This is a special type of Wallaby much cuter and less useless than the ones which lost a rugby match to New Zealand last weekend.

Berrick and Kurtley do their best to avoid the coach's eye

Ah, but what type of Wallaby is it? Well, it’s small, and part of its name has a type of fruit in it. That help?

Feel free to add a fun caption suggestion as well as playing marsupial guessing games. Or tell us, as ever, what else has got you feeling wobbly today…

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    • Aitch B says:

      06:57am | 21/08/12

      I believe it’s known as a pademelon.

    • Mahhrat says:

      07:46am | 21/08/12

      I believe you are correct.  When I was a kid, I called it a “paddywagon”, not understanding what all the bogans were saying about going home in the back thereof.  For years, a “ride in a paddy wagon” sounded like a great idea to me, bouncing around in a roo’s pouch.

    • Knemon says:

      08:44am | 21/08/12

      Quick of the mark Aitch B, nice work…What type though, I’m guessing a red-neck from Queensland? wink

    • iansand says:

      08:48am | 21/08/12

      One of my nicest critter experiences was being camped a loooong way from anywhere in deepest darkest Tasmania and having a pademelon wander into the camp and sit contentedly, eying me and my companions, for a while.  Almost as good as the wombat at Opera House Hut.

    • ibast says:

      08:52am | 21/08/12

      IN my house:

      Wallabies are Wobblies
      Serviettes are Servy-mats
      Watermelon is Waterlemon
      Guinea-pigs are Pinny-gigs

    • Louie the "I've been to Tassie" Fly says:

      09:44am | 21/08/12

      Go Paddy Melons!!!
      Even Qld flies have been charmed by these dudes.
      They rock at Crafle Mountain!

    • Michael says:

      07:12am | 21/08/12

      A terrible tragedy for Amee Meredith and her children, no two ways about it, a loss for the Territory populace and the Police force too.

      However she has not accepted that the Judge found that her husband was partly responsible for his death in that he had a number of small verbal interactions with Mr. Martyn before the fighting began, he didn’t walk away, he walked back and away and back again even after other had tried to separate them both.

      Although, i imagine there could be room for some to overlook this small omission as the cause is a worthy one, on the whole.

    • M says:

      08:51am | 21/08/12

      I’m not a fan of reactionary laws either. I think it might be better to enforce our existing laws for assault a little more rigourously rather than bring in moar knee jerk legislation. I really do feel for the poor woman, but at the end of the day I can’t agree with her campaign.

    • Kerryn says:

      07:17am | 21/08/12

      Left home late this morning, stopped twice to take photos of the beautiful sunrise, and still made it to work 2 minutes earlier than yesterday.  However the price seems to be me now coughing up my lungs.  I love riding my mountain bike!

      Also had a stunning sunset yesterday too.

    • thatmosis says:

      08:11am | 21/08/12

      How lovely for you. By the way are you one of those people who want special bike ways built so that you can ride your bike in safety but doesn’t want to pay a rego fee for said bike to fund them, are you one of those people who thinks the road is there for your use only and bugger the traffic behind you, are you one of those people who runs red lights and laughs at the vehicle drivers who obey the law.  Just a thought.

    • TChong says:

      08:27am | 21/08/12

      Why not Flickr them, that way we can share your joy with life. ? 
      Keep up the smiling Kerryn, it beats the hell out of the alternative frame of mind.      wink

    • Chris says:

      08:50am | 21/08/12

      Geez, thatmosis. Take a chill pill…

    • Kerryn says:

      09:17am | 21/08/12

      @thatmosis whoa…mate, Monday was yesterday!  And we don’t have traffic lights in my town.

      @TChong, I can’t upload them at work unfortunately, but look up “Kezzstar” on Flickr for a few of my photos (mainly of flowers and reserve grade footy lol).  Pretty sure it’s Kezzstar, or thekezzstar…something like that.  I’ll probably upload them tonight, along with a few of my cat being cheeky!

    • Scotchfinger says:

      10:08am | 21/08/12

      @thatmosis, are you one of those people who, if forced to slow down or adjust your vehicle trajectory slightly due to the looming presence of a cyclist, sees a curtain of red descending over your vision? Whose knuckles whiten as you play with idea of a little light ‘tap’ with your car to ‘teach ‘em a lesson’? Are you one of those people who grimace at the sight of those muscled, pumping legs or svelte, lycra-clad cycle babes? Just a thought.

    • Mark says:

      12:15pm | 21/08/12

      @Scotchfinger- When you are forced to merge lanes on a two lane street, where the next lane is also full of cars, it makes it fucking painful. Just because cyclists have a right to be there doesn’t make it any less irritating for other drivers. Think about it, the minority is forcing the majority to do something that no one wants to do. Sounds like our parliament at the moment hey. Seriously though, why should 50 people move just so this one idiot can have a clear ride home? I think speed limits should be enforced on cyclists too. If a car driver was driving 20 km/h under the speed limit I would be seriously pissed at them and I would let them know how selfish they are being. It’s about being aware of other road users and not stuffing up the flow of traffic. Cyclists, for the most part, are selfish road users when it comes to the flow of traffic. I’m not even saying it’s there fault, it shouldn’t be expected of them to ride 60km/h on a road. They shouldn’t be allowed on these roads in the first place unless they can do the speed limit.

    • Inky says:

      12:51pm | 21/08/12


      “They shouldn’t be allowed on these roads in the first place unless they can do the speed limit. “

      As I’ve pointed out previously, the speed limit is an upper limit. Australia has no lower limit. So they are travelling at a legal speed.

      Secondly, if they can’t cycle on the roads, where can they cycle? it’s actually not legal to do so on the footpath. And if the government allocated money for bike lanes, you road users would be up in arms, as usual.

    • Kerryn says:

      01:31pm | 21/08/12

      So…I improved on my time to work, plus took some pretty pictures and everyone’s arguing about cyclist rights v drivers rights?  I’ve been both (ha ha…and Tenny the Veloster is doing great BTW) and found that being courteous and patient on both vehicles makes everyone happy grin

    • Mark says:

      02:21pm | 21/08/12

      @Inky- And there lies the problem. You are allowed to do 20km/h below the limit when it is obvious to all but a few ignorant people that this is just as dangerous as driving above the speed limit.
      I also agree with you “where would they ride.”-That is the question of the day and I do not and have not professed the answer. All I know is that the answer does not lie in shared carriage ways, especially on road ways over 50km/h. It is irresponsible to let someone who can only do a maximum of 40km/h on to a road where the average speed of other users is 10km/h higher. I don’t care that it’s not illegal, it is irresponsible and selfish and should be illegal.
      There are, after all, plenty of bike tracks around the major cities that are for cyclists only. Cars don’t have the option of driving anywhere else but car drivers are subjected to the preference’s of cyclists.
      Hardly makes any sense at all, especially when drivers are the one’s paying all the tax.

    • Inky says:

      04:45pm | 21/08/12


      “There are, after all, plenty of bike tracks around the major cities that are for cyclists only. Cars don’t have the option of driving anywhere else but car drivers are subjected to the preference’s of cyclists. “

      I used to cycle to work, from my house. It was a 15 minute ride at most, down a fairly maajor road. Show my the bike track that I can use to make that trip, and maybe that argument might have some credibility.

      At least for my trip, I thankfully had a parked car lane, er, I mean bike lane, to use. So as long as the traffic wasn’t hugging the left shoulder of their lane to box me into parked cars I was generally out of their way. Frankly, though, you should refain from using the term selfish while carrying on about how perfectly legal road users shouldn’t be able to use roads because it inconveniences you.

    • StevenK says:

      07:20am | 21/08/12

      It really bugs me that, the west and other online “news” services have closed down there online comments.  Yeah there are the occassional articles you can comment on, but so obviously selective and biased. Any article that may attract negative comment about Abbott never has a comments section, but when it comes to Labor and Gillard.
      Why have they done this?  A conspiracy theorist could argue that its because they were getting too many negative comments about Abbott, the Liberals and their so-called policies.  They were not standing up to the scrutiny of the intelligent among the public and they were finally having a say.
      Or it could just plain and simply be cost cutting and they no longer have the staff to monitor etc.
      Thankfully there is still Punch and although dominated by people who seem to be professional contributors the “little” guy can get a word in.

    • StevenK says:

      07:21am | 21/08/12

      It really bugs me that, the west and other online “news” services have closed down there online comments.  Yeah there are the occassional articles you can comment on, but so obviously selective and biased. Any article that may attract negative comment about Abbott never has a comments section, but when it comes to Labor and Gillard.
      Why have they done this?  A conspiracy theorist could argue that its because they were getting too many negative comments about Abbott, the Liberals and their so-called policies.  They were not standing up to the scrutiny of the intelligent among the public and they were finally having a say.
      Or it could just plain and simply be cost cutting and they no longer have the staff to monitor etc.
      Thankfully there is still Punch and although dominated by people who seem to be professional contributors the “little” guy can get a word in.

    • M says:

      07:47am | 21/08/12

      Yeah, i’m noticing this too. It’s all well and good that in the age of the internet we have a voice, but it still irks a bit that we only have a voice on approved topics.

    • TimB says:

      07:55am | 21/08/12

      It’s cost cutting. That and legal issues. After the whole sorry saga wirth Andrew Bolt, the lawyers are being uber cautious. Which ties back to the cost issue, it costs far too much to have the legal types scruitinise every comment.

    • iansand says:

      08:35am | 21/08/12

      I think blaming Bolt is a bit harsh.  He may have been an idiot, but I doubt that he was wholly responsible.  Some blame lies at the feet of that drooling horde of nutters who commented on his blog.

    • M says:

      08:53am | 21/08/12

      This is something I don’t understand, how is a media corporation responsible for the views expressed by private citizens on it’s comment section? Surely a reasonably minded person would think “hmm, that sounds a little nutty, obviously it’s a personal opinion rather than one endorsed by News ltd, fairfax, et al.”

    • iansand says:

      09:17am | 21/08/12

      In defamation law the writer is liable but so is the publisher - the person who disseminates the content.  That puts News Ltd in the frame.  It is on the same basis that, pre-internet, newspapers were liable for what was published in the letters to the editor section for example.  The law is lagging behind the information age and is currently trying to shoehorn digital media into concepts developed prior to electronic publishing.

      I noticed recently that a judge refused to granr injunctions preventing publication of something because, in a cross jurisdictional digital age, any such order is futile.

    • TimB says:

      09:18am | 21/08/12

      ’ Some blame lies at the feet of that drooling horde of nutters who commented on his blog. ‘

      Except it wasn’t the ‘drooling hordes of nutters’ who were targeted with legal action. Bolt was.

      And after that incident its understandable that the News Ltd lawyers are a little gun shy when it comes to comments in general.

      I don’t lay the blame on Bolt, I lay the blame on an overly litigious society that feels the need to resort to lawyers at 50 paces every time someone’s feelings are hurt.

    • M says:

      09:43am | 21/08/12

      @ Iansand, herp derp. If there’s going to be media reform then that should definitly be on the table.

    • I hate pies says:

      10:03am | 21/08/12

      Stevenk, you should jump on the Fairfax websites. It’s a veritable smorgasboard of conservative bashing on there. All the smart people are on Fairfax, because they’re lefties.

    • Anna C says:

      10:04am | 21/08/12

      I think it’s a shame really cause many of the comments were far more entertaining and informative than the actual articles.

    • TB says:

      10:16am | 21/08/12

      Actually StevenK
      With The West it is because of the idiots that feel compelled to inject their racist hatred into any story about asylum seekers or aboriginals.
      and yes, they tend to be from the right.
      No one hates like the right.

      Ltd News moderates its comments in line with the views of the proprietor.

    • iansand says:

      10:35am | 21/08/12

      M - The US Digital Millennium something or other Act has taken one step.  It is where the concept of the takedown notice comes from.  A publisher of a web site is not responsible for copyright breaches by others on that site if it acts promptly to remove potentially infringing content after notification.  I do not know it it extends to defamatory material (defamation is much less of an issue in the US because of 1st Amendment rights), but it is a possible model for defamatory material on the web.

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      11:01am | 21/08/12

      @I hate pies

      If you look at the substance of the comments on Fairfax compared to News LTD, there is an obvious difference in intelligence of debate and conversation.

      The thing with Bolt is he gives the match and his readers light it, its like a dog and bone situation.

      I do believe if you run an online blog you do have a responsibility to keep it free from attacks, racism etc. Whether its White, Black, Arab, Muslim, Jew etc.

    • M says:

      11:17am | 21/08/12

      Who defines what is rascist and what isn’t?

    • I hate pies says:

      11:39am | 21/08/12

      Simon, that may be so if you look at it from the prism of your own bias. I, as a moderate professional person who has indepth knowledge of some of the topics they write about, can assure you that they are very often completely incorrect with their assumptions.
      I know many lefties assume they are smarter than everyone else, but that’s merely because they refuse to comprehend any opinion other than their own.

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      11:45am | 21/08/12

      The law.

      Its pretty obvious to see differences in flat out racism and dog whistling.

      But with Abbott getting in who knows whats going to happen, its going to be a free for all.

    • M says:

      12:43pm | 21/08/12

      Who says the law is fair and equitable?

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      12:43pm | 21/08/12

      “I know many lefties assume they are smarter than everyone else, but that’s merely because they refuse to comprehend any opinion other than their own. “

      The Punch, Bolt, Liberals, Akerman.

      Do agree though, peoples bias gets in the way of forming a good, well thought out opinion.

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      12:57pm | 21/08/12

      The judges.

    • M says:

      01:37pm | 21/08/12

      Righto then, how do you explain the current bias towards men in all things family court related?

    • AFR says:

      01:38pm | 21/08/12

      Some of you really are full of yourselves…. your comments may not be published for a whole number of possible reasons - hell, the mod may even be taking a toilet break.

      You don’t actually have any “right” to have your view published on a website run by a private enterprise.

    • iansand says:

      01:51pm | 21/08/12

      I know very few judges who think the law is just or equitable.  In fact I know very few lawyers who think that.  The furthest most will go is that the law gives a reasonably predictable result.

    • I hate pies says:

      03:28pm | 21/08/12

      I have to agree their SImon. If only we could have an objective national conversation based on fact not ideology….of course, compromise is the key. Opinons on the internet are the breeding ground on blind cheerleading…sorry, that’s journalism school isn’t it. My bad.

    • Achmed says:

      06:30pm | 21/08/12

      Perhaps the Moderators needed to do abetter job of not printing the racist comments

    • Michael says:

      07:28am | 21/08/12


    • sunny says:

      07:38am | 21/08/12

      Is it a Rockmelon Wallaby?

    • Inky says:

      08:46am | 21/08/12

      Darn, I missed my chance yesterday to suggest the best dinner party would be a quiet dinner with Mouse :p Then again, who knows how that’ve been received.

      As for the critter, I don’t know the name but I still think it’s adorable. Now I’m going to go back to wishing I was still in bed, work cooking competition yesterday left me exhausted, getting up an hour earlier to do prep work etc. etc. (Still, worth it when people are asking if you’re a qualified chef or not and asking for the recipe :3 )

    • Scotchfinger says:

      11:02am | 21/08/12

      queue up behind me and Chris L, Inky wink

    • Chris L says:

      11:36am | 21/08/12

      Scotch and I have already dueled over Mouse (there were no survivors). You’ll be facing some competition.

    • Inky says:

      12:25pm | 21/08/12


      I’ve never much been one for queues


      Duelling’s not really my thing, I’ll let you boys sort that all out. I’m a lover, not a fighter. But I’ll be sure to keep her entertained while you’re off fighting~

    • Scotchfinger says:

      04:13pm | 21/08/12

      yes, I’m sure she will be charmed when you turn up on the first date, with your winged suit (o.O) Whereas I will wear a classy cashmere cardigan. We’ll see who wins her over!!!!

    • Markus says:

      09:50am | 21/08/12

      Interesting that the suggestion that nations that still engage in tribal warfare, infanticide, oppression of women etc are not on an equal cultural level is considered controversial and xenophobic.

      ‘Several candidates attempt to link urban sprawl and rate increases to immigration.’
      Given that the birth rate in this country is not even at replacement level, all of Australia’s population growth is based on immigration. It’s not exactly a hard link to make.

    • M says:

      10:41am | 21/08/12

      It was bound to happen sooner or later with Political Correctness stifling all reasonable discussion on the matter.

      i’m inclined to agree with him on certain points.

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      12:54pm | 21/08/12

      Seems my other post went missing.

      The problem is if you asked a bogan like this what is our ‘culture’ he would give some basic response. We dont have a culture here, we have been around since late 1700’s, a country since early 1900s and immigrants been here since 1940s.

      I think he is barking up the wrong tree putting a candidate in Balmain, it would be the most lefty suburb in Sydney along with Surry Hills, Darlinghurst.

      But if you look at it he’s campaigning against something that’s non existent and just trying to get the xenophobes vote.

      “Given that the birth rate in this country is not even at replacement level, all of Australia’s population growth is based on immigration. It’s not exactly a hard link to make”

      Not sure what you are trying to imply there. Blaming immigrants because we don’t have enough babies? Urban sprawl is fine, blame the Governments for not spending any money on infrastructure.

    • M says:

      02:44pm | 21/08/12

      He’s not campaigning against something that’s non existant.

    • Markus says:

      03:13pm | 21/08/12

      @sfl, immigration rates should be set at levels with which infrastructure development can keep up with and properly accommodate.

      In an ideal world that would mean competent governments at all levels to adequately support strong rates of immigration, but I’m not going to hold my breath on that one.

    • Knemon says:

      08:55am | 21/08/12

      Dear Punch team “Comments on this post will close at 8pm AEST”

      Is this something new or have I failed to notice it before?

      If someone wants to reply to a post from the day before, can comments be posted the next day?

    • TChong says:

      09:09am | 21/08/12

      wondering the same Knemon.
      Also, a story ( “one punch “)  posted, with no opportunity to comment.
      Maybe the House Of Punch is having a bit of a spring clean and tidy up ?

    • I hate pies says:

      10:06am | 21/08/12

      I’d reckon it’s because the TV program is on at 8:30

    • Michael says:

      10:06am | 21/08/12

      No comments are to spare the writer any pain from people’s opinions particularly if they are contrary to her view point, an act of compassion.

      Might be a get together happening for ToryS, she has been absent for a little while, starts at 830 pm?

    • Tory Maguire

      Tory Maguire says:

      11:42am | 21/08/12

      Hi Knemon - we’re closing the comments at 8pm because we need to manage the work load. We’re still a tiny team, with a lot on our plates. It was getting out of hand.
      Whether we re-open comments on a post from the day before will be on a case-by-case basis.
      As for the “one punch” post not having comments open, that was an error in production on that post.

    • StevenK says:

      12:41pm | 21/08/12

      Tory the problem is that no everyone can spend their working day making comment.
      Its Ok when I am on leave from work but in my job I would never think of using my employers time and equipment for personal use.
      The other part goes to times.  For WA you close off at 6.00pm…So If I get a blog published in the morning before going to work, I get no chance of reply when I get home of an evening.
      I understand your problem of being a small team.

    • Knemon says:

      01:58pm | 21/08/12

      Thank you Tory M…all good. grin

    • Babylon says:

      04:29pm | 21/08/12


      I can come in for a few hours and post the comments if you need a hand?

      Free of charge of course!

      I’ll be as unbiased selecting posts for publication as Jon Faine is on the ABC.

    • pa_kelvin says:

      04:38pm | 21/08/12

      With the technology available couldn’t moderating be done remotely from anywhere? IE home ?......Heck, I’ll do it after hours if you want. smile

    • sunny says:

      05:29pm | 21/08/12

      Babylon - nice of you to offer but that would be like trusting the cat to look after the cream!

    • Inky says:

      09:01am | 21/08/12

      So I’m noticing comments on today’s articles close at 8pm. Is something specific on, did something happen or is this just a response to people’s frustration about comments taking too long to appear during off-peak times?

      Just curious.

    • fairsfair says:

      09:30am | 21/08/12

      I’m thinking it is just so the mods can clock off at a certain time and A) not have to listen to the whinging about the time it takes for comments to appear. Plus B) I would assume a lot of their workload is posting comments to articles from previous days and being met with a hella massive pile to sort through first thing in the morning.

      Personally, I don’t even look at articles after about 3:30pm and I fail to see the point in going back and literally looking at yesterday’s news. Is that just me though? Do many of the open thread regulars go back to yesterday’s articles and continue posting?

      I think its a good idea if it helps them out in the daily moderating department. Might allow them to address some of the things I have seen people complain about in the past - like the delays, the removal of inapropriate posts and allow them to be more aware of how comments fit into discussion.

      Good idea - its a wonder you guys haven’t been doing it for ages and I am looking forward to seeing how it changes the conversation.

    • Inky says:

      09:57am | 21/08/12

      I sometimes check previous days, usually to see responses to specific posts rather than to trawl through the entire comments section.

      Heck, at one point myself and another were D&Dorking; for days on an old thread back and forth.

      As mentioned, i’m just curious as to the reason, there’s plenty of good reasons it could be.

    • Coal Train says:

      09:59am | 21/08/12

      fairs, you raise a valid point. I agree with you too. I don’t go and read yesterdays comments I didn’t catch, if I missed it I missed it, chances are if it was important someone will bring it up the following day

    • Chris L says:

      10:40am | 21/08/12

      I’ll sometimes go back to an article for a few days if I’m having an interesting debate with someone…. or if I’m getting one of those incoherently outraged responders and want to see how long I can keep them coming.

    • fairsfair says:

      09:22am | 21/08/12

      From my neck of the woods today. This guy was high and drunk and drove his ute through the gates of the cop shop and smashed up all the cars. It was in a residential street and he got it airborne over 6ft high gates. We are talking a Mazda Bravo here… How? Anyway, he gets two nights in the watchhouse and now released into the arms of his Daddy. The police don’t want him given bail, but he magistrate grants it allowing a known violent drug user with presumed mental health issues to sit on a boat in one of the most pristine and most expensive marina’s in Australia, where he has access to multi-million dollar vessels and all the trappings of an inner city (ie access to drugs).

      What the hell is going on? Why wasn’t he released to care if the magistrate was concerned for his health? If that wasn’t a reason to get him out of custody, why wasn’t he left in there?

      I really feel that the judicial system lets us down time and time again. If I had a boat moored at Marlin Marina and this little clown had a moment and sank it… hell hath no fury. Here is hoping he targets McFadden’s tinny.

    • M says:

      09:46am | 21/08/12

      A little high on your soap box this morning fairs?

      “He also ordered him to report to Cairns police twice a week, and submit to random blood and urine tests. ”

    • Dash says:

      11:14am | 21/08/12

      And people want to get on here and talk about decriminalising drugs!

    • M says:

      11:47am | 21/08/12

      I think we should de-criminalise Cannabis at the very least. Hell, we should legalise and tax the damn weed. The government is forgoing billions worth of revenue by keeping it’s current stance.

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      11:47am | 21/08/12

      I’d say him being drunk was worse then him being ‘high’.

    • Shenanigans says:

      11:57am | 21/08/12

      Damn those spoiled rich kids. I reckon we need new harsher magistrates and such, or maybe new laws that lets cops and magistrates do their jobs without fear of losing them.

      Although hat’s off to what ever phluckwit let him out on bail and a rather expensive area *sarcasm*

    • fairsfair says:

      01:13pm | 21/08/12

      I honestly don’t get that comment Simon.

      I’ve seen someone on ecstasy run with a broken leg. A drunk person on the beer scooter breaks a bone they collapse, pee their pants and it’s all over for the night. We aren’t talking marijuana here. We are talking hard drugs that make you think sailing your bravo into the police carpark at the back of the station is a good idea. Something that won’t see you get caught.

      But then again, why worry about getting caught when you are released straight back to society on a nautical jaunt? I just hope the Govt supplied him with some boat shoes. I agree with you Shen. Hopefully he sinks a solicitor’s boat and uses their 80 year old Glenfiddich as ignition one hell of a Ralph Lauren Polo shirt bonfire. Maybe then someone will care about public safety. 

      M, I replied to your original comment but it seems to have been eaten. I can’t remember what I said (just know it was mindblowingly entertaining and correct wink)

    • Puncher says:

      09:29am | 21/08/12

      Dear Punch Team,

      Why are you not allowing comments on this article: ?

      Is it because you know it’s a stupid law that won’t change anything? Are you afraid of the debate it would generate - that Amee might have to face a society that doesn’t agree with her law or think it’s a sensible response to what is a very unique situation - already well handled within our current legislation?

      Why are you afraid of debate?



    • fairsfair says:

      09:44am | 21/08/12

      I’m thinking it may be the same reason the Cairns Post would not be allowing comments on the above link I have posted.

      Legalities. I haven’t read the post as those stories just make me angry, but maybe there is a current appeal or some such legal matter that means they can’t have trollery occurring? Social Media vs current legal proceedings is very risky territory.

      Maybe I should stop prempting answers today wink

    • M says:

      09:48am | 21/08/12

      Glad to see I’m not the only one of this opiniion.

    • TB says:

      10:23am | 21/08/12

      Whilst I feel for her loss. I did want to make a point regarding her description of the fatal blows consequence. Particularly ssince she was a policewoman.
      ” causing him to fall undefended onto the ground”

      This is exactly what happens when someone is tasered.
      Or should I say this happens when it is not a demonstration for the press with police on either side to “catch” the volunteer and lower them gently to the ground, next to the defibrillator that is charged and ready to go should it be needed.

    • Chris L says:

      10:46am | 21/08/12

      I do think anyone presenting an article for public consumption should show the courage of their conviction. Then again we get a lot of zombies here that just seem to type without engaging brains so maybe they’re trying to spare her some trauma. Mind you, if that were the case she could submit her article and simply not look at the comments.

      I see a lot of clips on youtube spreading a message but not allowing comments. I tend to think of them as elaborate trolling.

    • Max Power says:

      11:33am | 21/08/12

      Aimee Meredith should stick to writing and singing songs.

    • Tory Maguire

      Tory Maguire says:

      11:47am | 21/08/12

      Hi Puncher - no conspiracy theory to indulge in here. It was a production error. One of us just stuffed up the expiry time.

    • Shenanigans says:

      09:29am | 21/08/12

      If i had one of those wallabies I would name him fuzzy, and he would be my fuzzy, even though there are many like him, he’s different because he’s mine.

      I think you’ve upset people with your closing of the comments, Punchitors.

    • DoublePost says:

      09:32am | 21/08/12

      @Inky: Personally I’ve always been amused that comments are moderated (presumably to keep out the out-right abuse) but then they let through double- and even triple-posts.

      Case in point, this very topic, with two posts from Chris and then the double-up of SteveK’s comment about a conspiracy.

    • I hate pies says:

      10:11am | 21/08/12

      And they let through post after post from Acotrel that spurts the same drivel, regardless of the topic. I suppose he generates debate, and that’s what they want. He’s the Punch equivalent of the Herald Sun really - writes over the top sensationalism that boarders on mis-truth and lies just to spark outrage.

    • Inky says:

      10:16am | 21/08/12

      I assume that the comments aren’t viewed as a list or neccesarily approved by the same person. I view it like when I’m doing forms processing, as long as it meets all the requirements it gets approved, regardless of the outside world.

    • M says:

      11:11am | 21/08/12

      He is the greatest troll this site has, and you guys fall for it every single time.

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      11:15am | 21/08/12

      @I hate pies

      Good observation in regards to Alcotrel and the Herald Sun! At least the Herald tries to stay on topic at

    • fairsfair says:

      11:27am | 21/08/12

      I see Channel 9 have kept the NRL rights for the next five years..

      Fark. Who is making these decisions? I can’t read the article because it is blocked but I shall continue on my tirade nonetheless.

      I really hate Channel 9 lately. They are just a shambles. They are stale and I personally have stopped watching and following the NRL over the past year or so. It is so tired. This was a prime opportunity to inject some colour and get some fans back, attract some more - but no.

      Lets listen to Rabs and Fatty and the suite of drug users and other degenerates drone on about the wonders of the same players for another five years. Lets keep that steaming pile of a footy show going until Fatty Vautin is 90.

      Opportunity lost NRL. Ant - I hope you are across this old son! You better have that chicken typing up something sensational as we speak wink

    • Shenanigans says:

      11:59am | 21/08/12

      Even more reason to not watch NRL, not that I needed one wink

    • HappyG says:

      12:07pm | 21/08/12

      Oh great, just great. Not only do these brain dead morons ruin the NRL they also managed to stuff the Olympics. I have been avoiding getting Austar but this decision just made up my mind. Did anyone else break furniture during the Olympics after listening to the God awful Rabs calling the never ending bloody swimming. I need a good lie down.

    • fairsfair says:

      12:56pm | 21/08/12

      HappyG - that is where my utter disdain for Channel 9 really started to ramp up.

      The Olympics were woeful. I even joined the facebook hate page and I continue to blast the Channel 9 page with my opinions. Eddie Macguire must have photos of Gyngell and Layla only got to go because she is married to the boss. I’ve always like Karl Stefanovic - but not anymore. Deadset fool. Eddie commentating the triathlon? He used words like Devastational and tenaciousness and rather then explain the 15 second time penalty for the likely bronze medallist on the final lap of the run (ie why did he get that) he spoke about the tenaciousness needed to overcome his recent achilles injury. OMFG.

      Big Brother has really taken the cake though. With this now and given that Underbelly is really the only thing I have been watching I’m just untuning the piece of crap of a station. I’ll download Underbelly later in the week as did anyone else notice the sheer volume of ads on Monday? They have turned a 60 slot into a 90 minute slot. It,s unbearable.

      Spot on though Shen - I am just over it. Its a wonder the groundskeeper is even showing up to the games.

      @Channel9 - lift your game!

    • TimB says:

      01:20pm | 21/08/12

      ‘I personally have stopped watching and following the NRL over the past year or so. ‘

      But you’ll miss the inevitable victory of the might Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs :(

    • I hate pies says:

      11:44am | 21/08/12

      ...that’s “borders”,  not “boarders” embarrassing

    • Shane From Melbourne says:

      11:55am | 21/08/12

      Octomom has released a single. This is the nadir of Western Civilization. It can’t get any worse…....

    • Inky says:

      12:17pm | 21/08/12

      “It can’t get any worse….... “

      Now you’ve done it…

    • Bill says:

      11:56am | 21/08/12

      Once again the NRL has failed to match the AFL’s TV rights deal (and by a massive margin).

      Not surprising given that the national code has always outrated rugby on all forms of TV and massively smacks rugby in every area you care to mention (attendances, club membership etc.).

    • Surely says:

      12:33pm | 21/08/12

      You really need to give this obsession with Rugby League a rest.

    • Tim says:

      01:05pm | 21/08/12

      Ah Bill, I see you’re still lying about TV ratings where Rugby League has had a bigger national audience than AFL for the last few years.

      The old NRL deal was just over 50% of the AFL one, the new one is over 80%. Considering that AFL games are much longer and have far more opportunities for ads, the Rugby League deal is fantastic.

    • AFR says:

      01:44pm | 21/08/12

      Bill, I’m not going to go into detailed maths, but you need to realise (hard for your one track mind I know) when the figure is worked out on actual total airtime (taking into account not only pre-season cups (AFL), but State of Origin, Internationals (NRL), 1 extra game per week (AFL) etc, the AFL rights didn’t go close to the NRL figure.

    • TimB says:

      02:04pm | 21/08/12

      Bill also fails to take into account the sale of rights for the NZ television market.

      Tell me Billy boy, how much is the AFL getting for the game on NZ TV?

    • Jay says:

      11:56am | 21/08/12

      I was listening to our resident Gillard apologist John Faine this morning. He equated what Julia did to a friend helping out a mate and that there was nothing in it. Gillard was a senior partner who mislead the firm by opening a file and doing work using the Company name to open up an account which was later discovered to be fraudulent. Her mate was her lover. Now the reason Slater and Gordon were miffed was that had she bothered to declare what she was doing someone may have asked a few questions; like what the hell are you doing? Her excuse that she did not know is unacceptable. She has been caught out and like Thomson (how ironic) she is trying to deny all responsibility. Did she personally benefit from these transactions? Her integrity is shot and she should resign.

    • Dash says:

      12:21pm | 21/08/12

      At the very least a significant conflict of interest. Having a client which was headed by her boyfriend is a breach of legal ethical standards! She should have notified the partnership and declined the role.

      The fact that the corporate vehicle was used to fraudulently aquire funds from the union, smells really bad.

      Some answers please.

      btw - the integrity of the entire Union and ALP movement is shot!

    • Knemon says:

      11:56am | 21/08/12

      Calling TimB….Are you out there?

      What’s your opinion on the latest Newspoll? Leading up to the 1998 and 2001 elections - John Howard and the Coalition were further behind in the polls than what the ALP currently are and we all know who ended up winning those elections…do you believe that there is a trend happening?

    • HappyG says:

      01:02pm | 21/08/12

      @Knemon. I don’t know about TimB but if you’re willing to have a bet on Gillard / Labor winning the next election I’ll gladly take you on. The latest poll takes the last week of the Olympics into account as well as last week. Add the latest drama with the grubby Slater and Gordon/AWU scandal into account the next fortnight’s poll will be a doozy…......around 30% for Labor at best I reckon. Can they afford to hang on to her much longer?

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      01:05pm | 21/08/12

      53-47 getting interesting. Abbott is actually going to have to start coming up with some policies very soon. Mr No can only go so far without presenting a credible Opposition with concrete policies, no matter how bad the current Government is going.

    • TimB says:

      01:17pm | 21/08/12

      Nope. No trend yet.

      Not enough movement and not sustained IMO. And Essential has 2PP at 57-43.

      Rogue polls happen from time to time. It’s when I start seeing a pile of good polls for Labor & a definete drain from the Coalition vote (as opposed to the ALP absorbing Green votes) that I’ll start to wonder.

    • AFR says:

      01:47pm | 21/08/12

      Considering the election is over a year away, the polls don’t really mean anything.

      Like me declaring the Bulldogs NRL premiers for 2012 two weeks out from the finals (ok, that WILL happen).

    • Dash says:

      01:50pm | 21/08/12

      @Simonfromlaborville - Abolish the carbon tax, stop the NBN waste, reintroduce TPVs, abolish the mining profits tax. All quite concrete I would suggest.

      But then again perhaps he should just do what the ALP did last two elections and just make shit up! Perhaps he should promise:

      cheaper fuel
      cheaper groceries
      a coast guard
      to build 260 childcare centres
      cheaper better childcare
      root and branch tax reform
      an East Timor Solution
      and for no child to live without a laptop?

      Yeah why not, ALP voters seem to fall for that bullshit. Perhaps he should just lie to people. Would that make you happy?

      Wake up ALP voters and get off the ALP gravy train!

    • Knemon says:

      02:11pm | 21/08/12

      @ HappyG - I’ve given up gambling and as long as Gillard hangs on until the end of September, that’ll do me. wink

      @ simonfromlakemba - I agree, I feel that the closer we get to the election the closer the numbers will get.

      @ TimB - Thanks Tim. wink

    • SimpleSimon says:

      02:20pm | 21/08/12

      The Coalition’s broadband policy is the 1 absolute deal breaker for me. If they committed to the FTTH model, I could probably ignore the rest of their garbage and not be too fussed over who wins the next election.

    • Inky says:

      02:42pm | 21/08/12


      As long as Abbott is promising to “stop the NBN waste” I’ll preference Labour over the Libs. Simple as that. Although they’re certainly not getting my primary vote either.

    • Tim says:

      03:36pm | 21/08/12

      LOL, cause the Libs have never made bullshit election promises.

      Perhaps they can talk about having lower interest rates again?

    • Dash says:

      03:45pm | 21/08/12

      @Inky - you’re looking forward to your state owned and state censored internet? Prepared to pay more for it? Prepared to be forced off your copper cable?

      Governments should not be spending taxpayers money delivering infrustructure that is better provided by the private sector!

    • Dash says:

      04:11pm | 21/08/12

      @Tim - The current ALP has turned over promising and under delivering into an artform!

      You can keep your interest rates and I’ll raise you the other 50 failings of this pack of incompetent fools in the ALP.

      The amount of promises from 2007 that are still yet to be implemented or have been scrapped is astonishing! The Carbon tax deceit on election eve 2010 is unprecedented! The announcement of the East Timor Solution when it never existed is astonishing.

      Why do you keep making excuses for this rabble?

    • Inky says:

      04:53pm | 21/08/12

      “@Inky - you’re looking forward to your state owned and state censored internet? Prepared to pay more for it? Prepared to be forced off your copper cable?

      Governments should not be spending taxpayers money delivering infrustructure that is better provided by the private sector! “

      Yes, yes I am. For starters, I don’t see a problem with the state owning the infrastructure. As far as paying more, I’m intimately familiar with the NBNco pricing packages through my ISP and compared to my current internet, would be paying marginally more for significantly improved internet. So yes, prepared there.

      No one will be forcing anyone off copper cables until 10 years AFTER the NBN is completed, so roughly 20-25 years. And where exactly is the problem here again?

      And when a private industry comes forth and says it’s willing to use its urban revenue to subsidise decent quality service to remote areas and acts in the interests of the whole of Australia rather than its shareholders (i.e. never) you might be able to show me a private company that CAN provide it better. (Although naturally, there are people out in the regional areas still complain about having to pay more for a satellite service than people in metro areas have to for fibre, but there are entitled gits everywhere)

      I’m getting a little tired of having to trot out the same old arguments, to be honest.

    • AdamC says:

      12:56pm | 21/08/12

      This is an entertaining article:

      Monsieur Dukan is clearly quite a character, but I still regard his silly diet as bunkum. The only way to sustainably lose weight is not to diet but to permanently reduce kilojoule intake. You can complement, but not replace, this with exercise as well. Personally, I just cannot fathom why all these faddish diets ever take off. It isn’t rocket science, after all.

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      01:44pm | 21/08/12

      A bunch of sheep looking for the next quick fix is all it can be put down to I guess.

    • Knemon says:

      02:22pm | 21/08/12

      “teenagers who maintain healthy weights should be given better school grades”

      I agree with him, what a great idea!

    • Bec says:

      03:33pm | 21/08/12

      Knemon - what about kids like me who stay skinny no matter what they eat? Doesn’t mean they’re healthy. If we’re going to get schools involved, I’d say just fix the tuckshops.

      When my school adjusted according the the government’s “green and healthy” plan, the only difference was low-fat pies and chips instead of regular ones. You still couldn’t buy fruit at all, and the only remotely healthy thing was a ham and salad sandwich on white bread. Why don’t we at least make fruit easily accessable to children? It’s not hard for tuckshops to sell healthy food.

    • Knemon says:

      04:57pm | 21/08/12

      Fair points Bec.  I was referring healthy weight to height and body weight ratio or BMI, I assumed Monsieur Dukan was also.

      “Why don’t we at least make fruit easily accessable to children? It’s not hard for tuckshops to sell healthy food”

      It’s been decades since I visited the old school tuckshop, I’m amazed they don’t have fruit Etc. Surely they do?

    • Bec says:

      05:43pm | 21/08/12

      Nope. Well, I guess it depends on the school - maybe other schools provide it - but my good old state high school in Central Queensland didn’t have a banana or orange in sight. You could get ice blocks with 10% real fruit juice though!

    • JamesH says:

      01:25pm | 21/08/12

      I’ve noticed many times lately that our various state tourism authorities go on and on about increasing tourism to this region or that, talk about the declines inboth international and domestic numbers and wonder what can be done…then rubbish all suggestions that involve building new attractions.  Conversely, the Asian market is booming with new attractions, be they museums, lookouts, theme parks, tourist railways or new facilities to improve access to much visited attractions and locales.  Plus, approaches from overseas and local companies to assist in building these things are often rebuffed by our unimaginative pollies.  The rule with drawing visitors is if you build it, they will come!  About time our governments at all levels embraced this.

    • Bec says:

      03:40pm | 21/08/12

      We’re scaring them off with our crocodiles, snakes, spiders, jellyfish, sharks, lara bingles, stingrays and drop bears. Seriously, most conversations I have with foreigners involve “F**k going to Australia! Everything that moves will kill me!” Our next tourism campaign needs to involve some kind of reassurance that most of our animals live in the outback or the bush, not in hotels on the Gold Coast.

    • simonfromLakemba says:

      04:58pm | 21/08/12

      Not murder charges, but you have to be sick to do a thing like this.

    • simonfromLakemba says:

      05:00pm | 21/08/12

      Not murder charges, but you have to be sick to do a thing like this.

    • simonfromLakemba says:

      04:59pm | 21/08/12

      Not murder charges, but you have to be sick to do a thing like this.

    • Babylon says:

      03:18pm | 21/08/12

      Our money was invested in the construction of the Nauru detention facilities.

      Fuelled by their pathological hatred of things conservative it seems the Labor Government not only tore down a working solution to illegal arrivals, but they let the countries asset, the facilities at Nauru, fall into total disrepair.

      I was disgusted that they had not bothered to maintain this facility, I mean was it just some childish spite or shear negligence on behalf of Labor?

      All indications are that their revolution of the illegal arrival problem is heading for disaster. That’s not a surprise.

    • Shane From Melbourne says:

      05:21pm | 21/08/12

      Off shore detention facilities are a waste of taxpayer money. Detain them in Australia for a couple of weeks for security checks and quarantine purposes, issue them with TPVs and make it clear that they cannot access the welfare system, become permanent residents or Australian citizens and will be repartiated to home country at the safest opportunity. Problem solved.

    • Tim says:

      05:28pm | 21/08/12

      So its originally Labors fault they didn’t go back to Nauru, and now they are going there its also their fault that the facilities need to be upgraded and maintained?
      Hilarious stuff Babble On, do you ever open your other eye?


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