My thoughts exactly. This piece by John Kelly was published by The Australian Independent Media earlier today, and is republished here with permission. Many thanks to John Kelly and Michael Taylor.
(Please note: I couldn’t find the excellent image John Lord had at the beginning of his article, so I substituted something appropriate – and I’m pretty sure it is Alex Ellinghausen’s work, although all the images in The Age’s article have shrunk.)
(Image Credit: Alex Ellinghausen; The Age)
The Victorian State Election has become a defining moment for the LNP, whether they like it or not. The burning question on most Liberal minds right now is what to do with the dear leader, Tony Abbott.
On the one hand it is difficult to see the Liberals allowing Abbott to lead them to the next election. His propensity for appearing dysfunctional cannot be tolerated indefinitely. The odds that he will continue to embarrass his government in one way or another are very short. The likelihood he will change and assume statesman-like characteristics is a pipe dream. He is just so far out of his depth a submarine would struggle to find him.
And, historically the Liberals have limited patience for those who become an impediment to the image they have of themselves; an image of ‘born to rule’, of continued, ongoing governance of the peasantry. They know that sooner or later Abbott is going to drop another clanger either domestically, or on the international stage.
They also know the nation is, in effect, on 24 hour alert steeling itself as it waits for the next big blunder. The hope might be, within Liberal minds that as each blunder comes along we might start getting used to them and even become immune to them.
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On the other hand, if the Liberals leave him there, keep him out of harm’s way and try to create a troika around Bishop, Hockey and Turnbull, it won’t be long before confusion, contradiction and back bench dissatisfaction cause a parliamentary meltdown. Whatever they do, Abbott will remain an electoral liability so toxic, the majority know it will send them back into opposition after one term.
But, by removing him they also paint themselves with the same brush they so savagely slapped over Labor when Julia Gillard replaced Kevin Rudd. The only difference is, we can all see Abbott’s dysfunctional nature. We would understand why he had to go and that might work in their favour. That small positive, however, is unlikely to work. The reason is that the options for a new leader are pretty ordinary. Whichever way they go, they are on a hiding to nothing.
At the beginning of the year Hockey looked the goods but it wasn’t long before he started suffering from foot in mouth disease and then, of course, he delivered his first budget, which turned out to be a self-inflicted blight on his aspirations for future leadership.
More recently, Julie Bishop has been seen as leadership material as she strutted the international stage, turning heads and getting pasted up in Harper’s Bazaar. However, we have not forgotten her foray as shadow treasurer at the beginning of the Rudd administration which saw her out of her depth too.
As Foreign Affairs minister we only get to see her in ten second bites shaking hands with other world dignitaries. It is difficult to see her holding up to the close scrutiny of national leader if she couldn’t cut it as an alternative treasurer. One thing is for certain: she is no Julia Gillard and that, sadly for her, is the current benchmark.
Which leaves us with the only other possibility, Malcolm Turnbull. While there are plenty in the party who would back him, there are more who simply won’t. It is questionable that he shares their ideology; many fear he might drag them, kicking and screaming, to the centre, away from Murdochism. That would leave them without a narrative.
And therein lies their dilemma, made even more difficult as their ideological approach to government continues to hit brick walls in the Senate. Who would have thought twelve months ago that it would come to this ; the quickest act of political self-destruction in our history.
And how deserving of it they are.
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As I watched these pretenders parading themselves up and down the lower house chamber one day last week, I was reminded of the stench of arrogant superiority I witnessed in St. Peter’s Square in Rome some years ago watching the red hats of the Vatican do much the same thing.
And that, it seems to me, is who these ideologically recalcitrant adolescents think they are. These pompous overlords of Neo-liberal macroeconomics, these Reaganists and Thatcherites, the ‘trickle down’ team of wealth distribution. Only in the Senate do they display themselves with any degree of humility and respect for the office they hold; a measure of their uncertainty and reliance on others beyond their control.
So, I say, let them continue to self-destruct and display themselves as they really are to those who voted for them; not their loyal members, their ideological clones, but the swinging voters who were sucked in by their lies, their spin, their false promises.
Let those who voted for them see what they got for their money. Let the 6-10 per cent of the electorate who decide elections squirm a little longer. Keep the dear leader in play for another two years as we watch the economy go headlong into recession and the false debt continue to grow.
Whichever way they go, we can be sure self-preservation will trump national interest and that, ultimately, will be their undoing.
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Morrison may have ‘promised’ to get children out of detention by Christmas but he has never said where they will be sent if that happens. Cambodia perhaps? Settled in the community on Nauru or Manus Island, where they are not wanted? We have all seen reports on what is happening to teenagers moved into the community on Nauru.
He never said which Christmas, either.
All he said was this –
“If there is the opportunity to take children off Christmas Island before Christmas, then I would like to see it (the legislation) done this week.’’
And this –
Weasel words again.
In a couple of weeks, when no plane loads of smiling refugee kiddies arrive in Sydney or Melbourne we will be told we misheard, or there was no promise. Scrott only said he would try to get kids out of detention by Christmas 2020, and it’s all Labor’s fault they are still stuck in detention.
Last night in the senate Sarah Hanson Young asked for clarification – she believed Clive Palmer had been told that family reunions would be allowed under the new legislation. She didn’t think that was right. Michaelia Cash kindly helped her out – family reunions were not included.
So the wily SHY had gained an admission from the government that Palmer was fed lies. Michaelia Cash didn’t realise she had been fooled into that admission.
Poor Palmer was duped. He thought he was getting kids into Australia for lovely Christmas dinners. Instead they will undergo ‘fast-tracked’ processing which will either see them sent to some hell-hole third world country for ‘resettlement’ or denied refugee status and sent back to whatever danger they have already escaped.
Well done Mr Palmer!
The supposed concessions negotiated by Palmer with Morrison were not included in the actual legislation. They are simply a verbal agreement. Palmer has been duped. When Morrison does not follow through with his undertakings will Palmer wake up or will he be proven to be full of bluster and an easy scalp for the for the scum.
Happy birthday next week. As for the bottom of the bucket. I think you have underestimated just how deep the Coalition bucket is.
Exactly. Just ‘promises’, and no details given, just vague assurances that things would be done. Any cross benchers who fell for Morrison’s lies should resign, right now, pleading incompetence. They won’t, of course.
The government has promised Palmer something. Two days ago his support was in question, then yesterday morning it was locked in. I don’t think Palmer’s heart was simply melted by the thought of 460 kids having Christmas dinner in Aussie backyards.
Get it while it’s hot. Not sure how long it’ll last until one of the busy-bum Wiki editors starts chowing-down on it.
My Wikipedia contribution to the subject of “bootstrapping”.
For a man who has managed to accumulate a fortune, Clive Palmer lacks the ability to discern when he’s being taken for a ride. He used his money and word flowers to get himself a Parliamentary seat yet is not dedicated enough to ensure his electorate is fully represented by putting his ample rearend upon his designated seat in Parliament each day when it is sitting.
Why the hell voters in Fairfax ticked the PUP box is beyond my understanding.
Scott Ludlam’s excellent speech last night. If only he wasn’t a Green –
On a different matter – why the defence pay issue won’t be a vote loser for the government.
Is there a defence vote?
Ah, so that’s why the WA government closed down that 101 Aboriginal settlements. Opens up a heap of land for Gina and her mates to expand their cattle empires and multiply their wealth via the China & Korean FT Agreements.
Cunning, greedy bastards and what about that WA government eh? Is there nothing that they are not prepared to do to please their financial backers? 👿
Shit! There’re some nutters out there:
And there’s this:
Everytime I see/hear Scott Ludlam the thought that he is sorely wasted as a Greens member crosses my mind.
Why the frack do we need nuclear power with all the risks that come with it when we can use solar and wind power?
Business groups want Government to ‘get out of the way’ of nuclear power
Because when the arse falls out of fossil fuel power generation, Big Electricity will have to have some other way of guaranteeing their fat profits and their ability to tell us what we are to pay for their bloated efforts.
In this context, green power doesn’t really cut it, as it is scalable, from rooftop to solar farm, whereas gigawatt power generation needs a lazy $20 billion to get off the ground, indeed to even start turning turbines.
In addition, with a half-life of 24,000 years before it is safe, plutonium – in particular the operation and maintenance of nuclear waste dumps of plutonium – is a nice little earner, essentially forever. Nuclear waste management has an inexhaustable source of raw materials.
Katy Gallagher resigns as ACT chief minister to join Senate
Gallagher to leave post after three and a half years to fill Senate vacancy created by the departure of Kate Lundy
I’m enjoying the karma that Hockey is going through right now. Remember when the media and Turnbull tried to make out Swanny didn’t know what he was doing? Hockey is in the process of it coming back to bite him on his bum.
Outraged over the asylum seeker stuff. Can’t do anything until the next election. That just about goes for everything at the moment.
I’ve been meaning to do that for ages. I thought media “bootstrapping” was an established term when I started using it 5 years ago, but it appears I coined it, as there was no Wikipedia entry for it.
I am so glad you got around to enlightening Wikipedia ! Now it might be a good idea to tweet your entry around the social media world.
Your bootstrapping description of the media world was eye opening. We become immersed in the entrails and fail to see the big picture unfolding. I will now look for examples and reflect differently. It was outstanding analysis of the system. More power to you.
HoJo’s karma will come when history has him as Australia’s worst ever treasurer. Swanny got all the gongs (well deserved) which will be forever a spit in the eye for HoJo, who spent the whole of JG’s term telling voters he would produce a budget surplus in his first year and every year after that.
Cop a load of this. You won’t be disappointed.
Another instance of the Law Industry looking after its own!
[ Crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen has won a high-stakes legal bid to shut down a corruption inquiry into allegations she attempted to pervert the course of justice, in a devastating blow to the corruption watchdog.
A majority of the NSW Court of Appeal on Friday upheld a challenge by Ms Cunneen SC to the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s powers to investigate her and to hold a public inquiry.
Justices John Basten and Julie Ward ruled that the commission had no power to investigate the deputy senior Crown prosecutor, 55, her eldest son, Stephen Wyllie, and his girlfriend, Sophia Tilley.
Sophia Tilley with Steven Wyllie, son of Crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen.
Chief Justice Tom Bathurst dissented from the majority and would have allowed the commission to continue its investigation into allegations that Ms Cunneen and Mr Wyllie told Ms Tilley to fake chest pains to avoid a police breath test at the scene of a car crash in May.
The decision is a devastating blow to the commission, which may seek leave to appeal against the decision in the High Court.
The commission had intended to start public hearings into the allegations on Monday, November 10, but hearings were delayed when Ms Cunneen took urgent Supreme Court action to shut down the inquiry. ]
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It’s not behind the pay wall! I would think September 2016 would be far too long for many of us to put up with Shrek as Treasurer.
That would seem more than a lifetime! 😉
“Former” Senior ABC journalist Sarah Ferguson delivers a punchy opening speech at the Walkley awards for excellence in journalism in Sydney.
Managing Director Mark Scott was incensed at her speech and advised Ms Ferguson that her “Shark Pool” decided to part company with her!
Not true so far, but I bet Scott would have liked to have given her the bullet straight after the Walkley Awards ceremony!
Govt Cuts :
The Integrated Cargo System (‘ICS’) crashed an hour or so ago. So no freight is moving – both sea and air.
Custom and AQIS staff trying to find someone who knows how it works.
Ron Tandberg won a Walkley last night for this cartoon.
The judges’ comments –
All the winners –
Abbott may well not be around to make that call on Jovial Joe. The killing season is never far away in politics. If – and it’s a fair if – the 2PP vote shows a consistent four to six point lead at mid next year, just wait for Fairfax, Essential, Newscorp to run polls comparing Abbott,Bishop and Turnbull against Shorten as PPM. It will be the only game in town. And fun. The Gallery won’t let go. It will add to the instability meme and, as we know, can be self serving.
While Embattled Defence Minister Johnston enjoys long lunches and 190 bottles of wine defence underlings are reduced to using newspaper as toilet paper. Well, someone has to pay for all those dinner bills.
Tories never change when it comes to stupidity and finding savings in expediture. The Defence toilet paper restriction reminds me of the Menzies Govt issuing an order for all govt. departments to decrease their spending – there was no sewerage system at the time so the toilets were nightcart pans and some bright costsaving person came up with the following: that it had been noted that toilet pans were being changed on a daily basis whether the pans were full or not. Therefore, only full pans would be changed daily. The Dept Head sent a notice out to his Admin section to appoint someone to calibrate the pans daily and place a large “tick” on the toilet flap to indicate to the nightcart operator which pans needed changing.
Needless to say there was a lot of gleeful memos going to and fro within the Department which culminated in a comedy strip in the form of a serious letter to Head Office to the effect that the particular savings measure would result in more expenditure because a ‘dip stick’ would have to be purchased and an extra officer employed to carry out the calibration. Re-usable stickers would also need to be purchased to place on the toilet flap doors to indicate which pans were to be changed by the nightcart operator…..Since there was no return order from Head Office, their silence was taken as permission to ignore the directive.
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Reading an obituary for Jeremy Thorpe I came across this. Couldn’t help but think it would also apply to young Chrissy Pyne..
The Friday evening post will be up as soon as I can find the cartoon of Tony trying to work out which of the Reset or Self-destruct buttons he should press.
Can anyone help?
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Janice’s story posted 2.45pm on the origins of Dipstick is worthy of a Golden Echidna!
For anyone interested in not using google and all it’s tracking stuff This site is pretty good.
I have been trialling it for a while and so far no probs.
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