The Boss is running late, and has asked me to prepare this Friday’s thread-starter in return for a pie, peas, and a red on Sunday 22nd.
Given such an offer, how could I refuse?
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So, it’s ON.
According to Our Dear Leader,
As you know, two of my colleagues have called for a leadership spill of the two senior positions in our party. They’ve called for a spill of my position as leader and they’ve called for a spill of Julie Bishop’s position as deputy.
The first point to make is that they are perfectly entitled to call for this, but the next point to make is that they are asking the partyroom to vote out the people that the electorate voted in, in September 2013.
I want to make this very simple point. We are not the Labor Party. We are not the Labor Party and we are not going to repeat the chaos and the instability of the Labor years, so I have spoken to deputy leader Julie Bishop and we will stand together in urging the partyroom to defeat this particular motion and in so doing, and in defeating this motion, to vote in favour of the stability and the team that the people voted for at the election.
We have a strong plan. It’s the strong plan that I enunciated at the Press Club this week and we are determined to get on with it, and we will.
But is Ms Bishop the Younger trooly rooly gunna
Apparently so. In the time that I’ve been typing, finding pics and songs, Gabrielle Chan has liveblogged:
Her office says she is not making any statements. Ross Cameron, who is close to Abbott, made the point on Sky he would like to hear from Bishop herself. The twee Tweets yesterday between Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop – as well as some of the earlier events in the week – suggested a distance between Bishop and Abbott.
Some are suggesting that Julie Bishop has to stand firm and recommend against the spill motion because she is in the deputy’s position already. A vote for a spill motion is effectively a move against her.
Sky has just announced a statement by Julie Bishop: “Due to cabinet solidarity and her position as deputy there should be support for the current leadership in this spill motion”.
Then again, while I was setting up that excerpt . . .
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Popcorn futures are, it seems, at an all-time high.
So settle in, folks, for yet another ride on that crazy merry-go-round called Oz Politics.
Order your raffle tickets, help yourself at the bar and from the buffet.
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