He's not dumb. He's a Rhodes scholar - but he's sneaky, manipulative and a cunt.
[quote]He's a Rhodes scholar
and George Bush went to Yale. Fuck you.
I hope this even doesn't spoil my happy times in Hobart. Sure hope this guy gets tossed out of office in short order. I can't believe a country that drunk most of the time would be attracted to a guy like whatever his name is.
He sounds like he was a bit of a mess - a boxer and wanted to go and be a catholic priest? WTF?
And he impregnated a girl out of wedlock but then turned out he didn't?
Sounds like a lot of made-up history. I think there's a lot of gay porn on his laptop.
Let's try to be positive about this. Maybe now Mel will finally move back and we can be rid of him.
such a pointless question. Everyone knows that Australia is the "Trailer Park of The World".
I think being dumber than George W. Bush is a rather impressive accomplishment, particularly if your tongue isn't hanging out of your mouth and you possess the intellectual capability to breathe on a regular basis.
[quote] such a pointless question. Everyone knows that Australia is the "Trailer Park of The World".
If Florida was a country it would be Australia
Why you gone done do this?
R9 you're dumber than shit.
Weren't the results closer than expected?
Does this mean he won't be able to do exactly what he wants?
The Conservatves don't hold the balance of power in the upper house, so yes and yes. Still waiting on the final results, but he'll have to negotiate with the Greens, Independents and one or two single issue crackpots to pass legislation through Parliament.
As a lesbian, I take solace in the fact that the Abbott daughters are fairly hot. He's a creepy thug however and his wife looks like a trannie.
Maybe time to move to New Zealand for 3 years for some Aussies, New Zealand has gay marriage, the PM is for action on climate change, open to migrants and today has criticised Abbott for cutting overseas aid hitting the Pacific Islands
Kevin Rudd was the first PM to come out in support of gay marriage, and now he's gone. :( Australia isn't a trashy place. America is way trashier.
The lesson learned is that voters are not with the notion of taxing business for eco reasons, and generally are pretty skeptical about claims of global warming. The eco movement really was rebuked by the voters.
If you keep electing conservatives, the liveability will steadily decrease as they steal all the money while telling everyone else that they need to tighten their belts because they've been pussies for too long.
It's mandatory to vote in Australia. How is that fair? What if you don't like anyone?
Howard was in for 11 years. Abbott, I fear, will be with us for quite awhile. People saw what the Right was capable of in Australia. They had more than a decade to figure that out. Now, they've gone right back and supported the opposition.
More and more countries are back to voting Right-wing, while the US is shockingly voting more for the Left. I'm still waiting for that shitbag Harper to pack up and leave Canada! France better not fuck it up again.
Australia was so close to getting marriage equality. No way its happening now. Depressing.
Julia took a lot of shit. Most of it due to her gender.
So many people listen to the Aussie version of Rush Limbaugh, Alan Jones. He's rumored to be gay too.
This will be Norway tomorrow. We'll have a right wing populist party making up the government with the conservatives. The leader of the right wing populist party is a closeted lesbian who doesn't believe in LGBT rights. She also doesn't believe in climate change. The other woman, for the conservative party, is against labour rights and for privatization, selling state assets and she will lay off thousands of people who work for the government and in the municipalities. I can't wait for tomorrow! It's gonna be an awesome day! (note: sarcasm).
[quote]It's mandatory to vote in Australia. How is that fair? What if you don't like anyone?
Are Aussies not allowed to write-in a choice?
Liberalism does not work! The world is rejecting it
Nonsense R27. It is the only system which has worked. Melbourne is only on the list because of generations of left government.
Voting isn't really compulsory in Australia - nobody follows you into the booth to make sure you fill in your ballot. I've submitted an empty ballot on occasion. Making in compulsory to turn up to the polling station means we avoid campaigns designed just to get people to show up.
I'm very disappointed with the result, knowing that we'll probably need to wait six, if not nine, years before we start seeing anything resembling progressive politics (not that the ALP have been particularly progressive). I take some solace in the fact that the Greens weren't annihilated, like Rupert so desperately wanted.
It will be interesting to see if there is any movement towards marriage equality at all in the next few years - public support for it is there, and many within the Liberal Party support it, including the younger members, so there's always a chance it will at least be discussed.
Abbott has said issues of abortion are off the table, and he won't repeal the decision to fund RU486. There is more than enough support in the Liberal Party to keep Abbott's Catholicism at bay.
I'm far more worried about attempts at austerity, ruining education and ignoring the environment.
Abbott may be as gaffe prone as Bush, but he'd be smarter. And luckily we have a parliamentary system rather than a presidential system, so it's not as though he's got dictatorial powers.
Still, I'm seriously considering moving to New Zealand - pro environment, pro gay, affordable housing, lower cost of living. We are definitely developing a right-wing nut class here in Australia resembling the Tea Party. The comments sections on any News Ltd website should be avoided at all costs. I worry for our country.
Alan Jones is definitely gay - more than a rumour on that one (not that we want him).
Sorry to hear about Norway... Scandinavia is always the shining light on the hill for the rest of us. Sucks if it's changing.
R24 - Yes, he was arrested for basically cruising men in London.
Another gay man, like Limbaugh, out to prove to the world that he's just like them.
Gay Republicans/Conservatives live in their own made hell. Fuck them all!
R27 is right, liberalism doesn't work...because liberalism is too far to the right. Liberalism is socially centrist and fiscally conservative. Liberalism is a ridiculous attempt to make capital play nice without fundamental change in where power lies.
But capital will never play nice. As long as people serve money instead of the reverse, we will have misery.
[quote]Abbott has said issues of abortion are off the table, and he won't repeal the decision to fund RU486.
He was after getting rid of RU486 a few years back. He only said it's off the table to get elected. You can bet everything is back on the table. The guy is a mad man.
Norway has a huge problem with Muslims
[quote]This will be Norway tomorrow. We'll have a right wing populist party making up the government with the conservatives. The leader of the right wing populist party is a closeted lesbian who doesn't believe in LGBT rights. She also doesn't believe in climate change. The other woman, for the conservative party, is against labour rights and for privatization, selling state assets and she will lay off thousands of people who work for the government and in the municipalities. I can't wait for tomorrow! It's gonna be an awesome day! (note: sarcasm).
I guess the Norwegian shooter is getting his wish.
Why would Norway go Right-wing? Don't they know they're going to make their lives a misery?!
Spain went back to the conservatives too in 2011. Now Australia, the UK, Germany, Sweden, it would probably be a good thing for that sinking ship called California though.
R35, LOTS of people in Norway are selfish and only think about themselves. They don't even fathom that they share some viewpoints with that monster. All they care about is paying less taxes.
Lots of people hate The Workers Party and the current government, despite the fact that Norway has the lowest unemployment rate in Europe, and didn't even flinch during the financial crisis. Norway is doing well. It's still not enough for some people. They complain about literally everything! They are just dumb and don't know what's best for themselves.
Norway is currently a conservative and racist shithole. I've been saying this for a while, but nobody here believed me. Tomorrow we'll have the proof (and I'm not looking forward to it).
Maybe other countries are moving to the right because they're tired of the left's psychotic love affair with Islam. I certainly am.
Wait until the conservatives hold the Senate and House in the US after the 2014 election and see how nothing continues to be done.
Apparently we have to destroy the Earth before we can prove the damn conservatives wrong. For the Christians on the planet, this is seen as the proper outcome anyway, because they think Jesus will return pissed off and guns blazing to smite the other religions of the World. Then with a smug look on their face they believe they will be able to tell everyone they were right while they ascend a beam of sunlight to heaven. This is why you need government by representation as opposed to a pure democracy. The masses are too mentally challenged to even look after their own self-interest.
[quote]Maybe other countries are moving to the right because they're tired of the left's psychotic love affair with Islam. I certainly am.
How are you not embarrassed being this stupid? How do you go through life just believing in this kind of bullshit and then excusing it away by convincing yourself it's political correctness run amok?
You're an uneducated moron who is witnessing the wealthiest on this planet manipulate the economy and paying less and less to employees, shipping jobs to third world nations to pay slave wages... but let's just go with blaming brown people.
[R41]: Whenever anyone on the left hears something he disagrees with, he shrieks, "Racist! Racist!" I've got news for you, you stupid freak. It isn't about "brown people." It's about terrorism.
[quote]He's not dumb. He's a Rhodes scholar - but he's sneaky, manipulative and a cunt.
Like our Ted Cruz.
Not all muslims are terrorists, R42.. despite what you might think. Most muslims are law-abiding citizens who work and pay taxes like everyone else.
I'm the FREAK? Terrorism is the biggest problem you face, you hyperbolic moron?
Yeah, idiot, terrorism is more likely to happen to you than losing your paycheck or getting shot at home or having no health insurance or having your food supply contaminated due to deregulation.
Keep embarrassing yourself by checking under your bed.
You people are God damned caricatures at this point. I actually feel sorry for you that you're THIS stupid.
Can anyone provide descriptions of the cities listed in the recently-bumped "New Zealand vs. Australia" thread? I want to know which cities are more progressive, and which are more conservative...
R44, don't even bother with people like this. They sit at home watching FOX/Sky News (or whatever vile, poisonous network owned by that decrepit scumbag) and ignore the daily stories about financial manipulation and the like. He's actually dumb enough to think "terrorism" is more likely to happen than him losing his job (though he's probably on the dole).
I guarantee he lives in bumfuck. It's always those people who think the terrorists are out to get them.
[quote]Like our Ted Cruz.
Don't forget me!
Jindal is not all that smart or devious. Cruz frightens me.
True, R47. It's funny that he says muslims are the biggest terrorist threat though. He seems to forget that the worst terrorist attack within the last 10 years (aka AFTER 9/11) was done by a right wing extremist. Kinda like himself.
I believe the right wingers are bigger threats than the muslims. I live in Norway. Yes, we do have some radical muslims here, but trust me when I say this.. the right wing nutbags are a million times worse.
Sorry to be so ignorant on this point, but can same sex marriage in Australia still proceed on a state-by-state basis, or can it only be through the federal government? In other words, is marriage equality now dead for a while?
r50, enjoy your future gay bashing by your beloved Muzzies
R52, I'm not R50 and while I certainly know Muslim countries aren't the place to be gay, only an idiot would think every Muslim is looking to bash you because you're gay; not my problem you live a very sheltered life. Ignorant twit.
r52 hates the blacks too.
[quote]Wait until the conservatives hold the Senate and House in the US
[quote]Norway has a huge problem with Muslims
Yeah, remember that time one of them shot up a bunch of kids on an island? Oh, wait.
R41, why don't you go find a radical Islam cock to suck, you arrogant, pompous testament to EVERYTHING humankind has done wrong. Name me ONE redeeming quality about that backward culture you defend, you slithering, invertebrate swamp-life, self-loathing-westerner maggot!!!! YES, I OPPOSE A CULTURE OF WOMAN-BRUTALIZING, GAY-KILLING RAPISTS, YOU FUCKING ASSHOLE!!!
r56 you are kinda right. He does has a huge problem with Muslims, which is a perfect reason to kill a bunch of people nowadays.
R51, marriage law is generally considered a Federal issue, but some argue the constitution allows for states to recognise same sex marriage, and some are pursuing that. As I understand it, in the US marriage brings with it a range of legal protections - in Australia, these protections are already provided to same sex couples, so the issue in Australia is one of equality and recognition, so perhaps that's why the states feel they can act.
R46, most Australian cities are internally diverse, with inner city regions fairly progressive and outer suburbs conservative. Particularly true of Sydney and Brisbane in my experience. Adelaide is fairly conservative - never used to be the case, but there's very little appetite for change there now. Perth is pretty conservative too - lot's of mining money, so lots of mining influence in politics.
I'd say Canberra is the most progressive across the board. Darwin is quite progressive, but in more of a libertarian sense - quite a "live and let live" attitude, and it's very multicultural. Melbourne is becoming increasingly progressive too - a strong Green vote in a lot of electorates. It's my favourite Australian city. Can't really comment on Hobart, but I'd guess it would be reasonably progressive with the strong Greens influence in the state.
Deeply despondent that the Mad Monk is now Prime Minister. It's going to be the Howard years all over again, but worse.
For non Australians: The mad Monk = Tony Abbott
Schrek = Joe Hockey (Treasurer)
The Cockroach= Julie Bishop
( Foreign Minister)
Think a poor episode of Hee- Haw
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What's that all about? Is webmaster an Aussie?
I just found pics of that horse hung Aussie in Big Brother Australia from a few years ago, nude and erect selfies he took!
I sure hope Hobart is progressive and liberal. I love Hobart and all of Tasmania. All my Tas friends are as liberal as I. It would really break my heart if I had to give up Tasmania.
shove that sad list of "liveable cities" - they are liveable cities for people that don't have brains
Australia = blond bimbo
As an American, I see Australia as our likely successor as many wonderful ways.