Well, she hasn’t stopped by since the Olympics, but young “Pancake” here was feeling a little peckish on Sunday, and the salted pumpkin seeds on Ant Sharwood’s desk were just too tempting.

That's poultry in motion

What temptations were you unable to resist this weekend? Read anything of interest apart from the fine website Ant’s pet poultry was perusing?

What other giblets do you feel like sharing this morning?

Clucks on this post close at 8pm AEST

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    • acotrel says:

      05:31am | 15/10/12

      Slipper is primarily a Liberal party politician.  He simply made a few new friends when he became Speaker. It is not justified to use his nonsense to deflect the spotlight away from Julia Gillard’s excellent efforts in moderating Tony Abbotts behaviour.

    • marley says:

      06:38am | 15/10/12

      It is entirely justified, however, in pointing out what an appalling job job of risk management Gillard and her team did in appointing Slipper in the first place, and then in supporting him when it was obvious he had to go.

    • nihonin says:

      07:59am | 15/10/12

      marley, that’s a good point about ‘risk management’ isn’t that one of acotrel’s favorite bug bears, seems his political party is useless at it, maybe acotrel can point them in the right direction.

    • Dash says:

      08:20am | 15/10/12

      @acotrel, Gillard used Slipper to increase her numbers on the floor of the house. And that decision came back and bit her on the arse.

      Her tirade against Abbott is the continuation of a desperate ALP ploy to distract the electorate from the fact that the ALP is crap. Armed with nothing, they have turned to personal insult. Even the Fairfax press today is condemning these actions from the ALP. And to see Combet on the ABC over the weekend trying to pretend to direct people to policy debate is laughable.

      Tony Abbott has three sisters, a wife, three daughters, a female deputy, and a female chief of staff. Yet Gillard calls him a “Woman Hater”. What a disgrace!

      The LNP questioned the viability of Slipper as speaker in light of his admission to the texts. They acted under the powers afforded by the constitution of our country. It was no kangaroo court, no judge and jury as the ALP are trying to say. The High court of Australia is not passing judgement on Slipper’s ability to act as speaker of the lower house. That was not what this was about at all! The ALP were merely trying to justify why they voted to keep Slipper despite all their words about being for women!

      Gillard was presented with a choice. Either defend her numbers in the house or defend the rights of women to be treated with respect. And she chose the former! She failed. And rather than debate Peter Slipper, she turned the parliament into a farce by personally attacking Tony Abbott.

      Tony Abbott is a volunteer for surf lifesaving, for the fire brigades and works with Aboriginal youth. Julia Gillard has volunteered for nothing but herself!

      Lets discuss Gillard trouble with men acotrel. Lets discuss Emerson and Wilson for starters shall we. There is more evidence that Gillard has men trouble than there is to substantiate the ALPs personal slurs on Tony Abbott. The ALP has no shanme!

    • Greg says:

      08:43am | 15/10/12

      The fact that Gillard has made one decent speech in parliament should not deflect the spotlight away from the complete and utter incompetence of the government either but it has.

    • acotrel says:

      08:52am | 15/10/12

      ‘appalling job job of risk management Gillard and her team did in appointing Slipper in the first place’

      The effect it had on Abbott and his social climbing servants made it all worthwhile !

    • acotrel says:

      09:08am | 15/10/12

      ’ They acted under the powers afforded by the constitution of our country. It was no kangaroo court, no judge and jury as the ALP are trying to say. ‘

      Charles the first got his lolly lopped for less !

    • AGHAST says:

      09:38am | 15/10/12

      Acotrel the next thing you will telling us is that all Gillards lies conveniant flip flops and grand solutions that never actually appear are in fact her personally sacrificing her integrity for the good of country.Not about keeping herself in power but preventing Abbott with all his pent up zealotry being unleashed on our society

    • Dash says:

      10:22am | 15/10/12

      acotrel, as I said, the High Court is passing decision on the sexual harrassment charge brought against Peter slipper. It is not passing decision on his ability to act as speaker of the lower house. The issue brought into question had nothing to do with the sexual harrassment claims.

      It is therefore rediculous to suggest that the ALP supported Slipper because of a the pending court case. It says a lot more about ALP spin than it does about the quality of the lawyers sitting on their front bench!

      Your reference to the English civil war in this context, is a little baffling I might add.

    • marley says:

      11:29am | 15/10/12

      @acotrel - it’s interesting you should mention Charles 1.  I believe it was during his reign that the Speaker of the House first recognised and accepted his role as a servant of the House and not of the Crown.  The House had every right to pass judgement on its Speaker.

    • Gregg says:

      12:42pm | 15/10/12

      You ought to go back to trying to be funny for on analysis you do fail miserably.
      Whereas Slipper may have initially entered parliament via Nationals preselection some many years ago and since has been a member of the LNP and in some disfavour more recently prior to Gillard getting the scoop out, you may well notice that he now sits on the cross benches just like Gilly’s other guy and in fact regards himself as an independent, he actually having voted with the government on the very first bill he was present for.

      The coalition have indicated his vote on any issues would be acceptable, solely on the basis that he was elected as an LNP member and so the voters of his electorate still deserve of having a voice which no doubt you could not disagree with but then again.
      It is true that we should not use anything to deflect the spotlight away from the most inappropriate outburst any PM has ever made in parliament.

      Have you by any chance noticed just how many friends of Gilly have lined up to accuse Tony Abbott of being a misogynist?
      They’re not so silly as Gilly eh!

    • Nice (its french) says:

      01:01pm | 15/10/12

      We loveTony Abbott,Tony is nice

    • P. Walker says:

      03:47pm | 15/10/12

      Absolutlely correct Dash!!  Tony Abbott has three sisters, a wife, three daughters, a female deputy, and a female chief of staff. Yet Gillard calls him a “Woman Hater”. What a disgrace!

      Gillard only has women in her life including those whose marriages were wrecked by her climbing up the union and political ladders.
      So its clear the men she doesn’t hate, are the ones she “loved”.

    • Mahhrat says:

      06:08am | 15/10/12

      I couldn’t resist the temptation to be chivalrous and helpful.

      Turns out demyelenation of the spine means you shouldn’t be lifting sofas.


    • nihonin says:

      06:34am | 15/10/12

      Oh silly boy, Mahhrat, rest up mate.

    • marley says:

      08:21am | 15/10/12

      @Mahhrat - heat packs.

    • subotic says:

      11:18am | 15/10/12

      @Mahhrat - drugs.

      Or alcohol.

      Or drugs AND alcohol.

    • Should have had vegetables says:

      12:23pm | 15/10/12

      My ‘couldn’t resist tempation’ was eating an entire tub of spinach dip and red rock deli chips as a comfort food because my long-distance boyfriend had to go back home.

      It didn’t make me less lonely, it just made me feel sick.

    • nihonin says:

      06:35am | 15/10/12

      I wonder if the chicken can speed type or does it just peck at the keys on the keyboard.

    • Louie the (chicken chasing) Fly says:

      10:46am | 15/10/12

      The Louie’s were visited by a neighbour’s chicken yesterday.  Puff the Magic Golden Retriever went ape….!  What’s with chickens and Retrievers?  Puff will happily let our own Galah, King Pigeon and Indian Ringneck climb all over him - the foreign chicken though, was fair game in chasing/catching dog rules.
      PS the chicken was retrieved by Louie and returned to its home (all feathers intact).

    • sunny says:

      03:27pm | 15/10/12

      Usually a chicken will use speech to text software and the resulting text doesn’t make a lot of sense..

      “bock bock bock bock bockbockbock EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE bock bock bock EEEEEEEEEE bockbock bock EEEEEEEEEE “

      ..until it goes through Google Translate (Chicken to English) ..

      “No chicken is an island, entire of itself; every chicken is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. Any chicken’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in chickenkind, and therefore never seek to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

    • nihonin says:

      04:32pm | 15/10/12

      lol ah suuny, very good, ‘laid’ me out on the floor laughing wink

    • Kerryn says:

      06:41am | 15/10/12

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/kezzstar/8066389152/in/photostream one of the nicer photos I’ve taken recently.  Right time, right place sorta thing.

      Can’t wait until Wednesday.  Surgery to have all four wisdom teeth removed.  Which means no more infected wisdom teeth (the antibiotics…oh god the antibiotics…NEVER again!).  Cue horror stories - I’ve been hearing them since last Monday!

    • andrew says:

      07:47am | 15/10/12

      i had all four wisdom teeth out + one at the front corner, in the dentist’s chair - and was out of there in an hour. I could have eaten a steak that night only it would have knocked the blood clots off, so had to live off protein shakes for a couple of days.

    • Shane* says:

      07:58am | 15/10/12

      I know this one guy, had his wisdom teeth out… four days later… BAM! ... Herpes.

    • Ally says:

      08:02am | 15/10/12

      I’ve had all four wisdom teeth out and I’ve also had jaw surgery to correct an overbite. Here are my tips:

      1. Avoid ice cream. It’s far too cold on nerves and the dairy makes your throat clog up. You don’t want to be trying to cough up after dental surgery. Go for juices instead.

      2. You’ll most likely have a lot of swelling and possibly bruises that will extend down your neck. You will look like Stan from American Dad. So stock up on supplies so you don’t have to go out.

      3. Get extra pillows so you can prop yourself up in bed. There’s too much pressure on your face when you’re laying flat and it’s impossible to lay on on side.

      4. Sometimes the worst part can be getting over the anesthetic and getting back to normal after a couple of weeks of downtime. Don’t push youself.

      Good luck!

    • TimB says:

      09:33am | 15/10/12

      It’s times like this I’m glad all my wisdom teeth came in without issues.

    • Scotchfinger says:

      09:36am | 15/10/12

      haha Dash, you are an even bigger flirt than me - and that’s saying something!

    • Dash says:

      10:04am | 15/10/12

      Scotchy - yes I am a flirt. But after your performance last week with the housewives and their mussels, I think you are way ahead of me pal!

      How did you go with that bottle of Red?

    • Scotchfinger says:

      10:22am | 15/10/12

      *sad face* she never turned up. Back to the wife, kids and headaches.

    • Dash says:

      10:42am | 15/10/12


      In the words of Alexander Pope:

      Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
      Man never Is, but always To be blest:
      The soul, uneasy and confin’d from home,
      Rests and expatiates in a life to come.

    • Louie the Fly says:

      10:50am | 15/10/12

      Dash - why on earth do you need tips?  Fantastic photos!

    • Scotchfinger says:

      10:55am | 15/10/12

      Excellent quote from the humanist Pope.
      ‘Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.’ Oscar Wilde

    • jaki says:

      11:37am | 15/10/12

      I recall being promised a bottle of #405, with the possibility of some jelly, too.
      Some guys are just mussel-teasers.

    • Slothy says:

      11:43am | 15/10/12

      For the record, I had surgery to have all four of my wisdom teeth out a year or two ago and it was nowhere near as bad as people made out.

      To minimise swelling, go 20 mins on, 20 mins off with something icy from the time you get home to the time you go to bed. I had a freezer stocked with frozen pea packets (good, because they mould to the side of your face, set an alarm and spent the day dozing on the couch. Every 20 minutes I’d swap my ice from one side of my face to the other, then go back to sleep.

      I barely swelled, and by the time I woke up the next morning, I only really needed normal ibuprofen rather than the heavy duty pain killers. So keep hope!

    • Scotchfinger says:

      11:55am | 15/10/12

      @jaki, I was there at the table, bottle clearly labelled, and I was dressed as a fishing trawler captain. From the looks I was getting from other patrons, I assume you saw me and decided to do a runner.

    • Draconian says:

      11:59am | 15/10/12

      I had 2 of my wisdom teeth removed at once.  I then went out and got totally sloshed.  Didn’t have any trouble sleeping that night smile

    • jaki says:

      12:20pm | 15/10/12

      Damn ! If I’d seen you dressed as the captain of a fishing trawler, I wouldn’t have needed the #405 !

    • Dash says:

      12:44pm | 15/10/12

      @Jaki - please explain the #405 for me. A key additive to red wine to make Scotchy look attractive?

    • Scotchfinger says:

      12:49pm | 15/10/12

      oh jaki you dangerous siren, you.

    • jaki says:

      01:26pm | 15/10/12

      @ Dash
      Someone on the Punch once mentioned that the additive #405 turned his girlfriend into a raving nympho, or words to that effect.
      I was keen to try it and Scotchy was kind enough to offer to act as chaperone , just in case I drank too much.
      You don’t find chivalry like that much nowadays.

    • Dash says:

      01:50pm | 15/10/12

      @Jaki - So which reds have this additive? I might buy a crate!

      And Scotchy refers to himself as a mussel trawler! Doesn’t sound much like a chaperone to me! More like a catch all opportunist.

    • Dash says:

      01:57pm | 15/10/12

      @Louie - Thanks!

      The day you stop learning is the day they are nailing the lid shut! And photography is one of those arts that’s forever evolving.

      Poor Kerryn has had her post hijacked by Scotchy!

    • Scotchfinger says:

      02:09pm | 15/10/12

      now, now Dash - no need to snarl. I search the ocean for the one, perfect pearl, like a sort of tragic Ahab figure. And why do you need aphrodisiacs? I seem to recall reading about your Errol Flynn-like prowess wink

    • jaki says:

      02:12pm | 15/10/12

      @ Dash
      I’ve no idea, Dash. But I hope to find some so I can conduct my research.

    • Louie the Fly says:

      02:14pm | 15/10/12

      Dash, Jaki, Scotchy - I know it’s highjacking - but bloody funny.  Brings back some punch reading memories from a while back.
      Truly, if ever there is a regulars meet up, Scotchy is going to have a lot of wimmen to deal with.  Love to be there to observe.

      Kerryn, you’ll be fine, all us oldtimers walked home through the rain and sleet and snow, barefoot after we’d had all our wisdom teeth out, without anaesthetic - just a bullet to bite on.  But good luck and get well soon

    • jaki says:

      02:17pm | 15/10/12

      @ Scotchfinger
      Why are you searching the oceans for the “one perfect pearl” ? I’m in Perth, you fool !

    • Scotchfinger says:

      02:20pm | 15/10/12

      that’s a worry, Louie. I’d better put in my best false eye for the occasion (real glass!). And mint for the advanced halitosis…

    • Scotchfinger says:

      02:37pm | 15/10/12

      jaki, makes sense; the finest pearls are found off WA. Once you get past the sharp cutting edges smile

    • Dash says:

      02:38pm | 15/10/12

      @Scotchy - OMG I need to vomit!

      I just assumed everyone gave their women 4 orgasms every time! Isn’t that the way it works at your place?

    • Scotchfinger says:

      03:48pm | 15/10/12

      Dash - a man needs his sleep.

    • iansand says:

      07:42am | 15/10/12

      Moved last weekend.  I hate moving.

      That is all.

    • nihonin says:

      08:20am | 15/10/12

      Stay off the take away food iansand, you’d have to move less, that way wink

    • Mouse says:

      09:29am | 15/10/12

      Commiserations iansand, I hate moving too. I am assuming we are talking about moving house though!  :o(

      (nihonin, that brought a grin on, I didn’t actually think of iansand’s comment that way until I read yours.  lol   :o) )

    • iansand says:

      09:39am | 15/10/12

      When you move you live on takeawy for about 4 days, while you pack feeding machinery and then spend 3 days finding it at the other end.

    • iansand says:

      07:43am | 15/10/12

      Baumgartner, aided only by gravity, broke the sound barrier.

      He also landed.


    • acotrel says:

      08:56am | 15/10/12

      If he had farted he might have gone faster than the speed of light !

    • Anna C says:

      09:35am | 15/10/12

      That’s funny acotrel.  I’m sure if he ever attemps it again he will be sure to eat lots of beans on toast for breakfast.

    • gobsmack says:

      10:53am | 15/10/12

      “He also landed.”

      Anyone falling from a great height is going to land eventually.  The achievement is landing without making a splat.

      BTW, can some geek explain the speed of sound and how it varies with altitude?

    • iansand says:

      01:55pm | 15/10/12

      A fair point, gobsmack. 

      Modern ski movies often show guys on skis skiing off cliffs (they do serious drops, in the 10s of metres).  They show the plummet but rarely show the outcome of the drop, cutting the sequence at the explosion of snow at the bottom.  If someone does nail the drop and ski away they will show them skiing away, which leads me to suspect that the vast majority auger in.  Which leads me to the observation that any fool can jump off a cliff.  It takes real skill to ski away.

    • Xpress says:

      07:49am | 15/10/12

      Congradulations to Felix Gaumgartner for reaching 883.9 mph or 1136kph and avoiding delays at Tullermarine

    • Gregg says:

      12:48pm | 15/10/12

      Felix was in a bit of a spin for a while there, must have been something laborious about it.
      I wonder whether the Labor spinners will see him as useful!

    • Baloo says:

      02:16pm | 15/10/12

      I’m so glad I watched this live, inspirational to me.

    • pa_kelvin says:

      03:28pm | 15/10/12

      Baloo, not live ,there was a whole 20 second delay in case ,well you know….. SPLAT!!!!! smile

    • Baloo says:

      03:53pm | 15/10/12

      To be honest I was kind of expecting his skeleton to keep going without him when he opened the parachute, haha.

    • SydneyGirl says:

      08:31am | 15/10/12

      Asia, entirely resistable to some folk.

      On the bus:

      Aussie White Boy: I want to go on a holiday.
      Aussie Asian Boy: Yeah, where should we go?
      Aussie White Boy: I am thinking some place in Asia.
      Aussie Asian Boy: Nah, I don’t want to go to Asia.
      Aussie White Boy: Why! The place is fantastic!
      Aussie Asian Boy: Its the people.

    • TimB says:

      09:45am | 15/10/12

      Reminds me of a BBT episode:

      Raj: I don’t want to go back to India! It’s hot, and it’s loud, and there are so many people! You have no idea—they’re everywhere.

    • SydneyGirl says:

      10:11am | 15/10/12

      No snobbery like second gen snobbery eh!

    • Scotchfinger says:

      10:13am | 15/10/12

      SydneyGirl, start taking a camera with you on the train and you could be the Punch’s resident Diane Arbus.

    • SydneyGirl says:

      10:37am | 15/10/12

      And today:

      Woman on right reading some woman’s mag with an article on how Delta is totally Seal’s type because she and Heidi both like to wear flowery hairbands and angel wings (Seal, run away pronto unless you have an angel wings kink).

      Man on right reading Jack Reacher. The back blurb starts with two awesome Army women (wow I am thinking promising!).....and three lines later they are very very naked and dead in a bathtub.

      Vive la Difference! I love public transport.

      Ha ha Scotch! I like Diane Arbus but when I grow up I want to be Dorothea Lange.

    • jaki says:

      11:30am | 15/10/12

      Ooh, Jack Reacher ! - my favourite homeless man.

    • Testfest says:

      04:48pm | 15/10/12

      I can’t believe that Tom Cruise is going to be playing Jack Reacher in a movie.

      Seriously, what the hell? Every single chapter in the entire series makes mention of this character’s massive physique (6’5” 250 lbs) and they get Tom the crazed midget Cruise to play him?!?

      F**k you, Hollywood.

      And you too Lee Child, you damn sellout. Although if they gave you a crapload of money for the book rights then I guess I don’t really blame you…

    • Anubis says:

      11:04am | 15/10/12

      Aren’t our troops in Afghanistan suffering enough? Just what did they do wrong to deserve that visitation of all that’s wrong with Australia?

    • AGHAST says:

      09:48am | 15/10/12

      A lifelong Liberal voter i am appalled at Abbott and his constant stream of self inflicted gaffs.My lose of faith started with his stunned gobsmacked eye twitching breakdown when responding to the “shit happens” incident.What was that ??? could it happen on the steps of the White House or addressing the UN???Please would some committed right wing wacko reassure me.I am considering the informal vote solution next election.Or heaven forbid as I live in Dennison voting for our Wilkie.

    • Knemon says:

      10:16am | 15/10/12

      “heaven forbid as I live in Dennison voting for our Wilkie”

      Surely Denison has gained more from having an Independent representative than they would have received from a Liberal or Labor rep?

      The more Independents or Greens we have in Canberra the better off for all.

    • Ally says:

      10:34am | 15/10/12

      Knemon - agreed. The best thing Denison ever did was jump on the independent gravy train, although if his vote hadn’t been required to ensure supply and confidence, I doubt they would have got much. Far better to be in a marginal electorate like Bass and Braddon.

    • Draconian says:

      12:04pm | 15/10/12

      @Knemon.  Independents Yes.  Greens No.

    • Bum Bum says:

      09:57am | 15/10/12

      I hope Julia Gillard tells Hamid Karzai that unless he appoints a woman as the next president he is a Misogynist.Mike Tyson is also a strong supporter after his rehab for rape and assault Go Julia Go,you go girl

    • What a shame says:

      10:05am | 15/10/12

      Now we all still love Rupert and his tweets about celebrities(SMH) that have been deleted,Shame Rupert Shame,Shame on you,You shameful mogul

    • Louie the (adrenalin junky)Fly says:

      10:57am | 15/10/12

      The Louies can seriously recommend QUAD BIKING up here in Townsville.  Holey Dooley - talk about scary - reallllly scary, some steeeep hills, with big ruts and badkwards downhill sliding quad bikes almost tipping over on top of old folks like us!  AND - old railway tunnels to go through.
      Guys, if you come up Louies way you gotta do it!

    • Draconian says:

      12:05pm | 15/10/12

      Careful Louie.  They’re not called quads just because they have 4 wheels…

    • Louie the Fly says:

      11:20am | 15/10/12

      Holy not HOLEY.  Mind you some HOLEY incantations were muttered as I teetered on 2 wheels over the edge of a hairpin cliff face bend.

    • Joel B1 says:

      11:20am | 15/10/12

      Andrew Wilkie gushes with pride in his latest A4 “Update” to his constituents; “Super Trawler Sunk”.

      In this double-sided travesty of democracy he notes that there was “No Social Licence”. As far as I can tell only pixies and elves at the bottom of your garden are able to issue “social licences” so the consortium behind the boat didn’t look hard enough.

      He also notes that “Scientific Opinion is Divided” but has unhesitatingly stated his unequivocal support for AGW, despite 80% of people in his electorate Denison voting for candidates who didn’t.

      But best of all he shows a pic of the Wrest Point Casino with the supertrawler upended along side to show how BIG the boat is. Obviously big is bad unless you’re a whale or suchlike.

      Having said, that this A4 sheet is going straight into my “Nutjob” folder, at the front (it’s ordered by looniness).

    • Joel B1 says:

      11:35am | 15/10/12

      And I hope you appreciate Mr Sharwood, that I’ve avoided the obvious comment about now we know who wrote THAT story with your by-line on it.

    • seniorcynic says:

      11:42am | 15/10/12

      The first I knew about the “super trawler” was when it turned up. Government is treating us like mushrooms.

    • AdamC says:

      11:59am | 15/10/12

      Yikes, that super trawler case is the most obvious manifestation of how this government is ruining Australia’s commercial reputation. After all, if our governmen acts the same way as tinpot West African rulers, why not build the iron ore mine in West Africa? The labour is cheaper, at the very least.

      Very depressing.

    • Joel B1 says:

      12:15pm | 15/10/12


      Government is all about trust. You get your chance every three years or so, to elect who you think is best of the available people.

      Then you hope like hell they do a good or even an ok-ish job.

      It’s not about letting you have your say on every issue that crops up.

      That’s what we have rules, regulations, and laws for. So you don’t get 90 emails a day asking whether you think Parks&Wildlife; should put up a gate, second from the left up the Cradle Mountain road. That’s nuts. That’s what the regulations are about.

      And the rules, regulations and law said the supertrawler was OK, and even more so it would reduce harm to the environment. But 35,000 people who know nothing about it get to say that’s not so? That’s nuts.

      The ALP is ruled by the mob. They react to any criticism vehemently and stupidly. In physics terms they are the wobbly spinning-top of Australian politics.

      As an aside, I had a friend who worked for The Greens in Tassie before they made it big time. Unbelievably, he would say to me that The Greens wanted to work out policies to stop the knee-jerk, mob rule effect. Not sure it worked.

    • Shane From Melbourne says:

      11:34am | 15/10/12

      Ted Baillieu accepting the tainted vote of MP Geoff Shaw, accused of misusing a parliamentary vehicle. <dead silence by the Liberal Party fan club>

      Campbell Newman’s increase in state royalties killing mining projects and mining jobs <dead silence from the Liberal Party fan club>

    • TheRealDave says:

      12:05pm | 15/10/12

      While at the same time soliciting the votes of Peter Slipper AND Craig Thomson in Federal Parliament….

      *crickets chirping*

      Born to Rule baby wink

    • marley says:

      12:34pm | 15/10/12

      Julia Gillard has been accepting the tainted vote of Craig Thomson.  I wouldn’t be surprised if she shortly accepts the vote of Peter Slipper.  I don’t see the distinction, myself.

    • AdamC says:

      01:17pm | 15/10/12

      Ted Bailleu has referred the Shaw matter to the Parliamentary Privileges Committee, which appears to be a committee empowered to consider these sorts of matters. What is wrong with that? Craig Thomson, by contrast, seems to be outside the jurisdiction of any federal equivalent of that committee, despite the allegations against him being significantly more severe and there being quite a lot of evidence against him on the public record.

      I am not sure how that works. It seems like a significant double standard. However, I agree that, assuming the Privileges Committee endorses the findings of the Obudsman’s report into Shaw’s conduct, he should resign and there should be a by-election in his seat.

      It is a little something called integrity.

    • AdamC says:

      03:16pm | 15/10/12

      Shane, let’s see what the process accomplishes, given there at least is a process in this case. That Gidley matter looks like a trivial political stitch-up, anyway. The allegations against Shaw are much more serious.

    • Draconian says:

      11:54am | 15/10/12

      I would like to say a big THANK YOU to the gentleman that paid for my sons petrol on Saturday night when his card didn’t work.  I’m astounded that in this day and age that there are still people around willing to help out anyone without even knowing them.

      Thank you.  smile

      I told my son that he has to pass it on by doing something good for someone else, someone that he doesn’t know.

    • Louie the Fly says:

      02:19pm | 15/10/12

      What a great story Draco!!  Where do you live?

      I agree about passing it on. 
      I find and care for so many lost pets, and all my lost pets are found and returned promptly - so there is something about paying it forward with kindness.

    • Knemon says:

      06:55pm | 15/10/12

      Hey Draconian…I believe the gentleman you’re referring to was a tree hugging Greenie…it’s what we do. tongue laugh

    • Wilma J Craig says:

      12:51pm | 15/10/12

      How our politicians must hate the New Media!
      Once they could get their letters, no matter how inane, published in any newspaper they wrote to. They did so safe in the knowledge that those newspapers, most of which simply pay lip-service to the General Public by allowing them, at most, a full page, split over two pages in the tabloids & a 1/4 page in the broadsheet version, that no matter how many people disagred with them the chances were the newpapers would only publish one or two of those letters.
      Now we have “Newsmedia”. fully integrated electronis media which allows as many people as wish to to express their opinin on any & all subjects.
      Politicians can no longer hide, they can no longer escape from being taken to account for what they do & say. We can pillory or praise them & there is not a thing they can do about it.
      They are now trying to bring in regulations, even legislation, which are intended to muzzle “Newsmedia”.
      Why? Because our politicians loathe being challenged. They detest being told “You are WRONG” - with or without the ‘arsehole’ tag! Newsmedia has created an entirely new voice for anyone who wants to use it. We can agree or disagree with each other. We can do it politely or rudely, laughingly or in a la gillard-intemperate rant. The politicians, unless they get their Soviet/Socialist-style censorship in place, can’t do a thing about it.
      At last we can start holding our politicians to account.
      They are used to the argy-bargy across the Parliaments (of which there are far too many) & whomsoever forms the Government-of-the-Day can simply close down debate or have a subservient Speaker (Until we actually elect an Independent Speaker all Speakers have a conflict of interest in that they are members of either the ALP, Liberals or Nats & they will always side with their Party in any vote or sin-binning an MP).
      Now their Employers can take them to task on any issue.
      Now we don’t have to accept that every word they utter is Righ or even Intelligent and we can tell them so for we can guarantee that just as they tell us they don’t take those Polls seriously, yet will usurp the Prime Ministership as a result of them, they have their grossly over-paid “advisors” trawling through every single article & the responses to them which appear in The Punch & other Newsmedia forums (No, facebook, twitter etc are not included they are just crud))
      God, how the pollies must loathe & detest that.

    • Scotchfinger says:

      01:32pm | 15/10/12

      I diagnose you with advanced ‘tall-poppy syndrome’ (DSM IV).
      Treatment: careful monitoring by good mates…getting tipsy on a regular basis… face licked by a large friendly dog. Unfortunately this quasi-illness will remain with you for life, however with the correct treatment program as outlined, it should remain dormant. Good luck.

    • Wilma J Craig says:

      02:22pm | 15/10/12

      Scotchfinger, I do that already All the same! Cheers!.
      Do I have DSM IV or is it our poiliticains who who actually believe they are Tall Poppies. Send them to Afghanistan they’ll feel right at home in the poppy fields there & rather than us Taxpayers giving money to corrupt officials there they can help expand the Opium trade - at least they would, at last,w be of some use to people with painful terminal illnesses.

    • Anubis says:

      02:58pm | 15/10/12

      At last - some hope of bringing an alleged embezzler and person of miniscule morals to justice - “FAIR Work Australia has laid charges against independent MP Craig Thomson, alleging he broke industrial laws and union rules.”  Civil charges were filed in the Federal Court this morning, and served on Mr Thomson in the afternoon.

      Does he still have Julia’s full support (like Slipper does)? Woohoo - bring on the conviction then maybe we can get rid of this ridiculous faux government and it’s tactics of hiding behind the skirts of feminism whenever fair criticism is levelled at its performance,

    • TheRealDave says:

      03:05pm | 15/10/12

      Ahh FWA….the most credible investigation around…..and still no charges against Kathy Jackson and Michael Lawler despite a mountain of actual evidence handed in to police…..

    • Dash says:

      03:17pm | 15/10/12

      My tip is it will take another 4 years! The ALP has managed to stall this long, they even paid his legal expenses.

    • Joel B1 says:

      03:19pm | 15/10/12

      PM Gillard almost certainly won’t be calling MP Thomson a “misogynist”.

      After all, he’s demonstrated to her and FWA quite clearly in several circumstances that he doesn’t hate women at all ; )

    • Shane From Melbourne says:

      04:37pm | 15/10/12

      Sure, let’s get a Royal Commission into the matter- let’s get Craig Thomson, Kathy Jackson, Michael Lawler and Fair Work Australia’s dirty laundry out into the open. Red faces all around. I like it. The Pollies on both sides might not though…..

    • nihonin says:

      04:41pm | 15/10/12

      Not to worry, I’m sure Julia Gillard will insist the hat be passed round the Labor members and paid up sycophants, to help keep Craig out of financial trouble.  wink

    • P. Walker says:

      03:54pm | 15/10/12

      Hey, let’s choof off to Afghanistan for some more photo shoots,  the public will like that, they’ll think I care.  Trouble is those guys won’t vote for you Jools especially the way you have taken an axe to them.

    • pa_kelvin says:

      04:50pm | 15/10/12

      Tell me its not really going to happen….http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/former-speaker-peter-slipper-to-be-immortalised-in-30000-taxpayer-funded-portrait/story-fndo2j43-1226496498837…..Why????

    • Nikki says:

      06:45pm | 15/10/12

      Can’t he just take a naked selfie on his iPhone, print it out and blu-tack it to the wall?


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