Treading Water


dog-treading-water-slide.jpgI don’t know about you but i feel like we are just treading water waiting for the next election.

It’s like washing machine  at the moment . The Coalition try something to get a poll bounce, the media get all excited,Labor don’t say or do much ,whatever the big issue was dies away until the next big issue comes along. Rinse and repeat.


The ssm marriage issue has died down basically because after all the hysteria most people don’t give a shit what other people do in their love life and everyone knows what the result of this waste of money poll will be.


Dual citizenship  ineligibility is a big yawn but I will ask why Ignorance of the law is no excuse for any other offence why should it be any different for the entitled. I also note no labor pollies are caught up in this despite I bet the best efforts of the conservative forces to find some  Alp member to blame. How much Money have the lawyers made from this .


Power is all the go this week but something else will along come soon.


It is now well into October so most of Australia will now be focusing on the big races, then the end of the school term ,Christmas /New Year holidays and then the start of the next year .There are a few elections coming up next year so things will heat up a bit .

Maybe it’s a good time to chill.






470 thoughts on “Treading Water

  1. A large chunk of an excerpt from an account by a woman who was the only person on her bus to survive the Christchurch earthquake. She went on and has made a huge difference in NZ and elsewhere. The section I selected was the part that shows the kindness of strangers. We need to keep being reminded of such things.

    ……….The sounds stop. I don’t hear chunks, I feel them. On my left hip. Chunks don’t clatter or clunk. They push. They press. They crush. The bus roof and my left hip fuse, become one.

    Pelvis breaks. More than once. All sounds, all scents, all colours fuse.

    Pain. Lights. Flashes.

    Bright Light. I float. I watch.

    No. This is not my life. This is not me. This is not an acceptable situation. I am not OK with this. This is not my story. No.

    Bright Light fades. Dark Place arrives.

    Part 2: From Dark Place to first surgery

    In the Dark Place, I feel the involuntary death throes of a 14 year old boy, a 78 year old woman, and 10 others in between. My leg, my hand, and my soul will never be the same.

    When I enter the Dark Place, I do what any rational person would do. I scream at the top of my lungs. A sizeable gang of kind souls have already started clearing the rubble off the collapsed roof of the bus. When I scream, they stop.

    They already knew I was alive, but the scream confirms it in spades. It also attracts Rick and Paddy, an ex-cop and a tunnellist, to the rescue effort. Rick heard it from 2 blocks away.

    The gang quickly sends down an emissary to ever so politely ask me to please shut up. That’s when Mike appears outside my window. He repeats over and over “we’re going to get you out. We’re going to get you out.” And they did.

    None of my rescuers was a professional first-responder. But they did an extraordinary thing that day. Doug and the gang dug a meter of bricks and concrete off the collapsed roof of the bus and ripped the roof off with their bare hands. Rick and Paddy crawled into the bus, and freed my left leg from the bus seat that was crushing it. They lifted me through a broken window. Scotty held my hand as I lay in the middle of Colombo Street. Josie splinted my left leg. Garry flagged down a truck, convinced the driver to take us to hospital, parted the already gridlocked traffic, told me jokes and stories, and delivered me to hospital. Garry stayed with me in the Emergency Department for hours, through aftershocks, sirens, power outages, and the reassuring calm of the doctors and nurses. I nearly broke his hand when they reset my leg. When the hospital kicked Garry out, he gave careful hand-holding instructions to a medical student, Adele, who stayed as I floated into and out of shock. When they took me off oxygen, she explained “They have to ration the oxygen for the second wave of survivors.” She took me up on the bet that my leg wasn’t broken. I lost. When surgeons took me away, she went home to check on her flatmates.

    The rest of Christchurch had to wait for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) to mobilize from all round the world. I had my very own Ann Search and Rescue, or ASAR for short. During two months in hospital, nearly every member of ASAR came to visit. For some it was as much for them as for me – in the hopes of easing the night sweats and incessant replays. Two sent their mums to visit, with brownies.

    • For some strange reason, this crept into my mind when I read that:

      Hercules Grytpype-Thynne, instead of offering cigarettes to smoke, gave strange items such as gorillas, brass instruments and pictures of Queen Victoria. Neddie Seagoon would often decline: “Have a Gorilla?” “No thanks, I’m trying to give them up.” Later in the show this might be followed with “Have a Gorilla?” “No thanks, I’ve just put one out.”

  2. That dual citizenship thingy is interesting.

    The government’s only line is that ignorance of the law is an excuse. Never mind that they all signed a declaration that said they had paid due attention to section 44 of the constitution.

    Justin Gleeson and Ron Merkel really put them to the sword.

  3. See the full polling details for five states here (they don’t release for NT or TAS, samples too small)

    • So Xenophon wants well-off people who have previous experience as a party member or campaigner. No financially challenged newbies need apply.

  4. Teh younguns discover “nostalgia” . Each year at my old high school there is an inter house song competition. Talent is an optional extra :), it is the “enthusiasm that counts when it comes to winning.

    I checked out this year’s efforts and it is wall to wall 1980s,1970s,1960s. Flares,afros and all !

  5. So then, after today’s farce at the high court, I’m rather hoping that Roberts at the very least will be kicked out of the Senate.

    Not many of the other 6 will matter in the greater scheme of things, other than Barnaby. Seeing as the HC has so far seemingly ruled in favour of the Coalition this past decade when it comes to political matters, I’m not counting on him being booted out.

  6. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Waleed Aly writes about the cynical use of terrorism fear to distract from the government’s failings on climate change.
    Laura Tingle has a hard look at the energy situation and concludes that Turnbull is right back at square one on energy and climate. A good article. Google.
    Simon Holmes a Court writes that a shift to clean energy will come but it will have to wait until after the next election. The politics will remain vile until then, he says.
    David Wroe looks into the big data breach in the defence industry. Shorten has accused the government of making excuses rather than demanding answers.
    Pyne says the government can’t be blamed for the sloppy cyber security of its sub-contractor that led to hackers stealing 30 gigabytes of commercially-sensitive data.
    Following news the Defence Department has had reams of sensitive information stolen by a hacker, Murray Hunter looks at Australia’s weak link — the public service.,10813
    Adam Gartrell reports on yesterday’s proceedings in the High Court and the treatment Roberts’ lawyer got from the bench.
    David Crowe tells us that the sheer complexity of the legal argument in the High Court spells grave danger for Barnaby Joyce. Google.
    The citizenship case in the High Court this week provides a fascinating insight into the overlap of media, politics, law and justice, says Ingrid Matthews.,10811
    James Massola tells us that Turnbull’s long-awaited energy package that will dump the Chief Scientist’s proposed CET will be released as soon as next week after the energy committee of cabinet approved the package on Wednesday, clearing a major hurdle to the policy’s release.

  7. Section 2 . . .

    Michelle Grattan wonders if Turnbull will be able to sell it.
    Morrison has moved to reassure US investors – and Australian mums and dads – that Australia is not headed towards a housing market crash, arguing house prices are high but their value is still “real”. Sure, Scott!
    Julia Gillard believes we are living in an “age of anxiety” that affects not just individuals but entire communities and nations, and is partly fuelled by “political convulsions” such as Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and “fake news”. Troy Bramston reports on Gillard’s Annual Hawke Lecture. Google.
    Private health insurers will be able to charge higher excesses and offer discounts to under-30s under sweeping Turnbull government changes that will also cut more than a billion dollars from the medical devices sector and scrap coverage for natural therapies such as yoga. I hope they go all the way when it comes to all the fringe stuff.
    Meanwhile in the US Trump has been accused of sabotaging the Affordable Care Act on Thursday when he used an executive order to unilaterally weaken Obamacare following months of failed attempts by Republicans to repeal it.
    Julie Bishop has launched a stinging attack on Abbott, saying he should explain his sudden change of heart on climate change.
    The leader of the Australian Liberal Students’ Federation has been accused of assaulting a fellow club member and intimidating a woman during an ugly stoush at one of the country’s most prestigious universities. This sort of behaviour seems to be de rigeur for young Libs.
    Peter Costello has called for what would amount to the nationalisation of compulsory default superannuation, saying if it was run by the government there would be no war between industry and private funds over who should run it. The conservatives can’t come to grips with the fact that industry super funds continually outstrip retail funds’ returns.
    Jacqui Maley wonders what is the end game for the Wrecker-in-Chief Abbott. Quite a good read.

  8. Section 3 . . .

    Trump warned on Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the US military can’t provide aid to Puerto Rico “forever,”
    Political donors are being promised special access to members of state cabinet if they purchase “premium” $950 tickets to a gala Liberal Party fundraising lunch next month featuring Gladys Berejiklian. Just below the $1000 mandatory political donation reporting threshold!
    Our ABC is doing it tough. Michelle Guthrie unloads but stops short of defending it over allegations that it is not “fair and balanced”.
    Sean Nicholls calls for a Gladys 2.0 makeover.
    Why hasn’t ASIC given Bellamy’s a “speeding ticket”?
    A Nationals MP has lashed out at his colleague, former Turnbull government minister Matt Canavan, over his call for gay and lesbian Australians to “grow a spine” in the face of homophobia.
    The Trump administration has just announced that it would withdraw from UNESCO, the UN cultural organisation, after years of the US distancing itself because of what it called the group’s “anti-Israel bias.” What IS it about Israel that lets it get away with so much?
    Ahmed Fahour in his tie at Australia Post championed opportunity and pay equality for women.
    The Australian Taxation Office’s systems to detect and prevent fraud are working, says Second Commissioner Andrew Mills, but there’s always room for improvement.
    A firsthand account of the predatory behaviour of the pig Harvey Weinstein.

  9. Section 4 . . .

    Bank bonuses for complacent CEOs may be further reined in APRA warns.
    This Australian academic working in a US university unloads on the American practice of inflating grades.
    An underground coal fire beneath a Wollongong school that has been dormant for a decade has reignited, sparking a multi-agency government investigation.
    A bigger share of Australians than respondents in most other countries think religion does more harm than good in the world, new polling has revealed. But we are also more comfortable with religious diversity than the international average. The apparent contradiction between these two metrics is interesting.
    Gina Rinehart faces a multimillion-dollar legal bill to a rival company linked to the descendants of a man her father pioneered Western Australia’s iron ore industry with. Tough titties!

  10. Section 5 . . . Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe – you legend!

    David Pope goes to town on DHS outsourcing its call centre to Serco.
    Matt Golding takes us to the beach with Abbott.

    And he drops into the High Court.

    Andrew Dyson on the aftermath of the Domino’s decision at FWA.
    Cathy Wilcox gives politicians a shout about renewable energy.

    And Cathy hits out at defenders of the odious pig Harvey Weinstein.

    John Shakespeare on the proposal to use robotic marking on NAPLAN tests.

    Simon Letch with a cracker.

    Peter Broelman goes skywriting.

    Paul Zanetti and all the preaching going on about energy consumption.

    Matt Golding and the Ministry of Funny Talks.

    Two more shots at the deranged Abbott from Matt Golding.

    Sean Leahy and the trouble with an energy free market.

    Alan Moir on the NRA’s influence in the US.

    Jon Kudelka has the High Court judges calling for room service.

  11. Gender stereotyping starts young –

    Leigh Sales interviewed kindergarten kids. The attitudes these little poppets displayed reflect what they are taught at home and probably at school.

    Apparently girls cannot be firefighters and boys cannot be ballet dancers. Three cheers for the little girls who want to grow up to be scientists, vets, ‘police girls’ and journalists. Someone please help the child who wants to ‘catch fairies’ when she grows up.

    Dads fix things and clean the pool, mums cook, wash, clean and drive the kids around. Boys can climb ladders, girls can’t.

    When it came to politics we learnt girls cannot be Prime Minister , although one girl said “well, sometimes they can.”

    Ms Sales, to two little girls –
    What does the Prime Minister do?
    Five year old – He tells people what to do and they do it.

    Well, not these days. The PM is too scared to tell anyone what to do unless Dutton or Abbott or both have approved it first, and even then no-one will take any notice of what he says.

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