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July 2, 2022

Editorial – AA versus scary plodder

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Life under Labor communism, week one:

Great leader elect, Albo, unfurled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags on the podium and waved his wand to release an imprisoned young Sri Lankan family. Mum, dad, and two little girls returned to the small community of Biloela, in central Qld. The Nadesalingam family were cruelly locked up by the former regime for purely political purposes, despite Biloela residents welcoming them as their own.

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Albo then immediately jumped on his Nimbus 2000 and flew off to the Quad and met world leaders.

Upon his return, Albo attended Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre, thereby signalling to the inner city elites that Labor PMs enjoy culture, unlike every Liberal PM before him.

The former Liberal PM, meanwhile, was booed at the footy, and is yet to vacate Kirribilli House in Sydney. Boooo. His grand finale was destroying his party. Horray!

By Monday, there was a win for Australian foreign diplomacy, after China dumped its plan to make security pacts with our Pacific Island neighbours.

Coincidentally, new Foreign Minister, Penny Wong, had been dispatched to Fiji.

Showing interest in countries with much smaller economies who live close by was never a strong suit of the previous government.   

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And this leads us to Peter Dutton.

As a seat warming placeholder plodder until a real Liberal leader emerges, ol’ Spuddo is the best the loony Libs can muster.   

The former Qld cop told the nation at his press conference, without the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags as a backdrop, that he will work for inclusiveness.

He then says he is just a big softy, and will commence legal action against anyone who says otherwise.

Spud sued refugee advocate, Shane Bazzi, over deleted mean tweets – yet lost.

Dutton has demonised ‘African gangs’ for his own political gains, was voted worst Health Minister by Australian doctors, and walked out on then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s apology to the Stolen Generations.

He says he did that because he didn’t feel Australia had done enough to close the gap for Indigenous people, and we should do more before we apologise.

If only there was a government, in charge for the last nine years, that could have done more. He also blamed the ABC for its reporting, saying ‘I’m not as bad as the ABC might sometimes report’.

Nope, boof head is much, much worse. As Home Affairs Minister, he dehumanised, tortured, brutalised and denied basic medical care to the most vulnerable people on the planet. His wife keeps having to remind us he’s not a monster.

Meanwhile, David Littleproud replaces Barnaby Joyce as the new leader of the federal Nationals Party.

The Nationals have finally rejected the leadership of a drunken, red faced hypocrite, who left his wife and children to start another family with a staff member.

As colourful as Joyce is, clowns really do belong in the circus, and should not be in charge of making laws.

Fun fact: David Littleproud was one of only four MPs to vote ‘No’ in the final vote on gay marriage in the House of Reps in 2017.

Does any of this matter? Not really – In the context of Davos (www.weforum.org) and the control that globalists have over ‘sovereign’ countries like ours, politics is just a Harry Potter script with a few clowns thrown in.

Hans Lovejoy, editor

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  1. Voted no on gay marriage Hans !
    So did 5 million Australians that we know of ..
    The plebiscite was not compulsory .
    However if the Plebiscite had been
    Compulsory who knows what the outcome
    Would have been .. bit harsh hans so did
    Our Prime Minister for a young woman
    20 years age difference ? Can’t wait for question
    Time in parliament because Dutton unlike Morrison
    Will tell it how it is ..put those Guardian activists
    Down a few notches at the national Press Club
    With the wicked witch from the east presiding..

  2. Aaaa haha,, that is so funny hahahaha ,, I love it.. I wish I could say it like that ,, hahahaha ,, . You are fantastic David .. That’s why you’re the editor and I’m a gardener hahahaha … ….. I tend to waffle on a bit and get off topic when my hands arnt in the soil and grounded.. The keyboard is not my natural element … .. … On a gardening level ,, the sky is clear , the sun is shining , the universe says yes I agree,, good on youse for finally showing some honesty and common sense . OH and S…. I’m on your side now…… …….. And yes,, colonial mustard will be great for the lib/nat , uap, one nation, sneaky independants ( they’re all the same party) voting block, .. Yeah put him up. No one will vote for them. Just the ones with their heads still in the sand and stuck up their bums. Deliberately oblivious to the massive heatwave and fire storm we had 3 years ago and the mind boggling catastrophically biblical rains and floods we had 3 months ago. ( I mean great Der s of the century ) Der…. It’s the planet stupid,, who gives a f about the economy. It’s our future survival , like we have to breathe to survive. No trees = no oxygen = no air to breathe. = More extreme fires and more extreme floods and storms . Who cares about the bank account . .. I’d rather be poorer and breathe , than richer and need an oxygen tank .. No brainer as the yanks say. Confidence will breed action. Action will breed money spent . Money spent will breed jobs , investment , wage rises , ( not trickle down , osmosis up) give the workers a big rise , f the bosses . They’re alright drinking French champagne and scoffing lobsters . OMG I’m only allowed 3 lobsters a week . And no champagne .. …………….. Seriously tho ,, there’s nothing to fear and everything to gain. Fake it till you make it. Believe you are and you will become that which you believe you are . ( gardening recipe for starting a business) Mind over matter , compassion over greed, love over hate , common people ( workers ) over profits, mum and dad and the kids over mining royalties and puny taxes on mega rich companies and people and 2 Hawaiian holidays a year.. .. . And now, what about this nsw state gov ,, bring on the election. Do I detect them lurching to the compassion side all of a sudden ,, the left , or the middle . I wonder why . Der,,,, And finally a big PS: where’s the help for the poor Lismore people ,, coraki woodburn wardell .. . Like ,, you talk talk talk ,, meetings and forums and more talk talk talk . All talk , no action . ( we don’t care , we got our 1, 2 , 3 grand a day in wages , for talk talk talk and stall action strategy ) pretending to do something about it and doing absolutely sweet f all. Where is their new house or fix the old house in 2 or 3 weeks , still nothing nearly 4 months later. 4 months . WTF…. Why is that . Looking down the barrel of a long cold wet winter. In a tent , caraven , metal box , muddy mouldy shell of a house with holes in the walls ,, mum dad and the kids …. Why is that ? State gov ,, why can’t you pull your finger out ,, and just get the job done . It’s easy . Send in the mega bulk workers . Trucks , workers , tradies, Pacific Islanders , bosses ,, army , back packers , industry , unions , carpenters ,, all of them on steroids . Where are they all, Stop masking excuses and just get it done .. Ask the new fed gov for a hand . It’s not that hard , to get the job done .. Just the will to do it. Not the will to talk and waffle and not do it.. How can somebody get paid for doing that . No wonder the planet is overheating . A waste , it’s all a waste .. Greed greed greed and selfish selfish selfish .. Cmon just do it. If you don’t you’ll get voted out real soon.. ……….. Can I get an Amen out there ,,, a boogle , good things ….. For compassion and the planet .

  3. You could have just published the last paragraph, it’s says it all, and I thank you for writing it.

  4. I’ve already asked the ‘Fed Gove’, & the rest, Phil. Let’s see
    if there’s a wonder of wonders. It’s over-due.

  5. Don’t get sucked in by Albo. He’s right in line with the WEF agenda of “You will own nothing and you will be happy.” He’s also not spoken out about Julian Assange’s plight. The next 3yrs will be more of the same, only with a pretend “kind” face.


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