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    • Ben says:

      07:15am | 02/02/13

      Is is the real Julia?

    • pa_kelvin says:

      04:40pm | 02/02/13

      Its the New Julia… I posted this in Thursday’s OT

        I think they soften her face, makes her nose less angular, and the hair is a much better colour.

      Nice designer suit, very Hilary or Margerat looking…. A complete change..

      Probably help to get a nice Corporate job in October.. smile

    • ramases says:

      07:40am | 02/02/13

      What a glorious morning, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, the grass is green and growing, the dams and water tanks are full again and the rats are deserting the sinking ship.
        I wonder if The Punch will keep a score card of those Labor Ministers and Backbenchers who will suddenly decide that the grass is greener outside of politics before the election date, who take their ill gotten tax payer gains and run, not walk away from this train-wreck that is coming. now that would be really interesting, would it not.
        Another day in paradise, almost.
        On another note , there has been talk of a Flood levy, again, which I must add has been dismissed but raise its head every time we have a natural disaster, to cover the increasing cost of covering those who haven’t got insurance to cover themselves.
        Now I don’t know about anybody else but those people who choose to live in flood prone areas should be made to take out insurance to cover these acts of nature. Sure it will cost but why should the tax payer be burdened with others inability or just plain neglect to have insurance. Okay, I don’t live in such an area and if our place was flooded there wouldn’t be any offices left to pay us put anyway but I still have insurance, not an easy feat on a pension.
        Buyer beware should be the catch cry, not help us, were stupid or lazy or whatever and haven’t got insurance. Common sense should dictate that if one lives in an area that is prone to floods, bush fires or any kind of natural disaster then insurance should be a no brainer instead of no brains.
        I’m against more government intervention but in this case it should be mandatory for all those in areas that are likely to flood be forced to take out insurance whether it be from a private company or a Government run enterprise. What will be interesting to see is how much Rates money will be spent on repairing infrastructure in those effected areas and for how long, to the detriment of other areas that will be used as cash cows, a process our Council is already adept at..

    • Chillin says:

      09:43am | 02/02/13

      A lot of people who are insured don’t get paid because the water didn’t fall from the sky inside their house, it flowed down the street and into their house.  Meanwhile the government does nothing about this scam because donations line their pockets.

      What if an unexpected natural disaster comes to your street?  Guess we will pay for you once, but then you have to move.

    • Stained says:

      10:49am | 02/02/13

      True ramases, but our council approved a development in my area for gains.  This was well before anyone ever knew of it being flood prone, however the council decided to release the flood map and insurance companies now thrash the hell out of us.  I’d like to see these corrupt greedy councils now build levy banks to protect their rate payers.  I do have insurance, one has to be a fool not to.

    • Stained says:

      10:52am | 02/02/13

      One could take the litigious route and sue that dick Flannery, after all he said it was never going to rain again in Qld!  Perhaps this is why they neglected their insurance wink

    • Opi says:

      11:47am | 02/02/13

      @ stained
      Of course you could always back up you statement with a link to what Flannery actually said, but I know you can’t find one, because it didn’t happen.

      Now here are a few things Abbott did say. Just plug the quotes into a search engine and find the quotes are real.

      On rights at work:
      “If we’re honest, most of us would accept that a bad boss is a little bit like a bad father or a bad husband … you find that he tends to do more good than harm. He might be a bad boss but at least he’s employing someone while he is in fact a boss.’

      On women:
      ‘The problem with the Australian practice of abortion is that an objectively grave matter has been reduced to a question of the mother’s convenience.’
      ‘I think it would be folly to expect that women will ever dominate or even approach equal representation in a large number of areas simply because their aptitudes, abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons’

      On climate change:
      ‘Climate change is absolute crap’
      ‘If you want to put a price on carbon why not just do it with a simple tax.’

      On Indigenous Australia:
      ‘There may not be a great job for them but whatever there is, they just have to do it, and if it’s picking up rubbish around the community, it just has to be done’

    • Apathy Rules says:

      12:25pm | 02/02/13

      “after all he said it was never going to rain again in Qld”

      Is lies all you con-servatives have left?

      Flannery never said that and you know full well he didn’t, it never ceases to amaze me, you conserves all carry on about our PM being a liar while you’re all full of ‘it’ yourselves.

    • Tropical says:

      01:28pm | 02/02/13

      @ Apathy Rules
      In 2005, Flannery predicted Sydney’s dams could be dry in as little as two years because global warming was drying up the rains, leaving the city “facing extreme difficulties with water”.

      In 2008, Flannery said: “The water problem is so severe for Adelaide that it may run out of water by early 2009.”

      In 2007, Flannery predicted cities such as Brisbane would never again have dam-filling rains, as global warming had caused “a 20 per cent decrease in rainfall in some areas” and made the soil too hot, “so even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and river systems ... “.

      In 2007, Flannery predicted global warming would so dry our continent that desalination plants were needed to save three of our biggest cities from disaster. As he put it: “Over the past 50 years, southern Australia has lost about 20 per cent of its rainfall, and one cause is almost certainly global warming ...

      “In Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane, water supplies are so low they need desalinated water urgently, possibly in as little as 18 months.” All of these expensive plants are now mothballed because they are not needed.
      You can come out of your denial now.

    • Tim says:

      12:53pm | 03/02/13

      Looks like you struggle with the meanings of the words could, may and possible.

    • Jay2 says:

      07:47am | 02/02/13

      On my mind- the glorious rain!  The bare dusty paddocks have sprung to life, we’re smiling, the horses and cattle are smiling, hell even all the native wildlife are smiling! grin

      On my my mind-the hideous rain, the poor buggers in parts of Queensland and NSW left to face the aftermath of the flooding.  :-(

    • Mouse says:

      09:03am | 03/02/13

      Jay2, Australia truely is a place of contradictions. On one hand we have floods and right next door we have bush fires. One minute the ground is bare and next we have an abundance of flowers. A wonderful place to live, is it not?  lol :o)

      pa_k,  lol great links!  :oD

    • Geronimo says:

      07:52am | 02/02/13

      In the unlikely event the heroic Froggy Newman makes another lightning entrance through the back door of the Gracemere Saleyards to renew acquaintances, remind The Abbott’s Mascot to bring his own Bully Beef-n-Bikkie Tin with him, because the only sustenance he’ll find here is Great Big Raspberries. .

    • Jim Moriarty says:

      01:02pm | 02/02/13

      Jealous. If it was in Melbourne, I’d be there in cosplay.

    • Gamer says:

      09:48am | 03/02/13

      Were you the guy carrying around that replica sword they stopped at the door?

    • Rolls Canardly says:

      08:08am | 02/02/13

      Labor under Gillard: Falling apart at he seams.
      The worst government, and the worst Prime Minister in living memory.

    • Apathy Rules says:

      10:05am | 02/02/13

      “The worst government, and the worst Prime Minister in living memory”

      Don’t worry, if Mr Abbott wins the next election then that record wont stand for long…you could say back to back disasters, replacing one useless government with another one, way to go!

    • Yawn says:

      10:17am | 02/02/13

      I’m not at all surprised to learn that you were born after 2010.

    • Rolls Canardly says:

      11:27am | 02/02/13

      Ohh, look! Labor staffers DO work on Saturdays!

    • Apathy Rules says:

      12:38pm | 02/02/13

      Rolls Canardly - Judging by the comments posted on The Punch today, it would seem that Labor staffers are far outnumbered by their Liberal counterparts…Liberal headquarters is all hands on deck, busy times indeed.

    • Chris L says:

      12:57pm | 02/02/13

      Good to see you doing your part for the Coalition there Rolls. Soldier on!

    • pa_kelvin says:

      02:46pm | 02/02/13

      Rolls .. Of course they do… acotrel and Christian have been posting on Lauries article today

    • Mack says:

      03:52pm | 02/02/13

      @Rolls Canardly - Yes, but only because its double time and a half. $$$$

    • Rosie says:

      04:13pm | 02/02/13

      Apathy Rules!

      I don’t think so! Abbott, if he wins will have the fortunate experience of his Govt being between the second longest serving LNP Howard Govt and the worst Rudd/Gillard ALP Govt in living memory! He would have to do good for the people from Howard and what not to do for the people and the nation from Rudd/Gillard!

      Up to Abbott now, he will have no excuses but to get on with the job of leading a Govt for the betterment of this country and its people.

      The question to be asked is who will have the balls to take over from Gillard after the 14th of Sept. My wish would be to have a male oppose Tony Abbott and make his Govt accountable for any wrong doing! I am sick of girly females that play victims cards!

    • Aitch B says:

      08:34am | 02/02/13

      What’s on my mind?

      Not politics, that’s for sure!!

      New jeans, new boots, new pots, frangipani and citrus and a massive jam session with a bunch of other musos tomorrow.

      Might even drag out the 12 string…... woohoo!! smile

    • Mouse says:

      08:55am | 03/02/13

      Hope your potting went well, (frangipani on warm nights…....mmmmm, wonderful!) and your sessions raises the walls today.
      ‘AvagoodoneAitchB!  lol :o)

    • pa_kelvin says:

      01:45pm | 03/02/13

      Mouse ...Frangipani on warm nights…...mmmmm…....
      *itchy eyes*  *sneezes*  smile

    • willie says:

      09:25am | 02/02/13

      I wasn’t here to comment on the teaching thread but on the topic of performance pay.

      Why couldn’t teachers performance be measured on a rolling average of say 5 years. New teachers would start with the presumption that their previous 4 years were at the lowest standard and their pay would improve as they posted better results.

      Other confounding factors, such as, the stupidity of parents or the number of diabled kids at one school compared to another are already accounted for in the NAPLAN reporting.

      Even if you don’t like this solution it kills the strawman that teachers will be impoverished by one bad class.

    • wilkie says:

      09:48am | 02/02/13

      Sorry about the punctuation.

    • Chillin says:

      09:48am | 02/02/13

      Because teachers would actually have to perform instead of resting on their laurels of having done nothing before, one that has no repercussions.  You can see the incentive for the status quo.

    • Rose says:

      10:42am | 02/02/13

      There absolutely needs to be a way for teachers to be paid according to the standard of their performance.
      As I understand that each school has it’s own characteristics, sometimes making the job easier, sometimes harder, I would like to see teachers maybe being ‘promoted’ to higher pay according to a panel. The Principal (or Rep), Chairperson of the Board (or Rep), Parent Rep and two external auditors.They would be required to take into account all the data from Naplan etc and would also be able to take into account the other stuff, commitment to co-curricular programmes, ability to communicate effectively and effectively with parents, effort, ability to support and contribute to the success of the school community. This panel should also be able to put teachers on notice if they are not performing.
      Teachers need to catch up to the rest of the world in terms of being held accountable and then watch the level of respect for the profession rise to where it should be again!!

    • Rose says:

      12:19pm | 02/02/13

      I just read part of the original article, I couldn’t get through it because there was so much rubbish to wade through. I take issue with a couple of points though. Firstly this idea that they are not paid for camps etc, they actually are. It’s called being on salary, lots of people in all sorts of professions do it, many of whom are called to do far more in their supposed ‘off’ time than teachers. My husband was on salary years ago when he managed a supermarket, he had to stay late for maintenance, get called in every time the alarm went off, fill in if they were down on staff and put in extra time at peak periods (Easter/Christmas etc). All of this was included in his salary. At one point we worked out that on average he was earning just under $4 an hour (like I said, years ago but you get my point).
      The other thing teacher’s all get is non-contact time, so a lot of stuff can be done within school time, they aren’t quite as overworked and underpaid as the writer suggested.
      I have huge respect for teachers, the good ones (most of them) have a major positive impact on our kids and should be rewarded for their efforts.
      The problem the teacher’s union have is that they keep pulling out the violin to play a song that is incredibly over-exaggerated, if they just stuck to reality and stopped trying to paint teachers as martyrs instead of as just hard-working professionals they would get far more support. They also need to not only be accountable, butt must also be seen to be, accountable. We need to see schools actively pursuing the best possible teaching team available, and offering them top support.

    • the cynic says:

      12:46pm | 02/02/13

      If they had have secured the borders there would have been no need to bring in or build housing for these interlopers and maybe, just maybe there would have been a significant drop in our home grown homeless,  that’s only if the other pots of money had never been wasted on all the other failed projects.

    • One of the greatest mayors of NYC says:

      09:57am | 02/02/13

      “We have been drawn across the knife-edge of poverty. We have been shaken by troubles that would have destroyed any other city. But we are not any other city. We are the city of New York and New York in adversity towers above any other city in the world.” Ed Koch

    • Tell It Like It Is says:

      01:45pm | 02/02/13

      Why not when the panel is overstacked with ALP stooges and formerly (don’t watch it anymore; too much like watching ABC news commentary /interviews) the most UNfunny commedian I’ve ever seen perform.  But she’s avid Labor so…....

    • pa_kelvin says:

      10:15am | 02/02/13

      Watching the speachs of Roxon and Evans with tears in my eyes…
      Tears of laughter….. bye bye

    • Joan says:

      01:23pm | 02/02/13

      Yep at this rate of attrition Gillard will be left standing with Thomson and Slipper and Peris- all captain`s picks

    • pa_kelvin says:

      10:23am | 02/02/13

      “A wealth of talent”.....
      “Spoilt for choice”.....
      Make them stop please…..Ribs hurting

    • Robert S McCormick says:

      10:47am | 02/02/13

      I hope you all watched the mutual brown-nosing by Gillard, Roxon & Evans during the Press Conference broadcast on ABC-TV News24 a few minutes ago!
      The way they chatter you could be forgiven for thinking that this Gillard ALP Government has been the most successful, brilliant government Australia has ever had.
      The three of them live in Lalaland. Gillard has been the most disastrous PM in living memory. The Rudd government, though not great, was 1000 times better than Gillard’s excuse for one.
      All the makeovers in the world won’t change a thing.
      The bright spot & only honest words uttered during the entire meeting was when Nicola Roxon thanked “Kevin”, presumably Kevin Rudd for it was he who gave her her Ministry. Pity was she did not have the guts or the honesty to actually say “Kevin Rudd” but then she couldn’t could she whilst standing beside the person who knifed him in the back on 24th June 2010.

    • John says:

      11:35am | 02/02/13

      Record wealth, record employment, record long term investment, low inflation and low interest rates, all after steering us through the GFC better than any other country. It doesn’t get any better.

    • marley says:

      01:21pm | 02/02/13

      @John - it would be nice if they’d stop trying to trample on our fundamental rights, though.  Free speech shouldn’t be limited to those who are politically correct.

    • tez says:

      02:58pm | 02/02/13

      Waste of breath John, This lot just want their own little love in.

    • John says:

      04:13pm | 02/02/13


      What are you on about? What fundamental rights are trying to be trampled on?

    • marley says:

      04:14pm | 02/02/13

      @tez - the government has done some good things but some really badly thought out ones as well.  You only have to look at asylum issues or the failure of the mining tax to deliver any revenue to know it has got a lot of things wrong.  By and large, the successes John alludes to are a product of good regulation, a resource-based economy, and low debt levels, as much as good management by the government. And as today has shown, the government is in a shambles organisationally. 

      But what I find really worrisome is its leaning towards suppression of fundamental rights.  That’s a genuine concern for me, and one for which I’ve yet to see an ALP supporter provide an adequate defence.  That’s why I don’t agree that “it doesn’t get any better.”  There are upsides and downsides, and ignoring the down means you’re as bad as the Coalition rusted ons.

    • Rolls Canardly says:

      04:24pm | 02/02/13

      You forgot some other records John
      record debt
      record waste
      record boat people
      record incompetence
      record deceit
      record dollars spent on spin
      record expenditure
      record of NO surpluses…

    • Chris L says:

      04:55pm | 02/02/13

      @Marley - I agree. The internet filter and the potential new legislation are both bad signs. That said, I think it’s fair to acknowledge the successes this government has had, alongside the failures and the more objectionable policies.

    • marley says:

      07:39am | 03/02/13

      @Chris L - we are as one on that.  The problem is the the rusted ons of the Coalition can see no good in the government, and the rusted ons of the ALP ignore the bad.  How can we ever expect to get good government if we don’t all acknowledge both the good and bad of what the party in power is doing?  There has to be an honest critique, and that is wanting, on both sides of the divide.

    • marley says:

      11:01am | 03/02/13

      @John - well, there was the internet censorship proposal.  That’s a threat to free speech. There was the proposal that ISP’s hold on to you internet records for two years, without a warrant.  That’s a threat to privacy. There is the proposal to establish a government-controlled regulatory agency over the media.  Shades of the Ministry of Truth.  That’s a threat to a free press. There is the draft anti-discrimination legislation, which is a threat to free speech in spades.  How’s that for starters?  Basic, fundamental human rights under threat, and not a word from people such as yourself.

    • Rose says:

      10:48am | 02/02/13

      I’m regularly disturbed at the ability of the media to be present and all set up for events they really should not have any prior knowledge of. Bernard Tomic’s being pulled over for speeding and Craig Thompson’s arrest are the two examples just from this week.
      It just seems that the media are really far more intrusive than is necessary. I find it worrying that there seems to be the possibility that the police are giving the media the heads up about potential arrests etc.
      Regardless of who the target is, it just doesn’t seem right.

    • Rolls Canardly says:

      12:02pm | 02/02/13

      They don’t call them press conferences for nothing, darl! They are usually given a buzz from someone within the office of a politician, with a when, and where… Not rocket science.
      News media monitor police radios, and Joe Public is often happy to tip off the fourth estate when dipsticks like Tomic inevitably get themselves into a pickle with authority… I don’t think it’s big news, but I don’t work for the papers.
      And as for Thommo: he is the gift that just keeps on giving.

    • Rose says:

      12:39pm | 02/02/13

      There’s a difference between a press conference and being on the spot before something occurs. I’m not really commenting about any one or two instances (they were just two from this week), just a general pattern that I find disturbing. When did we stop just needing to know what’s going on, but start to want the whole damn thing on film?
      I know all about scanners, inside tips etc, I just don’t like it very much.

    • tez says:

      03:03pm | 02/02/13

      News media are a bit like the $2 shops too many of them all trying to sell the same junk.

    • Sam says:

      11:00am | 02/02/13

      Bundaberg is in heaps of trouble.  It is goung to be much worse than we thought to the community plus cost the Government more than anyone has guessed.  Many thousands of lives in Bundy are completely turned upside down and the City will be reeling for a long time to come.  We need to support them not only now but for the next year or two while they get back on their feet.

    • AdamC says:

      11:28am | 02/02/13

      There was some interesting material in the Fairfax rags today about the Obeid family. Can any Labor Punchers explain how on earth the ALP allowed Eddie Obeid to accumulate so much power in the party then, seemingly, use it for his own personal enrichment?

      Is it another case of not doing anything until the person is doing hard time?

      Of course, even if Obeid was pure as the driven snow, enabling one man to exercise so much control from behind the scenes is never a good thing.

      In other news, I had breakfast this morning at this coffee snob cafe that has opened up near my place. As well as espresso, it boasts filter and cold drip coffee. I ordered a filter coffee. As well as having to choose between three blends, I also had to pick from two filtration methods. It was a lot of decision-making for a fairly ordinary end product. Has coffee culture started to go a bit too far? What is so bad about a bog-standard long macchiato or skinny latte made from a house blend designed to appeal to the popular palette?

      Not to mention, if Melbourne cafes continue to use these sour, savoury coffee beans, Sydney will start to rightly claim Australia’s coffee crown.

    • marley says:

      01:29pm | 02/02/13

      @AdamC - I lived in Italy for a while.  The Italians take their coffee seriously, but they don’t make a song and dance about it.  You go into a bar, you order a cappucco, and thirty seconds later its on the counter in front of you.  No discussion about the provenance of the beans or when they were roasted.  You get your coffee, you drink it and walk out five minutes later.  No fancy “baristas,”  no messing around, no lingering over the coffee, just quick, efficient service every time.  I miss that here.  The coffee may be wonderful, but who needs the pretension that goes with it?

      Disclaimer:  my main source of cappuccinos and espressos these days is the Rancilio Silvia sitting on my kitchen counter.

    • tez says:

      03:10pm | 02/02/13

      Well I hope the Liberals have got some movers and shakers behind the scenes even if they are shifty because the ones up front haven’t got much going for them.

    • hand2mouth says:

      02:13pm | 02/02/13

      pa_kelvin,  “swith” to Bundy Rum?
      You’ve already swithed haven’t you :- )  C’mon now, own up!
      Cheers ...

    • pa_kelvin says:

      03:25pm | 02/02/13

      h2m… Knot yit bu th sctch almos gon….. smile

    • Mouse says:

      09:06am | 03/02/13

      Don’t forget the Vitamin B pa_k…..  lol ;o)

    • pa_kelvin says:

      11:56am | 03/02/13

      Bundy Rum ...Bad… Vitamin D ...Good..Might just shop online for goods from Bundaberg…. smile

    • Chillin says:

      12:03pm | 02/02/13

      This election will be the longest funeral march in Australian history.

    • Harvey says:

      12:42pm | 02/02/13

      You’ve already been in mourning for years so a few more won’t hurt you.

    • tez says:

      02:50pm | 02/02/13

      Booked a holiday this morning, boy the shops were busy, glad I went early the car park was pack on the way out.

    • tez says:

      02:50pm | 02/02/13

      Booked a holiday this morning, boy the shops were busy, glad I went early the car park was pack on the way out.

    • Yon Toad says:

      01:13pm | 02/02/13

      On my mind - Why oh why, is outsourced technical computer support so woefully bad?

    • Jim Moriarty says:

      02:09pm | 02/02/13

      This morning my partner’s brother came over to help us take some of the old and crap garden furniture down to the tip. I picked up a chair, a spider ran out and I let out the most unmanly noise possible.

      My partner sent me inside.

    • tez says:

      04:04pm | 02/02/13

      She sound like prim minister material. as long as she does not have red hair, a pointy nose, a big bum, and speaks with a SA accent and she might consider a sex change just to please the woman haters.

    • steiner says:

      02:37pm | 02/02/13

      News Limited - kick a dog when he’s down
      Lovely to see the very law abiding ‘Tele article tell us they tailed Craig Thompson, and wrote a riveting piece on how he apparently ran a red light (according to the ‘Tele), and (again according to the ‘Tele) spoke on his mobile phone while driving.  They have a picture, but of course it’s impossible to tell when the picture was taken or whether the car was even switched on.
      Good on you News Limited!  Focusing on all the most important issues, as always…

    • Rolls Canardly says:

      03:42pm | 02/02/13

      Yeah.. Poor Thommo!
      A great guy, a victim of circumstance, and down on his luck.
      How DARE those terrible prostitutes trick him into using his HSU credit card on their premises a number of times…
      How DARE the lowly paid health workers pay all of that money so he would be tempted to use it for his personal gain, getting himself elected into the parliament!
      And how dare those news media types take pictures of him, and thus force him into (allegedly) breaking several traffic laws…
      Poor Thommo! Just a nice guy down on his luck.

    • jaki says:

      04:55pm | 02/02/13

      Yet you’d be foaming yourself into a frenzy if the story concerned Tony Abbott.

    • Luc Belrose says:

      10:55am | 03/02/13

      Do we really need 7 months to explain election policies and programs to the electorate? Who will be minding the shop when all these politicians / ministers etc traverse their huge electorates? Being away for a month and a bit has been the usual duration for this enormous activity .

    • Rosie says:

      02:01pm | 03/02/13

      The attacks on Abbott by Labor and their supporters have simmered down to Christopher Pyne’s mention of the movie ‘Downfall’ and Abbott’s ‘protection racket.’  Pyne and Abbott used the words to describe the doings of a bad incompetent Govt in crisis. Shall we now look to change the meanings of these words to the way in which PM Gillard would like it to me to save her and her Labor Govt????

      Labor and their supporters are struggling to fault Abbott and the Coalition and this is the best they could come up with. I think it is hilarious, as especially Tony Abbott tries to improve his image to be loved by a certain group in our society! Who could forget in the 2010 Election campaign when Labor and their supporters were convinced Abbott would implode but were disappointed when he didn’t! Gillard and Labor imploded after the “leaks’” - today they haven’t managed to keep Rudd down out!

      Interesting things ahead of us!

    • Ben riley says:

      02:13pm | 03/02/13

      Q:  What do you call a flock of liberal politicians
      A:  A Disappointment
      Remember, Tony after the last election"We’ll have this Labor lot gone in six months” ahhh the memories what a disappointment you all are.


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Can somebody please save Superman? He seems to be going through a bit of a crisis. Eighteen months ago,… Read more



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