1. Checking Katter facts
Bob Katter is a colourful character, which allows him to get away with what other people might be accused of bigotry. However, I find he usually gets his facts right, it’s his solutions which are really weird. When he said that a person was being torn to bits by a crocodile in North Queensland on average every three months the ABC decided to check his facts.
Turns out he was stretching it a bit.
Stats show that there was one fatal crocodile attack every three years from 1985 to now. However:
- In the past 10 years there were six deaths, a rate of one every 20 months. There was one death per year in the past three years.
There’s more and it is complicated but really, Bob was tired of talking about same-sex marriage. I heard today he was so tired of it he made five speeches on the legislation, some so vile that he got a blast from Warren Entsch “after he brought up everything from slavery, AIDS, “boys in dresses”, Christianity, morality and Gianni Versace in his speech last night.”
He started by saying “let a thousand Flowers bloom” and ended by trying to reclaim the word “gay”. There is a story he’s descended from Afghan cameleers, but seems he was raised a Catholic descended from the Maronite Christian community of Lebanon.. You would have to say he is deeply Australian, of the northwest Queensland variety.
2. Same sex marriage celebrated
In spite of Katter and a few other grouches same-sex marriage passed in scenes that were unprecedented and unforgettable. Here’s Penny Wong in an emotional moment:
Some seriously question whether Malcolm Turnbull should claim any credit for the outcome. The bottom line is that it would never have happened under Abbott or Howard, but under Turnbull it did, and some think in a 100 years time it may be all he is remembered by.
Terri Butler told Patricia Karvelas that traffic to a LGBTI helpline increased by 40% during the survey, and LGBTI people are 40% more likely to commit suicide.
Have a listen to Linda Burney on the joy and heartbreak of legalising #SSM. She lost a son who was gay.
3. Problems with POTUS
When Donald Trump announced Jerusalem as Israel’s capital something was amiss other than the decision itself:
Mr Trump, 71, initially appeared to struggle with some words during a live statement from the White House on Wednesday.
However, by the end of his speech the president’s slurring was profound, leading to questions as to the state of Mr Trump’s health.
“God bless the United States,” he concluded, but his pronunciation sounded like “Shtates”.
Sarah Sanders, his formidable press secretary, slammed speculation, describing questions about Mr Trump’s health as “ridiculous”. Just a dry throat, she said.
He may have more than a dry throat if a current law case alleging sexual misconduct grips and gets traction.
The plaintiff in the lawsuit — Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Mr. Trump’s show “The Apprentice” — is represented by the law firm of Gloria Allred, who has helped bring cases against Bill Cosby and other high-profile defendants.
Other women are prepared to stand up and tell all.
- Ms. Zervos declined to comment, but in the lawsuit, her lawyers say that “Mr. Trump knowingly, intentionally and maliciously threw each and every one of these women under the bus, with conscious disregard of the impact that repeatedly calling them liars would have upon their lives and reputations.”
Democrat Al Franken has had to resign accused by more than six women of groping or trying to kiss them. Republicans usually don’t resign, just deny or apologise and carry on. Boys will be boys etc etc.
Here in Oz Tracey Spicer has gathered together a group of a dozen journalists who are investigating women’s stories of sexual misconduct perpetrated against them. Over 1000 women have come forward with complaints against 85 men. Spicer said when they publish the list we will recognise some of the names.
She told Patricia Karvelas that the case of Geoffrey Rush was one where the paper did not investigate properly before publishing. Rush has filed a defamation suit against The Daily Telegraph.
Spicer said that the case of Don Burke was one where the TV station must have known what was going on and covered up because his shows were so successful. She said that happens a lot.
5. More power to Palaszczuk’s arm
Today at 2pm I heard the news – Labor had 47 seats and government in Queensland. Seems it will be 48, plus one Green, then one independent, one One Nation, three Katter Party, and I think that leaves 39 LNP.
Re-electing a woman is a first in Australia, but this is wrong:
Ronan Lee has been airbrushed from history.
Berkman has announced a listening tour where he is going to tell people how evil Adani is. Typical Green I would say a little uncharitably. However, I do hope he listens to people on the land about what they fear in Labor’s vegetation management laws, previously blocked by the Katters.
Tim Nicholls has resigned the LNP leadership, which looks like going to Deb Frecklington and Tim Mander, who was raised in a Labor household, but then apparently saw the light.
Looks like wall to wall climate deniers and an LNP not all that different from PHON.
People of the north will not be impressed by Labor planning to spend $2 billion on an entertainment venue in the city. If Brisbane wants to be a modern sophisticated city, I’m sorry, it needs something better than the Commonwealth Games (1982) gymnastics centre, built next to a mosquito-infested swamp way out of town, or the choice of The Gabba or Lang Park football fields.
There is word that Jackie Trad will be treasurer, which should be interesting.
6. National politics goes completely loopy
Some journos have been saying Malcolm has had a good week, with Newspoll giving relief by putting him only 47-53 behind TPP instead of 45-55, ignoring Essential which has gone the other way to 45-55.
I’m a bit sick of it all, but will make two comments.
Sam Dastayari won’t be on the Labor Senate ticket next election. He hasn’t grown up enough to be in parliament, probably never will.
And if there is a by-election in his seat David Feeney will not be the Labor candidate. Remember he was the bloke who forgot he owned a $2.3 million house before the last election.