Coming next: the bloodless coup

The Sydney Morning Herald reports alarming news from the home front. Hitherto, waves of popular unrest were confined to places like Egypt, Columbia and Thailand. Now we learn:

Senior Government ministers are signalling a willingness to compromise on key budget reforms after a wave of popular unrestand in the face of entrenched opposition from interest groups and a hostile Senate.

Distinguishing a wave of popular unrest from the noisy protests of an unrepresentative but articulate minority is a subjective judgment that foreign correspondents are frequently required to make.

It is a rough and ready measure, but in a closed, undemocratic society it is often the only guide we have to popular opinion. In Australia, however, there is no excuse for confusing the leaden narrative of the bien pensant and the illiberal aggression of Socialist Alternative with the popular mood.

The Herald labels its story about the government’s willingness to compromise in the Senate as ‘exclusive,’ thus demonstrating what a sheltered workshop it has become. What the Herald calls ‘pressure on Prime Minister Tony Abbott’ is in fact normal business in a bi-cameral parliament.

As Tony Abbott told Macquarie Radio on May 13, ’obviously a certain amount of horse-trading is something that you just accept is part of the business.’

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64 Responses to Coming next: the bloodless coup

  1. mundi

    Weak government. Weak budget.

  2. JohnA

    Distinguishing a wave of popular unrest from the noisy protests of an unrepresentative but articulate minority is a subjective judgment that foreign correspondents are frequently required to make.

    Are they also required to judge between “wopu”s and “entrenched opposition from interest groups”?

    Enquiring minds seek to understand the nuances of current dialogue…

    :-)

  3. Toiling Mass

    The Sickly Moaning Herald was completely unaware of any legislation that went through with bi-partisan support under RGR, believing that the opposition opposed everything.

    And of course, they are largely supporters of the Greens, who are pathologically incapable of negotiation involving compromise.

    All their political understanding is ‘goodies’ and ‘baddies’.

  4. Petros

    Abbott has lost my vote. If only the LDP had enough candidates and media support. Good luck David Leyonhjelm.

  5. lem

    SMH is still in print? Amazing. Gave up waiting for Gina to come to the rescue and sold the rest of my fauxfax shares yesterday.

    And I’m with you Petros.

  6. outsider

    It seems the most perceptive writers on the subject are from a place further down the slippery slope than we: the Old Dart. Hysterical overreach is never an edifying spectacle, and the SMH anchors the far end of that spectrum – the lunatic fringe. I could never read it before breakfast, but never read it anyway. It does, however, indicate the information needs of that particular readership.

  7. C.L.

    a wave of popular unrest

    Ahahahahaha.

  8. lotocoti

    I would dearly like to see the Socialist Alternative types given a full spectrum dose of the socialist alternative.

  9. Senile Old Guy

    In Australia, however, there is no excuse for confusing the leaden narrative of the bien pensant and the illiberal aggression of Socialist Alternative with the popular mood.

    I think the “popular mood” is reflected in recent polls. And it seems to a wider problem than just the “illiberal aggression of Socialist Alternative”.

  10. Turtle of WA

    I would dearly like to see the Socialist Alternative types given a full spectrum dose of the socialist alternative.

    Smug little turds. They were out in numbers at the WA Senate elections. Their attitude is that everyone else is a non-university educated, ignorant MSM believing fool. Their defining characteristics are a smug grin and the smug trotting (pun intended) out of well-rehearsed clichés.

    While I was waiting in line I told one of them ‘They tried that in Russia and it failed’. Hilarious ranting ensued.

  11. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    a full spectrum dose of the socialist treatment

    Long standing friends of my family fled Hungary during the 1956 Revolution – hiding under a load of potatoes, in the best Scarlet Pimpernel tradition.

    To the end of their days, they could never comprehend how anyone would ever WANT to live under socialism, and they firmly believed that socialism was the same as any other scientific experiment -
    it should have been tried on animals first, before being tried on humans.

  12. A few rabid marxist students wanting to scratch the eyes out of Julie Bishop does not a a wave of popular unrest make.

  13. johno

    A few rabid marxist students wanting to scratch the eyes out of Julie Bishop does not a a wave of popular unrest make.

    No, but as Senile Old Guy noted above, Newspoll results tells us that it much more than a few rabid marxist students.

    Abbott is in real strife, due in large measure to his and his team’s own actions. Something will have to give. Hopefully, not too much and hopefully, Abbott can recover.

  14. Beertruk

    No, but as Senile Old Guy noted above, Newspoll results tells us that it much more than a few rabid marxist students.

    I think Newspoll only polled the Uni Arts courses and Centre Link for their results.

  15. egg_

    If it gets watered down to Swanomics level, they’ll justifiably look like tards.

  16. egg_

    “I think the “popular mood” is reflected in recent polls.”

    If that ain’t obvious, I’d like to know what is.
    Hence their current timidity with the Senate; got ‘emselves into a right hole.
    How NOT to lead a Government from day one.

  17. Rob MW

    The popular unrest came mostly from a welfare dependant Granny with Emphysema making ends meet by co-paying the welfare cheque by acting as a tugging coach, at 50 cents per tug and came across with a richter-scale reading for delightfulness at the same level as one would find by ranking a hat full of arseholes.

    By all accounts Granny’s unrest was very popular and enough to bring tears to one eyes at the very thought of the type of self-mutilation Granny could (or should) coach for a mere 50 cents. Of particular interest, which was missed by the MSM, did Granny have the teeth in or out whilst conducting her coaching courses ?

    The OH&S laws will need changing to recognise this new and present danger.

  18. Tom

    “Beatup” doesn’t begin to describe the Alinskyist gibberish currently atop ShakeMyHead.com. If adult management is ever restored to the diseased corpse of Fairfax, the starting point will be simply to restore information and credibility and breaking stories (that is, stuff we don’t know about — not this craven propaganda) to the top of its aspirations. Allowing children pushing delinquent wreck-the-joint political activism has destroyed the company and I’m am astonished that Greg Hywood has become their idiot clown prince. Leftism truly is a mental illness with powerful momentum when it can destroy corporations from within and billions of dollars of shareholders funds are involved. The Ten Network is another nosediving to oblivion by allowing executives to program leftist gibberish that no one watches (sorry I can’t do links or formatting ATM):

    http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/trouble-at-ten-where-to-now-for-the-embattled-broadcaster-20140523-zrluz.html

  19. johno

    The Ten Network is another nosediving to oblivion by allowing executives to program leftist gibberish that no one watches

    Those same executives choose to run The Bolt Report. Hopefully Andrew’s ratings stay high and crap like The Project, flounder. It might encourage them seek out some more alternative voices than the standard leftist tripe that infests the mainstream media.

  20. Vicki

    Although I believe that his breach of trust on election commitments was a a disastrous, and ultimately costly exercise in respect to Abbott’s personal standing, equally, he would be even more foolhardy to retreat from his Budget strategy.

    He must hold his nerve now, otherwise his support within his own Party will collapse.

  21. Vicki

    I am going to start a personal campaign to “rebadge” ( to use marketing jargon) social welfare – which has already been “rebadged” by the union movement by the euphemism, “transfer payments”.

    Why not call it by what it actually is, namely, ” charity from taxpayers” to the disadvantaged.

    This may be the only way to remind recipients and the leftist media that welfare payments are NOT “income” in the sense of “work for pay” or reward for investment. This nonsense about the poorer groups in society having to “pay” more as a result of Budget decisions than higher “income” groups must be countered. The groups on welfare do not pay any tax at all. Rather, and of course I am stating the obvious (but not to the left wing media) those who do pay tax support these groups with money from their pay-packets. What is this, if not “charity”?

  22. johanna

    The left (including the media) smell blood in the water because Tony Abbott is not coming across as a “conviction politician” the way that Maggie Thatcher and John Howard did. He and Hockey seem to be apologising for change, instead of defending it, and indeed implementing it.

    It is ridiculous to be worrying about polls at this stage. Howard’s polls slumped after his early decisions and first Budget as well – but he stuck to his position and in the end the electorate respected him for it. Same went for Maggie, who was attacked even more viciously than what we are seeing today in Australia.

    The Budget was a gutless fiasco and the lukewarm defence of it by the government reflects that. If they had gone in hard and run the line that it was necessary because of Labor’s profligacy, without apologising, it would have been better policy and better politics.

  23. stackja

    TA on Radio 2GB disagrees with SMH story.

  24. stackja

    johanna
    #1317871, posted on May 24, 2014 at 12:14 pm
    It is ridiculous to be worrying about polls at this stage.

    I am not worried.

  25. Dr.Sir Fred Lenin

    Abbott and Hockey are failures,too nice ,you need a lot of Bastard in you to defeat Bourgoise soshalism. You have to remove them from the public teat,by force if needed you defund thier jobe, you demote the ones who will cost a big payout,you get the ATO to investigate them ,like the US first half white prez did,thise involved in unions you investigarpte for criminality.most are bound to have done something,its like investigatig the mafia ,if you are in it you must be a crim. you check out Palmer ,how much tax he hasnt paid etc,hes bound to be dirty like Bond was lauded for giving some of the money he Stole to win the useless Americas cup hus drunk mate hawke was thrilled praising the Thief,alp scum.

  26. stackja

    Abbott, budget will pass eventually
    Published: 1:40 pm, Saturday, 24 May 2014
    - See more at: linky

  27. egg_

    “It is ridiculous to be worrying about polls at this stage. Howard’s polls slumped after his early decisions and first Budget as well – but he stuck to his position and in the end the electorate respected him for it. Same went for Maggie, who was attacked even more viciously than what we are seeing today in Australia.”

    The others made cuts, cuts, cuts.
    Abbott’s toast.

  28. JC

    The Herald labels its story about the government’s willingness to compromise in the Senate as ‘exclusive,’

    Lol. What lib would be giving those leftist twerps an exclusive? Lying arseholes.

    Isn’t the SMH broke?

  29. blogstrop

    Is the SMH broke? Try this book: The Killing Of Fairfax. They are basically stuffed.

    A very detailed history of how Fairfax fluffed it when they should have been getting the right online presence going. James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch stole the best online operations from under Fairfax’s nose. Now that Seek.com and Carsales.com.au are so dominant in jobs and cars, there’s no room for other less brilliant players to horn in. Fairfax under the management of those days quite simply missed out by misreading who was going to win in each area.

    There’s so much inside info in that book it is really fascinating, and the Kindle edition is so easy to read!

  30. blogstrop

    Oh, yes, the third one was RealEstate.com – by the growth of those three, the rivers of gold were diverted. Each of those companies are now worth a lot more than Fairfax. Together, about ten times.

  31. JC

    Strop

    I like how they turned the rivers of gold into streams of shit. What a bunch of fucking morons. They literally owned the classified markets and lost it. Fucking idiots.

    Left wingers can’t run businesses. They destroy them.

  32. stackja

    blogstrop
    #1317983, posted on May 24, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    The Killing Fairfax cheat sheet: Packer loves boats, hates criticism from crikey
    linky

  33. stackja

    And Fairfax faces two defamation suits.

    Treasurer Joe Hockey has launched defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media over front-page articles headlined “Treasurer For Sale”.

    Nick Di Girolamo launches $12.5m defamation suit against Fairfax Media.

  34. JC

    Strop

    If you take into account stuff like compensation provisions, you would find that fairfax would end up having to pay someone to take the smh and the age off their hands. This where it’s come to.

    I would bet they would love to offload these two losers but no one is fronting up to pay anything for them and get frozen feet when potential buyers would ask for money… LOL.

    A sale like that went through in NY in the 90s when I think Murdoch bought the New York post by being paid a couple of hundred million from memory.

    I’d love it if Da Murdoch bought them and was paid money to take them of their hands. How humbling would that be for the left wing bozo journalists there…..

    Hey fellas we had to pay the buyer to take you off our hands… Lol

  35. johanna

    I suspect that the only reason that Fauxfacts still exists is respect for tradition.

    A never-heard-of mining outfit with numbers like that would have been gone long ago.

  36. Rob

    The tsunami of MSM and ABC fuelled and boosted hatred washing over the Coalition is the clearest evidence that Australia is rapidly becoming ungovernable.
    While sensible and scarce commentators wish the government had gone harder to address our economic woes, Labor and the ding-bats dominating the senate remain in full denial of the problems.
    Ugly and irrational demonstrations and the lawless intimidation and violent threats against government MPs in public places, underscores a dangerous level of anarchy that is now upon us.
    If this government cannot prevail, Australia is in deep trouble.

  37. Anne

    Vicki 11.59

    Yes!

    Why not call it by what it actually is, namely, ” charity from taxpayers” to the disadvantaged

    Yes, reminds me of a comment by dead Mother made (she was alive at the time) in response to hearing about young women on welfare, “I remember a time when having to accept charity was a shameful thing.”

    In future I’ll be saying, oh, you have to take CFT, I’m sorry, can I give you a few bucks to help you out?

  38. candy

    He must hold his nerve now, otherwise his support within his own Party will collapse

    I think that’s absolutely true, Vicki.
    And if all fails and nothing is passed, then the government has the record for trying to achieve long-lasting reforms but was blocked by a purely vindictive opposition for no other reason than payback for Julia Gillard’s perceived treatment by Tony ABbott and the conservative opinion writers Bolt etc

  39. JC

    I think that’s absolutely true, Vicki.

    Abbott will hold his nerve and will also win the next election. People are angry at the cuts, but deep down they know it had to be done. They’ll come around.

    They haven’t lost support because they’re an incompetent bunch of fucking losers like in the Liars Party. The anger will pass.

  40. egg_

    “He must hold his nerve now, otherwise his support within his own Party will collapse”

    Erm, there’s the voting public to consider first (Abbott IS toast).
    Logically, the only way out of the mess is harder Right (Morrison) or more Central and appeasement (Turnbull).
    My money’s on Turnbull (never thought I’d say that – but never anticipated such a monumental c*ckup, either).

  41. Anne

    Fairfax staff are still using MySpace.

  42. MartinG

    Whatever the problem Turnbull ain’t the answer.

  43. vlad

    I agree that Abbott will win the next election.

  44. Mantaray

    Ho Hum, many Cats are no better than the leftist scum I regularly taunt. Whoever woulda thunk it, eh?

    Here are the facts. The bookies have correctly called the past 44 state/territory and Federal elections. They all have the coalition hot favs for the next Federal Election, which gives the Luvvy-Troll Cats the chance to re-examine their faint-heartedness and infantile panic; to think seriously for a change (bookies are serious thinkers) , or else the chance to triple their money by betting against the Coalition now.

    C’mon losers, you can put your dough on your mates in the ALP can’t you? As “Dot” would say “You love sucking Bill’s cock”, so why not make some big money out of your perversions by backing him with a bookie?

    BTW. Just love the adoration for the LDP jerk senator David Leberwuerst. Tell us again how many political parties he ‘s been a member of? Is it four, or one hundred and four, Cats?

  45. JohnA

    Toiling Mass #1317653, posted on May 24, 2014 at 8:05 am

    The Sickly Moaning Herald was completely unaware of any legislation that went through with bi-partisan support under RGR, believing that the opposition opposed everything.

    And of course, they are largely supporters of the Greens, who are pathologically incapable of negotiation involving compromise.

    All their political understanding is ‘goodies’ and ‘baddies’.

    My goodness, Tony Abbott must have trained them very well. They are repeating his “simplistic” foreign affairs analysis, aren’t they?

  46. egg_

    Mantaray
    #1318277, posted on May 24, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    $2.50/$1.50 Sportsbet

    Betting on what they think others will vote.
    How do you see them in 2016?

  47. Dave Wane

    I am maybe giving Abbott more credit than he deserves, but tend to believe he will stand his ground on all the main economic positions in the budget. Of course the crazy PPL and bringing back “Knights and Dames” do cause me a deal of consternation; but I nevertheless still believe Abbott has the political nouse to deal with the various “nongs” in the Senate and achieve a good outcome.

  48. Notafan

    SMH are simply reinforcing the Abbott666 narrative by lying about the oppositions support for over 70% of RGR legislation, the same lot howled when Mr Abbott was.pressed to support the ‘ Free Syria Army ‘ by expressing the view that it was not goodies versus baddies but baddies versus baddies, a point of view shared by many.
    There is very little objective reporting in the MSM, many Australians are be disgusted by the misrepresentations and faux sensationalisms like winkgate, sex appeal, the guardian Abc colluded spy scandal, the mathieson fool’s comments about Mrs Abbott, Frances’s private scholarship and so on.
    News of the World had better claims to the high moral ground than Fauxfacts and the ABC.

  49. egg_

    the misrepresentations and faux sensationalisms like winkgate, sex appeal, the guardian Abc colluded spy scandal, the mathieson fool’s comments about Mrs Abbott, Frances’s private scholarship and so on.

    Is because they see Abbott as vulnerable and are on the attack.
    Mud sticks.

  50. custard

    Tony might have winked he has yet to blink.

    Insightful analysis on winks now on outsiders

  51. Crossie

    The Ten Network is another nosediving to oblivion by allowing executives to program leftist gibberish that no one watches

    Those same executives choose to run The Bolt Report. Hopefully Andrew’s ratings stay high and crap like The Project, flounder. It might encourage them seek out some more alternative voices than the standard leftist tripe that infests the mainstream media.

    All Channel 10 news/current affairs programs, apart from Bolt, are the same so they have to fail. What’s more, they are the same as every other free to air channel’s. You have a certain segment of the population who will tune in for certain ideological programs and everyone else wants something different. If you don’t offer something different you are competing with everyone else for the same finite segment of audience.

    An analogy for the media is the breakfast cereals industry. If all manufacturers only made cornflakes, no matter what shape and size they will not get all those consumers who do not like cornflakes. That’s why there are rice bubbles, muesli, oats etc.

  52. notafan

    Is because they see Abbott as vulnerable and are on the attack.

    They think they are on a winner, yes, but some of them will go too far and Australia will reel back in revulsion.
    Timmy must have already had that effect on some with his the attack on Mrs Abbott.

  53. notafan

    I also think that was a spur of the moment comment, he had a mike and he had to use it.

  54. egg_

    “They think they are on a winner, yes, but some of them will go too far and Australia will reel back in revulsion.”

    As I believe was the case with the “misogyny” meme – Joe Public knows bullying when he sees it (young males shifted their polling, apparently, and deservedly so).

  55. notafan

    I have an aquaintence, a lady in her 70s, who, during the election campaign ran into Mr Abbott at a local coffee shop and loudly proclaimd him a women hater to his face. He remainded smiling and polite and when her friend mentioned that it was the lady in question’s birthday Mr Abbott and his people sang Happy Birthday and he posed for photos with her.

    She might have changed her mind.

  56. Simon

    It’s not about the waves of rebellion. It’s about how sh!t a deal the budget is for the Coalition and their supporters, everybody expected poll dives would ensue regardless of what policies and spends they came out with in the budget. So why didn’t they go hard on the cuts and tax rises and leave room for compromising down to the current Liberal budget expectations? Wouldn’t the most normal people have rather gone to the next election with at least one surplus under their belt just to prove it was possible?
    The product doesn’t do the job so why bother spend political capital to market it? That’s what every 2 eyed Australian is seeing happen with the current government.

  57. 1234

    Ho ho ho – a writer from The Australian criticizing the use of “exclusive” on a report? He must be joking. The Australian has everything marketed as an exclusive these days. Yes Nick, its a beat up, something you know a lot about working for News.
    On another matter – Bolt’s ratings are high? That’s news to me.

  58. JC

    Oh do fuck off numbers. You’re not clever and witty. Get back to Twittersewer.

  59. 1234

    Ho ho ho – JC – yea right, Tony Sheppard must therefore be a left winger as he trashed Transfield and then Abbott had the prescience to appoint him to run the commission of audit! Excuses, excuses, excuses for a government of “no excuses” (TM) you all supported him, you own this clown 100% – ha ha ha.

  60. JC

    Yep you’re right, numbers. The lying slapper and earwax eater were far more competent.

    Just fuck off.

  61. 1234

    Its not a question of their competence, its a question of your judgment in supporting Abbott, even now after his donstrated failure. Ha ha ha.

  62. Aristogeiton

    1234
    #1320992, posted on May 27, 2014 at 12:12 am
    Its not a question of their competence, its a question of your judgment in supporting Abbott, even now after his donstrated failure. Ha ha ha.

    No, you’re right. Which one of your lamed ducks do you recommend? The Slapper or Commander Earwax? Let us know and I will support whichever, if and when they stand for election

  63. 1234

    The point is that the past is the past. You have to deal with the failings of the government of today. There is no choice of Rudd or Gillard they have gone. Its not for me to revommend, I am just happy to point out the failings of the government, something you were happy to do this time last year.

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