Australian Politics, Mark II


#3704

Here’s hoping.

A greater merger of stupid, destructive, delusional ■■■■■ has not been seen since Mussolini and Hitler.


#3705

That is such a contradiction.

Surely for the reasons you state, he becomes the best thing to happen to Nazi Nation since the Demon spawn was jailed?


#3706

More like putting Donald trump in a room with a mirror and or Donald trump Jr


#3707

What’s a bad decision for ON, is a good decision for the rest of us.


#3708

Who’s Joe Hildebrand?


#3709

I envy you


#3710

Well…there’s a first.


#3711

He’s a lazy bugger of a journalist who fell backwards into a pile of social media gold.
And I honestly don’t think he’d be upset at that description.


#3712

Arsehat is a very generous description. He’s kinda discount David Koch.


#3713

Hanson and Latham. Combining with a force so powerful that reasoning, logic and comprehensible speech cannot escape it.


#3714

NSW ALP opposition leader Luke Foley is as gone as a very gone thing. What a creep.

From a female ABC journalist:

This is a position I never wanted to be in and a statement I never intended to make.

But I think the time has come for my voice to be heard, for the following reasons:

The escalation of the public debate, including in state and federal parliament, despite my expressed wish to neither comment nor complain, and the likelihood of ongoing media and political interest.

Two recent phone conversations with the Leader of the New South Wales Opposition Luke Foley.

To set the record straight.

In November 2016 I attended an official Christmas function at New South Wales Parliament House for state political reporters, politicians and their staff.

This is what happened on that night.

The party moved from Parliament House to Martin Place Bar after a number of hours.

Later in the evening, Luke Foley approached a group of people, including me, to say goodnight.

He stood next to me.

He put his hand through a gap in the back of my dress and inside my underpants.

He rested his hand on my buttocks.

I completely froze.

This was witnessed by Sean Nicholls, who was then the state political editor at the Sydney Morning Herald and is now an ABC journalist.

Mr Foley then left the bar.

Sean and I discussed what happened.

As shaken as I was, I decided not to take any action and asked Sean to keep the events in the strictest confidence.

He has honoured that.

I chose not to make a complaint for a number of reasons.

It is clear to me that a woman who is the subject of such behaviour is often the person who suffers once a complaint is made.

I cherished my position as a state political reporter and feared that would be lost.

I also feared the negative impact the publicity could have on me personally and on my young family.

This impact is now being felt profoundly.

When a reporter contacted me earlier this year after hearing about the incident, I informed ABC news management about Mr Foley’s actions.

I told them I didn’t wish to make a complaint or for any further action to be taken.

They respected my request for privacy and have offered me nothing but their absolute care and support.

David Elliot raised the matter in the New South Wales Parliament last month, putting the incident in the public domain.

The matter then became a state and federal political issue and resulted in intense media attention.

This occurred without my involvement or consent.

Last Sunday (4 November) Luke Foley called me on my mobile phone and we had a conversation that lasted 19 minutes.

He said he was sorry and that he was full of remorse for his behaviour towards me at the Press Gallery Christmas function in November 2016.

He told me that he had wanted to talk to me about that night on many occasions over the past two years because, while he was drunk and couldn’t remember all the details of the night, he knew he did something to offend me.

He apologised again and told me, “I’m not a philanderer, I’m not a groper, I’m just a drunk idiot”.

He said he would be resigning as the leader of the New South Wales Labor Party on either the next day (Monday, 5 November) or Wednesday (7 November).

He said he couldn’t resign on the Tuesday because it was Melbourne Cup Day and he didn’t want to be accused of burying the story.

On Tuesday (6 November) Mr Foley called me again.

He repeated his apology and told me he owed me “a lot of contrition”.

He informed me he’d received legal advice not to resign as Opposition Leader.

He indicated he intended to follow that advice.

There are three things I want to come from my decision to make this statement.

First, women should be able to go about their professional lives and socialise without being subject to this sort of behaviour.

And I want it to stop.

Second, situations like mine should not be discussed in parliament for the sake of political point scoring.

And I want it to stop.

Third, I want to get on with my life.

I do not wish to make any further comment.


#3715

I just read that, surely he is gone?


#3716

The ScoMo bus thing is getting funnier. He was asked if he was travelling Queensland in it why was he flying and meeting it in places. Almost confirmed and denied everything at the same time.

Then there’s Angus Taylor’s explanation about why we need a new coal thermal plant basically boiling down to “because we need to replace the coal leaving the grid. Don’t worry about emissions though because there’s more than enough wind and solar coming in to replace the coal leaving.”


#3717

Dead man walking.


#3718

#3719

gone - 5:30pm presser


#3720

But what about his lawyers advice?


#3721

Probably not, but will say he has great taste in footy teams.:slightly_smiling_face:

(he used to irk me something shocking, but after I read an article by him regarding his brother, I mellowed towards him. If I can find the article again will post it.)


#3722

Good, should have in the first place once he admitted it.

Actually just saw that he claims he never admitted to it and it didn’t happen, despite a witness who saw it happen. He is going to raise a defamation case against the ABC. Good luck mate, you won’t win this and by the time it ends your career will be over.


#3723