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The Independent Weekly
The Independent Weekly has
already exposed the case of
Nino Lalic, a Labor Party
official who dressed himself
in a blue T-shirt emblazoned
with the words "Put your
FAMILY FIRST" while
handing out how-to-vote
cards which appeared to most
voters as being official Family
They were, however, an ALP
ruse -- and they preferenced
Labor above Liberal, the
opposite of Family First s
Lalic has served as a
Queensland delegate to Young
Labor s national conference
and has connections with the
Queensland Public Sector
When he s not volunteering
to get involved in an electoral
artifice in Adelaide, he works
in the office of the Queensland
Minister for Disability
We ve now come across his
name on a Facebook page. And
guess who s his mate?
A different role
Speaking of dodgy documents,
one SA parent is angry about
a "permission slip" sent
home from a school chaplain
regarding an Easter play he
wanted the kids to see.
The "permission slip" was
already filled out with a tick in
the box giving permission.
"While preaching is not
allowed in Australian public
schools, it is apparently fine
to replace school counsellors
with 'Christian volunteers
such as Darryl Robinson,"
complains parent David
"A few years ago, the
(Federal) Government realised
it could hand over school
counselling roles to a willing
Christian church without
having to pay for the privilege.
Now almost half of Australian
public schools have a Christian
volunteer as a full-time member
of the school community with
parents having no direct control
of how much their children are
exposed to," he says.
The school chaplain says the
printed pre-ticked box was "a
Not doing anything on May 1? You can join the
clutch of volunteers who ll be counting red-tailed
black cockatoos in SA s south-east.
The south-eastern red-tailed black cockatoo
is found only in south-east SA and south-west
Victoria. With an estimated population of about
1400 birds, the sub-species is in danger of extinc-
One day each year, about 200 volunteers set off
into stringybark forest across the bird s range to
hopefully find some red-tails and, if lucky enough,
count them. Many volunteers are landholders who
survey their own properties or nearby stringybark
areas, but organiser Browyn Perryman from
Birds Australia says many volunteers drive from
Adelaide to take part.
MP3: Hey, fancy a cappo? My shout.
MP4: Why not? Not much else to do for the next four
MP3: I m sure you ll be busy with leadership
MP4: While you re re-connecting on street corners!
MP3: Yeah, the leaders are dreamin .
MP4: Tell me. What s the go with Ethical Kev?
MP3: Why do you call him that?
MP4: He said on radio he s a very ethical Minister.
MP3: One man s ethics is another man s evil. It s a
MP4: Is he going to be leader?
MP3: I think he thinks so.
MP3: If there are any more mentions from the top of
Don Dunstan, John Bannon, winning by a whisker,
needing to reconnect, listening to the people, being
bold and forward-looking, building a platform for
the future, then it ll be sooner rather than later.
Everyone s bored already.
MP4: I ve noticed an obsession with age, too. He
keeps saying Kev and Jay are the same age, which is a
way of saying: "Don t think Jay is a new young face."
MP3: And that he and Isobel will be 60 at the next
election. Which is a way of saying: "I ve done it all
and she ll be too old."
MP4: Anyway, you ve got a hospital and a stadium
and a tram extension and an expressway and ships to
build. What more can life offer?
MP3: I m so excited.
MP4: Being on the backbench sucks.
MP3: Yeah, especially if you lost.
MP4: Nice coffee.
MP3: See you next week.
MP4: Yeah. Only 200 weeks till you lose...
The Advertiser will be looking for more
staff, with the pending exit of at least two
reporters to the highly paid ranks of press
secretaries in the Rann Government media
machine. Two former cadets from the paper,
Rob Malinauskas and Matt Clemow, have
already forged careers within the machine by
leaving low-level positions during the last term
to take up press secretary jobs at $90,000-plus.
Both have now moved onto office jobs in
Ministers offices at an estimated $120k-plus.
How do you know that a stranger -- or even
a completely fictitious person -- isn t on the
electoral roll at your house?
Normally you wouldn t have a clue. You
go along on polling day, have your own name
crossed out when you pick up your ballot
paper and, civic duty done, you turn on the
telly that night to see if your side won.
But you don t know how many other
people are on the roll at your address.
That may have changed with the "Easy"
voting cards sent out by the Electoral
Commission for the state election. A
Goodwood reader received his own Easy
card, but also in the letterbox was a second
sent to the same address.
"It was a completely unknown name,"
the reader told Hear'say. "Could this be
another case of fraud, the so-called 'dead
man s vote ?" he asked.
The envelope was handed to the booth
supervisor on polling day.
We couldn t ask before, but
with Easter over for another
year it s now safe.
Q. What s the best way to
catch a unique rabbit?
A. You nique up on him.
Q. How do you catch a tame
A. Tame way, unique up
bunny trail Don't count your
cockies until they hatch
An occasional cross-party coffee break with
backbenchers MP3 and MP4
Above left: Queensland Minister for Dis-
ability Ser vices Annastacia Palaszczuk s
staffer Nino Lalic, disguised as a Family
First volunteer on election day.
Above: Enjoying the company of friends.
On a roll: The dead man s vote?
The Dark Side
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