Friday 24 November 2017
We all wait in anticipation of what might happen on or after December 4 (after delaying a week’s sitting of the Parliament to enable politicians to do something they should have done when pre-selected to run for office in the last election … that being to read section 44 of the Constitution to find out if they are eligible and carry out any research into their citizenship status if necessary).
Just how many from either side who have not done their due diligence will be revealed. However, because Labor has more stringent pre-selection rules it is expected that it will be the right of politics with the longest queue to face the High Court and subsequent by-elections.
The million dollar question of course, is will the Government end up with a majority? It is much like the proverbial calm before the storm with so many sails seeking extra knots.
Cabinet is leaking, with stories about the reconsideration of a Royal Commission into the banks. And a couple of National Party members might cross the deck on the issue in the absence of Alexander and Joyce.
“Now Treasurer Scott Morrison has claimed the government’s new energy policy will knock $400 a year off your electricity bills – a saving four times greater than the government initially predicted in October.”
It is nothing but a lie of course, which should earn him 30 days below deck in solitary confinement.
The two by-elections are causing a swell to develop in the electorates of Bennelong and New England. Alexander has worthwhile opponent in Kristina Keneally who will certainly test him out while the rumours surrounding Joyces’s alleged infidelity might let some wind into Labor’s sails.
Then of course there is the Marriage Equality legislation that everyone, bar a few very conservative deck hands, who seem intent on throwing the anchor overboard, want passed before Christmas. I’m suggesting that this is one reason why the PM wanted more time to test the winds.
As I write, the news from Manus Island hits my computer screen. The subject used to curry favour for the government but a large percentage of the population, after listening to years of lying, now no longer nail their view to the mast of obscenity
“A police operation is under way on Manus Island, with Papua New Guinean police and immigration officers entering the former detention centre in an effort to move detainees out, more than three weeks into a deteriorating humanitarian crisis.”
Everyone is hoping that Christmas comes sooner rather than later so that they can watch the Sydney to Hobart in the calm quietness of their living rooms but the bureau predicts heavy storms before the event.
All the predictions are that the crew doesn’t have the discipline for the long race. Already the crew are talking mutiny with Captain Bligh Turnbull being slipped overboard in the middle of the night. The only thing stopping it is an alternative skipper with an ability to read a compass, let alone chart a course.
If the citizenship debacle wasn’t enough to anger the spectators then when Turnbull scrapped a week’s parliamentary sitting, their assessment of a government running scared was scathing.
Is it too late to change both course and skipper? Well, recent results would suggest ‘not’ but ‘who’ am I to judge? I only know that with Malcolm at the helm the Coalition has no chance of winning and that without Malcolm at the helm they may as well let out the spinnaker and hope they can call on Puff the Magic Dragon to fill their sails.
My thought for the day
“We never change until it gets to uncomfortable to stay the same.”
PS: I forgot about the National Energy Policy the details of which still haven’t been released. I do hope it didn’t enter the Melbourne to Devonport. It’s much rougher and I don’t think they have the energy for it.