Thursday, June 06, 2013

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Happy birthday and many happy returns Jason Hall and Ariel Ojeda. Born on the same day, across the years. In 1944, it was the Normandy invasion. The largest invasion in modern history. Aspects seen in movies like Saving Private Ryan or The Longest Day. They were said to be "The greatest generation." But you can do better. Try not to fight ..

It’s the 100 days AFTER the election that matter

Piers Akerman – Thursday, June 06, 2013 (7:28pm)

LIKE kids waiting for Christmas, Australians are ticking off the days, ripping pages from the calendar, counting down the sleeps to the September 14 election. As of Friday June 7, the election is an aching 99 days away - but at least the countdown is finally in double digit territory.


Gonski exposes Gillard’s mendacious incompetence

Piers Akerman – Thursday, June 06, 2013 (2:28am)

JULIA Gillard has always clung to education as the fig leaf to hide her incompetence.
That fig leaf was shredded in Parliament this week when Labor – with the connivance of Rob Oakeshott, whose supine loyalty to his Labor masters is such that he should never in honesty be referred to as an Independent – gagged debate on education to force through its half-baked Education Bill.
There was less than 90 minutes debate before Oakeshott rose to end the proceedings.
The 71 pages of amendments constituting Labor’s entire new school funding model, tabled late Tuesday, were forced through the House of Representatives despite the best efforts of the Opposition.
“The motion to shut down debate was moved on behalf of Labor by the Member for Lyne, Robert Oakeshott, who has abandoned any notion of proper scrutiny and any pretence of independence,” Christopher Pyne, the shadow education minister said.
“This Bill hinges on there being a national agreement for school funding. There is no national agreement, with only one State and one Territory agreeing to the changes.”
“Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory Governments did not allocate any funding for these changes in their Budgets,” he said.
Yesterday, Gillard took Dorothy Dix questions from her side of parliament and gushed nonsense about the unfunded Gonski plan that had been ramrodded through the House.
She didn’t mention the new means test that will apply to parents who choose to use independent schools.
She didn’t mention the new hit-list for independent schools.
She didn’t mention that the pages and pages of amendments had not been properly debated.
That the Gillard government is a farce is well-known but its disrespect for parliamentary process shows an absolute contempt for the Australian people.
Labor says its Bill paves the way for a stronger, fairer delivery of education – it does nothing of the sort.
It is just another wealth redistribution program with the beneficiaries being members of the education union who provide election funding to Labor MPs.
In reality, there is no national agreement on school funding, as Pyne pointed out, because only one State and one Territory have agreed to the Gonski changes.
Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory Governments did not allocate any funding for these changes in their Budgets.
The Labor Government in South Australia has not allocated any funding in their Budget for these changes, and Pyne believes, even if an agreement is signed, there will be no contribution from these jurisdictions.
“For a Labor State to not allocate funding in their Budget would be a vote of no confidence in these changes,” he said.
The Federal Coalition has said all along that it will wait until the June 30 deadline for a national agreement before finalising its position.
With a gross national debt now acknowledged to be in the staggering order of $340 billion, this government is doing nothing but spend.
Gonski, the NDIS, all on borrowed money.
It doesn’t take a university education, even a reform in education, to understand that the nation is broke and that Gillard and Co are responsible for bankrupting the nation.



Tim Blair – Thursday, June 06, 2013 (2:59pm)

The best baby outfit ever:




Tim Blair – Thursday, June 06, 2013 (5:56am)

Canberra academic and former Fairfax staffer Norman Abjorensen in 2007: 
Hasn’t quite worked out that way. Via vexnews, which also locates other examples of premature death-wishing. Now to the present, in which Labor smells like boiled dog
For more than two years, Rod Cameron’s pessimism about Labor’s prospects has been a strictly private affair. Although he dubbed Tony Abbott unelectable, the former ALP pollster remained circumspect on the challenge facing the party he served in more than 50, mostly winning, state and federal campaigns.
‘’I didn’t want to throw any curve balls in while there was a prospect that the party would do what I thought it would do – and that’s just act out of self-interest,’’ Mr Cameron explains. Now, ‘’more in sorrow than anything’’, he is predicting an epic Labor disaster …
‘’The majority of the modern Labor Party – the caucus, the leadership, the machine and, importantly, the union bosses who now dictate policy – has totally lost the plot,’’ is how he expresses it.
‘’When they reaffirmed Julia Gillard’s leadership, they really were turkeys voting for Christmas – and what a Christmas it will be. It will be a total wipeout in the outer suburbs of all the capital cities and the regional and rural areas to boot.’’ 
Seems likely. And this won’t help: 
The Prime Minister caved in yesterday after days of having resisted opposition demands for an inquiry into the case of convicted Egyptian jihadist Maksoud Abdel Latif, who Tony Abbott said was housed behind a “pool fence” in the Adelaide Hills …
Mr Abbott asked Ms Gillard in parliament: “Given that a convicted jihadist terrorist was held at a family facility in the Adelaide Hills for almost a year, through what officials called a clerical error, will the Prime Minister now concede that Labor’s policies have made Australia less safe than it was under the former government?”
Ms Gillard said Mr Abbott’s question showed the divide between a government that was building and investing for the future and an opposition that was “trading in fear”. 
They’re not undocumented jihadis – they’re future investments. Let’s see how Labor’s investments will pay off.



Tim Blair – Thursday, June 06, 2013 (4:37am)

US climate lunatic Bill McKibben – who has little trouble picking up cash himself – is in Australia to mess with your retirement
As I understand it, the biggest pools of money are in pension and superannuation funds. We were meeting in Sydney yesterday with people who control some of the big funds in Australia and they are paying more attention for practical reasons and because they understand the science.
As one of these leading fund guys said yesterday, “Who are we to doubt the science? All of our other investments are based on science and technology, we understand what is going on.”
The meeting was at the Goldman Sachs office yesterday with a bunch of people running various super funds from around the country, there were about 150 people there with a link up to the Goldman Sachs office in Melbourne. 
Goldman Sachs is listening to Bill McKibben. Investors should not listen to Goldman Sachs.
(Via JJ)



Tim Blair – Thursday, June 06, 2013 (4:24am)

An impressive left-right combo during last night’s State of Origin opener:

The office is a happier place for NSW’s victory.



Tim Blair – Thursday, June 06, 2013 (4:11am)

Let it be heard
Unions Australia has been renamed Australian Unions. 
In other nation-quaking developments, Bob Carr doesn’t write his own blog
“Not only do I not write it, I don’t read it,” Senator Carr told a Senate estimates committee ... 
That makes two of us.
(Via CL)



Tim Blair – Thursday, June 06, 2013 (4:03am)

Join Sam and Patrick and the rest of the “unsure, nervous” volunteers at Labor’s Parramatta campaign headquarters:

(Via Maurie S.)
UPDATE. Two more volunteers are now available.
UPDATE II. And another couple.



Tim Blair – Thursday, June 06, 2013 (3:59am)

Everything green is bad, expensive or slow
56% Of Carmakers Who Asked For Government ‘Green’ Loans Are Dead 
That’s in the US. In France, a hydrogen vehicle has been withdrawn from this year’s Le Man’s 24 hour race: 
The GreenGT was due to become the first non-petrol-engine car to compete at the famous 24-hour race, but its designers say this technology is still the future …
The developers of a hydrogen fuel cell car due to become the first vehicle without a petrol engine to compete in the Le Mans 24 hour race have insisted their decision to pull out is the right one. 
The BBC’s report is wrong. A diesel-engined car first ran at the event in 1949. Lately, such non-petrol devices are almost unbeatable.
(Via Roger B.)



Tim Blair – Thursday, June 06, 2013 (3:44am)

Cricket explained in scholarly multi-gender terms. Elsewhere in sport, this week marks the 39th anniversary ofCleveland’s 10-Cent Beer Night riot.
(Via Captain John and Dan F.)


Thank God every day for the brave men and women who served to defeat evil during the Second World War. Lest we forget their sacrifice. 69th Anniversary of DDay.
On 6 June 1944, just after midnight, the Allied assault upon Hitler’s ‘Fortress Europe’ began. The operation caught the German military high command unaware. Low tides and bad weather – combined with Allied deception plans – had convinced the Germans that an attack was unlikely at that time. As more than 1,000 British bombers began to pummel Normandy’s coastal defences, Rommel, commanding German defences in France, was in Germany celebrating his wife’s birthday.



Kevin Rudd gives a shout-out to his colleagues

Andrew Bolt June 06 2013 (7:55pm)

Kevin Rudd this week has:
- announced he’ll visit Corangamite this week, just as the Gillard campaign team gives up on the marginal seat.
- bobbed up at the doors of Parliament for the first time for months to give a little sound grab about party disunity.
- and now goes on the 7.30 Report for a yoo-hoo-I’m-here, refusing to rule out leadership ambitions and refusing to endorse Julia Gillard’s communication ability.
The fact that he’s doing all this suggests not just the obvious - that he’s lobbying for support - but that he needs to. That suggests any challenge is either some way off still or will never happen. 


I hope Steve Biddulph is a better psychologist than political analyst

Andrew Bolt June 06 2013 (12:25pm)

Steve Biddulph in the Sydney Morning Herald, 2007:
In a way that seems unthinkable to us now, 2007 may mark the end of the Liberal Party itself… Centrist governments cover all the bases, and conservative politics has begun to wither away…
Despite the widespread belief after years of cynical politics that politicians are all the same, Rudd and Gillard are not in power for power’s sake. I am willing to stake my 30 years as a psychologist on this, but I think many observers have also come to this conclusion. Kevin and Julia, as Australia already calls them, want to make this country a better place for the people in it. In the coming times of deprivation, they have the value systems that will be needed to care for the sudden rise in poverty, stress, and need. They also have the unity…
The Greens will emerge as the new opposition, though this will take probably two election cycles. By the 2010 election, 20 per cent will vote Green, simply because peak oil and climate catastrophe will have proven them right, and thinking people will see the need for austerity now for our children’s tomorrow. The Liberal Party will be lucky to attract 30 per cent, which is the habitual, rusted-on portion of the community that thinks greed is good.
By 2014, we will have a struggle between a new left and right - Labor and Green - and the issue will be simply how green…
The big lie of Liberal supremacy was economic management… A party based on self interest may evaporate along with our rivers and lakes, and have no role to play in a world where we co-operate or die.
(Thanks to reader Alan RM Jones.) 


Why did Labor stick so long with a loser?

Andrew Bolt June 06 2013 (11:54am)

Politics - federal
TWO years after Julia Gillard died as Prime Minister, Labor still can’t get rid of the body.
Maybe Kevin Rudd will yet replace Gillard before the election and save some of the 35 seats her discredited Government now risks losing.
But either way, Labor will face not just the usual post mortem of the defeated: what did it do wrong? There is an even more serious question. Why did Labor MPs stick for years with a leader so obviously unelectable - incompetent, untrustworthy and despised by many voters?
(Read full article here.)  


Have no patience for those wise after Labor’s debacle, or now playing dumb on Shorten

Andrew Bolt June 06 2013 (10:04am)

Rod Cameron is like so many in Labor, who preferred to shut up rather than save the party:

For more than two years, Rod Cameron’s pessimism about Labor’s prospects has been a strictly private affair. Although he dubbed Tony Abbott unelectable, the former ALP pollster remained circumspect on the challenge facing the party he served in more than 50, mostly winning, state and federal campaigns.
‘’I didn’t want to throw any curve balls in while there was a prospect that the party would do what I thought it would do – and that’s just act out of self-interest,’’ Mr Cameron explains. Now, ‘’more in sorrow than anything’’, he is predicting an epic Labor disaster …
‘’The majority of the modern Labor Party – the caucus, the leadership, the machine and, importantly, the union bosses who now dictate policy – has totally lost the plot,’’ is how he expresses it.
‘’When they reaffirmed Julia Gillard’s leadership, they really were turkeys voting for Christmas – and what a Christmas it will be. It will be a total wipeout in the outer suburbs of all the capital cities and the regional and rural areas to boot.’’
I will have no patience with the Labor figures and Leftist journalists who after the election will be full of wisdom about where Labor went wrong - yet said nothing when Labor could be saved. Or, worse, cheered on Labor’s worst mistakes, from the carbon tax debacle to the boat people catastrophe.
Those of us who warned from the start that Labor was headed for disaster were made by such people to seem extremists. Let them now be seen as dupes, apologists and fools.
At the very least let them be exposed as people without the courage or integrity to speak the truth when it mattered.
Sharon McCrohan, former spin doctor for Victorian Labor Premiers Steve Bracks and John Brumby, is also now full of wisdom - but is immediately falling for the same error of taking excellent advice from a conservative as just a political attack:
And the man most likely to be the new Labor leader after the election, Bill Shorten, is being targeted in Question Time by the Opposition and by conservative commentators like Andrew Bolt.
They are already looking beyond September.
Memo to Sharon, who obviously reads this blog: when I point out Shorten’s snark, sarcasm, bombast and general smart-arsery, I am actually noting starkly obvious flaws in personality and presentation that he had better address fast if he wants to succeed. You can interpret my comments as merely a partisan attack, but if Labor ignores the advice it will struggle to prosper.
Here are fresh examples of Shorten’s sarcasm and patronising mock humility - from his truly appalling performance on 7.30 last night (watch the video at the link for full effect):

LEIGH SALES: But you won’t pause the NBN rollout, I take it?
BILL SHORTEN: No, couldn’t be any clearer, but I’m sorry if I haven’t been…
LEIGH SALES: OK. If I can just bring you back to the - you mentioned the 120,000 pits, possibly 10 to 20 per cent with asbestos. So you could be looking at around 10,000 complaints?
BILL SHORTEN: No, sorry, I was probably using too many numbers in one sentence. I’m sorry about that....
LEIGH SALES: Do you agree with Laurie Ferguson, who was on this program last night saying that the Labor Party leadership needs to do a better job of communicating your policies, particularly on asylum seekers?
BILL SHORTEN: I think this government has got a lot of good things to tell a story about. I think that we do need to communicate more strongly what we’ve done.
LEIGH SALES: And why haven’t you been?
BILL SHORTEN: Well, I’m just answering your first question in longer than a sound bite, Leigh....
LEIGH SALES: Well if you’re so great, the public sure isn’t seeing it.
BILL SHORTEN: Well, what you said is that we need to - what you were saying was that you need to explain your story better and I was taking that up invitation to do it on this very popular show.
Watch the full interview. Anyone in Labor who doesn’t think Shorten has serious communication problems is cruising for another bruising. 


Two Labor MPs pack up their offices, 100 days before the election

Andrew Bolt June 06 2013 (9:35am)

One is on a margin of 7 per cent, but still packing up:
Two former Labor frontbenchers have packed up their Parliament House offices
Alan Griffin and Daryl Melham have told the ABC they have not given up, but have confirmed they have packed up their offices in case they lose their seats on September 14.
Mr Griffin ... holds his Victorian seat of Bruce with a margin of more than 7 per cent…
Mr Melham said ... he did not want to spend three days in Canberra at taxpayers’ expense packing up his office after the election, should Labor lose.
Mr Melham was first elected 23 years ago and holds his seat of Banks by a slim margin of 1.5 per cent after suffering a swing of nearly 9 per cent against him at the last election.
This, with two weeks of Parliament to go and 100 days to campaign.  Labor staff and volunteers will be asked to show more fight than their bosses. 


There is no “us” in the ballot booth, Peter. Just one Australian at a time

Andrew Bolt June 06 2013 (9:07am)

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Peter Hartcher betrays a collectivist mindset that leads him to write nonsense:
Gillard and Abbott were both unpopular leaders at the 2010 election. The choice was so dispiriting that Australians couldn’t decide and returned the first hung Federal Parliament since the 1940s.
Hartcher here treats 13 million Australian voters as a single organism with a single will, an organism too dispirited to choose between two politicians it (or, rather, Hartcher) didn’t like.
In fact, I was very clear in my choice at the last election. I’d bet millions of other voters were equally adamant in their own choices, passionately wanting their side to win.
The trouble wasn’t that we were too “dispirited” to decide. The problem was that for all those who voted for the Coalition, there were just as many who foolishly thought Gillard the better bet.
The question for Hartcher is this: if just 1 per cent of Australians had voted differently at the last election and installed Abbott instead, would he then write Australians had suddenly become spirited again and able to decide for whom they should vote?
Another dreadful misreading - or misleading - from Hartcher:

The defining difference between the two parties in the past three years was that Labor under Gillard was obliged, with utmost reluctance, to return to the task of putting a price on carbon as a condition of winning the support to form a minority government.
In fact, Gillard was under no such obligation to impose a carbon tax in exchange for single vote of the Greens MP in the House of Representatives. Her real obligation was to honor her promise to voters NOT to introduce a carbon tax. Moreover, even at the time it was clear Gillard had no need to give the Greens a carbon tax in exchange for their support. There was no way the Greens would have installed Tony Abbott as prime minister instead. Greens leader Christine Milne made that perfectly obvious in February, when she tore up the agreement with Gillard:
Labor has effectively ended its agreement with the Greens… But we will not allow Labor’s failure to uphold the spirit of our agreement to advance the interests of Tony Abbott.
Hartcher is making phony excuses for a deceit that has proved to be Gillard’s worst political blunder.  


The mystery of the jihadist who came by boat

Andrew Bolt June 06 2013 (8:30am)

I am astonished that more than a year later after his arrival we are no wiser:
DESPITE hours of exhaustive questioning of police, intelligence agencies and immigration officials, and repeated questions to ministers in parliament, several key questions about Maksoud Abdel Latif remain unanswered.
Is the Egyptian a dangerous, al-Qa’ida-affiliated terrorist or was he wrongly convicted in 1999 by a military court that concluded he was a member of the terror group Egyptian Islamic Jihad and guilty of crimes including premeditated murder?
Did he hide his identity when he came to Australia on an asylum boat or did ASIO miss the fact that the Egyptian authorities had issued a warning through Interpol that any country finding him should notify Cairo?


Two former Labor ministers expelled a decade too late

Andrew Bolt June 06 2013 (8:26am)

A decade late, but better than nothing:
Former NSW government ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald have been expelled from Labor for bringing the party into disrepute.
State Opposition Leader John Robertson has confirmed the pair have been expelled over allegations aired at the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) about the granting of mining licences.


Just 100 days left

Andrew Bolt June 06 2013 (8:23am)

It is 100 days to go before the election.
Your tips on how Labor should spend those days? 


The NBN asbestos scare needs more facts, not panic

Andrew Bolt June 06 2013 (8:15am)

The scare-mongering over the National Broadband Network asbestos bungle is scandalous.
Broadcasters and politicians should be reassuring the public with the facts, but are making people sick with fear.
Astonishingly, they include Workplace Minister Bill Shorten, who should have no interest in tarnishing the Gillard Government’s biggest project.
But Shorten is also a creature of unions who prefer the asbestos scare, which has also meant business for Labor lawyers.
Pardon my cynicism, but explain why Shorten hypes the risk to residents near Telstra pits which have been broken open, in one case releasing dust?
“More people will die from asbestos in Australia than died in the fields of Flanders in World War I,” he blustered.
Professor Bruce Armstrong, a Sydney University expert, told the ABC politicians were “beating this up” with the dangers “exaggerated”. 


What kind of parents raised the Janoskians?

Andrew Bolt June 06 2013 (8:09am)

The parents of Daniel Sahyounie, James Yammouni and brothers Beau, Luke and Jai Brooks should be ashamed. How did they raise such vile morons?
A Melbourne comedy group has been branded “repulsive” after posting a prank video of one of its members performing a lewd act next to a young baby.
The Janoskians filmed its members pretending to masturbate in public bus shelters, shopping centres and under escalators, including one scene where a member tells a six-week-old child’s mother that her “baby is sexy”.
The disturbing thing is that these barbarians have lots of fans. Wonder if they’ll get a whole new grateful audience of pedophiles? 


Europe’s jobless generation

Andrew Bolt June 06 2013 (8:00am)

What is Europe’s future with youth unemployment like this?

The EU unemployment rate set a new all-time high of 12.2 percent, according to today’s estimates. But it’s the youth unemployment crisis that’s truly terrifying. In Spain, unemployment surged past 56 percent, and Greece now leads the rich world with an astonishing 62.5 percent of its youth workforce out of a job.
Add unemployed youth to political movements, and you could have even more trouble on your hands. 


Nice policy, but don’t dump the costs on poorer Australians

Andrew Bolt June 06 2013 (7:41am)

It is noble that we bring in refugees. But bear in mind that Australians - like this boy yesterday - out in the poorer suburbs must deal with any problems that some have in adjusting. From last year:

And in Melbourne:

Is it fair on poorer Australians to import immigrants from backgrounds so different that they will struggle to fit in? If we do bring them in, would it not be wiser to provide better settlement services?
Whose interests are being served by a refugee program which includes these outcomes? 


It won’t be Abbott’s fault when the economy sours

Andrew Bolt June 06 2013 (7:30am)

Tony Abbott will have to make clearer what Labor has done to the economy, or he’ll be blamed after the election for the deep trouble to come.
David Uren:

IF yesterday’s national accounts are giving a true reading of the economy, this year’s election will be fought in near recession conditions with unemployment rising to 6 per cent…
It already feels like an economy at a standstill. Per capita gross domestic product growth across the past 12 months has been a tiny 0.7 per cent.
There was no growth at all in the average worker’s wage income in the first three months of the year, with a rise of only 0.7 per cent across the past 12 months. Any increase in wage levels has been offset by reduced hours.
Maximilian Walsh:

To read recent speeches by two of our most distinguished economists, Treasury secretary Martin Parkinson and corporate high-flyer and academic Ross Garnaut, is to appreciate that, after a world-breaking run of growth, Australia is at an inflection point.
If their prognostications are correct, it may well turn out that Australia did not dodge the brunt of the global financial crisis but merely postponed it.
The engine of our growth, China, is transitioning into a consumer-driven economy and its hitherto voracious appetite for our raw materials will no longer underwrite that growth.


Club sued for bouncer’s alleged defamation

Andrew Bolt June 06 2013 (7:04am)

Free speech
I have long been alarmed by increasing restrictions on free speech:
For 40 years Richard Sleeman held his own in the rough and tumble world of Australian sports journalism, covering five Olympic Games, the 1983 America’s Cup, and holding forth without fear or favour on everything from ball tampering to rugby league player payments.
But on December 23, 2011, a burly security guard’s refusal to let Mr Sleeman into a trendy Oxford Street nightclub left the 62-year-old author and broadcaster feeling so “humiliated and ridiculed” he felt he had no choice but to sue for defamation.
“The doorman was four to five metres away and he pointed above the heads of the people and said quite loudly and pointedly, ‘You’re way too drunk, you can’t come in,’” Mr Sleeman told Sydney District Court on Wednesday…

Mr Sleeman said he had not been drunk, and was “not slurring my words, not red-faced, not swaying in the wind”.
The club denies the bouncer said what Sleeman claims:

Mr Sleeman then allegedly told the bouncer he would “regret” refusing him entry, and threatened to “name and shame” the nightclub in the media…
Around two weeks after the incident Mr Sleeman went to the Sydney Star Observer newspaper and told the editor his story. Mr Sleeman denied that he had been seeking to name and shame the nightclub, saying that it was a “pre-emptive strike” to “clear my name”
And this matter goes to a court? Involving legal costs for all?

(No comments.) 


Labor’s Laurie Ferguson warns against the turps

Andrew Bolt June 05 2013 (8:00pm)

Tim Blair wonders what got into the Labor Member for Werriwa, Laurie Ferguson, who sent this email to a party member angry at Labor’s “racist” boat people policies:

I do not think the the. Vietnamese. Krong or. Bangladeshis. I seoarately met today or the. Bahraini. Shiites and assyrians on whose behalf. I spome yesterday think. I am racist,…
You are a sad badly informed halfwit. Keep off the turp. s
Speaking of halfwits, here is Ferguson’s cunning plan to win the election:
I actually believe that Labor can recover very strongly in western Sydney if the Prime Minister personally engages the electorate around the question of boats....
Look I think she needs to tell the electorate firstly that this is a very complex problem and neither the Government nor the Opposition can easily solve it.... And I think she has to, whilst indicating the numbers internationally, 10 to 12 million people displaced through underdeveloped and developed countries that is not an admission by us that we’re happy with the large numbers coming here.
Go through that carefully. Ferguson’s masterplan to win the election involves Julia Gillard telling voters that, having opened the door to a flood of boats, she now can’t close it and isn’t happy.
It’s brains like that which has made Labor what it is - a bloody laughing stock. 


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Today marks 100 days to the Federal election! This will be an opportunity to make our region and country even better. If you think you can help the campaign, by wearing a Wyatt shirt, helping out on election day or otherwise getting involved, email me…. Don’t forget to make sure your electoral enrolment is up to date: — at Australian Parliament House.


Walt Disney’s Fascinating Political Journey

The Man Behind The Mouse underwent a political transition from naive socialist cartoonist to staunch conservative mogul.


LOOK INTO THE FUTURE: Researchers in Western Australia say screening for Alzheimer's disease could soon become as easy as having your eyes checked.

The CSIRO says because the disease develops slowly, it's currently only possible to detect once significant damage to the brain has already been done. This new eye test could reveal the presence of Alzheimer's up to 17 years before symptoms appear.

More details in our 9 News afternoon bulletins onChannel 9.

Complete Classic Movie: McLintock! (1963)

Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Patrick Wayne. George Washington McLintock, “GW” to friends and foes alike, is a cattle baron and the richest man in the territory. He anxiously awaits the return of his daughter Becky who has been away at school for the last two years. He’s also surprised to see that his wife Katherine has also returned. She had left him some years before without really explaining what he done but she does make the point of saying that she’s returned to take their daughter back to the State Capitol with her. GW is highly respected by everyone around him including the farmers who are pouring into the territories with free grants of land and the Indians who are under threat of being relocated to another reservation. Between his wife, his headstrong daughter, the crooked land agent and the thieving government Indian agent, GW tries to keep the peace and do what is best for everyone.

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