It feels like a terrible case of deja vu. It is just less than two years ago that Queensland was devastated by floods and now it’s happening again.

An aerial view of East Bundaberg. Pic: Paul Beutel Source: The Courier-Mail

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    • Trevor says:

      06:09am | 29/01/13

      It’s a bit torturous watching the Murdoch press spin this Asian joke by Tim Mathison into something its not. Everybody know what he meant, stop trying to draw a bow to racism.

    • TimB says:

      06:58am | 29/01/13

      What did he mean then? Enlighten us.

    • nihonin says:

      07:00am | 29/01/13

      Even so, I’m off to find myself a nice small female Asian doctor, must be sound advice if the partner of the PM said it.

    • Super D says:

      07:05am | 29/01/13

      Yeah
      The capable women of the Labor party have a monopoly on confected outrage. Never mind the genuine offense felt by large fingers asian prostate doctors or their new patients who got more than they were hoping for.

    • Winner takes all says:

      07:15am | 29/01/13

      I love the ALP cover up spin POV on this. Maybe we should focus on

      1) The AWU unanswered questions
      2) Why was Craig Thompson so protected
      3) Let us see the PM’s carbon tax pre-election plan, or was it all just a sell out of voters for power (now she wouldn’t do something like that, would she?)
      4) The tent embassy situation
      5) Her last place in the most popular PM poll
      6) Is she a good role model

      Well done Trevor in highlighting the real issues concerning fake Julia. I’m guessing you won’t be addressing the issues mentioned above so I’ll take my trophy and celebrate my win with the rest of the population who are ready to kick Gillard and the ALP out.

      http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-national/federal-labor-could-lose-18-seats-poll-20130129-2dhhh.html

    • Rosie says:

      07:16am | 29/01/13

      Torturous it wasn’t for the Murdoch press but for once it was torturous for the likes of me and Australia’s female PM, Julia Gillard who happens to be the partner of this crass man. Trevor, if you had watched carefully Tim Mathison’s achievement was wiping the smile off our PM’s face. The mention of “go and see a female Asian doctor” after doing a digital examination is crass, tasteless and unbecoming for someone who has been given the honour to live at the Lodge and travel the globe at our expense.

      Please Tim Mathison for all our sakes including our PM and our Labor Govt jusssssssssssssst shut up!

    • Kipling says:

      07:20am | 29/01/13

      Jesus, this whole conversation is a pain in the arse….

    • nihonin says:

      07:20am | 29/01/13

      I hope this then doesn’t get spun into something it’s not, as Trevor women should see male Australian doctors with large hands when undergoing Breast examinations.  wink

    • Billy C says:

      07:32am | 29/01/13

      It was funny, and good advice.

    • Chillin says:

      07:42am | 29/01/13

      Unless of course, if Abbott had of said it, then it would be racist, misogynistic etc. etc.  The funniest part is watching Labor pretend there is nothing wrong when they don’t reach the standards of behaviour they demand others to reach.

      Australia is watching, Australia has already made up their minds, Australia will teach you a lesson at the polling booths. 

      Two terms in the wilderness, if not more.

    • Christian Real says:

      07:44am | 29/01/13

      A lot of people who call themselves Australians should migrate to some other country where they don’t feel threatened or offended by of the cuff comments such as this.
      As a person of Aboriginal origin I have had to endure a lot more offensive remarks than that.
      It is the Murdock papers,other media and the Liberal party imbeciles that are the cause of legislation that is due to be put through parliament outlawing everything and anything that sounds offensive.
      Get a life people or move to another Country where you no longer feel threatened or offended.
      The press,the media,and the liberalites are to blame for continuely making a mountain out of a molehill.
      I have never seen before where media outlets were so intent on toppling a government as can be witnessed here in Australia.
      by their anti-government ,one-sided reports,nit picking and muck-raking the newpapers and other media outlets are doing more harm to Australia than good.

    • Trevor says:

      08:17am | 29/01/13

      All that he meant is that seeing a nurse with small hands would be better for those who might be reticent to a finger up their bum. Trying to spin this into an Alan Jonesish gaff isn’t going to fly.

      Reminds me of a Rodney Rude ditty: ‘oh I like girls that have small hands ‘cos it makes my c$&k look big’. Would that be sexist? I think not.

      I suppose Julia won’t see the funny side with this offensive language legislation she is considering.

      And the analogy to women seeing doctors with big hands is patently false.

    • W J Craig (Mrs) says:

      08:19am | 29/01/13

      Trevor,
      Mathison knew exactly what he was saying, he was being deliberately sexist. Some, like me, would say he was a Misogynist.
      Why should it be preferable for any man to have the digital examination of his prostate performed by a “nice little, Asian female doctor”?
      Joke or not it was in extremely bad taste & Timmy should think before he opens his mouth particularly as his partner, Julia Gillard who has sacked a Senator purely on the grounds of that Senator’s race, is, allegedly, so concerned & disapproving of sexism - of course only when it is directed by men against women.
      What’s that old saying about making silk purses out of sow’s (...oooops I’m in trouble), pig’s (preferably boar’s) ears. That’ll keep Julia happy won’t it? In changing the words I’ve just committed a sexist sin but because I have directed it against men Julia will be even happier.

    • GregE says:

      08:21am | 29/01/13

      Christian Real - I’m an Australian native too. My parents were both born here, I was born here and so to were my children. But I don’t need to bring that up every time I post to this site.

      The ALP gets away with murder in the press here. Silence on the current AWU police investigation for starters.

      Whilst Tony Abbott yesterday was helping the community filling snadbags in Queensland, where was the Prime Minister?? Getting her hair done??

    • nihonin says:

      08:28am | 29/01/13

      ‘It is the Murdock papers,other media and the Liberal party imbeciles that are the cause of legislation that is due to be put through parliament outlawing everything and anything that sounds offensive.’

      Yes Christian Real, they are all standing behind each member of the Labor party government.  I don’t what you being Aboriginal has to do with anything (unless of course you’re trying to be racist), but keep plodding away CR, love your work and truly it is starting to become comedy gold as the times comes closer to the up coming election.

    • Asia Nonny says:

      08:34am | 29/01/13

      Tim said something offensive. He should apologise. ALP supporters this is a form of misogyny. The ALP is going to have a big loss at the next election, comments like Tim’s is only making a bad situation worse.

    • Asia Nonny says:

      08:34am | 29/01/13

      Tim said something offensive. He should apologise. ALP supporters this is a form of misogyny. The ALP is going to have a big loss at the next election, comments like Tim’s is only making a bad situation worse.

    • Chillin says:

      08:46am | 29/01/13

      @Christian Real

      ‘Get a life people or move to another Country’

      How very bogan of you.

    • John says:

      08:47am | 29/01/13

      @chillin

      Two terms in the wilderness doesn’t seem to have helped you.

    • Gregg says:

      08:51am | 29/01/13

      For TimB , the other Tim was speaking to encouraging rectal examinations to detect prostate cancer and what he was getting at was making it as small a finger as possible going up your bum, perferably not one with pointy fingernails I imagine.
      and particularly for Rosie, he wasn’t saying to go look for anyone after the rectum examination.
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-28/pm-gillard-partner-jokes-about-prostate-exams/4488008
      You can even see in that report that just the thought of it near brings a tear to his eye!

      OK, we do not make jokes about breast cancer or for that matter, any forms of cancer even if we may feel someone might have drunk themselves to death, especially on gut rotting home brew or something.

      But this was a guy, talking about an affliction that potentially affects more men than breast cancer even does for women, so it’s guy on guys and if a little levity helps to get more guys aware of the potential and take some action for checks, so be it.

    • Glivo says:

      08:53am | 29/01/13

      The West Indies players all saw the humour and it makes perfect sense to recommend a minimalist approach to a rectal digital probing.  Personally my preference wouldn’t be necessarily asian but in this instance I think size does matter.

      As for the line being the cause of Julia’s smile disappearing, this is clearly a misrepresentation of the actual event.  Look at the footage and you will see that Julia’s smile dropped to a merely satisfied appearence well before that particular inference.  The footage I’ve seen does not progress far enough to see if she did in fact facially react to his harmless one-liner.

      Are we really that precious these days?? Come on, really..

    • Rosie says:

      08:54am | 29/01/13

      @ Christian Real

      Spoken like a loser!

      This idiotic remark by the PM’s partner will do to Julia Gillard and the Labor Party she leads what it did to another Labor leader in Kim Beazley and then Labor party over the Rove McManus gaffe.Carelessly in one of Beazley’s speeches he unfortunately committed a major blunder confusing grieving TV host Rove McManus with White House strategist Karl Rove soon after the death of his wife, Belinda Emmett.

      This I think is worse, especially coming from someone who is seen to follow the PM around only because he was fortunate to be her partner/boyfriend. I could never imagine Mrs Abbott joking about cervical cancer in front of a group of ladies having morning tea at the Lodge. The words ‘female doctor’ was sexist, ‘female Asian doctor’ was racist, to joke about something as serious as prostate cancer was taboo!

      The Lodge is now Boganvilla!

    • AFR says:

      09:24am | 29/01/13

      Some of you need to take a chill pill, and maybe take a look at see REAL racism/sexism… you know, honour killings, hate crimes, societies where people of certain ethnicity or sex are dismissed for jobs (think Malaysia on the last point).

      Seriously, it was a light hearted way to promote what is probably a reason why so men leave it too late - having a finger inserted up your bum.

      Some perceptive, people. Are we really becoming this sensitive? Only when we have turned into a nation of robots, will people start complaining nobody has a sense of humour anymore…

    • acotrel says:

      09:25am | 29/01/13

      ‘It is the Murdock papers,other media and the Liberal party imbeciles that are the cause of legislation that is due to be put through parliament outlawing everything and anything that sounds offensive.’

      A lot of what the conservatives do is an abuse of basic freedoms.  The reaction to it will place us all in legal straight jackets.
      ‘Freedoms - abuse them and lose them ‘
      Perhaps we need a special set of laws just for the LNP and its supporters ? Or simply declare the whole party illegal, as the extreme right is in Germany?

    • gobsmack says:

      09:59am | 29/01/13

      I liked the joke in Underbelly 2 by Robert Trimbole as he was being examined.

      “I want a second opinion.  Could you put another finger up there?”

    • acotrel says:

      10:02am | 29/01/13

      I suggest that people are simply being precious about Tim Matheson’s comment but it is obvious that LNP supporters would want to jump all over him if it can be construed to have been racist.  The prostate chack is a bit difficult for many men to get their minds straight about.  Most of us are not used to being invaded.  I once worked in a factory where all men about to retire were checked by the doctor.  One old guy came back after his check and when asked how it went said ’ you know, you could get to enjoy that’.  Another responded ‘you are a sick man, Bob’.  I’ve never been game enough to tell my own doctor about that.

    • acotrel says:

      10:07am | 29/01/13

      @W J Craig (Mrs)
      Thanks for a really good laugh.  Your comment is obviously from a woman’s perspective. Some of us don’t enjoy being fingered.

    • Anubis says:

      10:23am | 29/01/13

      @ Acotrel - Labor are instigating laws to clamp down on free speech and give people the legal right to sue if their sensibilities are offended. This is a part of the socialist nirvana that Labor have been working toward through many terms of Government. Inisdious creep of restrictive legislation in order to better control the masses. Yet somehow you try to spin it as a Liberal Party thing, You know the Labor party line - “We didn’t do it it was Abbott, Abbott, Abbott” Like pre-schoolers trying to shift the blame.

      Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott, Abbott,.

      There you go Acotrel I have just written your next 15 or so posts for you. Just cut & paste any string of Abbott, Abbott, Abbott and press the submit button. Your work is done.

    • TimB says:

      10:53am | 29/01/13

      Thanks Gregg. That being the case though, was the ‘Asian’ part necessary? Wouldn’t simply reccomending a doctor with small fingers be all that was required?

      In all honesty, I’m not really fussed. A slightly silly thing to say that was never meant to be offensive, we can all move on.

      I am however a tad annoyed at the double-standard in play here. Had this been Tony Abbott, you just know that the ALP and it’s hangers on would be calling for his head.

    • Glivo says:

      10:57am | 29/01/13

      @acotrel:-  I am a LNP supporter and can’t wait to see this present Government gone, but you will see that I am not at all offended by TM’s little joke and I point out that the whole thing is misrepresented.

      Doesn’t matter what side your on to see when something is just about point-scoring and not the issue.  It wasn’t really a joke but more a light hearted way to approach a delicate but important issue on men’s health, and it was appropriate for the audience.

      Australia needs to grow up a bit and get away from all this PC rubbish.

    • Kilroy says:

      11:24am | 29/01/13

      Isn’t it a bit strange that the feminist sites haven’t had much to say about this at all? Had it been said by a the partner of a Liberal party politician they would have been on to it in a flash. It’s funny, these groups will say a man can love and be good to the women in his family, but he can still be a misogynist. However they won’t dare entertain the idea their idol Julia Gillard may well be attached to such a man. It seems their mantra “call out sexism wherever its seen” is actually applied by discretion.

    • Rosie says:

      11:39am | 29/01/13

      @ acotrel

      I wouldn’t given two hoots if the partner/boyfriend of our PM behaved badly in his shed amongst Australian men like yourself and thinking it wasn’t crass because it didn’t suit your political agenda. In this case it was said in the Lodge, prestige home for whoever is the current PM of this country. Worse of all it was said to a group of male cricketers representing their country to play against our best cricketers representing Australia. “Australians representing Australia are representing all Australians.” If Gillard wasn’t the PM, we the public wouldn’t have had to put up with these ‘bogan’ attitudes and Tim Mathison wouldn’t be given the opportunity to speak in front of the West Indian cricketers.

      What was PM Julia Gillard thinking when she allowed him to speak in front of the cameras??? Was he made to compete against Mrs Abbott???? Tim looked all sweaty and uncomfortable but as usual Gillard was selfish and thought of promoting no other but herself.

      Even Mrs Rudd wouldn’t dare behave in such manner!

    • Christian Real says:

      12:45pm | 29/01/13

      Greg E
      The Prime Minister was not getting her hair done as you have insinuated, she was in Victoria taking with the firemen and volunteers and addressing the fire situation in that State.
      It is a wonder your man Tony wasn’t there seeing that he is a volunteer firemen getting a photo shoot in his budgie smugglers.,maybe he had already packed them for his visit to Queensland.

    • Christian UnReal says:

      01:25pm | 29/01/13

      Christian Real and acotrel can’t accept they are on the losing side, the evil side and the hypocrtical side. The ALP supporters aka the tiny weeny minority are getting desperate. They know they are losers and they know their side will lose and they are cracking under the pressure of knowing they have failed again. Failing in life is sad isn’t it especially when you fail in everything and only have childish, pathetic excuses to defend your failures.

    • GregE says:

      01:43pm | 29/01/13

      @Christian Real - Oh I’m glad the PM was in Victoria talking whilst the leader of the opposition was helping people sandbag in preparation for the flood.

      Mr Abbott has been a volunteer firefighter and surf lifesaver for over a decade. What is it Gillard has volunteered for apart from herself and the Socialist Forum?

    • Rob says:

      02:02pm | 29/01/13

      @Christian UNREAL

      “The LNP supporters aka the tiny weeny minority are getting desperate. They know they are losers and they know their side will lose and they are cracking under the pressure of knowing they have failed again. Failing in life is sad isn’t it especially when you fail in everything and only have childish, pathetic excuses to defend your failures.”

      Still not coping with failing and losing the last two elections, huh? Chin up, princess.

    • Rob H says:

      03:18pm | 29/01/13

      Rob calling someone princess to win your debate? What a great Gillard move. Does Oakeshott help you get across the lime at home too?

    • Rob says:

      04:28pm | 29/01/13

      @Robh

      That was the part where I reminded someone that the minority LNP supporters failed and lost the last two elections, and that they’re still not coping.

    • Zack says:

      05:02pm | 29/01/13

      @ Roh H, great response to Rob, guess he still can’t cope with the fact his leader sold out ALP voters to the Greens to be ‘PM’.  Like his back peddling, a classic ALP response.

      @ Asia Nonny, agree. Tim is making it worse for the ALP election plan. He should be back in the background being a smiling, nodding ‘partner’. Less responsibility and less of a speaking role is a plus for them methinks.

      @ WJ Craig - didn’t expect anything less from Tim. Wish he would tell us what he really thinks.

    • Christian Real says:

      05:31pm | 29/01/13

      Greg E
      If you could actually read it might prevent you from showing your ignornace in the responding comment that you wrote.
      Either you are attempting to be a sarcastical smartarse or you intelligence is well below par.
      The Prime Minister was not just in Victoria talking as you have written but she was their visiting the Gippsland bushfire zone.
      From News.com.au this story: “Gillard to visit Gippsland bushfire zone.”, from AAP,January 28, 2013 @ 7.21AM
      “Prime Minister Julia Gillard will thank firefighters when she visits the bushfire zone in Gippsland on Monday.”
      “She will join Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu and Deputy Premier Peter Ryan for briefings with senior emergency officials at the incident control centre at Heyfield,200 kilometres east of Melbourne.”
      “Ms Gillard will see the devastation first hand visiting fire - affected Seaton,where one life was lost and five homes burned down.”
      Greg E
      I believe that you will find that Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan has been on the ground in Queensland and assessing the flood situation.
      I believe that you will also find that while Campbell Newman talked about deploying the army and army helicopters that he has no authority to do so and it was the Federal government that deployed the army and army helicopters to assist in flood ravaged Queensland.
      Newman and Abott are like two peas in a pod they attempt to take credit where they are not entitled to it.

    • Christian Real says:

      05:39pm | 29/01/13

      Christian UnReal
      I guess that you have low intelligence and a low IQ and that is why you have chosen to make a mockery out of my name because you were unable to think up your own name to write under.
      Who lost the last two elections?
      =  Abbott and his far right wing conservative Opposition.
      Who are the losers of the last two Federal Elections?
      =Abbott and his far right wing conservative Opposition and their die hard supporters.

    • Christian Real says:

      05:49pm | 29/01/13

      Rosie
      Well it’s good to see that you admit being a loser, who lost the last two Federal elections?
      Was it Tony Abbott and his far right conservative Opposition party?

    • S.L says:

      06:13am | 29/01/13

      If it was a drought it’s global warming but as it’s a flood it’s also global warming. What a great each way bet for the greenies!

    • Tim says:

      07:07am | 29/01/13

      Or what an each way bet for yourself? Every time an extreme weather event occurs, whinge about greenies.

      And I can’t see that any ‘greenies’ have commented about global warming yet, only you.

      But seeing as the predictions of global warming suggest more extreme weather events, I’d say they’re closer to the mark than you.

    • Barge says:

      07:29am | 29/01/13

      Tim - Closer to the mark than Tim Flannery who said we would never get significant rain again. They don’t know what they are talking about.

    • S.L says:

      07:36am | 29/01/13

      @Barge…....amen!

    • Nathan says:

      08:22am | 29/01/13

      @Barge & S.L.
      Apparently Flannery is the ONLY voice on the matter. All you guys ever do is roll out Flannery…..most people think he talks rubbish anyway.

      Both need to learn that its climate change not global warming and understand it a bit better. You may find support on here but in the real word your comments sound uneducated.

      There is no point arguing or discussing the science because 1. You know your right 2. You don’t even know what climate change is 3. Your only argument is Flannery

    • Tim says:

      08:36am | 29/01/13

      Barge,
      I’m sure you can link to where Flannery said that exact thing right?

      Or did he say that in the future, climate change will affect our rainfall patterns so that we wouldn’t have as many dam filling rain events?

      Even then its funny that you think picking on one persons statements discredits the entire field of climate science.

      You’re right though, ‘they’ don’t know what they’re talking about. You’re just mistaken about who ‘they’ are.

    • ramases says:

      08:44am | 29/01/13

      Barge,  the real kick in the nuts is that we pay this clown over $180,000 a year to give us these pearls of wisdom. I’m still waiting for the expected 3m rise in the oceans that he predicted. I’m also waiting for the Climate Change faithful to jump on the bandwagon, forgetting of course that this has happened time and time again and will continue to happen years after we are all dead and gone. Have a look back over the history of floods and a lot of them happened before there was this clamour that its Global Warming. here is just a small sample of some of the floods that have effected us and most before the so called green House gas problem.
      http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/the-worst-floods-in-australian-history.htm

    • fml says:

      09:46am | 29/01/13

      @rameses,

      Except that he predicted a one meter rise in 2100, so you will be waiting a while. Also if anyone mentions his sea side home as “proof” of a conspiracy, you should know that his home is actually 3-4 meters above sea level so ownership until 2100 is not a problem.

      I don’t particularly like flannery, I am not one of his supporters, but it would be nice not to misquote him and try to atleast see the predictions in context. The sea levels are not going to increase over night.

      As per the cycle argument, i.e. this has happened before, hence the earth will equal itself out. That is true, except when it has happened before there was (for what ever reason) a reduction in the production of C02, where as now, us humans are increasing c02 production, we are the new variable.

      http://climate.nasa.gov/key_indicators

      as per the indicators, the level of c02 has never been higher, as per the previous cycles, the earth (without humans) was able to correct the levels of c02. With increasing production of c02, it is uncertain if the the next phase of the cycle will commence and the earth start reducing the levels of c02. I think it is folly to assume it would without considering the difference between the previous cycles and the current cycle, us.

    • pjm says:

      09:47am | 29/01/13

      I just love the way the dumb NOalition supporters think they can make up quotes and attribute them to Flannery and never respond to a request for a source of those quotes.

    • S.L says:

      11:47am | 29/01/13

      Boy not a bad response over my quote about greenies covering all bases!
      @Nathan the whole issue was “global warming” straight after the Al Gore get rich quick scheme “An inconvenient truth”. Then when it became apparent the world wasn’t heating up anymore the gravy train changed it to “climate change”. 
      I’m not directly quoting anyone or giving an opinion in my uneducated way (your words) but merely commenting on my observations of the pro and anti “global warming” crowds…................

    • ramases says:

      11:55am | 29/01/13

      metre smeteres who bloody cares, it was all bullshit anyway. The point is that he made these predictions based on the “best” scientific advice and they were so wrong that it would be laughable if it wasn’t so stupid. Trying to shoot me down to save his arse wont do any good as we know know for sure that he is not even worth the price of a pie let alone the money this government is paying him to support their rorts of the tax payers. Nice try but again no cigar.

    • Chris L says:

      03:38pm | 29/01/13

      @S.L. - You know the IPCC has been around for a lot longer than Gore’s Inconvenient Truth don’t you? Care to guess what the CC part stands for?

      Every time there’s an extreme weather event the first people to make a connection to climate change are the one’s who claim it isn’t happening.

    • Mahhrat says:

      06:29am | 29/01/13

      Thoughts going out to our northern friends.  Keep safe everyone.

      Can we talk cricket today? I want to know if we really are getting spanked by Sri Lanka or if the selectors have finally given up on any pretense of consistently rewarding quality cricket and are simply pulling names out of a hat.

      We seem to be beset by the problem of trying to find the next Warner, McGrath, Langer and Punter.  Stop it. We have great talent, stop dropping them every other ga,me and give them some support so they have the confidence to develop into international cricket.

    • Nathan says:

      07:32am | 29/01/13

      What did you think of the comments Clark made about the rotation policy, that it is needed because we don’t have the depth since those players you mention have left?

      I don’t even know if we have a clear best XI in any of the forms. Personally i tend to think Australia is still developing and needs to blood a range of players to work out who is the best. No one is standing out in state cricket in the batting atleast to make these decisions no brainers

    • Gregg says:

      09:05am | 29/01/13

      If people want to listen carefully to some of the commentatary coming from Mickey the coach and Clark, there may just be something in attempting to ensure some longer term stability for the ashes and 2015 WC.

      We’ve had bowlers going down like nine pins, Cummins, possibly not enough strength in still a young body, Pattinson, and even Tassiehauser not that his form has been all that great and then as finding another Warner, we have him but for Warne as you probably mean, you’ll not find another Warne anytime real quick and not without both having some patience and also giving others an opportunity to show their stuff.
      And then sure, Hussey decided to retire and Punter likewise for he must have been in danger of getting dropped anyway, Watson wants to earn a spot as a specialist batsman and whilst his opener figures are not so bad, he is 31 and would seem to be injury prone, so again a few batting spots to be tried out for and to get some consistency.

      Australia was in the wilderness for quite a few years when the likes of Chappellis, Lillee, Grout etc. all went and we had Kim Hughes abandoning the captaincy in tears and along came AB who virtually carried the side for a while as it was rebuilt to be the world’s best from mid eighties through to the earlier part of the last decade.
      It takes time and patience also for true supporters.

    • Ben C says:

      10:39am | 29/01/13

      Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that our selectors are picking players based on two or three good performances, rather than two or three seasons of consistently good performances. We don’t expect centuries or bags of wickets in every innings, but we expect the best to be around the top of the runs or wickets lists for two or three seasons running, if they’ve played full seasons of first-class.

      Players like Hayden, Langer, Gilchrist, Hussey were groomed that way - they spent many years at the top of the game at first-class level, and when they made it into the national squads they took that consistency with them to the next level. They knew their games inside out, they knew what they needed to do. I don’t see too many of our current crop picked on consistent performances, save for Clarke and Siddle.

    • acotrel says:

      06:35am | 29/01/13

      ’ It is just less than two years ago that Queensland was devastated by floods and now it’s happening again.’

      As a great scholar once said - we should just ‘get over it and move on’ .

    • Rosie says:

      07:32am | 29/01/13

      What is the matter acotrel? Today Queensland has a LNP Govt so shouldn’t do an Anna Bligh for a political agenda???

      I think the LNP premier and his team will at first do the right thing for their state and wouldn’t be moving on until they were satisfied their people were taken care of.

    • Jim Moriarty says:

      07:33am | 29/01/13

      Easy to say when it’s not your house that’s flooded. What a bloody stupid thing to say.

    • Taxpayer says:

      07:46am | 29/01/13

      Time for another levy to pay for the Qld ALPs stupidity?

    • Mumfrey says:

      08:32am | 29/01/13

      So over Queensland and floods.
      I saw some guy on the news yesterday saying he just finished rebuilding his house a few weeks ago.
      What is it they say?
      Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein

      These idiots build their homes in exactly the same place where they have been previously destroyed by floods?
      Only in Queensland.

    • Haha says:

      08:50am | 29/01/13

      @Taxpayer

      You really haven’t been keeping up, have you?

    • Barge says:

      09:04am | 29/01/13

      Acotrel - I guess if we were talking about illegal immigrants you would expect everybody to have compassion. You obviously have no idea.

    • PsychoHyena says:

      09:39am | 29/01/13

      @Haha, was thinking that. Though we’ll probably be bailing out QLD again… It was a ridiculous agreement made by Howard and Bligh (and continued by Newman and our current Fed Government), Qld should be paying a premium of some kind at least.

    • bananabender56 says:

      06:36am | 29/01/13

      Just about every year, the cyclone season arrives and the road from Brisbane North to Townsville is cut. People living in FNQ then wait for days for the road to reopen and supplies to arrive. FNQ contributes, through mining, farming, fishing etc a great deal of revenue to the QLD coffers and in return, gets a second class transport and health system. It appears that as the votes are in Brisbane, the money on roads, bridges etc is spent there.
      It’s about time the Government puts funding into building an all weather state/national highway rather than spending a fortune on ‘temporary’ repairs that have to be redone. FNQ has Queensland in it - a point the politicians need to recognise.

    • Super D says:

      06:52am | 29/01/13

      The people of far North Queensland have been outplayed by the people of Brisbane and the southEast though it’s the northerners who save the state from daylight savings induced curtain fading.

    • Tropical says:

      08:48am | 29/01/13

      It what FNQ (Townsville) has had to pay for having three ALP members and a ALP council for some 20 years,that did nothing more than make the numbers up.
      We will always be playing catchup for proper funding for infrastructure.

    • ramases says:

      12:11pm | 29/01/13

      You think that’s bad, here in our little town we pay rates and charges to Bundaberg Council and get sweet bugger all. The only places that get the money are the big places that have better representation than our one councillor. We are 11% of the area but get less than 1% of the funds.
      Now after the floods we will get decidedly less as they do all the jobs for the big end of town and as usual leave us hanging. We waited two years to have a small bridge fixed and they started it a couple of days before the wet so now I don’t suppose it will go ahead for another two years. This is typical of what you were saying but on a smaller scale but no less aggravating.

    • Geronimo says:

      06:38am | 29/01/13

      Victims of Cyclone Oswald have no fear, as soon as El Pancho Newman delivers his morale boosting history lesson, his Pooper Scooper Posse will be here..Hup, two three four, Hup two three four, Hup…

    • Barge says:

      07:06am | 29/01/13

      Geronimo - Barge says: you need to grow up and get a life.

    • Lance says:

      07:23am | 29/01/13

      Yes, and apparantly his opening the flood gates at Wivenhoe in advance (as a precaution) did NOT contribute to the flooding, even though it means by doing so he added huge amounts of water to the Brisbane river precisely at the same time the deluge arrived.  I don’t get it.  How can that be?

    • Geronimo says:

      08:09am | 29/01/13

      If you find swallowing facts is undesirable Bargo, try fiction, True Believers clearly demonstrate how it sustains the Troppo Blogosphere.

    • Barge says:

      09:07am | 29/01/13

      Geronimo - the comment stands and your response reinforces it.

    • Geronimo says:

      11:39am | 29/01/13

      Behold Oh Glorious Brethren, in this election year thy Fearless Friar presents a new Guide for thee the True Believer. Go forth and spread The Holy Rote according to A to Zs like Bargo, with the title “Repetition Produces Conviction” the mugs are gonna luv it, trust me.

    • marley says:

      12:07pm | 29/01/13

      Well, lets see. Last time round, they held all the water in the dam, so when they finally had no choice but to release it or let the dam fracture, the massive volume of water released created a massive and devastating flood.  This time, they’re trying to release smaller amounts of water at intervals so that any flooding will be on a smaller scale, and not so catastrophic.  But perhaps you think it would be better to repeat the mistakes of a couple of years ago.

    • Lance says:

      01:32pm | 29/01/13

      “This time, they’re trying to release smaller amounts of water at intervals so that any flooding will be on a smaller scale, and not so catastrophic”

      So, the dam release HAS contributed to the flooding?  Exactly.  But that is not the story being told by the state govn.  They reckon they reduced the flooding.  But that is, as you’ve just said, bs.  They actually added to the flooding, overall.

      They ignore the other possibility:  not to have released the water in advance.  The dam levels were not as high as 2011 and, this time, the rainfall (both projected and actual) was less.  In fact, it was far, far less.  But Newman stepped in and made a political statement: he wanted to look as if he could do better than Bligh.  Wivenhoe could easily have held the water from this cylcone, releasing it later, and not adding to the flooding.  But that wouldn’t have been good politics, would it.

    • Dr B S Goh, Australian in Asia says:

      06:39am | 29/01/13

      Each day the situation of the refugees from Syria is getting worse. See latest reports of those fleeing to Jordon at;  http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/28/world/asia/jordan-syrians-escape/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

      The ALP Govt had announced it would take in 1000 of these 600,000 plus refugees. It is not clear if the boatpeople has not stolen these 1000 places as there has been no media report that any of these 1000 Syrian refugees have arrived in Australia. In any case taking in 1000 refugees out of 600,000 is the wrong policy. Firstly the number of refugees will climb to close to or more than 1,000,000 by the end of the year. Given limited money that Australia can spare it is better to use available money to help these refugees in the camps like those in Jordan, Turkey etc rather than spend on only 1000 refugees.

      If we want to help desperate refugees in the world we need to help these Syrian refugees, the Rohingyas of Myanmar and the new ones in Mali. We need to wake up to the fact that the boatpeople has hijacked our humane refugees program.

    • Mik says:

      07:44am | 29/01/13

      The refugees would prefer to be safe in their own countries so that is what the world has to work towards. That is still a long way off but keeping camps close to the country of origin, as is now, makes sense. It however puts great pressure on the santuary countries. Conflicts and genocidal actions have to be met differently by the international community. Will require some lateral thinking as “world peace” just isn’t going to happen.
      In the meantime the most vulnerable have to be protected and those with the money to escape, provided they are not the crooks, should be offered other avenues

    • KimL says:

      06:48am | 29/01/13

      I feel very sorry for the people of Queensland but will not be donating to them for this flood event, I donated 2 years ago, only to be hit with a flood levy, this time my donation will go the Victoria and N.S.W….Floods in Queensland are becoming a regular event, they need to have some measure themselves to pay for it.. or move further from the coast

    • DanFlan says:

      07:21am | 29/01/13

      Oh…there you go KimL!  The first politician to read this will go, “Fire tax?! Why didn’t we think of this before!”

    • Jim Moriarty says:

      07:35am | 29/01/13

      How big of you.

    • Al says:

      07:48am | 29/01/13

      DanFlan - don’t you know, ‘it’s not a tax it’s a levy’ is the way it will be pushed and as such they can leave it out of the figures when they look at calculating what the actual tax rates have increased/decreased by.

    • DanFlan says:

      08:21am | 29/01/13

      Al -  How silly of me…fire LEVY!  I have absolutely no idea how I could possibly get the two mixed up…  They are very knowledgable with the words these pollies. 

      Either way, wishing all the best to the flood effected up North and the fire effected down South.  Stay safe all.

    • Anubis says:

      08:37am | 29/01/13

      @ KimL - Donations went directly to assisting those affected. The Flood Levy was to cover the arse of the Queensland Labor Government who, in their arrogance, decided not to have insurance cover on the States infrastructure. Every cent of the Flood Levy went to Labor’s coffers, not to those who lost property or lives.

      I did note that Julia raised the spectre of the Flood Levy in her rambling speech on TV yesterday when she was visiting the fire zone in Victoria,

    • Rosie says:

      09:29am | 29/01/13

      It may be too soon for Campbell Newman to be emphasizing the great need for Australians to donate to the QLD floods this time round. Who could forgot the way in which the then QLD Labor Govt and Gillard Federal Labor Govt made the nation pay for the rebuilding of Brisbane because no measures were taken and no ‘surplus’ that could have been used.

      Could the media do it for Campbell Newman and his LNP Govt because this time I would like to donate to the QLD floods but don’t know where to send my donation. I have heard Campbell mention it but he didn’t say where to send the donation.

    • Joan says:

      12:58pm | 29/01/13

      What a difference a State Government makes ! All of the right wingers who were whinging about donating to Queensland 2 years ago are now (supposedly) climbing over each other to donate. Hypocritical liars.

    • Anubis says:

      01:30pm | 29/01/13

      @ Joan - I do not remember right wingers whinging about donating to Queensland. I do remember them have a justified whinge about a Flood Levy that was raised to cover the incompetence of the Qld Labor Government not insuring the States infrastructure. The Flood Levy did not go to the victims of the flood but instead went into Labor’s coffers. What will the excuse be this time - I understand that the State has insurance over their infrastructure now.

    • Joan says:

      02:06pm | 29/01/13

      @Anubis

      No surprises there, then. Everyone else does.

    • nihonin says:

      07:17am | 29/01/13

      Probably McTernan trying out a few lines through Tim, for the next Misogyny speech we’ll be given sometime this election year. wink

    • KimL says:

      07:18am | 29/01/13

      I am no expert on prostate exams, I don’t have a prostate to need one but I took it that he meant Asian ladies were petite and had small fingers. If I was a man I would looking for the small finger option myself

    • BloodyLanceFlashman says:

      07:23am | 29/01/13

      Could you imagine the shrieking if Tony Abbott had said that?  As usual the ABC and Fairfax give it a pass. Hypocrites.

    • Rob says:

      07:39am | 29/01/13

      Billy Connolly some funny prostate gags too, Linda, if that’s what you’re into. Check them out.

    • difficult lemon says:

      08:34am | 29/01/13

      @ Linda “This is offensive to Asian female doctors.”

      Is it? How so?

      This is all much ado about nothing. Timbo’s little joke was funny, if only no more than mildly amusing. I heard the tape and he got a laugh. Tho I understand Julia was not amused - but probably not so much because of the joke but rather the anticipated fall-out amongst the New - Victorians* who would like to dictate our social mores.

      If you are going to have a foreign object stuck up your fundament then the smaller the better I’d say. Although we all have different tastes and proclivities of course and some might disagree but that’s a matter for them.

      It seems that any drawing of attention to some-ones ethnicity or the physical characterisrivs thereof (unless it is done in some fawning manner) is some-how “offensive”.

      * Many on the left complain about Abbott taking us back to the 1950s but this hand-wringing, humorless appproach to life espoused by Roxon, Plibersek and the rest of the gang seems seems designed to take us back to the 1890s.

    • trevora says:

      08:43am | 29/01/13

      The comments about this come from younger men and women that have not had the finger up the bum test. It is not pleasant and uncomfortable.
      But the point for males who need these tests is being made.
      This morning a colleague asked me if I had had the test and I said every year since late 40’s
      it depends on the age or sex of the complainer .Unfortunately a few older males are included.
      The fact is that an oral examination done yearly is necessary. The option of a small fingured asian lady might be laughed at, but I try and avoid the football and overweight male hacks that work at my local surgery.
      Tim’s job is mens health? What does he discuss with men about prostate and its benefits of anal examination.
      Grow up children.

    • Peter says:

      08:48am | 29/01/13

      I don’t understand your point, Linda, is it that you prefer something larger?  Perhaps its a matter of personal preference.  You don’t need to be ashamed.

    • Linda says:

      09:32am | 29/01/13

      @ difficult lemon. Tim can say go find a small sized doctor with small fingers to do the examination. Why Asian and female? I thought the PM is against all misogynist comments? Why should her partner enjoy being the exception?

    • Gordon says:

      09:50am | 29/01/13

      1. Are you several Asian female doctors Linda? If not, your statement on their collective state of outrage is a little speculative no?
      2. are you a jury, properly advised in a court of law, with actual evidence not what you fondly imagine is true. If not your opinion on what a jury of sensible Australians might think is speculative too.
      3. What I think you are trying to say is that Roxon’s discrimination laws are hazardous. You may indeed be right, but please tell us why you think that, not some schoolyard tit-for-tat BS about ooooh, he said ASIAN! how RACIST!.

    • Kipling says:

      07:17am | 29/01/13

      Firstly in response to a post from Ramases from yesterday (hope you make the connection)....
      In all honesty, the sentence you quoted was a hurried little bit at the end and I was concious that I was running out of space. I agree that it was bad. It effectively let unions off the hook which was in no way my intention. Unions are simply the third share holder between business and Government. I was trying to highlight the point though, that you to some degree demonstrated, that between Government and business we are usually lead to believe it is ALL the unions doing… That is patently false, disreputable, irresponsible and unhelpful.

      Another observation I have made over the last few days in a range of “debates” (is it truly debating, I think not generally) is the number of times I have seen a post effectively doing the ol fav union bash and saying how unions are responsible for all the evils of the world. Then in the same post lambasting the Government for using wedge politics to keep us divided….

      Curiously enough we are either UNITED or divided, so being united is either a good thing or a bad thing. So being involved in a union would be then being part of the pesky union movement that is responsible for all our current ills.

      To my mind unions are crap. BUT, they are crap because of the number of members who simply expect the union to simply do it all for them, without actively taking part in the business of their union. They are also then crap because of the number of non members who happily take all the benefits of previously pro active members on the one hand whilst whiteanting the very movement that provided those benefits on the other hand.

      It is a very funny juxtaposition for people to demonstrate.

    • TimB says:

      07:44am | 29/01/13

      ‘To my mind unions are crap. BUT, they are crap because of the number of members who simply expect the union to simply do it all for them, without actively taking part in the business of their union.’

      Err, isn’t that the whole point of union fees? They expect someone to do it for them because they’re paying someone to do it for them.

    • Kipling says:

      09:31am | 29/01/13

      @ TimB

      No.

    • TimB says:

      10:44am | 29/01/13

      @ Kipling, No?

      What are they for then? To feather union slush funds perhaps?

    • Sick of ALP bullshit says:

      12:27pm | 29/01/13

      @TimB - to acquire the services of ladies of the night?

    • Sick of ALP bullshit says:

      12:30pm | 29/01/13

      @TimB - to provide donations to GetUp?

    • Sick of ALP bullshit says:

      01:52pm | 29/01/13

      @TimB - to pay the “redundancy” cheques of Ralph Blewitt and Bruce Wilson?

    • PsychoHyena says:

      02:55pm | 29/01/13

      @TimB, I think Kipling’s point was that people pay the union fees and then don’t attend union meetings or get involved in any way with what’s happening. This means if a worker doesn’t want to strike they have no say as they aren’t there to have their say. Most people weigh up the costs of joining a union compared to the pay they’ll receive if they join and the pay if they don’t join.

    • Kipling says:

      03:13pm | 29/01/13

      @ TimB, Given the modern proclivity for irresponsibility being the best that money can buy I understand your ignorance in this matter.

      @ Sick of ALP bullshit, it is comforting to know that you are specific about which bullshit you don’t like. I guess then it is up to the reader to decide what bullshit you are not sick of. It would apparently be a fairly easy guess…

    • TimB says:

      03:42pm | 29/01/13

      ‘@ TimB, Given the modern proclivity for irresponsibility being the best that money can buy I understand your ignorance in this matter.’

      A more meaningless non-response I cannot imagine.

      Whenever you want to answer my question and tell me what Union dues are used for if not for the purpose of funding action and representation, I’ll be waiting.

    • Kipling says:

      06:49pm | 29/01/13

      @TimB, You made not statements regarding action and representation, consequently the “meaningless response” was indeed absolutely appropriate. Given you could reply to that which I wrote, how exactly was it a non response, ROFLMAO

    • Sick of ALP bullshit says:

      07:54am | 29/01/13

      Oh, here we go. More bullshit from the self proclained progressive left. Get ready to hear this over and over again because the failed ALP government that has constantly lied, wasted and bungled it’s way through the last 5 years has absolutely nothing of any worth to say about itself.

      Scare campaign and personal insult is all it has left. We deserve better government than these idiots in the ALP.

    • Anubis says:

      08:43am | 29/01/13

      @ Tim - You are drawing a long bow there. Nowhere in that article did it even hint that Abbott suggested bringing back workchoices. Tweaking the current system “within the existing laws” in order to improve productivity and industrial relations” was mentioned. So I would have to assume that your one liner is straight off the McTernan Songbook of smear that we are going to be inundated with this year.

      Labor has no achievements to crow about (unless you consider $200 billion + debt accrued in five years as an achievement), so we will just get smear, smear and smear from Labor right up to the news blackout before the election.

    • tez says:

      09:35am | 29/01/13

      Scare campaign and personal insult is all we have had from the LNP for the last five years,

    • Sick of LNP bullshit says:

      01:04pm | 29/01/13

      @Anubis

      You need to check your LNP dictionary.

      “Flexibility” = WorkChoices

    • Confused and Alarmed says:

      07:50am | 29/01/13

      Two people have made reports to Victorian police that Julia Gillard may have broken the law. This is currently under investigation with police travelling to the Gold Coast and interviewing key witnesses.

      This is our Prime Minister, yet the media is silent. Can someone please explain why?

    • OverIt says:

      08:52am | 29/01/13

      I read about it a week or so ago, when the police interviewed a former secretary in the Gold Coast.  It was in the Telegraph, a small paragraph on page 17 or the like.  She’s not allowed to talk about it, so I guess at this stage there’s not actually anything to report.  Highly unlikely any developments will occur before the election, though, remember how the preliminary investigation into Craig Thompson took about 3 years?

    • AFR says:

      09:27am | 29/01/13

      Care to tell us which law? Jaywalking? Littering?

    • Anubis says:

      10:29am | 29/01/13

      How about fraudulently filing a legal document knowing it to be incorrect. Fraudulently witnessing a document when not actually witnessing it. That’s a start. Fraud is fraud

    • Confused and Alarmed says:

      10:36am | 29/01/13

      @AFR - falsifying legal documents (in particular, a power of attorney).

      So a little more serious than your suggestions.

      The point I make, is that the Prime Minister of this country is a person of interest in a police investigation, and the media is largely silent. I find that disturbing and I question why.

    • Christian Real says:

      01:07pm | 29/01/13

      Confused and Alarmed:
      Well I must say that you have the first part of your alias correct,you do appear somewhat confused about what you have written and maybe everybody should be alarmed that people like you are saying that the Prime Minister has broken the law but not one of you are backing up your statements and claims with rock solid proof..
      Perhaps the only investigation should be into the people behind this smear campaign and rumours that are making fraudulent claims about the Prime Minister but are failing to back up their claims.
      It would be good to see the Prime Minister hit these people with charges of defamation and libel but alas she is far too gracious to do that and has instead turned the other cheek.(Matthew 5: 39

    • Chillin says:

      01:21pm | 29/01/13

      Christian,

      I read your post, you forgot to mention you were an Aboriginal Australian in it.

    • Confused and Alarmed says:

      01:38pm | 29/01/13

      @Christian - yes lets see the PM hit people with legal charges, then the truth might come out. In fact, you would have to ask why, if she has nothing to hide, she has not taken such action!

      I am not confused about what I have written. I have been as clear as I can be on this site. I am confused as to why this story is so quiet in the press.

      If you want an investigation look at the members of the ALP and in particular Rob McLellan. Then look at Ralph Blewitt, a man Gillard called a good friend for three years. He is an ex AWU boss. Bob Kernohan another AWU man. You can also look at S&G partners involved and media personalities Michael Smith and Glen Milne. You’ll notice none of them are LNP members. Despite you wishing that’s where this has come from.

      Yes, let the PM sue. Why wouldn’t she Christian? Then we can get the full story in a court of law and legal information released from priveledge. That’s the best idea you’ve ever posted on this site.

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      01:53pm | 29/01/13

      @AFR

      ‘Jaywalking’

      Disturbing the peace? I got thrown out of a window! What’s the f*ckin’ charge for getting pushed out of a moving car, huh? Jaywalking?

    • Shut his gob says:

      07:56am | 29/01/13

      Is there a bigger muppet than Anthony Mundine?

    • Dan says:

      08:27am | 29/01/13

      Not outside of the Children’s Tevevision Workshop. That man has serious problems between the ears.

    • Tropical says:

      08:50am | 29/01/13

      Theres a ALP bloke called Gibbons that goes close.

    • Julie says:

      09:10am | 29/01/13

      In a word - no….

    • S.L says:

      01:12pm | 29/01/13

      I’m not a fan of Anthony Mundine at all but many in the boxing community have told me out of the spotlight he’s a nice guy.
      If that is the case then who is advising him on his ridiculous behaviour out in public?

    • fml says:

      01:42pm | 29/01/13

      elmo? big bird?

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      04:02pm | 29/01/13

      He is an idiot when he has to be, apart from that he’s done wonders for boxing and his local community.

    • sorryimbad says:

      04:54pm | 29/01/13

      Mirabella

    • Chillin says:

      08:12am | 29/01/13

      I wanted to comment on yesterday’s piece…

      “It’s also the biggest turn-off for male readers. They don’t want to read about this old-fashioned, apparently perfect gentleman whom they could never hope to emulate, even if they wanted to.”

    • Ally says:

      09:01am | 29/01/13

      I remember chatting to a guy once who hated Mr Darcy with a passion because he firmly believed Darcy gave women unrealistic expectations about men.

      I only read the article this morning and it was interesting to note the number of commenters that dismissed the story as one of a woman simply going after the rich guy. If that were true, Lizzy would have accepted Darcy at his first proposal. Instead, she turns him down because she is prejudiced by the lies told to her by the penniless charmer, Wickham.

      I think it’s clear that Mrs Bennet is a gold digger on behalf of her daughters, but really that was probably motivated not just by her own vanity in having wealthy and well connected inlaws, but also because of her own uncertain future. She has no sons, her husband’s estate is entailed and after he dies she’s basically going to have to rely on the charity of her married daughters and their husbands.

    • gordie says:

      08:19am | 29/01/13

      Maybe that was what Craig Thompson was doing all the time. Getting his prostate checked

    • Mike McDougal says:

      09:01am | 29/01/13

      There is a reason Malaysia isn’t a superpower and Singapore is the King of the region baby!

    • Huh says:

      09:01am | 29/01/13

      @Ahmad

      If you want to riot, go ahead. What’s stopping you?

    • Ahmad says:

      09:11am | 29/01/13

      @ Mike. Singapore is a Lilliput nation and to feel big the grand old man of this nation many years ago called Australians the White Trash of Asia.

    • OverIt says:

      09:22am | 29/01/13

      Ahmad
      Don’t you find it encouraging that not one person responded to the call for book burning, yet a group (the article doesn’t say how many) of people turned up instead to the peaceful book reading organised as an alternative?

    • PsychoHyena says:

      09:33am | 29/01/13

      @Ahmad, well you can riot (nothing stopping you) however one would assume that if you want to present Christianity as being better than Islam, you wouldn’t.

      If you do, it just comes across as a childish tantrum because ‘They get to riot, why can’t we?’

    • Silo says:

      10:43am | 29/01/13

      Ahmad, Singapore can buy our stock exchange, Malaysia can’t even buy our products thanks to the exchange rate! The liliput nation as you call it has Malaysia under its thumb. On the international stage Singapore is highly ranked, Malaysia isn’t even on the radar. Singapore is what makes SE Asia, all other countries like Malaysia have a long way to catch up, if they can catch up.

    • Terry2 says:

      08:21am | 29/01/13

      Just been reading about the horrendous situation in that overcrowded night club in Brazil. Evidently the fire was caused by onstage pyrotechnics.
      I would like to believe, even though it would be a state responsibility, that we outlawed pyrotechnics in nightclubs years ago; did we, does anybody know ?

    • Robert S McCormick says:

      09:13am | 29/01/13

      This is not the first time some nightclub has burnt down with horrendous loss of life.
      What is it with the owners of these places that they lock all the Emergency Exits & try to stop people leaving by the regular exits? If they are frightened people are going to try & get in via the Emergency Exits then why don’t they simply employ guards staniding outside those exits to prevent people entering?
      We know they allow their premises to become grossly over-crowded because of the money they make BUT where are the Police etc. who should be coming in & kicking out all those whom management have illegally allowed in or, better still, closing these joints down for a few weeks.
      Why don’t the Police charge the owners of this place with Murder, better still Mass Murder. They allowed this to happen. They are totally to blame.

    • Glivo says:

      08:46am | 29/01/13

      I’m not Nostradamus, no seer am I, but I can readily predict the future based on events of the past and there is one thing that the ever-so-popular Blind-Freddy can see.  When you receive your next offer to renew your insurance be prepared for yet another round of premium increases at around the 20 - 30% mark.
      January 2012 saw all of my policies rise by close to 18 - 20%.  When I made inquiry I was informed it was because of the Qld floods and FNQ Cyclone.  Two weeks ago the 2013 renewal offers came in with rises of between 20 and 30% but this time it is because the Insurance Companies are having difficulty in underwriting their risk due to natural disasters from other parts of the globe.  This followed a week after the press release of these same companies’ profits soaring by billions due to increased premiums from the previous year and failure to payout on hundreds of claims due to definitions of events.

      Now here we go again.  Bushfires, floods, cyclones, mini tornadoes.  There will probably be an earthquake somewhere, possibly a volcanic eruption and maybe even another tsunami.  The insurance companies, who incidently are in the business of removing risk to paying clients, will no doubt find it necessary to increase their premiums to offset the fact that weather and natural events occur.

      Several of my policies have now risen by approximately 100% in just on 4 years.  The other thing that they have done is locked everybody in by offering things like “years of cover” discounts and “multi policy” discounts to their artificially inflated prices which make it impossible to do what we used to do and shop around for a better deal.  It’s a bit like the 50% off jewellery sale or the Fukari Rug closing down sale.

      Once again I am amazed by the fact that the Governments of Qld and Australia are now making “emergency funds” available for people to re-furnish and re-establish from damage caused by floods if they are not covered by their own insurance. In other words if they are uninsured.

      How is it possible for these people to be uninsured?  If they have a mortgage it is a condition of the contract.  If they don’t have a mortgage they should be able to afford the insurance premium.  This obviously does not include people who rent but in their case contents only insurance for vital items cover should be an essential part of their budget.

      To not have the cover is to put yourself at risk.  Why should tax-payer dollars be forked out to people who haven’t looked after themselves?

    • Terry2 says:

      11:49am | 29/01/13

      Glivo, One of the problems that you need to be a seer to fathom is that some insurance companies are actually trying to price themselves out of the market on a geographical basis and rather than just announce that they are pulling out they just jack up the premiums to unacceptable levels.
      One of the problems that will come out of the current flooding is that more insurers will pull out, of areas like Bundaberg and, of course, we have now allowed our government insurance offices to be sold off so there is no insurer of ‘last resort’.
      We all need to shop around comprehensively including with the banks and supermarkets who all have insurance agencies.

    • Christian Real says:

      08:49am | 29/01/13

      Shut his gob
      Anthony(The Man) Mundine is A true Australian,a true Champion and an inspiration for all Australians to look up to.
      Those that attack Mundine only do so because they are jealous of his Sporting Achievements and their own under achievements.
      One of my cousins has married into the Mundine family tree,and Anthony Mundine has my full support, I will be barracking for him in his upcoming fight against Geale,and cheering him onto another victory and championship.

    • Tim says:

      09:57am | 29/01/13

      Bahaahaha,

      Mundine comes out and says he is the greatest athlete that Australia has ever produced. I can think of ten Australian athletes in his own sport that would be better than him. There’s no need to even look at other sports.

      He has a massive mouth that’s not backed up by ability or results.
      Hence people dislike him.
      Hope Geale gets the result that the judges robbed him of last time.

    • Shut his gob says:

      10:06am | 29/01/13

      Well he needs all the friends he can get. I see him doing more harm to the Aboriginal cause (whatever that might be) than anyone in our community right now.

      “I’m the best athlete ever, man. Ever” Why? Because you box 40 year old has beens?

      The guy even called Arthur Beetson an “Uncle Tom”!! That he was “joined to the system”. What exactly does that mean? Aboriginal playing the victim? Everyones against me because I’m black or they are an “uncle Tom” (nice use of the Ali slur against Joe Fraser there). We’ll no, everyone is against you because your mouth makes you look like a stupid nob!

      I hope Geale knocks his block off!

      Read this: http://www.news.com.au/sport/boxing-mma/my-war-of-words-with-an-angry-man/story-fndkzthy-1226563809268

    • AFR says:

      10:20am | 29/01/13

      I’ll assume for the moment you’re not trolling, and are quite serious about this ( having a relative marry into his extended clan doesn’t make you his brotha)...

      You’ll find yourself in the minority. I have come across people who have met him personally and say he’s a nice bloke etc…

      THEN WHY does he continue to act like a douchebag? He’s still banging on about missing out on State of Origin because he was the game’s highest paid player. All that tells me is that St Geroge paid to much. Does he carry those chips on his should for fun, as they must be pretty heavily. Calling Arthur Beetson an “Uncle Tom” wins you no favours amongst Queenslanders, fellow Aborigines, rugby league fans, and the general community.

      Reminds me of John Steffenson when he pulled the race card after missing Olympics Selection. As Ali G said: “is it because I is black?”.... no Anthony, it’s because your talents never matched your mouth or ego.

    • Ben C says:

      11:22am | 29/01/13

      @ Christian Real

      “Those that attack Mundine only do so because they are jealous of his Sporting Achievements and their own under achievements.”

      The only underachiever is Mundine himself - he spends more time blowing his own trumpet than he does actually performing.

      If Mundine showed even half the humility of Kostya Tszyu, he’d garner a whole lot more respect. No, he’d rather come out and reject Laurie Daley or Daniel Geale’s indigenous heritage because they never claimed it, or they’re too white/married a white woman. He’d rather come out and say he’s the best athlete Australia’s ever produced, despite there being others equal or better than him. He’d rather come out and create divisions, than try to get everyone behind him.

      Mundine also grandstands about his work with the Aboriginal community in Redfern. All well and good, and so he should be supported. So should Tony Abbott when he grandstands about his volunteer firefighting. Yet you support one and not the other based on what?

    • Christian Real says:

      01:18pm | 29/01/13

      Tim
      The only winner will be Anthony (the Man) Mundine.
      Geale was not robbed by the judges last time, he just wasn’t good enough.

    • methink says:

      05:40pm | 29/01/13

      Mundine is a business man it is all part of the job and he has got all you talking about him, smarts

    • Robert S McCormick says:

      09:03am | 29/01/13

      When Julia Gillard said in the Federal Parliament that she did not need to be “Lectured by a “sexist” & “misogynist” (Tony Abbott), or somesuch rant, she spoke the truth for it seems she doesn’t even have to leave her bedroom, or is that toilet? to get to know one. It appears she has her very own sexist & misogynist sharing both.
      Given the hairstyles some male hairdressers inflict upon women the rumour that some are misogynists seems to now be proven!!

    • Geraldine s says:

      10:20am | 29/01/13

      Robert S McCormick you are a fool, a young fool because any male that did not understand that rectal examination is vital for all males over 50, and if you feel embarrassed it is good for you to become aware.
      The story might prompt you to do something to save your life rather than complain it should not be mentioed in public.
      The stories I am aware of will not be published not because they are porn, but unnecessary here.
      The statement for all older males is welcome to Tim for raising the largest killer of males over 40 in Australia.

    • Gregg says:

      09:22am | 29/01/13

      I regularly travel across the plains in the top right of that photo to give some plasma at the Red Cross facility located to the rear of the Bundaberg Hospital, there being a nice car parking area located amidst river side gums adjacent.

      Saw yesterday that the carparking area was well under water and that was before the flood level record coming and evacuation of the hospital so I suspect the blood bank facility would have got extra damp too and hopefully they got all the equipment to higher floors in the hospital out of harms way, though with all this occurring over the weekend and public holiday and with people also concerned for their own personal property, I’d reckon there’s a good chance of some chaos too.

      Somehow I doubt I’ll be doing my next donation which was scheduled for this Friday but water levels can also drop pretty quick too and road through may be open and they could have alternate facilities available.
      Last time though, an out of town bridge had to be partially rebuilt and the road in was closed for near a month.

      I reckon there’ll be no end of that throughout Queensland and northern NSW.

      What is somewhat amazing though is that if we were a forward looking nation, with aerial mapping possible these days, the best higher land for housing/cities could be very easily established and governments need to determine very clear boundaries on where developments should go and throughout centuries with our put them up and knock them down style of building, eventually we could have cities/towns far less flood prone.

      All the money saved could go into infrastructure like having flood proof major highways and more water reservoirs to be able to make better consistent longer term use of rainfall for both humans and agriculture.

      Are we just too stupid as a nation?

    • Shane From Melbourne says:

      10:51am | 29/01/13

      I’ll pick category A- Too stupid as a nation for $100,000. But I’d be all afternoon listing all the examples…....

    • Dr B S Goh Australian in Asia says:

      01:29pm | 29/01/13

      Gregg. I do not know that part of Australia as I have only been to Brisbane. Why don’t they build more dams and use them for flood control and generation of electricity in that part of Australia?

    • life is but sleep says:

      01:21pm | 29/01/13

      On Jan 29 2005 my male cousin married.

    • Just wondering says:

      01:41pm | 29/01/13

      Finish your sentence…What did he marry - a horse, a goat, a sheep, his dog, his cousin, his sister, a childhood girlfriend, his childhood boyfriend, all of the above, none of the above?

    • bigmuzz says:

      01:53pm | 29/01/13

      Just a question, completely off topic from everything: why do comment threads on The Punch only stay open for 24 hours?!? Very annoying when you want to comment on an article and the comments are closed already and it was only published yesterday. (especally coming off a long weekend/public holiday where surely not many people will be logging on anyways!). argh…

      anyways, /endrant. smile

    • Michael says:

      02:14pm | 29/01/13

      @bigmuzz

      Because it’s not worth paying some poor bugger to moderate our crap after the daily hits.

    • TrevorA says:

      02:56pm | 29/01/13

      The original article was posted by a Ms Wright and it got a lot of adverse comment including here.

      It was rewritten for the Age and SMH by the senior writer Tony Wright and it has not gained any support.  Any relation , his missus or is he writing both sides of the fence.

      If you look at the votes it seems most people except the Age writer believed he had something to say.

      Pity the Age SMH is falling under the mining magnate influence.

      More of this bullshit writing seems to be coming our way more often

 

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