As journalists do their best to try to get Josh Frydenberg to say ‘sorry’ about the government’s opposition to a banking Royal Commission, they should not be surprised to be met with a stupid grin accompanied by a whole heap of “it’s Labor’s fault”. That’s the way these guys roll.
Josh wants to tell us that Labor did nothing about the financial sector when they were in power but that would require us forgetting that Labor introduced the Future of Financial Advice legislation and that the Coalition tried awfully hard to repeal it in their purge on ‘red tape’.
He reminds us that it was the Coalition that called the Royal Commission but back in August 2016, Scott Morrison was saying that Bill Shorten’s push for a banking royal commission was a “populist whinge” that threatened to undermine a key pillar of the Australian economy, urging Mr Shorten to stop playing “reckless political games”.
Likewise, when Tony Burke warned Barnaby Joyce about the danger of his changes to the Murray-Darling water agreement – telling SA that 450 GL of environmental flow would not be delivered because of the social and economic impacts upstream, and then further reducing the allocation by another 70 GL – Joyce accused him of “playing politics with water”.
“MDBA modelling shows that under their recommended changes, SA is likely to receive increased flows in drier periods,” said a spokesman for Mr Joyce who is hopefully feeling embarrassed right now.
The National Irrigators Council said according to the MDBA calculations it was “clear” that changing the target from 390GL to 320GL had no measurable impact on water available for SA and the Southern Basin – as they would.
NSW Regional Water Minister Niall Blair wanted the reduction in water recovery to go further. “The sole focus on water recovery is obviously detrimental to Basin communities,” his spokesperson said. No wonder he raced past the locals in a speedboat.
When the Human Rights Commission produced a report into the detention of children on Nauru, it was similarly dismissed with Tony Abbott saying they should be ashamed of themselves for what was a “blatantly partisan” exercise.
Asked if he felt any guilt about the remaining 200 kids still in detention at the time, Mr Abbott was blunt: “None whatsoever.”
Now we have ProMo describing Independent MP Kerryn Phelps’ refugee medical evacuation bill as ‘stupid’, saying that he is ‘appalled’ the Labor party is playing politics on border security.
The only people “playing politics” here are the Coalition as admitted by ProMo on two occasions with Leigh Sales – first when asked did we really have a debt and deficit emergency and then again when asked, if the country is doing so well, why Malcolm Turnbull was removed.
“That’s just politics, Leigh.”
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