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Another year of Federal Politics is upon us.

Another year of Labor failures and Gillard-Brown governance, as the nation yearns for change.

Whether its a carbon dioxide tax or pokies reform, the nation asks itself, "did we vote for this?".
The answer is clearly, no.

What we have is one of the most incompetent government's in living memory.
A broken spirited Labor Government led by a weak leader who is falling for a Green policy agenda.

And change is coming.  Tony Abbott and the Coalition continue to go from strength to strength.
I'm confident 2012 will be a bright year for the Coalition team.
And I'm sure we'll see Australian's embracing the future positive agenda of an Abbott Government.

2012 will see the introduction of a Carbon Tax.
One of the most flawed pieces of policy this country has and will ever see.
It's up their with the Latham-Gillard "Medicare Gold" policy of the 2004 election campaign.
But this Carbon Tax policy will hurt the nation unlike any other policy.
It will hurt jobs, families, the economy and it will crunch what we treasure most in this country.....our way of life.
And it will achieve NOTHING for the environment.   Absolutely nothing.

Anyways, lets get into it.
Bring on 2012 in Federal Politics Cool

..........time for another year of banter, heated debate and discussion!
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Report Monday mike August 24, 2012 3:29 AM BST
Polls show Labor has gained 7% on Liberals since the introduction of the Carbon Tax.   And guess what.?  Its not the end of the world as Abbott said.  Very generous tax concessions for 75% of Australians is why.?  No Tax for the 1st 18K.  15cents in the dollars after that, christmans in July.
Report Thebas August 24, 2012 3:37 AM BST
ah yes ... the co2 tax

remember when julia was saying ... coal fired energy produces co2 ... and its killing the planet ... and in australia the barrier reef is most at risk

well goodness me ... another backflip by our PM

now that the mining tax is in

and now that the co2 tax is in

julia is allowing the new mines near our barrier reef .... and to GINA's company lolololol

a cycnic would say .. now that the taxes are in .. the science is being cast aside

who would have thought   LaughLaughLaughLaugh


(we needed the deciever at the olympics ... no gymnist could provide the dexterity of our PM's backflips Wink )

fk our kids future eh julia ... and shame about the environment ... which was NEVER your concern
Report Monday mike August 24, 2012 3:58 AM BST
Liberals worked out any policies after 5 years in the dark bas.
Report Thebas August 24, 2012 4:05 AM BST
i dont trust any of the pollies them mike ..

but julia .. seriously ... she put out all these lies about co2 and killing the planet ... to get the co2 tax in

and .. as predicted ... as soon as she got the tax in place ... the new coal mines are of and running .. production will increase ... co2 output levels will follow

economy aside ... who would believe one word that comes out her mouth ... my contention all along ... and ESPECIALLY in regard to her (fake for the environment) co2 tax
Report wombleoz August 25, 2012 2:36 AM BST
Looks like Queenslanders are seeing the light

Abbott copping it from the media now as well - Laurie Oakes has a whack today

the tide is turning Grin
Report secong coming. August 25, 2012 3:24 AM BST
campbell has a big bearing on the polls up here......unfortunately reigning in the reckless spending of anna inc has cheesed a few people none more than the 20,000 public servants who got emploted in her time when not needed not having to go...i mean where were they before anna?
Report AFL August 25, 2012 10:04 PM BST
So there should have been no rise in the Public Service employment over 12- 15 years? LOLOLOL. He has been a human wrecking ball, running a pathetic excuse for a Government. Just like what Abbott would do, a legend in his own mind.

Why isn't Tony Abbott, standing outside the Qld Lib/Nats offices and declaring his joy at 20,000 job losses, and blaming the Carbon Price, just like he does when there is a Liberal Voting CEO, declaring his company had to sack staff because of the Carbon Price.

The Smiling Assassin Newman will be a one term wonder.
Report AFL August 25, 2012 10:09 PM BST
How many job losses have the State Libs made???????????????

20,000 in Qld, 10's of thousands in Victoria and NSW.

Voting Liberal is obviously a danger to the jobs of thousands of Australians.
Report wombleoz August 25, 2012 11:48 PM BST
Abbott and Hockey have already promised to not replace 12000 federal public servants if they win - mind you Labor is cutting around 4000 by stealth this year

They've also already said they'll be pushing more federal work onto state public services - yes those same ones getting slashed now.  It's a mess. Not that there isn't a lot of duplication that should be cleaned up - just do it transparently

NT result was interesting - Labor won Darwin but lost the rural / Aboriginal seats - will be fascinating to see the fallout
Report whoopi August 26, 2012 1:02 AM BST
Newman's a grub
"Public servants have nothing to fear from an LNP government". Biggest political lie of all time.
Where are all the posters who who are so quick to be outraged by Julia's lies?
At the same time as he's cutting funding for kid's music competitions he's refurbishing government offices.
At the same time as he's cutting public servants he's employing minister's 22 year old relatives (WITH ZERO EXPERIENCE) in 120k per year jobs.
At the same time as business leaders are trying to talk up Queensland's economy he's comparing it to European basket cases for his own political purposes.
The Costello report (what a transparent joke that was) projected that if the finances continued the same way as they had for the last 5 years Queensland would have a huge debt crisis in the future.....derrr.
The joint's been a building zone for the past 5 years.
Costello's report was a transparent act by a political mate to produce a report dictated by the new government and the media report it like it's part of the new testament.
Keep kicking the needy out of caravan parks Campbell. Leave 80 year old residents suits your character.
He's a germ that the average Queenslander is now starting to take a close look at.
His government may not be one term, but he will be.
Report whoopi August 26, 2012 1:08 AM BST
The germ compared sacking Public Servants to using a pooper scooper.
Does it get any more arrogant or insensitive than that?
These are real people with real families, not statistics.
Report VeryLTU August 26, 2012 1:15 AM BST
I don't like posting political comments usually because i have a total disrespect for the whole lot of em anyway and i agree with every comment about their mindless government and oppositions ....... but i have to say something about vic. state govt... i have to vent my spleen...... Bracks or Brumby or whoever the farrrkwit was who spent 5 Billion dollars on the myki ticketing system in melbourne should be farrking JAILED for theft/stealing from the public of victoria. I tried to use it for the first time yesterday....... total and utter fkn shambles the biggest white elephant in our states history. You wouldn't believe the trouble it was just to take a fkn train ride.
Report Thebas August 26, 2012 1:25 AM BST
spot on VLTU .. they are all deceivers and expedients .. will say anything to get elected .. i can't stand em

... and newman too lol ... when you look back and realise why or HOW did he get voted in ... it all makes sense

in Qld the clue was ... well her name starts with A ...

... so when people finally realise that pollies spin you lies ... it ALL makes sense

... but in fairness .. julia is in a league of her own ... she is the queen of the game ffs

lied to the voting public (no co2 tax ... then backflips ... one of many backflips .... says co2 reduction is about saving the environment .. now that she is getting her tax rake ... GUESS WHAT LOL ... signs off new coal mines in Qld ... to GINA ffs .. shame about the environment eh julia)

then julia tricked that 'political alliance ****' wilkie (who deserved what he got)

then julia tricked her own party (asylum seekers backflip)

and people can spin the NT election ... in a million ways ... but the facts are .. 10 year of Labor ... hated and GONSKI

if Labor ditch the witch ... they have some hope still in the coming Fed ... but she will face the same wrath as Anna if they stick with her ...

people have had a gut full of lies & deception

as all of them lie & deceive

then it appears the encumbent will go ... and be replaced by ... the next liar & deceiver

the cycle of politics .. and people STILL THINK .. they are being represented by these tricksters
Report whoopi August 26, 2012 1:29 AM BST
I agree with you Thebas...Julia is now unelectable.
If the ALP is smart they'll realise that too.
Particularly now that the polls are starting to turn and they have an outside chance of winning.
Report Thebas August 26, 2012 1:43 AM BST
yes labor have a hope whoopi ... it's how hey play their cards coming in ... they've still got a bit of time up their sleeves
Report wombleoz August 26, 2012 2:03 AM BST
Julia will be there at the next election and she'll win it despite what you guys think UNLESS Abbott is replaced - he is unelectable

Spot on post re Queensland Whoopi

Very - Myki is shocking - but usable once you get used to it and it's not going away so....
Report AFL August 26, 2012 3:05 AM BST
Edited from ...
Posted: June 23, 2012 | Author: Victoria Rollison |

Before the election, Gillard promised that there would be no Carbon Tax under her government. She instead promised an ETS, and anyone who voted for her in 2010 would have been expecting her to take action on climate change in this way.

After the election, as part of Gillard’s negotiations with the Greens, she made the decision to bring in a Carbon Price for three years, before converting it to an ETS.

Yes, she did change her mind because of the circumstances of a minority government.

It would be untrue for people to say that they were misled by Gillard, and wouldn’t have voted for her if they knew she was going to bring in a Carbon Price, as she was promising an ETS, which we eventually will get.

Those who are most upset about the Carbon Price are very unlikely to be upset about it because it’s not an ETS.

And they are very unlikely to have voted for Gillard in the first place, especially since most don’t appear to believe in anthropogenic climate change, and nor do they see a need to do anything about it.

This sort of analysis is quite convoluted. But it is fact.
Report Thebas August 26, 2012 3:11 AM BST
Those who are most upset about the Carbon Price are very unlikely to be upset about it because it’s not an ETS.

no ... not at all imo ...

it was julia's deceipt ... her backflip if you will ...

and one of the many julia trotted out later as her ... modus operandi ...

deceipt to the public at large ... to her politically expedient allainces ... to her loyal supporters

and all this ... AFTER ... she stabbed her ... current & sitting Prime Minister

trust her ?  ... believe her ?  ...  no thanks
Report wombleoz August 26, 2012 4:18 AM BST
she needed to explain early why she replaced Rudd - she didn't, such is life

we'll have a full year of effects and benefits of the carbon tax before the next election - it will be an issue but I'd be surprised if people vote just to get rid of it when there will be so much more important things in play
Report wombleoz August 26, 2012 2:17 PM BST
Nielsen 54-46 - there's movement at the station Cool

Speaking of movement - galaxy poll out in Queensland - Newman's popularity has fallen 20% since the last one 3 months ago ShockedShockedShocked
Report wombleoz September 12, 2012 11:18 PM BST
Bring back Jez!!!

Interesting times - Abbott is wobbling big time with questions to answer about his university politics days.  Should it matter, I'd say no IF he didn't come out and say it didn't happen after initially saying he didn't recall.  Now it'll hang around a bit longer when he could've killed it off very quickly by just saying talking about what did or didn't happened in our student politics days might seem like fun but really is pretty irrelevant

Of more concern for Abbott is Newman going so hard in Queensland, O'Farrell's massive cuts to education etc in NSW and Ballieu's doing nothing except cut stuff in Victoria

Interested to know what people think of Kevin's interview on 7.30 last night, if anyone saw it - in my opinion by saying Julia can win the next election - despite having to be dragged kicking and screaming to say her name - ends the leadership speculation subject to a massive drop in the polls.

Finally - a site worth a look
Report bettingforfun September 12, 2012 11:43 PM BST
THe only reason it seems like things were betting in coalition is because labor practices proper democracy in not saying no to everything,

Labor - Rudd had so many great idea's but abbot just said no to everything, how can you judge labor when abbot simple plan is to throw democracy out the door and say no to every single idea?

If he does win, his un democratic approach i fear will be a new way of politics and you may see labor take the same approach , both sides saying no to everything.

You think that abbot is a better leader?  all he is is simply a bad opposition.

We don't want a no to everything type democracy.

If rudd goes for it i'll be voting for rudd, my thoughts aren't skewed by the simple fact how can a govt lead if opposition says no to every single thing? thats not democracy.
Report whoopi September 12, 2012 11:56 PM BST
Newman is rattled.
He thought he'd run with his bogus Costello report, use the old "things are worse than we knew" line and everyone would just roll over and take it up the rear end.
I think he's genuinely shocked at the reaction.
I do get angry at the protestors on the news who say "I voted for him and didn't expect this to happen."
Fck me....wake up people!
Report wombleoz September 14, 2012 1:29 AM BST
Tony setting himself up for a fall imo

"I had no recollection of it because it had never happened, simple as that," he said. "It never happened."

Read more:
Report Thebas September 14, 2012 5:19 AM BST
julia says something 'never happened' also ... but not everyone from that era at slater & gordon agrees ... including an ex-partner in the firm

the truth will come out one day ... but don't rely on it being from julia's mouth ...   Sad


Former Slater & Gordon partner Nick Styant-Browne has challenged the firm's account of the departure of then-junior partner Julia Gillard following an internal inquiry.

In an email statement to AAP, Mr Styant-Browne said the firm's statement issued on Monday about the inquiry in 1995, a subsequent leave of absence and her resignation in 1996 "was stunningly incomplete".

According to The Weekend Australian, Mr Styant-Browne had said Ms Gillard left her job at Slater & Gordon because the firm "took a very serious view" of her conduct.

The attorney, now based in the US, on Wednesday backed the views of another former partner, Peter Gordon, outlined in a working draft statement made public on Tuesday.

"What he says is entirely accurate," Mr Styant-Browne said.

Mr Gordon's draft statement, published by The Australian, referred to the firm's partners being "extremely unhappy" with Ms Gillard and considering her termination.

"How does Slater & Gordon reconcile its own statement with this account," Mr Styant-Browne said.

... she has to go   Cry
Report wombleoz September 14, 2012 5:30 AM BST
go indeed, go on to win the next election Cool
Report Thebas September 14, 2012 5:36 AM BST
can she hide the truth for that long ?

... well she is skilled at deception ... maybe she can who knows ... not much good for the country though imo

for mine it puts in context her following actions not so long ago ... she is the master of deceipt in my eyes

Justice Murphy was appointed to the Federal Court by then attorney-general Robert McClelland in 2011. Ms Gillard was Prime Minister.

A Federal Court judge appointed by the Gillard government has been identified as the lawyer who supervised Julia Gillard when the future prime minister dated and did legal work for a union official who has been accused of financial impropriety.

... it all fits ... she has to go (from her PM position that is Wink )
Report whoopi September 14, 2012 5:43 AM BST
Thebas you must have a huuuuuge problem with Campbell Newman then?

He's appointed every mate he's got to every position he could think of!
Report Thebas September 14, 2012 5:44 AM BST
he has to go whoopi .... just like the red headed federal deceiver ... another state liberal leader is needed quick ... just like a federal labor leader is needed (IMMEDIATELY) lol
Report wombleoz September 14, 2012 5:48 AM BST
will there be anyone left???
Report Thebas September 14, 2012 5:52 AM BST
sadly womble i don't think so Sad

you have issues with abbott .. ive got issues with turnbull

labor are devoid of talent (dont say smith the defence forcee wont support him)

... the unions are imploding everywhere as their mischief is brought to public view

... the richest aussies are making stupid public statements

we are in hell lol ... and in times such as these .. everyone merely looks after their own interest

will be an interesting decade this one ... after it unfolds

(and not even taking into account the US situation being run  by bankers and having huge exposed loans in europe which is about to go through another dip in the next 18 months)

(.... and some are petty enough to complain about the BFair PC & extra commission charges ... luxury i call it if the game continues as is Wink)
Report wombleoz September 14, 2012 6:34 AM BST
I like Smith - he'd be a great PM - of course the military don't like him, he is the first minister in ages to pull them into line

Unions are fine - they'll get a bit of a shake up but that's ok

Rich people suck

LNP the country over sacking thousands CryCryCry

It's a mess - must be even worse for those poor winners on here Wink
Report bettingforfun September 14, 2012 6:47 AM BST
Has anyone seen the price of tomato's?  like 15 dollars a kilo?

It should be front page news,
Report whoopi September 14, 2012 8:44 AM BST
free at my placeCool
Report bettingforfun September 14, 2012 9:02 AM BST
Like its hard to way up i hat thate abbot is ani democratic but i hate this carbon tax
I mean it doesn't effect me i can pay 15 dollars a kilo but felt sorry for old lady looking shocked

obviously they have been smart avoiding the day carbon tax came in and swan saying nothing gone up

then when everything settles down they up it quite smart really by the producers blame the carbon tax , after the carbon tax debate for tomatos

not in the news nothing very smart
Report Thebas September 15, 2012 12:55 AM BST
the politics mantra ...

my party is good honest and true ... your party is bad dishonest and untrue


politicians all belong to clubs now ... not to their citizens ... they do their political things for the benefit of their clubs ... and to get elected

it doesn't matter who you vote for really ... the party policies are not really diametric and haven't been for 40 years ....

julia belongs to her club
(bob carr is in her club thus his cryogenic thawing to a top political post ... and judge murphy looked an appointment with a purpose thus his promotion to the federal court i imagine)

abbott is in a club also
so i'm not blinded to his situation ... and turnbull is in the banking club having sold his merchant banking arm to gullibleman sux a decade ago ... so they have a club agenda rather than a citizens' agenda also imo

it's where we are ... and if you dont vote ... coz they're all t0ssers ... they will tax/fine you lol

but we can still punt at this point

but who knows when the taxing (internal companywise & nationally tax-takeoutwise) will make it pointless also


but it's another glorious day in paradise up in Brizzie today

so wishing all much punting fun & success  Love
Report wombleoz September 17, 2012 11:47 PM BST
Newspoll 50/50 - Nielsen 53-47

The truth, somewhere between the two I'd suspect - trend definitely going Labor's way though - are the Julia haters getting worried yet??? Wink
Report wombleoz September 19, 2012 12:03 AM BST
hey BFF - here is a story on tomatoes - no mention of the carbon tax??? Crazy

Damn supply and demand at it again
Report Thebas September 19, 2012 12:26 AM BST
the carbon tax lol

carbon tax  = equals = sucker the population into thinking something is being done for the environment

the true goal is the = emissions trading scheme = which is designed to funnel huge & obscene amounts of money through the ruling banking cartels that run our globe through puppet sovereign leaders

once the trading of this new commodity co2 is established there is only one thing the puppet governments will plan to do ...


as much of it as they can

and it has already started in landmark co2 tax australia

juliar signing off a new coal mine at Alpha Qld .. for Gina (lol)
all this ... just SIX weeks ... after the introduction of her co2 tax that was going to save the environment lol
and shipping the coal out through the Great Barrier Reef ffs

she Juliar ... the massive deceiver of our country ... has to go

(though i am not niave enough to believe her puppet successor won't do the same Sad )

... but SHE ... who is deception incarnate ... our julia ... still has to ... GO  Laugh
Report wombleoz September 19, 2012 3:59 AM BST
50-50 Thebas and Bernardi rightly forced to resign

the mood is changing Cool
Report wombleoz September 19, 2012 10:35 PM BST
disappointing result on the marriage equality bill yesterday - we are so far behind the times Sad

over to you Tassie
Report wombleoz October 16, 2012 7:06 AM BST
Abbott had a go at Julia for going to New York and not Jakarta to talk to SBY about boats, even though he was in New York as well.  So does Abbott talk turning back boats when he met SBY today??? No chance Crazy
Report Thebas October 16, 2012 7:10 AM BST
what boats is she looking at in new york ?  Wink
Report Joel October 16, 2012 7:13 AM BST
Report Thebas October 16, 2012 7:15 AM BST
now your talking joel .. brilliant

a one-off trip

let all the 3rd world know

book your ticket now $10k ... towards our national debt

as many as they can get aboard the QE2 ... straight back to Oz (well nauru)

and that's it .... NO MORE intakes ... for another year or two
Report bigted. October 16, 2012 8:39 AM BST
He's a waste of space,says one thing,does another,he's in Jakarta 'not discussing' turning back the boats..they have no real policy at all IMO..
But ffs how can Julia award Tendulkar an order of Australia after his role in the monkey gate racism scandal Confused
Lift your game Julia Happy
Report Joel October 16, 2012 9:50 AM BST
He's a good batsman though
Report wombleoz October 28, 2012 11:17 AM GMT
i wish Jez was still around

Newspoll tonight - 50/50 Cool
Report Thebas October 29, 2012 12:08 AM GMT
... how honest is julia

the Federal Govt have to sign off this NEW coal mine before it can proceed

with juliar's 'fake for the environment' co2 tax ...  SURELY her govt cannot allow this to happen

although she bow down to Gina ... when juliar's govt gave Federal approval to allow a multi billion $ NEW coal mine to start up
in Alpha qld

with ... ship after ship after ship after ship ... taking its bounty out through our heritage listed Great Barrier Reef

Good On Ya Juliar ... with your trick pretend for the environment tax ... when you actually want ot BURN more and more coal

as much as we can

... the greens will call it agaisnt the NSW govt, but the truth is ... The Fed's have to give the final OK ... what will Juliar do ?

Front Line Action on Coal has vowed to continue its 82-day-long blockade camp in Leard State Forest today following the Barry O'Farrell state government's approval of the the Maules Creek coalmine, claiming the government has “buckled to pressure from its mates”.

Whitehaven Coal would destroy around 1360 hectares of native vegetation (half of which is listed as endangered) as well as huge tracts of productive farmland if the mine was able to proceed following Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke's decision.

... so what will Tony do ... consult with Julia ... then deny the NEW massive coal mine ... as per environmental policy

or will she allow the NEW coal mine ... and prove her co2 emmissions reduction tax to be the biggest trick ever played on an unsuspecting population

... she has to go ... election NOW julia ... newspoll has it 50/50

... her chance for at least ONE shot at honesty during her tawdry manufactured minority govt's reign
Report wombleoz October 29, 2012 8:22 PM GMT
An election now would be VERY close Thebas - won't happen though, we would need to have a separate Senate election if we did.  won't happen until after August

Speaking of Coal - one of the guys on Insiders on the weekend was saying it's only got a few years left.  Apparently the use of coal in the US has dropped heaps so they are about to flood the market with what they don't use domestically any longer.

World is moving away from the dirty stuff on the way to a cleaner future Cool
Report Thebas October 29, 2012 10:36 PM GMT
agree re the election

don't agree re the coal ... at least 70 years i believe

and good on our true deceiver juliar ... less than 3 months after her 'fake for the environment' co2 emmissions reduction tax she ...

signs off a big NEW coal mine for Gina ... who will bring ships in and out and in and out for years to come thru our Great Barrier Reef

and now .. within the same 3 month period since the planet saving co2 emmissions reduction tax ... australia have a second NEW coal mine ready to produce for whitehaven (wasn't that the one Tinkler couldn't get recent finance for ?)

the whitehaven coal mine in nsw is said to become

- not one of the state's biggest coal mines
- not one of australia's biggest coal mines
- BUT one of the WORLD'S biggest coal mines

good ol juliar ... when did she stop believing 'the science' that she said was 'settled'   LaughLaughLaugh


on a lighter note Womble, mate did you watch season one of The Newsroom ... i thought it was pretty well produced/acted and seemed happy to expose all the corporate USA shonky's from Goldfreak Suchs to the koch boys and the tea party
Report whoopi October 29, 2012 11:16 PM GMT
The best thing that ever happened to Julia is Liberal State Governments.
With Victorian, and NSW State governments on the nose and the plethora of lies and already uncovered corruption from Newman up here people are thinking twice.
Newman's raping and pillaging up here has turned the tide for Federal Labor.
Report Thebas October 30, 2012 1:26 AM GMT
and in homage to the words of 'van morrison's' time & song with his band 'them'  ... g l o r i a

J   U   L   I   A    jooo - liar

J   U   L   I   A    jooo - liar

i want to sing it every day

jooo - liar

Report wombleoz October 30, 2012 10:49 AM GMT
good point Whoopi

Haven't seen The Newsroom Thebas but you're not the first Ive seen say it's worth watching
Report wombleoz October 30, 2012 11:35 PM GMT
i hate having to make these posts but feel i need to

Labor's party room decision yesterday to excise Australia from the migration zone is disgraceful and pathetic and will lead to me seriously considering voting informally at the next election - depending which seat I'm in

Green in the Senate of course Cool
Report wombleoz October 31, 2012 9:47 PM GMT
good to see the independents having a crack

P Slipper on wheat - interesting Abbott couldn't keep all his team onside with 2 abstaining meaning the legislation went through the reps


C Thomson on boats - on the radio today "pandering to rednecks"

Good to see the Greens do a deal on the pokies, pre-commitment trial in the ACT here we come Happy
Report Thebas November 1, 2012 1:38 AM GMT
thompson interesting .. profile raising maybe .. but he did say that it was his original political platform

labor asylum policy is now the howard asylum policy

maybe i should bring up the gillard speech on the 10 year howard reign again - where she was confused what made him popular

i guess if you don't have your won policy - you could imitate a successful person's one Wink

and pokies ?  - ask wilkie what HE really thinks

$250 a day = $1750 a week (and that's just from the club atm's ... and assuming any desperate wouldn't come with a $250 starter kit they withdrew elsewhere than the pokie site)

with the $250 starter kit, obtained elsewhere, than its aanother scenario

$450 a day = $3150 a week

... won't solve a thing imo Sad
Report wombleoz November 1, 2012 2:19 AM GMT
that's only part of the package -  they are trialling pre-commitment as well

Labor is a disgrace on asylum seekers
Report Thebas November 1, 2012 2:33 AM GMT
cheers womble - because pre-comittment is, as much an emotional comittment (beginning) for a person, as it is a financial committment, there may actually be some more hope with that
Report wombleoz November 1, 2012 3:21 AM GMT
if people want to find a way around it they will Thebas but if it saves a percentage of people throwing their lives away it's worth having a crack imo

I'm sure there are plenty of small businesses out there that would love to have a share of what's currently going into the pokies
Report Thebas November 1, 2012 3:44 AM GMT
i would like all the 20cents back that i put through the old pinball machines in the local hamburger shops in my teens

but i weaned myself off them ... when i discovered pu$$y  Wink

now i wish i had all the money back i put through the sheilas in my 20's (by buying em fancy coloured drinks) just to land a r00t

everyone's 'addicted' in someway to something at some point i guess

... but don't lose the house on the fkn pokies ffs
Report wombleoz November 1, 2012 9:18 PM GMT
this is pretty good - Greg Combet in parliament yesterday
Report whoopi November 1, 2012 11:08 PM GMT
Thebas I discovered as a kid that the old fashioned clickers that lit gas stoves created an electrical spark that when applied to the correct part of a pinball machine gave free have to look for the angle my friend!
Report Thebas November 1, 2012 11:21 PM GMT
lol whoopi - classic - i needed you around in those days pal
Report Joel November 1, 2012 11:48 PM GMT
I wonder if that will work on poker machines Crazy
Report Thebas November 2, 2012 12:50 AM GMT
Report wombleoz November 12, 2012 9:36 PM GMT
another newspoll this one 51-49 to the bad guys but the interesting figure is Abbott's net approval rating, his lowest ever - will he make it to Christmas????

good to see the government call a royal commission into institutional child sex abuse and the cover ups and lies.  will be very broad, cost a lot of money and take a hell of a long time but should change things for the better imo
Report Thebas November 13, 2012 5:09 AM GMT
another newspoll this one 51-49 to the bad guys ...

now for the REAL ... bad guys ... labor & coal .. what a tenuous relationship it is ...

another sleepless night for juliar after former nsw state counterparts get lined for ... gaol hopefully

... scammers rorters & thieves according to today's report

Former NSW Premier Morris Iemma has admitted Labor has seen "a lot better days", after giving evidence at a corruption inquiry.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is investigating former resources minister Ian Macdonald's decision to open up the Bylong Valley, in central NSW, to coal mining.

The decision, and Mr Macdonald's rigging of the tender process, profited Mr Obeid and his family to the tune of $100 million, ICAC has heard.

Mr Iemma told the hearing it was "unusual" Mr Macdonald had limited the tender process to smaller miners, and had not advertised the tender but only invited certain companies to participate.

The decision, relating to coal resources worth hundreds of millions of dollars, should also have been raised with cabinet, something Mr Macdonald failed to do, he said.

coal coal coal ... good ol labor ... they know there's money in it ... one way or another
Report Joel November 13, 2012 5:26 AM GMT
Power couple: Ellis and Penberthy to wed

Kate Ellis MP is to tie the knot with boyfriend of two years, journalist David Penberthy, next year. Photo: Wolter Peeters

Federal parliamantarian Kate Ellis will already have to contend with an election next year, now she intends to be a bride as well.

The Federal childcare minister intends to wed her boyfriend of two years, Rupert Murdoch's "golden boy" David Penberthy, after the high profile journalist popped the question.

Penberthy, who is editor in chief of several Murdoch websites including, told PS he had been planning the proposal for several months, choosing to pop the question while sitting atop a picnic blanket at sunset on Aldinga Beach, south of their hometown, Adelaide.

"We are both very happy and very excited. I had been planning it for a while, I chose the ring and she loved it. It all went very well," Penberthy said.


"It will happen next year, and depending on when the election looks like being called we will decide on a date."

The wedding is expected to take place in Adelaide.

It will be the first marriage for Ellis and the second for Penberthy, who has two children from a previous relationship.

Penberthy and Ellis have become regular fixtures on the Canberra cocktail circuit, quickly assuming the mantle of a new power couple on the national stage.

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Report Thebas November 13, 2012 5:29 AM GMT
ICAC joel

no amount of brooms or carpets   Laugh
Report Kye November 13, 2012 8:15 AM GMT
I promised myself not to post on this thread again.

However I think it is time for new leader for Liberal party. Its not that I think Abbott would not make a good PM or his policies are that bad but I think he is a poor strategist & will never be popular enough for an easy Liberal victory. Things like his stance on removing carbon tax & his constant negativity are doing him no good. Carbon tax is like GST & once it is in no point removing. Some of his choices in last 6 months have been poor from a political point of view.

A change now to Turnball (or anyone) would result in a landslide Liberal victory at next election. With Abbott it will be a tight struggle.
Report bigted. November 13, 2012 9:18 AM GMT
agree ....especially after today with Tony trying to sow up  the uncle tom vote..disgraceful comments
Report wombleoz November 14, 2012 10:28 PM GMT
welcome back Kye Grin

problem is the Liberals hate Turnbull, seems to be a bit of a push for Hockey

Abbott is close to going - gaff after gaff now - "urban Aboriginals and authentic Aboriginals" LaughLaughLaugh

White Ribbon Day - "prevention of cruelty to women" LaughLaughLaugh

Thebas ICAC will play out as it does, hopefully a few end up in jail as a result, it's where they belong

Joel - Kate CryCryCry
Report whoopi November 22, 2012 11:49 PM GMT
Important memo to the ALP.
Take this opportunity that's being presented to you and dunp Julia.
Tap her on the shoulder, she can make a 'for the good of the country" speech, replace her with Kev.
No bloodletting, no drama.....perfect.
You know it's what the Liberals don't want you to do. They want it to drag on.
Report Thebas November 23, 2012 2:10 AM GMT
would be the smart move whoopi for sure ... but how much info has she accumulated on the backroom boys ... ie will she go peacefully

interesting times ahead
Report wombleoz November 24, 2012 12:09 AM GMT
Kev who??? Isn't next in line even if something does happen imo

Besides I'm yet to see someone put an actual allegation against the PM - let's see if they have the guts to do it. Throw enough mud and some will stick but in the end it's all old news - move on people, move on

Bigger concerns are on the other side I'd suggest - Abbott in desperation is back to the boats - which Labor have no idea what to do about, that happens when you sell out on your principles.  Cutting the humanitarian intake after promising to increase it and making people work for less than the dole is pure dog whistle politics - the man is a disgrace AngryAngryAngry
Report Thebas November 24, 2012 12:47 AM GMT
julia probably ... has no recollection ... of kev either  Wink
Report wombleoz November 25, 2012 10:00 PM GMT
latest Newspoll out last night - 51-49 to the bad guys - Julia still well ahead as preferred PM

Liberals better keep throwing mud, seems to working a treat LaughLaughLaugh
Report wombleoz November 28, 2012 9:42 PM GMT
so they reckon they've found a gun question is - is it smoke or just dust???
Report Thebas November 28, 2012 10:33 PM GMT
Q  how bad are the bad guys if the good guys are also bad
A  i have no recollection        Wink
Report PittsburghPhil November 29, 2012 3:30 PM GMT
Julia has got the entire Liberal Party on toast these days.

The Filth can bring on any new leader they like ... Christopher Pine would be fun ... watching him implode would be almost as much fun as the daily pwning that Abbott keeps getting.

Turnbull would have more chance of becoming PM if he joined the Labor Party. But he'll need to wait in the queue because the Julesmeister looks right for at least another two terms.
Report Joel November 29, 2012 8:12 PM GMT
Agree Phil, I think the only danger is if Clive Palmers United Party has a crack at federal level.
Report Thebas November 30, 2012 2:18 AM GMT

Report Kye November 30, 2012 4:30 AM GMT
Phil, there are 1532 posts on this thread but that is by far the stupidiest & most bias. Good luck
Report wombleoz December 2, 2012 3:32 AM GMT
August election i reckon - no parliament until February - probably a safe bet we'll have the same leaders we have no competing in it. I'd reckon it's too close to call - with the Libs just in front at present BUT Abbott well behind as preferred PM and Queensland going crazy!!!
Report bigted. December 2, 2012 4:55 AM GMT
wonder if Julie Bishop will interview Johnny Drama for her dirt file on the PM

silly ****ing ****

Report bigted. December 2, 2012 4:56 AM GMT
no offence Johnny Scared
Report wombleoz December 28, 2012 12:12 AM GMT
better give this thread one last run for the year

so it works out Justice Rares reckons that the whole Ashby vs Slipper thing was a conspiracy to try and bring down the government.  The AFP have now been asked to look into it - I hope all the Liberals here are proud Angry
Report Thebas December 28, 2012 2:40 AM GMT
and hopefully our deceiptful julia will just disappear along with the rest of them ...

but all the best for the new year womble ... mate may aussie politics improve to at least a kindergarten level next year


Gillard again has shown poor judgment

IN the same speech, Julia Gillard attacked Tony Abbott over sexism and misogyny yet defended the position of Peter Slipper as Speaker, even after his lurid and degrading text messages about women were made public.

After so many poor decisions over the past two years, Gillard's lack of political judgment is now a matter of public record.   However, after her speech in parliament on Tuesday, she has now established that she is also bereft of moral judgment.
Report bigted. December 28, 2012 3:03 AM GMT
wonder in julie bishop is meeting any more  sex tourists to get dirt on the pm

disgraceful scenes......
Report Kye December 28, 2012 4:38 AM GMT
Where is that surplus???

Wayne Swan should be locked up for deception every Budget night. Even with all his accounting trickery bringing forward revenue & delaying expenses he still couldnt deliver what Labor promised.
Report EvgenyKissin December 28, 2012 4:41 AM GMT
Morning all.
Report wombleoz December 28, 2012 9:56 AM GMT
dumping the surplus was the right thing to do Kye - everyone knows it

the Slipper text message was never meant to be made public Thebas - poor bugger was victim of a witch hunt

agree Teddy - luckily she just bumped into him Crazy

bring on 2013 i say Cool
Report AFL December 28, 2012 10:17 AM GMT
Ashbygate and the Born to Rule Brigade

From independentaustralia dot net

Posted by admin in Politics on 16 December, 2012 5:03 pm

The James Ashby conspiracy against Peter Slipper implicates many senior Liberal Party figures, including Tony Abbott. Denise Allen and managing editor David Donovan report.

THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA are gloating about the fact the LNP and Ashby have “succeeded” in their evil little plot to discredit the Government.

They are gloating about the fact that, not only have they ruined a man’s career, they have also destroyed a man’s “character”.

What a wonderful result that must seem — to have so successfully slandered and defamed another person? To have driven him and his family to the brink?

This person, Peter Slipper, was a man the LNP themselves had endorsed in the Fisher electorate for decades. And he was a man to be ruined by someone who couldn’t have been a more trusted ally; who had pride of place at Slipper’s wedding — though he turned up 20 minutes late, delaying the service and leaving the bride in tears.

The man referred to is Tony Abbott — a man without a shred of honour.

Tony Abbott thought enough of the character of Peter Slipper to celebrate his wedding — yet later scathingly denounced him to the nation in Parliament as a misogynist.

A few of Peter Slipper’s private text messages suggest, at times, he may have had less than admirable thoughts — but who are we to judge? If someone was to trawl through all your own most private words — would you feel exposed? Would you have said things you now regret? These thoughts of Mr Slipper’s ‒ these very human thoughts ‒ do not make him any less competent, or sane, or good, or worthy.

Regrettably, Peter Slipper may very well have been the best Speaker to sit in the Speaker’s chair since Federation — yet he was denied much time to shine by the arrogant, power-hungry narcissism of a bosom friend he’d held for decades.

This kind of personal betrayal is almost unimaginable in a prospective prime minister.

Tony Abbott had the audacity – the temerity – to stand up in Federal Parliament to denounce, discredit and debase his very own former bosom buddy — but if Tony Abbott’s great friend is a terrible misogynist ‒ a hater of women ‒ then what does this say about Tony Abbott?

It says that Tony Abbott is a hypocrite.

It reminds us that this is the same person who was arrested and convicted for vandalism at university; who punched a wall on either side of a woman’s head in a fit of rage after being beaten by her in a student election; who found himself in court for sexual assault after allegedly groping a woman; and who has been, right throughout his life, a bully and a bigot. A man who has been reported to have a tendency to respond first with punches, not words; who flattened a man’s nose and ended up in Glebe Court on assault charges; a man whose greatest love is fighting.

Put simply, Abbott has no right to slander others on charges of character — because he is of base character himself.

Abbott’s more recent “character”, since assuming the top job in the Liberal Party, is clearly apparent. He will destroy anything and anybody that stands in his way in a bloodthirsty romp to take the ultimate prize – the prime ministership – something he has coveted his entire life.

Abbott brazenly calls for an inquiry into the 20 year old AWU issue – an issue no one in the Coalition or the mainstream media has been able to produce a shred of evidence about that tarnishes the Prime Minister – but when an inquiry is suggested about getting to the bottom of the Ashby/Slipper affair – an issue in which a Federal Court Judge has brought down damning findings against Ashby and senior members of the LNP, including a former Federal Liberal cabinet minister – he runs back home to mother England and calls it all a witch hunt!

The gall of this man.

When asked about when he personally knew about the Ashby allegations, Tony Abbott, as barefaced as ever, looked Australia in the eye and said:

“”I had no specific knowledge of this until I read the newspapers on Saturday morning.”*


Now, thanks to the brilliant analysis of IT expert Kieran Cummings, we can be quite sure that Abbott has lied about this — as he has shamelessly lied about so many other things.

Kieran has proven, by analyzing the meta-data from Abbott’s APH email stream, that Abbott’s Ashby media release was, in fact, written the night before Ashby submitted his court action.

So, Abbott knew all about the Ashby conspiracy — to lay low his old mate.

That is the definition of scum.

His denial of specific knowledge sank further into implausibility when Opposition Chief Whip Warren Entsch confirmed today that he rang Abbott the night before Ashby submitted his claim against Slipper. And how did Entsch know Ashby’s case was about to break in the press? Well, IA can reveal that we have discovered through our investigations that Entsch and Mal Brough are very old friends — much like Slipper and Abbott. But, more specifically, Entsch’s staffer Suzanne Newbury’s husband, James Newbury, is none other than Christopher Pyne’s chief of staff.

Christopher Pyne is the one who, apparently, can’t recall sending emails requesting Ashby’s phone number and personal email — but after being shown by a journalist the email he actually did send James Ashby, he changed his story, agreed it happened and then said “so what?”. Then, when it was shown that Pyne has met Ashby on numerous occasions in the lead up to Ashby launching his spurious claim against Slipper — Pyne denied any knowledge of the pending action.


It is now becoming crystal clear that the Ashby conspiracy ran right through the senior ranks of the Liberal Party.

We also have Julie Bishop, someone who says she doesn’t know or care who she is talking to on the other end of a phone — remember Ralph Blewitt? She also can’t recall James Ashby calling her office for “advice” — even though it was allegedly given by her own chief of staff, Murray Hansen. That’s the same Murray Hansen who was caught out plagiarising for Bishop back in 2008.

Then there’s Jolly Joe Hockey — an inexplicable favourite amongst the morning television gaggle. Jolly Joe quietly travelled to the Sunshine Coast in April – that is, just before Ashby filed his court documents – to meet Mal Brough and Clive Palmer at a Coolum steakhouse. Joe says they discussed Peter Slipper — but not James Ashby. Of course not! Now, don’t expect big Joe to remember meeting James Ashby ‒ if it turns out he did ‒ as he has up to eleventy things on his mind at any one time. And if you persist in asking him questions about this affair — well, you can just “go to hell”!

Yes, you can rely on the Liberal Party to tell the truth — but only if their backs are pressed right up against the wall.

And then there’s Mal Brough.

Mal Brough is the man who has been pre-selected by the LNP for James Ashby’s former employer, Peter Slipper’s, seat of Fisher.

In the early stages, apparently before he was aware of how much even the media don’t like him, he also said he didn’t meet James Ashby.

Then, as the truth emerged, it became twice…then three times…

How many times did he really meet Ashby? How many times do you need to meet to plan a conspiracy? I have no idea; I have never planned one? Have you?

The texts messages and information uncovered by Independent Australia’s tenacious investigative reporters show, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that these illiberal Liberals are drowning in a quagmire of conspiracy.

And, of course, the mainstream media know it full well, but they refuse to dig too hard — perhaps for fear of what they might find.

It is clear that from Judge Rares’ findings that this scandalous case was deliberately conceived in an atmosphere of revenge, spite and ambition — to discredit Peter Slipper, to have him removed as Speaker, and to bring down the properly elected Australian Government.

In many places, these sorts of actions are called sedition.

In Australia, it’s called “The LNP’s right to rule”.

It is extremely frightening for our nation that the mainstream media continue to refuse to investigate this issue ­— and to tell the Australian people the full truth.

It is time we asked — why won’t they?

* UPDATE: 17/12/12 Initially, we included a quote by Tony Abbott which had him saying he found out about the Ashby case: “When everyone else knew. When I read it about it in the Sydney Morning Herald.” This quote was incorrect and has now been corrected above.

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Report Kye December 28, 2012 11:47 AM GMT
womble, i agree that a budget surplus is not appropriate this financial year given. But Labor predicted a surplus last May & promised it for two years. Simply too incompetent to achieve what they promised

The fact is that no-one trusts a Labor gov't to ever stop spending and live within its means. We will end up like the Greeks if Labor stays in power.

AFL, what a load of dribble. Typical & predictible stuff from a biased viewpoint. Devoid of any intelligent reasoning!
Report AFL December 28, 2012 12:26 PM GMT
Comparing the best performing economy in the world with the Greeks........LaughLaugh

Totaly biased viewpoint from a stuck on Liberal..

NO FACTS TO BACK IT UP.......Just empty one liners. Do the numbers......

Reasoning laughable.

Blurting out the same copy from the MURDOCH mouthpieces.

It's Labor's policy's that prevented us from the GFC. FACT.

The stimulus the the Lib's never would have undertaken and opposed. FACT.

The Lib's opposed them every step that they took. FACT.


IF that means we slip into a small deficit then that is a small price to pay, for avoiding the GFC.

The Libs and Abbott promised a surplus and no deficits and have backed down but you wont the MSM criticizing Abbott for that.
Report AFL December 28, 2012 11:01 PM GMT
Here's some intelligent reasoning for you Kye.

From The Drum.

The better economic manager

Stephen Koukoulas

The facts of the budget show that the current government's budgetary footprint on the economy is small, running at the lowest level in 35 years, writes Stephen Koukoulas.

The Federal election is now less than a year away. The budget surplus, government spending, tax and debt are likely to feature prominently in each side's efforts to convince voters that they are the better economic manager.

The Liberal Party and many conservative commentators suggest that the size of government in Australia under the current Labor Government is too big.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has said the current government "is addicted to taxes" and that it "is spending like a drunken sailor… mortgaging our future". In a similar vein, shadow treasurer Joe Hockey says "Labor has shown it is incapable of cutting spending".

Either these comments are deliberate mis-truths or reflect the lack of understanding of budget policy from people who, within a year, could well be prime minister and treasurer.

The facts of the budget show that the current government's budgetary footprint on the economy is small, running at the lowest level in 35 years. The current small government is made up of both low tax receipts and record cuts in government spending.

The tax to GDP ratio has averaged 21.1 per cent of GDP in the five years of the current Labor Government. The highest tax to GDP ratio in those years is for 2012-13 where it will reach 22.2 per cent. Under the Liberal Party-lead Coalition, the Howard government tax to GDP ratio averaged 23.4 per cent over its 12 years in office and never once did it fall below 22.2 per cent. In other words, the tax to GDP ratio under the current government is at a level last seen during the Keating government in the early 1990s and before that, we have to go back to the 1970s to see such a low-taxing government.

The difference between the average tax level of the previous Coalition government and the current Labor Government is 2.3 per cent of GDP. In today's dollar terms, that is around $35 billion per annum in less tax collected by the Labor Government compared with the previous Coalition government. That $35 billion lower tax take is equivalent to around $4,000 per year for every household in Australia.

The budget papers also show that the Howard government was the highest taxing government in Australia's history. In 2004-05 and 2005-06, the tax to GDP ratio reached a record high 24.2 per cent. In addition, there have been only seven occasions where the tax to GDP ratio has been in excess of 23.5 per cent of GDP and all seven were under the Howard government.

In a similar vein, in the last 30 years, there have been 10 occasions when the tax to GDP ratio has been below 22.0 per cent of GDP and all 10 were under a Labor Government. To put simply, the Howard government was a high taxer, while the current Labor Government is a lower taxer.

In terms of government spending, there have been only five years in the four decades leading up to 2012-13 when real government spending was cut in real terms. None of those cuts were delivered by a Coalition government. All five times that there has been a cut in real government spending have been when a Labor government has framed and delivered the budget. There were three years during the Hawke government in the late 1980s where government spending was cut in real terms and there have been two occasions in the current Labor administration where such cuts have occurred.

In what should be an embarrassing fact for Mr Hockey, 2012-13 will see real government spending fall 4.4 per cent, the biggest cut ever recorded. This cut will see the government spending to GDP ratio fall to 23.8 per cent, having previously been ramped up to successfully counter the shock from the global financial crisis. This level of spending is 0.4 per cent of GDP below the average government spending level of the Howard government. In today's dollar terms, the 0.4 per cent of GDP amounts to around $6 billion.

All of this suggests that the current government and the Labor Party more generally are low taxing and the only side of politics willing to cut spending when required.

Stephen Koukoulas is a Research Fellow at Per Capita, a progressive think tank. View his full profile here.

So in summary....

the current government's budgetary footprint on the economy is small, running at the lowest level in 35 years.

The tax to GDP ratio has averaged 21.1 per cent of GDP in the five years of the current Labor Government.

The highest tax to GDP ratio in those years is for 2012-13 where it will reach 22.2 per cent.

Under the Liberal Party-lead Coalition, the Howard government tax to GDP ratio averaged 23.4 per cent over its 12 years in office and never once did it fall below 22.2 per cent.

In other words, the tax to GDP ratio under the current government is at a level last seen during the Keating government in the early 1990s and before that, we have to go back to the 1970s to see such a low-taxing government.

The difference between the average tax level of the previous Coalition government and the current Labor Government is 2.3 per cent of GDP. In today's dollar terms, that is around $35 billion per annum in less tax collected by the Labor Government compared with the previous Coalition government.

The budget papers also show that the Howard government was the highest taxing government in Australia's history.

In a similar vein, in the last 30 years, there have been 10 occasions when the tax to GDP ratio has been below 22.0 per cent of GDP and all 10 were under a Labor Government. To put simply, the Howard government was a high taxer, while the current Labor Government is a lower taxer.

In what should be an embarrassing fact for Mr Hockey, 2012-13 will see real government spending fall 4.4 per cent, the biggest cut ever recorded.

So the facts are that the Gov't is actually spending and cutting within it's means.

More so than any Liberal Gov't ever in our history.

Yet Kye goes on believing the biased viewpoint of the Murdoch Media and the right wing shock jocks.

Go figure. Crazy
Report wombleoz December 28, 2012 11:43 PM GMT
that's the key figure AFL

The difference between the average tax level of the previous Coalition government and the current Labor Government is 2.3 per cent of GDP. In today's dollar terms, that is around $35 billion per annum in less tax collected by the Labor Government compared with the previous Coalition government.

Abbott's answer - sack some public servants and take away the mining and carbon taxes - he has a MASSIVE black hole to try and fill before the election and buckleys of being able to do it

Kye- Labor over egged the promise on the surplus and deserve a kicking for doing so, better they dumped it than put us into recession chasing it though
Report Thebas December 29, 2012 12:01 AM GMT
we're all a little bit right and little bit wrong i venture to say ... but hey

Here's some intelligent reasoning for you Kye.   From The Drum.
... an oxymoron if ever i heard one Wink

In today's dollar terms, that is around $35 billion per annum in less tax collected by the Labor Government
... mainly due to company tax i think ... companies that are no longer here ... or have less employees since a labor govt  Confused

Abbott's answer - sack some public servants and take away the mining and carbon taxes
... i guess we finally agree that the carbon tax was all about revenue .. certainly nothing to do with its intended statement .. the environment  Devil

the budget was NEVER going to achieve a surplus ... this was known and expanded upon in this forum a long time ago .. we knew ... but swanny didn't ... strange about that ... he's the world's greatest something for sure Laugh

.... and labor in-fighting behind the scenes also

but Australia is hanging strong at this point in a global nightmare ... may we continue the trend ... whomever is running our show

and the real criminals ... we know who they are ... but they're slowly getting a few of them (gaol is appropriate, not fines, as they just tithe with some more financial rorts to pay 'em)

HSBC has increased the amount set aside for fines linked to money-laundering in the United States to $1.5 billion, the British banking giant said Monday, adding it could face criminal charges over the matter.
Report Thebas December 29, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
and yet another one gets caught ... 11 years of rorting

Swiss banking giant UBS, which last week was slapped with $1.5 billion in fines for manipulating global interest rates, also tampered with Swiss franc interest rates for more than a decade, a Swiss newspaper reported Sunday.

"The bank did not only contribute to manipulating global interest rates on the dollar, the British pound and the yen, but... also systematically played with interest rates on the Swiss franc," Le Matin reported.

Quoting findings in a US justice department probe, the paper said there was evidence that UBS traders had manipulated the rates from 2001.

UBS was hit with the second-largest banking fine ever last week by US, British and Swiss authorities after they revealed evidence of massive misconduct in the setting of the Libor rate, a global reference that affects products from student loans to mortgages.;_ylt=AhNoepWzrJwfQuei9.XGZHXBWo9G;_ylu=X3oDMTN0bmpnOGFyBG1pdANTZWN0aW9uIExpc3QEcGtnAzdmZTI2NDU0LTMxOTktMzk5Ny1iNmJlLTlhMzViNzRjMmJlYQRwb3MDMwRzZWMDTWVkaWFTZWN0aW9uTGlzdAR2ZXIDZWYxOGRkZTAtNGQyMS0xMWUyLWIyNzItM2E4NGEyMzVkZDBl;_ylg=X3oDMTJqN28waGltBGludGwDYXUEbGFuZwNlbi1hdQRwc3RhaWQDNTJkODE3MjAtM2UxMy0zNDZiLThkMzAtZjQ0MWE4OTdjNGRkBHBzdGNhdAMEcHQDc3RvcnlwYWdl;_ylv=3
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