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Letters to the Editor
Hullo Folks! I walked out of Woolworths today because I demanded to sign in with paper. The young bully told me “To get with the digital Age” I said I was still in the paper age” Well ,he was not going to budge,so I asked for a refund to get out of there and they told me that they did not offer refunds.So I said again I would sign on paper as the other shops gave choices. He refused rudely and so I berated him for being rude to an older Australian(he being a younger Australian approx of 25)
I put my goods ,paid and all on the counter and I left saying to him I hope that he would feel guilty at how they treated me.
He replied”I never feel guilty!”
I proceeded to shop at another shop and thankfully there was an other choice but I feel very saddened at this rudeness. If this is how the young treat us while we are still capable,heaven help us when we become very old!
I feel that Victor Dominello has gone “over the top” with this Digital stuff!He is the Minister for Digital Communications.in NSW liberal government.
A RELY: Hey Mate – yep I shopped at Woollies for years but when they put the guard ( lady) on the door checking papers – no more. We should all start supporting our local shops/businesses and using CASH!! I do.. Coles is ok for now but really they are all owned by the same people – they implement their crap incrementally..And yes – we older people are in their sites for removal – The forced injection of these poisons on sick frail people in homes will haunt me to my (imminent as they would have it) death..disgrace..
Diminishing Nurses – No Jab No Job
Yes they are stupid, So many nurses are now vaccinated, this shows why we now get real poor service. I was a Nurse for 24 years and I walked out 6.5 years ago because of bullying.
If qualified nurses don’t know what Gene therapy is then they are lost.
Also any one wearing a mask for protection is a fool but remember there may be mask wearers who wear them to hide from crap scrutiny and to blend in, so not all mask wearers are stupid.
“That’s how it was done by the Nazis in Germany”
It’ll work better than in Nazi Germany. No need for executions or force or violence, You’ll be begging for your right to exist, own nothing and be happy as Larry after every brainwashed Tom, Dick or Harry shuns you in solidarity with the Fearless Leader.
Australian is a nation full of Sheeple
They have had the wool pulled over their eyes by corrupt, traitorous, politicians and the media, been fleeced in the process, of their savings, jobs and businesses, as they meekly allow themselves to be led to slaughter. Sheep are herded and controlled through fear, and that is what is happening here.
Once the sheeple wake up and realize they have been betrayed and are now trapped, they will proceed to bleat and may stampede. Woe betide those friendly family physicians who jabbed them with a poisonous vax – they may need to hide.
Some doctors have predicted that those who have been jabbed will die within 2-5 years.
Besides the threat of blood clots, the ‘vaccines’ so compromise the immune system that the body is open to all pathogens. Can you imagine life in 5 year’s time with 70-80% of the population gone?
Is that the worse case scenario?
Are you still awake, Australia?
Total surveillance and total population control in action. Soon enough you’ll have to have a passport to go to the toilet. A passport for anywhere you go and for everything you do.
When you refuse to toe the line, they’ll simply cancel you. No money, no food, no access to anywhere or anything. Simple, just press the DELETE key.
Can’t wait till I am happy and thrilled to bits by owning nothing and depending on the whim of some fashionably woke moron for survival.
Big Brother ID
What is the world coming to? A digital ID? Why don’t you just throw us all in the gas chambers and be done with it? That’s the control the government wants. I will slit my throat outside of parliament house before I do this or have the ‘vaccine’.
“This is your Australia Today”
After reading this brilliant publication I needed to share it with CairnsNews readers.
By Grumpy Geezer
’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’
In a local take on a post-truth Trumpian world of alternative facts Smirko Morrison’s BS centrifuge has been revved up to desperation level on the spin cycle. Election timing options have become constrained by circumstances beyond the limited capacities of our prevaricator-in-chief and Tory polling numbers have taken a promising downward trajectory.
Smirko’s omnifiascos have accumulated into an Abbottesque fustering of clucks and the panic is starting to show but you’ve gotta admire his chutzpah:
Framing an anti-corruption body as the bad guys is Orange Donnie-level gaslighting. The capo dei capi of the most corrupt federal government in our history is cashing in on the martydom of St Gladys d’Berejiklian, seeing a chance to sell his omertà as a virtue. Gladdy, his “very good friend“*, had been persecuted by ICAC, she was a victim – he would not be distracted from his good works by such unjust scrutiny.
*not his very good friend
Ever the opportunist who trades on punching down Smirko shortly thereafter took a populist dig at social media with some performative outrage at anonymous trolls, some of whom besmirch the reputations of the alleged rapists, the sex pests and stalkers, the sousers and spivs whose presence he relies upon to stay in power.
Smirko’s been selling farts as rainbows since his brief gig as a child actor. In spruiking NSW’s rampant Delta outbreak as the gold standard that is leading the way out of the pandemic he’s betting the house that the born-every-minute schmucks are as thick as the curtains in a ground floor bordello and that they outnumber those voters with either a conscience or a functioning cerebrum. The problem is that he may be right – the gushing over St Gladys has no doubt chuffed the PMO’s Goebbels-Riefenstahlists and their RWNJ pamphleteer chums from the Murdoch sewers.
Gladdy was down not just on Daryl Maguire but also with the BAU Tory grift; rortin’ and rootin’ – you’re darn tootin’ (if the Libs wanna use that as a slogan there’s gonna be a small fee). Dirty Dazza was upbeat, feeling Glad all over 😎 with the scheming for detouring some lazy millions down Wagga Wagga way but so many sympathetic Aussie mums undermined the March4Justice sisterhood by allowing that Gladys, a senior politician blooded in the fight club of Tory politics, had no agency over her own decisions because of a dud boyfriend. FFS! Nice way to feed the ‘women are too emotional’ self-fellating misogynist set.
Let us not forget St Gladys’s direction of bushfire relief funds to Tory electorates and donors while ignoring badly affected Labor-held LGAs. Let us not forget either the shredding of the paperwork after ICAC revelations of the rorted Stronger Communities slush fund and Gladys’s “too bad, so sad” response. Her new squeeze is a senior counsel familiar with the workings of ICAC yet Gladys threw in the towel at the prospect of further please explains. Do ya think she may know what’s coming? Joan of Arc my pink, wrinkled backside! The Canberra Tories’ delight that the Gladys experience was validating their normalisation of corruption may have a short shelf life if Gladdy is proven to be a baddy.
That gaunt apparition now haunting the federal backbenches, looking less a Tory blue-blood Prime Minister-in-waiting than a corpse disinterred from a shallow bush grave is Christian Blue Balls Porter. It was Blue Balls who was initially tasked with drafting an Avoiding Answerability bill in the time he could spare between persecuting whistleblowers in secret trials and trawling for knee-tremblers in the bars of Manuka and Kingston. Nothing says integrity like a bloke who blames his 2 year old for wiping his iPhone, who refuses any testing of his vociferously professed innocence of rape allegations and who sits on a $1M legal fund the donors of which he will not reveal.
That Shroedinger integrity bill is now in the hands of a woman who was passed over for the job of North Korean news reader lady because she was too shrill. Michaelia has form – refusing an interview with the AFP over a choreographed police raid on a union. Her credentials as Smirko’s AG are impeccable.
Smirko also wants us to overlook that his 2IC is a babbler of incoherent hayseed homilies that pass for insights in whatever addled processes pass for his remaining brain function. Barmy Barnaby did what Barmy does – saying the quiet bit out loud by complaining that he couldn’t do his thing if he was to be held to account.
It would be useful if a Barnaby colour chart could be produced to warn observers of his current state: embarrassed pink, fully munted magenta, blotto burgundy, hungover vermillion, priapic purple or befuddled violet. There’s one thing to be said in Barnaby’s defence though – his pub tests always have the biggest sample size.
“I am not crazy; my reality is just different from yours.” The Cheshire Cat, Alice in Wonderland.
Barmy is as miffed at social media as Smirko:
“From my own personal experience of recent times, you have got to get to a point where you say enough is enough” said Barmy with a straight albeit florid face.
“Sure, social media has its virtues and its values and enables us to connect with people in ways we’ve never had before, but those weapons can also be used by the evil one and we need to call that out.” Scott Morrison, Australian Christian Churches conference March 2021.
The connection between integrity commissions and social media is the Lying Nasty Parties’ dislike of both because they hold the sleazy bastards to account and call out the f**k ups being sold as triumphs when the mainstream media is largely complicit. The Tories will frame any legislation as being targeted at the nasty trolls but the net will be wide. Scrutiny, truth and dissent are their true targets and bullying and harassment is a practice they would prefer to monopolise.
“Avi is starting to become a bit more problematic. So we might need to look at what Avi’s role is here in the moment.”
We caught a senior police officer on video saying that to his fellow riot cops. They were trying to get me to stop reporting on the lockdown protests in Melbourne.
But they didn’t dare arrest me again. Because I’m already suing them in the Supreme Court for assault and false arrest. And they know that millions of people are watching.
So the police are doing something even worse: they’re going after the people close to me.
You already saw police showing up in the dead of night to my home, demanding that I stop my journalism. They knew that wouldn’t scare me. But they knew it would scare my family.
When that didn’t stop me, they tried something else: they brutally assaulted and falsely arrested Daniel Jones, the security guard who accompanies me on my journalism.
Daniel is a complete professional. He’s licensed and insured and wears a bright vest with his name, his company name and the word “security” on it. Police know exactly who he is. He’s a gentle giant who never picks a fight, and does his best to de-escalate any situation. They had no cause to target him — other than they know I rely on Daniel to keep me safe
Which is why they attacked him, threw him to the ground, punched him, kneed him, and put handcuffs on him so tightly that even an hour later, his wrists were still bright red.
And to add insult to injury, they gave Daniel a $1,817 ticket — their way of saying if he continues to work with me, he should expect a lot more abuse.
Well, I’ve had enough. So we filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court, suing the police for their illegal misconduct towards Daniel.
Please click here to read the lawsuit for yourself. It lays out exactly what the police did to Daniel, and why it’s so wrong.
Daniel doesn’t have the money to sue the police. And the police have the unlimited resources of the state of Victoria behind them.
But I told him: our viewers will help. Because the work I do is only possible because Daniel has my back.
The police think that if they can break Daniel, maybe they can break me, too.
Maybe if I don’t have someone watching my back… well, maybe something bad will happen to me. By choosing to target my bodyguard, police are telling me that I’m not safe. Just like when they came to my family home.
That’s police state stuff. Not the stuff of a great democracy like Australia.
Please help me. I know I ask for your help a lot, but this is for Daniel, not for me. We have a team of top-notch lawyers going to court for Daniel. Please click here to help me crowdfund their fees, or go to www.StandWithDaniel.com.
We’re going to fight for Daniel, because he was attacked by the police. But also because we need a judge in Victoria to tell police in general that they’re out of control. Daniel’s case is the perfect one.
If you can help me, please click here, and chip in a few dollars to help cover the costs of our excellent lawyers.
Do it for me — and do it for my protector, Daniel.
Chief Australia Correspondent
P.S. There were literally nine cops that jumped on Daniel. He didn’t resist, but they punched and kneed him anyways. It was their way of showing me who’s boss.
P.P.S. The proper way to fight back is in the court of law, by showing a judge what these brutal cops did, and demanding justice. Please click here, or go to www.StandWithDaniel.com if you want to help us do just that. (Thanks.)
Letter to the Editor
AFL Solicitors have a case against mandatory vaccination scheduled for the 30th September in the Supreme Court of NSW, to be heard in front of The Hon Justice Robert Thomas Beech-Jones.
EVERYONE is asked to email Justice Beech-Jones and tell him that you oppose mandatory vaccinations, and you believe it is the individual’s right to choose. Please be civil about it and no swearing.
Four hundred thousand people watched the directions hearing live streamed on YouTube.
If a million of us email Justice Beech-Jones, it has to have an influence on his decision knowing over a million people are dead set against mandatory vaccination.
“We’ve tried protesting, and they start shooting at us”
Contact Justice Robert Thomas Beech-Jones whose associate is Margaret Gaertner:
Email: email@example.com – Head your email: “Attention: The Hon Justice Beech Jones
Also see the link of other Judicial officer contact details here:
Death by Vaccine
One has to ask why the vaccine program still continues and is being forced the way it is given the number of vaccine injuries and deaths all round the world and over 500 in Australia just from Astra Zeneca and Pfizer. It’s crazy and very obviously criminal!
01/12/2020 – 11/09/2021.
Number of reports (cases): 33314
Number of cases with a single suspected medicine: 32848
**** Number of cases where death was a reported outcome: 311 ***
Number of reports (cases): 23651
Number of cases with a single suspected medicine: 23251
*** Number of cases where death was a reported outcome: 196 ***
Ref: .You have to enter the vaccine and the date range in the search box
By TONY MOBILIFONITIS
CLIVE Palmer has exposed the corrupt role of big pharma companies Pfizer and AstraZeneca behind Gladys Berejiklian’s frantic push for vaccines in NSW.
In a press conference on Tuesday Palmer dropped a bomb on the NSW Liberals and the corrupt role of a political lobbyist being paid tens of millions of dollars by Pfizer and Astra Zeneca. The same lobbyist, says Palmer, controls the Liberal Party in Sydney and is using the threat of the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s (ICAC) inquiries into Gladys Berejiklian to pull her strings and push the vaccines.
Media and mainstream parties are in a panic, trying to cover up the mounting scandal by attacking Palmer, whose United Australia Party is about to become the biggest political party in Australia by membership.
Palmer also accused the head of the TGA Prof. John Skerrit, as the chief regulator of drugs in Australia, of being in a “serious conflict of interest” by going on television in a white coat promoting vaccines threatening media owners with withdrawal of advertising if they published stories contrary to government vaccine policy.
Palmer dropped the bomb when a jabbering journalist tried to push the NSW government’s lies about 1600 “cases” and that people really were dying from COVID-19 and the only way out for locked-down small businesses in NSW was for most of the population to get a double jab. “They can’t open their businesses because the premier’s telling them the only way out is a double jab and that’s what they’re being told,” said the journo.
“I’d say the premier is lying to them,” Palmer shot back. “And I’d say that she’s under an ICAC inquiry, but a particular lobbyist in Sydney controls the Liberal Party in Sydney and told her the only way she gets out of that inquiry is if she pushes the double jab, and his clients are Astra Zeneca and his clients are Pfizer.”
At that point the upstart journo butts in again, repeating the nonsense that the only way out for the business owners is the double jab. Palmer’s very newsworthy allegation of high-level corruption was too much for the lame-brained scribbler to take in, apparently.
Palmer came back, again trying to answer the question. “That’s what I’d tell them (the business owners) and that what the premier’s saying is not true and … that they shouldn’t be locked down, businesses should be open and the government’s using this as an excuse to destroy them and they know that.”
Palmer’s reference to the big plan behind COVID-19 triggered the journo again. “You think that the Premier of NSW wants to destroy businesses?” “I do,” said Palmer. “Why would she want to do that. It’s her economy!” he countered.
“Because as I tried to explain to you, she’s being directed by a lobbyist in Sydney who’s being paid by Astra Zeneca and by Pfizer tens of millions of dollars to get these policies through, to make sure these vaccines are pushed. That’s why. You asked the question and that’s my personal knowledge and I’m happy to make the statement here to the police or anyone who want to know what’s going on … I’ll be doing that. They’ll be named.”
Palmer went on to remind the journo that United Australia Party is about to become the biggest political party in Australia, with some 46,000 people recently joining, including 20,000 from western Sydney.
He told the media conference earlier that he and the UAP leader Craig Kelly welcomed a bizarre threat by the head of the TGA, Prof. John Skerrit, to lay criminal charges against them for exposing the 483 post-vaccination deaths reported by the TGA. Cairns News believe the figure is now at least double that.
“It’s an extraordinary situation where you’ve got a member of the Australian House of Representatives being attacked for doing nothing more than circulating a government report. First of all United Australia Party Welcomes any legal action against Mr Kelly and we look forward to it as an opportunity when John Skerrit himself can be subpoenaed and be asked the question about the 483 Australians who died after having the vaccine and be asked to say to the court and the Australian people what were their causes of death and what did the TGA do to investigate that, and why is it justified to continue the roll out?
“Secondly, we can ask Mr Skerrit on oath about the 46,000 adverse (event) reports that his office has received, about what he’s done about it and thirdly we can raise the question about how he threatened media owners with cancellation of advertising if journalists wrote anything about a contrary view of the government and his attack on freedom of speech.”
Palmer said Health Minister Greg Hunt would also be subpoenaed over his role in the vaccine roll-out. He said Craig Kelly had nothing to fear for publishing a government document.
This is not vax vs anti-vax, this is not state vs state, this is human rights. Do you want to ask the government permission to go see your Mum who lives in another state or never travel to another state because they’ve decided your not allowed in.
We need our rights and freedom back, we can use our numbers, lets use people power. We all need to get involved for it to work. Please take this seriously and take a few minutes to help protect your rights, protect the children’s future!
Craig Kelly Introducing the Bill for ‘No domestic COVID vaccination passports 2021’
Letter to your Senator template and your local Senator look up
Local senator look up;
You can copy the Template Letter from directly below (same as one in link above) add your own details (senators details at the top your name at the bottom).
Note – make it your own; take or add what you like/belief, we are individuals and have our own beliefs so please express your beliefs as i said we are talking about protecting our Human Rights with this Bill, Covid is just the easy fear tactic for us (Australian’s/Humanity) to not fight for our ‘rights’ and freely give up our birth right of ‘freedom’ to move uninhibited around our big beautiful country we all love so much. Fight for Australia, fight for our freedom and fight for our future generations freedom.
To ____ the Federal member for _____
I’m writing to you as a concerned constituent, as I am deeply disturbed by the prospect of limited travel under the introduction of domestic vaccine passports.
Restricting travel as a means of coercing the population of Australia into receiving a vaccine that is still in it’s trial phases is extremely unethical, and I’m of the firm belief that to do so is a gross violation of our civil liberties and medical autonomy.
To restrict our freedom of movement in exchange for a medical procedure or otherwise goes against:
- The Universal declaration of human rights – article 13
- The Australian human rights commission – article 12
- The Australian Commonwealth Constitution – section 92
Covid-19 vaccines have somehow breezed through the system without TGA approval under rushed emergency legislation with no scientific transparency, and I’m disgusted that our federal government would consider restricting our freedom of movement as a means of coercing Australians into accepting a substance that has not yet been proven safe or effective.
To restrict Australian’s from interstate or intrastate travel is an outrageous violation of our human rights, and completely disproportionate to the objective of effectively managing covid-19.
It is completely unnecessary and wildly unethical to coerce Australian’s into making a medical decision without so much as a standard TGA approval.
In light of this information, I strongly urge you as one of your constituents to uphold the Australian people’s right to choose and vote in favour of Craig Kelly’s ‘No Domestic Vaccine Passports Bill 2021’.
If you choose not to protect our rights as Australians as a priority going forward, you will leave me no choice but to vote against you in the next election.
You MUST Act Now to Protect Your Privacy!
For many years, the Australian Vaccination-risks Network Inc (AVN) has been trying to get a study done comparing the health of the fully vaccinated, the fully unvaccinated and the partially vaccinated using the information on the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) which is now called the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). Since 2016, this register has tracked all vaccinations given to everyone in Australia.
In our research, we have just discovered that there are plans to use this data to inform State Governments of who is and is not vaccinated for the purposes of bringing in a vaccine passport within the next 2 months.
What we were not aware of is the fact that we can opt-out of allowing the government to share our data with any third party including sharing it with the States (it is currently held by the Federal Government) or whomever will win the tender to operate the passport system.
Time is short since the federal government has already said they have everything ready to go for the vaccine passports and are only waiting on the States to complete their end.
Please visit this website – https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/organisations/health-professionals/forms/im017 and fill in the form IM017.
It cannot be submitted online but must be printed out and mailed – we recommend you do this by express post and also if you don’t mind spending a few dollars extra, paying for the proof of delivery so you have the signature of who has received it should they claim they never got it.
Please share this as widely as possible since it is urgent that we opt out now while we still can.
God bless you for all the information your organization releases
By EDITOR, CAIRNS NEWS
US news channels have made complete asses of themselves trying to handle the very bad and breaking news of widespread, serious fraud and abuse of the state-based US voting systems. The extent of the fraud and the number of disqualified votes is already looking like giving the election back to Donald J. Trump, albeit after a long and bitter legal battle.
The latest eye-popping scandal involves a recording of pre-election training sessions for Detroit poll workers – training on how to lie, keep ballots off the system, use 911 calls to disrupt and to use COVID as an excuse to keep Republican booth inspectors at least six feet away.
Michigan Republicans successfully filed a lawsuit against Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson over the allegations arising from the recordings.
Meanwhile when White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnaney briefed the media on the latest developments in the voting fraud investigations by former New York mayor, attorney and prosecutor Rudi Giuliani and others, Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto lost his head and butted in on Ms McEnany’s address on his own channel.
McEnany’s statement quite justifiably noted that the Democrats were the only party who had opposed voter qualifications such as verified signatures, residency and citizenship and in so doing were “welcoming fraud and welcoming illegal voting”.
That was too much for Cavuto, who appears to be leading the charge by the Murdoch boys to swing their media company away from its conservative, pro-Trump leanings in order to give themselves more cred with the Biden-Soros-Rothschild-Rockefeller-Gates globalist regime.
“Whoah, whoah I think we have to be very clear!” Cavuto interjected. “She’s charging the other side with welcoming fraud and welcoming illegal voting. Unless she has more details to back that up, I don’t think I can’t in good countenance keep showing this. I’d want to make sure that maybe they do have something to back that up, but that’s an explosive charge to make.”
Where had this news anchor been for the past few days? Popping champagne corks out on the street with the Democrats, Antifa and BLM? Was he not aware that President Trump himself was warning of potential vote fraud with mass mail-in votes months before the election? Or was he not aware of the long and dirty history of vote fraud in the Democratic Party strongholds like Pennsylvania, Chicago and New York?
Or was he not even aware of Guiliani’s press conference in Philadelphia where he brought out witnesses who had signed affidavits to the effect that they had been repeatedly denied access to view the vote count. Is it normal for the media to scream “where’s your evidence?” at witnesses called to give evidence in some court proceeding before they get there? It’s bizarre, crazy behavior.
And then an MSNBC panel had their own commentary on the incident, the female anchor saying Cavuto, even though he was from Fox, was “a person with a conscience who understands that those are not just flagrant lies” and when on to display her own complete ignorance of what has actually been going on in vote counting centres and other places, claiming Trump supporters had been there all the time.
Even Australia’s ABC reporter in Washington couldn’t bring himself down to such levels and gave a fairly straightforward, although overly brief, account of the press conference.
The deep state media is in panic mode. They are going to have to face the horrible fact that their big election steal has not worked and is imploding.
Remembering Larry Pickdering by Paul Zanetti is a Walkley award winning syndicated cartoonist with over 30 years in the media. He blogs at www.zanettisview.com
Larry Pickering was laid to rest yesterday.
Family and friends gathered on the Gold Coast to hear, and tell, yarns of the larrikin we all knew and loved.
Lifelong mate, John Singleton, delivered the eulogy by video (he flew up from Sydney to see Larry days before he checked out). Singo’s memories will be shared on this site in the next couple of days.
Larry Olsen, who goes way back to Larry’s horse training days, and spent a gazillion hours playing golf with Larry, got lost in time keeping the service amused with tales of his great friend.
Two of Larry’s sons, (Little) Larry and Ben spoke of their dad. There wasn’t a dry eye in the joint.
Larry’s family also asked me to say a few words (posted below). We were limited by time constraints, so I kept my memories to my first meeting with Larry. I could fill a book.
The service was filled laughter and tears.
And song, with a brilliant tribute, Ode To Larry Pickering, by Steve Mannix (coming soon).
Following these memories is a short video by Larry’s daughter, Steph, who picked a few public and private photos of Larry taken over his incredible life.
by Paul Zanetti
I remember clearly when I first discovered Larry Pickering.
It was 1975.
Gough Whitlam was Prime Minister, making one hell of a mess of the country with his Ministry of Misfits.
And there – in the Sydney Morning Herald – jumping from the pages were these hilariously outrageous, beautifully drawn cartoons making sense of the lunacy that was the political theatre of the day.
Larry didn’t like socialism.
So he was the perfect antidote to Whitlam.
Larry was brilliantly funny and clever – drawing Whitlam as a chook.
The infamous Pickering ‘Outhouse Series’ which ran in the Sydney Morning Herald in 1975
Whitlam hated the Pickering cartoons – which pricked Gough’s giant pompous ego – but Gough’s wife, Meg, loved the Pickering cartoons.
Meg would go around the Lodge pinning the cartoons up on the walls – and Gough would run around the Lodge tearing them down.
Poor old Gough became so beaten up by his own policies that Larry drew Whitlam with band aids on his face.
Naturally enough when Larry drew his calendars, the band aids were strategically positioned – including on his….donger, as Larry would eloquently explain.
Gough in Pickering’s Playmates calendar
Whitlam was furious and sued Larry for implying that by portraying Gough with a band aid on his donger, Gough had a sexually transmitted disease.
Larry couldn’t believe his luck.
In his defence, Larry said that Gough would need to drop his dacks in the court room to prove that he didn’t have a band aid on his donger.
Gough didn’t drop his dacks but he did drop the law suit.
The publicity sold another estimated 100,000 calendars.
Whether he realised it or not, Pickering was a pioneer, blazing a trail for a new generation of cartoonists.
I cut out his cartoons from the Herald and The Australian and glued them in a scrapbook. My late mate Bill Leak told me he stuck Larry’s cartoons on his bedroom walls.
My own connection to Larry goes back to my 16th birthday. It was 1977 and Larry was in his prime as a cartoonist.
I’m from a large Italian family of six boys. We lived in Wollongong, an hour south of Sydney.
For my birthday, my mum planned a trip to Sydney.
I got to choose where we would spend the day – The Zoo….or Bondi Beach…or Luna Park…my choice.
But I had other ideas.
“I want to meet Larry Pickering,” the 16 year-old me blurted out without hesitation.
So off we rode in the family wagon on our quest to find Larry.
When we arrived at the News Ltd Surry Hills building around 10:30am, we just assumed that:
·1) Larry Pickering would be there
· 2) He would allow a big Italian family to just march into his office without an appointment.
And yes, he was there.
And he did say ’Yes’.
The Brady Bunch-sized Zanetti family crammed into Larry’s office while I fired off a million questions.
At the time Larry Pickering was a household name, appearing in TV ads for Dulux Paints – and a regularly on talk shows and Blankety Blanks. He was a cartooning superstar.
Larry filling in for Singo’s Mumbleback Radio on Sydney’s 2KY
He patiently answered all my questions – and gave me the best present I ever had, a personally signed caricature.
“Who’s your favourite character, chief?” he asked me.
“I love your John Gorton.” I replied.
And quick-as-a-flash, he picked up a box cutter and sliced off a sheet of light drawing cardboard, grabbed a pen, while I watched enthralled as he magically waved his hand around the paper.
He finished off Gorton’s caricature with the ubiquitous flies that dotted his crumpled face- then signed it, ‘Happy Birthday, Paul. Larry Pickering’.
I had it framed and it hung above my bedhead until I left home at 18.
Larry asked me to send him some of my work.
He wrote back a two line letter that changed the course of my life.
“Your work shows tremendous promise. It’s up to you how long you stick to it.”
That was all the fuel an aspiring kid needed.
Two years later Larry retired to grow tomatoes and train race horses, to follow his childhood dream of winning the Melbourne Cup.
The famous Pickering Tomatoes
If there wasn’t a real Larry Pickering, then Banjo Patterson, Norman Lindsay or Henry Lawson would have had to invent him…the quintessential Australian character that embodied everything that is the Aussie larrikin.
Larry Pickering lived life to the full.
Larry Pickering lived multiple lives, each to their fullest.
He was a dad, a grandad, a husband, a mate, musician, punter, poker player, taxi driver, footy coach, mud crab catcher, fisherman, golfer, truck driver, proof reader, story teller, political candidate, TV celebrity, plane and helicopter pilot, philosopher, tomato farmer, race horse trainer, magazine centrefold, magazine publisher, inventor, racing car driver, blogger…too many lives to list….and somehow managed to squeeze in a career as Australia’s greatest cartoonist – a multiple Walkley Award Winner.
Above all, Larry Pickering loved this country – the best country in the world.
He was a patriot who, through his work, fought to preserve its freedoms and values.
Orora Monroe tells her story about hearing gunshots at the casino in Planet Hollywood where she was visiting from Michigan. She says she made this video in the interest of offering data to help the people discover of who was behind the attacks in Las Vegas and the purpose of the attacks.
Besides Mandalay Bay and Harvest 91, there are eyewitness reports of gunshots fired on the night of October 1st and/or casualties seen at several other venues on the Las Vegas Strip including Hooters, Tropicana, New York New York, Bellagio, Caesar’s Palace and the Aria.
Monroe says, “The information at this point I believe is out here for everyone and for people to know that we are being lied to and people to know that the mainstream media is assisting in that lying for whatever reason and above all, that there are people in our country who are willing to do things for their own selfish reasons and they do not care who they hurt in the process.
“I think that’s the main thing that all of us should know and realize by now. I’m sure that most of us already know this…but the scale of the damage is getting larger, okay and and more detrimental…
“Others are choosing to do certain things in this country and regular people don’t matter at all…I mean, I believe that people were killed that evening. I know people were hurt but whomever did this and whomever is assisting after the fact in covering up who did this doesn’t care…one bit about the average person.”
Tomorrow at 9am Cairns Court to support David Walter
Today David Walter fronted Cairns Court and the same Magistrate who jailed him for contempt and made false claim of his aggression to government enforcers within that court to which many witnesses submitted statements to the perjury committed by the said Magistrate.
A lethal blow was delivered in that same court today by David at last recognised by government lawyers and the said Magistrate who when informed Queensland is but a private organisation and it is not an official government under a charter for starters, which he backed up with irrefutable facts.
Several times the magistrate took leave from the bench to gather her thoughts she explained to the court and when David answered her question as to what was it he wanted to which he stated;
- Take the whole matter to the High Court to rule on this illegal government
- Produce just one true Australian in this court.
The fluster magistrate declined and removed herself from hearing the case which she has handed another Magistrate for tomorrow’s hearing.