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Sunday, May 22nd, 2022   |   113 comments

Back By Popular Demand – Season Two Of This Week’s Magpie’s Nest.

While we were all dazzled by the sparkle arkle TV lights and fancy footwork of Election Night Fever, believe it or not, the rest of the world just got on with everyday things. Although some weren’t so every day.

Clr Fran V Mayor Mullet: Now It’s Got Personal

Clr Fran O’Callaghan makes it personal now … in her latest outing of the dodgy council practices, she catches the mayor red-handed and scheming against her behind the scenes … and likens our mayor to a pantomime villain. Which is a bit hard on pantomime villains.

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What? Like her? How rude!

This from Fran’s FB during the week.

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Get out the popcorn and beer, this ain’t over and it’s is gunna be good.

Twitter And Bisted … The Magpie Has A Close Encounter Of The Turd Kind With Twitter’s Star Chamber.

To paraphrase L.P Hartley’s famous opening line of The Go-Between, the Twitterverse is a foreign country, they do things differently there.

Do they bloody ever!!!

It all started when Mike Carlton’s posted on Twitter questioning  that a minor Surf Lifesaving NSW official had interviewed and enthusiastically endorsed the local LNP member because said member had organised $2million towards a new club house. Carlton rightly questioned the surf lifesaver woman urging people to vote for the member,  which was clearly against SLNSW rules about political activity of any kind, and especially during an election campaign.

So The ‘Pie dashed off a reply with his view of the matter, as he is wont to do, and then got on with other things. He was more than a little surprised when this plopped down into the Inbox a little later.

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After rereading and parsing every word The ‘Pie decided to appeal the ruling or at least be informed of the nature of his naughtiness. It was confusing and obscure what I’d actually said to cause such undie bunching. Alas, no such revelation, just an insistence that I was a sinner.

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The ‘Pie probably didn’t help  his cause by asking if perhaps Franz Kafka was part of the judging panel. Despite further polite requests for information about the problem, there was no response from the Star Chamber. In the end, The ‘Pie deleted the post, not wishing to let some distant buttock clencher waste his time. The only guess was the word ‘bimbo’, which would be weird at the very least. And it’s not clear if my comment tripped an automatic flag, or if someone – the bimbo maybe – complained. Latter very unlikely, but even so, doesn’t explain anything.

But became even more confusing to subsequently see stuff like this undisturbed and unchallenged, although with it’s Nazi connotations, it surely meets even Twitters discombobulated rules about ‘hate speech’.

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It appears Twitter has confused itself over ‘offensive’ and ‘hateful’.

A small comfort: the MP involved, incumbent in the Sydney northern electorate of Mackellar LNP Jason Falinski got hammered by independent, the friskily named Dr Sophie Scamps, one of the Teal Dealers.

Speaking Of Jarring And Offensive

That bible of vacous consumerism and triviality, American Vogue, does sometimes carry very good articles on issues of gthe day. But in recent weeks, it has been overflowing with brain-numbing rot about fashions at something called the Met Gala. Now each to his own, but if we want to talk offensive, The ‘Pie will nominate this careless and thoughtless juxtaposition listing its stories one day recently.

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Perhaps The Archibald Art Prize Judges Could Learn A Thing Or Two From The Current Sentiment In The Electorate

In the rarefied air of Australian arts gilded towers, a right old tizzy is taking place.  And … no surprise here … it concerns that perennial incubator of hissy fits, the Archibald Prize. And this time, fashionable modern politics has added an extra measure of vigour to the foot stamping, spluttering and nightie ripping.

Last week, these stories ran side by side in the Australian.

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But let’s take a closer look at those reports and comments. First, the winner picked up his $100,000 prize, and promptly attacked the sales commissions charged by gallery owners.

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Then The Australian’s art critic Christopher Allen belly-flopped into the ‘woke ‘pool of the Archibald judges, with this …

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It’s a point of view worth arguing, so let’s get a couple of things straight. Art, like beauty, is certainly in the eye of the beholder, but things get tricky and more than just heated (such things have ended up in court) when the argument is comparing and espousing the merits of contrasting paintings. Most of these arguments are pointless (‘I say Warhol, you say arsesole, let’s call the whole thing off.’) but the naysayers in this one .,.. and there are many more than just Mr Allen … have a very arguable point. Because for starters here is the basic entry rule of the Archibalds …

“The prize is awarded by the Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales for the best portrait of a person famous in Art, Letters, Science or Politics.”

The operative word is famous … hands up those who have heard of Karla Dickens, let alone name any of her works? (Yes, yes, there’ll be some smarties with special agendas out there who will decrying The ‘Pie’s obvious ignorance of Ms Dickens). And it is undeniable that the painting (and the artist for that matter) tick all the fashionable ideological boxes of the moment – a female indigenous subject, indigenous artist, a dress with an aboriginal motifs, and reference to a recent disaster – the Lismore floods.

The pressure on the judges must have been immense, all being ever mindful to deflect disparaging comments at their regular round of dinner parties, gallery opening and appearances on The Drum.

That said, what is eminently arguable is Mr Allen’s bald assertion that Robert Hannaford’s – the philistine Magpie has never heard of him either – self portrait was ‘the outstanding work in this year’s exhibition’.  

Says who, apart from sez you and some arty chums you selectively canvassed? And cattily adding in that it was an act of deliberate spite against Hannaford fuelled by the judges’ reluctance to choose a male white painter for the prize is not just attacking the judges choice, but their supposed motivations and integrity. Including racism and sexism. Dangerous ground, mate, take The ‘Pie’s word for it.

The Archibald prize has been a hotbed of controversy, litigation and a lawyers’ picnic many times since its inception in 1921. And it will not be the least surprising if this year’s fall-out doesn’t head to mediation if not litigation.

Which will be an interesting exercise in judicial values. If The Magpie can cost News Corpse a million dollars in costs and cop a handy few bob in damages for the cheek of the The Australian calling him an habitual drunk on the job, one imagines that if the judges are affronted enough by Mr Allen’s assessments, they can confidently start checking real estate sites for the darling little pink stucco villa in Tuscany they’ve had their eye on.

An Idle Thought

Surely the proposed federal integrity commission could have its terms of reference and overall remit widened to make candidates and the media more accountable during election campaigns. It is not hyperbole to say that the biggest threat to democracy and a fair rather than manipulated outcome came from the media organisations, and the rise of boofhead and bimbo brigade of ‘rock star reporters’. Not calling for anything too dramatic, just better regulation to safeguard against blatant and obvious stuff like this as reported in comments during the week. Papers, TV and radio disseminating this sort of garbage  should also be held responsible.

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There is no such claim … there have been general discussions about future cooperative possibilities, but NO ONE of the 193 countries included in these talks has gone anywhere near suggesting they would give up their sovereignty in this area. The sad thing is there are a load of bobbleheads out there who will believe it.

Needless to say, there have been some interesting and clever headlines around today. The ‘Pie will restrict himself to just one, which he thought very concise, clever and quick.

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Alas, In America, An Equivalent Teal Deal Would Be Quickly Shot Down In Flames … Or Just Shot Down – Literally.

The gun law lunacy continues across that nation, despite more mass killings …. The Republicans won’t even agree to restrict totally inexcusable high powered assault weapons. Or even tighten background checks for nutters. Practically all who insist it is their right to own such weapons are clearly mentally backward and emotionally insecure, and are at heart, cowards. They are the feeble minded who buy the ’replacement theory’ conspiracy – in a nutshell, white Europeans are actively threatened by a low birth rate and increased black immigration, leading to racial extinction. That held centre stage in the three ring circus this past week.

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We Know the Bulletin Is A Little Slow, But Really … 

This time it’s only minor, but this is the sort of thing that happens when you have a mob of disinterested blow-ins with little sense of community history running the paper that is all for us. From last Saturday’s Bulletin.

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It’s been nine years and two other names and one new arena since any stadium in Townsville was called Dairy Farmers. Doubt the initial and current naming rights holder Queensland Country Bank will be too chuffed with this effort, and one believes the iditor has a flea in his ear about it.
Would’ve saved a lot of trouble if that other ideally named company had taken The Magpie’s suggestion and snapped up naming rights for it to be aptly called Total Tools Stadium.

One Last Thing …

The Bulletin misses another big story under its nose …. fraudster John Malcolm West was on the run for 30 years after fleecing his Adelaide law firm of tens of thousands. After living in Africa and various other countries, West apparently still called Australia home,  and travelled to Townsville and was living with his daughter, a local doctor. Authorities got on to him when she tried to get papers so he could be treated for early onset dementia. All this came out in a Townsville magistrates court recently.  West was granted bail on the condition he voluntarily fly to Adelaide and hand himself in. Which he did.

No heads up for the Bulletin, and no one in court, apparently.  Be a bit tough to criticise the paper for that, it is a tough gig covering more than half a dozen courts, and juggling priorities, so missing it here is understandable. But although the story was all over sister publications down south, nothing here that The ‘Pie could find. So no kudos for the Astonisher but a big thumbs up for someone somewhere who came up with the cleverest headline of the week …

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So that’s part two of this week’s Nest, the election made timing difficult. Comments are already lively with deep analysis, some running to more than three words. Have your say, it’s easy and free. And if you are of a mind to support this weekly epistle you can donate to the collection plate by using the ‘donate’ button below.

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  1. Prince Rollmop says:

    Madam Mullet once again shows herself up for being the childish imbecile that we have grown accustomed too. Public snide remarks about Fran are completely unprofessional and unwarranted. And every time the Mullet hobbles Fran, it is a disservice being is being thrust upon the ratepayers. The bitter and twisted old cow should just pack up and piss off back to Malta.

  2. Steve, Belgian Gardens says:

    I think you’re drawing a long bow calling Holmes à Court’s tweet hate speech. He was clearly quoting this https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/05/07/liberal-polling-predicts-losses-josh-frydenberg-and-tim-wilson#mtr

    • The Magpie says:

      You again miss the point … or in fact two points. The ‘Pie was not primarily calling HaC’s tweet hate speech,(which it surely was unless you don’t think comparing someone to the most grotesque medical mass murderer in history is actually a compliment) just drawing a comparison between it and the words (still a mystery) for which The ‘Pie was censured. And the suggestion that even if it was hate speech, it’s OK for Twitter because he was just quoting someone else (which The ‘Pie was aware of, but didn’t see the relevance). It’s the words themselves not their origins that are judged. But if you disagree, Steve, try posting, let’s say, some of Adolf’s more blunt calls to exterminate all Jews, even put it in quote marks and attribute it to Hitler and decry it as being reprehensible … and see how far you get. For one thing, every mention of Hitler raises a red flag at the Twitter factory. Do let’s know how you get on.

      • Steve, Belgian Gardens says:

        It’s a Biblical reference. The faux outrage from the right wing about the issue was a sign of their desperation.

        • The Magpie says:

          Mate, you wouldn’t get the point if you were shoved into an Iron Maiden … this is about A: Twitter and their rules, and B: context. It is more than coyly ingenuous from a yesterday’s man like you to suggest certain nph rases take on different historical meanings … here’s another one to test the Twitter waters with … The Final Solution.

          And Steve, how typical of the petrified wood diehards of old Labor (which would be Labour btw) that you are still bitter … even in a sort of victory.

          • Steve, Belgian Gardens says:

            The most common reading of angel of death would be the Biblical one. It’s not hate speech to compare John Howard to that spectre. That’s why Holmes à Court started defamation actions against the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail over politicized accusations of antisemitism.

          • The Magpie says:

            Your authority for making that assertion? Actually no, don’t worry about it, arguing theology, history or modern linguistics with you would be akin to arguing ethical morality with Jenny Hill, i.e. pointless.

          • Steve, Belgian Gardens says:

            I’d suggest that someone who could only identify the Nazi reference is on shakier ground when it comes to theology, history or modern linguistics. But then you weren’t arguing in good faith – you just wanted something to feign outrage about.

          • The Magpie says:

            (Sigh) Last on this matter, mate. The ‘Pie did not feign or even show outrage, although he did get a touch testy about your dense and clumsy attempt to control the narrative. The ‘Pie was questioning – legitimately questioning – Twitter’s mysterious rules, then you come bouncing in like Clive Palmer with a hooter full of Peruvian marching powder, and start sniping at all and irrelevant targets. Now you burst into Onward Christian Soldiers and claim a superior knowledge of biblical matters than a person you know absolutely nothing about … but think you do. You seem to think keeping a debate within terms of reference … in this case the Nazis and Angel of Death … somehow points to a lack of any other knowledge, education or intelligence. And you accusing someone else of feigning outrage? Mate that’s your schtick from day one here on this blog and in TTE.

            So The Magpie can explain it to you, but he can’t understand it for you.

            You poor bugger – sad.

          • Ducks Nuts says:

            Since when has Fatty Palmer been a drug user? I knew he liked a pie an sauce but cocaine?

          • The Magpie says:

            Reckon it would explain a lot of things? But please note the word ‘like’ as in resembles used in the phrase, which was not an accusation, just a trip down the the Magpie’s whimsey mine.

  3. Lab Rat says:

    In what can only be termed a lightbulb moment, I was reading about the Election on Friday, when I came to a story on Sophie Scamps. For some reason, and never having done this kind of thing before, I joined SportsBet and put $50 on her to win at 2-1.
    I don’t even bet on the Melbourne Cup. Don’t tell my wife.

  4. Prince Rollmop says:

    In all the excitement of federal election matters, this interesting article has gone relatively unnoticed regarding the Queensland Labor party stacking Government corporations with Labor mates. This has been standard modus opera so for many years, but it is, quite frankly, a corrupt process that needs to be stamped out.


    • The Magpie says:

      Well, yes, but it would silly to single out Labor in this respect … they are named only because they are in power. Whoever is in government will behave this way … always have and always will. Not condoning the practice, just being pragmatic … even tighter donation regs won’t plug the whack-a-mole holes in this issue.

  5. Prickster says:

    The election results is hardly a glowing endorsement of the ALP as their primary vote is down nearly 1% with LNP capturing 35.7% of the primary vote, and ALP only 32.8%.

    Its an election the LNP lost, rather than the ALP winning.

    The biggest local loser of the weekend is Dolan Hayes with John Ring loosing all but 2 of 37 booths in Herbert, and Phil Thompson growing his margin by 3.2% a stand out LNP result across the country.

    David Crisifulli is on the countdown to the next State election with only 887 days to go, and Annastacia Palaszczuk loosing her “It’s Canberra’s fault” ploy.

    • The Magpie says:

      What’s all this, The ‘Pie agreeing with The Prickster? But the old bird does, there was very much an ‘anyone but Trump’ flavour about the election, and in more ways than one. Think the outcome may have been more to Labor’s favour if Chalmers or Clare (the real one, not that sad local version) were leader. Still haven’t worked out why Albo … or more accurately, his minders … weren’t better prepared.

      Don’t agree about Dolan, he was largely MIA during the campaign because Labor had conceded to Thompson months ago, they saw the large writing on the wall around here.

      And a special but irrelevant gripe that doesn’t just apply to you, … the pedant in The ‘Pie oh so wishes folks would get it right between ‘loose’ and ‘lose’ … and it is, weirdly, a global thing. And this is not an instance where modern affectations of language can work, there are two totally discrete meanings. a mnemonic might help: Loose language makes The ‘Pie lose it.

      • Achilles says:

        During WW 2 Posters read “Loose lips sink ships”, still relevant as a mnemonic in support of Pie’s grievance.

        • The Magpie says:

          Yes, good memory checker. Or perhaps rework it as “loose lips lose ships”. Next week, ‘home’ and ‘hone’.

          • Achilles says:

            Another irritant is the misuse of Their, There and They’re

          • The Magpie says:

            A mea culpa here then, The ‘Pie is often guilty in haste misusing ‘your’ and ‘you’re’, and has to think about ‘draw’ and ‘drawer’. And here’s one for fellow pedants: strictly speaking, anticipate does NOT mean expect, it means that something is anticipated nif expected and measures are taken to accommodate the happening. ‘He anticipated the attack by batting down the hatches.’

          • The Magpie says:

            Here’s an historic witticism that sums up ‘anticipate’.
            “I have knocked everything but the knees of the chorus girls, and nature has anticipated me there.’
            Percy Hammond. (1873–1936) American theater critic, summing up an unfavourable review.

          • Parson Blossomnose says:

            And Unnecessary Caps, EH?

      • I’ll Be Plucked says:

        I voted for the hamburger kid, Cholesterol Clive, just for shits and giggles. However it would appear that not everyone likes a PUP.

        • Dave of Kelso says:

          We all get our jollies in our own little way. I filled out the Senate ballot paper as previously mentioned. Top down for my choice then horizontally from bottom up. I think there were 79 candidates, but can’t remember now. I voted early and last week is ancient history. Double dissolutions are more fun, more candidates.

    • Westie says:

      As we have a preferential voting system, I don’t know why the primary vote figure is in any way important or relevant.

      In practical terms, if you give Labor a lower number than Liberal (on the 1 to 11 scale on the Herbert Ballot paper) you are voting for Labor, or vice versa, irrespective of your first preference. I think most people understand that.

      For example, my missus tells me that she wanted to punish Scomo for his shocking record in government, so she did not want her vote to go to Liberal in any circumstance. She understood her vote had therefore to go to Labor (eventually) to have any effect, but she detests Labor on philosophical grounds. So she voted Liberals number 11 and Labor 10, then filled in the rest at random.

      So clearly her vote ended up with Labor, but her first preference went to some wanker who got a tiny percentage of the vote.

      I am not sure I follow her logic- I would have voted Labor 1 and Liberals 2- it would have had the same effect.

      • The Magpie says:

        ummm… whatever.

        But here’s the thing …. the primary vote figure is critical IF it goes over 50%, then it’s all over red rover. So with that tiny detail, you now know why it is important relevant.

        • Amanda Hugenkiss says:

          Plus, electoral funding gets allocated by number of first preference votes. If a candidate gets over 4% of 1st preference votes they get $2.914 per eligible vote. If you really want to punish a major party then don’t give them the first preference vote.

    • Amanda Hugenkiss says:

      Dolan will be over the moon with the result. There is an entire federal trough to now wallow in.

  6. Achilles says:

    Good to see our new PM laying down the law to the baying hounds of the discourteous, juvenile media scrum. Demanding an orderly and professional discourse.

    • The Magpie says:

      And good luck with that. That will only happen when the media editors and proprietors decree it … and double good fucking luck with that.

      • Prince Rollmop says:

        The Murdochie will ramp up there silly gotcha questions on Albo and his cohort. They will need to be obedient to Rupert if they want to remain on his payroll. But let’s hope that the media scrum calms down and just do some serious reporting. Throw them a different bone such as a new COVID threat or interest rates rising. That might distract them for a few minutes.

  7. Jimmy Olsen says:

    That John West story did run in the paper and online.

  8. Prince Rollmop says:

    The lifeless corpse of the LNP isn’t even cold yet, and the fuckwittery starts. Joyce reckons the Nationals did a tremendous job and the demise of the LNP is all Morrison’s fault. Cardboard cutout Michael MCormack reckons he should be the Nationals leader and he is better than Barnaby. What a pack of fuckwits. These egotistical morons still don’t get it do they? There job is to represent the people, to work FOR the people, not spend there taxpayer salaries promoting themselves. Get on with your jobs you morons.

    • Ducks Nuts says:

      Ah well. He who shall not be named will gain control of the Libs and they will be in opposition forever more. And they can bicker all they like.

  9. Critical says:

    After looking through the Townsville Bullsheet today I now know why I haven’t bought a copy of this large multi sheeted toilet paper rag for a number of years.

    Someone in Townsville surely must be able to publish an excellent free local newspaper like the Sunshine Coast News to bring a credible news publication to Townsville.

    Check it out at https://www.sunshinecoastnews.com.au/

  10. Grumpy says:

    The people have spoken – mumbled, actually. The overall result was expected, the details, not so much. However, I note that AnAl and Weatherall’s Ex are already heading off overseas (admittedly, for an important meeting of the Quad). I can’t help but think what the reaction from the rabid left would have been had Scomo won and left on the same flight. Highly critical, derisive and outraged, no doubt.

    • The Magpie says:

      And quite right too if they were. The man could not be trusted, and put a wrecking ball through his party. It would be particularly galling to see a person who has so skewed fairness and decency on domestic issues finding the first thing to do was strut the international stage. Put simply, he was and is a spiv, and in all likelihood, a crook. And anyone who thinks Smirko is going to serve out his term on the back benches (he surely could not be given a cabinet position) are deluding themselves … somewhere you can bet there’s some sort of time clock on some benefit, and he’s just waiting for it to tick over, the flag to fall and he’ll be off like a burning boot. This bloke is, and always has been, as slippery as a peeled mango. Shame he took down some really good people with him.

  11. Prince Rollmop says:

    Morrison will go to the back bench short term, then leave. He will likely get an overseas diplomatic posting somewhere in the next few years. He has a generous pension awaiting him and as an ex PM he will receive a couple of hundred thousand per year, excluding other benefits. Then there will be the book that he will write, probably called; “It’s Not My Job”, “I Don’t Hold A Hose Mate”, or ‘“How To Woo A Lady With A Ukulele”. Then there will be some nice Board positions, perhaps a Hillsong contract, and so the list goes on. One thing is for certain, the arrogant prick won’t be struggling to keep up with soaring inflation costs or rising mortgage repayments.

    Scomo, the Australian public has voted for you as being the weakest link, goodbye.

  12. Pat Coleman says:

    I will be calling on lefty senators to begin an inquiry into:

    * the relationship between Katters vote in a hung parliament and the awarding of hundreds of millions of dollars in public money in military ammunition contracts to the Katter family arms firm, and

    * The subsequent relationship between Katter family arms firm donations to the LNP and the awarding of any further contracts, and whether it was done on a common understanding that donors get tenders and contracts, and

    * That parliamentary privelage be denied to any evidence of crimes committed so so it can be used in federal courts.

    • The Magpie says:

      Goodo. Go for it. Let us know how you get on … if you feel you really have to.

    • The (barely) Civil Engineer says:

      Pat, you might like to add the vexed question of Katter’s relationship with Copperstring. His sister, brother in law and nephew own and run it. And the amount of unconditional government funding poured into it.

      Not sure your enquiry will get legs as most of the time he seems to vote with the ALP.

    • I’ll Be Plucked says:

      Pat, leave the Katters alone. They’re into farming and shooting, so they get my vote. Better than the limp wristed Scomo and the lisping Albo.

    • Grumpy says:

      Pat, the only relationship between Katter and Nioa Firearms conglomerate is the fact that the son of the original founders married Bob’s daughter. Their market is global and extends far beyond mad Katter’s influence. I’m sure they would take huge offence at being referred to as “Katter family”. They are a success story that benefits Australia and Australians.

  13. Scomosexual says:

    One would assume that the sociopath Malcom Turnbull is as hard as steel watching Morrison and his fellow Libtards getting pineappled. I would also imagine that Fellow sociopath KRudd is equally joyous watching Murdoch fail in its attempt to keep the Greens out of Government. The Greens and Teals are a slow growing force that may be hard to deal with in the future.

    • The Magpie says:

      A force to which The ‘Pie offers his conditional support … providing they don’t do a classic Campbell Newman ‘Too much, Too soon.’

    • Grumpy says:

      Heels, the current level of corruption in the state public service and government is now as bad, if not worse, than what it was under Joh in the Moonlight State days. I have many a story to tell about those dark days. The only hope is that there is another Fitzgerald out there. – and someone with the guts to prosecute.

      • The Magpie says:

        Reckon The Kid would he up for it when he gets in. Just keep that nitwit with the vowel deprived name out of it.

  14. The Magpie says:

    TBCE, good heads up, thanks. The ‘Pie has now researched it and it will pay it a major visit in next weekend’s Nest.

    • Elusive Butterfly says:

      Mr Pie, you are going to try and dig up more of a story about Queenslands Labor party to suit your anti-Labor crusade?

      • The Magpie says:

        Sorry, not clear to what you are referring. But if you have some further facts regarding the most corrupt unethical state administration since Joh, let’s have it. Or wait … are you saying an elected government shouldn’t be examined and embarrassing facts unearthed? Because it’s a Labor Government? C’mon, this a grown-ups blog FFS. But seriously, what does you comment refer to?

      • Mike Douglas says:

        Elusive butterfly , Labor Qld integrity commissioner issues + State archivist + Auditor General concern over accountability in 20 % blow outs in State Government projects . Blocking release of Jackie Trads legal costs . Legislation passed by the State Government allows them
        to get their hands on the rental bond $ RTA which could deliver $1 bil to State budget . REIQ concerned about lack of detail . Nothing to see here .

        • Elusive Butterfly says:

          Mike, these are minor issues in the big scheme of things. Every government has its problems at times. No need to make a mountain out of a molehill.

          • The Magpie says:

            Endemic corruption is a minor issue? Oh, wait …dammmit … sucked right in. OK, got me … you’re being sardonic, right?

          • The (barely) Civil Engineer says:

            Effluent butterfly, you seem to be desperately trying to make a molehill (appropriate name for the QLD Government) out of a mountain of corruption. Nice try.

    • Amanda Hugenkiss says:

      Pie you might want to add the donations made by the biofuel groups to Katter and his maniacal bellowing for higher ethanol mandates. The AEC returns for Katter are littered with NIOA donations. I am sure that has nothing to do with his calls for missles built here (NIOA have moved into heavy munitions) and shooting freedoms..,

      I just realised I agreed with Pat Coleman.

      Never forget where the hatter started out, as one of Joh’s Minsters.

  15. Steve, Belgian Gardens says:

    Sir Joh upheld traditional, conservative values. By and all, he kept our State clean and mostly free of the corruption and vices that had captured New South Wales and Victoria. Bob Katter also promulgates similar values with his anti homosexuality and family first policies. I personally would support a return to the Joh era, in a heartbeat.

    • The Magpie says:

      Steve,The Magpie greatly resents your efforts to turn this blog into a satirical joke site. Leave the funnies to us, sport.

    • Lord Howard Hertz says:

      Jenny would have your knackers for that, if you had any, Stephanie.

    • Jatzcrackers says:

      Aw FFS Steve, turn it up champion ! Some used to think at times you were entertaining, but now you’re like Harpic Joh and totally clean around the bend !
      I’ll personally ensure that your Hillsong registration form is in the mail if you like ! FMBD !!!

  16. The Magpie says:

    But hang on, thought the idea was to punish Russia.

    • Prince Rollmop says:

      Quite funny, Magpie. BTW have you tried Starbucks? It truly is shit. I used to travel regularly to the US and every trip meant that I would be deprived of a decent coffee for a few weeks. Super sized cups of shit. Their idea of a coffee is terrible. Leave Starbucks and McDonalds in Russia, it’s the perfect punishment.

      • The Magpie says:

        BTW still waiting … so while we’ve got you, would you mind strolling around to the relevant person’s office and see what you can dig up. Thanks.

        • Prince Rollmop says:

          If I were to go and do that the stinky CEO or Madam Mullet might think I’ve been reading the Magpies Nest!

  17. DAWE says:

    Well well, the federal government agency which is the department of agriculture, water and environment has already started to feel the effects of the Labor win. The departments deputy secretary, a career bureaucrat who has sniffed more politicians assholes than Johnny Depp has snorted lines of coke, is retiring. Good. Piss off. The Townsville office continues to mess industry about, and the morale continues to sink lower and lower due to the office manager being a complete snake and about as trustworthy as a politician. The department is under resourced and top heavy with ass lickers and boot shiners. My source tells me that the place has been rooted for some time, but it’s now really falling apart due to a control freak in charge. Too funny too funny.

  18. Old Tradesman says:

    So Jenny is guaranteed $100 m from the new federal government, for NQ Spark, Landsdown and the Hydrogen hub, but she is not sure if she will get it.

    • The Magpie says:

      The Bulletin and Mayor Mullet – a perfect match. An idiotic and pointless question gets the only answer possible.

      But when asked (by the Bulletin) if the council felt the region could do with more cash, Mayor Hill said “I’d love more.”

      Crikey, really? Not sure where the paper thought asking a politician if they’d like more money would go.

  19. Critical says:

    The election is over. When is TEL going to release the Hells Gate Dam business case which was to be finished at the end of April 2022 according to the TEL and Hells Gate Project websites. If the business case cant be released immediately, does the delay mean that TEL is incompetent in meeting grant conditions and timeframes or does TEL now have to submit the report to the ALP Australian government and Queensland government for sanitising so the the project comes up a real viable project which can be delivered within the dollars promised leading up to the election.

    • The Magpie says:

      Your way behind on this one Crits, The Magpie actually addressed in a blog two or three weeks ago … in a nutshell, TEL wrote the report, but it belongs to the state and federal governments who commissioned it – and they are the only ones who can release it. TEL was allowed to release a few lines summarising the report, but they don’t ‘own’ it so, it isn’t up to them.

      Anyway, The ‘Pie’s bet is that Hell’s Gate is damned … please note the spelling.

  20. Prickster says:

    Straight out of the “Do as I say , not do as I do” playbook.

    Nice see Senior Labor MP Tanya Plibersek belittle someone because of a physical short coming.


    Rest uneasy white males of Australia, knowing you are fair game for discrimination, bullying and abuse.

    • The Magpie says:

      Awww, petal.

      • Prickster says:

        Maybe we should support Ricky Gervais’ call out out of woke bullshit where
        he jokes about “old-fashioned women. They’re the ones with wombs. Those fucking dinosaurs. I love the new women. They’re great, aren’t they? The new ones we’ve been seeing lately. The ones with beards and cocks.”

        • The Magpie says:

          The funniest thing about Gervais’s new Netflix special is the calculated outrage (read free publicity) the Comedy Police have created for him. His schtick is not to everyone’s taste and since his oft-repeated motto is ‘I don’t care – I really don’t’ – and he clearly doesn’t – his fuming detractors target Netflix, and take to Twitter and Facebook in their hundreds of thousands to decry a show that tens of thousands would ever have otherwise heard about. While social media has made us lose normal attributes like tolerance, balance and respect for others rights, the most important thing social media has robbed us of is the ability to ignore. And doesn’t Gervais know it … come on down, suckers.

          But The ‘Pie believes, like stealthy midnight trips to the fridge for chocolate fudge, Gervais is many people’s guilty little secret. Love him in private, fashionably hate him in public. Anyway, that just adds an extra dimension to his funniness. Here’s a trailer for the special which you can enjoy … or enjoy being outraged by.


    • Mashed Potato says:

      I think Tanya was being kind because she could have called him Scomo or Turnbull. He really does look like Voldemort. And he also looks like a potato with eyes.

    • Lord Voldemort says:

      Sir, are you suggesting looking like me is a ‘physical shortcoming’? If so, reveal yourself, I shall sue.

    • The Magpie says:

      If you recall, Voldemort attaches his face to the back of victim’s heads …. so wouldn’t that make him two-faced? Like Peter Dutton?

      • I’ll be plucked says:

        Pie, Plibersek is the ‘the two-face’. She’s married to a crook who spent time in prison. Glass houses………:(

        • The Magpie says:

          Mate, it pains me to have to say this to you, but that is one of the most deeply ignorant, snide and grubby comments you have ever made.

          Plibersek’s husband, Michael Coutts-Trotter is one of the redemption and rehabilitation stories that should be held up as a shining example that people can turn their life around – despite having the burden of half truths and ignorance such as your shoddy comment.

          You could easily have taken 10 seconds to learn the lie of your selective smear, but since you didn’t, read this … and this, just one of dozens of similar articles, is from the Daily Mail, a rag not usually given to giving drug offenders any quarter.

          And here’s what Wikipedia’s profile reveals.

          Michael Coutts-Trotter is an Australian public servant who is the current Secretary of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet for Premier Dominic Perrottet. He was previously Secretary of the New South Wales Department of Communities and Justice.

          Now, just in case you haven’t noticed, the man who is married to a former LABOR shadow minister and is now a Labor minister, is now the department head of a LIBERAL premier and cabinet’s office. And perhaps even someone of your epic laziness and bias might be able to work out that you have to be someone of exceptional standing, abilities and trust to be appointed to that position, given the personal circumstances.

          So mate, there’s no political bias from the Magpie here, just a human bias towards decency, accuracy and the belief that everyone should be supported in all efforts at rehabilitation.

          Any future comments from you regarding criminal rehabilitation will be considered in light of your comment today.

          • I’ll be plucked says:

            Pie, FACT: Plibs is married to a crook who was imprisoned for peddling drugs. She should NOT have made the remark about Dutton. That is all old mate!

          • The Magpie says:

            FFS, you dunderhead, what has one thing (which is incorrect) got to with the other (which was satirical).
            Her husband did commit a early life drug crime – 19 or early 20s – and in the grip of said drugs at the time – was jailed, did his time and is no longer a ‘crook’. And has proved life can be turned around to become a highly respected semi-public figure, which had nothing to do with his marriage.But no rehabilitation from medievalists like you, eh? And what the fuck has any of that to do with Plibbers remark, which, yes was an insult … to Lord Voldemort.

            Comparisons are odious, but Coutts-Trotter and his wife have done more to serve their communities than some bitter, addlepated commentator on a pissant little blog in North Queensland, who struggles with English and decency.

            And needlessly and falsely bringing family into a political discussion is lower than a snake’s belly. It serves to say nothing except about your ethics and morals … and probably crotch-clutching misogyny too in this case.

    • The (barely) Civil Engineer says:

      As a white male, bring it on. The exchange of inappropriate comments about each other is a cornerstone of Australian masculinity.

      If Mr Potatohead can’t take it that’s his problem.

      Incredible that he claims that male pattern baldness is a disability. In that case I should soon be eligible for NDIS. Remember also fellow nesters this is the delicate petal who took legal action over a tweet that hurt his feelings. Hard to imagine that as a Queensland Copper he would. It have given and received a few direct character assessments.

      • The Magpie says:

        Name calling offers some humourous relief to the tedium of normal political lying, but it harding ever adds to constructive discourse. Anyway, nicknames abound, so where were all the naysayers when Smirko, or AnAl were mentioned, not to mention Beetrooter et al. And just why were the l;adikes left out of this sort of targeting, seems the Keepers of The Virtue have all been pussywhipped. Even The ‘Pie was wondering if he’d be in trouble when he tweeted about our new Foreign Minister’s overtures to Pacific nations saying ‘A wong making it right.’

        • The Magpie says:

          But in Mutton Dutton’s case, on, the basis alone of the despicable treatment of the Biloela family – part of which is undeniable child abuse – open slather as far as The ‘Pie is concerned.

  21. Polythene Pam says:

    What are all these bleeding-heart lefties complaining about with the latest gun massacre in the US? Don’t they understand that by the US Constitution (Second Amendment thereto) it is the inalienable right of every US citizen to attend upon the school of their choice, armed with nothing less than an unregistered and unlicensed AK47 (and don’t give me any of that shit that nothing more powerful than a 1788 musket was known to the founding fathers), and to blow away as many innocent teachers and students as possible in such short miserable time on this earth as is left to such shooter. Simple, innit? Constitutional Law 101, innit?

    • The Magpie says:

      You have a point, reinforced by by the other constitutional guarantee of the pursuit of happiness. Too bad if that pursuit of one’s jollies involves murdering true pubescent innocents, tough cheddar, swings and roundabouts in the Greatest Country On Earth.

    • Grumpy says:

      Too soon, Pam, too soon.

    • Tropical says:

      Polythene Pam.
      99% of gun owners are law abiding citizens.
      The NRA had nothing to do with the school shooting.
      A deranged nut job did.
      Guns dont kill people crazy people guns kill people.
      For 48 minutes there were 20 police officers outside the kids classroom and they did nothing to save their lives as they pleaded for help after calling 911.
      Other specialist police units were prevented from entering the school by local police as were parents.
      Last year California had a record 2000 homicide death by guns. never heard you whinging about that.
      Each and every weekend Chicago has the equivalent of a mass shooting have you heard about that? It is just about the same in New York and San Francisco.
      The common denominator for these places is drug ridden out control crime with major mental health issues are run by Democrats.
      One last thing. Obama and Biden shut down the majority of mental health instituitions because of civil rights.

      • The Magpie says:

        Your last line goes a long way to explaining your presence in our midst.

        Every time The ‘Pie reads one of your deranged haragues – more are unpublished than see the light of day – the old bird is so grateful for the strict gun regulation in this country. The thought that an unhinged raving demented fuckwit like you might have easy access to weapons would be truly concerning.

  22. Prince Rollmop says:

    I find it interesting how so many people are shocked that Scotty from Marketing has not resigned from politics. Remember, this is the man who dismally failed as Australian Prime Minister, and prior to this he was a slippery backstabbing ladder climbing snake. Then you have his time before parliament when he worked for Property Council and Tourism Australia, of which he left under damning circumstances. This is what will happen to Mayor Mullet eventually – her only fallback after finishing her time being Mayor will be living off her Maltese inheritance. She is damaged goods and nobody wants such a conceited, incompetent narcissist on their payroll.

    • The Magpie says:

      One of the interesting things about Jenny Hill’s tenure is the ‘danger of absence’ syndrome. The ‘Pie remembers well one of his first court stories back in the 60’s in Tamworth was about a bank executive in nearby Gunnedah charged with systematic embezzlement that had been going on for some years. He had be able to get away with it because he didn’t take holidays … but when HQ management forced him to take some leave, his activities were uncovered by those taking over his duties.
      When Hill retires or is defeated, she will be shitting bricks unless her successor is a sympathetic fellow-traveller. One of the first things that may be revealed, even before she leaves, is the currently suppressed ‘terms paper’ detailing the arrangement between her as mayor and Gutam Adani over the failed attempt to bilk Townsville ratepayers of $18million for an airstrip to serve the Carmichael mine …. 400kms away.

      let’s be clear … maybe matters now hidden will not be criminal in nature but the low, half-smart , self-aggrandising nature of your tenure will there for all to see …. that will be the legacy you are so desperately seeking.

      You may indeed find it politic to spend her retirement outside Australia.

  23. Tin Ears says:

    I reckon Morrison is staying in the game for one reason only and that is to take potshots from the sidelines at his colleagues. Although he isn’t quite the sociopath that Rudd and Turnbull are, he is an egotistical and gutless bully. So watch your backs dear Liberals as the leaks are about to commence.

  24. Alahazbin says:

    I see Anna P wants to ban hate speech and Nazi symbolism like swastikas etc. I wonder if she will ban the letter Z from the alphabet seeing that Russia is using it as a symbol on all their military equipment in the Ukrainian invasion.
    Does she know what a dictator is?

  25. Sticky Fingers says:

    Mr. Mag, it is shameful the degree to which the Bulletin “milked” the tragic death of “Roy” Symonds.

    • The Magpie says:

      Not sure The ‘Pie agrees, Roy was a known and liked figure both around town and nationally, and reflecting the general community mood of sorrow and happy memories was legitimate reporting. If you feel there was an over-egging of this particular cake, just move on to whatever else interests you. But shameful? … not really, this is one of those rare occasions where The Magpie must stick up for this otherwise busted-arse publication.

      • The (barely) Civil Engineer says:

        I knew Roy fairly well through mutual interests and shared friends.the only concern I had about the reporting in the Bullsheet was the the exposure given to Vidmar as his wife, considering she cut and ran with the kids last year to trade up in Brisbane. He loved his kids but she is just pushing back into the spotlights.

        • The Magpie says:

          See your reasoning but not sure how you can say she’s pushing back into the spotlight … try keeping the media and their slavering fantasies away from her would be impossible, and doubt that she welcomes the attention. Unless you are saying that she is using the death of the father of her children as an opportunity for publicity as a (former) WAG. Which one hopes you’re not.

        • Ocamm's Razor says:

          You most Uncivil Fucking Ginger Beer….for those of us that knew both Andrew and Laura I can say only that the fact you took to social media to post such a comment says waaaaay more about you then it does about Laura Vidmar. And you Magpie should have censored this grub and not even posted this ill-informed slur, even though he is a regular contributor of supercilious dribble to your blog. Oh, and little fact check for this Uncivil Prick, she now works in Sydney, not Brisbane….but of course being a friend of “Roy” and knowing him “fairly well”, you would have know that right? What a fucking loser!!

          • The Magpie says:

            Thanks for the advice on editorial policy. Will keep it in mind, especially concerning future proclamations by you.

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