Friday the Fifteenth …. and it’s RAFFLETIME … with an ABBA Theme!

(at Ducky’s special request)

Today has had more than a hint of spring about it. The sun is shining, the sky is a clear pale blue, the birds are very excited …

… and more importantly, a whole thundering herd of buses

seems to be heading in the direction of the nastiest, most incompetent Federal government Australia has ever experienced.

To mix metaphors, the wheels seem to be flying off many ministers’

Is it – just remotely – possible that PM Abbott and his lunatics are heading towards their Waterloo?

Too early to hope, but it’s pleasant to dream.

I have to go for coffee now, but will add to this as soon as I am home.

Meanwhile, in honour of Mr Bushfire Bill:

732 thoughts on “Friday the Fifteenth …. and it’s RAFFLETIME … with an ABBA Theme!

  1. CTar1

    Of course they don’t, it was just another demonstration of the Oaf’s seemingly endless obsession with blaming Labor for , well,. everything.

  2. I ordered a copy of Swanny’s book the other day – looking forward to its arrival soonish.

    Jaycee, must tell No.1 son about the Belgian Defective. He’ll appreciate it as he’s always telling me this box-headed individual makes his skin crawl.

    The govt.grubs are all ensuring they make ‘blame Labor’ lines every time they talk to the media. HoJo and the abbott have been quite astonished that their rotten budget is stymied in the senate – they really believed their so-called mandate that would ensure all their whims and fancies would be waved through.

  3. Robyn Williams, as an actor, never gelled with me. I enjoyed some of his movies but others were so syrupy I felt like I was in a meringue recipe. As far as a wonderful person, he no doubt was, but if he had pursued his lifestyle without the fame and fortune of a famous Hollywood actor, he would have been referred to by Abbott, if at all, as drug addict loser who deserved to have his benefits cut off.

    Each to their own opinion while seated on a PUB barstool. 🙂

  4. I was enjoying Swannie’s National Press Club event, and more so the journalists’ questions. Then the bloody ABC24 decided to cut away. All attempts to find an online livestream that was not the ABC broadcast were futile.

  5. As I constantly repeated over the road for three years, I do not give a toss if a Treasurer can speak, I am care if s/he can count.

  6. Nothing surer than death and taxes – and mad bureaucratic paperwork.

    Today I got 5 letters from the ATO. Each one relating to a different Financial Year and advising me that I owed them nothing!

    Almost 15 yrs ago I did some work for the UK Civil Service that went on for 12 yrs. There was a bit of easily done negotiation about what I’d be paid. To get me over there it needed to be cash neutral for me.

    So I was employed on a ‘contracted basis’ and paid ‘the equivalent of the highest increment of an APS SES Band 1 adjusted based on the Foreign Exchange rate twice a year ’ rather than as A UK Govt Senior Government Servant Grade 1. My salary was paid into a French bank A/C (the local commune just took a little on each deposit – that bit no problems and no correspondence required).

    But then … I started to get letters from the UK Inland Revenue and the ATO seeking information.

    One week I got a letter The Inland Revenue telling me I was 160 pounds in credit – did I want payment or would I prefer the 3 year equalisation arrangement? A couple of days later I got an assessment notice from the ATO saying I owed $258.

    This stuff kept going on for years and it took me that long to understand that neither were asking me for money – it was an argument between the ATO and Inland Revenue re’ the split!

    I thought I had all this sorted 3 months ago but I expect I’ll get 5 letters from the Inland Revenue next week telling me I don’t owe them any money either.

    It’s like being a tennis net.

  7. Yep. Missed the last two questions to Swannie.

    Lyndal looked very chuffed with that.

  8. I also pointed out that I was told that Swanny had a cleft palate as a kid, that had surgery to fix, I cannot find verification online. But if you watch he does have a weaker side to his face, the right side. and he mainly speaks from the left side of his lips. He will never speak in an easy sounding manner.

    Hockey has a decent sounding voice to my ears, but he can’t find the numbers on his letterbox.

  9. Here’s Tone’s big chance to shine with some overseas deployment

    David Cameron declared that Britain should be prepared to deploy its “military prowess” to help defeat the jihadis. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, the prime minister said a “firm security response” is needed to defeat the jihadist militants, who have created an expanding caliphate in the heart of Iraq and parts of Syria.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/middle-east-live/live/2014/aug/18/iraq-crisis-uk-mission-could-last-for-months-live-updates

  10. Swannie got a lot of applause for his speech and for one of his answers.

  11. Tlbd

    Full of holes?

    Like that and you get a sore net trying to keep track of the ball sailing over your head.

    This year I think I owe either the Inland Revenue or the ATO about $AUD 600 but I’m almost scared to send this in. They might bury me with ‘you owe nothing’ paper.

  12. Ptmd,

    SES 1?
    Let me go gather the rose petals. 😆

    Better divide in thirds – throw some at Tlbd and Bw (up to them to sort their part of Rose Petal tax)

  13. Wouldn’t it be hilarious if no Australian minister attended but the rest of the G20 came?

    The Palmer United party leader, Clive Palmer, has announced plans to host an unofficial “world climate change convention” at his Sunshine Coast resort, but would not reveal who would attend.

    The 17 November event will be held one day after the G20 meeting of world leaders in Brisbane, and just two weeks before a 12-day climate change conference in Lima, Peru, of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/18/clive-palmer-to-host-world-climate-change-convention-at-his-resort

  14. The discussions on The Pub about Sunday dinner was very political. We are documenting life before Abbott and his RWNJ of a polticial party destroys our way of life. People will be able to read back to the times when we could eat roast potatoes.

  15. Ptmd

    It’s a wonderful building. A little smelly inside but all considered it’s fully intact after two millenniums and about as robust as buildings get.

    Over the foyer there’s an inscription – “Marcus Agrippa, Architect” .

    An ‘ad’ by any other name.

  16. ” The Abbott Effect – The Idiot insults the Scots, the Yes campaign gets a four point boost in polling. Well done Tony! “…..What a mouth, what a north and south!

  17. Over the foyer there’s an inscription – “Marcus Agrippa, Architect”

    ……not meaning to be a pedant, CTar…but the Latin verb in that inscription is : “fecit”…= ” It, I built “….but in actual fact the Pantheon was restored by Hadrian…But it is a magnificent building….a true architectural wonder of the world.

  18. ptmd /jaycee

    and detailed Roman history.

    My info most likely not reliable but there was scaffolding up in the late 80.s and the people at the coffee shop across the road said there were s cracked tiles.

  19. Here’s the “wisdom” of Laurie Oakes ..:” Julia Gillard’s first 100 days best forgotten”

    Laurie Oakes
    Herald Sun
    October 01, 2010 10:57PM
    Wonder what he said about Abbott?

  20. And Rough head

    …not meaning to be a pedant, CTar

    Of course you are. MF 😀

    fecit I’ve got.

    😆

  21. And here’s Grattan’s contribution to immortality of idiocy!

    There are no logical explanations for the unforced blunders each leader made. ”I’m just going to be really upfront about this: foreign policy is not my passion,” Gillard blurted from Brussels during her first visit abroad as Prime Minister. She might have added, ”and diplomacy isn’t my forte”. If this was some frank appeal to the domestic audience, it was an immature one; if it was just what she thought, best to have kept it to herself. She sounded gauche.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/gillard-and-abbott-keep-tongues-twisted-with-foolish-talk-20101007-169nj.html#ixzz3AjI0EgP6
    I wonder what she says now?

  22. Apparently Julian Assange is considering leaving the Ecuador embassy, apparently he’s got health problems.

    http://www.theguardian.com/media/live/2014/aug/18/julian-assange-press-conference-at-ecuadorian-embassy-live-coverage

    Oh well. He supported Abbott so I have no sympathy. Maybe his hero will fly in and say something along the lines of “Well, ah, ah, it’s part of the British culture to be generous on Bank Holiday, so we, ah, expect they may be generous in giving him a pardon” since that tactic by the Master Diplomat and Statesman worked out so well for Greste.

  23. kirsdarke

    He’s strange as, so agree. The motivation for his behaviour doesn’t add up.

  24. Yeah. To me he seemed to be so consumed by his ego that he’s drawn away most of his supporters. And he had quite a few to start with.

    Mind you I’ll be very angry with the USA if they extradite him as threatened, that would just be excessive and uncalled for. Seems like he’s tortured himself enough anyway with being cooped up in there for 2 years.

  25. kirsdarke

    just leave, I think.

    I was curious enough to walk past the Embassy a couple of years ago.

    Two Coppers were doing some McDonald’s out front and that was all.

  26. I was doing a bit of digging on google about what the MSM. dickheads wrote about Gillard’s first 100 days and seeing what they say now about the idiot’s !…….Jesus!…they were so thick!..when you compare to what we, on the fifth estate were writing about the idiot!

  27. These Tory types are a bunch of whining sooks.

    I channel flicked onto Sky news earlier this evening and there was some shill blaming the senate for Joe Hockey’s ‘the poor don’t drive’ rubbish. If the senate had voted for the fuel excise increase then none of that would have happened was his reasoning. The bleeding obvious – Hockey brought it all on himself because he is a complete fool – had nothing to do with it. It was THEM, that lot over there, the ones who won’t do what the PM wants who are to blame.. I don’t know who this fool was, Graham Morris was the other guest and I was not interested in sticking around.

    Excuses excuses. Don’t they ever accept responsibility for anything? From the PM down they are all like three year olds, always trying to blame someone else for all their problems and self-inflicted injuries.

  28. On the Victorian Galaxy poll, they say that private polling has Labor even further ahead in L/NP held marginal seats.

    I can see that happening. The safe National seats in the country will probably move very little. The Nationals have been pork barreling like crazy these past four years. Morwell may be the exception, but I don’t expect there’s much lost love of the L/NP in seats like Lowan, Murray Plains, Ovens Valley, Mildura, etc. In fact them bickering over seats like Eildon might get a swing to them overall, as it did in 2002 when the Libs and Nats broke up and ran 3-cornered contests, getting a net swing to them even against Bracks’s landslide. That means the swing to Labor in the more critical seats may well be stronger.

  29. You know..I reckon the most expensive outlay in a journalist’s invoice these days of opinion justification of the LNP. govt’ would be for erasers!

  30. ” The Abbott Effect – The Idiot insults the Scots, the Yes campaign gets a four point boost in polling. Well done Tony! ”
    NOW!..he can expect a phone call from “Dave”.

  31. I have to admit that earlier I wasn’t really keen on Scotland becoming independent, but now that idiot masquerading as a prime minister’s put his foot in it, I kind of want to see them vote yes. Just so that Abbott can get the blame for it.

  32. So, JoHo can’t do grammar.

    That’s FEWER teeth to you, petal pie.

    Meanwhile, in “honour” of your Lord and Master:

  33. I can see that happening. The safe National seats in the country will probably move very little. The Nationals have been pork barreling like crazy these past four years. Morwell may be the exception, but I don’t expect there’s much lost love of the L/NP in seats like Lowan, Murray Plains, Ovens Valley, Mildura, etc. In fact them bickering over seats like Eildon might get a swing to them overall, as it did in 2002 when the Libs and Nats broke up and ran 3-cornered contests, getting a net swing to them even against Bracks’s landslide. That means the swing to Labor in the more critical seats may well be stronger.

    It’ll be interesting to see what Labor’s game on the ground is in National Party seats. They picked candidates for Euroa, Mildura and Morwell pretty early so they might be hoping to at least give the Nats a big scare.

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