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See also: http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/19279
Many years ago, Tony Abbott joked that he was the ideological love-child of those two giants of the NSW Liberal Party's right wing, John Howard and Bronwyn Bishop.
Howard, while enormously successful in politics, ended by leading his ministers over a cliff after refusing to cede the leadership baton to the agreed generational successor in Peter Costello. It was a triumph of pathological loyalty (or was it simple cowardice?) in which nobody broke ranks.
Left unattended, the crisis surrounding Bishop threatens to consume the entire government.
Now Bishop threatens to invite a similar calamity – on her party and on Abbott – from what should have been a largely ceremonial position as Speaker. In a spectacular own goal, Abbott's hand-picked Speaker is now his greatest liability.
Seventeen days after Caitlyn Jenner appeared in airbrushed glory on the cover of Vanity Fair, Sara Simone woke up in her rented Alexandria bedroom and considered the tools at her own disposal: a $9 bottle of Revlon ColorStay foundation — “Mahogany” — a spritz of Paris Hilton perfume, a plunging black T-shirt showcasing the breasts she had patiently earned with hormones. Was the shirt too racy? Maybe. But it was better, she’d decided when she transitioned four years ago, to have men stare at her chest than to have them scrutinize her face and ask whether she was a man or a woman. “Better they whistle at me than jump me,” she sometimes said, because in her particular existence as a transgender woman, catcalling seemed the lesser and safer of possible indignities.
Sara added a set of false eyelashes, one retrieved from the carpet where it had escaped. Two tan hormone patches, one for each buttock.
She slid gold sandals onto her feet, a gold ring onto her toe, and onto her lower half, a pair of snug neon pants which she planned to keep in rotation “as long as my legs can pull it off.”
read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/style/2015/07/29/life-as-sara-what-its-like-to-be-a-transgender-woman-when-youre-not-caitlyn-jenner/?hpid=z1
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Bronwyn Bishop claimed taxpayer-funded travel benefits for her work as a committee chairwoman on more than 15 occasions for times and places when the committee was not conducting hearings, a review of historic travel claims reveals.
Bishop, who is under increasing pressure to stand aside as Speaker over the travel claim controversy, said on Thursday she would repay claims made for secret meetings with unnamed sources associated with her committee work, which coincided with the interstate weddings of two Liberal colleagues.
read more: http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jul/30/bronwyn-bishop-expenses-row-historic-claims-reveal-another-15-trips
Recent positive drug tests by two cyclists suggest there is a new, cutting-edge substance making its way to athletes looking for performance-enhancement: FG-4592, an experimental drug that increases production of red blood cells but has not yet been approved for human consumption.
Athletes have long found surreptitious means of obtaining banned performance-enhancing drugs, but with FG-4592, there actually may be a far more straightforward way — simply by ordering it from chemical-supply companies online.
And that, said Don Catlin, an expert on testing for banned substances, is something new to him. Athletes have gotten banned drugs from websites in China, he said, but what they receive is not always what they tried to order. The companies selling FG-4592 are not marketing it to athletes or individuals who want to take it; they emphasize that what they are selling is a chemical that is intended only for researchers.
red more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/30/sports/cycling/fabio-taborre-and-carlos-oyarzun-drug-tests-suggest-use-of-chemical-meant-for-research.html?_r=0
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Ms Bishop's apology has been greeted with bemusement by colleagues, who say after nearly three weeks of the Speaker refusing to say sorry, her mea culpa was too late and self-serving.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten wasted no time dismissing it as a tactical manouevre aimed at Mrs Bishop's own survival.
"There's a difference between saying sorry because you mean it and saying sorry because you're about to get the sack," he said.
He said if Mrs Bishop was genuine, she would not have previously refused to apologise.
The Speaker - who is set to face a no-confidence motion if she survives in the job until Parliament resumes on August 10 - used a doorstop press conference in regional Victoria to admit for the first time that her use of a charter helicopter to travel to and from a Liberal Party fundraiser in Geelong, at a cost of more than $5000, was "just ridiculous" and "inexcusable".
"It was too much money," she told reporters. "It just looked wrong. Although it's within the rules, it just doesn't look right and therefore I am apologising and repaying."
Senior Coalition figures are in no doubt as to the scale of the confidence crisis around the Speaker, with such ministers as Treasurer Joe Hockey displaying frustration at having to answer questions on the subject.
The ABC has had to correct two statements made by Alan Jones on Q&A last week, including one that put the cost of wind power 10 times higher than it actually is.
“Eighty per cent of Australian energy comes from coal, coal-fired power, and it’s about $79 a kilowatt hour,” Jones said on Q&A on 20 July. “Wind power is about $1,502 a kilowatt hour. That is unaffordable. If you take that power and feed it into the grid, then every person watching this program has electricity bills going through the roof.”
Jones also made an incorrect claim connecting the former leader of the National Party John Anderson with mining companies.
Both statements made by Jones were sourced from newspaper articles – in the Australian in 2011 and the Sydney Morning Herald this year – which have since been corrected online.
read more http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jul/30/abc-corrects-alan-joness-qa-claim-that-boosted-cost-of-wind-power-tenfold
PLEASE NOTE THAT CORRECTIONS ONLINE IS NOT ENOUGH... A correction should be made on air... Reason?: On air gets about one million viewers; online gets about 20,000 visitors... See the dif? Understood?
Speaker Bronwyn Bishop has apologised for "letting down" the Australian people but says she will not resign amid increasing pressure over her use of taxpayer-funded travel entitlements.
Mrs Bishop has been under scrutiny for more than two weeks, after it emerged she used taxpayers' money to charter a helicopter to fly in to a party fundraiser.
While continuing to maintain the spending was within entitlement, the Speaker has now fronted the media at an event in regional Victoria to say sorry.
"I am so apologetic to the Australia people for letting them down and I will be working very hard to make sure things are right," she said.
The angst was triggered by the revelation that she used public money to pay for a charter helicopter to travel a short distance from Melbourne to Geelong for a political fundraiser last year.
read more http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-30/bronwyn-bishop-says-sorry-for-letting-down-australian-people/6658860
Bronwyn should go and remove the smell of high corruption from this turdy government... Oh I see there's so much stink in all the lies from Turdy and his cronies that a bit more crap-stench won't foul the air of saturated double standards too much more...
Maintain the rage ! See toon at top.
but culling people is a bit of a problem... Cats are a big part of the problem, though...
Yes, I agree, although I wonder why we're picking on the cats when its people who have done a whole lot more to threaten the environment?
Or is it yet just another diversion.
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