Melbourne cup sweep 2016

melbourne-cup-packages-2016

The 24 Horses are finalized. Barrier draw is done jockeys picked All that needs to be done now is to get “The Pubs” 2016 Melbourne cup sweep going. The first 24 people to ask for a ticket will go into the draw which I will conduct after all places are filled. Entry is free and first prize will be a $50 BWS voucher or similar from your local bottle shop. A form guide is below the sweep if you wish to check out your horses chances  and Last years race is there if you wish to watch Michelle Payne win on Prince of Penzance.

Names will go into the sweep below after the draw .Good Luck

No Punter  Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty
1 Mrsbrianmcisme  BIG ORANGE (GB) Michael Bell Jamie Spencer  7 57kg
2  BK OUR IVANHOWE (GER) Lee & Anthony Freedman Dwayne Dunn  6 57kg
3  Pol animal CURREN MIROTIC (JPN) Osamu Hirata Tommy Berry  18 56.5kg
4 Kampong Palmer Trev  BONDI BEACH (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore  5 56kg
5 Aguirre  EXOSPHERIC (GB) Lee & Anthony Freedman Damien Oliver  13 56kg
6  Kambah mick HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea James McDonald 12 56kg
7  georgeousdunny1 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman  20 56kg
8 RAZZ  WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) William Mullins Frankie Dettori  24 56kg
9  scorpio ALMOONQITH (USA) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker  19 54.5kg
10 kaffeeklatscher  GALLANTE (IRE) Robert Hickmott Blake Shinn  2 54.5kg
11 jaeger GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller Ben Melham  9 54.5kg
12  T.L.B.D JAMEKA Ciaron Maher Nicholas Hall  3 54.5kg 2.0kg
13  ck watt HEARTBREAK CITY (FR) Tony Martin Joao Moreira  23 54kg
14  Puffy SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) John P Thompson Blake Spriggs  14 54kg 1.5kg
15  Sim EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Vlad Duric  21 53.5kg
16  Kambah Micks oh

 

 

BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor Damian Lane  1 52.5kg
17  ejames ALMANDIN (GER) Robert Hickmott Kerrin McEvoy  17 52kg 1.0kg
18  brianmcisme ASSIGN (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ms Katelyn Mallyon  22 52kg 1.0kg
19 2 Gravel GREY LION (IRE) Matt Cumani Glen Boss  16 52kg
20  Bilko OCEANOGRAPHER (GB) Charlie Appleby Chad Schofield  11 52kg 1.0kg
21  puffys mum SECRET NUMBER (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor Stephen Baster 10 52kg
22 jaycee  PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler Mark Du Plessis  4 51.5kg
23 Haveachat  QEWY (IRE) Charlie Appleby Craig Williams  15 51.5kg 0.5kg
24 Fiona ROSE OF VIRGINIA (NZ) Lee & Shannon Hope Ben E Thompson(a)  8 51kg

 

1. Big Orange (7)

(GB)
J: JAMIE SPENCER
T: MICHAEL BELL
W: 57KG
PREDICTION: 8TH
Odds: $17
Rating:
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COMMENT: Comes into the race in good form winning 2 x G2 in England. Led and stuck on very well in Melb Cup last year finishing 5th. Will make own luck and stable are confident of a big run. Winning chance.

2. Our Ivanhowe (6)

(GER)
J: DWAYNE DUNN
T: LEE & ANTHONY FREEDMAN
W: 57KG
PREDICTION: 4TH
Odds: $41
Rating:
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COMMENT: Has been going through his gears leading into race. Big run in the Caulf Cup last start suggesting 3200m will be perfect for him. Unlucky runner in Melb Cup last year and has similar conditions this year. Barrier is kind and will get a good run. Big chance. Good e/w odds.

3. Curren Mirotic (18)

(JPN)
J: TOMMY BERRY
T: OSAMU HIRATA
W: 56.5KG
PREDICTION: 22ND
Odds: $31
Rating:
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COMMENT: Comes into the race out of form and 9YO so improvement is unlikely. The only plus is he will make his own luck on speed and Japanese horses have always gone well in our big races but his track work/form says he can’t win. Others better.

4. Bondi Beach (5)

(IRE)
J: RYAN MOORE
T: AIDAN O’BRIEN
W: 56KG
PREDICTION: 5TH
Odds: $9.00
Rating:
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COMMENT: Lightly raced consistent stayer with plenty of upside. Comes into race on the back of two good runs in Irish G3’s with the step up to 3200m to suit. Luckless in last years Melb Cup where he hit the line well when he got room. Looks a big chance.

5. Exospheric (13)

(GB)
J: DAMIEN OLIVER
T: LEE & ANTHONY FREEDMAN
W: 56KG
PREDICTION: 11TH
Odds: $19
Rating:
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COMMENT: Ran a good third in Caulf Cup last start where he stuck on well. Based on Caulf Cup run the 3200m looks a concern and other Internationals come in with better form. Happy to leave out.

6. Hartnell (12)

(GB)
J: JAMES MCDONALD
T: JOHN O’SHEA
W: 56KG
PREDICTION: 6TH
Odds: $5.00
Rating:
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COMMENT: Devastating win in the G1 Turnbull before a distant 2nd to Winx in Cox Plate. Deserving favourite based on Turnbull win and has a lot of class but the 3200m is a query after finishing 15th in Melb Cup last year, despite being unlucky he didn’t hit the line with too much authority. Big chance but better value elsewhere.

7. Who Shot Thebarman (20)

(NZ)
J: HUGH BOWMAN
T: CHRIS WALLER
W: 56KG
PREDICTION: 15TH
Odds: $34
Rating:
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COMMENT: Looked the winner in the MV Cup before being run down. Ticking along nicely and gets the 3200m. 4th in Melb Cup last year so has to be respected. Place chance.

8. Wicklow Brave (24)

(GB)
J: FRANKIE DETTORI
T: WILLIAM MULLINS
W: 56KG
PREDICTION: 9TH
Odds: $18
Rating:
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COMMENT: Last start G1 Irish St Leger winner who has won 6 times over 3200m. Strong gallant stayer who will run a big race but will need some luck from outside barrier. Guaranteed to get the trip and will give a good site. Good e/w bet.

9. Almoonqith (19)

(USA)
J: MICHAEL WALKER
T: D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
W: 54.5KG
PREDICTION: 12TH
Odds: $21
Rating:
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COMMENT: Has to be respected on his Caulf Cup run when he hit the line well late. If he can get a good run from the wide barrier he has the turn of foot to win but can be a hit or miss horse. Place chance.

10. Gallante (2)

(IRE)
J: BLAKE SHINN
T: ROBERT HICKMOTT
W: 54.5KG
PREDICTION: 20TH
Odds: $67
Rating:
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COMMENT: Good run in the Naturalism behind Jameka two starts ago before a very disappointing run in MV Cup. Won this years Sydney Cup over 3200m which is a plus but on his last start its hard to have him. Take on trust.

11. Grand Marshal (9)

(GB)
J: BEN MELHAM
T: CHRIS WALLER
W: 54.5KG
PREDICTION: 13TH
Odds: $34
Rating:
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COMMENT: Didn’t look to be going too well until a good MV Cup win. Has won Sydney Cup over 3200m so he will stay the distance but will need rain to be a winning chance. Place chance at best. Comes right into the race if he gets a wet track though.
12. Jameka (3)
J: NICHOLAS HALL
T: CIARON MAHER
W: 54.5KG
PREDICTION: 7TH
Odds: $8.00
Rating:
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COMMENT: Impressive Caulf Cup winner. 3200m looks ideal despite breeding saying otherwise. Has had a few small set backs and her odds are on the drift but on her Caulf Cup win she looks hard to beat. Good winning chance.

13. Heartbreak City (23)

(FR)
J: JOAO MOREIRA
T: TONY MARTIN
W: 54KG
PREDICTION: 3RD
Odds: $15
Rating:
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COMMENT: Huge win in the Ebor Handicap last start and before that another good win in the Galway Hurdle. Comes into the race in very good form and he will definitely get the distance. Has a good turn of foot for an out and out stayer but will need luck from barrier. Big winning chance.

14. Sir John Hawkwood (14)

(IRE)
J: BLAKE SPRIGGS
T: JOHN P THOMPSON
W: 54KG
PREDICTION: 21ST
Odds: $81
Rating:
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COMMENT: Good win in the G1 Metrop before disappointing run in Caulf Cup. Untried at the distance which is a concern and hard to have him on last run. Unlikely to figure.

15. Excess Knowledge (21)

(GB)
J: VLAD DURIC
T: GAI WATERHOUSE & ADRIAN BOTT
W: 53.5KG
PREDICTION: 18TH
Odds: $71
Rating:
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COMMENT: Ticking a long okay this prep. Looked the winner in last years Melb Cup at big odds before finishing 7th but was going better this time last year. Place chance at best.

16. Beautiful Romance (1)

(GB)
J: DAMIAN LANE
T: SAEED BIN SUROOR
W: 52.5KG
PREDICTION: 19TH
Odds: $67
Rating:
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COMMENT: Stuck on well in the listed Nayef Stakes in GB last start running 3rd. First up in Melb Cup and other Internationals look better but gets inside barrier and will get an easy run but will need a lot to go his way to win. Happy to leave out.

17. Almandin (17)

(GER)
J: KERRIN MCEVOY
T: ROBERT HICKMOTT
W: 52KG
PREDICTION: 1ST
Odds: $16
Rating:
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COMMENT: Lightly raced stayer. Awesome/easy win last start in G3 at Flem over 2500m when eased down. Gets into the Melb Cup low in the weights and has been set for the race. With luck from barrier he looks very hard to beat. Our top pick. Very good e/w bet.

18. Assign (22)

(IRE)
J: KATELYN MALLYON
T: ROBERT HICKMOTT
W: 52KG
PREDICTION: 17TH
Odds: $71
Rating:
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COMMENT: Won a weak Herbert Power last start but race has been a good form line for Melb Cup’s. Drawn poorly and looks to be 3rd best from stable in the race. Will need a lot to go right for him to figure. Place chance at best.

19. Grey Lion (16)

(IRE)
J: GLEN BOSS
T: MATT CUMANI
W: 52KG
PREDICTION: 14TH
Odds: $31
Rating:
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COMMENT: Was gallant running 2nd in Geelong Cup last start where he had a better run than Qewy and was still beaten. Before that he didn’t look to stay 3000m in France G2 so distance is big query. Prefer others.

20. Oceanographer (11)

(GB)
J: CHAD SCHOFIELD
T: CHARLIE APPLEBY
W: 52KG
PREDICTION: 2ND
Odds: $7.00
Rating:
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COMMENT: Scintillating win in Lexus Stakes and looks like he will relish 3200m. Godolphin did everything to get him into field which says a lot. Has to race 3 times in 2 weeks but if he backs up he looks hard to hold out. Big chance.

21. Secret Number (10)

(GB)
J: STEPHEN BASTER
T: SAEED BIN SUROOR
W: 52KG
PREDICTION: 16TH
Odds: $34
Rating:
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COMMENT: Good win/place record in questionable form races but looks like he will get the distance. Has only raced twice in 12 months which is a concern but with light weight and a decent turn of foot he could surprise. Place chance.

22. Pentathlon (4)

(NZ)
J: MARK DU PLESSIS
T: JOHN WHEELER
W: 51.5KG
PREDICTION: 23RD
Odds: $101
Rating:
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COMMENT: Nothing in his form says he is good enough to win this race. Well beaten in Lexus Stakes last start where he dropped out of race. Can’t see him in the finish and odds support that.

23. Qewy (15)

(IRE)
J: CRAIG WILLIAMS
T: CHARLIE APPLEBY
W: 51.5KG
PREDICTION: 10TH
Odds: $21
Rating:
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COMMENT: All the way winner in Geelong Cup holding off rivals. Will run on the speed and make his own luck and has placed 3 times over distance in 3 starts. Rock hard fit stayer who looks over the odds. Good e/w chance.

24. Rose Of Virginia (8)

(NZ)
J: BEN THOMPSON
T: LEE & SHANNON HOPE
W: 51KG
PREDICTION: 24TH
Odds: $101
Rating:
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COMMENT: Rank outsider of the field and deservingly so. There is nothing to suggest she can go close in this race. Can’t win.

 

 

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676 thoughts on “Melbourne cup sweep 2016

  1. eJames

    Ukraine was all about which set of oligarch crooks ran the place. Vlad may be bad but it would have been way worse without him. Under the rule of Boris the Sot the oligarchs ran wild. Vlad stopped that.

    • Seriously, how hard can it be to say “mea culpa” – and pin the blame on those “for” Brexit that bailed as soon as it passed?

      “A noble, but ill-considered cause” etc. etc.

  2. The Son’s Heritage.

    Bleached, white bones all awry,
    Road-kill bared to the open sky.
    The windmill there clunks and sighs
    The windmill where beside it lies.
    Golden wheat on the paddock rise,
    Golden heat in summer skies pummel the cloth of countryside.

    The whitened bones.
    The mill that groans.
    The crop all golden , all golden shon’
    That leads the eye on and on,
    And on under the aching sun,
    From an empty soul all forlorn,
    With regret of the place to which he is born.

  3. Good morning (at last!) Dawn Patrollers. It took a lot of time to pull this lot together. Happy reading!

    Jack Waterford writes that Turnbull’s ship of state is drifting as he searches for his compass. A very good read.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/ship-of-state-drifts-as-malcolm-turnbull-searches-for-his-compass-20161103-gshsce.html
    Paula Matthewson on yet another week of political chaos.
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2016/11/04/chaos-senate/
    Apart from this article from Dennis Shanahan on Turnbull being painted into a corner by Shorten The Australian is at its right wing best today. Google.
    opinion/columnists/dennis-shanahan/bill-shorten-paints-malcolm-turnbull-into-corner-on-agenda/news-story/e16bf9d7b3f98d75f162789d682e8c6f
    Paul Bongiorno on the efforts of Rudd and Abbott to spite Turnbull.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2016/11/05/rudd-and-abbott-return-spite-turnbull/14782644003932
    Andrew Street wonders what in the hell is wrong with Australian minor parties. Why do they nominate hilarious duds he asks.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/view-from-the-street/what-the-hell-is-wrong-with-australias-minor-parties-20161104-gsi1r7.html
    And in a similar vein – the unstoppable rise of political nongdom.
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2016/11/04/one-nation-senate-chaos/
    Michaela Whitbourn joins the fray and lines up Day and Culleton as she talks about the political trough of privilege.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/bob-day-and-rod-culleton-the-latest-in-a-long-line-of-politicians-at-the-trough-of-privilege-20161104-gsi1y9.html
    This is all we need! Al Qaeda terror threats for the US election.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-election/fbi-and-new-york-police-probe-terror-threat-on-eve-of-presidential-election-20161104-gsinar.html
    How will the incoming Chairman of Ardent Leisure handle the Dreamworld crisis?
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/property/ardent-leisures-new-chairman-faces-big-challenges-20161103-gsh5yb.html
    Michael Gordon gets stuck into Turnbull and Dutton over immigration/refugee policy.
    http://www.theage.com.au/comment/a-policy-as-full-of-holes-as-a-leaky-boat-20161104-gsi0hy.html
    As does Karen Middleton!
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2016/11/05/contradictions-duttons-refugee-life-ban/14782644003944

  4. Elizabeth Farrelly rips into Mike Baird.

    There’s never been a better time to protest in the streets
    “Protest, I say. Loud and long. It’s easy to feel your voice doesn’t matter these days. But protest is a force and, generally, a force for good”
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/theres-never-been-a-better-time-to-protest-in-the-streets-20161027-gsbxwx.html

    Hear! Hear! If only more self-centred NS Welshpersons would take to the streets. Lord knows there’s more than enough to protest about. But these days everyone is too concerned with the tiny world inside the walls of their renovated slum cottage in Chippendale or MacMansion in The Hills to care about anything else. Shame on them!

  5. Section 2 . . .

    A petition from 114 public figures in support of a free parliamentary vote for SSM adds fuel to the fire to dump the plebiscite.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/nov/05/public-figures-call-on-government-to-hold-free-vote-on-same-sex-marriage
    The AFR has advice to pensioners as the new assessment rules are set to come into play. Google.
    /image/v1/373ca4dd0226ace24ccfc2e443394ec6
    Can Trump actually win? Perish the thought!
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-election/omalleys-trump-weekend-feature-can-he-win-20161103-gshqjh.html
    Five (tongue in cheek) reasons Americans should vote for Trump.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/five-reasons-americans-should-vote-for-donald-trump-20161103-gshtdn.html
    Laurie Oakes writes about the wierd, weird US presidential campaign. Google.
    /news/opinion/laurie-oakes/laurie-oakes-what-a-weird-weird-us-presidential-campaign/news-story/849ec9fe6ec4dcbed1ccd3f4f489d83d
    Paul McGeough gets down to the real problem. America’s democracy is broken and they can’t fix it. It’s a brilliant and informative exposition.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-election/forget-clinton-and-trump–americas-democracy-is-broken-and-they-cant-fix-it-20161103-gshl3c.html
    McGeough reckons Clinton will get up.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-election/us-election-2016-donald-trumps-twin-claims-debunked-by-new-documents-and-polling-20161103-gshrqj.html
    If Trump wins we will enter a new age of darkness according to this writer.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/04/if-donald-trump-wins-new-age-endarkenment
    Trump – the demon spawn of Murdoch and News Corp.
    https://newmatilda.com/2016/11/05/donald-j-trump-the-love-child-of-news-corporation/
    The Saturday Paper looks at the rejection of George Pell’s evidence to the CA Royal Commission. A very good read.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/religion/2016/11/05/george-pell-evidence-rejected-royal-commission-counsel-submissions
    The NSW Deputy Police Commissioner is likely to receive an adverse finding after the controversial bugging inquiry.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/deputy-police-commissioner-catherine-burn-likely-to-face-adverse-finding-letter-reveals-20161104-gsiiyn.html

  6. Section 3 . . .

    David Leyonhjelm again shows he is a man without scruples.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/nov/04/david-leyonhjelm-calls-for-repeal-of-18c-in-return-for-his-vote-on-industrial-relations
    Elizabeth Farrelly dismounts the Turnbull bandwagon as she writes that Australia has gone from the lucky country to the cruel country.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/australias-fall-from-lucky-country-to-cruel-country-20161102-gsgvwq.html
    Yesterday’s Federal Court dismissal of the QUT 18c case has emboldened MPs to push harder for change.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/queensland-university-of-technology-case-thrown-out-as-18c-inquiry-looms-20161103-gshurj.html
    Here’s Katherine Murphy’s take on the decision and what it does and does not mean.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/nov/04/qut-racial-discrimination-and-why-the-liberals-fight-over-18c-will-lead-to-a-sequel
    Michelle Grattan the heat is still high on the 18c issue.
    https://theconversation.com/18c-case-against-students-dismissed-but-conservatives-push-for-change-continues-68246
    Tony Windsor writes that it’s time we all got politics out of education policy.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2016/11/05/time-get-the-politics-out-education-policy/14782644003940
    We now have more unskilled jobseekers than jobs for the unskilled. And we have Turnbull’s draconian policies.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/jobs-snapshot-shows-less-jobs-than-jobseekers-under-turnbulls-policies,9686
    Mike Seccombe digs into the truth about our flawed welfare system. A typically thorough contribution from Seccombe.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2016/11/05/the-truth-about-claims-faulty-welfare-system/14782644003943
    You have to feel for Scott Ludlam. I hope he comes through this OK.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/greens-senator-scott-ludlam-takes-leave-to-fight-depression-and-anxiety-20161104-gsicny.html

  7. Section 4 . . .

    Ross Gittins has penned an article on the politics of taxation reform.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/elections-cast-doubt-over-assumptions-on-tax-reform-20161104-gshx08.html
    The slow death of critical thinking in Australia.
    https://newmatilda.com/2016/11/05/bugger-the-journalism-the-slow-death-of-critical-thinking-in-australia/
    Now the “cash strapped” ABS is shedding another 150 jobs. What next?
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/public-service/cashstrapped-australian-bureau-of-statistics-forced-to-cut-150-jobs-20161103-gshtu1.html
    The camera catches out hypocrite Day and Birmingham at the Day School of Rorts. Doug Cameron is right onto it.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/the-pictures-that-question-ministers-claim-he-didnt-know-of-bob-days-role-at-trades-school-20161104-gsi0cg.html
    The Turnbull government has announced a significant national scheme for compensation for child sexual abuse victims. Unfortunately the perpetrating entities can choose not to opt in.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/turnbull-government-announces-massive-compensation-scheme-for-sex-abuse-victims-20161104-gsi5cv.html
    Good work from the government to crack down on Norfolk Island’s online gambling shenanigans.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/beyond-redemption-turnbull-government-shuts-down-gambling-body-amid-corruption-fears-20161104-gshzu8.html
    Senate crossbenchers are finding themselves more valuable than ever. Google.
    /news/politics/senate-crossbenchers-find-they-are-more-valuable-than-ever-20161103-gshisz
    Would Turnbull’s ABCC prevent this? Thought not.
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/teenager-was-inducted-as-carpenter-before-serious-worksite-accident-20161104-gsi3gr.html
    More from Adele Ferguson on the blight of worker exploitation.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations/caltex-owner-spills-beans-on-service-stations-20161103-gshnwx.html
    Woolworths has scored an “own goal” in its defence of the ACCC allegations. Google.
    /business/retail/woolworths-scores-own-goal-defending-accc-allegations-20161103-gshkm3
    The head of the Safe Schools program hits out.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2016/11/05/exclusive-safe-schools-head-roz-ward-speaks/14782644003946
    Stephen Koukoulas asks whether the Aussie economy is back on track for growth.
    https://thekouk.com/item/415-is-the-aussie-economy-back-on-track-for-growth.html

  8. Section 5 . . . with Cartoon Corner

    The ATO is trying to crush a whistleblower with a huge legal bill.
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/public-service/tax-office-tries-to-crush-whistleblower-with-88000-legal-bill-20161103-gshsll.html

    Ron Tandberg on the child sexual abuse compensation scheme.

    David Rowe previews the US election.

    Alan Moir does a great Barnaby Joyce!
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/alan-moir-20150921-gjrcxr.html
    David Pope with an ominous view of the US.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/act-news/david-pope-20120214-1t3j0
    Mark Knight with yet another disappointed customer of Bob Day.
    http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/e2b52695819e82feac7a0867e7632f60?width=1024
    And yet again Bill Leak goes after Gillian Triggs.
    http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/373ca4dd0226ace24ccfc2e443394ec6

  9. The dialogue in that Leak cartoon demonstrates the dearth of capacity to deliver a comprehensible story-line in a condensed and intelligent manner…”Can draw a little, can’t explain his ideas muchl”.

  10. Hanson – the mouth from the north when it comes to bashing anyone she doesn’t care for – Labor, refugees, asylum seekers, Muslims, aborigines, single mums, the unemployed …. but when she or her party starts to cop some flak she disappears.

    Just another spineless coward, can dish it out, can’t take it when it comes her way. Runs away and hides when the going gets rough.

  11. With this news

    THE Turnbull Government is preparing to dump the booster dose of the whooping cough vaccine given to children in the first year of high school as rates of the disease nearly double.

    Also it has announced it will ditch the proposed $26 million school vaccination register that would have helped control disease outbreaks.

    http://www.news.com.au/national/politics/as-whooping-cough-rates-double-turnbull-government-wants-to-axe-booster-vaccine-for-year-7-children/news-story/0a585ab69af146da126b8c5139204631

    i wondered if Truffles is playing footsie with some anti-vaxxer nutter on the cross bench. A quick Google and come on down Senator Appalling Hanson. . has Mal sunk that low ?

    Hanson says vaccines may cause autism

    http://www.skynews.com.au/news/politics/federal/2016/07/05/hanson-says-vaccines-may-cause-autism.html
    Pauline Hanson would ‘think twice’ about vaccinating her children again because of ‘autism and cancer risks’
    https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/30540710/pauline-hanson-would-think-twice-about-vaccinating-her-children-again-because-of-cancer-and-autism-risks/#page1

    • Lying bitch.

      I bet her now adult kids were all vaccinated.

      Vaccines do not cause autism. She’s just preaching to her flock of conspiracy theorist nutters there.

  12. About vaccines –

    Although I am a very firm believer in the necessity of vaccination I have serious doubts about the benefits of Gardasil. There are too many reports of very nasty side effects for them all to be conspiracy, and production was rushed. There’s also the need for giving this vaccine at age 11 or 12 and as yet we don’t know what damage that will cause to developing hormones.

    My daughter has already decided her one year old daughter will not be having this vaccine, although as things stand now that will mean the loss of any family benefits she might be entitled to. She believes the risks are too great and I agree with her.

    Now we have our government deciding two-year checks for cancer of the cervix are not necessary – because vaccination – so it will only be done every five years. This is being spun as ‘redfucing pressure on medical services’ and ‘sparing women the need for going through the test every two years’. It’s no big deal, as medical tests go. I’ve had far worse.

    This is a Very Big Mistake. As a survivor of this cancer, diagnosed almost too late, despite me being meticulous about having a check-up every two years, I can tell you bad things can happen in two years, deaths may well results from the stupid five year policy. Gardasil does not protect against all forms of this cancer. Some would argue it only gives short-term protection from HPV. Cutting back on testing is wrong.

  13. 60 years today since the British and French landed at Port Said (forcing Tlbd to take the long way around on the first of his travels).

  14. BK

    From what little I have read it seems that there is no ground swell of people caring about this issue only the rwnj mob. Many people wouldn’t even know what it was all about.

  15. I just watched Di Natale’s stump speech on asylum seekers.

    If there was ever needed a quiet considered front while the backrooms of the opposition parties and independents worked out a united targeted campaign to stymie the latest bastardry of the Coalation gov’t, it is now.

    • pauciflora – few flowers?!

      We have some and they’re nice enough – but I want to replace them with native plants.
      (Ditto the Murraya, Duranta and other exotics in the garden.)

  16. joe6pack:

    It seems that the “Reply” option only appears on regular comments, not replies to comments. i.e. I can’t reply to a reply.

    Does that make sense?

    Cheers!

  17. There has been a bit of a Twitter kerfuffle over the last few days about the release of next year’s parliamentary sitting calendar. It seems there will be 18 sitting weeks.

    This is not as bad as it sounds.

    You’ll have to Google these, (“parliament sitting calendar”, add year of choice) because they are only available on download now, but –
    In 2012, a year when there were no elections and a Labor government with a very full agenda parliament sat for 19 weeks.
    In 2014, under the Abbott government, parliament sat for 21 weeks. (And nothing was achieved.)

    I include all sitting weeks in those counts, whether or not it was both houses or just one.

    So 18 weeks is not something to get all het up about.

    It’s not the days sitting that counts. it’s what parliament does with their time that matters. As Fizza has been PM for over a year now and has achieved bugger all, and has had to put off the bills that caused the DD because they won’t get through the senate it looks very much as if we are in for another year of bugger-all. If parliament sat every weekday for a full year it still wouldn’t make any difference, this government is dead in the water, useless, completely ineffectual. If they last until July I’ll be surprised.

    Sometimes I get so fed up with Twitter, there are too many twits eager to make mountains out of nothing at all.

    • If a “Library of Congress” is a unit of measure, sure a “sitting calendar” can be a thing (for vanishingly small things.)

  18. jaeger

    Re “[if only the USA would catch up]:” . This really did make me laugh at the time. The Doh ! meant parachute deployment would happen ………………………after it went SPLAT !

    NASA lost a $125 million Mars orbiter because a Lockheed Martin engineering team used English units of measurement while the agency’s team used the more conventional metric system for a key spacecraft operation, according to a review finding released Thursday.

    The units mismatch prevented navigation information from transferring between the Mars Climate Orbiter spacecraft team in at Lockheed Martin in Denver and the flight team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

    Lockheed Martin helped build, develop and operate the spacecraft for NASA. Its engineers provided navigation commands for Climate Orbiter’s thrusters in English units although NASA has been using the metric system predominantly since at least 1990.

    http://edition.cnn.com/TECH/space/9909/30/mars.metric.02/

    • I am mildly pleased about that. At first, I thought – given the latest debacle – that it was a case of “Oops, I did it again.”

    • Fertilizer? Soap? Soylent green?

      So many wonderful and profitable ways to make use of the unfit for life.

  19. leonetwo

    Howard found and then learned in the 1980s that openly advocating screwing medicare was a political suicide pill. This lot look determined to take one of those pills.

    • Kaffeeklatscher,

      Given Howard had control of the Senate in his 2004-2007 term, it says something – not a lot, given WorkChoices – but something, for his political judgment that he did not take the opportunity to abolish/privatise Medicare.

      It doesn’t say anything for the character of the man.

  20. Fiona

    Howard is the George Bush and Tony Blah of Australia. All mark the point at which each nation turned to shite..

    • Kaffeeklatscher.

      Yes. The same can sort of be said of America, though it dates back to Reagan’s election. Ditto the UK with Thatcher.

  21. As someone who was the recipient of an ARC PhD scholarship, this is really worrying:

    http://www.arc.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/panel-advise-selection-next-australian-research-council-ceo

    Just think about Larrikin Marshall, the current “CEO” of CSIRO – an institution established by Ben Chifley’s government, promoted (gasp!) by the Menzies government, and subsequent administrations.

    Until the undoing began – quite a lot under Howard, then a devastation by Abbott, and now Turnbull.

    I have been lucky enough to know many CSIRO scientists. They have all been, without exception, exemplary practitioners of their various professions, who have made major contributions not just to Australia but to the knowledge base of the world.

    This is deliberate vandalism that takes its progenitor model to a terrifying level.

  22. Symptoms of their illness.

    The suicide rate among U.S. middle school students doubled from 2007 to 2014, surpassing for the first time the incidence of youngsters aged 10 to 14 who died in car crashes, a federal report released on Thursday said.

    The steady seven-year rise in middle school suicides, from an annual rate of 0.9 to 2.1 per 100,000,

    http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/11/04/more-us-middle-school-students-dying-suicide-than-car-crashes.html

  23. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Mark Kenny says that politics is starting to look like war – and we are the losers.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/all-noisy-on-the-western-front-but-to-what-end-20161103-gshkqy.html
    Katherine Murphy says that with opponents inside and out there is no plain sailing for Turnbull.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/nov/05/with-opponents-inside-and-out-theres-no-plain-sailing-for-malcolm-turnbull
    The privatisation of Medibank is going well. Scandalous!
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/medibank-continues-embarrassing-streak-of-record-complaints-to-the-private-health-insurance-ombudsman-20161105-gsiq0g.html
    Adam Gartrell gives us the drum on GPs uniting on the pathology deal to form another front in Turnbull’s health war.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/new-front-in-malcolm-turnbulls-health-war-as-doctors-unite-on-pathology-deal-20161105-gsisq3.html
    The Age comes out with a blistering editorial saying that Trump is manifestly unfit for office. It says it all.
    http://www.theage.com.au/comment/the-age-editorial/editorial-donald-trumps-message-of-hatred-and-blame-tears-at-americas-fabric-20161103-gsh6n5.html
    It turns out Melania Trump worked illegally in the US.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-election/melania-trump-worked-illegally-as-model-during-first-weeks-in-us-20161105-gsixh4.html
    Will the Latinos get Clinton over the line?
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-election/hillary-clinton-appears-to-gain-late-momentum-on-surge-of-latino-voters-20161105-gsixlq.html
    Nick O’Malley writes that the Republican Party’s slide into authoritarianism under Trump makes it unworthy.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-election/republicans-slide-into-authoritarianism-under-donald-trump-makes-party-unworthy-20161104-gsioba.html
    A rather touchy Turnbull defends his DD call.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/nov/05/malcolm-turnbull-says-senate-chaos-predictions-based-on-mythology
    It’s past time for a good cleanout of Australian cricket. Starting with Rod Marsh!
    http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/prolific-proteas-leave-steve-smith-and-australia-battling-to-keep-head-above-water-20161105-gsiuqk.html

  24. Section 2 . . .

    A significant number of US states are voting to legalise marijuana. Should Australia do the same?
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/we-need-to-talk-about-legalising-marijuana-its-time-20161103-gsh2q3.html
    David Penberthy justifiably sinks the boot into the posturing hypocrite Bob Day. Google.
    /news/opinion/political-posturing-an-affront-to-victims-of-collapse-of-former-senator-bob-days-building-group/news-story/8693d815a0b5c49c61b7e09fde2aae1a
    $2400 a year for youth soccer player registration? You’ve gotta be joking!
    http://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/nsw-youth-football-registration-fees-prompt-questions-about-club-funding-models-20161103-gsh8pd.html
    Peter Martin exposes the massive free trade deal we’ve not really heard about. Why all the secrecy?
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/and-you-thought-the-tpp-was-secret-the-regional-comprehensive-economic-partnership-is-even-worse-20161104-gsiaaw.html
    Annabel Crabbe writes a reasonable article on the effects of tiny events on political outcomes.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/senate-bloc-the-big-winner-from-peoplepowered-preferences-is-pauline-hanson-20161104-gshyji.html
    Peter Wicks has another dip at The Australian rewriting the history of Jacksonville.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/erase-rewind-rewriting-jacksonville-and-hsu-history-with-the-australian,9693
    Obviously Italy in some part is still in the Dark Age.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/05/italian-priest-blames-earthquakes-on-gay-civil-unions
    Is Turnbull the anti-FD Roosevelt?
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/is-malcolm-turnbull-the-antifranklin-d-roosevelt-20161026-gsbhbz.html
    Banks are crab-walking away from regional centres. Google.
    /news/south-australia/bank-cite-lower-patronage-and-customers-increase-use-of-online-mobile-banking-in-nationwide-closure-of-regional-bank-branches/news-story/4c51572b279d4b90ae2b5fd0634c0a97
    Too little too late I’m afraid!
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/marist-to-create-permanent-memorial-hold-healing-ceremony-for-abuse-victims-20161103-gsh4fj.html
    Inside Turnbull’s outer ministry.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/inside-turnbulls-outer-ministry,9684

  25. Section 3 . . . with a paltry Cartoon Corner

    Samsung can’t take a trick! Now it’s recalling millions of “exploding” washing machines. These particular machines were not available in Australia though.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/11/04/samsung-to-recall-millions-of-exploding-washing-machines/?utm_hp_ref=au-homepage

    An editorial artist’s dilemma.

    And another News Ltd cartoonist has a crack at Gillian Triggs. Mark night this time.
    http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/616a2f002a1e61cd0fdf53209e312f5d?width=1024

  26. I’m uncertain if I have posted this piece sometime here in the past..if I have, please let me know, if not..read on!

    Proverb : Knots well tied are easiest undone.

    Parable : Richard Hocking gingerly poled the punt off the bank of the Murray River with the butt-end of the oar. The Mid-wife comforted and settled Mrs.Grace Hocking as best as possible in the cramped craft. Considering the advanced state of her labour, this was no easy task for either woman.
    Grace groaned with another prolonged contraction.

    “There, dear..It’s near now, we’ll soon be over the river and at the hospital”. The mid-wife soothed.

    Now, in those days, the government, in its’ kindness, gave a family an endowment of five pounds for every child born. In the years of the great depression, five quid went a long way..with the Hocking family, it went the whole hog!..Fivers weren’t something you came across every day, so it had already been earmarked for some desperately needed items for that family that lived in a wheat-bag tent on the” wrong side of the river”.

    Richard Hocking was standing in the punt as he rowed across the river, so he hadn’t noticed the mid-wife subtly cajole his wife into signing a document that granted the said five pounds to her ; the mid-wife, for “services rendered”…never mind that she was already in the pay of the government hospital ! Grace hocking was in no state of mind to contend what she had groggily signed her name to.

    The mistake the mid-wife made was to hold the freshly signed document away and up to the sun for the ink to dry and in doing so inadvertently displayed the treachery to the curious gaze of Richard Hocking, whose face was only inches away from the paper as he rowed the punt across the river.

    “Five quid!” He cried as he snatched the paper.

    The mid-wife froze with her arm still outstretched, mouth slightly agape and a sharp gasp sprung to her lips.

    “Mr. Hocking!..Now give that back this instant. That is a legal document and it is mine!” She demanded.

    Richard looked at the document, then at the mid-wife. An angry smile came to his lips.

    “Then swim for it!” and he screwed the paper up and flicked it into the river.

    “Ahh! You can’t do that!” the midwife cried and with both hands gripping the gunwale of the punt, watched the ball of paper drift away and sink.

    “Consider it done!” Richard smiled gleefully.

    “Then..then I’ll not attend your wife!”

    “Ohhh!..” groaned Gracie.

    Then we’ll stay right here on the river!” shouted Richard as he flung the oars into the punt.

    “Ohhhh….” wailed Gracie again..and at this point nature intervened and a baby girl was born in the punt on the middle of the Murray River.

    Five quid went a long way in the great depression.

  27. This is a real ‘combination’ – ‘Wantabe Wilfred Burchett’ John Pilger and Julian Assange.

    The rage of the impotent?

    Mr Pilger asked if Mr Assange believed that “this notorious jihadist group, called Isil or Isis, is created largely with money from people who are giving money to the Clinton Foundation”

    “Yes,” Mr Assange replied.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/julian-assange-clinton-foundation-isis-same-money-saudi-arabia-qatar-funding-a7397211.html

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