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My enemy’s enemy is my enemy

The gang sat around the Brushtail Cafe contemplating Tony Abbott's increasingly bellicose pronouncements. “I don't get it”, Joadja said, polishing glasses. “Tony Abbott is going back into Iraq in order to help the government fight against the Islamic State terrorists, right?” “Right”, said Old Possum, draining the last swig of cider from his bottle. “But […]

If only Adolph Hitler had kept painting and Andrew Cornwell had stuck to dogs

Poor Rex Newell … here he was making an honest living painting nostalgic Australiana – the sort of thing depicting old homesteads you see for sale in country town cafes for a few hundred dollars, or on those wall calenders they give away at the local tyre shop – and then he makes the perfectly […]

Team Spin, Team hypocrisy

Christoper Pyne reckons the Abbott Government should be praised for dropping their attempt to repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. "It became perfectly obvious to the Government that there was limited community support for changing section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act … We should be getting a tick for listening rather than […]

Airline atrocities? Let’s talk about Iran Air 655

The Federal Police must be earning a heap of overtime these days. Not so many weeks back, Abbott had a bunch of them rushed to Christmas Island in anticipation of 157 pathetic Tamil asylum seekers being, perhaps, landed there. In the event, Scott Morrison decided to incarcerate the asylum seekers aboard a customs vessel headed […]

It’s not what you thinkler, I’m Big Nathan Tinkler

After a few late nights and cases of cider, my old mate Dave, the Central Coast police detective, and I, were well on the way with the script and lyrics for ICAC –The Musical. In the process, Dave was steadily imbibing, although it only seemed to enhance his quite unexpected creative powers. “I've gotta get […]

Mick Costa is not accused of any wrongdoing

I have to make clear, right at the start, that former Australian Water Holdings chairman (and sometime Labor Council Secretary, NSW treasurer, transport minister and police minister) Michael 'Mick' Costa is not accused of any wrongdoing. In fact, the picture painted in various balanced and responsible media accounts of the AWH affair is that he […]

Eddie and Arthur thought too small

Yes, as through this world I've wandered I've seen lots of funny men; Some will rob you with a six-gun, And some with a fountain pen. - Woody Guthrie The ICAC inquiry into the Sydney Water Holdings scam makes fabulous reading. The distinct impression we’re getting is that here was a bunch of conscienceless pirates […]

We are all hostages when the wheels go up

There had always been something a little weird about the pilot. Whenever the subject of Captain Abbott came up, many people mentioned the male anorexia thing. “There’s gotta be something weird about a man who runs all those triathlons,” they’d say, and they’d speculate about self-punishment. There would usually be (nudge-nudge, wink-wink) some talk about […]

Last thoughts before the world ends (or maybe not)

I was down at Possum Point, which is not far from Batemans Bay, taking a few days off with Joadja and Jesse Dingo when the news filtered through that the Russians had invaded Ukraine. Or The Ukraine, as the world used to say until a few short years ago. Maybe “invade” isn’t quite the right […]

A life lost in vain

Last week the Afghan government released 65 suspected Taliban militants from prison. The US military, due to pull out of that benighted country by the end of this year, were outraged, of course. US officials said the detainees were “directly linked” to attacks that killed or wounded 32 NATO troops as well as 23 Afghan […]