Justin: Observations of the Morrison Ministry

Morrison has failed in his first step as Prime Minister. The continuity of the Morrison Ministerial line up to that of Turnbull’s illustrates a timidity of meaningful change and/or absence of a strong direction he intends to lead the Party with to the general election.

An opportunity to reboot the government with an injection of fresh talent, in portfolios that reflected individual strengths, around policy areas the Coalition desperately needs to find answers to has in the main been lost.

As has the golden opportunity to close the chapter on the Abbott-Turnbull wars, by reinstating Abbott – the Coaltion’s best campaigner – to Cabinet thereby healing wounds within the Party and across the base.

Instead, mediocrity and failure has largely been rewarded, most notably by the promotions of Pyne and Payne, the sideways moves of Birmingham and Ciobo, and the retention of Fifield, Cash and O’Dwyer on the front bench. All should have been demoted.

The promotions of Pyne and Payne are especially egregious. National security is the first priority of government and was once a Coalition strength and differentiator between Liberal and Labor. Thanks to the Mincing Poodle and Major Payne the Coalition has lost all credibility and the nation its ability to properly defend itself in future.

While I appreciate that actual experience, expertise and proven competence in a given portfolio area is a highly novel suggestion, probably a taboo in a Coalition Government, I personally would sleep better knowing that a highly decorated former Major General of the Army (Jim Molan) was guarding the fort rather than the unintelligent Mincing Poodle (Pyne) who is all bark (shrill at that) and no bite.

I would also sleep better knowing that a tough Foreign Minister would work tirelessly to promote our national interests on the world stage and protect our freedoms and sovereignty from those globalists that would eagerly take it away.

With the Minister for Fashion and First Class Travel stepping down Morrison was presented a golden opportunity to return Tony Abbott to Cabinet in a position worthy of a former Prime Minister (notwithstanding the Rudd comparison which looms large in any event).

However, in an act of either diversity insanity and/or sheer bastardry, Morrison preferred to entrust our national interests on the world stage to the ineptitude of Marise Payne rather than the warrior Rhodes Scholar from Warringah.

If Payne fortifies her success in Defence in her new portfolio of Foreign Affairs, Australia will not only be defenceless but also without representation in global affairs, dutifully signing away our sovereignty and democracy on every UN direction without so much as a whimper.

One good move was to promote Dan Tehan into the Education portfolio. He will certainly have his job cut out for him trying to fix the carnage brought about by the IED that is Simon Birmingham. Dan is a safe pair of hands and will work tirelessly to fix the ugly mess that is Commonwealth school funding.

If he can simultaneously eradicate the cultural Marxism and other Lefty tosh infecting curriculum they might even have a winning issue to campaign on. Time will be his worst enemy. The job being Herculean.

While Dan Tehan is a step forward, retaining his predecessor in the Ministry is two steps back (at the very least). It takes a unique combination of skills and political acumen to turn an electoral advantage in school funding since the time of Menzies and turn it into electoral poison in the name of Labor “equity and fairness”. Simon Birmingham stand up and take a bow!

How ScoMo could retain Birmingham in a Cabinet role is mystifying. If he succeeds in Tourism and Trade as well as he did in Education, Australia will be engaged in a trade war with every major trading nation, simultaneously enforcing Labor-Green “fair trade” regulations on every Australian firm, and taxing coal exports to save the planet. On the positive side every toilet in every hotel or tourist attraction across the nation will be regulated to use  “ze” or “zir”” or some other nonsensical pronoun.

On the Tourism front Birmo’s major responsibility will be wasting $200 million plus on a cringe worthy Australia travel campaign and rubber stamping “tourism grants” in an exercise of adverse selection where no budget cuts can be found. ScoMo is probably banking on Birmingham coming up with an even worse campaign than his own Laura “where the bloody hell are you” Bingle fiasco to rid himself of the embarrassment.

Without doubt the best move in the new Ministry was the separation of Energy and Environment and the promotion of the very able Angus Taylor to Energy to sort out Australia’s self-inflicted energy crisis. That said, I fear his prospects of fixing the nation’s energy shambles will be cruelled by the promotion of Josh Frydenberg as Deputy Leader.

The victory of Morrison and Frydenberg goes a long way in explaining why there is little change of substance in the new Ministerial line up. Having aligned themselves to Turnbull for individual promotion they carry the baggage of Turnbull’s worst policy failures.

How far can Taylor go, for example, to hit the reset button over energy policy by ripping up the NEG and withdrawing from the Paris Treaty, when that was the signature “achievement” of Josh Frydenberg over the past 18 months? Any Taylor success will be an indictment of Frydenberg. Literally as I type ScoMo has already ruled out withdrawing from Paris. It is looking ominous two days in!.

Ironically, the same applies to Frydenberg. How far can he go on setting a much needed alternative fiscal and budget repair strategy having pinned his colours to the mast of the very architect responsible for the Coaltion’s capitulation in terms of sound economic management? All the while being overseen by the vastly more experienced (and backstabbed) Minister for Finance? Any success by Frydenberg will be an indictment on Morrison and Corman.

To be clear, Morrison and Corman championed the doomed corporate tax cuts right to the death even when the Royal Commission into the banking and financial services sector was producing daily fodder for Labor/Fairfax/ABC et al. of corporate greed and corruption. Both fought tooth and nail against the Royal Commission. Considering Frydenberg is also arguably the least experienced person to take on the role of Treasurer in recent memory, with Morrison and Corman overseeing his every move only an extreme optimist would expect any substantive change of fiscal direction.

Morrison’s record as Treasurer, and hence Turnbull minion, will be problematic in other policy areas. Separating Immigration from Home Affairs may have merit as does the promotion of David Coleman who on paper at least, brings a wealth of private sector expertise as a counter to the majority of career politicians with none.

That said, Immigration seems a waste of Coleman’s said expertise and hence a wasted opportunity to use his talents more effectively. His credentials are strong in the media space would have better suited Communications and the Arts giving the Coalition some chance of reforming the recalcitrant ABC where Fifield has already failed.

Immigration looms as a significant election issue as part of a wider conversation about population policy, cost of living, per capita income, cultural compatibility, refugee policy, terrorism, infrastructure and economic sustainability. These are all issues Tony Abbott raised in recent months and which were petulantly dismissed by Morrison.

Morrison is on record supporting Big Australia regurgitating the Treasury line and shoddy modelling of the alleged economic benefits. It’s difficult to know if Morrison actually believes this or simply needs to continue the Ponzi scheme approach to budgeting to create the fiction he was a Liberal Treasurer. Don’t expect anything other than virtue signalling in this space.

The appointment of Kelly O’Dwyer as Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations and Minister for Women probably best sums up the Morison Ministry. Having never held a real job O’Dwyer is perfectly suited to centrally plan Marxist style job creation for the general economy (presumably all public service dependent). That she only holds this post due to her other role as Minister for Women, which is nothing more than unofficial affirmative action within the Coalition, is almost comical.

O’Dwyers greatest contribution to political life remains the establishment of the free range egg standard when Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer. This being less damaging than her “reforms” to superannuation or handling of the Royal Commission into banking and financial services.

That Karen Andrews’s, who has actual experience in industrial relations, the private sector, small business, heavily unionised industries and dispute resolution, and also ticks the female box (no disrespect intended to Karen, to the contrary), was not given industrial relations in addition to industry shows how warped the Coalition has become.

Heavens forbid a Minister for Industrial Relations be on the side of workplace flexibility, business growth and consequently employment growth rather than militant unionism and declining productivity and has actual experience in the portfolio they head. I admit to knowing little of Andrew’s other than publicly available information, but at face value Andrew’s seems like an infinitely better qualified person to establish non-existent  Coalition policy on industrial relations than the empty vessel that is O’Dwyer.

Compounding this error, O’Dwyer will be joined in the portfolio by Michaelia Cash who incidentally preceded O’Dwyer as Minister for Women. How cosy! Joined at the hip and seemingly interchangeable in quota failure. As Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Cash will bring a unique perspective having never run a small business, family business and as far as one can tell, only experience in Vocational Education involves calling for the occasional plumber.

Cash’s pre-political career as a lawyer, specialising in “employment and industrial law including industrial relations” at Freehills, according to her Wikipedia profile, leaves one perplexed how Cash subsequently managed to turn trade union corruption into an election winning issue for Labor. This being after her “office” tipped off the media of forthcoming AFP raids forcing her to be dumped from industrial relations responsibilities and hiding behind a whiteboard entering the parliament. With friends like Cash the small and family businesses of Australia will probably bank on the enemy. That said her nepotistic credentials are impeccable. Who said Labor was a closed shop?

So there we have it. The key takeaways from the Morrison Ministry. Minimal change, compromised from the get go. I rank it as a monumental failure given the necessity of needing a decisive break from business as usual as per the failed Turnbull experiment. However, as that failure was enabled by a Faustian Pact, enabling Morrison (and Frydenberg) to get to the top, they will likely bare the consequences of having sold their soles as they crash to the bottom.

I sincerely hope I am wrong. I sincerely hope Morrison and Frydenberg prove me wrong. The thought of a Shorten Government is terrifying. But I cannot help but think that backroom deals involving faceless Party parasites have lumped the Coaltion with a Leader and Deputy Leader with too much lead in the saddle bags to make the next general election competitive enough to save the furniture. The Morrison Ministry is ominous in this regard. Only time will tell.

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56 Responses to Justin: Observations of the Morrison Ministry

  1. Entropy

    The liberal party must die.

  2. .

    Morrison is on record supporting Big Australia regurgitating the Treasury line and shoddy modelling of the alleged economic benefits. It’s difficult to know if Morrison actually believes this or simply needs to continue the Ponzi scheme approach to budgeting to create the fiction he was a Liberal Treasurer. Don’t expect anything other than virtue signalling in this space.

    A big Australia might actually include allowing development, you know, like an energy network, dams for agriculture and drinking water, new power stations…

    As for the modelling, they’ve clammed up since the debt binge began, they want to be above criticism. We don’t get to see their modelling anymore most of the time.

  3. pbw

    …backroom deals involving faceless Party parasites…

    Ah, the Faceless Men of the L…, umm, Liberal Party.

    (Btw, this “…bare the consequences of having sold their soles…” is noteworthy. Be careful with that voice recognition.)

  4. H B Bear

    Appointing Kelly O’Dwyer as Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations was inspired. The Lieborals vacated that space after the Father of Middle Class Welfare introduced a whole range of changes without an electoral mandate as Workchoices, cruelling them for a decade. O’Dwyer can pick up a bigger office, an extra $100+k a year or whatever and fluff the cushions till they are thrown out.

  5. tombell

    I sincerely hope I am wrong. I sincerely hope Morrison and Frydenberg prove me wrong.

    you’re not wrong and they won’t prove you wrong. on an earlier thread I wrote that if we’re not out of Paris within a week (of Scomo’s ascension) it’s all over for this mob. it’s all over…..

  6. wal1957

    tombell @ 10:11pm

    You beat me to it.
    The Libs are gone!
    What a disastrous lineup!

    I wonder how many (if any), will jump ship to join other conservative parties when the election is called?
    No sane person could believe that the Libs have a chance at re-election without a dramatic change in direction, which is apparently not going to happen.

    BTW…. notice how nobody seems to mention our debt anymore?
    “We don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem”.
    Personally, I think we have a ‘moronic politicians ‘ problem.

  7. JohnA

    tombell #2804319, posted on August 28, 2018, at 10:11 pm

    I sincerely hope I am wrong. I sincerely hope Morrison and Frydenberg prove me wrong.

    you’re not wrong and they won’t prove you wrong. on an earlier thread I wrote that if we’re not out of Paris within a week (of Scomo’s ascension) it’s all over for this mob. it’s all over…..

    Indeed, the new PM has re-affirmed the past policies of failure instead of ditching them.

  8. jupes

    I personally would sleep better knowing that a highly decorated former Major General of the Army (Jim Molan) was guarding the fort rather than the unintelligent Mincing Poodle (Pyne) who is all bark (shrill at that) and no bite.

    It would make no difference whatsoever. It was the top brass who ordered the pink finger nail not Tubbsy Payne. It is the top brass driving the emasculation of the ADF and Molan did nothing to stop it when he was there.

    The only two politicians I would trust to reverse the political correctness of the ADF would be Andrew Hastie and Fraser Anning.

  9. Habib

    The elevation of that mincing poodle who fucked up virtually every acquisition on his watch is a deep insult to every Defence minister. Labor of course will be marginally worse, probably giving the gig to Wee Dougie, or some newly elected in a formerly safe liberal seat blue-haired, obese lesbian whose sole exposure to the portfolio was throwing paint on returning diggers and calling them “baby killers”. Not measurably worse than that great raving radish.

  10. Dave of Reedy Creek, Qld

    Quite a mixed bag it seems. I personally think Mr Morrison has made a few huge mistakes already. One, staying in the bogus Paris Accord, it is after all non binding and totally useless apart from taking our money and passing it on to climate change parasites. Secondly, he has in his party a man of wide experience and fearless character in the form of Tony Abbott whom he passed over just like his predecessor. Even if he didn’t like him, giving him a responsible job would be a very wise move. The old saying “Keep your friends close and your enemies ever closer” may be appropriate. Turnbull found that out the hard way and maybe this PM will too. Payne will be a disaster as well. Don’t think this will end well.

  11. jupes

    Literally as I type ScoMo has already ruled out withdrawing from Paris.

    Then what was the fucking point of it all? Paris is what started it all.

  12. Habib

    Defence member. Autocorrect is more evil than the imps that suckle at Malcolm Turnbull’s third nipple.

  13. IRFM

    Justin, you were doing OK until you mentioned SFB Abbott. He only has one policy and that revolves around AGW/climate change and how to divest Australia from the movement. Abbott is not a team player. Morrison has called his bluff, very nicely – show us what you are now made of Abbott. The Envoy role which is perfect for an arch conservative. Bring the strands of that industry together and he can run whichever department he wants. Over to you Mr Abbott.

  14. Crossie

    O’Dwyer can pick up a bigger office, an extra $100+k a year or whatever and fluff the cushions till they are thrown out.

    Which may be a matter of weeks after they lose Malcolm’s seat in the by-election. Just think, Bob Katter will be the most powerful man in Canberra and the entire cabinet will dance to his tune.

  15. None

    Well what do you expect from an opportunist who’s only claim to being PM is “NOT HIM!” and could only gain the office with the backing of the Photios/lefty camp? He’s a puppet who wanted power for power’s sake.I have been warning people about Morrison for years. Watch what they do (steal your super, support immigraiton ponzi schemes, spruik NEG) not what they say.

    IRFM – envoy is a do nothing make work position (worthy of the public servant Morrison is) that just goes on extended gab fests and has no authority or responsibility to change anything. Well done TA for calling that for what it was: “a title with no role”.

  16. None

    BTW I noticed that a bunch of lefty trolls have appeared on sites like the Cat, Bolt, Blairs etc this past week all sprouting the same AbbottAbbottAbbott monster lines. Fornicating lefties are just so dull.

  17. Crossie

    The only two politicians I would trust to reverse the political correctness of the ADF would be Andrew Hastie and Fraser Anning.

    They will be the true new generation of Liberals if they too are not swept away in the next election when voters vent their anger at the Coalition for their perfidy of the last three years. Morrison dubbing his government as a generational change is a laugh when most of them are Malcolm’s leftovers.

  18. struth

    You’re not wrong.
    The liberal party are a bad joke played on Australia.

    They must be destroyed.

  19. Dauf

    absolutely nails the cabinet. Lots of pundits saying nice things, but this article states the obvious.
    It would be relatively easy to have 3-4 policy changes:

    1. Dump Paris
    2. Cut all renewable subsidies and let it be a true market (& technology agnostic)
    3. Use saving to change super contributions back to the $35K of old
    4. Cut immigration

    Look at Ontario, all good. Morrisons first moves do not look good…God i hope they prove us wrong.

  20. Rob MW

    Well Turnbull has finally been parked, that’s good, Bishop has returned to that queer overseas state of Western Australia, that’s good, and the other good news; the Titanic’s boilers have been topped up, the deck chairs have been nailed down and the rats have been issued with life-jackets. What a fucking turnout !

    A hint for the tin-ears of what’s left of the fucked up Coalition, do you really, really want to win the next election ?

    All you have to do is tell (promise) that you will abandon the Paris Climate Accord AND (that means at the same time) completely remove your interventionist (that means get the fuck out) electricity policies, BECAUSE the generation of electricity is an ESSENTIAL service AND you can then promise that our electric power bills will be cut by 50% (or more) MEANING, this is as good as a fucking tax cut AND Mal Shorten will have nowhere to move.

    Do you see what I’m saying you brain dead fuckwits ?

  21. Tom

    Hahaha. Having treated their base like dumb idiots (again), the Stupid.Fucking.Liberals are now going to sit around waiting for the Newspoll bounce that will never come.

    We’re relieved you finally got rid of Trumble, but you still don’t have policies to make us vote for you. You’re wasting your time trying to fake it. Derrrr.

  22. pete m

    Why do these numbskulls act like lemmings on climate change?

    From the get go they could have just said sure whatever and got on with clean coal and nuclear and left lefties to blow their $ on renewables.

    Amazing how the party has killed itself over this policy.

  23. Goanna

    The Turnbull Coalition Team has morphed into Morrison’s Rainbow Coalition, a reflection of their ‘moderate’ status.

  24. V_maet

    The energy and environment ministers are the only good choices and yet both will be hamstrung by ScoMo’s captains calls.

  25. Rockdoctor

    Hear hear, best summary I have read this week and the reason I reserved my judgement till the Cabinet was announced. They have not won me back and will be smashed 1983 style next May. One thing on Coleman is that Hurstville has up to 60% of Chinese ethnic residents whom he will not want to tread on their toes. Also the quiet way they excised immigration away from Dutton. That was a clear signal that it will be business as usual and seeing the usual carpet baggers in my line of work complaining about an alleged skills shortage am preparing to see my wages remain stagnant despite tonnages & commodity prices at strong levels… I can’t disagree with the term population ponzi…

  26. billie

    tree, rope, Liberal Party, some assembly required

  27. Rockdoctor

    Another thing, dumping immigrants in Rural areas not going to help. Spent the weekend in rural Victoria & they are hostile to the idea. Apparently the Sudanese problem all have seen in Melbourne has that Dan is now trying to farm out elsewhere is the main reason and all have seen how Shepparton fared when a town down on their luck accepted the Iraqis a decade ago. The Karen in Nhill story is not being bought even though it is a success story, more likely due to their culture being much less bellicose. Back to the drawing board Mr Morrison…

  28. yarpos

    “Morrison has failed in his first step as Prime Minister. The continuity of the Morrison Ministerial line up to that of Turnbull’s illustrates a timidity of meaningful change and/or absence of a strong direction he intends to lead the Party with to the general election.”

    Or he thinks they are mostly good people that were poorly lead, and does by into the whole “I’m the new manager, and I making wholesale changes just to make my mark and because I can” thing.

  29. Woolfe

    How would they force migrants to stay in the country areas? Link Centrelink to their IP address? Easy, get 2. Crazy and what would it solve?

  30. DaveR

    But Morrison does have a chance. If Morrison understands he can win the next election by recapturing the detatched right of the party, not the Turnbull left, then that is a significant step forward. He has to re-focus policy so that conservatives will support the bills. If he reinstates the party room as the prime mechanism for policy debate and setting, then that is a significant step forward. The key legislation will be the NEG. If it is just a re-run of Turnbull’s NEG, then the internal problems will continue. But I agree with other commentators his new ministry is not as good as it could have been. In a few months when the heat of the recent battle is gone I think he will wish he made some different choices.

  31. tgs

    Molan is a dud and parrots bad information from dubious sources.

    Hastie is the only logical choice for defense.

  32. Rossini

    Stupid Forken Liberals………… Not getting my vote ……….what has changed apart from their “hat”

  33. kc

    Liberal party reminds me of an insane cat. Dug a hole, did a shit and then buried itself.

  34. Chris

    My hopes are plummeting.
    But it is still not impossible that Turnbull’s evil familiar white cat will toss some crumbs toward actual values, but the focus seem to be to preserve Turnbulls legacy in the approval of the Safe Schools set.

  35. jupes
    #2804349, posted on August 28, 2018 at 10:42 pm
    Literally as I type ScoMo has already ruled out withdrawing from Paris.

    Then what was the fucking point of it all? Paris is what started it all.

    Our family have ruled out voting in the HoR so none of the bastards get taxpayer funds. Proven Conservative candidates will have our votes in the Senate but no mainstream parties at all.

    God I hope they lose Wentworth to AC or PHON , what a smack in the face to those smug bastard “progressive” liberals. Kill the liberal party off.

  36. Gan Do

    sold their soles…
    I know that the Liberal Party is down on its uppers but I still haven’t quite got to the bottom of of this pun… But if they keep going this way it will be all laced up for a Labor walkover

  37. bollux

    Morrison will need more than song and dance to get out of this. What a coward. It’s Paris or bust. Where and when did our politicians learn that their last responsibility is to Australia and their first to anyone else?

  38. Des Deskperson

    ‘With the Minister for Fashion and First Class Travel stepping down Morrison was presented a golden opportunity to return Tony Abbott to Cabinet in a position worthy of a former Prime Minister (notwithstanding the Rudd comparison which looms large in any event).’

    It doesn’t currently take much brains or effort to be Australia’s Foreign Minister, but all the same, an immature and emotionally unintelligent ‘warrior’ like Abbott would be unhelpful in the role.

    Australia has little real clout on, as they say, the world stage. A Foreign Minister who understands this, and understands that out real interests lie in our region, would be welcome. There is no sign of any such person emerging.

  39. Terry

    “I’m the new manager, and I making wholesale changes just to make my mark and because I can”

    Nah, Scott’s more of the “What this business really needs is a new pamphlet” kinda guy.

    There will be no changes to anything meaningful. Business as usual with a few more coins thrown at the marketing department.

    If you polish that turd hard enough, your customers will learn to love that pile of shit they have never bought.

  40. Boambee John

    Des D at 0926

    Australia has little real clout on, as they say, the world stage. A Foreign Minister who understands this, and understands that out real interests lie in our region, would be welcome. There is no sign of any such person emerging.

    Indeed!

    A Defence Minister who could avoid parrotting that “Australia punches above its weight” and focussed on our direct defence interests would also be very welcome.

  41. Terry

    “It doesn’t currently take much (sic) brains or effort to be Australia’s Foreign Minister”

    I could settle for someone who left the country’s chequebook at home occasionally (remember the debt and deficit Julie? Idiot)

    BTW, the character appraisal of Tony Abbott’s skills on the world stage have been trotted out before (when he was in opposition and again when he became PM), they were wrong then, they’re wrong now and they’d be very likely wrong again had he been offered such a role.

    It’s okay not to like Abbott. No need to invent reasons(excuses) for it. Just say you don’t like him. Simple.

  42. win

    Most enjoyable. Justin you are brilliant. Scott Morrison is indeed presiding over a Grek Tragedy.Is it possible Turnbulls speed at sinking Dutton has catapulted Moirrison in to a position that unlike Turnbull who had his moves pre planned is left floundering and making hasty decision with out proper due regard.
    Its hard to beleive that any one could be this stupid.

  43. Michael Madden

    How many of these fuckwits are going to die in a ditch fighting climate change before the message sinks in?

  44. Dr Faustus

    Nah, Scott’s more of the “What this business really needs is a new pamphlet” kinda guy.

    There will be no changes to anything meaningful. Business as usual with a few more coins thrown at the marketing department.

    The immaculately researched and wildly successful So Where the Bloody Hell Are You? campaign should be our guide here.

    Luckily for SloMo, he only has a few weeks in which to embarrass himself.

  45. Cynic of Ayr

    And buried in all this is the common thread, “No politician (except one) will ever, ever, voluntarily admit a mistake or admit to taking a wrong direction.
    No matter the disaster of any policy, if the politician was “for” it at the time, then there is no way they can be “against” it now.
    Abbott was an exception, admitting to mistakes whilst PM. (It remains to be seen if he would have effected a correction.)
    Therefore, Morrisson and the others are caught in their own hubris, by being “for” the Climate Scam, and now can’t be against it. It’s has nothing to do with “good for the Country” it’s all about what they think is “good for themselves.”
    Of course, what the poor stupid fools don’t realise – being advised by the ABC and their University educated minions – is that a (not necessarily all that humble) admission of error, with a correction, would be worth a great many more positive votes, than to keep up with the same damaging experiment, hoping for a different result. Thus, not only is it not “good for the country” it’s not “good for themselves” either.
    As the Great Man says, “Sad.”

  46. Garry-Eltham-Vic

    Saddened am I that Morrison blew the opportunity to at least superficially reunite the parliamentary party. Whilst the feckless Turnbull, and Bishop depart, the execrable Pyne & Payne remain. To offer Abbott the envoy “thingy” is just a back-handed way to further insult conservative voters. I will vote for Kevin Andrews at next election, but for the senate it will be below the line-A.C., PHON, James Paterson-thats all. Years ago the ALP reformed the Victorian branch to make the party electable-it worked. Maybe the time has come to look into the NSW branch of the Libs. If comments I read are true, the “eminence grise” is Photios and his cronies. Is this the root cause of the recent decline of the party Sir Robert founded?

  47. Des Deskperson

    ‘BTW, the character appraisal of Tony Abbott’s skills on the world stage have been trotted out before (when he was in opposition and again when he became PM), they were wrong then, they’re wrong now and they’d be very likely wrong again had he been offered such a role.’

    Terry, my problem with Abbott is on the domestic front, his chronic tendency, when PM, to say and add in things that didn’t need to be said, at least in the context of the issue under discussion, and that damaged both his arguments and perceptions of his persona.

    There is plenty of stuff on the web that backs this up.

    These embellishments were by no means necessarily all wrong or stupid on their own, but they were almost always unhelpful to the particular case he was trying to present. To me, and to a lot of people I talk to, it seemed to indicate a certain lack of maturity.

    It’s a flaw that could be unfortunate in a Foreign Minister.

  48. they will likely bare the consequences of having sold their soles as they crash to the bottom.
    Should read “bear” and “souls”
    Same old Catallaxy…..

  49. Rayvic

    “With the Minister for Fashion and First Class Travel stepping down Morrison was presented a golden opportunity to return Tony Abbott to Cabinet in a position worthy of a former Prime Minister …
    However, in an act of either diversity insanity and/or sheer bastardry, Morrison preferred to entrust our national interests on the world stage to the ineptitude of Marise Payne rather than the warrior Rhodes Scholar from Warringah.”

    In many ways it is a pity that Tony Abbott accepted the envoy offer. This will restrain him from going public with constructive policy suggestions, as he did during the irrational Turnbull policy era.

    One would hope that, unlike Turnbull who foolishly went out of his way to distance himself from Tony’s comment, ScoMo at least would take note of Tony’s views.

  50. Makka

    Big Australia, RET, Ruinables – all are still LNP policies.

    I couldn’t give a rats what Morrison or his cabinet say, how worthy his ministers are or all the other fancy dress and waffle. There is NO CHANGE on the most damaging policies affecting this nation or the families in it. The Libs continue to betray conservatives.

    The fact is, Morrison was chosen by Turdball. That is all you need to know. It is pointless and stupid to try to find sense amid this Liberal Party abortion.

    Burn the Lib House to the fkg ground.

  51. Texas Jack

    “I don’t want to dwell on recent shocking and shameful events — a malevolent and pointless week of madness that disgraced our parliament and appalled our nation,”

    Turncoat, dwelling on his way out the door, actually managed to hang on long enough to leave a host of IEDs deployed and primed by Michael Photios. The funny part is, he still doesn’t get that his entire parliamentary career was malevolent and pointless.

  52. Robbo

    No mention of Greg Hunt. Alas poor Yorick it seems he is not known so well.

  53. Howard Hill

    Makka
    #2804837, posted on August 29, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Big Australia, RET, Ruinables – all are still LNP policies.

    You forgot BIG GOVERNMENT.
    But you’re spot on, +1000.

    Burn the lot to the ground!

  54. Roger

    Instead, mediocrity and failure has largely been rewarded, most notably by the promotions of Pyne and Payne, the sideways moves of Birmingham and Ciobo, and the retention of Fifield, Cash and O’Dwyer on the front bench. All should have been demoted.

    Indeed…but then the two biggest failures of the Trunbull government, Morrison and Frydenberg, are now in charge, so we shouldn’t expect much.

  55. AlanR

    You lost me at … ‘by reinstating Abbott’.

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