Fah Kiew Tu

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    Jerusalem

    You're trying to unscramble a *cooked* plate of scrambled egg. FKT
  2. Probably not so much the 150+kg of lard attached to it though...... FKT (..... seems Bent got the last word after all......)
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Anyone who has a ring through their nose deserves to be attached to a leash and led around by it. FKT
  4. We don't *drink* Fosters. We *export* it to countries where such pathetic fare is recognised as a premium product. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Same same. There are some local issues WRT fish farms where I'd support the Greens. I'd be doing it tactically though - fish farming is close to where forestry was back in the bad days. Both Lib & Lab want the donations and claim to be all about jobs. They, just like the clear-felling dickheads, fail to realise that a long-term sustained yield at maybe 50% of theoretical capacity is better than trying for 110% "to maximise shareholder returns" and screwing up really badly. Macquarie Harbour a case in point. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Banging on about gays is a big yawn for the majority of the population. Ditto for abortion in the first trimester when most take place. I really doubt there's any significant traction in either issue. OK they can rev up their base, big deal. I rate them the same as I do the aggressive & violent left wing clowns who try to stop public meetings and the like - fringe elements that should be stamped on as soon as they get to the point of interfering with others going about their business. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    True but fortunately, unlike the USA and even the UK, we have both compulsory voting and preferential voting. The nutcase brigade actually have to get a majority of votes after preferences are distributed, not just a higher count than the others running for election. This is why I always put Fred Nile and his ilk last or second-last, depending on what fruitcakes the Greens are running. Lee Rhiannon for the Senate always used to rate dead last for example. The Fred brigade had to settle for second place. And yeah I'm well aware of how the Senate vote was rorted which is why I always voted with my own preference flows not using some PArty recommendations. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    There's always been crazy Christian sects. The mainstream ones have been known to preach in favour of or against political parties all through our history. Nothing really new there. Pox on the lot of them. FKT
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    To the Spineless Twit who Wrote NYT Op Ed

    I preferred Bart's standard defense - "I didn't do it. Nobody saw me do it. You can't prove a thing!" FKT
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    To the Spineless Twit who Wrote NYT Op Ed

    Two completely different things. I said that we give migrants a pretty good deal. We do. You're bitching that we give PEOPLE ATTEMPTING TO QUALIFY for migration a hard time. We do that too. One of the reasons we give them a hard time is, we give *migrants* - you know, those who pass the assessment stage - a pretty good deal. There are very few countries which have a higher per capita migration program. Lots of people want to come here, of course we can be highly selective and utterly arbitrary. In-demand skills change over time too in line - sort of - with demand. I don't have any great problems with that. FKT
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    To the Spineless Twit who Wrote NYT Op Ed

    We took in a lot of Vietnamese in the late 70's and early 80's. As a country there's never been any cause to regret it. They've turned into really, really good Australian citizens. FKT
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    To the Spineless Twit who Wrote NYT Op Ed

    So basically you're saying that you were too spineless or too morality-free a country that you'd follow a previous bad example rather than do better yourselves. Have I got that correct? In which case, us cuddling up to China should meet with your full approval, because it's exactly what you'd do in our position. FKT
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    To the Spineless Twit who Wrote NYT Op Ed

    Nope, we give migrants a pretty good deal. I should know, one of my women is teaching a bunch of women from Brazil ATM so they can get their quals for permanent residence. FKT
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    To the Spineless Twit who Wrote NYT Op Ed

    Let's not confuse morality with money. That's something we *did* learn from you guys after your last so-called free trade agreement. FKT
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    To the Spineless Twit who Wrote NYT Op Ed

    We're not hampered by mindless adherence to consistency...... FKT
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    To the Spineless Twit who Wrote NYT Op Ed

    We have, and we do. Problem is, a lot of us don't want to lower ours in line with our friends and benefactors.... FKT
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    To the Spineless Twit who Wrote NYT Op Ed

    Yes, some of our local politicians' worst ideas have come via the USA. I cannot recall, offhand, the last *good* idea though. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Why stop at 10 years? Ask Keating why this clown was allowed to stay in Australia. IIRC he was down for deportation but Keating put a stop to that. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/oct/26/australia.marktran Should be a barrel of laughs going over past decisions by Immigration ministers.... FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    I'll be in Brisbane starting on the 17th September - depending on workload I might have time to come down & check out the mudflats personally...... FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    No - a fucking long way away from where I live..... FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Smithton is nice at any time of year. Trust me. It also has one huge advantage over moving to Hobart. Well, a couple, but one overwhelming one. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Don't you fucking dare. This is a quiet, backward place, about 30 years behind Sydney or Melbourne. OK, maybe 50 years behind Sydney. We like it that way. I suggest everyone move to the Gold Coast hinterland where it's warm & sunny all year round. I understand Manly environs is particularly nice when the tide is in and the sandflies are in abeyance. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    I stuck my other 'play money' into AustralianSuper and it's done pretty well over the last 10 years. Earlier on I had money in a boutique super fund as I had no choice, that's the scheme my employer chose. When I left their employ the fees went up a *lot* and for some reason the returns dropped. The latest Royal Commission has given me a few clues as to why. Anyway, I checked out all the industry funds and picked AustralianSuper, had no reason to regret that. Big hit in 2008, no surprise, recovered though. I should think of moving most of it to capital-guaranteed but I suspect that's a marketing description not a statement of fact so - shrug. I don't spend a lot living here anyway, if I had less I'd spend less on my marine toys and machine shop stuff. Or start going fishing & shoot the odd wallaby for the pot. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    If you were in the old Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme, you left the APS and you *didn't* preserve your benefit - problem bilong you, because that was a truly short-sighted and utterly *stupid* decision. If you did preserve your benefit, you've nothing to complain about because you could have kept paying into it if you'd ever rejoined the APS or a Commonwealth statutory authority. I state this as fact because I joined & quit the APS & various authorities 4 or 5 times in my working life; each time I just reactivated my CSS account and recommenced payments. I also paid in at the max rate as I knew what a rort on the rest of Australia that scheme was. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    It's an absolute pittance if you live in a capital city & pay rent. Less so if you own your own home. However you can live reasonably comfortably if you live in a small town in Tasmania and own your own home. I know this because I know a number of people who only have the pension and they all say they're doing quite nicely. As for chasing multinationals good luck with that. I approve of the principle, don't think it'll work in practice. You know that Aus-Indo treaty we signed? Guess what - that means Aussie domiciled companies can move there, make whatever and sell it back here. Shipping raw materials is likely *much* cheaper to Indonesia than another Australian port thanks to cabotage. So, as I said - good luck. Reminds me of my similar comments WRT jacking up the tobacco excise (which as a non-smoker didn't personally affect me). When the difference between production cost and Govt imposed selling price by way of taxes gets too great, you've just created a new black market. Trying to tax companies much higher than countries we've a free trade agreement with just gives them added incentive to relocate. FKT