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  1. Domestic Politics

    Turnbull has not taken the government to the left. He and with Abbott's undermining have taken them into confusion. The border policies remain as harsh, the support for low income earners has shrunk, tax cuts for corporations, the environmental policies are still Abbott's environmental policies. What we have is a lot of hot air but no concrete legislation. He has managed to create drift into solid policy.
  2. Domestic Politics

    You are not the only Liberal leaning person who thinks the same. I have two friends who are of the same belief. However, I don't think that it is as deep seated a problem - certainly in Victoria we don't have the crap that NSW and Qld. (Bernie Finn being the exception). A lot will hinge on the federal election and who survives in the coalition. The reason I gave MLK as an example was because last week was teh anniversary of his assassination. I always add Charles Perkins as well. The other reason I mentioned him was because he was never part of the legislative process. This is a parallel with so many of the SJW/Alt-Right mob. They make a lot noise but when it comes to legislative power it is quite small. Even under Trump I can't see too many actual legislation but certainly lots of noise. This is in stark contrast to MLK/CP who argued strongly from outside the legislative process and changed the laws. Full marks to LBJ and the Kennedys and many others for following through but in the end they both needed each other.
  3. Domestic Politics

    Martin Luther King and Charles Perkins would disagree with you. Although the bewildering amount of identities modern society can have is doing my head in but esentially all I see are white middle class kids who are basically dumb trying to make themselves appear intellectual. Marx had utter contempt for these kinds of people.
  4. Domestic Politics

    This is why it is quite amusing. He claims to be on thr right but when he expands on it he would probably sit where Paul Keating seats.
  5. Spud of the Match - Rd 26 vs CCM

    Who are you and what have you done with @playmaker?
  6. TTIM: Things That Irk Me

    When I was last in Japan I stocked up because in even the not cheap places it was a third of the price here in Oz. BTW the why ink is expensive is that once you buy the printer then you are a captive market. Its not like you can replace a Canon cartridge with a Brother. I tried substitite brands and the quality was just fucking awful.
  7. Transfer Talk, Rumours and Speculation

    Some thoughts to ponder: 1. If Fitzy was able to have those 10 months of good football, why can't the coaching staff bring it out consistently? This is just more than the concern for Fitzy, it also reflects on the coaching staff. 2. If they leave, who will they be replaced with? This is another concern with our recruiting department. If you replace a squaddie with another squaddie, the question becomes why? Manny Muscat gets a lot of stick here and when his signing was announced, there was a genuine why on this forum. 3. Once the facilities were built at Bundoora, there was a lot of talk as to how the club would attract upcoming talent because of the facilities and CFG connections. Kamau's and Fotzy's departure would simply signal to young talent that although those two criteria are still there, football wise you are not going to progress in this club. The coaching is simply not up to it. So yes Fitzy may leave and that would not be unusual as we turn over 50% of the squad every season anyway. But some the concern expressed is really a reflection of the club.
  8. Transfer Talk, Rumours and Speculation

    I think Arzani has overtaken both. Hence one would be surplus but having said that Kamau and maybe Fitzy would benefit with a different kind of coach. Then there is the proverbial question as to whether Arzani would stick around or whether he would head north as well.
  9. Transfer Talk, Rumours and Speculation

    Why? After all for quite sometime they both played together on opposite wings. It would also add competition for spots.
  10. A-league expansion

    Absolutely. And whatever Lowy thought of Palmer, at the end of the day t was only one owner. Steven Lowy is taking on 10 owners. I don't like his chances.
  11. Dario Vidosic

    There was a press release way back that said that the Bart signing was JVS' idea and it was he who convinced him to come to Melbourne.
  12. A-league expansion

    I suspect that the relationship between all three bodies is seriously broken - maybe between the APFCA & PFA, but both with the FFA. The possibility of FIFA/AFC intervention has increased because the APFCA will increase pressure on the AFC, and I think that this is the real goal.
  13. Bump. I can't believe that there are so few posts on this thread.
  14. International Politics

    Good thoughts although I don't agree that Trump has made the USA look like a world sheriff. I think that it has made them unpredictable and for the same reasons that you state this has meant that all other nations are now re-adjusting their foreign affairs in a way that the USA was not expecting. Under previous presidents (didn't matter which party) the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, etc would have not had the repproachment that they now have with China. Would South Korea be keen to normalise relations with North Korea? Unlikely but now that the likelyhood of hot conflict has become a reality they certainly have. Certainly Russia and China are moving decidedly into a standard totalitarian mold. But as far as NK and a wealth of mining is concerned, I suspect that China will have that locked in and certainly China would not look kindly upon having a vassal state being shared by two other powers.
  15. The road to the 2018 WC

    I'm with you on this one. After Gus we had a couple of non-entities that played the defensive reactive football and did not get far either. So reverting back to that style is not going to be either easy or successful. I am not sure what potential you are talking about. Let's face it, we don't have that many quality players, for what ever reason the A-League has yet to produce a steady stream of potential quality players (and that's a completely different topic) and so our potential will always be limited and depend on luck. Furthermore, other countries are improving their playing stocks with many the only major sport is football. Finally, Ange was pushed because failure to qualify directly rather than through the play offs cost the FFA several $M.