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Sunday, May 5th, 2024   |   285 comments

The Advisors’ Rort: Party Politics Has Poisoned The Well, And Now We All Have To Drink From It.

Sympathy seeking, hypocrisy and further backing down on campaign promises – the heady mix in a crowded news week for our accidental mayor,  including yet another stinging rejection of his amateurish power grab, this time on the appointment of advisors.

And on that point of advisors,  we’ve all heard the old philosophical  question ‘Who guards the guards?‘ but that should now be updated for Australian politics at all levels to ‘who advises the advisors? Who are they, what drives them, and ultimately, what use are these unelected people with a say in our lives?  That is a situation long overdue for some closer attention.The Magpie obliges.

Panic personified … Aaron Harper’s  astoundingly crass spray in reply to a civil and polite question.

Don’t think the collapse of Bonza Airline is funny? The Bulletin does.

AND the  Gotcha! Swinging Door Award goes to …. The ‘Pie recognises one of the best gotchas of the week … plus our regular US cartoonists’ gallery.

And The ‘Pie goes close tearing up as he bids Mayor Mullet adieu with a suitable tribute.

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The Thompson Two Step: A Dance For Two Left Feet

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For Walker Street watchers this week  i.e just about everybody – it felt akin to driving slowly past a bad car accident,  daring to look but apprehensive what you might see.

It started when Thompson put it to council that he should be able to have up to three advisors. Many observers found this a bizarre idea, because Thompson had so stridently attacked Hill during his election campaign for having just that, three advisors. This from the Bulletin:

In a now deleted post on social media highlighting his campaign pledges, Mr Thompson spoke out against former mayor Jenny Hill employing three political advisers.

“The mayor doesn’t need three consultants and advisers to tell her how to do her job,” he says in the video.

“If she does, she’s never been good at her job.”

Mr Thompson made the comments during a video in which he claimed that as part of his seventh pledge that he would reduce council debt.

“How do you do that?” he asked rhetorically, “You need to trim the fat, it’s pretty simple.”

But now, the only thing that seems to be pretty simple is this con man himself.  However, with the flim flam man’s hallmark of no shame, he unblinkingly put it to council that he should get three of such advisors.   But the councillors were having none of it,  giving him three clouts around the ear in quick succession. It was high farce.

Again from the Bulletin (no harm quoting them when they get it right).

The appointment of advisers was discussed during a special council meeting on Wednesday

Deputy Mayor Paul Jacob removed himself from the room because of a perceived conflict interest as his daughter and political adviser Bella had considered the role.

There were no councillors to move the mayor’s proposal for three advisers.

In an alternate motion Kristian Price supported two advisers, but there was no seconder.

When that was defeated, Andrew Robinson supported one mayoral adviser but he had no councillor to back him.

After the council meeting Mr Price said he did not second the motion for one adviser because it was not enough.

“Well, I think he needs two advisers,” Mr Price said during a break.

Thus Clr Price outed himself as a either a fractured thinker like the mayor,  or was being a suck up after unrevealed talks and had been given to understand that he might have a say in the choice of advisors.  But one thing’s for sure, if Thompson had got his thee playmates, one, possibly two of them, would be MyPlace nutters, who are no doubt seeking the favour be returned for their campaign support.

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Then, fresh from that debacle, there was the matter of an interim CEO,  said to be necessary because Prins Ralston will be flouncing off early. The expensive plan was said to be needed until a new permanent CEO  was appointed. Thompson, with zero experience in this public service area,  demanded that he be allowed to make the choice himself.  CLOUT number four for this hapless boofhead. The council totally rejected that demand, and decided that they would have a say in the matter at a special meeting behind closed doors. This they did, and afterwards confirmed they had made their choice, whose name would not be announced immediately. The one dissenter was Clr Vera Dirou, who sensibly told the Bulletin:

“… (I) voted against the candidate on principle not because of the person’s suitability, but because the acting position was being recruited externally rather than from within the Townsville City Council’s workforce.  Appointing someone with experience and knowledge about council for a short period of time while we recruited for a permanent CEO would have minimised impact to council operations and saved ratepayers money,” Ms Dirou said.”  Quite so.

But then, in a statement worthy of the Hypocrite’s Hall of Fame, Thompson made one of his most galling statements to date when he loftily told reporters “the candidate would first have reference and criminal history checks before formally being approved as acting CEO.”  So mate, you mean all that pesky  stuff that you have fought to block, dodge and avoid  from public knowledge about yourself?  You feel the citizens should be protected from any fraudster on a three to six month temporary gig more than they should be from a mayor appointed for four years.  The words goose and gander come to mind. While you are again shown to be a two faced lying buffoon, mate, you are far from a joke. Unless it’s a sick one.

And Speaking Of Your Health, Anyone Notice This During The Campaign?

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This was The Magpie’s reaction during the week when reminded of this nasty irrelevant over-reach.

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Then hot on the heels of appearing in The Nest, an alert reader sent this in from his FB blather.

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Once again, in a typical con man ploy, this twisting weasel seeks to use medical conditions as some sort of hero badge ‘soldiering on despite all this’ type of tearjerker. Just as he described himself as a ‘cancer survivor’ in a campaign post. Both possibly true – the epilepsy is, he even posted a video of having one such attack in a local shopping centre – but both matters are irrelevant to his position, and are very private matters that did not require public revelation.

So Thompson has a wide discretion in his ideas about privacy, not willing to openly share those things we are entitled to know, and seeking sympathy for matters we don’t or need to know about. But already do anyway from his campaign.

But if this condition presents some problems, here’s one solution: hire Aaron Harpic Harper MP as an ‘advisor’ to be around to assist if he has a seizure … but the ex-ambo won’t be available until late October.

And if someone believes The ‘Pie is off-base mentioning this, Thompson himself agreed to have that video posted of apparently him suffering an episode in a shopping centre some time previously.

FYI,  from Wiki:
Epilepsy happens as a result of abnormal electrical brain activity, also known as a seizure, kind of like an electrical storm inside your head. And because your brain controls so much, a lot of different things can go wrong. You may have periods of unusual behaviors, feelings and sometimes loss of awareness. Most people with epilepsy live a full life. However, the risk of early death is higher for some. We know that the best possible seizure control and living safely can reduce the risk of epilepsy-related death.

So epilepsy is a condition which can be controlled and managed, but does not appear to be a condition conducive to the stressful role of a civic leader.  Perhaps it is poor humour to suggest that this whole situation gives new meaning to ‘carpe diem.’

Aaron Harper Is Panic Personified

It’s generally accepted that he’s not too bright, but Aaron Harper’s astonishing spray in reply to a polite, well mannered question this week shows he knows his days are numbered as a feather-bedded MP. The dullard completely lost the plot in this strange exchange.

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Why would they be desperate, Harpic, when you’re the sort of opposition they’ve got?

Some True Advice About Advisers

Writer and former editor David Fagan came up with a very pertinent question highlighted by the Higgins/Lehrmann proceedings. It’s well worth a quick read.

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Fagan gets to the crux of the matter that extends well beyond Canberra when he writes:

It is this: What possible advice could these 20-something, still undergraduates (both found on testing to be unreliable witnesses) be giving a Federal Government minister? And they’re probably not alone.

What did they know that was of any value to their boss, the Defence Industry Minister Senator Linda Reynolds? What superpowers did they possess that would make their insight more valuable than the entire defence establishment available to Senator Reynolds and the government she was part of?  Who hired them? What qualifications did they possess? Would either of them have scored a job anywhere else with similar qualifications and judgement?

While this story is cast on a national level, the whole idea of advisers without any quality or actual skill checks – they are pure and simple political stepping stones for political acolytes – has devolved all the way down to local government. And the questions Fagan raises are just as pertinent to local councils as they are in federal parliament. Because the positions that have been argued by our council in the past week are positions that should never be paid out the public purse, certainly not ratepayers. Jenny Hill abused this LG loophole for her entire time in office, because in fact, all the ‘advisors’ in her office her political appointments. More often than not, a favour pay back one way or another.

As a prime , but by no means exclusive example,   take this vaguely happy young chubster.

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This is Jonty Verwey, a thrusting young Labor foot soldier from Brisbane, who joined Jenny’s office some years ago as an ‘advisor’, and remained until her political demise.  Jonty was foisted onto the mayor by Brisbane Labor backroom operators. It is said young Jonty was proving a pain in the bum around the place, and it was decided a stint with Mayor Mullet might sort him out.  He is said to have had little choice in the matter, it seems the only alternative for him was to quietly open vein after half a bottle of Jack.  After wrestling with the choice, – The ‘Pie hears it took him some days –  Jonty agreed to shelve the razor blade and head north – it was a second best choice , but less messy.  So the question can also be asked at council level – what possible ‘advice’  could this rosy cheeked offspring of the workers struggle against oppression offer someone like Mayor Mullet.  Jenny is said to have disliked him and had little to do with him, which is not exactly a newsflash, and it is simply absurd that she would take ‘advice’ from such a tyro. But he may have proved marginally useful with southern contacts as she tried to groom herself for higher office.

And there we have the dark heart of the ‘adviser’ rort, and how political parties … yes, mainly Labor but not exclusively… have poisoned the local government well in Townsville.  These positions were created, sanctioned and expanded through legislation to have regional powe rbases with direct links to Brisbane, , not entirely just Labor but they’re the ones who made a right old meal of it.  The positions became political payback for political favours, locally or elsewhere. The point here is that the reputed $150k per he  and other advisors  filched off the taxpayer surely cannot be justified in terms of benefit to Townsville. He was purely a political appointment paid for by the punters. He knew nothing of Townsville, believing the only good thing to come out of the city was the Bruce Highway which led to  greater political glory.

Troy Thompson seems to have an inkling of this handy rort,  and, despite foam flecked campaign blarney against the whole idea,  that’s why he inanely sought three advisers. And wanted to be the sole selector of them. But the council was awake to the dangers in this regard, and it seems they will now have  a say in the appointments (something Jenny always had the clout to ram through as she pleased.)

The bitter truth is that a mayor’s real advisors in a community are surely his fellow councillors, permanent TCC professional staff and local business and community leaders, all of whom have a genuine and vested interest in the welfare of their city.

Wait a sec, I’ve heard something similar to that sentiment somewhere, where was it now  … oh, yes, it was part of Troy Thompson’s election platform,  a platform for his ‘trimming the fat’ agenda. But it seems that platform has suffered a lighting white ant attack, and is tumbling down by the minute.

Big Words For The Astonisher

It’s doubtful many if any of the Townsville Bulletin’s staff have a clue about what cognitive dissonance is, despite the fact that is a big part of the paper., Cognitive dissonance are two $10 words meaning you know something is the wrong. thing to do, but you do it anyway.  Bit like Clive Palmer and doughnuts.

Latest example was the Weekend Bulletin.

“So, editor Gas Carvey,  the imminent collapse of Bonza Airline is a funny story? 

“Good heavens, no, it will have some dire consequences if it fails …  and I’ve said so.’

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“And we ran a double page spread on the story, including the local angle about the blow it will be to Mt iIsa.’

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….so why do you ask?’

“Because we are apparently meant to snigger like naughty school kids at the intentional misspelling pun on the front page.” 
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“Of course, the danger with your paper,  dearnneditor, is that we never know if things like this are deliberate or just yet another cock-up”

No judgement. Really. None at all.

But then, The ‘Pie is sometimes prone to a pun,like ….

Turds Of A Feather

Spotted this ad in The Australian today.

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No comment.

A Licence To Lie

Well,it’s always been the case, but now it’s official.

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‘Marking its own homework’ is a nasty euphemism which also means ‘charge what you like’ sothat advertisers will just have to trust what circulation and subscription figures they are told by the media company.  That applies across the board, so you’ll never again know exactly how the Bulletin is doing … although its recently been suggested th circulation is down by two thirds in the last decade to 17,000 print, and online subscriptions have nowhere near made up for the shrinkage. Tick, tick,tick ….

Comedy On The Titanic

Watching various events unfold – and not just THE trial – in America feels like listening to a stand-up comic riffing on jokes about icebergs on the sloping deck as the ship slides under. And while some of the cartoons are biting, photoshoppers have got into the act. Here’s two of the best found on twitter.

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And this is the cleverest.

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Then there was a great ‘gotcha’ on television, when a snivelling Trump bum kissed named J.D. Vance took the poisoned bait.

If ever a silent look said ‘You fucking bitch’, this is it.

But it was THE trial that dominated the week’s gallery, although there were plenty of secondary matters for the lethalpens.

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Finally …The Magpie Is Suffering A Version Of Stockholm Syndrome

Regulars to the Nest, Th ‘Pie asks should we  spare a thought for the vanquished Mayor Mullet.? The ‘Pie is getting almost nostalgic. He frette terribly when the election result came in, wondering what the hell he’d have to whinge and witter on about every Sunday … he’s got the answer to that all right, in spades, but y’know,  the old bird reckon he’s going to miss slipping one between Jenny’s ribs each week.

So a small tribute, because, `let’s face it, without Mayor Mullet, this blog probably would’ve died years ago. So a musical tribute seems in order, but you will have to use your imagination, and hear The ‘Pie crooning out this farewell, which is warbled here so prettily by a Miss L Gaga.

So when I’m all choked up and can’t find the words,

Every time we say goodbye baby it hurts,

When the sun goes down and the band won’t play

I’ll always remember us  this way.

Jenny Hill

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285 Comments

  1. Joaney says:

    And lets not forget this gem 1:46 mark https://youtu.be/1C-auUwHXm4?si=bb7XxZwHaluqRs9I

  2. Johnathon says:

    ‘Transparency for thee, but not for me’

    Mayor’s new campaign slogan?

  3. Achilles says:

    Thanks Pie; Just when I thought I could now safely read the “Nest” at breakfast, you go and publish the J.H. chamber of horrors pics!

    • Not running for mayor says:

      Kind of like reverse porn – those pics will certainly induce limp noodle syndrome.

  4. Kirwan Keith says:

    Magpie, did you raid Elusive Butterfly’s personal collection of J. Hill photographs? It would seem that way. Please hand them back immediately go and redeem yourself.

  5. Mike Douglas says:

    Timing of Queensland Government $1,000 credit off electricity account is supposed to take your mind off the next Queensland Competition authority increase approval effective July 1 st 2024 . July 203 Ergon was 28.7 % . Evidence of a tired Government that has lost its way are the lack of engagement on their social media posts . Scott Stewart other Labor Ministers congratulating him . Les , Wulguru branch Labor Party , Aaron ” crickets ” . Has the Premier sent the Police helicopter on a media roadshow as breakins daylight hours and hi speed convoys of two cars have recommenced by no helicopter ? .

    • I’ll be plucked says:

      Errr Mike, with respect, say what??? Have another crack mate and make it clear? :(

      • Bob Roberts says:

        Mike is always a bit incoherent! He could at least break it up into bullet points instead of rambling.

    • old tradesman says:

      Mike, I think the helicopter has flown to Cairns for a little while, also why would you do roadworks on Stuart Drive before you build the bridge. The answer to that is that there is no money for the bridge and the inconvenience to the public will now be tenfold, Labor is leaving landmines all over the place. That’s why they have to be shown the door.

  6. the real ziptied helmet says:

    Another great article Magpie. but it seemed a bit short?

  7. Not running for mayor says:

    We desperately need Bentley back to do one last cartoon of TwoFaces “clearing out TCC” with a broom, and sweeping away transparency, truth, government protocols, military service, uni degrees, and all the other scandals. While wearing his special watch and wearing a tinfoil hat.

    • Ducks Nuts says:

      With his ever present squeeze taking selfies beside him.

    • Not running for mayor says:

      With a gaggle of pimply faced advisors standing awkwardly behind him.

    • Dis Troy says:

      And place all that inside a room the size of a green bin which is about to be collected by a Council garbage truck. Magpie has assumed a sensible position on the truck.

  8. Curious Kitten says:

    The continual demise of the Townsville Bulletin must be impacting the paper’s bottom line. All those Harvey Norman & Good Guys ads are part of a national deal so, and the once lucrative real estate guide has shrunk to a couple of pages. So apart from getting the local council to pay big bucks for huge ads, have the bean counters resorted to a sneaky way of squeezing money out of local businesses? Anyone else noticed the number of “news” stories about businesses opening or other lame duck stories that any newspaper worth its salt would consign to the waste paper bin?In the good old days they were called advertorials, and clearly marked as such with a disclosure in capital letters at the top of the story. Question for the general manager and/or editor: Are you charging a fee for promotional stories and, if so, why aren’t they clearly marked ADVERTORIAL?
    Just asking.

    • Ducks Nuts says:

      Despite his media ban on the Bulletin, the new Mayor, through his own version of “transparency” has thrown them a lifeline.
      Perhaps if they keep up this level of journalism they will gain readership and therefore local advertising dollars.

      • The Magpie says:

        Sorry, Nibbles, what are you talking about? What lifeline? Do you mean by giving them a good story to report through his loopy behaviour? If so, yup, makes sense.

        • Ducks Nuts says:

          I seem to have caught the Mike rambles.
          Yes. By giving them a good scandal to report.

          He keeps crapping on about how the Bulletin are declining, then provides juicy scandal material which gives great story opportunities and therefore a lifeline.

    • Kenny Kennett says:

      Not always, Doug. Those sort of deals were always done in the Sun, particularly when things were slow. Nothing new.

  9. Robyn Moore says:

    I am sick of Prime Ministers saying, “My Government”. They do not own it. It is not their government. It belongs to the people. They are elected to manage it, not own it.

    • The Magpie says:

      Have you noticed when they’re under the gun and have done something unpopular, it suddenly become THE government? In state terms,unlikely Smiley will be using the ‘my’ term any time soon.

  10. Grumpy says:

    Good Lord. Have a look at the latest post by the Great Pretender. Reached new lows with nauseating, cringeworthy and self-promoting pap. I don’t know what audience his squeeze is targeting with this nonsense, but judging by the sycophantic and gushing responses, but certainly not the demographic with a higher IQ than a tennis racquet.
    https://imgur.com/a/JKlouPZ

    • The Magpie says:

      Where’s this?

      • Ducks Nuts says:

        The nauseating post referred to by Grumpy

        https://imgur.com/a/JKlouPZ

        • Southern Comfort says:

          Apart from the stadium pic, it’s amazing how many pics of empty chairs around him he took. I wonder if that’s his “new normal”?

      • Russell says:

        Good question Pie. There are some really sick individuals putting up fake pages on Facebook. They are the ones with the tennis racquet IQs.

        • Grumpy says:

          Oh, my. Rusty are you seriously suggesting that post is fake?

          • Russell Clark, Chairperson, Solarus Body Corporate Committee says:

            You cannot be the Grumpy of old. He of the Harley/Beemer/Ducati crowd. He was erudite and intelligent, definitely not one to make snide comments. Need I say more?

          • Grumpy says:

            Nah, Rusty. You got the wrong fella. I have never, ever graced a HD with my cheeks.

        • Achilles says:

          Pics of rows of empty seats, and the front of the RSL?

          If the empty seats are from the inside of the RSL, then it is self explanatory!

          Persona non grata?

      • the real ziptied helmet says:

        god damn it magpie, just create an alternate facebook profile if he’s blocked you.

        • The Magpie says:

          Don’t have to … when the official ratepayer-funded mayoral FB page is up, he won’t be allowed to block anyone, although he will no doubt delete or decline certain comments. Pretty sure what we’re seeing so far isn’t the official one. The ‘Pie imagines he’s in yet more trouble if he’s blocking people from a publicly funded page.

          • Ducks Nuts says:

            Magpie apparently he was given a choice of having an official Mayoral page or continuing to use his own. He chose to continue to use his own amd to get his team of “experts” to manage his social media presence. So this diarrhoea of irrelevant garbage, awkward selfies, photos of food and the inside of his office is now the official mayorall page.
            Apparently it’s what the people want. There’s a number who keep gushing about the amazing transparency of the Mayor and how hard he’s working for the city. I can only assume there has been an outbreak of brain eating amoeba.

          • ABS says:

            His official Facebook has the address “troythompsonformayor”? I hope no ratepayer funds are going towards what is obviously a campaign page.

    • Ducks Nuts says:

      My tennis racquet is offended! It’s much more intelligent than the intended audience for the Mayors page

      • Jeff, Condon says:

        DN, are you “assuming” that he was “apparently” given the opportunity of using official or selfies?

        With your access to the inner workings of TCC, you would be aware that there us requirement for an official photographic history.

        If he wants to show himself as a go at, his adoring fans will follow.

        • Ducks Nuts says:

          Jeff, not assuming. I’m going by this post on his Facebook page after he deleted all his election related posts. The drivel we see in the Mayors Facebook page is him being “more present”
          Hopefully there is some official record other than this. Unless of course the official photographic history has been expanded to include what the Mayor ate, how many empty chairs there were, cringeworthy selfies with his girlfriend, and other irrelevant twaddle.

          https://imgur.com/a/fc5W1y7

          • The Magpie says:

            Who but a con man who has stumbled into a massive bit of ‘good luck’ would write such a puerile line after being elected mayor ‘I take my role seriously.’ Coming from Troy Thompson, that to The ‘Pie is a clear admission of an unexpected outcome, and a lack of confidence in his own ability once his bullshit is put to the test of public scrutiny.

            Bolstering the push to distance himself from the past – whatever that may be, but so questionable that he won’t talk straight about it – he announces that he in the censorship business.

    • Jatzcrackers says:

      FFS, The Great Pretender representing the local government and wearing a pair of sunnies that have clearly been rolling around on the backseat floor of his car for the last two years ! The TCC polo shirt( I’m the Mayor) has a nice touch about it too…bit like Twonames !

    • Kenny Kennett says:

      Where’s the pics of all his constituents? I can take photos like that.

    • Charlie Wulguru says:

      A “pop-up tent and giving away some goodies”…. He’s caught this from Birdbrain Walker.

  11. Not on your Nelly Bay says:

    Considering Two Names’ plan for advisors has been foiled – one has to ask if he will try to skin the Walker Street cat another way? It would be interesting to see if the Councillor Support area gets pumped up by a few positions in the upcoming budget… will our war hero mayor get advisors by the back door?

    • The Magpie says:

      Probably, but being supposedly unaffiliated with a recognised political party, there may be some difficulties. And no great necessity.

      • Critical says:

        My understanding is that the CEO is the person who has the authority under the Local Government Act to determine the number of staff required in the Councillors Support Unit their qualifications and duties. Also these positions have to be publicly advertised and selected on a merit basis.

  12. Easypeezy says:

    Did anyone else notice that the recruitment people said they did not nominate Turncoat Rehbein? So did Two Names/Watches lie or was it a cover up of a deal between the two

    • Prickster says:

      Yes watched the videos from both Council meetings. Twonames definitely say Rahbein was nominated by McArthur, then Julie Barr says in the next meeting no not nominated by McArthur, nominated by the Mayor.

      It’s becoming easy to tell when Twonames is lying, his lips are moving.

  13. Burnt Brows says:

    I notice on Birnbrauer’s Mayoral Facebook page that some of the public is still hammering him around proving his Military service. At least he is not hiding or deleting those posts, but I am interested to see how it plays out.

    • The Magpie says:

      Typical con artist’s policy of ‘bluff it out’. How idiotic though, all he has to do is come clean, proving what he said, or admitting he ‘exaggerated’. It is is clear he is ill-equipped for the mayotal position, but he is positively dangerous with all this baggage he is denying.

    • Burnt Brows says:

      Now it seems that post has been removed.

  14. CHECKMATE says:

    I suspect the State Government may have taken remedial action against the TCC under section 116 (particularly 116(b) of the Local Government Act 2009 which has interestingly coincided with reports of a clean sweep on social media outlets and the media.
    I believe the Minister for Local Government should publish any decisions made by the TCC that were contrary to a law in accordance with section 121(4) of the Local Government Act 2009
    This would be in the best interests of the public.

  15. Prince Rollmop says:

    Looking at those photos of Sergeant Slaughter, I kinda miss Jenny in a way. She was certainly more interesting than Twonames. Oh gawd did I just say what I said? Anyway, watching Twonames in action is as interesting as watching two turtles fuck. The saving grace for us Nesters is that with Twonames lacking support from the majority of Councillors, and the current turnover in TCC management, there is going to be some very interesting months ahead.

    P.S I for one enjoy Mike Douglas’ posts. He is brief with his main points, and most comments centre around statistical financial data, which I appreciate.

  16. Cluden Axe says:

    I have been thinking today. Perhaps we are being hard on our new mayor. Twofaces, Twonames, Toomanydamnlies may actually have served the SAS.

    As a contract cook he might have served lunch or a salad or maybe some nice sandwishes. He probably saw action when things got hot, the breakfast grill can get ferocious and who can forget the huge firefight when the scones caught ablaze.

    I tell you, I think old mate Troy has seen plenty of service, from behind the lunch counter.

    • The Magpie says:

      You had me with your opening five words … who couldn’t read on?

    • Jatzcrackers says:

      Axe, SAS operatives don’t get to have salads or nice sandwiches. Maybe half a pig, covered in red dye…raw !! Breakfast grills are distant memory and scones are apparently reserved for the CO’s monthly pep talk event !

  17. Echochamber says:

    “without Mayor Mullet, this blog probably would’ve died years ago.” So another thing we can blame her for. And you had me terrified right up until the point you said “ribs”.

  18. Turd Sniffer says:

    Ah, the lively Nest never fails to entertain with its eclectic mix of commentary. From dissecting political slogans with surgical precision to unraveling the mysteries of mayoral selfies, it’s a veritable buffet of wit and wisdom.

    The banter about the mayor’s alleged SAS service is particularly amusing. One can only imagine the culinary heroics witnessed behind the lunch counter trenches – a battle of scones ablaze and breakfast grills gone wild. Perhaps it’s time for a new medal: the Order of the Spatula.

    And let’s not overlook the astute observations about media tactics and governmental transparency. In a world where “transparency for thee, but not for me” seems to be the norm, it’s refreshing to see critical thinking and skepticism alive and well in the digital realm.

    As for Mike Douglas, the brevity and statistical prowess of his posts are a beacon of clarity in a sea of verbosity. Though a touch of kava induced eloquence might add a dash of spice to the discourse.

    In conclusion, here’s to the Nesters – may their wit be as sharp as their commentary, and may the conversation continue to simmer with intellectual fervor and humor.

  19. Not running for mayor says:

    “Queensland will be the first state to offer public servants 10 days of reproductive health leave each year” – what? Most of these fuckers do fuck all beyond fucking the rest of us over.

  20. Prince Rollmop says:

    So, if we are to believe Twonames calendar, he works 12 hour days, 5:30am (starts work at Council), until 5:30pm, 5 days per week. And then he has some weekend duties. Can any TCC staff verify Twonames day planner as being factual and truthful? Does he really switch the lights on and disarm the alarms at 5:30am every weekday morning? If he is doing these long hours he risks burnout and fatigue. Surely Council has a health and safety policy that covers this. I believe this to be more of his bullshit. Then again perhaps he is doing a Ralston and is doing his own personal work while on the ratepayer dime, and that’s the reason for his long work days? He was definitely busy posting positive stories about himself in the Nest for the previous 2 weeks so that might explain his long days??

    • The Magpie says:

      Bit ubnfair, he seems to know how to pace himself … didn’t he say in a FB post that after a hardday doing SFA on Maggie, he was heading for the Cowboys game ‘after I have a nap’?

    • Burnt Brows says:

      Maybe his 05:30am start is some ‘tough love’ from his mom getting him out of the house in the hope he finds his own place to live one day?

  21. Jatzcrackers says:

    Reported today in ABC News (sorry can’t do the link cut n paste thingy) QANTAS have reached an agreement with the ACCC to pay $120 million for being caught out…read deceiving the public, being total fucking arseholes and lying pricks…selling tickets for FLIGHTS ALREADY CANCELLED !

    Here’s the real kick in the guts for the public…of the total $120M, $20M goes to the public who paid for tickets but only up to $450 each, leaving plenty with shortfall and the FED GOV get $100M as a fine from the ACCC !

    The FED GOV fucking support QANTAS and you can almost guarantee that the $100M will find its way back to QANTAS with some fancy book keeping coverup !

    • The Magpie says:

      This is simply not good enough.

      Given the vital role airlines play in all levels of today’s society, these ‘let them eat cake’ airline policies have to be reined in. The Magpie hates the nit-picking overuse of regulation and red tape, but it’s surely time we followed the US example and copied the Biden administration’s new updated transport regulations for air travel.

      Read the full story here:
      https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/us-mandates-new-airline-fee-disclosure-refund-rules-2024-04-24/

      A major change over there is that when fines are imposed, that money first goes to the affected passengers who did not get legal refunds, before the government treasury takes what remains.

      The Magpie anticipates some will moan that such measures would almost automatically lead to sharp fare rises, but how would airlines justify that? Could they defend what is basically asking for a licence to legally steal cancelled customers money,or, as they often do now, make the refund process so long and drawn out many would just not bother? (The American regs now require immediate cash refunds, and a real cautionary flag for airlines, that will include cancellations for bad weather.) The answer to that is to have the ACCC beefed up and ready for any such move. Difficult to police, I know, but something must be done, it’s incompetence wedded to thievery.

      • Jatzcrackers says:

        A QUESTION for the Federal Government and ACCC. Why are the architects (See Alan Joyce and directors) of this wide scale fraudulent, illegal activity by a major industry and international company not facing jail terms at the very least ?
        ANSWER: because the Fed Government were aware of the ruse and chose to turn a blind eye !!

      • Jeff, Condon says:

        Completely agree. The septics are so more advanced than us with prosecuting companies who have ripped off the public. Some, if not all, fines levied are redirect back to the public

        • The Magpie says:

          Hey, on that topic, The ‘Pie was fascinated to hear a claim made by an aviation expert who was talking about the Qantas ‘payback deal’ on ABC Radio. Didn’t catch the name, was driving at the time but it was between 3 and 4 this afternoon (Monday 6th).This chap said he was surprised that many of those ripped off with ghost flight tickets by Qantas and who had paid with a credit card, hadn’t contacted their card provider about the matter. The expert was adamant that you could advise the provider that you didn’t get the promised service for ‘goods purchased’ and the card would refund the money to your account.

          Anyone know if this is true? The bloke wasn’t a nutter and seemed well informed, but that doesn’t really sound right.

          Anyone?

          • The Magpie says:

            And the glaring question no one seems willing to ask – why just a small portion of the ripped off funds …. why wasn’t QANTAS required to repay the entire amount like any other business would? AND if the pool for that reimbursement was $20million but the fine to government coffers was a further $100m, will our ‘battlers Prime Minister’ direct that the entire losses of affected passengers will be topped up from this fine money.

            Costs the taxpayers nothing, and the Treasury still get a nice little earner out of it.

          • Southern Comfort says:

            It’s a process called Chargeback, and is used by all major Credit Card providers Visa/MasterCard/AmEx, regardless of which bank issues the Card. It’s only good for claims made within 6 months of purchase. So some of the Qantas customers may be excluded if they didn’t make the claim within 6 months of the booking. Some of the people affected had made bookings nearly 12 months in advance, before Qantas cancelled the flights, so they won’t be eligible for Chargeback.

            Another point on Credit Card payments, is a lot of Credit Cards come with automatic Travel Insurance for travel booked using the card. In these cases, the Travel Insurance may have paid out already. In which case look for future lawsuits against Qantas by the Insurance underwriters. I don’t think they will get off as cheaply in the long run as the initial numbers suggest.

          • ABS says:

            “These payments are on top of any remedies these consumers already received from Qantas”

          • The Magpie says:

            Ok, thanks, but that does not mean that QANTAS has made any or all ‘remedies’ with any or all of the affected passengers.

          • Jeff, Condon says:

            I’ve heard that is the case overseas and the claim has to be made within 12 months of the attempted transaction. Don’t know about our struggling Australian banks.

          • ABS says:

            I think anyone whose flight gets cancelled will get rebooked or a refund. Of course many or most will be out of pocket or inconvenienced by the change to their schedule, which I assume is what the compensation is for. It would be interesting to know the reasoning behind the dollar amount.

          • The Magpie says:

            Disrupting people’s lives and bilking them through sheer chicanery deserves both compensation and punishment for the perpetrator.

    • Alahazbin says:

      Jatz, That little gay leprechaun will be onto his mate ANAL organising the transfer of monies already.

      • Jatzcrackers says:

        Agree Alah. The classic line of who’s watching the referee watch the key players comes to mind !
        Call me tin foil hat infected but I’m of the opinion that the Fed Gov is involved in all of this ongoing eyewaterinw shit we’re seeing !
        Who watches the ACCC and its decision makers personal bank accounts ?

  22. the real ziptied helmet says:

    1) He was in the SAS. A 12 hour day is a warmup for him
    2) What side work was Ralston doing out of interest? I keep hearing he was a part time CEO?
    3) Is your name a piss take from Ralston’s? If so, that would be funny.

    • The Magpie says:

      know of for Ralston nis that he’s a memberof the Gladstone Port Authority or whatever its formal name is. Any time spent on that job,part time though ot may be, takes away from the time spent on his $600k a year TCC CEO tasks. The grub is a legalised thief.

      • Prince Rollmop says:

        Purple helmet, your question has been pretty much answered by the Pie. But my response is as follows;

        1. Comparing a SAS 12 hour day to a 12 hour Mayor duty day is just plain stupid. Thompson kissing babies and having a long lunch with multiple coffee breaks during the day does not compare to a SAS officer on an international mission.

        2. Personal work includes GPC board matters, Nous consultative work, other board, charitable and personal business interest work.

        3. Well done. You worked out that my user name is a pisstake of the stinky little general.

      • Alahazbin says:

        Pie, you forgot to mention The NOUS Group Consultancy. A nice little earner of government contracts.

      • Maggie Moggie says:

        Pie,
        Prins ( part time) Ralston also is on the board of Powerlink – who provide us 5million Queenslanders with electricity, any wonder why we all open our engergy bills with anxiety – as power bills soar.

        • Prince Rollmop says:

          Thanks for the additional info Moggie. Again, it begs the question as to how this guy could find time during the week to do TCC work when he had his hands in so many other different pies (sorry Magpie). It’s actually impossible for him to solely focus on TCC matters. Again, I would advise TCC to make sure the next CEO doesn’t have dozens of other business ventures, that they can focus solely and FULL TIME on TCC work.

    • Big Denny says:

      Prins spent half of his time doing the work of his own personal business. It was a standard joke. But an expensive joke that fell on the ratepayer. Total lack of value. The next CEO needs to be able to dedicate their life to the role. With a package of around $600k per year, we deserve as much.

  23. Perineum Pete says:

    Thought I would comment on this edition of the Magpies Nest. I’m really enjoying how we are seeing so little now of Jenny Hill (except for this week’s photo montage) It’s going to take some time to wash away the stain of her rulership over Townsville. I am so glad that she is toxic and won’t be popping up in state or federal politics. Let’s hope she fucks off to Malta real soon.

  24. Kenny Kennett says:

    Anybody see whether any of the Councillors marched with their comrades in the Labor Day march today? I hear Bob Katter did wearing a Labor shirt.

    • Red rocket says:

      Perhaps Twonames marched in his green Borat mankini? After all, the new mayor works 7-days per week, 26-hours per day!!

    • Charlie Wulguru says:

      K K…..I saw him on the Channel 7 News leading the march wearing a fucking CFMEU Tshirt. He has totally lost his marbles and his family should be putting him into Mosman Hall as soon as they possibly can.

      • Bullshit says:

        Bob Katter has been a long time union supporter and the Katter Party a supporter of collective bargaining. How did you not know that?

      • Bin Chicken 4810 says:

        I’ve heard,
        that when Bob Katter was a young sprat, he was on the AWU payroll and jumped ship.

        • Southern Comfort says:

          Nope. Old Katter Snr from back in the day had AWU candidate running against him for Kennedy. I’m not aware of any history of Katter family and AWU. They were at odds back in the times when current Bob Katter would have been a young sprat.

          • The Magpie says:

            Possibly another clever ploy from a man who seems to like being thought an idiot, although he is anything but. Being seen in the march and makingvsympathetic noises might blunt any Labor opponent’s appeal.

            Having said that, he does delight with some Bulletin-level English from time to time. The ‘Pie’s favourite was the recent ‘It’s a revolving door, and I’m going to slam it closed’. The imagery of Bob working up a door-slamming sweat is hilarious.

          • Ducks Nuts says:

            Gees don’t you people know Katter history.
            Old Bob Katter Snr was a union delegate on the warves and was a Labor party member for years.

            https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Katter_Sr.

          • wollo says:

            Bob Katter worked for Mount Isa Mines in his younger days so that was when he was probably a member of the ….A.W.U. In those days it was basicley compulsory.

          • Kenny Kennett says:

            But in between that he was a National Party man.
            So getting back to the question, any of the Independent closet Labor comrades march with their brothers and sisters? And was the Mullet amongst them with her tail between her legs?

        • Jeff, Condon says:

          Don’t knock Bob, he’s the best politician any party can buy to fund his electorate.

  25. The Magpie says:

    The Townsville Bulletin today taking its policy of recreational grief to a new newspaper low.

    This ‘tragedy’ is a tragedy only to the family of this unfortunate bloke who had a heart attack while on a local hike. His family and friends are understandably grieving.

    Now the following is no disrespect for the deceased or his family and friends, it is comment concerning the judgement of our local newspaper.

    What possible interest to merit a front page can this have to the wider readership to which you have a responsibility, Cas Garvey? What strange short circuit in your reasoning tells you that this will resonate across the readership and entice readers? This bloke’s death was untimely but unremarkable as these things go, and one has to wonder what blinkered mindset prompted such an unengaging article to go on the front page. And making those who buy the print copy or fall for the clickbait give one big collective W-T-F.

    The ‘Pie assumes that rather than have the confidence and skill to recognise what actually is news in this town and set the agenda accordingly , Ms Garvey, you kowtow to focus groups and email traffic in a desperate attempt to gain a social media readership using social media tactics. Clicks now even call the shots for the print issue. Rather than staying above that low bar, you regularly offer readers this sort of mawkish, irrelevant and -n worst of all – insulting fodder in an increasingly irrelevant quest for readership love.

    If The ‘Pie seems a tad miffed by all this, it is in part because, with utter story pap like this, you are immediately squandering the small amounts of credibility you were regaining with your generally excellent and measured reporting of our con man mayor.

    BTW one wonders how you will handle and rebuff all the others who lose someone in everyday circumstances who seek the same attention, on the basis of ‘you did it for them, so now do it for us.’

    Or are you planning to turn the paper into one long obituary column? Maybe not a bad idea, at least we’d get regular factual news of some marginal interest.

  26. Burnt Brows says:

    I spoke too soon. I mentioned earlier that at least Birnbrauer is allowing comments on Mayors Facebook page about his military service. I was referring to his Maggie Island article and visit to the RSL where someone suggested to show us all his military discharge to prove once and for all his service record. I just checked and I can’t seem to find that post again ….,

    • Ducks Nuts says:

      His “team” must have recovered from all the social outings and selfie opportunities. I did screenshot some of the more clever ones.

      https://imgur.com/a/FUDAstx

      • Southern Comfort says:

        The Des Houghton comment is still up on his Post, with a reply. I don’t think he is deleting much anymore. Most likely someone (maybe Bella) told him he’s not actually allowed to delete posts from his Facebook page (whether privately managed or by TCC) unless they are defamatory or offensive. Records Retention rules of LGAct prevent this. Remember to check which post you are referring to, and to set your filter to “All Comments”. But please, keep screenshots of everything relevant because you never know when he will revert to old habits.

        How he explains the hundreds of deletions he made previously is beyond me.

        • The Magpie says:

          The explanation is involuntary whoopsies in his danties.

        • Grumpy says:

          Is that Des Houghton, the Courier Mail journo? If so, Two Names may be in a bit of strife.

        • The Magpie says:

          I must’ve missed it … what Des Houghton comment? Surely not the journo Des Houghton?

          • Southern Comfort says:

            No, not that Des. Unless he has had some major work done. Check your inbox for comment and commenter.

          • Grumpy says:

            SC. The photo on the FB account is a well-known mugshot of some US criminal – years old. I suspect it is a piss-take.

      • Toy Thompstain says:

        Ducks Nutsack, I liked this comment from Troy Twodogs:

        “It was over 30 years ago, lots of travel and a few marriages in between, so I honestly don’t Remember my number it, that’s
        why l’ve requested it”.

        He might shock all of us by producing a number, we will have to wait and see. But for the interim this bloke is as slippery as a river eel. If he is bulshitting he is going to be caught out, and that won’t end well for him.

        • The Magpie says:

          Even if it eventuates that he had the required service number, neither he nor we can take comfort in the club-footed, numbskull way he has handled this. And IT IS important, because, like others historic matters,it points to his lack of basic common sense in handling matters at a mayoral level, matters that affect and reflect on all of us.

          • Southern Comfort says:

            The Service Number is not enough. As there is a chance he can get that, just, if you count a few weekend camps before dropping out. Its his Statement of Service for the 5 years that he claims. That is what he needs to produce.

      • Clarice Starling says:

        Re: screenshot of comments shared in your link – I see Twonames states in his reply he had “…a few marriages in between”…so, there is more than one wife out there? I wonder if one of these wives can confirm his military service (including SAS service). As an aside, I find it strange that no one has come forward stating they served with him.

        • The Magpie says:

          Or even given his stated kitchen experience, served ‘by’ him. (chortle, wheeze … oh, how The ‘Pie amuses himself sometimes.)

  27. Achilles says:

    XXXX
    US Justice system, maybe a hint to Troy on delay tactics?

    Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee, did not set a new date for the start of the federal trial.

    Florida judge on Tuesday indefinitely postponed Donald Trump’s criminal trial over his alleged mishandling of classified documents, making it unlikely the case will be heard before the November presidential election.

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/florida-judge-indefinitely-postpones-trump-documents-trial/news-story/48e60ddb997c8480f8b1cd5dd90039f0

    • The Magpie says:

      e is following the NY case too, and apart from a general interest in the insanity and dishonesty on blatant display, there is some great ‘new journalism’ on display from various reporters, giving the feel and vibe in the courtroom – and very balanced, giving the defence their occasional little victory. Although there ain’t too many of them.

      • White Mouse says:

        The best of the new media following all things law (and especially Trump related) in the US is the Meidas Touch Network headed up by attorneys, Ben Meiselas, Michael Popock, Karen Friedman-Agnifolo & Ron Filipkowski.

        • The Magpie says:

          Yup, been following them for years now, Flipkowski comes up with gems of commentary as well as uncomfortable facts. Marc Elias is another good follow … he’s instigated dozens of cases against Trump and Republican state decision across the nation.

  28. Grumpy says:

    Another selfie this morning. Is there no end to his vanity?

    • Ducks Nuts says:

      On average men take 4 selfies before they are satisfied and post a photo (women take six). Makes you wonder how bad the ones that didn’t make the cut were.

      • The Magpie says:

        Of no import at all, but The ‘Pie, despite being handsome and dashing in an old codger way, can honestly say that he has taken less than half a dozen selfies in his entire life. Never seen the point, really.

    • The Magpie says:

      This bloke sounds the goods, which can be reasonably gathered from (MAYOR TWONAMES THOMPSON PLEASE NOTE) A FULL AND TRANSPARENT HISTORY, WHICH HE CAN WITHOUT A DOUBT PROVE.

      His bio is required reading for anyone who cares about Townsville. Two things stand out.
      This …
      I have a particular passion for Financial Sustainability and Corporate Governance. For many years I led a team at City of Gold Coast which put in place best practice long-term financial plans, and included meeting some significant financial challenges as part of a $1.7Billion annual budget. Critical components include a well-managed debt portfolio, ongoing renewal of a $20Billion infrastructure asset portfolio, specific funding plans for signature city assets and identification of alternative funding sources in order to keep rate increases to a minimum. Continually achieving Value for Money was also a key component of our financial planning, including a particular focus on procurement and infrastructure delivery. A critical part of excellent financial planning is ensuring that strategic objectives are in place, their delivery funded, and performance regularly assessed. Accordingly, I was recently involved in developing and having adopted a Council Plan for the next five years.

      And then there is this.

      I am seeking opportunities in relation to board positions, project or contract roles, or full-time executive employment.

      • Jester says:

        Maybe TCC can hire him as their spiritual advisor? After all, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Taint did hire a spiritual advisor.

      • Div10Dave says:

        Reading what the latest CEO says about himself reminded me of the fine words of Lansdown hopefuls QPM and Magnis and what a let down they turned out to be. A sucker for punishment I turned to that executive recruitment bible, CEO Magazine, and looked up Dr Prins Ralston. Well I never . . . . talk about gushing self promotion. Magpie, I think we should wait and see.

        • The Magpie says:

          Sorry Dave, don’t understand what you’re saying.If you’re referring to the Prins Ralston hagiography (no doubt penned by himself), that featured in blog comments (and maybe the Nest itself, can’t recall) a few weeks ago. As you say, utter up-himself tosh.

          • Jenny says:

            Presumably the new CEO McCabe penned that stuff about him that you featured – his “passions” etc. Really, it’s all PR tosh until we see it in practice. At least the whole council will vote on it.

          • The Magpie says:

            Yes, it was his own stuff, because it was from his personal Linkedin profile.

      • Ducks Nuts says:

        That bio is all a bit ordinary. As the COO at GCCC it was his legislative duty to put in place long term financial plans. This isn’t something special. The critical components all sound like run of the mill financial management practices for local governments.

      • Not running for mayor says:

        I see the Bullshitten reporting this morning that the temp CEO jumped from GCCC before he was pushed amid reports detailing systemic failures. He will fit right in here. Here’s hoping the recruitment process for the permanent position is a little more rigourous.

      • wollo says:

        Magpie we have got our man .You have to wonder why the council didnt just appoint his him as CEO with a track record like that.They are just wasting our money. It will be interesting to see how long he can put up with 2names,2dicks,2watches Thompson.

        • The Magpie says:

          Indeed, given this morning’s revelations about McCabe’s recent ‘career moves’, it will be interesting to see how the two interact.

    • The Magpie says:

      Injteresting to note that McCabe bailed from the GCCC at the end of 2022, after ten years and a year or two after this tiny problem … just funnily enough, he doesn’t mention is Linkedin bio.

      (Didn’t post the story, it’s behind a paywall but might be possible to google it, just google the headline and gold coast bulletin – btw McCabe wasn’t mentioned in what The’Pie read.)

      • The Magpie says:


        New Acting CEO TCC Joe McCabe

        Now, regrettably, it seems prudent that Troy Thompson’s Gold Coast connections need to be examined, and especially if he knew McCabe personally. As The ‘Pie understands it, the McCabe name was put up by consultants who would have talked o thompson about the appointment, if in fact TwoNames didn’t put the name forward himself. So despite the council knocking back his wish to make the appointment of Acting CEO all by himself, he may have got he wanted anyway.

        It is quite possible TwoNames had dealings and contacts inside the GGCC … one avenue in would be Thompson’s go-to solicitor Bill Potts, the high profile media tart who acts as the law industry spokesman on legal matters. Potts has BIG ins with the Goldie Council and, so The ‘Pie is told, with Mayor Tom Tate. And would therefore at least know who McCabe was, and even more likely, may know him personally. Whether the McCabe/Potts/Thompson dots can be connected, and even if they are, what implications may flow is a matter of pure speculation … an activity our con man mayor seems to bring out in an ever widening group of people.

        • Alahazbin says:

          “Macabe/Potts/Thompson can be connected”
          Pie, Are you suggesting that Potts will be the next City Solicitor? Just kidding Pie.

          • The Magpie says:

            We could do worse. And just for the record, The ‘Pie is not suggesting any impropriety by Potts,even if introductions did take place.

          • Grumpy says:

            Ala – I hope so. He is a pompous little prat, but great fun to have a drink with.

      • Not running for mayor says:

        There was some bloke on here yesterday trumpeting a complete and transparent resume. Who was that?

        • The Magpie says:

          The ‘Pie hasn’t the time to muck around. Are you referring to a Magpie comment? If so, what’s your point? The McCabe history is clear concise, dated and easily checkable.

          Ah, I see,you’re saying The ‘Pie went on to say that possible prior connections and maybe discussions between Thompson and Gold Coast players should be looked at, and somehow you seem to think this is inconsistent with the openness and transparency comment. And the possibility of being elbowed out was not recorded in McCabe’s history? Show me the bio, Linkedin profile, or CV that admits any such (fairly common) occurrence… it is one reason why businesses widely allow the practice of ‘voluntary’ resignation rather than outright sacking.

          Your confusion is a basic one of someone who doesn’t follow a logical thread far enough.In this case, facts are facts and clearly not hidden. Motivation, unrevealed personal connection and private arrangements are not always so open (but don’t affect the facts), and are always worth having a look at. And if that look reveals some sort of secrecy, one always must ask why, and alert everyone to be watchful for any unexplained actions that may hint at compromised professional standards.

          Your turn.

        • Not running for Mayor says:

          My comment was a tongue in cheek dig at Magpie who said yesterday “This bloke sounds the goods, which can be reasonably gathered from (MAYOR TWONAMES THOMPSON PLEASE NOTE) A FULL AND TRANSPARENT HISTORY, WHICH HE CAN WITHOUT A DOUBT PROVE.”

          Anyone with access to Google and the News Corpse archives would have found the first hole in his story.

  29. Inspector Clouseau says:

    Acting TCC CEO Joe McCabe, who retired from Chief Operating Officer at Gold Coast Council back end of last year. Also did time in Darwin City Council.

    • Inspector Clouseau says:

      And Alice Springs Council, in an acting role.

      • Prince Rollmop says:

        Old mate seems to have a good background of experience as a CEO and COO. Although keep in mind he is just a seat warmer and won’t initiate any major changes. He seems to be retired now and just picking up acting roles and board roles. Not unusual for a career Council executive. At least it isn’t the Impaler coming back to do a stint.

        • The Magpie says:

          But you’ll note, as The ‘Pie pointed out, he says he’s up for the right permanent gig.

          • Bullshit says:

            He will be in the catbird seat if he wanted to apply for the permanent role. At least he’s been chosen by the whole of the council. A bit worried about the line on the mayor’s facebook about “His previous positions were instrumental in securing and establishing many major events,”

          • The Magpie says:

            The ‘Pie’s understanding of the DV kerfuffle was on the Gold Coast, so one has to wonder if the two knew each other previously.

          • Grumpy says:

            Wasn’t he living there until just before the election?

          • The Magpie says:

            No, he’s been infesting Townsville for at least tghree years prior, going by that notorious article about the proposed ASA project at illich Park.

    • Drew Peacock says:

      Numbnuts, that link you posted returns us back to this thread. Are you farking with our heads or what? And for the record I would have Trump as Mayor over Twonames any day.

      • ABS says:

        I linked to the comment I mentioned for convenience. If you can’t find the Mayor’s Facebook page without a link – and I gave you a hint too – you’re beyond hope.

    • Bullshit says:

      I wonder if Brady Ellis has rebranded his ratepayer-supported vehicle yet!

      • ABS says:

        He said a couple of weeks.

        • Grumpy says:

          How long does it take to change the signage on a car? Took me three days to have fancy decals put on my little runabout. He sounds like he, too, is a bullshitting Cooker just like his mate.

  30. Achilles says:

    Our new Mayor brings to mind William Hughes Mearns’ the Antigonish.

    “Yesterday upon a Townsville Square I met a “Mayor” who wasn’t there;
    He wasn’t there again today I wish that Mayor would go away.”

  31. Billy Rubin says:

    Does anyone know which senior managers are leaving the TCC?
    Heard Chief Legal Officer was?
    Any big wigs leaving the planning department?

    • The Magpie says:

      Down table legal gofor Tony bligh is leaving, but he’s was light years away from the head of department position.

    • Prince Rollmop says:

      Billy, the job below is up for grabs. And as Pie mentioned, Bligh’s position will need to be filled, and of course the CEO role. Who knows, perhaps more of the exec team will jump ship if the new CEO is a fuckwit.

      https://www.davidsonwp.com/job-details/director-infrastructure-and-operations-in-government-defence-jobs-908838

      • Inspector Clouseau says:

        Well Mopsy, let’s at least let old acting CEO Joe start and go a while, before we start to pass judgment on your ‘fuckwit’ line………that is, IF it also refers to him!

        • The Magpie says:

          The ‘Pie read it as referring to an as yet unknown permanent replacement CEO.

          And interim poohbah Joe has been appointed and there can be no pre-judgement on his performance, because few of us would have the skill and qualifications to make any such informed forward looking judgement. McCabe’s past is an open book, although his contacts and pathway to this interim position may merit further scrutiny. Very different from Thompson’s ascendancy to his current position, who, it increasingly looks like, lied about his past, especially regarding the DV matter, the seriousness of which required his regularly reporting to police, and the matter of ‘stolen valour’ lies about military service.

          • Inspector Clouseau says:

            Ok thanks Pie. It might refer to old Joe, if he wins the more permanent contract gig. We’ll have to wait and see! :)

          • The Magpie says:

            While we’re on the subject, the Bulletin report casting doubt on McCabe’s Gold Coast performance states that Mayor twoNames has the sole say in the appointment of a permanent CEO. Anyone know if that is correct?

        • Prince Rollmop says:

          Clouseau, definitely not passing judgement on interim CEO, smokin Joe. I was hypothesising about whoever the new CEO is going to be, I hope that he/her/it isn’t a fuckwit like some of TCC’s previous CEO’s. I for one am happy to give any new starter a fair go, unless they come with known baggage.

  32. Southern Comfort says:

    I have nerdy habits. My favourite of late is looking at Mayor TwoNames “Message of the Day” posts (otherwise known as, “I don’t have a diary, so I will use Facebook as my DayPlanner instead”) the posts themselves are senseless drivel. The fun part is when you go over to the 3 dots on the right and click View Edit History. Then you see how much of his precious morning he has pissed away getting his MOTD ready and corrected. Yesterday’s was well over half an hour., and today seemed to take him an hour to get the post “just right”.

    I don’t think he paid full attention at this mornings 5:30am Budget Information Session. But that’s OK, as I don’t think anyone else attended then.

    But let’s just tweak that just a little bit more…..and my Service History might pop out.

  33. Jatzcrackers says:

    The great pretender old Twonames can complete a Personal Information Request on the ADF website for his service number and it would be emailed with 30 days but usually shorter.
    Regardless, every piece of written correspondence he ever received from ADF has his service number recorded on it.

    • The Magpie says:

      Maybe he’s been AWOL for a few decades?

      • Grumpy says:

        It escapes me how “two marriages and many moves” can dull and even erase your memory of your service number. Type of excuse you’d expect from a sixth-grader. This bloke is a complete lying shonk. His come/uppance is nigh.

        • The Magpie says:

          C’mon, Grumps, give hi a break, he’s trying not to say his dog ate it.

          • Some Goddamn Greek says:

            Maybe he forgot which name he “enlisted” with; then he can claim another 30 days while the DoD run it again.!

            That’s 2 months salary, if he can keep it up a bit longer he can move out from mummy’s place!

  34. ABS says:

    Credit where credit is due. Troy Thompson’s daily diary updates are a good thing. They may be tarted up with a few pics but the bare bones listing of his daily schedule is commendable and we should see more of it among all the political photo ops.

    By comparison:

    Brady Ellis – three posts in a week, nothing of substance.

    Kristian Price – three posts in a week, nothing of substance.

    Liam Mooney – two posts this week, one mentioning his pop up stall.

    Brodie Phillips – two posts in a week, nothing of substance.

    Suzy Batkovic – nothing in the last week.

    Vera Dirou – one post today saying the page is not monitored.

    Ann-Maree Greaney – nothing in the last week.

    Andrew Robinson – nothing in the last week.

    Paul Jacob – nothing since the election.

    Kurt Rehbein – nothing since the election.

    All councillors should take a leaf out of Thompson’s book and post daily about what they’re doing to earn their salaries.

    • The Magpie says:

      OK, The ‘Pie is guessing here, but surely its the case that there is no mandated rule that councillors (and the mayor for that matter) have to do as you suggest on social media platforms, BUT surely regs require all councillors to keep an old fashioned written diary of their meetings, ceremonies and function attendance while acting in their elected role. But these are traditionally after the fact, with intended activities perhaps listed separately.

      Which also raises the question as to whether TwoNames actually does all the matters he lists, seeming to think his promised diary gives him an action man vibe whether he fulfills them or not.

      The ‘Pie has trouble believing one single fucking word this fractured person says.

      • ABS says:

        I don’t believe that he does all that he says – apart from the things where he has to meet someone or appear in public.

        Nevertheless, hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue, and better a world in which councillors are publishing their schedules than one where they get elected then spend four years silent running.

        • The Magpie says:

          Yes, reasonable point, but The ‘Pie reckons a daily, or at worst a weekly, retrospective publication of a ‘my week’ schedule of activities for all councillors should be mandatory. The ‘Pie doesn’t carry on too loudly amount councillors get paid, because if they’re doing their job properly they do have mountains of paperwork to read all the time (such is our rising sea of red tape). But community contact is an if and maybe sometimes thing for many of good and great in Walker Street.

          • ABS says:

            I agree it would be a good idea to publish their diaries on a weekly basis. Not just from a transparency basis but it seems like politically good messaging to look like you’re actually doing work.

            The only thing we can be sure that half the councillors did in the last week is attend a 13 minute meeting, and that was closed session!

          • Bullshit says:

            All the evidence suggests Thompson is the hardest working councillor, and we can’t trust a word he says. God help us!

      • Jenny says:

        ” . . . surely regs require all councillors to keep an old fashioned written diary of their meetings, ceremonies and function attendance while acting in their elected role”.

        Whether or not a councillor is required (in some legally binding way) to keep an official diary, if they do have one it is likely to be vulnerable to an FOI request.

        • The Magpie says:

          Yes, possibly. Your point is?

        • Not running for Mayor says:

          Yes Jenny that’s why they exist in government and corporate life. To prove what has been done, who has been met with and the substance of the contacts. It’s called accountability in the adult world. Get TwoFaces to Google it.

          • Jenny says:

            NrfM, that’s exactly my point. If a councillor (as distinct from a state or federal minister) is not required to maintain such a diary then why subject yourself to the aggravation? If you serve a term on council and are then re-elected, especially if you are not even opposed, then clearly the electorate considers you have met their expectations – which might be quite a low bar.

          • The Magpie says:

            Oh, Jenny, like she of the same name of recent years, seems you’ve been on the turps.

            If someone is elected unopposed does not mean the electorate’s expectations have been met … that is only decided if they win against an opponent. There are many reasons why politicians are sometimes unopposed, but believe it or not, it is rarely because they are tickety boo with the punters. In the case of Suzy and Kurt, the pre-election conviction that Hill would get up again no doubt made any possible contender consider the financial outlay not worth it. As we have seen, the election was all about Jenny Hillv and her team, and nothing to do with satisfaction with individual councillors.

            Howver, it seems Batkovic would’ve won anyway, and Kurt would’ve lost.

          • Jenny says:

            Magpie, whatever, if I was a duly elected councillor and I didn’t have to publish a diary every day or week (as in, required by law or ‘regulation’ or because the mayor or CEO says so) then I wouldn’t. I might publish something when I felt like it but I wouldn’t kowtow to some pushy unelected prick who thought they could bully me. They could bark at the moon all night for all I cared.

          • Bob Roberts says:

            It’s Opposite Day, ABS is commending Thompson for being transparent and Jenny is saying he’s a fuckwit for being too transparent.

          • Jenny says:

            Bob, the mayor can do whatever he likes, I’m questioning the demands made by some here that ordinary councillors provide written accounts of their daily / weekly activities. They are not required to do so. Those who have been re-elected have never been asked to do this before, why should they do it now? If you want to know what your local councillor does, get off your lazy arse and find out for yourself.

          • The Magpie says:

            ‘Demands here?’ Your concept of accountability, transparency and (paid) service to the community seems to. align with Troy Thompson’s. Why should the owners of lazy arses have to get off them, they are paying the councillors salary.

            And one would surely think that a genuinely community engaged councillor would want to publish a weekly or maybe monthly diary which would amount to a voluntary KPI of how they are performing.

            That is, if they have actually been doing something.

          • ABS says:

            I’m not demanding anything, I’m saying it’s a good thing that Troy Thompson has done and more councillors should follow his example.

            We can do better than councillors who do the bare minimum they can legally get away with.

      • Grumpy says:

        I call bullshit on most of his calendar events. “Meeting with PA”. Hah! It will be interesting to see how long this self-adoring bullshit lasts. But the saccharine reaction from his glee club is starting to become oh-so-predictable.

        • The Magpie says:

          A PA is hovering within hailing distance at all times, except those when sent out to fetch medication from the chemists.

          • Southern Comfort says:

            Newsflash – The Pie is Psychic. How else did he know that TwoNames would be needing to send the PA out for medications? He didn’t call in, sorry Facebook in, that he was sick until today.

    • Mike Douglas says:

      ABS , 10 Councillors working full time didn’t attend any business or community events worthy of posting on their social media . No Council activity to update their division followers about what positive things they are doing in their divisions . Can anyone confirm the car allowance $ amount they voted themselves .

      • ABS says:

        If all the councillors

        a) posted their diary each day/week
        b) posted explanations of how they voted in meetings
        c) hosted a town hall style meeting or popup stall at least once a month
        d) promised to walk down every street in their division over the course of their term (if not yearly)

        We’d have some pretty good representatives

      • Jenny says:

        Mike, I’m told that at the MIRRA meeting on Maggie Island last weekend the Mayor outlined a plan to have each councillor hold a public forum in their division each month along the lines of the MIRRA meetings which have been happening for decades. Wasn’t clear who would organise them, where or when they might happen but was suggested that each councillor would have an opportunity to outline what they had been doing and hear from constituents what they would like to be done.
        The mayor took home with him a list of about 60 items Islanders wanted him and Div3 councillor Greaney to get on with, including some dating back to the 90s. Works for them apparently.

        • The Magpie says:

          Thompson really is cracked and overcome with self-importance. How the fuck is he going to enforce councillors to do any such thing? He has no power to mandate such a move. Not being any political team or party, he cannot impose party discipline on anyone. Mayor Mullet could doso, because it was Team Hill, and the expectations would be to follow her instructions. This time, councillors were elected to serve their divisions how they see fit, not by taking directions from a halfwit chest thumper without a single clue how things work.

          Pretty sure he will be told to copulate solely by more than one councillor.

          This fractured drongo will be lucky to get any of his ideas through this council. ‘Coached to his way of thinking’ indeed. Ha!

    • Bullshit says:

      Batkovic and Rehbein were elected unopposed so don’t feel like they need to do any work to keep their seats.

      All the newbies got lucky and think they got elected on merit and don’t think they need to do any work either.

      Mooney and Greaney are so used to being elected on a team ticket they forgot how to work.

      • The Magpie says:

        Pretty unreasonable comment. Just because we don’t know doesn’t mean they haven’t been doing somethings in their divisions.

        • Bullshit says:

          Sure they might be doing something. Maybe they’re all working so hard they don’t have time to post about it on social media. Or maybe they’re coasting knowing their only KPI is attending a meeting twice a month for four years.

        • Doxie says:

          Haven’t seen Paul Jacob AT ALL, since he was elected for Div. 1 in March!!!

      • Alahazbin says:

        BS, As the Pie replied. But I can vouch for Batkovic, she always worked for her constituents. Even Trevor Roberts wasn’t up for a fight.

    • Trollseeker says:

      The other Councillors would use Outlook like every other normal person. Only a knob trying to prove ‘transparency’ while not actually being transparent would use social media to journal their day.

      • Trollseeker says:

        I think what you may be seeking is a newsletter of sorts with some actual detail. Not a list of meetings which means nothing unless it has some context.

        • The Magpie says:

          A diary is generally understood to contain comments and commentary after the event and is understood to be more than a list of anything. Otherwise you’re just listing appointments after the fact … which is pretty pointless.

        • ABS says:

          I’m happy with a list of meetings, the bare schedule, as a start.

          That opens him up to further interrogation by anyone interested about the outcomes of those meetings and of course whether they actually occurred.

          It’s a lot better than nothing at all.

  35. Kenny Kennett says:

    I came across a business that TwoNames operated called ‘Ashleigh Jordan Consulting’. It seemed strange that he would have someone else’s name in the title given it was all his ownership and ABN. I may have missed something here but the dates seem a bit strange. Does anybody know of a Ashleigh Jordan and if so, what do they/he consult for?
    https://abr.business.gov.au/AbnHistory/View/92665998195#

    • Southern Comfort says:

      His children, surname Birnbrauer.

      Interesting tidbit, he was on MMM a few weeks ago saying Ashleigh was turning 30 this year. Which means she was born in 1994.

      But his story on the Birnbrauer name was that he married wife in 1996. She was “last of her line”, hence why he took her name. Seems as well as forgetting ServiceID, he forgot about Ashleigh when he changed his name.

      • The Magpie says:

        The ‘Pie is going to leave the kids out of all this unless salient to some matter. But here’s the question for anyone?

        How on earth in this day and age does marrying a woman and then taking her name make any difference whatsoever? The child can have whatever surname name the parents choose, providing it is clear on the registration papers, there is no mandatory registration of the father’s name that demands that as the kid’s surname. Or is there?

        The whole thing sounds like more phantasmagorical gabbling rot from what is emerging as a severely disturbed mind.

        • Jenny says:

          Perhaps it would mean he could have a complete change of identity (passport, licence, ID, bank accounts)?

        • Grumpy says:

          He quite possibly is in the spectrum.

        • Southern Comfort says:

          Occam’s razor, the simplest answer is the most likely. I think a convoluted story about his wife’s name and lineage, etc. is a complicated story.

          When you are hiding from something/someone, that seems pretty simple to me.

      • Private Stanley says:

        His mugshot is awful. He looks like a cross between a ladyboy and a chimpanzee.

      • Jatzcrackers says:

        TCC website bio of Twonames…’He loves sport in general’…WTF, bit like saying he like cream buns with his morning coffee !
        Not one mention of his famous claim to past ADF service although Dad got a mention.
        This bloke is a total shyster and bullshit artist with his fall from grace with his quarter of a million a year job to come to an end when the real workload begins !

        • Ducks Nuts says:

          Jats if you read the comments by the blithering idiots on his page, he’s already done more than Jenny ever did. Now as much as I don’t like Jenny, that’s really drawing a longbow.

  36. Prince Rollmop says:

    Magpie, to answer your question, below is a link to the Act. It doesn’t specify whether the mayor alone, or with the inclusion of a quorum of Councillors, appoints the CEO. My understanding and previous experience has been that the appointment of the CEO is an all Councillor decision, a quorum decision. Maybe someone else with local government experience can help us understand the process?

    http://www8.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/legis/qld/num_act/lga2009n17209/s194.html

    • The Wulguru Wonder says:

      Prince, the section of the Act that you cite says that a local government must appoint a CEO.

      Earlier in s11 of the Act it says that a local government is constituting the elected councillors.

      http://www8.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/legis/qld/num_act/lga2009n17209/s11.html

      While I’m certainly no lawyer my understanding then is that the councillors as a whole, subject to quorum, have to appoint the CEO rather than solely the Mayor.

    • Prince Rollmop says:

      TCC (through Davidson recruitment) have advertised for TCC CFO. Forgive me if that has already been mentioned in one of the comments in the Nest. So that’s CEO, CFO, Chief legal dude, and a Director position all to be filled.

      • Dread Pirate Roberts says:

        Stinky, Sexy Sue from Wulguru is on the money. Leighton Smith’s reporting is what did you in. He is about as accurate as a TCC media release.

        The elected body appoints the CEO, the only position in the Council over which they have any say.

        We all live in hope that they take this responsibility seriously. Winter is coming with this King of the North.

        DPR

  37. Frederick the Fish says:

    Wish the boss wasn’t here at 5.30 every morning
    The bugger always turns the light on and wants a chat

  38. Mugwump says:

    All our kiddy youth crime will be solved with the use of the bat signal and answered by Townsville new man in black Batman ‘Harpic’.
    Been on the job since 2016, with proven results in indignation, false promises, foot stamping, showboating, chest thumping, and seemingly endless list of achievements (just ask him)

    • The Magpie says:

      Poor Harpic … his kids must really hate him.

    • Rotten Luck Willie says:

      FFS! The gall of this shallow little prick.
      Taking credit for measures recently put in place that the community has been screaming for for years.
      Miles of Smiles and before him, the Puddleduck listened to boofhead academics with more ‘concern’ for the ‘little children’ than community safety from hardened violent thieving snots.
      And now there is an election looming and a likely thrasing for the Smiley Labor Government for SEQld.
      Have the recent and all too delayed changes to the Youth Justice (so called) Act (YJA) been made out of a new found concern for community safety?
      PIG’S ARSE IT HAS!
      The changes to the YJA have been made out of a concern for political survival.
      I just hope David Crisafulli does not fuck up his campaign. Good luck to him, I have high expectations!

    • Prince Rollmop says:

      This is simply Harpic’s desperate attempt to make himself look worthy in an election year. His kids should have photoshopped his face onto the end of a giant cock, that would’ve been more appropriate.

    • I’ll be plucked says:

      Overweight, multiple chins, fat guts, NOT the Batman I remember! :(

  39. Strand Ghost says:

    Harper’s (sorry Batman) response to all our problems ( not) reminds me of the old Western Movie “ Despardo”

    • Prince Rollmop says:

      So do we now rename Harpic as Batman or Fatman? I reckon Batman is as good a name as any. The guy really is a complete fool isn’t he. And as if he would be out there fighting crime. The gutless turd only knows how to sit on his arse in parliament while having a robust discussion about kiddy crime while sitting in a secure building. Let’s see how ‘tough he is’ in Townsville after dark. Oh Aaron, you big crime fighter you.

  40. Grumpy says:

    Guess who is taking a sickie. Already?

    • ABS says:

      He’s been in the job long enough to accrue one sick day it seems and he took it as soon as it became available. On a Friday of course.

  41. Kingdom of Troy says:

    The King of Transparency’s latest post.

    Maybe the gastric sleeve burst.
    Is it too much to expect a snap-send-solve of the mayoral turd. If not today maybe evidence of his solid stools prior to returning to work. After all gut health runs a close second to mental health in making sure you’re at the top of your game.
    I’m not sure whether to be more gobsmacked by this flog’s post or the gushing comments.

    • Party animal says:

      It is sheer stupidity that this imbecile makes posts about his day off due to sickness. Seriously, this bloke is missing some marbles. He has gone totally overboard with this transparency bullshit. It’s fucking embarrassing and his advisors (if there are any left) need to coach him. This childish behaviour makes our city look even more stupid.

    • Ducks Nuts says:

      He truly is trying to put glitter on shit.

    • Alahazbin says:

      Lot,
      Probably didn’t want to bid Prins goodbye.

    • ABS says:

      Devil’s advocate – it’s good that he posted this and didn’t just leave a blank day in his daily schedule posting.

      • Ducks Nuts says:

        Yeah. That truly would have disappointed us all. There would have been a perception of a lack of transparency. As opposed to the ACTUAL lack of transparency around issues that matter.

  42. Mooooo says:

    News flash- Mr Mayor is not sick….

    • The Magpie says:

      What are you going on about?

      • Southern Comfort says:

        Who knows….. maybe he got his Statement of Service back from Defence and is having “crisis talks” with the squeeze to figure out how to spin gold out of that crap. Add Rumpelstiltskin to his list of names.

  43. Achilles says:

    Just watched Judge Lee handing down his decision on awarding costs court costs for the trail of Lehmann vs Channel 10.

    The good judge again wryly hinted that Lehmann should have considered the offer of settlement which Channel 10 had proposed to avoid a court case.

    Something about gift horses mouths come to mind!

    • wollo says:

      I liked Judge lees statement when he said that Learham escaped from the lions den and then went back to get his hat.The idiot should have given up when he had the chance.Regarding the costs there was a barrister on Sky News last night who said that Learham will go eventually go bankrupt and channel 10 will pay the 10 Million and then they will claim it back as a tax deducton So the taxpayers will end up paying.I wonder if Bruce thinks that was all worth it for a quickie with a leggless statue.

      • The Magpie says:

        Loved the boo-boo by the closed caption writer for ABC News on Friday night (can’t get CC up on iView, but its hilaious). Right through the report, our man was Bruce Lemon!! That’s ABC national edition with that annoyingly condecending adenoiudal Pommy woman newsreader. (Think The ‘Pie has covered most bases there heh heh heh.)

  44. Grumpy says:

    Lehrman has to pay indemnity ((read punitive) costs of $10M. He declares bankruptcy next week. All combatants are bruised and bleeding. Not a reputation intact. What was the point of it all?

  45. Nostradamus says:

    Twonames/Twofaces has received some news that has rocked him to the core. He won’t share it, but it will come out………stay tuned!

    • Party animal says:

      News that rocked him? Perhaps he has been told that he is a serial liar? How shocking!

      • The Magpie says:

        Many believe he needs a good rocking. ‘Pie is wondering if
        it will be one of his ex’s to cast the first stone.

    • The amazing Cecil says:

      Well come on then, fill us in with the intel. You have our curiosity working overtime geezer.

    • Jatzcrackers says:

      What, his Gold Lotto numbers didn’t come up ?

    • Burnt Brows says:

      Maybe this news is linked to his ‘sick’ leave and needing to keep away from the office?

      • The Magpie says:

        The thought occurred to The ‘Pie as well. Apologists will wail about crazy conspiracy theories, but nothing …. absolutely nothing …. this bloke has done or said gives any one any reason to believe a single fucking word he says. And it does matter, because he is now our my by default.

        • Achilles says:

          Maybe there’s a clause in his contract that should he become medically (read mentally) unfit, he can stand down with some kind of compensation package.

        • Southern Comfort says:

          Seeing TwoNames invited MyPlace and the NQ Freedom Network to the party aren’t all conspiracy theories allowed now? One wouldn’t wish to discriminate on whose conspiracy theories are better than another’s. I mean that’s why he’s going to fight the good fight for a Julian Assange statue. So that all good conspiracy theories and theorists are welcomed and loved in Townsville.

    • Achilles says:

      He’s playing the classic “I’ve been told to rest for a few days, and I’ll be Ok”.

      Then comes surprise/surprise, “I’ve been diagnosed with something too terrible to even tell you about”.

      (He does’nt mean THE TRUTH, as in never requesting DoD to certify his claims)

      Please pray for me et al!!!!

      Shares in Kleenex will skyrocket!!!

      • The Magpie says:

        You are so so cynical, Heel. Do the decent thing and join The Magpie in offering our suffering mayor our thoughts and prayers.

  46. Flies eyes says:

    I am predicting that Twonames will pull the pin within the first 12 months. He has virtually no support from fellow Councillors and he is the proverbial Easter egg – crack him open and there is nothing on the inside. He won’t be able to keep up the pace with his 12 hour days at 365 days per year routine. Maybe if he leaves before October and there is a by election, Messagebank, Batman, or Cupcake will apply for Mayor? Ha ha

    • The Magpie says:

      Don’t be too sure about the Ester Egg analogy. The ‘Pie. would be thinking more along the lines of the eggs in Alien.

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