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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    https://kevinbonham.blogspot.com/201...n-and-uap.html

    Migrants Voting For One Nation and UAP? (Plus some polling comments)

    I take a sceptical look at some recent ABC reporting.
    That sidebar poll on Albo does not look too promising for him.

    How will Anthony Albanese go as Labor leader?

    Will lose the next election and never become PM 38.06% (110 votes)
    Won't make the next election 29.76% (86 votes)
    Will win the next election 29.07% (84 votes)
    Will lose the next election but become PM later 3.11% (9 votes)

    Total Votes: 289
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by road runner View Post
    That sidebar poll on Albo does not look too promising for him.
    Yes, especially given that my readership (in common with other psephology sites) has about a 4-1 left-vs-right skew.
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    Craig Kelly MP’s Facebook page currently has a cover photo of George Orwell along with the quote ‘So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot’.

    As somebody who admires Orwell and loathes Kelly this makes my brain melt. So, I did a little research into the quote. It’s from ‘Inside the Whale’ in a paragraph where Orwell is having ago at W. H. Auden poem ‘Spain’, picking out the phrase ‘necessary murder’. I wonder if Kelly is aware that while Orwell is staunchly anti-Stalinist (as per the quote) he was never the less very much a democratic socialist.

    One thing for sure is Kelly’s FB page while starting strongly with a picture of Orwell quickly goes downhill.

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    Gladys Liu might be in trouble:
    The former acting Victorian state director for the Liberal party has admitted in court that signs written in Chinese at polling booths on election day were designed to look like official Australian Electoral Commission signage. The full federal court is hearing the challenges to the elections of Liberal MP Gladys Liu in Chisholm and the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, in Kooyong over three days. The cases have been brought against the two candidates by retired social worker Naomi Hall, and unsuccessful independent Kooyong candidate Oliver Yates. On Wednesday, Simon Frost, who authorised the signs, said under questioning from Lisa De Ferrari, the barrister for the applicants, that the two signs – one in traditional Chinese characters, and one in simplified Chinese characters – were intended to appear as though they were AEC corflutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Byrom View Post
    Gladys Liu might be in trouble:
    The former acting Victorian state director for the Liberal party has admitted in court that signs written in Chinese at polling booths on election day were designed to look like official Australian Electoral Commission signage. The full federal court is hearing the challenges to the elections of Liberal MP Gladys Liu in Chisholm and the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, in Kooyong over three days. The cases have been brought against the two candidates by retired social worker Naomi Hall, and unsuccessful independent Kooyong candidate Oliver Yates. On Wednesday, Simon Frost, who authorised the signs, said under questioning from Lisa De Ferrari, the barrister for the applicants, that the two signs – one in traditional Chinese characters, and one in simplified Chinese characters – were intended to appear as though they were AEC corflutes.
    I don't see that today's revelations change anything for Liu or Frydenberg. The primary test is whether the material was deceptive, not whether it was intended to be deceptive, and that test is confined to whether voters were deceived in relation to the casting of their vote (which doesn't automatically follow from them being deceived as to the authorship of the signs, but could well follow with more argument.) Also, there are other hurdles to get over, eg concerning whether the result was affected.

    It is all rather embarrassing in the case of Simon Frost though. He could find himself in hot water for a breach himself, or maybe even for impersonating a Commonwealth authority (though Graeme Orr has given me some reasons to suspect that's unlikely.)
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    To allay the PM's fears of 50% EVs in the auto market by 2030, and the resulting demise of the Australian weekend and the ute, Tesla has unveiled its electric ute

    https://insideevs.com/news/383691/te...k-world-debut/

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    David Leyonhjelm loses again:
    David Leyonhjelm will be forced to pay Sarah Hanson-Young $120,000 plus interest after a judge ruled the former senator defamed her in a series of interviews last year. On Monday the federal court justice Richard White ruled in favour of Hanson-Young, agreeing that Leyonhjelm’s comments in a series of interviews did carry the imputation the Greens senator was a misandrist and a hypocrite. White found Leyonhjelm’s defence of justification and qualified privilege had failed and awarded Hanson-Young $120,000 in damages, with interest and costs to be decided at a hearing in December.

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    I recommend the report by Michaela Whitbourn, who in my view is one of our best legal reporters if not the best:

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/hans...25-p53dw3.html

    (may be paywalled but opens in incognito window)

    It shows more prominently (though the Guardian report does have that in there as well) that it wasn't really the slut-shaming aspect that took Leyonhjelm down but rather that he had claimed she said "All men are rapists" but could not prove he had said it nor anything similar. A host of defamatory imputations then followed from that.
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    As the nation breaks new heat records, the Government is facing its own perfect storm
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    Some Liberal MPs are becoming frustrated with the Federal Government's inability to sell its climate change policies and believe the chief salesman, Angus Taylor, is part of the problem.

    In the midst of a seemingly relentless drought, record-breaking heatwave and bushfire crisis that's choking cities with smoke, debate about Australia's role in tackling the global challenge has become even more supercharged than usual.

    People are getting anxious and "this is not normal" ó the phrase employed by New South Wales Liberal Minister Matt Kean to describe the apocalyptic skies above Sydney ó could well become the catch cry of this summer.

    Liberal insiders know it is a hot issue and they know voters are increasingly looking to the Government to do something "more".

    At a recent meeting of Liberal MPs and senators, the party's federal director Andrew Hirst identified climate change and the economy as the biggest issues confronting the country.

    It was an obvious statement but one that carried an important message to the sceptics in the room: don't get caught flat-footed. ...

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    Richard Flanagan: Aloha, little Scotty from Marketing, is it resurrection youíre looking for?

    ... Labor appears Morrison-lite, and there is no effective political expression for the growing national anger about the climate catastrophe and our political leadersí determination to make it worse.

    When they are up against a megafire, firefighters donít say Iím only one man or one woman, or that our crew are only six people. They do their bit. They stand up. They fight. They make a difference. Whereís the fight in Scott Morrison?

    Heís a small man, a man who uses his wife and children as cover for his own bad decisions, who runs away when the heat is on.

    Heís no more or less than a shill for the coal industry. When they gave him the only clean coal on the planet, a carefully varnished piece of black rock, he was a big man in Parliament waving it in all our faces: His dark master, our black future.

    But when the gates of hell opened, he was in Hawaii, a little man making hang loose signs, reportedly saying fires were a state, not federal, issue.

    He may be our elected Prime Minister. But he is no leader. And no matter how many die this summer his position will not change.

    It is we who must.

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    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    No surprise that former Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie has finally resigned from Cabinet over the 'Sports Rorts' scandal - the only surprise is that she took so long to do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Byrom View Post
    No surprise that former Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie has finally resigned from Cabinet over the 'Sports Rorts' scandal - the only surprise is that she took so long to do so.
    Yeah but Scotty from Marketing arguing she did nothing wrong, and there was no political aspect to the awarding of the grants. Pull the other one.
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desmond View Post
    Yeah but Scotty from Marketing arguing she did nothing wrong, and there was no political aspect to the awarding of the grants. Pull the other one.
    McKenzie's resignation is based only on the conflict of interest in her failure to declare her membership of the gun club receiving grant funds. No admission of wrong-doing for the pork-barrelling of taxpayer funds.

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    Ministers like Bridget McKenzie have no discretion to break the rules
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    Ministers keep saying in relation to the sports-rorts affair that Bridget McKenzie had ministerial discretion to make the grants and that she was only exercising normal ministerial powers. They also keep saying that no rules were broken.

    This either shows a complete misunderstanding of the powers of ministers within the legal system, or a desire to mislead the media and the public. ...

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