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. Duck
    I had a partner with me, but I discovered that his idea of backup was to sprint out the door and shout advice from across the street.
    Within a week or so I had a new partner, female, who despite having been a photographic model in a past life was as tough as nails and backed down to nobody, ever.
    One day a new recruit to our office put the hard word on her in a secluded room of our office suite and she nutted him, whacked him about the head and generally kicked him about. She believed in looking out for herself!

  2. I thought last week’s poll was a rogue.. Could explain Turnbull;’s cockiness this week.

  3. I am having people, who are not that interested in politics, saying Labor will be back at the next elections.

  4. Once again, loss of jobs are regrettable to the PM. In fact, I suspect the PM might see lots of jobs as a warning to workers, that he intends to succeed in destroying the unions..

    The PM has given a green light to Mr. Joyce, that under his government, he is free to take all maintenance offshore.

    ..If some jobs have to go offshore in order to ensure that Qantas has a strong and viable long-term future, it may be regrettable, but nevertheless it is the best way to guarantee Australian jobs for the long term,” he said. Mr Abbott said a debt guarantee was discussed but rejected by cabinet.

    “I am confident that…..


  5. Mr. Abbott has made a proposal which even Qantas has said, he knows he cannot deliver.

    Not sure I appreciate a PM playing politics with such a serious matter.

  6. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.
    Nice work Seven! I have no interest in Corby but your selfish actions will further damage the lady.
    This is a 90% political action.
    Lenore Taylor calls out the Qantas carbon tax for the red herring that it is.
    And Mark Kenny agrees with me.
    The odious Peter Reith continues his cheerleading.
    The country may be “open for business” but the House of Representatives certainly isn’t!
    How Abbott is betraying us.
    Brandis goes down in the ICJ in what could be a landmark decision.
    Rather ironically Manus Island refuses to settle asylum seekers citing climate change as a key reason!
    The Consumers’ Health Forum slams the proposal to put on a $6.00 GP visit copayment.

  7. “The decision, is a major setback for Attorney General George Brandis” – oh the shame! Look out senators, Soapy will be in a foul mood for a while. At least he has his new bookshelves, he can console himself by installing the Brandis Library in its new home.

  8. Tick the boxes…:
    So far the LNP. bully-boys have :
    The MSM …on board.
    Big / small business….on board.
    High Church authority..on board.
    Fed., state police, asio et al…on board
    The military….compliant.
    Public opinion….who cares?

  9. The biannual State of the Climate Report, jointly prepared by CSIRO and BoM, has been released:

  10. I watched Q&A for a little while last night, up until the “Stephen Conroy affair” was broached…Now, for the record, I back conroy to the hilt…when the three-star refused to give clear and concise answers to the Senate Inquiry, he made a decision to “side” with his preffered political party against the Senate ; the upper house responsible to the Australian people. In choosing to work WITH a political party, he chose to work against he Parliament of Aust’
    So when Conroy was attacked on Q&A. last night, I was very suprised to hear Jason Clare washing his hands of Conroy…..It was then that I walked out of the room…..and indeed, I feel like “walking out ” on the Party, for it appears to me that they are still chasing opinion rather than forming and directing opinion.
    I further observe that one young questioner had Frydenberg boxed into a corner looking panicked only to be baled out by Tony Jones reframing the subject just when the foam was forming on Josh’s lips!

  11. Pyne said “the government had 12 bills “at various stages” before the house and several more would be introduced on Wednesday and Thursday” Wow! That much! After six months in government that’s all they have? Whatever is ‘before the house’ is just repeal bills, trivial amendments and the normal appropriations bills. The ‘to be introduced’ bills might include the repeal of Part 3 of the Qantas Sale Act. More taking stuff away.

    So far not one piece of legislation that would be beneficial to the Australian people has been introduced. There have been no ambitious reforms, no big new plans, no new infrastructure that requires a bit of legislation, nothing but removing benefits, stopping regional development projects, borrowing more money and taking away taxes that provide government revenue. What happened to those policies we were told were ‘fully costed and ready to go’ before the election? How many were there? Fifty was it? More? Why hasn’t any of that legislation been introduced yet?

    Compare this government’s performance over six months with Labor’s first week in government in 2007. On the day after the opening of parliament twelve bills were introduced to the house. One was a routine appropriations bill, the rest was new legislation to implement new Labor policies.

    There were six new bills introduced the next day, more new policy, more new ideas.

    In contrast the Abbott government’s first day after the opening saw the introduction of thirteen bills. Twelve were repeal bills for the carbon price and everything associated with it. One was Hockey’s bill to increase the debt ceiling. None of the usual fawning commentators saw anything odd about presenting bills to take away government revenue on the same day a bill proposing an increase in government debt was being read.

    Then came a brief flurry of amendments and more repeals, and that was it. Now the house is reduced to wasting time on pointless speeches about nothing much, simply to fill in the day. This government has given itself for this year nine more sitting days in the reps than Labor initially planned last year, 72 this year, 63 last year. Heaven knows what they plan to do with those extra days. Colouring-in books, crayons, Solitaire………………………………….

    Just out of interest – the 2013 sitting calendar, before the election caused changes.

    Click to access Sitting%20dates%202013.ashx.pdf

    This year’s calendar –

  12. QANTAS ownership?

    The Labor Party should encourage the Green nutters to vote in favour of foreign ownership.

    And the Labor Party should vote against.

  13. I’ve got Cormann on APAC. I think it’s fair to say that he wants to level the playing field and believes scrapping the carbon tax will help Qantas. He’s repeated those two things about 20 times each in five minutes. He also used a Keating-Hawke success to bash Shorten, which is a novel approach.

  14. I did enjoy seeing Abbott talking at the Women’s breakfast. He is apparently very proud of Kristina Kenneally and Julia Gillard, they demonstrate how progressive we are as a nation. Must be a realisation he came to in the past few days, as he’s never described them in that way before. And he’s full of credit for the ALP’s paid parental leave scheme these days, though of course his PPL is an improvement on that. But mostly he wants us to know that he’s a feminist because he has three daughters.

  15. What I’ve noticed also is that all Coalition mouthpieces speak as if they’re giving a talk to Year 3 kids. Probably not a terrible thing when they’re giving pressers, though a little condescending. But they do it everywhere, including Parliament and international forums. And what’s even more galling is that their decisions are those of primary school students too. If it’s too hard they do nothing and make excuses. Otherwise they stick to the one or two things they’re sure of, and repeat them whether they’re germane to the issue or not. That’s how Morrison operates – “We’ve stopped the boats/it’s not my problem/You’re not allowed to know” are his three mantras. Cormann this morning had two statements he ran down to the ground, then walked off. It’s exactly the way primary school kids operate.

    Abbott’s got a few more to choose from. “The ALP are stopping us” is one. “It’s regrettable” is another. “We hope to be able to…” is another. “But what about that good thing we did?” is another. All of them deflect responsibility, which again is not different from a kid’s, “It’s not fair”, “I can’t help it”, “I’ll do it next time, I promise” and “He did it”.

    I get annoyed when the ALP drift into that thinking, which they do now and then. But it’s not ALP modus operandi, as it is for the LNP.

  16. Aguirre,
    I agree with you about the primary school children’s modus operandi. However, most primary school students I have worked with over the past three decades would, underneath, be ashamed with themselves for behaving like that.

  17. Yeah, well….Abbott doesn’t have any Coalition women he can praise for their achievements. Julie Bishop? Offending most of the world in just three months isn’t exactly an achievement. Bronwyn Bishop? Er….no. She can barely remember her own name these days and we haven’t forgotten those kerosene bats. Fiona Nash – no way. Abbott carefully avoids mentioning her. So he had to think up a few women he could talk about and obviously the one he spent three years abusing was the first who came to mind.

    If Abbott thinks having three daughters automatically makes him feminist he can think again. It takes more than producing a few daughters. Osama bin Laden had many more than three daughters. I don’t recall him being all that keen on women’s rights. Yoweri Museveni, president of Uganda, has three daughters. He has just signed an anti-pornography bill that, among other things, bans female clothing that does not cover a woman’s knees. Feminist because he has daughters? I don’t think so.

  18. Freudian slip there. Bronnie….old bat…….bats….of course, I meant ‘baths’.

  19. Yes, they would, Fiona. And somebody is usually there to point out to them where they’re going wrong, and how they can take responsibility for their own actions. Without that, we have a kind of a Lord of the Flies situation. Which is where our country is headed at the moment.

  20. And there is Sharon Stone. but I think that she’s also disappointed him. Good on him to look on the other side but we already know what he thinks of Julia; and Julia doesn’t need his faux-admiration.

  21. The Qantas thing heats up.
    Qantas is asking the government for immediate help through a debt guarantee. Ther’s no point waiting until the new senate sits in July either, Clive Palmer says his incoming senators will vote against the proposed changes to the Qantas Sale Act. Qantas needs help now.

    Abbott either has to give in or watch as Qantas falls apart. There will be no prospect of flogging it off if there’s nothing left to sell. I think we all know what Abbott will do. Abbott will keep on refusing to help Qantas in any way simply so he can keep yapping away with ‘If only Labor would get out of the way we could….’. Abbott knew he would not be able to get his proposed changes through the senate but he went ahead and announced them anyway. It’s clear he is not interested in what happens to Australian companies or Australian workers or anything else really, except point scoring and pay-back.

  22. Gigilene
    I am sure you meant SHARMAN Stone, who is in no way in the same class as Sharon!

  23. PM Blood Oaf will gleefully watch Qantas fall apart – there are few things more appealing to him than devastation.

  24. Operation Sovereign Ballsup has suffered a blow, our patrol boats are falling apart and at least half of them are not fit for duty. The navy might need those orange lifeboats themselves soon. Paywalled, but worth Googling –

    Cracks curtail border patrols

    it’s all due to a Howard government stuff-up. Back when these ships were about to be built the Howard government decided they should be built to civilian rather than military specifications. Perhaps Howard thought they would only ever be used for fleet sail-pasts in Sydney Harbour. Anyways, it was, to use Abbott’s favourite words, a ‘very, very big’ mistake. Now the ships are literally cracking up. Some are not allowed out of Darwin Harbour until they can be repaired, the rest are not able to be used in seas higher than 2.5 metres.

    There have been issues with the patrol boats for a long time. They are – or were – in constant use, with crews working in shifts so the boats could spend as little idle time in port as possible. This meant routine maintenance has been skimped. To make things worse they have had problems for ages due to the way they were designed and built.

    Here’s a bit about the problems these boats have had.

    What a shame the Indonesians are no longer speaking to us. They might have beemn able to loan us a few ships. Tony might need to rethink his generous gift to Sri Lanka too, we need every leaky old boat we can get now.

  25. https://newmatilda.com/2014/03/04/why-coalition-wont-win-climate


  26. gigilene
    Now there’s a thought, all this time the navy has been busy blowing them up. Stop the Waste! Recycle the Boats!.

  27. Clive Palmer is having a presser at 2 o’clock – on the Gold Coast. Isn’t he supposed to be in parliament?

  28. Question Time. Brought to you by those maleficent men in their lying machines.

  29. Google the title, URL or key phrase to read more

    Shoppies’ kingmaker de Bruyn to check out

    AN era in Australia’s labour movement and Labor Party politics is coming to an end with the departure of Joe de Bruyn as head of the “shoppies”, right-wing factional leader and gatekeeper for many MPs and senators entering parliament for more than 30 years.

    Mr de Bruyn, one of the most influential and longest-serving union leaders, is stepping down as national secretary of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association in October and will vacate powerful ALP and union positions next year.

    Despite speculation within the Labor Party that Don Farrell, the “faceless man” who lost his South Australian Senate seat at the election after giving away the top spot to the Left’s Penny Wong, would replace Mr de Bruyn, NSW SDA secretary Gerard Dwyer is set to take the full-time job in October.

    Mr de Bruyn and Senator Farrell told The Australian yesterday a position for Senator Farrell had “not been considered” and both backed Mr Dwyer for the job.

    Although Mr de Bruyn, who turns 65 this year, is retiring from the full-time job as national secretary, he will take over the honorary post of national president, now held by Mr Dwyer, in a Vladimir Putin-style swap.

  30. David Horton has a good piece on Independent Australia bout Labor rats- Martin Ferguson being the latest example.

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