Guest post: Has Turnbull wrecked Hockey’s budget? – Andrew of Randwick

On Wednesday I called 2GB’s Ray Hadley after an extraordinary interview he had with Malcolm Turnbull.

I said that Malcolm Turnbull was not fit to be a minister – because of his actions the previous day (regarding Federal Police search of Channel 7 in Sydney) and because of his explanations given on air.

RH: … I don’t have an issue… with him [Bruce McWilliam] calling you.  I don’t have a problem with that.  I think he is fully entitled as the Commercial Director to phone the Minister who is charge of the portfolio which he deals with, and that’s Communications, to say “Listen we’ve got a problem here do you know anything about it”.  I don’t have a problem with that.  Is that the way you see it?

MT:  Well absolutely… People call politicians with problems all the time, and that’s part of my job to take those calls and listen to them and if I can do something to help to do so.  Now.  Now, what happened yesterday was completely conventional.

Bruce McWilliam called me, I am the Communications Minister.  He obviously was, you know, was unhappy, you know, with the large number of Police officers raiding the Seven Network.  I contacted the two ministers… ended up speaking briefly to each of them.  I relayed the conversation I had had with McWilliam and then went back to McWilliam and said… if you want to take, you know, want to discuss this, then the person you should talk to is George Brandis, and I put them in touch with each other.  Bruce, as I understand it from George, subsequently called George Brandis, but Mr Brandis in fact subsequently talked to the Chairman of Seven Network Kerry Stokes. And that is.  And that is it.  And it is a completely conventional matter.

RH: [quizzes on appropriateness of MT calling the two Ministers (Justice and Attorney General)

MT: … The answer is yes… Because you have a stakeholder in my portfolio… who rings up with a complaint, a concern, something they are unhappy about – it is not in my portfolio, I am not responsible for AFP, so what I do is refer it to the Minister who is responsible.  Now, and that, and then, err, encourage them to communicate…

True, the matter was not in his portfolio.  Bruce McWilliam was not calling about the AFP enforcing some part of communications law – and McWilliam knew that.  He was using his influence, friendship, status and being part the elite to ‘get a Minister on the line’.  How often do subjects of an AFP search warrant ring a Minister to complain?  And get through? And then get counsel on who to call and how to get in touch with the Attorney General and Justice Minister of Australia?  Mr Turnbull’s response that this phone call was conventional, and akin to ‘normal’ people calling their local member with a problem, was deliberately disingenuous.  It might fly on talkback radio but it won’t fly in the hothouse of Canberra.

Let me postulate what will happen now.  Mr Abbot will be hounded by the Opposition in Question Time this week and thus by the sympathetic Canberra press gallery.

  • ·         Mr Abbott do you agree with what Mr Turnbull did/said?
  • ·         Would you have done what Mr Turnbull did/said?

Then the killer

  • ·         Mr Abbott given that you have said you would not have done what Mr Turnbull said/did – do you have confidence in him?

This will go on for two weeks.  And then the inevitable Senate Enquiry will begin, because this in not “Cabinet-in-Confidence” type material.

  • ·         Mr McWilliam, why did you call Mr Turnbull?
  • ·         Mr McWilliam, what did you say to Mr Turnbull?
  • ·         Mr Turnbull what did you say to Mr McWilliam?
  • ·         Mr Turnbull, what did you do? Why did you do that?
  • ·         Mr Turnbull what did you say to….
  • ·         Mr X, what did say to Mr Turnbull…
  • ·         And so on…

This will fill the media for a month.  And if they try and cover anything up – it will be the cover-up that does then in.

And Joe Hockey’s Budget (and other government messages leading up to the Budget period) will be lost in the noise (perhaps a benefit – but I don’t think so).  Mr Turnbull will have some very angry Cabinet colleagues.

Second, this is another example of the Turnbull tragedy – a great man with a fatal flaw.  Mr Turnbull still thinks he is the big man wheeler & dealer who gets things done by going straight to the top.  He does not mess about with due process and convention.  “I’ll just ring George and find out what’s happening.”

Third, his explanations to you show a complete lack of understanding of being a Minister.  A Minister can do nothing by himself.  A Minister must act through others.  He should have just said: “Bruce I really can’t help you on this or comment” and hung up.  I would go so far as to say he should not make any suggestions, or provide any counsel, to Bruce McWilliam on whom he should ring.

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65 Responses to Guest post: Has Turnbull wrecked Hockey’s budget? – Andrew of Randwick

  1. Sinclair Davidson

    To be fair to Malcolm Turnbull, I suspect the Canberra press gallery and the opposition are going to be targeting Scott Morrison over the month leading up to the budget.

  2. McWilliam should also have approached Turnbull through the proper channels.

    You can stop laughing now. Ministers are heads of public service departments, and have people who do this stuff for them. We as public servants are bound to go through the correct channels, and they’re often NOT as silted up as people think.

    How seriously is this taken? If any of us decided to go straight to the Minister, s/he would lose their job.

    Third, his explanations to you show a complete lack of understanding of being a Minister. A Minister can do nothing by himself. A Minister must act through others. He should have just said: “Bruce I really can’t help you on this or comment” and hung up. I would go so far as to say he should not make any suggestions, or provide any counsel, to Bruce McWilliam on whom he should ring.

    Exactly. This protects EVERYONE involved from accusations of wrongdoing.

  3. candy

    M. Turnbull is the LNP minister who can do no wrong, apparently…

    I would say Scott Morrison is in for another torrid time this week, followed by accusations that Tony Abbott is going to destroy Medicare, take all the money out of the Health budget and destroy the rights of workers, and remove the disability pension. Etc etc.

  4. Sinclair Davidson

    So to stir things up: Is the argument that when the State’s goons are kicking down the door you shouldn’t be able to ring a minister because (a) the State’s agents have every right to kick down the door and search your premises and calling the minister interferes with that legitimate process or (b) it isn’t fair that some people are in a position to call a minister and others are not.

    To make life more interesting, would it be inappropriate for McWilliam or someone in his position to say that he has had such a gutful of police kicking down his door that he will personally campaign against the minister at the next federal election?

  5. Squirrel

    The biggest worry in all of that is Minister Turnbull’s use of the term “stakeholder”.

    Beyond that, I think we can take heart that the great majority of the people whose votes decide election outcomes, including the re-run WA Senate Poll, would know little, and care less, of this kerfuffle – it will be fuel on the fire for the (largely) impotent rage of those who rage against the Government (quite satisfying, when you think about it).

  6. Fred Lenin

    The Lbs should do the old SoccerTransfer Trick transfer turnbull and other lefty libs to the alp commos,you might have to pay money into one of their many slushfundsthen watch the former “Libs” work hard for their own futures ,as pollies do ,and advance the cause of untidy nationsism the New Communism !

  7. A Lurker

    Mr Turnbull still thinks he is the big man wheeler & dealer who gets things done by going straight to the top. He does not mess about with due process and convention.

    Does Mr Turnbull believe that the world revolves around him? He certainly does not come across as a team player, and seems more trouble than he is worth to the Abbott Ministry – and as for all the Leftists vowing that they’d vote for him? Hah, would be a cold day in Hell if that ever happened.

    Honestly, candidates for political pre-selection ought to go through independent psychological testing and profiling with the results available to public scrutiny. Anyone displaying severe negative personality defects ought to be rendered ineligible, just as bankrupts and those with a criminal conviction are, as far as I am aware, unable to be elected to Parliament.

    Just think of all the crims, maniacs, narcissists, sociopaths, pyschopaths and other assorted loons we’d be spared if such a thing was mandated across all levels of Government.

  8. I think it’s both, Sinc.

    The rightness or wrongness of goons kicking down doors can be dealt with by other means, especially if you collect your evidence at the time. It takes time to do it, but it’s amazing how – if you are prepared to stick at it and especially to keep your case before the meeja – you can get backdowns, apologies, inquiries, etc.

    To make life more interesting, would it be inappropriate for McWilliam or someone in his position to say that he has had such a gutful of police kicking down his door that he will personally campaign against the minister at the next federal election?

    I’d endorse that heartily. It’s still a free country, more or less, and I think under the present government we may have slightly less of the Andrew Leigh-style noblesse oblige about who is and who is not a fit person to run for Parliament.

  9. Tel

    So we had a government bungled raid sending gun-toting thugs around, and the victim manages to get in touch with the person responsible, leading to matters getting sorted out promptly over the phone. Imagine if this got out of hand, we would end up with public servants … errr … serving the public, or something… I can see why they want to nip that in the bud, right smart.

    How often do subjects of an AFP search warrant ring a Minister to complain?  And get through? And then get counsel on who to call and how to get in touch with the Attorney General and Justice Minister of Australia?

    Once upon a time only the landed gentry could vote, now most people do.

    Not so long ago only the elite nobility could have a drink in summer with ice in their drink… now people just expect it like it means nothing at all.

    Dare to dream my friend.

  10. Notafan

    When your local greenfilth know it all nods sagaciously and prognosicates that Turnbull will soon replace Abbot like that is a good thing, you know it isn’t.
    Nevertheless, I still have high hopes that Turnbull will give the ABC a right pruning come May.

  11. Notafan

    If the guns weren’t drawn what is the problem with AFP carrying on the job?

  12. Tel

    If the guns weren’t drawn what is the problem with AFP carrying on the job?

    If they are doing their job, nothing’s wrong.

    But without a valid search warrant they aren’t legally doing their job, they are just guys with guns busting into a private business.

  13. Sinclair Davidson

    To put the guns in context, I think the cops routinely carry guns.

  14. Honesty

    I think I can add value to this discussion in that I am on the electoral role of Wentworth and voted for Turnbull. With the ABC “torture claims” of asylum seekers against the navy weeks ago, for the first time I wrote my local MP using his web site saying I wanted him to fix the bias at the ABC, that I had voted for him and would not do so next time if he didn’t fix the bias.

    I am still waiting for a reply. I feel as strong about this as McWilliams could on any issue, as my mother served in the WRANs during WWII and was in palative care at the time and passed away last week. So where is my MP when I need him? I guess to quote Orwell’s Animal Farm, some are more equal than others. He could have handled McWiliams complaint as a local MP after he got around to mine. He did the wrong thing.

  15. james

    I really don’t think this has the cut through to become an issue that the Press Zombies will try to club the govt with.

    They will keep banging the “Scott M is a murderer” drum.

    They seem entirely oblivious to the fact that anyone who agrees with them on border issues already votes for them. They have spent more than a decade trying to change the public mood in regards to boat people using the almost the entire apparatus of the education system and the lockstep aid of near all the media.

    No-one seems to care. Let them scream in the wilderness about this too.

  16. Tintarella di Luna

    Malcolm Turnbull still hasn’t been around long enough to get it — keep your hands clean. Utegate was the clearest example that Malcolm was out of his depth and obviously still is.

  17. Tintarella di Luna

    I am still waiting for a reply. I feel as strong about this as McWilliams could on any issue, as my mother served in the WRANs during WWII and was in palative care at the time and passed away last week.

    Condolences Honesty.

  18. Baldrick

    The end result was that Channel 7 was indeed planning to reward Schapelle Corby for an interview:

    “Channel 7 said this afternoon the money offered to the Corby family for an interview was in the “ballpark” of $500,000.

    In an interview with Fairfax Radio, Seven’s commercial director Bruce McWilliam said: “I’m not going to tell you the actual figure, but you’re not saying a crazy thing.

    “It’s in that ballpark.” Link

    So the AFP raid was justified.

  19. Andrew of Randwick

    NEWSFLASH !!!

    The AFP are swarming all over my bank bracnh executing a search warrant on info about ‘cash reporting’ provisions of the Anit-Money Laundering Act.
    Who am I going to call? Ghostbusters!

    Not on your Nelly. I am going to call Joe Hockey because I played rugby against him and shared a few beers with him over the years. And Joe is going to sympathise with me, and then give me the mobile numbers of the Michael Keenan (Justice Minister) and the George Brandis (Attorney General). And then I am going to call those blokes up and give them a piece of my mind and get them to tell those AFP goons to stop, because those guns are really upsetting the customers in the teller queues, and their cars are blocking the main street.
    .
    Oh yeh. That sounds perfectly logical – not.
    .
    And some idle thoughts….God forbid if the Federal Police think Turnbull “tried to pervert the course of justice” and begins an investigation…
    .

  20. candy

    I wonder where Channel 7 is at with paying the money to the Corby family, as it’s obvious they were going to, judging by David Koch’s comments on air and Mike Willesee over there setting it all up.

    Can’t imagine the Corby’s will do any interviews or magazine spreads for free. They must be working on ways of receiving the money without breaking a law. Tricky. There’s millions to be made and I can’t see them backing away.

  21. Honesty

    Thanks Tint.
    My point is who is McWilliams to be so aggrieved he gets immediate attention. Turnbull should have said call the relevant minister or I can deal this for you as a constituent but you will have to join the queue.

  22. Tintarella di Luna

    My point is who is McWilliams to be so aggrieved he gets immediate attention. Turnbull should have said call the relevant minister or I can deal this for you as a constituent but you will have to join the queue.

    Honesty perhaps the words “Some voters are more important than others”? are painted on the wall of his Edgecliff electoral office – might check as I drive by next.

  23. Sinclair Davidson

    God forbid if the Federal Police think Turnbull “tried to pervert the course of justice” and begins an investigation

    Very unlikely – calling your MP can never be grounds for an investigation.

  24. Andrew of Randwick

    calling your MP can never be grounds for an investigation

    But what the MP did then, or tried to do, can be

  25. Gab

    The end result was that Channel 7 was indeed planning to reward Schapelle Corby for an interview: … So the AFP raid was justified.

    It is not illegal to pay Corby any money. Under the law, any profit from a crime is illegal. Intending to pay Corby and then actually handing the money over is not illegal. Not yet anyway.

  26. Demosthenes

    perhaps the words “Some voters are more important than others”? are painted on the wall of his Edgecliff electoral office

    Might as well put it on all electoral offices then. It’s already quite explicit – the more money you give, or voters you can reach, the more access you have. As an old Chinese lady once said, “The point of getting rich is to have the things other people can’t.”

  27. Sinclair Davidson

    But what the MP did then, or tried to do, can be

    Too hard. Barring cash in brown paper bags, nobody is going to go there.

    Gab – “conspiracy to …”, they can nab you before hand.

  28. Honesty

    The highest profile legal case in Australia and a raid on a media company. Turnbull couldn’t wait to jump in but he should have and would have if he was a team player. I think this is the essence of this post.

  29. Tel

    And some idle thoughts….God forbid if the Federal Police think Turnbull “tried to pervert the course of justice” and begins an investigation…

    The AFP already apologised for falsely accusing Justine Munsie of a crime in order to obtain a search warrant… this being merely “an innocent word-processing error”.

    Turnbull suffered “an innocent smartphone handling error”… you know how difficult those things are to control.

    Corby herself ran into an unfortunate “innocent shipment mishap”… I get other people’s mail turning up in my PO box all the time, it’s a real nuisance.

    Some years back Paul Hogan had an “innocent number processing error” on his tax return, well could happen to anyone, and probably does!

    There might be a few out there who question the good sense of having laws sufficiently complex that even the police can’t figure out how to follow those laws, but that’s another story.

  30. Honesty

    Having 20 or so officers of the AFP at Channel 7 for the raid is no big deal, they might as we’ll be out of the office as they are not exactly being run off their feet with their “darkest day in sport” work. Or Sinc, are the Bombers still making Carl Williams look like a petty crim?

  31. Tel

    That reminds me, there was this politician who kept on accidentally pulling out the wrong credit card every time he was paying for professional help for his embarrassing wang control malfunction. What a sorry victim of circumstance, if only his high school teacher had been given a pay rise.

  32. Gab

    they can nab you before hand.

    That went through fast then. :) How can thinking about paying her, or even drawing up the legal paperwork, be a crime – it is not yet “proceeds of crime”.

  33. C.L.

    A total non issue.

    And I say that as somebody who isn’t a Turnbull fan.

    If I had my way, the AFP officers behind this disgrace would be thrown in jail.

  34. Dan

    It is not at all illegal to pay her. Perhaps if they are trying to follow the money to confiscate it they would need to raid 7, but presumably it wouldn’t have been paid yet?? They would have more luck going thru banking records I would think.

  35. candy

    or even drawing up the legal paperwork, be a crime – it is not yet “proceeds of crime”.

    I don’t think Corby’s were doing it for free. :) Who’s going to believe that? Why a contract if it’s gratis.

    AFP were right to do a raid.

  36. Gab

    The Act targets “organised crime”. Somehow Corby does not strike me as the Mz Big of any organised crime syndicate.

  37. Sinclair Davidson

    Honesty – exactly. Terrorising journalists and hobnobbing with sports people sure beats hunting down actual criminals. But then I have long argued that the police tend to over-enforce ‘easy’ crime rather than tackle serious crime. The split between state and federal makes it worse.

  38. Gab

    I don’t think Corby’s were doing it for free. :) Who’s going to believe that? Why a contract if it’s gratis.

    AFP were right to do a raid.

    No money had as yet been paid. Corby did not receive any money. What crime had been committed? What crime did Mercedes Corby commit?

  39. C.L.

    Look, here’s how I see it.

    Something has gone on behind the scenes: the raid had nothing to do with proceeds of crime. This was about impressing the Indonesians; perhaps meant to solidify inter-agency cooperation on smuggling and drugs between the nations’ two enforcement bodies. Secondarily, an intention may have been to save Corby from herself and the idiots around her. Because if she breached her bail conditions and was re-imprisoned it would only add to tensions between the two countries on multiple fronts. This was all politics.

    Nevertheless, it is NOT a crime to speak to the media or be paid for the story of one’s life. Moreover, the very idea of an armed police raid on a television station is a disgrace. This is one of the most appalling episodes of egregious police overkill in my lifetime. If Turnbull was indeed against the raid, more power to him. He is the libertarian in the room on this occasion.

  40. Tintarella di Luna

    So is has the AFP tasked with fossicking about looking for crimes about to be committed – pity they didn’t do anything pre-emptive vis a vis Scott Rush notwithstanding information provided by Scott’s parents.

  41. candy

    Terrorising journalists ?

    The bit I saw on TV the officer politely said to the 7 director/manager “We have a search warrant, Sir” said quietly and politely. I don’t think the officers should be put in jail for carrying out orders.

    I think they have to carry guns, not sure, but that may have scared the journalists.

  42. C.L.

    I’m at a loss to understand where the scandal is in somebody telephoning Malcolm Turnbull.

    I’m kind of, like, que?

  43. Beef

    C.L.
    #1199900, posted on February 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Look, here’s how I see it.

    Supurb Post C.L.

  44. Sinclair Davidson

    Something has gone on behind the scenes: the raid had nothing to do with proceeds of crime.

    You think?

  45. C.L.

    I genuinely don’t think Abbott does revenge of that Ruddian kind, Sinc.

  46. Beef

    Well I suppose, you have to wonder what role Toney Abbott666 played in all of this

  47. Beef

    Sorry. Tony…was thinking toney deaf

  48. john constantine

    the abc’s last best hope is malcom turnbull. teflon malcom will continue to get the dream run from the lefties.not his fault that he is as others have said,the very favorite liberal among those that would rather die than vote conservative.

    imagine the abc and shorten lynching turnbull,then having the new communications minister appoint sophie mirrabella head of the abc.

  49. Rabz

    FFS, what a beat up.

    Good luck trying to make this plastic turkey fly, presstitutes.

    But then, I did advocate that Squire Turnbull should have been disendorsed and expelled from the Liberal Pardee before the last election.

    :x

  50. james

    But then I have long argued that the police tend to over-enforce ‘easy’ crime rather than tackle serious crime. The split between state and federal makes it worse.

    Anarcho-Tyranny?

    Friends of mine from inside the force would suggest you are correct Sinc.

  51. Leo G

    “But then I have long argued that the police tend to over-enforce ‘easy’ crime rather than tackle serious crime.” – Sinclair Davidson
    Tackle serious crime? As in committing or preventing? Doesn’t the AFP have a history of improperly investigating serious crimes?

  52. Tel

    The bit I saw on TV the officer politely said to the 7 director/manager “We have a search warrant, Sir” said quietly and politely. I don’t think the officers should be put in jail for carrying out orders.

    The low-level grunts who follow orders are not the ones being blamed here.

    Point is that it is extremely important that the people making the laws and the people enforcing the laws must live by the same rules they impose on others. If the paperwork is annoyingly difficult then too bad, the rest of us have to waste our lives with that useless crap. If it is really true that this was a political exercise to impress the Indonesians then that’s a bloody disgrace and I’m sure it wasn’t the idea of a bunch of low-level coppers dreaming up such a display.

  53. jupes

    I think you are worrying over nothing Andrew. No one really gives a fuck. I doubt we’ll hear about it again once this post dies a natural death.

    Sinc is right that the evil Morrison will dominate the news up to budget. And that is a good thing. The more the most repulsive woman in parliament (if not to ever walk the earth) bangs on about ‘murdered’ Iranian ‘asylum seekers’ in Manus, the less likely that more of the bludgers will try to come here.

  54. Pedro

    Holy crapola, how can you think such nonsense. A minister gets a call from an important person in an important company, happens constantly, and refers the important person to the correct minister. Sheesh.

  55. Michaelc58

    I’m no fan of Turnbull, but this criticism of him is misguided.
    Anyone can call an MP’s office, but the response they get should depend on the gravity of their complaint on a societal and to a lesser degree personal level.

    I would hope that when the caller is the head of one of the four free TV stations, stating that they are being raided by 20 gun-carrying AFP officers, he would get a prompt hearing and apropriate referral from any MP, whether he went to school with the MP or not.

    Also, at least this is done in the open; far better than the now exposed secret world of corrupt deals done between union mates and Labor governments, or a PM calling and berating a head of a news organization.

  56. gabrianga

    Perhaps this helps to explain why McWilliam phoned Lord Wentworth

    A previous partnership in the 1980's

    Jennifer Sexton

    COMMUNICATIONS Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Bruce McWilliam go back a long way.

    Both lawyers, the pair formed their own firm, Turnbull McWilliam, in 1986.

  57. gabrianga

    wiki

    After graduating from Oxford, Turnbull returned to Australia and began working as a barrister. He left the bar in 1983 to become General Counsel and Secretary for Australian Consolidated Press Holdings Group, from 1983 to 1985. During this time he defended Kerry Packer against the “Goanna” allegations made by the Costigan Commission.

    In partnership with Bruce McWilliam he established his own law firm, Turnbull McWilliam, in 1986

  58. val majkus

    God forbid if the Federal Police think Turnbull “tried to pervert the course of justice” and begins an investigation

    as Sinc says – very unlikely – this is not in the same league as ‘now what about my little mate’

  59. Kevin

    Turnbull is the LNP white ant.

  60. None

    Turnbull should have not gotten involved. He will survive unscathed. Corby was and is free to speak to whomever she likes – if she wants to risk her parole, that’s her call. She is not free to profit from her crime. That’s illegal. Channel 7 has a case to answer – prima facie tried to break the law.

  61. Andrew of Randwick

    No questions (from the non-government side) in Monday 24th Feb Questions Time leaves me with two choices:
    1) I was wrong
    2) The ALP are idiots and live in an echo chamber.
    .
    Employment (Shorten, Bill, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP)
    Employment (Shorten, Bill, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP)
    Pensions and Benefits (Plibersek, Tanya, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP)
    National Broadband Network (Wilkie, Andrew, MP, Turnbull, Malcolm, MP)
    Asylum Seekers (Marles, Richard, MP, Morrison, Scott, MP)
    Asylum Seekers (Marles, Richard, MP, Morrison, Scott, MP)
    Asylum Seekers (Marles, Richard, MP, Morrison, Scott, MP)
    Asylum Seekers (Marles, Richard, MP, Morrison, Scott, MP)
    Ministerial Staff: Code of Conduct (King, Catherine, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP) (Health adviser)
    Ministerial Staff: Code of Conduct (King, Catherine, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP) (Health adviser)
    Ministerial Staff: Code of Conduct (King, Catherine, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP) (Health adviser)
    Ministerial Staff: Code of Conduct (King, Catherine, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP) (Health adviser)
    .
    When will the ALP realise that they are flogging a dead horse when it comes to anything to do about Asylum Seekers? A violent disturbance, started by disgruntled detainees, that leads to one , and only one, death is not earth shattering news or ammunition to attack a government.
    It is ‘echo chamber’ stuff of the Canberra press gallery, Fairfax opinion writers, Human Rights ‘groups’, Refugee ‘advocates’ industry, and inner city ‘oh how disgusting are Abbott & Morrison’, and the Greens.

  62. Andrew of Randwick

    No questions (from the non-government side) in Tuesday 25th Feb Questions Time

    Qantas (Shorten, Bill, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP)
    Qantas (Shorten, Bill, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP)
    Health Funding (Shorten, Bill, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP)
    Health Funding (Plibersek, Tanya, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP)
    National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (McGowan, Cathy, MP, Truss, Warren, MP)
    General Practice (King, Catherine, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP)
    Health Funding (MacTiernan, Alannah, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP)
    Paid Parental Leave (Macklin, Jenny, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP)
    Donations to Political Parties (Burke, Tony, MP)
    Asylum Seekers (Marles, Richard, MP, Morrison, Scott, MP)
    Asylum Seekers (Marles, Richard, MP, Morrison, Scott, MP)
    Asylum Seekers (Marles, Richard, MP, Morrison, Scott, MP)
    Asylum Seekers (Shorten, Bill, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP)

    I was wrong!
    “teflon” Malcolm sails on, untouched….

  63. Andrew of Randwick

    I am still wrong, wrong, and wrong.
    No questions (from the non-government side) in Wednesday 26th Feb Questions Time

    Ministerial Staff: Code of Conduct (Shorten, Bill, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP)
    Ministerial Staff: Code of Conduct (King, Catherine, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP) Health advisor
    Ministerial Staff: Code of Conduct (King, Catherine, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP) Health advisor
    United States Economy (Palmer, Clive, MP, Hockey, Joe, MP)
    Ministerial Staff: Code of Conduct (King, Catherine, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP) Health advisor
    Ministerial Staff: Code of Conduct (King, Catherine, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP) Health advisor
    Australian Defence Force (Shorten, Bill, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP)
    Ministerial Staff: Code of Conduct (Shorten, Bill, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP) Health advisor
    Building and Construction Industry (Burke, Tony, MP)
    Health (Shorten, Bill, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP)
    Asylum Seekers (Marles, Richard, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP)
    MOTIONS Senator Conroy (Wilkie, Andrew, MP)

    All I can think is that:
    (a) The Opposition would rather pursue an individual Health advisor and his wife, rather than possibly upset a powerful media owner like Kerry Stokes (Seven West)
    (b) The Opposition is scared of Malcolm Turnbull’s talents in Parliament QT
    (c) The Opposition does what Malcolm did and their ministers/shadow ministers have called around in the past and tried and help “mates” in the media when they got into bother with regulators and law enforcement.

  64. Andrew of Randwick

    I was so wrong
    No questions (from the non-government side) in Thursday 27th Feb Questions Time

    Qantas (Shorten, Bill, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP)
    Qantas (Shorten, Bill, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP)
    Qantas (Albanese, Anthony, MP, Truss, Warren, MP)
    Biofuels (Katter, Bob, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP)
    Qantas (Shorten, Bill, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP)
    Ministerial Staff: Code of Conduct (King, Catherine, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP) Health advisor
    Ministerial Staff: Code of Conduct (King, Catherine, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP) Health advisor
    Ministerial Staff: Code of Conduct (King, Catherine, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP) Health advisor
    Cadbury Factory (Albanese, Anthony, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP)
    Qantas (Shorten, Bill, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP)
    Paid Parental Leave (Bowen, Chris, MP, Abbott, Tony, MP)

    Well we have come to the end of this experiment.
    Lessons learnt? Don’t underestimate that if you are “a friend” of the polenta-eating metropolitan leftist progressive elite, then you will not be torn down with scorn, vitriol and hate.
    … Can’t wait for Scott Morrison or Peter Dutton to get a parking ticket….
    Or was it the media angle (Channel 7), or Chappelle’s popularity – and thus the desire not to go there. We will never know.

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