Friday 14 October 2016
1 If anyone wanted further proof that Malcolm Turnbull is not a leader then here it is. After the dumping of the Marriage Equality Plebiscite he publicly didn’t rule out the possibility of a free vote. His supposed deputy Barnarby Joyce quickly springs into action and tells his leader that it won’t happen.
On top of that ultra neo conservative Christian, George Christensen tells him that he cannot propose a free vote on same-sex marriage now the plebiscite has been knocked back because it would breech an agreement between the Nationals and Liberals.
”All I will say on that is if all of a sudden the policy becomes a free vote, my firm view, and it’s not just a view it’s actually the reality, [is] that is breaking one of the tenets of the Liberal National Coalition deal,” Christensen said.
”That would be quite a serious matter so I don’t think that’s going to eventuate.”
Another National MP Andrew Broad weighed in saying that he would withdraw support for the government if there was a parliamentary vote on marriage without a plebiscite.
Isn’t it astonishing that the Prime Minister of Australia can be so publicly neutered by three Nationals so intellectually inferior to himself? And he is powerless to rebuke them.
That the National Party have so much power over the Government is simply astonishing. Especially given the vote they receive.
And it’s not just on Marriage Equality policy. It’s on many policy issues. Climate Change is another example where the Prime Minister caves into them and the hypocrisy is overwhelming.
Rodney Croome Long-time marriage equality advocate said.
”Regardless of the exact wording of the agreement between the Liberal and National parties it is unconscionable for Nationals MPs to hold Malcolm Turnbull to ransom over a plebiscite”.
I have never known a party leader so owned by another party. And a junior one at that. The fact is that the campaign for Marriage Equality will only strengthen over the next three years and individual MPs might find themselves on the wrong side of history come the next election.
If Turnbull wants to be a leader with a chance of winning the next election then at some point in time he will have to confront the right of the Coalition about many issues. But given his actions so far perhaps he doesn’t want too.
Phillip Coorey writing in the AFR put another slant on the subject.
‘”The issue of same-sex marriage is divisive for both major political parties. The policy of the Australian Labor Party of a compulsory parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage is likely to be challenged at its national conference in 2017. Conservatives within the Liberal Party of Australia are likely to insist on a plebiscite as their preferred position on same-sex marriage, while moderates are inclined towards a parliamentary free vote’”
And it was somewhat cheeky of The Australian Christian Lobby spokesperson Lyle Shelton to publicly thank Bill Shorten for delivering ‘’the gift of time’’ with the announcement that Labor would not support a Plebiscite.
What the public, and not least what gays want, seems to be getting lost in the argument.
”I have come to the conclusion that one of the truly bad effects religion (any religion) has on people is that it teaches that it is a virtue to be satisfied with not understanding”
2 At the risk of repeating myself and I know I have written about it many times, but the question remains. When are we likely to see some decent government? When will we hear a mantra that tells the people more than a slogan like jobs and growth? Where is the broad outline, from our leader that tells the nation of his ideas beyond innovation?
Where is the plan into the future that addresses new technology and how and when it might affect the jobs of the future? What are the government’s goals for reform in the economy, our system of government, guaranteeing our health system and the environment?
These are all questions that require urgent action. What we have at the moment is a government that cannot see beyond the next election and how it might survive. And of course a Prime Minister who since becoming Prime Minister has not come up with one single policy idea, instead relying on the policies of his predecessor.
Where is the boldness, the daring and largess of thoughtful ideas to challenge the things that need to be done in a rapidly changing world?
”Are you really doing what is important? What you believe in, or have you just adjusted to what you are doing”
3 Barnaby Joyce has made the extraordinary decision to point-blank defy a Senate order to produce the cost-benefit analysis on his plan to forcibly move 175 public servants from Canberra to the heart of his electorate.
4 The fact that the Turnbull Government suffered its second embarrassment on procedure may seem trivial to some but it does empathize the incompetence of the government.
It can now claim to be the first federal government in Australian history to vote against itself.
6 My secret source Tim tells me that Australians lose $23 billion a year on gambling every year and he reckons that we should have no more federal elections. Just swap the government every six years.
I suggested they would be just repairing each other’s mess.
He also tells me that the Labor Party has avoided being fined for bombarding voters with text messages purportedly from Medicare after the Australian Federal Police confirmed no offences had been committed.
On top of that he tells me that the 2013 Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Outlook statement showed net government debt at the time of the last election was $184 billion. The 2016 Budget, and Treasury’s independent PEFO which came out three weeks later, showed net debt for 2015-16 will be $285.8 billion – a blowout of more than $100 billion by the Liberals in less than three years. The Budget papers also show that in 2016-17, on the Liberals’ plans, net debt will reach 18.9% of GDP – the highest level since at least 1970.
Handy man to know my Tim.
My thought for the day.
”Everyone has a choice. You can either whinge about the issues you do something about them”
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