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Bill Shorten preaches the gospel of diversity - except from the AWU pulpit


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I don't think anyone knows why diversity is good.

It's such a latter-day mantra.

It's just accepted as good because everyone thinks it's good.

Our strength is our diversity.

Repeat it over and over until you forgot how it started.






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Except in the case of the core of the Labor Party where it's the opposite of diversity.  Unity.   Unity, oneness is strength.   As Bill Ludwig said in justifying Bill Shorten's AWU payment for Bill's personal legal fees, an attack on one is an attack on all.

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Unity is strength - ask Bill or Mal.

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Yesterday at the UN Environment Assembly governments agreed to accelerate Sustainability - is that safe?

What speed was Sustainability doing before?   

Does anyone know if Australia voted to speed Sustainability up?   How'd that get through OH&S?

Has anyone checked the specs?    Is it safe?   Have we ever seen what happens when Sustainability goes flat chat?

What is the maximum speed limit for made-up bullshit like Sustainability?

A man who doesn't know whether he is a man or woman has no place in our Army

This is "Army - the Soldiers' Newspaper".

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Do you remember the Australian Army?  

Fighting men established it to defend Australia.

Men who thought we had something worth fighting for.

Our Army's honours were battle honours.

Men wore the ribbons of orders, medals and decorations on their chests.

Units recorded their achievements on Colours, Standards, Guidons and Banners.

These were the hard-won honours of the profession of arms.

Your army today seeks out and celebrates awards more at home in cheap frames from K-Mart.

The honours this Army values could be found displayed on the reception desks of grant-seeking consultants.

Awards like this, celebrated in "Army - the Soldiers' Newspaper".

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Why do we celebrate men who decide they want to be women?

A man who doesn't know whether he is a man or woman before enlistment or commission has no place in our Army.

During several months in 1977 I, along with the other successful 33rd class soldiers of the Army Apprentices School went through a battery of intrusive tests.   My family's ASIO files were queried (there were none).  My medical and other records were made available.   My extended family was checked for security risks and I was psychologically and security-background checked.

I was honoured to be accepted and enlisted in the Australian Regular Army where I served 8 years before moving to the Army Reserve in 1986.

I'm sure there were gay men amongst those I served with.

They didn't join because the ADF marched in Mardi Gras.   They didn't value LGBTI awards in their decision to sign up.   They were warriors like me and the other men around them.  They joined up to be warriors and if they couldn't fight, or didn't have the support of the them they'd fight with, they were gone.

I don't know of a single warrior who would be moved to join up by the ADF's social engineering.   Nor do I know of a single warrior who would eschew enlistment because of its absence.

Our Army should fight wars with bayonets, bullets and valour.

Leave the social engineering to the luvvies.

Lest we Forget.

Peter Dutton undermines his own message "a change in government will not see a change in (boats) policy"

Yesterday I was at a very busy cheap restaurant in Malaysia packed with Middle Eastern looking people.

I spoke with the man behind the counter about a large pile of brochures from the Australian and Malaysian Government.

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He showed me two boxes of the 12 page brochures that'd been delivered to him and explained his restaurant was paid to distribute the brochures.  The messages are in Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Dari, Farsi, Kurmanji, Sorani, Pashto, Tamil and Urdu.

When I said I was Australian a large crowd grew around me, these people all had iPhones or Samsungs and very quickly showed me websites and Facebook pages about immigration.

The consensus view was that the brochure was bullshit and that things would change if Labor got in.   Their authority?   Minister Dutton.

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Minister Dutton also posted thisyesterday

It's all very well to have taxpayer money spent on glossy brochures with the Australian Government and Malaysian Government saying this:

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But the Minister is undermining his own message and loading the funnels with people who are keen to try their chances.

I know the LNP is keen to exploit political differences - but if we are serious in stopping the evil trade (and let me make no bones about this, there are evil, evil people involved in bringing similarly evil people to Australia) then it behoves both parties to get with the program.

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. We will remember them.

Today is the day the United States of America remembers her war dead.

On this Memorial Day I think of the liberation of Europe and the part Americans played.

Men must have believed the cause of freedom was worth it, to do this. 

Taps dates back to the US Civil War, it shouldn't be confused with our Last Post.

We will remember them.


And something brighter to bring a spring back to your step.



Bill knows best. Bill's choosing what sport you'll watch on TV. Soon Bill will tell you what shop to get your bread ration from.

Probably not great timing - but we call them as we see them.

Australian women's national team lose 7-0 to team of 15-year-old boys


Australia’s women’s football team are ranked the fifth best side in world football. So how did they lose 7-0 to a collection of 15-year-old boys?

It is the question gripping the Matildas, who will be targeting a medal at the Rio Olympics in August, after they were embarrassed by the Newcastle Jets under-16s side on Wednesday.

Admittedly this was not the most fiercely competitive of friendly matches, with the women’s team employing a rotating team, but the Matildas, who often have no choice but to play boys teams such is the paucity of opponents in Australia, did have star names such as Katrina Gorry in their lineup.

Assistant coach of the women’s side Gary van Egmond admitted his side, who were without their overseas-based players, had been taken by surprise.

it is probably not good that the Matildas were beaten 7-0 last night by Newcastle Jets' under-15s


“To be honest we didn't expect that,” he told The Huffington Post.

“But the Jets boys were very good. All credit to them. They moved the ball around very well and were excellent on the night.

“At this stage in their preparation, obviously the Matildas are not in a position to play regular games so I'd suggest all and sundry were a little bit rusty.

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At Valentine Sports Park, watching @TheMatildas play@NewcastleJetsFC U15s. Crowd of about 200 here


“We could have had an easier game, but we definitely want to keep testing the girls.”

Van Egmond will presumably hope that their next opponents New Zealand don’t have any plans to sneak any children into their side.

Victoria Police - no power to act on rioters with a cause thanks to CFMEU/Labor Government

This from today's Herald Sun in Melbourne

Coburg riot: Police say they’re powerless after law change

May 29, 2016 11:30pm

Anthony Dowsley Herald Sun

Police to consider face mask ban after riots

  • As it happened: Violent protesters clash at Coburg rally
  • Coburg riot: Rally descends into violence
  • State Opposition: Enough is enough
  • Traders’ plea fell on deaf ears
  • Former UPF member tells of fears

VICIOUS rioters cannot be stopped from bringing violence to our streets because police have been stripped of powers to move them on, officers say.

Police Association chief Ron Iddles says officers’ hands are tied because of an “absurd’’ government decision last year to water down police powers.

As a result of the change — which is understood essentially to have been a concession to the militant Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union — Senior Sergeant Iddles says police can no longer move on demonstrators who are protesting about particular causes, such as racism, civil rights, or pay and work conditions.

Officers can act only once protests spiral out of control, he says.

The former homicide detective said on Sunday the change had prevented police from intervening in Saturday’s protest in Coburg (below) before it became a “massive street brawl’’.

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Prime Minister Turnbull - the La Perouse aboriginal population is an extraordinary example to all of us

Prime Minister for all of us? 


.....despite all of the settlement, despite the airport, the huge city, all of the injustice and oppression, despite all of that, they’ve maintained that continuity right there in the centre of our biggest city.

What an extraordinary story of resilience, of pride, what an extraordinary example to all of us, and something that we will, I believe, next year, recognise in our constitution.”

Despite houses, electricity, sewered toilets, hot and cold water, cars, refrigeration, medicine, hospitals, sanitation, garbage removal, defence, police, criminal justice, rule of law, parliamentary democracy, equality for women, reduced infant mortality - did the Prime Minister of Australia have one good thing to say about our magnificent innovations of the past 200 odd years, building on the previous 40,000 years of getting ready?

Nope.   We are bad solely bad.   Our Prime Minister couldn't think of one good thing to say about what British civilisation brought with it.  

They are an example to us because despite our badness, they're still here tolerating us (bad) giving them (good) the likes of this:

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