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Saturday, May 25th, 2024   |   455 comments

Is An Intervention Needed? Troy Thompson’s Behaviour Hints At mental Instability.

Persistent bizarre and dissociative behaviour raises more question about the Townsville mayor. Is his latest finger to the public arrogance, ignorance or is it something else? The Magpie summarises a strange week, and previews council options for normal operations.

More blue sky bullshit being peddled for a stagnating top-end Townsville housing development, with the Bulletin yet again happy to play stenographer – but it doesn’t bode well for a major and much mooted CBD project.

And Trump and The Australian newspaper play the numbers game … and lose.

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This Week Clearly Showed That Troy Thompson Has More Than One Kangaroo Loose In The Top Paddock

It is always poor sport to mock the afflicted,  but when the afflicted one continually insults your intelligence with lofty arrogance, while rewriting reality,   then retaliation is invited.

Watching the mind-numbing performance of Mayor TwoNames over the past few days puts The ‘Pie in mind of the bumbling, disaster prone army major whose troops would follow him anywhere … mainly out of curiosity. Thompson watchers have been torn between being outrage while at the same time being mesmerised and fascinated to see what comes next.

To recap: days after others had obtained and published details of his two and a half years in the army -not five as he claimed in his campaign – Thompson posted a FB video of himself waving an almost certainly fake thick folder of unidentifiable material labelled ‘Personal Document Dossier’ saying that proved he was in the army after all (that had never been questioned, it was the manner of his service that he lied about),  so he insisted ,critics silenced and he declared that was an end to that.  But he refused to post any information from the dossier to prove his previous claims – especially the by now irrefutably false suggestion of being in the SAS. He said he’d proved his point (he hadn’t got within cooee of that) and he would not discuss it with anyone further. because ‘it was a private matter’. And that, he said, was the end of the matter.

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Think again, sonny Jim. Apart from the obvious question about his connection with reality, have a look at that ‘dossier’ – it appears to be very thick for the summary of a single ‘soldier”s two and a half year stint,  and was collated in such a roughshod manner, it was unlike any public service-supplied documentation.  So it is not unreasonable to conclude that this too is a bare-faced lie and an insult to the people of Townsville, many of whom have asked the same questions as The ‘Pie but in less strident and more polite terms. As well as telling the media, Thompson has told them as well to get fucked.

The exposure of this somewhat deranged charlatan has been led by the Bulletin (after several days reporting in this blog forced them to face the issue) and it must be said, their pursuit of this huckster has been excellent, given they operate under certain organisational constraints not hampering The Magpie. This from Friday’s Bulletin.

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And finally, TV is in on the act, playing it with a straight bat, but with this clown, no embellishment is needed. This from Seven News.

So having demonstrated his dishonesty during the campaign about his army boast, we will now inevitably return to his other claims. First those uni degrees.

In a nutshell, there aren’t any. One Thompson bio/cv that has surfaced included this:

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Oh really, Troy? How come this, then.

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Oh hang on,  you might have completed your ‘degree’ before the uni starting keeping digital records in 2002 (as stated above.) So let’s see, then … nope, you say you did five years on a Bachelor of commerce (fucking slow learner) between 2000 and 2005.  And that, as you can see,  is news to Griffith University.

And as for the Science degree, Curtain University has no record of you under either of your names ever attending anything on their campus. But gosh, apologies if The ‘Pie has got this wrong, he should be more admiring at your work ethic and diligence, because it appears you did your three years study  (90 to 93)for that science degree at the exact same time you were in the Army, slinging hash.

Someone The ‘Pie dug up who knew you in those years laughed outright when questioned about this particular claim, quote ‘ WHAT? He struggled to put two sentences together’. 

So, no SAS, no character building experience in the army, which you quit at the first opportunity … cheffing isn’t a cv highlight for anyone in mayoral office in recent times, if ever – and unless you pop up with your framed degrees, or even less impressive bits of paper saying you actually attended a few lectures (check in that dossier,  they might be hiding in there) – we will sadly have to add this to your growing number of campaign and current porkies.

But porkies is a casual term that is perhaps not merited regarding this serious offending. And inevitably, since you have chosen to insult everyone in this city and readers of this blog, the Bulletin, the Guardian and Seven News, we will now move on to a far more delicate area of your background that thus far The Magpie has avoided highlighting – the Gold Coast DVO matters and the self-hospitalisation for emotional instability.

Your exposed penchant for glib lying about other matters leads us to raise the question about the seriousness of the offending. It is not even clear – nor is necessary – to identify the victim and their relationship to you, but you have said publicly that it was your wife at the time. You skate over this by claiming it was accidental meetings, inadvertent phone calls (not sure how that works) and it was all settled amicably. Maybe it was,  but that is irrelevant when we voters want to know the true background of who we put into Walker Street – we want to know about possible personality failures.

Shortly after you were put under a AVO on the Gold Coast, you voluntarily admitted yourself to hospital for a mental health assistance. It was at this juncture that your hospital welfare officer wrote a letter asking the local police to excuse you from DVO/AVO reporting requirements.

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If the breaches … there were quite a number if memory serves … were all so trivial as you make out, why were you required to report regularly to the police? Disregarding the glowing character references from friends (that’s what friends are for) and an equally hagiography by your daughter Ashleigh (daughters are either full of praise, or say nothing),  was your offending more serious than you have let on?  Victims often say mum and reasonably just want this stuff to go away, so don’t go further.

While your grasp on reality is increasingly tenuous, you have to realise that you can’t just shrug all this off with the indifferent shrug and arrogant unilateral declaration that that is that, and we should all only look ahead. We have a right to know who is the elected person who represents us to the world in negotiations and tone of our city.

A Recalcitrant, Lying  Mayor Begs The Question – What Now?

It would seem we as a city requiring constant administration will not be frozen into any inactivity by the distraction of a fruit loop mayor. And in a way it is heartening, because it seems the council will run agendas, vote democratically, and happily function without some overbearing mayoral presence. Thompson will propose, the council will dispose, Thompson will vote like any other councillor and will only hold possibly controversial sway if called on for his deciding vote in any deadlock. Several, particularly Suzy Batkovic, have already stopped just short of showing their contempt for the mayor, a sentiment that will simmer under the surface until Thompson is called out by authority for his disgraceful behaviour.

‘And therein lies a danger. If the council backroom, dinner party and barroom deals result in a five-five voting bloc stalemate, Thompson with his casting vote will have more say than he is entitled to. At the moment, it seems a bit six-four, but refreshingly, councillors are speaking out (and equally refreshingly, being reported in the paper doing so). There are one or two dingbats in there, and they’ll become apparent as time goes by, but doubt they’ll be able to do much damage.

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The Magpie reckons Paul The Angry Any Ant Jacob has quietly shape shifted into the role of Sly Fox … it seems he saw what may be coming, and started his power base maneuvering early. He is politically experienced, particularly at the local government level, so he will be thereabouts whenever a situation arises or a void needs to be filled. Will that be a good thing? Hard to tell … he is Labor after all … but it’s an circumstance way ahead of the alternative of having lying,mentally unstable  conman having the main influence.

Speaking Of Breaking Deadlocks In Council

Astonisher reporter Chrisburns gave us a flight during the week, when he filed a report about a meeting of the Mount Isa council.

The Mount Isa Mayor has used her veto power to push through a council motion to offer $20,000 in sponsorship to the Mount Isa Indigenous Rodeo Championships after the vote was equally divided.

Veto power? Yikes, that would to be news to many but a joy to TwoNames Thompson if reporter Chris Burns was right. Fortunately,  he wasn’t.

Mayors do not (thank Christ) have the power of veto over council votes – or over anything for that matter (phew!!). Not even their preferred parking spot … that decision is made by administrators.

It was an instance of mangled English, and what Mr Burns meant was ‘casting vote’ (used to break a deadlock) and not veto, which means a person (in this instance) had the power to override a majority decision. The error was corrected in the printed edition, and maybe the online story was just sent in from a Isa stringerand not checked properly .. but Chris,old mate, if you’re name’s on the story, you wear everything that’s in it.

Tricky thing, this language lurk, eh, possum?

Developer Mark Tonge Speaking In Tongues Again with More Blue Sky Bullshit

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An exclusive $13m land release overlooking Cape Pallarenda and Cleveland Bay has set price records for vacant residential lots in Townsville.

Magnetic Views Estate is a gated community developed on the hillside adjoining the Cape

Pallarenda Conservation Park with fabulous views out to the islands and south to Townsville

and Castle Hill. 

Only five lots remain for sale after buyers snapped up eight lots in a record-breaking run of

sales totalling $7.45m.

Just five lots remaining four years ago, eh/ Well, the wheels of fallen off somewhere along the way. This story today … which is not really a story, just a free advertorial for a real estate agent, has an interesting updated take on how Mr Tonge’s whiz bang investment is going.

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New agent Blair Carter honks on with some of the bleedin’ obvious.

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Note that last line: seven lots still available … but wait, put the fingers away, that means … oh dear. The point is, right from the start, when the spiv Spinelli told us four years ago that eight lots had been snapped up mainly by locals, he wasn’t exactly fibbing … what he no doubt meant was that here were seven holding deposits in place while prospects worked out the cost of building there.  After kicking the tyres, seems some of them almost had involutay whoopsies when the figures were crunched, because now Miss Carter has seven remaining lots to flog to the ones born every minute.

But, hey, let’s stop being a negative Nancy and gosh, let’s go down and have a look, pretty spectacular, you’d reckon.

Save your petrol or EV, all you’ll see in the boulder part of it. This is in fact some crude and trickster carney barking disguised as a news story, because this is the package that is on sale for $3.5m. Not a single sod has yet been turned on this wet dream house, if a sod can be found on the site … seems a bit of military grade  Semtex or a bucket of strategically placed gelly will be needed to make an impression around this  little armpit of snake infested, rocky ‘estate’. As architect Stephen Rhodes , who is hoping some mug will fork out the necessary folding for his vision, breathlessly tells us with a fey flutter of the hands “Designing around the boulders, the main living spaces directly face north to Magnetic Island, maximising both light and shade for comfortable tropicalliving .‘ Fuckin’ genius, Stevie, you’ve aced it, most other architects would have it facing directly back into the hillside, better to see the snakes and the occasional gay tryst down on the Towns Common..

One would think if Magnetic Views developer Mark Tonge is still involved  around town, he’d be concentrating more on the promised 20 story hotel he told us those four years ago was just around the corner ‘but can’t name the hotel group just at this stage’.  Bloody long stage, because he still can’t, apparently.

Gawd, this fuckin’town, really.  We attract ‘em like flies.

They Were Cheering In The Bronx This Week …

… if what is generally known as a Bronx Cheer counts.

Refreshed by his daily snooze in court, Trump used a break to make a campaign stop in New York’s Bronx district, which has been held by the Democrats for four decades. The predictable parts of the gushing media gushed as the most corrupt man in America made his pitch to the rabid and the curious.  But his media supporters were up to the usual tricks with numbers, variously reporting an enthusiastic crowd of … depending where you heard or readit … 10,000 to 30,000.  Murdoch is still a Trump backer, although somewhat lukewarm these days, so the Australian dutifully reported 10,000 at the rally, and used this photograph.

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But again, it was a lesson learnt again that in this day and age, when you want to chuck numbers around like confetti, it’s hard to maintain credibility when arguing against technology … in this case, a drone.
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 10,000? After studying the pic for a while, The ‘Pie reckons, 5, maybe 6 tops. And it turns out that just about all the scattered red MAGA caps in the crowd belonged to supported bussed in from as far away as Texas.  But it won’t be all one way lying when he fronts up for the first of two, possibly three, televised presidential debates against Joe Biden.  The relative drawbacks of each debater has the American ‘toonist at their best.

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We lost a true community champ this week. Graham Jackson died on Thursday, he was one of the good guys around this place, and had been a stalwart community man all his life. He was 92.

RIP, Graham.

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455 Comments

  1. Southern Comfort says:

    WOW Magpie! Just WOW!

    Has someone taught you how to play with photoshop, or is that a Real Deal note from the Funny Farm on ole TwoNames? Given the “Faxed” stamp, I’m assuming it’s the real deal. TwoNames, in what I’m reading to be a dodge of the Police, went home to the Psychiatric Unit. What have we got to do to get him to go home again? PERMANENTLY!!

    Come on Janet, it’s been enough. A joke is a joke, but it’s time you called Little Troy home to lock him back up.

  2. Jeff, Condon says:

    Twonames brought his ADF ADF involvement into the public forum so he can’t claim privacy. Put up or piss off. Same goes for tertiary qualifications.

    For DN’s benefit this means he should fuck off.

  3. Mike Douglas says:

    Another great blog Pie . Own goal for Les , Aaron , Scott with Premier Miles announcing public transport cost of living support by dropping bus / train / City Cat fares to 50 cents saving hundreds if not thousands $ for South East cnr commuters . Trouble is our 3 local labor MP,s have done nothing to fix public transport in the Ville including Taxis + Ubers airport . Palleranda gated community woes lack of land sales . City wise , Peter Honeycombes 300 approved apartment build is on hold as building costs are so high sell prices for 3 bedroom apartment with no water views would need to sell for a mil $ he claims .

    • Ducks Nuts says:

      Mike, the taxis and uber are not something State government can control.
      Taxi fares dried up when FIFO mining dried up, then the government imposed lock out hours on night clubs and people no longer travel to Flinders Street late at night like they used to. Then, there were a number of large businesses collapse, QNI being one, and disposable incomes dried up. And now it’s just not viable for taxi drivers to be out and about all the time like they used to. Next time you take a taxi, ask the driver.

      The buses are a whole different matter. Because our politicians wanted money spent on Stadiums and Lansdown and port access roads and water security (which were still waiting for) we didn’t get money spent on basics like public transport.

    • Villified says:

      Re build prices
      Your right build prices are up .. however
      Isn’t this more related to cost of product.
      Supplier costs which is across the board..
      Their Bne developments are still going ahead..
      The land costs here comparatively are piecemeal
      Compared to there.
      Builders are busy as ..
      So what gives..
      Is there some other costs we are not seeing in this equation ?

  4. Terry Who says:

    Jenny Hill must be feeling really depressed to think the Townsville voters replaced her with this bumbling idiot we now have as Mayor.

    Really was an “Anyone but Hill vote”

  5. Billy Rubin says:

    I read somewhere that Troy Thompson was referred to the Integrity Commission by the State Government? Is that correct?
    If so, what happened?

    • The Magpie says:

      Yes. We’re waiting.

    • Jenny says:

      Billy, there are a number of different ‘integrity’ bodies in the Queensland government system. From memory (not all that reliable) our mayor has been referred to the Office of the Independent Assessor which is not the same as the Integrity Commissioner.

    • Jenny says:

      Report in the Guardian online on 29 April said:

      “A spokesperson for Queensland’s local government department said it had referred the matter to the Office of the Independent Assessor for investigation.

      “The [office] is an independent statutory body that has significant power and discretion under the Local Government Act,” the spokesperson said.

      “[It] undertakes the initial assessment of all complaints about councillor conduct in Queensland.”

  6. Lab Rat says:

    Twonames may be going viral. His story is now on twitter and having joined in the retweeting of his story posted by another person, this shonky tosser is having his 15 minutes all around the world.

  7. The real ziptied helmet says:

    Fantastic column this week pie! Lay it on the lying bugger arse

  8. Toy Thompstain says:

    What an excellent hard hitting blog this week!! Love it. Old Twonames will be seething at what you’ve penned Mr Magpie. But it’s all very accurate. Old mates army records are evidence of Twonames lies. And as for his educational history, I can’t wait to see where that is going to end, but I reckon it’s all a croc of shit. This bloke couldn’t lay straight in bed. He appears to be a lying snake oil salesman that has run out of places to hide. I genuinely hope he doesn’t have another mental episode. If he comes clean on his past that will go a long way to easing pressure on his mental health.

    • Not running for Mayor says:

      Interesting comment Toy. Although con men seem not to seethe they just move on to the next falling domino of their scam. Your point about another mental health episode may be the clever exit. I can see the Council/Tweakers/Swueeze comment – “There has been so much unfounded public attack on Mayor Twofaces that to protect his mental health has had to reluctantly step down from the role. Everyone who was nasty to him should be ashamed and go suck dick!”

    • Southern Comfort says:

      TwoNames “come clean”. Hahahaha!

      Actually, a truly honest mea culpa on everything, and I mean everything, might be the best thing he could do to save even himself (I mean, so far as anyone knows, none of this is criminal, ….much). A short break for personal and mental health reasons, maybe he could come back and start again. Although I think it is him that will need to apologise to everyone else. Not what his fan club demands.

      But the guy is a pathological liar. Couldn’t tell the truth if he was desperately trying to. And he’s not. So the ugliness will continue. And before he blames everyone else, that ugliness always started with one of his lies, his BS, etc. He is always Ground Zero on his own shit.

      Everyone from Pie onwards has just held the transparency and accountability mirror back towards him. Even those 2 words were his campaign Mantra.

  9. Inspector Clouseau says:

    I think that it’s time Twonames/twofaced/twobit should seriously consider standing down for the sake of his mental health, as well as the well being of our beloved community of Townsville. It would also allow us the opportunity to return to the polls to elect a Mayor, rather than have one foisted upon us, if he hangs on for 12 months, or more.

    This is his chance to show some real honour and consideration for our community.

    • I’ll be plucked says:

      Inspector, HONOUR is not a word in the DNA of this Twonames person, proven by his outright lies about military service, educational qualifications and shady/unclear employment records……… :(

  10. Grumpy says:

    A few weeks ago, I commented on Thompson’s blatant ogling of the Ms B-S at a council meeting. His lip-licking, creepy leering was noticed by many present, including, no doubt, by Claudia herself. This was no doubt duly noted.

    A week or so ago, Thompson met with the TEL coven. Now, prior to his unfortunate (for us) election, Troy was highly critical of both TEL and the V8’s and clearly hinted he was going to do away with both of them. However, after the meeting, when the full force of the TEL Geishas’ feminine wiles were applied to his gullible ego, he seems to have had a complete reversal of attitude. In a recent FaceBook exchange, he stated that TEL were and shall remain a dominant force in NQ and are responsible for bring us State of Origin, Pink, the last good wet season and we should all be grateful for the opportunity to be contributing to their lunch money and travel expenses. The V8’s? Why they bring untold riches to our shore! We’ll forget the fact that he blatantly lied about the ownership of and where the profit goes to from the carpetbagging concessions stands. We also won’t talk about dramatically falling attendance records or lack of any realistic evidence of real benefit and value-for-money. When a few people challenged him on this, he refused to respond. His basis for doing so? It was COMMERCIAL IN CONFIDENCE!!! This open and transparent nonsense is a real pain in the bum, hey Troy?

    Not only was he unable to explain why it was CiC, he clearly did not understand what it means or how the principle applies in this case.

    So, there it is. If you want anything done in this city in the future, you must provide tasty snacks, tell him what a good boy he is and flash him your tits. Oh – and thank him for his service (he likes that).

    • The Magpie says:

      He’ll do things if one flashes ones tits?

      Christ, hope Fatty Palmer doesn’t want something and whips off his shirt.

      And the day attendance numbers become C inC, we will know the end is nigh.

    • Jenny says:

      Hey Grumpy, would it be the case that the V8s and the stadium are stand-alone business entities not owned or controlled by TCC and therefore their vital statistics (attendance figures, financials, tax arrangements etc) are confidential TO THEM if they choose? If that is the way the ‘business’ is structured then the mayor or TEL would not be entitled to publicly reveal information that had been provided to them in confidence.

      • The Magpie says:

        What a load of hot cock (one suspects an area you’re well acquainted with, Jenny/Troy).

        There is absolutely nothing confidential about attendance figures for the SuperPests, and should be a matter of public knowledge, because the ratepayers provide (an unknown amount of) support for the annual event. So much for your promise of transparency.

        And all Australian stadiums – none of which would exist without government (i.e taxpayers) support provide attendance figures for the media and on websites for each event. There are collated lists available too, including for Stadiums Queensland. (Townsville record for a match since 2003, SOO 27,533 – not bad for a place officially licensed for 25,000. Biggest attendance overall in open configuration – 65000 for the two Pink concerts so an average of 32,500.)

        • Jenny says:

          Magpie, yelling at me won’t get you access to stats that belong to the V8 corporation, whatever its name is. It’s their choice (and perhaps fundamental to their strategy?) to reveal and conceal, just as it is Stadiums Queensland’s choice to provide attendance figures – and what do they mean anyway? We won’t cancel the NRL at the stadium even if attendance plummets.

          As I understand it the full council went behind closed doors to decide the future of the V8s in Townsville. Apparently, all 11 councillors received a confidential briefing and decided to continue supporting the event. We don’t get to choose what went into the sausage, just the orifice through which we ‘accommodate’ it.

          • The Magpie says:

            Truly inane. Absolutely true that aspects of the V8 contract are C in C, and the event is not necessarily detrimental to Townsville, but how would we know? That the council can commit ratepayer funds (mostly in kind but that’s still costs) without discussing that matter in open council – which cannot affect the … ha ha gasp snurffle, chortle – the Superpests ‘intellectual property’, and crowd numbers, which one presumes can be demanded by and are known to police and emergency services for crowd control and safety precautions.

            No rights for ratepayers at all, eh? What a twat.

      • Ducks Nuts says:

        Jenny, a decision was made some years ago by council not to publish attendance at large events because a particular director at the time, made a colossal fuckup in what turned out to be his guesstimation of attendance numbers. It was highly embarrassing. Mike Douglas may remember more.

      • Grumpy says:

        Jenny – Nice diversion. But you, as usual, miss the point. If the V8’s come to us demanding money for the privilege of running their bogan activity here, the we should know precisely “What’s in it for us?” and “How much is it going to cost us?” As if morons like Kristian Price could make sense of a balance sheet or a financial proposal. Who checks to see if it is not complete bullshit? Thompson? TEL? Whilst we are at it – exactly why is CiC being claimed? Like the term “Without prejudice”, it ain’t so, just because you say it is so. It’s more to do with a coverup.

        • Jenny says:

          Grumpy, you have an interesting take on the way ‘cultural’ events get organised and paid for in this town. You say: “If the V8’s come to us demanding money for the privilege of running their bogan activity here, the we should know precisely “What’s in it for us?” and “How much is it going to cost us?” Sorry, but history shows that we ratepayers, represented behind closed doors by our elected councillors, have never known what would be in it for us and we keep being taken back for more because we have now spent the millions creating the enabling infrastructure.

          ABC News 16 May 2008
          “The Townsville council and Queensland Government have reached agreement on a funding package for a V8 Supercar race.
          After months of argument and accusations of rip-offs, the council will spend just under $5 million and the total construction budget has come in at $30 million.
          Special enabling legislation was introduced to State Parliament last night and if the deal is approved by council at the end of the month, construction work can begin on the controversial pit lane development at Reid Park.” The Commonwealth Labor government tipped in a few million as well.

          ABC News 23 July 2013
          The [Labor] Opposition says the State Government has taken too long to secure three V8 Supercar events in Queensland.
          The State Government yesterday signed a contract with the event’s organisers for the Gold Coast 600, Townsville 400 and Ipswich 360 to continue until 2016.
          However, the Government said yesterday it would not reveal the cost of securing the events. Premier Campbell Newman said it would not cost the Government as much as it had in the past.
          “These matters have always been commercial-in-confidence – that was the position of the previous government,” he said.
          “We haven’t moved from that, but I do say that we’ve got a better deal.”

          The ABC report continued:
          “The Townsville Chamber of Commerce (TCC) says it is relieved the V8 Supercars event will continue in the north Queensland city for another three years.
          TCC president Dawson Wilkie says it will give local businesses more opportunity to increase profit margins.
          “We have to learn make more out of the event, the event organisers come along and organise the event, and we as a city and a region need to lever as much as we possibly can off that opportunity,” he said.

          Different state and federal governments, different councils and mayors, different chambers of commerce and ‘enterprise’, all following the same road map towards the same taxpayer funding. Why get your knickers in a twist expecting the “carpetbaggers” and “gullible” “morons” in the new council to follow a different path?

          • The Magpie says:

            Gawd, you’re a gas bag, Jenny … just like your more famous namesake. (Oh, no, don’t tell us, you’re actually …. no,it couldn’t be.)

            To continue questioning questionable behaviour – with the targets just hoping we will get tired of doing it – is not getting ones knickers in a twist. It is dogged perseverance at opposing secretive governance which is unmerited and certainly not transparent.

            And BTW, the TCC has a President? Troy Thompson will be livid.

          • Alahazbin says:

            Jenny, Dawson Wilkie was Director of Engineering Services at the time. Just another inaccuracy.

          • Jenny says:

            Alahazbin, “another” inaccuracy? I simply copy/pasted the ABC news site. Is it possible you don’t have a clue?

          • The Magpie says:

            You post it, so you own it, especially a glaring error that was immediately obvious.So your happy to copy and paste incorrect information. Good to know, thanks.

            And The ‘Pie would be mightily amazed if the ABC dd actually make such a silly booboo.

          • Grumpy says:

            Jenny. Lengthy off piste quotes doth not butter no parsnips. The issue is perhaps too simple for you to understand – what do we pay and what, precisely, do we get for it?

          • Jenny says:

            Magpie, show me the glaring error:

            V8 Supercar deal took too long, Qld Opposition says

            By Maria Hatzakis, Lucinda Kent and Jessica Nairn
            Posted Tue 23 Jul 2013 at 7:29amTuesday 23 Jul 2013 at 7:29am, updated.

            If you and Alahazbin don’t know the name of every official in every community or business group in town that is your problem. I quoted word for word from a reliable source in good faith and you think I made it up – for some dumb reason. WTF?

          • The Magpie says:

            The fact that an error that stuck out like Dolly Parton’s left one on a cold day was missed by you or unknown by you shows just what little knowledge you have of this town’s recent history – The Nest received several other (unpublished messages making the same observation about Wilkie’s supposed title. But you’re so full of yourself, it’s beneath you or your knowledge to point out the error. And it’s important … errors cast doubt on the credibility of everything else written in the report … it’s technically known as Bulletinitis.

            Your playing a couple of grades above your level, dearie. Bugger off if you’re going to be so tedious.

          • Jenny says:

            Magpie, if you (and Alahazbin) think it was a glaring error for the ABC to name the 2013 President of the Townsville Chamber of Commerce as Dawson Wilkie, how do you explain this news item from the same ABC on 15 October that year:

            “The Townsville Chamber of Commerce says it hopes more companies will follow the lead of a major retailer and import their goods directly into the city.
            Hardware giant Bunnings has signed a new deal with the Townsville port to have its goods shipped to the region every fortnight.
            The Port of Townsville says it is the first step in making the city a logistics hub for northern Australia.
            Chamber president Dawson Wilkie says it will also improve the supply of goods into Townsville during the wet season.
            “That’s probably one of the big advantages is now we’ve got depots here that will keep that product and we’re not relying on the roads down south to be open to get product here or services and those sort of things,” he said.”

            If you have such intimate knowledge of this town’s recent history then please name the 2013 President of the Chamber of Commerce. Go on, spit it out.

          • The Magpie says:

            From your original cut and paste:
            The ABC report continued:
            “The Townsville Chamber of Commerce (TCC) says it is relieved the V8 Supercars event will continue in the north Queensland city for another three years.
            TCC president Dawson Wilkie says it will give local businesses more opportunity to increase profit margins.

            This gave rise to The Magpie’s reply suggesting it was news that the TCC had a President.

            One suspects your trying to waste our time in the Nest chasing up silly irrelevant stuff while your hero gets on with being your hero.

            This thread is now closed.

  11. Prince Rollmop says:

    Good work Magpie, another explosive piece of reporting. Why buy the Astonisher or the Bullshittin when you can read the Magpies Nest for hard hitting factual stories as they happen. Thompson must dread waking up Sunday morning and reading this blog at 5:00am. It wouldn’t surprise me if his fan club jumps in early and starts defending him today. Troy boy has a dodgy work history, dodgy education qualifications, dodgy mental health and dodgy domestic violence history. He has most bases covered, a real walking disaster. I’m sure that mummy will make him a cup of tea and nurture him while he navigates these difficult times. What a shyster!

    • The Magpie says:

      Plenty more coming his way … and not just from The Magpie.

      But The ‘Pie can’t take too much of the credit beyond curating the platform and making calls on what he thinks should be published, this is citizen journalism. It is very heartening that more and more people are trusting The Nest, and shining their own lights into dark places. Of course, the old bird has his work cut out with the stirrers,mischief makers and cookers, but that’s all part of the job.

      But thanks for the endorsement Mopsy.

  12. The Magpie says:

    No matter what your stand on American politics, on Dolly Parton’s song 9 to 5, or on performer Randy Rainbow, if you don’t do yourself a mischief laughing at this masterpiece of spoofdom, you’re on the wrong blog. Simply brilliant parody.
    https://x.com/SpecialKSM913?cn=ZmxleGlibGVfcmVjcw%3D%3D&refsrc=email

  13. Trollseeker says:

    Recent daily update from our Mayor stating that he started his day at 5 am and he even posts a picture of his outer office looking dark and quiet. Problem is that the window gives you a small glimpse of the car park on the side street. Bright and sunny with plenty of cars parked there, funny how this has come about after people have questioned the truth to his daily updates.

    • The Magpie says:

      At least it’s not quite as toe curling as the following post.
      What on earth in that addled head makes this expanding porker think there is the remotest interest of himpiling on the Ks in all the good paddocks around town. Don’t know what all that crap about diabetes is but you’ll note his Brisbane fav spot gets a mention for the local outlet. This bloke is more embarrassing than the former GG’s singing missus.

      TIME FOR A TREAT:

      I’m like a big kid in a candy store, and for anyone that knows me well, knows I have a sweet tooth.

      While there are some comments stating I have Diabetes, this is news to me and an example of the many unnecessary untruths being spread about me. Nevertheless, I appreciate the interest in my life and how I choose to spend my free time, which these day is rare.

      I encourage all people go and experience the beautiful Townsville we live in, you will find me out and about supporting local businesses and interacting with the community which I truly love to do, I choose to spend my money in the city I live in, and if I am out eating, drinking say g’day. I’m not unapproachable, and I know I’m not everyone’s cup of tea, and not everyone voted for me either…that’s okay, that’s democracy.

      A huge thank you to The Candy Wrapper, I am certainly excited to visit again when you open at your new location in July along Fulham Road.

  14. Mr Macphisto says:

    I am starting to believe that TwoNames is actually thriving in all the attention he is receiving. His personality craves power control and attention. His recent ‘Special Announcement’ on Facebook was nothing more than an attempt by him to maintain power and control over the narrative. For TwoNames the power, control and attention is an addiction! He will stop at nothing to get his fix! He is “as cunning as a fox who has just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University “ (Blackadder, 1989). like a true dictator, he has silenced anyone who dares to question him by blocking them on social media platforms and surrounded himself with Cookers who subscribe to his shit. He is highly dangerous. He demonstrated this through his numerous breaches of a domestic violence order. In that example he placed his needs above the feelings of his victim and above an order made by a court. He did this because he craves power and control and when it was denied it fuelled anger and vindictiveness resulting in his total disregard of the victim and the court. His self admission to a mental health facility was more than likely legitimate because he could not cope with the loss of power and control he had over his victim. He would have viewed himself as the victim in that circumstance. He is again demonstrating his addiction to power, control and attention through his conduct of lying about his military service and his academic achievements.

    • The Magpie says:

      If you say so.

      But some big surprises await.

    • Ducks Nuts says:

      Oh he’s starting to unwind nicely. And is now commenting on pages using his mayorall account

    • Toy Thompstain says:

      Rest assured Macphisto, it will all end in tears for Thompson. Karma is a real bitch. What goes around comes around. He had the means to be able to live a life of lies and deceit, and it worked well for him. Why? For the ordinary man on the street you can get away with it – a dodgy CV, higher education embellishment, even some smoke and mirrors on your military records. But Thompson is no longer the ordinary man on the street. He is a Mayor, a government official. People notice that. The media notice that. The spotlight has been switched on and now all of Thompson’s bullshit is unravelling. This fuckwit is going to seriously land on his arse. And when he does he won’t go down without kicking and screaming. He will point fingers, cry out that he was bullied, blame everybody else but himself. HE is the one who dug himself into this shit of a mess, him and nobody else.

  15. Bird with broken wing says:

    Great blog Malcolm. I think you’ve got a good deal more fodder now that Hill has been replaced with Thompson. Who would have thought. Sheep to the slaughter – all of his own making.

  16. Grumpy says:

    That Div 4 moronic bogan cooker, Kristian Price, tried to cast doubt on whether Jenny Hill actually served. An obvious, crass and juvenile attempt to divert attention from his mate, the remarkable Mr Thompson. Well, ask around, dipshit. There are scores of people who shall confirm her service – here in Townsville as an officer, no less. Or perhaps you would like to drop into the Patriots’ MC clubhouse and accuse her of lying about her service. Take Thommo with you. Whatever else she was, JH did not stoop to stealing valour.

    • Mangrove Jack says:

      Don’t doubt her service Grumpy, but should it be noted that as an Officer in the Reserves, and not in the front line regular army. I don’t say this to divert attention from Thompson, but to qualify the statement, and I would have referred to Mrs J Hill and others I knew that were reservists as weekend warriors.

      • Grumpy says:

        Jacko – you do realise that 18% of Australian soldiers deployed 1999-2016 were reservists? I’m pretty sure they worked 24/7 when they were there.

  17. Perry Mason says:

    Townsville Magpie, I think you might find yourself in a spot of bother for publishing the letter about the Mayor’s health.

  18. J jones says:

    Two names is great entertainment

  19. The Magpie says:

    ADVISORY To commenter Truth Hurts.

    You would need to provide proof of the genuineness of your quote and its source before it would be published on this site. That is if it is published at all, the relevance would have to be considered.

  20. The real ziptied helmet says:

    TwoNames says media questions on his history is akin to returned Vietnam vets being spat on. Riiiiight-o mate, nice try at deflecting. I mean, what an insult to Vietnam vets.

    • The Magpie says:

      First stolen valour and now comparing himself with real soldiers who went into battle in a foreign country but were badly mistreated when they returned home (a lot of them were conscripted Nashos). he was even walking and talking when this all went on, so he is again posing with an incomplete knowledge of our social history.

      Thompson really is a turd.

    • OED says:

      It’s doubly offensive because that never happened, he lies about his own service and repeats the myth of the spat upon veteran.

  21. The Magpie says:

    Seems the Streisand Effect is a News Corpse thing – decrying something in a manner that amplifies and by exposure further promotes the thing being decried (cf the Bulletin and the Courier posting juvenile criminals’ ‘boast posts’.)

    A prime example of shooting oneself in the foot is this from today’s Australian.

    The gag is funny inasmuch that it nails the Greens’ sometimes muddled priorities , but WTF was the Australian thinking publishing the graffiti message? That is simply amplifying the message, and can only be seen as a shot in the foot for the newspaper, since it is a heavily biased supporter of Israel and the Gaza slaughter.
    PS for an attitude assessment of the paper, note that it is a Trump supporter.

  22. The Magpie says:

    NEWSFLASH: SOLID RUMOURS ARE SWIRLING THAT ONE OF THE SOUTHERN MEDIA’S HEAVY HITTERS HAS LANDED IN TOWN. WONDER WHAT THE HELL THEY COULD WANT AROUND HERE?

    • The Magpie says:

      Hey, to any of the The ‘Pie’s esteemed citizens journalists working in Walker street, the old bird hears that ACA has arrived on your doorstep this morning. At least one very recognisable face, we’re hearing.

      Anyone want to report anything?

  23. The real ziptied helmet says:

    TwoNames posted this on FB about an hour ago today, https://www.facebook.com/MayorTroyThompson/posts/pfbid0Rxj1i1ojvgdu3X8K5ZEaESZUvva1AA9qJgZxiRJbSoXT5EkYaxHHEbjPxEXg3nthl

    Mayor Troy Thompson

    ACCOUNTABILITY & TRANSPARENCY:
    When I was campaigning, this was my number one pledge. To date, we have achieved this. Meetings are open, and Councillors are all contributing, democracy thrives. All are answering their calls, emails and actively getting out to their divisions.
    The community has been wonderful, embracing and understand that our first 49 days in office is about learning, and getting used to being a Councillor first and foremost. Whilst getting out to our communities is our priority.
    Our Chamber is open and we live stream, my life, my schedule is very transparent. At times there is an expectation that it should be more. Personal and work are two very different items. Personal and family are not for the public, respectfully, neither is one’s past. There is no place for bullies, disrespect or negativity in my life.
    I am forward focused, and we have a lot of work to do here in Townsville, and that is my focus, the city and our community. I am often out and about, and I love that people come up and say g’day, I still pinch myself daily, thank you for believing in me, and those that don’t, give me a fair go, and see what we actually deliver this wonderful city, through accountability ,transparency and hard work.



    #accountability #transparency #townsville #adayinthelife #thankyou #community

    • The Magpie says:

      FFS!!
      1. Meetings have always been open … except for the necessary CinC closed door ones, of which there has already been two under you (selection of interim CEO and the V8 SuperPests contact).
      2. Councillors answering calls, emails and actively getting out in their divisions is what they’re paid to do, and has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with any claimed initiative of yours.
      3. Open councils and live streaming is a matter of law. And democracy. Again, SFA to do with you.
      4. One’s past IS DEFINITELY for the public’s knowledge, if you are running for public office. Would you apply for a job but decline to offer a CV? Seriously, what the fuck is up with you?

      Best you take on board the well worn courtroom saying ‘Just because you say it is so, does not make it so.’

      And the cliche ‘pinch myself’ is what those who have enjoyed incredible luck do … so that is about the only sane thing you’ve said in that whole childish diatribe. You are clearly a very troubled person operating under the same daily veneer akin to a functioning alcoholic … but it seems your problems go much deeper.

      What sane person would lie openly to the public, then subsequently prove and confirm their own lie?

      • Prince Rollmop says:

        A desperate media statement by a desperate man. With a clouded past like yours Troy, I would want to bury it also. Stupid fool wants to pretend everything is above board and quickly move forward. Nice try dickhead. The Thompson story has a long way to go..tick tock

        • The Magpie says:

          It’s actually the insult of it all, treating us like we are all 8 years old. And his band of apologists areas mentally adjacent as he is.

    • L.Ron Hubbard says:

      Transparency? Open up the books and show us how much the Superpests cost us for the past few years. A nice robust cost benefits analysis, what we spent and what we gained. Your girlfriends over at TEL should have all that information available.

      • The Magpie says:

        Uh oh, L. Ron, grasp the ankles and assume the position, Troy cultist Jenny is reaching for her strap-on to ram home her message to you.

  24. Nostradamus says:

    What I have seen is this: The Mayor has called in southern media on the advice of the TCC inhouse boffins. He does not want to deal with any local media.

    I am seeing an interview/release this week in which he ‘explains’ his ‘mis-steps’ when campaigning and presenting himself as a viable candidate in the Mayoral election. Topics that may be covered include Military claims, educational qualification claims, previous employment history, mental and general health matters.

    This is an attempt to put the matters to rest, once and for all! Should be interesting viewing. Nostra

    • The Magpie says:

      Droll.

    • Kenny Kennett says:

      Nice try but nope. ACA don’t go anywhere unless there’s a blood to be spilt.

    • The real ziptied helmet says:

      I just saw a comment last night on one of Troy’s recent posts where he responded to a person saying an interview has just been done and it will be released this week. I’ll try find it again.

      • The real ziptied helmet says:

        Here they are, https://postimg.cc/gallery/25wftSB

        • The Magpie says:

          If it’s a local Seven News interview, it will probably be a nothing burger, local tv outfits aren’t known for hard hitting interviews.

      • The Magpie says:

        What a curious response from a mayor and politician.

        ‘wasn’t too fussed’? Why would you be fussed at all Troy, unless there is something to hide. The unspoken suggestion there is that you could well have been ‘fussed’ but wasn’t. Because you’re our stable genius?

        • The real ziptied helmet says:

          There were two screenshots. Did you see the other one where he said there’s an interview coming this week?

          • The Magpie says:

            Take your word for it, matters have moved on now, with Twonames deciding to not so much poke the bear as kick it’s arse, suggesting that all TCC advertising be removed from the Bulletin … this is the moment in this saga when we see the real beginning of the end.

  25. Tezza says:

    Don’t you just love it how gimps like Thompson straight away adopt the ‘I’m interested in moving forward rather than looking backwards at the past’ bullshit when their dirty dark secrets are exposed? If he was a real man he would ‘man up’ and admit he is guilty as charged. Cant wait to see the outcome of the southern media that have arrived in Townsville. Old Thompson might get shirt fronted by ACA on mummy’s doorstep. Oh the humility…..

    • Freckle face says:

      Kingdom of Troy, that video link had a Friendly Jordies voice over. Friendly Jordies do great investigative work. Absolute gold. Hey Thompson, you can run but you can’t hide. Everyone is looking into your background to see how many skeletons you have. Ha ha ha ha

  26. Kingdom of Troy says:

    There are many comments calling for the TB to “give it a rest” and let this grifter/carpetbagger get on with being Mayor. WTF is wrong with people. To these imbeciles (and I hope to christ Two Names and his repulsive, creepy partner are reading this) I say…..

    NO!!! Do not give it a rest. He has lied about his military history, his academic qualifications, his job history, his family history…..he has lied about everything. His actions are shining a national spotlight on this city for all the wrong reasons. In the role of Mayor you just DO NOT get to do that. Integrity is everything and Troy Thompson has expended all of his. I hope the Townsville Bulletin keeps digging and I hope Magpie keeps digging to shine a light into the darkest corners of this conman’s life. And just for the record if he came out and admitted to his lies, deceit and half truths I might take a slightly different stance. I would still consider him unfit for this role but at least he took ownership, real ownership of the situation that only he created.

    PS I’ve heard it’s true about ACA. TN must seem to think he can win them over but it’s ACA for fucks sake. They smell blood and are circling, just like the CCC.

  27. Inspector Clouseau says:

    Just heard on the radio news that Qld. police are seeking a bandit, who was wearing a cape and underpants on his head who tried to rob a store down south. In his haste to escape he tripped over his cape!

    Harpic and his Batman claim immediately came to mind. Has Harpic gone to the dark side??? :)

  28. Ducks Nuts says:

    If Thompstain hadn’t gone national before, now he’s made the Pineapple Express.

    https://www.facebook.com/share/r/7hT1kjhGmwnCDnSw/?mibextid=oFDknk

  29. High plains grifter says:

    Fuck me, reading these comments this morning, seems like everybody is investigating Thompson; the CCC, ACA, Murdoch media, local news rags, Friendlyjordies. Maybe the CIA and Mossad will be next? I hope so. If Thompson’s background is a con job, I reckon he will last a couple more weeks if that, then pull the pin. He will claim he resigned due to mental health, bullying, or he will say it’s the right thing to do for the good of Townsville. I’m already running out of beer and popcorn, this shit show is more fun to watch than the Amber Herd/Johnny Depp trial. This is awesome.

    • The Magpie says:

      Your faith in the semi-autonomous machinery of the Queensland Government is touching, but then again, Thompson isn’t a protected species like his Labor predecessor, who was guilty of far more complex and insidious actions but was waved through the system not with a slap on the wrist, more a pat on the bum.

      • Alahazbin says:

        “his Labor predecessor, who was guilty of far more complex and insidious actions but was waved through the system not with a slap on the wrist, more a pat on the bum.”

        Thank you Astonisher.

    • The Magpie says:

      Two very interesting points there.
      The irst and most obvious one is that Townsville’s mayor is now being investigated by the CCC.

      Despite Thompson claiming the IOC only passed the matter along to the CCC as part of a what he suggests is an inevitable process to shelve the matter and about which he has no concerns, it is worth noting that the IOC, who can dismiss a matter as having no merit or not within their remit, have not done so in this case.
      The other is Thompson’s airey statement that he has given a three hour interview (oh, yeah, three hours, sure) to a commercial channel which he will clear everything up. If Troyboy thinks he’s getting three hours on Seven News, that is further proof that he is bonkers. The reporter will cherry-pick whatever bits fit his editorialline -pro or anti – and edit them together into maybe a minute, two at tops. And if he really did talk for three hours (about what FFS, conspiracy theories, magic crystals and fake watches?) hthis goof will have provided any worthwhile interrogator with plenty of rope.

      And then there’s the fact that he for some reason felt obliged to tell us the interview was given to a commercial channel – crude code for not the ABC. Tell you what, if he agreed to a sit-down with the ABC (not a morning chat with a brekky host on radio) The Magpie would love to see Paula Tapiolas come back to the microphone to do questioning – she would be fair and unfailingly polite but the Paula The ‘Pie knew back in the day had a great bullshit detector and wasn’t afraid to use it. And she sure as hell wouldn’t take three hours.

      • Echochamber says:

        To avoid any suggestion of bias, or editing to take comments out of context, surely Twonames has retained a copy of this alleged 3 hour interview that, in the interests of “transparency” and “accountability”, he will post online somewhere for everyone to watch? Right? Right?

  30. Doug K says:

    It’s clear, to me anyway, that Troy Thompson isn’t going to be Townsville Mayor for long.
    There’s no chance of him falling on his (army) sword, of course, but now the national media has smelt blood in the water, all hell is going to break loose.
    So surely we should be looking for a genuine candidate to contest the inevitable new election.
    Anyone know if one of the current councilors could stand and still keep their job if they lost? In any case none of them are mayoral material.
    So it’s time to start looking for the right person.
    If Fran O’Callaghan’s health has improved she would be an odds-on favourite.

    • The Magpie says:

      TwoNames can’t fall on his sword because he’s forgotten where he put it.

      • Burnt Brows says:

        I heard a rumour it’s only a small sword.

      • Jatzcrackers says:

        Luckily the Army doesn’t hand out swords to regular army personnel. You get to use one as an officer at Duntroon Military College with the top cadet receiving The Sword of Honour to keep.
        TwoNames will have to fall on his cooking knife. They’re available at most K Mart outlets !

      • The real ziptied helmet says:

        It’s at his ex wife’s place

    • Candle in the wind says:

      There are several excellent candidates in town. Unfortunately one is the LNP candidate for Thuringowa so won’t be available. I remember a local business owner (lady) running against Jenny hill some years ago who I thought would have walked in, but an expose in the local TB ruined her run. Maybe someone could have a conversation with her?

      • The Magpie says:

        It wasn’t an expose,it was an agreed interview with pix (journo was the much-missed Shari Tagliabue) in which Jayne openly talked about her gay relationship. Talking only from a political point of view, that was an own goal, which Jayne subsequently told a Magpie friend that she realised what she’d done the moment she saw the article.

  31. Southern Comfort says:

    To add to all his stupid, TwoNames cannot even count. In his latest post he claims 50 Days as a Public Servant. Dipshit cannot even do simple math. It’s only been 48 days.

    God help us when he tries to use those math skills to land a budget!

  32. Burnt Brows says:

    A three hour interview for a program who only have a time slot to show at best 12 minutes of it? I can’t wait to see it, going to be a brilliant ‘cut and paste’ of all the best parts !

  33. Mugwump says:

    Two post this morning from our mayor.

    This one is a public FU to the relationship print media has anymore with the TCC and public. While the reporting / journalist side is important and they have transitioned (how ever badly) to online, this is his swipe on the advertising side and cutting the tcc expensive advertising budget with the Astonisher and his way of saying a big FU to them.

    • The Magpie says:

      MALICE IN WONDERLAND – BLUNDERBUSS BULLSHIT

      STUPIDLY trying to make this a front bar populist ‘policy by public acclamation’ – even merely suggesting it before the inevitable walk-back – is a total tactical disaster, and this is the real beginning of the end. This is Thompson’s idea of harnessing what he perceives as public opinion, but if he was fair dinkum in his concern about finances, even a sensible paring back of the TB advertising budget would be – by a sane person – negotiated and discussed with councillors in a professionally conducted manner in open session.

      To move this feud along to a policy change like this (which will not happen) is his most unwise move yet … it is one thing to have a spat with the local editor in a small (in News Ltd terms) regional market, but entirely another to poke Mumma Bear in it’s Sydney lair …. nothing stirs the Holt Street counting house beast like a threat to already dwindling revenue.

      As things unfold, this single move, even though only a mere suggestion at the moment – and almost certain never to happen – really will bring the News Ltd toe cutters out of their lair.

      • Kingdom of Troy says:

        Magpie. I concur your points about the appropriate process for reviewing what council spends on TB advertising, which is through the chamber and Councillors. That may be the process followed once CEO reports back. But more to the point, how much repair work do you reckon could be done to pavements, roads, parks etc. from removing advertising expediture….which I’d estimate to be well short of <$1M. I'll tell you. Fuck all.

        • The Magpie says:

          There is no way of either monitoring or guaranteeing where any claimed savings would be directed. and no one seems to have asked about the information for the communityt contained in those ads, which is cearly the most widespread medium in Townsville.It’s not all a waste (but yes, a lot of it is, but a spite driven blanket ban might just be punishing the community.

          The motivation here is disgraceful, with this devious prick continually suggesting no one should question is past.

    • The Magpie says:

      A mayor in Queensland is not a public servant in the normally used sense – that term refers to those professionals who operate various departments of the council, under the direction of a CEO who is advised to some extent by the elected head of the elected council … i.e. the mayor.

      Not sure the TC public servants like be equated with Goofy.

      • Grumpy says:

        A childish attempt at payback. It sounds as if it comes straight from the mouth of an immature wannabe political WAG, but not one that’s very smart.

    • Ducks Nuts says:

      One of the biggest comments on this idiots post today is Stephen Lane. And earlier in the day, Thompstain posted a photo of new artwork in the office by none other than Richard Lane.

      As a side note, Sue Blom has been actively supporting Thompstain. I knew she was dim, but didn’t realise that her hate for Jenny would lead her to support this shitstain.

  34. The Magpie says:

    Laura Tingle makes a public resignation speech on TV, but most of the media miss the point.
    Well, she didn’t suggest that was what she was doing, but she may as well have it is now untenable for her to remain in her role an the ABC’s Chief Political Editor after her spray.

    But as usual, the media get the focus wrong. Tingle saying Australia is racist is hardly news … although the uncomfortable but rarely unspoken truth is that that includes many migrant groups and most certainly the elite of the aboriginal industry.

    No, where Tingle decided she wanted another job was when Dutton she said was discriminating against migrants – this of course related to Dutton’s championing of major Liberal Party sponsors, the local Jewery, and Israel’s conduct of the Gaza War.

    It doesn’t matter what view one holds, for the chief political editor of the national broadcaster to public take sides in any issue – let alone a hot button one like immigration – in such a crude and unsubtle matter makes her position completely untenable.

    Wonder what her New Zealand squeeze thinks about all this?

    Of course, the Australian, the chief Dutton fluffer and uncompromising zionist zealots, pounced with glee, including this today:

    • Jatzcrackers says:

      Don’t you buy the Woman’s weekly or New Idea these days Pie ?
      Latest word is that Laura and Sam don’t share the same mattress protector these days !

      • The Magpie says:

        No, The ‘Pie doesn’t but obviously you do … still getting your kicks out the ladies undies ads, mate?

  35. Ducks Nuts says:

    7 News

    Apparently hes being supported by the Heads of Army.

    https://www.facebook.com/share/v/L5fzyf7XYwF1Dv5x/?mibextid=oFDknk

    • The Magpie says:

      Facts remain facts.

    • Kenny Kennett says:

      Who is the woman sitting next to him in the video interview? Is that his partner? If so, is she a TCC employee?

      • Grumpy says:

        Kenny, I think that’s his child bride. Self-described Social Media expert of primary school competency and purveyor of expensive items of woo-woo garbage to be worn on the wrist together with your foil hat.

      • Kingdom of Troy says:

        Well spotted KK. This is indeed the partner. His Siamese twin. He does NOTHING without her. The rumour is that if not for her he’d have caved ages ago or at least checked himself in for another mental health break. She, more so than him, is not willing to give up the trappings of the role so easily. Remember how he shitcanned councillors for accepting invites to the Chairman’s lounge at Cows home games and stated he’d be sitting with the plebs in the cheap seats. Well seems not. A few home games ago at beginning of May there they were up in the CL. London to a brick that this was at her insistence. Now to KKs point. She is wearing the exact same shirt as two names but without the TCC logo. This is not an accident. Rumour has it TN asked for key for her to access the TCC building, despite her not being on staff. It was denied I believe.

        • The Magpie says:

          There can be little doubt that he would’ve put her up for an advisers role if he had been allowed to have advisers – you remember that species, it’s the one Thompson pilloried his predecessor for having.

          Such an appointment would have the CCC on their doorstep tout suite.

        • Grumpy says:

          KoT – wonder if she went for the Moreton Bay Bug record? I believe the one set by another political hanger-on still stands. She seems a similar type to this social climber.

    • Burnt Brows says:

      Ha, ha ! What ‘Heads of Defence’ would come out publicly and support an Army Reserve cook from 30 years ago who overstated their service time? If it’s true then ACA will be interviewing them no doubt…

    • Grumpy says:

      My God. Is there no limit to this gruesome individual’s hubris? His glib lying is of Olympic standard. Total twat.

    • Southern Comfort says:

      And yet I’ve not seen any of them actually say that. He stood next to a Brigadier last week. I’ve not seen any recording of him turning to TwoNames and thanking him for his service.

  36. Lab Rat says:

    Twonames referred to the CJC. Well played Pie and everyone else on here for shining a light on this fkwit.

    • The Magpie says:

      CCC nowadays, but same thing.

      • Prickster says:

        Twonames is taking fervour to unprecedented levels.

        Does nailing Twonames for his embellishment on his resume, and failure to step up to his pre election commitments set a precedent for the entire political class?

        Are we shocked that pollies lie?

        • Grumpy says:

          Pricked – a WA pollie just got sentenced for exactly that.

          • The Magpie says:

            Yep, the only difference was that the pollie in that instance pretended to have entitlement a false police officer history.

  37. Mr Macphisto says:

    Just reported is the CCC have received a complaint regarding TwoNames claimed academic qualifications and campaign donations.

    • The Magpie says:

      So two new theatres of battle have opened up.And to think The ‘Pie was worried that with Mayor Mullet gone, subject matter might be thin on the ground.

  38. Echochamber says:

    Isn’t there a joke about military cooks having killed far more people than the SAS over the years? Maybe someone should ask Twonames what his body count is. He could well be considered a lethal weapon, with tongs his weapon of choice. We can at a minimum count “transparency” and “accountability amongst his first victims.

  39. High plains grifter says:

    As much as I hate the pathetic service The Astonisher and The Bulletin offer, Thompson cutting them out of the loop, not giving interviews, pulling advertising etc, is politically dumb and fraught with danger. It paints ALL of TCC into a corner. It ain’t pretty when you get the media offside. Thompson is either dumb or has idiots advising him. My guess is that he is dumb and arrogant. Silly mistake and one that will burn him badly.

    • The Magpie says:

      At least we will get a measure of the interim CEO’s skills and understanding of his new role.

      And of course, this suggested policy change is yet to come before the council … and by Christ, that had better be an open meeting.

    • The Magpie says:

      A plea to Mayor Troy Thompson: if you have any of your claimed care for this community STEP DOWN NOW BEFORE YOU FURTHER TRASH THE REPUTATION AND PROSPECTS OF THIS CITY ALREADY STRUGGLING IN SEVERAL SECTORS.

      People outside Townsville don’t care or want to know about the series of unlucky circumstances that led to your election, all they will see is a town of one-tooth bogan hillbillies who allowed themselves to be hoodwinked by a glib conman. Why not recover some decency and step down before you do more damage? That would be a generous gesture before the inevitable happens.

      • The Magpie says:

        And expect more on the uni degree claims and campaign donations.

        FYI CCC Reference Number
        1716857613

    • The Magpie says:

      The Betoota Advocate is always good for a laugh, but for we here in Townsville, this is a dangerous and unhelpful jest (great everywhere else though).

      The problem is it mixes truth and fiction and doesn’t clearly label which is which … with the aggravating feature that it is cleverly written in a manner that makes the reader feel it could all be true.

  40. The Magpie says:

    “Hey, Sarge, Sarge, we’ve got our perpetrator. It’s a boy named Sue”.

  41. The Magpie says:

    And the best news of the day for a community that has been so well served by this man for decades.

    • Inspector Clouseau says:

      Pie, the real tragedy in this is, Father Lancini has no legal recourse to claim compensation for unnecessary harm and suffering as he was not committed to stand trial. The law really is worse than a horses arse in this case!!! :(

      • The Magpie says:

        Well,not sure that that is true. If the police laid charges and then dismissed them, Father L should certainly be able to recover those costs.

        And if you mean take out a civil action against his accuser, best to leave that alone, we have no idea why the police dropped the charges but the possible precarious emotional state of the accuser would preclude taking that path.

        Besides, Father L can take solace in the fact that no one believed it anyway. The Magpie certainly didn’t.

      • Alahazbin says:

        Inspector, if he is true to his faith, he would forgive his oppressors.

  42. Jeff, Condon says:

    I may have heard the same ABC interview this morning that the ‘Pie heard. The arsehole sounded confident and referred to an upcoming interview on commercial TV. Interviewer later made reference to 60 Minutes. If true, he’ll pick up a tidy sum.

    The IOC had to pass the matter on, because all his claims were made prior to his being declared the election winner, therefore it had no jurisdiction. Notice how he erased his tertiary qualifications immediately after the election. I can’t remember if he did the same with his with his ADF claims.

    Here’s the rub. It isn’t an offence for a politician or a political party to lie during an election campaign. There was a brief period of eight months during the Howard years, however, it was revoked six weeks before an election.

    Private companies are pilloried for doing this and yet it is endorsed for the political class who can bring about catastrophes through their lies. I’ll try to find the source on the net in the next few days and put it up here.

    Don’t be surprised if the bastard gets away with it and picks up a tidy $1M+ over the next four years and can add Mayor to hi dodgy CV.

    Here’s the rub

    • The Magpie says:

      You’re a bit all over the place with that one, Jeff. Why would Thompson pick up a tidy sum from 60 Minutes (an outfit which The Pie would be very surprised to have any interest in him or the issue at the moment? Although they often deny it, 60 M generally pay for interviews but with Thompson, if there is no gotcha and he is somehow vindicated , and can exonerate himself,they would have zero interest.

      And it is not OK (as in legal) for politicians to lie about facts during an election campaign. They can make promises and pledges they later break (Thompson’s getting close to a record in that department) because they can logically claim that they were sincere at the time they said it, but have changed their minds due to changed circumstances – the circumstances being that they are now elected, and you can go FY.

      But ‘disinformation’ has its limits – e.g. saying the Holocaust never happened would break anti-racism laws just for starters, and other denial of facts would most likely contravene other proscribed speech sanctions. Like false claims of qualifications and experience that would also attract sanctions, as Thompson may be about t find out.

      • Jeff, Condon says:

        I thought much the same thing about 60 minutes, but after the interview this morning when they tried to get the ADF info from him, Michael said that we will just have to wait and hear it on 60 Minutes. Perhaps it was an off hand remark.

        I’ll try and dig up the other stuff tomorrow.

        • The Magpie says:

          Michael is no dill and has his talents, but he’s not there to do ball kicking interviews. So perhaps he was being a touch sly with that comment. You can’t say you don’t believe someone or give an opinion about them when you’re on the ABC. Unless of course, you’re Laura Tingle.

      • Guy says:

        Knowing you like a good non sequitur ( well not really from previous comments)

        I visited Dachau about 20 (?) years ago.

        Most of the camp had been bulldozed, in its time Dachau was VAST. Whats left in the museum is just the tip of the iceberg. The main building has been turned into the indoor exhibit – RAUCHEN VERBOTEN greets the visitor. Now… this might make some people scream but there was at the time a board that makes comment that it was Jewish banks that funded the nazi war machine. That’s what was there take it as you will.

        Away from the arrivals centre , I can’t remember how far away it was , lay the gas chambers, it was winter and a thick blanket of snow covered the entire site; I’d been sick for a few weeks and coughing profusely and given my state of mind the whole place was nightmarish. Given the weather the whole place was deserted. The cold infiltrated through every layer of clothing sock and boot ( around- 25 C). If there was much more to see there I’ve got no idea – the snow was at least 3 feet in some places.

        The gas chambers at Dachau are actually very small. I ventured briefly into the gas chambers in case some practical joker came out of the woodwork and decided to slam the doors shut on me. Dachau itself was the blueprint for every gas camp the nazis built, it was prelude to the much larger and more effective killing machines built further east. Cannisters would be thrown in , the doors create a seal . As an aside 1080 poison proudly used by Australian farmers and the australian government , was originally invented by the nazis to kill concentration camp prisoners , it was deemed so dangerous they refused to use it prefering ZyklonB instead.

        I do remember that museum’s info board commenting that Dachau killed a “small” number of people of around 3000 – gassed or shot. The firing squads would operate in a small section near the gas chamber. Standing there looking up into the trees amongst the infrastructure snow gently falling in silence it was easy to understand what went on there.

        Recently there’s been historical revisionists out there disputing numbers or even people being gassed ( believe it or not). They are masterpieces of fiction omitting one key piece of information – the nazis were foremost bureaucrats , they documented many of the people they killed.

        The last poignant memory I have of Dachau, was the picture in the main building showing the first inmates arriving at Dachau and jumping out of the back of a truck – they are wearing lederhosen.

        • The Magpie says:

          Interesting in itself, but haven’t a clue what you’re trying to say in any subtext.

          But with you, pal, it is ever thus.

          • Jeff, Condon says:

            Well written recounting of Dachau visit by Guy. While not dealing with the laid down perimeters of the blog in dealing strictly with matters pertaining to Townsville, he was informing us of the perils of the wave of antisemitism washing over Australia. As such, if ignored it will invade Townsville.

          • The Magpie says:

            The Nest is mainly concerned with Townsville but by no means exclusively. While from day dot, the blog has featured the American cartoon gallery, that is because,like it or not, what happens in the US affects us greatly here.

            The ‘Pie is toying with idea of a blog piece on the Gaza disaster this weekend …. and the utter whipped-up nonsense about a wave of anti-semitism sweeping Australia. Utter Liberal and News Corpse tripe. We might have a further look at that on the weekend, but The ‘Pie repeats what he has said several times before…. being against Israel (the state) is NOT being antisemitic (religion). Israel’s callous war crimes against innocents in pursuit of the murderous Hamas vermin cannot be condoned by any civilised person … no more than Hamas actions cannot be. But the IDF’s massive overreaction, the latest being literally executing women and children who were exactly where the Israeli army told them to be, prompted one interviewee on radio yesterday to describe the Gaza actions as ‘Netanyahu’s holocaust’. He’s indiscriminately killing unarmed civilians because of who they are … and still systematically starving them.

            It is bitterly ironic, tragic and disgusting that the state of Israel was founded entirely because of those self-same actions by Adolf Hitler.

          • Guy says:

            Its called an experience magpie, the nuance is left to the reader – for you there was none. I never really get why you cultivate the Jekyll and Hyde comments.

          • The Magpie says:

            To help you ‘get’ an understanding, it is because, unlike you who obviously dislikes the idea of two sides to a debate (Jekyll and Hyde), The ‘Pie doesn’t believe in censorship to simply promote his own views. Idiocy and hidden agendas get binned, otherwise Dr J and Mr H can have their say.

        • Al says:

          Guy, I understand what Pie says, but I’ll put my 2 bob in. I was near there in 1995 but couldn’t possibly visit the place. No known relatives in cooee of there, but thanks for your little story. Sad time in our history. Al

        • Ducks Nuts says:

          Fuckenhell Guy… took me 10 minutes to even find how Dachau was linked to this thread. You’ve really gotta lay off the whizz

          • Guy says:

            The Holocaust was mentioned, I thought it was a worthy aside to change the palate a little. Crazy thought: you could always NOT read it – but it kept you reading, right?

          • The Magpie says:

            You’re a veritable Shakespeare mate.Just take the compliment and shut up.

  43. The beta male says:

    What’s wrong with Thompson’s face? Does he use Botox? His face reminds me of an inflatable doll. Not that I would know what they look like.

  44. Burnt Brows says:

    Tomorrow marks two years since Birnbrauer became Mayor. Oops, sorry – I forgot the actual date he started and made it up. Easy to do …….

  45. Critical says:

    After the mess caused by the former Major when bully boy Walker was replaced a couple of us were wondering this afternoon what happens if a Mayor either resigns or is removed from his position by the State government. It appears that a by election must be held to replace the Mayor. Hopefully I’m reading this right.

    https://www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/local-government/for-councils/governance/local-government-elections/councillors-and-council-employees-contesting-elections

    • The Magpie says:

      This was published some weeks ago here in The Nest, and several times, The ‘Pie has pointed out that if TwoNames falls over, as he will, within a year of taking office, there is another mayoral election… but mayoral only. Councillors remain in place.

      This presents an ideal and once-in-the-council’s-lifetime chance for a suitably qualified person to nominate, because there is not question of getting together a team and raising money for a group run. This simplified run for office may well encourage some who may have previously been reluctant because of the enormous logistics in creating and running a team.

      If he goes after a year, the councillors select one from their number to act in the chair until the next election. The Angry Ant is sweating on him sticking around for another 11 months, since Jacob would probably have the numbers.

      • I’ll be plucked says:

        Food Trucks Greaney would go close too, Pie. By then she might have convinced a few to give her the numbers???

        • The Magpie says:

          Yep,knowing what little The ‘Pie does of her, she’d almost certainly have a gallop. But here’s the thing … Jacob would have to resign and run, chancing his arm because he couldn’t return as a councillor (I think). Same for Greaney. Would either have the moxie to risk their current cushy positions for a few extra shekels.

          Funny old world, ain’t it? First we were saying anyone would be preferable to mayor Mullet but now we are seeing Greaney and Jacob as far more preferable alternative to what we have. Unthinkable a few short months ago, but the political gods clearly have a sense of nasty humour.

          • Kenny Kennett says:

            Perhaps TN will suddenly have another seizure in front of a supermarket security camera and tell all that he has to take a month off, then another month, then give two months notice of resigning – of course it’ll be due to doctor’s orders and we’ll all get to see the dubious footage again.
            Then Harry Patel will become Mayor!!

        • I’ll be plucked says:

          Well Kenny, as far as I can tell at least old Harry is not a pathological liar, a cheat and a fraud, with a history of mental illness.

          • Nurse Ratchet says:

            Hey Plucker, old Harry is a mental health nurse at the Townsville Hospital. Wonder how it would go if Twonames ends up there and old Harry is rostered on!!!? :)

      • Hee Haw says:

        A by election means councillors can run for Mayor and not be required to give up their position as councillors, if they lose they just return to council.

  46. Doug K says:

    Troy the boy has finally got something right: there is dubious value in newspaper advertising these days.
    From what I’ve been able to find out, the Townsville Bulletin is still charging around the same advertising rates as they did in the days when the paper was selling 42,000 copies on a Saturday and 28,000 (average) midweek.
    Perhaps editor Cas Garvey can confirm or deny.
    These days paper sales are rumored to be about half those numbers, and most local advertisers have woken up. For example the real estate guide has dwindled from a 40-page liftout to just 4 pages. All that action is now online with Domain, realestate.com, and tv.
    Same goes for the classifieds. Once referred to as “the rivers of gold”, For Sale ads have moved to online sites like Gumtree (free of charge) and Ebay (for a commission).
    So what’s left?
    Mainly national ad deals with Harvey Norman and The Good Guys, and locally the Townsville City Council.
    I can’t recall the exact number of full pages ratepayers funded in last Saturday’s paper (been reading the Bully online while away on holiday) but I think it was at least 4.
    So could the future of the paper now rest on TCC continuing to waste money on ads, most of which appear to be unnecessary.
    As suggested here previously, if the Bully ceases to make a profit, News Limited will shut it down and turn local news coverage into a liftout in the Courier Mail.
    Sad days indeed.

  47. Grumpy says:

    Would it be unfeeling for me to ask Twonames for particulars of his “cancer survivor” claim?

    Nah – let’s have it dopey.

  48. Poo packer says:

    Hi Nestwrs. So far this week, has Cr Thompson still been posting his daily calendar of activities? I don’t have Crapbook so I can’t check. And if he has been posting, has he included details about all of his media interviews including that supposed 3 hour interview? His diary must be really full.

  49. Jeff, Condon says:

    Bearing in mind, the following link is from the discredited Fact Check RMIT, while it refers mainly to electoral advertising, there are also relevant references to individuals:

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-13/fact-check-is-it-perfectly-legal-to-lie-in-a-political-ad-/100511796

    and yet, the AEC website says:
    The AEC has only limited powers with respect to regulating the content or truth of electoral advertising.

    There is a criminal offence in s 329(1) of the Electoral Act:

    A person shall not, during the relevant period in relation to an election under this Act, print, publish or distribute, or cause, permit or authorize to be printed, published or distributed, any matter or thing that is likely to mislead or deceive an elector in relation to the casting of a vote.
    Section 329(5) provides that for a person alleged to have committed an offence against s 329(1), it is a defence if it is proved that the person did not know, and could not reasonably be expected to have known, that the matter or thing was likely to mislead an elector in relation to the casting of a vote.

    I asked this question on the internet:
    In Australia, if I lie about my tertiary qualifications during an election campaign, have I committed any offence?

    and received the following inter alia AI response :

    “In Australia, if you lie about your tertiary qualifications during an election campaign, you may not necessarily have committed a specific offense related to qualifications. However, there are other eligibility criteria that you must meet to run as a candidate in an election. ”

    “In summary, while lying about tertiary qualifications during an election campaign may not be a specific offense, failing to meet other eligibility criteria could disqualify you from running as a candidate. ” Pardon my punctuation if incorrect.

    There was more that I saw a few days ago, however, I can’t find it in the time I have.

    Twonames is a rat cunning bastard and may have a chance with getting away with his lies. The ever-forgetful electorate may forget about his lies in four years if, if he does something spectacularly great over the period, but going on present form, that’s unlikely.

    • The Magpie says:

      Not sure where all the galamumphry leaves us.
      but if you seriously think the military bluff will soon be forgotten in this town, think again.

      • Jeff, Condon says:

        ADF members get posted out, new ones come in.

        Believe it or not, most of us in the services didn’t give a shit about local govt because it had little impact on us. We were concerned with Federal Govt and international issues because they more directly affected us.

        We retirees in the area, while mightily pissed off, are a minority of voters in the area.

      • Jeff, Condon says:

        Duhh! They can lie and get away with it.

    • Bob Roberts says:

      Jeff, RMIT Fact Check is only discredited in your head where every day is opposite day.

    • The Magpie says:

      Mopsy, polite question: if it’s behind a paywall (it is) subscribers to the Astonisher/Courier have already seen the story … those who are not subscribers cannot see it. So what’s the point?

      • Prince Rollmop says:

        true Magpie, true. I posted the link more for the purpose of highlighting how media outlets all and sundry are reporting on our Mayors shenanigans, and that’s a good thing. .

  50. old tradesman says:

    While I agree that this freak show has to commit Hari Kari, he has done the city a great service in getting rid of the witch in a most uncanny way, his position will be untenable as there are too many don’t add ups, I have heard rumours that some very prominent villagers could be lifting up their hands as Miss Vindictive has been deposed, there is also a rumour that a Milky person wants his job back but at the top level not the one at the deputy grade.

    • The Magpie says:

      Doubt Frothy would get the gig but hey, this is Townsville, the equivalent to Jack Nicholson’s Chinatown.

      • Grumpy says:

        At the risk of offending my old mate Cranky Pants (hi, chum, I hope you’re lurking), I quite like Frothy. I have met him a few times and he’s a good bloke. We could do a lot worse. And he knows his service number and would be quite prepared to share his deployment history.

      • Jeff, Condon says:

        More like Jack Nicholson’s “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”.

  51. J jones says:

    It’s pretty simple really
    TwoNames said he was a “soldier” in his pre-election campaigning to garner votes in a military city.
    There is still no proof he was ever a soldier.

  52. Grand Master says:

    I’ve been enjoying the commentary and blog the last few months… Although this blog is quite obviously right-leaning (which I myself am also so that’s fine by me), I respect that Magpie allows all commentary and opinion to be aired. That said, am I the only person that’s noticed that the new ‘interim’ Mayor struggles with the basics such as punctuation and spelling? And it also seems that those whom support him all seem to suffer the same inability to spell? I guess it shouldn’t be surprising though… I’ve wanted to correct his spelling and punctuation on his Facebook page but I know I’ll just get banned and will no longer be able to read his amusing stupidity.

    • The Magpie says:

      If you mean The Magpie is right-leaning, that’s going to be hell of surprise to Peter Dutton and the Canberra Libs.(Like they’d give a fuck about The ‘Pie’s opinion or The Nest for that matter.)

      But generally, The Magpie bases his diverse opinions on the issues, not on some party manifesto or knee jerk reaction. Readers views are their own.

    • Ducks Nuts says:

      I’m not convinced our amazing and transparent mayor writes his own posts, and probably can’t be blamed for the poor grasp of English. I suspect it’s his child bride, social media wizard, selfie taker, pose master extraordinaire.

      But agree, an inability to spell, and a slim grip on reality seem to be common traits of the Troyalists. Like this gem

      https://imgur.com/a/XVwHRZD

      • The Magpie says:

        everything falls over and she hasto work to support her man, there’s a job waiting for her at The Bulletin.

        • Ducks Nuts says:

          #adayinthelife
          #dailyschedule
          #bigdayahead
          #haveyoursay
          #whatareyourthoughts
          #thesehashtagsaregay
          #eventhebulletinisntthislameandtheysuck

        • Ducks Nuts says:

          Today’s public announcement
          I’ll not play political games (while I splash my slimey political games on Facebook). I can’t stand Harpic and I prefer him over Thompstain.

          And remember, we don’t need a petition, that makes me look bad.

          Fuck you Troy. Hope the community petitions to have you removed you sleazy POS.

          https://imgur.com/a/j2WXLlK

      • Grand Master says:

        You are correct (unfortunately). That was actually painful to read.

  53. I am the Batman says:

    Most of you know me as the caped Labor crusader. I can assure you that there will be political hell to pay if Twonames continues his vendetta against the media. The media are our friends.

  54. Billy Rubin says:

    Whilst I don’t agree with the Mayor’s comments regarding his time in the armed services.
    This issue is playing out in Labours favour.
    If you want labour back in power in local government then keep pursuing it.
    Does anyone reading this blog seriously think the mayors’s lies are worse than than the bullshit that spills from the labour government every fucking day.
    Further more I am surprised this issue has been referred to the CCC as my understanding is that the CCC can only investigate if his actions were a criminal offence.

    • The Magpie says:

      OH STOPPIT, YA KILLIN’ ME HERE… BAHAHAHAH ….

      (gasp wheeze) … so the argument now is if we keep asking the mayor for a truthful account of his past, Labor will get back into power in Walker Street (snigger, gurgle) because you perceive Labor’s lies are a far worse variety than Mayor TwoNames lies, so we should accept the lesser of two evils.

      In summary, we should accept some lies because they aren’t as bad as some other lies.

      That comment, Billy/Jenny/Troy, has to be the clumsiest attempt at deflection, sophistry and CONFESSION seen around here for quite while (at least 24 hours). At least you acknowledge you’ve been lying.

      Your amusement value is pure gold.

  55. Mike Douglas says:

    70 % increase in crime 10’yrs in Townsville should be enough to unseat Harper , Stewart , Walker . Aaron has found Council new blame game and how they won’t fund Filipino Festival . More amusing is he says the new Council arnt as easy to work with as they also won’t fund work at Shetland place connecting Becks and blaming them for traffic chaos . When questioned by a local whether Aaron had been down Shetland place it appears he hadn’t . Hopefully Council are showing financial restraint and not bailing our 3 Labor MP,s out of their stuff ups .

    • Ducks Nuts says:

      Mike the new council aren’t as easy to work with because the Mayor is busy posturing and trying to piss on things the previous council did in an effort to look like he’s making significant change.
      Unfortunately for us, he’s dumb as a box of hammers and Harper not being able to work with Council isn’t something we should be happy about.

      • The Magpie says:

        Good point about TwoNames trying to discredit previous projects and policies … when he makes a cock-up, watch closely for for the magic phrase ‘legacy issues’.

        BTW in his spat with Harpic (too convoluted for a simple explanation but see attachment is Ducks Nuts comment) Thompson reply clearly shows he now has some professional writing help, probably the TCC media bods, which is OK, that’s what they’re paid to do. Good grammar, and the usual victimised but bellicose stance has been toned down to acceptabe local government guidelines. Which simply means that on occasions, his lies will be beautifully told.

        • The Magpie says:

          Only by sending it to email hidden; JavaScript is required

          If your email handle doesn’t reveal your identity, no probs (or you can trust The ‘Pie not to divulge it if does). And anyone who thinks The ‘Pie has the nous, inclination or time to chase IP addresses is sadly deluded. Why bother?

      • Not running for Mayor says:

        Nuts you do realise that the mechanics of council have not changed since TwoFaces was elected and the working relationships have not changed regardless of the wankers at the helm. The same people are doing the same jobs. Harper is pointscoring and TwoDicks is responding.

        • The Magpie says:

          Nailed it, NRFM.

        • Ducks Nuts says:

          NRFM you are correct. And I am fully aware. However, this point scoring, and pissing on things is counter productive and does not benefit the community in any way. Between them, Harper and Thompstain are going to create even more community division.

          • The Magpie says:

            Well, in one case, only til October, inthe other case, maybe. amatter of weeks unless he can wriggle enough to satisfy Qld investigative bodies … generally not an impossible task whileLabor is in government.

    • White Mouse says:

      Traffic chaos on Becks Road is due to TMR’s decision to remove ring road on ramps from Riverway Drive and move them to Becks Road. Harpic should be chasing up the state government for funding to sort out that debacle.

  56. Sunshiney Day says:

    As I awake this fine morning I wonder what our under siege mayor is up to. He has been at work since 5:00am so is it coffee time? Did he pass the cleaner on the way in to the office this morning and stop for a chat about all things Townsville? Will he do another 3 hour tv interview today? Maybe he will stop by at Prins mansion today for a swim and to do a spot of gardening and tidying up before the house sells? Mayor Thompson must be really enjoying his $250k TCC package!

    • Not running for Mayor says:

      Buried in all that is an interesting and telling point. Ever day this paracite TwoFaces hangs on he pockets a cool $1000+ which is probably the biggest and most consistent payoff he has ever received. Once a conman always a conman.

  57. The Magpie says:

    NEWSFLASH:

    CHANNEL 9 WILL SCREEN THE ACA STORY ON TROY THOMPSON TONIGHT, ACCORDING TO RELIABLE INFORMATION FROM DOWN SOUTH.

    • Sunshiney Day says:

      Should be interesting viewing. I imagine that they have cut his 3 hour interview (mostly waffling and irrelevant dribble) into a 7 minute story which will still put us to sleep. Hopefully they are straight forward questions and decipher any spin and bullshit that this arrogant grizzle and grunt likes to spread around. Some reporters are brainless and dickless and don’t know how to go for the jugular. Let’s see how tonight pans out.

    • Burnt Brows says:

      If anyone misses the ACA story when it does break, you can easily get it off their website – https://9now.nine.com.au/a-current-affair

    • I’ll be plucked says:

      Nothing about this Twonames interview on their Facebook site, as yet. Plenty of other ‘today’ stories listed though………

    • The Townsville Twitterer says:

      Will Mayor Thompson beat tip the ACA crew as per their usual story themes? I can’t imagine Thompson fighting his way out of a paper bag, let alone having the testicular fortitude to beat up a silly reporter and camera crew.

    • I’ll be plucked says:

      It’s in the Current Affair webpage now Pie! Quite the heading/banner!!!

  58. Kingdom of Troy says:

    Magpie, another broken promise/pledge from Two Names in today’s FB post…….

    “On another note, some wonderful news for the Upper Ross Community, Townsville City Council has recently delivered boulders for Jabiru Park Sports Field to provide safety and reduce further maintenance issues associated with youth crime to the park, and we are pleased to have received many calls and emails from locals about the quick turnaround of the new council”.

    Aside from fact this would have been scheduled and current council would have nothing to do with its delivery, TNs Pledge #8 included……

    “Removing the rocks” and “Investing in fences”.

    How do I send you a screenshot of this pledge?

    • Water Water Everywhere says:

      Apart from the fact that the works are less than 10% done and the contractor has already stuffed up – removed an emergency access gate and instead of reinstating just filled the hole with rocks… project management at tcc is up to its usual standard

  59. Dunderhead says:

    Watch how Twonames presents and articulates himself on tonight’s ACA. It will be far different to how his ‘helpers’ articulate his written thoughts. I’m guessing he will also try to be all authoritative and ‘be the man’. But we all know that he is a pussy-whipped mummy’s boy with a pair of nuts as big as a moth’s.

  60. Achilles says:

    Watching this arvo’s ABC’s “Afternoon Briefing” was amazing Barnaby, Ann ale oops Ali and Don Farrell were all clearly pissed.

    No surprise with Farrell; his deputy has done all the hard yards in recent improvements with our commercial improvement with China.

    Watching Ann Ali behind the PM earlier in Parliament she was all over the place, eyes rolling, head drooping, startled awakening.

    I thought spoilsport PM John Howard had closed the Parliament bar!

    • Damn tailings says:

      Interview was pathetic. Wormy admissions of lying
      He should be on the council road gang as the is very good at diggin’ that hole!

    • The Townsville Twitterer says:

      What about this bullshit that he said; “I certainly spent some time with people from SAS”, when questioned about whether he served in the SAS!!! FFS, what a crooked shyster. This guy cannot be believed, trusted, or forgiven. Jerk.

      • wollo says:

        That would be like telling everyone that you are a K.C.Lawyer but all you did was was drink at a pub opposite the supreme court when they were going in and out of the court.

      • Not standing for mayor says:

        Maybe he thought, as someone said earlier today, that TwoFaces thought SAS stood for “Saturdays And Sundays”? People are being really pleasant by saying he served “less than three years” but that only accounts for start and finish dates rather than the fact that he actually served for just over 20 days FTE before the Army dumped him for no longer turning up. FFS, he will claim he was Mayor for Life (life of his term of office that is).

    • Ducks Nuts says:

      “Those who know me know that I’ve had multiple concussions – 100 plus – and I suffer from epilepsy.”

      How the fuck can we trust him to make important decisions about the future of the city if he’s all banged up around the head? Over 100 concussions.

      Has he been checked out for CTE( Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy)?

      “Most patients with CTE eventually experience progressive disorders of thinking and memory, including problems with:

      Executive function
      Impaired judgment
      Short-term memory
      Dementia”

      “most people diagnosed with CTE suffered hundreds or thousands of head impacts over the course of many years playing contact sports, serving in the military, or, more rarely, as victims of interpersonal violence.”
      Well we can cross off the military as a cause, haha

      https://concussionfoundation.org/CTE-resources/what-is-CTE

      • Prince Rollmop says:

        Ducky, you said; ‘Has he been checked out for CTE( Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy)?. Maybe, maybe not. But I do think he has CTF – Chronic Traumatic Fuckwittery.

      • Bob Roberts says:

        Wikipedia adds paranoia, impulsive behaviour and poor judgment.

    • Kenny Kennett says:

      “Those who know me know that I’ve had multiple concussions – 100 plus – and I suffer from epilepsy.

      “That’s not an excuse. But what it says is you’re going to forget things from time to time.”
      …and he’s a cancer survivor and volunteers for Camp Quality and…and…and
      Should this idiot be in charge of Townsville?

  61. J jones says:

    Two Names dismembered by Current Affair

  62. Kenny Kennett says:

    TwoNames hahahaha- ACA gotcha you fuckwit!

  63. Grumpy says:

    Hilarious. TwoNames just made an absolute fool out of himself. Fraud charges? Don’t recall. Lying c**t.

    • Ducks Nuts says:

      And managing council budget is easier because he knows what he’s doing. Fuck off! It’s blatantly clear he has no idea what he’s doing!

      • The Magpie says:

        Jenny Hill made the budget her personal preserve, with all sorts of tricks of timing and wording to make serious input by councillors impossible. Thompson probably thought he could too, by just letting the boffins do whatever they wanted.

    • The real ziptied helmet says:

      Bloody oath he’s lying. No self respecting person would forget when they get charged by the police for anything. But then again, self respecting people don’t get charged with fraud, no matter how minor it might seem, like ‘using your previous name’

  64. Lab Rat says:

    100 concussions. WTF. Was he a world championship boxer or was it the 100 plus times he was hit in the head with a frying pan by his abused ex wife when she was protecting herself?
    The hole just keeps getting deeper Twonames.
    Resign. Save our city.

  65. Jatzcrackers says:

    He’s so gone !

  66. The real ziptied helmet says:

    Up until now I thought Troy would ignore his detractors and last the full elected term. But after seeing the ACA interview how Premiere Miles dug the boot into him yesterday, I’m convinced Troy will no longer see full term as Mayor. These issues will not go away and he will forever be plagued by them while in office. No wonder Pauline Hanson gave him the boot. She knew this would happen ages ago. How on earth did Troy not think this wasn’t going to happen?? Shear ignorance.

  67. Not standing for mayor says:

    So, to recap :-
    Military service, lied
    University degrees, lied
    Bankrpucy, paid out his women, then lied leaving the workers in the lurch
    Campaign promises, lied comprehensively
    DV, Current Affair holding that for the next installment so TwoDogs can lie about that later

    We need to get the Gerny out and wash Walker Street down to get the stench of lies and corruption out of it.

    Jenny and the rest of you grubby cookers, where are you now to protect and promote your shyster mate?

  68. The Magpie says:

    The damage to Townsville is now complete. Thank you, Troy Thompson … for trashing the city’s reputation so comprehensively on national television.

    We were finished off by this hubristic, accidental, mentally unbalanced mayor going on national TV, unwittingly but successfully painting himself as a prevaricating liar, incompetent, mentally damaged individual and con man.

    He seems to think confessing he lied makes it OK ..”Sure officer,I killed him, can I go now and get on with my life, please?”

    THIS DANGEROUSLY UNBALANCED PERSON HAS TO GO, AND GO NOW. OR WE WILL ALL BE HIS VICTIMS, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

    Sign the petition.
    Spread the link across all your social media.

    https://www.change.org/p/he-has-to-go-now-troy-thompson-is-unfit-to-be-our-mayor

  69. J jones says:

    Serious question – how possible is it he gets removed?
    And who does it?

  70. I’ll be plucked says:

    How did that go for you Twonames, you lying, Twofaced fucking flog! You stink, you are demented and should immediately step down and failing that, be REMOVED from office forthwith!

    You stinking, lying, no talent bum, arsewipe FLOG! :(

  71. Burnt Brows says:

    Breaking News – Birnbrauer unable to tell the truth, can’t remember anything, but maintains he can run a $1B Council budget. Untruths about military service, untruths about University qualifications, can’t recall charges laid over Forgery but seems to recall something about using the wrong name on a credit application (if the Court had imposed a Conviction be recorded then we might not be in this position). Was a Director of a company which collapsed owing nearly $9M, but maintains he can run a $1B Council budget. Sorry, but he is a pretender and I think the whole of Townsville is starting to see him for what he really is. I have had many jobs since the 1980’s and I can accurately recall the number of years (not to the exact month in all cases) of each job I have held. There is no way 2.5 years could ever be mistaken for 5 years and in the Military if you mention SAS in your bio it means you served with the SAS in some capacity other than having served soup. I lived in an apartment next door to two SAS in the 1990’s and hung around with them a bit. I have never put that in my resume.

  72. Local Yokal says:

    Thompson has not told the truth with pretty much every claim he’s made before or after the election. When is someone going to ask him about being a ‘Cancer Survivor’?
    He’ll claim it is a private matter and he shouldn’t have to disclose what sort of cancer he survived, how he beat it, who was him oncologist. That’’s when we can add that to the list of conman claims.

    It’s also great that TT has made it clear that council meetings are open to the public (always have been) but the public gallery should be full of Townsville’s best on Wednesday.

  73. Mr Macphisto says:

    Wow… he must have spoken with Prince Andrew before the interview and asked for advice!

  74. Rotten Luck Willie says:

    ABC RN news just now, Trump guilty on all counts. Shithot!

  75. The fat controller says:

    Toot toot! What a train wreck of an interview. This conceited fool really had several kangaroos loose in the top paddock. In some ways he is fortunate as ACA didn’t address all of his lies, it only addressed some of his dodgy claims. But let me guess, Twonames will now be stating that he cleared the air and is only interested in moving forward. No way sunshine, you are an abject failure and you need to go, now!

  76. Doug K says:

    Trump found guilty on all 34 charges.
    Happy days.

    • The Magpie says:

      And pop a second bottle for the fact that appealing jury verdicts is one of the hardest challenges to attempt … new evidence is crucial unless there has been a gross misdirection by the judge. Trump and the MAGAaniacs will almost certainy try the latter.

  77. Not running for mayor says:

    The ACA interview last night proved one thing above all others. That TwoDogs is incredibly stupid. He completely believed he was the smartest person in the room when it was completely the other way around. Reminds me of that movie where the kids says “I see dead people and they do not even know they’re dead”. TwoDogs doesn’t even know he’s stupid.

  78. Jeff, Condon says:

    By his own admissions Twonames position is untenable because he has neither the mental capacity, nor the qualifications to perform his duties.

    As I have already said, the CCC doesn’t have a lot, legally, to consider, however, may get him on some minor stuff. Scanlon has also confirmed what I told you.

    Morally, he’s guilty as shit, however, as the ‘Pie knows, morals have no sway when it comes to the interpretation of the law.

    But what will the Mullet do? If Twonames resigns, or is sacked, will she abandon her hopeless aspirations of a Senate seat and stand for Mayor again? With the the wholehearted support of the Astonisher, she would be a shooin.

    It would be happy days for rag again because they could go back to dozing in the sun and passing on TCC press releases.

  79. White Mouse says:

    Better news for the free world was that the Orange Ejit, Donald Vonshitzinpants has been convicted in a NY court of all 34 charges relating to the Election Interference/Fraud/Hush Money payment.

    I’m sure that Bubba will make him feel real welcome at Rikkers Island.

    • The Magpie says:

      Altogether now …’Happy days are here again ….’

    • Ducks Nuts says:

      Sentencing not till July 11 and unfortunately unlikely to go to jail as the crime, as serious as it is, is a first offence. However hes abused the judge and the witnesses and the jury. The But we’ll all just have to wait see

      • The Magpie says:

        Tasty Bits, you can put it in the bank that by July 11, Trump will put himself in jail through some outburst or action.

  80. Bagwhan says:

    Hoisted by his own petard! Troy Thompson is a pathological liar. Proven by his public testimony and publications/social media. The only person who doesn’t think that Thompson is a fraud, is himself. Keep digging Troy. You need to walk or be booted now!

    • Grumpy says:

      No, Bags, I’m sure that TN knows exactly what he is. It’s the child bride who foolishly thinks she can convince the public that it’s all a lie and she is working feverishly posting on Facebook with increasingly desperate and risible responses to the growing scepticism.

      • The Magpie says:

        It seems clear, Grumps, that Thompson has looked toward the US and the rise of Trump, and hopes to create his own MAGA-type following, which is a tad fanciful, we’re not that stoopid …oh, wait, there’s those MyPlace fruitcakes. Hmmm, ya never know.

        And The ‘Pie hears there’s going to be a big national look at them coming up on telly soon.

  81. Bagwhan says:

    Along with your petition link Pie, it would also help the Minister of LG make an administrative removal or sacking of our fraudulent Mayor, if the Council themselves moved a motion of No Confidence on TN.

    • The Magpie says:

      It is a matter for the councillors of course, but they have to realise not doing so puts them in the poasition of endorsing a fraud, con man and liar.

      But a matter entirely for them, which rartepayers will be watching closely.

      • Prickster says:

        It improbable that the State Labor Government will step in to from TwoNames as it will smack of political party interference and light a bonfire under the antigovernment antiestablishment nut jobs.

        • The Magpie says:

          Don’t follow that reasoning, Stiffy. Political interference? Faced with an outraged populace, ‘interference’ is what they are elected to do. The alternative is local government policing itself … the LGAQ would love that. And re the bonfire …so fucking what? They are amusement value only, but become tedious very quickly.

  82. Ducks Nuts says:

    I got nothing… this bloke has clearly had 100+ concussions because people he “did business with” got Jack of his bullshit and took him out the back of the shop and beat the fuck out of him

    https://imgur.com/a/D3Ysa8o

    • The fat controller says:

      So now he is blaming ACA for cutting bits out of the interview so as to make the story appear negative? Has this bloke any shame? FFS Troy, stop playing the martyr and own your own behaviour. You got caught out telling porkies and now you have nowhere to hide, it’s pathetic mate.

      • The Magpie says:

        So he does a taped television interview – 3 hours he said, but that’s nonsense – and isn’t smart enough to know that ACA does not come to praise people, but to bury them. Which they consummately did.

        This city sorely needs a smart mayor,not a smart arse mayor who thinks whinging will recover the situation.

        • Burnt Brows says:

          He originally said the ACA interview was 3 hours but now says 38 minutes? Are there no limits to Thompson’s untruths? I’m betting no one will be more disappointed than his mom who would have been hoping his new huge Mayors salary would finally get him out of home.

          • The Magpie says:

            Or a bit of rent at least.

          • Not standing for mayor says:

            Singed fringe, you are a silly sausage. That was yesterday’s truth. 38 minutes is today’s truth. Just wait until tomorrow when the new truth will be completely different again.

      • Achilles says:

        I wonder how long it be before 2faces compares himself to Trump? Trump has blamed everyone for the guilty verdicts. Next time he takes a piss he should look at the guilty party in his hand.

        Sounds familiar a very similar delusional complex.

    • Kenny Kennett says:

      I’m sick and tired of hearing the Mayor and Councillors saying they put their hand up for the benefit of Townsville. What a load of crap, they entered the race for the pay and perks, simple as that- more so that TwoNames idiot.

      • ABS says:

        I believe some are genuine. Fran O’Callaghan for one. And Paul Jacob showed some admirable principle in standing up against Jenny Hill when he could have gone along like the other team Jenny councillors.

  83. Grumpy says:

    For someone who was supposed to be in a budget workshop all morning with his councillors, our very own chocolate soldier certainly posted a hell of a lot on Facebook – almost incessantly, one could say. People are starting to ask who the hell they are really talking to.

    • The fat controller says:

      Totally agree. He has responded to dozens of posts over the past few hours.

      TROY – GET OFF FACEBOOK AND GO DO SOME WORK!!

    • Kenny Kennett says:

      Grumpster, please don’t refer to him as a chocolate soldier. That name was awarded a lot of respect during and after the Kokoda campaign. Marshmallow soldier is better matched to this soft cock.

      • The Magpie says:

        What rot … chocolate soldier has always been a derogatory term for someone who melts under pressure. And has it occurred to you that incorrectly insisting on your meaning is the worst sort of racism. Anyway, weren’t they known as fuzzy wuzzies, or fuzzy wuzzy angels (which has been adopted by the people themselves)?

        • SECOND TO NONE says:

          Chocko has traditionally been a term of “affection” for Active Reserve members (along with SAS – for Saturdays and Sundays). Originally they might have been seen as “Soft” but in all wars part-time and reserve troops have acquitted themselves well, ad now are equals.

          “Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels” was a specific term for the PNG natives who helped our troops so much on Kokoda and elsewhere.

          This clown is an embarrassment no matter what uniform he wore or how long he served.

          • Kenny Kennett says:

            Correct and not racist as the PNG heroes were not called chocky soldiers, it was the left over reservists when the rest of our troops were fighting in Europe. The incorrectly called Chocky soldiers saved our country from being taken over by the Japanese in a 700 to 5000 game of chess along the Kokoda track.

          • Grumpy says:

            I’m guessing, then, none of you guys have read Straus’ operetta. Ammunition pouches filled with chocolates?

          • The Magpie says:

            Of course we have, the talk is of nothing else but Strauss’s operettas in the front bars of the Upper Ross.

  84. Burnt Brows says:

    Mayor’s Facebook page is going off. So far he’s not deleting all the honest comments, but there are a few ‘Birnbrauer Fan Clubbers’ trying to defend him.

  85. Dread Pirate Roberts says:

    TCC Councillors calling on TT to resign. https://www.facebook.com/share/v/qiDVjCjAw3vZb3h5/?

      • Judas says:

        took longer than I thought it would

        • Prickster says:

          One thing is very clear the only one with guts and courage in council is Suzy.

          • The Magpie says:

            From the Townsville Bulletin story:

            In an open letter from councillors, read to media outside council chambers by Cr Suzy Batkovic, they called on Mr Thompson to resign.

            A majority of Townsville City Councillors have called on Troy Thompson to resign or be suspended at the next council meeting. Photo: Daniel Shirkie.
            A majority of Townsville City Councillors have called on Troy Thompson to resign or be suspended at the next council meeting. Photo: Daniel Shirkie.
            “You have lost the confidence of us as councillors and the community who believe that its political leaders should be open and transparent, and especially the serving and ex-servicemen and women of a proud Garrison city,” they said.

            “If you do not resign we will move a motion at next week’s council meeting calling for the Minister for Local Governemnt to suspend you pending the outcome of ongoing investigations.

            “We hope that you do the right thing for Townsville and resign and move on to deal with whatever issues led you into this predicament.”

            The letter was signed by deputy mayor Paul Jacob and councillors Suzy Batkovic, Ann-Maree Greaney, Brodie Phillips, Brady Ellis, Kurt Rehbein, Vera Dirou, Liam Mooney, Kristian Price and Andrew Robinson.

          • I’ll be plucked says:

            The smirk on Food trucks Greaney’s face is almost a smile!!! Just sayin!! :)

          • The real ziptied helmet says:

            Suzie has shown leadership and courage. She’s also a great councillor. Always so active and involved in her electorate.

          • The Magpie says:

            Her life experience stands her in good stead for a very productive public career.

          • Grumpy says:

            The latest report says all ten have signed the letter.

          • The Magpie says:

            Yeah, the earliest report said that but it changed to ten fairly quiuckly … wonder who it who thought to commit political suicide then decided not to.

      • Prince Rollmop says:

        That’s the end of the road for ol Troy. Thats what happens when you lie, front the media and make a clusterfuck, ignore the local print media and embarrass your fellow Councillors of whom you have ignored in numerous decisions that you have made. Tsk tsk. Silly boy. Short career span.

        My guess is that his resignation might come Monday?

        • Local Yokal says:

          Wishful thinking Thompson will resign.

          The CCC investigation does not stop if he resigns. What would stop is his weekly TCC pay cheque and his LGAQ legal support for his CCC and OIA cases.

          My mail tells me Thompson will pay the first $6k (insurance excess) and then the LGAQ’s pays the ongoing legal fees.

          Problem for Thompson is that if he is found guilty he is left to pay all the legal fees.

          Be a tough time for him as he will probably need to go bankrupt for a second time with very little future employment prospects.

          Probably need to change his name again.
          Any suggestions on the new name?

  86. Guy says:

    It was always a matter of time I suppose

    This time more people MIGHT step up for role

    There were too few candidates last time.

  87. Night of the long knives says:

    Well there you go. The Mayor falls on his sword. What a complete goose. Once he resigns we can at least sort of start again. Our city really doesn’t need any more negative attention. It will take years to recover from the Mullets reign of terror, and now Mayor Two-months (that’s all he lasted, just). And with other TCC executives that have resigned we really have an unstable platform that needs massive stabilisation.

    • The Magpie says:

      But has he fallen on his sword? Has he resigned? Haven’t seen that, and this sort of fractured thinker is likely to hang in as long as possible, especially if a suspension involves full pay (which I imagine it does.)

      The ‘Pie offers this opinion because Troy Thompson is like a stubborn child, and nothing is his fault, it’s all the media and not a trace of even a partial mea culpa.

      This FB post is a spooky, unsettling look into a seriously disturbed mind.

      https://www.facebook.com/61555765074895/posts/122156607158192169/?mibextid=xfxF2i&rdid=EzuGR2DHmYcFBNMq

      • Achilles says:

        Pie, he could not fall on his sword, more like he fell on a pastry knife, while NOT serving in the SAS!

      • Another watcher says:

        Couldn’t agree more Magpie! This bloke is going to hang on for grim death.

        Even if the Minister were to make moves to dismiss him there has to be a show cause notice first – natural justice and all that. Takes time.

        The guy lives with his mum. If you believe what he’s got on his published interests – he doesn’t have a whole lot so he’s going to hold onto that salary and all the other perks for as long as he can – what’s he got to lose now?

  88. Alahazbin says:

    Just think, If the ECQ would have carried out their role pre-election, this could have been avoided.

  89. Lab Rat says:

    Twonames. You are done. You can hang on for a week or two, but you are done. Do the honourable thing for a change and resign or it is going to go very badly for you and the reputation of our city which you have shredded.
    Well done Councillors, love your work Suzie.

    • I’ll be plucked says:

      Hmmm, is Batkovic a candidate for the next Mayor of Townsville?

      • The Magpie says:

        The ‘Pie can think of worse candidates.

        Two to watch though – with realistic chances – is Jacob and Frothy Molachino, who was greatly smarting from his defeat. But Townsville will have significantly moved forward, because no matter who gets the possum-trimmed robe of office, it is unlikely will again see the vindictive and spiteful governance of the past 10 years.

  90. Trollseeker says:

    News just in…. Council has issued a vote of no confidence.

    • Achilles says:

      A vote of no confidence, great! but how did we ever get to this situation?

      Surely, there must have been (not Mr. Bean) a competent governmental structure that would/should have nipped this in the bud.

      • The Magpie says:

        No, don’t agree, Heel. Nothing wrong with the system and options, given the incredible confluence of circumstances that led to this mistake.

  91. Burnt Brows says:

    Is the Thompson Mayor facebook page locked down, or am I just locked out?

  92. I’ll be plucked says:

    The lying, stinking dog has said he will not resign and will ‘address the matters’ at the next Council meeting, which I think is at 9.30am on Wednesday from memory? The jostle to get into the public gallery will be on!!!

    • Dread Pirate Roberts says:

      Plucky, you are correct he is a lying POS, but think about it. If he resigns he loses the 250k salary immediately, which is the best wicket he has ever been on. If he is stood down, he will enjoy the 250k while sitting at home on his bronzer.

      We should never expect this bloke to do anything honourable. Past performance is the best indicator of future performance. This bloke will lie and cheat to the last breath.

  93. Inspector Clouseau says:

    Just heard that Twonames said he can part the waters in a lake, turn water into wine and already knows who will win this year’s Melbourne Cup, but he’s forgotten how to do it due to multiple concussions.

  94. Todd says:

    Oh well Troy, looks like we found your tipping point.

  95. Nostradamus says:

    Food Trucks Greaney will be enjoying a few drinkies with her mate J Hill tonight and over the weekend! Just saw it my ball! :)

  96. Way Out West says:

    Well done, Malcolm. Townsville owes you for the idiot’s probable demise. Not the councilors, or the mainstream media, who will all try taking the credit.
    I’m looking forward to seeing who will nominate at the bi-election. If Troy Boy hangs on long enough to ensure it is after the state election, I wonder which of the three stooges will be picked by the local Labor branches? Maybe Harry will get the numbers this time.

    • The Magpie says:

      Don’t think so. Civic minded as he is, Harry would be a problem of a different stripe, and he would be up against a field that people would vote FOR, and not receive protest votes AGAINST someone else.

      Molachino and Jacob might have a chat and do some sort of deal and Ma Greaney will no doubt seriously consider a gallop, (although might run out of puff, she appears to be carrying a bit of condition lately).

      And since she’s made a lot of the running in such an intelligent manner, Suzy B might have a shot …. she would have the advantage of experienced campaigning and political advice through marriage connections.

  97. Gomer Pyle says:

    Well, he can truthfully list The Battle of Townsville on his next resume!

    May 2024, The Battle of Townsville, Leader and Main Protagonist.

  98. Prince Rollmop says:

    And may I add what a stellar job Magpie has done of reporting these matters promptly in the Nest. You’ve been working hard Malcolm, posting comments quickly and keeping the nesters up to date. Great stuff mate. I can only imagine that with the Mayors issues and Trump issues next weeks blog will be robust indeed.

    • The Magpie says:

      Well, thanks, but I’ve only been a facilitator sitting in front of a screen. And all the great facts and investigative stuff have come from sources The ‘Pie decided to trust, any danger being outweighed by public benefit. An oyster-type situation, consuming only that which floats past and into the maw.

      But yeah, thanks.

  99. Flogging the dead horse says:

    PETA will win the Melbourne cup.

  100. Prince Rollmop says:

    Magpie Miles and Phil Thompson calling for Twonames to step aside;

    https://amp.abc.net.au/article/103917570

  101. Sympathetic citizen says:

    I know he did wrong and I’m not a fan of his, but I feel for the guy. He just landed a dream job on good pay and was making something of his life. Very sad to have that ripped away in a heartbeat. I genuinely hope his mental health remains intact and that he doesn’t do anything silly. This sort of occurrence can push a person over the edge. Let’s all be human and not wish anything bad on him.

    • The Magpie says:

      We don’t wish anything bad for him, we just wish him away. The ‘Pie for one isn’t calling for any sort retribution.Being Troy Thompson is its own punishment, it seems.

      • Grumpy says:

        SympCit – he fell into his dream flimflam which he thought would set him up for life. He is a grub and shall always be a grub. He does not deserve the company of decent people or the accolades and respect arising from the position of mayor. His behaviour since the election has been gauche, entitled and bombastic. Malcolm might be the good bloke and wish him no harm, but I hope he is miserable until next Easter. I bet you one thing – he won’t be hanging around here.

      • Grumpy says:

        The latest 2:00 AM post by TN is a typical “Youse can all get fucked” from a desperate pair of misfits. The edit history is hilarious. The original post was edited 31 times! It is not hard to imagine the poor keyboard getting mashed as the outrage grew in direct proportion to the number of glasses of infuriator taken. The accusations and personal resentments increased with each edition. At one stage they slipped in an accusation that the letter from the councillors was “poorly written”. That was a real LOL moment.

        Of course, there are selfies! I did miss the ones of tasty snacks, though – not in the mood, Trocelle?

        What was the point, other than to vent your spleen? Almost immediately, your usual cheer squad chimed in, which you no doubt naively saw as vindication. You are what we used to call in matrimonial law a CORGI – Couple Of Really Ghastly Individuals.

        Jesus: don’t let me die in the next two weeks. I wouldn’t miss this for quids!

  102. Strand Ghost says:

    Maybe Troy is smarter than we think, how long has he been in charge approx 8/10 weeks at $5000 a week not bad wages, i bet that’s the most he has Earn’t for awhile.

  103. Villified says:

    People in the background were well aware of the flaws lies prior to the election and they chose not to
    Play that game..
    accidental never thought he’d have to justify ..and his supporters kept pushing he got in wow..
    Concussion got him in the end HIA .. out for two weeks ..
    No one wants to hear he has had another episode .its an unpleasant thing..for all concerned .
    As he tries to hang on the next few weeks..
    If he’s not hospitalized before..
    Going to be entertaining ..

    Where’s My Place .. are they going to hold an insurrection and invade council chambers .
    ????

  104. Villified says:

    People in the background were well aware of the flaws lies prior to the election and they chose not to
    Play that game..
    accidental never thought he’d have to justify ..and his supporters kept pushing he got in wow..
    Concussion got him in the end HIA .. out for two weeks ..
    No one wants to hear he has had another episode .its an unpleasant thing..for all concerned .
    As he tries to hang on the next few weeks..
    If he’s not hospitalized before..
    Going to be entertaining ..

    Where’s My Place .. are they going to hold an insurrection and invade council chambers .

    Why did labour team Hill.not share this with the media prior..?

  105. Echochamber says:

    I wonder, if enough people report his latest post to Facebook as “False Information” then “Politics” if it would be taken down? I mean don’t get me wrong there’s some joy in reading the demented posts of a pathological liar, as well as the comments from all of his supporters, but I just did it to see what happens.

  106. Jeff, Condon says:

    I seriously think TN is deranged and is living in some sort of fantasy land. This is apparent in his manner during interviews.

    As a grifter, he’s terrible because he’s always getting caught.

    He seems to still believe he can still get away with this if he just holds on. Anyone else with even a slim grasp on reality would leave a letter on their desk and just vanish into the back of sunset.

  107. Fat Bastard says:

    I’ll call it now- Troy claims as a ‘cancer survivor’ are an exaggeration at best. He had a low level skin cancer cut out. That’s it, in my opinion.

    Which, technically is cancer survival but I’ve never heard anyone call skin cancer that unless it was a melanoma that needed chemo/immunotherapy.

    I’ve lost too many good people to cancer, close people, and it grates my nerves.

    He likes to use anything he can to get sympathy, as well as lying. He posted footage of him having a fit under the guise of thanking Fairfield Woolies staff.

    He’s just unrepentantly manipulative.

  108. Dis Troy says:

    Time for Thompson to cuddle up to mummy’s bosom and receive some love. He will now have time to go back to taking photographs of food platters and restaurant menus. Who will employ him now? I know, the locally dysfunctional federal agency the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF). Troy, give Luke a call, he might employ you to go and inspect some ships. God knows they need a hand as they are continually causing a disservice to our local import and export activities. A muppet like Thompson would be well suited to that federal government clown show.

    • The Magpie says:

      Hahaha … seriously, The Magpie did a double take … but on inspection realised his mistake.

      At first, he thought Thompson had been caught kicking dogs or mutilating cats.

  109. ABS says:

    In his latest facebook post the line “Led by Cr. Batkovic who supplied a poorly written document with no signatures” is pure Donald Trump.

    Here’s a not very good photoshop I made depicting the mayor’s attitude to the people of Townsville.

  110. Inspector Clouseau says:

    Well, Twonames/Twofaced is going nowhere – he has stated that on his most recent lengthy post. Whilst the post is full of diatribe and posturing he has got one thing right, that is the CCC matter needs to run its course and will obviously take time.

    So, we all have to watch and wait and wait………The Council meeting at 9.30am on Wednesday 05/06 will be compulsory online, or in person viewing (the first ‘sellout’ of the public gallery)! Protests outside the chamber?

    • The Magpie says:

      That again is smoke and mirrors avoidance by this shyster. Does he – does anyone – think that by standing down or resigning will bring any CCC investigation to a halt.Of course it will go on, but may perhaps be curtailed if no further penalty beyond removal from office is merited.

      An honourable person, even one innocent of the accusations against them, would do the mature responsible thing and stand aside until the matter was dealt with.

  111. Ducks Nuts says:

    One assumes (probably wrongly) that Thompstain has read (and understood) the Code of Conduct for Councillors in Queensland.

    The document outlines 5 principles, 3 standards of behaviour and details misconduct and corrupt conduct. The only possible way Thompstain could possibly have been referred to the CCC is if he is being investigated for corruption.

    The guidance material has some excellent examples parturition around reputation.

    https://www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/local-government/for-councillors/councillor-information/code-of-conduct

    • Ducks Nuts says:

      Also on rereading, I can’t English today.

    • The Magpie says:

      Troy Thompson has been called and described in many ways but calling him a gender changing mother is a new one.

      Parturition” is the expelling of the fully formed young one from the mother’s uterus after the gestation period of 280 days in human females. It is also known as labour. It is the mechanism of signalling the onset of labour (or) a procedure of delivering a child after the completion of pregnancy period.

      • Ducks Nuts says:

        He is laborious and I do wish he would hurry up and expell himself

      • Jeff, Condon says:

        Whst a fucking disgusting, disgraceful comment from someone who once called themselves a journalist.

        • The Magpie says:

          Stop teasing … which fucking disgraceful comment? Need to be more specific, it’s a crowded field. Hard to know because there’s so many touchy folks out there.

          (Seriously don’t know what your referring to, the curator just reads the comments in the order they arrive.)

  112. Lab Rat says:

    Does Twonames drive a car and hold a Driver’s Licence. With his Epilepsy and 100 concussions, that would be a safety issue. I knew someone with Epilepsy and they couldn’t hold a licence.
    I hope Twonames isn’t lying about his illness.

    • The Magpie says:

      Interesting point, but not having a drivers licence should not/does not in itself disqualify someone from that office. Alternative arrangements could be made. For instance, a gold-plated Cadillac to drop around to TEL,or to the latest restaurant to be reviewed.

  113. Grumpy says:

    Trocelle has been madly deleting comments on his recent Facebook post. Anything that is not wholly supportive disappears in minutes.

    • The Magpie says:

      Trocelle? Thompson is a company offshoot of a Japanese electrical company?

      • Inspector Clouseau says:

        Think Grumps means Troy and Michelle are working on the deletions, Pie. But you knew that you old fox!!! :) Trocelle!

    • Ducks Nuts says:

      Now now Grumpy, some get to stay for a while, and THEN get deleted, with excuses when questioned. Page filters, lots of admin, my authorita

  114. Jatzcrackers says:

    Serious congratulations Pie. As you say, you’ve mostly been behind a keyboard/screen but the reality is that the Nest is read and discussed by plenty of individuals, both local and out of town, who don’t necessarily choose to comment.

    To my observation, investigative journalism appears to be a very fine line of probing, fact checking and calling out discrepancies as the fine cracks appear in individuals and their stories.

    I’ve got to hand it to you Pie, you didn’t let up on this one and the chickens have come home to roost on Twonames Troy and his ongoing bullshit.

    Plenty of Townsville folks should be grateful. Well done mate !

    • The Magpie says:

      The ‘Pie is blushing, Jatz …do you realise how hard that is for an individual who is black and white?

      But the oldbird says again, for the most part, he is just the publisher, and in the background there is one particular contributor in this matter whose information has proved to be good but whose motivation remains a tad murky. Only a small portion of the material offered was published, just enough to make the case – the same source supplied other outlets with the same material which is now the basis for the outcome. Once or twice, The ‘Pie wondered if he had crossed a line, but fortunately that turned out not be the case.

      The difference between the various media outlets was how the material was handled and even more crucial, the timing of its release.

      The Magpie will expand on this latter point in tomorrow’s Nest.

      • Burnt Brows says:

        I know some people who got a little close to Birnbrauer during business dealings and caught a ‘stench’ that was hard to remove. Not surprising there are folks out there pulling out their own dossiers on him to feed the Media.

        • The real ziptied helmet says:

          What business dealings out of interest to the public?

          Lol, “stench too hard to remove”. that’s pretty funny.

          So many voters in Townsville are feeling duped and tricked by this slippery shyster. He’s like a virus that is very good at evading the immune system, quickly infects and is hard to get rid of.

          • The Magpie says:

            Well, let’s be fair to them, the choice was limited and the alternative (Hill) totally unpalatable. He was the accidental mayor and couldn’t believe his greedy luck. So he tried to bluff and bluster his way through to keep a cushy job, instead of a bit of self-realisation that he’d been found out. His arrogance saying the past was private quickly gave the game away and now we head backn to the ballot box. And unknown territory at this stage.

          • The real ziptied helmet says:

            Trust me I’m not blaming anyone for voting for him. I was scammed just like everyone else.

    • I’ll be plucked says:

      Jatz, are you trying to score a date with The Pie? Jeez mate, spreading that on thicker than honey!!! :)

  115. Burnt Brows says:

    Everyone – check out this ‘clone’ mayors website before it is taken down. Best laugh I’ve had all decade ! https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61559223955394

  116. Lab Rat says:

    Townsville’s RSL Sub Branch has issued a blistering statement in the wake of Mayor Troy Thompson’s misleading claims of military service.

    “The Townsville RSL Sub Branch embrace the principles of courage, sacrifice, and integrity. We expect these values to be upheld by all veterans, especially those in positions of prominence and influence,” the statement said.

    “Exaggerating or fabricating military achievements for personal gain, is completely

    unacceptable and goes against everything we stand for.”

    • Not standing for mayor says:

      Of course Preedy the lightweight that he is waited until everybody else had piled on before he showed his colours and sank the boot in.

      • Ducks Nuts says:

        Absolutely not a Preedy fan. But at least he spoke out. Deafening silence from a whole lot of others who should be speaking out, business leaders and politicians.

        • Not standing for mayor says:

          Completely agree with you although Preedy had six weeks from ANZAC Day until now to say something on behalf of veterans and stayed silent until now that it is safe to do so.

          • Mr Macphisto says:

            Fellas, I’m going to argue in support of Wayne Preedy. I served with him in the army and have remained in contact with him for many years. During his different appointments as he progressed in his career, his leadership style included a strong emphasis on the welfare of his subordinates. If you made a mistake and owned it he would appropriately correct you. If you were experiencing challenging circumstances he would guide you. After leaving Army he has continued to provide support to veterans. Labelling him as a ‘lightweight’ is unbecoming of who Preeds is. I would suggest it is a label applied by a person who doesn’t know him! The timing of his press release was highly likely determined by RSL process. As a respected organisation RSL Australia would have wanted to ensure their ‘ducks were lined up’ before authorising the public comment made by Preeds.

  117. Ducks Nuts says:

    J! F! C!
    I have serious concerns for this blokes mental state. He’s one delusional individual, far worse than I had thought. It cant be drugs, maybe its some kind of personality disorder. The sooner he gets removed the better and at this rate it’ll be by men in white coats.

    https://www.facebook.com/share/v/PJL39jWp841cmAvz/?mibextid=oFDknk

    • The Magpie says:

      Did somebody say JFC?

    • Prince Rollmop says:

      Thompson is severely demented. Politics at play? Mate, Troy, YOU played politics when you left your fellow Councillors in the dark as you made decisions off your own back (or at least tried to).

      YOU blindsided your fellow Councillors by lying about your work, personal, and business history, which was ultimately uncovered, and you embarrassed all of them. You have also disappointed those who voted for you and trusted you.

      YOU still refuse to accept that YOU are the one at fault here, that you have done wrong. You are deleting social media comments, putting out your own posts (and again not considering your fellow Councillors). What will it take for you to learn? Are you really that dense?

      The manly, decent, and moral thing to do is to resign immediately and allow your fellow Councillors and the community to heal and get on with things. Maybe some day you will personally learn from the mistakes of your past, but at the moment it doesn’t appear that way. Just go…..

    • Bullshit says:

      Well he has confessed to having brain trauma and someone said that can cause paranoia.

    • Mr Macphisto says:

      TwoNames ticks many of the boxes of the traits displayed by a sociopaths (or as the DSM-5 refers to it, antisocial personality disorder). Those traits include: lack of empathy for others; impulsive behaviour; attempting to control others with threats or aggression; using intelligence, charm or charisma to manipulate others; not learning from mistakes or punishment; lying for personal gain; showing a tendency toward physical violence; generally superficial relationships; sometimes stealing or committing other crimes; threatening suicide to manipulate without the intention of actually doing it; abusing drugs or alcohol; trouble with jobs such as paying bills etc. A diagnosis is reliant on a person displaying every trait.

  118. I’ll be plucked says:

    Hey Twonames/Twofaced!

    HOW THE FUCK CAN YOU BLAME THE ALP FOR LYING ABOUT YOUR MILITARY SERVICE, LYING ABOUT YOUR EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS, THE FRAUD COURT MATTERS AND YOUR DISTINCT LACK OF BUSINESS ACUMEN???

    HOW??? :(

  119. Rolling the dice says:

    What I find detestable is how Thompson, after receiving a vote of no-confidence from all of his fellow councillors, still refuses to resign. He wants to discuss it next Wednesday. And the vote of no-confidence includes your work colleagues, the RSL, SAS, QLD Premier, members of the community,, and the list goes on. Seriously Mr Mayor, the verdict is in, it’s time to go. I suggest you take a long hard look at the kind of person that you are and if you have any braincells whatsoever, you will realise that living a deceptive life of lies eventually brings you unstuck. And for you, you’ve come unstuck in a big public way. You would have thought that your One Nation experience might have taught you something, but apparently not. You are the weakest link, goodbye.

  120. Bullshit says:

    Jenny hasn’t commented since the 28th of May, I wonder what’s keeping them busy?

  121. I’ll be plucked says:

    Bullshit, she might be on the bong, over at Maggie………

  122. Ducks Nuts says:

    It’s pretty clear from the comments that this idiot is completely delusional and is trying to take everyone down with him and create further division

    https://imgur.com/a/U16ASWA

    https://imgur.com/a/ggCi8el

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