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The Loveliest Leadership Challenge Where Everyone Sang Kumba Ya!

After deciding that the “overwhelming support” of the party room wasn’t enough to pursue the policy endorsed on Friday, Malfunction decided that he needed to change the policy because overwhelming support isn’t the same as enough support.

He changed it yesterday.

Moving on…

Sky News told us today that some Coalition members called for an end to the chaos and infighting… I immediately inferred that the rest were supporters of Tony Abbott.

On the ABC, Amanda Vanstone told us Turnbull got more votes today than when he first won the leadership. I suspect that she meant when he first became PM…

Then, on Sky, we were told that this was a great challenge because it was totally lacking in the acrimony of previous challenges. Apparently after the challenge the Liberals asked the Nationals to come into the party room, join hands and sing, “Kumba Ya” with the slightly changed lyric of

Turnbull’s praying, Lord, Kumba Ya, Dutton hasn’t got a prayer, 

Oh Lord, Kumba Ya

The Nationals said that they hadn’t received the invitation in time, but they’d lay low and wait till after the drought before they dismissed climate change with all the energy of Barnaby Joyce.

The Project, on the other hand, attracted a lot of controversy because it was headed by the sort fo person who’ll be on the deportation list once Dutton…

Ok, I’ve been listening to interpretations of today’s spill…

Spill, now there’s a word. It suggests an accident. You know, someone was clumsy and they spilled something.

However, the spill from today was deliberate. I mean, Malcolm chose to call for a spill.

I guess I should be more respectful. After all, Malcolm is an ex-PM and as such he should be treated with more respect than addressing him by his first name. (I’m writing this on Tuesday and I’m presuming that it may out of date before anyone reads it!)

Anyway, I have it on good authority that Scott Morrison was more than a little smug last night because he was expecting that Dutton wasn’t going to challenge any time soon, so he’d have time to have his “friends” suggest that maybe it’d be a good idea if there was a compromise candidate and he’d slipstream into the job in the wind tunnel between the gap left by those who want Turnbull to be gone whatever the cost and those who don’t want Dutton to get the job because he doesn’t look like PM material… Although his looks may be his greatest asset.

But we had a spill.

Oops…

An accident…

And by “accident” we mean something that somebody did delberately which led to unintended consequences.

In breaking news, Darren Chester has pointed out that even National Party members aren’t stupid enough to think that Peter Dutton is electable.

Well, from what the media is saying, Mr Turnbull has until Thursday to turn things around. From what I hear, Peter Dutton has until Thursday to grasp the dagger or Scott Morrison will be PM before Christmas.

Further updates once they become available. Or even sooner if I feel the need to scoop the MSM.

 

 

 


19 comments

  1. pierre wilkinson

    How can we have a leadership challenge when we have had no leadership?

  2. Rossleigh

    That – I suspect- IS the leadership challenge!

  3. Matters Not

    If Dutton becomes the PM, I suspect he won’t want Bishop the Younger as his Deputy. I suspect also that Tony Abbott will be first in line.

    A modern day resurrection is in the offering if it happens on Thursday:

    As the Nicene Creed expresses it – On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures

    So it is written. A feast day?

  4. Kaye Lee

    I think Yorick wants the deputy job. (Yorick being the nickname that Labor have given Greg Hunt….replace the greg and say it out loud). Tony might be home affairs or defence perhaps?

  5. Kronomex

    The one major thing I won’t miss when Trembles get the chop is his obsession with taking selfies of himself. It just shows he is as much a narcissist as the looney in the US.

  6. Rhonda

    Good one, Rossleigh

  7. Kaye Lee

    Q&A next week is in Qld with George Christensen, Pauline Hanson and Bob Katter all on the same panel. I feel nauseous already at how low this campaign is going to go.

  8. Paul

    So is Dutton Abbott’s ‘Trojan Horse’?

  9. Paul

    “Q&A next week is in Qld with George Christensen, Pauline Hanson and Bob Katter.”

    Ah! Somewhere between The Young Ones and The Three Stooges, great comedy viewing, get out the popcorn kiddies!

  10. Terence Mills

    The media have been provided with some old photos of Dutton, smiling and with family photos in the background. All of a sudden he is giving interviews…..even to the ABC !

    We are going to be subjected to a PR storm in favour of Peter Dutton, a man known for his laziness in his portfolio, his boredom with matters of policy, his lack of vision and his indifference to the plight of refugees in detention.

    This man is a whoopee cushion from the far-right and no amount of lipstick on this potato will change that.

    We need an election NOW

  11. Florence Howarth

    The love fest between Dutton & Turnbull doesn’t ring true. Something stinks about yesterday.

  12. New England Cocky

    Meanwhile as Australia is distracted by the political assassination attempts in the Liarbral Party, Poorlean Hansen (Jeff Ashby’s Only Nutters Party) is reported to have missed the Second Reading of the $50 BILLION “Buy the Bankers Vote” tax deductions for corporations.

    Perhaps that was just coincidental timing, but obviously good for the IPA and its financial patrons.

    @TM: Q&A will give Poorlean an opportunity to explain why she was absent from the LNP misgovernment vote to give corporations $50 BILLIO tax break … against the best interests of Australian voters.

  13. Ricardo29

    Motor mouth Morrison as a compromise candidate? Dog save us. Yorick? ( love it, we used to call his father Ralph rhyming slang) ? Dutton? How dire are the straits Australia is in now? And to hear Scomo on Monday and a Bishop last night telling us how great they are at governing makes me sick. For weeks we’ve been told stories about how banks and big business are ripping people off, wages are flatlining while business profits soar, the economy is tanking, house prices are now, finally, falling everywhere but are still unaffordable for many, private TAFE providers are scamming job seekers, the 457 visa system is being rorted, the climate is being destroyed while electricity companies gouge us and gas exporters rob the country of its natural resources while telling us we need to destroy our water by fracking for more gas to send overseas, and these shills tell us what a wonderful job they are doing for us. Well, can they please stop and give us a chance to tell them what WE think of the job they are doing?

  14. Egalitarian

    Some great observations there Paul.

  15. Barry Thompson.

    You are a bugger Kaye Lee. I almost choked on my coffee reading your Yorick comment.
    Now to clean my keyboard.

  16. Terence Mills

    NE Cocky

    It looks as though Pauline had been persuaded not to front in the Senate by Cormann as, had she voted against the second reading as she had indicated she would, the Bill would have failed. As it was, her absence gave the government a one vote win after they had amended the Bill to exclude tax cuts to the big four banks.

    Cormann didn’t (as far as I can see) move for a third reading which could have sealed the legislation into law so, it still remains for the senate to vote on the third and final reading which if passed will give companies with turnover over $50 million a tax cut. So it seems to be up to Hanson again.

    What is an enormous worry for this country is that the coalition have legislated tax cuts way into the future for individuals and companies at a time when we actually need new revenue to pay off debt (which has doubled under the coalition) and fund infrastructure, hospitals, schools etc.

    Then we have Peter potato-head this morning saying that he will, as prime minister, repeal GST on electricity prices for some Australians – what he was reported as saying was :

    Mr Dutton told Triple M in Melbourne he wants to see the 10 per cent GST on electricity removed for families and pensioners.

    Now I’m not a Constitutional lawyer but I don’t think that you can discriminate against Australian citizens in that way : how does a power company check to see if you are a family or if you are single or if you are in the type of relationship that Mr Dutton would not approve of ?

  17. Christopher J. Ward

    re: pierre wilkinson above. A very good point well made; I agree.

  18. jimhaz

    I went looking for the stats on MT challenge against Abbott…this came up with Page not Found

    “Tony Abbott will challenge Malcolm Turnbull on Monday – The Australian”

    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=Tony+Abbott+will+challenge+Malcolm+Turnbull+on+Monday&rlz=1C1GGRV_enAU751AU751&oq=Tony+Abbott+will+challenge+Malcolm+Turnbull+on+Monday&aqs=chrome..69i57.1326j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

    I do not know the age of the google entry, but if it is current then a Murdoch paper would know before anyone else.

  19. Rossleigh

    Ok, just repeating this because I called it early:

    “Anyway, I have it on good authority that Scott Morrison was more than a little smug last night because he was expecting that Dutton wasn’t going to challenge any time soon, so he’d have time to have his “friends” to suggest that maybe it’d be a good idea if there was a compromise candidate and he’d slipstream into the job in the wind tunnel between the gap left by those who want Turnbull to be gone whatever the cost and those who don’t want Dutton to get the job because he doesn’t look like PM material… Although his looks may be his greatest asset.”

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