Malcolm Turnbull gives the past year a thumbs up

Malcolm Turnbull marks a year as PM on Wednesday – has he done a good job?

malcolm turnbull at pacific island forum

After ousting Tony Abbott from the role, Malcolm Turnbull will, on Wednesday, mark a year as Prime Minister. How does he think the year has gone? Quite well, actually.

Despite calling a double dissolution and early election, which he won by the skin of his teeth, Mr Turnbull says his year in the top job has been one of “great achievement”. Speaking from the Pacific Islands Forum, Mr Turnbull said of the past year: “So far so good. But there's a lot more work to do … It has been a year of considerable progress and considerable achievement."

Although many of his critics would question just what he has done in the last 12 months, the PM cites his commitment to clean up the building industry (the very reason for the double dissolution), the Defence White Paper and his innovation statement as achievements. And although yet to be legislated, he also gives a nod to tax reform, business tax cuts, superannuation changes and his marquee youth employment pathway.

"The score is on the scoreboard. We've got strong economic growth, our economy is going well, jobs are being created," he said. "It has been a year of great achievement, of real economic growth that Australians can feel. They can see it, it's palpable.

Read more at TheAge.com.au

Opinion: Can you see the difference?

Overall, the Prime Minister is quite pleased with himself. Stepping back on Australian soil on Saturday night after a week-long trip, Mr Turnbull may, however, be reconsidering his upbeat mood.

None of the issues he had before he left have been resolved, including having only the slimmest of majorities in Parliament; being yet to pass any meaningful legislation, and supposed inner turmoil within his own party. In fact, the problems have been added to with the news that the Coalition is split on how it will fund the same-sex marriage plebiscite and his Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce seemingly backing a WA plan to impose a $7.2 billion mining tax – the very tax Mr Turnbull believes could harm investment in the state.

And it doesn't end there for the Prime Minister, with elder statesman and former prime minister John Howard urging Mr Turnbull to amend section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act, effectively watering it down. And while he’s at it, Mr Howard thinks the PM should reintroduce workplace reforms, even if they are unpopular with the public.

Mr Turnbull may have secured himself the job he has wanted for several years, but he has surely now realised that the title of Prime Minister doesn't automatically give you the support of everyone in your own party.

Bill Shorten must be thinking that being Opposition Leader to Malcolm Turnbull is child’s play. Even his poor handling of the Sam Dastyari Chinese affair caused issues for Mr Turnbull, by highlighting that the rort of political donations is strong on both sides of politics, with little will to do anything to address the issue.

So, is it time for Mr Turnbull to simply draw a line in the sand over his first year in the top job and come out fighting? Or do you agree with the PM that it’s not been a bad performance so far? Will the internal turmoil within the Coalition be his undoing?

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    Wstaton
    12th Sep 2016
    10:15am
    Now lets talk about the ostrich with it,s head in the sand.
    wally
    14th Sep 2016
    10:23am
    Does sitting ( and balancing ) on the fence for a year constitute doing a good job leading the country? Is this what the Libs thought they were going to bestow on the nation when they got rid of Abbott a year ago?
    grounded
    12th Sep 2016
    10:44am
    Last time I looked, Malcolm was the Prime Minister....and silly Billy, STILL.... the Opposition Leader....as it will remain for the next three/four years, and then again for another three/four years after that. Intelligent Australian's know....when you are cruising with a good thing, you STICK with it.

    Of course the lefty media will run their ongoing shallow beatups...sucking a few of the gullible wannabe lefties in....but thankfully conservative commonsense will prevail. (Now that should get a few of the comrades fired up) Let's all have a nice day, and rejoice in the good fortune that we have Malcolm at the helm.
    Tom Tank
    12th Sep 2016
    11:21am
    I guess Grounded proves the old adage "that there is none so blind as those who will not see."
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    11:27am
    Leftie media? Funny, I only saw right wing media during the election campaign and complaints of unfairness about the ABC and GetUp since then.
    Your comment is more like a Frank comment grounded. New name?
    grounded
    12th Sep 2016
    11:46am
    The problem Tom...is I am heartily sick and tired of 'seeing' it. Howard goes in...he's a jerk. Rudd goes in...he's a jerk. Gillard goes in...she's a jerk. Abbott goes in...he's a jerk. Turnbull goes in....he's a jerk.

    Whinging, whining Australian's.....live in the best country on the Planet, and spend all day pulling it's leadership down. If we don't like the Government of the day...we simply vote them out at an election....or re-elect them if we so choose.

    Sadly, we are governed by a 24/7 media cycle...constantly spewing forth sensationalist leftist/rightist garbage, designed to excite faux rage. Yes Tom...'seeing' is one thing...listening and thinking - very carefully, is equally important.

    It's high time we let our Government's govern....without the theatrics of the peanut mentality that now shamefully exists in this country....
    grounded
    12th Sep 2016
    12:01pm
    MICK....if that is all you saw - rightist media - then you need to get yourself along to Specsavers.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    12:46pm
    No point advertising your political affiliation grounded. Your comment about letting governments govern clearly only applies to coalition governments and perhaps you have a case of Alzheimer's. Not sure.
    I am a believer of the an unbiased media which attacks both sides equally when they need to be. This is not how the media in this country operates and many of us without our political football teams to support can see what is being run in the name of the free Press, which it is not.
    I repeat the Press is for the most part owned and/or controlled by big business interests. The same ones which finance the Liberal Party.
    Paulodapotter
    12th Sep 2016
    1:15pm
    Grounded in the right as usual. Wish people would stop talking left and right and start talking sense. There's a lot of issues out there that have not even been discussed by either side of politics, eg., people and businesses paying their fair share of taxes for instance or strong incentivers to promote productivity; building new industries for the future and promoting R & D and most importantly, making sure we have a well educated and healthy society. The latter shows its lack of presence among many of our bloggers, dare I say it - like Grounded.
    nena
    12th Sep 2016
    1:35pm
    Democracy: If the majority of voters are foolish they will elect a “jerk” government, pure and simply.
    Old Geezer
    12th Sep 2016
    1:44pm
    The better of the two by far in my opinion.
    particolor
    12th Sep 2016
    2:02pm
    Grounded with Flat Tyres, A Drone wedged in the Engine, And a Smashed Windscreen :-( :-( :-(
    roy
    12th Sep 2016
    2:08pm
    I want Dim Sam Dastyari as PM , he would be great.
    particolor
    12th Sep 2016
    2:14pm
    Emperor Dim Sim would be an Improvement :-) We might get Special Fried Rice If we can find someone tho pay for it !! :-)
    grounded
    12th Sep 2016
    2:19pm
    MICK....Let's get the 'political affiliation' right! I was a week short - age wise - in voting for 'Cocky' Caldwell. I voted from then on - continuously - for Whitlam, Hawke, Keating, Rudd and Gillard...then I WOKE UP to myself.... after watching Labor self destruct through 2007 - 2013...and near bankrupt this Country along the way.

    2013 was a watershed Election for me. With Age came Wisdom. The Labor I knew and voted for..... NO LONGER existed....Silly Billy Shorten had seriously started auditioning for the lead role in a remake of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Blood everywhere! (Lest We Forget) - Even the Tories have taken a page out of Billy's book.

    The Media/Press...may be partially owned by 'Big Business'...though controlled - in the main - by coal face socialist journalists....vying for another Walkely award. Blind Freddie can see, and knows this Mick...Shock Jocks excluded.

    I have paid subscriptions to four differing Media sources...and all I get fed is a never ending diet of cultured Marxist tripe...to the extent any differing opinion is always savagely mauled by the comrades and fellow travellers.

    Gawd Mick...if only people could THINK for themselves these days. I don't think I would ever alter your view point...but I must make the comment Mick...I can recall, very clearly, Murdoch banners imploring me to vote Labor. 72', 83', 87', 07....as I am equally sure, News.Com would not donate one cent more to the Libs...than they DO to Labor. That is the catalyst worth of the Media...and the band of 'commie' journalists they employ. Sleaze is sleaze wherever you find it in the Media.

    There you go Mick...we just have to start thinking for ourselves...rather than subscribing to a mob mentality.

    You have yourself a good one now Mick.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    5:43pm
    I agree that they are pretty well all jerks.
    Murdoch: a man who backs both sides as long as he gets what he wants. Currently he is backing the coal industry. Don't know why unless he has money in this.
    All I see is EVERY election the media grooms the coalition and attacks Labor relentlessly. Why do you think, as Pyne says, the coalition win office so many times? Certainly not because they are such wonderful managers.
    JAID
    12th Sep 2016
    8:22pm
    A moderate perspective...how age has mellowed. I reckon, Mick, that any position that we don't agree with can be significant enough to not want an encumbent there but perhaps respect for the institution and comparison make supportive if guarded acceptance of the role appropriate.

    In this case we have a Prime Minister who seems to be attempting to find middle ground. Leadership is one thing and whether he provides that in the directions which suit one or the other, middle ground suggests respect for the play of interests across the landscape of our governing.

    Malcolm Turnbull comes after a leadership group who believed in movement from the centre firmly enough to fire very strident resistence. Whether that direction was right or wrong, needed or otherwise is probably neither here nor there but the question remains whether Malcolm Turnbull wishes to twist the direction so firmly and defiantly. I think it clear that he does not.

    When leadership has momentum we fairly happily jog along behind; the result may not be ethical or pleasing. Navigating a middle road however is different; every twist is arguable. In the context of a divers community, as a position, it seems a justifiable mechanism for widening decision-making or at least input. Respect for that as a mechanism would have the various goals well argued but the balance contributing to the eventual outcome appreciated whether for or against.

    I don't mind saying that in Malcolm Turnbull I think we probably have the leader most likely to take fair account of the sway of the community mind since we would have had if Jim Cairns as Deputy Leader ever spent a day in the seat (I don't know if he did) or maybe John Gorton or Robert Menzies on a very good day.

    That is very well, of course, but leadership is vital also.
    MICK
    13th Sep 2016
    2:10pm
    I might believe that Turnbull was looking for the middle ground if he had abandoned tax cuts for the top end of town, if he had abandoned the union witch hunt whilst ignoring the fraud between his own party and multinationals, if he had abandoned selling off the corporate database to hide corruption at the top, if he had not left meetings during his recent stint in Europe to slag off Labor and if he had made a genuine attempt to negotiate with the new power structure in the parliament.
    Turnbull did none of the above and has simply pushed ahead with those things which resulted in him almost losing the election despite having the media batting for him.
    I think the form says it all JAID.
    Phil1943
    12th Sep 2016
    10:49am
    He's happy and I'm laughing too. More at him than with him, unfortunately. The Coalition's proving to be an impossible government just as it's proving impossible for Turnbull to govern. Regrettably the government's only competitor is once again showing itself to be more of a factionalised rabble than a viable opposition. What a disaster for a nation that would benefit from good government even more than it's now suffering from a bad one.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    11:30am
    So vote for an Independent and shake the bastards up.
    It will be interesting to see whether or not the current Independents will hold together given that Hanson may be unstable and an obvious target for the media wedge.
    particolor
    12th Sep 2016
    2:07pm
    What's WRONG with this Bloody Country ?? Every time someone speaks the TRUTH of what's going on they are Attacked !! By the Media and the Politicians !! :-( :-( :-(
    What a Rats Nest this place has become !!
    Adrianus
    13th Sep 2016
    10:52am
    Mick, same old same old. Don't you ever tire of repeating yourself?
    So pray tell, who are these "independents" you want us to favour?
    Adrianus
    13th Sep 2016
    10:52am
    Mick, same old same old. Don't you ever tire of repeating yourself?
    So pray tell, who are these "independents" you want us to favour?
    Adrianus
    13th Sep 2016
    10:52am
    Mick, same old same old. Don't you ever tire of repeating yourself?
    So pray tell, who are these "independents" you want us to favour?
    MICK
    13th Sep 2016
    2:12pm
    You have to remind people so that their decades held ideas are challenged. Some will some will never change. You are in concrete x 3 Frank.
    Jurassicgeek
    12th Sep 2016
    10:52am
    this Prince Idiot of Australia just does not have a clue....
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    11:31am
    King Turnbull might have been closer to the truth.....'don't do as I do, do as I say'?
    Biddy
    12th Sep 2016
    10:53am
    Well I guess he would be the only one not bad odds I suppose 1 out of how many million,really what has he done that is so fantastic or worth noting,all he does is travel the countries and play the part and rip tax payers off,so if this is what he is spruking about better he didn't skite to much,we need a Prime Minister who works for the people and to make this country ours again not someone whom gets up dress and pretend to have the people's best interest at heart not a Prime Minister whom passes the Buck and blames Labor for his mistakes ,and sells Australia out to foreign investors Malcolm Turnbull you may think you have achieved a lot but Really take a good look at yourself in the mirror before commenting self opionated moron ,and your Liberals ministers are the same cheers
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    11:32am
    I have never before seen a PM of either persuasion go overseas and then leave meeting to poison pen the opposition. Turnbull has done it several times and this demonstrates how unsuitable he is to be our PM.
    Biddy
    12th Sep 2016
    11:08am
    Are you looking in the mirror,mirror mirror on the wall Malcolm Turnbull is heading for a fall what a ridiculous self opinionated so called Prime Minister,wonder when he will pull his head from out of the sand ,we would have been better of if he had stayed in China I cannot believe such ignorance from this man ,he has achieved absolutely nothing in the time he has been in power ,he cannot make decisions instead passes the buck to his nearest minister without John Howard holding the fort for him and telling him what to do he would still be A banker like his so called big business friends whom he looks after all the time,Malcolm Turnbull you are nothing not a leader not a Prime Minister,get your head out of your arse and look what you are doing to the people,can't control them so frightened them with scare tactics about Isis and how you will look after us,you are a joke haha
    alinejordan
    12th Sep 2016
    11:17am
    it amazes me that you can go completely against your own beliefs to cowtow to the conservatives in your party and still look so relaxed and self-assured. i wish we had the real Malcolm Turnbull in real power at the helm of our country, we could finally move ahead in a progressive, intelligent, ecologically aware manner.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    11:34am
    As prostitutes and puppets go Turnbull appears to be up there with the best of them. He just does not get the idea of what being the leader of the nation means.
    Anonymous
    12th Sep 2016
    7:32pm
    Yeah - but he's not Robinson Crusoe... I'm still waiting for a Leader to emerge from either side.

    Reading a quote from an officer in one of Wellington's army at Waterloo - "We had officers who said "Go On!" and officers who said "Come on!" - the men knew which they followed"... (ge' it? ge' it?) (words to that effect anyway)....

    When I see one of these Great Leaders actually take some of the hits 'needed' to bring the country back online - I'll re-consider, otherwise, a replay of the AFL Grand Final with a few free rides across for WA pollies, or from across the country for the NRL Grand, will still be a rip-off.

    They can bloody well watch it on TV at home with a beer... like the peasants.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    11:23am
    I had my laugh for the day when I saw Turnbull spruik this on the News. Quite amusing.
    Turnbull has not reigned in the debt, has done nothing to collect taxes owed by multinationals, is still trying to give the top end of town tax cuts whilst increasing taxes for average citizens, is trying to sell off the corporate database so that rich taxpayers can become invisible to scrutiny and has a huge 1 seat majority.
    Turnbull's rhetoric reminds me of the Titanic after it hit an iceberg: saying that the ship was fine and needing nothing more than a paint touch-up when it got back to port.
    Turnbull may be talking it up for mentally challenged Australians but many of us know that this government has very little time to run and will likely be gone by this time next year. Not too soon.
    Anonymous
    12th Sep 2016
    7:35pm
    Don't forget ongoing 'privatisation', Mick - 'privatisation' is a hidden tax for the simple reason that it always ends up forcing the end user, Jo and Joe Public, to pay for the 'sale' in the first place, then for the government's ongoing cut, and then for the 'private' company's operations.

    You can readily see that two components of that are government and thus this 'private enterprise' is a hidden new tax for government - and Jo and Joe are the ones who dredge their back pocket to pay for it all.

    Next time you hear a politician lauding the virtues of 'private enterprise' - think twice or three times before swallowing whole...
    Captain
    13th Sep 2016
    11:35am
    I opposed privatization then and still oppose it today.

    Extra cost to the user to pay for bigger wages for the many new management heads and lower customer levels and standards.

    Just yesterday I went to a Telstra Shop to ask about a telephone for the hearing impaired, with 4 customers in the shop, I was told it was an hour and a half wait to even ask where I could order one.

    Privatization has done wonders for mainly foreign companies.
    MICK
    13th Sep 2016
    2:14pm
    Privatisation is a bit like selling your perfectly good fridge. You then have to go out and buy another or rent one. In the meantime you have some cash to spend in the casino.
    This is the massive lie all sides of politics sell us. They flog off public assets which are returning a nice dividend and then we pay one way or another because we no longer own these assets.
    ex PS
    15th Sep 2016
    8:56am
    Privatisation is good. For incompetent governments that can't manage a service. It allows the government to blame the allocated provider for all problems associated with the service that is being provided, including rising costs associated with that service.
    It should be renamed responsibility avoidance, I have not see one incidence where Privatisation has produced a positive outcome for the service user.
    Ted Wards
    12th Sep 2016
    11:25am
    The only way he could say he has done anything is if he goes to the ordinary Australian and asks say someone like me "how has my being in power assisted you?" My answer would be "you have made a difference you have taken happy older people who rely on this nation for support and made them poor, and frightened of having even less money. You are taking away their supplemental payments, their entitlements so that you politicians can enjoy your perks." I have witnessed happy older people in their late 80s and 90's become so alarmed at what is going on with their pensions and payments, not to mention whats happening with the aged care system that they are now wishing they were no longer a burden to society.
    I would then tell him that he should hang his head in shame and understand that he is playing with people's lives. He doesn't care none of the changes affects him in any way!
    Its time we made our politicians more accountable and their outcomes tied to their wages and perks just like anyone else.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    11:36am
    The rich have no shame Ted. Remember Turnbull when the working class woman cornered him with the media cameras rolling. His response to her was vile lying spew to fob the woman off with no answer to her question about the future for her child.
    Play Fairly
    12th Sep 2016
    6:30pm
    So true Ted. I feel the same way. No matter how much people endeavour to keep their head above water and manage their budgets, electricity, rates, food,vehicle registrations, etc etc just keep going up. Turnbull and Morrison are not listening, nor will they ever listen to the people.
    Our elderly who paid taxes all throughout their working lives are worried sick about what this government will do next to their pension entitlements. As it stands, you need to be taking financial advice as to what this government is proposing to do. Of course this comes with a fee, which not all of us can afford. Australia is in a mess. There are many out there who have no chance of finding jobs. There are very few jobs available, and it is not unusual for employers to receive 1,000+ applications for just 1 job. The average Australian is not a banker or hails from the top end of town, yet the government does not acknowledge the existence of the average person. Such arrogance.
    I wish there would be a vote of no confidence in the present government. As to who could do better? Probably Mickey Mouse & Goofy could do better than Turnbull & Morrison have done.
    Anonymous
    12th Sep 2016
    8:50pm
    Spot on Ted. I just wanted to share something I heard on radio today. An 80 year old woman living alone on a part-pension was talking to a Financial Adviser and asked whether she will be affected by the Assets Test changes from Jan 2017. When he told her should would get $4,000 less yearly, she gasped and asked to re-confirm the figure which he did. I thought she may have been close to a heart attack. Fortunately the radio host and the Fin Adviser told her to hold on and they will take her discussion offline to help her.
    I hope not, but maybe, come Jan 2017, we will have a lot more part-pensioner aged people going into their graves when they get hit with the reality of these monstrous changes, and the Govt will then improve their budgetary position.
    mareela
    12th Sep 2016
    11:26am
    Buddy unfortunately all that you say is true. Malcontent can't even control his far right wing nutters let alone govern a country like Australia. He and all Australians are paying a high price for the top job. Poor old Malcontent also had to pay a million or two besides bowing to the right to even get the job. How low has Australian politics sunk. So sad.
    Ahjay
    12th Sep 2016
    1:07pm
    Perhaps he could bring his money home from the Cayman Islands to help the budget!
    Anonymous
    12th Sep 2016
    7:41pm
    Ahjay - I've already mooted that as a GOOD policy - either those with offshore cash etc pay their tax due here first and then work it out with their offshore cash holder second, in the case of the Malcolms of the world they should be bringing their cash back here and allowing it (and of course the trillions in the Future Fund that feeds fat cat retired pollies and public servants handsomely) to be subjected to Australian tax.

    That way the AUSTRALIAN economy gets its due and benefits.

    To do otherwise is a path of no honour, and is nothing but outright theft from the Australian people.

    I guess we could apply the same to the Greeks who hold blocks of flats in Athens etc as well... you pay da tax on your income here, then you work out what you do with the Old Country - maybe we can allow you to use your tax paid there as a deduction here - so if you only pay 1% there and are up for 40% here.. Hokay - we might be able to allow that as a deduction...
    Anonymous
    12th Sep 2016
    7:44pm
    It should be no secret, even to Malcolm, that the G20 was discussing international tax as part of its agenda...... and I doubt they were suggesting that all those trillions in offshore tax should remain in the Caymans etc..... but should be paid to the country in which the firm etc operates...

    I give you the Operations Tax.... you pay a percentage of your profits here before we look at your offshore payments back to your parent company etc.
    Old Geezer
    12th Sep 2016
    11:28am
    When you are on a good thing stick to it!
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    11:37am
    That's what rusted ons do.......stick!
    Anonymous
    12th Sep 2016
    7:44pm
    When were we on a good thing?

    12th Sep 2016
    11:34am
    Doing a good job at what? The same can be said of Abbott. They are all One World Order, G-20 puppets.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    11:38am
    Very observant.
    particolor
    12th Sep 2016
    2:09pm
    Big Green Tick !!
    Patriot
    12th Sep 2016
    6:44pm
    Jackie,
    I think they're simply "Slaves"
    However "Puppets" goes quite a way"

    Just to indulge us both we just could call them "SLUPPETS"
    "s Got a ring to it I think!?!?!?!?
    Oldie87
    12th Sep 2016
    11:36am
    What you are saying might well be right, but if you are all so clever why don't you step up to the plate and take over. We will all be in El Dorado or Paradise then.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    11:39am
    That's what elections are for. The last one told the story. The next one will see Turnbull out no matter how much propaganda the right wing controlled media pushed down the throats of voters.
    Oldie87
    12th Sep 2016
    12:27pm
    Mick, the way I read you it seems to me that it does not matter who gets into power you'll spew your nonsense at them. Go get yourself elected and see if you can do better. And so should a lot of you compatriots........
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    12:49pm
    The only nonsense I read is from rusted on Liberals who mindlessly repeat the party line.
    Both sides need to be left alone if they are doing a fair job and torn apart if they are low life cretins working for vested interests and selling out the nation. You?
    Let's not be silly. Getting elected is pretty tough in a game which is fixed. You know that.
    KSS
    12th Sep 2016
    1:05pm
    Oldie93, "Go get yourself elected and see if you can do better".

    Mick did just that a few years ago and was rejected by his electorate. Seems he never accepted defeat and continues in his misguided assertions that he is the only one with an opinion that 'counts'! But then as Mick would have you believe, " Getting elected is pretty tough in a game which is fixed." Just not 'fixed' for Mick!
    roy
    12th Sep 2016
    2:20pm
    KSS, I blame the top end of town like MICK does.
    KSS
    12th Sep 2016
    3:18pm
    So you keep saying fred!
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    5:39pm
    Put the blame where it belongs fred. It is the top end of town. Same game everywhere in the western world. So who are you protecting?
    ex PS
    12th Sep 2016
    5:59pm
    Oldie83, it is all very well to say put your money where your mouth Is and throw your hat in the ring, unfortunately many good people have done just that. What they found when they got there were hidebound rigid political organisations that considered it their main objective to win the next election.
    People generally go into politics with the best of intentions, unfortunately in order to get ahead they have to become politicians first and good people second.
    Anonymous
    12th Sep 2016
    7:46pm
    Give equal funding to all candidates and ban donations entirely, and I'm your man. Bit hard to campaign on the Pension.... but I'm working on it....

    12th Sep 2016
    11:43am
    Talkbull has to be dumber than he looks if he thinks he has accomplished ANYTHING since he stabbed Abbott in the back a year ago. Like a journalist said in The Guardian, "Imstead of 'veni, vida, vici', 'I arrived, I did nothing, I stuck around' should be translated into Latin for Talkbull's debut as PM". This bozo has NO plans, NO policies, NO ideas, and NO clues whatsoever on how to properly govern this country. Couldn't run a bath. Who ties his shoes?
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    12:50pm
    He is just a blatant liar Eddie. A man without a soul!
    Anonymous
    12th Sep 2016
    1:55pm
    I have seen more sincere looking undertakers.
    Patriot
    12th Sep 2016
    6:50pm
    Fast Eddie
    Point of Order: Does it mean that he "Has No Plan" when the PLAN he's following is that as "Set Out" to him by the International Money Masters.
    Just because it is NOT OURs (the plan that is) NOR HIS does not mean that he does not Follow a Plan (the BANKSTER's)!!!!!

    He just Looks Dumb because he's simply "Following Orders".
    No Intellect Needed!!!!

    In fact, "Having the Lights on" could be a disadvantage for him!!!
    Anonymous
    12th Sep 2016
    7:48pm
    Veni - vindicti - vicarii? (Trebor Latin for, "I came - I back-stabbed - I played at being PM")....
    Anonymous
    12th Sep 2016
    7:50pm
    Patriot, your points are well stated. Yes, Malevolent the Marionette dances to the bankers' pull of the strings, all right. A Royal Commission is the last thing the big four banks want, as I believe this will expose without prejudice that which we already known, as well as suspect, in regards to the obvious and the hidden. NO bank should be making the obscene profits, least of all at the expense of their customers (the public, the taxpayers), as these loan sharks are doing. The great reluctance of Talkbull having a RC seems to be the end of his honeymoon with the banking sector and the accompanying end to a great deal of LNP party donations, and very likely donations for various and sundry elsewhere which is wanted to keep hushed by certain politicians. We, the taxpayers, are being taken for chumps, once again, while these egotistic trough feeders gorge themselves with taxpayers' dollars. Bloody criminal and pathetic. No morals, no conscience, no self respect - only self interest!
    Zicky
    12th Sep 2016
    12:09pm
    Mick seems to have an answer for everything....advocates us voting for independents. 1977, Don Chipp...."elect me and I'll keep the bastards honest". How did that work out for you Mick? Seemed to have trouble with his own honesty Mick. What's your "Plan B"?
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    12:52pm
    That you again Frank? Found a new name to post under? Fresh start?
    I do have something you and many pollies do not have: integrity.
    roy
    12th Sep 2016
    2:18pm
    I blame the top end of town don't you MICK?
    roy
    12th Sep 2016
    4:20pm
    MICK, speaking of integrity, did you ever fill in the Census form and how truthfully?
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    5:37pm
    Filled it in. Left off my name. Pretty accurate apart from one question they were not going to get a correct answer for.
    Anonymous
    12th Sep 2016
    7:49pm
    Well - Mick DOES have the answer for everything. Hard work, but someone has to do it.....
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    8:25pm
    Done my share of that TREBOR. Still working pretty hard in retirement too. But then there is the fun.......
    KSS
    12th Sep 2016
    12:37pm
    So what was the point of this item? Other than to give rise to an outpouring of the usual bile and childish name calling from the usual suspects who never fail to take the bait.

    Pretty sure Ms Gillard and Mr Rudd (and indeed most if not all previous Prime Ministers) also considered they put in stellar performances too and not just over a single year.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    12:57pm
    Actually Rudd kicked off the NBN and kept the nation ticking over when others had up to 60% unemployment. Did not happen in Australia...but we did get debt. Tell that to your relatives whose jobs were saved!
    Gillard put through a heap of legislation and left with legislation to control our banks from cannibalising their customers. Torn up by incoming PM....which vandalised the country by repealing anything which did not cater to sending money to big business.
    Abbott and Turnbull? Not in the same class because they ONLY thing these two have sought to ever do is to given huge amounts of money to the already wealthy, ignore uncovered tax rorts by the rich and put new taxes onto everybody else.
    Sorry to sound partisan but the facts are the facts. Labor is not without its issues but these pale into insignificance when compared to the current bunch of rats on the good ship Australia.
    KSS
    12th Sep 2016
    1:07pm
    "Sorry to sound partisan ..." hahahahahaha!! That will be the day.
    Old Geezer
    12th Sep 2016
    1:10pm
    Mick we are now paying for the excesses of Gillard and Rudd. Rudd did nothing but panic and kicked the can down the road so we still have to endure the pain of the GFC. It just made things worse not better in the long run.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    2:05pm
    Tell me which of YOUR relatives were sacked during the GFC.
    And then explain to me why they did not say 'no, please sack me because the country cannot afford it'. This is the issue. You take the good and then demean the policy. Total hypocrisy!
    None of wanted the debt but all of us wanted job security. Even right wing voices cannot have it both ways.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    2:06pm
    And whilst I am on a roll Geezer how about you also say 'we are now paying for the refusal of Abbott and Turnbull to tax multinationals'. Never. I wonder why.
    Old Geezer
    12th Sep 2016
    2:07pm
    None of my relatives were sacked during the GFC as they are all on welfare. Pity some of them weren't!

    Mick you just don't get it at all by your comment.
    Old Geezer
    12th Sep 2016
    2:10pm
    Mick we live in a world economy so it is not possible to tax multinationals twice. It needs a world economy solution and us being a tinpot country have little if any say in it.

    The only thing we can do is not buy their products. It is as simple as that.
    roy
    12th Sep 2016
    2:17pm
    I blame the top end of town.
    particolor
    12th Sep 2016
    2:26pm
    I blame China Town. :-)
    Wstaton
    12th Sep 2016
    3:11pm
    Old geezer multinationals don't get taxed twice. If they make a profit here they get taxed on it. If the remade the of profit goes to the home country they offset what is paid her against theta rate there and pay the difference. This will only happen it their home countries tax rate is higher than ours. The same happens in reverse if the home country is Australia. We pay tax in say America and offset it when the profits are sent back here.

    Apart from this most of the multi hide their profits in tax havens and make it look as if they make no profit her or anywhere else. It's this that make people like me mad.

    Learn a bit before you start saying the things you do.
    Old Geezer
    12th Sep 2016
    3:55pm
    I know the multinationals don't get taxed twice and I never said they did. I am accountant so I am well aware how they get away with paying as little tax as possible here and pay the tax in the country with lowest tax rate. I also know about tax agreements between countries so that if they pay tax in one country it is offset against the tax they pay in another country. I even pay tax in other countries myself and get it offset against the tax I pay here in Australia.

    Please read my comments with more care next time Wstation.
    roy
    12th Sep 2016
    4:19pm
    Google Bill Shorten re money in the Cayman Islands, pot, kettle, black springs to mind.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    5:35pm
    "We live in a world economy"? Yeah. One where China is pegging its currency, the rest of the planet is in mega debt and our impotent leaders talk the politically correct BS they consider to be politics.
    Multinationals do not get taxed even once. That is the problem. They believe they are 'special'. They're not! All they are is crooks with a lot of money and political puppets to do what they demand. Hence Turnbull refuses to bring down the hammer!
    Funny coalition fred. I'll have a look but unlikely that anything Shorten could ever do could eclipse Turnbull and his offshore tax haven which avoids OUR taxation system. I imagine your link is a bit like comparing union corruption to the big end of town entering into fraudulent arrangements with governments and buying legislation.
    roy
    12th Sep 2016
    5:50pm
    Have a good investigation and report back MICK, you seem to have nothing else to do all day apart from posting ad infinitum on here.
    Anonymous
    12th Sep 2016
    7:50pm
    "usual bile and childish name calling "??

    Break out the tumbrils and guillotines, lads... but no more name-calling and please - no bile as the old ladies throw rotten cabbages....
    Anonymous
    12th Sep 2016
    8:16pm
    "we live in a world economy"...

    I don't remember signing up for that nonsense...... I've got kids and grand-kids to consider and I don't want them 'competing' with some guy on $10 a week...

    Who's this 'we' - White Man?

    Why is it, do you think, that none of those who strike up the band and screech for a 'global economy' (gargles in the rat-race choir - gee, I love Bob Dylan's lyrics at times), are the last to put their hands up to live on $10 a week?

    'Ere ya go, me hearties:-

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-31/minimum-wage-how-does-australia-compare/7461794

    When you can offer comparable living costs to go with the lower wage rates - I'm all ears..... if not - How The Shaitan do you expect anyone to even pay their quarterly electricity bill, let alone tax worthy of the name to keep the country going?

    You see - there are many conundra in play here - government keeps gargling in the rat-race choir for more money and more tax - but it does not consider those paying it should earn enough to pay it.

    Just one......

    Lower the costs of living along with wages, and let's talk again.
    Anonymous
    12th Sep 2016
    8:24pm
    OK OK - let's, for instance, look at your Indian on $7.44AU a day - that's $37.20 for a five day week.... (hello).... that's ..ohhhhhh - all of $1934 a YEAR......

    Now How The Shaitan is your Indian going to buy ANY car - let alone a 5.8 litre V8 with all the mod cons? How is he going to pay tax to fund the country? How is he going to pay a single bill, let alone pay food bills?

    You catch my drift? We do not - under any circumstances - operate in any 'global economy' - to do so requires genuine comparative costs of living and wages etc, and the entire game of constantly repeating that we do is nothing more than a thin disguise to cover the fact that the ONLY people who benefit from any 'global economy' are the Middle Men/Women.

    IF Australians (LMAO) ever get less than $2k a year to match this 'global economy' in India - how are they going to BUY anything made IN India - Now take a look at the other 'trading partners'... and give me another laugh.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    8:28pm
    I blame you and your Party fred. Post something which is not nonsense if you have anything.
    Yeah TREBOR. The coalition posters cannot win the unwinnable debate so they resort to lies (sound familiar?), slogans and deceit. It never much changes.
    4b2
    12th Sep 2016
    1:15pm
    I cant see anthing on the score card to indicate any achievement. Nothing. This is the man who promised to end the endless line of one liners, but al I can recall from Mal is "there has never been a more exciting timje to be an Australian." and "JObs and Growth". Boy we are great ant we. And its compulsory to veote for these bums. The have the freedom of choice not to vote and they dont impose a secret ballot on their voting! I wonder why.
    No laws were broken in the Libs election funding, no further action required. Sammy broke no laws either, but still being persued by those born to rule.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    2:07pm
    'Jobs and dishonesty'. Less than nix to show and that is not going to change....other than more debt from the lying coalition.
    Anonymous
    12th Sep 2016
    8:27pm
    MISSING.. Jobson Growthe... Reward of $5Bn to companies for joining the search. Anyone with any information please contact 1300 666 666 and report to Economy Stoppers.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    8:30pm
    Yeah...they're crying tears of blood for their $billions funded by new taxes for struggling real people.
    Paulodapotter
    12th Sep 2016
    1:16pm
    Grounded is grounded in the right as usual. Wish people would stop talking left and right and start talking sense. There's a lot of issues out there that have not even been discussed by either side of politics, eg., people and businesses paying their fair share of taxes for instance or strong incentivers to promote productivity; building new industries for the future and promoting R & D and most importantly, making sure we have a well educated and healthy society. The latter shows its lack of presence among many of our bloggers, dare I say it - like Grounded.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    2:09pm
    Talking sense? That is why many of us went for Independents. Now we need to wait and see how this cohort perform.
    roy
    12th Sep 2016
    2:11pm
    I blame the top end of town.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    8:23pm
    I blame fred and his Party.
    roy
    12th Sep 2016
    8:31pm
    HeyMICK, I'm just about your biggest fan and I agree with you about the top end of town so why are you having a pop at me?
    MICK
    13th Sep 2016
    8:03am
    Not sure about your bona fides at all fred from some of your follow up posts. We'll see I where it goes I guess.
    roy
    14th Sep 2016
    8:42am
    MICK, Like.
    Franky
    12th Sep 2016
    1:31pm
    What else would he say? Typical for his government is the debacle of the tax increase for back packers working on farms in Australia. The farm lobby came back with a very sensible compromise of 19% tax instead of the 32%, and was ignored! Now more manpower is wasted on looking into the issue and procrastinating, meanwhile the farms are loosing out on labour badly needed.
    This is how I would see the government, one of procrastination and an inability to make effective common sense decisions and get on with governing instead of political point scoring.
    Old Geezer
    12th Sep 2016
    1:43pm
    Tell the unemployed they have these jobs instead. If they say no then no Newstart.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    2:10pm
    Am I agreeing with you Geezer? Think so on that one.
    particolor
    15th Sep 2016
    8:53pm
    All part of their PLAN to import Cheap Labour :-( :-(
    Incognito
    12th Sep 2016
    1:46pm
    'Jobs & Growth' where are they? Is that for China?
    roy
    12th Sep 2016
    2:11pm
    You will have to ask Dim Sam Dastyari, he's in their pocket allegedly.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    2:11pm
    Election is over. Time to bury that promise. Don't expect the business owned media outlets to repeat it again hoping that the mentally challenged voters who put this crew in will forget in time.
    Incognito
    12th Sep 2016
    2:23pm
    The Defence Minister just confirmed new ‘dress uniforms’ for the Australian Army will be made in China. There is your 'jobs & growth'!
    Wstaton
    12th Sep 2016
    3:18pm
    Yep we may get our planes and such made there soon. Probably be a back door hacking entry for them to disable them if ever a war came about. Wonders what they could hide in the uniforms. Maybe a nano mic so they can listen to what our troops are saying.
    Anonymous
    12th Sep 2016
    10:34pm
    Hope they get M, L, OS, and XL right for Australians and not Asians...
    jamesmn
    12th Sep 2016
    1:54pm
    he would have to be dreaming every one are trying to pull their hair out to actually find out what this clown has actually done at all nothing at all end of story.
    roy
    12th Sep 2016
    2:09pm
    Haha ha, another one who thinks saying "end of story" makes it a fact.
    roy
    12th Sep 2016
    6:53pm
    jamesmn, Did you go to school, just asking?
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    8:32pm
    fred (Frank?) is getting pretty desperate. What next, pink batts and school halls????
    So now we are back to insulting posters who state the obvious fred (Frank)?
    roy
    13th Sep 2016
    9:45pm
    MICK, thank the Dear Lord that you never insult anybody, how about reading some of your posts.
    roy
    14th Sep 2016
    8:44am
    MICK, I'm your biggest fan but please go back through ALL your posts before accusing people of insults, PLEASE.
    What you don't call Malcolm Turnbull! and Frank and various others.
    particolor
    12th Sep 2016
    1:58pm
    I'm so happy I'm BAWLING !! :-( :-( :-(
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    2:12pm
    What comes around goes around particolor. Couldn't happen to a nicer (not) person.
    Gee Whiz
    12th Sep 2016
    2:57pm
    Malcolm Turnbull is an arrogant, narcissistic jackass.

    He is without doubt the most useless politician Australia has produced in the last 40 years. And that includes the bumbling Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd.

    If his own party doesn't act to dump him soon, based on the discontent from their own supporters and the general public, they will pay a heavy price at the next election.

    One that could see them banished to the political wilderness for a very long time.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    8:32pm
    That is likely his legacy Gee Whiz. We'll see when he goes I guess.
    roy
    13th Sep 2016
    9:42pm
    Dim Sam Dastyari is worth 10 of him.
    roy
    14th Sep 2016
    8:41am
    MICK. Like.
    Oldman Roo
    12th Sep 2016
    3:00pm
    Whichever way one looks at his achievements ? or otherwise , he knows only one direction and that is governing for the wealthy . All the enthusiastic approvals from the Liberal supporters on this forum confirm this .
    With the exception that there is no doubt about his Australian nationality , I would not have known about a change in leadership without the media reports .
    roy
    12th Sep 2016
    4:14pm
    I blame the top end of town.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    8:33pm
    I blame fred and his political Party.
    roy
    13th Sep 2016
    9:40pm
    MICK, Like.
    floss
    12th Sep 2016
    3:00pm
    Sorry I can not make a comment I am still in shock, what planet is this man on.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    8:34pm
    The Cayman Islands I believe.
    roy
    13th Sep 2016
    9:40pm
    MICK, like.
    Polly Esther
    12th Sep 2016
    4:03pm
    Maybe Turnbull will read all these comments, or have them read to him, and he won't be able to catch a wink of sleep tonight. -) -)
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    8:35pm
    Turnbull is a hardened deceitful ex banker. I'm sure he has a heart as hard as his hide. Impenetrable.
    Play Fairly
    12th Sep 2016
    4:05pm
    I am sorry Grounded. I can't agree with you. This morning we woke up to the news of a $9million contract awarded to the lowest tenderer, China, to manufacture our ADF uniforms overseas. What happened to Mr. Jobson Groeth??? here in Australia. Surely we have the ability to start making our own ADF uniforms in our own country. Don't tell me it can't be done. It was done here before. It may not be as cheap as China can turn out, but at least we know that it would create employment and the demand for production would be ongoing. As it stands Mr. Turnbull, Mr. Jobson Groeth seems to have passed away.
    Incognito
    12th Sep 2016
    4:41pm
    China is doing well, so well that they all want to move to Australia because they have so much pollution, in the air and in their land, that you cannot buy organic produce from China as it is too risky.
    grounded
    12th Sep 2016
    5:16pm
    You will get no argument out of me 'Play Fairly"....I was vilified by the lefties unmercifully when I last argued - (debated) - that the Defence contract for Boots and other footwear went off shore to China....even while we had a Company already making them here in Australia at that time....at a little higher cost...(I stress little higher).

    It's the Australian way now...denigrate your Leader to the lowest...be he/she be Lib or Lab, and then farm everything off to the Reds to make. Just recently Ansell stopped making condoms here....Gone to a rubbery figures factory in Peking.

    Rudd, Gillard, Abbott and Turnbull didn't cause this though...that's the culture of the boffin brained procurement bureaucracy we support. Watch a couple of replays of "Yes Minister", and you will get a fair idea how this country is also run.

    Why are Frogs making Submarines for us...given the Coal and Iron Ore this Country has. The lefties told me on that occasion it is essentially because we aren't 'smart' enough....or know how to handle economies to scale.

    When a country like Australia has to import sewing needles...because we no longer make them, is a sure sign something is drastically wrong. Oh stuff it...let's blame the big end of town....
    Aussiefrog
    12th Sep 2016
    5:42pm
    Grounded, the frogs are making the submarines because Aussies can't even build a car!
    Anonymous
    12th Sep 2016
    7:55pm
    Not any more we can't, Aussiefrog - no opportunity....

    As for submarines and rail cars etc - even if it 'costs' more to build them here,that money is recouped by the government(s) in very short order via taxation, and the direct benefits are economic activity and security (for a while at least) for Australia and Australians.

    Ballsup Baird said it would cost 30% more to build new rail carriages here - he forgot to mention that the workers would be paying at least 30% income tax, plus GST on most purchases, plus all the other taxes involved in their spending, and since NSW cops a healthy swag of cash from The Fed every year - NSW would get MORE back than that 30%.

    The man is an economic retard delinquent if he actually believes the people of NSW are stupid enough to swallow that one.
    Anonymous
    12th Sep 2016
    8:00pm
    A limited production run such as submarines or railway carriages does not rely on a long-term local or on ANY offshore market - it is totally self-enclosed, and so there is no possibility of comparing it with car manufacturing.

    As for car manufacturing - off-shoring it may save GM and Ford in the short term - but their new buddies in Chindistan are mostly in no position to buy their cars, especially with all the (now level playing field) competition..... and (drops the hammer) neither can many Australians now consider buying a new Ford or Holden. So the end result will be the same, but with a hell of a lot more suffering along the way.

    What is needed HERE and NOW is a true government with cojones to bust its asset in developing REAL infrastructure... not just urinating in the hurricane of the 'global economy' and having it trickle down to those at the 'bottom'.

    I've offered for several years the GAIA project in WA.... no takers, but I'd at least like a finder's fee when someone takes it up.
    Wstaton
    12th Sep 2016
    8:14pm
    Forgot something Trevor. All those people who lose there jobs now on the dole that ha the paid for. Sorry Baird nNSW doesn't have to for that the Feds do with all our taxpayers money. We will fix that drop the dole for these Baird generated leaners.
    Wstaton
    12th Sep 2016
    8:14pm
    Forgot something Trevor. All those people who lose there jobs now on the dole that ha the paid for. Sorry Baird nNSW doesn't have to for that the Feds do with all our taxpayers money. We will fix that drop the dole for these Baird generated leaners.
    Anonymous
    12th Sep 2016
    8:39pm
    Damn - I knew I'd miss something.... I also left out axing part of the pension when the lazy sods retire....

    What is the Social Cost of all those people out of work to NSW? How much extra crime goes on? How much despair gambling and binge drinking? How much violence in the streets is the result of poverty and anger?

    We have governments who fly at the chance to talk about 'radicalised' Muslims and Aboriginals and so forth, due to lack of jobs, money and opportunity, and often use that as an excuse for some often dismal behaviour.

    Will they apply the same standards to White Australians who become 'radicalised' etc?
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    8:42pm
    A pretty s?ff Australian jobs to the third world so that goods and service become cheaper. Now we have to PAy the third world for these as well as pay welfare to unemployed Australians.
    Do governments really not have the intelligence to bless themselves with?
    Thank God we have MPs like Nick Xenophon who say 'no'. I have suggested a few times that MPs who ruin our country through intentional vandalism should be treated like the common criminals they are and do some real jail time for crimes against the nation. Not a real popular topic in Canberra amongst the arrogant reps I dare say.
    Anonymous
    13th Sep 2016
    9:11am
    Goods and services aren't cheaper to the end user - and rather than goods being cheaper, there are simply more and greater numbers of shoddy goods around.

    I was building a house and the price of roofing iron didn't change one iota (only because of pressure I believe), but the cost of timber lining boards doubled, as with the cost of nails, screws etc.

    And Offshore Call Centres Inc still costs me the same to contact my internet server - the only difference is that server makes massively greater profit employing girls in Malaysia at $10 a day, so only the shareholders and middle men profit.
    Not Senile Yet!
    12th Sep 2016
    4:48pm
    Next election....even more will not vote for either Party or their Puppet MP's.....Even the loyal Party Voters are SICK OF THEM!
    A lot more Independants will get up.....even if only to kick the lot of Corrupt Party Puppets OUT!
    Watch the growing unrest RISE like a Tidal Wave!
    They will wonder what hit them!!!
    roy
    12th Sep 2016
    5:48pm
    I want Dim Sam the Chinese lover to be our next PM, c'mon Dastyari you can make a come back.
    Anonymous
    12th Sep 2016
    8:30pm
    Maybe he'll get a gig alongside Tony... The Team FOR Australia!!
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    8:45pm
    Another post from your sponsor fred?
    I agree with you Not Senile Yet. But then I look at America as both candidates are now neck and neck. Unbelievable and it says something about rusted ons on both sides of politics who will vote the same way no matter what their bastards do. Frightening.
    Aussiefrog
    12th Sep 2016
    5:34pm
    He had done such a good job that he lost the Senate!
    Anonymous
    12th Sep 2016
    8:01pm
    And fifteen seats in the House.... one more such victory and the LNP will be the rump it deserves to be.,...
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    8:45pm
    And 1 seat off government.
    ex PS
    12th Sep 2016
    5:49pm
    Good job?
    Well he hasn't made too many mistakes, but then again he hasn't made many decisions either, does this mean he has done a good job, or does it mean that the people in the backroom who tell him what to do are doing a good job.
    To me a middle management Public Servant may be able to get away with saying they have done a good job because they did not make too many mistakes, but a Prime Minister has to do more. To me he gives me the impression of someone who is just hanging on, and again to me that is not good enough.
    francobee
    12th Sep 2016
    6:10pm
    I wonder if this fellow lives in the same country as me, because his vision of the state of 'play' is very different to what I see and hear around me !!!!
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    8:46pm
    Methinks his place of abode may be the Cayman Islands.
    roy
    14th Sep 2016
    9:10am
    MICK, Like.

    12th Sep 2016
    6:27pm
    I put debbie up for the journalist of the year for her input to lifechoises, every time she calls chuck, chuck, chuck the likes of labor stooge and union troll mickyboy comes flying over followed of course by fast eddy after all he has to support his union leader , next comes 4by2, a bit of timber, useless and not used very often, our comedian? particolor, only thinks of a feed, dim sims and last but not least don't forget mareela and gee whisz for their standing by dacktary's selling this country out for the pricely sum of 30 pc of silver.
    looking forward to the next bait!
    roy
    12th Sep 2016
    6:50pm
    LIKE.
    grounded
    12th Sep 2016
    6:53pm
    LIKE
    Anonymous
    12th Sep 2016
    8:05pm
    You are out of order and are engaging in personal attacks on a member. Be careful, mister.....

    BTW - how come I don't cop a serve from you? I keep ripping the 'government' to shreds - though I did do the same with Labor... but all the negative comments are, in my eyes, fair views based on the commentators perception of what is actually going on.

    Sticking to issues would help more than sticking your tongue out at others...

    Good day to you, sir, and thank you for coming....

    Should you choose to reply - I will ignore. A group of French officers once turned their backs on the Duke of Wellington, and when a lady apologised, he said:- "It's all right, Madam - I've seen their backs before!".
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    8:49pm
    Stooges are stooges are stooges. Pretty obvious Frank has evolved and now posting under new names.
    I hope that YLC can restrict usernames to one per fixed IP/user/email address. That way we cut out the cash for comment from the government trolls. Many of us are sick of personal attacks and arguments which are devoid of real facts.
    grounded
    13th Sep 2016
    3:38pm
    @ Mick....You disappoint me this time Mick. 'heemskerk99' is definitely robust in his delivery...but isn't your commentary just as succinctly contrary. Stooges vs. Government Trolls?

    I would hate to think that you wish to 'control' the playing field Mick.

    What are you sick of Mick? I regularly get sat on my backside...doesn't make me feel sick. No more than water off a duck's back.

    Some of your material and observations Mick are first class...excellent...while others I find no more than objectionable baseless tripe....but Mick, I still like your discourse.

    No Mick, I think it best if you harden up a bit mate....(without suggesting you should be personally vilified or abused).

    You have heaps to say Mick...so when you are dishing it out, you have to expect a bit in return. Cheers mate.
    roy
    13th Sep 2016
    7:34pm
    grounded. LIKE.

    12th Sep 2016
    7:24pm
    We have a Prime Minister? Well - you learn something new every day!

    Nothing odd about Big Mal holding that high view of himself - just like every overfed failure in the country he reckons he's doing a great job. as a general note - nothing unusual about that from any 'side' of politics here - but we know the difference (wink, wink - nudge, nudge)... just keeping up appearances.
    MICK
    12th Sep 2016
    8:54pm
    Prime minister? Not one worth the time of day.
    At any rate Turnbull will not last long and I doubt the public will be convinced by the next propaganda campaign if voters are dragged to another costly election early next year.
    BundyGil
    13th Sep 2016
    2:30pm
    4/10
    PensionTension
    13th Sep 2016
    4:13pm
    Id rather see Pauline Hanson as PM :D she will be fair
    grounded
    13th Sep 2016
    9:57pm
    Now your talking......
    roy
    14th Sep 2016
    8:40am
    LIKE.
    Fairness
    13th Sep 2016
    10:41pm
    PM doing a good job?? Don't think I still believe in the tooth fairy!!
    jamesmn
    14th Sep 2016
    11:02pm
    he has to be dreaming we all know he is out of touch with all Australians and would not know what anything costs except for his banking mates at the banks that's why he doesn't want a royal commission into them then you have the 3 stooges Scott Morrison/Barnaby Joyce /Julia bishop then her and the other liberal getting tickets to the football and private flights to go and see it that's no different to the labor chap that was forced to resign so should these 3 clowns plus more that should go liberals have a 1 seat majority then turnball tried to tell everyone the liberals came back after the election with a increased majority who is he kidding and when Scott Morrison/Julia bishop was asked recently to name 1 thing that the liberals have done in the last 12 months they could not name 1 thing they are trying to bullshit saying the price of animals has gone up at the markets that is the market fluctuations then they award the contracts to building the submarines to the Chinese and let them buy up all of our houses/farms etc try and buy up property in china no hope everyone knows the free trade agreement with china means turnball is in bed with them more broken promises again.
    Incognito
    15th Sep 2016
    4:45pm
    SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU AGREE MILITARY UNIFORMS SHOULD BE MADE IN AUSTRALIA TO CREATE JOBS "Jobs & Growth" remember what MT said.
    https://www.change.org/p/nick-xenophon-australian-govt-keep-supply-contracts-in-australia?

    16th Sep 2016
    11:10am
    He's doing a great job of destroying our society, wiping out the retirement of battlers who funded this country with their taxes for 50 years, treating senior Australians with appalling disrespect and outright cruelty, and obscenely over-indulging the wealthy minority. A great job of looking after the 1% at the expense of the 99%.


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