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26  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 08, 2015, 06:38:24 pm
As expected, although if we assume cbinet solidarity (and we shouldn't, at least not unanimously) then the backbench has a majority against him. He's toast, it's just a case of whether it's burnt toast for the Libs or if they can scrape it off a bit.
27  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 06, 2015, 12:45:34 am
Statement from Bishop

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I agreed with the Prime Minister that due to Cabinet solidarity and my position as deputy there should be support for the current leadership in the spill motion.

Well, that's an emphatic endorsement isn't it?

"I am telling literally everyone who has the ability to turf him to turf him, but he has put words in my mouth so in public I need to be a loyal deputy. Which is why for the next three days I have laryngitis and will stay at home to call text my collegues to ensure they do not support the current leadership."
28  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 05, 2015, 10:46:07 pm
Pyne is vacillating to make sure Turnbull and Bishop don't just go ahead without his boy Scotty.

It's done.
29  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 05, 2015, 09:17:27 pm
I hope you're right Smiley
30  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 05, 2015, 08:32:44 pm
As long as Ricky "I told you he'd be good" muir gets back in, I'm alright with that Smiley

But I think things have simmered down for now. Turnbull won't challenge until he has the numbers, and he doesn't have the numbers. But one more tiny slip up from Abbott, and he's gone.
31  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Arrest Warrant for Argentine President Found in Dead Prosecutor's Home on: February 04, 2015, 07:53:12 pm
Argentina's government is, and always will be, theatre. I will never truly understand it, but the core, I think, is that everyone just chooses to ignore reality in favour of drama.
32  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 02, 2015, 10:12:15 pm
NT Country Liberal Party has gone into full-bore civil war. Alison Anderson has, of course, decided to involve herself in it.

http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/alison-anderson-and-larisa-lee-rejoin-clp-amid-leadership-turmoil/story-fnk0b1zt-1227206076554
33  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 02, 2015, 09:03:39 pm
This feels like that moment in a game of Europa Universalis when all your rebellions start to pop. VIC first, fine, whatever... then all of a sudden, QLD, NT, Federal, maybe a bit of pain in NSW...
34  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 02, 2015, 05:42:27 pm
I should also say that this person has reasonably consistent ears, but has always been very anti-Abbott so draw your own views as to the reliability Tongue
35  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 02, 2015, 05:35:43 pm
Little birdy has said that it's Brough as challenger, Bishop as compromise unifying candidate/PM, Turnbull as Treasurer, and Morrison as Deputy leader and Foreign Affairs.

Morrison getting that role fills me with disgust, but apparently he's required to get enough of the conservatives over the line.
36  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Queensland State Election- January 31, 2015 on: January 31, 2015, 07:52:28 am
"Is he going to be challenged?"

Any answer other than 'No' is politicianese for 'Yes'. She went with "Let's see what he says on Monday."
37  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Queensland State Election- January 31, 2015 on: January 31, 2015, 07:35:34 am
That's it, thanks.
38  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Queensland State Election- January 31, 2015 on: January 31, 2015, 07:31:57 am
Jane Prentice basically just said 'we need to turf Tony' in political terms. WHat she actually said was 'we need to have a discussion about how we go forward', but that was in response to 'Do you think the coalition needs to loom at Tony Abbott's leadership' or similar.
39  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Queensland State Election- January 31, 2015 on: January 31, 2015, 05:18:51 am
Things closing up a bit, but the ALP is still in the better position. 40-39-3, 7 in doubt.
40  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Queensland State Election- January 31, 2015 on: January 31, 2015, 04:58:46 am
...and even if the ALP is just outside of govenment, they're in the box seat with the BOPpers, and even if they don't get to form government with a minority, this is a truly remarkable result.
41  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Queensland State Election- January 31, 2015 on: January 31, 2015, 04:56:51 am
Antony Green's comp says majority ALP government.

Unbelievable.

Yes, state and federal are different, but this would never have been possible without Abbott.
42  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Do child poors get birthday parties? on: January 29, 2015, 06:54:41 am
Threatened with the wooden spoon, the actual act was never required Tongue
43  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: January 29, 2015, 03:43:39 am
She was outspoken in the extreme, but unlike many of the loudest voices, she had something to say. I didn't agree with a lot of it though Tongue
44  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: January 29, 2015, 03:06:39 am
Colleen McCullough has died Sad
45  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: January 25, 2015, 11:42:11 pm
Poll on the fairfax websited with over 25,000 votes has a 92% negative reaction to the announcement.

Admittedly, the readership skews left, but still... I think this might be the 'jumped the shark' moment.
46  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: January 25, 2015, 04:54:03 pm
This is also real.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jan/26/prince-philip-angus-houston-named-australian-knights
47  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Do you think democracy can actually work in China? on: January 25, 2015, 07:56:48 am
Democracy is dying anyway :shrug:
48  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Do child poors get birthday parties? on: January 21, 2015, 01:08:43 pm
The only kids who had extravaganzas when I was little were the Jewish and Greek kids, although I think they've spread more widely in the following years.
49  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: New indecent Sia video on: January 21, 2015, 01:07:21 pm
It's not indecent, but it's not particularly good either.

Indeed.
50  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Gallup 65 country poll: "Would you fight for your country in case of war ?" on: January 17, 2015, 06:09:37 am
The usefulness of this poll result is in seeing the number of people not aligned with either side, and correlating it to education in critical thinking.
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