The NSW Election – Gladys versus Michael.

Demolition work on Allianz Stadium has been going ahead just days before this Saturday’s election.

I’m hoping this photo is predictive of the Coalition vote crashing across NSW.


444 thoughts on “The NSW Election – Gladys versus Michael.

  1. Alice Workman, currently unemployed after being sacked by Buzzfeed, gets her reward for the filth she published about Emma Husar.

    Former Buzzfeed political editor Alice Workman joins The Australian

    It was always very, very obvious that the Husar story had been leaked to Workman, she ran with it without bothering to check anything and paid the price when Buzzfeed got rid of a lot of staff last month.

    Most staff who were let go were snapped up by other media groups, but not Workman, it has taken a while for her to be offered a new job. The smell around her from the Husar story meant no-one wanted her. Now, at last, maybe as a reward for running a story wiser journalists rejected, possibly information leaked by NewsCorpse, she has a new job.

    Working for The Australian is not a good career move, but beggars can’t be choosers, I suppose.

  2. The Nats have been pulling the same stunt in Cowper, with retiring Nat Luke Hartsuyker giving the Nats candidate $22 million worth of environmental grants to hand out.

    Election campaigns get very dirty when the Nats are threatened by an independent.

  3. Robert Fisk has his say on Ardern. Australia features a lot.
    Ardern’s response to Christchurch has put other leaders to shame – but not for its compassion alone

    Cometh the hour, cometh the woman. ……….That was the measure of her. Humanity came armed with political leadership. And what a sorry lot Ardern showed our own hapless “leaders” to be.

    Most of them have reacted to mass murders with instant cliches of sorrow and endless waffle about “terror”, and then operatic – and often inappropriate – praise for security forces ….

    …………the Christchurch crime against humanity was clearly the work of an Australian immigrant fanatic. And Australia’s own recent history of brutality towards Muslims and immigrants – a sinister characteristic often obscured by our own affection for the rough edges of our “cobbers” down under – is now being studied rather more seriously.

  4. If you are looking for more on what happened when Theresa May addressed her fellow EU leaders, and tried to persuade them to agree to her request for an article 50 delay lasting until 30 June, my colleagues Jennifer Rankin and Daniel Boffey have a good account.

    Here is an extract.

    “It was 90 minutes of nothing,” one EU source said. “She didn’t even give clarity if she is organising a vote. Asked three times what she would do if she lost the vote, she couldn’t say. It was fucking awful. Dreadful. Evasive even by her standards.”

    Around a dozen EU leaders peppered the British prime minister with questions. Did she have a plan B? How was she going to gain a majority? When would she hold the vote? “She very much dodged these questions,” a second EU source said. A third source said: “She was not convincing. It was not clear if she had a plan B; it was not clear if she had a plan at all.”

  5. From my point of view of the NSW election, my initial reaction this morning what with the SMH and the Daily Terror screaming for a Coalition victory is that the media has killed it for Labor and the Coalition will win tomorrow.

    However, when I remember that in Victoria last year, when the Murdoch papers made their usual filth and the Fairfax papers made their bitchy “Labor sucks but we still endorse them or whatever” editorials, Labor won 57-43.

    Hoping enough NSW voters can see through that, but, if not, won’t be surprised.

    • Maybe NSW voters will be influenced by this –

      Poor State of Health

      Blacktown Hospital is so critically underfunded that entire wards are remaining closed due to the lack of staff, and staff across the state have claimed that it’s not the only NSW hospital facing such a desperate shortage.
      Very few NSW voters would be shocked to hear that the staffing levels in hospitals are inadequate, but the reality of the situation would suggest that NSW Health is on the brink of collapse.


      The problem is, it’s 3 whole months until the end of June, and hospitals have completely run out of the money allocated to their staffing budgets for the 2018/19 financial year.
      This means staff calling in sick are not replaced, instead those already working are forced to work overtime or double shifts, and as a result the safety of nurses and patients is compromised

  6. A northern NSW cotton farmer charged over water theft after an ABC Four Corners report has been fined $190,000 by the Land and Environment Court.

    The fine is well below the $742,500 maximum that could have been imposed on Anthony Barlow, who owns the 3,500-hectare Burren Downs, a farm which borders the Barwon River at Mungindi.

    Mr Barlow pleaded guilty to pumping water from the Barwon River for two days, during an embargo that was imposed from February to June in 2015 because of a severe water shortage in Broken Hill.

  7. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. This lot will take some wading through!

    Nick O’Malley writes that New Zealand and shown us a masterclass in responding to terror. This long contribution is well worth reading right through.
    Matthew Knott goes to toxic tribalism and the sad, broken state of Australian conversation.
    Meanwhile Australia’s most prominent right-wing extremist is vying for election to NSW Parliament, campaigning for an “ideological revolution” in the seat of Cootamundra in the state’s west.
    The SMH editorial says that Morrison has failed to call out Islamophobia.
    And Jack Waterford describes the Prime Minister’s ever-diminishing credibility. Among other things he says Morrison cannot lead his colleagues intellectually, with ideas or general conversation. He is not a reader of anything substantial, and it shows.
    Clive Williams tells us that right-wing extremists were already on spy agencies’ radars.
    Paula Matthewson says the Christchurch slaughter has Morrison reeling, the Coalition in a bind and Sky News still smearing Muslims.
    Mike Seccombe digs into the Coalition and the race issue.
    Paul Bongiorno and the politics of hate.
    Karen Middleton writes that following the killing of 50 Muslims by an Australian terrorist, local security agencies face questions of whether they overlooked the threat posed by white extremists.
    Tom Switzer is of the opinion that conservatives and liberals must face the reality that voters are being drawn by a more progressive agenda. They will need compelling arguments to lure them back he says.
    Laura Tingle writes that The Coalition’s track record when it comes to its preparedness to, at the very least, isolate and often tar the Muslim community in a way which excludes it has been in the spotlight all week in the wake of the Christchurch murders.
    Katharine Murphy tells us that on The Project, Morrison didn’t want to be prejudged. Surely he’s well past that stage she says.
    George Monbiot explains how the media have let malicious idiots take over.
    A thoughtful piece here from Julie Szego on our assumptions about radicalisation.
    Australia has poured $5 billion into offshore refugee processing since 2013. An Age investigation has found serious problems with the nation’s exposure to corruption.
    Paul Kelly says that the Liberal Party’s view of Australian capitalism — the model it has known all its days — is facing a death sentence.
    Try Bramston tells us that Shorten has promised to work co-operatively with business, pledging he will not be a ‘handmaiden’ for trade unions.
    Shane Wright explains why the pressure on Josh Frydenberg for an election-winning budget.
    And Frydenberg says his budget will drive up workers’ wages.
    David Crowe reports that federal regulators will be given a $585 million boost to investigate corporate crime and fund new lawsuits in a budget package that acts on the royal commission into banking misconduct.
    Sarah Danckert gets up close and personal with ASIC’s new boss Daniel Crennan. He seems to be a bit of a hardass.
    The NSW Electoral Commission says its online iVote system is down and is pleading for patience.
    Jacob Saulwick theorises on what this NSW election has failed to fire up voters.
    The AFR says that if Berejiklian wins, the NSW Liberal Party will have demonstrated it has the two elements needed for successful government: effective administration and ruthless political skill.
    Reuters tells us how Mueller kept a lid on the Trump-Russia probe.
    Alex Fletcher writes that we are frozen in the path of a climate catastrophe.
    In the face of increasing environmental catastrophe, the Berejiklian Government has been a destructive force against it, writes Kate Smolski.,12501
    The Saturday Paper tells us that a Canberra public servant’s anonymous posts on social media led to her sacking and now to the High Court in a free speech case with far-reaching consequences for the federal government.
    The auditor-general’s office will look into a federal funding program after the Liberal candidate Georgina Downer presented a giant novelty cheque emblazoned with her name and image to a local sports club which had won a commonwealth grant. Bring it on!
    Australia’s largest department store operator Myer will stop selling “unprofitable” Apple products as part of its drive to focus on higher-margin items, Myer said on Friday.
    Now Clive Palmer’s wife has a memory loss in court. After all it was on trivial matter of $180m!
    Ebony Bennett posits why women were excluded from this year’s federal budget lock-up.
    John Durie reports that the ACCC has scored a major victory with travel giant Expedia agreeing to drop demands that client hotels cannot advertise rooms at below its rate.
    Morrison has promised to build 200km/h fast rail services between Melbourne and Geelong, but a leading expert says the $4 billion cash splash has missed a key problem.
    Real estate agents are secretly dropping quoted property prices by between 10 and 16 per cent to selected buyers in the final days before an auction.
    Tim Elliot suggests reality TV shows may perform a valuable service, bringing families together to enjoy quality time while eliciting crucial conversations about social norms. Sorry folks. Not for me!
    The extent and range of the impact of a no-deal Brexit is revealed in a confidential Cabinet Office document that warns of a “critical three-month phase” after leaving the EU during which the whole planning operation could be overwhelmed. It’s not pretty!
    And The Guardian says that Theresa May’s global comedy TV show is a big hit in Europe.
    After nearly three decades, Australia’s gravity-defying economy is finally showing signs of bending toward the laws of physics. Growth sputtered in the fourth quarter, with house prices falling and wages only inching up. There are ways, however, to keep the momentum going.
    From Visionary to Venal: what went wrong at the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.
    Some government agencies don’t have the expertise to properly resist cyber attacks, the head of the National Archives has said, weeks after a hacking attempt on the parliamentary computer network.
    The AFR reports that the NDIS will require 90,000 more workers as the $22 billion scheme rolls out.
    Australia has been struggling with an inadequate NBN system, but hopefully a change in government will amend that, writes Paul Budde.,12495
    The old model of financial advice is crumbling leaving those seeking help with two options. One of them is a robot and the other might be out of your reach.
    Two tropical cyclones are bearing down on the Top End – one threatening Western Australia and the other brewing off the Northern Territory – creating a synchronistic and destructive weather event that has prompted mass evacuations.
    Cute collectables have turned into serious business for Australia’s two major supermarkets following the success of Coles’ LittleShop in 2018. Here’s why.
    Here’s Peter FitzSimons’ weekly sporting comment column.
    Australia’s lack of interest in Commonwealth Day is a reflection of our desire to break from the royals and become a republic, writes Independent Australia’s history editor Dr Glenn Davies.,12497
    Trump has intensified his attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation in his latest effort to undermine the findings in Mueller’s highly anticipated report, saying “people will not stand for it”.
    This clown well deserves nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.

    Cartoon Corner – and it’s a monster!

    David Rowe has two for us today.

    David Pope goes to the NSW poll.

    Simon Letch’s view of Australia.

    From Matt Golding.

    Mark David has been busy!

    Matt Davison launches a big sale.

    John Shakespeare thinks it will be a close NSW election.

    Another beauty from Alan Moir!

    From Andrew Dyson.

    Good work from John Shakespeare here.

    The real Zanetti’s back.

    Glen Le Lievre goes to the Golan Heights.

    A good serve for Angus Taylor from Alan Moir.

    Jon Kudelka with a trailer for the next NSW parliament.

    From the US.

  8. Question: How is Russia’s annexation different to Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights and why is the USA promoting one and slapping sanctions on Russia for the other?

  9. Vietnam Veteran Ex-Senator Tells Donald Trump How To Silence Bone Spur Doubters

    Former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) demanded that President Donald Trump present the nation with X-rays of his feet to prove once and for all the bone spurs in his heels he claimed for a medical exemption from the Vietnam War draft.

    Kerrey, a former Navy SEAL who lost part of his right leg during the war, said on Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360°” that “you don’t grow out of bone spurs.” If Trump had them in the 1960s, Kerrey said, he’d still have them now (unless he underwent surgery, which Trump has never mentioned).

    The daughters of a podiatrist who diagnosed Trump with the foot condition in 1968 said in December that it was as “a favor” to Trump’s father, Fred Trump. “What he got was access to Fred Trump,” Elysa Braunstein told The New York Times.

    “If there was anything wrong in the building, my dad would call and Trump would take care of it immediately. That was the small favor that he got,” she added.

  10. Will Madonna play Eurovision in Tel Aviv?

    Israeli media are reporting that Madonna will perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in May, but the superstar’s appearance is encountering obstacles.

    One of the songs Madonna reportedly wants to perform in Tel Aviv was opposed by Eurovision officials, according to Israel’s Ynet.

    The content of the song is unclear.

    The director of Kan, the Israeli public broadcaster that is producing the event in Tel Aviv, called on Eurovision organizers not to interfere in Madonna’s artistic decisions.

    Madonna is reportedly asking for more than $1 million for her performance.

    Canadian-Israeli real estate tycoon Sylvan Adams is offering to pay Madonna’s fee.

    Israel sees the hosting of Eurovision as a major international propaganda opportunity, treating it as a “national project” with full government support and more than $30 million of state financing.

    Adams told The Jerusalem Post he views Eurovision in particular as “a tremendous way to boost tourism” to Israel and to showcase “the freedom and openness and tolerance and safety of our country.”

    “We’ve reached out to Madonna to try to add a little bit of glitz to the event,” Adams said.

    “It’s looking very good that she’s going to come here and participate in the Eurovision Song Contest.”

    Madonna previously performed in Israel in 2012, ignoring calls for a cultural boycott.

  11. Illegal Israeli Colonist Rams Palestinian With Car And Flees The Scene

    An illegal Israeli colonialist settler rammed, Thursday, a Palestinian man with his car, and fled the scene, before Palestinian medics rushed the wounded man to a hospital, in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

    Aref Jaber, a nonviolent activist with the Human Rights Coalition in Hebron, said the colonist rammed a Palestinian, identified as Jom’a Qfeisha, before fleeing the scene.

    Jaber added that the wounded man works for the Hebron Reconstruction Committee, and suffered a fracture in his arm, in addition to various cuts and bruises.

    Medical sources said Qfeisha was rushed by local medics to a hospital in Hebron city, and described his wounded as moderate.

    Israeli soldiers, who are constantly deployed in Hebron, examined the man, but did not call for an ambulance, before the Palestinian medics managed to reach him.

    srael kills Palestinian at checkpoint in West Bank, fourth to be killed in 24 hours

    Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank near the city of Bethlehem; the fourth such killing in 24 hours.

    The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that one of its crew treated a man with two bullet wounds near an Israeli military checkpoint near Bethlehem yesterday. The man was identified by the Palestinian Health Ministry as 26-year-old Ahmad Manasra from the local village of Wadi Fuqin.

    According to the ministry, Manasra was shot in the chest, shoulder and hand by a checkpoint at the southern entrance of Al-Khader village, while another Palestinian was also shot and critically wounded.

    The Israeli soldier who shot Manasra allegedly did so by accusing him of throwing stones, but eyewitnesses at the scene reported that Israeli forces at the checkpoint fired live bullets into the car of a Palestinian family consisting of a man and his wife and children. The man, identified as Alaa Ghayatha from the village of Nahalin, was shot in the abdomen and is said to be in critical condition. Manasra was in the car behind Ghayatha, and when the latter was shot Manasra came out to help him and was also shot at as he returned to his car.

  12. White Nationalism, Jewish Nationalism and Islamic Sectarianism, Terrorism at its worst

    White Nationalists are angry because they feel they are losing political and economic powers in a rapidly changing national and international economy that is leaving tens of millions of White people with modest educations behind. They are lamenting the loss of a political dominance that saw slavery, colonialism and mass murders as the trademark of their tenure in power.

    Certainly, these White Nationalists are not the ones that ushered in the industrial revolution, nor are they the ones that brought automation, higher education, science and technology, aviation, and space science – certainly not advances in medical and pharmaceutical research. They did not make any meaningful contribution to the world, but seem to be sore losers.

    However sad the terrorist’s attacks on the mosque in Christchurch, we must not forget the many terrorist attacks that took place against places of worship not only in New Zealand, Occupied Palestine, USA, England, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

  13. “Tim Elliot suggests reality TV shows may perform a valuable service, bringing families together to enjoy quality time while eliciting crucial conversations about social norms. Sorry folks. Not for me!”

    Not for me either.

    Of course Tim Elliot is really giving us a huge commercial for Channel 9 and oddly enough, Channel 10 as well with his mention of The Bachelor.

    It’s about what I’d expect from the SMH now it has been taken over by Nine. The clickbait was there long before the takeover, but the commercials for Channel 9 programs are a new development.

    These shows are pure crap. I know, because I’ve had to sit through whole episodes when I’ve been visiting my family who all seem addicted to this junk. You can feel your brain cells dying as you watch.

    If you want to educate your kids on appropriate behaviour or ways to avoid being manipulated then just have a conversation, don’t use a crappy reality TV show filled with surgically enhanced male and female sluts as a “manual”.

    What these shows really do is add to the huge pressure our kids are already under to look a certain way. They also teach them you absolutely must have a partner who is attractive in a plastic, manufactured way, males with surgically enhanced chests and chins, females with fake boobs, Botox, lips so full of fillers they resemble puffer fish and the inevitable hair extensions and fake nails.

    When we allow impressionable kids to watch these shows we are educating them in what certain parts of our society regard as the as the way young adults should look and behave. It’s a manual for producing brain-dead bogans, not a manual for social behaviour.

    • If you have watched the “Hunger Games” movies you will see a vision of where these ‘reality’ shows are heading. A deprived underclass being fed the
      ‘dream’ of being part of a plastic world built on their sweat and blood.
      A neo-con/fascist wet dream.

  14. Reality TV, ah now there is an oxymoron. I think the stations use them to make ‘current affairs’ programs look ‘sophisticated’.

    • That’s about as good a reason as any. I can’t think of any other reason. I still can’t believe how many people watch that stuff.

  15. One Foreign Minister can say mission ‘accomplished’ .Winston Peters met with Erdogan and at the big Organisation of Islamic Cooperation meeting now running Erdogan said,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    ……….thanking the people and authorities of New Zealand for their sensitivity and determination against the attack………..“I would like to thank the government, especially the prime minister, on behalf of myself, my country and my organisation for their determined stance against the event. The reaction, and the empathy on display, should be an example to all world leaders,” he said

    A shout out to the Coalition ?

    “Politicians who pave themselves the road to power by alienating Muslims and creating enemies out of refugees must pull themselves together.”
    That said Erdogan is a very nasty piece of work.

  16. Jonathon Pie. Has a few points that are applicable here.
    Brexit: What’s the f**k is going on?

  17. Bill Maher – may contain errors in vid if so let me know and I’ll find a new one.

    Starts at 2:00

    New rules – 48:20

    Overtime (geddit while it’s hot)

  18. Jacindamania is spreading.
    World’s tallest building lit up with image of Jacinda Ardern

    The Burj Khalifa, an 829-metre-tall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, beamed out a photo taken by Wellington photographer Hagen Hopkins, as well as the Arabic word “salam” and its English translation, “peace”.

  19. An interesting read. Philip Adams recalls a dinner in 1972 with guests including Barry Jones, Ralph Nader,John Gorton,Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet .It was to celebrate the end of Nader’s Oz tour.

    A night to remember

    ……The dinner had its tensions. Barton had formed the Australia Party, precursor to the Australian Democrats, which Perkin saw as vainglorious. And Mac Burnet was sobering a slightly pissed Gorton with a stern critique of the latter’s enthusiasm for nuclear power. Anticipating 9/11 by decades, Mac warned of terrorists flying planes into nuclear plants. ……………………………..Mac drew a diagram on the Melbourne Uni tablecloth. “Even with current solar technology an array of panels in the Nullarbor just 100 miles by 100 miles – a mere speck in the desert – could collect enough energy to power the entire planet.” (Remember that this was in 1972.

  20. Gladys and Daley the difference is stark 😆

    Berejiklian votes, then chooses cupcakes
    Daley starts election day with a meat pie
    Not a bloody ‘democracy sausage’ between them. Most ‘unpatriotic’ 🙂

  21. gigilene

    Oh noes, you mean i can’t trust political reporting in The Australian newspaper ? 😆

  22. Not quite the dainty image conjured up by,,,,,,,

    Berejiklian votes, then chooses cupcakes

  23. “Accidentally”???

    “A paid volunteer for the Liberal Party” …..

    Volunteers are not paid, that person was a paid worker and possibly a saboteur. How many other places had similar Liberal “volunteers”?

  24. Two Gripes.

    The Lib on the ABC panel is an obnoxious arsehole.

    The ABC result site is complete rubbish.

  25. Welp, NSW is fucked.

    Hope becoming the land of the slimy corrupt spivs is worth losing public health and transport as well as the Darling River over.

  26. Kirsdarke

    NSW being run by

    slimy corrupt spivs

    seems to be its natural state. Perhaps it could be used as a warning to other states.

    • Slimy corrupt spivs who still attract a majority of votes. (And Labor in NSW is really no better.)

      My eldest is going to be spitting chips tonight. He works in a NSW public service job and since the Coalition took over conditions have become worse and worse. He says his office is now at a point of such despair that people are taking stress leave and record amounts of sick leave to cope with the stress of working in an understaffed office yet being expected to cope with a much increased workload.

      Their management has told them they are not to complain about their job on social media, if they do and can be identified they WILL be sacked.

      But I can complain for him, so I am.

      My vote – for what little it was worth – has not been counted yet. I did a postal vote, mainly so I could avoid the revolting, compulsory democracy sausages and the inevitable cake stalls loaded with barely edible crap.

  27. Labor looks set to only pick up 3 seats from the coalition – East Hills, Coogee and Upper Hunter, and even then only just barely.

    SFF have won Murray, currently ahead in Barwon, and Independent ahead in Dubbo.

    Well, if this stays that way, the Coalition will be reduced to minority government with 46 seats, but will probably have to bow down to the 3 shooters to keep it.

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