Questions without notice:
Is there a relatively safe Liberal Federal seat coming up soon?
Do the Liberals need a strong Parliamentary performer at the moment?
Is there someone who retired from Parliament at a relatively young age who could make a comeback?
Am I making this up?
Okay, the answers are “yes” twice, one “possibly”, and one “no”, but I’ll let you decide where to put the answers. Actually, I think that I should move the “possibly” into the “yes” column, because with the election of the Abbott Government one would have to argue that everything’s possible, so even the “no” is arguably possible… Mm, perhaps I should replace the word “yes” with “never ever”… Yep that works too. Try it!
Sorry, if that confuses you, but I can’t be clearer because – like the mainstream media – I have sources that I can’t reveal. (And not because I’m making them up – what sort of man do you think I am? Didn’t I tell you that Abbott has a task force looking at getting rid of the states and how would I know that if I didn’t have a Liberal “friend” from my Scotch College days… Gees, what’s the point of the old school tie if you can’t use it to strangle you enemies!)
But I think that confusing you is what the government want. Why else would we have a Treasurer who urges you to spend, then, in an interview a day later, compares the government to a household and suggests that good households put money away for the future rather than spending it? I suppose that he can be forgiven for worrying, when it’s clear that there are moves afoot to replace him as Treasurer.
Of course, the Liberals don’t have anyone with any credibility as Treasurer and the suggestion that it might as well be Christopher Pyne because he’ll be unpopular whatever he does didn’t go down well with certain people. Nope, there’s just nobody that can sell the sort of nonsense that you should thank us when we increase the GST because poor people don’t have to pay it as they don’t have any money to spend…
Well, not in Parliament. And certainly not anyone who’d be prepared to believe that if was just Treasurer for another Budget or two, then the leadership would be his…
Yep, that’s something we can certainly put in the “never ever” category…