A PUNCH guide to the week that was. Penbo on the class war that might just work. Dan said Obama showed true leadership by standing up for gay marriage. We had the Budget: Mal Farr on Tony Abbott’s claim to be just a regular guy; Tory Shepherd changed Wayne Swan’s speech into something that he could never deliver and Tory Maguire asked just how safe is the surplus? Fat cat died. Lucy baulked at multitasking. Oh, and boobs made the cover of TIME magazine.

Musical interlude over the jump.

Other great online reads this week included: A rare insight into Kowloon Walled City, Hong Kong. And 5 shocking ways YOU overestimate yourself. Giggle.

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    • Geofford says:

      05:52am | 12/05/12

      Musical interlude should’ve been suicide is painless… reading about budgets and “gay marriage”  isn’t.

    • marley says:

      08:14am | 12/05/12

      Loved the “overestimating yourself” piece. l I know all sorts of people who fit right into the pattern.  I, of course, am beyond all that (...or possibly not….)

    • LJ Dots says:

      08:57am | 12/05/12

      Just catching up on the weeks Punch articles and scanning the headlines, which article were you referring to marley? ta

    • Miles Heffernan says:

      08:58am | 12/05/12

      Just noting that Dan’s “ballsy” Obama article has given Keating a whooping, by a full 20%. Promotion soon?

      That is if you count the number of comments Dan elucidated, compared with the former PM on another online page, where PJK was driving Chris Uhlmann, like a stolen porsche.

    • Bev says:

      12:30pm | 12/05/12

      Is homosexual marriage following the same trajectory as the climate debate?  There seems to be similarities. If you discount the extreme for and against you are left roughly with two groups the fence sitters (sort of for but with some misgivings) group and the “I tired of this debate, give in and let it go away” group. Most dismiss the religious argument out of hand. Like the climate debate those that are strongly for are using shaming tactics and name calling.  Add to that for advocates who are suggesting that homosexual marriage may be more stable and may do a better job raising children which many people find insulting.  Result is you risk turning off the fence sitters just as happened in the climate debate.

    • Soames says:

      03:54pm | 13/05/12

      Uhlmann is (now) typical of the growing trend of ABC presenters and journalists, who seem intent on pursuing personal agenda, and who have little respect for the interviewee, and the answers they give, which don’t suit them. One only has to watch the parade of lesser ABC minions copying his style, along with the endorsement of The Drum editor Bruce Belsham, to see where this is going. One hopes Bruce Scott is able to manage ABC content, with the limited taxpayer funds available.

    • There will be no Carbon Tax says:

      09:55am | 12/05/12


      Craig Thomson now says that it wasn’t him at all.

      He is now claiming that in a monstrous vendetta against him, some unnamed, dastardly members of the H.S.U. misappropriated his credit card; his Drivers Licence; his signature; his face and his wedding tackle, and used them all maliciously, repeatedly and above all, vigorously!

      It was all done while he wasn’t looking.

      Members of the press were somewhat distracted during his statement, by the presence of a very large pig flying about the room and also by a tape of Juliar Gillard caught in a perpetual loop, repeating: “There will be no Carbon Tax under the Government I lead”.

    • Macca says:

      10:15am | 12/05/12

      So, Craig Thomson now says he was set up by a rival. So what he now expects us to believe is that on no less than 4 different occasions, Mr Thomson’s rival put Mr Thomson in the position where he had no option but to pay for receipts of escort services, and that upon paying for the services, took no action to inform the HSU executive of the situation.

      This bloke is just a bullshitting grub.

    • marley says:

      10:39am | 12/05/12

      I think he also signed off on the union paying the credit card bills for the escort services. 

      It will be interesting to see if he holds to this line in Parliament.  Misleading parliament is a pretty serious offence.

    • AdamC says:

      11:00am | 12/05/12

      Yes, Macca, it is extraordinary. I must say, I am getting pretty tired of these quasi-religious appeals to the presumption of innocence. On the logic of Tony Windsor, et al, the Brian Burke scandal would never have happened and the Catholic Church’s (among other’s) handling of child abuse allegations would have been beyond reproach.

      I am really looking forward to the good people of New England replacing their local member at the next election.

    • Against the Man says:

      12:51pm | 12/05/12

      Supported by Gillard all the way now what does that say about her?

    • Matchofbris says:

      08:36pm | 12/05/12

      @Against the Man - that she’s as stubborn as she is ginger. Or condescending. I don’t think I like having a stubborn ginger (who isn’t me) running this country.

    • stephen says:

      07:04pm | 12/05/12

      Huh !
      GWS have won their first game, and they fought the Gold Coast Suns.
      Next time they should demolish Ms. Geitz’s netballers ... but that’s only if half the girls are tied with chains to the ankles of the other half.

    • Matchofbris says:

      08:13pm | 12/05/12

      I’m drinking Peroni. Beverage chosen. Also writing poetry. Or something poetic.

      Really bored, actually. My brief burst of inspiration/depressive episode ended.

      God my palms sweat heaps when I use a keyboard. I’m that shithead who sweats up the controller when e’rebody be rotating turns at multiplayer.

      Also, the first comment makes me want to watch M.A.S.H now.

    • Robert S McCormick says:

      12:24pm | 13/05/12

      According to what we saw on TV a certain MP has stated that it was appropriate for him to use his union member’s money in order to finance his campaign to get into the Federal Parliament.
      The member’s of his union are amongst the lowest paid in the country. Their jobs are regarded as being almost the most menial. Many of those jobs are filled with newly arrived refugees, who will do just about any job to earn a bit of money.
      Many of them will not, yet, be Australian Citizens & have to wait a few years before they can do so. They are not entitled to Vote at Federal, State or Territory Elections.
      Though eligible to vote, a large per centage of that Union’s members, just as with All Unions within Australia, would not support the ALP at the ballot box.
      By what possible right does this MP think that he has the right to use the money belonging to those who, legally, are not allowed to vote and those who are but who don’t support the ALP, in order to win a seat in any Australian Parliament?
      Every cent paid into any Union belongs to the members of that union. Those running those Unions are duty-bound to use that money for the benefit of all the members not just those running the show.

    • Aan says:

      12:20pm | 02/06/12

      Labour are trying to shrug off all this stuff as litghhearted April Fool type japes.The class war is a total turn off to all except already committed Lefties. It is unlikely to draw in any floating voters to the cause.Portraying GB as a thuggish bully and caricaturing Eric Pickles as a toff(?) is absolutely NOT how Tony Blair won three Elections on the trot. It is a sure sign of how Labour have abandoned the centre ground in an attempt to shore up their more traditional hard-left support.


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