The Pickering Post
Saturday, 29th July 2017

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Larry Pickering

Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.

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"WHAT'S WRONG WITH PETER SUPPORTING ME?

...most of Egypt did!"

Peter Greste, Qatari's Al-Jazeera journalist-at-large has been languishing in jail for many months under the order of an Egyptian Court. During Mohammed Morsi's (pictured) brief stint as President of The Muslim Brotherhood Government it was found Greste had supported his terrorist regime.


COSTLY CHILD CARE OR FREE MOTHER CARE

The best child care available is time with Mum. Time spent in those formative years with Mum can never be replaced and that’s just one of the reasons Abbott’s PPL is a shocker with more holes than a crumpet.


WALKLEY AWARDS A DEBASED ANACHRONISM


SHORTEN CHANNELS HOLLANDE ON ISLAM

Socialist President of France, Francois Hollande claimed recently that, “Islam is perfectly compatible with the values of France". Labor Leader in Australia, Bill Shorten claimed recently that, “Labor stands shoulder to shoulder with Australia’s Islamic community”.


TASSIE, THE LAND OF ODD

It’s surprising the odd things Tasmania produces... things like Lambie, Milne, Wee Willy Wilkie, everything Green, a lot of things that are sexually confused and everything that’s Left of centre.



WOULD YOU FEED THIS LOT?

I brought up the possibility of a double dissolution a couple of weeks back, to the sounds of silence, but now it is beginning to gain momentum. Even media’s Left has suddenly realised no government on earth can continue in this way. A flawed electoral system has struck a fatal blow to democratic process.


A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A HALAL SLAUGHTERMAN

... the cat is finally out of the bag

Anyone who hasn’t been sleeping under a rock now knows the practice of halal certification is a highly sophisticated, spectacularly lucrative, international extortion racket.


THE SAUDIS’ WELL-OILED CHOP CHOP SQUARE

The Royal House of Saud, terrified that its ally the US is closing in on oil self-sufficiency, has defied OPEC and slashed oil prices in order to cripple the massive US shale oil industry and effectively stem further oil exploration.


THE PETA PRINCIPLE

Good advice in Opposition may not be as good in Office. PM advisers, married couple, Peta Credlin and Brian Loughnane, have sought to protect and isolate Tony Abbott from his own Ministry and, in the process, it’s making a lot of people angry and making the Prime Minister look like an idiot.


BIG DRUG SEIZURES MEAN BIG TROUBLE

The AFP drug haul of a record three tonne of ecstasy (MDMA) and ice (crystal meth) was successful in “keeping billions of dollars worth of dangerous drugs off our streets”. If only that were true. Actually, the only success achieved was that of an AFP public relations coup.



WHERE TO NOW FOR ABBOTT?

"This is a win for the unions", said Premier-elect Daniel Andrews. It wasn’t a phrase he used during the election, but it was immediately after, and it could spell disaster for the Garden State. It also means a severe migraine for Abbott and don’t expect Andrews to offer him any Panadol or assist with his proposal for GST reform now that Vic seems determined to join SA and Tas on a disability pension.


I DON’T REMEMBER YOU!

Victorians’ short memories have enabled Labor's Dan Andrews to start a hot favourite in today’s poll. In a late rush Denis Napthine has closed the gap but it may not help him because at least one quarter of the ballots have already been lodged as pre-poll and postal votes.


PHIL WAS A CLASS ACT!

... but not this stool

Although he had little lapses in confidence Phil Hughes was capable of tearing a world class attack to pieces and it was exhilarating to watch him in full flight. But somehow you knew he was gone before he hit the ground at the Gee... and the players knew it too.


PROOF! SAUDIS BEHIND HALAL SCAM


AUSTRALIA POST'S MUSLIM MUSEUM A FAMILY AFFAIR

The Lebanese CEO of Australia Post, Ahmed Fahour, earned (that’s probably the wrong word) an unprecedented $4.8 million last year. It made the ABC’s Mark Scott’s $800,000 look miserly and made him the highest paid postman in the world, ten times higher than the top US postman who runs a business 20 times larger. Not bad for a public servant.


THE COALITION NEEDS TO FIRE ON ALL FOUR

The timing is out, there’s little spark and what there is is retarded, the mixture is all wrong and it has a compression ratio of 2:1. Where’s the verve, the moxie, the passion from a vintage Party that was swept to power in record numbers? Where’s the ex-boxer with the guts to get up off the canvas, wipe away the blood, get on the front foot and start swinging?



FOR WHOM THE CLOCK TICKS

Most fair-minded Aussies would expect the ABC, when facing cuts, to look first at its own payroll consisting of those outrageous salaries it went to extreme lengths to cover up. Half its yearly budget of $1.2 billion is spent on paying staff it can obviously do without 400 of.

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