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A message to the suppositories

From Malcolm and the rest of us to the Suppositories


“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.



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  1. John Kelly

    Great song. Can’t say the same about the suppositories.

  2. Kronomex

    Kaye, I think it’s an insult calling those horrible blights on Australia “suppositories”. Suppositories have a purpose, they are used to clear blockages and impacted faeces from the body. These two, however, are the impacted shit in politics that we can well do without.

  3. Kaye Lee

    “[Cory Bernardi] is a show pony with no substance, with an ugly political agenda, and good riddance to him if he does quit the party,” the Coalition MP said.

    “Cory is deluded,” says a Liberal Party colleague. “He is one of the least effective or important members of the parliamentary team. Cory is a person without any intellect, without any base, and he should really never have risen above the position of branch president. His right-wing macho-man act is just his way of looking as though he stands for something.”

    “He has no record of note in politics; he has hidden under the umbrella of the Liberal Party for years and, if he was to walk down the main street of Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane, not one person would recognise him,” Mr Kennett told ABC morning radio. “This is an individual who, for some ego-driven reason, believes he has the answers to the world; he does not.”

    And that’s just what his colleagues think of him…..

  4. nurses1968

    I got this from an old former wharfie/commo mate who occasionally comments on IA.
    unsure of author or where it originated but it sums up the year quite nicely

    I love this bloody country

    this land of booze and honey

    of Opera House and Harbour Bridge

    of shearing shed ’n’ dunny

    I love this bloody country

    where the sea is full of sharks

    where there’s redbacks on the toilet seat

    where your car gets booked by narks

    I love our bloody country

    this island Gert by sea

    of rabbit, snake and cane toad

    and the eucalyptic tree

    Where your pollies are all ratbags

    either that or on the take

    where it’s hard to tell the difference

    between reality and Rake

    Where your team gets trounced each Saturday

    and your pub runs out of beer

    where you’re bank-robbed by the CBA

    and nagged by Germaine Greer

    I love this bloody country

    of drought and flood and fire

    with asylum seekers welcomed

    with lots of razor wire

    Where bigotry is Brandis’d,

    and tolerance? A mockery,

    thanks to ranting, raving racists

    in the ranks of our shock-jockery

    I love this bloody country

    this land we call Australia

    which has an awful anthem

    coz Australia rhymes with failure

    Australian stories end in woe

    Or in acute embarrassment

    like Gallipoli and Burke & Wills

    and Rolf’s revolting harassment

    (Another woeful ending’s

    in our national song

    when a suicidal swaggie

    drowns in a billabong.)

    I love this bloody country

    where nothing could be finer

    than to have the place exported

    by some rapacious miner

    Our commonwealth of minerals

    by legislative stealth

    goes to Clives and Ginas

    to create uncommon wealth

    And while Gina counts her billions

    we must count the cost

    in budget cuts to everything

    because of taxes lost

    Once Australian megawealth

    was the gift of the merino

    now it comes from human sheep

    fleeced in James’ casino

    Why salute the Union Jack

    on our patriotic rag?

    a Dickies towel or galvo sheet

    would make a prouder flag

    (The Queen’s a nice old lady

    but it’s really time to ditch her

    – better that our head of state

    was someone like Lowitja.)

    I love this bloody country

    where all our famous brands

    from Vegemite to Qantas

    are flogged to foreign lands

    And where our trad Australian slang

    (drongo, dinky-di ’n’ dingo)

    is forgotten in the rush

    to Coca-culture lingo

    I love this bloody country

    it really could be worse

    when this ancient columnist

    goes from bad to verse

  5. crypt0

    And these jerks give all the indications that they are calling the shots in the government allegedly led by Mr.Harbourside Mansion !

    Where to from here, Oz ?

  6. Needagoodlaugh

    These two RWNJs should either “piss” or get off the potty! I’d love to see them form their own party (lower house) and takes their mates with them. My guess is that the number of votes they would get could be counted on one hand.

  7. pierre wilkinson

    the sooner they go, the better for the rest of us

  8. Florence nee Fedup

    No let them stay. They show up every day what this government is. That is if one can call them a government.

  9. Clean livin

    But, but,,,,,,suppositories are useful….you must have the suppository and arsehole mixed up?

  10. Roswell

    Merry Christmas, John. It’s writers like you, Kay Lee, John Kelly, Rossleigh and more that puts this site head and shoulders above all others.

  11. Florence nee Fedup

    “suppositories are useful” What brand do we need to rid ourselves of a bad tenant?

  12. Florence nee Fedup

    Merry Christmas everyone

  13. Diana Wilde

    Love your articles…please keep em coming in 2017…Happy Xmas and New Year

  14. Mary Mannison

    Thanks Kaye. and I was just telling my friends to ‘live it up’ because we don’t have long to live…

  15. paulwalter

    People like that killed this writers faith in humanity a long while ago.

  16. Terry2

    So,Rod Culleton has been found by the Federal Court to be bankrupt – quite simple really when you don’t pay your debts – so by s44 of the Constitution it’s ‘on your bike Rod’.

    But the Court have given him 21 days to resolve his situation before making the judgement binding ; presumably by paying his debts or finding a white knight to pay them for him he could make the situation go away.

    Question is, is the continued presence of Culleton in the Senate so critical to our democratic arrangements for somebody to front-up on his behalf now that he is an independent ?

  17. Kaye Lee

    And will Pauline let his brother-in-law take his place which is what Antony Green is suggesting might happen.

  18. Matters Not

    The brother-in-law might have some difficulties himself – as I understand it he went guarantor for Rod. But he may have deep pockets.

    Hanson of course has made so much money out of elections, she could rescue him but won’t. Can’t see any white knights on the horizon – he’s too erratic.

  19. Kaye Lee

    He’s a machine – just ask his wife.

  20. nurses1968

    I read that Hansons replacing Culleton not be as simple it seems.
    1 It is still to be decided if he was indeed eligible to stand in the first place
    2 Filling casual vacancies may not fit if the LNP and their Courts play hard ball.
    The deal is the Party could nominate the person to fill the vacancy but as Culleton has done the right thing and notified everyone in writing Labor,PHON, LNP ,Senate etc that he is an Independent, and no connection with PHON, why would PHON have a right to name a replacement?
    Could Culleton name a replacement Independent?
    Could the LNP pull an Albert Fields?
    All hypothecical but far from cut and dried

  21. John Brame

    Kaye Lee, thanks for all your great articles and merry xmas. Re the Mahatma Ganhdi quote ‘the ocean does not become dirty’.. Humans have always thought the ocean so vast and plentiful it could never be depleted. Sadly, we are screwing the oceans big time to the point of collapse. I think if the wonderful Mahatma was alive today he would use a different analogy. He could replace ocean with universe.

  22. Terry2

    Section 15 of the Constitution requires that in the event of a senate vacancy :

    ‘Where a vacancy has at any time occurred in the place of a senator chosen by the people of a State and, at the time when he was so chosen, he was publicly recognised by a particular political party as being an endorsed candidate of that party and publicly represented himself to be such a candidate, a person chosen or appointed under this section in consequence of that vacancy, or in consequence of that vacancy and a subsequent vacancy or vacancies, shall, unless there is no member of that party available to be chosen or appointed, be a member of that party.’

    So, it seems that the Culleton seat will go to a One Nation candidate as clearly when he was voted in it was as a One Nation Senator.

    Culleton has no role in nominating his replacement, it is done by the WA state government or if they are not in session, the state governor after being notified by the President of the Senate.

  23. Möbius Ecko

    Hope it also raises questions about Abbott’s time staying with the AFP.

    Just about every criminal case born out of the TURC has failed. The early election it was an excuse for has given us a terrible dysfunctional government and the ABCC it spawned is little more than a lemon.

  24. Florence nee Fedup

    Maybe we might find out when Abbott met Jackson and what role he had is whole saga, The ex deputy assistant commissioner FWA appointed by Abbott was son of dad’s mate. Has sons in police force as well I believe. Have seen photo of Jackson before she left her husband with both in it families.

    Why hasn’t Blewitt been charged. Admitted he buried the money. Not sure Gillard’s boyfriend has case to answer. So many unanswered questions.

  25. Jennifer Meyer-Smith

    I have two reasons for wanting Culleton to stay:

    1) to remain a thorn in Hanson’s side and in turn, the Coalition
    2) to back Labor’s and the Greens’ call for the Bank Royal Commission.

  26. Egalitarian

    Kaye:“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

    Unfortunately the world is much smaller now, So too is the Ocean. And its murky and polluted. Faith has been lost.

  27. Jennifer Meyer-Smith

    That is very tempting, SSM

  28. townsvilleblog

    nurses1968, I really admire your poetry and comments.

  29. Sir ScotchMistery

    Why is it tempting. Just wear the damn thing to coffee and watch the conversation develop.

  30. Jennifer Meyer-Smith

    Well Ok,

    since you put it like that, it would be tempting if I could swiftly afford the $33 to buy it! Sorry, if that offends!

  31. nurses1968

    Thanks but I can take absolutely NO credit for the poetry which comes from my boss and an old mate who helps out on the property when the boss is away and comments on IA
    This one, for you
    Stand Firm ! (1913)

    Stand firm, and stand together,
    All ye who work for bread;
    Stand firm, and stand together,
    For the living and the dead!–
    For the welfare of the Present,
    And the days that are to be,
    For the honor of the heroes
    Who have died for you and me.
    Stand firm and stand together,
    Tempestuous is the weather,
    And our Flag is floating free!

    Now in the ranks of Labor
    Be no dividing creed,
    For every man’s a neighbor,
    And all are One in need.
    No cleaving castes or races
    Our unity must spoil;
    One common Cause embraces
    All who for others toil,–

    The miner grimed and gritty,
    The groom in livery drest,
    The spruce clerk of the city,
    The stalwart of the West;
    The sailor on the water,
    The weaver at the loom,
    The toiler’s pallid daughter
    In the sweater’s living tomb;

    The brown earth’s humble tiller,
    The wise man teaching truth,
    The slow and peaceful miller,
    The eager rebel youth;
    And the artist and the poet,
    Though their hands be soft and white,
    For they plough the soul, and sow it
    With the golden seed of Right.

    Wide are these avocations,
    Yet one supreme Cause links
    The low with the higher stations–,
    The clod with the man who thinks;
    The Cause, men live, and die for,
    That makes brave hearts elate
    With the hope of the days we sigh for,
    And the end of the days we hate.

    While’er we stand united
    No foe shall work us ill,
    But evil shall be righted
    By our concentred will.
    Dark clouds may on us lour
    The sun sink down aghast,
    But Unity hath power
    To quell the thunderblast.
    Stand firm, then! stand together,
    All ye who toil for bread;
    Tempestuous is the weather,
    And our Flag flies overhead
    And the workers flag is red

    From the Wagga NSW Newspaper the Worker Thursday 1 May 1913
    first published in the Brisbane edition of the Worker in 1906 it bore the title “Solidarity”

  32. Sir ScotchMistery

    I am remarkably thick skinned. I can’t afford the $10 per month I send to Michael either. Doesn’t stop it happening.

    Seriously, if I were to lose sleep over that, I would be quite useless here and anywhere else I express an opinion which is not shared expressly by the ruling classes.

  33. Jennifer Meyer-Smith

    The same message to the suppositories still applies, as it did on 1 May 1913,

    except now it must also come from the voices of our more diversely mixed society of women and men of different cultures, socio-economic circumstances and political affiliations on the Left and Centre of the political spectrum,

    who share the same disgust for neoliberalism and all the inequities it has wrought on us for 30+ years.

    Go The ALLiance of the Greens,
    Labor Left,
    progressive parties far and wide
    and sane Independents!

  34. Jennifer Meyer-Smith


    instead of having a go at me, save your venom for the dinosaurs, who have further inflicted torture on those seeking asylum (as the T-shirts correctly identify).

  35. Sir ScotchMistery

    Dear Jennifer Meyer-Smith,

    I am certain you can imagine that somewhere in what I said, was me having a go at you. I am confident that you would feel that, no matter how I were to phrase a question requesting an idea of what/where I said something which did that. So I won’t.

    I will ask however, that you refrain from injecting your imaginings into anything I am dopey enough to write which you feel may either be of interest to you, or of common interest to us as members of species shared.

    I accept, that as a man, I am unlikely ever to reach anything resembling a positive to you, and I can live with that.

    I remain, as ever, completely nonplussed.

    Sir ScotchMistery

  36. nurses1968

    Jennifer Meyer-Smith
    How about we both make a New Years resolution,I promise never to mention the never to happen ALLiance again if you don’t

  37. Jennifer Meyer-Smith


    only if you come out as cornlegend. But then, I might have to renege coz The ALLiance is far more important.

  38. Jennifer Meyer-Smith


    fine with me, matey. Shit on your allies. Stay in your little, narrow ivory tower.

  39. nurses1968

    Jennifer Meyer-Smith
    you and your conspiracies
    I said in an earlier comment that Cornie had walked away from politics completely, believing the so called progressives were their own worst enemy and LNP would rule for at least another term or two,but if you must have your fantasies who am I to get in the way

  40. Sir Scotchmistery

    Is there a strain here of people who see the alternative liberal party led by Bill Shorten et al as a government different in any way to that of the current moron in the lodge?

    If so, we are doomed.

    And JMS lay off. If you had taken the time to read anything I’ve ever written here you would know how pissant that comment is.

    @nurses – totally agree.

  41. Jennifer Meyer-Smith

    cornlegend/nurses 6981,

    you are sounding more and more like a highly paid political appatchik for the Labor fuzzy wuzzy fizzles, who wouldn’t know how to fight their way out of a paperbag
    and thus depend on you to show them the way.

    The longer YOU can keep them in the nether zone of darkness, the better for you and your cushy salary.

    The ALLiance will happen regardless of what you say.

  42. Jennifer Meyer-Smith


    I have not previously doubted your alternative thinking to the neoliberalist Lib/Lab dinosaur duopoly.

    However, I admit I was taken aback by your attack of me and you got it back. Was it you quoting the pot calling the kettle black imagery?

    Allies should act like allies and not let their egos get in the way.

    By the way, I am a highly qualified UN-employed almost 60yo woman with much desire to work in meaningful employment consistent with the education I have taken much time and financial resources to achieve and I am reluctant to spread my mean Newstart pittance especially at this time of year. Your barb earlier was un-called for.

    For any of you other arseholes, who didn’t previously realise this about me and yet would not care to understand how desperate it is for the vulnerable in unemployment and under-employment on Newstart, I hope you had shitful Christmases but I hope I can come to wish you Happy New Years (but it’s not looking too good right now.)

  43. Terry2


    plural apparatchiks also apparatchikiplay \-chi-kē\

    1 : a member of a Communist apparat

    2 : a blindly devoted official, follower, or member of an organization (as a corporation or political party)

  44. Jennifer Meyer-Smith

    Thanks for the lesson, Terry2. Most kind.

    I’m sure nurses56992200/cornlegend knows who I’m referring to and the point I’m making.

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