Foreign Affairs Minister versus Foxtel Prime Minister

First Mademoiselle Mesothelomia got vewy vewy cwoss with The International Embarrassment about being sent to Lima with Andrew Robb as chaperon to make sure she didn’t make any wrong mistakes about climate change and GLARED at him with her trademark death stare:

before singing him

Sometime during the week (Monday, was it?), The International Embarrassment said it had been a “ragged fortnight”, and hit

Oh, what the heck, Tony Burke puts it so much better than I can:

Last week Tony Abbott wanted to scrape a few barnacles off the ship of state. This week he wanted to try and turn the whole ship around – things didn’t quite go as planned.


1. What a year for the Government. Broken promises as far as the eye can see, no Assistant Treasurer for nine months, a Defence Minister on the chopping block and no clear answer to who will be Prime Minister at the next election. None of these things are good, but Bill’s speech summing up the year is definitely the best moment of the week.

2. The week began with Christopher Pyne and the Government telling anyone who would listen, the big victory in the final sitting week of Parliament for the year would be passing its unfair Higher Education changes and $100,000 degrees. Well, they tried and they failed.

3. Joe Hockey’s mini-Budget comes out soon. On Thursday the Treasurer, for now, tried to claw back some of his lost economic credibility in a speech to Parliament. Chris Bowen fired back saying Labor will never accept the false premise that Governments can choose either growth or fairness.

4. On Thursday, just as we were all walking in to Question Time, Terri Butler stood up and tore the government apart for its cuts to education. It’s only 90 seconds to watch, but will be felt by the Government for a very long time.

5. After the Senate Crossbench complained that Christopher Pyne wouldn’t stop texting and begging for their vote on Higher Education, Labor decided to give people the chance to text back. We set up a text only line where all messages get passed on to Christopher Pyne. Well, nearly all, we have had to censor a couple. More than 6,000 people have already texted him on 0477 333 555.


1. Last week was the worst week in the Abbott Government’s history, so far. On Monday Tony Abbott tried to hit refresh by holding a 45-minute press conference. So what’s he changing? Nothing.

2. In the same press conference on Monday, in his first answers talking about the change of Government in Victoria, Tony Abbott made an appeal to Labor Premier Daniel Andrews – what was the appeal? For Premier Andrews to break an election promise.

3. We’d be a better country if books like this weren’t required. The “Little Book of Lies” goes through, policy by policy, Tony Abbott’s year of broken promises. There are a lot.

4. The cuts to Australia’s foreign aid budget continue, with Julie Bishop claiming ‘if the Government keeps cutting, it won’t be the Government’s fault’. It seems like Ministers are starting to wish they were no longer in charge. Click here to add your name to the campaign against foreign aid cuts.

5. The Liberal MP for Gilmore discovered it’s sometimes best to say nothing this week, when Tanya Plibersek referred to 97% of scientists agreeing on the connection between human activity and climate change, Ann Sudmalis interjected “but that’s only climate scientists.” Well she’s right. It’s only 97% of the people who are experts in the field.

This afternoon, Sam de Brito wrote:

Comedian Chris Rock said recently of former US President George Bush: “He was the first president who only served the people who voted for him. He literally operated like a cable network. You know what I mean?

“He’s the first cable-television president, and the thing liberals don’t like about Obama is that he’s a network guy … He’s trying to get everybody.”

Abbott is our first Foxtel Prime Minister. If you’re not a subscriber, too bad.

Can anyone taste blood in the water yet?

Meanwhile, Dan Andrews’ new Victorian ministry was sworn, with a record number of nine women on the front bench:

Maybe it’s time for The International Embarrassment to think on Beyonce’s lyrics:

Enough of this seriousness.

Join in The Pub’s usual amazing Friday evening festivities, help yourselves to drinks until I get there, order your raffle tickets from Maestro CK Watt, put your coins into the jukebox.

And have a good time or


646 thoughts on “Foreign Affairs Minister versus Foxtel Prime Minister

  1. How is it a policy back flip when essentially its simply a re arrangement? General patients can expect to be charged $5 by their GP- as would have happened under the previous plan- only this time the GP is now the bad guy. Money will not go to cut ‘debt and deficit’ but again into a medical fund- so why is it supposed to help the budget? The sane solution would be to lift the Medicare levy but then high income earners would have to pay more and we can’t have that!

  2. GL,

    Could have been worse.

    You’re right, the Libs could’ve won, and Greg Barber would’ve blamed Labor for it.

  3. also see

    Yarra and Moreland consent to State Government Request for Adjournment of East West trial

    10 December 2014

    Yarra and Moreland Councils have agreed to a request from the State Government to adjourn the East West Link proceedings in the Supreme Court.

    The case was due to be heard in court on 15 December.

    The adjournment will allow the new State Government time to have discussions with the successful bidders for the EWL to achieve its election promise not to build the eastern part of the East West Link.

    Yarra Council remains opposed to the East West Link and is looking forward to its communities having certainty about the East West Tunnel project.

    In July 2014 Yarra Council voted unanimously to join Moreland Council in seeking a judicial review of the Minister for Planning’s approval for the East West Link (under section 77 of the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act) and the assessment committee’s recommendation to the Minister.

    Under the Local Government Act, Yarra has an obligation to act in the best interests of its community, which is why Council is taking this important action.

    Yarra has long opposed the East West Link because of the absence of a transparent and viable business case and the devastating impact it would have on our local community, local heritage, inner city traffic and many other important aspects impacting liveability.

  4. Re Phillip Hughes, the family had indeed “had enough”. It was their decision, not Baird’s. Baird, to his credit, was going to go along with whatever the family wanted. They thought the Macksville event was the ultimate and they decided that it was enough. Without trying to get into any deep and meaningfuls, the reason for the outpouring of grief is that this has simply never happened before. People have died playing cricket but never at that level.The same will happen to the first AFL/NRL player to be killed, the latter being more likely. In fact, it would not have been outside the bounds of possibility that it could have happened in this years Grand Final, given the behaviour of one player. I’m sure a few wise words have been spoken to that person in the past week or so regarding the danger of leading with the head, to the head.

    As an aside, I was in SE Asia when the Hughes accident happened. It made all the headlines there, was the lead story on BBC worldwide for two days either side of his death and made it to Fox Sports, which ordinarily never looks past the big four US professional sports. It wasn’t just a local sports story.

  5. This comment from over the road I think is a very good one

    Anyway as a Laborite, I’d like to see the Greens put a little skin in the game and go for Liberal seats – if this result holds then it shows that the Greens can win over some Libs who, for whatever reason, won’t vote for Labor. I know its not necessarily in their immediate interests to compete in seats where they don’t have an instant chance – but this was the case a decade ago when the Greens first started standing lower house candidates. Over time they have seriously started to challenge Labor. Now they need to start seriously challenging the Liberals. If they do, then they will find that Labor becomes a lot more trusting and cooperative with them. I’d love to see Labor and the Greens act less like frenemies and more like allies, but it won’t happen while the Greens seek growth solely at the expense of Labor.

    I think that the problem for the greens is that if they want to target safe Liberal seats where Labor is non-competitive, they will most likely have to either dump or alter some of their policies, which will bring them into conflict with their base.

  6. Follow-on from the Mike Carlton story this afternoon.

    Prime Minister’s Literary Awards panel accused of political bias

    The panel of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards has been accused of political bias after presenting the top history prize to a book trade unionists and left-wing commentators say is a “union-bashing” rant

  7. Can anyone explain to me why pre-poll votes can’t be counted on election night.

    After 3 days of saying ” nah nah nanah nah blrrrrrt” to abbott it seems the good guys may not win Fisher after all when before that it seemed almost certain and even lib booster WB had almost given up the seat.

    It’s wrong I tells ya!

  8. CK,

    I certainly can’t see any reason why pre-polls can’t be counted as soon as the polling booths close on election night.

    They could be in a separate stream – easy enough to do these days – but they really should be amalgamated in the general count.

    Postal votes are a different matter.

  9. Fiona I haven’t heard any mention of court of disputed returns

    In the recount Newton Browns count will fall, because the votes to him have not been rechecked so invariably the mis sorts will be uncovered

    Greens and minor party ballots have been checked 5+ times

    Liberal votes have been viewed once – there will be some mistakes, probably 19 ‘missorts’ increasing the margin of the Greens win by 38 to 300 votes

  10. CKWatt prepoll votes can’t be counted on election night because there isn’t the manpower. You can’t count prepolls as they come in because the result could influence other peoples vote

  11. CK and Billie11
    The only reason the electoral commission be it under state or federal legislation don’t do as you suggest is because of the politicians themselves! They make the rules.

  12. billie11

    I figured as much but it seems to me that if there were no such thing as prepoll votes then they would have a heap more to count on the night anyway. Anyway it was probably just sour grapes on my part after having had such high hopes only, it seems, for them to be dashed.

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