Tasmanian Times

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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Economy

Andrew Nikolic Chucks a Wobbly

*Pic: Andrew Nikolic MP …

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The correction …

In local journalism, Nikolic asserts the Power of One …

You have to admit when it comes to the politically outrageous Andrew Nikolic has few equals.

The North-Eastern Advertiser plies its trade admirably in local news but Andrew Nikolic seems to regard it as a personal vehicle to print his finer philosophical musings.

His most recent effort was an “Opinion Editorial” on the issue of the “Monarchy v. Republic”.

In the article he suggested that the (ARM) Australian Republic Movement’s advocacy of a plebiscite would see the opinion of Tasmanians swamped by the bigger states.

The article appeared to me so ill-informed I could not resist a response.

Simply put, no plebiscite is legally binding and in any referendum to change the Australian constitution to a republic, Tasmania in fact would have a disproportionally larger say in the result.

As an example I wrote that – as with the suggested same-sex marriage plebiscite – it would not be binding “as Senator Abetz has made clear and with which Mr Nikolic would no doubt concur.”

This minor aside implied no criticism but sent Mr Nikolic into overdrive, fulminating and, to my mind, badgering the Editor, Neil Grose to print a “Correction”.

Not a letter from him giving his opinion. No. Nikolic demanded a “Correction”, written at his behest and printed in the name of the paper, which is what is done when something is potentially defamatory or in very serious error.

This, to me, is an act of inflated high-handedness and editorial interference – and quite unprecedented – in effect obliging the paper to “acknowledge” they made a mistake in publishing my letter. And in this they acquiesced.

So, what is this “Correction” of such monumental importance?

Well, the North-Eastern Advertiser printed that my letter “stated that … Nikolic would not abide by the results of a plebiscite on same-sex marriage” and “acknowledges” that Mr Nikolic “is on the record clearly” that he would abide by “the decision of Bass voters”.

It goes on to say that my claim that Mr Nikolic’s article was “ill-informed and included misleading remarks” was wrong and that “the North Eastern Advertiser accepts that these assertions were unsubstantiated”.

Well bless my soul! Not what was said!

Even Mr Nikolic’s nuanced qualification acknowledges he would not necessarily be bound by a plebiscite, which was all that was suggested. As for “unsubstantiated” assertions his own article clearly shows he was wrong and misleading about the significance of a plebiscite in any constitutional change.

This, to me, is a repetition of Nikolic’s tactics, badgering, bullying and interfering in the open expression of opinion.

These are decent people. Neil Grose, the Editor, said he ’copped a lot….. from Nikolic’s office’ about my letter. He said he would not print any further comment from me, which i accept, but it seemed a sad capitulation.

Win to Nikolic, in silencing a critic.

This Battle of Trafalgar in a Fishbowl would be an amusing Tasmanian tale except this man of inflated self-importance is up soon for re-election.

A politician who is unable to take any criticism is a real worry.

One without a sense of humour is a danger to himself and others.

He is, to me, becoming increasingly ludicrous.

*Dr Michael Powell is no longer employed at UTAS, Launceston – ‘given the furore Nikolic created’ – and has returned to his business of property and pastoral development. He ‘misses the teaching but that’s life’. He is just finishing a book which will be published at the end of the year.

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41 Comments

41 Comments

  1. William Boeder

    February 23, 2016 at 2:32 am

    Thank you Leonard for your electoral references and suppositions, but not quite so to the mention of the sustained hyper-venting you have offered in your reply.
    Thank you steve for your reference to Ted Mead’s mysterious yet appropriate reasoning.

  2. Steve

    February 22, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    #39; William, I have to say the answer to your queries on the electoral system is to be found at #28.
    Realistically, despite Leonard’s protestations, Ted Mead nailed it. The Nikolics of this world seem to have no problem finding people to vote for them. That is the truly scary reality.

  3. William Boeder

    February 22, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Leonard, given your comment relating to my claim of a prostituted Hare Clark electoral system, in my so describing in this manner my design was to expand upon its role as serving the least deserving interests of the major 2 party political Duopoly.
    More-so when cast-outs like the voted out David Llewellyn can slither back into a ministerial role in one of the 2 party Duopoly, which in his case the Labor party voters sought to be dispelled.

    Furthermore Leonard I see no cause for calling a spade other than it being exactly how it appears and performs.

  4. Leonard Colquhoun

    February 22, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Looks like Comment 36, as far as can be worked out, would apply also to the preference-gaming in the last Senate election.

    But what’ve the ‘Hare-Clark’ arrangements done to deserve the adjective “prostituted”? Show us the money.

    BTW, seems to me that we here should do a voting swap: Hare-Clark for the Legislative Council, and single-member electorates for the House of Assembly (with an even number of seats to help ensure a majority after its chooses its Speaker).

    And, seeing that no-one can remember what State electorate they’re in (and why should they?), the new arrangements are:

    (i) House of Assembly: 30 members, six per federal electoral division;

    (ii) H of A electorates named like in this rough example: Bass Central, Bass NE, Bass NW, Bass West, Bass SW and Bass South; or whatever fits – simples!

    (iii) the five LC electorates use the federal names – again, simples!

    [Hope our hospital A&Es; can cope with the side effects of the sort of sustained hyper-venting exhibited in this thread.]

  5. mark

    February 22, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Yep Nikolic’s a good one with the misinformation. Gets beat and starts posting memes.

    http://www.idiottax.net/2016/02/bringing-puppies-to-negative-gearing.html

  6. William Boeder

    February 22, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    #33. John Hayward, one has to wonder at the fact that at some earlier point in time N had to be the recipient of public votes cast in his direction.
    Or could it be via a prostituted Hare Clark electoral system that can have an insignificant minority individual, as per the N factor, receiving a majority benefit based on the careless but accumulative lesser preferential choices?
    It is my estimation that any person that achieves success in the same manner as has become the burdening suppression upon Tasmania as has been the length of time that Tasmania has suffered during the term of the despotic Senator Eric Abetz.

  7. John Biggs

    February 22, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Surely the editor of the NE ADvertiser is in a strong position to smash Nikolic. If he reported N’s bullying and other bad behaviour it would turn Bass voters right off him. N, would surely counter-attack even bully the police into taking action but that only makes it worse and worse. N would be dead next election. Submitting to bullying only makes the bully worse.

  8. Karl Stevens

    February 22, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Leonard Colquhoun 30. I’m glad you have embraced the population Bell Curve. Just because your ‘fellow decent citizens’ have relationships and rear their children as replacement ‘decent citizens’ doesn’t give them the ability to pick brilliant or even effective leaders.
    In fact the ‘average’ which is also the ‘majority’ on the Bell Curve cannot comprehend what real leadership is.
    It’s nice to see you gallantly defending your fellow citizens but for connoisseurs of the electoral system it’s also satisfying the see another ‘Yosemits Sam’ or ‘Super Mario’ thrust into a position of authority. (thanks to Mr Hayward)
    In the case of Nikolic, we have come to understand ‘silt’ on a deeper level without needing to understand silt comes from clear-fell logging operations on steep slopes. It’s crucial to maintain these disconnects lest people wake-up to the fact that self-identifying as a ‘Liberal’ still means an adult with the brain of a 14 year old that will spend the rest of it’s life denying reality.

  9. john hayward

    February 22, 2016 at 11:41 am

    If only the Libs hadn’t snapped him up, Nikko could have been the stand-in for Yosemite Sam.

    John Hayward

  10. Ted Mead

    February 21, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    #30-31 – Ah the Bell Curve phenomena!

    A variable that depicts normal or common distribution in regard to many forms or actions. This appears to be somewhat predictable when it comes to human behaviour or thinking. Punters voting for renowned candidates would be consistent with my earlier comments.

  11. Steve

    February 21, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    #30; Interesting. With your interest in history, I’m surprised you have such a high view of the middle of the bell curve?
    Decent they may be but over the years they’ve supported a lot of nasty stuff. “Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come” was an optimistic thought, which hasn’t proven correct. They always come!
    A quick look at the higher rating TV shows probably won’t do much for your position either! The only thing that has changed from the bread and circus’s days is the increasing sophistication of the political machine. Now they only have to give the illusion of bread and circus’s.

  12. Leonard Colquhoun

    February 21, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Equally, Comment 28’s estimation could be re-phrased as

    .

    These are people in (say) the middle 60% to 70% of the population Bell Curve who – quietly, privately and in their own spheres – lead successful lives doing some of the most demanding tasks of all: developing personal partnerships, maintaining & providing for a long-term household, and raising children by seeing that they are fed, clothed, housed & reared to become thoroughly decent adults.

    What a claim so utterly contemptible for its contemptuous dissing of these decent fellow citizens.

  13. Pilko

    February 21, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Few months ago I was talking to a young professional friend (X) about Nikolic (we were chatting about local politics). X’s first response was to tell me they had a number of school friends who had gone on to be journos at the Examiner. X was told by a couple of these journo’s that Nikolic’s office was infamous for the complaining & pressure it put on the paper. And this is the conservative, family friendly version of X’s anecdotes. I stand by that story.

  14. Ted Mead

    February 21, 2016 at 11:33 am

    I have always claimed – “Never under estimate the Stupidity, Naivety and Gullibility of the average voting punter’.

    So on that note he’s a sure bet to be re-elected!!!!!!!!

  15. Michael Powell

    February 21, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Ben Lohberger. You may not believe it was necessary but I most certainly do. It is an interference with editorial independence to allow the sort of badgering Nikolic has made into an art form. He is unfit to be a parliamentarian if he reacts to even mildly critical comment. He should have simply been told to submit a response or correction. To expect the paper’s masthead to be Nikolic’s mouthpiece and endorse his views is utterly outrageous.

    I have been subject to threats for my views in the past and I have to expect and accept that is the price for speaking your mind. We live in a world of cowardice and acquiescence to people like Nikolic who regard themselves as above criticism because they are Right. He is an antinomian narcissist, in my view.

    My letter is below – actually quite mild really – and you will see he utterly misses the point as always:

    “I read Andrew Nikolic’s Opinion on the Republic with interest and increasing astonishment.

    As he has said much of the debate is ill-informed to which he should add his own article.

    The suggestion of a plebiscite by the ARM would amount to a giant opinion poll with no constitutional significance. As with the suggested plebiscite on same-sex marriage it would not be binding on anyone as Senator Abetz has made clear and with which Mr Nikolic would no doubt concur.

    No plebiscite on a republic would be constitutionally binding and for Mr Nikolic to imply this is misleading and ill-informed.

    Any change to a republic would require a constitutional amendment endorsed by the majority of people in the majority of states, which presently means 4 out 6 states, a considerable hurdle. The voice of the small states like Tasmania would not be diminished as Mr Nikolic mischievously suggests.

    The biggest problem with any change is the substantial prerogative (discretionary) powers of the Head of State, which a ‘minimalist’ model would leave intact. These are powers far more substantial than those of the current British monarch, more substantial than ‘executive orders’ allowable in the American constitution, and akin to monarchical powers of the mid ninetieth century if they were exercised as they were in 1975.

    Any attempt at a more substantial constitutional alteration would inevitably become mired in dispute and even less likely to succeed.

    Whatever your position on a Republic, if it is more than a thought bubble, it becomes a constitutional nightmare, not aided by Mr Nikolic’s quite misleading remarks.”

  16. Ben Lohberger

    February 20, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Re #25 I’m not surprised Neil Grose isn’t happy with you. It was unnecessary.

    It would be good to see that letter of yours Michael. Post it as a comment if need be.

  17. Michael Powell

    February 20, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    In response to #23 Ben Lohberger. All three pieces – Nikolic’s article, my response and the “Correction” were supplied to the Editor of Tas Times and I am happy to supply. What you say, however, your interpretation, it is exactly correct.

    I need to put on the record that I too feel for Neil Grose though he is none too happy with me at present. He is a decent man I respect who tries to run the paper with an even hand and though he would vehemently resent the characterization that he was bullied nevertheless the pressure was immense and the outcome was questionable.

    I altered the original article to take account of his objections (I showed him the article first as is fair) without detracting from the main thrust.

  18. Old Man-a Ross

    February 20, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Luca Brasi was one of Vito Corlenone (The Godfather) most trusted enforcer. He could no doubt handle himself in any fight!! And to extend the analogy to the subject in question, indoctrinated in army discipline where in his man’s army, to be ‘Gay’ was to be seen as the equivalent of a traitor! Thank goodness we have David Morrison who’s straight talking and sense of justice would have come sometime after our subject finished his army service
    Our subject’s dark reputation precedes him as one of Abbot/Abetz’s enforcers, as does his lack of a sense of humour and obviously his capacity to be unable to cop any form of criticism. Accepting criticism and preparing an alternate argument (maybe with humour if appropriate) is a prerequisite for any politician of any colour. May he disappear without trace when it is time for his re-election!

  19. Ben Lohberger

    February 20, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    The second part of the NE Advertiser’s correction could just as easily have said:

    “The NE Advertiser acknowledges that Mr Nikolic is on the public record clearly stating that he would not abide by the results of a successful plebiscite on same-sex marriage, if the electors in Bass voted against it.”

    Which is pretty much what Michael Powell said in the first place. Or so he tells us; his original letter is conspicuously absent.

    I feel for Neil Grose.

  20. Leonard Colquhoun

    February 20, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Agree, Michael, with your Comment 18’s closing sentence.

    In my ideal parliament, an MP on one side would rarely refer in debate to anyone on the opposite side by name, or by the standing orders expression ‘The Honourable Member for [Woop Woop]. Rather, the focus would be on the Party in general, and most talk would relate closely to the actual matter (and, equally, the approach in the last phrase worked excellently in classrooms).

    And no MP would be silly enough to vent in 14 twit-brained characters, let alone 140.

  21. Karl Stevens

    February 20, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Leonard Colquhoun. Thanks for the link but isn’t it sad so many died to achieve nothing?
    Do you think the US is safer now after the longest war in US history?
    You skipped Iraq entirely but I can understand why the Liberals are not keen to even attempt to explain it.
    I now believe all of Australia’s economic problems can be traced directly to our involvement in long, expensive Middle East wars.
    That put us in a position where mining was critically important to our prosperity, rather than using our brains which had been deliberately subverted by the dumbed-down NeoCon ideology.
    I place Nikolic firmly in the NeoCon camp as somebody who only creates problems but can never solve them.
    Military intervention in the Mid East just set-up decades of instability and even paranoia in Australia.
    I note you too avoid mentioning the Black War. I don’t want to know why, you would have your reasons.

  22. Simon Warriner

    February 20, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    This behavior is only to be expected when individuals are selected as party political representatives on the basis of the unstated by very obvious criteria of their ability to tolerate having their interests conflicted. .

  23. Leonard Colquhoun

    February 20, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Re the questions in Comment 14:

    ~ Afghanistan, link –
    http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/BN/1011/MilitaryInvolvementAfghanistan , plus treaty obligations of a smaller nation to its major ally;

    ~ Iraq, mainly treaty obligations of a smaller nation to its major ally; ditto for the 1991 Gulf War, engagements which comes with that sort of ‘insurance’.

    Of course, smaller nations can choose Swiss-style armed neutrality, and practise it if prepared to pay the military costs. And having Swiss geography and topography is a big help – just as being an island helps us decide who comes into our country and the circumstances in which they come, as Europe is finding out the hard way.

    Plus, taking part (and this is about principle, not about the specifics such as quality of the intel) in defending our Western civilisation against a murderously barbarous and alien religionist ideology. While accepting disagreements about the ways and means, can’t see any valid arguments in principle against defending our civilisation.

  24. Michael Powell

    February 20, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Some interesting discussion. Firstly this is a matter that could be referred to the Press Council but it would be simply vexation – it’s too petty for that. But that too is the point – it is these silly little petty thing that show the stature of the man. How they act in the small is a measure of how they will act in something large and significant. That is the sobering bit.

    Just incidentally Nikolic took Fairfax to the Press Council over the “unfair” reporting of how he had treated me and they chucked it out.

    And Leonard not all politicians treat in a partisan manner. The Late Lance Barnard was scrupulous in how he dealt with constituents – He even supported Rene Hidding for his real estate certificate years ago!

  25. Cameron

    February 20, 2016 at 8:29 am

    The simple matter here is that if you are going to enter public life–and start throwing your weight around even before you’re elected–you will have to be prepared to cop some flak. This fellow has established, again and again, that he (and, to lesser extent, Liberal party policies) simply shouldn’t have to accept any criticism–which, surely, politicians and their ideas need to be exposed to almost more than any other profession.

    I have read where this facility is built in by years spent as an Army officer, a position in which absolutely no one questions your authority. Nikolic still believes, clearly, that he is beyond question, when nothing could be further from the truth.

    It’s one thing to be ‘hard-working’ and all the rest of it–the gloss comes off such accolades if you’re also a bit of a bully, throwing the equivalent of a teenage tantrum and slamming the bedroom door every time someone points out an inconvenient truth.

    For the record, he absolutely lost me (not, admittedly, that I’m a huge fan of the Liberal Party anyway) when he threatened me over the original Facebook New Examiner post, and then lied about it (and then sooked to the Press Council when a journalist had the hide, how very dare he, to point this out to him).

    He belongs in an episode of Yes Minister. He will gladly listen to anything you have to say, as long as he agrees with you.

  26. Treva Alen

    February 20, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Well I was going to have a bit of trouble voting for this man BUT my problem is solved … NOW I cannot …. RATHER will not!!!

  27. Artemisia

    February 19, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    #13 – Not quite so nakedly and blatantly!

  28. Karl Stevens

    February 19, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Leonard Colquhoun 13. Maybe ‘fascist’ is used too often at times but could you remind us again why we invaded Iraq and Afghanistan?
    Was it ‘radical authoritarian nationalism’ or was it just a killing spree?
    The reason I bring-up these theatres of war is because Andrej Nikolic is on the record saying how important these wars were, but has never mentioned the Black War of 1830 that occurred in his own electorate of Bass.
    Do you think Nikolic doesn’t count wars with Aboriginals in them, or do all his wars start after the Srebrenica Massacre?

  29. Leonard Colquhoun

    February 19, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    “Mr Nikolic treats the public according to their perceived alignment” (Comment 10) – and other MPs don’t?

    Perhaps Mr Nikolic learned this trait from TT posts which spray around the pejorative ‘fascist’ so freely, and so mindlessly, and, in some cases quite moronically.

  30. Chris

    February 19, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    What is about the Liberals that they choose to tell us who is available to vote for and what is their military record has done for this country.
    Reminds me of English soccer players brought up in socially depressed areas where unemployment is rife and their only outlet is football, move on and their ability to kick a pig skin of air without stepping in something gives them lots of hoot and they are ill prepared to handle such riches, hence their appeal to the tribe mentality of foot brawl.
    Contrast this to Military parachuted politicians in seats like Bass and Canning and their inability, in my opinion, to empathise with others and their brainwashed outlook on life which can only obey orders or believe that black is white or there are no solutions other than violence. (reminds me of the PM pugalistica)
    I recall a ex British Bobby in the Huon area (in the 90’s) whose solution was to kill all black bastards.
    Then I see two or three political citizens in a fish factory whose past adoption of the Exclusive Brethren philosophy or adherence for campaign purposes was exposed and I wonder what the next election will bring in Abetzland.

  31. bob bird

    February 19, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    He’s certainly the Brigadier Bully Boy. He threatened to report me to the police if I contacted his office again! Thinks he’s still in the Army and no-one has a right to question what he says.
    Love the Tasmanian Times history of the little man. Says it all!

  32. Michael Powell

    February 19, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    I am pleased, Jenny, that there is at lease one Liberal member of the public that appreciates Mr Nikolic otherwise I might be tempted to sympathize with him. The trouble is a parliamentarian must serve the public whatever the politics of the constituent and Mr Nikolic treats the public according to their perceived alignment.

  33. Leonard Colquhoun

    February 19, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    But isn’t the mooted plebiscite (note: NOT a referendum) little more than a much larger than usual public opinion poll?

    And since when have MPs been duty bound to follow opinion polls? Besides haven’t some MPs with differing opinions on this matter already pledged to do the same?

  34. Jenny Hansen

    February 19, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    I find the comments about Andrew Nikolic disgusting. Every time I have ever made a request to him he has been sympathetic and courteous,as a local federal MP should. He will get my vote next election. He has done an outstanding job as the MHR for Bass.

  35. phill Parsons

    February 19, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Little man with little dog syndrome.

  36. Artemisia

    February 19, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Having just re-located to the Bass electorate (Oh! The horror and shock at realising who my local Federal member is!) it will give me great pleasure to NOT vote for this man in the next election!

  37. William Boeder

    February 19, 2016 at 1:19 am

    Moving on, it appears that Andrew Nikolic is of the mistaken mind that his comments can be given serious consideration.

    Where I myself believe that his most outstanding trait is that he mistakenly sees himself as a man above middling significance in the dark world of Liberal politics.

  38. Richard Kopf

    February 18, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Nikolic has reason to throw a wobbly. I read in today’s Crikey. “Santos’s share price has fallen over 72%. And this morning, the company announced a whopping $2.7 billion loss as it struggles with a collapse in oil prices, prompting another slide in its share price. Spare a thought for far-right Tasmanian Liberal MP Andrew Nikolic — Nikolic has been enthusiastically buying Santos shares for a couple of years now as the share price has fallen ever further. Maybe if Nikolic gets his long-held wish for Iran to be attacked by the West, oil prices will soar again and lift Santos back to profitability?”

  39. Luigi

    February 18, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    It’s good to see that Nikolic has found something worthy of his attention. It’s just a pity that the current water, Bass Link and fire crises don’t seem to warrant similar attention.

    So well done Michael Powell for getting him to pop his head over the parapet.

  40. Steve

    February 18, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I for one feel we need to be grateful to Andrew Nikolic.
    For me, he provides a sort of litmus test of the political state of Tasmania. As long as he’s employed, forget it! No thinking electorate would vote in someone with his track record, so logically, the electorate is not thinking.
    Once he’s ignominiously chucked out on his ear, it’ll be time for the more thoughtful Tasmanians to clamber out of the bunkers and figure out the best way to fix the mess.
    Until then, keep your head down, maintain the food stocks and cultivate intellectual interests on the North island!

  41. mike moore

    February 18, 2016 at 9:35 am

    I have never met Mr Nikolic. I am quite grateful. Mike Moore, Hervey Bay.

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