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Tardis001
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Rumpole at December 19, 2016 at 10:44 PM

Photon at December 14, 2016 at 8:45 PM

Every December as Christmas approaches Shock Jocks and Right-Wing pollies dig out the same old myths about “politically correct” lefties trying to sabotage Christmas.

This year its the turn of Ray Hadley and his good mate Peter Dutton.

Angered by a talkback radio caller whose grandchild's school eschewed traditional carols for a secular celebration, Mr Dutton said the "vast majority of Australian people want to hear Christmas carols" as we are "a Christian society".

I call this recycled story Total Bullshit!

Do Hadley & Dutton buy their straw-men in bulk?



http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/peter-dutton-calls-for-prochristmas-uprising-against-political-correctness-gone-mad-20161214-gtbj63.html

I think most people just want to get off work and go to the beach or their backyard pools.


... or go to the movies, read a few books and watch the Doctor Who Christmas special.

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December 19, 2016 at 10:53 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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The loopy right just became a bit more loopy:


A Turnbull government minister has accused the ABC of running "fake news" in its coverage of the Adani coal mine and treating regional Queensland like "flyover country".


In a bizarre interview with the broadcaster's AM radio program on Thursday morning, Resources and Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan said the ABC's coverage of an Indian finance ministry probe into the Adani group was "nothing but fake news".


Interviewer Kim Landers tried eight times to get Senator Canavan, an ardent supporter of the coal mine, to address the Indian government's investigation into the company behind the controversial project.


But Senator Canavan instead offered a commentary on the view from his North Queensland house that "makes you thank God that you were born in Queensland".


He went on to accuse the ABC of treating regional Queensland like "flyover country".


"It's unfortunate that the ABC had an unhappy milestone recently with more than 50 per cent of your staff are based in Sydney, maybe that does colour your reporting on issues like this?" Senator Canavan said.


It appears that if Senator Canavan doesn’t like your news item it must be “fake” simple as that folks!   :P


http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/cabinet-minister-matt-canavan-accuses-abc-of-publishing-fake-news-in-bizarre-adani-interview-20161222-gtgbz6.html

 

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December 21, 2016 at 9:30 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Photon
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In reply to Senator Canavan's “fake news” allegations.


People trust the ABC more than any other news source and would like to see it given more money and protected from political interference, research shows.


The poll, conducted by Research Now for think tank the Australia Institute, found voters trusted and were supportive of the national broadcaster regardless of their political leanings.


Seventy-six per cent of the 1443 people surveyed on behalf of the left-leaning think tank agreed that the ABC should be protected from political interference.


Support was strong among voters regardless of party allegiances with 76 per cent of Coalition voters in favour of the ABC being protected from political interference, 74 per cent of Labor voters and 87 per cent of Greens voters.


The poll, which was conducted in September, was released as a Turnbull government minister has accused the ABC of running "fake news" in its coverage of the Adani coal mine - despite offering no evidence to corroborate his allegation.


In a bizarre interview with the broadcaster's AM radio program on Thursday morning, Resources and Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan said the ABC's coverage of an Indian finance ministry probe into the Adani group was "nothing but fake news".


Just over half the people surveyed - 51 per cent - said they trusted the ABC more than any other news outlet with 46 per cent of Coalition voters saying it was their most trusted news outlet, 55 per cent of Labor voters and 70 per cent of Greens voters.

More than half of the people surveyed - 55 per cent - said the ABC needed a permanent funding boost, including 48 per cent of Coalition voters, 63 per cent of Labor voters and 70 per cent of Greens voters.


The executive director of the Australia Institute, Ben Oquist, said: "Accusations of fake news are very serious. They should not be thrown around lightly.


"The ABC is one of our most trusted institutions and it is vital for our democracy. Whatever the political differences over this mega-coal mine, our journalists and journalism should be treated with respect. Such hyperbole risks undermining the very fabric of our political and democratic decision making institutions of which the fourth estate is a key."


Greens MP Adam Bandt said Senator Canavan should be ashamed of himself.


"Confronted with legitimate questions about Adani's questionable financial arrangements and their investigation by Indian authorities, the best the Minister can do is abuse the public broadcaster. The Adani scandal revealed by the ABC today is another clear reason why the Minister and the government should not be considering handing over $1 billion of public money to fund Australia's biggest coal mine," Mr Bandt said.



Check out the SMH reader's comments:

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/abc-most-trusted-news-source-poll-shows-after-turnbull-minister-accuses-it-of-fake-news-20161222-gtgmqa.html



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December 23, 2016 at 8:35 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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President Barack Obama said in an interview released on Monday that he would have beaten Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump "if I had run again", delivering an implicit criticism of Hillary Clinton's campaign, which he said acted too cautiously out of a mistaken belief that victory was all but certain.


Considering that Ms Clinton scored a higher popular vote than Trump, maybe Obama is correct.


We'll never know if Obama could have beaten Trump, US law prevents a president from running for a third term.


http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-election/us-president-barack-obama-says-he-would-have-beaten-donald-trump-implies-clinton-campaign-too-safe-20161226-gti5lo.html

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December 26, 2016 at 7:38 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Over-50s can adapt to new jobs and technology: says research.


New research has found that one in two Australians over 50 would change their career tomorrow given the opportunity.


The findings challenge assumptions they are not adaptable or savvy with new technology.


The survey of 5973 Australians aged 18 and over, conducted by Lonergan Research on behalf of insurance company Apia, found 77 per cent of people over 50 believe their creativity levels increase or stay the same with age.


The study found more than half (56 per cent) of people over 50 believe they can keep up with the latest trends in technology until at least the age of 80, whereas 18-24-year-olds believe people become "too old" to do so at age 60.


Don't you love those youngsters who want send you off to the vet because you're on the “wrong side”of Forty.  :|


http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations/over50s-can-adapt-to-new-jobs-and-new-technology-new-research-20161215-gtbupk.html

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December 26, 2016 at 8:06 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Photon
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Richard Hammond makes a goose of himself.

Even Jeremy Clarkson is surprised.  :roll:

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/dec/27/richard-hammond-ice-cream-gay-the-grand-tour

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December 27, 2016 at 5:12 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Photon at December 27, 2016 at 5:12 PM

Richard Hammond makes a goose of himself.

Even Jeremy Clarkson is surprised.  :roll:

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/dec/27/richard-hammond-ice-cream-gay-the-grand-tour

Using Richard Hammond's logic, every man except him must be gay. His comment will be good for the ice-cream (and dairy) industry because every man will buy an ice-cream in protest.  Start milking the cows SM.  :)

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December 27, 2016 at 5:22 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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I really enjoy the sight of Feuding Tory pollies.


Former prime minister Tony Abbott has hit out at one of his most loyal supporters, Liberal senator Cory Bernardi amid talk the South Australian is preparing to form a breakaway conservative party movement, predicting it would be wildly successful but harm the Coalition.


http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/conservative-party-could-win-up-to-10-tony-abbott-hits-out-at-cory-bernardi-over-breakaway-20161229-gtjmc6.html

 

 

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December 29, 2016 at 6:18 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Photon at December 27, 2016 at 5:12 PM

Richard Hammond makes a goose of himself.

Even Jeremy Clarkson is surprised.  :roll:

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/dec/27/richard-hammond-ice-cream-gay-the-grand-tour

We won't see Richard eating a chocolate Gaytime methinks !
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December 29, 2016 at 6:30 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has expanded on his call for the citizenship test to be revamped with a boosted focus on social integration and Australian values rather than being a "trivia" quiz on history and government.


Mr Dutton said he wants a debate on the test to weed out "a minority who are on a pathway to citizenship that we need to have a closer look at", including people involved in gang activity, crime and terrorism.


No doubt this is aimed at the followers of the Red-Headed Terror.


Why doesn’t Dutton stop mucking around with citizenship tests and simply Water Board prospective migrants.

I’m sure that Mr Trump would approve.  :P


http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tougher-citizenship-test-should-be-less-about-trivia-and-more-about-values-peter-dutton-20170103-gtl6m5.html

 

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January 3, 2017 at 1:08 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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The One Nation Soap Opera continues ………………


One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has distanced herself from a potential party candidate, after he was involved in a scuffle with rogue West Australian senator Rod Culleton, as the party seeks to establish itself ahead of the upcoming state election.


Senator Culleton said he was recovering from an "unexpected attack" outside a Perth courthouse on Tuesday, after falling during a confrontation with Anthony Fels, a former WA parliamentarian and One Nation hopeful.


Mr Fels, who sat in the Western Australian upper house as a Liberal, before switching to Family First in 2008 and losing his seat the following year, has attempted a return to politics as an independent, Katter's Australian Party and Mutual Party candidate in subsequent state and federal elections.

He has since nominated for One Nation.



Where does Hanson find these wankers?

Does she prospect for candidates outside of mental health clinics?   :roll:


http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/not-impressed-pauline-hanson-distances-herself-from-potential-wa-candidate-after-court-incident-with-rod-culleton-20170104-gtlpxe.html

 

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January 3, 2017 at 11:47 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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One Nation Soap Opera (part two), Tinfoil takes on the Kiwis !


One Nation has picked a fight with one of Australia's closest allies, calling for tighter immigration controls for those across the ditch, after New Zealand co-sponsored a United Nation's resolution censuring Israel.


Queensland senator Malcolm Roberts said he was "appalled" by the Security Council resolution, which called for an immediate end to any and all settlement activities in disputed zones, including East Jerusalem, which he said "have contained Jewish settlements since biblical times".


http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/appalled-one-nation-senator-malcolm-roberts-seeks-punitive-stance-against-kiwi-settlements-in-australia-20170104-gtlskt.html

 

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January 3, 2017 at 11:59 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Photon at January 3, 2017 at 11:59 PM

One Nation Soap Opera (part two), Tinfoil takes on the Kiwis !


One Nation has picked a fight with one of Australia's closest allies, calling for tighter immigration controls for those across the ditch, after New Zealand co-sponsored a United Nation's resolution censuring Israel.


Queensland senator Malcolm Roberts said he was "appalled" by the Security Council resolution, which called for an immediate end to any and all settlement activities in disputed zones, including East Jerusalem, which he said "have contained Jewish settlements since biblical times".


http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/appalled-one-nation-senator-malcolm-roberts-seeks-punitive-stance-against-kiwi-settlements-in-australia-20170104-gtlskt.html

 

This is what Tinfoil will be suggesting next:


Let's build a wall along the entire coastline of eastern Australia to keep the Kiwis out and get them to pay for it.  Employ Kiwi ex-pats to build the wall in the true ANZAC spirit of helping our neighbours (and so they don't claim Australian social security benefits). 


Interesting, though, that Tinfoil's comments about the Kiwis contradict official One Nation policy. Will these lead to Pauline to say this publicly:  "Excuse me Malcolm, I'm the leader of the Party." ? 

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January 4, 2017 at 1:21 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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That would be a very long wall.

Do you have friends in the brick business?     :roll:

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January 4, 2017 at 2:13 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Photon at January 4, 2017 at 2:13 AM

That would be a very long wall.

Do you have friends in the brick business?     :roll:

I think the Chinese should build it. They have a lot of experience with walls.


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January 4, 2017 at 2:47 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Tardis001
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Rumpole at January 4, 2017 at 2:47 AM

Photon at January 4, 2017 at 2:13 AM

That would be a very long wall.

Do you have friends in the brick business?     :roll:

I think the Chinese should build it. They have a lot of experience with walls.


;)

They're too busy trying to repair their own wall.

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January 4, 2017 at 4:47 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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NZ MP labels 'village idiot' One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts' comments 'absolutely nuts'


It didn't take the Kiwis long to size up our Tinfoil did it ?  :roll:


http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/nz-mp-labels-village-idiot-one-nation-senator-malcolm-roberts-comments-absolutely-nuts-20170105-gtming.html

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January 5, 2017 at 4:06 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Bronnie is as deluded as ever …...........


Bronwyn Bishop blames 'socialists' for criticising Sussan Ley over expenses

Former Speaker says ‘socialists, like alcoholics, will blame anyone but themselves’ and Ley is being attacked by ‘people behaving like a pack of dogs’


https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jan/09/bronwyn-bishop-blames-socialists-for-criticising-sussan-ley-over-expenses

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January 9, 2017 at 3:57 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Photon at January 9, 2017 at 3:57 AM

Bronnie is as deluded as ever …...........


Bronwyn Bishop blames 'socialists' for criticising Sussan Ley over expenses

Former Speaker says ‘socialists, like alcoholics, will blame anyone but themselves’ and Ley is being attacked by ‘people behaving like a pack of dogs’


https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jan/09/bronwyn-bishop-blames-socialists-for-criticising-sussan-ley-over-expenses

Ha ha , that's a good one ! Reminds me of Job Bonkers Bananas. 😀
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January 9, 2017 at 4:00 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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That's Joh Bonkers Bananas (Bjelke Petersen)

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