Remember Albo Sleazy saying that Tony Abbott had no idea about diplomacy? Remember that jerk Burke saying that Tony Abbott was embarrassing Australia in Indonesia? Remember Tania Pilberjerk calling Tony Abbott “Nigel No-friends” when it came to diplomacy? Remember what Short Willy Shorten said? No, neither can I because nobody seems to remember what Shorten says. But I know that he said something equally derogatory.
It took a little coaxing but a typically carefully selected audience attending the ABC’s infamous Q&A program, convened last night to discuss AIDS, inadvertently unearthed a foolproof cure for the disease.
As the UN Security Council meets to thrash out a resolution damning one of its five permanent Members, Russia’s “action man”, Vladimir Putin is frozen in “inaction” between two awful options, with either likely to see him humiliated and banished to the Siberian salt mines.
Benjamin Netanyahu has taken extraordinary steps to limit Palestinian civilian deaths yet he knows Hamas cannot be defeated without them. Palestinians, who cheered each of the thousands of rockets that howled their way toward Israeli suburbs, are now asking if it was worth it. And Israel needs them to ask that question of Hamas.
Conspiracy theorists are having a field day: The Israelis shot down MH17 to deflect criticism from their invasion of Gaza. Putin shot it down to kill 100 ‘poofters’ on their way to Melbourne for an AIDS conference. Ukraine shot it down knowing Putin would be blamed. Ukraine shot it down because they thought it was Putin’s private plane... endless nonsense, and it will continue, but the truth is... well, the truth is exactly what it appears to be.
As reported earlier this week, “... air travel could be rendered all but impossible.” Sophisticated measures taken to ensure the safety of an aircraft prior to take-off will prove pointless if any one of thousands of sophisticated surface-to-air missiles can destroy it from the ground.
George Brandis said the retrogressive, undemocratic Section C of the Discrimination Act will be redefined (that’s polispeak for abolished) to allow for free speech regarding ethnic matters. Of course the ever-predictable Left went into a turbocharged spittle of “racism”.
Tony Abbott has just achieved better than he was hoping for. His refusal to guillotine the filibuster in the Senate debate on the Carbon Tax Repeal Bill, has forced Bill Shorten to declare in both Houses his platform for the 2016 election: “There will certainly be a Carbon Tax under the Government I lead”.
Wind energy produces costly, intermittent, unpredictable electricity. But Government subsidies and mandates have encouraged a massive gamble on wind investments in Australia - over $7 billion has already been spent and another $30 billion is proposed. This expenditure is justified by the claim that by using wind energy there will be less carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere which will help to prevent dangerous global warming.
Imagine Australia as a public company ... Australia Co. Now let's say Australia Co. was being pretty badly run, in fact let's say those who were running the business for the previous six years had just about screwed the business into the ground.
The CFMEU is finally in the spotlight as the Royal Commission tears apart its countless layers of corruption, thuggery, blackmail, bribes, death threats and blackballing.
In 1964 there was no national daily and we were very close to having a different national broadsheet. Very few knew that Fairfax was secretly planning to take the ‘Canberra Times’ national when Rupert Murdoch beat them to the punch.
It’s a credit to the jury system that Gerard Baden-Clay has been found guilty of his wife Allison's murder and no reasonable person could have found otherwise on the evidence.