Attitudes change once in opposition

Here is Brendan O’Connor verballing the government and Australian Federal Police:

As a result of today, it’s clear now the government is using the power of the state and using taxpayer dollars to attack its political opponents.

Shocking just shocking.

Let’s remind ourselves of the Finkelstein Inquiry.

I do believe Australians, watching all of that happening overseas with News Corp, are looking at News Limited here and wanting to see News Limited answer some hard questions.

The fact is both sides of politics play silly-buggers in this space … and it is actually disgraceful.

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19 Responses to Attitudes change once in opposition

  1. GerardO

    I would vote for any party that promised to ban the Daily Telegraph.

  2. Graham

    Brendan’s brother is head honcho at the CFMEU, an organisation not known for its willingness to comply with the law. He may want to take an interest in matters closer to home.

  3. Oh come on

    There is only one side of politics these days. It’s allied to GerardO.

  4. candy

    Possibly it is over a donation to Get-Up around 2008? It’s a bit confusing this raid happened today, in some sense. I wonder if it was activated somehow, by the LNP, to get Shorten. Can that really happen or is it just co-cidence?

  5. Tel

    I wonder if it was activated somehow, by the LNP, to get Shorten.

    Are you suggesting there’s some intimate relation between Shorten and GetUp?

    But, but, what basis do you have for this accusation?

  6. Brendan’s brother is head honcho at the CFMEU, an organisation not known for its willingness to comply with the law. He may want to take an interest in matters closer to home.

    Wow, Graham. That just sinks the entire criticism as a classic case of vested interests criticising to avoid scrutiny.

    The AMU have come out and banned the ABC for even discussing SSM.

    Seriously, any metrosexual who walked into an AWU site 20 years ago extolling the virtues of SSM would not have walked out alive, let alone in an ambulance. Now they are the very epitome of moral righteousness.

    Puh-lease!! The sanctimoniousness of the AMU is vomit-worthy. And yet it is expressed without doubt, as sacrosanct fact.

    Whatever the reason for their being attacked, all decent people know that they deserved it.

  7. C.L.

    Both sides? I can’t think of a single example of an LNP government using police powers illegitimately against a Labor Opposition.

  8. Shine a Light

    I never thought I would see the day when reporting in media would look lke a blood sport but unfortunatelly thats they way it looks today – 24/7.

  9. Up The Workers!

    Do you reckon that there is a teeny, weeny remote chance that the Laboral Party Prime Quisling, Quivering Halal Mal the Head-Loppers Pal is starting to grow some tiny, minute budding testicles?

    Won’t be long now (if this keeps up) that he’ll be into long trousers, shaving his first whiskers and riding the Prime Ministerial pushbike WITHOUT the training wheels attached.

    What is the world coming to?

    Would it be too much to ask that the A.L.P.B.C. finally be closed down and the broadcast licences of Labors’ Channel 7, 9 and 10 propaganda networks be yanked and put up for bids by impartial, NON-Leftard propagandists, toadies and grovellers?

    Our commendably savage attack-Chihuahua has just taken his very first small nip at the crooked Labor hippo’s ankle. It is a start, but I suspect that it will be a LOOOOONG, LOOOOONG while before he finally devours the evil beast

  10. Defender of the faith

    From what I hear it is very likely that substantial amounts of money was paid by alp entities and unions to support getup activities during the last election. Let’s hope the afp has the good sense to look beyond direct payments to getup and ask its contractors who they billed.

  11. Viva

    Our commendably savage attack-Chihuahua has just taken his very first small nip at the crooked Labor hippo’s ankle.

    Well in yesterday’s open thread I did wonder if the pm is finally showing a bit of mongrel.

  12. duncanm

    The ALP has to attack.

    The risk of the whole taxpayer -> ALP -> Union -> GetUp -> taxpayer circle of funding is at risk of collapsing.

  13. Michel Lasouris

    Has anyone else noticed the new tactic by the ABC to circumvent the requirement to be politically neutral as required in the governing legislation? This novel strategy is to announce a derogatory statement by the Labor Opposition and THEN( soto voce) attribute it to the appropriate person.
    An example to consider. “ This is an attempt by this grubby government to smear the Labor Party with matters already denounced by the infamous Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption. ………said xxxxx”
    Thus the ABC seems to be stating a FACT, then by applying a speaker make it into an Opinion. Without Bias or Agenda, ABC? I hardly think so.

  14. overburdened

    The O’Connor political dynasty is proof that voters have brand loyalty over the integrity of the candidate or what’s best for the Country. The O’Connors have a track record of browbeating belligerence and intellectual relativism filtered through the prism of their aims where lying at worst and changing horses to suit the vibe at best is what you get. IMO they and Brendan in particular are cynical wasters who should not be fed, let alone live the comfortable and privileged life that they do.

  15. Bruce

    Interesting bit of history; the genesis of the AFP / Commonwealth Police.

    The implications are just as interesting.

    See also; the apocryphal Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times.”

  16. H B Bear

    The ALPBC has been using that tactic for years, often with the extremist lunatic fringe Greens position, who represent at best around 1 in 10 Australian voters (but probably half of the staff co-op gathered around the water cooler). The election winning machine aka The Waffleworth Coalition Team don’t help themselves by being unavailable for interview leaving the airwaves to whatever remnant of the R-G-R circus will be running the show in 18 months time.

  17. Michel Lasouris

    Another tactic of the ABC….. “2/3 of respondents believe” etc.etc. OK, we know two of them, but who was the third?

  18. Crossie

    I seem to remember Steven Conroy, as Communications Minister, threatening to regulate the internet. And the argument was that since we don’t have free speech formally enshrined in our constitution as the Americans do then the government is free to implement speech codes.

    Come to think of it, that’s exactly what 18C does, regulates speech.

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