I’m so tired…


With the news that Nikki Savva’s husband, Vincent Woolcock, is working for the PM’s office, it’s starting to look like a typical Turnbull black op is underway.

It’s nasty. It’s vicious. It’s over the top. Quite Turnbullistic.

Abbott Savva

Not that Abbott doesn’t deserve some payback for all the trouble and misery he’s caused.

But whatever the reason, and whatever the truth about Abbott and Credlin (and I’m still waiting for some insider, pundit or Possessor Of The Savvy – where are you, Laurie Oakes? – to put on the record a denial that something sticky was going on) the Liberal Party has turned into a soap opera.

It’s got everything: betrayal, sex, money, beautiful people (well…), power, and greed.

Or perhaps The Munsters Ministers? 

This is what you get when you put a wrecker in charge. It’s a classic Frankenstein’s Monster scenario: when the Beast gets tired of chowing down on villagers, it just burns down the village. Wreckers wreck. It’s in their nature.

Scorpion and frog

Putting Abbott in charge of a party was bad enough. But putting him in charge of a nation? Then cutting him loose? We got “dead” and “buried”, sure, but someone forgot  “cremated”. When you’re dealing with someone who’s so good at coming back from the dead, that’s a serious omission. Pretty soon the public will adding 2+2 on the politics and the party that put him there.

Abbott Credlin Bride of Frankenstein

It was entertaining to see Laura Tingle call the ex-PM “an oaf”, on Insiders Sunday morning.  The Insiders un-loaded, big time today, but where was an assessment this blunt just a few months ago? They even had Nikki on to spruik her book. Gone were the “Prime Ministerial At Last” declarations and the “Bill Shorten is a nerd” jokes. Without the slightest whit of self-reflection it was declared that Tony Abbott had been all bad, all the time. If you ever doubted the Theory Of Evolution, Insiders today was a quintessential example of Darwinian adaptation.

The pushback against Abbott is on the way. The Turnbull forces are hoping they can warn Tony off. They can’t. Tony only listens to himself. If anything is the hallmark of Abbott’s career it’s that, and an inability to toe the party line. When you’re against everything, you stand out, be it in the party room, the cement factory or the seminary. Tony doesn’t like being told what to think. Tell him the subject of the day and he’ll find a way to take the contrary view. It’s his best bet to be different.

Turnbull is similar, but slightly more suave about it. But even with Turnbull the cat gets strangled, the rival is pilloried, the enemy is disgraced. His anger management problem isn’t smaller than Abbott’s, just different.

Right now the Liberal Party has two leaders. Neither will give in. The problem is that neither of them are leaders. The nation can only stand by, watching this farce unfold and for the spoils to sift through the cracks.

(Hint: when things descend to the level of sex-scandal, and you’ve sooled the Feds onto your rival, there’s only one way down.)

Abbott Turnbull Torches

615 thoughts on “I’m so tired…

  1. Well – so much for Bananas being close to getting an agreement with Iran.

    Another Bishop failure.

    Iran rejects suggestions thousands of failed asylum seekers could be returned

    Iran’s Ambassador has poured cold water on hopes of any imminent deal to forcibly send up to 9000 failed Iranian asylum seekers home.
    Ahead of a visit by the nation’s foreign minister next week, Ambassador Abdolhossein Vahaji told Fairfax Media that Iran had no intention of accepting back its citizens returned forcibly after their asylum applications had been rejected.
    His comments follow a report in The West Australian newspaper this week that said talks on the long-running point of contention between the two countries were well-advanced and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was hopeful of a deal next week


    Jules can’t even compere a fashion parade without turning it into a scandal, what nutter thought she could manage Foreign Affairs?
    Foreign Minister Julie Bishop under attack over cost of embassy soirees and runway shows

    It’s been dubbed “fashion diplomacy” but critics of Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop say the ­Louboutin-loving politician’s hosting of overseas runway shows has gone too far.

    From celebrating Australian designers creating “modest wear” at an Islamic fashion festival to a fashion showcase in the Taj Mahal, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is spending thousands of taxpayer dollars on promoting Australia as “a creative and innovative nation”.

    In response to Budget Estimates questions from Labor, DFAT has revealed Australian diplomats last year hosted 15 overseas fashion events in Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, Jakarta, London, Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, New Delhi, New York, Paris and Port Moresby


  2. Can we start calling Di Natale ‘Meg’ yet?

    ‘They’re not the nutters they used to be’: Liberal Party open to Greens ‘arrangement’

    Victorian Liberal president Michael Kroger has indicated the Liberals would be prepared to enter a “loose arrangement” with the Greens ahead of the forthcoming federal election, saying the minor party are “not the nutters they used to be”.
    Under a supposed “deal” touted by Labor’s Anthony Albanese this week, Victorian Liberals would preference the Greens ahead of Labor in some inner-city seats in return for the Greens running open tickets (without directing preferences) in some outer suburban seats in Victoria.
    But the potential arrangement has irked senior figures in the Greens, as well as conservative Liberals, who see it as anathema to their parties’ core interests


    • Hopefully the less cult-like members will decide that they’ve had enough of Dodgy Dick and either leave the party or move to dump him.

    • And if he does end up Clegging the Greens then you’ll have to forgive me for not shedding a tear over the demise of a party that has achieved next to nothing in its 30+ years of wasted existence.

  3. Jason

    As an old “BLF” man myself……..

    Still got my BLF card. We managed to hang on a bit longer over here in the Wild Wild West with Kevin Reynolds.

  4. On the previous page Aguirre said

    I get the feeling that when the election is called, the Press Gallery are going to say that Turnbull has been a bit of a disappointment as PM, but that he needs to keep doing it until he gets it right. Their recommendation will be to vote him back in and hope for improvement

    Right on cue –

  5. Turnbull and the business council have just sold Sth Aust’ down the drain with those patrol boats going to be built in Spain and to top off injury with insult we are told to “stop playing the victim”..and basically to suck it up princesses!

    F#ck the LNP. they have just lost the election in Sth Aust’…th’ bastards!

  6. If I were pyne I’d be shaking in my furry little paws.

    birmo also, perhaps?

    Could SA end up coalition free (at least in the HoR)?

  7. Pencil neck Hartcher doesn’t seem too excited by Truffles or the cunning plan re early election. Talking about it he dropped in “I think this is a prime minister with a hollowness at the centre of his mandate”. Along with Britney and His Eminence the theme seems to be Truffles has not and must very soon define what the “purpose” of a Turnbull government is. A nice way of saying it currently stands for nothing !

  8. “Nick Ross ‏@NickRossTech 2h2 hours ago
    Gotta laugh :/ NBN: 5 drop outs daily “acceptable” on new FTTN network – jxeeno™ blog. http://blog.jxeeno.com/dropouts-acceptable-on-nbn-new-fttn-network/ … #nbn via @jxeeno

    Troy Smith ‏@Plasma_06 32m32 minutes ago
    @NickRossTech @jxeeno @AustralianLabor Labor should make a election promise to conduct a public inquiry into NBN

    Nick Ross
    @Plasma_06 @jxeeno @AustralianLabor gotta be a Royal Commission. Outlandish sums and corruption involved.
    1:50 AM – 10 Mar 2016″

  9. More from Gabrielle

    It’s like a pub fight, according to one government source. Barnaby Joyce is fixing to take Tony Windsor outside once and for all and settle this thing. And he will be the one striding back into the pub – not the one standing outside with a bloody nose.


    I hope Tony Windsor has his recording device handy.

  10. Heard something on the ABC news tonight that “one” Australian” is named in the list:

    Leaked ISIS ‘entry forms’ could expose 22,000 terrorists from over 50 states

    A batch of leaked Islamic State documents with the names of some 22,000 militants from 51 countries has been passed to UK security services. The papers, which were obtained by Sky News via a defector, could expose terrorists planning attacks in Europe.

    The files reportedly contain data on 22,000 Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) recruits from all over the world, including the UK and rest of Europe, the US, Canada, North Africa and Middle East.

    The biggest chunk of the 1,736 files represents simple questionnaires which would-be terrorists had to fill out to be eligible to join the terror group. Each form consists of 23 personal questions resembling a typical job application form, apart from several points.

    Some of the IS application forms appear to have been published by Zaman Al Wasl, a Syrian pro-opposition news site. The documents are penned in Arabic and stamped with IS logos.

    According to Zaman Al Wasl, the majority of IS recruits are from Arab countries, with Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt accounting for two-thirds of the jihadists. Up to 25 percent of the fighters are allegedly Saudis. The group’s “foreign” (non-Arab) recruits are topped by Turks, with French nationals coming second.

    The site claims that only 1.7 percent of IS recruits are Syrians, and just 1.2 percent are Iraqis. Separately, it speculates that Iraqis and Jordanians form the “backbone” of IS forces only in Iraqi regions such as Mosul and Ramadi


  11. All Is Quiet And Calm Right Before The Next Big Event – Episode 913b

    ISIS’s attacks in the West are planned and executed by NATO intelligence agencies.

    An excerpt from, “UK Terror Chief: Enormous ISIS Attacks to Target ‘Western Lifestyle’” by Jason Ditz, AntiWar.com, March 7, 2016:

    In comments today British counter-terror chief Mark Rowley warned that ISIS is preparing to launch “enormous and spectacular” attacks on Britain, with paramilitary-trained fighters preparing to attack “western lifestyle targets.”

    Previously, British officials had indicated that ISIS’ focus was to inspire attacks on a small scale by random people with knives, but that in recent months their focus appears to be centered on “spectaculars” that had previously been considered next to impossible.

    Title: All Is Quiet And Calm Right Before The Next Big Event – Episode 913b. Source: X22Report. Date Published: March 8, 2016. Description:

    The conflict in Ukraine is heating up, new reports show that Ukraine is preparing for a spring/summer offensive. US looking into placing bombers in Australia. US bombs an alleged terrorist camp in Somalia. Turkey cracking down on free speech and takes control of the press. Russia says they have not fire upon the FSA. Obama now putting plans into motion to go into Libya and the other parts of the middle east. All is quiet and calm right before the next major event.


  12. Seeing lots of ‘I’m never voting for the Greens again’ and ‘I’m so disappointed and regret voting for them in the past’ comment on Twitter. Let’s hope all that vote losing disillusionment is occurring in the right places, the inner city electorates of Sydney and Melbourne.

  13. Israel steps up oil drilling in Golan

    Israel is moving forward with plans to drill for oil in the occupied Golan Heights, despite warnings that the move violates international law.

    For the last year, Afek, an Israeli subsidiary of the US firm Genie Energy, has undertaken exploratory drilling in the Golan. Afek believes there is a vast reservoir of oil under Syria’s Golan that could supply all of Israel’s energy needs.

    In September 2015, Afek announced it had discovered its first oil reservoir at one of the sites where it had been drilling.

    Last month, the company was granted the go-ahead to conduct more drilling in the Golan by the Israeli authorities.

    In response, Palestinian legal rights group Adalah and Al-Marsad, the Arab Human Rights Center in the Golan Heights, wrote to Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s infrastructure minister, demanding that the drilling permits be withdrawn.

    In the letter, attorneys Suhad Bishara and Karama Abu Saleh reminded Steinitz that international law requires that residents of the Golan be able to control and benefit from the land’s resources.


  14. Jaeger

    Talk about collapsing dams is all the go at the moment.

    The US State Dept and military keep talking about the Mosul Dam. If it was blown up or the main dam wall just collapsed (a real possibility) the estimates are that there would be 60-70 feet of water in Mosul in two hours, then later 50-60 feet in Tikrit, 20-30 feet in Sammara and then 15 feet in Baghdad 4 or 5 days later.

    Mosul itself is under the control of ISIL so warnings that the population should be ready to move 5-6klm from the Tigris at very short notice are treated with suspicion by the local ‘administration’.

    After all it’s Spring there and an assault on Mosul is very likely.

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. Quite a bumper edition today.

    Well well. Howard did advise Abbott to get rid of Credlin and Hockey.
    Jess Irvine issues a not too brilliant report card on the Turnbull government innovation and ideas stuff.
    Ben Eltham agrees.
    Stephen Koukoulas rightly excoriates Dutton’s ridiculous and embarrassing claim that financial Armageddon would follow a Labor victory.
    “View from the Street” says that an early election is more important than the economy and democracy.
    Laura Tingle goes straight to the heart of Turnbull’s problem. (Google this string)
    Heath Aston on how a strategy of linking Barnaby Joyce to Abbott may spell danger for Barnaby in New England.
    Michelle Grattan thinks Windsor will mess with Joyce’s “susceptible mind”.
    And Gabrielle Chan reckons it will be boots and all in the Windsor – Joyce campaign.
    The long list of failed legislation from this government. Compare this to the record of Gillard’s hung parliament. The reason the bills failed was that mostly they represented crook policy.
    Another right wing incubator behaves badly.

  16. Section 2 . . .

    Joh Baird?
    Trump has really brought out the best in people!
    Trump: The great orange-haired unintended consequence.
    The ASA calls for a Royal Commission into the insurance industry.
    “Are ethics antithetical to the financial planning and life insurance industries?” asks the sacked former Chief Medical Officer of Comminsure.
    The AMA highlights how health funding cuts are really beginning to bite and approach breaking point. The AMA president Brian Owler may well play a big part during the election campaign.
    Will Anchorage capital, of Dick Smith fame, make a mess at others’ expense of this endeavour too?
    The ugly story of Dick Smith from float to failure.
    The new Chief Scientist implores the media to give us science stories that illuminate rather than provide click bait.
    Alan Austin on Tony, Peta and Nikki and the silence of the press gallery.

  17. Section 3 . . .

    Bob Ellis liked the book.
    The fix is a no-brainer but it was needed because of no brains in the first place.
    Obama comes out saying not to blame him for the Republican Party circus. He’s got a point.
    Only in America!
    Kroger says The Greens are not the “nutters” they used to be. If that is the case, then what are they?
    Another asyslum seeker brain fart wafts away.
    I wonder what are Turnbull’s motives with this appointment.
    Jeff Kennett bemoans the increasing suicide rate in Australia and that it is essentially under the carpet when it comes to preventive action.
    Looks like it’s all over for Palmer’s Queensland nickel and its remaining 500 employees.

  18. Section 4 . . . Cartoon Corner

    Andrew Dyson with Turnbull’s juggling.

    At the Turnbull budget table with Cathy Wilcox.

    Ron Tandberg hits grunter Sharapova when she’s down.

    A classic from John Spooner – “Stop the enemies!”

    Is Pat Campbell having a go here at Barnaby and coal mines? It’s hard to tell.

    Mark Knight says goodbye to Jon English and musical friends.
    Bill Leak on the cost of the final stages of life.
    David Rowe takes us to New England for the bake-off.

    • On Campbell, Windsor and Bananaby on New England coal as the battleground. Jon English sailing into the sunset with one of his star roles.

  19. Oh dear. The 7:45am ABC local radio newsreader has (among other solecisms) described a certain professor as being ’emmeeRAHtus’, and a little while later said there would be a big police president on the road this long weekend . . .

  20. It’s easy to see Turnbull’s motive in appointing a strong Gonski supporter as his education chief. He can point to her and say ‘Look who we have on board, it shows we support Gonski’. Then he can just drift away and do nothing more for education.

    The real question is why on earth did Dr Michele Bruniges accept the position, apart from it paying more than her old job as NSW Director-General of Education?

    I suspect a devout member of the Cult of St Malcolm.She has already joined the cult choir and is happily belting out that good old hymn ‘Throwing money at education doesn’t make things better’.

  21. *facepalm*

    When the news of the death of legendary music producer George Martin broke on Twitter on Wednesday, many jokingly pondered if younger social media users might confuse the “fifth Beatle” with George RR Martin, author of the novels on which the popular series Game of Thrones is based.

    Somewhat predictably it has happened: fans of the cult fantasy novels and television series have been publicly mourning their hero and panic has set in about the unfinished series.


  22. https://delimiter.com.au/2016/03/10/nbn-co-telstra-help-greg-hunt-election-campaign-event/#comment-722268

    comment ;

    jaycee423 11/03/2016 at 9:03 am

    Yeah..we had one of those NBN./Telstra “Community Forums” in this local “Fully signed up to the LNP. council” area…nothing more that a NBN. second coming sometime to your area spiel accompanied by a Telstra product sales pitch…in effect nothing till AFTER 2020. “but we can sign you up to ADSL2 in the small towns and drop you onto a Telstra mobile broadband plan in the isolated areas to help NBN. out of it’s incapacity to supply fixed wireless to too many low-usage areas….never mind the mobile service is non-existent in some areas because , according to the Telstra “Expert” ..: “Those limestone walls of those old homesteads are so thick it is hard to punch the service through”…be f#cked!..the Pope in Rome has been getting daily messages from God for the last thousand years on his “Royal Telephone” and THOSE Vatican walls must be at least ten feet thick!
    You don’t need to be from Armidale to know the smell of bullshit!

  23. HI and I are off for a short taxpayer-funded camping holiday up the coast.

    We even bought a new “pop-up” tent to try out, and a little table for 2. After a couple of rehearsals we’ve figured out how to pack it back up (which is the tricky part). You see, you grab the four hoops, then you move to the side, holding the hoops, then you twist the back hoop while grabbing the…. I hope youse get the image. The basic rule is:”Whatever you do, once you’ve started, DON’T LET GO!”

    We reckon we’ve earned it: no grandkids, no bikes, beautiful secluded beaches, off-season so not too crowded, AND NO HR HELL-BITCH to hound us. Oh, and just ourselves for company. That’s the plan, anyway.

    Final submissions re. youse-know-what have all been made, so we await our fate. We are not all that optimistic (but we weren’t last time, either).

    But there is some GOOD news…

    What with the backbone, inspiration and “den mother” figure – HI – gone from the workplace, we hear rumours of long days and late nights, plus dreary menial tasks being carried out by senior executive staff, who (according to what they said about HI’s poor performance) didn’t have a second of their brilliant time to spare when HI was there. Now it’s all different… Fancy: General Managers emptying out their own wastepaper bins, or topping up the soap in the executive dunny. Changing their own lightbulbs! And when that’s all done, getting down and dirty rostering 60 (now) surly staff who are harder to herd than cats (but purred like one when HI told them what to do).

    The new lady subbing for HI is, apparently, not quite up to the details yet. She’s already fled the workplace twice in tears. She’s arriving at 6am to try to avoid the morning email barrages. They’re treating her with kid gloves, though, as the word is out: “That place is toxic. Don’t go there”. They don’t want to lose another one. They might not get a replacement. They might not keep the one they’ve got.

    As we are under confidentiality, we couldn’t possibly comment too much, but let me just say the phone has been running hot with disgruntled callers wondering why they didn’t get paid last fortnight, or why there were no staff for the night shift… minor matters like that. All we’ve been permitted to say is: “Ask the boss. It’s not our problem.” It took us all our guile and persuasion to stop HI’s co-workers from taking up a petition to have her – and order – restored. We’d have a hard time explaining that we didn’t have clue they’d do that.

    See youse on the flip side. We’re off for a swim.

    • Yeah, watch those “snap-lock” packaged tents, BB…Had a friend had to be surgically removed from one when he let go at the wrong moment…whiplashed around him so he ended up all wrapped up in it like a packed lunch!

  24. What a total prat!

    The Prime Minister has issued an ultimatum to the crossbench — vote for the Government’s industrial relations bills or risk sending the nation to a double dissolution election.

    Malcolm Turnbull has criticised those who see the decision to dissolve both houses as a “political tactic”, arguing the decision would only be made to resolve an impasse between the Lower House and the Upper House.

    “The only reason to go to a double dissolution is to resolve a deadlock,” he said.

    He said crossbenchers, Labor and the Greens had a clear choice.

    “[If] they vote for those bills then there would be no question, we wouldn’t even be talking about the possibility of a double dissolution,” he said.

    “But look, it is clearly an option, and it is something that the Government considers.”


    • So very scary, isn’t he.

      If you don’t do what you are told you are going to be vewwy, vewwy sorry.

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