Sticky Start for New Editor

On the first day of new editor Brett McCarthy’s reign, the West pulls a baffling ad stunt, putting a sticker over their main headline. Is this start as you mean to continue? I thought it was a one off on my version of the rag, (which fortunately I don’t pay for), until reader Grrr pointed out that his had it too. What does political writer (and editor nominee) Robert Taylor think about his page one story being defaced? Apprently the new editor, “…will be tapped into the WA community and will reflect the interests and aspirations of the people of this great state.” Apparently our aspirations will be augmented by investing with a global banking conglomerate, and damn us to hell if the headlines get in the way.

Update. Several have reminded me that it was Brett that sacked Teh Paul Murray from the Sunday Times. (Or was it The Gourmet Traveller?) I don’t even think Murray would have authorised a sticker covering the page one headlines though.

I had previously decided to not post on the new editor in favour of 92.9 graffiti, but The West idiocy has intervened again. Would have been nice if the sticker had gone over the photo of the new editor.

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121 Responses to Sticky Start for New Editor

  1. Grrr says:

    It’s almost like they want Brett to fail.
    Assuming he’s on the job today.

    At least we can be assured The West is on the cutting edge of newspapers… they’ve found a way to bring Internet “pop-up” style ads into the real world.

    Bravo, The West.

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  2. And of course the sticker couldn’t have been higher because it would have obscured other ads, which would get shrieks from the advertisers, so it HAD to be over the news. Fucking joke.

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  3. Actually it’s their own ads, but same point.

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  4. skib says:

    Not to mention they could sell the advertising space on the actual page instead of fucking around with stickers after the fact.

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  5. skink says:

    Alstron did a grubby little cartoon about refugees today (they all wear turbans or coolie hats, apparently), and Kovacs rehashed a tedious column about political correctness on Saturday, so I do not have high hopes for any quantum leap in quality.

    The Great Leap Forward will be to make the West as good as the Slimes was two years ago.

    The acid test will be whether Nurry, Kovacs and Castlearse go back to their Betty from Balga routine.

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  6. Snuff says:

    As I quoted from Shirky last night, “Society doesn’t need newspapers. What we need is journalism.” These dinosaurs just keep digging themselves deeper every day.

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  7. Bento says:

    Does the sticker come off without tearing the paper?

    I heard DFOC on the radio this morning welcoming the new editor, hoping he’ll be an ambassador for journalism. Not sure this is what he had in mind…

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    • Did he welcome his new sticker wielding overlords? If you pick at the sticker you can get it off and put it over the editor’s pic instead. bento, weren’t you going to get me some bad shots of the Orient Express, aka Injun Pacific?

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      • Bento says:

        I make all sorts of hasty promises I have no intention of following through.

        I’ll do my best to head over there (I’ve moved house, so it’s not directly across the road anymore, but still close enough).

        BTW – Mrs Bento noticed a few weeks ago the signs at the front of King Dick’s house are also a vanished worst: https://theworstofperth.com/2007/10/06/king-dick-and-the-candy-cane/

        I asked her to take a pic and send it to you, but Mrs Bento believes she “isn’t smug or sarcastic enough” for TWOP, and “those cunts would tear [her] to shreds”.

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      • skink says:

        what’s wrong with the Indian Pacific?

        apart from the scruffy old freight loco that they use to pull it, it is a lovely romantic way to waste a week stuck in a siding on the Nullarbor with old folks.

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        • Bento says:

          I caught it from Sydney to Perth back when I was a poverty-stricken returned backpacker.

          I’m not sure where exactly the lowest point was, but it was somewhere between the second night seated behind the 2 x ADHD children and indifferent mother, and walking in on the man having a wank in the smoking carriage.

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      • Cookster says:

        I’ve got shots from my weekend at El Caballo Blanco. I’ve sent them to the processors and should have the prints back next week.

        Jeeze, you can’t beat a few glasses of the Blue Nun with a handful of cocktail onions, cabana and tasty cheese on tooth picks for a big night out. Ole!

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    • Frank Calabrese says:

      The Sticker does come off without damaging the paper :-) And I hope McCarthy doesn’t embark on stunts like the Crimes are currently doing on “Support Our Police” – just because they’re having a dummy spit cos one of it’s cases didn’t go their way in court – If the cop didn’t go with his baton without provaction then no wonder the McCleod Brothers responded the way they did.

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      • skink says:

        what’s Sattler doing?

        if there is going to be a mob marching on Parliament with pitch forks and burning torches, he usually likes to lead it. He won’t like the police union stealing his thunder.

        anyone who is slightly confused by the verdict should read Patti’s essay on the legal issues, and make themselves thoroughly confused.

        “Becoming a cop is not something that happens overnight. It takes one solid weekend of training to get that badge.” Chief Wiggum

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        • Frank Calabrese says:

          what’s Sattler doing?

          if there is going to be a mob marching on Parliament with pitch forks and burning torches, he usually likes to lead it. He won’t like the police union stealing his thunder.

          Unfortuinately for Sattler the Rally is at 3.30pm, just 30 minutes into his shift, and it just co-incides with the end of Day shift for our friends in blue as well, so it would ensure a good crowd, plus it won’t impact on policing – unless a whole lot of on duty coppers will find an excuse to “book off” at Parliament House.

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        • Bento says:

          What I don’t understand is why no one is pointing out to the mob that these blokes were found not guilty. All the mandatory sentencing in the world still wouldn’t have been of any consequence, without a conviction.

          Or are we going to dispense with habeas corpus and just let trial by hysteria win the day?

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          • Yes, if you weren’t at the trial just shut up angry mob.

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          • Frank Calabrese says:

            Or are we going to dispense with habeas corpus and just let trial by hysteria win the day?

            But police officers can do no wrong :-)

            Try saying that to the Mickelbergs, Andrew Mallard etc

            Isn’t this the same mob who whinge and moan when they get caught by a Multinova, or stopped for Drink-Driving ? Oh and watch the jails being filled by people being imprisoned for telling a police officer to go forth and multiply and pulling a police officers hat off his head, and horror of horrors poking him in the guts, or pushing him away WITHOUT any physical injury.

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            • skink says:

              I enjoyed the West’s frontpage headline on Saturday: “JUROR FURY”

              I imagined the subs sitting there arguing whether it should be “Jury Fury”, or “Juror Furore”, and deciding that the rhyme was corny and that their readers might not know how to say ‘furore’.

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            • Snuff says:

              And go easy with those shoes.

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              • skink says:

                respect to Colleen Egan for the first full report of the McLeod trial – she’s all over the Sunday Times like a rash today.

                even setting aside her rather partisan support for the McLeods, the video evidence of the baton assault and the judge’s instruction to the jury seemed pretty emphatic.

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  8. skink says:

    an ambassador?

    will there be chocolate?

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  9. poor lisa says:

    I liked the photo of Paul Kelly with his alsatian. I didn’t read any of the text.

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  10. Frank Calabrese says:

    Update. Several have reminded me that it was Brett that sacked Teh Paul Murray from the Sunday Times. (Or was it The Gourmet Traveller?) I don’t even think Murray would have authorised a sticker covering the page one headlines though.

    Or it may have been Grahame Armstrong, who at one stage was one of Geoff Gallop’s media people – which upset the Nurry and limpwrist no end :-) Re Const Woof – why weren’t they deployed in the Joondalup Fracas ? And I find it ironic that Steve Gordon last night gave away as a prize in his Aussie Quiz, a dinner at The Old Bailey of all places – does the prize include a free brawl involving Scottish Expats ? :-)

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  11. skink says:

    Constable Care says:

    “when xxxxxx xxxxxxxxx xxxxx xxxxxxxxxx,
    use a xxxxxin the xxx and a xxxxx in the face.”

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    • Frank Calabrese says:

      Constable Care says:

      “when xxxxxx xx xxx xxx xxxx xx xxx xxxxx,
      use a xxxxx in the xxxx and a xxxxx in the xxxx.”

      I’d be careful aboute Verballing Constable Care, the last time someone did that, the good constable called in the lawyers.

      OK, I have censored, even though it was probably fine. TLA

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      • skink says:

        I’m not sure why that required censoring: it was an accurate description of events and was entirely defensible in court as a statement of fact. It didn’t even contain any swearing.

        fascist.

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        • Frank Calabrese says:

          I’m not sure why that required censoring: it was an accurate description of events and was entirely defensible in court as a statement of fact. It didn’t even contain any swearing.

          Even so, Constable Care doesn’t like being mocked. Hence LA’s erring on the side of caution.

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  12. This post is first in Crikey media today.

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  13. David Cohen says:

    IIRC an edition of The Age last year had a Krispy Kreme sticker on the masthead.

    I do hope the new editor can be a persuader for the media in WA. Of course he will be preoccupied with The West, but because the paper looms so large here I hope he goes on a full-charm offensive.

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    • Grrr says:

      I recently availed myself a Krispy Kreme …. snack.

      Never again.
      If they open a franchise in Perth it will be an automatic Worst.

      I don’t understand the desire to smuggle them back on the plane.

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    • Cookster says:

      Outrage, you were sounding seriously blase this morning about these developments. I was waiting for a herring reference in there, but alas…

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  14. What do you mean by persuader? If you mean like THIS
    http://www.imdb.com/media/rm94543104/tt0066701
    Then yes.

    Masthead is one thing, but have the Age or SMH ever covered over their own news?

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  16. Simon Blears says:

    I had a day off today and bought The West and was disgusted when I saw this monstrosity stuck over the headline. For xxxx’s sake, can you stoop no lower?

    Much like the idiocy with the “Pura Cup” replacing the Sheffield Shield, it just means I’ll never subscribe to any ING products.

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    • Rolly says:

      One after my own, mate.

      And I still won’t buy the rotten rag.

      I just wish that the mainstream media would somehow implode into their own self centred arrogance never to be seen nor heard of again.

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  17. Does that life preserver in the ING ad look more like it’s waterlogged and sinking than rising to you?

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  18. David Cohen says:

    But, “it’s your money”.

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  19. PeterFuller says:

    Grr’s info about the Age is correct, and the SMH also uses peel-off advertising stickers. They don’t seem to ever obscure stories/headlines, but cover a bit of the masthead.
    The Chaser Boys did a skit where they confronted the then CEO of Fairfax (David Kirk) at some social event, and started putting post-it notes on his suit, as a comment on this practice.

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  20. Hugh Jass says:

    The guys from “Chaser” did a short clip on this ages ago. It’s worth a watch.

    Stupid sticky notes advertising.

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  21. Scott says:

    According to the interview on 6PR this morning, Brett McCarthy doesn’t start at The West until next Monday.

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  22. rhubarb says:

    How come we get the same old boring comments from the same old boring farts week after week…thank Him you blokes aren’t running The West!!

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    • Bill O'Slatter says:

      This is an extremely curious defence of the West , rhubarb.
      1. Why shouldn’t the West go the way of the dinosaur if it hasn’t already ?
      2. Why should the unit of comparison be between a newspaper and a satirical blog ?
      My “boring old fart” meter goes off the radar when I point it at the West. Did you see that meeting of the board of the West : some guy in his seventies is going to solve their problems Yeah ! And this McCarthy twat : two years out of the newspaper industry to run his wife’s small business : top shelf management material. Comedy gold.

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  23. skink says:

    The West had a front page headline this morning: “Peanut Panic: why deadly nut allergies have skyrocketed in Australia.”

    since my son is anaphylactic, I eagerly turned to the Mind and Body Liftout in the hope of reading of some new breakthrough, only to read:

    “What the researchers do not know, despite a range of theories being espoused, is why many more children from Australia are developing an allergy to peanuts.”

    WTF?

    shit, shit, shit, shit, shit

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    • Bill O'Slatter says:

      Use google scholar Skink you’ve more chance of finding an answer or not as the case probably is.

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      • skink says:

        believe me, I have searched Google Scholar, am a member of several help groups and thought I was up to date on the latest research and studies. There have been several breakthroughs recently, and much hope that a cure is close, which is why I was curious.

        I should know better than to think the West had anything that I didn’t know already.

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      • revengeonracists says:

        that hoey has got a myspace page. he;s such a idiot. i hate him. know where he lives- http://www.myspace.com/gregoriusgregorius

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        • skink says:

          goddamnyou, you made me look:

          Grrregg says:

          ‘The worst of perth’ one such website, while full of elitist-socialism and intellectual self-righteousness to one side of the debate, completely undermine this ideological sentiment by being absolutely unjust and ignorant towards those that do not necessarily concur with their holier than thou self-estimation.ie., usually those from lower class backgrounds generally that these will tolerate only if they accept a subordinate role to ‘those’ of the moral and intellectual higher ground [the politically correct club].

          try to say that quickly without drawing breath

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          • Bill O'Slatter says:

            Don’t feed the Grog , under no circumstances read his gibberish. This is trollgrog the horrible.

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          • B.T. says:

            79 words, one sentence, no coherent message.

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          • Actually that’s pretty funny.

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          • Grrr says:

            Who is this man? I looked up thread and found nothing.

            Did he paint the randy Alsatian?

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          • Rolly says:

            The silly, unintelligent, ego-centric, hyper-opinionated, humourless thin skinned twit probably took all day to write this little hopelessly self indulgent diatribe.
            “Be reasonable, do it my way.”

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            • skink says:

              “i consider myself australia’s and one of worlds premier visual artists/writers even belying the fact of my complete blacklisting by government agencies/arts heirarchy and all the problems this has caused me in terms of employment and arts related activity”

              who could argue with that?

              I like that many of the works are marked ‘lost’ or ‘destroyed’

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              • poor lisa says:

                Ya see, because of the lack of paragraphar… i… sation or whatever, I missed that fact about greg!
                What woman wouldn’t want to have children with a ‘blacklisted’ penniless artist who can’t get a job?

                And for the record, I consider myself Australia’s and one of the world’s leading tennis players even though Tennis Australia knocked back my application to play in every Australian Open since 1989.

                Oh, AND I’m one of the leading Actresses in Australia even though due to a conspiracy by the film heirarchy, I didn’t even get an audition for Two Arses Half a Brain.

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            • poor lisa says:

              Hilarious

              Some tips for the hoo-ster:
              Given that you’re 45, single, ‘undecided’ about having children…. and on myspace for ‘dating’ ….

              – add some paragraphs to the rants
              – try to camouflage the misogyny, or temper it with some humour, as it might deter women from going out with you (or letting you impregnate them)
              – show a photo of yourself and your ‘Athletic’ body type, instead of a painted pair of tits.

              Apologies if your profile is meant to get you a date with someone like M Ward of the Men’s Confra, in which case you’ve tailored it perfectly.

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  24. Fart, not fart, old, young, come all.

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  25. skink says:

    is anyone going to the Support the Police Rally?

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  26. David Cohen says:

    yes! see you there skink. I guess we can not expect to see Rolly or Frank?

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    • Rolly says:

      Even if I could, I wouldn’t.
      With all due respect for the work that the police do, taking the sentencing out of the hands of those who are trained and appointed to do so, is simply a sop to a lynch mob mentality.

      A full trial by Judge and Jury is the ultimate arbiter of the validity of an accusation and what they seem to be complaining about is the correctness of the justice system when it goes against them.

      There are *some* within the Police force who hold the attitude that they *are* the law and not simply public servants who have been trusted with the responsibility for assisting the judicial system maintain the observance of laws which have been created by duly elected representatives of their employers – the general public.

      No, they must not be permitted to act as judge, jury and executioner as some of their members might wish.
      This has happened in the past, so a return to “Old time values” is of dubious merit.

      There is, however, no doubt that they have a difficult and sometimes distasteful and dangerous duty to perform.

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      • Bill O'Slatter says:

        Couldn’t have said it better Rolly. I won’t be attending because I get attacked by the public often enough as it is. Happy protest followed by good St Pat’s day pissup.

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      • skink says:

        I could not have put it more eloquently.

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      • Frank Calabrese says:

        Rolly,

        Hear Hear – Can anyone say Andrew Mallard ?

        And for Ch 7 to bring out retired Superintendents Dave Parkinson & John Watson to voice their “Bovver Boy” opinions is really crass – yet the same people who say “Support Our Police” would be the first to whinge if they get caught for speeding, and during the process push a cop who falls over, injures themselves, and the result would be instant imprisonment, no ifs or buts.

        Hyp;ocrites.

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        • Frank Calabrese says:

          Talk about Rent A Crowd – I see on the news updates that they’ve bussed in officers from all over the state ? And I wonder how many officers who are on duty who are at the rally ?

          The double standards are breathtaking, when any other protest occurs, the above statement is bandied by our friends in blue.

          Talk about Pots and Kettles.

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          • Frank Calabrese says:

            Oh Great, Sattler is doing a LIVE broadcast from the Rally. And Dixie Marshall was salivating at the crowd during her live cross.

            Bloody media Ghouls.

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          • skink says:

            quick – now’s our chance to do something illegal.

            let’s go drink beer on the beach, or cycle without a helmet, or use a phone whilst driving.

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            • How about photograph from a moving car?

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              • skink says:

                I just found an old interview with Karlo:

                The state’s new Police Commissioner says he’s committed to implementing the recommendations from the Royal Commission into police corruption during his three year tenure.

                He says its also important police are held accountable: “In policing particularly where police officers have a greater amount of power there’s always a need for some sort of oversighting body which has the powers to extract information if neccesary and that’s necessary to give the community confidence in policing.”

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                • Frank Calabrese says:

                  I Told You Dr Karl has been brain fucked by his stint announcing on Curtin FM, as well as visits to the old country of Great Britain, home of police shooting the wrong person during a stakeout.

                  And he’s got a bloody Phd FFS.

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                  • Frank Calabrese says:

                    And note that “Bodily Harm” includes sustaining a bump on the head, a broken fingernail and small cuts and bruises which can be caused by simple pushing and shoving, or even grabbing a cop’s arm or leg in an attempt to prevent YOURSELF from falling over – if the copper claims he got hurt, you are in jail.

                    from the ABC Article:

                    The State Opposition will seek to water down the Government’s mandatory sentencing laws but says it won’t stand in the way of the legislation if its amendments fail to win support.

                    Under the Government’s legislation, assaults against police officers, paramedics, prison guards and public transport guards will result in automatic jail terms.

                    For offences causing bodily harm, the minimum sentence will be six months. Grievious bodily harm will result in sentences of at least one year.

                    The Opposition Leader Eric Ripper says Labor wants a number of amendments, including giving the same protection to teachers, nurses and firefighters.

                    He says Labor will also seek to give Judges, and not police, the power to determine whether bodily harm has been caused to a public officer.

                    The amendment effectively strikes out the “mandatory” aspect of the bill by giving Judges discretion that would otherwise be removed.

                    Mr Ripper says if the amendments fail, Labor will still support the bill.

                    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/03/17/2518759.htm

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                • Frank Calabrese says:

                  Skink, good on you for posting it to Perth Now – now watch the rednecks call you a “Do gooder”

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            • Frank Calabrese says:

              From the comments at Perth Now, talk abot one law for the plebs.

              I work just up the road from where the rally is. Already I have seen marked cop cars illegally parking all over the streets. There suppose to be off duty for the rally? what official business gives them the right to go parking across all the foot paths? I see them out my window not caring about half the road rules they enforce. Will they get towed? no, will get get a fine? no. They are already above the law and here we are handing them more power to abuse. I pity us all as the suckers that the media has roped in are all now on the bandwagon and will probably help doom us all. If we are going to give way all our rights I would at least like to see the nurses and fire fighters included so that I know my states soul wasn’t sold out for nothing.

              Posted by: Brent of Perth 3:22pm today
              Comment 159 of 163

              http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/comments/0,21590,25194392-948,00.html

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      • Bento says:

        Must … not … agree … with … Rolly. Universe … imploding.

        Fair cop, guv.

        The removal of judicial discretion inevitably has disastrous ‘unforeseen’ (by whom???) consequences, usually for some poor loser who steals a slice of pizza and gets a long stretch.

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    • Frank Calabrese says:

      And Mr DFOC,

      These laws will impact on YOUR members if they are involved in a scuffle with police when covering a story when a police officer removes them from a location.

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  27. First they came for the union leaders, then they came for the beaver dammers, then they came for the cork soakers…

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  28. skink says:

    I’ll be the one in fancy dress:

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  29. Neen says:

    Newsflash – McCarthy is going to be on 6WF at 11.30am taking talkback if anyone cares to offer their thoughts to make the discussion a bit more lively.

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  30. my ning says:

    Did he end up mentioning Nuzza?

    I hate myself for saying this, but I agreed with PM’s appraisal of Stewart vs Cramer in Sat’s Worst although, as Grrr pointed out somewhere, how has he – up until this point in time at least – failed to come across Jon Stewart? Maybe the grizzled one doesn’t watch the Oscars (despite trhe fact it seems he is a Fox subscriber).

    Having said this, it must be pointed out that PM then lost all traction when he tried to milk the Comedy Channel thing in today’s rag and came out with another “we are all obsessed with celebrity” piece – complete with a comment on Rudd and Obama. Hackneyed to the core…

    I knew it couldn’t last.

    No doubt PM hasn’t heard of Colbert either, which is kind of funny as the US public has just told NASA that they want his (Colbert’s) name (and not Serenity’s) to be put on the side of the next rocket ship to be sent to the space station thingie.

    A strange knowledge gap for a man who is an expert on everything…

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