Fair Dinkum Friday

Fair suck of the sav, mates, I  reckon those galahs in Canberra have all got a few kangaroos loose in the top paddock. This week I’ve been flat out like a lizard drinking, busier than a cat burying shit, but couldn’t help noticing these drongos dragging out 1920s slang because they think it makes them sound like ridgey didge Aussie commoners. Struth! How wrong can they be!

If I see one more photo of that up himself mongrel Scummo grinning like a shot fox or hear him say “fair dinkum” one more time I might just hop down to Canberra and give him a gobful. It’s enough to make a wowser hit the turps, the way he carries on. He’s all froth and no beer.

It’s time we rubbished this fake Aussie nonsense, so let’s have a bit of fun with it.

So all youse sheilas, grouse sorts, coves and blokes of The Pub, grab a  coldie

or a glass of plonk and relax.

The chef has chucked the mystery bags on the barbie

There’s plenty of bread and dead horse, so make yourself a snag sanger.

I’ve whipped up a pav or three for pudding

 

and had a bit of a fossick around the pantry for bikkies and choccie for afters.

The entertainment is up to you.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

237 thoughts on “Fair Dinkum Friday

  1. WATCH: Cop Shoots Innocent Autistic Teen From his Vehicle in a Drive-By Shooting

    Chicago, IL — Ricky Hayes is described as having “developmental disabilities” with “the cognitive level of a child” and “difficulty communicating.” So, when a Chicago cop, Sergeant Khalil Muhammad shot this innocent teen last year, the community was shocked. Now, video of the incident has just been released showing just how shocking this shooting actually was.

    The Civilian Office of Police Accountability has released video of the incident showing Muhammad shoot the autistic teen. It completely contradicts the officer’s version of events and shows little more than the attempted murder of a innocent teen with autism.

    The video was from a nearby home surveillance system which caught the off-duty officer open fire from inside his truck and shoot the teen in his chest and arm.

    “Ricky wasn’t doing anything wrong. He wasn’t breaking any laws. He wasn’t armed. He didn’t initiate contact with this officer,” said Gabriel Hardy, attorney for Ricky Hayes.

    https://thefreethoughtproject.com/chicago-officers-shoots-autistic-teen/

  2. China successfully harvests saltwater rice that could feed another 80 million people

    Chinese scientists have harvested alkali-resistant ‘sea rice’ planted in east China’s Shandong Province, marking initial success of an ambitious plan to boost the country’s rice production and feed an additional 80 million people.

    The new type of rice, successfully harvested by a group of scientists in the seaside city of Qingdao, eastern China, was revealed a year ago. Sea rice that is able to grow in tidal flats or saline-alkali land was developed by crossbreeding different varieties of rice.
    Read more
    © SIPA Asia / Global Look Press China grows rice in salt water to feed 200 million people

    “If there are natural disasters, as China has a large population, it’s difficult to rely on importing food from abroad as there are logistical barriers. If the Chinese go hungry because of crop failures caused by natural disasters, there will be social unrest and destabilizing factors for the world,” Deputy Director of Qingdao Sea Rice R&D Centre Guodong Zhang told RT’s Ruptly video news agency.

    According to the scientist, turning barren land into fertile farmland will enable China to feed the entire country and will therefore be beneficial to peace and stability.

    https://www.rt.com/business/442411-china-selectively-bred-saltwater-rice/

    • None of them can do a thing to bring down electricity prices, it’s all a con.

      Just like Scummo’s drought plan, that won’t kick in until 2020, by which time we will probably be in the middle of record-breaking floods.

    • I often wonder if all this rah rah stuff at election time changes any votes. Using QLD as an example, lnp won in a landslide with rah rah, within 12 months social media were calling Cando Can’tdo and Labor won in a huge landslide. It will be interesting to see how we Victorians vote in about four weeks, what with msm rah rahing for lnp.

  3. This is the same Naftali Bennett who had no problems killing Palestinians:

    “I’ve killed lots of Arabs in my life – and there’s no problem with that”

    https://twitter.com/naftalibennett/status/1056233756929986560

    Naftali Bennett: ‘I’ve Killed Lots Of Arabs In My Life And There’s No Problem With That’

    On Sunday, Israel announced it would release 104 Palestinian prisoners, a key caveat in the John Kerry-brokered plan to renew peace talks.

    But according to the 972 report, Israel’s minister of Industry, Trade and Labor and Jewish Home Party leader Naftali Bennett could not have disagreed more, proposing during Sunday’s cabinet meeting a swifter, but illegal way to deal with prisoners.

    “If you catch terrorists, you have to simply kill them,” Bennett allegedly said, according to a report in the Hebrew-language print edition of Yedioth Ahronoth.

    Israeli National Security Adviser Ya’akov Amidror allegedly responded by saying that such a practice was illegal. Bennett then reportedly declared, “I’ve killed lots of Arabs in my life – and there’s no problem with that”

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/naftali-bennett-kill-arabs_n_3670767

  4. Leone,

    The demographic in Chisholm has changed sharply in the last few years. I wouldn’t be altogether surprised if Ms Liu wins.

    It goes without saying that I hope she doesn’t.

  5. I think that the Prime Muppet should add to Abbott’s administrative load and appoint him special envoy to women.

  6. https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/newspoll-scott-morrison-takes-significant-personal-hit-in-wake-of-wentworth-byelection/news-story/bb4ba993cebe589c497a49003b384d54

    “Scott Morrison’s approval ratings have dropped into negative territory for the first time with the Coalition’s political recovery also being blunted as it drops a point to now trail Labor 46/54 on two party preferred basis.

    An exclusive Newspoll conducted for The Australian shows the Prime Minister taking a significant personal hit in the wake of the Wentworth by-election with his satisfaction rating falling four points over the past fortnight to 41 per cent.

    Those dissatisfied with the new leader jumped a significant six points to 44 per cent, giving Mr Morrison net negative approval rating for the first time on minus three.”

  7. Are the cross benchers damaging their own chances of re-election by continuing to guarantee ScumMo confidence and supply ? I would suggest they are.

    • Supply is irrelevant at this point.

      No Australian government has ever withheld supply. Labor says they will never do it.

      Appropriations bills for all the important stuff were passed right after the budget. By this stage in the electoral cycle there would only be a few minor housekeeping-type appropriations bills left to pass.

      It comes down to confidence, and that only means not voting with the opposition on a motion of no confidence. Anything else is open to negotiation, and ScumMo is not capable of negotiating anything.

  8. The Liberals have a billboard with

    STOP TRAFFIC CHAOS

    with a great view of the new elevated train line that Labor is building.

  9. The Guardian is following three electorates ahead of the Victorian election.

    Here’s the first installment.

    Victorian election 2018:
    On the ground in Morwell
    A powerhouse in the grip of coal transition
    Gay Alcorn checks in on the electorate in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley and finds one issue on everyone’s minds: jobs. She will return as the campaign progresses to take the seat’s pulse again
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/ng-interactive/2018/oct/28/victorian-election-2018-on-the-ground-in-morwell-part-one

    • I agree, Leonie. This man really deserved the adjective”great”. Australia-and I mean the real Australia – is the poorer as the result of his death. That impromptu street concert was a tremendous send-off and a mark of how his friends regarded him.
      Shakespeare wrote “If music be the food of love, play on and give me excess of it” and Richard Gill sure did that.
      Farewell to one who is irreplaceable.

  10. You would think it would be a no brainer for Labor to support in trade deals international labour conventions that ban the use of prison labour, slave labour or indentured labour. Apparently not necessarily so.

    …………………Some unions on the right of the party, such as the Australian Workers Union, may be sympathetic to putting tougher labour standards into future trade agreements, splitting the Right on the issue at the national conference.

    https://outline.com/Nrgphy

  11. The below is really speculative, but worth keeping an eye on.

  12. Just a little something to think about…

    The Slight of Aphrodite.

    With love betrayed, all reason to stay
    And substance for existence gone.
    Now…; falling, falling away..
    Without sound nor purpose,
    To lay like Autumn leaves forlorn,
    On the forest floor…
    With our eyes turned
    From salvation’s dorm’,
    Do we strike out alone, down barren roads?
    Under the stern disdain
    Of the slight of Aphrodite.

    They stole the mythology of the Garden of Eden story..those Abrahamic religions..it wasn’t “God “ who was betrayed and then exiled Adam and Eve from the garden, it was Aphrodite…for she had given those two souls the primary gift of mutual affection and even more..; the gift of love..a sensuality denied to even the gods themselves..for it was their hunger that created the mythology..just to dwell on an ideal of mutual co-existence in an aura of sensual emotion..THAT was the heaven promised…and it was more than enough..But then not enough for the flaw in the human condition that desired an evil dominant even over love..: Power.

    It was that perverse hunger that lost us our “Garden of Eden”. For what is the point of wanting power?…like trying to grasp a fist-full of water..it never holds or lasts long , too soon to be lost or taken from ones grasp by another soul greedy for power..Show us a history where example demonstrates any permanence of control. There is none..just some sad lineal descendants of some sad dynastic tyranny of idiots and fools.

    And among all the dozens and dozens of varieties of sects and religions engraved on stick and stone, the creation mythology has to be the one universal construct involving man, woman, love and betrayal…sounds all too, too human.

  13. New social services minister Paul Fletcher has been confronted by Newstart recipients about the historically low rate of the unemployment benefit, as he argued inequality in Australia was “not rising” at a conference on Monday.

    In his first major speech since taking up the role, Fletcher told the Australian council of social service (Acoss) conference in Sydney that claims of rising inequality in Australia were “factually inaccurate”.

    Fletcher, who was appointed in August, was later confronted by audience members who expressed frustration at the government’s refusal to raise the rate of Newstart payments. The benefit has not risen in real terms since 1994.

    Labor’s shadow minister for social services, Linda Burney, was also grilled over the opposition’s failure to commit to an increase.

    Burney described Labor’s position as “not a difference of view, a difference of timing” with Acoss. “There is agreement across the Labor Party now that Newstart is not adequate.”

    She said Labor’s commitment to review the payment would be “short” and “rigorous”, would examine other payments, and allow her “to absolutely build the case for an increase in the rate of Newstart”.

    She likened the review to the process that occurred during Gillard government that led to an increase in the pension.

    Burney also twice said she expected the Newstart policy to be debated at the Labor conference later this year.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/29/inequality-not-rising-says-liberal-minister-confronted-by-newstart-recipients

  14. Gazzafromgrongrong comments

    Do you sleep well at night, politicians,
    feeling proud that you’re stopping the boats?
    Do you calculate mercy in dollars
    in a ledger that adds up your votes?
    Though the jungle has hidden your prison
    it can never conceal what what was there,
    for the story of Behrouz Boochani
    will ensure that the world is aware
    of the crimes that Australia committed
    and the weasel-words so often said
    by a government clinging to power
    when all sense of compassion has fled.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/29/i-returned-to-my-prison-on-manus-island-and-was-stunned-by-what-i-saw

  15. I remember back around 2011-12 when every poll was front page news (and splashed over the banners) in the Murdoch press. I came across a copy of today’s Herald-Sun, and this week’s poll warranted about four small paragraphs up the side of page 4.

    Not only that, but it is not mentioned at all on the ABC website.

    As far as I can see, they might as well report the news instead of trying to direct it, because it’s pretty clear they have no influence at all. And we know they’re desperate because they’ve dragged out another piece about how much better Albanese is supposed to be (this time courtesy of Joe Hildebrand). That’s a sure sign that they’ve ceded the policy battle and are just out to disrupt.

    • Joe Hildebrand, Murdoch employee, is such a credible journalist – NOT!

      I notice Paul Bongiorno retweeting that article yesterday. Hmmmm …..

      I couldn’t be bothered reading it. If fake leadership contests are all the MSM have then things must be beyond dire for the government.

      Meanwhile, in NSW, the best Gladys and Co can do to defend themselves from defeat next March is digging up ancient accusations about the deputy premiere being drunk in parliament in 2011 and allegations about Luke Foley’s behaviour at a drinks party two years ago.

      It all looks pretty weak when compared with the proven allegations against Barnaby Joyce, known boozer, groper, sexual harasser and attacker of blokes in pubs, which have all been brushed aside as “just Barnaby being Barnaby”.

      If the Coalition want to start flinging mud then they really should muck out their own pigsties first.

    • The ‘cute’ thing about this Albanese talk is that, the way things have gone, the ALP could quite easily change leaders now with little to no consequences. The whole strategy from the Lib/Murdoch complex was to force the change of leader through public pressure and then crow about ALP ‘instability’. They don’t particularly care for one leader or another, they just want an angle. But how on earth they think they could make a charge of ‘instability’ stick after all the Liberals and Nationals have gone through… well, it probably hasn’t occurred to them, anyway. They just stick to the program, no matter how outdated it might be.

      I suspect that’s one reason they carry on about the PPM figures and personal approval ratings. It’s not just to prop Morrison (or Turnbull) up; it’s also to destabilise the ALP in any way they can. “Shorten not cutting through” is the only message they have left now that people might respond to. They’ll continue going at it pretty hard. After all, they’ve conceded pretty much every policy area, Morrison flip-flopping all over the place to try to find a spot where he might garner some public approval.

      Anyway, the bottom line is that the ALP are not sticking with Shorten because they’re worried about charges of instability. They’re sticking with him because it’s working, he’s a good leader and he’s got the measure of anyone the Liberals care to put up.

  16. Let the games begin

    National Farmers Federation president Fiona Simson has been urged to run as an independent against Barnaby Joyce, most recently during a rural womens event in Canberra earlier this month.

    Simson, a farmer who lives in the seat of New England, is one of the few people in the northern New South Wales seat with the profile to seriously challenge the former National party leader.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/29/farmers-federations-fiona-simson-urged-to-run-as-independent-against-barnaby-joyce

  17. No surprise there

    Longstanding welfare-to-work policies are pushing single mothers into “precarious employment” rather than helping them find secure, well-paid jobs, according to a report.

    The qualitative study by Good Shepherd Australia, released on Monday, examined the experiences of single mothers who received parenting payment or Newstart.

    “All of the women we spoke to were struggling financially on welfare to work, regardless of whether they were engaged in employment,” the report said. “Rather than increasing financial security, welfare to work created day-to-day and longer-term financial insecurity for the women we interviewed.”

    In-depth interviews with 26 women revealed myriad issues. Jobactive providers were focused on “remaining accountable to the government rather than to their clients”, some women were “asked to ‘fake’ job applications”, told to seek “cash-in-hand work” to supplement their income, or forced to leave work to attend meetings with their provider.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/29/welfare-to-work-policies-pushing-single-mothers-into-precarious-work

    • The problem is they are a business…and if they can make more profit by keeping as many people as possible ON their books or “farming” them out for short periods of “employment” only to welcome those same clients back for a second bite of the cherry, then they will most likely do what is most profitable..

  18. freefall852

    Hilderbrand reminds me of those little shits back in high-school days used to run errands for the bully…a little scurrier to the tuck shop…

    A ‘poifect’ description of the weasel.

    • Dunno what they do in Porpoise Spit where you live, but here in Sth Aussie, we old-age pensioners at least have the option of “hustling our arse in Hindley Street” !
      “You got two-bob?”
      “Yeah..you got change?”

  19. Goodness, a new company on the phone polls this evening. Ucomms, based in Melbourne. Asked all the questions about fracking in WA … I wonder why it is so important all of a sudden, (apparently the Federal Energy Minister wants the various State moratoriums on “unconventional extraction methods” to be set aside so that gas can be extracted freely https://outline.com/dqHVbh)

  20. https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/newspoll-federal-leadership-turmoil-hits-victorian-liberals-campaign/news-story/3ae2a773572b8e0bd7372b8e30344295 paywalled

    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/5dcd664ec4c9d3443dfb4e6fe67e9b2b link to a large image of the table, no paywall

    “Federal leadership turmoil has derailed the Victorian Coal­ition’s election campaign, with Labor opening up a winning two-party-preferred lead of 54 per cent to 46 per cent, four weeks before the state election.

    A Newspoll taken exclusively for The Australian also has ­cemented Daniel ­Andrews’ lead on the question of who would be the better premier. The Premier is ahead of his opponent, Matthew Guy, 45 per cent to 29 per cent, in a double blow for the ­Coalition after federal leadership instability soured the Liberal Party brand.

    Nearly a third of Victorian voters have declared they are less likely to vote Liberal on ­November 24 because of the change of prime minister.”

  21. I was polled by Reachtel last night about extending the National Parks around Healesville and Mallacoota

    The most serious concerns were
    traffic
    ?population increase
    schools and health
    electricity and environment (yup that was the grouping)

  22. Once upon a time…

    Resisting the temptation to declare that this current period of so-called governance of the nation reads and performs like the script of a Grimm Bros’ fairy tale, we have to admit…no..screw it!..it IS LIKE a fairy tale..a horrid fantasy where instead of the villains getting their just desserts, they end up like the wolves consuming the children.

    There’s something badly wrong with our cultural perceptions..badly wrong..our sense of fairness has been turned upside down. All those same fairy tales, those moral insights, the Grimm Brothers..those Hans Christian Anderson anecdotes, Aesop’s fables and the rest have been trashed for the complete opposite result that is the lesson of ancient times and now anarchy and mayhem rule our days.

    It truly is a bizarre turn of events, because in every moral tale told to us, to our children down the ages, at fireside or bedside..the most miserable stereotype, sniveling, vicious, narrow-eyed lying schemers are identified, chastised and given a bloody good and well-deserved walloping! Now, any one of those many mythical weaselly villains could be morphed into a Pyne. The most brutal, bullying, cold-blooded destroyer of the innocents could be at anytime ; a Dutton…the avaricious landlord or overlord, who wouldn’t hesitate to send in the bailiffs against the most sorrowful widow could unmistakably be a Murdoch…That suavo wealthy uncle, bon-vivant, amusing raconteur and apparent gentle “assistant” to the ladies…all the while slyly and slimily waiting his chance to de-flower the young maidens could easily be Turnbull (except he’s too gormless!)…any number of LNP. women can be measured up as equally vindictive nasties or cackling harridans straight from the pages of medieval folk-lore and tales warning of the evils of over indulgence and characters that stalk the innocent and unwary.

    And yet..here we are with those very same ghastly beggardly representations leading the nation..voted in there by many who not only have had such dire warnings read to them as children, but to this day, most probably still read a variation exampling of such mendacious behaviour to warn off their own offspring.

    So where is the “lesson”?..Where is the example?..If we cannot see the danger, why bother trying to teach our children?..why not just let the strongest in brutal aggression rule over us?…Is might right?…Murdoch obviously believes it is..Dutton does too..all their creatures have eagerly signed onto the “contract”..and it seems many of the population likes what it sees! Perhaps it is time to rewrite the fairy tales?

  23. Y’know…whilst I can see the”logic’ in choosing a high-profile, “esteemed member of the community” to run as a candidate in an election, I have to make observation that one of the reasons Australia has ended up in the pickle of divisive politics it has could be traced to the ideological divide between some of these high-educated / private educated playing out old scores in either religious denominations..like Proddy against Catholic..High-end college against low-brow private school..that grinds away into the political nature of those same “consciousness of kind” politicians who, though in difference in regards to corporate / worker interests, never goes further than a kind of ‘bitch-slap’ exchange of words in The House and then they all go out and pally-up at some top-o-the-town watering hole…all mates in it together. Why can’t we get a few tradies on those seats?…they’re not loyal party people…they’ll screw ANYONE over!

    I’d like to see some real heated exchanges that meant something…perhaps a few punches thrown in just for the hell of it could be good…I notice that little weasel;Pyne even has the moxxy to wear his “old school tie” into the chamber…it would be so good to see Albo’ grab it and do one of those old “pull-n-strangle” tricks with it!

    I’m thinking we need a few more Ricky Muir types in the lower house to chivvy things along a tad…Ah!…I miss that Norm Gallagher…HE would have brightened things up a bit!

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