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Sunday, January 17th, 2021   |   189 comments

It Was A Birthday Bash – Literally. Les Walker, Tireless Denier Of Townsville Crime, Hospitalised After Being Snotted In Pub Brawl.

Les has managed to bring more nationwide fame to Townsville, and typically, managed to do it by, yet again, doing nothing (apart from lying down on the job). And disgracefully, social media is in gleeful meltdown.

Well-known Townsville businessman Nick Ferry, son of local property elder Richard Ferry, died suddenly on the Gold Coast on Friday. He was one of two local identities to pass away this weekend.

Another body blow for CBD traders and property owners.

And bully for you, mate … a man wrongfully jailed by a emotionally disturbed mentally judge sues him personally for the trauma suffered during an unjust time in jail.

And the outgoing treasonous US president, the lame duck a la orange, suddenly realises just how much shit he is in and starts to try to weasel his way out.

But first …

Walker Wanted To Get Whacked On His Birthday – Somebody Obliged.

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It’s Australia-wide news now that the member for Mundingburra was decked in a barney at the Mad Cow Tavern on Saturday morning (1am we’re told). He was pinged seriously enough to be taken to hospital by ambulance ‘in a stable condition’ which makes it sound like he was taken there in a horse float.

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The ‘Pie’s info is that he wasn’t exactly an innocent party, and contributed to his own TKO. It is not known if his missus and kids (the ones he blubbed about in his maiden parliamentary speech) were with him, but one can’t imagine he would be celebrating his 56th birthday on his own. Can one?

Social media has piled on with raucous commentary, one asking if the police had released the name of the girl who decked him.

There was also a rumour doing the rounds that when Les was rushed to hospital, medicos did an urgent brain scan, but said they found nothing.

But in typical style, Messagebank isn’t answering his phone and as always is saying nothing. Small mercies.

We await the lurid details.

Perhaps There Had Been A Previous Head Trauma

In fact, just earlier this week, one wondered what the hell he was talking about when commenting on a new ferry service for Palm Island.

“Mundingburra MP Les Walker said the new service was a small change but would make a big difference.

“We are continually looking at ways to improve our offering for customers and, together with SeaLink, we have worked to give Palm Island residents greater choice to travel to and from the mainland,” he said.”

‘’OUR OFFERING FOR CUSTOMERS’? WTF?

Unless you have shares in the international company Sealink, mate, the people you call ‘customers’ are to you … and your choice … ‘voters’, ‘citizens’, ‘the community’, ‘Palm Islanders’ or just simply ‘people’. And by saying ‘our’, you are by any laws of language suggesting you have a personal interest Sealink. Nothing would surprise.

Vale Nick Ferry

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Nick Ferry – Linkedin profile pic

Townsville property businessman Nick Ferry, has died following a massive heart attack while on a family holiday on the Gold Coast. He was 47.

The ‘Pie has learned that Nick was playing with his children in a pool when he suffered the fatal attack on Friday morning.

Nick worked in London in the finance area before returning to Australia in 2003 to join his father Richard as a director at Ferry Property. He filled that position for 11 years, but when Richard sold Ferry Property to Colliers in 2014, Nick was not included in the arrangement, so he went out on his own, founding the Kinetic Property Group in 2014.

Friends have suggested Nick never fully adapted to his new role, and that he also received several health warnings from his doctor about his weight gain in recent years.

Funeral arrangements are yet to be announced.

Townsville Has Also Lost It’s Much Loved ‘Pothole Lady’.

Facebook posting have reported the death of Olive Scott Young in Brisbane. The former Townsville resident, wife of the greatly respected Dr Norman Scott Young, was an outspoken advocate for several local causes. But she gained nationwide notoriety in 1983 for her graphic protest about the state of some Townsville roads, with her protest pic featuring in the Women’s Weekly.

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Olive Scott Young Protesting the state of Townsville Roads in 1983.

In 2016, her daughter Maggie Boyd, said that she and her siblings were embarrassed as kids by some of their mum’s antics, and never knew what was coming next. Well, they can now have the consolation that folks around here always love a larrikin spirit, especially one that goes in to bat for the community, so she will be fondly remembered by many.

The ‘Pie understands Mrs Scott Young was in her eighties.

What’s New, Pussycat? Not This Perennial Silly Season Yarn

Variations of this folklore fable pop up with regularity in papers like the Astonisher … as it did this week.

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Seems the Astonisher missed an ideal chance to match up a suitable ad to go on the same page to complement this story. Johnny Walker, Bundaberg Rum or Dan Murphy’s would’ve been a natural to go with it. All the rabid right-wingers in the outer burbs are probably wetting their pants now they are told that there may be a Black Panther lurking in the undergrowth. (Christ, Reuben, thort them panther people had faded out in the 70s.’)  Bentley is more worried that there might be some family disharmony in store.

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Another Body Blow For The CBD

Business and property owners in the CBD should be excused if they start hitting the bottle big time any moment now … if they haven’t already. First, just in time for the season to be jolly, in December, they became jolly angry when they received this thoughtful Chrissy present of bureaucratic lunacy.

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This totally ill-thought out blow to any CBD rehabilitation was justified by the deeply stupid statement that it was designed to ‘encourage more movement in the city.’ “Away from’ of the city would be more accurate … shoppers are not going to go anywhere where they are on the clock, and what the hell does ‘movement’ mean? are they still talking about CBD workers taking up spaces? This is all foaming lunacy. And it’s worth remembering that this completely avaricious and self-defeating decision was made by councillors and bureaucrats whose vehicles are parked in rate-payer funded free shade just under where their bums polished their over-remunerated seats on the gravy train. Rest assured, if councillors and council staff in Walker Street did not have access to free parking, this measure would never have seen the light of day.

But with property and business owners in the CBD were still reeling from this bit of visionary leadership, this week, they get this follow-up kick in the cods..

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Crucially, the $34million re-development includes upgraded and additional car parking – either underground or shaded top-side … and , again, crucially, FREE. This re-development is in itself fair and a good thing for people in the mall’s catchment area. More jobs in shops less likely to close down. It was also inevitable. There is no way the council could have rejected the expansion application, if the rules were followed, it’s a rubber stamp job – and even if they did, there would likely be a electoral backlash (oh, wait a sec … we’re talking about Townsville voters, scrub that idea.)

Our visionary leadership and its fragmented policies regarding the CBD are akin to mixing up several jigsaw puzzles and then trying to make the Mona Lisa out of them. Because of this lack of intelligence, we are now facing a classic case of a closed-circle domino effect. At great and wasted expense, and facilitated by both lies and a lack of a proper feasibility study, a stadium – without the promised adjacent entertainment/convention centre – is plonked down in the middle of town ‘to attract people to CBD businesses’ … although this presumably applies only to restaurants and boozeariums, because a stadium does nothing to enhance the day time businesses or fill the empty eye-sockets of spaces plastered with For Lease signs. And only contributes anything on sporadic occasions. Then to appease the whim of one man with political clout and great self-interest, the entertainment centre is ditched in favour of a crowd-killing and outrageously named ‘Centre of Excellence’ to enhance the skills of a small group of people to catch or kick a football. A hoity-toity medical facility is thrown in a failed attempt to give this some class.

But here’s the thing. This Castletown redevelopment approval was known to be in the works long before any decision was made regarding parking fines. So when you pair this approval with the hair-brained parking fine hikes in the CBD, something is drastically wrong with the leadership of this city. You’d be entitled to think someone is deliberately trying to kill the area.

Well, if so, they’re off to a good start.

When A Lack Of Judgement Should Lead To A Lack Of A Judge

This dangerous goofball should be blackballed out of the Australian judicial system.

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The impunity of afforded judges against civil action is about to be tested by a man that an appeals court agrees was unjustly, unfairly and (in other words) illegally treated when jailed on the whim of this totally inappropriate and inadequate appointment to the bench.

The legal world was astounded when a man representing himself in a run-of-the-mill family matter suddenly became a person sentenced to 12 months jail for contempt of court. That decision was swiftly overturned by equally astounded and angry appeals court judges. But it was not quick enough for the man to avoid suffering truly traumatic incidents behind bars. Now, in a rare move, he is suing Vasta personally for his wrongful jailing. Read his story here.

In any other arena, the performance of the disgraceful bully and emotional deviante Salvatore Vasta would have him out on his arse for his unforgivable behaviour. But in typical fashion, the judicial folk circled circled the wagons, and ordered he be mentored by a retired judge and off the bench for the duration. Whether they circle wagons even tighter and not allow this civil action to go ahead is yet to be seen.

Whatever happens, this is only one instance of seriously loopy and legally lax behaviour by Vasta on the bench, so the presence of Salvatore Vasta ever presiding over any court ever again would be a slap in the face to the entire Australian community. He has to go.

From the What’s That Again Files

“The suburb, named Banya after the Bunya Tree, will compromise of 4000 homes and townhomes upon completion.” Courier Mail on new Caloundra suburb

Ahem … if it’s named after the Bunya tree, which is this …

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… why was is it called Banya? Which is this.

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Just askin’.  And ‘townhomes’?

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“Many people don’t remember how you rode the horse, they remember how you dismount the horse,” he said.

Acting PM Michael McCormack having a weird moment about Donald Trump, and also showing why he will never been a successful punter. (‘Last, you say Damian? Who cares, your backflip out of the saddle was Olympic standard.’)

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‘Townsville suburbs have escaped damage from king tides after there were concerns of localised flooding from swelled creeks and rivers.’

… and the supremely mystifying

‘The sun is set to finally come out over the weekend …

Matt Taylor, Bulletin Photographer, who has been dragooned into pretending to be a journalist. Luckily, he takes a reasonable photo, to go with his report about recent king tides. Just hope that doesn’t give him a swelled head.

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“Debates once ring-fenced by facts can now be conducted with fiction in self-referencing misinformation ecosystems, impervious to discussion or external contradiction – the kind of ecosystems that can convince people that an election was won by the candidate who lost. The Washington insurrection proved how infectious that misinformation can be, and how shockingly far and deep its poison can spread.” Lenore Taylor in the Guardian, who didn’t mention Trump troopers like our own Robert Walkley, Chris Squelch or Peter Newey, which is probably just as well – it would be a tad hard for these sort of folks to get their head around this insight.

Speaking Of Which…

If riding a bike backwards was an Olympic sport, this lame duck a la orange would be smothered in gold, so futile and frantic is Trump’s back pedalling from his treasonous role in the Washington riot and capitol invasion. Perhaps the real test for America comes if it takes the soft option being urged by his demented supporters of ‘forgive and forget’, and thus allow a dangerous precedent to be set. Leniency for treason, sedition and rebellion is surely not an option for a democracy that wants us to take it seriously.

Joe Biden’s got a mighty tricky task ahead of him … but so has Donald Trump.

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Crikey No!! The Donald For Down Under?

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Calm down, it’s just The Shovel shovelling bullshit … but hilarious bullshit, brilliantly written, have a read.

Finally, It’s Nearly Back To School Time …

… and all the necessities of a modern education for our sweet innocent young things are on display.

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189 Comments

  1. Cantankerous but happy says:

    Even at the Mad Cow tavern Les Walker would still be the dumbest person in the room, unless meathead Mark Molachino was there as well, then it would be too close to call.

  2. Frequent flyer says:

    The spiel dished out by Jenny Hill, Lancini and others about the Cowboys stadium bringing business to CBD traders must be ringing in the ears of former Cowboys player turned home builder and developer Martin Locke.
    Marty is a likeable bloke – one of the few honest developers in this town and a bloke who is prepared to at least have a go – but he listened to the wrong people when deciding to build Flinders Lane.
    At the time this development was announced there was talk of Cowboys fans restaurants and fast food outlets in Flinders Lane on the way to the footy.
    At one stage Marty even said he had knocked back some prospective tenants because they weren’t a good fit for the complex.
    The covid restricted Cowboys home games last year obviously didn’t help, but investing millions in a CBD development based on inner-city workers and crowds from 13 Cowboys home games a year was surely a risk.
    Big Marty is on the record saying he invested his life savings in Flinders Lane. The council also chipped in a considerable amount money (how much we aren’t allowed to know – commercial in confidence, of course).
    But the complex remains empty, used only by the CBD homeless as a place to sleep, and town drunks to quaff their wine casks.
    We ratepayers will have to cop another pineapple and pay for the council’s contribution, but my heart goes out to Marty, who I’m sad to say has been sold a pup.

    • The Magpie says:

      Agree with your sentiments about Locke, but he should have known if dealing with this council, count your fingers after the handshake.
      Speaking of the stadium, anyone out there know how that $120 Christmas party in which council events organiser (or is that former) Jeff Jimmieson had a sticky finger? Was anyone stupid enough to fork over the fee for a greasy beef roll, and hear Jimmieson try to keep the beat as drummer of his band who were being paid to do the gig?

      Ya gotta love Rortsville.

    • J Jones says:

      There’s still time – let’s see how this year goes if we are back to normal

  3. Mike Douglas says:

    Yes Minister Aaron Harper is calling on all 3 levels of Government to work together and spend the $195 mil Feds $ (the $ the Qld State Govt knocked back on Haughton pipeline stage 2 ) and Phil Thompson secured . To be used to fund upgrades to Townsvilles ageing pipes in the City . A broke Council and State Government begging bowl to the Feds to plug holes on yet again their responsibilities . Hopefully the new Council Ceo Prins can learn from this , take the $2.5 mil Feds $ and build the demountable cafe on Castle Hill and lease out and receive some income for T.C.C. .

  4. Mike Tiresome says:

    Messagebank may have been TKO’d, but I’m betting he was struck not by a closed fist but rather it was with a wet lettuce leaf or a ball of wet cotton wool. Or perhaps he was overpowered by the stench of a local Mad Cow slappers fart on the dance floor? Then again he may have been having a bitch-slap contest with old dildo-head himself, Jason Costigan, and he lost?

    Either way, the only ‘fight’ a politician has in him is when trying to get a ringside seat at the taxpayer trough or trying to beat all the other babies to the full taxpayer teat.

    Oh well, I look forward to seeing the birthday boy crying about this horrible crime in Parliament. What a softcock….

    • Critical says:

      Will the Qld Police investigate this fight to determine who started and participated the fight. This should be easy to determine given the number of CCTV cameras that should be covering all parts of the Mad Cow. If Les Walker is practically involved in the fight, will any Queensland Police charges be bought against him or will this whole incident be a long drawn out affair similar to the Mayors Aitkenvale traffic accident in Aitkenvale or will there be a political decision to sweep it under the carpet.

      • Shadow Boxer says:

        At the very least Crits, if he has lashed out, he should be banned from The Vomit Strip for a while by the coppers (as they do to all drunks who fight) and definitely from his alter ego, ‘The Mad Cow’!

  5. Judge Vaseline says:

    Vasta (sounds Latin for shi’t) is another pompous fool. These Judges really think that their shit doesn’t stink and that they are some sort of personal representative God. Your damn Wright his mates are protecting him, they always do. Wig wearing freaks of nature. Blokes like Vasta do more harm than good.

  6. Pat Coleman says:

    Technically, if Walker was within arm reach he was committing a social distancing crime. I don’t for one minute condone whacking him where alcohol is involved , unless in self defence , as it just creates sympathy for him when he doesn’t deserve it.

    And , COVID aside, who in their right minds would want to touch him , he has creepy ex prison guard and crooked councilor – WALKER GERMS.

    Its safe to say that because anybody suing must take the stand under oath. And of course he refers to the ferries as “OUR CUSTOMERS” when it’s a private affair, because the donation of $500 from Paul Victory of sealink to The Jenny Hill Gangs 2016 campaign made them directors of the board. Go to this link https://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/disclosurereturnarchives , then election returns, then 2016 returns and pick Townsville and the Team Hill return on the candidates link. You can use the icon at the bottom to rotate the pdf pages.

    This is why they feel like part of the Townsville Mafia, because since we could see the donations from 2012 onwards , they were the political arm of the Townsville Mafia .

    • The Magpie says:

      And did you know that 1 out of 3 people who voted for Les are just as stupid as the other 2.

      • Sam1 says:

        Don’t worry, Harper has a plan in the pipeline to stop drunken assaults, just can’t reveal it yet.

        • Dave of Kelso says:

          S1,
          I hope this joke has a good punchline.

        • Hugh Jarrs says:

          Sorry, which pipeline is the crime solution in? The one we don’t need from the Burdekin to the Dam that the State are now borrowing to pay for, or the one under Riverway drive that the TCC can’t afford to replace and the State (who can’t afford it either) are trying to wedge the feds to pay for?

  7. Shadow Boxer says:

    Look, there’s an outside chance there was no one else involved an old Messagebank knocked himself out………! :)

  8. Alahazbin says:

    Not only did Olive Scott-Young sit in potholes, she also vigorously protested against a local strip joint called Sigi’s Place. Local high profile business men had to leave via the back entrance so Olive didn’t see or recognise them.
    The irony in Olive’s passing is that Siegfried Unterrainer (proprietor of Sigi’s Place) has passed away. Funeral notice in Saturday‘s astonisher.
    Hope they don’t meet at the Pearly Gates.

  9. Old Tradesman says:

    I reckon Dolan will bypass the wash and rinse cycles on his media washing machine and go straight to the spin and fast spin cycles to protect the member for Mundingburra.

    • The Magpie says:

      Don’t think so … reckon Hayes is smart enough to stay well away from this one.

      • Hugh Jarrs says:

        I wonder if the ALP’s spin doctor was out with Messagebank celebrating?

        • The Magpie says:

          It is sad but unsurprising that some of the best writing in the Bulletin is in the letters page, and even the ‘Idiots Texting The Iditor’ comes up with an occasional gem … like this none today. A very good point.

          This is the sort of thing the editorial should be taking issue with.

  10. Ducks Nuts says:

    The most shocking thing about the whole Mad Cow incident, is Walker is only 56. Anyone who has ever had the unfortunate experience of being talked at by Les knows he does a great portrayal of a much older fuddy duddy. As an older bloke myself I genuinely thought Les was well into his 60s.

  11. The Magpie says:

    Gimme a break.

    Any sensible person knows that racism – real racism, not humorously calling someone a ‘’curry muncher’ – has no place in a (relatively) civilised society. But is The Magpie out of order in finding it highly offensive to be lectured down to from the high moral ground by someone who is a citizen of the most racially vile country on the planet, India?

    Of course, they don’t call it ‘racism’, they call it the cast system but it is both racist and elitist, and it is relentlessly perpetuated by those in power. The ruling class and even educated middle class Indians are responsible for perpetuating through superstitious myth misery, poverty, filth and tens of thousands of needless deaths every single year.

    Given the institutionalised, ingrained and government mandated racist misery inflicted on millions in India, one would take their howls of outrage more seriously if they even tried to address their own social problems before being too mealy-mouthed about Australian barrackers.

    Australians should not stoop to racial epithets against anyone for any reason – it reflects on them, not their targets – but Indians being upset on behalf of one of their being called a ‘brown dog’?

    Brown dogs should sue.

  12. No More Dredging says:

    ‘Pie, you missed another sub-editor’s dream with your quote: “will compromise of 4000 homes and townhomes . . . . “.

    Your “Judge Vaseline” might not be aware of it but Federal Court judges don’t actually wear wigs. I’m pretty sure Gough Whitlam’s attorney general Lionel Murphy recognised the same pretentiousness Vaseline J. has pointed out. When they created the Federal Court they dumped a few of the colonial and conservative conventions that otherwise connected our judicial system back to the days of Menzies et al.

    • The Magpie says:

      Oops, missed that, good one. An d surely they meant ‘townhouses’

    • Grumpy says:

      NMD – the lads love it. Given a choice, all Judges would love a return to the pomp and ceremony of coloured robes and wigs. Most would gladly wear hose and fluffy collars. A decade or so ago, the Bar Association voted on whether the 17th Century robes and wigs should be dispensed with. A resounding “NO”. The most vocal were, believe it or not, from the younger members. I knew one judge who would insist on being dressed by his Tipstaff every morning. Never underestimate the level of pretentious wankery in the upper echelons.

      • The Magpie says:

        Allow The ‘Pie to point out, Grumps, that not everyone on the bench is happy with things like wigs. In 8 years of covering Judge Wall’s court, The ‘Pie never once saw him wearing a wig throughout proceedings, removing it quickly after matters began (this allowed those at the bar to also dispense with them). He intensely disliked the idea, and often entered without at all. Bob Pack was also not a devotee.

        This frippery of fancy dress by judge and bar is used to bolster the awe and mystic aspect of the arcane byways of the law, very much like a Masonic Lodge (to which a large number of judges and barristers belong). This fancy dress helps bully and cower the unfamiliar into pliable positions where possible. Not to mention subtly argue in favour of their swingeing and for the most part questionable fees. When a barrister has someone over a financial barrel, he is always ensures his zip in swell WD40ed.

        Some will argue it also adds to the majesty of the law, which is a load of hot cock, and many a person in the dock has wondered how his freedom is in the hands of people dressed like clowns.

        The Magpie is all in favour of the American system, which except for the occasional black judges robe, favours civilian attire. Had something to do with equality.

    • Judge Vaseline says:

      Who cares NMD – wigs or no wigs. Most of them still think their shit doesn’t’’t stink. Pretty much the same way you feel about your idol, the Mayor.

  13. Ducks Nuts says:

    Word around town is that it was Walker who started the fight. And that CCTV footage backs this up. How unfortunate.

    • Les Miserable says:

      Starting fights, crying in public, it sounds like poor Les is emotionally compromised.

      Les, have you had your estrogen levels checked lately? Mate, if you start lactating please see a Doctor immediately.

    • Alahazbin says:

      Who do we send the six pack and scratchy to in appreciation of doing the community a favour.

  14. Guy says:

    I think the pomp and ceremony of the court must here in contemporary times for a reason – human psychology, it probably helps the judge get into character. When a soldier puts his uniform and rank on he becomes an extension the state, and based on rank receives or gives orders; likewise with a police officer no doubt.

    The whole purpose of the funny costume i guess is to physically and psychologically become that physical extension of the state / law. One would presume it should keep them in line. If you want someone to be a judge they need to be dressed like a judge. Its always made me wonder if the garb might mirror in some antiquated fashion some religious dress, if we assume that law itself comes from religion. In Western society , the ten commandments, law as we know it didn’t just pop into existence from an atheist aether of do gooders getting the stuffing kicked out of them and then blaming themselves and their “privilege”.

    If we tug on that unravelling string , I wonder if the ceremony of the court must have its roots in religious ceremony. In the church of England there’s a set ceremony every Sunday. If we assume that early courts were religious courts there would surely be spill over. Early laws weren’t just invented by some guy scratching his arse in the desert but rather God. A religious court would probably have a priest (?) still in his costume making decisions.

    • The Magpie says:

      Who wrote that for you, Guy? Way too sensible, thoughtful and erudite next to your usual Klingon contributions.

    • Brother love says:

      Guy, you are correct that the outfits, procedures and the sometimes odd processes that a Court of Law and Council Chamber or Parliament House follow or take part in are steeped in religious tradition that goes back thousands of years. Plenty of information about it in cyber land.

    • Achilles says:

      Those ten commandments you quote have very little to do with real crime, really only 2: Thou shall do no murder (as opposed to the incorrect thou shall not kill); and Thou shall not steal.
      The rest are all moral or religious caveats.

  15. Jatzcrackers says:

    So if ‘he who floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee’ Walker is convicted and found guilty of assault etc, is he kicked out of his political career or is it move on, nothing to see here ?

    • TheOtherGuy says:

      He is disqualified if:
      “(i) the member is convicted of any of the following
      offences—
      (i) an offence against the law of Queensland, another
      State or the Commonwealth for which the member
      is sentenced to more than 1 year’s imprisonment;
      (ii) …”

      Hill will give him a reference.

    • Resident @ says:

      I want to know why the family of the dead motor cycle rider hasn’t said a word, that I can see or find. Then same as whoever knocked dickhead out why they haven’t pressed charges? Is it just me or everybody to scared to go after a politician when they know there 100% wrong with something, I remember jason costigan was chased out of lnp and he was innocent. No loss mind you but seems blue team sack everyone first ask later but red team pay off and keep people silent. Mooney and his accident years ago comes to mind. While all this goes on TCC descends deeper and services decrease in standard and crime continues to get out of hand under Labor. Thanks a lot Townsville.

      • The Magpie says:

        fair suck of the sav, mate.
        First of all, the family you mention has probably been correctly advised to stay silent until the matter is resolved. And there is little they can add at this stage, since they weren’t witnesses to what happened.

        Re Goofy: give the coppers a break mate, rather them than The ‘Pie trying to sort a ‘ .. and then he said, so I …’ drunken pub brawl. And they don’t want to waste our dough putting up a case that is too weak to succeed. Plenty of time fo charges to be laid.

  16. Moment says:

    We all hope Les has a quick recovery and back at the job shortly after late night checking of club social distancing rules. The car still there and not stolen a real bonus.

    • The Magpie says:

      Messagebank always on the job, even when he gets jobbed, eh?

    • Charlie Wulguru. says:

      Moment. I assume you are referring to his car and that it is still parked down in the nightclub area. Would that mean that he had intended to drive it home that night. Nanna and her Police Minister would be happy to hear that.

      • The Magpie says:

        Anybody noticed this little side fact?

        ‘Inappropriate’ to make a comment? Why, Les? Anyone who is the innocent victim of assault are not only legally free to make whatever comment they like – ‘I was the victim of a cowardly attack’ or the like) – they can warble on louder than The Magpie, there is no constraint – UNLESS the cops are investigating you and your role in this little doh-si-doh. And might compromise any charge brought against YOU. Christ, between you, The Mullet and Mooney, our proud history of cowboy leaders in Townsville marches on.

  17. The Wulguru Wonder says:

    TCC have canceled the Halo light show for the next two nights because of the uncertainty about the weather.

    TCC scheduling an major outdoor event right in the middle of the wet season, when it has been predicted for months that we would most likely have a significant wet season this year, just doesn’t make sense.

    Doesn’t anyone in council think these things through? Is this more ratepayer money literally going down the drain?

    • Jatzcrackers says:

      Sounds like they should have sold tickets for MessageBank’s early morning rumble. People might have paid good money to witness that event !

      • The Magpie says:

        Thousands. as they say at Hollywood funerals, give the people what they want, and they’ll come out and see it.

      • The Wulguru Wonder says:

        The Astonisher has been pushing the Rugby League Rivals fight night for weeks now (they must have some money tied up in it somehow) and all this time Les ‘The Wulguru Rumble’ Walker has been waiting for a call up.

    • Dave of Kelso says:

      TWW,
      No, the TCC does not plan ahead for the foreseeable. Case in point; RRD 70% full, BOM forecasts A LOT of rain in the catchment for days to come, no preemptive controlled water release, RRD gets to 200% (or whatever it was), panic water release, Townsville floods.

      • Dave of Kelso says:

        p.s.
        RRD is at 66%. Possibly a small cyclone coming our way. We know now the dam can go to 250% so there is little to worry about.

        • Alahazbin says:

          DoK, Only when they get the jitters over that said dam retaining that water and let it go 2hrs before an incoming high tide. Sound familiar!

          • The Magpie says:

            All this chat is neither here nor there … where is the effort for blanketing media, social and otherwise, with running information … if they can do it for a leaking water vpipe, they can surely do it for a dam in the possible path of a very wet cyclone.

          • The Wulguru Wonder says:

            Speaking about open information, here’s something to ponder.

            Which of the experts/models do you believe? While this latest BOM has TC Kimmi doing a u-turn and heading north …

            … the JTWC site (the US Navy’s) has it making a beeline straight for the ‘Ville.

          • The Magpie says:

            And just a reminder, the 45-55 knot scale is no gentle breeze.

        • No More Dredging says:

          Kelso Dave, how do you “release” water from the dam when the level is below the spillway? Just asking.

          • L Berry says:

            They lower the spillway.

            Just sayin’

          • Dave of Kelso says:

            Fair question. At 66% capacity I have no idea if the dam water level is above or below the spillway. I was not advocating that water be released right now, but that a more preemptive and nuanced dam management plan be used rather than the cluster-fuck used in the 2019 rain event and the subsequent Mayor induced flood. (Sorry for the long sentence.)

          • The Magpie says:

            Speaking of the mayor and long sentences … umm, no, forget it.

          • No More Dredging says:

            Kelso Dave, there is already in place a comprehensive Dam Management Plan. In the 2019 flood event the management plan was followed more or less to the letter. It is complete bullshit to say there was a “panic water release” and no matter how many times you say it, it won’t be true. You might recall though that on about the day the dam passed 200% there was 400mm of rain direct onto the catchment in 24 hours. Of course they had to fully open the floodgates – the bloody whole dam could have been washed away. Since it’s located in your neck of the woods why not take a stroll and see for yourself how far off the spillway the water level is? We might all learn something.

          • Cantankerous but happy says:

            There is a pipe with cone valves that provides for dam releases at less than spillway levels.

          • No More Dredging says:

            Cantankerous, there’s a Townsville Water and Waste
            Ross River Dam Emergency Action Plan 2020 which gives some details of these “cone valves” which appear to have an outlet capacity of 13.6m3/second – which seems minuscule in the scheme of things when you look at the section in the plan about:

            “Manual Operation and Early Releases
            Once the EAP has been activated to the lean forward level it is possible to operate in manual mode and open the gates and conduct an early release of up to 350m3/s water without exceeding the capacity of the river and inundating properties. However, this early release of water was found to have minimal to no impact on the peak flood levels for a major flood.”

            There’s heaps of other tech stuff in that report.

      • George Patton says:

        Everyone running scared on a completely unreliable BOM forecast . So Townsville is going to get 500mm of water great. Can someone please tell me what catchment that water is going to be in? Rollingstone, Bluewater, Black, Bohle or Ross no can’t do that.
        Oh well quick release all our drinking water and hope it rains.
        Guess what no cyclone and the Dam didn’t spill, but our expert internet Dam Engineers and Hydrologist said to release our drinking water.
        Dam is now at 30% cause we flushed millions in water down the Ross, and the whole towns has to go on Level 3 restrictions.
        Cue the whinging from internet experts.

        • No More Dredging says:

          Fortunately, George, the Magpie’s Nest isn’t invited to hang on to the levers. But free to hold the megaphone and shout out whatever – sorry, WHATEVA!!!

  18. Mike Douglas says:

    Concerned Ratepayer . January 4 th you posted photos of Councils Riverside Gardens Community centre and all the leaves in the guttering and which was in contradiction to the deputy Mayors / Councillors heavy rained tips . Council media monitoring must have returned to work from holidays as the gutters have been cleared . Not sure whether there will be internal repairs caused by block guttering but they will have to get a high pressure gurney and clean the stains the leaves have left . T.C.C. Media monitoring , did you get that , high pressure gurney .

  19. MickNQ says:

    If you want a laugh (or cry) Have a look at the Estimate One website which details Projects looking for quotes from Sub Contractors. Filter it down to 500km from 4810 and see how much of a corpse Townsville is

  20. The Magpie says:

    Ahem … is a small Magpie hunblebrag in order?

    Following the ‘Pie’s spray about the Bulletin suggesting we are a people who panic at the first drop of rain, perhaps they have learnt a bit about the area they serve (ha!). Today, we get this click bait.

    • Dave of Kelso says:

      Been there, Done that?

      Maybe for the locals, but for the blow-in southern kiddy journalists at the Astonisher, this will be an ‘oh so exciting’ first experience.

      Will someone stop them from hyperventilating.

  21. Frequent flyer says:

    Perhaps they should include Messagebank Walker on the NRL fight night program.
    I know I’d buy a front row ticket, although his bout might only last one punch.

    • The Magpie says:

      Seems ironic that we have an event featuring rugby league players, for whom was built a $300million stadium, taking place in an entertainment centre that has been somewhat dodgily written down to nil value by the council.

      Funny old world, innit?

    • The Wulguru Wonder says:

      The bout would be shorter than Mal Meninga’s political career…

    • Dave of Kelso says:

      Will the person who put Messagebank on the pub floor be given a community service award?

  22. Grumpy says:

    Tell you what, if Stan Grant’s makeup gets any darker, he’ll look like a Buka man.

  23. Swami Manboub Siphpusser says:

    “City Braces” … For the allied landings at Pas de Calais !

    • The Magpie says:

      Think they meant we were in for a belting. Button up.

    • The Magpie says:

      Not just the city. Seems someone’s stolen The Daily Clenched Buttock’s Thesaurus.

      • Bentley says:

        If you want to check on the weather I suggest familiarising yourself with Predictwind. There is an excellent free version that I find more accurate, user-friendly, than the BOM, and certainly anything the Bully provides. Just sayin’.

        • Bentley says:

          Oh, and as for the TV channels who omit the fundamental surface pressure charts, and other useful information in favour of ambiguous language and ‘çlever jargon’, the weather reports are worse than useless much of the time.

  24. Curio says:

    Influenza the modern day miracle nobody is celebrating.

    Just think of the cost savings and the easing of the burden on the health system. Only 10% flu cases compared to the year before…

    2020 – http://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0026/961235/influenza-qld-2020.pdf

    2019 – http://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0037/835588/influenza-qld-2019.pdf

  25. Judge nobody presiding says:

    So both the mayor and message bank made the top 50 most influential people in Townsville according to the townsville bullshitin. One facing a very serious driving causing death charge, and the other may be facing assault charges if information going around is correct. If they both get away with it does that mean the paper have said to everyone that if your influential in this city you get away with anything right?

    • The Magpie says:

      ‘Get away with it’? Both will be judged on the evidence and will be judged accordingly, in the full glare of the state-wide if not national media, where real journalists reside. If found to have committed no crime, neither Mayor Mullet or Messagebank will have ‘got away’ with anything. Unless we are going to adopt your arbitrary deep state conspiracy theories. ‘Got away with it’ is a phrase that in this arena, only applies to Tony Mooney’s drunken hit-and-run back around 1989, which he ‘got away with’ through corrupt policing and political chicanery.

      And something The ‘Pie has been meaning to point out – ‘influential’ means having influence on events that have affected the city. This is usually construed to mean doing god things, but it also includes bad things that were either neglected, or should not have happened. That;’s why Palmer has made this list on more than one occasion. Therefore it is quite correct that Mayor Mullet, Lil Patty ‘Hot Lips’ O’Callaghan and Messagebank are in their various spots on this joke list.

  26. The Magpie says:

    They’re at it again, the Bulletin’s famous lack of judgement again encourages kiddy crims. And apparently, an orderly shopping centre evacuation isn’t sexy enough for the Astonisher, it is ‘mass panic.’

    Fair enough that the matter is reported but the sensationalist Facebook-style writing (that’s the proud aim apparently) – and highlighting so emphatically that the kid got away with it – does this community no service, and can only encourage others by showing them how easy it is to ‘have a bit of fun, bro’ like this.

    “The 13-year-old caused mass panic at Stocklands Shopping Centre on January 14, causing hundreds of shoppers and workers to flood on to the streets.”

    By the paper’s own interviews, shoppers were a bit bewildered because they weren’t told why they were directed to leave, but there wasn’t any suggestion of panic, let along ‘mass panic’. Bad luck, Bully, not a single old lady trampled underfoot. This is simply sensationalist fabrication.

    The real panic is the flight of readers from this sad excuse for a paper of record that specialises in primary school reporting.

    God knows what historians make of all this years down the track.

  27. Grumpy says:

    I see that the Bulletin‘s post in Facebook about aLes being banned from the inner-city was removed minutes after being put up. No commenting upon the story on their website. Corrupt much?

  28. Frequent flyer says:

    Those expecting Jenny Hill and Messagebank Walker to be treated the same as the rest of us can look no further than today’s Townsville Bulletin online edition.
    Comments about a story regarding Messagebank’s one-punch knockout at the Mad Cow have suddenly disappeared.
    On top of that a new story today revealing that our State representative has dodged a ban from the nightclub precinct (while the other 2 blokes involved in the fray have been banned) does not allow readers to comment.
    This is yet another example of our newspaper actually fostering corruption by protecting politicians and advertisers on its “50 Most Influential” list.
    All this from a newspaper that claims it is “all for us”.
    Disgusting.

  29. Dave of Kelso says:

    Dear ‘Pie,

    Some time back you forecast that Melania would divorce her Very Stable Genius soon after the VSG was out of the White House.

    Got a time line for us?

    7 days,
    10 days,
    100 days.

    What fun!

  30. The Magpie says:

    Christ, makes ya proud to be from Townsville, don’t it?


    FFS … and we thought Costigan was a juvenile embarrassment.

    • The Magpie says:

      UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE

      The coppers’ media people got it wrong. Apparently. This from the Astonisher’s correcting story.

      The Townsville Bulletin understands Mr Walker and his lawyer attended a police station on Monday.
      The Bulletin was incorrectly informed by Queensland Police Service that Mr Walker had also received a ban.
      The information has since been clarified.
      It prompted an apology from Queensland Police, saying in a statement that “we apologise for this error and respectfully request media outlets update their stories accordingly”.
      “Police Media earlier provided information to a media outlet indicating three banning notices were issued as a result, however, this is incorrect and only two notices were issued.
      “The 56-year-old man assaulted during the incident was not issued with a banning notice as reported.”
      Mr Walker has avoided a ban from the night-life district, which forbids him from stepping foot in some of the most popular restaurant and bar areas, including Palmer St, Flinders St, The Strand, Wickham St, and at Sir Leslie Thiess Dr.

      • The Magpie says:

        And in case you’re wondering why the incorrect Courier story is staying up, it is because it was widely circulated, much the detriment of this city. And having first hand experience that Les Walker can be a nasty aggressive drunk, The ‘Pie makes the unilateral judgement there is more of this to come.

        Betcha even if he is exonerated, there won’t be any apology to Townsville for his poor judgement.

        • The (barely) Civil Engineer says:

          I suspect that QPS actually got it right in the first place, but a quiet word in their ear from George Street straightened them out. So that’s one Mayor and one Deputy Mayor potentially being protected from prosecution. What a State of excitement we live in.

      • The Magpie says:

        Anyone know who Les’s lawyer is? Wonder if Taylor flew in to help out?

        • Alahazbin says:

          I just got a message from a friend that Message bank has been given a ban from the entertainment precinct.
          Don’t know if he is a day behind, but he says it will be in tomorrow’s astonisher.

    • Ducks Nuts says:

      My apologies to Police Media on behalf of the twatwaffles at the Astonisher. Based on past performance, we realise it probably wasn’t your fuck up.

  31. The Magpie says:

    Received with interest and thanks, At Mad Cow. Duly filed for future use – with discretion, of course.

    Appreciated.

  32. Tell the truth says:

    Whatva surprise Townsville bulletin has taken down les walker story in which Phil Thompson has asked for footage to be released. I was wanting to read the comments but now everything is gone. I was told to have a look because there were screenshots of a facebook conversation up apparently saying les walker had wandering eyes and hands and he knows what he did just look at the footage. So is there a sexual assault complaint or has the premiere told police not to say anything? How come the 2 others had bans and he didn’t? If hes done whats been said he should be sacked.

    • The Magpie says:

      Also shows his responsibility by driving his car into Via Vomitorium in the first place.

      And get set for a sob story about being upset because some months ago his mum was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now that is of course very sad and confronting, and has been suggested as a reason why he broke down in parliament during his maiden speech. Will he trot it out as an excuse for this episode? If he does, it won’t wash, it is the way people handle distressing news that marks them out, and reveals judgement, personal discipline and leadership qualities. Wonder if Les ever thinks how this thoughtless escapade is affecting by his mum, (for whom The ‘Pie has great empathy from shared experience.)

      He should first and foremost include his mother at the top of the list when he making public apologies to his constituency and parliament for bringing his office into disrepute.

      • Old Tradesman says:

        When is someone going to have the guts to come out and tell us the story when Les was the esteemed councillor for division 10, which by the way is going to cost the Qld taxpayers a cool $170K for the by election, and he was involved in an altercation at The Ville where a patron required a dental surgeon who was paid by the Labor Party to carry out the repairs and go mute.

      • Messagebank says:

        See, I told you I was banned

  33. Frequent flyer says:

    Classical faux pas in today’s online Townsville Bulletin with a picture of Jenny Hill wearing her dad’s army “Chairperson”vest and the headline “Disaster planners ready for all scenarios.
    Wonder what disaster Mayor Hill is planning for us this time around.
    Idalia residents will be hoping its not a repeat of her last dam disaster.

    • The Magpie says:

      Clearly these disasters can;’t happen without careful, experienced planning.

      • The (Barely) Civil Engineer says:

        Fear not, we at the Palace of Walker Street are planning many and various disasters to visit on the good people of Townsville.

        I’m researching biblical plagues to see what might suit if we run out of elected reps and senior staff tripping over their own feet.

  34. Charlie Wulguru says:

    Does anyone know if Scott McElligott is still the ‘Dealer Principal’ at Pickerings?

  35. Kenny Kennett says:

    Just heard a headline comment on 3AW in Melbourne dumping on Bunnings Townsville and the Bulletin about Australia Day. About to hear from listeners for their comments.

    • The Magpie says:

      Old, and storm in a teacup stuff … quickly rescinded staff direction which was a silly error. But great fodder for the a Melbourne radio station, HQ of the Outrage Industry

  36. Prince Rollmop says:

    The CEO ‘fresh Prince of no water’ is still fuming over the state of Townsville’s infrastructure. Sweat beading across his brow, armpits wet from the Townsville humidity, and the smell emanating from his body like jockstraps in a football locker, the man is not happy. It would seem that under previous consulting guidance by himself and along with Adele I’impaled’her Young the cost cutting/staff sacking has come to the haunt them. In fact, biting him on the ass once could say. Lots of other issues popping up also but TCC staff are being scared into submission. No corridor whispering permitted. No negative talk is allowed around the smokers hut or while removing palm fronds from the strand or while digging, patching, scraping and replacing pipes and seals. Tsk tsk tsk.

    Meanwhile the Mayor is up on charges relating to a motor vehicle death and a local Member of Parliament has been involved in a pub brawl….. What can you see other than what a bunch of fucking inbreds.

    • Alahazbin says:

      Sounds like he gets his management style from the CCP. You are only allowed to say positive things about them.

    • Plannit Townsville says:

      Just business as usual. Hope his Ponciness understands outlawing activities has a history of backfiring.
      It’s disappointing after his simpering introductory emails suggested that like the Astonisher, he was “here for you” and not the enemy. But council staff who have been kicked, shat on and pineappled so many times over the last 15 years don’t trust anyone anymore.

      • Prince Rollmop says:

        Yes, of course he is ‘here for the staff’. Just like the impaler was, and other CEO’s and management were, always ‘here for the staff’. Dry that story out and you can fertilise the strand gardens. I think the Prince needs to cool down, maybe take a cold shower (if the water is flowing in his section of town).

    • The (Barely) Civil Engineer says:

      Just waiting for the cool-aid to be rolled out while we sit in a circle and sing “We’re happy little veggiemites…”

      Hopefully the little wanker – sorry CEO – falls in the cool-aid barrel and can’t climb out. Even if he doesn’t drown, he will smell better.

  37. The Magpie says:

    Whodda thort, Puff the Magic Dragon to cure you drippin’ dragon. The story also tells us:
    In Australia, gonorrhoea is the second most common sexually transmitted infection and there is no longer a single reliable antibiotic to treat it because the bacteria is particularly good at developing resistance. CBD has been shown in the UQ studies to work for a lot longer than other antibiotics.

    Of course the number 1 most common sexually transmitted infection is children.

  38. NQ Gal says:

    The Orange Ejit has taken his bat and ball and gone to Florida, but is still managing the screw over the American tax payers by extending Secret Service protection for his kids by another 6 months.

    Biden’s address calling for unity was exactly what was required at this time. Hallelujah the adults are back in charge.

  39. Tell the truth says:

    Magpie you need to look at bulletin facebook page its a complete pile on on walker. Hes been fined and banned
    (again apparently) and the Labor lackies are doing there best to defend the idiot. Wont be long now before footage comes out im guessing. The paper still wont do a story with the other 2 blokes involved. One comment made reference to why one punch incidents are spread everywhere but this isnt. Why isnt this footage released, maybe because he started it?

  40. Cajun says:

    Magpie, is there any truth in the Courier Mail’s report that Messagebank has been fined for an assault conviction and banned from local areas?

  41. TheOtherGuy says:

    Mundingburra MP Les Walker fined and banned from city centre over fight at Townsville nightclub

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-21/les-walker-fined-over-disturbance-at-night-club/13077930

  42. Tell the truth says:

    Now one of the stories on Facebook has been deleted about walker. True to form Townsville bulletin “we’re for you Labor “

    • The Magpie says:

      Look, far be it from The Magpie to defend the Astonisher, but frankly, this story and all its twists, dishonesty and frantic Brisbane manoeuvring has made it a truly slippery story. As The ‘Pie has consistently said about both the paper and the mayor, don’t attack either on issues they can justly defend (and this is one), it diminishes the impact of the real cock-ups, of which there are plenty.

      But if Les Walker doesn’t resign or is booted, The ‘Pie never wants to hear another single word from Labor folk about Joh.

    • Mike Douglas says:

      Tell the Truth are you up to date on the new Social media laws ? . Companies and individuals who leave , or make comments on individuals on their social media platforms are up for damages if the comments are defamatory or unsubstantiated . So why would the Astonisher or many individuals set themselves up for long protracted legal costs ? . Not only has Townsville got issues with Council , State Government leaders but many local individuals believe they can simply make any comments on social media without any repercussions .

      • The Magpie says:

        You are correct Mike, but The ‘Pie doesn’t think that is the reason any posts were removed. This story caught everyone on the hop, and as it happened, in a difficult time frame (weekend, early hours etc) and it rapidly changed hour by hour as new details emerged. The Astonisher tried their best in this case to stay up-to-date, relevant and as much ahead of the story as they could.

        Wouldn’t it be nice if they applied this diligence across the whole board of its stories.

      • Dutch Reverend says:

        Even under false identities, hey Mike ?

  43. Elusive Butterfly says:

    Good to see the former Member for Mundingburra and now LNP Opposition Leader, David Crisafulli, leading from the front re: the current Member for Mundingburra, Les Walker’s “boxing” fiasco at the Mad Cow.
    Crisafulli’s comment?
    “Since Mr. Walker wasn’t one of his troops, it wasn’t his concern.”
    Just what are Mr. Crisafulli’s concerns??
    One would have thought the Opposition Leader would be climbing all over this and demanding Walker be sacked.
    Obviously Crisafulli and Walker have something in common…
    They both punch with wet lettuce leaves!!

    • The Magpie says:

      That dopey partisan comm ent doesn’t even make sense.

      Think about and have another go at what your trying to say … apart from the fact that you’re seeking a cheap shot.

      • The Magpie says:

        After long and careful consideration, The ‘Pie now believes he knows what you’re trying, in your challenged way, to say – it is clear you have a struggle with grammar, are you a Bulletin journalist? It was the quote marks that caused the confusion, but basically, you are criticising The Kid for saying that since Walker isn’t in the LNP, and therefore under his control, it is not his concern.

        Perfectly reasonable on the grounds of the great Napoleonic dictum ‘Never interrupt the enemy when he is making a mistake.’ Or in this case, has made a monumental one. Don’t distract the great unwashed from the field day they are having.

        Smart politics.

    • Dorfus says:

      Labor needs to take more care when selecting its candidate for the next Mundingburra election, which could be soon?

      Members for Mundingburra
      Second incarnation

      Member Party Term

      Ken Davies Labor 1992–1995
      Frank Tanti Liberal 1996–1998
      Lindy Nelson-Carr Labor 1998–2012
      David Crisafulli Liberal National 2012–2015
      Coralee O’Rourke Labor 2015–2020
      Les Walker Labor 2020–present

      As to EB’s comment on lettuces, other parties take note!

  44. Dave of Kelso says:

    Good move Les, you shining example. And banned as well. A curious career move.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-21/les-walker-fined-over-disturbance-at-night-club/13077930

  45. Tenacious D says:

    There is a major power interuption in the CBD at the moment, since about 2pm, Chico Rio is one business not opening tonight, and no time for restoration has been given. Do CBD businesses get any compensation?

  46. Shadow Boxer says:

    Sooooo, after a drawn out process Messagebank Walker is finally fined and banned from venues for being a punch-happy public drunk!!!

    What an absolute disgrace this creature who represents us in Parliament is and a total embarrassment to our community!!!

    • The Magpie says:

      The fix was on … the police media department made an error, we were told …then they hadn’t, after a visit from Les and his shill, then all of a sudden, no doubt after Anna Alphabet was forced to decide discretion was the better part of valour, Les Walker HAS copped a fine and a ban from the nightlife precinct. And the best our premier can do is say, ‘he’s apologised to me, and will to the electorate.’

      AND THAT’S IT? YOU’RE FUCKING KIDDING, ANNA!!!

      You really are waging war on Townsville, aren’t you, Premier? that’s one of the best one-finger salutes you have ever given us.

  47. TheOtherGuy says:

    I asked the TCC about the warning signs posted around he creeks and rivers. The reason they are “usually” erected but no mention of the actual reason this time. The reply I got was:
    our Senior Environmental Officer has been in contact with us and has advised the deteriorating water quality signs are erected usually when Blue Green Algae (BGA) in the lakes we test rise to a level that can cause skin irritation to humans who come into contact with the water. When these particular types of algae bloom, pets that drink the water can become sick. Hence the advice to avoid contact with the water.

    Before the rains over Christmas the Freshwater Lake in Idalia had a BGA bloom (exacerbated by dropping water levels from evaporation and large amounts of water birds defecating in the water) a media release was sent out about it.

    Now that we have large amounts of rain after Christmas, this waterbody has been flushed and the algae levels have now reduced. These signs will be removed tomorrow from the Fairfield and Castletown Lakes.

  48. Donny says:

    Do we have time to nominate the bloke who decked Messagebank for an Australia Day community service award?

  49. Strand Ghost says:

    I see that Les (message bank) Walker said he has never done anything like this before and can’t remember what he did, he must of had the same problem when he busted up a guy at the Casino previously ( which was hushed up and the guys teeth were fixed by a certain party) poor bugger must of been having this problem for awhile now
    ha ha, maybe he needs to go and see a brain specialist to see if he has one?.

  50. Dave of Kelso says:

    So drunk in a public place that he could not remember the fight.

    Messagebank, you have an alcohol problem.

    Did the ALP know this when he was pre-selected? But of course they did.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-22/qld-townsville-mp-les-walker-apologises-pub-brawl/13081576

  51. No More Tears says:

    Local UFC fighter and all round fucktard Messagebank Walker has eaten a shit sandwich and publicly apologised for his Mad Cow shenanigans. Naturally Nanna Anna has swept it under the carpet and Messagebank says he cannot ‘recall’ the details. ‘Recall’ is a favourite amongst politicians as it’s not a ‘yes’ or ‘no’. It’s their get-out-of-jail free card.

    I wonder if the medics DNA tested his COVID face mask which must have fallen off when he got bitch slapped? Seriously, this bloke is an embarrassment and Sonia the Labor party. He should be removed from office. His actions do not inspire any confidence in him to represent us at State and Local level.

  52. I can't remember says:

    I hope you have an absolute feild day with walkers response this weekend. Just like him, i cant remember anyone in politics being this fucken stupid. But Townsville shines especially those in mundingburra.

    • No More Dredging says:

      And while you can’t or won’t remember, Walker will not get hassled until pre-selection time – years away. Meanwhile this weekend will be wasted arguing about whether Margaret Court should be doubly awarded for being a complete bigot, whether Paine should be the Australian cricket captain etc, etc but no one has anything to say about our local member Phil Thompson’s spending spree with $195 million. Apart from the Flying Doctor (or is that the RACQ Careflight helicopter), what else is getting a suck on that sauce bottle?

      • The Magpie says:

        Appears you don’t have anything to say about Thompson or anything else, except have a lame attempt at distraction.
        And if this weekend and any other weekend is ‘wasted’ talking about issues other than those close to your heart, why not toddle off to a playpen more suited to your development … it’s called Facebook.

        • I can't remember says:

          The no more dredging idiot has come to his defence, again! Your reply has nothing to do with my comment. Typical Labor fool following the sheep. Your boys in a heap of trouble old les. Hes hoping that the girl doesn’t getvan interview to tell everyone where he touched her to start all this. Go back to your hammock and watch out for coconuts because we wouldn’t want any sence knocked into you because then you’d be dangerous.

          • Ducks Nuts says:

            Well at least old Lights Out Walker has been truthful when he says the wife is upset. Most wives, discovering the old bloke has been groping pretty young things in night clubs would be upset.

            Even if he stays out his elected term, old Lights Out has managed to turn himself into the stinkiest pile of political shit in the state and a monstrous liability for the Labor party.

          • The Magpie says:

            Biggest in the state? That’s a big call, Tasty Tidbits, and The ‘Pie would dispute that. What about … ummm … well, then there was …. err … hmm, nope, I’ve got nuthin’.

            Les it is.

    • Mundingbird says:

      ICM,
      speak for yourself Bud,he would be my last choice.

  53. Hi Beam says:

    Old pisstank has got crafty, too. CAN’T REMEMBER A FUCKING THING!

  54. Elusive Butterfly says:

    And the LNP leadership remains silent…notwithstanding Dale Last!
    What are they waiting for…a Labor MP to actually kill someone??
    Don’t want “Dopey Dave” in my foxhole…

  55. Tenacious D says:

    What are the chances of the CCTV being leaked??

  56. Cantankerous but happy says:

    The real reason everyone is getting pissed off with low life loser Messagebank Walker, is that he does represent this town, not only in the state parliament but he is very representative of the bogan classless loser that everyone thinks about when they think of Townsville, if nothing else maybe a few people in Townsville had a look in the mirror this week, fucking ugly aren’t we.

  57. Avogadro's Number says:

    Perhaps it is time that Messagebank Walker is re-christened : Perhaps MemoryBlank Walker might be more appropriate under the circumstances.

  58. At the mad cow says:

    Im pretty sure by now you would have gathered some information since I last sent in. I noticed some comment about what we will be thinking about this weekend and it won’t be walker. The same person also said that walker won’t fave anything until next election. Well I’m afraid that is not good enough to let someone like this continue to represent our community. My voting preferences matter little with my judgement of this it is purely the fact that what has happened should never be pushed under the rug just because hes a politician. Now im trying to be careful of not saying what ive been told actually happened before he was knocked out because I believe the persons involved have tried to stay back from publicity. Having there names dragged out wouldn’t help. But there are alot of angry people out there who want walker gone, and so he should. If the media let this go after the complete lies he said in that press conference then they too have blood on there hands. Thank you for bringing another voice to this. Walker needs to go now not next election.

    • The Magpie says:

      And thanks to you, ATMC, you were first cab off the rank with good info, which we mutually agreed quite wisely not to publish at the time so early in the unfolding event …. most of which has subsequently come out. The ‘Pie always appreciates being reliably informed (often not an easy job). The same integrity would apply to the people you describe as ‘involved’, if they would care to contact The ‘Pie, but they would need to trust The Magpie enough to reveal his/her/their identities, not for publication but for verification.

      • At the mad cow says:

        Appreciate that magpie. I dont know what they will do now. Im hoping that what I gave you has at least matched up with any other info you recived. If we ever see the footage, dont see why not considering we see everything if it’s a 1 punch assault, that we see what happened before the hit. Ive seen loads of comments on Facebook asking the people defending walker would they allow it to happen to them and would they support him still. I know i leave myself open to the trolls but I feel giving exact details wont help anyones case. Hope ive helped and thank you again

        • The Magpie says:

          The interesting projection here, ATMC, is, from what we know so far, is that the puncher could face criminalk charges … and given the coward’s punch rules, there is no excuse for hitting someone. BUT here’s the thing … you can bet Les is sweating on the cops leaving where it is … and as far as The ‘Pie can see in the glare of all this publicity, they can’t do that. So when anything comes to court, all the grubby details would be exposed. It has gone way past the point of ALP interefrence of the sort that help Mooney in his drunken hit and run all those years ago, and Les in his casino punch-up a while back.

          And guess what? Even if Walker is painted as the lesser offender not deserving of further action, the details are sure not to reflect on him as a public figure very well at all. You can bet until this is sorted, Les Walker’s buttock clenching will have his arsesole going from 10 cents to 50 cents every few seconds.

  59. Walkers Hill says:

    It’s a shame message bank walker was unable to actually apologise because of his failed memory. But he did say something that all other 50 to 60 years olds learned in their late teens, he has learned not to put himself in the situation of being totally maggotted in the early hours of the morning, on the nightclub strip picking fights with highly testosterone driven young guys.

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