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So Called SUPER SATURDAY is upon us when 5 Federal by elections are to be held.2 of them  in WA.Perth and Fremantle seem certain to be retained by labor with the Libs not even bothering to contest them.

Mayo in SA. held by the NXT (or whatever party she represents nowadays) Rebekah Sharkie looks like it will ,against all common sense and decency ignore the overtures from their lords and masters and reject the pure blood ,snooty snobby entitled princess Georgina Downer and stick with Sharkie. How I pity the servants in the manor on Sunday morning. It will be floggings all around with salt afters and no food for few days .

Which leaves Braddon in Tassie and Longman in QLD,

Both seats were held by labor but both members Justine Keay and Longmans Susan Lamb ruled ineligible due to dual citizenship.Both are re contesting.Both are held by slim margins 2.2% for Braddon while Longman is on a slender thin.08%.

Opinion polls in these seats have put the libs slightly ahead which has sent the MSM into a meltdown over Bill Shorten and his leadership and praising Turnbull over how wonderful he is,  he has turned things around and will now go on and win at the next Election and finally fulfill his ordained destiny as the greatest PM. Rupert could ever construct.

Never mind the fact that Shorten and Labor have beaten Turnbull and the coalition in the polls since roughly the last election ,it is all about Leadership  in Labor and unrest in the ranks while the libs are all hunky dory and one united tribe . I seem to think I have seen this all before but I may be mistaken as I get older.

If Labor hang on and win both it will be portrayed as nothing spectacular. You know no government winning a seat  from the opposition in a byelection for 100 yrs blah blah blah. If they lose one it will be regarded as savage test of Shortens leadership and a firming of Malcom’s magnificence .

If  labor lose both get ready for the biggest Kill Bill Campaign yet. It will be wall to wall,blaring from the mountains over the top non stop continuous bleating sniping unnamed sources from all the usual suspects.They will try to have him gone by next Friday.

I doubt we will know the results on Saturday night as if things are as close as predicted postal votes will have to taken into account and that can be up 13 days after polls close but if at the end of counting Saturday the Libs are even ahead by 1 vote the resulting avalanche of Leadership speculation will still begin.

Better get some drinks handy.






1,550 thoughts on “BIG BY ELECTION BLURB

  1. I do like how the usual suspects in the political media sniffed the breeze and then smoothly segued into portraying Dutton as a nice guy. Talk about venal. They have less spine than Turnbull, if that’s possible.

    • Thanks for the shout out. I’m here and I’m watching these events closely.

      From what I can see, lot of things in the air right now, just hope they land with the end result being Prime Minister Shorten.

  2. A $5M pre-feasibility study of running a gas pipeline from the Pilbara to the East Coast has found the plan is not viable. No surprise there, that has been known for 40 years, but at least the Federal Government can no longer use the pipeline as an excuse to push fracking in WA.

    This pipeline was supposed to be a big deal for the federal government,the study was funded in last year’s budget, but news of the failed feasibility study has been deliberately kept quiet since March.

    Gas pipeline proposal buried.

    But – another pipeline is underway, construction started in June.

    Natural gas pipeline to create up to 350 jobs, but raises questions about foreign investment

  3. A few reminders of Dutton’s past achievements, because the MSM and especially Their ABC won’t be mentioning them. They are all busy trying to persuade us Dutton is a really lovely chap.

    The “I didn’t see the mike” joke about climate change affecting Pacific islands.

    That time Dutton refused to attend Rudd’s apology to the Stolen Generations and also threatened to resign from his shadow portfolios as a protest.

    The time Dutton was voted worst health minister in 35 years by doctors.

    The time Dutton took away all funding for the Paralympics soccer team while giving millions to Many and the Broncos.

    The time he called Samantha Maiden a “mad f**king witch”, saying the offensive text was sent by mistake.

    There’s more, but I’ve taken up enough space. Just listing his persecutions of sick refugees and asylum seekers, both kids and adults, would take pages.

    • SydneyGuy
      9m ago
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      Peter Dutton’s career highlights:

      2008 – Having recently been promoted to the Shadow Cabinet, Dutton, decided to remove himself from chamber during the apology to Stolen Generations.

      2015 – Peter Dutton is voted to be the Worst Health Minister in 35 years by the readers of Australian Doctor magazine.

      2015 – Dutton puts in place a spying operation during Senator Sarah Hanson-Young’s trip to Nauru Island. When called out for spying on the Senator, Dutton, labelled Hanson-Young an attention seeker. The spying operation was confirmed, as was the systematic rape and abuse of children that was uncovered due to Sarah Hanson-Young’s work on the island.

      2015 – Whilst standing under multiple boom mics, in front of multiple tv cameras at a summit addressing the plight of rising sea levels for Pacific Island nations, Dutton, attempted to make a sly joke to then prime minister Tony Abbott. The joke took aim at the professionalism of Pacific Islanders through a racist trope and was then followed up with a remark emphasising Dutton’s lack of care for climate change in the region. Dutton refused to apologise for the joke.

      2016 – The now Minister for Immigration labels refugees as illiterate and attempted to spark the fear mongering language of “they’ll take Australian jobs”. Der tookh er jerbs.

      2016 – Dutton survives his own election battle on the razor edge margin of 1.6% (3000 votes).

      2016 – Peter Dutton labels News Corp’s Sunday political editor Samantha Maiden a “mad fucking witch” in a text message intended for Member of the House of Representatives Jamie Briggs. Rather than sending it to Briggs, Dutton sent the message directly to Maiden.

      2016 – Dutton labels Lebanese immigration as a mistake. These comments were made in regards to terrorism, suggesting Dutton believes the Australian Lebanese community to be terrorists.

      2017 – Dutton became a leading voice in the campaign against same-sex marriage by publicly condemning a letter from Australia’s leading CEOs to parliament asking for a free vote on same-sex marriage. Saying their companies should be “publicly shamed”. These comments later led to an attack on Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.

      2017 – Dutton tells an outright lie as to why the PNG defence force fired shots into the Manus Island Detention Centre. Claiming shots were fired due to refugees sexually assaulting local children. The local police commander condemned and proved false these claims.

      2017 – Throughout the closure of Manus Island, Dutton denied any wrong doing, refused international aid and covered up a humanitarian crisis.

      2018 – Peter Dutton begins his dog whistling scare campaign against African immigration. Sparking the ongoing, deeply racist and lie fuelled “African Gang” debate. Dutton will go on to blame the death of a teenage girl on African Gangs.

      2018 – Peter Dutton puts forward the idea that we need to help White South African farmers and treat them as refugees, stating they needed help from a “civilised society”. This motion was rejected and disdained by South African authorities.

      2018 – Dutton changes long standing immigration policy with New Zealand to subtly favour white and wealthy immigration. Deporting over 1300 kiwis in the process.

  4. It is too easy to dismiss Mr Dutton as evil. If I think of him as small and afraid and ignorant and greedy (and possibly power-hungry), I feel I can find ways to fight against what he seems to stand for. I may not be as successful at changing what he and his ilk do, but I can make a difference.
    “Evil” is just too big a concept for me to tackle with any degree of hope. Small, afraid, ignorant and greedy? I have a chance against them.

  5. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    The ministerial exodus continues as Hunt and Ciobo pull the pin.
    Peter Hartcher examines the motives for ditching Turnbull. It’s not particularly pretty.
    The SMH editorial says for the sake of the country it’s time to go to the polls. It says that unless this happens the Liberal Party will be torn between competing visions of a regionally based Trumpian populism represented by Mr Dutton and Mr Turnbull’s pro-business metropolitan values.
    Katharine Murphy write this morning that the Dutton camp is continuing to foment the Coalition’s leadership crisis, with ministers who supported the former home affairs minister in Tuesday’s snap leadership ballot tendering their resignations as a prelude to a second challenge.
    She says it’s all over: the Coalition has cracked under the strain of the PM’s hardcore haters.
    Mark Kenny tells us why Julie Bishop would not get the top job.
    Paul Bongiorno reckons ho matter what, Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership is fading to black.
    Matthew Knott tells us why the unpopular and unknown Peter Dutton is on the verge of becoming PM.
    Jacqui Maley tells us why Dutton has trouble smiling.
    Norm Abjorensen writes that it is not just Malcolm Turnbull and the government that are the losers in this latest political spat, it also signals the end of any hope for a national interest-focused political consensus emerging to address a range of critical issues, of which climate change is just one. Abbott comes in for a lot of attention.
    Phil Coorey writes that Peter Dutton flagged immigration curbs and did not rule out walking away from the Paris climate change targets, as his core supporters moved to force a second leadership ballot this week by resigning en masse from the frontbench last night.
    And he says Turnbull has finally showed some fight. It may be too late.
    Jennifer Hewett says that Shorten is the winner as the Liberals implode.
    Andrew Tillett gives us the inside story of Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership crisis.
    Tony Wright says Malcolm Turnbull is living on borrowed time, a smiling assassin awaiting.
    Julie Bishop has says that Dutton has been after the top job since April.
    Michelle Grattan examines the resignation letter of Connie Fierravanti-Wells to explain the problems in the Coalition.
    Nicholas Stuart laments that politics has become all personality at the expense of good policy.
    Chris Wallace opines that the Turnbull government is all but finished, and the Liberals will now need to work out who they are.
    Law professor Rosiland Dixon reckons Dutton will be busy divesting his trust’s interests in his wife’s child care businesses.
    Jackson Stiles says that Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘Frankenstein’s monster’ is losing more body parts.
    The Liberal Party is heading towards a looming federal election short of cash, with prominent MPs and marginal seat holders struggling to secure the millions of dollars needed to mount an effective campaign against Labor.
    The Grattan Institute’s Tony Wood says we should mourn the NEG becoming the latest victim of the political slaughterhouse.
    The ANU’s Frank Lotzo writes that the collapse of the NEG is by no means the end of carbon policy, it is simply sounding the bell for another round. And it may just be that the states can seize the initiative in the short term.
    Giving the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission the power to break up powerful energy companies would be a catastrophe for the electricity market. Energy expert Danny Price said it would freeze fragile investor confidence and make things much worse for consumers.
    Ross Gittins declares that most of the recent drought relief is a waste of money. This is an excellent contribution.
    Trump’s going to go even further troppo as his longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen has agreed to plead guilty to federal criminal charges including campaign finance violations.
    And in news just in it is reported that Cohen has done a deal with prosecutors.
    Just to add to his woes Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty overnight of eight of the 18 charges he faced in a case of bank and tax fraud. The judge in the case declared a mistrial on the 10 other counts.
    Faced with new evidence that Russian hackers are targeting conservative US research groups and the Senate’s own webpages, key lawmakers from both parties signalled yesterday that they were ready to move forward with punishing new sanctions legislation capable of crippling the Russian economy.
    Simon Birmingham should refuse to bow to the Catholic school sector’s demands over funding reform to avoid giving ammunition to state governments eager for an excuse to back out of Gonski 2.0 commitments, education experts have warned.
    Joanna Morehead writes, “How dare the pope ask ordinary Catholics to atone for child abuse?” She says that it was the church hierarchy’s desperation to protect itself that led to these horrors. It must reform – not us.
    Anti-corruption researchers say the “the time is now” to create a strong and independent federal integrity body, after new research showed most Australians believe federal politicians are corrupt.
    The Commonwealth Bank’s charging of fees to dead clients or their families affected 2103 accounts, and resulted in $3.9 million flowing into the bank’s coffers, a document published by the royal commission shows.
    Telstra has failed, in the past, to take advantage of its position as the essential core of a networked world. How will they survive the next technological onslaught?
    Elizabeth Knight tells us how business has learned to be immune to leadership rumbles.
    Fear of war in the Middle East, a political crisis in Venezuela and a crude oil cartel agreement means Australians are paying more for petrol, the consumer watchdog says. Petrol pries are at a four year high.
    Emanuel Exports, the company at the centre of a horrific live exports scandal involving the deaths of thousands of sheep at sea, has had its licence to export animals permanently cancelled.
    Kate McClymont with a nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe at his brutal best!

    Mark David nails it.

    Peter Broelman takes us to the greengrocer.

    And he makes a very good point here.

    Mark Knight wonders who is pressing Dutton’s buttons.

    A few from Matt Golding that are not in the Fairfax collection at the bottom on this section.

    Zanetti and Turnbull’s emissions target.

    Alan Moir sums up Turnbull’s political acumen.

    And he says we have an early Halloween.

    Fiona Katauskas with the seven stages of leadership spills.

    David Pope with a MUST SEE contribution.
    Johannes Leak in the party room.
    Lots more good ones in here.

  6. This is all very exhausting. I’m amazed that people are following the msm and saying politics is stuffed. Shows how the kill bill has seeped into their minds. No one is pointing out the only policy this lot have is to keep Bill and Labor out of government. And the public sheep are just following.

    • Don’t stress over this. The MSM are ignored by most voters. Here’s why.

      For most Australians politics is just too boring to bother about. If you never listen to ABC radio, never watch any TV news, never look at a newspaper (all of which pretty much describes me) and don’t bother with online news then you are ore than likely going to believe whatever your neighbours or your family members tell you about politics. You are going to vote for whatever party you have always voted for, without thinking, because that’s what you have always done and probably what your parents always did.

      For these typical voters it doesn’t matter who says what on TV or on the radio, they are rusted on to one side or other and will never change. To them the other side is always evil, their own side is always right. No amount of talking heads will ever change their tiny, rusty minds. This is the downside of compulsory voting.

      This is why both parties, no matter what, will always attract around a 45% each split of any election 2PP vote. It’s the 10% in the middle who actually take an interest and think about who they will vote for that give us changes of government. When things are really, really bad for a government then some of the rusted-ons will have a flutter with a changed vote, but will go back to their old allegiance next time.

      What we need is for people to take an interest, think about who and what they are voting for, instead of just following a how to vote paper from their usual party. How do we get this? I don’t know. But what I do know is the MSM don’t want informed voters, they push the “both parties are exactly the same” rubbish on us all the time. Right now we are seeing a lot of “politics is broken” crap.

  7. Boom tish from over the Tasman………

    “Australian prime ministers are like a well functioning train system,” Brae wrote.” If you miss one, there’s always another one just around the corner.”

  8. Buried in all the talk about who will be PM by the end of the week is this good news.

    Live export company Emanuel Exports loses its licence after deaths of 2,500 sheep

    Australia’s largest live sheep exporter and the company at the heart of the live export scandal, Emanuel Exports, has lost its licence, the Department of Agriculture and Water has confirmed.

    Until now the company’s licence to export had been suspended “pending a full review of the company’s response to a show cause notice”.

    The department began the investigation after video footage emerged showing almost 2,500 sheep either dead or dying of thirst and heat exhaustion in faeces-strewn pens aboard the livestock carrier Awassi Express in the Middle East last year

  9. Even Bruce Hawker compares the current leadership issue to the R/G/R issue. It has something in common obviously but the overall situation here is hugely worse than it ever was in the Labor govt. And we had JG not MT. Vast difference. Comparing the two parties is something this govt and their msm love doing. it excuses them, and too many people believe it.

  10. I hope Dutton realises he cannot make promises about taking the GST off electricity bills without first discussing this with the states. The states will not allow it, not unless they are compensated in some way for the loss of income. That compensation would probably involve a widening of the GST base to fresh foods, something the Liberals are very keen on, or an increase in the rate. Beware Liberals making promises, we always end up paying more for something.

    Populist promises from Liberals always sound so appealing, but we all know they are never kept after elections. Remember Abbot’s lies?

    • The claim: Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the Government cannot change the GST without the agreement of the states and territories, and consensus in the federal parliament.

      The verdict: Legal experts say changing the GST simply requires amendments to the GST Act. The Government only needs a simple majority of both houses of parliament to do this. While it may be politically difficult, there is no legal barrier to the Commonwealth unilaterally changing the rate or base of the GST. Mr Abbott is being misleading.

    • It’s not that easy. The premiers will squeal like stuck pigs at any suggestion they might lose money. Any government trying it will be in for a fight, as Turnbull discovered when he rashly promised WA a bigger slice of the pie at the expense of the other states.

      Despite all the screaming this government is introducing a change to the GST distribution formula, but to get that to happen they have had to promise the states truckloads of money. The budget included $9 billion for the states over the next decade to help the transition to that new GST formula. Changes will always involve massive federal handouts and in the end we end up paying.

  11. Dutton is talking up the “I’m just an ordinary middle-class bloke” line. Rubbish! He’s a multi-millionaire with a very valuable property portfolio.

    Just how an ex-copper found the money to invest extensively in real estate is a question no-one seems willing to ask. I find it very difficult to believe he started buying real estate at 18 and just got lucky.

    There are also questions floating around about why Dutton left the Queensland police after nine years service, just before he qualified for long service leave. It does make you wonder, especially as he was at one time a detective with the Queensland drug squad.

  12. The Senate has just voted down the company tax cut bill, the Coalition’s signature economic policy.

    That’s despite the government’s last-ditch attempt to amend the bill, carving out the big four banks, to win further cross-bench support. Derryn Hinch had also tried to add his own amendments, which would have applied the tax cut only to businesses with turnover of below $500m. The Coalition said it could not support this, because it would create a “perverse incentive” for businesses to stop growing.

    On any other day, this would be huge news. But, well, this place is mental.

  13. Have Cyberdyne sent in their T-800 Cormannator to say “Hasta La vista , Baby!” ?

    Phillip Coorey

    Mathias Cormann has just gone into the PM’s office. Could be significant, could be not. Whole joint is febrile #libspill

    10:23 AM – Aug 22, 2018

  14. If it’s not volcanoes, it’s hurricanes:

    This morning, USGS scientists flying over fissure 8 noticed a change in the vent from yesterday. Gas jets were throwing spatter—fragments of glassy lava (light gray deposits)—from small incandescent areas deep within the cone. This activity is an indication that the lower East Rift Zone eruption may be paused rather than pau (over).

  15. letter from the Canberra Times


    Malcolm seeded his political troubles with his NBN approach. Not enough fibre. Back to the copper.

    Chris Klootwijk, Macarthur

  16. Lib MPs call for party room meeting
    Liberal MPs have confirmed that Cormann, Cash and Tehan have withdrawn their support for the PM and were expected to resign.

    Cormann says

  17. Out of everyone, Speers probably has the best contacts on that side and is the most reliable.

  18. Still exhausted by all this stuff, but unlike when it was happening in Labor, my stomach isn’t in a knot, although I’m sure it will be if potatoe head gets in, I’ll probably commit hari cari.

  19. Labor had received advice from Brett Walker SC saying Dutton was ineligible for election. The advice was requested back in April.

    The advice, requested by Labor national secretary Noah Carroll in April, reads: “The resolution of these issues, for the reasons that follow, leads us to the conclusion that it is clearly arguable that Mr Dutton is not eligible to so sit in the 45th Parliament and potentially not eligible to have been chosen for the 45th Parliament. We are of the view that this is the preferable argument.”

    Mr Walker represented Barnaby Joyce during the High Court challenge to his eligibility over dual citizenship, and has worked on a similar matter for Labor relating to Nationals MP David Gillespie.

    “Mr Dutton was incapable of being chosen for the 45th Parliament and is not entitled to continue to sit in the 45th Parliament,” the advice reads.

    “If this matter were referred to the High Court sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns and if our assumptions are correct there is a reasonable prospect that the Court would make its decision in accordance with this conclusion.”


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