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Aboriginal leaders talk sense at last

The Coalition under the faecal touch of old Tin-Ear tinkered with the unholy mess of indigenous demand, very few of which would not set of generations of expensive court battles for many generations to come—especially as there were threats of violence and terrorism if madness was not implemented. At last cool and informed heads heard the ‘penny drop’. Present proposals are doomed to failure and will be until a confused and threatening rabble pipe down and present a cohesive and sensible plan for the long term. Until then have all the meetings, disagreements and brawls in private—most Australians have much more to deal with.

Three of the country’s most influential Aboriginal leaders have told Parliament a referendum to establish a new Indigenous advisory body would be a guaranteed failure if held too soon. The government-appointed Referendum Council last year recommended a national vote on establishing a permanent Indigenous advisory body — known as a Voice to Parliament —following a historic gathering of Indigenous delegates at Uluru. [More]

PNG Maseratis—fact Vs spin

Something stinks among the poverty in PNG and it’s not the poverty that really pongs. Australia’s overly generous aid to PNG must be reviewed!

A follow up on MM’s report of PNG’s splurge of 40 top-of-the-line Maseratis for an APEC meeting, read here, thanks to readers Chris and Cathy further information has been received and it does not auger well for the reputation of a nation so eager to receive aid from Australia and others. Add to that another grand act of pure profligacy, the purchase of three new Bentley limousines worth more than $320,000 each. The arrival of V8 Bentley Flying Spurs will join 40 of recently-delivered Maseratis, worth $175,000 each to the APEC livery as PNG gears up to host the 21-member nation summit next month.

A storm of public criticism and protest has erupted after the publication of photographs showing the delivery of 40 Maserati luxury supercars to the O’Neill government. The white-jacked Maserati Quattroporte cars were shown being off-loaded from two chartered Boeing 747 aircraft at Port Moresby’s Jackson’s airport. The luxury cars have been brought to Port Moresby to chauffeur world leaders and other VIP guests around the capital for three days during next months Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. [More]

Middle East: the end of Khashoggi and free press

The Middle East has, more so in recent times, embodied all that is evil in and for mankind. Before the discovery of oil riches they had a long and rich history—punctuated daily by violence and punishment for any number of trivial matters—all pertaining to survival—lies, deceit, cruelty and murder. Their struggle to rise above the status of mere sand fleas would have been achieved given untold oil fortunes and access to top world education and familiarity with advanced civilisation—one might have thought! Apparently, DNA is all encompassing as the old adage instills, “You can take the man out of the jungle but you can’t take the jungle out of the man!” Something Darwin might have known?

Before Jamal Khashoggi vanished he wrote this which was held by The Washington Post: … There is only one country in the Arab world that has been classified as “free.” That nation is Tunisia. Jordan, Morocco and Kuwait come second, with a classification of “partly free.” The rest of the countries in the Arab world are classified as “not free.” As a result, Arabs living in these countries are either uninformed or misinformed. They are unable to adequately address, much less publicly discuss, matters that affect the region and their day-to-day lives. A state-run narrative dominates the public psyche, and while many do not believe it, a large majority of the population falls victim to this false narrative. Sadly, this situation is unlikely to change.      Mr Kashoggi was right—deadly right. [More]

Liawatha: 
Time to bury the hatchet?

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Orbán vs the EU.

Tiger Without Teeth

Like an old tiger with no teeth, the EU can gum its way through a noodle meal like Greece, but serve it a tough customer and it purrs and rolls over, as it will do when confronted by Hungary – a Hungary led by Viktor Orbán.

The laughable European Parliament – the Parliament of Eunuchs – has been spluttering over its Roumier Musigny Grand Cru 1990, which they have with their playlunch, ever since Orbán refused to take welfare-grants from the Middle East and Africa. [More]

The feminist brain

The ‘feminist’ brain:
an incoherent mess

Modern feminism is illogical because it is based on assumptions of gender equalisation and a pernicious patriarchy.

An immense body of evidence conclusively demonstrates that this assumption is false; men and women are inherently, fundamentally, and irreconcilably different. “Equal but different*,” as the Irish say.

Any political movement based on such a spectacularly incorrect assumption about human nature – that men and women are and should be identical – is doomed to failure. Yet, for some women, they can’t see past the political imperative that requires that woman need additional advantage to maintain that impossible identical sex status. Jack Kerwick discuss the issue: [More]

Why are they changing our bank notes so often?

As with most things these days, it sounded like a good idea at the time, referring to the release of the ‘new and improved’ $5 note released in 2016 that jammed up most cash machines as the RBA found a new way to annoy people. Today will test the new $50 note that boasts many, ‘new and improved’ features, none of which makes it go further at the supermarket. However, nobody asks why the currency is being changed—at enormous expense.

Teething problems with the new $50 note should be kept to a minimum, argues the Reserve Bank after it embarked on a heavy programme of testing and engagement with industry ahead of Thursday’s launch. The new-look note will be the third in the current series in circulation after the $5 note hit the streets in 2016 and the $10 note last year. [More]

Australia has great talent, and then some

All too often the stench pervading our learning institutions detracts from Australia’s very talented researchers kicking goals in various fields. It’s a good move that this nation, via programs like the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science, rewards good work before they go abroad for recognition. Australia does well in so many areas of science and this lot may surprise many. Although, not so much about sea level rise methinks!

A geophysicist whose work has helped plan space missions and paint a better picture of sea level rise has been awarded the 2018 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science. Professor Kurt Lambeck received the $250,000 prize at Parliament House, for a huge body of research spanning a long and impressive career. In the 1960s, his early work describing the Earth’s gravity field helped provide better planning for space missions. “This was at the time when this whole satellite business started,” said Professor Lambeck, from the Australian National University. [More]

Porn star must pay Trump’s legal fees

Gosh! Stormy Daniels sure brings new meaning to, “well endowed.”

Donald Trump faced a barrage of innuendo and cries of impropriety from The Washington Post in particular over charges from porn star Stormy Daniels, the tart who mouthed off about her affair with Mr Trump. Stormy’s case has now been tossed out of court and the judge awarded that Trump’s legal fees be paid by Daniels. As expected, the Don will now go after Daniels and her lawyer saying he will now, “go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer”.

US President Donald Trump has mocked porn actress Stormy Daniels in a tweet after a judge dismissed her defamation lawsuit against him.The judge ruled that a presidential tweet Ms Daniels said was defamatory was protected by the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech. [More]

McCormack must go! Fairfax just woke up

The Coalition’s revolving door is oiled up for another ejection!

No fuss was made in MSM, especially Fairfax Media, when Malcolm Turnbull put his stamp of approval on his ventriloquist dummy Michael McCormack to be Australia’s deputy prime minister. Turnbull only uses dopes like the animated McCormack that can be totally manipulated. Unfortunately, Turnbull’s political Tin-Ear chose a real loser with McCormack and everybody could see that from day one—a total embarrassment for the National Party. The Coalition must rid themselves of such political dross if they are serious about laying waste to Labor. The electorate is sick of being confronted by expensive but useless nongs! Barnaby Joyce will get the guernsey and sooner the better for all.

The Coalition government is bracing for its second leadership challenge in less than two months, with Nationals MPs counting numbers to potentially topple Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack within days. The growing internal unrest inside the junior Coalition partner has infuriated the Liberal Party, which is fighting to retain its one-seat majority at Saturday’s crucial byelection in the Sydney seat of Wentworth. [More]