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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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MONKEY BUSINESS


If you start with a cage containing five monkeys, and inside the cage hang a banana on a string from the top, and then you place a set of stairs under the banana, before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana.
  
As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray ALL the monkeys with cold water.
  
After a while another monkey makes an attempt with the same result -- ALL the monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put the cold water away. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new monkey. The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the stairs. To his shock, ALL of the other monkeys beat the Monkey Crap out of him.

 After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted.
 
Next, remove another of the original five monkeys, replacing it with a new monkey. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment -- with enthusiasm -- because he is now part of the "team."
 
 Then, replace a third original monkey with a new monkey, followed by the fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked.
 
 Now, the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs. Neither do they know why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.
  
 Finally, having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, not one of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the banana.
 
 Why, you ask? Because in their minds, that is the way it has always been!
  
 This, fellas, is how today's House and Senate operates; and this is why, from time to time: 

 ALL of the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME WITH A DOUBLE DISSOLUTION!



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Finally I have been able to log on, what has happened Larry?

Politics is like a banana factory.
They go in green & straight and come out yellow & crooked.

Q. What is yellow and sits at the bottom of trees?
A. Christine Milne (I bet you thought I was going to say "Monkey Vomit", which would have WAY more common sense and use in society than Milne....)

Remove compulsory voting.

The way in which our Senate is selected need a complete overhaul. We have the ridiculous situation where a State with less than 400,000 voters (Tasmania) gets the same representation as a State with over 4,000,000 voters and due to the convoluted way the votes are counted, we finish up with morons holding down seats for 6 years. A good case in point is Lambie, she got 1501 votes on her own but due to the PUP getting 22,184 party votes out of the 400,000 she gets a seat and will be there for the 6 year term. What a joke. How can an elected Government in the House of Representative expect to implement and pass policies through a Senate made up of minorities all with their own agenda and not necessarily an agenda that favours the majority. Our current Senate's a disgrace, time for a clean out

our electoral system is very good. the trouble is the sheeple and mushrooms don't know how to use it. we all need to get better informed and organised.

Do monkeys really eat bananas ?

If a double dissolution was a sure thing that LNP would get the desired result I would say " bring it on" Unfortunately the LNP has gone hard to balance the budget to bring the country back from ruin. They will pay at the ballot box if they go now. A double dissolution would probably be the best thing if we could be assured that Milne gets the spear.

First reform the way we elect Senators. Require all the boxes above the line to be numbered or have optional preferential voting above the line.

Especially the Green and Red monkeys.

Change the BS 2PP electoral system first

Oh great! Perfect solution when the polls are lowest for Coalition and highest for LaborGreens. A DD at this point would be the end of free Australia. And mafia don Shorten will be able to remove any dissenters at will.

what about getting a start on the ABC presenters and journalists?

In a DD with all Senate seats up for grabs would the NSW paper be a double table cloth in size? As Senators require half the votes than normal- repercussions would be ???

Re WASP and Indian voices, no need to be rude. Just insist they put it in writing. They already know your address.

This example also explains why some people will always vote Labor/Green no matter what. "This is the way it has always been".

“The intellectual levels of politicians are just one of the many things that intellectuals have grossly misjudged for years on end…

“…the ignorance of Ph.D.s is still ignorance and high-IQ groupthink is still groupthink, which is the antithesis of real thinking.” Thomas Sowell

An oldie but a goodie. In my Army days this story was used to explain why we had doctrine that nobody would try to change, no matter how pointless...

Yes, agree, but first lets revise the electoral/preference system to eliminate a repeat of this un representational hijacking of our government by a minority of self interested fools.

I wouldn't feed any of today's politicians/monkeys.