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Sunday, February 6th, 2022   |   183 comments

Unhealthy Behaviour: A Townsville Story That Shows The Need For A Public Service Integrity Overhaul Isn’t Just A Brisbane Matter

For a change, this isn’t about the TCC, it’s about unethical secret squirrel stuff by a local branch of Queensland Health. A whistle-blower rips the Band-Aid off a nasty little ethical scab.

Has Vikki Campion, the Beetrooter’s muse, been caught with her pants down? Metaphorically, this time. Bad timing is a bitch in both politics and journalism

The Bulletin’s unhealthy and unprofessional fixation with recreational grief reached a new low this weekend … quite the worst on several levels for a pitiful policy that’s  become their trademark in recent times.

And they asked for it … Townsville to get its own Monopoly edition, and they want suggestions for inclusion in the local board game … sheer heaven for jokesters, start thinkin’.

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Now onwards.

Jeanette Young Mark 2?

It is difficult to tell what message the Queensland Government is trying to sell right now. Because it is a political sell, but like a dog that has rolled in something … you can smell it, but you can’t quite identify it, no matter how much you wrinkle your nose. As reported last week, the daily media call continues to throw out largely meaningless COVID statistics … detected cases, hospitalisations, numbers in ICU and on ventilators, and sadly, the number of deaths attributed to one or other strain of the virus.  All without any context whatsoever.

Statistics have long been used to baffle and confound the general public, and this is the stage that the Palaszczuk government has now reached … it doesn’t want to be seen to be withholding information, so they just blanket bomb the media with numbers without any context or linking relevance.

And the new state CHO appears to be challenging his predecessor in the goofy stakes. First there was Dr Gerrard’s ruling that apart from accidents,  anyone who had COVID when they died … no matter what other more serious matters are involved and what was actually the primary cause of death … will be counted as a COVID death. Interesting that this was never done with, say, the ‘flu, had we needed to be panicked for some obscure BigPharma/political reason, we’d probably have triple the flu death stats every year.

But this week, Dr Gerrard gets the Well Duh! Award for his reporting of a weird survey on the Gold Coast, the purpose of which remains obscure.

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Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard said the results of the random survey of Gold Coast households conducted over the past two weekends suggested the peak of the current Omicron wave had passed in the region.

He said of the 117 people interviewed in the first stage of the survey on 22 January, 20 tested positive for Covid-19 but 18 did not know they were infected.

When another 143 people were surveyed the following weekend, 11 tested positive to Covid, nine of whom were unaware of their infection.

Dr Gerrard said the results show that “a lot of people that are infected are completely unaware they are infected”.

“There were people walking around the Gold Coast who had no idea they have Covid-19 … hence the importance of masks even when you feel well,” he said.

A lot of infected people don’t know they’re infected, eh? Well, thank you, Captain Obvious. Ever crossed your mind that this is and will remain the case until your government bosses get the RAT tests out there, which could already have been done with just a soupcon of informed vision? What’s the point of this survey drivel if you continue to fail to provide the obvious answer? But not to worry doc, you’ll probably end up in Gov House in a year or two … if Anna hangs on.

Bentley’s suffered a spike in concern this week, when he learnt that our neighbours across the ditch were declaring a let ‘er rip travel policy.

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Bentley’s take on Kiwi-speak reminds The ‘Pie of his daughter’s yarn when travelling there for business some years ago. The customs bloke asked her ’Did you pick this bag yourself?’ to which she merrily replied ‘Well, no actually, it was a birthday present, quite smart really, isn’t it . The bloke just started at her then repeated the question … twice … before dotty dorter realised he was saying ‘pack’.

As the GBS said of Britain and America, we can say about Oz and New Zuland … ‘two nations divided by a common language.’

Seems Premier Alphabet Has Got Her Tits Caught In The Wringer On The Integrity Issue

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And Opposition leader David The Kid Crisafulli is gleefully turning the handle, and has a queue behind him of others wanting a turn or two. And some of them are ex-government heavy hitters. This is all well documented elsewhere and is yet to play out, but it appears that public service ‘keep it in house’ culture is everywhere … including Townsville.

A whistleblower  named Steven contacted The ‘Pie during the week with some interesting information. After checking as best he could, The Magpie is satisfied that Steven’s facts are correct, because although he wishes to remain anonymous for the moment, he has provided in name and contact details to the Nest.

This is his story.

Around 2017, I was involved in an investigation into QLD Health here in Townsville concerning the QH supply department at Markwell Place in the Bohle. 

I have never been comfortable with the outcome of this  investigation, which centred on systematic and long term workplace bullying .
The bones here though are there was a supply manager and a supply supervisor working together to cover up actions of sexual harassment and your typical workplace management bullying over a period over a long period. 
I was neither an investigator or an individual under investigation – I was the whistleblower in the investigation of the warehouse manager and senior supply manager.

I had worked at the QLD Health Supply Dept for 10 years and had constantly been subjected to consistent bullying from the previously mentioned managers. This is not a personal vendetta, everyone under their level suffered. This culture was allowed to be accepted by senior management looking the other way.

I understand that facts are what are needed most when it comes to allegations. The culture of this workplace made sure any factual complaints were quickly turned to allegations through fear of repercussions. The investigator spoke to each of us individually and we were informed by Human Resources not to discuss any part with work colleagues. The only reason the supply manager came undone was because  images of a female employee posing in her underwear were found  on his QLD Health-provided computer.

The response from QLD Health basically was ‘shut the fuck up’ and to make it worse, he was taken from what was essentially a private workplace to a position in a public hospital.

When the investigation was launched, we had 15 staff members stand up and volunteer information – that is an indication of serious the matter was. BUT it was in this very same meeting  that, the General manager, upset that investigators had been called in,  actually said “Next time can we keep this local”? QLD Health interviewed several employees using an “independent” investigator.  The only response I have ever received from QLD Health was “The matter has been dealt with”.  And that was two  years later, in 2019.

As I said at the outset, I have always been – to put it politely – uncomfortable with this outcome, and have decided to speak out now because of the changing attitude towards unethical and corrupt behaviour in pockets of the public service. I understand that people involved will readily known who I am, but it seemed now is the right time and it’s the right thing to do.

Good for you Steven, and please stay in touch about any developments, although all anyone is likely to get is exactly what you got – ‘this matter has been dealt with’. Which simply is not good enough.  How do we know it has, and more importantly, how has it been dealt with?  Or is the old ethical truism not apply to you lot … justice must not only be done, but must be seen to be done?

Seeing Justice – Or Decency – Done Is Obviously Not The Bulletin’s Concern

Impossible as it seems, the paper plumbed new depths of mawkish and maudlin reporting this weekend, with a massive overreach on what should have been a respectful and relatively low key story – the anniversary of Jennifer’s Board’s death. It is difficult to understand how this newspaper believes that a continual rolling roster of stories of ‘recreational grief ‘… stories of sad and untimely deaths of people that 99% of readers would not even know. … command so much space in the Bulletin. A small sample.

Rec grief stories Screen Shot 2021-12-20 at 10.09.01 am And the anniversary ploy is simply cynical lazy journalism, if it’s that at all. This was year ago, and sure, difficult for the family, but that has nothing whatsoever to do with a daily newspaper.
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It would be interesting to see the focus group comments that has led the paper to believe that a constant diet of what is essentially sad and private matters will satisfy some sort of public appetite.

But certainly, the circumstances surrounding the death of Jennifer Board death have been worthy of much wider coverage, going deeply as it does into related issues of great concern in this community. But this weekend, the paper decided to give extraordinary over-the-top coverage to this matter.

A digital edition teaser …

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… a front page …

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…an inside two page spread …

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… an editorial (oh, got god’s sake!) …

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And a greatly disrespectful cartoon that compares the unfortunate and deeply regretted death of a single young woman with the tens of thousands of Australian war dead, even using words that are sacred to a single purpose for all Australians. You should be ashamed, Harry.

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All of it, but particularly this last one,  which is just disgusting,  is a massive misjudgement of a paper clearly out of touch with the majority of the community they are ‘for’. And it also bolsters the likely taxpayer burden of a ‘change of venue’ trial for the man charged with her murder.

Deeply embarrassing … and to a point, undignified to Jennifer’s memory.

An aside: The ‘Pie doesn’t understand how the accused can be charged with murder, which involves a central motive of intent to kill. Perhaps this will never get to trial, and the driver will plead to manslaughter … if he does, the price of petrol will probably $10 a litre by the time he gets out.

Standing By Her Man … Well, Kinda ..

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It has been a long standing argument between The ‘Pie and a respected journo chum about you really writes Vikki Campion’s Saturday column, which is syndicated across all News Ltd platforms, including our own Astonisher. The ‘Pie has always contended that News giving Vikki her own weekly column was a not-so hidden ploy to give the Nats their column in News without appearing to be currying favour.  The column is not exactly full of surprises, but often crisply written viewpoints leaning only one way. The chum insists it is all her own work, but The Pie’s money, Vikki remains a paid shill for the Nats AND also getting a nice little earner from News to keep the sandpit full of toys.

However, Magpie chum strangely cited this weekend’s column as  proof of her authorship, because she got seemingly got stuck into the ‘cowardly’ Lib pollie who revealed Gladys Berejiklian’s unflattering character reading of Smirko.

Huh??  Don’t think so, with the old axiom that timing can be a real bitch in politics as in anything else.

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I read that very differently, and have been pondering ever since if Vikki (let’s say she wrote this one, but there are doubts as you will see) was caught out by a deadline – national columns usually have to be in by early am Thursday by memory, not that I ever wrote one… did she write before the Beetrooter himself was outed …. or did she know all along – possibly even having urging the Beetroot at the time to give Ms Higgins his condolences as her bit towards female solidarity. Was the column a thinly disguised standing-by-her-man if you but read between the lines?  Well, this sentence is a bit of a tell tale: ’To be a backbencher and hold a particular view is one thing, but to be bound by cabinet solidarity and swear allegiance to the executive and wilfully divulge a personal belief that denigrates the Prime Minister breaches convention.’

The thing to remember here is that at the time Barnaby sent his third person message, he was a backbencher forced out of both as DPM and Nats leadership spots for getting Vikki herself to spread ‘em for him on the parliamentary office Axminister. So she was basically saying her beloved lump was the much lesser evil than the dastardly Liberal (she makes a party point of that) rat.

And then this: ‘What you privately disclose in the heat of the moment is often markedly different to the cold, calculated action of leaking it for the purposes of the leaker’s own advancement by bringing others down.’ The dog whistle there is clear: my bloke didn’t leak his a damaging message (even he’s not that dumb) like this other Liberal scoundrel – so my man is not in the dastardly league as Rat Anon, but actually a victim, sort of.

But the real kicker – which it could be argued does in fact bring the authorship of the column into question – is this: ‘Venting about someone, particularly a “boss” when under pressure, has been the single most common activity, of every culture, of every country of every human on the planet. It would be far stranger if Australian parliamentarians didn’t do it. It is one thing to leak your thoughts, but another entirely to reveal someone else’s messages to the media – not to expose public rorting or corruption nor crime, but inflict reputational damage and bring down another person in the collateral (damage).”

No, sorry old journo chum, this column was about nothing else but Barnaby being outed and looking for excuses, the Anon Rat was just a lucky timely event. And at the very least, the column was definitely ‘vetted’ by the Beetrooter’s spin unit, and probably with Vikki in the Joyce family jacuzzi. (EEEKK!! Grab a wire brush to scrub that image from your eyeballs!!).

And loved that twaddle about  such venting being ‘the single most common activity, of every culture, of every country of every human being on the planet’. Don’t get too much of in say, Saudi Arabia, Russia, China, Myanmar and places like Idi Amin’s old Ugandan stamping ground, stamping ground in this instance  being a football stadium in Entebbe for pointing out the mistakes of wayward venters.

Stuff

‘Stuff’ will be an occasional item in the Nest featuring useless but interesting stuff The ‘Pie has come across in  the long hours before the screen each week … the old bird is enticed into many hollow cyber tree trunks, and learns things he never thought of seeking out.

This week:

**a fly has a life span of 28 days.

**Darwin only became Darwin in 1911, previously it had been Palmerston BUT Port Darwin was named in honour Charles Darwin in 1839, when the Beagle made its second trip m(sans Darwin himself).. And the man who gave it the name? … John Clement Wickham, a name connected to Townsville, but that’s for another time.

**And Name of the week:

Cat Riddle

Communications Officer

Queensland Tourism Industry Council

Uses a moggie mobile?

The Magpie

(Wheeze, snortle, chuffle … hahahahaha oh, spare me,gasp, wheeze)
Talk about leading with your bloody chin!! What manna from heaven for we Nesters.


Townsville’s answer to Jimmy Olsen, Leighton Smith tells us today that Townsville is to get its own version of Monopoly featuring local ‘features’ . He tells us: ‘The edition will see locally themed squares replace Mayfair and Park Lane from the original London Monopoly board and include a customised Community Chest and Chance playing cards, making the entire game an authentic reflection of Townsville. Speaking on behalf of Winning Moves, manufacturers of the official Townsville Monopoly board under licence from Hasbro, Dale Hackett said the game would be on shelves of leading toy retailers as early as October.’

BUT WAIT FOR IT, WAIT FOR IT …

“To ensure the ideal locations were selected, he called for Townsville locals to have their say on which locations should appear on the game board. We want to create a board that reflects what locals love most about their hometown,” said Monopoly licensee spokesman Mr Hackett said.”

Are you sure you want that, Mr Hackett?

What a gift for Magpie Nesters, The ‘Pie invites you folks to have the first crack with helpful suggestions,  the ‘Chance’ and ‘Community Chest’ cards are fertile ground for the real flavour of the town, and utilities will surely include a leaky sewerage plant, and properties will include Wulguru mansions with shit covered backyards.  The Les Walker Chance card tells you ‘get knocked down, do not pass out, go directly to parliament.’  And then there’s the Aaron Harper card: collected $500k, and then leave the game.

The Astonisher’s Astonishing Clairvoyance.

Psst, want a sure thing to put a few dollars on? Ask the the person who runs the News Ltd’s competitions.

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But always read the small print, in this case, this bit at the bottom.

Aust (excl WA) residents 18+ onlv. Starts 5/02/22. 12:01 am (AEST). Ends 20/02/22. 11:59 pm (AEST). Winners drawn 23/01/22. 12:00 pm (AEST) at Unit 40. 1-5 Thew Parade. Cromer NSW 2099.

First time in living memory that this mob has been ahead of events.

Jamie Oliver Has Ordered A Dozen Each Of These …

…. because he thinks they’re ‘lubberly’. But the Pommy importer after a quick quid from the Queen’s upcoming platinum jubilee didn’t think so when he saw the Chinese manufacturer’s  shipment.

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This has to be the Lost In Translation cock-up of the century so far, but guess what? The ‘Pie recockons these could sell for a premium, they will definitely become a collectors item. Worth nlots of lubbly jubbley lolly.

The Untied States Of America

Disunity is proving a potent weapon in the USA,  it will be interesting to see if a few warlike skirmishes in eastern Europe against Vlad Trump … or is that Donald Putin … will cheer up the national mood. But TFG (as twitter terms The Former Guy) remains the wraith hanging over the haunted White House. But seems the exorcist is about to come on the scene.

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And Finally …The ‘Pie has ordered a couple of new T-shirts …

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183 Comments

  1. Lorna says:

    Not only is the Queen insulted with celebrating a “jubbly” ( I can now hear that ancient jingle in my head “lubly jubbly; lubly jubbly orange drink”) but the heraldic creature on our right (her left) looks remarkably like a “my little pony,” children’s toy. Oh dear, how did no-one proof read it first? – Please reveal that it’s just a joke!

    • The Magpie says:

      Would the BBC lie, Lorna? Ask them, you’re closer than we are. The Chinese stated the somewhat obvious reason of ‘an error in translation.’ The perpetrator of which is now no doubt transitioning to a new life.

  2. Mike Douglas says:

    Another week in Townsville watching the grass grow and T.C.C.,s Ceo putting his finger in the dike trying to plug Councils holes impacted by the Nous report he also had his fingers in . There has been no media on other Queensland Councils so surely it cant only be Team Hills ? . Rates notices must be “non essentials ” because they are late but dont worry , payment has been extended unti 17+18 th March . Will Council need to borrow any $ to get them thru ? . No need as there are plenty of projects that they Council announced but havnt done + $ 9 mil windfall on Townsvilles improved economic outcomes but thats another Council announcement .

    • Ducks Nuts says:

      I believe there are some staffing issues in the rates department. The rates coordinator isn’t very useful and people aren’t cross trained. God I miss the pre Nous days before things got made more efficient.

      • Alahazbin says:

        Don’t worry Ducky. They’re cross training the parking inspectors as we speak. With the new fangled meters, they will have more time to help in the rates dept.

        • Ducks Nuts says:

          The poor parking inspectors. I actually feel sorry for them. They get told last about the changes..they then have to enforce them. And everyone hates on them when they do their job. Go hate on the stupid Mayor and those brainless idiots that got voted in to supposedly represent the community.

  3. Tomato paste says:

    The drivel that Vicky Crampion posts is nothing more than an avenue to heap praise on the Nationals, particularly Beetroot Head Joyce, sponsored by those in the media with leanings away from the Libtards. Nobody takes her rambling seriously, I mean how could they as she is a nothing whose claim to fame was to lie down on the job.. Whatever her weekly views are amount to copious amounts of rooster booster and should be spread evenly over the backyard tomorrow over her beetroot plants as that is about all that her musings are good for.

    • The Magpie says:

      Comment slightly amended to keep nicknames consistent.

    • The (barely) Civil Engineer says:

      Who would think that adulterously rooting a journalist could have such positive political results? In most workplaces letting the boss stuff your goose gets everyone sacked, here it gets one the deputy dog job, and the other a national newspaper column. I chose the wrong profession.

    • Grumpy says:

      TP – she was a journalist, no doubt The ‘Pie can tell us how good a one. Therefore, her credentials go a little further than what you crudely suggest.

      • The Magpie says:

        Vicki Campion was a good enough journalist to get a job in the office of a senior Australian government minister, an area not keen on work experience pimples … and she didn’t get that for any other reason beyond professional adequacy and a pleasant disposition. Certainly her mildly Rubenesque presence would not have done her any harm … well, at least not until later, when it caught someone’s lustful eye.

  4. m'lud says:

    The first part of the definition below is why it is murder

    Section 18 of the Crimes Act defines murder as causing another person’s death

    with reckless indifference to human life or
    with the intent to kill or inflict grievous bodily harm or
    in an attempt to commit a crime punishable by imprisonment for 25 years or more.

    This definition of murder encompasses the situation where a person kills another person intentionally or recklessly as well as the situation where a person kills another person in the process of committing a serious offence, such as rape or robbery.

    https://www.gotocourt.com.au/criminal-law/nsw/murder-and-manslaughter/

  5. Prince Rollmop says:

    Queensland’s Chief Potato Officer, who is Peter ‘potato head’ Duttons twin, John Gerrard, is simply parroting a narrative that is designed to keep those who put trust (have been captured by spin and bullshit) in the Pallet’of’shit government, distracted from other events. In the political world DISTRACTION is a well used and important tool. We currently have an inept and hated State government, our finances are deep in the shit, massive integrity issues have erupted, and the State government has had its ass whipped by the Federal government on issues such COVID quarantine facilities, health funding etc. Queen Anna is using the ‘keeping Queenslanders safe’ routine to distract people from other issues.

    • The (barely) Civil Engineer says:

      The CPOs infatuation with waves shows how out of touch with science he is. In most mediums, waves do not act in isolation but either have their impact accumulate when they collide or cancel each other out. His simplistic picture of individual waves gently braking on the shore is a silly as it is wrong.

      There are many different COVID waves, variants and combinations sloshing around the world and his views demonstrate he’s not much of a scientist, let alone a political entity.

  6. Cynical Cricket says:

    The education department treat problems the same way as the health department.
    Numerous times over the years staff (especially principals) are moved to another school when they have out stayed their welcome at a school.
    Example: Staff and parents have made numerous complaints to district office regarding a bullying, incompetent principal. Departments answer after a few years; principal gets to transfer to another school which they have subsequently wrecked.
    There are numerous stories like this around the state.
    No matter how bad they are, it’s easier to just move them on.
    No wonder the eduction system is stuffed.

    • Grumpy says:

      …and some of them become politicians.

    • Steve says:

      Cynical cricket, in your comment you mention the education department move staff to another school if they have outstayed their welcome. Would love to hear any personal stories to back this up. Have you had personal experiences with the Education Department?

  7. Hotel baron says:

    Townsville Monopoly
    Community Chest: you have won $200 to contribute towards having raw sewerage vacuum-pumped out of your backyard

  8. Cantankerous but happy says:

    Why are there people in this country who think the defence force is nothing more than a scab labour workforce to be asked to do the grubby work that many themselves don’t wont to do, why is their opinion of the defence force personnel so low, why do they think defence force personnel are unskilled garbage to be called upon whenever a problem arises they are to inept to fix themselves. The call to send in defence personnel to evacuate a nursing home is the most disgusting thing I have heard in a long time, what the fuck is wrong with the people running this country.

    • The Magpie says:

      Anyone who thinks defence force personnel are ‘unskilled garbage’ should get hold of the entrance requirements and tests if available for enlistment and see how they get on. As for the evacuation, it would always be a skilled and disciplined operation, with no headless chooks, so don’t fully agree with your assessment … and The ‘Pie most CERTAINLY DISAGREES with your weird statement that evacuation of vulnerable people from an unsafe environment is ‘grubby work’.

      • The (barely) Civil Engineer says:

        I’d have to agree Magpie, the logistics and humanity involved in shifting a large group of elderly and sick individuals would be huge. Much rather the ADF who can and do move lots of people around with great skill, rather than TCC (due to budget concerns we left them stacked in a drainage ditch), Sunbus (the service was cancelled) or QAS (all our ambulances are parked at TTH) .

      • Cantankerous but happy says:

        The health dept should be moving them, not the ADF, why the hell would the ADF be called on to do it. When I served I despised being called on to do garbage out in the community, so did everyone I served with, so does my son and his mates who serve now and others who still serve today, they are trained to shoot people and blow things up, not man state run check points and walk around beside police, it’s a disgrace. It’s actually abuse of a workforce who can’t say no, you are trained to take orders and so you have to, no matter how much you despise it you do it. People are abusing that structure knowing the troops can’t say no, it’s a disgrace.

        • The Magpie says:

          So today’s young soldiers would ‘despise’ safely moving – and thus saving the lives – of one of the most vulnerable sectors in the community during an unprecedented pandemic? In fact, they would rank them as ‘garbage’ they weren’t trained to save … they’re killers and not fit for purpose for anything else, eh? Might it not give these mainly young men a perspective on why they are trained to kill people overseas, a look and pride in their worthwhile society that gives them deadly licence?

          Cankers, we know you get pretty robust at times, but cannot imagine what possessed you to post such an generalised and insulting assessment of today’s frontline defence forces. Soldiers have always given tasks they despise, yet do them because obeying borders is their job. And the blokes The ‘Pie accompanied on the heavy duty clean-up after Cyclone Larry were joking almost singing on the job, proud to be pitching in.

          You out of Ritalin?

          • Cantankerous but happy says:

            You are missing the point Pie, it is the ADF personnel who are disgusted with the way they are being treated at the moment, what they have been asked to do over the last two years is a disgrace, and the large amounts of personnel who have left the service in the last two years clearly represents that. My son is another looking to get out and most of of his mates who went though training together have all left in the last 6 months, disgusted by the way they have been treated over the last couple of years. Of course they are happy to help out in cyclones, floods etc but the meaninglessness garbage many of them have had to do over the last two years is a joke. This country can’t keep having this stupid “ send in the army” mentality everytime something fails.

          • The Magpie says:

            ‘…meaningless garbage’ like what … except the disgraceful border duty?

          • Cantankerous but happy says:

            You can compound the border force fiasco times 3 or 4 occasions for most of them, and each time it was followed by 2 weeks of hotel quarantine to get back home to Qld, my son spent 6 weeks in hotel quarantine over 3 seperate occasions, some others had 4 or 5 turns, did their heads in, just a fucking disgrace, treated like absolute fucking garbage by this Govt. Then on two occasions home for less than a week and sent straight out on excercise, looking after troops who hadn’t handled weapons in months, just a disaster waiting to happen, safety thrown out the window. No other workforce would have to cop the abuse that diggers have had to take over the last two years, in the end many just rebelled and said if you send me away again I won’t go and you can kick me out, they didn’t give a fuck anymore. So the constant calls of let’s send in the army are made by ignorant arseholes who never stop to consider the individual, abused and fucked over like no other workforce in the country, no extra pay, no overtime, not even any leave in the short book in return for dozens of weekends lost, nothing. So next time you all want to send in the army for some garbage remember the fucked over digger, who actually has to get the job done, they are getting nothing, it’s why thousands are getting out.

          • The Magpie says:

            Crikey, might after chop the last two words of your moniker mate.

      • Sergeant Gunny Highway says:

        Defence personnel are the perfect tool to reign in law and order, provide relief for communities devastated by national disaster, co-ordinate rebuilding and so on. It’s also good training for personnel in preparation for war. That’s what we are trained to do. I mean, we don’t really get to kill on home soil, but our job in recent decades is to blow the shit out of countries overseas and then participate in rebuilding efforts. It’s a win win for western countries.

        • The Magpie says:

          You old prankster, Private Popgun … thought we wouldn’t notice that in a seemingly (and surprisingly) sane comment, you slipped in ‘law and order’ (NB it’s ‘rein in’). Very droll, written by a perfect tool.

  9. Elusive Butterfly says:

    Mr. Pie, I am confused…again!
    Has Dolan gone walkabout, has Rupert banned John Ring from the Bulletin…or both?
    As far as I can ascertain, the last time Labor’s Herbert candidate appeared in the Bulletin was September, 29.
    Admittedly, his campaign… “A Vote for Phil Thompson, Is a Vote for Scott Morrison”, should be enough to win him a landslide, but, then, who knows in Townsville?
    We all voted for a Labor council that is a train wreck and three State Labor MPs who take the words … incompetent and ineffective… to new lows!

    • The Magpie says:

      The ‘Pie reckons the stark fact here is that we are not in any official election campaign yet, because when that happens, there are legal implications about fair balance in terms of space and time given each candidate. But until then, the Astonisher is under no obligation to seek out Mr Ring’s opinion on anything. However, doubt the paper would not publish anything of substance from him, if such came to hand. But of course, ‘substance’ is a matter of opinion, and since the paper is carry the bucket and towel for Phil, they won’t go out of their way to do so. Considerations of what is in the community’s interest comes a distant second to what is perceived to be in the paper’s interests, so not only to do they figure Phil is the winner in Herbert, the Bulletin’s masters in Sydney will have given riding orders on federal political coverage, which are glaringly obvious – keep Smirko in The Lodge. For instance, can you imagine for one minute that Mrs Albanese would be given a full page weekly column in all News publications?

      • Hugh Jarse says:

        There is no Mrs AnAl Pie. Last week AnAl said in media he lived with his 21 year old son and didn’t know, when asked how much a box of tampons was. There is I believe a girlfriend beaver, but not sure who she is this week! :)

        • The Magpie says:

          Jodi heydon, have replied elsewhere to this point made by the imaginatively restricted. The ‘Pie maintains his basic point, so why don’t you just think of her as Mrs Metaphoric.

          And let’s hope this is the first and last time the words Anal Pie are run together … ain’t that sort of site, Tinkerbell.

    • Dave of Kelso says:

      This morning on daily walk saw for the first time two John Ring campaign signs on a fence fronting Riverway Drive. It has started.

  10. Elusive Butterfly says:

    And then, Mr. Pie, it does pose the question…just what has Phil done over the past three years, apart from attack our darling Mayor and the three clowns?
    Has he been purely, reactive and, never, proactive?
    I’d state the former!
    Slight suggestion Phil, my boy!
    Get that bible-basher (the PM) to guarantee $1.5m to create a tourism-only, that’s very important, marketing organisation for Townsville…as against Townsville Enterprise’s pathetic attempts to promote tourism (and industry) in the region, relying upon the Council’s $700,000 grant and a band of inexperienced amateurs.
    Employ local people who know, and have experience in tourism promotion (I’m available Phil), re-badge Townsville and change the face of this city … despite the desperate protestations of the despotic Mayor!
    You now, have the power Phil…use it, or lose it!

    • The Magpie says:

      Hmmm, posted at 3.34pm on a sluggish Sunday afternoon, couple of hours after a hearty lunch. Figures.

    • F Wit says:

      You’re available Butter-FLOG?!! To to WHAT exactly?

    • Critical says:

      Elusive Butterfly, I agree with you as I can’t find any issues that he has addressed proactively, most are reactive actions including addressing issues related to his powerbase the ADF and veterans. if you look at the majority of the funding that he claims that he has secured for Townsville, you will find that it is linked to the planning of the bureaucracy. I had high expectations of Phil Thompson but no longer so it looks like I’ll be studying the independents to work out which independent to vote for.

      • Mike Douglas says:

        Critical , Elusive Butterfly , so the new Mental health clinic Walker st ( funded by Feds ) has nothing to do with Phil . The NAIF funding Mater hospital car park , JCU student accommodation , Airport upgrade , Cowboys school of excellence , mil $ local contracts defence , $150 mil Haughton stage 2 , $75 mil Port of Townsville would have happened if Labor held Herbert . How about the GBRMPA signing as anchor tenant to get the Hive happening when Council promised but failed . So your reasoning that Scomo should tip in to promote tourism is because Council and State Government are so bad and cant .

        • The Magpie says:

          Agreed, Mike and the PM has more or less met Flutterby’s tourism wishes with the announcement of a lazy billion to ‘save the reef and its connected jobs’
          Great … but, but, but whoa on a sec, here’s the question Smirko should answer but hasn’t been asked (as far as The ‘Pie knows) … just which organisation(s) will get to handle the lolly? Kinda important that we know who the Coalition will shower with our dollars.
          Remember this.

          • The Magpie says:

            Hey, The ‘Pie’s got an idea … he doesn’t have 6 employees, just one – himself – so there’s an economy straight away … so why not drop the billion into the Nest, and we’ll all be happy as clown fish. Might. Get Peter Ridd to do a bit of research, and hold back on spending too much until he completes his five-year study.

            That’s how it’s done folks, stop laughing.

          • Alahazbin says:

            Pie, that GBRF was/is headed up by a woman whose surname was Entsch. Don’t know if any relation to the Federal member up there. And wasn’t there a push for the money to be returned.

          • The Magpie says:

            Don’t know about returned, but maybe it was never allocated.

            Anyone?

          • Alahazbin says:

            Great Barrier Reef Foundation Logo.png
            Formerly
            Great Barrier Reef Research Foundation
            Type
            Non-profit
            Industry
            Environmentalism
            Founded
            19 November 1999; 22 years ago in Newstead, Queensland, Australia
            Headquarters
            Australia
            Area served
            Australia
            Key people
            John Michael Schubert AO (Chairman)
            Anna Catherine Marsden (Managing Director)
            Revenue
            Decrease AUD$ 7,715,306[1] (2017)
            Operating income
            Increase AUD$ -1,339,246 (2017)
            Net income
            Increase AUD$ -1,339,246 (2017)
            Total assets
            Decrease AUD$ 3,297,679 (2017)
            Members
            127
            Number of employees
            6 (2017)
            Website
            barrierreef.org
            2018 Government grant controversy Edit

            In 2018 the Turnbull Government announced an unprecedented AUD$443 million grant to the foundation. The grant was met with backlash and questions of corruption, as the grant was not properly tendered and failed to follow transparency rules.[5][6] The Australia Broadcasting Corporation noted that when the government awarded the foundation the grant, it had just 6 full-time employees, whereas the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, another organization working in the same field, had over 200 full-time employees.[7] They also noted that the grant’s decision was made after a private closed-door meeting between Malcolm Turnbull, Josh Frydenberg, and the foundation’s chair, and that there was no competitive process for this grant.[7] The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the organization refused to disclose its founders, which included shale oil developer Ian McFarlane, and asbestos magnate John B. Reid.[8]

          • The Magpie says:

            Is any official body tracing where and how the money is spent, if it was ever allocated by the government?

    • Addled says:

      Elusive, Phillip Thompson has been proactive in supporting the Lansdown eco-industrial precinct. He has succeeded in urging his government to match a $12m funding package from the Queensland government to push $24m into infrastructure development at Lansdown and has backed the development of a solar farm and ‘green’ hydrogen facility out at the Flinders Highway site. Strangely, despite an imminent federal election and him sitting on the remains of a $195m pork barrel, Phil has gone silent. Nothing to see here? Suddenly wants to be a small target? Makes you wonder eh?

  11. Addled says:

    Magpie, far from me to tell grandma how to suck eggs but “Mrs Albanese”?

    • The Magpie says:

      Saying Jodi Heydon would make the whole thing too cumbersome. And The’Pie is sure Carmel Tebbut didn’t mind the basis of the observation.

  12. Jimmy Olsen says:

    And the anniversary ploy is simply cynical *lazy journalism*, if it’s that at all.
    “This was year ago, and sure, difficult for the family, but that has nothing whatsoever to do with a daily newspaper.”

    • The Magpie says:

      Yes? What are you on about, LSD?

      • Jimmy Olsen says:

        You accuse “lazy journalism” then follow it up with a sentence that was complete unintelligible garble. Good work fixing the errors and trying to pass it off like I’m the one on LSD.
        Rocks. Glass houses.

        • The Magpie says:

          And which bits are you referring to? That’s ‘completely’, btw, since there is no comma. Therefore it refers to unintelligible, not garble. And great job responding to the criticism by saying the writer is somehow deficient … is that all you’ve got? Really, I mean, is that all you’ve got?

  13. Jenny Wren says:

    The TCC crime fighting campaign?
    Someone came along after my rubbish bin was emptied last week and changed my perfectly sturdy green lid on the bin for a thin bright red one with TCC Crimestoppers and their 1800 phone number on it. Now that should reduce the crime rate no end.

    On the mowing front, I emailed the council a couple of years ago and asked why the mowing machines were out in the Mindham Park floodway when it hadn’t rained for months and was told it was because they were contractors and had to mow every contracted number of weeks whether there was grass or not.

  14. Elusive Butterfly says:

    Purpose Mr. Pie?
    Make Townsville Enterprise… a waste of fucking time, effort and money.
    Which…it already is!

  15. Ralph says:

    Mal, I’d never heard of the bloke Col Allan until his name was mentioned here, so I was haveing a look at Criky last week and came across an old story (2000) on Col Allan, in fact he worked at Criky long time ago, well after reading the story, he is a real piece of work. The story is under the heading Col Allan: Will Sunday reveal what he does in the sink. A good read and he was pissing in the sink in his office, take care Ralph.

  16. Terry Who says:

    Must have been a quiet week. Not a word about Ms Hill. Has she gone on holidays again.

  17. Beetrooter says:

    So apparently the Beetrooter can’t offer up his resignation to the PM, he has to offer it to the National party. So the Nationals are meeting this afternoon, and it would appear that cardboard cutout Michael McCormack is keen to to make a move on the Beetrooter. I love how these fuckwits have all this available time to spend trying to pinch each other’s jobs, meanwhile our economy is fucked and the mismanagement of COVID is fracturing our Country.

    • The Magpie says:

      As an individual, The Beetroot can offer … or simply hand in … his resignation as DPO and refuse Smirko refusal. Surely he’s toast in the Nats anyway he goes about it, but he still had the integrity card … hahahaha … just jokin’.

      • The Magpie says:

        Meanwhile, the member for The Death Star gets ready for action … but will he jump the gun?

      • Achilles says:

        Don’t forget Bill Hayden: Hawkie was shafted by Richard Carlton asking “what’s it like to have blood on your hands”?

        • The Magpie says:

          One of the great moments in television, remember it well, only time Hawke totally lost his cool in an ambush. Silly reaction, too, could easily have thrown it back at Carlton, and defused the jibe. Instead, it is now legend.

  18. We're Mugs or Martyrs? says:

    Between September ’21 and January this year, Townsville car thefts almost doubled and break-ins rise 151 per cent (TB 7/2), but depending on your perspective:
    – “We fear for our police, we fear for our members of the community” (ABC Nth Qld 8/9/21)
    – “Specialised bail prosecutors were an integral part of keeping offenders in custody” ….”new youth bail legislation is working” (TB 7/2/22)

    • The Magpie says:

      The answer to that question of your name: we will be martyrs if continue to be mugs … especially at the ballot box.

  19. Boned says:

    Maybe Justin Langer will apply for a Federal seat? He has integrity, and he is familiar with being screwed for doing a good job. Top candidate I reckon.

    And on a seperate note, look at the Cricket Australia board. A bunch of softcocks from big industry, and politics, running Australian cricket into the shitter. Morons.

  20. The Magpie says:

    Memo Smiley Miles:

    All earthquakes start with a distinct vibration – let’s call it a ‘vibe’.


    • Simile says:

      Hubris is indeed a dangerous thing whether its illusions of superiority, narcissism, groupthink, Dunning Kruger effect, or in the case of the State Labor Government all of the above.

      You should keep quiet and let the balloon get even bigger.

  21. SeaDawg says:

    Borders are opening to international tourists in 2 weeks.

    Great to see the Port of Townsville already locking in cruise ships for Townsville
    https://shipping.townsville-port.com.au/ with the Star Breeze due on 14 November http://www.windstarcruises.com/ships/star-breeze/ and Sea Bourn Odyssey due 29 November http://www.seabourn.com/en_US/cruise-ships/seabourn-odyssey/2.html

    Can’t wait to see tourists back in the city and on the Island

    • The Magpie says:

      Hmmm … actually looks like you’ll have to wait a bit.

    • Seaman Staines says:

      I wonder how the department of agriculture, water and environment staff are going to handle doing inspections? After all, in Townsville at least, they all work from home (cough cough….work) and they are all too busy kissing management asses and celebrating diversity, LGBQT and weirdo’s in the workplace shit. Apparently the executive level is a complete failure and the idiots who call themselves secretary’s, assistant secretary’s and first assistant secretary’s are living in La La land and have no idea how fucked up the place is. Industry is receiving a disservice and some serious money is being lost due to the departments incompetence.

  22. Steve says:

    Magpie, thank you for taking the time to listen and add my story to your page.

    There was so much more that happened that was included in the investigation but the images of the scantily clad co-worker found on the work computer was apparently the only thing found. Funny that.

    (The other person who was under investigation, the suspended warehouse manager, passed away while waiting for an outcome.)

    I have never been so forced to use the word allegedly so much in my life as I did back then. Even though I had witnessed many of these events myself. I felt that the only way for anything to happen was to go outside the normal QLD Health preferred channels and contact the AWU.

    I had to encourage some fellow workmates to come with me and that was not easy but as the momentum picked up so did the numbers. So you can imagine the massive kick in the guts we all felt when the outcome was reached, just the letters saying it had be resolved, none of us received any solid information. (I have copies of the letters announcing the investigation, and two years, later, the second on closing it with no information.)

    In fact, the only way we found out about that the senior supervisor being moved to the hospital was from the inhouse truck drivers who had the ‘pleasure ‘of dealing with him at the loading dock.

  23. NQ Gal says:

    Weeks after being told that the Health Department weren’t doing contract tracing anymore, the plebs have officially been told that you now don’t need to check in to any establishment where you don’t have to also show your vaccinated tick.

    Has anyone scanned in anywhere they didn’t have to for the past 8 weeks?

    Thanks Nanna.

    • Addled says:

      Most of us “plebs” were perfectly happy our elected government enforced a lockdown, pursued contact tracing and even closed the border – until the Omicron variant came along about eight weeks ago. Then things had to change and they have. If we want to gather indoors, in numbers, in contact, we still need to check in. A new, bad variant could turn up anytime and force us, or our children for instance, back into some new restrictions. What’s the big deal?

  24. Poo-tin the Russian Thunderbox says:

    I’m hoping the local QANON whacko’s linked to the American loonies backing Poo-tin “The Russian Thunderbox” face heavier scrutiny by ASIO now war drums are beating louder than the constant rythum . And didn’t Pauline back him as a strong leader too? There’s a lot of people here ASIO should be worried about.

    • Das Uber Soldier says:

      I wonder what Pete ‘tinfoil’ Newey thinks about all of this Russia/Ukraine bollocks? Are there ASIO officers stationed in Wulguru, covertly directing the Russian border activities near Ukraine? Perhaps the reason Mayor Mullet is being so quiet is because she is part of a SAS unit that is over in Ukraine, ready to support the Ukrainians as soon as the Rusty’s storm the border? So many possibilities.

  25. Dave of Kelso says:

    It seems that throughout most of the country there is a shortage of a popular children’s breakfast cereal.

    All of the Fruit Loops are in Canberra.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-07/covid-19-vaccine-protesters-hamper-canberrans/100809408

  26. Achilles says:

    George Christensen spends $10K per month on Facebook and at least one ad for $85K, who the hell authorises this extravagance? If he’s doing this with OUR money who else is too?

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/feb/08/george-christensen-claims-10000-a-month-for-e-material-as-he-ramps-up-anti-vaccine-mandate-facebook-ads

  27. We're Mugs or Martyrs? says:

    Townsville Stronger Communities Action Group (TSCAG), established in 2016, was rebranded in September last year to Townsville Stronger Communities Early Action Group (TSCEAG) with plans for a new approach addressing the cycle of crime.
    Today we learn (TB), the final touches are being added to Mark 3, a more “tailored” program, which will be released in coming weeks and no doubt with another rebranding. Any port in a storm it seems to deflect growing youth crime community anger.

  28. The Magpie says:

    Daily Astonisher reporter Sam Flanagan astonishes us again today, with his entry the News Ltd Allegedly Alleged Goofy Grammar Awards with this:

    So, let’s see, Sammy lad, an unfortunate crime victim, doused in petrol and set on fire, flown to TUH with burns so bad he was immediately rushed to the Brisbane specialist burns unit where he was put in an induced coma for seven days, and is now back home recovering from burns to 14% of his body, may not have been set on fire at all … it is only alleged?

    This will leave the poor bugger wondering why he’s in so much alleged pain, and why his heart allegedly stopped beating twice while being choppered to hospital.

    BUT WAIT it gets even more astonishing …

    In your breathless tale, you tell us this alleged dousing in petrol and being set alight happened on last December 30 when the victim had gone to his Greenvale property to collect rent (wouldn’t that be ‘allegedly’ collect rent?). December 30?!? Nearly six weeks ago?

    How come you’re only now telling us about it? Readers tend to ponder these questions, silly buggers we are, but if there is a legitimate reason for your tardiness – and there could be – you’re not sharing it with us. Strange for a paper whose favourite cliché is ‘can now reveal’.

    But hey, come back here, we’re not finished yet … you’ve managed to go from ‘astonish’ to ‘flabbergast’ when you end the story with : “Lance Richard Elvy, 49, was taken into custody and charged with acts intended to maim.
    He has been remanded in custody and his next court appearance is set for February 14 in Townsville.”

    That’s all? Given the time lapse, did Elvy go on the run and has been at large until … ‘taken into custody’ when? Any drama, or did hold his hands out for the cuffs? No one-line account of how the coppers got their man?
    But, wait, wait, there’s more?
    Well, yes there is, because this story does not appear in today’s print edition that The Magpie can see, and the dateline (time of writing) says February 2nd – six days ago.
    Sam, lad, you’ve brilliantly upheld the Bulletin’s unofficial motto ‘Yesterday’s News Tomorrow,’ and then some.

  29. Non Aligned Worker says:

    Todays article in the digital version of the Bully regarding gridlock on Riverway Drive due to the closure of Becks road tells us that Becks Road was closed on July 23 and will not re open until May 1.

    The road closed on July 23, and is not expected to reopen until May 1.

    I believe it was closed on January 23, but hey its only incorrect by 6 months. Thats pretty close for the Bully.
    And what a shit fight it is in the morning, they got that bit correct.

  30. Frank says:

    if you’re a bloke and work in mining it’s guaranteed you’re gunna be fucked when Labor win the election

  31. The Magpie says:

    Whoa, hang on a sec … has Scott Morrison even got trying to do the right thing wrong? Or has one single letter saved him?

    “I am sorry. We are sorry. I’m sorry to Ms Higgins for the terrible things that took place here. And the place that should’ve been a space of safety and contribution turned out to be a nightmare.” Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Parliament today.

    Please, folks, please, this is a comment on legal procedures and nothing else, foaming rants on other aspects of this issue will be ignored, but comments looking at The ‘Pie’s take on legality are welcome.

    So – while he certainly apologised for the toxic parliamentary misogynistic culture, and promising a welcome end to it, the question here is did Scott Morrison apologise to Brittany Higgins for being raped?

    It is a little ambiguous because he used the word ‘terrible things’ plural – but if he did, then surely that is a highly prejudicial statement of pre-judgement, coming as it does before the issue of rape has even reached court. At this stage, it is and will remain just that … an allegation yet to be tested and resolved in a court of law. No matter what the wording, has the prime minister given the defence team ammunition to claim that a fair trial is not possible … that is, if it goes to a jury trial.

    But should it come to that unlikely outcome, then Smirko has no worries, as he was speaking under parliamentary privilege. Not like you or me, who could be had up for interfering with the administration of justice if we had said it on a national platform.

  32. Scomosexual says:

    It was a weak apology. Using phrases like ‘terrible things took place’ and ‘place of safety and contribution’. What a load of weak words from a weak man. Why didn’t he say something like ‘the buck stops with me. I am the Prime Minister, and you were RAPED in Parliament House, a place where I preside’. And also ‘it is MY responsibility to provide a workplace free from sexual assault, violence and the denigration and the demeaning of women’. They would be stronger words. More believable words. Words in which the PM takes responsibility and is accountable for what takes place at Parliament House. Nope, no contrition, remorse, or remotely believable utterings from a failed marketing manager.

    • The Magpie says:

      Reasonable comment EXCEPT there is no way he could say ‘you were raped’ … but he did seem to indicate that. As pointed out, that is yet to be proved in a court of law, and he would be perverting the course of justice to prejudge the matter, especially on a national platform.,

      • Addled says:

        A tiny detail; management of Parliament House is the responsibility of the Speaker, not the PM. That would be why the apology came from the Speaker.

        • The Magpie says:

          Don’t see what that has to do with the possibility of PM’s words jeopardising a fair trial. Haven’t seen what the Speaker said, but same goes for him, too.

  33. Elusive Butterfly says:

    Your alcohol-related comments are curious, Mr. Pie!
    “Hmmm, posted at 3.34pm on a sluggish Sunday afternoon, couple of hours after a hearty lunch. Figures.”
    What does it figure Mr. Pie?
    You can’t have a good idea on a Sunday at 3.34pm?
    Thommo needs one to retain his seat…and fast!
    Cause his boss has lost it!

    • F Wit says:

      Read your comment from last Sunday Butter-FLOG! All will then be revealed – you were offering your services, for WHAT exactly???

  34. Scomosexual says:

    Elusive butterfly, Non Aligned Worker, Addled, wow you are getting desperate No More Dredging to roll out 3 comments so close together under your different pseudonyms. You are a complete flog.

    • Addled says:

      Putting ‘Scomo’ and ‘sexual’ in the same pseudonym says more about your predilections than any of the waffle about those other commenters you think you know. Get a life. You haven’t got a clue.

  35. 4810 says:

    Annastacia Palaszczuk statement that Queensland Hospitals are for Queenslanders has now been fully explained.

    . Queensland Hospitals are for Queenslanders unless you’re sick COVID in an Aged Care Facility the Annastacia Palaszczuk is happy to see you die for political point scoring.

    Let’s not take the logical step of helping the vulnerable in a time of crisis.

  36. Kenny Kennett says:

    Just watching the Press Club presentation by Grace Tame and Brittany Higgins. Grace Tame is has not helped her cause imo. Her speech was well rehearsed and delivered as a grand performance. I then kept watching for the moment she was asked questions. She suddenly switched from a Martin Luther King presentation to a comedy act starring Marcel Morseaux. I thought she mocked the people in the room by snide jokes and silent responses to serious questions. Brittany Higgins on the other hand kept her composure and answered the questions in a more mature and responsible way. One thing that everybody seems to have forgotten, though, is that Brittany’s complaint hasn’t been to court yet and whether they like it or not, the guy is innocent until proven guilty. Grace Tame will look like a fool when she nominates for parliament after saying she will not today. Her and AnAl are already talking imo (again). Watch this space.

    • Tropical says:

      Kenny
      I missed the bit where Graceless Tame was awarded her Logie by Laura ‘I hate the PM’ Tingle.
      Still Tingle will have something to talk about on 7:30 tonight, although she has killed the show by driving the shows rating into the dirt, so I doubt not many will be watching.

      • The Magpie says:

        Serious question: do you have a link for the 7.30 ratings, been having a beak around and can’t find them?
        But must be a blue moon, The ‘Pie agrees with you,(gasps all round) and yes, the show’s popularity, even with those who hate it but never used to miss it (like you), is off the boil, but the agreement is not for the same reasons … never rated Tingle as a TV presenter or explainer, get embarrassed as a former TV producer when I watch her ‘bunny caught in the headlights’ chatter. And her political leanings don’t augur well for balanced reporting of issues, she is dyed in the red left Labor, which is not surprising considering her long marriage to the party’s literate and highly intelligent curmudgeon Alan Ramsay before she decided to go all Hollywood glam with new squeeze Sam Neill.

    • Alahazbin says:

      Got to agree with KK. Whatever happened in Grace Tame’s life must has been tragic and the work she has done to help other survivors is remarkable, but now she is turning into a toxic bitch.

      • The Magpie says:

        Well, that’s a bit extreme, and have been wondering what sort of help she has been getting – suddenly being thrust into the spotlight as AOTY, she would’ve had back up galore, but probably no longer. She’s also been encouraged in possible wrong headedness by story hounds in the media. It’s all a bit much for someone who is on the spectrum – which is not a slur, that is a publicly acknowledged fact. This a very dangerous situation, and the MS media will have a lot to answer for if this ends in a personal disaster.

        • Alahazbin says:

          Pie, Maybe receiving tips from Penny Wong & Larissa Waters as is Brittany.

          • The Magpie says:

            If those tips involved the smartest way to conduct yourself in public to the best advantage of your cause, that would be a good thing. Don’t know much about Waters, but no matter what anyone thinks of Wong’s politics, she knows how to make her public persona believable and respected in the way she approaches matters even when in attack mode. She has brought this demeanour to personal attacks about her sexuality – which is her fucking business – literally – no one else’s.

      • Cantankerous but happy says:

        Yes she seems to have lost a lot of credibility, and the woman that I talk to are actually very scathing of the way she is behaving now, more so than even I am, but that is an age thing as well. The one I find cops most flack from women is Higgins, not a lot of sympathy at all for her, again it’s a generational thing but many find the notion that someone is too pissed to know what was going on a little hard to believe, women are hard bitches with things like this.

        • The Magpie says:

          Indeed they are … and your in on an original here, Nesters – we have had the ‘Pub Test’ - basically what a lot of pissed blokes in the front bar think is the truth, and the Sniff Test (let’s not go there), so allow The ‘Pie, with the assistance of Cankers present you with ‘the Blue Rinse Test’. Seriously, that is a definite demographic, and cross them at your peril.

          Please note the time … someone is going to inch this for themselves.

  37. The Magpie says:

    Message just in from a Magpie mate:
    ‘Just checked my rates notice and the same as last year with no increases. Water doesn’t’ appear to have gone up.’

    Any comments, Nesters?

    • Doxie says:

      Mine (Second Moiety Rates) are the same also.

    • The Wulguru Wonder says:

      You are sort of half correct, but don’t fall for some subtle TCC tricks.

      The owner-occupied general rate levied for the 21-22 financial year has remained the same as levied for the last 6 months of 20-21 financial year (1 January to 30 June 2021) at 0.010323in the dollar.

      Remember however, that Council increased the general rate halfway through the 20-21 financial year from 0.010121 in the dollar to 0.010323 in the dollar.

      That way Jenny could proudly claim at the 20-21 budget meeting in July 2020 that she was not increasing general rates, only to sneak through an increase in January 2021, halfway through the financial year.

      So overall general rates have increased from the 20-21 financial year to the 21-22 financial year.

      Water, sewerage and waste charges have also increased.

  38. Not the ECQ says:

    Perhaps the rates have stayed the same because now that Prince Ralston is a ‘local’ we don’t have to pay all his FIFO expenses. So no need to jack rates up to cover those costs? Then again, perhaps some of the dumb-arses in the rates department forgot to add on an increase?

  39. Scrooge McDuck says:

    Personally, my hope the rates go up. TCC provide a huge service for the region and without levies, rates, fees and charges their would be no clean water, quality sewerage system, safe footpaths or beautifully manicured parks……oh wait a minute, we don’t have any of that anyway!!!!!!

  40. Fitzy says:

    Qld Labor should be shitting themselves with the Labor Red Shirts funded by the Victorian State Labor Government off to a corruption investigation.

    Wonder if the Red Shirts that man election booths in Queensland follow the practice.

    Fitzgerald 2.0 are you reading this?
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-09/labor-mp-secures-somyureks-red-shirts-motion/100816050

  41. The Magpie says:

    See this today?

    Remember this yesterday?

  42. Strand Ghost says:

    I was driving back into the city yesterday near Dean Park when I seen one of those roadside trailer signs saying that work on the roads in Palmer St. was starting on the 11th of January!
    Is the council running late or just giving us 11mths notice??.

  43. Broke and broken says:

    And just like that Annastacia Palaszczuk fucks over the tourism industry once again. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10495743/Major-change-vaccine-rule-affect-Australian-expected-hours.html

    Annastacia Palaszczuk hints she’ll follow Dan Andrews in BANNING international arrivals from going out unless they are TRIPLE vaxxed

    This fucking idiot has no fucking idea has she even looked at global booster rates that are 14%, so this means we lock out 86% of global tourists. https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/covid-vaccine-booster-doses-per-capita?country=BGD~BRA~CHL~DNK~IND~RUS~GBR~USA~OWID_WRL

    Good bye Cairns and Airle Beach you’re fucked, and the remains of the Townsville tourism sector just surviving will disappear. Remember its not just the tourism operators, its everyone who supports them from servos, cleaners, maintenance contractors etc

    Good bye Townsville Enterprise – no tourism sector = no need for a tourism promote body.

    Good bye international rockstars coming to Townsville – well maybe not as we know Annastacia Palaszczuk one rule for the plebs and another for celebrities who get waved through.

    Fuck I wish I worked in the public service and got a guaranteed pay check every fortnight.

    • Nickster says:

      Classic shifting the goal posts for political points scoring and hurting the vulnerable.

      Someone needs to ask the Annastacia Palaszczuk where does this all end?With the current prevailing political decision making it is possible to think she will mandate an 18th booster shot when the 17th booster did not work.

      I got my shots all Astra Zeneca, no AZ booster approved. My GP categorically said do not mix vaccines.

      • Chucky says:

        So how effective are vaccines?

        Prince Charles gets COVID for the 2nd time even though Charles confirmed in December that both he and his wife, Camilla, had received their booster shots.

        You’d imagine with the grotesque wealth and privilege the Royal Family has they would have the best of everything include vaccines yet still get COVID multiple times. Something is really wrong with the whole COVID conversation.

        I’m double vaxed but starting to wonder where this COVID story ends…….?

        https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-11/prince-charles-tests-positive-to-covid-19-for-second-time/100821772

        • The Magpie says:

          Chucky, no spring chicken, got it twice and he’s still with us? That seems to go against your tongue in cheek question, suggesting vaccination is NOT effective.

          And that goes to the heart of that COVID conversation. History will surely judge the ineptitude of governments everywhere but especially here in Australia, for the lack of foresight and the political cowardice of not piling on the protection and care for the most vulnerable … the medically vulnerable and the elderly, especially in aged care homes. We have tens of thousands of COVID reported cases and (relatively speaking) a handful of deaths, overwhelmingly in the age sector, so the truth of this argument is hiding in plain sight.

          And the dereliction of duty and care on this issue doesn’t just belong to governments, the media has been lock-step compliant all along in the interests of sensationalization and sales. The Magpie isn’t being wise after the event in saying this, he has been saying this for two years now … right here in this blog.

  44. We're Mugs or Martyrs? says:

    In response to the recent hospitalisation of bashed Cleveland Youth Detention staff, a spokeswoman for the Department of Children, Youth, Justice and Multicultural Affairs says (Cleveland) staff to detainees ratios were higher than in other Australian jurisdictions.
    Now, a magistrate says a 16 year-old with an “extensive criminal history”, would ordinarily attract a sentence of six months but ruled, due to the uncivilized (Cleveland) conditions, it was inappropriate to subject the teenager to further detention. (TB 10/2)

  45. Dave of Kelso says:

    Dear ‘Pie,
    The Britney Higgins rape case seems to be taking an awfully long time to get to court. What is the normal timeframe for such matters?

  46. Scomosexual says:

    Lovely photo above of the Pentecostal PM holding hands with Mr Potato Head. The marriage will be put under a lot of pressure over the coming months. Mr Potato Head is most certainly ambitious and because he has that standard political craving for more power and the urge to fill his narcissistic and sociopathic needs, I wouldn’t be surprised if Scotty got dumped. Mud sticks. The wheels have been greased to make Scotty look like a complete twat (although he does a good job of that himself) so let’s see what other juicy tidbits get leaked over the next few weeks.

  47. Pot & Kettle says:

    So Grace Tame has become what she despised fighting for transparent and freedom of speak but then fails at the hurdle quoting unnamed faceless public servant told her something about the PM. She has let herself down and Australia down

    • Old Tradesman says:

      A question one has to ask, where do these 2 gals derive their income, they seem to have lavish lifestyles? I hope they are not feeding off the teat of the Australian taxpayer.

      • Addled says:

        Tradie, why do you make these childish derogatory remarks about people from a position of (apparently) complete ignorance? Ten seconds of research on the same computer you write this drivel could have informed you that Brittany Higgins is a Visiting Fellow at the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at the Australian National University. You know, people get paid, probably quite handsomely, to do this kind of work. Another ten seconds could have informed you about Grace Tame but I’ll leave that to you – if you give a fuck.

        • The Magpie says:

          At the what ?!? Hahahahaha …

        • Old Tradesman says:

          Is that the same one run by that person who said ” There will be no carbon tax in a government I lead”, then bingo we got one.

          • Addled says:

            No you idiot, Tradie. We are talking about two victims of alleged or proven sexual assault. Leaving Brittany Higgins out of it for a moment, and noting your complete ignorance about Grace Tame, here’s a little sample that you could easily have found for yourself but were more interested in ‘playing the man and not the ball’ – as the expression goes. It comes from a recently updated Wikipedia entry which you would do well to familiarise yourself with – we haven’t seen or heard the last of Grace Tame:

            “Tame was a dual-scholarship holder at St Michael’s Collegiate girls’ school in Hobart, and had been diagnosed with anorexia in Year 10. She was groomed when she was 15 and then repeatedly sexually abused by her 58-year-old teacher Nicolaas Bester.”

            Just hold that thought for a moment in your tiny, bigoted, misogynist brain. Here is a young woman who overcame multiple forces of institutional power to fight, mostly by herself, for some sort of justice, and finally made it. And the best you can do is wonder if she might be sucking on the teat of the Australian taxpayer. It sounds like you think she was the perp. And you are the victim. Classy.

          • Old Tradesman says:

            As for Grace Tame I see where she works there is a donate button as it is a not for profit organisation, the only donate button i will be pushing is the one that has the Pie written all over it. There you go, and I didn’t even use bad language.

          • The Magpie says:

            The ‘Pie heartily endorses your clear thinking choice.

  48. Mashed potato says:

    Here’s the thing; we are entering a new era of geopolitical issues around the world. China, Russia and India are progressive, however China and Russia are increasingly standing firm against the USA and NATO. This is a big risk to us as a nation. Maybe, just maybe, we need a leader like Herr Dutton to guide us through these growing concerns? Hear me out if I may indulge. CEO’s have different skill sets. Take Virgin Australia for example. There was a time when they needed a Paul Scurrah, a nice guy, people person, someone to heal the wounds of an organisation that went bust. That ended, and now you have the nut cracker Jane Hrdlicka, the brutal cost cutting no bullshit bean counter. Again, the right CEO for the current climate. Politicians have varying skill sets. Hawke was the good time guy in the 80’s, Keating the bean counter in the 90’s, and now Dutton, the hardliner, a cold no nonsense person who has the cahones to make the tough calls when necessary, especially against countries potentially threatening our national sovereignty. Who else is there? Albanese, Littleproud, Beetroot head, Michael McCormack?? Hardly. All softcocks.
    I reckon we give Dutton a go.

  49. Ducks Nuts says:

    TCC is offering engineers who quit before Christmas a 40% payrise to come back.

    • winnie says:

      How much is the percentage for retired Engineers ?????

    • Count de Money says:

      Ducks Nuts, is this a piss-take or is it for real? Because if it is true, questions need to be put to Council as to why the engineers ‘quit’, why is there a shortage of engineers, what is the root cause of this?

      Did they leave voluntarily because the workplace is toxic, or did they leave because they were made redundant?

      If the engineers were made redundant, how much did that cost the ratepayer?

      How many engineers are being asked to return, and at what pay scale. How much is that additional 40% going to cost the ratepayer?

      I’m all for more staff at TCC in critical areas, but we also need to examine the reason for the engineer shortage, whether the Prince has fucked up, and how much out of pocket the ratepayer is going to be.

      Calling Fran, calling Fran, please look into this.

      • Ducks Nuts says:

        Not a pisstake.

        • Council worker says:

          Not just engineering jobs. It happened a couple years ago with some truck drivers. When nous helped pay out hundreds of thousands of dollars for redundancy payments to workers only to have them return six months later. It happened in works and I believe waste as well.

  50. Mike Douglas says:

    Aaron Harper the gift that keeps on giving throwing a tanty because Dale Last and the Townsville Bully exposed the extra 50 police officers was originally announced in October 2020 . Whilst Aaron uses his electoral staff to block anyone who dares make a negative comment on his facebook page he posts about his pool , grass , and takes credit for everything including Townsvilles 4.5 % unemployment . In reality Aaron is trying to distract attention from crime , 70 % incrase in public housing waitlist , 20-30 min delays on Riverway drive and how could he not see that blocking Beck rd would result in these delays . Too busy playing ” the power couple ” .

    • We're Mugs or Martyrs? says:

      …. while only 3 years to go before the 2020 election promised full complement of 150 new police officers will be on the ground in 2025 – just cross your legs in the meantime.

  51. Cantankerous but happy says:

    As time goes on we can see the effect that Townsvilles slide into poverty over the last decade is having on people’s lives. A good initiative by this federal govt has been the ability of retirees to sell their home, downsize and put $300k into their super, without fees or taxes, and that will be lowered to people 60 years and over from July 1, really good policy. But for the average person in Townsville it’s completely worthless, with an median price of $360k all they will be able to buy is a second hand caravan to move into, these are the sorts of things business leaders and economists should be raising in this town instead of spinning out the worthless feelgood shit that the Mulletin and others keep putting out.

  52. Scomosexual says:

    It doesn’t get much worse than this. Get your spew bucket ready.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=C2sKNMof0JY

    • The Magpie says:

      Those poor kids.

    • Dave of Kelso says:

      What did the ukulele do to deserve this.? First it was Tiny Tim, now Scomo.

      • I’ll be plucked says:

        That’s plucking hilarious Kelso, got any more? :(

        • Dave of Kelso says:

          Now hold it right there. Your ‘Nest name’, Plucker. Are you a musician, stringed instrument, melody focussed? Don’t be shy. We have the potential to form the ‘Townsville Magpie Allstars’ here and flash mob every Mullet public event. I’m expert in the rhythmic method, the spoons, and you cannot get more annoying than that. What say you?

          • I’ll be plucked says:

            What say I, Kelso? Well let me see………oh yes, have you been on the sauce, or the wacky-baccy?? Nice try, let’s make that trying! :(

          • The Magpie says:

            Actually, kinda like the idea … think of all the songs the Magpie All Stars could do covers … The Dubliners ‘Dirty Old Town’ msprings to mind.

          • Circus freak says:

            Perhaps Elusive Butterfly and Steve from Belgian gardens can join in with some duelling banjo’s?

      • Scomosexual says:

        I wonder if Scotty placed his hands on Karl, spoke in tongues, and then healed Karl of all his sins?

    • Circus freak says:

      What a fucking freak show. I watched that clip. They look like a bunch of Tasmanian inbreds. Scotty on the ukulele, ginger haired kids looking on in horror, while the wife manages an awkward smile. Oh, yeah, plus a prayer at dinner. Are they fucking Amish? What fucking weirdo’s. Our PM is almost as strange as Kim Jong Un. I can’t wait to watch the whole interview as I’m sure they will all play Uni while singing hymns and listening to Bible sermons. Fun times all round!

  53. Bangers and mash says:

    I used to work for the council a few years ago and it always amazed me how shameless the executive team were about staff practices. They gave redundancies to many, many key infrastructure staff and about 9 months later many were back as “consultants” and “independent contractors”, which is a bit odd when they were doing the exact same job as before they left but on lots more money!

    • The Magpie says:

      Yes, Soss, that on top of the redundancy payout itself. Surely time to introduce a similar regulation similar to the legal requirement of ‘restrictive covenant’ and ‘non-compete’ in the corporate and business world’s departures and sales of businesses. This is has been mooted for politicians, which would have inter alia stopped the almost treasonous rort by the likes of slimey Andrew Robb, Chinese adversary for the government one minute, on Beijing’s payroll immediately after retirement. But by and large, that has received a universal answer.

  54. Prince Rollmop says:

    I would like to see some serious accounting figures made available l, if the above mentioned information regarding Engineers leaving Council before Christmas, now coming back. Some good questions were raised by someone else on this blog, as to why did those people leave, was it voluntary or through a redundancy process, how much did that cost, and how much is this extra 40% going to add to Councils bottom line?

    I tell you one thing, if this so-called “great resignation movement” hits Australia’s shores in the coming months as has been suggested, the part time TCC CEO may get his wish and have nobody left at Council. That’s not a good thing for the ratepayers as service standards will decline even further, while outsourcing costs go through the roof. Someone ought to pull this nous fuckwit into line.

    • We're Mugs or Martyrs? says:

      Although breaching national protocols, have empathy with those flying the Australian flag upside down as a danger warning to our current lifestyle and property.

      • The Magpie says:

        That’s just grizzling crap. Get a fucking grip mate … there are things that are not right, like income equality, but most issues have been recognised and under public debate which will make it very hard for them to be fully achieved. Alarmist twaddle isn’t helpful.

    • The (barely) Civil Engineer says:

      ssssssh, head down, bum down and hiding in the stationery cupboard. This is an unhealthy place to be seen or heard right now.

    • Ducks Nuts says:

      I’ve been told it was voluntary. No redundancy.
      A 40% increase might put engineers on par with industry pay. Council pays shit money for educated professionals such as Engineers, solicitors, IT professionals. It pays shit money for trades, but with overtime and oncall its very lucrative. And administration staff get paid very well.

    • Jealous says:

      5 weeks of leave. Paid way above award. TOIL (whatever that is – local Govt oxymoron if ever I’ve head one). 17% leave loading. RDOs. Just for going fuck all productivity and keeping yer head down. Yes please! And that’s just the elected councillors!

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