CANBERRA SCUTTLER

The Herald Sun’s Roger Franklin observes illicit RuddFest activity:

Why was besieged Age editor Andrew Jaspan, who withdrew as a delegate, scuttling about the floor, where the press was banned?

Makes sense to me; it’s not as though Jaspan is a journalist. The Great Gathering’s saddest aspect was Tim Flannery’s non-appearance, which denied us a furious battle of agreement:

Leading environmentalist Tim Flannery will go head-to-head with Ross Garnaut, author of the government’s Garnault Review on climate change.

Whoa! Talk about conflict.

Posted by Tim B. on 04/21/2008 at 01:59 AM
    1. All the TV reports of the event have taken care to include some token comment like “Not everyone was happy” or “It wasn’t all plain sailing” but then when they detail the particular fracas it’s like somebody slapped somebody else in the nameplate with a lettuce leaf, but apart from that they agree on everything.
      They thrown open the windows of democracy and let in a bunch of wankers that no one voted for.

      Posted by ooh honey honey on 2008 04 21 at 02:09 AM • permalink

 

    1. Flannery vs. Garnaut?? I can’t get the vision of a Marieke-esque “can I put my tongue in your ear?” moment out of my head – oooh, the pain!!

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2008 04 21 at 02:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. OT
      the good news : “French commandos went in with guns blazing and captured a gang of pirates who days earlier had hijacked a luxury cruise ship”the bad news :  “the British Foreign Office issued a directive to the once vaunted Royal Navy not to detain any pirates, because doing so could violate their human rights. …captured pirates could claim asylum in Britain”  link

      Posted by Col. Milquetoast on 2008 04 21 at 02:33 AM • permalink

 

    1. Why was Jaspan scuttling? That is an unfair question – scuttling is Jaspan’s primary form of perambulation.

      BTW has anyone ever seen these people in the same room?

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 04 21 at 02:36 AM • permalink

 

    1. #3

      Hornblower must be rolling in his grave!

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2008 04 21 at 02:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. Head to head like this: 69

      Posted by Big Jim on 2008 04 21 at 02:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. Andrew Norton has an insider’s view, reporting that a favoured recommendation appeared on Sunday morning without being mentioned the day before. Sinclair Davidson has a jaundiced outsider’s view, noting the serious lack of good ideas in the Rudd administration despite promising to be fresh and new.
      Remarkable how all the big ideas from the Comedy Festival have most of the following characteristics.
      1. Divisive.
      2. Cost a bundle.
      3. Provide more power and career paths for coercive utopians.
      4. Will probably make things worse rather than better. The great exception is The Republic which will make no difference at all to the bogan in the street.

      Posted by Rafe on 2008 04 21 at 02:43 AM • permalink

 

    1. The deabte…

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 04 21 at 02:46 AM • permalink

 

    1. How did that happen?

      The debate…

      Flannery: 10 metre sea level rise.

      Garnaut: 12 metres.

      Flannery: 15 metres.

      Garnaut: 50 metres.

      Flannery: 100 metres…

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 04 21 at 02:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. #9

      “Duck Season!”

      “Wabbit Season!”

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2008 04 21 at 02:51 AM • permalink

 

    1. DUCK SEASON! FIRE!

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 04 21 at 03:02 AM • permalink

 

    1. Guano at a moonbat fest, makes sense …

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 21 at 03:36 AM • permalink

 

    1. The Summit – Team Australia – f*ck yeah!

      Cast
      Wolverine (Jackman)
      Galadriel (Blanchett)
      The Milky Bar Kid (Rudder)
      Maria Callas (Therese)
      Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz (Phatty)
      &c.

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 21 at 03:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. The Age’s Friday editorial the day before 2020 was somewhat surprisingly cynical:

      The Prime Minister must be aware of the criticisms of the 2020 Summit that have been raised in the wider community. Some see this unelected assembly as an inherently elitist, undemocratic project, while others believe that the difficulty of ensuring that 1000 people get to have their say in the course of a mere two days will mean that the summit is ultimately ineffectual. If the Government does intend to use the summit as a sounding board for its preconceptions about policy outcomes, it runs the grave risk of vindicating both groups of critics.

      They’re right about that. Alexander Downer was right today in calling it a left-wing talk-fest; David Flint termed it a greater gerrymander than Mugabe. Good call.

      Posted by ilibcc on 2008 04 21 at 04:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. #8 Deabte. See Infidel. Your cred is so good that when you accidentally flick ‘deabte’, the moderator thinks it means something.

      That’s impressive.

      None of my accidental flick shit has ever got through.

      I might change my name to deabte with all its metaphysical connotations.

      Posted by mehaul on 2008 04 21 at 04:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. Leading environmentalist Tim Flannery will go head-to-head with Ross Garnaut, author of the government’s Garnault Review on climate change.

      Garnaut wrote the Garnault Review? He’d be very annoyed they added a gratuitous ‘l’ in the name.

      Posted by scooper on 2008 04 21 at 04:20 AM • permalink

 

    1. Leading environmentalist Tim Flannery will go head-to-head with Ross Garnaut, author of the government’s Garnault Review on climate change.

      I guess the author has no idea what head-to-head means. Maybe he/she meant “cheek-to-cheek”?

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 21 at 04:21 AM • permalink

 

    1. #17
      Nah, that’s prolly as wide a debate as Pravda will tolerate: a proctologist paleontologist and an economist, both from the Left.

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 21 at 04:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. #9

      Garnaut: 50 metres.

      FlanneryWilliams: 100 metres…

      fixed.

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 21 at 04:34 AM • permalink

 

    1. #19

      Williams: 100 metres…

      Is he a breast-stroker* or butterfly-effect?

      * /Shirt-lifter?

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 21 at 04:47 AM • permalink

 

    1. I guess the author has no idea what head-to-head means. Maybe he/she meant “cheek-to-cheek”?

      6
      9

      Posted by Mike_W on 2008 04 21 at 04:56 AM • permalink

 

    1. #19
      I actually meant dancing.

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 21 at 05:01 AM • permalink

 

    1. #22
      Oops, I meant #17 not 19.My counter’s busted, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 21 at 05:02 AM • permalink

 

    1. Actually I still cling to the fantasy that Garnaut will dutifully deliver what Rudd wants in his reports, and then right at the end let fly at serial exaggerators like flannery.

      In other news, I saw a pig fly today.

      Posted by entropy on 2008 04 21 at 05:23 AM • permalink

 

    1. #22… and you know what head-to-head dancing can lead to…

      Posted by Skeeter on 2008 04 21 at 06:03 AM • permalink

 

    1. #24- Probably Phatty on his way back to the truffle ranch. I’m betting the caterers are on their way to the Bahamas by now.

      Anyone have the misfortune to view Red Kezza going in hard, without fear or favour on the divisive and authoritarian PM oops, that’d be if JWH was still in Kirribilli house- I was waiting for him to take his teeth out. It made Gerry Doogue’s tongue in the trouser effort on Sunday look like a session at the Auto-da-Fe’ in comparison- ain’t it wunnerful ter live in a dermocraceee?

      I’m beginning to think some evil bastard spliced the deformed and mutant genes of Jimmeh Cahta and Tony Blair together, and implanted this abomination in an unsuspecting evictee milkmaid’s uterus while she slept in a rusting Kombi outside Nambour.

      Who could have done such a thing? I have my suspicions….

      Posted by Habib on 2008 04 21 at 06:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. timmy flannelette is an odd mixture; he hates whales;

      He also rightfully blames the blameless indigenous folk for killing all the big things and thus preventing Steve Irwin from making a buck from them, or, even more profitably, being killed by a procoptodon goliah. My theory is; flannels is twins; a good twin who makes reasonable sense, and a loon twin who does bad impersonations of r. williams.

      Posted by cohenite on 2008 04 21 at 06:29 AM • permalink

 

    1. #27
      Thans Cohenite
      I love it when I learn stuff here, and that’s a truly excellent explanation of the Williams/Flummery thingy.

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 21 at 06:33 AM • permalink

 

    1. Leading environmentalist Tim Flannery will go head-to-head with Ross Garnaut, author of the government’s Garnault Review on climate change.

      “I say it’s a catastrophe!”
      “And I say it’s a crisis!”
      “Catastrophe!”
      “CRISIS!”
      etc.

      Posted by fidens on 2008 04 21 at 06:35 AM • permalink

 

 

    1. for #28

      k

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 21 at 06:42 AM • permalink

 

    1. Kevin has been quoted (can’t find it on Google) as saying that he doesn’t want to be the “Prime Minister of a country that produces nothing.”

      Rest easy, Kev.
      This country produced me.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 04 21 at 06:58 AM • permalink

 

    1. > and an economist, both from the Left.

      Isn’t that like a Creationist DNA researcher or a flat-earth astronomer?  It’s pretty obvious from history that socialism fails.  It’s pretty obvious why socialism fails (it destroys comparative advantage, it destroys incentives to improve & it rewards failure).  It pretty obvious that the degree of socialism is correlated with the degree of economic problems (unemployment, lowered economic growth).

      Posted by Rob Read on 2008 04 21 at 07:03 AM • permalink

 

    1. prototype

      (giggle)

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 21 at 07:03 AM • permalink

 

    1. #32 – Kevin has been quoted (can’t find it on Google) as saying that he doesn’t want to be the “Prime Minister of a country that produces nothing.”

      Let’s hear Kevin’s views on Singapore. I’m sure the Singaporeans will be impressed.

      Posted by walterplinge on 2008 04 21 at 07:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. It’s time for a tax overhaul, because the Howard government did nothing!
      I think this this decodes to “We want to spend more on flim flam, glib global stuff, and compo for the mendicants, so we’ll tax the family home, deceased estates, and sock the retirees for more. Then we’ll raise the rate of GST – yes that revolutionary new tax that <someone> introduced – but don’t ask us to lower personal tax any more, or do away with all the state rip-off taxes they were supposed to lower when the GST came in.”

      Posted by blogstrop on 2008 04 21 at 07:38 AM • permalink

 

    1. #33

      > and an economist, both from the Left.
      Isn’t that like a Creationist DNA researcher or a flat-earth astronomer?

      No Lefty economists – you’re kidding?

      Oz Labor commissioned the report it wanted from a friendly as did UK Labor with the expendable Stern when it wasn’t satisfied with its own departments’ findings.

      From previous, the USA’s Robert Shapiro on the issue …

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 21 at 07:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. When it comes to ideas, this Ben Stein chappie seems to have a few.
      Let’s face it, anyone whose flick can make Michael Moore’s films seem like “dry scholarly treatises” by comparison is guilty of some exceptional thinking.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 04 21 at 08:00 AM • permalink

 

 

    1. Maybe Jaspan, in honor of the Arts Contingent, was just miming Elliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: “I should have been a pair of ragged claws/Scuttling across the floors of silent seas”.

      Posted by paco on 2008 04 21 at 08:21 AM • permalink

 

    1. #36 Krudd taxes credulity.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 04 21 at 09:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. Now here’s an interesting comment on climate change:

      “I read somewhere that the sun’s getting hotter every year,” said Tom genially. “It seems that pretty soon the earth’s going to fall into the sun – or wait a minute – it’s just the opposite – the sun’s getting colder every year.”

      The source? Have a guess, old sport.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 04 21 at 10:20 AM • permalink

 

    1. He should have been a pair of ragged claws…

      Posted by mojo on 2008 04 21 at 02:32 PM • permalink

 

    1. Excellent if depressing article by Henry Ergas in today’s Oz – “Summit verdict is bigger Government”

      Sorry, dunno how to do a linky thingy

      Posted by Rod C on 2008 04 21 at 05:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. Ok, time for some linking and name dropping. I’ve met Henry Ergas, although he would not remember, and he’s a pleasant, studious guy. Also have met Fred Argy, who’s a bit more assertive,and gets interviewed by the ABC.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2008 04 21 at 06:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. Syndicated cartoonist Paul Zanetti has rounded on Rudd’s Blanchett obsession. Yesterday’s cartoon had Rudd clutching the must important document to come out of the summit, Blanchett’s autograph,  while today’s has Rudd pondering the choice of republican models – Blanchett or Jackman as the first president.

      Zanetti was no friend of Howard but he doesn’t seem impressed with Circus Ruddicus.

      Posted by Contrail on 2008 04 21 at 07:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. God. Help. Me.

      Talk around the office since the return of our attendee at the 2020 Ruddstock 08 Festival has been:

      From staff: Why didn’t you get Hugh Jackman’s autograph?

      From the attendee (and staff): Cate was just amazing because she’d had a baby only, what, six days before, and she must have been in pain, and…. blah, blah, blah.

      Just shoot me.

      I liked Zanetti’s cartoon with the sun shining out of Rudd’s bum on the gathered thrall.
      And Rudd explaining that he uses a low power fluoro light.

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 21 at 07:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. #47
      Kevin07 + 2020 = 0 Ideas

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 21 at 07:28 PM • permalink

 

  1. Funny thing though; The co-chair was on 702 ABC radio yesterday mornig, and stated that ALL sessions were open to the public.

    So the co-chair of the whole thing isn’t even aware that the highest-profile session in the place was blocked to the media?

    Stupid, or depending on the MSM for his talking points?

    Posted by Paul Wright on 2008 04 21 at 09:25 PM • permalink