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Who owns Zali Steggall?

You can be sure it isn’t the people of Warringah.

Zali Steggall plans political ad reform after rightwing smear campaign and truth in politics if elected, maybe then she’ll admit she’s own by GetUp, as reported in The Australian. But then it will be too late.

Read both articles then compare and contrast. Steggall needs to come clean about the role of GetUp.

Peter FitzSimons faces the hatred of the left and isn’t impressed

When FitzSimons took a selfie with Tony Abbott, he faced abuse from the left.

He was shocked.

Welcome to the real world, Peter.

On a whim, my wife took a quick photo of us, which he and I put on social media – as a rough nod to the fact that people with different political views don’t have to be mortal enemies. In my post I noted I had tried once again to talk some political sense into him, but failed.

The response was fascinating. For much of it was dripping vitriol, along the lines of: “How dare you sit next to that man!”; “Why are consorting with denialist monsters?”; “I am so disappointed in you! I will have to reassess everything you’ve ever written.”

These were the printable ones.

And this, friends, was simply for sitting next to Tony Abbott. As to how he copes with the vitriol that comes his way from actually being Tony Abbott, I’ll never know.

That abuse comes from your fellow travellers. Think on that for a while.

The looks like the left doesn’t want people to claim asylum

Abul Rizvi used to be a deputy secretary at the Department of Immigration.

Over the weekend he wrote an op-ed in the Fairfax press saying Peter Dutton was the worst immigration minister Australia has ever had.

His main claim is that Dutton has failed because of the large number of asylum claims fro people who arrived by place (rather than by boat).

… the real border control issue today is the record number of asylum seekers, mostly non-genuine, entering as tourists right under Dutton’s nose. He has serious questions to answer on this.

We hear nothing from Dutton on the chaos in our visa system. The backlogs and processing time blowouts are truly extraordinary. These force people to bypass the correct offshore visas and enter as visitors. People arriving on visitor visas and changing their status onshore constituted an astonishing 24 per cent of net migration in 2017-18 – the mark of a visa system out of control.

By pure coincidence, this is an issue we have addressed earlier at The Daily Breakdown. In December, in fact. But that doesn’t stop Rizvi recycling the same arguments and presumably Fairfax paying for old ideas. So for a full takedown, read the original response at The Breakdown.

But it is doubtful Rizvi has considered what the solution to plane-claims would be: remove the right to claim asylum in Australia.

That way you take the last remaining honey off the table, as argued here last year.

But as the left has been chanting for more than a decade that claiming asylum is a right, they aren’t going to do that. Even if t is the only solution left.

Why don’t the left think things through?

This is an odd position for a man of the cloth to take

But then, Fr Rod Bower is a very odd man of the cloth.

Yesterday he said this in his Sunday sermon.

When asked if he had anything in common with Fred Nile, he responded:

Which is an odd position to take.

Then this exchange:

It’s not a difficult question … doesn’t he believe in God?

Humans respond to rewards and retribution

Prisoners are no different. So why would the courts think this is a good thing?

Hundreds of correctional officers at NSW prisons have gone on strike after a spate of assaults at Goulburn’s supermax prison and a recent court decision that they believe could trigger further attacks.

Courts around the state have also been brought to a standstill as a result of the strike.

But why did they go on strike?

A recent judge’s decision to reverse Bassam Hamzy’s 20-month sentence extension for bashing a supermax prison officer in 2017 had sent a clear message to offenders, said Stewart Little, general secretary of the Public Service Association, the union representing the prison officers.

“As predicted earlier this week, reversing Bassam Hamzy’s extra jail time for attacking an officer has sent a dangerous message,” Mr Little said. “Offenders have heard the signal loud and clear, and they now believe it’s open season for bashing prison officers.”

The 200-plus custodial staff at Goulburn Correctional Complex and its supermax security wing took action from about midday on Friday. It’s understood they have agreed to stop work until Monday.

More than two thirds of prison officers across the state have followed suit in walking off the job following similar strike action at Goulburn on Friday morning.

The union said that in the past week, one attack had seen a guard hospitalised, another assaulted with faeces and urine, and a third attack where two officers were bashed, one needing stitches above his eye.
Yeah, that’d do it.

Read it all at the SMH.

Clo-Clo (d 1978)

The great French superstar Claude Francois died this day in 1978 aged just 39. While adjusting a lightbulb in a bath he was electrocuted.

His greatest claim to fame outside France was writing the lyrics to the original version of My Way. The French version, Comme d’habitude (As usual), was later rewritten by Paul Anka for Frank Sinatra. He wrote t in about four hours with Sinatra in mind.

The story behind My Way is fascinating – you won’t believe how it came to be. Thanks to My Way, for example, we have David Bowie’s Life on Mars! It is a great story told superbly by Mark Steyn. A must read.

Here’s Francois’ original. A long, long way from Anka’s Sinatra wording. This isn’t the best version, but it does have English subtitles.

Check out CloClo’s greatest hits on Spotify. Eloise, Reste, and avec la tete avec la coeur are all great, and the concert album Olympia 1964 and 1969 is great fun (those songs are standouts on that release).

A film bio was released in 2013.

As Steyn observes, Sinatra hated My Way. And didn’t hide it … even though it sold a bajillion copies,

In the UK, the My Way single achieved a still unmatched record, becoming the recording with the most weeks inside the Top 40, spending 75 weeks from April 1969 to September 1971. It spent a further 49 weeks in the Top 75. Hilariously, it never bettered the No 5 slot achieved upon its first chart run.

Sinatra never hid his hatred for the song yet in this version he seems to find some joy at the beginning at least.

The jokes here are awful (he bombs, actually), so skip forward to 1:51 for the song intro unless you are a sucker for punishment.

Truth be told, Sinatra was never great at the big notes – OK, but not great – but he nails this version magnificently. The percussion and brass sections are on fire. No wonder he proclaims his love for “this particular orchestra”.