Peter Dutton challenges Malcolm Turnbull for leadership

It’s on.

Liberal leadership declared vacant

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (left) and Member for Dickson Peter Dutton speak to media in Murrumba Downs, Brisbane, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Mr Turnbull announced funding for a $150 million upgrade to the Bruce Highway. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

PoliticsNow: Malcolm Turnbull has declared the leadership of the Liberal Party vacant in this morning’s partyroom meeting.

UPDATE: Malcolm Turnbull wins partyroom ballot against Peter Dutton 48 – 35

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437 Responses to Peter Dutton challenges Malcolm Turnbull for leadership

  1. John Constantine

    I don’t want penalty tax rates, I want whistle-blower rewards, carved out of the personal wealth of any crony corporate type that the informers evidence can convict of corrupt dealings with crony government.

    How many mistresses will stay silent once the crony corporate type dumps them if she can skin him for a million?.

  2. DrBeauGan

    What is objectionable about large corporations is the way the people in charge of them collaborate with each other to screw over consumers*. I’m a consumer sovereignty man. Burning down the ASX 200 won’t achieve this. Massive deregulation would.

    If you want to off some xunts, start with Martin Parkinson and the APS.

    * Plus their incompetence.

  3. None

    Spot South Australians. Stupid phone.

  4. Natural Instinct

    Unbiased ABC reporting by ms Tingle
    .

    “Never try to appease a blackmailer,” someone noted earlier this week.

    blackmailer – a criminal who extorts money from someone by threatening to expose embarrassing information about them
    .

    The split between Mr Turnbull and Mr Dutton, after he put up his hand without having warned the Prime Minister that he would do so, was just 48-35

    without having warned – par for the course and not necessary to comment upon
    .

    Mr Dutton’s vote was at the top of expectations and has buoyed what has now become a much clearer cabal behind him, who now believe he is within striking distance of another challenge which can be successful.

    A cabal is a small group of people united in some close design, usually to promote their private views of or interests in an ideology, state, or other community, often by intrigue and usually unbeknownst to those outside their group.
    Doesn’t Laura read the papers, or listen to the radio, or use the internet?
    .
    I wonder how the 7pm news and 730 report will “frame” the vote, and what “emotive” language they will use?

  5. jupes

    It’s remarkable how Turnbull always thinks he’s doing better than he really is.

    He called an early election and nearly lost government.
    He called the five recent by-elections a test of leadership between him and Shorten and lost.
    He called the selling of the NEG to the party room a victory – well that lasted less than 24 hours.
    He called an early spill and did badly enough for everyone to realise that he is a dead pm walking.

    Anyone would think he surrounds himself with clueless sycophants.

  6. Natural Instinct

    h/t to C.L. #2795058, posted on August 21, 2018 at 12:24 pm
    .

    A furious and deluded Laura Tingle calls 35 MPs a “wing” and a “rump.”

    .
    Or wonder how PM will open their story this evening

  7. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    It’s remarkable how Turnbull always thinks he’s doing better than he really is.

    Without Neville Wran and his cronies, Turnbull would be a settlement clerk at third rate law firm, but he has somehow convinced himself (and the media) that he was a successful business man.

  8. Leigh Lowe

    The split between Mr Turnbull and Mr Dutton, after he put up his hand without having warned the Prime Minister that he would do so, was just 48-35

    No mention of Trumble giving 48 hours notice in writing that he would initiate a spill?

  9. Tintarella di Luna

    Marise Payne took her 30 pieces of silver when she was elevated to Cabinet after years of mediocrity.

    Which has widened and deepened since that elevation — I mean the mediocrity of course.

  10. Tintarella di Luna

    Without Neville Wran and his cronies, Turnbull would be a settlement clerk at third rate law firm, but he has somehow convinced himself (and the media) that he was a successful business man.

    and he tried to convince Donald Trump of his business credentials too — the guy is an opportunist not a businessman, if only we could ask Kerry Packer about Turnbull’s business credentials.

  11. None

    Seriously I thought Laura Tingle was dead or was that her husband I don’t know. It’s like I’ve listened, been listening to the sameo sameo from her for my entire life. God what a drone. The other one Lenore Taylor talk about f****** obsessed with ETS and carbon tax. I was wondering why I don’t hear from her anymore and I think it’s because she went to the Guardian which is why I stay away from that paper
    She was demented.

  12. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Minister who voted for Peter Dutton in leadership ballot offers to quit

    Geoff Chambers
    Canberra Bureau Chief
    @Chambersgc
    1 minute ago August 21, 2018
    No Comments

    Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar has offered his resignation to Malcolm Turnbull after admitting that he voted for Peter Dutton in this morning’s leadership ballot.

    Up to five members of the outer ministry are understood to be considering handing their resignations to the Prime Minister later today.

    Breaking, from the Oz.

  13. DrBeauGan

    This seems to have turned into a de facto open thread.

    Dutton is hardly inspiring. His only value to Australia is that he might get rid of turnbull. We watch him with a cynical eye, as we do all politicians.

  14. Cactus

    From my read, I think Marise Payne is the most incompetent, dangerous Minister in the current government. There are of course other nominees.

  15. candy

    DrBeauGan

    He’s actually gone back to the backbench (I believe) meaning he loses around $160,000 salary and the esteem of being a Cabinet minister, his career as immigration minister.
    He seems to have accepted it gracefully though I wonder how he feels tonight.

    Anyways, does it not raise him in your estimation that he followed through and did his best, and taken the result, which is very good in any case, gracefully.

  16. H B Bear

    How could you vote against a PM and then possibly continue to sit in his Cabinet?

    These people are unbelievable.

  17. candy

    Offering to resign is not resigning.

  18. H B Bear

    Err … thanks candy.

  19. Was Dutton, aware or unaware, a stalking horse for another contender????

  20. Leigh Lowe

    H B Bear
    #2795315, posted on August 21, 2018 at 5:23 pm
    How could you vote against a PM and then possibly continue to sit in his Cabinet?

    Trumble should be OK with that, seeing as how he sat in cabinet and shadow cabinet between 2009 and 2015 and backgrounded against Abbott every single day of that time.

  21. H B Bear

    True. They are politicians.

  22. EvilElvis

    Dutton is the sacrificial lamb. The water has been tested and the ground is fertile for another challenge. It’s a warning shot to Trumble who is far too egotistical and agenda driven to realise the game is up. He doesn’t care, he’ll always have homosexual marriage.

  23. Rae

    He called an early spill and did badly enough for everyone to realise that he is a dead pm walking.

    No. He and his advisers knew the numbers and correctly called the spill today to send Dutton packing.

    Dutton was just the stalking horse this time. He is not the saviour for the Liberals or the Coalition. Nor would he, if elected Leader, prevent the coming decimation of the LNP in QLD. He is unlikely to save his own seat whenever the next election occurs.

    Tony Abbott is the only one who can save the Liberals and the current government, but it may already be too late to do so. In any event, if they want him they will have to draft him. Maybe they will realize and accept that after the next really bad poll.

  24. Top Ender

    What next?

    Mr Turnbull can try to stick it out, hoping the rush of blood to the head that has hit his colleagues, subsides.

    But his next choice will be what to do if, as is increasingly being expected, there is a second tilt later this week.

    One option would be to up camp and go home — resigning from the Parliament, leaving the new leader without a majority.

    In turn, this would almost certainly give Mr Dutton any excuse he needed to go to the Governor-General and call an election.

    Link

  25. EvilElvis

    Abbott to challenge within the fortnight, Dutton deputy.

  26. dopey

    On this momentous day my free bowel test kit arrives in the mail.

  27. at 3:50 pm

    The Dutton supporters revealed and no, Tim Wilson isn’t one of them.

    Now, there’s an interesting piece of information, if it is true. Why would Tim Wilson favour Turnbull? I would have thought he would not see a future for the government under Turnbull?

    Is the same sex marriage thing still influential in his political decisions?

  28. Leigh Lowe

    dopey
    #2795334, posted on August 21, 2018 at 5:42 pm
    On this momentous day my free bowel test kit arrives in the mail.

    Send the sample directly to Malcolm.
    He’s still PM.

  29. H B Bear

    I think we have heard enough from Australia’s Most Politically Astute Pumpkin Masher (ret) for today.

  30. John Constantine

    Good meme going around:

    “Remember Australia, when it is time to turn back our prime ministers, that also means it is time to change our smoke alarm batteries”.

  31. Leigh Lowe

    Australia’s Most Politically Astute Pumpkin Masher (ret)

    Huh?
    Who is that and why?
    Please essplain.

  32. Confused Old Misfit

    Another frontbencher offers to resign
    James McGrath, the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, has also offered his resignation from the position. He supported Peter Dutton in the leadership ballot this morning.

    Senator McGrath is a Queensland LNP senator who was instrumental in Malcolm Turnbull’s 2015 leadership coup.

  33. Confused Old Misfit

    That last visa ABC.

  34. .

    Speedbox
    #2795128, posted on August 21, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Unemployment is lower than anytime under hawke/Keating.

    Not true. Australia’s lowest recorded unemployment rate was 4.1% in 2008 (Howard).

    IIRC the SA data actually went below 4%, but it has been “adjusted” out of existence.

  35. Leigh Lowe

    Another frontbencher offers to resign
    James McGrath, the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, has also offered his resignation from the position. He supported Peter Dutton in the leadership ballot this morning.

    Ha, ha.
    It is either a drip feed of resignations to pressure Trumble, or Lord Waffleworth is purging the plotters.
    Either way, it is lovely to watch.

  36. Snoopy

    Lilo, really? Laura Bingle. Alan Ramsey’s ex carer.

  37. Leigh Lowe

    Snoopy
    #2795355, posted on August 21, 2018 at 6:07 pm
    Lilo, really? Laura Bingle. Alan Ramsey’s ex carer.

    Ah, gotcha.
    Must of missed that one.
    Very apt.

  38. Leigh Lowe

    It is either a drip feed of resignations to pressure Trumble, or Lord Waffleworth is purging the plotters.

    Trumble not accepting resignations.
    Gold!
    He’s fucked.

  39. Leigh Lowe

    We need Malotto 2.0.
    As someone suggested down to the minute this time.

  40. Rae

    It was a desperately stirring display from the Government Ministers in defence of themselves today in Question Time. Quite amusing that Albo as the second last speaker reminded them that not one of them at that point had defended the Prime Minister. That prompted Chrissie Pahyne to only then belatedly render a genuinely beetroot-faced screechingly impassioned plea to the as yet unconverted on behalf of his master, the Member for Wentworth.

  41. JMH

    He’s fucked.

    I could not be more delighted. The Usurper should be gone within the next couple of weeks.

    Out with the Cab Sav tonight!

  42. Leigh Lowe

    Watching the dweebs on Sky today.
    Someone made a joke about Trumble appointing Abbott to cabinet.
    Much guffawing and knee-slapping.
    Haw haw … as if!

    But it wasn’t considered weird when Abbott appointed the vanquished Trumble to the front bench and kept him there when he was openly campaigning against Abbott.

  43. H B Bear

    Graeoogs, I’m sure Chrissy Pyne has made many impassioned pleas about members.

  44. Leigh Lowe

    JMH
    #2795373, posted on August 21, 2018 at 6:20 pm
    He’s fucked.
    I could not be more delighted. The Usurper should be gone within the next couple of weeks.
    Out with the Cab Sav tonight!

    No, this calls for paying triple for some French stuff which Dan Murphys sells by the pallet.

  45. Geriatric Mayfly

    Will not be watching any of the tosh from the ABC news and current affairs stable. Never do any more.
    Presume that their prime interest will be in who poses the greater threat the the ABC’s “independence” rather than the welfare of the nation.

  46. miltonf

    Wonder if Trumble will ramp up the scorched earth policy now time’s running out. Lay a few more poisonous eggs.

  47. woolfe

    Paywallian says Angus Taylor just resigned

  48. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Paywallian says Angus Taylor just resigned

    Counting Dutton, that’s four resignations so far.

  49. Leigh Lowe

    I’m sure Chrissy Pyne has made many impassioned pleas about members.

    Chrissy apparently leaked a hissy fit today that, if he was despatched to the back-bench, he would resign and bring on a by-election.

    He won’t do it.
    He already lost a bit of paint over the Mayo by-election and he knows he’d be fucked as the black-hand kingmaker in SA if he brought down a Lib Government.
    I hope Dutton gets the job and calls out the prissy little fag.

  50. Leigh Lowe

    Paywallian says Angus Taylor just resigned

    A horse!
    A horse!
    My kingdom for a horse!

  51. calli

    Pyne has sounded slightly hysterical all day. 🍿

  52. Baldrick

    Pyne has sounded slightly hysterical all day. 🍿

    What, more nancy-boy than usual?

  53. stackja

    woolfe
    #2795387, posted on August 21, 2018 at 6:38 pm
    Paywallian says Angus Taylor just resigned

    Ministers who voted for Peter Dutton in leadership ballot offer to quit
    The Australian-35 minutes ago
    Angus Taylor, Malcolm Turnbull’s Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity and leading conservative, has tendered his resignation to ..

  54. Leigh Lowe

    Pyne has sounded slightly hysterical all day.

    I’ve not noticed a discernible difference from all the days that have gone before.
    A continuous stream of dollies coming out of the pram.
    He knows his days are numbered.
    Even if he hangs on to a minor ministry his days of influence are over.
    No-one is buying his “election winning machine” schtick after Mayo.

  55. hzhousewife

    Sky reports Ferravanti-Wells resigned.

  56. Leigh Lowe

    I do not have enough popcorn and champagne for this.

  57. Baldrick

    Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Minister for International Development and the Pacific has also handed in her resignation.

  58. stackja

    Leigh Lowe
    #2795396, posted on August 21, 2018 at 6:43 pm
    Paywallian says Angus Taylor just resigned

    A horse!
    A horse!
    My kingdom for a horse!

    For want of a nail?

  59. H B Bear

    Almost tempted to watch Teh Dumb to see their take on all this. Yeah …. nah.

  60. JMH

    I just heard (and don’t ask me where – I was channel-hopping) a news report that Angus the Enforcer might become a contender when the next spill happens.

    This could be good!

  61. Roger

    Almost tempted to watch Teh Dumb to see their take on all this. Yeah …. nah.

    Let me sum it up for you, Bear: Dutton is Hitler.

  62. stackja

    H B Bear
    #2795409, posted on August 21, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    ABC The Drum
    ‏Verified account
    @ABCthedrum
    2 hours ago
    Is personality politics getting in the way of policy debates? Tonight on #TheDrum we’ll discuss leadership, early election and the National Energy Guarantee #auspol

    Ellen Fanning:Journo, Katharine Murphy, Sean Kelly and Amanda Vanstone

  63. egg_

    Almost tempted to watch Teh Dumb to see their take on all this.

    Amanda Vanshape was in attendance as a Trumble booster.

  64. stackja

    Amanda of Sudanese youth fame!

  65. Baldrick

    Surely Tim Wilson has to be rewarded for his loyal support to Malcolm. Lord knows there’s enough Ministers jobs becoming vacant.

  66. mh

    I think I’m watching the Dumb. Fat Mandy is joining in the attacks on the Abbotbeast666. FatMandy says that at the shopping centres everyone comes up to her saying that Abbott has had his go, why doesn’t he get out? I doubt many people even remember who Fat Mandy is.

  67. Top Ender

    Hopefully if Pyne pulls the pin he takes his blasted submarines with him.

  68. egg_

    Ellen Fanning:Journo, Katharine Murphy, Sean Kelly and Amanda Vanstone

    Hugh McKay was the only Trumble counter.

  69. Leigh Lowe

    For want of a nail?

    He needs three nails and a couple of lengths of 8 x 3.

  70. Roger

    “Overwhelming support” evaporating faster than a farmer’s dam in outback NSW.

  71. egg_

    Dutton is Hitler.

    Dutton666 – TheirABC Undergrad politics.

  72. Habib

    Was Alan Ramsey sick by chance, or did he get himself infected to escape that demented shrew? Mind you, he was a complete at utter piece of shit himself.

  73. egg_

    Bitchops: the stabbing was a flesh wound, and she’s witnessed a few.

  74. Roger

    Agility!

    Disruption!

    Be careful what you wish for.

  75. mh

    Is there a pathway for Usain Bolt to become Australian PM?

  76. calli

    FatMandy says that at the shopping centres everyone comes up to her saying that Abbott has had his go, why doesn’t he get out?

    Sounds plausible.

  77. Leigh Lowe

    Amanda of Sudanese youth fame!

    Amanda Transit-Vanstone.

  78. egg_

    Disruption!

    38 negative Newspolls on the trot will do that.

  79. calli

    Is The Event Horizon wearing a loud blouse?

  80. stackja

    Who are the 35 who turned on Malcolm Turnbull and voted for Peter Dutton?
    Gavin Fernando and Shannon Molloy, news.com.au
    August 21, 2018 4:55pm

    THE 35 mystery members who backed Peter Dutton over Malcolm Turnbull in today’s leadership spill have been revealed.

    Although the vote is conducted via a secret ballot, Sky News has revealed the Liberal members who voted for Mr Dutton:

    In addition to Mr Abbott, several of the 35 members listed would not come as a surprise. These include party elder Kevin Andrews, hard-right figure Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz, ACT Senator Zed Seselja, Victorian powerbroker Michael Sukkar and conservative West Australian Christian Andrew Hastie.

  81. mh

    Plausible? Fat Mandy would hardly be recognised waddling around Colewsorth shoving packs of chips and biscuits into her trolley.

  82. Habib

    I’d say at every shopping centre everyone has come up to her and said “stop eating my groceries, you disgusting blob”.

  83. calli

    Battleaxe Gallactica is more fitting (but loosely, we must be comfortable).

  84. calli

    mh, it’s that darn missing /sarc button again. Gets me every time.

  85. Top Ender

    Fiery letter of resignation:

    International Development Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells has become the latest in a string of MPs to tender her resignation from the frontbench after writing a letter to the Prime Minister with “great regret”.

    Senator Fierravanti-Wells voted for Mr Dutton in today’s leadership ballot.

    In her letter, the NSW senator notes she had publicly expressed concerns the party was “moving too far to the left” and “losing our conservative base” in the wake of the Bennelong by-election late last year.

    READ NEXT

    Dutton keen to show lighter side
    GREG BROWN
    She said the gay marriage debate “eroded further the support of our base” and confirmed she had privately been pushing for Mr Dutton to become deputy Liberal leader for months.

    “Our conservative base strongly feel that their voice has been eroded. They needed some demonstrable indication that there are conservative voices around your cabinet table,” she writes to Mr Turnbull.

    “Some months ago I suggested to you that Peter Dutton should become the deputy leader. I also suggested this to (Mr Turnbull’s principal private secretary) Sally Cray and only recently at Kirribilli I spoke to (Mr Turnbull’s former chief of staff) Peter Woolcott. I believe this would have been an important move for stability and would help neutralise some of the more strident criticisms.”

    Angus Taylor, Malcolm Turnbull’s Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity and leading conservative, also tendered his resignation to the Prime Minister this evening.

    Mr Turnbull’s assistant minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation Zed Seselja followed soon after.

    Earlier, Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar offered his resignation.

    It is understood that Mr Turnbull has not immediately accepted Mr Sukkar’s resignation.

    James McGrath, a former key numbers man for Mr Turnbull, has also resigned as assistant minister to the Prime Minister.

    Mr McGrath, posting on Facebook tonight, confirmed he had voted for Mr Dutton.

    “As a matter of integrity, this afternoon I offered my resignation to the Prime Minister,” Mr McGrath said.

    Up to five members of the outer ministry were understood to be considering handing their resignations to the Prime Minister.

    Oz link with comments open

  86. Snoopy

    The most dishonest of the media’s artifices has to be the vox pop. It is NEVER used to merely inform.

  87. egg_

    Pwobin and Bazza on 7.30.

  88. C.L.

    “If I could I would put them all on a charter flight to Australia tomorrow.”

    Diddums.

  89. egg_

    I’d say at every shopping centre everyone has come up to her and said “stop eating my groceries, you disgusting blob”.

    “Blob blocking aisle 3”.

  90. candy

    Who would actually recognise Amanda Vanstone in a shopping centre? She must be living in the past.

  91. egg_

    Plibbers: Dutton has a “shrunken soul”.

    And Pieman the r*pist?
    He’s an r-soul?

  92. mh

    Leigh Sales has just said that shortly she’ll be talking to “one of the best in the business……Laura Tingle.”

    Hehe

  93. Habib

    More to the point, how would Amanda Vanstone fit in a shopping centre? Her last visit to a multiplex ended badly.

  94. Roger

    Leigh Sales has just said that shortly she’ll be talking to “one of the best in the business……Laura Tingle.”

    Oh dear.

    Sans the pause between thought and expression that a keyboard provides, Tingle’s contributions to 7:30 have been cringe worthy.

  95. Boambee John

    dopey
    #2795334, posted on August 21, 2018 at 5:42 pm
    On this momentous day my free bowel test kit arrives in the mail.

    While we are chuckling about the Californis health organisation which refers to a vagina as a “front hole” to avoid giving offence to the gender confused, note that that test kit thinks that urine and faeces are too much for Australians over the age of 50, and refers to “wee” and “poo”.

  96. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Cabinet Ministers Steve Ciobo and Michael Keenan advised the Prime Minister tonight that they would resign if he wanted them to, after revealing they had voted for Peter Dutton in today’s leadership ballot.

    The Australian understands that if Mr Dutton wins the leadership, threats have been made from moderates including Craig Laundy and Julie Bishop that they could resign from parliament and trigger a general election.

    Latest from the Oz. Notice the threat from Julie Bishop and Craig Laundry?

  97. Roger

    Notice the threat from Julie Bishop and Craig Laundry?

    Not to mention three Nationals threatening to go to the cross bench.

  98. Baldrick

    Leigh Sales has just said that shortly she’ll be talking to “one of the best in the business……Laura Tingle.”

    Viewed from the Left, Tingle would seem to be ‘one of the best’.

  99. DrBeauGan

    The Australian understands that if Mr Dutton wins the leadership, threats have been made from moderates including Craig Laundy and Julie Bishop that they could resign from parliament and trigger a general election.

    I deplore the use of the word “moderate” to describe these scum. “Sopping wet bumwipe” would be acceptable.

  100. mh

    Ciobo has a Gold Coast seat. Backing a Queenslander.

    No doubt Ciobo’s electorate would appreciate PM Dutton, seeing as NZ’s Mongrel Mob are now operating on the glitter strip.

  101. Top Ender

    Hansen is now saying in the Senate:

    “You’ve got the Liberals knifing each other, and (Labor senator) Doug Cameron was caught dancing down the corridors with his air-tambourine, singing ‘Oh happy days’. The people are over it.”

  102. Habib

    “Front bottom” is much less crude.

  103. H B Bear

    Teh Dumb didn’t disappoint. Fat Mandy of Fat Mandy’s African Imports with plenty of advice for conservative Lieborals. One of KRuddy’s kids in short pants had his panties in a bunch seeing Antipodean Donald Trumps walking the streets of Canberra. Someone is going to have to nurse him to sleep tonight.

    Click. Over to the lovely Lily at Letters and Numbers.

  104. Boambee John

    La Tingle on 7:30. She has not aged well.

  105. calli

    If the threat is true, Laundy and Bishop are rolled gold back bottoms.

  106. H B Bear

    Leigh Sales has just said that shortly she’ll be talking to “one of the best in the business……Laura Tingle.”

    The on-air circle jerks at the staff co-op are hilarious.

  107. stackja

    Dutton refuses to rule out second leadership tilt
    21/08/2018| 24min
    FULL INTERVIEW: In an exclusive interview with Sky News host Laura Jayes, former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says he will use his role as a backbencher to ‘speak out’ on policy issues.

    Mr Dutton has resigned from the frontbench after narrowly losing a vote for the Liberal party leadership 48 votes to 35.

    Despite the result, the Member for Dickson refused to rule out challenging for the leadership at a later date.

    He says the Coalition needs to listen to the public on key issues such as migration and lower energy prices and denies he is anyone’s ‘puppet.’

  108. H B Bear

    Pwobin and Bazza on 7.30.

    Better have a bucket handy.

  109. mh

    Sales and Tingle both look like they have just rolled out of bed.

    If they had been in the same studio I would have jumped to conclusions.

  110. LNP insider

    I want to apologise about an error. I was told one of the Morrison and Hawke group switched. I assumed Wicks due to her NEG concerns, but I was wrong. It was Ciobo.

    Dont crow too much about the resignations. The result might be Malcolm driving to the GG residence tomorrow…

  111. stackja

    LNP insider
    #2795476, posted on August 21, 2018 at 7:51 pm
    I want to apologise about an error. I was told one of the Morrison and Hawke group switched. I assumed Wicks due to her NEG concerns, but I was wrong. It was Ciobo.

    Dont crow too much about the resignations. The result might be Malcolm driving to the GG residence tomorrow…

    Mal Lotto on this?

  112. Snoopy

    Latest from the Oz. Notice the threat from Julie Bishop and Craig Laundry?

    This threat should be taken seriously. Jules has the prospect of a lucrative future working for the Clinton Foundation. Laundry has a promising future as a window dresser.

  113. Baldrick

    Dont crow too much about the resignations. The result might be Malcolm driving to the GG residence tomorrow…

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he does call a snap election.
    “If I’m going down, I’m taking the whole Stupid.Fucking.Liberal.Party with me.”

  114. A horse!
    A horse!
    My kingdom for a horse!

    New leader of the LNP: Winx.

  115. Still laughing from reading an hour ago that Labor’s nickname for Greg Hunt is Yorick.

  116. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he does call a snap election.
    “If I’m going down, I’m taking the whole Stupid.Fucking.Liberal.Party with me.”

    “The Australian people have proved themselves unworthy of my leadership. Let them suffer a Shorten Government, before they beg me to lead them again.”

  117. JMH

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he does call a snap election.
    “If I’m going down, I’m taking the whole Stupid.Fucking.Liberal.Party with me.”

    That will be Malevolent’s modus operandi without a doubt.

  118. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Still laughing from reading an hour ago that Labor’s nickname for Greg Hunt is Yorick.

    Small things…..

  119. stackja

    I doubt MT can handle a concession speech. Who would substitute for him?

  120. MsDolittle

    You guys cheer me up. Sincerely.

  121. H B Bear

    Dont crow too much about the resignations. The result might be Malcolm driving to the GG residence tomorrow…

    Doesn’t leave much time to fulfill his Potential Greatness. DO IT!!

  122. Boambee John

    m0nty
    #2795483, posted on August 21, 2018 at 7:59 pm
    Still laughing from reading an hour ago that Labor’s nickname for Greg Hunt is Yorick.

    Small things, small minds.

  123. Boambee John

    Zulu

    Hadn’t scrolled down. Snap!

  124. MsDolittle

    Still laughing from reading an hour ago that Labor’s nickname for Greg Hunt is Yorick.

    Pretty funny though, eh?

  125. Entropy

    Does the Governor General have to accept a dissolution of parliament?
    I would tell him that just because he is a useless turd the government can continue with another useless turd and the elction can happen at the usual time.

    I want Turnbull to resign from parliament, and the resultant By election sees Shorten in for a short term. He would probably win the next election too, but I doubt he would win a third one. Point is the overall Shorten time will be shortened.

  126. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Small things, small minds.

    It’s a trait of the blog’s resident Fascist hyena.

  127. miltonf

    I want to apologise about an error. I was told one of the Morrison and Hawke group switched. I assumed Wicks due to her NEG concerns, but I was wrong. It was Ciobo.
    Dont crow too much about the resignations. The result might be Malcolm driving to the GG residence tomorrow…

    Well I have thought for a longtime he was happy to handover to the pie person- it might just be a bit sooner than he originally planned. So if he calls an election will he be campaigning for the LNP?

  128. JMH

    So if he calls an election will he be campaigning for the LNP?

    Thanks for spilling my drink, miltonf!

  129. Mater

    Still laughing from reading an hour ago that Labor’s nickname for Greg Hunt is Yorick.

    Such a classy and original bunch of children.
    Imak used to get a run on, too…when I was in Year 7!

  130. stackja

    Entropy
    #2795500, posted on August 21, 2018 at 8:14 pm
    Does the Governor General have to accept a dissolution of parliament?

    Usual protocol.

  131. H B Bear

    Does the Governor General have to accept a dissolution of parliament?

    Yes. Unless he wants to add a Constitutional crisis to the mix.

  132. .

    Yorick?

    It makes sense if the ALP thinks they are the Tudors.

    Divine right of kings, greed and crippling taxes.

  133. entropy

    point is, if the whip even suspects Turnbull is off to the GG, he should cut his tendons just above the ankle.

  134. John Constantine

    How much would it take in a crowd funding to pay senator lucy Kenya to switch her vote?.

    Looking like an election winning machine masterstroke to recruit her for the battle that really counts for their turnbullites.

  135. John Constantine

    Of course, if Bernadi were still working from within, turnbull would be one vote closer to getting the arse.

  136. H B Bear

    Cory is on a mission from God. He is putting the band back together.

  137. H B Bear

    How much would it take in a crowd funding to pay senator lucy Kenya to switch her vote?.

    I’m guessing a month worth of payments on her 6 mortgages would be a starting point if public statements on her finances are correct.

  138. Top Ender

    I have a question for Cats assembled.

    Why would Turncoat simply not drive to the GG’s donga, and call a general election?

    It would have to unite the Party behind him, and he would go to the people will all of the trappings of a sitting PM: jet; Praetorian Guard, etc etc.

  139. Top Ender

    “with” not “will”

  140. Boambee John

    What does he gain? Early revenge?

    What does he lose? Several months to tell us of his utter perfection.

  141. Geriatric Mayfly

    The tinnitus has set in for the long haul. That raving, screeching, spitting diatribe from Macklin during Members’ statements has done its mischief. Than God it was from the distant back bench, where the Skywhale is now tethered.

  142. Snoopy

    Why would Turncoat simply not drive to the GG’s donga, and call a general election?

    E’s not pinin’! ‘E’s passed on! This xunt is no more! He has ceased to be! ‘E’s expired and gone to meet ‘is maker! ‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of life, ‘e rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed ‘im to the bench ‘e’d be pushing up the daisies! ‘Is metabolic processes are now ‘istory! ‘E’s off the twig! ‘E’s kicked the bucket, ‘e’s shuffled off ‘is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisibile!!He’s f*ckin’ snuffed it!….. THIS IS AN EX-PM!!

  143. miltonf

    Considering previous tantrums re the Republic referendum and the 2016 election, anything is possible.

  144. Paywallian says Angus Taylor just resigned

    Oh that is massive. Taylor is by far the biggest party fund raiser. He distributes excess funds to lots of other MP’s, funds without which they would be electoral cannon fodder.

  145. Top Ender

    My point is:

    – if Turnbull stays as he is Dutton may challenge again this week. They are all gathered in Canberra. The House rises on Friday afternoon.

    – if he does not do something about Dutton now, and D does not challenge, the numbers will be worked against him in the recess. All of the media will pile on. Nothing Turnbull says or does will get clear air. Sooner or later a party room meeting is called. The House comes back in two weeks. Would be day 1 or 2 if not in the recess.

    – Turnbull is losing ministers fast. He will have to bring on the second 11. They’re mostly timeservers and third-rate talent. More mistakes; complete shambles, more bad press for him.

    – if he goes now to an election Turnbull forces the Libs to unite. Anyone who doesn’t will be given a good pummelling by the others who will be desperate to avoid disunity.

    – if Turnbull loses an election he can blame the people, and he gets sweet revenge on Dutton and Abbott by locking them out in the cold for the duration of the Labor parliament. Turnbull goes down defeated by Labor – a better result in the history books than booted by his own party.

    – if Turnbull wins he gets all of the credit and chooses a new front bench. He then retires as the first two term Lib PM since Howard.

    QED?

  146. Habib

    I will actually be surprised if he doesn’t. Then of course his Hindenburg size ego would tell him that his overwhelming charm and towering intellect will bring the recalcitrants to heel, bring on the worship and adoration of the lumpen proles, see off those upstart oiks opposite, and allow him to resume his due elevation to lifetime leadership.

    If the missus will give him a leave pass.

  147. Habib

    & second eleven? I thought we we already down to the under 13s 3rd grade,

  148. H B Bear

    Lucy will be pissed. Daddy will be quietly smiling.

  149. Entropy

    if he goes now to an election Turnbull forces the Libs to unite. Anyone who doesn’t will be given a good pummelling by the others who will be desperate to avoid disunity.

    Nobody would believe it. They would all look like the liars they would be.

    It would be turnbull’s scorched earth strategy and FU to the liberal party. Destroy the village to save it.

  150. Snoopy

    I wonder how many western Sydney residents hold the chief commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission in some way responsible for the shit they put up with daily?

  151. H B Bear

    The Performing Stick Insect did a very convincing Chemical Ali impersonation on the 7.30 Report tonight.

  152. Tim Neilson

    He will have to bring on the second 11. They’re mostly timeservers and third-rate talent.

    Well, yes, but how does that change anything?

    And what’s this “mostly”?

  153. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Seems Christian Porter is going to be the new Minister for Home Affairs.

  154. Anon Mahnà

    Does the Governor General have to accept a dissolution of parliament?

    No. “If the House of Representatives passes any proposed law, and the Senate rejects or fails to pass it, or passes it with amendments to which the House of Representatives will not agree […] the Governor-General may dissolve the Senate and the House of Representatives simultaneously”. He has the power and duty to dissolve the House of Representatives “as he thinks fit” and may refuse to accept the PM’s suggestion to dissolve the House of Representatives whenever the GG considers that advice to be wrong.
    The Governor-General could lawfully decide to ask another members of the majority party or even the Leader of the Opposition whether they might be able to form a stable Government, and then order his preferred new PM to do so, or he could even decide to write a stern message to both Houses just telling those members and senators to get their act together.
    Similarly, he has the power and duty to withhold royal assent “according to his discretion” and does not have to act merely as an overpaid, animated rubber stamp. For some odd reason none of our Governors-General have ever seemed to realise this.
    See the Constitution:

    5.
    The Governor-General may appoint such times for holding the sessions of the Parliament as he thinks fit, and may also from time to time, by Proclamation or otherwise, prorogue the Parliament, and may in like manner dissolve the House of Representatives.

    57.
    If the House of Representatives passes any proposed law, and the Senate rejects or fails to pass it, or passes it with amendments to which the House of Representatives will not agree, and if after an interval of three months the House of Representatives, in the same or the next session, again passes the proposed law with or without any amendments which have been made, suggested, or agreed to by the Senate, and the Senate rejects or fails to pass it, or passes it with amendments to which the House of Representatives will not agree, the Governor-General dissolve the Senate and the House of Representatives simultaneously. But such dissolution shall not take place within six months before the date of the expiry of the House of Representatives by effluxion of time.

    58.
    When a proposed law passed by both Houses of the Parliament is presented to the Governor-General for the Queen’s assent, he shall declare, according to his discretion, but subject to this Constitution, that he assents in the Queen’s name, or that he withholds assent, or that he reserves the law for the Queen’s pleasure.
    The Governor-General may return to the house in which it originated any proposed law so presented to him, and may transmit therewith any amendments which he may recommend, and the Houses may deal with the recommendation.

  155. Infidel Tiger

    We all knew it would end this way.

    Today has hardly made a blip it was so expected.

  156. Makka

    https://mobile.twitter.com/TonyAbbottMHR/status/1031715677084610560/photo/1

    Is their a bigger slimey creep in the LNP than Entch? Only Chrissy Pahhne perhaps. Whenever I see Entch he reminds me of my dearest Nanna’s advice to stay away from strange old men.

  157. Leigh Lowe

    Warren Entsch once offered me a boiled lolly.

  158. Snoopy

    Apologies Leigh. I’m better than that. Mostly.

  159. H B Bear

    I’m guessing James Allan doesn’t rate Prof van Wrongselen,

    You’d be a brave person to bet he’s anything other than a dead man walking. Well, let me revise that claim. You see Malcolm could take the pseudo advice of that great pundit Peter van Onselen (he who said Trump would lose; the Brexit vote would fail; Julia Gillard would be a great PM and role model for his daughter; and that Turnbull would be a gifted and wonderful PM – in other words, the man whose every prediction is wrong as wrong can be). PVO notes that Turnbull could, and just maybe should, run off to the Governor-General and call an election.

  160. Ubique

    Who, if any, among the 35 Dutton supporters today was one of the Turnbull cabal who knifed PM Tony Abbott?

  161. Cpt Seahawks

    Surely Mal and Lucy are motivated by their future as elite globalists. They would be keeping this in mind with the next move they make. As with every move they make.

  162. Tintarella di Luna

    Who, if any, among the 35 Dutton supporters today was one of the Turnbull cabal who knifed PM Tony Abbott?

    James McGrath was definitely one.

  163. Oh come on

    The 7.30 Report has become even more astonishingly shit. Laura Tingle has a face and a voice for newsprint. Pity her analysis is just appalling. There is too much to criticise (the part where she pretended she was the oldest of old hands covering federal politics who’s seen it all, but even this gnarled and ancient Canberra press gallery veteran* couldn’t comprehend the lunacy of not having a “climate policy”** she approves of was particularly vomit-inducing), aft tart thinks Trumble might not last the week.

    No, you stupid ditz, and you can fuck right off with your assumed gravitas. Of course he will last the week. He’ll last a few weeks. Maybe a few months. Just piss off back to Channel 9, Tingles. Oh they won’t have you. Guardian Oz, maybe? Perhaps Margok Ingston will offer you a spot on Webdiary 3.0? You’ll probably have to pay her by the word to have your banal musings published but at least you’ll have a platform.

    *I agree with the gnarled and ancient bit

    **wtf is a climate policy anyway? Errrr our climate policy is that we promise to affirm to the electorate that there is a climate?

  164. Oh come on

    And while I’m fucking at it, what the hell was that ridiculous GBR piece by Peter Greste? It was just the usual waffle about how the GBR is being killed and whatnot. But Greste interviewed some scientist in the shallow waters of a coral reef island. Greste insisted on wearing his standard-issue ‘trademark’ fedora that every shitty crusading journo wears. What a cocksucker. Standing knee deep in the pristine ocean waters surrounding a tropical island, wearing a fedora. I preferred Greste much more when he was in a cage in Egypt.

  165. Oh come on

    And one more thing – Julie Bishop’s interview went very badly. She kept stumbling over her core talking points. Amateur hour for all concerned.

  166. H B Bear

    Any chance the Egyptians would take Greater back? We’ll even throw in a couple of co-op members for free

  167. None

    According to Alice Workman #libspill resignation list so far:
    Peter Dutton
    Michael Sukkar
    James McGrath
    Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
    Angus Taylor
    Zed Seslja
    Michael Keenan
    Steve Ciobo

    Mc Grath interesting one isn’t he one of the snakes that orchestrated the Turnbull coup?

  168. None

    Christian Porter is going to be the new Minister for Home Affairs.

    this is bad. Christian Porter is always and everywhere wrong. I really don’t understand why some people talk him up he is anorher useless lefty. I warned you before I’m watching you again you heard it here first.

  169. miltonf

    Collapsing in a steaming heap

  170. None

    Daily Tele front page has news of second tilt and says Scott Morrison might throw his hat in as a compromise candidate to which I say f*** off scomo.
    Anyway The Daily tele is full on touting for a regime change – that is quite evident. They won’t let us the people call the shots no no no The Daily tele has decided that it knows what’s best for us.

  171. Art Vandelay

    Amanda Transit-Vanstone

    Also known as Verandah Sandstone.

  172. Leigh Lowe

    This is delicious.
    Trumble is being done slowly on the rotisserie.
    Is Aussiepundit anywhere around?

  173. None

    I should have said everyone at the Daily tele except Miranda. Oh my god she’s just still going on about the wreckers. Of course the wreckers don’t include Malcolm and his sycophant who started this crazy months the Libs. Poor demented cow.

  174. Oh come on

    Wasn’t Michael Keenan one of the most prominent Trumble ‘early adopters’ as well?

  175. None

    Dutton my want a few weeks to build up his profile as well as his numbers before a second but it’s possible that Turnbull will try to deny him that too.

  176. Ubique

    The wheels have well and truly fallen off Mr Harbourside Mansion’s limousine. All four of them at once. It was always going to come to this, as most of the Cats well knew.

  177. None

    Trumble’a about to get hit by an oncoming train. Woo hoo . Even the Australian is now touting for him.

  178. None

    Craig Laundy and Julie Bishop that they could resign from parliament and trigger a general election.

    Goid to hear these sopping wet bumeipes (thanks DrBG) are looking for post politics careers. This should be a good reason to roll Julie Bishop as she has conceded she doesn’t want to be around for the long term.

  179. Ubique

    Next week’s Newspoll should be a doozy. Any bets for an all-time Liberal primary vote low? Just what Turnbull has been aiming for all along before he picks up his honourary lifetime ALP membership?

  180. None

    Ubiq Turnbull holds the lowest ever opposition leader poll numbersand I expect him to hold the lowest ever primary vote as PM as well. He’s a champion loser.

  181. I am the Walras, Equilibrate, and Price-Take

    The sooner, the better.

    After having stood up for the man very publicly, I took Tony Fraser-Chamberlain’s betrayal over tax cuts and 18C very, very personally.

    I cried not when he was stabbed in the back by Lord Waffleworth. I cry not now for any of them.

    They can all go to hell. Utterly fracking useless sell-outs, one and all.

    Salt the earth on which the Liberal Party stood.

    And then let’s begin rebuilding the institutions of the conservative side of politics.

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