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    • Mouse says:

      08:54am | 19/10/12

      Awwwww, that was nice. I will be humming that all day now.  Hahahaha
      it’s off to shopping I go, spreading happy tunes and good vibes.  The sun is shining and it’s Friday…..... doesn’t get much better than that!! lol ;o)

    • pa_kelvin says:

      11:40am | 19/10/12

      Damn you nihonin…. Get a job .....My brain has turned to mush after that, anybody reading this ,dont go there…........AAAHHHHHHH!!! smile

    • dastardly nihonin says:

      01:14pm | 19/10/12

      mwahahahahaa @ pa_kelvin

    • acotrel says:

      06:25am | 19/10/12

      The Yanks used to use the term ‘necking’.  Perhaps that’s what that photo is about ?

    • Mahhrat says:

      06:35am | 19/10/12

      I have a nail gun to put up a fence.  Never really used one before.

      I’ll either have a vegetable garden or be dead on Monday.  Wish me luck!

      Gotta love weekends.

    • Tim says:

      07:10am | 19/10/12

      Theyve got pressure releases so its pretty hard to shoot yourself.

      Although that didn’t stop my old man from slipping and putting a nail through his foot. Good Luck.

    • tez says:

      11:37am | 19/10/12

      Make sure there is nobody on the other side of the fence. Had a young neighbour killed with one many years ago now.

    • Kurisu Sonsaku says:

      07:19am | 19/10/12

      Not looking too flash for Obama;

      Thursday, October 18

      General Election: Romney vs. Obama Gallup Tracking
      Romney 52, Obama 45 Romney +7

      General Election: Romney vs. Obama Rasmussen Tracking
      Romney 49, Obama 47 Romney +2

    • AdamC says:

      08:29am | 19/10/12

      Amazing to think Mr Messianic ‘Hope and Change’ may wind up being a bit of a disappointing one-termer.

    • Tell It Like It Is says:

      07:25am | 19/10/12

      Good luck! I did a weekend upholstery course some years ago. Loved the soft furnishings bit and all the rest but was absolutely horrified with those deadly nail guns being wielded by all the amateurs like me. I kept imaging what a nanosecond’s   distraction on the part of myself or another keen student might yield.

    • S.L says:

      07:46am | 19/10/12

      Presentation day for the mighty local under 7s on Sunday.
      Another successful year and next year we get a goalkeeper!
      That will complicate matters!

    • Ben C says:

      09:40am | 19/10/12

      So this confirms you will be taking on the role again, S.L?

    • S.L says:

      11:50am | 19/10/12

      Sure sounds like it doesn’t it Benny boy!
      We’ll see…................

    • Ben C says:

      12:31pm | 19/10/12

      Haha, I hope you do, I enjoy reading your weekly reports on the kids (and your Sir Alex-wannabe counterparts).

    • Rosie says:

      08:20am | 19/10/12

      It is always great to wake up to a Friday end of the working week and start to the weekend - this morning was exceptional Australia had a Win - a seat on the UN Security Council. Expensive it may have been but never the less a Win! Abbott must be thinking Yippee Julia a win for you now is a win for me when I take over your job.

      As a voter I would be thinking the same. All expenses has been paid out for the win but how as a country we utilize wisely those expenses can only be done by a Coalition Abbott Govt. The reason being that Julia Gillards lacks the skills to make good judgement and to negotiate the best of deals.

      Julia Gillard the ace negotiator dealt the Labor Govt into the latest fiasco. Champagne all round for the Mineral Resources Rent Tax deal she and Wayne Swan negotiated with the big mining companies. After it was implemented we are now told these companies do not have to pay up. Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton will pay up out of a sense of obligation in helping Gillard and Swan design the tax. A fraud if you ask me. I say again deceit never fails to compound deceit.

      A skill of hers that has been definitely overestimated. It was said her negotiating skills won her the power to govern but was it necessary to sell her soul to the Greens and the Independents? Wilkie was once a member of the Greens, Oakeshott and Windsor had spilt from the National Party and Gillard should’ve realized that no way they were going to back Tony Abbott LNP. Her alliance with the Greens made her lie to the Australia people ‘there will be no carbon tax under the Govt I lead’

      What more do we need? Bad judgement and bad negotiating skills is the problem with this Labor Govt not because Tony Abbott is a Catholic who some think has old fashion ideas. All the bashing Abbott as received from Gillard Labor can only help him to evolve into catering for the demanding modern age women now until the next Election. Abbott should take all the negatives from this Govt and turn it into a positive by learning from their mistakes.

    • Snappy Legs says:

      08:59am | 19/10/12

      A seat on an unelected, undemocratic power faction isn’t my ideal of a win.

    • Anubis says:

      09:26am | 19/10/12

      A 2 year stint in a seat with absolutely no power and the ability to achieve nothing due to the VETO powers of the permanent seats. Certainly not worth the $40 million dollar expenditure and the additional billions in “bribe money” lavished on foreign aid programs to bolster our bid.

      How is this a positive for the country? (Although it will provide additional ‘jobs for the boys’ positions for Labor when they appoint their representative and the undoubted army of sycophantic helpers to support the seat holder)

    • Rosie says:

      09:35am | 19/10/12

      @ Snappy Legs

      So what you are saying is that Tony Abbott didn’t want to taken by the Labor Party that he was negative when he said he welcomed the win. In this case Abbott if he becomes PM has no choice but to make sure that the money that was spent on achieving this win is used wisely. I somehow feel Abbott is dreading the promises Australia has to fulfill for the win. These promises comes at a cost. Unfortunately, it’s what the in coming Coalition Govt inherits - the mishandling of certain issues, Labor’s wreckless spending which has amounted to the nation’s debt etc. Who is best to handle it - none other but a Coalition Govt.

    • Slothy says:

      08:21am | 19/10/12

      The BF and I get to head home to go to a friend’s wedding this weekend. Old uni friends! Terrible dancing! Open bar! Pretty dresses! BF in a nice suit!

      I’m terribly excited, but would also like to poll the denziens of The Punch. Rather than presents, these guys have set up a bridal registry for their honeymoon. These are the first lot of our friends to get hitched - and our first experience with a cash registry, rather than presents - so we weren’t entirely sure what was an appropriate amount to pitch in.

      Our mothers both said ‘the cost of two decent dinners - $100-$150 combined.’ Friends said $50-$100 each. My boss said he gave his sister $300 spending money for their honeymoon because he earned more than her and it was in lieu of a birthday present and anything around $200 was in the respectable range for a good friend. My boyfriend’s boss said anything less than $500 for a good friend and you’re a tight-arse (family deserves in the thousands).

      BF and I eventually settled on a number that I thought was too high, especially considering we were also flying from interstate to be there, and he thought was too low considering the amount of booze he plans to drink.

      What say you Punch? What do you consider an appropriate amount?

      (For reference, BF considers him a good friend, although living interstate means we don’t see them all that often. We’re all in our mid to late 20s, full-time professionals, and home owners.)

    • I hate pies says:

      08:38am | 19/10/12

      What ever amount you would have spent on a gift…but I think registries are insulting to wedding guests. A wedding isn’t a money making exercise, and people should feel greatful that people even bothered to come and watch them get hitched.

    • HappyG says:

      08:51am | 19/10/12

      @Slothy. I reckon you base your gift on what you will eat or drink at the reception plus or minus a few bob depending on how much you like the couple. Failing that give em a toast rack…......always a winner.

    • Tim says:

      09:05am | 19/10/12

      Depends on how posh the wedding is.
      If it’s pretty good then maybe $200, if it’s just a casual affair then I think $100 is on the money.

    • Mouse says:

      09:05am | 19/10/12

      I’d say $150, with a really great card,  would be a good number. To be perfectly honest, I don’t really think the married couple, if they are good friends, don’t really care what or how much you give as a pressie, it’s more important that you are there.  I would think that, at the end of the day, they know you care and are happy that you came to celebrate with them.  That’s what good friends do, isn’t it?  :o)

    • SydneyGirl says:

      09:26am | 19/10/12

      I second Mouse.

      150-200. Simply because they are good friends. You don’t want to overdo it at the same time a sum of that sort indicates that they are a little special.

    • iansand says:

      09:27am | 19/10/12

      I expect to spend somewhere in the $150 +/- range for friends’ wedding gifts.  Family is different.

    • tez says:

      02:56pm | 19/10/12

      $150 bucks a couple will hardly cover what you eat let alone drink

    • Slothy says:

      03:07pm | 19/10/12

      Hah, I wish I’d had you guys in on the final discussion. Boyfriend was ridiculously worried about being overly cheap so insisted on $300.

      Although this registry thing was easy, I probably would’ve preferred to give a present. Then you can show how much they mean to you by giving a thoughtful, considered gift, rather than essentially saying ‘I value our friendship at this many dollars!’

      Oh well, after a ridiculously busy week, I’m about to knock off early so I can start packing and do a dry run of my hair and makeup (when you only started embracing your girly side in your mid 20s, these things take practice) ready for my stupid am flight tomorrow morning. Viva la weekend!

    • Renee says:

      05:14pm | 19/10/12

      I’d say $500 from the both of you is reasonable.

    • Anubis says:

      08:23am | 19/10/12

      I was gobsmacked to read in the paper today that Immigration officials are prepared to consider Asylum claims from the Sri Lankan goons that tied up, knifed and threw overboard the crew of a fishing trawler that they illegally boarded. These people are pirates and as soon as they are located they should be handed over to Sri Lankan authorities for immediate prosecution. These scum are not asylum seekers, they are ruthless, murdering barbarians .

    • marley says:

      08:37am | 19/10/12

      @Anubis - the thing is, we’re formally bound to consider any request for protection.  That said, the Convention specifically excludes from refugee status any person who ” has committed a serious non-political crime outside the country of
      refuge prior to his admission to that country as a refugee.”  I’d have thought piracy on the high seas fits pretty neatly into that definition.

    • Mouse says:

      09:23am | 19/10/12

      So now the “asylum seekers” are by-passing the people smugglers, saying a heap of money, and hijacking boats to come to Australia, AND Immigration will consider their claims.  Oh dear, what next? Are we sending a message that we don’t care how they get here and we will take anyone that comes by boat?
      Maybe the term “gutless” applies to all of Australia now and not just Abbott.  Gee makes you proud, don’t it?  lol :o)

    • iansand says:

      09:28am | 19/10/12

      “Consider” and “grant” are very different concepts.

    • jaki says:

      09:59am | 19/10/12

      I’m sure the Greens will see this episode of Stab-your-way-to-Centrelink as proof of ” how desperate they must be ! ”

    • Tell It Like It Is says:

      10:08am | 19/10/12

      @iansand. Who doesn’t know the difference between the meanings of the two terms? But in such a case, why waste the time, manpower and what will undoubtedly be a great amount of money giving undue process to a claim that is really - given the circumstances - not legitimately worth?

    • iansand says:

      10:24am | 19/10/12

      Because, Tell It Like It Is, without process we have anarchy or a dictatorship.

    • TimB says:

      10:41am | 19/10/12

      @ TILII, exactly. Why have we even reached the ‘consider’ stage?

      iansand points out that ‘consider’ and ‘grant’ are two seperate concepts, which is true. But unless there’s a *chance* that these people may be granted asylumn, then there’s no reason to consider it in the first place.

      There is nothing to consider here. This should be a no-brainer decision.

    • Ian1 says:

      11:40am | 19/10/12

      Here I was thinking that these hijackers who’ve committed acts of piracy were just advocating for the rights of fish and being persecuted in their country, because fish have no real rights there.

      Kind of like the greens… 

      You don’t find Equadorians replicating this sort of shenanigans, fish do have rights there.

    • Anubis says:

      12:47pm | 19/10/12

      @ pa_kelvin - How do you get it “could have been a set up” from that. They illegaly boarded and seized a boat, assaulted the crew with weapons, bound (some of) them and threw them overboard to drown. Where in that is “it could have been a set up” ?

    • TheRealDave says:

      01:07pm | 19/10/12

      Media Beatup. There is no way they’d consider given them asylum here. Not a chance. Consider is a legal fiction they have chosen to highlight merely to make a story for people to be outraged by.

    • pa_kelvin says:

      01:08pm | 19/10/12

      @Anubis….*Sri Lankan police said last night that three crewmen and the skipper of a trawler had staged a hijacking off the island nation on Sunday night to try to cover up the theft of the boat and use it for people smuggling.*  Sounds to me like the Captain of the boat set it up….

    • Shane From Melbourne says:

      02:33pm | 19/10/12

      Pity he won’t see his baby graduate High School…....

    • Mouse says:

      04:30pm | 19/10/12

      SFM, he’d be lucky to see his baby graduate from kindy!!  :o)

    • Fed Up says:

      09:38am | 19/10/12

      Yankees about to be swept by the Tigers….oh the humanity!!!

    • SimpleSimon says:

      11:46am | 19/10/12

      It’s done. Come on Detroit!!!

    • trevora says:

      09:58am | 19/10/12

      I almost threw up at the over the top report now leading the Australian.

      Fresh from a trip to Jakarta, during which people-smuggling featured heavily in Tony Abbott’s talks with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and in meetings between Coalition frontbenchers and their Indonesian counterparts, immigration spokesman Scott Morrison accused Labor of allowing diplomatic efforts to solve the problem to be “hijacked” by the “UNHCR-dominated” push to secure a regional protection framework.

      Does the writer get a bonus for the lies he had added to the report or is he just quoting from the usual Coalition news report

    • marley says:

      12:34pm | 19/10/12

      @Trevor -  I read the article.  It’s a report about what Morrison said.. It quotes or paraphrases him in detail.  It includes the responses given to Morrison’s statements by Bowen and the UNHCR Field Rep here.  What “lies” did the journalist add?

    • Mat Cauthon says:

      10:13am | 19/10/12

      Let me start this off by saying I am not for either side of the current political debate. It’s like listening to a giant doiuche argue with a turd sandwich…

      Anyway, there was an interesting comment made at an afternoon tea I was at yesterday. We were discussing the last few weeks of politics - the back and forth between the coalition and the ALP (specifically the ALP function where ‘that’ joke was told) when one of my collegues came out with -

      ‘I have it on good authority that Tony Abbot is having an affair’

      There was no more to her comment and no amount of questioning got us any more information about how or where she had learnt this.

      I’m not entirely convinced of the comments truth, but it did get me thinking though - What if this were actually true? What would it do to the Liberals if something like that came out?

    • SimpleSimon says:

      11:49am | 19/10/12

      Couldn’t possibly be true. I think that he found 1 woman prepared to sleep with him is evidence of the existence of his god, but 2?!

    • Notvelty says:

      01:29pm | 19/10/12

      Mods, is this an appropriate comment to have made it past?

    • fml says:

      01:50pm | 19/10/12

      Yeh, it is a baseless accusation veiled under the guise of a hypothetical.

    • tez says:

      03:09pm | 19/10/12

      No can’t be true no time too much lifesaving, firefighting, appearing on Q&A, Lateline, 7.30 Report. definitly not true.

    • Robert S McCormick says:

      10:23am | 19/10/12

      Once again Tony Abbott, wrongly, uses the term “Illegals” in his reference to those people coming by boat to Australia.
      We never hear him referring to the, reported, 30,000-plus people who arrive here by air with a Holiday Visa, Temproary Working Holiday Visa or a Student Visa and who claim “Asylum” the moment they get off those planes as being “Illegal”.
      They do not get transported to Nauru, Manus Island or Christmas Island for years. Why not?
      They arrive here having lied to Immigration. They dishonestly asked for visas to which they were/are not entitled & which they never intended to use. They got here under False Pretences.
      They are “Illegal Arrivals”
      Why do they get preferential treatment over the millions wasting away in Refugee camps around the World?
      Why are they allowed to live in the community? Why are they only held in Villawood Detention Centre for a maximum of 3 months before being granted residency?

    • marley says:

      12:10pm | 19/10/12

      @RobertS.McCormick - the 30,0000 plus who arrive with visas and claim asylum?  Oh really?  Last year (2010/11) there were 6316 such claims in total, and that was the highest number since 2001/2. 

      If they are picked up at the airport before clearing immigration, they are treated just as maritime arrivals are.  If, however, they use their visas and are admitted to Australia (which is in the majority of cases) and then make an asylum claim, they are placed on “bridging visas” while their cases are considered.  It’s cheaper, and above all we know who they are and where they came from.  And let’s not forget that they may not have lied to get those visas.  Often, they apply for asylum only as the visas are on the point of expiring:  they came to work, to study, to visit family, and now they’ve decided to stay.  It doesn’t mean they lied when they filled in the forms.

      And all asylum seekers who reach Australian territory, whether maritime or air, take priority over those in the camps.

    • Tim Kent says:

      10:33am | 19/10/12

      Interesting file being quietly shown around of a politician admitting his gay tendencies and experiences at university. Will make excellent reading when it is outed. Not the first man to get married later, to advance in the world

    • Testfest says:

      01:57pm | 19/10/12

      Is it David Campbell? Because I think you may have missed your chance at a scoop on that one…

    • Back to the Dark Ages says:

      10:39am | 19/10/12

      Has anyone had a heart attack after receiving their latest electricity bill?
      Is there a protest that I can join.  I will not be robbed blind just because Energy Australia fobs me off to something called IPART who then in turn suggest I contact the Energy & Water Ombudsman.  What a complete insult. Off to the supreme court (“Remember the movie the Castle”)  After unplugging, having cold showers, turning off every light imaginable. Shivering with extra jumpers and blankets during the colder weather.  Using the gas BBQ more, barely using the oven.  Do we now have to turn of our fridge, television, computer, all lights, do the washing of clothes by hand & only shower once a fortnight or leave it until we Pong so much we try and run away from ourselves.  I have paid bills on-time and never made a fuss (except another one time before & they did nothing) even though they have been creeping up & up with no extra usage actually even less as we have been away with everything turned off except the fridge. 
      This new bill takes the cake & I am not paying it.  It is more than I earn in 3 months.  Who are the fat cats pocketing the money?  There is a state election coming up and this is going to be a huge issue.  I won’t even mention the council & water rates.  I don’t care what anyone says but there is no justification for 6 price gouges (yes 6 in a very short period of time.)
      Has anyone anything to say on this subject. Energy Australia couldn’t care less.

    • trevor says:

      11:02am | 19/10/12

      Welcome to the unregulated conservative utopia!

    • James1 says:

      11:19am | 19/10/12

      I recently received a power bill, wherein it was disclosed that I am currently $170 in credit.  I would advise paying a little off every week in anticipation of the coming bill, rather than attempting to pay it out once it arrives.  Like you say, the provider won’t do a thing, so you will just have to do it yourself.

    • fml says:

      11:34am | 19/10/12

      “This new bill takes the cake & I am not paying it.  It is more than I earn in 3 months.”

      I suggest you give the electricity company a call, I suspect there is an error in your bill.

    • Ben C says:

      11:40am | 19/10/12

      @ trevor

      Nice try, but no cigar - IPART, the body that authorised the price hike, is a government-founded regulatory body.

    • fml says:

      12:19pm | 19/10/12

      Or you are running a drug lab.

    • Tim says:

      12:51pm | 19/10/12

      User pays son.

      Or do you want some sort of socialist policy where you get to use as much electricity as you want and other people have to pay for it.
      Bloody communists.

    • Draconian says:

      01:00pm | 19/10/12

      @Back to the Dark Ages.  If there is I’ll join too.  My latest electricity bill is over $800 and my water bill is over $400.  WTF?

      There are 5 of us in the house, we restrict ourselves to 4 minute showers, only turn the washing machine on when it’s full (prob 6 loads a week), use the dishwasher once a day, don’t have any dripping taps.  Don’t water the lawn (weeds) and we don’t have a pool.  How the hell do we end up with a water bill of over $400!

    • Dark Ages says:

      01:09pm | 19/10/12

      I am fully aware that the former Labor Government let the utility rot to pieces.  Now Bob’s roaming the world as foreign minister.  What a joke.
      We should all protest to have NSW Labor pension receiving pay for the update. (Oh but we don’t live in a perfect world.)  Enough is enough and I am not stupid enough to blame the current Liberal Government for the hikes as neglect comes at a price to rectify but anyone seeing my bill would have an issue I don’t care who they are.
      Very funny @FML, I have spent most of the past year in hospital so I can laugh on that one. Very apt.
      I have spoken to IPART and Energy Australia as fobbing calls to them when they should be respectful and attentive to their customers concerns.  I am going to try again.  If there is no luck I am going to the Ombudsman.
      I’d love to keep this discussion alive and within the sights of people’s concerns.

    • Dark Ages says:

      01:10pm | 19/10/12

      I am fully aware that the former Labor Government let the utility rot to pieces.  Now Bob’s roaming the world as foreign minister.  What a joke.
      We should all protest to have NSW Labor pension receiving pay for the update. (Oh but we don’t live in a perfect world.)  Enough is enough and I am not stupid enough to blame the current Liberal Government for the hikes as neglect comes at a price to rectify but anyone seeing my bill would have an issue I don’t care who they are.
      Very funny @FML, I have spent most of the past year in hospital so I can laugh on that one. Very apt.
      I have spoken to IPART and Energy Australia as fobbing calls to them when they should be respectful and attentive to their customers concerns.  I am going to try again.  If there is no luck I am going to the Ombudsman.
      I’d love to keep this discussion alive and within the sights of people’s concerns.

    • Dark Ages says:

      01:09pm | 19/10/12

      I am fully aware that the former Labor Government let the utility rot to pieces.  Now Bob’s roaming the world as foreign minister.  What a joke.
      We should all protest to have NSW Labor pension receiving pay for the update. (Oh but we don’t live in a perfect world.)  Enough is enough and I am not stupid enough to blame the current Liberal Government for the hikes as neglect comes at a price to rectify but anyone seeing my bill would have an issue I don’t care who they are.
      Very funny @FML, I have spent most of the past year in hospital so I can laugh on that one. Very apt.
      I have spoken to IPART and Energy Australia as fobbing calls to them when they should be respectful and attentive to their customers concerns.  I am going to try again.  If there is no luck I am going to the Ombudsman.
      I’d love to keep this discussion alive and within the sights of people’s concerns.

    • fml says:

      01:28pm | 19/10/12

      Dark Ages,

      The average monthly wage for australians is $4,187.75. So for your bill to be greater than the amount you earn in 3 months, it would have to greater than $12,563.25. I am sorry you have been having medical issues, but if your bill is greater than 12 and a half grand and you are not running a hospital from your home or paying the electricity bill for the hospital then there is something seriously wrong.

    • TimB says:

      01:17pm | 19/10/12

      He won’t do anything, he’s all piss and wind.

      Last time he tried to sue someone (Fairfax) he couldn’t settle fast enough the second the phone and credit card records came out.

      Plus he doesn’t have the money.

    • Mouse says:

      01:06pm | 19/10/12

      hahahaha, bet he’s got a sore behind for a while! lol
      Hey, I answered your post yesterday and it never got printed, so I’ll have another go…..  Keep the chin up with your treatment pa, better the outcome with it than without it. Have you had radiotherapy as well? If yes, then I won’t mention having a pee, it is not a pleasant memory! xo) How much longer is your treatment and will there be any other that you have to have?  Whatever happens, remember that it is giving you extra time with those you love, so there is ALWAYS an upside to the downside. Hang in there pa, it is worth it and, believe me, you will get through it. Thinking good thoughts for you always
      I know, there’s a little tune I have in my head at the moment, it may be good for you too…... it’s a chirpy little ditty sung by some guy named Al all about the morning….    LOL (sorry pa_kelvin, couldn’t resist that one!!)  ;o)

    • pa_kelvin says:

      02:17pm | 19/10/12

      @Mouse….In dec 2007 I had my prostate removed after a biopsy’ revealed Prostate Cancer.In feb 2011 severe pain in my back sent me for tests which showed cancer in my bones.I now have advanced Prostate Cancer that has mestatized (dont know the correct spelling, but has reappeared in my bones) .Basically my bones are honeycombed with cancer tumours that are treated by the use of hormones, which overcome testosterone, no testosterone means the cancer has nothing to feed on..I have quartely injections of hormones ,and 4 weekly injections to try to repair my bone stucture. During the 4 weekly injections they take blood to monitor the progress of my cancer. No Radiation or Chemo yet, but thats what the blood tests are monitoring ,also checks PSA levels that were above 1300 back in feb 2011 and now around 100,so a big improvement..No-body has ever put a timeframe to my case ,but my Oncologist did say the same condition I have now<I would have been untreatable 10 years ago,so thank god (I’m not religiuos) for the reseachers doing this work. With 7 grandkids ,3 daughters, and a loving wife (who puts up with all my sh!t smile )I hope to be around a long time yet.. Mouse and others reading this post I am completly open and frank about my condition, so will answer any and all questions to try to educate others to this desease… Remember Movember next month…. Regards And heres a smiley for Mouse smile

    • Fed Up says:

      12:05pm | 19/10/12

      You can blame Labor for an 85% rise in electricity bills…State-Federal its the same thing…Labor….and with Ju-liars Carbon Tax it’s not going to go down.

    • fml says:

      12:35pm | 19/10/12

      Wasn’t this disproved? Didn’t the electricity bill that Abbott brought into parliament clearly state that the increase was only 9%?

    • Blind Freddy says:

      01:26pm | 19/10/12

      No, but when Abbott gets in, and gives the miners their tax back, scaps the CO2 levy and starts paying power companies to TRY and pollute less, the cost of living will go down.

    • Fed Up says:

      01:51pm | 19/10/12

      Its FACT ...Labor brought about an 85% increase in electrcity prices…State and Federal.
      It has nothing to do with Liberals or Abbott.
      The public are aware of this and will vote Fed Labor out just like they voted State Labor out.

    • Draconian says:

      12:06pm | 19/10/12

      I’d like to thank Mundine for thinking up a new word for the Macquarie dictionary:  “differates”

      as in:  “Everyone differates in their opinion.”

    • fml says:

      01:30pm | 19/10/12

      Now that we have been elected to the security council can rudd and crew put international pressure on south korea to put a halt on the spread of the gangnam style song?

      $25 million is nothing if we achieve that one goal.

    • pa_kelvin says:

      02:26pm | 19/10/12

      fml..Iv’e heard all the hype of gangnam, but have not seen (deliberatly) any of it (yet?) ,but probably wouldn’t affect me as much as nihonin’ 1st post this morning….STOP THAT FRIGGEN SONG…Damn you nihonin!!!!! smile

    • fml says:

      02:35pm | 19/10/12

      Haha saw that. How good is that. :D

    • pa_kelvin says:

      02:52pm | 19/10/12

      And on a lighter note from me…After 21 years working at the Gold Coast V8’,and previously Indy cars circuit, My wife and I are finally going to spend time in a coporate box…. YAAAAYYYY.. Bring on the weekend… smile

    • Mouse says:

      04:44pm | 19/10/12

      ...... and the champers. LOL Go ma & pa _kelvin! Have a great weekend and enjoy the show. It should be fantastic.  You can let all of us lower humans know how it went though.  Is this going to be a yearly thing for you both now?  *sitting here going green with envy*    ;o)

    • pa_kelvin says:

      05:08pm | 19/10/12

      @Mouse.. might be if the LNP allow it to happen,.The contract expires in 2014, and theres talk of it not being renewed… :(

    • stephen says:

      06:07pm | 19/10/12

      Why would the NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell refuse to establish a Royal Commission on supposed Catholic Diocese child molestation cover-ups, especially when it is senior members of NSW Police who are calling for it ?

      Perhaps, then, someone can enquire if bazza has ever been a Catholic Priest ?


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