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  1. 3 hours ago, AJ Oliver said:

    You do not understand . . . 

    No matter what the site's rules are, neither they or the posters 

    are immune from defamation legal actions. 

    That is settled law, right mods ?? 

    Right   @MR.CLEAN  ??  

    Many of your posts are in breech of the Veterans For Peace Code of Conduct, more specifically 

    5. We will not assault, verbally, in person or online, anyone, to include fellow members
    and those who oppose or disagree with us, even if they assault us. This does not
    preclude a member’s right to defend him or herself against a physical attack.

    12. To achieve the above goals, we will also engage in 'active listening,' that is fully
    concentrating on what is being said rather than just passively 'hearing' the message
    of the speaker.


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  2. 41 minutes ago, ShortForBob said:

    So. Scottie wants to pay for election promises by cutting the PS .


    Before you guys jump on this.




    consider it's meaningless-ness


    The trigger for that 2017 speech? The department had allowed its army of consultants and private contractors to outgrow its ranks of public servants.

    Mr Richardson retired soon afterwards — but the situation did not improve.

    Today, Defence employs about 17,400 public servants. However, its outsourced civilian workforce is far larger than that — documents published under freedom of information (FOI) law show it has about 28,600 contractors.

    These extra employees often have the same titles as public servants and even sit next to them in the office — but they work for private businesses, not the government.

    Several former senior officials are now questioning not only the costs and consequences of this trend, but whether it is legal.


    Most Australian Public Service (APS) agencies now employ people via labour-hire firms, a practice that allows them to stay within the government's official staffing cap but still get their work done.

    No-one knows how big this outsourced workforce is — not even the Finance Department, which exists to control how public money is spent.

    However, an ABC analysis of about 120,000 federal government contracts — for services such as consulting, staffing and recruitment — suggests the Commonwealth's market for "private" labour has doubled in the past five years, and is now worth more than $5 billion a year.


  3. 1 hour ago, LB 15 said:

    Don't go confusing issues with reality. Meli wants slogans, not facts.

    Looks like the loud mouth Canadian isn't too popular out West. I'm sure she's capable of a happy ending but this might not be it.


    Blow-in’ Keneally’s vote collapses in Fowler - Labor MP Kristina Keneally’s primary vote is collapsing in Fowler according to new polling that reveals voters are turning to independent candidate Dai Le.



  4. 1 hour ago, ShortForBob said:

    And yet.. you appear to agree more with the ALP policy than your party of choice.

    That just makes you a bit irrational.

    So the ABC have the ALP as a centrist conservative party. I think that makes the ABC a tad irrational.

    I'm actually really looking forward to an ALP Govt, lower cost of living, $250 cheaper power, lower cost of housing and a pay increase to boot. Where do I sign?



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  5. 2 hours ago, sparau said:

    Well each action adds to the problem but I think you have misunderstood something if you think that.

    Seriously, waiting for proof of Australia leading mammal extinction rates?  It's there...  

    If you are a science denier then sure, no conversation will be possible regarding climate change.

    Else, are you so sure of your 'opinion' that you know more than 1,000's of people who have spent years/decades studying the field?

    Do you think it's intelligent behaviour if someone comes into your sailing school and says 'no, I spent 15 years working on the roads so I have more knowledge than you about sailing!'

    In the modern world we specialise and defer to expertise, usually.  Honestly, where does the climate change denier rhetoric come from?

    The Greens voted against the Rudd's carbon pollution reduction scheme, which as resulted in an extra 218 million additional tonnes of carbon pollution (as to 2019). Why do you vote for a party that is against reducing carbon emissions?

  6. 16 hours ago, sparau said:

    Bwahaha - lol - wow you are one angry fuckwit : )

    It took me a minute to work out what you had your knickers in a twist about but then i realized, you are part of the 2 party system only brigade.

    FYI - I have voted Green since 1980 something and pushbike a 50km round trip with my kids and their friends for the School Strike rallies.  I don't use hot water (cold coffee, cold showers - to me it is a waste of energy), ebike 1,000's of k's a year, run a house with near zero waste, have a jungle garden, breed native lizards and frogs and donate to WREN to balance out the occasional use of my modified WRX : )

    So yeah, NO : p  It is possible to decry both of the main parties in Australia as being crap environmentally.

    Angry? Far from it.

    Look, I'm sure you're a wonderful human being who loves to drop into Emundi Markets on the weekend in your modified WRX, usually a Ford Ranger, the 3.2 diesel version is the weapon of choice for the Green mummies down that way. I'm sure it's wonderful exercise buying your organic sourdour loaf and natural bees wax deodorant before ambling across the road to have an organic soy latte, and discuss the finer points of how your roof top collected water doesn't contain all the nasty gender altering chemicals of municipal town water, and how good your veggies taste because the new composing toilet.

    Best of luck. 

  7. 21 hours ago, RobG said:

    I guess it depends on whose numbers you believe (or choose to use). The parliament web site budget review 21-22 says "the Commonwealth government’s gross debt will be around $963 billion at 30 June 2022".

    Using AUD1 = USD0.70 converts to USD671 billion so yeah, I forgot to convert to USD. Congratulations to you. But the point is still that Australia has a far greater debt than Greece.

    A huge chunk of that GDP is from the sale of iron ore and coal, so not really a great indicator of how wonderful Australians are at international commerce. More a case of luck.

    How passive aggressive of you. This place will turn you into a rainbow ribbon–wearing leftie feminist before you know it.

    Fuck I love this place. This why 6 months from now Australia will have buyers regret.


    You're welcome.

  8. 22 hours ago, sparau said:

    Regressive political leaders?  I am a believer that politicians aren't elected to lead, they are elected to follow the wishes of the voters but I wonder how even the most anti science climate denial person could think that investing in a non renewable resource is better than investing in ongoing energy solutions.

    Given that something north of 11 billion per year is given to pollute our planet per year in coal subsidies (ignoring climate change coal mining and burning is stupidly dirty), how can a business led change to renewables be axed?

    The LNP seems like a single issue party to me - COAL at all costs...


    You must be the stupidest person in the room, but I guess you knew that already.

    Rather than follow the usually COALition crap let's look at the facts.

    The QLD State LABOR govt had the final sign off on ADANI (now called Bravus, but I guess you knew that already), this was completed in less than 10 working days. Anna is more than a little keen on State royalties as a means of propping up the budget, which is ~$180b in deficit.

    Additional to this, there are four other mega coal mines also proposed in the Bowen Basin, Albo has already publicly stated that Labor will approve these projects, obviously Labor need to maintain good relations with the CMFUE arseholes rather than engage with the 'Renewable Revolution'. 

    Coal exports will increase under which ever Government wins the next term. But 2025 will be the start of the decline, not through regulation, but simple market economics. There's reason BHP and Rio have divested out of coal and companies like Anglo are pouring money into metalliferous exploration in Nth QLD.

    The last one holding the baby not only has an orphaned asset but a very large rehabilitation bill to pick up.  


  9. 10 hours ago, ShortForBob said:

    Maybe you should stay in more interesting Hotels.

    Greeks are privileged. they can hang shit on Australian Libs anytime, anywhere. And believe me, they do. 

    I'm sure they are privileged, given that national debt in Greece is north of $400 billion USD, the basket case of Europe.

  10. 54 minutes ago, Willin' said:

    I don't know why, but this picture, for some unknown reason, prompted me to wonder what boobs look like floating free in space?

    new pic.jpg

    Anti gravity tits anyone?



  11. Albanese refuses to rule out NDIS cuts. Asked if he would cut health, education or NDIS funding, the Labor leader bit back, admitting lingering Covid effects.

    It's all a little bit more difficult when when your asked for a commitment.


  12. 1 hour ago, armchairadmiral said:

    Waste  5 minutes and have a look at NZ Labour  (mis) government to see what an incompetent shambles is coming to a parliament near you if Albo makes it. 

    Mate, I take it you're not on the 'Team of 3.5 million'?

    The public housing program that was going to build 1000 new affordable houses was a typical socialist doozey.  How many did they actually end up completing, 50 or so? Given the program was allocated $800m that works out to be $16m a house. 



  13. 13 hours ago, The Dark Knight said:

    The more and more I see how incompetent and clueless Albo is, the more I fear the mess a Labor government will make. 

    If he is the best Labor had to offer as their leader, I’d hate to think how useless the rest are.


    Right with you on that.

    Albo is there because he's someone the left and right factions could agree on, I wouldn't describe him as clueless but definitely bordering on incompetent. Even now the independent costings show Labor has a $1.6bn budget blackhole which includes a $500m bid to host a climate summit in 2024. 

  14. 8 minutes ago, Dilligaf0220 said:

    Remember the day, when Madeleine Albright met with a fanatical Islamist, and declared the US was behind them?

    The joke, then & now, every other car stolen in Germany ends up in Kosovo.  And Croatia is flying the checkerboard as it's national flag, which is pretty much equivalent to a united Germany flying swastika's.

    Yeah Serbia. 

    As an aside, if you ever want to rile up a Serb/Croat/Slovenian, just call them a 'Yugoslav'.

    Ooops, wrong picture.


    Single frames can never be taken out of context, can they?


  15. They really need to keep Albo in isolation and away from the press.

    Anthony Albanese was secretly handed notes by an advisor in the middle of a press conference when he he struggled to outline one of his key policies – just hours after insisting he knows what he’s doing in a fiery TV interview with Ally Langdon.

    In another car-crash run-in with journalists on Thursday morning following his day one campaign gaffe, the Labor leader could not outline his six-point plan on the NDIS when asked. He could only say ‘we will put people a the centre of the NDIS’ before one reporter shouted: ‘You do not know your own policy Mr Albanese’.

    After a few more questions on different topics, Mr Albanese went off camera and journalists saw an advisor hand him a document. 

    FFS, a party leader in the middle of an election should all over this and more. Definitely PM material.


  16. 6 hours ago, dg_sailingfan said:

    I am not sold on that move by AM. Slingers has a very big EGO. 

    Anyone else won SailGP? 

    Jimmy held the award for largest ego prior to Bermuda, it seems Bermuda coupled with Auckland gave him a large dose of humility.  

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  17. 6 hours ago, ShortForBob said:

    Ha ha ha 

    I'm in Athens.

    Today, the receptionist asked me "Who is that idiot Morrison?)

    The elderly owner asked me WTH was happening with the solomon islands and when are we going to get rid of our idiot PM

    and a 67 year old American woman in the lobby just rolled her eyes and said "yep, the world has too many idiots" I don't think she was talking about the hotel owner.

    Seems his reputation has spread .

    No politician anywhere on the globe could eclipse Rudd.




  18. 2 hours ago, SloopJohnB said:

    Don't worry TDK you are not alone on that......we are been screwed over the ditch as well.

    That the truth. Flew the ditch 15 years ago now, best decision I ever made.

    Went back a 5 years ago, will never happen again.

  19. 50 minutes ago, Fah Kiew Tu said:


    Housing. High prices are a big problem IMO. 2 basic ways to deal with that - reduce population or increase housing stocks. Or both. Good luck there. The ALP proposals aren't even a tiny way to doing anything.


    Yeap, and kill negative gearing, dead. Part of the reason Shorten lost last time was his negative gearing stance, but hard to argue the evils of negative when you hold three investment properties. Likewise Albo, and pretty much every MP. Kill State Govt stamp duty which is simply outdated archaic theft.  

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  20. 9 hours ago, ShortForBob said:

    Libs have been undermining all our great National institutions by stealth for decades now and Labor does nothing.

    Cant blow it up? Starve it to death! seems to be a trick Howard taught well.

    And you seriously believe Liberal Lite will be different? The Libs have been in Govt for 9 years, 'not decades'. Rudd/Gillard/Rudd had two terms and left nothing but chaos and waste.

    I remember my parents paying high double digit mortgage rates during the late eighties, under a 'progressive government', lets hope history doesn't repeat. 

  21. On 5/1/2022 at 11:13 PM, The Dark Knight said:

    So who do you think will win the election!

    ScoMo or AnAl?

    Albo will definitely win. Remember, the cost of living, vehicles, housing, healthcare and energy, will all be cheaper under Labor and we'll also get a wage/salary increase. Numpties buy this shite over n over. But, it will be a one term Government given what's been 'promised' can never be delivered on, they will get absolutely hung on this in 2025.

    The next three years is going be challenging on the economic front and no Govt anywhere can reign it in. Even the leftwing darling in NZL has 6.1% inflation and a runaway OCR currently at 1.5%. This just might be the election to lose and re-group. That said I wouldn't mine betting that the Clive/Pauline block will hold balance of power or Labor has to back track on it's no deals with the Greens.

    Pick the least worst shitter.




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