BEAZLEY THE GRIZZLY

Prepare to be savaged, John Howard:

Opposition Leader Kim Beazley has promised Labor will launch its most aggressive fight against the government in 10 years when parliament resumes next week.

In his first major speech of the year, Mr Beazley launched a scathing attack on the government’s handling of the AWB scandal, again accusing Prime Minister John Howard of a massive cover-up …

He said all Australians needed to understand what the AWB scandal really was.

“This scandal is Aussie dollars for Iraqi bullets,” Mr Beazley said.

“It is wheat for weapons.”

It is grain for guns, it is cereal for a serial killer! Michael Gordon makes a better case than Beazley for widening the wheat scam inquiry; latest news involves Australian ambassadors to the US and Jordan. Treasurer Peter Costello says the goverment would carefully considerany inquiry-widening request. More from Angry Kim:

He said that when the coalition was handed majority control of the Senate in July, the government moved away from Australia’s core values of fairness, mateship, respect and decency.

“The day our society started to become a lot more dog-eat-dog and a lot more insecure,” Mr Beazley said.

He does carry on.

UPDATE. Think you know your wheat? Take these fun quizzes, wheat fans!

Posted by Tim B. on 02/01/2006 at 02:47 AM
    1. This isn’t really post of the oil-for-food scandal. You just posted this so Anonymous Lefty couldn’t accuse you of ignoring it. I’m onto you, Blair. Covering for your mates in the Liberal Party again …

      Posted by Gareth on 2006 02 01 at 03:59 AM • permalink

 

    1. Actually, it was just an excuse to post wheat quizzes. I CAN’T GET ENOUGH WHEAT QUIZZES!

      Posted by Tim B. on 2006 02 01 at 04:14 AM • permalink

 

    1. LOL jointed goat grass – those wheat guys are such funsters

      btw answering george bush to every question causes the quiz to go spacko when you submit.  same with hamas

      Posted by KK on 2006 02 01 at 04:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. so that’s what happened to the WMD. the Iraqis ate it.

      Posted by hooligan on 2006 02 01 at 04:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. Re Beazley’s: He said that when the coalition was handed majority control of the Senate in July, the government moved away from Australia’s core values of fairness, mateship, respect and decency.

      “The day our society started to become a lot more dog-eat-dog and a lot more insecure,” Mr Beazley said.
      See Liam Bartlett’s piece in the Sunday Times (Perth) on 29/1 (can’t link) on former Premier and gaol-bird Brian Burke’s current role as kingmaker/queenmaker of the WA Labor Party. The Police Minister (Michelle Roberts) acknowledged that she had “asked for his support” to help her get the premiership (taken, alas, by Alan Carpenter). Is this consistent or what with the Labor Party’s strangle-hold on ‘fairness, mateship, respect and decency’?

      Posted by percypup on 2006 02 01 at 05:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. I think Howard and Costello are threatening AWB’s monopoly on wheat distribution to keep the Nat’s in line.
      Seems like there is a bit of argy bargy at the moment between the coalition partners.

      How will the Nats go explaining the loss of a monopoly to a bunch of agrarian socialists?

      So the message is shut that lunatic senator from Queensland up or face the consequences.

      Posted by gubbaboy on 2006 02 01 at 05:34 AM • permalink

 

    1. Ahhh…. the “attack sheep” is in full angry mode.

      Careful now or he might pass a kidney stone… or a policy!

      There are not many people who make me look athletic. Kim is one of the main ones.

      Posted by Gibbo on 2006 02 01 at 05:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. Maybe we should get the AWB to organise the Danish export drive outside the Middle East, given the economic trade sanctions speculaled to apply there to Danish products!

      Posted by WeekByWeek on 2006 02 01 at 06:44 AM • permalink

 

    1. Sorry to digress, but a newly arrived Sudanese man is fighting for his life in hospital after he was brutally bashed by a gang of Middle Eastern youth in Auburn last night.
      Are the media referring to this incident as a racist attack??? NO! despite a number of complaints by the Sudanese community in that suburb of harassment by Middle Eastern youth! I guess these thugs aren’t the right shade to warrant the lable ‘racist’ as far as the left-leaning media is concerned!!

      Posted by Brian on 2006 02 01 at 06:48 AM • permalink

 

    1. I watched Kim’s speech today, he made an interesting statement, almost a slip it was, about the belief in the existence of WMD.
      One could be forgiven for their confusion about which bloody country he was referring to, such was his bleak vision of Australia. Unrecognisable as far as I, and I would contend, many, many others are concerned!

      Posted by Brian on 2006 02 01 at 06:54 AM • permalink

 

    1. Wasn’t Bomber Beazley part of a party that declared that ‘Saddam Ruled OK’, and should stay in power?  And wasn’t he standing behind Mark Blatheram’s ‘Bring the Boys Home for Christmas’ pledge?
      So what is he blathering on about?  At least Howard and Co. had the guts to take away Saddam’s guns and end the oil-for- fraud scandal, and with minimal loss of life.

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 02 01 at 06:59 AM • permalink

 

    1. Also having watched Kimbo’s speech, I can say that his most bizarre point was when he said (and I quote from memory, so it may not be absolutely accurate) “in the global game of musical chairs, when the music stops Australia will be the one who can’t find a chair.”

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2006 02 01 at 07:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. I spent my lunchtime in a gym on a military base and Bomber’s press club lunch was on tv. Many hoots of derision when he started going on about Defence (because we all know what a great job he did when he was Minister).

      Posted by Oafish and Infantile on 2006 02 01 at 07:34 AM • permalink

 

    1. “in the global game of musical chairs, when the music stops Australia will be the one who can’t find a chair.”

      Maybe that’s some repressed childhood memories bubbling to the surface…

      Posted by PW on 2006 02 01 at 08:04 AM • permalink

 

    1. Wonderful! A broadened, deepened, widened, fatter, thicker, denser, you name it whatever inquiry may also dig up the ALP involvement in past payola practices.

      Go Kimbo, just think of those non-surfacing submarines!

      Posted by rog on 2006 02 01 at 08:33 AM • permalink

 

    1. “in the global game of musical chairs, when the music stops Australia will be the one who can’t find a chair.”

      In this game, the US will walk over to one of the Axis of Weasels and firmly ask if France or Germany would like to give up their chair.  Our good friend Australia needs it.

      So as long as there are three chairs, Australia gets one of them.

      Posted by wronwright on 2006 02 01 at 09:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. it is money for jam…
      Brian Burke – W.A. Inc…
      Australia will be the one who can’t find a chair…..well if I was a self respecting chair and I saw Kimbo hoving onto the horizon -I’d be making sure my dance card was full…..

      Posted by crash on 2006 02 01 at 09:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. He said that when the coalition was handed majority control of the Senate in July

      Selected not elected? I’ve heard that somewhere before.

      Posted by Some0Seppo on 2006 02 01 at 11:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. wronwright — This is America.  We believe in free enterprise.  If it comes down to it, we’ll build a new chair for Australia if we need one.

      Reasonable rates.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 02 01 at 11:14 AM • permalink

 

    1. Borrow wronwright’s Rovian issue Marathon Man dentist’s chair…

      Posted by crash on 2006 02 01 at 12:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. Why build one?  The little French prancing boy has a very nice Louis XIV chair.  Gilded.  Very plush.  The German kid dressed in the extremely gay Alpine outfit that would make the Brokeback Mountain boys fight over his very inviting backside ethnic costume also has a very nice chair.  Bavarian hand crafted.

      I say this game is much too rough for the Euro boys.  I say let’s tip the frog and kraut out of their chairs and give one to the Aussie.  Then lean back and put our muddy jack boots up on the spare one.  Preferably the damask covered one.

      Unless McEnroe you think we should play nicey nice.  Don’t want to hurt any sensitive feelings.

      Posted by wronwright on 2006 02 01 at 12:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. Dang.  Those really were wheat quizzes.

      Wheat for bullets.  Dog-eat-dog.  Enough with the food metaphors already.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 02 01 at 01:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. beazley = hot air ballon

      every time he opens his mouth global warming accelerates.

      Posted by vinny on 2006 02 01 at 04:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. the coalition was handed majority control of the Senate

      And who was it did that handing?  Those pesky voters, wasn’t it?

      Posted by Achillea on 2006 02 01 at 06:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. Darn good thing I aint a farmer, or I’d go bankrupt. No more wheat quizzes, thanks Tim.

      Posted by Scott W on 2006 02 01 at 06:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. Beazely, Brian Burke, Carmen lawrence, Mark Latham.
      Q.What ambition did they all share?
      A.To be Prime Minister of Australia.
      Weren’t we lucky?

      Posted by waussie on 2006 02 02 at 12:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. #26 how much can a koala bear?

      Posted by crash on 2006 02 02 at 09:18 AM • permalink

 

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