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Sunday, June 13th, 2021   |   136 comments

SOO Week? Around Here, It Stands For State Of Obscenity Week.

Politicians parading with footballers and locals for happy snaps against the background of the crime mayhem across the city caused by their neglect is exactly that … obscene. Wonderful that the game was here, and, OK a city piss-up to celebrate our luck being selected as the venue, but how galling is it to see those responsible for our crime misery expecting adulation for a momentary distraction.

Hahahahaha … nice one, Townsville Bully, another tootsie bullseye. Realising that reporter Caitlin Charles had got her tits caught in the wringer when she called for a riot against the NSW team bus, the Astonisher had an hilarious about-face come the day.

The biggest missed opportunity of the State of Origin circus … so obvious but somehow no one thought of it. And not helped with a truly bizarre statement from our mayor.

In other matters, the fake news story that destroyed any remaining shred of Aaron Harper’s (fake) credibility.

The SOO has come and gone, but the bread and circuses mindset still dominates The Astonisher’s priorities over deeply flawed policies that actually endanger us … but The Bulletin’s shows it either hasn’t got a clue about what matters,  or it just doesn’t give a fuck. Or both.

The strange case of swimmer Maddie Groves … something is definitely on the honker about why she says she withdrew from the Olympics team.

All that, a few other laughs and japes, you learn what a filibuster actually is, and our regular gallery from the USA.

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Looking Back In Anger – A Week Political Poltroonery***

***poltroon – an abject and contemptible coward

The Magpie spent the week with claws clenched in fury,  as the political bandwagon rolled into town to take the gloss of the great morale boost brought here by the big match atmosphere. The ‘Pie couldn’t help himself when meaningless clichés and platitudes were doled out willy nilly by our egregious Premier.

The Magpie

June 9, 2021 at 10:27 am  (Edit)

Christ, she’s got a fucking hide.

You’re right, Premier, TODAY will be a great day to be in North Queensland, but thanks to you, the other 364 are a nightmare for many here and in Cairns. How about you and your three useless state members get your well padded arses off your complimentary Origin seats and do something about our out-of-control crime wave in Townsville and Cairns? THAT will reinstate North Queensland to be a great place to be all year round.

Bentley is of the same mind.

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Jenny Hill gets the gong for the most bizarre comment as the big day approached, when she told the Brisbane Times reporter: “And parking tickets here are less than what it costs to park in Brisbane city every day.”

There’s a place in marketing heaven for you, m’dear.

Townsville’s Lucky Charm Weave Their Magic

And when you think of who was barracking for Queensland, is it any wonder we copped a shellacking … but how can these people parade their shining insincerity against a backdrop of a city terrorised by juvenile crime? Why should we be surprised at the result, when we had all the city’s lucky charms on hand, cheering for the Maroons.


The Astonisher’s Embarrassing Back Track

Last weekend, The Magpie predicted it was unlikely that the State of Origin team buses would travel through hoards of already fuelled-up pisspots in Flinders Street East, as the paper had suggested.

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And so it came to pass that – surprise, surprise – neither bus drove along Flinders Street East before the game … because it was always going to be closed to traffic (God knows, the mayor wittered on about it enough in the very paper that didn’t seem to know about the closure. And anyway, driving a massive bus through hoards of pissed people isn’t exactly conducive to safety and civic order.  Someone might spill their beer.

From Wednesday’s pre-game comments in The Nest:

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The Bulletin is left looking a bit more stupid than usual and cannot escape being a chief reason for NRL organisers refusing to use the most obvious and direct route to the stadium – Via Vomitorium aka Flinders Street East – for either team. The paper’s irresponsible urging of drunks to hurl not only childish abuse but also beer cans and even rock the NSW bus as it travelled along Flinders Street, obviously alerted organisers to the sad realities of unrestrained public drunkenness in Townsville. We so often display an uncanny knack of turning celebrations into demeaning debacles (big shout out to Les Walker). This fuckwittery was even highlighted with that cartoon graphically illustrating what the paper wanted the public to do.

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But this afternoon, probably to no one’s surprise, Flinders Street didn’t feature at all in the route for either team bus, and the paper revised down its expectation of a rowdy riot to ‘glimpses’. Although starting at The Ville, the Queensland bus zipped along the Strand, up to Denham Street and then straight down to the stadium.

The NSW team bus has been given a bizarre and circuitous route, according to the Bulletin, which displayed it’s usual stab in the dark at local geography. “It’s understood the NSW bus may not travel down Denham St as it’s not the most direct route from their hotel, and may come into the stadium from the south. It’s understood the bus may opt to travel down Boundary St, Railway Estate or even head through Idalia before coming up Abbott St and Railway Ave to get to the stadium.”

Fucking Idalia? Where were the NSW outfit staying, the poo-threatened old Walkabout Motel near Cluden?

And what a lost opportunity for positive Townsville publicity …

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… if both buses had driven in tandem along the length of the Strand before turning up into Denham Street, we would’ve shown off the city’s main tourist attraction in national media. would’ve been even better if it had been arranged  that the Strand parade was made during the day of their arrival – magnificent images beamed around Australia. Can’t think how this idea escaped our razor sharp civic leadership.

Then, The Day After Hangover

The Magpie

June 10, 2021 at 10:15 am  (Edit)


Let’s get it all out of the way in one hit … which sadly, the Astonisher will not, it will drone on interminably about every bit of trivia it’s social media mind can pounce on for days to come.
The Astonisher made the best of the bad news, with this ‘nursing the wounds’ front page.

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We will have to wait a day or two for the wildly optimistic guesstimates of the benefit to the ‘city’ … but of course, not the net cost after council and government funding deductions are made. Just how TEL make these confident assessment of economic benefits is a closely guarded secret, but probably an economic projection involving the words rock, paper, scissors.

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Then there was this …

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… in which we were subjected to Iditor Craig Warhurst’s failed Shakespearian aspirations when he gurgled …
Not all is doom and gloom in the glorious city we call home.
Flinders St was bursting at the seams with locals and visitors alike from mid-afternoon yesterday, all having the time of their life in our home. As the Queensland team bus cruised down Denham St, thousands of adoring fans were lined along the road screaming at the top of their lungs. It was hysteria. Blissful. Perfection. It was Origin. But this is Townsville. We did it.
From the beautiful tones of our own Miella Sartori singing the national anthem, to the local bars, restaurants and clubs that were packed to the rafters until the early hours of the morning, every moment had NQ written all over it.

It sure did, Craig, people getting pissed brainless to drown their sorrows , before staggering off into the night to see if their car was still where they’d parked it. But, freally, Mr Warhurst ‘Hysteria. Blissful. Perfection’? Seems you were on a bit more than Pimms No1 Cup when you wrote that.

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But The ‘Pie thought it mighty sporting of the Bulletin that, directly under the iditorial, they chose their daily biblical quote to pay tribute to the Blues and echoed the thoughts and chants of the their supporters.And there was a missed headline, couldn’t find it in any paper.


This stuff is going to go on for a few days yet in the paper, before we start again thinking about the minor things of life, like crime, council rorts and failed political leadership.

But hey, count your blessings … it could’ve been worse … we could have won.

Seems Harpic Isn’t The Only One Clean Round The Bend

Last Monday, The ‘Pie decided to have some sport with Aaron Harpic Harper, and mischievously posted this.

The Magpie

June 7, 2021 at 11:26 am  (Edit)

Aaron Harper Solves Townsville’s State of Origin Bed Shortage Problem

Harper has called on his government to release all juveniles from Cleveland, so the facility can be used to house State of Origin visitors.

‘Let’s face it, we’re going to let them all go soon anyway, on our short term rotation roster, so why not let the city benefit’, Harper said.

A Corrective Services spokesman opposed the idea as too expensive.
‘Have you seen the amount of damage footy fans do, especially if their teams loses?’ he asked.

Then, unwisely, The ‘Pie decided to make a rare foray into Facebook, and re-posted his little jest there. And was instantly depressed when a number of comments took the item to be a genuine suggestion from the member for Thuringowa, despite the humorous absurdity of it. Some took a big stick to The ‘Pie, accusing him of spreading fake news. But all that aside, what does this say about Harper himself? It appears his credibility is such that people were willing to actually believe he would come up with such a zany, impossible idea.

Probably pissed off he didn’t think of it first.

Whoops, Bulletin, Your Priorities Are Showing

The footy has gone, time for a bit of a breather, eh? Well, no, now it’s the turn of the V8 SuperPests and the annual porkyfest from the paper about attendances and economic benefit, which is very hard to judge since we aren’t allowed to know how much the council is forking out for the high-octane privilege. But even before the cars arrive, The Townsville Bulletin has shown that bread and circuses trump serious issues any day.

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One of the most important stories for a while … kiddy crims from Mount Isa being shipped in to Townsville because there is no where for them to stay on their home patch – an inexplicable disaster by any measure – is relegated to secondary importance beneath yet another glossy ‘beads and blankets for the natives’ story.

Surely this issue, and the government’s contradictory response to an unforgivable slap in face for Townsville, would have the community masthead that’s All For You in a 24-point fury. But no, such matters take a back seat to a highly commercialised event which makes the paper a lot of money every year.

Cute, eh?

Fishy Waters – Is This The Real Reason Maddie Groves Quit The Olympic Team

The curious tale of Olympic medallist Maddie Groves loudly stomping off from the Australian Olympic team has the swimming world – and the general public – somewhat baffled.

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Groves loudly proclaims about ‘pervs looking at my tits’ – which you’d think was a bit of a given when she happily poses for the cameras in a sexy pose – and that she felt uncomfortable around a certain bloke when training, hardly seems any sort of reason to walk away from the glittering career prize of possible Olympic gold. In fact, to the Magpie, it sounds like an unconvincing excuse for other unstated problem for this young woman.

It appears that swimming authorities only became aware of her complaints through her posts on social media.

Last November, Groves detailed on Twitter that she had complained about a “person that works at swimming making me feel uncomfortable the way they stare at me in my togs”.

She has since alleged the perpetrator had been promoted, following up her tweet on December 1 saying; “Woah guys this may have worked. Next time you have a weirdo stare at your tits and your complaints fall on deaf ears, try tweeting about it.

But despite swimming officials saying they made repeated attempts to make personal contact with her to offer support and any necessary action, Groves has declined to talk directly with senior officials – or anybody for that matter. She has chosen to just post unsubstantiated and vague claims and threats on social media.

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And she has even stopped much of that now, taking down her main account. She hasn’t named names, or given any credible reason for such a dramatic withdrawal. Or it would seem, much thought for her relay team mates, with whom she shared Olympic silver last time around.

The usual uninformed and incurious wailing of the predictable Greek chorus was quick to join in with a standard lament, but what The Magpie deduces is the real story has been left to twist and flap inconclusively in the media wind.

The ‘Pie supposes it is hard to reach any definitive conclusions about Ms Groves motivations to quit when she won’t talk to anybody, and no information has been published about her current form in the water. But perhaps it a sign of these troubled times that one little bit of known information about her should be canvassed, since the swimmer wants to make loud public misogynistic sprays around the place.

The 26-year-old Groves suffers from what can be two debilitating female conditions, endometriosis and adenomyosis, both of which are painful abnormal condition of the uterus. The only remedy is to have a hysterectomy. Now, sure,  this is a highly personal matter, an d should remain so … unless the pain, emotional turmoil and threat to personal future these conditions have caused prompted such an angry and public reason for such departure from her sport. Normally, talking about this would be none of The ‘Pie’s business … or anyone else’s. But if this is the real reason for a champion swimmer quitting when further achievements lay ahead, why go down the path she has chosen?

The language and tone she uses is somewhat juvenile … talking about someone starting at her ‘tits’ and using the misogynistic splatter terms of ‘pervs’, ‘boot lickers’ and people only in the sport for the money – all very vague, untargeted assertions – all point to a level of frustration and emotional meltdown that requires immediate professional intervention.

If The ‘Pie’s take on this is right, then it is a sad situation all round, because Ms Groves … no doubt a idol for young females in the sport … could have opted for a dignified and private withdrawal from the sport, and taken up by her in a calmer and productive manner after she has successfully resolved her personal challenges. Instead, she has chosen to tar a lot of men in the sport with the brush of ogling sexism.

A champion going out this way makes this whole situation a lot sadder.

The Wendy Woke Award Of The Week

Goes to this bit of foaming foot-stamping by Kylie Lang, apparently an associate editor of the Courier Mail.

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The object of her ire was a new Brisbane restaurant called The Arsonist, which features a fire pit, a custom food smoker and specialises flame grilling. Fire, flames, smoke, arsonist geddit, geddit? But her opening salvo railing against the name is a corker:

“I understand restaurants need to stand out from the pack, particularly during a profit-crushing pandemic, but naming a new noshery The Arsonist is a step too far. It is offensive, crass and tasteless”.

Ms Lang then goers on … and on and on … about how her friends are appalled, and how it may traumatise victims of arson. This prissy irrelevant virtue signalling is bad enough, but it is mind-numbing to have someone who is a minor executive of News Corpse decrying something as being ‘offensive, crass and tasteless’. Do you not read your own paper, or The Bulletin where your column occasionally appears, madam? Not even a finger wag at the egregious content spewed out in an endless stream by shop –assistants-turned-journalists?

You end your story with a prim school marm admonishment with this bit of smarm: ‘…good taste would suggest to me that they’ve got the name wrong.’

‘Good taste’? Perhaps you too, have got the wrong title, Ms Lang – it would be more appropriate if you rebadged your column ‘Pot Calling Kettle’.

Joints For Jabs … A ‘High’ Price For Getting Vaccinated.

This week, Vogue reports there’s been much discussion about the various vaccine incentives across the United States, from free Yankees tickets in New York to a $1 million lottery in Ohio, and free donuts just about everywhere. And of course, one state offering free guns. Now, though, Washington State has come up with perhaps the most outré yet: a free marijuana joint, claimable when you get your COVID-19 vaccination.

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The promotion—which, perfectly enough, is called “Joints for Jabs”—will begin immediately and run through July 12, allowing weed retailers to provide customers who are 21 or older with a pre-rolled joint at their stores when they receive their first or second dose at an active vaccine clinic. 

In America, All Talk Right Now Is About Efforts To End The Filibuster.

But what is the filibuster?

In short, it is an inexplicably undemocratic device where a legislator has the right to speak interminably – one went for 24 hours – supposedly on a given subject but containing all sorts of irrelevant nonsense just to hold the floor. The purpose is to ‘run down the clock’ where there is a time limit allowing a vote on any particular bill. Since we’re hearing so much about the scrap between the Dems would want to get rid of it, and the republicans who want to keep it, here’s a excellent little illustrated explainer on the subject from the Guardian, which is factual until it lapses into opinion towards the end.

Just imagine if we had that system here. We’d never get the likes of Pauline Hanson or Malcolm Roberts to shut up. And Michaela Cash would be the subject of nightmares.

And the word itself? Most aptly, it comes from filibustero … Spanish for pirate.

This Week’s Gallery USA

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And Finally…

The next challenge of space exploration has everyone excited.

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But hey, don’t feel out of it, Queensland has come up with a novel idea, although The ‘Pie would have thought a PT76 would have been a better choice.

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Valiant is apparently a company that makes things to shoot up into space


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  1. Mike Douglas says:

    Keep up the accountability Pie as Messagebanks latest media is that accomodation picked up $2.5 mil from SOO 1 so only $4.5 mil to find . The Astonisher continues to let Townsville down as the Queensland State budget is next week and nothing from our 3 local State MP,s on what they have secured for Townsville . Then there’s the FIFO labor Senator from Cairns Nita Green who addressing the media called Phillip Thompson “ piss weak “ for not delivering for Townsville . I gather the crime issues in Cairns and Townsville arnt on Nitas radar . Nita attended the SOO with Albo in the stadium that the Feds put in $100 mil next to the Cowboys school of excellence $20 mil NAIF funded . To the Bitcoin influencers who try to use bank closures / older people arnt adjusting to changing currency like crypto I looked at my bank balance and it’s the same vs Bitcoin which has dropped 15 % since the beginning of May .

    • The Magpie says:

      Is Walker’s estimate after deductions of what would be a normal take without the SOO, or did he just ‘forget’ to do that?

    • NQ Gal says:

      Ms Green calls Phil Thompson piss weak, but at least he took his seat with the punters in the stands, rather than hiding away in one of the corporate boxes, which is what Albo, the good senator, the premier, the local MP’s, and various ministers did. Who are the really piss weak ones?

    • The (Barely) Civil Engineer says:

      Some simple mathematics for Memorybank – let’s assume that half the crowd at the game (13,500 people) stayed in paid accommodation for the night – that means they each paid $185 for the privilege. Forget twin share, forget families, forget staying with mates – everyone of them paid full whack for a room each – and it’s still a stupidly high amount.

      I’m surprised Les had a spare hand to work it out or write it down, as he obviously had a handful of himself at the time.

  2. Steve, Belgian Gardens says:

    Extremely disappointed to see Kylie Lang endorsing Felons Brewing Co.

    • The Magpie says:

      Sorry, link doesn’t work … not sure, but think Instagram is a no go on WordPress. Anyway, what’s your beef about Felons?

      • Steve, Belgian Gardens says:

        If a restaurant called Arsonist is in poor taste, surely the same applies to Felons? The link was to her Instagram.

        Of course she wouldn’t believe either to be poor taste, just writing something provocative for attention.

        • The Magpie says:

          The ‘Pie has written before, both here and in other publications (he is a former restaurant reviewer for Sydney’s Sunday Tele in the ’80s) about the pitfalls of naming nosheries. There was a highly successful restaurant in Sydney’s Darlinghurst in the 80s, with some Italian name, which was sold to some cashed-up but inexperienced young smarties for an eye-watering amount. In their wisdom, and with no research, they renamed it The Greedy Pig. Their business evaporated overnight, not just because of the crassness of the name, but they didn’t realise that the bulk of their clientele were from the eastern suburbs Jewish community. True story.

  3. Cantankerous but happy says:

    Townsville is without a doubt the toilet of this state, now thought of as a dumping ground for unwanted criminals and low life’s, at the governments direction, just staggering. Why weren’t they sent to Brisbane from Mt Isa, more resources and services to deal with them down there, because it’s easier to dump them on the gullible dickheads of Townsville, who they know will just vote for the Govt, regardless of what they do to them. I think this is actually done on purpose with an end goal in mind, to stack the Townsville population with so many dregs that Labor will never be voted out here, because dregs will vote for the people who will allow them to live that life, compulsory voting guarantees it. People with any brains and the means will simply leave Townsville for somewhere else, and Townsville becomes a failed city by design, and of course the people who made it all happen, the lefty elites, will be amongst those who have the means to leave and escape the hovel they create, just amazing to watch.

    • The Magpie says:

      Now there’s a frank admission, Cankers!!
      “People with any brains and the means will simply leave Townsville for somewhere else …

      Err, mate, you’re still here.

      • Cantankerous but happy says:

        Yeah I know, and I have the means, so,,, anyway where else can you get the free circus like Townsville, no subscription required, just open your front door.

        • SirOssisO'fliver says:

          And when it is time (couple of months) to let em go. The Govt will not bus them back to the Isa, they will let them loose to find their own way home.
          So they will either steal a car to get home, or continue their career in Townsville.
          Either way we lose again for “dickhead” decisions by pols.

  4. Prince Rollmop says:

    Dealing with Team Hill is like dealing with Al Capones accountant I’m sick of the lack of transparency and honesty in Jenny Hills Council. If hosting events like the Origin game or the Supercars is such a good thing for the economy, then open up the books Jenny. We are all adults here (mostly). We get it, you have to spend money to make money, so show us how we the ratepayer are doing this. Show us how and where the financial projections are formulate please. You won’t do it because you can’t. It’s all bullshit numbers. It’s no different to holding Olympic and Commonwealth games – billions of dollars spent with little comparative return on the investment. The only thing that these events achieve is to expand politicians already bloated egos.

  5. Share Precinct NQ says:

    Pie, any further info on TEL’s failed Tent city? Rumours are less than a dozen bookings were secured but at what cost to set it up and who paid for this? TCC/TEL??

    • The Magpie says:

      A Magpie mate sent this a while ago:
      I don’t know if you heard how well supported the tent city was for State of Origin. If it was the one at the cricket field at Murray sporting area, there did not appear to be anybody there. Driving past the day before event there was no sign of life, or at 5.00pm on. the day of game – not a chair out the front tents all neatly zipped up – no chairs out the front – but could have all been at game of course- in the morning day after game same thing, maybe everyone slept in.

      • The Magpie says:

        But The ‘Pie thinks a little bit of slack and a little bit of perspective is needed regarding the tent city. Efficiently hosting an event like State of Origin in a small community like Townsville would normally take weeks, if not months of planning and logistics … and would be based on as accurate a set of projection on numbers that are only available in a longer time frame. So The ‘Pie thinks, for the sake of the town, the tent city was a reasonable precaution against bad tales of people sleeping in cars etc. But that said, given the massive fairytale numbers being gurgled about by Mayor Mullet in the run-up week, 100 tents were always going to end up one of two things … massive expensive overkill (which is how it turned out) or woefully inadequate.

        But that venture and other aspects of the policy-on-the-run handling of matters points to the underlying failure of a coherent ‘vision’ backed by strategic thinking from our current leadership, and that includes the pom-pom waving cheerleaders at TEL.

  6. Interested observer says:

    Wonder if Messageblank Walker also factored in the yet to be revealed massive loss on the Tent City. Hundreds of tents but only 6 bookings!
    Then there is Messageblank’s return to the scene of the crime, Via Vomitorium, although he steered clear of the Mad Cow – too many bad memories that he can’t remember there.
    According to a Bushy Beach resident in Text the Editor last week, “our three circus clowns and Puddleduck” walked into Molly Malones for a few pre-game drinks with the locals on Origin night. “They sit down with drinks, immediately about 30-40 patrons exit the establishment” our Bushy Beach informer said.
    Reminds me of the pig and the drunk in the gutter.

  7. One legged tap dancer says:

    Just read the story in INQueensland.
    It states “visitors to Townsville last year spent an average of $647 a day, according to Tourism and Events Queensland data”.
    $647 a day!!!!!
    Either they have to be kidding, or maybe they’re talking about Asian high rollers at the casino.

  8. Sue says:

    You said.. “ Groves loudly proclaims about ‘pervs looking at my tits’ – which you’d think was a bit of a given when she happily poses for the cameras in a sexy pose”. So standing smiling hand on hip is a ‘sexy pose’. How disturbing that you think that way. No wonder women are struggling to cope when too many men think this way. Do you go around and stare at female’s ‘tits’. I honestly wonder if men ever think anything without sex dominating… Thank goodness I was born female!

    • The Magpie says:

      Of course a smiling pose in a swimsuit is a sexy, and you’re not going to bully me in surrendering up my bollocks that nature provided to your over-woke prissy sentiments of denial. Said bollocks were given to blokes by nature, who were also given a brain to control any unilateral impulses …. 99.9% of men manage this, not that you’d believe from the over-kill of you and the sisterhood. Sad to see you’ve divorced yourself from the reality of the human race. And if that statement disturbs you, realise most women without Groves underlying problems seek out male interest in this way … or don’t you ever look at social media.

      Best solution, follow Shakespeare’s advice and thee to a nunnery … there, you’ll only have to face rigid discipline, lots of droning songs and the rough edge of the Mother Superior’s tongue.

      • Old Tradesman says:

        Actually Pie, a nunnery in Shakespearean times was also called a house of prostitution, Ophelia thought it was a good idea, and told Hamlet that the customer always comes first.

        • The Magpie says:

          The depth of literary scholarship in these comments is a constant delight.

          • Knuckles says:

            It’s this sort of carry on by our precious sports people that has Australia’s sporting glory days far behind us.

            We now live in an era of over paid sporting superstars worried and hurt if they get called names, or someone looks at them the wrong way. It is competitive sport, where winners get the rewards and 2nd is the first of the losers.

            Funny how sports people in Africa, Russia and China don’t have these issues.

          • The Magpie says:

            Well, not that we know of … those countries have rules about airing that sort of stuff, y’know.

  9. BIC Biro says:

    I wonder if Townsville can capitalise on the failed ‘Tent City’? Some great training and practice has now been undertaken in tent erections and de-erections. I propose we enter the TCC into the Guinness Book of Records for the World Record of ‘the most empty tents erected by a local municipality, and then those erections lost the next day’. I think we are on a Winner and this will help TEL put Townsville back on the Breakfast Show weather maps (which quite often I notice only show Cairns in the North).

    • The Magpie says:

      There is a serious point to make about this concept of a tent city. A permanent enclosed encampment with quality tents and facilities in a location not so remote it makes its tenants feel like outcasts, could be used as a transitional centre for homeless people. Strong rules about alcohol, drugs and behaviour would be required, but the homeless aren’t by and large crims. Of course, one stumbling block if some incredible research is to be believed, is that many ion the street are content to be there. Worth thinking about, it’s been done often before, even on the shores of Sydney Harbour last century. (Looking for the photograph that’s floating around of the Sydney camp – neat as a pin, but those were very different days.)

  10. One legged tap dancer says:

    They’d burn down the tents.

  11. Media mogul says:

    Dear Magpie, a word of advice if I may – “get over it, let it go”. Every week you pick apart the two local newspapers and moan about grammar errors, incorrect sentence structures or you take a shot at the reporters. Talk about being a ‘journalist scorned’. The newspapers must have really hurt your pride and ego, which is evident in your continuing mumbling every week. Take a bex and go have a sleep old man, please.

    • The Magpie says:

      Ummm, OK. Sorry.

    • Parson Blossomnose says:

      Two local newspapers?

    • Russell says:

      Media Mogul, do you seriously believe that “grammar errors and incorrect sentence structures” are OK and should not be called out? Is this a manifestation of the dumbing down of society that you find acceptable?

      • The Magpie says:

        The ‘Pie wasn’t too fussed … Mogul is either a paid News troll – Typo is the you? – or a sour little Ingham Road furniture salesman.

    • Al says:

      M Mogul, such astute words of wisdom from a “mogul”. As a “media” person do you have any sensible opinions to contribute?

      • Media mogul says:

        I have much to contribute to the region, and I continue to do so. But I don’t have much time for contributing to this silly little blog. This blog is a gathering of whinging pensioners, most disgruntled with life and the hands they have been dealt. A load of folly and piffle.

        • The Magpie says:

          Can’t let you leave us without a sincere vote of thanks.

          We’ll all miss you – but not too much, we’re not keen on someone who is happy to settle for being a second class citizen by accepting a third rate community newspaper’s venal, cynical and slip-shod publication printed on the back of Harvey Norman ads. Or a clearly incompetent, lying mayor. Or an inept and pointless ‘peak tourism and economic body’ like TEL, sucking annual dollars away from the city. And because your a Rupert kneeler (Jerry must be so relieved you have taken over her duties) you decide on a totally irrelevant pee-wee attack on Magpie the Messenger who weekly reveals incompetencies about those you so eagerly service.

          And the thanks? There is little doubt from your delusional personal comments that you are a troll in News Corpse leather studded collar (that you, Gleeso? or are you just an office furniture salesman on Ingham Road?), so your anguished hanky-wringing about being forced (apparently) to read what is exposed about RupertsWorld gives The ‘Pie the great satisfaction of knowing he is living rent free in your head.

          Where he will reside as long as needs be.

        • Lord Howard Hertz says:

          You refuse to hold to account one of the most influential organisations with the power to influence (the weak minded) an d choose to attack about the one person and one blog that credibly does.
          You say “I have much to contribute to the region, and I continue to do so”.

          So do bikie gangs and the mafia.

        • BIC Biro says:

          Media Mogul, quote : “But I don’t have much time for contributing to this silly little blog.”. But you are MM, but you are ……..

  12. Last Drinks says:

    Phil T. Piss weak Absolutely. Worse than Ewen. Phil drinks Scummos Kool Aid and thinks he can throw his weight around. Big target on his back now. Jenny will eat him up.

    • I’ll be plucked says:

      And just what do you drink Last? Reading your rant I’d suggest that you stop swigging on the paint stripper! If you think Ewen did a better job than what Phil T is doing, then you have definitely lost it!!

  13. Dave of Kelso says:

    Humm, other uses for the tent city? From time to time there are claims that the Cleveland Bay Youth Respite Center is full. It is a no brainer that the tent city could become an overflow facility for the finest first nations (in ordinary lingo that is black fellas) youthful criminal class. Do not fear for their personal comfort. They, and their Mount Isa friends will be let out within a day to inspect your house and worse.

    • The Magpie says:

      It’s a tad tedious having to repeat earlier relies to tweets, but The Pie, repeats, his suggestion about a permanent tent city is to assist the homeless, not the lawless.

  14. NMDipshit says:

    NMD would’ve been beside itself with joy having Nanna Anna visit for Origin. All these Labor buffoons transcending upon Townsville would of had NMD swinging naked from the chandeliers. All that supposed extra money being pumped into Townsville means more potential dollars will be splashed around town, in turn some of that cash might make it into NMD’s back pocket.

  15. Prince Rollmop says:

    Readers comments are strange this week and I’m not sure if it is due to the cold weather, perhaps syphilis is doing the rounds in Townsville or Gleeso is visiting for a few days. Either way, let’s regather our thoughts and address what the Magpie has written. Project ‘Origin’ needs to be unpacked. A complete breakdown of costs to TCC needs to be shared publicly, and also the formula that Council used to calculate the expected profits and amount of money that would flow in to Townsville from the event. A simple table or spreadsheet would be suffice. And if Team Hill continue to obsfucate and deny visibility of the bottom dollar then a FOI request should be actioned. And while we are on the subject of questions that Ned answering;

    When will Palasczuk take action against the Townsville barroom brawler and the druggie in her party?

    When will action be taken to remove hoon Hill from elected office over the driving death of a motorcyclist?

    When will TCC release official details about Prince Ralston’s contract – how many days per week does he work, who pays for his accomodation and ancillary costs?

    • The Magpie says:

      Answers to what the TCC see as ‘difficult’ questions that may contain hidden electoral dangers are almost impossible to get. As an example, note the following email exchange which took place on June 8with a very pleasant and efficient person called Bianca. No reflection on her, she did her job well as far as she has been allowed to.
      —--Original Message—–
      From: Malcolm Weatherup
      Sent: Tuesday, 8 June 2021 10:52 AM
      To: TCC Enquiries email hidden; JavaScript is required>
      Subject: Re: Townsville City Council – Strategic plans

      Thanks, Bianca,

      While I’ve got you, another small matter … not sure if this is your area, but could the mayor or CEO please provide a brief answer to a brief question: Why is the amount of ratepayers ‘ money being spent on ancillary SOO activities unable to be revealed? It cannot possibly be commercial in confidence, because I’m asking the AMOUNT, not how it is DISBURSED.

      Or is this a question better addressed to the media department, and if so, could you provide an email address please?

      Thanks for your help, it is always appreciated


      On Tue, 8 Jun 2021 at 16:11, TCC Enquiries email hidden; JavaScript is required> wrote:
      Hi Malcolm,

      I have forwarded on your request to the CEO.

      Kind Regards

      Senior Customer Service Representative
      Lifestyle, Economy, Environment & Planning

      TCC Enquiries email hidden; JavaScript is required>

      Thanks, Bianca. When’s he next in town?

    • Cantankerous but happy says:

      Readers comments are strange this week? Where have you been, under a rock.

  16. Gene. says:

    Another good reason tonight on 4 Corners to watch something else other than the ABC.

    The ABC once home to the highest journalistic standards are now targeting people with obvious mental illnesses in an attempt to fuel their long running battle with Scott Morrison.

    After using dead people, and the mentally ill I wonder who will be the next vulnerable patsy the ABC will use in their vendetta.

    • The Magpie says:

      Interesting argument, but a few questions. Have you seen the program? Are you a psychiatrist? Could the ABC’s ‘long running battle with Scott Morrison’ be a defensive battle not of their making? Could Rupert Murdoch be the puppeteer of all these elements, including you? And do you set your benchmark for ‘the highest journalistic standards’ by Fox News? Or the Daily Telegraph?

      • Gene. says:

        Have not seen the program, however have read the ABC online reports, including viewing promotional videos. Their target is clear being ScoMo, not one of many conspiracy groups. It is interesting that Facebook and Twitter ban Trump yet allow QAnon to prosper.

        I am not a a psychiatrist, yet think the comments attributed to ScoMo’s “friend” are hardly rational. I am sure that the ABC have assessed the possibility of how someone with a loose grip on reality with react once exposed to enormous media pressure, maybe their are just grist for the mill.

        As for benchmarking ‘the highest journalistic standards’, all can say is “I know it when I see it”, and this episode of 4corners is not shaping up as “it”.

        • The Magpie says:

          Just gotta love the pre-judgement.

          • Scuba Steve says:

            Regardless of what Our Gaybc reports, Scomo is a fruit loop. He has admitted that in his Pentecostal faith he speaks in tongues (similar I guess to political speech as it is all bulllshit waffle). He has also admitted to laying his hands on people he meets in disaster areas and healing them without them knowing. ABC or no ABC, he is one fucked up unit.

          • Gene. says:

            The only thing missing from 4 Corners last night was Tracy Grimshaw.

            What a waste of tax payers money.

          • No More Dredging says:

            Gene, you wrote: “After using dead people, and the mentally ill I wonder who will be the next vulnerable patsy the ABC will use in their vendetta.”

            Since you “wondered”, did you watch the ABC or are you content to remain ignorant (to keep yourself nice)?

        • Westie says:

          Gene, I saw the 4 corners programme last night. You must have been watching something different.

          The key messages were

          (a) QAnon is a very dangerous cult, which has drawn in millions of people, despite its obvious demented philosophy. It is not just mentally deranged people who have been captured.

          (b) QAnon has significant influence in the right wing political space, including the ex president of the USA, and several currently serving right wing US politicians

          (c) QAnon has had at least some influence over Australian PM Scott Morrison, demonstrated by his use of QAnon language (“ritual sexual abuse”) in one of his speeches. His use of this phrase was illogical in other terms, and Morrison’s office lied about its origins when questioned.

          (d) Watch out for QAnon.

          These messages are factual, and are important for Australians to know.

          Seems like good journalism to me.

          • The Magpie says:

            Excellent and very balanced journalism, gave the PM all opportunity for the benefit of the doubt, but he refused to take it up.

            So what is Q-anon? It is the poor man’s dumb cousin of Scientology – the Scientologists knew how to make money with crackpot theories created by a third rate science fiction writer.

          • Gene. says:

            It is all over hyped, the program spent more on scary music and dramatic cut aways, repeating the say interview segments again and again rather building a compelling story.

            Westie – substitute the word “religion” for QAnon in your points a,b,c,& d and you get closer to the truth.

            There was too much sensationalism around the word “ritual” in the program, looks like nobody read the 2017 Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (

            If you read this report you will find a number of references to the word “ritual” including – “We also heard that some children experienced sexual abuse that involved the use of religious rituals, symbols or language. Some survivors described such experiences as amounting to a type of ‘spiritual abuse’.” Its on page 62 for those who care.

            While the world is talking about QAnon nobody is focused on the sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein. This trial has had more delays than the Mullet’s court room adventures. How are Prince Andrew, Bill Gates and few significant Australians going these days.

          • The Magpie says:

            So we shouldn’t be concerned with possible influence on our PM by a group far more dangerous than even Scientology, and follow the plight of a grubby little over-titled Pommy procurer of under age girls for men who don’t have a sweating problem?

            You really are a fucking idiot.

    • Tenacious D says:

      At least you admit you need to be mentally unwell to believe QANON

  17. BIC Biro says:

    Rumour is looks like the Tamil family are going to be allowed to live free in Australia – https://www.9news.com.au/national/biloela-tamil-family-may-learn-fate-in-days/bc0609fe-fd70-4094-9edc-77901af225dd

  18. Mike Douglas says:

    A reflection on Townsvilles Mayors Financial acumen must be todays budget comments in the Bulletin as she hopes this years budget is in surplus ? . 15 days out from the end of the financial year and our Mayor doesnt know ? . The Mayor goes on to tell how testing things have been during COVID with supply issues and shortages . Madam Mayor neither you or your Councillors took pay cuts or offered to work less hours , i dont believe the current award allowed Council to reduce staff hours or wages like the rest of the “non Government ” staff in the Ville . Our Mayor states fleet costs will increase 10-12 % , everything else 2-3 % but no mention of any Council reviews to cut costs and burden on the rate payers . Has the Queensland Independent Renumeration Tribunal approved any increases for Councillors / Mayor like the 6.5% State MP,s are getting ? .

    • The (Barely) Civil Engineer says:

      Interestingly supply issues and shortages generally mean that the resource burn rate for project budgets is reduced. That is, we do not spend as much money because we do not have the materials to do the work.

      In the last year with people “working” from home I would have thought we might have also reduced some normally fixed operating costs.

      That said, I’m just an engineer, not a smart person like the Mullet and her minders.

  19. Interested observer says:

    Watched 4 Corners last night and have to say Scomo’s close friendship with a family of QANON wierdos is alarming. I’m a swing voter so no bias with me, but if the claims and evidence in the program last night are factual, there is indeed cause for grave concern about our PM’s beliefs.

    • Scuba Steve says:

      I agree completely. Morrison is a looney. A religious zealot with a belief in speaking in tongues (absolute garble) and covertly touching people so he ca heal them. WTF? And this wanker is our PM? And of course his wife Jenny, giving a job to a ‘mate’. These fuckers in Government just can’t help themselves. One rule for us, one rule for them. And we thought Abbott the mad monk was crazy, ol Scotty from Faith Healing sets the bar for weird.

  20. The Magpie says:

    Tropical, you have The ‘Pie’s sympathy, you must be seething about Australia’s international travel ban, you won’t be able to make it for a pivotal moment in your life,

    Then, oh, woe is you, turns out it’s all a scam, no such event (and never will be in the real world.) But it says a lot about the Q-anon and Trumpeters that they are now scamming their own … or is this also an Antifa conspiracy. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/fake-tickets-2nd-trump-inauguration/?utm_campaign=Snopes%20Debunker%20-%20Monday%2C%20June%2014%2C%202021%20-%20What%20Are%20the%20Security%20Risks%20Associated%20with%20Face-Altering%20App%20Voil%C3%A0%20AI%20Artist%3F%20%28TUzgqp%29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Snopes%20Debunker%20-%20Monday%20Edition

  21. Ted Bullpit says:

    Hold the sauce the Lansdown Unicorn Farm is about to get real.

    TCC and the State Govt are about to throw big dollars at Lansdown in their budgets.

    • The Magpie says:

      Building it doesn’t mean they will come.

    • The Magpie says:

      We’re still waiting, Ted. Ummm … last minute change of mind? Zip for Lansdown … perhaps because it might be hard to explain why they putting money into a project that is seen as competition for the SDA near the port and Sun Metals.

      You get the Steggles Award for Egg On Face, Mr Bullpit (almost correct name).

  22. One legged tap dancer says:

    Two comments from Jenny Hill in a Bully story about the coming council budget say it all.
    First she blames covid for some of the council’s poor performances with roads and maintenance. Really Jenny, do you think you can get away with that one again?
    But the classic was her claim that budget negotiations had not always been easy.
    “Some people really want to get down to the nitty gritty,” she said.
    Strewth, we can’t have that.
    Ratepayers might acutally find out what’s been going on behind that closed council door.

  23. Lies, damn lies, and budgets says:

    What the?

    I must try this with my bank – notionally revaluing something I’m not going to sell – ffs!

    “The big change in this budget – the second from Dick in little over six months – comes from a paper revaluation of the Queensland Titles Registry, which is being used to establish a separate Debt Retirement Fund. While Labor insists the registry is not for sale, the notional price tag has gone from around $4 billion to $7.8 billion, due to changes in the fine print that provided Dick with an unexpected windfall.”

    • BIC Biro says:

      Qld Titles is archaic- I think the only state registry in Australia that still requires a ‘wet’ signature on a mortgage document. In every other state I can get my clients to sign full electronic but Qld we need to print mortgages and have them signed with a pen. So much for paperless.

  24. The (Barely) Civil Engineer says:

    Here’s something unexpected from the Queensland budget – recycling gets a run.

    How many times can the same money for the same projects be trotted out year after year? If my memory serves me the Haughton project has been in the budget every year for about six years and is actually due to be finished this year. The TMR website shows the Cairns job to already be under construction as well.

    – $514.3 million to build bridges and approaches on the Haughton River Floodplain

    – $481 million for road widening in stage three of the Cairns Southern Access Corridor

    I’ll have a proper look tomorrow, but those two caught my eye as I skimmed the very skinny project spend.

  25. The Magpie says:

    Hmmm, this is interesting. Anna Alphabet must be quaking as she awaits Mayor Mullet’s wrath.

    Aaron Harpers spruiking his Government has funded the $195 mil of
    the Haughton Pipeline but Qld budget papers disagree . Only $85 mil
    allocated .

    • The (Barely) Civil Engineer says:

      This is sticking in my craw to say it, but the $85m is about right for the next financial year’s allocation for the Haughton Stage 2 project. With a further allocation in the year after when the project is ramped up.

    • NQ Gal says:

      Is it just me or has the Cross River Rail project just increased by a lazy billion or so in the budget outlook?

      • Alahazbin says:

        NQG, They announced that last year in Trad’s days that it had gone up another $billion from the original $5.5 billion. And yet we can’t afford to complete BFD Stg2.

        • The (Barely) Civil Engineer says:

          On budget and on schedule – both revised on a daily basis. It’s a win-win!

          • Jenny's Pipe Dream says:

            Aaron Harper can try and put “lipstick on a pig ” with his facebook posts but when you add the broken
            election promises attached, note:

            – only $85 mil of the $195 mil for Haughton Pipeline Stage 2

            – no funding for Lansdown, which Scott Stewart and Deputy Premier Miles claim
            is critical for the City and that business should get behind it.

            And absolutely nothing worth mentioning about our number one and most urgent issue, curbing the crime wave.

            Our local State MP,s are not only MIA on crime, but also in what funding they
            have achieved for the City in the budget and what they promised to get

  26. The Magpie says:

    This is one gal who ain’t gunna pussyfoot around. Or be bullied or brow-beaten.

    Clr Fran O’Callaghan not only takes on council and Mayor Mullet, but The Bulletin, too.

    Good to see an independent councillor stating what the issues are with the Budget process.


    • I’ll be plucked says:

      Have a look at that smirking, incompetent back-stabbing cretin standing behind Fran, on the right. How much longer do we have to put up with this secretive, self-serving lunatic??? :)

      • The Magpie says:

        We will know around about August 17/18.

      • Dave of Kelso says:


        The Mullet could have been gone at the last local election, and should be gone after the next local election IF the electorate is informed and engaged. I lament that, therein lies the problem.

  27. Prince Rollmop says:

    Are the buzzards starting to circle the carcass? Fran called out the Mayor and CEO quite nicely. The Mullet doesn’t give a shit about the rate paying residents, that has been obviously for a long time. And the TCC CEO, well it appears that he has adopted a lazy hap-hazard budget. It matches the quality of his vision document and 5 year plan – absolute shit. This is a crap budget sanctioned by a crap Mayor and a crap CEO. Good on ya Fran for calling the budget out. But buyer beware, the vindictive and vicious half man/half female Mayor will be coming after you with sharping knives than Wolverine…..just ordered extra beer, nuts and popcorn.

  28. Grimace says:

    Hill standing there while Fran speaks, Hill has a fake smile, arms crossed, not looking at Fran. Pathetic. She really is a disgusting piece of work. But alas we have the fuckwits of this city to blame for voting her in don’t we. Any budget blame on COVID is a long stretch. But of course she will try it on. Nice try Jenny as most of your revenue comes from rates, fees and charges and that hasn’t changed throughout COVID. In fact a few extra houses have been built courtesy of the COVID home grant. I suppose you couldn’t come up with a proper budget due to the Council CEO being part time and even then he has other business items to deal with external to Council. Another pathetic bludger on half a million bucks per year and he can’t even live here or do a 38 hour week. Both are snouts in the trough, Labor loving fools.

  29. Moment says:

    Front Page Headlines: A Magical Set of Numbers on the cover of the Courier today with the Queensland Budget and meanwhile the hard- hitting news article of the BS Ash- tonisha reporting an old cat is a Moggie Mystery.
    The BS iditrol on page 7 says all is well, ‘Qld BUDGET’, with the numbers for the region and our mayor forecasting Townsville will reach a population of 200,000 next year (is that again?) while TEL says $720bn is still in the bush somewhere in the North West. A surplus reported conditional in the Courier: Predicting Rain in Winter, Doesn’t Flood in Summer (no Cyclones), Jobs-market Lift and No Covid Out Breaks and “B” shutdowns (in regional areas as well) The Qld Budget all simply Magical by 2024 /2025, so best buy your local paper Thursday to catch up on series 2 of that missing cat.

  30. Scomosexual says:

    It’s amazing to see Scotty from Marketing hitting the pub circuit in the UK and in close contact with all and sundry. Of course, there are different rules for politicians such as Scotty, Palasczuk and Dr Young. No medium sized gatherings in your home but football stadiums are quite ok. This COVID crap is being overplayed by lunatics in charge of the asylum. It’s time for an insurrection.

  31. Interested observer says:

    Well done Fran. Its good to see at least one councilor standing up to Jenny Hill.
    But where is Sue Blom? Surely she has an opinion on this budget soften up.
    Or has she officially gone across to the dark side and become a member of Hill’s team of puppets?
    Sue, Sue, are you out there anywhere?

    • Prince Rollmop says:

      I know that this would drawing a really long bow but can you imagine if Fearless Phil bought in and made some commentary around the local Council budget? That would be pretty good. Perhaps a comment pertaining to the dodgy Lansdown funding model could be highlighted. I know I know it’s most unlikely, but it would be fun. However I’m sure there is still some loose banknotes that can be popped into NMD’s back pocket.

      The holes in TCC’s Swiss cheese budget are bigger than the cities potholes and the budget papers are as laughable and lamentable as Nanna Anna’s state budget. Oodles of spin and empty Easter eggs. Lots of craft wording and bogus numbers.

      • Wondering says:

        Just wondering how you can be havin a go a mullets budget Prince Rollmop when it has not even been released yet or are you basing your criticism at an old budget as I cannot find the new one anywhere on their website.

        • The Magpie says:

          Another commenbter earlier observed that in a Bulletin interview, Mayor Mullet used the expression that ‘hopefully the budget will etc etc …”. Two weeks out from presenting her budget and she is ‘hopeful’ rather than know what is in it?

          Perhaps the paper should be re-branded the Townsville Mulletin. In fact, in matters of Mullet and Astonisher, from now on, it will be the Mulletion. Please diarise.

  32. The Magpie says:

    From The WTF Astonisher? File:

    Seems some fog had seeped into the decision making areas of the layout subs head, staggering about blindly like the insurance ad ‘Fog, what fog?’.
    Not even up to the paper’s usual creepy tit’n’bum standard.

  33. The Magpie says:

    CALLING CLR FRAN O’CALLAGHAN, TIME TO WADE IN AGAIN – LITERALLY, MAYBE. And it’s in your division, the one you promised to fight for.

    At least one Queensland council isn’t willing to take any shit. And this court ruling should Raise BIG BIG questions about the TCC’s culpability.

    From the Courier story:
    The court heard Larkman made little to no attempt to fix a faulty sewage system despite raw sewage “bubbling up” from underneath a carpark, attracting dogs licking at the human waste.
    Shoppers and children had to walk through “pungent sewage” while of the effluent ran into a nearby waterway and was directed into a stormwater pipe, the court was told.
    Tests would confirm colony-forming units – a unit used in microbiology to estimate the number of viable bacteria or fungal cells – from leaking effluent as high as 100,000 were found in a nearby creek, described in court documents as “a huge cause of concern”.

    Acting on behalf of Redland City Council (RCC) barrister for the prosecution Keith Wylie described Larkman’s negligence as the worst he had seen.
    “Apart from some sort of major Exxon Valdez (oil spill) type approach when it comes to the offence of releasing a prescribed water contaminant to a stormwater network it is difficult to see a more egregious breach,” Mr Wylie said.”… I have never seen a case where there is such egregious conduct that is so indefensible and yet with a complete absence of remorse. I will say no more.”
    There is clear evidence of his failure to take command and replace the antiquated, depleted, dysfunctional and dilapidated sewage treatment facility,” Magistrate Sarra noted in court documents.
    “Mr Larkman’s apathy toward developing strategies to prevent unlawful discharge of pungent illicit effluent, particularly those samples containing exceptionally high levels of colony-forming units, into the community has conceivably exposed the Russell Island community to serious health risks.”

    So what does this say about the laissez faire attitude of our own Townsville City Council towards the backyard lakes of shit in Wulguru, and the regurgitating toilets of at least one major accommodation property in the area.
    In fact, why hasn’t someone – the Pooami group, for instance – sued the council over a third world life threatening failure of THEIR infrastructure?

    And what does it say about a council … every single elected councillor and responsible staff, that let the issue go dormant, knowing nothing will happen until the next wet season. And then making egregious ‘excuses’ that the problem has been caused by some illegal hook-ups to the sewerage system. The answer to that is so fucking what, it is YOUR responsibility to fix the problem – urgently – no matter what the cause. Funding cannot be given as a reason for doing nothing … this sort of emergency – and that is what it is – demands that no matter how, the money MUST be found and the urgency of rectification of this possibly deadly debacle realised.

    Or is Jenny just waiting for someone else to die?

  34. Dougal says:

    Brisbane City Council $700k a year is earning more than Scomo and
    President Biden . When you consider Prins $450k salary +super +bonuses +
    travel + he is nearly the same as the PM and Joe .

    But don’t worry , we nearly have 200,000 people in the City .

    • The Magpie says:

      Wasn’t Ray Burton on $600k+ at the time he left TCC?

    • Nipple twister says:

      What a disgrace. All fuckwits, the three of them. None of them a worth of pint of panther piss – Sleepy Joe, Scotty from marketing and Colonic Jensen.

    • The Magpie says:

      Adelaide blokes walking their dogs could have some good fun with sheilas in short dresses. “No, no, ma’am, Rover’s go a trained nose, he’s just checking for covid. Perhaps I could confirm his concerns with a bit of a visual, eh?’

  35. Interested observer says:

    Spot on Kelso Dave.
    The Northern Territory has shown the rest of Australia how it’s done.
    To the best of my knowledge NT has never had a covid-19 case outside quarantine and there’s a reason for that.
    Their entry screening process at Darwin Airport is not only effective, but also friendly, efficient and professional.
    Someone should fly the PM and premiers up to see how its done.

    • The Magpie says:

      Maybe you’re right, but if it had more population than three people and dog, it might not be so hunky dory. (Old metaphor, calm down, Wokies)

  36. The Magpie says:

    Well, at least it’s nice to know about their responsible hygiene – no doubt clean fingernails, hair combed, clean hanky and polished thongs.

  37. The Magpie says:

    QUOTE OF THE DAY – or maybe the decade.

    You don’t have to tackle Mayor Mullet’s frailties head-on, just
    announce some good news with a sad fact of her failed leadership.

    The quote of honour goes to this bloke, Chris Morris.

    Talking about the Multi million el swisho new hotel adjacent to the casino, Mr Morris said:
    “We are hoping to have an 18-month build so it will be late next year or early 2023 (and) this is not like other plans you hear about in Townsville – this is going to happen. We have so many plans that never happen. This is.”

    • Peter says:

      Don’t assume she knows who Chris is, as I doubt he ever joined the conga line of suckholes that lead to the Mullet.

      • The Magpie says:

        It may well be quite the reverse, wouldn’t you reckon? Morris must be almost as a big employer as the TCC, only his staff probably feel more secure … and admire their boss.

    • The (barely) Civil Engineer says:

      Aww crap, this will ruin my weekend, again supporting council. But our man Mr Morris has announced different versions of this project so many times it’s a joke in itself.

      Remember the one with the canals and the little bureas dotted around, or the one before with the multiple towers? I wonder if it isn’t part of a cycle to attract investors whenever his cryptocurrency investments circle the drain?

      • The Magpie says:

        Or wonder if he has just been desperately trying to find a design that the award winning tourism and community moguls of TCC Planning and Development would approve? What at the bottom of your beef with him, or have you descended into negative capitulation. Really, Bare Bum, bit hard to so cavalierly knock someone who has continuously spent money to make money at the casino instead of just sitting around waiting for pension day mugs in the way some clubs and pubs around this town do. And he has created jobs – quite a few – and apparently given some lease of life to the sadly neglected and mismanaged old Entertainment Centre. The ‘Pie is no blind supporter of Morris, and like a good journo always knows, you’re only as good as your last story, so Mr Morris is only as good as his last development promise.
        At the moment, though, it is fair to say he has done more positive things for Townsville since he came to town than Mayor Mullet and the Townsville Daily Mulletin have in a decade.

        • The Wulguru Wonder says:

          A story in the online Astonisher on Thursday about the Townsville Fire moving their home games to TECC next season left me pondering two things.

          Mayor Mullet’s says that TCC are “thrilled that we’re able to help them make the move to a new home”. I wonder if this “help” involved any ratepayer dollars, and if so, how much?

          And Michael Jones, the Ville Resort-Casino CEO, says that the Ville took over operations of the TECC at the end of last year. Is this the same TECC that council wrote off as being absolutely worthless and of zero dollar value in their budget of two years ago? I wonder under what terms and conditions the Ville are now operating the TECC on, and if there is any return to ratepayers, or did council just hand over the “worthless” asset free of charge?

          Of course I’m sure the Astonisher will also be asking these questions!

          • Hee haw says:

            Do you mean the $379,519 which council put into the TECC for working capital and assets in the 2020 financial year?

            This one needs an eye kept focussed on it. As you say the asset was written down to zero in previous years from $25 million to nothing yet we seem to be still pumping money into it.

          • The Magpie says:

            Masterchef Townsville: Cooking The Books.

        • The (barely) Civil Engineer says:

          Calling it like I see it. If he gets it up I would be really glad, but I can say with certainty that previous plans were not rejected by council but withdrawn by the proponent.

          I wish him the very best and hope it works this time. The only real progress in this city has been at the hands of private enterprise but we need to be careful not to be blinded by stereotypes.

          • The Magpie says:

            Fair enough, but being honest, The ‘Pie has no idea what that last sentence means or os referring to.

      • Cantankerous but happy says:

        I think your timelines are a bit out old engineer, you are probably thinking about the different groups that owned the adjoining land to the casino before Morris bought it, all sorts of plans from different rorters over the years including hotels, apartments, canal developments etc.

    • Cantankerous but happy says:

      Yep , aimed squarely at the Mullet and the incompetent failures at TEL. I remember when he first come to town, took aim at numbskull Gill and the lack of flight options in and out of Townsville, not afraid to tell it as it is. I hope he leaves the Mullet and Co off the list of invitees for the opening, they have done nothing but ruin this town and don’t deserve any consideration at all for the success of this project.

  38. Jatzcrackers says:

    Yes, correct Cankers’ old engineer is thinking about the original developers with their pipe dream project which they didn’t follow through with and then tried to off load the site for circa $55M. Morris paid much less than 25% of that figure and he will follow through and complete a tourism based project that will benefit plenty of Townsville.

    Morris is no fool in the tourism industry (have a look at his Australian portfolio) and has had his fair share of picky bullshit from the likes of Townsville’s most negative influence on the city, mayor Mullet.

    He perseveres despite her petty and vindictive attitude that clearly lacks any form of progressive perspective ! He’s playing the long game !!

  39. Dr Felchy says:

    I have noticed in the past week that the narrative around COVID’s origin has changed dramatically. Scientists Steven Quay and Richard Muller have publicly explained how the virus could have only been engineered in the Wuhan lab. And the chief fuckwit investigator from WHO, Peter Daszak, looks like a prize dick for having dismissed the ‘bats in the lab’ accusation as a “conspiracy theory”. Video evidence has now been supplied showing bats inside the lab. Then we have all these politicians travelling the world and ignoring the so-called stringent COVID safety protocols and we have idiots like Palasczuk and Young simply avoiding the COVID shots, and in particular Astra Zeneca, doesn’t leave you with a semblance of trust in anything they are telling us. The 21st century great COVID con job. Morons and assholes running the Governments.

    • Gav says:

      So close Flechy, it’s the;

      Morons and assholes electing the Governments.

      Most people do fuck all to exercise their democratic rights except for polling day. Very few are members of parties or directly engage with pollies by speaking directly to them. We get what passive drones deserve.

      • The Magpie says:

        Get real, Gav. Speak directly to them? To what end? Politicians, scripted by their cynical minders, speak in a carefully crafted lego-language in which only some words connect with other words and will achieve the longest time to say nothing. Speak directly to Aaron Harper about juvenile crime and you will hear about how his critics shouldn’t be criticising and that you are ignoring facts.

        • Dave of Kelso says:

          Yep, got that line, in so many words from ‘Aaron Who?’ at the Parliamentary Committee Hearing when in Townsville back a bit.

      • Achilles says:

        It’s Arseholes, not (American) Assholes you Asses.

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