Thursday, December 19, 2002

LJ Hooker: Home Invaders
My wife and I arrived home late last night after doing some Christmas shopping, only to find that our unit (which we rent) had been unlawfully entered during the day by scumbag employees of LJ Hooker Woden, who carried out an inspection without so much as a phonecall, let alone written notification or our permission, both of which are required under the terms of the lease agreement.

No wonder, I guess, that Australians regard real estate agents as the second least trustworthy group of individuals in the country, just behind car salesmen.

We Wish You a Merry Inefficiency, and a Happy Excess Burden
Wishing all bloggers and readers a happy holiday season.

But please don't go over the top. Think hard about those gifts that you purchase, because some economists think that Christmas is inefficient.

And, according to this piece in the Melbourne Age, women are to blame.

Sydney's Simulated Attack
Tim Blair notes that Sydney failed in its response to a simulated terrorist attack yesterday.

I'll say - the simulated terrorist attack was completely unrealistic. Where were the simulated civil libertarians, simulating a call for protecting the simulated legal rights of the simulated alleged terrorists once they were arrested? Where were the simulated wives and simulated families of the simulated alleged terrorists, bitterly simulating a plea for religious and cultural tolerance, and trying to convince us of their simulated husband's innocence, despite all simulated evidence to the contrary?

Not to mention the simulated protests by the simulated university students, pinkos and anti-American professional agitators, claiming that the simulated terrorists' ideology was one of "peace" and that it was all the fault of the evil system of free-market capitalism? And what about the simulated academics engaging in asinine discussions of the simulated terrorists' real objectives, and making bold predictions of the next simulated attack?

The simulation of the federal ALP was, however, pretty impressive - as was their simulated foreign affairs spokesman, who gave a simulated criticism of the Howard government's contingency plans to help the US liberate Iraq.

Oh, hang on, that was the real thing...

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Albrechtsen's Carnell Takedown
Today Janet Albrechtsen puts the boot into Kate Carnell. Highlights include these beauties:

Carnell should be hiding in a dark corner ashamed of her political failures rather than looking for a promotion to the upper house on the hill.


Carnell represents everything that a conservative party should not be.


At its core, conservatism values individual personal responsibility, a buck-stops-with-you, non-negotiable philosophy where government empowers people to determine their own success or failure and to assume responsibility either way.

John Howard, long derided as too dry by the wets and too wet by the dries, has masterfully navigated a course straight to the heart of middle Australia by articulating, even during his darkest political days, that Liberal vision.

Carnell is anathema to that vision. Her feel-good, no-responsibility principles have an English Tory party oblivion feel to them. One pundit in The Spectator recently described this "awful, desperate wish to be loved by people and, in return, to smother them with love in return; to assure them it's not their fault, whatever the problem is – even if it is their fault. To be a 'nice' party has become pretty much the sole aspiration; and what we are left with, then, is a frankly sinister collection of caring, smiling people in leopard-skin shoes with f--k-me heels."

Heydon joins High Court; ABC Goes Ballistic
The Australian reports that Dyson Heydon, a NSW Supreme Court judge and "a strong critic of judicial activism", has been appointed to the High Court by the Howard Government:

The former Rhodes Scholar narrowly defeated Brisbane-based Federal Court judge Susan Kiefel to succeed Justice Mary Gaudron.


Justice Heydon, a contemporary of Chief Justice Gleeson, recently gave a speech denouncing judicial activism – an act interpreted as an informal job application for the High Court.

The speech, at a dinner held by Quadrant magazine in Sydney, angered some of his judicial colleagues. Those present said Justice Heydon lashed out at the activism promoted by former chief justice Anthony Mason from 1987 to 1995.

Meanwhile, on the ABC's AM program this morning, journalists could not contain themselves, taking pains to point out on numerous occasions that Heydon - horror! - is not, in fact a woman, that he might be a "conservative with a capital C", and that this signals the "end" of judicial activism on the High Court. He thus fails three of the ABC's selection criteria. Many would say that this fact alone makes him the perfect candidate for the job.

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