Don’t appoint enemies hoping they will help

The Coalition has made two surprise appointments. First, Natasha Stott Despoja as “Ambassador for Women and Girls” a non-job  -one of the wasteful non-Ambassadorial positions that should be abolished. Miranda Devine shows how silly that appointment was.

Second, Greg Combet to assist with work practices at SPC Ardmona.

Combet only knows that the Government should spend money. Now he is criticising the Government for not spending more money on Holden!

Self-inflicted wounds indeed.

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124 Responses to Don’t appoint enemies hoping they will help

  1. Mike of Marion

    Yeah, I’m staggered that the Abbott Ministers could be so blind!!!

  2. Stephen Williams

    They keep giving oxygen and money to those opposed to all that is good. I don’t get it. Are these appointments made to placate Turnbull and others? Or does Abbott just appear to be more intelligent than he really is? Maybe the Libs feel like nerdy kids who want to make friends with the cool kids by giving them their lunch money and lollies.

  3. Samuel J

    The only ex Labor MPs they could appoint who wouldn’t embarrass are Peter Walsh, Lindsay Tanner and Martin Ferguson.

  4. Baldrick

    What next? Margot Kingston for Ambassador to Israel?

  5. Andrew of Randwick

    I am absolutely disgusted that merit based selection processes for these positions were bypassed.
    And as you get see from the twittersphere, facebook, ABC Drum, Conversation, etc, there are thousands of like-minded progressives who are concerened that this government is ‘giving jobs for the boys’.
    We will fight these appointments incessantly till this government realises that it can’t just appoint who it likes, like Tim Wilson.

  6. Bruce of Gwandalan

    How could the government be so blind.Surely the position of ambassadore for women is nothing more than
    tokenism at its worst. We are all Australian Women and Men. A complete waste of money.
    The appointment of Greg Combet to assist with work practices at SPC Ardmona is akin to having an arsonist
    join the fire service to control fires.

  7. Mr Skeletor

    Labor are crooked crooks, and the Liberals really are fucking stupid.
    Can we have a third option please?

  8. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    If the appointments above were made on ‘merit based criteria’, with proper criteria being applied, then the current incumbents would not be in the jobs. Better still, abolish the jobs.

    The Libs need to be more assertive in appointments if they are going to make them. They should not be encouraging and employing baggage left over from Labor’s days.

    Talk about a political ‘cultural cringe’! A slap in the face for people who voted for change.

  9. Riverina Matt

    The only ex Labor MPs they could appoint who wouldn’t embarrass are Peter Walsh, Lindsay Tanner and Martin Ferguson

    add Gary Johns to that list, and perhaps Michael Costa (if he hasn’t been dragged into Obeid et al)

  10. MaxR

    Yes, I hope Abbott is not going soft. Combet has nothing to offer unless he has a big fat cheque book. He is a posing dud and the complete opposite to what SPC need. I am quite concerned that Abbott sees a role for these types. What next, a Rudd or Gillard appointment?

  11. Paul

    I thought Natasha State-Destroyer had been retired to a life of tenure as a Professor of womyn’s studies at one of those second-tier Universities that was until recently a college of something-or-other. Sorry to see her pop back up like a dose of political herpes.

  12. James of the Glen

    No surprises that the Combet appointment was at the behest of one of three Coalition members who should not be within a bull’s roar of any ministry, namely the runt Macfarlane.

    Macfarlane has long been a parasite on the party; others put in the hard work of gaining government while this idiot loves to bask in their success while he undermines the progress made.
    Who will forget his damaging and boofheaded performance with Wong and her ETS. Or his current stupidity in his own electorate.

    300 years ago and this type of knave would be feeding the fish at the bottom of a loch. PM Abbott should have a mini reshuffle in the new year and get rid of him.

  13. Appointing an ambassador to women and girls is stupid in the first place. Are they a foreign country? Is it possible to declare war and invade? Oh, I just answered my own question.

  14. Rabz

    The appointment of those two infuriating, z-grade imbeciles has cost the Liberals my vote.

    Way to go, softcocks.

  15. Appointing an ambassador to women and girls is stupid in the first place. Are they a foreign country? Is it possible to declare war and invade? Oh, I just answered my own question.

    Good point Monty. But we have an ambassador for counter terrorism, so I guess it’s fair to have one for the other great scourge.

  16. Token

    Agreed M0nty, it was only created as an offensively high paid gig a place to park a mate at the taxpayers expense.

  17. Tel

    Why do you guys fall back to tribalism so quickly? Maybe you could at least allow the passing thought that Abbott knows what he is doing. How about the idea that the theory of personal responsibility actually might be worth something?

    Putting Combet in a position of responsibility is an excellent idea, he won’t have an open ended bailout budget to back him up, he won’t be able to use trickery to hide his mistakes, and he will discover that his reputation is on the line to deliver genuine productivity improvements.

    If Combet comes through with results, the economy improves and Abbott can claim a share in the success for good management and a cooperative approach.

    If Combet screws it up and SPC falls in a heap, Abbott can say he gave it a fair go and there was nothing else that could have been done. Besides that, a future Combet threat is nuetralized by pinning the failure on him.

    You guys don’t understand real statesmanship, which is hardly surprising given the rarity.

  18. Token

    Piers Ackerman picks up the topic as well:

    AS experienced as senior members of the Abbott government are, they are wasting their political capital with extraordinary decisions that fly in the face of true conservative governments.

    Far from presenting as the arch-conservative he was made out to be by Labor and its media arms, the ABC and Fairfax, before the September election, Prime Minister Tony Abbott is beginning to appear weak and vacillating.

  19. the sting

    Combet was a member of the cabinet which brought in the carbon tax and a direct result of that tax was increased manufacturing costs.I don,t know who the dimwit was who appointed him.

  20. Rabz

    Maybe you could at least allow the passing thought that Abbott knows what he is doing.

    Yes, nothing says “I know what I’m doing” more than resurrecting a z-grade feminazi nonentity and appointing them to a comfy sinecure at taxpayers’ expense.

    And as for Zombet, he should be languishing in the slammer.

  21. Token

    Putting Combet in a position of responsibility is an excellent idea, he won’t have an open ended bailout budget to back him up, he won’t be able to use trickery to hide his mistakes, and he will discover that his reputation is on the line to deliver genuine productivity improvements.

    That would’ve been a sensible if Combet hadn’t followed up his sweep into the government offices to pick up all the sensitive inside information on the SPC negotiations and then taken up a high paid gig negotiating on the other side for the SA government.

  22. Tel

    The appointment of those two infuriating, z-grade imbeciles has cost the Liberals my vote.

    That’s why we have compulsory preference voting. You get to vote for someone else, but won’t be able to bring yourself to put the ALP higher than the Libs. You can wave your hard cock around and they get your vote at the end of the day.

  23. The Pugilist

    I’m hoping that this is all part of a grand long-term term strategy from the government to flush out the left as being incapable of assisting in the restoration of Australia as a strong nation. I hope that these appointments are part of a process of showing the Australian people that the left will do anything to sabotage their political opponents even if it hurts their own constituents. Such a strategy would create short-term pain but clear a path to appoint their own to any crucial government posts. Somehow, I doubt the liberal strategists have such foresight and if they do, I think they are too soft to pull it off.

  24. Rabz

    You get to vote for someone else, but won’t be able to bring yourself to put the ALP higher than the Libs.

    Not if I vote informal, which I have in numerous elections past.

  25. egg_

    Are these appointments made to placate Turnbull and others?

    Trying to appease interest groups?
    Spectacularly unsuccessfully.

  26. james

    I don’t get a choice about the fact that I must preference someone.

    I will always be giving my preferences to the lnp over the alp.

    But I can make the choice to donate to the IPA and perhaps even join the LDP.

  27. Andrew of Randwick

    Lizzie – sorry for my poor attempt at irony exposing the Left’s double standards

    Combet – not a whisper
    NSD – not a voice raised in anger
    Tim Wilson – all hell breaks loose

  28. Token

    The way the left turned their hate and incoherence to 11 with the appointment of Tim Wilson proves what another contributor said – the government should appoint as many talented people in these positions as possible as the left has no greater level of indignation left in the can.

  29. HK_Brother

    *Sigh*

    Our modern Western societies demand and even beg for a leader like Winston Churchill.

    What do we get? Appeasers like Neville Chamberlain!

    Since when do Women and Girls need an “Ambassador”? Did anyone ask them for one?

    This is typical of modern Feminist behaviour. They like to tell females how to live and come up with all sorts of BS theories and positions to get themselves employed in Govt and academia. Self-appointed moral crusaders of BS. Heck, all Lefties do it! They become “advisers”.

    Hockey is telling us we need to get our financial $hit in order, then the Coalition turns around and maintain this BS “Ambassador for Women and Girls” position as started by Former PM Julia Gillard!

    Its just as bad as Minister for Social Inclusion (Once again, a position that was created by Gillard! The only good news is that the position was killed off in mid-2013.)

    Anyone get the feeling some modern Conservatives have Stockholm Syndrome for the Left?

  30. Outraged

    These appointments of rabid leftists are indeed strange given that they got rid of the Bracks “snout in the trough” job in New York. Rightly so.

  31. Trying to appease interest groups?

    NSD was appointed to help with Abbott’s poor polling with women. Combet was appointed to help with the Libs maintaining Murray over the Nats, plus any Indi-style indeps, if SPC closes down.

    Abbott is always on the defensive.

  32. Government insiders claim they are striving to be bipartisan, following the “Rudd template”, if you can believe it.

    That’s the most hilarious line from the Devine piece. Probably straight from the mouth of Cruddlin.

    As I predicted, you lot are finding Abbott to be crushingly disappointing.

  33. Tiny Dancer

    As I predicted, you, mOron, are crushingly boring.

  34. Token

    Abbott is always on the defensive.

    No not always, but yes too often.

  35. entropy

    I think that all might be all true, Monty.

    are you OK?

  36. cuckoo

    While I cling to the faint hope that Tony indeed has some cunning strategy behind appointing Combet, the news about Stott-Despoja had me doing this.

  37. incoherent rambler

    Rather than give the destroyers a prime position at the trough, I would prefer they were pursued forcrimes committed. (Like spending 70k of my money on an ABC floozy).

  38. Andreas

    Why do you guys fall back to tribalism so quickly?

    It’s not tribalism – a tribalist response would be to defend these terrible appointments simply because they’re made by our side.

    Besides that, a future Combet threat is nuetralized by pinning the failure on him.

    Future Combet threat. Ahahaha. If the Coalition want to blame Combet and Labor for the collapse of SPC Ardmona they can do so simply by pointing out the negative impact of rampant unionism and higher energy prices (via the carbon tax, the RET, etc). Instead they go and actually appoint one of the architects of the carbon tax! The idiocy.

  39. I don’t know why Abbott would want to follow the Rudd template. Cruddlin seems determined to make all the same mistakes: hit the ground reviewing, annoy backbenchers with stupid media micromanagement, make up policy on the run. Unlike Rudd, though, Abbott’s failing at the popularity stakes so he’s getting more scrutiny. LOL at those who still think he’s “playing the long game”.

  40. Gab

    Appointing an ambassador to women and girls is stupid in the first place.

    True, true, and I’m sure you said the same thing when gillard first made the appointment.

  41. Andreas

    As I predicted, you lot are finding Abbott to be crushingly disappointing.

    You make it sound like this was a unique and particularly insightful prediction on your part – many others here predicted the same.

  42. adrian

    yeah i’m not surprised acutally. ever since abbott said he enjoyed watching abc on a friday night it became obvious that he is just like virtually every other career politican

  43. egg_

    yeah i’m not surprised acutally. ever since abbott said he enjoyed watching abc on a friday night it became obvious that he is just like virtually every other career politican

    Yup, it’s just political theatre; for those who missed ‘Yes, Minister’ , et al.

  44. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From m0nty at 7:59 am:

    “Appointing an ambassador to women and girls is stupid in the first place. Are they a foreign country? Is it possible to declare war and invade?”

    Well said Monty.

  45. james

    Monty stop making sense, it really doesn’t suit you.

  46. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Andreas at 9:00 am:

    ” As I predicted, you lot are finding Abbott to be crushingly disappointing.

    You make it sound like this was a unique and particularly insightful prediction on your part – many others here predicted the same.”

    Well they should have voted for that pasty looking sheila from Griffith, Fat Clive or Mad Katter.

  47. True, true, and I’m sure you said the same thing when gillard first made the appointment.

    I didn’t hear about it at the time.

  48. jupes

    Putting Combet in a position of responsibility is an excellent idea,

    Ok, you’ve had a go at explaining Combet’s appointment.

    Now explain Stott-Despoja.

  49. .

    As I predicted, you lot are finding Abbott to be crushingly disappointing.

    There isn’t an issue you are ever correct about.

    We predicted Abbott would be a disappointing, smothering big government socialist, but more decent of character and competent than the boobs in the ALP.

  50. Ant

    It’s just Tony Abbott looking at the bullies in his school playground and saying “wanna be my friend?” (Rudd did the same thing at the start of his term, you might recall. Maybe the two parties have a secret deal going on?)

    Anyhow, I get Natasha. She’s pretty much a harmless airhead good at furrowing her brow with tilted head to prove she’s really, REALLY concerned about a pretend problem.

    But Greg (2nd name Ivan) Combet is something else.

    This is a guy who has spent his entire life in the Labor movement, masquerading as a warrior for the working guy, including working for the maritime union. Is there a union in Australia with a more sordid criminal history? Yet, he was one of their key front people protecting it to the detriment of the entire country when Howard and Reith tried to flush it clean.

    Besides, how about the government ask Combet to first repay the SEVENTY TWO THOUSAND TAXPAYER DOLLARS he pissed away swanning around the south of France over just 10 DAYS this year with his cute little ABC newsreader girlfried, before they line his pocket with yet more loot ripped off from taxpayers?

  51. Ant

    Sorry “girlfried” is what he did to his first two wives.

  52. Pickles

    “Come into my lair” said the spider to the fly. And of course, in they come with not a hint of shame. The lure of government money trumps any sense of morality or ideological belief they may have or profess to have. They are just two bob whores who at the sound of a rattling change purse assume the position, legs at 10 to 2. These appointments are master strokes.

  53. Token

    Anyhow, I get Natasha. She’s pretty much a harmless airhead good at furrowing her brow with tilted head to prove she’s really, REALLY concerned about a pretend problem.

    Giving someone who developed the Australian template of the grandstanding ultra-lefty 20 something senator a huge salary, a budget to travel and a platform to speak from is just plain stupid.

    As noted already, since her appointment NSD has already denounced the governments extraordinary policy to “stop the boats” which is saving lives.

  54. Motelier

    I have heard of the saying. “Keep you friends close and your enemies even closer”.

    HOWEVER Combet should be the last on the list.

    The time to reduce red tape, green tape, workplace regulations is now. Having Combet being a part of these negotiations is nothing but dangerous.

  55. candy

    I guess he’s hoping Greg Combet will get the unions to see some sense and reduce their over the top demands and make life easier for SPC.
    They would never listen to a conservative but might listen to Greg Combet.

    Natasha SD is just a token female for the “woman” problem.

  56. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Pickles at 9:48 am:

    ““Come into my lair” said the spider to the fly. And of course, in they come with not a hint of shame. The lure of government money trumps any sense of morality or ideological belief they may have or profess to have. They are just two bob whores who at the sound of a rattling change purse assume the position, legs at 10 to 2. These appointments are master strokes.”

    I like the elegance of that Pickles because it is accurate.

    Neither of them have any marketability in the private sector yet they’ve lived the opulent life of the most successful CEOs, bludging on the money of the very people they claim to care most about. She’s 44 years old and useless – after playing her looks no less enthusiastically than Pamela Anderson to make it to the top; and he’s 55 and unemployable – always has been.

    Already they both draw marvelous parliamentary pensions. They don’t need the money.

    Our Tash epitomises the routine failure – nay, destruction – practised by any wymminses who has made it to the top in Australian politics. With Haines, Powell, Kernot and Lees she ran the Democrats like a pre-school mothers club, all knowledgeable and sincere and womanly worldly, all the way to oblivion. You wouldn’t have it buttering bread rolls in the school tuck shop.

  57. Dr Faustus

    The Nationals are pushing Abbott to get some money into SPC Ardoma toot sweet. For the grassroots Nats, rational economic policy is a Liberal preoccupation that can get fucked; it’s about the fruit-growers in Goulburn.

    Combet is in there to get shit happening with the unions so that the money can flow for next growing season. No other reason. Don’t expect the result to be pleasant, or rational, or consistent with anything else the Coalition may do.

    The Spott Destroyer appointment is a bad joke at so many levels.

  58. Robbo

    The Liberals have always made this mistake. There must be something in their DNA that demands that they demonstrate what really decent chaps they are, unlike those awful people who are their opposition. Natasha the Destroyer should have been left at home and remained unwanted. She adds nothing to the Government but will now have a title to allow her to blow as hard as she likes in the media and I’ll bet whatever she has to say it will not be good for the Libs. As for Combet, well it just takes my breath away that they were so stupid to give him a job. Nothing good will come from that for the government but I bet little Billy Shorten will be happy to see him white anting Abbott and his team. The Libs have enough problems without going out and bringing in more.

  59. Token

    With Haines, Powell, Kernot and Lees she ran the Democrats like a pre-school mothers club…

    Another fine example of what a wonderful world we’d live in if the promise of the wymmynses running everything instead of the patriarchy was every realised.

  60. iamok

    To play the game you have to define the field of play, set the rules, select the players and have a game plan. Rarely do you win the game when you play the on the other person’s playing field and you do not know the rules.

    Take heed LNP. Set the rules and start playing YOUR game, not Labor/Greens who-ever game. You will not win it. Ever.

  61. .

    SPC going bust might be great for growers. If they learn about marketing, they could make a killing.

    Sometimes being pushed can end learned helplessness.

    If farmers “get screwed over by woolies”, I can’t imagine growing for canneries who sell to woolies is paticularly pleasant.

  62. .

    Token #1118182, posted on December 20, 2013 at 10:55 am
    With Haines, Powell, Kernot and Lees she ran the Democrats like a pre-school mothers club…

    Another fine example of what a wonderful world we’d live in if the promise of the wymmynses running everything instead of the patriarchy was every realised.

    But… there’d be no wars..Maria Theresa of Austria wouldn’t have existed…Kirchner of Argentina wouldn’t be warmongering to cover up her own failure…and Maggie wouldn’t have stood up to the Junta…etc.

  63. We predicted Abbott would be a disappointing, smothering big government socialist, but more decent of character and competent than the boobs in the ALP.

    That’s the problem though Dot, he’s less competent. Gonski is the primary example. He spends the same amount of money but takes away the structured reasoning behind it. All the spending and none of the responsibility. He’s your worst nightmare.

  64. Empire Strikes Back

    No, he’s your worst nightmare.

    There’s every chance the big government nanny statist Abbott will introduce a fat tax. You should be worried.

  65. Andrew

    Abbott’s desire to get praise from the Left and especially the Press Gallery is bizarre to say the least. They will never like him so he should stop trying.

  66. hzhousewife

    I feel for the farmers which supply SPC, Combet won’t help them one bit,
    but no doubt he’ll lobby for great “separation” packages and retraining
    dollars for ‘all the wuurkers” when SPC goes down.

  67. .

    That’s the problem though Dot, he’s less competent

    Sure, Rudd has to ratfuck him beyond the grave re: Indonesian spying?

    When the Coalition have a disaster like the NBN or BER, don’t call us, we’ll call you.

  68. candy

    Monty
    Gonski was a shambles and very disappointing but I’m not sure it can be extrapolated for three years?

  69. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Andrew at 11:11 am:

    “Abbott’s desire to get praise from the Left and especially the Press Gallery is bizarre to say the least. They will never like him so he should stop trying.”

    Even more bizarre is that you would make that up – where’s your substantiation? – and toss it out there as well known. There is no need to depart real and accurate Andrew.

  70. Makka

    “The appointment of those two infuriating, z-grade imbeciles has cost the Liberals my vote.”

    Me too. Abbott is turning into a Cameron. His need to make friends with the Left disgusts me.

  71. Struth

    Monty thought Abbott was going to be a failure for very different reasons than now present themselves.
    A little too quick to pat one’s own back.

    I however, would like to say again, how good I thought our steely staring , tell it like it is to the chinese, foreign minister would have been as a leader. I was shouted down in a most condescending fashion by some. I state again, I hope she gets a chance to prove me right.
    She’s the closest thing to Thatcher you are going to get.
    Other than that, bring on the LDP.

  72. Combine Dave

    That’s why we have compulsory preference voting. You get to vote for someone else, but won’t be able to bring yourself to put the ALP higher than the Libs. You can wave your hard cock around and they get your vote at the end of the day.

    If the LNP turns out policies and promotes people in a manner indistinguishable form the ALP, then why not go full retard?

    It would certainly send a strong message to the LNP come next election.

  73. Andrew

    Even more bizarre is that you would make that up – where’s your substantiation? – and toss it out there as well known. There is no need to depart real and accurate Andrew.

    This is not just my view, even people on here and Andrew Bolt have made this point. I would say with policies like PPL, Direct Action, etc are examples of this. Furthermore, Abbott’s attack on Howard in order to praise Rudd about the apology is about getting press gallery praise. It is a purely subjective view of what someone’s strategy is, nothing to do with accuracy but is a view that is held by quite a few.

  74. Infidel Tiger

    Good to see people finally accepting what I stated long ago. Abbott is a disaster and he must be killed.

    In 100 days he’s done one decent thing – appoint Tim Wilson.

  75. Dr Faustus

    In 100 days he’s done one decent thing – appoint Tim Wilson.

    Scrapping the Climate Commission was the other one decent thing he’s done. (Although that was an option equivalent to deciding to chase cockroaches out of the bread bin.)

  76. Makka

    “Abbott is a disaster and he must be killed. ”

    Out of line.

    Abbott is light years ahead of the disgusting Left, but that is nowhere near good enough. He needs to engage them with a view to their destruction, not to assimilate them. Or, assimilate those who have supported Abbott towards Leftist views.

    Abbott, you can’t put a lid on the Left . You have to set about destroying them, their funding, their influence.

  77. DrBeauGan

    So there are two possibilities. 1. Abbot is playing a long game of great subtlety and will establish conservatism for a long time. 2. Abbot is not very bright and wants to be loved, specially by women.
    All I can say is that if making Spot-Destroyer ambassador for women is a subtle ploy, it’s too subtle for me. I vote for 2.

  78. DrBeauGan

    Oh, and for those who claim a Rhodes Scholar can’t be dumb, look up the selection criteria. They favour sporty types who want to go into politics.

  79. Petros

    They’ve lost my vote. This is fucking bullshit. If he was going to appoint someone as an ambassador for women, why not a Liberal woman? WTF does he owe NSD? Has she got dirt on someone in his cabinet?

  80. .

    Petros

    1. Join the IPA
    2. Vote LDP
    3. Join the LDP.

    You know you want to.

  81. .

    Maybe Abbott isn’t so dumb?

    The Office for the Status of Feminazis has no power to do anything of significance. It reports directly to the PM.

    She’s literally working for the conservative Catholic speedo wearing man.

    He might have done it simply as window dressing.

    The appointment of Greg Combet, the man who outdid Clint Eastwood and didn’t speak to an empty chair in front of an audience, but an audience of empty chairs, is an out and out mistake.

    The worst thing is the left receives a high income.

    The mass sacking of activists, hangers on and grant funding along with stopping the unions rob workers and superannuants blind will crush them financially, along with being utterly ethical as they are thieving spivs providing no value, doing little and being paid to boot with OPM.

  82. Rabz

    The appointment of Greg Combet, the man who outdid Clint Eastwood and didn’t speak to an empty chair in front of an audience, but an audience of empty chairs

    Thanks, I’d forgotten about that legendary moment in Australian political history.

  83. Makka

    “The worst thing is the left receives a (taxpayer funded) high income.”

    FIFY.

  84. james

    for those who claim a Rhodes Scholar can’t be dumb, look up the selection criteria. They favour sporty types who want to go into politics.

    Explains Bill Clinton…

    Good to see people finally accepting what I stated long ago. Abbott is a disaster and he must be killed.

    Killed is possibly a touch strong.

    Our Tash epitomises the routine failure – nay, destruction – practised by any wymminses who has made it to the top in Australian politics.

    It seems Wimminz in Oz politics tend towards the downright woeful because so many of them got to the top by the stamping of their feet rather than any more tangible virtue.

    With Haines, Powell, Kernot and Lees she ran the Democrats like a pre-school mothers club, all knowledgeable and sincere and womanly worldly, all the way to oblivion.

    Anyone who has seen the inside of a staff room at an average public school can see exactly the dynamic that was at play during the Dem’s dying days.

    It’s just Tony Abbott looking at the bullies in his school playground and saying “wanna be my friend?”

    Very sad.

    I genuinely thought he was better than that. I was blinded by the ultra hate from the left into seeing a backbone where one may not in fact exist.

    Right now what we see is reminiscent of a small huddled boy beeing repeatedly kicked by a baying mob, peeking up from under his arms without a scintilla of comprehension as to why this is happening to him.

    Considering his history from student politics onwards you would think that Abbott would have understood the depth of the left’s hatred for anyone who refuses to conform.

  85. cynical1

    “Rather than give the destroyers a prime position at the trough, I would prefer they were pursued forcrimes committed. (Like spending 70k of my money on an ABC floozy)”.

    Exactly.

    Abbott is proving that it’s all about politics.

    I wouldn’t vomit on Combet.

  86. gabrianga

    “Chain Saw” McFarlane and Wong now “Chain Saw” and Combet.

    What is it with the Coalition selectors?

  87. Jannie

    I am really trying to give TA the benefit of the doubt, but its a worry. I keep thinking of Frazer. Maybe there is some tactical genius behind it, and I would hate a nepotistic jobs-for-mates culture to develop. But you gain very little by embracing your intractable enemies, and you lose a lot by overlooking your natural supporters. TA’s attempts to embrace the Left will only be interpreted as a sign of weakness by the zoo animals, and encourage them to continue biting the keeper’s hand.

  88. Fibro

    If Combat can finish up with a sort like Juanita he must be good with the tongue.

  89. .

    She can do better.

    If Miranda can get Packer, Juanita should be able to get a dude with a medium sized yacht.

  90. IT, did you do any watercolour painting as a younger man? I’m seeing a pattern here.

  91. Infidel tiger

    I still finger paint to relieve tension. Miss says I’m coming along nicely.

  92. Bob

    Fibro – you mean like and groove?

  93. Monty thought Abbott was going to be a failure for very different reasons than now present themselves.
    A little too quick to pat one’s own back.

    Not sure that’s accurate, Struther. My theory on Abbott has always been that all of his problems stem from his lack of a coherent policy platform. All he has is reactions to Labor policies (in the form of “no”), plus a few platitudes about lowering spending and smaller government which are not worth the paper they are written on, and which got quickly torn up anyway once he was in office – $13.7 billion in extra outlays, and rising.

    My original view on Abbott has only been vindicated by events.

  94. .

    I am critic of Abbot but to say he doesn’t have a policy platform is out and out bullshit.

    It is called Battlelines and it is big government conservatism.

    Abbott has spent 13.7 billion extra than the ALP in 100 days? Please monty, can you show the icnrease in Commonwealth bonds from AOFM?

  95. .

    FFS, I apologise for the spelling mistakes.

  96. cynical1

    “If Combat can finish up with a sort like Juanita he must be good with the tongue”.

    Apparently some woman like large penises, and what’s Combet?

    About 175cm…

  97. Abbott has spent 13.7 billion extra than the ALP in 100 days? Please monty, can you show the icnrease in Commonwealth bonds from AOFM?

    I’m quoting Latham from the AFR, I assume someone at the paper fact checked that.

  98. JC

    9 billion went to the RBA which the liars stole, Fatboy, you big fat idiot.

  99. Token

    I’m quoting Latham from the AFR, I assume someone at the paper fact checked that.

    LOL, like they do with all his other rants?

    Next you’ll be saying LaTingle researches her material and understands business.

    Thanks for the Christmas humour :D

  100. I am critic of Abbot but to say he doesn’t have a policy platform is out and out bullshit.

    It is called Battlelines and it is big government conservatism.

    Point me to one positive policy he has implemented which came out of Battlelines.

  101. Token

    9 billion went to the RBA which the liars stole, Fatboy, you big fat idiot.

    As if the Liars Party understands balance sheets, they called the projected NBN revenue created without a real business plan assets.

  102. .

    monty I don’t consider big government conservatism positive and you know that.

  103. MT Isa Miner

    I agree with you lot, these are dumb shit appointments.
    I hope he is playing some sort of long term game- because I just don’t get appeasement.

    On the other hand he is busy on so many fronts and backs and …

    Jeez I hope the links work this time.

  104. Petros

    I’d join the IPA if it didn’t look like it was drawn from 1950′s Australians. Until the conservatives start to tap the ethnic vote (and I don’t mean by multi-cultural BS) then they will struggle to get voted in back to back. Let’s see some conservatives from ethnic minorities on the list. They do exist and they don’t need affirmative action to get on the board. It’s the mistake the Republicans keep making in the US. Surprise surprise, another tall, white, Anglo-Saxon male as the presidential candidate. Fail.

  105. .

    “I hate the ALP but I won’t join the IPA etc until ethnic minorities join them en masse”

    I can’t understand your rationale here. You are blaming the IPA for people you think are under-represented, choosing not to join the IPA.

    I’m highly suspicious of your motives posting here.

  106. Viva

    I am really trying to give TA the benefit of the doubt,

    So am I. I fear that Tony has one personality as Opposition Headkicker and another persona as gracious, forgiving, noble PM.

  107. Alfonso

    Alas, Stott and Combet musta had the Tone tick.
    It says all I need to know. Character is destiny.
    Like the US Republican appeasers the Lib Labs may well enrage their base. They only do it because they think we have nowhere else to go.

    IPA and ethnic minorities? Bwaaaa… is there an official ethic minority anywhere that doesn’t want special laws or “consideration”? The IPA will keep laughing with any luck.

  108. I’d join the IPA if it didn’t look like it was drawn from 1950′s Australians. … Let’s see some conservatives from ethnic minorities on the list.

    I took a glance at some of the surnames associated with the IPA and quite a few are not particularly Anglo-Saxon in derivation. Roskam, for example, is a Dutch name; Kroger and Kasper are Germanic names; Folie is a French name; Forgasz is an Hungarian (and, sometimes, Jewish) name; Novak is a Slavonic name, rather common in Bohemia; Cappello, I suspect, is an Italian name; Talimanidis seems Greek to me; and Switzer, surely, was originally a Swiss name.
    Perhaps, Petros, you could explain which particular ethnic minorities need to be represented, how much of a minority an essential minority must be, and what minimum percentage of people representing those ethnic minorities you require. before you’ll deign to add some of your undoubtedly superior ethnicity to the mix.

  109. wreckage

    Deadman, all white guys look alike, don’t they?

    This rash of stupid is convincing me that TA is an idiot. Australia voted AGAINST those people, he has no right to foist them on us. It’s a perversion of democracy. Governments get voted out, Oppositions don’t get voted in. These people were part of a power structure that got voted out.

    The whole point of democracy is to be able to remove the aristocracy without having to chop off heads!

    Now we’re getting a clear message: fuck you, plebeians, we blue-bloods look after our own.

  110. wreckage

    We voted them out, Tony. We fucking voted them out. If you can’t respect that, resign.

  111. .

    Now we’re getting a clear message: fuck you, plebeians, we blue-bloods look after our own.

    Join the LDP.

  112. jupes

    Join the LDP.

    Not while they are at one with the Greens on gay marriage and legalising drugs.

  113. wreckage

    Dot, looks like I’ll have to. Before I do I am going to write some letters. This is unacceptable. Democracy can’t work if this becomes normalised.

  114. tomix

    Hi, Monty.
    Is there any chance at all, do you think, that Tylos may make another appearance.

  115. .

    jupes

    Why would the LDP support drug laws that are counterproductive and treat adults like kids?

    The problem with the LDP marriage policy is you have seen the old one more often than the new one. The one subtly supports privatisation.

  116. I thought Natasha State-Destroyer had been retired to a life of tenure as a Professor of womyn’s studies at one of those second-tier Universities that was until recently a college of something-or-other. Sorry to see her pop back up like a dose of political herpes.

    Maybe they figured she was better off in a sinecure position, preaching to the converted, than filling uncontaminated minds with her garbage.

    Not while they are at one with the Greens on gay marriage and legalising drugs.

    Is it the particular stance, or the fact that they accidentally happen to agree with the Greens on something? I for one am quite keen on a reduction on fossil fuel dependence for electricity generation, but the Greens don’t want a bar of the solution I favour. And it was a combination of the Liberals and Greens which blocked Rudd’s ETS and began Rudd’s downward slide towards his first oblivion.

  117. Perhaps, Petros, you could explain which particular ethnic minorities need to be represented, how much of a minority an essential minority must be, and what minimum percentage of people representing those ethnic minorities you require. before you’ll deign to add some of your undoubtedly superior ethnicity to the mix.

    Why stop there? Let’s make sure they have plenty of gays on board.

    Oh, hang on …

  118. I’d join the IPA if it didn’t look like it was drawn from 1950′s Australians.

    And in any case, Petros, have you access to their full membership list?

    Until you do, maybe you’d better stop making assumptions. Ask John Roskam what their ethnic demographic is like in terms of members.

  119. wreckage

    My view on marriage is that it is a pre-existing institution that the government has no right to fuck with. The government does have an obligation to provide gay couples with full protection under the law, since they are law-abiding citizens. How to make both work is up to professional policy wranglers.

    As for drugs, I am increasingly persuaded by the Libertarian position, provided the additional risks are pushed firmly back onto the user. Here’s the most persuasive argument that we have things totally wrong:

    If you sit at home peacefully smoking a joint (or crack for that matter) you can be arrested and sent to prison. If you commit a violent crime whilst high on anything you will receive a lesser sentence due to “diminished responsibility”.

    You see that? Sit at home and get fucked up, do time. Go out and beat people to death while fucked up… do LESS time. Utterly absurd. If the LDP supports people being able to waste themselves at home peacefully for no penalty, AND supports additional penalties rather than reduced ones for crimes committed while under the influence, they will get whatever support I can muster.

    If the first thing they do is burn all their credibility trying to legalise inter-generational incest, well, I go back to voting LNP.

  120. .

    If the first thing they do is burn all their credibility trying to legalise inter-generational incest, well, I go back to voting LNP.

    We have never done that. Some members sensible comments have been seized upon by gibbering idiots in the press.

    Do you realise the law in NSW (and to extent, QLD) is actually rather bizzare?

    You can marry (Cth) and have a sexual relationship with and have kids with your aunt or uncle but not a step-relative!

    The LDP has in principle supported to change such a strange and silly inconsistency and more or less apply the rule you want.

  121. I own that I do look, at first glance, like a white bloke—as do many Aboriginal coves around these parts—but I am an asset to any organisation seeking diversity among its members because I am (simply by assertion) a black, female—and Lesbian—unicorn. Those who don’t believe me are evil, racist metamonocerophobes.

  122. None

    1. a government appointed tax-payer funded group – none of whom have run a business? – to restructure a private company with promise of more to come. And this group includes tax-payer funded bike-rider Combet with the tax-payer-funded mistress all for Macfarlanes sop to the nationals and their whinging fruit growers
    2. a government appointed tax-payer funded ‘ambassador’ for women and girls to a woman who has spent all her life demanding the right to kill women and girls in utero and who happens to be married to Downer’s business partner. Yes the SA economy is shyte thanks to Combet and his union and Labor mates
    3. a government appointed commissioner for freedom in a vain attempt by Brandis to to set up a tax-payer funded IPA (I shudder to think the bureaucracy this will spawn) under the auspices of the kangaroo court AHRC because he can’t sack any commissioners or won’t pass (repeasl) any laws, with Wilson, the so-called libertarian (always good to see libertarians first with their snout in the trough – bigger hypocrites than lefties) happily compromising himself so now WE get to pay him 300K to appear on QandA which noone watches on the $1.2b a year waste of space that is the ABC.

    Yeah, we didn’t change government. We just changed the government’s nappies

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