The Pickering Post
Thursday, 13th December 2018

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... in Turnbull’s first test as PM

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.


If Abbott hung on too long to Speaker Bronwyn Bishop, who spent $5,000 on a helicopter getting to a Party fundraiser, then Deputy Leader Bishop’s extravagant spend of $30,000 on a RAAF jet for the same reason means her time is already well and truly up. But stand by to witness more of media’s blatant bias and Turnbull’s lack of mettle.

Media accuses Abbott of Rudd-style white-anting of his Party yet Abbott has only ever sought to defend his role as PM against vicious scuttlebutt from his own side. If Abbott wished to do damage to his assassin then he could have backgrounded the Press gallery on her outrageous RAAF jet spend. But he didn’t.

That's not to say someone else in the divided Liberal Party didn’t leak the information, despite eventual Senate Estimates disclosure.

The Foreign Minister is accused of ordering an empty RAAF jet to fly from Canberra to pick up her and her boyfriend, Mr Wonderful (David Panton) from a charity dinner in Perth on October 18 this year.

... the most expensive inductions into the mile-high club in airline history.

Media had pounced on Bronwyn Bishop’s use of a helicopter to get to and from a Party fundraiser eventually forcing Abbott to stand her down. But where will media stand on this one?

SKY’s Paul Murray is the only commentator still clinging to the concept that Julie Bishop has an ounce of integrity remaining. She does not have! She is a consummate liar and a treacherous power freak who will stop at nothing to get her way.

I put my neck on the line to declare that it was Bishop who was behind the Abbott knifing the day it happened. Loyalty indeed... Ms Bishop is incapable of spelling the word and she is making Julia Gillard appear more like Margaret Thatcher.

Current polling is as good as it gets for Malcolm Turnbull. It’s all downhill from here, only the speed of the descent is in question, and that will depend on his judgment in dealing with people like Bishop and Mal Brough.

Much of his political capital is about to be spent but he needs to save enough for a horror pre-election budget.

Meanwhile Abbott can continue to smell the roses.


I was really angry when I heard she spent $30,000 of our hard-earned money on a private jet. Sack her! Get rid of her.

As grubby and scummy as the shell-less mussel turd might be, that court case should never have been allowed to go ahead. If someone is sexually harassing you, or maybe they just raped you, if you don't report it as soon as possible, or at least within 24 hours, it never happened, or can't be proved beyond a shadow of a doubt. If (mostly) women reported these heinous crimes forthwith, maybe less would be perpetrated upon them. I know that sounds a bit harsh, but look at that money grubbing skank who waited years before coming forward and claiming that the David Jones head honcho, or whatever he was, sexually harassed her for a few years, and won $750,000 for her troubles, after being after, what was it, $40m? Ashby is nearly as big a grub as the shell-less mussels turd.

Lets have some reality here folks.

The Bronwyn chopper ride cannot be compared to Julie’s VIP flight, and if you cannot see that I will worry for you.

Fact: Pilots, civil and military need to keep their license current. They do that by flying aircraft.

Fact: RAAF pilots achieve this in various ways, one of which is flying VIP’s around the country and overseas.

Now, if said MP’s were to take commercial flights, they would either be standing around airports waiting for “the call to board”, twiddling their collective thumbs, and having to endure abuse from the drunks and bogans. This would then justify the attachment of bodyguards that would need to accompany the said MP/VIP.

On the other hand the aircraft departure could be delayed to suit the said MP/VIP and escort. This option would be popular, right?

The other option is to have the flight depart on schedule and if the said MP/VIP is late, too bad, and the fare for that MP/VIP and bodyguards forfeited. More whinge material.

And while all this is going on, at great expense, the RAAF pilots are flying around in circles (at great expense) to keep their license current.

While it may seem to be a massive wast of taxpayer funds and an abuse of power, it would help to have all the facts before jumping.

We are lucky the level of information available now was not available a couple of decades ago.

They already did and he paid it back.


Julie Bishop must resign or be sacked immediately

Bit hard for Ms Bishop to be making noises about us needing to do our fair share for global warming, and pointing out that Australians emit more per head than any other country, when Madame Julie gets an empty jet to fly across the land for her and her partner's personal benefit. (And you can bet that it wasn't the first occurrence). Austerity is only for the little people.

Don't bet on it. She's as snaky as the rest of them.

How can this not be a conflict of interest. This is bullshit :

yes she MUST go...l mean how many meals for refugees would that amount to.......CORRUPTION JULES the backstabber.....and as for THE BOYFRIEND...something not right there......must research him and all...will let you know Larry.

But what use is it to Post on this site, No one else that is not watching here will not see it,BS

Julie Bishop must be punished, If not Turnbull needs to resign,

What is taught in primary schools today is that awful white men attacked the good aborigines and killed a lot of them. The white men were so horrible....

lets see, i am broke got kids to feed etc, so how about i go and commit a fraud , take 500k from tax payers purse, then i get found out, would it be shrugged off?..jail time i would get for sure.!.time and time again we see this self indulging politicians splurging tax payers money, it is time for JUSTICE, the MILE HIGH CLUB has to stop, both julia and browyn should be charged for miss use of tax payers money. ordered to pay it back and SACKED! along with any other politician who has splurged in the same manner

"Henceforth no Jew, no matter under what name, will be allowed to remain here without my written permission. I know of no other troublesome plague within the state than this race, which impoverished the people by their fraud, usury and money-lending and commits all deeds which an honorable man despises. Subsequently they have to be removed and excluded from here as much as possible."
Queen Maria Theresa
40 year reign / Sovereign of Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bohemia, Mantua, Milan, Lodomeria and Galicia, the Austrian Netherlands and Parma

Me too Hooray Harry. Nothing cleans up grubby little messes like liquid Ajax.

I cant see "Sir Phillip" making a comeback. He is not liked. When it comes to elections substance counts for nothing. Look at Rudd.

Just heard from my bro who lives in Canberra. Talk is the Bish will be PM after xmas. She's launching her own coup behind Turnbulls back. Fucking unbelieveable this lot we have running our country.

How about Turnbull must go. KRUDD clone that's all.