The Pickering Post
Saturday, 17th 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.


The only time a politician wants to talk about increasing the term of Office is when blokes like Shorten are convinced they will win the next election… clearly his suggestion of four years was prompted by inaccurate media predictions.

But seriously, it doesn’t really matter whether the term is three or four years, providing an election is called at the PM’s discretion at any time within that term. The greater question is: “Why are we still operating with an unworkable Senate that still pretends to be a States’ House.

It’s no more a States’ House that the Reps is! Its role is obstructionist, party political, and it's entirely unrepresentative because a State like Tassie can elect the same number of Senators as can New South Wales or Victoria.  The UK House of Lords (a Senate) with hundreds of Father Xmases watch the Queen open Parliament

It doesn’t work and, as long as elections are Party political, then elected Senate Members must hold to the Party line regardless of any State’s interests.

Ten Senators for Tassie who “represent” 516,000 people and ten for NSW who “represent 7.5 million people? How can that be fair when they vote along Party lines anyway. 

And what about Senators Katy Gallagher and Zed Seselja of the ACT, who “represent” a mere 400,000 people? And the ACT has also afforded itself two Reps’ seats. That’s usually four votes for Labor and guess who, when in Government, organised that little gerrymander rort?

One man, one vote, bullshit! And Just look at the mayhem in the US with only two Senators for each State. The US Senate (above) is not anything like representing individual States, and two votes would hardly matter anyway even if both Senators were of the same Party.

A Senate may have made sense when Federations were being established and developing States out West were in danger of being ignored by the Eastern States. That is no longer the case as California with a population of 40 million (almost double that of Australia) is today taking steps to secede from the Federation.

And why not? It is a progressively Left and wealthy State where Trump is hated with a passion by pillow-biting Marxists in cities like San Francisco that will not want Washington DC's assistance until the San Andreas fault awakens with another yawn.

The role of a Senate in Australia is long lost as all States boast one (except QLD) where bicameral Houses are called Councils (Senates) and Legislative Assemblies (Reps). Or some other titles but operate exactly as Canberra’s Federal Parliament does while ceding to the Commonwealth the usual Federal powers.

In the UK there have also been a few Lords' Ladies to have copped a good ol' rogering on the iconic red benches.

Okay, so that’s a truncated, layman's history of the decadent Lords but after the time I have spent in that hallowed hall of wankers, I can accurately say it’s nothing more than a giant piss-up with drunks wandering in and out all day and night looking for the caches of Scotch in between four-course free meals and naps.

                                         Lord Foulkes catches some shuteye...

                                         ... before a boozy lunch with the ladies

UK's favourite pillow biter, Stephen Fry (above) proudly says he partook of a class-A drug in the House of Lords. Big deal, so have I with the Queen's disowned cousin and total ratbag, Lord George Milford-Haven. 

                Almost 1500 Members attend the Queen's opening of Parliament

Australia needs a Westminster style House of Review, (without hundreds of Father Xmases) reputable and without the UK's raucus revelry, that cannot obstruct an elected House of Reps. It needs no more Members than it has now and they must be appointed by the Governor General at the request of alternatively sitting PMs or an independent panel.

Really it’s that simple… and it would avoid the destructive obstruction all elected governments suffer trying to enact legislation they were elected to enact. And there would be no more parachuting of unelected morons like the dastardly Dastyari and the inane Nova Peris into Senate seats.

But a referendum without a King and a Tower of London could be a problem.


bring back Tar and Feathering .....and then bring on the "Righteous Dictator" to replace em all....

thanks tax..seems we should all vote informal...however i dont agree with this idea that the Parliament needs to continually make laws..laws should be like the Constitution made and then allowed to work..constant new laws serve to diminish all our freedoms...'The whole system of Parliament, and the SOLE reason for its existence, is to make laws for the people, with the clear implication that those laws will reflect the WILL of the people on the subject matter of those laws.

pab..100% pab..Judas per my original comment on this thread...the Christian Churches were bought off by the State in the USA around the 1950's with the tax shelter status...its been downhill ever since..30 pieces of silver goes a long way

pelican...I can see NO other reason other than greed...No right minded Western thinking person could Condone the Terror infused Cult that is Islam...They are shit scared that if Islam lose that status, the wedge will be in the door and of course they will be next that must loose their Golden Goose of entitlements..But... If it is Peaceful, Legal, Consensual and Self-Funded, believe in whatever spins your wheel....

Dis..because its the tax free status that keeps em quite on the troublesome cousins....islam and judaism

Heatwave forecast yesterday, now today BoM reports - Issued at 9:55 am Sunday, 30 July 2017.
A strong cold front will move across southeastern New South Wales during Sunday afternoon and evening. Vigorous west to northwesterly winds are expected ahead of the front.

Got a name?

The One who said , 'go ye into all the world and preach the gospel..'.of redemption.

Dis... Persecuted is apparently my middle name....Being a White, Heterosexual, Australian born, taxpaying male, married with a mortgage, somehow makes everything my fault. I am entitled to less than any other Australian, and yet, have to Tolerate everyone else’s views and tastes, at my financial and moral expense.

The only Constant in Islam's DNA is Terrorism...

Sounds like a Conservative Christian pablo. You'd be persecuted just as they are here now.

"At the recent Global Family Planning Summit in London, Melinda Gates, wife of the billionaire leftist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, announced that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $375 million to organizations that provide contraceptives and abortions over the next four years, according to the U.K.-based magazine Marie Claire.

Although Gates stated that the money would only go towards contraceptives and sex education, explained that such a claim is utterly false. “The fundability of money makes it easier for pro-abortion organizations to provide abortion internationally,” Life News reported. “In other words, every dollar the Gates Foundation gives to Planned Parenthood for distributing birth control or building an abortion-friendly clinic frees up a dollar

"Europe on ALERT: Earthquake rocks Iceland's biggest volcano as it prepares to BLOW"

"THE biggest volcano in Iceland is ready to erupt after a swarm of earthquakes – and could spark a repeat of 2010’s flight chaos.

The Katla volcano is now on yellow alert after a 3-magnitude earthquake was recorded in the early hours of this morning.
The quake was followed by smaller tremors, and coincided with a glacial flood at a nearby river – potentially caused by rising lava.
Roads have now been shut in the area surrounding the river and volcano amid fears of an imminent eruption of the country’s most powerful volcano."

Is that a threat or a promise,

New post up.I win.

Supposed to be 26 degrees in Sydney today, bull twang it’s 10:30 and hasn’t cracked 20 yet.

Fake weather news I reckon.

johnsamson, who is the founder to which you refer?



Here it is, the news we've been waiting for.

"It’s true: Drinking alcohol IMPROVES memory recall, study shows"

"Drinking moderately in a social setting may improve short-term memory, says a scientific team from the University of Exeter. The researchers wrote on Scientific Reports that the overarching assumption that any form of alcohol intake is detrimental to health may need to be reconsidered. While excessive drinking is discouraged all throughout, social drinking may actually facilitate learning to a certain degree."
Only two problems here, moderately and excessive. Just delete those two and it's sweet. Hopping on the ride on mower and it's up to the bottlo ...