One-term-Tony turns out to be .666-term-Tony

How appropriate. I doubt anything else will change – the destruction of R&D, the tearing down of renewable energy, the attempted removal of the CCA, the homeopath’s NBN – half the network for twice the price,the attempt to create a two-tier education system, a two-tier health system, the wholesale defunding of women’s shelters, aboriginal support […]

Speechless with horror and disgust

I’ve posted very little for some time now,  not been because there’s been nothing to say, but rather because there has been so much to say I’ve been speechless. I’m speechless at the hypocrisy of the current government. I’m speechless at their casual, brutal disregard for the truth. I’m speechless at the sneering, arrogant cynicism […]

Hockey, Photo James Croucher, Newscorp

A Fair Go

“A fair go” could be Australia’s motto. It’s a phrase that’s uniquely Australian, and one on which we pride ourselves: Fair go, mate! There are other versions that nobody but an Australian would understand: “Fair dibs”, and of course “Fair suck of the sauce bottle”, but they all mean roughly the same thing. Fairness, and balance.

Unsustainable – code for “we’re going to cut it”

Unsustainable. It seems every other Ministerial press release suddenly uses the word. It sounds dire, with vague threats of looming disaster, but without more information it’s just a word to scare children, or to excuse cuts. Before the election, there were promises aplenty not to cut the core social services – health, education, welfare. Suddenly, after […]

A vigorous, critical media is an important part of a healthy democracy – One-Term Tony

Taken directly from the Liberal Party website. Apparently it’s  a time-honoured tradition that the Prime Minister lambasts the Press, and the Leader of the Opposition vigorously defends it. This is only embarrassing when you have occupied both roles. Here’s what he said when he was leader of the Opposition. TONY ABBOTT: I think that it’s important […]

Navy’s GPS error explained

Minister Scott Free and Lieutenant (formerly Lieutenant General) Soup Campbell faced a barrage of questions yesterday, following revelations that HMAS Stuart had been discovered 200 metres up a small creek in Indonesia for the fifth time. Lieutenant Campbell led the briefing, to explain how GPS turn-by-turn instructions had caused the problem. “Maritime navigation is a […]

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Of course we’re shooting; it’s a war! – Scott Free

A visibly irritated Scott Free held a doorstop press conference earlier today. “We’re at war. People Smugglers are the enemy. We shoot at the enemy. How hard is that?” “I’m disappointed that the Press is having trouble connecting the dots”, he added. “Let me help you with that.” “The Prime Minister, 5265617, has already told you […]

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“We are at war” – The Prime Minister the Honourable 5265617 MP, Member for REDACTED FOR OPERATIONAL REASONS

In a widely anticipated but brief Press Conference today the Prime Minister declared that Australia is at war. Grave faced, he announced “Gentlemen of the Press, we are at, errrr, war.” “Starting from today, in order that the enemy shall have no knowledge of our plans or intentions, all press conferences are cancelled.” When asked […]