Wednesday 28th of February 2024

target practice...

target practice...

The New South Wales opposition leader Barry O'Farrell has shrugged off reports of a back-handed insult from his party's federal leader.

Tony Abbott is reported to have told a partyroom meeting yesterday that the federal opposition would not win the next election by adopting a 'Barry O'Farrell-style small target strategy.'

The comments have been gleefully picked up by the state Treasurer Eric Roozendaal who brought a picture of a very small target into the Upper House question time.

He says it is a severe indictment.

"Even your pin up boy is saying what you are saying behind Barry O'Farrell's back," he said.

pizza, spies and charity...

putinberlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi has been accused of persecuting the family of the murdered Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. Walter Litvinenko, the former KGB agent's father, says the Italian PM’s chummy relationship with Vladimir Putin must be behind repeated delays in processing his request for asylum in Italy where he now lives. And the 71-year-old says his family have been harassed by local police, their business closed down - and are now dependent on charity.

investigating the crossed-cross...

scientology

Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry has thrown his weight behind calls for a Senate inquiry into the Church of Scientology, saying the church's teachings are putting Australians' lives at risk.

Professor McGorry, a world-renowned youth mental health expert, and two other respected Australian psychiatrists are supporting independent Senator Nick Xenophon's efforts to set up an investigation into the church's activities and its teachings on psychiatric care.

Professor McGorry says it is time to put the Church of Scientology under the federal parliamentary microscope.

more bricks than brickbats...

bricks

US Vice-President Joe Biden has condemned Israel's approval of 1,600 new homes for ultra-Orthodox Jews in East Jerusalem.

Mr Biden, in Israel as part of US attempts to kick-start the peace process, said it was "the kind of step that undermines the trust we need".

Palestinian leaders also condemned the controversial move.

Israel insisted it was a procedural step with no connection to Mr Biden's visit.

the death stare .....

the death stare .....

Last night on Q&A Julie Bishop showed her ability to use the force: "I find your lack of faith... disturbing".

http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/03/09/deathjulie/?source=cmailer

more of those old muddy boots .....

more of those old muddy boots .....

Over the 12 months since the tragic tale of the deaths of six Afghan civilians - including four kids - killed last year in a raid by Australian forces, video journalist Sophie McNeill and chief producer Geoff Parish have been assiduously digging into that story.

And tonight - some chilling new developments. A warning, though - there are images in their report that could disturb some viewers.

http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline/story/transcript/id/600357/n/Questions-from-Oruzgan

acid reflux at circus abbott...

circus Abbott...

from the ABC

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has apologised to his colleagues for not consulting them before announcing a Coalition plan for a paid parental leave scheme.

Facing Coalition MPs today in the wake of the announcement, Mr Abbott said sometimes it was necessary to make a "leader's call" over some issues, and "sometimes it is better to ask forgiveness than permission".

A joint partyroom meeting today saw almost 20 MPs speak about the plan, which would see Australia's biggest businesses taxed by an extra 1.7 per cent.

the beauty of non-coring...

tony non-core

from the ABC

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says he will introduce a six-month paid parental leave scheme if the Coalition wins the next election.

Mr Abbott says the Coalition would offer six months pay for parents at their current salary, up to a ceiling of $150,000, rather than the Government's scheme of 18 weeks paid at the minimum wage.

The plan would be funded by a new levy on larger businesses.

Mr Abbott says the scheme would give families a better deal than the Government is currently offering.

out damn spot .....

out damn spot .....

Prime Minister Gordon Brown's explanation to the Chilcot Inquiry on why he, when he was Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer & wrote the cheques for it, backed the war on Iraq.

He said: "It was the right decision for the right reasons. Aggressor states that refuse to obey the laws of the international community have to be confronted". Iraq was a "serial violator of the rules of the international community."

educating junior....

educating  junior...

At the coal-face of educating Gustaphian with porkies...

in Oklahoma

making tortillas .....

making tortillas .....

An awareness of class makes clear who is fucking whom. That's why American capitalism's official line is that we area "classless society." Denying the existence of class, deeming all Americans (excepting a few too-obvious-to-be denied cases, such as inner city blacks and the poorest of immigrants), "middle class" was one of American capitalism's great strokes of genius. It blurred the line between workers and capitalism's middle class commissariat - the petty business, mid-management, teaching and owning class managing the rest of us for the elites.

media tart .....

media tart .....

Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares! Sunrise or Lateline, A Current Affair:

Christopher Pyne is saying his prayers.

God bless Tony and God bless me,

And God, please help me get on TV.

I don't care when and I don't mind where.

- with apologies to A. A. Milne.

Christopher Maurice Pyne, the federal Liberal MP for the Adelaide seat of Sturt, opposition spokesman for education, is what we in the trade call a media tart. That is, he would crawl through razor wire and gunfire to get his name in a newspaper or his silly head in front of a microphone and a camera.

truths from the burlesque...

newsporkies

Note: for some strange reason, the Chris Floyd site crashes Firefox...

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