Saturday 4 March 2017
Before moving onto the indignant Christopher Pyne I must first make some comments on what has been a totally calamitous week for the Coalition.
The conservatives got what they have been advocating for, for decades when Fairwork handed down its decision on penalty rates and then acted like it was anathema to them. Strange that. Then Tony Abbott, still full of his own self-importance, found it necessary to dump on the PM whilst giving an out of tune rendition of ‘’My Way.’’
Then came that catastrophic Newspoll that told us what we all know. The Government is on the nose, out of control, in a spin or whatever else comes to mind. They still have two more years to inflict whatever pain they can on us. One Nation is now level with the Greens. Wow.
Then they leaked to Fairfax the private details of an Australian citizen and Centerlink client contrary to the law.
George Christensen, another conservative politician full of his own self-importance decided to resign as chief whip for the Nationals. In doing so he gave his leader and Deputy PM a decent serve. In this case size means nothing. What a prick you might say.
And then the Parliamentary Committee looking into free speech left the PM holding the baby in so much as it made no recommendations on changes to 18c. Instead it made a number of suggestions. Take your pick Malcolm but they are all politically loaded.
And that was the week that was. Now.
“Current experience would suggest that the Australian people need to take more care when electing its leaders”.
The crisis that is Christopher.
1 Christopher Pyne is the second youngest MP ever elected to the House of Representatives. He is also arguably the most disliked. No one has been expelled from the Chamber for unruly behaviour more times than Pyne. Offence comes as naturally to him as does sleeping and wakening. His demeanour is crass and unpleasant.
His self-righteous indignation is prissy, shallow, superficial, and school boyish. Some time ago the Coalition said that “the adults were back in charge”: then it’s difficult to imagine how this adolescent loutish, imbecile with an uncouth acerbic tongue got a jersey.
And so it was that the Speaker this week had to reprimand him every day. Pyne got so frustrated that he wast not having his own way all the time that the Speaker almost lost his temper. If looks could kill.
In fact the whole of the Coalition on Thursday looked like they had been to an all-night meeting to discuss why it was that if they were born to rule, they couldn’t. No answers were forthcoming so I’m anticipating some further growth is required.
”Politicians who change their minds aren’t necessarily seeing the light. They might just be feeling the heat.”
2 We did get some advice from a couple of Liberal members. Yes, Alistair Gillette and Ann Sudmalis had some advice for new home buyers.
If you want to own a home, just earn more money, if you want more money, get a higher paid job.
Thanks for nothing.
3 On Wednesday the Australian Labor Academy was launched by Bill Shorten.
This is a vision arising from the 2010 ALP National Review (Faulkner/Bracks/Carr) Report that Stuart Whitman has been working to make happen for nearly 2 years.
Stuart Whitman has written for this blog a couple of times and I have had the pleasure of taking coffee with him. He has told me he will keep me informed on its progress and may even write a piece on it.
Stuart tells me that in his speech Bill Shorten said that for every good idea for progress or reform in politics, there’s at least 20 people telling you why it can’t happen.
”My own experience has taught me that even with the best of intentions of being inclusive and seeking the common good, moving the ball only a few steps forward in politics takes tremendous patience, perseverance and strength of character and a hide as thick as a rhinoceros.”
4 On the subject of penalty rates Malcolm Turnbull was always on a hiding to nothing and It’s a wonder he didn’t act immediately to dodge the bullets. Progressively reducing the Sunday rates will not alter the fact that it’s a Coalition government that is reducing the pay of Australia’s poorest paid.
Sure Shorten is guilty of some hypocrisy but this is something the conservatives have been championing for two decades. I also note that Abbott is telling Turnbull how to do his job again.
Shorten is arguing his case better than Turnbull is. He maybe a “flip flopping hypocritical opportunist” but in the purest political sense he is the better politician.
And let’s not forget that the Government is politically vulnerable because it made no submission to the review. Labor and the Unions can play the ”who’s next” card right up to the next election.
I wonder if anybody had taken into consideration that because they are the lowest paid workers it might have been more appropriate to do nothing.
5 I heard Barrie Cassidy on News 24 on Friday say that Centerlink had received 24million calls and 4million just hung up. And they reckon it’s going well.
On this day in 2016 I wrote (yes, a year ago):
A So much happens on a day-to-day basis that it’s difficult at times to keep abreast of it all. For example. You will recall that Tony Abbott wanted to be rid of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. The good news is that it is now not the Government’s agenda even though the Government could still call a double-dissolution election on the matter.
B Speaking of Double Dissolutions the Senate Reform Bill now looks like being passed. Yes a Bill that three days ago couldn’t possibly be changed, now with the support of the Greens has been amended in two significant ways. Yep we can move fast when it suits us. A 4 hour inquiry and a report 12 hours later did the trick.
Nothing like a quickie when you’re frustrated.
C Now, more about that 50/50 Essential Poll. This Poll is important. A Facebook friend explains.
The thing about the Essential Poll is that it is a rolling poll it averages out over several polls. So the 50 – 50 result in this survey compares to the 52 – 48 to the LNP in the last one. Then that necessitates that the raw figures are a whole lot worse for the LNP than even these numbers suggest. I would love to see what those number are!!!!
So the Essential Research rolling aggregate records an unusually sharp move away from the Coalition, and finds strong support for Senate reform legislation.
The normally placid Essential Research fortnightly rolling average records a rare two-point shift on two-party preferred this week, which eliminates a settled 52-48 lead for the Coalition over previous weeks. Particularly remarkable is a three-point increase in the Labor primary vote, from 35% to 38%, although the Coalition is down only one to 43%, and the Greens are steady on 10%.
D Essential also features is a very detailed question on Senate reform, in which the legislation was explained to respondents in meticulous detail, producing a result of 53% approval and 16% disapproval.
E This month in 2013 the then Prime Minister said. ”There is a budget emergency”
Since then. The deficit has doubled. Net debt is up 59.8 billion. Spending is at GFC levels. Unemployment is up 74,500 Wages growth is at an all-time level.
My thought for the day.
”We live in a time where horrible things are being perpetrated on us. The shame is that we have normalised them and adjusted accordingly”.
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