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Van Badham
20:36 08/08/2017

ABSOLUTELY AND YASSSSSSS!

321 reactions 19 comments
Anne Brelsford Of course there are REAL needs out there that could be met with this money...but no, let's waste it on an unnecessary plebiscite!! The coalition is beyond belief....
Paul Walter You have to marvel at the sheer perversity of the conservative government in the wake of all recent debates on the subject. As Rodney Croome said on TV, a postal vote is hardly going to be adequately representative. No, it can be then shunted to a ...
Daniel Bowley You know the LNP are agains all unions , so they can't be seen publicly supporting these unions. Of course they be looking for a scape goat. The people made us do it . Can't put the right wing offside. So a 122 million postal vote is the ...
Valerie Spaliviero Stop pushing the gay AGENDA and a plebiscite not needed.
Matthew Fitch a majority voting to decide a minority, usual garbage
Van Badham
20:36 08/08/2017

No-one is saying the colourful Melbourne identity that Victorian Liberal leader Matthew Guy had a secret dinner with is a mobster. They're just saying: "In an affidavit filed in court in June to support Mr Madafferi's ban from Crown Casino and all Victorian racetracks, Detective Superintendent Peter Brigham said the police hold "substantial intelligence" indicating that Mr Madafferi had "substantial and close involvement with serious criminal conduct including drug importation, murder and extortion"." Matthew Guy. He may not be so "tough on crime" but he does LOVE a lobster dinner. Shameless.

Matthew and Madafferi: Opposition Leader Matthew Guy dined with alleged mobster
Matthew and Madafferi: Opposition Leader Matthew Guy dined with alleged mobster

Tony Madafferi​ has been accused by police in court of being a high-ranking member of Melbourne's Mafia.

158 reactions 19 comments
Lisa Skeeter Underbelly!
Scott Reichman Lnp have the crime part down pat. Maybe he was just getting tips on the "organised" part.
Marnie Simpson Simpering wannabe Matthew Guy is. All show, like most Libs, scratch that surface though & there's nothin but counterfeit underneath.
Jerome James Do they have ICACs in Victoria?
Paul Harness Dinner with mlobster?
Van Badham
20:36 08/08/2017

I reckon y'all need some political *good* news today, given the appalling decision by the Liberals to continue their support of the unleashed hate campaign which comes with a (multi-million-dollar, not even binding) plebiscite on whether LGBTQIA+ folk are allowed to get married. So HERE is that good news; federal Labor will NOT be supporting the wasteful, ineffective conservative brainfart of drug-testing welfare recipients - a scheme that comprehensively failed when already attempted in New Zealand and parts of America. Hooray!

Labor to oppose welfare drug test trials
Labor to oppose welfare drug test trials

The Labor caucus has voted to reject the government's planned random drug testing of welfare recipients.

297 reactions 12 comments
Paul Walter At last. Something positive in the way of a refutation of sado economics and neo conservative Tea Party stuff.
Julia Graham I'm not sure why going ahead with the plebiscite equals a hate campaign?
Jimmy Gardiner Julia Gregoratto yayaaaay found some
Shanina Conway Well that's one brain fart down...now for the rest!
Cliff Bernard A small victory for good sense and compassion.
Van Badham
20:36 08/08/2017

Do you know anyone who votes Liberal, National or One Nation? Are they the exact same people who complain about rising power bills, and grumble about how services aren't as good as they used to be, and how healthcare is too expensive, etc etc? Then you might want to wordlessly drop this in front of them, so they learn that the "asset recycling" proposed by the Libs, Nats and ONP is just fancy words for the privatisation they hate SO MUCH. "Asset recycling" and "asset leasing" = PRIVATISATION. And Australians *hate* privatisation.

Media
Media

Media Releases: MEDIA RELEASE                          &a...

144 reactions 14 comments
Jess Evans i love these idiots who vote LNP then whine when penalty rates or pensions are cut. Seriously.
Rodney McKernan Yes, these political parties are like late night tv infomercials- "Don't send any money; we'll shock you with the bill later!"
Michael Darby I refuse to maintain a friendship with anyone who votes right wing
Roger Menzies Van, you should know that by now. They never admit to voting Liberal or for the Nationals or One Nation.
Paul Walter Seems to fit in with tonight's 4 Corners.
Van Badham
20:36 08/08/2017

This makes me really sad. These are tasty biscuits and 28 local jobs in a small town. I'm going to Coles and Officeworks to buy them. Woolworths, what's wrong with you? Don't you like Australian-made snacks? Please share.

303 reactions 41 comments
Rose Celadon Martin Beaver!!! :'(
Amy Holly If consumers bought enough of them, Woolies would keep stocking them. Sure, some of the arguements on here against Woolies and doversity have some merit, but at the end of the day, consumers drive product stock with demand.
Nicholas Sigismondi Time to start a boycott of...woolies!....UnAustralian?
Robyn Muller I've abandoned Woolworths because of their ruthless dumping of Aussie companies. They can stick their own brand imports where the sun doesn't shine.
Louise Riggs The chocolate coated jam ones are the 💣
Van Badham
20:36 08/08/2017

Today, I made a delightful jaunt out to the gorgeous Gordon Hat Shoppe, in one of Victoria's most picturesque villages. Tell me, am I more a fez, tricorn or top-hat girl? OR SHOULD I SAVE UP AND BUY ALL THREE?!!

298 reactions 174 comments
Shirley Parkinson Your name is all over that Top Hat 🎩 but I just love them all! I wanna be able to wear hats!!!
April Jermey top hat
Tyson Douglas Top hat!
Brett Hunt Top-hat for sure. 🤗
Matthew Hadley You're the top!
Van Badham
20:36 08/08/2017

Me and Sally McManus are going out to Ballarat to continue the campaign against cures to penalty rates. ONE IN SIX workers in the home of Eureka are affected by the cuts to pay in the retail, food, accommodation and pharmacy sectors. These are wage cuts that hurt real people and take money out of vulnerable regional economies. Come and join us as we fight back.

144 reactions 9 comments
Sarah Anderson Hamish Lawrance
Wayne Leviston A friend had need to find a chemist open this morning, Sunday, and found most of them are now shut for the day. I assume they cannot get anyone to work for peanuts on the weekend anymore....
Anne Benn My thoughts exactly Brett it's only common sense but too hard for the COALition to understand.
Michael Durrant since penalty rates have changed maybe we can lift the minimum wage to a decent wage
Brett Hunt Good luck Van.
Van Badham
20:36 08/08/2017

The degradation of higher education -universities, TAFE and apprenticeships - under the Turnbull government is just idiotic. If anyone thinks you can run a prosperous society with a poorly educated population being ordered around by a self-appointed handful of rich dodos, I'll see you in the muddy pit we're left in, comrade. Please lend your support to this national day of action on August 8.

107 reactions 10 comments
Paul Walter Dumbing down..the loss of education with information-clamping (Guthrie, Murdoch) and dissent suppression of the sort mentioned today re civil servants liking FB/Twitter pages and you have the sort of idiot society envisaged by De Maistrean ultras in ...
Kerri Lynn This isn't to save taxpayer dollars! This is to keep the poor poor and restrict higher eduction for those born to it. In India they call it the Caste System.
Jess Evans the way forward beckons, the workers must rise and smash neoliberalism.
Russell Sands Conservatives hate education. As soon as people get educated they work how everything that comes out of Conservatives' mouthes is total and utter bullshit and the chances of LNP victory is nil.
Jenny Horner 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡
Van Badham
20:36 08/08/2017

First Dog On The Moon is my colleague at the Guardian and he has slayed both Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull in this cartoon for their appalling carelessness with human lives. I am proud to know him. Also, there are milk people.

Revealed in the Trump-Turnbull transcript: five things we knew and one we didn
Revealed in the Trump-Turnbull transcript: five things we knew and one we didn't | First Dog on the Moon

The leaked transcript of the conversation between Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull reveals many things, some of which we already knew

436 reactions 18 comments
Paul Sijpkes I want to know more about the milk people. Whats your angle?
Judy Lane Apalling
Amanda Rose This Govt.'s policies regarding refugees is absolutely disgraceful. Horrible bastards.
Anne Crawford caught out BIG TIME
Greg McKenzie Sycophantic grub...
Van Badham
20:36 08/08/2017

Why are power price increases so much lower in Queensland? Because they DID NOT PRIVATISE their electricity infrastructure. Australians hate privatisation.

170 reactions 10 comments
Bernadette Matthews And yet the premier supports Adani. Go figure
Don Johns Thank the Libs for selling ETSA in SA. Boy, are we feeling the pain for that now. Thanks John Olsen.
Steve Payne "Privatization is theft."
Linda Kolevas Yes we do, we HATE privatisation .
Roger Daniel T'is the LNP ethos, thou shalt privatise everything not bolted down !
Van Badham
20:36 08/08/2017

The new leader of the New Zealand Labour Party, Jacinda Ardern, had only been in the job *seven hours* before some radio host asked her whether she planned to get knocked up if she became prime minister. And I had a total and complete ragesplosion about it, so wrote this for the Guardian. PS Go, Jacinda!

Will you bugger off to play golf? And other questions more pertinent than pregnancy | Van Badham
Will you bugger off to play golf? And other questions more pertinent than pregnancy | Van Badham

Jacinda Ardern is the latest female leader subject to questioning over her reproductive capacity. How about more questions related to leadership capacity?

570 reactions 39 comments
Richard Woolner I think it shows as much as anything the abysmal quality of modern-day journalists.
Amy Skipper 'Queen Elizabeth I did a dandy job of repelling conquest, invasion and the Spanish Armada unburdened by pregnancy or child-rearing. Queen Victoria ruled the widest empire the Earth has ever known, for decades, and gave birth nine times. The only ...
Lisa Toinen Mullin Well said.
Martin Taper They didn't ask the previous male PM John Key, if if he would one day say mid term, "I've had enough of this, bye bye" - and he wasn't even pregnant, as far as I know.
Robina Chaffey Bigotry raised its ugly "head" yet again. Such a bore. Wasteful of resources. Really. What does air time cost most advertisers. Silly buggery.
Van Badham
20:36 08/08/2017

Given some of the legit insaneyballs comments I've seen from similar people, this surprises me NOT ONE BIT.

Norwegian Islamophobes confuse empty bus seats with women in burkas
Norwegian Islamophobes confuse empty bus seats with women in burkas

Members of a far-right Norwegian Facebook group confused a photo of empty seats on a bus for women in burkas. From TheNewArab: Responses included how “frightening”, “tragic”…

469 reactions 42 comments
Karen Kennelly Fogarty Sean Nohilly your neighbours ?
Ding Liw Interesting... That being said, the fact that people CAN confuse the two also suggests that women in beekeeper suits are being treated like chattel.
Terry-Andrea Vaughan Oh dear Lord, people need to get out more
Rob Borsak Oh no! Not the Norwegian islamaphobes!!
Ilona Gunawan To be honest, before i read the title, i also thought it was women in burkas ...
Van Badham
20:36 08/08/2017

The Turnbull government is giving free workers to pubs. Not actually joking. Would be very interested to know how many people with jobs that pubs were once obliged to pay award wages find themselves on fewer shifts from this point. This is a failed scheme. It is a disgusting exploitation of young people as free labour for profit-making businesses, and it makes every single person's job unsafe.

254 reactions 25 comments
Jan Francis No
Susan Lyons This is really the most ludicrous policy I have heard in a long time. These are the jobs youth get without training as their first jobs - the policy literally takes these jobs OUT OF the job pool. Never mind all the students using these jobs to pay ...
Von Dekker This is just laughable
George Crisp AHA have been generous and loyal donors to the Libs. #quidproquo
Phill Beats Stop moaning you'll want money for luxuries like food and clothes next.
Van Badham
20:36 08/08/2017

Excellent work from Jackie Trad and Queensland Labor here.

90 reactions 1 comments
Ben Jones Proud of my Deputy Premier!
Van Badham
20:36 08/08/2017

If you've got a mate struggling to comprehend that Australia isn't as fair as it should be, show them this.

555 reactions 17 comments
Hamish Wilson Aussie is an entirey unfair country nowadays.
Merrelyn Telfer Who thinks $200k isn't a lot of money?!?!?!
Shelley Thomas Who is this man? He articulates the disparity in wages etc. very well. The average wage is under $50,000. Ever tried to live on $50,000 per year with a family?
Charlton Yok I am 6'4 and feel tiny around people who earn $200,000...
Insi Podd If you live in a mansion surrounded by poor people does that still make you a rich person?
Van Badham
20:36 08/08/2017

Australia is the dude with the beard.

1.9k reactions 61 comments
Jen Webb I do ❤ those not playing the selfie game 😊
Lynda Kay Has anyone ever been on the trams and not been crushed up like a sardine. Or not seen short people, like me, swinging like a monkey from the too high hand helds. Get real Malcolm
Logan Ralph #WaitingForAMate
Garth O'Dowd Throw Malcolm from the train #MoviesWeWantToSee
Sharon Springveldt Paddy Porter
Van Badham
20:36 08/08/2017

This should be interesting...

Sam Dastyari and Alice Workman
Sam Dastyari and Alice Workman

Aug 1 7:30 PM UTC+10 · Giant Dwarf

12 reactions 3 comments
Martin Taper Sam and Matt Caravan could do a duo on the comedy circuit - Sam as Mr Bean, and Matt as Jimmy Carr - but someone would have to write some gags for Matt.
Chris Senior I am reading this at the same time as I am watching an Australian Story about Sam on the ABC. He has experienced a serious wobble after very poor judgement and naivety. In his defence, everybody in Australian politics and business can't drop their ...
John Martin Mr Bean!!
Frédéric Martel
17:18 08/02/2017

SPIDER-MAN vs DUNKERQUE – Les deux films à voir au cinéma en ce moment, excellents. « With great power comes great responsability ». On se souvient de la formule célèbre du premier Spider-Man. Après le 11 septembre 2001, mais avant la guerre en Irak et avant Facebook, le super-héros prévenait l’Amérique de ses responsabilités. Quinze années plus tard, la troisième adaptation et sequel de Spider-Man vient de sortir en salles en France. Le héros, de Tobey Maguire à Tom Holland, n’a pas vieilli d’une toile. Forever young. De retour à la maison, dans l’Amérique de Trump, le nouveau Peter Parker est désormais accro aux réseaux sociaux. Plus question de jouer aux cowboys et aux indiens : l’éjaculateur précoce Spidey est devenu geek. Il se filme avec son smart-phone et poste sa petite vidéo sur YouTube. Devenu sa propre marque, égocentrique, Peter Parker prend l’ascendant sur Spider-Man. Qui est fiction, qui est réalité ? Où est la vie, où la fantaisie ? Comme Don Quichotte ou la pantomine d’Hamlet, on ne sait plus. Peter Parker fait sa propre « curation » et, parmi les Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, La Vision et autre Captain America, il reste dans sa bulle avec les Avengers. Il faut dire que c’est un Spider-Man en stage ; il a quinze ans. Ni Spider, ni Man : pas vraiment encore une araignée (la scène de la piqure transgénique a disparu) ; pas même un homme. Les « bites » sont remplacés par les « bits » ; la « spider » est devenu « web ». Pour impressionner sa copine, Peter est même prêt à abuser de ses superpowers – c’est immoral non Spidey ? –, mais il préfère finalement rester dans sa chambre à jouer avec son smart-phone et aux légos avec son meilleur pote-de-la-diversité. De loin seulement, il géolocalise les supervilains ; il se bat avec un drone (qu’il appelle Drony) ; il joue avec les codes visuel de SnapChat. Digitalisé, billy-elliotisé, adolescent liquide et donc youtuber, c’est alors qu’apparaît à l’écran le secret narcissique de cette histoire dans l’histoire : « Un film de Peter Parker. » On le voit : désormais, small power comes with small responsabilities. (extrait de ma critique parue ce dimanche en Italie sur la Repubblica) Sur Dunkerque, que j'ai bien aimé, voir la vidéo des 7 approximations historiques du film. Pauvres français que nous sommes maltraités !! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgRyu3Rmw8s&t=111s

8 reactions 0 comments
Van Badham
20:36 08/08/2017

My Guardian piece from yesterday on inequality and lying politicians has been shared by Q and A. Which is almost as lovely as some of the valentines addressed to me that appear below the post. LOVE YOU, TOO, BOYZ!!! ❤️❤️❤️

Inequality is real - and guess what? The electorate has noticed | Van Badham
Inequality is real - and guess what? The electorate has noticed | Van Badham

It doesn’t matter how slick the messaging or how outrageous the claims by the Liberals, reality has a habit of thumping discourse every time

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Desi McKenna run for a seat Dai!! i tried ..its a fekkin nightmare!! sober workaholics only need apply
Dai Jones This is not a new concept.
Paul Walter Off topic, just want to say I love Amanda Meade's stuff, wish folk like the ones on Insiders, had her wit,perceptivity, brains, character and honesty.
Paul Walter We will see at the next election. Let's not over estimate the integrity and intelligence of the electorate.
Robb Walsh
23:00 07/28/2017

Katie Walsh writes: The chile relleno at Matt’s El Rancho in Austin—which was Lyndon B. Johnson’s favorite dish here—came covered in queso instead of ranchero sauce, by request. My sister Julia ordered the Grilled Old Fashioned tacos, which we’ve been eating here for at least 20 years. We’d just caught wind of the recent Daily Texan opinion piece, and we both took a moment to marvel over the absurdity of insulting such beautiful, delicious food before happily digging in. http://robbwalsh.com/2017/07/dear-audrey-texans-deserve-better-than-trashing-tex-mex/

Dear Audrey: Texans Deserve Better than Trashing Tex-Mex
Dear Audrey: Texans Deserve Better than Trashing Tex-Mex

The chile relleno at Matt’s El Rancho in Austin—which was Lyndon B. Johnson’s favorite dish here—came covered in queso instead of ranchero sauce, by request. My sister Julia ordered the Grilled Old…

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Jim Boen These girls Dad, wrote the book on Tex-Mex, l wouldn't argue with them!
Bo Morgan Long live Fred fender
Sarah Greene Reed Dale Reed
ORufus Lovett Hey buddy!
Al Ruscelli I was born and raised in Texas, and I am technically a first-generation Texan on the Italian side of my family (Italian immigrants -- restaurant family, as a matter fact). I am also fifth-generation Texan on the German side of my family. Despite the ...
Dava Sobel
01:27 08/07/2017

Hoping to see old friends and new over the next two weeks in Australia. I'll be attending writers' festivals and other public events in Bendigo, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. It's my fourth excuse to visit that beautiful part of the world, and I'm so grateful for the invitations. https://byronwritersfestival.com http://www.canberrawritersfestival.com.au http://bendigowritersfestival.com.au

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Stephen Bates Fabulous seeing you speak at LaTrobe Uni today!
Brad Kelly Enjoy your trip. Safe travels. I'm sure it'll be a tremendous success. Believe it or not, I played a game of ice hockey in Bendigo with my team from Melbourne.
Mary Quayle Looking forward to seeing you in Brisbane
Natasha Lee - Ginger Tash
08:12 07/30/2017

The whole family had a fabulous time at Broughton Shopping Park on Wednesday at their fabulous free Broughton Goes Wild activities! I can highly recommend it. Read my blog post for more information and activity details, and get yourself along, my kids were exhausted afterwards, always a bonus! xx

Broughton Goes Wild!! Fabulous Free Kids Summer Holiday Activities! - Natasha Lee
Broughton Goes Wild!! Fabulous Free Kids Summer Holiday Activities! - Natasha Lee

Broughton Goes Wild! There are a few things I seriously dislike, and amongst the list are spiders, paying through the nose for school holiday kids activities and shopping with kids! Fortunately, Broughton Shopping has addressed my last 2 issues and created a fabulous free Summer programme of animal-...

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Van Badham
20:36 08/08/2017

Celeste Barber, you are an advanced being.

Woman Continues To Hilariously Recreate Celebrity Instagram Photos (10+ Pics)
Woman Continues To Hilariously Recreate Celebrity Instagram Photos (10+ Pics)

Remember Celeste Barbar - the Australian comedian known for amusingly recreating celebrity Instagram pics (previously here, here and here)? Well, she's back with some new photos, and they're hilarious as always.

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Julie Marr My new hero :)
Justine Coleman Omg - this gave me the biggest laugh in a Lo g time!!!!
Emily Parsons Dawson You on the left me on the right 🤣
Emma Rosie Emily Parsons Dawson the perfect collection hahaha
Alan Hollingsworth And as you get older the lines get even longer
Van Badham
20:36 08/08/2017

Good morning! Australia's two (2) richest billionaires own as much as the poorest 20% of the population. But Scott Morrison will tell you it's all in your head, silly! Look, over there! A JetSki! I'm sick of this garbage and you should be, too. My latest piece in the Guardian.

Inequality is real - and guess what? The electorate has noticed | Van Badham
Inequality is real - and guess what? The electorate has noticed | Van Badham

It doesn’t matter how slick the messaging or how outrageous the claims by the Liberals, reality has a habit of thumping discourse every time

732 reactions 26 comments
Sharon Georgonicas More like...Look over there, Halal certification! 🙄
Pamela Freeman Well said
David Arnold Got to stop this bullshit of wages linked to productivity. Productivity is finite just like rescources and the environment. Same LNP bullshit every fukn day.
Tracey Ditchburn A jet ski, Masterchef, The Bachelor, Football, Herald Sun, Facebook.....blah blah blah!
Rebecca Marshall I love you Van. I really do. I love that you write about what's really going on in this country, not just what the elite would have us believe. I love that you're with us, the people, and you cut through the shit.
Van Badham
20:36 08/08/2017

Senator who BLAMES HIS MUM for all his problems also forgets his job is supposed to be representing the people of Queensland - NOT actually representing the billionaires in the mining industry, Matt Canavan, you ginormous *pillock*. *ragesplosion*

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Roger Menzies Barnaby is standing up for Canavan's mum. So sad. My heart bleeds. Slobhead Canavan should resign from Parliament. Weakling.
Julie Ferguson Ginormous pillock, my favourite two words this week. Thanks Van.
Robyn Muller At least he's being honest about what the LNP stand for. They've created their slush fund to give Adani 5billion. Big oil are set to sink holes in The Great Australian Bight. The LNP are threatening all states that have bans and/or exploration ...
Jeffrey Mellefont Yeah, right, Matt, we already knew you weren't representing your constituents but thanks for putting it into writing, you contemptible lickspittle lackey of the mining magnates ripping us all off.
Ian McSporran True politician will evan throw his momma under the bus for his political self interst.
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