Palmer is a clown, not your happy go-lucky circus clown though, more like the sort of evil clown envisioned by Stephen King in his novel “It” he is also as you suggest like a spoilt brat who throws tantrums when he does not get what he wants . Sadly for this country I think that he is like a bigger fatter and far more ugly version of Pauline Hansen and he is going for precisely the same disaffected voting demographic the truly tragic thing is that he has the cash to make more headway than One Nation ever could have done. The only thing that could truly stop palmer is his very obvious obesity and the high possibility that he will not live to a ripe old age. We can be sure that if Palmer himself carks it the “party” he created will likewise quickly evaporate.
None the less there is always the possibility that those elected to the senate on his ticket may not be as compliant once they actually take up their seats. I saw Jackie Lambie on Q& A the other week and she struck me as the sort of woman who will not meekly vote as Clive says she is no Ex footballer who will have more loyalty than good sense and it only takes one of his upper house crew to break-ranks and the Palmer chimera will disintegrate no matter how much money he throws into the game.
That all said there is still a possibility that Shorten may man up and stop blocking the government’s repeal of both the mining and carbon taxes which would be smart politics from Labor. By finally capitulating and letting the bills pass they will show that they respect the mandate of the last election and they can argue that they did not just roll over like a dog. Further they can take the focus off the stupidity of both the Greens and Palmer and remind the people that it is they, and not the silly and extremist minor parties who are the potential alternative government. Frankly Labor needs to have more skin in the game of politics and they should be doing everything they can to make the minors irrelevant.
Ok well that’s what I think and maybe I’m dead wrong or only partially right but one thing that I know is that Tony Abbott will not be led like a sheep by Clive’s antics. He has amply demonstrated that he is a far better player at the game of politics and I think that we will find that once the new senate sits that Palmer will not be the king-maker as he imagines himself to be, instead he will earn nothing but derision and well deserved scorn.
Cheers Comrade Yale
Originally posted on The Red And The Blue:
One reality of politics that never ceases to amaze me is the fact that the people who most loudly profess disgust with the political process — and with the Liberal and Labor parties in particular — are also mostly those who couldn’t be bothered joining a political party in an attempt to have some input into the process, let alone bother to avail themselves of the finer details of issues or to look beyond the spin (that Labor especially peddles) in which their outrage comes ready-packaged (which is…
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Originally posted on Iain's Seven:
My car has been driving me bonkers over the last two years with an intermittent fault which finds it coughing and spluttering and then refusing to run properly. I am pretty sure that the issue is electrical and although I have been trying to trouble-shoot it I have finally come to the conclusion that the best solution is to go totally retro and ditch the EFI and the ECU in favour of carburettors and distributor ignition. The aim is to simplify everything as much as I can so that the car is much more user friendly and more reliable.
Anyway check out the vid that I posted to my YouTube channel.
Today my task is to see if I can fit the Nissan drive dog to the Lucas distributor then it will be only adapting the original Nissan distributor housing which needs to be put into a lathe so that…
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Its interesting to watch the vision for this incident and to see a confident Tony Abbott deftly put Nicola Berkovic in her place at the press conference yesterday:
After Mr Abbott arrived, the first question of the day was from Nicola Berkovic, a journalist from The Australian newspaper.
‘‘Prime Minister, do you trust this government, the state government, which is proving to be corrupt, to deliver your major infrastructure plans?’’
The question was perhaps poorly worded as no state Liberal has been found corrupt.
But Mr Abbott was not in a forgiving mood as he tried to turn his prime ministerial authority back on Berkovic.
‘‘That, if I may say so, is an entirely unjustified smear,’’ Mr Abbott said.
‘‘Let me not mince my words, madam. An entirely unjustified smear, and frankly I think you should withdraw that. There is no evidence whatsoever for that.’’
He then asked Berkovic, a former press gallery journalist of the year for her coverage of the Rudd government’s home insulation scheme, what her evidence was.
Another journalist tried to restore normal press conference service by asking Mr Abbott if he would remember receiving a bottle of wine from his birth year.
But Mr Abbott would not be deterred. Waving off the interruption, he returned to Berkovic.
‘‘Please, please, I’ve asked what the evidence of that statement was and none has been forthcoming,’’ he said, holding up his hands.
Berkovic replied: ‘‘I think that voters will have questions to ask about a premier who specifically said yesterday that if he was delivered a bottle of that nature he would remember it. Today a thank you note has been uncovered and he has resigned. I think voters would be quite sceptical about the way this has unfolded.’’
Mr Abbott said that was a very different statement from the previous one and called on everybody to lift their game.
Originally posted on The Red And The Blue:
If NSW’s politicians have learned nothing else about ICAC in the 20+ years it has been operating, it is that it sets an unimpeachably high standard for that state’s public figures to adhere to; there are those who will complain that the bar is set too high, but — to be very blunt about it — that’s what it’s there for.
I was going to post on this last night, believing as I did when the story broke yesterday that Barry O’Farrell was…
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I can’t believe that I feel moved to reblog a post form this site, because usually I just see pieces here as a place to fight the good fight against the silliness of the left. Instead this piece says something that I have long thought about the way that “science” positions itself as a sort of secular religion and that it uses all kinds of moral pressures upon government to maintain its churches institutions even when they produce nothing of substance and they duplicate other places of higher learning.
A most interesting argument that deserves deep consideration.
Originally posted on AusOpinion:
On Thursday, 7 August 1919, the conservative Queensland MP, Littleton Groom, gave the second reading of the Institute of Science and Industry Bill.
[K]nowledge in its highest scientific form must be applied in connexion with industries. That knowledge must be obtained by means of a properly constituted organization, which will enable the introduction as quickly as possible of the latest inventions and discoveries, the latest information regarding experiments connected with plant life and diseases affecting animals and plants, and the latest processes in connexion with manufactures. The object of this Bill is to establish in Australia an institution which will assist to bring scientific knowledge, information, and experience to bear upon the practical development of production and manufacture. [Source]
This was the rationale for funding an entity whose entire purpose was industrial research. Back then, Australia had very few universities and lacked an environment for high quality research. In order to avoid being left behind, the Commonwealth Government…
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I hope that readers can forgive me the immodesty of this but against my expectations I managed to get another tweet up on QandA . I am quite pleased about this and I can’t help thinking that there has to be a good academic study in just how the ABC decides which tweets to put up on to the screen.
A lovely joke and funny because it is just so true to life
Cheers Comrade Filip Spagnoli
Originally posted on P.a.p.-Blog // Human Rights Etc.:
An engineer, a chemist and a statistician are working in a lab when a fire beaks out in a wastebasket. The engineer says: “We need some water to put out the fire!”, while the chemist says: “We don’t need water, we just need to cover the waste basket and prevent oxygen from getting to the fire, and it will go out.”
A heated argument between the engineer and chemist ensues over the better method of putting out the fire. Meanwhile, the statistician, having listened intently to the other two, begins running around the lab setting more fires. On realizing this, the engineer and chemist say to the statistician, “Wait! what are you doing!! You will burn the whole building down!!!”.
The statistician replies, “Look guys, if you really want to know which method works better, you are going to need a larger sample size.”