423 thoughts on “Daylight saving Raffles

  1. But you have to wonder on a authoritive body that can swiftly get ONE young protester, who runs up a dummy page on the internet, charged and threatened with half a dozen years in chokey, yet struggles to find reason to prosecute an entire corporation that allows millions to be swindled from it’s elderly and retired clients!…..let alone taking three years to deliver information to the police about a known bribery case!
    One has to wonder.

  2. “Fiona
    I can probably get you a lift in a semi?”

    Joe…years ago (in the seventies) someone arranged such a “lift” for me to get to Melb’ from adelaide….for the first half (they changed drivers at. I think, Bordertown) we had Tammy Wynette blasting out of the speakers (I hated Tammy!!)..for the second half we had “Billy Graham and friends”………I swore : NEVER AGAIN!

  3. A good summary of all the rorts, politicans’ allowances, proposed changes to the rules that went nowhere and more.

    I have a bit of a problem with one thing in the last paragraph though –

    Abbott wants to kill the issue and carry on. Both major parties have embarrassing entitlement breaches yet to be fully ventilated. It will be the minor parties and independents who will lead the push for reform, as well as the media, bloggers and fed-up citizens.

    Forget the minor parties and the independents, this parliament doesn’t have reformers like Windsor and Oakeshott who can use their power to bring about change.. We have a government with a majority in the reps and a bunch of right-wing nutters and idiot Greens holding the balance of power in the senate. There’s no chance any of them will vote to clean out their troughs. It will be up to social media, bloggers and angry citizens to keep the issue alive and keep pushing for reform.

  4. G’day…BK…..a snoozing and a sleeping in the emerald Isle…..how enchantment!…..will you go a wandering in the “complection rain”.

  5. I had a girlfriend in my youth who used to make me wash my feet.

    But that was before sex.

    She was English, of course.

  6. No footbath beside the bed.

    I cringe when I remember how poorly being a boy at an all-boys Catholic school prepared me for the arts of love.

    I was no artist, but the poor ladies were my blank canvasses. It’s a wonder I wasn’t murdered on at least a couple of occasions.

  7. [I had a girlfriend in my youth who used to make me wash my feet.

    But that was before sex.

    She was English, of course.]

    Did I miss some of the preceeding conversation?…what brought this little reminise on?

  8. Darwin knew a thing or to about science deniers

  9. Mark Kenny this morning tells us that Abbott was oafish and destructive as LOTO. He insulted everyone, from local Prime Ministers to international leaders and their nations.

    Thank God he has apologized to them all and has now become a statesman. We are so lucky to have him.

    He always said that the offiice maketh the man. But who knew Abbott would morph from grub to butterfly so quickly and so thoroughly?

    We should put the lies and the exaggerations, the intimidation, the threats, the schoolboy antics, the misogyny and the club-footedness on foreign affairs of LOTO Days behind us, as he has. They were just used by him so that he could become Prime Minister. We’ve lost a thug and gained a leader.

    Regrettable, yes, but necessary, says Kenny, for the national good. We should forget all those broken promises. They are just messy baggage on the way to Abbott’s blossoming as a true Prime Minister. Oh well, it was worth it Kenny assures us.

    Abbott’s performance on the international stage has been impressive and conscientious. He has worked hard, said and done the right things for Australia.

    It is a pity the same cannot be said for his standard operating approach while in opposition.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/abbott-and-his-very-sorry-lot-20131011-2vdvh.html#ixzz2hSPlGP93

    A cynic might say, “What the fuck else could he do? Punch Bambang in the balls for afters?” But that would be so wrong. International statesmenaship is a subtle game, only for players capable of great subtlety, like Tony. Iron Fist, Velvet Glove and all that. Brilliant!

    Meanwhile, Peter Hartcher has found someone else to toady up to. One guess who it is…

    Tony Abbott promised to restore trust in government. He has a perfect opportunity. The system of parliamentary travel expenses is flawed, open to abuse, and helps bring all federal politicians into disrepute.

    Abbott has been on the defensive for his own use of the system. He’s repaid some of his travel claims, a tacit admission of mistaken or wrongful claims on the public purse. He’s defended the rest.

    It would be more than smart to address this head-on.

    He’s said he won’t change the system. He seems to have decided to tough it out. He knows that this story will eventually fade away, as they always do.

    But each of these stories, which break out episodically year in and year out, erode the public trust, one outrage at a time. As each wave of news recedes, they wash away a little more. There isn’t much left.

    If he’s serious about restoring trust in government and, if he’s smart, Abbott will take this as an opportunity, not a threat. He will call a press conference on Monday. He will say that, now he’s back in the country, he’s had a chance to consider the matter.

    If he does, Abbott will turn a political liability into an asset. Political baggage can become a political bonus, an embarrassment turned into an achievement. If he doesn’t, then we’ll know that his promise to restore trust was just a slogan to win power.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/tony-abbott-must-end-expense-perks-20131011-2vdvj.html#ixzz2hSQMQ8e6

    Y’know… it had never occurred to me that Tony’s promise to restore power was just a slogan to win power. I nearly fell out of my chair when I rad of the possibility in Hartcher’s column. Couldn’t be… could it?

    But it’s easy to fix, see?

    Years of rorting his travel expenses so that he can attend Iron Man races, triathalons, bike rides, horse races and the like, for cheap political points, can be cancelled out, erased from the punters’ memories, as if with some kind of Men In Black neuralizer device… all with a simple press conference.

    This will not only cause the nation to instantly forgive him for his transgressions, but to love and admire his maturity in fessing up to the sins that have been committed… by others, of course. Tony is real good at apologizing for the sins of others.

    Hartcher is a Big Picture Man. Not for Peter is the messy, grubby mire in which “the media” insists on wallowing. Abbott has committed no big error. What’s a few (hundred thousand) dollars lifted from the public purse when the public wasn’t looking, when you’ve got a country to get ready for running for the 8 years prior to actually running it. Wasn’t it the Mayor of Tamworth who said the other day how great an honour it had been to have Tony attend the country music festival, as “Prime Minister to be”? Becoming Prime Minister has set him free. We should rule the page off. That was then. This is now.

    Abbott’s rorts were a brilliant way of softening up the public, just as his insults to our Asian neighbours were a brilliant way of getting the various brown and yellow Prime Ministers and PResidents around the region punch-drunk. When they’re groggy and flustered by Abbott’s “whirling dervish” act – perfected in the boxing rings of British academe – Tony has them just where he wants them.

    Then, instead of kicking them in the head when they’re down, he offers them his “statesman” act, and they’ll love him all the more for it.

    “Better to seek forgiveness than permission”, is Tony’s old catch cry, and why should he seek the nation’s forgiveness for his rorting, all the more for them to love and respect him?

    Abbott can wipe out the rorts and, if he’s lucky, he can get someone to take the fall for him. Brilliant politics, viewed from Hartcher’s superior, elevated perspective.

    Mike Carlton, on the other hand thinks…

    The Prime Minister is a bludger.

    A loaded word, I know, but it is a perfectly good Australian expression and it describes exactly what Tony Abbott was up to as he swanned around from bike ride to fun run at the taxpayers’ expense. He was bludging on us.

    The greed and gall are eye-watering. To throw up a few of the more brazen examples: a one-day trip to the 2011 Birdsville races cost us $12,482 in charter flights, he hit us for $9347.12 for another chartered plane to the 2012 Tamworth Country Music Festival, and $5622.73 for yet another private flight to the Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar races in 2011.

    He did manage the 2010 Melbourne Cup a little more cheaply, slumming it with the peasants on a regular airline flight, but with his wife Margaret and daughter Frances in tow that gouged us for $2376.87. We bought the plane tickets for all three.

    On and on it went. We were lumbered with the bill for triathlons and ocean swims and bike-athons. Abbott, as leader of the opposition, had his snout deeply into the public trough to fund his excursions around the country for recreation and entertainment. Time and again.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/tony-abbott-is-a-bludger-20131011-2vdkq.html#ixzz2hSU5B0cm

    Of course he’s wrong. How could a man who has become one of our greatest Prime Ministers in just three weeks possibly be labelled a “bludger”? But it’s an interesting point.

    Hartcher would see Mike Carlton as merely part of “The Media” (Carlton used to be a shock jock, don’t you know?)

    Which Media?

    That Media, over there; the grubby one, obsessed with petty details and tawdry “rorts” stories, the Media that can’t see the higher plane of statesmanship that fine minds like Hartcher, Kenny and the entire stable of tied Murdoch hacks at The Australian can.

    Abbott’s rorts are only superficially bad. In one day he can – if he takes Hartcher’s advice, and ignores the cheap jibes of hacks like Carlton – turn disaster and dishonesty into triumph.

    And Peter and Mark and all the rest will be there to record every breathlessly exciting moment of it, and tell us how wonderful Tony truly is.

    Mike Carlton, on the other hand, can continue to write his amusing little pieces, clever yes, but hardly of the import of a Hartcher Declaration.

  10. I reckon I could summarise Hartcher’s column in about two lines:

    “Abbott’s past transgressions are standing in the way of his rightful destiny as a trusted and loved leader. We must find a way to wipe them from the slate.”

  11. Looking forward to a couple of months of the MSM wringing their hands helplessly over the travel rorts issue. They’re desperately trying to find a way to say the ‘right’ thing about it, without giving the impression that they’re expecting anything to be done. Once the polls roll in (where are they all, by the way?) it’s likely we’ll be hearing about the government taking a “short-term hit” while they “:resolve” the issue.

  12. Something is happening in Australia and it seems to be played out on the sporting field. The cricket, rugby and soccer teams just don’t seem to be cutting it and there are a slew of reasons that I can’t quite get my head around. It seems like we still have this idea that we just have to ‘turn up’ and opponents will wilt at odour very presence but there is no ‘presence’ anymore. No one is impressed by our sporting history/prowess, the number of tattoos we have or the ‘hotness’ of our WAGS at the annual presentation night. Can any one in the Pub shine a light on this?

  13. There’s something quite strange and disturbing about this being written by a rabid right-winger:

    There are only two small problems.

    First, most of the money is going to those who are already affluent. Over the past three decades, almost half of our growth in income has gone to the top 10 per cent of the wealthiest people. As reported by Fairfax Media, in a lecture at Melbourne University this week, the former director for employment, labour and social affairs at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation, John Martin, cited new OECD data showing almost a quarter of all growth in our household income from 1980 to 2008 went to the top 1 per cent.

    Economist and Labor MP Andrew Leigh believes this number is inflated – in his book Battlers and Billionaires, he claims 13 per cent of growth in Australia from 1980 to 2010 went to the top 1 per cent.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/rich-people-couldnt-care-less-20131011-2vdb4.html#ixzz2hSjMVWYL

    The same thing that is being experienced in the US: a kick-back against the very greedy ‘rich’?

  14. CTar1, at least we don’t have the Russian situation where one third of the countries wealth resides with just 110 people.

  15. ‘fridge – It’s an interesting development when the decidedly ‘upper middle class’ start deciding that the very rich are getting too much a share.

  16. Aguirre:

    I reckon I could summarise Hartcher’s column in about two lines:

    “Abbott’s past transgressions are standing in the way of his rightful destiny as a trusted and loved leader. We must find a way to wipe them from the slate.”

    It’s depressing that they feel the need to not only elevate Abbott to Supreme Statesman, but to do it so quickly.

    There’s no “dawning realization” a year down the track, for decency’s sake. No legislative body of work, or glittering Parliamentary performances. No policy outcomes, no polling feedback, no budget balancings, or surges in productivity and employment.

    All there have been are a couple of apologies (mostly for his own hamfisted behaviour) to bemused regional Prime Ministers and their nations, a marked dearth of information (usually one of the chief raw ingredients of any assessment of a politician’s success or otherwise), a few declarations of undying love to as many Asian leaders as possible, some guff about selling us down the river with quick-and-dirty trade agreements, the abandonment of half the nation’s population as viable Cabinet ministers, several reversals of policy garnished with denials they ever were policies in the first place, and rorts… lots of them, petty, trivial and mean, local polly pigs with their snouts in the trough.

    Yet, out of all this has come the Acme Statesman… just add water, poured on by fawning has-beens in the commentariat.

    There’s no class to it, no smoothness. One day we have a leering, lurking bovver boy, saying and doing whatever it takes to bring everything and everyone down to his level of boorishness. Next day we have a statesman – nuanced, considered and disciplined – doing good things that no-one else, not Gillard, not Rudd, no-one could do.

    To set this up you have to suspend disbelief and accept that a new PM, still wet behind the ears in the job, can get on a plane, jet up to Asia and – literally overnight, or a series of nights – heal all problems, cure all ills, and single-handedly reverse not only his own policies, but the feelings of his antagonists, converting them from contempt to companionship.

    You have to ignore that trade agreements and co-operative ventures between nations, currency parity deals, international business initiatives, export agreements, military collaborations, law enforcement agreements and meaningful friendships between nations take more than just a pumping handshake and some one-on-one bloke talk.

    They take years of behind the scenes hard work, negotiations and give and take. The details of such things are thrashed out not between leaders, but between officials, working long into the night, over years, going back and forth to their political masters, ironing out policy problems, examining the legal ramifications, crossing dotting I’s and crossing T’s (and meanwhile minding their P’s and Q’s as well).

    But suddenly, according to our immensly insightful media commentariat, all the Asian Prime Ministers and their nations, sullen at the way Abbott has characterized them for years, plus the Chinese Premier, are all sorted out, sitting pretty and content, sure now they have met their match and their mentor.

    If you read Mark Kenny, it only took a day; one single day, starting out with a hearty handshake and ending with a state dinner at which Abbott grovelled in apology (“I was just kidding SBY! Har-har-har!”). At least most of his colleagues in the toadying media gave it a week and a few more apologies and kow-tows before they dared start out on their paens of praise.

    Abbott was lucky to get out of Jakarta without his balls in a necklace around his neck as a memento, after all he’d said about them and the way they run their country. Ditto for Malaysia. I call it “survival”, at best. The Media has labelled it “diplomatic genius”.

    From grub to butterfly in the blink of an eye. They should have gotten David Attenborough to do a docco on him: Life In The Sewer.

    We’d read Abbott’s own musings on how the office makes the man, on how you mature as you grow, about how he hoped he could progress from pure politician to Great Leader, a man for all Australians to be proud of.But who knew it would happen so quickly?

    Yes, there are the rorts and the cheapness of claiming for mates weddings and footy matches, of charging the taxpayer for plotting to frame the (then) Prime Minister as a hands-in-the-till “Bonnie” to her union-thug-boyfriend’s “Clyde”, but Hartcher thinks Abbott can turn even this nasty business into a triumph. And if Abbott succeeds, you can bet your sweet bippy that Pin Stripe Pete, one of Australian journalism’s greatest and most embarrassing fanboy crawlers, will be there to write it up.

    Come to think of it, even if Abbott doesn’t turn the Rorts sow’s ear into a political silk purse (there’s a pun in there somewhere), one suspects Hartcher will tell us he did, anyway. There’s no prophecy better than a self-fulfilling one.

    It’s all so unseemly, so contrived, so cringeworthy the way that they have turned Abbott from a brainless boofhead into Superman so quickly.

    What polls there are have stayed stubbornly grim, even dipping for the government a little. The punters don’t seem to be too impressed. There may not be too much Buyer’s Remorse at this stage, but their certainly doesn’t seem to be a lot of Confirmation Bias either.

    We have no parliament. We have no press conferences. There is little information on just what is going on. Yet Abbott is transformed. The leering, “sexy beast”, strewing double-entendres in the path of anything wearing a skirt (including netball girls), father to Harry Groupie virgins, rorter extraordinaire, endorphin junkie and bodily self abuser is a changed man. We are told we should ignore his past indiscretions which were just awful (NOW they tell us!) and reconsider the man as Prime Minister.

    Where Julia Gillard had everything about her – her breasts, her ankles, her backside, her nose, her voice, her hair, her thighs, her glasses, her shoes, her jackets, her boyfriends, her sexual activites under the flag, her dog, her job from twenty years back, and even her earlobes – put under a malignant microscope, Tony Abbott gets a free pass on all of his own (and many) flaws.

    It’s unsustainable, of course. The question is how long will it persist.

    Real damage can be done while it does.

  17. I’m partly rejoicing at the fact that they try so hard to make us love him. The old saying that you can take the horse to water … You simply cannot force people to love TA when they dislike him so much.

  18. Of course..BB. considering the population of our northern neighbours..AND..considering the fawning of the OM. comentariat….: A couple dozen suck’oles can be right…and approx two billion people can be wrong!

  19. BB – They have to do it from the beginning. Abbott’s not going to get any better, nor is his party. We’re looking at a party without a legislative agenda, a party still trying to work out whether any of the populist things they said over the past three years are even possible, much less desirable. A party whose leader’s only job in opposition was to turn up at places and say whatever he was told to say. A party whose only policy initiative since 2010 has been “get into power” – and who chased after every whiff of ‘scandal’, every negative slant, and every slogan they could find in order to achieve that aim.

    As horrifying as the last four weeks have been, they are probably going to be the high-water mark for the Abbott Government. If they’re not painted as some kind of ‘success’, there’ll be nothing to point to a few months down the track when their incompetence comes into full bloom.

    It’s highly likely the bungles on the scale of the humiliating backdown to Indonesia and the rorts issue will occur on a regular basis right through this term. They’ll just pile up, and the MSM will pay them no more than lip service. They may even try to get us used to the idea that is the best we can expect from our leaders. Rare outbreaks of competency or dumb luck will be proclaimed as major successes. The rest will be treated as ‘situation normal’.

  20. A useful primer

    By Gabrielle Jackson October 11, 2013

    In the crazy world of US politics, it’s hard to keep up with what’s what. We’ve compiled a handy primer for the week that was, from Janet Yellen’s nomination to head the Fed, and why that’s got everyone talking, to the continued government shutdown.

    Yellen’s nomination by US president Barack Obama to chair the Federal Reserve has been greeted with much excitement. Not just because she’s a woman, but because she’s the most qualified person to ever lead the US central bank and is a truly accomplished person.

  21. You know…That “suppository of all wisdom” must be doing the rounds in the OM. stable!…..I hope they “dunk it” before they insert it!

  22. It’s OK, we can all stop worrying. Mr Eleventy says the US is ‘back from the brink’ but we all have to stop spending beyond our means. He’s beeen overseas for a while, maybe he hasn’t heard all that gossip about his parliamentary colleaagues draining the budget with their triathlons and weddings ansd charter flights and whatever.

    Someone has coached Sloppy in economy-speak so he won’t look a compltete dill when he mixes with real experts – or not yet, anyway. How about this?

    We can have a growth trajectory for the global economy that sustains the current level of growth and improves on that growth with further new investment in infrastructure and a range of other growth initiatives
    Now Joe, explain what that means, exactly.

    The really scary thing? Next year this blithering economic idiot gets to chair the G20. Heaven help us all.

  23. They way the media are building up the idiot we may as well not worry about any more elections.
    Tony is the best we are ever going to get so make him PM. for life and save all the effort and money.

  24. authentiCATEd ‏@GalacticWomanAu 1m
    So, how do we feel about the top end being militarised with US bases? What’s the link to the “special tax zone” proposed by LNP?

    leone this tweet, whats your thought on this,
    ps you are amazing the things u find and put here, thank you

    I have not left the house much since the electon but now out 2 days in a row
    the faces look glum to me,, so when I bring the subject of abbott up
    there is rage,,,,, but in our electorate Julie topped the state vote
    but I was in the city yesterday more angry people

    any one met a person who voted for them that is not happy


    please abbott let your ego do a D D before the G 20

  25. Jason from TPS. tells us that Peter Slipper will be on ‘Insiders” tomorrow!….I’d like to see that!

  26. Hi Pubsters!

    I love logging in to this place and getting my daily dose of satire!

    I think Bushfire Bill has certainly summed up the current situation with Tony and his genuflecting media sycophants.

    Abbott is an absolute embarrassement on the international stage. His toadying set us back in international relations by about 20 years and his ‘age of entitlement’ rorts are shocking.

    I just wish I’d learn my lesson BB and NOT read your stuff while drinking! The constant cleaning up of my keyboard makes me wonder if I have done any permanent damage to it!

  27. denese
    The US have been sending Marines here on rotation for a while.
    In November 2011 President Obama and PMJG agreed to enhanced defence co-operation between the US and Australia.

    As part of that agreement 200 US Marines would be stationed in Darwin for six months, with further groups to follow on rotation. The second group of 200 arrived just before the election.

    The Marines stay at Robertson barracks and train with our troops and any from other countries who happen to be around.They also do some training exercises at US bases in the NT.

    There were plans at the time to gradually increase the number of visiting US troops up to 2500 by 2017, Abbott is talking about 1500 next year and more after that, so they must be staying with the plan.

    Abbott has announced more infrastructure is to be built to handle the increasing numbers. I suppose we pay for it all.

    This one is pay-walled, open it in a new private window to get around that.

  28. Space Kidette,
    Yes indeed. Though, to be honest, making PMBO look like a total wally is easy 😉

  29. Blood Oaf.

    It’s a nic I coined early last year, but decided to stop using on the basis that it was better manners to be polite. The election result changed my mind: no holds barred now.

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