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. Fisky

    Dutton can’t possibly win this can he??

  2. Tel

    You need a sturdy knife to dislodge a limpet from his favourite rock.

  3. If only the party room had recognised the obvious incompetence a year ago.

  4. Nathan

    Dutton has a head for radio. He looks like the love child of Paul Keaton and Voldemort and sounds like a moron. Even so, still a better option than Mal who will probably resign from the Libs if he loses and cross the floor to sit with Labor out of spite.

  5. Baldrick

    The best result would be for Malcolm to retain the leadership.

    That way the Stupid.Fucking.Liberal.Party can be annihilated at the next election.

  6. Ubique

    The leadership has been vacant since Tony Abbott was Prime Minister.

  7. Fibro

    Lord Waffleoff will lose and promptly resign his seat, then go back to the mansion and pontificate the marvelous power usage that he enjoys with his own solar panels and wind turbine…..sorry, that’s for everyone else, I forgot.

  8. areff

    Turnbull survives! Baldrick +1001

  9. Dr Fred Lenin

    At last!thought the career muppets would never get rid of the white ant in maggot ,at least if Dutton loses it is a Monty that the liberals wo]ill be destroyed in the next election . There is still time to save us from the corrupt union mafia clowns and redirect us to Make Australia Great Again.

  10. Infidel Tiger

    Thumping win to Shorten.

  11. Graham

    Turnbull survives round 1. Will be knocked out in round 2 in a few weeks or months.

  12. V_maet

    On one hand I hope Dutton takes it and makes Tony his deputy.

    On the other i hope they give it to Bishop so they totally destroy the lieberal party and force it right.

  13. You need a sturdy knife to dislodge a limpet from his favourite rock.

    All you need is a sturdy hammer or rock to crush it and then wipe away the spineless residue.

    But bring it on, it will be the only way to save the Liberal Party, Turnbull will ensure a major defeat, but a change may indeed bring great rewards.

    You can’t compare this to Rudd/Gillard/Rudd, as the issues at hand are completely different. This is about the entire philosophy of the Liberal Party, that which it’s supposed to stand for and that which Turnbull has utterly trashed.

    How many have said they’ll vote for anything but a Liberal Party led by Turnbull and truly meant it? It’s a not just a crescendo, it’s a cry that’s growing every day Turnbull is PM.

  14. Elle

    How to try and focus at work today! Phone at side, taking sneaky peaks.

  15. Louis Hissink

    Turnbull won – Dutton 35 votes, TB the rest.

  16. sabena

    So Malcolm is doing a John Gorton!
    When John Gorton did it,it didn’t end well for him.

  17. Nob

    People don’t vote for baldies.
    Look at Billy McMahon.

  18. Ubique

    John Gorton issued a casting vote against himself. Can’t see Turnbull doing that.

  19. H B Bear

    Lord Wafffleworth it is. Next stop the electoral cliff.

  20. Louis Hissink

    48 to 35 in Turnbull’s favour

  21. harrys on the boat

    Great result, the Liberal Party’s slow and painful death is assured.

  22. Jo Smyth

    Any chance of a recount

  23. Ubique

    It’s not like Turnbull will re-invent himself overnight as a proper leader. He’s dead meat swinging in the breeze. The only question remaining is whether he lasts long enough to utterly destroy the Liberal Party at the next election.

  24. mh

    Queensland will get behind Dutton. I expect Abbott was hoping for a strong vote for Dutton, but not that strong.

  25. a happy little debunker

    Every single media commentator on the left is currently attributing this ‘challenge’ is as a result of Abbott seeking revenge.

    They are still so afraid of him, that they have to invent his actions – whilst blithely ignoring Malcolm’s.

  26. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Peter Dutton has resigned from the front bench

  27. struth

    The 35 should immediately become independents or join the Australian Conservatives.

    There are no parties and no Prime minister in our constitution.

    To stay in the party means they are traitors to their own electorates.

    I do not excuse Tony Abbott or Dutton or any of those fighting Turnbull as long as they are in the party.
    If you don’t like the direction of the party and you can’t change it, yet still stay in it, you are no better than the others.

  28. None

    Bolt rubs it in:

    Turnbull’s margin of victory is smaller than Tony Abbott had when he also called on a vote as leader – his “empty chair” vote. Abbott won by 61 to 39.

    Dutton now has more time to get the numbers. Easy to do in three weeks.

  29. Infidel Tiger

    Has worked out pretty well for Turnbull.

    Now they can appoint an open borders loon for the dying days of his failed Government. Shorten can then crank the arrivals up to about 2 or 3 million a year

  30. politichix

    The back bench is definitely where the quality is …

  31. Fisky

    Just watch the people smuggling industry and their reaction to this. I bet they are going to try it on!

  32. Tailgunner

    Cmon PD! I’ve got $500 @ 3/1 on you, baldy!
    We’ll see him back soon. Go you good thing!

  33. sabena

    Turnbull’s margin is 7 MP’s or senators-the number needed to change their minds.

  34. A Lurker

    The 35 should immediately become independents or join the Australian Conservatives.

    Yes, there is no place for them in Turnbull’s Coalition Team.
    Speak to Cory, and make Australian Conservatives a viable alternative.

  35. Mother Lode

    If Turnbull had been rolled, surely he would have quit – he is by absolutely no reckoning a strong man. Conniving, yes – the standard substitute for ambitious but weak men.

    Given the one seat majority that would have precipitated an election, wouldn’t it?

    I suspect there are more than a few wets who know they would not be getting back in.

    And screw Australia.

  36. C.L.

    35, hey.
    But the Ninefax and ABC commentariat have been saying it’s just a small band of Abbott guerrillas.
    THIRTY-FIVE.

  37. Snoopy

    The 35 should immediately become independents or join the Australian Conservatives.

    Why do you hate the Australian Conservatives so much?

  38. Cripple Fight!

    First round goes to Timmy Turnbull.

    Who will challenge next to fight over the decaying carcass of Australia?

    Stay tuned for the next round of Cripple Fight! (now with extra NDIS funding)

  39. Confused Old Misfit

    Get yer hot buttered popcorn here!

  40. Mique

    This is the first sign that Turnbull isn’t entirely stupid. Forcing the Dutton camp to put up or shut up wthout further delay probably stopped them from lobbying the potential converts.

    I agree with Infidel Tiger. Thumping win to Shorten.

  41. None

    As Tel said. Knife. Rock. Whatever it takes. Malcolm has to go.

  42. Jo Smyth

    Wonder who the next immigration minister will be?

  43. struth

    Why do you hate the Australian Conservatives so much?

    You got me on that one.

    It was a stupid statement on my part, and I am ashamed.

  44. None

    This is the first sign that Turnbull isn’t entirely stupid. Forcing the Dutton camp to put up or shut up wthout further delay probably stopped them from lobbying the potential converts.

    I agree with Infidel Tiger. Thumping win to Shorten.

    Nah that now gives Dutton time to work his electorate and also work the numbers and challenge him when Newspoll hits 40 straight losses which is about three weeks time.

  45. calli

    The 48. All it needs is Benny Hill music.

  46. Tom

    Haha! The backbench turkeys just voted for Christmas. But buyer’s remorse will take another five weeks. According to Ray Hadley, the next Newspoll isn’t due for release until the last week of September, which means the next leadership vote probably won’t be until the first week of October — a fine time for the Malingerer to announce his ambition to outlast Abbott and destroy the party has been achieved.

  47. None

    Haha Dutton is now 2.55 for being Liberal leader at the Federal election. His odds improved with that loss.

  48. the not very bright Marcus

    How about we hastily nominate Hastie … Good looking military bloke (am I allowed to say bloke ?)

  49. So, Wile E. Trumble has fallen off the cliff, but survived.
    Should we tell him about the large ACME anvil?

  50. mh

    Tom, I am fairly certain the next Newspoll is out Sunday night. Steve Price was talking about it last night.

  51. Jo Smyth

    No Hastie would do a good job. We need someone in immigration who is as big a dud as Turnbull just to show how good Peter Dutton was. M. Payne would fit the position or Kelly O.

  52. Lysander

    I was surprised ABC Perth admitted 35 votes was a “deadly number.” Then I was unsurprised Hewson came on and said it was all Abbott666 and egotism, wrecking ball and careerism at play (he was talking about Abbott but was quite surprised he could see how this applied to Mao).

    None of them, though, thought this was over by a long way.

  53. max

    Absolutely agree about Hastie, Marcus. Young, good looking, not a smarmy opportunist, and voters are fed up with the same old faces.

    He could be surrounded with experience in the cabinet. It would be a breath of fresh air.

    Shorten wouldn’t stand a chance. He would against Dutton.

  54. Lysander

    Oh and Hewson also says Mao hasn’t communicated his policy positions very well which also raised two points in my mind:

    1) He IS the GREAT communicator so Hewson must be wrong;
    2) It’s tough to argue ALP Policy lines as Leader of the Libs,

  55. stackja

    Turnbull survives leadership challenge
    Sheradyn Holderhead and Sharri Markson, The Daily Telegraph
    7 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    MALCOLM Turnbull has seen off a leadership challenge from Peter Dutton, securing 48 votes to 35.

    But the strong show of support for the Queenslander shows this leadership tension is not over yet. The leadership of the Liberal Party was declared vacant at a tense party room meeting this morning.

    Mr Dutton is understood to be considering the offer from Mr Turnbull to remain as Home Affairs minister.

    One insider described his position as “fluid”, meaning his resignation from Cabinet is not locked-in.

  56. stackja

    Commentators said the 35 votes garnered by Mr Dutton represented a substantial vote against the PM with many saying had been mortally wounded.

    In a troubling result from the Prime Minister, Mr Dutton secured support from more than 40 per cent of the party room.

  57. Iampeter

    If Dutton had won what would that make him, the sixth PM in a decade?
    This is what it has come to in Australia as absolutely no one knows anything about poitics, least of all those who are involved on a professional level, no ideas, no coherent policies, just endless “leadership challenges”.
    These people have no idea what they are doing and should all be sacked.
    We should get rid of compulsory voting so that only ten people cast a ballot and our public servants can see just how little any of us care about their circus.

  58. Tom

    I am fairly certain the next Newspoll is out Sunday night.

    Thanks, mh.

  59. stackja

    Comparing that with past leadership spills, Julia Gillard won her first challenge from Kevin Rudd who was only about to collect support from about 30 per cent of his colleagues. Ms Gillard was defeated in the second spill.

    On similar numbers to Turnbull versus Dutton, Bob Hawke won his first ballot with 60 per cent of the vote to lose the second challenge.

  60. Iampeter

    2) It’s tough to argue ALP Policy lines as Leader of the Libs

    It never stopped Howard or Abbot who both ran either as left wing or even further left governments than Labor.

    Conservatives have waaaayyy bigger issues than who leads them.

  61. mh

    Tom, someone in the media will have to confirm that soon, as it is so important.

    May have been why Turnbull went to the spill today, after seeing what was in the Ipsos poll. Not a bad move, except his vote wasn’t strong enough.

  62. Habib

    Well no lingering death then, that’s that fraudulent abomination fucked for good. Call an election and get it over with. They deserve all they get, as does a substantial part of the population of this shithole. For the rest, bury or export your assets, stock up on necessities, ammo and gensets. Shit’s about to get real.

  63. stackja

    Turnover in PMs. Egos. RGR/MT. And the MSM obsession on presidential style of leadership.

  64. H B Bear

    Oh and Hewson also says Mao hasn’t communicated his policy positions very well …

    Well at least that is something Hewson might know something about. Let’s ask the man who lost the unlosable election about politics. I’m guessing the ALPBC speed-dial?

  65. Dr Faustus

    So, dead in the water, going down at the stern.

    Shorten is tumescent, barely able to walk for his political woodie; two weeks ago firmly in Albanese’s cross-hairs – now the most Prime Ministerial thing in Canberra.

  66. Habib

    It also means that that flatulent fop has a margin of seven invertebrates, not exactly a ringing endorsement or position of strength/authority. This rabble will probably limp on for another twelve months before really starting to decompose. What sort of cretin would continue to fund them, besides their mortally wounded “leader”?

  67. stackja

    Trotsky was assassinated in Mexico City by Ramón Mercader, a Spanish-born NKVD agent. On 20 August 1940, Mercader attacked Trotsky with an ice axe and Trotsky died the next day in a hospital.

    Stalin didn’t like challengers.

  68. Dr Faustus

    Absolutely agree about Hastie, Marcus. Young, good looking, not a smarmy opportunist, and voters are fed up with the same old faces.

    He could be surrounded with experience in the cabinet.

    He would be surrounded by taipans, brambles, discarded shopping trollies and dog turds.
    Australia hasn’t learned enough from the RGRAT years to avoid the Shorten Pineapple Experience.

  69. H B Bear

    Shorten Pineapple Experience.

    That would be a good name for a band. Or maybe a concept album.

  70. stackja

    Shorten Watermelon Experience?

  71. So what is this? Leadership spill number SIX in the last decade between the major parties?

    Abbott rolling Turnbull
    Gillard rolling Rudd
    Failed Gillard spill.
    Rudd rolling Gillard.
    Turnbull rolling Abbott.
    Failed Turnbull spill.

    Missed any? Not that it matters, six in a decade is enough to show we are a thoroughly broken country with a bunch of spivs fighting over the last scraps that can be looted.

    We’re still a fucking penal colony with control occasionally passing between the thugs (Union Labor) and the people who can get stuff for ya (corporatist Libs), presided over by the U.N guards who manipulate things behind the scenes and get their payoffs from the ringleaders.

  72. H B Bear

    Missed any?

    Gillard and Abbott both spilled the leadership with no challenger nominated.

    This is what happens when neither branch of the Uniparty keeps its election promises, maintains a cohesive policy position and the Senate refuses to acknowledge electoral mandates in the HoR. Everything is up for grabs at all times and politics is reduced to what we see now – a 24 hour media cycle driven personality side-show.

  73. C.L.

    Missed any? Not that it matters, six in a decade is enough to show we are a thoroughly broken country with a bunch of spivs fighting over the last scraps that can be looted.

    It’s part of something bigger and more pernicious than that.

    The media are ruining this country – just as they are ruining Western Europe and North America. They are – as President Trump says – the enemy of the people. They stir up divisions for ideological (and sporting) reasons and gin up fake crises with the help of left-wing extremists on social media to con the undiscerning majority into concluding that a leader, or a time-honoured orthodoxy, or just plain sanity itself are unpopular, obsolete, evil and in standing the way of civil peace and quiet. The more this occurs, the more extreme and ludicrous the media and its terrorists become. The general objective is to humiliate people, silence them and control their thoughts and political actions.

  74. Herodotus

    Has Price recovered from the soft-in-the-head phase he went through after the jungle panel episode with Zippy Fisher? I gave up listening.

  75. Robber Baron

    The loyal deputy had no challengers. So no one wanted the high paying job?

  76. Dr Fred Lenin

    My belief in the incredible stupidity of career politicians is proven once again,unawareness is endemic amongst them . Still all is not lost ,sometimes it takes a second torpedo to finish the sinking ship ,or should that be shit ? The result means Dutton and the more sensible ones have three or so weeks less to plan the defeat of u,n,communist/crony capitalist I .G.Soros gang represented by shortass and the gangrenes .
    (_The IG Soros is showing the co operation of IG’farben and their socialist mate Hitler ,/I bet Soros wouldn’t refuse to use slave labour to make profits)’
    Funny spellcheck changed Dutton to Darrow mafter the famous US Origen case many years ago,so now they not only speak French or Latin they teach US history!

  77. Herodotus

    Quite so, C.L. – the media matters a great deal.

  78. Colonel Crispin Berka, Kings' Fusiliers Corps.

    I woke up late and missed the whole thing.

    He’s dead meat swinging in the breeze.

    Peter Dutton lost to a lump of dead meat? Doesn’t sound great on the resume does it.

    Presumably the wishful “LNP insider” will never be heard from again; Walking lake Burley-Griffin with concrete Reeboks, as they say in the classics.

  79. stackja

    Turnbull survives leadership challenge
    Sheradyn Holderhead and Sharri Markson, The Daily Telegraph
    6 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    MALCOLM Turnbull has seen off a leadership challenge from Peter Dutton, securing 48 votes to 35.

    But the strong show of support for the Queenslander shows this leadership tension is not over yet. The leadership of the Liberal Party was declared vacant at a tense party room meeting this morning.

    Mr Dutton declined PM’s offer to remain in Cabinet and will go to the backbench.

    This decision will result in a $160,000 a year paycut to Mr Dutton.

  80. stackja

    Turnbull believed Dutton didn’t want his job — he was wrong
    SHARRI MARKSON, The Daily Telegraph
    4 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    AS the leadership crisis hit fever-pitch overnight, with a challenge from Peter Dutton looming on the horizon, Malcolm Turnbull despondently formed the view it needed to be brought to a head, and soon.

    His government was crippled while he waited for Dutton’s supporters to decide if they had the numbers to challenge.

    Knowing his rival did not have the numbers yet, Turnbull seized the day and called a leadership spill in this morning’s party room.

    It had been something conservative faction leaders had anticipated as a possibility.

  81. stackja

    For days, Turnbull had been under the misapprehension that Dutton did not want his job, and was being forced into a challenge by conservatives both within and outside of the Parliament.

    But, over the past 24 hours, as Dutton’s camp did the numbers and offered jobs to influential MPs, Turnbull realised the gravity of the situation.

    Yet, while he had made calls to shore up his support, the Prime Minister did not ring dozens and dozens of colleagues. He did not sit up all night working the phones.

    He was confident in his position, and confident he had the support of the majority of his colleagues.

  82. struth

    If Dutton had won what would that make him, the sixth PM in a decade?

    This is what it has come to in Australia as absolutely no one knows anything about poitics, least of all those who are involved on a professional level, no ideas, no coherent policies, just endless “leadership challenges”.
    These people have no idea what they are doing and should all be sacked.
    We should get rid of compulsory voting so that only ten people cast a ballot and our public servants can see just how little any of us care about their circus.

    You were doing well with this, and then you fucked it all up with this……………

    It never stopped Howard or Abbot who both ran either as left wing or even further left governments than Labor.

    Fail.

  83. H B Bear

    The media are ruining this country …

    True dat. And it is being lead by the ALPBC, a billion dollar monolith totally immune to either market forces or any kind of legal/ministerial control whatsoever. Abbott was the first although The Father of Middle Class Welfare was subjected to the same approach. Howard and his government were sufficiently competent to rise above the attacks.

    I don’t think you can apply the same reasoning to the R-G-R Dark Ages where KRudd was ushered in as a breath of fresh air, right up until Teh Australian published that feature that exposed the chaos that he created. Once the genie was out of the bottle the Liars came out of the woodwork and eventually they knocked KRuddy off, who was never a Liar insider, had no factional support and had only his (media driven) popularity to keep him in the top job. Gillard was once again feted by the media, with weekly calls for fresh air from Ol’ Leathery and his couch crew, despite her constant failures and mis-steps.

    Australian politics is now full of blowing in the wind, quasi-professional politicians devoid of life experience that owe their allegiance to the party power brokers who installed their hack backsides onto the Canberra leather.

  84. Leigh Lowe

    Oh and Hewson also says Mao hasn’t communicated his policy positions very well …

    Buy yourself a birthday cake moron.

  85. Robber Baron

    Karelas now on ABC suggesting Maol might go to Gov Gen and call an election.

    She said Abbott666 is the wrecker of the Turnbull reich.

    Karvelis can’t even put on her lipstick. I thought lipstick was applied to the whole of your lips. Looks like a bit of a Hitler tash on her bottom lip.

  86. mh

    How could Trumble justify calling an election now? That would have to be one of the greatest acts of sabotage on your own party in Australian political history.

  87. H B Bear

    I think you may have just answered your own question mh.

  88. lotocoti

    Karelas now on ABC suggesting Maol might go to Gov Gen and call an election.

    The Turnbull Coalition Winning Team is DiW.
    A snap election would be setting the scuttling charges.

  89. Des Deskperson

    I wonder what Dutton’s resignation from Cabinet will mean for Australia’s most powerful six year old, Mike Pezzullo.

    I heard from a very good source indeed last week that he and Dutton didn’t actually get along.

  90. lotocoti

    How could Trumble justify calling an election now?

    In naval argot, Trumble is a one way swimmer.

  91. Habib

    Yet, while he had made calls to shore up his support, the Prime Minister did not ring dozens and dozens of colleagues. He did not sit up all night working the phones.

    He was confident in his position, and confident he had the support of the majority of his colleagues.

    Tap “hubris” into google and an image of that prick pops up. Like all their other decisions, this one to not lop off the limb and instead wait for the gas gangrene to heal itself with a bit of help from herbs and crystals was probably not the right one.

  92. stackja

    rob harris
    ‏Verified account @rharris334
    25 minutes ago
    One Liberal MP: The PM showed no contrition, no “I’ve listened and learnt”. He just spoke about unity. He’s a banker who thinks 50% + 1 means you’ve been successful like its a company takeover.

  93. Felix Kruell

    Bringing on an early vote didn’t save Gillard. And it won’t save Turnbull. It just bought him a little time.

    The question now is who can actually lead the LNP to victory? The sad answer is nobody.

  94. stackja

    Felix Kruell
    #2795040, posted on August 21, 2018 at 12:05 pm
    Bringing on an early vote didn’t save Gillard. And it won’t save Turnbull. It just bought him a little time.

    The question now is who can actually lead the LNP to victory? The sad answer is nobody.

    TA could. But seems lacks support.

  95. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Oh and Hewson also says Mao hasn’t communicated his policy positions very well …

    Oh, I think we understanfd them perfectly clearly.

    The guy is addicted to global warmy whackiness and is prepared to die not one, not twice, but thrice pushing that shit up hill.

  96. cuckoo

    Slightly OT but the ABC is actually running promos for Karvelas in which her aggressive interview style is presented as a positive feature. From the same people who would call Alan Jones a shock jock. They obviously pine for their own home grown Rachel Maddow and Patsy is being groomed for this.

  97. struth

    Oh and Hewson also says Mao hasn’t communicated his policy positions very well …

    That’s the icing on the GST cake!

  98. mh

    Don’ t know this Karvelas. Is she butch?

  99. The guy is addicted to has investments in the global warmy whackiness and is prepared to die not one, not twice, but thrice pushing that shit up hill.

    Get it right IT. Premium subscribers expect higher standards.

  100. Felix Kruell

    Stackja:

    TA could. But seems lacks support.

    Probably because he’s been tried before, and failed when it came to actually governing?

  101. Confused Old Misfit

    mh: She’s got a great face for radio.

  102. Baldrick

    Turdball press conference 12.30pm

  103. C.L.

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

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

    And it appears that Malcolm Turnbull’s attempts to continually shift ground since becoming Prime Minister in 2015 to accommodate the angry conservative wing of his party have left him mortally wounded just under three years later.

    The result has been that he has not been able to win back the centre of Australian politics — which was his political brief when a resentful but desperate party voted for him instead of Tony Abbott.

    But at the same time he has never been able to appease the conservative rump who consistently threatened — or destabilised — his policy positions, constantly moving the goal posts further to the right every time they had a win.

  104. Ellen of Tasmania

    Hewson also says Mao hasn’t communicated his policy positions very well …

    Oh, I think we understand them perfectly clearly.

    What they really mean is that the deplorables haven’t been sufficiently brainwashed or cowed into accepting their policy positions very well.

    We understand all right. Let’s hope at the next election we communicate that clearly to them.

  105. Leigh Lowe

    Karelas now on ABC suggesting Maol might go to Gov Gen and call an election.

    40 watt Laura was also running this on Sky
    See CL’s post above about the agitation of press gallery agitators, who either make shit up or use some other media tosser’s brain farts as a source.
    It has been explicitly ruled out.
    FMD. Who is going to call an election sitting on 48:52 at best?
    The presstitutes just make shit up with a couple of objectives;
    (a) they look great if the wild arse guessscomes off;
    (b) they can draw a denial and look like a player in the know (“the PM was forced to deny reports aired by X of Channel Y”);
    (c) they have a lot of airtime to fill so wild speculation is required to fill the space.

  106. C.L.

    At the ABC 24 feed, two lecterns await.
    Can’t Tunbull handle this one alone?

  107. Tintarella di Luna

    Is she butch?

    Wrong vowel I think mh

  108. Baldrick

    He will have Skeletor by his side.

  109. calli

    She said Abbott666 is the wrecker of the Turnbull reich.

    They hates the Abbottses! They hates it forever…gollum, gollum…

  110. C.L.

    Yep, Baldy. Here they come.

  111. C.L.

    Turnbull: Australia is going gangbusters under me.

  112. H B Bear

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

    Australia’s Most Politically Astute Pumpkin Masher (ret) seems a bit hysterical. Time for a Bex and a lie down?

  113. Forget Trumble. Just a vegemite stain on the undies of history.

    More interesting (what a time to be alive!), we are witnessing Phase II of the collapse of the Australian political system.

  114. Baldrick

    Waffle, crap, waffle, crap, off 📴

  115. C.L.

    Turnbull tries to shoo Bishop away but she tells him they’re staying so she can say something.
    LOL.

  116. Tintarella di Luna

    So what great wisdom was dropped by the Performing Stick? I just caught the back of them as they walked back inside.

  117. V_maet

    [email protected]:56am

    Easy.
    He was never a liberal politician but rather a labor stooge who joined the libs for power.

    Once that power is gone he won’t care if he destroys the party through electoral sabotage

  118. Speedbox

    Turdbull is mortally wounded but the coup de grace will probably not fall for a little while.

    But, I still think he will resign from Parliament in an act of pure political sabotage. Can you imagine him sitting on the back bench? No way in the world.

    So, Dutton is successful and the next PM. Abbott gets a guernsey in a senior portfolio. Dutton is faced with an immediate problem when Mal resigns – either call a general election now or, wait and see the outcome of the Wentworth by-election.

    If he calls a general election, defeat is certain. There is no way the Libs can mount a defense against Labor in these circumstances. Mal can smugly claim that whilst a loss might have happened under him (but also claim ‘possibly not’ thereby satisfying his ego), it was a certainty under Dutton.

    Alternatively, wait for the by-election and if lost, try to rule a minority government (good luck!) or if won, still have a one seat HoR majority with unworkable Senate. The only good side to this will be the time the electorate will have to get to know Dutton as PM and introduce revitalised policies.

    If I was advising Dutton, I would say to gather your forces and challenge Turdbull again. The only hope for Lib electoral survival (not necessarily government) is to declare policies that stand in stark contrast to your predecessor and Labor. Either be ‘Conservative’ or don’t but the public will not accept another wet Lib – they had that with Mal and you must differentiate otherwise all sectors of Lib voters will punish you badly. Nothing will be left over with 30+ seats gone and Labor in power for 2 or more terms.

    This is a game for the highest stakes – and I don’t mean government – this is for the very survival of the Liberal Party.

  119. Baldrick

    Here you go Tinta-

    Caitlyn Gribbin ✔ @CaitlynGribbin
    Julie Bishop says today’s Liberal party room ballot was “an overwhelming vote of support for the Prime Minister”.

    Overwhelming!

  120. None

    Tim Blair reports that Turnbull has allegedly asked Durrin to stay in. In one way that stops Dutton from doing too much planning from the back bench. That opens the door for Tony Abbott.

  121. the Performing Stick

    That is pretty funny.

  122. H B Bear

    Overwhelming!

    Lying Lieboral lies. It never stops.

  123. Baldrick

    None, Dutton resigned from the ministry. ScoMo will be acting Home Affairs minister.

  124. None

    Karvelas. How many times do I have to say it: deport the Greeks.

  125. struth

    Can we have a bit of a cat flutter regarding the amount of time from being bombed out of office until he takes a lucrative position in the UN?

    I reckon no longer than four months.

  126. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Turnbull talking about disunity being death must really ring true with the troops.

  127. None

    So I wonder if Turnbull asked him to stay Baldy and he said no. Either way Dutton is now committed to running again.
    Scomo the cockroach survives again. Who will be treasurer?

  128. Leigh Lowe

    C.L.
    #2795064, posted on August 21, 2018 at 12:29 pm
    At the ABC 24 feed, two lecterns await.
    Can’t Tunbull handle this one alone?

    One for Lucy.
    One for Nikki.

  129. None

    Disunity is death – he must have gotten that line from Miranda Devine who’s been parrotting that line like a Mantra these last two days. Bwahaha.
    You know the stupid woman had Bernard Gaynor on her podcast and got him to tell her a little bit about the legal fight that has virtually destroyed him financially and not once did she make any hint that she would question the New South Wales government or AG what is going on. It’s just disgusting how both government ministers and journalists are turning away to blatant unconstitutional and unlawful behaviour -so found by yhe High Court – by government authorities who are bullying and innocent man and father of 8.

  130. Roger

    …it appears that Malcolm Turnbull’s attempts to continually shift ground since becoming Prime Minister in 2015 to accommodate the angry conservative wing of his party have left him mortally wounded just under three years later.

    ’tis but a scratch, according to Lady Skeletor.

  131. H B Bear

    None, Dutton resigned from the ministry. ScoMo will be acting Home Affairs minister.

    SloMo’s upward failure continues.

  132. Tom

    … he has not been able to win back the centre of Australian politics…

    Hahaha! The loony leftist spin would be hilarious if it wasn’t calculated mendacity. Commo tax eaters like Tingle would love the taxpayers who pay her bloated salary to imagine she’s not to the left of the Stalinists in the ABC’s Greenfilth lunch room.

  133. Elle

    Haven’t seen any tele footage yet, but from the images, Mal has certainly aged.

  134. None

    Yes mh Karvelas is a dyke.

  135. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Miranda Devine has just been arrested for making a scene outside a Vaucluse home.

    Apparently she was balling her eyes out and throwing bags of her underwear over the wall.

  136. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)
    #2795094, posted on August 21, 2018 at 12:52 pm
    Turnbull talking about disunity being death must really ring true with the troops.

    Yeah, the two most vomit inducing lines being run by the media today …
    (1) “It must be frustrating for Turnbull to have to deal with this destabilisation from within.” A line we did not hear between 2009 and 2015.
    (2) “Should Ministers who haven’t supported you resign from Cabinet?” Ditto.

  137. struth

    Hahaha! The loony leftist spin would be hilarious if it wasn’t calculated mendacity. Commo tax eaters like Tingle would love the taxpayers who pay her bloated salary to imagine she’s not to the left of the Stalinists in the ABC’s Greenfilth lunch room.

    exactly.

  138. Leigh Lowe

    Miranda Devine has just been arrested for making a scene outside a Vaucluse home.
    Apparently she was balling her eyes out and throwing bags of her underwear over the wall.

    No point.
    Da Hairy Ape is on holidays.

  139. Neil

    Turnbull: Australia is going gangbusters under me.

    Well there is some truth to that. Unemployment is lower than anytime under hawke/Keating. And my Super fund is going gangbusters. But we cannot get the budget back to surplus because nobody wants to cut spending. If we cannot run a surplus budget now with relatively good economic conditions we never will

  140. struth

    No point.
    Da Hairy Ape is on holidays.

    again!
    Not jealous much.

  141. Tintarella di Luna

    the Performing Stick

    That is pretty funny.

    I thought Performing Stick Insect was a good description but lately I’ve dropped the noun because I don’t think there is sufficient soul for insect to stick. I know it’s unkind but there you go.

  142. struth

    Well there is some truth to that. Unemployment is lower than anytime under hawke/Keating. And my Super fund is going gangbusters. But we cannot get the budget back to surplus because nobody wants to cut spending. If we cannot run a surplus budget now with relatively good economic conditions we never will

    When you are borrowing this much to put everyone in socialist funded contracts and growing the public service as we are, it’s not long before the bigger collapse will come.
    Hitler did the same thing and knew he had to start a war or it would all collapse anyway.
    At least when he spent money on roads, he got something done.
    Socialism is fine until you run out of other people’s money.

  143. Leigh Lowe

    I thought Performing Stick Insect was a good description but lately I’ve dropped the noun because I don’t think there is sufficient soul for insect to stick. I know it’s unkind but there you go.

    Does “The Blinged Tomato Stake” convey the right level of passivity ?

  144. The BigBlueCat

    Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)
    #2795094, posted on August 21, 2018 at 12:52 pm
    Turnbull talking about disunity being death must really ring true with the troops.

    I was just thinking how much of a hypocrite Chairman Turnbull is … where was HIS unity when he rolled TA? I suspect there will be another ballott before the election … LNP numbers will continue to fall, and even though Bill Shorten would be an absolute catastrophe for Australia, I fear that with Chairman Turnbull going into the election it will be an absolute rout for the LNP. Surely better to save the furniture.

    Oh, and Warren Entsch … STFU! You are only exacerbating the issue by blaming Abbott for everything you think goes wrong with the LNP … the reality is, Warren, you are far more blame-worthy because of your big mouth! Show some of the unity your Chairman has called for.

  145. Speedbox

    Unemployment is lower than anytime under hawke/Keating.

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

  146. Tintarella di Luna

    The Blinged Tomato Stake

    Leigh Lowe – love the way you think

  147. H B Bear

    Australia’s lowest recorded unemployment rate was 4.1% in 2008 (Howard).

    Yep. Under AWAs – no wonder they were the first thing to go once the unions were back in control.

  148. C.L.

    The first I registered Karvelas was a month or so ago when she had just finished an ‘interview’ about confession and the Catholic Church; specifically, the ridiculous idea of forcing priests to report things they hear in confession to the police.

    After farewelling whatever dummy it was posing as a reporter, she then editorialised impromptu. “I know something about confession; I’ve made a confession – but in the Greek Orthodox church we look each other in the eye. There are no secrets.” I did some research on Greek Orthodox confession and discovered her claim was total bullshit.

  149. H B Bear

    Isn’t Karvelas a Teh Australian discard? I guess a JournoLotto win is a win.

  150. Tel

    Does “The Blinged Tomato Stake” convey the right level of passivity ?

    Too humble.

  151. candy

    MT and JBishop pre-empted the spill but I reckon they yhought Dutton would get around 15 – 18 tops
    This must be a shock to MT and I think he is sick of the loyal deputy now.

    Whats the betting he offers the immigration portfolio to TA knowing if TA accepts he looks the biggest hypocrite.

  152. Roger

    …but in the Greek Orthodox church we look each other in the eye. There are no secrets.” I did some research on Greek Orthodox confession and discovered her claim was total bullshit.

    Orthodox never had the old confessional box. Confession generally takes place in the open in church before the iconostasis. That’s probably what her otherwise gratuitous remark referred to, although haven’t most Catholic churches replaced the confessional with a room or discrete area now?

  153. Habib

    What about “the Thick Shaslick”? Or “Blingo Wings”?

  154. C.L.

    A confessional box is in the open within a church.
    You sit outside and wait to go in – in full view of everyone.
    Standing in a corner with Fr Poppadopalus and an iconostasis is no less secret at all.
    She was just being a bigoted dickhead.

  155. Habib

    Wasn’t it Fr Hoppontopoffus?

  156. The media are ruining this country – just as they are ruining Western Europe and North America. They are – as President Trump says – the enemy of the people. They stir up divisions for ideological (and sporting) reasons and gin up fake crises with the help of left-wing extremists on social media to con the undiscerning majority into concluding that a leader, or a time-honoured orthodoxy, or just plain sanity itself are unpopular, obsolete, evil and in standing the way of civil peace and quiet.

    Indeed. And they comprise the greatest portion of the Left that must be destroyed.

    Sinistra delenda est.

  157. Neil

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

    I said the current unemployment rate is lower then anytime under Hawke/keating from 1983-1996. True

    Yep. Under AWAs – no wonder they were the first thing to go once the unions were back in control

    Strangely Unions brought in some things from Workchoices like cashing in your annual leave which was illegal before WC

  158. stackja

    dover_beach
    #2795156, posted on August 21, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    MSM remind of:

    1 Corinthians 13:11 NIV – When I was a child, I talked like a – Bible …
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+13%3A11…NIV
    When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind.

  159. Herodotus

    Is that Snoozy Macklin carrying on like a porkchop in the house?

  160. None

    You are correct, Roger. There are no confessional boxes in an Orthodox church. However that doesn’t mean that you confess to all and sundry in the church nor does it mean that the priest is able to go and blab your sins to everybody else. Karvelas is a rabid lesbian who’s quite dishonest with her own family I think, in that she expects them to put up with her trashy lifestule, babysit her kids and all while trashing their traditions, their church, their faith and everything else. I’d be shocked if she’s ever made a confession as an adult because she has also used her journalistic platform to and now she doesn’t believe in God and to trash the church, both the Orthodox and others. She is typical of the Gaystapo left: they hate god, they hate the church, but they want God’s approval and the church’s moral authority. Self centred? You bet. There is a reason why theologians refer to homosexuality as the ultimate form of narcissism. She’s also a typical Greek Australian who hides behind their heritage-qhich they othetwise despise – when they get cornered. I am quite serious when I say deport the Greeks.

  161. stackja

    Dutton respects Liberal leadership result
    Paul Osborne, Australian Associated Press
    13 minutes ago

    Former Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton has paid tribute to colleagues for their “considerable support” in the party room following his failed tilt at the leadership.

    Mr Dutton was defeated by Malcolm Turnbull in a Liberal leadership ballot 48-35 on Tuesday in Canberra.

    His decision to contest the leadership was not made out of animosity towards Mr Turnbull, but because he believed he was the “best person” to lead the party to an election win.

    “I made a decision to contest this ballot because I want to make sure we can keep Bill Shorten from ever being prime minister of this country,” Mr Dutton said.

    “I respect the outcome and I fully support the prime minister and the cabinet.”

    Mr Dutton said his job, having lost the ballot, was to respect the decision of the party room.

    He declined to critique of the Turnbull government.

    “I will work every day to make sure that the coalition is elected at the next election and I want to make sure that I support the prime minister and make sure that we support the policies of the government,” he said.

    The prime minister had offered Mr Dutton a chance to continue in the Home Affairs ministry, but he declined.

    “He has done an outstanding job as home affairs minister, the first home affairs minister in our country’s history, and I want to thank him for his work,” Mr Turnbull said.

    “He said to me that he doesn’t feel he can remain in the cabinet, having challenged me to the leadership of the party, and so he is resigning.”

    Treasurer Scott Morrison will take on the portfolio until a cabinet reshuffle takes place.

    It is understood at least four other ministers could join Mr Dutton on the backbench, having supported him in the ballot against Malcolm Turnbull.

    Mr Turnbull said he was working on new ministerial arrangements.

  162. Herodotus

    Bring Back Peter King for Wentworth.

  163. None

    C.L.

    #2795012, posted on August 21, 2018 at 11:28 am

    +1000

  164. None

    So five ministers including Dutton have gone to the back bench but not scomo well well well. Who are the five 1. Dutton

  165. Motelier

    Is Philippa Martyr’s mallotto still running? If so who are the players left standing?

  166. None

    Leigh Lowe

    #2795110, posted on August 21, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Gold.

  167. stackja

    Turnbull survives leadership challenge, but tensions remain as Dutton resigns to backbench
    Sheradyn Holderhead and Sharri Markson, The Daily Telegraph
    3 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    MALCOLM Turnbull has defiantly announced the party room “confirmed” his leadership and warned Coalition dissenters that disunity is death.

    Standing next to his deputy Julie Bishop who declared the slim win of seven votes an “overwhelming” and “resounding” result, Mr Turnbull refused to comment on Cabinet Ministers who voted against him.

    “It’s a secret ballot. I don’t bare any grudge against Peter Dutton … and offered for him to continue. It’s important we put differences behind us,” Mr Turnbull said.

    “Peter has done an outstanding job as Home Affairs minister and I want to thank him.

    “I’ve invited him to continue in that office however he has said to me he doesn’t feel he can remain a member of my cabinet.”

    DUTTON: ‘I RESPECT THE OUTCOME’

    Mr Dutton said he decided to challenge Mr Turnbull he wanted to prevent Bill Shorten “from ever being Prime Minister of this country”.

    “My position from here will be to do what I can as a backbencher to make sure that I support the government, to make sure we are elected and can keep Bill Shorten from the Lodge,” he said.

    “I respect the outcome and I fully support the prime minister and the cabinet.”

    [Ha, ha!]

  168. stackja

    2GB Jenny M yelling. The Speaker to Jenny M ‘your microphone is working’

  169. Punter

    Dutton as PM, Abbott in Foreign, Andrews in IR, Kelly in Energy+Environment, Sukkar in Health, etc: ALP would win every seat in the reps and the bulk of the Senate. Coalition would disappear without trace. Australia governed by CFMEU.
    Thanks Tony. Thanks Peter.

  170. None

    Does “The Blinged Tomato Stake” convey the right level of passivity ?

    Tired old cougar, I think JC said.

  171. stackja

    Herodotus
    #2795168, posted on August 21, 2018 at 2:02 pm
    Bring Back Peter King for Wentworth.

    PK was the first knifed.

  172. stackja

    Former prime minister Tony Abbott challenged over ‘loyalty has to be earned’ demand during Liberal party room meeting
    SHERADYN HOLDERHEAD, The Daily Telegraph
    August 21, 2018 12:33pm
    Subscriber only

    TONY Abbott copped brutal sprays in the joint party room meeting this morning with some Coalition MPs accusing the former prime minister being determined to wreck the Turnbull government.

    The Daily Telegraph understands that Nationals MP Damian Drum fired off an impassioned speech about disunity before turning to Mr Abbott and swearing at him.

    Mr Abbott spoke in front of his Liberal and National colleagues declaring that “unity has to be created and loyalty has to be earned” rather than demanded.

    His comments were said to have prompted Queensland MP Warren Entsch to stand up and read out a string of Mr Abbott’s past promises in a bid to call out the constant interference.

    In particular, Mr Entsch referred to Mr Abbott’s pledge when he was dumped as prime minister that there would be “no wrecking, no undermining, no sniping” to which he received applause.

    Mr Abbott released a statement just after 11.30am today criticising the party room leaking of information during the tense Liberal leadership standoff.

    “But even while the party room was continuing, reporters were being briefed that Warren Entsch ‘is getting stuck into Tony Abbott right now in the party room, me with some claps’,” Mr Abbott said.

    “Unlike too many of my colleagues, my practice is to take responsibility for what I think and say. To put the Entsch intervention into context, I had just said to the party room that exhortations from the leadership group about loyalty are unity were all very well but ‘unity has to be created and loyalty has to be earned. They can’t just be demanded’.”

  173. LNP insider

    Couple of notes from this morning.

    If Dutton had won the leadership then we would have seen Hunt contest the deputy. He us the ticket with Dutton as revealed by me in an earlier post on the Open or Monday Forum.

    Speculation in Canberra today is that Frydenberg Tehan and most of the Victorian conservatives stayed on Malcolm (Sukkar, Andrews and possibly Patterson being exceptions). Also it is believed Cormann didnt encourage the WA right to join him on Dutton.

    If a couple from each of those groups join Dutton its over.

    Also if the NSW centre right (Morrison Hawke Sudamalis Wicks Leeser) and their friends (Ciobo Roberts) break Dutton’s way then its also over. Wicks possibly already voted Dutton this morning.

    There is also a possibility more moderate backbenchers decude switch to switch for survival’s sake.

  174. None

    I knew when Damian Drum the nobody started having a go at Tony that that was part of a strategy the background in him yet again and it is no surprise that sodomy fetishist Warren Entsch lead the charge in the party room. They’re really going all Gaystapo vote. I would like to point out to any journalist who is reading that Warren Entsch likes to prod some of the saggy titted postmenopausals floating around Canberra as well. He’s not fussed where he puts it in. Queenslanders would do well to vote him out.

  175. stackja

    LNP insider
    #2795184, posted on August 21, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Hawke is a problem.

  176. candy

    Queenslanders would do well to vote him out.

    Physically he looks grubby-ish and untidy, unshaven grizzled looked man. Used to wear an earring too, an old man with an earring.

  177. Habib

    most of the Victorian conservatives stayed on Malcolm….surely such a creature is rarer than the snark? I’d imagine it’d be akin to a “law-abiding unionist”, or a “sane green”.

  178. None

    Cormann and Morrison are basically snakes. They go where they think they can save their skin. Any juniors who think these two offer them protection, jobs, opportunities, networks, whatever is demented. Remember Hockey was a lazy bastard and Cormann was out there smoking cigars with him. The only difference was that hockey actually did know something about finance res Coleman knows nothing. And as I pointed out time and time again Morrison is a nothing burger. I hope whoever wins the leadership be it Dutton or Tony demotes them both.

  179. H B Bear

    They are finished. Lieborals reduced to arguing over the deckchairs on the Titanic. Peculiar old queer Warren Entsch still struggling to face reality.

  180. candy

    TONY Abbott copped brutal sprays in the joint party room meeting this morning with some Coalition MPs accusing the former prime minister being determined to wreck the Turnbull government.

    I imagine they are shocked 35 voted for Dutton.

    I think Turnbull really dislikes Dutton, because he hates the hard line immigration policies and the boat turnback policy being an open borders elite-y type, but puts up with because it keeps him PM. Otherwise there is not much between Liberal and Labor.

  181. Habib

    Canberra has the angry Entsch, where’s Hedwig?

  182. Snoopy

    Australia’s finest legal mind, Terri Butler, punted from QT.

  183. None

    I don’t care who the leader is I just want Turnbull out. I still am not going to vote Liberal but Turnbull has to go and as many of his sycophants with him
    The Libs (and wuite a few Nats) need to be cleaned out.
    Tony Abbott may be an effective political operator but it is beyond even his considerable capacities to create all this havoc all on his lonesome. But what the f****** retards don’t get is that the more they pile on to him the more they build up his legendary status.

  184. stackja

    Liberal party MPs’ conspiracy to kill off Tony Abbott’s preselection changes
    Sheradyn Holderhead, National Political Reporter, The Daily Telegraph
    July 19, 2018 11:31am
    Subscriber only

    COALITION Governments are being torn apart by self-serving factional warlords who are making money out of their stranglehold on the NSW Liberals, Tony Abbott says.

    The former prime minister labelled revelations in The Daily Telegraph that federal and state ministers discussed co-operating­ to defeat proposed reforms designed to give rank-and-file Liberal­ party members a say in how its candidates are being selected “extraordinarily serious”.

    Explosive emails exposed how federal and state ministers hatched a secret plan to humiliate Mr Abbott and torpedo his push to give more political power to the people.

    The Daily Telegraph can today reveal how Turnbull government minister Alex Hawke and senior state MPs Pru Goward, Ray Williams­, Scott Farlow and Natasha Maclaren-Jones discussed co-operating­ to defeat proposed reforms designed to give rank-and-file Liberal­ party members a say in how its candidates are being selected.

  185. stackja

    LIBERAL LEFT PLOTS TO DEFY MEMBERS
    Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun
    July 25, 2017 10:18am

    Will the likes of Michael Photios really defy members to maintain the Left’s undemocratic grip on the NSW Liberals?

    This is disgraceful. Such arrogance:

    Factional chiefs have vowed to water down — or block entirely — Tony Abbott’s historic move to give Liberal Party members a say in electing their local candidates.

    Leaders of the Liberal Moderate faction told The Daily Telegraph they will never agree to one of Abbott’s major reforms — to give party members a vote in Senate positions, claiming it disenfranchises country members…

    Yet another bitter internal war has broken out in the wake of Mr Abbott’s weekend win, when his Warringah Motion won the support of 750 party members, while only 450 voted against it.

    The conservative faction has accused Liberal powerbroker and lobbyist Michael Photios of being behind the push to block plebiscites, in order to maintain his control over the Liberal Party…

    A senior faction leader told The Daily Telegraph the Warringah resolution will be wiped when it goes to NSW Liberal State Council in the next four months, which will redebate the plebiscite reforms from scratch…

    Instead, State Council will incorporate the proposal for reform put forward by centre-right faction leader Alex Hawke — even though it was voted down at the weekend party convention. It will also include aspects of federal MP Julian Leeser’s proposal, which was not debated.

    Mr Abbott warned if faction leaders “play silly buggers” and “sabotage” the reforms, they would cause “massive damage”.

    These arrogant fools will split the Liberals. Have they no respect for their own members?

    If I were Hawke, I would be very, very careful about being associated with this. This is the kind of unprincipled stunt that will mark him for the rest of his career, and is likely to forever doom him to the margin of politics.

    [email protected]_Molan: ‘We have started the process of taking power back from the factions and giving it to the members’ MORE https://t.co/X3h81l4Ive pic.twitter.com/n0SMMybgev
    — The Bolt Report (@theboltreport) July 24, 2017

  186. Empire 5:5

    The Daily Telegraph understands that Nationals MP Damian Drum fired off an impassioned speech about disunity before turning to Mr Abbott and swearing at him.

    Another fake conservative outed. I hope he loses his seat to a watermelon manchurian.

  187. None

    The key differences between labor and liberal were Tony Abbott policies like stopping the boats and stopping the carbon tax. Turnbull has already re-introduced the latter by stealth and the MEG was just another nail in the coffin he has built for Australia. He really has only got the boats now.

  188. None

    What was a Nats person doing inside a Lib party room meeting?

  189. sabena

    Darren Chester is quoted as saying a new leader wouldn’t be guaranteed the confidence of the house ie if Dutton is elected leader then a dissentient MP will bring the Government down.
    This overlooks 2 things:-
    1.The MP’s career would come to an end.
    2.Dutton would be entitled to remain PM and advise the GG to call an election for the House of Representatives(he would lose no doubt,but the point is this tactic doesn’t help Turnbull remain as PM).

  190. Rob MW

    What a fucking circus, not enough spine to elevate their balls from dragging, unless Bishop already lightened the load with the knife from TA’s back.

  191. LNP insider

    Drum’s spray was during the joint party room that followed.

  192. None

    Darren Chester – another Nats traitor. God you can almost predict this lot. Like the old Georgiou threesome that used to pester Howard The locals hate him in Victoria. I hope Joyce is paying attention as to which of the worms are coming out of the Nationals woodwork.

  193. None

    Thanks Insider. Not a good look when your Coalition partner interferes in your party’s business even though of course they have a stake in the outcome. It will come back to bite them in the arse. Watch.

  194. LNP insider

    Agreed. Regardless of what side of the contest I was on I would get up and tell Drum to mind his own business and mention no one told him off for hiding Barnaby’s mistress on his staff…

  195. H B Bear

    UAP déjà vu!

    Yep. This is worse than a Uni share house as the lease runs out.

  196. Leigh Lowe

    stackja
    #2795181, posted on August 21, 2018 at 2:12 pm
    Herodotus
    #2795168, posted on August 21, 2018 at 2:02 pm
    Bring Back Peter King for Wentworth.
    PK was the first knifed.

    You are forgetting the girlfriend’s cat.

  197. Empire 5:5

    Agreed. Regardless of what side of the contest I was on I would get up and tell Drum to mind his own business and mention no one told him off for hiding Barnaby’s mistress on his staff…

    Damien Kevin Drum. Boomer. Say no more.

  198. Oh come on

    Trumble’s in trubble. We’ll be enjoying a Shorten government soon enough.

  199. candy

    Agreed. Regardless of what side of the contest I was on I would get up and tell Drum to mind his own business and mention no one told him off for hiding Barnaby’s mistress on his staff

    The scandal of which barely legal caper did damage to the LNP.

    I wonder if the Drum chap is up to some other barely legal capers?

  200. He’s gawn. Inquiries from the Lieboral Party about our tumbril hire service have been running hot.
    Also a few inquiries about trebuchet rental.

    I think a flaming trebuchet would be an appropriate send off.

  201. None

    LNP insider

    #2795213, posted on August 21, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    yep

  202. H B Bear

    I think a flaming trebuchet would be an appropriate send off.

    What’s the daily hire rate on that including transport and set up cost to Point Piper? Asking for a lot of friends.

  203. stackja

    PM rethinks cutting welfare energy payment
    Australian Associated Press
    30 minutes ago

    The federal government is rethinking its decision to axe an energy supplement paid to welfare recipients, after Labor leveraged the unpopular proposal as a potent campaign attack.

    The supplement was originally offered to low-income households as compensation for the defunct carbon tax.

    Various coalition ministers have tried and failed to scrap the welfare payment in recent years, but the billion-dollar savings measure remains stalled in the upper house.

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday told his coalition colleagues that the government was reviewing its stance on the so-called “zombie measure”.

    The government was hammered for abandoning the supplement during recent by-elections in the Queensland seat of Longman and Tasmanian seat of Braddon, which both have high levels of welfare dependency.

  204. Leigh Lowe

    The Black Hand election winning machine had obviously leaked to Sky earlier today that he would resign from Parliament and bring on a by-election (bi-election?) if he got shunted to the back bench.
    Do it.

  205. Habib

    The federal government is rethinking its decision to axe an energy supplement paid to welfare recipients, after Labor leveraged the unpopular proposal as a potent campaign attack. They’re not going down without a fight. Oddly enough, they’re fighting us.

  206. Oh come on

    Everything that Damien Dumb said about Abbott is applicable to Trumble a thousand times over.

    Trumble has been a wrecker ever since he entered the public eye. Wrecked the republican movement, wrecked the Howard govt’s policy platform (or at least had a red hot go at wrecking it – pity he didn’t try and wreck the parts that needed wrecking, so he wrecked his wrecking), wrecked Brendan Nelson’s opposition leadership, wrecked his own opposition leadership, wrecked the Abbott government, wrecked his own government, wrecked the Liberal Party, wrecked the country by making a Shorten government inevitable.

    How could anyone with two brain cells to rub together call Tony Abbott a wrecker in defense of Trumble? You’d have to be a fucking idiot to go there.

  207. H B Bear

    There is no such thing as a temporary welfare payment.

  208. DrBeauGan

    H B Bear
    #2795231, posted on August 21, 2018 at 3:32 pm
    There is no such thing as a temporary welfare payment.

    A profound truth which appears to have escaped the liberal party.

  209. stackja

    With BS motion, MT probably get TA/PD vote.

  210. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Can we please have the Shorten Government now.

    No point delaying the inevitable.

  211. stackja

    H B Bear
    #2795231, posted on August 21, 2018 at 3:32 pm
    There is no such thing as a temporary welfare payment.

    RR said something similar.

  212. stackja

    Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)
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    Can we please have the Shorten Government now.

    No point delaying the inevitable.

    MT wants to stay PM.

  213. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    The federal government is rethinking its decision to axe an energy supplement paid to welfare recipients, after Labor leveraged the unpopular proposal as a potent campaign attack.

    Why shouldn’t they get a supplement?

    The rich have their solar systems subsidized and are all cashing in on the renewables scam.

    This is the same madness that saw penalty rates scrapped while company tax cuts for corporatist swines are proposed.

  214. DrBeauGan

    This is the same madness that saw penalty rates scrapped while company tax cuts for corporatist swines are proposed.

    IT, your apparent belief that company taxes hurt corporatist swine and that cutting them is doing the corporatist swine a kindness is delusional. The corporatist swine don’t actually pay company taxes. The consumers do.

  215. Baldrick

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

  216. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Bill Shorten’s motion of no confidence in Malcolm Turnbull has been voted down in the House of Representatives by 76 votes to 67.

    From the Oz.

  217. Snoopy

    FFS Dutton, demand that dopey bint reveals her source for the ‘Dutton won’t have Abbott in his cabinet’ balloon.

  218. Snoopy

    Why does Jayes obsess with the truth when she will run any lie when it suits her.

  219. Combine Dave

    So sad.

    So closed to having a PM who will end the immigration Ponzi scheme.

    Oh well at least PM Shorten will halve skill and investor migration while flooding the country with vote people…

  220. None

    Why shouldn’t they get a supplement?

    The rich have their solar systems subsidized and are all cashing in on the renewables scam.

    This is the same madness that saw penalty rates scrapped while company tax cuts for corporatist swines are proposed.

    it’s actually a gold winning strategy for the conservatives ditch the solar subsidies which are only subsidising the rich at the expense of the poor and help the poor with their Energy bills. That will take the wind out of short and sales as well. Good thinking Batman ( yes we all hate welfare but let’s be serious if you’re getting $260 a week and have to pay rent and electricity out of that you are not surviving. (I’m actually quite tired of seeing discarded people out and about in the suburbs usually men in their 50s crawling into IGA to buy a packet of El cheapo muffins at $3:50 basically over processed flour and a bunch of chemicals and crap because that’s all they can afford to eat. When you sink that low because your wife left you and fleeced you of your house and kids when you lost your manufacturing job you stand no chance of rebuilding your life much less getting some other job trying to rent and pay bills on $260 a week ).

  221. C.L.

    His comments were said to have prompted Queensland MP Warren Entsch to stand up and read out a string of Mr Abbott’s past promises in a bid to call out the constant interference.

    I’m surprised the fat slob could stand up for anything that didn’t involve homosexuality – one of his favourite topics.

  222. None

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

    Told ya.

  223. H B Bear

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

    Jeez that is a surprise. Homo before party I guess.

  224. Judith Sloan

    James Patterson? Marise Payne?

  225. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    IT, your apparent belief that company taxes hurt corporatist swine and that cutting them is doing the corporatist swine a kindness is delusional. The corporatist swine don’t actually pay company taxes. The consumers do.

    I don’t give a fuck. The more we can punish large corprations the better.

    A 200% tax rate would be my goal. And retrospective.

  226. I think a flaming trebuchet would be an appropriate send off.

    What’s the daily hire rate on that including transport and set up cost to Point Piper? Asking for a lot of friends.

    We can work out a package and terms to suit the individual.
    Do your friends have pitchforks, oil torches and capes?

  227. Baldrick

    James Paterson Yes, Marine Paynesville firmly with the Turnbull campers.

  228. None

    I think Paterson voted Dutton, Judith. Why do you ask? I could care less what Marise Payne voted I want that stupid broad out of parliament.

  229. None

    Homo before party I guess.

    Always.

  230. Baldrick

    Stupid autocorrect.

    Marine Paynesville ➡ Marise Payne

  231. H B Bear

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

  232. P

    at 3:50 pm

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

    Thank you.

  233. None

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

    Marise Payne who thinks women are tough enough for the front line buy has connections if you call her fat. If a Turnbull government survives into the new year start teaching your children Chinese.

  234. DrBeauGan

    I don’t give a fuck. The more we can punish large corprations the better.

    A 200% tax rate would be my goal. And retrospective.

    Yes, but company tax doesn’t do that. Make it 200% and the corporation closes down, the workers lose their jobs, the customers go without, and the fatcats retire comfortably. This is classic cutting off your nose to spite your face.

  235. Judith Sloan

    I heard she had switched.

  236. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    I heard she had switched.

    To a different dessert buffet maybe.

    Payne is a far left nincompoop.

  237. None

    Interesting, Judith. Why would she want to unless she is low on the senate ticket and up for reelection …?

  238. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Yes, but company tax doesn’t do that. Make it 200% and the corporation closes down

    Now you’re talking.

    Australia would be infinitely better if all the ASX 200 companies burned to the ground.

  239. None

    OK this is also interesting Judith why ask about James?

  240. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

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    Pete Dutton says he’d love to get everyone off Nauru and Manus.

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

    Dutton is not the answer.

    A complete fraud who insists we must fill Sydney and Melbourne with third world off casts.

  241. Baldrick

    I heard she had switched.

    Bwhahahaha, you’re a crack-up Judith.
    Imagine Marise Payne being part of a Phoenix Liberal Party.

    Oh, hang on …

  242. Confused Old Misfit

    Australia would be infinitely better if all the ASX 200 companies burned to the ground.

    Why? Something else would take their places and be just as rapacious. A corporation is, after all, a group of humans cooperating to make a profit from doing something that some one wants. Nothing more, nothing less.
    Dr. BG is right!

  243. H B Bear

    Lot of j’ismists struggling for attention. I’d take anything I read today with a large dose of salt.

  244. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    In a free market, large corporations could never exist, but this is not the thread for that discussion.

    There are other despicable xunts who must be offed first.

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