Politics in Paradise: Beaches, Barnacles and Pollie-bombs.

I HAD MY SPEECH ALL PREPARED. It was cutting, sarcastic, and devastatingly effective: a knock-out punch. Starting out at about 20 words, I’d honed it down to just 11. You don’t want it to get too complicated when you’re shouting at someone across a camp ground in the middle of the night.

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Up north, along the Lakes Way, paradise is routine. But at 3.30am this night, across Sandbar old-style caravan and camping, tension ran high.

The bastards across the way had been up all night, talking. After 15 minutes, it seemed like they’d been at it all year. I lay there listening to them, getting progressively pissed off. They were two couples in their forties. I heard about his prostate examination. And the other bloke’s trip to Bunnings with his son-in-law. And her girlfriend’s new boyfriend (a dickhead, apparently). The other one’s wife had a marinating trick she did with chicken breast. There was endless talk about camping gear – fridges, cookers, LED lights, tents. It went on and on. Every now and again one of them would say something glimmeringly clever … and they’d all laugh, chortling their way into my sleep. You could tell they were droogs. The Australian flag strung up on their Oztrail pergola proved that.

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The Argentinian guy in the next tent was snoring loudly, too. That didn’t help. But you can’t wake someone up in a camp ground just for snoring. Putting up with snorers is a way of life when you go camping. Like bull ants and hungry kookaburras: part of the territory. Besides, HI had told me she’d heard me snoring the night before. She kindly said they were “only fairy snores”, more like sweet-nothings than foghorns in the mist, but snores just the same.

I felt alone in the dark. I asked the eternal question: “Is it just me?” I lay there, tossing, rolling, squeaking the vinyl of my blow-up/fold-out camp cot, hot, claustrophobic and bothered, while everyone else was fast asleep, oblivious.

But I’d had enough. Three times I’d gotten out of bed, ostentatiously unzipped the tent as loudly as possible and made to deliver the night-time oration of orations. I had the big Dolphin torch in my hand at one stage. I planned to shine its beam in their faces, telling them what I thought of them and their banalities. 3.30am? “Get a life! Go to bed, fuckwits!”

But each time I backed off, worrying that instead of shutting them and their droning excuse for conversation down, I’d wake the camp instead… the campers would hate me, instead of them. I do have a loud voice that carries (or so I’m told… not sure if that’s correct – you’ll have to ask Fiona). That, and the fact that I was dressed only in a T-shirt and bright, indeed iridescent orange underpants, held me back. Why, oh why, did HI buy me orange underpants that glow in the dark?

Then, as we segued from urology to “Commodore versus Falcon” – Jesus wept, it was quarter-to-4 now – I heard it:


The command rang out over the camp ground. It came from a loud, confident voice. A man’s voice, clearly unafraid of a punch-up in the wee hours. Someone not wearing orange underpants too, I’ll warrant.

Whatever….” came the weak reply from Offending Wife No. 2.

I SECOND THAT OPINION,” came another boisterous male voice… astonishingly, mine. It wasn’t as good as my speech would have been, but it did the trick as a coup de grace. Backup!

The enemy’s camp site went into reluctant silence. After a few more defiant whispers they went to bed. The mission had been accomplished.

The Argentinian hadn’t given up snoring. Now blearily awake, somehow I dragged myself out of the cot and got into HI’s car. Wound up the windows. Putting the driver’s seat back, I finally went to sleep. I checked my watch: 4.15am. Waking at 7.30, my neck felt like it had been put through a bread mixer and forgotten about. The new Barinas are great for driving and most other “car” things, but not for sleeping.

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Next morning I did a round of the tents, casually bringing up the subject of the night before. Contrary to my fears, I had not been alone at all. Over their bacon and eggs the whole assembly was talking about the Australia Day yobbos in the corner site.

Everyone had been awake, except the Argentinian guy. They celebrated the “OI! ….. SHARD-UP!” line, but left room for appreciation of my follow-up. “Oh? Was that you? I felt better about myself and my underpants. But I still wanted to shake the hand of the man who had said, in two words, what we’d all wanted to say. It had been the best Australia Day speech ever delivered.

Three campsites down I found his wife. I think she thought I was one of the yobbos, looking for revenge. After I established my bona fides, she told me he was out surfing. I never found out his name, but he’s a hero in my book. When he came back later that morning I shook his hand, and was proud to lend him my jumper leads.

Working politics into the conversation, I reflected that perhaps the whole country needed a jump start. “With that boofhead in charge, it needs a whole new donk,” he shot back with a resigned snigger. “There’s another reptile,” I observed, as one of the camp monitor lizards slithered up a tree near us. “Not as big as snake as Abbott,” he countered. I couldn’t top that. He’d beaten me to it again.

Which brings me back to that “Is it just me?” feeling. Well, as far as Tony Abbott is concerned, it’s not. In my 9 days in paradise, I couldn’t find one person to defend him. Not one. I went out of my way. Most just rolled their eyes and talked in that way people talk about a household pest. Best disposed of quietly. A dud. Not quite up to being Prime Minister.

No-one said they wished they’d never voted for him because no-one dared admit they’d once liked him, cast their ballots based on budgie smugglers, or stopping the boats, or axing the tax… so long ago now. At Sandbar camp site – and it was full to the gunnels – Tony Abbott had no friends at all, certainly not the kind that stick up for you. Only the barnacles are sticking to him.

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THE LOLLIPOP MAN sees me coming, eyes me up, and deliberately switches his sign from “SLOW” to “STOP” just as my car reaches him. It’s 7am and Great Lakes Council are building a contraption, consisting of dozens of wooden bollards along the side of the road, to stop pedestrians from being run over outside the Smith’s Lake Bowlo as they totter home up the hill.

Our eyes meet and hold. I come to a stop and wind my window down. I think he thought I was about to berate him for being so bloody-minded. He has the look of someone who was used to that. Instead, I say we may as well talk, as we’re going to be neighbours for at least a few minutes. As a conversation starter, casting my eyes down to the SMH headline on the passenger seat – “Abbott says: Don’t desert me” – I repeat the words to him, more for something to say than anything else.

“Abbott?” he replied, “The bloke’s a fuckin’ dickhead.”

“What do your mates think about him?” I asked, pointing to his fellow workers stuffing bollards in post holes.

“I’m the kind one,” he assured me. You had to laugh.


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WE’RE DOWN AT THE LAKE. I’m flying my drone helicopter. I have it up to a couple of hundred metres. The altitude’s permissible I think, as we’re not in controlled or urban airspace. Then again, maybe we are: FA-18s from Williamstown RAAF base fly training runs up and down this coast at zero feet, spectacularly and loudly so. I wonder whether that altitude ceiling applies to flying over the lake? Whatever… my drone’s being tossed around by the wind up there (which is different from the wind down here). I’m worried about losing it, to be honest. An interested stranger from a nearby campsite comes up to me, asking how much the drone cost.

“More than even Tony Abbott earns,” I reply glumly, struggling with the controls, but still committed to my holiday chore of finding an Abbott defender.

That idiot? I wouldn’t feed the bastard.” Just like that. He wasn’t embarrassed at all.

Two pelicans paddle by. I wonder what they think of their Prime Minister?

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WE ARE AROUND THE CAMPFIRE. It’s a camping tradition. You do all kinds of things camping that you don’t do when you’re at home: like marshmallow roasting, getting a good night’s sleep (Australia Day yobs excepted) and not having Crook Gut in the mornings.

The birds wake you up, not an alarm clock. Kookaburras, lorikeets, magpies, whips, and (if you’re lucky) in the distance you’ll hear the lonely cry of Australian bird life’s proudest nomad… the black cockatoo. Black Cockatoos don’t steal from campers, won’t eat bird seed (no matter how “authentic”) and they stay in the tree tops. They pass through a forest, a town, a life, but never stay. They wander freely, eating bush tucker, and then move on. I haven’t read it anywhere, but I like to think they’re untameable.

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The kids – Australia’s Future – find bamboo sticks upon which to first impale and then to roast their marshmallows. The boys and girls are bright, sassy and full of the important things of life, like which bikini to wear and whose bike is better. As skinny kids always do, they love a sugar hit, and the parents delight in watching their children put off growing-up for one more precious day. It’s a good arrangement.

Beautiful girls and handsome boys, too soon to be men and women, economic lifters all… camping gives them a chance to be kids without the embarrassment. We are all in this business together: parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren.

So why do politicians have to invade this one last private space and time? Why is there an election in Queensland now? Why has Abbott been on television, in a dark suit, with his hair coiffed and his words measured (but no less insane), every day for as many months as anyone can remember? We were told he was going on holidays. Why won’t he go?


And leave us alone.


CELLITO BEACH. It’s hot, but the water is as clear and cool as gin. My younger grandson has shown me The Secret Path. He says anyone can take the rainforest boardwalk, but he’s found a more exciting way to the surf. His big brother has been picking on him. The little guy’s feeling alone and vulnerable. He needs to know something that the other boys don’t. He needs to know that I know he knows. I don’t want to disappoint him so I follow, sounding enthusiastic, but getting less so as the path narrows. I tell him anyway: I’m proud to be part of his secret. I promise not to tell his brother.

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But why is Abbott so brazenly breaking his promises? Why is Abbott doing what he is doing? Does he realize that you can’t treat a whole nation as a lab for your brainfart ideas? Does he know that his captain’s picks are sapping confidence daily? Ruining businesses? Demoralizing a country? Hasn’t he grown up or moved on from his uni days, where annoying your opposition was the aim of the exercise? Why would he rather have a fight than a feed? And with the people he’s supposed to be governing?

Why won’t the cowards in his party DO something about him? They must know he’s mad, and getting madder. There’s a nation at stake, yet its future industries are being closed down, or starved of development funds in favour of coal, gas and iron ore, whose prices are tanking, leaving Australians stranded with nothing to do but sell houses to each other.

The kids on their bikes, around the fires or on the beach have more nous than he does. They have better values. Yes, they grow up, but I wonder whether Tony Abbott has? Now he wants to annoy a whole country. You can’t keep a rabble-rouser down.


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THE FATHER FROM THE TENT NEXT TO OURS, invited down by us to attend the final night’s beach fire, starts talking.

The day before, upon his arrival, we had shown him the camp ropes, passed on some inside information about where to go and what to do. He tells me he doesn’t usually go camping. He mostly takes his family to America or Europe for the skiing. But this year times have been tough for his business.

As we ask our own kids to share out their glow sticks with his kids, he tells me that he’s never seen it so tough. But here this night, he swears he doesn’t want to be anywhere else in the world. It’s such a beautiful place, somewhere that everyone can pretend is their little secret, a corner of paradise that only they know of.

The man is from Sydney’s Castle Cove, an upbeat wealthy borough of expensive houses and bushland streets, with Middle Harbour as a boundary… Joe Hockey territory, but just across the water from Abbott’s Warringah. He is scathing of the government. He says that Australia has become a drifting ship of fools, run by sloganeering halfwits. No-one is sure of anything anymore. You can’t trust any policy, because it’s gone the next day. It’s no place for investors. I think to myself, “If Abbott’s lost Castle Cove, he’s gone.”


SYBIL THE PIG DOG IS ON DUTY AGAIN. It’s our last swim before leaving, and – like on every other day – Sybil waits for her master, Mick The Chippy, to come in from surfing Cellito Beach’s almost perfect left. A few days before, Mick told me that his sole-trading business had just about dried up. Construction around the Great Lakes district has been dire since the days of Julia Gillard’s BER, but now it’s poison. So Mick tells us he goes surfing instead, to while away the time between jobs.

Sybil the pig dog

As Sybil stands there waiting and looking, I wonder to myself how long can a nation wait for its sick joke of a Prime Minister and his haphazard government of braggarts and bozos continue to treat the country as morons? After I arrive home the latest example – pinning even more heavy metal and ribbon to the withered chest of the old Greek philanderer – is even now causing derision in every corner of the country.

Even the Murdoch spivs have given up finding excuses for Abbott’s mental state. When your last defender is Professor David Flint, then things are crook. As the conversation turns from “If” to “When” how much more waiting time is required before someone puts Abbott out of his political misery, and us too?

The man from the next tent’s business is failing. Mick The Chippy is out of work. The “Battlers” on the road gang think he’s a fuckwit. No-one will defend Abbott, yet he lingers on, a fool among fools. He got to where he is today by selling stupidity and viciousness as the staple diet of politics. In the best anarchist tradition he trashed our Parliament and our institutions, reminiscent of his “never trust a politician” mantra during the Republic debate. Then he begs others not to do as he does. He pushes the envelope with crazier and loonier policy doodles. He believes (or seems to believe) that a new haircut, some Botox and sharper suits one size too small can disguise the naughty boy within, seeking forgiveness, but rarely permission.

If this year’s camping crew is any guide the man is toast and his career as a professional antagonist is over. Will someone please yell out “OI! …… SHARDUP!” and rid us of him and his gang of schoolboy hecklers once and for all?


In case anyone’s wondering, the photos were taken by me using a combination of Nikon and Go-Pro cameras, over the last week or so.

If you want to know how to get to Sandbar Caravan Park, along the Lake’s Way… in the words of Can-Do Campbell Newman, “Google it”.

It’s one of the last of the old-fashioned holiday camp grounds… paper-bark trees for shade, a 10-minute rainforest walk to Cellito beach. Bush turkeys, kookaburras, ducks, monitor lizards and dingos for company. And if you’re lucky you won’t get bitten by a bull ant, and you might even get to hear black cockatoos in the morning.

Bring galoshes if you want to play golf at the 9-hole course. Smith’s Lake Bowlo puts on a remarkable Chinese feast on Friday nights and the beer is always cold. Watch out for the Lollipop Man. He is without mercy.


301 thoughts on “Politics in Paradise: Beaches, Barnacles and Pollie-bombs.

  1. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Mark Kenny with the sound of Liberal leadership jungle drums. Interestingly he makes the point that Abbott can’t announce any uncanvassed changes when he speaks at the NPC next week.
    More from Kenny on Abbot’s running of the cabinet and respect for due process. Now where have we heard this sort of comment before? Oh yes – Kevin Rudd.
    Waleed Aly says that Abbott’s problems started before the election. A very good article as usual.
    Abbott faces a battle to avoid self destruction opines Michelle Grattan.
    The New Daily says the knighthood fiasco is bordering on fatal for Abbott.
    Dangerous days for Abbott as his backers get the wobbles.
    Buckingham Palace has gone very quiet over the Sir Phil issue.
    “He’s kicked himself in the nuts!” say the locals at a pub in the bush.
    Greg Jericho uses Queensland a s a case study for austerity politics.
    Newman may have said “sorry” for the last time.

  2. Section 2 . . .

    The CFMEU forces an investigation on $4/hour foreign workers, What a disgrace!
    This coal mine approval for the Liverpool Plains has not proven to be popular for Baird.
    Stephen Koukoulas – Australia faces a housing glut.
    The 20 worst things the Liberals did yesterday.
    Kristina Keneally talks of her development as a Catholic feminist.
    Is it time to buy bank stocks for yield?
    David Rowe with American (Electronic) Grafitti.

    Bill Leak with Abbott and friend.

  3. Typing this on a dying computer. Won’t allow me to comment on my new (less than impressive HP) telling me it doesn’t recognise my email address, which has changed since I originally registered. WordPress is, not surprisingly, unresponsive. I can’t find anywhere on the site to contact re this problem. My email domain has changed from @optusnet.com.au to @bigpond.com. The first bit is the same. Can my details be updated at your end without WordPress getting involved?
    Otherwise, it’s goodnight from me and goodnight from him…

  4. Roy,

    You should be able to change your email address through the accounts bit of WordPress. If you have no luck, email me your phone number and I will see if I can engineer something.

  5. Was at Holden Service this morning for the 3,000 kilometre free health check of Hi’s new car.

    They supply only Daily Telegraphs for customers, so I guiltily picked one up. Before youse could say “Sir Prince Philip”, I’d stumbled upon Akka-Dakka’s column.

    The usual rubbish, of course, but with one glaring, outright lie. A beauty.

    Piers condemns Abbott’s decision to knight the Prince, but praises “his decision” to give the Australian Of The Year gong to Rosie Batty, on the “one-out-of-2 ain’t bad” argument.

    This is the first I’ve heard that Abbott has anything to do with picking AOTY. It is an outright lie for Akka-Dakka to say he does.

  6. Mark Kenny and others can give Tone all the advice they like. Forget it: he’s terminal

    Insert Dead Parrot sketch.

  7. WordPress must be watching. I miraculously got an email from them and along with deinstalling the poisonous HP SimplePass I was able to negotiate the WordPress password minefield.

  8. Waleed Aly is like all the rest, has to justify his comments on Toxic by denigrating either Julia or Shorten. I read Laura Tingle and her article was how all articles should be written.

    Most the the msm are insisting Labor has to give their policies now, I mean right now, so they have proved that there are two different standards for the major parties.

  9. Heavy strain and sleepless nights mark his face. “How could it happen to a nice man like me?” And Mrs Abbott Senior to reply: “Yes, indeed, how could they do that to you?”

  10. Gigilene,

    I have no sympathy for abbott or mrs abbott senior. Indeed, I think the latter wears much of the responsibility for the former’s appalling behaviour.

  11. The guy probably even believes it.

    Hugh RimintonVerified account

    ‏@hughriminton PM @TonyAbbottMHR says @TurnbullMalcolm and @JulieBishopMP are excelling because they “have a good captain.” @TenNewsSydney

  12. Tony has never worn a wedding ring, never seen any photo of him with one.

    Not all men wear wedding rings. My new son-in-law doesn’t.

  13. Mandy

    The company running the Manus Island detention centre has refused a large shipment of “Freedom” muesli bars because the brand was thought inappropriate to give to asylum seekers who were locked up.

    The ABC understands the $30,000 shipment of muesli bars arrived at the Manus Island centre about two weeks ago after a contractor was specifically asked to buy the brand.

    But after they arrived the centre’s operator, Transfield Services, refused to accept the shipment.

    The ABC has been told the decision came after the Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection intervened, which the department has denied.


  14. OH doesn’t wear a wedding ring because he does a lot of work involving electricity, and a ring would be an additional hazard.

    I don’t wear a wedding ring because I don’t want to.

  15. From Tone’s biggest fan, Bridie:

    The prime minister says Campbell Newman deserves to win the election tomorrow.

    He deserves to win. Campbell Newman has a strong team, a strong plan for a stronger Queensland. Campbell Newman has a plan for Government. All the opposition has is a plan for getting into government. If you want to keep Queensland strong, there is only one person to vote for and that’s Campbell Newman.

    Tony Abbott has got the “strong” memo.

    He explained his absence from Queensland by repeating his line that Newman is running his own race.

    Asked if he thinks he harmed Newman’s campaign:

    I’m pleased and proud that the Abbott Government has scrapped the carbon tax, scrapped the mining taxes. They were anti-Queensland taxes and they have gone. We are investing $7bn in the Bruce Highway, $1bn in the Gateway Motorway upgrade and some $700m in the Toowoomba Range crossing. This is good news for Queensland from the Abbott Government in Canberra.

    Asked if Newman specifically asked Abbott to stay away he says it was clear from the beginning Newman wanted to run his own race, which is his right.


    I’m surprised he didn’t say “We stopped the boats which is good for Queensland.”

  16. Imagine this scenario:

    The Australian cricket team is on the back of an 18 month losing streak and only two guys, let’s say Smith and Warner, are even batting to their averages – and that’s all they’re doing, they’re not scoring centuries, they’re just hitting their averages. Michael Clarke, on a string of single-figure scores himself and obviously not a good enough captain to engineer victories or even draws, comes out to field questions on his captaincy, and says, “The only reason Smith and Warner are batting so well is because of me.”

    He’d be laughed out of the press conference.

    And that’s pretty much what Abbott has just done today. It gets reported straight.

  17. The only one who agrees with Abbott. This from a tipster who thinks we shouldn’t be looking in Credlin’s direction:

    “Whose hand was behind the prime minister’s decision to award a knighthood to Prince Phillip? Someone close to Buckingham Palace — physically — with close family ties to the royals? Someone with a plummy voice and impeccable Liberal Party credentials? Someone whose first name is Alexander


  18. Oh yes, Tony, that’s exactly the sort of thing you say when everyone’s pissed off at you for being arrogant and out of touch.

    By all means keep digging.

  19. I reckon it’s all over bar the shouting now for Tony Abbott.

    The MSM smell blood in the water & the sharks are starting to nibble on his sorry carcass. The full bite size chunks will soon start to follow.

    I reckon Rupe considered Sheridan to be of far more use to him as a full-time cheer squad leader at the OZ.

    Tony Abbott considered appointing The Australian’s Greg Sheridan to plum posting

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott considered his close personal friend, The Australian newspaper’s Greg Sheridan, for the plum posting of High Commissioner to Singapore after the 2013 election.

    The possibility of the appointment was tightly held within the highest ranks of the Abbott government, though some senior Department of Foreign Affairs officials became aware of it.

    Fairfax Media has been told that Mr Abbott and Sheridan discussed the position before the election and that it was formally considered by government after the 2013 poll.

    But the newspaper’s long-serving foreign editor, who has described Mr Abbott as his “best friend” during university days, turned down the job after discussing it with the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Chris Mitchell.

    Mitchell confirmed to Fairfax Media on Friday that the offer had been made and “that’s all there is to it. I talked him out of going and that his future is in journalism”.

    “Obviously Greg and I are personal friends, as are Greg and Tony, so I guess the offer was probably quite attractive but he has a pretty good job at the Oz too.”

    “I’m relaxed about it all. People get offered jobs by government all the time.”

    Contacted by Fairfax Media on Friday, Sheridan did not deny the appointment had been in prospect.

    “There is nothing for me to say about it mate. I’m not interested in talking to you,” he said.

    News that the appointment was considered soon after the 2013 election may raise eyebrows in Coalition ranks and comes just days after Mr Abbott’s disastrous decision to knight Prince Philip, which has prompted many Coalition MPs to question the Prime Minister’s judgment.


  20. I was trying to imagine who might have tipped off James Massola about the job offer to Sheridan, but then realised that Massola used to work for The OZ and had probably heard about it from Sheridan himself.

    Probably at one of their Friday evening drinks sessions!

  21. RO I bought an HP on 27th Dec 2013. I knew within 2 hours that it was a wrong un. I bought my next computer a Mac in May and very happy – except for the price!

  22. Now that I think about it, I don’t wear a wedding ring either. I wondered why women, young and old, fluttered their eyelids and checked out my budgie smugglers. Turns out they thought I was just like Tony Abbott.
    Wow. That escalated fast…

  23. The Courier Mail’s front page tomorrow:

    Satire aside, it’ll probably be something similar to that, they have been coming across as a wee bit desperate this past week.

  24. BB! In trying to copy that picture of your lovely canine friend, Sybil, looking out to sea I inadvertently copied this whole post to my blogsite which I then had to ‘trash’ to delete – which hardly reflects how I feel about any of your work.

    The wonders, and all too often the complexities of the internet, are sometimes incomprehensible, and increasingly unmanageable, for me.

    How did they do it? I mean, store information and images from thousands of miles away or even years ago to be reproduced perfectly with a finger touch on a screen in the suburban home of a retiree wondering what her dog, Tacker, is missing so much when he tries to pull her down to South Beach?

    The walk there from our favorite breakfast cafe is just too far now that I no longer drive. Of course he always obeys, but still makes his preferred direction clear before we set off to walk back home. He enjoys that too, since he has lots of sniffing and snuffling spots along the way while I marvel at the roses in neglected gardens of probably long dead Freo residents.

    PS re that picture of Sybil on the beach, is it protected by your copyright and why I had problems with posting it on a piece of my own writing? I would, of course, have acknowledged the Pub and yourself when I eventually published, probably here first anyway.

  25. Kathy Jackson is due to appear in the Federal Court next week. It looks like she is once again trying to drum up some sympathy or/and find another excuse to delay proceedings.

    It’s all very much like the alleged dirty shovel attack on her Melbourne home three years ago. That attack was later thought to have been arranged by Ms Jackson herself, using a shovel form her garden shed.

    Ms Jackson claimed the shovel was left by union opponents as a warning for her to keep quiet over the allegations of financial wrongdoing.

    In the November 23 affidavit, Ms Russell said to Mr Jackson: “I read about Kathy being admitted to hospital, are her and the kids OK?”

    Mr Jackson was then alleged to have replied: “Yeah, they’re OK, the f … ing shovel has been in the shed for the last 10 years.”



  26. billie! Thanks – it’s great to be told these things! I’m having problems with technology generally these days – blackouts and memory loss have been an issue for me most of the past year. For quite a while I was blaming Tony Abbott for making such a bloody mess of the country and so my loss of writing inspiration!

    But he could hardly be blamed for my being carted off in an ambulance from our favorite coffee spot while friends took a worried Tacker home. I woke up in hospital with my daughter beside me and had to admit,
    this being the second time this had happened, that I have to deal with a serious medical condition.

    The hospital have diagnosed the mental blackouts as a form of epilepsy and prescribed medication.

    I have my own diagnosis – a terminal illness called “Life” – which I understand is incurable. If, however, the medication does prevent the embarrassment of blackouts in public places and anxiety for my family, then I’ll take the pesky pills!

  27. Was Jackson keeping important documents in that wheelie bin – or did she hope to burn down the house to destroy evidence? She and her documentation seem very accident prone – floods, fires……

  28. Barnaby Joyce’s $700,000 punt on Tony Abbott’s longevity as Prime Minister

    Tony Abbott’s “knightmare” start to 2015 could eventually cost him the prime ministership but his political failure would come at a quantifiable price for Barnaby Joyce: $700,000.

    The Agriculture Minister has boldly “bet his house” on Mr Abbott leading the government into the next election during an interview with the ABC.

    According to title deeds and transfer documents, that means he is willing to stake $700,000 on the durability of Mr Abbott’s leadership.

    Documents show that Mr Joyce and his wife Natalie paid $700,000 in January last year for their family home on an acreage block south east of Tamworth


  29. Seeing as there’s no way Abbott can recover his leadership from here (in the absence of an utter miracle), Joyce will probably have to try and forget about that bet.

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