lets start with this:
During an episode of the AFL footy show Eddie McGuire and others joked about holding Caroline Wilson under water for a charity ice swim challenge.
The Footy show Both the AFL and NRL versions are well known for low brow entertainment, nothing taken too seriously, with the kind of conversations (and jokes) you have with your friends after you have each finished at least a six pack each. Celebrities on the show have at times appeared naked for comedic purposes. The show is very much no holds barred, and any one involved should know that by now.
Eddie McGuire the president of Collingwood AFL footy club and a TV celebrity currently hosting “who wants to be a millionaire hot seat”.
Caroline Wilson is a mediocre sports journalist for Fairfax media very much riding on the gender card.
Caroline Wilson wrote an article very critical of Eddie McGuire management of Collingwood Footy club. McGuire responded with some jokes on the AFL Footy show re the ice pool dunking/drowning remarks
A week later…
That’s right she waited a week.
Caroline Wilson starts a typical feminist campaign against McGuire, pulling in all the cards she can muster,discrimination against women, violence against women, bullying, calling Collingwood’s sponsor GM Holden, completely over the top shit.
She forces McGuire to apologize twice for a relatively innocuous comment.
This is nothing more that a mediocre feminist journalist flexing her muscles in a poisonous political campaign against any target not automatically submitting to her narcissism.
If we don’t stop this vicious behaviors these nasty cunts will be out to destroy another man, just because they can.
Strangely unlike most controversies relating to the footy show this one didn’t involve Sam Newman. Here are some of his past antics:
Your entertainment is at threat from cultural Marxism commonly known as being politically correct.
OK I know what you are thinking, WTF is this about. After doing some legal research (which we do from time to time for the lols), we discovered that locomotives and railway rolling stock are not classed as vehicles according to the road safety act 1986, and therefore are completely unregulated. Insanely enough a bicycle is considered to be a vehicle or almost any thing else that moves. Kick a can down the road, its vehicle, but if it has railway wheels under it, they can’t touch it.
Vehiclemeans a conveyance that is designed to be propelled or drawn by any means, whether or not capable of being so propelled or drawn,and includes bicycle or other pedal-powered vehicle, trailer, tram-car and air-cushion vehicle butdoes not include railway locomotive or railway rolling stock;
So for all the people who don’t have a license we have the solution: Jet train.
Our resident engineers are furiously struggling to find way to steer the dam thing, and there is also that kind of annoying thing about the way it leaves massive grooves in the road, but we are sure than since speeding fines alone are a billion dollar per year industry, the market will find a way.
So lost your license due to speed, booze, pills, or what ever?
Want to escape the hassle of staying sober and obeying speed limits?
Getting tired of having to stop for flashing blue lights?
Tired of waiting at intersections?
Then jet train could be right for you!
Save money and time by avoiding fines and court cases!
Best of all its completely legal*.
*According to Victorian Road Safety Act 1986 a locomotive is not a vehicle and none of the act applies to it.
Legal and making sense are not the same thing obviously.
For those on a budget we are working on a small flat bed bogey with a pulse jet for forward motion.
Hi JS, we have decided to not approve your comment as it is misleading and contained numerous errors.
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You can use the search feature on the left to find our previous articles by keyword search. This media outlet has been the official media site of Occupy Melbourne since March 9 2013. The ‘.org’, twitter and facebook groups were hijacked and refused to respond to the wishes of the occupiers. We decided to remain anonymous to keep our ego’s out of the way of the message.
If as a lawyer working for the government, you are going to post general disparaging comments against activist groups from your Facebook account from work when you are ‘working’ for the government, I really need to ask: Are you skiving off from doing your job or is this your actual job?
I mean seriously are you a paid troll? Because it really looks like it.
Or this this just massive cognitive dissonance?
If you know how to look through the media mayhem we produce you’ll realize we do some serious investigative journalism, that’s why when we talked about Mega Mosques in Melbourne the mainstream media listened.
Don’t ask how we know, but we have proof.
We suggest you reread you copy of 1984.
Should we expose the name of the suspected paid troll? We’ll do a poll from the comments to this article.
Victorian government votes for anti protest laws.
This is a move to further erode and criminalize dissent and marginalize political thought.
But do you?
The following politicians voted to remove your right to protest.
Hon Mr Bruce Atkinson : Nunawading (03) 9877 7188
Mrs Andrea Coote : Port Melbourne (03) 9681 9555
Ms Georgie Crozier : Caulfield (03) 9555 4101
Hon Richard Dalla-Riva :Vermont South (03) 9803 0592
Hon David Davis : Surrey Hills (03) 9888 6244
Mr Damian Drum : Bendigo (03) 5443 6277
Mr Andrew Elsbury : Werribee (03) 8742 3226
Mr Bernie Finn : Sunshine (03) 9312 1212
Hon Matthew Guy : Melbourne (03) 8392 6075
Hon Peter Hall : Traralgon (03) 5174 7066
Mr David Koch : Geelong (03) 5222 1941
Mrs Jan Kronberg : Ringwood (03) 9870 8284
Hon Wendy Lovell : Shepparton (03) 5821 0055
Mrs Amanda Millar : Woodend (03) 5427 2444
Mr Edward O’Donohue : Melbourne (03) 8684 0900
Mr Craig Ondarchie : South Morang (03) 9422 0099
Mrs Inga Peulich : Chelsea (03) 9772 1366
Mr Simon Ramsay : Ballarat (03) 5332 9443
Hon Gordon Rich-Phillips : Dandenong (03) 9794 7667
Mr Andrew Ronalds : Sale (03) 5143 1038
their email addresses:
Do not ever vote for these people, they think of you as nothing more that dumb beasts to be used and abused for their pleasure. Your only legal way to get political change is to contact them directly, which we suggest you do each and every day. You’ll soon see they really couldn’t care less about what you want, and any illusion of democracy you have will soon be gone.
Protest is now illegal, if you disagree with government policy you will be punished.
Well that’s probably a better headline for the story than The Age selected. It really sucks when some great investigative journalism is buried under a bland almost non event headline.
I think our headline is a better reflection of the facts and would certainly draw more attention, I mean you guys want to sell more news papers and subscriptions right?
Actually the next story is related and if you actually aded the headlines together, it actually becomes a better headline, but still doesn’t quite connect the dots for the would be reader.
Now the first story is exclusive, but then again editgate cyberwar was also.
So in case you have read too much of The Age this month or are other wise stuck behind a paywall/firewall here are the stories sans images.
WorkSafe pays law firms bonuses to minimise victims’ payouts
Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker
Victoria’s work safety authority is paying lawyers millions of dollars in confidential bonuses to minimise payouts in compensation cases brought by alleged victims of workplace accidents.
In at least one case, a firm representing the authority received more than $1 million in bonuses over 12 months on top of legal fees.
The bonuses are paid out by WorkSafe Victoria, which receives its funding from fees paid by Victorian businesses. The bonus scheme has provoked debate inside the legal community because of the potential it will encourage firms to cut corners in order to maximise their bonus payouts, or devise other strategies that may not be in the best interest of victims or the scheme.
But defenders of the bonus system say it encourages lawyers to deal with cases more efficiently and prevents rorting of the state’s workers’ compensation scheme.
Leaked files from law firm Lander & Rogers reveal that it has made about $5 million in WorkSafe bonuses over five years by minimising payouts to alleged Victorian victims of workplace accidents. The biggest yearly bonus payout to the firm was $1.2 million in 2010.
The leaked files also show that the legal firm encourages its lawyers to offer ”entertainment” to WorkSafe Victoria executives at the tennis, musicals and barristers’ functions. A well-placed source said that at least two senior WorkSafe staff had attended events paid for by the Melbourne firm.
The leaked Lander & Rogers files show one strategy proposed by the firm involves creating closer ties, or becoming ”relationship partners” with lawyers representing workplace accident victims via ”targeted plaintiff firm strategies”.
Lawyers who support the incentive scheme argue it encourages law firms to deal with cases in a fair and timely fashion.
They say that maintaining professional relationships with plaintiff firms also leads to fairer outcomes by reducing legal hostilities that can lead to unnecessary litigation.
In defending the bonus scheme, a WorkSafe spokesman said that the extra payouts were offered because the fees defence firms get paid for handling WorkSafe cases ”are significantly less than standard commercial rates”. ”Performance incentives are designed to preserve and protect the interests of the scheme and the amount paid in [bonuses in] 2012-13 represents 0.3 per cent of the total benefits paid to injured Victorian workers last year,” the spokesman said.
Internal Lander & Rogers figures from 2011 show its WorkSafe department made almost $4 million in profit, most of which is later distributed to the firm’s partners. The law firm’s WorkSafe lawyers also generated bigger profit margins – up to 35 per cent – than lawyers from any other section of Lander & Rogers.
The WorkSafe spokesman also said the bonuses were only awarded if law firms ”meet a range of performance criteria, which includes achieving a timely outcome for injured workers’ claims for compensation and reducing the use of the courts”. WorkSafe declined to answer questions on the total in bonuses it paid law firms or how many gifts WorkSafe staff received.
”WorkSafe adheres to the criteria set out in the gifts, benefits and hospitality policy framework 2012 issued by the Public Sector Standards Commissioner and expects all employees to comply with the policy,” the spokesman said.
In response to questions about its bonuses and gift-giving policy, a Lander & Rogers spokesman said: ”Like other firms who provide legal services to WorkSafe, Lander & Rogers is eligible to receive performance incentives where it meets certain criteria, which include helping to ensure timely resolution of injured workers’ claims.
”We maintain professional working relationships with all plaintiff firms and other stakeholders in the workers compensation scheme and always work in the best interest of WorkSafe.”
The law firm threatened Fairfax Media with legal action if it published details from its leaked files.
In other developments linked to the management of WorkSafe cases, it is understood that some defence firms have reduced the hiring of private detectives who conduct surveillance on allegedly injured workers. The practice of conducting surveillance on workers has recently drawn the ire of several Victorian judges because it is viewed as expensive and intrusive.
But several lawyers who spoke to Fairfax Media said that surveillance was a critical tool to prevent rorting.
Disabled Victorians to miss out on disability insurance scheme
Up to 900,000 disabled Victorians will not qualify for the national disability insurance scheme and the state government needs to increase funding to the sector to meet growing demand, the peak body for the sector says.
A National Disability Services submission to the state budget says that while DisabilityCare Australia is a tremendous opportunity to help 100,000 Victorians with a serious or permanent disability, hundreds of thousands more will require help. People with non-permanent or moderate to mild disability will not necessarily qualify for the scheme.
The organisation’s submission says there are about 1 million Victorians with a disability, including 338,200 with a profound or severe disability.
”This suggests that some 900,000 Victorians with a disability won’t qualify for the NDIS and will still require access to mainstream services such as transport, housing, education, health, justice and mental health,” it says.
NDS Victoria state manager James O’Brien said the state government had a role to play building a strong disability sector able to make the transition to the scheme.
”The NDIS won’t be the panacea for all, and we need a whole-of-government approach to ensure that mainstream services are accessible for all Victorians with a disability,” he said.
The Napthine government is also urged to lift annual investment to disability services by $900 million over the next five years. The group argues that with the government’s forecast surplus of $2.5 billion in 2016-17, the fiscal environment would allow the government to do so.
The submission outlines how demand continues to outweigh investment in the sector – it says while funding for the sector increased by 7.5 per cent last year, on the back of the trial of the national disability insurance scheme in Barwon, demand for services grew by 10 per cent. ”The real cost of providing disability services continues to escalate and government indexation fails to keep pace,” it says.
The submission says there should be more public-sector procurement from accredited disability organisations. It also wants the government to build more inclusive public spaces.
Building the capacity of the sector also requires more workers and NDS warns demand will rapidly outstrip supply unless action is taken now. The establishment of the scheme will require 25,000 workers by 2020; currently, there are just 12,000 in Victoria. ”This poses a huge challenge,” the submission says.
The government has welcomed the submission from NDS but will not comment on the budget ahead of its release in May.
So what does all of this mean?
Some great journalism, but journalists sometime can’t really say what they think for a variety of reasons, such is the sad state of our ‘deMOCKracy’. Fortunately we can say what ever we like as long as we feel its true.
The WorkSafe Premiums you are being forced to pay for has now become a slush fund for lawyers and government bureaucrats.
The levy you are being forced to pay for NDIS is just becoming a federal government slush fund.
Denise Cosgrove is embezzling (stealing) money paid by the Victorian tax payer, worst of all she’s using it to bribe lawyers into robbing WorkSafe claimants. She’s only been in the role of CEO for 12 months. This con artist really moves fast.
For those of you astute enough to notice, voting changes nothing, a protest, picket, or blockade is more likely to get some positive change from the state.
So what do you know the state wants to effectively remove that mechanism in Victoria. In Victoria plans are afoot to expand police move on powers to include protesters.
The no general move on during a protest, is effectively what allows a protest to occur, even now police will issue a move on knowing protesters have the right to refuse to move on and every right to protest.
Police will even assault and drag away protesters despite protesters having the right to stand their ground.
For any protest this is GAME OVER.
Your last remaining political voice is almost gone and likely with a hefty fine attached to it.
In what appears to be a blatant attack on Victorian Ambo’s right to political communication, the Napthine government requested that a facebook page run by paramedics be deleted.
The page was used to discuss issues that paramedics face and to help raise awareness in the community.
Was: Ambulance Employees Australia, Victoria. 331 likes · 20 talking
The government has now ordered that paramedics cease writing political campaign slogans on their vehicles and have threatened legal action against them.
An anonymous paramedic responded to Napthine with the following statement about the use of LIQUID CHALK on the side and rear windows of vehicles.
I note that the recent examples of paramedics writing with chalk on the windows of ambulances seems to have caused quite a stir. Just to confirm, these are paramedics writing with chalk markers on glass windows. This chalk washes and wipes off with no lasting effects. No defamation has occurred.
Here at occupy Melbourne we can confirm that the use of chalk on surfaces DOES NOT cause any damage and is in no way a health and safety issue for paramedics or other motorists.
It appears to be a common strategy for these so called liberal governments to try crack down on “non-controllable” mediums such as the internet and to harass those who are unable to afford multi-million dollar commercial advertising campaigns.
Chalk has always been used to convey political messages. It is cheap, non-destructive and is accessible by almost anyone.
If you have ever driven a vehicle, then you know it can be exhausting, especially in high density traffic like in Melbourne. On top of simply having to drive from one call out to another, paramedics primary role is to save lives and that requires a clear mind.
Paramedics also have to deal with rising social anxieties, drug overdose waves and violence should not be their priorities in an ideal world and the state has done little to ensure that other issues are dealt with to take pressure of emergency services.
Victoria’s paramedics are the best trained yet lowest paid and under staffed in Australia and it is absurd that the only choice they have is to use their vehicles to call out for help.
It is intolerable that paramedics are forced to campaign for their own basic rights on top of their work.
Unfortunately Napthine knows if he ever has a heart attack, paramedics will be there to try save him, he knows this but because he is what he is, he is happy to just take them for a ride.
It is government strategy to starve funding to government services in order to weaken them for privatisation.
As Victorians we must assist ambo’s with their struggle. Because you never know when you will need them.
Support your paramedics: https://www.facebook.com/AEAVic
Contact Denis Napthines office and tell them what you think:
Denis Napthine MP
phone (03) 9651 5000
fax (03) 9651 5054
Please spread the word that our emergency services are under attack by the government.