332 thoughts on “Happy 227th Bastille Day!

  1. Looking at the votes for today, I think it still remains unlikely that Labor will stay in range of victory in Herbert.

    The remaining postal votes in play in the seat will probably give the LNP another 150 votes, and since they’re already 34 votes ahead, that won’t be enough to dispute the result. There’s only around 300 Absent votes remaining that have been breaking below the margin required for Labor to remain in the game; the out-of-district Pre-polls have been breaking in favour of the LNP, and that only leaves the Provisionals that don’t seem to have any results in yet, either because of AEC guidelines or that they just can’t be bothered counting them (hopefully the former).

    But either way a 77 seat Coalition Government is likely to be led by Tony Abbott Mk.II within the next year or so. And as toxic as that individual is, we should not underestimate him. But just keeping to logic should be enough to halt his return, or at the very least, give him the record crushing defeat he missed out on this time around.

  2. Did I miss something? SMH and Guardian have no comments attached to articles. Is this going to be the new idea to attract new clicks?

  3. Cliff

    I haven’t noticed that, but then I stopped reading comments on most commercial msm, it is usually the same people. Now I come to think of it, it has been a while since I’ve read a Guardian story. It seems to have gone off the boil, or I’m just getting past reading the same thing being said by same writers.

  4. Those who stormed the Bastille would be so pleased. Now this is a champagne socialist……….

    Bad hair days for François Hollande over €10,000 coiffeur bill

    I can understand the questions, I can understand that there are judgments,” said the government spokesman and Hollande ally Stephane Le Foll as he confirmed the hairdresser’s salary of €9,895 (£8,265) a month.

    “Everyone has their hair done, don’t they?” said Le Foll, known for his own bouffant style. “This hairdresser had to abandon his salon and he’s on tap 24 hours a day.”

    The Canard Enchaîné reported that in addition to his salary, Hollande’s hairdresser was entitled to a housing allowance and other family benefits. He never had a stand-in to replace him and demands on him were so tough that he had “missed the births of his children”.


  5. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Turnbull has claimed a “mandate” to proceed with all this election promises. What a lot of crap! Sure, he can introduce the legislation but thereafter the constitution and individual elected members will determine what happens with it. And he says that the agreement with the Nats only deals with procedural matters, not policy. Pull the other one Malcolm!
    Peter Martin has some ideas on how to ensure that leaders speak the truth about budget promises. It’s hard to argue against his proposals.
    The level of female representation in the HoR has plunged to its lowest level in two decades – despite a minor increase in Labor’s contribution.
    Michelle Grattan on Turnbull’s acquiescence to the Nats’ demand for two more ministers.
    Alan Austin examines the deep-rooted divisions within the Coalition.
    This article in the Huffington Post says Hanson is quite entitled to air her opinions – unless they’re not based on fact.
    The Australian’s David Crowe writes that Turnbull is steeled for a Senate showdown. Google.
    Multinational tax avoidance is still a big revenue issue for the Turnbull government.
    “View from the Street” wonders who will be the Speaker in this new parliament.
    Fancy that! Kevin Andrews is now “Father of the House”. More like embarrassing uncle, I’d say.
    Graeme Innes on why the NDIS is a game changer.

  6. Section 2 . . .

    The first “autopsy” of the demise of the Dick Smith enterprise is out and it goes more to bad strategy than foul play. It was a shocking mess.
    Medicare can be reformed but it will take patience and political trust. Google.
    Van Badham describes how her clash with Steve Price inspired a week of abuse.
    “Surprise” is hardly the word as Boris Johnson is named Foreign Minister.
    Another mongrel that should go down big time.
    The Liberal incubator finishing school descends into farce. So badly that even Erica Betz walked out on them.
    Mr Grecian 2000 agitates for the return of Abbott to the cabinet. We shall see soon.

  7. Section 3 . . . Cartoon Corner

    Ron Tandberg and the women of the House.

    Alan Moir and parliamentary celebrations.

    Ron Tandberg with the exploitation of workers from overseas.

    Mark Knight takes us into the South China Sea.
    David Rowe with a rather expressive Chinese reaction the to International Court decision on the South China Sea.

    The way ahead for Turnbull.
    Bill Leak has lost his marbles. ASC should sue the idiot over this effort.

  8. As I’ve been telling people elsewhere, Turnbull does have a mandate. He has a mandate to introduce and pass legislation in the lower house. This he was given by the people of Australia, no dispute.

    The same people also decided that the Senate we currently have will review that legislation. Turnbull has no mandate in the Senate. If more than half the Senators decide they don’t want to pass any particular piece of legislation Turnbull puts to them, there’s nothing he can do about that. This mechanism was also delivered to him by the Australian people. If he’s got a problem with the Australian people, well then let’s hear it.

    This is the Senate Turnbull wanted, and it’s the one he altered the rules to achieve. He can live with it.

    • I’d even argue with the mandate in the reps. When you look at the actual first party votes Labor – as always – Labor has the most. The Liberals next, then the Greens, then the LNP (the actual, real Queensland LNP) then the Nats trailing well behind.

      It’s ridiculous to think the Greens with over 1 million votes, get one seat in the reps, and the Nats, with less then 600,000, get 10. That puts Barnaby’s chest-thumping and ‘we are on the rise’ garbage into perspective, and it also tells us just how dumb country voters really can be, to keep re-electing turkeys with such big majorities.

      Turnbull needs a coalition to govern, he needs the LNP, the Nats and the Country Liberals, and even then, his ‘mandate’, finally, will be less than 100,000 votes.

      Note – this is why I refuse to refer to the Coalition as ‘the LNP’, something everyone has copied from lazy journalists too tired to write ‘Coalition’. There’s a difference, and it needs to be made clear, hammered home.

  9. About those comments -The Guardian still has comments. Sometimes The Guardian will not allow comments on some articles, That has always been their practice.

    The SMH still allows comments too, at least, they were yesterday. I don’t bother reading comments at Fairfax, so I’m usually not aware if they are being made or not.

  10. I just had a look at what proportional representation might have given us seats-wise in the House of Reps. It looks like this:

    Liberal – 43
    LNP – 13
    National – 7

    ALP – 52

    Greens – 15

    Independents – 4
    Xenophon – 3
    Family First – 3
    Christian Democrats – 2
    One Nation – 2
    Animal Justice – 1

    Others – 5

    It’d make the lower house hard to govern, that’s for sure.

  11. This has to be a first – Erica has said something sensible.

    Conservative former minister Eric Abetz has unloaded on the way his Government’s leadership team handled the federal election campaign, saying the Liberal Party fell over the line and failed to heed community concern about superannuation policy.

    “When you have had such a big kick up the pants, as we have had as the Coalition, and especially the Liberal Party element of the Coalition, then I think it is worthwhile to ask the question; ‘why did we haemorrhage so many seats? Why did we haemorrhage so many votes?’,” Senator Abetz told Radio National this morning.

    The Tasmanian Senator said the election win had been the “barest of victories” …


  12. The Republican platform is moving towards more theocracy and less democracy. Here The Young Turks explain it.

  13. Murph reports on a move to dump Kim Carr for ‘generational change’.

    I’ve not been all that fond of Carr for becoming an enemy of JG and joining the Rudd Cardinals. But I have to say that he’s worked hard to try and save what’s left of manufacturing after Abbott allowed his IPA mates to take an axe to it. The coalition gave in too quickly to this thoughtless action and it’s going to have long-term consequences for employment in SA and Vic. Carr at least tried to map out a system where the industry integrated with international manufacturers. He also had hopes of encouraging clean energy manufacturing which if successful may lead to growth. He was very aware of the skills and training factors involved in the industry and in parts manufacturers.

    I don’t know if the party has anyone across that level of knowledge. There may be few, like Doogie, who can offer some knowledge, and they can draw on the ACTU. But it may be worthwhile keeping Carr on while a comprehensive strategy for manufacturing and training is worked out.

    • Shorten’s problem is a surfeit of talent, and the new talent has to be promoted and developed. Shorten will have some tough decisions to make.

  14. gd

    was thinking the same thing about Carr – loath him for undermining JG, and he can be a pompous sod at times, but he is thoroughly across his portfolio (I work in one the portfolio agencies) and has too much valuable knowledge & experience in an area that the govt deserves to be attacked on, and Carr has proven to be good at attacking govt policy especially in the Sen Est committees. They should team him up with a good Junior shadow who is genuinely interested in the portfolio… would give them time to absorb and learn. Given his age (61), I’d be surprised if he renominated for the Senate in another 6 years (assuming he doesn’t get placed in the ‘3yr’ group), and if Labor get up in the next election, he’d be well placed to be Min for a couple of years before stepping aside in his last year.

  15. Boris and Bananas together comparing notes on foreign policy. Now there’s a nightmare.

    • Theresa May probably wanted him out of the way on the home front. Like the Libs here have with Mesma.

  16. Does anyone know if Ballot papers allocated are totalled to votes counted? I am concerned about the way they seem to be so casually treated.

  17. catalyst. In my experience of scrutineering, albeit in smallish polling places, great care is made to match up numbers of papers issued and votes counted. All rubbish bins etc are examined for any discarded polling papers.

    • Absolute stupidity, and Baird’s precious private institutes are falling in heaps around him.

      I hate to say this, but the Gillard government started this whole mess by encouraging private institutions. Look where that has taken us.

  18. I just turned onto The Drum in preparation for Antiques Road Show (and the delectable Fiona Bruce!) and there in all his nondescript glory is the atrocious Rowan Dean!

    • I saw a few seconds of that – Dean was raving about how absolutely fabulous Boris is, he ‘turned London around’, he will turn Britain around, he is a great friend to Australia – then my recording started, thank goodness. I don’t think I could have taken any more.

    • 😆
      A French guy I once worked with came in one Monday on crutches. Asking what happened he replied that he had got hurt at a Bastille Day celebration . I commented that it must have been a wild party he replied not at all. it was fine until he fell over while dancing………..on the table tops 🙂

  19. https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/jul/14/fairfaxs-china-propaganda-sheet-reveals-beijings-enormous-restraint

    Apart from the first bit about China, see this bit about Steve Price…


    Behind the Price war

    Many people were surprised when shock jock Steve Price accused Q&A of ambushing him with an audience question about family violence. Isn’t the ABC panel show format designed to allow audience members to ask panellists a question? Yes, and the ABC says it does give panellists the topics that will be covered ahead of time, although not the exact questions. But not everyone was surprised by Price’s accusations. People who have worked with him on Channel Ten’s The Project for the past five years told Weekly Beast he insists on getting all his questions beforehand and won’t do anything on the fly. He has to be fully briefed and prepared with his talking points before he answers questions on The Project, where he is billed as a regular news analyst. Price appeared to back this up when he said later on 3AW that he was “set up” by the ABC because he knew he would be asked about Eddie McGuire’s joke at the charity event but not that the man asking the question had experienced horrific violence in his own family. “If I’d been told that I would have been prepared,” Price said on 3AW. Going on Q&A is like “going into a cage”, he said. His co-host, Andrew Bolt, agreed, saying the ABC also set him up when he went on as a climate sceptic by allowing a climate scientist in the audience to ask him two questions.

    • So Steve Price is whinging about his QandA appearance, eh?

      Oh, the poor diddums.

      “The nasty ABC set me up with a man whose sister was murdered asking me a question that i did not have time to have my team prepare an effluent answer for me to parrot. So people got to see what a self-entitled ignorant feral boar’s rectum that i really am. Live on TV even.

      And it is so UNFAIR!”

  20. http://kevinbonham.blogspot.com.au/2016/07/2016-tasmania-senate-model-of-what.html



    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/land-deals-sealed-for-200bn-highspeed-eastcoast-rail-link/news-story/4cdc3342ed4edc36912a30dc35f7b81d paywalled, try opening via twitter, or google the URL

    https://theaustralianatnewscorpau.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/web-news-main-rail-map.pdf (free image, The planned route for the high speed rail is shown here)

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-14/new-plan-for-high-speed-rail-link-between-melbourne-and-sydney/7628316 ABC article on same topic

  21. Fiona

    Ricky Muir was on local TV news. He is going to try again to get into parliament in the future. Meanwhile he was very active during his time in the senate and was in Bairnsdale today opening this

  22. Barnaby and Pauline – FFS!

    Their combined IQ wouldn’t reach double figures.

  23. A couple of links along from a twitter link posted earlier I came across someone I think a few patrons would like. Good articles and links.

    Denise C


    Friend, mentor & guardian of 3 gorgeous rescue shelter dogs. RIP darlings Beanie & Ben.

  24. ‏Zinger from PvO

    PvO zingerPeter van Onselen Verified account 

    Eric Abetz confirmed on radio today that he door knocked 1,000s of homes in Tasmania during the campaign. No wonder they lost three seats…

  25. Gigilene

    Hopefully a couple of larfs for you.

    The truth behind French stereotypes

    1. The waiters are rude

    The cliché: French waiters are surly, and this is a bad thing. As recently as June last year, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius claimed that France was suffering from a “welcome deficit” which meant overseas visitors perceived the country as unfriendly. Including its waiters………………………………………………..

    The reality: OK, so French waiters can be a little cold-shouldered. But what would you prefer? A serious professional who gets your order right at the first time of asking. Or the eternally cheery American version who asks you “how your soup is tonight” every three minutes and asks if “there’s anything else I can do for you” every six. Yes. Be quiet.

    Anthony Peregrine, our France expert, has also spoken frequently on the matter. “I never really bought the idea of snooty French waiters,” he wrote only last month. “Over decades in France, I’ve come across remarkably few (and, as an Englishman, can out-snoot them effortlessly)…………………………


  26. Bugger ! Missed the last bit of the “reality”

    1. The waiters are rude

    ………………”The misconception arises because French waiters are not, as in Britain, youths filling in time until their real lives begin. They are professionals pursuing a profession considered worthy of respect. This is evident in the aprons, bow-ties and ages of the practitioners. That’s why French service outstrips our own. These fellows (they are generally men) can take an order for 15 different drinks, deliver them on one tray, shout at a passing taxi, give directions to the Centre Pompidou and still get the change right.”

  27. Land deals sealed for a private $200bn high-speed east-coast rail link (to be pitched to govt)

    “No cost to taxpayers” – apart from the HUGE tracts of land to build the new cities…

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