Showing posts with label libspill. Show all posts
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Saturday, 27 April 2019

Quotes of the Week

The ABC's Vote Compass has been harvesting the opinions of Australians for three elections now……The vast majority of respondents — 78 per cent — think that the decision to remove Malcolm Turnbull in August last year was the wrong call. That conclusion is drawn from 153,354 responses to Vote Compass between April 10 and April 16……Among One Nation voters, 59 per cent approved of Mr Turnbull's removal, while 41 per cent disapproved.   [Journalist  Annabelle Crabb writing for ABC News online, 19 Aptil 2019]

“Pentecostalism is in fact the perfect faith for a conviction politician without convictions.”  [Writer & historian James Boyce writing in The Monthly, Februart 2019]

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Tweets of the Week

* Between 28 October 2014 and 20 August 2015, 2GB Radio and Alan Jones published 30 broadcasts. Twenty-seven of these broadcasts conveyed 76 defamatory imputations of and concerning the Wagner brothers according to the Court*

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

A definitive list of the far right nutters within the current federal Liberal Party?

Sky News stated this as a list of those in the Liberal party room who backed, then Minister for Home Affairs and now backbencher, Peter Dutton's attempt to overthrow Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull:

A Who’s Who of those voting against Malcolm Bligh Turnbull in the Liberal party room leadership ballot on 21 August 2018:

Peter Dutton himself,
Michael Sukkar, MP for Deakin (Vic) & Assistant Minister to the Treasurer,
Greg Hunt, MP for Flinders (Vic) & Minister for Health,
Tony Abbott, MP for Warringah (NSW) & former sacked prime minister,
Zed Seselja, Senator for ACT & Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation,
Steven Ciobo, MP for Moncrieff (Qld) & Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment,
Michael Keenan, MP for Stirling (WA) & Minister for Human Services,
Alan Tudge, MP for Aston (Vic) & Minister for Human Services,
Angus Taylor, MP for Hume (NSW) & Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security,
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Senator for NSW & Minister for International Development and the Pacific,
Tony Pasin, MP for Barker (SA),
Jason Wood, MP for La Trobe (Vic),
Andrew Hastie, MP for Canning (WA),
Kevin Andrews, MP for Menzies (Vic),
Eric Abetz, Senator for Tasmania,
Ted O'Brien, MP for Fairfax (Qld),
Amanda Stoker, Senator for Queensland,
Andrew Wallace, MP for Fisher (Qld),
Karen Andrews, MP for McPherson(Qld),
Jim Molan, Senator for NSW,
Luke Howarth, MP for Petrie (Qld),
Nicole Flint, MP for Boothby (SA),
James Paterson, Senator for Victoria,
David Bushby, Senator for Tasmania,
Ross Vasta, MP for Bonner (Qld),
Ben Morton, MP for Tangney (WA),
James McGrath, Senator for Queensland,
Rick Wilson, MP for O'Connor (WA),
Scott Buchholz, MP for Wright (Qld),
David Fawcett, Senator for SA,
Dean Smith, Senator for WA,
Ian Goodenough, MP for Moore (WA),
Andrew Laming, MP for Bowman (Qld),
Jonathan Duniam, Senator for Tasmania,
Bert Van Manen, MP for Forde (Qld).

What a gathering of 'entitled' climate change denialists, followers of King Coal, members of the IPA, homophobes and hardened welfare recipient bashers.

All in all, a handy list of who not to vote for at the forthcoming federal election if one prefers a world where Peter Dutton never becomes Prime Minister of Australia.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Prime Minister 'Truffles' Turnbull polls zero

Malcolm Turnbull faces a perilous final parliamentary week as voters turn against his leadership, key legislation teeters against Senate manoeuvring, and an emboldened Tony Abbott openly criticises the government while virtually demanding a ministry, according to The Canberra Times on 2 November 2016.

The article went on to say:

The poll showed the government lagging behind the Labor opposition at 49 per cent to 51.
Formerly the Coalition's greatest asset, Mr Turnbull's falling personal standing appears to be leading the broader decline, dropping 8 percentage points since June and a colossal 53 percentage points over the last year.
An equal percentage of voters now either approves or disapproves of the way Mr Turnbull is doing his job, giving him a net approval rating of zero.
Worse still, Mr Turnbull has slipped sharply on a range of important leadership characteristics while his opponent, Bill Shorten, has made some improvements.

The latest Fairfax-Ipsos survey appears to bear this gloom out:

One has to suspect that by now Malcolm Turnbull is experiencing a sensation akin to a sharp pain between his shoulder blades every time he turns his back on the right-wing hardliners in his ministry.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Journalist Paul Bongiorno on the subject of Tony Abbott's comeback ambitions in 2016

ABC NEWS: MP for Warringah Tony Abbott’s 2016 federal election campaign launch

The New Daily, 16 May 2016:

Just ask yourself this: what other backbench member of parliament could attract all the TV networks, extensive radio coverage and print reporters to their local campaign launch?

Only a deposed prime minister keen to keep his name up in lights and intent on a comeback would be capable of the feat.

Tony Abbott’s Warringah launch had all the trappings of a national event. In fact, it had more razzamatazz than Julia Gillard’s 2010 effort, complete with a giant national flag back drop, professional placards and rows of blue t-shirted supporters.

It was followed with extensive interviews on Sky TV and with high-rating Sydney shock jock Alan Jones. And he is not up to mischief?

It is a free country and he successfully sought Liberal endorsement fair and square. But just as Malcolm Turnbull didn’t hang around in politics to be anything other than Prime Minister, it is surely not beyond the pale to ask why Tony is clinging to his parliamentary career. A lack of imagination doesn’t cut it. To serve the people of his electorate and the nation sounds, well, self-serving.

This is where the game of politics, the rules of engagement and appearances have to be well understood. Mr Abbott has assured his sympathetic media interrogators his party would never turn to him again as leader. His former chief of staff Peta Credlin scotched that one. That’s what he may be thinking now, she says, but experience tells us there’s no such thing as never ever.

Especially as a significant number of Liberals both in and out of the parliament are beginning to worry that Mr Turnbull is just not the politician he needs to be to maximise the government’s position either in the election, or if he should just win it, after the poll.

In fact there is a belief – more a shuddering fear – that the Coalition could be left with a bare majority at best.

“Anything under 80 seats spells doom for Malcolm,” was the view of one disconsolate Liberal MP. Seventy-six are needed to form government.

If perceptions of dithering and drift continue, and the government’s standing worsens, the precedent is set for a coup…..