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Captain Jackson did really well to have his eye brows done before going on TV. During Covid 19 too!

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@Tiger5150 said in Politics Super Thread - keep it all in here:

@tigger said in Politics Super Thread - keep it all in here:

The Feds do provide money for specific purposes.
They had money on the table for the East West link in Melbourne. When Labor got in and cancelled the project in favour of a rail project, the Feds withdrew the money and wouldn’t contribute to the rail project.

Exactly, you have just proved my point. In your example the Fed were tipping in money for a federal asset (East WEst Link) but would not put money into a State Asset.

I’m not sure that is correct Tiger5150.
The proposed East West Link would not have been an interstate highway. (Which the Feds are definitely responsible for). It would have been a part of the uncompleted Melbourne ring road. All the other parts of the ring road are managed by Vic Roads and the State government stumps up for repairs and enhancements. So I can’t see why that section would become a “federal asset”. I can’t see that the feds would saddle themselves with the ongoing maintenance cost of a Melbourne-only road system.
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However I’m not as certain about it as you seem to be. To quote Randy Newman, “I could be wrong…but I don’t think so”.
(The refusal by the federal Libs to not support Labor’s rail project had more to do with politics I think. The East West link was a major point of difference in the state election and Labor cancelled the project after it won government from the Libs).

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The Feds do provide money for specific purposes.
They had money on the table for the East West link in Melbourne. When Labor got in and cancelled the project in favour of a rail project, the Feds withdrew the money and wouldn’t contribute to the rail project.

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I guess time will tell, but the package does appear to me to be too tightly targeted.

There is a compelling argument for more social housing but this package is intended as a stimulus for the building industry, so it’s success or failure should be judged on how well it achieves that purpose. The need for social housing is really a separate issue as are hospitals, schools etc.

I’m not an expert in this field but it appears likely to me that a package that includes renovations is likely to result in the stimulus being more broadly spread across the building industry than a package that focuses solely on new builds (as it would if it were restricted to social housing)

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@gallagher said in 2nd side in Brisbane , 17th side:

If a team every comes to Perth I’ll go to most, if not all, of their games. I really miss going to the footy.

Sorry @gallagher. I share your pain.

When I first moved to Melbourne there was absolutley no coverage of rugby league. Nothing in the newspapers, nothing on tv and no foxtel. Life was grim (my sons had to play rugby union)

But I still don’t think a Perth team is the answer for the NRL.

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@happy_tiger said in 2nd side in Brisbane , 17th side:

@Strongee said in 2nd side in Brisbane , 17th side:

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@gallagher said in 2nd side in Brisbane , 17th side:

@happy_tiger said in 2nd side in Brisbane , 17th side:

@gallagher said in 2nd side in Brisbane , 17th side:

@happy_tiger said in 2nd side in Brisbane , 17th side:

@gallagher said in 2nd side in Brisbane , 17th side:

@happy_tiger said in 2nd side in Brisbane , 17th side:

@gallagher said in 2nd side in Brisbane , 17th side:

Would promoting a QLD cup team hinder them getting a large supporter base? Surely they would be playing out of Suncorp?

Redcliffe Dolphins are an existing side , but it is probably 60 kms from Suncorp

They have upgraded their home ground and a few A League games have been played there

Ipswich makes the most sense , about 200 k population , no issues with Brisbane

My thing with an extra Brisbane club is this …you are either a broncos fan or support a club pre broncos …what Brisbane fans of rugby league would switch allegiances …

Ipswich you’d support your own town , your own club and with the history of Ipswich superstar rugby league players who would attract talent and fans to the club

Also there is a hatred between Ipswich and Brisbane …lies underneath the surface …but promoted well and it would become like Souths / Roosters , Wests / Manly

Called the jets?

If they decided to make Ipswich a Stadium , where the current ground is perfectly positioned , 400 metres to the train station and a huge area they could build a massive stadium

Would that attract fans in Brisbane or just Ipswich people? Its sounds a bit Campbelltown ish, in that you’d be concentrating on just one area.

But many Ipswich fans would be Broncos fans

As I said you won’t attract enough fans / members to a 2nd Brisbane franchise and none of the current BRL sides would attract enough fans / members

Ipswich kills two birds with one stone

I don’t quite follow. Will the Ipswich Broncos fans change allegiances?

Yes …when you bring in the Walters , Langer and many of the other Ipswich heroes the fans will follow

Redcliffe and Easts will draw nada …if the Bombers did a membership drive they’d draw sfa …was different with the Crushers because there was a real anti Brisbane sentiment then … any ex Crusher fans would be Titans or Cowboy fans now …And if you didn’t switch your allegiance to the Broncos or Crushers from you current NSWRL club you aren’t going to be swayed now

Is that true though? If you go for a NSW club , and you hate the broncos but live in Brisbane (it’s a pretty cool city), would you not sign up for the “bombers,dolphins, jets” just to get behind a local team . You’re not really betraying your current club, but especially if you have kids , you’re supporting a club that doesn’t have the crap behind it the broncos have . Also your kids get to go to 12 games a year to support a local team.

I live on the south coast , and have taken my son to 10 odd Dragons games , because that’s his local club. It’s much easier for him to get behind. And if that’s what his friends are into as they get older , he can share in that with them more than being a tigers supporter.

Don’t live in Brissy anymore …but I’d only go to a game if Wests or Wests Tigers were playing

The only time I went when they weren’t playing was when guys I knew from my junior days were making a debut for the Broncs

Likewise. During my ten odd years in Brisbane I’d only venture in to Suncorp if the Broncos were playing the Tigers. (Otherwise I’d head down to watch Wynnum Manly play).

I’ve also lived in Perth. The difference between a team in Perth and a team in Ipswich is that Ipswich is a rugby league town and Perth simply isn’t. And nothing that the NRL does is ever going to make Perth a rugby league town. A Perth team is purely a play for broadcasters.

A Perth team will always struggle to get a decent membership base. It’s costs (particularly travel costs) would be horrendous and when the NRL stopped subsidising it, it would die a slow death.

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Ipswich is not Brisbane.
It has a really strong rugby league history and has produced many stars.
I reckon a team out of Ipswich would have an immediate following. At very least it’s worth a feasibility study.

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@Tiger5150 said in Politics Super Thread - keep it all in here:

@formerguest said in Politics Super Thread - keep it all in here:

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This story regarding Trump tear gassing peasceful protesters to have a photo op, IMO spells out directly a large part of the underlying issues causing the problems in the US.

THIS is the story, that Trump pushed back protesters to get a “photo op”. I think a “photo op” is a shallow thing to do…but THIS is the story? People get emotional because Trump has a shallow “photo op” but not because the church was almost burned to the ground 2 days earlier? This Rev Gini…after Trumps photo op…“NOW I am a force to be reckoned with”. Now? Two days earlier some pricks tried to burn down your church, that was inconvenient, but after Trump had his photo taken in front of it NOW you are pissed off?

Of course the argument will be “they tear gassed peaceful protesters” which has been the media narrative, but incoveniently, its not true. Not peaceful protesters, no tear gas.
https://www.nps.gov/subjects/uspp/6_2_20_statement_from_acting_chief_monahan.htm

What is even more disturbing is that when I was trying to reconcile these reports online, I went to snopes.com to see if they had fact checked this incident. They hadn’t but they published the following report, as is, full of (according to the police report) inaccuracies and plain bulldust with a neat disclaimer saying “We havent checked if this is true or not but we thought our readers may be interested in it”. On the site that many people consider an arbiter of truth.
https://www.snopes.com/ap/2020/06/02/tear-gas-threats-for-protesters-before-trump-visits-church/
Truth died long ago in this US civil culture war.

I get your point, but maybe it’s because people have a higher expectation of what the actions of the POTUS should be than they do of the actions of a rabble. Are they entitled to expect that the actions of their leader would be more considered than the actions of a rabble? I would have thought so.

Throughout his presidency this mans words and actions have demeaned the office that he holds.

He may have gotten some things right, but he is so self obsessed that he seems incapable of conducting himself with the gravitas demanded of the office. If that wasn’t apparent to all prior to the twin crises of coronavirus and riots, it certainly should be by now.

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I wonder how much they’re paying her?

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I haven’t lived in Sydney for forty years, so perhaps things have changed, but public transport access to the ground used to be terrible and car parking was pretty awful too. has any of that changed?