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Shorten on corruption - actually he's very very long on corruption

This bloke has no shame.

Watch gutless Mark Dreyfus during the first few seconds.



Mark Dreyfus threatened to resign if Bill Shorten allowed Kimberley Kitching Senate post

James Massola 
  • James Massola
Labor legal affairs spokesman Mark Dreyfus threatened to resign from the frontbench if Bill Shorten backed the appointment of a key ally, Kimberley Kitching, to a casual Senate vacancy.

But Mr Dreyfus - a senior member of the Opposition Leader's frontbench team - has not followed through on that threat and Ms Kitching was parachuted into the plum Victorian Senate seat vacated by Stephen Conroy, another ally of Mr Shorten in the Victorian right faction.

In question time on Wednesday, manager of government business Christopher Pyne stepped up his attack on Mr Shorten and Ms Kitching over the appointment, while challenging Mr Dreyfus to deny his threat to resign.

"The Leader of the Opposition deliberately parachuted into the Senate Kimberley Kitching to become Senator Kitching, who is alleged to have fraudulently filled out the safety tests for six union leaders in the Health Services Union," he said, labelling the new senator a "Captain's Pick".

The decision to install Ms Kitching had been made despite the "complaints, the outrage of many members of his frontbench, particularly the member for Isaacs [Mr Dreyfus], who threatened to resign if Kimberley Kitching was appointed to the Senate - and if it is not true, he is welcome to say that he was misrepresented and explain the facts".

When question time finishes, MPs are given the opportunity to make a public statement when they believe they have been misrepresented by an opposition MP or in the media.

Since his election to Parliament, Mr Dreyfus has shown a notable fondness for making such statements. But he made no such statement in Parliament on Wednesday.

In response to questions from Fairfax Media, Mr Dreyfus did not deny he had threatened to resign, nor did he elaborate on why he had not followed through.

Instead, he said: "Christopher Pyne is obsessed with the Labor Party. He should quit gossiping about me and take his job as a minister seriously. Senator Kitching will make a strong contribution to the Parliament as a Senator and I'm looking forward to working with her."

Ms Kitching, who is politically close to Mr Shorten, was a controversial appointment and the move was privately opposed by many in the ALP, though she was eventually selected unopposed by Victorian Labor's 100 person Public Office Selection committee. Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese refused to endorse her for the seat.

At the same time, the federal government has used Ms Kitching's elevation - and the fact that she was referred for "further investigation" by the Heydon royal commission into trade unions - to attack the Opposition Leader.

Kristina Keneally appointed unopposed as Labor's new Sam Dastyari

Democracy in action in Sussex Street tonight as the people - sorry - The Labor Party decide who will represent the people in the Senate.


Tony Sheldon was happy as long as it's his turn next.


Sam Dastyari hasn't gone very far away.


So, democratically speaking, who should we send to represent the people in The Senate?

Apparently no one else came up with the $750 nomination fee.

Unopposed it's you Kristina.

The Party has spoken.


Vale Ron Walker



Melbourne Grand Prix supremo, businessman, Liberal Party member Ron Walker dies


Ron Walker, hailed as a man who "loved Melbourne and Victoria" and who stole the Australian Grand Prix from Adelaide, has died at the age of 78.

Key points:

  • Mr Walker, 78, was a wealthy businessman, who had cancer
  • Brought Grand Prix, Commonwealth Games to Melbourne
  • Served as Lord Mayor of Melbourne, chairman of Fairfax Media and treasurer of the Liberal Party

Mr Walker was a prominent businessman who served the state in many roles, including as mayor and the head of the Melbourne Major Events Company which brought the Commonwealth Games to the city.

He was also the former chairman of Fairfax Media and a prominent member of the Liberal Party.

News of Mr Walker's death was tweeted by former prime minister Tony Abbott who said "Australia, Victoria and Melbourne have lost a great son with Ron Walker's passing".


"For decades not much happened in Melbourne without Ron being at the centre of things," he wrote.

"As well he was a great supporter of good causes, from medical research, to the Liberal Party, which he held together in tough times.

"He was a staunch friend and constant encouragement to successive Liberal leaders and will be much missed."

Former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett, a close friend, has also confirmed the passing of Mr Walker.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull praised Mr Walker as "a wise and true friend to me".

"We will not see his like again," he said.

Victorian Opposition leader Matthew Guy said Mr Walker's generosity touched many.

"Ron Walker loved Melbourne and Victoria," he said in a statement.

"His achievements helped put Victoria on the map.

"Australia is poorer for Ron's passing. My condolences to Barbara and all of his family."

He was praised as a "giant of Victorian cultural and political life" by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

"Whether feared or revered, Ron was someone who you never forgot," he said.

"As chairman of the Victorian Major Events Corporation, Ron helped put Victoria back on the map — working to attract the biggest and the best events to Victoria.

"It's in great part thanks to Ron that we are now known as the sporting capital of the world."

Ron Walker was a man of big ideas, Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten said.

"Modern Melbourne owes much to his vision and drive," he said in a tweet.

Ron Walker in his mayoral robes with men shaking hands.

A wealthy businessman, Mr Walker was responsible for bringing the Grand Prix to Melbourne in 1993.

His contributions to the community and major events have seen him win several honours, including a Companion of the Order of Australia, a Centenary Medal and a Victoria of the Year.

While his name is synonymous with big business, big development and big money, Ronald Joseph Walker had more humble beginnings.

Born in Melbourne in 1939, he attended Caulfield Grammar School and started his first business in a Collingwood backyard making dishwashing detergents and washing cars.

His career went from strength to strength, as he built his fortune in the property and chemical industries and, in 1974, he was elected Melbourne's Lord Mayor.

He served on the council for three years, hosting sporting events and bringing music acts to Melbourne's Moomba Festival.

A success in business and politics

Fairfax Media chairman Ron Walker
Mr Walker's political allegiances were clear.

He was a close friend of former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett and was the Liberal Party's National Treasurer from 1998 to 2003.


During that time he was also appointed as the head of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation after orchestrating the event's move to Albert Park.

Pinching Adelaide's race was a personal crusade for the self-confessed petrol head and classic car collector.

"I always thought it was a great mistake to not have the negotiating skills and the get up and go to secure it in the first place," he said.

"Recognising our Grand Prix as so important to this state, nothing would have stopped me in the end from securing it for this state."

After that success, former Labor premier Joan Kirner appointed Mr Walker as the chairman of the Melbourne Major Events Company.

Jeff Kennett (right) with Ron Walker holding the flag at the start of the Grand Prix.

He travelled to more than 80 countries in search of events, adding the Bledisloe Cup, the 2006 Commonwealth Games and golf's President's Cup to his list of coups.

"Sometimes, I must admit, I'd wake up and wonder what I was doing in some of these countries," he said.

At the height of his public commitments, Mr Walker's business ventures also flourished.

The company he co-founded, Hudson Conway, was responsible for building Melbourne's Crown Casino.

He later sold his shares for a reported $90 million, but continued to work in property development.

In 2015, his fortune was estimated at just under $1 billion.

Mr Walker also had a keen interest in the media and he was appointed chairman of Fairfax in 2005.

But it was the beginning of a tumultuous period for the media giant and Mr Walker stood down in 2009 after losing the confidence of the Fairfax family.

Walker diagnosed with cancer

But Mr Walker's biggest challenge came in 2012.

After having a melanoma removed from his face, Mr Walker returned to work but was soon told his brain and body were riddled with cancer and he should prepare for the worst.

At the launch of the 2013 Grand Prix, Mr Walker's ghostly appearance shocked many. He would later say it was a mistake to attend.

But he refused to give up on life and, later that year, travelled to the US to take part in the trial of a new melanoma drug, Keytruda. It was a trip that would pay off in spades.

By the end of 2014, to the astonishment of his doctors, he was cancer free.

After winning his fight with cancer, Mr Walker pulled back from his very public life, and gave up his position with the Grand Prix.

He remained closely linked with cancer research, and claims his involvement in the trial of Keytruda, which is now used by 1,600 Australian cancer patients, was one of his greatest achievements.

The ABC empire-builder - Ms Guthrie's global ambitions, funded by you.

Michelle Guthrie to take ABC iView global

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie.
ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie.

ABC iView is set to go global this year, under plans championed by ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie, who has ambitions for the service to be available as widely as Netflix, which has 109 million customers globally.

The national broadcaster’s plan to recreate a version of the catch-up service for viewers in other countries is well under way, but global copyright issues are yet to be entirely resolved.

Ms Guthrie has set a timetable for a launch this year.

The ABC has declined to comment on the plan to internationalise the service, which launched in 2008, but plans to keep it secret were thrown into disarray when Ms Guthrie talked about them at a media conference.

“The intention is not to have a separate international product, the intention is the internationalise all the products that we have,” Ms Guthrie said. “In the same way Netflix is global, why aren’t we global? That doesn’t mean it will be 100 per cent of the same content. We actually have a lot more rights than we currently exploit.”

Ms Guthrie told the Screen Forever conference in Melbourne at the end of last year that the plan was customer driven. ABC viewers often asked her why they could not access iView overseas.

But the idea fits with her ambitions to internationalise the ABC and push its content out all over the internet. She has been known to quote the statistic that 93 per cent of traffic to the ABC science site comes from overseas.

It is likely that viewers will need to register with the ABC and log in to access the global version of the streaming service. The question of advertising has not been addressed. An ABC spokesman declined to comment.

“I truly believe this is the ABC’s moment,” Ms Guthrie said in previously unreported remarks. “I want the ABC to be as relevant and valued to my children and their children throughout their lives, not just at a point in time, as it has been for me,” she said in a kind of mission statement, before sketching out her iView plans.

But the ABC needs to insure that such a concept is not behind the times. The BBC closed its global iPlayer service in 2015, in favour of making more content available on

The BBC ran into the problem that the digital subscription service in Australian, Canada and Europe threatened its content deals with local pay-TV channels, such as BBC America in the US, and BBC First in Australia.

But the ABC has no such channels after funding for Australian Plus TV service in the Asia-Pacific on a mix of cable, satellite and streaming channels, replaced the Australia Network in 2014.

Hillary Clinton helps The Grammys take the P15S out of The President

So many institutions automatically align with The Left.

This clip was part of the luvvies show at The Grammys.

Hillary must have been a bit excited that day - or "tired and emotional".

Here she is still in her audition suit later that day.


PS - if you've been left in any doubt...............(LANGUAGE WARNING)



Corbyn says Labour will buy every UK homeless person a house - what about a free pony, ice-cream and iPhone?

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Labour will buy every homeless person in the UK a house if the party is elected, Jeremy Corbyn has announced. 

The party leader said he would purchase 8,000 homes "immediately" and give them to people sleeping rough around the UK.

He also highlighted plans to allow councils to take over properties that have been left "deliberately" empty in order to house people who are on waiting lists around the country. 

Rough sleeping in England has reached new highs, official figures out last week showed. 

There are now around 5,000 people living on the streets around the country, a 15 per cent rise on the same period in 2016. 

Labour also announced plans to hand over vacant Housing Association properties to homeless people, rather than to people on waiting lists. 

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show Mr Corbyn said: "(We would) immediately purchase 8,000 properties across the country to give immediate housing to those people that are currently homeless.

"At the same time we would require local authorities to build far more. 

"The problem is homeless people, rough sleepers, beg to get money for a night shelter, stay in the night shelter or a hostel.

"The problem then is move on accommodation, the problem then is not having an address, without which can't get a job or claim benefits."

Mr Corbyn added that new homes built by developers and "deliberately" kept vacant would be handed over to councils to help ease pressure for housing. 

He said: "'We would give local authorities the power to take over deliberately kept vacant properties. 

"There is something grossly insulting about the idea you would build a luxury block... deliberately keep it empty knowing that with property price inflation the investor is going to make 10 per cent or 12 per cent a year... maybe a bit less but they are going to make a fair amount out of it."


I'm sure Bill Shorten's watching.

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Julie Bishop hooking up with Bill Gates and the US post-politics career transition team

.....but now that the Clinton Foundation is out of favour, what's a girl to do?

Find a rich guy!  That's what!!!!

And just to prove her global cred.....there's another $1.5M for Burma's Muslim Rohingyas and more money for The Philippines too!


SBS docco "Muslims Like Us". 5 Muslim men (1 gay) & 5 unrelated women share house for 8 days.

I hope SBS presents this show without spin, varnish or an agenda.

Islam in Australia needs more scrutiny and our society should be screaming out for insights into the way Islam operates here.

So here's hoping this isn't an SBS puff-piece and that the producers resist the temptation to make the show "Muslims.  Like Us!!!!!!"

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