The Pickering Post
Thursday, 23rd November 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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AUNTY NEEDS A FACE-LIFT

...and a lift in ratings

The Gillard-appointed crusty old Leftie, ABC Chairman Jim Spigelman, along with his offsider Mark Scott, have plenty to fear from next Tuesday’s budget. They are about to lose their $250 million Gillard-gifted (and tender circumvented) Australia Network along with 80 million Chinese who have taken a liking to Skippy and Bananas in Pyjamas.


"SAY SORRY DAVID...

or I'll stick me tongue in your other ear."

If you want to have a scrap with your mate, just make sure you’re not rich. What the hell is all the bloody fuss about? Kerry would have been running around taking bets on Gyngell.


DEBT TAX WON'T FLY

The stupid idea was never a chance of implementation and merely kite-flying for Tony Abbott to dump it claiming he is no Julia Gillard and he intends keeping his word.


Q&A AMBUSH BACKFIRES ON THE JONES BOY

Thought I’d risk another 8c last night and watch the overpaid Jones boy get his rocks off bushwhacking another Lib. There were the usual suspects with the ever-present token homosexual, unhinged ex-Speaker Anna Burke, one sensible bloke next to her, a sheila in a yellow dress and Jones' victim, Education Minister, Christopher Pyne.



AUSTRALIA IS SPORT SPOILT


GUTTER PRESS REACHES FOR A NEW LOW

“Treasurer for Sale” screamed the headline, referring to Joe Hockey. Fairfax’s chief political grub, Mark Kenny, was at it again this morning as part of a concerted effort to derail the Coalition’s attempt to fix Labor’s mess. It’s a headline that also screamed litigation.


LIVING ON BORROWED TIME

The UK’s unsustainable and horrifically expensive and inefficient National Health Service did not bell a warning for Australia’s Medicare nor even Barack’s projected Obamacare.



BUDGET EMERGENCY?

You bet it is, and here's why

The Australia Institute, which is given SKY air time well beyond its station, has made an art form of spewing misinformation. Despite the fact that this “institute” is no more than a radical Canberran Left-wing think-tank, media is projecting it as a coterie of knowledgeable intellectuals. It most certainly is not!


MEDIA IN A WORLD OF THEIR OWN

Almost all media has taken an opportunity to slam Abbott over his Commission of Audit. The trouble is it’s not Abbott’s audit. It’s merely the thoughts of independent commissioners who are free from political fallout, yet the ABC is hyperventilating like a bunch of Greens at a miners’ picnic while Press Page ones are screaming budget bastardry.


THEY'RE BRINGING BACK THE BIFF

... so stand by for some serious hurt

Hit ‘em and hit ‘em hard, as soon as you win government, break any promise you want... then you’ll have the rest of the term for the mugs to forgive and forget. Well, that used to work, but not any more. “There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead”, still rings loudly in voters’ ears. This is the age of the internet fellas, and we don’t forget.


HOW TO LOSE YOUR VOTER BASE WITH A SMILE

“You can’t Tax your way to prosperity.” Now where have I heard that before? Oh yes, it was part of the Conservatives’ core mantra. So much for that! Taxing higher incomes to reduce Labor’s debt (you know, that job-producing sector of the economy) is not a kite-flying exercise either. Abbott actually intends introducing this “levy”


TONY RIPS OFF ANOTHER ONE!

I may be a conservative at heart but fair dinkum this Coalition kite-flying is giving me vertigo. A “deficit levy" now? Does Tony Abbott want us to financially remember the pain of Labor’s profligacy next time we vote? How about you blokes in Government feel a little of the pain yourselves? How about a bit of pruning at the top... we’re struggling down here!


CLIVE WILL SUE CAMPBELL... get in the queue Clive



ARE WE IN DEBT $650 BILLION?

Well sort of, but we are owed $580 billion. What Joe Hockey is trying to tell us ain’t necessarily so. As I have said before here, when talking Labor’s debt you’re talking a length of string.


THE ANZAC ON THE WALL

I wandered thru a country town, 'cos I had some time to spare, And went into an antique shop to see what was in there. Old Bikes and pumps and kero lamps, but hidden by it all, A photo of a soldier boy – an Anzac on the Wall.


Dear Mr Palmer,

You are such a cuddly man...and you can sing too! My Dad says you should get a band. A lap band I think he said, so you’re probably good at lap dancing too!


BOYS' TOYS A PART OF DEFENCE'S TESTOSTERONE 'CULTURE'

Australian Air Force commanders have long opposed the acquisition of UAVs, explaining, “...they will put top gun pilots out of a job and threaten RAAF culture.” Hmmm, “culture” being the operative word meaning, at least to me, testosterone does play a part in these lethal boys’ toys.

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