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Titles restored

Until the 1970’s the Australian honours system mirrored that of the Brits, from whom we inherited it.

Gough Whitlam, on becoming Prime Minister, abolished the old system and instituted a new one, called the Order of Australia.

No problem with the concept, a little disappointed at the lack of imagination in its name tho.

Anyway, the old titles were swept away. No more lords, knights or dames. No more CBE’s, MBE’s and so on. The awards were – Member, Officer and Companion of the Order of Australia, and the left rejoiced.

Then, for those who know their modern Australian history, Gough was swept away, and the Tories got back in. In 1976 Knight and Dame were added to the list, and the left snarled.

Ten years later, in 1986, Bob Hawke, or Hawkey as some fantasise it is affectionate to call him, abolished those titles, and the left rejoiced, again.

Now, one would have thought that, 28 years having passed, the matter would be settled, but no. The age of chivalry remains undead, and like zombies rising from their graves, Knights and Dames have returned.

Not only that, but the positions will be institutionalised. The Queens Representative in Australia, the Governor General, will be given the title of Sir or Dame on ascension, and will be head of the order for the period of their tenure in office.

Snigger.

Personally, I don’t care, I am a bit of a traditionalist, so I also don’t object. After all, what is the difference between putting OA (Order of Australia) after your name, and putting Sir or Dame before it?

Now, Australia doesn’t have a system of nobility, even if there is no constitutional prohibition against it, as the US has. So a Knight is the lowest rank of nobility, does it matter? The titles aren’t hereditary, so, no, not to me.

This has meaning for me only to the extent of the pleasure I will gain from watching progressive heads explode.

One of our Mangoes is Missing…

Thieves have taken off with the ten metre high Big Mango from a fruit-growing town in northern Queensland, Australia.

The giant, bright orange replica of the famous Bowen mango is one of Australia’s iconic tourist attractions[?!], and was the pride of Bowen[?!], before a team of robbers took off with it under the cover of darkness in the early hours of Monday.

Security cameras appear to have captured the daring heist, in which the three-story painted metal mango was unbolted from the concrete platform on which it had stood since 2002, rolled on to a heavy vehicle and driven off down Queensland’s Bruce Highway.

Bruce Highway”! Only in Oz.

Motives for the theft remain unclear.

Quite the three pipe problem then.

Is there a university or college nearby? I mean other than the presumably small scrap value it says “student jape” to me. A pretty ambitious one but I guess they think bigger in the colonies. Well, the colony of criminals anyway.

Another, Oh very good

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We got us a few LINO’s here in Oz.

Salute

We have had a sort of hysterical over reaction to the Australian governments announcement that it is appointing Tim Wilson of the IPA, The Institute of Public Affairs, someone who actually supports civil rights to the Orwellian named Human Right Commission.

Tim Blair, by way of apology for highlighting the level of hysteria shown, has come up with an appropriate remedy.

Ooohhh, We’ll drink a drink a drink
To lily the pink the pink the pink
The saviour of our human race
For she invented, medicinal compound
Most efficacious in every case

No more

It looks as if Australia and Canada are taking a lead on this.

FEDERAL cabinet has ruled that Australia will not sign up to any new contributions, taxes or charges at this week’s global summit on climate change, in a significant toughening of its stance as it plans to move within days to repeal the carbon tax.

Cabinet ministers have decided to reject any measures of “socialism masquerading as environmentalism” after meeting last week to consider a submission on the position the government would take to the Warsaw conference.

Lets not pull any punches on this matter. It doesn’t matter what the problem is, the solution is always the same – more government, and less accountability. More EU, more UN and less democracy.

Someone is finally saying “enough is enough”.

This doesn’t bode well for future negotiations on Sustainability and Agenda 21. At least, not from the point of view of the collectivists.

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Aussie Girls Know all the Words to Songs By Chaka Khan.

It would be very easy to see this as a “funny” and dismiss it. It is not. It is deathly serious.

I sound like Professor Snape.

Anyhows this is the story…

An Australian civil servant has lost a bid for compensation for an injury incurred while she was having sex during a work trip.

The woman was injured when a light fitting fell on her and a colleague while they were having sex in a motel.

The claimant initially won compensation from government insurer Comcare.

But the High Court overruled that judgement, saying the woman’s employer had not encouraged her to engage in the activity that led to the injury.

Final ruling

The woman says she suffered damage to her nose, mouth and a tooth and psychological trauma after the light fitting was pulled from its mount.

But after a lengthy legal battle, four of the High Court judges ruled against the woman, with one judge dissenting.

“When the circumstances of an injury involve the employee engaging in an activity at the time of the injury, the relevant question is: did the employer induce or encourage the employee to engage in that activity?” the court said.

“On the facts of the respondent’s case, the majority held that the answer to that question was ‘no’.”

The woman, who has not been named, has no further right to appeal.

And neither should she. That this got to the High Court rather than was laughed out of it is astounding. I have worked for gubbermunt at times and had sex and like whatever! What I do on my own dial is my job. What I do on the government is there’s. I once had rampant sex in a motel in the Florida pan-handle whilst watching “Grease 2″ If the candelabra had collapsed during the proceedings then…

OK, the BBC story carries two incompatible facts (and this is important which is why I bolded them). Either the light fitting fell out during this sexual escapade and then it perhaps ought to be the motel on the hook for the compensation or it was “pulled out” which means the motel ought to be be claiming from these two sorts for wrecking the room by swinging (literally) or something. What it has to do with the government is beyond me. And that one judge ruled the other way makes me despair.

Seriously this is a civil case involving either injury due to a poorly maintained motel or sexual antics that damaged that motel. God alone knows what it has to do with the gubbermunt!

And it is Gorton Girls who know all the words to songs by Chaka Khan. The graffiti is all over SE Manchester. Ever been to Gorton?

Don’t.

Hansard: New South Wales Parliament, 11 September, 2013

This is not a statement of support for Augusto Pinochet, it is an indictement of those who support Salvador Allende.

The Hon. Dr PETER PHELPS [5.57 p.m.]: Last night two members of this place lamented the overthrow of Salvador Allende’s regime in Chile 40 years ago today. Tonight I make the case for Augusto Pinochet. There are many who believe that General Pinochet was a reluctant hero, a morally courageous man, who not only saved his country from communism but also whose adoption of the Chicago school of economics brought prosperity to his country. Pinochet stopped an avowed communist from creating a new Cuba in South America. First, we have to come to a realisation—one that far too many people, especially those opposite, are reluctant to arrive at. We have to accept that sometimes it is necessary to do bad things to prevent terrible things from happening.

It is all too easy to say, “We believe we should never sanction dictatorship” or that we should have no truck with evil, but such principles are foolish and self-defeating in the real world. We should ask ourselves whether in hindsight it would have been better to have had an illiberal Tsar or a murderous Stalin. Indeed, the Left’s moral position is basically one of placing one’s own sensibilities before the requirements of survival. Those who denounce Pinochet appear to be totally ignorant of the historical reality in Chile at the time of the military coup on 11 September 1973.

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Election 13

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Here, winter on Queenslands sunny Gold Coast, the demos line up to vote.

16:30:     An hour and a half before the polls close, Sky News call it for the LNP – 53% to the ALP at 47%. The LNP up 25 seats at 98, and the ALP down 21, at 51 seats. The Greens lose their only seat in the House. Independents 2, down 2.

20:30:    48% of the national vote counted. ALP – 47%, LNP – 53% on a two party basis – this is complicated by the AV voting system used in Oz. Not quite the ALP wipeout anticipated, but The LNP will probably still be at least 20 seats up. Make it a 40 seat majority in a 150 seat Parliament.

Kevin Rudd keeps his seat, The greens retain their one seat.

Primary vote – before preferences are distributed:

ALP     34.7%
LNP     44.2%
Green    8.5%
Others  12.5%

On primary votes, before preferences are distributed, at 34.7%, this is the worst result the ALP has seen since 1906. Greens have lost about a third of their vote.

21:15:    The LNP hit 76 seats. That’s it. Tony Abbott is Prime Minister elect.

21:55:    Kevin Rudd concedes. Refuses to acknowledge any mistakes. Announces he will not recontest the leadership of the ALP. Yeah, right. Not for at least six months.

It is a landslide defeat, but the ALP did not experience the total wipe out some were predicting. Rudd is grinning and the supporters are clapping and cheering, acting as if they have won. Extraordinary. Cognitive dissonance reigns. A media commentator, at the ALP party, described the happy mood as bizarre. Someone else just described it as delusional.

22:20:    Tony Abbott announced: “The government of Australia has changed.”

22:30:    Bob Hawke, ex ALP Prime Minister, has expressed bewilderment at the jubilation of some members of the ALP at this result.

Update:

Rule of law, not of men.

A powerful young polling booth officer from the Australian Electoral Commission caused havoc this afternoon when he ordered the media to get out of the polling booth at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Brisbane’s east, where Kevin Rudd was to cast his vote.

“You don’t have the relevant permission,” the polling place liaison officer said, blocking the cameras and standing in front of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

He was perhaps unaware his demands were being live-streamed to a national audience.

In how many countries would the Prime Minister allow himself to be ordered about by a low ranking civil servant, just because it is the law?

Every election the media film the party leaders casting their vote. Every election the parties arrange permission for the media to be allowed in to the polling place to do that. That The Prime Minister (for the next couple of hours), or his people, neglected to get permission for this is emblematic of the whole dysfunctional campaign Mr Rudd has been running.

Election 13

I have considered the issue, and I have come to a decision. I will be hoping and praying that Kevin Rudd wins in his home constituency of Griffith tomorrow.

It would give me a moment of joy and satisfaction to see the Prime Minister lose in his own seat, as it did for ALP supporters when John Howard was ousted in Bennelong in 2007. However, I have to put that against the long term and drawn out ecstasy of watching Mr Rudd continuing to destabilise his party from the back benches for the next three years.

There are no conditions where Mr Rudd won’t try to take the leadership back, and equally, no circumstances where his party will have him. The ructions when Mr Rudd is finally expelled from the party will be delicious.

Election 13

For those of you who are sad enough to give a toss about the Australian elections next weekend -

Sportingbet is offering odds of 1:1.01 for the LNP, and 1:16.00 for the incumbent ALP.

In fact, one lot, Sportsbet, have already paid out, nine days before the election.

That’s it! Sorry Sky News, apologies to the ABC, don’t bother news.com.au. We’re calling it first.

Sportsbet has declared the federal election a one-horse race and we’re paying out all bets on the Coalition nine days before Australia goes to the polls.

We’re so confident of a landslide Coalition victory for Tony Abbott and his team, we’ve paid out more than $1.5 million in bets to our members – a first in Australian federal election history.

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Kevin Rudd on Tony Abbott – August 2013

You’ve got to sit back, think and calmly reflect, and then work through what the best decision is, and temperament and judgment and experience are quite important… He doesn’t have a background in this field and sometimes I find in him a bit of an impulsive nature, that is rushing ahead to judgment.

You know what his background is … he’s been in Parliament for 20 years, 19 of which he was the great pugilist, you know and the last 12 months he’s suddenly become the statesman, so the Tony Abbott that I know, having served 15 years in the Parliament with him, is of a different nature. This stuff is complex and in diplomacy, words are bullets.

Kevin Rudd on Copenhagen – June 2010

Was a deal still possible, asked one of the Australians.

Depends whether those rat-f…ing Chinese want to f… us.

H/T Andrew Bolt

Election 13

For all you foreign types out there:

Latest polling data on the Australian election puts the seat of Griffith, held by Kevin Rudd, current holder of that revolving post known as Prime Minister, at risk.

Mr Rudd held the seat with an 8% margin at the last election, making it the safest ALP seat in Queensland. Right now though? The seat is in freefall, two polls in the last couple of days have had it as 48% ALP vs 52% LNP – the LNP being liberal/conservative contender against the labor/socialist Government. That is a 12% swing against the Prime Minister in his own seat.

This is the man the ALP bought back as leader because he was perceived as more popular than Julia Gillard, the previous incumbent.

True, on Mr Rudd’s resurrection, nationally the polls shot up to 50/50 for the ALP and the LNP, but that seemingly was just a sugar hit as the voters breathed a collective sigh of relief that Gillard was gone. Now though? As things stand today, the polls nationally are at 47% ALP, and 53% LNP – landslide territory. The Government could lose up to 20 seats, with the LNP gaining up to 22 – a couple of independents will be out. The LNP could end up with between 90 to 95 seats in a 150 seat House.

This election is being run in Presidential style, the ALP’s gamble that Kevin Rudd’s popularity, combined with attacks painting Mr Abbott, the LNP leader, as aggressive, boorish and desperate for power, has backfired. Kevin Rudd instead is being perceived in precisely that light while, the more he is in the limelight, Tony Abbott is coming across as a decent man.

The ALP is sliding by the day. The more the avuncular Kevin Rudd is out and about, the more people recall why the ALP dumped him in the first place, and the more support he loses.

Update:  Centrebet has the LNP on 1:1.07 and the ALP on 1:8.50.

Ding Dong the…

Oh,

Sorry,

That isn’t abusively misogynist only if it’s progressives spitting it in celebration of the death of an elderly lady.

Me? I am sorry she is gone. It would have been cathartic to watch her struggling to be gracious in her concession speech towards the decent man she viciously maligned time and time again.

JG, happy now?

Damn man, you share initials.

Civil Society Fantasy

Australia is hosting the G20 meeting next year, and the whole thing is being turned into a circus by Julia Gillard. Of course.

The only up side to this whole thing is that Julia, whether by election or replacement, has no chance of presiding over this carnival of rent seekers.

Anyway, Gary Johns reports that as part of this whole waste of taxpayers money the organisers are putting on a C20 Summit, a committee of twenty of the great and good to prepare Civil Society recommendations to put before the G20 meeting.

Yeah, sure. Not quite what one would call representative. The whole lot, with one or two exceptions, span the whole political gamut from the far left to the really far left. No representatives from mainstream charities or grassroots civil organisations, and no representatives from any organisation in the centre ground, or of liberal or free market persuasion. At a guess, between two thirds to three quarters of civil society is excluded from this Civil Society Summit.

This is just the normal pack of oikophobes, working against your interests. These people really do despise you, you know.

Andrew Bolt’s take on the whole affair.

The fix is in.

Weekend

I have just had one of the more pleasant weekends for a year or more…

The Australian Taxpayers Alliance (who they? Ed.) held what they hope will be the first, of many, Friedman Conferences in Sydney and I went to listen in.

Train to Sydney, slept in a pretty grungy backpackers, and spent the time talking.

Saturday night was the dinner night, and a good time was had by all. While eating, the people on one side were discussing G. B. Shaw, and G. K. Chesterton, and on the other I was talking to people about state vs common law regulation, and the issues around the two approaches.

I thought to myself, we’re not on Queenslands sunny Gold Coast anymore Toto.

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