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Sunday, July 8th, 2018   |   108 comments

If The Mooney Era Was Townsville’s Golden Years, Then The Hill Era Is Townsville’s Golden Shower Years

Increasingly we are enjoying the warmth of Mayor Mullet’s disdain trickling down on us, much to the glee of outside eyes in Cairns and Mackay. The latest stealthy move isn’t too bad in itself – it looks like Mayor Mullet is secretly pulling the rug from under Townsville Enterprise. But The Magpie is mightily troubled by what is set to replace it.

Or are the Dudley Do Nothings tugging at that rug themselves, making highly questionable political donations … and to the LNP, what’s more (gasp)

And a question of priorities … The Daily Astonisher’s policy of beads and blankets for the masses stuck out like dog’s goolies this week, openly demonstrating why – despite recent improvements – this remains an immoral busted-arse newspaper.

A new nickname for Clive Palmer …

And with all the ‘shaming’ skittering about the media of recent times, a fed-up ‘Pie offers a new hash tag, to which you are invited to contribute.

But first …

Who Says Townsville’s Population Isn’t Expanding?

Apart from statisticians, that is.

And no better word than expanding to apply to Clive ‘Novichok’ Palmer, who looks like spending some of his valuable time in his newly purchased North Ward digs.

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(The ‘Pie bestows that nickname Novichok on Clive after the deadly nerve agent causing a fuss in Britain a the moment … because Clive is a major irritant who gets on people’s nerves something chronic.)

The penthouse purchase this week comes after Novichok started a charm campaign, including offering to throw money at some local junior soccer clubs in an effort to boost his stocks among a doubting and loathing community – it appears Clive has modified Theodore Roosevelt’s famous dictum to ‘If you’ve got them by the soccer balls, their hearts and minds will follow.’

But Bentley sees Clive’s rehabilitation in Townsville akin to the miracle of the fabled phoenix.

Phoenix

Clive back in our good books? Or in the elctorates around Australia? The movie title about that subject is already taken – ‘La La Land.’

A Question Of Priorities

But the timing of Clive’s return managed to highlight another long-running canker in the community – the Astonisher’s perverse dumbing down of it coverage of the city, and how it prioritises news.

Blogger Pat Coleman discoverd this week that Townsville Enterprise – no matter how they try to spin it – had made a $6000 political donation to the LNP. This caused outrage in the local business community, most of whom are TEL fee-paying members. And ratepayers also had a right to greatly affronted no matter what their political preference. Here’s how The ‘Pie covered the issue comments, along with the Bulletin’s insulting response in comments when the story broke.

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Submitted on 2018/07/06 at 8:12 am

When the Dudley Do Nothings down at Wishing Well House actually DO something, it is this!

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They have got to be kidding!! For whatever reason, when is paying a political party to attend their conference somehow NOT a political donation??? NEWSFLASH for you rorters … IT IS a political donation, which is a massive betrayal of trust and ethics which is certainly immoral if not illegal. TEL members, among whom we count all unwilling Townsville ratepayers, deserve a fuller explanation of their political activities of the micro-Hermit Kingdom.
Now TEL must reveal what if any similar largesse has been afforded to Labor, or the Greens for that matter, and perhaps The Mad Katters got thrown some scraps.

The Nest’s regular commenter Memory Man summed it up succinctly, when he wrote:

‘If it wasn’t so serious, it would be very funny indeed. So, these clowns at Enterprise House take ratepayers’ money, churn it to politicians, get an audience and get no results. One hopes Patty got a few selfies for her CV. We’ve got a Mayor, 5 State MPs*, 2 Federal MP*, and Senator – not to mention the Premier’s special advisor on local crime – and TEL think it necessary to pay for access. Worse, the Mayor – who’s TEL’s deputy chair – apparently condones this.

*includes Hinchinbrook and Burdekin; includes Herbert and Dawson.’

And one has to wonder if the Townsville Bulletin would ever known or cared about this if two bloggers – Pat Coleman who found the incriminating evidence in one of his excellent web searches for links to naughtiness. and The Magpie, who gave his findings wider publicity – had not brought it to the paper’s attention. If it was a real newspaper which, as they claim, ‘We’re for you’, they would in this day and age have a resident expert doing what Mr Coleman, scatterbrained as he occasionally is, does so well to keep the community informed of things that REALLY matter.

This story will have resounding implications for a long time to come and is of paramount importance to ratepayers, TEL members and the business community, but even when this lazy excuse for a once great newspaper gets it handed to them on a plate, do they make it their indignant front page? No there are more important money-making matters to put under this shameful masthead.

Non TEL fronter

Dreamtime just about sums it up. They just cannot hide the disdain with which they treat their dwindling number of readers. Speaking of Mr Coleman, he shares his own personal views – many of which are not shared by The Magpie – on his own blog at https://cynicismcentraltownsvilleaustralia.blogspot.com/

Pat has some, shall we say, courageous things to say about Mayor Mullet’s alleged activities. The ‘Pie’s concern is that with the creation of that council development corporation, we could be in for a far more secret entity that TEL. And Jenny would be in complete control … independent directors? Yeah, sure … including CEO Adele The Impaler Young. This really could be the end of the appallingly wasteful rort that is Townsville Enterprise, but what will we get instead.  Time for a stiff drink.

But Why Are We Not Surprised?

It is always easy to have a shot at the paper over some of its flummery in the news pages, and especially the lame attempts at click bait on its public website … like…

wedding plans  Two flowers !!! Gone!!! Will the evil in this town never end. And then there was this little snoozer …

Love message

Yeah, right.

… and even today, this … which is simply ludicrous, what are they thinking …

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But it is what they DON’T print that exposes the paper’s management to speculation about their agenda of priorities. For instance, they are happy – eager one might say – to run this yarn …

Weatherup and Krayem

…which is fair enough, good comedic value added by The Rabster saying it’s not about the money (which is just as well, since there won’t be any), it’s his good name and reputation (now, now, you lot). And OK, a fair enough story, but somehow, a pissant small-time blogger of barely any community consequences gets the star treatment but not a single syllable has been mentioned in the paper since the ABC scooped the Astonisher with this story.

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Legal sources confirm that this is a new matter, and has nothing to do with that previous $50,000 offer by the mayor to settle the matter, and Mr Palmer claiming in a Facebook post that she had apologised (she hadn’t apparently – these two are made for each other). But again, the paper blithely ignores it all, avoiding any proper journalistic examination of the issue.

The ‘Pie does not pretend compare with Mayor Mullet in influence in this town (and very happy he is about that, too, given the state of the place), so how the paper can rationalise that this defamation case is of no import or interest to this community is something The ‘Pie would like to hear.

It is simply a venal decision about not wanting to upset advertisers or the power players around the place.

And Did You See This Interesting Council Tidbit In The Astonisher?

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No you did not. Prolific commenter on this blog Memory Man sent it in to the Nest with this trenchant observation.

‘No one wants a dampener, but here’s the May building approvals data out of the council … wonder whether the new City Economist (the recycled David Lynch) has got anything to say about this? If he’s short for words, perhaps he could start with explaining how a city economy that’s supposedly on the rebound has no demand to speak of for new permanent residential construction.’

But … but … but … the Astonisher’s pet economic poodle Colin Dwyer tells us the place is about to boom, so pull your head, you doubting Thomas.

Dwyer economyAnd the bullish Astonisher is happy to spend your money for you …

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But credit where it is due, the Townsville Bulletin showed its generosity during the week, when it raised the weekday price from $1.60 to $1.70. That is so thoughtful; now when you DON’T buy the paper, you will be saving $1.70 instead of $1.60. They really are ‘all for us’.

Cathy ‘The Tool’ O’Toole Finally Makes Herself Useful

Well, the paper did give us this startling story about our federal MP apparently moonlighting for a couple of extra bucks.

Tool detrrent

And no wonder it works. I mean, if you saw The Tool tottering towards on Via Vomitorium, batting her eyelashes at you,  there would no question of a choice between fight or flight. You’d be off like a burning boot, just at the sight. Well done, Cathy.

And someone else values you highly, too, old Tool. Perc Tucker is hosting inter alia this vision of lov … well, this vision.

OToole DaliriThe artist is old mate and local multi-cultural bozo Farvardin Daliri, who makes a nice little earner from various subsidised celebrations of different cultures around town. But one must ask if he has parted company with reality when we see this under his portrait.

Daliri O'tooleJPGThat’s a bit of an ask for something most folks would hang on the back door of the littlest room in the house, where it would help matters along no end.

A Damned Shame

The unsavoury term ‘slut shaming’ got a good airing during the week, courtesy of the Canberra version of The Vagina Monologues as re-written by Sarah Hanson-Young and David Leyonhjelm. But the shaming industry goes much wider than just that subject. Seems all the vogue to go in for ‘shaming’ anything you are feeling a bit prissy about. In fact, it means nothing more than ‘criticising.’

We now have all sorts of hash tag shaming opportunities, fat shaming, slut shaming, body shaming, age shaming (response – get knotted), even dive shaming (as in soccer). But not all the necessary fields are covered, so The ‘Pie has decided to start his own – #CrapShaming. Anything either crappy (like vile catholic bishops refusing to resign) …

Bishop hand

… to crap senators lifting the tone of civilised debate – not – and then all the way through to crap buzz word obscurity and double talk.

So let’s start with that last one and #CrapShaming an unnamed Tiger Air spokesman for saying this on why the airline will stop flying into Townsville. ‘The airline has made the decision to withdraw as part of its on-going focus on delivering a national flight network and schedule   that is closely aligned with operational requirements, demand and market dynamics’. He should be ashamed of this absolutely meaningless crap, so he may considered himself the subject of #CrapShaming.

BTW, the real reason Townsville was dropped by the airline is detailed in this thoughtful article in Saturday’s SMH.

This Week In Trumpatania

The annual Fourth of July celebrations in America saw the usual display of fireworks and empty rhetoric. But things might not be as rosy as one would hope … especially not for the carrot-topped maniac’s juvenile ideas about trade.

us ECONOMY

But when he’s not making massive miscalculations on protectionism, Trump is getting the Hollywood treatment from some admirers.

The Lyin' King

They tried to create a shaming hash tag for Trump, only to discover that the words ‘shame’ and ‘Trump’ have never been known in the same sentence

But A New Master Of Shaming Has Emerged – And Boy, Has He Nailed His Targets.

We ‘Pie’s stick together, so it is fair enough that this ‘Pie has an affection and admiration for another of the clan, as in pommy comic and pretend TV reporter Jonathan Pie.

Jonathan Pie

Jonathan Pie

Even if you don’t like ‘bad’ language, you are challenged not to laugh yer tits orf at this hilarious tilt at the PC crowd. On ya, Jonathan.

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That’s it for this week, and is brought to you after a five hour battle with cyber space and those endearing 401 messages … to which The ‘Pie would like to take a .303.

But before we go, I would personally like to pay tribute to my great friend Ron Bairstow, who passed away during the week, collapsing at the wheel of his racing car while doing a scoping lap of his local Perth track. No injury, just rolled to a stop, and never woke up. Fitting that he started his final journey In one of his beloved cars with his final sniff of life perfumed with high octane fuel … exactly the way my old mate would’ve wanted to go. He was 78 and still held a CAMS licence! His funeral was in Perth on Friday.

Ron was the popular Sandgroper, or just Gropes in the comments column, always funny and insightful. Many other commenters have been dismayed at his passing, and I will miss him as the kind, wise and considerate friend he was for more than three decades. Vale, mate.

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108 Comments

  1. Jeremy says:

    Hi Pie, love your work! But I would like to clarify your statement about Dr Daliri: “The artist is old mate and local multi-cultural bozo Farvardin Daliri, who makes a nice little earner from various subsidised celebrations of different cultures around town”

    The Townsville Intercultural Centre has held the Culturalfest for over 20 years. It once did receive great support from local government – through the Mooney years in particular. All of that dried up when the incumbent mayor took over, that’s why it is now held at JCU. The festival is almost entirely self funded so neither Dr Daliri nor the Intercultural Centre gain any financial benefit from it. In fact the TIC provides financial and other support to the various wonderful cultural groups that contribute to Townsville’s diversity. The good Dr also sells his paintings in order to raise funds to put on the spectacular Culturalfest. I’d encourage you all to come along to the festival this August and enjoy a wonderful event that helps our community come together in a spirit of harmony : https://www.culturalfest.org/

    • The Magpie says:

      The ‘Pie accepts your admonishment so will amend it to say ‘did’ … His Radiance (Mayor Mooney if you’re new to the blog) was a generous supporter of the excellent Culturalfest (he was a smart politician), which has always been a bright and lively addition to the Townsville calendar. And Dr Daliri deservedly benefited through his attachment to the event and the resulting publicity, but The ‘Pie never meant to infer or imply that the good doctor was somehow ‘on the take’ – if he was or is, The ‘Pie knows nothing of it. It is never The Magpie’s – to use that horrible term – mission statement to knock those positive people in the community who actually DO something for it.

      As to the painting and the price, it would take a philanthropist of dedicated charity to buy up that little gem, but here’s hoping.

      PS The lack of funding from Mayor Mullet is not surprising, given what she did to mainstream culture with the totally inexplicable and destructive dismissal of the highly successful director of the Perc Tucker, Shane Fitzgerald. But strange given her proud Maltese background. Weird.

      • Lorne Malvo says:

        Any word on the new regime at Perc Tucker? That woman they had in the paper didn’t last long… I’ve heard some bizarre stories but nothing in print anywhere, not even a mention…

    • Pat Coleman says:

      Favardin is a bit of a tyrant for a refugee. When Larissa Waters was first campaigning for the senate she was up here , and me and her were handing out her fylers at the gate to the fenced off public land on the strand for the cultural fest. He came out and had a crack at us then called the cops. I had a big argument with the cops and they backed off . He lost. I lost trust in him that day. Sad home truths . You can confirm that with Larrissa who’s gonna be a senator again fighting for the rights of refugees and maybe even the Multicultural center DESPITE FAVARDIN !

      • The Magpie says:

        Because someone thinks you’re behaving like a dickhead and soapbox bore, he is suddenly a tyrant? You need more than excellent web research skills to gain credibility in this neck of the woods, Pat .. that spray is simply empty, unexplained rhetoric and would seem to indicate that some quite self-examination … perhaps with professional help … might be in order. There comes a time when you lose your cause because you stop being a warrior and become a bore. (A circumstance The Magpie regularly examines in his own meanderings.)

        • Pat Coleman says:

          Quietly handing out leaflets there pie . You arnt making sense . Its perfectly explained . He’s a hypocrite . The cops couldn’t arrest us cos it would have been unlawful for them , a breach of the peace . He was always on about human rights. Threatening unlawful arrest IS a crime
          CTH Crimes Act 1914

          http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdb/au/legis/cth/consol_act/ca191482/
          CRIMES ACT 1914 – SECT 28 Interfering with political liberty
          Any person who, by violence or by threats or intimidation of any kind, hinders or interferes with the free exercise or performance, by any other person, of any political right or duty, commits an offence. Penalty: Imprisonment for 3 years.

          • The Magpie says:

            Ahem.
            First up, the words ‘quiet’, ‘perfectly explained’ and ‘Pat Coleman’ in the one sentence represents, in my experience, an oxymoron.

            Secondly, a citizen CANNOT threaten unlawful arrest, all they can do is call the only people who have that power i.e the police. (Do not try some guff about Citizens Arrest, which is irrelevant here). They then decide what to do and make an arrest if they deem it appropriate.

            As for Dr Daliri’s alleged double standards, you may well be broadly correct, but he didn’t breach your ‘human rights’, he simply exercised his. And in the subsequent ‘street arbitration’, he was unsuccessful.

            It’s called democracy Pat. And crowing about it the way you have diminishes you, not him.

      • Critical says:

        When council stopped funding Culturalfest there were many comments both in the media and community about the Culturalfest event. These comments included that the event had become a commercial profit making event and not a low cost community event and that the entry fee and cost of food etc. at the event meant that many people were unable to afford to attend; many multicultural organisations were unable to afford to have a space at Culturalfest because of the fees and costs and restrictions which has led to the growth of other multicultural events in the community which more accurately reflect those cultures; that Culturalfest did not follow council directions and caused damage to parks, gardens, sprinklers systems etc which then had to be repaired at ratepayers costs. I’m certain that there were other reasons too. Other cultural events receive government funding, just do a Google search, so if Culturalfest doesn’t receive these grants, then the questions must be asked as to why doesn’t Culturalfest receive other government funding.

  2. Alahazbin says:

    Pie, it’s not only the Astonisher that can’t ask the hard questions. Look at Ch7, ABC Local any any other journalist for that matter. Where is Paula ‘the mauler’ Tapiolis when we need her.

    • The Magpie says:

      The local ABC are a timid bunch, yelling ‘eeek’ and shrinking back when they dip their journalistic toes into deeper than normal waters. And unlike their big city cousins, there are very few if any stories that originate from journalistic investigation, many a morning newscast on local radio is known as ‘readings from the Bulletin’. No doubt lack of funds would be quoted as the reason, but surely with the likes of The Magpie, Pat Coleman and Peter Newey to name a few, some things could be followed up (like not just nodding one’s head and instead asking some well researched questions about TEL’s political donations would be a good start – but they’ll swallow the official line now Paula has disappeared into thin air – no rocking the boat seems to be the rule. Andy Toulson was/is a pretty good journo, but when your sucked into the ABC regional monastery, you do things according to the distant Pope. But at least they don’t lie and spin, so in a restricted sense, they are still the most reliable news and comment service available around here. (Let’s not even bother talking about local TV when it comes to investigative journalism … witness the recent WIN News scoop on the tree clearing at Bluewater which just sputtered out as an issue, which has much wider implications.)

  3. Mooney street blues says:

    I’ll miss Sangroper’s weekly insights, that’s for sure.

  4. Polythene Pam says:

    ‘Pie – viz-a-viz the Palmer v Hill matter – as best as I can tell there is only one proceeding – this one: http://apps.courts.qld.gov.au/esearching/FileDetails.aspx?Location=BRISB&Court=SUPRE&Filenumber=1398/18 – for reasons we can only guess, any settlement of that proceeding has come to nought and the proceeding continues – indeed it continues next week, when on Wednesday the Plaintiff Palmer will seek summary judgment against the Defendant Hill – we do not know the basis unless and until we get hold of documents 7 and 8 – but in any event I would have thought the story of a Mayor of a largish provisional city against whom summary judgment is sought in a defamation proceeding brought against her by perhaps the best-known businessman in the country is news-worthy – but then what would I know?

    • The Magpie says:

      Interesting to note that our ‘buy local’ mayor not only purchases her ratepayer funded $80,000 vehicle in Brisbane (plus shipping costs of course) but also spurns local rate-paying legal firms. She is represented by Barry Nilsson Legal of Brisbane. This big boy outfit has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, and with all that rent to pay will no doubt have commensurate fees. No Townsville connection that The ‘Pie can find. And a question that hangs thereby: Jenny Hill is named in the document posted here with no title (titles probably not applicable anyway, after all on the documents Palmer doesn’t have ‘greedy knobthrottler’ behind his name) so is she going to be up for whatever adverse outcome she may cop? Two matters arise from this: is Barry Nilsson acting for the LGAQ in this and are covering the mayor under legislation, and if so, do they cop any payout ordered? Or is this all an elaborate ruse, with a mushy kiss and make-up scenario between ‘Novichok’ Palmer and Mayor Mullet as he brings jobs back to Townsville for our battlers’ heroine.

      Gotta love this town.

      • Grumpy says:

        B&N would be the insurer-appointed lawyers. Top shelf, with a billing regime to suit. Don Leembruggen is super-savvy and razor-sharp. Jenny would be right out of her depth talking to this mob.

      • Dutch Reverend says:

        Forget about only buying local. This moronic megalomaniac can’t even employ local. Piff those that live here and know what they’re doing and replace them with Labor stooges that couldn’t get a job on merit if their life depended on it.

      • Achilles says:

        Article on the TB website says that Mayor and Palmer have reached an “agreement”, the full item is subscriber only but the header gives enough info.

        • The Magpie says:

          Yup settled out of court, which means there’s not much else to say because these settlements are almost always confidential … and the big thing here that Mayor Mullet would want to keep quite is that it s a dead cert that she had to apologise as part of the deal.

          But The ‘Pie reckons the whole thing is a set-up, with back room stuff going on for weeks if not months. We’ll see.

    • wildcolonialboy says:

      Hey Polythene Pam, I assume you mean mayor of a largish ‘provincial’ city, rather than ‘provisional’ (pretty sure Townsville has had city status for quite some time now). How is the health, by the way?

  5. The Magpie says:

    Very decent gesture by the Nigerian national team yesterday after their defeat by Croatia. They said they were so disappointed with yesterdays performance that they will personally refund all the expenses of their fans who travelled to support them. All fans need to do is send their bank details, sort codes and PINs and they will transfer the money straight to them.

  6. The Magpie says:

    Open letter to Debbie Rains,
    President,
    Townsville Chamber of Commerce

    Dear Ms Rains,
    Just want to ask if the Chamber, on behalf of its many outraged members, will be looking into TEL’s $6000 ‘donation’ (let’s not quibble about definitions, it’s a donation by any measure) to the LNP? CEO Patricia O’Callaghan is unrepentant in her spin, and says she’ll do the same for Labor!!! This CEO, still obviously on trainer wheels, seems to think that apolitical means making equal donations to both major parties. The hell she will, unless she really does want planned complaints (not from The Magpie BTW) to the CCC to go forward. Yet another good look for Townsville!

    Surely the Chamber has a responsibility to the community it largely represents to have a voice in this issue? The Chamber may well damage its own credibility and current high standing in the community if it does not take a strong stand on stopping an supposedly apolitical body donating what is essentially ratepayer and business membership fees to political parties … any political parties. And it was such an inept exercise that there is absolutely no benefit to Townsville – not that any benefit would make it ethically right.

    There is a ‘tail wagging the dog’ element in this matter, it is the LNP who should be courting TEL and Townsville (only they’re too smart for that, we’ve been played again).

    This comment sent into the blog is self-evident and irrefutable.

    “If it wasn’t so serious, it would be very funny indeed. So, these clowns at Enterprise House take ratepayers’ money, churn it to politicians, get an audience and get no results. One hopes Patty got a few selfies for her CV. We’ve got a Mayor, 5 State MPs*, 2 Federal MP*, and Senator – not to mention the Premier’s special advisor on local crime – and TEL think it necessary to pay for access. Worse, the Mayor – who’s TEL’s deputy chair – apparently condones this.
    *includes Hinchinbrook and Burdekin; includes Herbert and Dawson.”

    Yours in hope and indignation,

    The Magpie

  7. The Owl says:

    Credibility at The Astonisher dipped to a new low this morning when we were informed that a record crowd of 150,000 attended the V8 Supercars over the weekend. Having watched the follow-the-leader races on tv on Sat and Sun I noticed that spectator areas that were packed with rev heads a couple of years back were half full at best. So I called a mate who goes every year and asked what he saw at the track over the weekend. He agreed that the crowd was well down and noted that a couple of spectator stands that were packed a few years ago were not even there this year. How does the editor explain her crowd estimates when all of the fan photos in her paper show empty space?
    For the weekend at least the V8s obviously replaced Mayor Mullet as the paper’s most influential advertiser.

    • Cantankerous but happy says:

      I would totally agree with your mates assessment Owl, numbers well down and still the hopeless dickheads still ran out of booze by lunchtime Sunday, WTF is going on there, and the people who actually watch the racing tell me they were 2 catergories short this year and no practice session for the Supercars Sat or Sun so many felt ripped off.
      The way the numbers roll is by the fact that many buy a 3 day pass as its not much more than a one day pass, so they will be counted as entries for each day whether they actually attend or not, so they might have technically sold 147,000 entry tickets but I would say no more than 100,000 actually walked through the gate for the event, 100k is still good numbers so I don’t know why they the astonisher or dwarf would feel the need to lie about the event, just what they do I guess.

      • Grumpy says:

        Sounds like the crowd estimates at Cowboy home games during Krayem’s days. Real loaves and fish stuff. Actual crowd of less than 6,000, “official” attendance figure, 18,000. Taped noises over the PA of crowd roaring. Pathetic.

        You do know why they paint individual seats in the grandstands different colours, right?

        • Cantankerous but happy says:

          Yes I remember those days Grumpy, we use to joke that they must be counting feet, and there were rumours that 15 minutes after kick off Krayem and a few others would nick off down to the turnstiles out the back and scan through a big wad of tickets to boost the numbers.

      • Non Aligned Worker says:

        They were giving out free Bulletins in red plastic bags on Friday at the gates. Maybe crowd figures were calculated on papers given away?

        • The Magpie says:

          No they wanted people to accept the paper, so the offer was of something free and more valuable … a plastic bag.

  8. Debbie Rains says:

    “Thanks for the opportunity to comment, Malcolm, but as you know, I do not operate on my own to formulate Chamber policy, I always work in conjunction with our very able board and management . I am sure they will want to have input in any response to your query, so I undertake to seek that at a meeting today and at our board meeting on Wednesday. A personal view from me would be inappropriate under the circumstances.

    However, I want to make it clear that we do not have representation on the TEL board, nor they on ours. Th​e​ Chamber therefore plays no role in the final decision-making of Townsville Enterprise. I am aware that sometimes the roles of the Chamber ​and TEL get blurred and we are always working to make our own positioning absolutely clear.”

    • TCC engineroom says:

      Sorry Debbie but as a chamber member that response just sounds like a media release straight out of Jenny hills office. Talk to us members. Everyone is scared of the mayor and won’t challenge in anyway. It only takes one to start the ball running from a higher position in this city to start fixing things up. You can surport the que of people already speaking out about the council TEL and airport. Magpie, Phill batty, Peter newey to name a few. Heaven forbid even Clive! Won’t be long before he starts firing shots in this city.

      • The Magpie says:

        In fairness, The Magpie’s letter to Debbie Rains was sent on a weekend, and it would seem the response was a measured one under the circumstances … if as President of the Chamber Debbie started ‘shooting from the lip’ she could well have faced internal criticism from her own board and management. The ‘Pie will wait for the promised response.

        • TCC engineroom says:

          Noted thanks. I think alot of members will be also interested in the response. The board and management surely must hear our concerns about our city leaders. They are voted in as is the council. My point being that not saying anything and stating the status quo is just as bad as surrport for them ( mayor TEL and co), hating saying this but big Clive is saying what he wants and still getting people to listen. God only knows how!! Labour are not as powerful as they think here in the north. I was told by a fellow liberal member that there votes have not disappeared they are just over in one nation but the preferences kill us every time. People in the city need to hear voices of opposition when shit isn’t correct. I guess the sheep still follow.

      • In the know says:

        Mate, perception is everything in politics and Hill plays it well. She has no power at all unless you hand it to her. Don’t play into her perceptions. Plenty of people are over her. Just ask any person on the street.

        • TCC engineroom says:

          Not sure if that was reply to me? We’ve been talking to people in the street for 2yrs and more. Do you think a liberal party member like me would have anything to do with her? Not sure what you mean about perceptions why would I listen to her. Should be replying to Debbie about that one.

    • The Rolling Eye says:

      Debbie Rains was to run on Mulet’s ticket back in 2012 but backed out last minute. Maybe Miss Rains is babysitting the issue to make a fresh move at council?

      • The Magpie says:

        She probably saw what was coming. Doubt she’d have a gallop next time out, too busy running a very successful pan-NQ travel business.Ditto Carolyn McManus, which reinforces The ‘Pie’s life-long belief that one of the biggest lies of public life is that we have to pay politicians the big bucks to attract the best talent. So how’s that going for us, eh?

        The money so often – but not always – attracts the mediocre seekers of an easy buck or the entrenchment in a party power system.

        But some do grow in the job, no matter what reason they came to it. Towards the end, and apart from her excruciatingly ‘too much information’ chats about her sex life, Jaquie Lambie was starting to make sense and exercised her power in an understandable way. Not that The ‘Pie agreed with her all the time, but she didn’t employ the screeching panicked theatre of Pauline Hanson or the creeping jesus agenda of Senator David ‘youspellhisnameyourself’.)

        • TCC engineroom says:

          Mayby the chamber of Commerce meeting didn’t go that well as its now mid week and no reply from Debbie? I’m assuming you haven’t heard anything? I haven’t from other members. Debbie would be in WW11 a double agent as she was at jane arlett after party last election. Didn’t get much love that night either, bet each way mayby. Wonder if she’s a ghost owner in mullets horse.

          • Hercule Poirot says:

            The natives are getting restless Ms Rains Awaiting your reply

          • The Magpie says:

            This has just been received (about 2.35 this afternoon) from Debbie Rains (with a little help from her friends, obviously). It is in reply to The Magpie’s inquiry to the Chamber of Commerce about the CEO of Townsville Enterprise making what was in effect a $6000 donation to the LNP. The ‘Pie asked what opinion if any the Chamber had about the issue. None, it appears.

        • TCC engineroom says:

          Well I guess the letter sums up the existence of the chamber as ” what’s the point of having it”. Interesting about the members second sentence. If it wasn’t for the people I associated with in the chamber I wouldn’t pay for the membership. Just in case anyone asks I work in council and have a small business. Can’t get ahead without 3 jobs these days unfortunately. I’m not convinced by your response Debbie. Try again.

          • Hercule mPoirot says:

            What a weak insipid reply from Ms D Rains (Nee Giudes )

          • Lord Howard Hertz says:

            Not much point in having a go at Ms Rains, she doesn’t make the bullets, but as President, she has to fire them. It does raise the wider question of just what does the Chamber do and achieve, but unlike the Dudley Do Nothings, they don’t receive public money so it is a matter for their members only.

            But let’s put it this way … what would the reaction if the Chamber donated $6000 of members fees to a political party? Answer: a nice old shit storm.

  9. Achilles says:

    From today’s The Oz
    Queensland govt to sack Ipswich Council.
    Jenny ask not for who the bell tolls, it tolls for thee. Note date of March 2020 maybe on the Ides?

    The Queensland government will take new action to sack Ipswich Council when parliament resumes in August.

    Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe will introduce specific laws to allow him to sack the council and appoint administrators who’ll run things until March 2020, when the next council elections are due.

    Full article https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/qld-govt-to-sack-ipswich-council/news-story/0547723a581fdfcde69680e32508837a

  10. Miss Lou says:

    Always good,
    Always entertaining.

    Yours,

    Miss Lou.

  11. Pat Coleman says:

    Van Gisbergan v8 driver said on nine and win news that maybe its time the v8s went somewhere else like cairns. To me that says to me they would profit more which means an indicator of a trend downwards for Townsville.

    • The Magpie says:

      Didn’t see that but surely he meant ‘as well as Townsville’, not ‘instead of’??? Possibly meanning there are more suckers to be milked in NQ, candy off a baby.

      • Pat Coleman says:

        Nope

        • The Magpie says:

          Pat, The ‘Pie doesn’t like to doubt what you heard, but he finds it hard to believe that a leading V8 figure would actually advocate moving the V8s while there is still a year or so to run on the arrangement. If he did say that, the WATPAC people will probably want a word with V8 management. Plenty of others have and will speculate about a move but for a driver to say so a speculative thing is highly unusual to say the least. Still you may be right, let’s not go on about it, as you said in one of your many unpublished posts to this site, ‘this is getting boring’.

          • Big Ears says:

            Pat is correct. I was quite surprised he suggested time to move the V8s and he suggested Cairns and Rockhampton.

  12. Frank says:

    Interesting article in The Australian on Michael Williamson, former president of the HSU jailed for ripping off hospital cleaners in Melbourne. Spent about 5 million dollars of their money on jet skiis, overseas holidays, houses, school fees. Ah the labor way …… Now out and partying with his family in luxury. I just can’t seem to find this reported by the ABC ?

    • No more dredging says:

      A little bit dishonest there, Frank. According to the article, Williamson is not “out”, i.e. finished his sentence and released from prison. He is in some sort of day release home detention, which is cheaper for the tax payers in his state. But the larger point you seemed to want to make was that the ABC had not reported this story – which was “exclusive” to the Australian newspaper. Because of course the ABC is so left-leaning and biased it would never report on its ‘mates’. Why would the ABC want to report on a story obtained exclusively by the Australian when it was already at least one day old and of dubious newsworthiness anyway? Did, for example, any other newspaper or other media in Australia report that particular Williamson ‘story’? About the only thing I ever found interesting about this Williamson bloke was that he used a national TV broadcast to describe his relationship with his partner (in crime) Kathy Jackson as “cuntstruck” – thanks ABC for a truly original and exclusive revelation.

      • The Magpie says:

        The ‘Pie takes your point entirely, the ABC vigorously put the boot in throughout this entire story, and this is just click-bait flummery by the Oz. Frank is obviously someone who also likes to put the boot in … to the ABC, using the stock-standard knockers favourite tactic of a selective and lop-sided bit of commentary.

    • Grumpy says:

      Wasn’t it Michael Lawler who used that charming term on 4 Corners?

      • No more dredging says:

        Actually, Grumpy, you might be right there. Lawler, Williamson, Jackson – it’s all a bit of an unhealthy blur.

  13. Frank says:

    Michael Williamson is sitting in the family million dollar home, over-looking the water, partying with his family. His beloved wife beside him smiling…. the wife he divorced as he went into prison so that all his assets went to her – all safe and sound now within the family. So that $5 million he stole from the lowest paid works – the HSU was tasked with protecting – do not get their money back. Great work from this labor king. And not one labor powerbroker, Shorten, etc, who all enjoyed the largess of this man… never questioned how on earth he could afford all these first class overseas trips, luxury cars, jetskis, private school fees, houses for children, lavish lunches and dinners, girlfriends on the payroll.
    This great man of family values. Labor values it seems.
    Well there is a story here. I don’t know any ex-wife who would do the 6 hour journey to pick up ex-husband from jail to give him a birthday party! Or is this a divorce of convenience??
    I do not think the workers who contributed their union fees to the HSU see this as an “unhealthy blurr.” This is rorting at the highest level that continues with the assets being passed onto the wife.

    • The Magpie says:

      Totally agree with your moral points, but not your ABC bashing by concluding they are in bed with corrupt unions and therefore Labor. Claims of the broadcasters bias is simply wilful bowing to the unfortunate fact that they are not biased in your direction. The ‘Pie cannot fathom the dunderheads who have the evidence of a whole battalion of reporters and commentators who hand it out to Labor and the Coalition in suitable amounts depending on the issue. But you can always watch Sky News instead, you will be able to toddle off to the cot with a warm and fuzzy feeling that a dose of Alan Jones, Mark Latham or any number of Alt Right fruitloops give you.

  14. Linda Ashton says:

    This has just been posted on the WFT Facebook page.

    If you see a 2m piece of 1800mm diameter plastic pipe displayed in local shopping centres in coming weeks here are some questions to ponder.


    1. Why did council’s constant media-covered pledge to maximise local jobs, training, apprenticeships and future projects by the pipe being manufactured here, not hold water?

    2. What will the $30 million saving (by making the FRP pipes in Adelaide) be spent on?

    3. Has this plastic pipe now passed all pressure testing required for the new larger 1800mm diameter?

    4. If 4 different contractors are to lay the pipes will there be a certified FRP inspector at each site for every pipe installed?

    • Non Aligned Worker says:

      Linda, any idea of the award price? $30 million cheaper than what?

    • Kingswood says:

      Had a TCC community newsletter arrive in the letter box yesterday. It mentions the ‘fittings’ are being made locally, not the pipes.

      I had come to believe it was the pipes…

      • Non Aligned Worker says:

        The fittings are mainly elbows etc. for change of direction. There are nearly 200 of them in the project. I would imagine that the fabrication would require very specialised experienced operators and seeing that this type of pipe is only manufactured in Adelaide it will be likely that they FIFO most of these people and have them work at the Iplex Bohle plant over 6 to 8 months.
        The pipes used to manufacture the elbows will be sent up from Adelaide.
        At the time of the news release of the award, Iplex stated that they were going to re open their HDPE manufacturing plant. This is a completely separate product than the GRP pipes.

        • The Magpie says:

          Well, the mayor is keen on FIFO arrangements, so she’ll spin it as money coming into town. Really, ya gotta luv ‘em down in Walker Street.

        • Cantankerous but happy says:

          200 NAW, by shit that’s a lot of elbows, would like to see the size of the thrust blocks on those, does that mean they are following an existing easement or similar? it would be about the only reason I could think of to require that many.

          • Hee-Haw says:

            CBH
            Here is the list of elbows from the tender
            Bend Angle (bend angles between 0 and 11.25 degrees) Item 91
            Bend Angle (bend angles between 11.25 and 22.5 degrees) Item 45
            Bend Angle (bend angles between 22.5 and 45 degrees) Item 21
            Bend Angle (bend angles between 45 and 90 degrees) Item 6
            Compound Bend (H 28 degrees; V 3 degrees) (1) Item 1
            Compound Bend (H 6 degrees; V 3 degrees) (1) Item 1
            Compound Bend (H 76 degrees; V 3 degrees) (1) Item 1
            Compound Bend (H 54 degrees; V 10 degrees) (1) Item 1

            Just FYI

          • Non Aligned Worker says:

            Running essentially along the path of tho existing pipeline. I don’t think the design is complete yet so the number of elbows may change.

    • Hee-Haw says:

      Linda
      Here are some other questions which could be asked given this directly from the tender response document council should be able to answer really accurately.

      D) LOCAL CONTENT (Maximum 5 Page Submission)
      Tenderers should detail the extent of local content in the supply and delivery of the pipes and fittings to the Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project including but not limited to;
      • Materials
      • Subcontractors
      • Fabrication
      • Transport / delivery
      • Percentage of local employment hours
      • Percentage of local business expenditure

      I wonder what % was provided to answer these.

      • Mike Shearer says:

        Another curiosity from the Division 9 Newsletter: what assurance has the Council received that “… with manufacturing re-starting here there will be other pipe products made in Townsville…” is a commitment by Iplex? The rest of the sentence “…and potentially sold all over the country and the world” suggests wishful thinking. Why, after all, did Iplex shut its Townsville plant if that potential was always there?

        Makes a suitable lead-in to the following piece about the battery plant. All of the quotes are from the Mayor and the Premier, and the signing of an agreement is the next crucial step. So there isn’t an agreement?

  15. The Magpie says:

    Hey, paging The Ministrel.

    Hey, haven’t heard any of your brilliant ditties of late, and The ‘Pie was wondering if you do requests. The old bird has been trying his own musically unsteady hand at doing a political version of the Seeker’s Morningtown Ride, rejigged as Gravy Train Ride, but can only get as far as
    ‘Train whistle blowing,
    Turnbull rings the bell,
    All aboard the gravy train,
    The plebs can go to hell.’

    Got any further verses?

    • The Wulguru Wonder says:

      Here’s my crack at Gravy Train Ride (with sincere apologies to The Seekers and Morningtown Ride:

      Train whistle blowin’
      Interrupts the sleepy poise
      The Parliamentary slumber
      Of our elected girls and boys

      Rollin’ in the money
      With allowances and pay
      They’re all bound for Rorter Town
      Trough snuffling all the way

      Shorten’s got the tickets
      Turnbull rings the bell
      All aboard the gravy train
      The plebs can go to hell

      Overseas trips and tours
      First class travel all the way
      And if they take their families
      They should’t have to pay

      Money it is raining
      Where the gravy train will ride
      All the little rorters
      Are warm and snug inside

      Lifetime indexed pension
      Will help to ease their pain
      If they fail in reelection
      The taxpayer they will drain

      Lifetime golden handshake
      Gold Pass travel every day
      Awaiting them in Rorter Town
      Not too far away

      Rockin’, rootin’, rortin’,
      With allowances and pay
      They’re all bound for Rorter Town
      Trough snuffling all the way

      • The Magpie says:

        Great effort, TWW … hope you don’t mind that The ‘Pie slipped in a word or two.

        • The Wulguru Wonder says:

          Now they’re banned from rooting
          Those whom with they work
          They cast their beady eyes around
          For a more monetary perk

  16. Cantankerous but happy says:

    At least the astonisher has changed its stance in regards to the travelling public of Townsville getting pumped for the cost of Townsville airport upgrade, it now believes the taxpayers of Qld and Aust should be pumped for the cost of the terminal upgrade, its the scatter gun approach, just keep shooting until you hit something, and hope it’s not yourself.

  17. Sir Rabbittborough says:

    NEWSFLASH: Read all about it .Australian “brownie” makers up in arms about tax office audit’s . -Say they are sick of being accused of fudging figures

  18. Hee-Haw says:

    While I am having a rant tonight let’s look at the McDonalds Running Festival coming up soon which I wholeheartedly support.
    Margie Ryder one of our full time salaried councillors getting paid by the festival as well I do not support.
    Margie has five, yes 5, other incomes on top of her councillor salary.
    Nice if you can get it.

    • The Magpie says:

      Well, come on, what are they?

      • Hee-Haw says:

        I should have known you would ask, here they are

        Bitcoin Cash North Qld
        Satoshie
        GMSV Partnership
        Fishing and Outdoor Expo
        Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival
        Madmaggies Outback Promotions
        Rydweld Pty Ltd

        She has actually added 2 more in the last 48 hours.
        I may have to check the rest of the council to see if they have made changes too

    • Critical says:

      Hee Haw, according to the Channel 9 and 7 Townsville local news tonight Piper Productions is running the 2018 Townsville Running Festival, not Margie Ryders Festivals and Promotions Company, so you might like to validate your sources of information on the five other income sources and correct your record here before you look like the donkey and Margie Ryder has the last laugh.

      • Hee-Haw says:

        Critical

        I hear you but until 3 days ago Margie listed the running festival as a source of income and then removed it on the 10th July.
        The other 7 are straight from Margies statement of interests lodged on the council website.
        Over you you.

        • The Magpie says:

          Either of you got the relevant LGAQ rules about councillors owning businesses … thought that was a no-no.

  19. Critical says:

    This will be of help!

    https://www.tropicnow.com.au/2018/july/7/cairns-airport-to-undergo-55-million-transformation.html

    Question must be asked why the hell should anyone, including taxpayers, other than QAL fund the airport expansion.

    Townsville needs to get rid of the attitude that if they don’t get a government grant, aka handout, for any project, then it isn’t going to happen.

    • The Magpie says:

      Thanks … and totally agree, it’s an attitudinal bar to sustainable progress as much as much as anything. It’s also an attitude a mayor inexperienced in business is mixing and taking into negotiations with free market entities, who see her easy pickings for ulterior short term motives – all this battery factory stuff appears to be to prop share market prices and boost outlook CV’s in much wider schemes.

    • Cantankerous but happy says:

      I think they must have a begging module in a Business and Commerce degree at JCU, just come up with some numbers and stick your hand out, get someone from the local media to back your begging campaign and away you go, seems most of these hopeless dickheads have never heard of a thing called a bank.

      • The Magpie says:

        Ah, silly old Cranky Pants, banks want their money BACK.

        Anyway, this local media is in so greater disrepute that it actually works AGAINST the request.

  20. The Magpie says:

    Question of the Day (so far). Provingf a policeman’s lot is not a happy one.

    Seems in Victoria a body has been found buried in soil, in a carton, inside a container, which has been locked and in storage for 15 years.

    A walloper spokeswoman rejoicing in the moniker Detective Sergeant Pixie Fairmeister fronted questions from a media scrum, and after giving all the details so far available, was asked this little pearler: “Are you treating this as suspicious?’ Pixie pondered and then pontificated ‘Yes’, which gave the junior Jimmy Olsen another opening ‘Will you be looking at cold cases?’ Pixie showed great forbearance by not pointing out the bleedin’ obvious and simply answered ‘Yes … and missing persons.’
    She deserves a medal.

    • The Magpie says:

      Actually heard that on radio but now having looked it up on line, the remains were in a wheelie bin, filled with sand and with two straps around, and was in a container that hadn’t been opened for years.

      So maybe the cynical old ‘Pie was wrong, nothing suspicious, nothing to see here, move along now.

      • Grumpy says:

        I think that I’ve told the story here before of when the head of a local petty crim washed up on a beach in WA. Said crim was due to give evidence in a criminal trial against oneof the regional Mr Bigs. The head had been removed from the torso with a sharp instrument. It had been carefully wrapped in plastic, sealed with duct tape and the tongue sliced off. In a TV interview, Det Sgt Plod sucked his teeth, looked slightly panicked and gazed wildly around before admitting that, yes, police were treating the death as”suspicious “. No shit, Sherlock.

  21. Hee Haw says:

    Don’t you just love it when people have a shot at you about accuracy of information, in this case Critical’s shot at my post about Margie Ryder.

    Now it seems, A Ms Samantha Kimlin is listed as the event manager for the McDonalds Townsville Running Festival. Running Festival Website)

    Ms Kimlin is on linkedin as the PA/Marketing Manager for Mad Maggies. Which is owned by …. ta dum?

    Join the dots

    Maybe Critical should check his sources first.

    • Critical says:

      The internet let you down with out of date information. Read today’s Townsville Astonisher, Piper Promotions are the new event organizers, not Mad Maggie’s. The new event organizer also featured on Wednesday night channel 7 and 9 Townsville local news.

      • Hee-Haw says:

        I will concede Critical but with one comment only.
        As I write this capitulation the Running Festival website shows Ms Kimlin,s phone number as the event manager so Piper Promotions might want to get on top of that

        • The Magpie says:

          Or as a matter of convenience and prior arrangement, she has been seconded to the Piper people to handle the details. And indeed, since Ms Kimlin isn’t on the public payroll, nothing wrong with that if it’s true, providing Clr Ryder is not charging a fee for her services.

          But fair’s fair, perhaps the foul-mouthed Clr Ryder divested herself of the Running Festival interest, and was just a bit slow going about it. However, the smell still lingers in the air around her business activities.

  22. Cantankerous but happy says:

    June building figures out for Townsville, 28 stand alone dwellings and 4 units, a new record low, as written by many recently if you are not building places for people to live you are fucked and have some basic structural flaws in the cities economy, be interesting to see how the astonisher reports this one, if at all.

    • The Magpie says:

      Whack in a graph chart if there is one, as a favour to The ‘Pie. Thanks.

    • Mike Douglas says:

      Cantankerous I love your work but just take a step back and review your comment” if you arnt building places for people to live your F ‘’’’’’ “. Isn’t that exactly the problem in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane with an over abundance of Units. Word on the street is since the banking enquiry the 4 majors are redflagging to interest only investors in property they won’t be re-approving current loans when terms are up. 20% of Northshore houses on the market and rental vacancy still 3.9% and Elliott Springs price points are low to get some sales. Consolidation and lean months and southern buyers may be required for some correction in the market.

      • Simon Templar says:

        Our problems started long before the banking enquiry.

      • Cantankerous but happy says:

        I agree Mike, but you have to look at the numbers from a top down perspective, not so much the investor market, none of the projects from down south would start either without the quality stuff at the top being sold, that is what Townsville lacks amd goes the the very heart of why Townsville is in the situation it is now, why can’t Townsville hang onto it’s cashed up retirees, why isn’t Townsville offering a lifestyle to to keep people here, why are people retiring, selling up, taking their millions in super and other investments and heading south, this is where the focus is, the investor market and bottom end are actually pulled along from the top, and Townsville has produced virtually nothing in this space for years.

        • The Magpie says:

          A perceptive comment, Cranky Pants, and in case you’re wondering. The ‘Pie has saved that very helpful graph you sen to him showing the disparity in the building markets in Townsville and Cairns for the blog, it fits in with one of this week’s major themes. Thanks.

  23. Rumpelstiltskin says:

    Pie, looks like something or someone hit a nerve with your ol’ mate, Craig Gore, on Twitter today. Check out his hissy fit:

    https://twitter.com/craiggore2112/status/1017942016884240386?s=21

    • The Magpie says:

      Yup, even mongrels fight back when they’re cornered … and, boy, is this bloke ever a mongrel. That goes for his tax cheating missus, too.

  24. Bentley says:

    Spent a few days in Cairns and Pt. Douglas last week. The area is firing. Not only are the cranes reminiscent of the ’80s, but the businesses seem to be thriving and the population appears to be upbeat. Townsville is not only dead by comparison, bit rigor mortis has set in.

    • The Magpie says:

      Yup, hearing that a lot, Benters, and The ‘Pie must again observe that Townsville, like dead mackerel, rots from the head down … and in Townsville, that’s where the rorts start too.

  25. Alahazbin says:

    Pie, looks like you missed my post re Cairns Airport upgrade for $50 mil. Any thoughts?

  26. The Magpie says:

    No, didn’t miss it, thought it was published, apologise if it wasn’t. Looking into that further.

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