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- mcallaway on Ticket inspector body-slams teen girl This isnt the first time and probably not the last its appalling to see 5 big blokes(thugs in uniform) turn to this type off ... more
- Stephen on Ticket inspector body-slams teen girl Slamming a 15 year old girl to the floor is reasonable force. she may have been in wrong but really? Minister sorry no ... more
- John on Ticket inspector body-slams teen girl The girls were pretty feral etc and did the wrong thing re: ticket. But I'm not convinced anyone deserves to be treated like ... more
- release the hounds on Ticket inspector body-slams teen girl Quick call out the hired thugs. looks like a teen girl is travelling without a ticket. now thats really are isn't it. ... more
- Paul Chandler on Ticket inspector body-slams teen girl Read the transport act which states that a fare may be paid before, during or after a journey. Inspectors should offer that ... more
- Mark on Ticket inspector body-slams teen girl One of the girls spat in the face of the poor man simply trying to do his job. I put it to any one of the do-gooders ... more
- yvonne on Ticket inspector body-slams teen girl If you give no respect you get no recept simple...Oh it's always someone else's fault. Buy a ticket.. Simple... more
- Jan Lannan on Christmas cheer for young Rhyan This person deserves some kindness she has her hands full with her young boy & his problems hope this will make it a ... more
- Steve on Qantas ads 'political spin' The unions have ripped the guts out of Qantas let them prop them up instead of the tax payer>! more
- bc on Qantas ads 'political spin' so much spin and bull tish all they have to do is cancel 1 new aircraft and guess what their level thats how easy it is ti ... more
- Lukew on Ticket inspector body-slams teen girl I agree that this is an over reaction, but there has to be some way to deal with this complete lack of respect. The ... more
- Libby on Ticket inspector body-slams teen girl Simply buying a ticket will help avoid this response from staff who are charged with the responsibility to put into effect a ... more
- Gazza on Qantas ads 'political spin' Management need to take pay cuts and give workers pay rises to lift productivity........ more
- Mandii on Christmas cheer for young Rhyan Thanks everyone for your support for rhyan Jeremy is donating rhyan a new bike and we are now saving for a shed to lock his ... more
- Alvin on Ticket inspector body-slams teen girl I think the ticket inspector shouldn't given an authority to use the force to the customer. If you look at the metro system ... more
- tim on Ticket inspector body-slams teen girl These 'Clockwork Orange' thugs are licensed bullies. How about some perspective? Yet again we have a commuter being ... more
- mick on Ticket inspector body-slams teen girl No undue force was used and she was assaulting the railway security personal in resisting arrest. Police would have tasered ... more
- Ben on Ticket inspector body-slams teen girl To be body slammed over a ticket it's a Joke, in all my years I've never seen a police officer do a body slam on a child ... more
- G. Gaters on Ticket inspector body-slams teen girl And on top of all this, remember that any undeducted fares on 31st Dec. will be deducted from your Myki card at the higher ... more
- James on Ticket inspector body-slams teen girl Slopping work given how many officers were standing around. She shouldn't have gotten through the unmanned gate in the first ... more
The Prime Minister's credibility is being undermined
I think we are all over the AWU scandal and unless (or until) there is something dramatic that confirms something important, we have turned off.
As I said yesterday, I think as a solicitor, Julia Gillard was at best sloppy. That doesn’t disqualify her.
But last night we had duelling crooks, the dodgy brother falling out. Bruce Wilson on ABC TV and Ralph Blewitt on Sky News, both blaming each other.
Listen to Wilson, Gillard’s former boyfriend.
"There was no fraud on my part, absolutely not," he said.
"When I left the union in 1995, I left it and I didn’t think much about it after that, and I haven’t for 17 years."
Of course he can’t remember putting $5000 in her bank account, but may have. She can’t remember.
It all feels so seedy and it is undermining the Prime Minister’s credibility, rightly or wrongly.
But he opposition needs to produce or back off. It is not doing anybody any good at the moment - certainly not the country.
And reported in The Australian today, Gillard nearly lost her leadership yesterday.
A quote from an anonymous member of caucus: "It was a very, very tense 12 hours, I can tell you. She came perilously close to losing the leadership this morning."
That happened not because of the AWU mess but because of a cabinet rebellion on foreign policy.
She wanted to vote against a UN resolution to give Palestine observer status at the UN. That was how Israel and the US were voting. She was forced to compromise and have Australia abstain.
It sounds very tense very difficult and ministers were standing against her.
There was also debate over the media reforms that she wants - which is more like media control - and she wasn’t winning there either.
I don’t know if it is right that her leadership was on the edge, but given the nature of this government, it would not surprise me.
LISTEN: Channel 9 political editor Laurie Oakes with Neil Mitchell:
Charles Edge ???Have a good look at the "ABC" BIAS. Open your blinked "EYES".IAN Saturday 1 December, 2012 - 11:34 AM
The media and not politicians are digging the dirt. When will everyone realise that most of us just glaze over every time this comes up.
Today we have Brandis hogging the live news channels with more insignificant muck. Both the ABC and Sky played it live so we couldn't escape.
If the media laid off we might point the politicians in the general direction of what they are paid to do!
Yesterday Tony Abbot gave a good imitation of the slim prospect of policy..there shoul be more of it.Charles Edge Friday 30 November, 2012 - 11:37 AM
Neil are you saying that the long nose of Pinocchio has been poking too deep?
Could be.June Thursday 29 November, 2012 - 4:12 PM
Too right Neil that arrogant chalk on board screeching woman has always been a mad hyena. There will be no there will be no there will be no...sorry....truth ..I mean ...from here.Yep.
Remember I am only quoting. They are not my words.Dani Thursday 29 November, 2012 - 4:05 PM
In order to have one's credibility undermined, you must have had credibility in the first place. Gillard never has had credibility, especially after stabbing Rudd.
Thus what we see is Gillard's lack of credibility yet again being confirmed.Ivan@kinnane Thursday 29 November, 2012 - 11:31 AM
Neil this morning you said a broken promise was not a lie, what else would you call it when she knew a few days before the election that she was going to break it after the election, now to me that's a lie, not a change of circumstanses to make her change her mind.gez Thursday 29 November, 2012 - 11:00 AM