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As Scott Morrison would say – that’s politics

Remind yourself of what the Ambassador to the US, who doesn’t know how to contact the President-elect (you mean there’s more to diplomacy than dinner?), said about sending refugees to Malaysia when it was a Labor idea in 2012.


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  1. Matters Not

    Hockey now has a place in ‘history’. What seemed like a good idea at the time is now his historical ‘Albatross’.

    In Australia, he will always be remembered as the best political exemplar of ‘crocodile tears’.

    And a leaner as well.

  2. captainwise

    Humbug from the fat political pig who only knows how to double dip and flap the lip.
    Dr. No (Abbott) said no in order to block any solution from Labor purely for his own purposes and no other.
    The loyal rugby second was serving his masters voice with an attempt of acting worthy of last place in the school.

  3. Miriam English

    Hockey would have thought that was a great appointment… except now he’s in the land of Trump. Just desserts.

  4. Garth

    Miriam…. what makes you think ol’ eleventy will feel out of place with Trump? I would have thought they could have extremely stimulating, intellectual conversations pondering the lives of the little people.

  5. stephentardrew

    Love how conservatives exploit emotional attachment and habituation of the public to twist their message to suit the objectives of the day thus for a moment negating criticism.

    No matter that they are the antithesis to their core beliefs. A bunch of liars and snake oil salesmen that Labor lets twist it into knots trying to counter rather than setting the agenda themselves. Some days you have to stand up and take the rubbish rather than try knee-jerk reactions in a weak defence of the indefensible.

    How did we get where we are today? By failure of the left to unite against the opposition rather than self-immolate. Nothing seems to change as they wait for the government to self-destruct rather than set the agenda as would Gough, Dunstan, Corby and Sanders. Where is our moral and courageous party of the working class, marginalised and poor.

    Labor leadership live in the glass house of Canberra and the inner circle of bureaucratic interference by treasury and foreign affairs so deeply wedded into the neoliberal paradigm that real change is not an option. You make your successes not wait for you enemies failure with a partially empty chalice.

  6. Terry2

    While Turnbull has been trying to negotiate an asylum-seeker swap strategy with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, several hundred thousand Malaysian citizens have been protesting in Kuala Lumpur against this allegedly corrupt politician.

    Najib ran into trouble this year when lawsuits filed by the US Justice Department in July said over $3.5 billion was stolen from government investment fund, 1MDB, which was founded by Najib Razak. Some of those funds flowed into the accounts of “Malaysian Official 1”, whom US and Malaysian authorities have identified as Najib.

    It was, of course, Najib Razak who did the original, but failed, refugee swap deal with PM Julia Gillard in 2011.

  7. Kaye Lee

    And that’s not all Terry, he is also being investigated in France for taking bribes to award a submarine contract to….wait for it….the same crew we just gave the contract to.

    “Paris prosecutors have launched a formal investigation into whether Najib Razak, Malaysia’s prime minister, was paid bribes over a long-contentious $1.2bn arms deal when he was defence minister.

    A judge will probe whether Bernard Baiocco, former president of French defence group Thales International Asia, paid illegal kickbacks to Mr Najib via an associate of the prime minister to win a 2002 contract for two submarines, according to people close to the case.”

  8. Miriam English

    So we can reasonably assume our corrupt pollies were paid massive bribes for the submarine contracts too. Wow. Looks like the LNP pollies are in a race to take us back to Third World standards.

    It’s easy to see why they don’t want the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) to do its work. The puzzle is why Labor also doesn’t want it. Makes you wonder what they’re scared of too.

  9. Kaye Lee


    The French had the inside running….

    “A former senior government adviser who enjoyed privileged access to top-secret information about the navy’s future submarine project has taken a high paid job with one of three foreign contenders for the $20 billion plus contract.

    Sean Costello was chief-of-staff to former Defence Minister David Johnston and left his $250,000-a-year government job in January this year (2015).

    He began work in April — just four months later — as Chief Executive Officer with French Government shipbuilder DCNS Australia.

    During his time with Senator Johnston, who was sacked last December (2014), Mr Costello was intimately involved in the government’s deliberations over the planned project and even went on board one of the highly secretive Japanese boats with his former boss.

    He was also caught up in the scandal involving excessive taxpayer funded restaurant bills used to wine and dine defence industry types that led to the minister’s demise.

    Senior military officers (above Colonel) and top defence officials are explicitly banned from working with defence companies for at least 12 months after they leave the service.”

  10. townsvilleblog

    I note today the tories have added yet another $24 bn to the budget deficit, while cutting benefits to everyday Australian “people” how do they manage such great incompetence, and why don’t the media trumpet the news?

  11. townsvilleblog

    Poor ole’ Hockey, the double dipper who scammed the govt for his accommodation whilst in Canberra is exposed in the USA for his incompetence over there as well, they couldn’t lead a horse to water.

  12. Terry2

    Even a moderately competent US Ambassador would have had the phone numbers of both Presidential candidates at his fingertips ready to call either one (or possibly both) after the election.

    Looking at you , Joe !

  13. jimhaz

    The Malaysian deal was a crap deal (4000 for 800 and I assume other costs) thus also just more political skulduggery.

    I hate how some people seemed chuffed that MT was first of the first to speak to Trump.

  14. Kaye Lee


    The point of the deal was to help with the refugee crisis (hence the increased number which could easily be compensated for by reducing other areas of migration if needs be) but also to show them there was a viable way of getting here through official channels. People who came with smugglers would go to Malaysia. People who came through official channels had a better chance of getting here. The deal wasn’t to keep people out – it was to give them hope of getting here safely and legally.

    I think Labor were warned to expect an influx due to global conditions and they were looking for temporary solutions to deal with that expected spike.

  15. glasssarah

    And he is our number 1 double dipper. Salary of $360,000, whilst collecting his $90,000 pension from his position as treasurer.

  16. Michael Taylor

    I worked for many politicians. It is often (wrongly) claimed that all politicians tell lies. In my experience they don’t. Many may change their mind on matters if situations change, and (again wrongly) they have been branded as liars because of it. I have only worked for two politicians who to my knowledge have lied to deliberately mislead the public or the media. They are John Howard and Joe Hockey. If I had worked for Tony Abbott I could have added him to the list.

  17. Jennifer Meyer-Smith

    Prima donna Hokey Pokey

  18. Harquebus

    Michael Taylor
    What about broken promises? In your experience, how many of those were deliberate and would that constitute a lie?
    What about repetitive statements about budget repair? Is Wayne Swan a liar or just another deadhead?
    Search criteria: australian politician lies

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