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  1. This is the sort of thing that is making me very cranky –

    Amy Remeikis (who should know better) this afternoon –

    “For those wondering, beyond Labor supporting the amended medical evacuation bill in the Senate ………”
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/feb/11/labor-coalition-election-morrison-shorten-politics-live#comment-125719503

    FFS!

    There was no “amended medical evacuation bill” anywhere near the Senate last year. The cross-bench medical treatment bill hasn’t even had its second reading in the Reps yet, or been voted on. It’s never been near the Senate.

    Labor supported the McKim/Storer amendment to a government Home Affairs bill on 6 December last year. (I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve said that over the last few days.)

    Katharine Murphy quoted that amendment this afternoon but never bothered to say what bill it was a part of. She gave the impression it was a part of the so-called “Phelps bill”. It wasn’t.

    She started out by saying this –

    Given all the misinformation flying around about the crossbench medical transfer bill, it’s worthwhile taking the time to spell out what it does.

    The bill (changes initially proposed by Kerryn Phelps and amended by Tim Storer, Labor and others have been added to a piece of government legislation in the Senate) sets out new procedures governing medical transfers from offshore detention

    I’ll just go back to banging my head into a wall now.

    I suppose like all the other journalists Murpharoo either didn’t want to know or was on the “Let’s Beat Labor Over The Head With This” bandwagon.

    Never, ever rely on journalists for correct information on anything political.

    Kristina Keneally tweeted this three days ago, not one journalist noticed, no-one followed it up. They were all too busy spreading lies about Labor, I suppose.

    • The credit goes to the Thai AG, who recommended the extradition to Bahrain be dropped.

      Our government had nothing to do with it. In fact, they made it all worse.

      FauxMo wrote to the Thai PM last month, the Thais responded by asking for Hakeem to be extradited to Bahrain.

      Then there are the allegations about the AFP tipping off the Thai authorities about Hakeem’s arrival. Best not mention that …..

  2. Q&A
    Monday 11th February at 9:34 pm (66 minutes)
    Sarah Henderson, Mark Dreyfus, Stephen Mayne, Zoya Patel And Megan Purcell: Tony Jones is joined in Melbourne by Liberal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson; Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus; Crikey founder Stephen Mayne, businesswoman Megan Purcell and People’s Panellist Zoya Patel.

  3. I am watching QandA tomorrow morning with my son. We both yell at the tv so the program has to be paused while we rant at the screen. After about two hours we may have finished watching it.

    Number2son is very interested in USA politics so he has taught me a lot of what is going on over there. We watched all of the Whitaker appearance before the House Judicial Committee. All six hours of it, live.

    Our conclusion? We need this in Australia. Real teeth. Lie and go to prison. Obstruct, go to prison. That man looked like a ant on a hotplate, for six hours.

    Great stuff.

    • I am talking to my Mum about donating hers to The Flinders Uni Medical School for students of anatomy. She is giving it thought. Neither of us have much interest in what happens after it becomes a shell. I won’t do cremation because I want the rare minerals in me to go into the Earth. If we can help science why not?

      The family can have a service and a knees up or whatever. My leftovers don’t need to be there.

    • That’s my plan – donate my body to whoever wants it and the family can have a party or whatever they want to do. I don’t want a funeral, I loathe funerals. The best part about them is getting to see family and friends you haven’t seen for ages, so why not just go ditch the fake (and expensive) ceremonial stuff and go straight to the fun part.

  4. Leonetwo I agree when it comes to some funerals, especially one where the deceased actually wrote his own , but I will say that my sons was an essential part of our family’s process of dealing with his death.

  5. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    According to Eryk Bagshaw Experts believe Liberal MP Tim Wilson may have breached privacy laws by failing to tell hundreds of people who signed up to a petition that their names, addresses, phone numbers and emails would be transferred to a multibillion-dollar fund manager.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/liberal-mp-tim-wilson-faces-breach-of-privacy-claims-20190210-p50wtk.html
    David Crowe reports that Labor’s shadow cabinet has signed off on a modified refugee bill that could still pass Parliament. So stand by for some fun and games in parliament this morning.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/labor-shadow-cabinet-signs-off-on-modified-refugee-bill-that-could-still-pass-parliament-20190211-p50x16.html
    Katharine Murphy says that following a substantial rhetorical bombardment from Scott Morrison, Labor will seek agreement on three amendments to the crossbench bill.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/11/labor-shifts-position-on-medical-transfer-bill-under-pressure-from-government
    Sam Maiden tells us how Anthony Albanese has made a rare intervention in ALP caucus to back Bill Shorten’s contentious changes to a plan to allow for the medical evacuations of asylum seekers.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/02/12/albanese-back-shorten-asylum-bill/
    Michelle Grattan says that now the crossbenchers must decide between something or nothing on the medical transfers bill.
    https://theconversation.com/crossbenchers-must-decide-between-something-or-nothing-on-medical-transfers-bill-111551
    Meanwhile Scott Morrison has not ruled out axing a $234 million deal with Bob Katter if he sides with Labor to force a recall of Parliament to deal with the royal commission.
    https://www.outline.com/tnVsnS
    Jennifer Hewett says that Morrison is raising the national security beacon – to keep the Coalition safe!
    https://www.outline.com/KEcXxz
    Latika Bourke reports that Richard Di Natale has been forced to apologise to Kevin Rudd, after the Greens leader called the former prime minister a “sociopath” on live television. Richard’s really not going that well.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/richard-di-natale-apologises-to-kevin-rudd-over-q-and-a-sociopath-slur-20190211-p50wx7.html
    Greg Jericho examines and outs into perspective the taxation policy being proposed by Labor and what the government is saying about it. Well worth reading!
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/feb/12/the-government-only-wants-you-to-focus-on-half-the-story-labors-taxes
    AustralianSuper, which once warned against changing dividend imputation tax, now backs Labor’s franking credits policy.
    https://www.outline.com/YDVNyC
    Tony Wright says Morrison’s booklet reveals recipe for a pumped-up scare campaign.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/scott-morrison-s-booklet-reveals-recipe-for-a-pumped-up-scare-campaign-20190211-p50x1n.html
    More than half of all aged-care providers have missed a deadline by the royal commission to provide a list of all incidents of abuse and neglect going back five years despite clear warnings they will face “careful scrutiny” if they fail to comply.
    https://www.outline.com/sLuDqt
    Peter Hartcher writes about the status of democracy in Thailand.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/brotherly-love-fails-thai-king-20190211-p50x2z.html
    Stephen Bartholomeusz says that one of the biggest fears that the banks had in the early stages of the royal commission, stemming from its focus on responsible lending, was that they could end up with a lot more responsibility for the outcomes of their lending.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/how-removing-two-letters-could-have-hurt-financial-system-20190211-p50wzb.html
    Craig Emerson in the ASR says that with Tim Wilson’s sham inquiry Trumpism has arrived in Australia.
    https://www.outline.com/ZS9GTN
    Labor has asked the corporate regulator to investigate a failed Queensland lobbying firm which donated to the Liberals while in financial turmoil.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/12/labor-seeks-inquiry-into-firms-donations-to-liberals-despite-financial-trouble
    The report is in, bank shares have rallied and we could almost hear the collective sigh of relief from bank boards, executives and investors. While Commissioner Kenneth Hayne has handed down an impressive document, it is essentially an exercise in tinkering and, even if implemented and enforced by a suddenly lively force of regulators, would not be enough to fix the fundamental flaws in Australia’s banking culture, writes Kim Wingerei in his two-part analysis of the Commission’s final report.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/haynes-final-impressive-tinkering-but-big-banking-flaws-remain/
    Jenna Price explains how our social security system hurts women with young children. She says the government’s ParentsNext is a scandalous misuse of the powers of those who run social security in this country.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/our-social-security-system-hurts-women-with-young-children-20190211-p50wwy.html
    Michaelia Cash’s former media adviser has admitted in court that he leaked details of a federal police raid on the Australian Workers’ Union but declined to say who tipped him off.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/11/michaelia-cashs-former-adviser-wont-reveal-who-tipped-him-off-on-awu-raids
    London’s Sunday Telegraph goes into the precarious nature of the Eurozone as it currently stands.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-eurozone-hell-that-haunts-brussels-20190211-p50wxg.html
    The Banking RC Report marginalises small business borrowers, effectively calling them sore losers and whingers and telling them to bugger off once and for all, writes Dr Evan Jones.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/banking-rc-report-the-banks-have-learned-how-to-rort-the-system,12361
    South Australia’s $2.2 billion desalination plant would be used to help River Murray flows, under a plan the State Government will consider. A $2 million report examining South Australian water use, including how the desalination plant could be better used, is expected to be handed to Environment Minister David Speirs within months.
    https://www.outline.com/ZrMftA
    In an op-ed two asylum seeker advocates write that we can balance compassion and safety as a country.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/we-can-balance-compassion-and-safety-as-a-country-20190211-p50wyz.html
    Australians have had enough of the Coalition’s complicity with Saudi, savagery and ignoring international law, writes human rights lawyer and Greens candidate for Dixon, Benedict Coyne.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/ignoring-international-law-the-dutton-and-morrison-way,12364
    The AFR says that Bendigo is one of a number of regional banks that have delivered poor financial performance and then tried to blame someone else and it’s time for them all to stop whingeing.
    https://www.outline.com/dzxuCq
    The NSW government has rolled out the second phase of its $1.1 billion Social and Affordable Housing Fund, choosing four community housing providers to build 1000 homes.
    https://www.outline.com/w9jCYA
    John Silvester tells us how, just a day after a front-page story said Tony Mokbel was a powerful enforcer inside Barwon Prison, he was stabbed inside that very jail and left in a serious condition.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/tony-mokbel-was-a-big-target-in-the-biggest-game-in-town-20190211-p50x37.html
    Victorian planning minister Richard Wynne says removing flammable cladding from the most high-risk buildings in Melbourne is a “complex problem which will take some time to fix properly.” The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has said it could take two years to remove and replace combustible aluminium polyethylene composite panels from high rise apartments and hotels around the city.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/12/it-could-take-two-years-to-replace-flammable-cladding-in-melbourne-says-building-authority
    The bidding war among NSW political parties over solar panels has been joined by the Greens who want photovoltaic systems and batteries to be made compulsory for all new dwellings.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/nsw-greens-push-for-mandatory-solar-and-batteries-for-all-new-homes-20190211-p50x2h.html
    Cara Waters reports that The Franchise Council of Australia has asked the regulator to investigate troubled franchise Jump! Swim Schools after a rising number of complaints.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/watchdog-asked-to-investigate-jump-swim-schools-20190211-p50wy1.html
    Apple need to fix battery problem before it’s too late.
    https://www.outline.com/qUjJwd

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe and an OTT Morrison.

    David Pope and high rise developments.

    Cathy Wilcox gets ready for today’s vote.

    From Matt Golding.






    A couple from John Shakespeare.


    Peter Broelman and the parliamentary sitting schedule.

    Zanetti’s back on the job!

    You can trust Johannes Leak!
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/18d1dcb3af920657f68b3edd57e23cbe

    From the US.






  6. BK

    Thanks for your links. I’m wondering if it is possible to put a direct link to AFR as well as the outline link. I find not being able to read the article from the start very frustrating. I completely understand if it is not possible.

    • Try an incognito window and google the headline. It works for me for AFR articles.

      Outline always cuts off the first few paragraphs of anything AFR.

      Not everything AFR is paywalled, sometimes just a search for the headline will get you what you want.

  7. Just back on denying pairs for a second – there’s another aspect to it which demonstrates that what the ALP did was strictly procedural and not some clever tactic.

    Pairing only makes any sense for regular votes, because it helps keep the two opposing sides commensurate with whatever the majority is in the HOR. If three government MPs are missing for whatever reason, pairing means the opposition can’t take advantage of it to sneak in a victory on the floor. That makes sense

    But with a vote that requires a majority of 76, if the opposition and cross-benchers have 76 votes, there’s nothing the government can do about it. It doesn’t matter who’s missing. They could have zero or twenty MPs not turn up, they’re not going to change that vote. If there’s a pairing arrangement, however, the government can exploit it by simply directing a couple of MPs to stay away on some pretext, and no strict majority vote can ever be carried. So what the ALP are doing, far from pulling a swifty, is preventing the Morrison government from artificially denying a vote on the floor.

    Of course Pyne is annoyed about it. He’s been denied a tactic. But it’s not true to say, as he did, that sick government MPs would be denied time off to see a doctor or whatever. Whether they stay or not is irrelevant, won’t change the vote at all.

    • And apparently, according to twitter, he’s denied that their mob denied pairing when they were in opposition. I’m sure he’s being corrected on that outright lie.

  8. Not sure if they’re still doing it, but a lot of political commentators have been trying to characterise this year’s election as similar to that of 1993. You know, opposition has it in the bag, then fails because Hewson can’t adequately explain the GST. The ‘retirement tax’ – or possibly the negative gearing proposal – is supposed to be the current equivalent.

    Surely a better example is 2007. The electorate makes up its mind very early on, but the government tries every trick in the book to swing the polls around – bribes, scare campaigns, dirty tricks, you name it. Media gets very excited about the incumbent pulling a rabbit out the hat and denying the ALP its ‘sure thing’. Come the election, everything goes exactly as the polls suggested.

    We’re seeing a similar level of hysteria and desperation from Morrison as we did from Howard once he knew what was likely to happen. And the scrabbling to hang on until the very last minute is very similar too.

  9. People keep talking about how the Morrison government has the upper hand with regard to the Phelps bill or the amendments to the present bill, or whatever actually happens. The idea is that when the ALP vote the amendments through, all the government has to do is let a few boats through and blame it on the ALP. Then they shout “Border Security” a few times and win the election. Apparently.

    It doesn’t work like that. Tampa worked because it had shock value. Australians hadn’t seen anything like it before, and they were understandably shaken by it. The press were breathless too, because of the novelty value. Plus, there was still a fair amount of trust in the Howard government back in those days – and there was no forum, as there is now online, to challenge government pronouncements. Conditions have changed. We’re far more cynical about it now. There’s definitely some entrenched attitudes against asylum seekers and ‘boat people’, but there’s been so much exposure to the issue that hardly anyone is sitting on the fence any longer. We’ve all decided where we sit. A couple of boats will only serve to heighten the differences of opinion. They won’t change opinions.

    What it can do is swamp the election narrative, which works slightly in Morrison’s favour because it glosses over all his other failings. While we’re butting heads over boats, we’re not talking about climate change, or dead fish, or the deficit blow-out, or Robodebt, or the slashing of funding to essential services, or the holy mess they’ve made of exploiting their ‘retirement tax’ scare campaign. Effectively, though, it can only fortify the Liberals’ base, which right now is not nearly big enough to make them competitive.

    • While every journalist is focusing on Labor’s amendments to an amendment the rest of the very real issues are being overlooked.

      As usual, it’s all about “get Labor” with the MSM glossing over the government’s very real problems.

      The court action involving Michaelia Cash, the scandals involving her office and staff and their leaking of the raid on the AWU is barely getting a mention.

  10. A NYT journalist living in Iran for 20 years writes of the changes in Iran. People doing ‘outside’ what they used to only do ‘inside’ and the question of will the government reflect the change. Last time they started considering being a bit more “liberal” that Horses Arse Dubya Bush ramped up the ‘let’s bomb Iran’ bullshit. Which of course ended that .Hopefully Trump will be too lazy to bother much.
    .
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    NYTIMES.COM › Annotations
    The Iran Revolution at 40: From Theocracy to ‘Normality’
    THOMAS ERDBRINK FEBRUARY 10, 2019′

    .In February of 1979, Tehran was in chaos. A cancer-stricken Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the Western-backed autocrat, had gone into exile i………………………………..While the political system is basically the same as in those early years, the society changed slowly, at times almost imperceptibly. Those changes have been enormous, and Iran today is closer than most outsiders generally appreciate to being that “normal” country Iranians want.

    While state television still refuses to show musical instruments, there are buskers on the streets of Tehran. One day I was watching a couple of young men, one on drums and the other on guitar, when suddenly, a tall young woman appeared with a bass guitar and joined in
    .
    ………………..Connections to the outside world — the internet, of course, but particularly satellite TV broadcasts that broke the veil of isolation………..That evening about 20 female neighbors joined me in my living room to watch their favorite Turkish soap opera. By the next day, they all had new dishes.

    The police have largely given up that fight, too. There are just too many dishes around. Iranians can now watch over 200 Persian-language channels operating from abroad, showing everything from ‘‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’’ to unfiltered news and Hollywood movies..
    https://outline.com/VqBNgd

  11. There is no mention of the so-called”medivac/Phelps/medical transfer” bill on today’s program for the Resp.

    So much for all the MSM hoo-ha.

    https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;adv=yes;orderBy=date-eFirst;page=0;query=Dataset:dailyp%20Title:%22Daily%20Program%22;rec=0;resCount=Default

    The Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018 is listed as a message from the Senate. That means the Reps are to debate the amendments passed by the Senate and vote on them, not necessarily today. That item comes up after QT and a Matter of Importance, if there is one, and so far nothing is listed.

    This is where Labor’s amendments will come into play – if the government allows. Since the original bill has been before the parliament since March 2018 it’s obviously not considered urgent, although the amendment passed last December obviously is. I would not put it past this government to postpone debate until some unspecified future date, just because they can.

    FauxMo has already said he will not be supporting any Labor amendment. The Greens, good little closet Liberals that they are, have also announced they won’t support Labor’s amendments as they stand, so that pretty much kills the whole thing, unless all parties can come to an agreement. No matter what happens the MSM will tell us it’s all Labor’s fault.

    I really don’t think there will be a vote on this today. No-one seems ready. If it happens it will be late in the day.

    One more thing – so far not one journalist has bothered to tell us which bill Labor is amending, in fact they have been deliberately misleading, to put it kindly. This morning they were still taking about the “medivac bill”.

  12. Kon’s latest video for the ASRC on what he and Jana have been doing in Canberra.

    Forget the MSM commentary, which is all about “Labor backflips” and political point-scoring, with barely a word about the real point, sick people getting urgent medical care. Just watch this.

    • Oh and what looks like a bigly FU to Labor in this tweet.

      Emma Husar MP
      (@emmahusarmp)
      Just swallow your rage.
      Even if it makes you choke.

      February 12, 2019

  13. Wow, the greens. Perfect or nothing. Heard their so called leader on newsradio on the way home. Can’t believe people still vote for these wreckers. They’re as bad as the lnp.

    • Some of the comments from Greens supporters on Twitter lately have been disgusting, filled with spite and hate aimed at Labor. They are not going to win anyone over if they carry on like that.

      It’s no wonder Greens membership and votes are plummeting. A nasty, vicious party run by turncoats and liars.

      I think Di Natale’s grandstanding today is aimed at winning votes from Labor. He’s going to have to try harder, medical transfers for refugees are not the biggest issue worrying most voters.

    • As Tony Windsor put it earlier today, the Greens get more value out of the problem than the solution. Under the Di Natale leadership, they’re really only vote-seekers. As far as actual policies are concerned, I’m not sure they know what they stand for any more.

  14. Michaelia Cash’s Former Media Adviser Reveals Chief Of Staff Told Him Of AWU Raids

    David De Garis has admitted to calling “several media outlets” ahead of the AFP raid on the AWU.
    The former chief of staff to small business minister Michaelia Cash knew that police planned to raid the Australian Workers’ Union offices, and told another staff member, who leaked the information to the media before warrants were executed.

    David De Garis, Cash’s former senior media adviser, made the shocking revelation during day two of the AWU’s Federal Court challenge into the legality of the October 2017 raids on its Sydney and Melbourne offices

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/aliceworkman/michaelia-cash-former-media-adviser-reveals-chief-of-staff

  15. Mark Kenny on what happened before QT finally began, an hour late.

    Katter’s “speech” may well have been more entertaining than the drivel from the government that usually fills up QT.

    • My godson is in Canberra this week, with his Grade Six class. I don’t think he was at QT today, but he will be at some stage, I’d imagine. I’ll hear about it when he’s back on Friday.

  16. More desperate tactics. It looks very much like the government is going to push for the original amendment to be thrown out on legal grounds.

    Speaker Tony Smith has received a letter from attorney-general Christian Porter on the medevac bill, which includes advice from the solicitor-general. Porter asked Smith to keep the advice confidential. Smith says, as Speaker, he needs to table it. And so he is.

    Plot twist (but what, we don’t yet know)

    I have received correspondence from the Attorney General dated 10 February and attached opinion from the Solicitor general dated seven February relating to the Senate’s amendments to the home affairs Legislation Amendment miscellaneous measures bill 2018.

    The Senate message relating to this bill is to be reported after the matter of public importance.

    Which is why I am giving this initial statements now, for reasons that will become obvious. I have determined that I will table the correspondence from the attorney for the information of honorable members.

    When I table that correspondence at the conclusion of my statement, members will see that the Attorney General, in his letter to me, states that the opinion he attaches to his correspondence from the solicitor general is provided to me on a confidential basis, and to quit the Attorney General, quote, I would appreciate you not circulating it further.

    I have advised the Attorney General that has Speaker, it is important that I ensure in this instance or material available to me is also available to all members of the house.

    As a consequence, I have also decided to table the solicitor general’s opinion.

    Copies of the tabled documents will now be available at the end of the table.”

    And yes, we are running to the tables office

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/feb/12/morrison-shorten-coalition-labor-medical-evacuation-bill-kerryn-phelps-politics-live

    The Solicitor-General is not always right. As Amy Remeikis says – “Let’s remember this is the advice from the solicitor-general, who also advised the government that the section 44 MPs were fine. It’s legal advice and can be wrong.”

    The government will do anything, say anything, concoct any sort of misinformation to stop this legislation getting through the Reps.

    Meanwhile men on Manus Island still can’t get even the most basic medical treatment and mental health treatment is not available at all.

    The government doesn’t care about sick adults, all that matters in point-scoring.

    • The advice for the SG is dated 7 FEbruary.

      The plan is to have the amendment declared unconstitutional, meaning the message from the Senate cannot be delivered to the Reps. The latest round of amendments therefore have to be set aside.

      Or – everything pauses while the High Court decides. That will take ages.

      It was only February 5 that Scott Morrison said he didn’t care if the government lost this vote:

      If we lose that vote next week, so be it. We won’t be going off to the polls,” he said on Tuesday night.

      The election is in May. I will simply ignore it and we’ll get on with the business.

      But I’m not going to be howled down by the Labor party, who want to dismantle a border protection system I had a key hand in building.

      The solicitor general’s advice is dated February 7.

      Christian Porter wrote to the Speaker on February 10, asking him to keep that advice secret.

      Tony Smith wouldn’t do it, which is why we know about it.

      So I guess it wasn’t “so be it” after all

      https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/feb/12/morrison-shorten-coalition-labor-medical-evacuation-bill-kerryn-phelps-politics-live

  17. I’m guessing, reading between the lines here, that the ALP and cross-benchers are very close to an agreement on the amendments, and this was the government’s next line of attack, which they’ve triggered out of necessity. It’s probably only going to put a spanner in the works briefly, as the House can ignore the advice if they want to – it seems the ultimate decision on section 53 matters rests with them rather than the High Court.

    But it is interesting to note – at least according to Anne Twomey – that the House voting on a money bill against the government’s wishes could constitute a vote of no confidence in the government. That would be a very big deal indeed.

  18. Looks like I was right inasmuch as Labor and the cross-benchers reaching an agreement. Bandt is speaking in support of Tony Burke. It looks as if the amendments will pass. I doubt much more will come of it, though. I expect Morrison to try to ignore it and soldier on. There’ll be some very public tantrums from the Liberals. But it’s only a vote of no confidence if the Liberals treat it as such. And they won’t.

    What has happened is that the Liberals have made themselves look very stupid. They gambled on raising the stakes and they’ve lost. Plus, the spectacle of Porter asking Smith to keep the advice confidential and Smith completely ignoring the advice has got to be a terrible look.

    But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The votes haven’t happened yet. There are two – first Porter’s to kll the amendments, then Burke’s to adjust the amendments so nobody gets paid and the money issue becomes irrelevant.

  19. Losing one legislative vote is bad news for a government. Losing three – with more to come – is really, really bad.

    No wonder Pyne and FauxMo are sounding very desperate.

  20. Amy –

    A Labor MP just messaged to say they are keeping an eye on Christopher Pyne to see if he attempts to run off with the mace Brexit debate style.

    I think they are only half joking. Things are quite tense on the government side.

    We are talking about a historic loss. The last time this happened, no one in that chamber was alive

  21. And there we go – the government has just suffered a major loss, and a loss on it’s own legislation too, just to make things that bit worse.

  22. I just want to point this out –

    The amended bill that was just voted through the Reps is the HOME AFFAIRS LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES) BILL 2018.

    It is not, and never was, “the medivac bill”.

    Now it goes back to the Senate for today’s amendments to be agreed to.

  23. While Morrison is licking his wounds, he might want to reflect on his own party’s monstrous self-defeatist idiocy, that has seen one of their own (Banks) and the member of the seat of the previous PM (Phelps) handing them a defeat on the floor. It’s more than conceivable that if he weren’t PM, this would never have happened.

  24. And I would caution people here getting too excited.

    This is exactly what morrison/murdoch/shock jocks want.

    everything is going to ramp up big time now.

    I may be wrong but I’ve been around aus a bit lately and this is the card the Libs want to play.

    • I won’t be excited until the election is done and dusted.

      But – I think “Boats!!!” and border protection isn’t the vote-winning issue the government hopes it will be.

  25. Adam Bandt snd Dodgy Dick have booth tweeted about Labor giving in to the government and being forced to renegotiate. They are making out the Greens were the heroes today and di all the negotiating.

    No, the one Green who had a vote did the sensible thing, but only after Di Natale almost killed the whole process by having an attention-seeking hissy fit about refusing to back Labor’s amendments.

    It seems it was the Greens who ended up caving in.

    Also – Tony Smith was a hero for deciding it was his duty to reveal the government’s tactic to have the initial amendment dismissed. He was told to keep it secret but he refused to do that. Good on him!

  26. I agree with you, Joe. But I’ve just seen Morrison’s presser and I really don’t think he’s up to it. For one thing, if he was so confident of it he would never have tried that stunt this afternoon of trying to get the amendments annulled at the last minute. He would have let the ALP walk into what he would conceive of as a ‘trap’ and then spring the boat arrivals as a surprise a little further down the track. Today was just so messy. For another, ‘border protection’ doesn’t have the cachet it did back in 2013. The brand has been tarnished, and the electorate is more wary now. The Coalition will go hard on AS, and they’ll make some small inroads – maybe – but not nearly enough in the time-span available to them. They’ve gone hard on everything, all the time, and it’s all been disastrous to them.

    The headlines tomorrow will be all about the loss on the floor. So he can’t start his border protection push with any momentum.

    I expected his presser to be a rehash of his speech in Parliament. Rabble-rousing is all he has. And his emphasis is all wrong. If you’re going to make this a crucial national issue, you have to talk 80% the nation and 20% the opposition. He’s doing it the other way around, which clearly indicates his prosecuting a political case rather than a security one. His inability to;’rise above’ politics to a level of statesmanship (a fault he shares with both Turnbull and Abbott) almost guarantees he’ll lose this fight.

    • Good Lord, the (peeled) spud is on 7.30 – told Leigh that HE (the spud) is quite happy with the job Morrison is doing. The rest of his contribution to the show consisted of keeping up a tirade about Shorten.

  27. leonetwo,

    I won’t be excited until the election is done and dusted.

    But – I think “Boats!!!” and border protection isn’t the vote-winning issue the government hopes it will be.

    It’s pretty well all they have got now.

    The massive over-reach by Tim Wilson has pretty well run their line on Franking Credits and Labor’s Tax on pensioners well and truly up on the rocks.

    I can’t see the next News Poll being very favourable to them now. Morrison might as well visit the GG tomorrow and get it over & done with it before even more damage is done & makes the situation even worse heading towards May 18.

    • Meh. Morrison has long decided that he’s going to keep trying stuff until the polls turn around, or he literally has to call the election, whichever comes first. The whole year has had the feel of “Not now, lets try this first…”

      Border security is his last roll of the dice, that’s true. But boy oh boy is he going to run with it. We’ll be seeing hyperbole like never before.

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