The Pickering Post
Monday, 19th March 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.


Most people, including Bill Shorten, will claim that smoking causes cancer and if we can stop people smoking the health bill will diminish and people will live longer. Um... if they live longer the health bill will increase! It’s the aged who are responsible for the health bill blowout, so why not save a fortune and allow them to die sooner?... Give us poor old buggers free tobacco!

$55 in taxes for a packet of Drum that holds about 25 cents worth of tobacco and Shorten wants the tax component closer to $155. The trouble is now that smokers have been reduced to a mere 20 per cent of the population there has been an 80 per cent paralleled increase in diabetes and chronic obesity... far more expensive conditions to treat than anything “tobacco related”.

But it gets better, the union thug with the wandering willy suggests his grand tobacco plan will raise $4 billion per annum, (or as he says, $40 billion over 10 years) ah, that sounds better Bill. Whatever way he frames it, it is just another tax grab.

The most cynical part of this Shorten brain fart is that fewer and fewer smokers will be able to reach for an occasional fag. But all’s not lost! The ever increasing tax on tobacco might just make up for those who had to give it up to pay for food. So the tax gain stays the same.

The truth is that whatever is gained in tax will be lost with even fewer smokers. But Shorten is not known for lateral thinking and whoever pulled that $40 billion out of thin air is someone who actually believes smoking causes blindness, frostbitten toes, gangrenous limbs and deaths from bungee jumping.

Whatever Bill comes up with you can be certain it’s some kind of tax.  


It's getting better every time... GST hike backflip, Neg Gearing backflip, States to Income Tax rejection... and now this "we have to live within our means".
Really Malcolm,,, really !!!... is that your best ?

For your information... it is not the PEOPLE of Australia that have put Australia in the insurmountable debt trap that it is in... it is successive major party GOVERNMENTS including your own that has done this to our country.

DO NOT EXPECT US TO FIX YOUR PROBLEM... you are the brains of this outfit and we pay YOU good money to do it !
Stop trying to pass the buck and blaming everyone else... you wanted the job,,, and now you've got it !

So,,, for a start, you can start to live within YOUR GOVERNMENTS "means" by immediately :
? Scrapping your stupid $195Billion Defence White paper SPENDING that we do not need & CANNOT AFFORD.
I mean,,, Why??? 12 Submarines and 72 inferior fighter aircraft with open an cheque-book, yet-to-be-determined price tag - WE CANNOT AFFORD IT.
? Stopping ALL OVERSEAS AID - WE CANNOT AFFORD IT and ordinary Australians need the aid BEFORE anyone else.
? End MP 'entitlements & perks' - they do not need it & WE CANNOT AFFORD IT.
? End payments & perks to Former Prime Ministers - they do not need it & WE CANNOT AFFORD IT.
? End the ridiculous, self-indulgent Politician Superannuation & retirement package scheme - they do not need it & WE CANNOT AFFORD IT.
? End TAX perks for the rich - they do not need it & WE CANNOT AFFORD IT.
? End TAX AVOIDANCE by Multi-National companies & Corporations operating in Australia - TRADE IN AUSTRALIA, PAY FULL TAX IN AUSTRALIA.

That's just for starters !... Malcolm.

It's flawed logic when one can't see humour. By the look of you a diet might save you. Stick to bed pans. Nurse!!!

Listen to the lady at 00:42 seconds. Does it sound in any way familiar?

Larry -----without us smokers,the govt.would be broke.

The quality in China is usually only assured if monitors watch every step of production.
Corners are cut at every opportunity.

I see the lefty thugs were out again causing havoc and property damage at a Liberals' function in Melbourne yesterday. On the positive side, an ABC 'journalist' - probably documenting evidence of police brutality - was pepper sprayed. Woohoo!!!

Well said mate, over the centuries the Jewish people have allways promoted the value of education (and thrift)for them and others, that is one of the reasons that in many countries they have succeeded and in turn been resented , the same thing can be said be said about the Chinese, their students top the list at universities and higher learning, The people who recognise as Jewish have made a hugh contribution to society far beyond their numbers,and i would suggest that a mixing of their upbringing with western freedoms of thought and opportunities has been the reason for that , the same as Japan , ans now China, is their benefit

Food for thought -
Baal = Sun worship
John 8:12-30 NKJV -
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
Romans 1:20-25 (NKJV)
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
Malachi 4:2
"But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.
Malachi 4:1
“For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. ... King James Bible ... The coming day will consume them," says the LORD of Hosts, "not leaving them root or branches. ..... Zechariah 14:1
Daniel 3 NKJV -
17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king
19 (number) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
19 (nineteen) is the natural number following 18 and preceding 20. ... The only non-trivial normal magic hexagon contains 19 hexagons (the other being 1).

yes, Sweetpea, world government has had its fair share of the loonies.

Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and the most bizarre antics of J.Edgar Hoover. The Kennedys were just your average normal humans compared to Hoover.

Lenin did say some strange things...Stalin did some strange things

Gee! Who woulda thunk it?

Germany registers 112% jump in asylum applications

What is that, the manifesto of the Fabians or the Illuminati?

The fckwits running this world have accelerated all of the above since the advent of the internet. The cunning slime in the UN want to control the internet for good reason, because the unwashed masses, ie, us are waking up and the slime is in panic mode.

Harry, I would not put money on her not becoming president ...

I understand the issue here and what Cliff is saying. What I cannot understand is the 99% of the journalistic population just laying down and taking this abuse.
The same with all the other minorities which want to force their mostly perverted agendas on the majority. This silent majority shit has gone far enough don't you think?

I like that.

Answer the question BK, who are you working for.

You Hoo Bill - you can't have your Labor luvlies demanding this stuff and not expect companies to go broke. This is the latest CFMEU Mining workers demands in Victoria. These buggers work in the power plant in the Latrobe Valley in Victoria. Why the fuck would you want to be a worker?? Get no educashun and become a power plant worker! It's easier. And the money is better!
Workers have already rejected a 20 per cent pay rise over four years, because of fears over job cuts.
The Herald Sun believes AGL’s current wages bill for its Loy Yang power station and mine is $100 million per year.
Of that figure, $20 million was paid out in overtime to the company’s 600 workers on that site — an average of $33,000 each!!!!
• $180,000 per year base salary for a four-day working week in the final year of pay deal
• 20 per cent rise over four-year deal, (5 per cent per year)
• 14 per cent superannuation payment, up from current 12 per cent
• Time spent walking from car park to work to be paid
• Overtime paid at triple time if pay office delays processing
• $15 per week mobile phone allowance
• $800 prescription glasses allowance every two years
• Paid paternity leave to be increased to two weeks
• Right for employees to not use company email
• Choice of companies to provide lease car arrangements