Farcical Friday










WE NEVER DID IT( but if we did it was justified)


Denying Pairs is wrong. ( Again this was ok when we did it)

The list goes on . I was like most a bit flat after the election but now I am looking forward to seeing the lobs implode. It’s only a matter of time. I may be wrong but I think the missing Libs last night were all Abbott Supporters.


The wheels may me be in motion to bring ” The Idiot ” back



So Pubsters start your weekends with a happy frame of mind keep the old Chins ups,it is the most exciting time to be in Australia.



202 thoughts on “Farcical Friday

  1. Is Mehajer about to leave Australia? I certainly hope so!


    I want to know why this guy and his wife have been hounded by mordoch’s rags and the rest of media until their marriage broke down, and you can’t tell me that it didn’t have something to do with it, his businesses are on the rocks and now he is contemplating leaving the country.

    Okay, I agree he is an arsehole but we have lots of arseholes and many worse than him, just look at parliament for a start, then look at the different business councils/unions. But, no this guy and his wife have been hounded, denigrated left and right, their marriage condemned and finally broken, And, it seems all at the behest of mordoch’s rags.

    So why, what has he done different to what other wanna be’s have done, why is he being hounded when the other wankers, user, business owners and wanna be’s aren’t. What will it finally take to stop this bullying and hounding of him, are the public after blood, are they waiting for a suicide so they can say ‘see we knew there was something wrong with him’ are mordoch’s rags looking for a bloody headline so that the can shit on him somemore and then put a little caveat at the bottom of the article ‘if you need help, etc’

    What a piss poor society we seem to have become, watching news ltd hound a couple until they are ruined, some wonderful blood sport society seems to be enjoying.

    No, I have no interest in him, his family, his wife, his business or anything to do with him but this sort of media bullying has to stop.

  2. Of course global warming is a UN/banker conspiracy, and as for the US military:

    Congress has largely ignored these pleas, and has even tried to block plans by the military to head off future problems at the numerous bases imperiled by a rising sea. A Republican congressman from Colorado, Ken Buck, recently called one military proposal part of a “radical climate change agenda.”

  3. Tony Burke, this morning.

    On 18C – “What is it that they want to be allowed to say that they’re not allowed to say now right now?” The answer – some sort of racial abuse.
    And –
    “The only possible reason this is being advanced is to cause further instability within the Liberal Party party room.”

  4. Just read on twitter that turnoff has told the G20 leaders not to put their head under the doona. This is mortifying. I would expect that from abbott. I was at least trying to think that turnoff would be more diplomatic. Maybe his arrogance allows him to think he not only the best in Australia, but also the world. Instead, he is proving to the other leaders that we have bogan for a so called leader.

  5. Fiona

    It is not just global warming. Saw a doco on how myriads of canals/channels dug for the oil companies led to widespread erosion and exposure to storm surges .

    Louisiana’s Sinking Coast Is a $100 Billion Nightmare for Big Oil
    The state can’t pay, so someone has to. And the water keeps rising.

    From 5,000 feet up, it’s difficult to make out where Louisiana’s coastline used to be. But follow the skeletal remains of decades-old oil canals, and you get an idea. Once, these lanes sliced through thick marshland, clearing a path for pipelines or ships. Now they’re surrounded by open water, green borders still visible as the sea swallows up the shore…………………….While many Louisianans are frank about the damage that oil production has done to coastal lands, they hesitate to lay the blame on industry alone.

    “Unquestionably, oil and gas activity has impacts,” said energy consultant Falgout, who owns large swaths of marshland affected by erosion and subsidence. “But oil and gas did what government let it do, like everyone else.”

    Another culprit is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which made the fateful decision to levee the Mississippi River after the Great Flood of 1927, thus preventing the river from naturally depositing its sediment across the delta. Also, shipping lanes were dredged over decades, and agriculture played a role


  6. Fiona

    The land was just “melting away”. Meanwhile the poor locals were left ,if you’ll excuse the phrase. high and dry by the pricks that did it.Even where land was not reclaimed by the sea the salt water intrusion was ruining large areas of land.

    As for what the bustards have done to the Niger delta GRRRRRRRR. Even worse things there.Scum.

  7. In Hobart now. Had a delicious and plentiful brunch in Cafe Cuccina, Launceston this morning. Whoever told me about this place was spot on!

  8. Political Animal

    Can you see Antarctica from there ? 🙂 Where to next on your Tassie jaunt ?

    Now due to the magic of the internet the patrons of the pub can see where Political Animal had a great brunch.

  9. http://wixxyleaks.com/going-the-distance-who-has-investigated-kathy-jackson-from-the-start/



    Click to access True%20Issues%2010%20August%202016.pdf


    • The Poodle gagged. He’ll never live it down

      At this point, Christopher Pyne, the Leader of the House, had a fight on his hands. As he started to speak on the motion, Tony Burke moved: That the question be put. The effect of such a motion is to curtail debate and move immediately to a vote.
      The Government’s Second Defeat

      At 5.20pm, the House divided on Burke’s motion. It was carried 71 votes to 70. The Opposition had now effectively gagged the government’s Leader of the House and brought on a vote on Burke’s amendment.

  10. Pruneface ignored a pairing

    Four of the Coalition’s MPs were back for this vote: Scott Buchholz, Ken O’Dowd, Christian Porter and Jason Wood. Luke Hartsuyker abandoned his pair with Clare O’Neil and voted in this and all subsequent divisions.

    • Pruneface is an arsehole, and that’s being polite.

      I’m ashamed to have him as my MP. How anyone could vote for that dill is beyond my comprehension. It just proves my long-standing theory – National Party rusted-ons would vote for Daisy the Cow if she ran as a Nats candidate, and if Daisy was to be elected she’s be a damn better MP than Pruneface could ever dream of being.

      Is it clear I loathe and detest the man?

  11. Scene; Upstairs

    St Peter: Theresa, they want to make you a saint. Two miracles. Do it.

    Theresa: No probs: much easier than doing it when I was alive.

  12. Ignoring a pair has now killed any chance this rotten government has of Labor agreeing to future pairs.

    • As a former BLF chappie I HATED Shorten’s union. For good reason I may add. They were a bit “Shoppie”.
      But yes indeed the bear pit that is the construction industry ,both union and company, means that anyone coming out of it alive is one damn tough hombre or hombrette.

      Vote 1 Combet.

  13. Best thing I’ve read today – and it takes a satirist to do what the so-called political journalists should have done, but didn’t do.

    Pauline Pantsdown: Hanson’s success will be her undoing
    Simon Hunt
    Contrary to popular discourse about Hanson as a ‘non-politician’, I felt that she was the most constructed celebrity politician I’d ever seen

    • She may well be on the way out but she still controls votes in the Senate and, with likes of Day and Leyonhjelm, she has power.

  14. Another day, another Dutton act of bastardry.

    A twelve-year-old boy who urgently needs treatment on an arm broken a year ago to bring movement back to his hand was returned to Nauru from PNG with his family yesterday without treatment

    Father’s day hijack of Nauru family

    The National Justice Project has condemned Immigration Minister Peter Dutton for organising a squad of Police to forcibly remove refugee children and their family from Papua New Guinea (PNG) where they had been seeking medical treatment. George Newhouse, the Principal Solicitor at the NJP said today that family were from Iran who arrived on Christmas Island in September 2013 and were then transferred to Nauru.

    Newhouse said that “Instead of caring for them they were arbitrarily arrested by the PNG Police yesterday and forcibly returned to Nauru where their medical conditions cannot be properly treated. The law states Peter Dutton owes this family a duty of care. He is clearly in breach of that duty, and we intend to act”, said Mr Newhouse


  15. Weird things, words.

    In writing they have power: as a script, they promote emotions whereas, in personal missives, they can be constructive or destructive.

    Spoken words, person to person, depend on all that manner of speech can do and on the recipient and the relationship of the hearing and the heard.

    Then, again, we have words spoken in a public forum. They can change history.

  16. In case you hadn’t noticed – Fizza has flown off to China, which means Bananby is acting prime minister.

  17. Two arguments on the latest in Syria and the role of Turkey:

    Putin and Erdogan have agreed on a restricted road map in Syria: the Kurds and Nusra will be the main losers

    During their meeting in St. Petersburg and following consecutive reunions later, plus an exchange of visits by high-ranking military officials, Russia and Turkey agreed on the role the Turkish forces could be offered in Syria, within specific parameters that will serve both sides interest, as long as there are limits and guarantees offered by both parties. Details of the Turkish forces’ presence and deployment on the ground were discussed, including what each side could offer to thwart the US plan to divide Syria, a plan that was helping the Kurds to establish a “state”, known as Rojava, from the north-east to the north-west of Syria, with a permanent US military presence. During five years of war Washington always rejected Ankara’s request to create a no-fly-zone on its borders with Syria, 40km long and 110 km wide.


    US-NATO-Turkey Invasion of Northern Syria: CIA “Failed” Turkey Coup Lays Groundwork for Broader Middle East War?

    Public opinion was led to believe that relations with the US had not only deteriorated, but that Erdogan had vowed to restore “an axis of friendship” with Moscow, including “cooperation in the defence sector”. This was a hoax.

    Turkey’s Invasion of Syria

    The implementation of the Turkish invasion required routine consultations with the US and NATO, coordination of military logistics, intelligence, communications systems, coordination of ground and air operations, etc. To be effectively carried out these military endeavors required a cohesive and “friendly” US-Turkey relationship.

    We are not dealing with a piecemeal military initiative. Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield could not have taken place without the active support of the Pentagon, which ultimately calls the shots in the war on Syria.

    The likely scenario is that from mid July to mid-August US, NATO and Turkish officials were actively involved in planning the next stage of the war on Syria: an (illegal) invasion led by Turkish ground-forces, backed by the US and NATO.


  18. A Critic’s Lonely Quest: Revealing the Whole Truth About Mother Teresa

    Over hundreds of hours of research, much of it cataloged in a book he published in 2003, Dr. Chatterjee said he found a “cult of suffering” in homes run by Mother Teresa’s organization, the Missionaries of Charity, with children tied to beds and little to comfort dying patients but aspirin.

    He and others said that Mother Teresa took her adherence to frugality and simplicity in her work to extremes, allowing practices like the reuse of hypodermic needles and tolerating primitive facilities that required patients to defecate in front of one another.


  19. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Inga Ting lifts the lid of the housing affordability problem.
    Tom Switzer on the re-emergence of Hansonism.
    Urban Wronski on the Turnbull government failing in a week of crisis. It’s a ripper!
    Ross Gittins writes that superannuation fairness is the key to budget repair. Ross doesn’t hold back.
    Peter Martin writes that the Grattan Institute is of a similar opinion.
    Sean Nicholls writes about the decline in Baird’s electoral popularity.
    Michelle Grattan writes about Turnbull’s “respect deficit”.
    The Climate Change Authority is at war with itself.
    The CCA has lost all credibility.
    Another government IT and management stuff-up is revealed by a PwC audit of the NDIS rollout.

  20. Section 2 . . .

    The next big name global taxation targets. Bring it on!
    Adam Gartrell on Abbott grinning as Turnbull flounders. Read the last small paragraph.
    Bernardi says he won’t stop trying to change 18c and says Lambie is “too thick to be a senator”.
    Michaela Whitbourn on the parlous state of the backlog in criminal court cases.
    More from Michael West as he reveals a secret deal between the CBA and Storm victims’ lawyer.
    Another shocking example of the institutionalised acceptance of priestly sexual abuse of children.
    This was great medical work.
    This could REALLY hurt Samsung.
    Albo says that Labor may use parliamentary tactics to bring on a SSM vote. I wonder if Turnbull could “play dead” and let it happen.
    Andrew Bolt piles into a frustrated and angry Turnbull as his popularity plummets and his authority melts. It’s a huge spit! Google.
    What a lot of medieval rubbish! Julia Gillard and Justice Peter McClellan deserve much more adulation.

  21. Section 3 . . .

    George Williams suggests that Dastyari is the coalmine canary when it comes to political donations.
    Let’s not use “free speech” as a cover for hate – it helps the terrorists.
    it seems a lot of winemakers have structured themselves in such a way as to rort the wine equalisation tax.
    Angela Merkel has paid dearly for her pro-immigration stance as an anti-immigration party gets up in an election.
    Thugs are attacking police without fear of consequences. An ugly turn. Google.
    Adele Ferguson with yet another example of worker exploitation. This time it’s karaoke bars. Google.
    This could be a landmark case on the poker machine and casino industry.
    It’s time for Dick Smith executives and directors to face a grilling in court. Google.
    Tim Dick’s had enough of the plebiscite crap!
    Even the Quakers have had enough and are telling Turnbull to ditch the plebiscite and get on with the job.
    John McEnroe rightfully slams Nick Kyrgios.

  22. Section 4 . . . Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe has Sam Dastyari introducing the G20 Great Australian Circus.

    Great work from David Pope on the SSM altar.
    Mark Knight takes Turnbull to the foredeck.
    Bill Leak continues his master’s work.
    Matt Golding has got poker machines worked out.

  23. Re: Hartsuyker and the abandoned pair – that is true, strictly speaking, but it’s not the whole story. The Liberals transferred the pair to Vasta, who was only missing because he was ill, so they say.

    But then it doesn’t really matter if Vasta was ill or not. Imagine if it was the ALP in a similar situation, and assuming nobody knocked off early for argument’s sake. If the ALP had a one seat majority and had granted a pair to a Liberal MP having a baby, I think they could reasonably assume that in a tight vote they could transfer that pair to one of their own members who couldn’t be there. Or ask for a pair for their sick MP to balance the other pair. That’s effectively what happened.

    The reason the ALP couldn’t take advantage when the Liberals had rounded up some missing MPs was that McGowan and Bandt were AWOL. And that’s not a matter for the ALP, that’s entirely up to Bandt and McGowan. McGowan would have made it to Parliament at roughly the time Keenan did, so in the end it probably wouldn’t have made any difference. O’Neil was paired with Vasta at that stage, though.

  24. There was a great tweet this morning about Pyne on RN this morning. Can’t find it now and have to leave in a sec, but it said something like:

    Pyne: Dastyari didn’t break any rules but he has to go, and there’s nothing wrong with political donations.

    He’s just a chattering parrot. I don’t think he knows exactly what he’s saying half the time, as long as it hits the right marks and accuses the ALP of something.

  25. So sad to learn of the passing of Richard Neville, co-founder of Oz Magazine amongst many things. I have to say that Oz Magazine in the 1960s helped articulate the restlessness I was feeling against the mindless conformity of Australian public life then.

    It is a curious thing perhaps in the cycle of life experience that we have reached something like that state of things in political life today. We do have the release of social media, the WWW, and blogs to search out better information and ideas. Back in the 60s, Oz seemed to be the first breakout to me. Of course, there were others such as Nation and tiny literary magazines but you had to learn about them.

    We lost Bob Ellis, a contributor then to Oz, a little while back, and co-founder of Oz Martin Sharp a bit earlier. I think co-founder Richard Walsh still survives, but time is catching all of us.

    RIP Richard Neville.

  26. From the Climate Council

    Dear This Little Black Duck,

    They’re rebels with a cause.

    Today two of the Government’s top climate advisors have broken ranks to voice their disagreement with a report on Australia’s international climate change commitments.

    Here’s the inside scoop: last week the Climate Change Authority (which is supposed to be an independent Government agency) released a report setting out how Australia should meet its obligations under the Paris climate agreement.

    Sounds good in theory – but in reality the report’s plan for emissions reduction is woefully inadequate, and completely disregards the science.

    Now, two of the Authority’s 10 members are speaking out. Climate scientist David Karoly and economist Clive Hamilton have released a dissenting report highlighting their disagreements with the Authority’s recommendations.

    It’s not the first time there’s been dissent in the ranks either – many of the original Climate Change Authority members resigned after they weren’t being listened to, and were replaced by members who were strong on political connections but short on scientific expertise and understanding.

    The dissenting report is a damning critique – slamming the official report’s failure to recommend strengthening our current emissions target, or the Renewable Energy Target. The Climate Change Authority won’t go near this dissenting report, but we’ve published it in full on the Climate Council website for every Australian to see.

    Sadly, it’s clear that we can’t rely on the Government to provide independent scientific information. We experienced that first hand when the Climate Commission was abolished by the Abbott Government.

    Because of people like you chipping in, we were able to keep going as the Climate Council. Because of you, we are able to provide a platform for dissenting voices to speak out about Australia’s climate policy.

    A strong, independent voice for science is more important than ever. If you believe the public deserve to hear the facts, then please help fund the Climate Council’s ongoing work by chipping in $5 a week.

    It’s vital that Australia’s climate response be grounded in the best available science and yet at every turn, avenues for independent, science-based advice are being undermined. From gutting funding for CSIRO climate research to censoring UNESCO reports to renewable energy budget cuts – it’s clear that science is under attack.

    If you’re as angry and disturbed by all this as I am, let’s all chip in to keep standing up for science.

    Thank you,
    Professor Will Steffen

    Climate Councillor
    Emeritus Professor, ANU

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