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Saturday, September 8th, 2018   |   118 comments

Dead Mackerel By Moonlight: Premier Anna Alphabet’s Extraordinary Attack On Free Speech – All Boofheaded Bullying And A Touch Of Blackmail.

The Premier’s punitive action against the Katter Party this week – sacking four discretionary staff out of spite – was a pure and simple attack on free speech, especially free speech in our parliaments. And the LNP is no better – nothing like an interloper trying to prise open the door of a closed shop to unite those already inside. The ‘Pie offers a conclusive test to show Anna Palaszczuk is Joh’s spiritual successor.

Also this week … why is the Queensland Government dragging its feet on the investigation into what the department itself has termed ‘the multiple, complex and serious allegations’ into Mayor Jenny Hill’s behaviour over the Adani mine’s proposed airstrip deal? The ‘Pie has an update.

Magnis’s millions: more on the curious case of battery proponent Magnis Resources Pty Ltd and the millions of taxpayers’ dollars gifted by the Queensland Government. But careful, they’re a touchy bunch …

Plus our now regular Trump Gallery, plus funny letters to the editor and lots of other irreverent larfs. But first ….

Not So Much A Cat Amongst The Pigeons, More A Katter Amongst The Turkeys

Let’s start by adding a little classy tone to the Nest … The ‘Pie will quote Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr who famously said ‘Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose’, which we all know means the more things change, the more they remain the same. These are the $10 words for the modern lament of resignation ‘same old, same old’. And it’s a national feeling across Australia, as Bentley points out.

advance australia fair FIN SMALL


scott morrison in cap

If you EVER and The ‘Pie means EVER wear that bloody baseball cap backwards, you will deservedly lose the vote of every Australian over the age of 40. Except the retarded ones, and they’ll be voting for Novachok Palmer or One Notion anyway.

In Britain, Same Problem, Different Players

Australia’s political ructions are not unlike those going on in the UK , with buffon Boris Johnson now on the outer with embattled PM Teresa May … Johnson is taking on the role filled here in Australia by Tony Abbott, as illustrated by Martin Bell in the Guardian..

Outside the tent

Introducing The Katter Party’s New PR Supremo: Anna Palaszczuk

Almost 200 years ago, American politician John Randolph said of a rival that he was so corrupt he was ‘like a rotten mackerel in the moonlight, he both shines and stinks’. This timeless piece of sledging came to mind when Premier Palaszczuk did a bit of grandstanding for the faithful last Sunday. Her corruption was moral.

The canker of chronic cynicism has always infected the body politic. The established political parties see minority, preference pilfering parties like of The Katter Australia Party as a blight on the political landscape, but this week, it seems our Premier was blinded by the blight. In a disastrous piece of political analysis, Palaszczuk, like so many other, pogoed onto the latest political bandwagon about that lightweight ninny Fraser Anning and his maiden speech in which he used the phrase ‘the final solution’, said solution which was letting the electorate decide on Muslim immigration – no wonder he was howled down with such a novel proposition. That particular bandwagon is going to need new shock absorbers soon, so many piled onto it at once.

Ever aware of her blowsy deputy, the treacherous Trad is forever rummaging through her political cutlery drawer ready to slip in a timely shiv, The Premier decided on a touch of virtue signalling for the faithful at the State Labor hootenanny last Sunday, in an effort to bank some political capital. There was plenty of political capital all right, but it ended up in the Katter Party’s account.

The Premier had demanded that the Katter Party denounce that their political turncoat Senator Anning for his maiden speech in federal parliament, during which he used that phrase ‘the final solution’ in a manner the Premier (and the rest of the political/media bandwagon) disapproved of.

The Mad Katter Bob gurgled and spluttered his rejection of the demand to denounce his purloined senator (a former One Notion nutter) and on the state scene, son Robbie, still clearly the keeper of the Katter family marbles, also declined to take orders from the head of another party.

So … unconsciously channeling Joh, last Sunday, Palaszczuk told delegates, ’We have the right to free speech in our parliaments, but that free speech is not free of consequences. So because (Robbie) Katter will not denounce Senator Fraser Anning, I denounce his party.’ Pompous but fair enough, she’s denounced a party she thinks is wrong. Quite OK there, that is the consequence of free speech, someone exercising the same right to freely say what they think of someone else’s free speech, if they judge it to be wrong, or even outrageous. It’s is called public debate.

BUT WHAT IS NOT OK is assuming a fair consequence of free speech is the retaliatory sacking of four discretionary staff working for the Katter Party. These extra jobs had been allocated because the party kept the Palaszczuk posterior on the government benches in the previous parliament, but she doesn’t need them anymore now she has a majority. so the sackings, while legal, were totally hypocritical.

Really, you say? Yup and here’s the easy test for it:  had issue arisen in the last parliament, would the Premier have taken this action then, which would most assuredly led to the withdrawal of the KP support for her government and therefore its downfall. No she wouldn’t. This cack-handed attempt at political blackmail has outed our Premier as a hypocrite of the first order and a rotten mackerel in this moonlight state.

When Will Mayor Mullet Have To Face The Music?

 jenny budget

None too soon, it would seem, but the wheels of justice grind fearsome slow, but they do grind on. As reported a while back, a certain Philip Batty – who is anything but – last year made a formal complaint to CCC concerning the use of public money to finance (in part) an airstrip to service the proposed Adani Carmichael Mine.

Businessman Philip Batty

Businessman Philip Batty

Mr Batty was deeply concerned that the mandated local government tender process had never been undertaken to reach his decision.

That’s when the fun started really started. The mayor, advised of the complaint, panicked and made some contradictory statements about the matter. This led Mr Batty to update his complaint to present compelling evidence that Jenny Hill lied to fellow councillors in a closed meeting, suggesting to them that the  Adani airstrip would be part-owned by the council. Mr Batty cited Clr Paul Jacob who publicly stated this was what the mayor told councillors, who on the strength of that statement subsequently voted for the controversial Townsville gift of $18.5million for the contentious project. Mayor Hill subsequently changed her stance several times on the status of the council relating to the issue,  and gave confused statements about to whom the council would gift the ratepayers money.  She then said the the council would not own the airstrip, that the council would not be dealing with Adani, and monies would be paid to the construction company (Wagners), who would operate the airport. The mayor did not confirm or deny that in fact, the council would have to pay passengers and landing fees on top of funding the airstrip.

Mr Batty was less than impressed and outlined the matter to the CCC in a formal complaint last October. The CCC then referred the matter to Department of Local Government and Infrastructure.

Mr baty, a successful businessman who lives in Townsville by choice but continues the bulk of his consultancy work in Sydney and Melbourne, describes himself ‘like a dog with a bone’. So he made several follow-up requests for progress reports, all of which were met with stock standard bureaucratic replies  basically saying these things take time, but it’s understood the Department did request and presumably got, certain papers from the council regarding the matter.

It’s now 11 months since Mr Batty made the initial complaint and this week, received this advice to his latest request for a progress report.

Sent: Monday, 3 September 2018 11:06 AM

To: Philip Batty <email hidden; JavaScript is required>

Subject: RE: Complaint made by Mr Philip Batty / referral from Crime and Corruption Commission

Good morning Mr Batty

Thank you for your further email.

I am unable to provide you with any new information – and reconfirm earlier advices that once matters have been finalised, you will be provided with formal advice as is required under both the Crime and Corruption Act 2001 and the Local Government Act 2009. I do appreciate your sense of frustration at the time it appears to be taking to deal with your complaints. However, I can assure you that the multiple, complex and serious allegations you raised with the CCC continue to be dealt with by the department as required by and subject to the direction of the CCC.

Kind regards

Alison George

Manager Complaints

Councillor Complaints and Legal Services

Strategy, Governance and Engagement

Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs

No reflection on Ms George but perhaps the timeframes allowed a Dept of Local Government/CCC investigation should be reviewed to add a touch of urgency to this tortoise-like timeframe. Because should there be an adverse finding against the mayor resulting her having to stand down on a serious mis-governance charge, possibly up to and including corruption, this city for more than a year will have had a putative leader making crucial financial decisions while being guilty of serious offences under the Local Government Act.

The eventual findings either way will be interesting to say the least, and will revolve around a lawyer’s interpretation of various words and sentences in the minutes of the secret meeting. But one can’t help wondering how much muddier these dark and dangerous waters would be if the council’s development corporation had been involved. (It wasn’t, it hadn’t even been created then.)

Yup Every Day Of The Year

At least one person now knows how Mayor Mullet and Adele The Impaler every Sunday when they open The Magpie’s Nest for a cheery read.

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Uh Oh, Seems The Magnis People Are Getting Touchy

After last week’s chat about the generous support Magnis Resources is receiving from the Queensland taxpayer for a ‘feasibility study’ into a battery factory for Townsville, there have been some stirrings and rumblings in the gloom at back of that particular corporate cave.

There was this interesting exchange in the comments section of the Magpie during the week

Author : Troll Slayer (IP: , cpe-121-211-200-77.hhui-cr-003.cht.nsw.bigpond.net.au)

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The start of this story proves the the writer is clueless. Magnis has never had a problem raising money and have just raised $11 million dollars. So the verge of collapse comment is a stupid one at best.

The ‘Pie replied:

The Magpie

September 4, 2018 at 8:30 pm  (Edit)

So the auditors are wrong, silly old auditors! So reporter Marx is gullible, silly old Marxie! Thanks for helping clarify everything, Mr … Mr… oh, just give us your title in Magnis. Boy from the mailroom brown-nosing the boss? Or the boss, pissed off at being called out? $11million? For a $2billion project? Sure your not a Nigerian princess who needs someone to look after her inheritance.

And pray tell, why does Magnis need public money to do a feasibility study for a private venture if they have no trouble raising money?

Author : Troll Slayer (IP: , cpe-121-211-200-77.hhui-cr-003.cht.nsw.bigpond.net.au)

Whois  : http://whois.arin.net/rest/ip/


Because the government wants in on this future multi billion dollar company. I’ll listen to them instead of a ex con like you.

Now if that’s not throwing the rattle out of the pram!!!  The ‘Pie was amused at being called an ex-con (he’ not … the old bird has led an interesting life but he has managed to avoid at least three things, one being jail … the others are bagpipe playing and folk dancing), so decided have a closer look at the origin of Troll Slayer. A little fiddling around with what little data was available showed that the comments were sent from Sydney … Alison Road Randwick to be more precise. That boosted The ‘Pie’s conviction (the only one he’s had) that this was a howl of incoherent rage from someone closely to do with the venture, and ruled out Walker Street disruptor.

It all makes the whole thing sound like it needs a second and third look. Which Magpie readers were ready and willing to do.  Like this from a local Magpie mate.

I know the ASX company Magnis Resources (MNS) quite well and your article was spot on. MNS dream about building a 15GWh battery plant in Townsville. Rule of thumb is these plants cost at least US$100M per GWh however Telsa’s 35GWh plant is costing $5 billion thus $143M per GWh. The MNS dream for Townsville would cost US$2 billion. I never heard before of AUD$3 million (petty cash) used for a feasibility study for a US$2 billion project. Plus MNS just announced raising $11M from one investor. They did give Mullet a holiday to NYC. They plan to ship graphite concentrate from Tanzania. Perth would be a closer location.

Then there was this.

Magnis threatened to sue posters on a chat site called Hot Copper because they are heavily criticised for never meeting their forecast plans. Magnis found some graphite back in 2012 and since then have been changing their business plans from a miner to a battery maker.

They have some well-known battery people in a JV with them; with unique IP.

They plan to use silicon in batteries with graphite rather than nickel or/&cobalt. Read the presentation:

They have raised $11M this calendar year plus have the Queensland Government’s  $3M.




Their half-yearly report to 31/12/17 shows $102M in contributed equity

(capital raised) and $100M in accumulated losses. Their half-yearly report for 31/12/12 shows $54M in contributed equity.

Therefore, since finding the graphite in Tanzania, they have raised or“mined shareholders” for $59M plus mined Queensdland for $3M.

As you properly pointed out, there is no need for the tax-paying public to give a public company like this $3M.

And that was sentiment echoed in spades by regular and well informed commenter Memory Man, who said:

Magnis can raise capital on the market. That’s plain to see. Plenty of folk who want to jump on the battery bandwagon. There’s no need for the public to chip in. Period. 

So why did this happen? Well, I’m told The Impaler is good mates with someone at Magnis. Magnis isn’t stupid and could see a sucker a mile away. Politicians are desperate to be “seen to be doing something”. Politicians have 2 main levers – they make laws and they redistribute the public’s money. You could just imagine the conversation …

…and sorry, but that’s precisely what you will have to do – imagine the conversation – while The ‘Pie seeks legal advice about printing Memory Man’s  take on it … but it sounds about right.

Is The Bulletin About To Change Its Name?

From comments during the week

The Magpie 

September 3, 2018 at 1:03 pm  (Edit)


The Townsville paper has dropped any pretence at its recent feeble attempts at balanced news coverage, and should’ve at least been honest enough to change it’s name.


Well, they didn’t actually, but they may as well have. This highly selective story … yet another “could possibly – may happen” story of the type in which the Adani Bulletin and Courier Mail specialise – has as an online feature an Adani produced (or at least funded) propaganda video about how people have mistaken this hand-wringing forked-tongued Gollem is really a misunderstood humanitarian trying to pull millions of his people out of poverty. Yeah, right … and using corruption to do it, eh, Got’em?

adani fraud

And reporter John McCarthy (the story was lifted holus bolus from the Courier) has his own wrestle making language match logic, when he writes:
‘Coal and gas are hot commodities, according to Queensland Resources Council chief Ian Macfarlane.
“Commodity prices are holding up but it’s not in the boom territory,” he said.”
Ummm, Johnno, mate, your ‘hot commodities’ is a far different thing from Mr MacFarlane’s ‘commodity prices are holding up.’ Indeed it could be interpreted as exactly the opposite of your claim, with MacFarlane’s statement suggesting ‘hanging on’.
The whole confabulation is a complete Fox-style News Corpse sell-out. On the mine issue itself, The ‘Pie isn’t barracking for one side or the other but maintains as he always has, if these swivel-eyed grifters want a rail line, fine … but pay for it yourself.
This grab at public money by corporate pigs is worse than QAL’s attempt to gouge Townsville air travellers with a ticket tax.

But Hey The Astonisher Is Our Champion … Just Ask Them

Don’t bother to ask, they’ll tell you anyway.

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The iditor, being a lassie, can’t be a wanker so let’s just say she was flippin’ the bean when this claim was thought up.

Self Defeating Suggestion Of The Week

 no booze policy

Governments should only consider this if they alter the way they behave, which largely causes the drinking in the first place.

I Say, I Say  …

Letters to the editor in newspapers attract at least as many devotees as do crosswords and nowadays suduko. One of the great attractions is their brevity and sly humour … and as the great bard himself said, brevity is the soul of wit. The Poms are particularly good at it, but the Yanks have their moments. Seen any goodies locally? Send ‘em in.

Enjoy these few …

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And Some More …


Getting real

Our leading bishops demand hard evidence of Saddam Hussein’s possessions of weapons of mass destruction. If we were to demand the same level of proof from their profession, they would all be out of a job.
Avril Segal
Times, January 21


SIR – If I tried balancing my drink on the side of the bath, as suggested by one of your correspondents, I would probably end up with coq au vin.
Michael Talamo
Carshalton, Surrey

SIR – A current West Sussex NHS advertisement on the back of a bus states: “You are twice as likely to have unprotected sex after heavy drinking”.
Another pint, please, landlord.
Robert Price

 This Week In Trumpatania

Trump twitter Trump woodward Trump google Trump fear Trump 4th estate Trump colluding Truth Tariffs Trump presser

Now For A Different kind Of Tut Tut Tutting

Finally, fancy a little finger dancing – known as ‘finger tutting’ … tutting itself is the popular US street dancing featuring angular movements, which are often accompanied by similar finger movements. But trust the Chinese to make it a group activity. And an entrancing one at that … legendary Hollywood choreographer Busby Berkley would approve.

WARNING: Do not attempt this you’ve been drinking.


That’s it for another week, but lots of stuff happening before next weekend, keep an eye on comments for a few laughs and lots of info you won’t get elsewhere. And do join in, have your free say. And any help with a donation to keep the Nest aloft will be greatly appreciated.


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  1. Mike Douglas says:

    We know Transparency is an issue for T.C.C because they have failed the Public Information and Privacy audit twice in 6 mths but has the CEO disclosed in Council meetings that the CCC are investigating Mayor Hill?. Mr Batty,s details and copies of correspondence with CCC have been in social media for months so why hasn’t the Astonisher mentioned this like the papers including the Courier Mail on Ipswich, Fraser Coast, loganholme, Moreton Councils and Mayors?. Local Governmemt Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe has so much confidence in Qld Councils he is rolling out a private email ban. Mayor Hill declares she is a board member of Local Government Association Queensland and receives tickets and accomodation , travel to Broncos games and over $500 for attending board meetings but how much in total because T.C.C pays LGAQ a couple hundred thousand. It’s clear further scrutiny is required on Councils in Queensland and how ratepayers $ are spent.

    • The Magpie says:

      Given the LGAQ has a president who is on $120,000 and just four directors who share in $575,000 annually, there must be a helluva a lot of meetings. The poor dear must be worn out, what with having to run the city and think for all us dumbasses as well. Spare thought, don’t be mean.

  2. Cantankerous but happy says:

    Notifications came out Friday for changes to ASX by S&P and Magnis Resources are about to be punted form the ASX 300 into official pissant status along with other notable basket cases like Retail Food Group, no wonder they are getting a bit touchy Pie, seems everyone is seeing through their creative accounting and endless spin, Jenny Hill sure can pick em.

  3. Steve says:

    Have to say, I wish we’d listened to the bishops about the WMDs.

  4. Bagwhan says:

    Thanks pie, finger tutting must be silent….link not working.

  5. Spooka says:

    Political and Judicial corruption is alive and well, as always, in Queensland, in particular, Townsville. Shame things never change. A good start to clean up Queensland and the rest of Australia would be to apply the “The missing 13th amendment” ( America ). This would remove an insidious disease from Australian politics, LAWYERS !!

    • The Magpie says:

      Hmmm … and just how would that work?

      • Spooka says:

        Hi Pie,
        Shame, it would never work, the disease is too entrenched, but we could reduce the number of lawyers in politics by canvassing candidates before voting for them.
        Educating Australians about the dangers of lawyers in public office would be a herculean task in itself, America’s forefathers had it dead right, but lawyers white anted the original 13th amendment, what a different world we would live in today if it had they not done so.

        • The Magpie says:

          Call The ‘Pie obtuse if you will (hey, why be different) but he cannot fathom what the 13th amendment (basically abolishing slavery) has to do with your otherwise deeply flawed world view of law in a democracy. And what it may have to do with Australia.

          • Spooka says:

            Hi again Pie,
            I am not disputing laws in a democracy, I’m disputing lawyers in politics, you are a smart man Pie, I’m sure you are aware of where I am coming from.
            Please take the time to read “The Missing 13th Amendment” “No Lawyers In Politics” @ SickHope.com it is a very very interesting research document.

    • SPQR says:

      Lose the case eh !
      The fix was in eh!
      Object to having to pay people to represent your losing argument eh!
      Bet you used the cheapest mouthpiece you could find eh!

  6. Cynical Cricket says:

    Is it possible that Phillip Batty’s complaint will only be finalised after March 2020?

    • The Magpie says:

      Know where you’re coming from, but that would be the absolute worst outcome for this conniving Labor mayor who is so widely distrusted, no outcome would lead to the electorate making their own judgement. It already has really, and The ‘Pie is awaiting what brilliant strategy Dolan Hayes will conjure up … she’s too far gone to really recover but if anyone is going to turn things around a bit for her, it will be DH. And you know why, apart from him being a political clever clogs? Because unlike all the other glad-handers and featherbedded passengers advising her, DH is LOCAL … and brilliant at this sort of thing, one of Labor’s best.

      • Inside TCC says:

        Widely discussed inside TCC walls that the screaming midget has been brought in to ensure a labor win in 2020, it was assumed for Mayor Hill, but with the poor advice rolling out he might be backing a different horse in March 2020

  7. The Wulguru Wonder says:

    My commiserations about the Swannies going down yesterday Pie……I would love to see a Tigers/ Demons GF…..your thoughts?

    • The Magpie says:

      If the Demons can play like they did this weekend, no team in the comp will get near them, not even Richmond … and the Swanees never a match for GWS, Buddy’s been off-song all season (will someone please teach him how to mark overhead) and Toby Green is a nasty piece of work … brilliant but a dickhead, you can see it the smartarse in him just by looking.

      Don’t get me started.

  8. Woodduck says:

    All of a sudden the walking skeleton (bishop) has come out and played the victim with bullying. She’s been in politics a long time and never mentioned it before, so long as she gets what she wants, it’s not a problem and easy ignored. Not a peep when Gillard was playing the bulling card of females in politics, funny that.

  9. Pat Coleman says:

    In relation to KAP losing funding for staff, my personal opinion is suck shit nazi lovers .

    Why should we shed any tears for any discomfort these fuckers feel.
    16 August Win news Katter had seen Annings speech before he gave it, so even if Anning didn’t (which he absolutely did ) , as he said, know what the words meant, they did and backed it.

    Katter wants white Australia, and said that they KAP are 100% racist

  10. Pat Coleman says:

    If there is a link to where the battery people funded the trip trips to the US for Hill and Anna P can you put it up ?

    Under the QLD Electoral Act foreign donations have always been unlawful .

    A foreign company’s subsidiary is said by the act to be that company . Its a crime to try and weazel around it too . Its never followed up .

    Did you know that when Hill disclosed the Adani flights and accommodation she did it through the federal secretariat? This was an attempt to avoid the application of The QLD Electoral Act when it was her, as mayor who got the donations.

    She admitted SHE got the benefit of the flights and accommodation in the local media. Yet put it in a federal return. That means she knew it was a crime.

    Thats an offence of misleading both federal and state commissions. Because it could go to court its Obstructing/perverting the course of justice.

    • The Magpie says:

      It would be easy for The Mullet and Alphabet to side-step that one, but has it occurred to you that either way, Mayor Mullet is under the pump … even if we the ratepayers stumped up for the trip, on what grounds can she justify such an extreme and exploratory venture, even taking along the superfluous Poisoned Dwarf Beckett on the jolly at Magnis’s and/or our expense. Where is a record of the council meeting approving this roving commission?

      BTW another look at IBM in that light might be interesting.

  11. What water crisis? says:

    Magpie, your blog makes us weep for the future of the people of Townsville. It is also a sad day when the Bulletin Raggars keeps reporting, about feuds and aggressive styles of handsomely paid Chair of Water and Waste Committee Deputy Mayor Les Walker and unpaid volunteer water for Townsville activist Linda Ashton of Water For Townsville Action Group, at Rasmussen council community meeting, instead of focusing on why Council is not pushing for federal funding for Burdekin pipeline Stage 2. All Linda has done is ask questions about LONG term water security for Townsville, how is that being aggressive? Stage 2 will send water straight to a water treatment plant, instead of evaporating in Ross Dam. It defies belief that Raggars reports that Les Walker, only answers water related questions that are emailed to him. Asking these same water related questions on Les Walker Division 10 self promoting Facebook Page is considered trolling by Les, so he will not answer them… even though he is the Chair of Water and Waste. Do you feel like you are back in primary school? Les thinks Linda is spoiling his “Love me” party, so he has put her in the naughty corner. You would laugh if our kids didn’t have to pay dearly in the future for poor decisions made by our secretive “leaders”

    • The Magpie says:

      Don’t weep, waste of time, the future of Townsville is in the hands of those people you cry for, so turn your indignation into anger and fight. The ‘Pie cops a lot of ill-informed and dopey criticism for being ‘negative’, as he is sure Linda Ashton and a lot of others do, when the exact opposite in the truth … it is only positive action and exposure of the imposters that will eventually provide the groundwork for recovery.

      Not everything that is afflicting our city can be laid at the door of the likes of Jenny Hill, Adele Young, Les Walker, a meek bunch of councillors, a featherbedded irrelevant Patricia O’Callaghan, and a venal, vacillating and totally confused newspaper run by those with no real stake in our future, but they are actually impeding the natural cycles of recovery. Don’t be cowed by the naive, the foolish and the greedy underminers … fight and expose, always. Bad things happen when good people stand by and do nothing.

      Edmund Burke put it more eloquently 250 years ago: The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

      • Critical says:

        When is the Townsville community going to wake up to the fact that the Mullet and he three state stooges can only quote the stadium and water pipeline as being the big projects creating jobs. Problem is the both projects will be completed at the end of 2019 and there are no other approved real major projects coming on line before or around then to enable people to have a job. Not a good look for the Mullet or Anna with looming elections in 2020.

        • Cantankerous but happy says:

          Critical, The story last week about the new $90 million innovation building proposed for the JCU should worry everyone, some dickhead from JCU explained they would not be starting construction until the start of 2020 to coincide with the final construction of the stadium, these fuckwits are actually deferring construction until the start of 2020, they are deliberately holding back construction jobs, we have the most shallow, disgusting group of people running this town currently, across all institutions.

      • No more dredging says:

        ‘Pie, there’s another example of this stuff being reported today from the south east. Haven’t got a link but if you Google this you’ll get there:

        “Moreton Bay council secretly helped mayor’s donor win $20 million deal”

  12. J jones says:

    Hello Pie Man
    What is your preference for pies? Simple meat or something more exotic like bacon and cheese?

  13. Dearie Me says:

    In new developments at Council, former AWU Northern District Secretary Bede Harding is now in the employ of Council as a People and Culture Business Partner. The timing is impeccable, considering the EBA is due to be negotiated.

    • Alahazbin says:

      Dearie Me, I heard that term yesterday ‘Business Partner’. It was in relation to ‘Old Mate’ at Fleet Services who does tenders and procurement.
      The business partner works with him.

      • The Rolling Eye says:

        The “business partner” has a conflict of interest, doesn’t he?

        • Dearie Me says:

          Like all appointments since the reign of the Impaler, he will be there for a reason. I assume it’s to disempower the union representatives in EBA negotiations and screw over the outdoor workers. So far they’ve been left relatively untouched and only indoor workers screwed over. But with EBA negotiations there’s a desire by the CFO and the Impaler to remove RDOs and cut leave entitlements among other things.

          • The Rolling Eye says:

            It is understood the Business Partner was pushed out of the AWU in a leadership cointoss and had to go panhandling among the local heavies at TCC to keep his head above water.

  14. Miss Lou says:

    It’s magpie season.
    Peck’m Pie.

    Always good,
    Always entertaining,


    Miss Lou.

  15. Critical says:

    So the Mullet praises herself for employing 30 trainees for 20 weeks on a state government grant. Makes good political self congratulations and it does reduce the cities unemployment figures for 20 weeks and is at supposedly no cost to ratepayers but in reality isn’t this just free labour to council to do jobs that would have been undertaking by staff sacked by the Impaler. The other queskis what jobs in horticulture are out there for these young trainees after the end of 20 weeks. Bugger all I’d say so back onto Newstart for most of them. Wonder what her next trick will be

  16. The Magpie says:

    OH FFS Bulletin!
    Anything wrong with this headline?

    North Queensland woman pleas her case to decriminalise abortion.

    Stop squinting.
    PLEA is a NOUN, not a fucking VERB … the word you were floundering around for is PLEADS.

    The ‘Pie believes there are certain classes of people … Bulletin subs take note … which make one want abortion made retrospective.

    • J Jones says:

      Are there still sub editors?

    • wildcolonialboy says:

      As an ex-Bully subeditor and colleague of two great wordsmiths in Mick McAuliffe and Cyril Hagenbach (may they rest in peace), it does make me feel like weeping when I see what a once-decent newspaper has been reduced to.

  17. Cantankerous but happy says:

    I see that Townsville airport is being used by the Australian Airports Association (AAA) as an example of the airlines abusing their market power regarding negotiations over landing fees and Qantas refusal to stump up the $3 levy, which equals a 20% increase. However just like Numbskull Gill at Townsville Airport the AAA has not been able to articulate what advantage the traveller gets for their $3 extra levy they have to pay. The AAA runs off about billions in investment that has allowed overseas carriers to offer cheaper fares and competition to airports in Australia but none of that is applicable to Townsville Airport which is offering absolutely fuck all to the Townsville traveller. Currently I turn up at the airport, drop off my bag, if I have time I grab a coffee or drink in the lounge, jump on a plane and leave and nothing will be different after the airport development. I think the AAA have made a mistake in picking Townsville Airport as an example in trying to prove market power by the airlines is being abused.

    • The Magpie says:

      But did you notice the amazing quantam shift by the Townsville Bulletin? It would seem the paper has soured on its previous saccharine diet of Gill boosting pro-passenger tax iditorial.
      First we had this ludicrous headline that had the whole town rolling about in mirth …

      … a situation which gets the Abuse With A Wet Lettuce Leaf Award of the Year. On-line was just as risible …

      Tony Raggatt did his usual well balanced story, particularly picking out pro and con points in the opening of the story (he usually does but previous regimes at the paper have changed his copy to suit their ends, which has, The ‘Pie is told, greatly and understandably enraged him).

      The most succinct part of the story was this:
      A Qantas spokeswoman said, “If Qantas agreed to the gold-plated upgrades proposed by airports across the country — like Gold Coast and Townsville — this would ultimately be passed on to customers through higher fares.”
      Queensland Airports said its Townsville upgrade involved doubling the departure lounge capacity and establishing innovative check-in and automatic bag-drop facilities, while Qantas said the redevelopment included a 200 per cent increase in retail space, which should be funded by the airport.” Unquote.
      And that says it all. Almost.
      Then the most Astonishing editorial volte-face in memory, came with this weekend cartoon

      Truly astonishing, because in essence, that cartoon essentially targets two of the paper’s hitherto darlings, Mayor Mullet (Qantas boycott anyone?) and airport boss and TEL chairman the grovelling Gill.

      • The Magpie says:

        HA! What do they know? They’re up against Mayor Mullet and the grovelling Gill of QAL … and Townsville Enterprise, our peak tourism body. (Make that corpse.)

      • Cantankerous but happy says:

        That would be why Gleeson even has a small reference to the standoff on his page in the Courier Mail this morning, he referred to the Townsville public being treated poorly by both QAL and also Qantas, and he would certainly know a thing or two about treating Townsville poorly.

  18. Achilles says:

    The usual bed wetter owners of the public conscience PC mob have railed against a great and accurate cartoon in the Herald Sun of the disgraceful Williams rant and use the usual overused dishonest words racist and sexist.

    These self righteous dickheads are obsessed with what they are supposed to think rather than what they actually think.

    FFS she’s black and she’s female (‘though she looks like Mike Tyson in drag)

    • DB2 says:

      Just lucky that Williams’ opponent wasn’t Caucasian- imagine the outcry then! Truly disgusting behaviour on Williams’ part and truly disgusting how the umpire is now being vilified (and we wonder why there are few people lining up to become officials in sport). Her opponent won the first ever major for her country (Japan I believe) and her victory was effectively sidelined by how Williams acted.

      As an aside I’m still waiting for the outcry from femi-nazis over equality issues arising from the sentence given to the female teacher the subject of the following article:-


      The silence from the lefties is deafening.

  19. The Owl says:

    Townsville has missed out yet again, with Prince Harry and Meghan Sparkle opting to visit Fraser Island and Dubbo and not Boganville. But not to worry, our Mayor and her sidekick, TEL ceo Patricia Puppet, have arranged for a cardboard cutout of the Royal couple to be located on The Strand for residents to take selfies. Another coup for Mayor Mullet.

  20. Achilles says:

    Cartoonist Mark Knight who is copping this PC crap also submitted a similar cartoon when Nick Kyrgios chucked a wobbly, not any accusations from the loony fringe that time.

  21. Bentley says:

    The principal element of caricature is exaggeration. Big hair – make it bigger, small eyes – make ‘em smaller, big nose – make it bigger, generous mouth – make it bigger, etc., etc. If the subject happens to be black, however, there is nothing to be gained by making him/her any blacker, but the cartoonist should not be expected to make him/her white. There is nothing WRONG with being black! Why lie about it? Most thinking people don’t give a toss about colour. But they do object to bad manners, and inappropriate behaviour, even by talented sporting heroes like McEnroe and Serena Williams. Not to mention footballers.
    I thought the cartoon was a good likeness, very funny, and summed up the mood of the moment. And the cartoonist was only targeting the umpire and Serena, no-one else.

    • The Magpie says:

      Nailed it, Bentley … as you do every week.

    • Kingswood says:

      It almost seems to be a continuation of the misdireceted outrage that was directed at Bill Leak, RIP.

      • The Magpie says:

        … and of the hanky wringers’ refusal to recognise the Adam Goodes overkill (would he have carried on like that if the score in a vital game was one straight kick with 3 minutes to go. Not a chance, very selective racism and buklkying of an adollscent female by a multi-millionaire footballer.)

  22. Mike Douglas says:

    Clive continues to throw his cash around with two week radio campaign on Alan Jones and Ray Hadley’s programs rumoured to cost $250,000 . Ray Hadley had a dummy spit haranguing management and threatening to go on holidays but it seems they sat him down and gave him a reality check and next day he backflipped and stated he supported and trusted management of the radio group. Proving, $ can buy most things.

  23. The Owl says:

    Maybe yes, maybe no NMD, but one thing is for sure: money can definitely buy favourable treatment from the Townsville Bulletin.

    • The Magpie says:

      If that’s the case, Gill and QAL have missed their latest payment. They’ve been slammed in a series of stories and tepid iditorials over the past few days.

      • Cantankerous but happy says:

        Indeed, and if you look at the change in reporting it coincides with an uptick in the comment section supporting TAPL from people who’s names are not regulars on the TB comments section, seems a few staff at TAPL have decided to compensate for the astonisher no longer supporting them as it had done in the past, only someone linked to TAPL could put forward the idea that Qantas is abusing its market power when it is Townsville Airport trying abuse it’s monopoly position in this case.

        • Grumpy says:

          Maybe we could convince the Wagners to invest their recent windfall in a new airport a la Welcamp. They are mates with Qantas

          • The Magpie says:

            Yeah, and have a bit of a dry run first down at the Adani mine, eh?

          • No more dredging says:

            It will sure be a “dry run” if Adani’s water bores are found to be illegal.

          • Cantankerous but happy says:

            That’s a good point Grumpy and one I have thought about myself, is there anything in TAPL lease that would deny another operator setting up at Townsville Airport. There is currently vacant land between the paint shops and the old Hawker buildings to build another terminal, the Hawker building itself only sold earlier this year to private interests running a helicopter business. Could Wagner’s build another terminal, could Qantas themselves build a terminal, at around 1 million passengers a year they would be currently paying TAPL around $20 million in passengers fees and landing charges, why not pay it to yourself, it’s what our company does, owns or controls the supply chain, interesting proposition.

          • The Magpie says:

            The Magpie has always advocated that the TCC put in a bid for the airport, if it’s going to have a development corporation and all its attendant dangers, why not buy a monopoly which under proposed legislation will be open to public scrutiny? And only this week, The ‘Pie was writing about airline market power and the confrontation with airports, and wondered if there is some legislative anti-monopoly or some such federal provision prohibiting airlines from owning airports.

            Anyone know?

          • Cantankerous but happy says:

            A quick reference to the legislation is not good news, Airlines can only own up to 5% of an airport and each lease limits the lease to a single entity. The only small loophole I can see is the reference to joint user agreements which refer to Townsville and Darwin, I presume this is due to the fact the runway and taxiway are owned by the commonwealth, so there may be some room for a case but for the return why would anyone bother, Qld airports would defend its position, so basically I think we are fucked and stuck with the current duds, the only hope for Townsville is for QAL to sell it to someone who actually gives a shit or for the productivity commission to give a ruling in the new year that monopoly airports can’t keep lifting fees and charges unchallenged.

  24. Dave Nth says:

    Ahh what a welcome home. Hard rubbish still on footpath meant to be picked up last week but now on out to maybe 4th…. 5th delay (I have lost count from the original promulgated date of 22 July).

    Airport was not a hassle for once this morning picked bags up & out in under 10min. Then on the way home I see the Bully thundering about a well aimed counter battery mission from Qantas at Gill & QAC, well done Qantas, wonder if Virgin will fall into line before long or the allure of a lounge is probably too lucrative.

    Sad to say my travels have taken me to Cairns which is going gangbusters at the moment, same Mackay which seems to have something or some convention going on week after week. Sigh how depressing & we have nearly 2 more years to suffer the incompetence as IMO CCC won’t go near Mullet being a protected ALP species…

  25. Gonzo says:

    Pie, My apologies. Been a bit busy. A great blog as usual. This Week in Trumpatania makes my day … and week. Thank you!

    • The Magpie says:

      C’mon, now, you can’t fool The ‘Pie, Gonzo, you took to your bed and hid under the doona after the Swanees inglorious exit. Chin up, mate, next year.

      My dark horse tip for this year’s flag? Melbourne.

  26. Achilles says:

    Interesting banner headline on The Oz website, Queensland govt to investigate Adani bores.
    Are they referring to Got’em and his 457 crew or just holes in the ground or maybe both.

  27. Hee Haw says:

    I am not sure I recall seeing TCC announce they have hired someone on the
    payroll to do this?

    “To further highlight the level of importance of the project, Townsville
    City Council have hired a highly experienced
    dedicated resource to wholly focus on facilitating the fast tracking of key
    milestones and the Qld State Government is in
    the process of making a similar pledge on top of its commitment for $3.1
    million in funding.”

    • The Magpie says:

      The use of the word ‘resource’ for ‘person’ simply highlights the dehumanisation of staff by this council. Wonder how the other ‘resources’ feel about it. What bastardry.

      • Alahazbin says:

        The day companies and government departments changed from ‘Industrial Relations’ to ‘Human Resources’. We all became a resource.

        • The Magpie says:

          They used to be called Personnel, which at least admitted to the human condition of being a person, which ‘resource’ does not.

      • Cantankerous but happy says:

        Not just staff, did you see that revolting Cr Ann-Maree Greaney on the news tonight regarding the council pound, lecturing pet owners, basically if you drop off your dog it’s toast and we will kill the fucking thing, what a hard arse bitch, next thing she will be driving around with a rifle shooting strays on the street. I am beginning to think some of these councillors aren’t the lackies we think they are, they are every bit as feral as the Mullet, what a disgusting bunch.

  28. Capricorn says:

    Anyone know what is happening out at jcu? The moral is low I hear.

    • The Magpie says:

      They have a moral?

    • DouglasDummy says:

      The morale at JCU is below ground level. Incompetent management is from the vice chancellor down. Too many academic heads with absolutely no real world experience still believing that they are untouchable, residing in an ivory tower.

      There have been mass sackings, with staff receiving an email to attend a meeting with the addendum “and you are able to bring a support person”. It would appear if you disagree with the leftist leanings of the heads of departments then you are gone, irrespective of your academic research, teaching record and general ability!

      • Kingswood says:

        Im out there part time. I got sick to death of the weekly propaganda about trump and how he evil he is (mabye he is, dont care) coming in to my uni inbox re: critical thinking. I eventually emailed them back and told them to cease mass emailing this political propaganda. Can you imagine if I’d started mass emailing them something religous instead.

        Got told ‘you dont have to read it’ and set it as junk mail. Since It’s done on the official JCU email that cant be done otherwise I wouldnt receive anything from there (perhaps a blessing). How about not fucking send it? We’re not all 19 y/o card carrying greens/labor puppets with tats and piercings driving Dads Merc out there who wring their hands about cartoonists.

        Rant over, I’m having my coffee

  29. The Wulguru Wonder says:

    He would get my vote! Couldn’t be any worse than the muppets we currently have….


  30. One legged tap dancer says:

    Seems that TCC has sacked hundreds of everyday competent workers merely to hire a handful of overpaid Labor experts. The jobs for the boys program at TCC deserves investigation by the CCC but our council seems to be protected by the Premier, who just happens to be besties with Mayor Mullet.
    So the corruption continues unabated.
    Even if this hopeless council is tossed out at the next election we ratepayers will still be saddled with these Labor “resources” who are no doubt on long term contracts.

  31. Alahazbin says:

    I see on ABC Facebook they ask the question “Why do magpies swoop on some people and not others”
    Pie! Any Theories?

  32. Grumpy says:

    Simpleton’s back!

  33. Pat Coleman says:

    Mr Maynelion, Tony Mooney on the hospital board is showing his liberal colours again , describing patients as consumers yesterday on win tv news https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=259931281319244&id=233459343336476&ref=bookmarks

    He was on about health tenders going to locals recently and his lobbying firm Maynelion is still a registered business. That corruption report by the WA CCC has put donations and health tenders squarely on the radar .

    That’s because the NSW ICAC AWH hearings showed that once a big lurk becomes known , everyone gets in on the caper. A bit like quangos.

  34. Old tradesman says:

    What is going on with this country? How many student were going to be accosted by some grub in a black car?


    I see our State Member for Townsville says on the local news tonight that there has been a noticeable drop in crime (debatable at the least), however he should be aware that once November onwards comes along, the crime rate will, as always, rise significantly (warmer weather & school holidays brings them out) and we’re back to square one again. All the “feel good” responses adopted and lack of these crims of all ages taking personal responsibility for their actions is breathtakingly inadequate.
    No wonder the crime rate remains unacceptably high, and it WILL increase from the start of the warmer seasons.

  36. Memory Man says:

    While our city gets served up this …

    … the real discussion around property value futures is painting a somewhat less trumped up outlook (https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/sep/03/australians-told-to-expect-longest-and-deepest-housing-slump) … tightening credit and low real household income growth are like shackles that will affect the market right across the country … NQ included.

    At times, Col Dwyer is so light weight he makes that recycled fool David Lynch look like a Nobel Prize Winner.  

    So, while the macro economic picture points to (1) a slowdown in growth of investor loans, (2) a modest deterioration in property values, (3) anaemic household real income growth … we get spruikers like Col Dwyer crapping on about some northern miracle. On top of that, the good citizens of Townsville are paying presumably top dollar for the surprisingly silent City Economist …


    • Mike Douglas says:

      Memory Man, so your evaluation of the information Colin Dwyer provides on property is based on a Guardian article about prices across Australia including Sydney and Melbourne, on the upside someone is dissecting the local content and impact. A lot of Townsville commentators keep looking in the rear vision mirror and not the dashboard that is currently indicating out of town interest and plenty of sales in residential and commercial so why do you think they are buying? Household net worth in Townsville dropped from $524,000- 386,000 7 yrs up to 2016 but do you hear Mayor Mullet, our 3 blind State mice or Cathy Ofool talking about that or how to improve it ?.One thing I do agree with is Townsville City Council economist David Lynch, highly paid so where are his updates, strategy, vision and T.C.C. should be shaking Verde tower which has State Developement and plenty more State Government personal that should be adding value to the city.

  37. Old tradesman says:

    Someone should tell the Astonisher that the Broncos lost last week to the Dragons, on their Ladbrokes Late Mail page.

  38. Hee-Haw says:

    I can errm see why errm Paul errm Murray would have errm Ben English on the errm show last night errm anyone as errm articulate as errm him is well worth errm listening to.

    I had to errm turn the errm thing off and go errm to bed.

  39. Achilles says:

    An article on the TB website reports an eleven year old girl bitten by a “brown colored’ snake so the show a picture of a red bellied black snake.

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