Another Friday rolls around with the pleasant thought that Xmas is only 36 Days away


And it,s already heating up. temps have been hot all over Australia Today


So time to cool down


Have a drink or 2

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any one missing Abbott yet?


  1. Over the years, humans have used many types of animals to deliver mail. Delivery by dogsled was once a thing in Alaska and Canada; Alaska also gave reindeer a try. Horses powered the Pony Express, of course, and pigeons have been used to deliver messages since ancient Greece.

    But cats? Cats have minds of their own. Unlike dogs, they typically don’t care about pleasing you. In fact, it seems they sometimes specifically go out of their way to spite their owners . . .

    Rather cute, anyway:

  2. No change in newspoll but the murdoch “journalists” are in kill bill mode with Shorten’s PPM rating at 15%.

  3. Scrott Morrison’s mentor is in a bit of bother.

    Royal Commission sex abuse inquiry censures Hillsong head Brian Houston

    Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston failed to tell police his father was a self-confessed child abuser and had a clear conflict of interest in dealing with the sex claims himself, an inquiry has found

    What a scandal-ridden bunch Turnbull has chosen for his front bench.

    Scott Morrison attends ShireLIVE and has close ties with the better-known Hillsong community. Brian Houston is one of Morrison’s mentors and we have a personal email claiming that Scott Morrison has boasted that his mentor is Brian Houston

  4. GL

    Some of those ‘journalists’ could well be out of work soon. Maybe they are pushing the company line just that little bit harder in the hope Rupert will decide to keep them on.

  5. On Q&A Yannis Varoufakis was unreal he explained everything, put his finger on the real cause of IS and that is Saudi Arabia. He put Judith Sloan back in her box.

  6. Cliff

    He was wonderful, but did you notice Tony Jones kept dragging Judith Sloan (ugh) into the conversation by saying things like ‘we have another economist on the panel’ or ‘now we will talk to the economist’. Judith Sloan contributed nothing worthwhile. Varoufakis made her look like the dunderhead she really is.

  7. Well, well, well!

    Private companies associated with Australia’s business elite, including prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, are on a list of entities not required to publish tax information under an historical secrecy provision that will continue if the Senate caves in on its demand that the government introduce new tax transparency rules.

    Guardian Australia can reveal the full list of 1,498 companies that were – as of 2011 – exempted from filing annual financial reports with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (Asic) under a deal done by the Keating government in 1995.

  8. During the last twenty years, 90% of the world’s disasters were caused by some 6457 floods, storms, heat waves, drought and other weather events, reveals the report of the UN Office for the Reduction of Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) .
    Since 1995, “weather disasters have taken 606,000 lives, an average of 30,000 per year, plus 4.1 billion people injured, become homeless or have had need of emergency assistance,” said the ‘UNISDR. The floods alone accounted for 47% of climate disaster (between 1995 and 2015) and affected 2.3 billion people, the vast majority (95%) in Asia. Although less frequent than floods, storms were the deadliest weather disasters, with 242,000 deaths.

  9. The Canberra press gallery are salivating. No, not about national security, economic and tax policy or infrastructure issues – good heavens, how dull. No,the really big issue is the popularity of the Opposition Leader.
    It must be all over. Have you seen his vital net sat rating? Wow, just look at his PPM standing. How can they not get rid of him. And there are unconfirmed reports of something. Senior sources say this can’t go on. Other sources are not so certain that any change in Leader would fix the Party’s woes.
    Look what happened to us after the Kevin and Julia switch, one veteran player told us on strict background.
    Ah, contemporary OZ politics. No institutional memory from the media or politicians. It’s all about what next.

  10. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Unlike in Europe can Australia reject the rise of the radical right?
    Paul Bongiorno tells us how senior Liberals are undermining Turnbull on terror.
    “View from the Street” takes aim at Senator Leyonhjelm today. Kevin Andrews and Cory Bernardi get some treatment too.
    Alan Jones is simply too big for his little boots.
    And as for this guy . . . .
    More union thuggery in the building and construction industry. Oh wait on!
    Penny Wong catches Andrew Rodd out over Mr Furnvial. Remember that name?
    Ban Ki-moon serves it up to Australia over its refugee policy.
    Arfur Sinodinos caught in the hypocrisy trap.
    Peter Martin is of a view that this government will not raise the GST and that it will target superannuation excesses.

  11. Section 2 . . .

    Meanwhile Michael Pascoe laments the lack of determination to ensure employers do pay in the full superannuation guarantees for their employees.
    More “productivity” and “flexibility” improvements?
    The Guardian refers here to a list of companies getting special treatment from the ATO. It will continue if the senate caves in.
    The drug wreaking more havoc than ice in our emergency departments.
    Greg Jericho explains that there is such a thing as the wrong kind of growth.
    Harvey Norman shareholders are set to have another attempt to vote down the remuneration proposal.
    Flying while Muslim – a new exercise in bigotry in the US.
    Stephen Koukoulas tells us that a punitive approach to restraining welfare costs is lazy and short sighted.
    Bob Ellis has a good jab here at Kevin Andrews and Scott Morrison.
    Peter Wicks has a look at the Reclaim Australia mob.

  12. Section 3 . . . incorporating Cartoon Corner.

    The New Matilda asks what we learned from the Reclaim Australia rallies.
    The Independent Australia gives a well-earned and deserved slap at the senate and its “inquiry” into wind farm infrasound.–an-inquiry-into-infrasound-from-trees-waves-and-air-conditioners,8410
    Bruce Petty with an insight into the difficulty in dealing with the Islam issue.

    Cathy Wilcox takes us into the lounge room with disaffected Liberals.

    Ron Tandberg gives us a new climate change metric.

    BRILLIANT work from David Pope!

    Mark Knight has Andrews in a spin over dealing with the taxi industry.
    John Kudelka drops some special boots on the ground.

    David Rowe is suggesting Turnbull may have a little bit of a Mal Brough problem.

  13. I’ve just read Bob Ellis’s latest, and it reminded me of this –

    Yesterday Kevin Andrews did another one of his ‘I was the best defence minister ever’ things, this time on Sky News. He claimed to have finished the defence white paper before Marise Payne was (sob) given his job.

    PvO did a lovely slapdown, tweeting this –

    Kevin Andrews says the defence white paper was all but complete when he was dumped. “Pretty much all that was left to do was to bind it, put a glossy cover on it and write a foreword to it.” Given he was responsible for the drafting of Work Choices and the botched handling of Haneef in the Howard government, and the poorly received first round of welfare cuts in the Abbott government as social services minister, do you think just maybe the new defence minister thought it might be worth giving Kevin’s hard work a once over before signing off on it! 😳 Yeah, maybe…

    Even some little twerp at NewsCorpse had a go at Andrews.

    A couple of months back, as the sun was setting on Kevin Andrews’s ministerial career, the shadows gathering in its gullies and stretching across its dimming plains, a colleague of his observed to Strewth, “’He’s been as silent as the tomb for 12 months and now you can’t shut him up.” Since he’s become a backbencher, though, Andrews has gone full I’m-Kevin-I’m-from-Victoria-and-I’m-here-to-help and the national discourse surely has been all the richer for it. Last month he busily gave credit where it was due with a bunch of tweets pre-empting an official announcement from Malcolm Turnbull and new Defence Minister Marise Payne on armoured vehicles for the army. Among them: “I was pleased to take the #Hawkei submission to the NSC (National Security Committee) some months back, at which point it was approved.” Yesterday, amid advice on how to handle the mess in Syria, he observed on Sky News that the defence white paper was all but done by the time he left the portfolio: “Pretty much all that was left to do was to bind it, put a glossy cover on it and write a foreword to it.” Not the order everyone would choose, but conformity never was his game

  14. Here’s the thing – Newspoll has Labor on 47%, 2PP. So if Shorten really is as unpopular as that poll says why isn’t the Labor vote down below 20%?

    Have any of these goldfish-brained journalists wondered about that?

  15. That’s a pretty bad PPM. But it is at least in part due to those idiot ALP supporters still exhibiting sour grapes over the ALP leadership. Give it a rest. Shorten’s approval ratings would be a lot higher if the membership got behind him. He’s done nothing wrong and has unified the party itself in a way we haven’t seen for quite a while. There’s no indication that any other ALP MP actually wants the leadership right now anyway. Albo never mentions it.

    It’s a good thing that the ALP base doesn’t just blindly follow the party the way the Liberal base does. Their cheerleading for Abbott overwhelmed their doubts about him right up to the end. And he was a moron. But they really ought to recognise that the party was right and they were wrong – Shorten is a better leader than Albanese would be, simple as that. He’s proven himself in everything except the support of his own members. Those members are wrong.

    We all know changing leaders – again – would be a disaster. it’s obvious. That the press can con the ALP’s base that it would be a good thing is a constant mystery to me.

  16. BK

    I find it surreal that there are no reports on the huge gulf amongst the lnp and their ideas what to do about this latest isis problem. One lot is saying go in with boots on the ground, the other lot are going for a political solution. The party is split in two and not a word anywhere.

    Rhetorical question: Why?

  17. Aguirre

    For pollsters to keep their ‘reputation’, they can’t fiddle the main figures much, but who is going to dispute the ppm/leader figures. I can’t see so many people saying they’d vote Labor but not if Shorten is leader. The two different figures, the tpp and leader figures don’t add up for either party, or so it seems to me.

  18. Aguirre

    I would have liked to see Albo as LOTO but Shorten did a great job on Abbott Better than Albo would have given Abbott exactly what he wanted so desperately . A political brawl.

    Unless Albo is Bob Hawke MkII , which he is not, changing leaders now would be utter madness. Yep the press will busily do their “kill Bill” bit but the microsecond Labor took their advice the same meeja reptiles would have wall to wall banner headlines about “Labor Dysfunction”, “Labor Fail to Learn Lessons” “Labor Repeat Rudd Gillard Disaster” blah blah blah.

  19. The MSM and the grovelling pack of nitwits that call themselves journalists have just one agenda – bringing on a Labor leaderhip change. They refuse to mention the bleeding obvious – Turnbull is dealing with a party room full of MPs who hate his guts. The ones who didn’t vote for him want Abbott back. Only seven of those who voted for Turnbull need to change their minds and he is gone.

    Do you see a word of this in the MSM? Of course not. It’s all ‘Malcolm is so wonderful’.

    Even today, we see that fudging and refusal to mention Turnbull’s corruption. Lenore Taylor’s story about one of Turnbull’s own companies benefiting from his government’s proposed legislation (in BK’s links, and linked last night by Ducky) is a scandalous issue that should be should be headline news, It’s not. You have to look hard on The Guardian site to find it, and Turnbull’s name is nowhere to be seen in the link.

    The story was carefully worded, weasel worded, to give the impression this company – Turnbull and Partners Holdings Pty Ltd – was all but defunct, just a trifle, not worth mentioning and it’s all OK because Turnbull is going to have his people write to the ATO and ask for that name to be taken from the list. .Even that is a scandal – a prime minister asking to have his company removed from a list of tax dodgers because he can.

    If you do what Lenore Taylor obviously didn’t do – look at Turnbull’s register of interests – you get a much clearer picture.

    Turnbull and Partners Holdings Pty Ltd is very active. Turnbull and his wife are both directors of this company. In July this year three new investments were added, in August one more, and another investment was deleted. The company is making money for the Turnbulls and yet the media are glossing over this.

    We have a PM who will benefit from tax legislation his own government is trying to push through the senate. Are we hearing anything about this conflict of interest? Of course not. Would we be seeing pages of outrage if a Labor PM pulled the same stunt? Of course.

  20. With Limited News jettisoning 55 ‘editorial staff’ the reptiles still on the sinking ship will be in a working frenzy trying to please Rupert. Should make for some extraordinary ( cough ) journalism on in the coming months.

  21. Give it a rest. Shorten’s approval ratings would be a lot higher if the membership got behind him.

    If my branch meeting is anything to go by then the active membership are behind Shorten and I still maintain that the carping and butthurt about Albo not being made leader mainly comes from those who either aren’t members, or only joined for the sole purpose of voting for Albo and have never attended a single branch meeting or campaign event.

  22. gigilene

    Albo has said many times he does not want to be leader and won’t challenge. It never gets much attention, and when it does it’s always dolled up as ‘when Labor loses the election…..’, like this from NewsCorpse.

    Anthony Albanese says he will not rechallenge for the Labor leadership before the federal election


  23. leone

    I’ve heard Albo say that but I’ve never found him convincing. I personally think he wants the job but he lacks self-awareness. He simply couldn’t do it. He should stick to infrastructure which he does so competently. Besides, he has a terrible voice with the wrong pauses on words. That might not be important but will be laughed at by the MSM sooner or later. The reason why he says he won’t “rechallenge” it’s because he couldn’t anyway. Sorry, I don’t trust him.

  24. gigilene

    I don’t trust him either. Especially not when we know he was Krudd’s main man in all the number counting, but he always denied it.

  25. l2

    Only seven of those who voted for Turnbull need to change their minds and he is gone.

    Which happens to be the number of votes that BishJnr is said to control.

  26. l2

    Especially not when we know he was Krudd’s main man in all the number counting, but he always denied it.

    He told lots of ‘porkies’ on why he voted for Rudd.

  27. leone

    Same with Tanya whom, I must add, one can trust. Over the road she’s being mentioned as a leader. Honestly. She has talents and is likeable and pleasant. But she is no Julia Gillard. Has Tanya ever made any inroads in her FA portfolio? Sure, with the MSM, they could have been missed. I personally don’t think FA is for. And neither is LOTO. Anyway Shorten is there to say till the election.

  28. Anyway Shorten is there to say till the election.

    Which is a good thing as the party can ill afford another month long leadership election. I’ll just say one thing, Rudd needs to shoulder a lot of the blame for the fact that the party lost a lot of talent, there’s no real denying that.

  29. If one watched PC Shorten/Bowen ABC 24, one can see Labor’s strategy emerging. Tobacco excise increased certainly got media attention. Both men performed well, getting Labor’s policy across. Worth catching upon. Media forced to asked questions, which were answered fully, in a quiet way. No slogans, no platitudes, no motherhood statements. Promise of more to come.

    Now is not the time to change leaders. To do so, is to hand poison chalice to someone else. We are back to normal politics with Abbott gone. Time for change, if deemed necessary, is after next election.

    I suspect the PM’s charm offensive will run out of stream. As Labor says, somewhere along the line, he will have to start dealing with facts and figures.

    PM address now on Parliament.

  30. If Shorten did go, it would be by him resigning with one candidate lined up. No month long election. Would be very quick, very clean.

    Can’t see that happening.

    Shorten said this morning, he never gives up. Said it in a calm manner. I also believe that Shorten only picks battles he can win. One sees that, if one looks back over his history.

    Suspect he has entered battle mode now. A battle he has been preparing two years for.

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