Interesting stuff

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Blowin started the topic in Friday, 21 Jun 2019 at 8:01am

Have it cunts

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Vic Local commented Sunday, 10 May 2020 at 8:58pm

"Vic, I didn't disprove anything, I asked if I had to disprove it? Did you read what I wrote?"
Zenagain this is what you wrote in the first place. "Or is it up to me again to dis-prove it?"
AGAIN AGAIN. Did you even read what you wrote? Geez mate, I can only go by what you post.
PS "I think you should give Aussies more credit, You're jumping at shadows (that hate crime isn't a big problem)"
I reckon I could find 50 families in Christchurch who would really really disagree with you..

"angry online, smiley in the brine"

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zenagain commented Sunday, 10 May 2020 at 9:20pm

I was referring to the other day when you said I had to prove that the cattle stations reverting back to Australian hands was good for Australia.

I so knew you were gonna mention Christchurch. No person of sound mind would think that moron is anything but a complete monster, the Norwegian bloke too. But, I don't exactly see this tsunami of hate crimes washing over this world and imo your links don't exactly convince me either.

I'm not gonna argue with you Vic, you've got your view, I've got mine. I've been around a bit too, travelled a lot and not for surfing. There has and always will be prejudice and to use Oz as an example, just by sheer numbers of foreign born people and how the vast majority are doing just fine, leading relatively content and productive lives, in my OPINION does not point to huge increase in hate crimes.

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Vic Local commented Sunday, 10 May 2020 at 9:43pm

" I don't exactly see this tsunami of hate crimes washing over this world"
That's because you're not paying attention.
Have a genuine read of this article to see if you're comment above stacks up.
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/03/world/white-extremist-ter...
By the way, I do agree with your comment, "the vast majority (of Australians) are doing just fine, leading relatively content and productive lives". We just need to be vigilant to keep it that way.

"angry online, smiley in the brine"

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zenagain commented Sunday, 10 May 2020 at 9:43pm

No thanks.

I've stated my point of view.

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Vic Local commented Sunday, 10 May 2020 at 10:02pm

Really zengain? That article cataloguing white extremist crime is really thorough, very factual. It's not an opinion piece. It's straight up reporting of actual events.
Are you scared of reading something with hard evidence that contradicts your opinion?
Here you go mate. I will make it super easy for you and repost the link.
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/03/world/white-extremist-ter...

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Rabbits68 commented Sunday, 10 May 2020 at 10:27pm

Great story Mike. Cheers.

Crystal Clear

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zenagain commented Sunday, 10 May 2020 at 10:54pm

Unlike you, I'm not scared of having my opinion contradicted. I've stated my position. There always has and always will be prejudiced bigoted racist people in this world and sadly you can blame it on human nature and I believe with the advances in information technology, this 'wave' of hate speech/crime is magnified. Conversely though, I think the same tech enables right minded people to counter it.

If we stick to Australia, I think you are doing the vast majority of Aussies a great disservice by tarring them with the one brush. I would argue Australia is safer and friendlier than it ever was.

I haven't read your link and don't think I will, the NY Times is hardly the shining beacon of all things righteous and pure and I hardly need to be educated on white extremist crime while conveniently disregarding extremist crime of any other persuasion.

Now, if you'll excuse me i'm going to continue enjoying my beer and Youtube surfing on my massive t.v. because my lovely Asian wife has gone to bed early.

We've had a busy day.

Good night to you Sir.

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zenagain commented Sunday, 10 May 2020 at 10:56pm

Yes, btw, agreed- cool story Mike.

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Dale -Cooper commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 12:56am

I wonder if there's been anything interesting or at least different on here this fine Mother's day...yeah? Naaaah.

Blowie still scurrying (though at least China has been given a rest for 5 minutes).

He's now onto our first nations people!

AGAIN.

And 'cos he scored a job (voluntary? Specific mission? Or just one that happened to be going?) as a maintenance man slash builder slash personal ambassador "helping to bridge the cultural divide between our cultures" (what's your personal culture again?) in "the middle of bumfuck nowhere" or the "shithole" that is South Hedland, well, how dare anyone impugn his sterling humanitarian tendencies by, you know, quoting him directly and shit.

Nothing to see here. EVER.

AGAIN.

Tragically hilarious. Hilariously tragic.

AGAIN.

(Cue Blowie's CV comparison call/shriek. Anyone wanna take the bet? Blowie has provided a lot of beer for me in the past)

“The dog leg. That dog had four legs. One you found in my trunk. The other three went out with the information you're thinking about right now. Two people you don't want coming around here if anything bad happens to me.”

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Dale -Cooper commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 12:50am

Actually, I was wrong.

Cool story, Mike Hunt.

Other island tales would be interesting too. The waves, the boards, the locals, the greenery...

“The dog leg. That dog had four legs. One you found in my trunk. The other three went out with the information you're thinking about right now. Two people you don't want coming around here if anything bad happens to me.”

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Blowin commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 5:38am

Was an excellent story , Mike......more !

And again , Stu. Thanks for relating your cultural exchange at V Land. Not much future in punching on with the locals in certain foreign lands.

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Blowin commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 5:44am

Fingers crossed that this is true....

https://www.news.com.au/world/coronavirus/australia/not-racist-just-real...

Edit....just read this . https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity-a...

Holy shit . Trying not to get my hopes up . Evil Knievel couldn’t jump the gulf between my expectations and the probable reality of what the ALP intends to deliver. Who knows ? At least there’s reason for hope !

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GreenCT commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 6:08am

About stimulating the economy when the time is right yes getting tourists back to our towns is vital

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goofyfoot commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 6:27am

Yeah I’d be keen to hear more about your North Shore tales Mike.
Your mate that ended up in a sticky situation?
Can you elaborate or will that mean no more trips to Hawaii for mr hunt?
Btw is Perry Dane still alive?

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Blowin commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 8:24am

I can’t believe it’s going to be another Hillary / Trump election.

Pays to remember that the political parties are private businesses who can appoint whichever CEO they see fit. Just a shame that the public has been gaslighted into believing that the definition of democracy involves voting for one of the two private companies represented by the duopoly major parties.

Australia is no different.

Imagine a Hillary / Michelle Obama joint ticket. I could see that happening.

I haven’t been paying much attention to this but it’s interesting seeing the heart of the Russia / impeachment attacks on Trump starting to be openly qualified as failed coup attempts.

https://thefederalist.com/2020/05/08/obama-defense-official-evelyn-farka...

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indo-dreaming commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 8:27am

Lets put Vic Local's article into perspective.

It's between 2011 and 2017

Now let's remember in USA there is about 36,000 deaths a year from guns and in last ten years 180 school shootings alone, basically the place is pretty fucked up.

Spin over to Europe and you have countries being swamped by migrants causing all types of social issues and you also see a dramatic increase in terrorist attacks between 2011 and 2017 over 60 islamic based terrorist attacks and atleast 370 deaths.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_terrorism_in_Europe

Obviously nothing goes one way so the result is a rebound effect.

Please Stunet give me an ignore button for Talking Turkey, Shatners Basoon, Dale Cooper, Factotum, Pupkin, and any new fake profile he decides to create.

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Vic Local commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 8:59am

"Obviously nothing goes one way so the result (white supremacist killing sprees are) a rebound effect."
WOW Indo Dreaming,
You're willing to right off a fucking massive list of white supremacist hate crimes, where people have been gunned down at places of worship, youth camps, community centres etc as "a rebound effect". That's fucked up.
And blowin, still linking nutter sites I see. This time it's to back up a crackpot conspiracy theory about Clinton. Mate, were you at one of the Sydney or Melbourne cooker rallies on the weekend? You know the ones about 5G, anti-vaxxers, Bill Gates, etc.

"angry online, smiley in the brine"

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sypkan commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 10:01am

...context is important...

it's kinda ridiculous that you throw around ridiculous figures about 'hate crimes' and 'hate speach' increasing, when these little buzzwords weren't even a thing just a few years ago...

then you constantly ask for proof and evidence, whilst constantly citing sources like nyt and the guardian...

hilarious

then you write off the federalist as a nutter site, yeh they're a bit nutty...

but only one of those three sources has been consistently correct for the last four years...

and it ain't the nyt!

the democrats are currently in so much shit it's fucken scary, for the whole world...

but you wouldn't know about that ...it's impossible to, ...from a bubble as impervious as yours...

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sypkan commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 9:52am

'hate speech'

I feel a little nausea everytime I see it

a lot actually, in other forums it's a massive redlight for me

do not engage

nutter alert

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sypkan commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 10:02am

...and speaking of nuts..

south headland is nuts!!!

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GuySmiley commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 10:03am

Hey VL you cockwomble care to enlighten the world on why you’re so fucking right here 100% of the time, how you can speak with such authority in judging the words, lives and motives of others.

Cockwomble (noun)A person, usually male, prone to making outrageously stupid statements and/or inappropriate behavior while generally having a very high opinion of his own wisdom and importance.

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Vic Local commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 10:38am

"care to enlighten the world on why you’re so fucking right here 100% of the time".
It's because I back my statements up with evidence from reliable sources and academic studies.
Whenever I call "bullshit" on others, and request evidence for their claims, they come up with sweet FA or links to nutter conspiracy theory sites. Go back through all my postings and show me where I got the facts wrong. Go back to all the times I called "bullshit" on others, and show me where they backed up their claims. Fuck, I've even given them officials statistics proving they were completely wrong, and they still won't admit it.
Everyone has a right to their own opinions, but nobody has the right to make up their own facts.

"angry online, smiley in the brine"

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sypkan commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 11:00am

...but facts are so subjective... it seems...

dismissing everything as 'conspiracy theory' for the last four years hasn't panned out well for the left

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sypkan commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 11:53am

(left wing) conspiracy theory?

all sounds like a reasonable assessment of events

...to me...

https://amp.smh.com.au/national/it-would-be-unwise-to-dismiss-donald-tru...

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Westofthelake commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 12:26pm

Kinda related...

I was watching Episode 4 season 2 of 'Mars' on Netflix, produced in 2018 for National Geographic. It is a really good docudrama about the realities of humans establishing a colony on Mars with a view to terra-forming. Actually 2 colonies, one by the scientists, and a newer one by a corporation, and the various 'issues' that emerge from their differing 'missions'.

In this particular episode they tackle the scenario of a contagious virus being unleashed in their colonies. In the doco part they specifically mention 2 actual events on earth and how they were handled/cover-ed up. The first is the mysterious death of people in the Arctic which was due climate change melting greater areas and releasing 'anthrax' into the atmosphere as thousands of dead animal carcasses once buried in ice and snow were now thawed by the the warmth. The other situation was how China tried to cover up the SARS virus when it broke out.

[Spoiler Alert] - The crew on Mars had returned some drilled rock to their lab for the first time. Like on earth, because it had been in icy cold for so long, when it was brought to the lab it came to life due to the warmth and grew like an algae. It was analysed by a scientist who soon became ill with a respiratory illness, and soon died. Highly contagious it started spreading through both colonies (due to an intimate interaction between 2 colonists from the 2 different colonies)

Anyways, it looked like they were going to be wiped out as they had no idea how to make a remedy. Eventually they do discover that the one thing that can cure them all, penicillin, was not part of their medical supplies on Mars.

Fortunately for those on the ground, there was a space station already orbiting Mars. Guess who operated this space station and who also had supplies of penicillin?
The Chinese.

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Dale -Cooper commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 12:33pm

Sweet Lord, the 'Hillary alarm' must've gone off.

Seppo's in the house!

“The dog leg. That dog had four legs. One you found in my trunk. The other three went out with the information you're thinking about right now. Two people you don't want coming around here if anything bad happens to me.”

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Dale -Cooper commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 12:34pm

And you must be doing something right, Vic Local.

You've stirred up a real nest of 'murder hornets'!

See them swarm and attack! Attack!

Even Guy Smiley?!

Iso = loco.

“The dog leg. That dog had four legs. One you found in my trunk. The other three went out with the information you're thinking about right now. Two people you don't want coming around here if anything bad happens to me.”

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Blowin commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 12:36pm

From Macrobusiness

“.....This is all well and good if you have faith in Australian institutions to act in the national interest, which includes the protection of the democracy and our freedoms.

But why would you ? What is the evidence for how our institutions are coping with Chinese influence?

At the political level it was close to disastrous two years ago. Chinese influence was erupting in both political parties via cash donations. There’s been some pushback since. But a CCP stooge still holds the Government’s majority in her hand today and the ALP is riven by Chinese influences from the ground up. Political normatives have shifted away from Chinese influences somewhat, for now, but its hardly a battle that is won. The bribes keep flowing into political parties and nothing structural has been done to stop them.

Another problem is in Australian capital. Here the Chinese influence is rampant. From iron ore to apartment builders, Chinese profits dictate terms. There is no will here to defy China.

A related problem is the universities, which have been comprehensively bribed into suppressing free speech, actively spreading CCP propaganda, co-operative research producing tyranny tech and treasonous activity any time the flow of kiddies is interrupted. This demands a royal commission to clean it up. Yet where is it?

The media is also an issue. Much of it relies upon real estate inflation for profits these days. The flow of Chinese property buyers is a material component of this and has corrupted viewpoints for many years. Where is the push to clean it up?

And all of these institutions at once are supportive of the mass immigration model of growth that strengthens CCP influence, both by increasing the size of the Chinese diaspora, which will win more seats in parliament for the CCP to bully and by yoking growth ever closer to the supply of Chinese largesse.

Sure it will cost Australia to defend itself. But the notion that you have a choice is wrong. The CCP has damn near stolen Australia from under our noses already. Our institutions have barely held on and many are utterly corrupted with no redress in sight.

As a culture, Australians are not driven by a strong moral centre, they are ethically lazy, pragmatic and irreligious. They are easily bought.

The conclusion is straight forward. If you do not choose to keep China at bay today then you are choosing the CCP to govern your children tomorrow.”

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indo-dreaming commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 12:49pm

"Obviously nothing goes one way so the result (white supremacist killing sprees are) a rebound effect."
WOW Indo Dreaming,
You're willing to right off a fucking massive list of white supremacist hate crimes, where people have been gunned down at places of worship, youth camps, community centres etc as "a rebound effect". That's fucked up."

It might be fucked up, but thats how humans nature works, people don't always turn the other cheek.

Please Stunet give me an ignore button for Talking Turkey, Shatners Basoon, Dale Cooper, Factotum, Pupkin, and any new fake profile he decides to create.

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Blowin commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 12:56pm

Painting the house with a Spotify 90’s playlist running in the background and it’s dawning on me just how amazingly accurate a teddy bear on drugs can be.....you CAN sing any 90’s song just using vowels.

https://youtu.be/K6whELudEPA

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LOCALIST commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 1:05pm

fuck yeah. more like it. cheer up cunts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbhu4BwrLmQ

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Vic Local commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 1:31pm

"people don't always turn the other cheek."
Wow. Fucking hell Indo. Gunning down innocent people in revenge for some completely unrelated nutter bombing innocent people, is now just someone who isn't prepared to "turn the other cheek" and is "human nature".
Let me reword your statement to make it sane. "Killing people because of the colour of their skin, their religion, or their cultural background is fucked up." FULL STOP. DON'T ADD A "BUT".

"angry online, smiley in the brine"

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Dale -Cooper commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 1:44pm

Hey, hey, HEEEEEEY! I'm not racist...

but...

“The dog leg. That dog had four legs. One you found in my trunk. The other three went out with the information you're thinking about right now. Two people you don't want coming around here if anything bad happens to me.”

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AndyM commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 1:46pm

Youse are all rooted.

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GuySmiley commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 3:04pm

"It's because I back my statements up with evidence from reliable sources and academic studies ......"

No you don't so I'm thinking you're also delusional.

Calling the comments of others bullshit, harshly judging people and calling them racist is one hell of a way to win an argument, yep proven 101 technique in the Oxford debating manual. Never once have I see you ask someone to clarify what they saying, no no why waste time just yell out bullshit and racist. Wot you hiding VL?

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Dale -Cooper commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 3:36pm

You just get here, Guy Smiley?

No.

Of course not.

So what the actual are you gabbling about and who for?

You know the stooges' form on here.

Leopard, spots etc etc

“The dog leg. That dog had four legs. One you found in my trunk. The other three went out with the information you're thinking about right now. Two people you don't want coming around here if anything bad happens to me.”

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Dale -Cooper commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 3:39pm

Hang on...

“The dog leg. That dog had four legs. One you found in my trunk. The other three went out with the information you're thinking about right now. Two people you don't want coming around here if anything bad happens to me.”

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Blowin commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 3:59pm

Facto....you talked about up North like a normal human for a couple of posts and then you went three days without a post which wasn’t a bitchy snipe at someone. Not even about a topic , just character assassination.

What’s that about ?

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stunet commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 4:14pm

'Thanks Jack Mundey'

Heartfelt tributes are pouring in for legendary Australian communist, trade unionist and environmentalist Jack Mundey, who died on Sunday, aged 90. Twitter has seen statements from the ACTU and Australian Conservation Foundation, a string of Labor heavyweights including former Labor leader Bill Shorten, Greens leader Adam Bandt and many others. As leader of the NSW Builders Laborers Federation in the early 1970s, Mundey and his fellow “BLs” Bob Pringle and Joe Owens had a truly global impact. They launched the green bans movement, which stopped bulldozers from clearing remnant scrub on Sydney Harbour at Hunters Hill, then known as Kellys Bush, in 1971. It was the first time a union anywhere had stopped work on a project for environmental reasons – well outside normal pay and conditions – and the green bans unionists went on to save much of Sydney’s built heritage in The Rocks and Woolloomooloo, and places like Centennial Park, holding up developments worth billions in the name of environmental amenity or social justice. It also embraced causes from gay rights to public housing. Peace and anti-nuclear activist Petra Kelly came to Sydney in the late 1970s and, inspired by Mundey, went home and formed the German Greens, which in turn inspired the formation of Green parties around the world.

But the significance of the green bans – a term coined by Mundey in a 1973 interview – wasn’t just that they saved a few precious bits of Sydney during the early 1970s property boom. The green bans recognised that the environment and heritage mattered to working people, that gay rights mattered to working people (hence the first pink ban, as the ACTU’s Sally McManus acknowledged today), that public housing mattered to working people. And the green bans could not have happened without the earlier black bans, in which the radical BLs stood up and stopped dangerous work practices like “riding the hook” in the very early days of high-rise construction, and insisting labourers should not die at work. And the green bans unionists were not about self-glorification or entrenching themselves in the hierarchy. They believed in grassroots democracy, with everything decided on site by the unionists themselves in stop-work meetings that would often drag on for hours – as long as it took, with many labourers from multicultural backgrounds. They also believed in limited tenure; Jack Mundey himself went back on the tools after his first stint as state secretary. 

In short, Mundey and his fellow unionists saw at the outset that the jobs-versus-environment debate is a sham construct. Workers can have both, if they only insist on it. Consider how radical the green bans seem now, when the CFMEU (the successor to the Builders Laborers Federation) colluded with the far right against Stop Adani protesters at the last federal election, and national president Tony Maher tells The Australian [$] his union will never oppose a new coal mine that creates jobs. Yet new coal projects will literally make the planet uninhabitable for kids, not just those of the inner-city greenies, but the kids of regional coal miners as well – a much more serious threat than anything the BLF stared down 50 years ago. The CFMEU could, if it wished, stop the Adani project dead tomorrow. Unions the world round could, if they wished, stop new fossil fuels forever. 

When I interviewed Mundey for my recent history of the Greens in Australia, he criticised the union movement for failing to move with the times: “The union movement now could be a real, important instrument in the whole ecological struggle, because the whole question of global warming, the whole question of the environment, is on the agenda forever more.” Could a green ban be slapped on the Adani mine, I asked Jack? “First of all, it’s convincing the workers themselves. I think there is a need for that sort of action to take place. And if workers could be motivated along those lines, I could see there’d be a great benefit to the whole workers’ movement.” 

As one Twitter user pointed out today, former ACTU president Bob Hawke saw Mundey as a “menace” – the 70s green bans represented exactly the kind of industrial unrest which, as PM, he stopped using the accord and union amalgamations. In his fifth vision speech today, Labor leader Anthony Albanese soft-pedalled on the policies that the Opposition would take to the next election, but has signalled that the party will dump ambitious policies on franking credits or negative gearing, for example. Last week, he was taking flack for committing to an entirely uncontroversial zero emissions by 2050 emissions target. Let’s hope that in the spirit of Jack Mundey – a true giant of the Australian Labor movement – the ALP does not go to water on everything. 

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zenagain commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 4:20pm

That my friends is called integrity.

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Blowin commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 4:44pm

I’d never heard of him till I read the above piece.

Sounds like the sort of person sadly missing from Australian political and union representation these days. I dare say Mundey wouldn’t recognise most of what has become of those organisations which formerly represented Australian workers such as ALP and unions. Must have broken his heart to see the working class cast aside in favour of neoliberalism and impressing the management class.

Sad passing.

Stu...where’d you get that article from ? Or did you write it ?

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Dale -Cooper commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 4:37pm

A good write-up and post, Stunet.

And yes, "let's hope that the Australian people give the Kool-Aid a miss."

There. Fixed it.

One thing leads to the other.

“The dog leg. That dog had four legs. One you found in my trunk. The other three went out with the information you're thinking about right now. Two people you don't want coming around here if anything bad happens to me.”

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Dale -Cooper commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 4:48pm

Nek Minnit...

“The dog leg. That dog had four legs. One you found in my trunk. The other three went out with the information you're thinking about right now. Two people you don't want coming around here if anything bad happens to me.”

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AndyM commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 4:57pm

Are you saying that Jack Mundey is a part of a psyops Dale?

What are you saying?

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stunet commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 4:59pm

From 'The Monthly Today' by Paddy Manning'.

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stunet commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 5:01pm

That photo! Someone's done their research.

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Vic Local commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 5:18pm

stunet. If you want to see a hilarious take on the Melbourne protest check out Tom Tanuki's YouTube summary. Absolute Gold.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61LNDNCYnJo

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Dale -Cooper commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 5:23pm

Andy, that sweet imported Kool-Aid is irresistible to some.

Most?

Dilute to taste.

“The dog leg. That dog had four legs. One you found in my trunk. The other three went out with the information you're thinking about right now. Two people you don't want coming around here if anything bad happens to me.”

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AndyM commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 5:26pm

Are you going to actually be specific and say what you mean?

The way you're expressing yourself isn't really doing it.

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GuySmiley commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 5:54pm

Not late to the party at all just getting increasingly cranky at the way people with reasonable points to make get shouted down.

As a related aside John Brumby former Victorian Labor Premier and current head of Latrobe University was on the radio today lamenting the loss of income from the 275,000 foreign students that the State usually plays host to.

That's worth repeating 275,000 in Victoria alone.

Brumby was singing the success of the university sector as an export industry and as a means to foster soft diplomacy but not once did he mention what the first and foremost role of Australian Universities is, that is, the education of Australian students/citizens.

Now I don't mind the idea of foreign students nor the soft diplomacy bit but that number is out of control and certainly there needs to be a way of decoupling Australian study with citizenship because like others I believe immigration is out of control. It needs to return to pre Howard levels to put it on a more long term sustainable basis.