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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

Editor's Choice - Row 2

Editorial: The Shit Sandwich …

copyright: Neil Landstrumm

I am deeply ashamed that I am governed by such appallingly hard line and divisive professional Liberal pollies whose sole aim is to keep their hands on the levers of power and their snouts embedded in the trough.


They will do anything, and say anything, to achieve this end.


Noblesse oblige is not in their shouted, but offensive, lexicon.


Those desperate souls on Manus and Nauru have committed no offence, yet they have been locked up as living examples of what happens to the now demonised so-called “illegal” refugees in order to prevent others from following in their wake.


Locking up these people has nothing to do with drowning prevention. It is a politically expedient excuse used by those in power to justify this hard-line course of action.


Pollies … you have stopped the boats. A statement that any future boat arrivals will be sent to Nauru for the rest of the natural lives should be enough to ensure that potential boat people never again attempt to reach our shores.


The runs are on the board.


This is not a politically expedient solution for Morrison, Dutton, Abbott and Abetz because it removes an exploitable wedge from the political menu.


These wedges, be they Forestry and the removal of World Heritage Listing, or Climate Change, or the Pokies, Refugees or the Sudanese gangs or the locking up of protesters, provide the Liberals with the rotten meat in the shit sandwich they use to divide and rule Australians.


The Liberal Party has been bought by the Pokie Industry and the Oil, Coal, Gas, Iron Ore and Electricity merchants, and the now disgraced lying, cheating bankers who wrote the Terms of Reference before they stood with Turnbull over the Hayne Royal Commission.


The workers’ funds provided by the Unions are at least up front, obvious and accountable.


Wake up Australians! We are very badly served by the political morons who currently inhabit the corridors of power in Canberra.


A plague on both your houses!


Our forests are burning. Our landscapes are flooded. Our Great Barrier Reef dies before our eyes … and the greatest river system in the nation is destroyed by the unspoken use of wedge politics.


It is not Climate Change that is crap. Instead, it’s the Shit Sandwich that the Liberals force us to consume each and every day.


John Hawkins was born and educated in England. He has lived in Tasmania for 16 years. He is the author of “Australian Silver 1800–1900” and “Thomas Cole and Victorian Clockmaking” and “The Hawkins Zoomorphic Collection” as well as “The Al Tajir Collection of Silver and Gold” and over 100 articles on British and Australian Decorative Arts. He is a Past President and Life Member of The Australian Art & Antique Dealers Association. John has lived in Australia for 50 years and is 77 this year. In two of the world’s longest endurance marathons, and in the only teams to ever complete these two events, he drove his four-in-hand team from Melbourne to Sydney in 1985 and from Sydney to Brisbane in 1988.



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  1. Chris

    February 17, 2019 at 8:42 am

    (Improved satisfactorily – I hope … )

    Yes, that warmongering imbecile (Dalton) is to visit us soon and get us to support some military exercise.

    How much bigger will Pine Gap become as a nuclear target ?

    His CV is like Howard’s .. excellent; but the body count is enormous, too!

    Will he get us to support some military exercise that he has dreamt up for Trump and America’s real estate ambitions?


    Chris, do you mean John Bolton?

    Wikipedia’s current entry says “John Robert Bolton (born November 20, 1948) is a genocidal fascist and an ..”

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  2. max

    February 16, 2019 at 8:00 am

    I took this clipping from Just In ABC this morning. What is going on with our government?

    The first story is one reported all this week in the Financial Review about the awarding of work worth almost $500 million over 22 months to a company providing security for refugees at Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. As the paper noted, that is more than global accounting firm Ernst & Young has billed the government in five years.

    And it’s not just any company, but one they reported was registered to a beach shack on Kangaroo Island and to a post box in Singapore.

    The Paladin group won the contract after a restricted tender and, according to the Financial Review, the Department of Home Affairs “took the highly unusual step of making an advance payment of around $10 million to Paladin, as the company did not have the money to begin the contract”.

    The paper reported that Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has refused to release details, saying it would “cause damage to Australia’s international relations with PNG”.

    • Simon Warriner

      February 16, 2019 at 10:59 am

      None of this is a shock, Max.

      The real question everyone complaining (about your example, and all the other symptoms of political inbreeding from defective gene stock) needs to answer is “what the hell are you actually doing to change things, other than whinging about how bad it is”?

      We all need to be supporting our Independent candidates by setting the standards of behavior we expect of them, encouraging them to stand, supporting them when they do, and encouraging our fellow voters to put Independents first and parties last.

      We could even get together and organise activities towards that end!

      This is the only way we will rid ourselves of the sociopathic drongos who govern us at present, and those in other parties that would replace them if given the opportunity.

      Everything else is a complete waste of time and effort.

      • Russell

        February 17, 2019 at 4:54 pm

        An ICAC would go a long way to ending these massive corrupt handouts to maaates living in shacks, or getting half a billion dollars without even putting in for it.

        Until then you’ll be waiting decades for the numbers of Independents to build up.

  3. John Hawkins

    February 15, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Mr Halton,

    I think this is your man …

    • Rob Halton

      February 15, 2019 at 4:39 pm

      Mr Hawkins, it was not Abbott’s best moment that is for sure, possibly one of the reasons to why he is no longer PM.!

      No excuse your article does not bring out the best in you either even if it is jokingly filthy, you know better and we expect better from a man of your standing in the community although I have never inquired about you at a local level in the Meander Valley!
      I dont wish to judge you as being beyond redemption!

      I dont mind the challenges and dialogue you put foward whether it be your dislike of forestry, dislike of me or whatever comes your way, I am commenting generally and in all honesty some of the the vocab around Hobart these days is absolutely appalling and worse than upbringing of being a bogan.

      Its no wonder the PM sends his girls to a private school, one reason might be to avoid language contamination .

      Spikey it is no good enough do your children assuming you have some have to put up with you as a parent ever reading the twisted dirty rubbish that you often provide on TT.

      With one of the most important Federal elections coming up since Federation, only fools would vote for Bill Shorten for PM if it were for Tony Albanese as an Opposition leader it would make better sense for the voters.

      That is worthwhile free advice from me if you actually have issues with current PM Morrison.

      • Keith Antonysen

        February 15, 2019 at 6:24 pm

        Rob … Abbott had many bad moments, often two or three in a week.

        Abbott created, most likely, the nastiest budget ever experienced by Australians. Any promises made by Abbott were worthless. Abbott was a master of negativity, and he was unable to handle positivity. The message of it all being Labor’s fault is still being pushed into the 6th year of the LNP .. so get real.

        The LNP has damaged many people, but a little colourful language and imagery is nothing in comparison to such damage. Destroying the mental health of young people in Detention Centres is but one factor. Having the blood of 12 refugees on its hands is another.

        • Rob Halton

          February 15, 2019 at 11:29 pm

          Keith, overall its an appalling presentation of an article, surprised that TT would print such stuff. Times must be getting desperate for stories.

          By the way, Ongoing national security and border control is becoming a bigger issue for Australia with up to 70 illegal arrivals coming in by plane each day.
          The bottom line is Bill Shorten must not become PM at any cost, leaving Australia more open than ever for illegal arrivals by any means possible, they will get smarter if a softer government is elected !

          • Chris

            February 16, 2019 at 7:07 am

            Do you actually believe all that, or are you misled?

          • Keith Antonysen

            February 16, 2019 at 7:21 am

            Rob, far more people are murdered in domestic violence situations in a year than are murdered by terrorists in decades in Australia.

            Nothing is being presented by the LNP to address domestic violence which is now a feature of all areas of society. Will we need to patrol the skies for illegal smuggling of refugees on airlines then, Rob?

            More seriously, any refugees coming in by airlines would need visas, otherwise they would be sent straight back to where they came from.

            Do you not understand that what John has written is mild in comparison to what is being done to innocent people? Is speech, or the broadcasting of views, only free if they are supportive of conservative viewpoints?

          • Simon Warriner

            February 16, 2019 at 10:49 am

            What was that quote from the German guy about bringing the people to the leaders’ bidding? Something about telling them they were under attack, wasn’t it?.

            Those too stupid to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

      • Chris

        February 16, 2019 at 7:04 am

        “Its no wonder the PM sends his girls to a private school, one reason might be to avoid language contamination .”
        Do they teach Strayan there and teach about the conomy?
        Is the Motor Mouth able to afford Private schools for kids who are publicly funded, is it a privilege ?

        • Wining Pom

          February 16, 2019 at 8:31 am

          “It’s no wonder the PM sends his girls to a private school. One reason might be to avoid language contamination.”

          That caught my attention, too.

    • MJF

      February 17, 2019 at 10:44 am

      The now non-driving Great Man did gain a knighthood through the former PM.

      That’s some sort of achievement, and he was modest enough to accept.

      What is it with the Greek, French & German Brits ?


      Martin, no ampersands within standard text, please. Use the word “and” instead.

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  4. Rob Halton

    February 15, 2019 at 8:27 am

    John Hawkins, you have been allowed to lower the standards of TT readability with your yucky article. You are usually capable of better than this sort of talk.
    For a start by restricting your intake of cheap canned beans may help you recover some of your dignity! Try the fresh ones currently in season!

    This is not a laughing matter by allowing all manner of idiots using this site for poking fun at some of the most important people who we depend on within our political sphere, as to whether we like them or not.

    I am very close to make a formal complaint to the producer of TV series “Lets get Krackin, as it lowers the standard of entertainment, with its appalling use of the f word and idiotic and the extreme use of poor taste with its performance.

    I may let you off the hook in this instance by not contacting the PM’s office in Canberra but just remember what happened in France when it tipped free speech over the edge, we dont want that to happen here in Australia, do we!

    We are sick and tired of f and s being used more frequently with adults passing it onto our primary school students who watch all manner of nonsense on social media as it becomes the norm it could amount to child abuse.

    I have no problem with the use of direct aggressive language and ideas, when necessary puts one in their place but not that as it indicates the direct use of filth.
    either verbally or by using illustrations of such.

    Snap to attention sir and present some articles that indicate intelligent argument that encourage respectful but can produce highly charged replies at the same time.

    • spikey

      February 15, 2019 at 9:09 am

      Perhaps if the sandwich makers served up something slightly better, Mr Hawkins could praise the pastrami, and we wouldn’t be so bemused by your cheesy baloney.

      Personally, I don’t find commonly accepted words to describe excrement and copulation in the same ball park as our extremely offensive corporate governance and their toady, yes-men, apologists, and supporters.

      Time to get with the program before we all burn, baby .. burn.

    • max

      February 15, 2019 at 9:36 am

      Rob, are you taking offence at the heading .. or the article?

      The article is hard-hitting and to the point. How much longer do we have to suffer the crap that our politicians are offering?
      For example, while we are told by Morrison that they have “stopped the boats”, little has been said about the record 27,000 on-shore asylum applications in 2018. Most claimants came by plane from Malaysia and China.

      Sprent Dabwido, the former president of Nauru, puts himself at the mercy of the Australian Government as he seeks life-saving medical treatment which he insists his own Government has gone out of its way to deny him. If Sprent Dabwido, the former president of Nauru, is denied medical treatment, and if the island medical system is inadequate for a former president, how good is it for the refugees we are responsible for?

      Do you back the Liberal Party that has been bought by the Pokie Industry, and the Oil, Coal, Gas, Iron Ore and Electricity merchants, and the now disgraced lying, cheating bankers who wrote the Terms of Reference before they stood with Turnbull over the Hayne Royal Commission?

      I agree .. Wake up Australians!

      We are very badly served by the political morons who currently inhabit the corridors of power in Canberra.

      Do you believe we are being well served?

      • Chris

        February 16, 2019 at 7:11 am

        Strange that criticism can only be “RIGHT” -nothing left!
        Lets put a Halt On it!

    • Keith Antonysen

      February 15, 2019 at 10:36 am

      Rob, the LNP has not been able to rule itself as shown by 3 PMs since 2013.

      This week it has shown that it cannot control Parliament.

      The divide-and-conquer wedge is a constant weapon used by the LNP. for example, I’m still looking for the reds under the bed which was being pushed decades ago. Surprisingly, I haven’t found even one, yet!

      We have had the Tampa lies since, and the LNP’s standards been going lower ever since. For example, Cormann has been providing gutter comments about refugees which are extremely offensive.

      Parliament is a place where debate is meant to happen, but yesterday the LNP stopped debate about a Bill in relation to the abuse of disabled persons, and one about not allowing funding of new coal fired power stations.

      Presently, the LNP is shambolic. As I have stated earlier, it does not know whether it is an extreme right wing party, or just a right wing party.

      • William Boeder

        February 15, 2019 at 12:33 pm

        PLB, the bottom line is that the Libs do not have the capacity nor the will nor moral fortitude to govern as per the constitutional mandated democratic process.

        Falsity, exaggeration on matters important to them and their mates, non-publication of factual news and events, then collaboration with the most lethal Country (the USA) on planet Earth.

        To make matters even worse this Liberal government is relying America’s military Intelligence as being the final arbiter on all military matter across the World.

        Now all this will continue to diminish our Australian values as a result of the implicit trust the Liberal party stoats have placed in the hands of gun-blazing American Warlords.

        Six weapons manufacturing corporations in the US now have the controlling clout to dictate their demands to the US President and his government colleagues.

        • Chris

          February 16, 2019 at 7:17 am

          Yep, that warmongering imbecile is to visit us soon and get us to support some military exercise that he has dreamt up for Trump and their real estate ambitions!
          How much bigger will Pine Gap become as a nuclear target ?
          His CV is like Howard excellent and their body count is enormous!



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          • Chris.

            February 17, 2019 at 8:35 am

            Sorry, my lack of education and age are restrictive, but my heart is in the right place .. as my fortnightly contributions attest.


            Thanks, Chris.

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  5. PLB

    February 14, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Personally I think that Shit Sandwich would be more on the mark if the top slice was lifted and … (unsavoury remarks deleted)

    That would give more meaning to what this country’s people have/are been served.


    Oh dear, PLB.

    It is doubtful that PM Morrison’s head would fit in the space you have recommended.

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  6. Mike Seabrook

    February 14, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    and the feds still prevent tassie from chopping down trees (before they burn) and recommencing construction of the gordon-below-franklin hydro dam and other dams which would provide for better flood and fire management,wild life refuges/tourism/fishing etc and pride and independence.

    just as well the loot from the feds still flows down to mendicant tassie and even more when the population increases with people not relying on paid employment to pay their way.

    are tasmanians going to keep copping/taking it?

  7. Jack

    February 14, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, probably didn’t invent the sandwich. But legend has it that Lord Sandwich was a gambler who did not take the time to have a meal during his long hours at the card table. He would ask his servants to bring him slices of meat between two slices of bread, a habit well known among his gambling friends who would ask for “Same as Sandwich”.

    The LNP shit sandwich is somewhat different as it involves ideologically fossilised turds making sure that their gambling mates become bloated by eating everyone else’s bread. The crumbs spilled from the trough trickle down to mice so skinny that not even a cat can make a living.

    It’s the Australian economic model where the age of entitlement is over – except for the entitled.

  8. Russell

    February 14, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Two things …

    Shit sandwiches (or more precisely burgers) were invented by the Japanese. More proof that they’ll eat anything.

    We should get them onto the crown of thorns starfish and cane toads. Problems solved!

    It seems the new Medivac Bill will only apply to Nauru and Manus Island. The Liberals have just announced they’re reopening Christmas Island. I guess everyone’s going to be shifted there.

    Why can’t ANYTHING be done properly?

    Anyway, the Liberals have dug themselves into such a deep hole that they’ll be needing to apply the Japanese technology. They’ve sure got enough of it.

  9. William Boeder

    February 14, 2019 at 11:24 am

    It’s interesting that John Hawkins has expressed his thoughts and opinions to us in the manner he had chosen.

    I would offer that his comment in this article is still far more polite than this current government administration deserves. The title he has chosen for his fact-based article is to be commended as it does not mislead one from the subject matter in any way at all.

    Some years ago now, Malcolm Fraser tore his Liberal Party membership card into shreds and hurled them into his dirt tin. His his reason … ?

    He had recognised the fact that a poisonous toxin had swept through the Liberal party he had once championed.


    Despicable is the best overall expression to describe the Liberal party of today.

  10. Ted Mead

    February 14, 2019 at 9:19 am

    John … I suspect the majority of TT readers would agree with your reasoning and premise here, but the leaders of the Lib/Lab parties are just the puppets of the global corporate power base these days!

    The problems we now face are manifested through the gullible, stupid and naïve voters who perpetually elect this coterie of visionless morons.

    By voting in the same old representation which espouses the same ideology and rhetoric then we, the average Australian, will forever be the unsavoury fill in that stinky sandwich.

    It will probably take a major crisis, albeit ecological or economical to convince the average voting punters that something needs to change, and even then they will sucked in by the undeliverable promises.

    My bet regarding the future scenario will be yet another hostile war somewhere, whereby Australia will rush in to defend someone or something that has essentially no relation to the Australian way of life.

    History shows us that such a scenario will only breed conservatism as politics work heavily on instilling the fear into society which strengthens their support base.

    The only hope lies in the youth of Australia which needs to change things before they grow up, blend into the archaic system and become indoctrinated with the same old thinking.

  11. John Harris

    February 14, 2019 at 9:12 am

    You forgot child abuse, Royal Commission, churches and religion in our political system, the withdrawal of money to the Aged Care sector, and the corporate profits to owners giving $600+ million back the day before the Royal Commission.

    Better get a bigger Bun.

  12. max

    February 14, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Well said John!

    Wake up Australians! We are very badly served by the political morons who currently inhabit the corridors of power in Canberra.A plague on both your houses!

    Our politicians are sinking into a quagmire of their own making. To use your colloquialism .. A Shit Sandwich.

    For example, while we are told by Morrison that they have “stopped the boats”, little has been said about the record 27,000 on-shore asylum applications in 2018. Most claimants came by plane from Malaysia and China.

  13. Keith Antonysen

    February 14, 2019 at 8:22 am

    “Professionalism” is an oxymoron term in relation to politicians at present. They do not have a code of ethics and they are constantly breaching standards that we citizens maintain. If children in a class were to act in similar ways they would be sent out of the classroom. In relation to trustworthiness, surveys suggest that politicians are at the bottom of the heap.

    The LNP is totally responsible for creating traumas to the children locked up in Detention Centres with many having mental health problems for the rest of their lives.

    Lives have been lost by adults in Detention Centres through lack of security, the wilful withholding of medical attention, and suicide. Australia is a fabulous country but it is being pulled down by cruel politicians. Refugees are people who have fled their countries through war or repressive regimes.

    I heard part of Cormann’s speech in Parliament yesterday. He was making despicable accusations about the refugees still in detention. The speech reflected badly on himself and his Party.

    However, there are some fine politicians in Parliament, for example the politicians promoting social justice.

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