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 801 medicus, Thu, 6th Mar '14 7:15:31 PM from Australia
Sierra 117
Abbott knows how to argue. Great asset for an Opposition Leader, not so great for a Prime Minister.

edited 6th Mar '14 7:15:57 PM by medicus

It's not over. Not yet.
 802 medicus, Fri, 7th Mar '14 6:24:55 PM from Australia
Sierra 117
It seems to me that Labor has abdicated any responsibility it had to being an Opposition to the Greens.

The only thing they talk about is Jobs. Jobs Jobs Jobs Jobs Jobs. Jobs? Jobs! Jobs Jobs.
It's not over. Not yet.
 803 Pipping Fool, Fri, 7th Mar '14 9:19:50 PM from Sydney, The Vivid City Relationship Status: Getting away with murder
PK Charizard
Labor: Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs.

Liberal: Carbon tax, carbon tax, carbon tax, carbon tax.
Friends 'till the end
 804 Greenmantle, Sat, 8th Mar '14 12:54:51 AM from Britannia Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
[up][up] Is that because Labor agree with Abbott on a lot of issues?
 805 medicus, Sat, 8th Mar '14 2:41:32 AM from Australia
Sierra 117
Yeah. That's why they haven't said much about the death on Manus Island. Because they opened it and set it all up, the Liberals just continued it.

Liberal: Carbon tax, carbon tax, carbon tax, carbon tax.
Unions and envrionmentalists are their other punching bags. But the Liberals have things they want to do in government. All Labor cares about is JobsTM. Specifically, unionised ones.

edited 8th Mar '14 2:47:06 AM by medicus

It's not over. Not yet.
 806 Pipping Fool, Sat, 8th Mar '14 2:27:36 PM from Sydney, The Vivid City Relationship Status: Getting away with murder
PK Charizard
[up]

Yeah. Libs want to start stringing the working man dry and give the top dogs big fat payouts like they're running Calvin Coolidge's joint. But it is something, I give you that.
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 807 editerguy, Sun, 9th Mar '14 5:23:49 AM from Sydney, Australia
News to warm your heart if you're someone like Rupert Murdoch, Turnball wants less regulation of media ownership.

"Why do we have a rule that prevents one of the national networks acquiring 100 per cent coverage, why is there a rule that says today that you can't own print, television and radio in the same market? Shouldn't that just be a matter for the ACCC?"

edited 9th Mar '14 5:30:42 AM by editerguy

 808 medicus, Sun, 9th Mar '14 2:22:20 PM from Australia
Sierra 117
"Hey Tone, gut the NBN and give me Ten and I'll give you the election."

"Yessur, Mister Murdoch, sir!"

Also Clarke and Dawe on contemporary Australia:

It's not over. Not yet.
 809 tsstevens, Mon, 10th Mar '14 4:32:35 PM from Internet, Tasmania Relationship Status: She's holding a very large knife
Researcher
''Labor: Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs.

Liberal: Carbon tax, carbon tax, carbon tax, carbon tax.''

With the Tasmanian elections heating up I thought one for the Greens might be appropriate.

Mc Kim, you snickering, floppy eared hound. When courage is needed, you're never around. Those medals you wear on your moth-eaten chest Should be there for bungling at which you are best.

So, stop that pulp mill Stop that pulp mill Stop that pulp mill Stop that pulp mill Stop that pulp mill Stop that pulp mill Stop that pulp mill Howwww!

Nab it Jab it Tab it Grab it Stop that pulp mill now
The mark of a good story means not feeling like The Angry Video Game Nerd hearing it.
So, the Libs have basically won Tasmania. I think this is a repeat of what happened in the federal election: people were just disillusioned with Labor faffing around for so long. Hell, I know I was, but I voted Greens. Hard for me to imagine what the Liberals will be like once they're in charge here; I was only four when Labor's seventeen-year run began.

edited 16th Mar '14 12:49:04 PM by Jetstreamiest

 
 811 Ira The Squire, Sun, 16th Mar '14 2:21:16 PM from No idea. Measuring speed
Phyrexian Dalek
State Liberals are not Federal Liberals. For all his faults (the drink curfew comes into mind) I'd much prefer Barry o'Farrel than Tony Abbott + crew (save a few, probably).
 812 Knightof Lsama, Sun, 16th Mar '14 5:24:03 PM from The Sea of Chaos
Pity those of us in Queensland. Campbell Newman is as bad or worse than Abbott in may regards and he has a huge majority and no upper house to deal with. He's pissed off more or less the entire Queensland judiciary, has got the entire public health system teetering on a knife edge as the doctors threatening to quite en-masse.

Though smart money is on him not surviving the next election, even if the LNP does get back into power. Polling in his seat has seen some big swings against him (and in the Redcliffe by-election there was a sixteen percent swing against the LNP and while some of that would be dissatisfaction with the previous member a lot of it was directed at the LNP and Newman directly).
Welcome to the Sea of Chaos
 813 Pipping Fool, Sun, 16th Mar '14 7:23:53 PM from Sydney, The Vivid City Relationship Status: Getting away with murder
PK Charizard
I'm just worried that now that the Libs have won Tas that now the deforestation of Tasmania is pretty much going to go ahead with no problem.

edited 16th Mar '14 7:28:43 PM by PippingFool

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 814 Joesolo, Sun, 16th Mar '14 7:34:10 PM Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Indiana Solo
hey, look at this completely unrelated wikipedia article I came across.
I am going to shove the sunshine so far up where the sun don't shine that you will vomit nothing but warm summer days -Belkar
 815 joeyjojo, Sun, 16th Mar '14 7:44:20 PM from The Magic Land Of Oz Relationship Status: Get out of here, STALKER
Happy Labor Day!
Dude don't
I saw joe hill
 816 Joesolo, Sun, 16th Mar '14 7:45:41 PM Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Indiana Solo
I'm on the wrong side of the planet for that. Just saying there's people who might.
I am going to shove the sunshine so far up where the sun don't shine that you will vomit nothing but warm summer days -Belkar
 817 joeyjojo, Sun, 16th Mar '14 8:18:25 PM from The Magic Land Of Oz Relationship Status: Get out of here, STALKER
Happy Labor Day!
I know, I just don't think we should bring up potentially harmful actions in such manner.

Sorry for being a downer.

I saw joe hill
 818 Joesolo, Sun, 16th Mar '14 8:29:43 PM Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Indiana Solo
hey, don't be sorry for your views. it's good to have a strong opinion on these things.
I am going to shove the sunshine so far up where the sun don't shine that you will vomit nothing but warm summer days -Belkar
 819 joeyjojo, Sun, 16th Mar '14 8:53:16 PM from The Magic Land Of Oz Relationship Status: Get out of here, STALKER
Happy Labor Day!
Thanks! :D
I saw joe hill
 820 editerguy, Sun, 16th Mar '14 11:49:03 PM from Sydney, Australia
I'd much prefer Barry o'Farrel than Tony Abbott

And they're both from NSW, I wonder what would have happened if their positions were reversed?

To be honest, I actually prefer O'Farrell's Libs to NSW Labor, because NSW Labor seem so hopelessly, blithely corrupt and incompetent.

But I don't like O'Farrell much either.

edited 16th Mar '14 11:55:37 PM by editerguy

 821 joeyjojo, Mon, 17th Mar '14 1:06:18 AM from The Magic Land Of Oz Relationship Status: Get out of here, STALKER
Happy Labor Day!
I'd prefer a fresh pile of dodo droppings to Barry O'Farrell as PM myself. The man has already undermined the NSW legal system with his batch of reactionary knee-jerk laws to combat bike motorcycle and alcohol violence.
I saw joe hill
 822 Frogger 5, Tue, 18th Mar '14 5:25:58 PM from Terra Incognita.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_in_March

The top paragraph made me lol.
Wanna see the random crap I get up to? Me neither. http://jesseskwilliams.tumblr.com/
 823 editerguy, Tue, 18th Mar '14 8:43:54 PM from Sydney, Australia
Liberal Senator accused of making $20 million profit from government infrastructure deal.

ICAC hearing in Sydney heard claims that Senator Sinodinos, a former AWH board member, stood to make $20 million from an infrastructure deal awarded to the company by the state-owned Sydney Water Corporation in January 2012.

Meanwhile, Reinhart is making noise about small govt in NT with rhetoric she seems to have stolen from US conservatives.

"If government gets out of the way, we can build a better future for north Australia."

In this case, Forbes said the same thing in a global context years ago. Australia's right-wing seems to be pretty dominated by US ideology these days.

 824 Ira The Squire, Tue, 18th Mar '14 11:42:00 PM from No idea. Measuring speed
Phyrexian Dalek
[http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-19/red-tape-repeal-to-scrap-charities-watchdog/5330788 Abbot has made today a "Red Tape Repeal" Day]].

The classification one make sense. (The Imperial to Metric one not sure since I'm not sure what that's originally for.) The axing of a charity commission... not quite so.
 825 medicus, Wed, 19th Mar '14 2:57:19 PM from Australia
Sierra 117
Meanwhile Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie is planning to appeal the sentence of Daniel Morcombe's murderer, saying it is too lenient and not in line with "community expectations."

Fuck off Bleijie, you odious credit, you little twerp. How someone with your lack of experience became Attorney-General I'll never know. A 32-year old conveyancing lawyer is now the chief lawmaker in my state. It's a disgrace. He's a desperate little populist, hoping that being mean to pedophiles and scary-looking people (bikies) will win votes.

And "community expectations"? Eat a bag of dicks. If Brett Peter Cowan's sentence met "community expectations" we'd be begging for the guillotine to be brought back. Do you know that it was originally supposed to be a HUMANE method of execution? If Cowan was punished in line with "community expectations" he'd be lucky to die before they stuffed his genitals in his mouth.

edited 19th Mar '14 2:57:53 PM by medicus

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