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    • acotrel says:

      05:21am | 11/10/12

      I much rather see the Beach Boys sitting on the opposition benches in federal parliament than our current poisonous lot !

    • nihonin says:

      07:12am | 11/10/12

      Stock, Aitkin & Waterman, manufactured a lot of groups and solo artists of minor talent in the 1980’s.  Much like the Labor government, biggest difference being, a lot more people believed they were capable.

    • Anubis says:

      08:15am | 11/10/12

      SO @acotrel - you would rather continue with the venom the screeching harpy dishes out on a daily basis would you. You know the one that puts her, and her full party’s, support behind a confirmed sexist mysoginist pig and then levels claims of misogyny against someone on the basis that he checks his watch while she is screeching baseless dribble across the chamber. But oh, Slipper is OK because they need his vote, let do whatever he wants as long as she keeps his vote. A bit like retaining the member for brothels and credit cards. I understand he still has her full support too.

      You are one deluded dude acotrel.

    • SydneyGirl says:

      09:40am | 11/10/12

      acotrel has venom. To demonstrate this Anubis uses the term “screeching harpy” and “pig”. Charming!

      I have to say I find the over the top hysterical responses to acotrel’s pisstake vastly amusing. Carry on acotrel!

    • Ben C says:

      10:39am | 11/10/12

      @ SydneyGirl

      acotrel ain’t taking the piss, he’s serious.

    • SydneyGirl says:

      11:50am | 11/10/12

      Ben C I got fooled by the ! mark!

      No seriously acotrel is very partisan I agree - a card carrying member - but the invective hurled at him is disproportionate to what he says. Correct me if I am wrong but I don’t think acotrel singles any one commenter out but just attacks Libs and Lib supporters as a group?

    • Mouse says:

      05:52am | 11/10/12

      Well Punchers, now I have heard it all!  The PC brigade has really outdone themselves this time, lol Sydney is obviously not the place to go for a fun time anymore. It sounds like any man that breathes over there is a misogynist (isn’t everyone getting sooooo sick of that damn word?)  Feminist publisher Anne Summers description is so eloquent and Meredith Burgmann certainly rates up there in the top ten with her witty retort! LOL xo)

      Maybe these “ladies” shouldn’t go into men’s toilets and stand up to pee but, I suppose, they wouldn’t have anything to bitch about then, would they?
      Have a look and see if you are morally outraged!!  LOL :oD

    • Mahhrat says:

      06:34am | 11/10/12

      Personally, I think they’re crass.  Not detecting any outrage though.

      Politically, I would have labelled them an art installation.  I can only imagine what those with Golden Shower fetishes must think about the whole thing.

    • gobsmack says:

      06:44am | 11/10/12

      I wouldn’t call myself a feminist, but I feel troubled by these urinals.

      If the urinals weren’t just lips but depicted the whole face of say, Tony Abbott or Julia Gillard or Alan Jones, I imagine that particular quarters of the population would be outraged.  They are clearly female lips and you have to wonder about the mindset of someone who would be amused pissing into one of these.

      Really, does the design of a urinal need to be “playful”?  Can’t I just have a piss?

    • TChong says:

      06:46am | 11/10/12

      I dont think that I would win any politically correct awards, but I do find these urinals very offensive.
      Urinating on someone is considered the worst insult possible, .
      The action implys that the victim is fit only to be splashed with the waste from the aggressor.
      Mouse would you like a picture of your face placed on a urinal, for someone to take a leak in your mouth?

    • Economist says:

      07:00am | 11/10/12

      Not outraged, mildly amused. But agree about PC brigade, If only they’d truly pick issues that are worth fighting for.

      Gobsmack few people would go yeah I’m pissing in someone’s mouth, it’s porcelain. It’s amusing/funny, because it’s different.

    • Tim says:

      07:10am | 11/10/12

      After just reading Torys article I read this.

      Honestly, some people are too F@#$#@# stupid for reality.

    • Elphaba says:

      08:08am | 11/10/12

      I don’t care.  Men can pee in whatever shaped urinal they want.  Hell, they might make a more conscious effort to get it all in…

    • subotic says:

      08:11am | 11/10/12

      Urinating on someone is considered the worst insult possible

      Guess you wouldn’t like R. Kelly’s dvd collection then….

    • sunny says:

      08:28am | 11/10/12

      That’s pretty funny. I wonder if some bloke got outraged or if he told his wife about them and she got outraged.

    • fml says:

      08:35am | 11/10/12

      Has anyone wondered how the women knew about the type of urinals in the mens toilet?

    • jaki says:

      08:41am | 11/10/12

      I hope these women don’t eat Pollywaffles, Mars Bars etc. Don’t they know that the very act is symbolic of felating a black man ? Ooh, racist and misogynist all in one. Yes they could switch to white chocolate, but white chocolate eaters clearly think that black people are inferior.
      See, you can find misogyny and racism wherever you want to find it.  I’ve even read an article where the author claims that camping is racist.
      Some people are just desperate to be offended.

    • Chuck Berry says:

      08:47am | 11/10/12

      I approve of these urinals.

    • Bertrand says:

      08:50am | 11/10/12

      The urinals in the men’s toilets at the Regatta in Brisbane have a one-way mirror behind them, so the men can see out into the beer garden but the people in the beer garden can’t see in.

      All the ladies know about it, so they like to stand at the mirror pointing and laughing. I’ve seen more than a few men suffer performance anxiety at the urinal.

    • ibast says:

      08:51am | 11/10/12

      Bit divided by this myself.  On the surface they are funny, but it’s hard not to take the image or urinating on one particular gender or race as offensive.

      Although, who says they are women’s lips?

    • subotic Queen of the Desert Sessions says:

      09:23am | 11/10/12


      I’ve even read an article where the author claims that camping is racist.

      “Camping” isn’t racist - it’s gay.

    • SydneyGirl says:

      09:25am | 11/10/12

      Well any one is free to install them.

      But they reveal an unpleasant thought process. Whether the lips belong to a woman or a man trying out lipstick.  And finding it unpleasant has little to do with fun or being a lady. Maybe sometimes we try too hard to prove we are un PC?!

      So alas I have to disagree with you here Mouse.

    • Mouse says:

      10:02am | 11/10/12

      TChong, these are not faces, they are lips. Lighten up!!  ;o)

      Exactly Elphaba, they may just make it too! lol

      sunny, the thing I find the funniest, is that it’s not men complaining it’s women! LOL So just for them,  let’s just have a “Let’s get outraged weekend” so everyone can get all the hate out of their system and we can then carry on a normal?  Sound good?  lol

      fml…..they stand to pee…...  ;o)

      jaki, pretty funny hey!  Some people just have to be unhappy about something, don’t they.  LOL

      ibast, oh dear, not women’s lips? *shakes head slowly* I never thought of that!  :o/

      OK guys, just so you don’t get all the fun, how about someone make toilets for the ladies that look like a man’s lap?  xo)

    • SydneyGirl says:

      10:11am | 11/10/12

      PS: I do note that the design is from a female artist. but well there is the intended use and the nature of the design itself.

    • AdamC says:

      10:30am | 11/10/12

      I guess you just cannot predict what will set off people who are so pre-disposed to being offended. For example, I have never been able to understand why it is considered outrageous in America to suggest in ads, etc, that black people like fried chicken. So what if they do? There is nothing wrong with liking fried chicken, after all.

      The problem is, we live in a society where it is just not the done thing to tell people their taking offence (especially on ethnic or gender grounds) is unreasonable and petty.

      I would barely have noticed the urinals.

      Gobsmack, actually, there used to be a bar in Melbourne where they projected images of John Howard’s face into the back of urinal, allowing drinkers to urinate on the face of the then PM. I don’t think anyone was horribly offended by the undergraduate humour. However, I doubt ‘our’ Julia’s face would ever appear on a urinal.

    • jaki says:

      10:35am | 11/10/12

      Camping “gay” ? Not sure about that,  but if you erect tents in a row, well that’s just downright homophobic.
      Speaking of which, I’ve seen drag-queens with lips that look very much like those urinal designs. Misogynistic and homophobic all in one. That takes some beating ! Can we somehow get a racist angle on it, too ?

    • sunny says:

      10:35am | 11/10/12

      Mouse - yeah I browsed that link too quickly, should have read it more carefully.. “after protests from women’s groups”. Is nothing sacred any more, not even hot lips urinals? smile Sign me up for your outrage weekend - it’s gonna be outrageous!

    • ausspud says:

      11:36am | 11/10/12

      Wonder what Mick Jagger feel’s about it.

    • Tim says:

      11:40am | 11/10/12

      “But they reveal an unpleasant thought process”

      How so?
      I think it’s meant to be a joke. Haha, peeing in someone’s mouth.

      Maybe it’s just because girls don’t often go into mens toilets, if that’s the worst thing you have to see then you’re doing extremely well. Some people seem to need to find offense in anything that they see.

      I like the Stephen Fry quote (at least I think it was him):
      “It’s now very common to hear people say, “I’m rather offended by that”, as if that gives them certain rights. It’s no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. “I’m offended by that.” Well, so f***ing what?”

    • gobsmack says:

      11:47am | 11/10/12

      I assume this restaurant allows children to eat there.

      What does mummy say to her male child who returns gleefully to the table and reports that he just peed in a big woman’s mouth?

    • fml says:

      11:50am | 11/10/12

      So does this mean I should stop the design of toilets that look like va-jay-jays? Or would it be alright if I make it a hermaphrodite toilet?, guess what the flush handle would be…

    • Bertrand says:

      11:57am | 11/10/12

      @AdamC - the problem with the fried chicken thing in America is that historically it was a part of a wider caricature of black people that was used to paint a very racist picture of them. Go back to the old Warner Brothers cartoons. There is no denying that they presented black people in an incredibly racist light. Things like eating fried chicken or watermelon formed part of the racist stereotype so carry historical meaning outside of simply ‘black people like eating chicken’

    • Elphaba says:

      12:34pm | 11/10/12

      @Mouse, hehehe.  I juts think there are bigger issues than urinals shaped like women’s mouths.

      I mean, I have problems now that need dealing with!  I haven’t got any time to worry about this!  Who is this wench seeing misogyny everywhere?  Obsess about something enough and you WILL see it everywhere…

    • SydneyGirl says:

      01:22pm | 11/10/12

      Tim I can assure you that I am pretty tolerant about most things on this planet. My colleagues are predominantly male , I studied in an engineering college so let me just say that I have seen and heard absolutely seamy things, leave alone red lipped urinals.

      However I do find this tasteless and I am not alone.  I don’t feel the need to say I am this totally cool woman who is on board with everything. And I suspect in your case its not the object per se but more that women are complaining about it that drew your comment.

      I think we had a discussion on porn sometime back.  And how it has to be far out and include more and more things that are normally considered offensive.  Its not possible to call for a ban but hey the fear of being seen as puritanical or a wowser should not prevent you from stating that it is tasteless and offensive and to be frank has little point except to shock.  As TChong asked what if it was your face on that urinal? Or something you held dear? Or a baby’s mouth?  I mean why stop at red lips, why not take it to the next level? At what point is offense OK or it is never OK?

      Everyone gets offended about something or the other - we are tolerant only when the issue is of no interest to us or if the points are mockable (this may be the case here but then the comment should be about Anne Summers and not the urinal). This also holds for overrated Mr Fry whose pontifications should be instantly retired. 

      PS: As Bertrand points, these things have rarely do with a single act and more a history and pattern of behaviour.

    • Tim says:

      01:40pm | 11/10/12

      yes, part of my annoyance over this is the women who would never even see these urinals complaining about them to get them removed. They can be annoyed that they exist or find it distasteful but how it actually affects their lives to such a degree I have no idea.

      I also think they are ascribing meanings to the urinals that are simply not there and only in their heads. They think they’re sexist because their ideology only allows them to think one way.
      Sure there is a level of scale that differing percentages of the population would find offensive and I think this is well on the low side of that.

      I also disagree with Chongy that urinating on someone is the worst possible insult, particularly in the case of a picture and not the real thing. Wouldn’t care if it was a picture of my face in the slightest.

    • Ben C says:

      02:27pm | 11/10/12

      @ ausspud

      Or Steven Tyler.

    • SydneyGirl says:

      02:29pm | 11/10/12

      Well then its existence or otherwise doesn’t matter to you.

      So I do’t see why it makes a difference to you whether they stay or are banned. Maybe stop feeling the need to monitor and lay into every offended woman?

    • Tim says:

      03:26pm | 11/10/12

      It’s got nothing to do with them being women, I feel exactly the same way about men trying to ban stuff as well.

      And it matters to me because every victory these offense merchants have, everything they manage to get banned, is another loss for freedom and another step towards a more restricted society.

      It’s starting to become a joke the amount of things that we’re not able to do anymore and how restricted we’re becoming. It offends my Libertarian ideals. Perhaps I can get them banned for offending me?

    • SydneyGirl says:

      04:03pm | 11/10/12

      Fair enough Tim!

      I don’t support bans (though I doubt the female artist is going to stop making them though). But I can see why they were offended.

    • Slothy says:

      05:09pm | 11/10/12

      I’m sympathetic to your libertarian ideals Tim, but they weren’t banned – they were removed by a private company in response to complaints. Isn’t that the free market? They installed them, people found them offensive, the restaurant became worried that they would lose customers, they got rid of them.

      If the government had mandated their removal, I’d be right there with you, but I don’t find it offensive that a restaurant is concerned about its public perception.

      (For the record, they don’t strike me as particularly clever or amusing OR offensive. Mainly tacky.)

    • gobsmack says:

      07:04am | 11/10/12

      Don’t these old rockers know how to grow old gracefully?

      Since the death of Brian’s brothers, Carl and Dennis, there’s only been half of the Beach “Boys” anyway.

      I would prefer not to hear a group of old men singing about “loading up their woody” (Surfin Safari).

    • dweezy2176 says:

      07:14am | 11/10/12

      Why would anyone pay to watch a geriatrics try to act as 20 year olds, again? At 64 I remember all these groups from the sixties why on earth would I want to pay to remember my youth by looking at people my own age ... weird!

    • Al says:

      07:24am | 11/10/12

      Seriously why would anyone want to grow old gracefully?
      I am planning to grow old disgracefully myself.

    • Elphaba says:

      08:17am | 11/10/12

      I’d pay to see The Rolling Stones if they came here again.

      I paid to see Prince.  I paid to see Motorhead.  Both are from my Dad’s generation and they were awesome.

      They can act like 20 yr olds all they want.  Good on them.

    • Stuss says:

      09:04am | 11/10/12

      Elphaba, I paid to see the stones last time they toured and I was seriously disappointed. To be fair, it wasn’t all mick, keef, ronnie and Charlie’s fault, was more down to the sound engineer not doing their job. The sound was woeful - dead patches all over the stadium, dodgy balance and sound cutting in and out in the rest of it.

      Not happy, and don’t think I’ll be going if they tour again.

    • AdamC says:

      09:11am | 11/10/12

      Why must old rockers insist on dressing so ridiculously?

      With all the money one assume they must have, they could surely hire a stylist, let alone fork out for some decent clothing. They look terrible in that photo.

    • TheRealDave says:

      09:15am | 11/10/12

      I’ve paid to see them numerous times and I’d pay to see that if they were 90 and still singing as they do.

      Worth every cent.

      Shame to see shenanigans going on like they are at themoment though…..but at leas tthey still have their underwear on, haven’t shaved their heads, trashed hotel rooms, etc

    • sunny says:

      09:18am | 11/10/12

      Why don’t these classic old bands keep writing good songs? Seems like they all write their best material in their youth 40 years ago - as if energy (or libido maybe) is better for songwriting than wisdom and knowledge.

    • marley says:

      09:39am | 11/10/12

      @AdamC - it’s not that they’re old rockers, it’s that they’re from California.

    • Elphaba says:

      09:45am | 11/10/12

      @Stuss, yeah I heard that.  A few other bands have suffered the same over the years - I heard there were a lot of problems at U2’s ‘Vertigo’ tour.  They had it fixed by 360 though, that as phenomenal.

      I’ll give the Stons a go, I’ll probably buy the cheap seats up the back though.

    • subotic is cheap, white, and trashed says:

      09:57am | 11/10/12


      but at leas tthey still have their underwear on, haven’t shaved their heads, trashed hotel rooms, etc

      I call that letting the Team down, actually….

    • Tim says:

      07:11am | 11/10/12

      I thought the Beach Boys were all dead?

    • nihonin says:

      07:49am | 11/10/12

      If they were, would they be known as The Driftwood Boys?

    • subotic says:

      08:12am | 11/10/12

      I was hoping the Beach Boys were all dead…..

    • William Smith says:

      08:55am | 11/10/12

      No, the Beach Boys are a long way from dead. Here’s an extract from Paul Kelly’s memoir “How to Make Gravy”:

      “Two decades later, at the Domain in Sydney on a moist summer night, I stood by the side of the stage in the dark next to the monitor desk with my spine tingling as Brian [Wilson], seated at an electric piano and reading from an autocue, in front of what used to be a Beach Boys covers band, sang and played his hits. He noodled on the keys and talked out of the side of his mouth between songs. And when he couldn’t reach the high parts, the big guitarist to his left stepped up and sang like a bird.

      The band, though heretical - one of them was a woman - were impeccable, the harmonies flawless. The man who wrote ‘God Only Knows’ was singing it right before my eyes. I thought to myself, I could die happy now.

      And that man Brian - avatar of sun and bliss and girls and surf, who never rode a wave in his life, and probably never will - why, he’ll die only when the world dies.”

    • gobsmack says:

      10:21am | 11/10/12

      There is an excellent DVD of Brian Wilson performing the whole of the “Pet Sounds” album live.

      At the concerts from which the footage is taken, Brian is backed by younger excellent musicians who do all the backing vocals and so the original sound is faithfully reproduced.

    • jaki says:

      10:37am | 11/10/12

      “I thought the Beach Boys were all dead?”

      Certainly looks that way. Is this another sign of the Zombie Apocalypse ?

    • AdamC says:

      12:27pm | 11/10/12

      Haha, jaki, good call!

    • William Smith says:

      02:04pm | 11/10/12

      “Is this another sign of the Zombie Apocalypse ?”

      As Paul Kelly says above, Brian Wilson will die only when the world dies. But who’s to say some of this time won’t be spent in some kind of zombie form?

    • subotic has a problem with authority says:

      09:59am | 11/10/12

      If we crossed the Victorian Police and the Catholic Church, would the cops all self-flagellate?

    • gobsmack says:

      10:22am | 11/10/12


      No.  The priests would shoot sinners on sight.

    • sunny says:

      10:47am | 11/10/12

      subotic - they would pray for your immortal soul as they tasered the mortal shit out of you.

    • Anubis says:

      10:53am | 11/10/12

      @ Gobsmack - so that would then mean mass suicide by priests?

    • fml says:

      11:46am | 11/10/12

      If they do merge, I would enjoy seeing big tough males wearing the awesomely flamboyant parachute pants of the swiss guard. I’m pretty sure thats where MC Hammer received his inspiration for his pants.

      Do you reckon they would be able to run fast in those pants?

    • nihonin says:

      05:16pm | 11/10/12

      ‘Do you reckon they would be able to run fast in those pants?’

      fml, I reckon most of them would be saying “Can’t do this”.

    • Knemon says:

      08:40am | 11/10/12

      I’m starting to wonder if Babylon is actually an advisor for the Coalition or perhaps Tony Abbott is really Babylon?

      This is very weird, the bill clearly states that the carbon tax component on this bill was 9.13% yet Abbott said it was 70%, he also said the poor old pensioners power bill had doubled and $800 was due to the carbon tax without understanding the fact that her consumption of power had doubled, and they were comparing running quarterly power bills and not that with the same period last year.

      Surely Abbott has the ability to read and understand a power bill? After all, he is our alternative PM, perhaps he’s never had the need to read a power bill, perhaps Margie does it for him, like the good wife she is?

    • TheRealDave says:

      09:25am | 11/10/12

      Champagne Comedy!

      I have no doubt at all its Julia Gilalrds fault. Power bills are 74% harder to read since John Howard was turfed out….

    • fml says:

      09:45am | 11/10/12

      So Tony Abbott completely ignored the increased usage and attributed the cost to the carbon tax.

      That is just diabolical.

    • Tim says:

      11:43am | 11/10/12

      Oh Snap.

      C’mon Babble On, give us your pre-prepared Carbon tax comment again. It’s still funny the twentieth time.

    • TB says:

      12:18pm | 11/10/12

      Here’s the thing,
      You can find this story on Fairfax, The West Australian and the ABC.

      Can you find it on a Ltd. News site?
      Let’s play where’s Waldo in 70% of the print media.

    • bailey says:

      12:21pm | 11/10/12

      I’m starting to think you are onto something Knemon.
      babble-on and Abbott both have serious problems with numbers and facts. Both have been exposed as liars and both are from Canberra.

    • Tim says:

      12:38pm | 11/10/12

      in what alternate universe is Tony Abbott from Canberra?

    • ibast says:

      01:14pm | 11/10/12

      I don’t see this as news.  We’ve known for about 5 years now the opposition can’t add up.  All they ask is we ignore the bigger black hole vote them in on the basis of “they’ll do the right thing”.

    • bailey says:

      01:14pm | 11/10/12

      “TONY ABBOTT: It’s absolutely not good enough and blah blah blah
      GARY HARDGRAVE:Alright, thank you for your time, Tony Abbott from Canberra.”

      KERRY O’BRIEN: I spoke with Health Minister Tony Abbott from Canberra a short while ago.
      Tony Abbott, so this is the end of a universal health care as we’ve known it?

    • Babylon says:

      01:24pm | 11/10/12

      Believe me i would love to respond.

      But… Not being a fan of the Gillard Government Im used to 1 out of 3 posts not making it, but recently I’ve hit 100 percent and whilst previously my debate has been handicapped it seems now its not possible at all.

      So enjoy your lefty love in and remember, you live in a free and liberal society, right?

    • marley says:

      01:35pm | 11/10/12

      @TB - the story is on the website, in the Oz and the Herald Sun.  Waldo’s there.  Let Google be your friend.

    • Tim says:

      01:45pm | 11/10/12

      Oh Babylon,
      you’ve done it again.
      Lefty Love in? Do you not read the comments here at all? Your hero Tony is the messiah for a large proportion of posters.

      Your comments are probably getting blocked because they’re cut and paste jobs from the last two weeks and contain outright lies, which is against the community agreement.

      so anyone visits a place or does an interview from that place is “from” there?
      So really I should be referring to you as Bailey, from the website The Punch?

    • bailey says:

      01:54pm | 11/10/12

      “my DEBATE has been handicapped”

      babble-on, you don’t seem to be able to see the problem, so I’ll help you understand it.
      It’s quite simple really, so you should get it.
      here it is, wait for it, wait for it…...
      Posting lies and making stuff up is not “debate”
      Understand now?

      If you reply, please take the opportunity to give us an status update on Whyalla being wiped off the map.Remember how Abbott said “Whyalla would be wiped off the map? NO? Remember when Abbot said “Whyalla risks becoming a ghost town, an economic wasteland, if this carbon tax goes ahead and that’s true not just of Whyalla, it’s also true of blah bah blah”?

      3 months after the introduction of the “carbon tax” Whyalla based Arrium (remember onesteel?) has predicted that the run rate of its iron ore sales will increase to 12 million tones per annum by mid 2013. Arrium also highlighted other key initiatives including an increased capacity expectation for the Whyalla Port expansion from 12 million tones per annum to 13 million tones per annum.

    • SydneyGirl says:

      09:32am | 11/10/12

      Conversation on train this week (for the record between two smoking hot girls in their early 20s).

      Girl 1: OMG, how good is Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. We watch it all the time at home.
      Girl 2: I know! Those weddings are fabulous.
      Girl 1: Though I would rather be a gypsy man.
      Girl 2: Why?! I want to be on of the brides in those fabulous dresses (me thinking uh huh fabulous indeed).
      Girl 1: Yeah but right after the wedding you are a slave for life. If you are a man you are having fun.

    • sunny says:

      10:56am | 11/10/12

      Maybe that’s what Stevie Nicks meant with the line about the gypsy facing freedom with no fear.

    • Ben C says:

      11:02am | 11/10/12

      Haha, what line was this train on?

    • Scotchfinger says:

      11:32am | 11/10/12

      Ben C, you could take ‘em both to the Ananas for a bite to eat. Lots to talk about! Hell, invite SydneyGirl as well…he he, that should be fun. Look after your cojones old boy…

    • SydneyGirl says:

      11:56am | 11/10/12

      Ben C the hotties drew your attention did they?! I got in at Redfern - I think it was the train from Cronulla, anyway the blue line.

      Scotch, its you we are worried about here! Maybe you dearly wish to accompany Ben C?!

      PS: They also discussed their boyfriends:-)

    • Ben C says:

      12:41pm | 11/10/12

      @ SydneyGirl and Scotch

      Haha, no, no, I was actually trying to determine where they were from, because I can picture that sort of vacuous conversation from either the Shire (surprise, surprise) or the Eastern Suburbs. (Which just so happens to be the line you were travelling on, SydneyGirl.)

    • SydneyGirl says:

      01:39pm | 11/10/12

      Ben C, spot on then!

    • Scotchfinger says:

      03:36pm | 11/10/12

      sigh I replied to you SydneyGirl, but apparently my response was misogynistic - or something - although I am still puzzled as to why. Can’t be bothered any more.

    • SydneyGirl says:

      04:04pm | 11/10/12

      Alas Scotch. No doubt I have been deprived of some elegantly framed delicious vulgarity!

    • Scotchfinger says:

      04:24pm | 11/10/12

      yes my response was positively bivalvular…

    • ausspud says:

      09:53am | 11/10/12

      Today I’m taking of my blinkers & having a bit of a spew.
      1) What kind of idiot uses “died of shame” in a speech with all the Jones crap going on,unless Malcome Turnbull wrote it.
      2) For a party that was putting the boot into Slipper & was happy to get rid of him to turn around & say they will now accept his vote is pathetic.
      3) ‘Stop blaming Tony Abbott
      4) Treating someone like a politician does not make you “sexist”
      5) Government’s on all sides for their lack of planning in the last 25yrs,they bring 100s of 1000s of people every year without thinking about roads,rail,water,electricity etc.Now everyone is struggling because of it,if these guy’s were around 100yrs ago the Harbour Bridge would be nothing but a footbridge.
      6) State Government’s are in financial ruin (see No5)
      7) Multiculturalism is the worst thing to have ever been inflicted on this country,to have people with their own country in Australia does’nt work.So when ethnic minorities say they love Australia,it is only their idea of Aus they like & not Australian culture.
      Theirs plenty more but all this yelling is making me thirsty,Where’s my TAB stupid computer.

    • fml says:

      11:43am | 11/10/12

      So only non-ethnic Australians are capable of understanding and enjoying Australian culture? You set them up for failure, then blame them for failing. Delightful. You should become a politician, you have all the angles covered.

    • nihonin says:

      10:02am | 11/10/12

      It appears the *ahem* government members have known about Peter Slipper’s texting peccadilloes for a quite few months.

      So why the attacks on Tony Abbott, or was it just a case of deflecting the shit storm that was about to befall them, appropriately.  The attacks, yes that includes Julia Gillard’s(for that is all it was, now it seems to appear) were all staged for the benefit of keeping their numbers in the house

    • gobsmack says:

      10:24am | 11/10/12

      They clammed up about it.

    • TimB says:

      10:37am | 11/10/12

      Yeah it’s pretty grubby stuff. Also of note is the behaviour of Oakeshott and Windsor. They both agreed that Slipper had to go, and told him to resign, yet deliberatley voted against the Coalition motion to dump him. The politics was more important than getting the correct result.

      Too bad for the ALP that they didn’t give the Government any notice of their plans, maybe Gillard and her cronies wouldn’t have egg on their face now.

    • Tim says:

      01:48pm | 11/10/12

      I’d suggest it’s because the politics was less important that they did what they did.
      By voting with the Coalition they would simply be allowing themselves to be drawn into Tony and Julia’s stupidity.
      I think they did the right thing.

    • TimB says:

      03:18pm | 11/10/12

      “By voting with the Coalition they would simply be allowing themselves to be drawn into Tony and Julia’s stupidity.”

      And by voting with the ALP they did ...what exactly?

      Let themselves get drawn into Julia’s stupidity of defending the indefensible.

      Then they come up with some garbage about setting a precedent. What precedent? The house appoints the speaker. The house can remove the speaker. It’s perfectly valid, perfectly acceptable, and contrary to what Dingus and Doofus would have you believe, it wouldn’t have opened the gates of hell under Parliament house.

      Slipper had to go. Of that there can be no question. I cannot for the life of me figure out why it mattered if he went via vote or of his own own accord.

      We got the exact result either wau and now they (along with the ALP) simply look inept.

    • Tim says:

      03:44pm | 11/10/12

      By voting with the ALP they allowed their advice to Slipper to be taken in and for him to go of his own accord. Their vote made it so neither side can claim a political victory in the Slippery affair.

      And the fact that you only think the ALP look inept over this is just a sign of your Lib love.
      Abbott’s behaviour was disgraceful, Gillard looks like even more of a muppet.
      No ones there for the benefit of the nation, it’s all about who’s controlling power. Hypocrites the lot of them.

    • TimB says:

      04:59pm | 11/10/12

      “By voting with the ALP they allowed their advice to Slipper to be taken in and for him to go of his own accord. “

      Why was that imortant though? You have yet to answer this queston.

      And Slipper could hve gone of his own accord at any time. It took a threat of a vote for him to do so. That was the ultimatum- Go now or they’d vote with Abbott next time.

      The result was exactly the same and utterly pointless. All it did is allow Oakeshott and Windsor to throw their weight around a little.

      You’re fooling yourself if you think that those two acted out of any sort of moral code.

      “Abbott’s behaviour was disgraceful,”

      How so? He called on Slippers resignation for the EXACT same reasons the Independents did.  The only difference between Abbott and the Independents is that Abbott was willing to put his convictions on the record with a vote. The two independents were not.

      All sides were playing politics. At least with Gillard and Abbott their motivations were transparent. The independents decided to play silly buggers with a bet each way to your undending praise.

    • subotic couldn't lie straight in bed says:

      10:28am | 11/10/12

      Go the Futurama 3012 calendar - Today is “National Coming Out Day”.

      So, I’m coming out. Finally.

      I’m straight. There. I said it. I prefer women. Y’know, the ones that sit down to pee.

      Gee it feels good to get that off my chest.
      Not the pee bit. The bit about being straight….

    • jaki says:

      11:09am | 11/10/12

      I applaud your bravery, subotic.
      Maybe us hetero’s should get our own flag ?

    • fml says:

      11:40am | 11/10/12

      Women don’t have to sit down to pee, they have devices for that now. No they are not called penises. They are these little trough like things that are in a ‘V’ shape. You get the idea.

      Apparently they are very “handy” in music festivals. God knows where they keep them once they are done though, i.e. whether they are reused. I wonder if they have peeing competitions like us men, what sort of floral arrangements would they have as designs? Or if they come with speakers or wifi? maybe some come with a picture of doodle on it, so they get the full male experience. The possibilities are endless.

    • ausspud says:

      11:43am | 11/10/12

      Quiet Zoidberg.

    • Sheldon C. says:

      12:55pm | 11/10/12

      @ fml - as long as they come with Bluetooth - every thing is better with Bluetooth

    • fml says:

      01:30pm | 11/10/12

      Sheldon C,

      Ooooh good idea, they can transfer data by bluetooth, and if they like android they can just tap each other hmmm

    • Baloo says:

      02:02pm | 11/10/12

      Subotic do you know if they make a Futurama calender every year?
      I want one but it seems a little late now

    • subotic J. Fry says:

      04:14pm | 11/10/12

      @Baloo, I’ve gotten one every year from Mrs subotic for the last 3 years, so as far as I know they’re still churning them out.

      This month is ZQ - Zapp Quarterly.

    • Baloo says:

      04:37pm | 11/10/12

      Awesome, cheers.

    • Evalee says:

      10:33am | 11/10/12

      The beach in Adelaide is closed until winter is over :(

    • TrevorA says:

      10:40am | 11/10/12

      I assume that following Slippers resignation , that Ashby is now able to join the Liberal party in Queensland or in Canberra.

    • subotic says:

      12:35pm | 11/10/12

      There’s such a thing as an un-offensive Union official?


    • AdamC says:

      12:44pm | 11/10/12

      Malaysia and Sinapore are ethnically diverse nations. The main ethnicities on the Malay penninsula are Malays (who are ethnically similar to Indonesians), Chinese and Indians. They do not really get along in Malaysia, where Malays dominate politically and reserve special privileges for themselves. In Singapore, which was once part of Malaysia, Chinese dominate in terms of population, but minorities are not subject to state discrimination.

      In Singapore, as In Australia, perceived racism is very much taboo.

    • James1 says:

      01:09pm | 11/10/12

      She was born in Malaysia, but is ethnically Chinese, and not Malay.  Indeed, “Malaysian”, like “Australian”, is a nationality, and not a race. Her comment was directed at some Malays, who are a completely different racial or ethnic group to the Chinese. Thus, her comments were racist.

      Is that what you already knew?  Or did you learn something new just now?

    • Trevora says:

      12:37pm | 11/10/12

      I wont be specific but a certain female member of Representatives taught her girls to pee standing up and bragged about it.

      It is available for those that wish to check

    • subotic takes a golden shower says:

      01:22pm | 11/10/12

      It is available for those that wish to check

      So is R. Kelly…..

    • Knemon says:

      01:07pm | 11/10/12

      “Australians have the world’s highest median worth according to a Credit Suisse survey. Australians have a median wealth per adult of $US193,653 ($A189,225) the Credit Suisse global wealth report showed, the highest of 216 countries surveyed. With plentiful land, sparse population, natural resources and high home prices, Australia’s proportion of individuals with wealth above $100,000 is the most of any country and eight times the world average.”

      Not bad for a country that has the worst government ever..cough cough.

    • Anubis says:

      01:16pm | 11/10/12

      You should say Not bad for the country - despite having the worst Government ever

    • Art says:

      01:25pm | 11/10/12

      Good point anusbus!

    • AdamC says:

      01:32pm | 11/10/12

      Knenom, I would be interested to see the reaction to this news among the “We’ll all be roooooooned” crowd.

    • Baloo says:

      01:34pm | 11/10/12



    • fml says:

      01:39pm | 11/10/12

      Haha Anusbus. kwality.

    • I make the money, not the government says:

      01:49pm | 11/10/12

      I’ve never seen one red cent out of the government. I work. And I had the job prior to Labor being elected. The only thing I can recall about the government and money is that they are continually asking me for more without justification for such.

    • Knemon says:

      02:01pm | 11/10/12

      Sorry about that Anubis, I should also add, not bad for a country built on convict transportation and hard work. I can’t help but wonder what the ‘poms’ now think of this great country that they saw fit to transport the worst of society? Thank you England. wink

    • nihonin says:

      05:21pm | 11/10/12

      Way I look at it, if you’re better off now than you were 5 years ago, re-elect the government If you’re not, vote the opposition party into government.

    • ANDREW says:

      01:53pm | 11/10/12

      subcotic has it wrong. It was a person that sometimes fails to realise she is not the Speaker in Parliament

    • Rose says:

      05:55pm | 11/10/12

      I’m just a little concerned about The Punch’s moderators, poor little blighters would have had to work harder in the last few days than they’ve done in months. Hope you’re all looking after yourselves smile


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