The Pickering Post
Wednesday, 24th October 2018

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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.


A grubby little sexually confused mate of Peter Slipper as a choice of chief-of-staff bodes poorly for the future decisions of Pauline Hanson. She desperately needs good advice and she won’t get it from him because he has formerly displayed a total ignorance of how the media operates. Anything Hanson says, the media will attack simply because it was she who said it!

Her misunderstood monologue regarding the education of kids with autism was a breath of reality. The subject does need airing yet, as expected, media and people like the Greens’ unhinged Di Natale, and that other woman with two names, tore her to bits before issuing muffled apologies.

Autism, whatever it is, has suddenly become an issue that no-one wants to discuss. 

Following compulsory injections my little boy started to show signs of autism. Now I can’t say it was caused by the injections… it was more likely food preservatives or colouring or food antibiotics and growth hormones. 

[It’s got me stuffed how we get from an egg to a frozen supermarket chook in 31 days. Something’s going on in our competitive food industries.]

There are obviously degrees of this autism thing because my boy is as bright as a button, affectionate, highly intelligent and a real delight to be around. But when in Prep at school he decided he’d had enough of that bullshit and regularly walked off to another suburb somewhere to find a pre-school he liked or something more interesting. Usually by late that night we found him in a church or someone's back yard or down the beach.

None of the GPS locator buttons we sewed into his clothes worked.

It was clear to me that I had to do something because the school shut down so teachers could join in this frantic search. It was to be either home-schooling or the school principal had another better idea.

I was terrified the teachers would recommend a special school for the disabled. And this is where Ms Hanson trips herself up in the explanation department. You see, parents of autistic kids, including me, will never admit that their child is disabled in any way. To the contrary, these "autistic" kids are mostly miles ahead intellectually and, like I was as a kid, they find normal school shit boring and just want to get out of there to find something more stimulating.

“Oh no”, said the lady principal, “there is no way your little boy should be in a special school… we will look after him.” The other three teachers noddingly agreed. I breathed a sigh of relief, I knew he needed and enjoyed interaction with other kids and there was no way I would let him attend a school restricted to what I imagined were seriously bonkers kids.

I was astonished at the number of “autistic” kids they were already looking after at the school. I have since learnt that all schools have this astonishing number of “autistic” kids… and all have varying degrees of autism. Why this alarming number of kids all of a sudden is a mystery to me.

But I often attend school now, and there is one special teacher who looks after a number of kids in the same class and we pay a stiff $40 an hour for a behavioural teacher who the school has allowed to attend especially to my kid during school hours just to ensure he doesn’t finish up in Cairns or Hobart. 

He knows his way around a computer better than I do and learns heaps every time he switches it on, and is athletic with coordination better than normal.

I don’t know about Pauline’s experience but mine is that “autistic” kids thrive in normal schooling interacting with other kids, but a special teacher should be there to assist. The education departments supply special teachers. They are mostly terrific and should be taken advantage of.

My little bloke is going ahead in leaps and bounds now and this strange autism thing is diminishing by the day. Most of my friends don’t know now, and have never known or noticed, anything different about him… he’s a gorgeous little kid.

But I’m uncertain if Pauline’s solution of separating autistic kids would have produced the same result. Other kids should never be held back because of “autistic” kids, I understand and appreciate that. That’s why I was prepared to home-school my boy because if it was a case of autism, it seemed very slight.

The level of parental anger at Pauline’s suggestion is understandable as “autism” can be a sign of intelligence that would be lost in a special school for the disabled. Autism in my experience is NOT a disability, but then again I’m just another doting parent who feels uneasy criticising Ms Hanson's legitimate concerns.   

The more I study my little boy, the more I believe I too must have suffered from exactly the same malady.


Official figures are in: According to Census figures, Australia has gained 163,950 in 5 years. The number of muslims in Australia at the 2016 census was: 604,240 up from 476,290 in 2011. In 2016, muslims accounted for 2.6% of the population, up from 2.2% in 2011.

I don't think it is a case of kids with autism per se but any kid who disrupts the teaching/learning of the other kids in class. If disrupters of any sort stop other kids learning, they need to be removed from that class until they can return without disrupting. If a child who disrupts can only learn to a point of working in a sheltered workshop, stopping a potential brain surgeon from learning in the same class is not a good option.

Rabbi Moshe Maggal of the National Jewish Information Service said in 1961 when the term Judeo-Christian was relatively new:
"There is no such thing as a Judeo-Christian religion. We consider the two religions so different that one excludes the other." (National Jewish Information Service, 6412 W. Olympic Blvd. L.A. CA).
THE FORWARD – Two rabbis, one from Israel and one from Argentina, were appointed by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Academy of Life, the first time rabbis have been invited to be members of the academy.
Pope Francis appointed 45 new ordinary members and five honorary members to the academy’s advisory body, the Vatican announced last week.
Israeli rabbi Avraham Steinberg, who won the Israel Prize in 1999 for original rabbinic literature, and Argentinean rabbi Fernando Szlajen were designated on June 13 as members of the institution that “exists for the promotion and defense of human life, especially regarding bioethics as it regards Christian morality.”
Rabbi Steinberg is the author of “The Encyclopedia of Jewish Medical Ethics,” for which he was awarded the Israel Prize in 1999. He is the director of the Medical Ethics Unit of the Shaare Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, and director of the Editorial Committee of the Talmudic Encyclopedia.
Rabbi Szlajen, who is from Argentina, the birth country of Pope Francis, is the director of the Department of Culture for the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires and a professor in the Department of Philosophy and Letters at the University of Buenos Aires.

Great article

The only way that Charles will miss out on the throne will be if he dies before his mother does. I have heard he is almost obsessed with the fear of assassination (his own). The monarchy itself might not survive if two people as (currently) unprepared as W & K are, were thrown into the fray while they are still so young and serving their 'apprenticeship'.

You are wrong if you think that. Charles has waited his whole life to be king. Who are you kidding? The throne can not "go" to William and Kate. Of course they're being "groomed" - they will be future monarchs - but not before their time. Mike/Sweetpea, Phillip had a reputation for being quite the ladies' man in his young days. But he liked 'em pretty. Camilla Shand was never - even in her salad days - described as pretty !! are not alone on this issue

I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome when I was 56. I always knew I was peculiar, and so did everyone else, but no one was sympathetic. I am smartly stupid and stupidly smart, with 6 university degrees, but I've always been an outsider and under-rated. If I had been sent to a "special" school, but not a school for retarded persons, things might have worked out a lot better, with more achievement and less abuse.


you know the drill posters, make your way over to the new post and remember, stay within the herd mentality.

thank you

. . . pestle? . . .

Blessed are the pests, for they shall.............?

I find the mindless,endless prattling about Islam which is a symptom and not the initial cause of the problem to be irritating.

BK up in Queensland some where must be looking for signs of when Abo farmed the land ,

New one up.

I think if Rinaldo's just doing his job it's about time Get Up stopped paying him and gave us a break.

Good photo of FitzSimons here:

Tip for the day -

If someone steals your username and avatar - just do it right back to them.


Now that's what I call, cheap entertainment.

why does the Turd always wave his hands when talking is it to prove his point is correct or is it to annoy people

Rinaldo's just doing his job, TOSIR. Stop picking on him . . .

Sweetpea, may have thought, chip off the old block ????