I knew they were out to lunch …

… but had no idea how truly out of it they are. From the front page of today’s AFR.

Liberal MPs despairing at the mounting crises plaguing the government are starting to question the political judgment of the Prime Minister’s office and whether the Coalition can win the next election.

They must live in the tightest, most self-contained bubble ever constructed.

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35 Responses to I knew they were out to lunch …

  1. H B Bear

    Mr Nikki Savva must have just woken up from his afternoon nap.

  2. H B Bear

    When you wake up and realise the bedsheets are all wet.

  3. Spring is near

    Install MT was like wetting ones pants. The warm feeling is reassurring …..for a short time.

  4. cui bono

    But it’s an exciting time to be an Australian and we have the happiest PM ever and ….and…. Pauline just isn’t taking her job seriously.

  5. Nathan

    Proverb – ‘Stupid is as stupid does’
    A person’s lack of intelligence may be judged by the lack of wisdom of their actions.

  6. billie

    Pauline in a Burka, what next?

    She’s PM material she is

    How could she possibly do any worse than the idiots currently in charge

  7. thefrolickingmole

    I dont think the penny will drop until they do the ring around for people to man polling booths for them.

    Itll be a negative world version of Sally Fields at the Oscars..

    “You hate me, you really, really hate me” complete with tears.

  8. OldOzzie

    to continue on from Steve’s Paragraph above – Field Guide to Birds of Australia 0r Barnaby Joyce debacle deflating morale, say Liberal MPs

    As the government limped through another parliamentary sitting day hamstrung by Barnaby Joyce’s dual citizenship debacle, MPs said the only positive aspect was that it had removed from the front pages another bad news story for the government – the same-sex marriage split.

    Looking chaotic and disorganised doesn’t bode well for morale,” said one MP in a view that typified that of several who spoke to The Australian Financial Review.

    “You just feel so flat, you wonder what’s next.”

    Another Liberal said “we’re just waiting for Thursday”, when Parliament rises for a fortnight.

    The MPs are not only upset with Mr Joyce’s dilemma which could see him disqualified from Parliament and the government’s majority put at risk, but the subsequent tactical decision to accuse Labor of conspiring with New Zealand Labour to expose Mr Joyce’s dual citizenship in a bid to topple the government.

    The tactic has backfired. The Senate refused to back the government on Wednesday when it moved to censure Labor Senate leader Penny Wong, whose chief of staff was involved in the so-called conspiracy, and in question time, Labor openly mocked Foreign Minister Julie Bishop who, for the second successive day, accused Labor of conspiring with a foreign power to bring down the government.

    “It’s not only highly improper, it is in direct breach of the international obligation for non-interference,” Ms Bishop said.

    Labor was so unperturbed that after Ms Bishop had finished the attack, she was asked by opposition frontbencher Tony Burke: “Would the Minister for Foreign Affairs please tell the house some more about the evil, treacherous conspiracy she has exposed in this house time and again?”

    Ms Bishop had seized on revelations Senator Wong’s chief of staff had chatted with a NZ Labour MP who subsequently asked a question in the NZ Parliament about the citizenship status of an Australian with a father born on NZ.

    Opposition defence spokesman Richard Marles called Ms Bishop “unhinged and desperate” after she questioned whether Labor leader Bill Shorten was “asking his troops to ask the same questions in other Parliaments around the world”.

    One senior MP said the bungled defence of Mr Joyce exposed a lack of political nous in the leaders’ office. There was no talk of a leadership push or anything like that, just general despair, he said.

    Mr Joyce has been referred to the High Court because he has been a dual New Zealand citizen his entire political career, which, prima facie, is in breach of section 44 of the Constitution.

    The government is refusing demands that the Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader at least step aside from the ministry and refrain from voting in the house until the issue is resolved. They said preliminary advice provided by the Commonwealth Solicitor-General indicates the High Court will interpret section 44 generously and support him.

    But in what appeared to be a contingency plan, Mr Joyce, who would most likely recontest his seat of New England in a byelection if he were disqualified, produced a campaign-style video for his constituents on Thursday.

    “It’s an auspicious day, unfortunately, when you see yourself on the front page of every paper in the nation and I just want to say to the people of New England thank you so much for your support,” he says.

    “I’ve been overwhelmed and completely humbled by people coming into the office, ringing up contacting me, and of course, this issue will go to the High Court and they’ll deliberate it over there.

    “What I can say is that the advice we’ve received from the independent statutory solicitor, the Solicitor General, is that we have a very firm case, and by reason of that I’ll continue… working as hard as I can for you.”

  9. Roger

    Liberal MPs despairing at the mounting crises plaguing the government are starting to question the political judgment of the Prime Minister’s office and whether the Coalition can win the next election.

    Now who’s been shown to be deluded?

  10. rickw

    Liberal MPs despairing at the mounting crises plaguing the government are starting to question the political judgment of the Prime Minister’s office and whether the Coalition can win the next election.

    Completely clueless vermin.

  11. Garry

    Geez! I’d worked that out months ago! How dumb are these people? And they make decisions on some really important stuff almost every day!

  12. Art Vandelay

    How dumb are these people? And they make decisions on some really important stuff almost every day!

    If you’re being outsmarted by Bill Shorten and the Labor frontbench on a day to day basis, then you can’t be all that bright.

  13. alexnoaholdmate

    Catallaxy – always ahead of the curve.

    When there was a total media and judicial blackout on the ACL bomber, we already knew his name, that he was homosexual, that he’d previously worked for the Democrats in America, and that he was exactly the sort to try and detonate a bomb in front of the Australian Christian Lobby – all facts that the media has only cottoned on to today.

    And when Turnbull was made PM and had the highest approval rating in the history of polling, who was pointing out that he would end up being the worst Prime Minister in our history and destroy the Liberal Party? Us, that’s who (though, oddly enough, not the owner of this blog, who still believes everything is going to plan).

    And yet the man’s own party is only working this out now? Now, when they’re on the edge of an election defeat that will see them out of office for at least three terms if the party itself is not entirely destroyed as a force in politics?

    Why are we so smart, and they so dumb?

  14. .

    Insiders v outsiders.

    We’re trying to survive their games and nonsense, they’re somewhat born into a Bourbon style petty aristocracy.

  15. don coyote

    and whether the Coalition can win the next election.
    Ya gotta larf (otherwise you’d cry)

  16. Dr Fred Lenin

    What is it about Australian governments since2007? Staggering blindly from stupid self induced crisis to crisis ,the incompetence of present day politicians is breathtaking . You can only come to the conclusion that anyone with any ability has given up any idea of entering politics . I mean who wants to be surrounded by stupid wankers continually ,day after day, better off off growing cabbages , u have more satisfying ,and a bloody sight more usefull .

  17. KeithB

    This current liberal leadership is showing all the political nous displayed by that earlier leader during the “utegate’ saga…wait a minute!

  18. Nathan

    Dr Fred, I think we must have reached some sort of tipping point/critical mass around that time where the number of career politicians and in-bred/multi generational Canberran public servants outnumbered the adults. Their bubble needs pricking.

  19. It was clear recently when Christophe Pyne made that comment about how they were going to romp it in at the next election, and would seal the deal with the voting public by bringing in Gay Marriage.

    Don’t they have electorate offices, which pick up on the mood of the public?

    Half their membership (membership of the party – not mere voters) will be voting for Pauline Hanson.

  20. Bushkid

    Why are we so smart, and they so dumb?

    Because we live in the real world, they don’t.

    This current liberal leadership is showing all the political nous displayed by that earlier leader during the “utegate’ saga…wait a minute!

    Beautifully put. But will the dills notice? I doubt it.

  21. Crossie

    I dont think the penny will drop until they do the ring around for people to man polling booths for them.

    Didn’t they get the message at the last election that volunteers don’t appreciate being treated like mugs. That arrogant poodle in The Lodge will have to dig into his pocket again at the next election, this time to pay for people to hand out “how to vote” leaflets at voting booths. There will not be any volunteers.

  22. Crossie

    Half their membership (membership of the party – not mere voters) will be voting for Pauline Hanson.

    The other half has already joined Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives.

  23. Robert Mc

    Is Bernardi a dual national?

  24. OldOzzie

    The Liberals Wimp Out Yet Again

    Federal government drops parallel imports planRevised scheme set to make it easier to import some cars.

    The Federal Government has abandoned plans to introduce a parallel import scheme in Australia, overturning a decision to allow people to import cars from Japan and the UK.

    Infrastructure minister Paul Fletcher says the government elected to overturn its decision as consumer and safety concerns were not offset by the “modest benefits of the personal import arrangement”.

    “After further detailed work on implementation arrangements, the Turnbull Government has decided not to proceed with one element of changes proposed earlier, which would have allowed personal importation of new motor vehicles from the United Kingdom and Japan,” he says.

    “That work has highlighted the cost and complexity of providing appropriate consumer awareness and protection arrangements, including investigation of each vehicle before it was imported to Australia, ensuring consumers were aware that the manufacturer’s warranty may not apply in Australia, and establishing systems to deal with a manufacturer’s safety recall.

    “It would also have been necessary to ensure that subsequent purchasers of a vehicle, which had been personally imported into Australia as a new vehicle, were aware of this fact – and the consequences of this, such as the manufacturer’s warranty not applying.”

  25. Rabz

    Staggering blindly from stupid self induced crisis to crisis, the incompetence of present day politicians is breathtaking. You can only come to the conclusion that anyone with any ability has given up any idea of entering politics. I mean who wants to be surrounded by stupid wankers continually, day after day, better off off growing cabbages …

    Great stuff, Freddo. My sentiments exactly. Right down the growing of vegetables bit.

  26. .

    Robert Mc
    #2471930, posted on August 17, 2017 at 7:55 pm
    Is Bernardi a dual national?

    You’d love that, wouldn’t you Septimus Mc Gogglrely Face van Lucie der P?

  27. Eddystone

    alexnoaholdmate

    #2471671, posted on August 17, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Catallaxy – always ahead of the curve.

    The readership of the online Australian were way ahead of the media on Trump and Turnbull, that’s for sure.

  28. Habib

    Good to see our betters have their finger on the pulse.

  29. Slayer of Memes

    One senior MP said the bungled defence of Mr Joyce exposed a lack of political nous in the leaders’ office.

    You mean the same leader who fell for Godwin Gretch’s obviously fake smear email whilst Leader of the Opposition; an act which saw the beginning of his downfall and the rise of Tony Abbott?

    Are you suggesting that Malcolm Turnbull (‘Potentially Greatest PM EVAR!!’) may not have learned his lessons from the past (and is thus doomed to continue to repeat them) simply because he continues to muddle along in the increasingly mistaken belief that he is the smartest person in the whole of parliament?

    Why, wash your mouth out with soap!
    Sinc and aussiepundit will be along shortly to explain how this in no way reflects upon ‘agile’ and ‘innovative’ Malcolm, and how we should continue to give our blind loyalty and support to a man who has the political nous of a deceased dungbeetle will lead the Liberal party Turnbull Coaltion Team to glorious victory at the next election*…
    ( * – provided that election falls within the next 26 weeks, so that we don’t hit that magical ’30 negative polls’ number that Mal has set as the benchmark for deposing dumb-as-dogshit, weak-as-piss PMs…)

  30. Rayvic

    “Liberal MPs despairing at the mounting crises plaguing the government are starting to question the political judgment of the Prime Minister’s office and whether the Coalition can win the next election.”

    No doubt these are the left-of-centre MPs. Those on the conservative side have been questioning since Malcolm became PM.

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