Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wed 27th Mar Todays News


Happy birthday and many happy returns Michael Lee andHelen Huang. Born on the someday, across the years. Not April 1st. One asks if your parents were really trying ..
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Girl rocks a Hendrix song on a Korean instrument called gayageum


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Smuggler agrees Howard successfully stopped the boats

Piers Akerman – Wednesday, March 27, 2013 (1:51am)

THAT the worst is by no means over for Labor was confirmed yesterday in Sydney and Indonesia.
ICAC heard that the disgraced former NSW minister Ian Macdonald was known as “Obeid’s left testicle”, and an alleged head of a people-smuggling syndicate offered advice to the Gillard government on how to stop the boats.
According to senior Labor figures, Macdonald’s preselection was decided over a Chinese lunch attended by Labor heavyweights even though it was recognised he was an agent of powerbroker Eddie Obeid and his Terrigal group.
The Byzantine dealings of the NSW Labor Party are fascinating, and as ICAC is discovering, occasionally disturbingly corrupt but the barbecue stopper was the interview with Sayed Abbas, recognised as one of the most active people smugglers to operate out of Indonesia in recent years.
According to Abbas, Australia could stop the boats if it employed tactics used during John Howard’s time as prime minister.

AAP reported that Abbas is set to face an extradition hearing next month after Australian officials handed over the necessary paperwork late last week.
He is such an identity that he is believed to have remained in business even while he was incarcerated in Salemba prison in Jakarta and asylum-seekers wanting to take boats to Australia contact agents who still work for him.
It is believed his syndicate has pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars by sending dozens of asylum-seeker boats to Christmas Island, including one that sank in December 2011, killing up to 200 people.
Abbas denies all the charges against him, claiming he is the victim of mistaken identity.
But during a lengthy interview at police headquarters in Jakarta, where he has been moved to pending his extradition, he revealed a deep understanding of the people-smuggling business in Indonesia.
He also offered some advice to Australian authorities.
“The Australian government can stop (the boats) like before when John Howard was there,” he told AAP.
“If they were more serious, they could stop. It’s very easy.”
He said turning boats around worked.
“Maybe Australia, with such strong power can stop it like John Howard did. Like in 2001, just shut the channel.
“Not like now when Kevin Rudd opened it again,” he said.
“Before, all boats travelling there, after they left then they were stopped, told to go back again.
“When people in Indonesia found out about this, many illegal tracks were shut.
“Then in 2008, it was opened again.”
Under Howard, four boats were turned back, on others, there were riots and attempts to destroy the craft.
Still, if a smuggler says Howard was a tough customer and his strategy worked, why hasn’t the Labor Party given it a try?
Abbott has promised to slow and stop the boat arrivals.
Abbas seems to think he will be successful. 

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HIGHER TAXES, BIGGER DEBT

Tim Blair – Wednesday, March 27, 2013 (4:10pm)

It’s a Labor two-fer
New data show that across OECD countries the average tax and social security burden on employment incomes increased by 0.1 of a percentage point to 35.6 per cent in 2012. It increased in 19 out of 34 countries, fell in 14, and remained unchanged in 1.

The increases were largest in the Netherlands, Poland and the Slovak Republic (mainly due to increased rates and other changes to employer social security contribution) as well as Spain andAustralia (due to higher statutory income tax rates). 
But despite those higher taxes: 
Gillard government debt levels are forecast to blow out by 80 per cent to $165 billion in this term alone – that’s a whopping $14,000 for every working Australian. 
(Via Ross C.)

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MONTHLY REFINED

Tim Blair – Wednesday, March 27, 2013 (1:26pm)

The Monthly recently celebrated the Prime Minister’s feisty feminism. Sadly, the magazine’s right-on rejoicing was quickly undermined by the PM herself, who turns out to be a fan of bunny-suitedradio pigs. Readers to the rescue! Here’s Smike’s updated cover image:

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And from Jaki:

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David of Riverina:

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Another big boat arrives

Andrew BoltMARCH272013(5:45pm)

Yet another boat arrives, with 147 on board. That’s a lot. The word truly has gone out that we’re a soft touch - at least until the Abbott Government gets in.

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On 2GB, March 27

Andrew Bolt March 27 2013 (5:12pm)

On with Steve Price from 8pm.  Listen live here. Talkback:  131 873

Listen to all past shows here.  We had a great chat last night with new minister Gary Gray, a friend who I find is not the climate sceptic I painted him as. I think. 

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The Monthly given the XXX factor

Andrew Bolt March 27 2013 (3:00pm)

Brilliant. Tim Blair and his readers kindly rework The Monthly’s cover to make it closer to the zeitgeist.
I can’t decide whether the third cover on Blair’s list is the best, or this one:
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Where was the public interest, Doug?

Andrew Bolt March 27 2013 (2:54pm)

Labor Senator Doug Cameron gives News Ltd head Kim Williams a moral sermon in a Senate committee hearing on March 18:

I THINK the hypocrisy is huge with the Murdoch media coming here and lecturing the Senate about privacy laws ... The public interest hasn’t been mentioned in your address. Surely you should have mentioned public interest.
When was the public interest discussed in this conversation?:
SENATOR Doug Cameron saved scandal-plagued NSW Labor minister Ian Macdonald because he thought he was “hard-working and competent”.
Giving evidence before the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, Senator Cameron confirmed intervening in a factional coup against Mr Macdonald in 2006 because he believed the minister had “a very long history of involvement in the Left”.
“Nothing had been raised with me about Mr Macdonald’s integrity,” he told ICAC.
Senator Cameron, who was in 2006 the national secretary of the influential Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union, said he argued “we should let him go out with some dignity”, rather than Mr Macdonald being stripped of his preselection.
Senator Cameron added that Mr Macdonald had asked to retain preselection in part because he wanted to go to the Beijing Olympics as a minister.

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This needed saying?

Andrew Bolt March 27 2013 (8:52am)

Professor Sinclair Davidson finds himself in the astonishing position of having to argue in the Financial Review that putting our mining industry in the hands of communists wouldn’t actually be a good idea

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Who’d now keep their money in a Spanish bank?

Andrew Bolt March 27 2013 (8:09am)

Stealing 40 per cent from big bank accounts is the kind of European “rescue” that tells everyone their money is not safe in a bank:

CYPRUS warned that “superhuman” efforts were needed to reopen its banks by Thursday as protests and uncertainty about the island’s top lender showed that its huge bailout had not ended its troubles…
Banks were shut for an 11th day, leaving homes and businesses on the Mediterranean island short of cash…
[Central bank governor Panicos] Demetriades said the delay in reopening them was to fully install capital controls that would prevent depositors from draining their accounts, and the need to strengthen Bank of Cyprus, the number one lender.
Is there any wonder there are now fears of runs on banks in Italy and Spain?:

A rescue program agreed for Cyprus on Monday represents a new template for resolving euro zone banking problems and other countries may have to restructure their banking sectors, the head of the region’s finance ministers said.
“What we’ve done last night is what I call pushing back the risks,” Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who heads the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers, told Reuters and the Financial Times hours after the Cyprus deal was struck.
“If there is a risk in a bank, our first question should be ‘Okay, what are you in the bank going to do about that? What can you do to recapitalize yourself?’. If the bank can’t do it, then we’ll talk to the shareholders and the bondholders, we’ll ask them to contribute in recapitalizing the bank, and if necessary the uninsured deposit holders,” he said…
Asked what the new approach meant for euro zone countries with highly leveraged banking sectors, such as Luxembourg and Malta, and for other countries with banking problems such as Slovenia, Dijsselbloem said they would have to shrink banks down.
“… realize that if a bank gets in trouble, the response will no longer automatically be that we’ll come and take away your problem. We’re going to push them back.”
Oops.
A few hours later, as markets tanked, his office issued a statement proclaiming:


Cyprus is a specific case with exceptional challenges which required the bail-in measures we have agreed upon yesterday.
Macro-economic adjustment programmes are tailor-made to the situation of the country concerned and no models or templates are used.
The walkback is unlikely to satisfy critics who contend a clumsy execution of the Cyprus bailout by euro-zone policy makers has needlessly raised the odds of bank runs across the periphery of the euro zone…
Even before Dijsselbloem’s remarks — and subsequent reversal — Monday, some economists feared the Cyprus precedent would come back to haunt euro-zone policy makers by amplifying the potential for deposit flight the next time trouble flares up in a bigger euro-zone economy, such as Italy or Spain.
In fact, Dijsselbloem is voicing the frustration of richer and more responsible European countries at having to bail out poorer and more profligate ones.
And so they all sink, in a death-grapple.
UPDATE
Terry McCrann:
The original proposal to bail out Cyprus was a catastrophic stupidity. For the first time in the sorry saga of post-GFC bailouts, small insured depositors in banks were going to lose some of their money…
But it stepped over a line… In short, you could not ask for a better mechanism to spark pre-emptive cascading bank runs, right across Europe…
Those “smartest guys in the room” hurriedly came up with a “smarter” idea. They wouldn’t take anything from smaller depositors; they’d take instead much more from the big depositors, over 100,000… Under the “improved” plan, they could lose 30-40 per cent of their money…
So the price of avoiding bank runs elsewhere in Europe from small depositors, is to give big depositors even more reason to run at the first whiff of trouble…
And who do you think could take out a lot of money from a bank in a very short time? Thousands of people with small deposits, or tens of companies and millionaire/billionaires with big deposits?…
The cure will almost certainly prove worse than having let Cyprus go under. 

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Geldof: icon of the Age of Seeming

Andrew Bolt March 27 2013 (7:27am)

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Lateline last night seemed a satire on modern charities of the “seeming, not doing” kind:
DAVID JONES: We launched the One Young World social business fund.
EMMA ALBERICI: Tell us one of those successes?
DAVID JONES: One interesting thing from Parker who at the age of 16 became the youngest person in history to ski to the geographic North Pole and on the way was taking samples to show how the polar caps are melting faster…
So the first “success” cited by the charity is some teenager having a whale of an adventure on the pretext of doing “research” of next to no scientific use.


Sir Bob Geldof was also in the studio, and provided an even more bizarre example of the great Seeming Not Doing movement:


EMMA ALBERICI: So how do you explain the disaster of the Occupy movement which was
SIR BOB GELDOF: I don’t think it was a disaster. I think it was a fantastic thing.
EMMA ALBERICI: But what did it achieve?
SIR BOB GELDOF: It achieved a lot. No.
…. But also the fact that they didn’t have an agenda, you know, but the point is… but the failure of Occupy is that nobody could say what they wanted. They could say it was just ‘f… off, everything, just f… off, it’s crap’.
Brilliant, that’s enough. We resist. We say no. What do you say no about? The lot. Everything.
Yes, a great success. They said “f… off” and then went home. Attitude struck.
Geldof is very big on attitude, of course. Much bigger on attitude than on logic or consequence. He’s a perfect icon for the age, as he proceeded to demonstrate with this astonishing stream of incoherence:

SIR BOB GELDOF: His message and my message are different. You’re in a difficult position as an interviewer. You’re asking him about One Young World and you’re asking me about ODA and, you know, it limits the sort of… I hear you get extravagant in your language, but the war on poverty. Everything he talks about and everything you talk about in your profession, climate change, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, all those things, come from poverty, come from the scourge of poverty…

The key issue there is speed because what everything requires now is the long term and our electoral cycle doesn’t allow for that. The four year basis, if Julia goes to the electorate or Tony Abbott goes to the electorate and says look, this is where we need to be, it’s a 20 year pop, do you agree with us or not, it’s 20 years but you’ve got to put up with us and you know what, 20 years there’s going to be corruption. Once we’re in power it all begins to go pear shaped are you prepared to put up with it?
Honest to God, the implication of this little thing in your pocket we haven’t a clue what it means. You know, him and his cohorts they’re supposed to be doing this every day but we’ve no understanding of the implication just like we had no understanding of what the car and the phone meant in 1913. No understanding that immense suburbs that meant a difference at the cities, that people stay at home. No understanding of the change of psychology and the death of distance meant the death of trust, all those sort of things.
Nothing, and we’re groping towards it. So it’s easy to turn on Tony Abbott or Julia Gillard or David Cameron, it’s easy.
You’ve got four years to resolve the GFC in your country, it’s global, hello. You’re not going to resolve it in France by getting up and saying this, that and the other. The people who wrote the 20th century probably were Darwin, Freud and Marx.
My aunty is 104, she’s alive. And she said in 1913 nobody had a clue that the world was about to commit suicide. No one. A year later, we’re 2013, whoever the Darwin, Freud and Marx of the 21st century are they’ve written it. Who are they? Where are they? Who’s groping towards an understanding of a difference, that business really hasn’t grasped yet so you see it floundering and falling apart. The politics haven’t grasped yet so you see them flounder and fall about in their four year cycles.
You know, we live through an age of volatility and mistrust. It’s an exciting age, we will talk about it in 300 years. It’s exciting to be alive.
It doesn’t matter what you actually say, let alone do.
Just seem.   

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From too few to worry about to too many to stop

Andrew Bolt March 27 2013 (7:19am)

Boat people policy
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They were so blind to the fact that the success of a few would encourage the many:

[In 2010], civil libertarian Julian Burnside mocked people who worried about the boat people starting to stream in through Labor’s open door.
If it keeps up at this rate, it would take about 20 years to fill the MCG with boat arrivals,” the QC scoffed.
Many of the Left were impressed by this airy dismissal.
Take Prime Minister Julia Gillard: “Mr Burnside is very, very right. This is a point well made.”
So we’ve gone in a flash from too few to worry about to too many to stop:
All up, 3111 passengers have arrived in Australia seeking asylum this year, compared with 1302 in the first full three months of last year.
If the trend continues, there could be more than 35,000 asylum seekers arriving by boat by the end of the year, more than double the record intake of 2012.
I suspect 35,000 is far too alarmist. But even the 17,000 boat people who came last year represent a rate of arrival enough to fill the MCG within six years - and that’s after excluding family reunions.  

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Road to Greece: Gillard spends $75 billion she’s just borrowed

Andrew Bolt March 27 2013 (3:25am)

The Gillard Government is spending billions it’s borrowed - and which we will have to repay:

Analysis of Budget documents reveals that between the 2010 election and Federal Treasury’s update in October last year, the 2012-13 net debt estimate rose $54 billion to $144 billion.
With Wayne Swan having junked the Government’s commitment to a surplus this financial year, Bank of America Merrill Lynch now forecasts Treasury will raise the estimate by a further $21 billion in the May budget…
Ahead of the budget, the Coalition is honing in on a number even larger than net debt - the total value of bonds and other securities issued by the Government, or gross debt, which has ballooned from $151 billion at the 2010 poll to $267 billion now. In the last budget the Government raised the gross “debt ceiling” from $250 billion to $300 billion.
That means the Gillard Government in its first term will have spent $75 billion it doesn’t have. And it goes into the election promising massive new welfare and education spending.
The bungles add to the waste:

The government budgeted for just 12,000 asylum seekers this financial year but the latest two boats, carrying 105 and 83 people, took the number of arrivals for 2012-13 past 15,200.
And still three months to go in the year.
The way to stop this march towards Greece?

CURBING Australia’s chronic and growing welfare “churn” - including ditching Family Tax Benefit B and the controversial Schoolkids’ Bonus - provides the key to returning the budget to surplus and boosting economic efficiency.
As the government scrambles for savings in the lead-up to the May budget, a Sydney think tank estimates more than half the money spent on social security, health and education across state and federal governments - more than $315 billion a year - involves collecting taxes and returning them to the same taxpayers in the form of cash payments and subsidised services.
The Centre for Independent Studies’ latest report, released today, recommends scrapping the principle of universal “free” healthcare embodied in Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and means-testing medical services and drugs in the same way government allowances and pensions are means-tested…
The study also argues the assets test for the age pension - the biggest federal expenditure - should include the “family home"…
Mr Baker calculates that churn ties up about 70,000 federal public servants and costs about $7bn a year in administration costs - about 4 per cent of the commonwealth’s annual welfare expenditure.
“The ATO spends another $3.2bn on tax collection,” he says...
But with 6 million Australians now living on state benefits or salaries, which political party dares save us from the Age of Entitlement?
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The unpretty face of the Entitled Australian:
‘The Australian public ... seem to expect that the full suite of welfare services will extend to them across the globe no matter where they go or how they behave,’’ the report says, citing a couple who wanted frequent flyer points while being evacuated from Cairo on a government-chartered rescue flight.

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Gillard’s protection racket

Andrew Bolt March 27 2013 (3:01am)

The first sin is that the Gillard Government is spending more billions it doesn’t have - and which others must later repay.
The second is that it is spending those billions to help the unions propping up the Prime Minister:
UNIONS are capitalising on the government’s latest spending programs to launch membership drives that target more than 300,000 workers in another sign of the way federal policies are aiding union objectives.
The campaigns urge workers to join a union to gain some of the $1.5 billion in taxpayer funds being spent on childcare and aged care in Labor’s election-year promise to lift wages in both sectors.
Employers fear conditions placed on the federal cash have given the unions a new way to build membership and issue wage claims because money will flow only to centres that sign enterprise bargaining agreements with their staff.
The United Voice union is leading the campaign by telling workers to expect pay rises of up to $10,571 a year under the government schemes as long as they follow a three-step plan that starts with joining the union.

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Can’t be in the same state together

Andrew Bolt March 27 2013 (2:51am)

How do you know Julia Gillard is visiting Western Australia? WA Opposition Leader Mark McGowan has vanished:
Last time she visited Perth, McGowan jumped on a plane to Bali.
This week, Gillard is scheduled to be in Perth and McGowan is again on holidays.
And let’s not forget that McGowan told Gillard not to visit WA during the election campaign - which he lost by a country mile.
(Thanks to reader DP.) 

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Ode to a Car… or Mountain with a Vue

We still miss this hunk of metal and rubber which took us across the USA two summers back, plus many trips to the Eastern Sierras.

Alas, the very reason that Saturn went under… the VTI transmission… was what killed ours as well.

The Nissan Altima doesn't hold a candle to this noble ride.

okay, I went a little too far huh?
 
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Breaking Dawn. San Francisco wakes up under a high fog covered sky. — at Kirby Cove.
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Climate models are not good enough

Only a few climate models were able to reproduce the observed changes in extreme precipitation in China over the last 50 years. This is the finding of a doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Climate models are the only means to predict future changes in climate and weather.

“It is therefore extremely important that we investigate global climate models’ own performances in simulating extremes with respect to observations, in order to improve our opportunities to predict future weather changes,” says Tinghai Ou from the University of Gothenburg’s Department of Earth Sciences.

Tinghai has analysed the model simulated extreme precipitation in China over the last 50 years.

“The results show that climate models give a poor reflection of the actual changes in extreme precipitation events that took place in China between 1961 and 2000,” he says. “Only half of the 21 analysed climate models analysed were able to reproduce the changes in some regions of China. Few models can well reproduce the nationwide change.”

For more : http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/03/25/climate-models-arent-good-enough-to-hindcast-says-new-study/

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Absolutely gorgeous Spring Day here in North Fork!!
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In the small town of Eden, N.Y., the recent appearance of mysterious circles in a frozen pond has residents baffled. What do you think caused these circles? http://oak.ctx.ly/r/3cl0
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This is Labor's counter argument. Don't let the Liberals continue their shameless scare campaign on Australia's modest debt levels.
The debt isn't even necessary. It isn't as if they are doing something worthwhile with it. Worse service than Howard government .. ed
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Congrats to Dom Rhodes who just made his 1000th phonecall. Here is State Director Mark Neeham presenting Dom with his tshirt & hat as thanks for his hard work.Thanks Dom! 

Join our phone call challenge today and help us get Australia back on track! http://www.nsw.liberal.org.au/get_involved
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Labor likes to compare Australia's debt to other countries like Greece. The reality is that under the Labor government we have gone from having no debt to over $150 billion net debt in just five years.
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Under Labor’s record debt, the interest payments this year alone on this debt stack up to $7 billion. This would be enough to fund the NDIS.
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The eruption of Krakatoa in August 1883 was one of the most deadly volcanic eruptions of modern history with more than 36,000 estimated deaths. Learn more about the Krakatoa Volcano:http://oak.ctx.ly/r/3ckl

Below, an 1888 lithograph of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa.
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Meanwhile @ the Chicago Teachers Union...
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Time wasting activity #257
Do you think he found his photo?
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Real Hollywood Heroes: Charlton Heston Speaks at Harvard Law School (Video)

That scares me to death, and it should scare you too, that the superstition of political correctness rules the halls of reason. You are the best and the brightest. You, here in this fertile cradle of American academia, here in the castle of learning on the Charles River. You are the cream. But I submit that you and your counterparts across the land are the most socially conformed and politically silenced generation since Concord Bridge. And as long as you validate that and abide it, you are, by your grandfathers’ standards, cowards.

http://independentfilmnewsandmedia.com/charlton-heston-speaks-harvard-law-school/
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Hanks bonds with son in fake drunk pictures
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It was an honour and privilege to catch up with the Deputy Leader of the Federal Opposition, The Hon Julie Bishop MP today.
Whilst Labor is divided and dysfunctional the Coalition remains united in it’s positive plan for the future of Australia. A plan achievable due to the calibre and expertise of highly respected Liberal politicians such as Julie.
It was a pleasure to meet you today Julie and thank you for your support in Dobell.
 — with Jim PicotKen DuncanJulie Bishop and Julie Bishop MP.
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