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Alex Mitchell will be pleased:

The father of terrorist suspect David Hicks has been nominated as Australian father of the year by ACT chief minister Jon Stanhope.

Well deserved, too. After all, he did such a fine job of raising the boy.

(Via Andrew Bolt)

Posted by Tim B. on 08/04/2006 at 01:30 AM
    1. This guy is the “mayor” or “governor” of the region around Australia’s capital?

      I’d say “the mind boggles”, but then I remembered Marion Barry being the mayor of Washington, D.C., all those years…..although he was a crook, and not a nutty moonbat.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 08 04 at 01:38 AM • permalink


    1. If they could find something to nominate Mrs Hicks for, that dodgy family could do a clean sweep of the Australia day awards???

      And wouldn’t that debase the whole concept of it… If i’d been a past winner i’d be ready to hand mine back….

      Posted by casanova on 2006 08 04 at 01:43 AM • permalink


    1. I am an Australian father and I am offended by the thought that this dead arse has been nominated.  Why not Sophie de Lezio’s father, now that is a guy who would deserve the award.

      Posted by Howzat on 2006 08 04 at 01:52 AM • permalink


    1. Not forgetting he was the one who stood outside a mosque and spilled the beans on the confidental anti-terrorism legislation about a year back.

      Can Canberra split off and form its own little country?
      Its biggest export being porn anyway. (while most of the rest of Oz is barred from producing, and in some cases selling the hard stuff)

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


    1. Didn’t Bob Hawke get Father of the Year.  Just the the Nobel Peace Prize, crap.

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


    1. Stanhope has the emotional and intellectual maturity of a dull but earnest 17 year old, tetchy, humourless and unable to deal with criticism. Everyone in Canberra knows it, even his supporters know it.  The Hicks business may have been premeditated, but it might also have come out spontaneously during one of his frequent public tantrums.

      Posted by Consuela Potez on 2006 08 04 at 02:11 AM • permalink


    1. #1 – More the equivalent of one of our state premiers, Jeff, which makes him roughly equal in status to governor of a US state. And hey, how come you omitted to mention Ray Nagin there?

      #3 – good call, Sophie’s dad any day over the guy who gave David Hicks his 23 chromosomes.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 08 04 at 02:11 AM • permalink


    1. #4 thefrollickingmole:

      Bureau of Export Quality Control doesnt sound like a half bad job in your area.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2006 08 04 at 02:12 AM • permalink


    1. Lead paragraphs I’d like to see:

      Terrorist David Hicks yesterday accidentally shot ACT chief minister Jon Stanhope while attempting to demonstrate how to shoot infidels touring the national capital. Hicks has sought diplomatic sanctuary in the compound of the Iranian embassy in Canberra. The father of David Hicks, named Father of the Year in 2006, has said his son is a good boy who “only ever asked for some love and attention”.

      Posted by Hanyu on 2006 08 04 at 02:32 AM • permalink


    1. Hear hear, Howzat.

      (And Sophie herself for the next Australian of the Year).

      PS: I admire Hicks’ dad, says Beazley.

      Posted by C.L. on 2006 08 04 at 02:33 AM • permalink


    1. #7, not quite the same as a State Premier, Canberra is a Territory (the Australian Capital Territory – ACT), and while it is self governing, it has less autonomy than a State. For instance the Federal Govt can overrule its legislation in certain circumstances.

      The ACT has 320,000 people, which is smaller than many municipalities in Australia, yet it has its own “parliament” and the government has a “cabinet”.  Needless to say, this superstucture involves an enormous waste of time and money in such a small jurisdiction, It also attracts people who, as they say, you wouldn’t feed in a proper State.

      Posted by Consuela Potez on 2006 08 04 at 02:39 AM • permalink


    1. Oh, and to Terry “Macbeth” Lane, that comment at #9; well, it’s just something I’d like to see. It’s not a real story, mate. Once again: it’s not real, mate.

      Posted by Hanyu on 2006 08 04 at 02:46 AM • permalink


    1. I see Stanhope fairly frequently at the local shops. Should I throw an egg or a pie?. Have your say!.

      Posted by Daniel San on 2006 08 04 at 02:52 AM • permalink


    1. #11 – As you say, Consuela. I stand corrected.
      Do I recall correctly that when the ACT went over to self-government the first election was won by the No Self government Party? Whose first act upon taking power was to vote themselves a hefty pay rise?

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 08 04 at 02:57 AM • permalink


    1. Now that’s a photo-op I can’t imagine the PM wanting to get involved with – presenting an award to Terry Hicks. He’d more than happy to delegate that task to Peter Costello.

      Posted by strachan9 on 2006 08 04 at 02:58 AM • permalink


    1. #13 why waste food?

      Posted by saw on 2006 08 04 at 02:59 AM • permalink


    1. I’m leaving Australia if Hicks’ father wins that award.

      Oh, right. I already did…

      Posted by Hanyu on 2006 08 04 at 03:08 AM • permalink


    1. I find it tragic that so many westerners can live their lives so utterly detatched from reality, can be so materialy well off but so morally stunted, every statement and act seems to say kill me i deserve it.

      Posted by phillip on 2006 08 04 at 03:08 AM • permalink


    1. Daniel (#13),

      which shops?

      I saw him at a Yarralumla cafe not long ago.

      He’s a liability, even my Labor friends dislike him…

      Posted by Honkie Hammer on 2006 08 04 at 03:09 AM • permalink


    1. Being ACT Chief Minister is a less important job than being the dot, on the letter i, in the word shit.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 08 04 at 03:09 AM • permalink


    1. I endorse traditional honours for David Hicks – like a 21 gun salute in front of a wall. If dad Terry is about, so much the better.

      — Nora

      Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 2006 08 04 at 03:25 AM • permalink


    1. #14 Swinish: you are dead right about the No Self Government Party. Over the years the ACT Government has produced a bumper crop of eggs and stooges of all political persuasions.

      Posted by Consuela Potez on 2006 08 04 at 03:35 AM • permalink


    1. Excuse my manifest bewilderment, but how does this happen? Someone produces a terrorist who kills to ensure religious intolerance and somehow that is a success? How do residents of the ACT tolerate this shit?

      Posted by captain on 2006 08 04 at 03:49 AM • permalink


    1. Being the ACT Chief Minister is little better than being the mayor of some shire council in Sydney. Infidel Tiger has it spot on. ACT’s population is less than 400,000. The idea that these guys call themselves ministers is a joke. They are nothing more than local government councillors. In canberra we normally get to choose between mediocre small business owners who make up the Liberal Party and the absolute dregs of the Labor party left who choose to run for Canberra’s parliament because they would have absolutely no hope of getting a gig in the big leagues.

      Posted by Francis H on 2006 08 04 at 03:53 AM • permalink


    1. Yep, that’s my home territory for you. Wall-to-wall socialists, incompetent ALP administrations and political correctness so daft you could cut your bread with it.

      Gosh, I love working in the public service.

      Posted by Quentin George on 2006 08 04 at 04:05 AM • permalink


    1. Actually, in all seriousness, it’s fun. I destroyed political discussion amongst my workmates by pointing out that Canberra, with its two ALP safe seats and evenly divided 2 senators, has absolutely nil influence on Federal elections.

      God bless its cotton socks.

      Posted by Quentin George on 2006 08 04 at 04:07 AM • permalink


    1. I can see where Stanhope is coming from, if one assumes that being a good father means ‘devoted to one’s offspring no matter how repulsive one’s offspring turns out to be’, rather than ‘raised one or more children to be well-balanced and exemplary citizens’.

      Of course by that first definition, the mother of Martin Bryant deserves Mother of the Year, as she’s reported to have never stopped loving her son, despite the blood of 35 innocent people being on his hands. Stanhope should look into nominating her too.

      I say why not go all the way and vote David Hicks himself as Father of the Year? I understand he has a couple of sprogs running about, and I’m sure they’d have cared about him if he’d hung around.

      Posted by blandwagon on 2006 08 04 at 04:19 AM • permalink


    1. #26 Public servant eh? Do you look out the window in the morning or do you save that for the afternoon, so you have something to do?!

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 08 04 at 04:27 AM • permalink


    1. I’m looking forward to Stanhope’s graffiti campaign for Mr Hicks.

      Posted by Henry boy on 2006 08 04 at 04:33 AM • permalink


    1. Yes Quentin the ACT almost revels in taking itself out of the political equation. In the Coalition landslide of 1996 when labor seats were being handed over to the libs all across the country, the ACT actually voted out the only Liberal house of reps member they’d ever had (Brendan Smyth). That effectively signalled to the coalition that they could do what they liked to the ACT since they’d never get their vote.

      As for Infidel’s public servant jibe, I will choose to ignore that.  Its past 4:51 and i’m sure as hell not getting outraged on my own time.

      Posted by Francis H on 2006 08 04 at 04:33 AM • permalink


    1. Quentin and Francis – We need people like you on the inside. Don’t know how you do it, but suspect it involves nerves of steel and alcohol.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 08 04 at 04:38 AM • permalink


    1. I was going to say that Quentin and Francis should form a band with Consuela.
      Call yourselves, “The Last Three Sensible People Left Remaining In Canberra.”

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 08 04 at 04:41 AM • permalink


    1. Funny Canberra story:

      A couple of mates were blind drunk at a Manuka pub, when who should walk in, but Simon Crean (back in the days when he was leader).

      One of them, totally pissed, staggers up to Crean and says,

      “Hey, you’re Simon Crean, aren’t you!”

      Crean smiles, obviously thinking he’s found a fan, and is going to get a pat on the back.

      “You fuck dogs, don’t you?”

      Apparently, the look on Crean’s face was priceless.

      Posted by Quentin George on 2006 08 04 at 04:55 AM • permalink


    1. “You fuck dogs don’t you?” would make a much better name for a band…

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 08 04 at 05:00 AM • permalink


    1. Further to 11, it is my understanding that the Feds can dismiss the ACT Government, and appoint an Administrator any time they wish.  As a resident of this once truly delightful small city, I pray nightly for this to occur.  The puerile bottom feeder stanhope, AKA nohope is a regular low level irritant (sodomite “marriage”, protection for terrorists) to the Feds, and perhaps one day JH might just get sufficiently annoyed to swat the blowfly. Would be a vote winner in the rest of Oz.We will then have lower rates, access to water, without having to worry about drinking greenies recycled shit, and can look forward to a governance that is concerned more with collecting the garbage and fixing the roads than in human rights for overpaid lefties.

      Well, we live in hope
      Rod C

      Posted by Rod C on 2006 08 04 at 05:02 AM • permalink


    1. #12 Hanyu
      Ooh. Ouch.

      Posted by m on 2006 08 04 at 05:08 AM • permalink


    1. They don’t call this cretin Stanhopeless for nothing!

      Posted by Bonmot on 2006 08 04 at 05:14 AM • permalink


    1. # 13, Yep save the food, find a dog turd perhaps???

      Posted by casanova on 2006 08 04 at 05:31 AM • permalink


    1. # 30, Francis, your analysis is spot on, of course, but with one minor correction. From 1974 to 1980 [or thereabouts] the ACT had Liberal in the House of Reps, one John Haslem.

      The ACT, however, only seems to elect Liberals to the House in circumstances where the previous ALP incumbent has been extraordinarily incompetent (Kep Enderby}, or extraordinarily obnoxious, or both (Ros Kelly)

      Posted by Consuela Potez on 2006 08 04 at 05:38 AM • permalink


    1. Now I know I’m not raising my boys right.

      Posted by Inurbanus on 2006 08 04 at 06:13 AM • permalink


    1. The father of terrorist suspect David Hicks has been nominated as Australian father of the year by ACT chief minister Jon Stanhope.

      Well gosh, we in the States have soooooo many great candidates for father and mother of the year.

      In fact, OUR country really has a plethora of mother candidates. Ted Kennedy comes to mind, Andrea Yates (drowned her 5 kids, one at a time) another REAL, well formerly known as a mother.

      Suleyman al-Faris parents, are quite possibly landslide winners…capturing (pardon the play on words) top honors, for both mother and father of the year.

      Oh Suleyman al-Faris, aka Hamza Walker Lindh, aka John Walker Lindh or as OUR racist media dubbed him …”Johnny Jihad,” “Johnny Taliban,” “Johnny bin Walker,” “The American Taliban,” and even “Ratboy.”


      Posted by El Cid on 2006 08 04 at 06:25 AM • permalink


    1. Speaking of the Left’s absurdity, did anybody else hear that Beazley promise that Aboriginal health would be of first-world standard by his second term in office? It irritated me that he speaks as though his election next year were fact, but now he’s given himself a second term. Why does he do this?

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2006 08 04 at 06:40 AM • permalink


    1. Do you think Mel Gibson’s father should be nominated?

      Posted by Ross on 2006 08 04 at 06:49 AM • permalink


    1. 43 Ross
      Do you think Mel Gibson’s father should be nominated?

      Well that’s up to the ‘nominating’ committee of OZ of course, but in my opinion, Hutton (I believe his name is Hutton) would be best cast as a mother candidate.

      Should he be nominated, with a population of somewhere between 1.2-1.8 billion Jew hating Muslims he would certainly be a contender for world honors.

      Competition would be stiff though, Hutton would have to beat out the likes of Ahmadinejad. The talent and/or maybe the swimsuit competition could possibly give old Hutton the edge, in the world award arena….:).

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 08 04 at 07:09 AM • permalink


    1. Mr Hicks was estranged from his son for a very long time prior to the coming of celebrity.  Actually, ‘estranged’ is putting it mildly.  Yeah. “Father of the Year”.

      Stanhope, Chief Minister of the ACT is the same guy who leaked very confidential federal/state-territory correspondence from the Federal Attorney-General to the extent of putting it on his web site.  Totally trustworthy!

      If you were the Federal Government, how much trust would you have in the ACT and how much does this disadvantage the citizens of the ACT, thanks to the grandsatnding of the ACT dickhead Chief Minister – WHO ALSO has on his staff a graffitist (against the Frederal Govt, naturally) and REFUSED to sack the graffitist when he got caught?


      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 08 04 at 08:34 AM • permalink


    1. #19 Honkie Hammer,
      That would be Belconnen mall. Yes, I live in Belconnen. Don’t look down your nose at me, I don’t need your pity!.

      Posted by Daniel San on 2006 08 04 at 08:51 AM • permalink


    1. When I was playing club cricket in Oz moons ago, whenever a teammate copped one in the nads batting or close fielding he got known as ‘Father of the Year’ in honour of his injury for an hour or so before we got bored with the nickname and moved onto another topic of conversation.

      Maybe Stanhope is using the term in the same ironic manner.

      Posted by Effing & Blinding on 2006 08 04 at 09:30 AM • permalink


    1. Guess the seedpods never fall too far from the judas tree.

      Posted by paco on 2006 08 04 at 09:52 AM • permalink


    1. I don’t have a dog in this particular fight, but it seems to me that nominating a man for father of the year just because he has a son in a terrorist prison is stretching credulity.  Not to mention logic.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 08 04 at 11:51 AM • permalink


    1. Rebecca
      When did you last see “logic” in a leftie’s lexicon?


      Posted by Rod C on 2006 08 04 at 05:58 PM • permalink


    1. The whole thing sounds even more ridiculous when you spell it out like that.

      Posted by Henry boy on 2006 08 05 at 12:59 AM • permalink


    1. Re: Rebecca’s comment, that is.

      Posted by Henry boy on 2006 08 05 at 01:00 AM • permalink


    1. What RebeccaH said.

      I wonder how old Jihad Johnny would fair today.  I bet there wouldn’t be a single “Ratboy” printed anywhere.

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 08 05 at 06:49 AM • permalink


    1. Just curious…Who beat us?

      Posted by Secundus on 2006 08 05 at 10:50 AM • permalink


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