British Election Friday



The polls have closed Counting has begun and the results are starting to come in.


Seats won · 568/650 seats declared
Party and leader
Theresa May
Jeremy Corbyn
Scottish National Party
Nicola Sturgeon
Liberal Democrat
Tim Farron
Democratic Unionist Party
Arlene Foster

Gippsland Laborite is doing a great job keeping us informed along with others. Many Thanks

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Sit back relax and watch the drama unfold.

730 thoughts on “British Election Friday

  1. Mr Toad to the rescue.

    Attorney general, George Brandis, has told the Senate he discovered on Wednesday that three Coalition MPs (Greg Hunt, Alan Tudge and Michael Sukkar) had been invited to appear in the Victorian Supreme Court to justify their comments on sentencing and explain why they weren’t in contempt of court.

    He confirms he has authorised the commonwealth solicitor general to appear for them.

  2. All you need to know about today’s QT

    Q: So how can the Prime Minister possibly justify giving millionaires a $16,400 tax cut in just 16 days’ time?

    A: I don’t have to.

    Q: So how can the Prime Minister possibly justify giving big business a $65bn tax cut?

    A: Pink batts!

    Q: Does the Prime Minister agree with the assistant minister to the Treasurer who said earlier today that under this government there is, and I quote – a”truckload of debt and an absolutely extraordinary amount of debt”?

    A: Shorten is storming the barricades.

    Q: How many Coalition or Liberal Party members, including but not limited, have approached you or the department to facilitate or inquire after the status of efforts by a person to obtain Australian citizenship?

    A: None of your business.

    Q: It’s reported today that the Business Council of Australia has said that if there isn’t a clean energy target, what’s the alternative? They’ve said that if Australia continues to do nothing, we will continue to pay higher prices and have a less secure electricity supply. Does the Prime Minister agree and will the Prime Minister now commit to work with Labor in the national interest to end the policy paralysis which led to instability in the energy market?

    A: Shorten is not serious about bipartisanship and there’s a gas shortage.

    Q: As a matter of government policy, are there any forms of energy that are not considered clean energy?

    A: No.

    Q: Labor’s Matt Keogh to Julie Bishop: Yesterday in Question Time when asked about the Julie Bishop Glorious Foundation which had been established by one of the Liberal Party’s biggest donors, a mining magnate, the minister said she had never stood next to a Chinese benefactor. Does the minister stand by that answer? Is it a fact that there are photos of her standing next to Chinese benefactors… Just like how we were told yesterday, the naming of the foundation had nothing to do with her and was just a coincidence?

    A: Keogh is not glorious but I am.

    Q: Labor’s Jason Clare to the PM: Media reports state a trust linked to a Chinese donor made a $50,000 donation to former trade an investment minister, Andrew Robb’s fundraising vehicle, the Bayside Forum, on the exact same day Mr Robb finalised the China-Australia free trade agreement. Does the Prime Minister seriously expect the Australian people to believe it was just a coincidence that a Chinese donor paid $50,000 to Mr Robb’s fundraiser on the same day he finalised the China FTA?

    A: Madam Speaker Smith rules the question out of order because the Prime Minister is irresponsible.

    Q: Jason Clare to PM: I refer to the bid by the Chinese company Landbridge to operate the Port of Darwin and refer to subsequently it gave the former Minister for Trade, Andrew Robb, a part-time position paying $880,000 a year. Has he asked his department to to investigate whether there is a link between these two events? And has he asked them to investigate whether there’s been a breach of the ministerial code of conduct?

    A: My department found nothing wrong.

    Q: The Chief Scientist said about coal fired power stations, I quote, “It would be surprising if governments were to endorse a scheme that incentivised them”. Does the Prime Minister agree with the Chief Scientist?

    A: No.

  3. “Is it a fact that there are photos of her standing next to Chinese benefactors… ”

    Yep. Here’s one, took a few seconds to find it. There are others.

    Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Retd), The Honourable Julie Bishop MP, and Dr Brendan Nelson AO, Director of the Australian War Memorial, present an Australian War Memorial Fellowship to Dr Chau Chak Wing.

    Chinese businessman subject of ASIO warning donated $200,000 to WA Liberals

    A $200,000 donation to the WA Liberal Party from a billionaire property developer with close ties to the Chinese Communist Party has raised questions, WA Deputy Premier Roger Cook says.

    Dr Chau Chak Wing’s company Kingold Group donated the sum to the WA branch of the Liberal Party in 2015/16

  4. Leaked audio reveals Malcolm Turnbull roasting Donald Trump over ‘fake polls’ and Russia
    <blockquote.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull isn't known for being a comedian but he tried some daring Donald Trump material on a room of journalists in Canberra last night.

    He gave a tongue-in-cheek speech, which Nine's Political Editor Laurie Oakes has decided to reveal, at Parliament House's annual Mid Winter Ball.

    Usually the prime minister's address is off the record, but Oakes – who did not attend the dinner and does not believe reporting should be banned at events hosted by journalists – is making it public

    A word of advice for Fizza – don’t give up your day job. As a stand-up comic he’s even worse than he is as a PM.

    • This is the bunch of pricks that sent a priest to my brother-in-law’s place one morning recently to get him to pay arrears for fees owed to the school( the family has been hit by both mental and Renal illness in the last few years and had been doing it tough) and suggested that they could always sell their house to pay them back. Utter bastards. I knew a few of the peadophile priests in the 70’s and 80’s when I taught at another private school in Bathurst. Always felt some were a bit suss, but what can you do with no evidence?

  5. Thanks for the kind words. And the Tachyglossidae.

    “The echidnas are named after Echidna, a creature from Greek mythology who was half-woman, half-snake, as the animal was perceived to have qualities of both mammals and reptiles.”.

  6. Is Tessa up for it?

    Theresa May’s hopes of securing the support of the Democratic Unionist Party for her minority government were faltering last night as the Treasury dug in against the costs of a deal ..

    Mrs May faces an internal battle over “bribes” to Northern Ireland. One stumbling block is the “Barnett consequentials” — the system supposed to ensure fair funding for all four nations of the UK.

    • Her Majesty will not be happy if she has to miss a day at Ascot. Not happy at all.

      Treeza needs to remember one does not stuff around with the Queen. Her Majesty has outlasted thirteen British PMs and a stack of PMs from Commonwealth countries. She has seen it all and remembers it all. She’s not just a figurehead, she still has some formidable powers she can use. If she wants, she can prorogue parliament or tell Treeza her services as Prime Minister have been terminated. Make her miss her annual racing festivities and that just might happen.

    • The usual suspects in the MSM are gushing over Fizza’s comedy act, but on social media the general opinion is a bit different. Most seem to think it was a pathetic attempt.

      I’m not all that great at comedy imitations, but even I can do a better Trump impersonation that the crap Fizza tried last night. And there is no way Turnbull would ever laugh at himself, not with that planet-sized ego of his.

      Good on Laurie Oakes for going public with it all. Although the Press Gallery put on the Mid-winter ball we pay for a lot of it, one way or another. We pay for the cleaners who mop up after it’s all over. Without the long-suffering Australian taxpayers this event would not happen, so we have every right to know what goes there. I, for once, agree with Ms Murphy. Nothing that happens there should be off the record.

    • Beyond silly , into stoopid or even thick as a brick territory except she being a journo means being apparently gormless is what they are paid to do. ‘Tis called pressitution and oh so many are in to it because it pays good moola. Moola they would never earn in the “real world” .

    • Something vanished from my reply – I said something about taxpayers providing the venue and paying the salaries that allow the hire/purchase of evening wear for the event. We pay for any damage that has to be repaired.

  7. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. I’ve linked quite a bit about the fire today but there is plenty going on.

    Theresa May has announced a public inquiry into the fire. Will she end up having a tiger by the tail with respect to deregulation, lack of and outsourcing of oversight, etc? Recommendation s from public inquiries are non-binding.
    But Labour MP David Lammy writes “Don’t let them tell you it’s a tragedy. It’s not a tragedy, it’s a monstrous crime. Corporate manslaughter. They were warned by the residents that there was an obvious risk of catastrophe. They looked the other way. We don’t need another review kicked into the long grass and years of equivocation– what a civilised country should demand is arrests and a criminal trial before a judge and jury.”
    With something that has more teeth London Police have launched a criminal investigation into the fire that gutted a 24-storey apartment block killing at least 17 people, as sorrow turns to anger over the tragedy.
    Boris Johnson is being reminded he once told a Labour politician to “get stuffed” for daring to ask about cuts to the London Fire Brigade (LFB), in the wake of the devastating Grenfell Tower blaze.
    Theresa May is facing a tide of anger after refusing to meet Grenfell Tower survivors when she visited the scene of the blaze this morning. In stark contrast to Jeremy Corbyn, who was pictured hugging and greeting residents, the Prime Minister was flanked by security as she viewed the devastation at the Kensington high-rise disaster.
    The London tower block inferno is a tragedy that could happen anywhere in Australia at any time, veteran Australian building consultant Robert Hart has warned.
    And the NSW government says it does not know how many buildings are clad in the material blamed for the recent London residential inferno as a fire safety authority warns the cladding is slipping past the state’s building inspection regime.
    Laura Tingle examines Coalition party room tensions. Google.
    The SMH editorialises that secrecy is the only winner from the Manus Island court settlement.

  8. Section 2 . . .

    John Hewson writes that politicians need to look at a bigger picture when it comes to debating power supplies.
    But Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions could return to 2005 levels by 2030 without new government action, contrary to the scenario modelled by the Finkel review, according to a new report by respected analyst Hugh Saddler.
    Michelle Grattan begins her Friday contribution with “For Malcolm Turnbull, implementing the Finkel plan for energy security – or a credible form of it – is a legacy issue, as well as one that goes to the heart of his prime ministerial authority. On the basis of the polls, this could well be Turnbull’s last term. So his attention must be turning to what he would leave behind for the writers of political history.”
    The Australian’s David Crowe writes that households will not receive a promised $90 annual saving from a clean energy target, as new ¬details about the sweeping energy reforms put to Malcolm Turnbull undercut assumptions behind forecasts of electricity price falls. Google.
    Sean Nicholls joins the chorus for an independent overseer for political donations.
    Mark Kenny reckons Abbott has gone to far and is trashing his reputation – whatever that was,
    And James Massola reckons Abbott’s being vocal everywhere – except in Parliament. Is he too hot to handle?
    Phil Coorey reports that the threat against Abbott’s pre-selection are increasing. Google.
    Georgina Wilkins writes that the Commonwealth Bank’s compensation bill for victims of bad financial advice has risen to $29 million. But customers who were knocked back from the scheme say it was flawed to begin with and have welcomed a push in the Senate for commission of inquiry into the banks.

  9. Section 3 . . .

    Putin Joins Turnbull in ridiculing Trump!
    But according to Dennis Shanahan Turnbull has gone into damage control after his Trump parody. Google.
    And Greg Sheridan says that Turnbull made an extraordinarily bad call in mocking Trump. Google.
    Katherine Murphy is not happy that the “cone of silence” around the mid-year charity ball was breached.
    Trump has been on Twitter again as it seems that he actually is under investigation for the obstruction of justice.
    An American lobbyist for Russian interests who helped craft an important foreign policy speech for Donald Trump has confirmed that he attended two dinners hosted by Jeff Sessions during the 2016 campaign, apparently contradicting the attorney general’s sworn testimony given this week.
    United Stated President Donald Trump has copped a bullet from the FBI that could prove fatal.,10404
    The REAL reason Republicans are sticking with Trump – he can stack the Supreme Court for decades.
    The spectre of dismissal now hit staff at the Ten network.
    Dave Donovan says that Channel Ten is NOT insolvent — its voluntary administration is simply a ruse to allow Rupert to take over the rest of Australia’s mainstream media.,10403

  10. Section 4 . . .

    How would you fancy spending 24 hours on a flight in economy class?
    And United Airlines does it again! It is, though, one of those “only in America” things.
    Our friend Mehajer’s sister goes down on 77 charges of electoral fraud.
    The ACCC is setting out to help consumers get access to their legal rights when it comes to faulty goods.
    Fairfax is losing journalist Michael Gordon. He frequently penned very good contributions.
    What an ugly edifice is the fence around Parliament House!
    Michael Koziol on the Liberals rushing to support their three colleagues who have to explain themselves to the Supreme Court of Victoria. Hilarious!
    Serious concerns have been raised about the Turnbull government’s new citizenship legislation, which was introduced to parliament on Thursday. Why does the government want them?
    Labor and others came o so close to getting a commission of inquiry into banking. It was a tied vote in the lower house.

  11. Section 5 . . .

    For all the talk of “coming together” after the congressional shooting what do you think will happen about guns in America? SFA – that’s what!
    Former Labor minister is alarmed at signs in the United Kingdom and Australia of a tendency to describe the British Labour Party’s election result as a success.
    Retail is as tough as it has been in years as constant discounting and an online shopping onslaught have smashed margins, say industry heavyweights.
    Meanwhile Holden has culled 30 dealers from its 230-strong network as the car maker deals with declining sales ahead of its factory closure in October.
    Major building sites across the country will be forced to shut down next week, as members of the powerful construction union gear up for a national day of action against the Turnbull government’s tough new laws.’
    Sarah Gill opines that Australia is just as bad as Trump when it comes to climate snubbing.

  12. Section 6 . . . Cartoon Corner

    Ron Tandberg thinks Abbott might be useful elsewhere.

    Andrew Dyson on the plight of detained asylum seekers.

    John Shakespeare with the return of the Tonysaurus.

    The US gun craziness spectrum.

    David Rowe and the scales of justice in the US.

    Mark Knight on a victorious Rebel Wilson.
    Jon Kudelka represents Turnbull’s Trump parody as a deliberate ploy.

  13. Dutton – so stupid he doesn’t realise he has been in government for four years.

    The bleeding obvious – It’s his debt, not Labor’s and that extra $90 million could have been avoided by humane treatment of detainees instead of deliberate persecution.

  14. A bio on Clement Attlee wins Orwell prize

    He was a low-key but great reformist Labour PM who led his country through the early post-war years where genuine shortages and rationing still occurred.

    Once in my political studies years ago, I read briefly of his wartime cabinet leadership contrasted with Churchill. It went something like this:
    “Cabinet meetings with Attlee were brisk and to the point. He quickly shut down anyone straying from the agenda topic and got on with resolving the items. The meeting would end with all twelve (or more) items addressed and action approved, within about two hours, and we’d all break up.

    With Churchill, Cabinet discussion would go on all night. Nothing would be resolved, no agenda item passed, but we’d go away thinking history had been made.”

    Perhaps you need both types of leadership in wartime emergencies but it was an interesting contrast.

  15. World Coal Production Just Had Its Biggest Drop on Record

    At the heart of this shift are structural, long-term factors,” Dale said. These include “the increasing availability and competitiveness of natural gas and renewable energy, combined with mounting government and societal pressure to shift away from coal towards cleaner, lower-carbon fuels

    And yet our deluded government keeps on telling us the world loves coal.

    • “In summary, if you want to introduce a clean energy target, and get climate sceptics to like it, just make sure that: a) it doesn’t actually reduce emissions much; b) that it keeps coal power stations open for longer; c) that the whole idea was dreamed up by one of your conservative heroes and d) that the fossil fuel industry loves it but the greenies hate it.”

  16. This is a must read.

    For Tony Abbott: A guide to generosity for the morally bankrupt,10405

    Even worse – Labor’s willing agreement to all this, every last horrifying bit, because they are scared of losing votes from red-neck haters if they show any compassion. Abbott mocked Labor’s stance on the treatment of asylum seekers until the Gillard government caved in and became even nastier than Howard had been. Since then they have supported every new government act of persecution.

  17. Now, about hubris …

    Three Turnbull government ministers have failed to apologise to the Victorian court of appeal for comments describing judges as “hard-left activists”, “divorced from reality,” and conducting an “ideological experiment”.

    Asked if he was instructed to provide an apology, Donoghue said: “My instructions are to read what I’ve read.”

    Almost an hour into the hearing, Donoghue said his instructions had “evolved somewhat in the time before this court”, and each of the ministers would withdraw their most inflammatory remark. Hunt withdrew the remark relating to “ideological experiments”, Tudge withdrew his suggestion that judges were “divorced from reality”, and Sukkar retracted his comment relating to “hard-left activist judges”.

  18. “They were simply speaking without any appreciation of the kinds of complex considerations that were before the court,” Weinberg said.

    “They were speaking in response to what they knew from a public debate … it’s certainly less than the transcript provided,” Donoghue replied

    Not mentioned, and should be – these three arrogant pigs are all lawyers. They either knew exactly what they were doing or they are so incompetent as lawyers that they should be disbarred ASAP.

    Cracking good article from Josh Bornstein on this. I especially enjoyed the comparison between the way the government handled this issue and the way they criticised Sally McManus and her unfair laws remarks.

    Our politicians show an alarming ignorance of the separation of powers

    Has any journalist mentioned that in having the solicitor-general appear for these fools all costs will be borne by the commonwealth and not by the three incompetents themselves?

  19. Aristotle defined hubris as shaming the victim, not because of anything that happened to the committer or might happen to the committer, but merely for that committer’s own gratification:

    to cause shame to the victim, not in order that anything may happen to you, nor because anything has happened to you, but merely for your own gratification. Hubris is not the requital of past injuries; this is revenge. As for the pleasure in hubris, its cause is this: naive men think that by ill-treating others they make their own superiority the greater.


  20. Damn! Made a semolina cake. Apart from using coarse instead of fine semolina everything went swimmingly. Until.

    Yeah, until I, as instructed, inserted a skewer into the centre to test for doneness. Wasn’t quite but what caused the fatal injury: I could see the nicely risen cake collapsing around where the skewer was pulled out the cake ahahahahahaha!

    It will taste fine, added the orange syrup. I DO have a [raging] sweet tooth so a cake or dessert needs to be REALLY stuffed up for me not to eat it! 🙂 🙂

    Also stewed rhubarb and strawberries and quince and pear. Be nice for breakfast I reckon.

    • I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. i’m the person who always takes something savoury when I have to ‘bring a plate’, but I have made a semolina cake a few times. Can’t say i’m that fond of them though. I much prefer an almond and orange cake.made with almond meal, oranges, eggs and sugar. Lovely with some whipped cream and maybe some candied orange slices.

  21. A million each would not be enough to compensate these men for what they have endured.

    Manus Settlement ‘Not Fair Amount’, Says Detention Psychiatrist
    ‘The government will do anything to keep this quiet’, says former Manus mental health director.

    For all those whining about the cost to taxpayers – you voted for this, you elected the politicians responsible, so suck it up.

  22. Instead of delivering my parcel on Thursday, AusPost have decided to shout it a weekend in Cairns… Now due Wednesday?

    Thanks guys.

    • Forecast for Cairns: Saturday Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower along the coastal fringe, near zero chance elsewhere. Winds E/SE 15 to 25 km/h becoming light in the evening. 19-27 degrees.

    • I was talking with someone very much in the know only a few hours ago, and was told (a) it was possibly a deliberate and concerted move i.e., they knew the court was in the process of considering the appeal in question; (b) it was possible the statements were made in order to damage the reputation of the judiciary; (c) it was certainly an interesting take on the right to free speech; and (d) the prosecution lawyers may perhaps be furious because the defence are likely to apply for a mis-trial (well, wouldn’t you if you were acting for the defendants?).

      The three ministers concerned are all lawyers. Did they never study constitutional law? Have they no understanding of the doctrine of the separation of powers?

      Or do they not give a tinker’s about all that leftie democratic shit?

    • I’m going with the tinker’s cuss option.

      Also – they abandoned the law for politics, to me that says they didn’t have the intellectual wherewithal necessary to be even half decent lawyers. Those who can do, those who can’t go into politics.

  23. Looking at Gonski 2.01?

    The Turnbull government has offered new concessions to the Greens to pass its Gonski 2.0 school package before they meet to resolve their position on the changes.

    According to Greens sources the government is prepared to reduce the timeframe to reach the targeted funding level by up to four years from 10 to six, increasing the amount of funding and speed with which it is delivered to schools.

    The government has provided estimates that speeding up the school funding in this way would increase the value of the package by $1.5bn over four years and $5bn over 10, increasing its total value to $24bn over 10 years.

    Other concessions said to be offered include a national body to review the schools resourcing standard and monitor how funding is distributed and a requirement on the states to increase their funding for government schools.

    States would be required to provide government schools with 75% of the schools resourcing standard on top of the federal government’s 20%.

    The concessions would meet the demands by the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team for the government to give needier schools faster funding growth and address concerns that without compulsion on the states many government schools would remain under-resourced.

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