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Election Day: Labor Green UAP Anthems by Speedy

Welcome to Election Day 2019 in Australia

LOOK OUT for die-hard skeptics David Archibald running for the Senate in WA (Fraser Anning), also for Malcolm Roberts in QLD (One Nation). For Australian Conservatives (Cory Bernardi’s Party) Jonathan Crabtree, WA.

For smaller government or skeptical policies, check out Liberal Democrats, Australian Conservatives, One Nation, Yellow Vests Australia (was ALA), Australian Christians.

Find your electorate at the AEC and see who is running.  Will the biggest pork barrel win?

– Jo

The brilliant Speedy (aka Mike Miller) lets rip

It’s been a while, but he’s back!  Speedy satirizes the satirists — he once wrote a Clarke and Dawe satire so good it went viral and people thought they wrote it and had “seen the light”. Click to see Speedy’s past posts.

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The Greens National Anthem

(Music: P. McCormick. Lyrics: R. Di Natale)

The Greens, Australia.

I’ll save the whale,

I’ll save the trees,

My plastic bag will save the seas;

I’ll save the carbon from the air,

And save the cuddly polar bear –

Which, by the way, will save the reef;

(And it will work, I swear!)

But may involve a little grief -

The cupboard, will, be bare;

If I become the climate chief,

Australia, needs, a prayer.

And since we’re children of the stars,

I pledge to save all life on Mars.

In doing this, I’ll prove my worth,

And make some “useful” friends on earth,

Who make it plain, they’re sooo humane,

And ‘cos they know I “care”

I’ll ride upon the gravy train;

Australia pays the fare.

I’ll ride upon the gravy train;

Australia, pays, the fare.

(I need, a new, au pair…)

***

__________________

The Labor Party National Anthem

(Music: P. McCormick. Lyrics: W. Shorten)

ALP LogoAustralians all, please just forget

We’re floating in a sea of debt;

In spite of what it may appear,

It wasn’t us who got us here.

So, if we’re clumsy with your cash,

It’s ‘cos we love to share;

Watch franking credits cop a slash,

It’s something, you can, spare.

You want an economic crash?

We’ll drive, Australia, there.

We’re union born and union bred,

We’re strong in arm and weak in head,

And if you think that’s thuggery –

Then you can go to buggery.

A campaign “loan” means we condone

With mercy rich and rare;

Of course it’s not skulduggery -

We think, it’s only, fair.

And did I mention buggery?

We’ll tell you, what is, fair.

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The UAP National Anthem

(Music: P. McCormick. Lyrics: C. Palmer)

Australians all, I think you see,

You really need a bloke like me.

A bloke who’s smart, and really wise,

And never, never telling lies.

Who truly fights for worker’s rights -

Of shysters be aware!

These, and others, are just shites,

But I’m, a, billionaire!

These and others are just shites,

But I’m, a, billionaire!

I’m good as good as good can be –

And jam-packed with integrity;

If sometimes people do complain,

I’m sure my nephew will explain;

He’s just ducked out, he will return,

He’s somewhere over there…

He will be back, there’s no concern,

He will come back, I swear,

He will be back, there’s no concern,

When I, advance, his fare…

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The “Independent’s” National Anthem

(Music: P. McCormick.  Lyrics: Getup)

GetUPAustralians all, please heed our voice

We’re here to give you, Hobson’s choice,

Our policies, we swear on oath,

Are red or green, but mostly, both,

So if, perchance, you did elect

Us – by whatever means,

Whatever wishes you direct,

Is not, a hill, of beans,

Your wishes, we will not respect,

We’ll sell, you to, the Greens.

We look so very good you see –

Just watch us on our ABC;

Whose audience, we know for sure,

Is fed on steaming, green, manure.

And, in keeping with this trend,

Their questions will be “fair”;

It’s nice to have a public friend,

Who gives us lots of air…

Just give the truth a little bend,

The Charter’s, their, affair…

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263 comments to Election Day: Labor Green UAP Anthems by Speedy

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    TdeF

    All great work. Well done!

    As for plastic bags, I was intrigued to read that 90% of the oceans plastic bags come from just 10 rivers, none of them in the Southern Hemisphere. Like everthing else, we are forced to suffer when the problem is somewhere else. Virtue signalling at our own great expense and at least great inconvenience. Like CO2, CF4, almost all the output is from the area above Australia and our contribution would not be a billionth of 1%, if that.

    I live by the beach in Melbourne, a city of 5 million with only one bay beach. I have not seen a plastic bag in the ocean. Maybe one, but I can’t remember when. I sailed on the Bay for a decade. Again, no plastic. The occasional bottle top or drink bottle maybe, perhaps thrown or dropped overboard. Sunglasses. The occasional sailing cap on the beach.

    We now have traps on the one river and the many creeks and drains and while these can catch plastic at times, particularly after good rain, it is trivial given the size of the city and the traps are extremely effective.
    I have not seen these problems in Adelaide, Perth or Sydney but a single plastic bag is nothing compared to the 5.5 million million pieces of plastic in the oceans in the Northern Hemisphere.

    Eight of them are in Asia: the Yangtze; Indus; Yellow; Hai He; Ganges; Pearl; Amur; Mekong;
    and two in Africa – the Nile and the Niger. I don’t think the Yarra, the Georges or Paramatta, the Swan or the Torrens contributed much to 269,000 tons of plastic in the world’s oceans.
    Still, we need to punish ourselves. That’s the Green way. Whinge, wail and punish everyone. A real misery cult full of posturing posers.

    Consider the Green Hollywood elites living in palaces behind high walls while insisting other Americans do not need walls to protect them from violence or home invasion. George Clooney who lectures deplorables on Climate Change science lives on Lake Maggiore and fears Climate Change. Overpaid hypocrites all.

    Lets hope they crash this election. Australians are sick of being told what to think, especially by people who do not think for themselves.

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      And of course, all of those rivers originate from countries that are on the receiving side of UNFCCC ‘reparations’ and as a consequence, have no incentive to address the problem, in fact, the only incentive is to allow it to get worse. It’s unfortunate that the legitimate need to address actual pollution has been deprecated by the UNFCCC’s illegitimate requirement to limit CO2 emissions.

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        OriginalSteve

        Things getting nasty in Abbotts seat? The Left going to get done….

        https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-18/alleged-stabbing-with-corkscrew-in-warringah-electorate/11126070

        “A man has been charged after a Liberal Party volunteer was stabbed with a corkscrew in former prime minister Tony Abbott’s seat of Warringah on Friday night.

        “A number of volunteers were putting up campaign posters outside Balgowlah Heights Public School about 8:00pm when a man began yelling abuse at them, police said.

        “He allegedly threatened an 18-year-old man before he thrust a corkscrew at the stomach of a 31-year-old man causing a minor injury,” NSW police said in a statement.

        “He then started ripping down the banners that had been erected, before fleeing the scene.”

        “The injured man was treated at the scene by paramedics but was not taken to hospital.

        “Footage uploaded to social media showed a man tearing a Liberal Party banner off a fence before calling a political volunteer a “paedophile supporter”.

        “A person filming the confrontation asked the man: “What are you doing that for sir?”

        “It’s my democratic right,” he replied.

        “A photo taken after the incident showed the quiet north-Sydney street lined with police vehicles and officers.

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          Speedy

          Yep, OS, this is the way of the future if we trash our education system and feed people a diet of hate as per GetUp.

          Cheers,
          Mike

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      Bill in Oz

      TdeF You missed one river
      The Pasig which flows
      Through Manilla
      In the Philippines
      Short river
      Big of plastic
      And other rubbish
      Which all winds up in Manilla bay

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      Peter Fitzroy

      It wasn’t me, therefore it’s not a problem? A very childish position to take.

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        TdeF

        Sorry about the green tick. I meant a red thumb, as you usually do.
        So again with the insults. Someone else’s opinion is ‘childish’. That is a very childish response.

        Australia is not in the slightest responsible for the huge mass of plastic in the ocean,
        so why should we punish ourselves is not childish. It is adult logic. If you cannot understand that, it would be consistent.

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          Kinky Keith

          The whole purpose of this Australian guilt trip over plastic bags was to redistribute the costs of those bags.
          Previously free they later served as bin liners.
          Cost met by Woolworths and Coles.

          Post virtue signalling, both large chains, thanks to hired activists, now have an extra line of income in ;

          Bin Liners.

          There’s always a winner somewhere.

          KK

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            Binny Pegler

            I’ll bet within 5 years 90% + on shopping will be automatically going straight in 15 cent ‘dual use’ (take them home and use them for bin liners) plastic bags. Which also will become lighter and lighter, until we’re back to the same bags as before. I reckon it’s aready past 10% at my local shops.

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          Peter Fitzroy

          don’t do red or green thumbs. And to say that we are not responsible for the plastic in the oceans? We import goods assembled in China, and those goods would have a plastic waste component, that is point one. Point two, are you saying that no plastic waste enters the oceans from our shores? We are just as culpable as anyone else on the planet.

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        Leo Morgan

        Your paraphrase is inaccurate.
        “Changing my behaviour will not change the outcome because I’m not the one doing it.”

        If you can make some effective change in the behaviour of China, India or the Philippines, we’ve little objection. Claiming that changing the outcome in Australia would make any significant difference is wrong, and as always leaves us wondering whether you are dishonest, deluded or deceived.

        Tell us, why apply effort to not solving a problem?

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          Leo Morgan

          Sorry, I meant to say a more accurate paraphrase would be: ‘Changing my behaviour will not change the outcome, because I’m not the one doing it.’

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      theRealUniverse

      I suspect a huge amount of the garbage in the north Pacific was due to the Japanese tsunami, 2011, that took HUGE amounts of debris, houses, complete suburbs out to see. Must have had a very large impact. Probably not taken into account. the deep sea diver who just went to the bottom of the Challenger Deep (-35000′) saw a plastic bag down there. Of course it was played up.

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      yarpos

      only one Bay beach? ya think?

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    TdeF

    And I have to comment that in the election campaign and the press generally, I have not heard the phrase Global Warming for a long time. Tim Flannery and his Climate Council are remarkably silent. The other big names have resorted to abuse, not logic.

    I am sure that the people who coordinate the scam have issued policies that
    -
    Global Warming is not to be mentioned. It is not the issue any more.
    -
    It is a war on Climate Change
    The cost of this war is irrelevant. As much as WW2, but that’s the price we have to pay
    Anyone who questions where the money goes is evil, uncaring, a charlatan, a criminal
    The solutions to Climate Change are not to be discussed.
    The time for debate is over.
    You had your chance. Save the planet now.

    In fact I take hope from all this. They have simply given up on Global Warming. Possibly NASA/IPCC has warned them that Global Cooling is now unstoppable. There is only so much you can do with cooling old data. The satellites are the problem.

    So the play now is that the Climate Change religion is established and it is not to be questioned, debated, discussed. Real Climate Scientology.

    If you do, you are the problem and will be abused and belittled by George Clooney, Bill Nye or Bill Shorten.

    As said, that gives me hope. These are not people anyone respects. If Rudd and Gillard were disposable string puppets, the question is whether the puppet master gets the job tomorrow.

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      Another Ian

      “Will the circle be unbroken?”

      IT’S BACK!

      “Delingpole: Guardian Invents Scary New Name for ‘Global Warming’ — ‘Global Heating’ ”

      https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/05/17/guardian-re-names-climate-change-global-heating-to-sound-scarier/

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        Another Ian

        Around that area

        ” Although it’s wise to think globally, organisms are never affected by global averages. Never! Organisms only respond to local conditions. Always!

        That reminds me of a joke.

        One of the best-ever economist jokes has three econometricians out deer hunting. They encounter a deer, and the first econometrician takes his shot and misses one meter to the left. Then the second takes his shot and misses one meter to the right, whereupon the third begins jumping up and down and calls out excitedly, “We got it! We got it!” ”

        https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/05/17/our-urban-climate-crisis/#comment-2704098

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        David Wojick

        In some circles climate change has now become climate disruption. Holden used that a lot. Change can be good or bad but disruption sounds clearly bad.

        The Earth is fine, save yourselves from false saviors.

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        David Wojick

        The Democrat House now has a Committee on the Climate Crisis (another popular fuzzy buzzy word). Oz may get one too.

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        TdeF

        Interesting, but it is obvious that the Guardian is still behind on their ‘talking points’ and ‘style guide’. Bill Shorten is up with the latest. Abuse. Scorn. Derision. Climate criminals, mountebanks, charlatans. And never ever get into a discussion about science or where the money goes or why. Or even what is actually wrong. Just hand over the cash.

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      Latus Dextro

      UN “climate change
      … as we have often discussed here, began life after 1998, when global warming failed to oblige with the onset of the “pause.” The eco-Marxist UN ideologues, realising the error of hoisting their petard to a falsifiable term segued to climate change, which has been variably defined by a number of agencies, the UNFCCC seemingly being the most restricted, confines itself to atmospheric composition.

      UN climate change™ is an unfalsifiable definition. As you know, the ‘changes’ arise from direct and indirect anthropogenic influences on atmospheric composition and land usage.

      So long as a human being lives, walks breathes and pharts on Earth, climate change™ exists by definition. Herds of cattle too, the result of anthropogenic activity must be expunged or at the very least, stopped from pharting. Insects do not enjoy the same association, so if the eco-Marxists at the UN have their way, they’ll be the next culinary staple. Bad luck insects. The current crop of Left leaning globalist Australian and NZ politicians resemble insects but emit too much sinister hot air to be mistaken as such. Either way, they are in urgent need of removal.

      Therein lies the obvious ideological red flag, the endless justification to impose corporatist globalist socialism from an unelected, unelectable central global administration that will intervene, meddle, regulate, de-populate, de-industrialise, and impoverish, directing submissive governments at will. That is also why the Trojan horse of climatism lies firmly at the heart of a majority of current socialist endeavours. It furnishes them with noble cause the thinly conceals their evil intent.

      UN climate variability is the natural order of stochastic climate chaos associated with ‘natural causes’.
      It accounts for 99% of observable climate but is strangely /sarc never discussed.

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      theRealUniverse

      The ‘war’ on climate is the same as all the other ‘wars on.. ‘ totally fake. WE as in us the people are paying dearly for the lot! even those stupidions that vote for the extreme left.

      Media as in 7news saying labor in front..they wish! What is needed is a mixed bag of common sense, dont hold your breath.

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      yarpos

      Bill Nye said the “Earth is F’in burning” in a recent outburst, so he is clearly still on the warming bandwagon. Maybe he didnt get the memo.

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      mc

      So the play now is that the Climate Change religion is established and it is not to be questioned, debated, discussed. Real Climate Scientology.

      If you do, you are the problem and will be abused and belittled by George Clooney, Bill Nye or Bill Shorten.

      What to do about people who consistently use foul, offensive and insulting language in your house?

      I tell them they have breached the house rules of civil behaviour and invite them to leave immediately. As for Shorten, his foul mouth lost him the right to express an opinion in my house years ago and now the same policy applies to old Georgie boy; attempts at insult and abuse are impotent when the intended target is not listening.

      The likes of Shorten and Clooney need an audience to be of any significance in the world and that provides them their livelihood; we on the other hand, have no compelling need for them whatsoever. I thought George Clooney was pretty good in the film O Brother Where Art Thou but I won’t be watching it again, nor will I be making myself an audience to any other production Georgie boy is a party to.

      Like any other foul mouthed person who tries to pollute the atmosphere of my home with abuse he will (metaphorically speaking) be ushered out the door to join in with the chorus of hyenas yapping at the moon.

      The on-off button and the mute button are wonderful things; use them to their full potential.

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    graham dunton

    Yes,indeed the brilliant Speedy (aka Mike Miller).

    Now a GWPF Press Release 17/05/19-
    An informative video presentation, “The Making of a False Climate Icon”
    In a GWPF video released today, Dr. Susan Crockford, a Canadian wildlife expert, exposes the manipulation of fact behind the controversial walrus story promoted in the Netflix documentary film series, ‘Our Planet’, that was released early last month.

    Remember: Attenborough And Cliff-Falling Walruses

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IatVKZZcPG0&utm_source=CCNet+Newsletter&utm_campaign=e971194880-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_17_10_01_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fe4b2f45ef-e971194880-36429261

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    Kinky Keith

    Thanks for the “Anthems”.

    Nothing in the world that is evil or just misguided should escape ridicule, at least as a starting point.

    There are many examples world wide of human misery that have been created under the banner of liberation and freedom from oppression.

    World and regional wars: wars of colonisation; wars of de-colonisation and so on, until I believe that most thinking people are in a state of disbelief that Humanity can be, collectively, so stupid in its bid to make a better world.

    I think that we have been taken from within by the M’s.

    Macron, May, and our own MalEx444.

    Our country shouldn’t tut tut about failed freedom exercises in places like South Africa and Rhodesia when in recent years our own country has shown that it is nearing peak decay via youth focus.

    Currently our “youth” view the Rave party as Peak Civilisation and have the capacity to overlook the sacrifices being made at each one as being part of the religion.

    Are we a thinking species?

    Hardly. Best wishes for the election.

    KK

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    Travis T. Jones

    I, for one, welcome Electricity Bill and his climate-global warming overlords, and am planning for a stable climate of sunbeams, sea breezes and no more rising seas.

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    OriginalSteve

    Vrry good. I take the Christian perspective on the election. From my perspective, its pretty clear the Left are hostile to Christianity and as the Folau case has shown, it appears leftist PC is strangling common sense, freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

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      Steve, the climate and energy policy of the Australian Christians is quite good. I have just added them to the group with a link. It was meant to be there earlier. Update glitch. Shooter, Fishers and Farmers are probably on the right side on energy and climate change, but they have no policy on their website, so don’t get a mention. Hopefully they will get their act together.

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    Another Ian

    Election day reminders

    “Six Months Until The End Of Snow In Australia”

    And more

    https://realclimatescience.com/2019/05/six-months-until-the-end-of-snow-in-australia/

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      Another Ian

      One of those quotes

      “Would you bet your paycheck on a weather forecast for tomorrow? If not, then why should this country bet billions on global warming predictions that have even less foundation?

      -Thomas Sowell”

      Well I guess the punters give their verdict today

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      Travis T. Jones

      If Bill Shorten does become PM, and the snow stays, will that be evidence enough of the power of lower emissions?

      Asking for a friend.

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        Bill in Oz

        Canberra gets bloody cold in Winter
        frosts every morning for months !
        I’m sure that Shortstop & Co.
        Will, as always,
        Say ‘Bugger that”
        And bail out for warmer parts.
        Perhaps a nice
        Global Warming conference
        Somewhere,
        Anywhere !
        But freezing Canberra.

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        yarpos

        Ignore that year, wait for a poor snow year, then claim that is proof of a climate “emergency” / end of skiing / our children will never know snow. At least till next year.

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      theRealUniverse

      “Six Months Until The End Of Snow In Australia”
      I think anybody (with any brane left) may understand THIS https://www.windy.com/?-61.016,88.066,3,i:pressure
      See the PERMANENT lows circulating Antarctica..nothing to see here move on please.

      More and more absurd statements from these fools , charletons in big GOV pay.

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    PeterS

    Litmus test day. Let’s see how smart or dumb Australians are.

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    Salome

    Cory’s not up for re-election this time. (Just vote Conservatives anyway.)

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    scaper...

    Been sitting here working on our voting for today. Will be voting for the disruptors. ON first in the reps with the majors last, Greens at the bottom.

    In the Senate? Malcolm Roberts, of course. Followed by the other disruptors and the majors won’t get a look in. Might take my pet piece of shiny coal with me, just to stir up the Greens. Hehehehehe.

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    Hanrahan

    Does anyone have an idea about the Senate? Being the election following a double dissolution there should be a disproportionate number of fringe candidates needing reelection, this should strengthen the two major parties. But will the cross-bench be a thorn in the side of a labor gov? It could be more conservative than the ones Rudd/Gillard had.

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    A Crooks

    I wonder if you spotted Daniel Greenfield on the power situation in South Africa?

    A new Venezuela on the way – or a new Zimbabwe?

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      OriginalSteve

      Anything the Left touches turns into a mess…..

      Look at Glorious Leader Dangerous Dan…..Victoria now deliberately close to the edge in terms of power so that rationing “makes sense”…..( in a twisted, Leftist sort of way )

      I think of what has happened with the white farmers in South Africa and think the same could happen here, but in the power realm….if you wanted to cripple a country, you’d cripple its power infrastructure.

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      Hanrahan

      Nothing new here. I remember reading about rationed electricity many years ago.

      You can vote your way into socialism but you must shoot your way out.

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    OriginalSteve

    Love it….drowning in Leftist caveats and nonsense…..

    Note the middle key point below – like it or not, ya gunna pay for the “privelege” of having greenist BS forced upon you…..

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-17/canberra-to-run-on-100-per-cent-renewables-from-october-1/11121676?WT.ac=statenews_act

    “Canberra will be effectively powered by renewable energy from October 1 — the first Australian jurisdiction to do so, according to the ACT’s Climate Change Minister.

    “Key points:
    “* The ACT sources most of its renewable energy from reverse auctions
    * Canberrans pay $5 a week on top of their average power bill to fund the scheme
    “* The ACT Government had pledged to reach the target by 2020

    “October marks the date when the third stage of South Australia’s Hornsdale wind farm comes online, from which the ACT has purchased the last trickle of renewable energy it needs to claim 100 per cent renewable power.

    “It fulfils a decade-long promise by the ACT Government to reach the milestone by 2020.

    “We will be effectively there from October 1,” Climate Change Minister Shane Rattenbury said.

    ‘Effectively’ 100 per cent renewable
    The ACT will be “effectively” powered by 100 per cent renewables after October because the territory will still be part of the national electricity grid — mostly powered by fossil fuels.

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      OriginalSteve

      And…this is a cracker – from same article

      https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-17/canberra-to-run-on-100-per-cent-renewables-from-october-1/11121676?WT.ac=statenews_act

      “Canberra declares a climate emergency

      “Yesterday, Mr Rattenbury also pushed the Government to declare a climate emergency, making the ACT the first Australian state or territory to follow Britain’s declaration last week.

      “He described that declaration as a “decision-making filter” over all the Government’s actions, to ensure mitigating climate change took precedence.

      “Mr Rattenbury, himself a former Greenpeace activist, said protests should be done with conviction, but with respect to others.

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      Bill in Oz

      Some interesting things a
      About Canberra
      Our beloved national capital.
      First it’s bloody freezing in Winter !
      Second it’s bloody hot in Summer !
      But almost all the folks there
      Are on the government
      Payroll titty.
      So good high guaranteed salaries.
      But sooner or later
      The poorer paid bureaucrats
      Will realsie the stupidity
      Of paying more & more
      For unreliable power

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      yarpos

      “Effectively powered…” what does that even mean?

      How about how they are really powered? that would probably be more useful to know

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    OriginalSteve

    By the way, I look forward to the coming Climate Change(tm) Nuremberg Trials.

    At least the Big Lie instigators will get a fair trial, unlike if it was the other way around with leftist/Communist kangaroo courts….

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    I don’t have much interest in politics but I’ve seen enough snobs, cynics and plutocrats on the left to cure me of Labor and the Greens forever. As for the our Labor champions’ “mentors”, characters like Abeles and Suharto…best say no more.

    Rather than looking right I look back to the flawed pragmatism of Menzies and Lyons, who even squeaked up a little for peace while it was possible to do so. Not my heroes, just people I might vote for.

    Now it’s come down to a single issue for me: domestic coal power. Couldn’t care less if the coal revival is supported by the Market, as I don’t care about Adam Smith, Ayn Rand, neo-liberals or libertarians. The Market has become another club for the globos and Posh Left to clobber the middle class so they can continue the hollowing out of Australian enterprise and industry. The Market is just one more thing to be rigged. Did you know “Market” is the first word learned in infancy by G-Uppers, before “mummy”. (Okay, made that bit up. But even some commies can keep the lights on, so why not us?)

    The best chance seems to be a senate bloc of skeps and conservatives to hold back the worst of the green tide. Bernardi does not strike me as staunch, but he’ll have to do. He gets my upper house vote, which may be the one which really counts.

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    philthegeek

    So…Bob will have negotiated his way through the pearly gates by now and started discussions on ways that his/her omnipotence can dump ScoMo into the losers bin of history.

    No doubt Gough will be involved…and if the school of thought that Gough is in FACT God is correct….then all good.

    Hope we all have as happy a day as possible….in whatever context. :)

    Remember, whatever the result it still highly probable that the sun will in fact rise in the east on Sunday.

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      el gordo

      Bob will be working hard from the other side, but no landslide.

      I just discovered Bill Shorten was an early early board member of Getup, the prosecution rests.

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        Bill in Oz

        And before that was in
        Young Labor
        Where he is accused of preying on
        Young women members
        After plying them with booze & dope.
        Such a cool dude !
        Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh !

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          Sambar

          Funny world we live in.
          Abbot has a beer in pub, accused of sending wrong message to the youth.
          Hawke was a notoriously big drinker, hailed as a larrakin.
          A kiddie comes out of the woodwork and claims Abbot is his father, Abbot immediately acknowledges the possibility and undergoes dna testing.
          Hawke was a well know philanderer, no secret just a larrakin.
          Shorten is a “ladies’ man and while married has an affair with a married woman. Just don’t talk about it.

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            Bill in Oz

            Which affair was that ?
            Before or after Chloe ?
            I notice there is
            A photo in the Australian
            This morning
            Showing Shorten
            Running in a tea shirt
            Saying
            “Vote for Chloe Shorten’s Husband”
            WTF ?

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              Sambar

              Bill, I took this advise and tried to vote for Chloe Shortens husband but I couldn’t find Roger Parkin on the ticket. I’ll just have to try harder to keep up !

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            yarpos

            They love the “larrikin” word dont they? covers a multitude of sins. No sign of the metoo, all men are evil rapists crowd at all. Amazing.

            I prefer to remember Hazel Hawke, and Im a bloke.

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              Sambar

              Your quite right. Hazel Hawke, the smart, proud, stong woman that so many men would have been proud to have supporting them.
              But hey, just a larrakin as you say. Blanche, well, made me blanche.

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      theRealUniverse

      NO NO, rising sun is due to climate change..BS will fix it, have faith.

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    philthegeek

    I just discovered Bill Shorten was an early early board member of Getup, the prosecution rests.

    eg..if he helped found something that terrifies the RWNJ’s like GetUp, with its volunteer boots on the ground…..well done Bill. :)

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      el gordo

      Sorry comrade, the man is a blatant pseudo Marxist.

      Speaking to strong baby boomer Labor supporters and they won’t be voting for Bill, franking credits and negative gearing is the story I’m getting.

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      James Murphy

      GetUp say they are non-partisan, and get their Useful Idiots to parrot the terms like “independent movement”, “grass roots”, and “volunteer boots on the ground” as if saying it enough times will make it true.

      They also claim to have “more than a million members” because they count anyone who has ever provided them with an email address (and nothing more) as a “member”. They spent 5.7 million dollars on elmployee benefits last tax year, more than half of their total revenue – so they cant even spend their money on actual causes the push…

      Only a fool would think they are anything but a very well funded extension of the Labor Party.

      I have no problems with activist groups nailing their colours to the mast, and spending donations any way they see fit, whatever their political alliances or allegiances, but this duplicity and cowardice from GetUp is in very bad taste.

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    theRealUniverse

    Excellent anthems well done Speedy.

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    yarpos

    I would ask Anthony Green, but I think he is busy.

    Does anyone know the reason why the AEC/MSM say that the number of early votes causes delays in vote counting. You would think that having the votes early would mean they can be stored at or near counting centres and they would have a flying start at it.

    I am guessing there is some arcane 19th century rule about how these votes are handled that creates a delay.

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      Annie

      That puzzled me, doesn’t make sense, does it?

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      Bill in Oz

      Pre poll votes are treated as if they were postal votes.
      And there is a time limit for them to arrive at the Electorate Office of eahc HoR Electorate..
      Usually about 10 days after the actual poll. ( ? )
      This ensures that all votes from overseas and interstate get counted.

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        yarpos

        Thanks

        You would think common sense would apply. They clearly arent postal votes, they are sitting in front of you, staring you in the face. Why they arent treated like standard votes especially now there are 5 million of them beggars belief.

        I expect however they will see the fact that people vote eraly as the problem and try and fix that , instead of adjusting how they are handled and when they are counted. I expect snark (but probably not much more being Oz) if they mess with this.

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    pat

    theirABC is still running full-on campaign for Labor/Greens.

    electric vehicle promotion with Beyhad Jafari, begins 2hr5min55sec to 2hr54min10sec (preceded by Gary Numan’s “Cars”).
    when caller asks what happens during traffic jams, when highway is blocked for hours in 35C heat, and the EV batteries are dead.
    Jafari ignores the basic question and repeatedly claims EVs with A/C on can last 19 to 20 days. at very end Jafari claims when foot is not on the accelerator, the battery is charging up.
    some good questions, few convincing answers, tho I’m totally ignorant about cars in general.

    AUDIO: 18 May: ABC Overnights: Rod Quinn
    https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/overnights/overnights/11104650

    ABC running BBC lengthy piece on this overnight, featuring Schraufnagel:

    17 May: Guardian: Revealed: air pollution may be damaging ‘every organ in the body’
    Exclusive: Comprehensive analysis finds harm from head to toe, including dementia, heart and lung disease, fertility problems and reduced intelligence
    by Damian Carrington
    Air pollution may be damaging every organ and virtually every cell in the human body, according to a comprehensive new global review (LINK)…
    “Air pollution can harm acutely, as well as chronically, potentially affecting every organ in the body,” conclude the scientists from the Forum of International Respiratory Societies in the two review papers, published in the journal Chest (LINK)…

    Prof Dean Schraufnagel, at the University of Illinois at Chicago and who led the reviews, said: “I wouldn’t be surprised if almost every organ was affected. If something is missing [from the review] it is probably because there was no research yet.”…
    “The best way to reduce exposure is to control it at its source,” said Schraufnagel. Most air pollution comes from burning fossil fuels to generate electricity, heat homes and power transport…
    “We have megacities where all the citizens are breathing toxic air,” she said…
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2019/may/17/air-pollution-may-be-damaging-every-organ-and-cell-in-the-body-finds-global-review

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      Hanrahan

      repeatedly claims EVs with A/C on can last 19 to 20 days.

      Ya kiddin me. Maybe in Tas but over summer I use over 10% more fuel than in winter.
      , in the tropics.

      when foot is not on the accelerator, the battery is charging up.

      WHAT?????

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      Hanrahan

      Air pollution may be damaging every organ and virtually every cell in the human body, according to a comprehensive new global review (LINK)…

      So anyone on a SW coast will be smarter/healthier than the rest of us because they breathe air polluted only by penguin farts. Are there any statistics on that?

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      RickWill

      The price crossover between ICE and EV is stated as early 2020s. If that happens I will be seriously considering an EV. The main driver stated for this is the dramatic reduction in battery prices, claiming 50% drop in the past 12 months alone.

      Seven years ago, I paid AUD156 for a 100Ah lithium cell from a WA importer. A 100Ah lithium cell from the same importer now costs AUD160. So no decline there.

      The commentators read the US and EU stories and directly relate them to reality in Australia. The linked chart highlights reality in Australia:
      https://www.macrotrends.net/assets/php/chart_iframe_comp.php?id=2551&url=australian-us-dollar-exchange-rate-historical-chart
      Think how Electricity Bill will accelerate the value decline of the AUD.

      Nothing is getting cheaper in AUD terms in the coming decade. EVs may reach parity with ICE vehicles but they will all be increasingly unaffordable for Australians.

      Australia continues to increase its indebtedness to the rest of the world:
      https://tradingeconomics.com/australia/current-account
      The nation’s international debt increases by more than AUD40bn each year. That means the AUD will continue its slide.

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        yarpos

        If I still lived in the city I would happily consider an EV if the price/functionality was comparable.

        But I dont , and it isnt, so its a non issue for me.

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      AndyG55

      “Air pollution may be damaging every organ and virtually every cell in the human body”

      Then concentrate on stopping ACTUAL POLLUTION.

      Stop wasting BILLIONS of dollars on CO2 NON-POLLUTION

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    Hanrahan

    What’s with Sth Australians? Don’t they realise they pay by far the highest electricity prices in the C’wealth and as a consequence their state is going backwards? I heard [OK, the ABC] that they are likely to vote in one lib only in a metro seat.

    Spent a couple of years there in the ’60s and wondered about them then.

    And Hawkey has done labor a favour. He reminded the electorate that there was once some sanity in labor ranks. They will pick some unwarranted reflected glory.

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      theRealUniverse

      I think SA power prices are the highest in the world. according to one source I saw.

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      Bill in Oz

      Some of us are not so blind
      Here in Blessed South Australia
      Why there are even 4 of us
      Aware South Aussies
      Read & comment
      On Jo’s blog.
      But the reality is that folk here
      Are often quieter & polite
      About natter political
      Than in raucus NSW or Victoria
      But then we did boot greenie ‘Weatheredall’
      In the blackberry patch.
      The problem is Marshall
      Is no better.
      Bugger !

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      yarpos

      The bulk of them are so indoctrinated that it willall have to fall in around their ears for them to react. Event then if a familiar voice say its all due to unstable coal power (injected from VIC in this case) they would probablu believe it and light another candle.

      VIC is going down the same path with Andrews and noddy dog D’Ambrosio at his shoulder uttering calm reassuring BS every time reality goes off narrative. Remember Hazelwood closing will only have a 4% impact on prices? more renewables will put downward pressure on prices? good grief, and people still vote for them.

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    pat

    also on theirABC last night, with the obligatory “climate change” propaganda inserted:

    AUDIO: 23min07sec: 17 May: BBC Tech Tent
    Plus, San Francisco bans the use of facial recognition tech by police and other local agencies. Is it the start of a fightback against the technology?
    Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporter Zoe Kleinman, and special guest ***Catherine Miller, Director of Policy at Doteveryone, which campaigns for a responsible internet.

    16min30sec to 17min30sec: Catherine Miller Doteveryone:
    SF Facial recognition issue: this is against a background where tech workers are very optimistic about what technology CAN DO. they BELIEVE it can have great societal impact when it’s applied to CLIMATE CHANGE and medical conditions, but they’re quite clear where they want to draw the line.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3csyms8

    not mentioned. Catherine Miller is a BBC veteran, since 2000:

    LinkedIn: Catherine Miller, Director of Policy, Doteveryone
    Senior Broadcast Journalist, Today Programme
    BBC News
    October 2014 – June 2016
    Senior Broadcast Journalist The World Tonight
    June 2007 – October 2013…
    back to:
    Broadcast Journalist, BBC News website
    November 2000 – December 2002

    14 May: SmartCitiesWorld.net: The ‘move fast and break things’ era is over, say UK tech workers
    Tech workers are starting to vote with their feet and leaving jobs they feel could have negative consequences for people and society, according to the new People, Power and Technology: The Tech Workers’ View report from independent think-tank Doteveryone (LINK)…

    ***Looking ahead, respondents highlighted the potential of technology to address issues like climate change and transform healthcare…
    https://www.smartcitiesworld.net/smart-cities-news/smart-cities-news/the-move-fast-and-break-things-era-is-over-say-uk-tech-workers-4172

    from 24-page report:

    FROM FOREWORD by Martha Lane Fox, Executive Chair & Founder, Doteveryone
    As I write this, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg is leading global school strikes to bring attention to climate change…

    This report was funded by grants from the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport, Innovate UK and Omidyar Network.

    p8: KEY FINDINGS: …Looking ahead, they’re excited by the potential of technology to address issues like climate change and transform healthcare…
    p11: AN OPTIMISTIC INDUSTRY: …They’re eager to see tech applied to address issues like climate change and to transform healthcare through greater accuracy in diagnosis, cures for currently untreatable conditions and better quality of life for people in ill health…

    Doteveryone.org.uk: Who funds us
    As a charity, we are grateful for the generous financial support of our funders:
    •Accenture
    •BT
    •Comic Relief
    •Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
    •Google.org
    •Greater London Authority
    •Lloyds Foundation
    •Nesta
    •Omidyar Network
    •PwC
    •Sage
    •The Wellcome Trust
    •UK Parliament
    https://doteveryone.org.uk/support-us/

    Wikipedia: Martha Lane Fox, Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho, CBE is a British businesswoman, philanthropist and public servant.
    Lady Lane-Fox is founder and executive chair of Doteveryone.org.uk, an independent think tank and charity championing responsible technology for a fairer future…
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Lane_Fox

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    pat

    theirABC this morning:

    18 May: ABC Country Breakfast: Country Breakfast Features
    But with a changing climate, does the (mango) industry’s future lie further to the south and with different varieties?
    Researchers in the NT say CSIRO modelling shows Darwin in the future will have a climate like Kununurra, and that could force mango production further south…
    https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/countrybreakfast/country-breakfast-features/11119088

    18 May: ABC Country Breakfast: Rural News
    Seasonal outlook for winter remains grim for farmers
    A combination of two climatic factors look like bringing warmer and drier conditions over the next 3 months.
    Warmer Pacific Ocean surface temperatures combined with a positive Indian Ocean Dipole is likely to result in below average rainfall for winter.
    Temperatures will be above average for both day and night…
    https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/countrybreakfast/rural-news-highlights-18-may/11119340

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      Sambar

      Don’t any journalists ever “have a think” about what they say. Of course climete change will force mango production further south, just like it has done in the Philipines, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, India and equataorial Africa, all mango producing areas with temperatures consistently warmer than our N.T.

      Do I have to sarc/ off

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      yarpos

      Seems to be a regular chestnut that gets trotted out about the SA wine industry moving to Tasmania.

      SA continues to knock out sensational reds, and Tassie already has a quite a nice wine industry happening. Our last holiday in Tassie was in the North West were we hadnt been so much. Turned out we were around the corner from 9th Island. Good times!

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      Pat

      Reads like the mango piece is more Karoly-ising

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      robert rosicka

      There’s a big mango farm at Mataranka and one on the Sturt much further south , our continent is slowly heading north after all .

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    pat

    nothing to listen to, but you have to love Sparkes’ opinion on the corkscrew incident:

    18 May: ABC AM: Manly voters split over Warringah contest
    By David Sparkes on AM
    The seat has seen passionate protests against the incumbent for his position on climate change, and an attack on a Liberal volunteer with a corkscrew (SPARKES: “NO-ONE IS REPORTING THAT THIS IS A POLITICALLY-MOTIVATED ATTACK”)
    https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/manly-voters-split-over-warringah-contest/11126114

    when theirABC needs another push for The Greens? interview one of their own:

    18 May: ABC: Vegan options are everywhere nowadays as restaurants evolve to meat demand
    ABC Radio Sydney By Mawunyo Gbogbo
    Lindsay McDougall had to swear off meat when he joined the punk rock band Frenzal Rhomb in 1996.
    “The singer was vegetarian and he said I wasn’t allowed in if I didn’t go vegetarian,” he said.
    The current presenter of Drive at ABC Illawarra, McDougall said it showed him the ethical side of the lifestyle, and by 1998 he was a vegan — long before it was a thing…

    As more and more people in Sydney adopt plant-based diets, restaurants have been forced to evolve to satisfy their customers’ appetites…
    McDougall: “Every takeaway place now does some vegan food … every pub has a vegan menu now … every main street has a restaurant where you can be guaranteed to eat vegan food.”
    He said there were even a bunch of late-night burger outlets that didn’t highlight the fact they were vegan.

    ***”You’ve got people drunkenly walking out of the pub or the cinema getting their burgers, having no idea that they’re not actually causing the unnecessary deaths of any animals while they’re having their drunken snack.
    “I feel like businesses have seen the dollar in it.”…

    According to Roy Morgan research, almost 2.5 million Australians have diets that are either entirely or almost all plant-based — that’s an increase of 11.2 per cent since 2014.
    That’s despite Australia having one of the highest levels of meat consumption in the world…
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-18/restaurants-take-note-as-more-people-go-vegan/11119160

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      Maptram

      I’ve heard or read that vegans don’t eat honey because honey is produced by bees, animals, and bees are slaves. However, bees also do another important job, they pollinate many of the fruits and vegetables we eat, so vegans shouldn’t eat any of the fruits and vegetables that are pollinated by bees. Probably doesn’t leave a lot for them to eat.

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        Another Ian

        And the fungii are now classified as animalia so no mushrooms either

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          yarpos

          I know!! I can hear them scream in the frying pan. Then there is the swirling blur from all the CO2 I can see.

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            Annie

            Now I’ll be laughing every time I cook mushrooms! :)

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              Sambar

              Ha, walked down the paddock today and there was a little fairy ring. First thoughts were “magic” not the variety, just the fact that it’s the first we have had this year. Our paddock supplies so much that is just there if you want to make the effort. We do eat dandy lions, loverly. Blackberries off the creek line, rabbits when the grandkids come up, venison when the freezer empties, wild ducks in season, if it wasn’t for the electricity bills we would be living like kings!

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    Paul Miskelly

    Hi Jo and All,
    Dunno whether anyone else noticed, (TonyfromOz would be the honorable exception), but perhaps out of deference to Bob Hawke’s passing, (or here insert any other fanciful reference of your choice), total wind farm output in Eastern Australia “died” through the afternoon yesterday to 247 MW, following a long decline through the morning.
    I noticed to that all the flags set at half mast in our town in deference to Bob were not so much “flying” but “limp”.
    A timely reminder perhaps of what Electricity Bill’s 50% renewables’ target would bring?
    Best regards to all.

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      In fact, in Victoria, for seven hours, (from Midday till 7PM) the total output from EVERY one of the 16 wind plants in the State was ZERO. In fact it was less than zero, because all wind plants for those seven hours were drawing power FROM the grid.

      The average power delivery from wind power for the whole State across the full 24 hours was, umm, an hourly average of 26.72MW, and that’s from a Nameplate of 1972MW, so wind power Victoria operated on this day at a Capacity Factor of 1.35%. Most wind plants recorded zero output from midnight till 7PM, a full 19 hours at or very close to zero.

      Full explanation in the text at the bottom of the daily data Post at the following link.

      Australian Daily Electrical Power Generation Data – Thursday 16th May 2019

      As I mention there, if wind power is the answer, then someone’s asking the wrong question.

      Tony.

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        Apology for this. That data is for the Thursday, the day before.

        Yesterday was not much better, as it was at or close to zero for six hours.

        Tony.

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          Annie

          I should think today would be similar. 1C early, up to 19C at lunchtime, sunny and windless…a beautiful Autumn day. After voting we sat out on our northish-facing verandah with a glass of something pleasant and our lunch snack.
          The previous days stayed foggy and windless until lunchtime. Ideal for burning some prunings that couldn’t be touched earlier.
          The only helpers at our voting station were from Libs and Indeps. The sausages at the sizzle stand had sold out. They didn’t know how many to cater for as there was so much early voting. I think early voting should be limited to those who are either genuinely away or ill.

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            yarpos

            ? to help with sausage catering?

            I am always away , oddly

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              Annie

              Lucky you! There were still some onions left but no sausages, and the usual team were packing up. They obviously didn’t need any more helpers.
              I was struck by the fact that the only people handing out how to vote info were Libs and Indeps. The latter looked a bit lonely; perhaps I should have gone and chatted with them but I wanted to get home.

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    pat

    Fox News also reporting on The Guardian’s Orwellian semantics:

    17 May: Fox News: Britain’s Guardian newspaper tells staff to avoid saying ‘climate change,’ use ‘climate emergency, crisis or breakdown’ instead
    By Lukas Mikelionis
    “We want to ensure that we are being scientifically precise and rooted in facts, while also communicating clearly with readers on this very important issue,” Viner wrote (LINK)…

    The new guidelines also state that a person skeptical about climate change should no longer be described as a “climate skeptic.” Instead, Viner writes, phrases such as “climate science denier” or “climate denier” should be applied…
    https://www.foxnews.com/science/britain-guardian-newspaper-avoid-climate-change-climate-emergency-crisis-breakdown-instead

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    pat

    as usual theirABC mocks Australia; loves “global catastrophe”:

    16 May: ABC: UN secretary-general meets Pacific leaders to discuss ‘global catastrophe’ of climate change
    By foreign affairs reporter Stephen Dziedzic
    It would have been an uncomfortable spot. Yesterday Australian officials sat quietly in their chairs as Pacific leader after Pacific leader delivered stern warnings about the lethal threat that climate change poses to their nations…

    Senior Australian officials at the meeting could do little else; sent in the place of Prime Minister Scott Morrison only days before the federal election, they were bound to observer status by the caretaker conventions.
    As a result, Australia did not sign up to the final statement by Pacific leaders, which declared climate change a “global catastrophe” and called for “transformative action” to stop it…
    But who was to blame for this “global catastrophe”?…

    One Pacific official told the ABC the meeting’s call for radical action on climate change “really was aimed at the whole globe” but “for those in the room [it] was a message for one country”.
    “Of course no-one said Australia. No-one needed to say Australia,” the official said. “What other country in the room could we be referring to?”
    The outspoken Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele, went much further, wading straight into Australia’s election campaign during the post-summit press conference…
    It looked like the event would wrap up without controversy. But Mr Sailele reached unbidden for the microphone to volunteer his own answer.

    “I think we should not worry too much about it,” he declared.
    “The question will be answered by the [Australian] voters. Let us keep our fingers crossed!”

    The message was unmistakable. Uneasy laughter rippled through the room. At least one Australian official was deeply unimpressed…
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-16/guterres-antonio-un-pacific-meeting-climate-change/11115816

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      WXcycles

      Yesterday Australian officials sat quietly in their chairs as Pacific leader after Pacific leader delivered stern warnings about the lethal threat that climate change poses to their nations…

      Translation:

      “Give us all the money in your worker’s wallets and we promise to never blackmail you lot again. … No, don’t laugh! … We really, really mean it this time!”

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        yarpos

        They are emboldened now to bite the hand that feeds them. They dont have to play nicey nicey as big brother UN will help them extract the dollars.

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    sophocles

    Best of luck, everybody!
    I think you’re going to need it …

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    WXcycles

    Sitting here this morning pondering the basic dilemma that if you vote for Australian politicians and you get more Australian politicians.

    As this is such a reprehensible act against sanity, honesty, people and human civilization I find myself leaning towards invoking the precautionary-principle, plus not being complicit. The last thing I actually want are more projectile-vomit-inducing, lying, delusional Australian politicians, stealing everyone’s money and impairing and damaging the country further, without recourse.

    The disease is not going to reform itself to save the patient. But the patient is required to elect a disease flavor which said disease claims will kill the patient more slowly and painlessly, plus will shower the patient a complementary bags of popcorn.

    Sorry, why are we doing this again?

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    theRealUniverse

    As voting is compulsory..youll all need it! (Luck)

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      JoKaH

      Actually the only compulsion is to have your name ticked off but of course you still have to front up to a voting booth. My late mother-in-law used to front up to to vote and scribble what she regarded as “naughty words” all over the voting papers and I don’t think she actually voted in her life.

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    Maptram

    There is a legal equivalent to the “science” that predicts all sorts of dire consequences because of CO2 produced by humans. In 2014, the then Andrews opposition in Victoria, promised that if elected they would cancel the east west link contract and that cancellation wouldn’t cost anything because the contract was not worth the paper it was written on, I assume based on legal advice. As we now know, cancellation of the contract cost more than $1 billion,

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    Cut and pasted from an email so formatting might be a mess.
    Al Gore has done it again. Last time he and Palmer got together and the result was the transformation of the dormant Renewable Energy legislation into something that now robs everybody.
    On the other hand, it could be counter-productive if enough voters are awake.

    ————————- quote ————————————–
    Last Minute Interference by Al Gore and the ABC into the Australian Election
    by Viv Forbes, Executive Director, the Saltbush Club, Australia.
    The Saltbush Club today called for an enquiry into a last minute intervention by an American politician, Al Gore, into the Australian Election.

    The Executive Director of the Saltbush Club, Viv Forbes, said that in such a tight election race, the intervention of someone with the international stature of Al Gore, assisted by the climate activist Australian Broadcasting Commission, could easily change the result of the election.
    The Gore intervention was not subtle – he labelled the LNP government climate policy as ‘not credible’ and taking the country ‘in the wrong direction’.
    Becoming even more partisan, Gore praised the opposition Labor plan ‘as an extremely significant act of leadership on the part of Australia.’
    This carefully timed intervention in a closely fought Australian election by a prominent foreign politician is a blatant attempt to promote a damaging climate agenda already rejected in the USA.
    This surely justifies an enquiry into foreign electoral interference and ABC complicity.
    https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/al-gore-weighs-in-on-australian-election-urges-australia-to-choose-the-right-path/news-story/c3c1e791154a695c74ced417a56ccd1e

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    Ross

    Talking about plastic bags. The Phillipines are standing up for themselves and giving Trudeau another head ache.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/05/breaking-philippines-recalls-diplomats-and-embassy-staff-after-canada-fails-to-remove-their-trash/

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      TdeF

      So Green Mr Truedau’s Canadian companies have been dumping soiled adult diapers and trash in the Phillipines. Not his problem?
      Australia has been happy to send its trash to China, except the Chinese have enough of their own.
      The only plastic recycling company in South Australia closed because of the cost of electricity, thanks to the Greens.

      Hyprocrisy is the signature of Green states. Shutting down freeways, tunnels and bypasses and complaining about traffic. Getting rid of one use plastic bags and forcing people to buy heavy duty non disposable bags. Inviting uncontrolled migration and complaining about the inadequacy of health and social services to cope and the problems with law enforcement and the creation of ghettos. Wanting cheap, adequate and reliable power and finding it vanishes. Glorifying nature only to find it covered in windmills and transmission towers. It’s what happens when thoughtless wishful thinking becomes law.

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      yarpos

      Great story. Can you imagine two leaders further apart in so many ways than Duterte and Trudeau? One even has measurable testosterone!

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    Bill in Oz

    Meanwhile Tsla is on the verge of going bust !
    It has cash for 10 months
    And is losing $200 million US per month
    Who wants to buy a Tesla ?

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-18/tesla-to-run-out-of-money-in-10-months-unless-it-curbs-spending/11126356

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    pat

    something brilliant to watch if you want to avoid the vote count tonight:

    Youtube: 38min33sec: 17 May: Sean Hannity 5/17/19
    One-on-one with Mark Levin on his latest book, “Unfreedom of the Press”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUxKoVqK0CE

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    robert rosicka

    Apparently the Ned Kelly postal vote was real and has been framed at our local pub , so if passing through Glenrowan call in and have a look .

    https://www.wellingtontimes.com.au/story/6120736/election-information-sent-to-edward-kelly-glenrowan-pub/?cs=9397

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    pat

    behind paywall:

    17 May: UK Times: National Grid threatens to sue Labour
    Labour will face legal challenges if it seeks to nationalise Britain’s power and gas networks at a knockdown price, National Grid has warned.
    John Pettigrew, chief executive of the FTSE 100 utility group, said there were “a whole host of legal routes companies including National Grid, or their investors, could pursue against the government if they didn’t pay fair value”.
    He claimed Labour’s proposals for a replacement system of national, regional and municipal energy agencies would return Britain to Yes, Minister levels of bureaucracy.
    National Grid employs about 6,000 people in the UK…

    National Grid also booked a £137 million impairment after writing off almost a decade of work on planning grid connections for Nugen’s proposed nuclear plant at Moorside in Cumbria, and Horizon’s projects at Wylfa on Anglesey and Oldbury in Gloucester. Work on all three has now been abandoned and National Grid said it had concluded there was “no realistic prospect of these schemes continuing in their present form”. National Grid spent years consulting on proposals before alighting on a £2.8 billion plan that involved burying the lines through a 14-mile stretch of the Lake District and a 13-mile tunnel under Morecambe Bay…
    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ffc46bf6-7816-11e9-a793-a173e7c642f8

    17 May: UK Times: Patrick Harvie: First minister Nicola Sturgeon ‘hypocrite’ for climate cuts
    by Marc Horne
    Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of hypocrisy after cutting funding for new projects to fight global warming, despite having declared a “climate emergency”.
    Patrick Harvie, the Scottish Green leader, said reduction of the Climate Challenge Fund was a “serious mistake” and called on the first minister to reverse the cuts. The fund was launched in 2008 to support projects that encourage people to fight climate change by actions such as reducing waste and using greener transport.

    Mr Harvie cited research published on The Ferret website, which said that funding for new projects had been cut from £5 million in 2018-19 to just over £2 million in 2019-20. The number of new projects slipped from 65 to 22. In the latest financial year 43 projects were turned down due to lack of funds…
    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/patrick-harvie-first-minister-nicola-sturgeon-hypocrite-for-climate-cuts-2xpqcwt0b

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    Destroyer D69

    Just voted the “Schrodinger,s Cat” senate election where a vote can be both formal and informal at the same time……

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    Maptram

    The parting of fools and their money.

    “Tesla earlier this month closed a $US2.7 billion ($3.93 billion) offering of stock and convertible notes, giving it much needed cash as it ramps up production.”

    With the recent reports of problems with Telsa EVs, even the fools should be wondering about their “investment.”

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    robert rosicka

    Just voted at Glenrowan, I vote after 5pm and at the school the hawkers are always out the front but none of them ever cover the side entrance .

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    Peter Fitzroy

    Academic quits over uni sacking
    A James Cook University associate professor has resigned from her honorary position over the sacking of professor Peter Ridd.

    From the Australian

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    Hanrahan

    Are journalists professional any more?

    Turned over to the Sky election coverage at half time and saw the subtitles “Both parties need 76 seats to win.” I’m no grammar nazi but I expect better from our learned professions.

    Surely it should read “Both A partiesy need 76 seats to win.” I’m no grammar nazi but I expect better from our learned professions.

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    Hanrahan

    A Dutch car rental co closed it’s doors because it couldn’t keep it’s Teslas on the road. Half were awaiting parts. With a fleet of Mazdas/Toyotas/Hyundais half them would NEVER need parts [excepting accidents] let alone being off the road waiting for them.

    The world has a finite number of rich, dumb early adopters. Who else buys these toys?

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    pat

    just checked the Hannity/Levin video I posted in comment #35 because someone told me it simply repeats from about half way through. it didn’t when I checked it before posting it, so don’t know how that happened. then checked another version and the same thing happened.

    finally found this one, which appears to be the full program:

    Youtube: 40min05sec: 17 May: Sean Hannity 5/17/19
    One-on-one with Mark Levin on his latest book, “Unfreedom of the Press”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nooxBdDWmJY

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      pat

      now I just fully checked the new video I just put up and, when it gets to the final segment which is about the MSM/Dem nexus, instead it goes to an old program of Hannity’s!

      not only that, the first video I put up in comment #35 is now out of synch and somewhat faded, which it also wasn’t originally.

      this whole program is about the FakeNewsMSM…..and it would appear there has been tampering of the youtube videos, if that is possible! I can’t recall anything like this with Hannity videos I’ve posted previously.

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    Hanrahan

    The coalition in Qld is STRONG. Could Shorten ignore this strength and ignore Adani?

    He could, of course, say Qld is a lost cause and simply ignore us. That’s how the CFEMU works.

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      robert rosicka

      Weird results so far in the election and looks like the overall win might not be known tonight .

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        Hanrahan

        Either way, Shorten should get his finances in order. He will be driving his own car soon.

        I can enjoy schadenfreude as much as the next bloke so I have some delight in the fact that while the combined forces of the left deposed an honourable backbencher, once PM, the helpless, vulnerable right have tossed Shorten into the “has bin”. He will not wear the crown he has coveted for decades for longer than it takes for the rank and file to dump him. No one actually liked him anyway.

        The sad thing is his replacement, Albo, Plibers are just as crazy.

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          WXcycles

          There’s a definite lack of talent on that Labor front bench, you’d think the pliber would be out of contention by association with latent-loser silly billie at this point.

          I do wonder if the lack of costings and the mountain of industrial-grade lefty-lies will be considered a prime reason for the pending Labor loss?

          Think they’ll whine and sulk for 18 months and fail to learn any of the relevant lessons.

          Queensland labor will likewise learn nothing simply because QLDers will simply vote them back in again. Don’t ask me why, because I have no idea why either.

          So lets see if we actually get a Collinsville power station BUILT AND ACTUALLY OPERATING, rather then Fantasia Land rides again, Episode #17.

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          AndyG55

          “He will be driving his own car soon.”

          And you can BET it won’t be an EV. !

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    Speedy

    Good Evening All.

    As we watch the election broadcast tonight, I am crying – tears of joy and tears of sorrow.

    For joy – that perhaps, just perhaps, the people of this nation have the wisdom to see through the deceit and cynicism of the Labor/Green/UAP consortium. It is hope for us all.

    In Sorrow – that the people of Waringah have rejected a good, honest, hard-working member in favour of a few slogans and someone who could come 3rd in a skying race 30 something years ago. Tony Abbott only underlined how much has to offer to ALL Australians – we need more like him, if that is possible.

    The fight for goodness against stupidity continues.

    Cheers

    Mike/Speedy

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    Great speeches by Barnaby Joyce and Tony Abbott.

    Barnaby said, as he claimed victory in New England with a slight swing to him, “It’s very sad about Tony, but how stupid are GetUp and the Green-Left! They spent a million dollars in Warringah just to beat Tony, and they lost the election everywhere else!!”

    And Tony gave a great speech accepting defeat, such a measure of the man himself – “After the Wentworth by-election I knew I’d have a great deal of trouble holding this seat, but I’d rather be a loser than a quitter!”

    -and – “the Green-Left does well in wealthy seats like this one, but badly where the blue collar workers and farmers are, and that’s where it matters”

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    robert rosicka

    OMG it might be an early night with a Lib win !!

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      PeterS

      I was expecting a hung result but you might be right. Excellent result if you are.

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        el gordo

        Albo for Opposition Leader, he is the people’s choice.

        Australians aren’t stupid, the hip pocket nerve wins.

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          PeterS

          If the results as they are now continue to the end my faith in Australian voters would be restored. Thank you Australia!

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          Hanrahan

          Australians aren’t stupid, the hip pocket nerve wins.

          That is a contradiction in terms.

          I am reminded of a monkey trap: They put a banana in a cage with a small hole that allows said monkey to put it’s hand in and grab the banana. But the hole is not big enough to allow to monkey to withdraw it’s clenched fist. It holds onto the banana and it’s fate is sealed.

          Labor knows just how big to make that hole.

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    yarpos

    Thank you Australian people, well done!. You are not as screwed up and deluded as I feared you were.

    Just been watching some classic ABC TV. Penny Wong banging on about climate change as they go down in flames. Right under her talking head is the ticker along the bottom of the acreen slwly turning undecided seats to LNP. Classic delusional stuff where right up until the death knell they are pounding away on points the electorate has rejected.

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    neil

    Not a surprise to me, I live in St Kilda where you cannot indicate in anyway that you would vote Liberal or you will be vilified and physically threatened. Yesterday I had lunch with a friend who lives in an inner Melbourne northern suburb and she was too scared to talk about politics because she worried that her children could be bullied and ever expelled from school if people discovered she was a liberal.
    The polls were so wrong because the violent left scared people from admitting they would vote Liberal, but didn’t stop them.

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    robert rosicka

    ABC have called it for a Morrison / Liberal win and Anthony Green has a good track record with calling seats .

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      el gordo

      The polls have failed miserably, reminds me of Trump’s win over Hiliary, they didn’t see it coming.

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      Hanrahan

      They have not been so brave on Fox. For once I hope ABC is right.:)

      PS Richo just called the coalition for at least 76. I am over the moon at the prospect of seeing Electricity Bill on the backbench.

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        WXcycles

        Not celebrating, we still got Al-Gore Lite instead of Al-Gore, Seppuku instead of falling on a chainsaw. Same result, different mechanism.

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    RickWill

    Channel 7 prediction at 9:30pm is 76 seats to LNP. That is all they need for a majority. I am surprised but should have had greater faith in good sense prevailing.

    The only sad aspect id Tony Abbot not getting back. His turquoise opponent is hard to take.

    I expect there will be no claims tonight but so far it looks positive.

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    WXcycles

    If the Libs don’t finally get a clue and eliminate the ABC and put a broom through the BOM after this election they have rocks in their heads.

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    George4

    Thankyou Labor and your stupid new policies,
    you showed your true colours,
    and lost an unlosable election.

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    Greebo

    Seems TA took one for the team.

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      Hanrahan

      In military terms he drew the fire of four battalions while other fronts held their ground.
      Pity we no longer have knighthoods.

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    Hanrahan

    Turnbull EAT YA HEART OUT!!!!

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      TdeF

      Especially if his chosen successor, Kerryn Phelps loses to David Sharma. A real Liberal in the seat again. So much for Turnbull’s magic in backing Phelps against his own party. His only delight will be the removal of his nemesis Abbott, but Abbott is not done yet, unlike Turnbull. Can we please have our $444Million back? That was not your money to give to Lucy’s friends.

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    Hanrahan

    The coalition primary is @ 40.9%. It is a truism that libs will win with a 4 in front. OK marginal but 50% + 1 wins seats.

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    robert rosicka

    Albo , Plibersek and Bowen are calling on Shorten to resign .

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    TdeF

    Albanese is hoping desperately for a hung parliament. No hope.

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      WXcycles

      I’m guessing how-much-we-ownin Bowen gets the first 6 to 12 months to repeatedly make a total and utter goose of himself on a regular basis, then The Albo takes over with The Plib to reinforce the female vote.

      Not much of a line-up, but Albo comes across as an unsophisticated stumble-bum, so it’s unlikely he’ll be as despised and mistrusted as The Bill is, and The Bowen will be.

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    robert rosicka

    As for why the polls were so horribly wrong the answer lies in the leftist media believing their own hype and maybe punters have reflected this .
    As for the Bookies fancy having to payout twice !
    Rumours have it Turdball had two million on a Shorten win .

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      Hanrahan

      And then there is the “empty seat” phenomena which I spoke of in the midweek. It is easy to say you don’t like the government to a pollster but when a real polly is in the seat a few % will not like what they see.

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    TdeF

    What does it mean? The boats will not start tomorrow. Death duties are off the table. Tens of billions in carbon credits too. Negative gearing will not be removed, keeping rentals low for everyone. Double taxation of shares will not start. (why do they call such greed ‘reform’)

    We might get Liddell back from AGL who are desperate to close a power station for which they paid nothing. Julie Bishop will not be the US ambassador to play games in Washington and put us offside with Trump. We might get the budget back in balance and start to reduce taxation from its punitive level, stifling business and personal endeavour and if we can get rid of the RET, electricity prices will halve tomorrow, kickstarting manufacturing, smelting and even recycling. Plus we can meet our international agreements by growing more trees, which costs nothing.

    Abbott would make a fine US or UK ambassador. He does have a Masters from Oxford in International Politics and degrees in economics and law. Plus he would be a perfect person to negotiate with Donald Trump to Make Australia Great again.

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      TdeF

      I also expect that Christians are not happy with being second class citizens in a Christian country. Especially the huge Catholic school system so hated by extremists. The Israel Folau sacking is just one example of outrageous corporate overreach against Christians on matters which have nothing to do with them. The attack on free speech is appalling, especially in Universities where Dr. Ridd was sacked simply for expressing his professional opinion, a right which was guaranteed in writing by his former employer.

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        TdeF

        Abbott as US ambassador. That makes perfect sense. He would be welcomed at the White House, if not by the swamp.

        Tony Abbott is famous as the man who stopped the boat invasion, when everyone said it could not be done. Significantly, a task performed by Morrison. He is also famous as the one who lectured European leaders on the dangers of uncontrolled immigration. He would have great standing with Trump and many in Europe today.

        It was Abbott’s former boss, John Howard who said a country should have the right to say who comes and under what conditions. What on earth is wrong with that statement?

        He would get on very well with Trump’s administration who seek to dismantle the Globalists control of their country, from the Koch brothers to Hollywood to the new internet media barons of Google, Facebook and Youtube and Twitter.

        As for Climate Change, Abbott is on record as publicly saying it is crap and that we could meet our obligation by just growing trees. Right on both counts. We can hope Morrison withdraws from Paris, along with Brazil and Indonesia. The Norther Hemisphere can then solve their own imaginary CO2 problems as we should not pay a tax on their emissions.

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      Kinky Keith

      :-) :-) :-) :-)

      Seems that I might enjoy the next few years.

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    PeterS

    Thank you Australia! Well done.

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    Hanrahan

    I’m getting a little chirpy but I’ll admit the Moet isn’t even cold, didn’t expect to need it.

    What are you drinking Fitz?

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    Seems a few punters liked the husband of Jenny Morrison. The husband of Chloe Shorten, not so much.

    Clearly, Chloe is a problem.

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    EternalOptimist

    OMG. can it be happening ? fingers crossed for the aussies

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    David Wojick

    Congratulations! Let’s hope the Green New Dealers meet the same fate here in U.S.

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    WXcycles

    Channel 7 just announced the coalition have also increased their Senators by two more.

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      Hanrahan

      The major parties were always going to win extra seats in the election after a double dissolution. A disproportionate number of fringe members were up for reelection with no hope.

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    Hanrahan

    Rudd’s concession speech came out as if he was the victor. Will Shorten do better?

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    TdeF

    “Incumbent Labor MP Cathy O’Toole has conceded defeat in Herbert after a 7 per cent swing against her handed victory to the Liberal National Party’s Phil Thompson, who garnered 57 per cent of the two-party-preferred vote.”

    Ha. Ha. Ha. The people want a coal mine because it means jobs. There was a time Labor fought for jobs and Australia. Not any more.

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      Hanrahan

      She had a truck driving around with her claim for more jobs. They were clearly jobe outside the mining industry. Trouble is, that;s where we excel and guys make money and pay taxes.

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    robert rosicka

    The UN are on the phone and want to know if there’s any chance of fudging the numbers so Labor can win .

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    Adaminaby Angler

    The Liberal-National Coalition wins in a landslide; our nation shall emerge from the dastardly depths of leftism and crookedry once more!

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    robert rosicka

    Shorten has rung Morrison and congratulated him on his win .

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    robert rosicka

    Just heard from the likely Indi winner Helen Haines and the smug so and so reckons the electorate has decided that climate change is the most important issue .
    She had less votes than the Liberal candidate and only got in through labor and greentard preferences .

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      TdeF

      Wentworth is back to 49.83% Sharma and 50.17% Phelps. Margin officially 0.17%! 64% counted
      and the Liberals are famous for dominating the postal vote.

      I guess threatening the incomes and inheritances of the rich Wentworth electorate was not a good move.
      Greens might be Climate mad, but they are usually middle class
      and self indulgent and while happy about robbing the electricity bills of the poor, not so happy about losing their own cash.
      Far too close to call.

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    WXcycles

    Gough Whitlam Version 2.0 sacked early.

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    pat

    as TdeF said – Abbott for US Ambassador.

    happy to see Warringah stuck with Zali.

    but will a Morrison Govt back off CAGW, make cuts to ABC? doubt it, but time will tell.

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    robert rosicka

    Scomo needs to get on the front foot now and pull out of Paris ,build more coal fired power stations and expose the CAGW lie for what it is .

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    neil

    The real damage done by the Shorten years is how this low life socialist union lawyer hack brought down some quality Labor representatives, the true leader of the Labor party Anthony Albanese, the man chosen by the rank and file of Labor was rejected by the union movement, Tanya Plibersek and Penny Wong, pillars of moderate Labor were reduced to anti Abbott attack dogs to support the ACTU socialist agenda.

    The “reforms” that Kevin Rudd agreed to on the election of Labor leaders has allowed the ACTU to control the Labor party and make the elected members opinions irrelevant. Labor is no longer the workers party, it is now a totalitarian socialist party.

    The union movement has manipulated Labor into irrelevance.

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    Zane

    No Commissar Shorten, thank God. Well done to ScoMo.

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    Hanrahan

    When a party wins from opposition it can, usually, expect two terms. Against the odds this is like a win from opposition. Scomo now has a party as united as the libs are ever likely to get so I am optimistic for the future.

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      WXcycles

      I hope they manage to land that “first surplus next year”, but even 1 week is a long time in politics, and the national and global economy and a massive trade war escalation means a surplus is not even close to being in the bag as yet.

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