KKK in Bennelong

Citizens need no better demonstration of the difference in political skills between the Liberal Party and the Labor Party than by looking at the contest for Bennelong.

While the ALP is playing chess in nominating Kristina Kerscher Keneally (KKK), the Liberal Party is playing with themselves in renominating John Gilbert Alexander (Alexander).

KKK is young, experienced and politically astute and has recently moved into the seat (or close enough). Alexander is no so young, not so fresh has has recently moved out of the electorate having recently sold in Bennelong and bought in Wentworth.

Let’s take a guess who is going to be the longer term prospect for the seat? KKK or Alexander?

With the Bennelong contest, the Labor party is in a win-win scenario. By having Keneally run, the ALP is forcing the Liberals to spend lotsa resources to defend the seat so as to avoid the government going minority. And these aren’t exactly resources the Liberal Party is swimming in.

The rumor is, that a former President of the NSW Liberals said when discussing fundraising, “you only get one Malcolm Turnbull in your lifetime“. Ironic isn’t it.

Add to this, the Liberal Party is bleeding members and donations to the Australian Conservatives and it is not certain that Malcolm Turnbull will run at the next election let alone kick in another million or two to bail the party out, again.

Let’s get serious here. KKK is in the Bennelong hunt for the long haul.  It’s not as if she is trading a rising TV star for a return to politics. Her TV star seems on the decline with SkyTV management sending her to Canberra.  And her lunch time panel partner, Peter Van Onsellen, seems to have disappeared from the Sky 2018 program completely.

The money at Sky seems to be for the evening commentary and KKK has not been in that game for a while.

So even if KKK does not win this time, she will contribute to bleeding the Liberal Party and in doing so, well positioning herself to run next time when the incumbent probably won’t run.

And further demonstrating the difference between Labor and the Liberals, guess what policy tickets is KKK running on?  Medicare administration funding, electricity prices and NBN. Oh and also the lack of pork barreling for Bennelong. Listen to her interview with Ben Fordham.

John Alexander’s and the Liberal’s response?  Listen here.

Impressive effort by Labor though isn’t it. Mediscare made it politically impossible to do anything about any part of Medicare. Electricity prices are a direct consequence of Labor policy washing through the system. And NBN; that was an idiotic Labor project made slightly less idiotic by a Liberal government. Only slightly less idiotic.  (As an aside, just watch Prime Minister Shorten add another $50 billion to Australia’s debt by reverting to a fiber to the premises (FTTP) model).

Throw in the lack of pork of Bennelong, and what do you get? Consistent and systemic government failure. Medicare. Energy. Internet. Pork.  And KKK’s and Labor’s response?  More and more government, and they will probably beat the Liberal and Alexander on this.

Isn’t it grand.

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32 Responses to KKK in Bennelong

  1. Snoopy

    The best thing about a KKK win will be Terri Butler’s pout.

  2. Everything in Australian politics is crap right now.

    Honestly, I’m no longer sure that it matters who is in charge of the asylum, each is as bad as the other. I just hope a few wardens get in to try and maintain some form of control.

    In Victoria, Northcote was lost to Labor and won by the Greens. So the looniest of the political lunatics have grasped an opportunity to make life even worse for the masses.

  3. Jo Smyth

    Terri Butlers’ pout, silky smooth voice and constantly nodding head behind Billy, her adored Leader.

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    Hehe….

    New South Wales state election, 2011

    Elections to the 55th Parliament of New South Wales were held on Saturday, 26 March 2011. The 16-year-incumbent Australian Labor Party government led by Premier Kristina Keneally was defeated in a landslide by the Liberal–National Coalition opposition led by Barry O’Farrell. Labor suffered a two-party swing of 16.4 points, the largest against a sitting government at any level in Australia since World War II.

    Splat.

    Unfortunately the average Australian voter seems to have a memory horizon much shorter than the 6½ years since that election.

  5. Marcus

    Alexander is no so young, not so fresh has has recently moved out of the electorate having recently sold in Bennelong and bought in Wentworth.

    Added to this should be the fact that GetUp! considers him one of their protected moderates and are apparently genuinely torn whether to campaign against him in this by-election or not. So it’s not as if Alexander’s giving the conservatives who voted for Howard for thirty years much reason to vote for him – especially since Bernardi’s providing an alternative.

    Personally, I can live with it if Keneally wins. Given that Turnbull only moved against Abbott based on an exaggerated scare over the Canning by election, it’d be karmic if he lost his leadership over an actual by election loss.

  6. On the plus side, if KKK wins, we’d only have about a year of Shorten before a new election…Maybe with a real conservative opposition at that point

  7. Art Vandelay

    Electricity prices are a direct consequence of Labor Liberal policy washing through the system.

    Fixed that for you. The RET was introduced by the Howard government in 2001.

  8. entropy

    I think I would prefer a KKK victory at this point. Get rid of a dud-what sort of an entitled tool moves out of the electorate he is supposed to represent? Also voted for Trumble by the way- and kill off the travesty of a liberal party for a shorter term.

  9. stackja

    Tim Shammer created RET hysteria.

  10. Bruce of Newcastle

    On the plus side, if KKK wins, we’d only have about a year of Shorten before a new election

    Tough one for Shorten. He wouldn’t want to take over as PM on the numbers because he might lose his majority again after a few weeks, once the HC starts checking out ALP genealogies. He can’t immediately call a general election if KKK wins because the Senate election can’t be held before August 2018. And he can’t call a double dissolution election without having a bill rejected twice over at least 3 months. Nor would he dare to call only a HoR election as that would annoy the voters especially after going on and on about the horrendous cost of the SSM survey.

    In this light it is odd they’ve put up such a high profile candidate. But then maybe Shorten never expected to lead the ALP into the next election, let alone become PM.

  11. Peted

    Both parties have underestimated the intelligence of the Bennelong voter.
    To chase JA as a celebrity and then stick with him is an insult to the electorate.
    KKK similarly assumes we can’t remember.
    If the Liberal Party had a candidate with substance, this would be an easy vote.

  12. Dr Fred Lenin

    Something musi bedone yo cure our political ills . Programme a huge computer to run public service non politically , arrest all politicians. Party hacks , ,politicL journos ,advisors and commentators,along with left academics and get-ren “ scientists” Then ship the bloody lot to Heard island wearing a singlet. Shorts thongs and _=one thin blanket . Feed them camp pie and beans dropped by air then forget them we can start cleaning the mess they have made since the madman rudd the thief from orphans and widows Giliard Mumbles abbott and turnbull and we could abolish political parties the most the useless leaders we ever had in history they make silly billy mc Mahon shine like a beacon . Abolish career politics and political parties ,take the money off them ,they will be stuffed they never use their own money

  13. miltonf

    Hey didn’t I hear last week that Alexander wasn’t a pom after all? So he didn’t need to stand down? Extraordinary that the LP is running him again.

  14. .

    I want chaos. PHON, ACP, LDP, independents…only an absolute circus will keep me happy.

  15. P

    Kristina has unbounded energy. IMO she will romp in.

    Ms Keneally is not only recently surging in the polls, but her campaign had already knocked on 3000 doors, an extraordinary figure for one launched just five days go.
    SMH

  16. .

    Thursday 23 November 2017 – Close of nominations (12 noon)

    Don’t forget that, CDP…

    We want absolute chaos and the LNP and ALP put last!

  17. Leo G

    Hey didn’t I hear last week that Alexander wasn’t a pom after all? So he didn’t need to stand down?

    As a Bennelong voter, I was not impressed with Alexander’s virtue signalling at taxpayer expense.
    I have considered the option of giving my primary vote to Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives Party candidate, preferencing KKK ahead of the remainders.

  18. Brett

    I am in Bennelong.

    On Friday I received yet another email from the LNP begging for money and assistance; despite the fact that I have repeatedly unsubscribed from the email list, and directly told them that they can whistle while MT runs the show.

    And that was before any anger one might feel about MT and JA jumping the gun and vacating seat before they actually knew JA was British, which it tuns out he isn’t. So we have an wholly unnecessary by-election that might bring down the government, with attendant cost, all because the cretins couldn’t wait long enough to find the facts.

  19. John Constantine

    Yep, best outcome is for the shorten looting cartel to win a byelection or two and form a borderline government with bribed support from senate loonies.

    Better than having shorten gain a crushing majority in both houses when he flogs turnbull in a real election.

  20. egg_

    I can live with it if Keneally wins. Given that Turnbull only moved against Abbott based on an exaggerated scare over the Canning by election, it’d be karmic if he lost his leadership over an actual by election loss.

    Karma.

  21. egg_

    Yep, best outcome is for the shorten looting cartel to win a byelection or two and form a borderline government with bribed support from senate loonies.

    +1

    ‘Keep the bastards honest’ until there’s a semblance of Rightwing Opposition.

  22. BorisG

    Yep, best outcome is for the shorten looting cartel to win a byelection or two and form a borderline government with bribed support from senate loonies.

    Better than having shorten gain a crushing majority in both houses when he flogs turnbull in a real election.

    Looks like win win for LNP then. Exactly the opposite of the title post.

  23. egg_

    Ms Keneally is not only recently surging in the polls, but her campaign had already knocked on 3000 doors, an extraordinary figure for one launched just five days go.

    They just have to buy the Chinese vote?
    Promise a mini Chinatown in Ryde?

  24. Marcus

    Karma.

    I’ve heard it both ways.

  25. I am Sparty McSpartyface

    Yep, best outcome is for the shorten looting cartel to win a byelection or two and form a borderline government with bribed support from senate loonies.

    Better than having shorten gain a crushing majority in both houses when he flogs turnbull in a real election.

    Looks like win win for LNP then. Exactly the opposite of the title post.

    Dream on. Shorten won’t form government. Not enough numbers. Will take Turnbull to minority an make him bleed for the remainder of the term and then clean house.

    If by some miracle Shorten gets the numbers to form government, he won’t fiddle with a minority. He will call an election and get a serious majority. Enough of a majority for at least 2 terms. 2 terms of Shorten, Plibersek, Burke etc. And then the Jason Clare darkest day in Australian governance will come true ….

    The LNP is stuffed.

  26. Big_Nambas

    If it gets rid of turdbull i’m for it! Vote or preference Labor.

  27. egg_

    I’ve heard it both ways.

    Should’ve been a “+1”.
    I wonder what Abbott’s opinion would be?

  28. miltonf

    Yep the LNP is stuffed. Sure we can blame Trumble but the LNP were quite happy to enable him.

  29. Crossie

    Everything in Australian politics is crap right now.

    This statement cannot be bettered.

  30. Crossie

    Personally, I can live with it if Keneally wins. Given that Turnbull only moved against Abbott based on an exaggerated scare over the Canning by election, it’d be karmic if he lost his leadership over an actual by election loss.

    That may be poetic justice but LNP could lose a real talent like Andrew Hastie because of Malcolm and his band of incompetents, the only thing they were good at was coup plotting.

  31. Crossie

    miltonf
    #2558361, posted on November 19, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Yep the LNP is stuffed. Sure we can blame Trumble but the LNP were quite happy to enable him.

    Not all of LNP, just the infamous 54 and I want to see every one of them out on their arse at the next election.

  32. Robber Baron

    Has Bennelong become the new Bell-weather seat taking over from Eden-Monaro?

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