse-claims27/4397550

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    • hudsongodfrey November 28, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

      Hypo,

      On the first item I doubt it’ll come to pass simply because support for the bloody thing was bi-partisan.

      On the second I think it’s up to the RC to do their job now. She’s not alone in being willing to stand up to them from within.

      http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2012/s3631176.htm

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-12/interview-with-father-frank-brennan-jesuit-priest/4368072

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      • Hypocritophobe November 29, 2012 at 11:31 am #

        Ist Bipartisan we the opposition and minors supplied with false information?I think that kind of nullifies that bipartisanship.

        I agree that the RC ‘should’ do their job.
        But as I have said before,it does not appear to be in their DNA.
        Which indicates the levels of paedophilia, abuse and cover up are probably more far reaching than we can begin to imagine.
        The kicking and screaming is till going on,save a few loan and not so powerful individuals.So the ones calling for immediate and unconditional co-operation are so small in number and so impotent of force, what of real and permanent change?
        Unless it’s proved otherwise the RC church (going on previous form) will use every tactic it can until the only one they have left is to waste precious time.
        I base this opinion on the total lack of public announcements and vehement responses Vatican itself.
        If they are not in shock and awe was does that tell you?
        That this behaviour leading to a RCom, is all a mirage or an epidemic?

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        • Hypocritophobe November 29, 2012 at 11:49 am #

          EDIT
          Ist point about bipartisanship, Bipartisan ‘were’ the opposition…..

          Second point I agree that……
          ___________________________________

          (Power outage between the composition of this post shut my PC down)

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        • Hypocritophobe November 29, 2012 at 11:52 am #

          EDIT
          (Better add this too…..It looks like a dingo’s brekky)

          The kicking and screaming is still going on,save a few lone and not so powerful individuals.So the ones calling for immediate and unconditional co-operation are so small in number, and so impotent of force, what chance of any real and permanent change?
          Unless it’s proved otherwise the RC church (going on previous form) will use every tactic it can, until the only one they have left is to waste precious time.
          I base this opinion on the total lack of public announcements and vehement responses from the Vatican itself .
          If they are not in shock and awe was does that tell you?
          That this behaviour leading to a RCom, is all a mirage or an epidemic?

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          • hudsongodfrey November 29, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

            Sorry Hypo,

            At least one of us has lost track of your logic here….

            I guess if we’re to believe that the opposition parties were lied to then it may be plausible that the government were lied to also. Some accounts of the events of the time seem to support that. But I’d still be more inclined to think both parties weren’t just saving face if a change of government had ushered in a change of our policy towards the war in Afghanistan.

            As for the second point in longhand my sentence should be read “The Royal Commission should do its job”. I’m not trying to make the point that the Roman Catholic church was anything other than as you characterised, which view is I think supported by some of their own clergy.

            I wondered if you got he acronyms confused?

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            • Hypocritophobe November 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

              Yes HG,where you put RC up yonder I read Roman Catholic and not RCom.So now it does make more sense.
              Phew!

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              • hudsongodfrey November 29, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

                So to recap, you think that the Royal Commission cannot me trusted to do it’s job? Maybe that it will in effect be a toothless tiger?

                They have the example of what happened in the US with their State based enquiries to aspire to, and I do think that they at least have acted to penalise and indict people!

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                • Hypocritophobe November 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

                  No HG,the RCom ‘if’ structured correctly could have manifold effects and deliver in spades.My concern is more for the possible lack of conviction, temporarily/conveniently frayed memories, and minimal (non?) co-operation of the perpetrators.
                  How it delivers is obviously yet to be seen.
                  I am also very wary of how many teeth an opportunistic (gun shy) govt may actually give the RCom in the first place.(Terms and refs)

                  Whether the RCom delivers is one thing,whether the main players on the culpability and electoral impact side of things ‘really’ want it to is another.
                  This was not a concept born within govt,remember.There was definite reluctance until the people spoke out.

                  The scope should have been initially narrow and dealt with the RC church in the first instance IMO.With an opportunity for all victims of all institutionalised abuse to register from day one,with appropriate counselling and support provided independently.I just think the RC element ‘may’ yet be bigger than Ben Hur.

                  At the moment I put the potential of this RCom in the same basket as Peace in the Middle East.

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                  • hudsongodfrey November 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

                    Brought Peace!?!?!?

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                    • Hypocritophobe November 29, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

                      Huh?

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                    • hudsongodfrey November 29, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

                      I’ve befuddled thee then? By way of reference to Doug’s recent use of a Monty Python script. Which seemed appropriate upon the point of this conversation having mirrored the on in the movie.

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                    • doug quixote November 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

                      Yes, it works on several levels, does it not?

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      • Marilyn November 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

        The support to bomb Iraq was not bi-partisan, the ALP not only voted against it but had several votes of no-confidence against Howard at the time.

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        • Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

          That is what I initially thought.
          I think I was sold a pup….

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        • hudsongodfrey November 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

          You may be right. I was out of the country at the time and don’t have much recollection.

          I think it may have been Beasley supported Afghanistan though?

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          • Marilyn November 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

            Yes Beastely supported blasting Afghanistan to bits, that has worked a treat to waste billions and gain nothing for the past 11 years.

            But Crean stood on the docks and said “I do not support this invasion but I hope you all come back safely”, and Latham made the point that the country was 53% children under 14.

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            • hudsongodfrey November 30, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

              I specifically recall that Blair made the point that Afghanistan was the source of 90% of the world’s heroin trade, without mentioning that the mob they were supporting were the perpetrators. Not the Taliban for all their faults. Not to mention the exception drug producers in South East Asia might have taken to news of such a dramatic fall in their market share…

              So yes politicians made a bunch of unreliable statements around about that time….

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    • Gruffbutt November 28, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

      Yes, I’d love to see Johnnie be held accountable for something, anything – somehow the war(s) would have to be right up there…

      Unfortunately, I’m sure any findings will mean diddly if the US attacks Iran or anywhere else we think we should follow the procession of LBJ’s into. A few ministers will wag their fingers, hundreds of thousands will take to the streets, and off to conquer…er, save, foreign lands we go…

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  5. Hypocritophobe November 28, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    JW
    Think quicker!!

    http://siineofthetimes.blogspot.com.au/2011/12/siine-writer-and-sarcastic-font.html

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  6. doug quixote November 28, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    Despite all the nonsense negativity and catcalls from the sidelines the Gillard government is getting on with the business of governing.

    Take cheap pot-shots if you will, drip with satire and sarcasm – even a sometime Green with a Messiah complex gets it eventually (though probably not Marliyn) – the dogs may bark but the caravan moves on.

    Education reforms, the NBN rollout, the economy rolls along, the National Disability Scheme, the reforms to the Murray-Darling, the initiatives in diplomacy in the region – none of them nearly as sexy as a bit of crap shovelling, are they?

    Not as heart-rending as a few would-be refugees is it? No, not even the Royal Commission into the RC Church.

    Now how does it go : what have the Romans ever done for us?

    “Xerxes:
    What exactly are the demands?
    Reg:
    We’re giving Pilate two days to dismantle the entire apparatus of the Roman Imperialist State and if he doesn’t agree immediately we execute her.
    Matthias:
    Cut her head off?
    Francis:
    Cut all her bits off, send ‘em back every hour on the hour… show him we’re not to be trifled with.
    Reg:
    Also, we’re demanding a ten foot mahogany statue of the Emperor Julius Caesar with his cock hanging out.
    Stan:
    What? They’ll never agree to that, Reg.
    Reg:
    That’s just a bargaining counter. And of course, we point out that they bear full responsibility when we chop her up, and… that we shall not submit to blackmail.
    Omnes:
    (Applause) No blackmail!
    Reg:
    They’ve bled us white, the bastards. They’ve taken everything we had, not just from us, from our fathers and from our fathers’ fathers.
    Stan:
    And from our fathers’ fathers’ fathers.
    Reg:
    Yes.
    Stan:
    And from our fathers’ fathers’ fathers’ fathers.
    Reg:
    All right, Stan. Don’t labour the point. And what have they ever given us in return?
    Xerxes:
    The aqueduct.
    Reg:
    Oh yeah, yeah they gave us that. Yeah. That’s true.
    Masked Activist:
    And the sanitation!
    Stan:
    Oh yes… sanitation, Reg, you remember what the city used to be like.
    Reg:
    All right, I’ll grant you that the aqueduct and the sanitation are two things that the Romans have done…
    Matthias:
    And the roads…
    Reg:
    (sharply) Well yes obviously the roads… the roads go without saying. But apart from the aqueduct, the sanitation and the roads…
    Another Masked Activist:
    Irrigation…
    Other Masked Voices:
    Medicine… Education… Health…
    Reg:
    Yes… all right, fair enough…
    Activist Near Front:
    And the wine…
    Omnes:
    Oh yes! True!
    Francis:
    Yeah. That’s something we’d really miss if the Romans left, Reg.
    Masked Activist at Back:
    Public baths!
    Stan:
    And it’s safe to walk in the streets at night now.
    Francis:
    Yes, they certainly know how to keep order… (general nodding)… let’s face it, they’re the only ones who could in a place like this.

    (more general murmurs of agreement)
    Reg:
    All right… all right… but apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order… what have the Romans done for us?
    Xerxes:
    Brought peace!
    Reg:
    (very angry, he’s not having a good meeting at all) What!? Oh… (scornfully) Peace, yes… shut up! ”

    I expected better from you, Jennifer.

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    • hudsongodfrey November 28, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

      As long as you don’t mention Gay Marriage, Asylum Seekers, Insulation Bats, Palestine, The original Mining Super Profits Tax, Julian Assange or Wikileaks, Copenhagen or anything to do with Slipper or Thompson…..What have the Romans ever done for us seems like a 50/50 proposition.

      Now you can bat all those back if you like. Hell, I’ll even bat ‘em back for you. You know we’ve both done it often enough, but seriously it’s disappointing when anyone with such a talent for oratory in her own defence hasn’t used it to further some of the policies that really needed defending.

      But Gillard probably does have nearly a year to run before an election, so here’s hoping some of that starch she’s recently found actually makes its way to her spine.

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      • doug quixote November 28, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

        Thank you HG. Of course there is room for improvement. The rest can await another day :)

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        • Poirot November 29, 2012 at 6:59 am #

          I wouldn’t include Gillard’s “education reforms” under the heading of progress for actual education. Standardized testing is something she borrowed from the US – and which has since been panned by some its initial proponents.

          http://www.npr.org/2011/04/28/135142895/ravitch-standardized-testing-undermines-teaching.

          If we’re looking to turn our kids into meek robotic vessels to be filled with info, then this is obviously the way to go. Teaching to test wastes months of valuable time, stresses students and their teachers and moves us further away from instilling in our kids the value of self-directed and independent skills in learning.

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          • hudsongodfrey November 29, 2012 at 9:56 am #

            The Americans called it no child left behind.

            I don’t have to do the punch line about what the churches call it do I?

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        • Marilyn November 30, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

          Try telling that to the poor bastards jailed on Nauru wondering why they were chosen to be brutally punished in this way.

          If we have a racist PM the country is already in the shit house and that sort of behaviour cannot be corrected for generations to come.

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          • Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

            I agree.
            We will become, in essence, all the bad things white South Africa was criticised for .More interested in colour, class elevation, and cricket scores, than compassion or benevolence.
            Sound familiar?

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          • zerograv1 December 11, 2012 at 11:24 am #

            I think that racism runs deep in this country and cannot be so easily exorcised by mere Governments or legislation. Its a root cause well documented in Australia historically (White Australia policy anyone?) We are still a very long way from ever removing it and it might be one of those types of social problems like alcoholism, all we can ever do is moderate but never rid ourselves of it. Clearly government pandering to opinion pollsters is influencing policy in the direction of where the votes lie, but to so weakly give in to this is tanatamount to allowing Genghis Khan to overrun your village just because everyone else seems to be conceeding. I dont have an answer for anyone on how to solve this but I suspect it lies outside the halls of approval grasping poiliticians.

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      • Gruffbutt November 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

        I’ll bat back the batts – one of many media beat-ups. Can’t disagree with the rest of the list though. (Okay, Slipper and Thompson poorly investigated by the biased smug MSM.)

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        • hudsongodfrey November 30, 2012 at 10:21 am #

          Well and least it looks like we can breathe easy on the Palestine issue given that she’s not managed to stuff it up for them despite the negative stance that she’s taken.

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          • Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 11:07 am #

            It’s great ‘politically fellating’ our way onto the UN committee so we can ignore our human rights and refugee conventions and abstain from all the important votes which affect the ‘United Nations” and world, in general.
            (Oh wait, sometimes if the vote is important and we follow the Yankee How To Vote card….)

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            • hudsongodfrey November 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

              Ah yes, segue to Frank Zappa’s suggested conversation topic of “brown lipstick in the corporate environment” on Letterman in 1983, (which clip I happened to see on YouTube). It’s now nearly 30 years later, and I don’t think the reference has lost it’s meaning?

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  7. doug quixote November 29, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    .
    Abbott is especially famous for utilising his right to remain silent.

    . . . . Laughing Out Loud (silently)

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  8. Hypocritophobe November 29, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    Gillard should go.Will go. And Soon.
    Karma.
    Only the ultra gullible and lackers of a moral compass will be flying her flag beyong Sunday.
    Abbott is not relevant.

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    • doug quixote November 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

      .
      There is no election due until August – October next year. By that time the new Opposition Leader may well have shot himself (no ‘herself’ likely!) in the foot often enough to see Labor canter home, Obama-like, by a country mile : as I consistently predicted the US election throughout the last six months.

      Or they can stick with Abbott. They might as well, no-one else can secure enough votes in the Liberal Party room.

      I won’t say Gillard Labor by a country mile, at least not yet. But I do predict that Labor can and will win with her as PM.
      .

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      • Sam Jandwich November 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

        Yes to this!

        But how about we all move to Manly and ensure that Abbott loses his seat regardless of what else happens? That’s all I’m concerned about. Imagine what the simple absence of one man could do to the tone of the entire political spectrum!

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        • Hypocritophobe November 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

          Abbot comes across as one of the most tightly wound and insecure humans I have ever seen.
          Given his deep religious roots it’s not surprising.
          (you may even see a pattern there, of angry white men, who have similar histories)

          Don’t panic Sam,pretty soon something in or around him is about to snap.
          The pressure on Pell and his church, via the RCom,should hurry the snapping along.
          Whether the snapping confirms or disproves God, is the interesting bit.
          None of what happens to Abbott justifies Gillard and her abandonment of Labor values.She is also unworthy to be our PM, simply based on that and her sycophancy to the USA.Our leaders need to represent US, not foreign powers.
          We cannot have a petty thief as a PM, and Gillard clearly stole Howard’s policy handbook.

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          • helvityni November 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

            Hypo, who do you want as our PM, Turnbull, Rudd…?
            We have to have one, who is your choice?

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            • Hypocritophobe November 29, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

              Rudd.No question.He is an enemy of the NSW right , which makes Kevin a clear choice.
              Gillard is a talking head for a mob who continually risk(and will continue to risk) a clear uninterrupted term of Labor governance, simply because of the sleazy baggage they carry.

              But I could live with what ‘formed perception’ I have of Turnbull,if that happened.

              Having said that,I would hope that Mal would de-reward the idiots who took Abbott over him.
              That would at least deliver a term of circuit breaking civility, where we can all ‘re-respect’ our elected reps.We need that so much.

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              • Sam Jandwich November 30, 2012 at 11:22 am #

                Rudd?!?!

                My impression of Rudd is that he’s nothing but a super-computer… perfectly OK if you’re going to run a closed system (like Qld for example ;-) ), just not super enough to cope with the complexity of being PM. There’s nary a trace of humanity in him, except for those rare occasions when he overloads and crashes.

                I’m behind Julia. Yes she’s contravened Labor values, and though it’s eminently arguable that she has gone too far with things like the Tributo a Gitmo that they’ve set up on Nauru, I think ultimately she knows that they just have to do these things in order to remain in power (and as I’ve said before, I’m sure puts herself through all sorts of emotional torture in her weaker moments as a result… but self-harming scars on the forearms are so sexy, don’t you think?), and thus to have any chance of advancing their cause in other crucial areas.

                That said, of all the current mob I’ve got my eye on Tony Burke as a future leader. Not much panache perhaps, but if integrity and pragmatism can exist simultaneously in a single individual then he’s it.

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                • Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

                  Sam,
                  I sure hope you have a Plan B.
                  BTW staying ‘behind’ Julia is probably the safest option.
                  Ask Rudd.

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                • Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

                  I watched the apology to the Stolen Generation, so I disagree with him being devoid of humanity,especially when compared to Dullard.Had he still been in perhaps the momentum for a constitutional recognition would have seen subsequent action.You need to remember what actually happened,not what the media told us happened.He was knifed by the NSW right who used low polls as an excuse.
                  He would have creamed Abbott.

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                  • doug quixote November 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

                    The apology was a set piece. Whilst delivering such an emotional thing, did he once, even once, falter or even remotely threaten to shed a tear?

                    The answer is no.

                    Rudd is devoid of human emotion other than frustration and anger, qv the famous “Rudd Chinese speech” clip, and his farewell speech in June 2010.

                    I for one do not want an automaton as PM – once was more than enough.

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                    • Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

                      While he delivered the apology Gillard was;
                      (A) Plotting his removal
                      (B) Hiding files
                      (C) Bawling her eyes out.

                      Hint, it aint (C)
                      Going on her attitude to the poor and weak she would NEVER have apologised and you know it.
                      She has the *sincerity and principles* of an automatons automaton.

                      And I find it VERY hard to swallow a lecture from you on those 2* qualities.

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                • Marilyn November 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

                  WEll then Jam you go to fucking Nauru and see if it is worth the votes.

                  They don’t have to do these criminal things at all, Gillard is a racist coward who decided she wanted to.

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            • Marilyn November 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

              The party will choose and foist another racist shit on us Helvi, we have zero say about it dear. Don;’t you understand the system yet?

              And under the constitution we don’t have to have a PM, there is no mention of such a thing.

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  9. doug quixote November 29, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    Leigh Sales is going missing again :(

    Leaving us with Herr Uhlmann :( :( and not even Clarke and Dawe to leaven the dose.

    I guess the ‘off’ switch is the best option.

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  10. Hypocritophobe November 29, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    This issue will no doubt get a guernsey here?
    “Stinking dole bludgers!”

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-29/senators-reject-push-to-increase-inadequate-dole-payment/4399768

    And I can see another faux Labor/Howard solution coming up.

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    • hudsongodfrey November 30, 2012 at 10:44 am #

      I’ve long thought that if there was something to the psychology of Welfare then to some extent it really is disconnected with political responses to unemployment in some rather fundamental ways.

      As it has become politically expedient over time to break down unemployment categories into short and long term and place people on different benefits or under different schemes to shade the numbers what really doesn’t get addressed are the attitudes we’ve formed to welfare.

      Whereas in a short term situation it makes some sense to have incentives for people to get back into the workforce, over a longer period of time and for those who genuinely fall into different categories this becomes punitive and encourages a great deal of negativity on any number of levels.

      I suspect that what needs to be introduced to any conversation that we have about welfare payments therefore isn’t a blanket rate rise, but a rationalisation of where the money goes that is both better for those who need it most and seen to be as such.

      I also wonder if the NDIS isn’t also going to affect how this whole area is treated.

      As things like energy prices will start to rise I also see lifting the size of concessions people receive on their rates and utility bills as a good way to deal with it.

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      • doug quixote November 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

        I advocate a rise in Newstart to the level of the Disability pension, ie from the relative lowest in the OECD to a more acceptable level.

        A worker who loses his or her job aged 50 or so is in a poor state unless they own their own home. The money is no longer coming in but all the bills still need to be paid; there is only so long that a juggling act can last. Workers at that age need many months to find a new job, and Newstart should be geared to keeping them more or less at the same level in the meantime, whilst they search.

        Even economists like Judith Sloan advocate a large rise in Newstart.

        We must hope that if and when a budget surplus is safely put away, or we can all agree that it is no longer desirable, the adjustment will be made. Patience is a virtue; I just hope that the impoverished Newstart clients can last out the wait.

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        • hudsongodfrey November 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

          I’m wondering if the disability pension is going to disappear when NDIS comes in.

          Apart from that it just concerns me that while “clients” (a term I’m not overly sure about) of the system do understand it I doubt that voters do. In fact I’m pretty sure that they don’t and that this is what leads to some of the problems. Even scathing comparisons to OECD levels of welfare fail to gain traction unless people are appraised of them in real terms with reference to measures they can easily appreciate.

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          • doug quixote December 1, 2012 at 8:36 am #

            “Clients” is what they call them; Centrelink is trying newspeak, and its Job Service Providers are worse, with US corporate jargon and all the claptrap.

            It is hard for government, or anyone else for that matter, to cut across the miasma of innuendo and negativity to enunciate goals or policy.

            Perhaps after a surplus has been delivered, or abandoned by consensus. We live in hope.

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            • hudsongodfrey December 1, 2012 at 9:17 am #

              Jesus Doug you all but came out with the phrase “programmatic specificity” there!

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              • doug quixote December 1, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

                I generally try to use short words, rather than long ones, and to avoid jargon if I can. I try to follow modern English usage and to avoid slang, and unnecessary complexity. Some may mistake this for simplicity or naivete.

                I often try to respond to match the apparent sophistication of the interrogator; sometimes I get this wrong. Sometimes my ego gets the better of me. C’est la vie.

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  11. Hypocritophobe November 29, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    @HG,
    Who you callin’ big ears?

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    • hudsongodfrey November 30, 2012 at 10:46 am #

      Hey Hypo! If the cap fits wear it…..assuming you can find one that sits over those enormous ears :)

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  12. paul walter November 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    I like that last post from HG. The underlying elements that create and unblock gridlock are all inherent within the comment that includes, “psychology of Welfare”.
    It’s where questions of philosophy and of what the economy is, people are and their purpose is and society is have been identified by HG.
    The best you can do or say is that Gillard and Abbott may be examples of what a late capitalist economy produces as its version of “leadership”,as it slips further away from innovation and deeper into class-driven defensiveness. Conflict over issues symbolic evidences the loss of vision and adventure that defined an earlier age.
    The politicians bob about like corks in an ocean, their sense of their own significance remains extant within them years after everyone else got tired of waiting and walked off.
    What you see ultimately is a system that produces amateurs to run government and the reward must consequently derive from the antics of the politicians rather than fascination with what they (often accidentally ) actually achieve.
    So, you don’t have to love a politician.
    Chances are this politician is as mediocre as you or I.
    What you look for is one likely to do less damage than the others and that is why people like myself and say, Marilyn, have different ideas on how useful Abbott or Gillard can be,,depending on how they see things panning out in the future.

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    • Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

      Well Paul,
      You just validated exactly why people should finally bite the bullet and vote for anyone but a member of the two major parties.Basically we have a choice of opportunistic fuckwits who sometimes trip over a real result on their way to a Golden Handshake, is what you are saying. All the while being loyal to the party well above being loyal to the plebs who actually got them their job.I’d call that serious hand biting.
      But of course we all know that this Nation is rife with apathy, and there is Buckleys of anyone (in large enough numbers) actually thinking outside the box,let alone acting outside it.
      That my friend is exactly why I won’t sell out my principles to legitimise “a puppet who jiggles for scum.”
      (Especially for the pathetic reasoning of “I must, because she is not he.”)
      You should also remember(unless naivety is your cuddly new friend) that if after all the toxic policies Gillard et al have introduced,she should win the election,that she won’t be reverting to a previous ‘warm hearted version of Labor’.These cold evolutionary changes are here to stay.And the direction right is set to continue.An even greater reason not to legitimise what you don’t believe in.

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      • paul walter November 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

        I didn’t think any one could out do me for sourness, but you have just taken the prize, Hypo.
        Your comments a realistic enough,
        It’s just the usual depressing gap between the desirable and what’s possible and what’s likely. It is morale sapping,
        You must realise that the accumulated wasting of Mother Earth’s bounty on rubbish when there is so much misery that could be alleviated defeats even a moron.
        But yes, it is true
        Here in Adelaide for example, the likes of Gillard and US SoS Clinton have announced that further ploughshares be beaten into swords with the developing of facilities intended to service the US naval fleet.
        “What”, you ask?
        And its true.
        We wouldn’t have them on our minds, except for Mitsubishi going bust and Holdens proppy and the economy here in the doldrums at the exact time that our generous fellow Aussies in some other states want an end to fiscal equalisation, the means for redressing income generation between resource rich and resource poor states within our Commonwealth.
        So “Things Are Crook In Tallarook”, when you have to put up US uniformed guys in the spare rooom because the economy is phutt, But the fear of empty pockets and cupboards will drive even proud folk,let alone humble South Australians to dire straights, including (shudders) sacrificial loss of pride and the acceptance of the proposition proposed by the strong.

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        • Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

          So the slide into permanent “Up You Jack”, is set to continue and gather momentum,then.
          Meanwhile in modern politics Aussie style, the mode is now monorail.Same loco-motive up front,just different adverts on the carriages full of sheep being shuttled to the abattoirs.

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          • paul walter November 30, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

            Hopefully not. Although a nation that can afford to live in the fantasy land Oz lives in, ya gotta wonder!
            Peter Sellers starred in a beaut black comedy over fifty years ago now, on your subject.
            The odd thing is people’s incapacity for either great good or evil for any length of time. Part of this relates to Socrates’ proposition that folk find it harder to do wrong than right.
            We know what a pain in the arse it is to do right sometimes, costly and time consuming, etc.
            Yet Socrates claims it is harder to do wrong than right.
            Disregarding things like consciences, can we say we are lucky to be as lazy as we are?
            What hope, the Virtuous?

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        • Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

          “I didn’t think any one could out do me for sourness, but you have just taken the prize, Hypo.”

          You’re too hard on yourself,
          Paul.
          Your bitterness is way more significant.Be proud, my son.

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    • hudsongodfrey November 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

      Hmmm well I’m not sure that I haven’t been deconstructed and put back together with a couple of pieces missing, when all I was really trying to say is that we all seem to want to be critical of welfare yet the last thing we’re disposed towards is actually understanding it. How much is too much, or how little too austere, clearly cannot depend on any objective standard if nobody knows anything about it really, apart from where their interests and sympathies lie.

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      • Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

        Well HG it’s pretty obvious that the broader Australian society doesn’t really give a toss,because we buried the shoe swap tradition around about the era of the Howardasauras Rex.
        What those people need (who draw benefits) is sustenance AND dignity.
        The bulk of the populous dwells far too much on ‘what others have’ even though they wouldn’t swap places for quids.
        I think the idea of linking real cost of living to the individuals circumstances has merit,but delivering it is fraught with difficulty, and there are still those who abuse the system.
        That said,no wonder depression and suicide is on the rise, and manifesting in younger and younger kids.

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        • hudsongodfrey November 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

          See that’s the difference between a left wing cynic and a right wing one. Us lefties sulk that out egalitarian ideas seem to have been forgotten. Your true right-libertarian thinks suicide is a valid choice that takes pressure off the need for big government!

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        • hudsongodfrey November 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

          Of course what I should’ve said about the “broader Australian Society” is that if they haven’t got a clue then how can they be expected to care?

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  13. Marilyn November 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    I was told by a friend the other night that I am extremist because I do not want a racist bigot as a leader of this country, both major party leaders today are racist bigots, but I bet many in both parties are not.

    So why are we stuck with two far right bigots?

    To appease the US and the racists in the mortgage belt who think they are owed everything.

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    • Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

      “So why are we stuck with two far right bigots?”
      The main reasons are:
      They accurately reflect the mainstream view.
      They ( and the MSM spin) draw the attention of the punters away,while the multinationals rape/pillage/burn/log/steal everything they can until they have had their fill or it runs out,whichever comes first.Given they cannot be filled……

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    • paul walter November 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

      Marilyn, how often have people explained that to you.
      Because it is a corrupt world full of corrupt people at this stage in its development and people who have actual power and wealth do not the masses of people interfering in the processes that maintain the wealth and power status quo.
      It’s not our ABC, its their’s, to paraphrase.

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      • Marilyn November 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

        Paul, I am older than you, respect your elders and don’t patronise me ever again.

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        • Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

          ..and you only post under one ID….

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      • doug quixote November 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

        She may be old as the fucking hills but she never fucking listens.

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        • hudsongodfrey November 30, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

          No Doug, She never Fucking agrees!

          Consider perhaps the prospect that sometimes she’s wrong and at others you’re wrong. Otherwise you might as well bay at the moon for all the good it might do!

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          • doug quixote November 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

            I agree.

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            • Marilyn November 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

              I don’t, I do listen, I just don’t agree with esoteric crap and never have.

              A racist is a racist is a racist and Gillard is a racist.

              If you don’t like that prove me wrong.

              The AWU thing is a diversion from the racism that allows a man to stay near death in a stinking old tent on Nauru after being kidnapped, rendered and tormented by us – he was only brought to Australia today and was then told if he lives he will go back to Nauru.

              It takes a real true blue racist to be so cruel to a man just because he asked for help after dissenting against the Iranian government and wanting his rights upheld here.

              Perhaps if Gillard was not aware of the cruelty of what she is doing that would allow her some wriggle room but she is well aware and does not care.

              Her ignorant belief that we should vote against the Palestinians is led by the racist zionist lobby in Melbourne, it has to be seen for what it is – racism.

              Her decree that gays shall not marry must only be seen as bigotry to pander to the likes of Joe De Bruyn and never mind the rights of the people involved.

              Her abuse of single parents while pretending she is a victim of sexism is abhorrent and bullying and should be called bullying.

              Gillard and Abbott are twins separated at birth but with the same ingrained racist streak, must be the pommy thing.

              And they have the same contempt for the law, the rule of law and separation of powers and neither are fit to tie the bootlaces of most of us.

              So suck it up Doug.

              Or prove me wrong.

              Forgot to mention the abuse of David Hicks, Julian Burnside and others because she is too lazy and ignorant to care.

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              • Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

                “Gillard and Abbott are twins separated at birth”
                Word.
                Or Yin and Yang.

                Some people are taking longer than others to wake up.Some never will.Some cannot be arsed even when wide awake.If the NSW right get away with the installation of Gillard ‘plus’ an election win the punters will wonder what hit them.Little Johnny will start to look like Mother Theresa.

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              • doug quixote November 30, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

                Of course you are wrong! When are you ever right?

                The PM carries out the laws. If you don’t like the laws, try to change them.

                If you don’t like being given a parking ticket either don’t park there or change the law so it isn’t against the law.

                Don’t blame the parking cop or the ranger.

                As for the vote for enhanced Palestinian status, I doubt very much that any racist impulses were at work; probably more like a desire to support our great ally, a somewhat misplaced desire in my view. In any event, it did not happen.

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                • hudsongodfrey November 30, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

                  No Doug, the PM is instrumental and responsible for making the laws, and should herself be the one to change them when they’re wrong. It’s called…. what was it again…. Oh yes I remember now….Her JOB!

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                  • doug quixote November 30, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

                    She is? In a minority government? With a minority in the Senate as well?

                    Wow. Pull the other one.

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                    • hudsongodfrey November 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

                      I don’t that the job description reads “somebody to run the country and make laws on a part time basis in the event that greens or independents might quite like to enter into power sharing arrangements on weekends and public holidays.”

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              • hudsongodfrey November 30, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

                Marilyn,

                If I my be taken quite seriously for asking, what makes you think Gillard is a racist, as opposed to somebody who it might be assumed from your account of her is lacking in compassion or simply disagrees for other reasons we cannot be completely sure of?

                I did get the feeling that Howard had played the race card once too often, and hardly think I was on my own in holding that sentiment.

                I think Abbott is damned by feint praise, as well as guilt by association with his former mentor. Heck! He even wanted to change the racial vilification act.

                But of Gillard I can only say that if pandering to xenophobia be guilt by association with racists then I’m thoroughly prepared to condemn her as an apologist for the worst kind of bigotry.

                I just see no particular evidence of personal racism on her part. And I think it probably does make a difference to the language we’re entitled to use.

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                • Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

                  Well let’s go on circumstantial to start with.
                  The Duck test.

                  Walk?Tick.Very Duck like.
                  Talk? Tick. Very,very Duck like
                  Bottom feeder? Tick (lawyer)
                  Skimmer? ?Likely.
                  Does mud or shit slide off her??Apparently (well at least for now)
                  Does she fly to get around?Tick
                  Seen migrating North?Tick
                  Thankfully I don’t know if she smells like a duck.
                  But do ducks carry knives?
                  Come to think of it I do recall hearing that on the night Rudd was axed someone was heard screaming, “DUCK KEVIN!!!!! , DUCK!!!!!”

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                  • hudsongodfrey November 30, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

                    Oh you missed the bit where I was hoping to be taken seriously, but I see now that as a means to a punchline it wasn’t so bad :)

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                    • Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

                      Sorry HG.
                      I thought I would just point out that by now we should all know that Gobbard’s default position is 8 furlongs to the right of Howard.So calling her a racist may well be complimentary.There’s plenty of wood in Canberra, so in regard to Bollard, I think you will find that lots of mystery ‘objects’ will start to pop out it soon enough, and end in a mind numbing crescendo.Whenever a leak or scandal comes from the right the trickles soon become Niagara falls in volume.

                      My mind is made up, but,just out of curiosity can you think why Brandis would risk a defamation suit,if he was just jumping at shadows?Or why if he is FOS, why Julia Mallard has not called in the lawyers yet,if she is all squeaky clean?
                      I mean surely there is something in all this which prevents her from going onto a real attack?

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                    • hudsongodfrey November 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

                      I think part of the reason may well be called parliamentary privilege.

                      Not convinced we’ve seen them repeat the kinds of specific claims in unqualified terms outside of the chamber.

                      And I think also that she’s either a heck of and actress or the acts of bluff involved in fielding all comers at a couple of her recent press conferences is a heck of a gamble.

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                    • doug quixote December 1, 2012 at 12:07 am #

                      The alternative is that she is telling the truth.

                      And I mean that Hypo’s post is pathetic and a disgrace. Go join the shitfest at Catallaxy.

                      I expected better from you too, HG.

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                    • hudsongodfrey December 1, 2012 at 8:27 am #

                      Okay Doug, I’m not taking that option off the table and never even inferred that. To the same extent that I’d ask of Marilyn whether she’s ever been overly racist then I’d ask of you whether there’s evidence that she’s ever been particularly supportive of things like multiculturalism or defended immigration from non Anglo countries.

                      So far as I can see apart from her appalling policies to target asylum seekers she’s a complete blank slate on racial issues. And frankly what I’ve been saying here takes the view that if the passion she has shown in her own defence could only be channelled into ending racism in this country she might actually be WORTH saving.

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                  • doug quixote November 30, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

                    That is truly pathetic, and a disgrace.

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                    • Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

                      You mean Gillard?

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                    • Poirot November 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

                      Here’s Barrie Cassidy’s take on it all – comparison with the Clinton Whitewater scandal.

                      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-30/cassidy-drowning-in-whitewater/4398882

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                    • doug quixote December 1, 2012 at 12:15 am #

                      The conservatives are great haters; they tried to destroy Hillary’s career, and now they recycle and recycle this crap attacking Gillard.

                      Hillary might well still prove to be a great President. Many thought in 1992-1999 or so that they had elected the wrong Clinton. She will be 69 in 2016.

                      And Julia Gillard may still be PM by then.

                      Get off her case!

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                • paul walter December 1, 2012 at 3:58 am #

                  Sorry Hudgod, you seem again too soft on Tony Abbott and the whole dry edifice of the coalition side of politics.
                  But you can rationally see Dougs’ point, which part of me identifies with, a gut level thing discussed by JW in several other threads in the past here on “othering” and why it is powerful amongst Hansonists here and Romneyites in the USA, and such a good means for the establishment to achieve their perhaps dubious “control” impulses and capitalist objectives without understanding the intolerance that animates culture at this time in history that could be being energised with fatal result for many across the globe. The lords of the universes’ sense of greedy and social apathy in general have not prevented them from wreaking the damage warned of during the thirty years previous to this century in ecology, misuse of technology and economics.
                  Hi Marilyn, as you Hypo and Jennifer Wilson ought to know, I do not enjoy being part of the “Solutions” of the last decade: Howard’s government was vile it is hard to praise Labor’s conduct and I don’t know why the ALP has to have been so timid in moving to better treatment of deserving asylum seekers.
                  But I think it relates as much to real politik, including from the pragmatist ALP government itself of the manipulable nature of embedded, even subconscious racism not only in Australia, the West but transculturally, the global apparatus controlling this fast becoming largely apparatchiks of international capita against the rational often regional interests of many “others”.
                  But I feel DQ’s and Hudgod’s comments a little
                  more credible than some here give them credit for, for some sense of worldly politics.

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                  • doug quixote December 1, 2012 at 8:27 am #

                    Thank you Paul. Those who always seek to take the high moral ground just don’t understand how the world works. Those of my view are in a minority here, not surprisingly, but I do try to educate some of those who will listen.

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                  • hudsongodfrey December 1, 2012 at 9:15 am #

                    Paul,

                    I want to be able to bury Howard and Abbott in the ignominy they deserve on these racial issues by comparison with Labor, but they’re just not giving us the opportunity to do so.

                    Rudd, yes even Rudd, who I otherwise thought was pretty hopeless, was a great brilliant shining light on these issues by comparison. He apologised to the First Australians, in a move that had by that time become a political necessity, but at least he did it and made it feel genuine for a while. He made asylum seeker policies less harsh too. Probably as much as the political environment of the time could allow. But ultimately we know he floundered in the job, and blotted his copy book a couple of times in his dealings with the Chinese. he didn’t leave me convinced in any way that he could lead on racial issues of much else.

                    Gillard on the other hand as I’ve said, being a capable orator in her own defence appears to lack conviction on many issues. She was strong enough on education reform though unconvincing to my way of thinking in the direction she’s taken with NAPLAN. And on racial issues I have to ask because I just don’t fucking know. And I ought to know. She should be leading with her ability, but the only thing she seems to do is crucify refugees on the cross of her own political ambition. Why? I ask myself, because given a choice between her and Mr Rabbit then it isn’t a matter of a simple preference, it’s actually imperative in my view that we DON’T get Abbott.

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                    • Hypocritophobe December 1, 2012 at 9:40 am #

                      Ejja cyashun (Education) in fact is Gizzards fall back position.She thinks she invented it.
                      It has now become a mish mash of piece meal bureaucratic wish lists since the plasticine Garrett took over.
                      The talk of educating better has dominated the conversation,meantime nothing has changed.In fact it’s heading backwards.Our own people should have greater and cheaper access to uni, and there should be no labour shortages in a mining (any) boom which has a labour shortage.More failure.Not even trying.

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                    • hudsongodfrey December 1, 2012 at 9:43 am #

                      And they didn’t make so much as a fucking peep when the coalition governments practically eviscerated TAFE!

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  14. Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    Here is your post election gift folks.
    No matter who gets in.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-30/gst-reform-should-be-considered3a-report/4401446

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  15. Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    Shoe meet other foot, other foot meet shoe…..

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-30/an-australian-man-detained-in-philippines/4401840

    Suck it up Mr Jovica, our govt is too busy persecuting the weak to be running around after you….

    and here’s the ironic twist..

    *Professor Rothwell said it was not yet clear whether consular officials were doing enough on Mr Jovica’s behalf.

    “His matter is being dealt with under Philippine law at the moment and that’s entirely legitimate for Filipino legal purposes,” he said.

    “But there does become a point in some of these matters, when fundamental human rights are being infringed, that it’s more than appropriate for the Australian Government to intervene.”

    REPEAT

    “But there does become a point in some of these matters, when fundamental human rights are being infringed, that it’s more than appropriate for the Australian Government to intervene”

    AGAIN

    But there does become a point in some of these matters, when fundamental human rights are being infringed, that it’s more than appropriate for the Australian Government to intervene.

    *Professor Donald Rothwell, an expert in international law at the Australian National University.

    Fundamental human rights are to Gillard et al,what wide mouthed frogs are to alligators.on one hand we have bullshit about wanting the First Australians recognised in the constitution, on the other their rights are trampled by way of the intervention.On one hand wanting a seat at the UN security council, on the other too piss weak to vote or uphold the UN Conventions or to include our actual land mass in the guidelines.
    It won’t be long and a legitimate refugee, held offshore, will set a precedent in law and the floodgates of humanity will be well and truly open.Watch how the parasites in power take the credit.Wide mouthed frogs everywhere.

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  16. Hypocritophobe November 30, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    Reply to HG @

    hudsongodfrey November 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    But haven’t the accusations actually been repeated outside Parliament now?

    (See the top two on the list at the link)

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/search/?query=brandis&x=42&y=8

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  17. Hypocritophobe December 1, 2012 at 12:49 am #

    I’ve heard it all now.
    The sun shines out of the arse of someone who destroyed Labor, and now ethical standards thereof, are being set,nay demanded from DQ.
    Ha fkn ha.
    There are two sets of rules according to you DQ,One where you get to verbally smash the coalition, Abbott etc (and most times they deserve it based on actions and reactions they take) and yet faux Labor, the newly created Frankenstein of the NSW right,using a dead hearted woman for a Labor shop front, is out of bounds.
    Some would say you have a Macabre sense of humour.
    I just say blatant hypocrite.
    Gillard should and will go.
    No amount of posturing from you will change that.
    This blog is an eyelash hair in the pacific ocean of voters intentions.Even if the MSM shut its gob about Gillards hypocrisy from today till beyond the election,she is toast.Taking the status quo, the next parliament will very likely not have a clear result,but if Gillard is leader it won’t be another Labor minority government.The best that we can hope for is a short lived coalition govt ( and a watershed moment for a reborn Labor) or a woken up electorate who actually vote with their brains for a change.
    Both majors are a pox.An equally rancid, equally fetid, light weight blend of opportunistic dross.If it was raining courage they would all have their umbrellas up.

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    • doug quixote December 1, 2012 at 8:10 am #

      What does Macabre have to do with anything? She is thoroughly pissed off with you lot, and in any event probably in London by now, after hijacking my computer whenever she feels like insulting the nicest of the nice, Helvi. I’ve even tried passwords, but she is technically savvy. She does not like Reader1 or any of the other female bloggers (jealous?) ; she won’t even bother talking to Marilyn. I wonder why I bother. But Macabre is very talented . . . :)

      As for your general malaise, I sympathise.

      But you are very wrong. That I know that Realpolitik governs the real world does not mean that I have to like it. And I believe I have a very strong set of principles, based on the ideas which can be described in shorthand as :

      “do no harm”
      “karma”
      “do unto others”
      “the greater good”
      “innocent until proven guilty”
      “liberte, egalite, fraternite”

      That is enough to go on with.

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      • helvityni December 1, 2012 at 9:05 am #

        Do Broomhilde and Reader1 also use your computer, DQ?

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        • Hypocritophobe December 1, 2012 at 9:43 am #

          Don’t bother asking, Helvi.He has now moved on from Trolling to lies.
          This is his moral high ground.

          ” Macabre November 27, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

          You are a bigger idiot than I thought you were. Shooting’s too good.”

          I think I will stop feeding him.

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          • Forrest Gumpp (@ForrestGumpp) December 1, 2012 at 10:37 am #

            That was ‘mushroom avatar’ Macabre, I note.

            Just curious as to why the hash tag did not come up as a live link in your post, Hypo. To wit:

            ” November 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm # ”

            And, by gosh, it doesn’t when you simply copy the whole post reference! This I learn as I compile this very post. But if I right-click the hash tag link and select ‘copy link location, I can post it here as a live link: http://noplaceforsheep.com/2012/11/26/how-can-we-hurt-you-let-us-count-the-ways/#comment-57215

            I wonder whether this will work, too: http://noplaceforsheep.com/2012/11/26/how-can-we-hurt-you-let-us-count-the-ways/#comment-57483

            By golly, it looks like it does!

            I wish I was as technically-savvy and talented as mushroom-avatar Macabre, Hypo.

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            • Poirot December 1, 2012 at 10:46 am #

              Maybe we’ve discovered a new phrasing reference for someone who, while being exposed as a sock puppet, presses on regardless……such a course of action could be described as “mushroom macabre”.

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              • Hypocritophobe December 1, 2012 at 11:06 am #

                Howard was also incapable of apologising/kept digging when at the bottom of holes/said what he said about people coming here by boat, etc.

                His spiteful legacy goes on, even here.

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            • doug quixote December 1, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

              She used my computer, Forrest. Just ask Helvi what happens when Gerard uses hers, or she uses Gerard’s.

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              • Hypocritophobe December 1, 2012 at 11:52 pm #

                Your gelatinous lies make Kalgoorlie’s superpit, look like a soup bowl.
                Let it go.

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                • doug quixote December 1, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

                  I’ll send her a copy; she’ll be most amused.
                  LOL

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              • Poirot December 2, 2012 at 12:08 am #

                Doug,

                Helvi’s avatar name isn’t usually in red….but I found one where it was and it had gravitar.com/helvityni as the address and not Gerard’s oosterman.wordpress address.

                ….but it’s all a bit confusing for me.

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                • Hypocritophobe December 2, 2012 at 12:50 am #

                  When DQ decided to use an alter ego to abuse those he got frustrated with,he failed to think it through.
                  DQ obviously is happy in choosing to keep humiliating himself, which to me is very sad.

                  United States of Macabre or United States of DQ.
                  His choice.
                  But it still makes him a sock puppet.I did not think that would be necessary here of all places.But obviously the need to bag Helvi,bag Marilyn and bag me was too great, and he did not want to soil the DQ handle.

                  And to HG,
                  I presume your comment yesterday regarding ad homs applies to the coward using two identities to abuse posters here too,does it not?
                  Or do double standards apply equally to Gillard and to DQ/Macabre because he is her apologist?

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                  • doug quixote December 2, 2012 at 7:59 am #

                    If this post wasn’t so funny I’d be upset. I’m glad you liked my United States of Tara stuff so well as to use it here.

                    BTW, how many false IDs do you have? You see a possible mote in someone else’s eye largely because the beam in your own obscures the view.

                    LOL

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                    • Hypocritophobe December 2, 2012 at 10:19 am #

                      Ha fkn ha.
                      Now you want to make it about ME?
                      What a guy.
                      You really are John Howard.

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                • doug quixote December 2, 2012 at 8:02 am #

                  Macabre does not use Gravatar, and hates emoticons. She has been burnt before, and a stalker determined her “indirect” approach.

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                  • doug quixote December 2, 2012 at 8:03 am #

                    This was to Poirot.

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                  • Poirot December 2, 2012 at 10:21 am #

                    :DQ,

                    I’ve only ever caught out one sock puppet, because usually I’m not that sharp on such things….but it came about that I looked a little more closely at the comments because this person chose the sock puppet to abuse me by helicoptering into a thread and dressing me down.

                    So it was that one slow boring morning over at OLO, I decided to have a closer look at this poster’s style and noted similarities with another poster – so I decided to see if my suspicions were correct..

                    The poster in question initially responded with outrage….but as the morning wore on she admitted that her “sister” had been staying with her and had used her computer, etc etc….

                    All in all, social media is a strange kind of engagement, one without the usual checks and balances of real life.

                    I know, for instance, you’d be surprised if you learned that I was not a retired Belgian detective with a mincing gait and magnificent moustaches.

                    : )

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                    • Poirot December 2, 2012 at 10:24 am #

                      I have no idea how that smiley face ended up at the top in place of the “D”

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                  • Forrest Gumpp (@ForrestGumpp) December 2, 2012 at 11:08 am #

                    Screenshots of mouse-overs of each of the two userID ‘Macabre’ avatars on ‘Sheep’. Note URL displaying at bottom left of screen is in each case that of a Gravatar image. Screenshots taken at time and date as shown at top right of screen.

                    http://twitpic.com/bi8tm9

                    http://twitpic.com/bi8u16

                    It seems ‘Macabre’, in either of her incarnations, does use a Gravatar avatar.

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                    • Hypocritophobe December 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

                      Avatar schmavatar.
                      It;s verrrrrrrrrry s-i-m-p-l-e
                      DQ is Macabre.Period,whether he logged-on, on different computers or via different tech modes,ISPs etc is irrelevant FG.
                      He temporarily donned another cap when he got frustrated or lost the upper hand or just felt like insults and ad homs.
                      That MO goes back since the birth of Macabre.

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                    • doug quixote December 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

                      News to me. I’ll ask her.

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                • helvityni December 2, 2012 at 8:31 am #

                  Poirot, maybe Helvi doesn’t even exist, maybe she’s just a figment of Gerard Oosterman’s imagination: someone so perfect can’t be real… :)

                  Maybe DQ did not want to be seen joining the nasty girls under his usual gravatar, so he abused H using Macabre. How macabre… :)

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                  • Poirot December 2, 2012 at 9:51 am #

                    Helvi,

                    Maybe it’s magic……abra-macabre!!

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                  • doug quixote December 2, 2012 at 10:45 am #

                    Must you talk about me as if I’m not here? :) I always thought Gerard had to be a figment of your imagination . . . What sane Finn would marry a Dutchman? LOL

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                    • helvityni December 2, 2012 at 11:24 am #

                      DQ, talk to your mates, Reader1, Broomhilde, Kendall, Zero, Macabre, SM, Vor, etc, etc, etc, and they’ll tell you there are no sane Finns, nor Dutchman, and of course they are all mad in Norway…
                      Don’t even mention Denmark!

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                    • doug quixote December 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

                      No mates of mine Helvi, except for Mac.

                      The others are fellow denizens of certain blogs, perhaps. Can we get back to discussing the issues, please? There are serious matters to be discussed.

                      Everyone complains about the level of political discourse, and then spend days discussing irrelevancies.

                      The most recent issues are :

                      the NDIS scheme and how it might work;

                      The Royal Commission into the RC Church and others on pedophilia;

                      The state of the economy;

                      The Murray Darling Scheme;

                      Asylum seeker policies;

                      The Palestinian Question;

                      The continuing mess in Syria;

                      The perverse behaviour of the Egyptian president, and its likely destabilising effects on the Palestinian/Israel situation.

                      Any takers?

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                    • zerograv1 December 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

                      Leave me out of it Helvi, you made a wrong call associating me with this once before, I realise its extremely difficult for the indignantly self righteous to admit their wrong but I dont know any of those others apart from the occassional reply I make to them here – deal with it, or at least improve your sleuthing skills so you dont make so many mistakes.

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        • Hypocritophobe December 1, 2012 at 10:19 am #

          The Worls according to Doug Macabre Quixote

          “do no harm” Leave that to my elected leader
          “karma” I choose who to inflict karma on and when,how where.
          “do unto others” before they do it to me
          “the greater good” is what I say it is, even if it aint
          “innocent until proven guilty” unless they are of coalition political spectrum, or the left
          “liberte, egalite, fraternite” are 3 of my other pseudonyms

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          • doug quixote December 1, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

            Get lost Hypocrite.

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            • Hypocritophobe December 1, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

              You had and opening to retain some credibility. You could just have apologised but no, you had to big note yourself.
              Unless you ‘miraculously’ produced a medical cert with a ‘Tara’ diagnosis you will 4eva be the troll who got busted big time.
              And you STILL continue to readjust your tangled web.
              Pathetic, DQ,pathetic.

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        • doug quixote December 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

          Only Macabre, at times and when it suits her. As I’ve said before, Daddy is rich and she pleases herself, flying in and flying out whenever she pleases. I doubt there is a mountain range she hasn’t climbed or a blogger she hasn’t insulted.

          She is rather pretty in a Goth sort of a way, and very talented in the amorous arts. :)

          If anyone is insinuating that she isn’t what I say she is, they can well and truly go and get . . . . .

          As far as I know, Reader1 is a psych nurse, aged about 38-42 and fancies herself as a conspiracy theorist and a Nietzsche groupie. We have had some notable jousts and clashes in the past.

          Broomhilde – I don’t know if she’s for real or not. The posts seem fairly consistent, and if she is real she is very strange indeed – and even stranger if not real!

          Anyone else you’d like to know about?

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          • hudsongodfrey December 1, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

            Yeah, but its your humility that really sets you apart!

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  18. Hypocritophobe December 1, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    This is the Israel Gillard supports

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-01/us-says-israeli-settlement-plans-counterproductive/4402412

    when she toes the US and Israeli line, (and abstain on Palestine vote) and when she lacks any moral conviction to do the right thing.(It is obvious Gillard et all knew this settler invasion was imminent) I’m really looking forward to US bases across the country Julia.Imagine how safe we will all be.Yippee!

    Since signing on to enact the power plays of the NSW right, she is either incapable of, or constrained into not doing the right thing. She obviously has no loyalty to the voters, and is a repeat offender when it comes to massive misjudgements.Totally poll driven and desperate.
    She is out of her depth and dragging us down with her. If she were any more like Abbott she would be him.It seems in Gillards world Israel can invade at will,but a few desperate refugees on leaky boats can f*ck off and die elsewhere.
    Marilyn,you maybe too kind to Gillard.

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    • hudsongodfrey December 1, 2012 at 10:05 am #

      And this is the Asylum Seeker Policy she told us would be kinder that Howard’s..

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-30/hunger-striking-asylum-seeker-evacuated-from-nauru/4401842

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      • Hypocritophobe December 1, 2012 at 10:10 am #

        Yes indeed.But according to ‘some’ here;
        Gillard and Bowen are entitled to scream at his rapidly approaching corpse,
        “sucked in,go home,face death you non refugee scum!”

        This is the New Labor.

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      • Marilyn December 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

        Gillard never wanted a kinder refugee policy, she always wanted it to be as brutal as it could be.

        She loved Ruddock’s Nauru deal and couldn’t wait to do it again, that iis why she put a racist, ignorant spiv like Bowen in the job.

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        • hudsongodfrey December 1, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

          Marilyn,

          Can you not see that it honestly doesn’t make any sense to me that she should really want such a thing as opposed to simply finding it politically expedient. The latter requires serious condemnation without doubt, but to be able to say that she is so racist as to desire brutality makes the sort of allegation that needs somehow to be evidenced.

          So if you want to have the sort of conversation about how bad you think she is then I for one think it ought to be limited to allegations we’ve evidence of in the same way that I think Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop are in trouble if they can’t back their claims of criminality against her.

          And I can’t bear leaving your contentions unchallenged to the extent that I think Abbott would be much worse. In which case I don’t think abandoning Labor gives us much to look forwards to. So what is it to be then? Because the cold comfort of being able to viscously attack the party we’ve come to know how to hate when they do the wrong thing doesn’t actually justify the fact that if Abbott goes further than Gillard has then real actual refugees are really and actually going to suffer more.

          I think I would somehow prefer to keep trying to convince Gillard to act more morally. Wouldn’t you?

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          • paul walter December 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

            Precisely the point I’ve been trying to make for years.

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            • hudsongodfrey December 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

              Seriously I’m glad you agree with the point I’ve made and I’ll live with it if Hypo disagrees. But they were questions I posed specifically to Marilyn because she’s the one calling Gillard racist. The only point that I want to make being that willingness to condemn somebody for what they have done and willingness to label condemn them based solely upon your suspicions about their motives are still two different things separated by lack of evidence for the latter.

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          • Hypocritophobe December 1, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

            And how exactly could Abbott be worse on refugee policy, HG?
            I mean, other than his reduction of the intake number.
            And we all that turning around is a limited option.And even Howard did not excise the continent.

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            • hudsongodfrey December 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

              All I can tell you Hypo, is that every time Gillard shuffles to the right Abbott leaps a bit further then complains she still hasn’t done enough.

              When she reopened Nauru and Manus Is he still wanted TPVs. If he could he’d tow the boats back to Indonesia, but he and Morrison lacked the gall to front the Indonesians with that policy idea when he had the chance so….

              If anything all this proves is that pretty much the whole of asylum seeker policy is a Punch and Judy show pandering to some of the very worst elements in out midst.

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              • Hypocritophobe December 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

                Yep,
                Agree.

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          • Hypocritophobe December 1, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

            “I think I would somehow prefer to keep trying to convince Gillard to act more morally. Wouldn’t you?”

            How HG?
            She obeys the NSW right only.

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            • hudsongodfrey December 1, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

              If she gets in at all after he next election don’t be surprised if she’s dancing beholden to coalition partners from further to her left, since there are increasingly fewer reasons not to vote Green.

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              • Hypocritophobe December 1, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

                Sadly Labor cannot win with Gillard.(If she makes it that far)
                Ask around if you don’t believe me.
                Pencil it in.

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                • hudsongodfrey December 2, 2012 at 10:12 am #

                  It’s always interesting to ask at the point when the conversation goes to writing off leaders whether we’re voting on policy, personality or maybe a bit of both?

                  As I’ve said Gillard seems capable when inspired by personal attacks on her. And there’s almost a year to go, so those performances beg the question as to whether there are others who could actually do better, if so who and under what circumstances. And by circumstances I mean the promotion or defence of policy settings that either the character of the leader or the consensus of the party get behind. It becomes a kind of question in two halves as to who’s the right leader and what are the right policies.

                  Do we see Julia as the right leader given better policies, or do we see Rudd or Carr as capable of changing the government’s policy direction and making it stick.

                  Or if they’re going to change the leader at all then will they do the politically savvy thing and wait until the next election campaign starts so that whoever takes over does so with the benefit of the honeymoon period new leaders normally enjoy if they smile a lot and make a few of the right conciliatory noises and propitiations.

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                  • doug quixote December 2, 2012 at 10:37 am #

                    That is always possible; but surely any change of PM now or in the next 12 months would only add to the disquiet.

                    It didn’t work in NSW, nor in Victoria, nor in England. A new leader would still have baggage, and a recycled one would have a trainload of it.

                    Carr is doing a fine job at Foreign Affairs, it is what he wanted to do for at least the last 30 years, whilst being trapped into being Premier of NSW.

                    As for the ex PM, there is enough detrimental material to see him at 10% approval within a few months of taking over.

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                    • hudsongodfrey December 2, 2012 at 10:56 am #

                      We know your opinion, but critical analysis of policies was what was really called for.

                      In my view if Gillard changes little she merely relies on dissatisfaction with her performance tending to send more disgruntled Labor supporters into the arms of the Greens than Abbott. And I think that’s a pity because our policies on asylum seekers are so thoroughly despicable that I wouldn’t be surprised if a few people even vote coalition out of spite.

                      I think another leader could however change tack on the issue of Assange, or on Gay Marriage.

                      I think any Labor leader should in the run up to the next election be talking positively about the action we’ve taken on climate change because Abbott’s fear campaign has predictably folded like the house of cards that it always was. Perhaps the mooted move to an ETS is an initiative we want to be looking at in the run up to the election.

                      But whether ANY prospective Labor leader could or should do anything other than slavishly follow the Houston report on asylum seekers is sadly rather difficult to imagine. What I think that they should do is to use the fact that the current situation with the hunger strikers on Nauru may provide an opportunity to go either re-open the conversation, or indeed go back to the Houston panel for another look at what ought to be done. And whoever succeeds in doing that would probably make the better leader.

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                    • doug quixote December 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

                      Do you really think there are any votes in gay marriage as an issue?

                      Do you really think there are any votes in going left on asylum seekers?

                      Do you really think Assange is any sort of an issue?

                      Therein lies the frustration of the left.

                      And why those here like to take a potshot at the messenger.

                      Things may change; gay marriage will pass before the decade is out, and we will then wonder what all the fuss was about.

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                  • Hypocritophobe December 2, 2012 at 10:38 am #

                    It’s way simpler than that, HG.
                    It’s about how she got the job(loyalty), who arranged it, what she has done for the country since getting the job,how that relates to the core values of the voters who voted for the party she leads.
                    Fail,fail and further fail.
                    I’m prepared to hear how voters who traditional over ‘leaders’ out will find it within themselves to miraculously install her.The best I have heard is speeches from her mignions telling mr what a stellar job she is doing, and her fluffers telling me she is better than Abbott.
                    Whilst knowing how shallow and apathetic the electorate is (can be) the most tolerant of Labor supporters are poised to revolt.
                    And keep in mind also that despite months of verbal diarrhoea about how bad Rudd was, not one of Gillards mouth pieces could/can compile a list of mistakes/betrayals and misdemeanour’s which rival hers, when it comes to policy,especially the traditional Labor policy platform.
                    Only the spin doctors have a list.And it is coated in crap.
                    Rudd wanted to set up a faction free government, and that was his downfall.
                    If Gillard had honestly earned the mantle of PM,she would have and should have received it from a fair process,not from a factional demand.
                    Another fail.

                    (And because a recent precedent has been set whereby it seems to be OK to pick and choose your dialogue partners, I am not in any way interested in any of the balck and gold rhetoric from DQ,Cheers)

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                    • Hypocritophobe December 2, 2012 at 10:44 am #

                      EDIT
                      “I’m prepared to hear how voters who traditionally vote Labor will find it within themselves to miraculously install her.”

                      “black and gold”

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                    • hudsongodfrey December 2, 2012 at 11:06 am #

                      Sure Hypo, I get all that but just as I also said to Doug the question I posed requires some vision about policy not just a sense of malaise or delusion with respect to the leader’s personal virtues. If you see the response I’ve posted to him then you’ll know what I’m on about.

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                    • zerograv1 December 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

                      As I have posted previously, neither Labor or Liberal in its current form has much to offer, it seems we are instead offered a whole plateload of policy red herrings most of which the Government has much power to make a difference too regardless of what decision is made. (Refugees will still choose to flee from persecution regardless if we house them in Nauru or the Hilton for instance – nothing will change in that regard!). Similarly climate change will blithely travel down natures way regardless of what policy paper our neck of the woods agrees on. (Im reminded of the last episodes of Hitchikers Guide to the galaxy where the middle ship gets bogged down on inventing the wheel and progressing their existance because the marketing consultants cant decide what colour it should be! FFS – says it all)
                      I agree the electorate badly needs fresh poicy initiatives designed to get a healthy economy, full employment well serviced government departments, future vision including population, infrastructure, housing and environmental planning (among others). The sad reality is that in place of the above we are offered a number of rather meaningless debating points that invite who’s right/who’s wrong positions to be taken and nothing other than endless recycled arguments occurs. I cant vote for any ot the major parties (blue, red, green or brindle) and wont as they stand. I dont care who leads, I do care that inertia rules at present.

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          • Marilyn December 2, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

            I had the conversations with her face to face on a number of occassions, she hates refugees.

            Who else could possible claim in her Lowy speech that she is aware that refugees are escaping genocide, torture, imprisonment without trial and other human rights violations and then state how she is going to stop them from doing so.

            I suggest you read the Nauru refugees web page.

            She is a cold, calculating coward, as none of you have ever met and spoken with her and I have who the fuck are you to claim I am lying.

            And people in the ALP have been trying to convince Gillard to act more morally since 2002 and have not succeeded one jot.

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            • hudsongodfrey December 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

              Marilyn,

              I am not in any way claiming that you are lying. But nor are you telling the kind of truth that includes evidence of racist statements of any kind on her part.

              So while the public record does reflect very poorly upon her dealings with asylum seekers and refugees, the broader accusation of racism that you’re making just isn’t substantiated well enough to support your continual labelling of her as a racist!

              You may otherwise be reflecting quite accurately on her overall character. You may even be trying to redefine the term racist to have the kind of broader meaning that we recently found misogynist has. But what you can’t discount is just that she is just a political creature given to the usual vagaries of that profession and lacking the moral courage of convictions you hold when it comes to any discussion of refugees.

              You’re making is a serious allegation in terms of way the label racist impugns a person’s character, but I don’t think you can make it stick! And if we don’t point these things out to one another then what winds up happening is that allegations no better founded than the ones Liberal members have recently confabulated from their dirt files are also going to be afforded credence.

              And as for who the fuck I think that I am, I’m sure it matters less than it would if Gillard were to pose the same question to you? And I’m far from convinced she would not!

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        • doug quixote December 1, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

          That is hysterical Marilyn. I’ve never heard a word of criticism of Bowen from any informed observer.

          You posted earlier :

          “I was told by a friend the other night that I am extremist”

          Does that tell you something?

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  19. Hypocritophobe December 1, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    Be afraid if (when) this bloke gets his way.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-01/cameron-lauded-by-uk-press-on-leveson-response/4402396

    Do the MSM have no bottom in their barrel?

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  20. Forrest Gumpp (@ForrestGumpp) December 2, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    I saw this tweet yesterday on Twitter, and thought it might bear tangentially on this discussion:

    The link, which is live in the tweet-box, is to an article titled ‘A ‘revolt of the engaged’ just might save our politics’, published on 1 December 2012 as an Age opinion piece.

    Tanner’s article is an edited extract of his lecture at the Melbourne Law School, ”Integrity in Politics: The Power of Ideas”, presented by the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies in association with the Accountability Roundtable. I do not know whether it was Tanner or an Age editor who gave the title to the extract. I am uneasy with it.

    I feel a perhaps more appropriate title would have been along the lines of ‘Integrity in Politics: The Power of the Manipulation of Megadata’, but to be fair, although I believe Tanner to have been sincerely looking for explanation for the state of public debate in Australia, I think he needed to be looking more frequently in a different, more ‘mechanical’ direction, and over a longer time-frame. Yet there was some encouragement that Tanner is prepared to look in that direction, for he said:

    “Consumer behaviour governs the fortunes
    of businesses, and voter behaviour ultimately
    shapes our politics. And voter behaviour
    consists of a great deal more than merely voting.”

    Indeed.

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  21. Hypocritophobe December 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    Taker:
    The NDIS scheme and how it might work;
    It can only work with enough money and a Labor government.Both are in short supply and getting shorter

    The Royal Commission into the RC Church and others on paedophilia;
    If and when it actually gets going it will be judged on many levels.Given there are no terms of reference at this stage it is purely a political decision based on you guessed it opinion polls.Labor did not jump because of humanity.They have none left.

    The state of the economy;
    We are accidentally in reasonable fiscal shape.All down to selling finite resources as quick as we can, instead of being normal(Labor would call it visionary) and value adding by manufacturing it beyond red dust.We have the gas and human resources but we give it to foreigners for squat,while we run our country on greenhouse gas.If we value added we would have a AAAA credit rating.
    If,if, if…
    On resource plundering, I hope Twiggy Forrest gets his arse severly burnt if the allegations about FMG are true,and I have no reason to think they are not.Another can=o=worms,where other examples will likely soon pop up.

    The Murray Darling Scheme(scam) ;
    A good start for everything ‘but’ a true sustainable ecological system.As usual a minority have won the day.Even though the bulk of irrigated water is used for non-nutritional food activities and the users (water wasters)don’t vote Labor.
    The new (foreign) owners of Cubby will squeeze every last drop out of their wetland contraband and even less will head south.We have lost the ability to feed ourselves(sustainably) first.

    Asylum seeker policies;
    A disgrace.Every death in a foreign detention centre is now is inextricably connected to Gillard,Bowen and faux Labor, and anyone who supports them and this policy.This paves the way to Gillard out Pariah-ing Howard.

    The Palestinian Question;
    A disgrace.We should have voted yes.Such decisions add to the hate of America,Israel and their allies and increase the risk of terrorism to our citizens.
    We should be expelled from the UN security council immediately, for wasting 100% of the votes we have cast, which our representatives politically fellated the right to use wisely. This decision confirms that Gillard is more Howard than Howard.The Pariah status is almost complete.

    The continuing mess in Syria;
    See above.No doubt America is now done with Assad and wants him out too.It’s how they run.Look at the mess Egypt is becoming as their man turns into a despot.

    The perverse behaviour of the Egyptian president, and its likely destabilising effects on the Palestinian/Israel situation.
    See above.

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    • Poirot December 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

      The “developing world” gets the despots – and the rest of us get the tosspots.

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    • doug quixote December 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

      Thank you Hypo. I agree with much of this.

      As regards the Palestine issue, we (Australia) do not actually take up our seat on the Security Council until next year. It is a little tough to have us expelled before we even get there!

      Our new policy is sensibly to be even-handed, and to back away from the position of the last 65 years (at least) which was to back the USA’s take on Israel all the way. We can thank Bob Carr for that, I think.

      Syria is a touchy subject. The neighbours are getting restless; Turkey is still the major local power, well armed and a NATO member. As a reminder, the NATO pact says that an attack on one member is deemed to be an attack on them all. Assad will face an overwhelming response if he is not careful near that border.

      Of course, Russia and China will continue to veto any UN Security Council resolutions which might see a Libya-style intervention.

      The other problem is do we really want another Islamist authoritarian regime to take power in the middle east? For all Assad’s numerous faults, his is a secular authoritarian regime.

      Be careful what we wish for.

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      • Hypocritophobe December 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

        “As regards the Palestine issue, we (Australia) do not actually take up our seat on the Security Council until next year. It is a little tough to have us expelled before we even get there!”
        We never needed to,and we now don’t deserve to.

        Meanwhile,
        We are upping the ante of being the USA’s SE Asian deputy.
        This will bite our arse.

        Take a look at that vote count which we abstained from and those who said no.
        Pariah City, here we come.
        I don’t think Australians want a future where we are dependent on the Yanks ‘nuking’ anyone who upsets their interests, and I think when push comes to shove they would actually leave us dry if the result benefited them over us.
        The form is there.
        I think there should be a referendum of whether we want bases from AH to breakfast time, and what level of risk we want our government to place us in, should be a discussion had, not a fait accompli directed by red headed ball lickers, and star struck bureaucrats auditioning for a Whitehouse stubby holder.
        I predict a serious stoush between Carr and Gillard and it won’t be pretty.

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  22. Marilyn December 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    I tell you what, anyone who thinks I am too harsh on Gillard should find me even one speech or word or action of decency on her behalf regarding asylum seekers.

    Just one, I challenge you all.

    Dear Mr Bowen,

    I am writing as an 18 year old. I have been on Christmas Island for 41 days then they transferred me to Manus Island. Before I came to Australia I had a different view about the Australian government. I was under the impre
    ssion that Australia is a developed country and observed human rights. Unfortunately they don’t seem to care about us and it seems like they are just pretending. The Australian government would like to appear to the world that they observe h
    uman rights but they don’t. As a human being I have the right to know about my future and make decisions about it. I have the right to not let people treat me in a bad way. I have the right to have the same life as other 18 year old girls. I have the right to choose. I have the right to not let people put videos of me on the Internet or on tv. I just turned 18. I have lots of hopes and visions but now they are all ruined by you. People like you destroyed my future because of your political position. You sacrificed me just to show the whole world that you observe the human rights. If you don’t want people to come by boat, why would you sacrifice me? You can close the sea boarder, but you don’t care about me. It’s about 3 days that I haven’t eaten anything. I am doing this because maybe you care. I want a clear future. I didnt find any justice in your country. Everything is fake.

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    • doug quixote December 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

      Taking this at face value, what does she mean “you can close the sea boarder (sic)” ? And allow no-one to claim asylum? Really?

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    • doug quixote December 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

      Yes you are too harsh. To justify your previous comments would take more than to say Gillard hasn’t said one word, or done an act of “decency” as regards the issue. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I would have thought a charge of racism would require speech and acts, not an absence of them.

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      • Marilyn December 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

        REally, do you not think that singling out brown people to be illegally tortured and deported is not racist?

        You would justify the bitch on anything wouldn’t you DQ?

        Do you seriously think she would illegally incarcerate and exile nice white people like this young woman?

        And the 65 Parachinar shi’ites from Pakistan who are literally facing genocide who she hopes will go home?

        Her actions in the illegal and criminal export of brown people is racist, you cannot make that pretty.

        And I repeat, you have never met her, never talked to her, never had a conversation and seen her cold attifude to refugees.

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        • doug quixote December 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

          Do you seriously think she would illegally incarcerate and exile nice white people like this young woman?

          Yes I do, if “nice white people” turned up in boats at Christmas Island seeking asylum.

          The Department of Immigration and Customs carry out the laws of Australia, as does the Prime minister. No more, no less.

          It is not racist; it is simply that the people who present themselves seeking asylum tend to be Tamils, Iranians, Afghans and Pakistanis.

          I do not need to meet her, do not need to talk to her, or have a conversation with her. I haven’t met Geert Wilders either but I can certainly tell the difference. A pity you can’t.

          Answer my post if you can do so rationally.

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  23. Hypocritophobe December 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    This image pretty much says it all.

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  24. Forrest Gumpp (@ForrestGumpp) December 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Jennifer Wilson, 28 November 2012:

    “I do hope they all lift their game
    next year, because the political
    discourse has gone to the feckin dogs.”

    Given that this is a discussion thread related to a JW blog post dealing with the quality of political discourse, this seems a very good place to seek some real engagement with respect to a series of seven sequential posts commencing with this post: http://noplaceforsheep.com/2012/10/15/flexing-my-mussel/#comment-50942 . It was a little off-topic on that thread, having arisen there by way of a surprise encounter with a WordPress/Twitter interaction feature which I was moved to explore, which is why I didn’t pursue the subject of it further there.

    I am indebted to Doug Quixote for providing the opening for its re-introduction here, which he did with this statement in his post of December 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm, one that followed upon certain macabre revelations as to resort being had to the use of sockpuppetry, perhaps in an attempt to channel discussion in line with a particular definition as to what constitutes the ‘real issues’, to wit:

    “… Can we get back to discussing the
    issues, please? There are serious matters
    to be discussed.

    Everyone complains about the level
    of political discourse, and then spend
    days discussing irrelevancies.”

    I don’t accept Doug Quixote’s list of issues as being relevant to this particular discussion. This discussion is about the quality of political discourse, which is one of the reasons I posted the link to Lindsay Tanner’s piece, he being quite well known for his interest in the quality of such discourse and all. Clarifying matters with respect to possible resort being taken to sockpuppetry to influence the direction of debate is not, in such context, an ‘irrelevancy’, IMO. Making it all that more satisfying to explore the prospects of real engagement with respect to that series of seven posts, given that Doug Quixote was the one that had brought that to a halt there by mis-identifying clear assertions as requiring associated allegations. What those assertions require is thought as to what the necessary implications are of any explanations advanced to explain the anomalies those assertions reveal.

    People, if they wish to be considered ‘engaged’, need to ask questions.

    As Lindsay Tanner says, “voter behaviour consists of a great deal more than merely voting”. Could it be time that we re-assess our assumptions as to how, or even whether, the quality of political debate drives what is eventually officially recorded as aggregate voter behaviour?

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    • Hypocritophobe December 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

      FG,
      at the moment we are not only being bullied to accept a political dichotomy as the only choice, but in its daily machinations ,we are being bullied by policies themselves.
      If we are foisted with a policy such as the current refugee laws, which clearly is further to the right of Howard, and to the right of what the broader community had accepted as a fair policy, prior to Bowen/Gillard cut us out, I’d say that now the issue is being used as wedge politics,post the implementation.
      In other words, they made the decision knowing full well the red-neck voices of approval would drown out the the moderate tones of compassion.
      Wedge politics Howard Style,101.
      And when you see just how cherry picked the elements of the ‘expert panels’ recommendations, have been, you can only come to the realisation that this is ONLY about appeasing the less humane,among us.
      It will take a long time (if ever) to have a fairer balanced parliament with an element of mutual respect for the occupants of it,the people it represents, and the people whom its decisions impact on.
      It is a convenient smokescreen that the Labor party and its apologists, blame this all on Abbott.
      Abbott does NOT run the country,nor does the MSM.Though they certainly impact noticeably, in the current environment.
      Just on this one issue,without analysing the many other failures,the cowardice of blaming the refugees themselves,then the opposition and now the expert panel (as though the panel reflected community aspirations) is quite possibly the most gutless trifecta in Australia’s political history.
      Gillard and Labor have made enemies of the true believers,the greens,miners,the independents, Rudds support base,QLD and WA voters, the haters on the right,etc etc.
      Unless the die hards get a ten to one vote ratio, there is no way that Gillard and Labor can get elected.And as for all the flaccid fizzng about it,the back of Gillard is something I and many others can certainly live with.
      I and many others gave Gillard the benefit of the doubt and she failed on so many fronts of(they) have lost count.
      What Abbott has done to civility,Gillard has done to trust.

      Thank goodness for the greens and some of the indies.

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      • Forrest Gumpp (@ForrestGumpp) December 2, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

        Hypocritophobe,

        You say, lets grant somewhat hyperbolically, that:

        “Unless the die hards get a ten to one vote ratio,
        there is no way that Gillard and Labor can get elected.”

        What if the proportion of all Australians qualified by age and citizenship to vote that in truth do so in completely lawful fashion is around the same today as it was in 1922, to wit, around 58%?

        Allowing for your possible hyperbole in relation to the die-hards, let us allow that Gillard and Labor were to get 20% of that 58% genuine turnout’s votes at the upcoming elections. On its own, that would see Labor consigned to the political wilderness.

        What if also some mechanism existed whereby votes purported to be cast in the names of the 42% of persons qualified by age and citizenship to vote, but for purposes of argument accepted as not in truth turning out to vote lawfully, were all cast for Labor candidates? Would it not be that, in pure theory, Labor in such circumstances would win quite handsomely with, on average, around 57% (after allowing for the around 5% of recorded enrollments against which no claim to vote is routinely made) of the total vote eventually officially recorded being recorded for Labor candidates? That wouldn’t be just a win, that would be a landslide!

        I wonder whether anything like that might have been going on, back and forth, over the decades to varying extents since 1925, such as to force upon us a political dichotomy as our only choice?

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        • Hypocritophobe December 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

          I guess what I am saying is that the way that we vote may as well be done with a coin toss to save money.Which is reflected in your observation.
          The difference for this election, if Average Joe has any say, is it’s a two headed coin,and neither head is red.
          We certainly need electoral reform, but first we need some real politicians with the guts to make changes which will dilute the power of the big two.

          Not holding my breath.
          And the dichotomy we have now is not really a traditional one,in that we have two Howard like parties in power.

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    • doug quixote December 2, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

      Tanner’s views deserve consideration. It has always been my view that once Abbott unexpectedly acquired the leadership of the opposition, in late 2009, the big guns swung around in a determined push to destabilise what was then the Rudd government. I doubt that Rudd knew what hit him over the following six months; he was dead in the water as the Abbott torpedo zeroed in on its mark.

      The Gillard coup in June of 2010 temporarily destroyed Abbott’s guidance systems, to continue the analogy, and Labor survived the 2010 election, though it was stuck in a minority government.

      The 24 hour news-cycle has been a disaster for serious political discussion; just how anyone can examine important issues in depth with a three ring circus going on in the foreground is beyond me.

      The real tragedy is that no-one can see any real solution; if anything it may have gotten worse.

      The new diversity of the media may eventually succeed in diluting the opinionated shock-jock types and fragmenting their audiences; especially as the older fogies die out (!).

      We live in hope.

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  25. Sam Jandwich December 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    We should all stop bickering and eat me.

    Whoops, I mean, fascinating bunch of observations above, but I still haven’t read anything that goes beyond the assertion that pragmatism is all that’s required to rule this country… and if you’re prepared to accept the lesser of two weevils, then please think about the good work she has done, and about how conflicted she must feel about all the other stuff.

    On reflection, JG probably has quite enough strength of character to resist the temptations offerred by razor blades, dettol and elastoplast, but I’d just like to ask that before anyone gets (er) up in arms, that they consider what possible alternatives might exist… apart from political oblivion.

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    • hudsongodfrey December 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

      Thanks Jam, ’bout the only sensible thing I’ve heard all day :)

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    • Hypocritophobe December 2, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

      If you’re implying Gillard et al lose sleep over suicidal refugees,you’ll need to convince an army of cynics.There seem to be topics we have not even touched on this site.She scratched us off the map to out Howard Abbott for fucks sake.It’s like that topic is taboo.
      I agree there are alternatives to the end of the world,politically and Labor better get one quick.Given that the polls confirm the punters don’t want either Gillard or Abbott the next election looks interesting.
      Whatever happens I hope the polls are right and neither gets the job.I can live with that easily.
      Sorry Sam,the consequences of her good, are outweighed by the bad if you put human suffering at the top a list where it belongs.(And I am comparing that to all leaders who went before her in the last two decades,or so)
      Much of the ‘good’ as you call it is yet to show the forecast impact.
      Much is concept and not a work in progress yet.
      I apologise for not believing she is a big hearted softy.The way she kicked off her PM’ship indicates she aint.The period since proves she aint.
      I think you’re confusing conflicted with contradiction,because at her very best,that is all she ever has been.

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  26. doug quixote December 2, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    .
    A wiser man than us said that “In democracy we get the government we deserve.”

    (de Toqueville)

    Still, we may hope for a better result.

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    • Hypocritophobe December 2, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

      Another wise man once said,
      “Don’t shit the mob.”
      While it is way too late for the current crop,I hope the next menagerie of politicians heeds the warning.

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      • Poirot December 3, 2012 at 1:24 am #

        What a load of bunnies we are. All sitting here munching the grass, mildly to majorly disaffected by political machinations – by the talent on offer from a 22 million strong population. It all comes down to the limits of democracy, and I do think we get the pollies we deserve.

        Look at Julia selling out on a major plank of the then Labor opposition’s policy direction. i wonder how we’d have felt if, way back then when we heard Labor’s gnashing of teeth at Howard’s refugee program, we’d have dreamed that Labor-in-government’s initiatives would have been worse?

        And what of the opposition? Abbott, Pyne and Bishop…I mean ABBOTT, PYNE and BISHOP.!!

        22 million people in this nation and we end up with…….

        Sad really.

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        • Gruffbutt December 3, 2012 at 6:47 am #

          ‘This it is, that for ever keeps God’s true princes of the Empire from the world’s hustings; and leaves the highest honors that this air can give, to those men who become famous more through their infinite inferiority to the choice hidden handful of the Divine Inert, than through their undoubted superiority over the dead level of the mass. Such large virtue lurks in these small things when extreme political superstitions invest them, that in some royal instances even to idiot imbecility they have imparted potency.’

          Herman Melville, Moby dick

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          • Gruffbutt December 3, 2012 at 6:48 am #

            Sorry… ‘Dick’.

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          • Forrest Gumpp (@ForrestGumpp) December 3, 2012 at 10:33 am #

            One can lead a horse to water, be that water even so little distant as seven short successive steps* and be thought to lie within said horse’s plain sight, but one cannot make it drink.

            What is it with the asking of a question that that action seems something to be avoided by so many at all costs?

            Is it that recognition of a need to ask one is subliminally fearfully identified as being revelatory of some sort of high water mark of Melville’s ‘dead level of the mass’?

            `

            *http://noplaceforsheep.com/2012/11/28/and-the-winner-is-ms-gillard/#comment-57934

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            • Hypocritophobe December 3, 2012 at 10:51 am #

              I’m afraid you’re going to have to spell it out FG.All this back and forthing is raising the global temp to record levels.

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          • Forrest Gumpp (@ForrestGumpp) December 3, 2012 at 10:37 am #

            http://noplaceforsheep.com/2012/11/28/and-the-winner-is-ms-gillard/#comment-57934

            Don’t know why it wasn’t live above.

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          • Hypocritophobe December 3, 2012 at 11:24 am #

            The shit always floats to the top.
            A Wagg

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            • doug quixote December 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

              If his does, (ie floats) he needs medical advice!

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        • Forrest Gumpp (@ForrestGumpp) December 4, 2012 at 7:13 am #

          Poirot,

          I tend to regard what you refer to as the ‘talent on offer’ as rather being, largely, a very carefully and discretely cultivated ‘crop’. Granted a crop grown in different partisan paddocks, but the one crop nevertheless. The function of this ‘crop’ I see as being to give voice in the Parliament to the desires of those who select and cultivate it, in all of its varieties, rather than to primarily represent the interests of constituents.

          Occasionally some real talent comes along, that by a freak of circumstance also evades the selection-out process that I believe to be part of the overall ‘discrete cultivation’ process, talent that also becomes subsequently electorally endorsed and actually gets to grow in one or another of those partisan Parliamentary paddocks. An example that comes to mind is that of the youngest member of the present Parliament.

          For all of the apparent real talent represented, the freak of circumstance that saw Wyatt Roy obtain LNP endorsement as its candidate for the Division of Longman at the 2010 Federal elections was that the erstwhile ‘heir presumptive’ to that endorsement (prior to 2007 having been the Member for that Division), Mal Brough, happened at around just that time to have resigned from the LNP over an organisational dispute. Pre-selections were called during the period in which Brough was not a member of the LNP.

          The Longman LNP selectors, unexpectedly freed by this circumstance from the probably quite intense pressures they would otherwise have been subjected to, or considered themselves under, to endorse an erstwhile anointeee-of-the-system ‘heir apparent’, were perhaps able to express THEIR mild to major disaffection with political machinations as THEY had come to experience them by taking an opportunity to in good conscience endorse someone THEY THEMSELVES thought would be up to the job of best representing the electors of Longman. As indication of what those pressures may have been like is intimated by reports that Brough, after rejoining the LNP, suggested that Roy’s pre-selection in Longman be set aside, presumably so that the selectors could get to choose again from a wider field of ability. See: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/queensland-lnp-battle-over-preselection-of-teenage-candidate/story-e6frgczx-1225846177664

          Contrast the 2010 Longman electoral outcome with the knock-on effect of that same system-anointee’s ongoing pursuit of an endorsement in the adjoining Division of Fisher, precipitative as it can now be seen to have been of the whole Slipper/Ashby debacle of recent months. Perhaps it was karma to which there had come to be entitlements all around, as I understand Slipper earlier in his parliamentary career had had an opportunity to help ventilate matters involving suspected improprieties in the handling of electoral administration ‘megadata’, instead succumbing to the seductions of a ‘high maintenance parliamentary sacerdotalist’ lifestyle.

          I suppose it would be just too good if Wyatt Roy’s recent visit to Bribie Island High School’s Year 12 had inspired some student of ability, one old enough to be an elector by the time ALP pre-selection in the Division of Fisher occurs, to put their hand up for endorsement. Said student-cum-candidate might actually secure a counter-to-expected-flow electoral result in that Division at the next Federal elections, delivered as a salute all around to ‘the system’ by the electors of Fisher. Said candidate-cum-Member would enter the Parliament owing no political debts to anyone in ‘the system’, only to the electors. Such could only be an improvement over most of ‘the crop’, especially if such young members were to apply their minds to oversight of the integrity of electoral administration and its management of megadata. That would really help complete the karma cycle!

          Can’t say I haven’t tried, or that I haven’t been even-handed, tribo-politically speaking, in suggesting this course. Look:

          `

          `

          Mischievous, ain’t I!? I must add that I have no idea as to what, if anything, along those lines Wyatt Roy may have said on that occasion. I guess he would have been circumspect. Ironic, too, that Bribie Island was one of the loci of suspect electoral enrollments in the earlier years of Slipper’s parliamentary career, a subject upon which he, once reputedly aware, seemed, as time went by, to lose focus.

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  27. doug quixote December 3, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    Our politicians are human beings. That may sound rather trite, but it is a fact which we need to take into account. They get sick, they misspeak, they get tired, they make mistakes. Perhaps we should all cut them a little slack.

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    • Hypocritophobe December 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

      Except that in their chosen sworn in role there are bib bikkies and destinies up for grabs.Not only SHOULD we expect accountability and humanity,they are contracted to deliver it.
      They like me get compensated for their sacrifices and illnesses etc.
      And we all know they are human.

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      • Hypocritophobe December 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

        EDIT
        Freudian slip?
        ‘big bikkies’

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        • paul walter December 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

          “Bikies with big destinies” helps?
          Lots of choppers have big destinies, that’s why bikie molls go for rides with them, on the back.
          Or do you mean politicians, lots of people reckon they have the mores of bikies (vice-versa?).
          I agree they are duty bound to do their best, but they are no more to be expected to move mountains than you or I, Hypo. Surely?

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          • Hypocritophobe December 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

            PW,
            I think you are over-pettyfying the whole issue.Local member maybe. But, by the time a politician is in the big house on the front bench I expect them to have the big picture firmly in mind ,24/7.They have the full tool kit to do so.I am not interested in the claimed human frailty of someone who has sacrificed theirs in the full knowledge they have done just that.They have a job to do like everyone else and they should do it properly.
            At the moment that means to me (and many others )those who aren’t honouring their mission can f*ck off or we will f*ck them off (or try to) come the election.
            I’m just not buying they are the same as me and you crap at the senior level.
            By that time if the narcissism has not kicked in,they usually crumble and fall.
            It’s their choice.
            They are gladiators with a wish list.Our wish list.Gillard shredded the average Aussies wish list long ago.I doubt that Abbott even accepted one.

            Because of our ‘bipolar’ political setup,both major parties toe the party line before they even look for they wish list.

            I think it is becoming obvious that many comments here indicate that Gillard labor would need to start mincing children in the street before she/they should be held accountable.
            I’m bored with the whole political excuses bullshit and the we need to accommodate a hung parliament etc.They have gone against the wishes of their minority partners many times now to back-flip, so there is zero excuse left.
            Now it seems the next cab off the rank is ‘they’re only human’.
            Unbelievable.
            Human yes.Humane,no.
            Besides as long as they want to continually abuse the term “I got in it to make a difference for the better” they get what they deserve, one way or the other.
            Toxic politicians are not new,it’s just that these days there are more of them.

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  28. paul walter December 3, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    After a decade of Australians debating this we have got no further than a state of play from Marilyn and DQ, the two comments coming about 4pm 2/12.
    Marilyn is again saying we should accept more responsibility, DQ denies we are morally obligated let alone legally.
    Unfortunately for Doug, Marilyn’s point that there is an awesome humanitarian issue is true.
    However, I still don’t think she has succeeded in making a case that refugees coming from war zones created by the likes of Israel and the USA- entities that DO have REAL power are the sole responsibility of Australia and Australians, outsiders.
    I still need to see that the global powers are restraining themselves, or being restrained from, from creating millions of new refugees, before it becomes an open ended movement of people, however unfortunate these, a tap of population movement that can’t be shut off , even for ecological or economic reasons. We are told its just an emergency, an emergency which we are told we need to respond to, short term, as we Australians did concerning Aceh. But I don’t think some folk are being honest about its extent or what they expect of Australians,or what happens if things don’t work out.
    No, Hypo, Marilyn, Jennifer etc.
    It is NOT our sole responsibility.
    There are others far more responsible who have not changed their ways a bit. If it IS a moral responsibility, how about JUST ONCE, some of you indicating why it doesn’t apply to Howard and Abbott, the US, Israel, Europe and the Oil states and the rich in general the way it does to Gillard, a small fish in a big sea and blue collar Australians in general?

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    • doug quixote December 4, 2012 at 12:47 am #

      Verballed again!

      Strawmen advance to the slaughter!

      Where the fuck do I ever say that we are not morally obligated?

      We have a responsibility legal and moral to accept any and all genuine refugees who claim asylum.

      I will repeat that : We have a legal and moral responsibility to accept any and every genuine refugee.

      Period.

      Where I differ from Marilyn and others is in the definition of ‘refugee’. Not every asylum seeker is a refugee.

      Give me a break!

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    • Hypocritophobe December 4, 2012 at 1:11 am #

      Well you asked.
      Because when Gillard stole the job.
      She took up the mantle to represent US!You,me all of us and all the innocents who stumble upon our humanity.
      The rest of the usual suspects you named are responsible too, only we did not vote them in(Even Gillard is a surrogate) Howard has gone,Abbott is not in power, and the USA is not us.(Even if we are their errand boy)
      For fucks sake it’s her job to do the right thing.She chooses not to.And you continue this mindless barracking and apologising for her.Are you just a victim of hypnosis or incapable of recognising an inferior PM?
      It’s like there’s an epidemic of people who believe they are party apologists above all else.If she stood up and condemned the US war machine and immediately withdrew our troops from Afghanistan and banned all USA bases you’d have a leg to stand on.Talk about nauseating.

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  29. doug quixote December 4, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    Well? Are you all licking your wounds, sulking in your tents or have you run out of insults?

    I’m still standing.

    The strawmen have suffered in a good cause. :)

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    • Hypocritophobe December 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

      Perhaps we’re just bored shitless with the same old same old.Try something other than ‘at least she’s not Abbott.’
      How about starting with a list of all the factors (not personality issues) which caused the NSW right to sack a PM.
      You know a comprehensive non spin list of the things Rudd did which were worse than the things Gillard has one.
      And then you can continue your homework by providing a real reason as to why Gillard should remain PM, and why (how) Labor will win the next election.(Other than pork barrelling as per the Nationals) The power price bribe has fallen flat on it’s face.Looks like the handouts are running out.

      And you haven’t even started this homework yet>
      December 4, 2012 at 1:11 am #

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      • Hypocritophobe December 4, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

        EDIT
        “Gillard has done’.

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        • Hypocritophobe December 4, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

          As I thought.
          You have nothing.
          Save a back up nasty persona.
          You are so thick with double standards.You plead for engagement ant then act like a total pencil dick.
          You need to ditch the trolling before people write you off as a waste of space,or a one trick pony.I know HG has you pegged as a nice guy but that obviously changes when you don’t get your own way. Ergo,grow up.

          BTW @ JW,
          (if you’re out there), what’s happening with the std issue avatar?
          It’s had a makeover in the last post for some reason..

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          • Poirot December 5, 2012 at 12:01 am #

            Hello folks – just having a go to see if my avatar changes. Hypo, you are looking dapper tonight!

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            • Poirot December 5, 2012 at 12:03 am #

              That’d be right – Hypo gets a new outfit, and general makeover, and Poirot is still pudgy and green.

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              • Hypocritophobe December 5, 2012 at 12:24 am #

                Yours is a nice green,Poirot.Like a nutrient rich Granny Smith apple.And your arms are like,
                “walking like an Egyptian'”arms.
                Maybe my Av’ has changed because I hit a certain number of posts?

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                • Poirot December 5, 2012 at 12:35 am #

                  Well I have to admit she is a happy looking apple!

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      • doug quixote December 4, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

        Been there done that. And I’ve got the T shirt to prove it; right alongside “Save the Dingo” by Patrick Cook, and “Hypo the Horrible” by Marilyn Manson.

        LOL

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  30. Hypocritophobe December 4, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    And also at JW,the posts are appearing in the wrong sequence again????

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    • Forrest Gumpp (@ForrestGumpp) December 5, 2012 at 9:19 am #

      Hypo,

      So far as I can see from the timestamps, your posts as they appear in the ‘Recent comments’ list are in a consistent order, from the last one showing beside the old avatar, and onward under the new blue one.

      Could you be more specific as to where you see posts as being out of sequence?

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  31. doug quixote December 5, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    If you want a makeover, consider this one.

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    • Forrest Gumpp (@ForrestGumpp) December 5, 2012 at 9:50 am #

      I think the disdainful gaze of De Vere to be preferable here on the holodeck, what with all the shape-shifting that seems to have been going on.

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      • doug quixote December 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

        De Vere disdainful? Wryly amused, I would have thought.

        in any event he was supposed to be temporary only, and the reversion to Don Quixote’s view of himself has been too long delayed.

        Rocinante never looked so good. :)

        I am truly awed that Gravatar can retrospectively alter every entry!

        “1984” revisions of history can’t be far away. Everyone hold onto your printed books. !

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  32. doug quixote December 5, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    Dear Hypo, you seem to have taken a set against me. How about this : I’ll try to ignore you, if you try to ignore me.

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    • Hypocritophobe December 5, 2012 at 9:21 am #

      Seems like a great plan Macabre seeing as you have zero,zilch,nada,nothng, tangible to defend Gillard or condemn Rudd.

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      • Forrest Gumpp (@ForrestGumpp) December 5, 2012 at 9:28 am #

        And somewhere between 9:19 am when I last posted, and 9:21 am when Hypo did, Hypo’s old avatar reappeared. See: http://twitpic.com/bj430o

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        • Poirot December 5, 2012 at 9:34 am #

          Yes, Forrest…(I think he whipped into the phone box for a quick change).

          Shame really – Hypo’s new avatar blended harmoniously with Poirot’s apple green on the side bar….quite attractive….

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          • Hypocritophobe December 5, 2012 at 9:42 am #

            I guess it just wasn’t meant to be…..

            BTW What’s a phone box?

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            • Poirot December 5, 2012 at 10:01 am #

              Just using a “Superman” analogy…..

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          • Forrest Gumpp (@ForrestGumpp) December 5, 2012 at 9:56 am #

            Is the old adage ‘blue and green should never be seen’ no longer chromo-politically acceptable?

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            • Poirot December 5, 2012 at 10:10 am #

              Hey, hey, Forrest…I think our blue/green clash was tempered by the paler blue of the surrounding sideboard…..I quite liked the effect.

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              • helvityni December 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

                I never believed that silly old adage about blue and green clashing with each other; they look good together…
                I thought that the this place looked better yesterday, like a newly painted room. Hypo looked better too with a bit more weight, sort of roundish, not all spindly and insecty :) (insect like)

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                • Poirot December 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

                  Agree entirely – I do, however, usually have an aversion to red and pink together…although I’m sure there are occasions when that works as well.

                  (Cutting edge commentary, this )

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                  • helvityni December 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

                    More cutting edge…
                    Darker skinned girls look stunning in orange/pink combination.
                    End of cutting edge, back to Abbott/Gillard :)

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                    • Poirot December 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

                      How do you put a smiley face up?
                      I did one recently but I’m not sure how it appeared?

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                • Hypocritophobe December 5, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

                  I thought it looked more like a blue bale of wool, with arms and legs.

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        • Hypocritophobe December 5, 2012 at 9:39 am #

          I have solved the conundrum.
          At some point in the last 24 hours I must have had to fill out a manual email address on a site(for info) and must have MISTYPED my address by one letter.
          When I went to post first thing this morning voila!
          There were two options pop up when I went to post my first post.I deleted the wrong one and now under the real one all is good.
          It must be the email avatar association WordPress default uses.
          Good to be back in my original hideous alien format.The other blue clashed with my eyes.
          (Some of us are lucky enough to have two when it comes to politics)
          Keep up the good work FG.

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  33. Forrest Gumpp (@ForrestGumpp) December 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    Here is the new response post promised in my earlier post in this thread on December 3, 2012 at 11:22 am # , in answer to Hypocritophobe’s request in reply to this post: http://noplaceforsheep.com/2012/11/28/and-the-winner-is-ms-gillard/#comment-57965 , two posts earlier in the thread.

    The ‘seven short successive steps’ referred to in the post the subject of the above link is a reference to seven successive posts in the NPFS ‘Flexing my mussel’ thread commencing with this post: http://noplaceforsheep.com/2012/10/15/flexing-my-mussel/#comment-50942 .

    Those five posts by me plus the two by userID ‘Doug Quixote’ on that ‘Sheep’ thread included references to a Twitter conversation that had involved Senator Ursula Stephens (@ursulastephens), me (@ForrestGumpp), and the Australian Electoral Commission (@AusElectoralCom).

    The subject of the Twitter interaction with Senator Stephens was a heads-up to what, if one has any familiarity with the age distribution statistics of the Australian population, seems to be a statistical improbability: 47,579 17-year-olds appearing to turn 18 in the space of just 22 days in July 2010. The 17-year-old cohort of the entire Australian population in 2010 numbered around 220,000 persons. Birthdates are spread relatively uniformly throughout the year, giving rise to the associated expectation that at most around 18,300 could be expected to turn 18 during any given month.

    We are confronted in the official enrollment records of the AEC with of the order of three times as many 17-year-olds seemingly disappearing from the record of 17-year-olds provisionally enrolled in a 22-day period than could be expected to have done so was every 17-year-old to be enrolled. This anomaly is intensified with the AEC claim that “enrollment and voting among 19-24-year-olds is traditionally low”.

    In 2010, it is my understanding that only around one in four of 17-year-olds was taking advantage of their right to effect provisional enrollment with the AEC before turning 18. If this figure is correct, then not three, but 12 times as many 17-year-olds appeared to turn 18 in that 22-day period in July 2010 than could have been expected to do so. Do you begin to see the problem?

    With no explanation of this anomaly having been advanced, indeed with its very existence seemingly having gone un-noticed, the prospect exists that a batch of around 44,000 enrolments may have been effectively held back from emplacement within electoral Divisions’ rolls in 2010 until the very last minute, whereupon those enrollments may have been deployed to facilitate artificial advantage of selected candidates at the then upcoming elections.

    My post to this thread of December 2, 2012 at 8:24 am* (one made, as I now note, 40 years to the day from the election of the Whitlam government in 1972) quotes Lindsay Tanner as saying:

    “Consumer behaviour governs the fortunes
    of businesses, and voter behaviour ultimately
    shapes our politics. And voter behaviour
    consists of a great deal more than merely voting.”

    ‘Voter behaviour’ is ultimately recorded in encapsulated form in the officially reported and declared electoral results of elections. Should there come to be reasonably suspected to be any non-statistical influences at work distorting those officially declared results, all efforts to both legitimately influence and/or rationally explain electoral outcomes will be foredoomed to failure. Practice will steadily diverge from theory. Like what we are all seeing?

    If you want to improve the political discourse, then first improve your understanding of electoral mechanics. It may answer many of your questions. Otherwise resign yourself to a sideshow over which you will have less and less influence.

    * http://noplaceforsheep.com/2012/11/28/and-the-winner-is-ms-gillard/#comment-57877

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    • Hypocritophobe December 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

      Perhaps it is the interest of the AEC to ‘keep delivering’ victory (advantage) to the 2 majors,somehow.(operative word=somehow)
      I mean those two parties are the last ones who would actively confront electoral reform,because current systems benefit them,don’t they?

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    • doug quixote December 5, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

      Forrest, I would have thought that the impending election prompted the AEC to update its records. Does there have to be some sort of conspiracy behind every bush??

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      • Forrest Gumpp (@ForrestGumpp) December 6, 2012 at 7:05 am #

        Doug Quixote,

        The keeping of a continuous electoral roll requires that the AEC is always updating its records.

        The Commonwealth Electoral Act imposes a statutory obligation upon the AEC to not only continuously update enrollment records, but also periodically to publish records of the number of names carried on each Division’s roll. One such reporting is the monthly certificate published in the Commonwealth Government Gazette under the provisions of Section 58 of the Act as to the number of electors enrolled in each Division. The AEC also publishes records of numbers of electors enrolled, whether by statutory requirement or of its own motion, as at other times, such as at the end of each quarter, or, of effective necessity, as at a roll-close prior to elections.

        The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) also maintains and publishes on a regular basis population statistics in quite meticulous detail.

        To my knowledge, no statutory obligation has anywhere, or at any time, ever been imposed requiring reconciliation of ABS population statistics with AEC enrollment statistics on an ongoing basis, with regular periodic publication of results of the comparison. That this anomaly has come about is not necessarily reflective of any conspiracy to which the AEC may otherwise be thought to be party, but is simply reflective of a failure to reconcile the two independently kept sets of records.

        One of the reasons that there has historically been a closure of the electoral rolls before any election has been in order to prevent the opportunistic emplacement, or transfer, of electoral enrollments arising out of the aggregated actions of numbers of persons, each acting alone, in attempts to increase their individual influence upon outcomes. No conspiracy has to be envisaged.

        The point is that this apparent concentration of birthdates in just 22 days in July IS an anomaly, one that requires explanation.

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        • helvityni December 6, 2012 at 10:45 am #

          Maybe conceived in Autumn/Winter…born Spring /Summer?
          Or does it not apply for Australia.

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          • Forrest Gumpp (@ForrestGumpp) December 6, 2012 at 11:05 am #

            For that to work as an explanation, Helvi, it would have to be ‘conceived in Spring … born in Winter’. Either way, it simply doesn’t happen that there is any significant seasonal concentration of human births in Australia.

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        • Hypocritophobe December 6, 2012 at 11:09 am #

          Come on Forrest the man has already dropped the hint.You MUST stop digging.There is obviously nothing untoward in this at all.Obviously politics, and their boot shiners, in this country is devoid of conspiracy and the enquiry in NSW is a just a pretend witch hunt,designed to employ poor misunderstood,under appreciated lawyers.
          Relax.Let the politicians call the shots.They don’t need us/scrutiny/accountability( on one side at least) What could possibly go wrong?
          Your time would be better spent helping to stop those nasty boats.

          Mind you,July?
          Let’s see July,Julia,Julie?

          Is Julie Bishop our next PM?

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  34. Hypocritophobe December 5, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    For those of you not constrained by ego and partisan propaganda,and gifted with two eyes,with full vision, it may be refreshing to know there may be some momentum for Labor to save itself.
    If they prefer oblivion,they don’t need to lift a finger.Given how Rudd was treated by his party,(while an elected PM) don’t count any chicken hatchings yet.

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    • Hypocritophobe December 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

      Above I should have ABC News link where Rudd,Faulkner,Fitzgibbon et al are calling for the clean up of the faux Labor party.(below)

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-05/rudd-backs-calls-for-alp-reform/4409792

      That was the ‘glimmer of hope’ I alluded to.Here is a radio interview transcript with Faulkner.

      http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2012/s3647629.htm

      This points to the real reason why Rudd was gutted
      (even though the filth involved, used falling polls as the excuse to install their errand girl)

      http://search.abc.net.au/search/search.cgi?query=kevin+rudd+icac&sort=&collection=abcall_meta&form=simple

      What the deniers within refuse to hear.
      “SAM DASTYARI: Either we change or we die. ”
      “SAM DASTYARI: Frankly, this idea that you’ve got groups of people really within groups of people, where they come to conclusions, come to votes and bind on them I just don’t think is in the principles of the Labor movement.
      There should only be one binding group and that group should be the parliamentary caucus. That’s a position I’ve outlined in the past, that’s a position I continue to hold.
      I think that you have to actually update your rules and structures so that it can’t happen any longer. ”

      “JOHN DELLA BOSCA: Part of the problem we have confronted recently is the selection of the party leader by factional processes, by the party organisation. The solution is to make sure that people like Sam Dastyari and his ilk are responsible to the party membership directly and have to go every year or every two years or every three years, whatever it be, and make their case for re-election.

      And that would start a big culture change in the Labor Party. “

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      • Hypocritophobe December 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

        EDIT
        Apologies.
        The radio transcript is based on Faulkner’s recommendations,which the faceless brainless,spineless men(and women) will,of course,ignore.The best we will get is pretend discussion to get them through the next election, aka political oblivion.

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  35. doug quixote December 6, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    Rudd was an absolute disaster who would have been replaced after 6 months if Newspoll and public perception had not been so fuckwitted.

    The power brokers could not be persuaded to remove him whilst the polls were so good.

    Finally, the Murdoch/Abbott/ Big end of town conspiracy ripped away the veil, and Rudd was suddenly vulnerable. And gone in a flash.

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  36. Hypocritophobe December 6, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    Did I hear a whimpering apologist?
    Still no real list of the reasons Rudd went and Gillard stays.
    And did I hear the sound of ‘it’s all Abbott’s fault again?
    Fail.

    Read the headlines.
    “NSW right responsible for installing Abbott government.”
    If there is anyone who can answer the questions of Rudd V Gillard please pipe up.

    DQ please don’t bother.Really.

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    • Forrest Gumpp (@ForrestGumpp) December 7, 2012 at 7:15 am #

      Hypocritophobe,

      In the light of your headline “NSW right responsible for installing Abbott government”, would this point in the discussion be a good time to call to mind the reported status of former Senator Arbib revealed in ‘cablegate’? And a good time to remember the report of what seemed like the reporting-back of SA Senator Don Farrell in those same cables?

      Could the drawn out events we observe constitute an intended orchestrated ‘baton change’ from one team of ‘tweedledums’ to another of ‘tweedle-even-dumbers’ with the Australian public remaining none the wiser? Could such a baton change be being regulated by the management of megadata such that, if once recognised, that orchestration might eventually come to be described as the work of the Work of God?

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      • Hypocritophobe December 7, 2012 at 10:58 am #

        WellFG it seems feasible.Everyone knows that there are greater powers than both big parties who advantage by having either in power ,but would advantage more with a certain switch.And we all know by now on a scale of Loyalty, one ten, religion,faction party,certain mates,media,big business all top loyalty to voter and loyalty to country.

        But some here will not listen,will not see.Don’t want to.
        It’s all about a flag,a barrack, a personality.A galloping steed.A little victory speech.
        A pissing competition.One redheads job outweighs the life and security of thousands of desperate people apparently.

        BTW FG,
        the upcoming RCom will really test once and for just how separate church and state are.That is of course if Tweedle Dumbests string pullers allow her to write Terms of reference which actually deliver on the obvious requirements of said RCom.But don’t hold your breath.Look at what she and Bowen did to refugees.

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  37. doug quixote December 7, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    Some just do not listen. They have that in common with Hanson-Young, Rhiannon and Milne ( is one of them a regular here, by any chance?) No explanation will satisfy someone who will not listen.

    My posts are for other readers who may actually take the information on board. Look back over the archives dear reader and you will find enough words written over the Rudd issue to sink a battleship. But Rudd is past history, thankfully.

    As for Gillard’s merits, they are manifold, and set out at length, but also every word written has been turned on its head by those who will not listen, to forward their own agenda.

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  38. Hypocritophobe December 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    After several attempts to glean some facts, and turning out none, a fellow poster said;
    “Look back over the archives dear reader and you will find enough words written over the Rudd issue to sink a battleship.”

    So I did a search with Rudd (Even Kevin Rudd) as the key word.
    Here’s the results

    http://noplaceforsheep.com/?s=rudd&submit=Search

    But,in an effort to find a single credible shred of evidence from his greatest detractor here, to support the premise that Rudd has done ‘evils’ worse than Gillard, to justify his removal etc, or damaged Labor etc, I searched the comments.
    Not one single comment from DQ.Not one.Zero,nada,zilch.

    Not even after the juicy paragraph stating;
    “Today’s Neilsen poll in the Sydney Morning Herald shows that Labor would win an election now if they sacked Julia Gillard as their leader and brought back Kevin Rudd. 44 percent of those polled prefer Rudd, while only 19 per cent support Gillard.”

    It is a fact that the more you read JWs articles about Rudd,the more toxic Gillard appears.It is a nice documentation of her devolution to the rapid descent to the barrels bottom and beyond.
    Far from sinking a battleship,the evidence actually looks like it could justify raising the Rudd Titanic.

    Gillards merits are manifold alright.If you set the bar low enough.

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  39. doug quixote December 8, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    I cannot help the research deficiencies of others. I have enough of my own to worry about. This from a poster who thinks I am Macabre. Her message from London to Hypo :

    “Get a life”

    says it all really.; all that was printable, that is.

    LOL x10

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    • Hypocritophobe December 8, 2012 at 12:30 am #

      Dear DQ aka Macabre (from now on forever to be referred to as Macabre, aka too weak to take it on the chin.The link above was stellar definitive research which proves once and for all you are a liar and filled with shit.
      Of the 3 articles with Rudd in the title not one had a single comment from you.
      Not once have you been able to present a valid reason as to how Rudd came close to the vile destruction of Labor’s values as perpetrated daily by Gillard.
      Not once have you convinced a single living breathing human that your trolling as Macabre was less than the act of a frustrated partisan mouthpiece.
      You had to hide behind another name to attack a few regulars because you don’t practise what you preach.
      “Shooting is too good” etc.
      Bagged Helvi,bagged Marilyn.But bagged with cowardice.
      I have tried endlessly to get you to justify your pathetic positions and you won’t.And you won’t because you can’t.No-one can.
      Gillard is worse than Howard ever was, because Howard was an arsehole and wore the badge with an arrogant pride,Gillard is an illegitimate arsehole who has deceived and continues to deceive the voters of this country.She leans on her gender when the going gets tough.She assails the weak from the parapets of the factions.She mouths the words of others.
      You are a mindless troll on this topic Macabre(most appropriate moniker by far)
      Call yourself by whatever name you wish.
      Pretend away that there is a mystery object in London if you wish.
      It just makes you look as stupid as you are deluded by the scum of the NSW right who you grovel before.
      V

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      • doug quixote December 8, 2012 at 8:20 am #

        Yak, Yak, Yak. Just white noise.

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        • Hypocritophobe December 8, 2012 at 10:35 am #

          Oh look, a sweet picture of DQ captured in mid switch into his female alter ego,Tara macabre.

          http://skeptikai.com/2012/10/17/is-outing-an-internet-troll-going-too-far/
          ;-)

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          • doug quixote December 8, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

            You are truly deranged. Get help.

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            • Hypocritophobe December 8, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

              Yak,yak,yak….just
              Pot/kettle/black hole.
              How’s Macabre doing,has it discovered that there is an internet in London yet?

              My apologies Macabre, I was talking as though you weren’t here,DQ.

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              • doug quixote December 8, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

                Do you think this is funny? I don’t. Macabre’s stalker wants her to break cover, but she will not. Not for you, and not even for me.

                It may be a matter of life and death. A fatal attraction is not always a story on the screen.

                Please back off.

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                • Hypocritophobe December 8, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

                  Your are ‘beyond’ truly deranged.Seek URGENT help.
                  I mean it.

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  40. Hypocritophobe December 8, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    Time to be happy everyone and wallow in your ‘soon to be millions’.
    All through the genius of politics.
    As of the latest COAG,SOME voters will be gifted $250, (probably the ones with kids.)
    At the same time as our power bills have already escalated to a painful threshold, we now have a a carbon tax added to all our hefty bills.
    So what could have been small % increase is now a significant impost.The cumulative amount is a challenge to many.
    Let’s say you are lucky enough to have a monthly power bill of $250,or less.
    What that means is that apart from pensioners (who may get extra compo,who would know) the rest of us pay 11 of the 12 remaining power bills in full.
    (That’s iff your power bill is $250, or less.)
    Add to this the tax burden cost (to taxpayers) of rolling out smart meters(oxymoron) across the land,even to states where Gillards $250 will have zero impact or jurisdiction.
    This is blatant and ineffectual pork barrelling.I hope voters can see through this scam.People would be much better off and so would the atmosphere,( the planet) if the solar panel rebate was extended and the regulatory watchdog kicked the arses of the scammers running our power grids, instead of giving us less than $5 a week which would cover an average hot water heater of 5 hours during peak times.
    This is an obscene joke.
    When we get to read the small print it may turn out that -yet again-, those without dependants will sponsor the $250 to those who have them.And when the next elected government does a GST back flip and raises the rate, we will hopefully,finally question why we let loyalty to the two majors rule our tiny little brains.We are being robbed blind by the parasites in Canberra.Our finite resources are making everyone but us secure in our own country.And the miners are not slowing down their carbon production OR paying their fair share for it either.
    Desperate refugees are the least of our problems.

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  41. Hypocritophobe December 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    Oh dear,
    Gillard is a character destroyer just like Abbott>>

    “JULIA Gillard used her prime ministerial office to run a political “war room” in the lead-up to this year’s leadership spill and had sanctioned the carpet-bombing of rival Kevin Rudd by her senior ministers, according to new claims about the event.

    The PM was alleged to have run a daily political campaign-style session for a week before the February challenge, with her staff and deputy Wayne Swan in “full election mode”.

    The Monthly claimed that central to the strategy of*** publicly destroying Mr Rudd’s character ***was Ms Gillard’s communications director John McTernan, a former adviser to the Blair government in the UK. It cited a similar strategy that was used in the political battle between Mr Blair and his successor Gordon Brown.

    The Daily Telegraph first revealed the “carpet bombing” strategy used by the PM’s office to not only ****ensure Ms Gillard’s win, but damage Mr Rudd*** so badly he would never recover politically.

    The Monthly article confirmed reports the character assassination of Mr Rudd was not the work of rogue ministers but a well co-ordinated plan ***sanctioned by the PM***.

    “They were definitely given their talking points, they didn’t just go out and do it on their own, it was A well orchestrated political campaign,” a government source said.Mr Rudd would not comment on the article. His office claimed he had not read it.

    The PM’s office also would not comment.”

    Say what?
    But,but..The PM’s office also would not comment.
    Surely she…The PM’s office also would not comment.
    Perhaps it should read “The PM’s office DARE not comment.”

    Mainly because her (our) leaders in the NSW right were not in the mood for writing her a comment to read out.

    From

    http://www.news.com.au/national/prime-minister-julia-gillard-used-her-office-as-war-room/story-fndo4bst-1226532490590

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  42. Hypocritophobe December 9, 2012 at 12:23 am #

    INSERT COIN
    CHOOSE TRACK
    Sing along

    Marianne Faithfull
    (Lyrics)

    ” Running For Our Lives”

    Move along staying close to the wall
    Looking over your shoulder just in time.
    Avoid the light, close your eyes
    And put your hand in mine.
    And put your hand in mine.

    Are we in danger, or is it that
    You think we might be ?
    But I think I’d like to get out of here,
    This place it frightens me,
    This place it frightens me.

    Running for our lives,
    At least we’re pretending we are.
    Running for our lives,
    We never get very far.
    We never get very far.
    We never get very far.

    Stop pretending
    This is a child’s adventure,
    The only way I can take it
    Is playing the game.

    Be quiet, there’s a gate ahead.
    Do you think we can make it ?
    Will it be different, or just the same ?
    How long can we keep escaping,
    How long can we keep escaping,
    How long can we keep escaping
    Into another prison ?

    Running for our lives,
    At least we’re pretending we are.
    Running for our lives,
    We never get very far.
    We never get very far.
    We never get very far.

    Move along staying close to the wall,
    Looking over your shoulder just in time.
    Avoid the light, close your eyes
    And put your hand in mine
    And put your hand in mine.

    Running for our lives,
    At least we’re pretending we are.
    Running for our lives,
    We never get very far.
    We never get very far.
    We never get very far.

    We never get very far.
    We never get very far.
    We never get very far.
    We never get …
    ____________________________
    “London Still”
    (Lyrics )
    The Waifs
    Wonder if you can pick up my
    Accent on the phone
    When I call across the country
    When I call across the world
    I — see you in my kitchen
    I can picture you now
    As you toast to your small town
    When you drink the happy hour
    I’m in London still
    I’m in London still
    I’m in London still

    I took the tube over to Camden
    To wander around
    I bought some funky records
    With that old Motown sound
    And I miss you like my left arm
    That’s been lost in a war
    Today I dream of home and not of London anymore
    I’m in London still
    I’m in London still
    Yeah I’m in London still

    You know it’s okay
    I’m kinda happy here for now
    I think I’ve finally grown up
    And got myself a love of now
    And if I ever come home
    And I, I think I will
    I hope you’re gonna wanna hang at my place on Sunday still
    Oh yeah I hope you will
    Cause I’m in London still

    You know we got it sorted, yeah
    We really got it down
    To a fine art on Sunday
    In a sleepy Sunday town
    I wonder what I’m missing
    I think of songs I’ve never heard
    I’m dreaming of your voices
    And I’m dreaming of your hurt
    I’m in London still
    I’m in London still
    I’m in London still

    Oh I’m in London still
    la-la-la-la-la London still
    I’m in London
    ________________________
    Pink Floyd
    “Is There Anybody Out There”
    (Lyrics)
    Is there anybody out there?
    Is there anybody out there?
    Is there anybody out there?
    Is there anybody out there?
    ——————————————–
    Men At Work
    Lyrics

    ” Who Can It Be Now? ”

    Who can it be knocking at my door?
    Go ‘way, don’t come ’round here no more.
    Can’t you see that it’s late at night?
    I’m very tired, and I’m not feeling right.
    All I wish is to be alone;
    Stay away, don’t you invade my home.
    Best off if you hang outside,
    Don’t come in – I’ll only run and hide.

    Who can it be now?
    Who can it be now?
    Who can it be now?
    Who can it be now?

    Who can it be knocking at my door?
    Make no sound, tip-toe across the floor.
    If he hears, he’ll knock all day,
    I’ll be trapped, and here I’ll have to stay.
    I’ve done no harm, I keep to myself;
    There’s nothing wrong with my state of mental health.
    I like it here with my childhood friend;
    Here they come, those feelings again!

    Who can it be now?
    Who can it be now?
    Who can it be now?
    Who can it be now?

    Is it the man come to take me away?
    Why do they follow me?
    It’s not the future that I can see,
    It’s just my fantasy

    Oh…Who can it be now?
    Oh…Who can it…Who can it…
    Yeah yeah yeah
    ________________________

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  43. Hypocritophobe December 14, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    Payback Joel?

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-13/fitzgibbon-tells-labor-to-abandon-surplus-promise/4427192

    The surplus promise is one of the stupidest tactics imaginable.And it further devalues voter confidence in our democracy, as yet another falsehood reigns supreme.
    If it does not happen the MSM will fry faux Labor.If it does I will be at the cost of services normally sacrosanct to a real Labor govt.
    This is what we (politics Oz Style) have become.When Abbott says jump Gillard has repeatedly leapt out of her socks.Sadly she landed on his side of the fence.
    Out Abbotting Abbott is nothing to be proud of, and any electoral loss will see some very good ministers go.I guess the good news it will also afford an opportunity to get rid of Garret,Wong and Ferguson.Three Stooges we need like a hole in the head.Cardboard cut-outs could do better.

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  44. Hypocritophobe December 30, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Anyone for pork?

    http://www.news.com.au/money/cost-of-living/pm-julia-gillard-offers-back-to-school-cash-splash/story-fnagkbpv-1226545151043

    And so the shallow end of the pool begins to stir.Too bad if you don’t have school kids.
    Did someone mention a deficit?
    No money for the desperate,but plenty for the local fence sitting prolific breeders.Post Christmas flat screen buying frenzy,part 2.

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