TA DA. ITS Friday Raffles

Once again It’s Friday raffle night. sizzling red-hot Fryday Raffle

Things may be looking up after this

Newspoll figures show surge in support for Labor, Bill Shorten

The idiot is asleep on the job while jobs go from  Australia.

abbott asleep

Qantas in trouble
5000 jobs gone but not the one who should go.
The worst ceo in Australian   World Aviation
images (1)But Life goes on get your tickets from CK
Have a good night 
Just because

849 thoughts on “TA DA. ITS Friday Raffles

  1. We made pavlova filled with passionfruit creme patissiere topped with strawberries and more passionfruit for Christmas lunch. It was a great success, especially as the filling was a spur-of-the-moment let’s use up these egg yolks thing.

  2. Oh for frack’s sake – a PC that is just perfect for women. We are so intellectually challenged and air-headed we can’t manage a mouse so it comes with a touch screen. Just perfect for looking at Pinterest and wedding dresses. I’m surprised the thing isn’t hot pink with embedded rhinestones, because, like, us girls just love pink and glitter. Arrrrgggghhh!

  3. I did break a promise to myself to watch a bit of QT. Bronnie still manages to debase any notion of impartial fairness from the Speaker. I had to mute for Morrison and Mesma, but that was some internal satisfaction.

    Now Dutton is coming on, leading to further mutings. If only we could have kitten substitutes for all the government frontbenchers. Our member for Ballarat continues to dig holes for Abbott on his defence of the health minister and his assistant. Abbott continues to avoid answering.

  4. From Crikey comments

    Valerie Vaughan writes: Re. “Country for old men: little diversity in Abbott’s picks” (yesterday). Reading this article should concern every single person in government, especially Tony Abbott. I owned and operated and highly successful business and was forced to sell this business because of a terminal illness of my husband.

    Since then I have done relief work regularly. For some time I felt I had been cheated with what I felt was an early and forced sale. After working with and under many of the new graduates on the block I realise that:

    I do not have the stamina I once had. Nor do I have the razor-sharp memory or the capacity to do three things at once. I do not make instant decisions, I seek confirmation.
    I do not have the up-to-date knowledge — no matter how much I read. I am not in constant employment. Many of the colleagues of my era I find are in my league, but only half accept this fact.
    The young people have a very different view of so many principles. This is a new world and to listen to Eric Abeitz and Bronwyn Bishop, to name just two, with their righteous attitudes of past decades makes this Liberal supporter cringe.
    Many of the older professionals , including me, have not moved with new ideas. We tend to feel that the way we operated was the best way. Not so.
    It is very disappointing to appoint so many retired politicians plum jobs when they are already entitled to large pensions. It is not capability, it is jobs for the boys … not the girls.
    Many private successful executives, many retired, are elected to too many boards. How can you serve and make critical decisions so many boards of companies? They are also paid unrealistic salaries..
    It took me five years to realise and understand that I was past my prime, and I hate to have to admit this fact but have fortunately realised I have something to offer in the welfare situations.

    I recall having a conversation with one of Bjelke-Petersen’s minders. in the premier’s later years and he said that this successful politician could converse without any problems for 10 minutes and then he would lose track and his minders would move him on.

    This article is heartbreaking for our country. I understand perfectly that all these people think they are Rupert Murdoch, but like I have had to accept … we have had our day.

  5. I like Ms Chan more and more:

    Shorten is on a roll. He is suggesting “those brain surgeons opposite” hadn’t considered that the process to allow foreign buyers into Qantas would take years, allowing the company to bleed while any bids were considered by the Foreign Investment Review Board. Shorten predicted like Graincorp, the company could go through the process, only to have any proposal knocked on the head by the government. He quotes Warren Truss’ objections to ADM’s takeover on Graincorp on the basis that 49% foreign ownership would change the nature of the board.

    Here are some of the Shorten lines.

    Why is it that chocolate is their preferred industry and airlines are not?

    What an inconsistent bunch of roosters they are.

    Qantas is Graincorp on steroids.

    In Abbot land, you get a pair of scissors and cut the red tape.

    It doesn’t work like that, says Shorten.


  6. Perth MP Alannah MacTiernan has been appointed shadow parliamentary secretary for WA and shadow regional development and infrastructure – opposite Warren Truss.

    Good luck, Warren!

  7. Just picking out bits of her reporting

    Truss is asked by Anthony Albanese about comments he made ruling out changes to Qantas before the election.

    With a straight face, Truss suggests at that time:

    I was very pessimistic that the opposition would allow appropriate changes would occur.

    Since then, Truss says, Qantas’ financial position had got worse. Hence the need for change.

  8. Albanese asks Abbott: Can you confirm one of the big four accountancy firms to do due diligence on the cost of a debt guarantee?

    Abbott avoids the question, saying “we investigated” some of the options.

  9. A government question next: How is the government helping small business in Tasmania?

    By giving money to Cadbury? Whoops. Sorry not the real answer.

    The real answer from small business minister Bruce Billson is by getting rid of the carbon tax.

    Nice one, Gabrielle!

  10. Pyne takes the mickey out of the Greens-Labor alliance, joking about a blueberry-led economic recovery. He suggests while blueberries are very good for health, full as they are of anti-oxidants, they were never going to replace forestry and mining in the economy. So the Labor and Greens, sitting around in those “thatched group houses” had no answer for the people of Tassie, says Pyne.

    Funny thing is the government has just given a cheque to a blueberry farm. Re the age of entitlement, check out Lenore Taylor’s blog.

  11. Thanks, Julie, for nothing!

    We have had the usual government question on the effectiveness of Scott Morrison’s asylum seeker policies. Julie Bishop is talking about the mirage of foreign aid funding under Labor.

    She details spending on “Bob Carr’s pet projects”: a rhinoceros project in Sumatra, architectural preservation in Myanmar and millions promised to Grenada to rebuild their parliament house.

    Bishop says foreign aid has been re-oriented to “our region”.

  12. Hockey even lies about his ancestry. He likes to say he’s ‘an Arab’ or today ‘half Arab’. He’s not either. Hockey’s mother is Australian – white, Anglo-Australian. His father is Armenian/Palestinian. Armenians are not ‘Arabs’.

    His father was born in Bethlehem of Armenian and Palestinian parentage and his Mum in Chatswood


    Hockey’s dad, Richard, was born a Catholic Palestinian in Bethlehem

    So that makes Sloppy at most one quarter Palestinian – Catholic Palestinian. At best he’s one quarter ‘Arab’.

    How can Hockey manage the economy if he can’t handle simple fractions?

  13. Leone,
    The answer to your question is as follows:

    1. Fractions are rational numbers.
    2. Hockey is not rational.
    3. Therefore Hockey cannot handle fractions.

  14. That material reminds me of the absorbent stuff I put under the draining tray for the dishes.

  15. Stephen Jones had a bit of fun during QT today.

    Truss: thick wooden prop uses to hold up unstable structure #qt #auspol— Stephen Jones MP (@StephenJonesMP) March 4, 2014


    Barnaby Joyce is wearing his purple face for International Women's Day #qt— Stephen Jones MP (@StephenJonesMP) March 4, 2014

  16. Gabrielle Chan again:

    This morning, the PM:

    We to give Qantas freedom, Labor wants to give Qantas a subsidy.

    Treasurer Joe Hockey:

    We need to set them free.

    I can hear the Born Free theme song.

  17. Emirates, Emirates, Emirates! Oi, Oi, Oi!

    The coalition is wide open to a populist attack.

    It worked for Pauline Hanson, and it can work for Labor. The trigger is Qantas.

    Holden gone, Qantas going. Two icons. Stir vigorously, bake, and you have a recipe for a populist pie smack in Abbott’s face.

    The thing about populism is that it usually has only short-term traction. Sooner or later (usually), sanity prevails. That’s because populism (usually) lacks sinew, doesn’t have enough basis in truth. Usually, it’s a cheap trick. Like plonking an aussie flag in your front garden (a sure sign of a Liberal voter).

    Labor needs to show that the loss of Holden and Qantas will lead to real and substantial damage to the nation. Seriously. Facts and figures.

    That, plus ranting and raving in true populist fashion, will put the wind up the coalition and, who knows, swing many, many votes.

  18. No coal plants here, some gas turbines. Mostly hydro.

    Coal is mined here and goes to cement kilning operations.

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