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This is what privilege looks like

Posted May 22, 2014 into Politics by John Birmingham

A Prime Minister who uses your money, taken from your pocket, by the Tax Office he controls, to party hard at weddings, surf carnivals, anything.

A Prime Minster who warns about the dire need to tighten your belts, who forces working people to work longer, to pay more tax so that he can keep putting in expense claims that would see you prosecuted by the Tax Office.

A Prime Minister who shifted the burden of maintaining the national finances away from the richest and most powerful individuals and companies, and onto the poorest and weakest citizens.

A Prime Minister who, having ripped tens of billons of dollars away from the poorest state schools and who, having put a decent education beyond the means of ordinary people, sees nothing wrong with his own daughter being gifted a scholarship by an institution which does not offer scholarships.

A Prime Minister who is paid as much as the American President, nearly a quarter of a million dollars more than his Canadian counterpart, and probably about eight or nine times as much as you, who refuses to pay his own way, to carry his own burden, to take his thin, bloodless lips from the sore and swollen public tit at which they suck and bite each day.

A Prime Minister who will leave public office with decades of lavishly funded retirement ahead of him – a grotesquely generous pension, a free office, publicly funded staff, and a golden ticket to travel first class, for free, anywhere in the world on a whim. A Prime Minister whose policies force other, less privileged retirees into sex work and the occasional consumption of pet food.

Generic pet food.

Not that fancy store bought luxury stuff.

This is what privilege looks like; a sickening spectacle of a man attempting to emulate the lifestyles of the super elites into which he was not born, but to whom he has pledged his fealty and in whose interests he rules.

Why now, JB? You might ask. Why this sudden eruption of angry bile?

It's the scholarship. Stomping on the dreams of other people's children. Securing the future of his own. The chummy backhanded gift, from one privileged arsehat to another. All handled so quietly. Never any implication of favors done, of indulgences to be repaid. No, this is just how a chap gets on. How he looks after his own.

He is, to paraphrase his Education Minister, such a cunt.

(Thanks to Glen Le Lievre for the image)

149 Responses to ‘This is what privilege looks like’

Len mumbles...

Posted May 22, 2014
Wow. And I thought Harper was bad. Good rant, JB. I wish some of the journos on this side of the Pacific had the balls to criticize in the same way.

James puts forth...

Posted May 25, 2014
There is only one way to get rid of this bunch of crooks and that is to write to all politicians,both independent and labor and demand that they block ALL of this budget. A new election is what is needed, all we will all be flushed down the toilet.

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Bob would have you know...

Posted May 22, 2014
Needed to be said. Shame those that pass for journalists in this country won't.

Nor apparently is Bill Shorten capable of saying it so succinctly and clearly either. Waste of space as opposition leader

Thanks JB.

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w from brisbane mutters...

Posted May 22, 2014
A friend of mine on a salary $250,000 a year was shaking her head over the contempt of the 2% debt levy for people receiving over $180,000. That levy to show that the pain is shared.
She said, though she is on a salary of $250,000 per year, with all the salary packaging lurks available to her, she will not be paying the debt levy and is continually stunned how little tax she actually has to pay.

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BigWillieStyle mutters...

Posted May 22, 2014
I don't think I've read a better post by you on this website.

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Marfi reckons...

Posted May 22, 2014
You forgot Paid Parental Scheme.

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pi puts forth...

Posted May 22, 2014
mnergh. At the last election I decided to have an embargo on all news. No TV news, no print news, no internet news. Nada. Zip. Zilch. I made the call that nothing was going to change my mind about what a royal berk this guy is, and that all I would read in the intervening years would be confirmation of it. The only exposure I have to it, is this blog, and the occasional rants of my good partner.

I don't know how you people manage to read about all of this stuff without going troppo.

jane mutters...

Posted May 22, 2014
I read this stuff to maintain the rage. The rorting, lies and secrecy have become far worse since the Rodentochracy, all under Rupert's watch.

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John Samuel mutters...

Posted May 22, 2014
Well said. Applauds from the sidelines.

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Robyn reckons...

Posted May 22, 2014
This behaviour isn't what privilege looks like. This is what opportunistic dishonesty looks like. This is what white-collar crime looks like. This is obtaining benefit by deception.

Being elected Prime Minister is a rare privilege bestowed on few.

This is what abuse of privilege looks like.

Ruth swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 22, 2014
Robyn, you've nailed it. Abuse of privilege it is.

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DeC ducks in to say...

Posted May 22, 2014
It's been a nasty few weeks, hasn't it? I can see that I should have bought shares in PR and media advisory companies, because they're going to be heavily used over the next year or so....

Yes, the scholarship is really just a just a kick in the teeth - even for those of us who have a degree or three that we paid HECS and not unregulated fees for.

So much for the age of entitlement being over...

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Surtac reckons...

Posted May 22, 2014


Hear hear.


Very well said, sir.


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caldron_baidu would have you know...

Posted May 22, 2014
hear, hear! well said JB very well said

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Lulu ducks in to say...

Posted May 22, 2014
*standing ovation*

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BigWillieStyle would have you know...

Posted May 22, 2014

In case anyone missed it - Toned Abs went on Today this morning for a tummy-rub from Karl, and blamed Jon Faine for his wink yesterday. Hey, I'm sorry for treating a pensioner in such a condescending manner, but Jon drove me to it. Ummm, aaahhh, errrm.

Fkn coward. Won't go anywhere Q&A or 7.30, won't show at Deakin Uni, blames someone else for his cuntish behaviour. Who votes for this man?

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aaron4065 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 22, 2014
I'm sitting on my back deck, enjoying the warm autumn, looking after my sick 6 year old who won't get to go to uni now unless I rent said back deck to someone with a disability and their family, catching up on social media news (as opposed to the govspeak plopping like sewage out of the normal media outlets). Any other country I'd be joining my fellow shitted off and hurling Molotov cocktails at the nearest federal members office. Thanks for sayin' it how It is JB.

Mike would have you know...

Posted May 23, 2014
Yeah i agree why do we just put up with this shit we need a revolution in this country a referendum on Politicians pay and perks if it is illegal to mislead the parliament it should be an offense under the law to mislead the public it is fraud.I reckon anyone looses their dole or pension do not attack the innocent to survive target the liberal scum instead.This is the future for our old and disabled in Australia-Speaking in March, six months before his pledge not to change pensions, Mr Abbott told Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry he wanted a two-tier system, modelled on the British one, which paid people with disabilities different rates depending on whether their condition was permanent.

This is the result of those failed policies in the UK or only failed unless that was their intention in the first place cause thousands to die from suicide and stress-
http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/investigations/2012/04/32-die-a-week-after-failing-in.html

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B. has opinions thus...

Posted May 22, 2014
The scholarship appears to be "a chummy backhanded gift", as you say. But how might Abbott return the favour to the Chairman/Managing Director of the private college? Free advertising and endorsement - clearly splashed on the college's website - is an obvious boon. But Abbott's budget now, for the first time, gives said private-college (and others) access to government funding through HELP scheme. Chum chum chum.

M swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 23, 2014
This is the bit that really makes me sick. Abbott and his mates doing favours for each other, no surprise but how fucking cynical of them to deprive other people's children of educational opportunities while spending PUBLIC MONEY on private colleges.

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Halwes reckons...

Posted May 22, 2014

I've got a community meeting this morning with some really poisonous, conservative govt dept spin doctors. Your post has snapped me to attention. I'll certainly be having some fun at least now instead of another boring bullshit meeting where we just cop their lies again. Thanks

Peter Johnson swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 24, 2014
It is jobs for the whole Abbott family the other daughter has also come up trumps maybe Abbott's wife will be his driver talk about jobs for the boys.

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Jess has opinions thus...

Posted May 22, 2014
Thank you.

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Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 22, 2014
It does bring to mind a comic strip I read many years ago by<font color="#454545" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="1"> </font>Berkeley Breathed. It was between the privileged (in the form of Donald Trump) and the marginalized.

Though I fear the Prime Minister and his masters must have forgotten the lessons held within Shelley's poem The Mask of Anarchy -

<dd style="line-height: 22.399999618530273px; margin-left: 1.6em; margin-bottom: 0.1em; margin-right: 0px; color: rgb(37, 37, 37); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Rise like Lions after slumber</dd><dd style="line-height: 22.399999618530273px; margin-left: 1.6em; margin-bottom: 0.1em; margin-right: 0px; color: rgb(37, 37, 37); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">In unvanquishable number,</dd><dd style="line-height: 22.399999618530273px; margin-left: 1.6em; margin-bottom: 0.1em; margin-right: 0px; color: rgb(37, 37, 37); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Shake your chains to earth like dew</dd><dd style="line-height: 22.399999618530273px; margin-left: 1.6em; margin-bottom: 0.1em; margin-right: 0px; color: rgb(37, 37, 37); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Which in sleep had fallen on you-</dd><dd style="line-height: 22.399999618530273px; margin-left: 1.6em; margin-bottom: 0.1em; margin-right: 0px; color: rgb(37, 37, 37); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Ye are many — they are few</dd>

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LD joins the fray... mutters...

Posted May 22, 2014
Fuck yeah......well said

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Mick Free asserts...

Posted May 22, 2014
Out of interest John, have you (or any other Journo) done any research on the scholarship offered by Leanne Whitehouse and any details about the Whitehouse Institute. We all understand that we live in a "its not what you know but who you know world" so its easy to look on the surface and make a conclusion but I find the lack of fact finding pretty standard with Aussie commentators and journos.

Example Whitehouse is a private university, now Vetab approved for undergraduate degrees, which I understand was a first in Australia.

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted May 22, 2014
Like most, I'm just responding to the initial reports yesterday. I expect there'll be more info released.

Lisa puts forth...

Posted May 22, 2014
Mick Free ...
https://newmatilda.com/2014/05/21/leaked-documents-cast-doubt-abbotts-60k-scholarship-claims

Mick Free puts forth...

Posted May 22, 2014
Thanks Lisa for the link. Well given a bit more information either it was a Chairman's Scholarship or a Managing Director scholarship. Either way being a private institution its totally up to either the Chariman or the MD to make a decision on the grant to Frances. Whether they were swayed politically is largely irrelevant don't you think. The fact that Tony has come to power will only benefit the private institution Whitehouse Design. In business this is a part of strategic planning, much like having a box for the cricket, footy. I don't get all the drama. However there would be a massive problem if it turns out Frances was a dud designer. But this doesn't seem to be the case as the report advised she graduated.

ps I didn't vote liberals

simeon mumbles...

Posted May 22, 2014
It is a 'private' college. Who is to say how well you have to perform to gain a degree. It's not like it is benchmarked against others.

If you can give someone a free degree why watch them do badly when a 'helping hand' could see them make Daddy proud.

verity violet ducks in to say...

Posted May 23, 2014
Scholarships for your mates kids is how it works in old tie elite circles. The real and tangible benefit said college will receive is, as others point out, money from govt coffers to fund said college, which makes a decent living for all concerned without it at the moment. This is the real crime, the drain of monies from our COMMONWEALTH into the pockets of cretins who secrete it in real estate and Credit Suisse accounts thus taking it out of circulation and into their own silk oined pockets. Its a fucking moral outrage, and its happeneing all over the world. Its what Piketty is on about!

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JBtoo mutters...

Posted May 22, 2014
indeed

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B. asserts...

Posted May 22, 2014
Looks like Whitehouse gets lots of special attention from the government: http://www.acpet.edu.au/article/7828/assistant-education-minister-continues-pursuit-of-vet-in-schools-reforms/.

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Harry swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 22, 2014
Loved this John.

I was also really moved by Shorten's speech in the budget-in-reply, as good as anything he's done, I thought.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrxAlX6aOy8

Julie reckons...

Posted May 22, 2014
I was too! And them i made the mistake of watching his interview on the following 7.30 REPORT special!
Straight back into the platitudes and slogans and opposing everything!
Where are the LEADERS with a vision on community, climate change, population growth, infrastructure, public good etc?
Anyone????

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Gravitron asserts...

Posted May 22, 2014
I taught there years ago. One of the funniest comments I heard from a fellow staffer was "You know, my students carry handbags into class that cost more than my actual car." A few talented students, but mostly just very wealthy girls filling in time.

fashion design mumbles...

Posted May 22, 2014
Fashion design! Why am I not surprised?? Because I'm not. Not something socially useful..uh uh nope..not from Abbott's daughter. The little north shore tyke wanted this and the little north shore tyke got it! Sickening but to be expected. Did you watch one of his daughters swilling red vino in the background of the Abbott's kitchen when he was on the ABC's Kitchen Cabinet. Charming (pretending to have a brain)

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Darth Greybeard mutters...

Posted May 22, 2014
First, well said. Wish we could put that on the front page of the Australian. Re that scholarship, apparently the college wasn't answering questions with any enthusiasm. First they couldn't say if one had ever been granted before, then said Tone's daughter received the second one. Ever. But let's not forget that this is a family tradition. Tones himself, although apparently an indifferent student, received a Rhodes scholarship. This is apparently conferred by a very cozy little committee of chaps not on educational merit as I naively thought, but to the right sort of person (wink wink).

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Lisa is gonna tell you...

Posted May 22, 2014
I'd love it if you'd record this in a very loud voice so we can play it on loudspeakers hooked up to cars cruising every suburb.

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DNABeast mumbles...

Posted May 22, 2014
So everyone is angry about this. But what the heck can we do? Yelling about it on Facebook or marching doesn't seem to do squat. How do we do that thing where we revolt and ransack the castle putting in a brand new government?

Marfi mutters...

Posted May 22, 2014
Hey DNA beast. I agree. Most people are so disengaged from politics that the messages are not getting through by the usual media channels.
So, I had an idea to crowdfund a sign campaign and hit all the federal marginal seats in the country. Just some short-sharp sharp facts about these lying parasites. Place signs anywhere we possibly can, on busy overpasses, buildings, billboards etc.
I'm keen, waddyareckon?

JG puts forth...

Posted May 22, 2014
A double dissolution. It's the only way for an early federal election to be called. If only.

damian puts forth...

Posted May 22, 2014
There's nothing wrong with yelling, it's cathartic and let's people know they're not alone

NBlob asserts...

Posted May 23, 2014


Yeah &/or No.


We voted this pack of Arsehats in. We swallowed the bullshit mendacity of the Pink Batts & Budget Crisis memes. We obligingly numbered the boxes that removed Kev teh Incompetant & Juliar the Shrill. For Fuck sake a reasonable % of the good people of One Electorate north of mine elected Clive-o-saurus.


But violence is not the answer. As sorely tempting as it may be. Once That genie is out of the bottle you'll never get it back in.


Just remember this next time around. When you are tempted to swallow the bullshit. Don't subscribe to slogans. Look past the spin. Consider "Who is most likely to do the best by those least fortunate"? Not "What's in it for me & mine"?

Timmo ducks in to say...

Posted May 24, 2014
Hear, hear Lord Bob.
That said, there's been a lot of sweariness at the TV and radio this week, followed by turning off of same.

The key issue for me is the inequity and harshness of this budget - forget the lies, the winking, the scholarships and favours, the passing the problem to the states, etc. Purely and simply, this budget screws over our youth, our elderly, the unemployed and the environment to the benefit of the rich, big business, mining companies and polluters, with little effective justification for doing so.

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Therbs has opinions thus...

Posted May 22, 2014

Kaboom!

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Callie Ge has opinions thus...

Posted May 22, 2014
I want to start a petition to the Governor General to sack the Abbott govt. I Do Not believe they are acting in the best interests of the people they are supposed to represent and I am sure that some of his decisions are unconstitutional. He is using the old, poor and disabled to obtain financial advantage for the rich, isn't that a crime? yes I am one of those disadvantaged, I am on a DSP , I have 4 children 2 adult and 2 in high school, I have also been a single parent for 14 years. I pay my way and I DO pay tax, I pay 10% GST on my utilities and things I buy the same as everyone else does. Joe Hockey inference that welfare recipients of all types should ask family and friends for hand outs makes me so angry ,
Dear Joe, Both my parents are long dead and even when they were alive I received Jack Shit in assistance from them; as they were both only children I have no aunts, uncles or cousins, I have no siblings to speak of they cut off contact with me over 20 years ago I dont even know where any of them live, I have been a shut in for almost 10 years so I have no friends, My 12 yr old clothes dryer died 10 months ago, are you going to give me the $400- I need to buy a new one? Yeah, didn't think so.
Kindest Regards
Fuck You too.
I do not know where to start to begin the petition.Any Ideas?

CH ducks in to say...

Posted May 23, 2014
There is already two petitions on this already :) if you would like to sign it, the link for one of them is:


CH is gonna tell you...

Posted May 23, 2014
http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/to-the-australian-government-and-the-governor-general-we-reject-tony-abbott-and-the-lnp?utm_source=supporter_message&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=supporter_message

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pi would have you know...

Posted May 22, 2014
There's a word for this thing.

Corruption.

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wazza would have you know...

Posted May 22, 2014
Welcome to New America...

WMDsearcher is gonna tell you...

Posted May 22, 2014
Nail on head Wazza. These Abbott lead centre right LNPers are "trickle down" economic fans, and basically use the US as their model. Them in power will worsen our society and as a result our standard of living - without a doubt - despite the privileged claiming the opposite.

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Blarkon has opinions thus...

Posted May 22, 2014
Pretty sure that Havs will be along in a second to say this is all cool and weren't those labor muppets shite.

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Veloaficionado is gonna tell you...

Posted May 22, 2014
Once upon a time, the right had some class. When they were not grinding the faces of the poor, they wore nice clothes, sponsored talented artists, set up charitable institutions and built impressive and often beautiful buildings. We could look up to them.
Now, we have a bunch of nouveau riche oiks, arrivistes, to coin a phrase, who, as JB says, are looking for their grubbily acquired ticket to the jet set. Property and stock market speculation is too hard for them, drug dealing is too dangerous, so they refine their lying apparatus, and slither on up the greasy political pole. Their morals are of the braying, undergraduate fascistic cartoonish version of some poisonous Victorian fantasy of world domination, veering ever closer to UKIP and the US Tea Party. But all the time, they have to smash the Trots, the poor, the hippies - just in a case the Bastille is stormed, and they're sent to a small island in the Pacific, like antipodean Napoleons. So, it's fear: fear, loathing and contempt. That's all they are, that's all they consist of. Poke a hole through their brittle smiley, shiny carapaces, and they deflate and collapse like a faulty balloon, farting round the room to lie flaccid and pathetic, in the corner.

yes is gonna tell you...

Posted May 22, 2014
You've just described the North Shore (of Sydney) Liberal Party to a T!!!

Bethgael puts forth...

Posted May 22, 2014
As someone who used to vote conservative, but could not stomach it in the last election, this hits the nail on the head with absolute literary poignancy.

Conservatism used to mean exactly that: conserve--not just the arts, and history, and beauty, but also the people. Republicans and Tories in the UK both spearheaded the fight against slavery--Lincoln in the USA, the Tories in the UK. Now, they fight for religious fanaticism. They fight for lack of compassion. Menzies would not recognise his party. And I voted Green for the first time in my life.

The new neo-liberal is not a conservative. He legislates for a plutocracy. And it's going to hurt.

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Peter would have you know...

Posted May 22, 2014
Reimbursed by taxpayers to travel around Australia to promote his book.

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Bondiboy66 has opinions thus...

Posted May 22, 2014
Yep, that about sums it up. Fabulous rant to which I heartily agree.

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Michael Grelis is gonna tell you...

Posted May 22, 2014
My late mother was not given to prescient comments much. Was largely apolitical, with a healthy disregard for the mealymouthed and patronising. And at 88 years of age had a well honed bullshit detector. She didn't leave much, a coupla dressing gowns, spectacles, false teeth, a picture of Mary McKillop and a pair of cheap rosary beads.
In 1998 she took me aside and said. "Michael" she said, as was her wont, for that was my name. "Michael, mark my words.If Australia let's this Howard cunt into office,he and his vermin will be there for years"
Well it did, and they were. There was a brief moment of Labor sunshine, but the vermin didn't go away. Just hid in the back alleys, the rubbish dumps, the sewers. Hiding in the dark sleazy places, the filth, the slime and the shit. Waiting Waiting.
And now they're back. They didn't really go away.Some of the older rats deserted the sinking ship, but most held on to the flotsam and jetsam. Waiting, Waiting. And now they're back. Cunts. Every last one of them. G'nite Mum, and God bless.

Ree swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 22, 2014
Your mother, couldn't have been more spot on. I remember a sinking feeling at age 16 when Howard was voted in - I felt like the course of my future had been altered in some way.

My English Literature teacher handed me a enrol to vote form, and said - "Your voice is just as important as Howard and the rest of them, never forget that"

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Darth Greybeard asserts...

Posted May 22, 2014
Good report on the New Matilda website.
https://newmatilda.com/2014/05/21/leaked-documents-cast-doubt-abbotts-60k-scholarship-claims
I keep hoping that NSW ICAC will get all the way to this bastard but I know it's a forlorn hope. With Murdoch on his side to dismiss all criticism and critics and to fog the issues, he could eat live kittens for breakfast and be reelected.

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priveliged classes suck asserts...

Posted May 22, 2014
Yes - finally succinctly put! I'm telling anybody that wants to listen - THIS is the North Shore Liberal Party's view of the rest of the world!!!! Seriously -- more journos need to infiltrate their ranks, to see WHAT ELSE they have in store for us!

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Lobes is gonna tell you...

Posted May 22, 2014
I travel to Australia regularly and know the country and its people better than most. Sorry to say it, but you have the government you deserve.

Lulu mumbles...

Posted May 22, 2014
I didn't vote for them (or at all - longterm resident but not a citizen).

Ree puts forth...

Posted May 22, 2014
A glorified tourist (Lobes) knows what Australians deserve now? How enlightening.




Lisa mutters...

Posted May 22, 2014
Lobes, as a person who was born and grew up here, I can't actually disagree with you - my most abiding frustration with my country is the general apathy amongst the majority comfortable about the functions of democracy - as a living thing that needs to be actively lived, or lost. Even in relatively politically aware countries in Europe the conservatives have taken hold. Here, we fought for years against Howard, felt we'd won when Rudd got in, and promptly dropped the activist ball long enough for this - the unthinkable - to happen. As a longterm activist, I take as much responsibility for this situation as anyone. We allowed this to happen. People now say it might be 'a good thing' because having this lunatic fringe in power might activate people - but we said that when Howard won his second term.
I'm assuming this is what you meant when you said we 'deserve' this govt Lobes (if it's not, I'd be interested to know what you did mean)
In any case it's no good being angry in hindsight. We've got to learn the lesson that power is only ever given away. I don't actually believe the majority of Australians "don't care" - they just don't know. So those who do, need to get up, stay up, and get the message out - and not sit back in the beanbag every time we get a small victory.
</end rant>

spagman mutters...

Posted May 22, 2014
everyone gets the politicians they deserve, not just australia.

so what does that say about Russia, The USA & Italy?

The political landscape world wide (perhaps except Iceland) is fucked up. Here especially we've gone from Howard, Rudd & Gillard and now Abbott. Cunts every single one. Just what does it take to spur Australians into action? We have the power to sack the Government but the average person is too dumb, too busy working 2 jobs to survive, or too rich to give a flying fuck about how to change things.

spagman ducks in to say...

Posted May 22, 2014
everyone gets the politicians they deserve, not just australia.

so what does that say about Russia, The USA & Italy?

The political landscape world wide (perhaps except Iceland) is fucked up. Here especially we've gone from Howard, Rudd & Gillard and now Abbott. Cunts every single one. Just what does it take to spur Australians into action? We have the power to sack the Government but the average person is too dumb, too busy working 2 jobs to survive, or too rich to give a flying fuck about how to change things.

Muther has opinions thus...

Posted May 22, 2014
Ouch Lobes your words hurt like thousands of tiny paper cuts.No one deserves Abbott not even his family I even feel sorry for Tony imagine what kind of internal conversation goes on inside that oversize melon of his

M swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 23, 2014
I thought you were one of us, Lobes?

Sorry, I wouldn't wish this pack of arseholes on anyone. Even you.

Blarkon reckons...

Posted May 23, 2014
Lobes is from PNG

Lobes mumbles...

Posted May 24, 2014
We also have the government we deserve.

I havnt been to Russia but Italy for sure fits that bill too. The USA is a bit different as its such a large and diverse federation thats its dangerous to generalise with them.

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Jacinta puts forth...

Posted May 22, 2014
So eloquently executed. Thank you for dropping the C-bomb pretty much sums up everything and anything about this less than humane individual. Let's get him gone.

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Lew asserts...

Posted May 22, 2014
And don't forget Margie Abbotts recent lucky enrolment in a care course at UNE
Missed the reimposition of fees on these courses by thaaattt much!
Lucky isn't she?

Timmo is gonna tell you...

Posted May 24, 2014
Does that count as insider trading?

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Douglas has opinions thus...

Posted May 22, 2014
Don't allow the rage about this despicable government to fade away. Maintain the rage. Kick the bums out!!

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JG reckons...

Posted May 22, 2014
You've done it again, JB. Good one. Toned Ab's wink and smirk made me sick. He is such a misogynistic prick who is totally out of touch with the real cost of living.

Food banks and charities are going to be put under enormous strain, as if they aren't already. Crime rates, social isolation, mental illness, and homelessness will soar, as I've said before.

Glad I live in a warm climate. I pity poor pensioners living in cooler climes (eg Canberra, Tasmania) who won't be able to afford heating. I know what it's like to leave lean. Just glad I have a supportive family. Not everyone has that.

Gas, electricity, phone, rent, medical costs, transport. Little money left over for food at times, let alone money for clothes, pets, or entertainment.

God help those at the bottom of the society. Tony and co have rubbed their dirty boots all over you.

JG

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HAVOCK21 mutters...

Posted May 22, 2014
BLARKON I SEEN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'd scream just as fkn loud if it was the other fkn retards, we have two boys, most know that, ones Electrical qualificatyion is tied up with VIC UNI and the fee's...WENT FKN UP under pillard and bumbot. Make no mistake, those fkrs have shit to answer for. But at the same time. HE"S FKN EARED ENOUGH to pay his own way the fkn arse hat on this, I would have said, that BY FKN D E F A U L T..he being the PM, this is a FKN GIFT and as such IMHO, should be given back to a randon poor fkn bumb outta his pant worker with a kid going or at least trying to.

So no, whilst I might extole other virtrues...and the likes, that don't mean I will condone whats fkn a fkd up event / action or whatever the hell ya wanna call it.

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Bulimba watcher is gonna tell you...

Posted May 22, 2014
This gutless wonder is lucky he lives in a age that reflects his nature.

Years ago a man who steals a dog from a yard so he can post a sign "Lost Dog Found' would have been shot with out a thought.

Today such soft tactics get retweets on twitter.
'Are you in Bulimba dog found please retweet Rolf'

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Sincerely yours is gonna tell you...

Posted May 22, 2014
Hey JB, something wrong with cunts? You say it like it's a bad thing. I don't reckon Tones thinks they're bad, just something to wink and smirk at, and dismiss.

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Ross H puts forth...

Posted May 22, 2014
Completely agree with JB. I'm making much the same rants. Add to the mix having a House of Reps overseen by a Speaker is unashamed in her disgusting Liberal bias and we have a football much being umpired by a ref wearing one of the team's jumpers. Even the usual pretense of debate in the House is now gone. And ICAC showing the web of deceit and corruption is not just crossing party lines but also tainting the Federal level.

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Quokka mumbles...

Posted May 22, 2014
What was really disturbing about that video wasn't the wink, but how his smirk widened as she outlined how unwell she is and how she can't afford her medication.

The wink may have been the Mad Monk's way of saying 'Get her number, I'll call her later and see that she earns her next tin of cat food,' but the broadening smirk as she laid out the misery of her existence showed just how little empathy he had for her problems.

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Mick Handcock asserts...

Posted May 22, 2014
Perfect JB. Well said.

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Broadie the Wardie swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 22, 2014
I've become so disillusioned of late with the antics of both the Federal and State governments.
Equally, I've become absolutely enraged with the Murdog press with its sycophantic adulation of the Tories and everything they stand for. Unfortunately the Murdog press is all we get in Queensland.
I also note, with rising panic, the unrelenting attack on the ABC in both the Courier-Mail and the Australian. Murdog wants to silence that news source. I've taken to reading the SMH to satisfy my print addiction.
I suggest that if the Fairfax press put a couple of pages of Queensland news into the SMH, then they'd clean up big time 'cause we banana-benders are fed up with being fed shit!


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Collette reckons...

Posted May 22, 2014
Last financial year, as a single hardworking tertiary educated woman, I earned over $100k. I happily paid my tax as I figured I was going to help people who weren't able to work, were ill, new comers, refugees, as well as supporting health education etc.
Plans to buy another investment property, new car.

I got seriously ill in July. I spent 3 moths in hospital. I learned how to walk again. I have brain and leg nerve damage.
My private income protection insurance which I have had for 26 years was ceased due to misdiagnosis. I cannot pay the $300/mth premium to continue it until the new tests are done.
Suddenly, I'm on newstart, unable to pay my mortgage. I'm hoping not to be homeless by Christmas.

I was fit (Masters Rower), strong, worked 60hrs a week. I taught medicine at Uni.
I loved my jobs.
Now, I'm trying to get better.
I work really hard at rehabilitation.
No-one knows what is going to happen to me.

It's unlikely I will be employed at what I was doing 10 months ago.

All I did was breathe in on July 4th 2013 and got meningitis.
I'm not sure I, or anyone else deserves to be made homeless, develop malnutrition, or reduce social contact because of breathing. Let alone, being born with a disability.


John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted May 22, 2014
Jesus, Collette. That's way harsh. Sorry to hear all that.

Maxine puts forth...

Posted May 22, 2014
You have my sympathy Colette (I also had bad accident years ago, was fortunate, recovered)
We are all (or most) only one accident, illness or divorce away from real financial disaster.
We are a first world country, who can afford to support those who need assistance.
Fingers crossed you make a complete recovery.

M ducks in to say...

Posted May 23, 2014
Exactly, Maxine. And I'm sorry Colette for what you are going through.

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Derm mutters...

Posted May 22, 2014
Well said refreshing to see Tony outed for what he plainly and unequivocally is A CUNT. Tony and CUNT are like Cricket and Bat and when chanted repeatedly on mass is good for the soul ''TONY IS A CUNT'' repeat .

Hyacinth has opinions thus...

Posted May 23, 2014
Don't you realise how extremely misogynistic the term "c**t" is and how deeply offensive to the female half of the population? Presumably it's being used by men with little imagination but can't you think of a better insult - please?

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GhostSwirv would have you know...

Posted May 22, 2014
I love your alternative universe fiction JB - but lately it seems that the whole country has become trapped in an Australian Horror Story where Without Warning and following After America Tea Party politics TwoToneTones has selected his Murdochian Weapons of Choice to slam the Designated Targets of the poor, the needy, and the disenfranchised, intending to inflict the Final Impact of a dystopian Oz where the country is overrun by North Shore graduates in freebie BMWs tooling across Westlink, Eastlink and Bass StraitLink.
We need the Angels of Vengeance - Penny, Tania & Caitlin to tear the beegeeus out of the Prime Bodgie Smuggler - to raise up the Leviathan of the true blue Aussie spirit so we can Hammer the crap out the LNP.
Just keeping writing the truth JB and maybe more punters will wake up - for those of us who were screaming about TwoToneTones prior to the election nothing could prepare us for this dark reality - as a piece of fiction this LNP is pure Kafka.

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NTFC ducks in to say...

Posted May 22, 2014
As an Australian living overseas at the moment, I really worry about the sort of country I will return to.

My kids are still living there, and despite being adults each of them will be hit by some of these measures. Although I have a dream life here (job, travel, apartment), I can see that I will need to return home so that my wife can work again because we'll need two incomes for a while longer to help the kids out.

But more than the money, I'm worried about the sort of country we are becoming where the people at the bottom are treated with such contempt - forget about the changes to programmes, but just the language being used about them.

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Patricia reckons...

Posted May 22, 2014
so... what are we going to do about this?
I've added my name to every GetUp petition and put my two bob's worth into every crowdfunding campaign by GetUp and the EDO.
We need a double dissolution. But how?
We need to send a message to the Senate - to Labor and the Greens and the independents that we won't take this lying down.

Collette. I feel your pain.

I have been where you are now and I was supremely lucky to have had savings behind me at the time, and youth on my side.

If this happened now, my life would be over. I cannot afford to get injured, resign from a job where I am harassed and mistreated, study a new discipline to change careers and jobs under Abbott's new plan for Australia. And I have it easy compared to people like you.

We have to stop this. Demonstrations are good. Petitions are good. But we need more. We need to take away Abbott's power. We need to show a vote of no confidence.

Any suggestions?

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Mandy Mullen mumbles...

Posted May 22, 2014
Great article John. Sorry you used 'cunt' to describe Abbott.

Jules swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 26, 2014
Agree. Loved the article. But a cunt is the wrong description. He is far from an organ to provide pleasure and facilitate birth. He should be referred to as Cancer - with which you get fear, pain, death and destruction.

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cara asserts...

Posted May 22, 2014
I salute you JB. Thank you for saying it so well. Great post. Made me smile and warmed my heart.

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Teebles has opinions thus...

Posted May 22, 2014
I'm literally crying reading this. Have always loved your work, but wow, you hit the nail on the head for me today. As one of those single mothers who's about to be so hard hit, I'm afraid of this government, I'm afraid for what they stand for. I'm not just afraid for me, I'm afraid for this country.

And I'd be a working single mother if I could only get a job. Anyone need a shoe polisher? I'm very good at it.

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yankeedog mutters...

Posted May 22, 2014
Well said, JB. I live in a broke state in a broke country. Too busy keeping my head below water up here to study your internal politics, but I dare say most of your national and state politicians would fit in just fine, in, say, Chicago, or one of our southern states.

There was a Supreme Court justice here who said 'Sunshine is the best disinfectant'. Looks like some sun is finally hitting there.

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Roxane would have you know...

Posted May 22, 2014
We have the technology now to diagnose psychopaths and sociopaths. I propose mandatory MRI scans of the Amygdala's of candidates who wish to represent us to see if they are capable of empathy.

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Cate would have you know...

Posted May 22, 2014
Bravo JB. BRAVO!!

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Roxane is gonna tell you...

Posted May 22, 2014
It's really this bastardised version of capitalism we're all living with that's causing the problems, although I agree the corrupt politicians aid the plutocrats to achieve their aims.
Other than the fossil fuel plutocrats whose product we all still depend on too much (though it's changing) the rest of them need us more than we need them. We just need to change our attitudes.
Focus on needs rather than wants. Share your surpluses with others. Barter your goods and services. Change your banking to credit unions. Tell them unless they change their ways and start acting ethically we won't buy their shit anymore; literally and figuratively.
We can turn the world we live in back into a society rather than an economy. We just have to make the choice.

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AJ Canberra would have you know...

Posted May 22, 2014
I must take issue with you calling Tony Abbott a cunt. He lacks both the warmth and the depth to be anything like a vagina. However, he IS very slippery.

P.S. I wish I could claim credit for that joke, but I didn't create it. Can't recall where I saw it, though.

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Legless swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 22, 2014
JB? - I love your books and enjoy Blunty but I have to say that this rant is the finest thing you've ever written. I just wish you could have published this on Blunty as it deserves much more exposure than it will get on here.

It's the most scathing put-down of a politician that I've heard in years.

I tip's me lid.

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted May 23, 2014
It did pretty well here, mate. 11 235 readers over the day. And I couldn't have done it exactly the same at Blunty.

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Sunflowers has opinions thus...

Posted May 22, 2014
Is anyone aware that the interest we pay on our current debt could build a brand new hospital per week. That labour projects such as the Victorian desalination plant could possibly cost taxpayers over twenty billion over the next three decades, and it's not been turned on yet. Red herrings aside, what is good for our country? Amassing debt or accumulating wealth? Having lived in the UK for five years where l paid 20% tax, as well as my monthly NHS fee (that's a lot of $7 visits to the hospital each month that you may never use) l really don't think we should be complaining. I am tertiary educated, paid my debts, and have worked up to 20 hours per day to buy a house and travel the world. My education was not free (only those who dodge HECS get free degrees), my working life has been hard, and my current position harder. I am categorically what the masses call middle class. Labour or liberal l really don't care (and for the record l am a greenie) just give me the baby boomer lifestyle and not that of the Great Depression. God knows we will then have something to seriously worry about. On the other hand if l have to shake my booty at the local strip joint at seventy it may be my nephew that carries the burden instead. Suck it up Australia.

Legless ducks in to say...

Posted May 23, 2014
The desalination plant was probably the greatest use of public funds, in Australia, in the last 30 years. Building infrastructure is rarely wrong.

So what that it hasn't been turned on yet? But it'll be there when it's needed. Like when the next big drought hits. We've already broken yet another weather record here in Melbourne. The longest May warm streak on record. And, as the month closes, it looks like being the warmest May since records began.This year is set to be an El Ninio year so we can look forward to a scorching summer with little rainfall.

The desalination plant is insurance. A pain in the arse to pay for when you get no benefit but a life-saver when the shit hits the fan.


But all that aside - your post still doesn't explain why Toned_Abs is such a corrupt cunt. And your support of him as a self confessed Greenie makes you look like........

HAVOCK21 ducks in to say...

Posted May 23, 2014
YA FKN SHITTING ME ARN'T YA. THE DESAL...


WHAT

A
MASSIVE FKN WASTE OF TXPAYER MONEY! FFSAKES! AND...WHEN THEY DO, if they do turn the fkn thing on, its gunna consume vast amounts of ----WAIT FOR IT...FKN ELECTRICITY!

Lobes has opinions thus...

Posted May 23, 2014
Wow, were you asleep through the drought in the noughties or something? The whole state was brown, nobody could wash their car or water their garden for years. How the fuck is a desal plant a waste of money in that situation??

You probably think that just because you dont dont have a fucking flat tyre RIGHT NOW theres no need to carry a spare in your boot.

pi swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 23, 2014
The desal plant is the best desal plant that money could buy. And when the next inevitable drought hits, all I'll be hearing is crickets (or locusts) in the dead and parched grass as I'm drinking my cool glass of water. And all of these people who thought it was a waste of money will be nowhere to be seen...

HAVOCK21 puts forth...

Posted May 23, 2014
WELL.I wasnt off paddling aorund Island..I rreckon I would have had a better view and a DAM would have been better value for money, less fkn money and we could at least have maybe fished on it!..HELL....GENERATE POWER FROM THE FKN THING!


BUT the desal is a BIG waste of taxpayers money!. HOW LONG HAS IT NOW BEEN SITTING THERE ..........................DOING FUCKING NOTHING!...YEAH...when the next fkn 1 in a 2100 year drought arrives....YA CARE TO DO THE FKN MATH ON THAT!

Lulu mutters...

Posted May 23, 2014
1 in 2100 year droughts? Must be like those 1 in 2100 fires we keep having in Victoria

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Peter in the bleaches puts forth...

Posted May 23, 2014


Havock you are FKN WRONG. As legless mumbled 'the desalination plant is insurance' and was built when 4 million people had less than 2 years of water supply. The FKN had to do something. Now the way they did it was well FCKED, but that is a different issue.

As for toned abs, a $7 surcharge for kids to be vaccinated, that is a FKN crime. For someone who trained to be a priest, I don't see any loving in the room.

HAVOCK21 is gonna tell you...

Posted May 23, 2014
HAD TO DO SOMETHING IS ABOUT RIGHT, thats because like the EAST WEST / NTH FKN STH pipe line which is not used either they had sat on their collective arses. BTW..5 BILLION, thats what it cost, over 5 Billion dollars and we have what? INSURANCE, if thats your argument for ripping up 5 Billion bucks of txpayers fkn money and condeming you children to paying for this and their kids klids as well, then I hope you have Fuck all to do with ANY gummit spending.

5 Billion is what you get when they opt for the WRONG option because they were frightened of the tree huggers and 5 Billion is what you get when they sit ...for far far too long doing nothing. And what unions made a fkn killing out og it HEY!....yeah, BUMBY , BACK and co, bringing your victorias BARREN BURNT FKN BACKYARD!


Come to think of it really, labour agve us

DESAL without WATER
NO TRANSPORT and thats whats in doesnt go any fkn faster
A BURNT STATE
P{issups whilst it burns of course

DID I MENTION 5 BILLION dollars to build a desal plant.

Bangar is gonna tell you...

Posted May 23, 2014
Don't worry about the pipeline H it's one way only and I believe that some of the pump motors are burnt out anyway.

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Flinthart mumbles...

Posted May 23, 2014
"Cunt" is too good for him. The man is an absolute pyne.

JBtoo is gonna tell you...

Posted May 23, 2014
That is delicious and I'm pinching it

Timmo puts forth...

Posted May 24, 2014
Love it!
Why IS Pyne so easy to hate?
He has a face that you just want to punch and the urge triples the moment he speaks.

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w from brisbane is gonna tell you...

Posted May 23, 2014
At times like these, I recall the response by Warren Buffett (world's 3rd richest person) to being questioned about the U.S.'s tax and expenditure model.

“There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”
Later on, he revised the 'we're winning" assessment by saying:
"It's been a rout."

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Davo asserts...

Posted May 23, 2014
What a load of left wing twaddle. Little wonder you don't get any more gigs writing for the Australian Birmo.

As for cunts? Well, I've met your wife sport! Now, there's a cunt - and a really poor lawyer to boot....

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted May 23, 2014
Davo, any time you'd like to meet and discuss this in person, just say so.

Halwes mumbles...

Posted May 23, 2014

I'll bet Davo the pissweak cunt wont be in it

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted May 23, 2014
I fear not.

MickH mumbles...

Posted May 23, 2014
Thats a bit harsh Davo
Puts you right in the boofhead mouth breather class of troll,
Everything JB said above is true, you deny this or didn't you bother reading it?
I see reactions like yours all the time on atheist pages on face book. When the theists run out of constructive arguments against a mountain of logic they always resort to abuse, just like you did.

Abbott is a cunt and after a statement like that, you're a cunt too and a cowardly one at that!

damian mumbles...

Posted May 23, 2014
Respectfully suggest shipping Davo McCreepy's comment and accompanying server logs to the AFP for followup. Unless your own action is in train of course.

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted May 24, 2014
Ha, nice one. I'll put Dan on it. I had a few theories about who it might be. Jane hasn't worked in that many places and there's only two or three douchebags who'd be a good fit for 'Davo'. The comment was logged at 4.26 so hopefully it came in from a work computer.

HAVOCK21 mumbles...

Posted May 24, 2014
yeah. NUKE THE FKR! thats waaaaaaaaaaaay of fkn base!

Lobes is gonna tell you...

Posted May 24, 2014
Davo what a dead set loser piece of trash you are. Your argument is nonexistent and you're so scared to take JB on that you have to attack his uninvolved partner.

Keep reading the Australian fuckstick., Murdoch loves brain dead chumps like you, they keep him in private jets.

Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted May 24, 2014
Captain,
I am very busy.
It is better to have someone make a slight on your wife than for her to make a slight on you.
I will look into it.
I will make an adjustment.

Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted May 24, 2014
1985 Bkes on dykes.
Land of the lOng white Cloud.
Bad architecture.
''Please Zues Please, build my building, please....""
Bang Bros Brookvale 1997-[[[[--
Poor Taste.

Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted May 24, 2014
As an aside Captain may I remind you I scored 64 out of 120 in my first Mathematics exam. Just Sayin', then the Blood.
I have gone deeper...

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted May 24, 2014
Dino, please. You're confusing Davo. He gets confused easy. And angry. Very very angry about life and its disappointments.

Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted May 24, 2014
Anger I can deal with JB.
Low IQ and ugliness I cannot.
May I remind you...

Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 24, 2014
The LNP is correct in reducing funding to Education and the 'cold climate cheese monkeys', the linguists.
May they live forever, 2nd class, not first class, seconded.

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archie has opinions thus...

Posted May 23, 2014
It is time tony abbott (Capital letters are for proper nouns and there is nothing proper about this - ummm - man) It is time, tony abbott to stop being a pustulent sore on the labia of mother earth.

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Wink wink asserts...

Posted May 23, 2014

Has Tony Abbott become the Silvo Berlusconi of Australian politics?

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Derm reckons...

Posted May 23, 2014
My well thought out reply/apology to Hyacinth was at first rejected repeatedly due to non responsive submit button then it was somehow lost to the bloggersphere am I doing something wrong?
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Lawrence Winder mutters...

Posted May 23, 2014
This IPA inspired and corrupt rabble and their mindless trolls are making Australia a most uncivil place. There is a nasty stormy future building...

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan has opinions thus...

Posted May 25, 2014
What is happening to you happened to us, here in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. But it happened here slowly over decades, in no small measure due to the gradual but effective failure of our public school system to teach critical thinking skills. And now American socio-economic and political systems are dominated by an enormous mass of incredibly stupid people easily persuaded to vote against their own interests. Global climate change challenges the profitability of fossil fuel producers, so they successfully persuade a majority of Americans it isn't true. If your electorate can't read very well, can barely add and subtract - if that - and cannot distinguish a lie from the truth, then persuading them that Noah was a real man who successfully put two of every animal on earth in a big boat and that climate change is a myth it isn't that difficult a thing to do.

You have no such excuse. Your education system is actually quite excellent. Your lowest, most ignorant bogan has critical thinking skills far beyond the best of my nation's white trash fundamentalist Christian. I know this from experience talking to both.

Surely you must have expected this.
Surely you saw this coming.

And yet intelligent, educated Australians voted Abbott and his cronies into office and gave them the power to shape the structure of your future at your expense and to the benefit of those already living well. Our redistribution of wealth from the bottom up took decades to perfect. It evolved into the awful reality we now have and the total failure of the American Dream. Your redistribution is happening, in comparison, in a heart beat. The triumph of our 1% was an evolution - slow and subtle. Yours is a revolution - fast and brutal.

How on earth did this happen? What are the real reasons? In modern democracies, no one comes into office and does what Abbott is doing and has done without the consent of the people. Do the majority of Australians really want the future Abbott is crafting for them? If not, why isn't there rioting in the streets?

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted May 25, 2014
It's not all darkness and profits for Murdoch, Paul. The push back has been fierce. Even News Corp is running the occasionally critical argument of the budget - although mostly framed in terms of the 'poor politics' of letting the lower orders see what you're really about.
Abbott is in trouble. Real and possibly mortal trouble. I want to write something more about it, but it would be a longer piece that'd require some real thought, touching as it does not just on politics but on the reshaping of modern media and a sift in power away from oligarchs like Murdoch.

Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted May 25, 2014
Paul the 'excuse' is trying to survive. The economic use of a contraction of the supply of money coupled with a designed increase in unemployment(457 visa anyone? cause no one here can speak english etc) means that people who could invest time and energy, political, protest or just mouth off to anyone at the pub are declining.
It is a strategy of Levi Strauss and that 'CIA' man(can't recall his name)from the sixties who basically employed the 'divide and conquer' tactic.
Terrorise the populace into individuals then submission will ensue.

Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 25, 2014
Which brings me back to an earlier comment about why the LNP is correct in reducing funding to Education.
Cause it is not working. Why throw money to a bunch of cowardly fuckwits. Yes Australian Academia and 'The Conversation' I am looking at you.
I hope you all lose your jobs or grow a testicle.

Dino not to be confused with puts forth...

Posted May 25, 2014
Duh,
Leo Strauss not the jeans man...

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damian has opinions thus...

Posted May 25, 2014
Sorry Havsy ,but you're definitely one of the "full of passionate intensity" guys, there's no way in hell you're one of the "lack all conviction" guys.

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NBlob ducks in to say...

Posted May 25, 2014
@ prof Paul. I don't believe in conspiracy as a generalisation. But this was a desperately sad confluence of circumstances. A terrible manager with little structural support in an untenable situation (PM Rudd & the GFC) who picked a fight with the wrong cartel & who lacked the ability to sell what was so obviously the right thing to do.
A deputy with an inability to get past Her pet issue.
Meanwhile on the other side Nick Minchum's last leadership vote happened to be the choice between a progressive-ish candidate with a taste for action on climate change & a reactionary tory.
The worst federal campaign in decades, coinciding with the decimation of newsrooms.
Oh my aching nuts.
I'm just focussing on the long game.
Eventually
This too shall pass

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan has opinions thus...

Posted May 27, 2014
I fervently believe that people who don't believe in conspiracy as a generalization are plotting with aliens and the NSA against me.

If the chain of events that lead to your nation's current political circumstance was a desperately sad confluence of circumstances, then what prevents it from happening again?

The bottom line is that enough of you were mislead and manipulated to let it happen - and that is a reality all of you need to think about and, after thinking about it, act.

Why is it that the best behave like bumbling idiots while the worst are so effective and efficient at achieving their evil goals?

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Some Dude asserts...

Posted May 27, 2014
Righteous rant, Mr B.

Although I do wonder, despite the muttered curses and shaking of fists, whether anything will change. There seems to be a rather large cohort of my fellow Strayans that think "Well, Mr Rabbit buggered up my kids' future, but he did Stop The Boats, which seems like a fair trade."

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted May 27, 2014
Dunno about that, Dude. In the end the actual contact between bogans and refugees is minimal. The contact between voters and their kids is not.

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Patricia swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 27, 2014


Why oh why do we have to be distracted by Tony with the wanton abuse of assylum seekers?

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