REFRESHING RAFFLES FRIDAY

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WELCOME PATRONS TO ANOTHER EDITION OF FRIDAY NIGHT RAFFLES.

AFTER WHAT HAS BEEN A PRETTY TUMULTUOUS WEEK IN AUSTRALIAN POLITICS IT’S TIME TO KICK BACK,HAVE A FEW DRINKS AND RELAX.

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APPARENTLY “THE MANAGER” HAS DECIDED THAT HE DOESN’T CARE IF I DON,T MAKE ANY CASH AND THE POOR DOGS WILL HAVE NO TREATS(sorry boys) , SO HE HAS PUT ON FREE DRINKS TONIGHT. ENJOY.

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BIG NIGHT IN THE SPORTS BAR WITH THE FOOTBALL AND THE MIGHTY BLACK CAVIAR RACING AT MOONEY VALLEY.

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THE  DISCO IS BYO MUSIC SO CRANK UP YOUR FAVORITE TUNES.

BUSHFIRE BILL LIVED UP TO HIS AWESOME REPUTATION LAST WEEK AND WON NOTHING ON LOTTO SO THE KITTY REMAINS THE SAME AT $60.75.

HAVE A GOOD NIGHT AND REMEMBER EVEN WITH ALL THE GOINGS ON IN POLITICS AT THE MOMENT WE ARE STILL LUCKY TO LIVE IN THIS WONDERFUL COUNTRY.

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799 thoughts on “REFRESHING RAFFLES FRIDAY

  1. Pyne would welcome Barnaby into the lower house……What a bloody circus that would be!…Barnaby, Pyne, Mesma, Abbott, Bishop the elder, Hockey….need I go on!!?…..idiocy only has so many guises!

  2. Joel Fitzgibbon ‏@fitzhunter 1m

    Back in Kurri Kurri, just amazing here. Come on down! #NostalgiaFestival
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    Space Kidette Space Kidette ‏@SpaceKidette 7s

    @fitzhunter Couldn’t give a fuck where you are or what you are doing. #traitor #LOSER

  3. Albo Part II
    Albo on Abbott’s planned motion of no confidence – he doubts Abbott will do it. If he goes ahead it will be a stunt to distract from the budget. What responsible opposition leader would ever consider moving a motion of no confidence in a government on budget day? Abbott is trying to drag down confidence in the government with this idea. He is selfish and only interested in political power, not in what he would do with it. He would rather destroy the economy than see Labor win.

    He said Abbott would not have the numbers. The indies who voted for the SSO the other day won’t support such a motion nor will the others. (Well, Wilkie might.) Abbott was not close to having the numbers to get his motion of no confidence in the PM up on Thursday.

    Were Crean and Ferguson wrong? Should Labor be more reformist?
    Albo – We are in the tradition of Hawke and Keating. Labor’s economic reform continues with the carbon price. Abbott’s scare campaign ended because it was all absolute nonsense.

    Class warfare? A Labor government worth its salt will always defend the most disadvantaged. Well, what about cuts to single parent payments? That decision was made by Howard in 2006. We ended the grandfathering because you cannot have one group on two different payments. Labor has set up other support for those affected.

    Are you satisfied with the government’s policy direction? We need to sell our policies better.

    Why did you support Rudd? Albo didn’t really answer this one. He said things like – We are a party, not a cult, not all members of caucus agree on everything. My duty is to argue my case. He believes this is a very sound government deserving of re-election.

    Albo said he has not had one question from his opposition counterpart. Abbott and his team just come up with thought bubbles, Labor has had a full term agenda from day 1 and has focused on delivering it.

    PMJG has courage, conviction and is prepared to argue her case.

    What was your personal reaction to Rudd saying he will not be coming back to the leadership? Albo said his comments from 2010 are on the record and still apply. Rudd was a good PM and is a good human being and has stood by what he has said privately and publically.He will respect Rudd’s decision.

    And here PvO gave away the OM plot, asking if Rudd stays in parliament won’t there be continual conflict? The media are going to refer constantly to ‘Former leader Simon Crean’ or ‘Former Minister Bowen/Ferguson’ or
    former PM Rudd’. Albo – no conflict, Rudd has made it clear he won’t seek the leadership again.

  4. Lat night someone on Twitter said Ms Savva looked like a member of the Kransky Sisters. They were spot on –

  5. Leroy,

    and anyone else who has received a Twitter DM from me in the past few hours,

    SPAM.

    My password has now been changed to ultra-secure.

    Interesting that the spam was about weight-loss. I wonder whether the inspiration was one of my daughter’s graduation photographs, which she posted on Facebook? (Yes, I do need to lose weight – yesterday’s lunch REALLY helped …).

  6. free article

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/anthony-albanese-wont-quit-cabinet-and-add-to-big-losses-in-ministry-following-abortive-coup/story-fnhqeu0x-1226604319907

    Anthony Albanese won’t quit cabinet and add to ‘big losses’ in ministry following abortive coup
    BY:RICK MORTON
    From: The Australian
    March 24, 2013 10:17AM

    ANTHONY Albanese says there’s “no reason” for him to resign in the wake of Labor’s abortive leadership coup, as he admitted the departures of fellow Rudd backers from the ministry were “big losses”.

    The cabinet minister denied he played any role in corralling support for Kevin Rudd against Julia Gillard ahead of a Labor caucus meeting last week and said he still enjoyed her confidence in his job as Transport Minister and Leader of the House.

  7. Puff tMD,

    Adelaide has one of the most amazing Theatre Organs.

    Not to mention Barry Morgan of Morgan’s Organs, “Sunnyside Mall”

    😀

  8. Claire Harvey doesn’t geddit:

    Gillard is formidably talented as a political (if not always a policy) strategist, despite her mistakes, despite the great sad truth of her reign: she should never have challenged Rudd in 2010; should never have listened to the graspers and begrudgers who wanted to destroy their own creation.

    Gillard must have appreciated that risk in 2010 – and she must have appreciated the precedent she was creating forevermore.

    PMJG did not challenge and did not “create” a precedent. She was told that if she didn’t accept the drafting, someone else would.

  9. Well, so far there has been one poll which showed a slight uptick in PV, a maintaining of 2PP and a few per cent slide in Gillard’s personal popularity.

    About as expected in the circumstances of the Rudd wrecking ball finally being wrecked.

    The media, on the other hand, are writing Labor off totally, and absolving themselves from any responsibility for it.

    In their “Inside The Beltway” terms the government is floundering. In objective terms – economic and social performance – it is doing well, especially in the circumstances of the hung parliament.

    As far as the voters are concerned, the truth is somewhere in the middle.

    The next few weeks will see whether getting rid of Rudd is the train wreck advertised by the pundits or a definite move in the direction of clear air or total write-off.

  10. Hee hee – two dofferent views of the Harvey article.

    I’ll take anything that contains words of praise for the PM rather than the usual constant abuse in the Smelly as a positive step, a small sign of a huge worm slowly beginning to turn.

    I’ve all but given up trying to point out the daily errors of the ladies and gentlemen of the press. They have shown us time and time again that despite claiming to be ‘political reporters’ they have less idea of parliamentary process and the working of our electoral system than Rueben the Cavoodle. I’m sure Rueben could have told them that Abbott did not move a motion of no confidence in the PM the other day, it was just an SSO motion. I’m sure Reuben has also completely au fait with leadership issues in the Labor Party. He must overhear a lot of very interesting conversations.

  11. 11h

    The Lady (JG) is not only tough but grace personified. A diamond forged under relentless pressure from within & without. Stands & fights for all.

  12. BK

    ‘And the Adelaide Ovaal scoreboard did display have my dad’s and Don Bradmans’s names with a century agianst weach. My mother, as expected, was very much overcome when she saw it. So was my brother.’

    Excellent touch!

  13. Albo is just where the PM. wants him to be…doing his job(and it BETTER be good!) and within sight!……He’s safe.

  14. Carr is too smart-mouthed to be a threat and too saavy to be anything else than FM…..He”ll stay.

  15. Sava ought to do something about her choice of hairstyle…the page-boy is more suited for a less devious person..she looks like the “wicked stepmother” in a wig!

  16. Leone,

    Oh, I thought Ms Harvey’s nice comments were … nice. They certainly made a pleasant change from the Smellie’s usual offerings.

    However, I do wish that these “journalists” would stop making things up.

    If only dogs could talk – Reuben’s inside knowledge would be a scoop to die for!

  17. Good morning everone.

    BK
    So pleased everything went well for you, today will be more tiring than yesterday. Have a great time.

    Fiona
    I was too late to warn you, glad you got the message.

    As for that galaxy poll, no change in voting intention, bode well that there could be improvement in the future.

  18. BK,

    Yesterday sounds amazing; I hope today is just as great.

    SK,

    Happy Birthday to #1 Cherub and happy day to the proudest mum in the world (give or take a few …).

  19. I think I’ve got Anthony Albanese’s words parsed correctly from Sky Agenda this morning, after catching up with it just now on ABC24.

    He’s saying he would never vote against a sitting Prime Minister that was challenged to a vote. Therefore, if Kevin Rudd had challenged he would never agree to be his Deputy, even if he won.

    However, what he didn’t say but was alluded to was that he WOULD agree to be Deputy PM in a Rudd government if the position was handed to Rudd on a platter with the overwhelming majority of MPs and factions agreeing to it.

    Slimy and slippery position to take.

    Interesting also to note that Rudd has wanted him as his Deputy since 2005. The Right faction, now since splintered, must have demanded Wayne Swan be Rudd’s Deputy. Which Rudd as much as admitted yesterday with his ‘I was magnanimous in my gesture to include Swan, Conroy & Smith in my Cabinet’ statement. BS, of course. He was forced to include them by the Right against his will and probably in exchange for getting that concession that he could choose which Ministries they got.

  20. space kidette,
    Lucky cherubs to have such an amazing Mum. They succeed on the field because you succeed as their mum. 🙂

    Congratulations!

  21. It pisses me off that the ABC pay the likes of Savva and Henderson for their appearances on The Insiders and, something in the order of $300. The likes of the two mentioned and Akerman et al are not worth 30c.

    I don’t know if Cassidy does the choosing of his panel or whether it is done for him. However, it is time Aunty began to turn away from this rubbish of interviewing Murdoch/Fairfax journalists and went back to straight, unbiased reporting WITHOUT imposing upon us the opinions of those who don’t even bother to take in the facts but prefer to report gossip and innuendo.

  22. BK,
    Ditto for you, dear sir(though not the ‘mum’ bit 😉 ). That wedding sounds like it was a fairytale wedding made real by an outstanding Wedding Planner. 🙂

  23. foreverjanice,
    Barrie Cassidy has got between Buckley’s and no chance of getting the balance he probably personally craves for Insiders, while ever Mark Scott is at the helm of the ABC directing the whole show for you know who.

  24. I gave up on Insiders a long time ago. For a long. long time I’ve only bothered if Barry was interviewing someone who interested me, I don’t watch the rest. I am bright enough to understand what was said without some dingbat journo telling me what they think the guest said or, more often, should have said.

    I think my fed-uppedness happened after Latham lost his election. There was the panel the next moring doing great impersonations of stunned mullets in mourning. What could have gone wrong? They thought Latham would win. The glaring obvious, the huge elephant sitting slap bang in the mddle of the lounge – their constant trashing of Latham and Labor for months – was not mentioned.

    These days no-one even pretends to support Labor, the whole damn show is just a Sunday morning Abbott worship service more often than not. Why would you bother?

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