Not a bad week


Labor won the qld election


marriage equality was finally made law


Labor still well ahead in the latest polls . Malcom getting closer to the 30 newspolls lost in a row benchmark he set when knifing abbott


Kristina Kennerly looks to be doing well in the bennelong by election which would upset xmas dinner at point piper.


Not mush has been heard from or about One Nation this week which in itself is a blessing.


Neds diabeties is now under control and Syd has not got it.



all in all not a bad week.





490 thoughts on “Not a bad week

  1. That seems to be an ongoing issue with Republican primaries. To win the Primary you have to be a crazy hysterical hardliner that turns heads and energizes the base. But to win the election, well, even in Alabama you can lose if you’re too repulsive for the center.

    The other hotly contested election – the Virginia Governor election, was lost in the suburbs, and it seems that half of Jones’ win was for the same reason – the counties of Alabama with a high amount of college-educated people turned on the GOP big time.

    The highly balkanized state of Alabama that helped Jones get over the line with black voters is probably unique to the south (and Michigan), and will definitely be a concern for Georgia in times to come, but every state has those college-educated white electorate that look set to deliver a landslide defeat to the GOP in the coming elections, even if Trump and company manage to hold on to their non-college educated white base.

  2. (Sorry for the multi-posts, I often get a chain of thoughts from stuff like this)

    It worries me that I’ve been hearing some conservative figures in Australia suggest the need to get rid of compulsory voting. That’s the last thing we need. At least in this system we have something like 20% of the country happy to vote for Labor, 25% of the country happy to vote Coalition, 5% happy to vote for the Greens, around 10% happy to vote for whoever they want, 30% who will reluctantly show up and vote for who they’re leaning toward and around 10% that refuse to participate in the vote at all (not showing up/deliberate informal votes).

    Take away compulsory voting and it’ll lead to a very terrible end. After the Coalition lose the next election, I think they’ll try and come up with a way to fiddle with Australia’s electoral system next time they’re in power. Removing compulsory voting, changing to optional preferential voting or even first-past-the-post, bring in voter ID laws to suppress the poor vote, etc, it’d be all on the table and I hope they never get their way to cheat the system in their favor.

  3. We need to fight any attempt or even suggestion to abolish compulsory voting. It is the bedrock of our system,

    As I say to people who suggest non-compulsory voting, we need it in Australia because no-one would get away from the cricket on TV or similar to vote. It combats our laziness. I usually get an agreement with that. And not wanting the USA circus here.

    • Abolishing compulsory voting was Number 22 on the IPA wish-list they drew up for Abbott. It’s still IPA policy and we are getting more and more IPA members in parliament.

      David Leyonhjelm also wants to have voluntary voting.

      We have to really keep an eye on these people or soon we will have government ministers telling us we should have free choice about whether or not we vote.

  4. Please, no more weeks like this one!

    First world problems of course.

    Troubles with buyer of current house, and with seller of intended house.

    HI has had $10,000 worth of back-pay stolen by HR, and we have to try getting it back. The union says quit while we’re ahead. The UNION! Of all people!

    We deal in sheep stations’ worth of dollars and stupid people hassle us about a few quid, just to strut their stuff. Because they can.

    Anyway, 2 out of 3 problems solved, but I think HR will be a tough nut to crack. We’ve fired off a no-nonsense letter demanding an explanation.

    The real reason is that HR rule by decree. But they can’t say that out loud. So they’ll probably say nothing.

    We’ve spoken to every expert, read every policy. HI’s case is so far out in uncharted waters, that there are no authorities. No fine words to cover our situation, which is strange, because it was utterly predictable. We certainly predicted it, and kept records. But we haven’t told “them” yet. Let’s see if they fall flat on their faces, as usual.

  5. Alrighty, I will.

    Had a fun conversation with my American friends about the election. Obviously Democrat supporters. Frankly I have yet to come across a Trump supporter that I can stand. They just seem to be pathologically unable to not be racist, or say that black people shouldn’t be shot by the police, or that nazis are bad, or it’s good that slavery ended, or anything like that, with no caveats.

    One raised the point that this was a much better thing to look forward to rather than having to turn on the news tomorrow to see that a congresswoman has asked to cease the Senate Page youth program to protect underage staff from Senator Moore.

    (more information here: )

    Also I told them that the by-election we’re having here in Bennelong on Sunday is just as important as the Alabama senate election, they send their best wishes that it helps bring an end to Lord Truffles.

    • On Saturday I mean, of course. Although frankly I don’t think we’ll know who won it for a few days afterward, I’m going to go out on a limb and say it would be between 51-49 and 49-51 either way.

  6. And away she goes. (They are planning to roll it out to 3 years tertiary). Let’s hope Jacinda gets some more progressive stuff like this going in the very near future. Give local Labor a chance to see rolling back the edges of “neoliberalism” does not produce a visit from the four horses of the Apocalypse.

    I can already hear cries of “Cancelling TAX CUTS !! It’s a witch !!!! BURN HER” eminating from the IPA headquarters 🙂

    The great tax debate is set to ramp up on Thursday with the introduction of a bill repealing National’s tax cuts to help fund policies such as Labour’s free year of tertiary education or training

  7. A big reason why I hate summer is that it’s the time of year that my flat is invaded by huntsman spiders.

    I know they’re good spiders, I know I should be nice to them, but I tried being nice to a huntsman spider in my room when I was 8 and try and take it outside, but I fumbled and it landed on my arm and bit me, and ever since then I’ve been something of an arachnophobe, especially to huntsmans.

    Every summer, about 5-6 of them manage to get into my flat, particularly on hot nights. And they freak me out so badly I can’t sleep for hours when they appear. I know, I’m horrible for it, but I can’t settle until they’re dead, I can hardly call my parents at 1am to come and deal with it. As what happened last night.

    So, just wondering, is there any reliable way I can keep them out?

    • Nope. Believe me, I’ve tried, and the sods keep sneaking in. Every window in this place has fly screens, well-fitting ones, so tightly fitted I struggle to get them off for cleaning. The doors have screens. They still get in, not many, but even the occasional huntsman is too much. I’m beginning to think the huntsmen – or huntswomen, because they are mostly females – have learned how to use the cat flap.

      I killed the first huntsman of summer a few weeks ago, a whopping huge one that was lurking in the bathroom. The only other possible entry place, (apart from the cat flap, or dashing in when someone opens a door) is in there. The extractor fan has a little gap where it fits onto the ceiling. A spider could wriggle through the crack, I suppose.

      I loathe spiders. Not much scares me, but huntsmen terrify me for some reason. Maybe it’s because one walked across my face one night while I was asleep. It woke me up and there it was, sitting on the wall, looking at me. It was huge. The thing was dealt with and didn’t survive to disturb anyone else’s sleep ever again.

      No 1 Son thought he’d keep one that appeared in his first away-from-home flat. All went well for a while, until the thing had babies, about a zillion of them. A lot of Baygon was used.

    • Ah spiders. Youse talking to teh guy who at the tender age of 14 won the 1973 Auckland Secondary Schools Science Award for a spider display and in the same year had a paper published in the Auckland University Biology magazine on this lovely lady’s rellies. Enjoy 🙂

      Stars of my display in the science prize were these babies.
      “Porrhothele antipodiana,”
      This spider was described by director Peter Jackson as the inspiration for his depiction of Shelob in his The Lord of the Rings


  8. You shouldn’t kill huntsmen. They really are good spiders.

    Scary, I’ll admit, but good and useful creatures.

    I confess my skin crawls when I see one on the ceiling, but I always try to catch them and lead them to a better life. I killed one once, and have regretted it ever after.

    Huntsmen are truly magnificent creatures. I could never kill another.

    • Yesterday there was a fairly big one on the car’s sunvisor but we forgot about it. When we got home Mrs BK got out to open the gate and noticed the spider was on her sleeve. She casually and carefully brushed it off onto a nearby bush.
      This morning I went out and there was another on the centre console next to my leg. He’s since scurried up behind the dash and will no doubt present himself on another occasion.
      They are good to have around.

    • Huntsmen are fine, as long as they stay outside and don’t come into the house or the car. I don’t mind how many family members, babies or lovers they invite to stay, as long as they all remain outside. A deal is a deal, break it and pay the penalty.

    • I find spraying with mint/pepperming/pennyroyal essential oil diluted in water seems to keep spiders out of my place and away from the patio, but a friend of mine recommends telling them (as in saying to them) to keep out of the house and off the house. Takes a few years apparently, but I’ve yet to see many critters get into her house … except for those introduced by her playful cat!

  9. And so ends another glorious day in Canberra: all sun and 34 degrees. Same tomorrow.

    Back in 2001 we came across this bridge to go to Largo Grey

    It was windy and very chilly, and we came across this

    Wind, water, ice, mountains are my thing. And, get yourselves to Antarctica before it disappears.

  10. Turnbull will say anything in the hope someone, somewhere is silly enough to believe him. This isn’t just an off-the-cuff comment either, it’s a carefully constructed attack.He should have checked his facts before he spoke.

    Obeid was never in a Keneally cabinet.

    Campaigning in Bennelong with Liberal candidate John Alexander, Mr Turnbull said Ms Keneally’s ascension to the premiership and relationship with disgraced Labor powerbrokers Eddie Obeid and Ian MacDonald was a “relevant fact”.

    As Ms Keneally’s campaign team has since pointed out, Mr Turnbull erroneously claimed that Ms Keneally had appointed Mr Obeid as part of her cabinet.

    Mr Obeid ceased being a cabinet minister in 2003, under Bob Carr’s premiership, and did not return.

    “I think what you’re referring to is the fact that the Labor powerbroker, Eddie Obeid, put Kristina Keneally in as premier, and Kristina Keneally then put (Eddie Obeid) into the cabinet, together with Ian MacDonald, who she also put into the cabinet, they’re both in jail,” Mr Turnbull said.

    “Now, apparently Labor rejects to us referring to that fact. Well, it’s a fact. It’s a historical fact. Her two first picks for cabinet, Obeid and MacDonald, are now in jail. That is a very relevant fact about her political career

  11. Yeah, I don’t think I could approach a huntsman/huntswoman, whatever the term is like that, just when I see one I seem to get into some kind of fight-or-flight response and I feel so bad about it because so many people I know love the spiders but all I get out of them is fear and if I even approach them I think of a sore that hurts for days and all I want to do is eliminate them so I can have peace.

    It’s like a visceral response and I do want them to live, just, if they’re running around my walls and possibly walking on my face when I sleep, I just can’t stand it. I’d rather they not enter my house in the first place if I can help it but it seems impossible.

    • I know exactly how you feel.

      I used to make my kids deal with huntsmen, but they all moved out and left me to deal with intruders on my own. I don’t like it, not a bit. Even worse than one big spider is finding a zillion baby huntsmen all over the ceiling – in the bedroom. No rest until they have all been sprayed into oblivion, then it’s sleeping on the couch for the night, just in case any of the little creeps are still lurking after the room has been fumigated with Baygon. Where the mother is lurking is then another worry. I just have to hope the kids ate her.

      My daughter-in-law is even more spider-phobic than me. She once rang my son, who was at work doing a late-night shift, demanding he come home and get rid of a huntsman. Because he loves her he did, while she cowered in a corner keeping an eye on the intruder until he arrived. He dealt with the spider then he went back to work.

    • Get some real spider spray, not fly spray, and try spraying it around your doors and windows and any other openings. It is sold in supermarkets and is specifically for spiders. I use it on White Tips.

      Don’t worry about baby spiders. most get eaten by each other until few are left.

  12. When I lived in Sri Lanka during the civil war, I woke up one evening with furry little creatures cavorting on my face. The local staff said it was all part of my imagination. When I placed a margarine top in my room, spiked with Drambuie, I was able to prove the little bastards were not a figment of my imagination, and my bedroom air conditioner had been infested with the little breeders.

    • Kaffeeklatscher,

      Precisely. There are very few non-human fauna that will attack humans unless provoked (i.e., afraid (which includes startled), defending young, etc.).

      The spider that bit me and put me into hospital for a week wasn’t malevolent – just startled because I’d pulled the bedclothes up when the cool change came through.

  13. Huntsmen I can stand, but funnel webs I can’t abide.

    We found one in the garden the other day. It didn’t end well for her. I still feel guilty about it and I am not proud of what we did (because we invaded her space), but those critters can kill a human being. Either from the bite or they scare you to death.

    Anything else with 8 legs is OK by me.

  14. Kirsdarke,

    Desensitisation is an option, and works well.

    Mind you, I’m death on common house blacks. With good reason, as some may recall.

    If I met a redback, a trapdoor, or (dog forbid) a funnel web, I’d be death on them too.

    • My father overcame my OMG of creepy crawlies with a simple lesson. He asked me if i ever felt like biting the ground i was walking across ? Well no says I. At which point he pointed out that so large are we that for the insect/spider walking over us would be like us walking along in a paddock. They will however bite if we grab/squeeze etc just as we would.

      At the time he was trying to persuade me to pick up one of these babies, a tree weta. It crawled off his hand on to mine and……………………. WOO HOO bug phobia over, never looked back.

      How big do they get ? !!!!!!

  15. Geez –

    “And there will be hail and fire mixed with blood hurled down upon the earth, the seas will turn to blood and all the oysters will die and there will be no seafood for Christmas lunch, a great star shall fall from the sky and turn all the rivers bitter, and everyone shall die….. unless the good people of Bennelong vote for John Alexander.”

  16. leonetwo

    May the fleas of a thousand camels infest Hayek loving Truffles’ arm pits :Expectorating: emoji.

    • Two more days of this Turnbullshit to endure, unless the old man gets too tired and has to slink back to Point Piper for a nanna nap. Here’s hoping ……..

  17. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Nick O’Malley looks at the innards of the latest Bennelong poll.
    As does Mark Kenny – and he points out some interesting views on tax cuts.
    John Warhurst distils 2017 into nine political issues.
    Ouch! In a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, MPs voted to give Parliament a legal guarantee of a vote on the final Brexit deal struck with Brussels.
    Walkley winner Joanne McCarty tells us how Julia Gillard is preparing for the end of the royal commission she launched five years ago. Gillard said Australians would be “waiting and watching” for any sense of church or political delay after the release on Friday of the landmark final report
    Manny Waks, a survivor of sexual abuse who exposed crimes against children that occurred within the secretive Jewish Yeshivah community, describes the work of the child abuse royal commission as “life-saving” and “life-changing”.
    Andrew Leigh’s op-ed explains how we might halt the unfair use of tax havens.
    Sean Nicholls pulls apart Gladys’s numbers on the stadiums.
    Kathryn Wicks as a Bennelong voter, has had more than enough of the campaign!
    The SMH editorial weighs in on the harmful greed of franchisors. Quite a strongly framed article.

  18. Section 2 . . .

    The former Labor Senator Sam Dastyari is far from the only federal politician to peddle influence for cash and favours. But he’s one of countless who will never have to face the wrath of a federal anti-corruption watchdog. Ben Eltham wonders why.
    Tess Lawrence is sick of the lies coming from the body politic.,11024
    Peter Martin says the era of low wage rises is not going to end any time soon.
    Insolvent trading continues to rise, according to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s annual report into corporate insolvencies published on Tuesday.
    What is Bitcoin all about?
    Michael Koziol tells us that Tasmania would become the first state to remove poker machines from pubs and clubs in a major strike against the gambling industry announced by the state Labor opposition. This is sure to bring in a lot of political “donations” for the Libs.
    Why is the government allowing backpackers to continue to be ripped off?
    Trump strangely vindicates his support for Roy Moore.
    It’s a grievous blow for Donald Trump, but can Moore’s loss in staunchly Republican Alabama start a pushback against the forces of hate? We can but hope says Jonathan Freedland.
    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand quickly fired back at President Donald Trump on Tuesday, after he posted a crude tweet about her, attacking the lawmaker amid calls for Congress to investigate the President’s history of sexual harassment and assault and her suggestion that he resign.,11025

  19. Section 3 . . .

    Will China make us feels some pain?
    Australia’s ambassador to China has been called into the Chinese foreign ministry over the foreign interference laws. Google.
    Australians working in China should expect fallout over questions of political interference.
    Rob Burgess says there is no hiding Turnbull’s capitulation to coal.
    The shorter CBA defence seems to be “OK we ARE crooks, bit not ALL the time!”.
    Claims of forgery, claims of theft, a cover-up, deals done “off-the-books”, police kept in the dark … no it’s not a story about the Sicilian mafia, it’s a story about the Australian banks. As the Royal Commission looms, the banks are endeavouring to bury their disputes. Some disputes however, have gone too far writes Michael West.
    Here’s one very unhappy Telstra/NBN customer.–if-you-pay-for-it-and-wait-long-enough-20171213-h03pmb.html
    Meanwhile the troubled National Broadband Network will cut its wholesale prices to encourage internet users to upgrade to faster connections. Google.
    /technology/web/nbn/nbn-drops-prices-in-attempt-to-fix-crawling-connections-20171213-h03p9qOne of the two expected biographies of James Packer has been put on hold after a threat of legal action from the billionaire.
    Monitoring of waste water in Canberra has revealed some of the highest use of oxycodone, cocaine and heroin consumption in Australia.
    The brilliant sports journalist Gideon Haigh writes about the woes of the English cricket team. Google.
    These two were made for each other!
    Ross Garnaut is unhappy with the government’s one size fits all energy policy. Google.
    This Family Court Judge has a valid point here. It’s ridiculous!
    Jennifer Hewett has some practical advice for Amazon in Australia. Google.

  20. Section 4 . . . Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe farewells Roy Moore.

    David Pope is concerned about the environment.
    Matt Golding on Melbourne’s burgeoning birth rate.

    Here’s Golding’s view on polling in Bennelong.

    John Shakespeare on the government’s approach to solar energy.

    Paul Zanetti on what’s next for Dastyari.

    Cathy Wilcox goes right to Turnbull’s debating technique.

    Jon Kudleka spears Turnbull’s hypocrisy over Chinese donations.
    Glen Le Lievre – the panda has landed!

    Sean Leahy on the eve of the election in Bennelong.

    Alan Moir and some Trump introspection.

  21. Now the fire season’s upon us here’s a reminder of how intense they can get.
    When our CFS brigade was on the Pinery fire ground last year they found some of what was left of a John Deere ride-on mower. We recently mounted it on a section of red gum to place on the wall of our training room.

  22. Update on Razz. Fun and games after they hooked her up. The put the drip in the wrong arm which has made it hard for her to get out of bed. On top of that they’ve put her wheelchair out or reach. I was thinking about that, and decided that both things are good. Razz is a very independent person and wouldn’t ask for help unless she is really is trouble, and even then…….

    She rang last night, and while we were talking her Mum rang on the mobile phone (we only use it for emergency and very few have our number), so I put both phones on speaker and they chatted away for quite a while. I watched Hunter and he had his ears pricked up, but otherwise wasn’t worried. Taking her clothes and toothbrush in this morning.

  23. Mysterious Bennelong letter urges Chinese Australians to ‘take down’ the Turnbull government

    The 1700-word letter, attributed to “a group of Chinese who call Australia home”, urged people to support Labor’s candidate, Kristina Keneally.
    “When we look at the Liberal Party we see it’s already totally different from before. It’s a far-right ruling party and they are privately against China, against Chinese, against ethnic-Chinese migrants and against Chinese international students,” it reads in part.

    “For the interests of Chinese people, let us mobilise, share this message and use the ballots in the hands of we Chinese to take down this far-right Liberal Party ruling party”

  24. Don’t think that just because Annastacia Palaszczuk has formally vetoed the NAIF loan to Adani the Carmichael project is not going ahead. There seems to be an assumption that the mine has now been stopped. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    Work on the rail line has been underway for a while. Construction is being done by a Korean company, POSCO, and is being financed by Adani. Don’t forget Gina Rinehart and her Indian friends in GVK also have an interest in seeing that railway built.

    Adani Carmichael mine rail link construction

    Also – don’t forget the Palaszczuck government, before the election, gave Adani a free water licence and has been most helpful in getting overall approval for the mine. Don’t assume that just because the rail funding won’t be happening the whole thing is now dead. It’s not. All Ms Palaszczuk has done is honour an old election promise about not giving government funding to commercial operations.

    Indigenous landowners are still fighting to veto the project and now claim they were forced into a land use agreement they did not want.
    Traditional owners say they were forced to negotiate with Adani for fear of losing native title rights

    The Wangan and Jagalingou Family Council, which is challenging the agreement in court, has claimed the newly re-elected Palaszczuk Queensland government was moving to extinguish their native title rights before their case is heard.

    I still think Adani will attempt to sell the whole thing once that rail line is built. To do that he needs the line finished. He has done deals with buyers for the coal he assumes will be mined there, he has the Abbot Point terminal, he just needs the railway. And he needs it done quickly, before the world abandons coal completely.

    This can’t have been welcome news –
    World Bank to stop funding oil and gas projects

  25. BK when we were doing the mop up after the “Black Saturday” fire here in Bendigo we saw a huge one of those melted things, probably 7m long and 1-2m wide the result of three cars burning, area was cordoned off because it was right beside where a person had died.

  26. Brilliant planning here, Fizza.

    On Monday Scummo is expected to announce funding cuts for universities.

    Macquarie University is in Bennelong. Turnbull knows that. With Gladys Berejiklian he has announced a $100 million transport hub which includes a new bus interchange connecting the uni with the Macquarie Centre.

    MYEFO, including those funding cuts, will be presented by Scummo on Monday, just 48 hours after the voters of Bennelong go to the polls. Chris Bowen has already been campaigning heavily on this issue, he’s out there now with Kristina Keneally.

    Just to add to the by-election comedy, Tony Abbott said some foul things about Kristina Keneally last night and added Bennelong needs to re-elect a ‘dinky-di Aussie’, Alexander. Does he understand why this by-election is being held? You might think a politician who had to renounce his own dual citizenship before he could run for election would understand why Alexander had to resign.

    And – The Guardian is talking up last night’s Reachtel results which have Alexander ahead 53/47. They didn’t give nearly as much attention to the other day’s Newpoll which showed both sides level at 50/50. It rated only a mention in an article about the campaign tactics.

    • “added Bennelong needs to re-elect a ‘dinky-di Aussie’, Alexander.”

      Abbott would say that, wouldn’t he, beeing a Pom himself, as I still believe he is …

    • Not having heard his whole speech, I’d say he was having a dig at Kristina being born in the US.

      Her mother was Australian, her father American and she was born in Las Vegas. Sounds just like Abbott, doesn’t it, his mother was Australian, his father British and he was born in London.

      One should always think before slinging mud.

    • Well, we all knew they did this, it was talked about the day they did it. KK was expecting this sort of thing, especially after the 50/50 Newspoll the other day. She said she knew Turnbull would get filthy, and he did.

  27. gigilene

    “as i believe he is’

    Me too. I was married to a Pom, who would not take out Aussie citizenship because it was like repudiating his link with England. Even though he could have dual cit.

    And frankly, I would cling to any UK passport like a limpet. But I am not an MP.

  28. Good stuff

    National Australia Bank says it will halt all lending for new thermal coal mining projects, becoming the first major Australian bank to phase out support of thermal coal mining.

    While the bank will continue providing finance for coal projects already on its books, NAB said an orderly transition to a low-carbon Australia was critical for the economy and for continued access to secure and affordable energy.

    “While we will continue to support our existing customers across the mining and energy sectors, including those with existing coal assets, NAB will no longer finance new thermal coal mining projects,” the bank said in a statement on Thursday.

  29. Commonwealth Bank has been hit with another 100 allegations of breaches of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism laws, including failing to quickly report two suspicious matters relating to the financing of terrorism.

    The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (Austrac) filed an amended statement of claim to the federal court on Thursday. In it, the federal government’s financial intelligence unit updated the total number of alleged breaches by Australia’s largest bank to more than 53,800.

    Among the latest allegations are that CBA failed to report terrorism financing suspicions within 24 hours, was either slow or negligent in reporting 54 suspicious matters relating to accounts or people under law enforcement investigation, and in 38 instances did not appropriately monitor risk, even after becoming aware of suspicious activity.

    The statement of claim now includes alleged breaches from as early as December 2011, rather than May 2012 as in the original claim.

  30. Guess who has finally been found, and the way he obtained the new job seems very dodgy. Definitely a reward for services rendered by Cash.

    Paywalled, so just in case the link in the tweet doesn’t work –

    Cash controversy media man lands new job
    David De Garis, who controversially quit as Employment Minister Michaelia Cash’s senior media adviser in October, has resurfaced working for the Australian Hotels Association in Perth.

    The whereabouts of Mr De Garis has been a mystery since he abruptly left Senator Cash’s office after admitting he tipped off media outlets about a police raid on the Sydney and Melbourne offices of the Australian Workers Union.

    Mr De Garis, 34, told T he Australian yesterday he could not comment on the issues around his resignation because of legal action launched by the AWU seeking correspondence between Senator Cash, her office and the Registered Organisations Commission about the raid.

    In his first public comments since leaving federal politics, Mr De Garis said he was grateful to AHA (WA) chief executive Bradley Woods for employing him as a media and communications officer following the scandal that erupted in Canberra. “As any political staff member will confirm, working in politics is both rewarding and challenging,” he said

    “I am very grateful to have an opportunity to work in the WA tourism and hospitality industry, a sector that I have been passionate about for a very long time.”

    Mr De Garis resigned after admitting to Senator Cash that he had tipped off media about the AWU raids. Before he quit, Senator Cash had repeatedly denied she or her staff were aware of the raids until they commenced.

    At the time Senator Cash said Mr De Garis had learnt of the raids from a “media source”.

    Labor has claimed Mr De Garis “took a bullet” for his then boss by resigning. But Senator Cash praised her former staffer for confessing to his role.

    “It is actually very brave of him to also come forward and to admit his mistake and lose his employment as a result of what he did,” she said.

    The AWU served subpoenas last month on Mr De Garis, Senator Cash, the Fair Work Ombudsman, and Mark Lee, a staffer with the Registered Organisation Commission.

    The AWU had tried to find Mr De Garis for several days last month when he his lawyers contacted lawyers for the union to arrange for receipt of the subpoena.

    Mr De Garis previously worked for West Australian federal Liberal MPs Alan Egglestone and Don Randall

  31. Okay, who was the idiot this morning who told everyone their was only one thing they had to do today? Two minutes from arriving at the hospital… bag with clothes and toiletries…..had to turn around and an an hour later finally arrived at said destination.

    Good news on arrival was the treatment is working. Now Razz is feeling better her hospital dislike has kicked in, so a lot of cajoling was required. We are both hoping the release day is Saturday.

    Poor Hunter was so excited when I got home this afternoon until he realised Razz wasn’t with me. I think he is a bit depressed, but I’ll take him back over to play with my son’s dog for a while again in the morning.

    • I’m so glad the treatment is working. Excellent news!

      No-one likes hospital, especially when you are confined to bed and have a drip.

      You must be run off your feet with all this entertaining Hunter and travelling back and forth to the hospital.

    • I wouldn’t tell Razz, but yes it is tiring, I like our routine when we are both here, and the heat doesn’t help, although it got quite cool around 7pm so I’m off to bed and hope for a cooler nights sleep.

    • Good system at our local hospital, physio, O.T, dietitian, welfare person. They’re all coming out of the woodwork. We might take up a couple of the suggestions which can maybe help. Don’t want to get to involved with too much though.

  32. Go Jacinda!

    For a package in which there were really no surprises, the Labour-led Government’s first budget exercise has had a stunning impact.

    It was summed up in one headline: Labour’s package expected to halve child poverty.

    The prospect of one package nearly halving the number of kids in low-income households (using the standard OECD income measure) when it is fully implemented is the sort of outcome that may assuage resentment of those whose tax cuts have been cancelled to fund it…………..: Finance Minister Grant Robertson has delivered a respectable set of books…….If anyone thought that the student union had taken over the Government, they have proved them wrong.:.
    “Goodbye tax cuts but Labour’s families package expected to halve child poverty”

  33. That 7.5 gave me goosebumps. I recommend you watch it. To the very end. Past the interview.

    The more I hear from and see of Julia Gillard (check the dress sense, Julie Bishop!) the smaller and the more insignificant does Malcolm Turnbull and his band of bastards appear.

    In the religions that base their beliefs on the bible, the officers of their particular church see themselves as the shepherds of the flock. Not sure how other religious leaders see themselves.

    I have seen no mention in the bible that the shepherds should outdeck themselves in all fineries, build edifices (what was that about graven images?), house themselves in magnificence and partake of the best food on offer all at the cost of the flock and the taxpayer in general, perform peculiar rituals and sexually abuse members of the flock.

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