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Friday, 31st March 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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GOLF CAN BE A DANGEROUS GAME

If you like playing Asia’s best golf courses don’t take your own clubs. Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison said yesterday, “...taskforce Pharos is designed to catch corrupt customs officials, following a series of scandals involving agents and their links to drug importation and outlaw motorcycle gangs”.


A DIFFERENT SORT OF DEMOCRACY

As protesters burned Australian flags and effigies outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, shouting “death to infidels”, parliamentarians were urging President Yudhoyono to revoke the presidential decree which granted remissions to Schapelle Corby. Taslim Chaniago, of the National Mandate Party (PAN), said, “This should be done to heal the Indonesian people’s feelings at the moment.”


GONSKI WAS ALWAYS GONSKI

Julia Gillard was determined to either “buy” the September election or leave Tony Abbott with land mines that would make a dishonest man of him. Abbott was determined, at any cost, to ensure Labor did not have a third term... either way, that meant throwing another 50 billion borrowed dollars at a polarised electorate. Rudd simply went along with it.


FIGHTING A FIRE WITH A WHITE FEATHER

The UNHCR reports the number of "asylum seekers" in Indonesia seeking their assistance has increased from 385 in 2008, when Kevin Rudd dismantled our borders, to 7,218 last year. Yesterday, Indonesian police chief, General Sutarman, said his officers “would not prevent” asylum seekers on boats from reaching Australia via Christmas Island.


WHY I REALLY DON'T LIKE BILL SHORTEN

Apart from having the sort of head you’d never get tired of kicking, Bill Shorten, to put it bluntly is a dog of a bloke. What rankles me most is not his politics or his lack of loyalty but how he treated a good friend of mine.



SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN...

The Indo-spy story was a godsend to the Pope's personal adviser, Cardinal Pell. The Victorian Commission’s findings into child sexual abuse was buried with the man who protected paedophiles within his church and went to disgusting lengths to limit litigation.



INDONESIA DIGS ITSELF A VERY DEEP HOLE

Shaving face may be a high priority for an Asian but in the real world of international diplomacy it can be very costly. And SBY has foreshadowed a showdown that is likely to leave him without a face to shave.



ARMED CONFLICT WITH INDONESIA

... I don't think so

No-one dares mention the possibility of a military conflict with Indonesia, it’s a taboo subject, but many have wondered, “what if”. How would Australia fare in a war with the most populous Islamic nation on earth? A nation with ten times our population and a GDP rate approaching that of China’s?



ABBOTT MUST SAY SORRY?

... for fucking what!

If four years for murder in Australia seems a little unjust, for one moment consider Indonesian justice. This man is Iraqi, Abu Saleh (AKA, Hussain Hamid Abudi) the face of evil.


THE GUARDIAN JOINS ABC TO CRIPPLE ABBOTT


INDONESIA'S FAKE OFFENCE

Rupert Murdoch knew as much about his employees’ phone hacking as did Kevin Rudd about ASIO’s. Phone tapping is disclosed only on a need-to-know basis and the boss has no need to know. In fact it’s important that he doesn’t know.



BE NICE TO YOUR HOSTS

If Kevin Rudd had won the last election I would have been inclined to pack up and move to... um, let’s see. Iran sounds ok. It’s modern and it seems to be moving away from the extremes of Islamic law.



ANTHROPOGENIC WARMING?

... it's a load of old fish droppings

The ABC’s school science program has recruited Dr (funny shirts) Karl to enlighten kids to the perils of global warming and the evils of scepticism.

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