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Saturday, July 8th, 2017   |   101 comments

The Taking Of Townsville – The Silent Invasion Is Underway – No Joke

Everyone seemed to enjoy last week’s exercise in joining the dots, so let’s have another round, which is even more astounding. Townsville City Council re-staffing is becoming more and more like a masked ball – who are some our new Walker Street masters really? The ‘Pie scratches into the mud.

And we drop in to Adele The Impaler’s virtual office for a startling glimpse of her world view that unemployment is a plus for Townsville.

Our favourite bankrupt ends up in hospital after an argument with a tree. The tree won.

And the G20 circus casts the sensible German head of state Angela Merkel as the spokesperson for everyman when it comes to the world champion ‘tweeter twit’. Which also prompted The ‘Pie to revisit a different era, when a President spoke mature English to make hilarious jibes at the Russians.

But first …

Be Warned, Hanson Is Hovering

What is it with Pauline Hanson and things that fly? The matter of who bought and owns her campaign plane still remains unresolved in many minds. The ‘Pie was always worried from the safety aspect, because it most likely had a tendency to lean violently over to its right wing.

Now she’s in the aviation naughty corner again for deciding to fly a drone off her South Townsville balcony during the week. Perhaps she was showing solidarity with the Games of Drones across in Walker Street, as she displayed a Trump-like childish delight in flying what is essentially a toy … and for no reason at all, not even a hokey zinger in sight. But her querulous little-girly squeaking on social media as she maneuvered the craft high above the street sent social media into immediate hyper-ventilation. And they could be right, she could cop a $900+ fine from the aviation regulators for her tomfoolery.

Even Bentley was alarmed.

pauline's drone But despite all the huffing and puffing, it was worth it for Waleed Aly’s classy putdown on The Project when he said, quote:

Waleed Aly

‘I’m sick and tired of people coming to this country and breaking our laws’.

Adele The Impaler Young Looks On The Bright Side

Our Council CEO makes her bid for the Mother Theresa Compassionate Cup.

As a CEO implementing a callous sacking regime at the Townsville Council, CEO Adele Young obviously is looking for a positive to ease the community anger towards her. So she took to cyber space to trumpet how lucky we are to have so many unemployed.

ADELE TWEETSSomehow, one can’t imagine Ms Young has a future in crisis management. Any management, really.

The Council Clean-Out: It’s Not Who’s Going That’s The Worry, It’s Who’s Coming

Seems Jenny Hill’s screeching about thinking local, buying local, doing whatever can be done locally to boost our ailing economy applies to us, the great unwashed, and not to her exalted self. Is Townsville destined to be run by remote control from the south? And controlled by Labor’s yesterday’s men (and women).

Following on the unique situation of the specially-selected council Procurment Manager working out of her office in Melbourne, we now also have a Fly In-Fly Out offsider for the CEO herself.

First the Procurement matter. First, here is how Local Government rules describe the job.

Local Government Procurement (LGP) provides a fully-integrated procurementservice to councils and associated organisations. The bulk supply arrangements established by LGP are a cost-effective solution to supply councils with the goods and services they need.

Surely face-to-face meetings, even the occasional site inspection, would be expected to be part of the job. But now we have the unprecedented situation that our head of Procurement, Juliana Tiong, is ‘procuring’ for the council from her home office in Melbourne.

Ms Tiong accepted the job as offered by the chummy Ms Young, , moved here but quickly ‘discovered’ she couldn’t stay here, unable to make the move to Townsville with her child or children, for reasons not known. So she announced she was returning to Melbourne. Now at this point, it would be an unfortunate turn of events for her at a professional level, but these ‘unforeseen’ difficulties crop up from time to time, and positions are re-advertised. But Ms Tiong didn’t resign, to allow someone else to become a resident and fill her position. (And procurements people aren’t that hard to find, The ‘Pie is told.)

Her chum the CEO, agreed that she could do the Townsville procurement job from her home office – in Melbourne. It is assumed that the CEO’s BFF, Mayor Mullet, didn’t raise any objection.

That if nothing else, that sets a precedent that means we could have all sorts of departments run by people in Adelaide, Sydney or Oodnadatta – or Mumbai for that matter. There is no such thing as a one-off in local government, there are only precedents which give others legal grounds to argue they should be allowed the same privilege. Why Ms Tiong is regarded as having to retain this position in these extraordinary circumstances has not been explained, but one thing is for sure. She owes The Impaler and The Mullet big time.

But this could just be the start. In an even more , the new Community Relations manager is Stephen Beckett. This is how The Impaler made it known.

Stephen Beckett

From the CEO today:I am also pleased to announced the appointment of Stephen Beckett as General Manager, Community Engagement. Stephen has extensive experience in both Government and private sector.He has most recently worked as a senior manager at advisory firm Next Level Strategic Services. Previously he has held positions including Manger of External Relations at public sector super fund QSuper, and served as Deputy Chief of Staff, to Premiers Anna Bligh and Peter Beattie.Stephen will commence duties on Monday July 31st

And don’t worry about Beattie and Bligh, this from notes of Next Level Strategic Services old website:

Stephen was recently involved in the forward team for the 2015 State election supporting the then Leader of the Opposition who was subsequently elected as Premier.

So NOW we’ve got him. Wow!

Getting the message yet? If not, you will now when you learn that one Richard Holliday has been slotted in as Senior Executive Officer to the – ta da! – CEO. That would be The Impaler. But it would appear at best, Dicky-boy will be on hand only on weekdays, if that, and will be a FIFO man – at council expense – as he makes his weary way to The Gold Coast and back.  Dicky-boy is a card-carrying member of the ALP and the ex of former ALP Assistant Secretary and former Brisbane City Councillor Linda Holliday . The Gold Coast Bulletin has on occasion described him as the only man who can put the Gold Coast back on track, and he has been involved in several mayoral elections down … despite mixed outcomes, the paper dubbed him the ‘mayor maker’. One gets the vibe that his gatekeeper role for The Impaler is part of an overall more obscure strategy. Be interesting to see his travel expenses, because it is hard to believe that such a deeply embedded labor mover and shaker will be content standing around Townsville holding his willy on weekends.

And you can bet the wall of insulation against future shocks will grow even bigger around the CEO and the mayor by the day.

Maybe Ms Young and Mayor Mullet figure the appointment of all these abundantly credentialed folk fresh from the Labor’s Sheltered Workshop Jobs Agency will wow us yokels with their exalted presence. Sadly we’ll have to wait almost three years to find out how flabbergasted we are … and then we can only turf out The Mullet and her turgid crew.

All this from a mayor who bought her ratepayer funded vehicle in Brisbane and had us pay to have it freighted up here, all because of a spate with a local dealer who refused to put in a false insurance claim for her. Buy loco, maybe?

And While We’re Joining Dots …

Here’s a few tidbits for further contemplation.

More than a few people around town have been wondering how the Wingate Properties development finally got through council, after having been rejected more than once on the grounds that it’s Rasmussen development was outside the City Plan guidelines. Well, it’s been bruited about of late that Wingate Property’s boss Stephen Williams was and is great mates with erstwhile Ipswich mayor and money courier Paul Pissale . They owned a Brisbane apartment together which was the scene of exotic parties years ago. Wingate Properties is believe to have started out in Ipswich, and although William’s company got a couple of interesting developments got through council, Pissale always has denied in best Emperor’s new clothes fashion, that there was a conflict of interest.

Now our own Mayor Mullet has not hidden her admiration and good friendship with Mr Pissale, and has in the past vowed to copy his approach to local government. That is reflected in her recent statement regarding the aforementioned council appointments, to wit:

‘That’s what it’s about, getting away from traditional local government thinking and bringing in people of industry with new types of thinking,” Cr Hill said.’

It is suggested that Mr Pissale was the one to introduce Mayor Mullet to Stephen Williams, maybe, maybe not.

What is a fact is that Mr Williams is obviously a man who does not take no for an answer – Wingate donated around $57,000 to Team Jenny Hill in the last election. Obviously no dill and using the tried and true two bob each way in political donations, he dropped more than $70,000 into Jayne Arlett’s war chest (whatever good use she put that to was not apparent during the campaign).

Now this was after Mayor Hill apparently persuaded the Townsville First mob to reverse their decision on the development, overrule planning staff and approve 1400-house project. No one is really sure why.`

BTW, Wingate’s PR guru is one Mickey Baker, who is Mullet advisor Dolan Hayes’ brother-in-law. Funny ol’ world aint it? Things are so chummy around this town, it really does give you a warm and fuzzy feeling.

Down In NSW, They’re Changing The Rules –

And that’s a dilemma for some, especially in corrupt NSW.


Speaking Of Fuzzy – More Gore-y Details

No one can say that the boorish warned-off financial scammer Craig Gore, is going around the bend. The sad truth is that he failed to TAKE the bend.

Craig Gore

Recently, after leaving the Hinchinbrook Restaurant owned by a Passage Holdings, who say they’ve disowned him as a consultant, Gore managed to have an argument a tree, which the tree easily won.

Despite being just a few metres from home, Gore did enough damage to himself to end up in the Innisfail Hospital for a while. The vehicle was said to be a write-off.

Gore is cooling his heels in Cardwell under a magistrate’s order until he appears in a Brisbane court next Friday to answer a dozen fraud charges. Coppersnabbed him as he was trying to leave the country for Sweden, where his tax-evading wife lives.

Merkel The Magnificent

OK, so she’s no glamour, but Germany’s Angela Merkel is The ‘Pie’s pin-up this week. Hard to believe that Teutonic bluntness could be so appealing, but her reaction to world leaders – particularly Trump and Putin – has delighted the world. One photograph in particular started a world-wide caption competition. Just loved the winner. And her eye-roll when Putin was ‘mansplaining ‘something to her was classic.

Angela you angel!!!

And the wife of the Polish President got one back for Angela, who’s hand Trump had refused to shake during her US visit. Accidental or not, delicious!!!

And There Was A Time …

Funny thinking back how some people thought Ronny Reagan was a bit of a joke president. But at least he was articulate. He made a speciality of making jokes about the Russians … in actual speech. Enjoy and remember the good old days.

 That’s it for this week, lots of other stuff for later. And don’t forget the comments during the week, have your say, comical or otherwise. And if you feel it’s worth it, visit the Donate button below. Thanks

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  1. Mike Douglas says:

    With all the shenanigans going on at TCC and State Government Townsvilles “Voice in Canberra” Cathy Otoole thought she could slip out of town to be “Townsvilles voice in Singapore” but was outed by Paul Murray live when he left a vacant chair for Cathy in his show live in Townsville with Senator Hanson and McDonald because her office was trying to play games on the rsvp.A vacant chair is possibly more than Townsville has received from this hapless Federal Representative who not even 1 year in Government jagged an overseas junket.Cathy was obviously told to use any spare $ in her allowances as you will get more next year with a pathetic 3 pages in the Astonisher and 2 in Duo telling us how great a job she is doing and we should be so lucky.I would suggest Cathy has pissed off more than 38 voters which was her margin for this seat warmer who is “Labors voice in Herbert”.

    • Achilles says:

      Maybe the ‘Toole went for a private audience with the Popes bean counter Pell, whose been spotted in Singahs.

      He could regale her with how to get away with anything and remain straight faced in denial.

  2. Colin Foley says:

    I suppose we all saw the HUGE ads on p2 of the Weekend Australian for a new TCC CFO and Deputy CFO?

    If they were seeking local appointments, why use a national medium?

    • The Magpie says:

      Because they figure being able to play the banjo ain’t a kwaifikation for countin’ big money.

      • Dearie Me says:

        Oh. And here I was thinking the required koalafications were the ability to say “Yes Maam” to everything, allowing your balls to be kept in a box, and owing a smoke machine and numerous mirrors.

  3. The Third Reader says:

    Morning Magpie. I awoke this morn to the news that the Jensen dump and others are to be closed in the near future – and surprise surprise no consultation. This quote has been lifted from another post – This has been verified to me by Margie Ryder “Yes this is true, I apposed it heavily , It came down to cost and I then supported the decision as it was a huge impact and cost on rate payers if it was to stay.” Any word through the nest at all Pie?

    • The Magpie says:

      Here comes privatisation. As Mayor Mullet said ‘‘That’s what it’s about, getting away from traditional local government thinking and bringing in people of industry with new types of thinking.” Hang on to your wallets.

      • Critical says:

        And I wonder how long it will be before our garbage collection services are privatised and the maintenance of the parks, gardens and other areas as all of Railway Estate South Townsville Hermit Park and other areas in this vacinity are already maintained by anither company.

        • Dearie Me says:

          The water. How long till the water is passed off to the state. Mark my words that’s on the list of things to offload.

        • Retired TCC. says:

          As I drive around town, I have noticed a few contracts now done by the private sector that TCC did I house. Surveying, Linemarking, Herbicide Spraying, Events Co-ordinating. It won’t be long before Waste collection is put out to their mates.

    • Waz CEOC number 1 says:

      Just so you know this was on the cards last council but the transfer stations will still be open to public. Everything commercial will end up at Stuart but public will still be able to dump at other 2 locations. Now here’s the the shit part for all you rate payers. The cost is going to be huge for the transfer of all this waste every day. There is no foward plan to have another dump once Stuart is full. Ryder is just an idiot and hasn’t got a clue so waste of time talking to her or any other hand raiser. You can bet mullet is trying to make all services to exspensive so she can contract it out just like the graph the pie put up last week. It can’t last much longer for mullet and none of her followers will have a chanice next election if she keeps down this parth. 5 councils are under investigation at the moment and my source is telling me once LNP get in there will be a full enquiry of all councils before next local elections. That’s if pisallI dosnt rat them out first. It’s a big hope but at least it’s being talked about.

      • The Third Reader says:

        i will repeat a fb post i put up this morn – “The Mullet and the Impaler strike again. if this pair of clowns running this circus think i will be driving to stuart they got it wrong. what i cant burn i will bury.” I can hear the chorus from the northern beaches getting louder in its agreeance.

  4. The Gnome from Nome says:

    The terrible jettisoning of intellectual property by this idiot CEO , replacing it with Labor Party hacks located around the state will bite us in the arse sooner than later. Sure some dead wood had to be let go, but senior executives, with superior knowledge gained over the years being sacked, just demonstrates what a vindictive streak is being displayed by someone who obviously doesn’t understand that leadership sets the tone for the staff to follow. What’s happening at TCC is very scary!!

  5. Malcolm Kirke says:

    At the risk of being unnecessarily pedantic Magpie, may I make an adjustment to clarify the use of “mon amis”.

    mon ami = my friend (masculine)
    mon amie = my friend (feminine)
    mes amis = my friends (masculine plural)
    mes amies = my friends (feminine plural) .

    Not sure what the go is if your friends are a group both masculine and feminine; perhaps one of your readers may help.

  6. Kingswood says:

    Saw this on Roosevelt’s memorial in DC a while ago. Gets to the point just as well now as it did 80 + years ago.

    “No country, however rich, can afford the waste of its human resources. Demoralization caused by vast unemployment is our greatest extravagance. Morally, it is the greatest menace to our social order.”

    I think more than a couple of people in this town need to read this and re-read it until it sinks in.

  7. FF says:

    Interesting the medias reaction to Senator Hanson-Young’s $4000 to go whale watching with her sick daughter (almost nil) compared to the uproar Bronwyn Bishop caused over her use of transport and later had to resign over. And they say the media is not biased.

  8. Cantankerous but happy says:

    Classic moment today at the V8, Ben Bogan was in front of me, then he turned around looking in my direction, he was wearing a Ben Sherman shirt, with Ben Sherman written across the front of the shirt, so he’s looking past me into the distance when the woman standing directly behind me says to her friend ” that guy is the editor of the paper, I saw him on the panel on Fox the other night, I think his name was Doug or something”

    • The Magpie says:

      Not yet. And looking forward to crowd numbers in the Astonisher. On TV, it looked like bugger all (relatively) were there, which means we’ll be told 3.2million over the three days or somesuch.

    • Eweee Jones says:

      BS Cantank, you made this up; anyone can ‘see that’ – BS!

      • Cantankerous but happy says:

        Ewee , ( Ben) , next time don’t be so stupid to where a shirt with Ben Sherman written across it, when your name is Ben, and even with your name on the front of your shirt people still can’t remember your name, and that crappy lime green doesn’t suit you, I don’t know what colour does , but it ain’t green.

        • The Magpie says:

          Err, want to try that again – in English.

        • Eweee Jones says:

          I’ll wear what I like and you can’t stop me! Who cares what you think!!! Does this count as stalking – might get an opinion on that……….?

          • Old Hack says:

            Seriously, are these clowns from another planet? Either that or they are partaking of illegal substances.

  9. Suzie says:

    I hear the last of the old Directors, one Keith Parsons (old Water and Waste Director), who succeeded in getting the CFO position reporting directly to the CEO herself got the word and was out on his ear as of last Friday…up, up..oh another one gone.
    Its a matter of who’s left in the old place these days, good job there isn’t a cyclone round the corner as there’s no one that knows jack…about how to manage the place in an emergency.
    And finally did you read that lovely piece of work that the Mullet commissioned (ow did she get 3 quotes , or put it out to public tender…I hear it was a 6 fig sum …ah I’m getting off track) anyway that master piece of strategy from Pure Projects..saw your comments about our (Cairns) Lagoon umm, but did you read about ‘Predestrian Linkages & Pubic Spaces’..ehh gods, version 7 & and a public document…good on ya Jen!… cheers, have a good week, love your posts, keep them coming.

    • The Magpie says:

      Yup, as reported in comments last week, Parsons walked the plank. The ‘Pie was always under the impression he was one of the good guys.

    • The Awful Truth says:

      Not quite correct Suzie. There are still some good people looking after cyclone management.

  10. Non Aligned Worker says:

    Haven’t been there for a few years but it looks like there are a few grandstands missing from previous years. It is a shame but entrance is probably unaffordable to the general public.
    Wonder what ever happened to leasing out the pit straight buildings between events. I would love to see the KPI 5 year financial results.
    I am sure that the TCC reps had their heads deep in the trough.

    • Cantankerous but happy says:

      Yes numbers were well down, both public and corporate, and lots of freeloaders hanging around the trough as you say., council and state govt. Someone was telling me they pay $5000 each day to the people to do that welcome to country thing before the race, I can’t verify that but if it is that much then it’s an obscene amount.

      • Eweee Jones says:

        And what business is it of yours how much they pay ‘for the welcome to country thing’ Tanker???

        • The Magpie says:

          Don’t really want to buy into this too much, but wouldn’t that would depend on whose money it is? Anyway, all trickles down to us mugwumps, even if it was Watpac … which is unlikely. Some bloody welcome.

          • Eweee Jones says:

            Ok then Pie, I see your point; but Tankers comment, I smell racist undertones……….

  11. Critical says:

    Wonder what the employment contract details of these new TCC directors, general managers etc. are and how much it will cost the ratepayers to get get rid of them if Mullet loses in 2020.

  12. The old peterbuilt says:

    V8s. Friend gave me a free pass for Sunday so I went for a walk around for a couple of hours. I spoke to stall staff, security, barman, pit crews and defence personnel, and they all said merchandising,displays and crowd numbers had all gone backwards. It’s a pity but no work no pay no pay no play. Walking done to the shop now to get the bullsheet and read about the record numbers. Oh by the way, the mullet was there but then again she has a job and doesn’t pay anyway.

    • Greg! The Stop Sign! says:

      The V8’s, you know, whatever. If that’s what floats your boat, that’s fine, I won’t hold your shortcomings against you. Let the babies have their bottle. The noise up Boundary Street was negligible, no big deal at all, but the damn choppers zipping round all day were very annoying. Is that seriously necessary? By the way, I was walking the dog on Saturday down the river, and you could see the smoke haze above Hermit Park and Railway estate. I would be wearing a mask if I were there watching all the what have you.

    • Retired TCC. says:

      I see Mayor Mullet was out of picture when Puddleduck was being interviewed before the race. Looked like she didn’t want to be too close.

  13. Cantankerous but happy says:

    Love the photo today in the online astonisher, prize dunce Paul Jacob with a caption ” rubbish plan” next to it, that would be the standard of any plan he has.

    • The Magpie says:

      The quotes in the story nitself were so injoointed and vague, it was plain he was trying to remember the script as dictated by his Dear Leader, Kim Il Jen.

  14. Interested Observer says:

    So now we have free green waste but have to pay for general waste at the landfill. So what’s the chance of a few tree branches over the top of what you really want to get rid of and dump at the green waste site. Maybe a car battery or some tins of paint or maybe broken concrete or pavers. All in amongst those tree branches and palm fronds. The mulcher us going to live that.

    Two weeks ago I was at the green waste dump at Stuart and in amongst the green waste was a lounge suite.

    So they’re combining charging a fee at the gate and closing down every dump around the city except for Stuart. Just watch illegal dumping completely blow out. It already costs a fortune to collect rubbish dumped illegally.

    Sounds like Jacobs has a rock solid plan. Idiot.

    • The Magpie says:

      While The ‘Pie generally agrees with what you say, in fairness, this is not Jacob’s plan …God forbid that any original idea of his ever sees the light of day. No, this is Mullet-inspired like everything else, but her cunning plan is that she allows councillors to be the front person on those issues where there is likely to be blow back. Then she can fall back on ‘he/she misspoke’ and there would follow a private disciplinary session, then a fawning ‘explanation’ of why there was a back flip in the Astonisher.

      This town really is the grip of negative forces.

      • Ronny Rotten says:

        The thought of a “private disciplinary session” with the Mullet has turned me off my lunch.

      • Dragnet says:

        So Paul Jacob says and I quote ” the residents of Bushland Beach, Mount Low, Deeragun and North Shore have easy access to the Hervey Range Road Landfill. It only takes 5 to 7 minutes for a trip in a trailer to get to the transfer station, they won’t have any problem with easy access”

        News Flash old mate it’s only 100kph on the ring road, so that flying trailer you going to go in might have to stick to the speed limit.

        The question I have is what is the new life expectancy of the Stuart landfill and what happens when that fills far quicker than was previously forecast?

      • Droopy draws says:

        But wait!! Sounds like a Japanese $2 shop is going to save us all and is setting up in town!! (where else but the Willows…).

        Just in time for the Hervey Range Road dump being planned to close too…

        Not too long and the place will look like the east coast it Japan after the tsunami….

  15. The old peterbuilt says:

    Just had a coffee with a tcc foreman. When overlaying a road with hot mix (asphalt) to replace. The worn pavement it is applied at between 20 and 35mm. Money is tight so word has come down to overlay at 10mm and only in the lanes, not Kerb to kerb. On a hot day I’ve seen 50mm thick asphalt roll up like mud when a truck turns on it.?

    • Critical says:

      Councils so broke that Jenny’s praying for a cyclone and extremily heavy rain so that she can submit an exorbitant disaster relief claim as that’s the only way anything will be maintained or rebuilt properly.

  16. Cowboys Fan says:

    Yes FF, on Insiders program (ABC) on Sunday morning 40 seconds was devoted to Sarah Hanson Youngs $4000 taxpayer whale watching trip (accompanied by her daughter) Lenore Taylor said this was within her entitlements. Enough said. Barry didn’t challenge her. Nor was Tony Burke harassed by the media on his $3000 trip to Ayres ROck with his children and girlfriend some time back. It’s ok for the Greens and the ALP…. but different story for Libs.

  17. MOMENTUS says:

    I can’t wait for Disclosure this is all getting too much. 1st we had Bond with a bad memory 2nd we had Clive with a sick bag ‘Gee I am sick’ 3rd we had Pisale in a dressing gown , pjs and socks . ‘Gee I am sick’. Disclosure soon. We must be due for one wearing Bra and Tights and I am not saying it will be of female gender wearing it. Of course we are not saying anyone is guilty and / or responsible. Just moving on , things to see, places to go, family reasons. Can’t wait.

  18. Miss Lou says:

    Always good,
    Always entertaining.

    Best Wishes,

    Miss Lou.

  19. The old peterbuilt says:

    Momentous. Remember when Beattie woke up one morning and just didn’t want to be here anymore, places to go, things to do etc,etc. Should we ever meet I will tell you a tale that I’ve been told by those that know.

  20. Cantankerous but happy says:

    More hits to the old Ville, heard Lincraft is leaving town, closed their Lakes store last year and now closing their domain store also.

  21. Ohmy ... says:

    From the Townsville City Council staff intranet today, the quote of the day from Truman. They’ve got to be kidding right? Straight out of the mayor and CEO playbook

  22. Cop This says:

    Who has been fiddling and increasing their State owned power
    generator profits funded by struggling families and business in
    Queensland!.The Palaszczuk Government!!!!!


  23. Doug K says:

    Excellent segment on ABC’s Media Watch last night regarding the future of journalism. If you didn’t see it, its worth going online and checking it out.

    Here is a copy of an email I sent to Senator Dastari this morning on the subject (I have deleted details outlining my background and credentials purely to keep Kenny Kennet in his box):

    “Good morning Senator.

    I watched with great interest the thought provoking story on the future of journalism on Media Watch last night, in particular your interview.
    Three things resonated with me:
    – newspapers, now strapped for staff, are relying more and more on media releases for their stories, often printing a rewrite of the release without asking questions. Investigative journalism is already a thing of the past 
    – journalism is essential as a watchdog to keep the bastards hones and,
    – funding will be needed in the future to keep journalism alive and provide all regions of Australia with a reliable and trustworthy local news service
    I’m not taking about just the capital cities here, but the whole of Australia including regional areas such as North Queensland and the New South Wales Central Coast.
    In your interview last night you highlighted that the tough question was how to get any funding to the right people and make a real difference.
    I believe I have the answer to that question.
    First more background:
    Until last week when I underwent heart surgery I was working on creating an online local news service for Townsville and North Queensland.
    With all the sackings in journalistic ranks there is no shortage of high quality journalists around to produce a daily online edition.
    For example, a website was recently created by a group of unemployed journalists – http://www.newshounds.com.au - which focuses on sport but is a good example of what can be done.
    I am currently in a two-week recovery phase but once I am back on my feet I will resume working on my website.
    So here’s the answer as I see it:
    The Commonwealth Government, either through taxes on Google and/or Facebook, or allocation of taxpayer’s funds, provides money to set up not-for-profit online media centres right around Australia, starting first with a trial project in Townsville and then rolling it out when proven to be successful.
    These media centres would employ only the best journalists available and would adhere to a charter that would ensure that stories are investigated and written, not rewritten from media releases.
    So, Senator, over to you.
    If you would like to discuss my ideas in more detail please contact me via email or telephone (0417 762 190).”

    There HAS to be a way of providing online local news services that report without fear or favour, and keep the bastards honest.

    • Oldtimer says:

      Your plea to the senator for taxpayer funds to support well-researched and credible journalism might fall on deaf ears if you have addressed it to the person named in the above post.
      Slippery Sam’s name is Dastyari, not Dastari.

      • Doug K says:

        Fortunately I didn’t make the same mistake in my email to Senator Dastysri.
        I admit it’s a long shot but something has to be done. The system in North Queensland is out of control, and I suspect it is no different anywhere else in Australia.
        Anyway, I’ve got a few long shots up in my time so surely there is no harm in trying.

        • The Magpie says:

          Looking for a good sub for you _ no, The ‘Pie ain’t applyin’, with his track record.

        • Oldtimer says:

          Anything’s worth trying, but I reckon Dastyari is the last person who would be interested in investigative journalism. His sucking-up to the Chinese borders on treason.

      • Scientician79 says:

        I think the answer to this, as much as the media companies won’t like it, is the government needs to significantly increase the funding to the ABC so they can provide a real alternative in communities like ours.

        I agree something needs to be done, but the worry is NewsCorp lining up for a handout and still churning out the same garbage.

        • Achilles says:

          If they go along with that suggestion this is what you’ll most likely get, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xc09Sf_ePrM bear in mind the “observation” of the supposed to be impartial shoe-in who bleated that there were too many white Anglo types as newsreaders etc.

          They already seem to have a significant cross ethnic “balance” of news reader talking heads (reader super ego) etc.

        • Non Aligned Worker says:

          Bwahahaha. Seriously though.

  24. Interested Observer says:

    More proof the lazy journalists at the Bulletin and those donkeys called city councillors read the Magpie.

    The Bullsheet ran another story today about the Jensen and Hervey Range landfills closing down. Nothing more than the same comments from Jscobs with one exception. In the first article Jacobs suggested you could drive from anywhere in the Northern Beaches to the Hervey Range landfill in 5 to 7 minutes. Dragnet called him out on this blog because it’s just not possible. Today he was quoted as 20 minutes not 5 to 7.

    Secondly apparently we don’t have any problems with space at Stuart after the other landfills close because the council is building a state of the art transfer station. My question Einstein Jacobs is just where will the rubbish go after it’s move from the transfer station? Is it just going to disappear in a puff of smoke?

    By the way there is no reason to close the Hervey Range landfill. The is more than enough space out there to open another cell. Surely this would be a better outcome for the residents right across the city.

    Perhaps we can have another story in the Bullsheet to explain that one.

    • The Magpie says:

      What do you mean ‘lazy journalists’? Don’t you mean ‘discerning and seeking to be well informed’?

      • Dearie Me says:

        Journalists?! Journalism tells people about what really happened. The Astonisher stopped employing those types some years ago. Now they just employ second rate fairy tale writers and people that can’t spell, edit and have a poor grasp of grammar.

    • Ranger says:

      The comment about a viable new cell at Hervey Range is not correct. Ask the residents of Rangewood who fought this with TCC 3 years ago. Landfills right next to water courses do not work – and are now illegal. ( just remember the rubbish from the old Queens Road Dump in Ross River). TCC finally realized that this landfill needed to be closed and capped- but not before clearing land so it does appear that there
      is space for a cell this is not viable due to proximity to waterways and residential properties.

      • Interested Observer says:

        Sorry Ranger that is not correct. The council were actually looking at a super cell at Harvey Range dump that would take rubbish from other councils around the district. Just because the residents complained doesn’t mean a new site could not be opened.

  25. Interested Observer says:

    There is no question Pie they learn a lot more from this blog than the do anywhere else. Especially their own paper.

  26. Guy says:

    My guesses are they want to shut the rubbish tips so they can build 10,000 houses nearby. Getting rid of the tip means no problematic smell.

  27. Doug K says:

    I love it when knockers tell me something will never happen, or worse still that it will fail, like when I started the push to get NQ its own national rugby league team in 1989. (Now settle down Kenny Kennet, facts are facts even though some people want to rewrite history).
    Just makes me more determined to make it work. Bit like waving a red flag at a bull, although I have to admit my bullish days are behind me.

    • MF Jones says:

      Hmmm, blowing smoke up your own backside Doug – don’t scorch yourself old mate!

      • Sandgroper says:

        That is an ignorant comment from somebody who seems to specialise in the field. Without the efforts of Doug Kingston, there would be no Cowboys.
        A lot of glory-seekers jumped on the bandwagon once it got rolling, but it was Doug’s vision and drive that ensured the dream became reality.

      • Doug K says:

        You were obviously one of the know-it-alls who said our chances of getting a national rugby league team were 1000-1. You inspire me!

        • Cantankerous but happy says:

          Those were the days when the Bulletin was really on its game, less than 100,000 people at the time in Townsville and putting a team in the NRL and the most popular team in the NBL at the time, all supported by the paper and its staff. I can remember shorty Maclean and Kerry Bousted plus some blokes form XXXX at the Shakespeare motel in Mackay one night,, working the room and convincing businesses down there to get on board and be part of it, just good grass roots stuff that people up here respond to.

  28. The Magpie says:

    ‘Tis the season for talking tax.

    Aussie Humour at its Best :

    The Australian Tax Office actually commented on this one. The importance of accuracy in your tax return

    The ATO has returned the Tax Return to a man in Townsville after he apparently answered one of the questions.

    In response to the question, “Do you have anyone dependent on you ?”

    The man wrote: “2.1 million illegal immigrants, 1.1 million crackheads, 4.4 million unemployable scroungers, 80,000 criminals in over 85 prisons plus 450 idiots in Parliament, thousands of ‘retired politicians’ and an entire group that call themselves ‘Senators’

    The ATO stated that the response he gave was “unacceptable”.

    The man’s response back to ATO was, “Who did I leave out ?”

  29. Genuine Joy says:

    Win or lose….so proud of our cowboys Gavin Cooper, Michael Morgan, Coen Hess…and brilliant consultant Johnathan Thurston, ALL excellent ambassadors for North Queensland. Go Maroons!

  30. Critical says:

    Will Ben Bogan please buy Victoria Nugent a hard copy street map of Townsville and give her lessons on how to read it as she evidently can’t read Google maps as the road accident and rage incident this morning cannot have happened on the cnr of Thuringowa Dr and Bamford Lane.

  31. The old peterbuilt says:

    Word coming out of tcc is that they had five construction inspectors whose role was to carry out inspections on pavement, concrete , roads etc that are under tcc umbrella but are now down to two. Contractors booking inspections can’t get a response and so are just going ahead without council inspection rather than have projects stall.

  32. Achilles says:

    Quoted in today’s The Oz ‘Glorious news, no longer is Australia an Anglo-dominated backwater.’ What a surreal life Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane and the AHRC have.

    What a load of bollocks this dickhead should be dismissed, how can such a biased prick be allowed this degree of license?

    The loonies are now clearly running the asylum. Along with that bigoted load mouth Muzzie sheela, Yassmin Abdel-Magieds, who screeches her replies that dare to criticize her creed.

  33. Stu says:

    So basically Adele the Impaler sacked the extremely effective Megan Leavey from the Customer Engagement position so she could get someone as incompetent as herself in. Onya Adele. I can’t wait for the LNP to get in so the Dept. of Local Government and CCC takes you and your mate Mayor Mullet apart. You have cost council some of its most effective staff and now you are just left with the dregs no one else wants or worse, your Labor mates.

  34. The Magpie says:

    Note to Ms Peacock:
    What you say may be true, but it seems like an unnecessary kick to someone already down, so let’s give it a miss.

  35. The Magpie says:

    Err, hang on a sec … yet another multuple answer quiz from the Townsville Bulletin. This from the iditorial in the Astonisher today,

    “Townsville is one of few regions in the state that is exceeding tourism expectations ….”

    This is:
    a) a typo (missing the word ‘not’)
    b) true
    c) complete rot.

    One would believe if it were (b), we’d never be hearing the end of it from the paper and TEL’s increasingly muddled sock-puppet poppet CEO.

    The ‘Pie will stick with (c) until presented with the selective stats to back up the claim.

    • WTF Jenny! says:

      Oh Pie you’ve missed the point…

      It’s not hard to exceed expectations when you don’t have any to start with…

    • Non Aligned Worker says:

      Exceeding tourist expectations? If the expectation was zero and one turned up, then the expectation has been exceeded.

  36. The Magpie says:

    Here’s an interesting example of the Townsville Bulletin manipulates news to avoid criticism of bad decsion making by the council (and the lies used by Clr Paul ‘Angry Ant’ Jacob to justify a dud policy).

    In today’s paper, we get this ambiguous headline:

    (Should that be ‘pain’ or ‘plan’?)

    The yarn is basically spruiking a weird thought fart about fluctuating parking pricing in Townsville , to vary with peak demand times. This i of course complete crapola, and the quoted comments by Ms Duffy are highly qualified and she clearly doubts it is a goer for Townsville.
    The REAL NEWS is deliberately buried deep down in the story, which is of far more interest to the public, when we learn:
    “The suggestion comes after 106 car parks in Flinders St West, Eyre St and Jones St were converted from free parking to paid spaces.The move was unpopular with nearby businesses who said the change would drive their customers away. Since the car spaces were changed, they have only about 20 per cent occupancy.”
    So the paper chooses, in the interests of its friends in the council, to flippantly dismiss community and business concerns and invent a completely fanciful story to disguise the real news that the council’s attempt at social engineering with its parking policy was a dud from start to finish. And since The ‘Pie reported on this photographic evidence month sago, he would dispute the that there is even 20% occupancy, certainly of the Eyre Street car park.
    You can bet Dear Leader Kim Il Jen will let Jacob carry the can for this one.

  37. The old peterbuilt says:

    Attended fair well drinks yesterday for a tcc mate. Ran into a lovely young lady I have known for a decade or two. Sweet little thing is only 50 and thinks balding men with beer guts are hot, how good is that. Anyway she tells me there is only a couple left in her section and have next to no guidance or direction and can’t do much until someone can sign off on the work. In order to kill some time they ran the numbers on redundancies. Here is the real news Ben bogan. The number has now topped 400 since September last year. If that was aurizon or Telstra there would be outrage. 400 extra families out of work and your trying to tell us tsv is on the brink, yep but the brink of what.

  38. Achilles says:

    GBTI concerns force London Transport bosses to ban the “outdated” greeting “ladies and gentlemen”. Note the use of “force” no force needed they just capitulated to the elephant in the room.

    Another example of the just rolling over to please the lunatic PC fringe troglodytes, who have a whole dictionary of xxxxxphobia nouns to insult anyone who disagrees with these demented arseholes.

  39. Waz CEOC number 1 says:

    Had some conversation yesterday about the treatment of casual employees at TCC at the moment. About 2 mths ago impaler young had meetings in every Depot explaining how council will move all casual staff over to there books and create positions so we don’t use labour hire company’s. Well overnight they have all been told that any positions now will be advertise externally as well. Some have been casual now for more than 3yrs and we’re given a guarantee from the impalers mouth that these jobs were there’s. An interesting number came to my attention about another company advertising a recent job and more than 150 people applied. So now this joke of a CEO has screwed these poor pricks and lied to them just like a good little unions rep should. This is getting ridiculous townsville but I guess nobody will say anything because everyone has left.

    • Dearie Me says:

      Well Waz the issue is who do you go to… The impaler has the unions all kowtowing. I’ve never seen such a bunch of pansy arse union reps. They rolled over like puppies on issues other organisations would have been skull dragged to the IRC on. Disputes were lodged with the commission but we’re that weak they were thrown out. And just last night I heard stories of bullying and harrassment by HR of staff on the redundancy list.

  40. Sandgroper says:

    Ex-Senator Scott Ludlam must be feeling anxious following his shock resignation after it was revealed he holds dual NZ/Australian citizenship. Under Section 44 of the Constitution, politicians cannot “hold allegiance to a foreign power” which means he has been ineligible to serve as a senator since his election in 2008.
    During those past nine years he has received about $1.6 million on the public purse, not to mention the cost of allowances, staff, parliamentary and electorate
    offices and sundry operating costs. Theoretically, he is liable to repay the lot but you can bet your bottom dollar he will be let off the hook by his fellow politicians who will be thinking, “There, but for the grace of God…..”
    The most puzzling aspect of this fiasco is that an online petition questioning his eligibility was circulated more than three years ago. This must surely have been brought to the attention of the bureaucrats and other politicians, so why no action until he was outed by a WA barrister?

    • Guy says:

      The other thing is the legitimacy of all of the laws he passed since he entered parliament.

      Its the too hard basket, nothing will happen to him.

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