Far Out Fully Flabbergasted Friday Raffle Evening!

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?

(Image Credit: Xu Haijing/Xinhua/Photoshot)

So, it’s ON.

Next Tuesday.


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.

It would probably be as well to

916 thoughts on “Far Out Fully Flabbergasted Friday Raffle Evening!

  1. joe6pack

    Even Rupe’s news.com site had an article with the headline “Was this Bill Shorten’s best speech?”

  2. Ghost Who Votes reports another very sad NOT poll for Tones. Come on Tone, get a 61-39 and make it a matching pair. Just 3.5% to go.
    “@GhostWhoVotes: #Morgan Poll 2 Party Preferred: L/NP 42.5 (-1) ALP 57.5 (+1) #auspol

    “@GhostWhoVotes: #Morgan Poll Primary Votes: L/NP 35.5 (-2) ALP 41.5 (+2) GRN 12 (0) PUP 2 (-1) #auspol

  3. I’d knock off 1.5% off the TPP (last election prefs) for the general lean in RM multi-mode polls to the ALP, so still 55.5 ALP – 44.5 L/NP. That’s in order to compare it to other pollsters who use last election prefs, like for like.

    So Galaxy 57-43, Newspoll 57-43, ReachTEL 55-45, Roy Morgan 55.5-44.5, Ipsos 54-46, Essential TBA


    ALP increases lead before Abbott’s ‘Pyrrhic victory’ in today’s L-NP leadership vote; Government Confidence drops to 89
    February 09 2015

    Finding No. 6061– This multi-mode Morgan Poll on Federal voting intention was conducted via face-to-face and SMS interviewing over the last two weekends, January 31/ February 1 & 7/8, 2015 with an Australia-wide cross-section of 2,939 Australian electors aged 18+, of all electors surveyed 2% did not name a party.

    ALP support rose to 57.5% (up 1%) well ahead of the L-NP 42.5% (down 1%) on a two-party preferred basis. If a Federal Election were held now the ALP would win easily according to this week’s Morgan Poll on voting intention conducted over the last two weekends of January 31/ February 1 & 7/8, 2015 with an Australia-wide cross-section of 2,939 Australian electors aged 18+.

    Primary support for the ALP rose to 41.5% (up 2% – the highest since June 2014) well ahead of the
    L-NP 35.5% (down 2%). Support for the other parties shows The Greens at 12% (unchanged), Palmer United Party (PUP) 2% (down 1%) while Independents/ Others were up 1% to 9%.

    Support for PUP is highest in Clive Palmer’s home State of Queensland (4.5%) with little support in all other states.


    The Morgan Poll allocated preferences based on how people say they will vote – allocating preferences by how electors voted at the last Federal Election, as used by News Corp’s poll* shows the ALP (57%) cf. L-NP (43%) – for trends see the Morgan Poll historic data table.

  4. TLBD

    The most (Using best Monty Burns voice) Excellent thing about Morgan is Lib’s 2PP = 42.5% vs Lab’s Primary vote = 41.5%. Dire with a capital “D”.

  5. Keep hearing about the mythical $550 ‘saved’ by average households by dumping the carbon tax- has anyone ever asked where it supposedly came from?

    More of the same from Abbott- nothing will change- interesting pre poll – flanked by three women – afterwards only one woman allowed into the picture.

  6. I definitely saw some Abbott head-nodding going on during Shorten’s speech.

    You can effect an air of insouciance, pretend you’re reading through your briefs etc. And then you can be like Abbott, demonstrably pissed off, unable to handle it, and incapable of looking his opponent in the eye.

    Abbott was humiliated and showed it.

    After which, he gave his reply.

    If the best he can come up with is boats, batts and school halls (as if school halls in themselves are some kind of abomination against good order), and some waffle about the NBN which has been traduced so cynically under Turnbull (acting under Abbott’s orders), then he has learned nothing.

  7. bb
    Abbott didn’t even have the ability to turn his back on Shorten (who, by the way, gave a cracker of a speech!)

  8. I thought it was significant that in his no-confidence speech Shorten opened up a new line of attack against the libs, namely that their economic policies are undermining the middle class.

    This ties in with the emerging discussions globally concerning the widening gulf between the one percenters and the rest. To date this discussion has been getting a lot of traction with top-end economists (Picketty, Krugman etc) but now is filtering down through both the popular and social media.

    This broadens the previous theme of Labor supporting the poor to one of Labor supporting the much wider middle class. It’s a very strong wedge against the liberals.

  9. BK

    If he turned his back on Shorten he’d have risked seeing the look on all his “loyal” followers face’s.

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