Tony Abbott: raising the bar of stupidity

I must admit that I admire Tony Abbott for having the courage to continually demonstrate his extreme level of stupidity. Over the weekend he has leapfrogged local clowns such as Andrew Bolt, Alan Jones and Piers Ackerman and now sits alone on the top of the idiot tree. On the international scale, he is now in reach of George W Bush.

What put him there?

This, during his address at the City of Holdfast Bay Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony in Adelaide:

The first lot of Australians were chosen by the finest judges in England . . .

He really has raised the bar of stupidity, hasn’t he?

Mr Abbott, not only did Australia have an Indigenous population for 60,000 years, but the white settlement here in 1788 was to establish a penal colony. For goodness sake, even new-born babies know that one.

If only Mr Abbott would have listened to little Johnnie way back in 2007:

Prime Minister John Howard has described the “neglect” of history teaching in Australian schools as “shameful”, announcing that he would make the subject compulsory for all students in years 9 and 10.

Mr Howard said students would be made to attend 150 hours of Australian history lessons over two or three years from 2009.

The history guide, to be distributed across the nation, says it is intended for study in years nine and 10, but the first three of the 10 topics could start in year 8, it says.

Mr Howard said compulsory teaching of Australian history would be a condition of the next Commonwealth schools funding agreement with the states and territories, which begins on January 1, 2009.

Yes, Mr Howard, it is shameful. Just look how Tony Abbott turned out . . .

STUPID.

184 comments on “Tony Abbott: raising the bar of stupidity

  1. Ohh Id say he has far surpassed Bush, we never saw Bush coming, Abbott is like, obviously an idiot and we haven’t even elected him yet, but you can leave it to the stupid country to right that wrong!!!

  2. Migs – you talked about Politicians and Stupidity so just hooked onto that.
    Just as well you are out of Canberra Hospital, was it the one whose standby
    generator failed to work for 20 minutes – now that is real stupid!

  3. While the Nova Peris issue has been made out to look messy, it really was the best way forward in a messy situation.

    Without contrived crap, there is not much too it.

  4. Then Voyager is saying Abbott really is stupid as he attempted to parachute someone into the NT, but couldn’t even manage that simple task.

    Stupid is as stupid does and Abbott is the greatest walking example of that saying around.

    His idiotic statement to the party faithful on the carbon price the other day is another example.

    Whenever he’s let loose off his very tightly controlled tether he demonstrates stupidity to a high level.

    Constantly running away from simple press question demonstrates his stupidity for he’s saying he’s too stupid to be able to face the press on unscripted grounds and answer those simple questions without stuffing up.

  5. On reading this I was going to make a similar comment to Robin Evans, who’s beaten me to it. We get to find out this year how stupid the country is.
    But while Abbott’s at the top of the tree there are some not far below him. I see this morning there’s a petition going in Queensland to increase the rollout speed of the NBN! Instigated by two Liberal pollies. One of whom is Peter Dutton. As a Shadow(y) health spokesman one would have thought he’d have had a bit more compassion for the prospects of Tony’s health should this become public knowledge.
    Or are they just relying on more bullshit blizzard, expecting & demanding that none of their inconsistencies are linked?
    Just returning to the original Abbott quote here, yes, it’s a stunner.
    And the Nova beatup is, a beatup.

  6. In regards to to the NBN Isn’t it something Ricky?

    He we have the opposition canning it at every turn whilst in the background they are fighting to get it into their areas or expanded in their electorates, some even claiming kudos for it when it does get connected.

    I can see them doing an O’Farrell if they get elected. Fluff media pieces of self aggrandisement at the opening of such and such that were previous government programs for which O’Farrell did nothing but show up for the opening, and in many cases criticised these programs when he was in opposition. In some he’s now claimed full benefit for the success of them thus rewriting history.

    I’m certain the same will happen with the NBN. Abbott will soon be claiming what a great nation building program he built the moment it’s finished and a success.

  7. Yes Spiro. We don’t have to elaborate more than that.

    Abbott and Stupidity are synonymous. That’s just the way it is.

  8. Copied this from the honest politics thread, but fits in here beter

    The speech at Holdfast Bay the other day also shows just how ignorant he is. Not only did he ignore the first Australians completely, he rabbitted on about convicts being the first Australians to a state that prides itself on never having accepted convicts at all.

    And also the fact that, to my knowledge, was the only MP not in his electorate to perform his civic duties for the new citizens. Would rather be on a tax payer jaunt to ride his bike in front of the cameras.

  9. Wrong, wrong, wrong. The man is just plain wrong. Wrong intent, wrong skills, wrong temperament, wrong direction, wrong information, wrong tactics. Even when he tries to be funny he’s wrong.

    Just plain wrong.

  10. Abbott is stupid because he is pandering to the stupidest part of the electorate. He says stupid things because he knows he can get away with it with them.

  11. when Julia put Bob Carr in as Foreign Minister, after Kevin Rudd spat the dummy, why wasn’t there an outcry Was it because he is not of Aboriginal descent. These people who are in opposition to Nova are showing their true colours, and that includes people of her own race, that they are being led through the nose by Abbott and his Racist views.

  12. The picture of the campaign kiss on blogs elsewhere needed a caption mine for starters would be ” dearest kiss me and please STFU”.
    Any SA person whom I have ever met have always been proud of the non convicts here background. Does anyone think Julia has planted a mole in his organisation to dig up these brainfarts for him a sort of reverse grech. Last point WHO is paying for these trips of his?.

  13. PM, now3 on ABC 24, Look at the face beyond her. Has not changed once during the long interview. Ballieu looks like he has sucked on a sour lemon.

    Declined to answer questions on other matters, due to the nature of the MC. I will imagine she will be condemned for this.

  14. Migs
    When playing on the pokies in the tradies last week, I was chatting to a Lovely Sri Lankan lady whose life experiences to get here made my history very dull. Anyway as we chatted Abbort came up, her homeland background legal and medical connections made her a rusted on Liberal even though she had difficulty getting documents etc(10-15 years ago). I said how could you vote for TA with his attitude to females etc. She was not aware of them but try as I could the background block was there. I will keep plugging along and just maybe something might change.

  15. Oh FFS. Can’t have Gillard on TV giving government assistance now can we.

    Abbott is about to appear at the SEQ Emergency Management centre, plenty of cameras and reporters at hand I bet.

    Another stupid Abbott stunt.

  16. Stupidity isn’t confined to Abbott either. Hockey can’t be far behind.

    Hockey in his speech said that Western Sydney is the heartland of the modern Liberal Party. He doesn’t mention that actually it’s the North Shore of Sydney as they hold 100% of the seats there and only 15% of Western Sydney with a good chance of losing some of that 15%.

  17. I’ll tell you how stupid that Western Sydney stunt was
    1: It was a 300 people capped invite only event.

    2: Half of the audience were parachuted in from other area’s, including “Coleman” and his team of minions, a channel 9 executive who is an aspirational fiberal candidate in my electorate.

    3: Big promises of surplus, no costings (with Phoney and Hokey giving crossed messages, right hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing as normal)

    4: Abbott answered very little of the questions posed to him, in fact he run like his parliament high tail.Especially in regard to Tea Party Bernardi, the big tobacco gun loving beastie boy who overseas disclosure of conflicting interests.

    Oh yeah policy envy in regard to the NBN, NDIS, Education and the Economy sees this lot acting like a the girls circle on summer heights high. When it was pointed out to Pine o clean the attack cabbage on radio national this morning that in fact the Howard Government had 1.3 % higher taxes than the current government, his response was, when quoted the figures. If you want to believe that then “good luck to you” Now that is stupidity. 🙄

  18. Paul Bongiorno being attacked on Twitter for stating that in two press conferences on disasters Gillard talked about the disasters and refused to go into politics, Abbott talked partisan politics.

    As Bongiorno said, “I am just stating the facts”.

    Anyway proves his appearance at the Queensland Emergency Management Centre was a political stunt,

  19. The NBN is a ripper Ricky. Abbott is running around discrediting it at every turn, and as Delimiter proves with bullshit. In the meantime his Coalition colleagues are fighting each other to get it.

  20. Where is the evidence that Liberals always look after the economy better. Where is the debt that is going to destroy us. What is Abbott going to fix.

    “…In keeping with the spirit of the Australia Day public holiday today, I have dug into a few databases and found some contemporary and historical facts that not everyone, presumably, knows about the Australian economy, its finance markets and policy settings.

    In researching this, I certainly found some interesting bits of information with the most extraordinary piece being the fact that Australia’s unemployment rate was 0.3 per cent in 1951. Even in 1970 it was 0.9 per cent. Will it ever be this low again?

    Anyway, here are some selected facts.

    – Australia’s gross domestic product will be $1.52 trillion in 2012-13, up from $1.08 trillion in 2006-07, $622 billion in 1999-2000, $405 billion in
    1989-90 and $40 billion in 1970-71.

    – In December 2012, there were 11,538,900 million people in paid employment while 656,400 people were unemployed. In 1970, there were
    5,396,000 people employed and 78,000 unemployed.

    – Australia’s unemployment rate is 5.4 per cent at present, it was 0.9 per cent in August 1970 while in August 1951 it was a staggering 0.3 per cent.

    – Australia’s unemployment rate has not been above 6 per cent since July 2003.

    – In 1964, the female workforce participation rate was 33 per cent while now it is 58.5 per cent. In 1964, the male participation rate was 83.9 per cent, now it is 71.7 per cent.

    – In the last 45 years (where data are available), Australian net government debt has never exceeded 18.1 per cent of GDP. In the US, net government debt has not been below 18.1 per cent since 1915.

    – In 2012-13, Commonwealth government spending will be 23.8 per cent of GDP: in 1977-78, it was 24.8 per cent of GDP.

    – Australian retail spending is around $705 million per day, of which about $40 million is spent in cafes, restaurants and takeaway meals.
    .”

    http://www.businessspectator.com.au/bs.nsf/Article/australian-economy-history-statistics-population-w-pd20130128-4CR9Y?opendocument&src=idp&emcontent_asx_financial-markets&utm_source=exact&utm_medium=email&utm_content=170930&utm_campaign=kgb&modapt=commentary

  21. It had to happen. Abbott filling sandbags for the cameras. Will be across the news and papers tomorrow no doubt.

    New leaf for 2013, bullshit. He hasn’t changed one neuron in stupidity.

  22. The Qld floods are an inconvenient interruption to Tony’s electoral campaign. He probably didn’t want to turn up at a press conference – it’s not his place – but he was invited to Qld by CanDo. What was CanDo thinking? Surely by inviting Tony to Qld to talk about the floods is a dangerous move that can look like it’s a political favour.

    Tony did his best not to sound political, but in the end he couldn’t help himself. He referred to the floods as a “natural disaster,” but he placed emphasis on “natural,” thus making it a dogwhistle to the deniers.

  23. There are photo ops here, here and here with stunt opportunities there, there and there.

    Newman and Abbott watching the desk, which is what they thought it meant when they were told to go to the Watch Desk.

  24. Regarding this stupidity post we now have Dumb and Dumber ie Abbort & Sloppy over surpluses and no surplices perhaps Tones only knows religious ones like I use to wear when serving as an alter boy.

  25. Wonder how Tony will get on at the NPC on Thursday, where I believe he will be expected to answer questions.

    I expect them journalist to ask the ones, many of us are demanding.

  26. Abbott on NPC on Thursday. I bet you $1,000,000.00 that every question will be a Dorothy Dix. I wonder if he will have an ear piece to Peta. Abbott does not have an original thought or Policy between those great big lugs he has.

  27. “………Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says he will lead a ‘no surprises’ government that delivers on what it promises before the federal election later this year.

    The opposition leader, touring flood areas in Queensland on Monday, also says that based on current information, a coalition government will be able to deliver budget surpluses in every year of its first term.

    Earlier on Monday, he stopped short of committing to surpluses.

    ‘We’ve got to see their (government) figures before we can tell you exactly what we’ll do,’ he told the Seven Network.

    This had appeared to be at odds with shadow treasurer Joe Hockey, who early on Monday said the coalition’s commitment to delivering surpluses was ’emphatic’.

    But asked in Brisbane whether Mr Hockey was right to say the coalition could get the budget back in black in its first year, Mr Abbott said he was..

    http://www.skynews.com.au/politics/article.aspx?id=840094

  28. What no lies. This, he says is about present policies. Where are they. Pity the floods are getting in the way of his mini effort. Still it means those pesty reporters cannot ask inconvenient questions.

    “…………..We will reform the system but it will be careful, cautious, responsible and it will be within the framework of the existing act,’ he said.

    ‘This will be a no surprises’ coalition government.

    ‘A government which fibs its way into office is a government which brings the polity into contempt.’

    Similarly, Mr Abbott says there will be no surprises on superannuation policy.

    The party’s ‘Real Solutions’ booklet, released on Sunday, says: ‘We will ensure that no more negative unexpected changes occur to the superannuation system. We won’t move the goalposts.’

    Mr Abbott said his mini-campaign this week, kicked off with a party rally in western Sydney on Sunday, was about showcasing the coalition’s existing policies..”

    http://www.skynews.com.au/politics/article.aspx?id=840094

  29. I am 74 years young and don’t often say naughty things, but TA is playing with himself if he thinks the people will listen to his ravings. Bring on Question Time. Where can i get a copy of his “Real Solutions” booklet?

  30. More threats to our nation and economy.

    “.That could give the CEFC only a very short period in which to make its first investments. It does not have the capacity to allocate funds until July 1, but Oliver Yates’ team will need a big pipeline of projects to be locked in soon afterwards. It may only have a month or two to play with, presuming Prime Minister Gillard waits that long to call a poll (it must be held by October). Which is why Yates is keen to move quickly.

    Instead of investing in the next generation of technologies and infrastructure that will hasten the country’s move to a low carbon economy, Abbott still insists that deploying his “green army” remains a centerpiece of his climate policy.

    “There will be a Green Army marching to the rescue of our degraded bushland, our waterways under pressure,” he told his audience on Sunday. Apart from picking up litter, this green army presumably will be able to form a human dam to hold back the rising seas, and create a massive human shield to create shade on those super-hot summer days. Not sure about the bush-fires though.

    The whole policy is, of course, absolute nonsense, as even Malcolm Turnbull has revealed on several occasions. It’s a policy designed by vested interests – to sweep away as many environmental checks and balances and initiatives at state and federal level to allow certain organisations to maximise short term profits.

    Abbott’s “promise” to repeal the carbon price relies entirely on the acquiescence of the Labor Party. If it is not provided, Abbott promises to take the election to a double-dissolution poll. Unlike this year’s election, which will be an overall judgment on the competence of Labor, a double dissolution would be a referendum on carbon and climate.

    Given the fact that Whyalla and Port Augusta still stand, and many of the businesses that Abbott visited and predicted would be out of business are now profiting handsomely from energy efficiency incentives, and most of the population are wondering what the fuss is about, that would be a risky business – and a risk that many newly elected Coalition members would not want to entertain..”

    http://reneweconomy.com.au/2013/abbott-locks-in-with-tea-party-and-a-green-army-67668

  31. Abbott now on. Very impress with Queenslanders. ABC24 Sorry, it was a blue shirt. The other was so time was so short. Speech, no questions.

  32. Mini Campaign – Product of a Mini Brain?

    Is this LNP mini campaign,
    Product of someone’s mini-brain,
    Planned for Abbott because Newspoll
    Shows him still in a big black hole
    With his PR team in despair,
    Weeping, wailing, tearing their hair?
    Or just another permutation
    Of his varied self presentation?

    Once just a guy who loved to surf,
    Next he’s a new friend of the earth.
    Then shown as a mighty runner
    No one knows just when he’s gunna
    Come charging in upon his bike,
    Trying hard to sound statesmanlike
    As he fights every big new tax
    Like flames before his fireman’s axe.

    In parliament, suited, dutiful,
    No budgie smugglers on body beautiful;
    Once strict RC, a man of prayer,
    Has that gone up into thin air
    As ladies line up for liberal hugs
    And his help to store fertility drugs?
    Margie joins them, she’s not silly,
    Desperate for that house in Kirribilli.

    Now this image ‘presidential’
    Seems suddenly inconsequential.
    As that ra ra Party rally,
    Meant to prove a grand finale
    To a quasi election launch
    Ends with a rush up north to staunch
    Can-do Campbell’s disastrous floods.
    PS – TV shots so far aren’t a patch on Rudd’s.

    http://polliepomes.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/mini-campaign-product-of-a-mini-brain/

  33. The only problem with the stoopid is, the msm think it is brilliant. This is how low and inanely stoopid our msm is

    The wider – and more immediate – problem for Labor is they don’t have the kind of four-line mantra Abbott is deploying. So this puts the Coalition on the front foot as the year begins.

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/tony-abbotts-kiss-mantra-takes-him-into-election-year-battle/story-e6frerdf-1226563795897

    Now, a four line mantra is a winner 😯

    And they accuse the Government of Spin ffs

  34. voyager, take a deep breath. All that was meant, that if one has that examination, it is better to find someone with small hands. This I suspect you would agree with.

    May be a little tasteless, but was aimed at the men, who made up a greater part of the audience. In hindsight, the choice of words could have been better.

    it was not sexist of racist. It is a fact that these women are more n likley to have smaller hands that among us whites, and definitely smaller than some macho man. Not to sure about an alpha man.

  35. The Project said last night, about the new slogan, if one scrambled the words and took out a couple of letters, it could say, “Back to Howard.”,

  36. Foolishly, I’d dared to hope that we’d be spared an Abbott Floods Stunt but of course it was not to be. But what transparency! Decked out in a “look at me” hi-viz vest amongst all those other folks actually getting dirty. Conversation on this thread yesterday about our national intelligence as applied to the upcoming election, it’s scary to think we might be that silly after all.
    He’s still being called on this sort of thing but I wonder if & when the commentary will turn from criticism to coaching.

  37. I saw tabot with his vest and shovel last night on the news, and laughed at a comment in the background from an onlooker

    “C’mon tony, is that all ya got?”

  38. According to one report, Tony was doing his “volunteer work” for an entire 2 minutes..just enough time for his newspaper entourage to take a couple of appropriate pics.

  39. Did Tones actually have his ‘WORK EXPERIENCE VEST” on? Oh well I guess it is better than Margies skirts.

  40. I think what he was getting at with the “finest judge’s in England” comment was the fact that it was the Judges that sent people to Australia as Convicts

  41. Tom, why the fluro. Cando did not seem to need one when he shovelled some sand. Nor did Teresa, who held the bag for Tony. Speech at emergency head quarters was worse..

  42. David Hill, it might amaze one, but there were many free settlers that came before the 1850’s. There were many nationalities on the convict boats, including those with black skin.

    It might also amaze some, that most of the convicts were better educated and trained than was the norm among workers of the time, in the mother country..

    I think the story was pointing out that Adelaide was not founded by convicts.

    I suspect we might have got the cream of the British workers of the time.

  43. it was the Judges that sent people to Australia as Convicts

    tabot was speaking in Adelaide

    Adelaide was not founded by convicts

    But the biggest tragedy is his airbrushing the Aborigines from the history books.

    He has a pattern, after his comments last Australia day, which the media turned into a Labor problem, all because an adviser told someone something that was already on the public record.

  44. Voyager, Tim has quickly said he was wrong and apologised.

    Mr. Abbott said at Melbourne hospital, that the PM has to say something about the matter today. Mr. Abbott, why, when you do not believe you have to say anything about Mr. Brough and the Rare’s Judgement. Surely a more serious matter.

    “…………..My comments last night were trying to raise awareness about prostate cancer and the need for men to have regular checks and the importance of early detection.

    ''It was meant as a joke and on reflection I accept it was in poor taste. I apologise for any offence caused.''

    Mr Mathieson, who is rarely seen in public with the Prime Minister, is an ambassador for men's health. Ms Gillard watched as her partner made the comments on Monday, but did not react at the time.

    One attendee at The Lodge function described the audience response to Mr Mathieson's comments as awkward laughter.

    Opposition leader Tony Abbott called on Ms Gillard to ''deal'' with her partner over his joke.

    ''After everything the Prime Minister has said on these sort of subjects, I do think that she has to deal with this person,'' Mr Abbott told reporters at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.

    ''I would expect her to say something about this today.''

    http://www.nationaltimes.com.au/opinion/political-news/first-bloke-apologises-for-bad-taste-joke-20130129-2dhk1.html

  45. I’m not even certain that the judges who sentenced convicts would have been England’s “finest”..many were sentenced by Justices of the Peace who were not adverse to taking the odd pound or 2 for reduced sentences.

  46. Not change us. One would think that culture never changes. One would thing that Mr. Morrison must think we have the perfect culture.

    Culture is forever changing. It is changed by individuals, no matter where they come from.

    The four million we have welcomed,, have contributed to making this country what it is today. Surely one is not arrogant enough to believe that those that come from the middle east have nothing to contribute.

    This country appears to be very clever in only adopting the good, people bring with them.

    Yes, all that live within out boundaries contribute to our culture. I fear the change, the likes of Cory Bernadi and Scott Morrison ,are contributing to our culture. One of narrow mindlessness and hate.

    “…………The Opposition used the occasion to outline a nebulous thing called ‘post-multiculturalism’, which is sort of like multiculturalism but with less diversity and more dog whistling.

    Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison wrote in The Australian that immigrants should join us – but not change us. Slip in quietly please, leave your own customs and traditions at the door.

    He added that “cultural tolerance is not a licence for cultural practices that are offensive to our cultural values and laws”, and talked of problems in “discrete geographic areas”. Then there was “a growing frustration and disaffection among Australians living in areas of high ethnic concentration, caused by perceived social and economic failure in these communities and an increasing level of what I would term self-imposed cultural withdrawal.”.”

    http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/group-hugs-and-brain-farts-for-australia-day/

  47. Abbott on ABC News asked whether climate change has contributed to the floods: “climate change is real, but floods and fires are part of Australia’s natural conditions.” So, yes? no? maybe? Weasel words!

  48. (In an era of proposed, but shelved, Federal Constitutional reform and proposed, and quasi-active, State-d land title reforms, does the new Abbott preamble to post-multiculturalism really differ all that much from any of his prior offers to treat use-by and/or best-by dates with considered and considerable disdain?)

  49. Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) executive officer David Helmers told Fairfax Media on Tuesday that Mr Mathieson ”could have chosen his words a bit better”.

    But Mr Helmers said that Mr Mathieson had done a lot of great work promoting men’s health and men’s sheds, visiting men’s sheds around the country.

    ”We’ve all been known to make inappropriate comments sometimes,” Mr Helmers said.

    Mr Mathieson has been a patron of AMSA for three years, during which the number of sheds have grown from about 300 to about 1000.

    ”He’s definitely our highest profile patron,” Mr Helmers said.

    AMSA is reviewing the role of its patrons in light of its rapid growth. Mr Helmers said the review had nothing to do with Mr Mathieson’s comments on Monday and may result in appointing regional ambassadors on top of the existing patrons.

    Treasurer Wayne Swan, who is a prostate cancer survivor, said Mr Mathieson ”could have chosen his words more carefully”.

    ”But let’s not have the whole message of the need for testing lost in this debate,” Mr Swan told Channel Nine.

    http://www.nationaltimes.com.au/opinion/political-news/first-bloke-apologises-for-bad-taste-joke-20130129-2dhk1.html

  50. “….Special Minister of State Gary Gray has committed the government to try to pass sweeping electoral reforms through Parliament by June 30, altering the rules for this year’s election.

    The reforms would mean that the sources of many more donations would have to be publicly revealed after the poll.

    Mr Gray told The Age he was ”absolutely confident” the reforms – including lowering the threshold above which donations must be disclosed, subsidising political parties and independents for their administrative costs, and toughening the electoral law – can be passed…………

    The government has a bill before the Senate to require disclosure of all political donations of more than $1000 – compared with the present disclosure level of more than $12,000. This legislation has passed the House of Representatives…”

    http://www.nationaltimes.com.au/opinion/political-news/labor-to-push-new-rules-for-elections-20130128-2dh1e.html

    Another action that is badly in need of change,

  51. Does daddy have his daughter with him, fawning over the babies, today in Melbourne at the Children’s Hospital.

  52. A “no surprises” government. The only ones who will get some very nasty surprises will be the barrackers. The rest of us won’t be at all surprised at how truly terrible a Liealot government will be.

    ……….showcasing the coalition’s existing policies..”

    Policies? Are you sure that word should be a plural?

    patriciawa @8.55, love the pome and its name.

    White shirt the same as the one yesterday that needed ironing.

    OMG, CU!! Do you think Margie’s gone on ironing strike, or is Peta too busy juggling her test tubes to crank up the ironing board?

    CU, South Australia was indeed a free settlement organised by a fortune hunting crook by the name of Wakefield, who devised the scheme with Robert Gouger and Robert Torrens of Torrens Title fame, while doing a stretch in Newgate prison.

    He never set foot in Australia, but ultimately settled in NZ where he died in May 1862.

    There is a street named after him in the city grid. Gouger also has a street named after him which houses a famous food precinct and the Central Market. Torrens has a suburb or two under his belt.

    http://boundforsouthaustralia.net.au/journey-content/edward-gibbon-wakefield.html

    As for Liealot, he has refined stupidity, mendacity and bullying to an art form.

    Tom R @8.55am, you should know by now that evidence is superfluous to requirements for the Liars and their barrackers. In fact, it’s anathema to them.

    You only have to hold your nose and read Voyager’s and Treetroll’s comments to know that’s the case. 😆

    Min @10.41am, 😆 😆 😆

  53. BSA Bob @10.23am, at least he wore a high vis vest for this photo op, unlike his attire and complete lack of interest in getting stuck into helping people clean up in the aftermath of the 2010-2011 floods.

    Nothing except an attempt to make political capital out of the situation by having a go at the government.

    A sleazy, mendacious big noter.

  54. Just noticed that the shadow minister for Health is actually in a hospital. Have not heard him say anything.

    Abbott. Please say carbon dioxide. Not carbon doxide.

  55. Jane @ 1.04
    That’s a very interesting historical article. I’ll follow up some of the links in it later.
    Agreed that the only ones surprised by an Abbott government will be those who support him at the election.

    On the subject of Tim’s gaffe, I hope the media don’t take the opportunity to go hard on this. Still being pissed off at Gillard for getting at Abbott with her speech without their permission, they’re busting to get back at her. Abbott can probably expect favourable coverage as he plays the unjustly wronged role.

    Here’s a South Aussie story that has an historical angle, though not that far back. A couple of years ago, someone in my district renovating an old house chanced on a letter secreted in a cavity wall. It was dated, from memory, 80 or so years ago, maybe a bit more, & purported to be a confession of murder, with the victim being buried in the yard of the house. The writer named themselves, but this wasn’t made public & the police were obliged to take it seriously, examining the yard. Nothing came of it.
    But getting to the point at last, members of the district’s Old Families were incandescent at this slur upon their histories. In most other places you’d think people would be quite taken at the thought of having a bit of a wrongun that far back in their past. But South Australia takes itself very seriously.

  56. An unfortunate typo, the one time I don’t check. For “slut” read “slur”
    Do better next time Robert.

  57. BSA Bob @ 10.23

    Hi Viz Tony had Teresa Gambaro, without a hi viz vest, holding a bright yellow bag for him to shovel in sand.

    I wonder why Tony needed to wear Hi Viz vest, yet Teresa did not? Then again the guy beside Tony, who obviously had to stop shovelling, so as not to hinder the photo stunt is not wearing a vest,

  58. sue
    Once again, a country that votes for this prat…
    One thing I don’t understand is why he now seems happy for the staging to be made public. No pretence of any sort of spontanaeity at all.
    Along that line, that’s probably why Teresa doesn’t rate a vest. The bright colouring does its job & draws the eye to the wearer.

  59. Absolutely, Sue. Everything Abbott does is a PR exercise with a photo opp in mind.

    BSA Bob – we can fix that slur, with your permission. Or are you happy to let it stand now you’ve corrected it below?

    By the way, you are so right about the early settlers here. Quite apart from his ignoring Aboriginal people who are now generally referred to as the ‘first Australians’ (by some sixty thousand years or more!) he also failed to make the point that English judges were sending a lot of convicted political offenders here as transportees. They were Irish protesters and the like who were all very well read and able to express themselves in speech making and in writing. It seemed a good way of getting rid of troublemakers, I guess.

    What a slur, indeed. And why aren’t the media making a fuss about that. Beside it Tim’s gaffe is miniscule.

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  61. If Mr. Abbott had respond as the PM and her partner have, he would now have no problem. Mr. Abbott continues to protest too much. Even today with his “poor me”, he cannot get past, “she said”

    Tim has acknowledge what he said is wrong. This is something that Mr. Abbott cannot bring himself to do. He sees no wrong in what he says, or any of his actions.

  62. Tones wields the shovel very effectively and so he should he has been shovelling shit on everybody the last 12 months, e.g. PM, Slipper Thomson etc.

  63. The new senator elect has handled herself well with the media. Extremely well. No shrinking violet this one.

  64. BSA Bob, it’s amazing how time sugar coats a spot of bad behaviour. I’m not sure I’d fancy having a murderer in my family, but there probably are skeletons of that nature lurking in the odd closet.

    I imagine that those so-called leaders of society don’t like the idea that they’re no better and sometimes a lot worse, than us plebs. Brings them down from the lofty heights they believe they inhabit.

    I wonder why he left that confession in the wall, but there’s no body in the petunias? Maybe he thought he’d better move the victim in case someone found the confession while he was still alive. Or maybe he was just a nutter. 😀

    CU @2.08pm, I’d suggest you know a bloody sight more than the entire Liars Party combined.

    Patricia Benstead @2.12pm, 😆 I bet Gambaro was praying Liealot wouldn’t spray her with sand. He must have loved having at least one woman bowing before him.

  65. What Tim said sounds fair enough to me! If I’ve got to have a doctor do an examination of my prostate, I want that doctor to have the smallest finger possible 😳

    Do you think the joke made by Tim Mathieson about prostate cancer and small female Asian doctors was in bad taste?

    Yes, it was offensive and the issue is too important to make light of
    35%

    No, political correctness has gone much too far
    34%

    The joke was a bit unfortunate but it’s helped to bring attention to an important issue
    31%

    Total votes: 22358

    Disclaimer: These polls are not scientific and reflect the opinion only of visitors who have chosen to participate.

    It seems ~ 2/3 of respondents to that poll don’t see too much offensive in the remark…

  66. I have just been glancing through the headlines.

    They appear to consist of all the things that Mr. Abbott and Mr. Hockey say the PM must do. Mostly worded as, “she must do”.

    Funny, from the man that does not see he has to do anything. In fact refuses even to answer the questions that are not to his liking.

    Gillard must come clean on budget: Hockey

    http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/gillard-must-come-clean-on-budget-hockey/story-e6frfku9-1226564282575

    Carbon tax impact must be stopped: Abbott.

    This one based on a lie.

    http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/tax-has-pushed-up-costs-businesses-say/story-e6frfku9-1226563849016

    Then we had the one, that the PM must comment on what her partner said.

    I like this one better. When is he going to do it? Come clean on what he would do as eaM.

    http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=abbott%2C%20pm%20must%20do&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&sqi=2&ved=0CDoQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.abc.net.au%2Fam%2Fcontent%2F2012%2Fs3652917.htm&ei=9ksHUYCcLIzRlAW7rYHYBg&usg=AFQjCNHQYlr8iEEDLtHX53rU0StJpcWwag&bvm=bv.41524429,d.dGI

    How about Mr. Abbott must come clean on what he intends to cut.

    Mr. Abbott must come clean on what he knows about the Ashby Affrair.

    Both are very god at telling the PM what to do. It is a skill they have honed well.

  67. patriciawa @ 1.59
    Yes, you could fix that bit. If the media can rewrite so much history on Tony’s behalf I don’t see any harm in a bit of retrospective proofreading.

    Jane @ 2.45
    Nothing came of the “murder confession” & I presume the gendarmes wrote it off as a prank. But I was a bit struck by the outrage of the local bigwigs. Not wanting to get carried away mind you, they weren’t organising street marches or anything. But it was reported they weren’t happy.

    By the way, the OH has had ABC TV on for a while now to hear about the floods & the local ABC1 seems to’ve gone over to 24 for simplicity’s sake. We don’t get 24 on our National Trust accredited TV so I’m seeing, almost for the first time, how they hammer an anti government line. There are two thing happening in the world today, the floods & Tim’s joke. That is until they could go over to Peris & hassle her.
    Though I admit we got a short piece of Abbott’s platitudinous guff when asked about what should actually be done about the floods. Beyond spending a minute or two shovelling a bit of sand into a dinky little bag.

  68. Done! BSA Bob – I’m not in the habit of offering proof reading/editing services, but I thought that comment of yours was so relevant it was a pity to leave that particular typo there. Cheers!

  69. Railing against Abbott here to a small group thinking set while the gillard’s ‘companion’ hit a national trifecta with sexism, racism and misogyny all rolled into one!

    “PRIME Minister Julia Gillard’s partner has joked about small Asian women and prostate examinations.
    Tim Mathieson made the quip during a speech at The Lodge for the Prime Minister’s XI cricket match which will be held in Canberra today.
    Mr Mathieson was acting in his capacity as a men’s health ambassador when he encouraged the gathering – which included the West Indian cricket team – to get a prostate examination.
    “We can get a blood test for it, but the digital examination is the only true way to get a correct reading on your prostate, so make sure you go and do that, and perhaps look for a small, Asian, female doctor is probably the best way,” he said.
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/pms-partner-under-pressure-over-prostate-joke/story-fncynkc6-1226563905343

    He’s apologised but too late.

    Gillard’s choice of companion reflects so badly on herself that anything Abbott does pales into insignificance. Guess that’s why the money is on gillard getting booted!

    http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-national/federal-labor-could-lose-18-seats-poll-20130129-2dhhh.html

  70. Meanwhile, thinking people put Tim’s comment in perspective 🙄

  71. “Meanwhile, thinking people put Tim’s comment in perspective”

    Asian thinkers don’t agree. There is no defending this Bacchus, the first bloke is a first class idiot.

  72. And how interesting it would be if Tim blurted that out after gillard’s new free speech laws come into effect…if Tony Abbott had said the same thing you people would be wailing and gnashing your teeth!

  73. Meanwhile the pre-emptive releases from Wivenhoe dam have done what Anna Blight failed to do, minimise the damage by using the flood mitigation capacity of the dam as it was designed. She’d been listening to a weather whisperer tim flummery for too long…

  74. Tree what is offensive about pointing out that Asian woman doctors are likely to have smaller hands.

    It was not sexist or racist. If you believe it is, please explain why.

    The man quickly apologised, saying he was only making a joke, but the words would have been better not used.

    Yes, he admitted he was wrong.

    It was male audience the speech was aimed at.

  75. Tree, there are no free speech laws to come into effect There is a discussion paper available. If you have concerns, you could always voice your opinion directly.

    Then inconvenient facts never deter you from voicing an opinion, generally abusing those who disagree along the way.

  76. Tree, as this was the first rain of the season, what was the level of the water in that dam.

    I am sure it was not just the premier that was caught out.

    She would have only acted on expert advice.

    Did any enquiry find her wanting.

  77. Sue, one just shakes one’s head in dismay..thank you so much for bringing this deliberate slur on the PM to our attention. Similar one would expect from bogan types..and it seems that “our” ABC is now at this level.

  78. Tree, maybe it is as he said, he talked it over with his family. Maybe he has had better options. Maybe he sees his career going no further. Who knows, and who cares.

    I believe it would be better for democracy and good governance if more gave consideration to what they were achieving and made the decision to move on.

  79. Meanwhile the pre-emptive releases from Wivenhoe dam have done what Anna Blight failed to do, minimise the damage by using the flood mitigation capacity of the dam as it was designed.

    What a lot of horseshit Trollman! The “pre-emptive releases” made absolutely no difference to this minor flood event in Brisbane. We got a couple hundred mm over a limited area after months of almost no rain. A little different to 2010-11 🙄

  80. Railing against Abbott here to a small group thinking set while the gillard’s ‘companion’ hit a national trifecta with sexism, racism and misogyny all rolled into one!

    Treeman, you are clearly appalled. Then tell me, did you also find Laming’s recent tweet aimed at ridiculing Indigenous people in Logan appalling as well?

  81. Been waiting for you , Treeman!…did you earn your moniker?…up in a tree like a monkee!….”Jaycee the soothsayer”…”Treeman the wanker!”….I win!…you jerkoff!

  82. All Tim has done is got blokes like me, who havn’t had ‘it’ done, to think about ‘it’ ….. and I’m think’n whether my local Medical Centre has got any small asian Dr’s, male or female 😳 ……ouch 😦 Well done Tim.

  83. Never ceases to amaze me that Treeman turns into a concern troll for refugees, Labor pollies and political correctness when it can be used to bash Labor, but otherwise is a redneck bogan at all other times especially when the same things are part of a Liberal order of business.

  84. And her’s another little “soothsay” you can grind your teeth over, Treeman…Qld’ is going to be hit with another super-cell storm within this season….How do I know this?…Because there is absolutely no reason why not!
    The Atmosphere is still hot, the Pacific Ocean is warmer, the land is warmer the season has just begun..Hell!..you may even get two or three!
    So you call your little mates ; el grogan and twee from the corner where they are “comforting” eachother and believe it …climate change is right here, right now!

  85. This whole thing is really payback. The media hate Gillard because despite their best efforts at containment she ripped Abbott apart. They’ve been waiting for this.
    Interesting that they’ve gone from a carping, defensive & oh so very precise indeed definition of the word “misogyny” to a pretty freewheeling one now it suits.

  86. “…………While Abbott pretends to be Barack Obama, the surf inundates a Currumbin (Gold Coast) restaurant.

    SO, DOES ANYONE else find it rather perverse – or perhaps ironic − that on the day Tony Abbott stood to lauch his “mini-campaign”, where he declared his intention to repeal the carbon and mining taxes, Queensland and Northern NSW were gripped by – yet another – extreme weather event.

    This is the Tony Abbott who thinks climate change is crap, or at other times that it might be happening, but that Australia has always had extreme weather events, so relax people — it’ll all be cool. No worries!

    Of course, Australia has always had severe weather events, but they are quite obviously becoming more frequent and they are empirically becoming more extreme. Just in the last month, we’ve had searing record temperatures, raging bushfires and devastating floods on the Eastern seaboard. Right at this minute, while bushfires rage in Victoria, floods are destroying and taking lives in Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Brisbane (yet again) and other parts of Queensland.

    And yet, even as this happens, Tony Abbott has the audacity to stand up on a Western Sydney basketball court – like some third-rate Obama – with 300 handpicked suburban Liberal Party groupies, to declare he is going to axe Australia’s carbon tax — about the only decent thing Australia is doing right now to try to help mitigate global warming…………”

    http://www.independentaustralia.net/2013/politics/tony-abbotts-mini-campaign-upstaged-by-heavenly-irony/

  87. “…………………An alpha male would lead and take control. Tony Abbott is not in control. Remember him openly saying in 2007 he was a member of John Howards’s “praetorian guard“? He is instinctively a follower — a lackey. The mantle of leadership sits uneasily on him — and the Australian people have seen this, and so they hold him in utter disdain according to every poll of his public approval. Indeed, without constant boosting by the old press, he would have been history long ago.

    It is no accident that the establishment press back him to the hilt. This is because he is the proxy for big money. He is in the thrall of the same plutocrats — the rich, climate change denying, free market ideologues that control Australia’s media and most of the levers of power. You know exactly who they are: Rupert, Gina, Singo, Hughie, and all the shadowy host behind those appalling snake-oil salesmen — the IPA. These are people that don’t want action on climate change because, for one thing, it would threaten their profits..”

    http://www.independentaustralia.net/2013/politics/tony-abbotts-mini-campaign-upstaged-by-heavenly-irony/

  88. RikRDMS 6 hours ago
    Half the country is on fire and the other half is under water. Your solution? No carbon tax, no tax on mining. More money for rich mums having babies and financial policies predicated on keeping you in power. Your plan stinks…..
    Reply ·

  89. Just in the last month, we’ve had searing record temperatures, raging bushfires and devastating floods on the Eastern seaboard. Right at this minute, while bushfires rage in Victoria, floods…

    And I kid you not but Graham Creed on ABC News said a cold front to the south could bring snow to Victoria.

  90. Catching up
    JANUARY 29, 2013 @ 5:24 PM
    “Tree what is offensive about pointing out that Asian woman doctors are likely to have smaller hands.

    It was not sexist or racist. If you believe it is, please explain why.

    The man quickly apologised, saying he was only making a joke, but the words would have been better not used.

    Yes, he admitted he was wrong.

    It was male audience the speech was aimed at”

    CU, you have made an art of defending the indefensible. None of the above excuses the first bogan and nor does it excuse his companion.

    From the log in eye lizard…”Never ceases to amaze me that Treeman turns into a concern troll for refugees, Labor pollies and political correctness when it can be used to bash Labor, but otherwise is a redneck bogan at all other times especially when the same things are part of a Liberal order of business”

    Where do you get “concern troll for refugees” My wife is Chinese, not a refugee but a migrant. She is appalled that the first bogan could say it, let alone have to apologise for it.

    LOVO
    JANUARY 29, 2013 @ 8:13 PM
    All Tim has done is got blokes like me, who havn’t had ‘it’ done, to think about ‘it’ ….. and I’m think’n whether my local Medical Centre has got any small asian Dr’s, male or female…”

    PATHETIC!

  91. I may sound a tad abusive to the likes of Treeman and the rest of those deniers, but I despise such fillibusters who blunt and delay the attack to do something positive to aleviate the damage caused by weather disasters.
    Not only are they culpable in causing the heartache we see with these disasters, by their rubbishing of the science, they contribute toward a diminishing of the collective wisdom of civilisation…in short , they are your archetype Barbarians!
    I look forward to the day when such collaborators can be sued in a class-action for the damage they do!

  92. Miglo
    JANUARY 29, 2013 @ 6:39 PM

    Treeman, you are clearly appalled. Then tell me, did you also find Laming’s recent tweet aimed at ridiculing Indigenous people in Logan appalling as well?

    Now that’s projection for you…how do you prove the tweet was aimed as you suggest to ridicule? If you want to raise the ante on tweets then what about larissa Behrendt’s tweet on Bess Price? Oh the holier than thou leftists…hypocrites in spades!

  93. “I may sound a tad abusive to the likes of Treeman and the rest of those deniers, but I despise such fillibusters who blunt and delay the attack to do something positive to aleviate the damage caused by weather disasters.
    Not only are they culpable in causing the heartache we see with these disasters, by their rubbishing of the science, they contribute toward a diminishing of the collective wisdom of civilisation…in short , they are your archetype Barbarians!
    I look forward to the day when such collaborators can be sued in a class-action for the damage they do”

    What complete and utter drivel…been on a bender JC?

    ” culpable in causing the heartache we see with these disasters, by their rubbishing of the science” A tad abusive… that is perverted reasoning…You need to get a life!

  94. “Catching up
    JANUARY 29, 2013 @ 8:45 PM
    ikRDMS 6 hours ago
    Half the country is on fire and the other half is under water. Your solution? No carbon tax, no tax on mining. More money for rich mums having babies and financial policies predicated on keeping you in power. Your plan stinks…..”

    And your plan is already rotten!

  95. Now that’s projection for you…how do you prove the tweet was aimed as you suggest to ridicule?

    Oh FFS. Read the bloody thing (which I’m guessing you already have).

  96. Oh FFS I read it ages ago. Behrendt’s tweetle left Lamming’s in it’s wake on all counts. Suck it up Miglo good for goose good for gander!

  97. “Meanwhile the pre-emptive releases from Wivenhoe dam have done what Anna Blight failed to do, minimise the damage by using the flood mitigation capacity of the dam as it was designed.

    What a lot of horseshit Trollman! The “pre-emptive releases” made absolutely no difference to this minor flood event in Brisbane. We got a couple hundred mm over a limited area after months of almost no rain”

    You’re talking through your …..channeling the first bogan! You have no idea, you’re not here, don’t know when the releases started or anything about the flows. I was on the river Friday afternoon and the impact of releases could already be seen. Rainfall in gauge 70mm. On Monday they stopped releasing water. Rainfall in gauge 270mm.

  98. “So I take it you didn’t mind Laming’s tweet.”

    For a bloke who allows posters dismiss me with cries of “projection” you’re pretty good at it yourself!

  99. No, you went feral over the Asian doctor remark and you are entitled to your opinion. I was merely fishing to see if you’re a hypocrite.

    You needn’t answer the question now as I’ve found out the answer.

  100. Mr Rabbit’s response to the question linking the floods and fires to climate change has to be teased out. He appears to be saying that climate change is real, but that it’s natural, not human-caused. Thus he doesn’t accept the science, which says that it is human-caused. He needs to be quizzed on this. He also needs to tell us, if he becomes PM, who would be his scientific advisor on climate change (which he admits is real). Plimer?

    The scientific community also needs to tell the public what would be the consequences for science and the scientific community if Mr Rabbit became PM.

  101. No tree, you have made an art of twisting words to mean what you want them too.

    All he was talking about was small hands, nothing else.

    There is no way one can twist it to mean anything else. If so please explain it to me.

    Sometimes, you can act like an arsehole. .

    it was not misogynist, as Abbott tried to imply.

    What is sexist in saying an Asian woman, whom many are doctors, have small hands. Especially when he was talking to a roomful of men, from that part of the world.

    Now I assume you know why the doctors has small hands, is less painful for you.

    Most seem to agree with me, including Mr. Brandis. You are the outsider on this one.

    Tree, what did you think he said.

  102. So if he said climate change is real, then he is correct, climate always changes.

    He says humans did not cause the warming that ended last century, so AGW is a fraud. Let the science community tell us what they think.

  103. You can lick Newman arse all night Treeman, but we saw his eyes at those pressers…he was shitting himself…if that Wivenhoe Dam bit didn’t work (and they learnt their lesson the hard way last trip!) he’d have run for it!
    You right-wingers are shit-players…you haven’t got the guts to face the real world, so you create false scenarios…and when the real world hits you in the face you deny and feint and fake the truth….Hopeless, gutless and useless!

  104. Tree said, this 😆 “… A tad abusive… that is perverted reasoning…You need to get a life!” …… talk aboot project’n …… thats Tree to a tee 😆 …. he’s such a fanatical odd little fellow….. reminds me of those born again jihad types of extremists…… either that or he’s just had to much tea…… 😀

  105. el gordo..the scientific community has told you the facts till they are blue in the face…it is your own incredible stupidity that blinds you!

  106. By the way, doctors in the field are congratulating Tim on the wonderful success he has had getting the message out. If it went viral, all the better.

    Tree, are you going to get a check up, as he suggested.

    Most on the net, scratching their heads, wondering what all the fuss is about.

  107. Hey Treeman!….and by the way…the damage from those floods isn’t over yet…I think you know what floats to the surface when the water starts to drop….yes…things like yourself!

  108. Tree i have had many Asian, including chinese work mates and friends. Yes, the ones that come by boat, as refugees, They are also worthwhile and nice people.

    They also had a healthy sense of humour. Did not come across any that were prudes.

    Maybe you need some yourself. A sense of humour.

  109. Insurance council calling for a permanent flood levy. To be spent on flood prevention. Makes sense.

    I believe NSW with it’s extensive permanent levees does it better. Must also remember, Queensland has monsoonal rains. Maybe the levee system might not be as efficient.

  110. You have no idea, you’re not here, don’t know when the releases started or anything about the flows. I was on the river Friday afternoon and the impact of releases could already be seen. Rainfall in gauge 70mm. On Monday they stopped releasing water. Rainfall in gauge 270mm.

    Fck you live in a wide range of areas Trollman 😉 From “near Traveston Crossing” to “on the Brisbane River” 🙄 And yes, once again, you prove to be FOS 😆

    What were the levels of Wivenhoe, Somerset & North Pine dams on 1/1/2011? What had been happening, weather wise, since the end of September 2010 in the Brisbane & Stanley Rivers Catchment areas?

    Got that in your addled brain?

    Now what were the levels of Wivenhoe, Somerset & North Pine dams on 1/1/2013? What has been happening, weather wise, since the end of September 2011 in the Brisbane & Stanley Rivers Catchment areas?

    Now we get to the crux of the matter – exactly how much rain fell in the catchment areas of the Bremer, Stanley & Brisbane Rivers and Lockyer Creek in January 2011, specifically up until the 13th? How much fell over Brisbane city?

    Compare that with rainfall in these same areas this year – you really are FOS Trollman 🙄

    “Preemptive releases” phht – you have NFI what you’re ranting about…

    FYI, the level of Wivenhoe in October 2010. when Jeff Seeny was vehemently advocating using more of the “flood mitigation” storage of the dam for water supply, was 101%. This remained so until around 4th January 2011, when it was 102.1% of capacity. By the 12 January, the level had reached 188.5%. That’s caused by a fck’n lot of rain coming out of the sky in a week over a large area of the catchment area!

    On 3 March 2011, the level had been reduced to 76.3% and remained around 80% until June 2012, rising to and staying around 100% until October 2012, gradually reducing to 91% by 26 January 2012, due to lack of rainfall.

    Around about this time, Mr Newman’s “precautionary” releases started happening, against Seqwater’s advice. They said it wasn’t necessary, and have since been proved correct!

    As a result of the releases, the dam level was reduced to 88.2% by 27 January (WOW)…

    As of this morning, the dam level is 128.5%, a FAR cry from anything experienced in 2010-11… The dam manual says they should reduce this level during the wet season, so as flood levels from other sources decrease over the next couple of weeks, I expect the dam operators will once again reduce the dam level to cater for any other wet season contingency, as they should, without political interference…

  111. You have no idea, you’re not here

    Just as an aside Trollman, I was born in the Wide Bay Burnett region, and have lived there and in SEQ for well over 50 years. I have experienced cyclones, tornadoes and major floods in the region during this time. Now tell me who has NFI 🙄

  112. Bacchus, it is good those in the know are starting to stand up for themselves. I, for one am sick of playing it nice. From now on, I call a spade a spade.

    I am sick of decent people like the PM being belittled every day.

    Yes, I will be more than a trad abusive, where such action is merited.

  113. Thanks CU. Trolls like that get up my nose, pretending they are the font of all knowledge on all subjects, but when tested, ALWAYS come up short.

    The matron of honour at our wedding 30+ years ago lives & works in Laidley, my best man and several cousins, friends and their families live elsewhere in the Locker Valley, Uncles, Aunts, cousins & families live in Toowoomba, an uncle and several cousins live in and around Bundaberg, my brother and his family live in the South Burnett, and it’s supposedly me who “has no idea because I’m not here.”

    Go away Trollman – you epitomise the word “Fckwit” 👿

  114. Why worry aboot treetroll at all, he poses little argument, IMO, …. he just poses 👿
    Tree, when you look in the mirror do you ever notice your sneer…. just ask’n 😀 …. you can continue look’n down your nose now…………… 🙄

  115. lol, Love it LOVO

    The Gibbon reminds me of someone. Might have to go have a snact to think about it 😆

    Very funky 😉

  116. Although, now come to think of it, Spike Milligan and the Goons etc, maybe not that unique, especially from the English comedians. But yea, bloody funny

  117. Yes, Migs…But it is more than their putrid verbosity, it is the damage they do to communities with their big mouths talking down precautionary works to alieviate the obvious forseeable damage of these events. How many local councils would have changed their planning tactics if they took climate change as a serious issue?
    These trolls are guilty by association with shit-eaters like Abbott and Bolt and should be treated as barbarians, not to be given the comfort of commentry as they only vomit contagion.
    If I had my way, I’d “Gulag” them..not for the crime of vandalism, but for the fact that they are just so, so stupid and they “infect” civilisation….hopeless, gutless and useless.

  118. Jaycee, many coastal shire councils have, and for quite a while now taken climate change into consideration re town planning, for example “planned retreat”.

  119. The journalists appear stony faced at the PM’s NPC address. Wonder why? The PM is now wearing glasses.

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