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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 04:28 am

Election analyst Malcolm Mackerras last week won an Australia Day award. In the Mackerras tradition, this involved an inaccurate prediction:

Mackerras did not bother to immediately open the official-looking letter from Government House …

After all, the distinguished political commentator was used to receiving letters from the Governor-General’s residence and decided it could wait. “I thought to myself that’s just another case of me being asked my opinion about someone else who is being proposed for an honour,” he said. “Three hours later I opened it up and was astonished to discover that this was actually a letter to say, ‘You are being considered for appointment’.”

Still, Malcolm isn’t often as wrong as old Bob Ellis, who’s phlegmed up another quality column for the Halliburton hippies of Byron Bay:

The Howard bandname now is poisonously tainted, and in its final, twitching throes. And a belated, failed Costello coup in March, round his tenth anniversary, will grievously wound him, and the compromise cleanskin candidate Malcolm [Turnbull] triumphant by Father’s Day, which will give him a year to regain ground, if he can, against Beazley.

And will Beazley win? Oh, yes.

You see if I am right.

Very well. Let’s take us a looksee.

(Via Ellis investigator Raff)

Posted by Tim B. on 01/29/2006 at 07:57 AM
    1. Triumphant as what.. pere of the year.I thought that was you Bobster…

      Posted by crash on 2006 01 29 at 09:21 AM • permalink


    1. Oh, god, Ellis. Why does he keep doing this? Turnbull so soon? The man (Ellis, not Turnbull) is a total moron, and political imbecile to boot.

      As for Mackerras, my political statistics lecturer drily* remarked of him “he had one good idea in the 70s and has been wrong ever since”.

      *Political statisticians in this country are a rare and famously dry (as in boring) bunch in political science circles – my lecturer could slow pulses to the point of arrest at twenty paces.

      Posted by James Waterton on 2006 01 29 at 09:30 AM • permalink


    1. Ellis, in his attempt to appear witty, abuses punctuation badly.
      Am I right?
      I think I am.
      Lay off the punctuation you old flogbag!!!

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2006 01 29 at 09:50 AM • permalink


    1. I don’t give Kimbo 12 months..

      Posted by crash on 2006 01 29 at 10:32 AM • permalink


    1. O/T Bob Woodruffe of American ABC and a cameraman have been injured in a bomb attack in Iraq.

      Posted by crash on 2006 01 29 at 11:22 AM • permalink


    1. Boob Ellis doesn’t pick horses, too, does he? I think I see the vague outline of a fool-proof betting system . . .

      Posted by paco on 2006 01 29 at 11:35 AM • permalink


    1. What is it with leftards and their predictions?  The majority of those that I’ve seen are usually little more than wishful thinking.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 01 29 at 11:50 AM • permalink


    1. Is that a typo or does Howard have a band, too? If so, I’ll bet they rock!

      Posted by JDB on 2006 01 29 at 12:10 PM • permalink


    1. Beazley?  Do these people talk to ANYBODY else?  Even each other?  Or is it all they can do to hear the voices in their own heads over the loud hum?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 01 29 at 01:03 PM • permalink


    1. I’m not creative enough to write it myself, but that idiotic “Oh, yes” calls for a Gollum impression…

      Posted by PW on 2006 01 29 at 02:07 PM • permalink


    1. #8.Is that a typo or does Howard have a band, too? If so, I’ll bet they rock!

      I was going to ask that too.  And if it’s poisonous now, I thought “the cleanskins” might do as a substitute.  But maybe it’s a Strine thing.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 01 29 at 03:03 PM • permalink


    1. “The Twitching Throes” – great name for a band!

      Posted by debo.v2 on 2006 01 29 at 03:52 PM • permalink


    1. Bob Ellis -the truely resinous of heart.

      Posted by niobium2000 on 2006 01 29 at 05:22 PM • permalink


    1. Wow, has Joe Vialls assumed Bob Ellis’ identity?  All that’s missing is Howard seeking refuge in Zionist-controlled Tasmania.

      Posted by Craig Mc on 2006 01 29 at 06:05 PM • permalink


    1. Needs to be a little later in the day before I can face the Ellis Expectorations.

      Posted by Henry boy on 2006 01 29 at 06:05 PM • permalink


    1. Not Elis’s best effort at vitriol.  Insufficient spittle.

      I did like the internal inconsistency displayed in dismissing WMD as rumour in the first column, and accusing the Wheat Board of funding WMD several paragraphs on.  Must be hard to keep one’s delusions straight when your brain is about to explode.

      Posted by noir on 2006 01 29 at 08:17 PM • permalink


    1. Even when he’s wrong, Ellis gets it more wrong. Shane Howard had a band called Goanna. And everyone knows goannas aren’t poisonous.

      Posted by slatts on 2006 01 29 at 09:19 PM • permalink


    1. …that was the first time I ever read anyone accuse GWB of having an affair with Condi Rice. WTF does he get this stuff?

      Posted by Tasman on 2006 01 29 at 09:41 PM • permalink


    1. WTF does he get this stuff?
      The voices. In his head.

      Posted by Lucky Nutsacks on 2006 01 30 at 04:21 AM • permalink


    1. Just imagine how peeved Alan Ramsey must be at not having concocted this drivel himself. Never mind Alan, you will.

      Alan and Bob, Bob and Allan, the Bill and Ben of the msm. Two arseholes, half a brain

      Posted by hooligan on 2006 01 30 at 04:59 AM • permalink


    1. #8 That must be the German Band that the feds were doing better than…

      Posted by crash on 2006 01 30 at 05:25 AM • permalink


    1. #16 Aroun the time of the Iraq war,the ABC interviewed a head of the AWB.
      He was brash and confident and boasting that the Australian Wheat Board had such a good rapport,bonding and trust between them and Iraqis that the AWB did not need contracts -a handshake was all that was needed to seal a transaction.
      At the time I thought it was very unusual but the ABC interviewer did not seem to pick up on it,be alarmed by it or ask any further questions.
      To hear little Kev Rudd ranting “It gets more and more unbelievable that no one in the Howard Government was ringing warning bells” when a current affairs/investigative journalist presenter let that opportunity go through to the keeper-is bizarre.

      Posted by crash on 2006 01 30 at 09:52 AM • permalink


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