Wednesday 29 November 2017
1 I have been following politics in Australia for fifty years and I have happily accepted the cut and thrust of it. Even the theatre of it. I have experienced, even sympathised with the difficulties of players on both sides of the political divide. I have read much on the subject and confess to being a political tragic.
Moreover, I have probably seen more political scandal than most, including the Whitlam times when an unelected head of state dismissed an elected prime minister.
Nevertheless, nothing approaches the stench surrounding the Abbott/Turnbull Governments.
Their woes continue with the junior partner in the Coalition confirming who is governing by actually coming out in support of a Royal Commission into the banks.
On the one hand the senior partner and its leader are totally opposed and on the other the junior partner reckons it knows best and will vote for the inquiry.
With the National Party’s leader giving his blessing to rolling the Prime Minister it confirms two things. Firstly that it is Joyce who is calling the results and two, that Turnbull is all but finished. No leader worth his salt would allow himself to be rolled in such a manner. It may even end up in an amicable divorce.
Christopher Pyne had this to say yesterday morning:
“My message to all my colleagues is that disunity is death and if anyone thinks they are going to do well by creating disunity, they don’t do so. I’ve been in Parliament for a quarter of a century. I can tell you that when parties are disunited, they lose.”
I agree with that, except the horse has bolted.
However, in pure political terms it is the right decision and discloses, yet again, the poor judgement of the Prime Minister who’s shrieking rhetoric is currently reaching soprano proportions.
Joining John Alexander in the seat of Bennelong the Prime Minister said:
“Kristina Keneally wants us to bring all of those asylum seekers from Manus [Island] to Australia.”
“Now believe me, right now, the people smugglers are using Kristina Keneally’s articles, her statements on this as a marketing tool to get people onto their boats to take them to sea … When the boats start again, if Labor were ever to get back into government, how many of those asylum seekers is she going to bring to Bennelong?”
Ms Keneally responded by saying that; “The Prime Minister wants to make mischief with this issue because he doesn’t have anything else to talk about”
The thing about Turnbull is that this sort of shrieking rhetoric doesn’t become him. It is not the language of a gentleman. You might expect it of “The Fixer” Christopher Pyne, but not one with the image of a squire.
At the end of the first week of campaigning Alexander was ahead with 53 per cent compared to Ms Keneally on 47. That represents a swing of almost 7 per cent away from the Liberal Party against the 2016 election result.
Adding to Turnbull’s problems, and what can only be described as disastrous, NBN Co revealed on Monday the nationwide HFC rollout would be delayed, a setback that means tens of thousands voters in Bennelong will now have to wait up to nine months longer for the NBN.
Anyway it seems he has found $100 million in the form of commitment to building a transport hub in the electorate. Amazing where it comes from when it’s needed.
It is difficult to see how the Prime Minister can withstand this shirtfront by Barnaby Joyce and survive. It’s like the Deputy Prime Minister has said that if the ship is to sink, then the Captain should be the first overboard. He desperately wants the National Party to be the clean skins of this incompetent association.
A Royal Commission into the banks with popular support is the way to differentiate the Nats from the Libs. If Turnbull caves in he is the one with egg all over his face. But cave in he has to. With the Queensland result and the revolt of the Nats it has pulled down the Liberal Party’s last line of defence.
2 To say that Don Burke’s interview on Channel 9 was bizarre would be an understatement. Burke has now been added to a long list of men who had allegedly been acting badly. Mind you I have always said that men have never really grown up so it’s not surprising.
The common denominator, that repeats itself with all these accusations is the number of women involved. On the balance of probability they cannot all be lying.
But even more bizarre is the fact that a President of the United States has also been accused of serial molestation of women. He even described in one instance on TV just how he did it. You can read about it here: “What Happened to the 16 Women Who Accused Trump of Sexual Misconduct”.
3 Also bizarre was Tuesday night’s edition of “The Drum.” One of the guests, who unfortunately had the same name as the second President of the US, John Adams, didn’t handle the questions very well. Fact is he was so bizarre with most of them, that the moderator, (I have never seen this before) turned to him, lent over, put her elbow on the desk and asked him with all the frankness she could muster if he was really the full quid. Well, not in those words but you can watch it on The Drum Facebook page. (Itt doesn’t allow a link).
4 Did you know that the gross domestic product of the world’s 48 poorest 48 nations is less than the wealth of the world’s three richest people combined?
My thought for the day
“Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?”