Fasten Your Seat Belts …

In spite of the gathering storm clouds

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the increasing likelihood of even more

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plus maybe the odd

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we at The Pub will stagger on

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So cheer up –

and enjoy the raffle, the cameraderie, the drinks, the music …

323 thoughts on “Fasten Your Seat Belts …

  1. GD, the Bof govt. this week announced that CSG will be renamed! Something like ‘Natural gas from something or other’. True

  2. Fiona
    I haven’t bothered for ages either, I used to just watch the interview if it was someone who interested me, but not any more. Bazza’s interviewing style puts me right off.

  3. GD

    It could still be. As i recall Hartcher was backing the local branches to select candidates for the federal election and was objecting to the candidates parachuted in by Sinodinis &Co. The money could have been used in that tussle. Just to add,it was O’Farrell that reported the matter to ICAC..

  4. Like J Hockey and J Packer, C Palmer might resort to surgery:

    Adjustable gastric band
    Main article: Adjustable gastric band

    The restriction of the stomach also can be created using a silicone band, which can be adjusted by addition or removal of saline through a port placed just under the skin. This operation can be performed laparoscopically, and is commonly referred to as a “lap band”. Weight loss is predominantly due to the restriction of nutrient intake that is created by the small gastric pouch and the narrow outlet. [12] It is considered one of the safest procedures performed today with a mortality rate of 0.05%. [13]

  5. I am finding the Shorten/Albanese roadshow very interesting.

    A factional battle by any other name.

    Shorten is settling into a centre/right position with Albo, in my opinion, yet to reveal which path he will take.

    Will he move into a similar position as Shorten or drill down into his left roots for policy direction ?

    I am concerned that Albanese may get side tracked by “left ” issues and take his eye off the main target which is continuing the policy direction set by the Gillard government ie “meat and potato ” issues important to all Australians.

    I also find it interesting that Albanese has hinted at Shortens involvement in the events of 2010 and 2013 while claiming he has supported both PM’s and therefore free of any taint.

    He seems to have forgotten he was up to his armpits in the distabilization leading to the Rudd comeback. Strange that.

    Shorten for me but whoever wins needs the whole party to get in behind.

  6. I want “portulant Palmer” to win the seat, as he is just loud-mouthed enough to “drop the LNP. in it” sometime if they piss him off!

  7. Also, my most preferred candidate to win Fairfax would have been the Labor MP, but in a choice between Palmer and the LNP, yeah.

    If O’Brien won, he would’ve just been an annoying new LNP gnat to swat at the next election, complete with a sophomore surge that would have made Fairfax a difficult win, since it’s very marginal on good years for Labor (which would probably come at the other end of Abbott’s term).

    However, with Palmer in there, it could possibly fall to Labor with a split tory vote. Wishful thinking of course, but if the stars align right, I think it’d be easier for Labor to snatch Fairfax from Palmer than an LNP suit.

  8. Please stop disparaging my representative in our democratically elected Federal Guvverment .

    I look forward to meeting Clive and have sent a email to his office requesting a meeting about his views of the NBN and how the benefits of it will impact on my financial figures. Thus contributing to the economy of the area that he now represents.

  9. I will be up your way next weekend Joe, I will happily sit in on the meeting and be your witness. ūüôā

  10. Hey, Joe.

    You were going to give us a bit of hot gossip from Griffith. Have I missed it, or is it still to come?

  11. MY Juicy Rumour

    K Rudd is staying the rep for Griffith until Jessica has a 2nd child then she will take over from Dad in Griffith .and one day run for the Pmship herself ..
    Perfect demographics for the future/Photogenic/intelligent/asian husband and a modern interracial family

  12. “K Rudd is staying the rep for Griffith until Jessica has a 2nd child… ”
    That sounds like a kind of “holy Trinity” thing…you know..: “Father , son/daughter , holy ghost” !!

  13. Jessica Rudd – pffft.

    If her employment record is anything to go by she’d be an MP for about a week, get bored and toss it in. A pampered young woman who has never had to worry about a thing, ever, because mummy has always been there with the cheque book. Should she ever decide to take over daddy’s seat the other side would have a field day with ‘Princess Jessica’.

    Piss off back to Beijing, Jessica. Go home and write another chick lit book. One Rudd in parliament destroyed a government, we don’t need Daddy’s Little Girl destroying a party.

  14. But we wouldn’t be getting rid of Daddy. He’d still be there, instructing Jess, pulling strings, a de facto MP pushing to become a de facto PM. If you can’t have the job yourself you install a puppet and rule through them. It’s all so obvious. And if Jess gets bored and tosses it in there are two Rudd sons to take it on.

  15. I dunno about an Abbott dynasty. He has only daughters and as we all know, he doesn’t think women should be prime ministers. He’ll have to marry the girls off and get them producing grandsons. That dynasty could be a fair way down the track unless there’s suitable male offspring lurking somewhere. What about all those Sancta Sophia girls he knocked up whilte he was at uni…..someone, somewhere…..

  16. @socks

    Wow, Saddique entering politics would bring a huge amount of prestige to parliament.

    However, is it certain she’s to our side of politics? Surely she would be after seeing the creep in charge of the other side, but then again, another female Australian war hero Nancy Wake ended up with the Liberals.

  17. i would be careful about calling Griffith a secure labor seat atm.

    Bill Glasson ran a strong campaign in the seat with a swing towards him of 6.58% on primaries and approx 5.6% on TPP which was greater than the overall Queensland swing.

    I would be surprised if daughter Rudd would hold the seat if Rudd stood down.

    However, as far as I am concerned the loss of Griffith would be acceptable collateral damage.

  18. Rudd held the seat on a 53/47 result.

    Would be close to a lib win I think if Glasson or another strong candidate stood against daughter Rudd.

  19. We need to remember how ” successful ” the Beattie experiment was this time and how many commentators called it a ‘masterstroke”.

  20. The Forde fiasco was a huge mistake. I spoke with members from there and they were most upset. Des Hardman had put in a huge effort and was well known and respected. The backlash from the Beattie parachuting in was very damaging.

  21. Rudd lost 12 booths on election day. My #1 son did election night figures for Rob Oakeshott for years, he said finding out on election night you’ve lost that many booths is ‘change your undies’ time. Rudd came very close to losing his seat. Another Rudd achievement – turning a safe Labor seat into a marginal one. Trying to make it the Rudd family fiefdom could well see it lost to Labor.

  22. “I wonder if Janette(sp?) Howard ever met Therese Rein.”

    Sounds like one of those el-cheapo horror movies!

  23. One thing is for sure, Queensland Labor needs to find a way to fight the LNP effectively.

    It’s been very discouraging that Labor has never won a seat off the LNP since it formed in 2008 in state or federal elections, and its merger has been very effective.


    The first US film to warn about the dangers of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime has been found in a Brussels film archive, having lain unnoticed for some 75 years.

    Hitler’s Reign of Terror was produced by Cornelius Vanderbilt, an heir to the wealthy American industrialist family, who visited Germany as Hitler was voted into power in 1933.

    The film revolves around footage that Vanderbilt shot and smuggled out, showing Nazi party rallies, book-burnings and the ransacking of Jewish shops..

    He also visits Leonding, the Austrian town where Hitler attended primary school, explaining: “From all I could gather, he was one of the most unpopular kids in the neighbourhood. Nobody had a good word for him.”

  25. Remember that under Saint John everything had to go through the PM’s office? That is what Saint Tony is doing. Children overboard, anyone?

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