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Sunday, August 1st, 2021   |   153 comments

To Sum Up Townsville’s Week, Take It Away, Joe Jackson: If My Eyes Don’t Deceive Me, There’s Something Goin’  Wrong Around Here.

It’s been one of those week’s everywhere you look, somethings not right. Where to start?

Show me the money!!! Jenny Hill’s dead hand sinks a multi-million project – with an unexplained loss of public funds. But in the very same week Honeycombes are forced to walk away, the mayor’s highly questionable favouritism is laid bare.

The ‘Pie doesn’t know much about art but he knows when he’s been had …. and have a guess who the judges were for the abysmally demented choice to win the now greatly devalued Ephemera $90,000 prize.

Les Memory Blank Walker Round Two … the Mundingburra Mauler (record 1-0) is accused of assault in Palmer Street on Friday night. This time, he could be facing legal action, but his accuser is a person many have found to be eminently cloutable – former independent political candidate Stephen Lane. So there is surely more to come.

And here’s an exclusive for you … The Prince a property pauper no more … TCC CEO Prins Ralston buys up big in Townsville … but does that mean he’s sticking around for a while? Well, maybe, maybe not..

And never one to be negative, The ‘Pie comes up with an innovative sure-fire money maker to help the TCC in a deathly dilemma …

All that and our regular gallery from the USA (and a fair bit about Tokyo, too)

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Now ever onward.

The Biennial Strand Ephemera Doesnt Quite Live Up To Its Name

But the name of the main judge will ring a bell.

Ephemera’ are any temporary objects that are not meant to be retained or preserved, which by the very definition tends to suggest that they’re pretty worthless – a bit like politicians. And so this year’s collection of mildly demented and uninspired offerings littering an otherwise pleasant stretch called The Strand have disappeared. Well, almost all of them. Because part of the deal is the TCC hands out a $90000 prize to the one judged to be , to be, ummm, to be, well the least discardable. And they buy it on our behalf, although it is not clear whether the $45,000 purchase price is included in the prize amount.

So it would be hard to imagine the joy and rapture ratepayers and taxpayers experienced when this was judged deserving of our $90,000.

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This recent story …

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… made Bentley believe there definitely was something going wrong around here.

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Silly old aliens … if they had seen the latest Townsville Rates Bill, they would’v e demanded ‘LEAD ME TO YOUR TAKER.’

Now, The ‘Pie is not and would not set himself up as any judge of modern public art that Tom Wolfe described as ‘a turd architect’s leave in the plaza of a new building.’ So the old bird did wonder who the judges were, a panel all but hidden from view. Wonder no more, this from comments last Monday.

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Submitted on 2021/07/26 at 12:58 pm | In reply to Riley’s Mum.Since asked about the judges, The ‘Pie spent sometime looking down a few rabbit holes, but could not find that information. So he asked – or should we say in modern kiddy-speak ‘reached out to’ – a chum in the arts area. And what a pleasant surprise to find that the task of slinging a cool $90k was all in local hands – mainly in the hands of one Councillor Liam Mooney.Liam Mooney Screen Shot 2021-07-26 at 1.01.19 pm

Clr Mooney, apparently well known and well qualified in judging the quality of artists – after all his father was and remains one of the greatest artists this city has ever produced – was joined in his deliberations by two other panel members, one Judith Jensen “Team Manager Arts Visual and Performing at Townsville City Council” – one sincerely hopes with grammar and syntax like that Ms Jensen not be appointed to judge any literary prizes  –  and Shannon Chadwick, Community Cultural Development Officer at – you guessed it – the Townsville City Council.

The Magpie finds it passing strange that a City Council – who are we fooling, read ‘the mayor’ – is willing to pay tens of thousands of ratepayer dollars to import celebrities to grace and judge fashion on the Field at the Townsville Cup or celebrity gardener Jamie Durie  to tell us how to turn off a tap ($350,000 ta muchly), and subsidise stadium events like Elton John and boxing matches for undisclosed amounts, but when it comes to forking out a significant $90 000 plum of an arts prize, we get a down-table tyro councillor and two council dogsbodies, which no matter what they choose, will be met with a huge sneering yawn by the Australian arts community – oh, yes, that community will be watching, 90 grand goes a long way to refurbishing a garret.

One can only hope that those who foist this insult upon us themselves become ephemera.

A Magpie Exclusive … No, Really

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Townsville Council CEO Prins Ralston

Townsville City Council CEO Prins ‘The Prince’ Ralston is a renter no more. He has become the latest resident on Millionaire’s Mound, forking out an estimated $1.2million for a fashionable pile in Yarrawonga Drive, Castle Hill. The home was previously sold in 2019 for $905,000, and the owner tizzying it up a bit before The Prince decided it was regal enough for his presence.

The property is a 4 bed/2bath/3car home of two levels, with a pool and views over Cleveland Bay. TCC Rates almost $6000 PA, but hey, maybe he knows someone the Rates Department.

Interestingly the Yarrawonga house has been purchased in his name only. That’s interesting because his Brisbane home, which remains unsold despite intermittent attempts to sell it for $1.2m over the past few years, is in the name of he and his wife

That raises several possibilities.  Ralston is making a prudent but short term property investment in a hot high-end market,  and does not intend to infest us for a particularly long period. That makes sense because if Mayor Mullet is sidelined, it’ll be interesting to see if the councillors will renew his highly questionable contract (highly questionable because of his lack of experience in local government … except for ripping the heart of the staffing ranks before taking the job.) There is also the possibility that Mrs Ralston doesn’t fancy living in Townsville, and will wait for hubby’s ratepayer funded weekend visits with her normal heightened anticipation, until he returns to the bosom of their Brisbane home and hearth permanently.

On the other hand, Mrs Ralston may be packing her Hermes bags to come and join her Prince here as we speak. So TCC staff, you’re just going to have to grit your teeth a bit longer.

Show Me The Money

Hiding behind the questionable cover of COVID, we got this bad news during the week.

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But what started The Magpie thinking sumfin was goin’ on around here was this line by reporter Tony Raggatt.

I’t is also unclear what has become of some $18.5m in state and federal government funding committed to help develop its public facilities.’

So The ‘Pie posted this comment.

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Submitted on 2021/07/28 at 8:10 am | In reply to Interested observer.Add to that most interesting question the next BIG UNANSWERED one …. what happened to the $3.5 million in state and federal funds coughed up for the Honeycombe/ferry company hotel/new terminal project that has now been ditched? In fairness, Tony Raggatt certainly asked the question of Phil Thompson (had no idea) and the three gormless local boofheads (no surprise that they didn’t know) and one assumes none have much curiosity as to where the public funds went. But interestingly, Peter Honeycombe gave Tony R a big moaning interview but not once mentioned the dough, which it is almost certain the Honeycombe group received. Did they use it for architectural work that can be revived when matters a little rosier? If so, why not say so? Christ, so many people in this town think ‘accountability’ means someone has the ability to count up to 10.

But The ‘Pie is hearing from a multiple sources that the the reason the ferry terminal hotel didn’t get off the ground was the fact that our visionary mayor actively discouraged the Planning Department to engage with Honeycombes. The sources all claim it is now at the point Honeycombes are selling potential Townsville development assets and investing efforts down south. a couple from comments

July 28, 2021 at 1:29 pm  (Edit)

Prince Rollmop

Mr Pie, it is a little bit ‘yesterday’s news’ but you are correct, Honeycombes is scaling back in Townsville and scaling up in Brisbane. As ‘gentleman’ they are using the cover of “COVID” as the primary reason, but my understanding of the matter is that TCC and some of its ‘big’ personalities, one who likes to wear nauseating figure hugging purple doona’s, is the root cause. All of this, if correct, does beg the question; why would the doona wearer not want to see marine infrastructure in Townsville developed/improved/expanded?

July 28, 2021 at 4:31 pm  (Edit)

The (barely) Civil Engineer

I didn’t see any evidence of direct instructions from the Mullet, but it was obvious for a long time from the eye rolling and cutting meeting short that doing anything proactive for the lad from Ayr was not going to make for a long career.

Look at cutting him out of the north rail yards deal, go slow on anything he touches and now this. Speaks volumes.

But Wait, There’s More ….

The Magpie has always adopted the police credo that there is no such thing as coincidence, only evidence. And just a few days after the Honeycombe fall-over,  we got this.

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Now, while Sealink was quoted as pulling out because of ‘COVID and the uncertainty of Townsville tourism’,  it also said it was still spending $14m on new ferries, they are secure in their nice little monopoly business to Maggie and Palm, and at this time, money has never been cheaper to borrow. But Chris Morris has shown now such qualms for an almost identical investment.

And the key interest was the assertion in the opening line of the Ville approval story: ‘ … The construction of the new five-star $80m hotel is set to go ahead in Townsville after approval had been given by the council in quick time.’

it seems after dragging Sealink and Honeycombe through a forest of red tape brambles so that things never got off the ground, the approval for this latest (and very welcome) Chris Morris project at The Ville was approved in a matter of months, if not weeks.

The ‘Pie idly wonders if the mayor decided it would be overkill to have a ferry terminal hotel within three minutes walk of the new project proposed by her TEL board chums from the casino. Peter Honeycombe is of course, not on that board. But to be clear, The ‘Pie does not suggest Mr Morris or his representatives on TEL have done anything improper – why would they have to – with this mayor, simpering sycophancy is a way of life.

Just ask Guatam Adani.

Mayor Mullet Always Wanted To Be A Poster Girl

With her court appearance on a driving causing death charge due up in a couple of weeks, publicity hound Jenny Hill is getting some free unwanted exposure.

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These have been appearing around town, under windscreens, pinned to trees and light poles and one was even found next the Castle Hill walking track. Seems a politically motivated attack, because the answer should be easily available …. oh, wait a mo, this is the TCC Hermit Kingdom we’re talking about. But if she was deemed to working when driving to Walker Street when the accident happened, which is surely likely, council insurance will have to cough up. Which is fair enough.That is if she gets off, otherwise, she might have to pay a hefty legal bill, along with any other penalty.

The ‘Pie understands that Wednesday, August 18 is madam’s date with destiny.

And Here’s Another We Will Have To Wait And See

On Friday night, this was posted on social media.

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From what The ‘Pie has been able to learn, the incident – whatever it was – took place as Memory Blank was walking past The Australian Hotel, and he stopped and a conversation started with Lane. Lane has been interviewed by police after he made a complaint, but Walker maintains it was he who rang the police. No idea if he’s spoken with the wallopers, but he utterly denies the allegation, but then, what choice would he have. Because it it’s true , not even Aunty Anna could save him a second time  and that’s the end of an earner the likes of this goof will never see again. Interestingly, while he rejects the allegations, Walker fails to deny that some sort of incident took place.

Lane has a bit of a chequered history too, and is looked on with some doubt by many in social media, for reasons not exactly clear.

The crucial question is whether there is cctv of the carry-on … if Walker is seen in a career ending light, it will be ironic that he was one of the councillors who pushed for increased video surveillance in Townsville’s CBD precincts. Funny old life, innnit?

Tranquilised Dart

Serial court pest and declared vexatious litigant Fred Dart is off to waste the time of the District Court to challenge being fined and put on the footpath for speeding.

You will remember Dart a few weeks ago was the latest Bulletin ‘citizen-hero’ for chasing a stolen car at high speed while talking on the phone to police. He was pinged by a speed camera doing more than 110kph in a 70kph zone during the incident in the early hours of April 18,2020. He challenged the magistrate’s sentence confirming the $1245 fine and 6 months disqualification, a challenge which this last week only resulted in this slow learner’s education when the appeal ended up in an increased fine of $1500.

Now, in fine Dart family tradition – his father and mother have also been  listed as vexatious litigants in Queensland – he is now off to the District Court to challenge the outcome of his lower court appeal.

His interesting defence? “If there is any real justice in the world, I shouldn’t be punished for trying to do what I truly thought was the right thing,” Mr Dart previously told the Bulletin.

Mate, that’s the justification of blokes who murder their mother-in-laws … and the law disagrees with them, too.

Dart’s single-minded attitude of self-entitlement blinds him to the fact that chasing a stolen car at illegal speeds endangers all other road users, pedestrians and even householders when reckless thieves panic.

An egotistical tosser … and a bloody dangerous one to boot.

Wendy Woke Is Alive And Well In Townsville

Nothing much annoys The Pie, readers all know he is a gentle, reasonable soul who is reticent to offer opinions on general matters. But this started a bit of a throbbing vein in the avian temple.

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Can any one out there either get in touch with Dave Daly (apparently a media powerhouse influencer in Townsville, a fact that has sadly bypassed The ‘Pie) and ask him to email the blog with what he said on radio that elicited such an over-the-top woke outrage. In the name of free speech and as a kick in the crutch to the anti-free speech brigade, The Magpie will be happy to publish it, so people can make up their own minds (novel idea in this day and age).
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Let’s be clear, The ‘Pie holds no brief for Mr Daly, who may be, given his trade, a prize chucklehead, but even idiots are entitled to opinions that aren’t illegal (even Tropical and Steve of Belligerent Gardens get an occasional run here in comments, both prize chuckleheads).

The ‘Pie is mightily pissed off with the station manager Paul Woodhouse, who, on available evidence, comes across as some hanky wringing, knock-kneed cringing fuckwit after ONE …. yes UNO … a single solitary pursed-lipped listener made a complaint about a comment that ‘may’ have offended some in the Chinese community.

Subsequent investigations revealed that the hanging-offence conversation involved the Chinese spy ship monitoring Talisman Sabre off the Queensland coast. The caller suggested it was here to deliver us more COVID, or something equally as harmless as that.

But folks, if you a vulnerable soul and hear something that a shock jock says on POWER 100, just give Mr Woodhouse a call, he’ll offer a grovelling apology. And try hitting him for some dough for the PTSD.

The Bulletin At Its Brilliant Best

Seems fair that since the Astonisher lazily trolls through social media for stories that occasionally, social media is the means to bite them back on the bum. This embarrassing exchange took place during the week.

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The Bulletin …fucking up lives and businesses because we’re all for you.

Alive To The Possibilities Of Death

It started as an innocent little jest, and then just grew like Topsy into a wonderful money saver for the TCC.

 The Magpie 

July 29, 2021 at 10:05 am  (Edit)

How about the CBD?

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  • Lord Howard Hertz

July 29, 2021 at 10:06 am  (Edit)

Or Lansdown?

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  • The Magpie

July 29, 2021 at 10:08 am  (Edit)

Or the state Government’s SDA? When the rail link is built to the port, the bodies could be dropped off on the way. To save money, Jenny would suggest the train wouldn’t have stop, just a nudge with a boot out the freight door.

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  • The Magpie

July 29, 2021 at 10:40 am  (Edit)

Let’s do some lateral thinking on this CBD idea.
Here’s the germ of a visionary idea a la Mayor Mullet.  Citizens can BUY a CBD parking spot … and when they snuff it, they can be buried there in a tier arrangement underneath. To allow on-selling by estates, 30 or 40 coffin spaces could go downward, allowing the new owner to benefit from his/her/its purchase. Could be marketed by Jamie Drurie under the campaign PARK AND CARK.

BTW, there were far too many comment to include that suggested a certain building Walker Street but suffice to say, it wouldn’t be available, it’s already suitably occupied.

Our US Gallery

Featured in the American consciousness this week were the Olympics (particularly the withdrawal of Simone Biles from the gymnastics) vaxxing, and the January 6 commission boycotted by the Republicans.

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And While We’re Talking About Beach Volleyball

It is a sport that The ‘Pie has closely followed … well, as closely as he is allowed without attracting the attention of the law … and he has come to be able to read those secret signs signalled to the server by the net guard.

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Take this one for instance.

It means ‘If you keeping bonking my boyfriend, I’m going to cut his dick off.’

And Finally

Two effects of the pandemic.

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… and helping in the fight against crime.

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That’s yer lot, but The ‘Pie suspects it’s going to be a lively old time in comments during the week, join in and have your say. And what’s that, you say? You’ve looked everywhere and can’t find the donate button.? Why, it’s the big green thing just below.

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153 Comments

  1. D says:

    Thank-you Magpie for providing balance against the poor reporting from New Ltd.

    Here is another example https://youtu.be/e3QeSYWh3M4

    A great summary from Father Dave at the end of the video.

    • The Magpie says:

      Please note that just because something is posted here, it does not mean that the sentiments are endorsed by The Magpie. The comments by Father Dave are debatable but they are an well articulated point of view. But the only alternative to the Rebel stand seems to be a reckless ‘let ‘er rip’ attitude, which is not one for the unelected to make if the majority are willing to obey the restrictions. get 80% of Australians matching through the streets of cities and towns, then that’s a different matter.

      Open debate on all but a few issues is welcomed.

  2. Mike Douglas says:

    Another great blog Pie . As the other Councils in North Queensland fall over investors , Townsville its still the wild wild west “Hills way or the Highway ” and the Honeycombes have merely hitched their wagon to Lancini , Irelands , Carmichaels leaving town with their $ laughing in the rear view mirror . It doesnt get better with our 3 State members who are always available for SOO and V8 photos but when it comes to crime and other local issues MIA . It appears people have given up on Council and State and go to Phil Thompson because he doesnt seem to care who he takes on to get some action and results .

    • Cantankerous but happy says:

      True Mike, but if any of them had any balls and didn’t fall in and follow Lancinis tantrum after Crisafulli knocked back his unit development at Pallarenda and subsequently backed Hill, then none of this would all be happening. Really just a pack of naive pissants who thought the Mullet was their friend, sucked in and spat out I think the saying is.

      • The Magpie says:

        Hahaha, well there’s a twist no one saw coming … IT’S ULTIMATELY ALL CRISAFULLI’S FAULT.

        And oner supposes Cankers that you agree that spoons make Gina Reinhardt fat.

        • Cantankerous but happy says:

          Hungover today Pie? Nothing I said indicated fault of Crisafulli, rather the pissant developers who listened to Lancini and supported the Mullet, and now regret it.

          • The Magpie says:

            OK, Pie’s bad, but a bit ambiguous in the writing, he was thinking you somehow meant Crisafulli was on the council, when in fact you were talking about when he was LG Minister. And you were talking about Lancini and fellow developers backing Hill, not Crisafulli backing Hill (as bloody if.)

            And no, FYI minimal drinking if at all when writing the blog. The sacrifices the old bird makes for you bastards.

  3. Interested observer says:

    Les “Messageblank” Walker seems to have had a short term memory surge, in stark contrast to his previous brain fade regarding the Mad Cow knockout.
    In a story on the Townsville Bulletin website yesterday the forgetful one had no trouble recollecting that he had called the police at precisely 8.04pm on Friday night.
    Strange, though, that the precise time Walker said he made the call has disappeared from the Bully story today, and not mentioned in a similar story in the Sunday Mail.
    Perhaps Les regained his memory, and then lost it again!
    And no mention, of course, of what caused the altercation or whether any punches were thrown.
    As usual the Townsville Bulletin either failed to ask the obvious questions or failed to include the gory details in its report for fear of upsetting the Premier (thereby putting the paper’s nice little earner from the State Government’s farcical Holiday At Home ad campaign in jeopardy).
    One would assume there was no fisticuffs involved as Les didn’t end up in hospital this time around.
    But, whatever the outcome, it appears that a miracle has happened and Messageblank briefly regained his ability to remember details – only to lose it again overnight.
    Oh dear.

    • The Magpie says:

      The’Pie has gleaned from contacts that the action mainly involved a very hefty and clearly unfriendly shoulder charge.

      And 8.04 is the precise time Lane posted that the ‘assault’ occurred. The initial story in the Bulletin said Walker claimed he’d rung the police ‘9pm’. It will be interesting to see if the police can confirm that Messagebank actually made the call. Because if he’s fibbing (heaven’s a mercy, no!?!) then he has another problem on his hands.

  4. Prince Rollmop says:

    Woohoo! So our fair Prince has bought a Palace on millionaires row. It’s about time, after all Townsville ratepayers have been very good to him by way of paying his company Nous millions of dollars to make Council employees redundant and now we pay him a half million dollar salary to run TCC as the CEO. Townsville has been a nice little cash cow for the Prince. Now that he has bought local I wonder if he will start working full-time hours also? But I doubt it as he is way too busy serving on Boards, working with Nous and obtaining government software contracts and things of that nature.

  5. I’ll be plucked says:

    Lettuce-Leaf Walker had been charged for the Palmer St incident. Bring on the bi-election so that we can be rid of this troubled individual forever!

  6. The Magpie says:

    Over to you, Anna.

    • Grumpy says:

      Nothing she can do. It’ll take more than suspension/termination of party membership to get this odious piece of shit to lift his slobbering snout from the trough. Arrogant swine.

    • Achilles says:

      She’ll probably take the moral high ground and pompously buy time (sound familiar to another current TSV case?) and state that being charged is not proof of guilt.

    • Jatzcrackers says:

      Looks like Maverick might have his cap gun confiscated for good. Can almost see old Anna smacking her own forehead with open palm and yelling out WTF !!!

    • Dave of Kelso says:

      Don’t hold your breath.

    • The (barely) Civil Engineer says:

      Come on, give the guy a chance. At least let him blunder around until he finds someone he can knock down, its the Aussie way!

      Sadly, when he was at Council heseemed not a bad bloke. Useless but harmless. But it loo’s like years of working in the thuggish environment of being a Screw, and then the thuggish joys of a union Organizer have all come to the surface when he thinks he’s made it to the top and has the protection of his thug mates in parliament. Its just the circle of life.

    • Julius Sumner Miller says:

      Word on the street is they were arguing over who deserved the title of “Townsville’s Biggest Fuckwit” , they both have a solid claim!

    • Kirwan Joe says:

      What’s Anna gunna do? She can’t kick him out of Parliament. Might lobby to expel him from the Labor Party but we’ll still be stuck with the idiot until the next election.
      The fuckwits who voted for this moron should hang their heads in shame. Same fuckwits who voted for Hill and her puppets.

    • Terry Smith says:

      Anna has spoken very sternly to Lesley and has kicked him off his committee appointments. She even said how disappointed she was in him. Stern stuff. Don’t tell me that Labor is soft on crime.

      • The Magpie says:

        Seems we are about to get an unequivocal demonstration of the moral bankruptcy of Queensland Labor and Anna Palaszczuk.

        Walker won’t – at this time – be kicked out of the party as he would’ve instantly – in another era, and even if he was, he won’t resign … the Premier can only boot from the party but has no power to turf him out of parliament and call a by-election. This from the Courier.

        “Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk released a statement on Sunday, saying Mr Walker had failed to make good on a promise he made after his fight at The Mad Cow in January.

        “I expect all of my MPs to meet the highest standards,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

        “I am angry that I have had to repeat this to Les.

        “Regardless of what has occurred and who is at fault, Les has failed in his promise to me not to be placed in circumstances where those standards can be questioned.”

        Ms Palaszczuk said as a result of the incident, Mr Walker had agreed to stand down from his role on the Transport and Resources Committee, and his role as Temporary Speaker.

        “I am deeply disappointed,” she said.

        Christ, YOU’re fucking disappointed?!? You’re fucking angry?!? That is nothing to what the voters are feeling – rage is one thing that has been hitting The Magpie in box, from both Labor friends as well as the predictable others – what about the voters you have effectively disenfranchised through you keeping a disgraceful, always ineffective, lying brawling embarrassing drunkard on as the member for Mundingburra, believing that making him step aside from a couple of nice little side earners that he never deserved in the first place will resonate with the electorate as stern and sufficient punishment. And what about those Labor members who have been proud of their party affiliation all their lives, young or old, who are now wondering about the fabric of the Queensland Party of lies, deceit and protectionism.

        If moral mendacity was an Olympic Sport, Ms Palaszczuk, you would win gold, silver and bronze.

        • Dave Sth says:

          Sorry Pie what is Chrisifulli or the opposition doing in prosecuting this. The bloke IMO has been a massive disappointment and just as useless as Freckless.

          Sad to say that the Federal member seems to be doing all the heavy lifting lately despite not being his bag means there’s something askew here.

          • The Magpie says:

            You are clearly not a political players, Dave, in fact, over time you have constantly demonstrated a fatal flaw – whether your right or wrong, you’re basically honest.honesty.

            But to answer your question, this whole matter developed on Friday night, and charges against Walker and his Entertainment precinct ban weren’t detailed until Sunday afternoon. So The Kid is doing exactly the smart thing and following Sun Tzi’s dictum ‘never interrupt your enemy when he’s making a mistake.’ Absolutely no reason or smart tactic to say anything yet. But once back in parliament, it can’t be ignored, so expect a bit of free character reading across the floor then.

            And The ‘Pie carries no brief for the LNP, but as a keen observer of Qld politics, he has been understandably distracted by his heavy lifting to clean out the party’s deadwood backroom boys, something he has only just achieved in the past couple of weeks.

    • Snowpeas says:

      The hard-working Member for Mundingburra made the 6pm State news in the South East corner Sunday evening. Les Walker’s brawling history was detailed along with current “common assault and disorderly charges” Back in court 16/8. All class Les!

  7. NQ Gal says:

    Wouldn’t Messagebank have to be criminally convicted before he can be forced out of parliament? The man has no shame, so I don’t see him removing his snout from the trough even if he is removed from the ALP.

    • The Magpie says:

      Not sure, but there may be a scale of offences that can trigger the heave-ho. Doubt a bit of push and shove comes under that umbrella.

  8. Elusive Butterfly says:

    Nah, Mr. Pie…Walker might be a “wanker”, but, surely, no one is that stupid?

  9. Old Tradesman says:

    Australia has 31 medals in total 14 Gold, thank God we have Scomo in charge, but the real gold is that Walker has been formerly charged, the irony in all this is that a week ago the Iditor wrote the name of the underage sex predator in the Astonisher now his person of similar anagram spelling has been attacked by the serial boxer.

  10. Strand Ghost says:

    Seriously this bloke Les Walker has to get the biggest Dickhead of year award?most normal people can’t be that stupid!

  11. Sugar Ray Walker says:

    The Mundingburra Mauler is an embarrassment. FFS this has to be the last straw. What a complete fool. Palasczuk will try to hide from this because she is in ‘isolation’ and Smiley is running the show, but Walker has to go. He has breached the parties code of conduct (I know, pathetic as it is), and his position is now completely untenable. Les, you are an ‘A’ grade wanker and are past your use by date. Pack your bags dickhead, it’s time for you to go.

  12. Critical says:

    OMG a local government Corporate Plan written in plain language that ratepayers and the community can understand.
    Mayor Mullet, CEO Prins and the TCC Publicity ( or whatever it’s called) Unit had better study this document and see how it’s done and learn something

    https://cairns-search.squiz.cloud/s/redirect?collection=crc-general&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cairns.qld.gov.au%2F__data%2Fassets%2Fpdf_file%2F0008%2F474299%2FCorporatePlan2021_2026LRP.pdf&auth=XY8L04XwDex%2B5Rpz7gLGiQ&profile=_default&rank=2&query=Corporate+plan+2021

  13. Ralph says:

    Hey Mal, I reckon Memory Blank Walkers punishment if found guilty will be a fine and no conviction recorded, resulting in the mongrel still having his snout in the trough. ( hope I’m wrong). Take Care, Ralph.

  14. Achilles says:

    We’re doing very well at the Olympics, BUT can we have our own flag? and not one that has another country’s taking a quarter of what is supposed to be ours.

  15. Palmer St Pugilist says:

    We need to be vey careful with the hype around the Wulguru Wonder.

    If history has told us anything this Labor Government with create some sort of distraction at lightening speed, and we might find ourselves back in COVID lockdown.

    So Wear Your Mask To Cover Other People’s Arse’s.

    • The Magpie says:

      Hey! Watch it with the nicknames … our regular commenter may be miffed at his long standing moniker being so sullied.

    • Al says:

      Hey Palmer St. Thug, check you’re dictionary for “lightening”. “A drop in the level of the womb during the last weeks of pregnancy”. No “e” in the word “lightning”. Has a burnt out old bricklayer gotta teach ya ta spel? Cheers

    • Alahazbin says:

      PSP, Let’s just stick to his latest name of ‘memory blank’ will be suffice.

  16. Nickster says:

    Thanks Pie for bring Joe Jackson out of my record collection.

    This week’s shenanigans have got me reaching for Buffalo Springfield and their song “For what it’s worth”

    https://youtu.be/8bl-vbBnJ3I

    • The Magpie says:

      A timeless anthem … and appropriate message for around here … but The ‘Pie doesn’t hold out much hope.

  17. Interested observer says:

    Perhaps Achilles would prefer to have a Dutch influence on our flag.
    After all, Dutch explorer Willem Janszoon was the first European to land on Australian shores way back in 1606.
    Or perhaps, if World War II had gone differently, a Japanese image.

    • Dave of Kelso says:

      I have no difficulty with the Union Jack (de facto flag of the UK) being in the ‘upper hoist’ of the Australian National Flag (ANF).

      We inherited our Westminster system of government from the Poms, somewhat improved by the Fathers of Federation who studied both the British and American versions of it. Not perfect but pretty good by any measure. The Union Jack in the upper hoist is a reminder of that.

      So to the detractors I say Fuc.. er, Keep your grubby hands off our flag.

      • Achilles says:

        Do your parents know that you are writing on their computer? Its time for your nap and diaper change, when you wake up you may have grown up …. a bit!

        • Al says:

          Achiĺles– “nap” “diaper”– Are you a “septic tank” now? Get your flag out “buddy”

          • Achilles says:

            Good point mate, I have spent many many years living and working across Asia, Latin America and even in the USA. Taking my young family with me most of the time, so yep I pick up some “local” terms.
            Cheers

          • The Magpie says:

            Just as a matter of interest, what word to you suggest instead of nap? That’s been a good old Aussie word (nanna nap, kindy nap) for as long as The ‘Pie can remember – which somedays is way back to yesterday.

          • Al says:

            We used to have a “kip”, or as kids “a lie down”, or an “arvo sleep” for the younger crackers

          • The Magpie says:

            ‘arvo sleep’? Bullshit.

          • Steve, Belgian Gardens says:

            “Let your bounty Take a nap, and I will awake it anon.” – Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

          • The Magpie says:

            Indeed, been around for a while. The way old Willy phrased it (well before Bounty Bars) sound a bit erotic. Was he talking about a dawn breaker.

          • Al says:

            Pie, why say “bullshit”? My family used it often. My old man used “dreckly” often, to mean soon, or not now, maybe tamorra. Grandma used “caesar’s ghost” because she wouldn’t use a swear word. I think instead of “JESUS CHRIST kid you need a smacking”. Harking back to your unfavourable words and expressions, “So” to start a sentence. “Soooo meaningful”, my little granddaughter said. Can I add, Message boy and the Alphabet and Mullet are invited to dip their snouts in my trough any time. Piss trough. Al. (If you don’t want to put this up, It’s fine) Cheers

          • The Magpie says:

            The ‘Pie’s apologies, he now sees you were sincere in your family recollections … and it sure sounds like you needed at arvo sleep after a morning of sloppin’ out the hawgs and banjo lessons.

        • Dave of Kelso says:

          A,
          You have no credible counter argument so you descend to personal attack. Good on you!

  18. I’ll be plucked says:

    Perhaps The Mullet and Lettuce-Leaf Walker can share legal counsel, given their court appearances are scheduled near each other? The Mayor and former deputy Mayor before the courts………WTF!!!

  19. Townsville Shines says:

    BREAKING NEWS!!! The North Australian Festival of Arts has extended its dates to include a short run of the “Punch and Jenny Show” starting on 16 August at the Townsville Court house. Tickets available via Ticketek or livestream on Youtube. All proceeds going towards the TCC black hole of debt.

  20. Elusive Butterfly says:

    Mr. Pie…I note our “Premier In Wanting”, Mr. Crisafulli, didn’t heed your advice and keep his mouth closed about Mr. Walker’s antics.
    And he should’ve.
    His response was, to put it mildly, typically cliched, and, pathetic!

    “The Premier can’t keep being angry, and can’t keep threatening to have a stern talking to somebody, you can actually act as well,” Mr Crisafulli said.

    “Leadership looks like stepping up to the plate and not just saying you’re disappointed about something.”

    He said the Premier should tell Mr Walker to “pack his bags”.

    “Pack his bags?”
    Walker aint’t goin’ anywhere you idiot!

    • The Magpie says:

      Not sure what you’re on about, apart from your obvious partisan position. A small statement, which was probably in reply to a question anyway. And where is the problem in suggesting ‘pack his bags’ – as in be sacked by the Labor Party. Or would that be a bit extreme for your refined tastes?

    • Moment says:

      Could Les regularly provide his ‘out on the town’ schedule or is it only myself starting to feel a little unsafe should we end up in the same venue with only one exit.

      • The Magpie says:

        He’s got form going way back. The ‘Pie had started lampooning him as Messagebank Walker while at the Bulletin, highlighting his refusal to engage with his constituents. As is often the case with some people in public positions, instead of addressing the glaring problem, he just seethed and seethed and several council and Labor contacts suggested The ‘Pie be wary. At the Mooney Mayoral Christmas party about 15 years ago, when Les saw The ‘Pie, he started to make a glassy-eyed beeline for the feathered head, his intentions crystal clear. Fortunately …either for him or The ‘Pie, who was younger then … others who were too well aware of his lack of control on the piss, grabbed his arm and walked him away.

        Les, The ‘Pie is serious with this piece of no doubt unwelcome truth … AA is the only answer, mate.

      • George St says:

        When in Brisbane he usually dines at the Port Office Hotel , so much so the Publican knows him by name . Good restaurant , I would of though a bit fancy for most of the comrades in arms

        https://www.portofficehotel.com.au/

        owned and operator by an ex Bowen lad

    • George St says:

      I though it was pretty good response , drags AP into it and includes her leadership skills in the issue

  21. One legged tap dancer says:

    The question of who is paying for Jenny Hill’s crimminal defence is interesting.
    The argument that she was on her way to work, so her costs should be covered by Townsville City Council or the council’s insurers doesn’t cut it from my experience.
    I have so far had 3 different employers and all three made it clear that if I was caught speeding or breaking the law in my company car I would have to pay the fine.
    To my embarrassment this has occurred on 2 occasions so far and in both cases, when the fine arrived at the office it was handed straight to me to take care of.
    I also can’t imagine any insurance company paying a claim for expenses flowing from someone breaking the law. Should Jenny Hill be cleared of all charges, of course the insurers would have to pay up. But until then they wouldn’t be paying a cent.
    So if her legal costs are being paid by ratepayers we are entitled to know. She can’t claim “Commercial in Confidence”with this one.
    A similar situation exists with Les Walker’s alleged second drunken assault.
    If I had been charged and fined for even one such breach of the law all 3 of my past employers would have shown me the door.
    But Walker is entitled to continue pocketing his taxpayer funded pay at least until the next election, regardless of how many times he gets drunk and assaults someone.
    Politicians certainly are a protected species.

    • The Magpie says:

      The image of a one-legged river speeding conjures up multiple excuses. ‘Officer, it was my phantom leg trying to hit the brakes,’ or ‘I haven’t got a leg to stand on … oh, wait a sec, yes I have.’

  22. Old Tradesman says:

    The hapless duo, the Mayor and the former deputy mayor, have to be shown the door so that this village can move on. In her reply to Phil Thompsons questions she still gave us no answers, and as for the other drunken sod, 3 strikes and you are out, let’s not forget the incident at the casino that the Labor Party covered up and paid the victims dental bills, this constitutes the third strike.

    • The Magpie says:

      But all seems to be catching, Ma Greaney has spectacularly failed the Transparency Test, not to mention the Honesty/Integrity Shoulder Patch.
      Based on Councillor Greaneys skills – with no one turning up – surely she is the right candidate to
      find the Councils new cemetery. She also knows where the bodies are buried.

  23. The Magpie says:

    The perils of posting on social media before going out for a nosh and knock.

    24 hours before this appeared …

    … we were treated the shining insincerity of this FB post.

    Well it hasn’t fallen on deaf ears, Anna has decided to be be kind (to dumb a animal)

  24. Jo Wolenski says:


    I understand the concerns that people have about what their body absorbs. But then, we drive around in closed capsules lined with potentially toxic leaching plastics, in traffic wrapped in a cloud of car emissions. We live in houses built with materials that leach chemical into our air, for years. A dip in the ocean is a swim in elements including fluorine, lithium, arsenic, bromine, strontium, barium.

    The chances of a life threatening blood clot if a person contracts Covid19 is far more likely than a clot from the new, fast tracked vaccines. Its the other quality of life threats of the C19 that I don’t wish for me, family or friends.

  25. The Magpie says:

    Very timely … but why does this remind The ‘Pie of so many Rugby League local ‘experts’ here in Oz?

  26. Critical says:

    So the Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Media Association aka 4K1G goes under special administration through the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations.

    Didn’t take much searching to find that the usual suspects of the Akee, Illin, Ross, Prior and their extended families had a finger in the management of this organisation

    https://register.oric.gov.au/PrintCorporationSearch.aspx?corporationName=&icn=8349

    How many more organisations is this family involved with?

    • The Magpie says:

      This may well be The ‘Pie tech ineptitude, but your link doesn’t say anything That the old bird can see about those you name.

      • Jenny Wren says:

        Re 4K1G
        When you open the ORIC web page link from Critical, on the right hand side there is a link to a list of documents. Open”Notification of a Change to Corporation Officer Details (Published)” and you will see the previous office holders.

  27. Dave of Kelso says:

    Suggestion for banned woke weasel words.

    “Impacted or impacted on”. When used instead of affect.

    “Impacted” in it’s true sense may be applicable to Message Blank the Unmasked.

  28. One legged tap dancer says:

    Mayor Jenny Hill is in Brisbane on “council business” when it is announced on Saturday morning that South East Queensland would go into hard lockdown from 4pm that day.
    Mayor Hill flys back to Townsville goes into quarantine in her home.
    Hope she didn’t have covid when on the plane and in the airport.
    Meanwhile our Premier flys home from her completely unnecessary Tokyo Olympics media opportunity and attendance at the Opening Ceremony and goes into quarantine in a luxury Brisbane hotel.
    But Australian athletes, including multiple gold medal winners, fly home and have to quarantine in Darwin’s basic Howard Springs facility.
    Double standards anyone?

    • Dirty Sanchez says:

      The whole COVID thing is hypocrisy in action. What the fuck is different between an athlete or a politician when it comes to COVID? Nothing. Political scum ruining our livelihoods while they aren’t affected financially and they don’t have to abide by the same rules? We are a piss-weak nation and we should be protesting in the millions.

      • The Magpie says:

        Well, yeah maybe, but … and mind you this is THEORY ONLY … our premiers/prime ministers et al hasve the job of leading the state/country and making major decisions regarding our social life and well-bring (I did say this was theory only), therefore The ‘Pie thinks the office itself deserves some slack, in fact, in a fair society it DEMANDS that our leaders maintain the best circumstances unhindered by certain crap we have to put up with. Yes, some ARE more equal than others in our version of Animal Farm. You can whack on about your egalitarian ideals as much as you like, but they are just that, ideals, that stable door was left swinging in the wind a long time ago. We live in one of the more lopsided economic societies of the past 20 years, but have been fooled by the beads and blankets approach of all parties.And we shouldn’t be surprised … we are so fucking materialistic ‘he’s got two garages and I’ve only got one … not fair.’ ‘Ha, that’s nothing, this one’s got two cars AND a boat’ we are such easy marks for cynical politicians to twist us to their whims which do not work in favour of an equitable society.

    • Achilles says:

      Maybe a “smart” move by our illustrious Mayor , If she’s in Quarantine maybe she can get and E.O.T. for her court appearance!

  29. The Magpie says:

    Is Vogue America seeking a new readership market?

    The ‘Pie has always endorsed bangs over 50 … … ever since Mrs Pengilley, English teacher in class 1A Tamworth High school 1958.

  30. Cantankerous but happy says:

    Just to prove the stock market really is a nuthouse, Magnis technology have managed to suck in some more investors in the USA, this time $20million. They advise $13million will be spent on preparing the USA business for a possible listing on the NASDAQ, and the remainder split between the mine in Tanzania and the battery factory in Townsville. Are these people fucking stupid, there is no battery factory in Townsville, it’s a bare paddock they don’t even own yet, talk about gullible.

  31. NQ Gal says:

    I’m sure it’s not coincidental that Les Walker MP’s flyer hit the letterboxes of Mundingburra residents today. Standard pics of Les in hard hat and high viz pointing at things.

  32. Interested observer says:

    The Townsville Bulletin has resorted to new depths of despair in publishing this piece of low grade crap on its website.
    Are they now so desperate to try and stay relevant that they have to sell subscriptions to the Tinder generation. I have one living next door and she changes her partners more often than she changes her undies – like every night, and sometimes twice a night.
    FFS the Tinder trollops are too busy making acquaintances with anyone/everyone who can’t find a genuine partner to read the Bully.
    Read this and weep:
    https://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/news/townsville-tinders-50-most-unashamed-profiles/news-story/3fa618636d9e4df910f573b111384ebc
    How low can our once great newspaper go?

    • The Magpie says:

      The paper does not seem to understand that its digital sites are its responsibility, too, and just as serious reflection of their editorial integrity as the main publication. In more than five decades as a journalist both here and overseas, The ‘Pie never conceived that he would ever read in a mainstream publication – except possibly a court report – such gratuitously offensive matter like ‘give me a reason to stop cumming (sic) in my socks’ and ‘Let me eat your ass’ … except maybe in a Middle Eastern cookbook.

      Styling themselves as a guide to the grubby demimonde of social media ‘meat’ sites is sign of both desperation for readership and a complete misunderstanding of the paper’s place in this community.

      This graceless publication has again opted for the lowest common denominator in its desperate chase for readers. This has not yet appeared in the printed version at the time of this email, but as they have done in the past, the Bulletin tends to wait a day or two then slip it into print. Maybe Saturday would be a good bet.

      Personally and professionally disgusting. Or is The ‘Pie being too ‘woke’?

  33. Dead fish says:

    There appears to be something definitely fishy about Premier Young’s insistence that people wait for Pfizer. It seems that hubby is paid by Pfizer for speaking engagements, has been on their board, and serves in an advisory capacity..

    https://www.reddit.com/r/NoNewNormal/comments/oxe6kh/welcome_to_australia_where_the_corruption_runs/

    https://www.zoominfo.com/p/Graeme-Nimmo/527223851

    Something certainly smells and it’s not yesterdays kipper

    • The Magpie says:

      The Magpie checked all that before publishing and it appears to be legitimate and the facts are as reported – except of course the conclusion of collusion, not a fact but reasonable to believe. If this is not investigated further, then we may as well just lie back and enjoy the rogering.

    • Prince Rollmop says:

      If this information is true, then Jeanette Young’s position as CMO is untenable. How can this pass the pub test? Absolute conflict of interest. What a fucking joke and a laughing stock and fools Queenslanders are being made out to be. Slippery arssholes keeping their surnames different in an attempt to hide links. What a fucking fraud.

    • Doctor Know says:

      AZ costs ScoMo and his backers (Australian taxpayers) $4 a shot. No profit margin. No money sent to UK developer. Pfizer (share price at record high), HQ NY, costs ScoMo $44 a shot.

      Angler, you might be on to something here.

  34. Jud says:

    Where is the follow up on Les Walker?

    No Ban from Safe Night Precincts?

    No public scrutiny after Anna sent him to the naughty corner?

    No accountability

    No action from the Queensland Police, who seem to have become political lap dogs.

    https://www.police.qld.gov.au/drugs-and-alcohol/police-banning-notices

    • The Magpie says:

      Reasonable questions, but The ‘Pie can answer one: Walker was issued with his second banning notice, operative until August 11.

    • Sam1 says:

      How came you claim there is no action by Qld Police when the muppet has been given a notice to appear in court for assault and disorderly conduct?

  35. Moment says:

    When is there going to be water in that pipe? Watching the local news last night could anyone out there inform the date of completion of that mystery pipeline, pump station or what-ever was promised many moons ago to guarantee a water supply? Yes we need more than an end comment ‘it’s near’. Someone? Please?

    • The (barely) Civil Engineer says:

      In the simplest of terms:
      The original pipeline duplication which was guaranteed to be spewing water before the last council election was not completed (let alone on time or budget) and you still could not get a drop of water out of it. The pump station was not built, the power upgrade was not built, and the crossing of the Haughton River was cleverly made “Stage 1A” so that it was no longer part of the original project.

      All this is moot now that we are on to Stage 2 which we kicked off with great fanfare early last year. There certainly have been a lot of engineering, landowner, and negotiation going on, but it is in the slightest danger of being complete on time – no. Might it be completed on budget – hoe long is a piece of string as there should be money left over from the previous project from the bits we didn’t build, an unknown and poorly defined scope, and an utterly incompetent management team.

      If you want to go down to the TAB and put money on that there will be no water coming out of the new and improved pipe by the scheduled completion date (no one actually knows when that is) you can put $50 on for me.

      • Russell says:

        Is the pipe now continuous across the Haughton, Barely? Serious question as I haven’t seen an announcement. Thanks.

    • NQ Gal says:

      Moment – It looks like “commentary on social media in the past 24 hours about stage two of the Haughton pipeline project” has prompted TCC to send an email out to every address in their database advising the current status. Still no actual construction start or estimated finish dates though!

      Can the Barely Civil Engineer provide any additional information?

  36. Pat Coleman says:

    At the very start, when submissions were called for , for the legislation around councilor complaints and the new assessor, I told them if taken to court it will be found unconstitutional in a number of respects.

    The political things said by councilors for the most part are protected by the freedom of communication. Councils don’t have the protection of privelage like parliaments.

    If councillors take part in a protest even against majority policy this is also constitionally protected and just because you get a fine for civil disobedience doesn’t mean you should be sacked, which is a proportionality issue .

    There are no appeal mechanisms to a court for what are criminal and constitutional matters. This is against ch3 of the constitution cos the high Court is the ultimate arbiter of criminal and constitutional issues .

    Only summaries of these decisions are available if that , and a court must have decisions set out so they can be appealed. This has been set up for party goons to be able to still get jobs nationally and internationally because their history isn’t searchable.

    The tribunal and assessor have been unlawfully invested with judicial power. A matter which the court has dealt with on a few occasions.

    This was drafted by parliamentary counsel subject to privelage and who must under its act, achieve the results the government wants. It’s been set up to fail so years lapse and people walk not facing criminal charges for corruption.

  37. I’ll be plucked says:

    WOKE WORDS! Get rid of weasel-words please. Weasel’s don’t speak, unless of course folks are on ICE, or some other illegal drug of choice! :)

    • Achilles says:

      Origin is quite innocent mate, not the connotation you’ve drawn.
      Best from a Google search.
      The expression first appeared in Stewart Chaplin’s short story “Stained Glass Political Platform” (published in 1900 in The Century Magazine), in which weasel words were described as “words that suck the life out of the words next to them, just as a weasel sucks the egg and leaves the shell”.

      • I’ll be plucked says:

        Thanks Heel for the information. My feathers stand up when politicians use the term, but I guess most of them are experts on weasels! :)

  38. I’ll be plucked says:

    Hillsong leader Brian Houston has been charged with concealing child sex offences, allegedly committed by his father. Isn’t this bloke one of Prime Minister ScMo’s close churchy buddies???

  39. The pink doona says:

    Our illustrious mayor failed again at an attempted an attack on Phil with her tut tutting over the feds rollout.

    Darl, you’re an insignificant mayor, leave it to Premier Young and her sidekick Anastacia.

    I see that Phil is trembling in his boots, not.

  40. Elusive Butterfly says:

    Mr. Pie…hasn’t Prince Mollop got a lovely turn of phrase?
    You sorta wanna take him home to meet mum!

    • Prince Rollmop says:

      Elusive idiot, you don’t like it, then piss off.

    • Jatzcrackers says:

      Elusive B, FFS Prince Rollmop is 110% fucking correct here. I don’t agree with everything he puts up but this is right on the money !
      No disclosure re the conflict of interest from our illustrious State leader and her CHO and they keep on and on with their own agenda dialogue.
      Might be ok in your warped sense of right and wrong Butterfly but this definitely doesn’t pass the pub test as these fuckwits strive to capitalise on fellow humans plight.

    • Achilles says:

      I’d like him to meet my mum………she’s been in ashes for a long time.

  41. Mike Douglas says:

    Our mischievous Mayor trying to deflect away from questions on the $3.6 mil allocated for Riverway pool transferred to the disaster fund . At the same time Riverway was still damaged and unusable the Mayor committed $1.5 mil of Council funds in June 2020 for rainforest lights inline with $7 mil from State Government so where have those funds gone ? . Then the Mayor said Riverway repairs were delayed due to supply problems but all the work at Council Chambers with scaffolding were completed . Councillors and the Mayor have to take responsibility for the loss of the Australian Concerto + vocal competition and any further losses . Has there been a budget announced for the relocation of Thuringow library to Riverway because if Council can’t build a demountable coffee shop for $2 mil what will the relocation and other changes cost ? .

  42. Interested observer says:

    Mayor Jenny Hill has made Townsville the laughing (or crying) stock of Australia.
    People are dying from covid, millions are in lockdown, but Jenny’s main concern is that the slow rollout of vaccine is interfering with her pissant local events.
    Says it all, really.
    And to think, she’s in charge of the local Disastrous Committee.

    • The Magpie says:

      You make the serious error in thinking that the rest of Australia, let alone anywhere else, knows of or gives a FF what Jenny Hill says or thinks. Even if they do know who she is.

  43. Elusive Butterfly says:

    Stop it, Prince Mollop!
    You are such a charmer!

  44. The Magpie says:

    Warning: no matter who you are, don’t fuck around with Fran the Fearless.

    And The ‘Pie uses the word fearless advisedly, because she has become the first local pollie in ages if ever – to actually take it right back to the editor of the all-powerful (ha! he thinks) Townsville Bulletin, and bluntly explain some home truths about what his dwindling number of readers really care about.

    • The Magpie says:

      And it is with great trepidation that The Magpie would venture to scold Fran for an interesting little blooper, but it is surely in her own interests not to cast doubt the mental state of the populace. ‘We are a city of two hundred thousand odd people ….? Well, on the evidence of how they’ve voted in recent mayoral elections, maybe so, but surely you mean ‘two hundred odd thousand’? BTW we’re not quite there yet.

  45. One legged tap dancer says:

    Very impressed that Fran is not only taking on Jenny Hill but also her mate Graig Warhurst.
    If Mr Warhurst is looking for bigger fish to fry he should ask Jenny about how much council cash was gifted to bigger events, such as the Elton John concert, the V8s, and the ongoing contribution to the Cowboys by way of upkeep and maintenance of the new stadium and the Cowboys office, otherwise known as the Centre Of Excellence.
    On the subject of our mayor, anyone who thinks she is planning to stand against Phillip Thompson has to be kidding. She hasn’t got the guts.
    If she is not in jail you can bet she will be angling to be paraschuted into a Labor senate seat.

  46. Maths Man says:

    This is statistically impossible or a miracle;
    “There has not been a death certified due to influenza since late July 2020”

    https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/health/causes-death/provisional-mortality-statistics/latest-release

    Well done ScoMo for eradicating the flu.

    • upagumtreeperson says:

      Maths Man; I checked this fascinating website and I was staggered with the figures. I presume they are accurate? No influenza deaths since 2020!
      ( Influenza deaths masked as COVID?) This could be so, if true, the attention paid by citizens to the use of hand sanitizers is commendable. I would like this idea to be continued after the COVID era. Good idea? Others statistics show that deaths by disease have declined marginally since 2020. Is our health and health system better now that it was in early 2020 despite COVID and are we more aware of taking care of our health and the health of others or is it due to lockdowns? I would like to see the end of lockdowns and the opening up of our nation. Let us get back to a normal life as we knew it. We are responsible for looking after our own health. Get immunized and get going Australia.

  47. Jenny Wren says:

    Hi Magpie, I was mooching around the council website trying to find an answer to a question or two, futile of course, when I came across this:

    Sport & Recreation Committee

    At the Ordinary Council meeting of 27 January 2021, the Sport & Recreation Committee was dissolved and its responsibilities combined with the Community Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability Committee.”

    Anything of interest?

  48. Interested observer says:

    Hi Jenny Wren.
    In the wisdom of Roy & HG (ABC posdcasts): Nothing to see here – move on.
    Or, in the words of Jenny Hill: “Commercial in confidence”.

  49. Elusive Butterfly says:

    Mr. Pie…I presume you’re working on your next positive, posting of prolific …ummm…can’t think of another “P”…but…
    Just checking you’ve seen the successive Page Three, Bulletin apologies…?
    Of course you have…

    • The Magpie says:

      Only the one today. Where are the others? And not much to be made of it, The ‘Pie can hardly take issue with the paper over getting confused by this muddled CHO and her bum-girl Anna.

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