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Tuesday, 18th December 2018

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Paul Zanetti

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Being a politician, especially an aspiring PM, requires both a sense of humour and a reasonably tough skin. You have to take the good with the bad, roll with the punches and accept criticism and satire all as part of the democratic process in forming and moulding public policy.

Abbott's copped a fair shellacking in recent months forcing him to respond, reconsider and rework unpopular policies.

Bill Shorten's approach however is to block news or opinion that isn't advantageous to him. The alternative PM (or his staff) either doesn't like the way I draw him or he's sensitive to critical comment.

Precious Bill has blocked me from reading his twitter feed. Not that I feel any loss because I usually dozed off before finishing his tweets, and that's saying something because tweets are limited to only 140 characters, but it says a lot about Bill. 

Maybe it was the Magic Pudding cartoon drawn after his woeful appearance on the ABC 7.30 Report where he tried very hard to sell the idea of spending to get back to Budget surplus. Didn't work for Swan. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Note to media from the Opposition leader's office: All cartoons and comments must be positive about our dear Opposition Leader.

On another point, over recent weeks we've watched as the oil price has plummeted by around 50% from $US115 barrel to its current levels of around $US60 barrel, estimated to get down to around $US50 barrel in the new year. 

This is due to the Saudis panicking at the emergence of new oil suppliers from US and other global fracking developments. OPEC, under threat by emerging competition, is ramping up (over) supply beyond demand to force down the price of oil. 

New developments require a break even price of somewhere between $US80 - $US100. 

The current price makes new oil projects unviable, knocking them out and keeping the OPEC cartel a monopoly. In most other commercial markets this is called predatory pricing and is illegal.

But what that means here in Oz is that our pump price is dropping like a rock and has been for some time.

Mid year I was paying around $1.60 litre at my local servo.

Now it's at $1.25 with prediction in the new year it'll go below $1.20 litre. 

Already this morning petrol price watchers are reporting that some areas around the country are already at $1.20 litre.

Meanwhile just a couple of days ago, silly Billy Shorten was still banging on about a 1/2c litre fuel levy introduced in the Budget. 

The revenue of that levy will be pumped into roads, infrastructure and therefore jobs, with the federal government contributing $40 billion and the States matching with another $40 billion, a total of $80 billion of more and better roads and thousands of Jobs.

From Bill Shorten's website transcripts 10 December 2014:

JOURNALIST: Can you name another policy the Government should retreat on?

SHORTEN: I think the Government should drop their petrol tax, they should drop their $100,000 degrees. I think they should stop increasing taxes on ordinary Australians.

Helloooo, Bill.

Petrol prices have dropped by more than .40c litre in Oz since the May Budget and you're still beating yourself up over the 1/2 c fuel levy that's going towards more jobs and better infrastructure?

Mate, it'd be less easy to have a giggle at your expense if you weren't so transparently silly, Billy.

And you wouldn't have to block people reading your tweets.


What are They Plotting in Poland


I’M OFFENDED JULIA, WHY DIDN’T YOU ASK ME? I do really good portraits


Nothing Bill shortON MEMORY or his QLD ALP counter-part AMNESIA Palletshit has to say can be taken seriously. Obviously they have forgotten their roles in bringing AUSTRALIA & QUEENSLAND into economic debt ridden basket cases.

I don

Shorty comes across as a hateful, sinister little midget. I can't stand the guy spewing the same vomit on end.

I totally agree with 'Rubyred'.

I am not anti Muslim - I am anti- Islam and anti- halal certification and anti-multi Mosques. I am 100% for Australia and Australians wherever they come from as long as they are loyal to this country.

Your article on the siege is being blocked everywhere. I could still get on previous posts. They must think you will encourage us to be anti-Muslim.

Gassius, maybe Bill thought that the 'for' in the middle of Go FOR Growth was the numeral 4 which made it a 4 word bogan slogan - or a 4 letter word.

With the reduction in oil prices the Saudis will have to make up their losses elsewhere, and that is where the halal certification scam can come in - watch for an increase in the fees.

All Wars Are Bankers Wars

The Business of Terror

"........Britain’s PM Gordon Brown has pointedly stated that he intends to make London the Islamic finance capital of the world. Further, he pledged that in 2008 the British government will issue its own “sukuk”, or Shari’a compliant bonds. Yes, government debt issued as Shari’a compliant.

At the June 13, 2006 Islamic Finance Trade Conference in London, Brown revealed,

"Today British banks are pioneering Islamic banking - London now has more banks supplying services under Islamic principles than any other Western financial centre."

Brown’s statements can only be taken as a challenge by the New York banking establishment to beat him to the finish line. It doesn’t matter who wins this race because the result will be the same:

Shari’a banking is quickly encircling the globe and forcing a de facto acceptance of Shari’a law.


International bankers have long ago proven themselves to be completely amoral when it comes to money. They bankrolled the Bolshevik Revolution in 1918 just as blithely as they bankrolled Hitler in the 1930’s. Fortunately for us, neither succeeded in conquering the world.

With Islam, odds of its succeeding are radically different.

•To start with, there are already 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, and it is the fastest growing religion in history.

•Secondly, the spread of Islam is richly financed by the oil that is extracted from mid-eastern countries.

•Thirdly, Islam has already infiltrated most of the west, especially in Europe.

And now, Islam has behind it the combined support and encouragement of the entire global banking community.

The unholy alliance between Islam and global banking may be the final leg on the age-old quest for global domination. Don’t be surprised at the silence of the global elite the next time you hear Islamist mobs chant “Death to America” – their goals are now intertwined.

Banks support the Halal tax which is run by Saudi Arabia which in turn supports ISIL.

You can do both Robert and it will help us to cushion the blow that is coming to this country in 2015. It will be a year which will sort out the men from the boys.

Gremlins on Larry's next story. Having trouble getting back on there.

love the way billy is drawn it always looks as though his umbilical chord was wrapped around his head at eye level.

Paul, I'd be honoured if I were you. :) Now Billy can agree with you all the time, because he doesn't know what you said???

Where the hell do you live Paul cause here on the Central Coast of NSW we are still being slugged $1.45 for E10 and $1.53 for 95 Octane. I want some of your prices up here but we never seem to see them, even when the barrel price comes down.

Bill won't be the leader of the Floposition come election time, his interlude 20 years ago will catch up with him. Once the average dumb arse Labor voter cottons on, the poles will sink and he will be a goner.

No quite true, Costco Fuel opened last Thursday. You are correct about the Woolies though. They matched the diesel with your 4 cent discount. I had a 20 minute wait on Saturday to give it a try. I'm suprised how some people dress themselves in the morning. It was painfull watching people trying to use the bowsers.

"MYEFO: Australia set to emerge from once-in-a-century resources boom with little to show for it (ABC - report)" - Thank you Rudd, Gillard, Shorten, and all the other Labor incompetents.

Thank you Paul, Shorten has had a charmed life from the so called journalists & MSM , I would call it Corruption. Please keep up the good work & hold him to account.

BREAKING NEWS: A café in Sydney’s Martin Place is currently being held-up by an armed man. An ISIS flag is being displayed in the window.

Keeping an eye and ear on the Enemy is always a dirty job but someone has to do it. Thanks Paul.