Open Forum: August 25, 2018

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  1. Vicki

    Landline today.
    Hemp, trees, slow food.

    Can you believe it???

    Landline is one of the most wretchedly PC shows on the ABC. And the weather forecasts from BOM are mostly hopeless.

  2. Death Giraffe

    I would replace them with Conservatives but would make Abbott Defence Minister.

    ..
    Good move.
    Abbott must be used to dealing with lesbians by now.

  3. Death Giraffe

    LOL at having to explain character on a site full of self-described “conservatives”.

    ..
    You fuggin’ hyponocrat.
    You wanted Bill’s missus as president.

  4. Scott Morrison says many Australians would be “absolutely disgusted” by the dumping of Malcolm Turnbull as PM.
    Incoherent Rambler says many Australians would be “absolutely delighted” by the dumping of Malcolm Turnbull as PM.

  5. candy

    If Scott Morrison was so disgusted he would not have taken the job but convinced MT to stay in the challenge and helped him get the numbers.
    He didn’t because he wanted the job.

  6. Mater

    If Scott Morrison was smart, he would steer away from further stoking a rift within the party.
    He should publicly celebrate the diversity of opinion and make it clear that ‘Conservative’ views are the part of the inherent checks and balances that should exist within a democratic political party. Objections to certain policies and diversity of opinion should be seen as a positive contribution to developing/refining good policy in the same manner that free speech is essential to achieving and maintaining good government and democracy.

  7. Oh come on

    It’s not very common to have two former PMs sitting on the back benches, is it? Particularly two from the same party.

  8. Snoopy

    Landline is one of the most wretchedly PC shows on the ABC.

    But Akubra!

  9. Eyrie

    “If Scott Morrison was smart”
    But he isn’t so he won’t. Rat cunning, yes.

  10. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Breaking news, in the Daily Mail, is that La Bishop is stepping down as Foreign Minister, and not contesting her seat at the next election. Oh, frabjous bloody joy!

  11. Eyrie

    Which UN job is she going to, ZK2A? She paid enough of our money for a good one.

  12. Chris

    “If Scott Morrison was smart”

    They are called the ‘Stupid Farking Liberals’ because they do smart things, right?

  13. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Federal Politics
    Liberal leadership crisis: Julie Bishop quits as Foreign Affairs Minister
    Joe SpagnoloPerthNow
    August 26, 2018 10:20AM
    Topics
    WA News
    Australia
    Politics

    JULIE Bishop has decided to resign as the nation’s Foreign Affairs Minister.

    Sources say Ms Bishop will retire as a minister, but stay on as a back bencher.

    It is understood Ms Bishop has decided it “is in the interests of the nation” that she retire as a minister.

    Ms Bishop put her hand up to be Prime Minister after a leadership vote was taken on Friday.

    The vote was won by Scott Morrison, who has become the nation’s 30th Prime Minister.

    Ms Bishop is believed to have disappointed by the fact that not one of her WA colleagues voted for her on Friday.

    New Prime Minister Scott Morrison is understood to be assembling his ministry in Canberra today.

    Ms Bishop is currently in WA, and this morning took part in the annual Chevron City to Surf for Activ, an event she is an ambassador for.

  14. areff

    Sky is preparing to go free to air with WIN, which will give regional viewers an alternative to the virtual ABC monopoly in the bush.

    Best news since the rain began yesterday.

    Hallelujah! Means I can stop being ripped off by Foxtel, as Sky and the golf are the only things I watch outside footy season.

    Has Rupert realised making Sky free will erode his subscribers and bottom line?

  15. Empire 5:5

    C.L.
    #2801939, posted on August 26, 2018 at 12:57 pm
    Do we have to denounce every purveyor of a contrary opinion as a “troll”?

    Of course not. It’s optional, at one’s discretion.

  16. egg_

    Landline is one of the most wretchedly PC shows on the ABC.

    Trailing behind TheirOffsiders with Squalid.

  17. Roger

    Anyone on the list of 43 should be placed on the Backbench immediately. They have proven that they cannot be trusted with the well-being of the party and the country…If conservatives are unwilling to support the party, the party should be unwilling to support them.

    Two things, Brett:

    The parliamentary Liberal Party doesn’t have the (pause, clears throat) depth of talent to indulge in this.

    The 43 were presumably convinced what they were doing was for the good of the party and country as, after 38 Newspolls behind, getting rid of Turnbull was the best way to ensure Shorten doesn’t become PM. If Liberals are going to continue to impugn the worst possible motives to those in opposing factions, they’ll never recover from this.

  18. John Constantine

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-26/china-tourist-ban-leaves-palau-tourism-in-peril/10160020

    Tiny pacific island nation of Palau [ no, Julie bishop, it isn’t a brand of dog food] feels the crushing jackboot of the chicoms on its throat.

    The new Australian foreign minister will find rooms full of warnings about chicom bastardry in the pacific, that were all ignored by frankenstabby because her phone was full of chicom controlled donors that handed over cash without her having to work hard to get it.

    Comrades.

  19. zyconoclast

    I didn’t scoll back.

    John McCain Dead; Spent Twilight of Senate Career Plotting, Conspiring to Sabotage President from Own GOP Party

    John McCain is dead. He was 81.

    He will be lauded as a war hero and talked about as some type of American icon by the corrupt mainstream media and the feckless elites in D.C. who control the weak press.

    But McCain’s legacy, in truth, will always be tainted by his role in trying to illegally subvert the presidency of Donald Trump. In concert with corrupt FBI and CIA assets and agents.

    Except McCain vacated D.C. over eight months ago in Dec. 2017 and never returned to the beltway, avoiding having to answer for conspiring with the FBI and others to sabotage the Trump presidency.

    Heartless to harp on McCain’s failures at the time of his death?

    Perhaps.

    But some semblance of REAL facts — not the flowery blatherings of phonies and curruptocrats — need to be presented to balance out the hype that will unfold in the coming days.

    We applaud McCain for his service to this country, however, his disturbing behavior in recent years cannot go ignored. That happened too while he was in service to this nation.

    And it certainly will haunt his legacy.

    Both sides of a public servant’s record — the good and the bad — should be equally weighed. And debated. That is our right as Americans and taxpayers.

  20. None

    LNP insider

    #2801664, posted on August 26, 2018 at 8:14 am

    god that’s a really depressing post if any of that transpose. Then it’s a full of Greenies Jaron Chester deserves to be booted from parliament not promoted but now that you’ve got McCormick in charge you can expect them that’s to be more left than the Greens. You heard it here first. Drought relief just as the Rains are coming in yeah yeah that’s going to be a winner. You need to kill every South Australian MP and Senator. They’re all useless every single one of them except maybe Cory Bernardi but then he can’t do anything.

  21. Leigh Lowe

    Jay-B to quit cabinet my arse.
    Before the end of the day, ABC will be reporting that “she has received many passionate and hearfelt pleas from all parts of the party to stay on because of her experience/fashion sense/celebrity contacts/upper body strength/whatever”.

  22. Snoopy

    We applaud McCain for his service to this country, however, his disturbing behavior in recent years cannot go ignored. That happened too while he was in service to this nation.

    And it certainly will haunt his legacy.

    I knew a man some years ago. Good father. Couple of kids. Inexplicably turned tranvestite. Died two years from brain tumour. Could have been pure coincidence, but who knows?

  23. Snoopy

    Died two years later….

  24. Cary

    So why hasn’t Turnbull resigned already?

    He is working on his farewell parliamentary speech and new developments to add grist to the mill. It will be one for the ages.

  25. None

    Everything is pointing to Morrison rewarding his backers rather than choosing the best possible team so he’s toast. Credlin is on the money in that it is not in his nature to be a healer. Morris is actually quite an arrogant prick as I have pointed out here many many times who likes the power plays. It is day 2 or is it 3 and he still has not given any indication of any change in direction -that shows that he was just an opportunist to grab power for power sake and has not given one single thought as to what needs fixing. I see some of the Anti Turnbull elements in the media are lining up behind him trying to spruik him but nothing will change the fact that he was also the man who stole superannuation and backed the the immigration can’t see scheme and the NEG.

  26. Boambee John

    Cary
    #2801975, posted on August 26, 2018 at 1:39 pm
    So why hasn’t Turnbull resigned already?

    He is working on his farewell parliamentary speech and new developments to add grist to the mill. It will be one for the ages.

    “Friends, progressives, merchant bankers profiting from ruinables.

    I come to praise Turnbull, not to bury him. The evil that others do lives after them, the good will eventually be interred with my bones.”

  27. cohenite

    Do we have to denounce every purveyor of a contrary opinion as a “troll”?

    Why yes, yes we do.

  28. None

    People who serve their nation in the arm services are good bad and indifferent – in other words they reflect the general population. Just because McCain served and happened to be a pow doesn’t making an angel. He was actually a bastard to his first wife, constantly bit trade his Republican mates and was probably one of the most corrupt members of congress ever.

  29. None

    As I said yesterday Julie Bishop will be retiring full stop thank you Mr Dutton for exposing both the emperor and his minister for parties as having appsolutely no clothes.

  30. Ellen of Tasmania

    It is understood Ms Bishop has decided it “is in the interests of the nation” that she retire as a minister.

    She got that right.

  31. Snoopy

    Mr Bittered Sav, Vincent Woolcock, is ScoMo’s bellwether. If he stays it’s business as usual.

  32. Fleeced

    No way Turnbull wants to enter another parliament session to sit on backbench. He will just never let that image occur. He will not sit again.

  33. Cary

    Morris is actually quite an arrogant prick as I have pointed out here many many times who likes the power plays.

    his religion is feudal-barmy and he shows hysterical tendencies. Lucky the election is so soon as he will likely be not only the shortest serving but also most embarrassing PM.

  34. H B Bear

    You need to kill every South Australian MP and Senator.

    That really doesn’t go far enough. Time to strip this failed State back to a territory amalgamate it with the NT and lease the whole thing to the Chinks for 99 years. They already have a port. Just don’t let the Chinese near the wineries.

  35. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Jay-B to quit cabinet my arse.

    Seem s the latest is she’s “reconsidering her decision.” F.M.S.

  36. calli

    Tanya Plibersek defends Malcolm Turnbull; says he was incredibly popular and doing “just fine.”

    It’s a terrible thing to lose an operative so deeply embedded with the enemy.

    Dry your eyes, Tanya. You haven’t lost all of them.

  37. P

    Julie has quit as foreign minister.

  38. calli

    Is the Cat having a Comedy Trolloff?

    Why wasn’t this advertised earlier?

  39. Vision of Bishop “deciding to retire”.

  40. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Fallen Perth footballer Ben Cousins helped by brothel madam Mary-Anne Kenworthy
    Kate CampbellPerthNow
    August 26, 2018 12:00AM
    Kate Campbell
    Topics
    WA News
    Sport

    PROMINENT WA brothel madam Mary-Anne Kenworthy has revealed that fallen football champion Ben Cousins — now behind bars on a string of fresh family violence and drug charges — was living with her until recently when he became too “erratic” and “irrational”.

    Ms Kenworthy, who owns the Langtrees brothels in Perth and Kalgoorlie, described Cousins as a “friend” who she had been giving a “helping hand up until a month ago”.

    “He was staying in my apartment for a while … he’s been very erratic for the last three months,” she said.

    “When he’s good, he’s very, very good and when he’s bad he’s not with the world of the living.”

    Ms Kenworthy said Cousins had initially shown a desire to get his life back on track and get his children back after being released from jail earlier this year on parole, but he “hit red tape” and went into a downward spiral.

    “I personally think that he’s never grown up, he’s never been an adult,” she said. “He had it all too easy and he just hasn’t got the reality of life.”

  41. calli

    Those eleven “votes of confidence” would have been humiliating, especially if she counted on support because female.

    Vale Stick Hillary.

  42. Cassie of Sydney

    “egg_
    #2801943, posted on August 26, 2018 at 1:00 pm
    Scott Morrison says many Australians would be “absolutely disgusted” by the dumping of Malcolm Turnbull as PM.

    Trumble-lite”

    This shows that Turdbull is pulling strings.

    I also don’t recall Morrison saying back in 2015 that many Australians would be absolutely disgusted by the dumping of Tony Abbott as PM. I stand to be corrected but I don’t recall any such outrage from Morrison.

  43. Steve trickler

    Shit audio, stunning visuals.



  44. Jo Smyth

    Julie Bishop obviously reads the Cat. Her name was mentioned here for GG and that position should fall in nicely with the next election and the retirement of the present GG. If Tony Abbott is overlooked for the front bench, perhaps he should be considered.

  45. egg_

    Julie has quit as foreign minister.

    But, but… the Ken Doll tweeted she’d be PM!

  46. Top Ender

    Julie Bishop undecided on front bench role as leaked messages that sealed her fate emerge

    Julie Bishop is yet to decide if she wants to stay on as foreign minister as leaked messages show key Liberal party members urged each other to vote with their heads not their hearts, leading to the leadership hopeful being knocked out in the first round.

    The former deputy put her hand up for the Liberal leadership on Friday but received only 11 votes in the first round, leading to a showdown between Peter Dutton and eventual new Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

    The ABC on Sunday reports the “Friends of Stability” WhatsApp messaging group includes 19 Liberal Party members including frontbenchers Christopher Pyne, Paul Fletcher, Craig Laundy and Simon Birmingham.

    “(Mathias) Cormann rumoured to be putting some WA votes behind Julie Bishop in round one,” Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher wrote to the group. “Be aware that this is a ruse trying to get her ahead of Morrison so he drops out and his votes go to Dutton.

    “Despite our hearts tugging us to Julie we need to vote with our heads for Scott in round one.” Backbenchers Julia Banks, Trent Zimmerman and Lucy Gichuhi are also members of the group.

    Senior Liberal MP Christopher Pyne told the group he had told Ms Bishop about the tactics “very respectfully”.

    Ms Bishop has since returned to Perth and is yet to decide if she will stay on as foreign minister in the new Morrison government.

    “I am going to consider all my options and I am going to focus on running (in the City to Surf),” she said.

    Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham praised Ms Bishop for being “the most significant woman in the history of the Liberal Party”.

    “We would love to see Julie continue, but that really is up to Julie,” he told the ABC on Sunday.

    Ms Bishop, 62, also stood down as deputy leader of the Liberal party. Josh Frydenberg was voted in by his colleagues and was given the treasury portfolio on Friday.

    Mr Morrison has made no other appointments public yet, but has indicated Mr Dutton and former finance minister Mathias Cormann would be welcomed back. Senator Cormann’s decision to withdraw support for Mr Turnbull is widely regarded as the turning point which led to the second spill. Mr Morrison and the senator, who was also the government’s leader in the Senate and chief negotiator with the crossbench, were photographed at work on Saturday.

    The man who pushed the leadership upheaval of last week, Mr Dutton, has made it clear he would like to return as home affairs minister. Mr Morrison is weighing up forming a ministry to reunite the Liberal party.

    Mr Dutton has pledged “my loyalty completely” to Mr Morrison and the new government.

    “I’m determined to do whatever we can to win the next election,” Mr Dutton told The Sunday Mail.

    “I believe we are in a stronger position to win the election with Scott Morrison as prime minister.” Mr Morrison is expected to announce his new front bench sometime in the next few days.

    Mr Frydenberg, Mr Morrison and Nationals leader Michael McCormack — whose party is entitled to five cabinet posts — will discuss the line-up ahead of an expected swearing-in early this week.

    He’ll head out to regional Queensland later this week for a drought tour.

    AAP

  47. Vicki

    Breaking news, in the Daily Mail, is that La Bishop is stepping down as Foreign Minister, and not contesting her seat at the next election. Oh, frabjous bloody joy!

    Amen.

  48. calli

    Scott Morrison says many Australians would be “absolutely disgusted” by the dumping of Malcolm Turnbull as PM.

    He speaks truth Kemosabee.

    They just don’t vote Liberal.

  49. Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham praised Ms Bishop for being “the most significant woman in the history of the Liberal Party”.

    Lies. Dame Murdoch holds that title.

  50. P

    Julie Bishop resigns as minister for foreign affairs, but will stay on as an MP

    “I will remain on the backbench as a strong voice for Western Australia,” she said.

  51. Cassie of Sydney

    “calli
    #2801987, posted on August 26, 2018 at 1:53 pm
    Tanya Plibersek defends Malcolm Turnbull; says he was incredibly popular and doing “just fine.”

    It’s a terrible thing to lose an operative so deeply embedded with the enemy.

    Dry your eyes, Tanya. You haven’t lost all of them.”

    Well, of course the Slovenian slag would say that, wouldn’t she?

    Turdbull was only popular with the Labor party and the inner city Labor and Green voting scum who, despite professing eternal love for Turdbull, would never vote Liberal anyway.

  52. calli

    If Tony Abbott is overlooked for the front bench, perhaps he should be considered.

    That comment should be accompanied by twirled mustachios, evil laughter and a puff of brimstone.

    It has merit.

  53. Vicki

    Drought relief just as the Rains are coming in yeah yeah that’s going to be a winner

    C’mon…you don’t think 20mm (which is what we have so far) or even 40mm (Narrabri, Moree etc) is going to instantly rectify 2 years of drought do you?????

  54. 132andBush

    Vicki,
    Where are you?

  55. OldOzzie

    Snoopy
    #2801982, posted on August 26, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Mr Bittered Sav, Vincent Woolcock, is ScoMo’s bellwether. If he stays it’s business as usual.

    Also if Martin Parkinson stays as Head of PMO, then Morrisson is Tirdbill’s Lackey and Liberals are still Dead Men Walking

  56. OldOzzie

    Snoopy
    #2801982, posted on August 26, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Mr Bittered Sav, Vincent Woolcock, is ScoMo’s bellwether. If he stays it’s business as usual.

    Also if Martin Parkinson stays as Head of PMO, then Morrisson is Tirdbill’s Lackey and Liberals are still Dead Men Walking

  57. Cary

    How can Morrison appoint Dutton to the front bench before ensuring he is validly elected to Parliament by Parliament referring him to the High Court? Would be grossly irresponsible to appoint him now after Solicitor General confirmed his ineligibility risk.

  58. Vicki

    Where are you?

    Edge of western tablelands.

  59. OldOzzie

    British Protesters Plan to Protest London Mayor Sadiq Khan With A Blimp of Their Own

    Yanny Bruere, a British “free speech advocate,” has plans to fly a giant “Bikini Khan” balloon in Parliament Square to protest London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

    Official event for the @SadiqKhan giant balloon. Let’s get as many here as possible!!
    https://t.co/EKYSjdMxxn pic.twitter.com/HUO6MGpde5
    — Yanny (@YannyBruere) August 21, 2018

    When asked why he is protesting the London mayor, Bruere told Townhall, “It’s about free speech and seeing if Khan is willing to submit himself to the same mockery he did to our great ally’s leader.”

    “I doubt a giant blimp of Barack Obama would have been approved by Khan,” he added.

  60. stackja

    .
    #2801909, posted on August 26, 2018 at 12:24 pm
    A request.

    The People That Time Forgot (1977)?

  61. wivenhoe

    How can Morrison appoint Dutton to the front bench before ensuring he is validly elected to Parliament by Parliament referring him to the High Court? Would be grossly irresponsible to appoint him now after Solicitor General confirmed his ineligibility risk.

  62. P

    As deputy leader of the Libs for more than a decade, I think she’ll wait around as a back bencher till a better job offer comes along.

  63. .

    Jo Smyth
    #2801995, posted on August 26, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Julie Bishop obviously reads the Cat. Her name was mentioned here for GG and that position should fall in nicely with the next election and the retirement of the present GG. If Tony Abbott is overlooked for the front bench, perhaps he should be considered.

    I was trolling, I hope you are too.

    In all seriousness, we should give Peter Cosgrove another term or appoint Ian Callinan to the job if he does not feel too old for the role.

  64. 132andBush

    Edge of western tablelands.

    Ok,
    Griffith area here.

  65. wivenhoe

    How can Morrison appoint Dutton to the front bench before ensuring he is validly elected to Parliament by Parliament referring him to the High Court? Would be grossly irresponsible to appoint him now after Solicitor General confirmed his ineligibility risk.

    Oh, yes please, lets go down that road, and say goodbye to about half of the parliament with interests in trusts.

  66. stackja

    Question for Scomo. If MT was the solution? What was the problem?

  67. Fleeced

    Record this somewhere, and not how many people get a ministry. Melissa price has already been given Energy.

    “Friends of Stability” (aka, “The Progressive Liberal Turnbull Team”)
    Frontbenchers
    Simon Birmingham
    Christopher Pyne
    Kelly O’Dwyer
    Marise Payne
    Craig Laundy
    Paul Fletcher
    Anne Ruston
    Melissa Price
    Jane Prentice
    Backbenchers
    Julia Banks (VIC)
    Sarah Henderson (VIC)
    Chris Crewther (VIC)
    Jane Hume (VIC)
    Julian Leeser (NSW)
    Trent Zimmerman (NSW)
    Richard Colbeck (TAS)
    Lucy Gichuhi (SA)

    Repeating: Melissa Price gets Energy. The Left still have control.

  68. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Christian Porter wants Attorney General role under new Prime Minister Scott Morrison
    Joe SpagnoloPerthNow
    August 26, 2018 12:00AM
    Topics
    Federal Politics
    WA News
    Australia

    CHRISTIAN Porter says he expects to remain the nation’s attorney-general, despite this week twice backing Peter Dutton for prime minister.

    And yesterday, as speculation continued he would re-enter State politics if he lost his marginal seat of Pearce at the next election, the former WA treasurer said there was no way he would return to the WA Parliament.

    “I believe that will be the case,” Mr Porter said of keeping his job as Australia’s top legal officer under a new, Scott Morrison-led Government.

    “As attorney-general I have a range of reforms that are on-going. For instance, making the family court system faster and cheaper and more efficient for people who are going through divorce or separation.

    “My job continues, because the best thing I can do for Australians is to ensure that the legal system works to their best advantage.”

    Mr Porter, pictured, voted for Queenslander Mr Dutton in Friday’s leadership carnage. He said he had not wanted a change of prime minister, but once the vote was on he decided to support the former home affairs minister.

    He believed both Mr Dutton and Mr Morrison offered “generational change” — something he believed WA’s Julie Bishop did not

  69. .

    Nah stackja, it wasn’t a dino movie, I recall there were lasers and a jet plane at the end.

    I’m not surprised if it is never found again, it failed even as a send-up of B movies.

  70. Vicki

    Edge of western tablelands.

    Ok,
    Griffith area here.

    132andBush – we use weather site Yr Weather – which is, bizarrely, a Norwegian forecaster. But it is quite accurate – no contest with BOM.

    It is predicting a littler more rain tonight & tomorrow, & follow up rain late next week. We hope this indicates a change in SAMS & all the other meteorological claptrap that I barely understand.

    At the moment it is just ” spitting” a little. Moisture little more than a few centimetres in soil but enough to enliven the Paterson’s Curse!

  71. Snoopy

    How can Morrison appoint Dutton to the front bench before ensuring he is validly elected to Parliament by Parliament referring him to the High Court? Would be grossly irresponsible to appoint him now after Solicitor General confirmed his ineligibility risk.

    Quite so. The MSM would be outraged. Surely.

  72. stackja

    .
    #2802022, posted on August 26, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Mysterious.

  73. Oh come on

    Funny what Greiner said about Abbott. I don’t think TA is a very good retail politician, but he is certainly good at bringing down his opponents. Greiner’s whinge about Abbott focusing on Trumble rather than Shorten seems a bit misguided to me. TA evidently decided at some point that Trumble was a more significant long term threat to the country than Shorten, and so focused his energies on getting rid of Trumble. The fact that the loudest lamentations of Trumble’s demise are coming from leftist journos and politicians (who, up until last week, couldn’t stick enough daggers into Trumble) suggest Abbott was dead right.

  74. zyconoclast

    Conservatives have a lot to lose if Bernier is successful in setting up his own party

    There’s little doubt that Maxime Bernier’s decision to leave the Conservatives and form his own party will not help Andrew Scheer win the 2019 federal election.

    But just how much will it hurt?

    Many Conservatives still remember what it means to be a divided party. The split on the right between the Progressive Conservatives and the Reform and Canadian Alliance parties helped contribute to Jean Chrétien’s three Liberal majority election victories between 1993 and 2000.

    The context is entirely different in 2018. Support for the PCs had plummeted during the last years of Brian Mulroney’s government and the emergence of the Bloc Québécois gutted the Tories of their base in Quebec. Today, the Conservatives are competitive with Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in the polls and are raising enormous amounts of money.

  75. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    132andBush – we use weather site Yr Weather – which is, bizarrely, a Norwegian forecaster. But it is quite accurate – no contest with BOM.

    Thanks for that, Vicki, I’ll give them a whirl.

  76. Jo Smyth

    Dot, I was not trolling. I was making a sensible, considered suggestion with regard to Tony Abbott.

  77. .

    Why on earth would Abbott make a good Governor-General?

    I tend to think former politicians should be last to be nominated out of the worthies.

  78. Makka

    I commented yesterday, the Uniparty are still firmly in control. So it’s really pointless being concerned about the musical chairs with cabinet posts. Policies will be tarted up and given a fresh coat of lipstick to try and sell them to the witless as different but the pig really doesn’t fool the base in sufficient numbers. The best news about Turnbull getting the boot is that it doesn’t enhance the Libs chances at the next election. And without Turnbull’s chequebook they’ll be lucky to have enough dough to print some pamphlets.

  79. Snoopy

    Why on earth would Abbott make a good Governor-General?

    It’s a woman’s turn anyway.

  80. Cassie of Sydney

    “Oh come on
    #2802027, posted on August 26, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Greiner’s whinge about Abbott focusing on Trumble rather than Shorten seems a bit misguided to me. “

    I tell what was misguided Nick Greiner and that was Malcolm Turdbull’s refusal to focus on Bill Shorten and the Labor party…instead Turdbull basically agreed with Shorten on almost everything.

  81. Makka

    He’s right;

    Speaking just before Friday’s Liberal party room meeting, Terry Barnes had little hope that whoever triumphed in the leadership contest – Malcolm Turnbull, Peter Dutton, Scott Morrison or Julie Bishop – could rescue the party.

    “Today is not going to fix anything,” the former senior advisor to Liberal health ministers Tony Abbott and Michael Wooldridge told Fairfax Media.

    “We are going to lose the next election. In opposition we are going to have a cataclysmic and existential fight and I’m not sure the Liberal Party as we know it will survive.

    “We are at risk of becoming irrelevant.

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-battle-for-the-soul-of-the-liberal-party-20180825-p4zzpv.html

  82. OldOzzie

    Russia, US looking for common ground on Syria

    MOSCOW — US national security adviser John Bolton and Russian National Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev met in Geneva on Aug. 23 for the first high-level meeting of officials from the two countries since the US-Russia presidential summit in Helsinki on July 16.

    Patrushev and Bolton sat together for five hours and did not issue a joint communique, which the Russians said had been originally under consideration.

    “Americans wanted to include a point on interference from us in their elections that they believe [took place] and we deny. It’s a weak topic for discussion. We, in exchange, suggested they include a point on the unacceptability of interference in other countries’ affairs but the Americans said they wouldn’t sign such a document,” Patrushev said after the talks.

    Despite the thorny issues, Moscow assessed the talks in Geneva as “constructive.” Patrushev invited Bolton to Moscow “or any other Russian city” for the next round of consultations, the date for which has not been set. Patrushev gave Bolton a set of Russian proposals on further cooperation that he said Washington will take time to review.

    “The declared expansion of regular talks between defense ministries, expected continuation of national security council dialogues, as well as the scope of Geneva negotiations, which covered all the major aspects of the US-Russia relations agenda (strategic stability and arms control, Syria, Iran, Ukraine, etc.) mean that US-Russia relations are cautiously moving towards the ‘manageable confrontation’ model, overcoming the ‘unmanageable confrontation state that prevailed’ [the] last year and a half. If Republicans keep (at least partial) control over Congress after the forthcoming midterms, and Trump’s political positions continue to strengthen, this ‘manageable confrontation’ model will consolidate itself for the next two years,” he told Al-Monitor.

    On Syria and Iran, Suslov said, the US approach “remains hard-line.”

    “[Washington] seems to expect Moscow to make unilateral concessions, which is unlikely to happen. Still, the sides’ commitment to stronger dialogue is a positive sign,” he concluded.

  83. .

    Let me put it in a more gentle and civil manner.

    Tony Abbott would not be a good choice to be Governor General.

    Change my mind.

  84. thefrollickingmole

    40 year old allegations based on he said/she said, yes we can!
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/aug/25/wolf-creek-star-john-jarratt-charged-with-raping-woman-in-1970s

    Anyone convicted on aged allegations like this is being convicted under the “he looks creepy” the new gold standard in any “rape” trial.

    John Jarratt, the veteran actor and Wolf Creek star, has been charged with the alleged rape of a woman in Sydney in the 1970s.

    Charges laid by NSW police on Friday allege that Jarratt sexually assaulted an 18-year-old woman at a house in Randwick in September 1976.

    The woman reported the incident to police in December 2017.

    The 66-year-old has received a notice to appear at Waverley local court on 10 October.

    Jarratt has previously denied the rape allegation.

    He is best known for his role as Mick Taylor in the 2005 horror film Wolf Creek.

    He has also appeared on popular Australian television shows including Play School, Better Homes and Gardens and McLeod’s Daughters.

  85. Jo Smyth

    Dot, Tony Abbott is a liberal/conservative so why would I waste my time trying to change your mind.

  86. Abbott specialised in photo ops at factories and warehouses during his campaigns, he basically had a hard hat glued to his head. He’d be good at GG-type events, if you could stop him donning the hi-viz workwear.

  87. Mark A

    .
    #2801909, posted on August 26, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    A request.

    Does anyone know the name of a very silly movie where a bearded dude saves hot ethnic bikini-clad babes on Atlantis with lasers and a learjet?

    Your best bet to find it is here, movies about Atlantis

  88. Aaron

    Now that Saint Julie of Subiaco has resigned to focus on her wardrobe, who does Fairfax suggest is a suitable replacement?

    Steve Ciobo, who supported Peter Dutton in last week’s leadership implosion, has been discussed as a possible contender for the foreign affairs portfolio, as has Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, a Malcolm Turnbull loyalist.

    The image of the Mincing Poodle toddling off to visit the Iranian mullahs is amusing. I’m sure Bishop will let him borrow one of her scarves.

  89. H B Bear

    If the DPP is going to bring 40 year old cases to court they may as well give the judges 20c coins to flip and save court sitting time and expenses. Putting to one side the she said he said nature of the evidence, how is the defendent supposed to assemble any sort of exculpatory evidence against the charges brought against him?

    Complete b*llshit.

  90. thefrollickingmole

    H B Bear
    \
    I might also point out the ABC has another accused rapist as an ex-employee, questions must be asked about what they knew and when they knew it.
    Bit like the alleged “chaser boy” wife beater which was kept quiet despite the ABCs burning crusade against such things.

  91. Snoopy

    as a possible contender for the foreign affairs portfolio, as has Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne

    That’s so bad it’s good.

  92. Fleeced

    How can Morrison appoint Dutton to the front bench before ensuring he is validly elected to Parliament

    The GG can do it, one assumes. He swears in ministers – the parliament can test confidence later.

  93. zyconoclast

    Bikinis Make Men See Women as Objects, Scans Confirm

    S3XY WOMEN IN bikinis really do inspire some men to see them as objects, according to a new study of male behavior.

    Brain scans revealed that when men are shown pictures of scantily clad women, the region of the brain associated with tool use lights up.

    Men were also more likely to associate images of s3xualized women with first-person action verbs such as “I push, I grasp, I handle,” said lead researcher Susan Fiske, a psychologist at Princeton University.

    And in a “shocking” finding, Fiske noted, some of the men studied showed no activity in the part of the brain that usually responds when a person ponders another’s intentions.

    This means that these men see women “as s3xually inviting, but they are not thinking about their minds,” Fiske said. “The lack of activation in this social cognition area is really odd, because it hardly ever happens.”

    Fiske and colleagues asked 21 heteros3xual male volunteers to first take a test that scores people based on different types of s3xist attitudes. The subjects were then shown pictures of both skimpily dressed and fully clothed men and women.

    Most of the men best remembered headless photographs of women in bikinis, even if they’d only seen the image for two-tenths of a second, Fiske reported this weekend in Chicago during the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

    And the men who scored higher as “hostile s3xists”—those who view women as controlling and invaders of male space—didn’t show brain activity that indicates they saw the women in bikinis as humans with thoughts and intentions.

    Scientists have seen this absence of activation only once before, in a study where people were shown off-putting photographs of homeless people and drug addicts.

    If a similar study were done with women, Fiske told National Geographic News, it would be hard to predict whether a woman shown a scantily clad male body would dehumanize him in the same way.

    Evolutionary psychologists have proposed that women tend to look for mates who have wealth and power, so some of Fiske’s colleagues have suggested running a similar test where women are shown pictures of men next to expensive cars or other affluent symbols.

    But Fiske doesn’t think such an experiment would work the same way, because women usually react to men they desire by “interpreting their minds, thinking about what they’re interested in, and then trying to please them,” she said.

  94. Fleeced

    I was trolling, I hope you are too.

    Glad to hear it, Dot. I told people last night it was (probabl;y) satire, but many Cats have a low opinion of you.

    Though as I confessed, my satire detector doesn’t work so well these days. It’s like our universe collided with another, and all satire you can imagine is collapsing into reality.

    That said, it might be worth the job to buy someone off – but I don’t think JB has any power… not sure she needs buying off. Cheaper just to point and laugh.

  95. thefrollickingmole

    Worlds most spastic moderation program still trundling along nicely….

    H B Bear
    \
    I might also point out the ABC has another accused “involuntary happy time distributor” as an ex-employee, questions must be asked about what they knew and when they knew it.
    Bit like the alleged “chaser boy” wife beater which was kept quiet despite the ABCs burning crusade against such things.

  96. egg_

    the Uniparty are still firmly in control.

    +1

    Theatre for the proles.

  97. egg_

    Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne

    Up the Khyber Pass?

  98. Marcus

    Repeating: Melissa Price gets Energy. The Left still have control.

    Could be worse. She actually has a background in the mining industry, and if Morrison’s splitting up energy and environment then that’s aready a positive step.

  99. Fleeced

    Since we’re talking satire, maybe they should appoint Rudd as GG… that way, if ALP wins. Honestly, I’m not sure if it would be more cringey for Rudd or Shorten, but it might be funny to see. And just the knowledge that each could sack the other at any moment.

    Also, I’m getting in early with this nickname: Short-term Shorten.

  100. egg_

    Let’s see if SloMo gets a temporary RGR KRudd-like dead cat bounce in the polls.

  101. min

    Just checked out Melissa Price the new Energy Minister, she was in Environment with Josh. She is also a lawyer from WA ,a Goldfields girl I think, widowed and got her law degree as a mature age student.
    In one of her speeches she says every clear thinking Australian knows we need renewables but not as fast as SA (parephrased). I hope she.hasn’t had too much Green Koolade that is in Malcolm’s office , but she has lots to do with those statuary bodies for energy, emissions etc. that are full of greens.
    Well I hope Craig Kelly keeps his seat and continues to put forward the views of those who do not agree that CO2 is the culprit . Just as well ScoMo’s is Hillsong as they believe Jesus controls the climate.

  102. OldOzzie

    Xi whiz: Inside Xi Jinping’s million-dollar Hongqi

    Jeremy Clarkson
    Columnist

    When Britain was moaning about a recent warm spell, I was in the Chinese city of Chongqing, where it was a fairly toasty 48°C. And that’s without the humidity, which causes the air to feel heavy. Being outside was like being under a hot dead horse.

    Chinese people will tell you that Chongqing is the furnace of China. Everyone else, meanwhile, will say, “Chong-what?” And that’s odd, because the city’s metropolitan area is home to more than 30 million people. You don’t feel like a person there. You feel like a molecule.

    I loved Chongqing. I loved the local delicacy, “hot pot” – it’s goose intestines, or congealed duck’s blood, or cow tendon, cooked at the table in a cauldron of dynamite and napalm. This causes you to sweat profusely, which means that when you leave the air-conditioned restaurant and climb back under the dead horse, you’re coated in a cooling layer of perspiration. Clever.

    Then I left on the bullet train, which is capable of 500km/h. When I first visited China, the train I took from Beijing to Xian was pulled by a steam locomotive, and the lavatory car was a wooden box with a hole in the floor. All the other passengers had missed it, some by several feet. And that was only 30 years ago.

    Before 1988 there wasn’t a single motorway in the country. Now the Chinese have 130,000km of them, and recently they’ve been adding at least 10,000km a year. They’re the smoothest, freest-flowing roads in the world. The only drawback is that every hundred metres every car is photographed and every picture is analysed to make sure the driver is not on the phone or speeding or “touching his passenger. Or himself”.

    Thirty years ago Chinese people were not allowed to drive a car. Now they’re buying 24 million a year. To try to force locals to buy cars made in China, vehicles manufactured in Europe cost twice as much as in the West. But that’s not stopping the new rich. You see Rolls-Royces, Ferraris and Bentleys constantly.

    This, however, is not much use to President Xi Jinping, because he can’t turn up to a global conference in a Bentley. That’d be admitting to the world that China’s car industry is no good. Nor can he turn up in a Haval or a Trumpchi, because then everyone would know for sure that the Chinese car industry is no good. He needs something that causes the world to say: “Wow.” Which is why Xi uses a Hongqi L5.

    It costs $1 million (you read that correctly) and it looks like a Chrysler 300C, which is how all cars look when the designer is told to make something that looks like a Bentley. Except, to set it apart, it also has hints of the Peugeot 404 and the Austin 1100. None of which you notice, because of the red flag bonnet ornament. That’s what Hongqi means: red flag. This, then, is a million-dollar communist symbol.

    Getting hold of one to try was nigh-on impossible. They’re made only for top officials and priced to make sure no one else buys one. But eventually, using enormous amounts of cold, hard cash, I was able to borrow one for a day. It was delivered by a one-legged man in a vest who spoke no English and knew nothing about what the car was. But we were able to work out that it’s powered by a homemade V12 engine that produces 300kW. About what you got from a big Mercedes in the 1990s.

    This would be fine, except the Hongqi – a hard word to say on TV, by the way – weighs 2.8 tonnes, which means it’s a bit slow. Which is a good thing, because it has no airbags. It also has no cupholders. There is electrical adjustment for the steering wheel, but that was broken. And I didn’t mind, because, ooh, it was a nice place to sit. It wasn’t remotely comfortable: the seats were rock-hard, and the suspension had, I think, been made from the offcuts of whatever they’d used to create the doors, but, boy, does this thing have presence. Nothing I’ve driven says “pay attention to what I have to say” more than this. You roll up in one to a meeting and you’re going to get your way. It is the meanest, baddest-looking son of a bitch the world has seen.

    And who cares if it’s slow? It’s only made for driving in a stately manner past adoring crowds, then getting out of. Theresa May has a Jaguar. Angela Merkel has a Mercedes. Emmanuel Macron has to get out of the back of a Renault Clio. And all of them will look feeble when Xi steps out of his Hongqi. It’s a symbol that China will take over the world. Which it will.

  103. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Just checked out Melissa Price the new Energy Minister, she was in Environment with Josh. She is also a lawyer from WA ,a Goldfields girl I think, widowed and got her law degree as a mature age student

    Melissa Price was my local member for a few years. From the dealings I’ve had with her, she’s got sense.

  104. Makka

    Melissa Price was my local member for a few years. From the dealings I’ve had with her, she’s got sense.

    I honestly think it’s foolish to ascribe independent thought to any of the Libs. Sensible or not they are given their script in the play and get to stay there only as long as they comply.

  105. OldOzzie

    Some of the Comments on
    Liberal Party federal president Nick Greiner says Tony Abbott is “part of the blame” for the government’s instability, warning Labor will win the next election if the party does not unite.

    Jason
    18 minutes ago

    Yes Abbott was to blame. That’s why he will go down in history as a hero.

    Brian
    18 minutes ago

    Tony Abbott is the ONLY hope the Libs have, but they are too dumb and too consumed by political prejudice to see it.

    “Well may they say “God Save The Queen” for nothing will save the inept Liberal Party.

    Cecil
    19 minutes ago

    With these comments, Greiner has now fully exposed to the public the deep and wide leftism in the Libs.

    And it is the necessity to eradicate this post-modernist anti-empirical destructive leftist stupidity that the ousting of Turnbull is all about.

    Folks, please consider joining your local Lib branch to fight the left.

    Victor
    19 minutes ago

    Turnbull was deliberately attempting to drive the Liberal bus over a cliff. Abbott was doing his best to keep it on the road. Thank you Tony for helping get rid of a globalist, self-centred, spiteful, vindictive and hypocritical PM.

    Peter
    21 minutes ago

    Greiner another leftie in the wrong party. Time he was given his marching orders also. Sounds like sour grapes from him. Has he lost his job too?

    Jennifer
    26 minutes ago

    Oh come on Mr Greiner! All Tony did was expose Turnbulls inadequacies!

    Logical
    26 minutes ago

    Abbott won a landslide in 2013 by offering an alternative to the ALP mismanagement in three prime areas: illegal immigrants, enormous waste in the economy, the carbon tax. And Turnbull (and his crew of misfits) dropped the ball on all three, just like Shorten’s ALP did 2007 – 2013.

    So how is a return to an ALP theme ever going to improve our situation? The problem has been too much emulation of ALP policy. That is the vote killer.

    Roger
    28 minutes ago

    Greiner offered no advice on policy. Thank goodness.

    Robert
    29 minutes ago

    From reading all the comments here Greiner seems you got it wrong again . Maybe time for you to go too ?

    Peter
    32 minutes ago

    You can not sell the differences if you are going into an election with the same/similar policies as your opponent. This was Tony’s point. The conservative people within our nation were not fooled by Labor lite policies. Seems like the Liberal party is still asleep at the wheel. WAKE UP!!!!!!

  106. miltonf

    Unfortunately I think the continued exclusion of Tony Abbott means nothing’s going to change. That comment re most Australians being appalled at Trumble’s removal reinforces that feeling. No attempt at bridge building or unification. I would think most Australians would have been appalled at Trumble’s conduct especially over the last 7 days.

  107. Vicki

    Folks, please consider joining your local Lib branch to fight the left.

    God! Has it come to that???!! The trenches???

  108. 132andBush

    Vicki,
    I have YR as a phone app along with weatherzone.
    I’ve subscribed to AV Weather and found him to be on the money so far. He was calling this rain event about three weeks ago. El Nino is over before it began but no one has told BOM yet.
    The dry air over the continent is being replaced with more humid air from up north and the potential will be there for a good Sept if the activating systems come along.
    Just hope it gets to our crops in time.

  109. miltonf

    Not sure if there’s any point in joining a LP branch. The executive just ignore you anyway.

  110. calli

    132andBush – we use weather site Yr Weather – which is, bizarrely, a Norwegian forecaster. But it is quite accurate – no contest with BOM.

    Yep. Used that for booking in excavators for job starts.

  111. Vicki

    The dry air over the continent is being replaced with more humid air from up north and the potential will be there for a good Sept if the activating systems come along.

    Thanks for that, 132.

    Yep – talk was some “China effect” from the pollution over China was interrupting this normal flow from the north.

    But if your weather man AV is right – that was just another theory & normal spring rain is “a’commin’ “!

    Hope so – but we are still buying hay from wherever we can to replace what is being rapidly consumed, & filling up barn number 2.

  112. Mark A

    miltonf
    #2802066, posted on August 26, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Not sure if there’s any point in joining a LP branch. The executive just ignore you anyway.

    None whatsoever, this coming from someone of 20 odd years membership, chucked it in 3 years ago in utter frustration.

    Local members have no say in anything, but if you are a good little order taker, go ahead and join, the fee is not exorbitant.

  113. calli

    Jo Smyth
    #2802031, posted on August 26, 2018 at 2:27 pm
    Dot, I was not trolling. I was making a sensible, considered suggestion with regard to Tony Abbott.

    So was I, Jo.

    I was also imagining the demented wailing and nightie tearing that would accompany it.

  114. egg_

    I honestly think it’s foolish to ascribe independent thought to any of the Libs. Sensible or not they are given their script in the play and get to stay there only as long as they comply.

    Marionettes in Team Trumble, World Police.

  115. Nick

    Was it Abbott who mucked up funding to Catholic schools or the NEG ? No.

  116. Nick

    Was it Abbott who mucked up funding to Catholic schools or the NEG ? No.

  117. Infidel Tiger

    Turnbull and Bishop gone.

    Abbott humiliated!

  118. Makka

    Turnbull and Bishop gone.

    Abbott humiliated!

    I expect Abbott to go very quiet if he doesn’t get a cabinet post. Of that I’m very doubtful. He will be preparing himself for the Opposition years again and the future of the Party. The big battle for conservatives lies ahead and it’s all tied into the future of the Libs while they go at each other in Opposition..

  119. cohenite

    Just checked out Melissa Price the new Energy Minister, she was in Environment with Josh. She is also a lawyer from WA ,a Goldfields girl I think, widowed and got her law degree as a mature age student.
    In one of her speeches she says every clear thinking Australian knows we need renewables but not as fast as SA (parephrased).

    Anyone who says Australia needs reruinables is not thinking clearly unless like Vesey they’re going to make a quid out of them and then piss off. Anyone who says anything positive about reruinabales is either a imbecile or has an agenda.

  120. H B Bear

    Lieborals in Oppostion will be blood sports. It will be beyond ugly.

  121. H B Bear

    ALPFL shuts down next weekend for the Ross Lyon weekend. Irredeemable fvckwit.

  122. RobK

     Anyone who says anything positive about reruinabales is either a imbecile or has an agenda
    I understand your point but it maybe a more practical argument politically to wind the scheme back by saying “not so fast”, “do away with the subsidies “etc.

  123. C.L.

    Has anybody else noticed that every Sunday night now channels Nine and Seven go head to head with competing blood-soaked r-ape and homicide features?

    Again tonight …

    Nine: Golden State Killer: Main Suspect
    Seven: Crime Investigation Aust: Most Infamous Headless Body – The Kim Barry Murder

  124. Fleeced

    Abbott’s biggest failing was his wavering on important issues (e.g., 18C). It seems in this, he was just following party room – and then they used the resulting discontent against him. It’s the whole “consensus” scam they pull in committees. If you ever find yourself in one, they steamroll through the rules at the beginning, which basically forces you to toe the party line and not speak out against the “consensus”.

    As PM, Abbott should have just ignored that – or at least made it clear which faction was responsible. Committees are run by slimey people like Pyne. They let a populist like Abbott do all the grunt work to get votes and take the heat, but at the end of the day, the people in real power were not who we thought we elected.

    But that’s not really a defence of Abbott, so much as ad admission than the entire Liberal party structure is broken. Burn it all down!

  125. Infidel Tiger

    If Melissa Price’s twitter feed is any guide she is a lunatic for Gaia.

    What is with these older women and their bizarre hair colourings?

  126. Neil

    Anyone who says anything positive about reruinabales is either a imbecile or has an agenda.

    Taking the position that there is some good in most things- hydro works but the Greens are against it for Australia because you need a dam. But NZ gets more than 90% of its electricity from hydro

  127. Infidel Tiger

    We’re fucked.

    The Libs just refuse to learn.

    They must be physical and mentally destroyed.

  128. C.L.

    Via Instapundit …
    A must-read by Jim Treacher on dying politicians, jokes and hypocrisy.

    No such preferential treatment for John McCain, though. This is what he gets for trying to reach across the aisle for all these years. He tried to befriend their tribe, but he never defected to them, so they still see him as their enemy. Now he gets no mercy, no matter what.

    Read the whole thing: ‘The Onion’ Dunks on Grieving McCain Family.

  129. cohenite

    If Melissa Price’s twitter feed is any guide she is a lunatic for Gaia.

    We’re stuffed; on her FB page she’s got whales

  130. H B Bear

    Steyn on Waffles demise The Spiller Spilled.

    Nails it from half way round the world while 90% of Australian j’ismists can’t even see what is happening in front of them.

  131. Vicki

    Abbott’s biggest failing was his wavering on important issues (e.g., 18C). It seems in this, he was just following party room – and then they used the resulting discontent against him. It’s the whole “consensus” scam they pull in committees.

    We’ve all been there & even the mavericks can get steamrolled.

    BUT the PM is in a different category. Abbott’s failure on 18C (just so central to conservative values), high earner’s tax, fuel excise tax, cave-in to the feminists on child care rebates etc etc just lost me.

  132. LNP insider

    Keith Pitt anmounced he is stepping down from the ministry due to Paris. I have ut on good authority he found out he wasn’t getting promoted and possibly dumped so pre-empted it by annoumcing he quit.

  133. Gab

    Keith Pitt

    Never heard of him. What’s his claim to fame?

  134. Infidel Tiger

    There’s going to be about 25 Lib MPs after the next election.

    The vote for Leader is going to be very interesting.

  135. C.L.

    Who in the hell is Keith Pitt?

  136. Fleeced

    … cave-in to the feminists on child care rebates etc etc just lost me.

    He was funn-on leading the charge on that one, too. Fkn numpty!

    Yeah, he’s a dick, alright. But he’d be much less of a dick if he were loyal to conservative principles (those he allegedly still believed in) ahead of the party room. It’s crazy.

    Just the thought of sitting in a committee meeting with someone like Pyne makes me want to vomit. Someone should blow committees up. (Er… Kingswood Country reference – not a death threat…)

  137. calli

    From Wiki page:

    In December 2017, Pitt was one of only four members of the House of Representatives to oppose the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017; that was enacted to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia.[6]

  138. Infidel Tiger

    Keith Pitt

    Never heard of him. What’s his claim to fame?

    Normal bloke. Believes in coal.

  139. Fleeced

    funn-on => full-on… I normally don’t bother correcting typos, but I had to actually think about what that word was myself when re-reading.

    If WordPress blog had an edit button for comments, that’d be great.

  140. Makka

    Scomo’s Liberal Gov’t. New lipstick on the old pig.

  141. C.L.

    That Steyn column on Turnbull is the most brilliant ever written.
    He knocked it out 24 hours after the close of these latest Liberal Party proceedings.
    And he nails every single relevant issue. I especially liked his analysis of knights and dames.
    Steyn demonstrates how utterly awful and seventh-rate this country’s journalists really are.

  142. Fleeced

    Normal bloke. Believes in coal.

    A real believer, or a believer of convenience?

    ScoMo was the guy who brought coal into the parliament. Just a stunt by a c***.

  143. Baldrick

    This will be interesting …

    Bevan Shields @BevanShields
    Scott Morrison will announce his new ministry at 4.45pm

  144. Cary

    What is with these older women and their bizarre hair colourings?

    You’d prefer grey like you?

  145. cohenite

    H B Bear

    #2802087, posted on August 26, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Steyn on Waffles demise The Spiller Spilled.

    Very good read:

    He came in small and left smaller

    It’s easy to blame it all on Turnball because it’s true.

  146. C.L.

    For late-comers who don’t read threads (shame on you):

    Mark Steyn: The Spiller Spilled.

  147. Mark A

    Bit of a worry when politically astute members of the public have to google “Who is” K Pitt.
    (me included, knew of him from the election results, but didn’t realise he was a minister)

  148. Nick

    Steyne’s point about Turnbull’s behaviour as an ‘ex’ is a salient one . Wait till the media portrays it as justified.

  149. egg_

    on her FB page she’s got whales

    Beyond parody.

  150. bundyrum

    Sunday arvo….is slomo still PM?

  151. calli

    Steyn eviscerating style is wonderful:

    My old pal Julie Bishop, meanwhile, after years of serving as loyal deputy to Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull (first time round), Brendan Nelson, Andrew Peacock, Malcolm Fraser, Sir William McMahon, Harold Holt, Sir Robert Menzies, etc, etc, finally ran for the leadership herself, and came a poor third: She had become the Black Widow of the Liberal Party – she mates, she kills – but this time it all went awry and she shot the venom into her own leg.

    He also calls Turntoad “thin skinned and undisciplined”.

  152. egg_

    Sunday arvo….is slomo still PM?

    SloPMO?

  153. P

    The Spiller Spilled

    Thanks to HB.

    Nothing out there better than this read.

  154. calli

    Someone asked how long before the first Bunker spoof appeared.

    For your amusement.

  155. The Spiller Spilled

    I’m going to enjoy reading this with a fine port.

  156. Boambee John

    Cary
    #2802008, posted on August 26, 2018 at 2:08 pm
    How can Morrison appoint Dutton to the front bench before ensuring he is validly elected to Parliament by Parliament referring him to the High Court? Would be grossly irresponsible to appoint him now after Solicitor General confirmed his ineligibility risk.

    When did Turnbull know of this ineligibility risk. It would have been grossly irresponsible to retain him as a minister just because he had only a single seat majority in Parliament.

  157. .

    Jo Smyth
    #2802040, posted on August 26, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Dot, Tony Abbott is a liberal/conservative so why would I waste my time trying to change your mind.

    Tony Abbott is arguably neither of those things, which led to the betrayal of his own base and perhaps even the formation of the Australian Conservatives. That is why you ought to convince yourself.

    Abbott might actually be a good de facto head of state. Why should we put his career of more worthy candidates, such as a second term for Cosgrove or appointing Justice Ian Callinan?

    I think asking the question about not appointing ex-politicians is a valid one as well. There might be a reasonable argument against not always appointing generals or appellate judges as well.

  158. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Nearly 9am in Stavanger and I’ve just read Mark Steyn’s ‘The Spiller Spilled’. In the second comment Babs J has got in with her praise before I can commend here the wonderful similes, metaphors and general linguistic expertise of Steyn, so click the link, enjoy, and see Babs’ comment.

    Babs does miss one or two in the gemfield though that perhaps only an Ozzie (she isn’t) can truly appreciate: our ‘drive-thru’ throne which Malcolm has just lost, and Julie Bishop as the ‘Black Widow: she mates, she kills’.

  159. A must-read by Jim Treacher on dying politicians, jokes and hypocrisy.

    This sort of thing is why they say wingnuts don’t understand comedy. Because they really don’t.

  160. Gab

    Monty said “wingnuts” again. Scull!

  161. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    This ‘latecomer’ now reading upthread and I quickly see how appreciated Steyn already is.
    That Steyn cruise sounds rather appealing, does it not?
    No fear of sharing a dinner table with unlikeminded people.

  162. OldOzzie

    H B Bear
    #2802087, posted on August 26, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Steyn on Waffles demise The Spiller Spilled.

    Nails it from half way round the world while 90% of Australian j’ismists can’t even see what is happening in front of them.

    H B Bear

    Thanks – Excellent Article – Already emailed to a number of Liberal MPs

  163. Baldrick

    Dutton remains Home Affairs

  164. Baldrick

    Marise Payne – Foreign minister

  165. Empire 5:5

    This sort of thing is why they say wingnuts don’t understand comedy. Because they really don’t.

    Sure we do. We’re all laughing at you chump.

  166. Empire 5:5

    The left can’t meme.

    You lost.

  167. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Marise Payne – Foreign minister

    At least she’s out of Defence.

  168. bundyrum

    Now the stick insect has buggered off to the back bench does she have any control over handing our hard earned to anyone she likes…influence etc?

  169. Baldrick

    Angus Taylor – Energy
    Michalea Cash – Small Business

  170. Jo Smyth

    Dot, to be a GG you have to be all things to all men, and women. You have to be an appeaser and show complete impartiality. That was Tony Abbott’s problem as Leader of the Liberals. He was all of these things. He was too nice to especially the ABC. He may have been a fighter behind the scenes but where it mattered, in front of the media, he was a disappointment. Being GG would suit his personality and more importantly the media and ABC would hate it.

  171. Steve trickler

    A full frontal audio assault on the senses. 1997.



  172. bundyrum

    Marise Payne FM? fk me we need to hang to jumbo jets.

  173. OldOzzie

    Any Idea where the Attackers are originally from – this snippet tends to suggest People of (? Appearance)

    The riot squad was also called to St Vincent’s Hospital overnight where the woman was taken after being removed from the CBD bar. She remains in a critical condition.


    Ambos slam ‘cowardly’ attack at Sydney bar

    The union representing NSW paramedics has slammed as “cowardly” an overnight attack on ambulance officers who were treating an unconscious woman at a Sydney bar.

    One paramedic was assaulted and others were threatened at the King Street Wharf bar in the early hours of Sunday morning with police called in to escort the crew and patient to a waiting ambulance.

    The riot squad was required after a group of people with the 22-year-old woman became “agitated and aggressive”, NSW Police said in a statement.

    The NSW branch of the HSU says paramedics may need to start wearing body cameras to deter “idiots” from attacking them while they’re working. “While there have been more paramedics employed in recent times you can’t prevent cowardice from drunk idiots,” union secretary Gerard Hayes told AAP in a statement on Sunday.

    A man was charged with assault. Picture: Supplied

    “We need a mass education program rolled out but we also need to consider introducing self-activated cameras as a deterrent measure.” The union believes if people knew they were being filmed they’d be less likely to attack paramedics who were trying to help those in need.

    The riot squad was also called to St Vincent’s Hospital overnight where the woman was taken after being removed from the CBD bar. She remains in a critical condition.

    “Officers are attempting to establish how the woman came to be unwell and are speaking with witnesses at the scene,” a police spokesperson said in a statement.

    A 27-year-old man was arrested over the assault on the ambulance officer and charged with common assault, obstruct or hinder ambulance officer by act of violence, possess prohibited drug and supply prohibited drug. He was granted bail to appear at a Sydney court on September 19. A second man, aged 42, was arrested and released pending further inquiries. He’s expected to be issued with a future court attendance notice for hindering police.

  174. Cactus

    Man Steyn has some good lines. Tunbull described as being stupid in a way only clever people can be…

  175. .

    Jo Smyth
    #2802134, posted on August 26, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Dot, to be a GG you have to be all things to all men, and women. You have to be an appeaser and show complete impartiality. That was Tony Abbott’s problem as Leader of the Liberals. He was all of these things. He was too nice to especially the ABC. He may have been a fighter behind the scenes but where it mattered, in front of the media, he was a disappointment. Being GG would suit his personality and more importantly the media and ABC would hate it.

    Wow, that is brutal. I almost feel sorry for the guy.

  176. Baldrick

    Abbott, Hastie, Abetz – nothing
    Barnaby Joyce – Special Envoy for drought

  177. Fleeced

    Separating Energy and Environment = Good
    Giving Energy to a Dutton supporter = Good

    I still don’t expect much out of t hat, but we’ll see.

  178. JMH

    Marise Payne – Foreign minister

    That’s a joke, right?

    Is Abbott in the Ministry?

    Oh – whoa -Angus the Enforcer is Minister for Energy. Big tick from me on that appointment.

  179. cohenite

    Marise Payne – Foreign minister

    Terrific, now the refugees will see how well fed us Australians are and be demanding to come even more.

  180. Delta A

    Christopher Pyne Defence.

  181. Makka

    Abbott, Hastie, Abetz – nothing

    Completely predictable. What did the Poodle get?

  182. candy

    Is Ms Payne still a very large person?

    Because air travel could be troubling for her and flash frocks would seem cumbersome for her.

  183. Empire 5:5

    .
    #2802038, posted on August 26, 2018 at 2:39 pm
    Let me put it in a more gentle and civil manner.
    Tony Abbott would not be a good choice to be Governor General.
    Change my mind.

    Politicians rarely make good GG. Our history says most are knifed leadership aspirants who were pastured from parliament. In reality they lack the experience, skills and judgement for the job.

    (Lord) Dick Casey is an exception. He had to deal with a little constitutional crisis of his own. The obscurity of the issue is testament to his judgement and application. Aided no doubt by his prior stint as Governor of Bengal and the absence of the internet and social media. Though as a spook, he probably could have successfully run his own digital cointelpro, akin to what DJT is doing now.

  184. OldOzzie

    Morrison’s key to ensuring next election will be a contest

    Graham Richardson – Political Columnist

    It was highly unlikely that, at the beginning of the last astonishing week, Scott Morrison thought in his wildest dreams he would be Prime Minister come Friday.

    For three days last week Peter Dutton regarded himself as a certainty but even three days is an eternity in modern politics. The revolving door that is the leadership of our country has rotated yet again. This was a bewildering week by any standard. The script seemed to be rewritten every few hours as the Liberal Party fell from the wall like Humpty Dumpty. Trying to put the pieces of this shattered lot back together may prove to be a herculean task.

    Malcolm Turnbull proved he had at least some rat cunning in him. His delay in calling a party meeting gave ScoMo the time to dial, to wheel and to deal. The new PM is good at the hard stuff of politics. He knows how to give it and more importantly knows how to take it. He does not appear to have made any new enemies during this brutal encounter. Dutton is big enough in character to accept the defeat and to be back in Cabinet as soon as the new PM makes his decision on that matter.

    By stating clearly that Dutton was not the best choice for the Liberal Party leadership I avoided playing the man. He has considerable charm if you talk to him privately and he has certainly been a competent Minister. He simply did not have an image that would go down well in the lounge rooms. The public are wary of hard men with an unsmiling, attacking demeanour. Julie Bishop was not the right fit at this moment in time. While she has been a terrific Foreign Minister and is undoubtedly the most popular Liberal with the voters, she was not fast enough in declaring her intention to run for the top job.

    In a campaign which only had a three-day direction, Morrison had a crucial head start of at least 24 hours. The party also needed a warrior and while I like Bishop very much, she does not have warrior stamped on her CV.

    In the push and shove of a leadership ballot no one in the Liberal Party comes within a bull’s roar of ScoMo. He fights well in the trenches and has a ton of courage. From here on in that courage will need to be matched with considerable wisdom. After such a dismal week, and for that matter a pretty dismal time since the July 2016 election, the Liberal brand has been trashed.

    To rebuild the brand, he must first rebuild his party and by that I am not merely referring to the parliament party. The rank and file in the Liberal base has deserted in droves to the point where finding the personnel to man polling booths is now a serious problem. I am disappointed to hear he will not be including Tony Abbott in his Cabinet. If he did, the base would be impressed and pleased. They would return to the fold and all could be forgiven.

    To demonstrate that there is a real difference between himself and his unloved and unlamented predecessor he should immediately dump that outrageous rort of a grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. The stench of this is the talk of the nation and it would be a very good idea to show the world that Morrison does not dump largesse on his mates without any process. To calm the Right, and because it is the right thing to do, he should ensure that two coal-fired generators with all the new whiz-bang technology get started as soon as possible.

    If he coupled that with a cut to our record levels of immigration he just might make a dent in Labor’s lead in the polls.

    I do not believe Morrison will win the next election but at least it will now be a contest. A great deal of furniture may now be saved.

  185. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Completely predictable. What did the Poodle get?

    Defence. No, I am not bloody joking.

  186. The Countess

    That Christopher Pyne thing is a joke, right? Please tell me it’s a joke.

  187. Makka

    Fk me, Pyne in Defence? The biggest middle finger possible to the base. Burn it to the ground.

  188. .

    Pyne basically ruins the Navy and gets awarded Defence?

    What a country.

  189. Love how the Liberal Party now treats FM as Minister for Cocktail Parties, just women’s work.

  190. Boambee John

    On ex-politicians as GG, both Paul Hasluck and Bill Hayden seemed to be quite acceptable.

  191. Chris

    Liberty Quote
    There’s no point saying no in opposition if you’re going to say yes in government.

    — Chris Berg

  192. Empire 5:5

    Dot, to be a GG you have to be all things to all men, and women. You have to be an appeaser and show complete impartiality.
    ——-
    Being GG would suit his personality and more importantly the media and ABC would hate it.

    This is why Abbott could also be an exception.

    I’ve always said as a politician, he made a great priest.

  193. .

    John

    Did Bill Heyden really deserve to be GG just because Hawke knifed him and took the lead role as the drover’s dog?

  194. Baldrick

    Leadership challenger Peter Dutton has been returned to cabinet in a revamped home affairs portfolio.

    The new energy minister – or the “minister for reducing electricity prices” – is Angus Taylor.

    “Angus Taylor has an incredible background working outside of this place and inside this place to solve complex and difficult problems,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said as he unveiled his first ministry at a press conference in Canberra late on Sunday.

    Marise Payne will take over from Julie Bishop who is missing from the coalition front bench for the first time in 15 years after she resigned as foreign minister earlier today.

    Christopher Pyne moves across to Defence and Steven Ciobo will replace him as Defence Industry Minister.

    Dan Tehan has been moved into the troubled schools portfolio while Turnbull education minister Simon Birmingham moves to trade and tourism.

    Mitch Fifield, who quit the cabinet last week, returns to communications, and while Greg Hunt retains health.

    Mathias Cormann has been returned as finance minister and Senate leader.

    West Australian MP Melissa Price has been moved into cabinet as environment minister.

    Karen Andrews is minister for industry, science and technology.

    Small Business Minister Craig Laundy and Local Government Minister John McVeigh have also stood down from the front bench.

    Kelly O’Dwyer takes over Jobs and Industrial Relations, while another rebel minister Michaelia Cash moves to small business, skills and vocational training.

    Nationals assistant minister Keith Pitt also quit the front bench.

    New Liberal party deputy leader Josh Frydenberg has already been sworn in as treasurer

  195. Fleeced

    Again, Rudd as GG just for the laughs when Short-term Shorten is PM.

  196. Makka

    Steyn;

    It’s hard to remember that in some polls of 2015, when she agreed to support Turnbull’s overthrow of Abbott, she was more popular than either man. A mere three years on from what was supposed to be a swift cleansing knife in the back, the entire party is gangrenous and pustulating.

    Precision is a gift.

  197. Top Ender

    Breaking….all ADF personnel are to wear pink fingernail polish tomorrow morning.

  198. Boambee John

    .
    #2802159, posted on August 26, 2018 at 5:26 pm
    John

    Did Bill Heyden really deserve to be GG just because Hawke knifed him and took the lead role as the drover’s dog?

    No, but once there he did a good job.

    Surely it is performance that counts?

  199. min

    Keith Pitt was the minister with electrical engineering qualifications which is why he wanted out of Paris Accord. he holds the Queensland seat Hinkler.
    Angus Taylor has Snowy connection so hopefully he can get rid of it . I will contact him later as my father -in-law was -Associate Commissioner in charge of Electricity , other family members geophysicist and engineer on the scheme . My late friend Val Morgan held him in high esteem .

  200. .

    “It’s just your regular constitutional shitstorm…”

    “Scott understands, ah, that I prorogued Parliament because of the supply situation…”

    This could actually be a lot of fun.

  201. candy

    Love how the Liberal Party now treats FM as Minister for Cocktail Parties, just women’s work.

    To replace JBishop with a man would be considered sexism in many quarters, Monty.

    Probably it has to be a woman, just for that reason. But there would be a lot of travelling and wearing stylish frocks, a different world.

  202. .

    Sure John, but how do you pick the right person before the fact?

  203. Farmer Gez

    Payne defence?
    Rationale: Put biggest hissy bitch in charge of the hissy bitches.

  204. egg_

    Marise Payne – Foreign minister

    Bringing out the heavy artillery.

  205. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Jeremy Clarkson also a man with a witty writerly bent; see upthread on China’s rapid rise to a monster car putting out the fairly clear message of I’m the boss, don’t fuck with me. Not as direct a message though as the one we saw yesterday arvo (Saturday) in our amble around those parts of the Stavenger waterfront that could be dropped into Sydney’s Balmain as identikit in cafes and the inhabiting population. A tattoo parlour in a small fisherman’s cottage, with one come-hither sample of wares shown large in the window glass – a Betty Boop style Red Cross nurse with kissable lips and surrounded by big red roses. Just the thing for your gym arm or bum. Sign on the door said in big bold black letters: FUCK OFF, WE’RE CLOSED.

  206. Vicki

    He fights well in the trenches and has a ton of courage.

    Significant praise from “whatever it takes”.

  207. mizaris

    Calli #2802092, posted on August 26, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    It’s a TS14+ design and print. I have a top the same.

  208. Keith Pitt
    Never heard of him. What’s his claim to fame?

    His pedigree mentioned above.
    National Party member for the Qld seat of Hinkler (centred on the city of Bundaberg)

  209. Top Ender

    The Prime Minister said Mr Joyce had been given a special role of a Special Envoy to Drought Assistance and Recovery.

    He said he would a similar offer to Mr Abbott.

    “These roles, I think, provide an opportunity for those who have served at senior levels in the past and continue to make any constructive contribution. I look forward to continuing to engage with Mr Abbott on how he can play a role in those areas, but I fully respect his right to look at these issues as he sees fit,” Mr Morrison said.

    Oz just out

  210. Vicki

    Pyne basically ruins the Navy and gets awarded Defence?

    Hang on. Pyne is sharing the Defence portfolio with Steve Ciobo. Just as Pyne shared it previously with Payne.

    I further think that Ciobo is responsible for the logistics side of the portfolio.

    However, I agree that keeping Pyne anywhere near Defence is a mistake’ The ADF needs someone like Hastie or Molin to restore its bona fides from the PC brigade.

    I suspect Pyne stipulated some terms in the rapprochement between thew factions.

  211. .

    Remember “Animal Mother” in Full Metal Jacket?

    He talks the talk, but does he walk the walk?

    https://theconversation.com/factcheck-was-australia-on-a-debt-trajectory-heading-to-122-of-gdp-39496

    Mr Frydenberg’s quote that “we inherited a trajectory of debt and deficit heading to 122% of GDP.. [and] just through our legislated measures, we have halved that trajectory” is an accurate reflection of the findings of the Intergenerational Report. However, without more detail on how the authors of the report arrived at that figure of 122%, it is not possible to say if it is true or not. And while Mr Frydenberg has been accurate in quoting it, the report’s modelling has been criticised by a number of economists.

  212. JMH

    I suspect Pyne stipulated some terms in the rapprochement between thew factions.

    Of course, the grub would have stamped his little foot and threatened to hurl his toys out of the pram if his self-recommendation was not agreed to. Disgusting little twerp that he is.

  213. Ubique

    A very serious error by Morrison to leave his best performer on the backbench. It’s obviously an outcome of the deal done with Turnbull in return for Morrison being the beneficiary of Turnbull’s “dirty tricks” scorched earth shenanigans. It looks like the feud between the wets and dries will continue at the behest of Turnbull.

  214. candy

    Any job the words “Special Envoy” sounds like a made up job to keep someone happy.

  215. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Richardson:

    To demonstrate that there is a real difference between himself and his unloved and unlamented predecessor he should immediately dump that outrageous rort of a grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. The stench of this is the talk of the nation and it would be a very good idea to show the world that Morrison does not dump largesse on his mates without any process. To calm the Right, and because it is the right thing to do, he should ensure that two coal-fired generators with all the new whiz-bang technology get started as soon as possible.

    If he coupled that with a cut to our record levels of immigration he just might make a dent in Labor’s lead in the polls.

    If he did that it wouldn’t just dent Labor it would slaughter them given their current engery policies, obvious to Blind Freddie himself. Which suggests that Richardson knows this and knows that if the Libs changed direction on energy, Labor would follow, trusting a win to ‘free stuff’ and ‘eat the rich’, always popular.

  216. P

    On ex-politicians as GG, both Paul Hasluck and Bill Hayden seemed to be quite acceptable.

    Although from different political parties they were both more than acceptable and performed their duties well and with dignity, and AFAIK their previous political careers did not prove an impediment.
    Not so much with Lord Casey.

  217. Boambee John

    Dot

    Who knows? There is inevitably a degree of selecting someone you hope will behave favourably to your side, but they don’t always live up to expectations. See Whtilam, Gough, the smartest msn in the roon0m, he thought. At least until Turdballs came along. However, Keating got exactly what he wanted when he appointed Deane.

    I doubt that anyone will ever again be selected for the position on merit, only politics. The best you can hope for is not too excessive a level of bias and incompetence. At least someone who has political experience might be able to disguise those factors.

  218. Cary

    Abbott’s rage and related ineffectualness stem from being serially pussy whipped: by his wife, daughters, Credlin and who knows how many other women. It’s writ deep in his punch-drunk face and lumbering demeanor.

  219. Gary

    Elle
    #2802168, posted on August 26, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Pyne’s new love interest.

    I will never follow a link you post again. 🙁

  220. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Any job the words “Special Envoy” sounds like a made up job to keep someone happy.

    Yep, if your job title says ‘Special’ you know you’re not. It is not meant in a nice way.

  221. Vicki

    Welcome changes:

    Immigration given to David ColemanColeman needs to look seriously at reducing annual immigration numbers. Tudge to wrestle with infrastructure problems relating to population

    Dutton can concentrate on already difficult portfolio of Home Affairs.

    Sensitive portfolio of Energy & Environment given to star performer Angus Campbell.

    Simon Birmingham shifted out of Education (thank God!) & shunted into trade & tourism

    Dan Tehan will have a go at Education, anyone is better
    than Birmingham

    Great to see Susan Ley back in Ministry with Regional Development – tough lady & a hard worker who loves the bush

  222. .

    You’re calling him a cuck, aren’t you Cary? Very mean!

    I want to see the use of the term “plantation” in further insults.

  223. miltonf

    A very serious error by Morrison to leave his best performer on the backbench. It’s obviously an outcome of the deal done with Turnbull in return for Morrison being the beneficiary of Turnbull’s “dirty tricks” scorched earth shenanigans. It looks like the feud between the wets and dries will continue at the behest of Turnbull.

    Yep a glaring omission. Piss poor.

  224. Makka

    Abbott’s rage and related ineffectualness stem from being serially pussy whipped.

    Abbott wasn’t the same after the “misogyny” speech from the Slapper. From then on he tried way to hard to appease the wymmens. Starting with Credlin.

  225. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    ‘Co-ordinator’ is another job title that is a fave in bureaucracies and universities. It means you do the shit work without any real power. That is left for the title of ‘Director’. If they ask you to ‘co-ordinate’ something, tell them to get lost.

  226. miltonf

    So no Abbott or Abetz but we still get Birmingham.

  227. candy

    It is not meant in a nice way.

    My thoughts too, Lizzie.

  228. Anthony

    Turnbull for the knackery.
    Abbott for PM.
    Morrison – who cares?

  229. candy

    Cary, do you hate women? you come across a little bit like that.

  230. RobK

    If Melissa Price’s twitter feed is any guide she is a lunatic for Gaia.
    Oh dear. That’s the electorate I’m in. Hmm.

  231. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Morrison will ‘Special Envoy’ Abbott into aboriginal hands-on housebuilding, drawing on Abbott’s vast experience in doing that as a volunteer regularly for two weeks a year. Plus a few othe ‘aboriginal’ things but nothing serious such as knocking back any promoted Constitutional changes. Sidelines Abbott well.

  232. JC

    I wouldn’t call it rage, Cary. I can never recall Abbott being filled with rage. As for being a feminized estrogen soaked dick? Sure.

  233. JMH

    Sensitive portfolio of Energy & Environment given to star performer Angus Campbell.

    Angus Taylor is Energy and I believe Melissa Price (who?) is Minister for the Environment.

  234. calli

    Price is a NewLiberal blueblood.

    Born in Kalgoorlie in 1963, Price’s grandfather, David Dellar, and uncle, Stan Dellar, were both Australian Labor Party members of the Western Australian Legislative Council.

  235. candy

    Morrison will ‘Special Envoy’ Abbott into aboriginal hands-on housebuilding,

    Possibly he tried. If not TA should knock it back if offered. It really does sound demeaning.

    Actually, it’s meant to be demeaning.

  236. JC

    Calm down, Candy.

    The leftwing MSM call that Abbott hated sheila’s was hysterically funny. The dude was henpecked 24/7.

  237. Cary

    Abbott wasn’t the same after the “misogyny” speech from the Slapper. From then on he tried way to hard to appease the wymmens. Starting with Credlin.

    Gillard looks good these days, healthy, happy with her self, life and pop history judging her more kindly than she deserves. Big contrast to Abbott. Success is the best revenge many would say & unlike her he is a prolonged train wreck.

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