Breaking News: Senator Chris Evans has resigned from cabinet

The AFR is reporting that Chris Evans has resigned his ministry.

The Gillard government’s rocky start to the 2013 election year has gotten worse with the resignation of cabinet minister Chris Evans.

Senator Evans, who is a strong supporter of Ms Gillard, resigned his ministry on Friday night and it will be announced on Saturday.

He was the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs, Science and Research and the government’s leader in the Senate, making him the third most senior member of the government.

Nobody will notice his absence – although it does reflect poorly on the government.

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137 Responses to Breaking News: Senator Chris Evans has resigned from cabinet

  1. Gab

    The pinnacle of his career, according to Evans, and with tears in eyes he said that dismantling the Pacific Solution was the “proudest moment of his political career”. I’ll not miss him.

  2. Pickles

    Soon she must ask herself, what would Joe do?

  3. Tracey

    Dman, you people are quick! Snap as I just linked to this on the Open thread.

  4. Leigh Lowe

    The pinnacle of his career, according to Evans, and with tears in eyes he said that dismantling the Pacific Solution was the “proudest moment of his political career”. I’ll not miss him.

    Is it possible his career …… ahem ……. died of shame?

  5. Mk50 of Brisbane

    Yeah, Evans is most proud of slaughtering over a thousand ‘little brown people’ so greenfilth can feel a touch more smug when they gave lovingly into their mirrors.

    Don’t let the door smack your elitist patrician arse on the way out, Princess.

  6. Jarrah

    Rats off a sinking ship?

  7. blogstrop

    I’m having trouble imagining the face of the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs, Science and Research.
    “Nobody will notice his absence.”
    But we’ll probably notice who replaces him, and have fun working out for what reason.
    Later … oh, right. Looks a bit like McClelland. Hmmm.

  8. candy

    Is he ill or family, it seems really unexpected.

  9. Tracey

    If memory serves he supported Gillard, not Rudd, in last year’s challenge so TLS can’t put it down to sour grapes.

  10. Tal

    Gab did he really go the blub?

  11. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    I bloody knew it – I said here in the past couple of days to the effect that the Slapper will have her hands full for a bit, dealing with the unexpected consequences of her unilateral decision.

    She daren’t leave her office at the moment, for fear of being mugged as she passes through Labor territory to the relative safety of the outside world.

    Eventually, if she survives those consequences, she’ll have some time to concentrate on AbbottAbbottAbbott.

  12. Tom

    Rats off a sinking ship?

    Exactly, Jarrah. And I expect it will create inertia as there appears to be little ministerial discipline or respect for Gillard, who the party now acknowledges is electoral dead meat.

    Slippery Pete will be next with a by-election in Fisher. September 14 is now more notional than ever.

  13. Samuel J

    Is Gillard going to nominate Nova to replace him as Minister?

    As James Campbell said (comparing Nova Peris to Trish Crossin)

    the choice between an undistinguished hack who’s had a good run and a retired celebrity sports star is a hard one. Too hard to be left in the hands of ALP members apparently.

  14. Jarrah

    Was Evans for Rudd or for Gillard during the coup?

  15. Chris Ashton

    Died of Shame?

    I think the most shameful bit was being given the non-job of Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs, Science and Research.

  16. Tracey

    This opens up a Senate vacancy. Please God don’t let them slot Iemma in like they did Carr.

  17. Sinclair Davidson

    He was for Gillard and he isn’t resigning his seat – just the ministry.

  18. Gab

    Please God don’t let them slot Iemma in like they did Carr.

    or is Evans resignation done to allow exactly that? He is a very staunch supporter of gillard.

  19. Tal

    No resigning before the election,stay and face the music,otherwise you don’t get your pension……The Fisk Doctrine…….

  20. Tracey

    IF this wasn’t another known fact before TLS made her bullshit election date announcement, I hope he reciprocated her inexcusable arse-hattery by letting her find out about it via the media.

  21. Gab

    election,stay

    Heh I read that as “electrocution day”. okay, no more margaritas for me.

  22. Cold-Hands

    JUST two days after calling an election PM Julia Gillard has been forced into a cabinet reshuffle following a high profile resignation.

    Minister for Higher Education Chris Evans has resigned from his position tonight, throwing the Federal Government further into disarray in what has proven to be a shambolic start to an election, albeit one that is almost eight months away.

    The resignation is expected to result in another Kevin Rudd backer being moved sideways with Immigration Minister Chris Bowen likely to be moved into the Higher Education and Skills portfolio.

    Schools Minister Brendan O’Connor, a Gillard loyalist, is believed to be taking the troubled Immigration portofolio.

    Mr Bowen has overseen the government’s disastrous immigration policy which has seen 416 boats and almost 26,000 refugees arrive in Australia since Ms Gillard took office.

    Other changes are expected in another purge of Rudd backers with parliamentary secretary Justine Elliot expected to be dropped.

    Gillard loyalist Stephen Conroy is believed to be angling to take over from Mr Evans as Government leader of the Senate.

    Simon Benson with his best guesses as to the ramifications but not a word on the reasons why. Possibly Evans is stepping down on instruction from the Dear Leader so she can reward her loyalists to strengthen her grasp on the job or it could be a protest at the lack of consultation by TLS making Labor’s position weaker. If it is the latter, then it may be leaked in days to come, otherwise I expect to hear the usual platitudes about “wanting to spend more time with his family”.

  23. Matt

    Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs, Science and Research.

    Dear Mr Abbott,

    After the election, can you please give your Ministers non-ridiculous titles.

    Thanks in advance …

  24. Tracey

    Please indulge me good people. I have searched for this Fisk Doctrine. I cannot find it. I very much want to read it. Hint? Link?

  25. Tal

    Nah have another one Gab while they’re still legal

  26. Tom

    Bolt also now thinks September 14 is a “desperate” ploy by Gillard, the political dyslexic.

  27. Tal

    Tracey pop over to the open forum

  28. Tracey

    I’ll shout you one as atonement Gab.

  29. Gab

    You could sell ice to Eskimos, Tal.

  30. blogstrop

    Nobody will notice his absence – although it does reflect poorly on the government..

    Reflect poorly? That’s a turn up for the books … well, in some circles perhaps. Not likely to make too many waves at (drumroll) The National Broadcaster. Over there, things are just rosy in this best of all possible worlds.

  31. MDMConnell

    I am waiting for Malcolm Farr and Tony Jones to tell us how this is disastrous news for Tony Abbott….

  32. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “Mr Bowen has overseen the government’s disastrous immigration policy which has seen 416 boats and almost 26,000 refugees arrive in Australia since Ms Gillard took office

    There will be an “incandescent” prime minister of the student’s union screeching down the phone at the top man from the Telegraph by 5 in the morning. Simon Benson may be out of a job on Monday.

    “Stephen Conroy is believed to be angling to take over from Mr Evans as Government leader of the Senate”

    A bumbling dolt replaced by a goon who believes everyone else is a bumbling dolt. Oh popcorn!!!

  33. C.L.

    1000 dead.

    Thanks, Chris.

  34. Gab

    This has all the hallmarks of being Abbott’s fault. You’ll read that in Fairfax press tomorrow.

  35. C.L.

    Well Gab, the resignation does the raise the question of the role Tony Abbott is playing.

  36. Leigh Lowe

    Granted Evans is a Gillard supporter, but I think the early election call is designed to shake the branches.
    I think she wants pre-selections done and dusted quickly, after which she will re-shuffle any retiring front-benchers out – particularly any loose cannon types.
    She can then ……
    (a) present the new faces as a fresh team ….. a break with the past; and
    (b) dismiss any “parting shots” as “sour grapes from yesterday’s men/women”

  37. Leigh Lowe

    Leader in the Senate?
    Red underpants replaces white hanky?

    B.F.D.

  38. Tom

    The departure of Senator Evans opens the prospect of a ballot for the position of leader of the Senate.

    Communications Minister Stephen Conroy is the frontrunner for that position and if he was elected it would mean the position of deputy leader of the Senate would also be open.

    The deputy’s post could be contested between Kim Carr and Finance Minister Penny Wong, both from the Left.

    The final lineup promises to be even more barking mad than the last days of Whitlam: an unelectably incompetent leader who has disgraced her gender as the first female PM, a clinically insane former union thug as Senate leader and a lesbian activist as his deputy.

  39. JC

    You can’t leave the site for an hour to watch a decent episode of Law&order without missing something eventful about the slapper.

    Where’s monster? Hey Monst, spin this one. I’m all ears.

  40. jumpnmcar

    Government leader of the Senate”

    Conroy ? Nup The Wong Bloke.

  41. Leigh Lowe

    Gab.
    The Eleventh Commandment …

    Thou shalt not consume Margaritas after the sun hath set in the Western sky.

  42. JC

    I reckon he took off because he’s had enough. Resigning from the cabinet but not from parliament is a huge slap in the face to slaps.

    Basically he’s saying, Ive had enough of this circus. She gets rid of a well liked senator (in Liar Party circles) and announces an election without consulting her senior colleagues? Fme.

    She really is a first rate turd.

  43. mct

    This is gold class entertainment. We should be paying for it.

    Oh, wait…

  44. JC

    You know… She had time off for summer. Normal people at that level would think about the year ahead and make plans ets.

    She sits down and figures… “okay, how do i completely fuck things up from the first week on”.

    Like, don’t even try to pace herself and move to a some sort of crescendo of fuck ups.

    This is straight out of the starting gate and not a second wasted.

    Great great negoshiator.

  45. Andrew

    I’m thinking that Gillard will select Anthony Mundine as a captain’s pick to replace Chris Evans in the senate. A guy who projects obfuscates is perfect in the ALP.

    In all seriousness, is Evans from the left or right of the ALP?

  46. JC

    This is gold class entertainment. We should be paying for it.

    see this is what I saying yesterday. This is rolled gold entertainment. It’s the best comedy routine since Seinfeld.

  47. Tom

    She really is a first rate turd.

    She actually has no idea what she’s doing. The Labor machine is so decrepit and corruptible it has elected a Chauncey Gardiner (Being There) as leader.

  48. candy

    Could just be family reasons, and nothing more than that, why jump to confusions

  49. Andrew

    NEWS IN: Evans is doing a presser with Gillard tomorrow and stating that he is retiring from Parliament in 2 months, not just his portfolio.

  50. stackja

    Who next? What excuse?

  51. Rousie

    Wow – what a slow moving high speed train crash into a heavily gendered species of endangered blue bell tree frogs this is becoming.

    Evans didn’t stay at the Westin by any chance did he?

  52. Gab

    What’s the bet a female will be catapulted into the vacancy?

  53. mct

    It’s the best comedy routine since Seinfeld.

    Limited time only though.

  54. Rob

    You know… She had time off for summer. Normal people at that level would think about the year ahead and make plans ets.

    She sits down and figures… “okay, how do i completely fuck things up from the first week on”.

    Like, don’t even try to pace herself and move to a some sort of crescendo of fuck ups.

    This is straight out of the starting gate and not a second wasted.

    Great great negoshiator.

    Give her some credit JC, it’s not like she has just started thinking about how she can fuck the country. She has been hard at it since June 24 2010. Anyway, if she can maintain the losses before the election at just one member or senator a day, she will still have a hundred days left to campaign on her own.

  55. Louis Hissink

    For those who care, John Quiggin’s site seems to have not noticed.

  56. Andrew

    What’s the bet a female will be catapulted into the vacancy?

    Emily’s List is already working to get that going.

  57. JC

    Tom

    I don’t really get it. I simply don’t understand what is going on in senior ranks in that asylum.

    She spoke to a couple of people like Wand etc. about announcing the election. Didn’t they suggest she ought to talk it over with others in the party at the very least?

    She rolls that sitting senator. Did she talk it over with NT labor and didn’t senior colleagues suggest she should as a matter of courtesy discuss it with the NT labor bigwigs to get their support and sound them out?

    This isn’t about ideology, but how a senior management type runs an organization.

    Is the party really this dysfunctional?

    Did she even think or care how people in the senior ranks of the party would feel when they found out that Oakeshitt, the old lezzo and Tubbsie Milne knew about the election date before they did?

    This is just fucking crazy.

    And what about her advisers? What are they doing to “advise”?

    I’m coming around to thinking that this is a totally dysfunctional political party. There’s no sense of team.
    Rudd was like this too.

  58. JC

    Give her some credit JC, it’s not like she has just started thinking about how she can fuck the country.

    I just had a thought…. What if… What if she’s actually pacing herself and the fuck ups crescendo is what she’s actually aiming to achieve? In other words it gets better until the Caucus pulls the plug.

  59. Mark

    Christ the internal polls must be horrendous.

    Still, there has to be a happily married female gay/lesbian/bi/trans aboriginal Asian muslim agnostic christian atheist that is strong on border security and traditional family values from Western Sydney to replace him that she can enlist in the Labor party and pop into the senate. Surely.

  60. Gab

    lol

    Chris Kenny ?@chriskkenny

    On #abc radio national Monday morning, Paul Bongiorno will explain how the Evans manoeuvre has gazumped Abbott’s extremists.

  61. Splatacrobat

    12 months from now when Four Corners does their next set piece on the machinations, ruin, and desolation of another Labor government, I expect there will be more than just Evans lining up to turn the shit bucket onto Gillard.

  62. Rob

    I don’t really get it. I simply don’t understand what is going on in senior ranks in that asylum…

    This isn’t about ideology, but how a senior management type runs an organization.

    Is the party really this dysfunctional?…

    This is just fucking crazy.

    And what about her advisers? What are they doing to “advise”?

    I’m coming around to thinking that this is a totally dysfunctional political party. There’s no sense of team.
    Rudd was like this too.

    JC, you are not taking into account of the fact that she is dominating the news spin cycle and depriving Abbott of oxygen. More succinctly, she is an oxygen thief.

  63. Rousie

    Her legacy – quite apart from earliest election day result in Australian history – will be to feature in more chapters in tell all books than any Labour pollie before her. They could just do a best of compillation and make a killing

  64. jumpnmcar

    Who next? What excuse?

    Anna Bligh coz she’s good in a crisis.
    Ohh… wait…you meant out not in..sorry.

  65. JC

    Emily’s List is already working to get that going.

    Plibersek. In fact I’m putting money on her right now.

    We’ve had the hairstylist spouse, why not go the full hog and have an ex-con in the Lodge.

    Caucus is thinking hard on this one and Hagus must be thinking of ways to spin it.

  66. Tom

    Latham was actually the last of the ALP machine’s nominated leaders. Rudd was a factionless panic appointment: “He’s popular. Might as well give it a try.” The machine turned him over when he became unelectable, but there was no-one with sufficient experience in place to detect that Gillard was electoral suicide. A Graeme Richardson/Mick Young type would have seen it coming.

  67. C.L.

    It’s just completely unfair to goats to call this a goat rodeo.

    Sit back and… well enjoy:

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v497/CurrencyLad/eatingpopcornrc6.gif

  68. Splatacrobat

    Does Sportsbet have a Tote on the time that the election is conceded?

    I think Qld was lost only an hour and half after polls closed. I know Gillard is a fuckup but developments this week could have her marked by bookies as a bolter from the pack.

  69. Tracey

    On principle I’ve never bought a book written/published by an ALP person because I refuse to further line their pockets but my God there’s going to be a few that’ll be hard to resist soon.

  70. Rob

    Her legacy – quite apart from earliest election day result in Australian history

    I heard someone on the radio complaining that the election broadcasts will conflict with some football finals broadcasts, surely this can be fixed be delaying the games by half an hour.

  71. JC

    JC, you are not taking into account of the fact that she is dominating the news spin cycle and depriving Abbott of oxygen. More succinctly, she is an oxygen thief.

    Slaps is dominating the news alright.

    Where’s the Fat turnip, Malcolm Farr spinning this as another stab in Abbott’s black heart.

    (As an aside has anyone seen that fat little goose on Bawwie’s Sunday show. He wears these tight fitting checkered short sleeved shirts, like he’s just come in from gardening.)

  72. Cold-Hands

    She actually has no idea what she’s doing. The Labor machine is so decrepit and corruptible it has elected a Chauncey Gardiner (Being There) as leader.
    Chauncey Gardiner succeeded by being a blank canvas which people could see what they wanted to see, and voicing gnomic utterances allowing listeners to interpret them however they wished. TLS is a tinpot Fuehrer, convinced of her superiority and manifest destiny, when in reality, she is so far out of her depth that all the fish have lights on their noses. She is a female Dr Evil.

  73. C.L.

    Spare a thought for Tony Jones.

    Tonight he has to spin this whole fucking mess into Abbott’s fault somehow.

    Can he do it?

    Let’s see.

  74. Rabz

    Still, there has to be a happily married female gay/lesbian/bi/trans aboriginal Asian muslim agnostic christian atheist that is strong on border security and traditional family values from Western Sydney

    If they manage to unearth even one such individual, then the RSPT will indeed have served a purpose, of sorts.

    However, I’m not hopeful…

  75. JC

    Sit back and… well enjoy:

    naaaa.. That’s slowmo at the rate she’s moving, CL. 🙂

    They don’t have a home vid that can fast forward so quickly.

  76. Rob

    Spare a thought for Tony Jones.

    Isn’t it Emma Alpericci tonight?

  77. Tom

    Spare a thought for Tony Jones.

    Tonight he has to spin this whole fucking mess into Abbott’s fault somehow.

    David Bradbury, the little shit who is about to lose his seat in western Sydney, is on Lateline blaming AbbottAbbottAbbott.

  78. Gab

    David Bradbury, the little shit who is about to lose his seat in western Sydney, is on Lateline blaming AbbottAbbottAbbott.

    Lemmeguess. Abbott’s relentless negativity? Amiright?

  79. Tom

    You fancy that trollop Alberici, JC? Do you have a secret thing for skinny Italian communists?

  80. Mark

    I truly cannot believe this shit.

    How the fuck they can look at themselves in a mirror without pissing themselves laughing is beyond me.

    If you wrote this stuff for a political comedy/drama the producer would probably tell you that even though it is fiction the storyline has to basically be cogent. This premise would be sent back for a rewrite.

    Pack of amateur hour morons. And we still have yet to see Swan start to help out. God help me. I haven’t got enough popcorn for this stuff.

  81. JC

    Pack of amateur hour morons. And we still have yet to see Swan start to help out.

    I’d love him to become PM. It would be my dream come true.

  82. tkh

    I have a feeling that Senator Evans is the fall guy for Morris Iemma. Sad indeed if it happens.

  83. an ex-con in the Lodge.
    Yes, and not just any ex-con but a Heroin-using drug-importer, which is, like, so cooool.

  84. Rabz

    If you wrote this stuff for a political comedy/drama the producer would probably tell you that even though it is fiction the storyline has to basically be cogent. This premise would be sent back for a rewrite.

    “Truth is stranger than fiction” – even more so in this instance…

  85. Cold-Hands

    The ABC claims that he’ll resign his Senate Seat in two months but in other reports suggest he will stay up until the election. Expect we won’t know for sure until Evan’s press conference.

  86. Skuter

    Rudd was like this too.

    Wasn’t that the whole reason they catapulted the slapper into the lodge? Great negosheyator, consultative, consensus kind of gal? Rudd was into unilateral decision making.
    Now there isn’t even a kitchen cabinet. It’s just slappy and the goose. Fark, we really are in the best of hands, eh???

  87. Cold-Hands

    I have a feeling that Senator Evans is the fall guy for Morris Iemma. Sad indeed if it happens.
    Evans is a senator from WA. Labor would face electoral oblivion in the west if a WA senator was replaced with a NSW machine man. If it happens, the muppets in the ALP have truly taken over.

  88. Leigh Lowe

    What’s the bet a female will be catapulted into the vacancy?

    Carmen Lawrence?
    I mean, mostly everyone will have forgotten about Penny Easton, won’t they?

  89. JC

    Now there isn’t even a kitchen cabinet. It’s just slappy and the goose. Fark, we really are in the best of hands, eh???

    No, it could get even “better”. Think of a Plibersek Shane Wand combo, or Plibersek/Von Roxon.

  90. John S

    Beware of the Shorten/Combet ticket ……. Julia won’t be competing in the next election IMO ……… That’s why the rats are jumping

  91. Mk50 of Brisbane

    Coldie:

    …she is so far out of her depth that all the fish have lights on their noses.

    Gold. Absolute gold.

  92. JC

    Beware of the Shorten/Combet ticket ……. Julia won’t be competing in the next election IMO ……… That’s why the rats are jumping

    Shorten irritates people. His manner is off hand and he always ends any sentence like it was a question.

    Combet? Combet stuck Happy Hamilton on the glimate authority. These two idiots would be a disaster.

  93. Mark

    I’d love him to become PM. It would be my dream come true.

    Nah JC that would be too good for him. I want him to be opposition leader for the year he would last. He deserves longer in that job but doesn’t have the wit. Be good penance for him.

  94. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “On #abc radio national Monday morning, Paul Bongiorno will explain how the Evans manoeuvre has gazumped Abbott’s extremists.”

    If there was ever any doubt (there isn’t) about who is up who for the rent in the media ….

    And for JC, on:

    “I’m coming around to thinking that this is a totally dysfunctional political party. There’s no sense of team.

    Rudd was like this too.”

    This is most certainly the case – no regular Caucus meetings, or Cabinet or inner Cabinet meetings. Hawke’s government was really disciplined on this stuff and Keating enjoyed immensely his virtuoso performances before his colleagues, baiting and challenging and cajoling them to his way of thinking.

    Even Whitlam’s mad ministry was better mustered and collegiate than what I’ve been watching for now five years.

    They had Minister RFX Connor wandering unauthorised into Cash Converters after a few billion dollars for natural resource development and the Treasurer with his hand up some sheila’s skirt but Whitlam, Barnard, Crean, Willesee and a couple of others worked together effectively to keep ’em on track.

    For all his pomp and patrician superiority he never functioned as a president with his colleagues.

    Rudd’s ministers got their first news of government policy from the TV news pictures of his press conferences in New York.

    Gillard rang East Timor to instruct them on what they were to do to rescue her from the illegals, without first consulting anybody. She couldn’t speak with her foreign minister at the time anyway, because they weren’t speaking. And she rang their president, not their prime minister!

  95. Rabz

    I have a feeling that Senator Evans is the fall guy for Morris Iemma.

    morrie enema covets a lower house seat.

    Not content with being one of the most spectacularly incoherent, imbecilic, overly earnest, absolutley unaware, repetitive and utterly ridiculous plonkers in the annals of Australian public life, he knows (knows, I tells ya!) that this will all change when he inherits tha disaster zone that will be feral laybore post the next election.

    Whenever that may be (it almost certainly is not going to be September 14 – that date is now jinxed).

    morrie – here’s some free advice, squire.

    Stay the fuck out of public life for good.

    You are hated enough in NSW as it is.

    Do you really want everybody else in this country to despise you that deeply as well?

  96. Keith

    If Evans had done this, say, 12 months ago he would have looked respectable. Now, not so much.

    Apparently there was a grand launch of the NBN in Gungahlin today, complete with school kiddies dragooned in to look excited while hitting the big red button. Conroy, Lundy and Leigh were there. Gillard was supposed to be there but was a no-show. I thought she must have been dodging journalists are the previous stuff up. Now she has another.

  97. mareeS

    Morris Iemma. Don’t laugh, Carr slotted in after Arbib, in the way of Sussex St roundabouts and swings.

    Nothing would surprise me about this lot, even a drug criminal’s wife as PM.

  98. Mk50 of Brisbane

    Good Lord.

    I just pointed my Paco Enterprises™ ‘Catacylsmic Fuckup Meter-o-matic’ in Canberra’s direction.

    It melted.

    I’m calling Paco for a refund. Dammit, that thing was rated as Obama-proof. The original model was trialled during WWII and even Benito Mussolini only read 12% on the log scale!

  99. Mk50 of Brisbane

    Bet the lads and lasses at The Australian are tearing their hair out in handfuls about now.

  100. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “Good Lord.

    I just pointed my Paco Enterprises™ ‘Catacylsmic Fuckup Meter-o-matic’ in Canberra’s direction.

    It melted.”

    Nice work! Choice!

  101. JC

    Even Whitlam’s mad ministry was better mustered and collegiate than what I’ve been watching for now five years.

    That’s the eggsact word. There’s no sense of collegiality how government is run. It’s not even about ideology when saying this.

  102. Rabz

    Apparently there was a grand launch of the NBN in Gungahlin today, complete with school kiddies dragooned in to look excited while hitting the big red button. Conroy, Lundy and Leigh were there.

    FFS – they truly are beyond parody.

    Were the kiddies issued with ceremonial red head grundies as a memento of this momentous occasion?

  103. Talking of “Whitlam’s mad ministry”, remember the resignation of Lance Barnard, and Kevin Newman’s being elected his successor at the subsequent by-election? Whitlam’s ministry was certainly better mustered and collegiate when Barnard held fourteen portfolios.

  104. Gab

    Would Evans have been around during the [PM’s boyfriend] Wilson years? Wonder if he was a good mate of Wilson’s?

  105. Mamadude

    Yep he is just resigning cos there is a leadership spill in the making lol

  106. Rabz

    Thick as thieves, Gab.

    You know it to be true.

  107. Gab

    If Julia Gillard had a sign on her wall saying “Days since last stuff up” it would be permanently stuck on zero.

    Good point.

  108. mareeS

    “Would Evans have been around during the [PM’s boyfriend] Wilson years?”

    What do you reckon, Gab? There’s so much political and sexual incest in the Labor/union family, volumes will be written about it in years to come, once the participants have left the scene.

  109. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    Speaking of those little picture things that go with the names here, Gabrielle, please tell me why Rabz appears as if he’s zooming around Catallaxy in Biggles’ RAF Sopwith Camel?

  110. Cold-Hands

    Bet the lads and lasses at The Australian are tearing their hair out in handfuls about now
    I imagine that they’re certainly frantic but I guess that they’ll still get it on the front page of their city editions. The Australian‘s coverage to date.

  111. Rabz

    … please tell me why Rabz appears as if he’s zooming around Catallaxy in Biggles’ RAF Sopwith Camel?

    Because it’s his conveyance of choice, Squire!

  112. Lloyd

    I just pointed my Paco Enterprises™ ‘Catacylsmic Fuckup Meter-o-matic’ in Canberra’s direction.

    It melted.

    I bought the Super Deluxe version which came with its own Bullshitometer and set of steak knives. The SD survived, barely but the BSM overloaded when turned on ABC24. Someone stole the steak knives…

  113. Gab

    I’ll let Rabz take that question, Mick 🙂

  114. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    Capital show! Tally ho, pip pip and all that Old Chap!

    (that was Biggles-talk, grasshopper)

  115. Steve of Glasshouse

    I just pointed my Paco Enterprises™ ‘Catacylsmic Fuckup Meter-o-matic’ in Canberra’s direction.

    It melted.”

    I don’t think the warranty covers pointing it towards a moebius cluster fuck.

  116. I think Abbott’s been waiting for an election ever since the last one. He’ll be ready for a snap poll if it comes down to that. As things stand, if this runs the whole distance he almost doesn’t need to campaign (okay, he does – not to do so would be a mistake); the ALP is slowly but surely self-destructing before our eyes, and even the dimmest tradie knows that high-level ministers don’t foul their jocks and rush to desert unless the whole machine is on its way down to doom.

  117. Also – compare and contrast Obama. He kept his team’s shit together until the finishing line, despite Benghazi and Solyndra and all the other fuckups. This lot can’t even do that.

  118. “I’m thinking that Gillard will select Anthony Mundine as a captain’s pick to replace Chris Evans in the senate.”

    Anthony Mundine – accidentally dropped into a vat of moronium as a baby.

  119. Joe

    Reckon this is another “back when I was at UK labour we…” half-arsed McTernan idea. Seems to specialise in McTurnin lab govts out of power. The bloke’s got to be on the Libs payroll.

    Evans is just another lab sockpuppet. Battlers helped by Evans – Zero.

  120. Brian of Moorabbin

    Evans (possible? probable?) resignation from the Senate gives TLS a chance to parachute Nova Peris into the Senate and retain Trish Croswell.

    I can just see TLS at the presser tommorrow spinning that despite losing Evans this is still a win-win for her…

  121. Joe

    Nah, Evans is just sulking. Someone’s upset him, so he’s taking his ball and leaving the sheltered workshop. Don’t bang your nuts on the gate on your way out.

  122. Joe

    Nan Roxon gone also?

    If I was a journo I’d give here a parting gift of a big box of old school Winny Blues – covered in logos – as a token of our appreciation.

  123. mct

    she is so far out of her depth that all the fish have lights on their noses

    Coldie, that is truly the neatest line!

  124. Up The Workers!

    There go Australia’s balance of trade figures. With Ricola Noxious disappearing as well as Evans, Australia’s self-sufficiency in oil will disappear. As somebody said on another blog, Mobil had high hopes of mining her hair for oil.

    The departure of Noxious might mean that Short Willy’s missus will move back to Short Willy from mum’s place; causing some disruption to domestic arrangements, but at least Short Willy will no longer have to travel the land in an unsuccessful attempt to purchase meat pies.

    The A.L.P. – Moving Forward!

  125. Warwick Hughes

    Does anybody have an idea what Senator Evans has sacrificed in Super by going so early ? I thought he could have remained a senator until June 2017.

  126. Keith

    It’s no sacrifice if he didn’t earn it in the first place.

  127. Econocrat

    Was Roxon around during the AWU Workplace Reform Association days?

  128. Warwick Hughes

    I understand she was involved in the aftermath – when the AWU file left S & G and went to Maurice Blackburn

  129. Cold-Hands

    I understand she was involved in the aftermath – when the AWU file left S & G and went to Maurice Blackburn
    Back in the day when she and little Billy were an item.

  130. .

    I’m so sorry I just can’t keep up the ALP shill act.

    It is actually a tough gig to feign such militant stupidity.

    I hope it has amused you elsewhere.

    The fact of the matter is, so many “top” ALP (and of course union) people are implicated in corruption, and literal conspiracy to defraud or conceal various crimes.

    Roll on that Royal Commission, Mr Abbot.

  131. Popular Front

    Well = you had me fooled. If you’re fair dinkum then I apologise for my comments.

  132. .

    If I was more serious I’d have to crack open Derek and Clive Vol 1-3 to liven things up.

    Gillard is the worst head of Government since William Bligh and to my mind is a crook on par with the stinking corpse of the former ALP led NSW Government.

    She is a disgrace. A bogan with her diction, ignorance, economic illiteracy and general innumeracy giving lessons on grammar as a “young and naive” law partner – smug, stupid people like that ought to be drummed out of Parliament post haste.

  133. Gab

    Chris Evans did say just now that the PM stands out amongst all other PMs. He’s right on that score. Worst. PM. Ever.

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