Today in Parliament

Note the glum faces behind Shorten – and the lack of enthusiasm for the “Noes”. Pity the clip ends where it does because it looked like Tony Burke wanted to force an actual division. I reckon Bronwyn Bishop threw him (and many ALP MPs) a lifeline there. Nobody actually had to vote in defence of Stephen Conroy.

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56 Responses to Today in Parliament

  1. Docket62

    Most enjoyable QT I’ve watched in ages, loved it.

  2. candy

    I thought it silly and a bit embarrassing. Clapping Malcolm Turnbull’s sketch was really childish and the speaker put paid to that immediately.
    Stephen Conroy can be asked for apology and be reprimanded for his disgraceful behaviour without all this carry on in the Parliament.

  3. Samuel J

    Stephen Conroy. Nasty, stupid and the person who presided over the most expensive disaster in Australia’s history. A toad, with no redeeming features. Gillard, Rudd and Shorten are wonderful by comparison. Conroy is the most objectionable person to ever sit in any Parliament at any time in any country.

  4. Gab

    Must have really upset you, Candy as that’s about the fourth time you’ve made that comment, or similar, today.

  5. vlad

    what are those ribbons? I’m guessing “mental health”, but does anyone have details, confirmation?

  6. vlad

    I had to smile at Shortstop’s reference to “hiding behind the military”.

    We’re all doing that.

  7. Greg James

    I think Morrison got it right.

    Shorten really is a ‘small’ man, in every sense of that word.

    I really don’t understand how the Labor Party think they might get any traction with this [fairly repugnant] and clearly uneducated little man.

    Perhaps there is method in their madness somewhere; but I truly just don’t get it.

  8. candy

    It’s all very childish Gab, in the light of the problems facing Australia, and I’m repeating myself, I know.

  9. egg_

    The LNP front bench is in risk of being hitting by one of Dolly’s bursting buttons.

  10. Splatacrobat

    Splatacrobat

    #1205004, posted on February 26, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    They sure weren’t doing much to prevent it… and it looks like it was put to a vote, and passed…. without the Opposition even trying to call for a division over it.

    Bishop should have feigned calling the vote and said ” I think a division is required” if only to get them to show themselves. Lost opportunity.

    My sentiments exactly Sinc.

  11. Gab

    It takes a special kind of moron to insult and defame a senior officer in the Defence Force when you’re the Shadow Defence Minister.

  12. H B Bear

    Labor are right back where they were under Gillard – an impotent union puppet in charge and forced to defend people they know are indefensible.

  13. Sinclair Davidson

    Actually no. Stephen Smith was able to do that while being the actual minister of defence.

  14. .

    candy
    #1205470, posted on February 26, 2014 at 9:42 pm
    I thought it silly and a bit embarrassing. Clapping Malcolm Turnbull’s sketch was really childish and the speaker put paid to that immediately.
    Stephen Conroy can be asked for apology and be reprimanded for his disgraceful behaviour without all this carry on in the Parliament

    No. Conroy has never gotten comeuppance. He needs it to boot.

  15. CatAttack

    I see old Penny Wrong also getting her knickers in a knot grandstanding at Senate hearings. This must be a concerted campaign by Labor to go hard but just looks plain rude and confected.

  16. .

    Wong – “act like a Minister”

    I would have walked out and simply refused to resit until she was dropped from the committee.

    You do not negotiate with these gormless hypocrites.

  17. jupes

    Labor are right back where they were under Gillard – an impotent union puppet in charge and forced to defend people they know are indefensible.

    Spot on Bear.

    Despite what the polls say, Kroger is right – Shorten will never be elected PM of Australia. And if stabbing two leaders in the back isn’t enough, his performance as leader of the opposition has been appalling.

    Let’s hope the Royal Commission doesn’t kill him off too soon because while he’s there, Labor will never win government.

  18. derFRED

    The main reason for the miserable faces (apart from the slowly dawning realisation that they are no longer actually in government after being beaten like Indian laundry last September) is that they will have to engage in the charade of a nationwide leadership ballot when Shorten is inevitably challenged and dumped.

    The really bad news is the “best” the ALP have is Plibersek. Don’t worry Tanya, at least you’ll have Anne (It’s Misogyny, Never Criticism) Summers in your corner.

  19. Baldrick

    vlad
    #1205476, posted on February 26, 2014 at 9:48 pm
    what are those ribbons? I’m guessing “mental health”, but does anyone have details, confirmation?

    Wednesday, 26 February 2014, is Ovarian Cancer Australia’s Teal Ribbon Day – link.

  20. Splatacrobat

    It takes a special kind of moron to insult and defame a senior officer in the Defence Force when you’re the Shadow Defence Minister.

    Stephen Smith came close but no cigar compared to Conroy.

    In an explosive letter to Defence chiefs, obtained by The Australian, Commodore Bruce Kafer accuses Mr Smith of personally impeding his ability to challenge findings against him that he says have scarred his professional reputation.

  21. Infidel Tiger

    Conroy has titfucked Shorten.

  22. Leigh Lowe

    Don’t blame Conroy.
    It’s the milk cancer making him say it.

  23. Grigory M

    Note the glum faces behind Shorten

    Heh. Julie Owens and Pliberserk always look like that. QT was well worth watching today, from when Wilkie proposed his motion about Conroy until it ended when Bishop ejected Burke. Julie Bishop was as always, excellently eloquent, and Morrison again demonstrated his mettle with a masterful performance. He, in particular, had the Opposition’s measure – they were very subdued while he quietly dealt with the issues.

  24. egg_

    Labor are right back where they were under Gillard – an impotent union puppet in charge and forced to defend people they know are indefensible.

    Is that why Dolly’s so depressed, he looks like he’s moved on to family-size pies?

  25. Leo G

    Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels he reminds us …. Then he immediately acknowledges
    the patriotism of his own family. Hilarious irony.

  26. Sinclair Davidson

    IT – you are a sick, sick man.

  27. thefrollickingmole

    Its fantasy Island day for lefties since Abbott666 got in.

    First there was Sarah 2 dads “sea patrol” moment now we have red undies man “a few good men” delusion.

    Someone stop them before they watch “being there” and we end up with Chauncey Gardner in charge of the ALP.

  28. David of Cossack

    Don’t forget who put Shorten where he is….a one Stephen Conroy and his mates in the far right of this Communist Party.
    A bit of reading about this grub: http://www.smh.com.au/…/2004/12/05/1102182154324.html

  29. Disillusioned

    Labour has confirmed my prejudice against the left developed after 25 years service in the defence force. Never have they supported the troops unless there was political advantage. Times have not changed. Beasely was a crap minister of defence, only beaten by Smith.

  30. Up The Workers!

    One former A.L.P. leader is keeping the Victoria Police Major Fraud Squad busy with a detailed investigation dating back years.

    One former A.L.P. Deputy Prime Brothel-Crawler kept the Marrickville Vice Squad busy.

    One extremely senior A.L.P. Federal Parliamentary leader is currently keeping the Victoria Police Sexual Violence Unit busy with their investigation of an alleged rape.

    Isn’t it about time that somebody from the ‘up-and-coming’ generation of future A.L.P. leaders did their share and provided some gainful employment for the Drug Squad?

    After all, it wouldn’t be the first time that there was a close relationship between heroin and the A.L.P. leadership.

  31. JC

    Labor are right back where they were under Gillard – an impotent union puppet in charge and forced to defend people they know are indefensible.

    We are us.

  32. Plibersek? Today she accused Julie Bishop of being sexist for referring to Kate Ellis as the “Princess of Adelaide”.

  33. Tiny Dancer

    Morrison was good, Bishop was okay. Turnball was ok and certainly nothing better than that. Turnbull can do much better than that, it was hardly a withering attack. Shorten was rubbish but Burke was absolutely pathetic.

  34. Squirrel

    I wondered whether Tony Burke really was losing it, or if it was ultimately confected outrage. It looked and sounded more like the former, which would make sense – they are still dealing with their grief, and coming to terms with the fact that a Government which, in its (very) early days might have hoped to last three or even four terms, imploded in its first, and limped through its second term.

    Sooner or later, Labor is going to have to start facing up to some difficult policy choices, and try to cobble together a vaguely plausible alternative – petty, nit-picking attacks on Ministers, officers and officials is already looking grubby, hollow and desperate.

  35. incoherent rambler

    The liberals are aware of their opponents personal shortcomings. So what?
    I would rather they go all out attack on ridding us of the ALP obstructionist approach to the Carbon Tax, RET, IR, NBN, Gonski and just about everything that is killing Australian enterprise.
    The high ground is in a principled approach to policy.

  36. JC

    Plibersek? Today she accused Julie Bishop of being sexist for referring to Kate Ellis as the “Princess of Adelaide”.

    Lol.. did she… I mean Bishop referring to the princess as the princess? That’s funny.

  37. Oh come on

    Come on Tiny, Malc’s effort was good theatrics. You can’t look at it in isolation – this was clearly a coordinated attack. Bishop brought the outrage, Morrison the judicial, cool and even-handed indictment and Turnbull piled on the mockery. Sometimes mockery is the most damaging response – particularly when you’re as much of a joke as Conroy. Turnbull did it well, I thought.

    Watching Julie Bishop’s expressions in parts of Turnbull’s skit was also quite amusing.

  38. Oh come on

    The Carbon and Mining Taxes are here until the new Senate is seated (barring a worst case scenario in WA).

  39. Dan

    Sooner or later, Labor is going to have to start facing up to some difficult policy choices, and try to cobble together a vaguely plausible alternative – petty, nit-picking attacks on Ministers, officers and officials is already looking grubby, hollow and desperate.

    Not quite. They have deep personnel problems. The current mob can barely formulate a policy let alone implement it.

  40. Somerville

    Shorten is pathetic, but Wilkie ………….. preening and parading his self-declared righteousness at every opportunity. He is an odious, sanctimonious little turd.

  41. Anthony S Adams

    I sincerely hope that Con boy Conroy has relinquished his UK Citizenship because he’s a disgrace and an embarrassment to all “barrow” boys!

  42. Andrew

    So serious question: the ALP has been revealed lying about the deficit, trying to engineer a US-style debt crisis, spying on SBY, ridiculing a policy that for under $3 MILLION painlessly and safely stopped the boats, declaring war on our military, supervising the NBN unequivocally falling to bits, back flipping on their Core promise to terminate the WBCT, stripping all Gonski from 3 states, and secretly budgeting 14500 PS cutscutscuts without naming them, running a protection racket for at least 1 fraudster, and that’s off the top of my head.

    In response, 7% of the country has decided that they made a mistake in Sept and now wants the horrendously unpopular Moobs (who would have a 5% personal swing from the popular Krudd).

    Has anyone asked them WTF has been the driver of that swing? If it’s something simple, they can fix it.

  43. Tiny Dancer

    Turnbull did the mockery but it was hardly an off the cuff brilliant attack. He would have done much better many times in his previous life. He was a bit pedestrian and rehearsed.

  44. Shelley

    Shorten seemed deranged. Agree re Wilkie sanctimonious creep – still couldn’t bring himself to say OSB is working, had to put the boot in there. Julie Bishop impressive as always. Malcolm Turnbull – just being Malcolm, not really saying much or being overly supportive to LNP, seemed to be doing it for the spotlight. Burke was out of his depth and blustering about like a child ‘but, but, but….’

  45. Joe Goodacre

    Bolt made a great point yesterday – Conroy should have apologised but didn’t. Shorten was forced to play twister to defend Conroy.

    Who is the boss?

    This will now become a chink in Shorten’s armour that he can’t even get a vigilante politician in his party who questioned the integrity of one of our top officers, to apologise.

    Short-sleave Shorten – someone else is wearing the cufflinks.

  46. Rabz

    I don’t know how people can watch parliament – it plays havoc with my blood pressure and any device it’s emanating from is at risk of being smashed to smithereens with a sledgehammer.

    My contempt for and hatred of these preposterous, z-grade, shitheaded parasites is literally indescribable.

  47. Des Deskperson

    Is Conroy actually a Pom or was he simply born in the UK because his father was an Australian serviceman on an overseas posting, and he picked up the accent (as people tend to do) when young? I heard the latter from somewhere.

    Interesting that he worked for Ros Kelly and Barry Jones, surely two of the most self centred and inefficient people on the planet.

  48. Squirrel

    “Andrew

    #1205947, posted on February 27, 2014 at 7:28 am

    So serious question: the ALP has been revealed lying about the deficit, trying to engineer a US-style debt crisis, spying on SBY, ridiculing a policy that for under $3 MILLION painlessly and safely stopped the boats, declaring war on our military, supervising the NBN unequivocally falling to bits, back flipping on their Core promise to terminate the WBCT, stripping all Gonski from 3 states, and secretly budgeting 14500 PS cutscutscuts without naming them, running a protection racket for at least 1 fraudster, and that’s off the top of my head.

    In response, 7% of the country has decided that they made a mistake in Sept and now wants the horrendously unpopular Moobs (who would have a 5% personal swing from the popular Krudd).

    Has anyone asked them WTF has been the driver of that swing? If it’s something simple, they can fix it.”

    I think it is relatively simple – too many people have unrealistic expectations about what a new Government can achieve, in a short space of time – conveniently overlooking inconvenient facts like a hostile Senate, and the complications of governing a federation.

    I would further suggest that a proportion of those who voted for the Coalition were tired of the Rudd-Gillar-Rudd sideshow, but were quite happy with the Labor-Green Magic Pudding policies – so even if they don’t particularly like Shorten, they’ll back him if they think he’d keep the debt-funded gravy train running. The Abbott Government has started to talk about the fiscal facts of life, and that is not going down well with some – whether because they are financially stretched, or just greedy and selfish. Also consider how many jobs have been lost, and how many more are likely to be lost. The fact that the job losses are due to the actions and inactions of former governments, and to broader forces, would not stop many from blaming the Abbott Government.

  49. Fred Lenin

    Rabz I totally agree with you “professional polititicians are mostly crap the Libs are not much good mbut the alp/ green / wilkie mob are Totally Useless! Name one you would employ if you were in business?i think they all got their uni “degrees” on the modern quota system third rate uni “teachers” passing fourth rate students ,if you fail most of the class you lose your cushy job!

  50. Toiling Mass

    When campaigning the Libs put on a strong and determined face. It looked confident and full of promise.

    The reality (so far) has not lived up to the hype. They have so far (with a couple of notable exceptions – well, maybe one) been timid, meek, and and hopelessly cowed by their critics natural enemies in the media.

    Of course they have lost support. Their own fault, but we are stuck with the consequences.

    They should be brazenly taking all comers on – that is what people voted them in for. A cause is going to scrape to a standstill in the Senate? Clamour like champions, rally the people to their cause and make the other guys afraid to be in the way.

  51. Does anyone remember that when all of the tapes that bloke who now lives in the Ecuadorean Embassy (his name escapes me) mentioned three Labor Politicians who were reporting to the CIA? Whatever happened about that?

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