Are you watching this morning? After last week cancelling a popular, cheap-to-produce show, The Circle, Ten is hoping a revamp to the cast of its flailing breakfast show might leave viewers feeling more satisfied.

Same dish, different ingredients…

Is it working? If no one is watching how would we know?

What else is on your mind this morning. Usain Bolt?

Most commented

106 comments

Show oldest | newest first

    • wampum says:

      06:26am | 06/08/12

      Hard to believe that you could confuse a Sikh with a Muslim.

    • stephen says:

      06:19pm | 06/08/12

      People who shoot people are always confused.

    • Fiddler says:

      06:33am | 06/08/12

      maybe with the shire and being lara bingle (I have deliberately used lower case as I refuse to accept them as proper nouns) Channel 10 felt that they already had the idiot section well covered and the circle was superfluous.

      I watched it for about twenty minutes once. Sadly, no matter how hard I try I will never get those twenty minutes back.

    • Bitten says:

      11:05am | 06/08/12

      Based on the sheer viewing exellence of the above two programs, I propose a new category of Australian celebrity: ‘shingles’

    • Inky says:

      07:01am | 06/08/12

      Oh god, it’s early. Who would do this? It’s still dark outside D:

      -Inky has just shifted from working 3pm-11pm last week, to 7am-3pm this week. In the space of a weekend, he has had to chance his day around.

    • Inky says:

      08:05am | 06/08/12

      That should be change*

      Also want to add that I currently have “Never Had a Friend Like Me” from Disney’s Aladdin in my head.

    • M says:

      07:16am | 06/08/12

      Did you know it’s possible to sprain your ankle in your sleep?

    • Lulu says:

      09:32am | 06/08/12

      damn feminazis again!!

    • M says:

      09:49am | 06/08/12

      With respect, I don’t think there were any feminists in my bedroom last night.

    • Coal Train says:

      10:41am | 06/08/12

      I’m not surprised, I’ve dislocated my fingers in my sleep….

    • Mahhrat says:

      11:55am | 06/08/12

      @M, how many people were in your bedroom for you not to be sure?! smile

    • M says:

      12:15pm | 06/08/12

      You don’t want to know.

    • Martin says:

      01:35pm | 06/08/12

      @Coal Train

      ... it’ll also send you blind wink

    • Coal Train says:

      01:50pm | 06/08/12

      party in M’s bedroom?

      Martin, my mighty member would never do such a horrible thing to me

    • M says:

      02:39pm | 06/08/12

      Can you handle the heat, coal train?

    • Mouse says:

      02:49pm | 06/08/12

      *reading this, Mouse sits there smiling and quietly shaking her head! * The boys are playful it seems!  lol :o)

    • Gratuitous Adviser says:

      07:21am | 06/08/12

      Australian long jumper Mitchell Watt has told the media to “wake up” as he lashed out at negative coverage of Australia’s campaign at the London Olympics”.  Never a truer word was said.

      After winning a silver in an Olympic track and field event, the first question he received was “Aww, a disappointing result”?

      The typical contemporary Australian tabloid journalist (sic) is after a scoop and will say absolutely anything in the hope of getting it.  They are racing to the bottom and taking us with them.

    • Amanda says:

      08:57pm | 06/08/12

      well said G.A.

      Hackett and Rooney annoyed me with similar comments during their swimming commentary/poolside interviews. Their fave term seemed to be “shattered” - “you must be shattered” was said to several swimmers. Way to build morale guys. Poolside interviews should be banned

    • Babylon in Canberra says:

      07:22am | 06/08/12

      After having fled persecution from Left wing China, our intrepid Melbournian Ms Huang decided it was time to make a stand here in Australia, against the mighty Left.

      The chat from members of Melbourne’s Chinese church was interesting to say the least on Sunday.

      The theories ranged from Ms Huang being a victim of intimidation, to sexism, to racism, to just having a difficult customer, who had no understanding of the laws of supply and demand. Whilst the theories varied all the conclusions were the same, Shorten was coming up Short for a slice of the popularity pie.

      I do not talk politics generally, but I thought a little poll was in order. In response to my enquiry as to whether the Gillard Government was popular with Melbourne’s Chinese I was told ‘we are business people and are here to build a better life for our children. This Government is against business and thinks profits are for taxes. There is little support.’

      I’m not sure how long I hugged him, I was looking Upward from his shoulder at the clear blue sky and marveling at the warming effect of the sun in the depths of winter. It was the group laughter that brought me back and effected the release from my emotional captivity of my friend.

      I do not have a hard fast theory on Shortens short shift of Ms Huang. Except that I feel heartily sorry for Ms Huang, whom was clearly traumatized by the encounter, enough for her to have some sleepless nights thereafter. Mr Zhao explained that Ms Huang had first hand experience about what big powerful men in the Left were capable of when they were angered. Maybe she thought she would be the first for shipment to the Gillard Governments illegal and inhumane Malaysian concentration camps.

      I will say this, with the Warmer empty, after having been offered a reasonable solution in the form of a microwaved pie, the reaction from a High ranking member of the Gillard Government to this poor Refugee was out of order.

    • Against the Man says:

      08:01am | 06/08/12

      Shorten is under a lot of stress. The reality that his party is finished and there is never going to be a chance to be PM ever must be taking its toll. I just love the way the ALP is getting from worse to even more worse and they have no one else to blame. Boats still coming? CT still roaming? hahahahahahaha

    • Joel B1 says:

      08:48am | 06/08/12

      Bill Shorten’s Freudian mis-hearing of “It’ll be soft. I like Julia Gillard” as “it’ll be soft like Gillard” is classical, text-book stuff.

      And it’s easily the best insight into how PM Gillard’s own ministers feel about her.

    • Martin says:

      09:15am | 06/08/12

      @ATM

      +1

      A true measure of character is grace under fire. If you demonstrate humility, roll with the punches and learn something along the way, you’ve probably got the right stuff (pardon the hackneyed cliches !) Bill Shorten is sadly lacking in this area. He is nothing more than a media savvy show-pony opportunist.

    • Graham says:

      10:34am | 06/08/12

      Shorten is part of the Gillard gang of the worst government in Australian history. He can’t escape that fact. His political career is over thanks to his association with Gillard. Who want want this poision chalice in the private sector? Shorten should enjoy his undeserved pension in exile somewhere far away.

    • Babylon in Canberra says:

      10:45am | 06/08/12

      Joel B1 good point.

      Perhaps we should come up with some new pie ideas for Ms Huang and the Pie Industry to commemorate this encounter ....

      The Shorten Wasp Pie - a beef pie with stinging chillies.

      The Shorten Goes Bananas Pie - a crusty pie with banana filling.

      The Shorten Flip Out - a chicken pie with open sides that allows the contents to literally ‘flip out’.

      The Shorten’s Gillard Pie - a soggy pastry pie without much substance.

      The Shorten Bolt Pie - a Lamb pie with laxatives that has you bolting out of the shop like shorten.

      Any better ones?

    • Chris L says:

      11:13am | 06/08/12

      How about the:

      The Real Shorten Pie - It has 2 kinds of fillings just the way Bill likes it wink

    • nihonin says:

      11:32am | 06/08/12

      The Shorten Mystery Pie, you don’t know what’s in it, but you’ll agree to eat to it.

    • TimB says:

      11:47am | 06/08/12

      LOL Nihonin, gold.

    • sunny says:

      12:12pm | 06/08/12

      Look out I’ve stumbled onto a conservative ‘circle’!

      All of you are going to have to lift your game in the comedy stakes, no medal yet for any of you. All I’m seeing so far is circle jerking over a conservative propaganda filled rant.

    • nihonin says:

      12:37pm | 06/08/12

      sunny, your not jerking over all the jerking are you?  wink

      What about the government shorten pie, it promises so much, but the filling ends up being all gristle and gravy.

    • pa_kelvin says:

      01:48pm | 06/08/12

      Shortens Promise Pie….Looks good on the outside,but empty in the middle

    • sunny says:

      02:19pm | 06/08/12

      nihonin - no nothing to get excited about yet. Geez I can think of a hundred better pie jokes than this sorry lot ..but I’m keeping them in reserve until Joe Hockey has a pie incident - it’s only a matter of time smile

    • TimB says:

      02:22pm | 06/08/12

      Here you go Sunny, the ‘LEAVE BILL ALONE!!!’ pie, just for you.

      It’s been sitting in the warmer at 7-11 since the beginning of time and there is an unspoken agreement to not bother it in any way.

    • Babylon in Canberra says:

      02:38pm | 06/08/12

      The Shorten Carbon Tax Pie - we buy it, he and Gillard eat it, but the money is handed out to buy votes.

    • Mouse says:

      03:06pm | 06/08/12

      Poor Bill, always a bit short on the uptake isn’t he?

      ChrisL, you’re terrible ChrisL (spoken with a long drawl…)
      nihonin, agreed, today you are gold!
      pa_kelvin, definitely empty but maybe not so good on the outside! lol
      TimB, dammit, I’ve been wanting to poke the sauce bottle into that pie and squeeze it hard for ages now…...
      sunny, cheer up sweetness, it’s all a bit of a laugh, but I do look forward to your pie jokes, I must say! lol :o)

    • sunny says:

      03:08pm | 06/08/12

      TimB - that’s was a half baked attempt, C- for effort ..it was more like a sausage roll.

    • LJ Dots says:

      05:50pm | 06/08/12

      After much consideration, I’ll have to give nihonin the Gold for the Shorten Mystery Pie ©

    • Fiddler says:

      07:31am | 06/08/12

      Has something happened of late with the mods? Comments are taking hours to go through. Just noticed it of the last week or so.

    • pa_kelvin says:

      01:23pm | 06/08/12

      Try the weekends ther’e even worse. And now the link on news.com to the Punch has been removed…..woe is me

    • Gregg says:

      07:31am | 06/08/12

      Ues ain seen nothing but a Bolt to the finish line.
      Great race, greater performance from sluggish start.

    • cdlr says:

      07:50am | 06/08/12

      all these breky shows are just crap i see bits in the smoko room at work and its hard to beleive these people exist but the worst thing is they get paid too wake up australia your watching it and sitting in it as well

    • M says:

      09:15am | 06/08/12

      I’d rather stab myself in the thigh than watch a breakfast show.

    • Joel B1 says:

      08:40am | 06/08/12

      PM Gillard is likely to run a Disability Insurance Scheme promise this election (if she gets that far).

      This has two benefits; firstly, it’s a big social issue and in need of attention. And it will cost heaps so it’s not something the ALP will have problems with.

      Secondly, it will enable PM Gillard to paint the Coalition as “uncaring” and “retrograde”.

      However, PM Gillard will have some trouble convincing the public her government can afford this scheme when the next budget comes in several billion dollars over. As it will as sure as little kittens.

    • Right to Choice says:

      09:04am | 06/08/12

      Gillard did a number on Rudd twice. She was happy to screw Wilkie over when given 1/2 a chance. She hasn’t a solution to the asylum seeker problem or even the impact of the carbon tax. I’m thinking uncaring and retrograde are her trade marks. She will fail with the diability scheme just like she has failed with everything in her life. I mean everything.

    • nihonin says:

      09:31am | 06/08/12

      Right to Choice, she does have a solution to the asylum seeker problem, she stated it last night on the news, Tony Abbott, he seems to be the solution, obviously this current Labor government and their PM seem to think so.

    • vox says:

      10:06am | 06/08/12

      JoelB1 seems to think that the purpose of this much needed scheme is to serve a social need and to showcase Abbott’s uncaring and retrograde Liberal Party as uncaring and retrograde. He, joel, obviously thinks that this most necessary program for the protection of those who need help the most is not as important as Abbott’s paid maternity leave fiasco. The difference is, as any reasonable person would know, that we must afford this scheme. It is imperative.
      Perhaps when Gillard gets us, (and more importantly our young soldiers) out of Afghanistan we will be able to afford things like the DIS more easily. Perhaps when she rights Howard and Abbott’s disgusting, self-serving, political kowtowing to the equally unstable George W Bush, we will find ourselves quite able to help the less fortunate of our society. Working mothers choose to have children. The disabled have no such luxury of choice. And those young soldiers which are costing billions to maintain, (unnecessarily), will be home with their families.
      Or, joel, do you think it would be better to use the nation’s wealth, (our wealth), to further fatten the Liberal Party’s real concern, the miners. The multi-billionaire miners?
      You are a true Liberal, with all of the attributes of an Abbott. He acts on the advice of one George Pell whose holy father in Rome says “No Contraception”. So to encourage multiple children Abbott says that he’ll pay top dollar to the working mother for her maternity holiday.
      No religous bigot, no person who thinks women are less than men, no person who enrages as Abbott does, and no politician who lies with consummate ease, (if we are going to price carbon then we should do it by a tax), and who thinks that a soldiers death can be dismissed with, “Shit happens!”, should ever be allowed any power whatsoever. This is Abbott. And this is also his supporters.

    • Treasurer Duck Duck Goose says:

      10:16am | 06/08/12

      There will be no deficit under a budget I lead

    • Babylon in Canberra says:

      10:54am | 06/08/12

      The NDIS is nothing to brag about or hang you’re hat on. This was something coming in Australia anyway and which ever Government would have implemented something similar.

      You cannot claim “brilliance” for doing the obvious, commonsense, right thing.

      I mean next Gillard will be wanting us to clap her for brushing her teeth!

    • TimB says:

      11:50am | 06/08/12

      Jesus christ Vox, breathe.

      And do try to stay on one topic. You are impossible to follow.

    • nihonin says:

      12:47pm | 06/08/12

      vox, not many of us who comment here a Liberal staffers/members or TA fanatics, but what we are, are people who have had enough of this, the most inept party of MP’s and Ministers Labor has ever had the gall to offer the Australian voters/people and unfortunately enough people elected to come close to forming government, but not without some assistance.

    • Shane From Melbourne says:

      12:48pm | 06/08/12

      I oppose the NDIS in it’s current form as it is likely to be rorted as much as the current disability pension is rorted

    • Ally says:

      08:50am | 06/08/12

      It’s currently about five degrees here, it’s raining and it’s windy and generally miserable.

      I adore winter, but I’ve had enough. Bring on spring and summer!

    • Joel B1 says:

      09:16am | 06/08/12

      I’m guessing that’s outside right?

      There’s snow on the ground up the valley in Sth Hobart and the thermometer is saying 11°C, but it’s near the fan on the computer…

    • M says:

      09:17am | 06/08/12

      You should move to Queensland. There’s no such thing as winter up here.

    • Ally says:

      09:45am | 06/08/12

      M - You could not pay me enough to move to Queensland. Humidity sucks. Not to mention all the bitey things. And the cyclones. And the floods. And the Queenslanders wink

      The wind is the real kicker, I think, because you end up drenched in the bottom half from the rain blowing at an angle.

    • Chris L says:

      09:55am | 06/08/12

      Yeah there is M. It was on a Tuesday a few weeks ago.

    • M says:

      10:05am | 06/08/12

      Bah, the humidity isn’t half as bad as everyone makes it out to be. The bitey things are fine, haven’t seen many bad weather disturbances yet, and the qlders aren’t half as bad as they’re made out to be either. Well the city ones aren’t at any rate. Not sure about the rural ones yet, but the research continues.

    • Coal Train says:

      10:47am | 06/08/12

      I would gladly move to Queensland in a heartbeat, way better than where I am now. Bring back summer I say! also bikinis

    • Bitten says:

      11:09am | 06/08/12

      Winter in Queensland = pure sunshiney awesomeness.

      That said, I’m a Qlder born and bred so consequently decline to dress for the weather and I am absolutely shivering up here at the moment. My dog found himself being used as a hot water bottle last night to his bemusement as he usually gets booted out if I notice him sneaking his little fat doggy way under the doona.

    • Tim says:

      12:08pm | 06/08/12

      Bitten,
      yeah but:
      Summer in Queensland = sweaty humid ridiculousness.

      Plus without daylight savings, unless you’ve got good curtains, you’re waking up at 5:00am every morning.
      5:00am is the time for getting home, not getting up.

    • pa_kelvin says:

      01:59pm | 06/08/12

      @Tim…And the summer (both days) in Melbourne are great…I think not.

    • Ally says:

      02:58pm | 06/08/12

      Nah, Tassie’s the place to be in summer. We’ve got daylight until nearly 9pm and mild, dry days so you can actually get out there and do stuff without being soaked in sweat the second you step out the door.

      And none of this heat wave crap you get in Melbourne and Adelaide. How the hell people can cope with weeks of temperatures over 35 degrees every day I don’t know.

    • Tim says:

      03:02pm | 06/08/12

      pa_Kelvin,
      yep Melbourne weather sucks the big one also. Although I’d watch out saying that, Bill will be in here quick smart telling you how Melbourne has the greatest weather in the world.

    • Gratuitous Adviser says:

      09:42am | 06/08/12

      China is a “Right Wing” totalitarian state like most so called “Communist” countries where, and are.  They are just not democratic, that’s all.

      From then on Bab’s piece only continues the exaggeration of a minor event typical of the manner that the PRC’s Liu Yunshan does, and probably why the “clearly traumatised” Ms. Huang left the country of her birth. 

      Contemporary countries that could be described as “Left wing” are the Scandahooligans and the North Europeans with the Eastern Europeans heading that way.  They are socially democratic countries that care for their general population and not just the few.  Much like the Australian political parties used to be before the race to the bottom (Americanisation), commonly called “the Right”.

    • AdamC says:

      09:51am | 06/08/12

      For a show that nobody watches, Channel 10 ‘Breakfast’ seems to get a lot of attention. Personally, as someone who gets up at 8am and starts work at 9am, my morning routine does not really accommodate morning TV.

      Speaking of TV, though, has anyone seen the ads for 10’s new dancing show? Sarah Murdoch seems really uncomfortable in the promos, probably because her hair and make-up make her look like Sylvester Stallone’s mother. (Google her.)

    • nihonin says:

      11:38am | 06/08/12

      Have seen the ads you speak of, she’s paid to look the way the Channel wants to advertise its product, next you’ll be saying they should wear what they want.  wink

    • spanky says:

      03:08pm | 06/08/12

      Gets up at 8am starts work at 9am you poor thing lol

    • AdamC says:

      03:39pm | 06/08/12

      @nihonin, or Channel 10 could get themselves a decent hair and make up team ...

      @spanky, yeah, I am not an eary riser.

    • nihonin says:

      04:41pm | 06/08/12

      Good point Adamc, maybe their using TAFE trainees for the moment.

    • HappyG says:

      11:20am | 06/08/12

      Usain Bolt. Coolest dude ever. Great champion who doesn’t take himself too seriously. A man that can walk the walk and keep it all together under great pressure. Watch him go in the 200 now he’s got the main pressure off.
      James Magnussen take note…........this is how the big boys do it.

    • Martin says:

      01:24pm | 06/08/12

      @HappyG

      +1

      Maybe our athletes need to start training in Jamaica. A little ganja in their training regimen might calm them down a bit wink

    • Lachlan says:

      01:03pm | 06/08/12

      And I’m wondering how kids are getting their hands on MA15+ and the newly introduced R rating video games. The answer is bad parenting. These kids cannot go out and buy these games themselves. If they get access to these games they can also get access to other mature content off the internet and from film.

      Either make the the classification system stricter if the content concerns people or make parents liable for allowing their kids access to this content.

    • AdamC says:

      01:10pm | 06/08/12

      I dunno, but I suspect he is referring generally to the GTA games.

    • M says:

      01:24pm | 06/08/12

      Beating hookers in that game with a 4ft ladies implement taught me a valuable lesson in life.

    • nihonin says:

      01:31pm | 06/08/12

      I think it was GTA 3 AdamC, where the ‘fun’ started.

    • Mel Gibson says:

      01:38pm | 06/08/12

      @M Took me hours to model for that"4 foot ladies implement”

    • Coal Train says:

      01:48pm | 06/08/12

      if games influence us so much I can’t wait till people start killing themselves expecting to respawn in a couple of seconds. Or run into their house and the cops will suddenly forget where you went and who you are.

      because f&*k logic!

    • M says:

      03:41pm | 06/08/12

      I only said “ladies implement” because I didn’t think “four foot star spangled dildo” would make it past the mods.

    • Baloo says:

      04:05pm | 06/08/12

      Yeh I thought it was funny so I quoted it smile

    • Jack Spratt says:

      01:14pm | 06/08/12

      Just when we were believing that KevAn Gosper had gone into discredited retirement years ago, up springs our personal IOC family Godfather attributing Olympic goldlessness to insufficient dollars to boost our performances sufficiently. He has yet to state exactly how many extra dollars per head will carry an athlete up through the various grades from no medal at all to silver, bronze and gold. Will we be able to just dial-up the cost of solving these riddles and be done with our disappointments? (Psst…and should we be telling other nations how simply we changed everything?)

    • Coal Train says:

      01:31pm | 06/08/12

      So after going to a party dressed as Wolverine, I kinda liked the look of the chops, so I’m keeping them. The epicness of this beard kind grew on me.

      Any other punchers got facial hair of any sorts? Chops? Neck beards? even regular beards? Facial hair wearers unite!

    • SimpleSimon says:

      01:49pm | 06/08/12

      I have to shave mine off this weekend ‘cause I’m a groomsman at my mate’s wedding. It’s going to be a sad, sad moment :-(

    • pa_kelvin says:

      01:55pm | 06/08/12

      Hope you at least keep your tal….nails trimmed. smile

    • Fiddler says:

      02:03pm | 06/08/12

      I am sure there is an abundance of neckbeards in these forums. I am growing something traditional at the moment. Work has guidelines and King George the fifth is all we are allowed. Lets just see if it gets long enough before I finish my leave

    • Coal Train says:

      02:05pm | 06/08/12

      @Let us have a weekend of mourning for the loss of SS’s facial hair :’(

      I’ll try kelvin raspberry

    • Chris L says:

      02:17pm | 06/08/12

      Full beard for me, though I tend to trim it on occassion. I shaved when I visited the US in ‘08 however, to help get through customs.

    • M says:

      02:48pm | 06/08/12

      I’ve been growing a goatee for a while now, and I’m thinking of getting rid of it. The maintenance and upkeep requirements are onerous.

    • Ian1 says:

      11:00pm | 06/08/12

      Bizarre coincidence, Wolverine showed up at my party on Saturday night,,,,  with a Charlie’s angel no less.

    • iansand says:

      03:42pm | 06/08/12

      NASA pulled it off.  They have pictures!!! Absolutely AWESOME!!!

      Well done those dreamers.

    • Knemon says:

      03:45pm | 06/08/12

      Thanks for that link iansand. Curiosity landed safely and images sent back to Earth within seconds, sitting through the entry and landing was a totally awesome experience, I can only guess what it must be like for the engineers and scientists, thanks again.

    • M says:

      04:15pm | 06/08/12

      My work filter has blocked this, is there any high res images suitable for use as a wallpaper?

    • Gordon says:

      05:47pm | 06/08/12

      Status updates by text…just like playing lunar lander on the old HP 34c…. . Gentle jokes aside it is a marvellous achievement and I’m looking forward to the images and rock analyses coming in. Cruising a dunebuggy-drillrig-sciencelab around another f’n planet is cool and I don’t care how much it costs someone else’s taxpayers!

    • iansand says:

      02:42pm | 06/08/12

      Curiosity .Doh

    • Tim says:

      03:21pm | 06/08/12

      Our media is absolutely woeful in their reporting of issues but I don’t know if more regulation is the answer.

      The comments by Penny Wong in the article are a horrible attempt at political point scoring over what should be an important free speech issue.
      Completely agree with Abbott over the ridiculousness of a law that contains such a subjective clause as the one mentioned.

    • Blind Freddy says:

      03:42pm | 06/08/12

      WOWEE! Exciting hardly begins to describe it.

      I wonder if he delivered it in large print, as usual - for the hard-of-thinking.

      I better go and have a Bex an lie down after all that excitement.

    • Knemon says:

      03:54pm | 06/08/12

      LOL - “Tony Abbot gave an exciting speech today” - Hilarious, the clown couldn’t spell exciting.

      “Definitely good reasons for swinging voters who appreciate personal freedoms to vote for the Coalition”

      Why AdamC? Because the man who has brought Australian politics into the gutter says so.

      I’m totally staggered how people have been so easily brainwashed by this moronic low life excuse for a politician.

    • simonfromLakemba says:

      04:26pm | 06/08/12

      “I’m totally staggered how people have been so easily brainwashed by this moronic low life excuse for a politician”

      Having no other choices will do that Knemon. They aren’t brainwashed, his personal approval rating will tell you that.

    • Hamish says:

      04:34pm | 06/08/12

      I don’t know Knemon, maybe because he’s not quite as moronic or as much of a low life as the alternative? After all, he didn’t conspire to misappropriate Union funds to buy a house for his ex-partner unlike some political leaders.

    • M says:

      04:34pm | 06/08/12

      “According to Mr Abbott, a ‘‘hurt feelings test’’ is at odds with the fearless pursuit of truth.”

      This might possibly be the one issue that will bring me to vote for Abbott in the next election.

    • AdamC says:

      04:39pm | 06/08/12

      @Tim, I agree about Penny Wong. She seems to be as big a Labor disappointment as Gillard herself. 

      @Knemon, and I am constantly shocked by how lefties are quite happy to see their own rights trampled upon. Or did you not actually read the article?

    • Knemon says:

      05:15pm | 06/08/12

      @ AdamC – You seem somewhat confused, it is the left who defend our rights, it will be the right who trample on them…Workchoices was and will be but one example.

      “the Opposition Leader said that freedom of speech is not an ‘‘academic nicety’’ but ‘‘the essential precondition for any kind of progress’‘” - WTF is Abbott smoking?

      ‘‘an attempt to warn off News Limited from pursuing anti-government stories’’ – Rubbish, print the truth not bullshit.

      This is all about improving journalistic standards, it is not about curtailing freedom of speech or the press.

      ...and yes, I can read.

    • Tim says:

      07:07pm | 06/08/12

      Knemon,
      The left will defend our rights? LOL.

      Although the current Libs aren’t that good, a look at the authoritarian nature of The Greens should disabuse you of that notion.

 

Facebook Recommendations

Read all about it

Punch live

Up to the minute Twitter chatter

Recent posts

The latest and greatest

The Punch is moving house

The Punch is moving house

Good morning Punchers. After four years of excellent fun and great conversation, this is the final post…

Will Pope Francis have the vision to tackle this?

Will Pope Francis have the vision to tackle this?

I have had some close calls, one that involved what looked to me like an AK47 pointed my way, followed…

Advocating risk management is not “victim blaming”

Advocating risk management is not “victim blaming”

In a world in which there are still people who subscribe to the vile notion that certain victims of sexual…

Nosebleed Section

choice ringside rantings

From: Hasbro, go straight to gaol, do not pass go

Tim says:

They should update other things in the game too. Instead of a get out of jail free card, they should have a Dodgy Lawyer card that not only gets you out of jail straight away but also gives you a fat payout in compensation for daring to arrest you in the first place. Instead of getting a hotel when you… [read more]

From: A guide to summer festivals especially if you wouldn’t go

Kel says:

If you want a festival for older people or for families alike, get amongst the respectable punters at Bluesfest. A truly amazing festival experience to be had of ALL AGES. And all the young "festivalgoers" usually write themselves off on the first night, only to never hear from them again the rest of… [read more]

Gentle jabs to the ribs

Superman needs saving

Superman needs saving

Can somebody please save Superman? He seems to be going through a bit of a crisis. Eighteen months ago,… Read more

28 comments

Newsletter

Read all about it

Sign up to the free News.com.au newsletter